Students in REC 1041: Outdoor Living Skills with adjunct prof. Chuck Domenie (adventure education) recently completed a major cleanup of an abandoned trash heap behind the College. See story below.

Dr. Pat Lewis Presentation
Dr. Pat Lewis is presenting at GMC Monday, February 27 from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. in Griswold 001. Dr. Lewis is a candidate for the adventure education vacancy.

Lewis received his Ph.D. in health, leisure, and human performance from Oklahoma State in 2011. His dissertation is titled Personal Narratives of Outdoor Adventure Guides: Investigations of Flow in the Meaning of Transformative Living.

Lewis also has a master’s degree in sports studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He presently works for Oklahoma City Community College and Outward Bound.

Lewis’ presentation is titled “Living, Adventure, and Living Adventure: Using Narrative to Understand Outdoor Vitality.”

Dr. Jesse Sargent Presentation
Jesse Sargent, a candidate for the psychology department vacancy, will be sharing a presentation of his research examining the different ways the brain processes spatial relationships titled “Chunking in Space and Time” on Monday, February 27 from 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. in room 003 in Griswold Library.

Jesse comes to GMC by way of Washington University in St. Louis where he is currently a post-doctoral research fellow. His most recent work has focused on the cognitive and neural systems involved in spatial memory and navigation in humans.

He received his Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from George Washington University.

GMC Emergency
Response & Recovery Plan

The GMC Emergency Response & Recovery plan has recently been updated and can now be viewed on the Student Life page under Campus Security at

This week, GMC will be testing the emergency notification systems. These systems include the RAVE Alerts by text to your cell phones, emails to your computers and other related electronic devices, and voice and siren warnings through our bell tower in Ames Hall.

Please update your cell phone numbers or provide a cell phone number via MyGMC so that you will be notified in the event of an emergency. You won’t receive any spam - only emergency alerts.

Rave Wireless is the pioneer of mobile phone programs for colleges and universities delivering critical campus alerts, and providing access to innovative academic tools and tine-sensitive community information.

For more details, contact the Student Life office at x8377 or

Outdoor Living Skills Students Clean-Up
On a visit to the Poultney River during a class lab on Wednesday, February 22, REC 1041: Outdoor Living Skills students showcased the development of their own outdoor ethic. The class stumbled upon an abandoned camp/trash site.

"We spent class on Monday discussing and examining outdoor and environmental ethics, a very important concept for all outdoor educators to think deeply about and develop for themselves," says adjunct faculty member Chuck Domenie '08. "I was not quite sure how to incorporate environmental ethics into our OLS lab, but once we stumbled upon the trash heap, students expressed their dismay and instantly began grabbing all the trash. It provided a wonderful teachable moment."

The students picked up dirty socks, empty food containers, assorted trash and a four-person tent with no complaints. Contemplating and developing one's own outdoor ethic is vital to becoming an effective outdoor leader, and the students in the adventure education program are well on their way.

Lynne Hadley “Stress Relief on a Dime” Presentation
On Tuesday, February 28 from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. in the Gorge, Lynne Hadley will be giving a presentation titled “Stress Relief on a Dime: Simple Tools for Daily Life” as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Speaker Series.

We are always creating and sustaining ourselves as we engage with the unknown. The world is not in our control, but we are in charge of our responses and actions. Each day, we imagine our futures, make choices, and expend life energy. As a coach, Lynne Hadley helps people to engage this process with more ease.

Since 1987, Lynne Hadley has served as a catalyst, helping people engage new possibilities with more grace and effectiveness in their personal lives, relationships, work, and health.

Visit Lynne’s website here, and make sure to check out the GMC Quality of Life Facebook page here.

Faculty Colloquium:
Thayer Raines

Join youth development and camp management professor and director Thayer Raines this Wednesday, February 29 in Terrace 124 from 12 – 1 p.m. as he presents a colloquium along with student investigator Tom Hatvany. They will share the findings of a study of student learning outcomes conducted with Images of Nature sections who participated in a challenge course experience in fall of 2011.

17th Annual Ecosystem Exposition Looking for Presenters
On Tuesday, May 1, the Poultney Mettowee Conservation District will be hosting its 17th annual Ecosystem Exposition.

This event brings over 300 local 5th and 6th graders to campus to attend three different, 50-minute workshops where they get to explore and participate in activities focusing on river erosion, tree identification, and forest management.

