GMC Model UN Team Takes on New York City
A delegation of 11 GMC students spent last week advocating for the African country of Mali during the 2009 National Model United Nations Conference April 7 – 11.
The event brings 4,200 students from around the world to the United Nations New York City Headquarters to debate current world issues and find solutions while representing points of view from all 192 countries of the world.
GMC delegates negotiated with world powers on some major issues included foreign investment, infrastructure and agriculture. They also explored New York City and blogged about their experiences.
Read the gmc! nyc! mun! live! blog.
for New Art Installation
Work on a new art installation between Griswold Library and the Feick Fine Arts Center begins April 14 when visiting artist Elizabeth Billings arrives on campus. With funding assistance from the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation, Billings will collaborate with students and community members on a work of natural materials. On April 16, she hosts a visiting artist lecture at 7 p.m. in Griswold Library Room 2.
Trained by a master weaver in Vermont, Billings went on to study Ikat weaving in Japan. She holds a BA from Earlham College and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. According to her biography in the Vermont Arts Directory, Billings has “spent her career extending traditions to evoke a sense of place through rhythm and pattern. She uses age old techniques and natural materials in a collaboration with nature that produces work with an intense and quiet strength.” Billings' work is on display in Vermont at the Caledonia County Courthouse and the Burlington Airport. Most recently she installed a new work in the Philadelphia airport.
Billings has been on campus several times to scout locations and material sources, and to meet with Prof. Karen Swyler (art) and Prof. Jennifer Baker (arts and sciences) whose classes will be helping with the project.
Dixon Named Morris K. Udall Foundation Honoree
GMC sophomore Ryan Dixon was one of 50 students from across the United States to earn an honorable mention from the Morris K. Udall Foundation for its 2009 scholarship program.
This year’s honorees include 80 Udall Scholars and 50 honorable mentions chosen from among 515 candidates nominated by 233 colleges and universities. The foundation selects award winners on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement. Ryan joins peers from institutions including Princeton University, Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania.
The Morris K. Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Udall’s legacy of public service. Udall served in the House for nearly three decades and showed a strong commitment to the environment and Native American rights.
Research Symposium to be Held on GMC Campus
The 2009 Lake Champlain Research Consortium Student Symposium will be held at GMC on April 18 at 9:00 a.m. in Terrace 124. The event features presentations by undergraduate and graduate students that focus on various aspects of the Lake Champlain Basin, or on related topics that have an aquatic or watershed emphasis. Presentations may cover topics in the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities.
The mission of the Lake Champlain Research Consortium is to coordinate and facilitate research and scholarship of the Lake Champlain ecosystem and related issues; to provide opportunities for training and education of students on lake issues; and to aid in the dissemination of information gathered through lake endeavors.
Applications Due for New Residence Hall
SAGE (Students for Academic and Green Engagement) Hall is a new residence hall planned for the former Wellness Center adjacent to the Griswold Library. This new residence hall will accommodate 26 students who have demonstrated excellence in core values of the College: passion for learning and a commitment to helping others. SAGE Hall is projected to obtain LEED Gold Certification, the first such certification on campus and one of the few buildings in the state of Vermont to achieve this distinction.
For students interested in applying for admission to SAGE, the one page statement of interest is due to Assistant Director of Residence Life Dan Roberts by noon today.
GMC Lacrosse Player Garners
Amanda Jeffers, a senior attacker on GMC’s women’s lacrosse team, recently earned Player of the Week honors for the Northern Atlantic Conference. In two conference victories, Jeffers scored eight goals with three assists. In a 13-5 win over University of Maine-Farmington, the Homer, N.Y. native scored twice with two assists. In an 18-7 victory over Thomas College, Jeffers scored six times with one assist. Overall Jeffers has 13 goals and three assists for the Eagles.
Dream Big, Build Green: REED Program Hosts Meeting
Climate change, excessive energy use and resource consumption are prompting green pioneers to reexamine how they design and build homes and workplaces. GMC’s new REED certification is a 22 credit program that can help open doors in the emerging fields of ecodesign and renewable energy.
REED program benefits include:
- A valuable credential for a career in the renewable energy and green building fields.
