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Academic Roundtable – Microaggressions, Trigger Warnings, Campus Climate, and the Classroom

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Please join us on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, in the Center forTeaching, Learning & Research, LIB 225 at 12:15 PM.

How do recent debates and discussions on campus and in the national press around the topics of microaggressions and trigger warnings impact what happens in our classroom? How do we identify microaggressions that may have made their way into our speech patterns? How do we decide whether or not to issue ‘trigger warnings’ in advance of dealing with potentially difficult topics in our classrooms? Join us for discussion of these important topics. Miguel Fernandez of the Spanish & Portuguese Department and Acting Chief Diversity Officer and Allison Stanger of the Political Science Department will offer some preliminary perspectives to help frame our discussion. You are encouraged to read in advance the following articles that help illuminate the contours of the national debate on these subjects.

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

What Is the Point of College? By Kwame Anthony Appiah

Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Doreen Bernier via email at dbernier@middlebury.edu by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Open Enrollment

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Open Enrollment for Middlebury’s 2016 Health & Welfare Benefit Plan is being held from November 1 – 14, 2015.  All benefits-eligible employees are required to complete the open enrollment process within this time period even if they do not intend to make benefit changes for 2016.

Open enrollment is your opportunity to:

• Continue your current medical, dental, or vision elections into the new year OR add coverage for yourself and/or dependents OR terminate your own or your dependents’ coverage.
• Continue your current voluntary life and/or accidental death and dismemberment coverage for the new year OR increase OR decrease the amount of existing coverage in these plans.
• Enroll in the health care and/or the dependent care flexible spending account(s) for next year. If you do not make an FSA election, you will not be contributing for 2016 even if you participated in 2015.  For Q&A’s on the Health Care FSA rollover click here.

Open Enrollment must be completed, using Banner Web, between November 1 – 14, 2015.  Benefits eligible employees will be able to access the open enrollment module from any computer with internet access.

Getting Started
1. Access the Open Enrollment System:

• Click this link: http://go.middlebury.edu/bannerweb OR
• On the bottom right-hand corner of the Middlebury homepage http://www.middlebury.edu/  click “Quick Links” and then “Banner Web”

2. Enter your Banner Web User ID (your Midd ID number) and your PIN and click “Login”.
3. Click “Employee”, then “Benefits and Deductions”, and then “Open Enrollment”.

2016 Premium Rate Chart


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Please read below the changes to the time entry deadlines and pay dates for BW23 (pay date 11/13/15) and BW24 (pay date 11/25/15). These changes are required to accommodate for Veterans Day1 and the Thanksgiving holiday.

Pay period BW23 (10/26/15 – 11/08/15)change to time entry deadline only

  • Deadline for submitting/approving time – Monday, 11/09/15 12:00pm
  • Paychecks and direct deposits issued and dated – Friday, 11/13/15 (no change)

Pay period BW24 (11/09/15 – 11/22/15)change to time entry deadline and pay date

  • Deadline for submitting/approving time – Friday, 11/20/15 10:00am
  • Paychecks and direct deposits issued and dated – Wednesday, 11/25/15

1Veterans Day is a federal holiday and all banks are closed. To comply with ACH deposit rules, payroll processing must be accelerated to account for the closed day.

Please inform all your staff of this change in the payroll schedule

Payroll/Human Resources

Proposals now being accepted!

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 Wonderful professionals with great expertise (like you!) are what drive Vermont Women in Higher Education.

Please consider submitting a proposal to present at our annual spring conference, Power Up! Harness Your Power, Direct Your Energy, Electrify the World!

 in Killington, Vermont on March 31st & April 1st, 2016.

Submit your workshop proposal here:

 If you have questions, please contact Elaine.Sopchak@vsc.edu.

We look forward to your proposal!

The 2016 Conference Committee

Benefit Refresher Open Meetings

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Do you have questions about your Middlebury College employee benefits?  Has it been a while since your Benefit Orientation? Unsure if Flexible Spending is right for you? Come join your Faculty and Staff colleagues at a Benefits Refresher Open Meeting where we will review highlights of the Medical, Dental & Vision plans, Flexible Spending Accounts and Voluntary Life and AD&D.  We will also leave time for your questions.

Refresher courses will be held on:

  • Wednesday, November 4th, 12:30-1:30, Crest Room
  • Friday, November 6th, 8:30-9:30, Crest Room
  • Monday, November 9th, 1:30-2:30, on-line*
  • Wednesday, November 11th, 3:00-4:00, Crest Room

Please register for the course by clicking here so we know how many snacks to bring.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

* On-line refresher meeting will be conducted using Adobe Connect.  A link to the meeting will be sent out to enrollees on Monday (11/9) morning.

The Week’s Headlines

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

Harvard Historian To Speak on “The Rei(g)n of Marriage,” November 12

Baishakhi Taylor Joins Middlebury as New Dean of Students

Hart, Morse Explore Alternative Forms of Historical Scholarship

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Carol A. Moore Scholarship applications due Nov. 30th!

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Vermont Women in Higher Education

is now seeking applications for the

Carol A. Moore Scholarship

$1,000 available

This scholarship is awarded to women currently working in higher education who are successful in their roles, intend to engage in professional development or academic pursuits in order to further their career, and demonstrate a commitment to supporting women’s leadership.

The application deadline is November 30, 2015.

For more information, please visit our website at