Adobe Creative Cloud 2015

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Users of Adobe’s “Creative Cloud” products (formerly Creative Suite) may have noticed that in the Creative Cloud dashboard, there’s a prompt to “Update” any installed products to the CC 2015 editions. Although normally we recommend keeping software up-to-date, this is a major new version that comes with a few issues:

  • There have been some reports of instability with the new software as compared to the 2014 editions.
  • After updating from the CC dashboard, the license will not be recognized and the software will be in “trial mode”. This is an unfortunate side effect of the way Adobe does enterprise licensing.

At this point, our general recommendation is to stick with the 2014 version of your Adobe apps. We will update this post with more information as we test the new versions and establish a smooth upgrade path. In the meantime, those who wish to update to the 2015 editions (including “Adobe Acrobat Pro DC”), or have already done so, should make sure all new software that you want is installed, then update the license file. To do this, please do the following:

  • Mac users should go to Self Service and run “Adobe CC 2015 License”.
  • Windows users should submit a ticket with the MIDD number (on the blue sticker) of the computer in question, requesting to have the Adobe license updated.

If you have any questions, please contact the Helpdesk at 802.443.2200 or helpdesk@middlebury.edu. Thanks!

~Zach Schuetz
Information Technology Services

The Rutland Herald – online at Middlebury

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RutlandHeraldOnline access to local papers can be difficult and confusing. Here’s a rundown of how you can read the Rutland Herald (and Barre Times-Argus) online, right now*, at Middlebury College.

  • Today’s Rutland Herald:
    • rutlandherald.com: If you click on a link on one of the newspaper’s main pages to “read more,” you will probably see the statement: Middlebury College Library offers FREE access to the Rutland Herald and the Times Argus. Underneath that, you are asked to provide an email and password. Enter your email address and provide a password to create your own individual account. You will then receive confirmation of the creation of your account on the webpage as well as in an email message. You will then be able to see the entire news story and other content as long as you are logged in. This username and password will work every time you log in to the newspaper website (assuming you have verified your status by either being on campus or logging in to the EZ-Proxy server).
    • You can also read it in print in the Harman Periodical Reading Area on the Lower Level of Davis Family Library
  • Past issues:
    • From one month ago to today: In the upper-right corner of any page of rutlandherald.com, click “e-Paper.” RH_ePaperYou can log in here using your personal credentials that you established as described above. Using the “Back Issues” pull-down menuRH_backissues near the top, you can see online versions of the last month’s worth of issues.
    • From January 1, 2010 to one month ago: After clicking the e-Paper link described above, in the left-hand frame, choose “Search the Archives”RH_Archives
  • Previous to 2010: At this time, issues of the Rutland Herald between 1853 and 2010 are only available on microfilm – film number 27. Issues from 1850-1852 are available courtesy of the Library of Congress at Chronicling America.

*Note that these details will change over time. We will update this post as needed. You can always land at this page by searching go/journals for Rutland Herald and choosing the link called “Middlebury’s Rutland Herald”

Weekly Web Updates – July 6, 2015

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Updates

Tweaks & Fixes

  • We have removed some extra markup from the Drupal RSS Page content type. There is no visual difference, but there had been some hidden content that included a link that directed people back to the same page they were already on. Google crawled this link and it had a minor impact on our site search engine optimization due to duplicate content being displayed.
  • We have updated the ROBOTS.txt file on public WordPress sites for both Middlebury and MIIS so that global media files (images, CSS, JavaScript) referenced by themes and plugins are allowed to be included in the index. Google changed their indexer to penalize pages that included references to resources that were being blocked by ROBOTS.txt.
  • Accessibility: we’ve added a hidden label to the Google Custom Search Engine fields that are embedded in Drupal site content, such as on the Helpdesk website. This is similar to the accessibility improvement that we made for the global search field in the top right.
  • Accessibility: the title of the section pages (e.g. ‘About Middlebury’, ‘Student Life’, ‘Sustainability’) is now included in the markup as text, in addition to the image used for the parallax effect as you scroll left-to-right in the waveform.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 3 faculty positions, 59 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 4 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)

Summer ZUMBA

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zumba

TUESDAYS
12:30-1:30pm
MCA 109
7/7 thru 8/11
$10 / drop in
$36 / 6
go/boxoffice

443-3168

Invitation: FIS Host Program Summer Informational Meetings

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You’re invited to learn more about the Friends of International Students (FIS) Host Program
at one of our upcoming information meetings.
Dear Faculty and Staff–
International Student & Scholar Services invites you to learn more about our Friends of International Students host program.
• The program provides a terrific opportunity for you to meet people from around the world, and to connect with a student in an individual way.
• It’s a friendship program. Contacts between student and family are arranged on your own terms.
• To date, the Class of 2019 will include more than 70 international students, including some U.S. students who live abroad.
• In September, we also will welcome over 12 international exchange students.
• Most of the students participate in our program, so we will need many new hosts.
We will offer several information sessions throughout the summer.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of serving as a host to an international student, please register to attend one of our information meetings in the Service Building, Second Floor, Room 200.

• Wednesday, July 15, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, August 12, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
• Thursday, August 20, 5:15-6:00 p.m.

Please feel free to bring your lunch to our afternoon meetings.
We hope you will be able to join us. However, if you cannot attend a session and are interested in the program, please let us know.
TO REGISTER: Please contact Carolyn Dahm, ISSS Administrative Coordinator, by email at isss@middlebury.edu or by telephone at 443-5858. (Your email reply will go directly to the ISSS office mailbox. In either your email or phone message, please provide your name, email address, and phone number.) Even if you have been a host in the past, please contact us to register for a meeting, both to share your experiences with potential hosts and to learn about the upcoming year of the FIS program!
Please share this information with friends and family who do not work at the College.
We invite all who are interested in learning more about the program to attend a meeting.
Please visit our website at: http://www.middlebury.edu/international/isss/fis. to learn more about the Friends of International Students (FIS) Host Program.

Jeff Howarth awarded National Science Foundation IUSE grant

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Jeff Howarth (Geography) and a colleague at University of California-Santa Barbara have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s IUSE program (Improvement in Undergraduate STEM Education) for an interdisciplinary project titled Multimedia Learning Principles for Design-it Yourself Online Instruction of GIS Concepts. The theoretical goal of the project is to evaluate the generalizability of multimedia learning theory to the domain of solving spatial problems with computer-based geographic information systems. The practical goal of the project is to provide STEM educators with evidence-based guidance for presenting instruction online that can help them develop blended learning environments as an alternative to traditional lecture and lab classrooms. At least three undergraduate students will be involved with this project.