Faculty & Staff Honored at Appreciation Breakfast
Eighteen GMC faculty and staff members received awards for their years of service to the College at an appreciation breakfast February 17. The Green Mountain College Staff Assembly hosted the event. Pictured are:

Back Row (L to R): Don Francis (5 years), Andrea Adams (5 years), Bruce Rodd (15 years), Jane Allen (20 years), Cathy Hilder (5 years), Prof. Dick Weis (20 years), Paul Millette (10 years).

Middle Row (L to R): Sharon Hoffman (5 years), Helen Clark (20 years), Gail Schaumloffel (10 years), Vicky LaPine (10 years), Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (20 years).

Front Row (L to R): Prof. Jim Wright (10 years), Prof. Ron Steffens (5 years), Prof. Teresa Coker (5 years) and Jeanne Root (15 years). Not Pictured: Jen Heath (5 years), Prof. Bill Prado (5 years).



Voices of Community Film Series Continues
From community gardens to the health care system, the Voices of Community Film Series brings to campus documentary films that explore social and political topics of the day. The series continues February 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the East Room with a screening of The Garden, “an engaging and powerful look at the famous political and social battle over the largest community garden in the U.S.” Scheduled screenings are listed below. They all begin at 6:30 p.m. in the East Room. Additional films will be announced at a later date:
  • February 23: The Garden (2007)
  • March 2: Cuba: The Accidental Revolution (2007)
  • March 16: Future of Food (2004)



Help Create Vermont’s Environmental Literacy Plan
The No Child Left Inside Act, passed by the House of Representatives in 2008, offers environmental education grant monies to states that have created an Environmental Literacy Plan. The plan is to be submitted by the state educational agency in consultation with state natural resource and environmental agencies and with input from the public. Vermont is currently putting together their Environmental Literacy Plan and is looking for public input.

This winter, Vermont’s State-Wide Environmental Education Programs alliance (SWEEP) is coordinating a statewide conversation on environmental literacy in Vermont. A series of public dialogues will be hosted around the state to examine roles in increasing environmental literacy, to highlight model programs in Vermont, and to identify environmental education needs and opportunities in order to create a roadmap to environmental literacy for Vermont. AmeriCorps VISTA and Watershed Alliance Coordinator, Chuck Domenie, joined a dialogue February 16 at the Rutland Free Library. If you are interested in learning more about Vermont’s Environmental Literacy Plan or attending a future statewide dialogue, visit www.environmentalliteracy.org or contact Chuck Domenie at domeniecp@greenmtn.edu or at (802) 287-8254.



Education Program Cook-Off: White Chili Takes First
A small group of students joined the education faculty February 8 at the Two Editors Inn for the First Annual Education Chili Cook-Off. Faculty competed for best chili, and entrants were Prof. Joel Shapiro's "Not-So-Chilly Vermont Chili," Prof. Teresa Coker's "I'm Dreaming of a White Chili" and Prof. Jen Powers' "The Turkinator: Otherworldly in its Tastiness." Prof. Fuller supplied the toppings, and student Charlie Harcourt supplied fresh cornbread. Students and faculty alike got to sample the wares. Attending students declared Prof. Coker's chili first place and Shapiro and Powers tied for second. The prize for each winning chili was a ceramic bowl made by adjunct professor and artist Romy Scheroder, and attending students won various ribbons, including "Awesome," "Clean Face and Hands" and "Best Eater."



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.



Celebrate Children's Art at a Reception Friday
On February 26, the third annual Kids Art Exhibit opens in the lobby of Withey Hall with a reception from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Watercolor painter Peter Huntoon is this year's special guest; at 6:30 p.m. he will host a presentation. Peter, a native of Rutland, has been an active watercolor painter since 1994, creating representational works of art inspired by the New England landscape and its people. Huntoon regularly exhibits work throughout Vermont and his paintings are in collections around the world. The exhibit is open to all children and grandchildren of GMC employees. Today is the deadline to submit artwork 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.



ALUMNI NOTES

A Blog From Nicaragua
GMC alum Aviva Asher ‘05 recounts her adventures on the remote Caribbean coast of Nicaragua in her blog, “Puddle Jumping in Nicaragua.” Aviva has been in Nicaragua for about four months working for Sustainable Harvest International, an organization that “provides farming families in Central America with the training and tools to overcome poverty while restoring our planet's tropical forests.” Read Avia’s blog here.



ANNOUNCEMENT

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 towerj@greenmtn.edu or x8300.



FACULTY NOTES

An article on Green Mountain College and Vermont by Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy and environmental studies) was recently published in Japanese translation in the journal Human and Environmental Forum. The journal is published by Kyoto University's Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studie s. View the article here.

Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology) presented a talk titled "Open-Source GIS: A Shopping List For Beginners" at the Society of American Foresters, Green Mountain Division Meeting January 29 in Montpelier, Vt.