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Open House Nights at the College Observatory – Summer 2014

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The Physics Department at Middlebury College will again host a series of Open House nights at the College Observatory this summer. The observatory, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the heavens on the following Wednesday evenings: July 2, July 23, July 30, August 6, and August 13, from 9:00 PM until 10:30 PM each evening, provided the skies are mostly clear.

A highlight for the first few of these evenings, at least, will be the planet Saturn, with its ever-popular rings. Saturn and Mars will be prominent in the western sky, though both will become lost in twilight by mid-August. 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 9:00 PM and 10:30 PM.

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. These are minimal language events, and students in all the summer schools are welcome. If the weather appears uncertain, visitors may call the observatory at 443-2266, after 7:00 PM on the evening of the Open House for a status report. More information can also be found at go/observatory .

Key Survey Scheduled Maintenance & Downtime on July 5

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KeySurvey LogoThe following information is important only for individuals having a Key Survey account used to create, distribute, and work with surveys and response data.

WorldAPP is excited to announce that our Key Survey / Form.com application will be upgraded to the new version 8.5 on Saturday, July 5th, 2014, between the hours of:

EST:   1 AM and 9 AM / GMT:    6 AM and 2 PM

Please note that your account will be unavailable during the system upgrade, (including all surveys, forms, voting and reports).  Your respondents attempting to access surveys/forms or reports will receive a friendly notice of the system maintenance in progress.  Once the maintenance has been completed, the application and all survey/form/report links will be accessible.   We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

What’s new in version 8.5?  This update is intended to enhance application capabilities and provide more powerful functionality, as well as introduce the Key Survey and Form.com Mobile apps.  Here are a few resources provided by WorldApp to help you get familiar with the new features and offerings:

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 1 faculty position, 49 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: go/faculty-jobs (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/faculty-jobs (off campus)

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 Roon:

College Honors Four Staff Members for Excellence on the Job

Forum Focuses on Teaching Social Entrepreneurship

College Honors Two Citizens for Public Service

Reunion ’14: Tell Us One Thing

Bread Loaf School of English Begins Summer Sessions

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

There are currently 3 faculty positions, 48 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and  2 internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

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

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:

New England Review Publishes First Issue Under Editor Carolyn Kuebler

Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference Opens Inaugural Session

Reunion ’14: Record Breaking Numbers of Alumni Return to Campus

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Reminder From HR About CTO Maximums

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The maximum amount of CTO (combined time off) that can be carried into the next fiscal year is capped at 24 days (see table below for maximum hourly equivalents). Any CTO in excess of 24 days will automatically be transferred into your SLR as of June 27, for pay period 13 (6/9/14 – 6/22/14). Please plan accordingly. In order to avoid confusion and ease planning for employees, the CTO max is now applied to the last full pay period in June.

Throughout the year each employee is responsible for managing his/her CTO amounts within the applicable limits. Remember, if you allow your balance to reach maximum during any pay period except the final one of the fiscal year, your excess accrual does not automatically transfer to SLR –instead you will stop accruing and forfeit the un-accrued CTO time. Now is a good time to check your CTO balance in BannerWeb or a recent paycheck stub and plan your CTO use for the next few days and the upcoming fiscal year accordingly.

You may also transfer your own CTO at any time. When you report your time via BannerWeb, enter the number of hours you wish to transfer on the web time sheet in the row titled “Transfer CTO to SLR.”

CTO Maximum Amounts

Date CTO Maximum in Days CTO Max. in hours for employees w/ scheduled 8 hour days CTO Max. in hours for employees w/ scheduled 7.75 hour days
As of the last full pay period of June. 24 192 186
Any other time 36 288 279