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2014 Reunion and Alumni & Family Weekend registration now available!

This September 26 - 28, we will be hosting another great gathering of the Green Mountain College community back on campus during Alumni & Family Weekend! Registration brochures have gone out in the mail and the listing of events, accommodations and registration portal is also available online! An engaging weekend is planned for our alumni including the art and music gala, athletic hall of fame inductions, campus tours and of course the alumni awards banquet. We hope you'll make the trip back to Poultney to connect with fellow alumni, professors and students.

Please visit the A&F Weekend website for the full schedule of events and get registered today!


MWS 7/23/2014

The Bulletin Spring 2014 edition available online

The Spring 2014 edition of GMC's alumni magazine has been posted online. In this edition you can learn about the College's commitment to our service veterans; news from around campus, including our Udall Scholarship recipients; The VT-based business of builder and entrepreneur Domenic Mangano '91; a story on the determination and vigor of the Poultney-raised GMC Professor Rommy Fuller; and other interesting pieces of GMC related news.

To view the latest edition click here. If you missed an issue, check out the archives here.

MWS 4/30/2014

Athletic Hall of Fame and Alumni Awards nominations requested

Do you know of a classmate who excelled as a student-athlete and then went on to utilize the skills they learned on the field in their post-GMC life? Is your former roommate doing incredible things in their career? If so, we want to hear from you!

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame and Alumni Awards. To view the criteria for Athletic Hall of Fame consideration, please visit this link: criteria. There is also a convenient online form to submit your candidates to the alumni and athletics departments available here: nomination form.

Additionally, there are two alumni awards open for nominations. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni of any class year who have displayed outstanding achievements through their professional careers and/or civic charitable activities. The Young Alumni Award recognizes the exceptional accomplishments of one who graduated from the College not more than 10 years prior to the year of the award (2004-2013 class years). Nominations with a detailed account of accomplishments for either of these awards can be emailed to the alumni office at

MWS 3/7/2014

The Bulletin Fall 2013 Now Online

The Fall 2013 edition of The Bulletin is now posted and available online! I invite you to read about the College's recent national accolades; the Port City Makerspace, an alumni-established community workshop; the recent publication by the father and daughter team of Professors Heather and Ken Keith; an educational impact story of student Luz Guel'15; and other alumni news.

To view the latest edition click here. Also, to view past issues, visit the collection here.

MWS 1/9/2014

Connection Ceremony marks completion of solar array construction

On Wednesday December 11, the College opened a new solar installation on the south side of campus. The 156 kW solar array will contribute the equivalent of 7-8% of the College's current energy use to the electricity grid.

The initiative was financed through a power purchase agreement with a third-party investor, Green Lantern Capitol, based in Waterbury, Vt. In return, GMC will receive net metering credit from utility company Green Mountain Power, reducing the College's electricity bill. The installation was completed last month by Positive Energy, based in Granville, N.Y. “This project represents the kind of creative synergy between public and private organizations necessary to reach our community, state and national renewable energy goals,” said President Fonteyn.

Alumni, students, faculty and staff were on hand for the ceremony. Several decades of alumni were represented including Joanne Coons '73, Khanti Munro '04, Jose Galvez-Contreras '11, Brenton Dupee '11, Sarah Fitch '13 and Meiko Lunetta '13. Joanne, Khanti and Sarah had a direct hand in the construction process. Joanne as a volunteer, Khanti and Sarah as employees of Positive Energy.

Student Senate President Jo Jo Buss ’14 and Green Mountain College board of trustee members Bob Charlebois and Bob Allen helped throw the main breaker switch which activated the flow of electricity from the inverter station. See this link for an up to the moment report on energy produced by the array.

MWS 12/18/2013

2012-2013 Giving Report is now available online

Each year the College produces a special publication highlighting community members, donors and the impact of philanthropic support at GMC. This year's Annual Giving Report is now available online in flipping book format. Visit the cover page link in the right sidebar of this web page or click here to be taken there directly.

Thank you to all our generous alumni supporters!

MWS 12/05/2013

Alumni & Family Weekend 2013 photos posted

Thank you to all the attendees of a wonderful Alumni & Family Weekend. It was a great gathering with perfect autumn weather for the hundreds of alumni, family and friends who connected on campus. We look forward to next year's celebration taking place September 26 - 28, 2014!

An album of selected photos from the fabulous weekend is available by visiting the photo section of the Alumni Community on Facebook at this Link

MWS 10/22/2013

Alumni Advisory Board update

Green Mountain College’s body of alumni representatives welcomed four new directors at their September 28 meeting. These additions will be strong supporters of the AAB’s efforts to bolster the College’s resources in the areas of career services, fundraising and development, enrollment, and event planning. Continuing to expand on the hard work put in by Alumni Board members in the past to strengthen their alma mater, welcomed to their first meeting were Joanne Osika Coons ’73, Elizabeth Wall ’98 MBA ’08, Rebecca Anderson ’99 and Jonas Adler ’00.

