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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.


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


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.

Get this year’s “New England Review” at last year’s price!

NER-frontcover-36-4There’s no better time to subscribe to Middlebury’s literary quarterly, New England Review—or renew! From now until January 31, get this year’s writing at last year’s price.

Now just $30 for a full year of the always thought-provoking, often beautiful, and reliably wide-ranging new writing our readers have come to count on.

Delivered to you four times a year. Click here to purchase your print and digital editions.

Hands on Henna Event 1/30

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend “Hands on Henna,” a student-led fundraiser to benefit the Middlebury Alternative Break Trips to San Miguel de Allende where students will volunteer over February Break. Attend yourself or bring your family to learn about henna and get a beautiful temporary henna design on your hand!

Saturday, January 30th 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Hillcrest Rm. 103

$5 – $10 suggested donation

Questions? Contact Mariam Khan,  mkhan@middlebury.edu

See the event flyer: HANDSONHENNA


Do you know how to save a life?  Want to brush up on your first aid skills?

All students, faculty and staff are invited to take an American Heart Association certified First Aid and CPR class (including use of automated external defibrillator), offered free of charge, on Thursday, January 28th.  The class runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held in Mitchell Green Lounge.

Email jkazmierczak@middlebury.edu to sign up.

The Week’s Headlines

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

J-term Scenes: MLK Today

Alumni Participate at First Track and Field Meet inside Virtue Field House

Anderson Freeman Keynote Speaker Kimberlé Crenshaw Critiques U.S. Progress on Race

Leading a Life of Meaning and Purpose to Be Topic of Symposium

J-term Scenes: The Art of Snapchat

View past stories by visiting the News Room   page.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 18 faculty positions, 39 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 5 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)