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TIAA ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELING SESSIONS WITH ERIK MOREAU

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July– August, 2017

  • Thursday July 6, Davis Library 150C
  • Wednesday July 12, Davis Library 150C
  • Tuesday July 25, Davis Library 150C
  • Tuesday August 8, Marble Works, Suite 203
  • Wednesday August 23 , Davis Library 150C
  • Thursday August 31, Davis Library 150C

To schedule an appointment with Erik Moreau, please call the Field Support Team at (800) 732-8353, M-F 8am – 8pm (EST).

Midd/MIIS Travelers

The following employees have reported upcoming travel between Midd and MIIS:

From Midd to MIIS From MIIS to Midd
Ann McMenamin, Advancement Week of June 12 Shirley Coly, Advancement June 19-23
Dima Ayoub, Arabic Aug 7-8 Andrea Hofmann-Miller, GSTILE-T&I  July
Roman Graf, German/Commons Office – Brainerd Oct 19-23 Amy McGill, Office of the Institute VP July 11-14
Sarah Stroup, Political Science Oct 19-23 Julie Johnson, GSTILE July 21-August 5
Bill McKibben, Environmental Studies Oct 31-Nov 4 Jill Stoffers, Recruiting July
Sue Halpern, English & American Literatures  Oct 31-Nov 4 Maureen Anda, MIIS Alumni Relations Office  August
Maggie Peters,  MIIS Alumni Relations Office  August
Leah Gowron,  MIIS Alumni Relations Office  August
Renee Jourdenais, GSTILE  Summer
Cris Silva, GSTILE-T&I  Summer

From E4 Health: Resources for Resiliency

A healthy strategy any way you slice it:

When life hands you lemons… well, you know the rest. We can’t avoid adversity, but we can learn strategies to bounce back, and in some cases, to make the most of it. By becoming more resilient to setbacks, we increase our likelihood of eventual success. To make life’s challenges easier to swallow, let E4 Health provide professional counseling, daily living support resources, referrals, and information on these and other topics:

  • Recovering from setbacks
  • Dealing with life transitions
  • Managing stress, anxiety, and anger
  • Locating care providers for children, older adults, or pets during unplanned circumstances
  • Financial and legal matters
  • Effective communication
  • Adequate sleep and relaxation
  • Creating family and workplace harmony
  • Making time for yourself

E4 Health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
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Midd/MIIS Travelers

The following employees have reported upcoming travel between Midd and MIIS:

From Midd to MIIS From MIIS to Midd
Kas Singh, International Student & Scholar Services

June 2 – 8

Melissa Sorenson, Digital Learning Commons

May 30-Jun 7

Dana Yeaton, Theatre

June 7-9

Andrea Hofmann-Miller, GSTILE-T&I  July
Ann McMenamin, Advancement

Week of June 12

Amy McGill, Office of the Institute VP

July 11-14

Shirley Coly, Advancement

June 19-23

Renee Jourdenais, GSTILE

Summer

Dima Ayoub, Arabic

Aug 7-8

Cris Silva, GSTILE-T&I

Summer

Roman Graf, German/Commons Office – Brainerd

Oct 19-23

Maureen Anda, MIIS Alumni Relations Office

August

Sarah Stroup, Political Science

Oct 19-23

Maggie Peters,  MIIS Alumni Relations Office

August

Bill McKibben, Environmental Studies

Oct 31-Nov 4

Leah Gowron,  MIIS Alumni Relations Office

August

Sue Halpern, English & American Literatures

Oct 31-Nov 4

25 Years @ Midd with Susan Davis

In this post we recognize Susan Davis, Instructor of Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, and Telemark Skiing at the Snow Bowl, for her 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Susan tells us about her life outside of work, shares some memories of past colleagues, and gives some wonderful advice to new employees. Read on to learn more about Midd from Susan’s point of view.

