As a parent, friend or family member of a Green Mountain College student, you are invited to visit campus for the Alumni and Family Weekend, Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th. Cheer on our soccer teams, attend the art gala, and taste the competing creations at the Poultney Chili Cook-Off. There will also be an opportunity to join President Fonteyn for coffee and discussion Saturday morning.
Keeley Titus of Medford, N.J. brought two new friends to college this fall: Margaret and Rose, a pair of two-and-a-half-month-old Nigerian dwarf goats. While Keeley lives on the sustainability floor, a residence hall community built around locally-raised food, Margaret and Rose board at the College’s farm. Read More..
The digital revolution is making an impact on another traditional sport: tennis. GMC professor of communication studies and tennis enthusiast Jason Schmitt recently had a chance to test out new technology that provides immediate feedback to improving a backhand, or increasing the velocity of a serve.
“Tennis could be witnessing one the most important technological evolutions in its history: connected tennis,” Jason writes. “The connected tennis environment is an exciting merge for a sport with such longstanding traditions . . . we are definitely in-line for a stream of continual upgrades and technological evolution.”
Read his full Huffington Post story.
“One of Dewey’s basic educational ideas was that kids learn better when they organically assimilate knowledge in an active, personal, imaginative and direct way,” writes GMC prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy). “A school may train more students with fewer teachers, and an industrial sector may produce more clothes, cars or animal protein to meet market demands with lower overhead costs. These products can then be used, or put to work to produce more things. The industrial imagination stops here, with efficient production. This is arguably useful, but what else has been unintentionally made, to which industrial thinking is oblivious? Have we made narrower lives? Have we at times embittered and disabled ourselves? Have we anesthetized moral and ecological sensitivity? Have we, in Dewey’s words, made life more ‘congested, hurried, confused and extravagant?'”
Read Steven’s thoughts on the subject in this Rutland Herald editorial. Steven is author of Dewey (Routledge, 2015), John Dewey and Moral Imagination (Indiana University Press, 2003), and editor of the Oxford Handbook of Dewey (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017).
Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, released its ninth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of America’s greenest colleges and universities – the 2015 edition announced that Green Mountain College ranked twelfth in the nation overall.
In addition, Sierra gave GMC the second highest rating for academic programs that relate to sustainability. This category considers the number of sustainability courses, sustainability learning outcomes and sustainability-related majors.
Sierra’s “Cool Schools” list annually recognizes colleges and universities that are creating tangible change in all categories of “greenness”—from what’s served in dining halls to what’s taught in lecture halls to what’s powering the dorms. This was the sixth consecutive year that GMC finished among the top 15 on Sierra’s list. The University of California, Irvine (ranked #1 this year) is the only other school besides GMC to finish among the top 15 schools each year since 2010.
“We’re so inspired to see how colleges are taking the lead on addressing climate change,” said Avital Andrews, Sierra magazine’s lifestyle editor.
“Green Mountain’s strategic plan, Sustainability 2020, keeps us on the cutting edge of sustainability in academic programs and operations,” said Aaron Witham, Green Mountain College’s sustainability director. “We continue to strive toward authentic sustainability by fulfilling the important national student campaigns like banning the sale of bottled water and divesting from fossil fuels.”
GMC is the first college in the nation to achieve climate neutrality through campus-wide efficiency, adoption of clean energy, and purchase of local carbon offsets. In 2010 the College opened a $5.8 million combined heat and power (CHP) biomass plant to heat its campus buildings by using green woodchips, a sustainable and renewable local fuel source. In 2015, the Green Mountain College board of trustees completed divestment from 200 publicly traded companies which hold most of the world’s known coal, oil and gas reserves.
Sierra’s complete 2015 rankings, with comprehensive descriptions of each school’s environmental efforts, are available at www.sierraclub.org/coolschools. To learn more about what Green Mountain College is doing to make its campus more sustainable, visit the College’s sustainability website at http://sustainability.greenmtn.edu.
Green Mountain College was founded in 1834 and takes environmental, social and economic sustainability as the organizing principal of its curriculum for undergraduate and graduate programs.
Green Mountain College hosts its annual Fall Convocation tomorrow at 4 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium. The keynote speaker is author, mountaineer, adventurer and athlete Jan Reynolds, author of the book High Altitude Woman.
Reynolds, who lives in Stowe, was born on a Vermont dairy farm. She became a nationally ranked cross-country ski racer in high school and college, and raced biathlon for the U.S. National Team. She is a prize-winning photojournalist whose intrepid adventures have taken her to every continent, photographing and recording vanishing cultures to preserve their unique heritage for future generations.
Her work has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, Esquire, Vogue, People, and several ski and outdoor magazines. Her Vanishing Cultures series (seven books) for children published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich won the prestigious Parents’ Choice Award. Reynolds uses the series to teach children about sustainability and what it means for our world. The event is free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, September 9 at 3 p.m. in the Feick Art Center, artist Bill Ramage, master installation artist and accomplished draftsman, will present an artist talk/conversation. His current installation in the Feick entirely fills the gallery space with a single photographic documentary work that magically encompasses the viewer. His show and installation is titled: “Leda and the Swan: A Divine Copulation”. Bill has taught at Castleton College for over forty years and is one of Rutland’s most vibrant and important voices in the arts. See the attached photo of the artist and installation.
Auditions for the fall mainstage production “The Laramie Project” will be held Wednesday, September 9 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium. “The Laramie Project” is a powerful docu-drama created in 2001 by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project based on the tragic death of a young gay man in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. The play was created through transcripts of more than 200 interviews with residents of the town. Because of its challenging material and penetrating questions about intolerance, this work has become one of the most performed theater pieces in America since its premiere. Our production will feature a guest artist from the Tectonic Company who will lead a Q&A and weekend acting workshop with GMC actors.
Students, identify strategies and barriers to effective time management in this Calhoun Learning Center Workshop. In this applied workshop, students demonstrate their understanding of effective time management by identifying procrastinating habits, creating their own weekly schedules, prioritizing tasks and seeing where most of their stress originates. Students should come prepared with their course schedule and syllabi. Wednesday, September 9 from 4-5 p.m.
The annual Club Fair, where students can learn about and sign up for clubs, is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9 in Withey Lobby. Club representatives and club presidents will meet to discuss student club activities and procedures Tuesday September 8th from 7-8 p.m. in the East Room.