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Child Care During 2015 Holiday Party

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Sign-Up for Child Care during Holiday Party

Staff Council has organized childcare services in Kenyon Lounge during the holiday party for children ages 3-12. Students involved with the MAlt, Middlebury’s Alternative break program, will be babysitting as a fundraiser for their trips that will occur during February break 2016.Since these are Middlebury College students watching your children, space is limited to 30 children. There will be games and crafts/art supplies in Kenyon Lounge to keep the children occupied.

This service is FREE. The President’s Office is graciously covering the cost of the babysitting, valued at $30 per child for the 3 hours (flat rate).

When: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Where: Kenyon Lounge
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Ages: 3-12



The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Faculty Put ISIS Attacks in Context

Dance and the Digital Liberal Arts: Website Presents New Model for Movement Study

We Cannot Afford to Walk Away

Film and Lecture: The Imitation Game and Alan Turing

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.


HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 17 faculty positions, 58 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 1 internal job posting on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

New Employee

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

Bijan Samimi has worked in the dining services industry for over 30 years. Bijan supports the community through his efforts with local youth programs and guest speaking engagements. He joins us as Lead PM Cook for Retail Foods.

Reminder: Sign up this week to support HOPE’s Holiday Gift Shop

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Season’s Greetings Middlebury Faculty and Staff!

The holiday season is almost upon us! Help sponsor a local child through H.O.P.E’s annual Holiday Gift Shop! Here’s how to participate:

  • Sign up by visiting go/givingtree. You can sign up any time between now and November 25th.
  • Choose an age range and gender of a potential child. You will then receive an “e-tree” from the CE office regarding further instructions and pertinent details about your gift.
  • You can sponsor a “tree” by yourself, with a friend, as a department or in another type of group collaboration!
  • We ask that you consider spending a minimum amount of $25 per tree. We strongly encourage you to team up with friends and co-workers to maximize the fun and impact of each Giving Tree!
  • Do NOT wrap gifts.
  • Gifts must be brought to Community Engagement at 118 South Main Street by & Thurs., December 2nd and 3rd between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Elle Bacon, ebacon@middlebury.edu. Thank you for your continued support of this amazing program. H.O.P.E. counts tremendously on Middlebury College’s consistent and generous participation. Take care and thank you for your support and participation!


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Letting go of an unhealthy habit isn’t easy. Once you start to associate behaviors like smoking with relaxing, or having ice cream while watching TV, they become part of your daily routine. Your first step is to make a decision to change that routine, and replace unhealthful habits with healthier ones.

LifeScope can help with:

  • Tips on how to quit smoking and other tobacco products
  • Articles on healthy eating and fitness
  • Audio on stress management techniques
  • Video on nicotine addiction

24/7 access to confidential counseling support


Tues, Nov 17th at 12pm ET/9am PT & 2pm ET/11am PT

Using strategies developed by the Mayo Clinic, this webinar will help you discover the unrealistic expectations that could be impacting your ability to stick with positive change. To register, log on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your organization username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars’ then “Stick with It.” If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.


November Tips for Taking Action

You may also be interested in viewing the following tip sheets, which can be found on the member website:

  • Putting a Stop to Smoky Thinking
  • Deciding to Quit Drinking
  • Gambling Addiction: It’s not Whether You Win or Lose, but How You Play the Game
  • Drug Addiction Treatment Takes Time

The November Webinar Promo and Spanish Language Poster can be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025

Website: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

Username: Middlebury College

Password: guest

Attend Community Council Monday @ 4:30. This week’s topic: Faculty Stress. All faculty and staff welcome!

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We invite all College community members to attend Community Council meetings. Community Council is a group of ~20 students, faculty, staff and administrators that meets weekly to discuss issues facing the college and make recommendations to President Patton. We meet on Mondays from 4:30 – 6:00 PM in the Crest Room, McCullough. The topic this semester is stress as applied across students, faculty and stress; our meeting on 11/16 will be on faculty stress and how to write a recommendation.

If you cannot attend a meeting but would like to submit a statement to be shared and/or obtain the minutes, please contact ccouncil@middlebury.edu. Staff: be on the lookout as we move towards discussing staff stress this semester – if you have any personal opinions or narratives please feel free to share at our email. For more info: Go/CC