Rommy Fuller's Images class collaborated with the St Raphael Church for a historical survey of stone markers at the St. Raphael's Cemetery. The students cross-referenced church records with the actual stone markers as part of the Thanks and Giving event last Tuesday. Fuller (center) is pictured here with Ernie DeMatties, a volunteer for the church. At left is student Jackie Martin. See story below.
Thanks & Giving Builds Community
Last Tuesday's Thanks & Giving event began as a collaborative project between Jensen Morgan '14 and José Gálvez Contreras '11, GMC's Outreach Coordinator. Jensen was interested in the idea of developing a human network that would help stregthen the ties between the college community and Poultney community. Eventually 22 students became involved in a two-month planning process, and the event that emerged was perhaps the largest Town/Gown collaboration in history. "The original goal was to bring the community together through community engagement," José said. Among the highlights were free meals--breakfast, lunch and dinner--for local community members. Nearly 300 people attended the meals. The lunch and breakfast were organized by Kelsey Michaud '14, Monika Ganguly-Keifner '14, Jessi Web '13, Poultney High School home education and Spanish classes, the Poultney High School Honor Society and prof. Eleanor Tison's Images of Nature class. SAGE Hall, Chartwells and Cerridwen Farm donated food for the meals. The dinner meal was coordinated Jensen Morgan and Shannon Baillie '14, in collaboration with the Student Government Association and Student Campus Greening Fund. During the day, over 130 volunteers from the College and Poultney took on community service projects ranging from trail maintenance, to cleanup projects (at the Poultney Public Library, the Stone Valley Community Market, Nancy's Place), to wellness and recreational workshops. Activities at the Poultney Elementary School included an intercultural workshop by ICC with 6th-graders, a "Give Thanks" workshop with the school's Special Education program and a "Kidditch" presentation for fourth graders sponsored by the GMC Quiddich Team. The day was capped off by a Food Drive Dance, with donations to benefit the Poultney Food Shelf, held at the Tiny Theater. "We wanted the college community to see beyond what is behind its gate; we wanted the town to see the great energy the students at GMC have to share with the town. We no longer wanted to be seen as a two separate entities, but rather one," said José. Thanks and Giving certainly accomplished that.
GMC Senior Helps Keep Poultney Residents Warm
The cold weather is setting in, but Julia Aviles '14 has found a way to keep a lot of local people warm. For her Delicate Balance project, Julia led a coat drive which yielded over 200 "gently used" coats. She held a town event on Saturday, November. 9th at the Poultney Methodist Church, offering the coats free to anyone in the local community in need. Within four hours, she'd given away all but 15. Julia managed to do it while maintaining the shoppers' sense of dignity. "My mission was to provide members of the community with the opportunities that others take for granted, such as the act of shopping. The coats were placed on racks like at a small boutique, allowing the people to feel as if they were shopping at a regular store," she said. Julia provided a large mirror for shoppers to try on the coats, and a “wrap” station where each jacket was carefully folded into a brown paper bag. "In Poultney, 44% of high school students live below the poverty line. Often, this results in students not having adequate clothing because parents must spend their limited income on other necessities," Julia said.
SAAC Raises Funds for Turkey Donations
The Green Mountain College Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently completed a fundraising event in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday. The organization took cash donations over the past two and a half weeks to raise money to purchase 25 turkeys through an initiative with Hannaford Supermarket in Rutland, Vt. Those turkeys were then donated to the Poultney Food Shelf which will distribute them to needy families in the upcoming days. “It was truly inspiring to carry 25 turkeys into the food pantry and fill up a huge chest freezer,” said SAAC President Johanna Douglas. “We donated the turkeys while people were there picking up food and it was amazing to see the deep gratitude that all of the people -- our own neighbors -- displayed when they saw our donation. I think it is awesome that the GMC athletic community could spread some happiness to the residents of greater Poultney, especially during this time of giving thanks. It made us take a step back and be thankful for what we have."
