Apply for 2015-2016 Americorps VISTA position! (5/3)

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The Community Engagement office is looking for a full-time 2015-2016 SerVermont Americorps*VISTA member to join our team!
The Program:
The SerVermont AmeriCorps*VISTA Program is a statewide national service program in its third year. VISTA Members are placed at community-based organizations and state and municipal agencies whose mission and VISTA assignments cover focus areas including Veterans, Economic Development, Healthy Futures, and Education. Each VISTA makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a host site and  receive a modest living allowance that is linked to the poverty level in their community, as well as professional development training throughout the year.
The Position
We seek a VISTA member for a one-year position from August 2015 – August 2016 to work with the Community Engagement team to weave together co-curricular poverty-related programs in a more cohesive and intentional manner, while also deepening our collaboration with participating community partners. We aim to (a.) engage more Middlebury College students & faculty, (b.) focus on building a more solid infrastructure that will strategically increase our capacity to help meet local needs, deepen the impact of our efforts, identify opportunities for growth and development, and establish a sustainable program, (c.) to provide support, as needed, to participating P&P faculty members.
The Poverty Initiatives Coordinator will organize events and activities that will mobilize others in service to low-income families and individuals and work with organizations on projects aimed to help alleviate poverty (e.g., through mentoring initiatives, ELL and translation services, financial literacy efforts, and more).
The Benefits:
-A modest living allowance: $973 per month
– $300/month rent assistance
– 10 days of personal leave, 10 days of medical leave
– Childcare subsidies are available for members who qualify.
– Relocation allowance: Up to $550 stipend if member relocates 50 miles or more to serve in addition to up to $1,000 in mileage reimbursement from your home of record.
– After successfully completing your service year you can choose to receive either: An education award: $5,730 that can be applied to student loans or future education. This amount is taxed and must be used in 7 years OR a stipend: $1,500 cash, which accrues at $125 per month and is taxed.
– For one year after service, members receive non-competitive eligibility for federal jobs meaning they can apply for without competing against the general public (as long as they meet basic requirements for the job).
Qualifications:
-Must be a United States citizen, United States National or Legal Permanent Resident of the United States.
– Must pass a criminal background check by CNCS. CNCS investigates for past sexual offenses and violent crimes. Minor offenses, unless directly relevant to service, will not bar someone from service.
– Must have a bachelor’s degree or three years of related volunteer/job experience
Qualified and interested? See the full job posting and apply on MOJO. Cover Letter and Resume due on MOJO on May 3, 2015
Questions? Contact Ashley Laux, alaux@middlebury.edu
 

iPoll Databank (trial ends April 13th)

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Middlebury has two-week trial access to the iPoll Databank from the Roper Center at the University of Connecticut, one of the world’s leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from public opinion surveys.

Check it out and let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

Info session on new Americorps position (4/21)

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What: Join us in an information session on the new SerVermont AmeriCrops VISTA position in the Community Engagement office. Learn more about this position here.
When: Tuesday, April 21st 4:30 PM
Where: Conference Room 118 South Main Street

Chantilly in the Spring

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A handful of student of students recently joined historian, Xavier Le Person, for a guided tour of the Chantilly château. One of the most picturesque castles in the Paris area, the impressive Chantilly château dates back to the 16th century and its estate includes a beautiful, large park with gardens designed by Andre Le Nôtre. The discovery of the rich history of the domaine and of another of Chantilly’s claim to fame, its whipped cream, (http://www.thegoodlifefrance.com/chantilly-cream/) made up for the rather cloudy skies and cool temperatures!

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Weekly Web Updates – March 30, 2015

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Searching on www.middlebury.edu

We have changed the way the search dialog works on the Middlebury website. Previously, if you searched for a term within a certain sub-set of GO shortcodes (ex. “coursehub”) we would forward you directly to the page for that GO term and show a green frameset bar at the top of your screen saying, “We think this is the right page for your search…”. This behavior caused several problems.

In order to get this to work for results on non-www.middlebury.edu websites, like Banner and the Course Hub, we have to use HTML framesets, which are a way to display two webpages at the same time in a single browser window. The green bar was one page and your search result was the other page. For security reasons, browsers don’t let one page talk to another.

