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Annual Performance Summary Process for Staff Members

The annual performance evaluation process for staff members takes place between January 1 and March 31 of each year.  The APS form for 2018 remains the same as in previous years.

Below, please find a link to the form, helpful tools and guides to support the APS process, and an on-line audio training presentation that will help you prepare whether you are a supervisor or individual contributor.

For those who have attended the training sessions offered in past years, you may find the recorded presentation to be a convenient refresher.  In addition to the on-line tools, we are offering two APS workshops for new employees and supervisors undergoing the APS process for the first time:

Tuesday, February 6 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Mitchell Green Lounge)

Thursday, February 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Mitchell Green Lounge)

For those who have already attended a live or recorded workshop, additional question & answer sessions are available to provide support for supervisors, managers and staff as you prepare your performance documentation:

Wednesday, February 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Marble Works)

Tuesday, March 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Marble Works)

Thursday, March 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Marble Works)

Please email or call x2012 to register.

In addition, individual support is available to staff and supervisors and department specific training and consultation is available upon request.  Feel free to call the Human Resources APS answer line with any questions – extension 5465, option 1.

Midd/MIIS Travelers

The following employees have reported upcoming travel between Midd and MIIS:

From Midd to MIIS From MIIS to Midd
Rich Wolfson, Physics

Jan 8-26

Beryl Levinger, GSIPM_DPP

Last week of Jan

Orion Lewis, Political Science

Jan 25- Feb 10

Mar 25- Apr 1

Amy McGill, Associate Provost for Integration Strategies

Last week of Jan

Midd Faculty Visitors (Group 1)

Feb 5-7

Seamus Dorrian, Records

Late January

Erin Irons, Office of the Provost

Feb 5-9

Mike Roy, Dean of the Library

Feb 26- Mar 4

Middlebury Dancers

Mar 5-11

Midd Faculty Visitors (Group 2)

Mar 26-28

Damascus Kafumbe, Music

May 2-6



Is there an area in your life in which you would like to be healthier?

Do you feel ‘stuck’ or ‘in a rut’ with changing a health behavior?

Is there a health behavior that you have tried to change numerous times, only to find yourself back in your old pattern?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I invite you to partner with me!

My name is Laura Wilkinson and I am the Integrative Health Coach for faculty and staff members at Middlebury College. As a coach, I can partner with you and guide and support you as you make personal health behavior changes that matter most to you. This is a client-driven partnership – with you in the driver’s seat.

This service is:

  • Free
  • On campus (or available by phone or skype for Monterey campus)
  • Confidential


The structure of the coaching partnership consists of sessions every other week for a 3 month period. The first session is 1 hour and subsequent sessions are 30 minutes. I am available for morning appointments Monday-Friday.

Middlebury College is invested in you and your path to health and wellbeing. I invite you to join in this partnership for better health!

To schedule coaching sessions, please contact me at or 443-3621 (voicemail)

For more detailed information, please visit my website at

On-Campus Fitness Opportunities for Faculty and Staff!

Kick start your self-care in 2018 by joining one or many of the amazing fitness classes offered right here on campus.

Middlebury College’s Well-being Committee continues to sponsor

some great on-campus fitness opportunities for faculty and staff


Registration is now open (click on the links where applicable for more information).

Sessions being offered for J-Term and Spring Term

Building Strength with Ryan Paquette

Join Ryan Paquette and learn how to safely improve your strength and conditioning at our fitness center. This is a 4-week series in which you will be oriented to the fitness center, educated on how to use both weight lifting machines and free weights, and given basic programs to help you strengthen major muscle groups.

Ryan Paquette joined the football coaching staff at Middlebury in the summer of 2014. He also serves as the department’s strength and conditioning coach. Ryan is a certified member of the United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) program as well as the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). He was also recently certified by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), while holding an additional Strength and Conditioning Certification. For more information on Ryan, please see his bio at Ryan Paquette.

4-week series

Wednesdays: January 31st, February 7th, February 14th, February 21st

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Fitness Center (Instructions for where to meet and what to wear will be given to participants in a follow up email.)

