Vermont Representative Peter Welch to Deliver Green Mountain College's Commencement Address
Vermont Representative Peter Welch will deliver the commencement address at Green Mountain College’s 172nd graduation ceremony on May 16 at 10 a.m. on the Griswold Library lawn. Rep. Welch will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.
“It is a great honor to have Representative Welch as our speaker,” said Green Mountain College President Paul Fonteyn. “His commitment to education, social justice, and interest in finding creative solutions to our energy needs will be an inspiration to our students.”
Also receiving honorary degrees at commencement will be businessman Dermot Dunphy and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist Dr. Kenneth Sherman. More…
Students Recognized at Honors Tea
On Sunday, April 27, Green Mountain College held its annual Honors Tea to recognize student achievement. Students earned awards and scholarships for outstanding academic work as well as for service work and student life activities. Click here for a list of award recipients.
GMC Student Garners National Volunteer Service Award
GMC student Laura Restrepo was recently named a Gold Recipient of the 2009 President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor recognizing community service. She was one of 67 volunteers nationwide singled out by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for demonstrating “exemplary citizenship through volunteering.” The award is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by former President George W. Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making. UNICEF is a certifying organization for the award.
Since the fall of 2008, Laura has served on UNICEF’s prestigious Campus Initiative National Council. Along with a handful of students from across the country, she leads UNICEF's Campus Initiative, a "growing grassroots movement rooted in a belief that college students have a vital role to play in helping the world's children survive." These clubs conduct campus-wide education, advocacy and fundraising activities to benefit UNICEF. She is also national co-coordinator of the Student Campaign for Child Survival, an initiative of Global Justice.
On June 18, Laura will participate in the U.S. Fund for UNICEF 2009 Annual Meeting in New York City. Laura will be joining panelists from Campus Initiatives and strategic and corporate partners. She will be highlighting how students on college campuses can advance the well-being of children.
Adventure Rec Major Wins Scholarship
Casey Graham, an adventure recreation major, has won a full scholarship to the Peter Terbush Memorial Summit at Western State College of Colorado. He will be participating in the Alpine Mountaineering Instructor Course. The Summit will take place in June near Gunnison, Colorado.
The Summit memorializes Peter Terbush, who died in 1999. Peter's last act was to save the life of his friend and climbing partner by maintaining a proper belay in the face of a rock slide that took his life. The Summit takes its primary mission from Peter's life: "It is through service to others that we realize our full potential."
Green Mountain College Concert Tour Features Welsh Favorites
The Green Mountain College Choir performed a concert tour for large and enthusiastic audiences in Bangor, Penn. and Utica, N.Y. from April 17-19.
Singing from its American and Welsh repertoire, the choir performed works by Welsh and Welsh-American composers, including selections used at Welsh-American eisteddfodau during the nineteenth century. The choir, under the direction of Prof. James Cassarino, also led audiences in the singing of Welsh hymns. In Bangor, members of the Bangor High School Band accompanied the choir. John Reinhart, Superintendent of Bangor Public Schools and President-Elect of the National Welsh-American Foundation, presented the choir with a slate plaque commemorating the event. A repeat performance took place in Utica at the New Hartford First United Methodist Church.
Through his research at Bangor University, Prof. James Cassarino (music) has become one of the leading authorities of Welsh-American music in the United States. Under his direction the choir made its fourth concert tour to Wales in 2006, and will return in March 2010. Last April, the choir made their second concert appearance for the Welsh community in Delta, Penn. and also performed the prelude music to Evensong at the Washington National Cathedral.
Photo by Maxx Steinmetz '09
GMC President Fonteyn to Host Bike Tour
On Thursday, May 7, students, faculty and staff are invited to take a scenic eight mile bike ride with GMC President Paul Fonteyn to his home on Lake Bomoseen. The President’s Bike Tour kicks off at 9:30 a.m. from Ames Circle. Refreshments will be served at the Fonteyn’s home before the return trip to campus. Register with Michelle Bersaw, director of student life, by the end of the day today.
Vision Planning Meeting for Food Market on Tap
What will it take to open a community food market in Poultney? Area residents are invited to help answer that question during a vision planning meeting on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the East Poultney Baptist Church. GMC student Robbie Leeds and other members of the Stone Valley Community Food Market Steering Committee will give a presentation on how this project has grown from an idea into a plan. Prof. Rebecca Purdom will run the vision planning portion of the meeting. The goal is to draw a time line from now until the day the food market opens, then have the group fill in what needs to happen to get the market running.
Campus to Host Annual Eco Expo
On May 5, 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 five of the workshops on topics including farm tours, local foods, forestry and water quality.
The GMC Green Move-Out
Students moving out of the dorms should collect items that can be reused and bring them to the lounge area in their dorm. Hub areas will be used to collect trash and recycling only. “Lounge Shopping” will be open to the campus community from 3:30-5:30 p.m. weekday afternoons beginning May 8. All leftover items will be donated to the Free Store or those in need on May 15.
Students cleaning out dorm room refrigerators are invited to drop food off in labeled boxes in dorm lounges or in the library. Food will be donated to the Poultney Food Shelf.
FACULTY & STUDENT NOTES
On April 18, Green Mountain College hosted the Lake Champlain Research Consortium's Student Research Symposium. Students from GMC, SUNY Plattsburgh, Middlebury, and St. Michael's College presented research on issues in the Lake Champlain Watershed. Topics ranged from studies on the value of natural resources to hydrodynamics, water quality, and population dynamics of flying squirrels. The LCRC provides funding for undergraduate student research in many disciplines for projects concerning the Lake Champlain Watershed. Prof. Meriel Brooks (biology) is currently the LCRC Board of Directors Chair, and encourages GMC faculty to become familiar with the LCRC as a venue for supporting and celebrating student scholarship as well as for connecting with other researchers in the Champlain watershed.
Two GMC biology majors have been accepted to highly competitive research programs this summer. Jennifer Conrad has accepted an undergraduate research opportunity at University of Minnesota's Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program in molecular genetics and proteomics. She will study with Dr. Deborah Samac, a plant pathologist. Kyle O'Boyle has been accepted to University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Cell and Molecular Pathology Summer Undergraduate Research Program. In this ten-week program, each student conducts original research and presents results at the end. Both Jennifer and Kyle will receive a weekly stipend as well as travel and housing costs.
The documentary film Uncertain Future, made by student José Galvéz-Contreras, portraying the plight of homeless children in the streets of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, was screened at the Left Forum at Pace University on May 18 in New York City. The panel included an economic analysis of U.S. economic policy toward Central America by Paul Hancock (economics), and a talk by Cecilia Kline, an attorney working with Casa Alianza. On May 21, José and Paul screened the film and talked with an audience of Castleton State College students as part of their Soundings program.
Prof. Jacob Park (business strategy & sustainability) served as a juror for the annual U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-sponsored P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability on April 18-20 in Washington D.C. The P3 award competition encourages college students to apply technology in innovative ways to tackle global environmental challenges, and winners receive $75,000 to implement their projects. Click here for the list of winning teams and projects.