- A program that can be completed during a four year undergraduate career at GMC, available to students in any major.
- Mentoring by expert GMC faculty and leading practitioners in the ecodesign and renewable energy fields, including the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, Vt., and Solar Energy International (SEI) in Colorado.
Students interested in learning more are invited to a REED Certificate informational meeting on April 14 at 5 p.m. in Terrace 124.
Family Farm Forum Speaker to Discuss Draft Animals
How to use draft animals on the farm and in the forest is the topic for GMC’s next Family Farm Forum on April 29 at 4 p.m. in the East Room.
Carl Russell, operator of Earthwise Farm and Forest in Bethel, hosts a presentation titled "Understanding Horses and Oxen as Motive Power for Farming and Forestry.” He will be talking about limitations and capabilities of draft animals to perform tasks on the farm and in the woods, and the challenge of recreating expectations that are based on conventional modern enterprises to fit the reality of using living power.
Earthwise Farm & Forest is a 150 acre diversified enterprise where Russell and his wife Lisa McCrory raise organic vegetables and grass-fed livestock, use draft animals for logging and field work, and offer workshops on skills for sustainable livelihoods. The couple also organizes the annual Northeast Animal Powered Field Days and operates Russell Forestry Services, specializing in ecological forestry and low-impact timber harvest with draft animals.
April Fools Cook Off Draws a Crowd & Raises Money
GMC's April Fools Cookoff gathered GMC’s cooking experts April 1 in a battle royal for the (un)official title of campus’s best chefs. It also raised more than $600 for UNICEF and Education USA.
The meals varied from home-made recipes to exotic dishes from Iran and Italy. Each team prepared a three-course meal in an hour and 15 minutes before turning their culinary work over to five judges, including GMC President Paul Fonteyn. Team Awesome, led by Prof. Paul Falzone (communications), won the event.
Students Orlane Monga and Dusan Vuksanovic organized the event in conjunction with Chartwells. The organizers would like to thank all the local businesses, community members, and participants, whose wholehearted support made this event possible.
FACULTY, STAFF & STUDENT NOTES
On April 18, Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies) will host a presentation during Renew: The 2nd Annual Conference on Social and Ecological Renewal at the School for International Training in Brattleboro. Philip plans to discuss GMC’s Farm & Food Project, farm education & food security, and the idea of a Vermont FoodCorps. The purpose of the conference is to raise awareness about how environmental sustainability and degradation affect issues of social justice both locally and globally, with an emphasis on the relationship between people and the environment.
Students in a nine-credit block course titled “Mathematics Content and Methods for Elementary Teachers,” taught by Prof. Rommy Fuller (education) and Prof. Jim Wright (mathematics), recently organized a Math Night at Poultney Elementary School. The event featured more than 25 games for different ages and abilities, all developed by GMC students.
On April 3, a group of GMC students and staff members Svea Miller and Maia Hanron-Sanford attended the 4th Annual Student Summit sponsored by the Environmental Consortium of the Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities. The summit, held at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., was themed “Building Your Green Future: Choosing a Career and Degree with Sustainability in Mind.” A career and graduate school fair followed the event and recruiter Maia Hanron-Sanford represented GMC’s graduate programs. GMC’s Office of Career Services sponsored the trip.
Pictured are (L to R): Kadie DellaCamera, Svea Miller, Candy Smith, Maia Hanron-Sanford, Kevin Hart, Monique Couture, Kyle O’Boyle, Todd Martin, and Alyssa Borrelli.
Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation & outdoor studies) gave a workshop at the 87th American Camp Association New England Conference in Manchester, N.H., on March 28. The title of the presentation was "Creating Peacekeepers - Using Adventure Staff as Mediators." He shared with his audience a three-step adventure program debriefing process that may be used as a model to resolve conflicts between campers. The model will enable adventure staff to use skills they already possess to become peacekeepers within the camp community.
Provost Bill Throop (philosophy) published an article in the April 2009 issue of Currents, a monthly publication from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The article, titled “True Colors: Are your Campus Sustainability Efforts Deep Greening or Greenwashing?,” discusses how to integrate sustainability into the culture of an institution, and how to harness sustainability stories for fundraising and student recruiting.