Two ninth-graders from nearby Poultney High School enjoy a game of hockey on the rink behind Ackley Hall.


REED Hosts Pliny Fisk III This Evening
Pliny Fisk III, co-director and founder of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, the oldest architecture, research and planning office in the U.S., will give a series of lectures and classes at Green Mountain College including an evening keynote at 7 p.m. in the East Room (Withey Hall) on Monday, February 25. The program is free and open to the public.

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

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

Fisk 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 American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, and co-chaired the Environmental Resource Guide.

The event is sponsored by the College’s Renewable Energy and EcoDesign (REED) program, an undergraduate major which prepares students for the renewable energy and green building fields.



Sustainability 2020 Community Conversation is on Feb. 27. Are You Ready?
The Community Conversation is almost upon us. Are you ready to share your thoughts about the metrics for Sustainability 2020? Join us for the discussion this Wednesday, February 27 from 2:30 - 5 p.m. in the East Room. Refreshments will be served.

To get you thinking about the proposed metrics for measuring progress toward authentic sustainability, check out this short video series:

Introduction to authentic sustainability
Social/human capital metrics
Financial capital metrics
Natural capital metrics

Sustainability 2020 challenges us to be more dynamic and decisive than we’ve ever been before in the 179-year history of Green Mountain College. Authentic sustainability depends on you.



GMC Launches Community Income Equity Fund
By itself, Green Mountain College cannot influence the broad economic factors that have created wide income disparity in the United States. But GMC takes its commitment to social sustainability seriously. To address the problem of income inequity at home, the Green Mountain Community Income Equity Fund (CIEF) was recently established with the support of the College administration. CIEF invites higher earning workers at GMC to voluntarily contribute funds to benefit other workers in our community who earn less than the hourly livable wage.

While per capita income in the U.S. has risen 90% between 1970 and today, the benefits of increased economic production have not been evenly distributed. During the past 40 years, the minimum wage decreased 11% in real dollars. This has resulted in the greatest income disparity between top and bottom earners since the Great Depression.

By inviting employees earning higher wages or salaries to contribute to a fund that compensates workers earning less than a living wage, the College is making a very real commitment to social sustainability as expressed in the strategic plan Sustainability2020. Participation is completely voluntary.

GMC employees recently received a letter describing the program in more detail and will receive followup information shortly on how to participate. In the meantime, if you have questions please feel free to contact committee members: Kevin Coburn, Janie Evans, Steve Fesmire, Cail Johnstone, Kenneth Mulder or Aaron Witham.



Chelsea Paul Captures NAC All-Conference Honors
The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) recently released its women's basketball post-season awards and Green Mountain College's senior guard Chelsea Paul was named to the NAC All-Conference Second Team.

Paul earned the All-Conference honor for the second time since her freshman year, concluding her outstanding collegiate playing career. This season Chelsea notched her 1,381st career point which places her third overall on GMC's all-time scoring list.

She also ranks fourth in rebounds (621) and sixth in assists (242) all-time. Head coach Jen Heath congratulated her senior captain. "I am proud of Chelsea for her performance this year as she had to work harder to achieve what she did because of the way teams defended us," said Heath.

"Her All-Conference honor is well-deserved and I appreciate the time and commitment she put into not only playing the game at a high level, but being a leader for this team."



New Eyes: Glasses for those in Need
As a special service project, the Staff Assembly of Green Mountain College will be collecting used eyeglasses, sunglasses, and reading glasses at selected locations in the area from now until May 1.

The donated glasses will be sent to New Eyes for the Needy, a New Jersey-based, non-profit volunteer organization whose main purpose is to provide better vision to the poor in the United States and throughout the world.

Shoebox-sized collection containers will be located at Citizens Bank on Main Street, Griswold Library, Poultney Elementary School Library, and the Poultney High School Library.

Contact Sheila Jurnak or Allison Cota for more information.



Sophomore Plenary speaker is Dr. William H. Schlesinger
Green Mountain College will welcome William Schlesinger to campus as the 2013 Visiting Scientist and Sophomore Plenary speaker this March 26. The plenary session is scheduled for 7 p.m., in Ackley Auditorium. All students, faculty, staff, and residents in the surrounding community are invited to attend.

Bill Schlesinger investigates chemical pools and fluxes in Earth’s biosphere, and the environmental chemistry behind global change. Among the first to estimate the global pool of carbon in soils, he has led research on the influence of soils on atmospheric carbon dioxide. Similarly, he has estimated the influence of trees (through carbon storage in wood) on atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Few scientists today can match the intellectual and geographical breadth of Schlesinger’s research, from plant transpiration in the Chihuahuan Desert to the biogeochemistry of phosphorus in soils in Krakatau.

Schlesinger’s peer-reviewed publications number more than 200 and he has been featured in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Scientific American, NOVA and CNN. Currently president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Schlesinger has served as the James B. Duke Professor of Biogeochemistry and the Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environmental and Earth Sciences at Duke University.

The sophomore plenary address is a high point each year in Dimensions of Nature where students in the sophomore class study the history and philosophy of science. In readings ranging from Aristotle and Galileo to Watson and Crick, students in “Dimensions” examine changes in prevailing models of the universe, approaches and methods of science, and relationships between science and society.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Career Corner
Attention Seniors: Are you graduating this May?
With spring break nearly upon us, it won’t be long until you prepare for graduation! Get a head start and make an appointment with Career Services. We can discuss issues such as job search techniques, resume and cover letters, interviewing skills, and graduate school preparation. The sooner you start, the better prepared you’ll be to tackle each new opportunity that comes your way.

Email Maia Hanron-Sanford at hanronsanfordm@greenmtn.edu to schedule an appointment.

