Annual College Counseling Workshop

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The annual College Counseling Workshop sponsored by the Admissions Office has been scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2015 of Reunion Weekend at McCardell Bicentennial Hall.  High school age children and grandchildren of Middlebury alumni, faculty and staff as well as students from Vermont high schools are invited.  Preference is given to juniors in high school. This program gives an overview of the general selective college application process and does not focus on Middlebury College.  It runs from 8:15 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. and covers five areas of the college application process:  1) choosing a college;  2) how to visit a college;  3) how a college admits its class;  4) financial aid;  and 5) understanding the common application–a hands on session.  Following the final presentation, individual afternoon appointments can be scheduled with Student Financial Services.

In addition, for any students who are interested specifically in Middlebury College, a group information session will be conducted at 1:30 P.M. and campus tours will be offered at 2:30 P.M.

Register Here for Info Sessions and Tours

The required registration deadline is Friday, May 29, 2015.  Parents are invited to all activities. There is no cost.

Register Here for Workshop

Questions?  Contact the Admissions Office at


Maeve on Juntos

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When people ask me what I do with our compañero, I tell them honestly that we just chat. As part of the Juntos Compañeros program, two other Middlebury students and I go to visit a farmworker named Gustavo every Friday for a couple of hours. I often get some confused looks and uncertainty about what the purpose behind “just chatting” is.
Sometimes we practice English words and phrases and work on specific things like communicating with staff at the bank or post office to send money back to his hometown in Tabasco, Mexico. Other times we will talk about the movie he was just watching on his “dia de descanso” (rest day) and get into a conversation about pop culture, television shows, and our favorite fútbol (soccer) teams. Most of the time though, the conversation slips into how he is doing day to day. If he’s warm enough when he goes out to milk in the early morning in the winter. If his employer has increased his payment above minimum wage at all. Gustavo puts a face to the issue. As an undocumented migrant farmworker in Vermont he works long untraditional hours, he is paid low wages, and he suffers hard conditions on a family dairy farm.

We are by no means solving the issues that Gustavo faces by just chatting. We are not confronting the crisis of immigration. We are not doing anything that would be published in the newspaper as revolutionary engagement in the community, but I think our little nuggets of conversation in broken English and Spanish provide some form of companionship and insight for both of us. It’s fun to talk about soccer and TV and our favorite foods. It’s two hours for Gustavo that don’t revolve around the farm’s milking schedule and two hours for us that don’t revolve around squeezing in lunch at Proctor between class and meetings. Just chatting lets us all take a break and just exist with one another for a while. It’s not the structural change that’s needed with immigration, but it feels like a little baby step to creating solidarity and a partnership across difference.


– Maeve Moynihan ’17

Weekly Web Updates – May 4, 2015

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Drupal Webform Update

We’re now on version 7.x-4.8 of webform for both the Middlebury and MIIS forms sites. Here are the new features in this release:

  1. Conditionals can now act on more than one component with the same rule.
  2. Conditionals can now make components required/optional and set component values, in addition to hiding/showing them.
  3. Tokens may now be used to set the file component upload directory, as well as create a pattern to rename each uploaded file.
  4. Grid components support a right-side header to create semantic-differential survey questions.
  5. Result analysis can now be customized with views, including creating exposed filters.
  6. Email addresses now support long-format names, such as "First Last" <>.
  7. The confirmation message may now be shown within the webform block, if desired.
  8. In addition to the first-saved timestamp, webform now tracks the first completed (not draft) and last modified timestamp.
  9. Submissions may be downloaded by date range, both via the user interface and drush.
  10. Numeric submission data may now be properly formatted, filtered, and sorted with views.
  11. The day/month/year may be made optional in date components.
  12. Time components may have a start and end time, including “over midnight” ranges, such as 10pm-3am.
  13. Date and time components only show options that fall within the start and end date/times.
  14. Anonymous users may submit Webforms confidentially, without their IP address being recorded.
  15. Multi-page drafts are now resumed where the user left off, rather than on page 1.
  16. The html5 required attribute is used on required components, providing in-browser validation.

Other Updates

Library Guides

Thanks to a suggestion, creation of the dropdown lists, and testing from Bryan Carson, the Library Quick Search feature on the Library site now features a selection of subject and course guides under the “Guides” tab.

