Green Mountain College’s 177th commencement ceremony will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. on the Griswold Library Lawn. If you absolutely can't join us in Poultney, watch the ceremony through this live video link. The 2014 commencement speaker is Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Read more below.
Commencement 2014 is Saturday
Green Mountain College’s 177th commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday,
May 17 at 10 a.m. on the Griswold Library Lawn. The 2014 commencement speaker
is the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. A
longtime champion of environmental protection, constitutional rights, human rights and
Vermont’s agricultural heritage, Leahy will address graduates and receive an honorary
doctor of laws degree from GMC.
Leahy was elected to the Senate in 1974 and remains the only Democrat elected to this
office from Vermont. At 34, he was also the youngest U.S. senator ever to be elected
from the Green Mountain State. Now, as President Pro Tempore, Leahy is the second-
highest ranking official the Senate and third in the line of presidential succession. He
serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is the senior-most member of
the Appropriations and Agriculture Committees.
Johanna Douglas will be the student speaker. 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.
This year the College will be providing a live video link to the ceremony. If you can’t
make it to Poultney, visit this link at 10 a.m. EST to see the ceremony in real time.
For more details on Commencement activities, visit the Commencement web page here.
Graduating seniors can see a rundown of special senior week activities here.
Students Present at Political Science Conference
On Saturday, April 26th prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies) and students Luz Guel ’15 and Nicholas M. Ravotti ’14 presented their paper titled “Thailand’s Environmental Development: In Front of the Green Curve” at the 68th Annual New York State Political Science Association at St. John’s University in New York City. Under the faculty mentorship of prof. Sam Edwards, Luz, Nicholas, Kristen Friedel ’14, and Titania Green ’15 received a $25,993 grant from the ASIANetwork-Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellows Program for Collaborative Research in Asia. The four students spent three weeks in Thailand with professor Edwards interviewing Thai NGOs and governmental officials to collect qualitative data for their research. Luz and Nicholas presented the group’s findings to graduates, post-graduates, and professionals working in the field of political science.
Voices Choice Awards Recognize Delicate Balance Projects
Delicate Balance students hosted a poster symposium on May 1 in Withey Hall, and students from Voices of Community evaluated the presentations and gave out the following awards:
Best Poster: Jaymee Crowell and Audrey Jiunta with their project on compost.
Best Presentation: Nora Alexander with her project on a black box theater.
Best Project Idea: Cleopass Nakoma with his project on Meals to Go.
“Voices students truly appreciated a wide variety of posters, presentations, and ideas. The overall quality of the presentations was borne out by the number of votes each project received,” said prof. Teresa Coker (education).
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Green Mountain College graduates are going places, be it a job, internship or graduate school, while many current GMC students plan on exciting undergraduate research opportunities or internships this summer. Congratulations to the class of 2014, and best of luck to current students–we’ll see you in the fall!
This summer Carlie Guinane will be working as an art director for the Girl Scouts of Northeastern N.Y. and David Goff will be the head climbing guide and kayak instructor at the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center in Colorado. Lian Kariuki is headed to The Nature Conservancy Global Internship Program based in Washington DC, Katherine Hansberry has an internship at Positive Energy in Granville, N.Y., and Ahniyah-Hiwot and Allan Michel Jales Coutinho will both work as interns at The Forest Foundation in Boston. Corey Calhoun has secured a research opportunity for undergraduates (REU) at Michigan State University and Swe Zaw Oo will be a human resources intern at Starwood Hotels in Portland, Ore. Maggie Ganguly-Kiefner has an internship at Shambala Farms, Camano Island, Wash., and Natalie House will work as an intern at One Common Unity, Washington DC. Seraphina Mallon-Breiman is headed to Greenwich, Conn., for an internship with Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, an organization affiliated with the United Nations.
Among seniors, Libby Davis has received a Peace Corps assignment teaching biology in Kenya, while Andrew Kohler and Michael Shulman will travel to Thailand to teach English. Nick Ravotti will be pursuing his law degree at American University, Washington, DC, and Kristina Seitler will be studying nursing at Yale. Leslie Clarke begins work as a teacher and naturalist at Audubon, Conn. and Kim Barrett begins her career as director of Kehoe Green Mountain Conservation Camp, after which she will work as a fisheries technician for Trout Unlimited. Natasha Kacoroski will pursue a master's degree in ecological engineering at SUNY of Environmental Science and Forestry and Samantha Abrahamsem begins a master’s in social work at the University of Albany. Tracy Hewitt starts her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher in Burlington in the fall.
Student Athlete Awards Presented at Ceremony
On Sunday, May 4th, Green Mountain College hosted its annual athletic awards ceremony. Individual awards distributed were to the scholar-athletes who had earned the highest GPA on their respective teams (minimum of 3.0 GPA). The 2013-14 scholar-athletes included: Tyler Lawson (men's soccer), Johanna Douglas (women's soccer), Allan M.J. Coutinho (men's cross country), Alyssa Renner (women's cross country), Megan Roy (women's volleyball), Qaasim Gray (men's basketball), Amber Heath (women's basketball), Luke Carey (men's lacrosse), Johanna Douglas (women's lacrosse), and Jack Hepburn (men's tennis). Read More
Book Buy Back Times this Week
Representatives from Follett will be on campus to buy back your used textbooks and check-in your rentals! They will be set up in the location of the former campus bookstore in Withey Hall at these days and times:
Monday, May 12th 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday, May 13th 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14th 9a.m.-4 p.m.
Griswold Library Hours
With the ending of the year, Griswold Library has different hours. Please reference below.
Monday, May 12: 8 a.m.-midnight
Tuesday-Friday, May 13-16: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Withey Dining Room Schedule
Buttery closes for the semester*
Monday May 12th
Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Continental: 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Café service: 1:30-4:15 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 13th
Brunch:11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dinner 4:30-6 p.m.*
*final meal plan meal
The following meals are available for graduating seniors on the meal plan and authorized meal plan participants.
Wednesday, May 14th
Brunch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dinner (Senior Barbeque) 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 15th
Brunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dinner 4:30-6 p.m.
Friday, May 16th
Brunch (Senior Brunch) 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dinner 4:30-6 p.m.
Prof. Lucas Brown and REED students will present the 70-square-foot house OTIS (Optimal Traveling Independent Space) at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vt., at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15th. The presentation is made for the bookstore's monthly "Sustainable Living" series. OTIS was constructed last year by a REED class of 16 students. They challenged themselves to design and build a living space with enough room for one person, that could be easily towed behind a typical 4-cylinder vehicle, and could provide its own water and electricity. OTIS has gained wide national and international media coverage.