Although it's still pretty cold here at GMC, signs of spring are underway! Bikes are out, maple sap buckets are hung, and the snow (or lack thereof) is beginning to melt.


Two Speakers at GMC for MSFS Residency
The on-campus residency for students in the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) program started February 16 and will continue through Thursday, February 21. The residency provides students with opportunities to interact with one another, their faculty and the Scholar in Residence. This intensive personal interaction helps to start relationships that are further developed in the online environment.

This week, two guest speakers will be presenting at GMC. 2013 MSFS Visiting Scholar Helene York, director of purchasing strategy for Bon Appétit Management, will be the keynote speaker presenting tonight, February 18 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge.

“Helene and the Bon Appétit Company share many of the same goals and values as GMC,” said Philip Ackerman-Leist, MSFS program director. “She is a strong advocate for combining culinary expertise with a commitment to socially and environmentally responsible purchasing practices. Her background in weaving sophisticated sustainability practices into the fabric of what is arguably the most progressive food service corporation in the country will help our students understand leverage points for change in the corporate sectors of our food system.”

On Tuesday, February 19, Dr. Neil Conklin will be giving a presentation at 3 p.m. in the Gorge titled “Developing a Workforce for 21st Century Agriculture.”

Conklin has served as president of Farm Foundation since January 2008. Previously he served as director of the market and trade economics division of USDA’s Economic Research Service. In that role, he initiated the ERS research program on the economics of bioenergy and directed the development of new modeling frameworks on global trade policy analysis.

The two presentations are offered as part of the MSFS program, and are free and open to the public.



Bairbre McCarthy Performs Irish Tales and Legends
Our next guest in the GMC Storyteller Series is Bairbre McCarthy, who will present an evening of Irish Tales and Legends in the Gorge Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Bairbre is a seanchaí (storyteller) and author from County Clare on Ireland’s west coast. She is noted for her knowledge of Irish mythology, folklore and language, and she enjoys collaborations with other artists. Bairbre is the founder of the children’s program at Catskills Irish Arts Week, in East Durham N.Y., the largest summer school in North America devoted to the Irish Traditional Arts, and she is also a NYS certified teacher of English, French and Gifted students.

Bairbre’s books include Irish Leprechaun Stories (1998), The Adventures of Cúchulainn (2000), and The Keeper of the Crock of Gold (2008). She has produced the CD “Introduction to the Irish Language: Easy Irish Lessons for Beginners.” Bairbre is described by The Irish Times as “a master storyteller who weaves a magic spell around her audience.”

This free performance is geared toward a college and adult audience, but all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.



GMC Professor and Students Receive ASIANetwork Research Grant
Prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies) and four GMC students have received a grant of $25,990 from the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program to conduct research in Thailand next summer.

The group will focus on the effects of economic development on the country’s natural environment, and will explore the costs, benefits, and risks of this development for ethnic groups lacking Thai citizenship and political power like the Chao Khao.

The students, Nicholas Ravotti ‘14, Titaina Green ‘15, Luz Guel’15 and Kristen Friedel ‘14, will be assisted in their research by 14 law students from Thammasat University. Student projects include research on Thailand’s hydroelectric dam system and its impact on recent flooding; transitions in the country’s forest management practices; an analysis of changing agricultural policies and practices that have led to expansion of rice production; and an inquiry into whether the Chao Khao people are utilizing citizen participation provisions within the Thai Constitution, and the extent to which the Thai government is willing to consider their opinions.

A consortium of around 160 North American colleges, ASIANetwork strives to strengthen the role of Asian Studies within the framework of liberal arts education to help prepare succeeding generations of undergraduates for a world in which Asian societies play prominent roles in an ever more interdependent world.



Dr. Alan Goldberg Named 2013 Benson Lecturer
Green Mountain College will host Dr. Alan Goldberg as speaker at the College’s annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture, Thursday, April 18 at 4 p.m. in Ackley Hall. Dr. Goldberg is professor of toxicology and founding director at the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was a co-author of the important Pew Commission report on industrial farm animal production.

The title of his address is “Animals, Food, Food-Animals.” The Benson Lecture is a highlight of the College’s Earth Week activities—it is free and open to the public. A reception following the lecture will be held in the Ackley Hall chapel.

Dr. Goldberg’s presentation will examine the question: “With an estimated human population of nine billion by 2050, and possibly higher by 2100, how do we ethically feed the world?” The discussion illuminates human attitudes about animals and their roles in research and agriculture. Starting in 2007, Dr. Goldberg served as a Pew Commissioner on the study “Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America.”

The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing seeks ways to replace animals with non-animal research methods, reduce the numbers of animals necessary in research, or refine methods to make them less painful or stressful to the animals.

The Benson Lecture Series, named in honor of former Green Mountain College President Thomas L. Benson, aims to bring visionary speakers of national and international significance to the College campus. Benson was president from 1994-2002 and was the architect of the College’s environmental liberal arts mission.

Read more about Dr. Alan Goldberg here.



