Students inquire about opportunites at last year's outdoor job fair. The third annual outdoor job fair will take place this Tuesday. See info below.

Poultney and Green Mountain College Members to
Gather in Joint Community Meeting

Poultney residents and members of the Green Mountain College community will be gathering to discuss their relationship and vision for future collaborations February 10 at 7 p.m. at the Poultney United Methodist Church.

Poultney's celebration of its 250-year anniversary presents an opportunity to reflect upon the relationship between Green Mountain College and the Village of Poultney. Recent collaborations between the school and village include the initiation of a movie theatre, a food co-op opening in April and joint partnerships between local schools and student programs. Members of both communities are invited to contribute to an exploration of this relationship. The goal of this conversation is to move the town and college forward developing achievable possibilities for future endeavors.

Questions to be explored this night include: In what ways do the Green Mountain College and Poultney Communities currently contribute to each other? How should Green Mountain College and the Village of the Poultney contribute to each other? In five years, what is our vision for our community and how can help to achieve such a vision? Read more here.

Seth Benjamin to Join Eagle Athletics Staff
Director of Athletics Marybeth Lennox named Seth Benjamin as the new Green Mountain College head women’s soccer and lacrosse coach Thursday.

“We are pleased to add Seth to the Green Mountain College athletics coaching staff,” said Lennox. “I am confident we have hired the quintessential diamond in the rough. Coach Benjamin is a person who exemplifies an abundance of important professional and leadership qualities. In addition, through the search process, he showed an extreme commitment to both the women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse programs, and showed an unwavering aspiration to be at Green Mountain College. His enthusiasm for Eagle Athletics will be hard to match.”

Benjamin brings a wealth of experience to the table having served a four-year stint as assistant coach of the University of New England men’s soccer program where he helped guide the Nor’easters to a pair of Commonwealth Coast Conference championship matches.

A graduate from Southern Maine University with a bachelors degree in History and minor in coaching, Seth holds a USSF ‘B’ license, NSCAA Director of Coaching and NSCAA National Goalkeeper diplomas. Read more here.

Presentation and Discussion With Dr. Alan Betts
Dr. Alan Betts will be giving a public presentation and discussion this Wednesday, February 9 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Tiny Theatre on Main Street in downtown Poultney.

A Transition Town is a grassroots movement to address challenges like climate change, peak oil, and the recession by building community resilience. It is a way for citizens to dream together and create the kind of town they want to live in. Find out what climate change means for Vermonters and how we can act together to create a future for Poultney that is abundant and prosperous! Local refreshments will be provided.

Dr. Alan Betts, founder of Atmospheric Research in Pittsford, Vermont, is the state's leading climate scientist. He is a commentator for VPR, and a columnist for the Rutland Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the Royal Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a past president of the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering. He is the author or co-author of more than 140 reviewed papers in the scientific literature.

For more information, contact Garnet Morgan (x8852) or at

Faculty Colloquium Series: Mark Dailey
Mark Dailey (Anthropology/Sociology) will draw on 2010 sabbatical research in southern China to examine what is happening to traditional botanical knowledge and practices amidst the rapid social and economic changes occurring in Chinese society.

The title of his presentation is “Why Don’t People Know the Plants Any More?: Modernization and Disappearing Knowledge in China.”

This presentation is open to the campus community, and will take place Wednesday, February 9 from 12-1 in Terrace 124.

Power Shift 2011
This spring, thousands of young people will converge in Washington, D.C. for Power Shift 2011. Students will come together to create a vision for this social movement, learn from and train one-another on campaigns and tactics, and take bold action to create a clean energy economy.

Together, young people create a power shift by coming together behind new campaigns, supporting community projects, and making their voices heard in D.C. through a lobby day and taking mass creative action.

With a growing movement using a diversity of approaches, Power Shift 2011 promises to be their most powerful and exciting convergence yet.

Students who are interested in organizing a delegation for this years Power Shift should contact Kyla Jaquish at or Amber Garrard at

Check out GMC student involvement at Power Shift 2009 here.


Faculty Candidate Presentation: Greg Bonito
Assistant Professor of Biology candidate Greg Bonito will be presenting research Monday, February 7 at 3 p.m. in room 002 of Griswold Library. The title of his research presentation is “Ecological and Evolutionary Insights on the ‘True Truffles.’”

For more information or questions, contact Shelby Phillips (x8392) or Meriel Brooks (x8235).

Faculty Candidate Presentation: Nathan McClintock
Cerridwen Farm Post-Doctoral Researcher candidate Nathan McClintock will be presenting research Monday, February 7 at 10 a.m. in Griswold 002.

McClintock will be receiving his Ph. D. from the University of California in Berkley this spring. His dissertation is titled “Farms in the Food Desert? Scaling Up Urban Agriculture in Oakland, California.”

The title of his presentation today will be “Cultivation, Capital, and Contamination: Assessing Urban Agriculture’s Origins and Possibilities in Oakland, California.”

