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2012 Commencement Week
at GMC

Green Mountain College’s commencement speaker for 2012 has been described as a "power broker" in the green jobs movement by the New York Times. She is president of Majora Carter Group Consulting, and will address GMC graduates at the College’s 175th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. on the Griswold Library lawn. Graduates of the College's MBA and MSES programs will also receive degrees. (In case of inclement weather, commencement line-up will begin by 9:45 a.m. in the Waldron Athletic Center).

Since 2008 The Majora Carter Group has developed climate adaptation, urban agribusiness, and leadership development strategies for business, government, foundations, universities and economically under-performing communities. Her many honors include a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. Carter hosts the Peabody Award-winning public radio series The Promised Land. She has produced, written or appeared in television and radio programs including American Public Media's Market Place, PRX's This I Believe series, Discovery Communications' Science Channel, and The Green on Sundance Channel.

Also receiving an honorary degree is Cornelius “Con” Hogan. Hogan, of Plainfield, Vermont, has devoted his career to providing humane and innovate solutions to social problems. He served as the Vermont secretary of human services from 1991 to 1999 and as commissioner for the Department of Corrections from 1977 to 1979. He is also a member of the Green Mountain Care Board which is charged with oversight of health care policy in the state. He will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

The student speaker is Elizabeth Cerezo. During her GMC career she completed an internship with the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a National Science Foundation-sponsored research opportunity at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. This spring, Cerezo was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

For a complete commencement week schedule, including events, hoodings and rehearsals, see sidebar at right.

If you can't make it to the 10 a.m. ceremony on May 12, you can still watch it from your home computer. Commencement 2012 will be webcast live via the Northeast Sports Network.

L - R: Sean McNamara, Kim Barret, Brad Loomis, Emma Lord, Jacque Caster, Lan Tran, Alexandra Hilliard, Lara Baxter. Missing: Nelson Villa-Santana, Kristina Friedel
Students Win Internships, Research Opportunities
In recent years Green Mountain College has ramped up its efforts to give students a leg up on preparing for graduate school and the working world. The College guides students in applying for nationally competitive summer internships and research experience for undergraduates (REUs).

“For a small school, we have an impressive number of success stories,” says Jennifer Sellers, assistant professor of psychology and academic awards coordinator. “We also help students identify scholarships, fellowships and awards that give them outstanding credentials and the skills and experience they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”
  • Lan Tran – Internship, New York University
  • Brad Loomis – REU, Field Museum in Chicago
  • Emma Lord – REU, Western Kentucky
  • Lara Baxter – Internship, Boston Aquarium Internship
  • Kristina Seitler – REU, Dartmouth College
  • Alexandra Hilliard – REU, Miami University in Ohio
  • Jacqueline Caster – Internship, National Seashore Cape Cod Intern in Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Rescue
  • Kim Barret - Internship, Vermont Parks
  • Nelson Villa-Santana- REU, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratories
  • Sean McNamara- REU, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Kristen Friedel - Vermont EPSCoR Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC) Undergraduate Internship
  • Kristina Seitler - Dartmouth University

GMC Bids Four Faculty Members Adieu
Faculty and staff gathered last Wednesday evening in the East Room to bid a fond farewell to four faculty members leaving GMC at semester’s end.

Prof. Mark Jordan (biology) served at GMC for five years where he actively involved students in his research, especially in wildlife biology and conservation genetics. Dr. Jordan also contributed to the college’s Masters in Environmental Studies program. He was presented with a Peter Huntoon watercolor print of Ames Hall. Jordan and his wife Anne Colpitts, director of international programs at GMC, are moving to Washington State. He will be joining the biology department at Seattle University to help start a new major in marine and conservation biology.

Dr. Alan Marwine (psychology) is retiring after teaching at GMC for 25 years. He was lead investigator for a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, which eventually led to the creation of the College’s Environmental Liberal Arts curriculum. Marwine was presented with a watercolor painting of his “officescape” rich with references to some of his passions including astronomy, politics and his beloved Philadelphia Phillies. The painting was created by Masumi Nyui '05.

Prof. Tom Stuessy, director of the adventure education program, leaves GMC after nine years of teaching. Dr. Stuessy built one of the strongest adventure education programs in the country during his tenure, and served as a director of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education. Among his many honors: the Faculty of the Year Award in 2004-2005. He was presented with a Peter Huntoon print of Main Street in Poultney.

Prof. Paul Stuewe (communication), a widely published author, critic and editor, is retiring after ten years of service at GMC. He taught a variety of literature and communications courses and is an enthusiastic advocate of the Tiny Theatre, a non-profit organization established to promote film in downtown Poultney. Dr. Stuewe was presented with a large photo portrait of the founders of the Tiny Theatre taken by prof. Kevin Bubriski (visual arts).

Study Abroad Photo Contest
As part of a recent photo contest sponsored by the International Programs office, students who have participated in a GMC-sponsored study abroad program or a travel course submitted pictures in hopes of winning a $100 cash prize, gift certificates, travel gear, or photography equipment.

The winner of this years contest is Courtney Perry with “Siklis Women,” taken in Nepal on the J-term travel course in January 2012.

Second place was Cass Neimeth-Lazar with an untitled photo taken in Peru. Meadow Coldon came in third with “Poon Hill Surprise,” taken in the Annapurna Region of Nepal during the January 2012 travel course. Finally, Meiko Lunetta came in fourth with “Sundar Bhi,” a photo taken in Tharu Village Chitwan, Nepal during the January 2012 Nepal course.

See more pictures here.


End of Year Move Out Information
The office of residence life has announced that all non-graduating students must be moved out of their dorms by 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9. For more detailed information pertaining to room checkout, storage, food service, shuttle options, and hours of operation for the Library and other campus offices, check the MyGMC Residence Life page.


  • Prof. Eleanor Tison (E.S., Sust. Ag.), Garland Mason, and Dave & Cindy Ondria (Chartwells) recently traveled to Bar Harbor, Me. to attend "Food Connections: Reconnecting Hands, Mouth, and Mind through Food Systems Education" at College of the Atlantic to represent GMC during the opening plenary session “Bringing Sustainable Food Systems Home” which included reps from Unity College, UMass, McGill University, and was moderated by Chef Stu Comen of Yale University.

  • Prof. William Prado’s business law class visited Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) headquarters on April 12, where the head of the legal team spoke to the group about legal work at GMCR. It was followed by a factory tour then lunch before the students headed back to continue studying for finals.
Study Abroad Photo Contest
2012 Commencement
Students Win Internships/REU
Staff/Faculty Notes


MBA Continental Breakfast
8 - 9 a.m., Gorge

MBA Capstone Presentations
9 - 11:30 a.m.,
Master's Brunch
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Withey Dining Hall

MBA Capstone Presentations
12:30 - 1 p.m.,

MBA Capstone Presentations
2 - 4 p.m.,

MBA Hooding Ceremony
5 - 6:15 p.m.,

MSES Hooding Ceremony
5 - 6:15 p.m.,

Master's Reception
6:15 - 7:45 p.m.,
East Room

Commencement Concert
8 p.m., Ackley Hall

Assemble for
Commencement March

9 - 9:15 a.m.,
United Methodist Church

Processional down Main Street
9:30 - 10 a.m., Main Street

10 a.m., Griswold Library Lawn

Commencement Luncheon
Following Commencement
Withey Dining Hall

Master's Luncheon
1 p.m., Jim Harding's House