Storyteller Manitonquat (aka Medicine Story) will be at GMC this week to tell stories and speak on sustainable communities as part of this years storyteller series. See story below.



Author, Scholar Gus Speth the Next Benson Lecturer
Green Mountain College is pleased to host James Gustave "Gus" Speth as the speaker at the annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture, April 19 at 2:30 p.m. Speth is the Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale. Speth will also receive an honorary degree from the College.

From 1993 to 1999, Speth served as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group. Prior to his service at the UN, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality; and senior attorney and cofounder, Natural Resources Defense Council.

Throughout his career, Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment. His many publications include The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability, Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment; and Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment.

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.



GMC Student Nominated for Eco-Star Award
The Sustainability Office is pleased to announce that Meiko Lunetta ‘13, has recently been nominated for America’s Next Eco-Star competition. Meiko’s strong commitment to sustainability is evident through her actions on campus and in the broader community. The first phase of the Eco-Star competition consists of a public voting period. Please take time to review the nominees and consider voting for Meiko Lunetta as America’s Next Eco-Star.

Congratulations on the nomination and good luck, Meiko!

To review nominees, click here.

To vote visit: http://form.jotform.net/form/20325059008



Storyteller Series: Manitonquat
In our culture, storytelling is often relegated to children, so it is exciting and important that GMC is a leader in presenting meaningful storytelling events for adults. GMC’s “Stories of the Spirit” class is a big part of shaping our understanding of the role of storytelling in our lives and community.

Spring 2012’s presenters will each do special in-class workshops as well as evening performances, which are open to the public.

On Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gorge, Manitonquat (aka Medicine Story), a member of the Wampanoag tribe, will be at GMC. He and his wife travel all over the world building sustainable communities. These self-sufficient communities are an obvious connecting-point for GMC students interested in sustainable living, community and agriculture. Check out their website for more info about their work.



Info Session for Summer Farm Intensive
Green Mountain College will be offering its acclaimed GMC Summer Farm Intensive from May 21-August 17 in 2012.

Come to an information session to learn more about this 13-credit program based at Cerridwen Farm and the Solar Harvest Center on Monday, Feb. 20 from 7-8 p.m. in Ackley 334.

The summer intensive program involves students in managing all elements of the farm’s operations while simultaneously providing a strong curricular foundation in sustainable agriculture focused on three core areas: the fundamentals of organic crop and animal management; efficient integration and management of highly-diverse farm systems; and development and utilization of appropriate technologies in agriculture with a focus on human and animal power.



Student Ashley Jellen packages a handmade bowl.
Outreach to Class of 2016
High school students and transfers accepted to Green Mountain College for the fall 2012 semester are receiving an unusual and characteristically "green" welcome package in the mail. Each 7" by 7" box contains a ceramic bowl hand crafted by Garecht Brunner '12 or Leanne Callahan '12.

"Typically, admitted students will receive a small 'token' from colleges they are accepted to," said GMC Vice-President of Enrollment Management Robert Gould. "We see this as an opportunity to convey how genuine and personalized the student experience is at GMC."

Each bowl was crafted and fired in the GMC ceramics studio. Garecht, from Gloversville, N.Y., came to GMC as an undeclared major. That changed when he met ceramics professor Karen Swyler who realized he had a natural talent and pushed him to develop his skills.

Leanne, who hails from Tinton Falls, N.J., was unsure of what she wanted to study when she came to GMC. "I knew I enjoyed working with my hands and being creative but I was always told art was a hobby. After taking ceramics, painting, and printmaking I listened to my heart and found what I love to do."

The admissions office sent a similar package last year. A card inserted in each packet reads: "A bowl can be a sturdy companion: open, versatile, a vessel to give and receive. It's their (the artists) way of welcoming you to GMC."



North Atlantic Conference Announces All-Academic Honorees
Earlier this month, the North Atlantic Conference announced the 2011 Fall All-Academic honorees. Seventy-two student-athletes who participated in a fall conference sport received recognition, nine of which were Green Mountain College recipients.

To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached junior academic standing, have competed a minimum two years of varsity competition at their institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50.

