Students (from left) Sarah Edelman, Ben Schecter, and assistant farm manager Baylee Drown harvest spinach in one of Cerridwen Farm's high tunnel greenhouses.

Bestselling Author Bruce Piasecki to Speak at GMC
The earth will soon be home to seven billion people, all seeking to share the same water, air, food, and products. While this presents major challenges to business – and to society in general – it also offers unique opportunities to organizations that recognize and capitalize on them, says Dr. Bruce Piasecki, president and founder of AHC Group.

Dr. Piasecki, author of the new book Doing More with Less: The New Way to Wealth (Wiley; March 2012) will present a public talk at GMC on Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge.

Piasecki’s new book is based on 30 years of experience working with companies throughout the world, and offers a groundbreaking approach to thinking about and doing business in this new era. “The businesses that survive this challenging new millennium will be the ones that find new and lasting ways to answer key social questions about poverty, mobility, and energy now,” he writes. More…

Student activists participate in a "die-in" in front of Bank of America as part of a demonstration against their funding of mountaintop removal coal operations. Photo Credit: Scott Chernoff
Mountain Justice Spring Break in Appalachia
By Scott Chernoff
Over spring break, seven Green Mountain College students spent a week at Mountain Justice Spring Break in Appalachia, Va. Katie Emerson, Emily Wills, Heather Marsh, Krista Shugart, Niki Murano, Calvin Linder, and Scott Chernoff joined about 75 other activist-minded students to learn from the experts at Mountain Justice, ReNEW Collective, Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, Rainforest Action Network, RAMPS, Croatan Earth First, and United Mountain Defense about the issues surrounding mountaintop removal coal mining.

The first six days were spent learning about the effects of mountaintop removal coal mining, Appalachian culture and history, and the ways to build a strong movement to combat corporate interests and destructive coal operations.

At the end of the experience, the group used non-violent direct action to confront corporate funding of mountaintop removal operations at a UBS Financial Services office in Johnson City, Tennessee, and a Bank of America branch in Abingdon, Va.

It was a great learning experience for the whole group; the skills they brought back from Mountain Justice Spring Break can help all learn to fight for a clean energy future.

GMC Volunteers Contribute to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky
Editor's Note: A group of 26 volunteers from Green Mountain College and the local community traveled to Kentucky and spent spring break at the Red Bird Mission in Clay County doing community service. Below is an account of the trip written by student participant Asadullah Sohail.

I had the best Spring Break in my three years of college doing community service in Beverly, Ky. First, it is never fun to be in the car for eighteen hours but I accepted it because it was for a good cause. There was a total of 26 people on the team with me: 13 GMC students, two high school students from Poultney, President Paul Fonteyn and community members. We drove through New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and our destination Kentucky. We left GMC to Kentucky on Saturday March 3rd and came back on Sunday March 11th.

We repaired houses at Beverly in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. The Appalachian Mountains are one of the most isolated and distressed areas in the U.S. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing and a rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to the residents of this area. I was humbled to be able to help others . . .

. . . Red Bird Mission is a religious organized mission. I was the only Muslim in the team. I was well received and respected by my team and the community members in Kentucky. Everybody was respectful and open to learn about my country, culture, religion and so on. Besides helping others, the team members learned from each other.

Read more of Asad's blog entry on the Rope Swing blog.

Faculty Colloquium: Mary Jane Maxwell
Join prof. Mary Jane Maxwell (history) as she gives a presentation titled “Female Mystics and a Global Era of Divine Love, 800 – 1400” this Wednesday, March 21 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Terrace 124.

Mary Jane will draw upon her recent conference papers that argue female mystics from the 8th to the 14th centuries from Spain to China launched a movement of divine love as a means to unite with God or Ultimate Reality.

Susanne Claxton: The Good Life
Join prof. Susanne Claxton (philosophy) as she gives a presentation titled “The Good Life” this Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge.

Taking cues from both the Ancients and the Existentialists, Susanne will explore the idea that it is only in the cultivation of a life of creativity and spirituality that the individual’s pursuit of happiness, freedom, and authenticity may be realized.

This presentation is sponsored by the GMC Agora Philosophy Club.

Stories out of School: Letters of Reference
As part of a series sponsored by the Office of Career Services designed to help students apply to graduate schools, a Green Mountain faculty panel will share advice on writing and receiving references, and why these documents are so important in the application process.

This forum is open to all students on Wednesday, March 21st at 6 p.m. in the The Gorge. Panel participants are Natalie Coe (biology), Vance Jackson (psychology) and Tom Mauhs-Pugh (education). The moderator is Provost William Throop.

Storytellers Jennings and Ponder at GMC next Monday
Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder, among today's finest interpreters of the international folk tale, will appear at Green Mountain College Monday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gorge (Withey Hall). The performance is free and open to the public.

This talented duo is coming back to GMC by popular demand. Join Tim and Leanne as they play traditional Irish music on harp and concertina, and perform classic traditional tales, including some they collected in Vermont, and the heart-warming Irish Legend of St. Ailbe's Wolf Mother.

Irene: How the Storm Made us Stronger
When Tropical Storm Irene roared through Vermont last August it caused several deaths, destroyed or severely damaged more than 1,300 homes, washed out roads and bridges, and caused more than half a billion dollars in damage. It is regarded as one of the worst natural disasters in the state's history.

Despite the widespread devastation left in its wake, Tropical Storm Irene was also an opportunity for Vermonters to pull together, rebuild communities and patch together lives of displaced neighbors. Join a distinguished panel of guests for Green Mountain College's annual Voices of Community Plenary on March 27 at 7 p.m. at GMC's Ackley Auditorium. A reception with refreshments will follow. The event is free and open to the public. More...


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:

Telemark Ski Clinic
Join GreenMAP’s PSIA telemark instructors and learn the joy of the telemark turn. Participants must have a ski pass or buy a lift ticket.
Leaders: Summer, Nick R.
Trip Date: March 28. Meet at GreenMAP 10 a.m.

Yoga and Backpacking Merck Forest
Need a break? Enjoy moderate hiking, cabin living, and fancy food during this yoga retreat.
Leaders: Leanne, Jon
Trip Date: March 30- April 1
Pre-trip Meeting: March 28 at 8:30 p.m.

Climbing Gym Shuttle
Time to get pumped! Join our shuttle to the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center in Quechee and climb the winter blues away. We’ll even pick up your entrance fee.
Leaders: Summer, Nick R. Trip Date: March 31

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

Moving Forward with Diversity and Inclusion at GMC
Join the Diversity Committee this Tuesday, March 20 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the East Room for a public forum on diversity and inclusion. We will discuss diversity and inclusion at GMC and work on developing approaches for the GMC community to build a more respectful, supportive and inclusive community. The focus will be on community input and dialogue to identify priorities and help plan steps forward.

National College of Natural Medicine Recruiter Visit
Deon Logan, an admissions representative from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore. will be on campus this Wednesday, March 21.

From 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Deon will be available for questions and information in Withey lobby, and will be giving a presentation in the commuter lounge (room 301) in Withey Hall at 6 p.m.

GMAT Study Group
Students studying for the Graduate Management Admissions Test are welcome to join this study group Wednesday, March 21 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.

Eco League Informational Meeting
Are you interested in going on an Eco League exchange to one of our four partner schools (Northland College, College of the Atlantic, Alaska Pacific University, or Prescott College)? Did you know you could study abroad through the Eco League? Find out more about exciting Eco League opportunities at an informational meeting this Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Terrace 121.

This meeting will be of interest to all students, not just those planning an exchange for next fall. If you do want to go on an exchange next year, please come to the meeting to get your application. This spring, we will be approving applications for the entire upcoming academic year, so if you want to go next spring, you should also apply at this time.

For more information, contact Mark Jordan at


  • Laird Christensen (English, environmental studies) has an essay included in The Bioregional Imagination, just released from the University of Georgia Press, and edited by Tom Lynch, Cheryll Glotfelty, and Karle Armbruster. Laird’s chapter, “Teaching Bioregional Perception—at a Distance,” describes the process of designing the environmental studies graduate program at GMC, and more specifically focuses on how an online education based in rural Vermont can help students throughout the country (and beyond) become more familiar with the natural character of the places they call home.
Bruce Piasecki at GMC
Protesting Mountaintop Removal
2012 Red Bird Mission Trip
Faculty Notes

Men's Lacrosse
3/21, 6 p.m. at Rivier
3/24, 1 p.m. vs. Lyndon State

Men's Tennis
3/24, 1 p.m. vs. Lyndon State
3/25, 1 p.m. vs. Castleton

Women's Softball
3/21, 12 p.m. at Wells
3/23, 12 p.m. at SUNY Cobleskill
3/25, 1 p.m. at Becker

Women's Lacrosse
3/21, 4 p.m. at Cazenovia


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

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

3 - 4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Dr. Bruce Piasecki Talk
7 p.m., Gorge

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

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

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

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

Diversity & Inclusion Forum
6:30 - 8 p.m.,
East Room

Susanne Claxton Presentation
7 p.m., Gorge

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

National College of Natural Medicine Visit
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Faculty Colloquium:
Mary Jane Maxwell

12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

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

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

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

National College of Natural Medicine Presentation
6 p.m.,
Commuter Lounge, Withey Lobby

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

EcoLeague Info Meeting
7:30 p.m.,
Terrace 121

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

Flag Football
7 p.m., Waldron Gym