Photo: Nicole Ainsworth '09
Transgendered Author Jennifer Finney Boylan to Speak
Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of the bestselling memoir She's Not There, will give a talk entitled "A Life in Two Genders" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1 in The Gorge of Withey Hall. The public is invited to attend this free event.
Boylan is a widely praised author and professor at Colby College in Maine. "She's Not There," published by Doubleday in 2003, was the first bestselling work by a transgendered American. Her writing has been described by Edward Albee as "observed carefully and with love, and her levitating wit is wisely tethered to a humane concern." Boylan has been a frequent guest on national television and radio programs, including three visits to the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also appeared on the Larry King Show, The Today Show and been the subject of a documentary on CBS' 48 Hours. She has also appeared on NPR's Marketplace and the Diane Rehm Show.
Slam Poet, Mike McGee Wednesday
"Mighty" Mike McGee, an international spoken word artist, writer, performer, speaker, slam poet and comic, will perform in the Gorge of Withey Hall on Wednesday, January 24 at 9 p.m. In 2006, Mike was crowned the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, besting over 70 of the world's best-ranked slam poets. McGee’s performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Student Life office at ext. 8377. For a complete schedule of events, click here or call the Student Life Office at ext. 8377.
Community Conversation Wednesday
All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend an important meeting in the Gorge on Wednesday, January 24, beginning at 11 a.m., followed by a community luncheon in the dining hall. The purpose of the meeting will be to advance new ideas on improving quality and service at the College.
Student Greening Project Sheds New Light on Dining Hall
In addition to the many recent improvements to Withey Student Center, all of the chandelier light bulbs in the dining hall have been replaced with energy-saving compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). The specialized dimmable bulbs were purchased by students through the Student Campus Greening Fund, after a proposal was given overwhelming support by the student body last spring and approved by the administration last semester. Members of the maintenance staff installed the bulbs over the holiday break. Alumni Tyler Crow, Tim Poole, and Chris Babcock (see photo) wrote the proposal and returned to campus over the break to put the finishing touches on the retrofit. The 8-watt CFLs replaced 236 40-watt incandescent bulbs and are expected to reduce the energy consumption in the dining hall by more than 25,000 kilowatt-hours annually, or about eighty percent. For more information on this project or the Student Campus Greening Fund, contact Jesse Pyles at ext. 8379.
GMC Co-Sponsors Soil Workshop with UVM Extension
Green Mountain College will co-sponsor a soil workshop for beginning and experienced farmers on Tuesday, January 23, from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Dickgiesser Room of Griswold Library. Cost is $10 per person and includes lunch. Led by Dr. Heather Darby, of the UVM Extension Service, this seminar will cover all critical aspects of building and maintaining a healthy soil. The day will include morning lectures on soil biology and physical properties. There will be an emphasis placed on soil organic matter management. The afternoon will focus on soil chemistry and fertility management. Hands-on worksheets will guide you through developing nutrient recommendations for your own farm. Please bring your soil test and manure tests. To sign up, please contact Misse Burrows 802.235.2681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prof. Steven Letendre (business and economics) testified before the Vermont state legislature last week on the feasibility of electric hybrid cars capable of plugging in to the electric grid. Letendre, who is currently on leave from GMC to conduct electric car research, told lawmakers that the “plug-in hybrid” is the car of the future, but that the future is almost here. He described vehicles currently in production, including the Toyota Prius, which have been altered to be able to plug into the power grid. These cars will get 100 miles to the gallon, he reported. Letendre has been researching Vehicle to Grid technologies for several years and has published numerous articles on the topic. He is currently researching under a contract with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the federal Department of Energy.