GMC Theater Program to Present One Act Play Festival
The Green Mountain College Theater Program is presenting its One Act Play Festival featuring six American one acts April 30 and May 1 at 7 p.m. and May 2 at 1 p.m. in at the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall in Ackley. Each play will be performed by GMC students and faculty, and directed by students and Prof. Paula Mann. The festival is free to students and $5 for the general public; tickets are for sale at the door prior to curtain.
Performances include “Hello Out There,” a William Saroyan play directed by Paula Mann; “Dentity Crisis” by Christopher Durang, directed by Ben Jankowski ‘09; “The Philadelphia” by David Ives, directed by Chad Skiles ‘11; “The Case of the Crushed Petunias” by Tennessee Williams, directed by Tori Sarver ‘11; “Such Things Only Happen in Books” by Thornton Wilder, directed by Lisa Much ‘11; and “Waiting for Lefty” by Clifford Odets, directed by Alley Cadete ‘10.
GMC Spring Science Series to Continue April 29
GMC’s Spring Science Seminar Series wraps up April 29 with a talk titled “A Greed Tragedy,” hosted by Wallace Fu Ph.D., a former senior manufacturing associate at Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals. It begins at 2:30 p.m. in Terrace 124.
“Greed Tragedy” is a non-technical talk regarding a 1984 industrial disaster at a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India. On December 3, 1984, several tons of toxic methylisocyanate were released outside the plant and nearly 2,000 inhabitants died instantly. At that time Union Carbide employed close to 100,000 employees and had annual sales of over $10 billion. Union Carbide and the Indian government battled the case in Indian court for 17 years. Eventually Union Carbide paid $470 million to the Indian government to compensate the victims.
There were unpublished events and ominous signs that may have contributed to the 1984 disaster. During Fu’s talk the sequence of events that led to this industrial accident and the ownership of the Union Carbide agricultural business, including the MIC plant, will be presented.
Carbon-Free Living the Focus of Talk Today
Stephen & Rebekah Hren, authors of The Carbon-Free Home, host a public presentation today at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. Their talk is titled "Carbon Costs for Construction: Technology Choices for the Homestead & Farm." The Hrens live in Durham, North Carolina, where they are both actively involved with renewable energy, natural building, and edible urban gardening.
Rebekah works with Honey Electric Solar, Inc., as a professional designer/installer of photovoltaic systems and domestic solar hot-water systems. Stephen is a professional restoration carpenter, focusing on antebellum houses. He teaches natural-building classes and workshops at the local community college, and in any spare time works with Bountiful Backyards, an edible-landscaping cooperative. Having weaned themselves completely from fossil fuels in their conventional 1930s urban house, Rebekah and Stephen Hren will talk about how others may do the same thing.
Princeton Scientist to Speak on New Views of the Universe
Paul J. Steinhardt, Albert Einstein Professor in Science and Director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Physics, will present his lecture “How Did the Universe Begin (Or Did It)?” on May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Ackley Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Steinhardt is co-author of Endless Universe, a 2007 book that challenges basic assumptions about the nature of the universe and provides an alternative model to the “big-bang theory.” The presentation is free and open to the public. More…
Green Mountain Jazz Ensemble to Perform
The Green Mountain College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Don Goodman and featuring students and professional community musicians, will perform at Withey Hall tonight at 7 p.m. The program will feature works by Sonny Rollins, Thelonius Monk, Benny Golson, Stanley Turrentine and others, covering an array of swing and Latin music. The concert is free and open to the public.
Carmo '10 Plays in Division III
Rui Carmo '10 (Cape Coral, Fl.) was selected to represent Green Mountain College in the 2010 New England Division III Men’s Basketball All-Star Game at Babson College on April 18. All proceeds benefitted the Coaches vs. Cancer campaign.
Carmo finished the 2009-10 season as the nation’s (DIII) scoring leader, averaging 25 points per contest and was ninth in rebounding (12.1 rpg). The senior forward was named the North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year after helping the team to a berth in the NAC tournament semifinals.
Griswold Library Announces Extended Hours
The Griswold Library announces extended hours from April 25 - May 10. The schedule is as follows:
10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Monday – Thursday
8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
During finals (May 8 - 11), the library is open Friday, May 7 from 8 a.m. - 1 a.m. and Saturday, May 8 from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. The library is open May 11 - 14 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Maggie Burke '07, program coordinator at Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, the only organization in the state to offer daily, year-round sports programming to people with disabilities, has been invited to the White House to take part in the President's celebration of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Members of the two teams, as well as other special guests and political figures, will take to the South Lawn of the White House, to be greeted and congratulated by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
"This is an incredible honor. To be able represent all the people I work with on a daily basis-our clients and volunteers-and to spread the word as to how sports have such a positive effect on people with disabilities is so important to me," said Maggie in a press release. "To be able to do this at the country's highest level is incredible."
"I couldn't imagine a better diplomat to represent Vermont Adaptive at the White House," said Executive Director Erin Fernandez. "She does an amazing job for us and I am thrilled that these rewarding opportunities have come her way. We are honored that she has been included in such a reception."
In March, Burke was one of six coaches and program leaders selected by the U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, to attend the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Read a story in the April 20 edition of the Rutland Herald.
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Prof. Karen Swyler (art) is featured in the April 2010 issue of Ceramics Monthly in an article titled “Relative Permanence: The Vessels of Karen Swyler” by Molly Hatch. The article explores how Swyler uses “the intimacy of subtle, elegant, understated pots to talk about and encourage intimate, contemplative interactions between people." The transcribed interview, from which the article was distilled, can be found on Molly’s website.
Colleen Teevin, GMC's local food link coordinator, published a story titled "Grow a Row and Help Share the Extra Bounty" in Barre-Montpelier's Times Argus. Read the story in the April 18 edition.
Prof. Tom Williams (history) gave a paper April 1 at the American Cultural Association’s national conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The paper was titled “The American Civil War and the Shaping of Shanghai.”