Dr. Anthony Cortese to
Speak at Convocation
Dr. Anthony D. Cortese will be the keynote speaker at this year's Convocation on Thursday, September 6. Dr. Cortese is president of Second Nature, a nonprofit organization with a mission to make healthy, just, and sustainable action a foundation of learning in higher education. He is also a co-director of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
New England Wildflower Society Honors Jim Graves With Award
Prof. Jim Graves won this year's Vermont State Award from the New England Wildflower Society. This award is given to one person in the State of Vermont who has made a significant contribution to the preservation of native plants and/or their habitats within that state. Jim was unanimously chosen for this awarded by the Trustees of the Wildflower Society, and will receive his award at their annual meeting on November 4, 2007.
Men's & Women's Soccer Seasons Begin
Both the men's and women's soccer teams opened up their seasons this past weekend. The women are coming off the outstanding Regional Championship run a year ago and, despite losing 80% of their scoring, are showing marked improvement in a rebuilding year. New Head Coach, Katie Keogh '97, has set a positive and demanding tone for the program and the players have responded. Losing a close game to Colby-Sawyer 1-0 and a back-to-back game against Eastern Nazarene 1-3 (while out shooting them 27-8), the women are set to make a strong stand for the season. They're back in action against Johnson State away on Wednesday, September 5th at 3:30 p.m.
The men also played two games last weekend, losing a nail biter to local rival Castleton 2-3 in overtime and handing Southern Vermont College an 8-0 loss. The men have gained a number of new players, while also holding on to returning talent. The Eagles take on Colby Sawyer this Wednesday, September 5th at home at 3 p.m. and then travel to the Cardinal Classic in Plattsburgh this coming weekend.
Ethnobotanist Dr. Gary Nabhan to Speak During Graduate Residency
Green Mountain College is pleased to welcome world-renowned biologist, author, and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan as our visiting scholar for the Fall 2007 Master of Science residency. As part of the residency, Dr. Nabhan will be giving a keynote talk titled "Place-based Foods of Maple Nation - Renewing America's Food Traditions" on Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gorge of Withey Hall.
Nabhan will discuss the risks facing many of the nation's wild and domesticated edible plant and animal species. His talk will examine how these threats to biodiversity bring losses in traditional ecological and culinary knowledge, as well as a region's cultural heritage.
In addition to being one of the nation's leading ethnobotanists, Dr. Nabhan is Director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University and a leading voice in both regional food initiatives and native plant agriculture conservation. He is Founder of RAFT (Renewing America's Food Traditions) and co-founder of Native Seeds/SEARCH.
Known for his insight, humor, and willingness to cross disciplinary, linguistic, and ethnic boundaries, Gary has won numerous awards for his work, including the Pew Scholarship for Conservation and the Environment in 1991 and the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 1986. In addition to his groundbreaking study of indigenous Sonoran horticulture, The Desert Smells like Rain (1982), Gary has published more than fifteen other books that weave together the topics of food, ecology, culture, and story. His 1997 collection of essays, Cultures of Habitat, has been used in a variety of classes at Green Mountain College.
Nabhan's presentation is part of a 4-day residency at Green Mountain College, during which he will work with graduate students in the College's Master of Science in Environmental Studies program. His talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-287-8311.
Prof. Karen Swyler (fine art) traveled to Chicago in July for the opening of her solo exhibition "Transference" at Dubhe Carreno Gallery. She also demonstrated wheel throwing techniques and spoke about her work at a private preview for collectors prior to the public opening reception. "Transference" runs through September 8th, 2007. This summer, Swyler's work was also featured in the 2007 Teapot Invitational at Cervini Haas Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and at Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe, NM in an exhibit titled "Understated."