GMC student Kerrilee Knights '10 hosted a senior recital Friday in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall. She sang and performed on the flute. Her performance was one in a series of senior recitals from students in the GMC Music Program.

Celebrate Global Youth Service Day with
Slate Valley Community Connection

Green Mountain College students, along with students from Castleton State College, will be fanning out across the region April 17 for Slate Valley Community Day. This day of community service, organized by Slate Valley Community Connection, has been chosen by Vermont Campus Compact as the kickoff event for Global Youth Service Day in Vermont. Slate Valley Community Connection consists of stakeholders from Castleton State College, Green Mountain College, Poultney Rotary and Fair Haven Rotary. S.V.C.C. has been working closely with the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to receive input from local organizations that are often looking for volunteers. The goal is to enhance service connections in our communities. Projects include:
  • Park and campsite clean-up at Lake St. Catherine State Park
  • Trail maintenance at Shaw Mountain Natural Area with The Nature Conservancy
  • Beautification of school grounds and Debbie Keezer Garden at Poultney Elementary School
  • Spring clean-up and activities at Castleton Community Center
  • Ground-breaking for the Poultney Community Garden
At the end of the day, volunteers and participants are invited to attend the Global Youth Service Day kickoff event at Kehoe Conservation Camp. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with music, food, and fun. This will be a great opportunity to mix and mingle with other service-minded folks and learn about volunteer opportunities in Rutland County. You can even get your picture taken with CC the Cat from 105.3 Cat Country Radio. Z97.1 – Your Hit Music Station will be there with give-aways. The evening will also include several speakers, including Green Mountain’s very own Oz Skinner '10 and Rutland County Senator Bill Carris. Sign-ups for participating in one of the projects will be taking place all week in Withey Lobby. For more information contact Chuck Domenie, AmeriCorps VISTA, at 287-8254 or

GMC’s Tribal Dance Troupe to
Host Fundraiser

On April 16, join the GMC Shakti tribal dancers and other area tribal dancers in celebration of the earth, the body, and the divine feminine. At 7 p.m. in the Gorge, GMC’s Shakti Tribal Dance Troupe hosts a Patshiva to raise money for the Rutland Women’s Shelter. Patshiva is a Romany word for the celebration of two or more tribes coming together. Other performers include the Sahidi Sisters and Sisters of the Silk Road. Admission is free. Donations for the Rutland Women’s Shelter will be accepted.

Weekend Events to Focus on Animal Rights
The final two events in this spring's GMC Pre-Law Speaker Series include a talk from the senior state director of the Humane Society and hands-on workshops focused on animal crimes.

Beyond Human Rights: Should Animals Have a Voice?
April 16, East Room
6 - 7:15 p.m.

Joanne Bourbeau, senior state director for Vermont and New Hampshire for the Humane Society of the United States, will discuss the role of animals in our society. What are the differences between animal protection and animal rights? And what role do we as humans play in defining these parameters within a public policy setting? Bourbeau serves as the president of the Vermont Humane Federation and on the board of the New Hampshire Federation of Humane Organizations. She also chairs the Vermont Animal Cruelty Task Force and represents the HSUS on the New Hampshire Governor's Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals.

Investigating Animal Cruelty in Vermont
April 17, East Room
9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. & 1 - 4 p.m.

Joanne Bourbeau and experts from the Vermont Animal Cruelty Task Force will host a workshop on the detection, evidence collection, and prosecution of animal crimes. This will be a hands-on workshop featuring mock wildlife and farm animal crime scenes and CSI-style investigations. Experts from the region will be on campus to train all interested people. The workshop will occur on the GMC farm and other natural areas on campus.

Other speakers and presenters include Janet Carini, D.V.M., owner of the Rutland Veterinary Clinic in Castleton; JoAnn Nichols, a Vermont licensed wildlife rehabilitator since 1998, specializing in reptiles; Robert Sterling, a warden for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department based in Fair Haven; and Craig Hanson of the Rutland County Sheriffs Office. The program is free; preregistration is required. Contact Shelby Phillips at 287-8392 or to register. Lunch is not provided, but meals can be purchased at the College's dining hall.

GMC Wellness Fair on Tap for April 15
Green Mountain College will hold its annual Spring Wellness Fair on April 15 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. in GMC's Withey Hall lobby. The fair is free and open to the public.

Over 20 local businesses and non-profit organizations involved in physical and spiritual healing and therapeutic care will provide displays, demonstrations and presentations. Staff members of GMC's Wellness Center, who organized the event, will provide information about mental health resources and offer healthy snacks.

A partial list of participants includes the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition (RAP); New England Integrative Health Counseling; the Vermont Department of Health's Substance Prevention Office; GMC's Spirituality Club; Rutland County Women's Network and Shelter; Rutland Pharmacy; Spiritpath Shamanic Healing; and Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center. Free oral HIV testing will also be offered.

For more information, contact Jane Allen at 287-8376 or

Masters of Japanese Dance & Flower Arranging
to Host Workshop

On April 13, GMC hosts an Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) and Kabuki Buyo (Japanese Traditional Dance) workshop from 2 - 4 p.m. in the East Room. The workshop will feature a narrated demonstration of Ikebana and a Kabuki Dance in an interactive manner with the audience, and will include choreography of the famous song, Sakura (cherry blossom), with accompanying music on the traditional Japanese instrument the shamisen. Performers include Ikebana and Shamisen Master Masako Gibeault, a Master in the Ryuseiha school of flower arranging and Master in the Nagauta Shaimsen, and Kabuki Buyo Master Toyosaburo Hanayagi, one of the top 20 Kabuki dance performers and teachers in Japan.

