Please join us in thanking Melissa Markstrom ’09 and Ray Coderre ’04 for their dedicated service to the Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) and to Green Mountain College. Both Melissa and Ray served over the last year as “tri-chairs” in conjunction with Amanda Mehegan ‘09, who will be continuing on as Chair of the AAB.
The Green Mountain College Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) is seeking nominations for alumni willing to devote their time and talents to GMC. There are currently nine positions open, with preference given to alumni from classes of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s and Master alumni. Alumni selected to fill these positions are representatives of the College and the alumni community.
The purpose of the AAB is to enhance the vibrancy of the College, sustaining among alumni the spirit of their shared experience, supporting the recruitment and retention of students, and assisting in fundraising and garnering financial support for GMC.
Women’s soccer earned its first-ever NIAC Championship with a victory at home on Sunday. After drawing to a 2-2 tie through 90 minutes, the Eagles received an overtime goal from Maya Golowasch to claim the 3-2 victory over Fisher College. Avery Barber and Riley Lane were the other goal scorers for the Eagles with Kali DeMarco setting up a pair of the goals. Golowasch was named the Championship MVP for her overtime winner. The Eagles final record of 8-6 (.571) is the best the program has achieved since it went 18-1 in 2006.
Men’s soccer team suffered a hard-fought 2-1 defeat against Fisher College in the NIAC Championship on Sundayafternoon at Eagles Game Field. Naing Aung scored his second goal in as many games to draw the score even at 1-1 before the Eagles gave up a late goal in the second half. For his stellar effort in goal including several terrific leaping saves, Sawyer Levy was named the Championships Defensive MVP. The 2018 season was quite successful as the team earned the most wins the program has seen in over a decade.
Women’s basketball posted a convincing win in the team’s season home opener beating Paul Smith’s College 75-45 on Thursday evening at the Eagle Dome. Four players reached double-figure scoring while three grabbed double-digit rebounds in the victory. Mercedes Rideout scored a team-high 19 points while Taylor Hill and Britanny Frasier each posted double doubles as Hill scored 15 to go with 12 rebounds while Frasier reached 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Men’s basketball built an early lead and led from wire-to-wire defeating Paul Smith’s College, 91-59, on Thursday evening in the team’s season home opener at the Eagle Dome. Three players reached double-digit points as it was a balanced scoring effort right though the entire lineup. Jerome Dixon scored 17 points to lead the team. Sean Leflore notched 11 points, while Greg Alexander had 10 in addition to his team-leading seven rebounds.
The Green Mountain College (GMC) student body is bonded together by a deep-seated desire to create positive change and to be contributing members of just and sustainable communities. That is not the only thing students share. Every GMC student takes courses in our award-winning Sustainable Liberal Arts for Transformative Education (SLATE) program.
The SLATE program comprises 7 thematic areas and 4 transdisciplinary core courses. The power of this approach is that it allows students to see how sustainability challenges are defined and addressed across a variety of fields while also giving students the space to tackle interdisciplinary problems in shared courses.
Sustainability challenges are not static, however, and our understanding of what it means to be resilient and sustainable is constantly evolving. “It is only natural that our core curriculum should adapt along with our understanding of these complex issues,” says Jennifer Guinn Sellers, Dean of the Faculty at GMC. “We are unveiling a host of changes to our SLATE program to better address the challenges of our times and the needs of our students.”
The change that is being unveiled this spring is a new sophomore core course called “Wicked Problems, Complex Solutions.” Our world is full of complex social and ecological problems (such as climate change, gun violence, racial injustice, and income inequality). “Wicked” problems, embedded in complex and interrelated systems, require multifaceted and numerous solutions. With an interdisciplinary faculty team, students will apply the methods and knowledge used in different disciplines to make sense of the problems of our time and explore the potential for just and sustainable solutions. This course prepares students for their common capstone, “A Delicate Balance,” which affords them the chance to identify and solve problems in our community in a major sustainability project.
The problems that students will be investigating this inaugural semester are biodiversity collapse, political polarization and persistent inequality. The problems will change each year the course is taught.
The new Wicked Problems, Complex Solutions course is part of a suite of ongoing changes to our curriculum. Last fall, the SLATE program launched a Living and Learning component attached to the first year SLATE Seminar course. This component was created, in part, to allow students to experience first hand what it means to build a community and how we can work to support one another in achieving our goals.
The GMC faculty are currently engaged in yet another innovation to the SLATE Program. This cycle of reflection and evolution stems from our commitment to maintaining our rank as #1 in Sustainability and empowering our students to create their vision of a just and sustainable world.
GMC Women’s volleyball posted its ninth win of the season, the most since the 2009-10 season, with a 3-0 victory over Paul Smith’s on Saturday afternoon in the first match of the day. The Eagles honored senior Sandra Parra in a small ceremony before the match. In the second match, the Eagles competed in their first ever Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship. GMC displayed some nerves early in the match, but evened the match at 1-1 through the first two sets. The Eagles played tough in the third set and then ultimately fell 3-1 to the eventual champion, Fisher College. Danielle Sill led the Eagles with 20 kills and 25 digs while Thunder Williams posted 26 assists and 25 digs during the day’s action.
