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Middlebury Institute Welcomes Summer MiddCORE Program

The Middlebury Institute and Asilomar Conference grounds in nearby Pacific Grove are host to the MiddCORE four-week, mentor-powered innovation experience June 1-29, 2019.

Middlebury Institute faculty and staff will serve as mentors and judges in the program in addition to alumni from the College and other members of MiddCORE’s network.

Record Number of College and Institute Students Participating in Joint Summer Internship Programs

Through collaborations spanning the College and Institute, undergraduate and graduate students will complete summer internships in their desired fields.

The Middlebury Social Impact Corps program has sent students to the following three locations:

United Way Monterey County (Monterey, California)

Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (Cusco, Peru)

Cape Eleuthera Institute (The Bahamas)

Middlebury Institute and Middlebury College students are also serving the following organizations:

Team4Tech internship (San Francisco and Costa Rica)

Baan Wiang Phan School (Thailand)

These opportunities are customized to offer a professionally and personally rewarding work experience to students at the undergraduate and graduate level.

New Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirement for CA Employees

As part of the 2018 Legislative Session, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1343, which expands existing harassment training requirements.  The new regulation requires existing non-supervisory employees to undergo harassment training by January 1, 2020.  Specifically, SB 1343 requires employers with five or more employees to provide:

  • Two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisors; and
  • One hour of sexual harassment prevention training to all non-supervisory employees.

The law requires that employees be trained during calendar year 2019. Employees who were trained in 2018 or before will need to be retrained. Under the regulations, the definition of “employee” includes full-time, part-time, and temporary employees. Both managerial and non-managerial employees must receive training by January 1, 2020. After January 1, 2020, employees must be retrained once every two years.

To meet our training obligations, we will enroll employees in the SafeColleges online training system beginning the week of July 15.  Employees will receive an email from SafeColleges which will provide them with a link to the site. The training can be completed at the employee’s own pace; however, employees will receive reminders until the training is completed.

Middlebury is committed to maintaining a campus environment free from discrimination and harassment and where people are treated with dignity, decency, and respect.  Participation in this training initiative will help ensure we live up to this obligation.

TIAA July Webinars

This July TIAA is offering 7 informative live webinars covering a wide variety of topics, including: social security strategies for married couples, financial guidance for women, saving for retirement, investing, and more.  Click on the “Read More” link below to see the full event listing as well as registration details.   Read more….

Register for any of TIAA’s July 2019 live webinars by visiting www.TIAA.org/webinars.

Special Topic: Social Security strategies for married couples July 16 at 12 p.m. (ET)

Married couples can take advantage of some strategies that may help to increase lifetime Social Security benefits. You can learn the basics about spousal benefits, understand the many variables involved in claiming strategies and how married couples can boost their benefits by coordinating the timing of their claims.

Charting Your Course: A financial guide for women July 16 at 3 p.m. (ET)

Women can face unique financial challenges. You can discover tailored approaches to saving for retirement and tips to make your money work hard.

Tomorrow in Focus: Saving for your ideal retirement July 17 at 12 p.m. (ET)

Find out how retirement savings, planning and the real benefit of time are essential features of retirement investments.

Money at Work 1: Foundations of Investing July 17 at 3 p.m. (ET)

Discover how you can manage risk versus reward, as well as understand the role of investing and managing risks, ways to help accelerate savings and tools that can help sustain a portfolio.

Special Topic: Quarterly economic and market update July 18 at 12 p.m. (ET)

TIAA’s Chief Investment Strategist will discuss economic and market developments that may impact your retirement savings strategy.

Debt consolidation and understanding the mortgage process July 18 at 3 p.m. (ET)

Discover how to manage and consolidate debt, and get a primer to help make the mortgage process easier to navigate.

Planning for Retirement: The Why, What, and How July 23rd, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (ET)

Join us for a webinar discussing the challenges and risks people face in retirement, and

how good planning can address them.

Want help?  It’s quick.  It’s easy.  It matters. And it’s at no cost to you!

Visit www.TIAA.org/webinars to register.

Dreaming of Retirement

  • Live Financial Forum

Dreaming of Retirement | July 9, 2019 | 9:00 AM (PST) & 12:00 PM (PST) | Register Here.

Many people can’t wait for retirement, yet they haven’t actually run the numbers for their ideal retirement lifestyle budget. The first step is calculating your current lifestyle costs and projecting how your monthly budget will change when you retire. This class helps you assess whether you are on track with your savings to sustain your retirement budget, and we’ll offer a wide range of considerations to help you formalize a realistic retirement plan.

Note:  If you register and cannot attend, a recording of the webinar, along with a copy of the session presentation and handouts, will automatically be sent within 24 hours.

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 You work hard for your money, but is your money working hard for you?

When it comes to our finances, we always wonder if we are making the right moves, and searching for answers can feel overwhelming.

Middlebury College provides all employees access to financial well-being thru My Secure Advantage (MSA).

MSA helps you make the most of your hard-earned dollars!  When it comes to living a financially stress-free life, every decision you make adds up.  Through MSA, employees and their covered dependents can work with a personal Money Coach and utilize website services to make financial stress a thing of the past.

What’s Included

  • 90 days (per calendar year) of personalized money coaching with a personal, confidential, unbiased, and guilt free Money Coach.  Coaches don’t sell products or services: their only job is to provide expert guidance and improve your financial life.
  • Guidance on financial topics, goals, challenges, or questions.  Whether you’re getting by, digging out, or saving big, connecting with a Money Coach to discuss options, identify things to consider, and build out a plan can only help

Work with MSA to tackle questions like “Should I be saving more or paying down debt?” “When will I be able to retire, and how much do I need?” “What type of portfolio is best for me?” “How do I balance enjoying life now with saving for the future?” and more.

  • Online tools include videos, calculators, articles, and budgeting software to help you stress less and save more.

Questions?  Learn more about MSA here. To get started, sign up, and schedule your first appointment with a Money Coach call 888-724-2326.

Stargazing at Mittelman Observatory – Summer 2019

Mittelman Observatory and Middlebury Physics will again host stargazing open house nights this summer. These Observatory events are scheduled for Wednesday evenings, June 26, July 3, July 24, July 31, and August 7, from 9:00 PM until 10:30 PM, weather permitting.

Jupiter and Saturn will be in the evening sky on many of these dates. A variety of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae will also be visible through the Observatory’s telescopes. The Observatory includes a 24-inch telescope in a dome and smaller telescopes on the roof.

Observatory open house nights are free and open to the public. As these are minimal language events, they are also appropriate for Language Schools students. These events will take place only if the sky is expected to be mostly clear. Please check the Observatory web site at go/observatory or call the Observatory at 443-2266 after 7 PM on the evening of the event for weather status.