The William Feick Arts Center will exhibit artwork from five fine arts students through May of 2013. This piece, “Blue Pollen with Spikes,” was created by Lizzie Helbig '13. Learn more below.

Ackerman-Leist Releases New Book
Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist’s (sustainable agriculture) new book, Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems, was released by publisher Chelsea Green on January 31, 2013.

In his latest book, Ackerman-Leist explores the distinctions between local and regional food, and navigates the contemporary issues involved in establishing a sustainable food system.

He asks readers, “Can we build and support smaller-scale, locally oriented food systems that are more likely to be just, ecologically appropriate, accessible, and resilient than food systems of larger scales?” He does respond in the affirmative. However, through asserting the complications that face the local agricultural and, indeed, the global agricultural community, Ackerman-Leist makes it clear that the methods to achieve this goal are various and multifaceted.

He writes, “We Americans are well versed in volunteerism, supporting nonprofits, and transforming religious ideals into action. In sum, we do a pretty good job in responding to problems. But we don’t always seem to be so good at fixing problems—not even one as basic as ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious, culturally appropriate foods. The first step in addressing a problem is defining it. And the more complex the problem, the more challenging it can be to define it.”

Despite this proviso, Ackerman-Leist defines many problems with the food system, through explaining historical context and the contemporary legal and cultural landscape. Most importantly, he describes the challenges that readers will face if they choose to enter the national debate, or even if they choose to subvert the status quo on an individual level. Through the medium of his writing, Ackerman-Leist provides sustainability-minded readers with a key ingredient for success: confidence that it can be done.

Among the admirers of the book is Marion Nestle, prof. of Sociology at New York University and author of the influential blog Food Politics. She plans on using the book for her food advocacy class at NYU this summer.

Read an early review of the book from Publisher’s Weekly here.

Students Explore Morocco during Winter Break
Over winter break December 27-January 11, a handful of prof. Mary Jane Maxwell’s history students escaped the biting cold of Vermont to warm, distant Morocco to experience first-hand the culture and history they had explored together in the classroom. Led by prof. Maxwell and adjunct history prof. Andrew Duffin, students in the class titled Morocco: Arab, European, and Berber Fusion traveled the breadth of the northern African country, including its dense cities, high mountains and the remote Sahara desert.

After landing in Casablanca on December 27th, the group began its journey in the historic city of Marrakech, and witnessed the mélange of old and new traditions. The students encountered a bustling Western style metropolis where half of the inhabitants wore traditional Islamic dress. Just a few streets away, they walked through neighborhoods that seemed not to have changed in centuries.

Before the conclusion of the fall semester, each student completed an in-depth project on an aspect of Morocco’s history and culture. While in the country, students presented their research at places that related to their topic.

By the time the students ended their journey in Fes they had experienced an intensive introduction to Moroccan culture which included exploring the city of Marrakech, riding camels into the Sahara and stopping for lunch at an oasis, and getting fitted with jilbabs in Fes.

See a photo montage of the trip produced by Mike Magnotta ’13 here.

Study at Brunnenburg Castle in Fall 2013
The passions of politics, religion, art and the environment will be the foci of Fall 2013’s study abroad program at Brunnenburg Castle in the Italian Alps. An approximately 16-credit semester, led by Professor Jennifer Baker (Arts and Sciences), begins September 1 and ends December 1. Students live, work and study at Brunnenburg Castle, a renowned study center operated by the family of poet Ezra Pound.

A 6-7 day trip is expected to visit Florence, Vicenza and Venice. Course offerings will include: Topics in Design: Creative Intent for Personal Objects, a history of functional design vis-a-vis development in style and form of utilitarian items, implements and garments; agroarchaeology, a history and folklore of agriculture; Special Topics in History & Theory: The Medici and Hapsburg Families/Topics in European and World History (ART/HIS cross-Listed) a survey of the 11th- 16th centuries and beyond, where these two dynastic families created Popes and Kings, establishing political precedents whilst utilizing their finances, political power and papacies to hold dominion over all aspects of life and art; Saints and Heroes, a study of Medieval iconography and literature; and a course on the poetry of Ezra Pound, taught by his daughter. There’s even a course in “Survival German!”

See a video about Brunnenburg here.

Applications are available from Jennifer Baker or Deborah Mackey

Information Meeting: Tuesday 2/12, East Room, 6:30 p.m.
Application Deadline: February 26th
Interviews: March 11th-15th
Selection Deadline: March 18th
Deposit Due in Financial Aid: April 15th

Ten GMC Student-Athletes Earn NAC All-Academic Honors
The success of Green Mountain’s fall varsity sports programs is not just limited to the Eagles’ performance on the field or court, it runs deep into the classroom as well. That fact was made evident when ten Eagle student-athletes were named to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) 2012 Fall All-Academic Team. It was the largest number of GMC students to receive Fall all-academic honors and ties the College’s mark set last spring for the most all-academic honors in a semester.

