Carl Diethelm ’17 is one of just 60 students nationwide named the winner of a coveted Udall undergraduate scholarship. Carl was chosen from 482 candidates at 227 colleges and universities; he will receive a $7,000 grant. The Udall scholarship is offered to college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate exceptional leadership and action on environmental justice issues, Native American health care and tribal public policy. Carl will meet other scholars at the University of Arizona in Tucson during a four-day conference over the summer. He’ll work with other scholars on a case study of a current national issue, and build community within the scholar network. Carl received the award for his commitment to issues of food surplus and food insecurity. He joins an illustrious list of GMC students who have recently won Udall scholarships, including Rob Dunn ’16, Nicole Harmon ’16, Luz Guel ’15 and Nicholas Ravotti ’13. The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall of Arizona. Carl is happy to discuss the possibility and process of becoming a Udall scholar with any interested students.
Dr. John P. Holdren, President Obama’s top advisor on science and technology issues, outlined for Green Mountain College graduates today how “science and fact” have guided development of the administration’s climate action plan.
“The science of climate change is based first on the fundamental physics and chemistry of the atmosphere and oceans, the physics of ice, and the biochemistry of living things,” he said.
Holdren pointed out that the corpus of climate research is based on millions of measurements made by tens of thousands of scientists over many decades at many different locations around the world. The results, he said, are no longer disputable—the earth’s climate is changing in ways that cannot be explained by purely natural causes.
“The projected harm we expect to deal with will be far smaller if we take early, strong, effective evasive action,” he said. “The distribution of the offensive emissions across the nations of the world means just about everybody must participate in that evasive action.”
(See the complete text of Dr. Holdren’s remarks here.)
Dr. Holdren, assistant to the president for Science and Technology and the Senate-confirmed Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, was the guest speaker the College’s 179th commencement exercises. During the ceremony he received an honorary doctor of science degree.
GMC awarded bachelor degree diplomas to 136 graduates at commencement exercises held outside on the Griswold Library lawn. Among the graduates was Thomas Robert White of Hanover, N.H., the first student from the College’s online bachelor degree completion program to walk at commencement. The program provides an opportunity for students with some college credits to complete their degree in business or interdisciplinary studies. White graduated summa cum laude.
Over 70 graduate students received diplomas from one of the College’s four master’s degree programs including the Sustainable MBA and master of science degrees in sustainable food systems, environmental studies, and resilient and sustainable communities. Over 200 degrees were conferred in total, making the class of 2016 the largest in Green Mountain College history. It was the final commencement for President Paul J. Fonteyn who retires this spring after eight years of service.
The two students speakers, Corey Fletcher of Philadelphia, Penn., and Seraphina Mallon-Breiman of Woodstock, N.Y., shared their reminiscences with classmates of their four years at GMC.
“We’ve experienced immense privilege,” Mallon-Breiman told the audience. “We’ve been taught to think critically and promote ourselves with confidence. We’ve been tutored, flattered, coached, encouraged, listened to and congratulated. We are the lucky ones. But we have not become fully successful yet, because, we have a responsibility to use these experiences, to go out and encourage those who were not as lucky. We are graduating into a world that is changing rapidly and here we are: the ones who get to inspire and direct that global movement.”
They ended their address by leading the audience in the Bill Withers song “Lean on Me.”
Fletcher graduated from the College’s Progressive Program, with a major in sustainable business and cultural inclusion in educational institutions. Mallon-Breiman graduated with a degree in sociology and anthropology.
The complete ceremony is available online.
Research shows that most small and medium enterprises have not yet embraced sustainability, despite the proven benefits. What are the barriers keeping businesses from sustainable success? Prof. Karen Fleming Heidelmeier (business) leads an interactive session tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3, at the Energy Innovation Center in Rutland (68-70 Merchants Row). Karen will share her research on practical and proven strategies for sustainable business success – at any size. The free public event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately an hour. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact
Senior philosophy major Maxx Hockenberry will defend his thesis on Thursday May 5, at 1 p.m. in Terrace 121. His thesis is titled “Political Correctness or Polarization? A Comprehensive Analysis of the Climate Surrounding P.C. Culture and an Exposition of the Cultural, Political, and Ethical Tensions Therein.”
