Brooklyn-based photographer Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye spent last week at Green Mountain College working closely with students in photography classes and demonstrating how art can be a influential force in social media. A self-proclaimed “Instagram Activist," Roye combines powerful images with in-depth narratives. His exhibit of photographs "Telling Stories" is on display at the William Feick Arts Center through February 14. (Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.). In this photo Roye is pictured with prof. Kevin Bubriski (left) and artist and retired GMC faculty member Dick Weiss (right).

Prof. Rommy Fuller Wins Carol A. Moore Scholarship
Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) recently awarded its annual scholarship to Rommy Fuller, education program director at Green Mountain College. Named after Lyndon State College’s president, the Carol A. Moore Scholarship recognizes women working in Vermont higher education who want to advance their careers. This is the ninth year VWHE has given the scholarship, worth up to $1,000.

“We were impressed with Ms. Fuller’s tenacious pursuits of her professional goals, while influencing her students own educational experiences,” said Shannon Bohler-Small, VWHE Scholarship Committee Chair.

Rommy plans to use the scholarship to finish her doctoral degree in educational leadership at Simmons College in Boston. This will be her third terminal degree (she has a masters of education from the University of New Hampshire and an Ed.S. in language and literacy from Simmons). Rommy was also awarded the Robert W. Leonard Teacher of the Year Award in 2013, which is a student nominated award.

Rommy is an active instructor in the Wilson Language program and has worked with local high school cheerleading programs as choreographer, tumbling instructor and head coach for several years.

VWHE works to foster connections among women in various sectors of higher education, promote women's leadership and encourage and support women leaders of diverse backgrounds.

MSFS Scholars in Residence on Campus Next Week
Green Mountain College welcomes the husband-wife team Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard Gayeton who will be will be visiting scholars for the College’s M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) program during the winter residency at the College February 15-20. The Gayetons will make a public presentation Creating Sustainable Food Systems: The Role of Multimedia on Monday, February 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Gorge (Withey Hall). The event is free.

Since the early 1990’s the Gayetons have created award-winning films, information artworks, websites, and branding campaigns for a variety of clients including HBO, AOL, MTV, Napster, National Geographic and PBS. Besides founding Laloo’s, the first goat milk ice cream company in the U.S., Laura has over 20 years experience as a senior executive for The End, Palomar Pictures, and Slo Graffiti, where she pioneered the art of multilayered narrative approaches to film and video for hundreds of commercial clients.

Douglas is the author of SLOW Life in a Tuscan Town, which features a preface by the Slow Food movement founder Carlo Petrini. He lectures on art, technology and sustainability, and his photographs have been printed in Time, Orion and other magazines. His work in also represented in many museums and private collections around the world.

The couple is currently at work on “The Lexicon of Sustainability,” a multimedia art project to tap into the meaning of sustainability as interpreted by thought leaders around the country. The first part of the project is “Food and farming in America.” (

They describe the Lexicon as a “. . . multiplatform project based on a simple premise: people can’t be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don’t know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability.”

GMC faculty and students are collaborating with the Lexicon of Sustainability’s new “Project Localize,” an initiative that works with high school teachers and students to document the sustainable food initiatives at work in their home communities. Students learn about food systems in their local communities through a variety of disciplinary lenses, while also acquiring multimedia skills and sharing what they learn through traveling pop-up exhibits that they create. (

The MSFS is the nation’s first distance-learning graduate program focused on sustainable food systems. The program’s first cohort graduated in December 2013.

Michael H. Shuman is John F. and Dianne S.
Brennan Lecturer

Michael H. Shuman, economist, attorney, and author, will deliver the second annual 2014 John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Lecture on April 15, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Green Mountain College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Shuman, a leading expert in community economics, serves as director of Community Portals for Missions Markets, an organization that provides capital market support and technology solutions for socially responsible companies. He is a founding board member for Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and serves as a fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and the Post-Carbon Institute.

His expertise resonates with Poultney2020, an ongoing collaboration between the town of Poultney and Green Mountain College. This initiative, articulated in GMC’s long-range strategic plan Sustainability2020, has brought town volunteers and GMC faculty, staff and students together to establish a new arts center (Stone Valley Arts), create a conceptual design for a community park on Main Street, and develop plans for a network of multi-use recreational trails.

Shuman’s influential books, Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity and the award-winning The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Business Are Beating the Global Competition, articulate the important role of small businesses and local economies in the face of globalization.

