Christine Schultz and Marc Deloach, a husband-wife team of self-taught artists, make their living making amazing things from found objects. In their first two months as artists-in-residence at Green Mountain College, they’ve been inspired by the beauty and materials of the Vermont landscape. Much of the work in this show, on display now at the Feick Fine Arts Center, was made from reclaimed local materials in the last few weeks. The bed, bench, dining table, lap tables, painted fish and slate paintings are all from salvaged materials found on campus or within a few miles of Poultney. Christine painted landscapes based on her local photographs using the Feick as her studio space. Marc built his pieces at the REED workshop. “We hope the show gets you thinking about what you can create from what’s at hand,” the artists say. The opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 4-7 p.m. at the Feick Gallery features live music, food and drink. The show is up until Nov. 15th. Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Darryl Benjamin is teaching “5010: Contemporary Food Systems,” a graduate-level course in the College’s Master of Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) program – and he’s recently published a book titled Farm to Table: The Essential Guide to Sustainable Food Systems for Students, Professionals, and Consumers. The book was published by Chelsea Green and co-authored by Lyndon Virkler, dean of education at the New England Culinary Institute. “I am thrilled that the MSFS program continues to attract thought leaders in sustainable food systems for the benefit of our students and the food system changes they are leading in their own communities,” commented prof. Robin Currey, director of the MSFS program. Praise for the book includes this rave from Peter Hoffman, chef and owner of Savoy and Back Forty restaurants: “What took me twenty years to figure out, you can learn by spending several hours with Darryl and Lyndon’s terrific book. Succinct without being superficial, yet in-depth without being wonkish, Farm to Table is an invaluable tool for chefs who are curious about food beyond the edge of their plates.”
This open letter was sent November 3 by Bob Allen, president of Green Mountain College, and GMC student Thanh Nguyen ’17, on behalf of the College community. As part of her Delicate Balance project, Thanh organized a campus screening of the documentary “Salam Neighbor,” with guest speakers Clare Morgana Gillis, who teaches history and modern Middle Eastern studies at Marlboro College and Dartmouth College; Amir Pasic, whose family came to the United States in 1995 from Bosnia-Herzegovina and who graduated from Castleton University last December; Morgan Deheny, who graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a BA in Arabic and minor in French; and Marsha Cassel, a French teacher, global studies mentor, and co-chair of the Guidelines International Network conference at Rutland High School. Marsha has been organizing several screening events to raise public awareness and advocate for the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Vermont. She also is an active member of Rutland Welcome. The October 25 event was moderated by President Allen and co-hosted by UNICEF Campus Initiative and Rutland High School.
Green Mountain College’s annual tradition where students and community members come together to say “thank you” is in its fourth year! Encourage your friends to participate throughout the day on Tuesday as we eat together, volunteer together, and dance together! All meals, workshops, and events are free to the community. The schedule:
Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Poultney Methodist Church. Homemade sausage, biscuits and local eggs will be served up with coffee and juice!
Info Table: 8-10 a.m. Poultney Public Library. Have questions? Find volunteers here!
Gratitude Journals: 11-2 p.m. in Withey Hall. Come decorate your gratitude journaland make an entry for someone you love! Take it home with you!
Lunch: 11:30-1:30 p.m. St. Raphael’s Church. Join Poultney High School and GMCfor soup, bread and apple crisp!
Soap-making: 1-2:30 p.m. Cerridwen Farm House. Learn how to make homemade soap!
DIY Home Products: 1-2:30 p.m. in Withey Hall. Learn how to make homemade cleaning products.
Tree Nursery Help: 1-4 p.m. in the GMC Back Parking Lot. Volunteer with the Native Plant Nursery to protect winterize the plants in the garden and greenhouse for winter.
Dinner: 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Withey Hall. A special meal with delicious local ingredients and an opportunity to get to know students better! Dinner tickets will be available for the first 100 people at the door of the College’s dining hall.
Indigenous Speaker: 7-8 p.m. The Gorge. Land Defender Vanessa Gray from Aamjiwnaang First Nation near Sarnia, Ontario’s “Chemical Valley,” will be speaking. Gray co-founded Aamjiwnaang & Sarnia Against Pipelines and is facing charges for non-violent direct action against the Enbridge Line 9 Pipeline.
Contra Dance: 8-11 p.m., East Room. Dance the night away with live music and a caller!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or with questions on how you can participate.
Open House at Green Mountain College is Saturday, November 12! Enjoy the brilliance of fall in Vermont and discover for yourself what makes GMC so special.
