Green Mountain College hosted the 8th annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture Friday, April 25, in Ackley Hall. The speaker was Jonathan Lash, president of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and former president of the World Resources Institute (WRI). The lecture series was named for former GMC president Tom Benson, the architect of the College’s environmental liberal arts mission. From Left: Tom Benson, Jonathan Lash, GMC president Paul Fonteyn, and Anthony Cortese, GMC trustee and senior fellow at Second Nature.

GMC Delegation Garners Awards at Model UN
Representing the African nation of Togo, Green Mountain College students won several awards at the National Model United Nations conference held April 13-17 in New York City. This conference was attended by more than 5,500 students around the world, representing hundreds of colleges and universities. This year, the GMC team scooped the second highest award, the Distinguished Delegation award. In addition, Salima Mahamoudo ‘16 won the Outstanding Position Paper, written for the United Nations Environmental Program committee. On top of that, Bianca Zanella ‘15, was selected as rapporteur for the UN Habitat committee. The GMC delegation was lead by head delegate Lian Kariuki and co-head delegates Allan Jales-Coutinho ’16 and Denise Castro ‘14. The success of the team would not have been possible with out the mentorship of Jose Galvez ’11 and advisor Jacob Park. College departments and organizations including the Student Senate, the Student Campus Greening Fund, and the Provost’s Office were supportive in assisting in the teams fundraising efforts. “I personally believe that our sustainable approach to finding solutions to world problems really enabled us to stand out,” said head delegate Lian Kariuki.

The GMC 2014 Model UN team (l-r): Denise Castro ‘14, Bianca Zanella '15, Lian Kariuki ‘15, Allan Jales-Coutinho ’16, Jennifer Timmons '16 (kneeling), Salima Mahamoudo ‘16, Kathryn Fisher '14, Hiwot Kibede ‘15, Swe Oo ‘16, Jude Chisom Erondu '16 (kneeling) and Thanh Nguyen ’17.

Dr. James Harding Named Dean of Faculty
Prof. James Harding, (natural resource management) has been appointed as the new dean of the faculty, effective July 1, 2014. Since arriving at GMC in 2003, Jim created and ran the natural resources management major, served as director of the Masters of Science in Environmental Studies program, and served six years on the Faculty Council Executive Board. He was awarded the Robert W. Leonard Teacher of the Year in 2006 and has taught extensively in the ELA and MSES programs. He is an active member of the Society for American Foresters (SAF) having served as editor of the news quarterly, science coordinator, secretary, and chair of the New England chapter. He regularly publishes commentary in SAF journals – more than 20 times in the last decade – and this past year testified on behalf of SAF before the U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on forestry practices. He also collaborated with national leaders in U.S. forest policy to produce The State and Future of U.S. Forests and the Forest Industry: Workshop Report and Recommendations in an initiative supported by the U.S. Endowment for Forests and Communities. Jim replaces former dean Tom Mauhs-Pugh who was appointed provost of the College earlier this year. A search for a faculty replacement for Jim in the natural resource management program is underway.

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.
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Connor Braden Earns Third NAC Player of the Week Honor
After posting four combined victories in singles and doubles action, Connor Braden was named the North Atlantic Conference Player of the Week last week. It was the third such honor for Connor in the past six weeks. Since his first career singles loss a few weeks ago, Connor reeled off five consecutive singles wins to improve his overall career record to 19-1 in No. 1 singles. On Wednesday, April 16, the sophomore bested his No. 1 opponent from Castleton in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. The on Saturday, April 19, he scored another match win against his Sage opponent, 6-0, 6-1. He teamed up with two different partners this week in two first flight doubles matches and scored wins against Castleton, 8-5, and Sage, 8-1.

Students, Faculty and Staff Recognized at Honors Tea
On Sunday, April 27, Green Mountain College held its annual Honors Tea to recognize outstanding achievement. Students earned awards and scholarships for academic work as well as for service work and student life activities.

The keynote speaker was Shawn Henry '10, a GMC Make-A-Difference Scholar who works as Internship and Career Coordinator at Good Shepherd Services, a non-profit organization serving at-risk New York City youth.

Download a list of award recipients here.

GMC Choir Presents "In Nature's Realm”
On Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Hall The Green Mountain College Choir presents "In Nature's Realm,” 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. The concert, directed by GMC music director James Cassarino, is free and open to the public.

Fine Arts Students Present Senior Shows
Brianna King will exhibit her senior show “Biophilia” at the Feick Arts Center May 2-13, with an opening reception on Friday, May 2, from 6-8 p.m. “Biophilia” is an exploration of the human connection to the natural environment through multiple mediums including 2D, 3D, and an outdoor installation. Fine arts major Julia Aviles presents her senior show of photographs titled “Roots” in the Surdam Art Gallery from April 25-May 10.


Get out and Bike
If you're looking for people to ride with, sunshine on your skin, and wind running through your hair come ride with the GMC Ski and Bike Shop every Monday at 5:45. We have helmets and bikes for you if you don't have your own!

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:

Saturday, May 10th
Monday, May 12th
Wednesday, May 14th

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.

Prof. Jen Baker Presents at Faculty Colloquium
Prof. Jennifer Baker (fine arts) will present "Rapunzel: Living in a Castle Tower, or, Making a New Head for an Old Body: A Semester in Brunnenburg" as the final event in the 2013-14 Faculty Colloquium series. The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30 at noon in Terrace 124.

Students Perform Recitals Tuesday
Students from the Applied Music Program will perform works for voice and instrument tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the East Room. All are invited!

Brendan Leonard, the presenter at the recent Adventure Education Colloquium, gave a shout out to Green Mountain College in a recent blog post. A question form Student Senate President and Jo Jo Buss ’14 got him to reflect on a formative outdoor experience he had growing up. Read the post here.

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