Rose Robitaille '10

Like an Art Form

Senior Rose Robitaille lives in the tension between art and nature, intent on digging into the factors that give this tension form. At Green Mountain College, she has been able to find new ways to explore these interests, and is ready for the many opportunities life after college offers her.

Raised in the southern California coastal city of Santa Monica, Rose escaped the city by spending time in the surrounding mountains, saying, “The way that I processed things was I went hiking.” Her grandfather was an art collector and her mother is an environmental therapist – and they both influenced her development.

Originally arriving at Green Mountain as a fine arts major, Rose was drawn to the natural resources management program mostly through the strong relationships she developed. “I started reading articles and speaking with professors. Our faculty is incredible. Being able to have such a close relationship with them on such an intimate scale has affected me so much,” she says.

One such relationship is with her advisor, Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology). Under his guidance, she recently completed an internship at the Poultney-Mettowee Conservation District using GIS to computer map riperian buffer gaps along the Mettowee and Indian rivers to see the effect on phosphorous levels in Lake St. Catherine. “That was the first time in my college career that I’ve meshed my love of visual communication with natural resources,” she says. “It was like an art form for me.”

For Rose, her experience at GMC has been a liberal arts education in the fullest sense of the term. “I’ve come here and I’ve learned a lot of skills and created all these interests for myself, but they’re all in different directions,” she says. She has been offered an artist-in-residence position in western Germany, plans on applying for a Fulbright Scholarship to study the correlation between art movements and environmental policy in Sweden, and could pursue more GIS work in Wyoming after she graduates in May.

“There’s so many options,” she says, grinning brightly. “I don’t know what to do.”

By Ryan Dixon '11

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WEEK AT A GLANCE


MONDAY, DECEMBER 14
Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Fins to Feathers & Natural Science Illustration Display
11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Withey Lobby

Energy Healing
1 - 4 p.m., Wellness Center

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Laughing Yoga
6:30 p.m., Chapel

Guerilla Street Review
7:30 p.m., The Gorge

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15
Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

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

Environmental Design/Build Tour
1 - 3 p.m., Cerridwen Farm

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

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

Spirituality Club
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16
Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 5 p.m, Waldron Athletic Center

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

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17
Fitness Swim
7:30 - 9 a.m., Waldron Pool

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1:30 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

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

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

RESIDENCE HALLS CLOSE



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