Compost Bins Need Homes
The Sustainability Office has launched its new compost plan, which relies on volunteers living in the residence halls to serve as point people for each compost bin. Do you want composting in your residence hall? If so, please email the sustainability office or drop by Terrace 125 and grab a volunteer sheet on the slot outside the door.

When a residence hall gets at least two volunteers, they can get an approved bin from the sustainability office to place in the designated hub. For some residence halls this will be a worm bin where red wiggler worms will eat the food scraps. Other bins will not contain worms and will need to be emptied weekly at the farm. These bins are ready for homes and the worms are eager to eat your food. Most residence halls already have one volunteer signed up, so be a compost hero and volunteer today!

If you want to share your thoughts on composting in residence halls, take this short survey.

Film Showing: Food Fight
As part of the Environmental & Food Justice Documentary Series, the film "Food Fight" will be shown at the Tiny Theater this Tuesday, February 26 at 7 p.m.

"Food Fight" is a look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how an alternative emerged from the counter-culture of California in the late 1960s and early 1970s led by Alice Waters and other culinary innovators. In search of taste, variety & flavor, restaurants like Chez Panisse ended up creating a food chain outside of the conventional system to enable their customers to consume food in new ways. An unintended consequence of these efforts was the birth and growth of today's vital local-sustainable-organic food movement.

Admission is free. Concessions available (popcorn - $1, Sweetwater sodas - $1.50)

Wear Red Day
On Wednesday, February 27, help raise heart disease awareness by wearing red clothing and join for a photo in Withey Lobby at 12:30 p.m. All participants are eligible to enter a raffle!

Film Showing: The Master
The film "The Master" will be shown at the Tiny Theater this Saturday, March 2 at 1, 4, 6:30, and 9 p.m. A Naval veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his wife (Amy Adams).

Admission is free for GMC students, all other admissions $3.



FACULTY NOTES

  • Prof. Steven Letendre (environmental studies) will make a presentation “Electric Cars that Give and Take” as part of the Science Pub series at the Iron Lantern Restaurant in Castleton, Sunday March 3rd at 4 p.m. “Electric cars can do more than reduce our reliance in fossil fuels; they can also provide and store power,” says Dr. Letendre, who studies the science and economics of hybrid vehicles. The Science Pub series invites community members to attend informal lectures by regional experts. The format is relaxed and discussion and dialogue are encouraged. The event is free, except for any food and drinks participants order. For more information, call 802-468-5574.

  • Prof. Mary Jane Maxwell (history) is the guest editor for a forum on “Travel and Travelers in World History” for the peer-reviewed journal, World History Connected vol. 10 issue 1 (February 2013). She will also be guest editor for the journal in June, 2013 for issue 2. Read her introduction to the publication’s online forum here. Maxwell also serves as book review editor for this journal. Her new book Women and Mysticism in World History, 800-1200: An Era of Divine Love (M.E. Sharpe) will appear in Spring 2014.

  • Prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine arts) has his work on exhibit in two group shows: “(Re) viewing Bodies, Selected American Photographs, 1930-2000” at Wesleyan University’s Davison Art Center, and “In Other Worlds” at Gallery 90 in Hoosick Falls. The Davison Art Center show was curated by Wesleyan students who were particularly impressed by the drama and complexity of Bubriski’s photographs of butoh dancer Jun Wakabayashi taken in Japan. The exhibition examines the ways twentieth-century American photographers have represented the body, whether as a subject or a compositional element. The show is on display until Thursday, March 7. “In Other Worlds” features Bubriski’s photographs from India, Brazil, Egypt, and other locales, and marks the grand opening of The 120 and Gallery 90 located in the basement of the HAYC3 Armory on 80 Church Street in Hoosick Falls. The project (the galleries were inspired by the Hoosick Falls ZIP code 12090) is the brainchild of GMC graduate Jason Janson ’11. “In Other Worlds” runs from March 1-29. Read a Bennington Banner story about the new enterprise here.

  • Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation, outdoor studies) and adjunct prof. Candice Raines (recreation, outdoor studies) received silver medals having finished in 2nd place at the ski-orienteering championships held as part of the 33rd Empire State Winter Games held at Lake Placid, New York, February 7-10, 2013. Additionally, Thayer recently co-presented with Tim Huchton (American Camp Association) on the topic of “Partnering with Colleges and Universities – A Simple Approach to Higher Visibility” at the 2013 American Camp Association National Conference in Dallas, TX. February 12-15, 2013. Over 1000 youth development professionals attended the conference.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Pliny Fisk III at GMC
Community Conversation
Income Equity Fund
Faculty Notes





No sports this week, check back next week.

Go Eagles!

WEEK AT A GLANCE
GMC Event Calendar
Poultney Event calendar

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Vinyasa Yoga
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Pliny Fisk III Presentation
7 p.m.,
East Room

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Safe Spring Break!
12 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop
4 p.m.,
Graphics Lab (Griswold Library)

Guided Meditation
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

Yoga
5:15 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Equestrian Club Meeting
6 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

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

Film Showing: Food Fight
7 p.m.,
Tiny Theater

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Wear Red Day
All Day

Community Yoga
9:30 a.m.,
Tiny Theater

Feick Internship Presentation
12 p.m.,
Griswold 002

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop
12 p.m.,
Grapics Lab (Griswold Library)

Safe Spring Break!
12 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Community Conversation
2:30 - 5 p.m.,
East Room

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 28
Lunchtime Yoga
12:05 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Zazen Meditation
6 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

FRIDAY, MARCH 1
Open Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

SATURDAY, MARCH 2
Film Showing:
The Master

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

SUNDAY, MARCH 3
Quaker Worship Group
10 a.m.,
Ackley Chapel