A detail of an untitled watercolor piece by BFA student Annie Parham. Join for her opening reception this Friday, May 3 from 6 - 8 p.m. at The Feick.

Annie Parham Exhibits at The Feick
The William Feick Arts Center will exhibit artwork from five fine arts students throughout the semester. Lizzie Helbig, Elizabeth Billings, Marijo Bineault, Ian Barnum, and Annie Parham will each participate in a solo exhibit to complete their bachelor of 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 with a reception from 6 - 8 p.m., and will run through May 12.

Solar Charging Station Heating up the South Side of Campus
During the hustle and bustle of Earth Week 2.0, you may have noticed the large pole mounts being drilled into the ground beside the Dunton parking lot. These are for the new 6.12 kW solar charging station. The station will consist of two sets of 12 modules a piece, installed by SameSun of Vermont.

People with electric vehicles will be able to plug into the system to charge their vehicles. When the system is not busy charging vehicles, it will be sending solar kWhs back to the grid, giving the College renewable electricity credits through net metering.

This project was made possible with a $12,500 Green Mountain Power grant, a $3,366 state rebate, and $16,534 from our own green revolving loan fund. The Green revolving loan fund is a pool of $30,000 that is set aside for green energy investments on campus that have a guaranteed return, such as the project to replace all 80 lamp posts outside with LEDs this past fall. When the money is paid back to the fund from savings, it is used again for other projects, keeping the ball rolling.

Our revolving loan fund is part of a national effort called the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, led by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, where the goal is for a billion dollars to be invested across multiple colleges and universities.

Poultney 2020 Identifies Four Potential Projects
“Poultney 2020: Taking Revitalization to the Next Level,” an all-day conference on the future of development in Poultney held last Wednesday, attracted 200 participants and a renewed sense of purpose for revitalization efforts in the town.

After months of meetings, working groups consisting of local residents, college students, faculty, and staff generated four potential projects: a community art center on Main Street, a locavore restaurant, a park on Main Street and a Poultney area parks and recreation system.

“It’s gatherings like this that show how close the community is. If we get these things done, it will be so great for the town. And Poultney is already an amazing town,” says prof. Matt Mayberry (sustainable business). Mayberry delivered the inaugural John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Lecture titled “The Most Important Investment a Town Can Make” at 9 a.m. in the Gorge to kick off the event.

The conference brought together other creative leaders to explore how small town revitalization efforts gain momentum and tap into state and regional development resources. 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. Stacey Adamson of Cody, Neb., was the keynote speaker. She was part of her town’s three-year community project to construct a student-run supermarket. She told the audience that if her town of 151 people can build a new community supermarket, Poultney can meet its goals, too.

“Just do the work,” Adamson said. “If you do the work, the right people will show up.” See Rutland Herald coverage of the event online here.

GMC’s Douglas and Anderson Capture All-Conference Honors
Green Mountain College juniors Johanna Douglas and Virginia Anderson were recognized by the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) as women’s lacrosse All-Conference selections Friday as voted by the coaches in the league.

Douglas earned a place on the first team while Anderson was named to the second team. The collective honor was a repeat of last year’s voting results. Douglas was selected to the first team for her overall production as a midfielder. The junior tied for the NAC regular season lead in goals (41) and was the outright leader in free position goals (15), groundballs (65) and draw controls (129). Her work in the midfield ranked nationally as she led all Division III players in draw controls per game (10.75) and was eighth in groundballs per contest (5.42). For Douglas, this year’s honor was the third consecutive time she had received a spot on the NAC All-Conference First Team.

Anderson was the NAC’s busiest goalie this season as the junior was the only goalie to play every minute of every game. The Eagles’ netminder led the conference in saves (117) in the regular season. She also ranked close to the league lead in save percentage (41.2). Anderson’s numbers also ranked nationally as she was 42nd in Division III saves per game (9.75).

Students, Faculty and Staff Recognized at Honors Tea
On Sunday, April 28, Green Mountain College held its annual Honors Tea to recognize outstanding achievement. Students earned awards and scholarships for academic work as well as for service work and student life activities.

The keynote speaker was Jenna Calvi ‘09, Stormwater District Manager at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Download a list of award recipients here (PDF).


Career Corner
Put yourself on the map!
We want to know where you are headed for the summer! Do you have an internship or other work experience lined up? Will you be traveling to new sights? Are you graduating and heading off to graduate school next fall? Stop by Griswold Library circulation desk, career services, or email Maia Hanron-Sanford at hanronsanfordm@greenmtn.edu and let us know what you’ll be up to.