Five Green Mountain College students presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference (NENHC) April 22-24. Biology majors Benjamin Smith ’16, Isaya Chirachaturaphak ‘17 and Brianna Alimonti ’17 presented a group research poster titled “Developing protocols for Species Specific Quantitative analysis of CPV exposure in post mortem sampling of Martes pennanti (Fisher).” Natural resource management major Nate Laymon ‘16 presented a talk on his research over the past three years titled “Disease in a Mesocarnivore Population: Modeling Disease Transmission in Vermont Fisher (Martes pennanti) Populations using a Circuit-Based Model,” and Brian Haggarty Perrault ’16 (biology) co-presented with prof. Natalie Coe (biology) “Analyzing the effect of DBH on rate of progression of Beech Bark Disease in Fagus grandifolia.” The conference is sponsored by Eagle Hill Institute “Promoting the study and stewardship of the natural environment in the northeastern US and eastern Canada.” For additional information visit the conference website.
On April 22-23, six GMC students and faculty members attended the New York State Political Science Association’s 70th annual conference at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies and animal conservation and care) presented his paper, “The Right to Privacy is Dying: Technology is enabling the government to kill it and we are letting it happen.” Jude Chisom Erondu ’16, presented his paper, “Climate Change and Conflicts in Nigeria.” Christina Guarin ’18 presented on “United States Presence in Cuba: Impact on the Environment and Wildlife.” Prof. Vance Jackson (psychology) and Joshua Drummond ’17 co-presented “Reconciliation vs. Resolution: A New Model of Alternative Dispute Resolution.” This paper was also co-authored by Sam Edwards and prof. Jennifer Sellers (psychology). William Morse ’17 also presented on “Colonialism & Ecological Sacrifice Zones in Central Appalachia.”
Green Mountain College and SUNY Plattsburg are co-hosting a one-day climate change conference on June 17, 2016 at the SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Branch Campus. The conference will feature a range of speakers, regional action planning and good music. Professors Steve Letendre (environmental studies) and Bill Throop (philosophy and environmental studies) will be among the speakers. Check out the full line up and other conference information here. The organizing body, North Country Climate Reality, aims to facilitate regional climate solutions through annual conferences, working groups, educational outreach and networking. Please join us on June 17, 2016 for a day of inspiring presentations, productive working sessions, and powerful music that brings us together to help our communities become more resilient and sustainable. Register for the conference here.
Students, starting this week, please bring all of your unwanted, reusable items to the first floor lounge in the Green Move Out Area (in the case of Ames, the GMO area is in the basement). The Sustainability Office and Green Move Out crew will be working hard to divert your items from the landfill, but we need your help! Bringing your items downstairs and washing your own dishes before leaving them behind helps us keep over 5,000 pounds of items out of the landfill each year. Feel free to take items you want out of the clearly designated GMO area in the first floor lounges. Don’t take anything that isn’t clearly in the GMO area, and don’t take any lounge furniture or other fixtures. Free shopping in Bogue Lounge will be available to GMC community members the week of May 9. Watch for dates and times in next week’s journal. Any questions about Green Move Out can be sent to Ryan Ihrke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now is your last chance to enter to win awesome prizes for completing the College Health Survey and E-checkup surveys! Prizes will be drawn Wednesday, May 4, and winners will be notified via email. E-check up prizes include: an Apple TV and TV combo, a certificate for a bike from Johnson and Son Bikeworks ($150 value), and Dknight Magic Box II bluetooth speakers. The winner of the health survey will receive a 16GB ipad 4. Please put the receipt of your College Health Survey completion in the box in front of the Wellness Center to be considered for a prize. For people to who want to be entered into the E-checkup prize drawing, they need to email a receipt of their completion to Gwen Koenig email@example.com.
On Wednesday, May 4 at 2 p.m., Keith McNeal will be presenting his Progressive Program senior project and discussing the topic of “Full Circle, The American Kitchen.” A copy of Keith’s working manuscript is available for review prior to the presentation (send Keith an email if you would like to review it). The presentation will be held in Griswold 002 and is open to the entire campus community. Please RSVP if you plan to attend so Keith can prepare the necessary materials for his discussion.
The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) office released its weekly women’s lacrosse awards for the last week of the regular season and the Eagles’ Catie Brewster ‘18 (Kingston, N.Y.) was rewarded for her stellar performance in a pair of games with Player of the Week honors. Catie helped the Eagles open the week with a 12-8 victory over Johnson. The sophomore posted six goals along with a pair of groundballs to head the Eagles’ offensive unit. She then tallied a career-high-tying seven goals on eight shots on goal while winning four draw controls against Husson in a 16-11 loss.