Presenters in previous years have included the Rutland County state forester, representatives from various Vermont state agencies, and students or classes from GMC.

If you are interested in leading a workshop or want to learn more about the event, please contact Chuck Domenie, PMNRCD Outreach and Education Coordinator.

Chuck can be reached by email at or by phone at (802) 353-2488. Individuals, classes, specialty floors and campus clubs are all welcome to propose a workshop for the event.

Career Conversation Speaker Series
Welcomes Jessica Clark-Keeler '02

Jessica Clark-Keeler '02 returns to campus on Thursday, March 15th, to share her perspectives on college, graduate school and her career as a clinical social worker. Jessica graduated from Green Mountain College with a behavioral science/psychology degree. She went on to earn her MSW from Boston University in 2004, and is currently a clinical social worker at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

All are welcome to her class presentation from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Room 2, Griswold Library. Jessica will also be available from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Withey Hall lobby to discuss her experiences at GMC and the work she is doing now.

Special thanks to Vance Jackson for his assistance and support of the March Career Conversation Alumni Speaker Series.

Spring Break
Housing Information

Spring break is approaching quickly, and the College would like to share important information associated with the upcoming academic break.

This Friday, March 2, all residence halls will close at 5 p.m. and will remain closed until Sunday, March 11 at 12 p.m. If you have a Friday afternoon class conflict, a valid travel-related complication, or4 have reserved a seat on a Saturday morning shuttle, please contact your community director to arrange an alternative departure time from campus.

Students from the northeast are not permitted to stay on campus. This includes students from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey. Additionally, any students determined to have a notable student conduct concern may also not be permitted to stay, regardless of home state.

All residential students who live outside of the states listed above may be permitted to stay. If you fit in this category, an R.A. will contact you within the next week. Please let them know your travel plans. If there is a travel-related complication, please see your community director.

All students approved to stay on campus during spring break must sign an academic break housing contract and return to Residence Life by 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. To find more information regarding room check out information, Chartwells hours, Library hours, and parking/shuttle information, download a PDF here.


GreenMAP Trips and Sign-ups
Registration opens today, February 27, for a number of GreenMAP trips coming up in the next few weeks. The trips are:

Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Earn your turns! We’ll go wherever the best snow is.
Leaders: Cameron, Eyliese, Nick M.
Trip Date: March 17 – 18
Pre-trip Meeting: March 14, 8:30 p.m. (in GreenMAP office)

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

Off Campus Housing Applications Available
Applications for off-campus housing are now available on MyGMC. All students interested in potential off-campus housing for fall 2012 must attend at least one interest meeting held Tuesday – Thursday of this week (see times below). Applications are due by March 23 – late submissions will not be accepted.

Dates/times/locations of off-campus interest meetings:
Tuesday, February 28, 7 – 8 p.m., Gorge
Wednesday, February 29, 4 – 5 p.m., Gorge
Thursday, March 1, 4 – 5 p.m., Gorge (last chance!)

R.A. Interest Meeting
Join the R.A. staff Monday, February 27 from 6 - 7 p.m. in Moses Lounge for a meeting discussing the benefits of becoming an R.A. Applications are available on MyGMC and are due by March 2.

National Peace Corps Week
To kick off national Peace Corps week, prof. Keith McDade (returned Peace Corps volunteer, The Gambia) and Kevin Bubriski (returned Peace Corps volunteer, Nepal) will be sharing stories about their Peace Corps experiences and answering questions about the process. If you are interested in learning more about the Peace Corps, come hear their stories on Monday, February 27 at 7 p.m. in the East Room.

Slam Poet Andrea Gibson Comes to GMC
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement – the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam – Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Make sure to join Andrea Monday, February 27 at 8 p.m. in the Gorge.

Diversity Committee Open Meeting
The Diversity Committee will be holding an open meeting on Tuesday, February 28 at 12:15 p.m. in the Buttery. All are welcome to attend.

Coffeehouse Cabaret
The first “coffeehouse cabaret” will be performed Tuesday, February 28 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Moses Coffeehouse. The lineup of performers includes sketches, poetry, and music. There will be free snacks, and an open mic will conclude the evening if the spirit moves along.

Cerridwen Farm Stand
Need some extra produce, meat, and eggs? Stop by Withey Lobby from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. this Wednesday, February 29 to get fresh product from GMC’s own Cerridwen Farm.

