The Green Mountain College Jazz Band will perform classic jazz favorites spanning the Big Band Era to Bebop at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 14 in Ackley Hall. Directed by Gary Schmidt, the ensemble is a unique and talented group of students and community musicians. The concert is free and open to the public.
About $22 of your activity fee goes to the specific purpose of funding projects costing over $2,500 that improve campus sustainability. This week, you have the chance to vote on which project(s) will earn funding from the Student Campus Greening Fund. There are three proposals, and you may select as many as you think deserve it. They may all be funded, as long as 50% of the voters choose so. Please sign in to your greenmtn.edu email, and fill out this form:
Fall Grant Voting Form
Members of SCGF will be tabling with laptops in Withey Lobby all week to receive your votes. Make sure to vote by Sunday, December 6th!
Director, Student Campus Greening Fund
Transgender Education Event Scheduled for December 12
Activism Club and the Coalition for Students of Color invites you to join us for Trans Wellness Day: a comprehensive, all-day event for the Trans population and allies on December 12. We will be starting with a presentation, Am I Aware?, by guest speaker Toni Maviki at 9 a.m. in the East Room. She is an enthusiastic advocate for LGBT rights—especially for those members of the transsexual community. Her passion for public service and education has inspired her to develop a training program to help the public better understand and comfortably interact with members of the transgender community. This will be followed by a casual lunch break, than a few short student-led panels and discussions in the chapel. Everyone from the GMC community and the general public aris welcome. This will be a safe space where productive discourse is encouraged. We will also discuss how community members can be involved in supporting this good cause.
From October 24-27, five members of Green Mountain College community attended the annual Conference of Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in Minneapolis. This is the largest annual gathering of higher education sustainability professionals, with over 2,300 faculty, staff, students and administrators attending.
To a standing-room-only audience, GMC senior Rob Dunn ’16 shared his tiny house building experience and provided a detailed analyses of his carbon footprint in the presentation Tiny House College Life: No Dorm, No Debt, No Environmental Degradation. Prof. Bill Throop (philosophy and environmental studies) presented A Delicate Balance: Requiring Capstone Sustainability Projects of all Students and contributed to the plenary: Are we succeeding? Three Approaches to Assessing Sustainability Education. His presentations highlighted the transformation of GMC’s delicate balance projects and the practice of sustainability assessment compared to differently sized schools and international benchmarking. Ryan Ihrke (director of sustainability) teamed up with GMC’s former sustainability director Aaron Witham to conduct video interviews of sustainability officers about how they entered their careers, rewards of their positions, and on-the-job experiences unique to their roles. Provost Tom Mauhs-Pugh and chair of the GMC board of trustees Tony Cortese also participated in the conference.
Green Mountain received top billing in AASHE’s 2015 Sustainable Campus Index. The index uses the data submitted through AASHE’s Sustainability tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) to rank schools on 17 different areas of higher education sustainability. 359 institutions in nine countries have submitted STARS reports. GMC was ranked first in the curriculum category, and tied for first in two other categories: Air and Climate, and Coordination and Planning; as well as being rated second in investment. The full set of ratings are available at https://stars.aashe.org/pages/about/2015-campus-sustainability-report.html. Only one other school, Colorado State University, received more first place rankings.
Adjunct professor of painting John Recco’s elephants have arrived at the College’s Feick Fine Arts Center. His eight large canvasses (each piece is 96″ by 74″) will be on display at the Feick through Dec. 1. The Feick is open to the public 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Recco is a native of Lowell, Mass., and received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from Columbia University. He has taught widely throughout New England and his work has appeared in group or solo shows and galleries and museums across the country.
Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join the College Programming Board and the Sustainability Office in a planning session for Martin Luther King Day activities at Green Mountain College. The planning session will take place on Thursday, November 19 from noon-1p.m. in the back of the dining hall. Students not on the meal plan who would like to attend, or people interested in being involved but not available to meet on Thursday, should contact Ryan Ihrke in the Sustainability Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erondu Jude Chisom ’16 has received an internship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth as Campus Ambassador, an organization dedicated to empowering youth from around the world to create sustainable solutions to global development and environmental challenges. Launched by the United Nations in 2012, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem-solving at local, national, and global scales.
Erondu’s internship lasts for two months through December 27, after which he is eligible for a 12-month position on the Assembly. Erondu is studying sustainable business with a minor in environmental policy. The first member of his family and his community in Nigeria to attend college, Erondu has held several leadership positions at GMC. He was a member of the judicial review board between 2013 and 2014, director of civic engagement on the Student Senate, and student body president last year. He is also a member of the Green Mountain College Model United Nations, representing China and Togo in the Security Council at the National Model United Nations Conferences in New York in 2013 and 2014. According to the SDSN announcement, “Erondu is passionate to be a member of SDSN-Youth so that he can develop necessary skills needed in his career pursuit in foreign policy and sustainable development and promote global education which he sees as a tool for the eradication of global hunger and poverty.” Read more on the SDSN website.
Join us in the Withey Gorge Atrium for brief presentation of the programs and their differences, followed by discussion and further information, on Wednesday, November 4 at 6 p.m. Current students in any of the alternative learning majors are encouraged to attend and bring your personal experiences into the conversation. This is the meeting you’ve been waiting for – all the information you need.
Prof. Christopher Brooks (environmental studies and natural resource management) just published an article in Trends a bimonthly journal of the American Bar Association’s “Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources” section. The article is about legal protections for migratory birds titled: “Will a new approach fly? The FWS considers implementing an incidental take program under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.” Read the full article here. On November 1, Chris also delivered a presentation “Science, Law and the Future of Our Water” at the Fair Haven Inn as part of the 2015 Science Pub, a lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Castleton Free Library.