MaryJane Sarvis, a photographer from Shaftsbury, Vt. will be one of three digital photographers featured in Digital Regional, an upcoming exhibit at The Feick. See story below.

timothy patrick mccarthy College Hosts Timothy Patrick McCarthy as Voices of Community Plenary Speaker
Green Mountain College will host Timothy Patrick McCarthy, director of the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard’s Kennedy School, for a public address January 24 at 9:30 a.m. in the East Room (Withey Hall). McCarthy will speak to GMC students as the school’s 2013 Voices of Community Plenary Speaker. The title of his talk is "Human Rights, Human Wrongs: The Long History of Slavery and Abolition,” which focuses on modern slavery and the sex slave trade.

A historian of politics and social movements, McCarthy is a lecturer on history and literature and on public policy at Harvard University, and is the author of four books including The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition and The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the People’s Historian. His fifth book, Stonewall’s Children: A Modern Story of Liberation, Loss, and Love, will be published next spring.

In addition to his writing and teaching, McCarthy has devoted his life to public service and social justice, particularly around issues of racial, sexual, and socioeconomic justice, and educational equity. Since 1990, he has been a Big Brother to Malcolm Green, now 26, whom he met while volunteering in the Cambridge public schools as an undergraduate. As founding director of Harvard’s Alternative Spring Break Church Rebuilding Program, he has spent the last fifteen years organizing groups of undergraduates to help rebuild African-American churches destroyed in arson attacks. In honor of this work, McCarthy received the 2007 Humble Servant Award from the National Coalition for Burned Churches, and the 2010 Advocate Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association.

Since 2001, McCarthy has also directed and taught in the Boston Clemente Course, a multi-disciplinary college humanities course offered free of charge to low-income adults through the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, Mass.

McCarthy graduated with honors in History and Literature from Harvard College, and earned his M.A., M.Phil., and PhD in history from Columbia University.

The only son and grandson of public school teachers and factory workers, McCarthy is an award-winning teacher and advisor whose courses are consistently among the most popular and highly rated at Harvard. He is the recipient of Harvard’s Stephen Botein Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2000), John R. Marquand Award for Exceptional Advising and Counseling (2003) and the Derek Bok Certificate for Teaching Excellence (2006-2012).

“Digital Regional” Photography Exhibit opens at Feick Arts Center
The William Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College will kick off the new year with an exhibit of three local photographers. Digital Regional will feature Ian Creitz of Cambridge, N.Y., Les Jorgensen of Manchester, Vt., and MaryJane Sarvis of Shaftsbury, Vt., from January 15 through February 8. There will be a public reception on Friday January 18, from 5-7 p.m.

Curated by Green Mountain College’s photography professor Kevin Bubriski, the artists were selected for the innovative processes used in their photography, including digital manipulation of images.

MaryJane Sarvis, originally a textile designer, started shooting photographs with her IPhone in 2010, and was introduced to photo editing. MaryJane edits her scenes of beauty and nature to achieve a look reminiscent of traditional oil paintings.

Ian Creitz, primarily a self-taught photographer, has been taking photos in Cambridge for most of his life. His work is influenced his surrounding landscape which includes rolling hills and farmlands, as well as dilapidated and crumbling buildings in areas closer to Albany.

Les Jorgensen has been practicing photography in the advertising and editorial worlds for over 20 years. He has worked extensively with virtual reality photography, including panoramas and virtual reality objects. Jorgensen will be exhibiting a series of work influenced by his great aunt Millie who traveled the world with a camera.

The exhibition and all events are free and open to the public. General gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Please contact the gallery for more information at 802-287-8398 or

GMC Completes Online Service Upgrades
Our computing and technology services staff has been working hard over the break to double the internet bandwidth available to students, faculty and staff.

With this achievement, we now have four times the bandwidth we had at the opening of the academic year in August. You should experience shorter download times, faster service and greater storage capacity in your online computing activities.

The project was completed through a collaboration between the Vermont Telecommunications Authority, SoverNet, Fairpoint Communications and the College’s computer services department.


Career Corner
Setting some goals this New Year!

Happy New Year! Yes, it is a bit cliché, but the New Year is a great time to set new goals. While you are vowing off the sweets or as most of us do, promising to exercise more, why not set a goal related to your career? notes that “setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation.”

