Former GMC President Dr. Thomas L. Benson joined GMC last Thursday for Dr. Alan Goldberg's presentation at the annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture Series. Benson was president from 1994-2002 and was the architect of the College’s environmental liberal arts mission.

April 24 “Poultney 2020 Conference” Focuses on Local Economic Development
Imagine a future Poultney where residents, students, and visitors alike are drawn to the town’s unique and eclectic collection of Vermont stores, shops, galleries, eating places, farms, museums, theater and cultural events; where an ecosystem of new businesses is thriving and creating good, local jobs; a place where a small town and a small college have partnered to preserve the local culture, protect the natural environment, create financial security and improve the quality of life.

“Poultney 2020: Taking Revitalization to the Next Level,” a full-day conference on April 24 at the college and various venues in the Poultney region, is a first step in bringing together the consensus and resources for a significant new revitalization effort. The kickoff address will be the inaugural John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Lecture titled “The Most Important Investment a Town can Make” delivered by prof. Matthew Mayberry (business). Mayberry is The John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Chair in Business and Economics. The lecture is at 9 a.m. in the Gorge.

The conference will bring together other creative leaders from the GMC and Poultney communities and beyond to explore how small town revitalization efforts gain momentum, discover lessons learned from successful community revitalization leaders, identify potential breakthrough growth opportunities for Poultney, and tap into state and regional development resources that can support Poultney revitalization. Other speakers include Robert McBride, founding director and coordinator of The Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP), Tom Stearns of High Mowing Seeds, and Doug Anderson, executive director of Town Hall Theater, Inc., in Middlebury.

In afternoon breakout sessions, focus groups (in the areas of the arts, food, sustainability, place and goods and services) will meet in breakout sessions where participants can review Action Ideas and contribute new ones. Participants will then interact across the focus areas to compare revitalization opportunities and vote (using dots) for their top three priorities. Attendees can then sign up to join Action Groups to move the projects forward.

Poultney 2020 is free and open to the public. Registration, coffee and light refreshments will be held in the Gorge at 8 a.m. on the 24th to kick off the event. The full conference agenda can be found online here.

College Receives 2013 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
Green Mountain College’s project “Integrated Educational Initiative for Achieving Climate Neutrality” was recently selected to receive the 2013 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

GMC received the award for the College’s achievement of climate neutrality through efficiency projects and construction of a biomass plant that burns local woodchips.Most of the woodchips are harvested sustainably within a 50 mile radius through the Poultney Woodshed Project.

The Vermont Governor’s Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the actions taken by Vermont organizations to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution and promote environmental sustainability.

The formal presentation of the award will be made by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin at the annual Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility spring conference at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center May 14.

David Budbill Poetry Reading
Green Mountain College is honored to welcome back poet David Budbill for a special reading tonight, Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the East Room.

Budbill, who moved to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom as part of the back-to-the-land movement in the 1960’s, has become internationally known for his unmistakable poetic voice which blends a distinctive sense of humor and lessons learned from the cycles of rural life with the compassion and expansive vision of Buddhism – all embedded in the beauty of the Green Mountains.

Budbill’s poems are regularly featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writers Almanac, and his latest collection of poetry is Happy Life (2012).

In addition to his reading this evening, he will attend a staged reading of his iconic play, "Judevine," at the Tiny Theater at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.

Bill Porter: “The Chinese Search for Solitude and the Rise of Zen”
Bill Porter, an award-winning translator of Chinese religious texts and poetry, will present a lecture and slideshow on the rise of the Zen tradition in China this Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the East Room.

Mr. Porter has personally visited many of the culturally and historically significant sites related to the poetic and religious history of China, and will share his experiences.

“Green Mountains Walking: Reflections on Buddhism, Embodied Morality, and Places in an Age of Globalization"
Join William Edelglass, professor of philosophy and environmental studies at Marlboro College on Tuesday, April 23 at 4 p.m. in the East Room as he gives a lecture titled “Green Mountains Walking: Reflections on Buddhism, Embodied Morality, and Places in an Age of Globalization.”

Edelglass specializes in environmental philosophy, 20th century French and German thought, and Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.

