Dr. Paul J. Fonteyn Inaugurated as 7th President
Dr. Paul J. Fonteyn was officially installed as Green Mountain College’s seventh president last Friday at 2 p.m. at the College’s Waldron Athletic Center. Vermont Governor James Douglas was one of the featured speakers at the Inauguration Ceremony, providing official greetings from the state of Vermont. Other speakers representing students, staff, faculty, alumni and townspeople of Poultney greeted the new president and the crowd of about 400 people. Also present at the ceremony were two past presidents of the College: President Emeritus John Brennan, and President Emeritus Thomas Benson.
The inaugural celebration capped a week full of activities. Highlights included The Thomas L. Benson Lecture, delivered April 23 by Dr. Carlos Sanchez, associate veterinarian of the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park. At 8 p.m. the same evening, the College formally dedicated the renovated performing arts space in the Ackley building as The Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall. The concert hall was named for a 1909 graduate whose international opera career was shaped through a love of music she discovered at GMC.
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Read the complete text of President Paul Fonteyn's speech.
GMC Theater Dept. to Present Little Shop of Horrors
If you liked the music in the classic Disney movies The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas, you’ll love the music in the Green Mountain College production of Little Shop of Horrors April 30-May 2: All these shows have the same brilliant composer Alan Menken, who has received eight Academy Awards for his music.
The Green Mountain College production will have a full band under the direction of faculty member Paul Opel. The show is directed by senior Ben Jankowski, an experienced hand in GMC theater and at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. The cast includes Kate Barcellos ‘12, Cameron Steinmetz ‘09, Maxx Steinmetz ‘09, and Chris Wetzel ’09. More…
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.
Watershed Alliance Teams Up with PHS Students
How healthy is the Poultney River? How can citizens take better care of the watershed? Poultney High School students recently conducted a study to answer these questions and more through a collaboration with GMC’s Watershed Alliance.
Chuck Domenie, GMC’s watershed alliance outreach and education coordinator, and GMC students Tim Roper, Brandon Gowdy and Amy Barra instructed the week-long program focused on watershed monitoring, stream ecology and scientific field work. They worked with students in Kaitlin Cioffi’s environmental science class.
The programming began in the high school’s science lab, looking at what a watershed is and some of the issues surrounding watershed health, specifically focusing on the Poultney-Mettowee watershed. The group examined concepts such as stream ordering, non-point source pollution and best management practices. After understanding some of the science behind watersheds and rivers, the group designed a study focusing on the health of the Poultney River at a site behind the Young at Heart Seniors Center. Then, students entered the field where they performed a river quality assessment examining the physical, chemical and biological parameters used as water quality indicators when determining river health. The high school students, assisted by the GMC students, collected and recorded the data needed to begin their assessment.
The Green Mountain College Watershed Alliance is currently running a program with the Bellcate School in Poultney, and will run programs with Tinmouth and Poultney Elementary Schools. To learn more about the watershed alliance program, contact Chuck Domenie in the service learning and sustainability office (TER 125) or at email@example.com.
Students & Visiting Artist Complete Art Installation
Locally harvested sumac is the focal point of a new art installation outside of the Feick Fine Arts Center. Students in Prof. Jennifer Baker's (arts & sciences) Studio Explorations II class and Prof. Karen Swyler's (art) Environmental Sculpture class worked with visiting artist Elizabeth Billings to create the installation. The sumac was harvested from a few different locations in Poultney and brought to the site where each piece was stripped of half of its bark by participants using utility knives, creating a two-toned effect on each branch. The process of stripping the bark from each piece of sumac was a repetitive and meditative experience that celebrated the idea of artists collaborating through working with their hands.
The piece was completed through the positioning of the sumac branches in maple posts with the stripped sections aligned in one direction. The visual impact of the finished work is altered by the direction from which the viewer approaches the piece. From the north, the branches appear mostly white, while from the south they appear dark.
Celebrate Poetry on the Steps of Withey
Green Mountain College will be hosting an Open Mic April 30 to celebrate the second National Poem-in-your-Pocket Day. The microphone will be open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. GMC students and members of the community are invited to come to the steps of Withey Hall to participate or listen. Each reader will have five minutes to read a favorite poem. Pre-registration is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign-ups will end when available slots are filled.
