Close to 200 GMC alums returned to campus April 23 for GMC Young Alumni Weekend. Events included a barbecue on the Griswold Library lawn, a faculty, staff and alumni mixer and an Ultimate Frisbee tournament. Click here to see a photo gallery of the weekend's events. Photo: Oz Skinner '10

2010 Commencement Week at GMC
Green Mountain College will celebrate its 173nd Commencement on Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m. on the Griswold Library lawn. Carol M. Browner, President Barack Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, will deliver the commencement address. Graduates of the College's MBA and MSES programs will also receive degrees.

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

Jill Bunge: 2010 Class Speaker
Jill Bunge is a Whitehouse, Ohio, native who is graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies. At GMC she worked as an undergraduate research assistant, served as commuter representative for Student Senate, and was an orientation leader for the Office of Student Life in 2008 and 2009. Jill participated in the 2009 Brazil Study Abroad program for five weeks, investigating sustainable development, rainforest degradation/restoration, and watershed issues. Last summer, she was an intern for the agricultural policy advisor to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Jill has accepted an Americorps position in Billings, Montana, beginning in July.

Faculty & Staff: Tickets are required for the President's Brunch May 14 and the Commencement Luncheon May 15. Pick up tickets from May 10 – 13. For faculty, see Shelby Phillips in Dunton Hall. For staff, see Michelle Bersaw in Withey Hall.

Regalia may be picked up from the GMC Bookstore in Withey Hall. Seniors will need a ticket to pick up their regalia. Tickets will be given to seniors after completing the senior survey in the dining hall. Faculty, staff, trustees and masters graduates must return regalia to the bookstore after the commencement ceremony.

*In case of inclement weather May 15, commencement line-up will begin by 9:45 a.m. in the Waldron Athletic Center.

Carol Browner to Address the GMC Class of 2010
Carol M. Browner, President Barack Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, will deliver the commencement address at Green Mountain College’s 173rd graduation ceremony on May 15 at 10 a.m. on the Griswold Library lawn. She will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

“Carol Browner has been a stalwart champion for environmental protection and public health for over 30 years,” said Green Mountain College President Paul Fonteyn. “Now she’s in the forefront of policymaking at the highest levels. She’s a great role model for our students and our graduating seniors are really looking forward to her address.” Also receiving an honorary degree at commencement will be artist Mel Chin. More…

Students Recognized at Honors Tea
On Sunday, April 26, Green Mountain College held its annual Honors Tea to recognize student achievement. Students earned awards and scholarships for outstanding academic work as well as for service work and student life activities. Click here for a list of award recipients.

GMC Congratulates Stand-Out Scholar Athletes
Green Mountain College honored outstanding scholar athletes May 1 during the annual athletics banquet. It was held at 11 a.m. in the Gorge. The following is a list of award recipients:

  • James M. Pollock Senior Athlete Award
    Emma Brinley Buckley
    Max Talsky

  • Service Award
    Olesea Cojohari

  • Athlete of the Year
    Emma Brinley Buckley
    Rui Carmo

  • SAAC Senior Student-Athlete Award
    Emma Brinley Buckley
    Max Talsky

  • Directors Award
    Paul Dahm
    Carol Denniston

  • Scholar Athlete Awards
    Aaron Ashton (Men’s Cross Country)
    Elizabeth Cerezo (Women’s Lacrosse)
    Olesea Cojohari (Volleyball, Women’s Basketball)
    Nicole Horvath (Women’s Cross Country)
    Cass Neimeth-Lazar (Softball)
    Taylor Riso (Women’s Soccer)
    Tim Roper (Men’s Soccer)
    Kara Savastio (Men’s Tennis)
    Thomas Wheeler (Men’s Lacrosse)
    Micaiah Wronkoski (Golf)

DREAM Mentoring Celebrates a Great Year
Green Mountain College’s DREAM mentoring program had an extremely successful spring semester. DREAM, through the combined efforts of both mentors and mentees, hosted a spaghetti dinner / talent show in the Gorge to benefit a family who lost their home to a fire. GMC student Calvin Linder '12 was awarded the Governor’s Service Award for his dedication to the mentoring program. On May 2, DREAM explored Endless Brook and vernal pools at the Deane Nature Preserve, and concluded May 5 with an Un-Birthday Party, celebrating everyone’s birthday.

Chuck Domenie, staff advisor to the DREAM mentoring program, thanks all students who served as mentors this year. The mentors shape and define the program, making DREAM at Green Mountain what it is. For more information about DREAM or to become a mentor in the fall, contact Chuck Domenie at

Watershed Alliance Active Throughout Region
This spring the Watershed Alliance completed its third semester of programming. Students Satira Lord '10, Michelle Erhard '10 and Victoria Rafferty '12 worked with GMC Watershed Alliance Coordinator Chuck Domenie to provide programming for over 90 regional secondary school students. Participants included two sixth grade classes at Poultney Elementary School, Poultney High School’s Environmental Science class, Middletown Springs Elementary School’s third-fourth grade, Mount Anthony Union High School’s Environmental Science class and both fifth grade classes at the Mettawee Community School. The Watershed Alliance will continue programming through the beginning of summer. For more information about the Green Mountain College Watershed Alliance, contact Chuck Domenie at


Griswold Library's Hours this Week
Hours for the Griswold Library for the remainder of the semester are as follows:
Monday, May 10: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 11 - Friday, May 14: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Participate in GMC's Green Move Out
GMC's Green Move Out kicks off this week. Students living in residence halls are encouraged to bring used items in good condition to the designated drop-off areas in residence hall lounges to donate. Clean clothing, working appliances, electronics, school/office supplies, and room furnishings are all being collected to reduce waste from move out. Unopened, non-perishable food items are being collected in the lounges, Withey Lobby and at the entrance to the library to be donated to the Poultney Food Shelf.

