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Dreaming of Retirement

  • Live Financial Forum

Dreaming of Retirement | July 9, 2019 | 9:00 AM (PST) & 12:00 PM (PST) | Register Here.

Many people can’t wait for retirement, yet they haven’t actually run the numbers for their ideal retirement lifestyle budget. The first step is calculating your current lifestyle costs and projecting how your monthly budget will change when you retire. This class helps you assess whether you are on track with your savings to sustain your retirement budget, and we’ll offer a wide range of considerations to help you formalize a realistic retirement plan.

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.


 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.

Stargazing at Mittelman Observatory – Summer 2019

Mittelman Observatory and Middlebury Physics will again host stargazing open house nights this summer. These Observatory events are scheduled for Wednesday evenings, June 26, July 3, July 24, July 31, and August 7, from 9:00 PM until 10:30 PM, weather permitting.

Jupiter and Saturn will be in the evening sky on many of these dates. A variety of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae will also be visible through the Observatory’s telescopes. The Observatory includes a 24-inch telescope in a dome and smaller telescopes on the roof.

Observatory open house nights are free and open to the public. As these are minimal language events, they are also appropriate for Language Schools students. These events will take place only if the sky is expected to be mostly clear. Please check the Observatory web site at go/observatory or call the Observatory at 443-2266 after 7 PM on the evening of the event for weather status.

Guidance on Middlebury Health Plan Coverage for Measles Related Blood Test and Vaccinations

On May 21, Karen Miller, Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Risk Officer, informed employees via email that in the event of a Measles outbreak, Middlebury would require employees to provide documentation of evidence of immunity.  It was suggested that employees contact their healthcare provider and obtain copies of immunization records, or blood test results proving immunity, in case proof is needed. 

The following information is provided as further guidance for employees enrolled in Middlebury’s health plan, outlining what Middlebury’s health plan would cover for employees who may find they need to get a blood test to determine or prove immunity, or for those who need the vaccine. If you are not enrolled in Middlebury’s health plan, please reach out to your own health plan administrator for coverage details.

The Measles vaccine is part of the vaccine program and covered under Middlebury’s plan at 100%, even for adults.  Please take note of the steps to follow below:

  1. If obtaining the vaccine at a pharmacy, locate a pharmacy participating in the Cigna vaccine program (please note that not all pharmacies in the regular Cigna network participate in the vaccine program).  

Pharmacies participating it the vaccine program in Middlebury, VT:

  • Hannaford Food and Drug
    (802) 388-6349 260 Court St Middlebury, VT 05753
  • Rite Aid #10334
    (802) 388-9573 263 Court St Middlebury, VT 05753

Pharmacies participating it the vaccine program in Monterey, CA:

  • Walgreens #7081
    (831) 644-9057 416 Alvarado St Monterey, CA 93940
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy 06769
    (831) 372-8085 499 Alvarado St Monterey, CA 93940
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy 05882
    (831) 375-8900 1301 Munras Ave Monterey, CA 93940
  • CVS Pharmacy #09320
    (831) 655-5411 686 Lighthouse Ave Monterey, CA 93940

Participating pharmacies in other locations can be found at this link: CIGNA_Pharmacy_Vaccine_Program_Directory

Call the pharmacy first to see if the vaccine is stocked, and to ask whether a prescription from your provider is required in order to get the vaccine. 

  1. If the vaccine if received during an office visit, the vaccine itself will be covered at 100%, however the office visit charge and coverage will vary depending on the purpose for the visit and how the visit is coded (preventative visit, nurse visit, lab visit, non-preventative visit) by the provider’s billing office.

The Middlebury health plan will cover the blood tests to test for Measles immunity.  However, be aware that it may be billed various ways:  

  1. If it is billed with a wellness preventative code, then it is covered at 100% of maximum allowable.  
  2. If it is billed with a diagnosis code other than preventative, then it is covered at 80% of the maximum allowable.  However, it may also be subject to the deductible if it is drawn outside of the provider’s office (and not coded as preventative).
  3. If the provider sends the blood test orders to a lab, then the provider will inform the lab which codes to use.  If there is no order from the provider, the lab indicates the codes.  To ensure that the lab bills properly, the referring doctor will need to write a script to the lab indicating it’s for preventative purposes.

As previously suggested, please work with your healthcare provider to determine the next steps appropriate for you.

Host an International Student

The Friends of International Students (FIS) host program recruiting and matching process for the recently admitted Class of 2023 continues! The Class of 2023 will include more than 75 international students, including some U.S. students who have lived abroad and international exchange students. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting in the fall and spread the word in our community.

International Student & Scholar Services will hold a series of information meetings about the program throughout the summer on the 2nd floor of the Service Building. We ask that new hosts attend a meeting so that we can meet them and share more information about the program. If you are an experienced host, you are welcome to join us as your stories and insights are vital to friends who are new to FIS and trying to decide if they would be a good fit for the program.

