Eight-piece band Rubblebucket, is set to perform this Friday in the Gorge. See story below.

GMC Professor Featured on VPR
GMC Prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (environmental studies) was featured in a Vermont Public Radio story last week about local sourcing of fuel for the College's biomass plant.

Mittlefehldt provided some background for a recent $73,658 grant the College received from the Rutland Regional Planning Commission (including funds from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program), the High Meadows Fund, the Riverledge Foundation and the Luce Foundation. Partnering with the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF), the new initiative, called the Poultney Woodshed Project, will study the feasibility of using locally produced fuel for GMC's biomass plant. The project is aimed at maintaining the ecological sustainability of local forests, boosting the local economy, and creating a template other colleges or communities could use.

"We're holding a series of round tables - trying to make the connections between all parts of the production process," Mittlefehldt said. "Mill owners, loggers, land owners, the College [and] foresters in the area try to figure out ways to create a community scale energy project." Listen to the story here.

Rubblebucket Set to Perform at GMC
Back in 2007, vocalist and saxophone player Kalmia Traver and trumpet player Alex Toth formed Rubblebucket after finding like-minded players at an art opening in a defunct milk bottling plant in Burlington, Vt.

Discontented with playing the typical accompanying roles often assumed by horn players, Toth and Traver built an eight-piece band with a vision to create pop-friendly music that embraces skill, complexity, and atypical arrangements.

According to the San Francisco Weekly, Rubblebucket is “what it sounds like when eight different freak flags fly in perfect unison.”

The L.A. Music Blog says “they sound like hippies who have taken over a city, hog-tied any uptight citizens, and painted all the yucky grey/brown buildings in acrylic colors and neon war paint.”

Performing at 9 p.m. in the Gorge this Friday, February 4, Rubblebucket is sure to be a hit at GMC.

Lennox Appointed as Member of
NCAA Membership Committee

GMC Athletics Director Marybeth Lennox has been selected as a member of the NCAA Division III Membership Committee. This highly selective position reviews issues related to Division III membership, monitors and audits sports-sponsorship requirements, and coordinates education programs for the Division III membership regarding NCAA legislation.

As a representative of the membership committee, Lennox will travel to different Division III campuses and attend educational sessions at the NCAA convention.

Lennox’s term of service has already begun, and will continue through the close of the January 2015 NCAA convention.

SCGF Announces Approved Projects
Thanks to student support and votes, the Student Campus Greening Fund (SCGF) has approved three new projects funded by the fall grants.

A new freezer has been approved for Chartwells, which will allow the College’s dining hall to use more local and Cerridwen Farm produce. The second project is a bridge that will be installed across Endless Brook at the Deane Nature Preserve, and the third is Eco-Reps, which will help promote sustainability to make the College’s dorms more environmentally friendly.

The SCGF is also pleased to announce that they are now a part of Epsilen, the College’s online academic support environment. On Epsilen, students will have access to look at the grants of past projects and hold discussions. It will also be the place to go to get applications, download the SCGF handbook, and the find contact information of committee members.

The SCGF encourages students to check them out on Epsilen, and start thinking of green changes for the Green Mountain College campus through SCGF rolling grants.

Find out more about the SCGF here.


Eco-Reps Program Begins on Campus
The Eco-Reps program, designed and managed by sustainability office manager Kyla Jaquish will be up and running this spring.

The program, funded by a Student Campus Greening Fund grant in fall of 2010, is designed to create student leaders in regards to campus sustainability.

Interested students apply for the position, and will be chosen based on the quality of their application, determination to be part of the program, and an interview.

Students chosen to take part in the program will have a number of responsibilities, including attending weekly goal setting and informational meetings, designing and maintaining a bulletin board full of sustainability related information, maintaining hub free boxes, hosting sustainability-related programs each semester, and managing waste in the dorms.

The program is designed to teach students about waste reduction, water use reduction, supporting local businesses, environmentally friendly cleaning practices, and energy conservation, among other issues in sustainability.

The Eco-Rep will be expected to work four hours a week to fulfill their duties. The position is paid, and if a student is passionate about campus sustainability, they will have the option to work more than four hours per week.

For more information about this position, contact Kyla Jaquish at jaquishk@greenmtn.edu.

Faculty Candidate Presentation: Ted Auch
Ted Auch, a candidate for the full-time post-doctoral researcher position made possible by the $93K grant from the Yavannah Foundation, will be presenting research Tuesday, February 1 at 4 p.m. in Ackley 334.

The title of the presentation is "The Circuitous Path of Carbon, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus From Atmosphere to Agriculture."

This presentation is open to the campus community.

Shakti Tribal Dance to Hold Special Events
On Tuesday, February 1, Shakti Tribal Dance and Duende will be hosting an Imbolc celebration with live music and dancing in the Gorge at 6:30.

Imbolc is an Irish festival marking the beginning of spring. It is most commonly celebrated on February 1 or 2, which falls halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere.

Additionally, Women and Gender Events (WAGE) and Shakti Tribal Dance will be hosting the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter for a viewing of “Dreamworlds 3: Desire, Sex, and Power in Music Video,” narrated by scholar Sut Jhally.

There will be a discussion on how we interpret and feed into media following the film, with topics about how critically we think about media, how society is affected by the images that pervade it, and how media does or doesn’t consume us.

