Reminder: Summer Student Employment and Housing Agreements are due April 17!

Categories: For Students

If you are a Midd student hired to work for Middlebury this summer, a Summer Student Employment and Housing Agreement must be submitted to SEO by April 17th (even if you do not need on campus housing).

Please visit the Student Employment Office Web page to view this summer’s procedures and policies. You can access all necessary forms on this page.

For answers to your questions regarding summer student employment please reference the email sent on Friday, April 3, titled “Answers to Your On Campus Summer Employment Questions”.

Please contact the Student Employment Office with any additional questions at or X5377.


Moodle Maintenance on Friday, March 27th, 2015

Categories: ITS, library, LIS Staff Interest, Middlebury Community Interest, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints

In order to increase the resilience and reliability of our cloud platform we will be conducting network maintenance on 3/27/2015 between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., EST. During this time sites will be unavailable for extended periods of time.

Remote-Learner Technical Support

Wireless Update

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You may have noticed that no changes to our wireless networks took place yesterday (3/16).  We are giving people more time to switch from Midd-standard to the new MiddleburyCollege network.  If you haven’t already done so, please take this opportunity to connect your wireless devices to MiddleburyCollege.  If you encounter any difficulties, contact the Technology HelpDesk for assistance.

The following wireless networks are currently available:
* MiddleburyCollege is the new, fast, and secure wireless network.  A Middlebury username and password or guest account is required.
* MCPSK is the new wireless network for the limited devices that cannot connect to the MiddleburyCollege network, including the following:  PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo DS, Kindle, and Nook.
* Midd-standard continues to be available to provide wireless access to campus visitors.
* The eduroam network is available for guests from participating institutions who don’t have Middlebury credentials.

Reduced Library Hours for Spring Recess

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The libraries will have reduced hours for the Spring recess starting Friday, March 20th. Regular hours will resume Monday, March 30th. A full listing of the hours can be found here, or at go/hours.

Please note the libraries will be closed on Thursday, March 26th for in-service.

Moodle Maintenance on Friday, March 6th, 2015

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From Remote-Learner:

In order to increase the resilience and reliability of our cloud platform we will be conducting network maintenance on 3/06/2015 between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., EST. During this time sites will be unavailable for extended periods of time.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve your experience.


Remote-Learner Technical Support

Interested in securing a job on campus this summer?

Categories: For Students

Here are a few high-lights:

Applying for a Job: Jobs will be posted on the SEO website. Students will need to create an account through the online system if they haven’t already. It is recommended to set up your account NOW so you will be ready to apply for jobs as they become available.

All students hired to work for Middlebury between May 20th and September 13th MUST submit a Summer Student Employment and Housing Agreement to SEO by April 17th. Forms are available on the SEO website.

Employment: Students that have not worked on campus before and do not have a blue employment card will need to complete employment forms at SEO before they are eligible to work. See ‘Employment Eligibility’ on the SEO website for additional information.

All summer jobs must conclude by August 14th, the end of Language Schools. Job extensions previously approved by the Student Employment Office are the only exceptions (these will be noted on the job posting).

To be eligible for on campus housing students must be employed by Middlebury College and working at least 30 hours per week.

Weekly Charges: On campus housing is $55 per week and covers housing and activities fees. Summer Student Employees will be housed in Stewart and Starr and will be assigned a room based on availability. The summer meal plan is $60 per week from May 26 through August 15 and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and brunch and dinner on the weekend. All meals will be served in Proctor Redfield. Students living on campus when a meal plan is not offered (after Language School commencement) are expected to supply their own meals.

[Note: 2015 graduates may NOT work in a student position and may NOT live in student housing. Please click on job seekers on the College’s home page to see available staff opportunities.]

Please contact student employment with any questions.

Student Employment Office
161 Adirondack View

Multimedia Jobs at Middlebury College – Get paid to learn digital media!!

Categories: Student Activities
Wilson Media Lab in the Davis Family Library. Home to the Digital Media Tutor program.

Wilson Media Lab in the Davis Family Library. Home to the Digital Media Tutor program.

Do the terms instructional technology, digital liberal arts and digital humanities draw your interest? Are you looking for a way to add some multimedia skills to your resume? And most importantly, do you want to see and learn about how you can combine academic work and new media? (Check out the Chronicle’s article about the combination of liberal arts and digital media skills here.)

The Digital Media Tutor program is looking for students who want to learn more about these areas. Extreme technical expertise is not required but a willingness to learn, a professional work ethic, great interpersonal and communication skills and an interest in working with others are all necessary to be successful in this position.

The program has current openings for:

Multimedia Lab Tutor Trainees

This is an introductory position where we teach you the nuts and bolts of digital media development. Learn how to create high quality images, starting with the scanning of slides and photographs, and moving into editing for print and web delivery.  Learn how to capture, edit and render video for DVD and web.

