The GMC Philosophy Club, Agora, presents philosopher and blues man, Dr. John Walker, in a concert/lecture performance on Wednesday, March 21 at 8 p.m. in the Gorge. Read more...

GMC Receives Second Million-dollar Gift in Three Months
Green Mountain College just received a check for $1 million, the first disbursement of a bequest from the estate of Beverly Thomsen Fleischmann, who graduated from the College in 1939. Fleischmann died in May of 2006 at age 85, and was living in Edgewater, New Jersey at the time of her death. The amount and disbursement date of the remaining funds is currently unknown.

This is the College's second million-dollar gift within three months, helping the school reach 87% of its $8 million goal in the comprehensive New Century Campaign, which concludes in June. more...

State Legislators to Speak On Campus Tonight
The Pre-Law Club is pleased to present Poultney Representative to the Vermont Legislature, Andy Donaghy (R-Poultney) and Bill Canfield (R-Castleton) in a talk about current issues facing the legislature tonight at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. A former New York City police officer and detective, Donaghy is a member of the House Judiciary Committee. Canfield serves on the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. Among the hot topics in the Vermont state house this year, these two are directly working on the issues of Gay Marriage, The Innocence Project (DNA testing for convicted felons claiming innocence), Physician Assisted Suicide, and Climate Change. This presentation is free and open to all. For more information, contact Rebecca Purdom at or call ext. 8301.

Sophomores Headed to Country Club for Symposium
The second annual Green Mountain College Sophomore Symposium continues this week with a guest speaker and entertainment on Tuesday evening and an all-day retreat on Wednesday. Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Gorge, sophomores are invited to listen to a keynote talk by recent GMC graduate, Rachael Pendleton Fredericks’02, who currently works for Efficiency Vermont in Burlington. The talk will be followed by refreshments and a variety show. On Wednesday, sophomores will head off to Lake St. Catherine country Club from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for a day of seminars led by faculty and staff aimed at the needs of sophomores. Any student attending the event will be entered into the grand prize drawing – a $500 tuition waiver. Lunch is provided and plenty of great raffle prizes are included. There is no cost to sophomores to attend this event. To register, contact Bryan McGrath in the Student Life Office at ext. 8371.

Farm Forum Presents Author, Educator Dr. Joan Dye Gussow
Nationally recognized author, nutritionist, and organic foods expert Joan Dye Gussow, Ed.D., will give a talk entitled “Home Food: From Scary Spinach to Hardy Mache” on Monday evening, March 26 at 7 p.m. in The Gorge of Withey Hall. Gussow is the Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emeritus of Nutrition and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and former head of the Nutrition Education Department. She is the author of many articles and books, including This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader (Chelsea Green). Among her many professional activities, Gussow has served on the Diet, Nutrition and Cancer Panel of the National Academy of Sciences, the Food and Nutrition Board of NAS, and the National Organic Standards Board. A long time organic mini-farmer, Gussow lives on the west bank of the Hudson River in Piermont, NY, where she grows her own produce. As with other GMC Family Farm Forum presentations, the talk will include an audience-guided discussion. For more information, contact Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist at ext. 8254. .

Maple Fest This Saturday
Poultney’s Downtown Revitalization Committee invites everyone to participate in the all-day celebration of Vermont’s maple heritage on Saturday, March 24. The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church with special recipe pancakes and syrup from Green’s Sugarhouse and sausage from Brown Bag Gourmet. Throughout the day, featured activities include sugar house tours, wagon rides from the Stonebridge Inn, a scavenger hunt, story hour, art show at the Feick Arts Center, exhibits and demonstrations at the Stonebridge Inn, special discounts at Poultney stores, family nature walk, and a Maple Tea at the Trolley Stop. The day concludes with the annual Rotary dinner at Green Mountain College featuring Vermont Congressman Peter Welch. For more information, contact Barbara Fenhagen at 287-9389.

