Student Zoe Biehl '14 sits with two Hindu practitioners, called “saddhus,” in Nepal.

Culture and Environment in Nepal. Winter Break '11-'12
By Prof. Mark Dailey
For three weeks over winter break, Green Mountain College was well represented in the foothills of the Himalayas, where students studied and experienced “Culture and Environment in Nepal” for three credits in sociology/anthropology. The group included a vibrant cross-section of the GMC community: 19 students, anthropology professor Mark Dailey, vice president of student life and trip organizer Joe Petrick, and board of trustees member Al Wakefield all joined the extended exploration.

The group visited a variety of Nepali environments—including the ancient cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Pokhara, the lowland Terai region, and the upland Annapurna region with its magnificent views of the Himalayas. Along the way, students interacted daily with the themes of the course: conservation and ecotourism, ethnicity and culture change, and religious practice.

Highlights included an impromptu speech to the group in the highland village of Ghandruk by Nobel Peace Prize candidate Jagan Suba Gurung about her work with women, conservation, and rural development; discussing with Tharu citizens the historical displacement of that ethnic group from Chitwan National Park; and encountering the colorful ubiquity of religious expression, both Hindu and Buddhist, among garlanded statues, ancient trees, and bodies awaiting cremation on the ghats of Pashupati.

And whether it was in the form of women carrying woven baskets of wild fodder down from the forests to feed their goats and cows, or in the spread of solar panels in poorer villages, we noticed with every step the delicate balance between culture and nature in Nepal.



Rick Bass Returns to GMC
As debate over the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline continues, Green Mountain College will host award-winning author and environmental activist Rick Bass for a public talk today, January 30 at 6 p.m. in the Gorge (in Withey Hall). His talk will be based on his 2010 book The Heart of the Monster: Why the Pacific Northwest & Northern Rockies Must Not Become an ExxonMobil Conduit to the Alberta Tar Sands co-authored by David James Duncan.

He will also read from his nature writings on January 31 at 12:30 p.m. in the College's Griswold Library. Both events are free and open to the public.

The recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Lyndhurst Foundation fellowship, Bass has received an O. Henry Award and a Pushcart Prize. Bass was the speaker for Green Mountain College's fourth annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture on April 20, 2011. More



Quality of Life Wellness Series: Dr William Kelley
On Tuesday, January 31 from 3:45 – 4:45 in Booth Lounge (Withey Hall), Dr. William Kelley, owner of the Pyramid in Rutland, Vt., will give a talk titled “Using the Power of Positive Affirmations to Create the Life of Your Dreams.”

In this workshop, we will look briefly at the field of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) to see how science has proven that using positive affirmations does actually change your brain chemistry to open pathways of creation. We will explore how to construct your own effective affirmations, talk about how to use them to reduce anxiety, depression, addictive behaviors, increase overall well-being, and generally attract anything you want in your life. Participants will leave with specific affirmations they can use immediately to affect positive change.

Aside from being the owner/practitioner/instructor of Pyramid in Rutland, Dr. William Kelley is a mental health practitioner and nationally certified fitness instructor. He has been working in the wellness field for over sixteen years and actively works to maintain his own wellness while sharing his passion and joy for this work with his clients.



Diversity Forum at GMC
By Bruna Lobato
Last Wednesday, the College’s Diversity Committee offered a campus-wide diversity-forum in the Gorge. Angela Park, co-founder and executive director of the non-profit organization Diversity Matters facilitated the event, which was widely attended by students, faculty, and staff.

Park is a recognized leader regarding diversity issues in organizations and institutions working on social and environmental change. The forum addressed the diversity issues on the GMC campus through an open conversation about why diversity matters and how we can help make people from different groups feel welcome on our campus.

The Diversity Committee, made up of students, staff and faculty, has been working in collaboration with several offices and student clubs towards making Green Mountain College a more inclusive and supportive place for everyone in the community.

Angela Park has worked in The White House during the Clinton/Gore administration, and was co-founder and deputy director of the Environmental Leadership Program. Park has testified before Congress and state legislatures, and been published by several publications, including by Yale University Press, Grist magazine, and The Diversity Factor.

She serves as vice chair of Women’s Voices for the Earth, and was also named a Young Woman of Achievement by the Women’s Information Network.



Heidie Vazquez-Garcia Appointed as
Director of the Wellness Center

Heidie is a graduate of Brown University (BA) and The Pennsylvania Statue University (MS, Ph.D). She completed additional clinical training at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Psychological Centers in Rhode Island. Prior to joining the Wellness Center last fall semester, Heidie worked as a consulting psychologist in two charter schools while maintaining a private practice in clinical psychology in Providence, Rhode Island.

She has served as a consultant with community organizations and schools in the areas of program development, community engagement, and asset building. In addition to her clinical work, Heidie has been involved in research on ethnic and racial minority youth development for the past 19 years. She has presented and published extensively on issues influencing minority youth and has taught psychology courses focusing on ethnic minorities at the undergraduate level.

