GMC to Host Family Farm Forum Talk
Visiting lecturer Nathan Hagens arrives at GMC today for a Family Farm Forum talk about the health advantages of growing food locally.
His talk, titled “At the Intersection of Neuroscience & Agriculture: The Health & Behavioral Benefits of Relocalization,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. Hagens will expand on the behavioral and health advantages of growing food locally. He will address linkages between industrial agriculture, serotonin deficiency, and addiction, and how these indirectly interfere with our culture’s ability to access longer term thinking processes needed to mitigate and adapt to the larger issues of oil depletion and climate change.
Hagens is a former Wall Street researcher and investments manager and has an MBA from University of Chicago. He is working on his doctorate at the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, and has been featured on several news shows including BBC’s “The World.” He is also a homesteader in Wisconsin.
“Law, Science and the Sea” Speaker Series to Wrap Up
On April 7, GMC hosts visiting scholar Prof. Betsy Baker for the final presentation in the “Law, Science and the Sea” Speaker Series. Her talk, titled "The Speed of Sound in the Realm of Light: Mapping the Arctic Continental Shelf,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Gorge.
Prof. Baker is a specialist on the Law of the Sea Treaty, which may dictate which countries have rights to drill for oil on the ocean floor, particularly in the arctic as global warming shrinks ice sheets and exposes stretches of ocean floor previously inaccessible to oil rigs and platform drilling facilities. She is a graduate of University of Michigan, and holds LLM and PhD degrees from German universities. She was the director of international programs at University of Minnesota Law School and director of the LLM program at Harvard University.
Student Documentary to be Screened in NYC
GMC student Jose Galvez-Contreras, Prof. Paul Hancock (economics), and Cecilia Kline, a lawyer working in Honduras on issues of teenage gangs and street children, will be giving a panel presentation at the Left Forum at Pace University in New York City the weekend of April 17-19.
Jose will show his documentary; Paul will talk about an economic analysis of global capital as it affects families and the informal labor sector in Honduras, and Cecilia will focus on the organizations and strategies focusing on helping kids. The trio plans to make the same presentation at Castleton State College’s Soundings Program April 21 at 12:30 p.m. in Jeffords Lecture Hall.
Last spring, Jose filmed a documentary focusing on how globalization is affecting the Honduran economy and street children there. He presented the film at a GMC student colloquium in the fall.
Green Mountain Softball Player Garners Conference Honors
GMC softball player Katie Jablonski was named the North Atlantic Conference Player Of The Week for the week of March 30. In four games against Bay Path College and Fisher College, Katie went 5-11 from the plate with two runs scored, two RBIs and a double.
Katie, a junior interdisciplinary studies major from West Rutland, Vt., leads the Eagles with a .491 batting average and .526 slugging percentage. Jablonski has tallied five runs on eight hits in 19 at bats including a pair of doubles.
Learn About Health at GMC Spring Wellness Fair
The annual GMC Wellness Fair, to be held on April 16, will offer a multitude of hands-on activities, demonstrations, free samples and trial treatments including massage. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about personal health and well-being. Substance abuse self-screening information, smoking cessation information, and carbon monoxide breath testing will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Withey Hall.
The fair is free of charge and open to the public. Vendors interested in reserving a table, giving a presentation or conducting a workshop at the fair can contact Jane Allen at the wellness center at 802-287-8376. There is no registration fee for vendors.
Students Lead Day of Workshops for Colloquium
Students in REC 4051 Recreation & Outdoor Studies Seminar presented their annual colloquium April 2 in Withey Hall. The colloquium featured seven student-led workshops on the theme of "Recreation Values in a Changing Economy." Chris Stec, assistant director of safety, education, & instruction for the American Canoe Association, and David Cudmore, owner of Stillwater Outfitters, delivered keynote addresses.
The primary learning goal for each year's colloquium is to provide students with hands-on experience organizing and developing a professional workshop. Students were responsible for all aspects of the event including hospitality, schedule, marketing, logistics, registration, budgeting and evaluation.
