Earth Week Festivities at GMC
Earth Week kicks off at GMC on Thursday, April 17, with a full slate of activities on campus and in Poultney. There will be a webcast on global warming, an environmental fair, a concert band performance, several community service projects and more.
The current schedule is available here. More events may be added over the next week.
Adam Sherman, Program Manager at the Biomass Energy Resource Center, will give the Earth Week keynote address on Friday, April 18, at 1 p.m. in the Gorge.
As BERC’s fuel supply expert, Sherman has conducted numerous studies that quantify and characterize the biomass resources and markets within various geographic areas. He is responsible for several program areas—regional assessments of biomass resources, developing new strategies to increase the sustainability of biomass fuels, and identifying new ways to accumulate and process low-grade wood and other biomass residues for community and institutional energy users. In addition to his work on fuel supply, Sherman frequently works with the rest of the BERC technical staff on energy projects.
Before joining BERC over three years ago, Adam was general manager at Intervale Compost Products in Burlington, Vermont for 10 years. Sherman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.
Young Alums to Return to GMC
GMC alums will be returning to campus Friday, April 18, for the second annual Young Alum Earth Week event.
The two-day schedule features career networking forums, sustainability tours and an alumni and faculty mixer.
The full schedule is available here.
GMC Concert Band to Perform
"Music for the Stage and Screen” is the theme for this year’s spring concert from the Green Mountain College and Community Concert Band.
The concert is scheduled for Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
Directed by Prof. James Cassarino, the concert band is composed of GMC students, faculty and community members. The April 18 performance will include highlights from “The Music Man,” “West Side Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Patriot,” “Narnia,” “Harry Potter,” “Titanic,” and “The Godfather.”
Toots to Perform for Spring Festival
GMC’s 2008 Spring Festival kicks off on the lawn outside Moses Hall at noon on Saturday, April 19. The fair - featuring student club displays, student art displays, local vendors, and more – runs until 9 p.m.
At 7 p.m., Toots & the Maytals take the stage for the spring concert. Considered legends of ska and reggae music, the group was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award for their album “Light Your Light.” They have toured with bands including the Rolling Stones, the Dave Matthews Band, Los Lonely Boys, and others. Opening for Toots & the Maytals at 4 p.m. is GMC’s own One Mighty Seed. This band earned the chance to play during the day’s events after winning the Battle of the Bands competition April 2.
Admission to the festival is free to all current GMC students, faculty and staff. Admission without GMC ID is $5 per person.
Saengerfest Concert on Tap
The Green Mountain College Choir and Cantorion and the Saengerfest Men’s Choir present a concert in the great Welsh tradition at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, in GMC’s Ackley Auditorium.
Director of Vocal and Instrumental Music James Cassarino directs the Green Mountain College Choir. He is joined on the program by James Roth, Musical Director for Saengerfest. Paul Opel will serve as accompanist.
The Saengerfest Men's Chorus is made up of about 70 male choristers based in the Greater Boston area. It was formed in 1992 after some 45 members of the parent Saengerfest were invited by the officers of the London Welsh Male Voice Choir to participate in the Festival of Welsh Male Choirs in London's Royal Albert Hall. The Saengerfest Men’s Chorus will join GMC’s own choir – well-known for their Welsh repertoire – for the April 19 concert.
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling 802-287-8325.
Singer-Songwriter to Perform this Week
On Wednesday, April 16, singer-songwriter Cosy Sheridan visits GMC for the final presentation in the Religion & the Arts series.
She will perform “The Pomegranate Seed: An Exploration of Appetite, Body Image and Myth in Modern Culture” at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. It is free and open to the public.
Sheridan, based in Moab, UT, is one of the pre-eminent songwriters on the folk scene documenting the lives of modern women. Her two-act narrative, “The Pomegranate Seed,” chronicles one woman’s journey into the symbolic underworld and her emergence as a vibrant and more compassionate person. Sheridan’s latest CD is called “Live at Cedar House.”
Her performance at GMC wraps up the Religion & the Arts series.
GMC Chaplain to Host Wellness Talk
Shirley Oskamp, GMC's campus chaplain, hosts a Wellness Series presentation on Tuesday, April 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Gorge Atrium.
