The Wellness Center is offering a yoga class that will meet each week on Monday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Stone Valley Arts (Fox Hill, 145 East Main Street in Poultney). Any student, faculty or staff can attend for free if you show your GMC ID.
Do you have plans for Fall Break? Choose an alternative to long car rides and Netflix binges. Stay in Poultney! An alternative break is a service-learning opportunity for students to explore social issues through meaningful service, education, and reflection during their academic break. This fall, October 7-11, we are creating a community service coalition for Poultney to strengthen partnerships within our community in order to build a society of active citizens. Students may sign up for the entire break, or you may choose to join for individual service trips, including:
• Put the Poultney community garden to bed for the season with Claire Londagin.
• Gallery sit for Vermont Open Studio Weekend at Stone Valley Arts.
• Peruse the Town Wide Yard Sale for trinkets as you help vendors set up and clean up.
• Facilitate a Poultney Village version of GMC’s Common Unity Project in Slate Quarry Park.
• Glean with Farm Manager Simon and RAFFL Mary at Dutchess Farm in Castleton.
• Learn how to cook community meals together with local ingredients.
• Discuss social justice issues with peers and community members, forming solid friendships.
• Camp the night on the most beautiful mountain road in Vermont – Smokey House Center. Prep the field for winter, plant seed garlic, finish curing onions, shuffle food for late season farm shares, hike in the woods, post trail signs in advance of hunting season, and more.
Visit with Bianca outside the dining hall on Wednesday, 9/28, during lunch, and have all your questions answered. Sign up then, or email Bianca Zanella, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prof. James Cassarino (music) conducted a choral festival sponsored by the Minnesota State Welsh Association in Mankato over the weekend of September 24-25. Nearly 200 singers from Minnesota and Wisconsin sang under his direction during the event. Jim also taught the singers how to sing in Welsh and provided commentary on Welsh-American culture.
On September 24th prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies and animal conservation and care) presented a paper, Labeling for Good: Legal, Policy, and Market Dimensions of Sustainable Food & Agricultural Certification and Standards at the Seventh Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School. This research is a joint project with prof. Jacob Park (sustainable business). Professors Park and Edwards will present this research at a faculty colloquium November 9th.
Are you finding it hard to meet the demands of social activities and school? Find out some effective ways to balance the most important “jobs” you have in this workshop Wednesday, Oct. 5. In this workshop students will explore the struggles of keeping up with classes and friends and the importance of learning to prioritize the two. We will discover he struggles of keeping up with classes and friends, and the importance of learning to prioritize the two. We will discover tools to support overall wellness on campus. 11 a.m.-noon in the Booth Lounge in Withey.
Thanks and Giving Day is a student-led initiative providing an opportunity for the campus community to thank the town of Poultney through a series of community service events and other activities, including three community meals on the day. The 4th Annual Thanks & Giving Day is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, and we encourage whole classes and individuals to participate. We’re meeting at 6:30 in Terrace 122 on Wednesday, Oct. 5 to plan. If you are interested in preparing food, hosting workshops, playing music, meeting your neighbors, or planning social events, rally with this crew! Contact Carl Diethelm for more information on how you can get involved, even if you can’t make the meeting: email@example.com.
The experience of Hurricane Irene in 2011 has offered a lens to better understand the vulnerabilities of our communities and provide insights into how to plan for future natural disasters. One key element of resilience is increasing our capacity to bounce back after crises. During this panel discussion, hear about how Irene impacted Rutland County, including Green Mountain College, and what is happening to better prepare for future events. Bring your questions and comments! Presenters include: Ryan Ihrke, director of sustainability, Green Mountain College; Elysa Smigielski, planner, Rutland Regional Planning Commission; Hillary Solomon, district manager, Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District; Jacob Park (facilitator), professor of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Green Mountain College. This event is sponsored by Green Mountain College’s Community Engaged Learning Program and Sustainability Office. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4-5:30 p.m. Terrace Hall 121.
Everyone is invited to join the Green Mountain College Creative Composters at the Poultney United Methodist Church for a meal made completely from food that would otherwise be composted. We recommend that you bring tupperware to take any extra food you would like to. The suggested donation is $1. Contact Jesse Brekelbaum (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in volunteering. Sept. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at 108 Main St.
If you enjoy working with theater artists in an ensemble setting, try out for “The Flick,” a hilarious and touching play that takes place in a run-down movie theater. The play, written by Annie Baker, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2014. We’re looking for 3-4 dynamic actors in their 20’s (one African-American male, one Caucasian male, one Caucasian female). You don’t need to bring anything—sides of the script will be available at the audition! An added benefit: you can get one credit to work on the show (sign up for DRA 2013 Theater Workshop with the registrar’s office). Auditions Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 4-5 p.m. on the Ackley stage.
Prof. Jason Derry (communication studies) specializes in rhetoric, ethics and media studies, primarily within the subfield of environmental communication. Jason’s Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Denver investigates media influences on children’s agency in response to climate change, within popular film and science discourses. He holds a master of arts in environmental education from Goshen College in Indiana, where he says his formal training “was highlighted by moments such as catching frogs with second graders, leading wild edible hikes, and sitting in a tree dressed up as a great horned owl to teach children about the nocturnal raptor.” He earned his B.A. in English/writing at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. In addition to academics, Jason has experience in the broader environmental movement as a community organizer, advocate, policy writer and naturalist. He is the founder and project manager of the environmental children’s book company Oakenday Press. Recent publications include works focused on elephants, pangolins, and women in STEM.
An interdisciplinary environmental designer, prof. Andrew Keller (REED) is a licensed architect, urban planner and builder. His recent academic destinations include Yestermorrow Design/Build School (coordinator, Ecological Design in the Built Environment), Norwich University (adjunct professor, School of Art and Architecture), and Vermont Technical College (adjunct professor, Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture Program). Devoted to the principles of ecological design, Andrew believes that theory and practice are inseparable. “In other words, critical thinking and making are both necessary tools to advance resource conservation and increase personal and environmental awareness,” he explains. Andrew is the principal of Andrew Keller Design in Montpelier, Vt. and has twin 8-year-old girls. A former ski racer, he’s reluctantly put his straight skis away and tried shape skis. In an attempt to combine the two, he annually sleds down the 4-mile access trail on Mount Moosilauke in the White Mountains. Andrew holds master’s degrees in architecture and in city planning from University of California, Berkeley.
Christina Roy Ryan (communications studies) was appointed over the summer as instructor of graphic design. At GMC she will split her time between teaching and working as a designer in the College’s communications office. Christina has extensive experience in the classroom and in the design industry. Since 2007, she’s worked as media design and development manager at The Home Service Store where she produced marketing and support materials for national home improvement programs. She also worked as a senior graphic designer at LMW Design, Inc. in Rutland. As an adjunct professor at Castleton University, Christina has taught a wide variety of courses in publication and advertising design, typography and computer graphics. She holds a BA in fine arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy and environmental studies) spent early June in Michigan on the faculty of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer institute: “Moral Psychology and Education: Putting the Humanities to Work.” He spent the rest of June and July as a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. Steve argues in his recent research that our chief obstacle to conscientious citizenship in pluralistic democratic societies is moral fundamentalism, a term coined by Mark Johnson in Morality for Humans (2014). He defines moral fundamentalism as a disposition to act as though there is a single right way to deal with moral or political problems and hence a single theoretically correct formulation of, or approvable solution to, any particular moral or political problem. “A tragic result is that, instead of mutually transformative dialogue, every discussion begins with a foregone conclusion,” he writes.