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

I have lived in the Middlebury area most of my life with a variety of work experiences. Throughout my years at the Middlebury Snow Bowl I have also worked during the other seasons in Landscape Design Installation and Maintenance.  I established my own company Creating Your Scene in 2001. Just before my work with Middlebury, I was a self-employed Site Technician designing single family sewer systems while also offering free-lance drafting, scale model and topographic survey services for area builders…and also beginning the enjoyable journey of parenting two boys.   Before that I was with Phelps Engineering doing similar work.    And before that I was teaching pottery classes at the Frog Hollow Craft Center on Mill Street in Middlebury during which time I also was at the Snow Bowl teaching skiing for a few years.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

In addition to being an Instructor of alpine skiing, snowboarding and telemark skiing at the Snow Bowl, I was also Assistant to the former Director, then became the Director of the Snow School and had that position for just over for ten years until recently returning to part time Instructing.

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?

Parenting two young boys, volunteering at the Weybridge Elementary School, finishing the building of a new home while exploring the landscape surrounding our new neighborhood.

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

Enjoying the grandchildren and learning to be patient with this new stage of my life…and trying to find the most meaningful way in which I am suited to engage in our democracy.

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?

I have always found the College connection to be a very enriching exchange whether through educational offerings (i.e. staff development classes, auditing other classes, attending lectures and performances) or engaging with the students who enrolled in the J term PE classes at the Bowl or those students who did some teaching of those classes for us. I feel I have experienced a healthy personal growth and expanded interests, hobbies and endeavors.

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?

I grew up at the Snow Bowl. I have been skiing there since 1956…over 60 years! Due to the small scale of the operation I was friends with most of the personnel since those first years.  Many of their children or other relatives are now employed there.  The Snow Bowl always had an atmosphere of looking out for everyone who was there whether first time guests or long term patrons.  I have explored that terrain from border to border over all those years through all the seasons.   I was recently reminiscing with a school friend that I had not seen for 20 years or so and one of the first memories we shared was camping out in the old cabin that used to be at the top of Worth Mountain at the Bowl.  It is more than a place that is family friendly… for me it is family… it is home.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

Continuing to enjoy my two sons and their families…currently one granddaughter in Montana with whom I ski during her March school vacation and a grandson just 6 months with so many opportunities yet to explore.   Hoping to continue landscaping especially the design phase and continue sharing my passion for all those marvelous sensations sliding around and exploring the winter wonderland at the Snow Bowl …and helping other people find their comfort level with exploring and embracing winter in Vermont while building balancing skills that not only add confidence and courage but also a healthier body.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

The Ripton ‘campus’ at Breadloaf and the Hancock ‘campus’ at the Snow Bowl …not sure about main campus.

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?

The Managers starting with Ralph Myhre, then Howard Kelton and followed by Peter Mackey all modeled a very patient and respectful approach, the former Director Dwight Dunning had an inspiring ‘can-do’ … ‘aim high’…’think big’ approach which introduced me to some very exciting adventures and revealed my potential in many ways… also the value of persistence.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?

Take advantage of or at least get familiar with all the myriad opportunities both on and off campus and be sure to at least visit the Snow Bowl in Hancock. It offers great hiking (on a clear day you can view Main Campus and the Adirondacks from the top of Worth Mountain) and picnicking in the summer, chairlift rides during fall foliage and during most winter months has a free shuttle service to the Starr Shelter where there is a full snack bar of delicious food and drink both cold and hot.  The Snow Bowl is the third oldest ski area in Vermont and has lots of history of participants in the Olympics and other fun facts.  The Manager has some great old photos on file and many more can be found in the Archives at Davis Library on campus.  The area is full of ongoing displays of flora and fauna as well as rocks exposing the geology …another rich history of the glacial and plate tectonic activity.  So even if you are not interested in trying winter sports it has many other outing opportunities.

