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New Intellectual Property Policy Draft & Open Meetings

The Intellectual Property Working Group (IPWG) has updated the draft of the Intellectual Property policy based on input from the Middlebury community. The Board will vote on this policy in late September. Please visit the IPWG website to review the latest draft and provide any additional input or questions: go.middlebury.edu/ippolicy or go.miis.edu/ippolicy  You may also download a copy of the draft and cover memo, both of which are attached to this email. 

The IPWG will host two open meetings next week to discuss the draft:

Monterey: Tuesday, September 20, 12pm PT in the Board Room

Middlebury: Wednesday, September 21, 4:30pm ET in Axinn 220

Please send any questions to Amy Collier, acollier@middlebury.edu

25 Years @ Midd with Julie Tumminia-Tomsuden

sept-2014-sunsetIn this post we recognize Julie Tumminia-Tomsuden, Sr Programmer Analyst at Information Technology Services, for her 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Julie shares some her recent relocation, some advice about working at Midd, and some special people from her career here. Read on to learn more about Midd from Julie’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?


I had recently completed my bachelor’s degree at Johnson State College and was living in Montpelier, VT where I worked at the retail store job that helped pay my way through school.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?


  • Technical Support Assistant – until end of May 1992
  • Programmer/Intern
  • Programmer
  • Programmer/Analyst/Applications Consultant
  • Programmer/Analyst/Technical Lead
  • Senior Programmer/Analyst since January 2005

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?


My first husband, Peter, and I were enjoying time learning about the history and people of the Champlain Valley.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?


I moved to South Carolina in August of 2015 after many years of putting the pieces into place. I’m a native Vermonter because that’s where my parents lived when I was born, but realized several years ago that my heart is truly southern.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?


My second husband, Mark, is a hockey fan and we enjoyed being hockey spectators at Nelson Arena. I also took up a bit of cross country skiing at Rikert while my much braver son took snowboarding lessons at the Snow Bowl.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?


Many people I’ve worked with over the years have become like a second family, especially those who were there for me during my darkest days fifteen years ago when (Julie’s first husband)Peter’s life ended so suddenly.  I’ve also enjoyed the diversity of the students and programs available which has fed my enjoyment of history and travel.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?


I will miss my “second family” at Middlebury but have made the decision to move on to a different career path. Twenty-five years in the technology world is more than enough for me!

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?


Ron McKinnon worked with me as a Programmer/Intern and gave me assignments to stretch my abilities technically as well as speaking in front of a group.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?


Be sure to take advantage of the opportunities available for personal growth and cultural enlightenment. Don’t get too busy to enjoy those glorious Champlain Valley sunsets!

Have you tried Jazzercise yet?

Jazzercise is a pulse-pounding, beat-pumping fitness program that gets you results…fast. It’s a calorie-torching, hip swiveling dance party with a hot playlist to distract you from the burn. Are you ready to try Jazzercise? 

Middlebury’s Jazzercise class is taught by Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning at Middlebury, who has taught Jazzercise for 4 years. Jazzercise instructors train every year to master the Jazzercise method, which fuses cardio, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and, of course, the demanding forms of dance. Expect to feel results after 3 classes, and expect to keep going. No two classes are the same, so you get the variety you need to stay motivated and break through plateaus. The average person sticks with Jazzercise for 7 years. Why? Because it works.

What will you need to join?

Jazzercise Dance Mixx and Fusion classes will be offered every Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30 – 5:30pm, in the 3rd floor studio/gym in the Nelson Recreation Center. Each class costs $5 and drop-ins are welcome. Participants pay Amy directly at the time of the class. This class is for faculty and staff at Middlebury.  

Funding from The Wellness Committee makes it possible to offer these classes at a reduced rate.  Click here to learn more about the Wellness Committee and the programs it sponsors.

