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Interesting Environmental Events this Week on Campus

Put a Price On It: a Panel Discussion on Carbon Pricing at Middlebury & Beyond, 11/15/2017, 5:00 PM (Dana Auditorium – Sunderland Language Center)

Join Environmental Affairs for pizza and a screening of the carbon pricing documentary, Priceless, from the series Years of Living Dangerously. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion of carbon pricing at the national, state, and campus College. The discussion is a part of Carbon Pricing Initiative to encourage Middlebury to endorse federal and Vermont carbon pricing efforts and implement an internal carbon surcharge at Middlebury. The screening will begin at 6pm and the panel discussion at 7pm. Pizza (not Green Peppers) will be served at 5:45pm.

Communicating Science to the Public, 11/16/2017, 4:30 PM (Davis Family Library 201- Watson Lecture Hall)

In The Narrow Edge, winner of the 2016 Academies of Science Best Book Award, and the Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists, Deborah Cramer accompanies small sandpipers along their extraordinary migration from the tip of South America up into their Arctic nesting grounds, exploring how their lives are intertwined with ours. At a time when “fake news” abounds, when so many take their news from social media and tweets, and people have not only their own opinions but also their own facts, we are experiencing a massive failure communicating science effectively to the general public.

Join author Deborah Cramer to examine how, in The Narrow Edge, she sought to bridge the gap between how scientists and the public understand the world, reshaping serious scholarly work for a wide audience.

 

This Week’s (week/of 11/13) Hot Internships & Jobs in Handshake

Hot Opportunities (jobs & internships) in Handshake This Week:

VIA Global Community Fellowship – due 11/15
Apply to spend 13-15 months at an NGO or school in Asia and support community development and youth education.

J-Term Internship at Addison County Parent Child Center – due 11/16

Impact America Corps Member – due 11/16
Work at one of Impact America’s several initiatives to fight poverty in the US, in direct service, education, administrative, media, or health-related positions.

Wilderness Field Instructor at New Vision Wilderness – due 11/20
Apply to be a full-time or seasonal field instructor to provide a safe, therapeutic atmosphere for struggling teens.

Energy & Water Corpsmember at Mile High Youth Corps – due 11/21

AmeriCorps Fellow at East End House – due 11/26
Create, manage, and lead meaningful out-of-school time programs for youth in grades 6-12 with a focus on mentoring.

J-Term Mentoring Programs Coordinator Internship at Stride Foundation – due 11/17
Stride Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to empowering girls and women through sports mentoring.

Call for Students to do Research in the DR Over Winter Term 2018

Winter Term Independent Study: Evaluating Rural Development Models in the Dominican Republic

What role do international nongovernmental organizations play in promoting development? To what extent can they encourage environmental conservation and rural development, and make this model sustainable by creating a revenue stream rather than depending on grants? This experiential learning opportunity will entail 2 faculty and 3 students going to the Dominican Republic to evaluate an innovative development model used by Zorzal Cacao. This reserve-farm partnership links environmental conservation efforts to the development of sustainable and profitable organic Cacao cultivation. As such, it seeks to demonstrate how environmental conservation, local development, and profitability are not mutually exclusive, but in fact, can reinforce one another. Students will evaluate this innovative development model by conducting original fieldwork research, and could choose to engage in GIS mapping of existing farms to identify potential areas of development, survey farming partners to identify the strengths and weaknesses of existing partnerships, and research the factors that encourage or hinder potential new partners to participate in this model. Students will have a unique opportunity to engage in original fieldwork research and provide a professional program evaluation. Students must speak Spanish at either a proficient or fluent level.

Potential Projects that Students Might Select

  • Evaluate current farm-reserve model – compare to surrounding farms
  • Conservation – positive impact on thrush
  • Fair/Direct trade – development
  • Sustainability – ability of farm to support reserve
  • Geocoding – GIS analysis or develop interactive map for farm/reserve
  • Food focus – tree to bar, etc.

