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The Week’s Headlines

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

Middlebury Hires Karen Miller as Vice President for Human Resources and Risk

Middlebury Awards Tenure to Three Faculty Members

Middlebury Named Winner of Charles H.W. Foster Award for Bread Loaf Land Conservation

Middlebury Honors Four Residents for Exceptional Service to the Community

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 16 faculty positions, 40 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 7 internal job postings on the Middlebury 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)

Max Ward receives grants to support his academic leave and book preparation

Max Ward (History) has received  grants from the Japan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities Japan-US Friendship Commission (NEH-JUSFC)​ in support of his research during his 2015-16 academic leave. He is currently a Visiting Researcher at Waseda University in Tokyo Japan, where he is completing a book manuscript titled Ghost in the Machine: Imperial Ideology and Thought Reform in Interwar Japan. ​This book explores the Japanese state’s efforts to police political dissent in the 1920s and how such efforts developed into an extensive apparatus to rehabilitate political criminals throughout the Japanese empire in the 1930s. His next project will analyze the contested claims to urban space in postwar Tokyo.

Apply for an Environmental Council grant!

Apply for an Environmental Council grant!
There are two types of grants available:
·      You may apply for a grant for up to $1,500 at any time. These projects typically take place during a single semester or summer.
·      Larger grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for collaborative projects, and may take up to two years. There will be multiple deadlines for these larger grants throughout the year:
        -January 31
        -February 29
go/ecgrants​ for more information and to apply. Prospective applicants are welcome to make an appointment to discuss their application any time by calling 443-2536 or emailing sustainability@middlebury.edu.

Annual Performance Summary Process for Staff

The Human Resources Office is pleased to offer resources that we hope you will find helpful during the Annual Performance Summary (APS) process for staff members. As you may recall, the annual performance evaluation process for staff members takes place between January 1 and March 31 of each year.

The APS form for 2016 remains the same. Below, please find a link to the form, helpful tools and guides to support the APS process, and an on-line audio training presentation that will help you prepare whether you are a supervisor or individual contributor. For those who have attended the training sessions offered in past years, you may find this recorded presentation to be a convenient refresher.

http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/evals

In addition to the on-line tools, we are offering two live APS workshops for new employees and supervisors undergoing the APS process for the first time:

Wednesday, February 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Axinn)

Wednesday, March 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Axinn)

For those who have already attended a live or recorded workshop, additional open question & answer sessions are being offered to provide support as you prepare your performance documentation:

Wednesday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Marble Works)

Tuesday, March 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Marble Works)

Thursday, March 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Marble Works)

Please email lcaroten@middlebury.edu or call x2012 to register. In addition, please feel free to contact our office with requests for individual support and/or department specific consultation or training.

From MSA- Better Finances for the New Year

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Better Finances for the New Year

This is it!  This is the year you will be wiser with your money.  You plan to spend less than your income and to save money instead of falling further into debt.

Over half of Americans (55%) say they spend more than they make or just break even,1 which is probably why a third of resolutions are money related.  Unfortunately, 25% of resolutions don’t even survive the first week.2

This year, start off right with a few steps (mini resolutions, if you will) that will help you improve finances for the new year.

Plan for Irregular Expenses

Oftentimes, people are tempted to fall back on their credit cards and spend more than they can afford when they have an irregular expense that they didn’t fit in the budget.  It could be something like your car registration or your spouse’s birthday – things that don’t happen each month but do happen every year.

Instead of waiting for those expenses to come around and hoping you haven’t used your whole paycheck for the month, plan for it now.

Start by taking out a calendar.  As you look at each month, note the birthdays and holidays and other yearly expenses, and write down the amount you might possibly spend.  (Not sure how much?  Take a look at credit card statements and bank account records to see how much you spent last year.)  Then, use those amounts as starting points for planning and saving.

For example, say you noted that your nephew is graduating at the end of May, and you want to give him a brand new one-hundred dollar bill.  With his graduation roughly five months away (and assuming you get paid twice a month), all you have to do is save $10 from each paycheck between now and your nephew’s graduation.

Get a Financial First Aid Kit (a.k.a. Emergency Savings!)

Emergency funds are for the unforeseeable events, like your car breaking down on the freeway or losing your job.  Such a major event will knock you off balance if you’re not prepared financially.

Although an initial goal for your emergency savings account could be as low as $1,000, the ultimate goal would be to have at least three to six months (or more) of your fixed monthly expenses.  Once you have  your goal in mind, take a look at your budget and figure out how much of your paycheck you can allocate toward emergency savings.  For example, if you want to have $1,000 in emergency savings by the end of the year, you would allocate $84 a month towards emergency savings.

Remember, the first (and perhaps, most important) step is getting started.  Eventually, saving money will become a habit, and it will be easier to contribute more and more.

Work with a Personal Cheerleader

It’s much easier to keep going when you have someone cheering you on and holding you accountable.  An accountability partner should be someone who can hold up your list of resolutions, wipe away the doubt, and help you move forward, when you get stuck.

Your Money Coach is the perfect fit.

MSA Money Coaches are financial professionals with years of experience.  Together, you will devise a budget that takes all things into account and develop a step-by-step plan to achieve your goals.  You can work on items like a debt management plan, learn how to save for irregular and emergency expenses, and feel good about your spending.

MSA members, who work with a Money Coach, find the support and expertise to be key for achieving their goals.  One member said, “[My Money Coach] is my accountability – and I mean it in the best way….  He continues to be my rah-rah team and is a constant support.  I am successful because of his guidance and confidence in me.”

If you would like an accountability partner who is knowledgeable in finances and knows how to manage money in everyday life, talk to your Money Coach.  With a Money Coach by your side, you’ll be less likely to face surprises that derail your financial goals.

Call 888-724-2326 and get ready to check off your New Year’s resolution for better finances.