Update from the Presidential Search Committee
The Green Mountain College Board of Trustees has charged the presidential search committee to develop a list of 3-4 highly qualified candidates to succeed President Brennan. Additionally, the Board has hired the executive search firm of R.H. Perry & Associates to assist the committee in the search process. R.H. Perry is the same firm the college used when President Brennan was hired by the Board. On October 17th & 18th, representatives from R.H. Perry were on campus and conducted focus group interviews with all campus constituencies to begin developing the profile for Green Mountain’s next president. The Search Committee met with the Perry representatives after their interviews and, on October 24th, finalized both the profile document and the ad that was placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education today. The profile is scheduled to be on the both the GMC and Perry websites. The timeline for the search process will also beon the website. more...
Join Focus the Nation Team
GMC’s DEEP Scholars invite students to join a national initiative aimed at fostering discussion about global warming. Called Focus the Nation, the project will bring together teams of faculty and students at over one thousand colleges, universities and K-12 schools in the United States to engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion about “Global Warming Solutions for America”. The Green Mountain College team will be sponsoring talks and debates, integrating discussion of climate solutions into curricula, and drawing in faculty from across the curriculum. Focus the Nation culminates on January 31, 2008, with a national symposia held simultaneously at over one thousand campuses, places of worship, businesses, and other venues across the country. On that day, each Focus the Nation team will invite local, state and federal political leaders to come to campus and participate in a non-partisan, round-table discussion of global warming solutions. Students interested in joining the Focus the Nation team should email Kelly Wassell. An informational meeting will be scheduled in the coming weeks.
Help Organize a Food Co-op in Poultney
How would you like to purchase food locally that supports your environmental, social, and health interests? The plans are underway! An interactive, informational discussion about establishing a retail food cooperative in Poultney is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. There may be opportunities for exciting internships and independent studies. Email Emily Aronowitz for more information.
Kick Off Winter with Rail Jam
The Lodge at Killington, located just below Moguls Sports Bar on the Killington Access Road, hosts a Tricks and Treats Rail Jam at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 2 to celebrate the start of the ski and snowboard season. The night will feature a rail jam on the lodge's newly constructed three feature staircase, a pig roast, live music, and raffles all night. The cover charge is $10. Tickets will be available during lunch at the dining hall on Monday, October 29 and Thursday, November 1. Although tickets will be sold at the Killington campus the night of the event, advance purchase is recommended. Skiers and snowboarders interested in competing must register during the upcoming ticket sales. For more information, email event coordinator Keith Kreische.
Students to Conduct Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Students in Dr. Steven Letendre’s Solar Revolution class are gearing up to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory at GMC. The initiative is planned to help the college meet the goals of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, signed last spring by GMC President Jack Brennan. The commitment requires GMC to become carbon neutral as soon as possible. This semester, students will be conducting a survey of all faculty, staff, and commuters to determine how much fuel they consume to travel back and forth to campus. Also as part of the inventory, student will be collecting data on all uses of energy across campus.
Prof. Sue Sutheimer (chemistry) will be giving a presentation on November 7 at the Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Lubbock, Texas. The talk, Simplifying Service-Learning for the Chemistry Classroom, is part of a symposium of invited speakers on the subject of utilizing service-learning in the chemistry classroom.
Prof. Gordon Knight (sociology) and Prof. Tom Williams (history) took part in the 2007 Annual Conference of the New England Association for Asian Studies, held at the University of New Hampshire at Durham on October 6. Both Knight and Williams are conducting research on China in the mid-19th century. Williams read a paper on "The American Settlement at Shanghai" and Knight read a paper on "Correcting the History of Frederick Ward as An Agent of American Empire in China." They were part of a panel devoted to "Imperialism and National Rights in Modern China." Both are researching and writing about the American leaders of the Chinese "Ever Victorious Army" (1860-1864), which helped "save" Shanghai from the slaughter of the Taiping Rebellion.
Prof. Jacob Park (business strategy & sustainability) has been invited to deliver a paper presentation (“Water Environmental Governance in Asia-Pacific: Understanding the Policy Implications and Lessons of the Global Environmental Governance Process”) at the second International WEPA International Forum on Water Environmental Governance in Asia to be held in Beppu City, Japan on December 3 and 4. Park’s presentation will examine the challenges and opportunities for sustainable water governance in the Asia-Pacific region, with a special emphasis on the role of the private sector and business in water and natural resource management.
Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation & outdoor studies) and Prof. Will Hobbs (recreation & outdoor studies) will be presenting on the topic of "Greening Your Outdoor Recreation Program on a Tight Budget" at the 21st Annual National Conference of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education in Asheville, North Carolina, on November 2. The presentation will address economic methods for “greening” outdoor recreation programs, including “Leave No Trace” practices. Participants will also identify where sustainable practices may be applied within their programs and explore resources available for the development of low-impact and sustainable policies.