Nicole Harman '16 and Luz Guel '15 have received prestigious 2014 Udall Scholarships. They are pictured here with Nicholas Ravotti who was a Udall winner in 2011 and 2012. See story
Carolyn Raffensperger Speaks at GMC Thursday
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"
(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.
Students Receive Coveted Udall Scholarships
Every spring the Morris K. Udall and Stuart L. Udall Foundation selects 50 college students from around the country as Udall Scholars, providing up to $5000 in funding for each of their future academic endeavors.
This year the Foundation, named after the late Arizona congressman Morris Udall and his brother Stewart, awarded scholarships to two Green Mountain College students: Luz Guel ‘15, of Yuma, Ariz., and Nicole Harman ’16 of Machias, Maine. Nicholas Ravotti of Brooklyn, N.Y., who graduates this spring and will attend law school in the fall, was named a Udall Scholar in 2011 and 2012.
Earth Fair Coming Soon
The Poultney Earth Fair is a new tradition in Poultney revolving around our community’s commitment to sustainability and each year draws hundreds of people. The 7th Annual Poultney Earth Fair will take place on Thursday, April 24 from 2-5 p.m. at Poultney High School and is free and open to the public. This year’s theme is “Powering into our Future,” focusing on energy of all kinds: human energy and people power, solar power and other renewable energy, and the social power and community vibrancy that could drive Poultney into a sustainable future. What you will see this year includes a variety of activities focused on this topic.
Two Student Gallery Exhibitions in April
“I Spy: An Interactive Study in Visual Perception” by Marissa Rozanski is an art exhibition of paintings that embraces the diversity of individual visual perception. Marissa’s exhibit will be at the Feick Fine Arts Center April 11-25. There will be an opening reception on Friday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. Carlie Guinane’s senior exhibition “Live Wire” is on display at the Surdam Gallery through next week. “Live Wire” is an exploration of human movement through wire sculpture.
Trek Your Trash Reveals Identity of Waste
Last week’s Trek Your Trash event spurred a campus-wide conversation about waste at Green Mountain College, as people were challenged to think about the waste they create and their contribution toward our Sustainability 2020 waste goals. These goals include achieving a total diversion rate of over 50% of the weight of waste by the year 2020 (we are currently at 38%), and finding less than 1% of recyclable or compostable material in the trash. Tables were set up in the lobby of Withey promoting this event and answering any questions about waste diversion, discussing how to participate, and examining what can be recycled, composted or carried with each participant. Students shared their ideas about waste diversion, their predictions. The end results were collected on Friday. Footage of these conversations will be made into a video and shared on Facebook and YouTube. The Sustainability Office also brought this event to three classrooms, where consumption and waste habits were discussed. With over 50 participants, it was great to see all the enthusiasm and participation from the student body!
Michael H. Shuman is John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Lecturer
Michael H. Shuman, economist, attorney, and author, will deliver the second annual 2014 John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Lecture on April 15 at 4 p.m. in the Gorge. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Shuman’s influential books, Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity and the award-winning The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Business Are Beating the Global Competition, articulate the important role of small businesses and local economies in the face of globalization.
Shuman, a leading expert in community economics, serves as director of Community Portals for Missions Markets, an organization that provides capital market support and technology solutions for socially responsible companies. He is a founding board member for Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and serves as a fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and the Post-Carbon Institute.
His expertise resonates with Poultney2020, an ongoing collaboration between the town of Poultney and Green Mountain College. This initiative, articulated in GMC’s long-range strategic plan Sustainability2020, has brought town volunteers and GMC faculty, staff and students together to establish a new arts center (Stone Valley Arts), create a conceptual design for a community park on Main Street, and develop plans for a network of multi-use recreational trails.
Shuman received an A.B. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He has authored or edited eight books, published hundreds of articles, and has addressed university and government audiences in 47 states and eight countries.
The John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Lecture, named for the college’s sixth president and his wife, is part of an entrepreneurship initiative that provides students with the business and economics tools and knowledge needed to effect change.
