GMC President Paul J. Fonteyn will be inaugurated as the College's seventh president on Friday at 2 p.m. He is pictured here with Peter Davis, seated, president of the student senate, and Jose Galvez Contreras, student senate vice president.

GMC Celebrates Inauguration of Dr. Paul J. Fonteyn
Paul J. Fonteyn will be officially installed as Green Mountain College’s seventh president on Friday, April 24 at 2 p.m. at the College’s Waldron Athletic Center. Withey Dining Hall hosts an inaugural brunch at 11 a.m. (The brunch is a ticketed event—today is the deadline for faculty and staff to pick up tickets from Hope Chambers in Pollock.) A reception will follow the inaugural ceremony.

The inaugural celebration caps a week full of activities that pay homage to Green Mountain College’s recent accomplishments as a national leader in environmental sustainability, while looking forward to its future with the investiture of a new president.

Highlights include:

Thomas L. Benson Lecture
Keynote Speaker: Carlos Sanchez

Thursday, April 23
2:30 p.m., Ackley Hall
Dr. Carlos Sanchez, associate veterinarian of the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, is internationally recognized for pioneering veterinary training programs. He was involved in the development of a preventative medicine program at the Panda Base in Chengdu, China, and in performing annual exams on cheetahs at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia.

Dedication & Inaugural Choral Concert for the
Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones ‘09 Concert Hall

Thursday, April 23
8 p.m., Ackley Hall
The first performance in this newly named venue will be an Inaugural Choral Concert by the GMC Choir featuring music composed especially for the occasion. The concert hall was named for a 1909 graduate whose international opera career was shaped through a love of music she discovered at GMC.

More on President Paul J. Fonteyn
View the schedule of public inaugural events

Running of the Bulls Comes
to Main Street

What do Pamplona, Spain, and Poultney, Vermont, have in common? It turns out, quite a few things. They are both college towns, both have histories connected with agriculture and light industry, and now they both have “The Running of the Bulls.” Pamplona has its Festival of San Fermin. Poultney has its Festival of San Farmin’ beginning at 11:30 a.m. on April 25th. This first annual event, a collaboration between Green Mountain College and the Town of Poultney, uses humor, performance art, and an activist spirit to celebrate and entertain. More…

Poultney High School to Host Earth Fair
On Wednesday, April 22, Poultney High School will be the site for the Poultney Earth Fair. This annual Earth Day celebration will be bigger and better and will run from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

This year's program features activities for kids, free food, interactive displays, lots of handouts and a raffle—all with a greening focus on the environment. Live music will be provided throughout the event by the local talent of the Old Time Folk Ensemble and Spruce Knob Uprising. More…

“From the Forest” Opens at Feick
Green Mountain College welcomes an exhibit titled “From the Forest,” by Pat Musick, to the Feick Fine Arts Center as part of Earth Week festivities on campus. The opening reception is Thursday, April 23, from 3:30-6 p.m. in the arts center and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. More…

Moses Hall Lawn Hosts Spring Concert '09
Del the Funky Homosapien takes the stage on the lawn outside Moses Hall at 6:30 p.m. April 25 for GMC’s annual Spring Concert. Opening for the rap star is GMC’s own The Bad Assets, a group who won the Battle of the Bands competition. Their performance begins at 4:30 p.m.

Gates to the Spring Concert open at 1 p.m. Live music begins with “Singin’ the Blues for a Green Planet,” a special performance by the Memphis-born Sandra Wright and her Blues Band. Djembe drumming, belly dancing and techno music are also part of the line-up. There will be concessions, sales, demos and activities all afternoon.

Celebrate Poetry on the Steps of Withey
Green Mountain College will be hosting an Open Mic April 30 to celebrate the second National Poem-in-your-Pocket Day. The microphone will be open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. GMC students and members of the community are invited to come to the steps of Withey Hall to participate or listen. Each reader will have five minutes to read a favorite poem. Pre-registration is required. Email Sign-ups will end when available slots are filled.

GMC Art Students Attend Arizona Conference
Ceramics students Shea Hansen, Gill Whiting, Zachary Behney and Matt Busko, along with Prof. Karen Swyler (art), attended the NCECA conference in Phoenix, Ariz. from April 8-11. The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is a not-for-profit educational organization providing resources and support for individuals, schools and organizations with an abiding interest in the ceramic arts. Its annual conference is the largest of its kind dedicated to the field of ceramics. During the conference the students attended lectures, demonstrations, and exhibitions and connected with peers and professors from a number of academic institutions.

Karen’s work was featured in two exhibitions at the conference: "Veneration" a group show curated by Matt Burton and Bryan Hopkins, and "La Mesa", Santa Fe Clay's annual NCECA exhibition of tableware.

InterCultural Center Hosts Presentation at PHS
The GMC InterCultural Center’s (ICC) commitment to promoting multicultural awareness on campus and in the community took a leap April 3 when the ICC did a school wide presentation on race, gender, and sexual orientation at Poultney High School. More than 200 PHS students attended the event; they also signed a pledge to show their dedication to diversity. The ICC received much positive feedback, and aims to continue to provide students with multicultural learning experiences.

The ICC thanks Dawn Sarli, Poultney School District Challenge Teacher, for this opportunity. Also we are proud of all the presenters: Shawn Henry, Praagtee Dhakal, Olesea Cojohari, Elisa Morales, Alfred Narh, Kat Carvajal, Charlie Piazza, and Katesawn Marsh.

Family Farm Forum Speaker to Discuss Draft Animals
How to use draft animals on the farm and in the forest is the topic for GMC’s next Family Farm Forum on April 29 at 4 p.m. in the East Room.

