Yesterday in the Booth Lounge, 18 student-athletes were honored at Green Mountain College's inaugural Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll ceremony. The honor was presented to student-athletes who had reached sophomore status and possessed a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 while also competing in varsity athletics. See complete story below.
Photo: James Thivierge.

Dr. Douglas W. Tallamy is Sophomore Plenary Speaker
Green Mountain College will welcome Dr. Douglas W. Tallamy to campus as the 2014 Visiting Scientist and Sophomore Plenary speaker tomorrow. The plenary session is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium, where he will present "A Case for Native Plants," a talk based on his research on the most diverse animal group on Earth: insects. All students, faculty, staff, and residents in the surrounding community are invited to attend. Read More

GMC Advocates for Animal Rights in Montpelier
Every so often an opportunity arises at Green Mountain College that one simply cannot pass up because of its rare nature and its ability to act as a networking occasion for the future. This past Tuesday certainly met this criterion as a group of 16 GMC students and professor Sam Edwards (environmental studies, animal studies) ventured to Montpelier to participate in the Humane Lobbying Day at the State House. Read More

Vermont Summer Academy Enters Second Year at GMC
While summer is a time for students to take a break from the academic rigors of the school year, it also offers a window of time to explore their passions with dedicated teachers and motivated student colleagues.

The Vermont Summer Academy at Green Mountain College is a co-ed academic program for rising eighth through 12th-grade students from around the globe. This year VSA offers two, two-week sessions July 13-July 26 and July 27-August 9. Each student chooses a major concentration in adventure education, studio art, culinary art, introduction to psychology, environmental studies, forensic science, veterinary science and writer's workshop.

All courses are hands-on and project based. Faculty incorporate students' needs and interests into the lessons so that each class becomes a unique exploration. The trained staff, led by Luke Krueger who is returning as director, balance the challenging hands-on learning in class with time for relaxation and fun during evening and weekend activities. GMC has again extended a 50% courtesy discount to the children of all GMC faculty and staff. (To obtain this discount, please enroll in our online registration system and pay only the deposit. Then contact the camp office and they will apply the discount to your account). This discount is also being extended to children of GMC alumni ($500 per child).

For more information on the program and registration details, please visit or call 1-866-928-2897.

Javier Lugris Named NAC Basketball Rookie of the Year
The North Atlantic Conference released its men's basketball year-end awards last week and Green Mountain College freshman forward Javier Lugris was chosen as Rookie of the Year in a poll of the conference's coaches.

Lugris had an excellent rookie campaign, averaging 10.7 points on 49.8 percent shooting and 6.6 rebounds per contest while starting in 16 of 22 games. His best performance of the year came against crosstown rival Castleton State College as Lugris scored 24 points and collected 10 rebounds in a battle against the NAC's number two ranked squad.

All in all, Lugris finished his rookie season with 12 games in which he scored at least 10 points. He also compiled a double-double in five of those games, grabbing at least 10 rebounds. During the 2013-14 season, Lugris captured the NAC Rookie of the Week honor six times, tying the record set last year by Thomas' Levi Barnes.

Student Athletes Honored
Yesterday in the Booth Lounge, 18 student-athletes were honored at Green Mountain College's inaugural Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll ceremony. The ceremony began with a slideshow featuring the student-athletes being recognized, and was followed by an introduction from College president Paul Fonteyn and vice-president of student life Joe Petrick. Several parents and friends were in attendance in support of the honorees.

Seniors Virginia Anderson (Silver Spring, Md.), Luke Carey (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Emily Christensen (Rangeley, Maine), Johanna Douglas (Essex, Conn.), Tyler Lawson (Adams, Mass.), Alyssa Renner (Windham, Mass.), and Forrest Teutsch (Reading, Mass.) all were named to the Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll. The senior award-winners were also joined by juniors Kathleen Chappelear (Maplewood, N.J.), Amber Heath (Winsor, Vt.) and Jack Hepburn (Miller Place, N.Y.) as well as sophomores Keelin Banks (Wilmot, N.H.), Connor Braden (Lafayette, Ind.), Allan Michel Jales Coutinho (Natal, Brazil), Leah Kovitch (Nashua, N.H.), Nate Laymon (Ilion, N.Y.), Nick Parsons (Harpswell, Maine), Megan Roy (Franklin, Mass.), and James VanDeuson (Cortland, N.Y.). (See photo of honorees above. Not pictured: Johanna Douglas, Emily Christensen, Alyssa Renner).


