Majora Carter is 2012 Commencement Speaker
Green Mountain College's commencement speaker for 2012 has been described as a "power broker" in the green jobs movement by the New York Times. She is president of Majora Carter Group Consulting, and will address GMC graduates at the College's 175th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. Carter will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from GMC.

Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx (SSB), a non-profit organization dedicated to harnessing local resources to build sustainable environmental and economic initiatives under the mantra: "I believe that you shouldn't have to leave your neighborhood to live in a better one."

She served as executive director at SSB until July 2008. During her tenure, SSB initiated the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program, one of the nation's first urban green collar training and placement systems.

Since 2008 The Majora Carter Group has developed climate adaptation, urban micro-agri business, and leadership development strategies for business, government, foundations, universities and economically underperforming communities.

Her many honors include a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship award and Fast Company magazine named her one of the 100 most creative people in business. She serves on the US Green Building Council and the Wilderness Society.



Students Win National Scholarships
Two GMC undergraduates recently received scholarships from highly competitive national programs.

Elizabeth "Liz" Cerezo '12 was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship funds three years of graduate education, living expenses and limited travel for research purposes. The program recognizes and supports outstanding students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. For more information on the award visit http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

Meanwhile, Nick Ravotti '13 was named as a Udall Scholar for the second year in a row. The Udall Foundation's 14-member independent review committee selected this year's group of scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, leadership potential and academic achievement.

Nick was one of just 80 students nationwide to receive an award from a pool of 585 candidates nominated. The scholarship provides up to $5,000 for Nick's junior or senior year. Earlier this semester Nick won a $5000 grant from the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. He is currently studying in Japan through GMC's Nagoya University Exchange program.



GMC Eagles Celebrate Division III Week
This week, the Green Mountain College athletics program is participating in the first nationwide celebration of NCAA Division III week. A significant percentage of our students participate in varsity athletics, competing for the love of the game. We are proud to join approximately 450 Division III schools in celebrating the academic and athletic accomplishments of student-athletes, as well as their leadership, community service and campus involvement.

To learn a little more about student athletes and what they contribute to the GMC community, visit http://athletics.greenmtn.edu/insideAthletics/sa-success.

You’ll read about Chris Donovan ‘13, captain of the men’s tennis team who maintains a 3.5 GPA while serving as a student tutor and a resident hall assistant; Chelsea Paul '13, a stellar infielder on the softball team who carries a 3.57 GPA and serves on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC); Forrest Teutsch ’14, a midfielder on the men’s lacrosse team who is also a member of the College’s social networking team; and Lara Baxter '12, a biology major and member of the women’s lacrosse team who has complied a 3.57 GPA, serves as a peer tutor, and is a member of the Pre-med/Pre-vet Club.



Carry Your Trash Week
Have you ever wondered how much trash you generate in a week? The average American creates 4.3 pounds of garbage per day. As part of GMC’s waste diversion initiative, the Sustainability Office will be hosting a Carry Your Trash Week from April 10-16.

During this week students, faculty and staff are encouraged to own their trash. The rules are simple; you are responsible for the trash you generate and must carry your trash for the entire week. On Monday April 16th the Sustainability Office will kick off Earth Week with an event for all Carry Your Trash Week participants. The event will include a BBQ, live music, official trash weigh in, and prizes.

In order to keep this event sanitary, the rules stipulate that used contraceptive devices, feminine hygiene products, hazardous materials, food scraps and liquids will not be carried as part of this exercise. Participants can compost and recycle as they normally would.

GMC community members may participate individually or as a team. It’s not too late to sign up and join the 70 GMC community members already participating! For official rules, to sign up, or procure a bag to carry your trash, visit the Sustainability Office in Terrace 125 or email gmcsustain@greenmtn.edu.



A Day in the Life—in Pictures
A few weeks ago, prof. Kevin Bubriski’s digital photography class committed itself to an ambitious project: to capture the vitality of a typical day at GMC. Thursday, March 29 was the "Day in the Life of Green Mountain College" photography project--students in the class (and other student photographers) took pictures the entire day and evening, covering different aspects of College life.

The result is now online at http://adayatgreenmtn.wordpress.com. It’s a unique and candid inside look—through the camera lens—at GMC during a 24-hour period.

“Teaching photography is like teaching a language where the basic rules, idioms, and pieces of vocabulary nurture the beginnings of photographic communication skills in a student,” says prof. Bubriski, who has published several collections of his own photos. “My goal is to encourage students to see photographically and to cultivate a sense of discovery of the visual world.”



2012 MSES Scholars in Residence
Each year, the GMC graduate program invites a leader in environmental studies to speak to students. This year’s scholars in residence are husband and wife duo Juliet Eilperin and Andrew Light.

Light is an associate professor of philosophy and environmental policy, as well as director of the Center for Global Ethics at George Mason University near Washington D.C. A globally recognized environmental ethicist – specializing in the ethical dimensions of environmental policy, restoration ecology, and more recently, climate change – he has authored and co-authored 17 books on environmental ethics.

Eilperin is a born-and-bred Washingtonian, and graduated in 1992 magna cum laude from Princeton University where she studied politics and Latin American studies. In 1998, she joined The Washington Post as it’s House of Representatives reporter.

Since 2004, she has covered the environment for the national desk, reporting on science, policy and politics in areas including climate change, oceans, and air quality, and in 2005, served as the youngest-ever McGraw Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.

