Voice of America Airs Interview with Wai Phyo Myint '11
In her home country of Burma, GMC student and Make a Difference Scholar Wai Phyo Myint '11 didn't have many educational opportunities, so she came to the United States to study communications and political science.
In a Voice of America interview that aired October 13, Wai discusses her experience since arriving in Vermont. She is quoted as saying that being able to have open communication with peers and instructors "is something that she appreciates and isn't able to do if she went to college back home."
“Academically, I am really satisfied being here and my classes are really nice," she said. "I am quite close to the professors and conversation outside of the classroom is always lively and interesting,” she says.
On October 27, Welsh bard Grahame Davies visits Green Mountain College for a performance with poet Gary Lindorff and musician Doug Norford. “Poetry from Wales and Other Deep Places” begins at 7 p.m. in the Gorge.
Davies is a Welsh poet, novelist, editor and literary critic who has won numerous prizes, including the Wales Book of the Year Award. He is the author of 12 books in Welsh and English, including The Chosen People, a study of the relationship of the Welsh and Jewish peoples, a novel, Everything Must Change, about the French philosopher Simone Weil, and the popular work of psychogeography, Real Wrexham. A native of Wrexham, now based in Cardiff, Davies is an honorary fellow at Cardiff University and a fellow of Goodenough College, London.
Joining him for the evening will be local poet Gary Lindorff, bringing his unique brand of ecstatic poetry from his recent manuscript, "A Bee's Shadow." Local musician Doug Norford will provide ambient sound with a collection of instruments both traditional and of his own invention. Welsh-inspired refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by the Green Mountain College Speaker's Bureau; the theater, English and communications departments; the Chaplain's Office; and the Welsh Heritage Program.
GMC to Join International Day of Climate Action
On October 24, over 3,000 groups in 158 countries are planning events to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis--and to lobby for action. The focus is on the number 350, "as in parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere." The day is called 350: An International Day of Climate Action, and GMC is hosting a bike rally to participate in the event. The rally, sponsored by Club Activism, leaves at noon from Brennan Circle. Participants are encouraged to bring bikes, skateboards, scooters or other means of transportation. Also as part of the climate action day Saturday, all seven teams participating in the GMC Ultimate Frisbee home tournament plan to take a photo. Watch for updates on additional activities scheduled for the day.
The Fox Hill Center for the Arts in Poultney hosts the seventh annual Horace Greeley Writers Symposium October 24 – 25. The student registration fee is $20; regular registration is $75. Visit greeleyfoundation.org to register.
On Sunday, GMC Prof. Paul Hancock (economics) hosts the Greeley Tribune Workshop with Robert and Ann Williams and Burnham Holmes. The group plans to “recreate a newsroom setting with participants churning out copy under deadline.” Other workshops focus on poetry performance, the art of playwriting, the creative process and lyrical poetry. Th keynote speaker is author Barbara Stewart.
The Horace Greeley Foundation celebrates the life of Horace Greeley, founder of the New York Tribune, suffragist, opponent of slavery, and man of letters. He learned the newspaper trade and served as an apprentice in East Poultney. The foundation – created by GMC alums Linda Nye Knowlton and Dr. William Bloom – is dedicated to promoting “the writer's trade and the spirit of public oration that was central to Greeley's life.”
Compassionate Communication Workshop Today
The last of two compassionate communication workshops designed to help participants resolve conflict and create more honest relationships is scheduled for today. Jan Asch hosts the workshop for students in the East Room from 8 – 10 p.m. Jan is director of Southern Vermont Center for Compassionate Communication and director of Dogstar Healing Arts in Middletown Springs. She teaches workshops for couples, groups and businesses and offers individual counseling and coaching.
Celebrate Campus Sustainability Day
Students, faculty and staff are invited to learn more about sustainability initiatives on campus during the GMC Sustainability Fair October 21. The fair will be from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Withey Lobby. Groups from across campus will have information on how they are improving sustainability on campus.
Call for Catamount Trail Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for an afternoon of trail maintenance on Section 12 (Tin Shanty to Route 4) of the Catamount Ski Trail. The volunteer day is October 25 from 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Transportation by van will be provided to and from Brennan Circle. The plan calls for removing cut up logs and trimming back branches. E-mail Prof. Thayer Raines today to sign-up. Participants should plan to bring lunch, water, and weather appropriate clothing.
The Catamount Trail (CT) is a 300-mile cross-country ski trail running the length of Vermont. Starting in Readsboro on the Massachusetts border, it winds through the heart of the Green Mountains to North Troy on the Canadian border. This will be the fifth year GMC has volunteered for the Catamount Trail.
The Adventure Education AORE Student Scholarship is awarded to one student every October. This year's winner is adventure education major Ben Halay. The $100 award is given to the applicant who best articulates commitment to professional development through academic achievement, campus involvement and field experience. The scholarship is funded through writing royalties Prof. Tom Stuessy (adventure education) has earned. Tom believes adventure education students getting involved in the Association of Outdoor Recreation & Education (AORE) is an important professional step that is certain to pay off. Ben will be attending this year's conference in Minneapolis from Nov. 5 -7.
Amber Garrard, GMC's Sustainability Coordinator, participated in the 3rd Annual Fostering Global Citizenship Conference, sponsored by Vermont Campus Compact, held in Brattleboro, Vt., Oct 4-5. She led a workshop titled “Promoting Global Citizenship though Campus Sustainability Initiatives,” which focused on building partnerships with campus civic engagement and study abroad offices to enhance sustainability learning outcomes in higher education.
Prof. Jacob Park (business strategy & sustainability) gave a Bentley University Distinguished Lecture Series Talk on “Ecology of New Technologies: Will the Global Environment be Saved or Destroyed by Technology” as part of its new Complex Problems/Creative Solutions program. View Jacob's lecture.