Oz Skinner '10

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A Modern Day Conquistador

Reflecting on his many adventures, Oz Skinner notes that his journey to GMC could be described as “anything but a straight line.” Looking to get away from his landlocked home in Iowa, Skinner originally pursued musical theatre at a community college in Tucson, Arizona, after graduating from high school in 2000. After a couple years, he decided, with the advice of his parents, to join AmeriCorps—a community service organization that promotes public education and environmental awareness. “It’s like the Peace Corps but domestic,” says Oz.

AmeriCorps gave Oz the chance to travel all around the country with a tight-knit group of people. In addition to the volunteer work, it gave the young nomad a unique skill set. “I was trained on how to do all kinds of crazy things—from firefighting, to using a chainsaw, trail-maintenance—and all that jazz,” says Oz. “That was supposed to be my ‘figure it out year,’ and by the end of that year I realized I hadn’t figured anything out yet.”

This led Oz to continue his work with AmeriCorps in New York City. “I thought New York was awesome; I saw it as really big, but also really cool and edgy,” he says. Eventually, Oz thought he might stick with AmeriCorps through a full-time position but found that getting a full-time job was difficult without a college degree—prompting him to return to school.

Oz applied for, and received, an interesting scholarship: the Jerry Seinfeld Scholarship for undergraduates—which awards $10,000 per year to undergrads seeking a four-year degree. “[This scholarship] made it financially possible for me to go to school… I found Green Mountain College—applied, got accepted—all before ever visiting the campus,” says Oz. What attracted Oz to a remote liberal arts college? “I wanted something completely different from New York,” he says.

Oz , a sociology major, wasted no time becoming an active member in various campus initiatives and clubs. “For one, I really want my opinion to be heard so I get involved in a lot of things,” he says. The first club Oz joined was P.A.N.T.S (People Are Not Their Sex). “I’m really big on direct action; I thought it was really cool that people were expressing gender identity and sexual orientation in a free and open way,” he says.

Additionally, he began to write for The Mountaineer, through which he shared the variety of perspectives he accumulated during his frequent travels. “The first article that I wrote was after I had attended the Republican and Democratic national conventions,” he says. This gave Oz the opportunity to write about a national event for the GMC community. He also published his photographs, yet another one of the senior’s many hobbies.

So how does he find time to do it all? “It’s a self-defeatist attitude to let things get in the way,” says Oz. “If you want to hit a home run you have to learn how to swing the bat.”

Swinging the bat could mean hitchhiking his way to the conventions or applying for work at the Sundance Film Festival. “I really wanted [to do those things]—so nothing was going to stand in my way—not money, not people, not distance. I was going to figure it out… Maybe I’m really lucky or maybe I’m like MacGyver when I go out on the open road,” Oz jokes.

Oz – who graduates in May with a degree in sociology - argues that sociology underlies a lot of what interests him about photography, art, or anything else for that matter. Anxious to move on and pursue graduate studies in photography, Oz made it clear that “GMC will always have a place in [his] heart because of its nurturing environment.”

While he had no definite plans, it just wouldn’t be Oz if he did. “I thought that college was one of my last great adventures—that I would settle down with a job and family after I was through. The more I think about it, I realize that my whole life will be one adventure after another… I’m an adventurer; I’m a conquistador,” he says. And for anyone looking to get away, Oz issues an adventurer’s call to arms: “Anytime I set out on an adventure there are open invitations.” Soon after graduating, Oz is headed out west – be sure to let him know if you’re down for an adventure.


By Chad Skiles '12


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Men's Lacrosse
Tuesday, 4/20
at Castleton State College, 7 p.m.

Thursday, 4/22
vs. Mount Ida College, 4 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
Wednesday, 4/21
vs. Daniel Webster College,
4:30 p.m.

Women's Softball
Wednesday, 4/21
at Castleton State College, 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Friday, 4/23
vs. Lyndon State College, 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Men's Tennis
Monday, 4/19
at Johnson State College, 3 p.m.

Thursday, 4/22
at Lyndon State College, 3:30 p.m.


