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Annual Giving Trees! (go/givingtrees)

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Please note: The process is much earlier this year AND we are converting to an e-sign up system! While you’ll need to return gifts to Community Engagement, as usual, you can now sign up to participate online!

Help sponsor a local child whose family cannot afford to buy presents for the holiday season through the Giving Trees program, in collaboration with the local organization H.O.P.E (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects). Each “tree” gives ideas of possible gifts to help you with the selection process. HOPE then invites participating parents to make selections among donated items in a “Holiday Shop” so that they may best match gifts with their own children’s interests.

Here’s how to participate:

• Sign up for an “e-tree” through the Community Engagement office by visiting go/givingtrees beginning Monday, October 27th, 2014. You can sign up any time between October 27th and November 10th.

• You can sponsor a “tree” by yourself, with a friend, as a department or in another type of group collaboration!

• We ask that you consider spending a minimum amount of $50 per “tree” – but please don’t let this discourage you from participating! We strongly encourage you to team up with friends and co-workers to maximize the fun and impact of each Giving Tree!

• Please do NOT wrap gifts (so parents can see what they are), but you are welcome to donate wrapping paper if you wish.

• Gifts must be brought to Community Engagement at 118 South Main Street by Wednesday or Thursday, November 12th or 13th between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please note a few key changes to this year’s Giving Tree program, in collaboration with HOPE, (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects):

• HOPE is creating a “Holiday Store” that will enable parents to come in and make their own selections. To accommodate this approach, the “Giving Trees” will still work as they have, in that you’ll have a child (boy or girl with corresponding ages), etc., but we won’t be matching specific gifts with specific children.

• The store will open at HOPE for parents on Nov. 17th, so we need to collect the gifts before that time (see dates above)!

• Finally, remember that the Community Engagement office is now at 118 South Main St., on the corner of South Main St. and Storrs Ave., behind the Library!

If you have any questions, please e-mail qtennyson@middlebury.edu. As always, take care and thank you for your support and participation.

Quanteshia Tennyson ’14
AmeriCorps VISTA Member / Poverty Initiatives Coordinator
Community Engagement
118 South Main Street
Middlebury College Ɩ Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.5113

Wireless Enhancements

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We’re working to replace and upgrade many of the existing wireless access points across Middlebury campus. You may see staff or contractors working with cabling and ladders in various buildings over the coming weeks.

We are upgrading to keep with the best wireless technology and address coverage or performance concerns. Along with entire building enhancements including McCardell Bicentennial Hall and Davis Family Library, the model we’re wholesale replacing is pictured here. If you see one of these, know that it will be replaced soon!
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Thanks for your patience and support as we strive to keep our systems functioning optimally!

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Lecture Will Explore the Life and Work of Frederick Douglass

Fall Family Weekend is Oct. 24-26

Middlebury Alum who Cofounded Awkward Family Photos to Give Talk

Nobel Prize Winner Encourages Persistence in the Lab

Middlebury Celebrates Homecoming 2014

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Faculty Stories: Roberto Lint Sagarena, American Studies

Quoted: Rana Abdelhamid ’15 on Impact of Bill Maher’s Comments on Islam

Middlebury College Theatre Presents 1920s Jewish Comedy “Mendel, Inc.”

Incoming Student Makes Time’s List of Most Influential Teens of 2014

Homecoming ’14 Oct. 17-18

Quoted: Barbara Hofer on Technology and the Study Abroad Experience

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Monday Lunchtime Bridge Group

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Would you like to exercise your brain at lunch time on Mondays?  A group of us play every week in the Davis Family Library staff room from 12-1. We’re looking for more regular players or substitutes. We’re very informal - we don’t keep score and table talk is OK. If you want to learn, you can come watch and then eventually move into playing.    If your bridge skills are rusty, you’ll be in good company. If you have any questions, contact Franci Farnsworth (farnswor@middlebury.edu) or Cynthia Watters (cwatters@middlebury.edu).

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Middlebury Voices in the News: Umbrella Revolution, MoMA Exhibition, and Where’s Kim Jong Un?

Faculty Stories: Christal Brown, Dance

Governor Shumlin Appoints Economics Professor Jessica Holmes to Green Mountain Care Board

Middlebury College Student Featured in Hong Kong Protest Coverage

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Friday Links – October 10, 2014

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How tech is changing the way we think and what we think about – There are a myriad of arguments for and against the increased use of technology in everyday life. Futurists and technophiles encourage its use, sure that technology will welcome a new utopia, while luddites rail against the “destructive” nature of technology use.

The Next Wave of Tech Change | Self-Publishing & Libraries (from Library Journal)

Trust, Privacy, Big Data, and E-book readers “… the Amazon Kindle platform is as much a data ingest tool for providing end-user behavior data to Amazon as it is a sales platform for digital media content,…” … “It seems that counter to this trend, libraries and scholarly publishers are the exception to the rule. Whether our community will remain outliers and whether this status is a good thing or not over the long run, remains to be seen.”