Floyd (played by Issac Winant), Tom Joad (Andrew Kohler) and Jim Casy (Andrew Bullard) rehearse for GMC's fall theater production of "Grapes of Wrath." The play runs this week. See article below for
GMC a Founding Member of Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium
The leaders of six of Vermont’s higher education institutions, including GMC President Paul Fonteyn, are combining efforts to make Vermont a premier destination for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students who want to learn how to advance sustainable and robust food systems. By pledging to use Vermont as a "shared food systems campus," the founding members of the new the Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium (VHEFSC) will offer students a rich array of cross-institutional experiences and strengthen the state’s reputation as the national educational leader in innovative food systems implementation. Other members of the consortium are Sterling College, the University of Vermont, Vermont Law School, Vermont Technical College, and the Vermont State Colleges. Announcement of the VHEFSC was made last Thursday at the state house in Montpelier. Consortium members will focus on sharing courses, internships, land-based learning experiences, faculty, and annual symposia across institutions. Green Mountain College, with its undergraduate program in sustainable agriculture and a firmly established master of science in sustainable food systems (MSF), is well positioned to play a leadership role, attracting new students and resources for our programs. VHEFSC will also be developing a coordinated marketing campaign to tell the story of the diverse and creative educational opportunities available for studying food systems in Vermont. The consortium grew out of the Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Council which was founded and facilitated by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD). Click here to read a Vermont Public Radio transcript of the story.
Teutsch and Seredejko Earn All-Conference Honors
Forrest Teutsch '14 was named to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) All-Conference Second Team for his performance at the NAC Championship Meet hosted by Thomas College where he finished 12th overall. The top seven finishers, plus the medalist at the NAC Championship are honored as All-Conference First Team runners. This season, Teutsch had a season-best time of 27:51 at the Vermont State Meet held at Castleton and he finished 2nd overall at the JSC Invitational.
In women's volleyball setter Jennifer Seredejko '14 was named to the NAC All-Conference Second Team for her overall performance during the regular season.
NAC All-Conference honors are determined by a vote of the league's coaches.
Coaches witnessed the diverse impact that Seredejko had on the Eagles during in-conference games this year. The senior led the Eagles in assists (334), and service aces (43), was second in digs (143), and third in total blocks.
Photos Courtesy of Kathleen Chappelear
GMC Hosts “GMC Goes to the Movies” and Chamber Concert
Green Mountain College is hosting two fabulous music events around the Thanksgiving holiday. Both are free and open to the public. On Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. the College and Community Band will perform “GMC Goes to the Movies,” a lively program of music from our favorite musicals and movies. Highlights will include music from Fantasia, The Hobbit, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings, The Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof. The program will be performed in the College’s Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall in Ackley Hall, conducted by GMC Music Director James Cassarino. On Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. the College presents “An Afternoon of Chamber Music” in Ackley Chapel performed by the Green Mountain College Cantorion and other student musicians who will offer their annual concert from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
Prof. Jessica Cuni Presents at November Faculty Colloquium
On Wednesday, November 13 at noon in Terrace 124, prof. Jessica Cuni (fine arts) will talk about her solo art show at the Christine Price Gallery of Castleton State College, entitled "Bioluminescence." Lunch will be served.
GMC's Scott Chernoff Journeys to UN Climate Talks in Warsaw
Scott Chernoff '14 will travel to Warsaw, Poland on November 11 as part of a delegation of nearly two-dozen exceptional young leaders from across the US to take part in this year’s round of UN negotiations on climate change. The discussions will lay the groundwork for a proposed 2015 international treaty.
Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s foremost scientific authority on climate science, issued their latest report which reaffirmed the scientific consensus that industrial activities are disrupting the climate system in ways that pose serious threats to the life prospects of young people and future generations, particularly in the world’s poorest countries. However, the report also identifies the possibility of significantly limiting these risks by de-carbonizing the global economy as quickly as possible.
Chernoff says that despite crippling gridlock in Washington there are major steps that the President can take that don’t require congressional approval.
“President Obama has said that he wants the US to be a leader in tackling climate change but right now we’re falling behind the rest of the world," he said. "The president can send a strong signal to the international community by enacting tough EPA regulations on existing power plants and giving his negotiators marching orders to bring home an ambitious international treaty worthy of debate in 2015.
