GMC Launches New Summer Farm Program
This summer, Cerridwen Farm will host a new program dedicated to sustainable agriculture and sustainable community. Titled "Farm Life Ecology: A Field & Table Intensive," the 13-week, 12-credit program allows students to manage all elements of the farm’s operation while gaining a strong curricular foundation in sustainable agriculture and regional food systems.
Students in the summer intensive will learn about agriculture and community through an integration of coursework and daily living. Students are expected to work 15 hours per week on the campus farm as well as collect field data and develop a farm research project. The regional food component asks student teams to research and prepare communal dinners with produce grown on-site. Students have the option to live in tents during their stay, and the new Solar Harvest Center adjacent to the farm will provide space for meal preparation and dining.
GMC is pleased to have Will Allen, co-manager of Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, Vt., serve as Master Farmer for the program. The program includes five Friday afternoon field trips to his 50-acre farm as well as intensive sessions at GMC.
Summer Intensive Informational Sessions
- Wednesday, February 11
- Thursday, February 12
Both begin at 3 p.m. in Ackley 336
Farm Mgr. Kenneth Mulder, Prof. Eleanor Tison and summer farm faculty will introduce the program and answer questions.
For more information about the summer intensive, and to access an online application, visit www.greenmtn.edu/farm_intensive.aspx
Black History Month Celebrated with Free Series
In recognition of Black History Month, the Green Mountain College African American Culture Club offers the following events. All are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, February 11
Movie Screening: A Raisin in the Sun
7 p.m., East Room
Lorraine Hansberry's (1930-1965) "A Raisin in the Sun" was the first play written by a black woman ever to open on Broadway. It takes its title from the opening line in "Harlem," a poem by Langston Hughes which poses the question "What happens to a dream deferred?" The movie focuses on a fictional family named Younger with dreams of moving out of the ghetto but still living in a dilapidated tenement on Chicago's South Side.
Tuesday, February 17
Movie Screening: The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till
7 p.m., The Gorge
The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till is a compelling documentary that speaks to new evidence surrounding the murder of Emmett Louis Till. As a result, a new investigation was launched by the Department of Justice on May 10, 2004, to reopen the fifty-year-old case.
Wednesday, February 18
Presentation: Germany's Black Holocaust 1890-1945
6:30 p.m., East Room
If you are like most people, you have never heard the unbelievable stories of black survival, liberation, and rescue. This presentation, from GMC student Shawn Henry and Prof. John Nassivera, will discuss Germany's Black Holocaust.
GMC Wellness Center Sponsors Discussion
on Relationship Violence
The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that “Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It occurs in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships and can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination of these.”
With national statistics on the incidence of college dating violence on the rise, the Bozen Wellness Center is pleased to sponsor a panel discussion on relationship violence (intimate partner sexual violence) on February 11 from 7 - 9 p.m. in the Gorge.
Panelists will include: Miche Chamberlain, Director of Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter; Kim Ryder, counselor and previous facilitator of sexual offender treatment programs; Mary Margaret Ryan, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at Rutland Regional Medical Center; Samantha Boudrot, GMC graduate and former intern at the women’s shelter; Shirley Oskamp, GMC Chaplain; Dismas House representatives; Chris Kiefer of the Rutland City Police Department and Vance Jackson, a GMC faculty member who is doing research on domestic violence.
The panel discussion is free of charge and open to the public. A question and answer period will be included in the discussion.
Chamberlin Notches 1,000 Points Against Castleton State
Christina Chamberlin, a 5'8 forward from Woodstock, Vt., surpassed the 1,000 point marker for her basketball career in front of a hometown crowd January 27. Chamberlin, a senior and team co-captain, scored 12 points and swiped six rebounds in the 56-46 loss to cross-town rival Castleton State College. In addition her #8 spot on the GMC career scoring list, Chamberlin is #1 on the career rebounding list with 696 boards. Over her four-year career at Green Mountain College, Chamberlin has helped the team achieve last season's Division III Independent Championship and a 17-7 overall record. The Eagles face a rematch against Castleton State this Tuesday.
Faculty, Staff Garner Awards for Years of Service
GMC employees received awards for their years of service to the College at a faculty and staff appreciation breakfast February 2. Pictured are (L to R, with years of service in parentheses): Don Williams (10 years), Prof. Meriel Brooks (10 years), Prof. Jim Harding (five years), Lillian Hamblin (10 years), Prof. Jim Cassarino (10 years), James DeMatties (15 years) with Kevin Bersaw, Trevor Hughes (30 years), Kathy Rouse (10 years) and Rev. Shirley Oskamp (five years).
