Over March break, local community members and GMC students travelled to Clay County, Kentucky, to volunteer with the Red Bird Mission. The 12 volunteers pursued a variety of community service projects including rebuilding a kitchen, floor repairs, and other projects designed to help the citizens in need. This was the fourth year GMC and Poultney residence have made the trip to Clay County, which suffers from chronic poverty, unemployment and poor housing. Read an interview of Bianca Zanella '15, one of the participants in the mission, in the College's Rope swing blog.
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Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy is 2014 Commencement Speaker
Green Mountain College’s 2014 commencement speaker is the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. A vigorous champion of environmental protection, constitutional rights, human rights and Vermont’s agricultural heritage, Leahy will address GMC graduates at the College’s 177th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m. Leahy will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree in the ceremony, which graduates of GMC’s three masters programs will receive their diplomas.

A native Vermonter who grew up in the shadow of the State House in Montpelier, Leahy graduated from Saint Michael's College and earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He served for eight years as State's Attorney in Chittenden County and was selected as one of three outstanding prosecutors in the United States in 1974. Read More



Whole Campus Community Conversation on Wednesday
Get your questions answered! Find out what students, faculty and staff tell us about human and social capital at GMC—trust, diversity, grit and more! Help us prioritize next steps on our strategic plan!

Our goal is to increase transparency and trust so we can move GMC forward, ever faster. 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 dialogue 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 2 in the Gorge.



Carolyn Raffensperger Speaks at GMC April 10
Carolyn Raffensperger, environmental lawyer and executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, will give a public address "Earth Guardians: Approaches to Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities" on April 10th at 7p.m. in Withey East Room. The event is free and open to the public

In 1982, Raffensperger left a career as an archaeologist to join the environmental movement. She worked for the Sierra Club where she addressed a wide array of environmental issues including forest management, river protection, pesticide pollutants and disposal of radioactive waste. As an environmental lawyer she specializes in fundamental changes in law and policy necessary for the protection and restoration of public health and the environment.

She is co-editor of Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy published by M.I.T. Press and Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle, published by Island Press. Together, these volumes are the most comprehensive exploration to date of the history, theory, and implementation of the "precautionary principle" (which states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, the burden of truth that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action). Raffensperger also coined the term "ecological medicine" to encompass the broad notion that both health and healing are entwined with the natural world.



Block Course Hosts Visit by David Mears
David K. Mears, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, will speak to the GMC community Thursday, April 3rd in the East Room at 11 a.m. His lecture "Addressing Climate Change Impacts in Vermont" is sponsored by the spring 2014 block course Local Resilience in a Changing Climate. The event is free and open to the public.

Prior to his appointment as commissioner in 2011, Mears held a number of positions in state and federal government in Texas including senior attorney for water quality with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.

He left Texas to serve as the energy and environmental policy director with the Texas Office for State-Federal Relations in Washington, DC, then served both as a trial attorney and counselor for state and local affairs with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division. Following his time at the Department of Justice, he was appointed senior assistant attorney general and chief of the ecology division in the Washington Office of the Attorney General.

Immediately prior to his appointment as commissioner, Mears was a professor of law at Vermont Law School, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in China, and director of the law school’s environmental and land use law clinics.



Coffee House Sees Record Business



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Basket Raffle Supports UGL’s Rhonda Petty
For almost ten years Rhonda has touched the lives of GMC’s students, faculty, and staff while cleaning the library, the dorms, the art building, and other places around campus. Recently Rhonda’s husband suffered from a heart attack. He has been hospitalized and will be out of work for some time.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to take part in a basket raffle to support Rhonda and her family. The basket is on display at the Griswold Library where single tickets can be purchased for $1 and 6 tickets can be purchased for $5. A drawing for the winning ticket will take place Thursday, April 3, 2014.


Progressive Program Information Session April 2
So what is the Progressive Program, anyway? Have questions about how to craft your own course of study at Green Mountain College? An information session about our Alternative Learning Programs will be held on Wednesday April 2 between 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Withey Gorge Atrium. Please come to learn more, pick up application materials, and meet others who are already in the program! Contact prof. Jennifer Baker for more information.

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!

STAFF NOTE:

Sheila Jurnak (registrar’s office) and Svea Miller (Calhoun Learning Center) co-presented a workshop entitled Meditative Drawing - De-Stressing our Daily Lives at the conference of Vermont Women in Higher Education on March 21st.

 
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IN THIS ISSUE:
-Senator Patrick Leahy is Commencement Speaker
-Block Course Hosts David Mears
-Community Conversation: Sustainability 2020






Men's Lacrosse
4/1, Green Mountain
   at Castleton
   3 p.m.

4/5, Green Mountain at
   Maine Maritime
   3:30 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
4/2, Green Mountain
   vs. SUNY Canton
   2 p.m.
   @ Castleton State College

4/5, Green Mountain at
    Castleton
   3 p.m.

Men's Tennis
4/2, Green Mountain
   at Norwich
   3 p.m.

4/5, Colby-Sawyer
   at Green Mountain
   1 p.m.
   @ Vermont Sports & Fitness
    Club (Rutland, VT)

4/6, Thomas
   at Green Mountain
   11:30 a.m.
   @ Vermont Sports & Fitness
    Club (Rutland, VT)