WEEK AT A GLANCE


MONDAY, APRIL 19
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
9 - 10:30 a.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Outdoor Classroom Construction
10 a.m. - 6 p.m., behind SAGE Hall

SAGE Hall Photo Contest
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Withey Hall Lobby

African Dance
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Rahob Rinpoche
6:30 p.m., East Room

Traditional Belly Dance
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Laughter Yoga
8 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Kayak Pool Session
8:30 - 10 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

TUESDAY, APRIL 20
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Outdoor Classroom Construction
10 a.m. - 6 p.m., behind SAGE Hall

SAGE Hall Photo Contest
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Withey Hall Lobby

Fitness Swim
1 - 2:30 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

River & Campus Clean-Up
3 p.m., Meet at the back steps of SAGE Hall

Journaling Group
3:30 p.m., Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Kripalu Yoga
6 - 7:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Meditation
6:30 - 7 p.m., Chapel

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Interpersonal Growth Group
6 - 7 p.m., Wellness Center

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Farm Work Day
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Cerridwen Farm

Outdoor Classroom Construction
10 a.m. - 6 p.m., behind SAGE Hall

Delicate Balance Presentation:
Mindy Blank

10:30 a.m., East Room

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bozen Wellness Center

SAGE Hall Body Art Bazaar
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., SAGE Hall lawn

Club Earth Day Fair
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., outside of Withey Hall

SAGE Hall Photo Contest
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Withey Hall Lobby

Faculty Colloquium:
Prof. Jennifer Baker

12 p.m., Terrace 124

Delicate Balance Presentation: Stina Miller & Noah Pappano
1:15 p.m., The Gorge

GRE Study Group
4 - 5 p.m., Room 3, Griswold Library

Film Screening: The Cove
6 p.m., Tiny Theater

Free Oral HIV Testing
6 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced
6:30 - 7:45 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Zazen Meditation
7 - 8 p.m., Chapel

Let's Talk Gathering
7:15 - 8:30 p.m., Rare Books Room, Griswold Library

Shakti Tribal Dance: Beginner
7:45 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Meditation
9 - 9:20 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

THURSDAY, APRIL 22
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Garlic Mustard Pull
9 - 11 a.m., Meet north of the soccer fields

SAGE Hall & Biomass Facility Tours
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Outdoor Classroom Construction
10 a.m. - 6 p.m., behind SAGE Hall

Biomass Facility Ribbon Cutting
10:30 a.m., Biomass Facility

Luncheon
11:30 a.m., Cree lawn

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

Alan Bean
1 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

Poultney Earth Fair
2:30 - 5 p.m., Poultney High School

Tai Chi
5:15 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Yoga
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Let's Talk Gathering
7:15 - 8:30 p.m., Rare Books Room, Griswold Library

Beginner Yoga
7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

FRIDAY, APRIL 23
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Garlic Mustard Pull
9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Meet by the rope swing

Fitness Swim
9 - 10:30 a.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Outdoor Classroom Construction
10 a.m. - 6 p.m., behind SAGE Hall

Alumni Panel on Student Activism
2:30 p.m., Gorge Atrium (students & alumni only)

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

Free Oral HIV Testing
3 - 5 p.m., Wellness Center

Biomass Facility Sign Dedication
4 p.m., Biomass Facility

Alumni, Faculty & Staff Mixer
5 - 6:30 p.m., East Room

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Senior Art Reception: Kayla Biggs
6 - 8 p.m., Surdam Gallery

GMC & Community Concert Band Performance
7:30 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

SATURDAY, APRIL 24
Ultimate Frisbee Tournament
10 a.m. - 5 p.m., back fields

Bike-a-thon
11 a.m., Meet in Ames Circle

Yoga
1 - 2 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Alumni Soccer Game
1 p.m., back fields

Alumni Barbecue
3 - 5 p.m., Griswold Library lawn (tickets required)

Concert: Carl's Corner
Basement Band

4:30 p.m., Moses Hall lawn

Spring Concert: Easy Star All-Stars
7 p.m., Moses Hall lawn

SUNDAY, APRIL 25
Men's Alumni Rugby Game
1 p.m., back fields

Honors Tea
2 - 3 p.m., Withey Dining Hall

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center



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