College Receives $100,000 Grant for Bentley Hall Restoration
The College took another big step last week towards acquiring funds to refurbish Bentley Hall, the stately Queen Anne-Colonial Revival house owned by GMC that stands at the corner of College St. and Bentley Ave. The College received a $100,000 grant from the Preservation Trust of Vermont’s Village Revitalization Initiative towards interior work in Bentley.
“These grants do more than ensure the stability and aesthetics of a building, they also open these buildings to the public and help to keep our villages healthy,” said U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, who announced the grant on Tuesday.
The College has already invested in roof repair, landscaping and site cleanup. “Completion of Bentley project will not only preserve a real architectural jewel in Poultney, but give the College and the town a much needed venue for community meetings, seminars, and retreats,” said GMC president Paul Fonteyn. “This is very much a town/gown collaboration.” The project has received support from Poultney Village, The Poultney Downtown Revitalization Committee, and the Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce.
Storytelling Duo to Perform
in the Gorge
On October 6, at 7 p.m. in the Gorge, Green Mountain College presents long-time Vermont storytellers Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder. Tim and Leanne will be performing stories from their upcoming CD, "The King and the Thrush: Tales of Goodness and Greed," along with traditional Celtic music on harp and concertina.
Winners of several national awards, featured artists at Clearwater Festival, The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, and the Toronto International Storytelling Festival, Jennings and Ponder are generally recognized as being among the foremost American interpreters of traditional folk tales working today.
"The King and the Thrush" was made possible in part by a creation grant from the Vermont Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Read more about Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder.
Study Abroad Spring ’10: Brunnenburg Castle
Food, folklore and literature will be the focus of a spring study abroad program at Brunnenburg Castle in the Italian Alps. The 16-credit semester, led by Prof. Mitchell LesCarbeau (English), begins March 1 and ends May 31. Students live, work and study at Brunnenburg Castle, a renowned study center operated by the family of poet Ezra Pound.
Course offerings will include: Agroarchaeology, a history and folklore of agriculture; Food, Culture & Land: A European Perspective, focused on the cultural importance of food and food preparation to European culture; Saints and Heroes, a study of Medieval iconography and literature; Literature & Myth, a course focused on mythic elements in various works of literature, and a course on the poetry of Ezra Pound, taught by his daughter. Learn more about the 2008 GMC block course hosted by Brunnenburg Castle.
Application Deadline: October 16
Interviews: October 20 – 24
Selection Deadline: November 1
Applications are available from Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau.
Students Certified as Rock Climbing Instructors
The adventure education block semester recently attended a training hosted by the Professional Climbing Instructor Association in Acadia National Park. The week long clinic was designed to train and certify rock climbing instructors. Each of the students successfully completed the program and a number were certified as "Base-Managed Top-Rope Site Instructors.”
“Barefoot in Nagoya”: A GMC Student Blog
Follow along with the adventures of communications major Dan Riley as he spends a year in Japan at Nagoya University. Dan has created a blog, titled “Barefoot in Nagoya,” where he posts photos, videos and stories about his experiences. Nagoya University, considered one of the Japanese “Ivies,” is the latest addition to GMC’s exchange partner institutions. Read the "Barefoot in Nagoya" blog.
Fiber Art Exhibit to Open at Feick
“Homelands” is the theme for an exhibit featuring fiber art from Wales, to open at Green Mountain College’s Feick Fine Arts Center October 12.
An artist reception for the exhibit from the group Fibre Art Wales will be held October 16 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Artists Alison Mercer (stitched textiles) and Helen Foroughi (tapestry weaving) will host demonstrations and a gallery talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit coincides with GMC’s Welsh Harvest Festival, an annual event at Cerridwen Farm that celebrates the region’s rich Welsh heritage. This year, the festival is on October 17.
First Open Stage in Coffee House this Week
The Green Mountaineers will host an Acoustic Open Stage at the Coffee House October 6 at 7 p.m. Future open stages will be held each semester on the first Tuesday of the month. The event is open to students, faculty and staff.
Students to Host Summer Internship Presentations
The GMC Environmental Studies Department invites the college community to the first evening of summer internship presentations. Students are presenting October 8 from 6 - 8:15 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. An announcement will go out detailing the schedule and list of topics.
Learning Center Sponsors New Study Groups
The Calhoun Learning Center announces several new study groups for the fall semester. The schedule is as follows:
FACULTY, STAFF & STUDENT NOTES
Prof. James Cassarino (music) is pleased to announce the completion of the 1928 Skinner pipe organ restoration at Trinity Church in Rutland. Cassarino oversaw the $150,000 project that included his guidance on the tonal work, placement of pipes and voicing distribution. In addition to the existing instrument, he assisted in the design of the new gallery organ that sits in the church balcony. The dedication recital will take place October 11 at 3:30 p.m. It is open to the public.
Prof. Paula Mann (theater) is performing in "Third," a play at the Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington. The play, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Wendy Wasserstein, is about college life and deals with profiling, plagiarism and political correctness in a witty and poignant style. The play runs from October 2 through October 11. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Discounted GMC faculty tickets of $24 are available for Saturday nights.
GMC student Keith Drinkwine and Prof. Lucas Brown (environmental studies) co-presented the poster "Green Mountain College - Combined Heat and Power - Following the Flows." The poster illustrates the life cycle of the fuel sources required to heat and power the campus at three time scales: existing, climate neutral, and beyond.
Amber Garrard, GMC Sustainability Coordinator, gave a presentation on the development of the GMC Climate Action Plan. She discussed the ten classes involved in the preparation of the plan and the importance of service learning and an interdisciplinary approach to its success.