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Nia Classes for Employees

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Faculty and Staff Nia with Alyson Young

8 Wednesdays, Oct. 1-Dec. 3, 2014

Room 109, Mahaney Center for the Arts 

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.


Breathe new life into your exercise routine and energize your body, mind, and spirit. Nia is a fun and unique, sensory-based movement practice that incorporates techniques from Dance (Jazz, Modern, and Duncan), Martial Arts (Tai Chi, Tai Kwan Do, and Aikido), and Healing Arts (Yoga, Feldenkrais Method, and Alexander Technique). Set to soul stirring music, Nia stimulates the whole body in a holistic and joyful way. This out-of-the-box fitness fusion is like no other practice you’ve tried before. Nia is a comprehensive “dance” cardio-fitness class that engages the whole body, includes mindful movement guidance and somatic education, and empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Nia offers the opportunity to enjoy the process of improving fitness through movement- without pain. Each class is a journey- join us and FEEL fantastic in your body! You deserve it!

* Each class includes warm-up, sustained non-impact aerobic conditioning, strength training, cool down and stretching. All routines employ 52 basic movements and techniques which increase flexibility, agility, mobility, stability, and strength. Classes are taken barefoot and are taught to diverse music, including pop, electronica, jazz, Latin, New Age, Indian and hip hop.


What to bring & wear
Wear clothes you can move comfortably in; Nia is done in bare feet.

Nia is for EVERY BODY and can be adapted to individual needs and abilities, but if you are recovering from a serious illness or injury, please contact Alyson directly to discuss whether this class is a good fit for you: windancervt@live.com

Class size is limited to 20; register by contacting Barbara McCall(bmccall@middlebury.edu) and completing a release form (Barbara can send to you via email).  Bring your check for $64.00 made out to Alyson Young to the first class.


Funding from the Wellness Committee makes it possible to offer these classes at a reduced rate.

For more information about Nia including the history, the company, the founders, ongoing explorations and education, testimonials, and more, visit: www.nianow.com/alyson-young

Vermont Women in Higher Education Awards Dinner: all are welcome!

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LESS THAN ONE MONTH until the 2014 Fall Dinner hosted by Vermont Women in Higher Education! Register now!Celebrate the three 2014 VWHE award winners, catch up with colleagues from across the state, and enjoy dinner at the Capitol Plaza in downtown Montpelier. This year’s keynote speaker is Peggy R. Williams, co-founder of VWHE.Date: October 15, 2014
Time: 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. – networking
5:15 – 5:30 p.m. – keynote address
5:30 p.m. – dinner
Cost: $432014 VWHE Award Winners

  • Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award:
    Mary Hoppe, Norwich University
  • Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award:
    Megan Doczi, Norwich University
  • Jackie M. Gribbons Leadership Award:
    Beth Mintz, University of Vermont

About the Keynote Speaker
A co-founder of Vermont Women in Higher Education, Peggy R. Williams has a long history of leadership at institutions in both Vermont and New York. She served as the seventh president, and the first woman president, of Ithaca College in New York from 1997 to 2008. Prior to Ithaca, Peggy served as president of Lyndon State College for eight years. In addition, she held positions of Associate Academic Dean, Chair of the Business and Economic Department and Associate Professor at Trinity College. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont and a B.A. from St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto.

Wednesday October 15, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
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Capitol Plaza
100 State Street
Phone #: 802-223-5252
Montpelier, VT 05602


NEH funding for Christian Keathley and Jason Mittell

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Christian Keathley and Jason Mittell (both Film and Media Culture) have received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a two-week workshop at Middlebury in June 2015. Twelve participants will come to campus to explore the topic of producing video-based scholarship for the study of the moving image, with the goal of creating a special issue for the video-based journal [in]Transition that Keathley and Mittell co-edit. This grant, titled Scholarship in Sound and Image: Producing Videographic Criticism in the Digital Age, is funded through NEH’s Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program and will be run in conjunction with the college’s Digital Liberal Arts Initiative. See http://sites.middlebury.edu/videoworkshop for more information.

Academic Roundtable — The Future of the Lecture

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Please join us on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in the Davis Family Library, Harman Reading Area at 12:15 PM for the first Academic Roundtable of the fall semester.

The lecture has a long history in the academy.  In recent years, there has been increasing criticism of the lecture as a mode of instruction.  This Academic Roundtable will explore the virtues and limitations of the lecture.   Jay Parini of English and American Literatures and Barbara Hofer of Psychology will offer opening reflections on the topic, and a discussion will follow.

Lunch will be served in the LIB 145.  Please RSVP to dbernier@middlebury.edu by Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research and the Library.

Sister to Sister Fall Program

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Sister to Sister Fall Schedule

Apply for an Environmental Council Grant – up to $2,500

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Up to $2,500 for sustainability projects on and off campus
Open to staff, faculty, and students

We prioritize projects that are:

  • Collaborative – Brings together diverse stakeholders from across campus
  • Creative – Helps to solve difficult problem with innovative solutions
  • Sustainable – Has a plan that extends beyond initial funding phase

Proposals due Wednesday, October 15
Apply online at go/ec


HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 13 faculty positions, 43 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and  1 internal job posting 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)