Freeman Grant Will Send Students
on Philippines Research Trip
Professor Vangie Blust (sociology) and five students have been awarded a research grant of nearly $26,000 by the ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellows Program. The grant will cover the group’s study on the impact of overseas Filipino employment on families left behind, especially children. Over the past 2-3 decades, overseas labor has become the Philippines' chief export. The country's economy has benefited from this trend through remittances sent to families back home, but there have also been some onerous challenges that those families face, especially in caregiving. The GMC team will investigate the social costs and benefits of overseas employment related to caregiving of family members left behind. They will also look into the role of community support structures in providing a nurturing environment for those families. The research team, which will travel to the Philippines for 3-1/2 weeks in June, includes: Prof. Blust and students: Matthew Bower (philosophy); Paula Maciel (soc/anthro); Svea Miller (soc/anthro); Ashley Potter (soc/anthro); Rafi Wainhaus (psychology).
Jennifer Sellers Research Featured in News Article
Prof. Jennifer Sellers (psychology) was featured recently in the Indianapolis Star for her research on the relationship between testosterone and personality. With the headline, “Do you want to run your company? Test your testosterone” reporter Dana Knight interviewed Sellers and her research partners. The team discovered that when people with low testosterone levels are put into high-status positions, they are motivated to return to the lower-status position. The research was conducted at the University of Texas last year and the group discovered that the results applied to both men and women. To read the Indy Star article, click here.
Resort Management Program Hits MSN Web Site
An article featuring GMC Resort Management alumnus, Blake Bernard, and Prof. Frank Pauze recently appeared on the MSN Encarta web site. The article, “Service-Industry Economy Prompts Service-Industry Degrees” by Paul Rosevear also appeared on dozens of television news web sites around the country through syndication. The article describes how GMC’s Resort Management degree fits a rapidly growing trend of programs that address the needs of a burgeoning service industry. To view the full article, click here.
John Nassivera Presents Talk on Hemings/Jefferson
Prof. John Nassivera will give a talk entitled, "Sally Hemings & Thomas Jefferson, Did They Sleep Together and Should We Care? Sex, Slavery, and Miscegenation in America's Founding" this Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 12:15 in the Buttery of Withey Hall. Sponsored by the African American Culture Club, the talk is presented as a special event for Black History Month.
Campus Sustainability Office Welcomes
Visiting Practicum Student
The Service-Learning & Sustainability Office welcomes Angela Olinghouse to GMC for the remainder of the semester. Angela is a graduate student with the Audubon Expedition Institute at Lesley University (AEI), and will be working with Sustainability Coordinator, Jesse Pyles on various campus sustainability programs to fulfill her final semester practicum requirements. In addition to working closely on programs with Chartwells Dining Service, Angela will be working with the recycling crew, the Student Campus Greening Fund, and environmental programs of her own design. Angela joins GMC from Olympia, Washington. Please stop by the Service-Learning & Sustainability Office (Withey 157) to welcome Angela after her February 19th arrival.
Resort Management Program
Taps Industry Veteran for Spring Courses
The Resort and Hospitality Management program has hired a veteran food and hospitality executive to teach two courses this spring. Larry Bittinger, who has served as President and CEO of Minnesota Vikings Food Services LLC since 1994, will teach courses in Purchasing and Financial Management & Budgets. Bittinger previously served as President of Prism Incorporated, a hospitality supply company in Miami and before that as Executive Vice President of International Catering Company in Boston.
Community Conversation Coffee Break
Begins This Week
The first of several bi-weekly coffee break gatherings will begin this Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Withey Hall lobby. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend. The gatherings offer an informal follow-up to the much larger Community Conversation session held a few weeks ago to discuss how the college can improve quality in its day-to-day operations. For more information, contact the Student Life office at ext. 8377.
Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies) gave a presentation on Local Food Purchasing for Educational Institutions as part of a panel sponsored by the VT FEED program at the Vermont Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-VT) annual conference on February 10th. As well as featuring the structure and the students' final proposal of the fall block course "Food, Agriculture, and Community Development in the Northeast," Philip shared the news that the President's Cabinet had approved the students' proposal to increase local food purchasing by 5% each year for the next three years. GMC is currently purchasing approximately 12% of its total food purchases locally, contributing about $64,000 into the regional economy. An additional 15% will put GMC ahead of most colleges in the Northeast in our overall commitment to local food purchases.