Come to campus and reminisce with your friends about your times at Green Mountain College. We will focus on the Class of 1967 50th Reunion and the Class of 1992 25th Reunion, but if you and your friends want to return to this green place, email email@example.com so we can plan for your class gathering!
We look forward to having you on campus during the fall semester to celebration Reunion / Alumni & Family Weekend Friday Sept. 23-Sunday, Sept. 25. Just a few of the highlights:
Welcome Sustainable Table Dinner*, Friday from 5-7 p.m. Share conversation, cherished memories and a delicious meal with fellow alumni at this kick-off to the weekend. Our expert chef will serve a delectable dinner featuring ingredients harvested from the College farm. [Read more…]
All roads lead to Poultney during the final week of September when Green Mountain College hosts its annual Reunion/Alumni & Family Weekend. Among the many highlights of this event is the presentation of awards to two alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional lives after GMC, and who go above and beyond in service of their alma mater. [Read more…]
Richard Telford ’14, an English teacher at Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, Conn., has been granted a one-year sabbatical to work on a book about acclaimed natural history writer Edwin Way Teale. The project is an outgrowth of Rich’s master of science in environmental studies (MSES) thesis, a ten-year revitalization plan for the Trail Wood sanctuary while completing extensive research on Teale. Teale was declared by Roger Tory Peterson to be “in the vanguard of the new aristocracy of naturalists.”
Teale lived from 1959 to 1980 at Trail Wood in Hampton, Conn., a site now operated as a nature sanctuary by the Connecticut Audubon Society. In 2014 and again in 2015, Telford was awarded research grants through the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, where Teale’s extensive papers are archived. Since 2013, Telford has also worked as a contributing writer to The Ecotone Exchange, where he has published over thirty essays. Rich continues to volunteer with the Connecticut Audubon Society, for whom he directs the Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence at Trail Wood program, which he helped design and implement during his graduate studies at Green Mountain College.
All roads lead to Poultney during the final week of September when Green Mountain College hosts its annual Reunion/Alumni & Family Weekend. Among the many highlights of this event is the presentation of awards to two alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional lives after GMC, and who go above and beyond in serving their alma mater. The presentations are made at the Alumni Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Withey Student Center.
The Distinguished Alumni Award for 2016 goes to Anna S. Whitcomb Knight ’71. Anna is currently serving on the College’s Board of Trustees for a three-year term. Anna has been a leadership donor to the Alumni Fund, the Careers, Advising, & Teaching (CAT) Center and financial aid for students. Most recently, she is a major donor to the Ackley Biomedical Science Lab project. Over the past several years, she has been helpful as an Alumni Fund volunteer, reaching out to classmates to ask for gifts. This year, Anna is the lead volunteer in welcoming back alumni from the class of 1971 for their 45th Reunion and a private class reception.
Anna continued her education after GMC at the University of Vermont where she earned a bachelor’s degree in human development. Following her graduation she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in community development, health and nutrition. After a stint in the Philippines from 1973-1974, she served as a New England Peace Corps Recruiter, eventually joining the board of the Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Association from 1999-2004. She also served on the National Peace Corps Association Board from 2001- 2004. Recently, Anna was instrumental in helping GMC become a participating educational institution with the Peace Corps-Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship Program. This program provides an opportunity for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to further their education towards a master’s degree as specific colleges or universities with financial assistance and participate in community work. As a participant in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, GMC is accepting students for the master’s in environmental studies program who receive a tuition discount and a travel stipend for the MES residency.
Anna has considerable professional experience in the career counseling and personal development field. She worked in personnel and staffing positions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Office of Housing and Urban Development and the Peace Corps. She was principal and owner of Career Choices for sixteen years from 1995 to 2011. In 2012, Anna established a new consulting business, AW Consulting.
Anna has been a supporter of student career services efforts at Green Mountain College and UVM. For the past two years, she has been involved with promoting and participating in the Making a Difference Making a Living conference at GMC. At the 2016 event, she moderated the TED talk portion of the conference program.
Anna lives in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., with her husband, Sam Knight.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is intended to recognize those alumni who have distinguished themselves by outstanding achievements through their professional careers and/or civic charitable activities.
The College is proud to present the 2016 Young Alumni Award to Melissa Markstrom ’09, who currently works as an organizer at the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare in Boston.
Melissa has led the effort to organize and establish a vibrant young alumni affinity group called the Rogue Alumni of GMC. Formerly called the Young Alumni group, “Rogue” has engaged hundreds of young alums over the past few years. In 2014, Melissa and her alumni friends revived an effort to bring young alumni back to campus for an annual event around the time of the spring concert.
