Indigenous Agriculture, Policy, and Human Migration, Chiapas, Mexico, Winter Break 11-12
By Garland Mason
During the winter break seven GMC students decided to trade in their days at the mountain and hours in front of the TV in exchange for the chance to gain insight into a culture very different from that of Vermont. The GMC students found themselves in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico in the small village of San Isidro just north of the Guatemalan border.

The course Indigenous Agriculture, Policy, and Human Migration focused on the issues at the root of migration. The students explored why approximately 120 young people from San Isidro, a town of 1,200, have migrated to Vermont in order to work endless hours on Vermont dairy farms.

Migration has caused drastic changes in the community structure of many Mexican towns, and these changes were viewed first hand by the seven participating students. They learned about the traditional agricultural systems by visiting small subsistence farms and by harvesting coffee beans with a local family. They shared in long discussions regarding alternatives to migration and the possibilities for creating sustainable economies in southern Mexico.

Students also had the opportunity to visit Zapatista communities, engage in discussions with local farmers and key community members, and to critically examine current initiatives that promote a sustainable agricultural economy.

The students have returned to GMC with a renewed sense of global citizenship and a heightened perspective of the effects of international trade policy and globalization. The students will be sharing their photos and the coffee they harvested during a presentation that will take place in February, date and location to be decided.

Campus-wide Diversity Forum
A campus-wide diversity forum is planned for the evening of Wednesday, January 25th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m in the Gorge, organized by the GMC Diversity Committee in conjunction with the ELA Council. Everyone in the GMC community is invited to attend! Angela Park, founder and executive director of the non-profit organization Diversity Matters will facilitate the forum. Park is a recognized leader regarding diversity issues in organizations and institutions working on social and environmental change. The forum will involve discussion of diversity issues on the GMC campus.

The Diversity Committee, made up of students, staff and faculty, is working in collaboration with several offices and student clubs toward making Green Mountain College a more inclusive and supportive place for everyone in the community. The committee meets every other week, and the meetings are open to all. An announcement will be made shortly about the meeting time. For more information on this event, contact Keith McDade at or 802-287-8280.

New addition to the Music Program
During the holiday break Prof. James Cassarino secured the donation of an American made Challis Harpsichord (circa 1960s). The instrument was a gift from the Piper family whose very own family member Emily graduated from GMC last year. While at GMC Emily was an active participant in both the music and theatre programs.

John Challis (1907-1974) spent 4 years learning harpsichord building in England. He returned to the US in 1930 becoming the only harpsichord maker in America at the time. Such an instrument will add distinction to the music program and will be put to good use.

Green Mountain College
Alumni Speaker Series

In an effort for students to network with GMC alumni and learn/see firsthand the value of a GMC degree, the Office of Career Services will host a monthly Alumni Speaker Series beginning January 2012. The Office of Career Services and the respective academic departments will co-host and coordinate each event. Speakers will be nominated by faculty, staff and students.

The on-campus visits will include class presentations and an informal gathering open to all students and community members. Special invitations will be given to those in a related major. Faculty and career services staff will moderate the sessions.

Goals of the speaker series include:
  • Bringing alumni back to campus to share their personal and professional experience with GMC’s students and faculty.
  • Enriching both the academic and co-curricular programs of the College so current students can hear directly from alumni applying a GMC education in the wider world.
  • Alumni speakers sharing stories about their work and the path that led them there.
Our first speaker will be Jessyloo Rodrigues '07. Jessyloo was an environmental studies major and now works as an inside sales representative for Urban Moonshine Natural Products in Burlington, Vt. Urban Moonshine is a certified maker of organic bitters and herbal tonics.

Jessyloo will be on campus this Thursday, January 26 for two presentations open to the GMC campus community. From 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., she will be presenting in Withey Hall Lobby, and from 1 - 2:15 p.m. she will be presenting on what Urban Moonshine is doing to be sustainable and promote sustainability in the business strategies class in Terrace 122. All are invited to attend.

GMC Joins Casella in
'Power of Three'

Green Mountain College has an ambitious waste diversion goal for the 2011-2012 academic year. The target waste diversion rate is 30%. In order to achieve this goal, Green Mountain College must divert 70 tons from the landfill; framed differently, the GMC community must divert an additional 15 tons over last year’s diverted tonnage.

Green Mountain College recently reaffirmed its commitment to being a leader in sustainability by joining Casella Waste Systems closed loop recycling initiative. The Power of Three is Casella’s newest solution for its customers who are intent on bringing a new meaning to the term “zero-waste.” GMC’s recycling will be collected, processed into new products and redistributed to the College.

Join the Vice President of Foley Distributing, and Casella Waste System’s Director of Sales and Marketing on Thursday, January 26 from 11 -12:15 in the Gorge as they explain what the Power of Three™ means for GMC.

Rick Bass Returns to GMC
As debate over the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline continues, Green Mountain College will host award-winning author and environmental activist Rick Bass for a public talk on January 30 at 6 p.m. in the Gorge (in Withey Hall). His talk will be based on his 2010 book The Heart of the Monster: Why the Pacific Northwest & Northern Rockies Must Not Become an ExxonMobil Conduit to the Alberta Tar Sands co-authored by David James Duncan.

He will also read from his nature writings on January 31 at 12:30 p.m. in the College's Griswold Library. Both events are free and open to the public.

The recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Lyndhurst Foundation fellowship, Bass has received an O. Henry Award and a Pushcart Prize. Bass was the speaker for Green Mountain College's fourth annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture on April 20, 2011. More

Poultney Winter Parking Ban
A friendly reminder from the town offices in Poultney: with the likelihood of winter snow and the need to accommodate snow removal crews, the Poultney winter parking ban is now in effect.

Through April 1 there is no parking on any Poultney street or public parking lot between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Any car parked on the street between these hours may be towed at the owner's expense!


GreenMAP Trips and Sign-ups
Registration opens today, January 23, for a number of GreenMAP trips coming up in the next few weeks. The trips are:

Adirondack Ice Climbing
All skill levels welcome!
Leaders: Derek, Jon
Trip Date: January 28 (meet at 8 a.m. in GreenMAP office)

Telemark Ski Clinic
Join GreenMAP’s PSIA telemark instructors and learn the joy of the telemark turn. Participants must have a ski pass or buy a lift ticket.
Leaders: Nick R.
Trip Date: February 1 (meet at 10 a.m. in GreenMAP office)

Sign up today in the GreenMAP office located next to the Student Life office in Withey basement.

Spring Production Auditions
Auditions will be held for GMC's spring productions on Wednesday, January 25 in Ackley Auditorium from 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, directed by senior Blake Kyler, will be performed March 28 - 31. Widely regarded as Shakespeare's most perfect comedy, Twelfth Night follows the twisting paths, detours and bumps in the road that lead to love. This production will take place in the wild west and use a live folk ensemble to showcase music as the "food of love". There will be 2-3 person sides available from the play for the audition and will also be available in Paula Mann's office on Monday.

Auditions will take place in the chapel next to Ackley stage. Come prepared to do a Texas drawl!

The 39 Steps, directed by Ben Jankowski, will be performed April 19-21. The 39 Steps is a revival adaptation of a Hitchcock masterpiece combined with a film noir juicy spy novel. Ideal performers will be quick learners and passionate players. Improv experience is a plus. This show offers an incredible opportunity for performers who are attracted to ferocious play, cunning wit, and a love of physical comedy.

No monologues please. This show is fast, funny, and funnier. Please come prepared with a joke that can be told in your best British dialect (no memorization required). Feel free to use any source material you can find (such as Monty Python, Dr. Who, etc.). Audition will take place on the stage in Ackley.

GMAT Study Group
Students studying for the Graduate Management Admissions Test are welcome to join a study group on Tuesdays from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Special Collections Room on the second floor of Griswold Library. The group will be facilitated by Dan Riley ’12, and is sponsored by Career Services.

Time Management and Organization Workshop
As part of this semester’s academic workshop series, Christina Fabrey, director of academic support systems, will be holding a workshop on time management and organization at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25 in the Special Collections Room on the second floor of Griswold Library.

In this workshop, students will identify strategies and barriers to effective time management, and will demonstrate their understanding of effective time management by creating their own schedules and prioritizing tasks. Students should come prepared with their course schedule and syllabi. This workshop is a “must-attend” for those that want to start the semester off on the right foot!

Poultney Cooperative Solar Project
Students interested in helping to bring a solar project to Poultney should attend a meeting on Wednesday, January 25 at 7 p.m. at the Poultney High School library. Come and join your neighbors in your community’s clean energy generation. Anyone interested may attend, or contact Energize Vermont at

Office Freepo Open for Business
Donations have been flying in & out of The Office Freepo this week. Keep the cycle going and shop or donate to the Office Freepo in the basement of Pollock. We have essentials like pens, pencils, notebooks and folders for your daily needs. Shelving, printer ink, a stapler or shredder may also prove helpful. Inventory has been moving fast, so get to the Office Freepo!


  • Prof. Sue Sutheimer (chemistry) and Jesse Pyles (former service-learning and sustainability coordinator at GMC) have published a book chapter "Integrating Sustainability and Service Learning into the Science Curriculum" for a new book Social Responsibility and Sustainability: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Through Service Learning. The book was edited by Tracy McDonald for Stylus Publishers. The library has a copy.
GMC Diversity Forum
Alumni Speaker Series
GMC Joins Casella Waste
Faculty/Staff Notes

Men's Basketball
1/24, 5:30 p.m. vs. Castleton
1/27, 7:30 p.m. vs. Maine-Farmington
1/28, 3 p.m. vs. Thomas

Women's Basketball
1/24, 7:30 p.m. vs. Castleton
1/27, 5:30 p.m. vs. Maine-Farmington
1/28, 1 p.m. vs. Thomas


Open Chapel
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Open Chapel
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
2 - 3:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Guided Meditation
4 - 4:30 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Fire Spinning
6 - 7:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

GMAT Study Group
7 - 8 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

Open Chapel
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Academic Skills Workshop:
Time Management & Organization

1 - 2 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

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

Spring Production Auditions
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Ackley Auditorium

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

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

Diversity Forum
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.,

Poultney Solar Project Meeting
7 p.m.,
Poultney High School Library

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance - Advanced
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio

Open Chapel
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Kripalu Yoga
4 - 5:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Open Chapel/Celtic Prayer
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Tournament Day
1 p.m., Buttery