Jennifer Catsos '09

by Ryan Dixon '11

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On Elevating Craft

In many ways senior Jenna Catsos is the prototypical Green Mountain College student, drawn to GMC to study in the liberal arts tradition, to become immersed in environmental studies and to live an ecologically aware existence. As an artist, writer, community activist, journalist, graphic designer, competitive skier, cross country runner, and ultimate frisbee-er—among other things— she has simply gotten involved.

Jenna grew up in the town of Ashley Falls, Mass., across the state line from Canaan, Conn., in the Berkshire Hills region, a cultural hub and tourist destination. Jenna’s mother, a basket-weaving artist and teacher, and father, an artful builder, infused her with the spirit of the place, encouraging her and two siblings to stay busy through art and craft. Jenna’s parents harvest and process the locally rooted Black ash trees for their own material and for sale.

“I really am the offspring of my parents. The fusion of them,” she says brightly, drawing in her legs. She traveled extensively before coming to GMC and spent one high school year in Germany, which she says put her on an exploratory track. An honors student in the progressive program, her freshman year found her among a group of students who originally proposed what has become the College’s current energy plan to transform the crude oil burner into a biomass cogeneration facility. The goal is to use a sustainable, renewable resource – green woodchips - to heat campus, considerably reducing the College’s carbon footprint. She says, “I feel like I’m going to be an involved citizen, somewhere I feel like I can make a difference.”

This week and next you can experience the mixed media culmination of the bustling activity which has been Jenna’s college experience in the Surdam Gallery showcase of her works, “The Art of Craft.” In the exhibit she presents crafty traditions with contemporary subject manner. “I always seep into my art, whether or not I want to,” she says. “I do a lot of layers. I don’t plan it out. It’s very...organic and natural.”

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Women's Basketball
Tuesday, 2/10
at Castleton State College, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, 2/13
at Thomas College, 8 p.m.

Saturday, 2/14
at University of Maine - Farmington, 4 p.m.

Men's Basketball
Tuesday, 2/10
at Castleton State College, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, 2/13
at Thomas College, 6 p.m.

Saturday, 2/14
at University of Maine - Farmington, 2 p.m.


WEEK AT A GLANCE


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Tai Chi
5 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Academic Skills Workshop: Test Taking & Study Skills
10 a.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

Academic Skills Workshop: Writing
1 p.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

Meditation
2:30 - 3 p.m., Chapel

LEAD Series
6 p.m., Gorge Atrium

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Academic Skills Workshop: Learning Style
10 a.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

Yoga
12 - 1 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Green Building Initiative Presentation
12 - 1 p.m., The Buttery

Faculty Colloquium: Prof. Rebecca Purdom
12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

Test for 2010 U.S. Census Jobs
1 - 3 p.m., Griswold Library, Room 2

Academic Skills Workshop: Note Taking
1 - 2 p.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

Job Search Strategies Workshop
3 p.m., Griswold Library Room 2

Vinyassa Flow Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Tribal Belly Dance
7 - 8:15 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Panel Discussion on Relationship Violence
7 p.m., The Gorge

Film Screening: A Raisin in the Sun
7 p.m., East Room

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Morning Yoga
9 - 10 a.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Mixed Martial Arts
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Karate Club
7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Mike McGee
9 p.m., The Gorge

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Vinyassa Flow Yoga
12 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Swing Dance
6 p.m., East Room

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Movie Screening: Role Models
8 p.m., The Gorge



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