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was created in 1992 to solve the problem of rising greenhouse gas emissions and its effects on development. Negotiators from 194 countries will meet in Warsaw, Poland, to continue negotiations and attempt to repair a 19-year-old international system fraught with inequities and gaps in accountability. Negotiations begin on November 11 and run through November 22. SustainUS is a national volunteer-based youth organization that empowers young people to create a more sustainable world through involvement in international summits and grassroots activities.
Humberto Ramirez at Feick Arts Center
The William Feick Arts Center at GMC welcomes Vermont artist Humberto Ramirez with an exhibit of his recent work. The exhibit will open on Friday, November 15 and will run through December 17. There will be an artist talk on Friday, November 15, at 4 p.m. in Griswold Library’s Dickgeisser Room, followed by a reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Feick Arts Center.
Ramirez, chair of the art department at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, received a BS and MFA from Florida State University. He has exhibited multimedia works nationally and internationally.
Ramirez will be exhibiting acrylic paintings at the Feick. His paintings are created with thin layers in a delicate building process of color and composition. The works are influenced by pop elements, as shown through the use of vibrant colors and flat patterns. Some paintings focus on geometric “mandala” imagery while others are comprised of more freely drawn shapes and patterns that emerge during Ramirez’s creative process.
Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Please contact the gallery for more information at 802-287-8398 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Grapes of Wrath" Is GMC Fall Theater Production
The Green Mountain College fall theater production is coming soon--Frank Galati's adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath." Performances will be Thursday, November 14 through Saturday November 16 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Theater. This is a powerful ensemble piece that was adapted by a member of the famed Chicago Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The play was performed on Broadway and won the 1990 Tony Award that year. The show includes a live three-piece folk band onstage led by music director Gus Bloch.
Cast members include Cassius Belfon (Man Going Back, Camp Guard, Agricultural Officer #1), Issac Winant (Willy, Noah, Floyd, First Man with Club), Emmet Murray (Pa), Maddie Mielke (Ma), Violetta Neff (Granma), Joe Corrado (Granpa, Gas Station Attendant, Contractor, Hooper Ranch Guard, Man in Barn), Sharif Tarver (Uncle John, Muley), Sara Bishop (Rose of Sharon), Ruth Dailey (Ruthie), Bryce Coe, son of GMC faculty member Natalie Coe (Winfield), Jesse Winings (Connie, Deputy Sheriff, Hooper Ranch Officer, Second Man with Club, Fourth Narrator), Andrew Woodman (Al), Anna Caputo (Narrator, Floyd's Wife, Bookkeeper, Boy in Barn), Axelle Dervisevic (Gas Station Owner, Elizabeth Sandry, Third Narrator), Gus Bloch (Proprietor, Mayor of Hooverville, Officer), and Andrew Bullard (Jim Casy).
Free to students, faculty and staff. $10 for general admission.
Author Tovar Cerulli Discusses Food Choices Today
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 today in the Gorge. 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.
Join the Poetry Slam
Join us at the coffee house for a night dedicated to the reading of slam poetry / spoken word on Wednesday, November 13 beginning at 8:30 p.m. This is a non-competitive event open to all. Original works encouraged--readings of other authors also welcome.
Pilgrimage in Ireland Information Session Tomorrow
Interested in doing some travel? Want to combine it with study and personal reflection? Come and find out more about GMC's Pilgrimage in Ireland at this session from 12:20-1:20 (drop in when you can!) Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Withey Lobby. Priority applications are due Friday, November 15th at the end of the day.
Progressive Program Informational Meeting Today
Are you passionate about learning? Self-directed? Interested in alternative education? If so, GMC's innovative Progressive Program may be what you're searching for. Come to this informational meeting to learn more! Today at 7 p.m. in Terrace 124. (Questions? Contact Mark Dailey at email@example.com)
Farm Manager Candidate Presentation Today
Come to the Dickgeisser Room in the library today at 1 p.m. to meet Nathaniel Holmes, candidate for the farm manager position at GMC. Nathaniel will discuss his agricultural background, his experiences and his vision for the future of Cerridwen Farm.
