Students Organize War “Teach-In”
A group of Green Mountain students have organized an afternoon of music and messages with a “Teach-In” rally for Tuesday, May 1 in front of Withey Hall. The event aims to shed light on U.S. policies in the Middle East, particularly on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Starting at 2 p.m., the afternoon will include talks by guest speakers, Dr. Mansour Farhang, Prof. of International Studies at Bennington College and former Iranian ambassador to the U.N.; Dr. Tom O’Donnell, Prof. of Physics and faculty of Center for Middle East and North African Studies at U. of Michigan; and Mary Brownlow, representative from Building Bridges-Middle East-U.S. The GMC student band, Jomari, will play before and between speakers. Students will also have a petition to sign and will end the day with a drum circle (bring your own drum). For more information, contact GMC student Beth Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest Talk On Leadership
By Larry Bittinger
Adjunct Professor of Resort and Hospitality Management Larry Bittinger will give a talk entitled, “Leadership Applications and the Real World” this Wednesday, May 2, at 2 p.m. in the Dickgiesser Room of Griswold Library. Bittinger is a veteran food and hospitality executive, who served as President and CEO of Minnesota Vikings Food Services LLC and previously as President of Prism Incorporated, a hospitality supply company in Miami and before that as Executive Vice President of International Catering Company in Boston. His talk is open to all.
Students Certified as Green MAP Leaders
Green Mountain Adventure Programs Director Bruce Saxman has announced that four new students have passed the College’s training course for student leaders. Over the spring break, students Nate Higgs, Vanessa Wilcox-Healy, Lisa Gilbert, and Kevin Rockey took part in ALPSS (Adventure Leadership Programming for Students and Staff), GreenMAP's leader training course. The group trekked through two feet of snow that fell during the trip in the Adirondack High Peaks. The training focused on developing instructor level "36 hour skills" (Hygiene, equipment, packing, food, water, shelter), learning effective group and individual assessment methods, designing learning progressions, and group management in the backcountry.
Honors Club Commissions
Assessment with Greening Funds
The Green Mountain College Honors Club has completed the largest Student Campus Greening Fund (SCGF) transaction to date. The club spent $10,000 of campus greening funds for an assessment of the campus heating system. This feasibility study is meant to determine the possibility and cost of a biomass facility at GMC – a long term, multimillion-dollar project. The proposal started as part of a student-designed class project, and the club was formed after the semester to see it through. Introduced to the student body for vote in the spring of 2006, the proposal received overwhelming support, with nearly half of those voting giving it the highest point rating possible. College administrators and students in the club will review the completed assessment to determine next steps. For more information about the Student Campus Greening Fund, contact Corinna Lowe or Jane Engelman, Student Directors.
Crew Works to Rid Campus of Invasive Mustard Plants
Thanks to 106 volunteers (so far) who donated 84 hours, the campus is controlling the invasive Garlic Mustard plants on campus. In the third annual event of its kind, volunteers pulled plants in half of the campus during Earth Week celebrations. In this annual event students, faculty, and alumni alike come out to remove the invasive plant Garlic Mustard. Each year there is a large turnout for the event, supported this year by faculty members Teresa Coker, Steve Fesmire, Sue Sutheimer, Rebecca Purdom, Jim Harding, and Jim Graves, who brought entire classes to volunteer. Crews removed 8789 Garlic Mustard plants, weighing 124 kg. This year, invasive species management work study student Shannon Bonney designed a new strategy for data collection in which the campus was divided into sectors and data was collected for each sector by volunteers. Data will be used to determine the success of the Garlic Mustard control program. Populations of Garlic Mustard were larger along the river this year than in previous years. This invasive plant can reproduce rapidly and is free of herbivores in its new range. Beginning last summer, control efforts were improved through the work of a Natural Areas Crew of students. Again this year, the crew will follow up in late May to find any missed plants. To complete the first sweep of campus, there will be one more Garlic Mustard scheduled for Sunday 5/6 from 10-2. Conditions for pulling are improving daily; so for an enjoyable outdoor experience and to support sustainable land management on campus, contact. Prof. Jim Graves or student Shannon Bonney.
Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau had two poems recently accepted for publication: "Athena," in Albatross, and "The Northern Renaissance," in The Iconoclast. Both will come out in the next few months.
Prof. Susan Sutheimer (Chemistry) has been invited to present a paper at the Fall, 2007 American Chemical Society meeting in Boston this August. She will present a paper for the Symposium on National Science Foundation Catalyzed Innovations in the Undergraduate Curriculum, a part of the Division of Chemical Education program. This symposium is designed to allow award winners of NSF Adaptation and Implementation Grants to report their accomplishments and to inform others considering making curricular changes. Her paper "Enhancing the Undergraduate Laboratory Experience by Combining an Environmental Focus, Instrumental Methods and Service-Learning," will highlight the innovative General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry laboratory curriculum at GMC.
Sutheimer has also been invited to present a paper at the 2007 Conference "Enriching the Academic Experience of College Science Students" which will take place in May at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She will present a paper demonstrating how service-learning enhances courses in the SMET (science, math, engineering and technology) sciences. Her talk "Can Service-Learning Enrich Science Education? " will review work done throughout the US on service-learning in chemistry, physics and biology and highlight the work of Green Mountain College in these areas.