Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate GMC's New Biomass Plant
When Green Mountain College’s new biomass plant officially goes online on Earth Day, April 22, the College will take a major step toward achieving its goal of climate neutrality by next year. Vermont Governor James Douglas will cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the plant at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by a luncheon on the Cree lawn.
Artist & Astronaut to Host Annual Benson Lecture
Alan Bean, one of the few men ever to see earth from the vantage point of the moon, is the speaker for the College's third annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture Series to be held on Earth Day, April 22. The title of his address is "Reaching for Your Own Special Star." It will begin at 1 p.m. in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall. Bean will be presented with an honorary doctor of arts degree prior to his address. More…
Earth Week 2010 at Green Mountain College
Help construct GMC’s outdoor classroom. Weigh in on the Griswold Library’s Recyclone. Pull out invasive weeds and beautify campus. All are ways to get involved during GMC Earth Week 2010. On Thursday, Poultney High School hosts its annual Earth Fair from 2:30 – 5 p.m. This year’s theme is “Old Ways, New Days.” On campus, there will also be a body art bazaar, club fair and more. View the Earth Week schedule. Additional events throughout the week include:
GMC Appoints New Development Director
Green Mountain College is pleased to welcome Mary Lou Willits of Middletown Springs, Vt., as the College's new director of development. Willits brings to GMC a wealth of experience in non-profit management, including fundraising, staff and volunteer recruitment, and audience development and communications. Most recently she served as executive director of the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, N.Y. More...
“The Heart of Buddhism” the Title of Talk Slated for Today
Green Mountain College welcomes Rahob Rinpoche to campus today for a talk titled “The Heart of Buddhism.” It begins at 6:30 p.m. in the East Room. Rahob Rinpoche began his career as the reincarnated head of Rahob Monastery in Tibet at the age of three. In 1952 he began his seven years education at Drepung University in Lhasa. Later after graduating from Varanasi Sanskrit University in India, he spent ten years practicing in the Teravedan tradition in Thailand and seven years teaching and working with Zen and Shingon Masters in Japan. His talk is sponsored by the GMC English Program.
Faculty Colloquium to Focus on
Prof. Jennifer Baker (arts & sciences) discusses the creative process in a faculty colloquium April 21. Her talk, titled “From Inside Out,” begins at noon in Terrace 124. Jen has always thought of herself as a creative artist who informs by the act of conveying meaning to others. This chronicle of the artist’s/scholar’s journey presents her use of varying media, subjects and styles, elucidating themes common in her professional and personal work.
Students Tour Magic Gardens, Learn About Ceramics
Prof. Karen Swyler (art) and four students recently attended the NCECA ceramics conference in Philadelphia, Penn. NCECA is the largest annual ceramics convention in the country promoting education, discourse and opportunities for advancement in the field of ceramic arts. Swyler and her students visited exhibitions throughout the city featuring historical works and works by contemporary artists pushing the boundaries within the field. In the picture, left to right: Toby Kobayashi, Jason Jansen, Karen Swyler, Sarah Gastler and Nicole Horvath at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens – a folk environment, gallery space and non profit organization that showcases the work of mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar.
Green Mountain Jazz Ensemble to Perform
The Green Mountain College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Don Goodman and featuring students and professional community musicians, will perform at Withey Hall on April 26 at 7 p.m. The program will feature works by Sonny Rollins, Thelonius Monk, Benny Golson, Stanley Turrentine and others, covering an array of swing and Latin music. The concert is free and open to the public.
GMC Theater Program to Present One Act Play Festival
The Green Mountain College Theater Program is presenting its One Act Play Festival featuring six American one acts April 30 and May 1 at 7 p.m. and May 2 at 2 p.m. in at the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall in Ackley. Each play will be performed by GMC students, and directed by students and Prof. Paula Mann. The festival is free to students and $5 for the general public; tickets are for sale at the door prior to curtain.
Performances include “Hello Out There,” a William Saroyan play directed by Paula Mann; “Dentity Crisis” by Christopher Durang, directed by Ben Jankowski ‘09; “The Philadelphia” by David Ives, directed by Chad Skiles ‘11; “The Case of the Crushed Petunias” by Tennessee Williams, directed by Tori Sarver ‘11; “Such Things Only Happen in Books” by Thornton Wilder, directed by Lisa Much ‘11; and “Waiting for Lefty” directed by Alley Cadete ‘10.
Alexandra Hilliard ’13 has been accepted in the prestigious Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at San Francisco State University (SFSU) funded by the National Science Foundation. Alexandra was one of just eight fellows selected from over 110 applicants. The ten-week program is open to highly motivated undergraduates who are interested in biological research and who intend to enroll in a Ph.D. program after college. The program exposes students to core concepts of ecology, evolution and developmental biology. REU faculty members represent a broad range of research options and share a strong commitment to working with undergraduates and promoting diversity in the biosciences. Alexandra’s REU mentor will be assistant professor of biology Ravinder Sehgal who is studying the relationship between deforestation and the spread of infectious diseases in African rainforest birds. She will participate in a lab and lecture course at SFSU and conduct an eight-week individual research project. The summer’s activities conclude with a campus-wide research symposium at which Alexandra will present her findings.
This summer the journal Environmental Ethics will publish Prof. Steven Fesmire’s (philosophy and environmental studies) article titled “Ecological Imagination.” Fesmire argues that ecological thinking is fundamentally imaginative, at least in the sense that it requires simulations and projections shaped by metaphors, images, narratives, and semantic frames. A fine-tuned ecological imagination, he says, is a capacity we already count on in our best environmental writers, educators, scientists, and policy analysts. His article explores the nature and function of imagination in deliberation; examines part of the conventional repertoire of English-language metaphors for conceiving ecosystemic interdependence; and contextualizes ecological imagination as a type of relational imagination.
Prof. Bill Prado (management) will lead a professional workshop on “Use of Virtual Environments and other Technologies to Support Experiential Learning of Sustainable Business Practices” at the August Academy of Management (AOM) 2010 Annual Meeting in Montreal. AOM represents the largest organization of management educators, with over 18,000 members from over 100 countries.