Facilities director Glenn LaPlante, GMC professors Steven Fesmire and Heather Keith, and alumnus Joseph Markowski all had a hand in designing a new Zen garden which creates a more inviting space near the entrance to Griswold Library. Students will be invited to assist in the evolution of this new gathering space. In this photo, taken earlier this summer, boulders are moved into place by a crane.
Author Robert Michael Pyle to Make GMC Convocation Address
Author and naturalist Dr. Robert Michael Pyle will be the keynote speaker for the College's 2013 Convocation on Thursday, September 5, at 4 p.m. in Ackley Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The title of his talk is "Taking Wing: Navigation in the Neighborhood of Life."
Dr. Pyle is also the scholar in residence for the College’s Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) program September 4-7, and his book The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland, is the summer reading for first-year GMC undergraduates. (For more on Dr. Pyle and his activities at GMC, see "Graduate Students Gather at GMC for Residency" below.)
Dr. Pyle is a lepidopterist (a specialist in the study of moths and butterflies) by training, and a writer who has published twelve books and hundreds of papers, essays, stories and poems. His acclaimed 1987 book Wintergreen, describing the devastation caused by unrestrained logging in Washington’s Willapa Hills near his adopted home, was the winner of the 1987 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. His book The Thunder Tree characteristically weaves Pyle’s personal experience with observations about our relationship to nature and habitat degradation. Pyle has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Governor's Writer Awards, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, the Harry Nehls Award for Nature Writing, and the National Outdoor Book Award for natural history literature. He has a Ph.D. from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale.
MBA Residency Features Tony Cortese
Dr. Anthony "Tony" Cortese will be the scholar in residence for the College’s Sustainable MBA program September 11-14. Besides providing several workshops for students, Cortese will be giving a public talk on Thursday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Gorge titled: "Leonardo da Vinci to Business: Lead us on a Healthy, Just and Sustainable Path NOW!" Following this, he will be serving on a panel with GMC faculty and MBA alumni. The panelists will be answering the question: "What do I do to help business make the societal shift?"
Cortese has been actively engaged in sustainability challenges in businesses and higher education for over 30 years. He is a senior fellow at Second Nature, a Boston-based organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education which he co-founded with U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.). He served as president of Second Nature from March 1993-August 2012. Tony was a founding member of the board of directors of The Natural Step US and of the Environmental Business Council of New England. He has served as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board and on president Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development's Education Task Force. Earlier this summer, Cortese was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the EPA for his career spent actively engaged in large system sustainability and environmental challenges. Cortese has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering and a doctorate in environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
After the residency, Dr. Cortese, will remain on campus for two weeks continuing his work as a scholar in residence and developing new research on sustainability. He will be available to meet with classes and work with staff, students and faculty on Sept. 16-17 and Sept. 23-24.
"It's a great privilege to have Tony on campus for several days this semester," said GMC Provost William Throop. "We'll all have an opportunity to draw inspiration from an especially energetic and thoughtful leader in making healthy, just and sustainable living the foundation of learning."
Design/Build Pioneer Steve Badanes Visits GMC
Steve Badanes, one of the pioneers in the national design/build movement, will give a public lecture at the REED Studio on the second floor of the Journal Press Building (188 Main St.) in Poultney at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3.
Badanes is nationally recognized for designing and building innovative projects—from homes to playgrounds to public sculptures. He is an expert on energy-efficient building techniques and speaks on the social responsibilities of architects and the role of architecture in building communities. more...
Green Accolades for GMC
Green Mountain College made Sierra magazine’s list of top ten environmental colleges and received a perfect sustainability score in the Best 378 Colleges guidebook released by the Princeton Review last month.
The Princeton Review tallied scores of 832 higher education institutions based on environmentally related practices, policies and academic offerings on a scale of 60 to 99. Only 22 colleges nationwide received a perfect score. It was the second year in a row that GMC has made the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, and the third time in four years the College has made Sierra’s top ten. more...
GMC Profs Win Teaching Awards
Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology and environmental studies) has received the 2013 Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. The award, presented annually to one person by the Geological Society of America, recognizes innovative and effective teaching of earth science among early career faculty.
Prof. Natalie Coe (biology) is the first recipient of the Vermont Genetics Network (VGN) Course Enhancement Award. The award was presented at the VGN Annual Retreat on August 7, and will sponsor Natalie's travel to a national scientific conference related to her research interests or scientific education. The Vermont Genetics Network (VGN) is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and is part of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative called IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).
Student Represents Kenya at U.N. "Malala Day"
On July 12, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen because of her campaign for girls' rights, took center stage at the United Nations. The occasion was her 16th birthday — "Malala Day" — and the audience was the UN Youth Assembly. An avid listener in the hall that evening was Green Mountain College student Lian Kariuki, who was representing her native country as Kenyan Ambassador for the One Young World program. more...
