On Saturday, January 26, 11 people from GMC traveled to Lake Paran in North Bennington, Vt. to participate in the Penguin Plunge. Barbara Almeida, Zoe Leary, Johanna Douglas, and Nicole Cardish took the plunge into the icy waters. The GMC team raised a total of $500 for Special Olympics Vermont. They also won the costume contest dressed as “GMC superheroes.”


GMC Volunteers in the Rutland Community for MLK Day
Green Mountain College honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last Monday by volunteering for activities organized by the Vermont AmeriCorps program and the Rutland Interfaith Council.

GMC students, alumni, faculty, and staff spent the day in Rutland helping the Boys and Girls Club, The Women’s Shelter, and the Vermont Achievement Center. Participating members of the GMC community included alumni Nick Byk '11 and Aaron Ashton '11; Corey Fletcher ’16; sustainability outreach coordinator Jose Gálvez 11' and associate professor of business strategy and sustainability Jacob Park.

Together, they contributed over 20 hours of volunteer service. For more about the event, see the following article in the Rutland Herald, where Ashton and Gálvez were both quoted.



Paul Earns NAC Player of the Week
Green Mountain College senior guard Chelsea Paul was bestowed with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Player of the Week award for her performance this week on the basketball court.

Paul excelled in conference play this week, averaging 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. The senior guard shot 43.5 percent from the field and an impressive 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from downtown. On the defensive end of the court, Paul has improved her nose for the ball, leading the team in rebounding and also acting as the last line of defense, blocking three shots this week. She probably had one of the best games of her career on Saturday, scoring 31 points and grabbing a season-high 11 rebounds against Johnson.

This week’s honor marks the first time that Paul has won the award and second time a Green Mountain basketball player has earned the distinction this season. Earlier in the season, men’s guard Carnelius Green also was honored. The last time a GMC women’s basketball player was awarded Player of the Week was when Emma Brinley-Buckley took home the title in the 2009-10 season.

“Chelsea’s achievement was well-deserved for her effort and performance this week,” related Coach Jen Heath. “I am thankful that her contributions in all areas of the game were recognized as she continues to help lead this team in a multitude of different ways.”



Urban Farmers and Rural Cosmopolitans
As part of the “Philosophy in Action” series, philosopher Lisa Heldke of Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota will give a public talk titled “Urban Farmers and Rural Cosmopolitans? Pragmatist Musings on Contemporary Food Movements” on February 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the East Room.

Lisa Heldke is a professor of philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she also teaches in the gender, women, and sexuality program. She is the author of Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer, and the co-editor of several other works, including Cooking, Eating, Thinking: Transformative Philosophies of Food, and Oppression Privilege and Responsibility.

With Ray Boisvert, she is currently writing a book tentatively called Philosophers at Table.

“Really though, I'm a bread baker,” she says.



Brookelyn and Shannon Drafted onto GMC Softball
On Thursday, January 17, 2013 two pint-sized players were added to this upcoming season's GMC softball roster. Brookelyn Kimball was just four years old when she was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis, which is a very rare inflammatory disease that causes muscle weakness around the neck, shoulders and hips. Brookelyn is now seven-years-old and is in the first grade.

Six-year-old Shannon Watson is Brookelyn’s cousin. At six months it was discovered that Shannon had bronchitis. One month later, she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), which is the most common, chronic and life-threatening lung disease found in children.

The draft day is an event designed by the non-profit organization Team IMPACT. This is a non-profit dedicated to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses. Core to its model is harnessing the power of teamwork by matching these courageous kids with college athletic teams.

Team IMPACT children are drafted onto local college athletic teams and become official members of the team for the duration of their treatment and beyond.

For the Eagles' softball team, the draft consisted of an introduction of the girls during halftime of the GMC women’s basketball game, followed by a team meeting. The two sat in the front of the room at the “signing table” as seniors Casey McGill and Chelsea Paul read them their “letter of intent.” Upon leaving the event on Thursday evening, all team members donned “Cure JM” black wristbands to honor their newest teammate Brookelyn.



Chartwells Dining Hall Receives Honors
Michael Oshman, CEO and founder of the Green Restaurant Association, recently commended Green Mountain College’s dining services for their environmental accomplishments to become a “2 Star Certified Green Restaurant.”

Chartwells took 52 steps to improve the environmental challenges the world is facing. By become a “Certified Green Restaurant,” Chartwells has contributed to the collective effort of saving water and energy, reducing waste, using safer chemicals, building green, and taking advantage of 21st century sustainable packaging.

“If 2012 was any indicator, 2013 will be a strong year for continued normalization of implementing environmentally sustainable practices. Your past environmental accomplishments spur future environmental innovation and make the supply of green products and services more easily accessible,” Oshman says in an email to David Ondria of Chartwells.

As more and more companies take initiative on sustainable practices, industry standards will be raised resulting in a more environmentally sustainable world. Thank you Chartwells for your efforts!