Joanne Coons is a green energy advocate, a retired high school environmental studies teacher and current science professor at Hudson Valley Community College from Clifton Park, NY. She and her husband renovated their 1830 Greek Revival home into a energy net-zero home using green building practices. Their historic/modern restoration project was so successful in its energy efficiency that they generate surplus energy which is sold back to the local utility. Joanne will bring her expertise in environmental sustainability practices and renewable design to the Board.

Elizabeth Wall is the Regional Marketing Manager for Arnold & Porter LLP in their New York office. In addition to receiving her undergraduate degree in business at GMC, she was a part of the first graduating cohort of the College’s Sustainable MBA program in 2008. Previous to her current position she was Director of Marketing for seven years and a Marketing Coordinator for three at other New York City based law firms. Her marketing experience and business acumen will be of great value to the Board, College and our students. Her involvement also marks the first position held by a graduate of the GMC Master’s program and she will bring perspective on ways to better integrate her program peers into the alumni community.

Rebecca Anderson is also a GMC business program graduate and went on to receive her MBA from the Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management and is currently the Director of Operations, Creative Services for John Hancock in Boston. With a strong background in business management and marketing, her insight on post college career preparation will be immensely beneficial to our undergraduate business students. As a continued supporter of the College, Rebecca is a regular attendee at on campus and regional gatherings.

Jonas Adler is Principal at the Devonshire Recruiting and Consulting Partners organization in Boston. Devonshire is a leading placement and consulting technology firm with a global recruiting footprint in more than five countries around the world. His extensive experience in recruiting and placement makes him incredibly proficient in what it takes to be competitive in today’s job market and also on how to generate interest from an enrollment perspective in an institution of higher education such as Green Mountain College.

The Alumni Advisory Board welcomes these four to their active volunteer positions and look forward to the positive results to come from their combined efforts with our existing diverse set of alumni. As always, the AAB meetings are open to all alumni who wish to participate towards the positive goals of the College, though only Directors have voting rights. Meeting dates are always available on the alumni section of the Green Mountain web page, with the next meetings expected to take place on Saturday January 25 and Saturday May 17, 2014 in the Richardson Alumni Conference room on campus.

MWS 10/22/2013

Sharon Hoffman '03 and Jamalea Westerhold '03 receive Alumni Awards

During the Alumni & Family Weekend awards banquet, two distinguished alumnae were recognized for their accomplishments in the years since their graduation from the College. While both of this year's award recipients shared a class year and received a Young Alumni Award, they have been successful in very different ways.

Sharon Hoffman '03, MBA '08 is the current Registrar and Director of Institutional Research at Green Mountain College, the youngest person to hold the position. Hired a year after her graduation in 2004, Sharon has been contributing directly to further the mission of the College ever since. She is an active participant in campus groups and committees and received the 2011 Carl Stoddard Staff Service award which recognizes exceptional service to the College community from her peers.

Jamalea Westerhold '03 will receive the second Young Alumni Award of the evening. 'Jami' has taken her education and experience from GMC to the national stage based in Washington, D.C. She received her JD & MSEL from Vermont Law School in 2008, served as Head Legislative Correspondent for Vermont's U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders with a focus area of Energy, Environment, Air, Forest and Water from 2009 - 2011. Since that time she has continued to advance the environmental mission of GMC in D.C. working with American Forests where she is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Both award recipients are great examples of how our liberal arts majors put their GMC education to positive use, within only ten years since graduating. Congratulations to them both and we look forward to celebrating their continued success.

MWS 10/22/2013

Athletic Hall of Fame 2013 Inductions

On Saturday September 28 during Alumni & Family Weekend one outstanding alumna, one impressive coach and a team of distinction were honored with induction into the College's Athletic Hall of Fame. Faculty, staff, alumni, family, friends, current student athletes and coaches all gathered in the Gorge for the induction ceremony.

A three sport student athlete while at GMC excelling in soccer, basketball and softball, and going on to become a head coach for basketball at the high school level, Sarah Allen '02 was recognized, honored and inducted.

Head men's soccer coach for 26 years, during which time he accumulated a lifetime record of 273 wins, 142 losses and 30 ties in his leadership of the Eagles, Coach Christopher Gilmore was inducted for his impressive contributions to the athletics program which included time spent as the Athletic Director.

Joining Coach Gilmore was the 1992-1993 Men's Soccer Team that he coached through a flawless championship season. As the first 'team of distinction' to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, this group dominated the NAIA scoring 108 goals that year while allowing only 12 and held an undefeated record of 19 wins, 0 losses and 2 ties. Many members of the team were present and traveled from locations around the globe including Ireland, Australia and Japan for their induction.

