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Staff Council Lecture Series – January

President Laurie Patton, Professor of Religion, will offer a fourth lecture in our series for staff on Wednesday, January 27th. Spend an hour with us and learn more about different belief systems across the globe while increasing your religious literacy. This is an exclusive staff event.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 220


“Ancient Indian Contemplative Traditions and their Relevance for Today”

Presented by President Laurie Patton


Coffee and tea provided.


The Center for Teaching, Learning & Research is pleased to present a selection of roundtable discussions and workshops that explore intentional teaching and learning practices. The series includes presentations and conversations to inspire, challenge, and educate Middlebury faculty, staff, and students on topics such as creating community in the classroom, intentional curricular design, inclusive pedagogies, universal design, and contemplative practice.

The Contemporary teaching series continues during Winter Term on Mondays and Thursdays, and all sessions include lunch. For more information and to sign up for individual sessions, please visit the series website.

Writing for the Public

Tuesday, January 26, 4:30 CTLR Suite

Guest Lecturer: Anne Trubek

 Writing for general audiences—readers of The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education and other serious outlets for journalism, say—is fun, energizing and, sometimes, profitable. It allows scholars to connect their research to current events (are you a scholar of Islam? There is an audience for your expertise!), culture (how might Adele’s decision not to stream relate to similar changes in the distribution of art historically?) science (your study of the changing habitats of bats is of interest to environmentalists) and more. But academia does not always provide incentive for or assistance with writing op-eds or researched articles in the ‘popular press,’ leaving faculty and staff at a loss as to how to get their ideas more widely disseminated and read  by non-specialists.

In the talk we will discuss how the submission process works, how to develop ideas that will interest editors, common obstacles academics encounter when working with non-academic editors, and how to craft clear, engaging prose. Additional information and registration here.

Co-sponsored by Academic Administration, CTLR, and the Writing Program.

Apply for an Environmental Council Grant

Apply for an Environmental Council grant!
There are two types of grants available:
·      You may apply for a grant for up to $1,500 at any time. These projects typically take place during a single semester or summer.
·      Larger grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for collaborative projects, and may take up to two years. There will be multiple deadlines for these larger grants throughout the year:
        -January 31
        -February 29
go/ecgrants​ for more information and to apply. Prospective applicants are welcome to make an appointment to discuss their application any time by calling 443-2536 or emailing sustainability@middlebury.edu.

MiddCORE Applications are Due Feb. 15

Did you know your college-age son or daughter or recent graduate is eligible to apply to MiddCORE this summer? They don’t have to attend Middlebury to go. 

MiddCORE is a 4-week summer program at Lake Tahoe for current college students and recent graduates from any institution who want to develop the SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, and CONFIDENCE to be successful in life and work. MiddCORE’s dates are June 11- July 9, 2016. Through an intensive daily schedule of small-group classes and mentor-led workshops, students develop skills in teamwork, innovation, trial-and-error exploration, networking, and practical problem solving. The program is highly collaborative and hands-on, and students work closely with each other and more than 40 mentors from the top leading fields and professions.

MENTORS are what make MiddCORE different. Every day students have access to professionals from today’s successful businesses and leaders such as:
+ Cofounder of Netflix, Marc Randolph
+ President and CEO of Peet’s Coffee, Dave Burwick
+ Managing Director at Google, Suzie Reider
+ Former Governor of Vermont, Jim Douglas
+ KPMG Global Life Sciences Associate Director, Kelly Briggs
+ Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase, Mary Pang
+ Co-Founder of Salesforce, Parker Harris

During MiddCORE, students participate in several STRATEGIC PARTNER CHALLENGES, working with peers to solve actual business problems posed by mentors. This past summer students worked with YouTube and Peet’s Coffee and non-profit enterprises iMatter and 826National. They also worked on their own INNOVATION CHALLENGE to develop a new product or service or a new way to address a social problem. Students who complete the course earn one course credit from Middlebury College equivalent to three credit hours.

Below you will find links to materials to better understand MiddCORE
+ Course book from last summer has an outline of the course, the skills students acquire, and a schedule of each day
+ Brochure gives a quick summary of the MiddCORE program
+ Impact Report shows how MiddCORE has influenced its graduates.

If your child is interested in applying, here are the details of the application process.  The next application round is due February 15. 

Introducing My Secure Advantage

Are you a benefits-eligible with questions about taxes, or financial peace of mind?  Are you struggling with credit card debt?  Check out what our new financial wellness program,  My Secure Advantage (MSA), can offer-

Is there any obligation that causes more anxiety than filing our tax returns? For many people, the answer to that question is NO! This presentation features a tax specialist who will discuss the key elements of a tax return and will address some of the most common errors made in filing. There will also be some practical tips offered to make filing your taxes less taxing.


READ: Important Tax Dates
We all know April 15th is the due date for tax returns, but what about other dates? Here are some important dates to watch out for… read more

READ: Relief for Tax and Credit Card Debt
With tax and credit card debt, Laura needed financial direction and relief. Working with her trusted Money Coach was just the ticket….read more

EVENT: Live Financial Forum
This is your chance to get answers! On Wednesday, February 24th, My Secure Advantage (MSA) will host another Live Financial Forum….read more



WEBINAR: A Path to Financial Peace of Mind

On February 25th, come hear about your opportunity to work with a Money Coach to overcome financial stress and achieve your financial dreams…read more


REWARDS: Take Action and Win!
You get the chance to win cool prizes, when you engage in the MSA program, work with a Money Coach, and attend webinars…read more



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.