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College Community Chorus — come join us!

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The Middlebury College Community Chorus announces a new season to prepare a concert to celebrate Thanksgiving, slated for performance at Mead Chapel on the Middlebury College campus on Sunday afternoon, November 23. Regular rehearsals are Sunday and Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Mead Chapel on the Middlebury College campus. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 9, at 7:00 p.m. Staff and faculty, as well as students, are welcome to join the chorus through September 23; participants should plan to attend at least one rehearsal each week. Conductor Jeff Rehbach notes, “The Chorus is especially privileged this season to be performing works by great composers of the past, alongside amazing new music by Middlebury composer Sam Guarnaccia. These pieces celebrate and honor the amazing universe in which we live.”

The centerpiece of the program features the Middlebury premiere of selections from an extended work by Guarnaccia, Emergent Universe Oratorio, written just one year ago. It is a powerful and sensitive work, drawing on texts that describe the universe and its creation and transformation. In addition to texts by contemporary writers spoken by a narrator, the performance includes four choruses accompanied by chamber orchestra: EaarthRise Amen by Thomas Berry; Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry; Awakening by Brian Swimme & Mary Evelyn Tucker, creators of the documentary video Journey of the Universe; and To See a World by William Blake.

The Thanksgiving program includes the exuberant chorus The Heavens are Telling from classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation.” The choir will prepare three choruses with historic texts from the Psalms by George Frederick Handel: As Pants the Hart (from Psalm 42); Put Thy Trust in God (from Psalm 43); In the Voice of Praise and Thanksgiving (from Psalm 26). The Chorus will reprise a work from its past Thanksgiving concerts by contemporary Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus, Hymn for America, that recognizes and gives thanks for the variety and beauty of our country’s landscape. We also give tribute to American folksinger and environmentalist Pete Seeger with a beautiful setting of his song, To My Old Brown Earth.

Jeff Rehbach begins his fifteenth season as director of the community chorus, and Timothy Guiles returns as accompanist. The College Community Chorus welcomes all interested singers to join the ensemble. 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.

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

Faculty and Staff Locker/Locker Room Information

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Greetings from the Equipment Room.

We have been asked by quite a few faculty and staff members the question, “How do I get a faculty/staff locker in the faculty/staff locker room”? Unfortunately, there is not an easy solution to get more people into an already full space. Historically, we have put people on our “wait list” and issued a locker when or if one became available. Some people have been fortunate enough to actually get into the faculty/staff locker room, but we still have quite a few people that are still waiting!

I have come up with a plan that will allow people who still want their lockers to keep them, and it should allow for access to the locker room for those currently without a locker.
As part of this process we will be changing the fees as well as the timing of the locker renewal process. We will be sending out the locker renewal notice soon. If you currently have a locker and you would like to renew the locker, please do so BEFORE September 30th. If you have a locker in the faculty/staff locker room the fee is going to be $20.00 annually . If you have a locker in the general locker room the fee will stay the same as it has been for years ($10.00). In addition, for those faculty and staff members who are unable to get a locker in the faculty/staff locker room, you may see either Bryan Merrill or Shelley Payne in the Equipment Room and you will be given the access code to the room. There will be a number of lockers we keep empty in each room which may be used as “day lockers”. In other words, you may bring your own lock, and use an open locker while you work out, and then empty the locker and leave it open for the next person when you are done with your workout.

I am sorry that we do not have enough lockers for everyone to have their own locker, but hopefully this is a suitable, if imperfect, solution.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter and as always if you have questions or concerns please contact me.

Best regards,

Bryan T. Merrill

Equipment Manager
802-443-2371 (fax)

Rehearsals Cafe Reopens

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8:30 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Rehearsals Cafe will reopen for beverage service and light fare, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-2:30 PM. The grab-and-go menu will include coffee, tea, espresso drinks, yogurt parfaits, salads, sandwiches, soups, and sushi. Come enjoy a delicious day at the Mahaney Center for the Arts!

Zumba® Fitness with Lindsey!

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Zumba® Fitness with Lindsey!

Treat yourself to an hour of fun,
easy-to-learn dance moves that will make you SWEAT:
Burn 300-1,000 calories in ONE class!
Wednesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Starting September 17, 2014
Field House, 3rd Floor rehearsal space

This high-energy fitness dance class features salsa, hip hop,
samba, merengue, mambo, pop, cha cha, reggaeton, cumbia,
belly dance, tango, and more.
12 classes for $72
Drop ins welcome $10

The first 15 College faculty/staff to register will receive a $10 discount, courtesy of Wellness at Middlebury. Sorry, this discount is limited to current faculty/staff only; other ID card holders are not eligible.

Register September 8th (10AM) – September 26th ~ online at go/tickets, call xMIDD, or stop by the Box Offices in McCullough or the Mahaney Center for the Arts

Questions? Lindsey Hescock – 388-3381 or zumbalindsey@gmail.com
or Missey, mathomps@middlebury.edu or x5258

BodyFit with Nina Vila!

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BodyFit with Nina Vila!

a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Workout

with Elements of Egoscue Postural Alignment Method and Classical Pilates

  • Increase your flexibility
  • Strengthen your core
  • Improve your postural alignment
  • All exercise levels welcome
  • Modifications for all exercises available

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30–1:20 PM, starting September 16

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Studio 109

Open to Middlebury College Students/Faculty/Staff

Once/week for $66*         Twice/week for $132*

11 weeks total. Once/week students may attend either day

*The first 20 College faculty/staff to register will receive a $10 discount, courtesy of Wellness at Middlebury. Sorry, this discount is limited to current faculty/staff only; other ID card holders are not eligible.

Register September 8 (10 AM) – 26 online at go/tickets, call xMIDD, or stop by the Box Offices in McCullough or the Mahaney Center for the Arts

Questions? Nina, ninavccp@gmail.com  or 388-7400

or Missey, mathomps@middlebury.edu  or x5258

Invitation: Friends of International Students Host Program Information Meetings, Sept. 11 & 22

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You’re invited to learn more about the Friends of International Students (FIS) Host Program at our upcoming information meetings.

Dear Faculty and Staff–

International Student & Scholar Services invites you to learn more about our Friends of International Students host program.

  • The program provides a terrific opportunity for you to meet people from around the world, and to connect with a student in an individual way.
  • It’s a friendship program. Contacts between student and family are arranged on your own terms.
  • Most of the students participate in our program, so we will need many new hosts.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of serving as a host to an international student, please register to attend one of our information meetings.  The meetings will be on:

  • Thursday, September 11, from 5:15 – 6:00 p.m., and
  • Monday, September 22, from 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

Both meetings will be held in the Carr Hall Lounge (Carr Hall is at 452 College Street, and is also marked as the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity). Please feel free to bring your lunch to the mid-day meeting.

TO REGISTER: Please contact ISSS, by email at isss@middlebury.edu or by telephone at 443-5858. (Your email reply will go directly to the ISSS office mailbox. In either your email or phone message, please provide your name, email address, and phone number, as well as which meeting you plan to attend.) Even if you have been a host in the past, please contact us to register for a meeting, both to share your experiences with potential hosts and to learn about the upcoming year of the FIS program!

We hope you will be able to join us. However, if you cannot attend a session and are interested in the program, please let us know.

We invite all who are interested in learning more about the program to attend a meeting.  Please also share this information with friends and family who do not work at the College as we welcome their participation.

Click here to learn more about the Friends of International Students (FIS) Host Program.


HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 8 faculty positions, 39 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 4 internal job postings on the Middlebury College 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)