Students in prof. Lucas Brown's REED courses and prof. Jessica Cuni's Contemporary Art Theory course traveled to New York City over the weekend. Brown's courses studied the integration of nature within the urban environment. Visits included the Highline Park in Chelsea, Paley Park in Midtown, and Central Park. They also sketched a number of significant Modern and Contemporary buildings, including Frank Gehry's IAC Building, Shigeru Ban's Shutter Houses, and Mies Van Der Rohe's Seagram Building. Students also looked at product and furniture design, visiting a number of galleries in Chelsea and SOHO. All students went to the Museum of Modern Art on Sunday. The New York trip is now an annual GMC excursion, enabling students to experience art and design firsthand.
Sophomore Plenary Speaker
Dr. William H. Schlesinger
Green Mountain College will welcome William Schlesinger to campus as the 2013 Visiting Scientist and Sophomore Plenary speaker on March 26 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium. His lecture is titled “Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and What to Do.” All students, faculty, staff, and residents in the surrounding community are invited to attend.
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 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.
His 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.
Zachary Killian Named 2013 Newman Civic Fellow
Junior elementary education major Zachary Killian was named as a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow for his dedication to community service and sustainability. Killian first became interested in community service while he was a student at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, Conn. He was enrolled in the vocational agriculture program at his high school and completed over 500 supervised agricultural experience hours before his graduation.
Zachary also served his local community through his volunteer work with the YMCA. This year he is actively working on communicating Green Mountain College’s DREAM program to local communities, serves as the GMC Student Senate’s director of civic engagement, works as an assistant to the GMC faculty coordinator for service learning, and is involved with Poultney 2020, a collaboration between the town of Poultney and GMC that seeks to achieve mutually beneficial community-oriented goals by the year 2020.
Campus Compact has named 181 student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country as 2013 Newman Civic Fellows. Nominated by their college and university presidents, these students are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.
Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.
GMC Helps Monastery “Go Green”
|Brother Mark is kneeling with Amira (eight months old) and Brother Stavros is on the left. Next is the monastery's facilities manager Richard Austin with Glenn LaPlante.
Green Mountain College’s experience in renewable energy and its close connections with regional cultural institutions often lead to unexpected partnerships. GMC facilities director Glenn LaPlante and prof. Mary Jane Maxwell (history) took a trip last week to the New Skete Monastery in Cambridge, N.Y., to meet with residents about potential green energy solutions for monastery buildings.
“Brother Stavros at New Skete has spoken to students at GMC about Orthodox Christianity and monasticism, and he visited the biomass plant in 2011. He was extremely impressed and asked me if Glenn could talk to them about a potential biomass project on their site,” explained Maxwell.
New Skete is a religious community of men and women dedicated to monastic life in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The community sustains itself through selling baked goods, breeding German Shepherds and training dogs. The monks' dog training series “Divine Canine” aired on the Discovery Channel's Animal Planet, and the nuns' highly acclaimed gourmet cheesecakes have been featured by several food critics, including Rachael Ray.
LaPlante inspected the New Skete facilities to assess the viability of a biomass heating system.
“With the amount of excavation required for biomass and the fact the structures were built on concrete slabs on top of bedrock, I wasn’t convinced of the financial feasibility,” said LaPlante. “However they do have a tremendous amount of roof space that happens to be south facing.”
LaPlante put the monastery in touch with Khanti Munroe ‘04, vice-president of operations at Positive Energy NY based in Granville, which specializes in solar installations. LaPlante and Munro were both adjunct instructors for the REED program’s fall block course, which resulted in construction of the College’s new Olwen Solar Garage.
Two Eagle Athletes Garner NAC Awards
The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) named Green Mountain College freshman Connor Braden (Lafayette, Ind.) as last week’s Rookie of the Week for his performance against Castleton. Braden had a strong collegiate debut for the Eagles, emerging victorious from the number one singles flight match with a straight sets victory (6-2, 6-3) against his Castleton opponent. The Rookie of the Week honor is the first-ever for a Green Mountain College men’s tennis player.