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The link to the BLWC site on the Middlebury homepage is once again plural in reference to the conferences.
  • Elements of the MIIS global design are now rendered via Drupal’s block system, which we’ve been using for the Middlebury site since the upgrade to Drupal 7. This allows us to mix-and-match which elements show up without having to create a new theme and is part of the work we’re doing to port the Course Hubs to Drupal 7.
  • A number of programming errors that were preventing the Podcasting and Visual Links WordPress plugins from working on our sites have been corrected.
  • The “waveform” feature was not being displayed at the top of the Admissions site, but is now back in place.
  • The stylesheeets for the AD Group Manager are now loaded from the central CDN rather than the older “web” server, in preparation of retiring that machine.

TRAC Terrorism (Trial ends May 30, 2015)

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A student asked that we trial TRAC Terrorism, so a trial is now under way at both Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute, ending May 30th.

Created by The Beacham Group, LLC, Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) is a uniquely comprehensive resource for the study of political violence of all kinds. In cooperation with a team of 2800 experts, TRAC gathers the best information for exploration of this topic by faculty, scholars, students, government and defense professionals, as well as the general public.

Find guidance for how to use the site in this video:

Let us know what you think – email or your liaison.

Is there something you’d like the Middlebury libraries to trial? Let us know at go/requests.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 4 faculty positions, 53 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 2 internal job postings on the Middlebury College 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)

25 Years @ Midd with John Quesnel

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john qIn this post we recognize John Quesnel, Receiver for Retail Food Operations, for his 25 years of service to Middlebury. John shares with us the source of his fondest Middlebury memories, some advice on success at Middlebury, and the person that influenced him the most here. Read on to learn more about Midd from John’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?
Before Middlebury College I worked for 20 years in Aviation. I worked for my father Alphonse Quesnel at Middlebury airport. There I got all my pilot certificates: Commercial Pilot, single and multi-engine land, single Engine Sea, and instrument airplane as well as flight instructor in all categories. I also obtained my FAA mechanics ratings Airframe and power plant. I did flight instruction, Charter pilot and crop dusting duties. I also did some aviation mechanics. Later I took over the duties of State Airport Manager of the Middlebury and Rutland airports. I filled this role until late 80’s when we sold all of our aviation assets in Vermont.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?
At Middlebury I have held catering truck driver, prep cook, receiver, receiver/inventory control clerk.

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?
When I first started at Middlebury I had been involved in general aviation all my adult life. I had been successful in aviation and wanted to see if I could look for a career that wasn’t as dependent on my medical health. At that time I wasn’t sure if this was a good fit or not, but would be a good career to fall back on as Aviation is dependent on passing a FAA Medical exam.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?
Today most of our activities revolve around friends and family. My immediate family and a good share of our relatives live within walking distance of our home. Many weekends there are many family members and friends at the house.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?
Most of my interests have remained the same over the years. Middlebury hasn’t affected or changed my hobbies. Boating, Fishing, Hunting, and generally all outdoor activities still take up most of my spare time.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?
My fondest memories connect to time I spent at Broadleaf campus. The rustic setting and gorgeous mountain aesthetics made my time there enjoyable.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?
The People that I came in contact with and the ever changing atmosphere has kept my interest over the years. Every day has been a new adventure.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?
I plan to stay at Middlebury as long as I can still be productive in my position. I am not a person that can easily relax into a full retirement role.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?
If I had to pick one place it would have to be Breadloaf Campus. The Rustic setting and Mountain views made my time there most enjoyable.

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?
The person that has influenced me the most would have to be Rodney Degray. Rodney decided to give me a chance at a position at the Snow Bowl that I literally had no background in at all, having spent my whole adult life in the field of aviation. And no food service experience of any kind. This was a complete change in direction. The first few weeks were quite the trip. My supervisor after about two weeks was taken ill and Rodney informed that I was now in charge. Rodney was able to come up with all tips and information to get us through this period.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be? Middlebury is a great place to work at. But patience here is a virtue. Things don’t always move at the pace you would like. If you do your best things will work out.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about your time at Middlebury?
Over the past 25 years I have made many friends here at Middlebury. The experience and friendship will last long after my time here at Middlebury.

From the Green Mountains to the Redwood Forest to the White House: Is This Land Made for Bernie Sanders?

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In the wake of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ announcement two days ago  that he will challenge Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, I have been repeatedly asked the same question: “Why?” To which I respond, “Why not?” Yes, I understand that Bernie’s not going to win the Democratic nomination. Even his fellow Vermonters, […]