Green Mountain College Welcomes
New Vice President for Student Life
Green Mountain College has concluded its national search for a new Vice President of Student Life with the appointment of Dr. Joseph Petrick. Formerly Vice President for Student Development at New England College in Henniker, NH, Petrick was chosen from a field of 49 candidates from colleges and universities around the country.
In his 19 years of service at New England College, Petrick supervised a broad range of campus services including residential life, health services, counseling, international student advising, and student leadership programming. Previously he was a residential life administrator at the University of Delaware, Newark, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Petrick earned his bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College and his M.A. from Ohio State University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Ohio State.
Petrick, who begins on April 1, will oversee all of Green Mountain College’s student life activities including residential life, health and wellness, athletics, and career services.
“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.
GMC to Hold Policy Forum
All students, staff and faculty are invited to a policy forum on Thursday, March 20th at 7 p.m. in the East Room. The discussion will focus on whether or not GMC community members who are under investigation for serious offenses should be prohibited from representing the college at extra-curricular events. This event is sponsored by the Student Senate, the Provost’s Office and Student Life.
Economic Forum Gears Up
The Green Mountain Economic Forum gets underway this week with two events. On Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m., Hermit Hill Books hosts a discussion on Antonia Juhasz’s book The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time.
The book discussion is followed by a talk on Friday, March 21, at 3 p.m. in Ackley 334. Jane D’Arista, Director of Programs for the Financial Markets Center in Howardsville, VA., will give a lecture titled “Replacing the Failed Washington Consensus: How the Structure of Capital Markets Prevents Equitable Development.”
The Green Mountain Economic Forum wraps up April 1 with a lecture from Alfred Watkins, Science and Technology Coordinator for the World Bank. He will speak at 3 p.m. in Ackley 334.
The economic forum is sponsored by the Green Mountain College Speaker’s Bureau and the business department.
More Accolades for Women’s Hoops
Three members of the GMC women’s basketball team have been named to the Association of Division III Independents All-Conference Team, an honor that caps a 17-7 season and a regional tourney victory in the Eagle Dome.
In addition, GMC’s Coach Jen Heath took home the conference Coach of the Year title. more...
New England Board of Higher Education
Honors GMC President John F. Brennan
Green Mountain College President John F. Brennan was presented with the Vermont State Merit Award from The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) at a March 14 ceremony held at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. The award recognizes Brennan for his leadership at GMC and for his innovative work to improve higher education opportunities in the northeast. The Boston-based NEBHE presents an annual merit award to one individual, program, organization, institution or business in each of the six New England states — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont – based on nominations from their peers and colleagues.
NEBHE Interim President and CEO Michael K. Thomas said, "President Brennan has transformed Green Mountain College into the nation's leading 'environmental liberal arts college.' He and the institution have led the way in integrating the ideals or environmental responsibility, public service, global understanding into outstanding undergraduate and graduate learning."
War Resister to Speak at GMC
The first U.S. soldier court-martialed for desertion during the Iraq War plans to speak at GMC on Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium. Camilo Mejia comes to campus as the speaker for a Voices of Community plenary. His talk will address his nine-month jail sentence, his views on torture in Iraq, and his reasons for refusing to fight.
In April 2003, Mejia was deployed to Iraq as a member of the Florida National Guard. During his deployment, he witnessed the killing of civilians and the abuse of detainees, leading him to question the morality and legality of the war. When he returned to the United States in October 2003 for a two-week leave, he decided never to return to Iraq. He went into hiding to avoid redeployment and was classified as AWOL–or Absent Without Leave–by the military. After five months underground, he surrendered to the military at Fort Stewart, Georgia and submitted a formal application for discharge as a conscientious objector. His application was denied. In May 2004, a military jury convicted him of desertion and sentenced him to jail.
Mejia has authored a book titled Road from Ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Mejia. His talk is free and open to the public.
Presentation on “Living Mindfully” this Week
For the third event in the spring Quality of Life series, Bill Kelley hosts a presentation titled "Living Mindfully" on Tuesday, March 18, at noon in the Gorge. Kelley, currently of the Pyramid Holistic Health Center, was former director of GMC's Bozen Wellness Center. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.
Feminist Fair in Honor of Women’s History Month
In honor of Women’s History Month, GMC’s annual Feminist Fair is being held Wednesday, March 19, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the lobby of Withey Hall. This is an event to raise awareness of gender issues, and there will be a variety of informational booths and displays on that topic. Last year, the event won the award for Outstanding Educational / Cultural Program. The fair is sponsored by WAGEC (Women and Gender Studies Events Committee).
Compete in the Battle of the Bands
The College Programming Board is looking for music groups to compete in the Battle of the Bands on April 2. The winner of the contest will take home $500 and earn the chance to open for the Spring Concert on April 19. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign-Up for Green Mountain Triathlon
On Sunday, May 4, Green Mountain College hosts the annual Green Mountain Triathlon, with all proceeds to benefit the men’s and women’s cross-country teams. Both individual and team competitors complete a 500-yard pool swim, an 18-mile bike race and a 5K run. Prizes will be awarded in ten age groups for males and females.
The entry fees are as follows:
$15 for students, staff and faculty. $20 after April 6.
$30 for student/faculty/staff team. $40 after April 6.
$30 for non-student. $35 after April 6.
$50 for non-student team. $60 after April 6.
Registration on race day is 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. in Waldron Athletic Center. For more information, call (802) 287-9398 or e-mail Gerry Audet.
Prof. Greg Brown (Natural Resource Management) recently presented two research seminars at Adelaide University and the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia. The seminars were titled "Mapping Landscape Values, Special Places, and Spatial Preferences using Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) for Natural Resource Management: Methods, Applications, and State of Knowledge.” Brown has developed public participation methods using geographic information systems (GIS) to identify and map public perceptions of landscapes in both the U.S. and Australia for a variety of land use planning applications. See www.landscapevalues.org.