Astronaut and Artist Alan Bean to Deliver
Alan Bean, one of the few men ever to see earth from the vantage point of the moon, is the speaker for the College's third annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture Series to be held on Earth Day, April 22. The title of his address is "Reaching for Your Own Special Star." It will begin at 1 p.m. in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall.
Bean was the fourth man to set foot on the moon during the Apollo 12 mission in November 1969. He explored the landscape of the Ocean of Storms and later, as commander of Skylab Mission II, he spent 59 days in orbit around earth. After retiring from NASA, Bean has spent the last few decades of his life as a painter, drawing inspiration from the world as seen from lunar and earthly perspectives. Bean will be presented with an honorary doctor of sciences degree prior to his address.
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 to Host First Annual Farmer Resource Fair
The Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, Green Mountain College and Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District present the first annual Farmer Resource Fair on March 30 from 2 – 7 p.m. in the Gorge. Meet farm service and technical providers, lenders, insurers, support organizations, representatives from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, UVM extension and others.
Information will be available on subjects including conservation programs, agricultural promotion and development, nutrient management, farm financing, home and farm stress management, and energy and vocational rehabilitation. The workshop schedule is as follows:
2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Successful Rental Relationships between Farmers and Landowners
2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Farmland Access and Land Purchase Options
3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Farm Conservation Programs: Available Incentives and Assistance
3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Energy Efficiency & Renewables on the Farm: Rebates & Assistance
Affordable Health Care and Insurance Options for Farmers
Following the fair, new farmers are invited to stay for a casual ice-cream social to catch up, chat about spring planting plans, and network with each other.
Cerridwen Farm CSA Shares Now Available
Cerridwen Farm is now signing community members up for its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. CSA members receive:
Pre-Law Speaker Series to Kick Off April 7
Green Mountain College presents three programs in its annual Pre-Law Speakers Series that touch on issues including global environmental pollution and animal rights here in Vermont. All programs are free and open to the public. Tseming Yang, professor of law and director of the VLS/Sun Yat-Sen University Partnership for Environmental Law in China Program, kicks off the series April 7 with a talk titled “Globalization and Global Environmental Rights.” It begins at 6 p.m. in the East Room.
She will focus on case studies involving hazardous waste contamination and impacts on small/poor communities, one in Mexico at the U.S.-Mexico border, the second one in Guangdong province, China, a so-called "cancer village." These studies illustrate the global dimension of environmental rights and environmental justice problems, the challenge of incorporating them into international environmental governance systems, and efforts to address them. The rest of the schedule is as follows:
6 p.m., East Room
"Beyond Human Rights: Should Animals Have a Voice"
Joanne Borbeau, senior state director for Vermont and New Hampshire for the Humane Society of the United States, hosts a talk discussing the role of animals in our society. What are the differences between animal protection and animal rights? And what role do we as humans play in defining these parameters within a public policy setting?
9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. & 1 - 4 p.m., East Room
"Investigating Animal Cruelty in Vermont"
Joanne Bourbeau and experts from the Vermont Animal Cruelty Task Force host a workshop on the detection, evidence collection, and prosecution of animal crimes. This will be a hands-on workshop featuring mock wildlife and farm animal crime scenes and CSI style investigations. The workshop will occur on the GMC farm and other natural areas on campus. The program is free; preregistration is required. Contact Shelby Phillips at 802-287-8392 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Lunch is not provided, but meals can be purchased at the College's dining hall.
Earth Week Photo Contest on Tap
What is your vision for climate neutrality on GMC's campus? Residents of SAGE Hall invite students to express their ideas through an Earth Week Photo Contest. Images submitted to the contest will be on display in Withey Lobby during Earth Week from April 19 - 21, and students, faculty and staff will be invited to vote on the photos. The deadline to submit is April 11. Click here for detailed instructions and more information about the contest.
Van Hoesen Hosts Talk in Natural History Series
Long ago the Champlain Valley was covered in more than a mile of ice. As the glaciers moved south then north they deposited sediment and shaped the landscape we see today. In a talk on April 7 as part of The Nature Conservancy's 11th annual Vermont Natural History Series, Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology) plans to explore how glaciers affected the way valleys look today. His talk, titled "In the Footprints of Glaciers," begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Nature Conservancy's West Haven office.
Easter break hours for the Griswold Library will be:
Lauren Wilcox '11, an English major from Arlington, Vt., has had a poem accepted for publication in this summer's issue of Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry. Lauren wrote and revised the poem, titled "Summer of 1988," in Prof. Laird Christensen's (English) Environmental Writing Workshop. Read the poem:
"Summer of 1988"
Feral child with a wig of tangled twigs,
Naked as a savage streaked with sun-dried mud.
Ten little piggies crowned with dandelion heads,
Fingers sifting through pine needle drifts,
Light and quick as moths.
Preaching to the black-eyed crows the child’s gospel
Nonsensical chatter like the rush of wind through birches,
Twisting leaves delighting the eye with a glittering array,
As they scatter to the ground in fistfuls.
A shower of honeysuckle buds, pink, white and sweet
Carpet the ground where a brown-skinned girl
Dances beneath a God-shaped cloud.
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) received a full tuition scholarship from the American Mountain Guides Association and Mammut Sports Group to attend the five day AMGA Rock Guide Examination in Red Rocks National Conservation Area in Nevada this April. The AMGA represents the United States in the International Federation of Mountain Guides Unions. Mammut Sports Group is a Swiss climbing and ski equipment company whose U.S. distribution is centered in Shelburne, Vt. The examination may result in the highest level of internationally recognized rock climbing guide certification.
Bruce Saxman, GMC's Director of Adventure Programming, was interviewed in Vermont Sports Magazine for a story titled “Get Out and Get Paid: Some Cool Gigs for Vermonters Who Want to be Active Outdoors.” “Everyday is different, but you’re almost always outside doing something fun,” Bruce says in the story. “And when it’s time to do the paperwork, you need a rest anyway.” Read the article.
Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology) was recently selected as a finalist for the Vermont Campus Compact statewide Excellence in Community-Based Teaching Award. This award recognizes innovative teaching and curriculum employing service-learning or community-based research that develops student voice, civic agency, and critical thinking using real-life application and relevance, and that includes community voice, partnership, and impact to inform the academic objectives and outcomes.