A crew of Elementary Education majors made their way to Mettowee Elementary School a few weeks ago to work with first graders there. The GMC students are enrolled in a Language and Literacy course where they implement mini-lessons focused on topics such as phonemic awareness, rhyming, and phoneme-grapheme mapping. Photo: Hayley Provost.
Green Mountain College Solar Array Opens
Green Mountain College opened a new solar installation on the south side of campus last Wednesday. The 156 kW solar array will contribute the equivalent of 7-8% of the College's current energy use to the electricity grid.
The initiative was financed through a power purchase agreement with a third-party investor, Green Lantern Capitol, based in Waterbury, Vt. In return, GMC will receive net metering credit from utility company Green Mountain Power, reducing the College's electricity bill. The installation was completed last month by Positive Energy, based in Granville, N.Y.
“This project represents the kind of creative synergy between public and private organizations necessary to reach our community, state and national renewable energy goals,” said President Fonteyn.
Student Senate President Jo Jo Buss ’14 and Green Mountain College board of trustee members Bob Charlebois and Bob Allen helped throw the main breaker switch which activated the flow of electricity from the inverter station.
See this link to get an up- to- the- moment report on energy produced by the solar array.
Green Mountain College Offers Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs with Vermont Law School
Green Mountain College students can now complete a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in six years as opposed to the usual seven, or an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years instead of the usual five, thanks to three new dual degree programs offered by GMC and Vermont Law School. The new agreement builds on previous collaborations including an agreement in which qualified GMC students receive automatic admission to VLS.
Academically qualified students can save time and money by matriculating into the Juris Doctor, Masters of Environmental Law and Policy (M.E.L.P.), or Masters of Energy Regulation and Law (M.E.R.L.) programs at Vermont Law School after their junior year at GMC. After completion of the first year of courses at VLS, students receive their GMC degree while earning credits for a JD or a master's degree. These programs are designed for students who want to combine their broad-based environmental liberal arts undergraduate experience at GMC with a focused graduate course of study from VLS.
“The benefits of the dual degree are both programmatic and financial,” according to GMC President Paul Fonteyn. “Dual degree students can create a seamless transition between undergraduate and law school education. It’s a natural partnership between the preeminent environmental liberal arts college and the top environmental law school in the nation.”
Bay Hammond Introduced as New Farm Manager
Green Mountain College is pleased to announce Bay Hammond as the new Farm Manager for Cerridwen Farm, GMC’s nationally-recognized campus farm operation. As the new Farm Manager, Bay will oversee student education and labor on the college farm, including vegetable and livestock production, season extension technologies, fossil-free agriculture research, and the Community Commercial Kitchen.
Bay comes to GMC with a rich and diverse farming and nutrition background. Having grown up on a small diversified farm in Massachusetts, she has operated her own successful farms in Vermont for the past two decades. Following an early venture in vegetable production in her first operation, Marsh Hill Farm in Ferrisburg, Vt., Bay established Doolittle Farm in Shoreham, Vt., a diversified livestock and maple syrup operation now run by her children.
GMC Slow Motion Video Booth
Shuttle Service Provides Winter Break Transport
Be a Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Leader!
GreenMAP is seeking students interested in leading backcountry ski and snowboard programs! Prospective leaders should have a ski pass, be able to ski black diamond terrain, and have some winter camping experience. For more information and to download the application go to this link . Applications are due December 21.
REED Design-Build Presents Wednesday
Students in prof. Lucas Brown's design/build class will unveil the latest Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) creation on Wednesday Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the REED Studio (second floor of the Journal Press Building above Drake’s Pharmacy). A reception and unveiling of the project in the REED shop (across Main Street behind the Tiny Theater) will follow at 2 p.m. The latest project helps redefine what and where we call "home."
Lunchtime Theater on Thursday
Paula Mann's Acting 1 class will be performing their final scenes in the Gorge on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join us for the performance and refreshments!
Griswold Library Schedule
Library hours for the final exam period (Sunday, Dec. 15 through Saturday, Dec. 21) are listed below.
Monday 12/16/13 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
Tuesday 12/17/13 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
Wednesday 12/18/13 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
Thursday 12/19/13 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
Friday 12/20/13 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
Saturday 12/21/13 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Sunday 12/22/13 CLOSED
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 view the schedule and more information click Here.
First-year elementary education major Brenda Swingle got a little help in attending GMC from a memorial scholarship fund named for Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung, who died in the Sandy Hook shootings last December. Brenda was the first recipient of the $3,000 scholarship from the Brenda Hochsprung Memorial Scholarship Fund which will be awarded annually to a Naugatuck (Conn.) High School senior entering the education field. Brenda and Dawn Hochsprung are both alumnae of Naugatuck High. To see an interview Brenda recently gave to the Connecticut television station WFSB, click here.