Food Fight Filmmakers to Host Screening & Talk
On February 19, at 7 p.m. in the East Room, GMC hosts a screening of the award-winning documentary Food Fight: Revolution Never Tasted So Good, by Chris Taylor. The film "is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness." A potluck at 5:30 p.m. precedes the screening. Following the screening, filmmakers Chris Taylor and Thetis Sammons will host a discussion. The event is sponsored by the Green Mountain College Family Farm Forum, the GMC Voices of Community Film Fest and Rutland Area Farm & Food Link (RAFFL).
Environmental Activist to Discuss Coal Mining
Environmental activist Dave Cooper visits GMC today for a talk titled “Mountaintop Coal Mining in Appalachia.” The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the East Room.
In Virginia, West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, coal companies blast as much as 600 feet off the top of the mountains, then dump the rock and debris into mountain streams. Over 300,000 acres of the most beautiful and productive hardwood forests in America have been turned into barren grasslands. Mountaintop removal mining increases flooding, contaminates drinking water supplies, cracks foundations of nearby homes, and showers towns with dust and noise from blasting. Cooper, from Lexington, Kentucky, will explain human rights issues associated with this controversial practice.
His visit is sponsored by the GMC Environmental Studies Program and the pre-law program.
Steinhauer Named to All-Division Ski Team
On February 9, the USCSA Eastern Collegiate Ski Association (ECSC) named Rebecca Steinhauer '11 (Winchester, Mass.) to the 2010 All-Thompson Division alpine ski team. Rebecca was the top-finisher for the Eagles in all eight Thompson Division races this year and never finished outside the top 14. She turned in her best performance of the year January 10 at Sunday River, notching her first career podium finish (3rd) in giant slalom action. Three weeks later at Dartmouth Skiway, Steinhauer notched a 6th and 4th place finish in consecutive days of GS racing. Her combined season results landed her in a tie for 6th in the Thompson Division standings.
Wildlands & Woodlands the Focus of Upcoming Talk
Brian Donahue, associate professor of American Environmental Studies at Brandeis University, will present a lecture titled "Wildlands, Woodlands, and Farmlands: Natural Infrastructure and Sustainability in New England" on February 16 at 7 p.m. in The Gorge. Donahue is an award-winning environmental history scholar, earning the George Perkins Marsh Prize for the Best Book in Environmental History for his 2004 work, The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord. He is also the author of Reclaiming the Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town. His talk is sponsored by the GMC Family Farm Forum and the history program.
Faculty Colloquium Series Continues
The spring GMC Faculty Colloquium Series continues February 17 with a talk from Prof. Sue Sutheimer (chemistry) titled “The Green Chemistry Revolution.” Chemistry has developed “miracles” in the past century, curing diseases and eliminating agricultural pests that have ravaged mankind for millennium. Yet chemistry has a reputation for polluting air, waterways and landscapes. Chemists need to revise the way they “do” chemistry to make safer products, cleaner manufacturing processes and fewer wastes. This colloquium will investigate how chemistry teachers are educating a new generation to lead the way to a green chemistry revolution. The talk begins at noon in Terrace 124.
Second Annual Vermont Outdoor Job Fair at GMC
Green Mountain College will be hosting its second annual Vermont Outdoor Job Fair in Withey Hall on February 23 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Agencies from ski resorts, outfitter/guide services, wilderness therapy, summer camps, environmental education centers, and national organizations will be on campus to meet and interview potential employees, provide information about internships and summer jobs, and meet students, faculty, and program directors from colleges and universities. Formal interviews will take place from 1 - 2 p.m. in designated areas.
Vendors participating to date include: Farm and Wilderness, Plymouth, Vt.; High Peaks Cyclery, Lake Placid, N.Y.; Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee, Vt.; Kieve-Wavus Education Inc., Nobleboro, Maine; Still River Outfitters, Bolton, Mass.; Student Conservation Association, Charlestown, N.H.; Vermont Adaptive, Killington, Vt.; the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Richmond, Vt.; and Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville, N.Y.
The Outdoor Job Fair is free and open to the public.