This series is specifically created for beginners. Please register at Building Strength Sign Up. Class maximum is 20. If the class is full, please indicate if you would like to be added to a waitlist for future series.

For questions, please contact Laura Wilkinson, Integrative Health Coach at



Partners in Walking with Laura Wilkinson

Have you been wanting to get moving, but just haven’t taken that first step? Now is the time! Pull out those walking or running shoes and meet at the indoor track. The CDC recommends that all adult Americans get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity weekly. Following this recommendation contributes to your overall health, and decreases your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Laura Wilkinson is an Integrative Health Coach and Nurse Practitioner at Middlebury College. For questions, please reach out to Laura at



Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings

8:00-8:45 am

Middlebury College Indoor Track

Starting on January 8th – No charge, no need to register.



Water Aerobics with Norma Leduc

Water Aerobics is a low-impact exercise that is appropriate for all levels of fitness and swimming Please contact Norma directly with questions,



Wednesday & Friday mornings, 6:00-6:45 am

Middlebury College Natatorium

Starting January 3


Yoga with Joanna Colwell

Two sections of Iyangar yoga taught by Joanna Colwell of Otter Creek Yoga.

Mixed-Level Iyengar Yoga: 11:00-12:00 pm (for those with at least six months’ experience with Iyengar yoga)

Very Basic Iyengar Yoga: 12:15-1:15 pm.

Bring your own yoga mat if possible.

To register, contact Ellen McKay,,




January 3 – January 31

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm – Mixed-Level

12:15 p.m.  – 1:15 p.m. – Basic Level

MFH 3rd Floor Gym

$40 payable to Joanna at the first class



Spring Session 1


February 7 – March 28th

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm – Mixed-Level

12:15 p.m.  – 1:15 p.m. – Basic Level

MFH 3rd Floor Gym

$64 payable to Joanna at the first class


Spring Session 2


April 4 – May 16

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm – Mixed-Level

12:15 p.m.  – 1:15 p.m. – Basic Level

MFH 3rd Floor Gym

$64 payable to Joanna at the first class



Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open Mat with Kemi Fuentes-George

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the most effective forms of self-defense, and has been shown to help smaller but trained people defend themselves against bigger, more athletic opponents under realistic conditions.  No experience necessary. Please contact Kemi directly with questions,


Tuesdays and Fridays, 6:00 -7:00 pm; ongoing sessions

Sundays from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; ongoing sessions

4th Floor Lounge, Munroe Hall

Students, faculty and staff free; no registration required



Jazzercise Dance Mixx with Amy Collier

Amy Collier has taught fun and effective Jazzercise classes for people of all ages and fitness levels for five years.  She is the Associate Provost for Digital Learning at Middlebury College. Sign up for the mailing list (for class information and cancellations) here, click here.



Spring Session 1

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Feb 6 – March 29

4:30-5:30 pm

3rd-floor gym, Athletics complex

$5.00 per class; drop-ins welcome


Spring Session 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

April 3 – May 24

4:30-5:30 pm

3rd-floor gym, Athletics complex

$5.00 per class; drop-ins welcome



Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong with Sue Driscoll

Sue practices Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan and studies with the lineage holders of the Tung family, training in traditional forms, practicing daily and attending workshops several times a year. She has led classes in Tai Chi and Qi Gong at the Falling Water School since 2011.



J- Term

Thursdays 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Qigong)

January 4 – February 1

Mondays 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Beginning Tai Chi Chuan)

January 8 – February 5

Fridays – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Advanced Tai Chi Chuan)

January 5 – February 2


Virtue Field House, Goldsmith Lounge, Room 298

$40 for 5 classes

Drop-in fee: $50 for 5 classes (available only for Qigong)


Spring Session 1

Thursdays 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Qigong)

February 8 – March 29

Mondays 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Beginning Tai Chi Chuan)

February 12 – April 2


Virtue Field House, Goldsmith Lounge, Room 298

$64 for 8 classes

Drop-in fee: $50 for 5 classes (available only for Qigong)


