Presidential Candidates to Visit Campus
This week, faculty, staff and students are invited to meet the four candidates selected as finalists in the search for Green Mountain College’s next president. Town Meetings are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. in the Gorge. The candidates will speak at the Town Meetings according to the following schedule:
Monday, February 18th -- Rob Huntington
Tuesday, February 19th -- Paul Fonteyn
Wednesday, February 20th -- Don Bantz
Thursday, February 21st -- Graziella Saccon
In addition to the campus-wide Town Meetings, the Board of Trustees will interview one candidate each day. Representatives of GMC constituencies (faculty, staff, students, alumni and community) will have an opportunity to meet each of the candidates and provide evaluations to the Search Committee. The Board of Trustees expects to make a decision shortly after the college visits are completed.
Click here to learn more about each of the candidates.
Fesmire Awarded Fulbright
Prof. Steven Fesmire has been awarded a Fulbright grant to lecture and conduct research at Kyoto University in Japan. The grant runs from March 2009 until August 2009.
While at Kyoto University, Fesmire will teach two courses and complete a five-month collaborative research project titled “Ecological Imagination in the Kyoto School of Philosophy and Classical American Pragmatism: Citizenship Education in Japan and the U.S.”
“The Fulbright award recognizes Steven’s excellent scholarship and promises to foster a meaningful cross-cultural dialogue,” says Green Mountain College Provost Bill Throop. “This is also a great opportunity for the College to further integrate international perspectives into its curriculum.”
Fesmire plans to explore the possibility of linking one of his classes in Japan with a Green Mountain College environmental ethics course in April 2009, using either a videoconferencing system or a web dialogue.
The outcome of Fesmire's Fulbright grant will be a series of presentations and publications exploring resources in Japanese and American cultures for the purpose of educating citizens to be more responsive to each other and the natural world. He plans to collaborate with several Japanese scholars on this work.
GMC to Host Basketball Championships
The Association of Division III Independents Conference announced that Green Mountain College has been chosen to host this year’s Northeast Regional Basketball Championships. The men’s and women’s championships will be held the weekend of February 23 to 25 in GMC’s Eagle Dome.
Both the men’s and women’s teams are enjoying outstanding seasons: The men head into the last stretch of the regular season with a record of 17-5, after coming up short against Lyndon State Saturday by a score of 89 to 99. The women’s team returned from Lyndon State with a 68-58 victory, boosting their record to 15-6. Both teams travel to Castleton on Tuesday, and play their last regular season home games on Wednesday against Word of Life.
Environmental Health News
Founder to Visit GMC
Dr. John Peterson (Pete) Myers, co-author of “Our Stolen Future” and founder of Environmental Health News, will speak at Green Mountain College on Monday, February 25.
His talk is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Myers will offer insights on environmental health and his perspective on civic engagement to this semester's students in "A Delicate Balance," the junior/senior level capstone for the college's Environmental Liberal Arts core curriculum.
Dr. Myers is founder, CEO and Chief Scientist at Environmental Health Sciences, publisher of EnvironmentalHealthNews.org. From 1990 to 2002 he was director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, a private foundation supporting efforts to protect the global environment and to prevent nuclear war. He received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.
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 Tuesday, 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, 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.
Kids Art Exhibit Comes to GMC
Children and grandchildren of GMC employees will have the opportunity to display their artistic talents in a Green Mountain College Kids Art Exhibit in Griswold Library. A participant reception will be held Friday, March 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of Withey Hall. Submit artwork by Monday, March 10, to Renee Beaupre White on the second floor of Griswold Library or Natalie Coe in Ames Hall 109. Entry forms may be picked up at the library front desk. The exhibit is sponsored by the GMC Quality of Life Committee.