 You will wear comfortable workout wear and sneakers/tennis shoes. Please bring a mat and weights to class (3-lb., 5-lb., & 8lb. are most commonly used). If you don’t have weights, come anyway, and use your body weight as resistance. Also bring water and a towel because you will sweat!

Want to keep in touch with Jazzercise happenings, including class reminders/cancellations and updates? Sign up for Amy’s Jazzercise mailing list here.

NSF Equipment Grant Supports Geology Research

Will Amidon, Ray Coish, and Pete Ryan (all Geology) have received support from the National Science Foundation for the purchase of a laser to accompany the department’s existing inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS) instrument. This new instrumentation will give Middlebury College the ability to analyze isotope ratios and trace element concentrations of virtually all mineral phases, not just dissolved solutions, using laser ablation. Projects to be enabled by the new instrument include better understanding the tectonic evolution of the eastern U.S. and quantifying the sources of radionuclides in shallow aquifers.

Blog posts from the Office of Digital Learning: Instructional Design, MiddCreate, digital tools, BLTN, and Florence!

Check out the latest blog posts from the Office of Digital Learning:

Benvenuti a Firenze! (Welcome to Florence)

Join #BLTN Twitter chats this fall!

Bringing digital humanities tools to your classroom

Announcing MiddCreate

Best feet forward: Instructional Designers as pedagogical consultants

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All welcome to join the College Community Chorus

All students, staff and faculty are welcome to join the Middlebury College Community Chorus as the choir starts to prepare for its annual fall concert, slated for performance on campus the weekend before Thanksgiving. Regular rehearsals are Tuesday and Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Mead Chapel, beginning September 13.

This season’s program includes historical works from the European choral tradition alongside breathtaking contemporary works written during the past decade. The songs feature celebratory psalm texts with a Thanksgiving theme, as well as music with words that reflect the changing seasons and a longing for justice and peace, important to so many people at this time.

The choir will prepare the Chandos Anthem No. 9 by Baroque composer George Frederic Handel. Its four choruses – reminiscent of the spirited music found in his Messiah – contain dramatic shifts in textures and harmonies, scored for string orchestra and oboe. The program also includes Mozart’s expressive Ave verum corpus, a traditional text from the Roman Catholic tradition.

The chorus welcomes the change of seasons with music by Zachary J. Moore, one of a new generation of American choral composers. With beautiful melodies, he vividly paints the poem October Song, written by Wisconsin poet laureate Max Garland. In O Notte (O Night), completed just a few months ago, distinguished conductor-composer Z. Randall Stroope dramatically scores selected phrases of poems by Michelangelo, “O night, in dreams you carry me where I desire,” and Friedrich Rückert, “Du bist die Ruh” (You are rest), for choir, piano, solo violin and cello.

Distinguished arranger, composer and conductor Craig Hella Johnson creates a lyrical musical setting the words of Mattie Stepanek’s Psalm of Life, written just before Thanksgiving 2003. Mattie, a published poet and peace advocate, died a month before his 14th birthday from a rare form of muscular dystrophy. From the Hebrew tradition, contemporary composer Allan Naplan sets the text of Al Shlosha D’varim: truth, justice and peace sustain the world. The inspirational words of Mother Teresa, “If we have not peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other,” provide the foundation for an award-winning 2010 work by Pacific Northwest composer Joan Szymko.

Conductor Jeff Rehbach notes that this program will offer singers the opportunity to explore a rich variety of styles of historic and present-day music, with vivid writing for chorus, piano, and chamber music ensemble. Rehbach begins his seventeenth season as director of the College Community Chorus, and Timothy Guiles returns as the choir’s virtuoso accompanist.

The choir welcomes all interested singers to join the ensemble during September. Participants should plan to attend at least one rehearsal each week. Numbering nearly 100 singers, the group is open without audition or mandatory fees to all singers who can follow a musical score. Its members travel from throughout the region to participate in this 150-year-old community tradition, hosted by Middlebury College.

For up to date information, check on the web at http://go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus or contact director Jeff Rehbach at 989-7355.