GreenMAP Trip Registrations
Registration opens Monday, February 7 for the following GreenMAP trips:

Adirondacks Ice Climbing
February 26 and February 27
All Skill Levels

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

Upcoming Career Events
This Tuesday, February 8, there will be two different career events happening on campus. They are:

Third Annual Vermont Outdoor Job Fair
Tuesday, February 8
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Withey Lobby
Meet with recruiters from organizations who are hiring for summer positions and internships. Recruiters include Adventure Trek USA, Peace Corps, Student Conservation Association, Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and Zoar Outdoor.

Peace Corps Presentation
Tuesday, February 8
6 – 7 p.m.
Griswold Library, Room 2
Meet with Peace Corps Recruiter Greg Flatt to find out answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding the application process, service locations, and more.

Poultney Community Garden Organizational Meeting
Students, faculty, and staff interested in getting their hands dirty and learning more about food and social justice are encouraged to get involved with the Poultney Community Garden.

There will be an organizational meeting this Tuesday, February 8 from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Buttery.

For more information contact Sarah Mittlefehldt at

Faculty Candidate Presentation: Bill Landesman
Assistant Professor of Biology candidate Bill Landesman will be presenting research this Wednesday, February 9 at 4:30 in the Dickgeisser classroom, room 001 in Griswold Library.

The title of his research is “Soil Microbial Community Structure and Nitrogen Cycling under a Changing Climate.”

Landesman is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, MD.

Eagles Basketball to be Broadcasted on NSN
The next Northeast Sports Network (NSN) live broadcasting of the GMC Eagles basketball teams will be this Saturday, February 12 as the Eagles host Maine Maritime Academy. Men will play at 2 p.m., and women at 4.

Check out the broadcast live on the NSN site. Link to the live broadcast on the GMC athletics homepage by clicking the big NSN logo at the bottom of the main athletics page.

First Annual “Mr. and Ms. GMC” Competition on Campus
The International Awareness Club is hosting the first annual “Mr. and Ms. GMC” competition as a fundraiser for UNICEF next Monday, February 14. The event will take place in the dining hall during dinner from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The participants will have a chance to show their creativity, talent, charisma, and fashion. The audience is invited to bring spate change to support their favorite contestants.

All proceedings will be going towards UNICEF. Students interested in participating, donating, or helping out can contact Olesea Cojohari at or Romina Ramos at

Pre-Law Program Sponsors Free LSAT Study Workshop
Students interested in going to law school are encouraged to attend a free LSAT study workshop sponsored by the pre-law certificate program. Seats are limited, and priority goes to pre-law program students.

The workshop is on Saturday, March 26 from 10 – 2 p.m. There will be a follow-up session at a time that meets the schedules of the participants. Those interested can contact Sam Edwards at, the director of the pre-law program for more information and to reserve a spot.

Ron Steffens (communications) received funding to attend the American Meteorological Society's (AMS) Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, from January 22 - 27, 2011. In partnership with the National Communication Association and with support from the National Science Foundation, this year's AMS Annual Meeting theme of communication highlighted research not only from the meteorological community, but also from PhD students, Post Docs, and Professors from the field of communication.

Steffens' paper, "A 'Red Flag Warning' for communicating wildland fire risk: translating real-time fire risk assessments into action points for fire managers and for at-risk populations," compared warnings for "Red Flag" weather conditions with a more challenging question: Can we correlate a specific wildfire to climate change via "event attribution" processes? Read the paper here.

Thayer Raines (youth development & camp management) will be presenting at the American Camp Association National Convention in San Diego, CA, February 11, on the topic of “What Every Counselor Should Know: Six Essentials to Conflict Resolution”.

Community Conversation
GMC Welcomes New Coach
Prof. Dailey Gives Presentation
Faculty Notes

Women's Basketball
2/8, 8 p.m. vs. Castleton
2/11, 8 p.m. vs. Husson
2/12, 4 p.m. vs. Maine Maritime

Men's Basketball
2/8, 6 p.m. vs. Castleton
2/11, 6 p.m. vs. Husson
2/12, 2 p.m. vs. Maine Maritime


Faculty Candidate:
Greg Bonito

3 p.m.,
Room 002, Griswold Library

Jazz Band
6 p.m., Ackley Stage

7 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Outdoor Job Fair
11 - 1 p.m., Withey Lobby

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Poultney Community Garden Meeting
6 - 7 p.m., Buttery

Peace Corps Presentation
6 - 7 p.m.,
Room 2, Griswold Library

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

Faculty Colloquium:
Mark Dailey

12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

Academic Skills Workshop
Getting the Most Out of Your
Reading in the Least Time
1 - 2 p.m.,
Room 003, First Floor
Griswold Library

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

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

Faculty Candidate:
Bill Landesman

4:30 p.m.,
Room 001, Griswold Library

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

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

Dr. Alan Betts Presentation
7 - 9 p.m., Tiny Theatre

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

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

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

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Senior Exhibition:
Julia Taylor

6 - 8 p.m., Surdam

Dave and Ethan Comedy Show
9 p.m., Gorge

Singer Songwriter Cady Groves
8:30 p.m.,
Blue Moon Racoon Coffeehouse