Julia Taylor '11, Emily Piper '11, Blake Kyler '12, and Teri Salvito '13 act out a scene in 'The Flies', opening this weekend.

GMC Theater Program Presents 'The Flies'
The GMC Theater Program presents Jean-Paul Sartre’s 'The Flies' April 8-10 at 7 pm in Ackley Hall. A modern reworking of the classic Greek Orestes and Electra tale with an existentialist twist, the performance is adapted as an interactive theater piece that utilizes the entire second floor of Ackley.

Enter the city of Argos on Dead Men’s Day, haunted with heat and infested with flies, and choose to see what you will, in an experience in existentialism. Follow the tale of Orestes who, upon turning eighteen, returns to his home city to avenge the murder of his father while seeking to save his sister, Electra, and the whole city.

Directed by Lisa Much ’11 with music composed by Rob Lees ’11, the cast features Blake Kyler ’12, Teri Salvito ’13, Michael Shulman ’12, Molly Miller-White ’13 and Alex Ervin ’11 as Zeus, along with twelve other students. The show is free to students, faculty, and staff and $5 for the general public.

Artist Kate Gridley Visits GMC
Vermont Artist Kate Gridley will be visiting GMC on Wednesday, April 6 at 6:15 p.m. in the Dickgiesser Room to give a presentation of her work and share some of her personal experiences as a professional artist running the gamut between corporate portrait commissions and paintings she creates for personal expression.

Gridley has painted portraits for well-known Vermont figures, including former Green Mountain College President Thomas Benson, former Middlebury College President Timothy Light, and the recent official Vermont State House portrait of former Governor Jim Douglas.

She is currently working on a series of large-scale portraits of a select group of young adults ranging in ages from 17 to 22, illuminating a contemporary generation and their significant transition into adulthood.

Ravotti '13 Receives
Udall Scholarship

The Udall Foundation announced last week that it has awarded Nick Ravotti '13 a prestigious Udall Scholarship, and that Erin Burch '11 has received an honorable mention.

A 14-member independent review committee selected this year's group of Udall scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement. Only 80 students from 61 colleges and universities were selected from 510 candidates. The review committee awarded just 50 Honorable Mentions.

"This impressive scholars class represents the best and brightest. The Udall Foundation is thrilled to help them advance their education," said Terrence L. Bracy, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Udall Foundation.

Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the scholar's junior or senior year. Honorable Mentions receive a $350 award.

The 2011 Udall Scholars will assemble August 3-7, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona, to receive their awards and meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance.

Douglas Named NAC Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week
Freshman midfielder Johanna Douglas (Essex, Conn.) was named North Atlantic Conference women’s lacrosse Player of the Week Monday.

Douglas tallied 10 goals and nabbed 13 ground balls in a pair of contests last week. The freshman midfielder notched five markers and scooped nine GB’s in a 15-9 loss at Husson University Saturday followed by a five goal output at Rivier Sunday afternoon. Douglas, who leads the team in scoring, now has 21 goals in four matches for the Eagles (2-2).

Students Attend CMA Conference
Five students from the staff of The Mountaineer and Media Cooperative attended the Spring College Media Convention sponsored by of the College Media Advisers. This annual event, hosted in March in the media hub of New York City, offered students three days of media workshops and networking opportunities with editors, new media producers, and student colleagues.

Ron Steffens, professor of communications, attended the conference with the students and co-led two student tours -- to the editorial offices of Esquire magazine and to a taping of Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now." While meeting with Goodman after the taping, Prof. Steffens was able to offer a few hints on her new "mobile journalism" tools, a new camera and microphone she used to blog and record Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s return to Haiti.

GMC at Vermont Campus
Sustainability Network Meeting

On Monday, March 28, representatives from Sustainability Offices state-wide gathered at GMC for the bi-annual Vermont Campus Sustainability Network Meeting.

The event, which focused on "Building Local Partnerships" was sponsored by Efficiency Vermont. Sustainability staff and faculty members from UVM, Vermont Tech, Bennington College, Saint Michael's College, Champlain College, Middlebury, Lyndon State, and GMC participated.

Alumni Gathering in Bean town
Approximately 70 people attended a gala Green Mountain College reception at Joe's American Bar and Grill on the Boston waterfront March 22. Hosted by President and Mrs. Fonteyn and Michael Rothemeyer '02, the group included parents of current GMC students, prospective students and their parents, as well as many Boston-area alumni. Attendees included former president Jack Brennan and his wife Dianne and alumni trustees Matthew Menner '89, Cathi Villafranco Parker '87 and Barbara Westdyke Wellnitz '61. Alumni Board members Ray Coderre '04 and Erin Belitskus '00 also attended.


Islamophobia and the
Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century

On Monday, April 4, John L. Esposito, the internationally renowned Georgetown University scholar in Muslim-Christian understanding and dialogue, will speak in Albany. Students interested in attending should contact Professor Mary Jane Maxwell at maxwellmj@greenmtn.edu for more information. Read more about the lecture here.

Forum to Discuss Vermont Yankee Closure and Clean-Up
The Citizens Awareness Network is sponsoring a forum to discuss the issues surrounding the decommissioning and cleanup of Vermont Yankee at the Rutland Public Library on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.

A panel discussion will be followed by an open Q&A discussion. This event is co-sponsored by Citizens Awareness Network, the Safe & Green Campaign and Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Chris Williams at (802) 767-9131

Free Film Showing: A Crude Awakening
"A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash," produced and directed by award-winning European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology.

Shot on location at oil fields in Azerbaijan, Venezuela, the Middle East and Texas, with original music by Daniel Schnyder and Philip Glass, the film provides not only questions, but possible solutions to the most perplexing and important economic, environmental and public policy issue of our time. The film will be showing Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in the East Room. Learn more about the movie here.

Interfaith Dialogue
Join Green Mountain College’s World Religions class for a conversation titled “Religion: Why Do We Still Need It?” Wednesday, April 6 at 1 p.m. in the East Room.

For more information, please contact Mary Jane Maxwell, assistant professor of history and religious studies at 287-8075 or at maxwellmj@greenmtn.edu.

This event is sponsored by the Speakers Bureau, Religious Life, and the President’s Office.

Farm Cleanup and Bonfire
There will be a farm cleanup & bonfire on Wednesday, April 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Cerridwen Farm (weather permitting). This is a great opportunity to learn more about what’s been happening on the farm lately, and to check out where all of the compost from the dining hall and residence halls goes. For more information, contact assistant farm manager Baylee Drown at drownb@greenmtn.edu.

Spring Bike Clean Up
On Wednesday, April 6 from 4:30 – 6 p.m., the bike shop will be holding a spring bike cleanup. They will assist in ensuring that tires, brakes, chains, and other adjustments to your bicycle are ready for spring. Drop-ins are welcome. Weather permitting, this clinic will be held on the sidewalk in front of Withey Hall. Rain location will be in the bike shop located in the basement of Dunton Hall.


Prof. Steven Letendre (economics, environmental studies) will present at Bennington College for this year's Environmental Studies Spring 2011 Colloquium Series. The theme of for this years series is “Building a Sustainable Future.” The title of Dr. Letendre’s talk is “Opportunities and Challenges: Developing Vermont's Wind and Solar Energy Potential.”

Seven psychology students presented research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research held at Ithaca College at the end of March.

Elizabeth Cerezo ’12 and Emma Wallace ’12 presented “Resource use in view of threatened scarcity”, Michel Danilowicz ’12 and Rhyan Hollis ’12 presented “Priming stereotypes: Social dominance orientation and intergroup conflict”, and Christina Melendy ’11, Edgar Vigil ’11, and Pragatee Dhakal ’11 presented “More or less choice? An examination of stress during crisis situations.”

In addition to the student presentations, Prof. Jen Sellers (psychology) moderated two sessions of student talks in psychology at the conference.

Prof. Natalie Coe (biochemistry, genetics) presented a workshop this past Friday at the Vermont Women in Higher Education conference. The title of the workshop was “Mirroring our Blind Spots: The essential Roles of Mentorship and Collaboration in Higher Education.” Others attending the conference from GMC included Svea Miller, Renee Beaupre-White, Christina Fabrey, Shelby Phillips, and Tammy Bender.

Director of Adventure Programs Bruce Saxman passed the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Level 2 Telemark Instructor Exam held March 19-20 at Sugarbush Resort in Warren, VT. Level 2 candidates are tested on skiing ability, teaching, and professional knowledge against the standards set by the PSIA.
'The Flies' Premiere
Artist Kate Gridley at GMC
Udall Scholarship Recepient
Faculty/Staff/Student Notes

Women's Softball
4/6, 12 & 2 p.m. vs. Johnson State
4/7, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m. at Skidmore
4/9, 1 & 3 p.m. vs. Maine-Maritime
4/10, 12 & 2 p.m. vs. Husson

Mixed Tennis
4/6, 4 p.m. vs. Norwich
4/9, 1 p.m. vs. Thomas

Men's Lacrosse
4/9, 1 p.m. at Maine-Maritime
4/10, 2 p.m. at Husson

Women's Lacrosse
4/8, 4 p.m. vs. Maine-Farmington
4/10, 2 p.m. vs. Husson


Jazz Band
6 p.m., Ackley Stage

7 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Academic Skills Workshop:
Balanced Lifestyles

1 - 2 p.m., Learning Center
Griswold Library

Interfaith Dialogue
1 p.m., East Room

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wellness Center

Power Yoga
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Residence Life Coffee Hour
3 - 4 p.m.,
Blue Moon Racoon Coffehouse

Healthy Relationships
4 - 5 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Spring Bike Clean Up
4:30 - 6 p.m., Withey Hall

Farm Cleanup and Bonfire
6 - 8 p.m., Cerridwen Farm

Shakti Tribal Dance:

6 - 7:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

SOAR Workshop:
Career Exploration

6 p.m., Dickgeisser Classroom

Artist Kate Gridley
6:15 p.m., Dickgiesser Room

"A Crude Awakening:
The Oil Crash"

7 p.m., East Room

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

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

Comedian Michael Harrison
8 p.m., Gorge

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

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

Eco Reps: Hemp Workshop
7 p.m., Bogue Lounge

Relaxing Yoga
7 - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Progressive Program
Information Meeting

7 p.m., Writers Lounge

New Folks Beginner
Improvisational Contact Dance

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

Guided Meditation
3:30 - 4 p.m., Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

6 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

The Flies
7 p.m., Ackley Hall

Tall Tall Trees
9 p.m., Gorge

The Flies
7 p.m., Ackley Hall

The Flies
7 p.m., Ackley Hall