Celebrate Global Youth Service Day with
Slate Valley Community Connection
Green Mountain College students, along with students from Castleton State College, will be fanning out across the region April 17 for Slate Valley Community Day. This day of community service, organized by Slate Valley Community Connection, has been chosen by Vermont Campus Compact as the kickoff event for Global Youth Service Day in Vermont. Slate Valley Community Connection consists of stakeholders from Castleton State College, Green Mountain College, Poultney Rotary and Fair Haven Rotary. S.V.C.C. has been working closely with the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to receive input from local organizations that are often looking for volunteers. The goal is to enhance service connections in our communities. Projects include:
GMC’s Tribal Dance Troupe to
On April 16, join the GMC Shakti tribal dancers and other area tribal dancers in celebration of the earth, the body, and the divine feminine. At 7 p.m. in the Gorge, GMC’s Shakti Tribal Dance Troupe hosts a Patshiva to raise money for the Rutland Women’s Shelter. Patshiva is a Romany word for the celebration of two or more tribes coming together. Other performers include the Sahidi Sisters and Sisters of the Silk Road. Admission is free. Donations for the Rutland Women’s Shelter will be accepted.
Weekend Events to Focus on Animal Rights
The final two events in this spring's GMC Pre-Law Speaker Series include a talk from the senior state director of the Humane Society and hands-on workshops focused on animal crimes.
Beyond Human Rights: Should Animals Have a Voice?
April 16, East Room
6 - 7:15 p.m.
Joanne Bourbeau, senior state director for Vermont and New Hampshire for the Humane Society of the United States, will discuss the role of animals in our society. What are the differences between animal protection and animal rights? And what role do we as humans play in defining these parameters within a public policy setting? Bourbeau serves as the president of the Vermont Humane Federation and on the board of the New Hampshire Federation of Humane Organizations. She also chairs the Vermont Animal Cruelty Task Force and represents the HSUS on the New Hampshire Governor's Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals.
Investigating Animal Cruelty in Vermont
April 17, East Room
9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. & 1 - 4 p.m.
Joanne Bourbeau and experts from the Vermont Animal Cruelty Task Force will host a workshop on the detection, evidence collection, and prosecution of animal crimes. This will be a hands-on workshop featuring mock wildlife and farm animal crime scenes and CSI-style investigations. Experts from the region will be on campus to train all interested people. The workshop will occur on the GMC farm and other natural areas on campus.
Other speakers and presenters include Janet Carini, D.V.M., owner of the Rutland Veterinary Clinic in Castleton; JoAnn Nichols, a Vermont licensed wildlife rehabilitator since 1998, specializing in reptiles; Robert Sterling, a warden for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department based in Fair Haven; and Craig Hanson of the Rutland County Sheriffs Office. The program is free; preregistration is required. Contact Shelby Phillips at 287-8392 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Lunch is not provided, but meals can be purchased at the College's dining hall.
GMC Wellness Fair on Tap for April 15
Green Mountain College will hold its annual Spring Wellness Fair on April 15 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. in GMC's Withey Hall lobby. The fair is free and open to the public.
Over 20 local businesses and non-profit organizations involved in physical and spiritual healing and therapeutic care will provide displays, demonstrations and presentations. Staff members of GMC's Wellness Center, who organized the event, will provide information about mental health resources and offer healthy snacks.
A partial list of participants includes the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition (RAP); New England Integrative Health Counseling; the Vermont Department of Health's Substance Prevention Office; GMC's Spirituality Club; Rutland County Women's Network and Shelter; Rutland Pharmacy; Spiritpath Shamanic Healing; and Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center. Free oral HIV testing will also be offered.
For more information, contact Jane Allen at 287-8376 or email@example.com.
Masters of Japanese Dance & Flower Arranging
to Host Workshop
On April 13, GMC hosts an Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) and Kabuki Buyo (Japanese Traditional Dance) workshop from 2 - 4 p.m. in the East Room. The workshop will feature a narrated demonstration of Ikebana and a Kabuki Dance in an interactive manner with the audience, and will include choreography of the famous song, Sakura (cherry blossom), with accompanying music on the traditional Japanese instrument the shamisen. Performers include Ikebana and Shamisen Master Masako Gibeault, a Master in the Ryuseiha school of flower arranging and Master in the Nagauta Shaimsen, and Kabuki Buyo Master Toyosaburo Hanayagi, one of the top 20 Kabuki dance performers and teachers in Japan.
Learn About CarShare Vermont in a Presentation April 13
Annie Bourdon, executive director of CarShare Vermont, hosts a public presentation on April 13 at 2:30 p.m. in Terrace 124. The talk is titled "Alternatives to Car Ownership: The Environmental, Economic and Social Impact." Founded in 2007 by a group of local people who share a common vision for our community, Carshare Vermont is a mission-driven nonprofit organization that recognizes car-sharing as a practical, easy, and fun way to reduce car dependence, increase mobility, and improve the health of our community and environment. The presentation is sponsored by the GMC Business and Environmental Studies Programs.
Calvin Linder ‘12 has received a 2010 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Service for his work as a volunteer mentor with The DREAM Program. These awards honor the individuals, groups, and businesses that best exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and community service in Vermont.
Calvin was a founding member of the Poultney chapter of DREAM. Since the fall of 2008 he has been a consistent, energetic and caring mentor to an 11 year-old boy living in a single-parent home. In 2009, Calvin volunteered for the summer as an AmeriCorps member at Camp DREAM. Thanks to Calvin’s efforts in communicating with children’s parents and organizing gear, transportation, and activities, four mentees and two other mentors spent a weekend camping and playing in the snow during DREAM’s Winter Adventure Camp in February. Calvin’s mentee is the only Poultney child who has attended every single camp event since DREAM Poultney began, which demonstrates the strong relationship Calvin has built with him. Through his passion for outdoor adventure education, Calvin broadens these children’s horizons, teaches them life-long skills, and raises their self-confidence.
By Rachel Kauppila, DREAM Program Empowerment Director
Prof. Bill Prado (management) will deliver a presentation on “Student Engagement and Sustainable Business Learning: New Approaches Based on Technology” at the 2010 Online Teaching Conference in San Diego. Attended by 600 educators and administrators representing traditional non-profit as well as for-profit colleges, universities, community colleges, and technical schools, the conference has as its theme “Engaging Every Student Online in Lean and Green Times.”
Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology) recently had a suite of maps published by the Vermont Geological Survey related to field mapping completed within the town of Rutland characterizing the surficial geology and groundwater resources. View the maps.
Renee Beaupre White, GMC’s director of alumni affairs and career services, was quoted in the April edition of Currents magazine about the link between student interest in sustainability and alumni expertise. In an article titled "Tapping Energy by Conserving It," Beaupre White comments: "Utilizing alumni expertise to mentor current students in the burgeoning field of sustainability is the future." The story notes that the GMC alumni association has hosted several events focused on environmental themes, including career panels featuring alumni with green jobs, a young alumni event during Earth Week, and projects on the College's farm that are open to alumni.