Join us for one of our host information meetings of the season:

  • Friday, July 12: 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Monday July 22: 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24: 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, August 6:  12:15-1:15 pm
  • Friday, August 16: 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Monday, August 19: 12:15-1:15 AND 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 5: 5:30-6:30 pm

To register for a meeting, please email ISSS at isss@middlebury.edu (subject line: FIS Host Program) or call us at 802.443.5858. Feel free to bring your lunch if you attend an afternoon meeting.

You can learn more about the FIS Host Program on our website at: http://www.middlebury.edu/international/isss/fis .

Please share this information with friends and family who do not work at the College.

We invite all who are interested to become a part of this wonderful program!

We look forward to hearing from you!

The 2019 Feminist of the Year Awards

Every year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, the Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House celebrates all the nominees for the Feminist of the Year Award. On May 11, 2019, a large group of Chellis House friends gathered in the backyard to celebrate the strides we made during another successful school year. Integral to making these strides are the many feminist activists and knowledge producers who never tire of investing their intellectual and emotional energy towards making this world a more equitable place. After enjoying delicious treats and the poetry of GSFS major Sam Boudreau ’19, we honored the award winners. Language in Motion Coordinator Kristen Mullins garnered the prize in the staff category. Her nominator noted that “Kristen [had] devoted the past five years to promoting and deepening cultural understanding on this campus, in the local communities through her K-12 outreach, and in Japan through her Japan Summer Service Learning program. For years now she has led community-focused anti-bias response trainings. Students and staff alike have found them tremendously helpful.”

         This year, the committee decided to distinguish two professors in the faculty category. Eliza Garrison, Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, was lauded for “consistently bringing a feminist lens to her classes in the Art History department. In particular, her class ‘Medieval Bodies’ in fall 2018 analyzed how women and other (literally) marginalized people were treated in medieval art and what the social and political ramifications of these representations were.” In all of her classes, Professor Garrison makes a point “both to assign feminist analyses of works of art and to discuss misogyny and othering in art.” The other professor who won the award was Lana Povitz, Visiting Assistant Professor of History. Her nominator highlighted her ability “to craft socially conscious and relevant syllabi in all of her classes, which require students to engage with the highly political world around them, allowing no one to remain apathetic or ignorant of the issues that dictate our lives. Her assignments allow students to self implicate, explore their own narratives, and counter traditional modes of history that sustain patriarchy.”

         This year, the selection committee decided to distinguish five students with the award although many more had been nominated. Throughout their four-year career at Middlebury, Miranda de Beer ’19 and Mika Morton ’19 often engaged in activism in tandem. By conceiving the “Middlebury 5K: Steps Towards Reproductive Justice” three years ago, they created an event with staying power. The event now draws close to 100 people who learn about reproductive justice through signs on the golf course while running or walking. They expand their knowledge at t-shirt making activities after the event where the event leaders are on site to talk about reproductive justice and hand-out pamphlets. Mika and Miranda also created a template for other students to continue their effort.

         Mika and Miranda often collaborated with Toria Isquith ’19, Grace Vedock ’20 and Rebecca Wishnie ’20. Toria raised awareness about the reproductive dangers associated with the proliferation of crisis pregnancy centers that pose as health care facilities to spread misinformation about pregnancy and abortion. For her senior project with Professor Carly Thomsen, Toria developed the “Bonefish” animation series, which brings to light the realities of abortion access and lived experience for women seeking reproductive healthcare.

In addition to being an activist against sexual violence and helping establish a digital archive for feminist activism at Middlebury, Rebecca Wishnie investigated the power dynamics of the Charles Murray visit throughout the past school year. In the course, “Gender and the Making of Space,” and at the student symposium, she examined how the architecture of McCullough helped to lend an air of legitimacy to Murray’s visit. For the 2018 Student Summer Symposium, Rebecca, together with Professor Sujata Moorti, investigated state-sanctioned violence and state-sanctioned mourning by comparing the film series The Handmaid’s Tale with the Charles Murray visit.

         Over the past three years at Middlebury. Grace Vedock has demonstrated a great passion for combating sexual violence. Tirelessly collaborating with Taite Shomo ’20.5 in the “It Happens Here” speak-out, she also testified before the Vermont State Committee on Education in favor of a bill that supports victims of campus sexual assault in Vermont. Grace also is a strong advocate on behalf of all queer students who were affected by this voices contesting their humanity on this campus.

         Please congratulate all the winners when you see them.

Caption: 2019 Feminists of the Year Toria Isquith ’19, Miranda de Beer ’19, Professor Lana Povitz, Grace Vedock ’20, and Mika Morton ’19. Not pictured: Professor Eliza Garrison, Language in Motion Coordinator Kristen Mullins, and Rebecca Wishnie ’10.

How to use library databases from off campus

You don’t have to say goodbye! Even when you’re off campus, you can connect to library databases like JSTOR and PsycINFO from the library website:

When you're off campus, you can connect to library databases from the library website.


Links that are on library web pages (a few examples include Research GuidesSummon and the Journals list) will ask you to log in with Midd credentials when you’re not on campus. It’s as easy as that!

Seniors: Here’s how to get alumni access to library databases!