Adventure Education in Maryland
Last weekend, over thirty representatives from Green Mountain College attended the Association for Outdoor Education and Recreation conference down in College Park, Maryland, including students, alumni, faculty and staff. The greater conference was attended by outdoor professionals, higher ed. students, and outdoor companies. Informational sessions coupled with symposiums on bikes, access and research were the main purpose for the conference. Throughout these educational periods, Green Mountain College representatives presented five sessions, all of which were highly regarded. Nick McEachern (2014), among presenting with Emma Christensen and Nick Rushford, was the recipient of the AORE Literary Award and served on the Environmental Stewardship Committee.
The AORE conference provides students an opportunity to learn alongside professionals, network with potential employers, join AORE committees and present at a National Conference. “AORE is such a great resource for students trying to find the right path in life," said Student Alex Howard. "It highlights many aspects to outdoor recreation that aren't normally seen. I highly suggest it to anyone interested in any sort of career in the recreation field, not just [Adventure Education] majors!”
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. Remember, our vegetables are grown without any agrochemicals, utilizing oxen and student power!"
Annual GMC Holiday Craft Fair Dec. 11
Tackle your holiday shopping list early and buy locally-made items from GMC faculty, staff and students! The annual Holiday Craft Fair is Wednesday December 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Withey Lobby. Shop for jewelry, knitted goods, pottery, maple syrup, candles, plants, framed art, photography, home baked goods and more! To reserve a table to sell your items please email Svea Miller.
GMC Graduate Sarah Fitch 13" works to install the new solar field on campus.
Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge: at the Science Pub
Join prof. John Van Hoesen for the program “Big Brother or Big Data” Sunday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. at the Iron Lantern Restaurant (272 Route 4A, Castleton). This presentation and discussion focuses on the consequences of mass government surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden. Are we right to worry about our own privacy? Our smart-phones always know exactly where we are—and so do advertisers, phone-service providers, friends and employers. At the same time these devices promote community and provide needed information instantly. The Science Pub features informal lectures in a pub setting, facilitated by area professors and experts. The event is free, except for any drinks or food you order. For information call 802-468-5574 or 773-1860. Sponsored by Friends of the Castleton Free Library and Friends of the Rutland Free Library.
Griswold Library Thanksgiving Schedule
Below are library hours for the College community through the Thanksgiving break. The library will be open for extended hours Monday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 14. Hours for the final exam period (Sunday, Dec. 15 through Saturday, Dec. 21)
Monday 11/25: 8 a.m. to midnight
Tuesday 11/26: 8 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Wednesday 11/27: 8 am to noon
Thursday 11/28: CLOSED
Friday 11/29: CLOSED
Saturday 11/30: CLOSED
Sunday 12/1: 5 p.m. to midnight
Extended Hours Schedule
Monday 12/2: 8 a.m. to midnight
Tuesday 12/3: 8 a.m. to midnight
Wednesday 12/4: 8 a.m. to midnight
Thursday 12/5: 8 a.m.- 1 a.m.
Friday 12/6: 8 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Saturday 12/7: 10 a.m.- to 10 p.m.
Sunday 12/8: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Monday 12/9: 8 a.m.- 1 a.m.
Tuesday 12/10: 8 a.m.- 1 a.m.
Wednesday 12/11: 8 a.m.- 1 a.m.
Thursday 12/12: 8 a.m.- 1 a.m.
Friday 12/13: 8 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Saturday 12/14: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Shuttle Service Provides Winter Break Transport
Students leaving Poultney for winter break can take advantage of the College's shuttle service to Albany Airport and the Castleton Train Station from Friday, Dec 20-Sunday, Dec. 22. The cost for Albany Airport is $20 one way and $30 round trip. Trips to Castleton Train Station and the Rutland Airport are free. Students should sign up in Withey 155 as seats are limited. To veiw the schedule and more information click Here.
Adjunct prof. Gary Meitrott (theater) is directing “A Christmas Carol,” presented in dramatically intimate Reader’s Theatre Style at several local venues. Five talented local actors, in full Victorian dress, play multiple roles and bring that miserly misanthrope, Ebeneezer Scrooge, vividly to life. Dickens’ beloved classic reminds us that there’s a second chance to love and be loved. Performances are Sat., Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at Poultney High School; Fri., Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Maple Street School, Manchester; Sat., Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Wallingford Town Hall; Fri., Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Willow Pond, Manchester; and Sat. Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Stratton Mountain School. Tickets at the door: adults $7, and students/children (12 and under) $4. For more information call 802-366-0110.