Growing Vegetables with Solar Power:
GMC Garners a Grant to Research the Possibilities
While greenhouses lengthen the production season for vegetable farms, heating these structures with gas-fired or electric air burners is expensive and energy intensive. Research at Green Mountain College, funded by a $15,000 grant from Vermont's Windham Foundation, will explore new ways to sustainably grow vegetables by integrating a solar-powered hot water system in "high tunnel" greenhouses. The three-year study may reveal inexpensive ways to produce higher yields while consuming less energy. More…
GMC Students Travel to Boston for Amnesty Conference
GMC students learned about how to get involved in the international struggle for human rights during the Northeastern Amnesty International U.S.A Conference November 14. GMC's InterCultural Center (ICC) organized the trip to Boston University. Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people campaigning for internationally recognized human rights. The conference featured 17 workshops on topics including immigration issues, the death penalty, taking legislative action, the crisis in Sri Lanka, human rights and the arts, journalists at risk, and many others. Students gained an awareness of major human rights violations and learned how to get involved. The ICC would like to thank all those who made this trip possible.
Students pictured include: Erin Burch, Steven Carpenter, Kat Carvajal, Olesea Cojohari, Taylor Conley, Pragatee Dhakal, Melina Di Stefano, Sydney Gard, Thomas Hatvany, Emily Heale, Shawn Henry, Kat Kehrt, Katesawn Marsh, Elisa Morales, Megan O'Keefe, Michael Raven, John Sinclair, Camille Stephens, Duong Vo Thai, Samantha Woolhiser
Green Mountain Jazz Ensemble to Perform
The Green Mountain Jazz Ensemble will perform November 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall in Ackley Hall. Under the direction of Don Goodman, the ensemble will perform jazz standards by Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie. The band features Green Mountain College students and professional musicians from the community.
History Senior Seminar Presentations Today
Civil war soldiers, mental institutions and Uncle Sam are the topics for three history senior seminar presentations scheduled for today at 4 p.m. in Ackley 224. Presenters are as follows:
Chronicle of Higher Ed Features GMC Resort & Hospitality Management Program
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about three-year degree programs features GMC's Resort and Hospitality Management Program as an example of a well-established, successful program. The RHM program combines cooperative-based management education at Killington Resort with the College's Environmental Liberal Arts curriculum. Read the article in the November 10 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
South Korean Scholar to Visit GMC
Green Mountain College will host Prof. Chae Young Kim of Sogang University, South Korea, from November 27 – December 1. On November 30, from 4-5:30 p.m., he will give a public presentation on the topic of "Korea's New Shamanism." During his stay he will also be visiting classes including Images of Natures, Asian Philosophies and World Religions. Prof. Chae Young Kim is among the most highly regarded religious scholars in South Korea today. He is a Christian pluralist deeply respected by Christians, Buddhists, and New Shamanists in Korea, and is the translator of William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience into Korean. He’s also well connected with Fulbright Korea, both as a host and a grant recipient.
Brinley-Buckley Earns Tourney
GMC senior Emma Brinley-Buckley garnered a spot on the Hampton Inn Classic All-Tournament Team after scoring 18 points and nabbing 18 rebounds in the consolation game against Mount Ida College. The Eagles lost 60 - 56 in a close contest that featured five ties and five lead changes. The Eagles dropped to 0-2 with the defeat. On Tuesday, the women's team travels to New England College. More...
Shuttle Schedule for Thanksgiving Break
Green Mountain College is offering a free shuttle service to the train station in Fair Haven for Thanksgiving break. There will also be several trips available to Rutland and to the Castleton Family Health Center for students still on campus. Any dates not listed on the schedule will not be covered unless an emergency arises requiring transportation to the Castleton health center. Shuttle service to the Fair Haven Train Station is limited so please reserve a seat by emailing Margaret Bruso or by calling the shuttle phone at 802-558-6526. Click here for the Thanksgiving break shuttle schedule.
Stock Up on Veggies for Thanksgiving
Cerridwen Farm is hosting a pre-Thanksgiving veggie sale November 24. Visit the lower barn between 8 and 11 a.m. to purchase produce - end of the season prices are in effect. Offerings include pumpkins, potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots and turnips.
Senior Social on Tap in Richardson Alumni House
On December 2, GMC's Office of Alumni Affairs, career services and the GMC Student Senate host a Senior Social in Richardson Alumni House. Enjoy conversation, dessert and refreshments. Please RSVP to Jan Tower by November 30.
FACULTY, STAFF & STUDENT NOTES
GMC Reverend Shirley Oskamp has received a $44,586 grant to participate in the 2009 National Clergy Renewal Program funded by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. Shirley received the grant through her role as reverend for Church of the Wildwood. The grant program allows Christian congregations and ministers to plan a period of intentional reflection and renewal. Travel in Ireland with her husband will be the heart of Shirley’s sabbatical experience. In addition to many other activities, they will attend a retreat at The Abbey, Iona, Scotland with John Bell, a leader in Celtic Christian music and liturgy. Shirley plans to explore how deep connections with the earth might be alive within and around Irish expressions of faith, and bring some new ideas back to churches in Vermont.
Prof. Mary Pernal (English & writing) and Prof. Jen Powers (education) attended the annual Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences Conference November 7 at Marlboro College. The topic of the conference was the G.I. Bill, and a panel presented a chronological history of its influence, particularly in the realm of higher education. Both Powers and Pernal sit on the VAAS board of trustees, and this year's induction of Fellows into the VAAS included playwright and poet David Budbill, Marlboro College President Ellen Lovell, and founder of the Bread and Puppet Theater, Peter Schumann.
Director of Adventure Programs Bruce Saxman and GreenMAP trip leaders Aaron Strock, Morgan Gentry, Ben Halay, Mariano Sastre, Sam Grist, Alaina Killion, Tyler Randolf, Derek Gavelis, Jon DeBay, and Nate Higgs attended the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education's Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. At the conference Bruce presented "Using Site Management and Course Area Guides for Trip Planning and Decision Making" and continues to serve on the association's Access and Permitting Committee.
Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology) accompanied students Jane Day and Rose Robitaille to the 25th Annual New York State GIS Conference in Lake Placid, N.Y. Jane and Rose presented posters summarizing the results of their natural resource management summer internship supported by the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District.
Renee Beaupre White, GMC Director of Alumni Affairs and Career Services, attended the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Conference in Manchester, Vt., and participated in the "Building Vermont's Future Workforce" panel.