Bob Berg, owner and operator of Thunderbird Atlatl in Candor, N.Y., has been conducting primitive tool workshops for 25 years all over the world. His visit to campus last week included a lecture/demonstration on flintknapping, or the making of stone tools (cutting, peeling, scraping tools, and weapons). Above, Ehbonny Dacruz Dessin tries her hand at flintknapping. Students in Mark Dailey's ELA class on Indigenous America were able to create their own stone tools. Later in the day he visited Jim Harding's NRM class on "Hunting: History, Ethics, and Management" where students learned about the history of the atlatl and the ethics related to hunting with primitive weapons.
GMC Alumni Exhibit at the Feick Arts Center
The William Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College is kicking off a new semester of professional and student exhibits by celebrating Green Mountain College art alumni. "Harvest, A Gathering of GMC Alumni Artists," will feature Susan Barrows Wood ’63, Jennifer Gioe Peper ’91, Carrie Pill ’04, Alexander Churchill ’08, and Patrick Girard ’08. The exhibit will be open until October 4 with a reception on Friday September 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Susan Barrows Wood is originally from Vermont and now resides in Florida. After graduating from GMC she received an MA from Syracuse University. Woods will be exhibiting large scale paintings as well as small collages influenced by a lifetime of experiences, people, and travels. Her compositions of mixed images, ideas and colors help her process past and present experiences.
Jennifer Gioe Peper graduated from GMC with a B.A. in fine arts in 1991, and later received an MA in art therapy from Hofstra University. Peper now resides in New York where she works with clay focusing on surfaces and textures. Peper is influenced by many children’s stories and illustrations, as well as her local aquarium.
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College Garners Energy Leadership Award
Last week, Green Mountain College chalked up another accolade for energy efficiency measures adopted on campus. On behalf of GMC, Sustainability Coordinator Aaron Witham accepted an Energy Leadership Award from Efficiency Vermont presented by Vermont Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott at an awards ceremony last Thursday in Springfield, Vt. Efficiency Vermont challenged the business community in the state to achieve 7.5% energy savings between July, 2011 and June, 2013. Sixty-nine large businesses took up the Energy Leadership Challenge. Efficiency Vermont helped participating businesses create a comprehensive, long-term energy savings plan and provided technical and financial resources to help participants meet their goals. Only 31 of the participants, and just two colleges including GMC, achieved the 7.5% goal. "Three projects in particular yielded significant energy savings on campus: replacing all 80 outdoor lampposts with LED lights, adjusting air controller settings, and completing a steam pressure reducing valve upgrade to steam pipes in the residence halls,” said Witham.
Installation of Solar Project Begins
The College is moving ahead with a new solar panel installation this week. This initiative was financed through a net metering arrangement with the College’s utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) and approved by the College trustees. The project will generate a system rated output of 148,200 kW each year to the power grid, fulfilling a major goal of the College's strategic plan "Sustainability 2020." The next phase of construction involves installation of posts that will support the solar array. This work will take place beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, September 24) and will cause noise beginning as early as 8 a.m. and lasting throughout the day. The construction area on the west side of campus between the tennis courts and the Nature Conservancy Nursery should be avoided. Access to the farm and lower playing fields should be made via the library stairs and not through the pathway across the old tennis courts.
“Day in the Life of the Vermont Farmers” On Exhibit at Surdam
The “A Day in Life of Vermont Farmers” photo exhibit is currently on view through September 25 in the Surdam Art Building galleries. A reception with refreshments and music for the photographers, farmers, and the campus community was held from 5-7 p.m. last Friday. The exhibit stems from a project in prof. Kevin Bubriski’s photography class last semester. On the same day, April 6, 2013, his students photographed farmers on their farms in the towns of Poultney, Pawlet, Tinmouth, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Castleton and Wells. The students were encouraged to keep in mind the collective documentary goals of the project while also exercising their individual creativity in their approach to the photographic assignment. The students curated the collection of their photographs for the exhibition “A Day in Life of Vermont Farmers” on view at the 6th Annual Poultney Earth Fair on April 25.
GMC Choir Performs September 27 at Friends and Family Weekend
The Green Mountain College Choir will participate in the Family and Friends Weekend festivities by performing a spirited concert on Friday, September 27 at 8 p.m. in Ackley Hall. Under the direction of James Cassarino, the choir will sing works ranging from Vivaldi, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and American Spirituals. The concert is free and open to the public.
All GMC graduate and undergraduate students and alumni are encouraged to join the Office of Career Services for its first online workshop “Ideas for Developing Interactive Resumes” on Wednesday, September 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Find out why it’s important to create an interactive resume, see examples, and learn how to make yourself a more competitive candidate in today’s workforce. To join the workshop, simply go to the following link: http://goo.gl/yMcS4c. Contact Maia Hanron-Sanford for more information.
Take Action with Poultney 2020
It is never too late to get involved with Poultney 2020! During the summer our four Poultney 2020 Action Teams made steady progress towards implementing revitalization initiatives and projects that were voted at the Community Meeting on April 24. These efforts include: Stone Valley Arts, Locavore Town, Main St. Park, Parks and Recreation System.Our next meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, October 16th from 6:30-8:15p.m at Poultney High School Library. Please save the date and join us for the meeting because we care about your input! Invite anyone you believe interested in learning more about Poultney 2020 or contributing their energy and talents. For information about Poultney 2020 and any of the Action Teams, please contact Matt Mayberry at email@example.com, (802) 287-8295, or Chuck Colvin at katiechuckcolvin@comcast.
STUDENT AND FACULTY NOTES
English prof. Mitch Lescarbeau’s poem "Waiting For the Terrorists" was recently published in the literary journal Common Ground Review.
9/24, 7 p.m vs Bard (A)
9/28, 1 p.m. vs. Husson (H)
9/29, 12 p.m. vs. Maine Maritime (H)
9/28, 3:30 p.m. vs. Husson (H)
9/29, 2:30 p.m. vs. Maine Maritime (H)
9/27, 6 p.m. vs. Castleton (A)
9/28, 10 a.m. vs. Me.-Presque Isle (A)
9/28, 2 p.m. vs. Lyndon St. (A)
9/28, 11 a.m. Vermont State Meet at Castleton