Owen Tatum ‘15, Shannon Ballie '15, and Adrian Jaques '16 plant carrots in a Green Mountain College greenhouse. They are a part of prof. Kenneth Mulder’s Sustainable Regional Food Systems course. In this class, students experience the challenges and realities of consuming foods they produce, process, and prepare from “field to fork."
 

Jonathan Lash is Green Mountain College’s 2014 Benson Lecturer
Green Mountain College will host Jonathan Lash as speaker at the eighth annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture, Friday, April 25, at 1 p.m. in Ackley Hall. The title of his address is "Who'll Lead on Sustainability?" The events is free and open to the public.

Currently president of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass, Lash is an environmental and educational leader with deep ties to Vermont.

Among initiatives launched at Hampshire College since Lash became president in 2011 is the Healthy Food Transition, which includes sourcing nearly all food served on the campus from within 150 miles and the establishment of a Center for New England Food and Agriculture. Hampshire is a member of the Five College consortium, and is known for educating innovative thinkers, particularly in the areas of sustainability, creativity, social change, and entrepreneurship. Read More




GMC Theater Presents Hit Comedy "NOISES OFF"
2014 spring theater production of noises off The Green Mountain College Theater department will present the comedy "Noises Off" on March 27, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. at the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall (Ackley Auditorium). Written by the English playwright Michael Frayn, the play is frequently called the funniest farce ever written. The cast of nine characters consists of Green Mountain College students and alumnus Gordon Ells ’12, who plays the role of loyd Dallas. The cast also includes Andrew Bullard, S. Connor Creigh, Andrew Kohler, Isaac Winant, Anna Caputo, Peyton Siler Jones, Emma Jeanne Page and Maddie Mielke.

The action begins with a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called "Nothing On." Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play within a play.  "In some ways this is the largest show we've ever produced here," said GMC technical director Ben Jankowski, who co-directs the play with student Nora Alexander '14. "It's a three act physical comedy with a two-story rotating set."

The production is open to the public – admission is $10 for the general public. All performances are free for GMC students, faculty and staff presenting a College ID.  



Getting Fitted For A Compound Bow


Check out this new video filmed and edited by prof. Jason Schmitt and Russell Stone '14 for "City Roots to Hunting Boots," a blog published in Deer and Deer Hunting magazine by Kristin Schmitt. Kristen is a student in the College's masters of science in sustainable food systems program. In this video she's getting outfitted with a bow with the help of  Jim Despart of Flying Arrow Sports in East Greenbush, N.Y.


Biology-Geology Field Trip Ventures to California
Twelve Green Mountain students explored the natural history of southern California during the field portion of the Biology Field Trip (BIO 3072) over spring break. Each student conducted research on patterns in the environment, species, and adaptations observable during 1- or 2-day visits to diverse ecosystems. In coming weeks, students will complete data analysis, literature review, and a research paper, and will present posters to the GMC community on May 7.

Students ready to pack the vans, early Thursday, March 6: Front row (L-R): Mercy Larson, Olivia Broadrick, Tori Bruskin, and Kim Barrett. Back row: Leora Matison, Virginia Anderson, Matt Kukola, Amanda Ross, Tyler Lawson, Annika Metcalf, Josh Jones, Natasha Kacoroski.


Joanne Bourbeau Discusses her Lobbying Work
Join the Animal Studies Club as they host Joanne Bourbeau from the Humane Society of the United States as she discusses her lobbying work on Thursday, March 27 at 6 p.m. in Ackley 224.

Bourbeau serves as the president of the Vermont Humane Federation and chairs the Vermont Animal Cruelty Response Coalition and the Vermont Equine Welfare Coalition. She developed and instructs animal cruelty investigation workshops at the Vermont Police Academy.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sustainability 2020: Human and Social Capital
This springs all campus community conversation will be devoted to discussing the results of our human and social capital survey and prioritizing next steps in building Green Mountain’s capacity to achieve authentic sustainability. To our knowledge, we are the first college to try to systematically measure and strengthen social capital. The results are revealing. Building social capital is about increasing transparency and dialog about where the College is and where it is going. Please come and participate in the conversation and decision-making at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2nd in the Gorge.

“Trek Your Trash” Today
Throughout this week the sustainability office will be carrying with us hygienic garbage that's not recyclable, or that cannot be composted, to measure what we are throwing away. This event will promote proper waste management and help bring awareness to the community on what every person can do to reduce their waste. GMC welcomes anyone to participate in this event and we would love to see this event spread to the whole community of Poultney. Today from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Withey Lobby we will have our Trek Your Trash kick-off. The sustainability office will be distributing patches to wear in representation of your trek and show the community that you are a part of something awesome! At the end of the week, March 28th, there will be a dropoff in Withey lobby on campus to weigh in your trash, eat snacks, and enter into our raffle.

Now is your chance to join the Cerridwen CSA!
Become a CSA member and receive a share of fresh veggies and eggs every week this season, from June-October. We have full-season and semester-only shares available. A large share can feed four veggie-lovers for a week, and a small share can feed two. If you are interested, contact us: Ryann Collins (collinsr@greenmtn.edu) or Kathleen Chappelear (chappeleark@greenmtn.edu). And remember, all CSA members who have signed up and paid in full by April 15th will receive a $25 discount!

Best wishes, Svea
Many of you already know that Svea Miller has accepted a new position as the Relay for Life Specialist through the American Cancer Society. This is a position that she is very excited to pursue and an organization that is close to her heart.

We are certainly going to miss her in the Calhoun Learning Center. Svea has been with the Learning Center since August of 2007; since then she was promoted from Administrative Assistant to Learning Center Associate, and most recently to Assistant Director. In addition to her contributions to the Learning Center, Svea '07 has been active in the campus community, serving on the Quality of Life and Diversity Committees.

Svea begins her new position with the American Cancer Society on Monday, March 31st, so please stop by the office this week to wish her well.



FACULTY AND STUDENT NOTES:
Last week, prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (natural resource management) presented new research on the political challenges of developing local energy at the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History in San Francisco. Her talk, “Distributed Power: The Development of Biomass Energy in the U.S. and the Politics of Renewables” was part of a broader panel that examined how scales of government have affected physical and political power from the American West to Slovenia.

Prof. Steven Letendre, (economics and environmental studies), served as the lead author on a recently completed report on the state-of-the art in solar energy system forecasting for the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), a Washington, D.C.- based membership organization helping utility companies make smarter solar decisions. The report is titled "Predicting Solar Power Production: Irradiance Forecasting Models, Applications and Future Prospects." The report is free for SEPA members and can be accessed for a fee by nonmembers. Solar energy forecasting is a key strategy to help utilities anticipate and manage the variable nature of solar energy output. This is the second major report on which Dr. Letendre served as the lead author as part of his sabbatical research. The first report was released in January and focused on analyzing data on charging behaviors and charging station utilization for over 6,000 electric vehicle owners across the country. The most recent report can be purchased here .  

Taylor Hudson '15 was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position. This summer she will work with Dr. Michael Kruer at the Sanford Research Center in South Dakota to characterize neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson Disease. This position will allow Taylor to gain additional laboratory research experience while exploring her passion for the biomedical sciences.

 
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IN THIS ISSUE:
-Jonathan Lash is Benson Lecturer
-GMC Theater presents "NOISES OFF"
-Community Conversation: Sustainability 2020






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   3:30 p.m.

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