Today, Feb. 12, GMC welcomes Kimerer LaMothe, Ph.D. for the first presentation in the Religion & the Arts series. Her talk, entitled “Finding Wisdom in Desire: Bodies, Movement and Spiritual Life,” begins at 4 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall.
LaMothe has a B.A. from Williams College and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Harvard University. She has taught full-time for six years at Harvard and at Brown. She is also a dancer and a choreographer, having danced professionally with the Rae Dance Company prior to returning to academia. She is the author of two books Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies (Fordham University Press, 2004) and Nietzsche’s Dancers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); her forthcoming book is titled What a Body Knows: Finding Wisdom in Desire. In 2005, Kimerer and her husband purchased a farm and opened Vital Arts at Hebron Hollow Farm, a center for arts and ideas.
GMC Featured in NWF Publication
Green Mountain College was highlighted in a recent publication from the National Wildlife Federation entitled “Higher Education in a Warming World: The Business Case for Climate Leadership on Campus.”
The College’s commitment to Cow Power is profiled as one of four examples of a college implementing a climate action solution in cooperation with a utility company. The publication quotes Provost Bill Throop: “This is a great step for us toward a sustainably-powered campus. We are happy to be supporting not just renewable energy but also the regional economy and the family farms that are so important to the Vermont way of life. It is a good fit with our mission, and departments from across campus are supporting the project from their own budgets because they feel it’s a priority.”
The publication also references GMC in a section titled “Higher Education and the Case for Climate Action." The section states: "Practical climate-related actions are underway on campuses ranging from small private schools like Green Mountain College (Vermont) to large public institutions like the University of Florida, both of which have adopted comprehensive, institution-wide emissions reduction campaigns."
The NWF publication is a guide for administrators, staff, faculty and students exploring the implications of global climate change and seeking cost-effective solutions.
Player of the Week Honor
For the third time this season, Green Mountain College senior forward Doug Hammond (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was named the Association of Division III Independents men’s basketball Player of the Week. Hammond averaged 27.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and nine blocks in a pair of recent wins. He scored 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting (66.7%), pulled down 11 boards and blocked six shots in the win over Vermont Tech on January 30. Following that performance, he posted his first career triple-double when he produced 24 points, 18 rebounds and 12 blocked shots in the victory over Albany Pharmacy February 2. For the season, Hammond is averaging 23.6 points, 14.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game. He is currently leading all of Division III in blocks per game, is 11th in the DIII in scoring, and is second in DIII in rebounding.
Outer Solar System the Focus of Upcoming Talk
Dr. Fran Bagenal, professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is hosting a sophomore lecture on Wednesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gorge.
In her talk, entitled “Voyages to the Outer Solar System,” Dr. Bagenal will present some of the highlights of recent missions and what to expect from upcoming missions, including the New Horizons mission scheduled for 2015. This spacecraft is slated to take the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons. Dr. Bagenal will also discuss how telescope observations over the past decade have opened up a new frontier of planetary objects beyond the giant planets, and how robotic emissaries have showed us the violent weather patterns of the giant planets. Dr. Bagenal’s visit is sponsored by the American Astronomical Society. It is free and open to the public.
Learn to Contradance in the Gorge
Students are invited to an evening of contradancing on Wednesday, February 13, at 8 p.m. in the Gorge. The event is open to experienced contra dancers as well as beginners. In contradancing, a caller, working with a group of live musicians, guides participants through a variety of dances. This event is sponsored by the College Programming Board. For more information, or to get involved with the College Programming Board, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need special accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact Annie Laurie Cadmus at 287-8371.
Deane Nature Preserve Needs Volunteers
GMC alum Adam Adorisio ‘06 has cut down two ash trees that will become the new bridge over Endless Brook in the Deane Nature Preserve. The bridge will be located just downstream of the current ford, and volunteers are needed for the project. For this stage of the bridge work, which involves peeling the bark off the logs, volunteers may come one or two at a time. Later in the spring there may be days to arrange a number of people to help. The plan is to place the logs across the brook, build abutments, put preservative on the logs and deck the bridge. Anyone interested in helping may email Bill Osborne or call 287-5557.
Prof. Mike Blust (biology) recently helped organize "Nymphfest 2008" at the Miller's River Nature Center in Athol, Massachusetts. Sixty attendees from as far away as Ohio honed their identification skills and expanded their knowledge about the ecology of dragonfly and damselfly nymphs. Mike also gave a presentation on rearing nymphs to adults in the laboratory.