Heidie is replacing Jessica Ley who recently resigned as director of the Wellness Center to take the position of assistant director for training in counseling & psychiatric services at the Center for Health and Well-Being at the University of Vermont.

Wendy (Belanger) Peck, has been appointed as a counselor to fill the position vacated by Heidie. Wendy recently worked in our Wellness Center as a graduate student intern and counselor.

Please congratulate Heidie and Wendy on their new appointments and visit the other members of our Wellness Center on College Street next to the Two Editor’s Inn.



Ravotti '13 Wins Scholarship Grant
Nick Ravotti '13 has won a $5000 grant from the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. The national program offers grants for undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare American students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

During the Spring 2012 application cycle, the Gilman Scholarship Program reviewed more than 2,700 applications for over 900 awards.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and will use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. Nick has applied for admission to GMC's Nagoya University Exchange program this semester.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

GreenMAP Trips and Sign-ups
Registration opens today, January 23, for a number of GreenMAP trips coming up in the next few weeks. The trips are:

Adirondack Ice Climbing
All skill levels welcome for this weekend trip!
Leaders: Derek, Tyler, Anna
Pre-trip Meeting: February 1, 8:30 P.M. (in GreenMAP office)
Trip Date: February 11 - 12

Backcountry Skiing in the Adirondacks
Experience Adirondack adventure skiing at its finest. Skiers & snowboarders must be able to ride black diamond terrain. Skiers must use either AT or telemark gear. Snowboarders must either snowshoe or use a split board.
Leaders: Anna, Emma
Pre-trip Meeting: February 1, 8:30 p.m.
Trip Date: February 10 - 12

Adirondack Ice Climbing
All skill levels welcome!
Leaders: Derek, Nick, Summer
Trip Date: February 15

Sign up today in the GreenMAP office located next to the Student Life office in Withey basement.

Japan Exchange Information Session
Interested in studying abroad in Japan next year? There is no need to know Japanese, but a 3.0 GPA is required to apply. For more information on a unique opportunity to study at a top Japanese university, join the Japan exchange information session this Wednesday, February 1 from 11 – 11:30 a.m. in Terrace 122.

For more information, please contact Sam Edwards. The application information is also available on the international programs website.

GMAT Study Group
Students studying for the Graduate Management Admissions Test are welcome to join a study group on Wednesdays from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Special Collections Room on the second floor of Griswold Library. The group will be facilitated by Dan Riley ’12, and is sponsored by Career Services.

Note Taking Workshop
As part of this semester’s academic workshop series, the Learning Center will be holding a workshop on note taking from 1 - 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1 in the Special Collections Room on the second floor of Griswold Library.

Slam Poet Carlos Robson at GMC
Carlos Robson of Charlotte, North Carolina's Concrete Generation never thought he would be a writer, much less a poet. But as long as he can remember, he's always wanted to be a storyteller. His real life stories of both family and fate have been sending shockwaves through audiences from New York City, to Miami, and from Vancouver, Canada to Austin, Tex.

Join Carlos this Friday, February 3 at 8 p.m. in the Gorge.



FACULTY NOTES

  • Paul Hancock (economics) presented a Curiosity Forum on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. at the Beacon Feed Studio in Hubbard Hall, In Cambridge, N.Y. The program was titled “A Crease in the Landscape: Perspectives on the Slatebelt and Working Landscape of Western Vermont and Eastern New York.” The event was co-sponsored by the Slate Valley Museum.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Rick Bass at GMC
Wellness Speaker Series
Ravotti '13 Wins Scholarship
Faculty Notes





Men's Basketball
2/3, 7:30 p.m. at Husson
2/4, 3 p.m. at Maine Maritime

Women's Basketball
2/3, 5:30 p.m. at Husson
2/4, 1 p.m. at Maine Maritime

WEEK AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, JANUARY 30
Open Chapel
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Pilates
3 - 4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Rick Bass Public Talk
6 p.m., Gorge

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
7:30 - 9 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31
Open Chapel/Mystical Prayer
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Rick Bass Nature Writings
12:30 p.m.,
Griswold Library

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
2 - 3:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Dr. William Kelley Presentation
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.,
Booth Lounge

Guided Meditation
4 - 4:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Fire Spinning
6 - 7:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Japan Exchange Information Session
11 - 11:30 a.m.,
Terrace 122

Open Chapel/When We Pray
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Academic Skills Workshop:
Note Taking

1 - 2 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

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

Self-Defense
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

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

GMAT Study Group
7 - 8 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance - Advanced
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Open Chapel
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Kripalu Yoga
5:15 - 6:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
5:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Wellness Center

Fire Spinning
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio

Pilates
8 - 9 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

Open Chapel
9 - 10 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Open Chapel/Celtic Prayer
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Kripalu Yoga
1 - 2:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Slam Poet Carlos Robson
8 p.m., Gorge

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Contemporary Dance
12:30 - 3 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio