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Holiday/Floating Holiday Schedule FY20

This calendar is included below and will also be available on the Human Resources website.

Holiday/Floating Holiday Schedule:

  Observance TypeJuly 1, 2019   to June 30, 2020 (FY20)
Independence DayFHJul. 4, 2019
Labor DayFHSept. 2, 2019
Thanksgiving BreakHNov. 28 – 29, 2019
Year-End Holiday BreakHDec. 23, 2019–Jan. 1, 2020
Martin Luther King DayHJan. 20, 2020
Memorial DayFHMay 25,2020

Holiday Breaks and Floating Holidays begin at close of business the day before the designated holiday (or holiday break) and end at 11:59 pm on the designated holiday (or holiday break).

Holiday (H) – On designated Holidays all Middlebury operations are closed, except for a small number of mission-essential functions such as Public Safety, the heating plant, etc., which may run on reduced capacity. The actual total number of Holidays may vary slightly from year-to-year depending on whether or not year-end holidays fall on a weekend day. Benefits-eligible staff employees record “Holiday” on their timesheets for designated Holidays which occur on days on which they would otherwise have been scheduled to work. Most non-exempt, benefits-eligible employees who are required to work on a designated holiday are eligible for Holiday Premium Pay in addition to regular and Holiday pay. (Employees who are not eligible for Holiday pay due to their non-benefits-eligible status may nonetheless be eligible for Holiday Premium Pay if they are required to work on a designated holiday.)

Floating Holiday (FH) – On designated Floating Holidays most administrative and some operational departments are closed, however certain academic areas are open as are departments providing direct support to those academic areas. Area VPs (or their designees) will determine which departments or functions may close in observance of the holiday and which must remain open and be staffed. Employees who do not work on a designated Floating Holiday record time away as “CTO” (note: time is built into CTO accruals to cover these days).  Employees who are required to work on a designated floating holiday earn regular (not premium) pay and do not record CTO.

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Sat., Nov. 9: Sister-to-Sister Summit

The widely successful “Sister-to-Sister” Program is hosting its fifteenth summit for female-identified students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade on Saturday, November 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Center.

“Sister-to-Sister” brings together students from Bristol, Middlebury, and Vergennes with female-identified Middlebury College students. In a one-day summit on November 9 and monthly follow-up events during the rest of the school year, the students try out new things outside of the classroom (a-capella singing, hip-hop dancing, yoga, journaling, etc.). “Sister-to-Sister” also focuses on discussions of such topics as body image, relationships, and identity. A national program originally conceived by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), “Sister-to-Sister” works to develop strategies that support female-identified students. The program recognizes that in addition to teachers and textbooks, achievement is affected by what happens in the hallways, between classes, and outside of school.  “Sister-to-Sister” strives to make a positive difference by giving a voice to the needs and interests of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The program provides a “safe space” to talk about the challenges that female-identified students face in this day and age. It enables them to develop friendships with other students, even if they don’t go to the same school. The program is supported by roughly 100 volunteers and financial sponsors such as Chellis House, Middlebury College’s Community Engagement Center, and the local branch of AAUW. “Sister-to-Sister allowed me to get involved in the Middlebury community by connecting me with fellow students, faculty, and staff members, volunteers and most importantly, middle schoolers,” says Grace Giles, a Middlebury College graduate, who was involved with the program for three years. “Every generation represented in our sisterhood is experiencing the environment we live in through a different lens. When we communicate our perspectives, our lives become so much richer.”

All events are free. Sister-to-Sister provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Please let us know of any food allergies. To register and reserve your attendance pack, please call Karin Hanta at 443-5937 or email khanta@middlebury.edu.

Open Enrollment Fall 2019: For 2020 Benefits

Benefits Open Enrollment takes place from Friday, November 1 to Friday, November 15, 2019. Benefit elections you make during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 2020.  

There are several important benefits changes for 2020. You are encouraged to review the information in your 2020 Benefits Enrollment Guide to make the best choices for you and your family. Middlebury College is proud to offer an extremely competitive benefits package. We want you to get the most out of your benefits!   

You are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with a Hodges-Mace counselor – either in person or by phone. 

On-Site Open Enrollment Support – November 1-15, 2019

****Making your appointment early gives you more time slot options****

Click one of the links below to sign up for a counseling session – either in person (on campus) or by phone:

On Campus  (for in-person appointment on Middlebury or MIIS campus)

Call Center (for an appointment by phone)

Making the Most of your Hodges-Mace Appointment: – Preparation List

A little preparation will go a long way in making the most of your 30-minute enrollment appointment with Hodges-Mace.   Please click on link above for a list of questions to assist you in preparing for your meeting.


Once an appointment is scheduled, you will receive a link and confirmation number via email.  If you would like to reschedule an appointment, you can click on the link, provide the confirmation number, and it will take you to a page where you can reschedule their appointment.

Visit the Open Enrollment webpage for more information, past communications, a percent of income calculator, the 2020 Benefits Enrollment Guide, as well as recording of the open meetings.

Reaccreditation Open Meetings

As noted in an email from Provost Jeff Cason on September 18, Middlebury is currently undergoing its decennial comprehensive evaluation for accreditation.  The evaluation consists of the preparation of a Self-Study, a site visit by a review team of peers, and, ultimately, a decision by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

The 100-page self-study was completed in early June, and has been sent to NECHE and the review team.  It is also posted on the Provost’s Office website for your review.

The next phase of the evaluation are site visits.  Representatives of the review team have already visited the Language Schools, the Bread Loaf School of English, The Institute, and the School in Jordan.  The full review team will be in Vermont on November 3-6. 

NECHE asks schools that are undergoing their comprehensive evaluations hold these open meetings so that the faculty, staff, and students can provide input to the review team about the institution. 

  • Staff Open meeting – Monday, November 4 –  12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Wilson Hall in McCullough
  • Faculty Open meeting – Monday, November 4 at 4:30-5:30 p.m. – MBH 216
  • Student Open meeting – Tuesday, November 5 – noon – 12:50 p.m. – Lunch will be provided – Crest Room in McCullough – please RSVP by October 30

On their last day of meetings the Review team will hold an open meeting for the Middlebury Community to report their initial findings.  Faculty, Staff, and Students are invited to attend this meeting which will be held Wednesday, November 6 – 11:00 – noon p.m. – Wilson Hall in McCullough. This meeting will also be live-streamed.