Women at GMC: A 175-Year Legacy
To celebrate the woman’s era at GMC, the College is holding a one-day Women in Leadership seminar on January 29 as part of the ongoing 175th anniversary celebration. The program features writer Brunonia Barry ’70, whose novel The Lace Reader spent five weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in 2008. Barry’s keynote address “Creativity and a Sense of Place” will be held at 2 p.m. at Withey Hall.
At 3 p.m., a panel discussion will feature distinguished alumnae including moderator Barbara Wellnitz ’61, Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. Participants include New York State Treasurer Aida Brewer ‘74, Pamela Chatterton-Purdy ‘61, Nancy L. Dickgiesser '70 and Anne R. Tansantisuk ’72. more...
U.S. Inauguration Festivities on Campus Begin Today
The campus community is invited to an Inauguration Party today to celebrate the swearing in of President Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. A big screen television will be available in the Gorge beginning at 10 a.m. to watch the festivities. Refreshments will be served. Sign up to win an MP-3 player, gift certificates and GMC apparel. The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement.
On Wednesday, the Intercultural Center hosts "From Dr. King to President Obama," a discussion about the relevance of the message of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream to peoples of African descent in 2009. The discussion begins at 6 p.m. in the Intercultural Center in the basement of Withey Hall.
Alum Art Exhibit on View in Washington for Inauguration
As a white person growing up in Connecticut, Pamela Chatterton-Purdy ’61 was removed from the battlegrounds of the growing American civil rights movement. That changed in 1963 when she was hired as an art director at Ebony magazine in Chicago. She was one of only two whites working in a company with 150 employees. She gained a deeper understanding of what it meant to be black in America, and shared the anguish of friends and colleagues in the wake of the September, 1963, church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., which resulted in the death of four little girls.
During the ‘60s and ‘70s, Pamela and her husband David, a Methodist minister, walked in civil rights marches and traveled to Washington, D.C., to protest the Vietnam War. An artist, writer, and teacher with an M.F.A. from The University of Massachusetts, Pamela is returning to the nation’s capitol this month to present her show “Icons of the Civil Rights Movement ” at The United Methodist Center in Washington D.C.
Pamela created “Icons” to mark the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King. When she began developing the exhibit, she had no way of knowing the Washington opening would coincide with another historic moment—the inauguration of America’s first black president. “Icons of The Civil Rights Movement” includes 18 painted portraits of civil rights leaders or important events during the struggle for racial equality in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
“They were ordinary people who did extraordinary things,” Pamela said. “They didn’t sacrifice just for freedom for blacks, but to free the white man and woman from their own prejudices.”
The "Images" exhibit will also be on display during February, Black History Month, at the Frederick Douglas Museum in Washington. Pamela will also be on campus to take part in a panel discussion during the College’s one-day Women in Leadership seminar January 29.
NPR, Chronicle of Higher Ed Feature GMC Final Exam
Sixteen Green Mountain College students had an oral final exam on Monday, December 15, but their vocabulary was limited to the words “gee,” “haw,” “whoa,” and “back.”
The students were taking Dr. Kenneth Mulder’s History and Application of Oxen in Agriculture course, which included learning how to drive draft animals. At GMC, that means issuing commands to "Lou" and "Bill," the College’s oxen team. The scene was captured in sound by Vermont Public Radio reporter Nina Keck, who produced a story that aired December 23 on VPR and December 29 on NPR's daily news show "Day to Day.” Reporter Don Troop also wrote about the scene in a story in the January 9 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
GMC Students Earn Grant for UN Conference
Twelve Green Mountain College students and their advisor Prof. Paul Falzone (communications) will represent the College in the 2009 National Model United Nation Session (NMUN) to be held April 7-11. This conference is the largest college United Nation simulation in the world, with 4,000 students from the U.S. and around the globe expected to attend. “This provides an outstanding forum for students to get practical experience in policy debates about vital issues that all global citizens face,” said Jose Galvez-Contreras ’10, vice-president of the College Student Senate and GMC’s head delegate.
GMC’s participation in the 2009 conference has already gained the support of the NCAA/NMUN Hayden Fund. GMC was one of only eight schools around the world to receive a grant from the foundation; the College garnered the maximum award of $1,000. “This is a once in a lifetime experience for many of our students,” said Prof. Falzone, “but the grant covers only a very small part of the costs associated with a three-day conference in New York City.” The GMC Model UN group is looking for additional financial support to make the trip possible--please contact Jose or Paul to make a contribution.
GMC Provost Featured in Sustainability Roundtable
Introducing sustainability concepts into environmentally focused courses can be accomplished easily enough, but how can colleges and universities weave sustainability into all academic subjects? This was one of the topics of a round-table discussion featured in the October 2008 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. Green Mountain College Provost Dr. William Throop (philosophy) was one of five nationally recognized leaders who participated in the discussion moderated by Dr. Geoffrey Chase, dean of undergraduate studies at San Diego State University. Bill shared insights about the development of GMC’s ground breaking environmental liberal arts program. “We go through all of the different standard distribution areas in a liberal arts curriculum and find ways people can make their courses relevant to contemporary issues related to sustainability,” he said.
Click here for the full discussion.
Business Class Presents Cow Power Service Learning Project
Students in Prof. Jacob Park's Business 3005 class presented a service learning project called "Cow Power: Making the Business Case for Vermont Sustainable Community Energy," on December 15. Several Central Vermont Public Service officials attended the presentation. Green Mountain College receives more than 50 percent of its electricity from Vermont dairy farms through the CVPS Cow Power Program. The class is pictured here wearing yellow “Cow Power” t-shirts with Jacob and guests from CVPS.
FACULTY, STAFF & STUDENT NOTES
A photograph of a Prairie Warbler taken on the GMC campus was featured in a recent issue of North American Birds, a quarterly journal of the American Birding Association. The bird was originally found by (then) freshman Lindsay Herlihy and identified and photographed by Prof. Michael Blust (biology). A documentation of the bird was submitted to the Vermont Records Committee who forwarded the information to the ABA. The record was highlighted as the most unusual sighting for Vermont during the quarter. Vermont is at the northern edge of the breeding range for prairie warblers. By December, they are normally found in Florida.
Sheila Kaveny, GMC's associate registrar, was one of 10 poets and 12 prose writers to earn the MFA in Creative Writing from Union Institute & University's Vermont College campus January 7 in Montpelier. "Poetry is what I have always loved," said Kaveny. "The level of personal validation in having completed this program is huge, and the experience of working one-on-one with some great American poets has been a joy and privilege." Most recently, her poems have appeared in Reverie, the Green Mountain College literary magazine, and the e-zine Fickle Muses. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) and the Academy of American Poets.
Prof. Jacob Park (business) was one of six people elected to the board of directors of the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR). Jacob was elected to a three-year term. VBSR is a non-profit, statewide business trade organization made up of 540 members who value multiple bottom lines–economic, social and environmental. Also elected for a three-year term were Larz Barber of Merrill Lynch, Burlington; Flip Brown of Business Culture Consultants, Burlington; Julie Lineberger of LineSync Architecture, Wilmington; Leslie Nulty of Focal Point Advisory Services, Jericho; and Mark Schulman of Goddard College, Plainfield.