Here are just a few highlights:
• Campus, Farm and Sustainability Tours: Learn about GMC’s commitment to sustainable initiatives and educational opportunities.
• One-on-one chats with faculty and staff members about academic programs and student support services.
• Student panel: Hear about academic and personal transformations from current Green Mountain students with Q&A time.
• Athletics Meet and Greet: Visit the Waldron Athletics Center, chat with athletic coaches and learn more about GMC’s Division III sports programs.
For details and to register for either day, visit www.greenmtn.edu/openhouse or call 800-776-6675.
GMC was well represented at the “Deep Change for Climate Justice” conference held October 15-16 in White River Junction, Vt. The conference was dedicated to “creative dialogue, learning the story of this emerging movement, understanding our role in this story, and moving towards networking, collaboration, and action.” The keynote speaker was Sherri Mitchell who was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation in Maine and who brings an important perspective to climate justice issues. Sherri is a practicing attorney and the founding director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the global protection of Indigenous rights and the preservation of the Indigenous way of life. GMC students Ellen Sanders ’19, Elizabeth Martrirosian ‘20 and Truman Cressey ’18 joined chaplain Shirley Oskamp participating in the conference and joining discussions focused on transformational activism.
From October 9-11, four members of the Green Mountain College community attended the annual Conference of Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in Baltimore. This is the largest annual gathering of higher education sustainability professionals, with over 2,300 faculty, staff, students and administrators attending.
Carl Diethelm ’17 shared his experience reducing food waste at Green Mountain College during his presentation “Creative Composting: a Comprehensive Approach to Food Waste Reduction.” Prof. Bill Throop (philosophy and environmental studies) and Simon James ’18 partnered to present “Building Social Capital: Fostering Inclusion and Trust on Campus and in the Community.” Their presentation highlighted GMC‘s leadership in measuring and addressing diversity, inclusion, trust, associations and grit as a core component of the GMC’s sustainability goals. Ryan Ihrke (director of sustainability) teamed up with GMC’s former sustainability director Aaron Witham to premier “Sustainability Officers: The Dream, The Sometimes Harsh Reality, The Reasons You Want Us on Your Leadership Team,” a video of sustainability officer interviews highlighting how they entered their careers, rewards of their positions, and on-the-job experiences unique to their roles.
Interested in representing GMC as a presenter or attendee next October in San Antonio, Texas? Learn more about AASHE at http://conference.aashe.org/ and contact Ryan Ihrke at email@example.com to see how you can get involved.
The Green Mountain College Creative Composters are putting on a free meal from extra food prepared in the dining hall. Our food safety training is from the Food Recovery Network, which works with over 195 other colleges in the nation to recover food and serve it in their communities. The food has only been handled by the chefs that prepared it, and the trained people that recover and transport it. Thursday, Oct. 27 from 5-7 p.m. at the Poultney United Methodist Church, 108 Main Street in Poultney.
Green Mountain College has been ranked among the nation’s top “Cool Schools” by Sierra magazine, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. In a list made public last week, Sierra places GMC at number ten among 201 schools surveyed.
“These are the colleges working hardest to protect the planet in 2016,” the magazine says in its September/October issue. Green Mountain College is the only college that has ranked in the top 15 every year for the past seven years, and this is the fifth time the College has landed in the top ten.
The ranking comes just days after GMC was ranked the third green college in the country in The Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of The Best 381 Colleges. This is the fourth year in a row that GMC has ranked in the top Princeton Review green colleges.
“Those who want to learn deeply about the environment go to GMC,” Sierra noted in its description of Green Mountain College’s mission. “Sixty percent of the undergraduate faculty is engaged in sustainability research, administrators have gotten fossil-fuel funds out of the endowment, and the campus has been carbon-neutral since 2011. Next up on GMC’s eco-checklist: to rely only on renewable energy by 2020.” Read more here.
Men’s Journal magazine lists Green Mountain College as one of eight outstanding schools in the country that emphasize outdoor adventure. While lots of schools feature climbing walls or sponsor an outing club, GMC uses the outdoors as a living laboratory for its environmental liberal arts curriculum. When it comes to outdoor recreation, GMC is smack in the middle of some of the coolest wild areas in the east–the Adirondack Mountains lie to the northwest and the Green Mountains to the east.
Speaking of adventure, here are two upcoming outdoor expeditions led by GreenMAP (Green Mountain Adventure Programming):
Intermediate Rock Climbing Trip
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Spots for six participants. Mandatory pre-trip meeting on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m.!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Come out with Trip Leaders Sam and Logan to learn the basics–and the thrills–of paddling. Space for eight participants.
Read the full Men’s Journal article here.