Carl Russell, operator of Earthwise Farm and Forest in Bethel, hosts a presentation titled "Understanding Horses and Oxen as Motive Power for Farming and Forestry.” He will be talking about limitations and capabilities of draft animals to perform tasks on the farm and in the woods, and the challenge of recreating expectations that are based on conventional modern enterprises to fit the reality of using living power.

Earthwise Farm & Forest is a 150 acre diversified enterprise where Russell and his wife Lisa McCrory raise organic vegetables and grass-fed livestock, use draft animals for logging and field work, and offer workshops on skills for sustainable livelihoods. The couple also organizes the annual Northeast Animal Powered Field Days and operates Russell Forestry Services, specializing in ecological forestry and low-impact timber harvest with draft animals.

Prof. Jennifer Powers (education) presented at the annual TEACH, THINK, PLAY Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University on April 5. The topic of the conference was "The Moving Image in the Classroom," and Jen's presentation was titled "Show, Don't Tell: Assessing Literacy Through Video Narratives in the English Classroom." The conference, which hosted approximately 80 New York City teachers, also featured Kevin Clash, Sesame Street's Senior Puppet Coordinator and voice of Elmo, and William Goldman, author and screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man, and The Princess Bride.

A proposal submitted by Prof. Susan Sutheimer (chemistry) has been selected to receive a 2009 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant (PCMNCG) of $10,000. Funds will be used to purchase twelve Vernier hand-held Lab-Quest interface units and sensors. The new equipment will be used by chemistry, physics, biology, and environmental studies classes, and will also be shared with students in upper grades of Poultney Elementary School next spring. The Lab-Quest units measure temperature, pH, gas pressure, conductivity, voltage, and dissolved oxygen. Sutheimer says the equipment upgrade will help make science labs at GMC greener. General Chemistry II students at GMC, as a service-learning project, will teach elementary school students how to use the units as a way to get them excited about chemistry.


Men's Lacrosse
Wednesday, 4/22
vs. Daniel Webster College

Thursday, 4/23
vs. College of St. Joseph's,
4:30 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
Friday, 4/24
at Daniel Webster College,
3:30 p.m.

Women's Softball
Wednesday, 4/22
vs. Castleton State, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, 4/25
at U-Maine Farmington, 2 p.m.

Sunday, 4/26
at Thomas College, 12 p.m.

Men's Tennis
Wednesday, 4/22
at Lyndon State, 3:30 p.m.


Energy Healing
2 - 5 p.m., Wellness Center

Dr. William Bloom
4 p.m., Dickgiesser Room

DEEP Film Fest: Blue Vinyl
7:30 p.m., YES Coffee House

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

Wellness Center Open House
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.,
Wellness Center, 38 College Street

2:30 - 3 p.m., Chapel

Lyda Pierce
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Chapel

Open Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

African Dance
7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

DEEP Film Fest:
Addicted to Plastic

7:30 p.m., YES Coffee House

Garlic Mustard Pull
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Poultney River

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

Earth Day Workshops
10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Withey Hall &
Moses Lawn

Club Earth Day Fair
11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Withey Hall

Faculty Colloquium:
Prof. Jen Powers

12 - 1:00 p.m., Terrace 124

12 - 1 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

ABC's of Bicycle Maintenance
with Pres. Paul Fonteyn

2:30 - 5 p.m., Poultney High School

Poultney Earth Fair
2:30 - 6 p.m., Poultney High School

Vinyassa Flow Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Karate Club
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Film Screening:
Lost Boys of Sudan

7 p.m., InterCultural Center

Tribal Belly Dance
7 - 8:15 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Contra Dancing
7:30 p.m., The Gorge

Garlic Mustard Pull
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Poultney River

Faculty Exhibit
9 a.m. - 7 p.m., East Room

Morning Yoga
9 - 10 a.m., Bogue Movement Studio

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

Thomas L. Benson Lecture:
Dr. Carlos Sanchez

2:30 p.m., Ackley Auditorium

Opening Reception:
"From the Forest"

3:30 p.m., Feick Fine Arts Center

Open Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Mixed Martial Arts
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Dedication & Inaugural Concert
8 p.m., Ackley Hall

Climate Action Plan Presentation
9:30 a.m., Dickgiesser Room

Farm Work Day & Activity
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cerridwen Farm

Faculty Exhibit
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., East Room

Inaugural Brunch
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.,
Withey Dining Hall

Inauguration Ceremony
2 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Inaugural Reception
3:30 - 5 p.m., Withey Lobby

Alumni/Faculty Mixer
5 - 6:30 p.m., East Room

Open Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Senior Art Exhibit:
Chris Paris

6 - 8 p.m., Surdam Art Gallery

Alumni Band Performance:
Three Tall Pines

6:30 p.m., The Gorge

Ultimate Frisbee Tournament
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., backfields

Oxen Driving Demonstration
9 a.m., Cerridwen Farm

Sustainability Tours
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.,
Meeting Place: Withey Lobby

Student Green-Up
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.,
Meeting Place: Ames Circle

Running of the Bulls Parade
11:30 a.m., Ames Circle

Vinyassa Flow Yoga
12 - 1 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Performance: Sandra Wright
1 p.m., Moses Hall Lawn

Alumni/Student Rugby Game
1 p.m., backfields

Djembe Performance
2 p.m., Moses Hall Lawn

Belly Dancing Performance
2:30 p.m., Moses Hall Lawn

Techno by Brian
3 p.m., Moses Hall Lawn

Concert: The Bad Assets
4:30 p.m., Moses Hall Lawn

Spring Concert: Del the Funky Homosapien
6:30 p.m., Moses Hall Lawn

Honors Tea
2 p.m., Withey Dining Hall

Open Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

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