Plug-In Hybrid: GMC Research Shows 100 MPG Commute
Is a 100 mile-per-gallon commute reserved for some future technology or is it attainable on Vermont roads today? A recent road test of an advanced hybrid Toyota Prius conducted by Prof. Steven Letendre (management & environmental studies) suggests that the future is now.
Letendre has been collecting and analyzing data on two prototype plug-in hybrid vehicles owned by Central Vermont Public Service. As a test case, one of the cars was used by Prof. James Harding (natural resources management) for his nine-mile commute between Poultney and his home in Middletown Springs during the fall semester.
“As I started to analyze the data I was amazed to see that the vehicle was getting easily over 100 mpg for Jim’s daily commute to and from the campus,” said Dr. Letendre. “In a few cases the vehicle’s fuel economy was over 140 miles per gallon.” more...
Watch an interview on Vermont Public Television with Prof. Letendre.
GMC Wellness Center Sponsors Discussion
on Relationship Violence
The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that “Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It occurs in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships and can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination of these.”
With national statistics on the incidence of college dating violence on the rise, the Bozen Wellness Center is pleased to sponsor a panel discussion on relationship violence (intimate partner sexual violence) on February 11 from 7 - 9 p.m. in the Gorge.
Panelists will include: Miche Chamberlain, Director of Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter; Kim Ryder, counselor and previous facilitator of sexual offender treatment programs; Mary Margaret Ryan, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at Rutland Regional Medical Center; Samantha Boudrot, GMC graduate and former intern at the women’s shelter; Shirley Oskamp, GMC Chaplain; Dismas House representatives; Chris Kiefer of the Rutland City Police Department and Vance Jackson, a GMC faculty member who is doing research on domestic violence.
The panel discussion is free of charge and open to the public. A question and answer period will be included in the discussion.
Faculty Colloquium Series Continues with Talk on Brazil
The Spring 2009 Faculty Colloquium Series continues this month with presentations in fields including environmental studies, sociology and education. All colloquiums are from 12 - 1 p.m. in Terrace 124.
Prof. Rebecca Purdom (environmental studies)
"Payment for Ecological Services in Restoration Regimes: Freshwater, Tropical Forests, Foreign Conglomerates and Caparinas in southern Brazil"
Prof. Purdom spent six months in Brazil during her 2007-08 sabbatical. She taught a course and did research on her colloquium topic.
Prof. Vangie Blust (sociology)
"From Sociology to Organic Bananas"
Prof. Blust will recount her diverse sabbatical experience in 2007-08, from teaching at a university in the northern Philippines to her visit to Dole Philippines in the southern part of the country.
"The Experience of Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer: Insight Gained from Women’s Expressive Writing"
Dr. Fonteyn will present the findings of her research team’s qualitative study analyzing the journals of a group of women with metastatic breast cancer.
Prof. Teresa Coker (environmental education), Svea Miller, and Pat Moore
"Evolution of the Environmental Liberal Arts at Green Mountain College"
Prof. Jen Powers (education)
Topic To Be Announced
Meeting on Tap to Discuss Green Building at GMC
Upcoming green building initiatives at GMC will be the topic of discussion on February 11, from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Buttery. Prof. Lucas Brown (environmental studies) and Steve Smith of SAS Architects host a presentation about the proposed biomass facility, residence hall renovations and other campus projects. Students are invited to learn about ways to get involved with the projects.
Student Involvement Sponsors Leadership Series
A new leadership series sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement kicks off February 3 with a workshop titled “Leadership & Personality.” Facilitated by Bill Kelley, the session begins at 6 p.m. in the Gorge Atrium.
The Leaders Emerging and Developing (LEAD) Series continues every Tuesday through March 31. The seven sessions are designed to guide students through a series of leadership development experiences. Students who attend at least four of the sessions will receive a LEAD certificate.
“Leadership and Personality," Bill Kelley
“Effective Communication," Dan Roberts
“Time Management," Becky Eno
“Wellness," Sponsored by the Bozen Wellness Center
“Creative Marketing," Facilitator TBA
“Service Learning," Chrispin Beaupre White
“The Job Search and Marketing Yourself," Chrispin Beaupre White
For more information contact the GMC Office of Student Involvement
Kids Art Work to Take Center Stage Feb. 27
Creative kids are invited to show off their best work in the second annual Green Mountain College Kids Art Exhibit sponsored by the GMC Quality of Life Committee. The exhibit is open to all children and grandchildren of GMC employees.
A participant reception will be held February 27 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of Withey Hall. Art work should be submitted by February 23 to Renee Beaupre White, Griswold Library, 2nd Floor or Natalie Coe, Ames Hall 109. Entry forms may be picked up at the Griswold Library Front Desk.
Library Announces Extended Hours
In response to student requests, the Griswold Library has extended its weekly academic hours. The schedule is as follows:
Sunday: 10 a.m. to midnight
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to midnight
Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
GMC Research Associate Dr. Greg Brown had a peer-reviewed journal article recently published in the Journal of Leisure Research titled "A Theory of Urban Park Geography" Volume 40(4):589-607. He also had another peer-reviewed journal article accepted for publication in Forest Science. It is titled "Public Participation GIS: A New Method for National Forest Planning". This journal article will be published in 2009.
Assistant Prof. Mark Jordan (biology) was recently appointed to a three-year term on the board of trustees of The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS). Founded in 1972, VINS is a non-profit environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered in Quechee, Vt. VINS' mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment.
Prof. Mitchell Lescarbeau (English) recently had a new poem accepted in The Bryant Review. The poem is titled "Lyme Tick."
Prof. Thayer Raines and Candi Raines (recreation and outdoor studies) competed in the 2009 Ski-Orienteering Tour and World Masters Ski-Orienteering Championships, January 10-17. The Tour consisted of 6 races: a medium (7 km) and long course (10 km) at Postlam in Austria; a sprint (3 km) and long course at Vermigillio in Italy; and a sprint and long course at Langis in Stalden, Switzerland. The pair completed all races finding all controls.
Candi placed 3rd overall for the Ski-O Tour with a 1st and 3rd place in the Italian sprint and long courses (respectively) and a 4th in the long course in Switzerland. Candi Raines is one of six members of the U.S. Ski-Orienteering Team and will be competing at the World Ski-Orienteering Championships at the Rusut Resort in Hokkaido, Japan, March 4-7.