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HOPE Holiday Shop

Each year HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) hosts a Holiday Shop that helps families who could not otherwise purchase new gifts provide something special for their children  for Christmas. At the shop, families pick out an outfit, two toys, art supplies, and two books for each child. In 2018, the Holiday Shop helped nearly 600 children have a happier holiday.

Sign up here, either individually or with others, to bring in a gift ($25 suggested value, suggestions provided in the sign-up form). Then, bring your unwrapped gifts to the Center for Community Engagement (20 Old Chapel Road – the DKE House next to Axinn) Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by Tuesday, December 10th. Be sure to sign in when  delivering your gifts so we know who has delivered gifts and their estimated value. Contact Ellie Dickerson at edickerson@middlebury.edu with questions. 

Holiday Pay and Holiday Pay Premium Time Entry Reminder for 2019-20

Here is a review of procedures regarding time entry during the 2019 November and December breaks, as well as for Martin Luther King Day in January, 2020.  Hourly (non-exempt) employees must use specific pay codes to record time during the designated breaks. Exempt (salaried) employees do not have use special codes since the appropriate number of days for each of the breaks will default in as Holiday Pay.

The 2019-20 holiday schedule is:

  • Thanksgiving Break: 5:01 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, November 30 (regular operations resume Sunday, December 1.)
  • December Break: 5:01 p.m. Friday, December 20 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 1 (regular operations resume Thursday, January 2, 2020)
  • Martin Luther King Day: 5:01 p.m. Sunday, January 19 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, January 20 (regular operations resume Tuesday, January 21, 2020)

Hourly Employees:  There are two pay codes – Holiday Pay and Holiday Premium Pay – that are used only during the designated holiday periods:

Holiday Pay (HOL): a benefit that is provided by Middlebury College to keep benefit-eligible employees’ pay whole without having to use CTO during designated holiday periods. It is not intended to provide extra pay. HOL, which pays at an employee’s regular hourly rate, is to be entered for normally scheduled hours by non-exempt benefit eligible employees on days during the specified holiday break periods whether or not they work.  For the Thanksgiving break, up to two days may be entered, for the December break, up to eight days, and for Martin Luther King Day, one day.  Employees who work variable or flexible schedules should coordinate entry of HOL with their supervisor to determine the appropriate number of HOL hours.

Holiday Pay Premium (HPP): a benefit that pays eligible non-exempt employees extra for working during the designated holiday periods. HPP, which pays at time-and-a-half the employee’s base hourly rate, is to be used by all eligible employees for hours worked during the specified holiday break periods. A limited number of part-time non-benefit eligible employees (such as those who work at the Snow Bowl, as the Snow Bowl is open for regular business during the December break and Martin Luther King Day) are not eligible for HPP. Please speak with your supervisor or Human Resources if you have questions regarding your status or eligibility for HPP.

Who Worked on a Holiday Who Did Not Work on a Holiday
Hourly benefit-eligible staff Enter Holiday Pay for any normally scheduled hours AND Enter Holiday Pay Premium for hours actually worked.* Enter Holiday Pay for any normally scheduled hours.
Hourly non-benefit-eligible staff Enter Holiday Pay Premium for hours actually worked.* No action needed.
Hourly non-benefit-eligible staff in positions designated as ineligible for HPP Enter Regular for hours actually worked.* No action needed.
Salaried, exempt staff No action needed. No action needed.  Holiday Pay code will default in during payroll.

* Remember to enter hours on the correct shift.

Please contact Human Resources if you have additional questions regarding time entry of HOL or HPP.

Registration for 2020 Winter Term Workshop Now Open

Winter Term Workshop 2020

Here’s your chance to broaden your horizons and/or develop a new interest! This January is your big opportunity to participate in Winter Term Workshops offered by Student Activities. Be sure to take advantage of this year’s workshops ‐ open to the entire College community ‐ and make the most of Winter Term. Registration begins Monday, November 18th and ends 12:00pm Monday, December 16th.

To check out the workshops being offered; go/wtw

To register to participant in a workshop; go/ideal . Please choose the “Middlebury Login” and once you are logged in, please choose Winter Term Workshops from the drop down under the “Home” dashboard.

Chorus Thanksgiving Concert includes tribute to Midd alumna and staff member Grace & Steve Weber

Songs of Rejoicing and Remembrance: Middlebury Community Chorus Thanksgiving Concerts

The Middlebury College Community Chorus presents its annual Thanksgiving performances on the Middlebury College campus at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Concert Hall at 7:00pm on Saturday evening, November 23 and again at 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, November 24. Historic and contemporary music fills the free, hour-long program entitled “Songs of Rejoicing and Remembrance.” Jeff Rehbach conducts and Tim Guiles accompanies the 110 community and student, faculty, staff, and alumni members of the choir—among the largest choirs in the state!

The choir will share songs of hope, gratitude, peace, and tribute, including the world premiere of Wings of the Morning by Middlebury College professor Peter Hamlin ’73. He wrote this setting of hymn and psalm texts in memory of long-time chorus member Grace Weber ’79, who passed away in December 2016, and her husband Steve, retired College forester, who passed away in May of this year. The chorus will also offer a movement from Emergent Universe Oratorio by Middlebury alumnus Sam Guarnaccia ’67 in a stirring musical setting of words by William Blake: “To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.”

College Community Chorus on stage“This is the sound of one voice, one spirit, one people: voices singing together in harmony, all of us singing with love…” These words by North American composer Ruth Moody, who sings with the Canadian folk-roots trio The Wailin’ Jennys, will ring out as the concert opens. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Chorus will also present dynamic settings of historic psalm texts that give voice to gratefulness, celebration, and praise. They include Sing Out Your Joy by African-American gospel songwriter Victor C. Johnson; a song of praise entitled Modimo, arranged by South African composer-conductor Michael Barrett; and Ngokujabula! scored for chorus and percussion by contemporary composer Dan Forrest that energetically expresses jubilation with sweeping melodies and driving rhythms.

Iowa composer Elaine Hagenberg’s The Music of Stillness exquisitely sets poetry by Sara Teasdale that opens with “There will be rest and pure stars shining.” Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus wrote Hymn to the Eternal Flame in remembrance of all who suffered and perished in the horrors of the Holocaust; it begins, “Every face is in you, every voice, every sorrow, every memory, woven into fire.” From the classical music tradition, Johannes Brahms composed an elegy with lush harmonies and expressive melodies entitled Nänie. With references to ancient Greek and Roman mythology, its text by nineteenth-century German author Friedrich Schiller poignantly depicts the death of that which is beautiful.

The program closes with  Luminous Night of the Soul, an uplifting work by award-winning Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo, who combines texts by the sixteenth-century Spanish poet and mystic St. John of the Cross and contemporary poet Charles Anthony Silvestri with its uplifting sentiment, “Praise to all music which soars to inspire!”

 Instrumentalists — including College teachers, staff, and students — from the Champlain Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, Burlington Civic Symphony, Middlebury Community Music Center, Middlebury Wind Ensemble, and Middlebury College Orchestra augment the program as they perform several works with the chorus.

Contact director Jeff Rehbach, 989-7355, or on the web at go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus for additional information.

Holiday/Floating Holiday Schedule FY20

This calendar is included below and will also be available on the Human Resources website.

Holiday/Floating Holiday Schedule:

  Observance TypeJuly 1, 2019   to June 30, 2020 (FY20)
Independence DayFHJul. 4, 2019
Labor DayFHSept. 2, 2019
Thanksgiving BreakHNov. 28 – 29, 2019
Year-End Holiday BreakHDec. 23, 2019–Jan. 1, 2020
Martin Luther King DayHJan. 20, 2020
Memorial DayFHMay 25,2020

Holiday Breaks and Floating Holidays begin at close of business the day before the designated holiday (or holiday break) and end at 11:59 pm on the designated holiday (or holiday break).

Holiday (H) – On designated Holidays all Middlebury operations are closed, except for a small number of mission-essential functions such as Public Safety, the heating plant, etc., which may run on reduced capacity. The actual total number of Holidays may vary slightly from year-to-year depending on whether or not year-end holidays fall on a weekend day. Benefits-eligible staff employees record “Holiday” on their timesheets for designated Holidays which occur on days on which they would otherwise have been scheduled to work. Most non-exempt, benefits-eligible employees who are required to work on a designated holiday are eligible for Holiday Premium Pay in addition to regular and Holiday pay. (Employees who are not eligible for Holiday pay due to their non-benefits-eligible status may nonetheless be eligible for Holiday Premium Pay if they are required to work on a designated holiday.)

Floating Holiday (FH) – On designated Floating Holidays most administrative and some operational departments are closed, however certain academic areas are open as are departments providing direct support to those academic areas. Area VPs (or their designees) will determine which departments or functions may close in observance of the holiday and which must remain open and be staffed. Employees who do not work on a designated Floating Holiday record time away as “CTO” (note: time is built into CTO accruals to cover these days).  Employees who are required to work on a designated floating holiday earn regular (not premium) pay and do not record CTO.

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Sat., Nov. 9: Sister-to-Sister Summit

The widely successful “Sister-to-Sister” Program is hosting its fifteenth summit for female-identified students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade on Saturday, November 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Center.

“Sister-to-Sister” brings together students from Bristol, Middlebury, and Vergennes with female-identified Middlebury College students. In a one-day summit on November 9 and monthly follow-up events during the rest of the school year, the students try out new things outside of the classroom (a-capella singing, hip-hop dancing, yoga, journaling, etc.). “Sister-to-Sister” also focuses on discussions of such topics as body image, relationships, and identity. A national program originally conceived by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), “Sister-to-Sister” works to develop strategies that support female-identified students. The program recognizes that in addition to teachers and textbooks, achievement is affected by what happens in the hallways, between classes, and outside of school.  “Sister-to-Sister” strives to make a positive difference by giving a voice to the needs and interests of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The program provides a “safe space” to talk about the challenges that female-identified students face in this day and age. It enables them to develop friendships with other students, even if they don’t go to the same school. The program is supported by roughly 100 volunteers and financial sponsors such as Chellis House, Middlebury College’s Community Engagement Center, and the local branch of AAUW. “Sister-to-Sister allowed me to get involved in the Middlebury community by connecting me with fellow students, faculty, and staff members, volunteers and most importantly, middle schoolers,” says Grace Giles, a Middlebury College graduate, who was involved with the program for three years. “Every generation represented in our sisterhood is experiencing the environment we live in through a different lens. When we communicate our perspectives, our lives become so much richer.”

All events are free. Sister-to-Sister provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Please let us know of any food allergies. To register and reserve your attendance pack, please call Karin Hanta at 443-5937 or email khanta@middlebury.edu.