Greening Fund Vote In: 15 Projects Worth Over $49,000
Before Green Mountain College students left for winter break, they voted to fund fifteen student proposals through the Student Campus Greening Fund. Projects include installation of an energy monitoring system, construction of an outdoor classroom, creation of mycelium buffer mats for the farm’s pig pasture and more. The SCGF is financed through a $30 allocation from each student's annual activity fee.
"There is a strong tradition here of students putting into action sustainability practices they learn about in the classroom," said Amber Garrard, Green Mountain College's sustainability coordinator. "Students are very enthusiastic about having part of their activity fee go towards making environmental improvements in their 'back yard.'"
Click here for a complete list of projects
View a photo of news of the SCGF displayed in Times Square
Read a press release on the Fall 2009 SCGF
Eagle Athletics to Celebrate GMC’s Sports Teams
On February 6, the GMC Athletics Department hosts the first annual Eagle Athletics Winter Celebration. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the East Room. The campus community is invited to celebrate GMC’s student athletes and the College’s second year in the North Atlantic Conference. Preceding the celebration will be men’s and women’s basketball games against Johnson State College. Please RSVP to Jan Tower at (802) 287-8300.
GMC business students Matt Busko, William Welch and Jill Smith presented their independent study, “Marketing the Espresso Book Machine,” at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester December 10. The study outlined strategies for the independent bookstore to market the book machine, which can print, bind and trim books on demand. The students suggested that the store modify their website and use social networking sites to market the machine, establish an internship and introduce a novel contest.
Gorge Atrium to Host Journal Writing Workshop
Learn how to unlock creativity and safely release strong emotion through a journal writing workshop with certified instructor Joanna Tebbs Young. The Wisdom Within: A Journal Writing Workshop will be held January 29 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Gorge Atrium. Faculty, staff, students and Poultney community members are invited to participate. The class is limited to 15 people – please RSVP to Jane Young in the Wellness Center at (802) 287-8376. The workshop is offered free of charge by the GMC Quality of Life Committee. A potluck at the Wellness Center will follow the workshop.
GMC Provost Featured in Sustainability Roundtable Discussion
Provost Bill Throop (philosophy) was one of six education professionals to be featured in a discussion in the December 2009 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The group talked about "why some professors are keeping sustainability out of their classrooms and how to bring all, or at least more, hands on deck." Paul Rowland, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, served as moderator for the discussion.
Click here to read the article.
GMC Communications Office Seeking Student Writer
Are you curious about the lives of your fellow students? Do you want to know what makes them tick? What they plan to do after graduation? The GMC communications office is offering an opportunity for a motivated, responsible student to hone his or her writing and interviewing skills while sharing compelling student stories with the GMC community. Applications are currently being accepted for the Student Snapshot Writer work-study position. You do not have to be work-study eligible to apply for this position. More...
Nominations Accepted for Athletics Hall of Fame
Do you know an exceptional student athlete who graduated more than ten years ago? Or an athletics staff member who was particularly inspirational? Members of the campus community are invited to submit nominations to the GMC Athletics Hall of Fame. All nominations should be submitted by February 1 to the GMC Alumni Affairs Office. Click here for more information on nomination criteria and to access the nomination form.
Flu Clinic to be Held in the Gorge
On Wednesday, January 20, GMC will host a flu vaccination clinic from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Gorge. H1N1 vaccinations will be provided at no charge. The seasonal flu vaccine is $33 and the pneumonia vaccine for anyone over 65 is $33. Participants may pay at the time of immunization by cash, check or credit card. The clinic is sponsored by the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice.
According to the Vermont Department of Health: "Though 2009 H1N1 influenza levels have decreased quite a bit, there is still sporadic disease occurring, and we still have the possibility of a third wave of this flu subtype. The Health Department is encouraging everyone to take this opportunity to be vaccinated." Click here for more information.
Revamped Student Financial Services Office Open
While the rest of the campus was quiet, work crews during winter break were busy renovating office spaces in Pollock Hall. The changes should result in easier "one stop shopping" for students seeking answers to financial aid or accounting questions. The financial aid office including director Wendy Ellis, assistant director Andrea Adams and assistant Jean Rheaume, has joined DaLinda DaCosta in the old business office area. The combined offices are now called "Student Financial Services." Business office manager Maureen LaBate and Wendy Ellis will occupy separate offices on either side of the main office area. In the coming weeks, dean of enrollment Sandy Bartholomew and admissions office manager Molly Jones will move to offices on the first floor of Pollock Hall vacated by financial aid.
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies), Farm & Food Project Director, served as a guest on the Vermont Public Radio news show "Vermont Edition" December 22. He talked about modern homesteading with host Steve Zind and fellow guest Rebecca Kneale Gould, Associate Professor of Religion at Middlebury College. Philip is the author of a new book published by Chelsea Green titled Up Tunket Road. Listen to the VPR show.
Joey Blane, Coordinator of Accommodations in the Calhoun Learning Center, was recently awarded the Carol A. Moore scholarship from Vermont Women in Higher Education. She will use the scholarship to attend a series of workshops in New York City offered through the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators.
A Special Thank You to the GMC Community
I would like to thank all of my friends/co-workers here at GMC. The past year and in particular, the last two months have been very difficult on my family and me. With Jeff’s illness and him needing my care, I had to depend on a lot of folks here, both in Student Life and other offices. Many of you have also done a lot for me in many other ways. Thanks so much to all of you who withstood the cold to show your respects at the wake and to those of you who took the time to attend his funeral. These acts of kindness toward my family and me warm my heart more than you all can believe. I have tried to keep up with all of the personal thank you notes, however, I am afraid that I may have neglected some during the “fogginess” of my brain.
This past year has been the hardest thing I have ever had to endure in my life and with the help of you I was able to get through it with a little more ease. God bless each and every one of you.
Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life