Students who made the ‘GMC Fall All-Academic Team’ include:
Ryan Laymon – Men’s Soccer
Mark Thiong’o – Golf
Christopher Donovan – Men’s Cross Country
Whitney Rose – Women’s Cross Country
Megan O’Keefe – Volleyball
Samantha Tajirian - Women’s Soccer
Erin Burch – Women’s Soccer
Emma Lord – Women’s Soccer
Casey McGill – Women’s Soccer



Chelsea Paul Hits 1000th Point
In last week's game against the Colby-Sawyer Chargers, guard Chelsea Paul '13 joined senior forward Millicent Hopper '12 as the second Eagle to join the 1000th career point club this season. Paul would lead the Eagles with 22 first half points as the club took a 43-33 lead into the break.

The Eagles received 25 points overall from Paul--she added 10 boards to complete the double-double and also had seven assists. Hopper contributed 13 points and 12 boards for her 13th double-double on the year in an eventual 75-59 loss to the Chargers.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

GRE Workshop
Taking the Graduate Record Exam? Get help studying at a workshop on Tuesday, February 21 from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Special Collections Room on the second floor of Griswold Library.

Academic Skills Workshop: Effective College Writing
Join the Calhoun Learning Center this Wednesday, February 22 from 1 – 2 p.m. in Room 003 on the lower level of Griswold Library for a workshop on effective college writing. Students share their particular difficulties and frustrations in this multi-dimensional area of academic performance. Some basic guidelines are presented to help organize and monitor writing tasks. Students are encouraged to follow up with ongoing tutorial assistance.

New Moon Ceremony
With a rainy January behind us, join the Eco-Reps on Tuesday, February 21 at 9 p.m. at the Labyrinth for a solidarity circle for those who want to make a positive impact on climate change. During the ceremony, students will make commitments for the next moon cycle to reduce carbon emissions and live more sustainably.

R.A. Interest Meeting
Join the R.A. staff this Wednesday, February 22 from 6 – 7 p.m. in Moses Lounge to learn more about the benefits of becoming an R.A. Applications are available on MyGMC starting February 20 and are due by March 2.

GMAT Study Group
Students studying for the Graduate Management Admissions Test are welcome to join this study group Wednesday, February 15 from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Special Collections Room of Griswold Library. The group is facilitated by Dan Riley ’12 and is sponsored by Career Services.

Battle of the Bands
Grab some friends this Saturday, February and compete during GMC’s own Battle of the Bands at 8 p.m. in the Gorge. The winning band will be opening for the headlining act at this year’s spring concert. Sign up ends Friday.



FACULTY NOTES

  • Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (English, writing) recently had two poems accepted into Avocet: A Nature Journal, entitled “Hummingbird” and “Night, Narragansett Bay.”

  • Provost William Throop (philosophy, environmental studies) was a featured guest on a recent Vermont Public Radio interview that focused on “green” colleges in Vermont. Chronicle of Higher Education senior reporter Scott Carlson was also a guest on last Thursday’s Vermont Edition program. The conversation can be heard on the VPR website. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute to the “comments” section.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Gus Speth to Speak at GMC
Storyteller Series at GMC
GMC NAC Honorees
Faculty Notes





WEEK AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20
HooPla
12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

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

Pilates
3 - 4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Summer Farm Intensive Meeting
7 - 8 p.m.,
Ackley 334

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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Open Chapel/Mystical Prayer
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

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

GRE Workshop
4 - 5 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

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

Storyteller Series: Manitonquat
7:30 p.m.,
Gorge

Fire Spinning
8 - 9:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

New Moon Ceremony
9 p.m., Labyrinth

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Open Chapel/When We Pray
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Academic Skills Workshop:
Effective College Writing

1 - 2 p.m.,
Room 3, Griswold Library

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
3 - 7 p.m.,
Wellness Center

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

R.A. Interest Meeting
6 - 7 p.m.,
Moses Lounge

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 23
HooPla
12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

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

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

R.A. Interest Meeting
6 - 7 p.m., Moses Lounge

Fire Spinning
8 - 9:30 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio

Pilates
8 - 9 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

Open Chapel
9 - 10 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
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

Hip-Hop and Freestyle Dance
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance Performances
7 p.m.,
Gorge

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Contemporary Dance
12:30 - 3 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio

Battle of the Bands
8 p.m., Gorge