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Benefits Open Enrollment Coming Soon

open-ePlease mark your calendars – the annual open enrollment period for Middlebury’s health and welfare benefit plans will be held from November 1st through the 14th.  All benefits-eligible employees are required to complete the on-line process during this window so please watch your email on November 1st for instructions and benefit details.  If you will be out of town and will not have access to the internet during the open enrollment period please contact Human Resources at 802-443-5465 before November 1st to make alternate enrollment arrangements.  Meanwhile, to reduce pressure on yourself during the open enrollment period consider beginning the process of estimating your flexible spending account elections now, so that you are ready to go when open enrollment starts.

–Cheryl Mullins

Flu Vaccines

HR doorThe following applies to all members of the Middlebury College Health Plan, employees and dependents alike.

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

  1. Visit any of the participating pharmacies in the Magellan network (here is a link to participating pharmacies in VT and CA), 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.

Since there are many convenient and free ways to get a flu shot, Middlebury will not be hosting on-site clinics for employees this year.  We encourage you to take advantage of the $0 co-pay program today.

Please feel free to contact Franklin Daniel or Nancy Lindberg at 802-443-3372 with any questions.

Midd/MIIS Travelers

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

From Midd to MIIS From MIIS to MIdd
Dan Stearns, Facilities

Oct 17 – 28

Melissa Sorenson, Digital Learning Commons

Nov 3-8

Mike Moore, Facilities

Oct 17 – 28

Rachel Muradyan, GSTILE

Nov 14-15

LeRoy Graham, Provost’s Office

Week of Oct 17

Kim Downs, SFS

Week of Oct 17

Norm Cushman, Facilities

Oct 24-28

Mike Roy, Library

Oct 24 & 25

Steve Snyder, Language Schools

Nov 8 – 11

Vardit Ringwald, School of Hebrew

Nov 8 – 11

2017 Thanksgiving and December Holiday Schedules

horn-o-plentyThanksgiving Break: Will begin at 5:01 p.m. Wednesday, November 23 and will end at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, November 26 (regular operations resume Sunday, November 27.)



snowmanDecember Break:  Will begin at 5:01 p.m. Friday, December 23 and will end at 11:59 p.m. Monday, January 2 (regular operations resume Tuesday, January 3, 2017)

Travel Tips: Ground Transportation in Midd vs. Monterey

car-travelBesides avocados and artichokes, there is one other thing that is actually cheaper in California than in Vermont: airport shuttle services. As some Monterey travelers have discovered to their dismay, a van ride from the Burlington Airport to Middlebury costs twice as much to cover half the distance as a similar service in California. We recommend that MIIS visitors to the Middlebury campus rent a car to save their travel budgets. But if you are coming to Monterey from Middlebury, consider taking the Monterey Airbus. It has regular service to both the San Francisco and San Jose airports, you can register and prepay online with a P-card, and in addition to saving money, you avoid having to navigate the always-crowded freeways. And if you are lucky, your driver will be the Jazz Man, who plays mellow jazz all the way. The Airbus station in Monterey is literally next door to the MIIS campus. There are several hotels, and plenty of restaurants and local attractions within walking distance of campus.

-Amy McGill

One Middlebury Fund Helps Faculty Build on Shared Interests across Middlebury Programs

provost_finalbannerOctober 31 is the deadline for One Middlebury applications. The One Middlebury Fund, administered by the Office of the Provost, enables faculty from all Middlebury Programs (the College, the Institute, and the Schools) to engage in collaborative curricular, co-curricular, and scholarly work with colleagues in another Middlebury program. Specific guidelines are available on the Office of the Provost website.

Recently funded projects include MIIS professor Ed Laurance’s September visit hosted by Middlebury College Political Science professor Sarah Stroup. Laurance, who serves as an expert for a UN-led effort to develop global standards for controlling the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, lectured on “Small Arms, Violence, and Global Development.” He discussed a new international treaty on small arms that resulted from the extensive efforts of a global NGO campaign. He also visited Prof. Stroup’s classes, as a first step toward integrating their courses on global development and advancing their shared research interests in advocacy and research by NGO coalitions.

Coming up in the spring, Prof. Andrea Olsen (in residence at the Institute) will bring Professor Emeritus John Elder to Monterey give a lecture and workshop on “Writing as Activism,” as part of the course “Communicating in a Changing world,” co-taught by Olsen and Institute Professor Nukhet Kardam.  The lecture will be videotaped for inclusion in a born-digital textbook that is emerging from this collaborative course.  The lecture will also be available via videoconferencing to participants at the College.

For more information, see our complete list of funded projects.

-Amy McGill

Middlebury Institute Staff Visit School in Jordan


University of Jordan Campus. Photo by Jen Holguin.

Wedged into my bus seat, limbs at odd angles around backpacks, lunch sacks and water bottles, I let the conversation float around me. Singsong Arabic, punctuated by frequent laughter and the occasional few words from a song, drowned out the increasing sounds of traffic as we re-entered Amman. With my eyes closed, I couldn’t tell student from native speaker. “This,” I thought to myself, “is what an immersive program is really all about.”—Jen Holguin

Assistant Dean Toni Thomas and Jen Holguin, Career and Academic Adviser & Director of Fellowships, Exchanges & Study Abroad, have just returned from a visit to the Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad Program site in Amman. The trip was sponsored by the Office of the Provost, which promotes and supports academic collaborations and partnerships across Middlebury’s programs. The purpose of the trip was to gain a better feel for how the program works on the ground and to lay the foundation for developing program options more closely aligned with our relevant graduate-level programs.


Hiking with Middlebury students in Jordan. Photo by Jen Holguin.

These goals were met and exceeded, thanks to the incredible support and collaboration of Director Kerstin Wilsch and her staff. Jen and Toni held highly productive meetings with faculty and administrators at the University of Jordan. They visited internship sites and made plans to connect with additional organizations after returning to Monterey. They talked with students, staff, teachers and mentors about their experiences with the program. They sat in on classes taught entirely in Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Dialect (and even learned a few words themselves along the way!) They also had the incredible opportunity to join the students on an excursion, which included an eight-hour hike through a magical, stream-filled canyon, a stay at an eco-lodge, and a swim in the Dead Sea.

– Amy McGill