Great Tasting Water Courtesy of Class of 2012
When you’re studying in the library do you ever wish you could fill up your water bottle with Withey water, but it’s just too far? Now there is a convenient solution to quench your thirst, and it’s right in Griswold Library.

The senior class of 2012 spent $1,600 on their senior gift: a new water bottle filling station in the library. Now great tasting water is available to you no matter what side of campus you are on. Whether you are eating in Withey or studying in the library, hydration is only a water bottle filling station away.



Community Conversation Next Week
The 2013 Community Conversation is fast approaching, and we are wondering “what are your thoughts about the ‘metrics?’”

A task force of faculty, staff, and a student will present the metrics for Sustainability 2020, GMC’s new strategic plan next Wednesday, February 27 from 2:30 – 5 p.m. in the East Room. These metrics represent six months of thinking about how to measure progress towards our goal of “authentic sustainability” by 2020.

In the meantime, check out these short videos:
Concept of Sustainability 2020 and the goal of authentic sustainability.

Environmental capital metrics.

Stay tuned next week for videos on financial capital and social/human capital. See you on the 27th!



REED Hosts Pliny Fisk III
Pliny Fisk III, co-director and founder of the oldest architecture, research and planning office in the US, will give a series of lectures and classes including an evening keynote at 7 in the East Room on Monday, February 25.

The lecture will cover 37 years of groundbreaking work including prototypes, materials, buildings (2 solar decathlons), a state demonstration green building, a state demonstration integrated farm, carbon balanced design of furniture to buildings, and protocols.

He will touch on 10 different planning methods that have been tailored to a wide range of clientele, from revolutionary governments to the U.S. EPA.

Policywise he has been instrumental in establishing the first green building program in the US, the first restructuring of State Architecture and Engineering Guidelines using sustainable design principles as direction, was on the first AIA Committee on the Environment, and co-chaired the Environmental Resource Guide.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Career Corner
Following up after your interview!
The interview isn’t over just because you have shaken hands and said goodbye. It’s never too late to leave one more impression on your possible future employer. After your interview, be sure to send a thank you note. This may seem like an antiquated gesture, but following up with a thoughtfully constructed response can earn you big points, especially if you and another candidate are neck-in-neck for the open position. Here are a few pointers:

1. Be sure to choose a tasteful and appropriate note card design or stationary. Think about its details too. If you are applying to an environmentally friendly company, keep your branding consistent by choosing a style printed using earth friendly paper and inks.

2. Don’t be generic in your message, but refer to something specific from the interview that struck you interesting and that raised your enthusiasm for the job even more.

3. Send it the next day; don’t wait until they have already given the job to someone else!

Check out Career Service’s Spring Workshop Schedule here!

Two Workstations Available in Campus Bookstore
Did you know that the GMC bookstore located in Withey Hall has two workstations in the store? They are open and available to all students, faculty and staff during bookstore hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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, February 19 at 4 p.m. in the student involvement office to plan and host campus-wide events for the Green Mountain College community.

Film Showing: The Goonies
The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure-comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's premise features a band of pre-teens who live in the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon attempting to save their homes from demolition, and in doing so, discover an old Spanish map that leads them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willie, a legendary 17th-century pirate.

The film will be shown this Thursday, February 21 at the Tiny Theater on Main Street with showings at 1, 4, and 6 p.m.

Admission is free for students, and all other admissions $3/person; discounted multiple admission punch cards available with proceeds supporting the non-profit Tiny Theatre Community Center.

Film Showing: Argo
Argo is a 2012 American thriller film directed by Ben Affleck; it is a dramatization of a 2007 article about the "Canadian Caper", in which Tony Mendez, a CIA operative, led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.

The film will be shown this Saturday, February 23 at the Tiny Theater on Main Street with showings at 1, 4 6:30, and 9 p.m.

Admission is free for students, and all other admissions $3/person; discounted multiple admission punch cards available with proceeds supporting the non-profit Tiny Theatre Community Center.

IN THIS ISSUE:
MSFS Residency
2013 Benson Lecturer
Community Conversation
Happenings on Campus





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WEEK AT A GLANCE
GMC Event Calendar
Poultney Event calendar

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Vinyasa Yoga
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

MSFS: Helene York
Presentation

7 p.m.,
The Gorge

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
MSFS: Neil Conklin
Presentation

3 p.m.,
The Gorge

Guided Meditation
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

Open Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Yoga
5:15 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

Irish Tales and
Legends with
Bairbre McCarthy

7:30 p.m.,
The Gorge

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
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, FEBRUARY 21
Lunchtime Yoga
12:05 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Film Showing:
The Goonies

1, 4, 6 p.m.,
Tiny Theater

Zazen Meditation
6 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Massage Therapy
12:15 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Open Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Battle of the Bands
8 p.m.,
The Gorge

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Massage Therapy
9 a.m.,
Wellness Center

Film Showing:
Argo

1,4, 6:30, 9 p.m.,
Tiny Theater

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Quaker Worship Group
10 a.m.,
Ackley Chapel