Author, Scholar Gus Speth at GMC
Green Mountain College will host James Gustave "Gus" Speth as the speaker at the annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture, April 19 at 2:30 p.m. in Ackley Hall. Speth is a professor of law at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vt., and distinguished senior fellow at Demos and the United Nations Foundation. He is the former Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale. Speth will also receive an honorary degree from the College. The title of his address is “America the Possible: Realizing a New American Dream.”

Throughout his career, Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment, the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development, and the National Commission on the Environment. His many publications include The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability; Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment; and Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment.

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.



Student Photo Published in New York Times
A photo by student Ian Barnum '13 was featured yestersday in the New York Times quarterly "Education Life" supplement. His photo was one of nine pictures selected for a feature titled "My College Experience."

"As an art major studying environmental design, I enjoy finding scenes while walking outdoors, where it's less crowded. This scene reminded me of my learning experience in this small community, where it's very peaceful and quiet," Ian comments. See the photo and complete description here.



Career Conversation: Joe Karr ’07 and Liz Roma ’07
Join GMC alum Joe Karr ’07 and Liz Roma ’07 Monday, April 16 at 6 p.m. in the East Room as they talk about their experience at GMC, and what led them to their current careers.

Joe Karr works as an elementary science teacher at the Nashoba Brooks School in Concord, Mass.

Liz Roma works as the manager of Amee Farm in Pittsfield, Vt. Learn more about Amee Farm at ameefarm.com.



Earth Week at GMC
Earth Week kicks off at GMC Monday, April 16 with a full slate of campus activities. Make sure to check out the entire Earth week schedule on the sustainability website and look for posters around campus that have a full schedule of events listed.



Wellness Fair at GMC
On Thursday, April 19 there will be a wellness fair at GMC. The wellness fair is an opportunity for area practitioners and vendors to showcase alternative approaches to health and wellbeing.

At the fair, valuable information on a variety of wellness and holistic health topics that include chiropractic care, spiritual guidance, earth medicine, crystal and gem therapy, transformational counseling and natural food products/supplements will be available. Trial treatments, chair massage, samples and demonstrations will be available along with herbal remedies and healthy snacks.

If you are interested in reserving a table or conducting a workshop at the Wellness Fair, please contact Jane Allen, Administrative Assistant and the Wellness Center, 802-287-8376 or by email allenj@greenmtn.edu. The wellness fair is free and open to the public.

Also on Thursday, April 19, a group of Green Mountain College students will sponsor a Community Health Day to raise awareness about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and to involve the community and the college in a variety of health-related activities.

Plans include a 5.5 mile Community Road Bike Ride, (helmets required), a health pledge, a healthy snack workshop and a guest speaker. For more information about the Community Health Day contact Camille Stephens at stephensc@greenmtn.edu.



GMC Theatre Presents
“The 39 Steps”

Green Mountain College’s main stage show of the year is “The 39 Steps” which opens Friday evening April 20 at 7 p.m. and continues the following weekend with 7 p.m. shows on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 in Ackley Theater. Admission is $10 for the general public.

The 39 Steps is a farce adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow from a 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The plot revolves around Richard Hannay, a Canadian visitor to 1930's London. After a disturbance at a music hall, he meets Annabella Smith who is on the run from foreign agents. He takes her back to his apartment, but they are followed and later that night Annabella is murdered. Fearing he will be accused, Hannay tries to break a spy ring in order prove his innocence.



Reel Big Fish to Perform at GMC
Saturday, April 21 marks the date of this year's spring concert. Performing at 8 p.m. on Saturday will be Reel Big Fish.

Reel Big Fish was one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-’90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Like most of their peers, the band was distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska.

The group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream in summer 1997, when their single “Sell Out” became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Their appearance in the movie “Baseketball” as the halftime band also gained them more fans and helped the bands popularity to grow. Still fronted by original lead singer and songwriter Aaron Barrett, they continue releasing albums and touring relentlessly, playing more and more countries and bigger venues all over the world.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Blood Drive
On Monday, April 16 from 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. there will be a day-long blood drive in the Gorge. The need for donated blood is constant, and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life. Questions about giving blood? Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

Campus-wide Diversity Forum
Join the Diversity Committee and fellow peers at this campus-wide diversity forum on Tuesday, April 17 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the East Room.

