Town Meeting to Introduce
GMC’s Next President
A Town Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12, at 10 a.m. in the Gorge to introduce Dr. Paul J. Fonteyn as the incoming President of Green Mountain College. He will be accompanied by his wife Marsha.
This is an opportunity to meet the Fonteyns and welcome them to the Green Mountain College community. All students, faculty and staff are invited and refreshments will be served.
Fonteyn comes to GMC from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he serves as Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. He will succeed John F. Brennan, who is retiring in June after a six-year tenure as President. Fonteyn will take up his new position July 5.
Swedish Attorney to Discuss Virtual Property
In online worlds, intangible things are traded for very tangible amounts of money every day – magical swords and space stations sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Every year billions of dollars change hands, but how should the law treat these strange assets? As intellectual property? Physical chattel? So far, no clear legal answer exists.
Alexander Warnolf, an attorney from Sweden, will discuss the cutting-edge topic of virtual property on Tuesday, March 11, at 1:30 p.m. in Griswold, Rm. 2.
Warnolf has a bachelor's degree in business law and an LLM from Lund University in Sweden. He has also studied law at Nagoya University in Japan, and this year will become an associate at the largest law firm in Sweden.
During his visit to GMC, Warnolf will also speak in Prof. Jacob Park's business law course. Interested students, faculty and staff are invited to join Warnolf for lunch in the dining hall from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. on March 11.
The visit is sponsored by the Green Mountain College Pre-Law Program.
African-American Culture Club
Helps Secure Historic Marker
GMC’s African-American Culture Club recently received notice that the state has approved a historic marker to commemorate the life of Jeffrey Brace (1742-1827), an African author and abolitionist who lived in Poultney.
Club members helped to research and apply for the marker, and will be working with the Poultney Historical Society and town government to set a location for the sign. In the fall, the club plans to organize a dedication ceremony involving the town, College and Brace family descendants.
Brace’s story and his connection to Vermont – the first state to prohibit slavery – will be honored in the marker. At 16 years-old, Brace was captured by European slave traders in his native West Africa. He was shipped to Barbados, was sold to a ship’s captain, and eventually arrived in New England. While still a slave, Brace enlisted in the Continental Army and won his freedom fighting in the American Revolution. In 1784, he settled in Poultney, married, and raised a family here. His life story, published in 1810, is one of the most unique and important anti-slavery memoirs written in America.
GMC’s African-American Culture Club meets every other Sunday at 6 p.m. in the lobby of Withey Hall.
GMC Students and Professors Garner Service Awards
Green Mountain College students and faculty members have garnered accolades for their service work from a statewide coalition of colleges and universities.
The board of directors for the Vermont Campus Compact recently announced that Peter J. Davis Jr. is GMC’s 2008 Commitment to Service and Engagement Award winner. Marli Rupe, the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District Manager, has been named GMC's Engaged Partner for 2008. Prof. Sue Sutheimer (chemistry) was named a finalist for the Engaged Scholar Award. Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation & outdoor studies) was a finalist for the Campus Leadership for Civic Engagement Award.
All winners and finalists will be honored at the Vermont Campus Compact Gala on March 18 at the University of Vermont Davis Center. The Vermont Campus Compact is a consortium of 22 Vermont colleges and universities established to promote the integration of public service into the academic and civic goals of member institutions.
In addition to GMC’s award winners and nominees, Prof. Jacob Park (business strategy and sustainability) has been invited to present workshops March 18 on service learning and civic engagement.
Quality of Life Series Continues
On Tuesday, March 11, Joan Mulligan Ph.D. hosts a presentation titled “If Not Now, When: Cultivating Ease of Well-Being” at noon in the Gorge Atrium. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. The presentation is part of the spring Quality of Life series.
“Galileo” Play Reading on Tap
As part of the "Religion & the Arts Series", there will be a reading presentation of the play "Galileo," by Bertolt Brecht, on Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in Ackley Theatre. The cast will be GMC professors and students, and there will be a brief discussion afterwards. The part of Galileo will be read by Prof. Alan Marwine.
The Italian scientist and professor Galileo insisted in his published books that the sun-centered astronomy of Copernicus was not a hypothetical proposition, but a physical reality proven by his newly invented telescope. In 1633 Galileo was called to the Vatican in Rome and stood accused of heresy by the Inquisition. His life was spared, but he lived under house arrest until his death in 1642. It was one of the most famous examples of the conflict between religion and science in history, and continues in part to this day.
In the play “Galileo,” Brecht shows us how even scientific inquiry is influenced by powers that decide what kinds of discoveries will be tolerated and what kinds will not. The play reading from GMC’s Theatre Program is the second of four events in the Religion & the Arts series.
Youth Conservation Corps Rep Visits Campus
Matthew Brantner, program coordinator for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, will be available on Tuesday, March 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Withey Lobby to speak to interested students about his organization’s programs. VYCC uses conservation projects to instill the values of personal responsibility, hard work, education and respect for the environment.
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Prof. Laird Christensen (English) has been awarded a 2008 Andrews Forest Residency, which will take him to his native bioregion in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. This residency, co-sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State University, contributes to the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Reflections program, in which ecosystem scientists research specific plots of land around the world over a 200-year period.
This particular study, focused on observing ecological changes in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest from 2003 to 2203, is notable for inviting creative writers to participate in the long-term reflection. Past participants include environmental writers such as Robert Michael Pyle, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Pattiann Rogers, and Robin Kimmerer.
Prof. Karen Swyler (Art) gave a visiting artist workshop on February 12 for students at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts. The workshop was given in conjunction with the show "Three Potters: Steven Branfman, Karen Swyler, Mark Shapiro" exhibited in the school's Foster Gallery.
Prof. Jacob Park (Business Strategy & Sustainability) has been awarded the POSCO Visiting Fellowship at the East-West Center @ University of Hawaii. He will be an East-West Center Fellow in June 2008 and conduct research on climate change governance issues in Korea and northeast Asia, with a special emphasis on the private sector.In addition to a public workshop on climate governance in Korea and northeast Asia, Jacob will give a presentation on “Asian Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility Issues” as part of the University of Hawaii Business School’s Pacific Asian Management Institute Summer Lecture Series.
Bruce Saxman, GMC’s Director of Involvement, Leadership & Adventure Programming, completed the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level II Course at Pinkham Notch, NH. The level 2 course is a four-day program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision-making skills.