GMC Women’s volleyball posted its ninth win of the season, the most since the 2009-10 season, with a 3-0 victory over Paul Smith’s on Saturday afternoon in the first match of the day. The Eagles honored senior Sandra Parra in a small ceremony before the match. In the second match, the Eagles competed in their first ever Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship. GMC displayed some nerves early in the match, but evened the match at 1-1 through the first two sets. The Eagles played tough in the third set and then ultimately fell 3-1 to the eventual champion, Fisher College. Danielle Sill led the Eagles with 20 kills and 25 digs while Thunder Williams posted 26 assists and 25 digs during the day’s action.
Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Food Systems student Ben Rengstorf ’20 was recently named a James Beard National Merit Scholar.
Currently a teacher in at Roosevelt High School in the Minneapolis Public School System with a license is in ESL and Spanish, Rengstorf recently finished a degree in Culinary Arts from Saint Paul College and has started teaching after school cooking classes to middle and high school students. “I will be piloting an ESL Food class that will partner with local chefs during second semester. We will also connect with the urban farming class to recover food scraps for compost and use ingredients from our school greenhouse and aquaponics in our recipes, stated Rengstorf.
“To me, the James Beard Award is both an honor and a responsibility,” stated Rengstorf. “It represents an opportunity to study food systems with the experts and innovators in the field.”
With his MSFS Degree, he plans to further develop and implement food system curriculum across the Minneapolis School District. He is working toward building a summer school food system institute, and really connect students to their food in any way possible, so that they are actively engaged in all aspects of what they eat. He hopes to pass along any knowledge and insight gained in the program to the students in Minneapolis.
“I chose the MSFS degree program because it offered a distinct focus in food scholarship, and offered me the ability to keep working while taking classes. Even in the first four weeks, the MSFS program has already been an enriching and invigorating experience. I have been challenged academically by the faculty and inspired by the other students.”
Men’s soccer enjoyed an undefeated week with a pair of double overtime thrillers. On Wednesday, the Eagles drew to a scoreless tie with NIAC rival Fisher before coming out on top against Northern Vermont University – Lyndon on Saturday, 2-1. Joe Grubb scored both Eagles’ goals in the win and Sawyer Levy provided the shutout Wednesday with six saves before making 10 stops to preserve the win on Saturday.
This week, Green Mountain College began offering a new ½ credit Pop Up course titled “Brett Kavanaugh: “Boys Will Be Boys.”
Christine Blasey Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while they were both teenagers her years ago at a high school party. He is not the first political figure to face allegations of sexual misconduct. In 1991, Anita Hill testified about sexual harassment she endured while working for current Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas, during his confirmation hearing. Sexual assault allegations were also levied against former President Bill Clinton during that same time in history. Judge Thomas and President Clinton ascended to the highest positions of power. Brett Kavanaugh’s outcome is less certain.
In this Pop Up course, we will look at the landscape surrounding sexual assault and misconduct claims across these key moments in history and compare it to what we are seeing right now. What about our political climate is similar, and what has changed? What cues or information do we use when evaluating the integrity of accusers? How do we evaluate the memories of survivors of sexual violence and those who may have been intoxicated? And if it is true that Brett Kavanaugh committed this alleged assault as a minor, should it affect his current bid for a seat on the Supreme Court? We will also take a close look at campus culture. While some argue that “hook up culture” is empowering, might it actually encourage sexual assault?
This is a unique opportunity for students to tackle these and related questions and create the space to have important, but difficult conversations.
On October 19th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Green Mountain College will unveil UNITY – An Exhibition, a collaborative collection of photos taken by the Unity of Students of Color, in Surdam Hall. This art show, which features work from Green Mountain College students present and past, will highlight issues faced everyday within our community.
Ask yourself these questions: Is our community safe and inclusive to everyone? Is this an environment where every individual is truly loved and respected? As active members of the GMC community, we should be self-evaluating ourselves, and reflecting on how our behavior impacts others daily. Regardless of the constant change and movement within our societies, we must not forget how social issues conditioned by our behavior impact those around us, and that these issues are not absent even in our small campus community. All members of this community should have the space, support and love that we all need, to thrive in any given setting.
Calling all animal lovers and photographers – this year, GMC is hosting another Animal Conservation and Care photo contest. The contest is open to all alumni, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community.
Participants may choose to submit one or more photos of a particular animal or animals (wild or domestic) or a photo of a person with an animal. Images of any species in the animal kingdom are welcome. All submissions should be sent to Sam Edwards, Director, Animal Conservation and Care. The winning photo will be posted on GMC social media accounts, the Animal Conservation and Care program website, and an upcoming issue of The GMC Journal. In addition, a large print of the photo will be mounted for display on campus.
The deadline for submission is Friday, October 19th at 5:00 p.m.
Recognized by Sierra magazine, the official publication of The Sierra Club, as the top “Cool School” in its 2018 ranking of America’s greenest colleges and universities and top distinctions in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, Green Mountain College is proud to be a sustainability leader among the nation’s colleges and universities.
Sierra’s “Cool Schools” list annually recognizes colleges and universities that are creating tangible change in all categories of “greenness”—from what’s served in dining halls to what’s taught in lecture halls to what’s powering the dorms. This year, Sierra rated 269 institutions in 19 categories and GMC shared the top score with University of California Irvine. This was the ninth consecutive year that GMC finished among the top 15 on Sierra’s list.
