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August 26, 2013
From: Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications, 802-287-8926

Graduate Program Residencies at GMC Feature Public Talks

POULTNEY—Students in two online graduate degree programs at Green Mountain College will soon be gathering for their annual four-day residency session in Poultney. While most of the classwork is conducted online, each program features an intensive residency where students interact with colleagues and faculty and meet nationally recognized scholars.

Author and naturalist Dr. Robert Michael Pyle will be the scholar in residence for the Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) program September 4-7, and Dr. Anthony Cortese will be the scholar in residence for the College’s Sustainable MBA program September 11-14. Besides providing private workshops for students, each scholar will deliver at least one lecture that is open to the public. Dr. Pyle will be giving two presentations on Thursday, September 5 at 4 p.m. in the Ackley Theater and Friday, September 6 at 9:30 a.m. in the East Room.

Dr. Pyle is a lepidopterist (a specialist in the study of moths and butterflies) and a writer who has published twelve books and hundreds of papers, essays, stories and poems. His acclaimed 1987 book Wintergreen, describing the devastation caused by unrestrained logging in Washington’s Willapa Hills near his adopted home, was the winner of the 1987 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. His book The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland, is the summer reading for first-year GMC undergraduates. Pyle has a Ph.D. from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale.

A member of Green Mountain College’s board of trustees, Anthony Cortese has been actively engaged in sustainability challenges for businesses and higher education for over 30 years. He is a senior fellow at Second Nature, a Boston-based organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education he co-founded with U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.). He served as president of the organization from March 1993-August 2012. He has served as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board and president Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development's Education Task Force. Earlier this summer, Cortese was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the EPA for his career spent actively engaged in large system sustainability and environmental challenges. Cortese has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering and a doctorate in environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Mr. Cortese will be giving a public talk on Thursday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Gorge titled: “Leonardo da Vinci to Business: Lead us on a Healthy, Just and Sustainable Path NOW!” Following this, he will be serving on a panel with GMC faculty and MBA alumni. The panelists will be answering the question:

”What do I do to help business make the societal shift?”

Green Mountain College now offers three graduate degree programs including the Sustainable MBA, MSES, and the masters of science in sustainable food systems (MSFS). The programs were created for working professionals and are conducted largely online.

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