Leading the way with five honorees was the women’s soccer program. Senior players Casey McGill (King of Prussia, Pa.) and Emma Lord (Greenville, N.Y.) who were on this list last year were joined by juniors Emma Christensen (Rangeley, Maine), Johanna Douglas (Essex, Conn.), and Katrina Goebel (Rileyville, Va.).

Men’s soccer and cross country each had two student-athletes recognized by the NAC. Returning to the list were seniors Ryan Laymon (Illion, N.Y.) and Chris Donovan (Bedford, Mass.) from soccer and cross country, respectively. Juniors Tyler Lawson (Adams, Mass.) of men’s soccer and Scott Morris (Hewitt, N.J.) from cross country joined them in receiving the honor.

Women’s cross country runner Whitney Rose (Kalamazoo, Mich.) rounded out the ten student-athletes to receive the award.

BFA Student Lizzie Helbig ’13 Exhibits at The Feick
The William Feick Arts Center will exhibit artwork from five fine arts students through May of 2013. Lizzie Helbig ‘13, Elizabeth Billings ‘13, Marijo Bineault ‘13, Ian Barnum ‘13, and Annie Parham ‘13 will each participate in a solo exhibit to complete their bachelor of in fine arts degree. "Shift: Exploring the Effects of Scale" by Lizzie Helbig opens on Friday, February 15 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition ends on March 12.

Lizzie Helbig, from Pittstown, N.J., presents her audience with an experience of scale shift. Her works will include a ceramic installation, drawings and collages which highlight the replication of forms and patterns in nature. Helbig layers forms that repeat at different levels of scale, from so small to so large that we cannot relatively understand them.

Exhibitions and 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

Community Conversation on “Sustainability 2020”
“We’ve come a long way, but there’s still a long way to go.”

That might describe the context of the next campus community conversation scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, from 2:30-5 p.m. in the East Room. The topic is “Sustainability 2020” which is also the title of the College’s new master plan introduced earlier in the academic year.

Green Mountain College has a great deal to be proud of in doing its part to make the world more ecologically, socially and economically sustainable. The College’s heating plant burns woodchips instead of fossil fuel, and GMC recently became the first carbon neutral campus through campus-wide efficiency, adoption of clean energy, and purchase of local carbon offsets. Now, GMC has released “Sustainability 2020” which embodies GMC’s educational vision for the future. It commits the College to other ambitious milestones, including meeting all of our energy needs with 100% renewable energy by the year 2020.

The conversation will focus on ways the GMC community can further strengthen campus sustainability, including creation of a shared understanding of what sustainability means at GMC and to generate input on proposed metrics through critical evaluation. Possible discussion questions: do the proposed metrics of Sustainability 2020 capture the essential elements of sustainability that are important to Green Mountain College? As we make progress in these different areas, do we feel confident that we can claim that we have achieved “authentic sustainability?” What opportunities or challenges do you anticipate as GMC begins to focus on these metrics? Click here to see a copy of Sustainability 2020.

Please bring your ideas and energy—all students, faculty and staff are urged to attend. Refreshments will be served.


Career Corner
Stories out of School Event
As a GMC student, you are already fortunate to be able to interact so closely with your professors. Campus events, the dining hall, and even the pub are all great opportunities for you to gain personal insight on who your professors are and how their experiences have shaped them.

And here’s another way! Please join the Office of Career Services, Tuesday, February 12 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the East Room (Withey Hall) for our Fall Stories out of School event: The Graduate School Experience. This fun and lively event is sure to provide you with a new perspective on the many different paths graduate schools have to offer.

Panelists include: Karen Swyler MFA, Natalie Coe Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics, and Jennifer Powers Ph.D. curriculum and instruction.

Moderator: William Throop, Ph.D. in philosophy.

Other upcoming events:
Tuesday, February 26
4 - 5 p.m.
Resume and Cover letter Writing Workshop
Griswold 2nd Floor Graphics Lab

Wednesday, February 27
11 - 12 p.m.
Resume and Cover letter Writing Workshop
Griswold 2nd Floor Graphics Lab

Revised Compost Bin System in Residence Halls
A new composting system is being implemented this semester, and hopefully it will be better than ever! Bins will be placed on the second floor of each residence hall, and half of these bins will be switched to worm-assisted compost (vermiculture) bins. Each bin will be run by two point-person volunteers, ideally living in the same building as the bin, and these volunteers will be ultimately accountable and the primary caretakers for their bin. Everyone on the floor should still help maintain and care for the bin, as it will be everyone’s responsibility in the residence. The role of the Eco-Reps will be to make sure the process runs smoothly. Educational posters will be put up next to every regular bin and worm bin explaining the proper procedure for composting.

