176th Commencement and May Alumni Advisory Board meeting
On Saturday May 11, alumni from across New England returned to campus and joined trustees, faculty, staff and the graduating seniors for the graduation procession down Main Street and Commencement ceremony. The thunderstorms forecast for the day held off until approximately 15 minutes after proceedings had come to a close. Speaker, Dianne Dillon-Ridgley received and honorary doctor of laws degree and gave a riveting speech encouraging the new alumni to stay connected to their alma mater and never forget the strength of their GMC family.
Following the morning's Commencement, the entire GMC community gathered together for a luncheon in the Withey dining hall before the Alumni Advisory Board directors and other alums returned to the Richardson Alumni House for their quarterly meeting. At that meeting, subjects included a Presidential campus update, Annual Fund and Development status update, Alumni & Family Weekend planning discussion and Enrollment snapshot. The Board also welcomed two new directors, Mrs. India Burnett Farmer '03 and Mr. Robert Lees '11. India and her husband Andrew Farmer '00, own and operate Northeastern Vine Supply in Pawlet, VT. She was the 2012 Young Alumni Award recipient and while building her business she worked for the Rutland Regional Planning Commission and Rutland Area Farm and Food Link. Robert is currently pursuing his Master's degree at Vermont Law School and has stayed connected with GMC through volunteer work with the Reunion planning committee and alumni representative for enrollment at Open House. The Alumni Office welcomes these two strong directors to the Alumni Advisory Board!
Winter 2013 edition of The Bulletin now available online
Spring 2013 gatherings in Boston, New York and Albany
This spring the College hosted three social events throughout the northeast. Alumni joined others from the College community to discuss the past, present and future of GMC in three metropolitan areas. President Fonteyn, members of the Board of Trustees, members of the Alumni Advisory Board, faculty, staff, students and families were in attendance and able to connect with other members of the Green Mountain College community outside of the Poultney campus. The gatherings served as a great opportunity to network with other alumni and families who live in those areas expanding local connections.
The Boston gathering took place on March 20 at Clerys Boston, New York City on March 21 at The Heartland Brewery and Chophouse Times Square and in Albany on March 22 at Hotel Albany. Thank you to all of our alumni in those regions who were able to make it out! The events were a huge success in allowing students to hear of the impact GMC had on alumni from a diverse set of class years and alumni to hear the goals and aspirations of future classes.
To receive information on future regional gatherings, contact Maxwell Seeland, associate director of development and alumni relations at (802)287-8293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Advisory Board increases its college impact
The Alumni Advisory Board, Green Mountain College's body of alumni representatives has recently expanded its focus to additional areas that will help to strengthen the school. In addition to serving their classmates and graduate peers as the alumni association's voice at the College, the directors of the AAB are also looking at ways they can collaborate with various departments to further ensure school and student success.
Alumni Board committees of directors and volunteers have been formed to work in conjunction with staff of the College. These committees will focus on three major areas including career services, which will look to expand networking opportunities between alumni, discover paid internships for students, give career advice and explore jobs for recent graduates. In the area of enrollment, the committee will assist in telling of the transformative educational experience they had at GMC to prospective students through regional school visits, college fairs and meetings with families. Lastly they will assist the development department to convey the importance of alumni participation in philanthropic support for the College. They will emphasize the Annual Fund as an essential component to ensure that future generations of students can receive the same opportunity for a quality education that they and classmates received, by helping to provide scholarships, expand programs and fill the tuition gap.
The alumni network of Green Mountain College is one of the school's strongest assets and will have an incredible impact in these areas. The committees will be looking to expand their effectiveness by adding other volunteers who do not have to be directors of the alumni advisory board to help. If you would be a good candidate to assist these efforts, please contact the alumni office, email@example.com or (802)287-8293 to be put in contact with a committee member in your area of interest.
Fall 2012 edition of The Bulletin now available online
The latest alumni quarterly of Green Mountain College should have arrived at your home in early December. However, if you’ve requested to not receive hard-copy mailings to reduce your paper use or perhaps moved and we do not have your accurate address on file you have not missed your chance! The ‘flipbook’ version of The Bulletin is now available on the GMC website along with back-issues if you missed one in the past few years.
The Bulletin will fill you in on campus and alumni news, inform you through featured articles about our faculty, students and alumni and update you on the news of your classmates through submitted class notes. You can visit the following link to access The Bulletin online. The Winter 2013 edition will be available in March.
If you wish to receive the alumni quarterly in hard-copy, make sure the College has your most recent contact information. Click the ‘keep in touch’ link on the right side of this page. You can also use that form to submit your own class note to be included in the next release of The Bulletin!
