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From MSA: December Financial Wellness Events and Tips – Budget for Success


We’ve all seen the statistics about money problems negatively influencing our relationships. It doesn’t have to be that way! Take this opportunity to learn how you can have positive and constructive money conversations with the people you care about. It starts by assessing your history with money and recognizing how you developed your personal financial habits. Then, we’ll talk about communication routines and ideas around sharing responsibilities. Join us if you want to remove stress and frustration from your money conversations.



msa-dec-1READ: Small Details, Big Savings

ant more holiday cheer? Here are some well-timed tips for the holiday season, so your wallet has a happy Christmas too….

Take Action and Win!

You get the chance to win cool prizes when you engage in the financial wellness program, work with a Money Coach and attend classes.




calendarThe College will be closed for the holiday break at 5:00pm, December 23, 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. The following change has been made to the time entry and time approval deadline. Please note that the time entry AND approval deadline is 6 days earlier for this pay period.

  • Deadline for submitting AND approving time – Thursday, 12/15/16 at NOON (12:00pm)
    •  Remember to submit your time prior to NOON to allow supervisors adequate time to approve timesheets; please note, the pay period is 12/05/16-12/18/16 and does not include any Holiday time.
  • Paychecks* and direct deposit stubs will be delivered through regular campus mail on Friday, 12/23/16
  • Paychecks* and direct deposits will be dated Friday, 12/23/16


*Sign up for direct deposit now at go/payroll



Please inform all your staff of this change in the payroll schedule


Payroll/Human Resources

Self-care for the Holiday Season

Chair photoOn the way to skating this morning, my 8 year old daughter cheered, “Only 27 more days until Christmas! Yay!”

As the reality of that statement settled in, I felt a mixture of the joy of the holiday season with the terror of “Only 27 more days to get so much done!”

I’m guessing I’m not the only one on campus with this conflicted emotion. As a Nurse Practitioner and Health Coach I meet with many students, staff, and faculty and if there is one common thread in these visits, it is the acknowledgement of the often overwhelming pace of life these days. It is the question of how to muster up even 5 or 10 minutes of time each day for self-care, when starting from a place of exhaustion and depletion. And yet, I know with every bit of my being, that self-care is exactly the place to start, especially when you are exhausted and depleted.

So, here are my top self-care thoughts for the season of many holidays.

  1. I choose a full nights rest.
  2. I know that when I sleep 8 good hours, I feel alert and have a greater sense of clarity in the morning. I’m more likely to choose healthy food; I’m more likely to take a walk with an extra 10 minutes; I’m more likely to communicate to my family, coworkers, and patients with kindness and full presence. In short, I’m more likely to be the person that I enjoy being.
  3. Sleep needs vary from person to person, but most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Sleep is actually a very active time for the body – a time to heal and restore. It provides us with the energy and vitality needed to meet the cognitive and physical challenges of our waking hours. It also helps our immune system stay strong and protect us.
  4. I choose to say ‘no thank you’ – sometimes.
  5. This year I choose to thoroughly enjoy some of the special treats of the season – and I’m going to chew slowly and absolutely savor each bite. And then I’m going to say ‘no thank you’—kindly and gently—to more. There isn’t good or bad food, and you aren’t good or bad based on what you choose to eat. Try just taking a moment and listen to what your body needs to nourish and fuel it.
  6. More is rarely better. Have you ever noticed how that first Christmas cookie tastes so delicious, but by the 3rd or 4th you aren’t even tasting it? Or have you noticed that sensation of being full to the point that your stomach hurts? Or that drained sugar-low feeling after you’ve had too much food? I sure have. I’ve joked many times that the only time I need TUMS is when I’m at my family’s home for the holidays!
  7. I choose connection.
  8. Who you are and what you have is enough. Just as it is. The majority of my happiest memories aren’t connected to a particular object someone gave me or the price tag attached to it. It is connected to the people in that memory. It is baking cookies with my mother and sister. It is watching my dad have to get those clip-on Christmas lights positioned exactly on the tree. It is the joy in my grandfather’s ‘You’re Here’ when we came through the door on Christmas Eve. And now it’s hearing my daughter practice her carols on the piano – every right and wrong note.
  9. A major source of stress during this time of year for many of us is the added obligations and financial pressure. How do you find the time and money for a holiday when there isn’t enough for a regular day? My thought: You don’t.

On that note, I invite you all to choose yourselves this season. Have a lovely December!


Grants Awarded for Faculty Development that Crosses Program Boundaries

provost_finalbannerThe One Middlebury Fund, administered by the Office of the Provost, provides resources that faculty from all Middlebury Programs (the College, the Institute, and the Schools) may use to engage in collaborative curricular, co-curricular, and scholarly endeavors with colleagues in other programs.

This fall, ten proposals received funding to collaborate on a range of projects, from developing a shared pedagogy of intercultural competence across all Middlebury programs, to exploring opportunities for collaboration in the realm of food studies.

Several projects involved faculty from the College or the Institute with schools abroad, from a lecture series with our partner universities in India, to a Spanish curriculum that will take Institute translation and interpretation students to Madrid before beginning their coursework at the Institute.

Individual scholarly endeavors leverage resources at Schools Abroad for research on Chilean archaeology, Brazilian cinema, and Japanese urban sociology, while other awards support the creation of a jazz performance for the 100th anniversary of the Spanish School next summer, and participation in a symposium on chemical and biological warfare through the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Institute Launches Expanded Translation and Localization Management Curriculum

Translation and localization management is a rapidly growing segment of a language services industry that is expanding to meet the needs of a globalizing economy. Needs within the industry are becoming more specialized, requiring some employees to have high level language translation skills, while others focus most of their work on technology or project management. Mirroring this evolution, beginning in the Fall of 2017 the Institute’s TLM program will offer three distinct tracks – Translation, Localization, and Management – that branch from a common core of nine courses.  This new design will not only better prepare students for the career tracks they hope to pursue, but will enable the Institute to recruit and admit students with a wider range of language abilities and interests.