Progressive Program Information Meeting
By now, many of you first year students have heard of the “progressive program” at GMC. The program is a selective group of independent learners who complete their GMC degree in a non-traditional manner.

This Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in Smith Study Lounge (Withey Hall next to the East Room), come find out more about the program and meet current students to talk about whether you’d like to apply to be considered for the program. There is room in the first-year class, so come and learn more about the program!

Morocco Travel Course Information Session
Interested in traveling to and studying in Morocco next year? Join Mary Jane Maxwell for an information session Wednesday, April 18 and Sunday, April 22 at 6 p.m. in the Dickgeisser room in the basement of Griswold library.

National Poetry Month
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the English and writing programs at GMC will be hosting a student/staff/faculty poetry reading this Wednesday, April 18 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Moses Coffeehouse. Come and read a short selection of your original poems! Readers may sign up ahead of time at the Moses Coffeehouse or contact Laird Christensen or Amy Murphy for more information.

Free Swimming Lessons at GMC
As part of Andrew Kohler’s Delicate Balance project, he will be giving free swim lessons to the Poultney and GMC community. Ages 3 and up are welcome, and no swimming experience is required.

This will take place in the GMC pool on April 21 and 22 starting at 12 p.m. Lessons are half an hour.

Andrew is a certified water safety instructor, lifeguard, and is certified in first aid and CPR.

Spaces are limited. Call him for questions and to register your child or yourself at (203) 830-9575. Or register by email, kohlera@greenmtn.edu.

OVaL Shed Volunteer Opportunities
As part of Earth Week, there will be daily opportunities to volunteer at the OvaL shed. If you are interested, contact sustainability coordinator Beth Clarke at clarkeb@greenmtn.edu



FACULTY/STUDENT NOTES

  • Prof. Karen Swyler (ceramics) recently lectured and gave visiting artist workshops at California State University, Northridge and Mount San Antonio Community College. She demonstrated a variety of ceramic techniques including throwing, altering and cutting, and discussed influences on her work and the evolution of her work in terms of process and content.

  • Students Shai O'Rourke, Kevin Lindstrom and Clara Walsh presented their senior history theses at the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences 2012 Intercollegiate Student Symposium at Marlboro College in Southern Vermont.

IN THIS ISSUE:
2012 Thomas L. Benson Lecture
Earth Week at GMC
GMC Theatre: "The 39 Steps"
Faculty/Student Notes







Men's Lacrosse
4/21, 1 p.m. at Johnson St.

Men's Tennis
4/18, 3:30 p.m. at MCLA
4/21, 12 p.m. at Johnson St.

Women's Softball
4/20, 3:30/5:30 p.m. vs. Johnson St.
4/21, 1/2:30 p.m. at Lyndon St.

Women's Lacrosse
4/18, 4 p.m. vs. Colby-Sawyer
4/21, 2 p.m. vs. Thomas
4/22, 12 p.m. vs. Me. Farmington

WEEK AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, APRIL 16
Blood Drive
8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.,
Gorge

Eco-Reps: Make Your Own Reusable Bag
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

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

Pilates
3 - 4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
7:30 - 9 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

TUESDAY, APRIL 17
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
2 - 3:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

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

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

Diversity Forum
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.,
East Room

Progressive Program Info Meeting
7 p.m., Smith Study Lounge

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
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

Morocco Travel Course Info Session
6 p.m., Dickgeisser Classroom

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

National Poetry Month Celebration
7 - 9 p.m.,
Moses Coffeehouse

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 19
HooPla
12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

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

Thomas L. Benson Lecture
2:30 p.m., Ackley Hall

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

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

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

"The 39 Steps"
7 p.m.,
Ackley Theatre

SATURDAY, APRIL 21
Contemporary Dance
12:30 - 3 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Swimming Lessons
12 - 4 p.m.,
Waldron Pool

Spring Concert
1 - 8 p.m.,
Moses Lawn

SUNDAY, APRIL 22
Swimming Lessons
12 - 4 p.m.,
Waldron Pool

Morocco Travel Course Info Session
6 p.m., Dickgeisser Classroom