Students in cellular biology (Bio 2015), used a technique called "heat shock" last week to transform an e.coli sample so that it now carries the gene for green fluorescent protein (normally found in bioluminescent jellyfish). This transformation process allows a gene from one organism to be moved to another. The transformed e.coli, now able to express GFP, will glow green under ultraviolet light, just as the jellyfish would in the ocean.



Jonathan Isham to Speak
On Global Warming

Dr. Jonathan Isham, Associate Professor of Environmental Economics at Middlebury College, will give the Earth Week ’07 keynote talk on Wednesday evening, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. Isham, a nationally-recognized scholar and global warming expert, will discuss ideas from his forthcoming book, Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement (Island Press 2007). For the past several years, Isham has focused his research on building the climate change movement. His book (co-edited with Sissel Waage) draws together the most progressive thinkers and advocates of the times, including Bill McKibben and Gus Speth. Isham’s talk is free and open to all. For more information, contact Sustainability Coordinator, Jesse Pyles at ext. 8379.



Ken Leslie Exhibit to Open at Feick Arts Center
The Campus Community is invited to an opening reception for artist Ken Leslie's exhibit, "Top of the World" at Green Mountain College's Feick Arts Center in Poultney on Thursday, April 19, from 4-6 p.m.

The paintings in Leslie's 'Top of the World' exhibit were inspired by two residencies he took in the Arctic. In his work exploring the light at the arctic extremes, he has also found himself 'creating a visual record of the arctic.' "No one I met in the Arctic argues whether or not global warming is happening. They see it every year as the fjords freeze later and thaw out earlier." more...



GMC/Community Concert Band
The Green Mountain College and Community Concert Band will perform its annual spring concert on Friday April 20, at 7:30 in Ackley Hall. Conducted by music professor James Cassarino, the ensemble will perform works by Handel, Holst, Edward German, and J.F. Wagner. The concert is free and open to the public.



Students Present Sandra Wright in
Benefit Concert for Darfur

Green Mountain College’s Make A Difference Scholars are pleased to present a concert by Vermont favorite Sandra Wright and her Blues Band on Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m. in The Gorge of Withey Hall. The students will join with more than 100 other cities around the world as part of the world-wide 'Global Days for Darfur,' calling for immediate action to help end the violence in the western region of Sudan. more...



College Introduces Online Giving
The GMC Development Office has announced a new feature that will allow alumni and other supporters to donate to the College online. Just in time for the home stretch of the New Century Campaign, the Development Office has contracted with the company Groundspring to deliver online giving services. "We hope this will offer much greater convenience for busy alumni who want to support the College, but need a fast, easy way to do it," says Annual Fund Director, Jennifer Schriber. "Rather than writing a check, finding a stamp, and going to the mailbox, this service allows you to make a gift in less than five minutes." Prospective donors can find links to the online giving web page directly from the GMC home page or from the Alumni page on the GMC web site.



Sustainability Council Formed
Green Mountain College recently established a Campus Sustainability Council to advise the administrative cabinet on sustainability initiatives at the school. The six-member Council is comprised of faculty, staff, and two student greening coordinators. This group has been charged with monitoring progress, documenting successes, and proposing projects concerning environmental sustainability in curriculum, operations, and facilities. The Council will expand the College’s strong sustainability tradition in academics, student programming, and operations. It will also help the College to meet sustainability goals outlined in College’s strategic plan that will help fulfill the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.



RecyleMania Campaign Wraps Up
RecycleMania, the national intercollegiate recycling competition, ended its ten-week run early this month. After being invited into the competition by Harvard’s recycling coordinator, Green Mountain College enrolled for the first time in the “Per Capita Classic” contest, agreeing to measure and report recyclables relative to the number of people on campus. Over the duration of the contest, GMC recycled an estimated two tons of paper, glass, metal, and plastic - more than 5 ½ lbs. per person. The competition certainly increased interest and involvement in the student-run recycling program here. In addition to the great work of the Recycling Crew, students in Sue Sutheimer’s Environmental Chemistry class created specialized gauges to convert the volume of various materials to weight. A special thanks to Chuck Domenie for regularly measuring and reporting numbers throughout the competition. Full results of the competition, including a list of winners in various categories, are being released today and can be found on the RecycleMania website.











WEEK AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, APR. 16
Family Farm Forum:
Dr. Peter Horvath

7 - 9 p.m., The Gorge

TUESDAY, APR. 17
Day of Silence
All Day

Guided Relaxation/Meditation
12:30 - 1 p.m., Wellness Center

Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Movement

Credo Christe
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Chapel

WEDNESDAY, APR. 18
Earth Week
Through Saturday, April 21

Peace Corps
10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Withey Lobby

Environmental Recruiters
10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Gorge

Pilates
11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bogue Movement

Community Conversation Coffee
3 - 3:30 p.m., Withey Lobby

Women's Softball vs. MCLA
3:30 p.m., North Adams

Cardio Kickboxing
5:30 - 7 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Rm.

Peace Corps Presenation
6:30 - 8 p.m., East Room

Live: Afrobeat Project
9 - 11 p.m., The Gorge

THURSDAY, APR. 19
Pride Day 2007
All Day, Campus

Men's Lacrosse vs. Johnson
3:30 p.m., Johnson

Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Rm.

Student Colloquium Series
4 - 5 p.m., YES! Coffee House

Artist Reception: Ken Leslie
4 - 6 p.m., Feick Arts Center

FRIDAY, APR. 20
Pride Day 2007
All Day, Campus

Gentle Yoga
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Rm.

Alumni Career Networking Forum
3 - 5 p.m., Location (PDF)

GMC/Community Concert Band
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Ackley Theatre

SATURDAY, APR. 21
Women's Softball vs. Mitchell
2 p.m., New London

Senior Vocal Recital:
Cathryn Matuszewski

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.,
East Room



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