Voices for Sustainability Series Kicks Off this Week
Three speakers visit GMC for this fall’s Voices for Sustainability lecture series. In addition to Lois Marie Gibbs, who served as GMC’s 2009 convocation speaker, the College welcomes author Alan Weisman and business expert Bruce Piasecki to campus in the coming weeks.
Weisman comes to GMC as the scholar in residence for the master’s degree program in environmental studies. He will deliver a public talk on his book, The World Without Us, on September 10 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Hall. This lecture is also part of the Chelsea Green speaker series. The World Without Us was named the Best Nonfiction Book of 2007 by Time magazine and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction. Weisman also plans to speak at 9:30 a.m. on September 10 in the Gorge on his book titled Gaviotas—A Village to Reinvent the World.
Bruce Piasecki, scholar in residence for the MBA program, delivers a public talk on September 18 at 10:45 a.m. in the Gorge. The talk is titled "Creating Possibility in a Swift and Severe Century." Piasecki's most recent book, World Inc., “examines a new phenomenon in socially responsible capitalism, one that looks to business instead of government to solve society’s problems.” Piasecki is the president and founder of AHC Group, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in energy, materials, and environmental corporate matters.
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GMC Community Celebrates Start
of Academic Year
"There is hope," author and activist Lois Marie Gibbs told an audience of about 400 students, faculty and staff gathered on the Griswold Library lawn for Green Mountain College's academic convocation September 3. "We keep hearing about toxic waste, plastic garbage patches in the ocean . . . what we need to do is engage all of you. We are looking to your generation to help fix these problems."
Gibbs was the guest speaker for the annual Green Mountain College event, delivering an address titled "Love Canal Thirty-Plus Years Later: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go from Here?" Later in the ceremony, Gibbs was awarded an honorary degree of humane letters. More...
Feature Art Faculty
Faculty members in the Green Mountain College art program kick off the academic year with a show at the Feick Fine Arts Center. Exhibitors include Jennifer Baker, Karen Swyler, Jonathan Taylor, Richard Weinstein and Dick Weis.
The faculty exhibit opens September 7. An artist reception will be held at the Feick on September 10 from 4-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. More…
College Makes Princeton Review’s 2010 Best 371 Colleges Guide
Green Mountain College is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features GMC in the new 2010 edition of its guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book.
The Princeton Review Guide combines statistical data gathered from the schools with opinions from over 120,000 students nationwide. The information goes toward crafting school profiles that offer readers firsthand feedback from students on campus life and the student body.
"We commend Green Mountain College for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice-president of publishing and author of The Best 371 Colleges. “We make our choices based on institutional data we gather about schools, feedback from students attending them, and input from our staff who visit hundreds of colleges a year."
GMC's First Farm Life Ecology Intensive Program Earns National Attention
Soon after most students left campus in May, a small tent city emerged on the outskirts of Green Mountain College’s Cerridwen Farm. This was summer quarters for ten participants in the College’s first Farm Life Ecology: A Field and Table Intensive. Students stayed for stayed 13 weeks, managing all elements of the farm’s operation while gaining a strong curricular foundation in sustainable agriculture including organic crop and animal management; integration and management of diverse farm systems; development of agricultural technologies with a focus on human and animal power; and the social and cultural importance of regional foods.
Students earned 12 credits while learning how to navigate complex front burner issues about energy, agriculture and sustainability. The program was covered by the Boston Globe and AP news reporter Linda Rathke. To view results of student research, see the posters hanging in the Griswold Library lobby.
Junior Olesea Cojohari led the Green Mountain College Natural Areas Crew in a successful summer of natural areas management. Crew members include students Emma Buckley, Brandon Gowdy, Ruth Larkin, and Rob Worthen. The crew coordinated the annual Earth Day Garlic Mustard Pull and continued to pull plants on campus and at Deane Preserve for the fifth year. Numbers of Garlic Mustard were higher this year, in part because the crew expanded efforts downstream.
At Pebble Beach on property adjacent to college land, the crew saw first hand how the species can displace other species if left unchecked. Comparing campus lands to these unmanaged areas, it appears that the crew’s efforts have been extremely successful. The crew also controlled Dame’s Rocket, Japanese Knotweed, Glossy Buckthorn, and Morrow’s Honeysuckle, and paint blazes along trails at Deane Preserve.
Events Planned to Commemorate September 11
GMC's Intercultural Center is planning a series of events to mark the anniversary of September 11, 2001. Activities include a discussion, a film screening and a candlelight vigil. The schedule is as follows:
6:30 p.m., The Gorge
Opening Prayer in memory of the victims of 9/11,
led by GMC Chaplain Shirley Oskamp.
6:35 p.m., The Gorge
Discussion: "My Story: Growing Up Under the Taliban Rule," a discussion led by Asadullah Sohail, a GMC student from Afghanistan.
7 p.m., The Gorge
Film Screening: The Kite Runner
8:30 p.m., Withey Hall
GMC Offers Free Transportation to Health Center
Green Mountain College offers a free shuttle service to Castleton Family Health Center (CFHC) in Bomoseen/Castleton Corners at approximately 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday while classes are in session. The region’s public transit system, operated by the Marble Valley Regional Transit District, also provides daily round trip transportation between GMC and the Castleton Family Health Center ($4 round trip). Download the GMC shuttle schedule.
Business Office Raffle Winners Announced
During orientation weekend, the GMC Business Office had a drawing for prizes donated by the office staff. The winners were:
Alison Putnam: Lotion Bar
Stephen Capotosto: Maple Syrup
Samantha Langworth: Lip Balm
Nathaniel Steinrueck: Honey
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
On August 19, Prof. Paula Mann (theatre) joined actress Katrina Ferguson at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vt. to present readings of their new work. The pair read from plays to be performed at the Oldcastle Theatre Company. Paula will be starring in “Third,” a play by Wendy Wasserstein, that opens on October 2 and runs through October 11. Paula has appeared in more than 20 productions at Dorset Theatre Festival and has earned four best actress awards at Dorset.
Prof. Bill Prado (business) led a professional workshop in sustainable business education at the August 9 Academy of Management 2009 Annual Meeting in Chicago. The all-academy workshop - one of several that focused on this year's theme "Green Management Matters"- drew participants from around the world. The objective of the workshop was to support integration of sustainable business practices in business programs by understanding current teaching, curriculum, and organization challenges and opportunities.