GMC students from Prof. MaryJane Maxwell’s Civilization of India class along with students from the Spirituality Floor attended the Holi festival at the Hindu Temple of Albany on March 20. Holi - a spring festival of colors - is undoubtedly the most fun and boisterous of Hindu celebrations.



Paul Thompson: The Agrarian Vision
Paul Thompson is the principal philosopher thoughtfully exploring the history and philosophy of the "agrarian vision" that informs the non-industrial food sustainability movement in the U.S.

Thompson will be giving a public talk on Monday, March 28, 4:00 p.m. in the East Room, titled "The Agrarian Vision".

Few writers today could match Paul as a clear voice articulating the new agrarianism that informs CSA's, farmer's markets, the localvore movement, the organic movement, the GMC Farm & Food Project, the writings of Wendell Berry & Bill McKibben & Michael Pollan & Barbara Kingsolver, and the Slow Food movement.

Never tempted by the allure of effusive and uncritical praise of agrarianism or by a psychological need to jump on a bandwagon, Paul approaches the new agrarianism not only as a practical means to providing food but also as a coherent and compelling philosophy that offers a powerful symbol and model for the sustainability movement.



Luca Neugebauer '12 gives a tour to prospective students and parents
Annual GMC Open House
Over 100 prospective students and their families were on campus Saturday for an admissions Open House.

Visitors were immersed in the GMC experience from early-morning campus tours to parent and student panels at the end of the day. Activities included tours of Cerridwen Farm, a campus life expo (where prospective students got a chance to meet staff and GMC students from athletic teams, clubs and campus organizations) and an afternoon student services fair.

Visitors also met many faculty members and students in classroom sessions highlighting specific academic programs. A second spring open house is scheduled for April 16. Thanks to all students, faculty and staff who helped make the event a success.



Left to right: alum Tyler Jenner '65, Asad Sohail '14, and Prof. Keith McDade
Peace Corps Members Appreciated at GMC
Alumni, faculty and staff of Green Mountain College who are past volunteers in the Peace Corps, and those who were interested in learning more about the organization, gathered for a celebration at the Two Editors Inn earlier this month. Founded by the late president John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps is observing its 50th anniversary this year.

“The Peace Corps volunteer experience has influenced the lives of many people in Vermont, and we celebrated the anniversary by recognizing volunteers connected to Green Mountain College, including returned volunteers and those with ambitions for future service,” said Keith McDade, assistant professor of natural resource management at GMC. McDade was a volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa from 1993-1995.

The mission of the Peace Corps is to provide technical assistance, help people outside the United States understand U.S. culture, and help Americans understand the cultures of other countries.



Microbrew and Artisan Cheese Tasting
Office of Student Involvement and Chartwells Dining will host microbrew and artisan cheese tasting on March 30, 2011 for the senior class. The evening will present students with the opportunity for a tasteful education with beer judge Todd Metcalf, and cheese connoisseurs Phillip Ackerman-Leist and Garland Mason.

This event will highlight Vermont breweries and cheese makers, including Rock Art, Harpoon, Trout River, and Otter Creek breweries alongside different cheeses from Taylor, Lazy Lady, Boucher and Blue Ledge Farms. Each pairing will be presented separately, while the presenters discuss beer and cheese varieties, history and individual qualities. Senior students 21 years of age and older who would like to register for this event should contact Student Involvement at x8371.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Shakti Tribal Dance Hosts “Patshiva”
The GMC Shakti Tribal Dance class will be hosting a belly dance fundraising event for the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter this Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge.

“Patshiva” is a Romany word meaning ‘the celebration of the coming together of two or more tribes.’ There will be dancers from around New England, some of who have danced with GMC before.

This is a free event, although donations are strongly encouraged.

Interfaith Dialogue
Join Green Mountain College’s World Religions class for a conversation titled “Religion: Why Do We Still Need It?” Wednesday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. in the East Room.

For more information, please contact Mary Jane Maxwell, assistant professor of history and religious studies at 287-8075 or at maxwellmj@greenmtn.edu.

This event is sponsored by the Speakers Bureau, Religious Life, and the President’s Office.

Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century
On Monday, April 4, John L. Esposito, the internationally renowned Georgetown University scholar in Muslim-Christian understanding and dialogue, will speak in Albany. Students interested in attending should contact Professor Mary Jane Maxwell at maxwellmj@greenmtn.edu for more information. Read more about the lecture here.

