Does Cruz Have a Prayer in New Hampshire? Notes From the Campaign Trail

Ted Cruz, fresh off of his Iowa victory, has been campaigning heavily in New Hampshire the past week, trying to make it two-for-two as voting gets underway for the Republican presidential nomination. Although he has been slowly climbing in New Hampshire polls since mid-summer, when he was down at about 4%, Cruz has not seemed […]

Weekly Web Updates – February 8, 2015

New Features

In collaboration with College Communications, the new site for February Orientation uses a responsive design to make it easy to browse on mobile devices. This is a sub-theme in our main Drupal site, meaning that the same features are available as elsewhere on the site, just presented differently for these sub-pages. The responsive theme works best with content designed to be shown at multiple viewport resolutions, so it’s something we’ll roll out to new portions of the site that have carefully crafted content.

Updates

Tweaks & Fixes

  • We have removed the “Profiles” view from the main Middlebury site. This was used to aggregate profiles from multiple sub-pages, but was difficult to set up and made sorting the profiles a pain. We moved away from this on all academic sites over a year ago, but have finished migrating the other portions of the site that were using this. The documentation on using Profiles on the Middlebury site is now accurate for all instances of this content type.
  • The Group Manager now has a “super admin” role that can modify group membership, allowing us easier management of web permissions groups maintained by people who have since left Middlebury or are otherwise unavailable.
  • Fixed the Group Manager‘s notification system — changes to groups are now reflected in the Drupal sites after approximately 20 seconds rather than waiting until the next full sync.
  • The NextGEN Gallery plugin will, by default, save a backup copy of all the images you upload, more than doubling the disk space used by the plugin. This option will now default to “off” for new sites enabling the plugin. Those desiring it can still enable the option through the “Other Options” screen in the plugin settings.

@MiddInfoSec: Guard Your Privacy When Offline or Traveling

Information Security has a New Twitter feed and other new content on their website. Follow us at @MiddInfosec or visit our website at http://go.middlebury.edu/infosec

Planning a spring break vacation? People are frequently more vulnerable when traveling because a break from their regular routine or encounters with unfamiliar situations often result in less cautious behavior. If this sounds like you, or someone you know, these five tips will help you protect yourself and guard your privacy.

  • Track that device! Install a device finder or manager on your mobile device in case it’s lost or stolen. Make sure it has remote wipe capabilities and also protects against malware.
  • Avoid social media announcements about your travel plans. It’s tempting to share your upcoming vacation plans with family and friends, but consider how this might make you an easy target for local or online thieves. While traveling, avoid using social media to “check in” to airports and consider posting those beautiful photos after you return home. Find out how burglars are using your vacation posts to target you in this infographic.
  • Traveling soon? If you’re traveling with a laptop or mobile device, remove or encrypt confidential information. Consider using a laptop or device designated for travel with no personal information, especially when traveling out of the country.
  • Limit personal information stored on devices. Use a tool like Identity Finder to locate your personally identifiable information (e.g., SSN, credit card numbers, or bank accounts) on your computer, then secure or remove that information.

Physically protect yourself and your devices. Use a laptop lock, avoid carrying identification cards, shred sensitive paperwork before you recycle it, and watch out for “shoulder surfers” at the ATM.

My Secure Advantage Update/Webinar

Human Resources is pleased to report that the new “My Secure Advantage” (MSA) financial wellness program which is offered in partnership with E4 (our Employee and Family Assistance Program) got off to a remarkably successful first month: between January 4th and the 31st 46 benefits-eligible Middlebury employees enrolled themselves in the program! And the initial feedback we have received from those using the Money Coaching program has been overwhelmingly positive!  According to MSA, the top three areas of interest for Middlebury participants have been: debt reduction, retirement planning and budgeting.  Might you be interested in those or other money-related topics, too?    Whether you are suffering from financial stress or have some extra cash and are in a position to do some financial planning consider joining your “early adopter” colleagues and  taking advantage of what MSA can offer.  Please consider consulting with a Money Coach (888-724-2326) or joining MSA for a live financial webinar later this month (see signup information below).

YOUR FREE FINANCIAL FORUM – Feb. 24th
Many members have asked that we continue our Financial Forum Series. We are happy to announce that we have scheduled a Financial Forum for each quarter of 2016. As usual, our panelists will address questions ranging from debt and budgeting, to investments and retirement. Since we are in the middle of tax season, we will also have a member of our tax team available to answer your tax-related questions. Submit a question when you register, then log into the webinar on February 24th to hear our panel address questions and concerns from people across the country.

9am PST SIGNUP
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MEET: Dave Jiru
35+ years’ experience in the financial services industry – Dave is a former Registered Rep. with the NASD and had Series 24, 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses. Dave manages the MSA Financial Ed. Dept. and is a frequent presenter of classes and seminars nationwide

MEET: Barbara Quan
Barbara has worked in financial services since 2001 as a loan officer for several mortgage firms, and she holds a California Real Estate License. She is a Certified Credit Counselor. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

MEET: Donna Shackel
38+ years’ experience in tax and financial services – Donna is an EA and former IRS tax representative. She spent 10 years teaching tax law for both the IRS and California Tax Education Council. She is also a Certified Credit Counselor.

MAKE FINANCES A PRIORITY. SIGN UP FOR THE MSA NEWSLETTER TODAY.

VWHE 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference–Register Now!

The 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference from Vermont Women in Higher Education, with the theme “Power Up! Harness Your Power, Direct Your Energy, Electrify the World,” is March 31 and April 1 at Killington Grand Resort. There will be a variety of professional workshops and more, all in a beautiful setting.  This year’s keynote speaker is Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power.  

The featured talks on Day One of the conference promise to help participants develop new skills and return to their jobs energized. They are titled Recharging Your Battery: Plugging into Your Positive Core to Power Up at Work and Beyond,” and “Being That Person in Your Department: Addressing Social Justice Issues with Fellow Professionals in Student Affairs and Beyond.”

Overnight accomoddations are also available at a special group rate.

Click here to register now!

Questions? Please contact Shannon Bohler, VWHE Institutional Representative at x2961 or at bohler@middlebury.edu.

Feel free to check out the conference webpage!