Adventure Ed Programs Repairs Trails at the Deane
Faculty and students in the adventure education program completed 50 hours of community service through a variety of trail maintenance projects at the 85-acre Lewis Deane Nature Preserve on April 29. Over the preceding winter, numerous hemlock, white pine, and deciduous trees collapsed under the weight of early season ice and snowstorms. Nature preserve users were creating multiple side trails around debris as several trail sections were completely impassable. To prevent multiple trailing and control erosion, prof. Andrew G. Bentley and GreenMAP director Kelly McFadden brought two sections of the course, ADE 1041 Outdoor Living Skills, to the Deane Preserve to cut away fallen trees and limbs, clear water bars, and to rake trail surfaces. This project received generous support from the biology program and prof. Bruce Saxman. The 22 individuals attending the event are pictured (back row, left to right: David Warnez, Henry Dobell, Jeffrey Eckhardt, Michael Preminger, Samuel Brady, Cullen MacAndrew, Chloe Bertera, teaching assistant Alex Howard, Miranda Bailey-Russomano, Erica Freed, Bailey Aaron, Cecile Walsh, Matthew Giuliano, and professor Kelly McFadden; Front row, left to right: professor Andrew G. Bentley, Jack Olsen, Molly McKenna, Amanda Silversmith, and James Rendina). Not pictured: Jacqueline Kelsey, Lucille Goff, and teaching assistant, Nick Parsons.
Applied Recital Tonight on Ackley Stage at 7 p.m.
The Green Mountain College Jazz Band will perform classic jazz favorites such as Summertime, Autumn Leaves, and St. James Infirmary. Directed by Gary Schmidt, the ensemble is a unique and talented group of students. The band will also be joined by guest artist Dave McKenzie on trumpet. The concert is free and open to the public.
Sarah Rogers Hosts Senior Show
Sarah Rogers’ 15 will hold a reception for her senior show titled “Chrysalis” on Friday, May 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the William Feick Arts Center. Her work will be on display May 6-16. The community is invited!
Shuttle Schedule Posted
The end-of-year GMC Shuttle Service schedule, with transport to Albany Airport and the Castleton Train Station, has been posted here. The service is available to all GMC students, faculty and staff.
Emma Robinson Presents Capstone This Evening
Emma Robinson ’15 will discuss the importance of “civic agriculture” in food systems reform today at 6:30 p.m. in Terrace 121E. She will describe an approach that recognizes direct engagement in agriculture as a means to achieve social, economic, and environmental sustainability within local communities. A “civic” food system uses a grass-roots strategy for change, responsive to the current trends in alternative movements to uphold certain forms of racial and socioeconomic discrimination. The talk will highlight the significance of civic agriculture in supporting community-oriented and socially responsible development and explore how civic agriculture can be practiced to achieve these goals. All majors and community members are welcome!
CPB Presents: Rumbafrica on Wednesday
Celebrate the last day of classes with the African dance and music group, Rumbafrica at 6 p.m. on Wednesday on the Library Lawn (rain location will be the Gorge). Rumbafrica was founded in 1992 by Tshibangu Kadima, who was born in Lubumbashi in Congo. Kadima came to the U.S. originally to study computer engineering and graduated from Northeastern University. He introduced New England to SOUKOUS music. The Boston-based group performs music and dance combining rhythms of traditional Congolese rumba (a variant of the Cuban rumba) with the modern non-stop soukous beat. The performance is brought to GMC courtesy of Green Mountain College’s Programming Board and Intercultural Center.
GMC Athletes Win Conference Awards, Set Personal Bests in Track
Junior midfielder and two-year captain Nick Parsons was named to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men’s lacrosse All-Conference second team last week. The award for Parsons is icing on the cake for the Eagles after their historic run within NAC play this season, posting a program best for wins in a season and making their first-ever postseason experience. On the track, GMC received nine podium finishes, including three wins, en route to a second place finish during the NAC Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Invitational at Colby-Sawyer College. Jesse Thompson ’17 won the high jump and javelin events, setting a personal best mark in the high jump at 1.69 meters. GMC’s Ellijah Williams ’18 won second- place in the high jump with a leap of 1.64 meters. Corey Fletcher ’16 took home the remaining first place finish by winning the long jump event, soaring to a personal best of 6.01 meters. Ryan Crozier ’17 contributed to the Eagles’ strong showing with second place finishes in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles, setting a personal best in the latter event. Ethan Cooper ’17 finished directly behind Crozier in the 400 meter hurdles, posting a personal best time. The men’s 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams finished second and third respectively. Meanwhile Billy Brink ’15 set personal bests in the hammer throw and the discus. Darnell Davis ’18 reached a personal best in the hammer throw with a toss of 15.74 meters.
Students, Faculty and Staff Recognized at Honors Tea
On Sunday, May 3, Green Mountain College held its annual Honors Tea to recognize outstanding achievements. Students earned awards and scholarships for academic work as well as for service work and student life activities. The keynote speaker was Beth Clarke, from the Renewable Energy Leadership Program, GE Power & Water. Beth graduated cum laude from Green Mountain College in 2007 with a B.A. in environmental studies.
“Your Green Mountain College education is something special,” Beth said in her remarks. “If you choose a career path that is very much in line with your major, you will find that your course work has prepared exceptionally well to succeed. But your GMC education gives you an additional set of skills that will allow you do and excel in things you haven’t even dreamed about doing yet. This is an incredible gift. A gift you can look forward to utilizing in the future. For now, enjoy your GMC experience – it goes by quickly, but stays with you.” Download a list of award recipients here.