Teresa Coker's environmental interpretation/ communications class carved pumpkins for the second annual Halloween festival with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. The students carved around forty pumpkins donated by local farmers.
Pictured are Lincoln Pan '14 and Emily Christensen '14. Not pictured are Roger Conant '14, Megan Muller '16, Kimberly Barrett '14, Kelly Heslin '15, and Alexander Riordan '14.
Upcoming Study Abroad Opportunities
GMC presents several off-campus study opportunities in the coming months.
A three-credit field course (BIO 3072) led by professors Jim Graves and John Van Hoesen is offered during spring break (March 6-March 16). This intensive Bio-Geology of Southern California course will focus on the Anza‐Borrega Desert region and nearby mountains, the Mohave Desert, the California coast near the Santa Ynez Mountains, and California’s Channel Islands. Space is limited and any interested students should contact Jim Graves or John Van Hoesen.
Professors Shirley Oskamp and Natalie Coe, along with Gary Lindorff, will be leading a Pilgrimage in Ireland, a three-credit course exploring the spirituality and history that permeates the landscape of Ireland. As a pilgrimage, this is also an opportunity to go deeper into your own soul, and to create space in your travels where you might encounter something beyond yourself, what some call "the divine." A research paper will be required of students prior to the end of the semester on an area of study related to our travel. Students will then be expected to introduce the rest of the group to this area when we visit. While in Ireland, travel will be by motor coach, ferry and on foot when possible, with time at each location divided between guided tours and time for one’s own exploration and independent study. The travel dates are May 19-27, 2014. The course fulfills three credits for REL 3000 (Topics in Religious Studies) or HIS 3000 (Special Topics in History). For fees and more information, contact Shirley Oskamp.
Do it in the Dark is Underway
GMC’s annual energy conservation challenge started at midnight. This year the whole campus is challenged to reduce their electricity use by at least 10% compared to last week. Additionally, the residence halls are engaged in a friendly competition to see who can reduce energy and energize the campus the most. 75% of the points allocated will be from the percentage of electricity reduction over each building’s use last week, which can be tracked in real-time on the energy dashboard.
The other 25% of the points will be from energize efforts, including campaigns to engage and educate the campus community. Points are being rewarded based on engagement/reach, educational value, and creativity across three domains: physical presence in the residence halls, participation on social media sites, and evidence emailed to Aaron Witham in the sustainability office. Make sure you sign your efforts with your residence hall name. One easy way to earn points is by designing a permanent Do it in the Dark logo that can be used for future semesters. A special committee of six staff members will award points daily and the winner will receive an ice cream
For daily updates, analysis, videos, debates, and more, visit the GMC Sustainability Office Facebook page, follow us on Twitter at SustyGMC, or visit Mind Mixer.
Michelle McCauley Presents at Speaker Series
The community is welcome to attend the third presentation in this year's Psychology Speakers Series. Michelle McCauley, professor of psychology at Middlebury College, will talk about her research on Thursday, November 7 at 11 a.m. in The Gorge. Her research focuses
on applying cognitive, social, and developmental theory to problems across multiple
domains. She oversees two applied labs: the Children’s Memory Project and the newly developed Conservation Psychology Lab. She occasionally serves as an expert witness and has
edited one book dealing with international perspectives on child maltreatment: Child Abuse:
A Global View (2001). She received her BA from the University of Iowa in 1985 and her MS
and PhD form Florida International University in 1993 and 1995, respectively. Her talk to the
GMC community will focus on the work she does in conservation psychology.
Journalist, Author Jim Sterba Presents "Nature Wars" November 7
Green Mountain College welcomes journalist and author Jim Sterba for a public presentation Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge, Withey Hall. His program "Nature Wars" is free and open to the public. The program is based on Sterba's recent book Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds, which offers an eye-opening look at how Americans lost touch with the natural landscape, spending 90% of their time indoors where nature arrives via television, films and digital screens. All the while, our well-meaning efforts to protect animals allowed wild populations to burgeon out of control, causing billions of dollars in damage, degrading ecosystems, and touching off disputes that polarized communities. Sterba has worked as a foreign correspondent and national affairs reporter for more than four decades at the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
Author Tovar Cerulli Discusses Food Choices November 11
Green Mountain College is pleased to host Tovar Cerulli, author of The Mindful Carnivore—A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance. Cerulli will make a public presentation on Monday, November 11 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge at Withey Hall. Cerulli’s book tells the story of his journey from eschewing not only flesh but all animal products, to becoming (improbably) a hunter. At the age of 20, concerned about the ecological impact of eating meat, Cerulli became a vegetarian, then vegan. “A few years later, having moved back to a rural community from New York City, I realized that all food has its costs. From habitat destruction to grain combines that inadvertently mince rabbits, to the shooting of deer in soybean and lettuce fields, crop production is far from harmless . . . I began to see the question wasn’t what we ate but how that food came to our plates,” he said. Primary sponsorship for Cerulli's visit to GMC is through the class Hunting: History, Ethics, and Management which examines a range of topics and issues related to hunting. Cerulli's book is one of the texts used in the class this semester. His visit coincides with a unit related to food production and game sampling where he will share some of his recipes with students.
Lauren Nesshoever Earns Rookie of the Week Honors
The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) announced last week that Green Mountain College freshman forward Lauren Nesshoever '17 earned Rookie of the Week honors for her contributions to the team. It was the second time this season that she has been named NAC Rookie of the Week.
Nesshoever, who hails from Rutland, led the charge for the Eagles in the team’s 4-1 victory over Lyndon on Senior Day, Sunday, Oct. 20. She assisted on the game-winning goal and scored her 13th goal of the campaign later in the second half, helping the Eagles to their first conference victory. Nesshoever’s 13 goals ties a GMC record for most goals scored by a freshman in the NAC since the College’s full inclusion into the conference in 2008. Nesshoever currently ranks third overall in the NAC in goals scored while ranking fifth in assists and shots.
