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News from the Office of Digital Learning

Updates

Things are happening at the Office of Digital Learning! To keep abreast of what the ODL is up to, we invite you to read the weekly series on our blog called This Week in ODL where you can access updates on the projects, news, and developments underway at our office. We invite you to click here for a complete listing of our weekly updates. And don’t forget to check our frequently-updated Projects page, where you can find information about our many projects.

Blog

The ODL has an active blog with regular readers from both within and beyond Middlebury. We hope to count you among them! To receive blog updates in your inbox, subscribe to our blog by scrolling to the bottom of our website and adding your email address to the subscribers list. While you’re there, we hope you’ll take a minute to check out our latest blog posts:

Registration for 2018 Winter Term Workshop Now Open

Winter Term Workshop 2018

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 at 8:00am Sunday, November 19th and ends 8:00am Monday, December 18th.

To check out the workshops being offered; go/wtw

To register to participant in a workshop; go/ideal

 

 

Streamlined Productivity Webinar with Porter Knight

Monday, November 27th, 2017 at 4:15 – 5:45 pm EST/1:15 – 4:45 pm PST (90 minutes)

Sign-up: Click here to register and view details

The hours in a day are finite yet the demands on your time seem limitless. How can you effectively get your work done when you’re pulled in so many different directions? This workshop will put you back in charge of your day so you can get organized, be effective, and focus on what’s important. You’ll learn time management tricks, strategies to stay on top of email, and ways to communicate your tasks and priorities to others.

Join us for this lively and interactive program. You’ll leave with tools you can put in place immediately to get more done with less stress.

*To join the webinar, you will need a computer with the Zoom software downloaded and an internet connection.

  • You can create a Zoom account for yourself at any time by visiting go/zoom, clicking sign-in, and logging in with your Middlebury credentials.  Monterey users will need to use their full @middlebury.edu address.
  • More details on how to join the webinar will be sent before the session.

College Community Chorus in concert Nov. 18-19

The Middlebury College Community Chorus takes to the Robison Concert Hall stage at Middlebury’s Mahaney Center for the Arts for its annual Thanksgiving concert, this year with the theme “Heart and Home.” Performances take place on Saturday evening, November 18, 7:00 pm, and on Sunday afternoon, November 19, 3:00 pm. Admission is free.

College Community Chorus rehearsal

Rehbach leads students and community members in rehearsal in Chorus rehearsal. Photo: Anastasiya Prokhorenko ’19

Conductor Jeff Rehbach notes that through a rich variety of historic and present-day music abounding with vivid writing for chorus and piano, the program evokes our longing for home, our heartfelt desire for peace and hope, as well as our joy in celebration and thanksgiving. Rehbach leads the 100-voice chorus as virtuoso pianist Timothy Guiles accompanies the ensemble.

The group delights in presenting music by Moira Smiley, who grew up in New Haven, Vermont, and now travels across the globe to share her music and songs. Stand in That River encourages us to “Come and stand in that river, current gentle and slow, send your troubles down-water, down on that water flow.”

The chorus reflects on life at home with These Green Hills, Vermont’s state song, in a new arrangement just written this past spring by Maarten van Ryckevorsel. The Road Home, by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus, uses a tune from The Southern Harmony Songbook (1835) with new words: “There is no such beauty as where you belong; rise up, follow me, I will lead you home.”

The choir remembers those who have been a part of our lives with two works by contemporary American composers, Good Night, Dear Heart by Dan Forrest and Homage by Z. Randall Stroope. The first poignantly sets the words of a classic poem by Robert Richardson that Mark Twain notably placed on the headstone of his daughter who died in her early twenties. The second honors beloved parents and all who shape our lives.

Music wells up in our hearts with a passionate yet sensitive setting of I Dream a World by Langston Hughes, set by African-American composer Rosephanye Powell: “A world I dream, where black or white, whatever race you be, will share the bounties of the earth…and joy, like a pearl, attends the needs of all mankind.” Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo sets the ancient church text Ubi caritas (“Where charity and love are, God is there”) in a breath-taking setting that features solo piano alongside the chorus. Rosephanye Powell sets her newly composed song, I Will Sing, in a toe-tapping gospel style: “When freedom rings, I will sing of the love, of the peace, of the hope, of the joy that fills my heart.”

The program includes settings that depict a heavenly home with music from the 18th and 19th centuries: How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place by Johannes Brahms, and Agnus Dei (Lamb of God, grant eternal rest) by French composer Gabriel Fauré. The group will present Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant us Peace) from the Mass in B minor, one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s final compositions. The choir will also sing Jubilate Deo (O be Joyful) by the German composer Felix Mendelssohn, based on an historic psalm of thanksgiving.

Members of the College Community chorus travel for weekly rehearsals from throughout the region, including Cornwall, Weybridge, Middlebury, Ripton, Goshen, Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven, Waltham, Vergennes, N. Ferrisburgh, Charlotte, East Middlebury, Salisbury, Leicester, Brandon, Randolph, Orwell, and Shoreham. College students hail from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, China, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, Texas, and California. The group is open without audition to all singers who delight in participating in this 150-year-old community tradition, hosted by Middlebury College. For additional information, check on the web at http://go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus or contact director Jeff Rehbach at 989-7355.

TEDxMiddlebury THIS Saturday!

TEDxMiddlebury: Lost and Found will be held on Saturday, November 11th from 10:00am to 1:30pm at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts Robison Concert Hall. The theme, Lost and Found, is about the perpetual discovery and rediscovery that is essential to our existence as human beings. It questions what it means to feel lost and find purpose once again, be it in the formation of ourselves or the creation of our communities.

This year’s speakers include the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Outreach Director, a Vermont-based design professional, a Kentucky state legislator, and a Spanish linguistics expert. Speakers will also include the winner of this year’s Student Speaker Competition, Nia Robinson ’19, as well as Middlebury alumna Rana Abdelhamid ’15.

We hope that you will join us for a wonderful morning of TEDx talks and conversation. Tickets can be purchased from the box office in McCullough Student Center, in the Center for the Arts, or online here: https://tinyurl.com/y8s62db3.

For more information on this years event and TEDxMiddlebury, please visit our website (http://sites.middlebury.edu/tedx/) or our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TEDxMiddlebury/). For questions, please email tedxmiddlebury@middlebury.edu.

Benefits Refresher Meetings

Human Resources will be holding two open Benefits Refresher meetings covering topics such as: plan basics (deductibles, co-insurance, out-of-pocket maximums, co-pays), network coverage, mail-order prescription benefits, flexible spending accounts, Telehealth option, etc. Meetings will include ample time for questions from the audience. Please join us at one of the following sessions to learn how to make the most of your benefit plans:

Day Date Time Location Or Join Remotely via Zoom
Mon 11/6/17 9:00am to 10:00am EST Wilson Hall, McCullough Zoom Link 1
Wed 11/8/17 2:30pm to 3:30pm EST Wilson Hall, McCullough Zoom Link 2



Reminder:
 Cigna Conference Call Meetings
Employees may schedule a conference call with a Cigna Representative by visiting the link below and choosing a date and time. Please be sure to leave the best phone number where a Cigna Representative can reach you.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4cadac2babf49-cigna4

 

Welcome to Middlebury’s Office of the General Counsel

Visit the new Office of the General Counsel website to learn more about Hannah Ross, how the General Counsel’s office works, important legal facts, how and when to use outside counsel, important resources and more.  Click here to learn more!