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Midd/MIIS Travelers

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

From Midd to MIIS From MIIS to Midd
Bill Burger, Vice President for Communications & Chief Marketing Officer

Nov 15-17

Beryl Levinger, GSIPM_DPP

Nov 13-17

Blair Kloman, Communications

Nov 13-16

Aaron Smith, Communications

Nov 14-16

Darcy Morter, Communications

Nov 14-16

Ian McBride, ITS

Nov 14-16

Caroline Crawford, Communications

Nov 15-16

Edin Suljanovic, Budget Office

Nov 13-17

Kim Downs-Burns, Associate VP for SFS

Nov 13-17

Kitty Bartlett, Advancement

Nov 15-16

2017 Flexible Spending Accounts Reminder

If you have an unused balance in your 2017 flexible spending account(s), please be aware that you have until December 31, 2017 to incur qualifying expenses to use those funds.

All participants with balances greater than $5 should have received a letter via mail in November from Business Plans Inc. Please continue to monitor your progress on your web portal.  If you have yet to set up your access to the member portal at, please do so today!  Just follow the instructions at this link.

Remember, any unused funds in the Healthcare FSA up to $500 will rollover into the new plan year. Any unused funds in the Healthcare FSA account over $500 will be forfeited. Any funds remaining in the Dependent Daycare FSA are forfeited.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact myCafeteriaPlan at 1-800-865-6543 or Human Resources at (802) 443-3372.

New Employee

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

Alison Farr joined the Parton Center for Health and Wellness in October as a Senior Nurse Practitioner. Prior to joining the College, Alison worked at Northwestern Medical Center and Porter Hospital in both Urgent Care and ER settings.

Alison has 2 children and lives in Monkton, VT. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family, as they take care of 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 9 chickens!


It’s time To Get Out!

With the Green Mountains only minutes away, why not head to the hills for your winter fresh air and exercise?

*Rikert Nordic Center, Middlebury College’s cross country ski center, is located in Ripton on the Bread Loaf Campus right on Rt. 125.

*We have Faculty/Staff pricing for season passes and day trail passes. 

*Our Rental Shop can outfit the family from toddlers through Seniors, with boots, skis and poles. We also have snowshoes and Fatbikes to rent. You can enjoy our 55K of trails however you’d like to!

*Our certified instructors are ready to provide lessons – private, semi-private (2) or group (3+). Just call ahead.

With state of the art snowmaking on the 5K Tormondsen Trail, look for us to be opening in the next few weeks.

Visit our website at

for more information or call 443-2744.

Come enjoy our woods – Robert Frost did!


Midd/MIIS Travelers

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

From Midd to MIIS From MIIS to Midd
Sheila Cameron, Office of the Provost

Oct 30-Nov 3

Beryl Levinger, GSIPM_DPP

Nov 13-17

Bill McKibben, Environmental Studies
Oct 31-Nov 4
Melissa Sorenson, Digital Learning Commons

November 9-14

Sue Halpern, English & American Literatures
Oct 31-Nov 4
Fariha Haque, Middlebury in DC

Nov 9-10

Edin Suljanovic, Budget Office

Nov 13-17

November EFAP News: Managing Holiday Stress

Take the Stress out of the Season

The holidays mean different things to different people. But one common theme is that they can leave us feeling physically, emotionally, and financially drained. Below are some tips for navigating the season and getting ready to start the New Year off on the right track:

Create your holiday spending strategy. Will you buy small gifts for several people or more expensive items for just a few? Forgo gifts altogether? Or do a one-name-one-gift holiday grab bag? Build your plan and budget early. Then, stick to your plan as much as possible.

Set realistic expectations and priorities. Old memories and feelings often surface around the holidays, and it can be easy to feel disappointed. Remember, it’s OK to adapt traditions to better suit new circumstances, to not attend certain holiday parties, to say no to requests to visit…etc. Consider what feels manageable and what you’d like to do, and try to let go of any preconceived ideas of what the holidays “should” be.

Take a time out. As little as 10-15 minutes may refresh you enough to handle what you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing, and restoring inner calm.

Plan a “stay-cation.” It’s a great opportunity to do those local things you never seem to have time for, work on projects around the house, or to just relax, sleep in, and enjoy the free time.

Attend the webinar. This month be sure to register and attend the webinar, “Holiday Budgeting.” Not everything about the holidays goes as planned, but if we learn to stick to a budget, we can eliminate the stress of post-holiday financial surprises. A full description and registration information is listed in the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend at any of the times, log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation.



Free Monthly Webinar:

Holiday Budgeting

Thursday, November 16, 2017

12-1 P.M. and  3-4 P.M. EST


9 -10 A.M. and 12-1 P.M. PST

We may have our budget under control during the year, but at the holidays it can be easy to over-spend. This session will examine practical strategies for sticking to a holiday budget that’s affordable for your family, helping avoid anxiety about opening your January credit card statement.

REGISTER TODAY! Space is limited.

  • Click on the time you would like to attend from the selections listed above.
  • Or click on “UPCOMING WEBINARS” from the homepage of the website and follow the easy instructions.

Unable to make it to the scheduled webinars? 

We have them archived for your convenience. Log onto the website and click on E4 University at the bottom of the home page, then click on Webinars to search by webinar title.

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
Username:  middlebury college
Password:    guest
Or call them at: 800-828-6025
(phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)