Harbor III -- by Phyllis Gosling Greenway '54. Greenway's exhibit is currently in the Feick Arts Center.
GMC Hosts Focus the Nation Event
On Thursday, January 31, Green Mountain College joins colleges and universities across the country for a day dedicated to raising awareness about global climate change.
The event, called “Focus the Nation,” has been organized to “link students and citizens with political leaders, and create a serious, sustained discussion about clean energy solutions.” Thousands of colleges and universities are staging similar days of action.
At GMC, the day includes dozens of faculty speakers as well as a roundtable discussion, a performance from the Bread and Puppet Theater and a potluck dinner. Topics of Thursday’s faculty talks include the “Moral Politics of Climate Change,” “Cow Power: Is This Crap an Energy Solution,” “Making Change with Media: A Five Minute Guide to Eco-Publishing,” and more.
On Thursday afternoon, the College welcomes a panel of climate change scholars, elected officials and members of the media for a roundtable discussion. Participants include: George Crombie, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources; Ernie Pomerleau, chairman of the Vermont Governor’s Commission on Climate Change; David Moats, editorial page editor of the Rutland Herald; Tom Stokes, coordinator of the Climate Crisis Coalition; Erik Hoffner, coordinator of the Orion Grassroots Network; Alan Betts, a Pittsford-based atmospheric scientist; Betsy Hardy, administrator of Vermont Interfaith Power and Light; Paul Markowitz, Cool Communities Coordinator for the Vermont chapter of the Sierra Club; Whitney Leighton, staff assistant to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders; and Katie Manaras, assistant to Vermont Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin.
Click here to view the day’s schedule and learn more about GMC’s “Focus the Nation” event.
GMC Students Win “Delicate Balance” Honorariums
"A Delicate Balance" is a course designed to synthesize a student's experience in GMC's Environmental Liberal Arts program. Through close readings, speakers, discussion, research, and projects, students learn to analyze a challenging issue and seek ways to resolve it.
This fall semester, the course incorporated a new emphasis on student projects and introduced a focus for all sections on patriotism and civic engagement. In support of this focus, the college's ELA program inaugurated an honorarium to recognize students whose work was emblematic of the course goals and the goals of the ELA program.
These noteworthy projects examined patriotism and civic engagement from a range of approaches, including a dramatic script, research on wetlands and voting practices, and applied civic engagement techniques to support physical fitness and to integrate diversity awareness into GMC's culture.
Those selected for a $75 honorarium this fall include:
Gerry Audet, a senior majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry, whose project was titled "Graded Exercise: Tackling an Activity through a Required Collegiate Physical Education Course."
Josh Brill, a senior majoring in adventure recreation, whose project and research examined the impacts of ill-informed voting.
Miles Cleary, a junior majoring in sociology/anthropology with a minor in women's studies, and Nathaniel (Nathan) Hind, a junior majoring in psychology, co-authored a project that focused on "Discrimination in a Diverse Community" (Miles) and "A Question of Balance: Community Growth at Green Mountain College" (Nathan).
Laura DiNardo, a junior majoring in environmental studies, researched and analyzed wetlands issues.
Dylan Smith, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies, wrote a script examining patriotism.
Charles Willame, a junior majoring in environmental studies, whose project asked the question, "Civic Engagement: Does the Majority Care Less Than They Used To?"
The project focus and civic engagement theme continues in the spring section of "A Delicate Balance" and the honorariums will again be awarded for this semester's cohort.
Wellness Center to Offer Classes
Throughout the spring semester, the Bozen Wellness Center is offering classes and workshops designed to improve health and well-being. The classes are open to faculty, staff and students.
Power Yoga, taught by Camille Campanile, is offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Bogue Movement Studio. Power yoga is a fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style Yoga. It is modeled on the Ashtanga style of practice and focuses on strength and flexibility.
Jessica Ley teaches Yoga Fundamentals on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. beginning January 29 in the Bogue Movement Studio. Yoga Fundamentals focuses on an exploration of basic yoga poses. Meditation and relaxation techniques will also be introduced. This class is geared toward beginners or anyone wishing for a slower practice.
Belly dancing classes, taught by Alicia Malay, will be held Mondays through April 21 in the Bogue Movement Studio. The hour-long class begins at 7 p.m. Belly dance is a dynamic and diverse art form, incorporating a wide array of styles and movements from the folk, social and classical traditions of numerous Middle Eastern cultures.
Brennan Healing Science Practitioner Beth Miller will be offering energy healing sessions at the wellness center on February 11, March 17 and April 21. Energy healing balances and repairs the energy field to help restore health on all levels.
The wellness center will also be offering acupuncture sessions with Jeanette Moy, and massage therapy and reflexology sessions with Darya McNolty.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Wellness Center at x8376.
Prof. Will Hobbs (recreation & outdoor studies) presented at the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Ninth Biennial Research Symposium held at Bradford Woods, Martinsville, Indiana on January 11-12. The research presentation, "Having the Right Stuff: What Makes a Highly Effective Outdoor Leader," focused on the key elements of exceptional leadership – authenticity, character, and vision. Grounded in a Transformational Leadership perspective, the research highlights the critical role these elements play in achieving maximized outcomes in outdoor adventure programs, i.e., lasting, positive change in participants’ lives.
Prof. Karen Swyler (fine arts) has her work featured in a show titled "Three Potters: Mark Shapiro, Karen Swyler, Steven Branfman" at the Foster Gallery at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts, from January 7 to February 8. The opening reception was Thursday, January 10.
Prof. Jacob Park’s (business strategy and sustainability) paper, “China’s Rapid Industrialization and its Sustainability Discontents,” has been published as a chapter in the edited book, Controversies in International Corporate Responsibility, edited by John Hooker and Peter Madsen, both of Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Also, Jacob’s article, “China, Business, and Sustainability: Understanding the Strategic Convergence,” will be published in a special “China, Business, and Global Business Practice” issue of the Management Research News journal later this year.