Melissa is also dedicated to connecting GMC students and alumni with potential job and internship opportunities. She created a public Facebook group—the GMC Alumni Career Network—that has almost 700 members today. Melissa has also participated in the “Making a Difference & Making a Living” career conference at GMC. In its first year in 2015, she was a career panelist, helping to showcase a career option to students. Melissa has been an active and influential director on the Alumni Advisory Board since her three-year term started in September 2014.
At GMC, Melissa was an excellent student, achieving academic honors and participating in numerous student activities, graduating with a BFA in writing in 2009. She attended Prescott College through the Eco League exchange and traveled to Kenya with other students to perform community-based activism work. Melissa completed a stint as an AmeriCorps volunteer, coordinating tutoring and mentoring programs at a Paradise Valley, Ariz., elementary school. From June 2009 through October 2008 she completed an internship at Ms. Magazine in Los Angeles. In her senior year at GMC, she received an English achievement award and the Robert Marsh Memorial Prize for excellence in writing and research.
At GMC Melissa organized and led several human rights initiatives including a two-day demonstration on Vermont’s marriage equality bill and advocating for indigenous land rights in Kenya and the U.S. through research, outreach and publication. She also co-facilitated the Gender Studies Club on campus and worked as a writer and editor for two college newspapers including The Mountaineer. Melissa’s GMC experience provided a springboard to her professional career in union organization.
The Young Alumni Award recognizes the exceptional accomplishments of an alumnus/a who graduated from Green Mountain College not more than 10 years prior to the year of the award. This individual’s achievements will have shown leadership and will have brought inspiration to young alumni, their peers and current undergraduate students.
Norajean Ferris ’15 obtained a BFA in fine art during her four-year Green Mountain College career. It was during this time period that she became an entrepreneur, selling her art in her home state of Maine.
Norajean continues to paint bold, colorful canvasses and loves to use her art as a form of social commentary. She is a member of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and recently hung a show at the Southern Maine Workers Center, a non-profit that seeks to improve the lives, working conditions, and terms of employment for Maine workers, especially low-wage laborers, young people, immigrant workers, and people of color.
This spring, Norajean was interviewed on CTN (Community Television Network) in Portland, Maine. She showcased her artwork, and spoke about the Southern Maine Center show. “The works of the show were all political, about modern communities and inequalities that are still all too present,” she said. She also speaks authentically about her GMC experience. See the interview here (starting at the 12:25 mark).
Caroline Kimball ’14, program director of the Alternative Dairy Initiative, will be a guest speaker for a workshop to discuss the changing food system in response to consumer demand for “humane” animal products. The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the East Room. Faculty members and students in the Sustainable Development and Animal Law and Policy classes are organizing the event. For further information about the workshop, please contact Jacob Park (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sam Edwards (email@example.com).
The products on your supermarket shelves may have traveled thousands of miles to get there, consuming fossil fuels and resulting in food waste along the way. By keeping things local, regional food hubs eliminate steps between a farmer’s field and consumer’s fridge, says Dan Sullivan, a graduate of the MSES program who helped pioneer the MSFS program. Dan is an environmental journalist who writes about the importance of food hubs in this Modern Farming magazine article.
World leaders in Paris are in the midst of high-stakes negotiations aimed at slowing the pace of global climate change.
“A political moment like this may not come again,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told leaders gathered for the conference last week.
Forty thousand delegates from 195 countries are attending the Conference of Parties (COP21). The participants are trying to agree on legally binding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to hold global average temperatures short of a two degree Celsius increase over pre-industrial global temperatures.
For those who know her, it’s not surprising that GMC adjunct faculty member Mindy Blank ’10 is in the midst of discussions. She is attending the talks as a project coordinator for HELIO International, a Paris-based non-profit that helps nations transition towards a low-carbon based economy by developing long-term sustainable, economically feasible alternatives.
Mindy Blank earned a master’s degree from Vermont Law School after graduating from GMC in 2010. She spent time in Paris working for the International Energy Agency, helping countries accelerate the deployment if renewable energy and energy efficiency technology. She is consulting with HELIOS International in addition to her teaching duties at GMC this semester.
“I hope to see government from every country in the world come to agreement on a mechanism for achieving a sustainable energy future,” Mindy said in an interview before leaving for Paris last week.
We’ve been compiling dispatches on the talks for the College’s COP21 web page. Visit the page to get day-by-day updates of COP21 topics and some of Mandy’s first-hand impressions.