Start by setting a “big picture” goal related to one aspect of your life that ultimately affects your career path. These can include your financial situation, health, attitude or characteristic trait, education, family, and so on. For instance, if you have high anxiety about public speaking, set a goal to “become more comfortable talking in front of a group.”

Next, break down this overarching goal into smaller goals: learn and implement stress-reducing techniques, volunteer to present an assignment first in class, strike up a conversation with a stranger, etc. By creating smaller attainable goals, your motivation will perpetuate you towards achieving the larger goal!

Check out for other advice related to “essential skills for an excellent career” or make an appointment with Maia in Career Services.

Faculty Service Learning Grant Program
There will be an information session on the faculty service learning grant program for the Spring 2013 semester on Wednesday, January 16 at 1 p.m. in Withey dining hall.

A second information session will be held on Wednesday, January 23 at 1 p.m. also in the dining hall. Faculty proposals are due on Friday, January 25 and cover academic activities to be carried out in Spring 2013 semester or Summer 2013.

Please e-mail Jacob Park or Tom Mauhs-Pugh if you have any questions about the program and/or discuss any proposal ideas.

Winter Parking Ban
A friendly reminder from the village of Poultney to all auto owners: the winter parking ban is now in effect. To insure snow removal crews can clear the roads properly, the village traffic ordinances prohibit parking a vehicle unattended within the right-of-way of any street or highway in Poultney or in a public parking lot from November 1 to April 1 between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. (The Right-of -Way includes the traveled portion of the highway and the area between the curb up to and including the sidewalk or 25 feet from the centerline of those highways without a curb or sidewalk). Cars violating this ordinance may be towed—vehicle owners are responsible for towing and costs.


  • Prof. Steven Fesmire’s (philosophy, environmental studies) opinion piece “A Durable and Humane Future for Animal Husbandry” was recently published in the 2012 winter issue of Animal Welfare Approved newsletter in which he emphasizes the importance of democracy in local food systems. “No diet exhaustively deals with all of the often-incompatible factors inherent in agriculture and eating,” Fesmire writes. “That is, there’s no such thing as the correct, best, or “natural” diet, determined in advance of the situations that require us to make dietary choices. Nor is there any single right way to reason about dietary choices. The problem we all face isn’t the lack of a dietary compass; it’s that conventional dietary choices and farming methods do nothing to move us toward a more humane, just, and sustainable food system.”

  • MSES alumni Barbara Fraser, a free-lance journalist based in Peru who received her MS in Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College in 2010, has recently published articles in a pair of influential journals. Her essay, “Melting in the Andes: Goodbye Glaciers,” appeared in the pages of Nature in November 2012, while another article, “Is the Amazon Rain Forest Drying Out?” appeared in Scientific American in December 2012. In addition, Barbara’s cover article in the October 2012 issue of Scholastic magazine, “Mysterious Mummies,” follows GMC geologist John Van Hoesen and a Chilean anthropologist through the Atacama Desert in search of a mineral used 7,000 years ago to preserve mummies.

Voices Plenary Speaker
"Digital Regional" Exhibit
Bandwidth Upgrade
Faculty/Student Notes

Men's Basketball
1/17, 7:30 p.m. vs. Lyndon St.
1/19, 1 p.m. at Johnson St.

Women's Basketball
1/17, 5:30 p.m. vs. Lyndon St.
1/19, 3 p.m. at Johnson St.


Classes Begin
8 a.m.,

Guided Meditation
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

College Programming Board Meeting
4 p.m.,
Withey 164

Wellness Center Open House
2 - 5 p.m.
Wellness Center

Massage Therapy
3 - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Cerridwen Farm Open House
5:30 p.m.,
Cerridwen Farm

Shakti Tribal Dance - Beginners
6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance - Advanced
7:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

No events scheduled for this day.

Last Day for Adding Classes
5 p.m.,

Jennings and Ponder Storytelling
6 p.m.,
Dorset, Vt.

CPB Concert Featuring Members of Skyfoot
9 p.m.,

Ice Skating at Spartan Arena
2 p.m.,
Rutland, Vt.

Film Showing:
Brother From Another Planet

8 p.m.,
Tiny Theater

Snow Ball Dance Party
9 p.m.,
East Room

Deane Preserve Snowshoe Hike
1 p.m.,
GreenMAP Office