His work helping communities analyze economic leakages and job-creation opportunities has informed cities across the nation, as have his studies on food localization and the public spending inequalities facing small businesses.

Shuman received an A.B. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He has authored or edited eight books, published hundreds of articles, and has addressed university and government audiences in 47 states and eight countries.

The John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Lecture, named for the college’s sixth president and his wife, is part of an entrepreneurship initiative that provides students with the business and economics tools and knowledge needed to effect change.


Newcomers Staff CAT Center
Green Mountain College welcomes two newcomers who will bolster the College’s student advising and curriculum initiatives as part of a recent five-year $2 million grant from the U. S. Department of Education. Jennifer Keith is a curriculum development specialist who joins GMC as instructional technologist. She received her undergraduate degree in English/Writing from Shippensburg University and is working towards her masters in instructional design from Drexel University. Most recently she worked as a course developer, communications consultant and technical writer for The Hershey Company in Akron, Penn. In her spare time Jen "takes the online Jeopardy test whenever it becomes available" and loves watching British comedy panel shows.

Gretchen Gurr brings to her position as instructional designer a decade of experience as a high school history teacher and leader of progressive instructional reform initiatives in the New Haven, Conn. public schools . Gretchen earned a bachelor of science degree in history/education at Southern Connecticut State University and her masters of education in curriculum design and instruction. She worked as a curriculum developer and professional development trainer, and since 2010 she served as a consultant to the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Gretchen’s enthusiasms include climbing, road biking and backpacking.

You'll find Gretchen in Dunton 221 and Jennifer in Ames 110 until they move to the new for Careers, Advising and Teaching (CAT) center in Withey Hall later this year.

Eco League Information Session on Thursday
Did you know you can study for up to two semesters in Alaska, Arizona, Maine, Wisconsin or Pennsylvania and use the credits toward your degree at GMC? Green Mountain College's membership in the Eco League gives you the opportunity to study at Northland College in Ashland, Wisc.; College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine; Prescott College in Prescott, Ariz., Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska, and Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn. (Dickinson is the latest member of the Eco League, a consortium of liberal arts colleges dedicated to sustainability across the curriculum). The Eco League Informational Session will be in Terrace 124 from 12:15-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13. Come and learn more!

Participate in GMC’s First Instagram Photo Contest:
Step 1: Follow @GreenMtnCollege on Instagram and Twitter (if you don’t already).
Step 2: Take a photo of a person, place, or moment that defines Green Mountain    College. Upload your photo on Instagram and tag it #WeAreGreenMtnCollege and    #GreenMtnCollege.
Step 3: Repeat. Enter as many photos as you would like between now and March 1    for a chance to win a gift certificate to TAPS Tavern!

Faculty Notes:

Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (sustainable food systems) presented a lecture last week titled "Rebuilding the Foodshed" at the Davis Auditorium at Fletcher Allen Medical Center last Thursday. Philip spoke about some of the most promising, replicable models for growing, processing, and distributing sustainably grown food, topics he covers in his book Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable and Secure Food Systems. Philip will also be a featured speaker at the University of Florida Levin School of Law in Gainesville February 20-22, addressing the closing plenary at the 2014 Public Interest Environmental Conference. The conference theme is "Feeding the Future: Shrinking Resources, Growing Population and a Warming Planet." Conversations focus on the legal and environmental challenges that a growing population, a rapidly changing climate and shrinking natural resources present to agricultural production, and the efforts that are being made to secure intergenerational food-security.

Prof. Steve Letendre (environmental studies) will give a talk tomorrow on the impact of electric vehicles on Vermont during the third presentation of the Green Mountain Power Lecture Series at Rutland's Green Mountain Power Energy Innovation Center. Steve says the electrification of Vermont’s vehicle fleet presents an opportunity to decrease dependence on imported fuels. The lecture, originally scheduled last week but postponed due to weather, takes place Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

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Men's Basketball
2/12, New England Col.
    at GMC
   7:30 p.m.

2/14, Green Mountain
   at Me.-Farmington
    7:30 p.m.

2/15, Green Mountain
   at Thomas
   3 p.m.

Women's Basketball
2/12, New England Col.
   at GMC
   5:30 p.m.

2/14, Green Mountain
    at Me.-Farmington
   5:30 p.m.

2/15, Green Mountain
    at Thomas
   1 p.m.