Pictured are (L to R): Chris Ricker, Charles Watt, Alexa Lepucki, Jess Elias, Alphonso Howlett, Graham Johns, Lee Robinson, Kyle Pike, Scott Perkins, Sam Gaughan, Doug Johnson, Brian Bavacqua, Erik Debbink, Prof. Thayer Raines. Missing is Chris Wetzel.
Research Symposium to be Held on GMC Campus
The 2009 Lake Champlain Research Consortium Student Symposium will be held at GMC on April 18 at 9:00 a.m. in Terrace 124. The event features presentations by undergraduate and graduate students that focus on various aspects of the Lake Champlain Basin, or on related topics that have an aquatic or watershed emphasis. Presentations may cover topics in the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities.
The mission of the Lake Champlain Research Consortium is to coordinate and facilitate research and scholarship of the Lake Champlain ecosystem and related issues; to provide opportunities for training and education of students on lake issues; and to aid in the dissemination of information gathered through lake endeavors.
Osingolio, a CD featuring the singing of the Maasai of Ngong’u Narok, is now for sale at the GMC Bookstore. CDs are $15 each and all proceeds go to Ngong’u Narok Village and Maasai Media Resource Center.
In collaboration with the Maasai Environmental Resource Coalition and Prescott College, the Maasai Community Partnership Project works towards social and environmental justice throughout Kenya’s Maasailand. Current programs include: Community water projects, HIV/AIDS initiatives, a Maasai Education and Leadership Center, a Maasai Field Guide Training Program and a Maasai Media Center.
For more information contact Melissa Markstrom at 287-9212.
FACULTY, STAFF & STUDENT NOTES
Sandra Bartholomew (dean of enrollment), Charles Domenie (K-12 Outreach Coordinator Americorps Vista), Amber Garrard (sustainability coordinator), Joseph Petrick (vice president of student life), and Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation & outdoor studies and service learning director) attended the Vermont Campus Compact (VCC) Statewide Conference at the University of Vermont April 1. This year's conference theme was "Through a Civic Lens: Strengthening Higher Education from Classroom to Community."
Prof. Jacob Park (business strategy and sustainability) was a finalist for VCC's Engaged Scholar Award for his innovative research regarding sustainable development, environment, and climate change. Jacob regularly integrates businesses, non-profits, and community groups in his courses. Jacob's students have developed a business plan for a Nature Conservancy nursery; worked with the Council on the Future of Vermont and helped the utility CVPS strengthen marketing for their Cow Power program.
The VCC is a statewide coalition of college and university presidents established to promote integration of public service into the academic, student life and civic goals of member institutions.
Prof. Meriel Brooks (biology) and Prof. Brad Coupe of Castleton State College received $14,792 in funding from the Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) for their project titled "Developing an Index of Biotic Integrity for Larval Cyprinidae to Test Water Quality." The researchers will document the impact of impaired riverbanks and the resulting reduced water quality on cyprinid (minnow) communities in the Poultney River. They will also test whether density and species representation within minnow communities are reflected in the downstream drift of larval cyprinids, and develop an Index of Biotic Integrity for minnow communities for which data could be easily gathered by sampling the drifting larval fish community. A dichotomous key to the cyprinid larval identification will be developed so this IBI could be used in other Vermont localities. The project will employ four undergraduate students, including three in the summer and one during the academic year.
Monique Couture '09 was invited to serve in the Peace Corps as an Environmental Conservation Extensionist. She’ll be serving in the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu — her departure date is September 12.
Prof. Mary Pernal (English & writing) has been accepted to the National Endowment on the Humanities (NEH) summer seminar on “Buddhist Traditions of Tibet and the Himalayas.” It will be held from June 22 – July 10 at the College of the Holy Cross. The seminar brings together leading scholars for an in-depth survey of Buddhist traditions, with special emphasis on how Buddhism has been a lived religion that affected Himalayan societies.