Join Liz Calabrese, licensed architect and LEED accredited professional, for her presentation “Biophilic Design: Design for Human Flourishing.” Biophilia is the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature that, even in the modern world, is critical to our physical and mental health and well-being. While humans may have evolved in the natural world, our “natural habitat” has largely become the indoor built environment where we now spend 90% of our time. Liz has practiced architecture for over 25 years in New England. Her projects range from small additions, renovations and commercial projects to larger scale homes. This annual lecture presented by the REED program is in the East Room, Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Green Mountain College has the rare treat of hosting The Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra at Ackley Hall, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The program features a rousing set of works by some of the great Russian composers: Tchaikovsky, Borodin, and Prokofiev. The orchestra will be led by guest conductor, Matthew LaRocca. Featured on the program will be Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by 18-year-old piano virtuoso, Gareth Cordery. As a rising young artist he has performed on both piano and cello and was recently the guest soloist (on piano) with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra in Bemidji, Minn. The orchestra will also perform In the Steppes of Central Asia by Borodin, Montagues and Capulets from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italienne. The Champlain Philharmonic is a community orchestra that performs regularly in the Addison and Rutland regions of Vermont. Tickets are available at the door for $15 general admission, $10 seniors, and $5 students.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockey R. Robbins, associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, will be the keynote speaker for the College’s 2016 Convocation on Tuesday, September 6 at 4 p.m. in the Labyrinth. The entire College community is encouraged to attend this annual event that welcomes a new entering class and celebrates the beginning of a new academic year. Robbins’ address is titled “Education for the Well Being for the Land and the People.”
“Education should derive first from a respect for nature, and if it does not then alienation becomes intrinsic to the educative process,” Robbins writes. “I would like to draw analogies between Green Mountain College’s connections to, and respect for, nature and Native American notions of Native Sovereignty.”
Robbins teaches multicultural counseling, behavior disorders and personality assessment at the university. His research interests include native spirituality and psychology; grand-parenting; assessment; group interventions; and developing American Indian treatment models and techniques based on traditional ideas and practices. He has conducted hundreds of workshops and speaking engagements across the U.S. and Europe.
GMC students are presenting a mainstage production of “Moon Over Buffalo” by Ken Ludwig. Performances are Thursday, April 7-Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Directed by Ben Jankowski, the cast includes Andrew Bullard, Maddie Mielke, Seraphina Mallon-Breiman, Nick Mazzali, Daniele Belletete, Isaac Winant, Connor Creigh and Anna Caputo. The plot revolves around Charlotte and George Hay, on tour in 1953 with a repertory consisting of “Cyrano de Bergerac” (the “revised, one nostril version”), and Noel Coward’s “Private Lives.” Then they learn they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to see their matinee. The New York Post describes the play as “Hilarious… building up its laughs methodically shtick by shtick.” Tickets: $5, students and faculty/staff free.
Barry Estabrook, one of the leading voices in the sustainable agriculture movement, will make a public presentation at Green Mountain College Thursday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Estabrook comes to GMC through the efforts of Kaitlyn Reilly, who invited him as part of her Delicate Balance project.
Estabrook is a three-time James Beard Award-winning author, investigative journalist, and blogger for Politics Of the Plate. Among his books is Pig Tales: An Omnivore’s Guide to Sustainable Meat, a deep examination of pork farming. His 2011 book Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, describes how modern industrial agriculture has ruined the tomato in terms of the taste of the product and how it is raised. The book was a New York Times bestseller and won the Farmworker Justice Award. The book also inspired the 2014 documentary “Food Chains.” Estabrook was formerly a contributing editor to Gourmet magazine and has contributed to the New York Times, The Washington Post, Men’s Health, theAtlantic.com and MarkBittman.com.
His presentation is free and open to the pubic and will be held on April 7th at 6 p.m. in the East Room (Withey Hall).
This spring break, natural resources management prof. Valorie Titus and eight GMC students including Julia Allen ’19, Anya Beale ’18, Torie Cowell ’16, Tynazha Jones ’17, Sarah Lucas ’17, Megan Muller ’16, Jacob Phillips ’16, and Kaitlin Phillips ’16 travelled to South Carolina’s Francis Marion National Forest for a second year of volunteering. Working with biologists from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy, USFS, and South Carolina DNR, students in the Southeastern Ecology Field Trip class participated in a week-long search for herpetological fauna and conducted small mammal trapping. The class uncovered some interesting data on the habitat preferences of some small mammals, including the Hispid Cotton Rat, and documented a slew of important (and rare) reptile and amphibian species. The students even added an important snake to the study, an Eastern Pine Snake, now fitted with a radio transmitter and lovingly named “Theodore.” This snake will be monitored for the next few years and will provide much needed ecological data for the proper management of the fragile Longleaf Pine systems of South Carolina. We look forward to heading back to help again next year, so if you’re interested in going, stay tuned!
Upcoming GreenMAP trips include paddling adventure on Lake Bomoseen and a mountain biking trip for first-timers. Come canoe with Katie, Kyra, and Miranda on beautiful Lake Bomoseen! Saturday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. “First Time on a Bike” is April 8 at 1 p.m. in Rutland’s Pine Hill Park. If you’ve wanted to try mountain biking, here’s your chance to get your wheels in the dirt with Maddie and Emily. For more info or to register, contact at GreenMAP at 802-287-8383 or greenMAP@greenmtn.edu.
The 9th Annual Poultney Earth Fair, Wednesday April 13 from 2-5 p.m., at Poultney High School, is a true collaboration between GMC, PHC, and the wider community. The theme this year is “The Story of Our Earth.” Highlights include a parade beginning at the College at 1:30 p.m. up Main Street (weather permitting) and up to 60 displays, booths, demonstrations, or activities led by local exhibitors. If you are interested in reserving a free space for a display please contact: Nathaniel Steinrueck (773) 354-6677.
Poultney may only be able to honor the environment with one Earth Fair a year, but Earth Day is every day. To build a better future, we all must commit to protect the environment year-round, and the environment is our home and our home is Poultney. This fun family event is free and open to the public.