Summer Farm Semester 2014 Information Session
Learn more about GMC's Summer Farm Intensive program tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley 224. This year's theme is The Sustainable Table: Farm, Food & Culinary Systems. Applications for this sixth summer farm semester are due this month.

The program is open to any major, or students from any year. The three courses in this summer's intensive semester will run for three weeks each, but one at a time, for the 2014 season. This will allow flexibility if students want to take only one or two courses, versus the full 10-week, 12-credit program. See the complete schedule here. Gain hands-on experience in a range of skills, from caring for soil, crops and pastured animals on our farm, to feeding the community and nourishing yourself and others with food grown locally.

This year, adjunct professor and Chartwell's Food Service director will start the summer off with an innovative new culinary course called The Sustainable Table. Students enrolling in the full semester will learn not only culinary skills and participate fully in Cerridwen Farm's peak growing season, but will investigate the regional food system and apply lessons learned in order to bring the ingredients together to create a more just and socially sustainable food system.

Nominations are Open for Honors Tea
Academic and student leadership award nominations for the 2014 Green Mountain College Honors Tea are now being accepted. The Honors Tea webpage contains the list of student leadership awards and the student leadership nomination form. Faculty members should submit academic awards recipient names to Deb Mackey at The deadline for award submissions is Friday, March 7. For questions regarding Honors Tea, contact Lisa Perry at or 287-8377.

Big Sale at the Bookstore
The GMC Bookstore is having a 50% sale on select general merchandise. Please stop by the store and ask Heather about this exciting sale and the great deals available.

GMC Women's Lacrosse is Looking for Players
If you want to join a fun, exciting, and supportive group of women and experience the thrilling game of women's lacrosse please contact coach Benjamin at or captain Johanna Douglas at There is no experience necessary to join the team and we will provide all the equipment you need to play! We look forward to hearing from you!

New Headsets Enhance Biomass Tours
New to your campus! The biomass plant has received new headphones that will be used to ensure sound improvement and quality on our tours. If you have been on a tour of the biomass plant it may have been difficult to hear because of background noise from loud machinery. With the new headphones, this will no longer be an issue. The College now has two transmitters, 20 headsets, and two microphones to make the tours more fun and informative. The equipment was purchased through Audiolink at a cost of $3,036 and was made possible with the help of the admissions office and the Student Campus Greening Fund (SCGF). Student Dami Onakomaiya researched the equipment and wrote the SCGF grant. "The biomass plant is an important part of our mission to be as sustainable as possible at GMC. Tours are done very frequently on campus to a wide array of people and we want people to gain some insight into our mission after going on these tours," Dami said. If you are interested in taking a tour of the biomass plant, please contact Aaron Witham of the Sustainability Office at

Instagram contest deadline is extended to April 1
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 April 1 for a chance to win a gift certificate to TAPS Tavern!

Prof. Jessica Cuni (fine arts) has her work on display at the curated group show "No Country for Old Men" at Landmark College's Fine Art Gallery in Putney, Vt. The opening was on Saturday and the exhibit will be on display through April 27. The exhibition features the work of eight New England-based emerging artists. Utilizing painting, drawing and sculpture as well as performance, video, craft and site-relative installation, each piece calls into question the idea of a landscape as simply a view of the outside world and presents the complexities of exploring one’s place within that world. The title and content of "No Country For Old Men" gathers its inspiration from W. B. Yeats’ poem, "Sailing to Byzantium", while acknowledging that the show is comprised entirely of work from women artists. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays 1-6 p.m.

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-Sophomore Plenary Speaker
-Student Advocates at State Capitol
-Summer Farm Semester

Men's Lacrosse
3/08, GMC vs.Wells @ H.J.
   McCooey Memorial Field
   (Geneva, N.Y.)
   3 p.m.

Men's Tennis
3/08, GMC at Castleton
   1 p.m.