Previous experience is not required.  The tutor trainee position will begin with limited training hours during the spring semester, culminating in a transition to the tutor position (level B) prior to the start of summer. Students interested in applying for this opportunity must be willing to commit to 40 – 50 hours of training during the spring semester and 40 hours per week of work during the majority of the summer break. Priority will be given to applicants who can work for the full summer.

Apply online here:

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

Heather Stafford,

Multimedia/Curricular Technologist 

Electronics and cold: A dangerous mix

Categories: Helpdesk Alerts, ITS, LIS Staff Interest, Middlebury Community Interest, middpoints, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints

As we all endure these cold temperatures, it can be easy to forget that some of the stuff we carry with us is isn’t quite as hearty. Notably, electronics can be damaged quite easily and seriously in this weather. It’s not the cold itself that is always a problem (although it can be), but instead it’s the temperature change from cold to warm which triggers condensation inside the device.

That fogging of your glasses when you come in from outside is water condensing onto the cold glass surfaces. This same thing takes place unseen inside your phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, and other electronics. Because we all know that water and electronics do not play well together, this puts your data as well as the device itself at risk.


We would never try and use our device after it had fallen into water, but just coming in from the outside can result in enough water inside the device to cause the same damage. To the right you’ll see the result of actual water damage inside a MacBook… an extremely expensive repair (click the photo for a better view).


Condensation/water isn’t the only killer here. Cold batteries will die faster, cold hard drives can have trouble spinning and can damage your valuable data, cold LCD displays won’t look or function right, and the sudden change from cold to hot as internal components heat up when powered on can cause permanent damage. While too much heat can hurt electronics, too much cold has plenty of negative effects as well.

So… what to do to keep your device and data safe? Here are the best practices:

  • If at all possible, don’t let your electronic devices get cold in the first place. This means not leaving them outside, or in your car. If you have to carry your electronics for an extended distance from one building to another, bundle them up inside a bag as well as you can to insulate them from the cold. Wrapping them in a towel, shirt or blanket isn’t unreasonable given the bitter cold temperatures lately.
  • If it’s too late and your electronic device has already gotten cold, don’t turn it on. If possible, remove the battery since these days “off” isn’t really powered off. If you’ve gotten lucky and condensation hasn’t damaged it yet, the moment of powering it up and sending electricity through the entire device is the most-likely moment of death. The safest thing to do is let it sit in a dry, room-temperature environment as long as you possibly can. Just because it has reached room temperature and is dry outside does not mean there has been time for all the condensation to evaporate inside. This can take hours. Obviously, prevention is more-convenient and a much better option.
  • As always: make sure you’re keeping your data on Middfiles instead of storing your files locally on the device. That way if the worst happens and your device fails, at least your data is still safe. Just backing up once a week/month is still living dangerously: make Middfiles your default location for storing and opening your files and you’ll be protected in the event of this and many other things that can go wrong. More information at http://go/middfiles/ or

Stay warm and safe computing!

-Scott Remick, ITS Senior Technology Specialist

Wireless Network Changes

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Over the course of the next several weeks, we will be replacing the wireless networks at Middlebury.

What do I need to do?

Starting March 2nd, please connect to the new secure wireless network named MiddleburyCollege (like midd_secure but better). Middlebury Faculty, Staff and Students will login with your standard Middlebury username and password. Guests will need to create a Middlebury guest account and use it to connect to MiddleburyCollege. This is not a change for change’s sake – we are confident that the end result will be a wireless network that is more convenient and more secure for everyone.

Why are we doing this? What are we trying to achieve?

Some devices have trouble with the current configuration of midd_secure. Midd_secure was created many years ago and wireless standards have since evolved. Additionally, guests have traditionally connected to midd_unplugged, a non-secure network.

It is important that all wireless devices, including those of faculty, staff and students as well as guests, have a way to connect to our network securely, quickly, and easily. Also, as part of our improved security posture, and to comply with all regulations and generally accepted guidelines, devices on our network need to be identified and associated with an individual, for everyone’s benefit.

What will the new configuration look like?

  • Anyone with a Middlebury College username, including faculty, staff, students, etc., will connect to the new wireless network called MiddleburyCollege using their username and password. Guests will also connect to MiddleburyCollege with their guest account name and password, where they will have access to the Internet, but not our internal servers.
  • Guests from other institutions that are also part of the eduroam project will continue to connect to the eduroam network (for Internet access only).
  • Guests and others who do not have a username and password, either because they haven’t created an account or they have forgotten their password, will connect to a new open wireless network created for this purpose, called GuestAccountCreation. No password is required, but connections are limited to intervals of 15 minutes. When they connect, they will be offered links to create a new guest account, reset their guest password, or activate/reset their Middlebury account password.
  • Certain older or residential devices, for technical or procedural reasons, do not support standard security protocols (username and password), and require what’s called a “pre-shared key” instead (a shared password, like Midd-standard has now). For these devices, we are creating a limited-access pre-shared key network called MCPSK. This is only for devices that cannot use MiddleburyCollege. If you suspect this applies to you, please contact us (see “What if I have more questions?” below).

