Farewell, Mike and Vangie!
Faculty and staff gathered last Wednesday evening in the East Room to bid farewell and happy retirement to longtime colleagues Mike and Vangie Blust.
Vangie, professor of sociology, came to teach at GMC in 1986 and her husband Mike joined the faculty the next year. Between them, the Blusts have served GMC for 49 years.
In the top photo, Mike and Vangie display backpacks they received as gifts from the College -- the couple will begin a stint in the Peace Corps in June.
The Blusts were also presented with a watercolor painting of campus from Masumi Nyui '05.
2011 Commencement Week at GMC
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will deliver the commencement address at Green Mountain College's 174th graduation ceremony May 14, and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. The ceremony is at 10 a.m. on the College's Griswold Library lawn. Graduates of the College's MBA and MSES programs will also receive degrees. (In case of inclement weather May 14, commencement line-up will begin by 9:45 a.m. in the Waldron Athletic Center).
For a complete commencement week schedule, including events, hoodings and rehearsals, see sidebar at right.
If you can't make it to the ceremony you can still watch it from your home computer. Commencement 2011 will be webcast live via the Northeast Sports Network.
Ashley Staron: Class Speaker
Ashley is a Southold, N.Y. native who will graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in education with a special education endorsement. Recipient of a DEEP (Demonstrated Excellence in Environmental Practices) scholarship, she was project developer for the College's Outdoor Classroom, supported by the Student Campus Greening Fund. She was a winner of the 2011 Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs "Making a Difference" essay contest and worked as a research assistant and as a teaching assistant at GMC.
Commencement on Saturday
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will deliver the commencement address at Green Mountain College's 174th graduation ceremony May 14, and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.
The College will also present an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Robert H. Young and renowned writer and reporter Thomas G. Wicker.
Young has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (CVPS) since 1995. Young will also be the speaker at the hooding ceremony for GMC master's degree graduates at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13.
Thomas Wicker has been a dedicated reporter and incisive observer of the American scene for the past 60 years, helping millions of readers interpret the McCarthy era, the struggle for civil rights, Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the Vietnam conflict, and Watergate.
Seniors Sign Graduation
The Conservation Psychology (ELA 2027, sp ‘11) class created a graduation sustainability pledge for this year’s graduating class.
Graduating seniors in the class drafted the text based partly on Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic. They wanted to bring the GMC experience full circle while also emphasizing a commitment to making decisions throughout life that consider environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability consistent with the GMC mission.
The rest of the class helped organize logistics and craft the message before it was shared with the entire senior class for additional comments. In addition, students made key chain reminders of the pledge for anyone who signs (funded by Alumni relations).
During Earth Week, about forty people signed a large re-used canvas banner expressing the pledge, and there will be an opportunity for other graduating seniors to sign the pledge at the upcoming senior brunch. The plan is to hang the banner on Withey Hall on graduation day and hopefully bring it out in future alumni events.
The sustainability pledge reads as follows:
I pledge to be conscious of and active in preserving the integrity and beauty of the biotic community. I will strive to embody Leopold's land ethic by viewing land as a community and consider environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainability in my decisions and actions throughout life.
Farm to School Event a Success
Farm to School enthusiasts joined in the East Room last Thursday, May 5 to celebrate the rapidly emerging Farm to School program and initiatives in our region.
The all day event included workshops on how to teach lessons of sustainability through Farm to School, permaculture in school gardens, how to market Farm to School, farmer-classroom connections, among a handful of others.
Aside from the classroom workshops, there were food-processing workshops later in the afternoon on Thursday where representatives from VT Feed, NOFA, and other community organizations gave demonstrations on how to make healthy foods that kids will want to eat.
To find out more about Farm to School, visit VT Feed online.
Hate Crimes Discussion Continues
Several healing discussions, demonstrations and workshops took place over the weekend in the wake of homophobic, racist, and sexist hate speech and vandalism that have occurred recently on campus.
The events were intended to support direct and indirect victims of these incidents, and to build a community that is stronger than those words and acts.
