Ecological Economics Focus of Upcoming Talk
Green Mountain College welcomes Dr. Robert Costanza, Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, for a lecture today at 4 p.m. in the East Room.
His talk is titled "Twin Crises of the Economy and the Environment and the Need for an Ecological Economics." Dr. Costanza's research has focused on the interface between ecological and economic systems including the valuation of ecosystem services, biodiversity, and natural capital and the analysis of dysfunctional incentive systems and ways to correct them.
His work has been cited in more than 3,000 scientific articles since 1987. More than 80 interviews and reports on his work have appeared in various media, including Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The Economist, The New York Times, Science, Nature, National Geographic, and National Public Radio.
Flu Shots, Massage, & More at GMC Wellness Fair
Learn more about personal health and well-being during the annual Green Mountain College Wellness Fair on Thursday, November 20. The fair – held in conjunction with the Great American Smokeout - will run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Withey Hall lobby.
The Wellness Fair offers a multitude of hands-on activities, demonstrations, free samples and trial treatments including massage. In addition to information on smoking cessation, carbon monoxide breath testing will be available.
The Wellness Fair is free of charge and open to the public.
Available for the first time this year will be a flu shot clinic, sponsored by Rutland Pharmacy. To reserve your flu shot, contact Jane Allen at the Wellness Center, 287-8376. The cost for the flu shot is $20 to be paid at the time of service.
Student Publishes Op/Ed on Election Coverage
GMC student Danielle Phillips published an opinion/editorial in her hometown newspaper, The Daily Record in Parsippany, N.J., about media coverage of the elections. The piece was written for Prof. Paul Falzone's (communications) Introduction to Mass Communication class.
Read Danielle Phillips' opinion piece.
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 today at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley Theater. 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 Theater. 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.
First Annual Welsh Eisteddfod this Sunday
In recognition of the rich Welsh history present throughout the Poultney community, the GMC Welsh Heritage Program will sponsor the first annual GMC Eisteddfod on Sunday, November 23 at 2 p.m. in the Gorge. Come watch about 25 students and four college bands compete in vocal and instrumental music, art, poetry recitation and essay writing.
The audience will have opportunities to sing Welsh folk songs and serve as the judges for the band competition. Adjudicators for the other categories will include GMC faculty members.
GMC to Host 175th Anniversary
Methodist Heritage Symposium
Green Mountain College is focusing on several salient aspects of its heritage during the 2008/09 academic year, the College’s 175th anniversary year. On Monday, December 1, GMC will explore its roots as an academy established by the Methodist church at the 175th Anniversary Methodist Heritage Symposium. A highlight of the evening is a 7 p.m. address by Jim Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), titled “Climate Change: The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse.” more...
Alum & NYS Treasurer to Visit GMC
for Career Conversation
Green Mountain College hosts alum Aida Brewer ’74 for a Career Conversation on Tuesday, December 2 at 3 p.m. in Booth Lounge.
Aida Brewer is the New York State Treasurer. After graduating from Green Mountain College in 1974, Treasurer Brewer continued her degree in business at LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y., graduating in 1976. Upon joining Key Bank that same year, Brewer entered the management trainee program and held a number of positions throughout the bank until leaving for state service in November 1983.
Assigned to the Investment and Cash Management Unit of the NYS Division of the Treasury, Brewer has served her entire state career in treasury. She became the deputy treasurer in 2000 and has served as treasurer since 2002.
Brewer's visit is sponsored by the GMC Business Program and Career Services.
Jazz and Blues Line-Up at GMC December 1 & 2
Next month, two concerts featuring local music talent will be held in the College’s refurbished Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones ’09 Concert Hall in Ackley Theater. On Monday, December 1 at 8 p.m., the Jazz Ensembles of Green Mountain College and Castleton State College will present a concert of swing, Latin and funk compositions.
The Green Mountain Jazz Ensemble is directed by Don Goodman and will feature arrangements by jazz composers Wayne Shorter, Eddie Harris and Freddie Hubbard. Directed by Glenn Giles, the Castleton State College Jazz Ensemble will feature a number of classic swing arrangements. In addition to students, local professional musicians Dave McKenzie, Todd Jonz and Harry Drum will perform with both bands.
The following evening, The Green Mountain College Old-Time String Band and blues singer Paul Geremia of Providence, R.I. will share the stage in concert on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley. Directed by GMC music faculty member Gus Bloch, the college string band will perform dance tunes and ballads from the mountains of Appalachia and the northeast United States. Special guest Paul Geremia has performed in every capacity from street singing to club and concert bookings throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Europe.
Both concerts are free and open to the public.
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Prof. Jacob Park (Business Strategy and Sustainability) was one of the featured presenters (“Taking a Systems Approach to Sustainability and Supply Chain Management: Critical Drivers, Emerging Trends, and Future Outlook”) at the Fall 2008 International Working Group Symposium held in conjunction with the 19th annual Socially Responsible Investing in the Rockies Conference in Whistler, British Columbia, on November 25. The International Working Group Symposium had presenters and participants from companies such as Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Dell, development groups like the World Bank, and community organizations/non-profits such as Investor Environmental Health Network, As You Sow Foundation, and others.
Director of Adventure Programs Bruce Saxman, Wellness Center Director Jessica Ley and seven GreenMAP leaders attended the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Conference in San Diego, Cal. Bruce co-presented “How to Get an Outdoor Job” with David Baumgarder, Director of Outdoor Programs for Ft. Carson during the Student Development Pre-Conference Session. In the core conference Bruce, Jessica and GreenMAP Leader Zach Behney presented “Moving into Stillness: An Outdoor Mindfulness-Based Stress Management Program”, and Bruce and GreenMAP Leader Alicia Lano presented on “Course Area Guides: Applications for Trip Planning, Decision Making, and Risk Management.”
Prof. Tom Stuessy (outdoor studies) recently completed his service as the Vice President of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) and a three-year term on the board of directors. AORE is comprised of hundreds of outdoor professionals from across the country. Tom is proud of this service and mentioned that AORE has been a major catalyst for adventure recreation internship and full-time employment opportunities for GMC graduates over the past three years.