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Inaugural Monterey Threat Financing Forum March 20-22

The Middlebury Institute Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism is hosting the Monterey Threat Financing Forum this March. The event will take place on the Monterey campus and feature experts from government, FinTech, and the finance industry. The event is geared towards professionals in the threat finance, sanctions, and anti-money laundering fields with 3-5 years of relevant work experience. Current graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to attend.

The Middlebury Institute’s Center on Terrorism, Extremism and Counterterrorism (CTEC) and its Financial Crime Management program are hosting the first Monterey Threat Financing Forum (MTFF), an ambitious international conference featuring government and private sector speakers in the field of counter-terrorism financing, counter-proliferation financing, threat financing investigations, and sanctions compliance. The conference will be held on the Institute’s Monterey campus on March 20-22.

“We’re excited to be hosting this inaugural event,” says Professor Moyara Ruehsen, director of the Financial Crime Management Certificate. “No other educational institution can match the Middlebury Institute’s curricular focus and expertise when it comes to threat financing. And thanks to our sponsors, we’re also excited to be able to provide this learning and networking opportunity to professionals in the field at minimal cost.”

“One of CTEC’s three core focus areas is threat finance and sanctions,” adds CTEC Director Jason Blazakis. “The discussion led by top notch experts in the area of sanctions and threat finance at the MTFF fits squarely within the CTEC mission.” Participants can earn 12 Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) credits by attending this conference.

Organizers announced this week that the keynote speaker will be Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury Andrea Gacki. OFAC is the federal agency charged with implementing and enforcing economic sanctions on behalf of the U.S. government. Before joining OFAC 10 years ago, Gacki spent eight years at the Department of Justice’s Civil Division in the Federal Programs Branch. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Participants can earn 12 Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) credits by attending this conference. Sessions will cover the latest sanctions evasion typologies, and how blockchain forensics can trace cryptocurrency transactions, supplemented by break-out workshops that offer the chance to analyze a fictitious terrorism financing case, trace the transnational workings of a real North Korean proliferation-financing operation, and learn how network analysis tools can aid investigators.

For the full agenda and more information about the conference visit the Monterey Threat Financing Forum website.

Monterey welcomes 11 College students for JTerm programs

College students complete the FMS Certificate in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing. Pictured left to right: Julien Souffrant, Peter Davis, James Scott, Matthew Lantin, Grant Schultz, and Kwame Mukasa. Photo taken by MIIS graduate student Erwin Alberty (MIDD ’06).

The Middlebury Institute welcomed six Middlebury College undergraduates for the Frontier Market Scouts Certificate in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing in addition to five students participating in the Program on Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation (DPMI.

This was the largest number of College students to date participating in on-campus Monterey programs during January. This is due to the Frontier Market Scouts program admitting undergraduates from the College for the first time.

The College students participated alongside Middlebury Institute graduate students and current professionals in both the FMS and DPMI programs. They were a welcome addition to both programs!

25 Years @ Midd with Vickie Backus

In this post we recognize Vickie Backus, Associate Laboratory Professor in Biology, for her 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Vickie mentions her favorite spot on campus, reveals some of her interests and hobbies, and shares some advice to new employees. Read on to learn more about Midd from Vickie’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?
I was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Houston. Prior to that I was a Ph.D. student at the University of Vermont and actually taught a one semester course BIOL0190 Ecology in the fall of 2011 as a visiting professor.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?
Assistant in Science Teaching, Associate in Science teaching, Visiting Professor, Associate Laboratory Professor. Associate in Laboratory Professor is my current job title.

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 got married to Wesley Wright.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?
Still married to Wesley Wright. Our son William is 18 and a senior at Mt. Abraham Union Middle and High School.

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 am a member of the Invertebrate Scientific Advisory Group for the State of Vermont. We advise the Endangered Species Committee for the State of Vermont on applications for listing to the Endangered Species List.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?
The students that I’ve help over the years. I love hearing from them and finding out what they are doing.

