Will Raap of Gardener's Supply Company
to Speak During Graduate Residency
The campus community is invited to the lecture "From Global Warming to Global Greening -- Opportunities in and imperative of entrepreneurship on the intersection of economy and ecology" by Will Raap at Green Mountain College on Friday, September 21, at 3 p.m. in the Eastroom of Withey Hall.
Raap's presentation is part of a 4-day residency at Green Mountain College, during which he will work with graduate students in the College's MBA program. He will lead discussions about the opportunities and challenges associated with effective sustainable business organizations and careers.
Will Raap founded Gardener's Supply in 1983 after an accomplished career with many major corporations. Raap is chairman of the Board for the Intervale Foundation, and he sits on the boards of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Vermont Partnership for Environmental Technology and Science, Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Council and Living Technologies, Inc.
Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Research Project Begins
You may have seen a white Toyota Prius with the “plug 'n go” logo parked in front of Pollock over the past two weeks and wondered what it's all about. The vehicle is part of a joint research project between Green Mountain College and Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) to investigate the performance of plug-in hybrid vehicles here in Vermont. Prof. Steven Letendre is overseeing the project.
The car, outfitted with a plug to allow charging from an electrical outlet, uses state-of-the-art lithium ion battery technology to replace a heavy inefficient battery. This allows the car to travel longer distances on electricity from the power grid. The car's performance data will be collected and analyzed by Letendre and student research assistant, Darryl Bray '11.
Prof. Jennifer Sellers will be the first Green Mountain employee to drive the vehicle. Sellers will drive the vehicle back and forth to Poultney from her home in Middlebury, about 45 miles each way. Later in the project, a GMC employee who lives closer to Poultney will test the vehicle to help better understand how the length of a daily commute impacts the fuel economy of the plug 'n go hybrid.
Wellness Center Hosts Open House
GMC's Bozen Wellness Center staff will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, September 19, from 3 - 5:30 p.m. Learn about the wellness initiatives that are offered on campus and get to know the staff. Complimentary chair massage, light refreshments, and door prizes will be offered.
James Martin to Give First
Thomas L. Benson Lecture
The man who Computerworld Magazine once ranked as the 4th most influential individual in the world of computer science will give the inaugural presentation of the Thomas L. Benson Lecture Series at Green Mountain College this fall. Dr. James Martin, a world-renowned visionary on the social and economic impact of computers and technology, will give a talk entitled "The Meaning of the 21st Century" on Thursday evening, September 27 at 6 p.m. in Ackley Theatre. This is Martin’s second visit to campus. In 2002, he gave the Commencement address and was awarded an honorary doctorate.
The Benson Lecture Series, named in honor of former Green Mountain College president, Thomas L. Benson, aims to bring visionary speakers of national and international significance to the College campus. Benson was president from 1994-2002 and was the architect of the College’s environmental liberal arts mission.
The James Martin lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-287-8300.
NYC Actress & Performance Artist Abigail Nessen Returns to GMC
New York actress and performance artist Abigail Nessen will be returning to Green Mountain College to present the world premiere of her new one-woman show titled "Barefoot Angels." There will be one performance only on Tuesday, September 25, at 8:30 p.m. in The Gorge of Withey Hall. This is a benefit event to raise funds for City Year Louisiana's program to assist newly reopened public schools in New Orleans.
"Barefoot Angels" is an original work written and performed by Nessen that explores the events of Hurricane Katrina and the eruption of the volcano of Santa Ana. Viewers will be transported from Afghanistan to El Salvador to deep Louisiana through music as diverse as gospel and Central American hip-hop. Ms. Nessen has a chameleon-like gift for amazing transformations as an actress. In this, her newest work, she portrays six different characters living all over the world, through profound writing and virtuoso acting and singing.
Admission is free, with voluntary donations for City Year Louisiana gladly accepted at the door. After the performance, the audience will be invited to a reception featuring complimentary coffee, tea, and world famous beignet pastries from the famed Cafe du Monde in New Orleans' French Quarter.
Prof. Paula Mann (visual & performing arts) will be playing the role of "Avis" in the upcoming production of the play A Body of Water by contemporary playwright Lee Blessing, being presented by the Oldcastle Theatre Company in Bennington, Vermont. The play will open Sept. 21 and play through October 7. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays. There are 2 p.m. matinees on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For tickets call the Bennington Center for the Arts 802-442-7158 or the Oldcastle Theatre Company 802-447-0564.
Prof. Steve Letendre is working with researchers at the University of Vermont Transportation Center (UTC) to study the potential grid impacts of plug-in vehicles in Vermont. The state's leading utilities and the UTC are funding the project which began in July. The first report was recently released and includes a survey of the literature and a proposed methodology for the study.