Tom Fredericks ‘19 is working with prof. Jim Harding (Dean of Faculty, natural resource management), on an independent study related to investment strategies—principally on stocks and stock options. As part of his investigation, Tom and a GMC team competed in the “Think or Swim Investment Challenge” sponsored by TD Ameritrade. This is a month-long competition in which 3-4 person teams, made up entirely of college students, are each given $500,000 in a virtual brokerage account. Over the following four weeks, teams invested in stocks, bonds, and options and tried to increase the value of the account. The competition began on Monday, Oct. 10 and concluded on Friday, Nov. 4. This is the second year that a team from Green Mountain College has competed in this challenge—last year, the GMC team led by Swe Oo ’16 finished 33rd out of 641 teams. This year, Tom’s team (GreenMtn Investing), including Marjuk Ahmed ‘17 and Ben Webb ‘19, was one of 726 from all across the United States. At the end of the competition, GreenMtn Investing finished 13th (in the top 2% of all teams), turning the $500,000 investment into $633,874.75 for a monthly return of 26.77%. “It is a credit to Tom to lead his team to 13th place finish against teams from some of the largest universities in the country,” Jim Harding said.
Where Dragons Roam is an art exhibition by Eben Schumacher, a graduating artist at Green Mountain College. Come to the opening on Friday, Dec. 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the Feick Fine Arts Center. The exhibition contains ceramic sculptures and oil paintings, as well as drawings, writing and music that together form a detailed and cohesive account of a fantastical world in which dragons have lived and evolved for ages. Pushing the limits of the media used, the work creates a visual, tactile, and conceptual experience that redefines the fantasy genre, utilizing an emphasis on narrative and scientific observation while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of the imagination. The exhibition will be on display until Dec. 20th. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Christin Ross’s Urban Ecology class will be in the East Room on Thursday, Dec 8 at noon to discuss and describe their field research in New York City and Chicago, and how we utilized a multidisciplinary approach to understanding how urban areas are social-ecological systems. Learn some ways history, politics, social governance, and natural resources influence urban ecosystems. An Urban Ecology course will be offered next semester!
Shannon Westlake, a student in GMC’s Master of Science in Environmental Studies program, has accepted a Ph.D. Fellowship through Mississippi State University in Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife. In this position she will support ongoing studies, including one funded by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and concurrently develop her own research into the human dimensions of wildlife and environmental conservation. This fellowship will allow her to continue the work she started at GMC for her master’s thesis project, aptly named Project Pollinator. This project focused on connecting citizens and the environment by increasing awareness of the link between pollinator species and healthy food sources. The project fostered collaboration between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, non-profit organizations, and local citizens within an urban community in order to build awareness and encourage involvement for pollinator conservation. Instructors Teresa Coker and Dianna Gielstra have guided Shannon in her research work at GMC.
Students in prof. Matt Osborn’s “Riots and Popular Protests” class will be making their final presentations over the next two weeks in Booth Lounge. All sessions are from 1-2:15 p.m. and are open to the community.
Tuesday, December 6:
• Yesmeen Najeebi. Mossadegh and Madness: Public Reaction to the 1953 Iranian Coup
• Madalyn Zdon. “God’s Army” and it’s Opposition in England during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
• Christopher Baughman. One Black Nation: the Pyrrhic Victory of Haitian Independence
Friday, December 9:
• Darian Closson. Southampton Insurrection: Resistance to Slavery in Antebellum United States
• Luc Burns. Cyber Wars: Protest in the 21st Century
• Lauren Letendre. The Boston Tea Party and The Sons of Liberty
Tuesday, December 13:
• Will Cowling. The Long Wait for Tomorrow: Irish Protest Movements in the Formation of a Sovereign Nation
• Chloe Bertera. Rebecca’s Daughters: When Men Needed a Woman’s Touch to Cause Chaos
• Kelly McKeown. “Bringing the War Home”: the Weathermen and the Radical Leftists of the 1960’s
Friday, December 16:
• Daniel Schmidt. The Time An Army Attacked Its Own Veterans: The 1932 Bonus March On Washington D.C.
• Ethan Cooper. Football Hooliganism: How The Crowd Used Sports as an Expression of Public Opinion
• Tucker Peters. Protest Against Democracy: Mussolini’s March on Rome
Up-to-date research drawing from Dr. Dennis Charney’s synthesis on resiliency will be presented by Thanh Nguyen, Biopsychology ’17. Friday, Dec. 9 from 11-12 p.m. in the Dickgeisser classroom, Griswold Library. Using an empirical-based pluralistic model of psychiatric disease, Thanh’s talk explores multiple factors that contribute to resiliency in major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The philosophy underlying this approach is that the Decartes’ split between the mind and the brain as well as the computer-brain functional analog needs to be discarded and replaced by non-reducible empirical-based multidisciplinary research (molecular biology, neural circuitry, personality psychology, social and political environment).
Green Mountain College’s newly chartered student chapter of The Wildlife Society headed to Raleigh, N.C. to The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting October 15-19. Here, Doug Bishop ’17, Sara Lucas ’17, Paola Fernandez ’17, Tynazha Jones ’17, and Ashley Leemans ’18 participated in a number of student activities, including the annual Quiz Bowl, going up against 26 national colleges and universities. The students participated in several field trips, workshops and networking events.
On Wednesday, November 30 at 6 p.m. in the East Room, meet Rachael Miller, executive director of the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean and captain of the 60-foot oceanographic research vessel American Promise. She will be speaking the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans. Learn about the hazards of plastics in our oceans and learn what you can do to alleviate the problem. For more info about the project visit rozaliaproject.org.
Comedian Janice Perry laughs us through her vibrant retrospective of social criticism and political satire, touching on subjects from Marilyn Monroe, a few Gulf Wars, high fashion, erotica, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Robert Mapplethorpe’s naked men and censorship. In an evening that’s been described as “part roller coaster ride, part demolition derby,” Janice embodies U.S. American cultural history from 1981 to the present, laughing all the way. She includes documentation video clips from past work to introduce live performance pieces that are provocative and remarkably relevant. Janice’s visit is made possible through a Delicate Balance project aimed at giving more visibility and representation for women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQA+ community. Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. For more information, please contact Maggie Parson at email@example.com
Sponsored by a generous grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Fish and Wildlife Techniques class, led by professors Valorie Titus (natural resource management) and Jim Harding (natural resources management), journeyed to Benezette, Penn. to learn about the Pennsylvania elk herd and the management behind this successful program. Students were guided by Tim Foster, senior regional director for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, who introduced the class to the region’s beautiful elk viewing areas. The class was also fortunate to meet and chat with local biologists and conservation officers on how they work with the elk, education, tourism and hunting throughout the year.