In the spring of 2012, the Green Mountain College Board of Trustees, the Faculty Council, the Student Senate and the Staff Assembly approved the Sustainability 2020 eight-year strategic plan.
In 2010–’11, a committee of trustees and staff developed a long-range vision for the College. The following year, a fifteen member strategic plan working group and six sub-committees transformed the vision into a detailed plan.
A variety of participatory processes engaged stakeholders in discussing the College’s opportunities, challenges and refining drafts of the plan. An implementation timeline and an eight-year financial model established the feasibility of achieving a bold vision.
Visit the online Sustainability 2020 interactive document to see what Green Mountain College has planned for the next eight years!
New quick and easy alumni information update resource
Have you moved, changed your phone number or changed your email address since leaving Green Mountain College? Are you not receiving the free quarterly alumni magazine The Bulletin? Want to be included in The Bulletin with a 'Class Notes' update of changes, successes, travels or other news from your life to let your classmates know how you're doing? If so, we've developed an easy resource for you to transmit your information to the College's Alumni Office!
Please click the new link on the right hand sidebar of this page to reach the Alumni Information Update form. Use this one page form to have your information emailed securely to our offices to ensure you are kept up to date on all the happenings at your alma mater. With the hectic nature of moving and updating your information with utilities, banks, credit card companies, etc., your College isn't always first on the list. If you've moved or changed information in the past, consider filling out the form to make sure we have you up to date! As a valuable member of a Green Mountain College alumni community 12,000 strong, we want to make sure you stay connected!
50th Reunion Class of 1962 assists Bentley Hall restoration
Continuing an annual tradition of the College, the 50th Reunion class this year provided a class gift back to Green Mountain College. The focus of the gift was to assist in the restoration of Bentley Hall, a c.1900 Queen Anne-Colonial Revival style building historically known as the C.W. Humphrey House on the corner of Bentley Avenue and College Street across from the Richardson Alumni House. The renovated building will act as a community and college meeting and events venue and in 1962 served as the honors dormitory which some of the class called home. Funding for the project came from a Preservation Trust of Vermont Village Revitalization Initiative grant, a USDA Rural Development Community Facility grant, the class of '62, individual donors and investments by Green Mountain College. As the space had significant meaning for many in the class, this year's 'Golden Circle Society' inductees made contributions towards the restoration of the beautiful stained glass windows of the structure. To date their class has raised $2,290.00 for this purpose and one window has already been restored and reinstalled. Our sincerest thanks go out to the Green Mountain College class of 1962 for their generosity and continued commitment to the College!
Green Mountain College welcomes four new Alumni Advisory Board directors
Announced by President Fonteyn at the Alumni Awards Banquet during Alumni and Family Weekend, GMC is proud to announce four new members of the Alumni Advisory Board. The A.A.B. exists to enhance the vibrancy of the College by sustaining among alumni the spirit of their shared experience, supporting recruitment and retention of students, providing career resources and advice for students and other alumni, and assisting in generating financial support. The new directors will be great additions to an already strong organization in service of Green Mountain College! They represent diverse areas of focus and the College welcomes and thanks them for their volunteerism and insight. We welcome:
Altin Tirana '01. Altin is Vice President of Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in New York City. He has been active in mentoring GMC students and connecting them with networking opportunities in the city.
Jenna Calvi '09. Jenna is the Green Infrastructure Coordinator at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. She received her Master's in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School following GMC and stays active by attending campus events and speaking to students in the Career Services department's "Alumni Career Conversation" series.
Peter Davis '09. Peter is Legal Recruitment and Professional Development Assistant at Allen and Overy Law Firm, New York City. While at GMC, Peter served as Student Senate President, Student Representative to the Presidential search committee and graduated magna cum laude going on to receive his Master's from N.Y.U.
Jose Galvez Contreras '11. Jose is a young alumnus who has stayed very active with both campus events and in the local community helping to organize such events as Poultney Earth Day and East Poultney Day. He recently accepted a position at the College as Community Sustainability Coordinator.
Welcome to the new Alumni Advisory Board members and thank you for your continued dedication to Green Mountain College! As a reminder, the A.A.B. meetings take place four times per year on campus and are open to any alumni interested in sitting in and having their opinions heard by these representatives. The date and location of the next meeting is January 23, 2013 in the Richardson House Alumni Room.
NEW Green Mountain College Alumni Community on Facebook!
Thank you to our GMC Alumni for strongly supporting the previous Facebook Alum and Young Alum Groups! Unfortunately, those groups were 'archived' and will no longer be viable sources for interaction and information. However, GMC has launched a new all-encompassing Alumni Community page and invite you to 'Like' us! Stay up to date on events and happenings at GMC and reconnect with old classmates! Please visit this link GMC Alumni Community to join in the interaction!