Alum Authors Story on Off-Grid Systems for National Magazine
The cover of the April/May issue of Home Power Magazine, the most widely circulated renewable energy magazine in the country, features the familiar visage of Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies), his wife Erin, and the couple's children, Asa, Ethan, and baby Addie (Margaret Adelaide).
The photo was taken by Khanti Munro '04, who wrote the accompanying cover story "Design Your Own Off Grid System." Khanti installed the Ackerman-Leist’s solar electric system before he graduated from GMC, and used his handiwork as a case study for the article.
Munro lives in Poultney and is an Institute for Sustainable Power Quality-certified photovoltaic instructor, and Solar Energy International PV online coordinator and instructor/trainer. "Tied to the grid since childhood, Khanti lives vicariously through his off-grid friends and clients, with ambitions to someday unplug," states Munro’s bio in the story.
Writes Khanti: "Since it was installed in May 2004, the Ackerman-Leist system has performed well and has provided the family with almost all of their electrical needs—minus about 30 hours per year of generator run time to equalize the batteries and make up for occasional shortages during the winter months . . . The system powered the entire construction of their three-level home and has since served as an educational model for them, their community, and students at Green Mountain College."
GMC Theatre Program Presents One Man Show Bully
The GMC Theatre Program is proud to present the one man show Bully celebrating the life of President Theodore Roosevelt as a politician, environmentalist, soldier, husband and father.
Professional actor David Poirier, who performed the role of the Stage Manager in GMC’s 2008 production of Our Town, will be performing the show on March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall. Poirier will also host a one-hour workshop at 2 p.m. on the 24th. This will focus on the creation, research, writing, rehearsal and performance of his touring show.
This event is sponsored by the Speakers’ Bureau, ELA, History, English, Wellness and Pre Environmental Law Programs and is free for all GMC students, staff and faculty.
Storyteller Laura Simms
to Perform at GMC
From Maori elder to Romanian grandmother, storyteller Laura Simms brings to life a whole host of characters in her one-woman show, “Reconciled in the Book of Secrets (or How to Find Romania).” She visits Green Mountain College for a performance today at 7:30 p.m. in the Gorge. Laura’s performance is part of GMC’s Storyteller Series. It is free and open to the public.
Laura is a professional storyteller who performs for adult and family audiences across the country. “Reconciled in the Book of Secrets (or How to Find Romania)” is a one-woman performance of riveting personal narrative and uncanny traditional stories. While telling her audience the history of her childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., Laura reveals the journey of an artist's coming to terms with history, spirituality, and family after World War II. Directed by A Traveling Jewish Theater director Naomi Newman, “Reconciled” breaks new ground with a direct theatre genre of storytelling that engages the audience with the immediacy of a kitchen table conversation.
“Nature’s Economy & the Modern West” the Topic for Faculty Colloquium
On March 24, Prof. Andrew Duffin (history) hosts the third presentation in this spring’s GMC Faculty Colloquium Series. His talk, titled “Paradise Lost? Nature’s Economy & the Modern West,” begins at noon in Terrace 124. He will focus on the question of environment and history in two distinct regions of the American West: the Palouse region of Washington and Idaho, and the Yaak Valley in northwestern Montana. In each, the commodification of nature has resulted in a dramatic alteration of the landscape. Andrew explores the extent to which these unique landscapes have been lost, and the steps that have been taken to restore them.
GMC to Host First Annual Farmer Resource Fair
The Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, Green Mountain College and Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District present the first annual Farmer Resource Fair on March 30 from 2 – 7 p.m. in the Gorge. Meet farm service and technical providers, lenders, insurers, support organizations, representatives from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, UVM extension and others.
Information will be available on subjects including conservation programs, agricultural promotion and development, nutrient management, farm financing, home and farm stress management, and energy and vocational rehabilitation. The workshop schedule is as follows:
2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Successful Rental Relationships between Farmers and Landowners
2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Farmland Access and Land Purchase Options
3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Farm Conservation Programs: Available Incentives and Assistance
3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Energy Efficiency & Renewables on the Farm: Rebates & Assistance
Affordable Health Care and Insurance Options for Farmers
Following the fair, new farmers are invited to stay for a casual ice-cream social to catch up, chat about spring planting plans, and network with each other.
Adventure Recreation Outdoor Gear Sale on Tap
Looking to buy or sell outdoor gear? On March 27, the GMC Adventure Recreation Floor hosts its annual gear sale from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the lobby of Withey Hall. The floor is now accepting new or used gear to put in the sale. Drop items off in North Pit rooms 005 and 007a. Contact Samantha Grist or Derek Gavelis with questions.
Student Project Installs Defibrillator in Withey Hall
Thanks to GMC student Olesea Cojohari '11, Green Mountain College is now equipped with an automated external defibrillator, a device that may save the life of someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. The AED was purchased with Make A Difference Scholar funds and is located in Withey Hall outside of the Buttery.
Olesea first learned about automated external defibrillators and sudden cardiac arrest in her First Aid class with Prof. Candy Raines. “I learned about the great importance and necessity of an automated external defibrillator in public areas,” she said. “I did further research and found surprising facts that are ignored by most of us about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) rates in the country, which is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. The number of SCA deaths in the US is higher than the number of deaths each year from breast cancer, lung cancer, stroke, or AIDS.”
The defibrillator requires no mandatory training, Olesea said, although in her proposal she suggested several First Aid certified students host a campus wide presentation on the AED. The device GMC purchased was approved by the Poultney Rescue Squad.
“There is a growing movement to make portable AEDs accessible throughout all communities, athletic venues, colleges, and schools across the country,” Olesea said. “Many states, such as New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania now give permission for placement of AEDs throughout public schools but AED legislation is pending in many other states. The fact is AEDs are life-saving - but only when AEDs are in place.”
GMC Music Faculty to Present Recital
Faculty members from the GMC Music Program present their first annual Open House Recital March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall. The multi-talented faculty will perform an eclectic mix of music from the Classical era to American Folk tunes.
Earth Week Photo Contest on Tap
What is your vision for climate neutrality on GMC's campus? Residents of SAGE Hall invite students to express their ideas through an Earth Week Photo Contest. Images submitted to the contest will be on display in Withey Lobby during Earth Week from April 19 - 21, and students, faculty and staff will be invited to vote on the photos. The deadline to submit is April 11. Click here for detailed instructions and more information about the contest.
Prof. Paula Mann (theatre) performed the role of the Narrator with the Manchester Music Festival’s performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 classic composition Peter and the Wolf, based on a traditional Russian folktale. The performance was March 21 at The Maple Street School in Manchester.
Prof. Jacob Park, (business strategy & sustainability) has been selected as a recipient of the Vermont Campus Compact’s 2010 Engaged Scholar Award. This award honors one faculty member from a VCC member campus who “collaborates with and involves community partners and students in the discovery, integration, application, and dissemination of new knowledge for public purpose.” A Statewide Recognition Reception and Ceremony will be held April 14 from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington.
Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation & outdoor studies) presented a workshop titled "What Every Trip Leader Should Know: Six Essentials for Conflict Resolution" at the National Conference on Outdoor Leadership February 19 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Col. The event was hosted by the Wilderness Education Association and the Professional Ropes Course Association.
Prof. Paul Stuewe (English) has written an introduction to Hugh Garner's novel Storm Below for its reissue in Dundurn Publishing's "Voyageur Classics." Stuewe's work on Garner, which includes a biography and a critical monograph, continues with an edition of the author's selected letters, which he is currently preparing for a probable 2012 publication.