January 29, 1999

Middlebury College Environmental Studies Program to Start Spring Colloquium Series on Feb. 11

Middlebury College's Environmental Studies Program will begin its spring colloquium series on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 12:20-1:20 p.m. in the Annex Lounge of Gifford Hall on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). The colloquium series will feature faculty and staff speakers from Middlebury College, and environmental professionals from the Vermont area and beyond.

The series will take place every Thursday through May 6 at the same time and location, with two exceptions: there will be no meeting on Thursday, March 25; and the April 8 gathering will take place in Room 110 (Dance Studio) of the Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30). The event is free and open to the public, and a free lunch is provided to all attendees, first come first serve.

Opening the spring series is Norman Cushman, assistant director for maintenance and operations at Middlebury College, who will speak on the College's efforts to reduce its environmental impact through composting. Off-campus speakers in weeks to come include John Roe, director of conservation at the Nature Conservancy of Vermont, on April 1; and Alec Webb, director of Shelburne Farms, on April 29.

"We're really hoping that these meetings can become a focus for the environmental community throughout Addison County and beyond," said series coordinator and Middlebury College Assistant Professor of Geography Dan Bedford. "The colloquium drew substantial attendance from the College community in the fall semester, and now the goal is to make the series more inclusive of the Middlebury community in general."

For more information about the colloquium series, contact series coordinator Dan Bedford at 802-443-5210, or Middlebury College Environmental Studies Program Coordinator Janet Wiseman at 802-443-5710.

Schedule of Events

February 11 Norman Cushman, assistant director for maintenance and operations, Middlebury College. 12:20-1:20 p.m.

February 18 Mary Gaudette, environmental studies program, Middlebury College. 12:20-1:20 p.m.

March 4 Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Vermont State climatologist and member of geography department, University of Vermont. 12:20- 1:20 p.m.

March 11 Scott Jones, assistant to the director, Center for Northern Studies, Middlebury College. 12:20-1:20 p.m.

March 18 Peter Ryan, environmental studies/geology department, Middlebury College. 12:20-1:20 p.m.

April 1 John Roe, director of conservation, The Nature Conservancy of Vermont. 12:20-1:20 p.m.

April 8 Andrea Olsen, environmental studies/dance department, Middlebury College. Note: This colloquium will meet in the Dance Studio, Room 110, Center for the Arts, South Main Street (Route 30). 12:20-1:20 p.m.

April 15 Gretchen Hund, senior scientist, Battelle Environmental Policy and Management, Seattle, Wash. 12:20-1:20 p.m.

April 22 Rebecca Judge, environmental studies/economics department, Middlebury College. 12:20-1:20 p.m.

April 29 Alec Webb, director, Shelburne Farms. 12:20-1:20 p.m.

May 6 Senior thesis presentations by Middlebury College environmental studies majors. 12:20-1:20 p.m.