Spring Session 2

Thursdays 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Qigong)

April 5 – May 24

Mondays 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Beginning Tai Chi Chuan)

April 9 – June 4 (no class on the May 28th)


Virtue Field House, Goldsmith Lounge, Room 298

$64 for 8 classes

Drop-in fee: $50 for 5 classes (available only for Qigong)



Open Tai Chi Chuan Practice (free)


Spring Session 1

Fridays 12:00-1:00

February 9 – April 13

Virtue Field House, Goldsmith Lounge (Room 298)


Spring Session 2

Fridays 12:00-1:00

April 20 – June 22

Virtue Field House, Goldsmith Lounge (Room 298)

New Employee

In this post, we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Amanda to campus!

In 2017, after spending two years leading donor stewardship for Francis Parker School in San Diego, CA, Amanda Kalal began working for College Advancement at Middlebury as a Leadership Gifts Officer. She is responsible for raising resources and connecting with the Middlebury alumni and parent communities in California, Oregon and Washington.

Prior to her work at Francis Parker School, Amanda worked in undergraduate admissions for the University of California, San Diego and alumni relations at Colgate University. Amanda received her BS in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Ohio Northern University and an MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Canisius College.

Amanda lives and works remotely from her home office in San Diego, CA. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in our national parks, rock climbing, coaching a youth softball team and relaxing at the beach.

Middlebury School of the Environment

Did you know that your college-age son or daughter could attend the Middlebury School of the Environment this summer and earn nine credit hours? Need-based and merit-based grants are available.

The School of the Environment is open to any college undergraduate and no previous college-level coursework in environmental studies is necessary.

The program will take place from June 15 to July 27, 2018 and based in Yunnan Province, China, with dual sites in Kunming and Dali.  Kunming takes advantage of one of China’s loveliest Capital cities while Dali holds spectacular environmental and cultural resources. Together, these geographies make an ideal location to host an experiential learning program that merges the fields of environmental science and studies, with student leadership development and early career preparation

An information session will be held on January 17 at 4:30 pm in Axxin 104. All are invited to attend.

Contact Sandra Bonomo, Coordinator, at if you have questions or visit the School of the Environment Blog and website for updates and information.

January EFAP News: Communication is Key


When entering into a new relationship, most of us experience excitement and happiness. We’re having fun and all is right with the world. Then a new reality develops. Sometimes life with our other half gradually goes from adventure to monotony and disappointment.

This does not necessarily spell the end of the relationship. Many deeper and more fulfilling things can enter a relationship when the thrill of the newness fades.  Here are some things to ponder.

SHAKE THINGS UP, when they feel too settled. If you and your significant other have settled into a monotonous routine, do something different.

MAKE A LIST. And not just any list. Often times the things that were endearing, when we first met the love of our life, become deeply annoying later on. Try to remember what you loved about them and why.

SET REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS. High emotions associated with a new relationship are exhausting after a time. A healthy relationship thrives in an environment of acceptance and security with someone you can depend on and have fun with.

TALK. Get to know each other again. Go out to dinner and pretend like you are meeting each other for the first time.  Introduce yourselves to each other.

If your relationship has grown dull, you may not want to give up just yet.  Consider seeing a couple’s counselor. Many relationships that have grown dull can thrive with a renewed focus or professional support.

WANT TO LEARN MORE about communication and how to use it effectively to better relationships of all kinds? Register and attend the webinar, “Communicating Effectively”.A full description and registration information is listed in the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend you can log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation.


 Wednesday, January 24th

Communicating Effectively

When we communicate with others, we make basic assumptions about the messages we are sending, which can result in unintentional miscommunication. We forget that our feelings play a part in how messages are delivered, received and processed. This workshop will help you learn to effectively convey your messages to others in a clear and assertive manner. You will also learn to recognize potential barriers in your current communication patterns.


– Click HERE

– Select the time

– Or – click on “Upcoming Webinars” from the homepage of the website and follow the easy instructions.

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
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