Cerridwen Farm Accepting Thanksgiving Veggie Orders
This is your chance to bring home produce grown on your campus farm for your holiday meal. Please email orders to Ryann Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, Nov. 25. Vegetables will be available for pickup in the CSA barn from noon-5 p.m. on Tuesday. Please note that we may run out of some vegetables and they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment is due at the time of pickup in the cash box. The following are available (items likely to run out marked with an asterix): beets ($1.50/lb), carrots ($1.50/lb), onions ($1.50/lb), *leeks ($1.50/lb), turnips ($1.25/lb), *kale ($5/lb), *spinach ($8/lb), *Brussels sprouts ($6/lb), *potatoes ($1.25/lb), mustard greens ($5/lb) and *eggs ($4/dozen).
Order $25 or more and receive a 10% discount. And as usual, our vegetables are grown without any agrochemicals, utilizing oxen and student power!"
Keep "Doing it in the Dark"
Though Do it in the Dark may have ended, the energy conservation movement continues on. There are heaps of resources online, available with tips on saving energy. Green Mountain Power has a detailed webpage dedicated to energy savings throughout the home. The site also has several YouTube videos illustrating how you can put an end to vampire voltage, the best light bulbs to replace those old incandescent bulbs, and how you can find the right temperature for your thermostat and water heater. Check out Green Mountain Power’s tips here.
Thanks & Giving Event Nov. 19
"Don't just meet your neighbor, give then a hand," is the slogan for a dedicated group of Green Mountain College students who have been in collaboration with residents of Poultney to create a day of celebrating community and togetherness. Tuesday, November 19, the very first Annual Day of Poultney Thanks & Giving will take place around Poultney at businesses, private homes and even the Young at Heart Senior Center. The purpose of this event is to create a closely-knit group of neighbors helping neighbors. Activities include engagement opportunities (from helping cook meals to raking leaves), free community meals, speakers, and the Village Exchange, which is a gathering of neighbors to create a community market with workshops, skill shares, and local products. Many classes are getting involved with service projects around town as part of their coursework.
Schedule for the day:
· 7-9 a.m.:
Free breakfast at the Methodist Church
· 9 a.m. - noon:
Service Opportunities/ Workshops/ Fun Activities
· Noon-2 p.m.:
Free Lunch & Village Exchange at St. Raphael's Community Center
· 2-5 p.m.:
Service Opportunities/ Workshops/ Fun Activities
· 4-5 p.m.:
Speaker on Animal and Food Justice
· 4:30-6:30 p.m.:
Dinner at Chartwells (RSVP required to Jose Galvez-Contreras.)
· 7-9 p.m.:
Food Drive Dance
The Poultney Thanks & Giving Committee invites community members for any of the events--or for the entire day. For more information contact Contact (Jose Galvez-Contreras).
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
Prof. Mitch Lescarbeau (English) recently had a poem titled "Nancy Underwood" accepted for publication by The Bryant Literary Review.
Today, on Veteran’s Day, prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine arts) has two online photo exhibits on display at socialdocumentary.net. One is a series of photos Kevin took in New York City during the Veteran’s Day parade in 2008. Another exhibit consists of photos taken at deployment ceremonies of Vermont National Guard troops in Bennington and Burlington, December 10-11, 2009. The troops were leaving for Afghanistan. From Kevin’s photographer’s statement on the second exhibit: “. . . it is essential to remember that each man and woman on their way to Afghanistan, or currently serving in Afghanistan, and the families and friends they leave behind, need all the support they can get from their hometown communities.”
Four Green Mountain College students spent part of the summer in Thailand, studying under the tutelage of prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies and pre-law). Each student selected an area of research: water policy, forestry policy, agricultural policy, and citizen participation in environmental policy-making. According to the project abstract, "Through an extensive literature survey, the students gained a background understanding of Thailand’s policies on paper. This prepared them for three weeks of field interviews with the top NGOs, government officials, academics, and religious figures in Thailand.” The team also partnered with law students from Thammsat University, one of Thailand’s top law schools. "Initial results indicate that Thailand’s environmental development is a complex story with many strong points and challenges, similar to those in the U.S. Of particular note is the strength of civil society in Thailand where NGOs play an essential role in representing the interests of various stakeholders including those of the ethnic ‘Hill Tribes.’ The strength of NGOs coupled with a strong judiciary are aspects that can serve as a model for other countries seeking similar environmental development.” To read summaries of independent research conducted by Kristen Friedel, Titania Green, Luz Guel and Nick Ravotti, read this story from the Asia Network website.