Sustainable Forests, Sustainable Communities: Exploring the Impacts of GMC’s Biomass Plant
On Tuesday, April 30 at 11 a.m. in Bogue 21, join students in the Forest Policy and Management class as they give their final presentation. The class has been working to examine the economic impacts, ecological impacts, and social/political impacts of GMC's biomass plant. They will be sharing their research and making recommendations to the College about ways to continue to measure and assess these impacts in the future. Students' work is tied to the goals of the Sustainability 2020 Initiative.

Senior Seminar Presentations
On Tuesday, April 30 at 4 p.m., join seniors Scott Morris and Jason Lloyd as they give their senior seminar presentations. Scott Morris' presentation is titled "Vincent Schaefer and New York's Long Path: Changing Ideas on Trails in the 20th Century." Jason Lloyd's presentation is titled "Passage Between the Decks from Wales to North America: Eleazer Jones, Welsh Emigration Agent (1846 - 1873)." Presentations will be held in Ackley 224.

Lauren Piechota Thesis Defense Thursday
Lauren Piechota’s senior honors thesis defense is scheduled for Thursday, May 2 at 2 p.m. in Ackley 102. The topic of her thesis is: “Reading Comprehension: Metacognitive Strategy Instruction- Effects and Considerations.”

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.

Farm Based Education Presentation
On Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. in the East Room, come learn about the exciting world of Farm Based Education, which aims to connect students to their food systems, environments, and communities through food-conscious education. This presentation will include information on Farm to School, garden-based education, and other ways of incorporating food and agriculture into the classroom.

Volunteer at SolarFest
SolarFest, an annual three-day festival in Tinmouth showcasing the power and possibilities of solar energy, is looking for volunteers from July 12 - 14. If you can provide nine hours of your time (three hours per day) and can pony up $15 for the official 2013 SolarFest t-shirt, you’ll get free admission to the 3-day event, free camping on-site, access to the volunteer hospitality area where you can get healthy food anytime of day, and the opportunity to experience this amazing event from the inside. Learn more about volunteering here.

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.

  • On April 3 & 10, sixteen GMC students enrolled in REC 3008: Essentials of Ropes Course Technology served as challenge (ropes) course facilitators for 32 Poultney Elementary School (PES) sixth grade students participating in a service learning collaboration initiated by prof. Thayer Raines (recreation & outdoor studies). Based on an apriori needs assessment, the program was intentionally designed by the GMC class to meet learning outcomes selected by PES teachers (Tia Hews & Keith Harrington) to enhance communication, teamwork, team spirit, trust, and appreciation of differences. The two half-day sessions utilized the Geoffrey Leydic Memorial Ropes Course at GMC. The program included both the indoor and outdoor ropes courses with high and low warm-ups, socializers, trust activities and group initiatives. A follow-up assessment will be conducted at PES on April 30th. The program enabled the GMC students to apply methods and practice skills expected of Level 1 facilitators by the Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).

  • Prof. Paula Mann (theater) will be performing in a production of “Other People’s Money” by Jerry Sterner, with the Oldcastle Theatre Company in their new home on Main Street in Bennington, Vt. The production dates are June 20 - 30.

  • Prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies) recently presented his research “Free Speech and the Digital Right to Assemble: The Digital Revolution and Constitutional Law" at the 67th Annual Conference of the New York State Political Science Association. His research focuses on how the US legal system is struggling to adapt 1st Amendment doctrine to the rapidly changing world of digital communications. This research is part of his upcoming book Revolutionizing the Interaction between State and Citizens through Digital Communications.

  • Prof. Heather Keith (philosophy) is co-authoring a book titled Intellectual Disability: Ethics, Dehumanization and a New Moral Community which will be released in May 2013. The book, published by Wiley-Blackwell, presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the roots and evolution of the dehumanization of people with intellectual disabilities.

Annie Parham BFA Exhibit
Dunton Solar Charging Station
Poultney 2020 Town Priorities
Faculty Notes

GMC Event Calendar
Poultney Event calendar

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Delicate Balance Poster Presentations
9:30 a.m.,
Withey Lobby

"Sustainable Forests, Sustainable Communities"
11 a.m.,
Bogue 21

Senior Seminar Presentations
4 p.m.,
Ackley 224

Guided Meditation
4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

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

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

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

Language Development Workshop
7 - 9 p.m.,
East Room

Annie Parham BFA Reception
6 - 8 p.m.,
The Feick


Quaker Worship Group
10 a.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Farm-based Education Presentation
2 p.m.,
East Room