First Public Recital on GMC’s New Concert Grand Piano Features Diana Fanning
Internationally acclaimed pianist Diana Fanning will perform the first public recital on Green Mountain College’s new concert grand piano in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Auditorium, Ackley Hall, on April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Her program will include works by Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, Gershwin, and Debussy.

In the spring of 2012 Green Mountain College exceeded its fundraising goal for the purchase of the piano, a Yamaha G5 professional grand. Diana Fanning, music professor at Middlebury College, has toured extensively as a solo performer throughout the eastern U.S. and in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Holland and Germany. Ms. Fanning has also performed on numerous occasions as a concerto soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Radio audiences hear her frequently over Vermont Public Radio, and she has also performed live on "Morning Pro Musica" (WGBH-FM) Boston and on WNYC, New York City.

The concert is free and open to the public.

GMC Earns Perfect Environmental Rating in Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges
Green Mountain College continues to earn accolades as one of the greenest colleges in the country. GMC received a perfect “99” green rating in the 2013 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges released last week.

Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Guide to 322 Green Colleges is a comprehensive guidebook profiling higher education institutions that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

Green Mountain was cited for excellence in academic programming and a strong commitment to social and environmental sustainability. "'Going green' is more than a catchphrase at Green Mountain College-it's a raison d'être," states the guide. “In 2012 the college approved a strategic plan Sustainability 2020 which challenges GMC to meet all of its energy needs with 100 percent renewable energy by 2020.”

The 2013 edition includes schools across the nation which earned scores of 83 or higher. Green Mountain College was the only Vermont college or university to achieve a top score of 99.


GMC Medicinal Garden Breaking Ground
On Monday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. next to the Wellness Center, join student Nicole Murano for the ground breaking of GMC's medicinal garden. Everyone is invited to come hep dig and prep the beds. Wear comfy clothes. Light refreshments provided!

Diversity Plan Draft – Community Feedback
On Tuesday, April 23 at 11 a.m., stop by Withey Lobby to give feedback on the Diversity Plan draft. The table will have the goals of the diversity plan for review, and the option to add comments and thoughts.

Staged Reading of JUDEVINE
On Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Tiny Theater, prof. Paula Mann’s Voices of Community class will be collaborating with local area actors to perform a staged reading of excerpts from poet/playwright David Budbill’s award winning play. Set in the mythical town of Judevine in Northern Vermont, the play follows the hardscrabble lives of the townspeople in often humorous, yet compassionate portrayals of the struggles and beauty of Vermont life.

Interviewing Skills Workshop
Join Career Services in a workshop about interviewing skills. There will be two workshops, one on Tuesday, April 23 at 4 p.m. in the Graphics Lab (2nd floor of Griswold), and Wednesday, April 24 at 12 p.m. in the Graphics Lab. Contact Maia Hanron-Sanford for any questions.

A Taste of Rutland: My Novice Ethnographic Journey in Food Writing
On Friday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in Terrace 124, join student Lily Bradburn in her internship presentation for her semester-long Senior Study in the Progressive Program. Working with the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL), Lily wrote several articles for Rutland-area publications concerning local food and agriculture. This presentation will summarize her own personal experiences as well as her critiques and comments about food writing, food ethnography, and local food in America. Light refreshments will be served.

Griswold Library Extended Hours
With the end of the semester coming up, Griswold Library is extending their hours to help though this busy time of year.

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Monday, May 6: 8 a.m. – midnight
Tuesday – Friday, May 7 – 10: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Annie Parham Art Opening on May 3
The William Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College is exhibiting artwork from five fine arts students through May of 2013. Lizzie Helbig, Elizabeth Billings, Marijo Bineault, Ian Barnum, and Annie Parham will each participate in a solo exhibit to complete their bachelor’s in fine arts degree. Watercolorist and New Jersey resident Annie Parham explores the natural flow of water using a kaleidoscope of hues. With intentional mark-making and the manipulation of organic forms, she entices the imagination of the viewer into a whimsical world of shape and color.

