2009 Commencement Week at GMC
Green Mountain College will celebrate its 172nd Commencement on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. on the Griswold Library lawn. Vermont Representative Peter Welch will deliver the commencement address. Graduates of the College's MBA and MSES programs will also receive degrees.
Schedule of Events
Faculty & Staff: Please pick up brunch and luncheon tickets by the end of the day today. For faculty, see Shelby Phillips in Dunton Hall. For staff, see Michelle Bersaw in Withey Hall.
Regalia may be picked up from the GMC Bookstore in Withey Hall. The bookstore is open until 4:30 p.m. May 15 and will reopen May 16 at 8:30 a.m. Please return regalia to the bookstore after the commencement ceremony.
Vermont Representative Peter Welch to Deliver Green Mountain College's Commencement Address
Vermont Representative Peter Welch will deliver the commencement address at Green Mountain College’s 172nd graduation ceremony on May 16 at 10 a.m. on the Griswold Library lawn. Rep. Welch will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.
“It is a great honor to have Representative Welch as our speaker,” said Green Mountain College President Paul Fonteyn. “His commitment to education, social justice, and interest in finding creative solutions to our energy needs will be an inspiration to our students.”
Also receiving an honorary degree at commencement will be National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist Dr. Kenneth Sherman. More…
‘Green Mountain Hotshots’ Fight Fire, Pass Exam
To learn to fight wildfires and to qualify for a Red Card, entry level firefighters must complete 32 hours of class work and a field training day. This spring, 10 GMC students associated with the Forestry Club enrolled instead in an innovative online course hosted by the National Fire Academy and coordinated by Prof. Ron Steffens (communications), who works summers as a fire manager and firefighter for the National Park Service.
While the online course instructs and tests all the knowledge required of the traditional classroom-taught course, every introductory firefighting course requires a Field Day. So on April 27, a smaller group of the online students traveled to a prescribed burn managed by the Green Mountain National Forest. The four students and Steffens practiced basic fireline safety and firefighting techniques, led by members of the Green Mountain National Forest who were managing the Mayo Meadow burn southwest of Rochester, Vt.
When the prescribed fire threatened to cross its pre-determined boundaries, the fire crews transitioned into a more active holding team. The GMC students, earning the nickname of the "Green Mountain Hotshots," used fire rakes and backpack water pumps and went to work -- controlling, holding, and patrolling about 15 chains (1,000 feet) of fireline.
For their final exam the students practiced the 10 standard firefighting orders. The final lasted all day, was smokier then most, and all students passed.
GMC Athletes Nab Host of NAC Spring Awards
GMC’s spring athletes have garnered a number of post-season accolades from the North Atlantic Conference, including several team sportsmanship awards and a Coach of the Year honor.
Sophomore women’s lacrosse athletes Amanda Malkin and Celie Dagesse were named to the NAC All-Conference first team along with the doubles tennis team of Chirstin Louras and Mark Lundeen.
Men’s lacrosse junior Max Talsky joined women’s lacrosse freshman Kelsy Allan, senior Amanda Jeffers, and sophomore Corey Gilbert on the second team. Junior Katie Jablonski was named to the softball second team.
The men's tennis and men’s lacrosse teams were awarded the 2009 Sportsmanship Award in their respective sports while men’s tennis coach Rob Purdy was honored with the NAC tennis Coach of the Year Award. Purdy guided his team to a fourth place finish in conference play and a berth in the NAC post-season tournament.
Students Write Op-Eds for Regional & National Publications
As part of a semester long project, Prof. Paul Falzone’s (communications) persuasion class collected and responded to a variety of news articles by writing letters to the editor. Publications included: Amberlee Miller in the Rutland Herald, New York Post, Albany Times Union, Eagle Tribune and Boston Globe, Arden Gustitus in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Kevin Hart in the Burlington Free Press, and Amanda Matznick, Jackie Steponaitis and Dusan Vuksanovic in the Rutland Herald. The following are some selected letters:
"Possibility for Peace from Out of the Blue"
Rutland Herald, Feb. 13, 2009
"Products Taint Vermont Image"
Rutland Herald, Feb. 20, 2009
"Hovering Can Be Smothering"
Boston Globe, March 6, 2009
"Cutting Road Salt has its Benefits"
Albany Times Union, March 6, 2009
GMC 2009 Annual Report Garners Bronze Award
Green Mountain College’s Annual Report, mailed this winter to alumni and friends of the College, was recently awarded a bronze medal by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s 2009 Circle of Excellence Awards Program. GMC’s entry, produced by the College’s communications and alumni offices, was one of 13 award winners among 118 entries from colleges and universities worldwide. The CASE award was given in the category of Individual Institutional Relations Publications.
GMC Hosts High School Math Competition
Ten high school students from Poultney and West Rutland participated in the third annual Slate Valley Math Competition on April 30 at Green Mountain College. Prof. Jim Wright (math) and area business owner and retired high school math teacher Brian Festa organized the event. The students solved problems ranging from arithmetic to geometry to algebra and all were recognized for their performance with prizes awarded to the two highest scoring teams and individuals.
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Prof. Teresa Coker (environmental education) presented GMC’s environmental education program at the fifth World Environmental Education Congress in Montreal, Canada, on May 11. She presented as part of a panel that included colleagues from a national environmental education advisory council on pre-service teacher education.
Christina Fabrey, Director of the Calhoun Learning Center, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). She will serve as vice president of member and volunteer services. IAAC is a professional organization that was formed to define, support, and protect the integrity of the profession of AD/HD coaching in the United States and beyond, and to provide continuing education, credentialing, certification and ethical standards for AD/HD coaching.
Prof. Karen Swyler (art) exhibited her work in the show "Made in Clay 2009" at Greenwich House Pottery from April 3 - 30. Her work is included in the Baltimore Clayworks exhibition "Spoon it! Fork it! Cut it up!" which runs from April 25 - May 30. She also recently gave a visiting artist lecture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Over the summer Karen will have work in two shows: The first, titled "Functional Art," is at Celadon Gallery in Water Mill, N.Y. The three person exhibition with Aysha Peltz and Angela Fina runs from June 19 - July 13. The second is a two person show: "Pat Swyler & Karen Swyler: Mother/Daughter" at m.t. Burton Gallery in Surf City, New Jersey from June 27 - July 22 with an opening reception June 27 from 6-9 p.m. In conjunction with this show Karen will give a demonstration on wheel throwing and altering porcelain vessels on June 27.