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On Saturday, prof. Rommy Fuller (education) competed in the Obstacle Course Race World Championships in Cincinnati, taking home a third place (bronze) finish in her age group. This annual world-class obstacle course race allows OCR athletes to compete for the title of World Champion in their respective divisions. The course had a 69% failure rate for all women participants. Rommy was one of only 22 women who completed the entire course without failing any of the more than 50 obstacles.

Prof. Rommy Fuller
Wins Carol A. Moore Scholarship
Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) recently awarded its annual scholarship to Rommy Fuller, education program director at Green Mountain College. Named after Lyndon State College’s president, the Carol A. Moore Scholarship recognizes women working in Vermont higher education who want to advance their careers. This is the ninth year VWHE has given the scholarship, worth up to $1,000.

“We were impressed with Ms. Fuller’s tenacious pursuits of her professional goals, while influencing her students own educational experiences,” said Shannon Bohler-Small, VWHE Scholarship Committee Chair.

Rommy plans to use the scholarship to finish her doctoral degree in educational leadership at Simmons College in Boston. This will be her third terminal degree (she has a masters of education from the University of New Hampshire and an Ed.S. in language and literacy from Simmons). Rommy was also awarded the Robert W. Leonard Teacher of the Year Award in 2013, which is a student nominated award.

Rommy is an active instructor in the Wilson Language program and has worked with local high school cheerleading programs as choreographer, tumbling instructor and head coach for several years.

VWHE works to foster connections among women in various sectors of higher education, promote women's leadership and encourage and support women leaders of diverse backgrounds.

The baseball season may be over, but Fenway Park in Boston was open on Saturday for a Spartan Race in which Prof. Rommy Fuller (education) took second place in the Women's Elite division. The race was a series of timed trials with competitors using Fenway's bleachers, ramps and concourses for challenges including hauling filled water jugs, carrying cement "atlas stones," doing push ups, rope and wall climbing, rowing stations, running with sand bags, box jumps, jump-roping, spear throwing and of course, burpees. “I’m telling my students they need to find the time to exercise and to do something that will help them be healthy—and I think that it is important to practice what I preach,” Rommy says. "I really don't have time to train, but I still find time."

Education Prof. Theresa Coker's EDU 3012 Environmental Interpretation and Communications class took a field trip to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, N.Y. last Wednesday. The class is examining effective interpretation practices, and the trip provided an opportunity to examine a relatively new, state-of-the-art facility that's mission is "to ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together and set an example for the world." Theresa's Images of Nature class also made an excursion to the Zen Garden in Hubbardton, Vt. last Thursday. The class has been examining the role religion has potentially played historically in the ecological crisis. "The trip to the Zen Garden in Hubbardton provided a unique opportunity to experientially expand our discussion beyond Christianity to Buddhism, Zen, and their beliefs about nature," Theresa said. Photo: Student Brenda Swingle at the Zen Garden site.

Professors Tom Mauhs-Pugh (education) and Meriel Brooks (biology) have a chapter in the recently published The College Curriculum: A Reader (Peter Lang Publishing). The goals of the book are to provide readers with an understanding of the undergraduate curriculum in U.S. higher education today, and to highlight distinctive, innovative, and noteworthy approaches. The collaborative essay, "Seeking 'Productive, Caring, and Fulfilling Lives' Through the Environmental Liberal Arts at Green Mountain College," presents the College's ELA curriculum in the broader context of U.S. higher education, historically and currently. GMC's emphasis on sustainability provides an answer to the question: "what knowledge is of most worth?" That answer emphasizes the development of people rather than the mere acquisition of technical skill. "A GMC education echoes the classical definition of curriculum implied by the curriculum vitae: the trajectory of one's life that results, in part, from pursuing a particular course of study and practice in a particular way and with particular results,” the authors write. “The details of what it means to be well-educated and to live a good life, the cognate questions to 'What knowledge is of most worth?,' are re-envisioned and renegotiated in a community of practice through the continual participation of its members.”

Prof. Rommy Fuller
(elementary education) recently took a group of students from her Elementary Social Studies Methods course to the ECHO museum in Burlington to meet with the museum’s education coordinator and discuss field trips for school-aged children. The students learned about how to effectively plan for and integrate into the curriculum a field trip for young, primary age children. They also had the opportunity to survey what kinds of things the museum has available in the way of inquiry-based opportunities for learning. “ECHO’s traveling exhibit ‘Race’ tied in perfectly with discussions about diversity and differentiated instruction that we’ve been having in class,” Fuller said.

This past weekend in Las Vegas, Prof. Jennifer Powers (education) attended the annual convention of NCTE, the National Council of Teachers of English, where she serves as the co-chair to the Media and Digital Literacies Collaborative. Powers chaired a session titled “Igniting the Classroom With Critical Media Literacy” and helped facilitate the Collaborative’s Film Festival, which screened The Day Carl Sandburg Died, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Wham! Bam! Islam, and more. Speakers at this year’s NCTE included Sir Ken Robinson, Lemony Snicket, and Jonathan Kozol, among others.

This past Saturday, October 20, Prof. Jen Powers (education) accompanied elementary special education major Tian Jiang to visit the Albany Free School, where GMC student Zuleika Irvin is spending the school year interning. Information about this amazing, democratic-model private k-8 school can be found here .

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