Annual Performance Summary (APS) Process for Staff – EXTENSION

Dear Colleagues,

Given the extraordinary circumstances, we recognize the increased demands that have been placed on our organization to rapidly respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.  As a result, the deadline for the completion of the staff Annual Performance Summaries (APS) has been extended to April 30, 2020.  We encourage supervisors and staff to continue to engage in the meaningful dialogue the APS affords as time allows.  Completed APS forms can be sent to hr@middlebury.edu.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

MSA Hosts Two New Weekly Webinar Series

This is an extraordinary time in our history.  The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the health of our loved ones, the businesses we rely upon, the strength of the global economy, and the way we live our daily lives.  To help our members with their collective financial health during this crisis, MSA is offering two different weekly webinar series, each with a distinct focus.

Series A: Budgeting When Income is Uncertain 9:00 AM (PST) on Fridays

Millions of Americans are seeing their income become increasingly unpredictable.  The good news is that there are many new programs trying to help.  Each webinar in this series will begin with a few minutes covering government-based programs and nationwide resources as they develop.  The next twenty minutes or so will focus on specific budgeting tactics, student loan repayment strategies and debt/credit tips that can help during these challenging times.  We’ll wrap up with 30 minutes spent addressing your questions. 

April 03, 2020 | Register Here

April 10, 2020 | Register Here

April 17, 2020 | Register Here

April 24, 2020 | Register Here

Series B:  Investment Strategies in Volatile Markets | 12:00 PM (PST) on Fridays

Financial markets are volatile whenever the future earnings of companies, the stability of industries or the direction of global economies are uncertain.  So when this happens, what do you do?  Each webinar in this series will spend a few minutes reviewing updates to government and corporate actions intended to stabilize the markets, with the majority of time centered on discussing investing principles, plus current investment opportunities and challenges.  Investment themes addressed will be those most often brought up by our members.  We’ll leave the last 30 minutes to address your questions and concerns.   

April 03, 2020 | Register Here

April 10, 2020 | Register Here

April 17, 2020 | Register Here

April 24, 2020 | Register Here

Note:  If you register and cannot attend, a recording of the webinar, along with a copy of the session presentation and handouts, will automatically be sent within 2 business days.

It’s My Budget & I’m Sticking to It! MSA Webinar

It’s My Budget & I’m Sticking to It! | April 23, 2020 | 9:00 AM (PST) & 12:00 PM (PST) |  Register Here.

Creating and sticking to a budget is the foundation for great personal finances. Why? It gets you in the habit of reviewing and adjusting your spending so that the most important goals in your life get funded. This class will outline a process for creating a spending plan and will offer practical tips for sticking to it!

Note:  If you register and cannot attend, a recording of the webinar, along with a copy of the session presentation and handouts, will automatically be sent within 24 hours.

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You work hard for your money, but is your money working hard for you?

When it comes to our finances, we always wonder if we are making the right moves, and searching for answers can feel overwhelming.

Middlebury College provides all employees access to financial well-being thru My Secure Advantage (MSA).

MSA helps you make the most of your hard earned dollars!  When it comes to living a financially stress-free life, every decision you make adds up.  Through MSA, employees and their covered dependents can work with a personal Money Coach and utilize website services to make financial stress a thing of the past.

What’s Included

  • 90 days (per calendar year) of personalized money coaching with a personal, confidential, unbiased, and guilt free Money Coach.  Coaches don’t sell products or services: their only job is to provide expert guidance and improve your financial life.
  • Guidance on financial topics, goals, challenges, or questions.  Whether you’re getting by, digging out, or saving big, connecting with a Money Coach to discuss options, identify issues, and build out a plan can only help.

Work with MSA to tackle questions like “Should I be saving more or paying down debt?” “When will I be able to retire, and how much do I need?” “What type of portfolio is best for me?” “How do I balance enjoying life now with saving for the future?” and more.

  • Online tools include videos, calculators, articles, and budgeting software to help you stress less and save more.

Questions?  Learn more about MSA here. To get started, sign up, and schedule your first appointment with a Money Coach call 888-724-2326.

Job/Internship Opportunities in Handshake!

  • Communications Coordinator for Global Architecture Firm
  • Design Intern – Garfield Group (Deadline date: 3/31 at 11:55pm)
  • Arts Intern Memphis 2020
  • Summer 2020 Internship – Power in Place: Women in Politics & Settings of Inspiration
  • Digital Marketing Internship
  • CTEC Extremism Investigation Intern
  • Sotheby’s Summer 2020 Internship Program
  • News – Coronavirus Reporter
  • Data Analyst, Daily Caller Video

Below you will find tips on how to use the Filters to search for opportunities/experiences in Handshake.

-Click on Filters, click on Internship, enter Performing and Fine Arts in the Industry section, and click see jobs. You should then sort by expiration date. Click here to see the results.

-Click on Filters, click on Internship, enter Movies, TV, Music, and click see jobs. You should then sort by expiration date. Click here to see the results.

-Click on Filters, click on Internship, choose Advertising, Media & PR, Marketing- Brand Management, and Marketing – General under Job Function. You should then click on see jobs. Feel free to sort by expiration date. Click here to see the results.

-There are several Remote Part-time Internships available now and during the summer in Handshake. You could do a keyword search for Remote, click on Part-Time, and click on Internships.

You might find great opportunities in handshake that do not specify they are remote. However, they could possibly start as Virtual Internships. If you would like to discuss, please schedule an appointment with me in handshake.

Use Language to Fight COVID-19 Misinformation

Translators without Borders (TWB) is working to translate reliable information from agencies, including WHO, into 12+ languages, while it monitors misinformation online, relaying the content to organizations like the World Health Organization. It then translates the accurate information for the agencies to disseminate. TWB needs volunteer support in a few different areas: 

  • Translation: support needed in 20+ languages (including Chinese, simplified and traditional, Korean, Japanese, Thai, and Hindi)
  • Language Data & Mapping: developing maps that visualize languages and literacy levels in affected countries, as a better basis for planning COVID-19 communications.
  • Social Media Monitoring: monitoring COVID-19-related social media conversations in multiple languages to help public health experts better combat misinformation.
  • Terminology: identifying key terminology that people use to talk about COVID-19 as well as commonly used technical terms in order to develop a multilingual plain-language glossary that can support public information efforts.

Find more information here. To get involved with TWB’s COVID-19 work or to request language services, please email Manmeet Kaur, TWB’s COVID-19 Response Lead, at corona@translatorswithoutborders.org

“The Zoom Where it Happens” by American Theatre- A Publication of the Theatre Communications Group

All across the country, theatre educators and students are mourning the loss of shows that won’t make it to the stage this semester because of COVID-19. They’re using spring break to brainstorm ways the live theatre performances and hands-on experiential classes will be effectively conducted online.  Many institutions have thought of some very creative ideas on how to make this happen. Click here to read the complete article.