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Naila Baloch Awarded the Vermont Women in Higher Education Carol A. Moore Scholarship

On December 21, 2015, the Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) awarded its annual scholarship to Chaplaincy Fellow/Muslim Advisor Naila Baloch .

The scholarship, named after Lyndon State College’s former president, Carol A. Moore, recognizes women working in Vermont higher education who aspire to advance their careers. In its eleventh year of supporting women in their professional endeavors, this scholarship awards up to $1,000.

In support of Ms. Baloch’s application, Laurie Jordan, Chaplain of the College, states: “We want our students to thrive and grow, and Naila helps us create the kind of community where that can happen. She keeps up with world affairs so that she can relate to the concerns that students experience while they are studying, sometimes far from home. She is compassionate and thoughtful in her responses to crises both on and off campus.”

Upon receiving notification of the award, Naila stated: “I am honored and delighted to be offered the Carol A. Moore scholarship, and through it to be connected to a community of Vermont women who come together to support each other and dream up possibilities for a brighter, more beautiful world, where each of us has an opportunity to be our best self and offer our gifts in service to others.”

Ms. Baloch’s scholarship will be applied towards her education and training in Mental Health Counseling through an M.S. degree at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Ms. Baloch already holds a B.A. in Astrophysics and Comparative Religion from Williams College, where her undergraduate research focused on quantum information theory. She also holds a Master in Theological Studies specializing in Islamic Ministry from Harvard, as well as a graduate certificate from the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism in Pope Valley, California, where her focus was on counseling from a spiritual perspective.

VWHE is sponsored by the American Council on Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education, based in Washington, D.C., and has been active in the state of Vermont for over 20 years. VWHE works to foster connections among women in various sectors of higher education, promote women’s leadership and encourage and support women leaders of diverse backgrounds. The organization maintains an open membership policy and welcomes the participation of women from all levels of administration, staff and faculty. Visit www.vwhe.org for more information.

Midd Alumna Sally Olson ’03 presents Carpenters Tribute Concert

Vermont singer, actress and artist Sally Olson makes a special appearance in Middlebury to present “A Song For You” on Saturday evening, January 23, 7:00 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Charter House Coalition, providing emergency shelter housing during the winter months and free community meals every day of the week throughout the year.
Sally is a graduate of Middlebury College (class of 2003), Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. She has been acting and singing since childhood. Sally has also attended the acclaimed Circle in the Square Theatre School. She can be seen in local/regional commercials, theatre and cabaret performances.
This unique program draws on the Carpenters Tribute Concert that she originally performed in early 2015 with the Bill Reed Voice Studio, and has taken on tour throughout the state. In her tribute show, Sally performs the brother-sister duo’s greatest hits and covers. She also offers commentary on the history behind the Carpenters’ music, as well as Karen Carpenter’s rise to fame and her sudden and tragic death at the age of thirty-two, due to complications of anorexia nervosa. The Middlebury performance will be accompanied by Tim Guiles, who also provides back-up vocals, well known locally as music teacher, musical theater director, and accompanist of the College Community Chorus.
Through her tribute concert, Sally desires to honor Richard Carpenter’s musical genius and Karen Carpenter, one of the greatest female singers of all time. She incorporates authentic vintage costumes into her show to help recreate the world of the Carpenters. Reviewers of the show have noted that Sally Olson’s voice, appearance and stage-presence bear an uncanny resemblance to that of Karen Carpenter. Sally accepts this wonderful compliment and feels deeply honored to be able to pay tribute to the Carpenters through her singing. Sally notes “her strong affinity for the music of the Carpenters” and that she “relates to Karen and her soulful voice quality and sincerity. When Karen sings, it sounds likes she is experiencing everything for the first time.” The original production was conceived by Bill Reed (musical director & piano) and Sally Olson (artistic director & vocals). The set list includes many beloved Carpenters’ hits and covers that you’re sure to recognize, such as: Top of The World; We’ve Only Just Begun; Rainy Days And Mondays; (They Long To Be) Close To You; When I Fall in Love; At The End Of A Song; A Song For You; and Thank You For The Music.
 
