"Mad Sheep" Author to Speak at GMC
Linda Faillace, author of Mad Sheep: The True Story of the USDA’s War on a Family Farm, is slated to speak at Green Mountain College on Thursday, October 25, at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. Linda is visiting the college along with her husband, Larry, as part of the Family Farm Forum speaker series. Faillace’s book details the family’s attempt to save their flock of sheep from destruction at the hands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture after it was alleged the animals carried a disease similar to Mad Cow Disease. After months of surveillance, government agents seized the flock. Publisher Chelsea Green calls Mad Sheep an "account of one family’s struggle against a bullying and corrupt government agency that long ago abandoned the family farmer to serve the needs of corporate agriculture and the industrialization of our food supply." The Faillaces live in East Warren, Vermont. The event is co-sponsored by GMC’s Family Farm Forum and Chelsea Green Publishing.
Celebrate Campus Sustainability Day
Green Mountain College celebrates Campus Sustainability Day Wednesday, October 24. The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) annually promotes Campus Sustainability Day, and this year GMC will be celebrating our own sustainability initiatives through a short series of presentations, discussions, and recognitions. The event will start with a 12 p.m. webcast in the Dickgiesser Room (space is limited) featuring Bill McKibben and other presenters. The event will continue in Withey Hall at 2:30 p.m. with a special presentation on GMC’s sustainability program. It will conclude with an opportunity for campus community members to recognize one another for our contributions to Green Mountain’s reputation as a leader in environmental sustainability. Come join the webcast, celebrate Green Mountain’s recent Sustainability Leadership Award, and recognize each other for “walking the talk.”
Local Harvest Events Continue
The Local Harvest series continues with local food featured in the dining hall on three upcoming Wednesdays. On October 24 and November 7, diners may choose locally-sourced meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On November 14, a Thanksgiving dinner created from local foods will be served. To volunteer to help prepare food for the Local Harvest events, email Jesse Pyles.
Greening Fund Meeting This Week
A meeting for students submitting proposals to the Student Campus Greening Fund will be held on Thursday, October 25, at 12:30 p.m. in the Yes Coffeehouse. Students who are already working proposals as well as students interested in learning more about the opportunity are invited to attend. Every year, students vote to allocate money from the greening fund for campus environmental initiatives. The draft deadline for grant proposals is November 1. The final deadline is November 15. This year’s voting begins December 3; grants are announced December 13. Email Jane Engelman or Jesse Pyles for more information.
Guitarist Will Bernard to
Perform at the Gorge
Guitarist and composer Will Bernard performs on Wednesday, October 24, at 9 p.m. in the Gorge. A long-time San Francisco Bay area musician, Bernard first began playing and recording internationally through Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble. Since then he has been involved in groups ranging from jazz and hip hop to world music and experimental music. “If Four Was One,” an album recorded with the group T.J. Kirk, earned Bernard a Grammy nomination in 1997.
Poultney Clean-Up This Weekend
The annual Poultney roadside clean-up, sponsored by GMC’s Bio/Enviro Club, is Saturday, October 27. The group plans to meet in Ames Circle at noon. Local refreshments will be provided. The goal for the trip is to clean up Route 30 in Poultney. All are welcome to help out.
Prof. Karen Swyler (fine arts) currently has her work featured in a trio of exhibitions in different parts of the country. Her work is included in a group exhibition titled "Form + Abstraction" at LaCoste Gallery in Concord, Massachusetts. The show opens October 20 and runs through November 20. From October 19 to November 24, Karen’s work can also be seen in "For the Table" at Santa Fe Clay in New Mexico. This group show features tableware and centerpieces. "Mastery in Clay: 2007" at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the third venue to feature Karen’s work. This annual benefit exhibition and silent auction features pieces by more than 150 American ceramic artists. It closes on October 21.
Prof. Steven Letendre (management & environmental studies) will deliver a lecture at Castleton State College entitled Sustainable Mobility: Exploring the Options on Thursday, October 25. Letendre’s presentation will provide an overview of inevitable changes to human mobility, with an emphasis on ways to reduce negative social and environmental implications. Hybrid and electric vehicle technologies will be discussed, along with options to use biofuels such as biodiesel and waste vegetable oil for transportation. Letendre’s lecture is part of Castleton’s Soundings: An Introduction to the Liberal Arts program.