Renowned Raw Milk Producer and Activist Visits GMC Today
Mark McAfee is the founder and CEO of Organic Pastures Dairy Company (www.organicpastures.com), the first certified organic raw milk dairy in California. It is the largest raw milk dairy farm in the world selling raw milk, cream, butter, kefir, cheese, and beef. McAfee is also the chairman and president of the Raw Milk Institute (rawmilkinstitute.net), which supplies education and training for raw milk producers, as well as valuable information about raw milk dairy farming for consumers and regulators. McAfee will be speaking Monday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m. in the East Room.
Adventure Education Program Internship Showcase
The adventure education program hosted an Internship Showcase in Withey Lobby last week. Twelve students presented posters about the internship that they completed during the summer. Jojo Bus '14(Camp Kon-O-Kwee summer program director), Tom Paradise '14 (trip leader at Camp Johnsonburg in New Jersey), Matt Masters '14 (program assistant with Kitty Hawk Kites in North Carolina), Cameron Pall '14 (Fort Carson Adventure Programs and Education in Colorado Springs, Colorado), Francis Kopp '14 (activity specialist with SOAR Adventure Camp in North Carolina), Andrea Roebuck '14 (apprentice guide with Mica Guides/Exposure Alaska on the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska), Dave Goff '14 (The Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center in Salida Colo.), Nick McEachern '14 (North Idaho College in Coure d'Alene, Idaho), Henry Feder '15 (Acadia Mountain Guides based in Maine), David Frank '14 (Spring Lake Day Camp in New Jersey), Christo Milholland '14 (Kingdom Trails in the northeast Vermont), and Matt Eule '14 (Camp Killooleet in Vermont). Liliara Pappaterra '14, not in attendance due to her participating in the Brunnenburg semester, completed her internship with Vermont Adaptive located just up the road at Pico Mountain. Students reported that their internships were generally valuable, occasionally challenging, and overall one of the highlights of the program. The adventure education internship is six credits and takes a minimum of 10 weeks/400 hours to complete.
On Tuesday Oct, 29 the book store will be having a flash sale all day.
25% of All
- men's, women's, and kids'
Career Corner: Upcoming Class Speakers to Give Career Advice
Campus community members are invited to sit in on prof. Matt Mayberry’s Sustainable Business junior seminar class during two upcoming class sessions. On Thursday, October 31, alumnus Jonas Adler ’99 will be speaking via Adobe Connect. Jonas is founder of Devonshire Recruiting and Consulting Partners in Boston. Additionally, on Monday, Nov. 4, John Tedesco, who oversees the new Energy Innovation Center at Green Mountain Power, will be visiting. Both will share stories about breaking into their fields, lessons they learned along the way, and how students can best prepare to pursue similar career paths. Junior seminar is from 2:30-3:35 p.m. in Terrace 123. Seats are limited, so first-come, first serve. Contact Maia for more information.
Community Glossy Buckthorn Pull on Nov. 1
Ruth Larkin, VHCB AmeriCorps native plant land manager, leads an excursion to pull invasive glossy buckthorn shrubs from the natural area north of the soccer field, freeing space and resources for native plant species. She's inviting volunteers to join in this service project. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty and work gloves if you like. Ruth will provide shovels. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Friday November 1.
Mail Room Hours Expanded
The mail room located in the basement of Withey has extended its hours to include Saturdays. The mail room will retain the same hours during the week (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) but has added Saturday to the program. The mail room will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for package pickup.
STUDENT AND FACULTY NOTES
Faculty Colloquium Features Prof. Meriel Brooks
On Wednesday, October 30, Meriel Brooks will be discussing minnow recolonization of the Champlain Basin after the Wisconsin Glaciation as part of the 2013-14 Faculty Colloquium Series. The talk will be at noontime in Terrace 124. Lunch will be served. The campus community is invited.
GMC Student Receives UNICEF Achievement Award
On Saturday, October 13, Lian Kariuki received the national UNICEF member of the year award at the annual Campus Initiative UNICEF summit in New York City. Lian received this award as a member of the GMC UNICEF chapter after demonstrating commitment and passion toward UNICEF's goals and her work on an outreach project with Christina Fabrey, director of the Calhoun Learning Center. This award is also given to a club member who has demonstrated commitment towards ZERO (aimed to achieve zero childhood deaths from prevantable diseases).
Short-term installation of art works "Common Thread"
The students in Prof. Jessica Cuni’s (fine arts) advanced drawing seminar created a short-term installation of art works, collectively entitled Common Thread, located at the Poultney River by the rope swing. The art works are made entirely of string – as three-dimensional drawings – and they represent each student’s visual response to the landscape. After the one week viewing period, these works, which were designed with the “leave no trace” philosophy in mind, will be carefully dismantled and removed. The community is encouraged to visit the site and enjoy!
Prof. Nate Furman's article in Journal of Outdoor Recreation
Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) recently published an article entitled "Environmental Factors Affecting the Predicted Decisions of Backcountry Skiers: An Examination of the Obvious Clues Method Decision Aid" in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership. Wynn Shooter from the University of Utah and Jonas Tarlen from Three Sisters Backcountry co-authored the paper. The paper examines how a particular decision aid, commonly known as ALPTRUTH, is used by skiers to assess decision-making in avalanche terrain. The project was partially funded by a grant from the American Alpine Club. Results suggest that some environmental clues were perceived as more important in decision-making than others, that slope angle significantly influenced decision-making, and that avalanche education courses can change how people evaluate environmental factors. The abstract and download information can be obtained by visiting the JOREL.