Alum Helping Students Reach Higher Education Goals
Shawn Henry ’10, an educational specialist for the Police Athletic League I.S. 218 Beacon Center in Brooklyn, recently shared some photos (see above) of potential GMCers. Shawn is responsible for planning and implementing educational, leadership, job readiness activities and special events for adolescents. He co-developed the Beacon Scholar program which is aimed at helping students and their families start the process of college exploration. The Police Athletic League I.S. 218 Beacon Center provides children and families with concrete and supportive services in a welcome environment that will enrich their lives socially, culturally and educationally.



Cerridwen Farm set to Receive $93,000 Grant
Green Mountain College’s Farm & Food Project has received a $93,000 grant from the California-based Yavanna Foundation. The funding will be used to further develop the College’s fossil-free agriculture initiatives, including the hiring of a full-time post-doctoral researcher for two years and the associated purchase of research equipment.

A 2008 grant to GMC from the Jensen & Hinman Family Fund supported a two-year research project aimed at operating the College’s Cerridwen Farm with as few fossil-derived resources as possible while providing new curricular opportunities for students. This funding resulted in a 200% increase in farm production (including a 100% increase in food delivered to the GMC dining hall), expansion of the College’s draft animal program, installation of renewable energy systems on the farm, and establishment of a research program in human and animal-powered agricultural systems. The funding was also a key component in leveraging the purchase and renovation of the Solar Harvest Center, establishing the 13-week Summer Farm Intensive and launching the new sustainable agriculture & food production major.

The new round of funding will support a full-time researcher who will help coordinate and document current research projects while furthering the curricular efforts of the GMC Farm & Food Project. The two major energy-focused research projects at GMC include the high-tunnel greenhouse program, a season-extension project examining the viability of solar thermal root-zone heating technologies for farmers in the Northeast, and the College’s new Long-Term Ecological Assessment of Low Energy Farm Systems (LEAFS) research initiative. LEAFS will compare and contrast three different low-energy vegetable production systems: a “conventional” organic system powered by an 11HP walking tractor; a human-powered, fossil-free, bio-intensive system that will not use outside amendments; and abio-extensive, oxen-powered system coupled fueled by oxen-harvested hay and a management-intensive pasture system. The research may provide powerful new insights into methods that farmers of the future can utilize to achieve sustainable crop yields with little or no fossil fuel inputs.

The Yavanna grant will also help the College expand its multidisciplinary research programs and build on its nationally recognized curriculum in sustainable agriculture and sustainable food systems.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tiny House Presentation
Students in Prof. Lucas Brown's (environmental studies and REED program director) design & build class will unveil their semester long project -- a "tiny house" constructed behind the REED workshop -- today at 1:30 p.m. (The workshop adjoins the Brass Butterfly at 169 Main St., just behind the Trolley Stop restaurant.) All are welcome to hear students make a presentation on the tiny house project.

Natural Science Illustration & Fins-to-Fingers Art Reception
Professors Jennifer Baker (visual arts) and Meriel Brooks (biology) will be holding a reception for the art presented by students in the natural science illustration class. This course was paired with Fins-to-Fingers as a link between art and science. This event will be taking place on Monday, Dec. 13 in Withey lobby at 3:30 p.m.

Opportunity to Study in Japan
Want to live off campus? How about Japan? GMC's exchange program with Nagoya University provides students with the opportunity to spend a semester or an academic year studying at one of the top universities in Asia. All tuition is paid to GMC (similar to EcoLeague exchanges) and scholarships are available that make it cheaper to study in Japan than to stay in Poultney; most students actually save money! If you have a 3.0 GPA or higher you can apply, and there is no need to speak Japanese as the classes are taught in English. More information forthcoming after winter break. Check out the exchange program over the break! For more information see Sam Edwards.



FACULTY/STUDENT NOTES
Adjunct instructor Kyle Callahan had his work of nanofiction, "Apollo's Drunk," published in Nanoism. Nanoism is an online publication for stories of up to 140 characters, "stories that you can read on your computer or cell phone, stories that fit in the cracks of your day." You can read Kyle's story here.

Farm manager Kenneth Mulder co-authored a chapter titled “Energy and Water: The Real Blue Chops,” in the recently released book Fleeing Vesuvius. The chapter discusses the intertwined implications of future energy and water shortages. The book is published by Feasta (Foundations for the Economics of Sustainability).

Two graduate students from our M.S.E.S. program have found opportunities to share the skills they developed in a summer course on field journaling at GMC. Pamela Ruch, from Emmaus, Penn., has agreed to lead a series of field journaling workshops this spring at the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum, while Lesley Riddle from Edgewater, Md., will teach a series of winter courses in field journaling for the Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group, and another for the Chesapeake Education, Arts and Research Society. In addition, Lesley will coordinate and lead a spring field journaling class for children at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. (All of Lesley’s courses will be taught to groups located specifically in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.)

Prof. Steve Fesmire (philosophy & environmental studies) will have his piece “Ecological Imagination” translated and published by École, an Italian magazine with a focus on education, pedagogy, and ecology.


IN THIS ISSUE:
Cerridwen Farm Grant
Tiny House Presentation
Nagoya University
Faculty/Student Notes




WEEK AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, DECEMBER
13
'Tiny House' Presentation
1:30 p.m., GMC Workshop

Natural Science Illustration Art Reception
3:30 p.m. Withey Lobby

'Chill-Zone' in SAGE Hall
7 p.m. - 1 a.m., SAGE Lounge

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14
Ayurveda Consultation
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Senior Study Presentation:
Kayla Biggs

2 - 3:30 p.m., Terrace 121

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

'Chill-Zone' in SAGE Hall
7 p.m. - 1 a.m., SAGE Lounge

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15
Acting I Final Scene Presentations
10:30 a.m., Gorge

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Open Chapel
8 - 10:30 p.m., Chapel

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16
Massage Therapy & Reflexology
2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wellness Center