Student Honors Nominations Sought
The nomination deadline for the spring honors convocation is this Friday, April 6. Awards are given out in several categories, both individual and club, and recognize student leadership, achievement, and programming. The spring honors convocation will take place on Sunday, April 22. For more information and nomination forms, contact Bryan McGrath at ext. 8371.
GMC Student Irene Holak
Wins Service & Engagement Award
Student Irene Holak has been named Green Mountain College's 2007 winner of the Vermont Campus Compact/TD Banknorth Commitment to Service and Engagement Award. The award was presented at Vermont Campus Compact’s annual awards gala last Thursday at the Vermont State House in Montpelier. This award is given to one student per VCC member institution for both the breadth and depth of her/his community involvement. more...
Jacob Park Quoted on Front-Page China Story
Prof. Jacob Park (Business & Public Policy) was quoted on the front page of Sunday's Burlington Free Press (4/1/07) in a story about creating business ties between Vermont and China. The article explores how the tremendous environmental threats presented by china's rapid growth also present business opportunities for places like Vermont that stake their reputation on "all things green." Click here for the full story.
Biology Students Explore
Natural History of Southern California
On a recent spring break trip, 12 students explored the natural history of Southern California on the Biology Field Trip (BIO 3072) with Profs. Mike Blust and Jim Graves. In this 9-day field-intensive experience, students developed observation skills, learned about flora and fauna in ecosystems ranging from Sonoran Desert to Live Oak Woodlands, observed conservation problems and solutions in a region rich in endemic species, and conducted field research. more...
Student Colloquium Creates
New Academic Opportunities
“Close your eyes and imagine you are under the sea. Suddenly, you no longer have arms or legs, but strong flippers and you can swim at up to 35 miles per hour. Suddenly, as you are swimming, you get caught in something, a net, and though you struggle and struggle to escape, you cannot, though you need to breathe again. This is what it would be like to get caught in a shrimp net if you were a sea turtle. You can open your eyes now.” This is how senior Nicole DeLong introduced her piece “Earth Island Institute’s Legal Battle to Save Endangered Sea Turtles” to the audience gathered at YES! Coffee House for her student colloquium presentation. more...
GMC Art Students Donate Bowls for Hunger Event
Green Mountain College students were among the many area artists helping raise money to combat hunger in the local region. As a service learning project, the students, under the direction of Prof. Karen Swyler, created and donated 39 of the 250 soup bowls that were sold at a special event called Soup Bowls For Hunger at Rutland High School. The event, coordinated by Bill Herrington of Rutland High School, raises money for the Community Cupboard of Rutland which helps provide food to low income families. Bowls For Hunger is made possible largely by local ceramic artists, who donate their own handmade ceramic bowls for the event. Tickets to the event are then sold to the public. Each person who buys a ticket chooses a bowl for their soup at the event, then takes the bowl home. GMC students received special recognition at the event for their contribution.
Welsh Collection Now Online
The Green Mountain College Library’s Welsh Collection is now cataloged and searchable in Quarry, the Library’s online catalog. Lisa Nelson, Technical Services Librarian, recently completed editing and entering 1,700+ bibliographic records describing items that reside in the Library’s 2nd floor Welsh Collection. The Welsh Collection is a non-circulating collection of books, serials, and manuscripts that document both the history and culture of Wales and of persons of Welsh descent living in the United States. The holdings are in both the Welsh and English languages. The completion of this project enables the library for the first time to document with certainty the inventory of items held in the collection.
Pre-Med Students Visit Tufts Vet School
On March 20 and 21st, eight premed/prevet students (Dana DeLancey, Missy Barber, Sheri Knowles, Aisling Howe, Mallory Caviolla, Titi Tamine, Kanika Sharma, and Kait Petros) led by Dr. Meriel Brooks journeyed to Tuft's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, Massachusetts and to Tufts School of Medicine in Boston to tour the facilities and to talk to admissions councilors about strategies for admissions to the schools. The premed/prevet students who attended are active members of the Premed Club and range from first year students to seniors. The Dean of Admissions for the medical school met with the students. This was the first of what will be twice-annual trips to medical and veterinary schools for all premed/prevet students as part of the premed program. Any students who wish to be in the premed program should contact Prof. Meriel Brooks, the premed advisor.
Prof. Jacob Park (Business & Public Policy) received a $10,000 research grant from the Montreal-based Commission for Environmental Cooperation (http://www.cec.org) to work on a paper examining the environmental impacts of economic and business trends in the food retail/service industry. At the fourth North American Symposium on Assessing the Environmental Effects of Trade in the spring/summer of 2008, Jacob will deliver a paper presentation (hopefully with a student or two from GMC) outlining the direct, upstream, and downstream environmental impacts of the food retail/services industry.
Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (Environmental Studies) presented at the Community Food Security Coalition’s national conference From Cafeterias to Capitol Hill: Growing Healthy Kids, Farms and Communities in Baltimore from March 16-17. Philip presented on GMC’s sustainable and local purchasing initiatives in a session entitled “Building Partnerships with Student Groups, Clients, and the School Administration.” His presentation focused on the college’s ties with regional farms, connecting the college farm to the dining hall and the curriculum, and the fall 2006 block course on “Food, Agriculture, and Community Development in the Northeast.” GMC guest instructor John Turenne of Sustainable Food Systems, Inc. was also on the panel. Philip was joined on the trip by food service director, David Ondria and GMC student Corinna Lowe.