Music Performances on Tap at Green Mountain College
Green Mountain College hosts three concerts this month to help kick off the holiday season. The college & community concert band, the Cantorion and the jazz ensemble will all be taking the stage. All performances are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:
GMC Hosts Free Wellness Fair November 19
Green Mountain College hosts its annual Wellness Fair on November 19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Withey Hall.
The event, sponsored by GMC's Wellness Center, is an excellent opportunity to learn more about personal health and well-being. The fair offers information about smoking cessation and substance abuse. A multitude of hands-on wellness related activities, demonstrations, free samples, and trial treatments including chair massage will be available. This event is free and open to the public.
Vendors wishing to participate may contact Jane Allen at the Wellness Center, 802-287-8376, or email@example.com. There is no vendor fee.
A Forum on the Future of Energy in Vermont
How will the state of Vermont supply energy to its residents in the years ahead? Are alternative energy sources – like wind and solar – viable options? On November 17, at 6 p.m. in the East Room, GMC hosts a public forum on "The Future of Energy in Vermont." The forum is sponsored by the DEEP Scholars. Panelists include David Dunn from Central Vermont Power Service Cow Power program; Jeffrey Wennberg representing Vermont Community Wind; David McElwee from Entergy Vermont Yankee and Dan Brown from Foxfire Solar Energy Company. GMC Prof. Steven Letendre (management & environmental studies) will introduce the panel. The discussion is moderated by Prof. Paul Falzone (communications). All are welcome to attend.
Industrial Wind the Focus of a Talk Today at 6 p.m.
Annette Smith, Executive Director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, delivers a talk titled "Industrial Wind -- The Attraction of the Theoretical Versus the Reality of the Facts" today at 6 p.m. The talk will be held in Terrace 124. Vermonters for a Clean Environment is a statewide non-profit corporation focused on "fighting for the economic well-being of all Vermonters assuring appropriate use of our resources -- our people, our land, our air and our water."
Dartmouth Professor to Visit GMC
Mark McPeek, an evolutionary biologist from Dartmouth University, will be on campus November 20 to host two talks titled "How has Past Climate Change Influenced the Biota We See Today?" He will be speaking to Prof. Mike Blust’s (biology) "Winged World" class at 10 a.m. and will give a public presentation at 4 p.m. The location for the public presentation is to be announced.
GMC Students to Showcase Work in Video Conference
Two GMC students will be featuring their work in an international video conference November 18 and 19. Terrace 124 will be the GMC campus hub for the conference, scheduled to run from 8:30 - 10:45 p.m. both days. The Feedforth Video Conference is an interdisciplinary conference between Nagoya University in Japan, the University of Guatemala, and GMC. GMC student Jose Galvez Contreras '11 had his work selected from among all of the (mostly graduate) applications and will be presenting November 19 at 8:30 p.m. Kelly Donahoe, a GMC MSES student, will be presenting November 18 at 8:40 p.m. The event is sponsored by the GMC Pre-Law Program. Coffee and snacks will be available.
Bill Duell '44 Drops in on Cuckoo's Nest Performance
Audience members who attended Green Mountain College's production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Saturday got a special treat: a visit from actor and alum William "Bill" Duell, class of 1944. Duell played Jim Sefelt in the 1975 film version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - he was part of a cast that included Hollywood luminaries Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, and Louise Fletcher. Prof. Paula Mann (theatre) introduced Duell to the audience prior to the Saturday performance. Duell has had many roles in stage and the small screen. He has appeared in other films including The Hustler, Ironweed, In and Out, and a recent remake of The Out of Towners starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. After graduating from Green Mountain Junior College, he continued his studies at Wesleyan University and Yale. Duell received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from GMC in 1998 and the College offers a theatre scholarship in his honor.
Thanksgiving Feast to Feature Local Foods
The College hosts a "Southern style" Thanksgiving dinner November 18 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the dining hall. The menu includes pulled pork from the College's Cerridwen Farm, pumpkin soup, and produce including mixed greens and regular greens grown on the farm. Chefs Dave Ondria and Tom Mooney from Chartwells Dining Service worked with the College on the event.
Winter Parking Procedures in Effect
A friendly reminder from the town of Poultney regarding parking cars in town: winter is here and with it the threat of snow. To provide road crews with adequate clearance, drivers are prohibited from parking their cars on streets, highways, or in public parking areas from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. The winter parking ban is in effect November 1-April 1. Cars parked on the streets during these hours may be towed.
Student Lindsay Herlihy ‘11 has been awarded a $300 student research grant from the Lake Champlain Research Consortium (LCRC) to support her project titled “Determining the Presence & Prevalence of Borrelia Burgdorferi In Peridomestic Birds in Poultney, Vermont.” For the project, to be completed as part of her honors thesis, Lindsay will be banding birds and testing them to determine their role as potential carriers of Lyme Disease. As part of the LCRC grant, Lindsay will present her research at the LCRC Student Symposium scheduled for spring 2010.
FACULTY, STAFF & STUDENT NOTES
Anne Colpitts, (Spanish and Director of International Programs) and Prof. Rebecca Purdom (environmental law & policy) presented a workshop with students Brandon Gowdy '10 and Cody Broderick '10 at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Regional Conference November 4. The workshop, "Making International Collaborative Research Part of your Next Undergraduate Travel Course," focused on an innovative portion of the Brazil travel course lead by Rebecca and Anne in May and June of 2009. In that course, 15 GMC students, including Cody and Brandon, collaborated with Brazilian students on research projects for ten weeks via the internet, then traveled to Brazil to complete their projects with their collaborators. The projects culminated in public presentations at the Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba. Projects included a comparison of biofuel viability in Brazil and the United States, a comparative analysis of the protection of genetic resources from biopiracy under Brazilian and U.S. law, an examination of polymer manufacturing and recycling technology in the two countries, and a comparison of conservation and restoration strategies in Brazil's Atlantic Forest and Vermont's Clayplain forest. In the NAFSA workshop, the GMC team provided guidelines for designing similar projects. They also shared challenges they faced in virtual and in-person collaborations and discussed ways to enhance learning outcomes and build cross-cultural competence.
Prof. Steve Fesmire (philosophy) is the scheduled guest for the Vermont Public Radio show Vermont Edition November 18. The call-in show is from 12 - 1 p.m., and it will be replayed at 7 p.m. The topic will be animal cruelty in light of the USDA closure of an organically certified slaughterhouse in Grand Isle, Vt.
Instructor Nate Furman presented "The Roles of Heuristic-Based Decision-Making Factors, Avalanche Forecast, and Risk Propensity on the Decision to Ski in Avalanche Terrain" at the Symposium for Experiential Education Research. The symposium is part of the 37th annual Association for Experiential Education conference. This work is part of a multi-phase study examining factors that influence decision-making during risky recreation. The project is a collaboration with Wynn Shooter from Monash University and Scott Schumann from the University of Utah. Results indicate that skiers refer to published avalanche forecasts to guide backcountry decision-making more than heuristic biases, and that the effects of gender dynamics within skier groups are less clear than previously thought. The project is funded through the American Alpine Club and partnered with the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education.