Residence Hall lounges will be unlocked for "Lounge Shopping" May 10 through May 14 from 3 - 6 p.m. daily. All campus community members are invited to take any items they would like. Items not taken during "Lounge Shopping" will be donated to local charities or stored for sale in the fall.


MSES student Justin Edge '10 has co-authored an article with Prof. Mark Jordan (biology), Dean Beyer and Brian Roell of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Jerrold Belant of Mississippi State University. It will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Human-Wildlife Interactions and is titled "Livestock and Domestic Dog Predation by Wolves in Michigan." The article, which was part of Justin's MSES thesis research, shows that predation on cattle increased during calving season and that these predations on livestock were positively correlated with wolf abundance. No comparable relationship between predation and wolf abundance was observed for domestic dogs killed by wolves. The article concludes with recommendations for wildlife managers and farm owners for reducing conflict with wolves.

GMC students Lindsay Herlihy '11 and Michael Middleman '10 presented their independent research projects at the 2010 Student Research Symposium of the Lake Champlain Research Consortium (LCRC) April 24. The LCRC coordinates and facilitates research at regional colleges and universities. It provides funding for undergraduate research as well as a venue for students to present their research to their peers. Michael and Lindsay are both funded by the LCRC. Michael's project is titled "Microsatellite DNA Analysis of Silver Lamprey (Ichthyomyzon unicuspis) Population Structure in Lake Champlain.” Lindsay's project is titled “Investigating the presence & prevalence of Borellia burgdorferi in peridomestic birds.” Lyme disease is attributed to the microbe B. burgdorferi. Profs. Michael Blust, Meriel Brooks and Mark Jordan, and students Kat Carvajal '12, Emily Heale '12 and Romina Ramos '12 also attended the conference.


Prof. James Cassarino (music) presented a lecture titled "Welsh musical influences in Colonial American churches of the Bay Area and Middle Colonies" as part of the Welsh Heritage Weekend in Delta, Penn. on May 1. On May 2 he served as conductor of a gymnafa ganu (a Welsh music festival) at Rehoboth Welsh Church, where he directed the singing of over 200 people. Delta, Penn. remains the most active Welsh-American community in the United States and is known for its many public events that celebrate Welsh-American heritage.

Prof. Paul Falzone (communications) delivered a presentation titled “The Politics of the Eternal Present: The Impact of Digital Journalism on Political Memory” at the Eastern Communication Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

A report published by the University of Vermont's Transportation Research Center was recently published including Prof. Steven Letendre (management & environmental studies) as one of the main authors. The report, titled “Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Project: Phase II,” was the result of a collaborative research project between Steve and several researchers at the UVM Transportation Research Center. Steve’s contribution to the report includes an assessment of the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) resources in Vermont based on projections to 2030 of the number of advanced electric drive vehicles in the state. Read the report.

Prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (environmental studies) hosted a talk titled “The Appalachian Trail: Blazing the 'People's Path'" on April 30 at the Green Mountain Club in Waterbury, Vt. Sarah talked about her research on the social and environmental history of the Appalachian Trail (AT). When Congress passed the National Trails Act of 1968, the AT shifted from primarily being a regional grassroots endeavor to being part of the national park system. As the National Park Service began to acquire land for the corridor, private citizens who once maintained the trail through informal, handshake agreements became directly involved in one of the most complex federal land acquisition programs in U.S. history. Sarah discussed the complicated political dynamics involved in creating the AT, and the impact that the AT project has had on environmental policy in the U.S.

Prof. Jacob Park (business strategy & sustainability) hosted a seminar April 27 titled “Business and Sustainable Development: Key Strategic Issues and Drivers” at the INSEAD Middle East Campus, where he is serving as visiting scholar for part of his sabbatical year. He has also published in the Gulf News an analysis and commentary piece about the sustainability situation in the United Arab Emirates and Middle East. Read the article.

Adjunct instructor Romy Scheroder (art) has two pieces in the Silvermine Guild Arts Center’s "Art of the Northeast" group show and will be a featured artist at Rutland's Chaffee Art Center in June.



Student Social
Time TBA, Back to Vermont Pub

Senior Beach Social
1 - 4 p.m., Crystal Beach
(shine only)

Happy Hour
4 - 6 p.m., Lake House Pub & Grill

Evening Social
8 p.m. - 12 a.m., The Forum

Masters Continental Breakfast
8 - 9 a.m., The Gorge

MBA Capstone Presentations
9 - 11:30 a.m., The Gorge

Trustee Meeting
9 - 11:30 a.m., Booth Lounge

President's Brunch
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Withey Dining Hall (faculty & staff tickets required)

Student Testing
1 p.m., Withey Dining Hall
(immediately following the brunch)

MBA Capstone Presentations
1 p.m., The Gorge

Trustee Meeting Resumes
1 - 4:30 p.m., Booth Lounge

Student Marching Rehearsal
1:10 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Masters Graduate Robing
& Line-Up

4:15 p.m., Gorge Computer Lab

Masters Graduate Hooding Ceremony
5 - 6:15 p.m., The Gorge

Masters Graduate Reception with Trustees, Faculty & Guests
6:15 - 7:45 p.m., East Room

Film Screening: Rethink Afghanistan
7 p.m., Tiny Theater

Commencement Choir Concert
8 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

Continental Breakfast
8 - 9:30 a.m., Withey Hall Entrance

Line-up in regalia
9 - 9:15 a.m., United Methodist Church

Processional down Main St. to Griswold Library lawn
9:30 - 10 a.m.

10 a.m., Griswold Library lawn

Commencement Luncheon
12 p.m., Withey Dining Hall
(tickets required)

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