Learn More about the Critical Language Scholarship–Webinar on Oct.16

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From CLS: We here at the CLS Program are excited to host a general CLS webinar for students and faculty on Friday, October 16th, at 4pm EST. The webinar will explain the goals of the program to potential applicants, talk through the benefits of participating on the program, and offer tips on the CLS Application. […]

Weekly Web Updates – October 12, 2015

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Last week we launched a “new” website for Sustainability. New is in quotes because, while much of the content was updated and it features a new, responsive design, it’s still in the same Drupal site that it used to be. We are very happy that we were able to do this “in-place” update of the site. Among its new features are a content type for events (which we’ll be rolling out to other areas of the site) and a custom tagging vocabulary with themed tag pages. The Sustainability tags can be added to any “Basic Content”, “News”, or “Event” node in the site, but only by one of the editors of the Sustainability site or the Communications department.

New Features

The Middlebury Drupal site’s WYSIWYG editor now has a button for the abbr element. Use this to add explanations for abbreviations you put in your text.

You can now enable the “Pinterest Board Shortcode” plugin on any WordPress site to embed Pinterest boards. Here are a few examples.


Fixes and Tweaks

  • The “equalizer” or “waveform” bars will no longer open automatically on interior pages of the site when there is only one featured story.
  • The “wp.me shortlinks” feature of the Jetpack plugin is no longer available on our WordPress sites. This created an external dependency on getting to our sites and caused problems when site URLs were changed. All existing shortlinks will continue to work. If you need a shortlink for a particular post, consider creating a GO shortcut.
  • The “print” button has been removed from the WYSIWYG editor on the Middlebury Drupal site to make space for the “abbr” button.
  • Fixed an issue where the Drupal user-sync process in the Course Hub was not properly importing additional data about users (FirstName, LastName, etc) and in turn was preventing the Hub from properly creating new user-accounts.
  • Fixed an name-collision issue in Drupal where users who accidentally get a new identifier in Banner were not able to have accounts created in Drupal sites associated with their new ID.

Flu Vaccines

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We are pleased to announce that our prescription plan has elected to cover flu vaccines at a $0 copay for employees enrolled in Middlebury College’s health insurance plan.  To take advantage of this $0 copay program, employees can choose from any of the following options:

  1. Visit any of the Magellan Rx participating pharmacies and present your CBA Blue ID Card to receive the vaccine for a $0 co-pay.
  2. If you choose to visit a non-participating pharmacy, you can still receive the vaccine. You will be required to pay full cost at the time of administration; however, request an itemized receipt to submit the claim directly to CBA Blue for 100% reimbursement from the medical plan.
  3. Visit a Blue Cross/Blue Shield doctor. The doctor’s office will submit the claim directly to CBA Blue, and the claim will be paid 100% from the medical plan.
  4. If you choose to visit an out-of-network doctor, you can still receive the vaccine. You will be required to pay full cost at the time of administration; however, request an itemized receipt to submit the claim directly to CBA Blue for 100% reimbursement from the medical plan.

Due to the convenience and increased cost-effectiveness of the Magellan Rx plan, Middlebury College will not be hosting an on-site clinic for employees this year.  We encourage you to take advantage of the $0 copay program today.

Please feel free to contact Lisa Hoff, Benefits Specialist, at lmhoff@middlebury.edu or x3372 with any questions.

October EFAP News: Brain Health

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There are certain lifestyle habits — such as exercising, consuming a nutritious diet, and staying socially active — that can potentially improve your health as you age. Science suggests that adopting these behaviors can support brain health as well. It’s never too late, or too soon, to make changes to reduce your risk of cognitive decline.

LifeScope can help with:

  • Articles and tips on aging and brain health
  • Audio on the causes of memory loss
  • Resource links to the Alzheimer’s Association and Administration on Aging
  • Health and wellness resources and referrals
  • 24/7 access to confidential counseling support


Tues, Oct 20th at 12pm ET/9am PT & 2pm ET/11am PT

Presented by the National Alzheimer’s Association, this webinar will educate you on the 10 early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, the differences between age-related memory lapses, and the signs of dementia. To register, log on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars’ then “Know the 10 Signs.” If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.


October Tips for Taking Action

You may also be interested in viewing the following tip sheets, which can be found by logging on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your insitution username and password, and clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

“Improving Your Memory”- How does your brain handle all the data it receives? Is it possible to make your memory more reliable? Read this article for tips on how to effectively store and retrieve information.

“Keeping Your Brain Active”- Intellectual stimulation, as well as social interaction, can help keep your brain healthy and even lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Read this article to learn about factors that contribute to Alzheimer’s, and ways you can keep your mind sharp.

“What Can You Do to Protect Your Brain?”- Diet, sleep, exercise, and social engagement can help or harm your brain-depending on how much or how little you get of each. Read this article to learn what you can do, starting today, to keep your mind healthy and active.

The October Calendar, Poster/Webinar Promo, and Spanish Language Poster can also be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025

Website: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

Username: Middlebury College

Password: guest

Winter Clothing Closet 2015 – Final Call for Donations

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International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the Commons Residential Advisors (CRAs) are partnering again for the Winter Clothing Closet, an annual program that connects First Year international and U.S. students in need with gently used winter clothing. This year’s event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14.

Please consider donating any gently used warm clothing (especially coats, hats and gloves) that could be used by these students.

Collection boxes are in the following locations until Tuesday, October 13:

Atwater Commons Office – Allen 153
Brainerd Commons Office – Stewart Hall 214
Cook Commons Office – Battell North 150
Ross Commons Office – LaForce Hall (under Ross Dining Hall)
Wonnacott Commons Office – Battell South 123

Dining Halls (Ross and Proctor) – Main Entrance Lobby
Athletics Complex – New Main Desk by the New Main Entrance
Davis Family Library – In the Atrium
McCardell Bicentennial Hall – Great Hall Near Staircase
McCullough Student Center – Near the Entrance to the Juice Bar/Crossroads
Public Safety – 125 South Main Street: Main Lobby
ISSS Lounge – Service Building, Suite 200
Sunderland/Dana Auditorium – Main Entrance
CE, CSE & PCI – 118 S. Main Street
College Advancement – 700 Exchange Street

Spread the word! Our sincerest thanks in advance for your support!

Questions? Please contact ISSS Advisor Joani Taylor at  Jntaylor@middlebury.edu or x5858.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 15 faculty positions, 53 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 3 internal job postings on the Middlebury 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)

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Community Invited to Celebratory Inauguration Concert, Fireworks

Inauguration Events to Include Festival of Learning, Concert, Fireworks

Middlebury Institute Physicist Part of Nobel-Winning Team

Middlebury Inducts Newest Members to Phi Beta Kappa

Middlebury to Open School in Morocco

Inaugural Symposium Explores “Translatability,” Power of Language

Middlebury Announces Fiscal 2015 Endowment Results

Middlebury Celebrates 50 Years of Environmental Education and Leadership

A Taste of Middlebury Life at Fall Family Weekend

Ward Prize Honors First-Year Writing

Pursuing a Life of Meaning and Social Change

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.