“Aquarian Visions: An Exploration of Watercolor and Imagination” opens on Friday, May 3, 2013 with a reception from 6-8 p.m., and will run through May 12. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. General gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Please contact the gallery for more information at 802-287-8398 or

Prof. Rōmmy Fuller Presents Language Development Workshop
Prof. Rōmmy Fuller (education) will present a two-hour workshop Oral Language Development and Vocabulary for parents of children up to five years of age, students, and day care/preschool providers. The workshop is 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 2nd in the East Room. The intent of the Oral Language Development & Vocabulary workshop is to share research-based information on how young children acquire language and what can be done in a home environment, or a daycare or preschool setting to prime children for later literacy skills. Topics will address the primary domains of language and ways in which parents, educators, and care providers can easily encourage the development of language for each of these domains. This workshop will be casual and all are welcome to attend. Free to GMC faculty, staff, and students.

  • Prof. Kevin Bubriski (photography) collaborated with six other scholars from various local colleges to complete “NanoGrande: Electron Microscopy Education and Outreach Through a Collaboration of Scientists and Artists”. The project supported an undergraduate student collaboration to create an art-science exhibition of electron microscopy images. The images in the exhibit are valuable not only for their scientific value but for their striking artistic qualities.

    The students came from distinctly varied disciplines including visual arts, chemistry, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and engineering. The exhibition has now been shown to over four thousand K-12 students. The article written by Bubriski and colleagues is published in Microscopy Today (March 2013).

  • Prof. James P. Cassarino (music) had his article “Welsh-American Congregational Singing and the Cymanfa Ganu (Hymn Singing Festival) in the United States” published in the spring issue of the journal The Hymn, of the North American Hymn Society.

  • Prof. Mary Jane Maxwell (history, religious studies) was recently appointed as the World History Association representative on a successful grant received from the U.S. National Science Foundation Award titled “The Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis” (CHIA). CHIA was awarded $600,000 for a three-year project to lay the groundwork for a world-historical data resource. Project work, during the calendar years 2013, 2014, and 2015, is distributed among five participating institutions: University of Pittsburgh, University of California – Merced, Harvard University, Boston University, and Michigan State University. She will begin work on the project this summer at the University of Pittsburg.

  • A group of Green Mountain College students received the 2013 Engaged Students Award from the Vermont Campus Compact (VCC). Nathaniel Steinrueck '13, Jensen Morgan '14, Emilia Panish-Hoffman '16 representing Club 2020 were at the annual Vermont Campus Compact forum, along with Paul Fonteyn (GMC president and VCC board chair) and prof. Jacob Park (business strategy & sustainability, service learning director).

  • A group of Green Mountain College faculty members received $5,000 grant from a joint program of the Northern New England Campus Compact and the Environmental Protection Agency. In collaboration with a local community partner, the grant will support the climate change-based curricular design and development work of professors Jacob Park, John Van Hoesen, Jason Schmitt, and Chris Brooks during the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • Prof. Karen Swyler’s (fine arts) ceramic work is included in AKAR’s current invitational exhibition titled “Yunomi invitational 2013”, which runs from April 19-May 17. The theme of this show is the Yunomi - A form of tea bowl, usually being taller than it is wide, with a trimmed or turned foot. This exhibition includes works created by over 200 artists from around the world. View the exhibition online here.

Poultney 2020 This Week
GMC Receives Governer's Award
Top "Green" Rating for GMC
Faculty/Student Notes

Men's Lacrosse
4/24, 4 p.m. at N.E. College

GMC Event Calendar
Poultney Event calendar

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

David Budbill Poetry Reading
7 p.m.,
East Room

Diversity Plan Table
11 a.m.,
Withey Lobby

Guided Meditation
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Interviewing Skills Workshop
4 p.m.,
Graphics Lab (2nd floor Griswold)

"Green Mountains Walking"
4 p.m.,
East Room

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

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

7 p.m.,
Tiny Theatre

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

Poultney 2020
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Various Locations

Brennan Lecture
9 a.m.,
The Gorge

Interviewing Skills Workshop
12 p.m.,
Graphics Lab (2nd floor Griswold)

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

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

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

Open Dance Practice
6 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Zazen Meditation
6 - 6:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Bill Porter Presentation
7 p.m.,
East Room

Lily Bradburn Presentation
4 p.m.,
Terrace 124

Dianna Fanning Piano Recital
7:30 p.m.,
Ackley Hall

Quaker Worship Group
10 a.m.,
Ackley Chapel