CIGNA ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS IN MIDDLEBURY

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Representatives from Cigna will continue to visit the Middlebury campus several more times in March through April, 2017. On-site visits are reserved for private, one-one-one meetings between employees and a Cigna representative.  If you have a question about your medical or dental benefits, please make an appointment to speak with our local representative at:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4cadac2babf49-cigna3

Readings on Conflict, Conversation, and Resolution

book displayMany thanks to the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life for recommending a thoughtful selection of books to help all members of the campus community renew and restore relationships with one another.

Find these books on conflict, conversation and resolution in the atrium of the Davis Family Library. Most of them can be checked out in print or found online in MIDCAT. If you don’t have time right now, that’s okay! Along with the books on display, you’ll find printed copies of the reading list. Take one with you for later.

Readings on Conflict, Conversation, and Resolution

  • Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. Stone, Patton & Heen, 1999
  • The Little Book of Dialogue for Difficult Subjects: A Practical, Hands-On Guide. Schirch & Campt, 2007
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. Patterson, Grenny, McMillan & Switzler, 2012
  • The Little Book of Conflict Transformation. Lederach, 2003
  • The Little Book of Strategic Peacebuilding: A Vision and Framework for Peace with Justice. Schirch, 2004
  • The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking. Pranis, 2005
  • How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable. Elgin, 1997

Weather Related Pay for March 14 and 15

 

 

Due to the blizzard conditions on Tuesday March 14, the College suspended certain operations and released non-essential personnel early in the afternoon.  Essential personnel were asked to remain on duty or report to duty after the 1:30pm dismissal. We are pleased to announce some special arrangements for pay during the period from 1:30pm Tuesday March 14 through 6:15am Wednesday March 15, which is when the announcement was made that normal operations would resume. Non-essential employees who were released Tuesday will be paid their regular pay for the duration of their scheduled shift and benefits-eligible employees will not be required to use CTO. Nonexempt employees identified as essential personnel who worked past 1:30pm will be paid the equivalent of time and a half of their regular hourly rate for each hour they worked between 1:30pm Tuesday and 6:15am Wednesday. Affected employees should enter their hours on their timesheets as they normally would, and managers should forward a list of all of their employees who worked during the weather closure and the number of hours they worked to Perry Richards. The premium pay will be added to their pay of March 31.

Human Resources has prepared a list of frequently asked questions regarding pay and time entry for the closure.  That list can be found here

Blog Posts from the Office of Digital Learning: Digital Sanctuary, ODL at Domains 17, Digital Learning Internship, Daily Connect Pilot Launch, Listening for Community, and More!

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Weekly Web Updates – March 20, 2017

During the closure of the college due to weather last week we had an opportunity to test out the emergency alert banner on the website, which worked. We’ve added some padding to it to ensure the the messages are easier to read.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Added an instruction to the robots.txt file for the Middlebury Drupal site asking search engines not to index the HR job descriptions archive there, since we prefer the version of those items located on the hiring site.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Building out the configuration of our Omeka, and CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Integrating Panopto (streaming videos) and Canvas (LMS).

2017-2018 SCB Coordinator Application

Are you interested in joining the CCE as a student staff member? SCB is hiring a coordinator for the 2017 – 2018 Academic Year. Chaired by two co-coordinators, the Service Cluster Board is an umbrella organization founded in 2009 to improve the efficiency and efficacy of service groups on campus. SCB coordinators manage the finances and leadership development of SCB leaders and serve as a liaison between student leaders and Student Activities. SCB coordinators work four paid office hours per week in the CCE and run monthly meetings for SCB leaders. Students from any class year and experience level can apply.

Duties of the position include:

  • Managing the leadership development and finances of 17 service groups
  • Advising the Flex Fund by screening service project proposals and approving monetary allocations
  • Working closely with group leaders, Center for Community Engagement staff, and students who are interested in service
  • Orchestrating and conducting yearly trainings, monthly meetings, and audits
  • Proposing a budget annually on behalf of the 17 service groups before the Finance Committee

It is requested that coordinators serve through Spring 2018, at a minimum.

Apply here: SCB-Coordinator-Application-2017-2018

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SCB Coordinators at scboard@middlebury.edu

Please submit the following page and your resume to scboard@middlebury.edu by Monday, April 10th at 10pm.

Friends of John Graham Shelter Senior Reflection by Maya Peers Nitzberg

My work with JGS over the last two and a half years has been integral to my Middlebury experience. I have savored the weekly trips off-campus and the relationships I have built with people who aren’t 18-22, and whose lives and worldviews and goals don’t necessarily look the same as mine. Furthermore, thanks to my internship at JGS during the summer of 2014, I have some knowledge of the Housing Services network in Addison County and where Middlebury (town and College) fits in. Without a connection to the greater community, my four years in Vermont would have been far less meaningful.

Over the last four years, I have grown my branch of FOJGS from myself and an occasional friend, to an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Directing a group of volunteers and building an official school organization has surely been a learning and growing experience. My summer at JGS was devoted to the residents; as a JGS staff member, my mind was always towards was always concerned with how best to support residents, as the entered, stayed for months or even years, and moved on and out. As a student volunteer and volunteer coordinator, I had to attend to the needs of the students and to the concerns of the College, as well as of the shelter and its residents. Directing and expanding FOJGS has given me an expanded view of the possibilities and challenges engendered by social service work.

-Maya Peers Nitzberg ‘16.5