GMC ski team member Leo Walsh speeds out of the start during a recent race at Bromley Mountain. The team wraps up their season with two more weekends of competition, including the Eastern Regionals in New Hampshire the weekend of February 20.

GMC Launches New Sustainable Agriculture Major
Green Mountain College announced last week the creation of a new Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production major at the College. GMC will present the major concentration as part of its curricular offerings beginning in the fall 2010 semester. The major has been developed out of a highly successful sustainable agriculture concentration in the College's environmental studies program.

"Over the past decade, we've developed a strong national reputation for education in sustainable agriculture, and we've integrated that knowledge into our environmental liberal arts curriculum," said GMC Provost Dr. William Throop. More...

‘New Historic Plateau:’ Brinley Buckley Passes 1,000 in Two Categories
In an 83-73 North Atlantic Conference loss to Thomas College January 29, Green Mountain College senior forward Emma Brinley Buckley (Lakeville, Conn.) set a career high in both points (30) and rebounds (27) for her 11th double-double of the season, and surpassed the 1,000 mark in both categories. Brinley Buckley finished the contest with 1,008 points and 1,001 boards to become the first GMC women’s basketball player in history to reach the historic plateau. Emma also leads the nation in blocks (5 per game) and narrowly missed her 1st triple-double with nine blocks on the night.

Sexual Assault Prevention Speaker to Host Talk
On February 10, GMC welcomes sexual assault prevention speaker Katie Koestner for a presentation at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. Koestner is the first victim of date rape to speak out nationally and publicly about her experience at The College of William and Mary. TIME Magazine featured her on the cover in June of 1991, and in 1993 HBO made a movie about her story. She has appeared on news shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live and Larry King Live. More...

Green Mountain College In the News
Green Mountain College students and faculty have been highlighted in several online publications in recent days. Read the article and blog post:

  • 1/29/10:
    A story titled "Green Mountain College: A Clean, Green Farming Machine" highlights GMC programs including the REED Certificate and the ecological design course. features "comparative information about local U.S. communities, careers, and colleges." Read the article posted January 29.

  • 1/31/10: Students in Europe
    Students in Europe, a website devoted to study abroad opportunities, discusses GMC's international block course at Brunnenburg Castle in Dorf Tirol, Italy in a post on January 31. The story talks about the program's focus on cultural immersion and hands-on learning. Read the story.

GMC Athletics Celebrates Student Athletes with Banquet
About 70 members of the GMC community turned out the evening of February 6 for the first annual Eagle Athletics Winter Celebration. Faculty, staff, coaches and student athletes celebrated recent athletic achievements and the College’s second year in the North Atlantic Conference. The East Room hosted the banquet. Click here for more information on the Eagle Athletic Association.

Photo: Pat Mahoney '10

Wildlands & Woodlands the Focus of Upcoming Talk
Brian Donahue, associate professor of American Environmental Studies at Brandeis University, will present a lecture titled "Wildlands, Woodlands, and Farmlands: Natural Infrastructure and Sustainability in New England" on February 16 at 7 p.m. in The Gorge. Donahue is an award-winning environmental history scholar, earning the George Perkins Marsh Prize for the Best Book in Environmental History for his 2004 work, The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord. He is also the author of Reclaiming the Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town. His talk is sponsored by the GMC Family Farm Forum and the history program.

Farmin' Fuel Plenary Comes to GMC
Ever wonder what a fossil-free farm looks like? Come to the East Room on February 16 from 1-3 p.m. for a plenary discussion focused on the prospects of biodiesel in Vermont and the greater Rutland area. Panelists include Heather Darby of the UVM Agricultural Extension, Scott Gordon of Green Technologies, Netaka White of the Vermont Sustainable Job Fund, and Kenneth Mulder, GMC Farm Manager and Research Associate.

The plenary and the discussions to follow are intended to jump-start the cultivation of oilseed crops and the use of renewable liquid fuels in this region of Vermont. Technical know-how, funding sources, and opportunities for collaboration are all topics to be discussed. The plenary is sponsored by Prudent Fuels, Inc. and the GMC Family Farm Forum.

Flu Clinic Draws a Crowd
A flu vaccination clinic on January 20 at The Gorge drew 182 patients, most of them citizens from Poultney and surrounding communities. The clinic was sponsored by the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice and arranged through the help of GMC’s Wellness Center. “We are so thankful that community partners like GMC support RAVNAH in our efforts to serve the community,” said Betsy Morgan, RN, co-manager of Community and Occupational Health at RAVNAH. H1N1 vaccinations were provided at no charge during the clinic.

Food Fight Filmmakers to Host Screening & Talk
On February 19, at 7 p.m. in the East Room, GMC hosts a screening of the award-winning documentary Food Fight: Revolution Never Tasted So Good, by Chris Taylor. The film "is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness." A potluck at 5:30 p.m. precedes the screening. Following the film, the filmmakers will host a discussion. The event is sponsored by the Green Mountain College Family Farm Forum, the GMC Voices of Community Film Fest and Rutland Area Farm & Food Link (RAFFL).


Learn More about GMC's Summer Farm Intensive
Students interested in enrolling in the GMC Summer Farm Intensive are invited to learn more at an information session February 9, at 6 p.m. in the East Room. Farm Life Ecology: A Field & Table Intensive is a 13 week-long, 12 credit summer intensive program with an emphasis on experiential learning and research. After the meeting, there will be a screening of Fridays at the Farm, a short movie about the filmmaker's experience participating in a CSA program.

New GMC History This Green Place Published
This Green Place, a history of Green Mountain College covering the years 1980-2009, is hot off the press. Commissioned for the College's 175th anniversary and written by faculty member Patricia Moore, the narrative traces GMC’s transition from a two-year women’s college to a four year co-educational school. The book can be purchased for $25. For $60, both This Green Place and GMC's earlier history in loco parentis by Ruth-Ann Dwyer Knieriemen ‘48 can be ordered. Supplies of both books are limited. To purchase, contact Jan Tower at (802) 287-8300, or email

Peace Corps Display to Feature GMC Faculty & Alums
The second floor of Griswold Library will host a Peace Corps display for the month of February. Learn about GMC alumni and faculty who have served in the corps. They include:
  • Erin Belitskus, 2000
  • Monique Couture, 2009
  • Prof. Keith McDade (Natural Resource Management)
  • Prof. Mary Pernal (English)
  • Tyler Tragle Jenner, 1967
  • Anna Sutton Whitcomb, 1971

Employee Appreciation Event on Tap
The annual GMC Employee Appreciation Breakfast will be held February 17 at 9 a.m. in Withey Dining Hall. All employees are invited to enjoy breakfast while congratulating members of the GMC community who have reached years of service milestones.

Prof. Ron Steffens (communications) will serve on an interdisciplinary panel for a Fire History and Climate Change Synthesis Workshop, funded by the Joint Fire Science Program. The February workshop and an ongoing grant will bring field practitioners, scientists, and communicators together to develop an easy-to-apply synthesis of fire history and fire science. The project will produce decision support tools to guide fire planners and natural resource managers as they adapt to climate change impacts on local and regional fire regimes.

Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology) and Amber Garrard, GMC Sustainability Coordinator, had an article published in GIS Educator and ESRI's ArcUser Magazine. The article highlights two natural resource management majors, Jane Day and Kyla Jaquish, for the community project they worked on in the spring 2009 Introduction to Geographic Information Course. Jane and Kyla worked with Amber to begin estimating the amount of carbon consumed as a result of faculty and staff commuting to campus.

View Jane & Kyla's community project (PDF).
View the ArcUser magazine article (PDF).