Eleven students from Green Mountain College's master's of sustainable food systems (MSFS) program pause with Cerridwen Farm Manager Bay Hammond (fifth from right) during last week's MSFS five-day residency. Students had the opportunity to commune with colleagues and faculty members while participating in the workshop "Creating Sustainable Food Systems: The Role of Multimedia." Students worked closely with husband wife team Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard Gayeton, who served as visiting scholars for the program.
Dr. Tom Mauhs-Pugh Appointed as College Provost
Dr. Tom Mauhs-Pugh, currently dean of faculty at GMC, has been appointed as Green Mountain College’s next provost. Tom will begin his appointment on July 1, taking over for Dr. William Throop, who has served as provost for the past 12 years. Bill will enjoy a well-deserved sabbatical before rejoining the faculty as a full-time professor of philosophy and environmental studies next year, which he has been looking forward to for some time.
"Tom brings many extraordinary qualities to his new role, including a deep devotion to Green Mountain College, the College’s environmental liberal arts mission, and the Poultney community," said GMC President Paul Fonteyn.
Since his arrival at GMC in 1997 as assistant professor of education, Tom has served as chair of the education department, director and dean of general education, and, since 2005, dean of faculty.
Tom not only has an intimate knowledge of the Green Mountain College culture and community, he has played a major role in shaping it. He serves on many crucial committees including the President’s Advisory Council, the Budget Advisory Committee, and the Curriculum Committee. Tom helped steer the College through several cycles of New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation, and during his GMC career he has sat on over 20 faculty search committees, helping to attract a new generation of educational leaders to the College.
Tom was co-author, and currently serves as project director, of a five-year $2 million U.S. Department of Education grant titled "Strategies for Student Success: Increasing Retention and Graduation at Green Mountain College," which will provide important new resources to the College’s ambitious advising and curriculum initiatives.
BFA Student Exhibits at Feick Arts Center
Green Mountain College’s The William Feick Arts Center will exhibit work from four fine arts students through May of 2014. Toma Cernea-Novac, Katrina Goebel, Marissa Rozanski, and Brianna King will each participate in a solo exhibit to complete their bachelor of fine arts degree.
"Corpus Absolutus" by Toma Cernea-Novac opened last Friday and remains on display through March 7. Toma is a mixed media artist from New York City, graduating with a self-designed degree that includes art and philosophy. His exhibit is comprised of several paintings and a miniature house installation, intended to express a desire for personal absence and stillness while simultaneously accepting the need for action and reaction in a world that necessitates these qualities.
Katrina Goebel spent her childhood along the Shenandoah River in rural Virginia. Her surroundings growing up inspired her to illustrate and write a children’s book. "Just Imagine", an exhibit of Katrina’s paintings and narrative, as well as a completed version of the book, will open on Friday, March 21, 2014, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. "Just Imagine" runs through April 4 and will be followed by exhibits by Marissa Rozanski, April 11-April 25, and Brianna King, May 2-May 13.
Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. General gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Please contact the gallery for more information at 802-287-8398 or email@example.com.
Hear the Sounds of Ireland in Patricia O’Brien Concert, Feb. 26
Musician Patricia O'Brien will be appearing at GMC on Wednesday, February 26th, offering a free performance for the campus and larger community at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. She will also be working with the students who are participating in GMC’s spring Pilgrimage to Ireland.
O’Brien plays guitar, banjo, tin whistle, and sings; her music combines the sounds of Irish traditional and American folk music. Her parents are both from Ireland and she grew up in Boston, exposed to Irish traditional tunes and songs from an early age. She was a founding member and singer/songwriter for the women's folk group Labrys, appearing with them in numerous concerts and festivals. She also performed Irish traditional music in the U.S. and Ireland with An Banna Ceoil and Agus Mise An. Presently she performs with Bradigan, a band that blends Irish, Scottish and American music.
Internship Panel Discussion this Thursday
You want to get an internship this summer, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Sound like you? Join this panel discussion Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. in the Gorge and meet students who have applied successfully to various internship programs. Light refreshments will be served! Student speakers: Alyssa Renner (sociology/anthropology), Lian Kariuki (business), Luz Guel (pre-law/ natural resource management), Nelson Vila-Santana (biology) and Taylor Herman (REED)..
Balancing Your Academic and Social Lifestyle
It’s not always easy to balance academics with other aspects of your life, including the social and extra-curricular activities available at GMC. Join us for this workshop that provides insight into achieving a balance between “school” and “social.” Thursday, Feb. 27
at 2 p.m. in the Special Collections Room, Griswold Library.
Nominations are Open for Honors Tea
Academic and student leadership award nominations for the 2014 Green Mountain College Honors Tea are now being accepted. The Honors Tea webpage contains the list of student leadership awards and the student leadership nomination form. Faculty members should submit academic awards recipient names to Deb Mackey at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for award submissions is Friday, March 7. For questions regarding Honors Tea, contact Lisa Perry at email@example.com or 287-8377.
Submit Your Writing, Art to the Reverie
Do you have a piece of writing or artwork that you would like to see published? From now until March 20, the Reverie welcomes submissions from all students who wish to see their name in print. The Reverie, Green Mountain College's student-run literary and arts magazine, is published every spring with the help of student editors. So send us your writing (prose and/or poetry may not exceed 1,000 words) and artwork (we will not consider previously published material). You may send in multiple pieces. Send submissions and/or inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Reverie/415320031815950
Celebrate Winter with GreenMAP
Have fun in the snow, while winter lasts! GreenMAP is sponsoring these upcoming programs:
Wednesday, February 26: Cross-country ski lunch break. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 1: Introduction to Ice Climbing at Ludlow. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, March 1: Sunset and Snowshoe and Vegetarian Chili: 3:30-7 p.m.
Sunday, March 2: Intermediate Ice Climbing at Chapel Pond. Leaves at 7:30 a.m-5:30 p.m.
(Participants must have previous ice climbing experience).
For more information or to register, contact email@example.com
FACULTY AND STUDENT NOTES:
Prof. Kenneth Mulder (sustainable agriculture) will present a program at the next Science Pub, an informal lecture series featuring local experts. His presentation, “Eating Oil: The Ecological Impacts of Agriculture,” is Sunday, March 2 at 4 p.m. at the Fair Haven Inn. According to Kenneth, no aspect of our "natural" history better exemplifies our departure from sustainability than our food system. An ecological economist, agriculture and energy researcher, and farmer, Kenneth will discuss how we can eat our way to a better planet. The event is free, except for any drinks or food you order. Sponsored by Friends of the Castleton Free Library and Friends of the Rutland Free Library.
Kristen Schmitt, a student in the College’s master of sustainable food systems (MSFS) program, recently published an article “Deer Farming: The Next Adventure in Agriculture” in Modern Farmer magazine. She discusses the increasing popularity of deer farming, established in the 1970s as a way for farmers to maximize land for profit. “Because deer are adaptable to many different terrains, raising and breeding domesticated deer is a viable way to utilize small tracts of marginal land,” Kristen writes. “There’s also a boom in consumer demand for venison as an alternative to factory-farmed meat . . . but the U.S. currently produces only 20 percent of the venison needed to supply its domestic markets.” Read the full article here.
Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau had four poems accepted for publication in The New Laurel Review: "The Immaterial," "Florence," "On Drugs," and "The Immaterial."