Curtain to Rise on "Speak Truth to Power"
Ackley Theatre will host a powerful performance featuring the voices of human rights activists from around the world when “Speak Truth to Power” makes its debut on Friday, April 25.
Performances are on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Ackley Theatre. Admission is free with GMC ID and $5 for the public. Saturday's performance is a benefit for Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
“Speak Truth to Power,” written by Ariel Dorfman, is based on a book by Kerry Kennedy, Nan Richardson and Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Eddie Adams. It features interviews with human rights activists from around the world. GMC’s production, directed by Prof. John Nassivera, will also feature stories from GMC students who have had experiences with human rights issues in their home countries. The play will be combined with a performance from the GMC Jazz Ensemble.
Volunteers Needed for GMC Triathlon
Volunteers are needed to help with the Green Mountain Triathlon on Sunday, May 4. Sign-up to help on race day anytime from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; volunteers are not required to work the entire race. All volunteers are put in a raffle for a $25 Trolley Stop gift certificate.
People are needed for the following jobs: Course marshals, bike support, official timers, results and registration personnel, transition zone officials and other miscellaneous personnel. Two optional meetings for volunteers are on April 24 and April 30. Contact Gerald Audet, race director, at 287-9398 to sign-up.
Speaker to Discuss Mercury Contamination
On Monday, April 28, Green Mountain College hosts Neil Kamman from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation for the final talk in the spring science lecture series “From Mushrooms to Mercury.”
His talk, titled “Mercury Contamination in the Northeastern Landscape,” begins at 4 p.m. in Ackley Hall, room 334. It is free and open to the public.
Kamman is the author of 13 peer-reviewed publications on mercury, the results of which have been used to help to justify passage of mercury control legislation in Vermont and elsewhere. His work has also helped to overturn lenient federal mercury control regulations on coal-fired electric generators.
Now an environmental scientist in the water quality division of the Vermont DEC, Kamman has nearly two decades of experience working on mercury control and water quality issues. He has stewarded over $1 million in research projects addressing mercury contamination in the northeastern landscape, and currently serves as chair of the Vermont Advisory Committee on Mercury Pollution.
Kamman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in forest biology and a Master’s of Science degree in water resources, both from the University of Vermont.
GMC Phonathon in the Home Stretch
GMC’s 2008 Phonathon is entering its fifth week, and will wrap up May 2. GMC has received $49,695.22 in pledges towards the overall goal of $53,398.22 for the six-week phonathon.
Credit for the phonathon success needs to go to GMC's student callers: Blair Schutt, Brad Mitchell, Christina-Alexa Liakos, Christine DeVito, Doug Abbott, Dusan Vuksanovic, Elisa Morales, Elizabeth Bosteels, Emily Smyth, Frank Riley, Holly Abrams, Jesse Gelinas, Joe Bossen, Jose Galvez-Contreras, Kadie DellaCamera, Kate Reddy, Melody Glenn, Monique Couture, Natalie Clark, Olesea Cojohari, Rebecca Saintil, Shannon O’Neill, and Whitney Kimball. These students have spent countless hours reaching out to approximately 2,450 alumni, friends and parents. The students receive credit for the donations they get in, which helps them achieve weekly individual and group incentives.
"We appreciate all the people who have made a contribution through the phonathon this year," said Chris Porreca, GMC Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, "and encourage those who have not yet participated to send in their pledge form to support not only Green Mountain College, but also to help the students reach their goals."
Internship Program Manager Visits GMC
The Green Mountain College Office of Career Services recently hosted Lisa Curtis, Intern Program Manager with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR). Several students interested in securing internships and careers in Vermont participated in the session.
VBSR’s intern program helps undergraduates and graduate students learn about jobs with Vermont businesses. The program helps match students’ areas of study with a VBSR member business' area of expertise.
Wildcrafters to Host
Lecture & Nature Walk
Green Mountain College hosts Vermont wildcrafters Nova Kim and Les Hook for a Family Farm Forum event Tuesday, April 29.
Their talk, titled “Wildcrafting: Endangered Traditions and Endangered Species,” begins at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. It is free and open to the public. From 1 – 4 p.m., Kim and Hook plan to lead a wildcrafting walk at the Deane Nature Preserve. The day, co-sponsored by Chartwells, wraps up with a dinner in Withey Dining Hall featuring wildcrafted items.
With over 80 years of combined experience hunting the Vermont woods for wild foods and medicines, Kim and Hook are sought-after teachers and lecturers. Well-known for their passionate view regarding conservation, they have been guests on public television shows and have collaborated with the U.S. Forest Service to give talks on forest ethics. Their work has also been featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Kim and Hook live off the grid in Albany, Vermont, and make their living selling wild edibles to restaurants throughout New England.
Healthy Soils the Topic of April 24 Lecture
Dr. Basil Tangredi presents a lecture titled “Compost, Cotton and Corporate Agriculture” on Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in Terrace 121. Tangredi plans to discuss Sir Albert Howard’s pioneering work in understanding how healthy soils create healthy humans, livestock and farms.
New Folk Ensemble to Make its Debut
The GMC community is invited to the debut of the College’s new folk ensemble, the Green Mountaineers Old Time Folk Music Group, today, April 21. The concert takes place at noon on the front steps of Withey Hall. The group will also be performing songs at various places around campus the evening of April 22.
Whole College Meeting this Wednesday
Faculty, staff and students are invited to a Whole College Meeting on Wednesday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Gorge. President Jack Brennan will open the meeting. Attendees will hear updates on new positions, facility upgrades, and the College's Emergency Response and Recovery Plan.
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Prof. Mitchell Lescarbeau (English) has had two poems accepted for publication in Timber Creek Review. They are titled “Sketches of Jazz” and “Penelope Alone.”