GMC Featured in National College Garden Guide
Real Food Challenge, the national college student organization centered around food advocacy, features GMC's Farm & Food Project as a model academic program in their recently published "Start A College Garden Guide."
Under the Academic Improvement section (page 19), GMC is listed as one of four schools to look at for related course ideas (along with Michigan State, Stanford, and Yale) and one of four schools to look at for majors or centers (along with Colorado State, Iowa State, and Yale). The guide includes tips and resources for institutions looking to create farm and garden programs.
View the "Start A College Garden Guide."
Students Present Topics from Block Course at Math Conference
GMC students Sam Connor, Heather Hewitt and Emily Ross recently attended the 16th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (HRUMC) held April 18 at Union College. Sam and Heather were among the over 150 presenters as were their faculty sponsors Prof. Rommy Fuller (education) and Prof. Jim Wright (mathematics). Sam, Heather, and Emily are enrolled in Rommy and Jim’s block course, “Mathematics Content and Methods for Elementary School Teachers.”
Jim and Rommy gave a presentation about the nine credit block course. Sam presented some concrete models for adding and subtracting signed numbers in a presentation titled “Adding and Subtracting in Elementary School,” while Heather presented arithmetic, geometric, and algebraic perspectives to what is known as Gauss’s Formula, a formula for summing the first n integers. Her presentation was titled “Gauss’s Formula: Accessibility to First through Fourth Grade.”
HRUMC is a professional mathematics conference designed primarily for undergraduate students. Keene State College will be hosting next year’s conference.
The Flying Squirrels Dress as Food Items, Win Big
The GMC Ultimate Frisbee team (the Flying Squirrels) hosted its annual home tournament Saturday to conclude Earth Week. The Flying Squirrels captured the tourney crown by beating out Wheaton College in the championship game, and pulled out a win against the GMC alumni team. Every year, teams from all over New England come to compete at GMC, and to keep it fun the Squirrels encourage teams to bring creative costumes. This year, the Squirrels dressed up as various food items from the food pyramid. In addition to teams from other universities, alumni came from as far away as Oregon to compete. Saturday's win followed last weekend’s championship win at the Huck on Hudson Tournament hosted by Bard College.
GMC Bio/Enviro Club Cleans Up Poultney Streets
On April 19, GMC’s bio/enviro club picked up trash and debris along streets in Poultney as part of a roadside clean-up. The club’s goal is to keep the community clean. In the fall, the bio/enviro club would like to organize a larger clean-up of Poultney with more students involved. Eventually, the goal is to have the event every semester.
Griswold Library will be open extended hours from Sunday, April 26 - Monday, May 11. The schedule is as follows:
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday, May 8: 8 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Saturday, May 9: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
May 12 - May 15: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Vermont Arts Council recently announced that Prof. John Nassivera (theater) has received the Walter Cerf Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. The award will be presented June 4 at the state arts council’s annual meeting in Montpelier. John has authored many plays that have been presented in New York around the U.S. and Canada, including The Penultimate Problem of Sherlock Holmes, Phallacies, All the Queen’s Men, and The Jazz Club. As a playwright he received a National Endowment for the Arts Playwriting Award and a Vermont Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship Award. He has also been a long-time producer both in New York and Vermont, often working with his friend and associate, Broadway producer Edgar Lansbury.
John co-founded the award-winning Dorset Theatre Festival and served as its producing director for 30 years, until his retirement in 2006, after having completed a $3 million renovation of the historic Dorset Playhouse. His latest play, Sherlock Holmes and the People’s King, is being scheduled for its premiere with the Oldcastle Theatre Company in their 2009-10 season. John is a ‘Life Fellow’ of Columbia University’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities.
Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation & outdoor studies) spoke at the 2009 Association of Experiential Education Northeast Regional Conference (April 17-19) at Becket Chimney Corners YMCA in Massachusetts. He presented on the topic “A Wider View of Service Learning: Sharpening Human Skills Through Peer Mediation Training.” Assisting him with the presentation were four students from the REC4010 Management of Outdoor and Adventure Programs class: Brian Bevacqua, Scott Perkins, Charles Watt, and Charles Weekes.