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Open Enrollment

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Open Enrollment for Middlebury’s 2015 Health & Welfare Benefit Plan is being held from November 1 – 14, 2014.  All benefits-eligible employees are required to complete the open enrollment process within this time period even if they do not intend to make benefit changes for 2015.

Open enrollment is your opportunity to:

• Continue your current medical, dental, or vision elections into the new year OR add coverage for yourself and/or dependents OR terminate your own or your dependents’ coverage.
• Continue your current voluntary life and/or accidental death and dismemberment coverage for the new year OR increase OR decrease the amount of existing coverage in these plans.
• Enroll in the health care and/or the dependent care flexible spending account(s) for next year. If you do not make an FSA election, you will not be contributing for 2015 even if you participated in 2014.  For Q&A’s on the Health Care FSA rollover click here.

Open Enrollment must be completed, using Banner Web, between November 1 – 14, 2014.  Benefits eligible employees will be able to access the open enrollment module from any computer with internet access.

Getting Started
1. Access the Open Enrollment System:

• Click this link: http://go.middlebury.edu/bannerweb OR
• On the bottom right-hand corner of the Middlebury homepage http://www.middlebury.edu/  click “Quick Links” and then “Banner Web”

2. Enter your Banner Web User ID (your Midd ID number) and your PIN and click “Login”.
3. Click “Employee”, then “Benefits and Deductions”, and then “Open Enrollment”.

2015 Premium Rate Chart

Giving Trees (Invite & Update!)

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Giving Trees Reminder

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The Giving Trees program, in collaboration with the local organization H.O.P.E (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects), provides gifts to local children whose family cannot afford to buy presents for the holiday season. All contributions are donated to HOPE’s “Holiday Shop” which provides parents with the opportunity to select items that they feel best matches their child(ren) interests.

As the Holiday Shop’s opening date draws near, we would like to thank those who have already signed up to participate in this program and to encourage others to do so as well. HOPE has identified a need for gifts that may be more appealing to older teens, and has asked that we focus our efforts in this area. While we would  like to strive to meet this need, and encourage givers to contribute to this need if possible, we would also like to emphasize that all contributions, for all age ranges, are happily welcomed.

If you would like to participate in this program, please sign up for an “e-tree” through the Community Engagement office by visiting go/givingtrees beginning Monday, October 27th, 2014. You can sign up any time between October 27th and November 10th. We ask that you do NOT wrap gifts, so that parents can see what items are available to select from. However, you are welcome to donate wrapping paper if you wish. All gifts must be brought to Community Engagement at 118 South Main Street by Wednesday or Thursday, November 12th or 13th between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please e-mail qtennyson@middlebury.edu. As always, your support and participation are greatly appreciated.

Quanteshia D. Tennyson ’14

Poverty Initiatives Coordinator

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Community Engagement

118 South Main Street
Middlebury College|Middlebury, VT 05753

802.443.5113

 

CHANGE IN PAYROLL DEADLINE FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

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To accommodate for the short workweek during the week of Thanksgiving, the following change has been made to the time entry/time approval deadline and paycheck distribution:

  • Deadline for submitting/approving time – Friday, 11/21/14 10:00am (time entry and ALL APPROVALS)
  • Paychecks and direct deposits issued and dated  – Wednesday, 11/26/14

 Please inform all your staff of this change in the payroll schedule.

 Payroll/Human Resources

New ideas for campus sustainability: Exploring a Microgrid proposal

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The Campus as an Energy Island: Exploring the Microgrid Option
Wednesday, November 12
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room

On Wednesday, November 12 the College will host a panel to discuss the feasibility and costs/benefits of creating a Middlebury College microgrid as a way for its electrical system to become more resilient to future extreme climate events.

In recent years, rapid changes in energy technology have opened the door for localized power distribution, creating the opportunity for a fundamental shift in our society’s system of electricity production and transmission. In planning for the impacts of climate change, there is a pressing need for both increased grid resilience and the integration of renewable power sources, both of which can be addressed by widespread integration of microgrids.

As an institution with electrical needs and existing infrastructure and capital, Middlebury is ideally sized and suited to help pioneer this important technology. The challenge moving forward is in developing sophisticated control systems that will allow for maximum safety and efficiency, while also maximizing cost-saving potential. The panel will discuss the recent upsurge in microgrids across the country, the technology shifts that have enabled it, and the benefits of grid-organized distributed electricity generation in Vermont.

 

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 17 faculty positions, 43 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and no internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

The Foreign Student

First-Year Writing Showcased at Ward Prize Ceremony

With Osborne House Move, College and Town Begin Downtown Changes

97 Seconds of Spectacular Fall Beauty: the Road to Bread Loaf

Fall Family Weekend Gives Parents a Window on Life at Middlebury

Quoted this Week: Michael Geisler on Zuckerberg and Language Learning

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

LGBTQ Ally Training for Faculty & Staff

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Social Justice educator and facilitator, Chris Woods, will lead two three-hour trainings that will provide foundational language, terminology, and tools to being an effective ally to LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.

Wednesday, 11/12 from 1-4pm | McCullough Wilson Hall
Friday, 11/14 from 9am-12pm | McCullough Wilson Hall

Space is limited. Please register for one of the trainings offered at go/allytraining by November 7.

Chris Woods is the program administrator at the New York University LGBTQ Student Center. Chris serves as the Anti-Racism Chair for the Board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. His research on how LGBTQ students of color and faith make meaning of their multiple intersecting identities, highlights his passion for engaging spirituality in queer spaces. Other passion areas and practical interests include engaging students in conversations about social justice outside of LGBTQ/multicultural  spaces, the experiences of queer survivors of sexual violence, and bi/multiracial identity development, to name a few.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, Chellis House and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Center for the Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity, and Queers & Allies.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Herrera at jherrera@middlebury.edu .