Scholar to Discuss Urban Planning
Green Mountain College welcomes Prof. Dong-Ho Shin, a specialist in urban planning from Hannam University in Korea, as a visiting scholar from April 9-11.
On Thursday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in Terrace Hall 124, Prof. Shin will give a public talk titled “Reinventing the Urban Space Using the Physical Environment: The European Experience.” more...
Block Course Wins Governor's Award
Green Mountain College’s 2006 block course, titled “Food, Agriculture, and Community Development in the Northeast,” has received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention.
The College will be recognized at an awards ceremony in the House Chamber of the State House in Montpelier on Monday, April 21, at 3 p.m. The award will be presented by George Crombie, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and Governor Jim Douglas. A reception is to follow the ceremony.
The class, offered by Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies), Prof. Jacob Park (business & public policy), and Prof. Eleanor Tison (cultural anthropology), explored how food choices affect the community. The class visited roughly one dozen area farms and hosted several national food and agricultural experts as guest speakers. As a final project, the class created sustainable purchasing guidelines for Withey Dining Hall.
Student-Directed Production on Tap
GMC’s Visual and Performing Arts Department presents “The Last Five Years,” directed by student Ben Jankowski, on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. Performances begin at 7 p.m. in Ackley Theatre.
“The Last Five Years” is an intimate, two-person song-cycle that tells the compelling story of Jamie, a nice Jewish boy, played by Cameron Steinmetz 09', and Kathy, a good Irish Catholic girl, played by Emily Piper 11', who fall in love, get married, and fall apart over the course of five years.
Jamie is an emerging novelist enjoying his first taste of success, while Kathy is a struggling actress having trouble hitting it big, making their musical duet by turns wildly funny and crushingly sad.
Music director for the production is Paul Opel. Admission is free with a GMC I.D.; $5 for the public.
Japanese Fulbright Scholar Visits Campus
Shintaro Suzuki, a Fulbright Scholar and legal researcher from Japan, visits campus Friday, April 11, for a presentation sponsored by the Green Mountain College Pre-Law Program.
His talk begins at 1:30 p.m. in Griswold 002. Students, faculty and staff may also join him for an informal discussion during lunch in Withey Dining Hall. more...
Farm Bill Webcast this Week
On Wednesday, April 9 from noon to 1 p.m., a webcast on the federal farm bill will be screened in the Dickgiesser Room.
The webcast, titled “A Global View of the Farm Bill: The Convergence of Climate Change, Food Security and the Future of Family Farmers Worldwide,” will be hosted by Thomas Forster, Policy Advisor for the Community Food Security Coalition and co-director of International Partners for Sustainable Agriculture.
Forster will discuss how the pressure of climate change, rising food prices and the diversion of food crops to fuel crops add new dimensions to international food and agriculture policy debates.
GMC to Host Presentation on Racism & Privilege
Patricia Shine, an assistant professor from Lyndon State College, will visit Green Mountain College on Thursday, April 10, to speak about the matrix of race, racism and privilege.
The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. It is free and open to the public.
Shine, a professor of human services, will give a presentation specifically designed for white folks, although all are welcome. The talk will be an opportunity to talk about how “whiteness” often blinds us to how racism structures our institutions and our society. The talk will also address how white people benefit from this structure.
This isn’t a presentation about blame and shame. Rather, this conversation will provide the opportunity to understand how we live within the matrix of race, racism, and privilege—and what we need to do to shift our lens in order to challenge the racial injustices that structure our lives and society.
Prof. Shine’s visit is sponsored by the GMC Speaker’s Bureau and the ELA program.
Upcoming Events Focused on Wellness
Students, faculty and staff are invited to peruse displays, pick up samples and enjoy healthy snacks during a Wellness Fair Thursday, April 10. The fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of Withey Hall.
Information on alcohol awareness, smoking cessation, herbal products and more will be available. Chair massages and Reiki treatments will also be offered. The fair is free and open to the public.
GMC’s Community Wellness Initiative (CWI) is presenting two events this semester focused on psycho-social health.
CWI is a campus club designed by senior psych majors to deliver outreach programming based on campus needs assessments. CWI meets Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Writers Lounge and is working in conjunction with Residence Life to create a multicultural diversity event for freshman orientation. All CWI events are open to all members of the GMC community.
The following are upcoming CWI events:
On Wednesday, April 9 at 1 p.m., CWI hosts “Good Sex in the Gorge,” a presentation on sexual health and wellbeing.
On Wednesday, May 7 at 1 p.m., CWI hosts “Chill Out!” a stress management and relaxation seminar featuring tips and tricks to make it through finals without burning out.
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Prof. Karen Swyler (fine arts)
recently attended the NCECA ceramics conference in Pittsburgh, PA where she presented an Emerging Artist lecture that discussed influences, concepts and techniques in her ceramic work. Her work was displayed at two shows during the conference: La Mesa, exhibited by Santa Fe Clay, and Tableware, exhibited at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild. Three current and two former GMC students also attended. GMC student Allison Berniker displayed work in the regional student juried exhibition at the conference - a first for Green Mountain College.
Prof. Rebecca Purdom (environmental studies) is serving as visiting professor of law at UNIMEP University in Piracicaba, Brazil. She is working with Prof. Paulo Alfanso Leme Machado, known in Brazil as the "father of Brazilian environmental law," on a book about constitutional law and the environment. She recently gave the keynote address at "Deasfio Ambiental/Ribeirao Quiombo: Bacia Hidrografica e Contexto Regional" [Enviromental Defense/Quilombo River: Hidrograic Basins in Regional Context] in Americanas, Sao Paulo. Her address, titled "The Public Participation in the Legal Management of Natural Resources and Freshwater System - The International Vision," marked the launch of the first freshwater ecosystem restoration effort under Brazil's new water management scheme. Rebecca will continue as a visiting professor in Brazil until May.
Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies) gave a presentation on GMC’s Farm and Food Project during a conference hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension March 27. The conference was part of the Virginia Agricultural Extension’s effort to build a regional food system and to forge links with colleges and their curricula. Philip gave a presentation on GMC’s approach to integrating food and agriculture into a liberal arts college and participated in a panel discussion on university food and farm initiatives. He also visited Dickinson College's new college farm in Pennsylvania, and spoke to classes at James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University regarding ways to establish college farms and build sustainable purchasing initiatives in their food service programs.
Jesse Pyles, GMC’s service learning and sustainability coordinator, has been named one of New England’s emerging environmental leaders by the Environmental Leadership Program. As one of 22 members of the New England 2008 Fellowship Class, he will complete a prestigious year-long program aimed at enhancing the capacity of the environmental movement.
“These new ELP fellows represent the cutting edge of environmental thought, policy, and action, and embody the increasingly diverse field of environmental leadership,” states a press release from the Washington D.C.-based organization. “This class will join a growing community in the New England region working for a just and sustainable future."