Academic Skills Workshop: Research
Join the Calhoun Learning Center for a workshop on developing strategies in research, and identifying peer-reviewed research this Wednesday, February 29 from 1 – 2 p.m. in the Graphics Lab (2nd floor, Griswold Library).

The Griswold Library staff will collaborate to guide students through effectively utilizing the library’s electronic research databases. This is an interactive workshop. Students are encouraged to bring a topic that they are currently researching.

GMAT Study Group
Students studying for the Graduate Management Admissions Test are welcome to join this study group Wednesday, February 15 from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Special Collections Room of Griswold Library. The group is facilitated by Dan Riley ’12 and is sponsored by Career Services.

Study Abroad Photo Contest
Have you been abroad in the past year? Did you take some amazing pictures? Here is your chance to share your adventures and artistic talents with the GMC community. The International Programs Office is sponsoring a study abroad photo contest. Anyone who has been abroad on a GMC-sponsored or approved study abroad program in the past year is welcome to enter. There is a $100 cash prize for first place, and all winning photos will be displayed on campus. Deadline for submissions is March 1. Please contact Anne Colpitts at for the entry form or for more details.

Spring Break Library Hours
Friday, March 2: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 3: Closed
Sunday, March 4: Closed
Monday – Friday, March 5 – 9: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 10: Closed
Sunday, March 11: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.


  • Prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies) and prof. Vance Jackson (psychology) recently gave a conference presentation titled “The Effect of Technology on Addressing Emotions in Dispute Resolution: Using the Right Tools for the Job” at the Cyberweek conference sponsored by the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts and Creighton University School of Law’s Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. Their presentation examined how the various forms of communication affect emotions and gave recommendations for matching technology with types of disputes.

  • Prof. Laird Christensen (English, environmental studies) had an article accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue of Whole Terrain: Reflective Environmental Practice. “A Tree Falls in the Forest” is a work of creative nonfiction drawn from field research Laird conducted while serving as a writer in residence at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades. Laird’s time at the Andrews Forest was part of a long-term environmental reflection project that invites nature writers to produce work inspired by visits to selected observation sites over a 200-year period.

  • Students Kat Kehrt ’12, Mark Thiong’o ’12, and Dan Riley ’12 recently participated in the Middlebury College Social Entrepreneurship Symposium courtesy of the GMC service learning program.

  • Prof. Jacob Park (business, economics) and student Dan Riley ’12 recently co-authored an article titled “Manufacturing: The Key to Sustainable Business Innovation in the U.S.” in the February 2012 issue two, volume three edition of the Sustainability Review Journal.

  • Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (English, writing) recently had two poems accepted for publication. “After Balthus” has been accepted into Ekphrasis, and “Mowing” has been accepted into the Connecticut Review.

  • Ryan Ihrke (director of student involvement) recently had an article titled “Advancing Sustainability in Campus Activities and Entertainment” published in Campus Activities Programming mazazine. The article is available online here (browse to page 43).
Faculty Candidate Presentations
GMC Emergency Response Test
Spring Break Housing Info
Faculty/Staff/Student Notes


12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

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

Dr. Pat Lewis Presentation
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.,
Griswold 001

Dr. Jesse Sargent Presentation
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.,
Griswold 003

3 - 4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

R.A. Interest Meeting
6 - 7 p.m.,
Moses Lounge

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

Diversity Committee Open Meeting
12:15 p.m.,

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

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

Lynne Hadley Presentation
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.,

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

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

Coffeehouse Cabaret
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.,
Moses Coffeehouse

Fire Spinning
8 - 9:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Cerridwen Farm Stand
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Faculty Colloquium: Thayer Raines
12 - 1 p.m.,
Terrace 124

Open Chapel/When We Pray
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Academic Skills Workshop:

1 - 2 p.m.,
Graphics Lab, Griswold Library

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
3 - 7 p.m.,
Wellness Center

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

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

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

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

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

12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

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

Kripalu Yoga
5:15 - 6:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Fire Spinning
8 - 9:30 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio

8 - 9 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

Open Chapel
9 - 10 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

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

Kripalu Yoga
1 - 2:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

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

Hip-Hop and Freestyle Dance
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Contemporary Dance
12:30 - 3 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio