August EFAP News: Caught in the middle?

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According to a Pew Research Center study, 1 out of every 8 Americans, age 40-60, is raising a child and caring for a parent. Sandwiched between two generations, these family jugglers are at greater risk for stress, depression and other health problems.

Discovering ways to balance multiple family care responsibilities can help ease the burden emotionally, physically, and financially.

LifeScope can help with:

  • Referrals for child care, special needs, educational programs, etc.
  • Information and referrals for respite care
  • Articles on boomerang kids and parent/child communication
  • Stress management tools
  • Financial consultation around family budgeting, retirement planning, college funding, financial aid, Medicare, etc.

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Tues, Aug 18th at 12pm ET/9am PT & 2pm ET/11am PT

Join this free webinar to learn coping mechanisms that can help restore work-life balance and support resilience as you juggle personal, professional and family responsibilities. To register, log on to with your institution username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars’ then “Strategies for Multigenerational Caregiving” to sign up. If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.


August Tips for Taking Action

You may also be interested in viewing the following tip sheets, which can be found by logging on to with your institution username and password, and clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

“Affirmations for Parents”- When caregiving demands pull us in multiple directions, it’s important not to lose sight of how we wish to behave, or the relationships we wish to cultivate with our children. Affirmations can help us stay in touch with our parenting values and feelings. This article offers suggestions for affirmations and guidelines for how to use them effectively.

“Respite Care Fact Sheet”- Respite care encompasses a wide variety of services including home-based care as well as adult day care and institutional care. All afford caregivers respite or time off to take care of their other responsibilities. Read this article to learn more about different types of respite care and how to assess programs/providers for quality.

“Sandwich Generation: Caregivers in the Middle”- While the sandwich generation typically refers to those caring for aging parents and children at home, many are finding themselves providing support to their adult children and grandchildren as well. This article offers tips for how to set boundaries, communicate needs, practice self-care and tap into available resources to help ease the squeeze.

The August Calendar, Poster/Webinar Promo, and Spanish Language Poster can also be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

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Grille Closing from August 17th-September 7th 2015

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Please note that the Grille will be closing for some maintenance issues on August 17th and will reopen September 7th, 2015. During this time, Midd Express Market will be open for snacks and Grab & Go options. Weather permitting, we are hoping to do some Pop Up Barbeques on the deck outside.

Online Training Site of Interest

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See the Library Journal article “Colorado State Library Expands Online Training Site” for information on technology training materials that may be relevant for the Library and ITS.


“The Colorado State Library (CSL) is continuing to build out its Library Creation & Learning Centers website, a free online resource where libraries throughout the state and beyond can access interactive technology and customer service training modules for staff, Maker space programming ideas, curated links to digital creation software, and more.”

“Using Articulate Storyline authoring tools, Faccioli also created a new series of interactive online training modules that communicate several key concepts from the in-person workshops, including how to conduct a technology reference interview; how to assess staff proficiency with technology; how to create resources to help with common questions; how to use effective one-on-one technology training techniques; how to deal with challenging patron situations in a positive way; how to tailor training techniques to the needs of adults; and how to design technology training classes for groups.”

Includes a Technology Proficiency Checklist for the really basics skills and instructional materials that would be helpful if ITS ever offers a basic computing class for staff.

Live Blogging the Republican Candidate Forum

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Weekly Web Updates – August 3, 2015

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New Documentation

Fixes & Tweaks

  • The Middlebury Drupal site and both the Middlebury and MIIS WordPress sites are now using Google Tag Manager to load the Google Analytics tracking code, rather than loading it directly. This change will continue to be rolled out to all of our services. WordPress sites we host that do not use the or domains can continue to load the Google Analytics tracking code in the old fashion.
  • We have fixed and improved the check that determines whether a region of the Drupal page is empty and you will no longer see empty carousels or quick links areas.
  • The WordPress Video Plugin, which is automatically enabled on all sites, now uses the Jetpack plugin’s method of generating the shortcode for SlideShare embeds as its own method is no longer supported by SlideShare.
  • The WordPress Sticky Front Page Categories and Tags plugin is now compatible with sites using a static front page.
  • Clicks on Drupal FAQ titles, which expand and contract the FAQ text, are now tracked using a custom event in Google Analytics. These can be found under Event Category “Drupal”, Event Action “Click”, Event Label “FAQ”.
  • The last 25% of stories on the Middlebury homepage were being excluded due to an error in the boolean logic that reduces the number of stories shown on the homepage to Internet Explorer 7 users by 50%. Everyone except IE 7 users will now see all the stories which have been selected for the homepage.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 4 faculty positions, 56 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 5 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), (off campus)

Are Democrats Biden Their Time For The Last Hurrah?

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Two developments this weekend in the presidential race help illustrate the themes regarding how the media covers campaigns that I’ve been highlighting in recent posts. First, I tuned into the morning talk shows this Sunday to find multiple phone calls with Donald Trump occurring simultaneously. Both Chuck Todd on Meet the Press and Jon Karl […]