Farm Manager Bay Hammond greets one of 75 new chicks which arrived at Cerridwen Farm last week. On April 21, the Farm Design and Funding (SFS 4000) class invites the campus community to an open house at the Solar Harvest Center (farmhouse) for an opportunity to share some wholesome Cerridwen Farm foods and solicit feedback on the proposed farm mission statement, facilities master plan, farm enterprise plans, revised website content, and three-year strategic plan. Details
Photo Credit: Kathleen Chappelear
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.
Poultney 2020: Celebrating A Year of Progress
One year into its revitalization effort, Poultney 2020 organizers are preparing for a community celebration on May 3rd that will showcase several projects designed to enrich the cultural, social and recreational offerings in the town. “Green Up and Celebrate Poultney 2020” will take place from 2–5 p.m. at several venues in downtown Poultney.
Scheduled activities include a 4-mile fun-run/walk tour of the Poultney Rail & River Trail; a Riparian Ramble along the Poultney River; a Woodland Wonders scavenger hunt; art displays, poetry readings and dance workshops at Stone Valley Arts; music by Phil Lamy’s Green Brothers Band with Boiled Lettuce; a craft display by the Poultney Area Artists’ Guild and a Shakespeare performance with madrigal singing by Green Mountain College students, all at the new Bentley Community Center. Also enjoy free food prepared by the students at the LiHigh School’s new culinary program; a slate carving demonstration and slate painting workshop for children; and an information session about a planned community park.
Michael H. Shuman Delivers Brennan Lecture on Tuesday
Michael H. Shuman, economist, attorney, and author, will deliver the second annual 2014 John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Lecture tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the Gorge.
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-winningThe 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.
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 many states and 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.
Art Department Hosts Ceramic Artist Forrest Lesch-Middleton
Visiting artist Forrest Lesch-Middletonwill be on campus for ceramic demonstrations and a public lecture April 14-15. He will demonstrate his techniques in the ceramics studio from 1-5 p.m. today and 9:30-10:45 a.m. on Tuesday. He presents a lecture about his work this evening at 7 p.m. in Griswold Library’s Dickgeiser room. All are welcome.
Forrest Lesch-Middelton was raised in both Central Vermont and the Seattle area of Washington state, an upbringing that has greatly influenced his work.
“Having lived both in the city and in the country, as-well-as the eastern and western United States, I have developed a great appreciation for the social and the solitary influences that have inspired my work,” he says in his artist’s statement.
He holds a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from Utah State University. He has been an artist in residence at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Mendocino Arts Center, Orcas Island Pottery, and Sonoma Community Center. Lesch-Middelton currently maintains an active studio practice, gives lectures and workshops around the country, and teaches at colleges in the Bay area including Santa Rosa Jr. College, City College of San Francisco, and Solano College. His work is exhibited extensively and has been shown at galleries and museums including Ferrin Gallery, Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, and Northern Clay Center. He recently received Ceramics Monthly’s Ceramic Artist of the Year Award for 2014. His work can be viewed at www.flmceramics.com
Music at GMC Includes Annual Spring Concert and "In Nature's Realm”
The GMC/Community Concert Band will perform its annual spring concert playing works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Debussy, Rimsky Korsakov, traditional Irish selections, and Billy Joel. The band includes students, faculty, and members of the community. The performance is Friday, April 25 at 7:30 in Ackley Hall and is free and open to the public. On Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Hall The Green Mountain College Choir presents "In Nature's Realm." The GMC Choir will present a program celebrating nature and our relationship with It. Highlights will include works by Haydn, Hovhaness, Randall Thompson, Dvořák, Ann MacDonald Diers, and John Rutter. Several of the works are inspired by the nature writings of Henry Beston, Robert Frost, and Walt Whitman. Both events, directed by GMC music director James Cassarino, are free and open to the public.
Climate Change Speakers Visit Today and Thursday
Two speakers will be on campus this week addressing topics related to Green Mountain College's current climate change block course. Today from 1-2:15 p.m. atmospheric scientist Alan Betts presents "Climate Change and Vermont" in Bogue 017. On Thursday, April 17, from 1-2:15 p.m., Debra Perry, senior program manager for the U.S. Climate & Environment Program Institute for Sustainable Communities presents "Key Lessons From the Resilient Vermont Project." This presentation will also be in Bogue 017.
Donate blood this Wednesday, April 16th. The American Red Cross will be in the Gorge from noon to 5 p.m. For appointments visit www.redcrossblood.org or call (1-800 RED CROSS).
Julia Aviles ’14 Presents Photography Show
Fine arts major Julia Aviles presents her senior show in the Surdam Art Gallery from April 25-May 10. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. “I Spy: An Interactive Study in Visual Perception,” Marissa Rozanski’s senior exhibitions of paintings, will be on display at the Feick Fine Arts Center through April 25.
On Tuesday, April 15 from 6-8 p.m. in the campus Coffeehouse, Career and Personal Development will be holding its first Senior Check-in. Seniors can learn about a variety of post-GMC information including: financial literacy (addressing loans, taxes, budgeting), relocation resources, information on setting up credential files for letters of recommendation and other important docs, LinkedIn resources, graduate school info and more. We’ll have a LinkedIn photo booth where you can get a professional photo taken for LinkedIn profiles. Refreshments and giveaways too! Check in any time between 6-8 p.m.
End of Year Shuttle Service
For students interested in getting a shuttle to the Albany Airport at the end of the year, we will be offering three different shuttles:
All of the shuttles will leave from Ames Circle at 8 a.m. Please sign up through the Student Financial Services Office in Pollock Hall. First come, first serve. If you have any questions, please email Noah Hurley, director of residence life.
- Saturday, May 10th
- Monday, May 12th
- Wednesday, May 14th
Be a Student Ambassador
Student ambassadors play a key role in showing prospective GMC students around campus when they visit. There are positions available in the admissions office for student ambassadors next year. If you are work-study eligible and interested in applying, please send your resume to Hope Chambers and Cleopass Nakoma.
Faculty Colloquium Features Kevin Bubriski
Join prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine arts) for a faculty colloquium titled "Photographic Work in the Algiers Casbah, Algeria; the Aleppo Souk, Damascus and the Dead Cities of Syria and the Fez Medina of Morocco." The presentation includes photos Kevin took during 2003 in areas now devastated by the civil war in Syria. Wednesday at noon in Terrace 124. All are welcome.
Feedback for the Farm
The Farm Design and Funding (SFS 4000) class invites the campus community to an open house at the Solar Harvest Center (farmhouse) for an opportunity to share some wholesome Cerridwen Farm foods and solicit feedback on the proposed farm mission statement, facilities master plan, farm enterprise plans, revised website content, and three-year strategic plan. Come pick at our food while we pick your brain, and share our poster displays with comment boxes for your feedback! 4 p.m. at the Solar Harvest Center on Monday, April 21.
FACULTY AND STUDENT NOTES
Prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (environmental studies) was invited to give a guest lecture at Yale University last Thursday. Her talk, titled "The Path of Public-Private Partnership," explained some of the historical challenges to developing cooperative approaches to land management. This talk was part of the Yale Forest Forum hosted by the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (sustainable agriculture) is a guest lecturer today at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He is also kicking off a student-led forum, "What the Devil Do We Eat?," focused on Duke's role in food systems work at the local and national level.