Congratulations to the deserving 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees!

MWS 10/22/2013

Alumni & Family Weekend Classmates

The College is thrilled to welcome so many of our alumni back to campus over the weekend of September 27 - 29! We expect great weather at a wonderful and engaging event on the Poultney campus. Here is a list of some of the GMC graduates you can expect to see throughout the weekend:

Patricia Cooper Fast'46, Helen Sharpe Marquiss'58, Karen Rohdin Goldberg'63, Susan Barrows Wood'63, Margaret White Gorss'63, Carol Avery Fagan'63, Louise Gaw'63, Betsey Child'63, Marcia Eisenstein Brensilver'63, Elizabeth Solloway Miles'63, Shirley Bartlett DiRusso'63, Linda Sexton Grube'63, Ann Bromley Miller'63, Anne Taylor Moore'63, Jill Foote Dignard'63, Faith Peters'63, Patricia Williams'63, Joan Woodman Hirst'63, Karen Hovde Morris'63, Corinne Lemb Cox'63, Nancy Tobey Lynch'63, Mirla Graham Davison'63, Sherry Marquiss Miles'65, Cecile Mallette Costa'66, Jeanne Root'67, Cynthia Whiting Miller'68, Sandra Manchester'73, Susan McNamara Ten Eyck'73, Carol Murphy'73 Joanne Coons'74, Jennifer Gioe Peper'91, Kevin Moran'94, Paul Humphrey'94, Ryan Youngman'94, Tomo Noguchi'95, Jon Jalbert'95, James Rush'95, Richard Heim'96, Geoffrey Simken'96, Amy Brownell Heim'97, Christopher Eder'98, Alison Heim Salbucci'98, Elizabeth Wall'98, Alan Madden'99, Jonas Adler'00, Kevin Eddy'01, Sara Graham'02, Sarah Allen'02, Jamalea Westerhold'03, India Burnett Farmer'03, Sharon Hoffman'03, Jessie Bennett'03, Carrie Hayes Pill'04, Raymond Coderre'04, Andrew Dearborn'04, Sarah Gordon'08, Alexander Churchill'08, Patrick Girard'08, Peter Davis'09, Robert Lees'11, Jose Galvez-Contreras'11, Gwendolyn Cramer'12.

We look forward to welcoming our alumni back! Registration will be available on-site Friday and Saturday in the Withey Lobby. (Please note that registration for the Alumni & Trustee dinner is not available on-site and the Alumni Awards Banquet is now sold out!)

MWS 9/25/2013

2013 Alumni & Family Weekend registration now available!

This September 27 - 29, we will be hosting another great gathering of the Green Mountain College community back on campus during Alumni & Family Weekend! Registration brochures have gone out in the mail and should be arriving soon but the online listing of events, accommodations and registration portal is available today! An engaging weekend is planned for our alumni including the alumni art show, athletic hall of fame inductions, Bentley revitalization tours and of course the alumni awards banquet. We hope you'll make the trip back to Poultney to connect with fellow alumni, professors and students.

Please visit the A&F Weekend website for the full schedule of events and get registered today!


MWS 6/24/2013

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!

MWS 6/19/2013


Winter 2013 edition of The Bulletin now available online

The latest edition of GMC's alumni publication, The Bulletin, was recently released. The ‘flipbook’ version 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.

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!


MWS 4/11/2013

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


MWS 3/29/2013

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, or (802)287-8293 to be put in contact with a committee member in your area of interest.

MWS 2/6/2013

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!

MWS 1/21/2013

Sustainability 2020

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!

MWS 11/6/2012

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!

MWS 10/8/2012

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!

MWS 10/8/2012

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.

MWS 10/8/2012

Catherine Villafranco Parker ’87, India Burnett Farmer ’03 and Renee Beaupre-White to be honored at Alumni Awards Banquet
At the Saturday evening alumni awards banquet during Alumni & Family weekend, three outstanding alumni will be presented with awards for their accomplishments and dedication to Green Mountain College.

Catherine Villafranco Parker ’87 will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for her many years of service to GMC as a former Alumni Board President and current member of the Board of Trustees. India Burnett Farmer ’03 will receive the Young Alumni Award in recognition of her accomplishments in the area of local agriculture in utilizing her environmental science education from the College in work for the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, Rutland Area Farm & Food Link and most recently her own entrepreneurial endeavor with husband Andrew Farmer ’00, Northeastern Vine Supply. Additionally, long time staff member and honorary alumna Renee Beaupre-White will receive the Distinguished Service Award for her 25-year dedication to GMC in roles in admissions, development, alumni relations and career services departments.


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!

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