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Staff Council Meeting Tomorrow

Please join us at our next open meeting on Wednesday, April 11th. Our guest this month is Barbara McCall , Director of Health and Wellness Education – agenda below. Please note the room change-Davis Library 105A.


Open Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

9:00 – 10:00 AM

NEW LOCATION: Davis Library – 105A

Attendees: Staff Council Representatives, HR, Staff

9:00 AM               Open meeting and introductions

9:05 AM               Committee reports

      • HR-6
      • Events
      • Compensation
      • Safety & Environmental
      • SC Website
      • Treasurers Report

9:15 AM               Old/New Business

  • Approval of March 14, 2018 minutes

9:30 AM               Guest: Barbara McCall, Director of Health & Wellness Education

                                Subject: Are we moving to tobacco-free campus? Short presentation and video followed by staff questions and input.

10:00 AM             Adjournment

Staff Council regular meetings are open to all Middlebury College staff members. Staff members should let their supervisors know if there is a particular meeting they wish to attend. Supervisors will seek to find a positive balance between addressing operational needs and support staff request to attend these meetings.

Learning Lunch Lectures

The Recycling Center – Wednesday, April 25th

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Staff guided tour of our recycling center. Learn more about our material recovery facility, composting programs and recycling. Pizza will be served prior to the tour.


The Biomass Plant  – Wednesday, May 2nd

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Staff guided tour of the biomass plant. The plant connects climate, energy and community for a more sustainable energy future – join us to learn more. Pizza will be served in Axinn 229 prior to tour.


The Knoll  – Wednesday, May 9th

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Staff guided tour of the Knoll. Explore the educational gardens, outdoor kitchen and labryinth, and learn about sustainable agriculture. Pizza will be served prior to the tour.

Come to one or all three.  RSVP is not required, but encouraged:


A few highlights from our semestriel wine and cheese tasting at the Centre Madeleine!

Guided by wine and cheese connoisseur and former phonetics professor, Mme Annie-Claude Motron, students sampled wine from various regions in France and 18 different cheeses, a mere beginning in the country that boasts 365 types of cheese, one for every day of the year. As Madame Motron explained, cheeses are classified first by their milk: vache, chèvre, ou brebis (cow, goat, or sheep), and then again by their consistency, molle ou dur, (soft ou hard). Madame Motron then led students through the steps of wine tasting: looking at, smelling, tasting, and, most importantly, discussing the wine with friends.

Discovering Paris!

What better way to get oriented to Paris than to explore it by foot ? 😊
Incoming students spent an afternoon discovering the different quartiers and sites of the city with their new classmates ; here are some of their photo souvenirs!

Summer 2017 with the French Heritage Society

A hearty congratulations to Naomi Jabouin, a Bowdoin College undergraduate, and Cameron Flynn, a University of Michigan undergraduate ! These two current students of the Middlebury College School in France program (Naomi in Bordeaux and Cameron in Paris) were recently informed of their acceptance in the French Heritage Society’s summer internship program (http://frenchheritagesociety.org/). Each year, this non-profit organization sends anglophone students into châteaux throughout France to work as bilingual guides. The lucky interns have the opportunity to improve their French, deepen their understanding of the nation’s patrimony and gain some firsthand experience in cultural tourism. Ms. Jabouin will be working this summer at the château de Fontainebleau, while Mr. Flynn has been placed in the château d’Acquigny and the château de Montréal.

Beast, Animal, Brute

Inspired by the 18th century French philosopher Denis Diderot’s massive, thirty-five volume Encyclopédie, the current exhibition in Special Collections & Archives reveals our enduring curiosity of animals through a selection of rare and unusual books dating from the 17th through the 20th centuries.

The Lamia, a mythical demon from ancient Greece who devoured children, from Edward Topsell’s The historie of foure-footed beastes, 1607


Other works on display include Edward Topsell’s The historie of foure-footed beastes, published in 1607 in London (and possibly one of  William Shakespeare’s literary sourcebooks) and a polar bear as described by Captain James Cook, the British explorer, in the 18th century, upon arrival in the Russian Arctic Circle.

Zoology of New York, or the New-York fauna : comprising detailed descriptions of all the animals hitherto observed within the state of New York, with brief notices of those occasionally found near its borders, and accompanied by appropriate illustrations, by James De Kay, 1842-44

Also on exhibit in the Davis Family Library: Banned and Banished: Ovid and 2,000 Years of Exile curated by Mikaela Taylor.