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News from the Office of Digital Learning

Updates

Are you curious about what the Office of Digital Learning is up to? As always, we provide our readers with a weekly series on our blog called This Week in ODL where the inquisitive mind can easily find updates on the projects, news, and developments underway at our office. We invite you to click here for a complete listing of our weekly updates. And don’t forget to check our Projects page where you can find descriptions and links to our many projects.

Blog

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FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT SEMINARS REMINDER

There will be open information sessions on October 23rd and 24th for employees to learn more about Flexible Spending Accounts.  The presentations will be available via WebEx. Limited space is available for those in Vermont who prefer to participate in person. Please register in Google Forms.

Monday, October 23: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Location: Davis Library 201 or to access the meeting virtually please see below
Information Session. Benefits eligible employees unfamiliar with the flexible spending plans may attend this session to learn about health and dependent care flexible spending accounts.

WebEx: Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/580093021
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212, Access Code: 580-093-021


Tuesday, October 24
: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Location: Sunderland Room 122 or to access the seminar virtually please see below
Workshop, for existing enrollees.  This is a hands-on workshop to learn how to log on, navigate, and submit claims via the portal or the mobile app.

WebEx: Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/877105533
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (786) 535-3211, Access Code: 877-105-533

If you have questions about your 2017 Flexible Spending Accounts, feel free to reach out to customer service at MyCafeteriaPlan at (937) 865-6500 or toll free at (800) 865-6543.  You may also contact Nancy Lindberg or Franklin Daniel in Human Resources at 802-443-3372.

For more information about Middlebury’s flexible spending benefits, please visit http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/benefits/flex

Benefits Open Enrollment Coming Soon!

 Please mark your calendars – the annual open enrollment period for Middlebury’s health and welfare benefit plans will be held from November 1st through the 14th. All benefits-eligible employees are required to complete the on-line process during this window so please watch your email on November 1st for instructions and benefit details.  If you will be out of town and will not have access to the internet during the open enrollment period please contact Human Resources at 802-443-3372 before November 1st to make alternate enrollment arrangements.  Meanwhile, to reduce pressure on yourself during the open enrollment period consider beginning the process of estimating your flexible spending account elections now, so that you are ready to go when open enrollment starts.

-Benefits Team

Shredding Documents

Keeping information safe is legislated by regulation like the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley, Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), Vermont’s Protection of Personal Information Law and others. Destruction of this data when no longer needed is equally important. The purchasing page gives you information on Middlebury’s own recycling center and how it can help you as well as the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium contract with SecurShred, a Burlington based company.

Winter Clothing Closet: Collecting Donations Until 10/18

Attention Middlebury College Community:

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is collecting donations for the annual Winter Clothing Closet, a clothing benefit drive for new international and U.S. students who are in need of warm clothing items.

We are seeking gently-used or like-new winter clothing, particularly coats, hats, gloves and footwear/boots.

You can support the effort by dropping donations in collection boxes between now and October 18, 2017 at any of the following locations:

• Athletics Complex – Inside the main entrance by the information desk
• Davis Family Library – Near the circulation desk
• Dining Halls: Atwater, Ross and Proctor – Inside main entrances
• McCullough Student Center – Near the lower-level entrance to Crossroads
• Service Building/ISSS Office – On the second floor of the Service Building, Suite 200
• Sunderland/Dana Auditorium – Inside the main entrance
• 700 Exchange Street – Inside the main entrance

A very big thank you to all of the offices hosting collection boxes and to all of you who are able to contribute. The Winter Clothing Closet will be held on Thursday, October 19.

Questions? Please contact Joani Taylor at isss@middlebury.edu or 802-443-5858.

Retiring Soon?

If you are considering whether (or when) to move on to the post-work phase of your life it is very likely that you have many questions. For example, you may be wondering:

  • What will happen with my retirement account when I retire? Can someone explain the options I will have for retirement plan distributions? Could I get an estimate of how much income I might expect to receive from my retirement account, post-retirement? How long after retirement will I have to wait before I begin receiving my retirement benefits?
  • Will I be able to remain on Middlebury’s medical/dental/vision plans post-retirement? Will I be able to cover my dependents? How much will it cost? Are there other health coverage options I should consider?
  • Do I have to apply for Medicare A? Medicare B? Medicare D? If so, when?
  • How far in advance of retirement should I contact the Social Security Administration?
  • What will happen with my CTO and SLR balances when I retire? Can I use my accumulated CTO balance to extend my retirement date past the date I will actually stop working?
  • I still have a child in college; if I retire will he still be eligible for the dependent tuition benefit?
  • How much notice should I give my manager? What is the process to formally initiate a retirement?
  • Could phased retirement or a transitional retirement plan be right for me? What is involved in pursuing such an option?
  • Would I be eligible to work at Middlebury part-time after I retire? Would doing so have any implications for my ability to draw funds from my retirement plan?
  • Will I still be eligible for Middlebury’s recreational discounts such as Snowbowl, Rikert and the golf course? Are there other perks that come with retirement?
  • Work has been a huge part of my life for decades and I’m concerned about the social and emotional aspects of retiring. Are resources available to help me?

My name is Franklin Daniel and I am Middlebury’s Retirement and Benefits Specialist. Whether you have definite plans to retire in the near future or are just starting to consider the possibility of retiring down-the-road I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you (and your spouse/partner, if you so choose). We can discuss the topics above as well as any other retirement questions/concerns you may have, and I can help connect you with other resources who will be able to assist you with your pre-retirement planning. If the time is right for you to begin gathering information about retiring from Middlebury please make an appointment by calling me at extension 5755 or emailing me at fdaniel@middlebury.edu. I look forward to meeting you!

News from the Office of Digital Learning

Updates

Are you curious about what the Office of Digital Learning is up to? As always, we provide our readers with a weekly series on our blog called This Week in ODL where the inquisitive mind can easily find updates on the projects, news, and developments underway at our office. We invite you to click here for a complete listing of our weekly updates. And don’t forget to check our Projects page where you can find descriptions and links to our many projects.

Blog

The ODL has an active blog and we would love to count you among our regular readers! To receive blog updates in your inbox, subscribe to our blog by scrolling to the bottom of our website and adding your email address to the subscribers list. While you’re there, we hope you’ll check out our latest blog posts: