The temperatures may be warming up outside, but it is still ski season for GreenMAP director Bruce Saxman and Summer Reed '13 in this photo taken on the True North Slide on Mount Gothic in N.Y.'s Adirondack mountains.

GMC Launches Degree Completion Program
Green Mountain College announced last week that it is launching a new online undergraduate degree completion program, a Bachelor of Science in Business. The program builds on GMC’s strengths in online learning and national leadership in sustainable business. Students will have the choice of two concentrations: entrepreneurship and sustainable business leadership.

“We have a lot of expertise developing rich online content for students,” said William Throop, GMC provost. “The fundamental strengths of the new program will be grounded in the same educational experience our residential students receive including small classes, close mentoring by knowledgeable and committed faculty members, and career opportunities that result from joining an active and well-connected learning community.” more...

Voices Plenary Speaker Peter Forbes
Peter Forbes, co-founder for the Center for Whole Communities, will speak Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium as the College’s Voices Plenary Speaker. Forbes is a social entrepreneur and an advocate for the relationship between people and the land, from remote Nepal to the American Rocky West to Central Harlem, N.Y. The title of his talk is “Toward a New Environmentalism; Building Whole Communities.”

The Center for Whole Communities is a place-based leadership development organization devoted to bringing together people who care about the planet with people who care about our communities. As a result of Forbes’ efforts, more than 2,000 citizen and career leaders from 50 states have been trained in a unique learning process inspired directly by the Martin Luther King’s inspiration for “beloved communities” where different leaders come together to solve increasingly complex problems.

In 2004, Forbes was hired by the Kellogg Foundation to convene, for the first time ever, farm and restaurant workers and labor rights activists with policy experts and food security advocates. In 2010, Forbes came to Flint, Michigan, to develop a unique program using story and personal narrative to help former General Motors assembly line workers imagine and create a new city. He is beginning new work to foster more understanding and healing from within our nation’s public lands toward the indigenous people who were removed from those lands.

Forbes describes his personal journey this way: “I have come to see how I am an edge walker, one willing and able to keep feet in different worlds in order to share perspectives.”

This event is free and open to the public.

Poultney 2020 Seeking Your Ideas
Leaders from Poultney and Green Mountain College are preparing for “Poultney 2020: Creating a Vibrant Future Together,” a full-day conference on April 24 to inspire local entrepreneurship and bring together resources for a significant local revitalization effort.

Several working groups made up of local residents and GMC students, faculty and staff are meeting prior to the event to brainstorm ideas and make recommendations. The Arts group (visual arts, crafts, music, dance, live performance) will meet Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Tiny Theatre on 153 Main St. The Place subcommittee (natural resources, recreation, historic downtown, local heritage, tourism) meets at the Tiny Theatre on Wednesday, April 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. To join the Goods and Services subcommittee, which focus on start-up business, retail, manufacturing, and services, meet the group on Thursday, April 11, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Tiny Theatre. Groups in Food (restaurants/pub, local food, agriculture, and farm-to-table initiatives) and Sustainability renewable energy, green enterprises, education, health/wellness) are also meeting.

For times and locations, contact Jamie Lee at for Sustainability and Baylee Drown at for Food.

These focus groups are not the end of the creative process. Discussions will continue at the conference on April 24 where Poultney 2020 participants will continue to flesh out action ideas and determine priorities. If you are interested in joining a working group, visit The website contains contact names and the full April 24 conference agenda. You can also register online for the conference (it is free and open to the public).

Thomas L. Benson Lecture on April 18
Green Mountain College will host Dr. Alan Goldberg as speaker at the College’s annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture, Thursday, April 18 at 4 p.m. in Ackley Hall. Dr. Goldberg is professor of toxicology and founding director at the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was a co-author of the important Pew Commission report on industrial farm animal production.

The title of his address is “Animals, Food, Food-Animals.” The Benson Lecture is a highlight of the College’s Earth Week activities—it is free and open to the public. A reception following the lecture will be held in the Ackley Hall chapel.

Dr. Goldberg’s presentation will examine the question “With an estimated human population of nine billion by 2050, and possibly higher by 2100, how do we ethically feed the world?” The discussion illuminates human attitudes about animals and their roles in research and agriculture.

Dr. Goldberg received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota-Pharmacology and has completed post-graduate work in the U.S., the Netherlands, France, and Israel.

He has served on the International Animal Welfare Advisory Boards of Shell and Procter & Gamble and consults with CeeTox (an in-vitro toxicology CRO) and Epithelix. In the non-profit arena, he serves a trustee of Humane Society University, the world’s first institution devoted to human-animal studies. Dr. Goldberg is a recipient of the Humane Society of the United States-Russell and Burch Award.

The Benson Lecture Series, named in honor of former Green Mountain College President Thomas L. Benson, aims to bring visionary speakers of national and international significance to the College campus. Benson was president from 1994-2002 and was the architect of the College’s environmental liberal arts mission.

“The Complete History of America (abridged)” on Ackley Stage this Weekend
The intrepid GMC players attempt the impossible this weekend when they present 600 years of history in 90 minutes. Will history ever be the same? The GMC spring theater production is “The Complete History of America (abridged)” which will be presented April 11-13 in Ackley Hall at 7 p.m.

This rollicking comedy takes us through the glorious quagmire that is American history. The cast of seven students tackle such controversial questions as: Who really discovered America? Why did Abe Lincoln free the slaves? How many Democrats does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Find out the answers this weekend.

The cast includes Sara Bishop‎, Dami Onakomaiya‎, Daniel Kimatarle‎, Baxter Seguin‎, John Sinclair‎, Isaac Winant‎ and Peyton Jones.

Described by the Boston Globe as “what the Daily Show might look like if it were hosted by the Marx brothers,” the play was originally produced by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. The GMC production is directed by Ben Jankowsi. Admission is $5; free for GMC students, staff and faculty.

GMC Hosts Vermont Fermentation Festival
Green Mountain College and The Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) are hosting the Vermont Fermentation Festival Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Gorge.

Jordan Perkins ’13 was one of the key coordinators of the event for his Delicate Balance project and senior anthropology practicum. The festival will include a variety of speakers, live demonstrations and workshops, and vendors from around the state displaying delicious fermented products.

Speakers include Doug Flack of Flack Family Farm and Dr. Robert Lube from the University of Vermont and Rhapsody Natural Foods. Several workshops will show how to make a variety of fermented products including yoghurt, sourdough bread, kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented sodas and kombucha.

The event is open to the public and is free to GMC students ($5 for all others).


Career Corner
Diverse Resources for Career Preparation
No matter what your ethnicity, race, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or physical, mental or emotional ability is, there is likely a resource out there that can aid you in career exploration. Check out some of these useful sites:
Make an appointment with Maia Hanron-Sanford in Career Services to discuss other resources available.

Wellness Fair
The spring wellness fair will be held Wednesday, April 10 starting at 10 a.m. in Withey Lobby. At the Wellness Fair you can expect to find free chair massage, herbal remedies, spiritual information, demonstrations, samples and healthy snacks. There is no charge to attend this event. For more information, contact Jane Allen at 287-8376.

Cheap and Healthy Cooking Workshop
Join students Annika Metcalf and Alyssa Renner at the Farmhouse for a hands-on cooking class. Whether you want to impress someone you like or just want to improve your knowledge of healthy cooking on a budget, stop by the Farmhouse at 5 p.m. on April 10. Delicious meals will be provided when finished on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A/V Editing Tutorials
Ever wanted to become more familiar with audio or video editing techniques? You can bring your own media, learn to create new material for video, or integrate your current Adobe projects into a film. Everyone is welcome to this workshop on Wednesday, April 10 at 4 p.m. in the Griswold Library Graphics Lab.

Film Showing: Lincoln
The Tiny Theatre will be showing Lincoln this Saturday, April 13 at 1, 4, and 8 p.m.

Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and David Strathairn, the film follows America's president Lincoln as he struggles with the continuing carnage on the battlefield and the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Free for GMC students. Popcorn and Vermont Sweetwater soda available.

GMC and Community Concert Band Concert on April 19
On Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m., The GMC and Community Concert Band presents its annual spring concert in Ackley Hall featuring selections from Carl Orff’s famous Carmina Burana. Other highlights will include a collection of Welsh battle marches, whimsical French folk songs, and a high-energy suite of Balkan and Armenian dances. Conducted by James P. Cassarino. The performance is free and open to the public.

Earth Week 2.0 is on the Horizon
The snow is melting, the sun is shining, and it seems as though spring has finally arrived! With spring comes everyone’s favorite holiday: Earth Day. This year Earth Week 2.0 will span two weeks from Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 26. To wet your appetite, here are just a few of the featured events:

On Monday April 15, The Black Culture Club is sponsoring a talk by Tom Burrell on “Images of African American Culture” at 9 a.m. in the Gorge and 8 p.m. in the East Room.

On Wednesday April 17 at 1 p.m. there will be an official kick-off parade starting between Cree and Lyman featuring marchers from different clubs and larger-than-life, papier-mâché replicas of farmers, animals, and food crafted by Green Mountain College art student Annie Parham.