A floor cannot have a compost bin if no one volunteers to be a point person to take care of the bin! If you are interested in being a compost volunteer please call the sustainability office at extension 8277, shoot us an email at, or just stop by to fill out a form and talk about compost! Also, your participation in this composting survey would be greatly appreciated, and will take less than five minutes of your time. Please, let us know how you feel about composting on campus!

Faculty Candidate Presentation: Allison Horst Ph.D.
Allison Horst Ph.D., a candidate for the director of quantitative learning position, will give a public presentation titled "Do the Math! Establishing a Quantitative Literacy Program at Green Mountain College" Monday, February 11 at 1 p.m. in the Dickgeisser Classroom (Griswold Library).

College Programming Board Meeting
Do you have an idea about what type of music, performance or movie you’d like to see on campus? Join other students this Tuesday, February 12 at 4 p.m. in the student involvement office to plan and host campus wide events for the Green Mountain College community.

Film Showing: The Apple Pushers
As part of the Environmental & Food Justice Documentary Series, the film "The Apple Pushers" will be shown at the Tiny Theater on Main Street this Tuesday, February 11 at 7 p.m.

This documentary narrated by Edward Norton explores food access, immigration, the American obesity crisis and more by following five immigrant pushcart vendors who provide fresh fruit and vegetables to New York's inner city neighborhoods.

Admission is free and is supported by the Hills and Hollows/Vermont Community Foundation Grant.

Popcorn $1 and Poultney's own Sweetwater sodas $1.50. Any donations or concession sales support the non-profit Tiny Theatre Community Center.

Film Showing: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
In this engaging coming-of-age tale based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, a shy freshman struggling with depression deals with his best friend's suicide and his first love -- and finds help from two seniors who take an interest in him.

The film will be shown this Saturday, February 16 at the Tiny Theater on Main Street with showings at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., and 9 p.m.

Admission is free for students, and all other admissions $3/person; discounted multiple admission punch cards available with proceeds supporting the non-profit Tiny Theatre Community Center.

Vagina Monologues Informational Meeting
Interested in being in this year's "Vagina Monologues?" Find out more about the "Vagina Monologues" and how to get involved this Sunday, February 17 at 1 p.m. in Withey Lobby.

Cello in the Coffeehouse
Come listen to the music of John Miller, an extremely personable, hilarious, unique, and very talented cello player this Sunday, February 17 at 8 p.m. in the GMC Coffeehouse (basement of Moses).

If you are not hooked from his incredible musical talent, you will fall in love with his entertaining personality and flamboyant antics. He plays anything from Bach to Jefferson Airplane, and can also take requests from the audience. This is a guaranteed good time and it is open for all to come enjoy!

One free Vermont Sweetwater, coffee, espresso or tea will be provided to the first 50 students courtesy of the College Programming Board.


  • Profs. Sam Edwards (environmental studies) and Vance Jackson (psychology) recently presented their research “Interfaces for trust: the effects of the medium in online communications” at the Werner Institute of Creighton Law School’s Cyberweek annual conference on online dispute resolution. Their presentation combined psychology, law, and technology and offered an interdisciplinary approach to building and repairing trust when professionals engage in dispute resolution using online platforms. This conference brings together dispute resolution specialists from all over the world and provides an opportunity to explore ways that technology can be used to enhance the dispute resolution process.
Ackerman's New Book
Study at Brunnenburg Castle
The Feick BFA Exhibits
Faculty Notes

Men's Basketball
2/12, 5:30 p.m. at Lyndon
2/14, 5:30 p.m. at Colby-Sawyer
2/16, 1 p.m. vs. N.E. College

Women's Basketball
2/12, 7:30 p.m. at Lyndon
2/14, 7:30 p.m. at Colby-Sawyer
2/16, 3 p.m. vs. N.E. College


Allison Horst Presentation
1 p.m.,
Dickgeisser Classroom

Vinyasa Yoga
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Guided Meditation
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

Open Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

5:15 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Open Dance Practice
6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

"Stories out of School"
6 p.m.,
East Room

Brunnenburg Information Session
6:30 p.m.,
Terrace 124

Film Showing:
The Apple Pushers

7 p.m.,
Tiny Theater

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

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

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

Lunchtime Yoga
12:05 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Zazen Meditation
6 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Open Dance Practice
6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Open Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

BFA Exhibit:
Lizzie Helbig

6 - 8 p.m.,
The Feick

Massage Therapy
9 a.m.,
Wellness Center

Film Showing:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

1,4, 6:30, 9 p.m.,
Tiny Theater

Quaker Worship Group
10 a.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Vagina Monologues Meeting
1 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Cello in the Coffeehouse
8 p.m.,
Moses Coffeehouse