Early Registration for Spring Triathlon Begins Now
The College’s Green Mountain Adventure Programming Office invites athletes to register for the 7th Annual Spring Triathlon, to be held on Saturday April 21st in Poultney. The three legs of the triathlon include a 300-yard swim in the College pool, an 18-mile bike ride, and a 5k run through Poultney. Participants may register individually or by 3-member teams with each team member doing a leg of the course. Proceeds from the triathlon will benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport and the Green Mountain Adventure Programs. Discounts for early registration (prior to April 2) and students with ID can participate for half price. For fee details and to register, contact coordinators: Kristen Coak, at 802-287-2203; email: OR Adam Davidowitz 802-287-8475; email:

Rep. Peter Welch to Speak at Rotary Benefit Dinner
On Saturday, March 24, 2007, the Poultney Rotary Club will hold its annual dinner to benefit the Poultney schools. This is the third year for the dinner, which has been well supported by GMC faculty and staff in the past. This year’s guest speaker will be newly elected U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, who has quickly made a name for himself in Washington. Tickets are $50.00 per person and will include a served dinner prepared by Chartwells. A cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar and a chance to mingle with the Congressman. Dinner will be at 7:00 followed by Rep. Welch's comments. In the two years of the event Rotary has raised over $5000.00 for the two Poultney schools. For tickets, call Dick Wright at 287-9110 (days) or 287-5218 (nights).

Philosopher-Bluesman Dr. John Walker to Perform This Week
Philosopher and bluesman Dr. John Walker visits Green Mountain College March 20-24 and will give a public lecture/presentation & concert on Wednesday, March 21, at 8 p.m. in the Gorge. Dr. Walker's program includes a public lecture/presentation on the aesthetics of the blues and a concert of original and traditional blues tunes. Robert Butler of the Kansas City Star compares Walker to one of America’s all-time singer-songwriter greats. "I can't help but think if Woody Guthrie were alive today he'd be crazy about Walker's music,” says Butler. “He seems to have the same love of simplicity and human expression that Guthrie had. With his rich, deep, folksy voice and his love of the '30's blues, Walker seems to have stepped straight from the Dust Bowl days . . . he knocks your ears off . . . the proud owners of this disc can rest secure in the knowledge that they are members of an exclusive brotherhood dedicated to the proposition that simple, heartfelt music shall not vanish from the earth." Dr. Walker's visit is sponsored by the GMC Student Programming Board; Agora Philosophy Club; Department of English, Philosophy, and Communications; Environmental Studies; and GMC’s Environmental Liberal Arts Council. For more information, contact Prof. Steven Fesmire at ext. 8286

Paul Opel to Give Guitar Concert Thursday
Green Mountain College Guitar Instructor, Paul Opel will present a performance on campus in Poultney on Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 in the Gorge of Withey Hall. Highlights will include music by Pierre Attaignant, J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Hindemith’s Rondo for three guitars, featuring Mr. Opel and students from his studio. Opel is a graduate of Bennington College where he studied guitar with Michael Starobin and Edward Flower. In addition to Mr. Opel’s teaching duties at Green Mountain College, he has participated in the college wind ensemble and accompanied the college choir in two international concert tours. The concert is free and open to all.


Belly Dancing
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Rm.

Speakers: Vt. Legislators
Andy Donaghy & Bill Canfield

7 - 8:30 p.m., East Room

Guided Relaxation/Meditation
12:30 - 1 p.m., Wellness Center

Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Movement

Credo Christe
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Sophomore Symposium
7 - 10 p.m., The Gorge

9 - 10 a.m., Bogue Movement

Sophomore Symposium & Retreat
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Lake St. Catherine Country Club

Community Conversation Coffee
3 - 3:30 p.m., Withey Lobby

Career Exploration Workshop
4 - 5 p.m., Library, Room 2

Cardio Kickboxing
5:30 - 7 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Rm.

Dr. John Walker: The Aesthetics Of The Blues
8 - 10 p.m., The Gorge

Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Movement Rm.

Interviewing Success Strategies
4 - 5 p.m., Griswold, Rm. 3

Student Colloquium Series:
Nicole DeLong & Greer Lally/Carly Myers/Jennifer Clementi

4 - 5 p.m., YES! Coffee House

Paul Opel Solo Recital
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., The Gorge

Gentle Yoga
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Rm.

Senior Exhibition Reception:
Julia Kinne

6 - 8 p.m., Surdam Art Gallery

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