On October 27, Welsh bard Grahame Davies visits Green Mountain College for a performance with poet Gary Lindorff and musician Doug Norford. “Poetry from Wales and Other Deep Places” begins at 7 p.m. in the Gorge.
Davies is a Welsh poet, novelist, editor and literary critic who has won numerous prizes, including the Wales Book of the Year Award. He is the author of 12 books in Welsh and English, including The Chosen People, a study of the relationship of the Welsh and Jewish peoples, a novel, Everything Must Change, about the French philosopher Simone Weil, and the popular work of psychogeography, Real Wrexham. A native of Wrexham, now based in Cardiff, Davies is an honorary fellow at Cardiff University and a fellow of Goodenough College, London.
Joining him for the evening will be local poet Gary Lindorff, bringing his unique brand of ecstatic poetry from his recent manuscript, "A Bee's Shadow." Local musician Doug Norford will provide ambient sound with a collection of instruments both traditional and of his own invention. Welsh-inspired refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by the Green Mountain College Speaker's Bureau; the theater, English and communications departments; the Chaplain's Office; and the Welsh Heritage Program.
Religious Leaders to Host Interfaith Dialogue
On October 29, GMC's world religions class hosts an interfaith dialogue titled "Hospitality: Uncovering Our Common Ground in Judaism, Christianity and Islam." The dialogue begins at 1 p.m. in the East Room. It features a panel of speakers including Rabbi Doug Weber, Imam Djafer Sebkhaoui and Father William Davidson, and concludes with a 45 minute question and answer period. The event is sponsored by the GMC Chaplain's office, the provost's office and the dean of the faculty.
Wild Buffalo the Focus of Upcoming Talk from Author Steven Rinella
In 2005, author Steve Rinella won one of only 24 permits issued that year to hunt wild buffalo in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds, he “managed to kill an animal and raft the meat back to civilization while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia.” American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon chronicles his adventure and tells the story of “the many ways in which the buffalo has shaped our national identity.”
GMC welcomes Rinella for a public lecture November 4 at 7 p.m. in the East Room. He will discuss American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, which has been called “a fascinating piece of outdoor writing and a gonzo meditation on the history of the mighty beast in our national life.” His previous book is titled A Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine. Rinella is a correspondent for Outside magazine and has written for publications including The New Yorker, the New York Times, Salon.com and Glamour. More…
Buckley Garners Conference Player
of the Week Honor
GMC senior Emma Buckley was named North Atlantic Conference Player of the Week following her performance in two conference matches the weekend of October 17. Buckley powered Green Mountain College to a pair of 3-0 NAC victories tallying 33 kills, 11 digs and six service aces. Against Lyndon State College, she totaled 19 kills, nine digs, and a pair of blocks and added 14 kills, two digs and five aces against Johnson State College.
GMC Men’s Soccer Alum Named Goalkeeper Coach for Sky Blue FC
Former Green Mountain College men's soccer standout Rick Stainton Jr. has been named goalkeeper coach for Sky Blue Football Club, the defending Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league champion. The announcement was made October 14 at the Sky Blue headquarters in Somerset, N.J.
A 1998 GMC graduate, Stainton was a standout two-sport athlete in men's soccer and lacrosse. During his senior season, Staiton claimed the starting goalkeeper position for the Eagles, leading the squad to a NAIA Regional Championship and a berth in the National Tournament. Stainton served as head coach of the women’s soccer program at GMC for the 2003 season. He has also coached at Caldwell College, Rider University and for the professional New Jersey Wildcats. More…
Chartwells Dining Service at Green Mountain College has been recognized for outstanding community relations, corporate responsibility and more by Compass Group, the foodservice management company. On behalf of GMC, dining services director Dave Ondria accepted the 2009 Be-A-Star Account of the Year Award for the Northeast Region at an awards ceremony at Eastern Connecticut State University October 15. Be-A-Star is Compass Group's program to recognize associates and teams for achieving their sector's business initiatives with excellence. Three placings are awarded for each of the five stars in the program and each star focuses on a different area of business excellence. The GMC unit took two first places and a third place in three out of the first four stars. The fifth star was won by being named Regional Account of the Year.
Some of the accomplishments cited for the award include: eliminating wasteful practices by operating a successful recycling and composting program; partnering with the College farm to serve local produce; attending the Terra Madre Conference in Italy; supporting the community through the Annual Rotary Dinner and the April Fools Cook-Off, and providing customers with healthy food options and nutritional information.
Raptors Descend on the Gorge
for VINS Visit
On October 18, the GMC Pre-Med Club sponsored a visit from the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), a non-profit education, research and wildlife rehabilitation center in Quechee, Vt. The program ran for an hour in the Gorge and was attended by over 70 community members, faculty, staff and students. VINS educator Noella Girard talked about VINS raptor programs and introduced the group to the birds. She provided information about their habitat, hunting habits and capabilities, migration and threats to their populations. She brought with her three live exhibits: a Great-horned owl, an American kestrel and a Red-tailed hawk.
Meathead Films to Host Ski Movie Screening
Burlington-based Meathead Films will screen their new ski film, Wild Stallions, on October 27 at 8 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium. The film premiered in Burlington September 25 and is now on a tour that includes more than 60 stops across the northeast. Meathead Films is “dedicated to creating innovative movies based exclusively in the East” that are "helping audiences re-imagine the possibilities that lie in the mountains of the Northeastern United States and Canada.” At the GMC screening, sponsored by GreenMAP, there will be a raffle and chances to win free gear.
Gorge to Host Whole Community Conversation
Faculty, staff and students are invited to a Whole Community Conversation on November 4 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Gorge. The conversation will focus on ways the GMC community can further strengthen social, economic and environmental dimensions of campus sustainability. Recent sustainability successes will also be discussed.
On October 25, seven GMC students completed winter ski trail prep of a five mile stretch of the Catamount Trail from Route 4 to the Bucklin Trail as a service learning project. Prof. Thayer Raines (youth development & camp management) and Andrew Harper, trail chief of Section 12 for the Catamount Trail Association (CTA), coordinated the project. Pictured are (from L to R): Kevin McCormick, Sean Smith, Tahni Maharaj, John Sinclair, Andrew O'Neill, Samantha Connor, and Emily Ross.
On October 10, Prof. James Cassarino (music) presented a lecture to thirty German organists on the history of the 1928 Ernest Skinner pipe organ at Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland. The group of parish, cathedral and university organists were on a tour of the East Coast and invited Cassarino to present a demonstration of the organ in Rutland.
Prof. Mark Dailey (anthropology) had an article published in the current issue of ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. The article, "Rural Resiliency: Sources of Sustainability in the Chinese Countryside," is based on a paper Mark presented at last year's ASIANetwork Conference in Lisle, Ill., and relates to upcoming ethnobotany research Mark will be conducting in southern China during a spring 2010 sabbatical. Download the article.
Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology) gave a talk titled "Open-Source GIS - A Balancing Act Between a Wampeter and Saltpeter" at the Vermont Center for Geographic Information Roundtable meeting held in Fairlee, Vt.