Learn About CarShare Vermont in a Presentation April 13
Annie Bourdon, executive director of CarShare Vermont, hosts a public presentation on April 13 at 2:30 p.m. in Terrace 124. The talk is titled "Alternatives to Car Ownership: The Environmental, Economic and Social Impact." Founded in 2007 by a group of local people who share a common vision for our community, Carshare Vermont is a mission-driven nonprofit organization that recognizes car-sharing as a practical, easy, and fun way to reduce car dependence, increase mobility, and improve the health of our community and environment. The presentation is sponsored by the GMC Business and Environmental Studies Programs.


Calvin Linder ‘12 has received a 2010 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Service for his work as a volunteer mentor with The DREAM Program. These awards honor the individuals, groups, and businesses that best exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and community service in Vermont.

Calvin was a founding member of the Poultney chapter of DREAM. Since the fall of 2008 he has been a consistent, energetic and caring mentor to an 11 year-old boy living in a single-parent home. In 2009, Calvin volunteered for the summer as an AmeriCorps member at Camp DREAM. Thanks to Calvin’s efforts in communicating with children’s parents and organizing gear, transportation, and activities, four mentees and two other mentors spent a weekend camping and playing in the snow during DREAM’s Winter Adventure Camp in February. Calvin’s mentee is the only Poultney child who has attended every single camp event since DREAM Poultney began, which demonstrates the strong relationship Calvin has built with him. Through his passion for outdoor adventure education, Calvin broadens these children’s horizons, teaches them life-long skills, and raises their self-confidence.

By Rachel Kauppila, DREAM Program Empowerment Director


Prof. Bill Prado (management) will deliver a presentation on “Student Engagement and Sustainable Business Learning: New Approaches Based on Technology” at the 2010 Online Teaching Conference in San Diego. Attended by 600 educators and administrators representing traditional non-profit as well as for-profit colleges, universities, community colleges, and technical schools, the conference has as its theme “Engaging Every Student Online in Lean and Green Times.”

Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology) recently had a suite of maps published by the Vermont Geological Survey related to field mapping completed within the town of Rutland characterizing the surficial geology and groundwater resources. View the maps.

Renee Beaupre White, GMC’s director of alumni affairs and career services, was quoted in the April edition of Currents magazine about the link between student interest in sustainability and alumni expertise. In an article titled "Tapping Energy by Conserving It," Beaupre White comments: "Utilizing alumni expertise to mentor current students in the burgeoning field of sustainability is the future." The story notes that the GMC alumni association has hosted several events focused on environmental themes, including career panels featuring alumni with green jobs, a young alumni event during Earth Week, and projects on the College's farm that are open to alumni.


Men's Lacrosse
Saturday, 4/17
vs. University of Maine-Farmington, 3 p.m.

Sunday, 4/18
vs. Maine Maritime Academy,
1 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
Saturday, 4/17
vs. University of Maine-Farmington, 1 p.m.

Sunday, 4/18
vs. Thomas College, 11 a.m.

Women's Softball
Tuesday, 4/13
vs. Skidmore College,
3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 4/14
vs. Johnson State College, 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, 4/17
at Husson College, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Sunday, 4/18
at Maine Maritime Academy,
12 p.m., 2 p.m.

Men's Tennis
Tuesday, 4/13
at Castleton State College, 4 p.m.

Saturday, 4/17
vs. Johnson State College, 1 p.m.

Sunday, 4/18
vs. Thomas College, 11 a.m.


8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
9 - 10:30 a.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Resume & Cover Letter Workshop
3 - 4 p.m., Griswold Library Room 3

African Dance
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Traditional Belly Dance
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Laughter Yoga
8 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Kayak Pool Session
8:30 - 10 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
1 - 2:30 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Ikebana & Kabuki Buyo Workshop
2 p.m., East Room

Annie Bourdon
2:30 p.m., Terrace 124

Journaling Group
3:30 p.m., Chapel

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

Maintenance Clinic
5:30 p.m., GMC Bike Shop

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

6:30 - 7 p.m., Chapel

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Interpersonal Growth Group
6 - 7 p.m., Wellness Center

Comedian Rob O'Reilly
8 p.m., The Gorge

8 a.m., Chapel

Steven Goodman
10 a.m., Griswold Library Room 2

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bozen Wellness Center

GRE Study Group
4 - 5 p.m., Room 3, Griswold Library

Free Oral HIV Testing
6 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced
6:30 - 7:45 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Zazen Meditation
7 - 8 p.m., Chapel

CALF Artshare, Open Mic
& Potluck

7 p.m., Outside of Cree Hall

Let's Talk Gathering
7:15 - 8:30 p.m., Rare Books Room, Griswold Library

Shakti Tribal Dance: Beginner
7:45 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

9 - 9:20 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

8 a.m., Chapel

Wellness Fair
10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Withey Hall Lobby

Shakti Tribal Dance Performances
12:30 & 1 pm., outside of Withey Hall

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

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

6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Let's Talk Gathering
7:15 - 8:30 p.m., Rare Books Room, Griswold Library

Beginner Yoga
7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
9 - 10:30 a.m., Waldron Athletic Center

3 - 3:30 p.m., Chapel

Free Oral HIV Testing
3 - 5 p.m., Wellness Center

Joanne Bourbeau
6 p.m., East Room

Senior Recital: Allison Tremblay
7 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

Tribal Dance Patshiva
7 p.m., The Gorge

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Wildlife Crimes Workshop
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 4 p.m., East Room

1 - 2 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Slate Valley Community Day
1 - 4 p.m., various locations

Clothes Drying Rack Workshop
2 - 5 p.m., The Gorge

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

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