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 4.43.27 PMIf you kept browsing in your search result there wasn’t any way for us to automatically tell the green bar to go away, you had to manually close it. If you manually closed it after you’d left the main result page, you’d be redirected back to it without warning. Also, some dynamic features of sites, like Moodle’s editor, were breaking when displayed inside a frameset. This feature was a good idea when introduced in our website redesign five years ago, but was starting to show some strain.

Now, when you start typing in the search box you will see a list of possible GO shortcuts. Select one of those from the drop-down menu and you’ll go right to that page with no kludgy green bar. Or, if you prefer, press return or select the “Search for…” option, which will always be displayed first in the list, to go to a Google-powered search results page.

New Documentation

  • Google Analytics: details how to set up a custom segment to look at analytics for your department or office site and provides links to resources on using more advanced features of the Google Analytics platform.
  • Drupal Redirector: there are no new features of this content type, but it hadn’t been documented previously.

Updates

Tweaks and Fixes

  • The “Clicking on this image shows it full-size” checkbox in the dialog box you use to embed images in Drupal content is now working again. This will wrap the image in a link that opens a pop-out dialog window that displays the image at its full size, or scaled down so that it fits inside the browser window. See our Drupal File Upload documentation for more information on embedding images in content.
  • Animated gif images will now work when uploaded to Drupal, however, you must choose “Full content” when embedding them in content. If you allow Drupal to resize the image the processing that occurs will break the animation.
  • The “Meta tags” tab now appears correctly in the Drupal Page Settings form, so you can set meta tags and Open Graph tags at the page level. See our Drupal Meta Tags documentation for more information on using this feature.
  • The “Content Sidebar” region on the MIIS site now has 12px of padding on all sides and its content width has been reduced from 212px to 200px. This is to ensure that text doesn’t run up against the right side of the page.
  • The “Library Portal” content type has been deleted. This was used for a single piece of content, the “Library Quick Search” feature on the Library site, which is now in a Basic Content node.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 8 faculty positions, 48 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 8 internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (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), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

Are You Exploring the Idea of Retiring Within the Next Couple of Years?

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If you are considering whether (or when) to move on to the post-work phase of your life it is very likely that you have many questions. For example, you may be wondering:

  • What will happen with my retirement account when I retire? Can someone explain the options I will have for retirement plan distributions? Could I get an estimate of how much income I might expect to receive from my retirement account, post-retirement? How long after retirement will I have to wait before I begin receiving my retirement benefits?
  • Will I be able to remain on Middlebury’s medical/dental/vision plans post-retirement? Will I be able to cover my dependents? How much will it cost? Are there other health coverage options I should consider?
  • Do I have to apply for Medicare A? Medicare B? Medicare D? If so, when?
  • How far in advance of retirement should I contact the Social Security Administration?
  • What will happen with my CTO and SLR balances when I retire? Can I use my accumulated CTO balance to extend my retirement date past the date I will actually stop working?
  • I still have a child in college; if I retire will he still be eligible for the dependent tuition benefit?
  • How much notice should I give my manager? What is the process to formally initiate a retirement?
  • Could phased retirement or a transitional retirement plan be right for me? What is involved in pursuing such an option?
  • Would I be eligible to work at Middlebury part-time after I retire? Would doing so have any implications for my ability to draw funds from my retirement plan?
  • Will I still be eligible for Middlebury’s recreational discounts such as Snowbowl, Rikert and the golf course? Are there other perks that come with retirement?
  • Work has been a huge part of my life for decades and I’m concerned about the social and emotional aspects of retiring. Are resources available to help me?

My name is Franklin (Danny) Daniel and I am Middlebury’s Retirement Plan Specialist. Whether you have definite plans to retire in the near future or are just starting to consider the possibility of retiring down-the-road I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you (and your spouse/partner, if you so choose). We can discuss the topics above as well as any other retirement questions/concerns you may have, and I can help connect you with other resources who will be able to assist you with your pre-retirement planning. If the time is right for you to begin gathering information about retiring from Middlebury please make an appointment by calling me at extension 5755 or emailing me at fdaniel@middlebury.edu. I look forward to meeting you!

–Franklin (Danny) Daniel