Global Environmental Rights
the Focus for Talk
Tseming Yang, professor of law and director of the VLS/Sun Yat-Sen University Partnership for Environmental Law in China Program, kicks off the Pre-Law Speaker Series April 7 with a talk titled “Globalization and Global Environmental Rights.” It begins at 6 p.m. in the East Room.
He 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.
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. More...
Parkinson’s Disease the Topic for Science Seminar
On April 8, GMC’s Spring Science Seminar Series hosts Richard Seegal, research scientist for the New York State Department of Health, for a talk titled “Gender Modifies Polychlorinated Biphenyl Induced Neurotoxicity: Relevance to Parkinson's Disease." The seminar begins at 2:30 p.m. in Terrace 124. Seegal holds a Ph.D. in physiological psychology from University of Georgia, Athens, and is the elected president of the Neurotoxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology.
Poultney DREAM Talent Show
Benefits Family in Need
Several weeks ago, Poultney DREAM mentees Alivia and Bradly Morse lost everything in a house fire. GMC’s DREAM mentors put on a talent show and spaghetti dinner benefit to support the family in this difficult time. With the help of the greater Poultney community, GMC staff and students, Castleton State College DREAM mentors, DREAM family members, and visiting DREAM office staff, the mentors collected several boxes of food and clothing, and raised $363 used to purchase gift cards to Price Chopper, Walmart and Sunoco. The DREAM Mentoring Program would like to thank everyone who came and showed support.
By Rachel Kauppila, DREAM Program Empowerment Director
GMC Wellness Fair on Tap for April 15
Green Mountain College will hold its annual Spring Wellness Fair on April 15 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. in GMC's Withey Hall lobby. The fair is free and open to the public.
Over 20 local businesses and non-profit organizations involved in physical and spiritual healing and therapeutic care will provide displays, demonstrations and presentations. Staff members of GMC's Wellness Center, who organized the event, will provide information about mental health resources and offer healthy snacks.
A partial list of participants includes the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition (RAP); New England Integrative Health Counseling; the Vermont Department of Health's Substance Prevention Office; GMC's Spirituality Club; Rutland County Women's Network and Shelter; Rutland Pharmacy; Spiritpath Shamanic Healing; and Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center. Free oral HIV testing will also be offered.
For more information, contact Jane Allen at 287-8376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty Colloquium Series
Continues April 7
“A Fulbrighter in Kyoto, Japan: Ecological Imagination, East and West” is the title for a faculty colloquium hosted by Prof. Steve Fesmire (philosophy) April 7. It will be held from 12 – 1 p.m. in Terrace 124. This presentation explores some eastern and western intellectual resources for conceiving interrelatedness, briefly explains the notion of ecological imagination, then explores some aims for contemporary moral education if it is to contribute to greater environmental responsibility.
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.
Learn Japanese Dance & Flower Arranging
in an Upcoming Workshop
On April 13, GMC hosts an Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) and Kabuki Buyo (Japanese Traditional dance) workshop from 2 - 4 p.m. in the East Room. The workshop will feature a narrated demonstration of Ikebana and a Kabuki Dance in an interactive manner with the audience, and will include choreography of the famous song, Sakura (cherry blossom), with accompanying music on the traditional Japanese instrument the shamisen. Performers include Ikebana and Shamisen Master Masako Gibeault, a Master in the Ryuseiha school of flower arranging and Master in the Nagauta Shaimsen, and Kabuki Buyo Master Toyosaburo Hanayagi, one of the top 20 Kabuki dance performers and teachers in Japan.
STUDENT & ALUM NOTES
GMC students Elisa Morales '11 and Brenda Nsambu '12 were accepted as two of 700 students from all over the country to attend the Biomedical Careers Student Conference in Boston February 26 and 27. The conference, sponsored by Harvard Medical School, is geared toward students “seriously interested in or currently studying in biomedical, biotechnology and science related fields.” The primary objective is to “provide…African-American, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native students with an opportunity to network with advisors/role models from the basic and clinical sciences, medicine, public health, academic administration and the private sector.”
MSES program alum Trevor Squirrell '09 co-authored an article with GMC Research Associate Greg Brown and Chuck Harris from the University of Idaho that appeared in the March issue of the Journal of Forestry. The article was titled "Growing Organizational Challenges for the US Forest Service: Results of a Longitudinal Study in a Period of Major Environmental Change." The monthly publication is published by the Society of American Foresters.
GMC Farm Manager Kenneth Mulder (environmental studies) is coauthor of an article titled: “Energy and Water: The Real Blue Chips" published in the current issue of The Corporate Examiner, a publication of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Prof. Bill Prado (management) delivered a presentation on “The State of Sustainable Business Education in Management Education” at the annual meeting of Pearson plc, an international media company with businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing.
Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation & outdoor studies) gave a presentation on March 13 at the Level 1 Avalanche Course at Pinkham Notch, N.H. His presentation, titled "Human Factors in the Avalanche Triangle,” focused on decision heuristics and judgment among snow travelers and the impact these factors have on patterns of avalanche fatalities. The field portion of the three-day course was held in Tuckerman's Ravine where Thayer has been a member of the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol
Prof. Tom Stuessy (adventure education) has garnered this year’s Dr. Frank Lupton Service Award from the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) for securing a national office at Indiana University and re-establishing the association’s place in the outdoor industry. Dr. Lupton was a founding member of the WEA. Tom was recognized at the national conference in Estes Park, Col.