On Wednesday April 24 the Poultney 2020 Conference is happening all day starting at GMC and ending downtown. You can find out more information and register for free here.

On Thursday April 25 the Poultney Earth Fair will be taking place from 2 - 5 pm at the Poultney High School.

Stay tuned for more information!

  • Students Scott Morris and Dakota VanTine (adventure education) and prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) co-presented at the Northeast Regional Conference for the Association of Experiential Education in Beckett Corners, Massachusetts on April 7. Their presentation, entitled "The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching for Learning Transfer" was shared with a packed room of practitioners and academics from New England and the Mid-Atlantic areas. The presentation included content on major a.) ideas linked to learning transfer, b.) a framework for understanding transfer influences, c.) the results of a study on valuable transferred content from Adventure Education programs, and d.) the summary of our interpretation of how to best teach for learning transfer. A pdf of their presentation can be viewed here.

  • 17 Green Mountain College students traveled to New York City on March 17 - 22 to participate in the Model United Nations annual conference. Kirstin Kelley '13 served as the head student delegate and prof. Jacob Park (business strategy & sustainability) served as the academic adviser.

  • Prof. Karen Fleming (sustainable business) delivered the keynote address at the Maine Businesses for Sustainability (MBS) conference on April 3. MBS is a network of Maine businesses working to expand their bottom line through sustainable business practices and triple bottom line values. On April 12 she will participate in the Harvard Business School Business & Environment Conference on Sustainable Solutions to Energy Challenges. Fleming was recognized in February 2013 as a Harvard Business School alumnae leader for her pioneering role in sustainable business and education.

  • The voice of prof. Philip-Ackerman–Leist (sustainable food systems) was heard on radio stations across the country last week as he discussed his recent book Rebuilding the Foodshed. On April 1 he taped interviews with Indiana Public Radio (the “Earth Eats” program), “The Frankie Boyer Show” (a National Radio Network show taped in Boston), and participated in “A Public Affair”, a live call-in program airing on WORT in Madison, Wisc. His recent talks also received newspaper coverage in the Charlotte Observer and the Daily Tar Heel (University of North Carolina). Listen to a March 31 interview on WGVU, a public radio station in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Degree Completion Program
Peter Forbes at GMC
"Complete History of America"
Faculty/Student Notes

Men's Lacrosse
4/13, 4 p.m. at Me.-Maritime
4/14, 11 a.m. at Husson

Men's Tennis
4/13, 1 p.m. at Thomas
4/14, 1 p.m. at Lyndon St.

Women's Softball
4/9, 3 & 5 p.m. vs. N.E. College
4/11, 3 & 5 p.m. vs. SUNY Cobleskill
4/13, 3 & 5 p.m. at Me.-Farmington
4/14, 12 & 2 p.m. at Thomas

Women's Lacrosse
4/10, 4 p.m. vs. Castleton
4/14, 2 p.m. at SUNY Canton

GMC Event Calendar
Poultney Event calendar

Vinyasa Yoga
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Bodily Harmony
6 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Animal Welfare and Policy
on Cerridwen Farm

8 p.m.,
Ackley 224

Graduate School Planning Workshop
4 p.m.,
Graphics Lab (Griswold)

Guided Meditation
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

Poultney 2020: Arts
5:30 - 7 p.m.,
Tiny Theatre

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

Peter Forbes Lecture
7 p.m.,
Ackley Hall

Sacred Places Walk
6:30 - 7:30 a.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Wellness Fair
10 a.m.,
Withey Lobby

Graduate School Planning Workshop
12 p.m.,
Graphics Lab (Griswold)

Let's Talk About Sex
3 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

A/V Editing Tutorials
4 p.m.,
Graphics Lab

Guided Meditation
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Cheap & Healthy Cooking Workshop
5 p.m.,
GMC Farmhouse

Poultney 2020: Place
5 - 6:30 p.m.,
Tiny Theatre

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

Poultney 2020: Goods & Services
6 - 7:30 p.m.,
Tiny Theatre

"The Complete History of America (abridged)"
7 p.m.,
Ackley Theater

"The Complete History of America (abridged)"
7 p.m.,
Ackley Theater

Vermont Fermentation Festival
10 a.m.,
The Gorge

Film Showing: Lincoln
1, 4, and 8 p.m.,
Tiny Theatre

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Pershepone Melinoia

7 p.m.,
The Gorge

"The Complete History of America (abridged)"
7 p.m.,
Ackley Theater

Quaker Worship Group
10 a.m.,
Ackley Chapel