As part of a service-learning project, GMC chemistry students demonstrate a "fire whirl" to fifth and sixth grade students from Poultney and Fair Haven during last week's Eco Expo. The expo, organized by the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District, featured activity programs from non-profit agencies, state and federal agencies, and GMC clubs, at venues across campus.

2008 Commencement Week Events
Green Mountain College will celebrate its 171th Commencement on Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. on the Griswold Library green.

The following is a schedule of events for the week:
    Wednesday, May 14
  • Senior BBQ
    Withey Gardens
    5 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 15
  • Trustee Art Show Reception
    Feick Arts Center
    4 - 6 p.m.

  • Senior Social
    8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    GMC shuttles to/from the venue will begin at 7:45 p.m. in Ames Circle and continue throughout the event.

  • Friday, May 16
  • President's Brunch to honor graduates
    Withey Dining Room
    11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • Commencement rehearsal
    Waldron Gymnasium
    1 p.m.

  • Commencement Choir Concert
    Ackley Auditorium
    7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, May 17
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    Withey Steps
    7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

  • Line-up in regalia at the United Methodist Church
    9 - 9:15 a.m.

  • Processional down Main Street
    to Griswold Library Lawn
    9:30 - 10 a.m.

  • Commencement
    Griswold Library lawn
    10 a.m.

  • Commencement Luncheon
    Withey Dining Hall
    12 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, commencement line-up will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Waldron Athletic Center.

Gov. Douglas to Deliver Commencement Address
Vermont Governor Jim Douglas will deliver the commencement address at Green Mountain College’s graduation ceremony on May 17. Governor Douglas will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Deborah Granquist of Weston, Vermont, presently chair of the Vermont Community Foundation and Vice Chair of Vermont Public Radio, will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. more...

New Exhibit to Open at Feick
Beginning May 12, the Feick Arts Center will host an exhibit featuring paintings, prints, blown glass objects and more, all created by current and former Green Mountain College trustees.

An opening reception for the Green Mountain College Trustee Exhibit is Thursday, May 15, from 4 – 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Exhibitors for the trustee exhibit include Warren Kimble, Tom Johnson, Carol Calhoun, and Judy Howell. Kimble, a well-known folk artist based in Brandon, Vermont, has combined his love of Americana, antiques and collectibles, architecture and painting to create a distinctive style recognized by collectors all over the world.

Tom Johnson, a Poultney resident, works with blown glass, carved wood and iron. Calhoun, a painter, hails from Weybridge, Vermont. Judy Howell will be exhibiting her work in intaglio print and mixed media. She lives in Winter Haven, Florida.

Prof. James Cassarino (music) recently returned from Delta, PA, where he served as conductor of the annual Rehoboth Gymanfa Ganu (a Welsh music festival). The well-attended event represents one of the many traditional Welsh activities that take place in Delta, one of the most active Welsh-American communities in the United States.

During the festival weekend, Cassarino was notified by the president of the National Welsh-American Foundation that he is the recipient of their $5,000 grant, to be used toward his ongoing research in Welsh music at the University of Wales, Bangor. Cassarino is the first recipient in the history of the foundation to receive the grant award more than once.

Prof. Karen Swyler (fine arts) is currently showing work in the following exhibitions: "Small Favors III" at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA, from May 2 - May 18, and the "16th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National" juried national competition presented by the Market House Craft Center from April 18 through May 19.

Upcoming shows include "Cups" at Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO from June 5 through June 28; "Sip, Slurp, Gulp," a show of ceramic cups at Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe, NM from June 27 through July 26; and "The 12th Annual Resident Artist Benefit Silent Auction" at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, June 19 through July 26.

Karen will also be exhibiting a larger body of work at River Gallery in Chattanooga, TN from July 1 through July 31, with an opening reception on July 11.



Senior Barbecue
5 p.m., Withey Gardens

Trustee Exhibit
Opening Reception

4 - 6 p.m., Feick Arts Center

Senior Social
8 p.m. - 1 a.m.

President's Brunch
11:30 a.m., Withey Dining Hall

Commencement Rehearsal
1 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

Choir Concert
7:30 p.m., Ackley Auditorium

Complimentary Continental Breakfast
7:30 - 9:30 a.m., Withey Hall steps

10 a.m., Griswold Library lawn
Rain location:
Waldron Athletic Center

Commencement Luncheon
12 p.m., Withey Dining Hall

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