Learn more about Light and Eilperin on the graduate studies page.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Diversity Committee Open Meeting
Join the Diversity Committee for an open meeting Tuesday, April 10 from 12:15 – 1 p.m. in the Buttery.

Residence Hall Focus Group Sign-Ups
Are you interested in participating in constructive conversation on how we can potentially strengthen the residential experience at GMC? If so, make sure you sign up for the chance to participate in a focus group on Tuesday, April 10 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in Withey Lobby. Four different groups will be organized and will meet by class year, with the topics to be discussed focusing on potential facilities upgrades and future on-campus housing options.

Quality of Life Wellness Series: Book Discussion
On Tuesday, April 10 from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. in the Gorge, the Quality of Life committee will be having a book discussion facilitated by Brenda Nsambu ’12 on “Mindset, the New Psychology of Success: How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential.” Refreshments will be provided. The book is available in the GMC bookstore for $10.

Disability and Inclusion Workshop
Expand your understanding of diversity, acceptance, and inclusion at this workshop hosted by student Catherine Jockell this Thursday, April 12 from 4 – 6 in Ackley 224. She will be hosting a group of people with developmental disabilities from the Rutland Area Advocacy, Resources, and Community group. They will be leading a workshop about disability and inclusion, followed by an open discussion.

After the workshop, Catherine will be showing “Including Samuel,” a documentary that follows several people with a disability and their families as they consider questions about diversity and inclusion in school and in the wider community.

Refreshments will be provided. Contact jockellc@greenmtn.edu for more information.

Off-Campus Housing Appeals Due
All appeal letters for off-campus housing are due by no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in the student life office. Late appeals will not be accepted.

Poetry Slam
A poetry slam will be held this Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. in the Moses Coffeehouse, located in the northwest corner of Moses basement. Contact tedfordc@greenmtn.edu for more information.

Weekend Nature Activities.
As part of Jonathan O’Neill’s Delicate Balance project, there will be a number of workshops and presentations this weekend.

Wild Edibles Plant Walk
On Friday, April 13 from 3 – 5 p.m., there will be a wild edibles plant walk at the Deane preserve. RSVP is required in GreenMAP. Following the plant walk, there will be a wild food sampling in the East Room from 6:30 – 7 p.m., followed by a presentation (also in the East Room) titled “Wildcrafting: Open Discussion of Plants, Concept & Ethics.”

Vermont Archeology with Charlie Paquin
On Saturday, April 14 (time TBA), archeologist and GMC adjunct professor Charlie Paquin will be demonstrating different hands-on skills, giving workshops, and will culminate in a presentation. Rain location: Gorge

Petroglyphs with Mark Dailey
On Sunday, April 15, join prof. Mark Dailey on a field trip to Bellows Falls, Vt. to see a Vermont prehistoric artwork site and discuss its context.

Contact oneillj@greenmtn.edu for more information.

Shakti Tribal Dance Benefit
This Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge, Shakti Tribal Dance will be holding a benefit for the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter.



STAFF NOTES

  • Christina Fabrey, director of academic support services, led a workshop titled "Introduction to AD/HD Coaching for Student Success and Retention" at the College Reading and Learning Association and the New York College Learning Skills Association’s Symposium on Developmental Education on Monday, April 2, 2012 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

IN THIS ISSUE:
Majora Carter at GMC
GMC Students Receive Awards
MSES Scholars in Residence
Staff Notes







Men's Lacrosse
4/14, 1 p.m. vs. Me. Maritime
4/15, 12 p.m. vs. Husson

Men's Tennis
4/11, 4 p.m. at Castleton
4/13, 4 p.m. at SUNY ADK
4/14, 2 p.m. vs. Thomas

Women's Softball
4/10, 3:30/5:30 p.m. at N.E. College
4/14, 3/5 p.m. vs. Me.-Farmington
4/15, 12/2 p.m. vs. Thomas

Women's Lacrosse
4/11, 4 p.m. at Castleton
4/12, 3:30 p.m. at Norwich
4/14, 3:30 p.m. vs. Regis

WEEK AT A GLANCE

TUESDAY, APRIL 10
Res. Hall Focus Group Sign-Ups
12 - 1:30 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Diversity Committee Open Meeting
12:15 - 1 p.m.,
Buttery

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
2 - 3:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

QOA Book Discussion
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.,
Gorge

Guided Meditation
4 - 4:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Fire Spinning
8 - 9:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11
Tae Kwon Do
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Open Chapel/When We Pray
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
3 - 7 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Self-Defense
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance - Beginners
6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

GMAT Study Group
7 - 8 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance - Advanced
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

THURSDAY, APRIL 12
HooPla
12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Open Chapel
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Disability & Inclusion Workshop
4 - 6 p.m.,
Ackley 224

Kripalu Yoga
5:15 - 6:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Fire Spinning
8 - 9:30 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio

Pilates
8 - 9 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

Open Chapel
9 - 10 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

FRIDAY, APRIL 13
Open Chapel/Celtic Prayer
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Kripalu Yoga
1 - 2:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Wild Edibles Walk
3 - 5 p.m.,
Deane Nature Preserve

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Off-Campus Appeals Due
5 p.m., Student Life Office

Poetry Slam
8 p.m.,
Moses Coffeehouse

SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Contemporary Dance
12:30 - 3 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Archeology Trip
Time TBA

Shakti Tribal Dance Benefit
7 p.m., Gorge

SUNDAY, APRIL 15
Petrogylph Field Trip
Time TBA
Bellows Falls, Vt.