In women’s lacrosse, NAC named GMC junior midfielder Johanna Douglas (Essex, Conn.) Player of the Week for her performance over the course of two games last week. In the two games, Douglas scored all eight of the Eagles' goals while shooting 44.4 percent. Her uncanny ability to gain possession led to 23 draw controls over the two games. Douglas also added eight ground balls and caused three turnovers to cap her week.
It marks the third time Douglas has won an NAC Player of the Week honor. In 2011 she captured both NAC Freshman of the Year and NAC Player of the Year honors.
Community Income Equity Fund Update
Green Mountain College cannot by itself influence 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 College recently established the Green Mountain Community Income Equity Fund (CIEF). 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. This represents a very real commitment to social sustainability as expressed in the College’s strategic plan “Sustainability 2020.”
A letter from human resources director Janie Evans went out to all GMC faculty and staff explaining the program in more detail and distributing a Salary Expense Transfer Request form, which makes it easy for participants to make payroll deductions for CIEF. (Contributions to this cause should not be considered an alternative to donating to the annual fund. Annual fund contributions provide critically important support for all employees, and they are a basis for raising additional funds for our operations.) Participation in CIEF is completely voluntary and confidential. Eligibility for receiving a portion of the funds at the end of the fiscal year is entirely based on income.
If you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact committee members: Kevin Coburn, Janie Evans, Steve Fesmire, Cail Johnstone, Kenneth Mulder or Aaron Witham. To receive a copy of the Salary Expense Transfer Request form, send a request to Janie at email@example.com.
Job Fair Today!
Today, March 25 from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. in Withey Lobby, Career Services is hosting its 5th Annual Spring Career Fair. Following that on Tuesday, March 26, Castleton State College will be hosting their job fair from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. in Glenbrook Gymnasium.
Currently, the following organizations are scheduled to visit GMC: Peace Corps, VHCB Americorps, The Howard Center of Burlington, Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Vermont National Guard, Silver Bay YMCA, Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Rutland Community Care, and Vermont Business for Social Responsibility.
Open Studio Night: Art and Pizza Party
Curious about art? Never taken a class? Think you might like to see what it’s all about? Come join art students and faculty for an open studio night and pizza party this Wednesday, March 27 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in Surdam Hall (the most 24/7 building on campus). Try your hand in a variety of media areas including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics. Talk with art faculty and students and learn more about how art classes can help you express your creativity. Eat pizza! Have fun! Try art!
GMC Sacred Places Walk
This Wednesday, March 27, join for an hour-long sunrise walk to sacred places on campus. Light refreshments will be provided. Meet in Ackley Chapel at 6:30 a.m.
- Farm manager Kenneth Mulder recently gave two presentations on agriculture, energy, and the prospects for reducing fossil fuel inputs into food production. In February he presented at the NOFA-VT conference on the topic: “Farming Without Fossil Fuels: Humans, Animals and Systems.” In March, he co-presented with research and production assistant Ben Dube at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service winter conference on the most recent results of the LEAFS production system trials. LEAFS (Long-term Ecological Assessment of Farming Systems) is an ongoing research trial comparing the land, labor, and energy costs of using human, animal, and machine power for vegetable production.
3/29, 4 p.m. vs. Castleton
3/28, 4 p.m. at Sage
3/30, 3 p.m. at Becker
3/29, 5 p.m. vs. Thomas
3/30, 1 p.m. at Colby-Sawyer
3/30, 12 & 3 p.m. at Castleton
WEEK AT A GLANCE
GMC Event Calendar
Poultney Event calendar
MONDAY, MARCH 25
Spring Job Fair
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.,
TUESDAY, MARCH 26
College Programming Board Meeting
Student Life Office
Open Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio
Open Dance Practice
Bogue Movement Studio
Dr. William Schlesinger
Contra Club Meeting
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
Sacred Places Walk
6:30 - 7:30 a.m.,
3 - 8 p.m.,
Cheap & Healthy Cooking Workshop
Solar Harvest Center
Shakti Tribal Dance - Beginners
6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio
Art and Pizza Party
6 - 8:30 p.m.,
Shakti Tribal Dance - Advanced
Bogue Movement Studio
THURSDAY, MARCH 28
Easter Break Begins