Her talk is titled "Spiritual Wellness: Exploring Ideas to Keep Your Soul Nourished and Your Spirit Fed in the Midst of Stressful Times." The presentation is the part of the spring Quality of Life series. Participants are encouraged to bring brown bag lunches.
Student Colloquium Series this Week
This week, the YES Coffeehouse hosts the 2008 Student Colloquium Series: A Celebration of Academic Excellence. Research topics range from chemistry to literature to web design. All of the presentations take place at 4 p.m.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday, April 14
- Olesea Cojohari & MiJin Jang, “Moldova Web Pages”
Tuesday, April 15
- Evan Miller, “Genetics"
- Jennifer Conrad, “Genetics”
Wednesday, April 16
- Kait Petros, “Greening the Chemistry Lab"
- Ben Jankowski, “Historical Research"
Thursday, April 17
- Molly Austin, “Pearl S. Buck & Probate"
- Rebecca Slutzsky, “Historical Research”
Curtain to Rise on "Speak Truth to Power"
Ackley Theatre will host a powerful performance featuring the voices of human rights activists from around the world when “Speak Truth to Power” makes its debut on Friday, April 25.
Performances are on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Ackley Theatre. Admission is free with GMC ID and $5 for the public. Proceeds benefit Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
“Speak Truth to Power,” written by Ariel Dorfman, is based on a book by Kerry Kennedy and Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Eddie Adams. It features interviews with human rights activists from around the world. GMC’s production, directed by Prof. John Nassivera, will also feature stories from GMC students who have had experiences with human rights issues in their home countries. The play will be combined with a performance from the GMC Jazz Ensemble.
GMC Students Present at D.C. Conference
The International Awareness Club recently took a group of 14 students to Washington D.C. to attend the Fourth National Global Justice Conference at Georgetown University.
The conference, organized by Students for Fair Trade, Student Campaign for Child Survival, and Student Global AIDS Campaigns, attracted over 200 students from across the U.S. This year, GMC students Sarah Waslow-Washington and Laura Restrepo, vice-president and president of the IAC, hosted a workshop on "Fundraising and Stability as a Campus Chapter." Other workshop topics included the Millennium Development Goals, neo-natal health, debt cancellation, fair wages and work conditions in the US, pediatric AIDS, malnutrition, global health success stories, and new global health and related legislation.
On Monday, students lobbied Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) on a bill titled “The United States Commitment to Global Child Survival Act of 2007” (H.R. 2266). The legislation proposes a $5.9 billion investment in saving young lives in at least 60 developing countries over five years. Students also had the opportunity to thank Representative Betty McCollum from Minnesota for introducing the bill.
The club is working on several conference-related activities to promote international awareness. For more information contact Laura Restrepo, Sarah Waslow-Washington or Jason Janson
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
A book co-edited by Prof. Jacob Park (business strategy & sustainability), titled “The Crisis of Global Environmental Governance: Toward a New Political Economy of Sustainability,” was published this month by Routledge.
Edited by Park, Ken Conca (University of Maryland), and Matthias Finger (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), and with contributions from international scholars from North America, South America, Asia, and Europe, the book offers a comprehensive framework on globalization, governance, and sustainability, and examines institutional mechanisms and arrangements to achieve sustainable environmental governance.
Prof. Joel Shapiro (education) presented a workshop to 25 teachers at the Hudson River Teacher Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. The presentation was designed to help teachers to better understand and deal with maladaptive behaviors of elementary school children by using research-based, non-punitive techniques.
GMC Assistant Director of Admissions Rob Wakeman recently attended the 45th Annual Vermont State Science & Math Fair at Norwich University. Sixty-five Vermont high school students competed for trips to national science fair competitions and awards in various categories. Wakeman surprised twelve winners in categories related to the environment with $500,000 in guaranteed scholarships if they enroll at Green Mountain College (and meet other admissions requirements).
“There were some really terrific projects by these young scientific wizards on the environmental effects of lead paint removal, photovoltaic efficiency in Vermont, soil buffering, the effects of acid rain, solar/fuel cell vehicles, the effects of global warming on maple sugaring, and the effects of global warming on weather patterns in Vermont,” Wakeman said.
The fair was sponsored by Green Mountain College, UVM, Norwich University, Lyndon State and Vermont Tech.