Auditions for the spring mainstage production “Moon Over Buffalo” will be held Wednesday, January 27 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium. No prior experience necessary! Come prepared to share a joke or anecdote. Written in 1995 by Ken Ludwig, “Moon Over Buffalo” is a witty physically demanding farcical comedy, in which timing is everything. The New York Post calls the script, “Hilarious… building up its laughs methodically shtick by shtick… Ludwig stuffs his play with comic invention, running gags … and a neat sense of absurdity.” Performance dates are Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, April 9. Contact director Ben Jankowski with any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Free” discussion in academia often comes at a price – a handful of publishers monopolize the academic journal industry, says GMC communication studies prof. Jason Schmitt in a recent Huffington Post article. Online journals like the Center for Open Science may herald a new age in academic publishing, widening access and speeding the movement of ideas. “Most in the academic community hope that the new iteration of scholarly articles and publishing will do more good toward humankind than that of a hefty profit margin,” Jason writes. Bloomberg business columnist Justin Fox cited Jason’s piece in a widely distributed January 5 column.
Prof. Steven Fesmire’s book Dewey, published last year by Routledge Press, has been designated as an Outstanding Academic Title by the journal Choice. Every year, Choice publishes a list of outstanding titles reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. Only about ten percent of some 7,000 works reviewed in Choice each year make the list! Steve’s book is an exploration into the life and ideas of one of America’s foremost philosophers John Dewey.
A full slate of discussions, lectures and observances are scheduled this week to honor Dr. martin Luther King and the values he espoused: social justice, dignity, service and tolerance.
Later Monday morning, at 10 a.m. in the East Room, the Coalition for Students of Color will present a workshop on how to apply the lessons from Martin Luther King’s speeches to the GMC community. At 11 a.m. in the Gorge, students Corey Fletcher, Robert Holloway, Angelica King, and Seraphina Mallon-Breiman present the Hip-Hop Playwrights Workshop for the Poultney community (geared towards 5-8 graders). At 3 p.m. in the East Room, Simon James leads the workshop Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, which explores historical lessons of nonviolent communication and provides techniques to create a more compassionate community. The day’s events continues with a screening of the movie “Selma,” with a discussion and snacks to follow, in the Gorge at 7 p.m.
On Wednesday, join prof. Heather Keith (philosophy) and Corey Fletcher at 10 a.m. in the East Room for Race & Feminism, a discussion about the cultural differences within the Feminism Movement, including the importance of feminism in today’s society and the changes that shaped the movement. This will be followed by campus chaplain Shirley Oskamp’s workshop Martin Luther King’s Spiritual Foundation (11:15 a.m. in the East Room) which explores how Dr. King’s faith laid the basis for his approach to civil rights. Wednesday evening in the Gorge there will be a screening of the film “Black Power Mix Tape” beginning at 7 p.m. (a discussion will follow).
On Friday at 1 p.m. in the East Room, join Ame Lambert, chief diversity officer at Champlain College, as she shares perspectives of diversity issues on college campuses today. Ame is interested in the personal, cultural and societal aspects of diversity, and views campus conversations as incomplete without all three perspectives present. GMC Provost Tom Mauhs Pugh leads a program titled “Diversity at GMC” that provides an overview of progress to date and a discussion on how to improve diversity on campus (2:30 p.m. in the East Room).
At 8 p.m. on Friday evening, Angelica King presents Women, Poetry & Music at the Coffee House
All events are free and open to the public—faculty, staff, students and members of the community are welcome to attend!
Green Mountain College welcomes two new community members who will be assisting the growth of the College’s online programs: Charlee Wessing of North Chittenden, Vt., and Jessica Hanlon of Castleton, Vt.
Charlee, our new online enrollment support specialist, holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Castleton State University. She has extensive experience in academic settings, most recently serving as an academic supervisor at the Northlands Job Corps Center, a vocational school that helps at-risk youth achieve their GED or acquire training and employment credentials. She also has experience in IT administration and coaching students with learning disabilities.
Jessica is the College’s new graduate and online programs admissions counselor. She graduated cum laude from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a bachelor of arts degree in gender and women’s studies. Her academic honors there included the Jill Miller Excellence, Multicultural Academic Achievement Scholars, and French Excellence in Writing awards. Previously, Jessica worked as assistant manager of the Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.