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~$10 per half hour for participant~
~ Each additional participant is $5 per half hour provided participants have the same ability level and can do the lesson together~
~Sign up by September 24; lessons can begin as early as October 1~

Swimming and diving lessons are once again being offered to faculty, staff, alumni, and their immediate families. Lessons are for half an hour, one day a week, for 6 consecutive weeks. There is a $15 registration fee. If you are interested in signing yourself or your children up for swimming or diving lessons; PLEASE PRINT THIS ARTICLE, COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION INFORMATION BELOW AND SEND WITH A CHECK (for registration fee and cost for 6 lessons), MADE PAYABLE TO MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE, TO NORMA LEDUC @ MEMORIAL FIELD HOUSE.

Lessons will be scheduled on Mondays or Tuesdays. If your instructor is on break you may reschedule that lesson with the instructor to ensure you get your full 6 weeks of lessons. Available instructors will be assigned on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. In order to register, individuals must be an immediate family member of a Middlebury College faculty, staff or alumni.

I AM A (please circle one):   FACULTY   STAFF   ALUMNI

YOUR NAME__________________________________   DEPT_______________________   ID#______________

YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS_____________________________________________________

PARTICIPANT’S NAME____________________________   AGE_______   GENDER:   M   F



PREVIOUS INSTRUCTOR’S NAME (if you would like to have this instructor again):_____________________________


NAME__________________________   AGE_____   GENDER____   ABILITY____________
NAME__________________________   AGE_____   GENDER____   ABILITY____________



3:00-3:30PM   3:30-4:00PM   4:00-4:30PM   7:00-7:30PM   7:30-8:00PM

Rules of Swimming/Diving Lessons:
1. Sign the General Release
2. Sign you and/or your child in at the beginning of each lesson.
3. Do not enter or let your child enter the pool without the instructor and lifeguard being present.
4. Wait in the balcony area/bleachers if you have a child taking a lesson. You are not allowed to drop your child off and leave.
5. If you cannot make a lesson, please be sure to call your instructor.

Questions? Email Norma Leduc at leduc@middlebury.edu


Welcome (Back) to the Library!

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Whether you’re new to campus or returning from summer break, we invite you to take advantage of all the library has to offer. Here are 5 things you won’t want to miss:

Many thanks to our talented Digital Media Tutors Maggie, Emily and Denisse, who created this video and others as a summer project!

More tips for the new semester:  Midd Libraries Quick Guide [go/quicklib]

Spoiler alert! The 5 quick tips include:
1. The Circulation Desk is where you’ll check out all of your library materials, including CDs, equipment and interlibrary loans.
2. Library collections include not only books but also DVDs, graphic novels in the Browsing section, dictionaries in the Reference section, manuscripts downstairs in Special Collections, and magazines in the Harman Periodicals Area.
3. Librarians can help you in person at the Research Desk and online via the library web site at  http://go.middlebury.edu/lib.
4. Technology and media assistance is available at the Tech Help Desk and the Wilson Media Lab.
5. Peer Writing Tutors are ready to meet with you at the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research (CTLR).
BONUS! The library has all kinds of study spaces, from the Wilson Cafe at the entrance of the building, to senior thesis carrels tucked away on the upper levels.

Peggy Nelson awarded NSF funding for collaborative research

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Peggy Nelson (Sociology-Anthropology) and a colleague at Wellesley College have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for a two-year project titled Social and Biogenetic Factors of New Forms of Families. The goal of this project is to better understand the new kinds of relationships that are made possible when individuals have children through reproductive technologies involving “donor” eggs or sperm. Researchers will interview parents and offspring who participate in networks of connection with others who share the same donor as their children or themselves. Where possible, the researchers will also interview donors who have had contact with the parents of their offspring or the offspring themselves. At least two undergraduate students will be involved in this research.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 10 faculty positions, 40 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 4 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)

Open House Night at the College Observatory – Autumn 2014

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The Physics Department at Middlebury College will again host an Open House night at the College Observatory this autumn. The observatory, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the heavens on Friday evening, September 12, from 8:00 PM until 9:30 p.m., provided the skies are mostly clear.

On this evening, Saturn and Mars will be setting at the beginning of the event and the moon will be rising at the end of the event. Also visible through our telescopes will be a number of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae. There is no set program for the Open House nights; the public is invited at any time between 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

All the observatory public nights are free and open to the public, but will take place only if the sky is at least mostly clear. If the weather appears uncertain, visitors may call the observatory at 443-2266, after 6:00 p.m. on the evening of the Open House for a status report. More information can also be found at go/observatory .

Faculty and Staff: Volunteers for Days of Caring

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Dear Faculty and Staff:

RSVP and the United Way of Addison County is once again gearing up for its Annual Days of Caring event. Every year, they send out hundreds of community volunteers to complete dozens of projects at non-profits throughout Addison County.

This year, the event will be held on Thursday, September 25th and Saturday, September 27th, 2014.

Here are some examples of the projects that are currently available:

  • Bake muffins/ prepare lunch at local child care centers
  • Paint play structures
  • Build a hand railing and picnic tables
  • Mulch/prune/weed/rake gardens
  • Harvest fall crops
  • Dig a sand box/spruce up a playground
  • Rototill a baseball field
  • Plan, execute (and enjoy!) a pizza party
  • Take pictures of volunteers
  • Dust library stacks/process books/read shelves
  • Visit with a senior citizen
  • Sand and varnish children’s chairs and tables
  • Clear a nature trail
  • Erect a fence and repair stadium jumps
  • Help prepare for a silent auction/ file paperwork
  • Wash walls, wood work and/or windows
  • Remove invasive plants at State Parks
  • And MANY more!!

Staff members: Middlebury College offers paid time off for this event; therefore, staff members do not have to use CTO. However, please obtain your supervisor’s approval before registering for the event.

If you would like to participate, click on the following URL to register online.


Please submit your volunteer registration form online as soon as possible and feel free to contact RSVP staff at 388-7044 or rsvpvcadd@aol.com if you have any questions.




The Week’s Headlines

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

Symposium Will Examine Global Economic Turbulence

New England Review’s New Issue Offers Poetry, Stories, and More

Alumni Return to Middlebury Classrooms

College Installs Cor-ten Steel Sculpture

Technology’s Transformation of Higher Education is Topic of Symposium

Middlebury Welcomes Class of 2018

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.