GMC Chosen for Sustainability Rating Pilot Program
Green Mountain College is among more than 90 college and university campuses selected to participate in the pilot phase of a rating system for sustainability in higher education. The self-assessment system, called STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) launches today. Participating campuses will test the system in 2008 and provide feedback to improve the next version of the system, set for release in the spring of 2009. The system has been developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
STARS is designed to help gauge the progress of colleges and universities toward sustainability in all sectors, from governance and operations to academics and community engagement. It also creates incentives to improve and provides a way for institutions to share information about sustainability practices.
The system is similar to the LEED (Leadership in Energy Environmental Design) green building rating system. STARS, however, is applied to an entire campus rather than a single building, and evaluates social responsibility as well as environmental stewardship. Campuses may earn credits in three categories: Curriculum and Research, Operations, and Administration and Finance.
Click here for a list of participating institutions.
Faculty Service-Learning Stipends Announced
The service-learning office recently awarded stipends to three GMC faculty members. The $300 awards are based on proposals submitted by faculty and are intended to recognize the extra effort often required by service-learning courses. Proposals must describe the course, identify the community partner(s), outline the need being met, and explain how reflection will take place. This semester Prof. Jennifer Powers (Education), Prof. Paula Mann (Visual and Performing Arts), and Prof. James Wright (Natural and Mathematical Sciences) have received awards.
Students in Powers’ Teaching of Writing and Grammar class will serve 15 hours as writing tutors to Voices students throughout the semester. Mann’s students in A Woman’s Place: Perception of Women in Theatre and Film will coordinate a film festival to support GMC’s March Feminist Fair and Women’s History Month. Wright’s Calculus II students will assist area schools with the 2nd Annual Slate Valley Math Competition to be held at GMC in April.
Congratulations to all of the stipend recipients. Contact Jesse Pyles for more information on service-learning at GMC.
GMC Literary Magazine Now Accepting Submissions
Reverie, GMC’s annual literary magazine, is currently accepting student submissions for the spring 2008 issue. The magazine accepts poetry, prose, short stories, plays, photography and artwork. The deadline is February 15. To submit, email your work as an attachment.
Yoga Class Offered this Spring
Healing Yoga classes, taught by Garnet Morgan, will be offered in the Bogue Movement Studio on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon through the spring semester.
Yoga is an ancient Indian science that has been known to prevent and even cure more than 80 common ailments and is an excellent alternative to conventional medicine. This class will teach yogic exercises for improved functioning of both the physical and mental bodies. You will also learn about chakras, kosas, reflexology, physiology, yoga psychology, and general guidelines for living a long and healthy life. No experience necessary. All you need is an open mind.
Share Thoughts on Campus Space
Students, faculty and staff are invited to a meeting on Wednesday, February 6, regarding space re-allocations on campus next fall. The meeting, hosted by Residence Life in conjunction with other departments on campus, starts at 1 p.m. in the East Room.
The goal is to gather feedback on current ideas as well as share additional thoughts on improving student housing, faculty office space and lounge areas.
Prof. Tom Stuessy (recreation & outdoor studies) was an invited guest at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah. The show takes place twice a year and showcases new winter and summer outdoor equipment. The show draws interest from all over the world and attracted over 16,000 people this year. Among twelve speakers, Tom presented on building relationships between local outdoor programs, vendors and retailers in a well attended session. Tom mentioned that he was proud to represent Green Mountain College and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education while at the show.
Prof. Mitchell Lescarbeau (English) recently had two poems published by the Timber Creek Review. They are entitled "Sketches of Jazz" and "Penelope Alone."