25 Years @ Midd with Grace Spatafora

In this post we recognize Grace Spatafora, Given Professor of Biology & Pre-Medical Sciences, for her 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Grace shares her career path here at Middlebury, some of her fondest Midd memories, and her favorite spot on campus. Read on to learn more about Midd from Grace’s point of view.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

  1. Visiting Assistant Professor
  2. Assistant Professor
  3. Associate Professor with tenure
  4. Full Professor
  5. Irene Heinz and John LaPorte Given Professor in the Premedical Sciences (Endowed Chair)

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now?

  1. Raising our 15-year old daughter, Olivia.
  2. Staying connected with my husband, Doug to whom I’ve been married for 21 years.
  3. Serving on the Board of the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering keeps me busy.
  4. Serving as the Horse Show Secretary for the Vermont Hunter Jumper Association.

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

  1. Witnessing the personal and intellectual growth of my students.
  2. Getting tenure in 1999.
  3. Moving into my new lab in Bicentennial Hall in 2000.
  4. Being the recipient of an Endowed Chair in 2008.
  5. Winning the Perkins Award this year which was especially meaningful because the recipient is nominated by students.
  6. Bringing my Great Dane “Cleo” to work with me each day back when the sciences were taught in the Old Science Center (ie. where the new Davis library is currently located.) A piece of the Old Science Building sits on my desk to this day!

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

I love walking out to the organic garden in the late afternoon on a sunny day and looking back at McCardell Bicentennial Hall.

June EFAP News: IMPROVING RESILIENCE

Free Monthly Webinar:

Turning Negatives into Positives

 

Thursday, June 22nd

12-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. EST

9-10 a.m. and 12-1 p.m. PST

It can be hard for you or your family to keep a positive outlook through life’s challenges. In this training, participants will learn to build confidence and self-esteem using mindfulness techniques. We’ll also review motivational strategies to facilitate life-long change as well as proactive ways to find the positives.

REGISTER TODAY! Space is limited.

  • Click on the time you would like to attend above.
  • Or log on to www.HelloE4.com with your username and password.  Click on “UPCOMING WEBINARS” on the homepage and follow the easy instructions.

Unable to make it to the scheduled webinars? 

We have them archived for your convenience. Log onto the website and click on E4 University at the bottom of the home page, then click on Webinars to search by webinar title.

STRENGTHEN FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Resilience is often thought of as bouncing back from adversity, but we can also think of it as bouncing forward-using challenging experiences as opportunities for learning and growth. The following tips are designed to support you in enhancing resilience and reducing stress:

Make a plan to change the things you can. Identifying the things that are within your power to change-and taking action to change them-will allow you to feel both calmer and more empowered. Be sure to create clear action steps with timeframes, detailing what you’ll do and when.

Tune-in to self-talk. We can’t always control what happens in life, but we can control the way we respond-including what we say to ourselves about it. Self-talk is usually subconscious, and it’s typically negative. To change it, tune in and notice what you’re asking or telling yourself, without judgment. Then, look to reframe in a way that’s positive but that also feels authentic to you.

Stress time for self-careMaking time for physical activity, connecting with supportive friends or loved ones, relaxation activities, sleep, and eating well will go a long way in helping to boost resilience. The stronger you’re feeling before a stressor hits, the better you’ll be able to handle it.

Set and maintain boundaries. Practice saying “no” to requests (when possible and appropriate) so that you’ll be able to say “yes” to more of the things you really want to do. Preserve your energy by limiting time spent with people who drain you and instead, spending more time around people and places that make you feel your best.

Attend the webinar. This month be sure to register and attend the webinar, “Turning Negatives into Positives.” By learning to look for the proverbial “silver lining,” you can improve your resilience. A full description and registration information is listed in the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend at any of the times, log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation. 

PDF files of the monthly newsletter and posters will be available for download on the 1st of the month by logging onto the website and clicking on “Monthly Bulletins” on the home page.

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
Username:  middlebury college
Password:    guest
Or call them at: 800-828-6025
(phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)