In addition, Sierra gave GMC the highest rating for academic programs that relate to sustainability. This category considers the number of sustainability courses, sustainability learning outcomes, and sustainability-related majors.
According to Sierra, Green Mountain College earned this year’s “Cool Schools” top spot thanks in part to “aggressively working toward a new goal of powering its campus solely via renewable energy by 2020—with help from a student-initiated biomass facility and the purchase of carbon offsets from a landfill-gas-capture project. GMC has also tweaked its eco-centric core curriculum to better account for economic and environmental justice issues. New practicums have students examining the nexus of hunger, food, and homelessness in New York City and decorating the campus with a series of “What Is Social Sustainability?” posters.”
On August 22nd, the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) released its 2018 Sustainable Campus Index, an annual report recognizing top-performing institutions in various sustainability impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). GMC’s 2018 STARS Gold score of 81.82 is the highest score any college has achieved.
GMC’s highest ever total score was the result of its high scoring in several categories. GMC received the #1 score in sustainability-based curriculum, with the first ever perfect score awarded by AASHE. GMC also attained top ranking in the areas of Air and Climate Operations and Investment and Finance, and scored among the top 5 institutions for Energy and Research.
“Green Mountain College’s leadership in sustainability is due to the dedicated efforts of our students, staff, and faculty. For over twenty years, Green Mountain College has consistently provided leadership in advancing sustainability,” said Robert Allen, Green Mountain College President.
“Green Mountain’s strategic plan, Sustainability 2020, keeps us on the cutting edge of sustainability in academic programs and operations,” said Ryan Ihrke, Green Mountain College’s sustainability director. “This recognition confirms that GMC continues to serve as a model for campus sustainability while equipping the next generation of students with the skills they need to lead and make a difference in a world that is being transformed by climate change and social injustice.”
“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “Green Mountain College has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Gold Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”
Sierra’s complete 2018 rankings, with comprehensive descriptions of each school’s environmental efforts, are available at www.sierraclub.org/coolschools.
Green Mountain College’s full STARS report is publicly available at: https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/green-mountain-college-vt/report/2018-02-23/
Michael Nerney is an expert in the field of neurobiology and substance use. He explains complicated data in an easy-to-follow and captivating way. This talk will be geared towards the impacts of substances on young adult brains. He will explore questions, such as “What do we know about the impact of marijuana on the brain?” and “How do factors like music, legal status, online sites, late night talk show comedy, and the rollout of new products contribute to the reduction in perceived risk of marijuana use?”
Come and learn about the neurochemical mechanisms involved in marijuana intoxication. Find out how advanced neuroimaging devices can show changes to structural, chemical, and electrical systems in the young brain and how substance use can impact cognition, emotional processing, and physical growth and development.
This event is free and open to the public and was made possible through funding by the Regional Prevention Partnerships of Rutland and a collaboration between RPP and the members of Partners for Prevention. Parents, students, faculty, and any community members who are interested in learning more are welcome to attend.
For more information, contact The Wellness Center at Green Mountain College or Partners for Prevention of Rutland.
Green Mountain College is offering a new 3-week pop-up course taught by Jessica Dylan, YouBeYou Dance Instructor at The Dorset Playhouse. The course was designed to introduce the basic techniques of ballet, which are built upon knowledge of ballet terminology, fundamental exercises, and the basic elements of dance. The class mixes ballet basics with creative contemporary movements. Students will also participate in movement explorations through improvisation. The one credit course will culminate in a contemporary ballet dance presentation. Additional outside work required. This class is open to all levels. No prior dance experience is necessary. Register for this course on MyGMC under the “Academics” tab.
Friday, September 21st 10:00-12:30 The Gorge/Withey Hall
Saturday, September 22nd 10:00-12:30 The Gorge/Withey Hall
Sunday September 23rd 10:00-12:30 The Gorge/Withey Hall
Jessica Dillon recently moved to Dorset, VT. She grew up in rural Canada and attended Toronto’s Ryerson University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Honors Dance. After receiving a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey Dance School, she moved to New York City. After finishing her training, she danced professionally in independent dance companies in both Toronto and New York City. After a knee injury ended her dance career, she continues to share her love of dance by teaching.
The Feick Arts Center is pleased to announce our first exhibit of the season. “Stephen Petegorsky – Photography” opens on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont with a reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. including refreshments, music, and a chance to meet the artist. The exhibit features a series of images based on cleared and stained animal specimens that Petegorsky remakes into haunting photographs that highlight the poetic and lyrical qualities of morphology.
Cleared and stained specimens are used by scientists to study morphology, small mammals, reptiles, fish, and amphibians. The specimens are soaked in a solution that renders tissue transparent. Stains are used to make bones and cartilage a darker color. This allows their interior structure to be visible, giving us a window into a world that is beautiful, elegant, and complex. It serves as a point of departure for Petegorsky’s imagination.
Born in New York City, Petegorsky has lived in western Massachusetts for over 40 years. He graduated from Amherst College in 1975 as a Fine Arts major, and later received an M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design.
His creative work has been exhibited internationally, and is in collections throughout this country as well as in Europe. He has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Connecticut, and currently works as a freelance photographer specializing in photography of artworks.
His exhibit at the Feick Arts Center runs from Friday, September 14th until Friday, October 12th. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The opening reception runs from 5-7 p.m. on September 14th. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday by chance or appointment. The Feick Arts Center is located at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. For more information call 802-287-8398 or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/TheFeick.