Facing Low Wages, Some Employees Forced to Seek Work Elsewhere

Facing Low Wages, Some Employees Forced to Seek Work Elsewhere

By KENSHIN CHO

January 24, 2019

Low wages in certain staff positions have prompted some colleges employees to leave, seeking work in the surrounding area.

This J-Term: Remember Staff

This J-Term: Remember Staff

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

January 24, 2019

To truly honor Martin Luther King Jr., we should follow his example by refusing to neglect those in our own community who feel overlooked and invisible. 

Staff Cuts Loom as Workforce Planning Hits Critical Stage

Staff Cuts Loom as Workforce Planning Hits Critical Stage

By NICK GARBER and SABINE POUX

January 24, 2019

Middlebury's monthslong effort to shrink staff costs and reevaluate how the institution does work is entering its most critical stage, and staff members report varying levels of satisfaction with the process as they wait for buyout offers.

Keepers of the Ice

Keepers of the Ice

By NICOLE HONG

January 24, 2019

Butch Atkins arrives at Kenyon Arena around 5:30 a.m. every day to prepare the ice for the figure skaters. He’s at the arena until 9:30 p.m., maintaining the rink and making sure our teams have the best ice possible. His first priority is the ice, and then he ensures that the visiting teams feel welcomed...

Notes from the Desk: Why a Staff Issue?

By NICK GARBER and REBECCA WALKER

January 24, 2019

Why we're dedicating most of this week's paper to college staff.

Faculty Retirement Program: ‘The End Comes as a Choice’

By APRIL QIAN

January 24, 2019

23 faculty members have signed agreements to participate in the Faculty Retirement Incentive Program (FRIP).

‘I Teach Them How to Do Their Jobs’: The Careers of Coordinators

‘I Teach Them How to Do Their Jobs’:  The Careers of Coordinators

By YVETTE SHI

January 24, 2019

Academic coordinators keep the school running, but some are unsure how long their current jobs will last.

Internal Review Shows College Lags Behind Peers

Internal Review Shows College Lags Behind Peers

By BOCHU DING

January 24, 2019

Results from a 2017 faculty and staff survey reveal that Middlebury lags well behind its peers in almost all measures of employee satisfaction. Most notably, faculty and staff gave low marks to communication within and between departments as well as confidence in senior leadership. The consulting...

Keeping up with Kim

Keeping up with Kim

By GRIFFIN HALL

January 24, 2019

Two days before the start of the 2004 women’s soccer training season, then-assistant coach Peter Kim learned of an abrupt coaching staff change that left the team without a head. After only a year on the Middlebury coaching staff, Kim became the prime candidate for the head position. Just over a...

Costume Shop Director Marcia Provoncha: A ‘Source of Light and Joy’

Costume Shop Director Marcia Provoncha: A ‘Source of Light and Joy’

By QIAN LI

January 24, 2019

Marcia Provoncha has started her work day the same way for 14 years — checking her emails, especially those from students — to keep up with the demands of her role as Middlebury’s Costume Shop director.  Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Provoncha moved to Vermont with her parents when she...

Wake & Bake: A Morning With Proctor Baker Ashley LaDuke

Wake & Bake: A Morning With Proctor Baker Ashley LaDuke

By JAMES FINN

January 24, 2019

Stroll into a dining hall to grab a sweet treat anytime between November and February, and you’re likely to find an array of desserts meant to give a taste of wintertime in Vermont: maple mousse, maple-walnut brownies, maple cheesecake, and other treats featuring Vermonters’ favorite winter flavor.  ...

Staff Appreciation: Amy Holbrook

By GRACE VEDOCK

January 24, 2019

Amy Holbrook is Middlebury’s hidden gem.

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