This year, Green Mountain College welcomes Dr. S. Atyia Martin, who has spent the last 16 years in federal and local government within intelligence, homeland security, emergency management, public health preparedness, and ultimately resilience. Prior to her career in public service, she worked in the private sector (for profit and nonprofit) in technology, business development, and administration. She has led many teams and major initiatives to consistently achieve their mission and goals while building the capacity of those around her to grow into their best selves.
Dr. Martin is currently the CEO & Founder of All Aces, Inc., a social enterprise that provides a range of products and services to put clients and participants in control of difficult conversations and situations. All Aces mission is to activate the power of consciousness and critical thinking to manage the ways our unconscious mind can interfere with personal and organizational resilience. Additionally, she serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute.
Dr. Martin was the first Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of 100 Resilient Cities. She led the development and implementation of Boston’s first resilience strategy which was the first one in the 100 Resilient Cities network to make racial equity, social justice, and social cohesion the foundation of building resilience across the city. She engaged over 12,000 people across government, community, businesses, and nonprofits to develop Resilient Boston: An Equitable, Connected City. Smart Cities magazine selected Resilient Boston as the best resilience strategy of 2017 and the Center for American Progress featured it in its report A Framework for Local Action on Climate Change.
Prior to her role as Chief Resilience Officer, Dr. Martin was the director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). In this role, she was responsible for coordinating public health, healthcare, and community health emergency management including oversight of the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center to coordinate response and recovery efforts; and education and training through the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness. She led the expansion of the DelValle Institute from the greater Boston area to the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Additionally, she increased their reach and capacity by facilitating the development and implementation of a learning management system to support in-person training and expansion into online learning. During her tenure, she led the public health and healthcare response to the Boston Marathon bombings, the winter snow storms of 2015, trolley crashes, train crashes, the Long Island bridge closure and evacuation, and dozens of smaller scale emergencies.
Her previous professional experience includes adjunct faculty in the Master of Homeland Security at Northeastern University; the Boston Police Department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center; City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management; the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI); active duty Air Force assigned to the National Security Agency; and Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC).
Dr. Martin holds an Associate of Arts in Serbian Croatian from the Defense Language Institute (DLI), Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College, a Masters in Homeland Security Leadership from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University.
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Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Food Systems student Ben Rengstorf ’20 was recently named a James Beard National Merit Scholar.
Currently a teacher in at Roosevelt High School in the Minneapolis Public School System with a license is in ESL and Spanish, Rengstorf recently finished a degree in Culinary Arts from Saint Paul College and has started teaching after school cooking classes to middle and high school students. “I will be piloting an ESL Food class that will partner with local chefs during second semester. We will also connect with the urban farming class to recover food scraps for compost and use ingredients from our school greenhouse and aquaponics in our recipes, stated Rengstorf.
“To me, the James Beard Award is both an honor and a responsibility,” stated Rengstorf. “It represents an opportunity to study food systems with the experts and innovators in the field.”
With his MSFS Degree, he plans to further develop and implement food system curriculum across the Minneapolis School District. He is working toward building a summer school food system institute, and really connect students to their food in any way possible, so that they are actively engaged in all aspects of what they eat. He hopes to pass along any knowledge and insight gained in the program to the students in Minneapolis.
“I chose the MSFS degree program because it offered a distinct focus in food scholarship, and offered me the ability to keep working while taking classes. Even in the first four weeks, the MSFS program has already been an enriching and invigorating experience. I have been challenged academically by the faculty and inspired by the other students.”
Men’s soccer enjoyed an undefeated week with a pair of double overtime thrillers. On Wednesday, the Eagles drew to a scoreless tie with NIAC rival Fisher before coming out on top against Northern Vermont University – Lyndon on Saturday, 2-1. Joe Grubb scored both Eagles’ goals in the win and Sawyer Levy provided the shutout Wednesday with six saves before making 10 stops to preserve the win on Saturday.
This week, Green Mountain College began offering a new ½ credit Pop Up course titled “Brett Kavanaugh: “Boys Will Be Boys.”
Christine Blasey Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while they were both teenagers her years ago at a high school party. He is not the first political figure to face allegations of sexual misconduct. In 1991, Anita Hill testified about sexual harassment she endured while working for current Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas, during his confirmation hearing. Sexual assault allegations were also levied against former President Bill Clinton during that same time in history. Judge Thomas and President Clinton ascended to the highest positions of power. Brett Kavanaugh’s outcome is less certain.
In this Pop Up course, we will look at the landscape surrounding sexual assault and misconduct claims across these key moments in history and compare it to what we are seeing right now. What about our political climate is similar, and what has changed? What cues or information do we use when evaluating the integrity of accusers? How do we evaluate the memories of survivors of sexual violence and those who may have been intoxicated? And if it is true that Brett Kavanaugh committed this alleged assault as a minor, should it affect his current bid for a seat on the Supreme Court? We will also take a close look at campus culture. While some argue that “hook up culture” is empowering, might it actually encourage sexual assault?
This is a unique opportunity for students to tackle these and related questions and create the space to have important, but difficult conversations.