In addition to customary support systems on campus, the following students, staff and faculty have identified themselves as safe people to speak to for students who feel upset or who want to continue the discussions.
See a complete list of student, staff, and faculty resources.
Residence Hall Checkout
How long can I stay on campus? Where can I store my stuff? Can I get a shuttle to the airport?
For answers to these and other questions about room check out, food service and travel options, check out this PDF. The residence halls officially close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10.
If you have a travel-related complication, please contact your Community Director and they'll address your particular situation.
Griswold Library Extended Hours
Griswold Library will be open the following hours this week:
Monday, May 9 - 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Tuesday, May 10 - 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Wednesday, May 11 – Friday, May 13 - 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 - Closed
Green Move-Out Begins this Week
Have you begun packing up to leave for the summer holiday? Don’t throw your reusable items away!
Green Move-Out will begin Friday, May 6. Look for signs in each residence hall lounge designating drop-off areas for reusable items (clothing, furniture, appliances, kitchen items, etc).
Lounge Shopping will be held May 9-11, from 3-6 in the afternoon, and is open to all employees who would like to take items. Remaining items will be stored for Green Move-In next fall, or will be donated to local charities.
There will also be boxes to collect donations: office supplies for Office Freepo (a new office supply reuse “store” on campus), non-perishable food items for the Poultney Food Shelf, and student generated e-waste (to be recycled). Look for additional collection boxes for these items in the Library and Withey Lobby.
Last year we diverted 3,000 pounds of waste during Green Move-Out. Let’s do better this year!
For more information contact the sustainability office.
Graduate Programs Alumni Association
GMC is excited to launch the Graduate Programs Alumni Association, open to all alumni of the Sustainable MBA and MSES programs. The Graduate Programs Alumni Association will help alums stay connected with GMC and with each other.
Through the Graduate Programs Alumni Association, alums will be able to search for classmates they’ve lost touch with, find out about upcoming alumni events, network, promote their business, and much more.
Make sure to check out the Graduate Programs Alumni Association page here.
Ken Coe, Education Technology Specialist in Griswold Library was chosen by the faculty at Castleton State College to receive the annual Academic Excellence Award for the Computer Information Systems department. The award was presented the annual Student Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 27th 2011. Ken is completing his junior year at Castleton State. Mike Bethel, faculty member in the Computer Information Systems department both nominated and presented Ken with the award.
Profs. Meriel Brooks (biology), Karen Fleming (business), and Provost Bill Throop (philosophy, environmental studies) made presentations at the XVIII International Conference for the Society for Human Ecology, April 20 – 23, 2011. Fleming contributed “Building a Sustainable M.B.A. Program” to a session on business, which also included a presentation from College of the Atlantic. Brooks participated in an international panel on New Directions in Human Ecology Education, and Throop gave a presentation entitled “Whose Minds?: Academic Neutrality and the Transition to Sustainability.” Over 20 faculty and students from Eco League colleges participated in the conference.
WEEK AT A GLANCE
MONDAY, MAY 9
Shamanism in a
3:30 p.m., Chapel
TUESDAY, MAY 10
Honors Thesis Defense:
10 a.m., Terrace 124
FRIDAY, MAY 13
Masters Continental Breakfast
8 - 9 a.m., Withey Dining Hall
MBA Capstone Presentations
9 - 11:30 a.m., Gorge
11:30 - 12:30 p.m.,
Withey Dining Hall
MBA Capstone Presentations
12:30 - 1 p.m., Gorge
1 - 2 p.m., Waldron Gym
MBA Capstone Presentations
2 - 4 p.m., Gorge
Student Line Up
4:15 p.m., Gorge Computer Lab
Masters Hooding Ceremony
5 - 6:15 p.m., Gorge
Faculty & Trustees
6:15 - 7:45 p.m.,
8 p.m., Ackley Auditorium
SATURDAY, MAY 14
9 - 9:15 a.m.,
United Methodist Church
Processional down Main Street
9:30 - 10 a.m., Main Street
10 a.m., Griswold Library Lawn
Graduate Studies Luncheon
1 p.m., Jim Harding's House