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?
This is a really interesting career. Science is always changing, the way teachers work changes and the students have changed quite a bit. It is a different thing every day and I get to learn something new every day.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?
Keep working for several more years, then travel.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?
The roof of Bicentennial Hall. The view is spectacular.

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?
So many but to list two: George Saul and Tom Root–they were/are both amazing teachers and taught me a lot.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?
Take advantage of the opportunities here. It is an amazing place and there is so much you can do.

Mind Body Challenge

From Monday, February 4th though Sunday, March 3rd we invite you and your family members to join us in a four week “Mind Body Challenge”.  We will be partnering with Wellable to support our challenge participants to practice daily activities that reduce stress and anxiety, improve performance and productivity and increase overall well-being.  Participants will be provided with practical tools and strategies to help them gain more focus and presence in their everyday life. Each week participants will be entered into a raffle to win fabulous prizes.  To register click here. We hope you’ll join us.  

Employing Middlebury Students this Summer

You may be thinking about employing a Middlebury College student to work in your department this summer. What a great opportunity for both you and the student!

Summer employment for students varies from the academic year and it is important that student supervisors are knowledgeable of each summers details.

The Student Employment Office Web page has been updated to reflect this summer’s timeline, procedures and policies here.

Please familiarize yourself with these policies so you are well informed and can provide information to the student(s) you hire.

College Community Chorus begins new season

The Middlebury College Community Chorus announces a new season as its singers prepare for their annual spring concert, with an intriguing mix of pieces about time, seasons, and places. Regular rehearsals take place on Sunday and Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on the college campus, beginning January 27.

Middlebury Community Chorus

Students, alumni, community members enjoy rehearsal before last fall’s concert (photo: Silvia Cantu)

Rehearsals from January 27 through February 12 take place at the Mahaney Arts Center (room 221). As of February 17, rehearsals move to Mead Chapel. Historic, traditional, and contemporary music from across the globe will fill the hour-long program slated for performance the first weekend in May.

On this spring’s program, the choir will sing Gropen, a lively traditional Norwegian tune arranged for chorus with fiddle. Young Tradition Vermont award-winning high school student Romy Munkres from Cornwall VT will play with us. We also will perform Sunshine, an upbeat tune about blue sky and summer time, set by Irish composer Michael McGlynn. Also by McGlynn, we will offer Aisling, a quiet Celtic tune. Aisling means ‘dream’ or ‘vision’ and the work features a solo instrumental part that Romy will play.

Kanaval, a festive, fun work by Sydney Guillaume (born in Haiti, now living in the U.S.) depicts mardi gras in Haiti with a mix of tunes and rhythms influenced by traditional Haitian culture. Hands are Knockin’ includes words in both English and Arabic, a song by Kyle Pederson (who earned a master of fine arts degree in Vermont), written for an international school in Muscat, the capital of Oman, that asks if we will open our doors to all people.

In differing musical styles, we will prepare three newly composed songs with poetry by Sara Teasdale and Christina Rosetti, including Refuge, a radiant piece completed in 2015 by long-time Vermont composer Gwyneth Walker; Grace Before Sleep, a sensitive setting by Missouri-based composer Susan LaBarr; and The Rose,. a gentle tune with flowing piano accompaniment, by Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo that portrays the picturesque beauty of this flower as it blossoms.

The program includes splendid historic choruses from a little known work by George Frederic Handel entitled The Triumph of Time and Truth, including a “Hallelujah” chorus (though not the one that many people know from “The Messiah”!) We will also sing one of Handel’s most beautiful choruses, Music Spread Thy Voice Around.

The choir invites new members to join us as we enjoy making music together. Participants should plan to attend at least one rehearsal each week. Numbering nearly 100 singers, the group welcomes without audition all who can follow a musical score and carry a tune accurately. Its members travel from throughout the region to participate in this 150-year-old community tradition, hosted by Middlebury College.

Jeff Rehbach continues in his nineteenth consecutive season as director of the College Community Chorus, and Timothy Guiles returns as the choir’s virtuoso accompanist.

For additional information, check on the web at go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus or send an inquiry to rehbach@middlebury.edu or 989-7355.