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Upcoming COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Clinics

COVID-19 Bivalent Vaccine Available on Campus

The new COVID-19 bivalent vaccine boosters are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for everyone 12 years old and older who received their last booster at least two months previously. COVID-19 bivalent vaccine clinics will be offered on campus to students and employees from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall on these dates:

  • Friday, October 7 
  • Thursday, October 13 
  • Friday, October 28 

Students and employees can sign up for these COVID-19 booster clinics using this Microsoft Bookings link.

Human Resources also is sponsoring employee vaccination clinics that will offer both the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 bivalent booster. These clinics are offered in partnership with Middlebury Regional EMS and Addison County on the following dates, at  times and locations:

  • Tuesday, October 18, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Mitchell Green
  • Thursday, October 20, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Abernethy Room, Axinn Center
  • Monday, October 24, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m., McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Great Hall
  • Wednesday, October 26, from 10 am to 1:30 p.m., Abernethy Room, Axinn Center

Students and employees can sign up using this link

Help Improve the Partner Inclusion Program by Completing This Brief Survey

To inform the ongoing development and evaluation of The Partner Inclusion Program, we need your input! Please complete this confidential, very brief questionnaire.

https://bit.ly/partnerinclusion

The Partner Inclusion Program provides comprehensive support services to the spouses and partners of Middlebury employees.

Our services include

  • Confidential one-on-one career coaching
  • Guidance on how to use campus and community resources
  • Access to an active network of higher education institutions, businesses, and community organization
  • A list of employment opportunities and community resources through a dedicated webpage

How to connect 
Contact Susan Edwards, Partner Inclusion Specialist 
susane@middlebury.edu 
802-443-3509

or to book an appointment, click HERE

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mahaney Arts Center with Burlington Taiko

To kick of the Mahaney Arts Center’s 30th anniversary, Burlington Taiko will be on campus for a week-long residency. Join us Thursday, September 29th for a Lunch and Learn opportunity to learn about the Japanese art form of Taiko, and even play the drums yourself! Participants and spectators both welcome.

Bring your own lunch, drinks and cookies will be provided. Wear comfortable exercise clothes!

To register, please fill out the form at go/taikolunch or contact Cathy Vincent x5624. Limited slots available.

Event details:

Thursday, Sept. 29
12:15-1:30 PM
On the lawn behind the Mahaney Arts Center
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*rain location: MAC Dance Theater

End of Year Holiday Dates

With the cooler weather, changing leaves, and pumpkin spice everything filling menus and store shelves, it’s clear – fall is in the air! With the changing season our minds naturally look forward to the upcoming holidays and our plans to meet with friends and family, and to take some well-earned time off.

We are happy to announce that the dates for the 2022-2023 holidays have been updated and posted on the website for Holiday Time. The dates for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Winter breaks are also given below:

Thanksgiving Break: 12:00 a.m. Thursday, November 24, through 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 25, 2022

Winter Break: 12:00 a.m. Friday, December 23, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, January 2, 2023

We hope this helps you plan for your celebrations! For information on entering time for regular holidays, please see the webpage on Holiday Time, as well as the Employee Handbook section on Holidays. If you have any questions, please contact hr@middlebury.edu.

Middlebury College Partnering with TIAA and Savi to Help Employees Reduce Student Debt

Imagine saving $1,800 annually in student debt and easing your way to forgiveness!

Take advantage of a robust solution that can make a significant difference when it comes to student debt.1 Brought to you through TIAA and powered by Savi, this tool helps find the best federal repayment and forgiveness programs for your financial situation—plus it simplifies the long-term task of navigating the way to forgiveness.

  • Reduces your payment based on your income and family size
  • Frees up funds that you can direct towards other financial goals
  • Removes the complexities of forgiveness handling all of the paperwork, e-file and help you re-certify every year.

What to expect when applying for forgiveness

Savi streamlines the entire process, from helping you enroll in forgiveness programs to ongoing support and payment tracking, ensuring you remain on track from start to forgiveness. Here’s a snapshot of what will happen.

1. First, you need to enroll in Savi Essential Service.

2. Next, provide your basic information. (Note:Make sure to select Middlebury College with the blue verified check mark on the “Employer” page of the tool!) From there, Savi handles the rest—from checking your forgiveness application for accuracy and completion all the way to submission.

3. After some verifications with us, which Savi handles, everything is sent to your loan servicer.

4. You’ll receive reminders from Savi for ongoing things you may need to do afterward, like an annual submission to the PSLF program. That way you stay in compliance with all the particulars that go along with forgiveness programs.

We’re so excited this opportunity is available to our employees and their family members. Also, if you choose the Savi Essential option, Middlebury College will pay the $60 fee. If you haven’t yet, take a minute and find out how much you could lower your monthly payment. Attend a 30-minute webinar and you’ll see how easy it is to use Savi, how it works to reduce your monthly payment and how to get started.

Register today.

Visit tiaa.org/middleburycollege/studentloans today to calculate your savings

1. As of December 31, 2021, based on Savi’s internal measurements, Savi users saw average projected savings of $1,800 per year.

Savi and your employer are independent entities. Savi and TIAA are independent entities. A portion of any fee charged by Savi is shared with TIAA to offset marketing costs for the program. In addition, TIAA has a minority ownership interest in Savi. TIAA makes no representations regarding the accuracy or completeness of any information provided by Savi. TIAA does not provide tax or legal advice. Please contact your personal tax or legal adviser.

What’s on Tap for Well-Being… Weeks of September 5th, 12th, and 19th

The semester is off with a bang, cooler temperatures are right around the corner and the fall lineup of well-being programming is underway.

Have you been interested in learning about meditation? Then this beginner’s mindfulness series with Coach Cami of Guided Resilience may be just what you are looking for. This eight-week program is being offered on zoom on Tuesday evenings from 8-9:30 pm EST Sept. 13 – Nov. 1st. To register, contact Cami at cami@guidedresilience.com

Our partnership with True Center Yoga will continue. Remote classes are free to all employees. Just log in to any class and let the instructor know that you’re part of GMHEC. Click here for the class schedule.

Remote, morning fitness classes with Kim Jacobs of BFIT will also continue Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 7:15-8:00 am EST. These classes are appropriate for all levels and are a terrific way to get some morning movement in.  Contact Kim at kim@bfitvt.com to register.

The Edge Healthy Care 90 Day Program: This 13-week lifestyle management program will support you to maintain healthy habits around nutrition, physical activity, and stress management.  Offered in person at The Edge in South Burlington. Mondays, September 12th through December 12th. 5:30-7:30 pm or remote on Thursdays, September 8th through December 8th from noon-1:00 pm EST. There is a cost for this program, but most may be covered by your insurance plan. Contact genavix@edgevt.com to learn more.

Behavior Change Webinar Series:  Join Linda Rosenthal, Behavior Change Specialist from The Edge for this four-week webinar series covering topics in lifestyle change. Better understand your mood and decision-making processes to improve your health. Attend one session or all four. Fridays, September 16th,  October 14th, November 11th, and December 16th. All sessions will be offered from noon-1:00 pm EST. To register, contact Linda at LRosenthal@edgevt.com

We’ve also got some new discounts available for you.

Middlebury employees can take advantage of the 10% discount on classes at Middlebury Jazzercise. Click here for the schedule. To learn more about how to access this discount, contact middleburyjazzercise@gmail.com.

All employees are also invited to enjoy discounted class fees and merchandise at SoulShine Power Yoga in Essex and Burlington. Check out the class schedule here. To learn more about how to access this discount, contact soulshinepoweryoga@gmail.com.