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Career Corner
Voices of Community seeks Interviewees!
Career Services is partnering up with this spring’s Voices of Community classes to conduct interviews with upperclassmen, faculty, staff, townspeople and alumni. As you are probably aware, one of the objectives of Voices is to examine the meaning of communities across different cultures and societies, including our own.

We will be soliciting interviewees within the next couple of weeks and hope you will be willing to meet with 1-2 students for 15-20 minute interviews. You will be provided with a set of interview questions ahead of time to prepare. Your participation is appreciated!

To volunteer, please contact Maia Hanron-Sanford in Career Services at 802-287-8352 or by email at hanronsanfordm@greenmtn.edu.

Faculty Candidate Presentation
Dr. Robin Currey, a candidate for the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production programs will be giving a public presentation Monday, January 28 at 1 p.m. in the Dickgeisser Classroom in the lower-level of Griswold Library.

College Programming Board Meeting
Do you have an idea about what type of music, performance or movie you’d like to see on campus? Join other students this Tuesday, January 29 at 4 p.m. in the student involvement office to plan and host campus wide events for the Green Mountain College community.

Skills Workshop: LinkedIn
Join Maia Hanron-Sanford in Career Services this Tuesday, January 29 at 6 p.m. or Wednesday, January 30 at 12 p.m. in the Graphics Lab (2nd floor Griswold) for a workshop on starting and maximizing profiles on LinkedIn. Students should bring their resumes on a thumb drive or be able to access it through the network.

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 175 million members and growing rapidly. LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.

Nagoya Japan Exchange Information Session
Are you interested in living and studying abroad? Would you like to spend a semester or a year in Japan? You do not have to speak any Japanese and will take all of your academic courses in English. You will also get to study Japanese language. Come and learn more about our exchange program with Nagoya University in Japan this Wednesday, January 30 from 2:30 - 3 p.m. in Terrace 121. For more information, contact Sam Edwards.

Skills Workshop: Note Taking
Join the Calhoun Learning Center this Wednesday, January 30 at 1 p.m. in the Special Collections Room (2nd floor Griswold) for a workshop on note taking. Students will review tips and strategies for note taking. The map method and Cornell method for taking notes will also be briefly introduced. For more information, contact Samantha Kowalski in the Learning Center.

Student Academic Awards
Are you a sophomore or junior with a strong academic record and demonstrated environmental leadership? Are you committed to a career working on environmental or natural resources issues? Then you should consider applying for the Udall Scholarship.

The scholarship is for $5000 and includes an expenses paid conference in Arizona with other scholars. Applications are due March 1. GMC students have received this award the past two years. If you are interested please contact Professor Sam Edwards as soon as possible, since the application process is extensive.

Fulbright U.S Student Program
Are you a superior graduate student or undergraduate junior or senior with an interest in researching/studying abroad? If so you should consider applying for a Fulbright award. Applications take significant time to organize and you should start them now. The program benefits include:
  • round-trip transportation to the host country
  • funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
  • Accident & Sickness Health Benefits
In some countries, grants may also include:
  • book and research allowances*
  • mid-term enrichment activities
  • full or partial tuition
  • pre-departure and in-country orientations
For more information please contact Prof. Sam Edwards at edwardss@greenmtn.edu.



STUDENT NOTES

  • MSES student April Galarza from Chicago recently published an article in the Huffington Post titled Moving Beyond "Let's Move” in the “Food” section, where it was featured on the front page. Read the article online here.
IN THIS ISSUE:
MLK Day Volunteers
NAC Player of the Week
Green Restaurant at GMC
Student Notes





Men's Basketball
2/1, 5:30 p.m. vs. Husson
2/2, 1 p.m. vs. Me.-Maritime

Women's Basketball
2/1, 7:30 p.m. vs. Husson
2/2, 3 p.m. vs. Me.-Maritime

WEEK AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, JANUARY 28
Dr. Robin Currey
Presentation

1 p.m.,
Dickgeisser Classroom

Vinyasa Yoga
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29
Guided Meditation
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

College Programming Board Meeting
4 p.m.,
Withey 164

LinkedIn Workshop
6 p.m.,
Graphics Lab

Spirituality Club
6 p.m.,
Withey Fireplace

Open Dance Practice
6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

WEDENSDAY, JANUARY 30
LinkedIn Workshop
12 p.m.,
Graphics Lab

Skills Workshop:
Note Taking

1 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

Nagoya Information Session
2:30 p.m.,
Terrace 121

Massage Therapy
3 - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Shakti Tribal Dance - Beginners
6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance - Advanced
7:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
Lunchtime Yoga
12:05 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Open Dance Practice
6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1
No Events Scheduled

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Massage Therapy
9 a.m.,
Wellness Center

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Quaker Worship Group/b>
10 a.m.,
Ackley Chapel