Farmin' Fuel Plenary Comes to GMC
Ever wonder what a fossil-free farm looks like? Come to the East Room on February 16 from 1-3 p.m. for a plenary discussion focused on the prospects of biodiesel in Vermont and the greater Rutland area. Panelists include Heather Darby of the UVM Agricultural Extension, Scott Gordon of Green Technologies, Netaka White of the Vermont Sustainable Job Fund, and Kenneth Mulder, GMC Farm Manager and Research Associate.
The plenary and the discussions to follow are intended to jump-start the cultivation of oilseed crops and the use of renewable liquid fuels in this region of Vermont. Technical know-how, funding sources, and opportunities for collaboration are all topics to be discussed. The plenary is sponsored by Prudent Fuels, Inc. and the GMC Family Farm Forum.
GMC Launches New Sustainability Website
The Sustainability Office is excited to launch the new GMC sustainability website. The design for the site was created by Jenna Catsos ’09, as her capstone project for A Delicate Balance. The site will act as a resource center for the campus community and beyond. It displays how sustainability deeply permeates the GMC campus and its culture, and shows how many people and activities are vital to the success of sustainability efforts at GMC. Visit the site at: greenmtn.edu/sustainability.aspx
Memorial Service Slated for Tonight
A campus remembrance for Kellen Sams '06 will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. Kellen was a cum laude graduate and a self-designed major focused on experiential education and adventure recreation. During his years at GMC he worked for GreenMAP as a trip leader and served as an orientation leader. In Colorado, Kellen was the recreational programmer for Adventure Programs and Education for Fort Carson’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation program. He was killed February 11 in an avalanche in the San Juan Mountains, and will be remembered as a beloved member of the GMC community.
Pres. Fonteyn to Conduct Grant Workshop
GMC President Paul Fonteyn plans to host a grant writing workshop on February 23 at 7 p.m. in the Dickgiesser Room. Please RSVP to Jan Tower at firstname.lastname@example.org or x8300.
Third Annual Kids Art Exhibit on Tap
Budding artists are invited to show their work in an exhibit just for them at Green Mountain College. Submissions are now being accepted for the third annual GMC Kids Art Exhibit, open to all children and grandchildren of GMC employees. Please submit artwork by February 22 to Natalie Coe (Ames Hall 109) or Renee Beaupre White (second floor of Griswold Library). Pick up an entry form at the Griswold Library front desk. The participant reception will be held February 26 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of Withey Hall.
Employees to be Honored at Breakfast in Withey
The annual GMC Employee Appreciation Breakfast will be held February 17 at 9 a.m. in Withey Dining Hall. All employees are invited to enjoy breakfast while congratulating members of the GMC community who have reached years of service milestones. The President has allowed offices to close for this event, if possible. Classes are not cancelled. The event is hosted by Staff Assembly.
President & Mrs. Fonteyn to Host Sunday Reception
An Ash Wednesday ecumenical service at Our Lady's Catholic Church in Fair Haven will be held February 17 at 7 p.m. The service is provided by Fr. Jim Lawrence, Fair Haven, Rev. David Adams, United Methodist Church and Rev. Robert Noble, Universal Church of Christ, Castleton. Students who need transportation may contact the President's office at x8201. On February 21 at 10 a.m., students are invited to attend the Sunday service at the Poultney United Methodist Church on Main Street. After the service, join Rev. David Adams and President & Mrs. Fonteyn in the church hall for soup and sandwiches.
Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (English) had a poem accepted in Avocet: A Journal of Nature. The title is "Beating the Storm," and it will be published next summer.
Prof. Ron Steffens (communications) joined the board of directors of the International Association of Wildland Fire, the leading independent organization fostering leadership, science, and communications regarding wildfire, with a specific focus on offering a neutral forum for resolving issues in this complex field. IAWF publishes the leading professional magazine and science journal in the field, as well as hosts conferences on fire science and fire safety.
On February 9, the Vermont Public Radio show Vermont Edition aired an interview with Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology). He discussed his research on the ancient burial customs of coastal people in modern-day Chile. John recently received a Fulbright Grant for his work. Listen to the show.