Fulbright Scholar to Speak at GMC
Nobuo Kazashi, a philosopher-activist from Hiroshima, Japan, plans to visit several classes as well as deliver a public lecture entitled “Iraq War as Seen From Hiroshima: DU (depleted uranium) Weapons as the Nuclear Shadow” during his time as GMC guest philosopher November 14 to 16. Prof. Kazashi speaks on Thursday, November 15, at 4 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. The presentation -- slated to include photos and a short documentary video -- will address how DU weapons, made from nuclear waste, are causing irreparable damage to humans and the environment in Iraq.
Nobuo Kazashi, a Professor of Philosophy at Kobe University in Kobe, Japan, is currently a visiting Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University. Prof. Kazashi specializes in contemporary philosophy, American philosophy, and modern Japanese thought. His visit is sponsored by the GMC Speaker’s Bureau and the following academic departments: English, philosophy and communications and environmental studies.
Tibetan Monk and Scholar Visits GMC
Thupten Kalsang Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk and scholar, will speak on "The Bodhisattva Way: Buddhism's Compassionate Path" on Thursday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. At the age of three, Thupten Kalsang Rinpoche was recognized as a tulku (reincarnated, exalted teacher). He studied at Rahob Monastery in eastern Tibet, at Drepung Monastic University in Lhasa, Tibet, and at Varanasi University in India. He has also studied many other traditions, including Japanese Zen Buddhism and Theravadin Buddhism. Now the director of the Rahob Dharma Center of the Berkshires, Thupten Kalsang Rinpoche has been a member of several translation committees and has taught classes at Harvard University, Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts.
Portrait Series Opens at Feick Arts Center
An exhibit from photographer Christine Triebert opens at the Feick Arts Center on Wednesday, November 14, with a reception from 1 to 5 p.m. Triebert is a three-time recipient of the International Golden Light Award for her landscape photography. Her images have been published internationally as notecards, calendars, posters and prints. Before establishing herself as a fine art photographer, Chris had a long career in design, working in both the education and consumer markets. The exhibit at Feick Arts Center features her Vermont portrait series.
Wellness Fair in Withey Hall
On November 15, Withey Hall hosts a Wellness Fair sponsored by the Bozen Wellness Center. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., students, faculty and staff are invited to peruse natural products for sampling or purchase as well as enjoy healthy snacks free of charge. Mini- treatments of chair massage, Reiki and Bowen therapy will be offered. There will also be smoking cessation hints from Rutland Regional Medical Center and a carbon monoxide breath monitor. The fair is free and open to the public. The wellness fair coincides with the date of the Great American Smokeout, a national event organized to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco and to provide support to smokers ready to quit.
GMC Student Participates in National Web Conference
GMC senior Jane Engelman is one of four students to be featured in a National Wildlife Federation web conference called “Engaging Students in Climate Sustainability – A Campus Affair.” The conference, part of the Campus Ecology greener campus series, is scheduled for November 15. According to the National Wildlife Federation, the series is an opportunity to hear from leaders on conservation and sustainability topics. Engelman plans to discuss student engagement in environmental sustainability initiatives. In addition to Engelman, the following speakers will also participate: Ted Lewis from Cy-Fair College, Frank Barros from the Berkshire School and Liz Veazey from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
College and Community Concert Band to Perform
The Green Mountain College and Community Concert Band will perform their annual fall concert on Friday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium. Conducted by music professor James Cassarino, the band will perform works by a diverse assortment of composers, including John Dowland, Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Aaron Copeland and Eubie Blake. The band includes GMC students, staff and members of the local community. The concert is free and open to the public.
GMC Hosts Community Conversation
All students, faculty and staff are invited to the fall 2007 Whole Community Conversation on Wednesday, November 14, at 3 p.m. in the Gorge. Participants will be asked to share ideas about how to continue to improve Green Mountain College. Refreshments will be served.
Business Office Revises Refund Policy
As of November 1, the business office will process refunds on those eligible accounts if the funds are received by noon on each Wednesday for pick-up of a check after 1 p.m. on Friday of the same week. Any available refunds after the noon cut-off will not be processed until the following week. For the spring term, the earliest refunds will be processed is February 1, 2008.
Co-op Organizational Meeting on Tap
A meeting about organizing a cooperative community foods market in Poultney will be held on Wednesday, November 14, at 7 p.m. in the Poultney High School library. Anyone interested in getting involved or learning more about efforts to get the co-op started should attend. For more information, contact Emily Aronowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sweatshirt Sale at GMC Bookstore
A "secret sale" at the GMC Bookstore begins Wednesday, November 14. Purchase crewneck sweatshirts at two for $20 while supplies last. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts. For more information, call the bookstore at x8231.
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Prof. Tom Stuessy (recreation & outdoor studies) was elected to serve as the vice-president of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) during this year's annual conference, held in Asheville, North Carolina, from November 1 to 3. At the conference Tom presented with Paul Nicolazzo on the issues and opportunities surrounding outdoor leadership instruction in higher education. As a result of the presentation, Tom will be championing a discussion between colleges, certification entities and land managers in an effort to create a nationally recognized core skill set among outdoor leadership academic programs, which will be designed to integrate education, human and outdoor skill competencies.
Bruce Saxman, Director of Involvement, Leadership, & Adventure Programs, and GreenMAP Leaders Tom Barry, Alex Scholtz, Bob Brody, Kevin Rockey, Jenna Calvi, and Matt Enos attended the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, from November 1 to 3. Bruce co-presented "Repetitive Use Paddling Injuries: Prevention and Treatment"; Alex Scholtz interviewed and was hired as an intern at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado; and Bob Brody earned his Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification from the American Canoe Association. Tom Barry and Jenna Calvi received AORE student scholarships to the conference.
Prof. Will Hobbs (recreation & outdoor studies) presented his latest research findings at the 21st Annual National Conference for the Association for Outdoor Recreation & Education in Asheville, North Carolina, in a talk entitled "Moving beyond competencies, seeking the exceptional: A Delphi study of highly effective leadership in outdoor adventure programs." His research is geared towards examining the zenith of leadership and exploring the evolution and blending of key elements of leadership, paying particular attention to the authenticity, moral character, and vision of the leader.