Time Line

  • November & December: students selected, and work with Professor Lewis and Professor Teets to develop projects. The owners will introduce the farm-reserve, and we will have other guests discuss different aspects of the project.
  • Students will make travel plans (and enroll in IS if desired) by late November
  • Dominican Republic: January 7th – 21st [Jan 7 (arrival day) to Jan 21st (return day)]

Application Process and Logistics

  • This opportunity is paid for through a Middlebury College grant, so all costs other than incidentals will be covered for participants.
  • If interested, students should email Professor Teets with a transcript, resume, and short essay explaining why you would like to participate, what sort of project most interests you, and how previous coursework, skills, or experiences have helped to prepare you to work on a research team in the DR.
  • Applications are due by November 7, 2017.
  • We will not have professional interpreters with us, so all students must be at least proficient in Spanish (fluency would be even better).

Navigating Your Job Search in Independent Schools with Educators Ally 10/30 @ 6PM

Navigating Your Job Search in Independent Schools with Educators Ally

Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, CCI Library – Adirondack House

Educator’s Ally will be here to discuss how to best position yourself for a successful job search in the competitive independent school market. They’ll discuss all aspects of the search process from types of positions available, to resume review, to interview tips, to negotiating an offer.

Contact: Brett Bodnar, Educator’s Ally

To sign up for an interview scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 31, it is a 2-Step Process:

  1. First, apply on Handshake for the K-12 Teaching Opportunities ’18 – here: https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/jobs/943237
  2. Then, sign up for the related interview schedule and pick a convenient time here: https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/interview_schedules/36720

All majors are encouraged to apply and all class years are encouraged to come to the info session on Monday to learn what it takes to be a teacher at an independent private school.

Social Impact Events with Alumni: Learn More About Impact Sectors

Big things happening here on campus this coming week in the world of social impact and development. Here are Tracy’s top 5 reasons you should try to attend any one of these events with our Middlebury alumni who have come back to campus:

1) Knowledge is power, and the more you are armed with info about certain sectors, the more easily it is to identify with why or why not this space is a place you want to spend your time and learn more from;

2) Internships are a great way to gain experience in a sector that you are curious about, whether its a nonprofit or a research think tank or social entrepreneurship, alumni here on campus are here to help you explore these possibilities;

3) Learn Who the Players Are: engaging with alumni who have experience in different sectors of the social impact space can help you understand ‘who the players are’ in the different sectors–are they NGOs (non-governmental organizations), consultants, funders, foundations, think tanks, or corporations;

4) Networking: at Middlebury we are so fortunate to have alumni that stay connected to their alma mater in ways that are incredibly meaningful, from mentoring current students during summer internships to helping seniors prepare for the job application and interview process. These alumni are willing to assist current students to connect with other like-minded professionals in their industries and sectors. So come meet them, ask well-prepared questions and think about ways that you can connect with their networks;

5) JOBS…there are so many ways that alumni ‘give back’ to Middlebury and one is by working with CCI to post jobs on Handshake. Don’t be surprised then, when you find entry-level J-PAL jobs listed in Handshake!

***EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED THIS WEEK ***

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, CCI Library, ADK House – Alumni Career Conversation w/former CEO of Save the Children, Charlie MacCormack ’63: How to Enter Global Development

https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/events/87145/share_preview

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, CCI Library, ADK House – Careers at the Abdul Latin Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT: Hannah Myers, Middlebury ’14, will present on J-PAL’s work, randomized evaluations, and how to get a job with J-PAL or J-PAL’s partners.

https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/events/97868/share_preview

  • Friday, November 3, 2017, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Coltrane Lounge, ADK House – How to Have a Purposeful Job Search: Carolyn Birsky ’10.5 offers students a different way of approaching the job search process and avoid the trap of taking any job they can get their hands on.

https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/events/73891/share_preview