Proceeds from the program (suggested admission $15, but any amount is welcome) will help the Charter House Coalition continue to provide ermergency overnight housing on frigid nights, and longer term housing at the Charter House in Middlebury for up to four families throughout the winter, in a warm, welcoming environment. Its meal programs – provided by area congregations, organizations and volunteers – serve more than 25,000 meals throughout the year, including homemade lunches every Monday through Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening suppers, Saturday morning breakfasts, and Sunday afternoon grill dinners. The Coalition also supports community housing on North Pleasant Street in Middlebury with five fully-furnished apartments, open all year, to help families in transition into independent living. The Coalition’s Farm-to-Table initiative raises and distributes about 5000 pounds of produce each year, used in the Charter House meal programs and donated to local food shelves. The Coalition extends sincere gratitude to CVUUS, one of the many area organizations that support its meal programs, for hosting this concert. Limited parking may be found at the Church; plenty of parking nearby adjacent to the high school football field.
You can catch a preview at www.carpenterstributeconcert.com on the web. Please join us for a wonderful evening of song and support this important community organization!
Sally Olson

School of the Environment – Applications Open!

Does your college-age son or daughter need something to do this summer? Did you know the Middlebury School of the Environment is open to him or her? Your student can earn 9 credit hours in six short weeks, and this year, there is an option to live off-campus*.

The School of the Environment is open to any college undergraduate and no previous college-level coursework in environmental studies is necessary. Applications are open for admissions and financial aid, and need-based grants are available.

Students enrolling in the session (June 24 to August 5, 2016) will take three integrated courses: two core courses (a project-based practicum and one that provides an interdisciplinary perspective on a complex issue) and an elective. The three courses will share connecting themes, tools, strategies and faculty, as well as mentors, visiting scholars and practitioners. An emphasis will be on linking skills associated with leadership and innovative problem-solving with a solid grounding in the principles and concepts of environmental studies.

Contact Stephen Trombulak, Director, if you have questions or visit the School of the Environment Blog and website for updates and information.

*All students are required to pay for and eat lunch in the dining hall as required meetings and work take place over the lunch hour.

 

 

School of the Environment – Applications Open!

Does your college-age son or daughter need something to do this summer? Did you know the Middlebury School of the Environment is open to him or her? Your student can earn 9 credit hours in six short weeks, and this year, there is an option to live off-campus*.

The School of the Environment is open to any college undergraduate and no previous college-level coursework in environmental studies is necessary. Applications are open for admissions and financial aid, and need-based grants are available.

Students enrolling in the session (June 24 to August 5, 2016) will take three integrated courses: two core courses (a project-based practicum and one that provides an interdisciplinary perspective on a complex issue) and an elective. The three courses will share connecting themes, tools, strategies and faculty, as well as mentors, visiting scholars and practitioners. An emphasis will be on linking skills associated with leadership and innovative problem-solving with a solid grounding in the principles and concepts of environmental studies.

Contact Stephen Trombulak, Director, if you have questions or visit the School of the Environment Blog and website for updates and information.

*All students are required to pay for and eat lunch in the dining hall as required meetings and work take place over the lunch hour.

 

 

Digital Media Bootcamp Update

We’ve added another session to the Digital Media Bootcamp.

Wilson Media Lab

Wilson Media Lab

Quicktime, SnapZ Pro, MPEG Streamclip, Scanners, Plotters and more @ 2:15pm

Date: January 18, 2016

Mack Roark – This workshop will teach you the basic functionality of Apple’s Quicktime, how to use SnapZ Pro to do a screen capture of video, and how to use features of MPEG StreamClip to view and convert video clips. Also included is an overview and demonstration of the scanners, plotter, and capture station located in the Wilson Multimedia Development Lab. You will learn the basics of how to operate these devices and the software associated with them. This is a 2 hour workshop.

Current List of Workshops

Title Date
Quicktime, SnapZ Pro, MPEG Streamclip, Scanners, Plotters and more @ 2:15pm January 18, 2016
Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp – Working with Data @1pm until 4pm January 19, 2016
Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp – Visualizing Data @1pm until 4pm January 20, 2016
Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp – Mapping Data @1pm until 4pm January 21, 2016
Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp – Analyzing Textual Data @1pm until 4pm January 22, 2016
Introduction to Information Literacy @ 2:45pm January 25, 2016
Safe Computing Practices at Middlebury @ 1pm January 25, 2016
Online Identity: Your Story to the World @ 2:45pm January 26, 2016
Online Recording Lab: SANSSpace @ 1pm January 27, 2016
Intro to Audio Literacy @ 3:30pm January 27, 2016
Intro to Visual Literacy and Presentations @ 3:30pm February 3, 2016

The Week’s Headlines

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

Middlebury Names Colleen Fitzpatrick Next Vice President for Advancement

Professor Daniel Scharstein Wins International Computer Science Prize

Middlebury to Exhibit Shakespeare’s First Folio as Part of National Tour

MLK Events to Feature the Dedication of Anderson Freeman Center, Keynote by Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Oratorio Concert

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 18 faculty positions, 40 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 2 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)