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25 Years @ Midd with Dean Mandigo

In this post we recognize Dean Mandigo, an Electrician in Facilities Services, for his 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Dean shares his career path here at the College, some details about his life outside of work, and some fond Middlebury memories. Read on to learn more about Midd from Dean’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

I came to the college from Racette Electric in Pittsford VT where I had begun my electrical career. Before that I had been a carpenter and worked general construction. For a short stint while in college I was a formalwear manager at McNeil and Reedy clothing in Rutland. I also worked for a few years at Coca Cola Rutland as warehouse worker, truck driver/delivery person and a salesmen/supervisor.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

General Maintenance worker electrical, electrician B, electrician A

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

I had gotten married the previous year and was creating a new life with Kathy my wife and her son Jared. I was also in the state electrical apprenticeship program.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)

My daughter Janelle, now a senior at UVM, is and has been an inspiration to me. Social justice is a major part of her life and she has helped me to understand where we are and why our thought process needs to change in society.

Jared and his wife Amber have given us two grandsons.

I have also been a Salisbury firefighter for 16 years.

Being empty-nesters now, Kathy and I enjoy mini vacations away, with family and our dog Maple.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

One day a several years ago a coworker asked if I would join him for a little exercise at the pool. We were both going thru some health issues and I agreed to give it a try. Now we both swim regularly and are both feeling better because of it.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

There are two. The installation of the radio antenna in Mead chapel spire with Chris Ayers. It was a challenge to run the service up thru the belfry around the carillon bells and wires. And maintaining the lighting of the cross country trail around the golf course. Those lights were removed many years ago.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

When I first came to the Electrical shop the college was about to go through a major growth spurt. The Ethernet was just taking off, life safety was jumping forward and the college was going to expand its physical size over the next decade. It was the perfect place to grow, career wise and family.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

My plan is to keep right on working. Maybe retire a little early. Possibly get a small part time job, do some volunteering, travel/camping while Kathy and I enjoy life.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

My favorite place would be in the top of Mead chapel looking out of the doors in the lantern just below the spire. Even better on a windy day and you can feel it sway!

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?

There have been many people that have influenced me along the way. To name a few, my brothers Dave and Dan, Ernie Racette(Racette Electric). From Midd  Art Thorne, Norm Cushman, George McPhail, Dean Ouellette and Robert Preseau.

MSA Financial Forum

Live Financial Forum – Financial Goals | May 23, 2019 | 9:00 AM (PST) & 12:00 PM (PST) |  Register Here.

Our next Financial Forum is scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd. Financial Forums are held four times a year, and the purpose is to answer live questions on any financial topic or this forum’s theme of “Financial Goals.” Our panelists will be ready to answer your questions on subjects ranging from debt and mortgages to investments and retirement. If you are ready to set some financial goals, log in to ask your question. The more the merrier, so please encourage any co-workers that have questions on goals to attend.

Note:  If you register and cannot attend, a recording of the webinar, along with a copy of the session presentation and handouts, will automatically be sent within 24 hours.

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You work hard for your money, but is your money working hard for you?

When it comes to our finances, we always wonder if we are making the right moves and searching for answers can feel overwhelming.

Middlebury College provides all employees access to financial well-being thru My Secure Advantage (MSA).

MSA helps you make the most of your hard-earned dollars!  When it comes to living a financially stress-free life, every decision you make adds up.  Through MSA, employees and their covered dependents can work with a personal Money Coach and utilize website services to make financial stress a thing of the past.

What’s Included

  • 90 days (per calendar year) of personalized money coaching with a personal, confidential, unbiased, and guilt free Money Coach.  Coaches don’t sell products or services: their only job is to provide expert guidance and improve your financial life.
  • Guidance on financial topics, goals, challenges, or questions.  Whether you’re getting by, digging out, or saving big, connecting with a Money Coach to discuss options, identify things to consider, and build out a plan can only help

Work with MSA to tackle questions like “Should I be saving more or paying down debt?” “When will I be able to retire, and how much do I need?” “What type of portfolio is best for me?” “How do I balance enjoying life now with saving for the future?” and more.

  • Online tools include videos, calculators, articles, and budgeting software to help you stress less and save more.

Questions?  Learn more about MSA here. To get started, sign up, and schedule your first appointment with a Money Coach call 888-724-2326.

*Benefits-eligible faculty and staff are eligible for MSA benefits.

25 Years @ Midd with Brad Nadeau

In this post we recognize Brad Nadeau, Director of Athletic Communications, for his 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Brad reveals his fondest Midd memory, shares his future goals, and tells us about a trusted mentor. Read on to learn more about Midd from Brad’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

Attended college at the University of Maine.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

Director of Athletic Communications

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

I moved here a few months after graduating college in August of 1994 with my fiancé, at the time, Sara. After a year living and working here, we got married back in Maine in the summer of 1995.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

Twenty-five years later, we have a son who is a junior at MUHS and my wife continues to teach at MUMS.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

Right out of the gate in my first year here, we hosted and won the 1995 NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship – that was a whirlwind year. Watching so many of our athletes put in great efforts and win championships has always a thrill for me. I have also really enjoyed getting to know so many of them on a personal level and especially my student workers over the years.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

Middlebury is a special place, and to me, the Athletic Department is one of its bright lights. I have never met or seen people more dedicated to their crafts and professions then the group I work with in the Peterson Athletics Complex.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I hope to continue to help promote the accomplishments of our student athletes here at Middlebury until retirement, whenever that may be!

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

Sitting at a baseball or softball game on a warm/sunny spring day. Another favorite place is watching/working a football game in the press box on a picturesque fall Saturday afternoon.

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?

I worked side by side with Carolyn LaRose in athletics for 20 years and miss her every day in the office. I came in as a 22-year old, fresh out of college, and she was so great at mentoring me. Whether it was how the old AS400 system worked or talking about the history of athletics here, she was a great asset to have.