This event will be happening in the East Room at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 3.

Get Fit
This is the time of year when resolutions to get in better shape are often abandoned. Edgar Vigil '11 doesn't want you to give up yet. As part of an independent study with athletic director Marybeth Lennox, Vigil is offering a fitness program at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day Monday through Saturday in the Eagle Fitness Center. Based on the program Insanity produced by Beachbody Inc., each session lasts an hour. A psychology major, Vigil will be on hand to encourage participants and lead the sessions. "Fifty percent of people end up dropping out of a fitness program, so I am exploring ways to help people stick with it," he said. Students, faculty or staff wishing to participate can contact him at: vigile@greenmtn.edu. Walk-ins also welcome.

16th Annual Poultney-Mettowee
Conservation District Ecosystem Exposition

In May each year, close to 500 students from 5th and 6th grade classrooms around the Poultney-Mettowee Watershed arrive on Green Mountain College’s campus to attend the annual Ecosystem Exposition.

The Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District (PMNRCD), along with the help of Green Mountain College professors, students, and local conservation experts, host the Ecosystem Exposition. The Ecosystem Exposition helps students get to know their own watershed and local issues, as well as increase their sense of place and foster a greater responsibility for their own backyard.

The Expo focuses on hands-on activities, so small groups of students rotate through their choice of nearly thirty workshops held on topics such as endangered species, animal tracking, slate, reptiles and amphibians, and soils.

The PMNRCD is now in the early planning stages for this year’s Expo and is looking for presenters. Green Mountain College professors, students, and clubs that may be interested in presenting at the Expo or want more information can contact Chuck Domenie at watershed.educator@gmail.com, or by phone at (802) 353-2488. More information is also available on the PMNRCD website.

Nagoya University Orientation Meeting
Students with a 3.0 GPA interested in studying abroad in Asia are encouraged to attend the Nagoya University orientation meeting this Wednesday, February 22 from 2 – 3 p.m. in Terrace 122.

Students will be surprised to find out that they do not have to speak Japanese at Nagoya University, as courses are in English, and that studying in Japan is actually less expensive than staying on campus at GMC.

To find out more about financial aid and scholarships, make sure to attend this meeting.

Information Meeting for Teaching in China
There will be an information session for students interested in teaching in China this Tuesday, February 1 from 4-4:30 p.m. in Dunton 112.

The discussion will be held by GMC alum Will Shoemaker ’06 who is currently in his second year of working as a visiting English instructor at Sanming College in Fujian Province, China.

GreenMAP Trip Registrations
Registration opens Monday, January 31 for the following GreenMAP trips:

Adirondacks Ice Climbing
February 16 and February 19
All Skill Levels

Mt. Cardigan Backcountry Ski/Snowshoe
February 18-20
All snow travelers welcome. After a night hike we will be staying at a campsite at the base of the mountain Friday and Saturday to access some great backcountry terrain. Skiers and snowboarders must be able to ski at an intermediate level.

GreenMAP trips are open to the College’s campus community. Sign up today in the GreenMAP office in the basement of Withey Hall.

Sue Sutheimer was noted in the American Chemical Society’s Nexus Newsletter for receiving an award from the American Chemical Society Committee on Environmental Improvement for the outstanding contributions to the incorporation of sustainability and to chemical education. Download the newsletter here.

Sarah Mittlefehldt recently had an article entitled, “The People's Path: Conflict and Cooperation in the Acquisition of the Appalachian Trail,” published in the journal Environmental History. Sarah is currently writing a book on the complex political dynamics involved in building the Appalachian Trail and the history of the environmental movement in the United States. The book will be published as part of the University of Washington Press’s Weyerhaeuser Environmental Book Series. Read the article here.

Jessica Ley has been invited to present on the yoga and backpacking trips that she has been leading for the Wilderness Challenge at the “Innovations in College Counseling” program at this year’s American College Personnel Association (ACPA) convention in Baltimore, Md. at the end of March.

The “Innovations” program has been offered at the ACPA convention nearly every year since 1964, and has been a standard in providing the opportunity for counseling center directors, counselors, and others to learn about new and innovative activities in the college counseling field.

Rubblebucket at GMC
Mittlefehldt on VPR
SCGF Announces Projects
Faculty/Student Notes

Women's Basketball
2/1, 6 p.m. vs. Lyndon State
2/4, 7:30 p.m. at Maine-Farmington
2/5, 2 p.m. at Thomas College

Men's Basketball
2/1, 8 p.m. vs. Lyndon State
2/4, 5:30 p.m. at Maine-Farmington
2/5, 4 p.m. at Thomas College


7 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Teaching in China Meeting
4 - 4:30 p.m.,
Dunton 112

Faculty Candidate
Presentation: Ted Auch

4 - 5 p.m.,
Ackley 334

Imbolc Celebration
6:30 p.m., Gorge

Academic Skills Workshop
Note Taking
1 - 2 p.m.,
Special Collections Room
Griswold Library

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wellness Center

Nagoya Orientation Meeting
2 - 3 p.m.,
Terrace 122

Power Yoga
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

Shakti Tribal Dance:

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wellness Center

Images of the Feminine
in Media

7 p.m., East Room

Relaxing Yoga
7 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

9 p.m., Gorge