Today and tomorrow, the REED program welcomes volunteers to help install a slate roof on the new bike shelter in front of Withey Hall. Swing by the site and just ask to volunteer today (12 p.m.-5 p.m.) or Tuesday (all day). Dick Gray is a local roofer heading up the installation, and he's offered to teach anyone who wants to learn. Contact Adam Zais (pictured above) with any questions (no experience necessary).
Student Speaker Announced for Commencement 2014
Johanna Douglas has been named the student speaker at the College’s 2014 Commencement on May 17. Johanna is an Essex, Conn., native graduating with a B.A. degree in sustainable agriculture and food production, a minor in animal studies, and a certificate in renewable energy and ecological design. She graduates with an overall GPA of 3.99. Earlier this month Johanna was awarded the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Senior Award and the James M. Pollock Award for Exceptional Service and Dedication to Green Mountain College. A two-sport athlete at GMC, Johanna is the College's all-time leader in goals scored in women’s lacrosse and was an All-Conference selection in lacrosse all four years she competed. Johanna's ambitions include owning a dairy farm in the Northeast where she can raise her own food and contribute to building a local, safe and abundant food system. She begins work at Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown, Mass. later this month.
Also on the podium on graduation day is the commencement speaker Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. A longtime champion of environmental protection, constitutional rights, human rights and Vermont’s agricultural heritage, Leahy is the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate. As President Pro Tempore, he is the second-highest ranking official in the Senate and third in line of presidential succession. Leahy serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is the senior-most member of the Appropriations and Agriculture Committees. Senator Leahy will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from GMC during the ceremony.
Students Help Author Flood Resiliency Strategy
Green Mountain College students will make a public presentation on flood resiliency today from 1-2 p.m. at Green Mountain Power’s Energy Innovation Center (68-70 Merchants Row in Rutland).
With the support of a Northern New England Campus Compact/Environmental Protection Agency community service learning grant, and working in partnership with the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, the presentation will identify and discuss flood resiliency as a community development priority for Rutland County communities almost three years after Hurricane Irene.
Students from four spring semester classes including Sustainable Development: Theory and Practice, Climate Dynamics, Climate Change Law and Policy and Media Advocacy and Communication have been working together over the past semester, meeting with climate scientists, city planners, government officials, and others to develop key recommendations. These include:
• Conducting a regional vulnerability assessment for flood and flood-related erosion risks;
• Increasing the organizational capacity for emergency management at the local and municipal level;
• Creating a community-based regulatory approach to land use planning that does not create new and additional flood and flood-related erosion risks;
• Prioritizing community education and outreach as a way to engage the public in terms of flood resiliency issues.
The event is free and will offer complimentary coffee/snacks.
Art on Display
Brianna King’s senior show “Biophilia” will be on display at the Feick Arts Center May 2-13. “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’ senior show of photographs titled “Roots” will continue to be on display in the Surdam Art Gallery until May 10. “Irie Apples: A Celebration of Vermont's Jamaican Migrant Workers,” a photography exhibit by Kimberly Barrett '14, is also on view in Surdam. The exhibit is part of Kim’s Delicate Balance project to raise awareness of migrant workers in the state.
Scholar’s Day Talks Scheduled for Wednesday
GMC students from the biology and environmental studies programs will be presenting their research from recent courses on Wednesday, May 7th in Withey Hall. Biology students will present their research in the Booth Lounge from 1-1:50 p.m. From 2-2:30, students in the California Field Course will present their posters in Withey Lobby. Environmental studies students will present their research in the Booth Lounge from 2:30-3:30. All are welcome! Click here for a PDF of the complete presentation schedule.
Tennis, Lax Athletes Receive All-Conference Honors
The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) released its All-Conference honors for spring sports last week. In lacrosse, Green Mountain College midfielders Johanna Douglas ’14 and Nick Parsons ’16 were named as second team selections, and the Green Mountain College women’s lacrosse team earned the conference’s Team Sportsmanship Award.
In women’s play, Johanna ranked near the top 10 in the conference in goals, ground balls, draw controls, caused turnovers and shots. She will graduate from Green Mountain College this month as GMC’s all-time leader in goals (142), ground balls (217), draw controls (318) and caused turnovers (57). On the men’s team, Nick Parsons ranked sixth in the NAC in ground balls (63) and man up goals (5). He led the Eagles in ground balls and assists and ranked second on the team in goals (12), and points (19).
In tennis, Connor Braden ‘16 and Nate Berner-Tobin ’16 were named to the 2014 NAC East All-Conference Doubles First Team. This year was the second time the duo received the honor. The Eagles’ No. 1 duo played to an even 5-5 overall record and went 3-3 in conference play. Connor was also named to the All-Conference Singles First Team for the second-straight year for his play at the No. 1 singles slot. He improved his career mark to 20-1 overall and his conference record to 10-1.
Green Mountain tennis head coach Ted Panasci was selected by his peers as the NAC East Coach of the Year after guiding the Eagles to a 4-8 overall record and 2-4 mark within the conference. This season’s performance was the best GMC has produced since beginning competition in the NAC East in 2009.
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 Monday’s at 5:45. We have helmets and bikes for you if you don't have your own!
Earth Week Invasive Pull
The Natural Areas Crew would like to thank the 57 volunteers who gave their time and effort during Earth Week to control invasive plants on campus. Because of the cold spring, work was focused primarily on glossy buckthorn, an invasive shrub found extensively in the college’s natural areas. As a result of the effort of these volunteers, more than 2,400 glossy buckthorns were pulled! Volunteers also pulled 31 bush honeysuckle plants and 58 vinca plants. Thanks to all of you who helped! If you weren’t able to make it out during Earth Week, but you would like to help with the invasive plant control on campus lands, please contact Ruth Larkin, AmeriCorps Native Plant Land Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Jacob Park (sustainable business) has been awarded the Edmond J. Safra Network Fellowship at Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. As a non-residential fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year, Jacob will be working on a collaborative research/outreach project examining institutional corruption and sustainability reporting practices of emerging market multinational corporations. Jacob will also be giving a series of lectures on business, finance, and sustainability issues at the and the sponsored "Ecosystems and Human Well-being in the Green Economy" International Conference at Villa Vigoni, Italy, from May 25-31.