Graduate Students Gather at GMC for Residency
Students in two online graduate degree programs at Green Mountain College will soon be gathering for their annual four-day residency session in Poultney. While most of the classwork is conducted online, each program features an intensive residency where students interact with colleagues and faculty and meet nationally recognized scholars. The visiting scholar program also provides an opportunity for undergraduates to meet extraordinary individuals who have made important contributions in creating a more sustainable world.
Author and naturalist Dr. Robert Michael Pyle, GMC's convocation speaker (see story above) will be the scholar in residence for the Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) program September 4-7.
The entire GMC community is welcome to Pyle's address on Friday, September 6, at 9:30 a.m. in the Gorge titled "Walking the High Ridge: How to Be a Whole Animal in a Time of Broken Parts." He will also deliver a public reading Thursday, September 5 at 7:30 (location to be determined).
GMC in the News
What’s on the menu at Green Mountain College’s dining hall? Chances are
it’s fresh and local! Dave and Cindy Ondria, who administer the GMC dining
program for Chartwell’s, are pioneers when it comes to incorporating local
food into the menu whenever possible. “In fact, GMC’s own on-campus farm
provides eggs and produce,” writes Lauren Williams in this University
This article on the environmental accolades GMC has received over the summer recently hit the AP wire. "Green Mountain College has lived up to its 'green' name by focusing
efforts on sustainability and renewable resources, which has prompted
others to take notice," the story notes..
Many colleges claim that their eco-lessons are greening the world. Now some
schools are trying to prove it. The story The Measure of an Education by Edward Humes in the September
issue of Sierra magazine discusses how Green Mountain College is developing
concrete metrics to measure progress in making sustainability central to curriculum, campus, and culture.
GMC Launches New Online Carpooling Tool to Add to Suite of Sustainability Transportation Options
Go Vermont is our new online carpooling partner. Every student, staff, and faculty member can sign up for free online here to request rides or post rides. You can post one-time rides or daily commutes and you'll be matched with folks all over Vermont. Everybody is eligible for up to seven guaranteed rides home per year paid for by the state, even if you live in New York.
If you need to borrow a car, sign up for an annual membership of $25 with Zipcar and pay as you go. Students who don't need a car every day could save cash by using Zipcar instead of bringing their own. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to use Zipcar for all business-related travel.
Don't forget that your GMC ID is also a free bus pass for the Marble Valley Transit District Bus, which stops on campus five times per day. See the schedule online here.
If you want to be really green, take your bike! The GMC bikeshop offers free bike repairs and bike trailer rentals.
Fly Like an Eagle!
Any students who have an interest in participating in varsity athletic programs this fall are encouraged to immediately contact the individual sport coach or visit the main office in the Waldron Athletic Complex. Cross country contact: Gail Schnaars at firstname.lastname@example.org or 287-8246; men's soccer contact: Peter Steese at email@example.com or 287-8378; women's soccer contact: Seth Benjamin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 287-8342; women's volleyball contact: Erica Eno at email@example.com or 287-2938.
Rutland Jewish Center Welcomes GMC Students
Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) begins this Wednesday evening, Sept. 4 at sunset. The Rutland Jewish Center (96 Grove St. in Rutland, at the corner of Grove St. and Library Ave.) welcomes all GMC students to holiday services as our guests. Services are scheduledfor Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday and Friday morning, both at 9:30 a.m. Your college ID is your "ticket." Students who would like home hospitality for the meal before Yom Kippur on Friday afternoon, September 13 are invited to call the Rutland Jewish Center (802 773 3455) and leave a message.
Guided Meditation on Tuesdays
Guided Meditation is a proven method of relaxation and stress-relief. Come and enjoy a half hour of peace and calm that will benefit you all week! Tuesdays from 3:30-4:00 in Ackley Chapel. Guided Meditation is open to all students, faculty and staff and is compatible with all religious and spiritual traditions. For more information contact Rev. Shirley Oskamp, Campus Chaplain at firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Fabrey Leads Workshop
Christina Fabrey, director of academic support services, led a workshop at the national Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) conference on July 9 in Baltimore. With leading ADHD coach Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, Christina introduced other disability-support providers to the value of coaching in a presentation called "Beyond Accommodations: An In-Depth Look at ADHD/LD/EF Coaching."
9/8, 2 p.m. vs. SUNY Canton (H)
9/4, 3:30 p.m. vs. SUNY Canton (H)
9/7, 1 p.m. vs. Sage (H)
9/4, 7 p.m. vs. SUNY Cobleskill (H)
9/7, noon at Salve Regina (A)