Student Senate Applications Due Today
Student Senate Elections for the 2014-2015 academic year will be held this month. If you are interested in any position in the Executive Board (president, vice-president, secretary or treasurer), class representatives or directors (IT, fundraising, public relations, facilities, and civic engagement), please fill out an election form found on the MYGMC Student Senate page and email it to Antoine Lucic no later then Monday, April 7 at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions regarding the positions and their responsibilities, don’t hesitate to contact any of the current senators.
Are you passionate about your community and your environment? Are you looking to strengthen your academic engagement? Do you want to be a part of a close-knit living-learning building? If so, we invite you to choose SAGE Hall as your new residence next year! Come live with us! Please fill out the application and bring a hard copy with you to our Afternoon Tea/Potluck on Saturday, April 12th at 2 p.m. in the SAGE sun room. Bring your favorite dish to share, your application, and your stories; it'll be a chance to meet and get to know current residents as well as ask questions! For inquiries, contact Bianca Zanella at email@example.com. (All SAGE applications are due by April 12th at 2 p.m. If you are unable to attend the potluck, please email Bianca Zanella your completed application.).
RSVP for Honors Tea
The Student Life Office invites you to attend the College’s Annual Honors Tea Award Ceremony on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. in the Withey Dining Room
to support and honor our students’ achievements. Please RSVP to Lisa Perry in Student Life at 802-287-8377 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11. If you are scheduled to speak during Honors Tea, please RSVP regardless to help us make the necessary preparations.
Inanna Ereshkigal: A Shakti Benefit for the RCWNS
Shakti is hosting an array of guest dancers to raise money for the Rutland County Women's Network and Shelter on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. The event is open to the public and admission is free--donations are encouraged. Enjoy tasty treats and glorious dance spectacles!
What’s Your Story?
Welcome to Story Slam at 9 p.m. in the Coffee House on Thursday, April 10. Students are welcome to read aloud their short stories about their favorite books or authors. Other topics welcome as well! Be sure to bring a donation for our book drop. Story Slam promotes literacy as storytelling on campus.
Art Student Internship Presentations
The Department of Visual Arts is pleased to invite you to two art student internship presentations. Brianna King and Katrina Goebel will present images and discuss their recent internship experiences on April 9th from 12-1 p.m. in Griswold 02. Pizza will be provided.
Anatomy of an Adventure
Henry Feder and Jeffery Bahnson will showcase their adventures from this past semester on Friday April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Surdam. Common trail food and beverages will be provided. For a preview, check out their respective blogs at
www.bahnsonj.wordpress.com and www.barkeateralpinism.blogspot.com
FACULTY AND STUDENT NOTES
Prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine arts) spoke at the The Himalayan Studies Conference held at Yale University March 14-16. He presented at the panel "Beyond Documentation: Photography in the Field.” The abstract for his paper "To the Edges and Beyond: the Framed Moment and Memory" appears on page nine of the online Book of Abstracts.
Kevin is also exhibiting some of his photos taken in Syria in 2003 when he was on assignment in Aleppo for the World Monuments Fund and Aramco World. His exhibition "Syria: In Black And White-2003" is on view at the meeting house of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington at 108 School Street through April. The images displayed are of the ancient Aleppo market place (Souk) and its merchants as well as the ancient Christian pilgrimage towns, called the Dead Cities, and ancient Roman cities and towns along the Euphrates River. Many of the places in the photographs have been destroyed in the recent Syrian civil war. To read more, see this story which appeared in the Bennington Banner.
Lian Kariuki has been named A World at School Global Youth Ambassador.
A World at School is an international digital mobilization and communication initiative harnessing the efforts and energies of the many NGOs, teachers’ organizations and faith groups to make education a reality for all of the world’s children. GMC’s Lian Kariuki was officially named a youth ambassador of the organization last week. Lian will work with partners in her native Kenya, campaigning to get every child into school and learning. On April 10 she will attend A World at School 2015 Countdown Summit in Washington DC with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The daylong event will be held in collaboration with the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education.