MBA Scholar in Residence to Host Public Talk Friday
The fall’s Voices for Sustainability lecture series wraps up September 18 with a talk from Bruce Piasecki, the scholar in residence for GMC’s MBA program. The talk, titled "Creating Possibility in a Swift and Severe Century," begins at 10:45 a.m. in the Gorge. Piasecki's most recent book, World Inc., “examines a new phenomenon in socially responsible capitalism, one that looks to business instead of government to solve society’s problems.” Piasecki is the president and founder of AHC Group, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in energy, materials, and environmental corporate matters. The Voices for Sustainability lecture series also featured World Without Us author Alan Weisman and author and activist Lois Marie Gibbs.
GMC Recognized by Nature for Sustainability Efforts
Green Mountain College’s sustainability initiatives are featured in an upcoming issue of the journal Nature. The story quotes GMC President Paul Fonteyn discussing the planned biomass facility, and includes statistics regarding expected carbon emission and cost savings. Institutions from across the country that have signed on to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment are profiled in the article. Read the story in the journal Nature.
Religion Students Visit Mosque, Plan Interfaith Dialogue
From mosques and Jewish centers to Hindu temples, GMC students in two of Prof. Mary Jane Maxwell’s (history & religious studies) classes are learning about world religions through experience and ongoing dialogue. Recent field trips have taken them to places of worship in Albany and Rutland, and upcoming events promise to bring religious leaders to campus. Read more...
Career Services Welcomes Alum
as Assistant Director
It is a pleasure to announce that GMC alum Tammy Bender will be re-joining the Green Mountain College community as assistant director of career services. Tammy graduated summa cum laude in 2008, receiving her degree in psychology. While a student, she worked in the career office for three years and was instrumental in many facets of the department. Tammy was also a research assistant and teaching assistant in the psychology department, and an outreach coordinator to the wellness center. In addition, she was president of the Writers Club, chief editor of Reverie, a mentor with the Poultney Partners Mentoring Club, and a participant in the Horace Greeley Writers Symposium. A native of Newport News, Virginia, Tammy has been working at Ferguson Enterprises since 2008.
GMC Club Attends Summit
A delegation from Green Mountain College’s International Awareness Club joined student leaders from 34 colleges and universities from across the country at UNICEF’s first Campus Initiative Leadership Summit in New York City June 19 - 21.
The GMC delegation included Olesea Cojohari, Orlane Monga, Wai Phyo Myint, Brenda Nsambu and Romina Ramos. The summit trained young leaders to advocate for children dying from preventable causes, which is one of the UNICEF’s major projects, known as “Zero Project.” UNICEF’s country specialists presented country reports and hosted workshops to improve participants’ skills in leadership, organizing, fundraising and membership. Institutions represented at the summit include Yale University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley and Georgetown University.
Performance Artist to Take the Stage in the Gorge
GMC welcomes Mary Fons on Thursday, September 17, for a performance titled “Paper Girl.” It begins at 9 p.m. in the Gorge. Mary, an Iowa native, has been writing and performing her poetry and other solo works around the country for the better part of six years. She has been the featured performer in over 30 poetry slam venues, including locations in New York City, Berkeley, Kalamazoo, Minneapolis, Boston and Seattle.
Check Website for H1N1 Flu Updates
The College is monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College Health Association on the H1N1 Flu. While this flu does not appear to cause more serious illness than seasonal ones, it is highly contagious and around 2,000 cases have been confirmed in colleges and universities in the U.S. As the flu season progresses, the Wellness Center will be posting updates on Twitter and on the web.
Wellness Center Program Schedule
Belly dancing, African dance, massage therapy sessions and more will be offered this fall through the Wellness Center, now located at 38 College Street. Most programs are free and open to the public. Click here for a complete fall program calendar.
Waldron Pool Hosts Community Swim
Waldron Pool will be hosting community swim hours through the fall semester. The pool is open from 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday - Friday for members of the Green Mountain College and Poultney communities to use. There is no charge for swimming.
Prof. Jacob Park (business strategy and sustainability) has been appointed Page Legacy Scholar at the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn State University for the 2009-2010 academic year. As part of his non-residential academic appointment, he receives a research grant to work on a discussion paper/book chapter on the various strategies used by private companies to engage and communicate with their stakeholders in terms of the climate change issue.
Sculptor and adjunct professor Romy Scheroder participated in a number of group exhibitions over the summer. Recent or upcoming exhibitions include: The Chaffee Art Center in Rutland, Vt.; Vermont representative in the “50 Artists, 50 States, 50 Mediums” exhibition at the Eclipse Gallery in Wisconsin; “Cultural Memory: Transdiasporic Art Practices” at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago; “Globe Dye Works: Layers” at the Globe Dye Works in Philadelphia; “Preparations: Artists' Sketchbooks and Journals” at The State University of New York Brockport and traveling to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and “Inspired by Stories” at the Sullivan Museum at Norwich University, Vt.
Prof. Joel Shapiro (education) presented a paper in July at the International Association on Special Education at their biennial conference. The conference was held at the University of Alicante, Spain. The four-day conference hosted over 500 university professors and others involved in research and delivery of special educational services from all over the world.