Carol Browner to Address the GMC Class of 2010
Carol M. Browner, President Barack Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, will deliver the commencement address at Green Mountain College’s 173rd graduation ceremony on May 15 at 10 a.m. on the Griswold Library lawn. She will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.
“Carol Browner has been a stalwart champion for environmental protection and public health for over 30 years,” said Green Mountain College President Paul Fonteyn. “Now she’s in the forefront of policymaking at the highest levels. She’s a great role model for our students and our graduating seniors are really looking forward to her address.” Also receiving an honorary degree at commencement will be artist Mel Chin. More…
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)?” today 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…
Ackerman-Leist to Discuss New Book at Faculty Colloquium
In the last faculty colloquium of the semester, Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies) will discuss his year-long sabbatical research and writing project that culminated in the publication of his book, Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader, with illustrations by his wife, Erin. The colloquium is May 5 from 12 - 1 p.m. in Terrace 124. The book, to be released by Chelsea Green Publishing in June, is the "inspiring true story of a young couple who embraced the joys of simple living while also acknowledging its frustrations and complexities." The narrative also "weaves an instructive narrative that contemplates the future of simple living." Much of the book relates to the GMC community. Philip will share some of the passages that link to a cast of GMC characters.
Biomass Ribbon Cutting Receives Broad Coverage
Launch of the College's biomass facility on Earth Day received coverage in The Burlington Free Press, Newsday, WCAX-TV, and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. Two AP briefs on the project appeared in dozens of news outlets including the Boston Globe:
Students Learn from Vt. Animal Cruelty Task Force
Popular network shows like CSI: Miami portray crime scenes swarming with detectives and cordoned off by yellow caution tape. But sometimes the victim is not a person but an animal, and signs of animal abuse are not always easy to identify.
"We all understand and agree that animals-pets, livestock or wild animals-have inherent rights, but it is not always easy to know when an animal is a victim of abuse," said Sam Edwards, associate professor environmental studies and director of the College's Pre-Law Program. Students in his wildlife law and policy class are studying legal rights of animals, and last month they participated in a workshop from local animal abuse experts who used CSI-type forensic during a day-long workshop at the College on Saturday, April 17 presented by The Vermont Animal Cruelty Task Force (VACTF). A conservation biology class taught by Prof. Mark Jordan (biology) also participated in the workshop.
VACTF is a statewide network made up of made up of veterinarians, animal rights advocates and law enforcement agents who to help coordinate the state's response to animal cruelty complaints. The free workshop served as an opportunity for students and other interested citizens to learn about animal rights laws and sharpen their field investigative skills.
Campus to Host Annual Eco Expo
On May 4, about 400 5th and 6th grade students from across the region will be on campus for the 14th annual Ecosystem Exposition. Students attend workshops throughout the day on various environmental issues. The goal is to help students get to know their watershed and foster a greater responsibility for their own backyard. GMC students are conducting workshops on topics including farm tours, local foods, forestry and water quality.
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.
GMC students Natasha Cosgrove '11, Megan Lumnah '11, and James Robertson ‘10 presented a workshop titled “Leading Leaders to Lead Leaders” at the 2010 Association of Experiential Education Northeast Conference held April 23 – 25 at Camp Kieve in Maine. They shared the results of a service learning project that was designed to train newly elected fourth, fifth, and sixth grade student council representatives. This leadership summit was created in collaboration with the Southwest Supervisory Unit of the Rutland County Schools. The goal of the three-day summit was to enhance the leadership competency of the participants. Post-assessment instrumentation found positive support for the intended outcome.
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Prof. Meriel Brooks (biology) has been granted a travel award through the Vermont Genetics Network (VGN) to attend a workshop sponsored by the North East Cyberinfrastructure Consortium and the VGN at the University of Delaware May 23-28. This all expenses paid five day hands-on bioinformatics workshop will enable participants to use common bioinformatics applications and is centered around annotation of the Little Skate genome.
The Rutland Region Employment Service Professionals and Business Advisory Council recently presented Green Mountain College with a recognition award “for exceptional support of the Employment of Vermonters with Disabilities 2009.” Over 130 employers were associated with and thanked for their support on the agenda for this, and 25 employers were awarded the plaques. GMC Director of Human Resources Janie Evans attended the recognition breakfast April 20 at the South Station Restaurant in Rutland.
Prof. Steven Letendre (management & environmental studies) and Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology) recently had an article published in Renewable Energy titled "Evaluating potential renewable energy resources in Poultney, Vermont: A GIS-based approach to supporting rural community energy planning," which can be viewed here. This research was supported by a GMC Trustee Research Award.
Provost Bill Throop (philosophy) is one of 25 chief academic officers nationwide selected to participate in a seminar on "Leadership for the 21st Century for Chief Academic Officers" that will be held July 12–16 in Annapolis, Maryland. This highly competitive leadership development program is intended to foster the perspectives and skills of college and university chief academic officers that can lead to success in unpredictable times. The program is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), a national association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities, and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), which provides leadership identification and development programs across all sectors of public and private higher education.