GMC Theatre Department to Stage "Our Town"
Area residents are in for a triple treat when the American classic “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder plays at Green Mountain College November 14 and 15. First, this will be a joint production between the College’s Theatre Program and the Oldcastle Theatre Company, with performances by seasoned professionals, talented GMC students, and local area children.
Secondly, a special guest on opening night will be Peter Davis of Dorset, Vt., who played the newsboy in the original national tour of the play in 1939 in Los Angeles. Thirdly, it will be presented in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones ’09 Concert Hall in Ackley Theatre. The concert hall was beautifully refurbished this summer with a gift from the Fitzpatrick family of Stockbridge, Mass., in honor of Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick who graduated from Green Mountain College in 1909. more...
Campus Cogeneration Project Earns $250,000 Grant
Green Mountain College has received a $250,000 grant from the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) administered by the Vermont Department of Public Service. The funds will be used to help the College generate 20 percent of its own electricity through a steam turbine generator connected to a new woodchip heating plant. GMC received the maximum award under the terms of CF’s Large-Scale Systems category. more...
Tillers Founder Hosts Family Farm Forum Talk
Dick Roosenberg, one of the founders of Tillers International, visits Green Mountain College for a Family Farm Forum presentation Thursday, November 13. His talk, titled “Powering Small Farms with Oxen and Horses: A Difficult Step Back Eased by New Options,” begins at 7 p.m. in the East Room.
Since 1981 Roosenberg has served as director of Tillers - an organization that studies, preserves and teaches low-cost sustainable rural technologies. He has worked with animal-powered farms from Madagascar to Nicaragua with Tanzania, Uganda, Benin, Togo, Senegal and others in between. He is a student of the training of oxen, the selecting and design of tools, and the teaching of people. Roosenberg completed a Masters in Sociology at the University of Michigan and earned a law degree from Wayne State before helping to start Tillers.
For his Family Farm Forum presentation at GMC, Roosenberg will present an array of animal-powered farming tools and practices that can help small farms systematically hone their productivity with animal power.
He also plans to visit Kenneth Mulder’s class for a presentation titled “Powering International Development with Oxen: A Rational Step Forward.”
On November 8, a group of GMC faculty, staff and community members installed a new display in the Lewis Deane Nature Preserve kiosk. The kiosk provides visitors with background information on the geology, hydrology, ecology, and history of the reserve, and it highlights how the preserve is being used by college students and faculty for education, research, and recreation.
Many people worked to make the display possible. Two of Prof. Teresa Coker’s interpretation classes gathered information and prepared the first and revised drafts, with input from several faculty members and other students. Prof. Jim Harding, Vermont Land Trust steward Donna Foster, and Paul Dahm prepared a new map that displays the trail installed by students in Images of Nature over the past three years.
Deane Preserve is the 85-acre natural area on St. Catherine Mountain above Endless Brook, donated to the College by Bill and Linda Osborne in 2002.
GMC Athletes, Coach, Earn All-Conference Honors
Green Mountain College athletes have garnered a host of post-season awards from the North Atlantic Conference, including several first-team selections. Women’s soccer coach Katherine Keogh was named Coach of the Year for her efforts during the College’s first season in the NAC.
The women’s soccer program earned several honors: Seniors Amanda Jeffers and Monique Couture and freshman Taylor Riso were all selected for the first team. Senior Karin Bellemare was chosen to the second team, and freshman Karen Davidson earned honorable mention status.
Eagles second-year head coach Katherine Keogh was chosen by her peers as the league’s Coach of the Year for guiding GMC to a 4-3 record in its first season in the North Atlantic Conference.
Three Green Mountain College women's volleyball players were honored by the North Atlantic Conference in the end of the year all-conference balloting. Junior Emma Brinley-Buckley was selected to the conference's first team. Brinley-Buckley finished the year ranked nationally in three categories statistically: 16th in blocks/set, 20th in hitting percentage, and 25th in aces/set.
Sophomore Ify Umeugo garnered second team all-conference honors, while senior Natalie Clark earned honorable mention status.
For men’s soccer, sophomore Nelson Ongiti was selected to the second team, while senior Jon Wagner-Herbert and freshmen Colin Miner earned honorable mention status. Wagner finished the season as Green Mountain's leading scorer, with Ongiti and Miner finishing tied for 4th in overall points.
Series on Socially Responsible Investing
Kicks Off with Documentary Film
The film, "Lower East Side People’s FCU: History," will be screened in the Gorge on Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m. Produced by Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union in New York City, the film explores ways for communities to work together to solve their financial problems and emphasizes the role of entities with significant capital.
This is the first event in a three part series about socially responsible investing (SRI). A videoconference with student-activists from the University of Florida is scheduled for Monday, November 17 at 9 p.m., and a community forum on SRI will take place the following night at 7 p.m. in the Gorge.
The series is sponsored by student Rob Pudner's independent study, titled "Socially Responsible Investing in Higher Education," with Prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies). It is co-sponsored by the pre-law program.
Kurdish Folktales Focus of Next Storyteller Event
Award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb comes to Green Mountain College to present almost forgotten folkloric tales of the Kurdish people on Monday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley Theatre. Her appearance is the second event in this year's Storyteller Series at GMC.
A master teller, Edgecomb will share legends from her new book A Fire In My Heart: Kurdish Tales. This book includes never before published stories revealing the rich folklore traditions of this ancient Middle Eastern culture and anecdotes of her travels up sheer mountain roads to record the last Kurdish storytellers. The performance resonates with the humor and pathos of Kurdish village life and the colorful people that shared their lives with her. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word, a storyteller in the grand tradition.”
Two-time winner of the Storytelling World Honor’s Award, Edgecomb’s rich narrative style and humorous outlook make her one of the most sought-after storytellers in the country today.
College & Community Band Fall Concert on Tap
The Green Mountain College and Community Concert Band will perform their annual fall concert on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley Theatre. Conducted by Prof. James Cassarino (music), the band includes students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Their concert will include works by Elliot Del Borgo, Camille Saint-Saens, Elgar, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. The concert is free and open to the public.
Prof. Jacob Park (Business Strategy and Sustainability) served as one of the academic lecturers for the United Nations-sponsored training workshop on “Sustainable Adaptation to Climate Change” in New Delhi, India on October 12-15. Jacob provided lectures and supervised training on how the marketplace/private companies present challenges and opportunities in managing climate change risks and adaptive resiliency. Co-organized by the University of Oslo and the Global Environment Change and Security Program, the training workshop had 22 participants consisting of post-graduate students and faculty members from Nigeria, South Africa, Mongolia, Chile, Spain, India, Brazil, and other countries.
Prof. Tom Stuessy (outdoor studies) serves on the advisory council for the new Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (JOREL), launched October 31 in San Diego, California at the 22nd annual AORE Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education. Three organizations - the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), the Wilderness Education Association (WEA), and the Western Kentucky University Research Foundation (WKURF) - have teamed together to create and manage this new peer-reviewed publication located at http://www.ejorel.com/. The journal's mission is to improve outdoor recreation, education, and leadership through the publication and dissemination of peer-reviewed manuscripts centered on professional practice, research, and theoretical discussions.