Presentation: Spring Break in Appalachia
On Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge, students who went on the Red Bird Mission trip to rural Appalachia will be holding a presentation on their experiences doing service work in an area of Appalachia severely affected by poverty and the coal mining industry.

Earth Week is Getting Closer
The online calendar for Earth Week is now on the sustainability site. If students have an event that they would like listed on the Earth Week calendar, please email the title of the event, place, day, and time to Amber Garrard at garrarda@greenmtn.edu by Friday, April 1.

Journal of Environmental Investing Design Contest
The Journal of Environmental Investing is sponsoring a cover design competition for college and university students. The chosen entry will appear as the cover for their third issue, and the artist will receive a $200.00 award. A .pdf document with the official guidelines and entry rules can be found here.

The JEI is an inter-disciplinary, peer-reviewed, online journal that publishes original research in all areas at the intersection of the environment and investing.

Want to be a GMAP Leader?
GreenMAP is seeking students interested in sharing their knowledge of the outdoors with others.

The Spring ALPSS (Adventure Leadership Program for Students & Staff) Canoeing and Backpacking trip will take place May 15-22, 2011. Prospective leaders are trained in GreenMAP philosophy, policies and procedures, group management, basic outdoor education strategies, assessment, and feedback.

If interested, go to the ALPSS site for more information and application instructions. Applications are due by April 1.

Poultney Earth Fair Signups
Students, faculty, and staff who would like to join the 4th annual Poultney Earth Fair as an exhibitor or vender should contact Eleanor Tison at tisone@greenmtn.edu by Thursday, March 31.



FACULTY/STAFF NOTES

Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology, environmental studies) had an article published in the Journal of Archaeometry titled “Characterizing the Micromorphology of Sediments Associated with Chinchorro Mummification in Arica, Chile, Using SEM and EDS.” Read the article here.

Additionally, he had a surfical geologic map published by the Vermont Geological Survey of the town of Dover, and also created an online virtual geologic tour of Dover with the help of Rebecca Tellar ’11. See the map here, and the tour here. (note: Google Earth required to view tour)

Sheila Kaveny, associate registrar at GMC will have a poem titled ‘Worshipping Trees’ on display at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, Vt., for the month of April in conjunction with the Poetry Alive celebration events and workshops held there. Read more about the event here.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Paul Thompson at GMC
GMC Open House
Microbrew and Cheese Event
Faculty/Staff Notes





Women's Softball
3/29, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m. at Southern Vt.
4/1, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m. vs. MCLA
4/2, 1 & 3 p.m. vs. Bay Path

Mixed Tennis
4/1, 5 p.m. vs. Norwich
4/2, 1 p.m. vs. Thomas

Men's Lacrosse
4/2, 1 p.m. at Lyndon State
4/3, 2 p.m. vs. Colby-Sawyer

Women's Lacrosse
3/31, 4 p.m. at Castleton
4/2, 2 p.m. vs. Thomas

WEEK AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, MARCH 28
Paul Thompson:
The Agrarian Vision

4 p.m., East Room

Jazz Band
6 p.m., Ackley Stage

Zumba
7 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

TUESDAY, MARCH 29
Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
Academic Skills Workshop
Computer Applications:
Inspiration
1 - 2 p.m., Learning Center
Griswold Library

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wellness Center

Power Yoga
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Residence Life Coffee Hour
3 - 4 p.m.,
Blue Moon Racoon Coffehouse

Healthy Relationships
4 - 5 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Beginners

6 - 7:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

SOAR Workshop:
Service Learning

6 p.m., Dickgeisser Classroom

Red Bird Presentation
7 p.m., Gorge

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Advanced

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

THURSDAY, MARCH 31
Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Intermediate Vinyasa Flow Yoga
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Relaxing Yoga
7 - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Slam Poet Papergirl
8 p.m.,
Blue Moon Racoon Coffee House

New Folks Beginner
Improvisational Contact Dance

8:30 - 9:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

FRIDAY, APRIL 1
Guided Meditation
3:30 - 4 p.m., Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

4th Annual GMC Kids Art Show
6 - 7:30 p.m., Withey Lobby

Senior Exhibition:
Ian MacArthur-McKay

6 - 8 p.m., Surdam

Self-Defense
6 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

SATURDAY, APRIL 2
Patshiva
7 p.m., Gorge