Not pictured are: Gerry Fitzgerald (10 years), Karen Gardner (10 years), Donald Lamb (10 years), Prof. John Nassivera (10 years), Gary Gardner (five years), Prof. Matthew Osborn (five years), Gary Paolillo (five years), Prof. Joel Shapiro (five years), Prof. Tom Stuessy (five years), Prof. Sue Sutheimer (five years) and Prof. John Van Hoesen (five years).
Meeting on Tap to Discuss Green Building at GMC
Upcoming green building initiatives at GMC will be the topic of discussion on February 11, from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Buttery. Prof. Lucas Brown (environmental studies) and Steve Smith of SAS Architects host a presentation about the proposed biomass facility, residence hall renovations and other campus projects. Students are invited to learn about ways to get involved with the projects.
Climate, Energy and Communities: A Community Conversation with Climate Scientist Dr. Alan Betts
This spring, Green Mountain College will produce a plan to meet its obligation under the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment to become climate neutral. The Campus Sustainability Council (CSC), which will be leading this effort, is inviting all members of the GMC community to be involved in the process.
To that end, CSC is hosting a community conversation with Vermont’s leading carbon researcher Dr. Alan Betts on February 25 from 3-5 p.m. in the Gorge. Dr. Betts will provide an overview of the latest science on climate change and discuss what climate neutrality means for an organization like GMC. Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input on this important topic.
Dr. Betts is the founder of the Atmospheric Research in Pittsford, a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union, and past-president of the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering. He is a frequent speaker on climate change issues around the state, serving on two of the working groups of the Governor’s Climate Change Commission.
As one of the original signatories of the President’s Climate Commitment in 2007, GMC is committed to reducing greenhouse gases on campus and integrating sustainability into the curriculum. At the time of the singing, GMC had already made significant progress towards the latter goal through its Environmental Liberal Arts (ELA) program. Last year, GMC published its greenhouse gas inventory and took steps to reduce its carbon footprint by moving ahead with plans for a new wood-fired plant which will use local, sustainable resources for heating the campus. An associated co-generation component will produce 20% of the College’s electricity, bringing GMC several steps closer to the goal of climate neutrality.
Kids Art Work to Take Center Stage Feb. 27
Creative kids are invited to show off their best work in the second annual Green Mountain College Kids Art Exhibit sponsored by the GMC Quality of Life Committee. The exhibit is open to all children and grandchildren of GMC employees.
A participant reception will be held February 27 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of Withey Hall. Art work should be submitted by February 23 to Renee Beaupre White, Griswold Library, 2nd Floor or Natalie Coe, Ames Hall 109. Entry forms may be picked up at the Griswold Library Front Desk.
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Christina Fabrey, director of the Calhoun Learning Center, has been awarded the Carol A. Moore Scholarship from Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE). Fabrey will put her scholarship towards tuition for a program that will enable her to become a certified coach for students with Attention Deficient (Hyperactivity) Disorder. “I am thrilled that we are able to help Christina take the next step in her professional training,” said Victoria Angis, chair of VWHE’s Executive Board. “Her work with students with learning disabilities is admirable, and we are proud to be able to support her in her quest to further develop her expertise.” This is the fourth year VWHE has given the scholarship, worth up to $1,000.
Assistant Prof. Paul Falzone (communications) delivered an invited lecture at Cornell University's Department of Anthropology on February 2. He spoke about his ethnographic work as an advocate filmmaker and explored broader issues surrounding ethnography as an artistic and activist enterprise.
Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation & outdoor studies) was interviewed for the American Camp Association New England e-newsletter "The Communicate" regarding GMC's youth development & camp management major. The e-newsletter goes to all member camp directors, retreat centers, and youth programs in New England. The article is titled "Majoring in Camp: How Colleges and Universities are Preparing Your Next Director." Click here to read the story on page seven of the newsletter.
Adjunct Prof. Romy Scheroder recently exhibited her sculpture in two group shows in the Philadelphia area: The Asian Arts Initiative's "Transplants" exhibition and F.U.E.L. Collection's "Grand Small Works" show. In keeping with her process of utilizing local and natural materials, her materials included Poultney blue slate and wool from Cerridwen Farm.