Rural Vermont Board member and local resident Paul Horton of Foggy Meadow Farm in Benson. He is one of the farmers featured in the Rural Vermont photo exhibit coming to Griswold Library.

Photo Exhibit to Open at Griswold Library
On February 6 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Rural Vermont and the Griswold Library will host a free opening night reception for a photo exhibit titled "Rural Vermont’s Activist Farmers: Photos and Stories." The exhibit gives a glimpse into the lives of fifteen farmers who are united around a common vision of economic justice.

Professional photographer Corey Hendrickson of Hendrickson Photography and volunteer Robbie Stanley of Charlotte traveled the state to capture Rural Vermont’s board members in their element and on their farms. Volunteers spent an afternoon with each of these folks and documented why they are finding time between haying, weeding, milking, marketing, and everything else farmers do from sun up until sun down to make Rural Vermont a top priority. The exhibit will be on display through February 26.

Rural Vermont is a nonprofit advocacy group with a mission of economic justice for farmers. For 25 years the organization has been "advocating, activating, and educating for living soils, thriving farms, and healthy communities."



Prof. Van Hoesen Receives
Fulbright Grant

Thousands of years before the rise of the Incan Empire, an ancient people living along the Chilean coast took elaborate measures to mummify their dead. Entombed in the driest climate in the world, the Chinchorro mummies have survived the ages are now the focus of intense scholarship.

Among the questions: where did these shore dwellers obtain the clay and manganese used in the creation of their striking burial masks? Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology & environmental studies) has been awarded a Fulbright grant to explore these mysteries. His work may answer questions about the behavior and migration patterns of the Chinchorro people who developed mummification techniques about 3,000 years before the Egyptians. More...



Faculty Colloquium Series Begins
on Wednesday

Prof. Joel Shapiro (education) kicks off this spring’s faculty colloquium series with a talk titled “A Fulbrighter in Central Europe: My Experience Teaching in the Slovak Republic.” The talk begins at noon on February 3 in Terrace 124. The colloquium series continues throughout the spring semester with the following presentations:
  • February 17
    Prof. Sue Sutheimer (chemistry)
    “The Green Chemistry Revolution”
  • March 24
    Prof. Andrew Duffin
    “Paradise Lost? Nature’s Economy & the Modern West”
  • April 7
    Prof. Steve Fesmire (philosophy)
    “Ecological Imagination in Moral Education, East & West”
  • April 21
    Prof. Jennifer Baker (art)
    “From Inside Out”
  • May 5
    Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies)
    “Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader”



Sexual Assault Prevention Speaker to Host Talk
On February 10, GMC welcomes sexual assault prevention speaker Katie Koestner for a presentation at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. Koestner is the first victim of date rape to speak out nationally and publicly about her experience at The College of William and Mary. She appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine in June of 1991, and in 1993 HBO made a movie about her story. She has appeared on news shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live and Larry King Live.

In the “No-Yes Presentation,” Koestner discusses her journey from victim to survivor while educating students about healthy relationships and respect. Interweaving her own story with vignettes from survivors across the country, Koestner offers a three-fold message of successful gender communication, responsibility with respect to the use of drugs and alcohol, and respect for self and for peers. The presentation enables students to challenge stereotypes and confront conventional beliefs and behaviors. Koestner is now executive director of Campus Outreach Services, an organization that offers workshops, conferences and consulting services for schools.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Smoking Shelter Outside Withey
Green Mountain College has installed a new wooden shelter outside Withey Student Center to serve as a designated smoking shelter. A similar shelter has been ordered for outside Bogue Hall, and other permanent shelters are planned. These wooden shelters replace the tents that served as temporary smoking shelters at the start of the year.

Smoking is limited to designated areas on campus. View the designated areas here or by visiting the page on the GMC web site under Campus Life. As of October 19, the College began enforcing the policy by issuing tickets to any individuals found in violation.

A Little Blue Bird Told Us
There's a new way to find out about all things GMC through the College's Twitter account. Visit twitter.com/greenmtncollege to see who's following Green Mountain College, and discover up to the moment news and happenings at GMC. Join the conversation!



ALUMNI NOTE
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, has announced that Maggie Burke ‘07, a program coordinator for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, is one of six coaches and program leaders selected to attend the 2010 Paralympic Experience Vancouver from March 10-17 in Vancouver, Canada. Maggie is a graduate of GMC's adventure education program.

"This experience is an honor," said Burke, who is the program coordinator for Vermont Adaptive at Sugarbush Resort. "To have the opportunity to travel to Vancouver and see the Paralympics first hand, meet some of the athletes and be a part of a global event for athletes who are disabled will be something I will remember and cherish forever. I am excited to get to know the student athletes and program directors that I will be traveling with. It's exciting to watch them develop in their own athletic careers while being able to bring some of the Paralympic Spirit home to Vermont."



FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy & environmental studies) recently presented a paper on "Ecological Imagination in Moral Education, East and West" at Beijing University of Foreign Studies in Beijing, China. The December 2009 conference explored intersections between the social and moral philosophies of John Dewey and Confucius. At the conference Fesmire was presented with the new 2009 Peking University Press translation of his book John Dewey and Moral Imagination. The book is part of a new American Philosophy Translation Series co-edited by Roger Ames (University of Hawai'i) and Larry Hickman (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale).

Wendy Jennejahn, Feick Fine Arts Center Coordinator, appeared in the January 28 issue of the Rutland County Express in a story about Brandon’s Art in the Snow events. She demonstrated glass bead making in a studio on Route 73 during Art in the Snow the weekend of January 23 – 24.

“Half the fun is playing with color,” she said in the story. “The other thing I really like playing with is light...I love how light affects the textures you can capture in beads.”