How will we get there? What is the transition schedule?

To reduce the impact of this change, we are planning on a phased implementation that gives people time to transition from one network to another. For performance and capacity reasons, we cannot have more than four different wireless networks at once, so we will introduce new networks on the following schedule:

Now to 3/2 3/2 to 3/09 3/09 to 3/16 3/16 forward
midd_unplugged (transition to midd_secure)
MiddleburyCollege MiddleburyCollege MiddleburyCollege
midd_secure midd_secure (transition to MiddleburyCollege)
Midd-standard Midd-standard Midd-standard (transition to MCPSK)
eduroam eduroam eduroam eduroam (unchanged – for guest access from other institutions)
  1. Anyone currently connecting to midd_unplugged should take a moment now to transition to midd_secure. If you have trouble connecting to midd_secure, please contact the Helpdesk for the password to Midd-standard.
  2. On Monday, March 2nd, midd_unplugged will be removed and we will introduce the new MiddleburyCollege network. From then on, all faculty, staff, and students should connect to MiddleburyCollege, though midd_secure and Midd-standard will continue to work for enough time to allow a smooth transition. We will prepare offices that frequently bring guests to campus to help them get connected to Midd-standard if necessary during this transitional period. In short, midd-unplugged will cease operating on 03/02/2015 – use midd_secure before then, and MiddleburyCollege after.
  3. On Monday, March 9th, all College personnel should be connected to MiddleburyCollege, and we will remove midd_secure to allow for the introduction of the MCPSK network. Starting on this day, anyone who hasn’t been using midd_secure due to incompatibility should first see if they can connect to MiddleburyCollege. If your device doesn’t support it, please contact the Helpdesk so we can connect you to MCPSK. For most devices, switch to MiddleburyCollege before midd_secure goes away on 03/09/2015.
  4. By Monday, March 16th, all individuals who have been using Midd-standard should have moved to another network, so we can remove Midd-standard and add GuestAccountCreation. To recap, switch to either MiddleburyCollege or MCPSK before Midd-standard goes away on 03/16/2015.

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

Are you saying guests will connect to the MiddleburyCollege network? Isn’t that a little weird from a security perspective?

There’s some behind-the-scenes magic there – people with Middlebury Guest accounts will be isolated from the regular Middlebury network and be provided with Internet access only.

Why start by removing midd_unplugged instead of another network?

For starters, it’s slow and insecure, but a good chunk of people keep using it, unaware that that’s the primary reason for their bad experiences. As much as possible during this transition, we want to make life easier for the people who are currently depending on the faster secure networks. We did consider temporarily disabling eduroam instead, since not as many people use it, but it’s part of an agreement with other universities and we want to honor that.

If I’m bringing a guest to campus after March 2nd, how can I make their experience easier?

The best thing to do is direct them to Middguests so they can create an account before they get here. Then, once they arrive on campus, they can immediately connect to MiddleburyCollege with their guest username and password. If they’ve forgotten their account info, once the GuestAccountCreation network is in place, it’ll provide links to help them reset their password or create a new account.

What about College faculty, staff, or students who’ve forgotten their password or don’t have one yet?

The GuestAccountCreation welcome page will also have a link to the password activation/reset page, and the Helpdesk phone number should anyone get stuck.

What if I have more questions?

If you have a technical issue, now or at any time, or if you need access to the limited MCPSK network, please make a ticket or call us at 802.443.2200 so we can assist you. If you have general questions about the plan, please post them here so everyone can see the answers.

Peace and change,

~Zach Schuetz for the Helpdesk

What About Summer?

Categories: For Students

Wondering what you are going to do this summer?
Trying to decide if you should get a job at home or participate in an internship?
Wondering what your options are for staying at Midd?  It’s not too early to begin making plans!

You will receive a lot of information to help you make your decision at the annual session:
What About Summer?
Monday, February 23rd
Axinn 229
4:30 – 5:30pm

4:30 – 4:55: On Campus Employment Opportunities
Student Employment (SEO) will provide information about finding a job on campus, the costs of living on campus including housing and food options, and important deadlines.

4:55 – 5:20: Off Campus Internships
Center for Careers & Internships (CCI) will provide information on navigating MOJO and how to find an internship opportunity for this summer.

5:20 – 5:30: Volunteering
Community Engagement will provide information on how to find an opportunity for volunteering this summer.

Throughout the program International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) will provide specific information for international students about on and off campus opportunities and address concerns or questions specific to international students, such as OPT employment authorization.