Welcome back, Green Mountain College students!

Mitchell Thomashow is Keynote Speaker at Convocation 2012
Mitchell Thomashow, director of The Second Nature Presidential Fellows program, will be the keynote speaker for the College's 2012 Convocation on Thursday, August 30, at 4 p.m. in Ackley Hall.

Thomashow is one of the nation’s leading thinkers in how to integrate principles of sustainability into the higher education curriculum. The Second Nature Presidential Fellows program brings together recently retired college and university presidents to work directly with leaders representing schools that have signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

“Mitch has devoted his life and work to promoting ecological awareness, sustainable living, and organizational excellence in higher education,” said Green Mountain College President Paul Fonteyn. “His vision for higher education resonates deeply with our mission at GMC to educate students who will face the consequences of environmental change with courage, creativity and skill.”

Thomashow serves on the board of the Coalition on Environmental and Jewish Life (COEJL) and the advisory board of Orion magazine. He is a founding member of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), a national organization that supports interdisciplinary environmental studies in higher education.

Thomashow is also is the author of two influential books, Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist (The MIT Press, 1995) and Bringing the Biosphere Home (The MIT Press, 2001).

National Design/Build Expert Steve Badanes at GMC
Steve Badanes, one of the pioneers in the national design/build movement, will give a public lecture “Full Scale: Architect as Artisan and World Citizen” in the East Room inWithey Hall this Wednesday, August 29 at 7 p.m.

Badanes is nationally recognized for designing and building innovative projects—from homes to playgrounds to public sculptures. He is an expert on energy-efficient building techniques and speaks about the social responsibilities of architects and the role of architecture in building communities.

He has conducted design/build workshops all over the country, and collaborated on a Green Mountain College design/build project involving several GMC students last summer. The group designed and constructed a 40-foot arched bridge placed over a stream on the College’s Deane Nature Preserve.

Badanes' visit, as a lecturer and visiting critic, will kick off a semester long design-build block intensive at GMC where students will construct a solar-powered garage for an electric vehicle.

Badanes is a founder of Jersey Devil, an architectural firm comprised of skilled craftsmen, architects, inventors, and artists “committed to the interdependence of building and design.” Jersey Devil architects/builders live on-site during construction of their designs, which are known for energy-efficiency and innovative use of materials. His work has been the subject of two books: The Jersey Devil Design/Build Book and Devil's Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture.

GMC Keeping it Green
Green Mountain College was one of only 21 American colleges or universities to score a perfect 99 in the Princeton Review’s annual Green Ratings, which places GMC in the Review’s Green Honor Roll.

The annual ratings report measures of how environmentally friendly each institution ranks on a scale of 60 to 99. The Princeton Review tallied the rating for 806 schools based on institutional surveys of colleges in 2011-12 concerning their environmentally related practices, policies and academic offerings.

In addition, Outside magazine recently wrote about what Green Mountain College students have known for a long time: GMC's academic and extracurricular outdoor programs really rock. The College’s adventure education major and GreenMAP helped GMC earn a national top 25 ranking on the magazine’s Outside University feature. Read the article here.

GMC Restores Tower Clock
When facilities director Glenn LaPlante made a routine inspection of Ames tower in June, he made a startling discovery-a Telechron clock that had been covered with a layer of white paint.

The next day LaPlante made another visit to the tower on a hydraulic lift--this time, equipped with a paint scraper. In a matter of minutes he carefully removed a layer of paint which had obscured a glass clock face for about 50 years.

"It was like peeling back a layer of time, so to speak," said LaPlante. "The face of the clock is in excellent condition."

The College recruited Joe Duffy of Church Specialties, a Poultney-based business concentrating on church bell and clock tower restoration, to make repairs. Duffy determined the clock, an electric Telechron model, could be made operable again with a new motor.

On August 15 the restored clock was installed in the tower. For the first time in 50 years it is visible and marking time. See a Channel 3 WCAX-TV report on the clock's discovery and restoration.

GMC’s Piano Campaign
Pianist Jean Sutton with Bob Williams
During Green Mountain College's 2010 holiday concert, Trustee Warren Kimble came up with an idea to launch a fundraising endeavor to benefit the College's music department.

The campaign would focus on the acquisition of a concert grand piano for use at the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Auditorium in Ackley Hall. His campaign invited members of the GMC community to join the Piano Key Club by sponsoring one of the 88 piano keys on the anticipated piano.

One particular sponsor, Bob Williams of Poultney, gave a gift in memory of his parents, R. Newman '38 and Sylvia Williams '43.

Thanks to Warren's idea, and generous donations of many, on August 7, 2012 Green Mountain College acquired a 1982 Yamaha G5 professional grand with a beautiful ebony finish.

"The piano sounds gorgeous," noted music director James Cassarino, "it will be an excellent addition to Ackley and an instrument that any concert pianist would be happy to play."

GMC to Host Public Talks from Graduate Scholars-in-Residence
Husband-wife team Andrew Light and Juliet Eilperin are scholars in residence for the College’s master of science in environmental studies (MSES) program. Eilpirin will speak on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in the East Room, Withey Hall. Light will speak that same evening from 7-8:30 p.m. in the East Room.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear a widely recognized journalist and a renowned policy maker comment on the state of the environment in these programs.

Light is an associate professor of philosophy and environmental policy, and director of the Center for Global Ethics, at George Mason University. A globally recognized environmental ethicist, he specializes in the ethical dimensions of environmental policy and climate change. He has authored, co-authored and edited 17 books on environmental ethics, the philosophy of technology, and aesthetics.

Eilperin, after graduating from Princeton University in 1992, went to Seoul, South Korea on a Luce Scholarship, to cover politics and economics for an English-language magazine. In March 1998 she joined The Washington Post as its House of Representatives reporter. Since 2004 she has covered the environment for the paper’s national desk, reporting on science, policy and politics. Her latest book Demon Fish: Travels through the World with Sharks was published in June, and has been featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” as well as in Smithsonian and Popular Science.

The following week, Green Mountain College’s sustainable MBA program will host scholar in residence Juliet Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College. Schor will present on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. and from 3-4:30 p.m. on the panel discussion “Making the Shift to Sustainability–Challenges & Opportunities.” Both programs will be held in the Gorge.

Schor is an expert in consumer patterns, the relationship between work and family, women’s issues and economic justice. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years. Currently she is working on issues of environmental sustainability and their relation to America’s lifestyles and the mergence of a conscious consumption movement. Her most recent book is Plentitude: The New Economics of True Wealth. She is also author of the national best seller The Overworked American: the Unexpected Decline of Leisure, and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need.


GreenMAP Trips and Sign-ups
Registration opens today, August 27, for a number of GreenMAP trips coming up in the next few weeks. The trips are:

Adirondacks Rock Climbing
No experience necessary for this weekend of climbing in the amazing Adirondack Park! Trip departs Friday evening.
Leaders: Nick R, Summer, Dave
Trip Aides: Giancarlo, Jon K.
Pre-trip Meeting: September 12, 8:30 P.M. (in GreenMAP office)
Trip Date: September 14 - 16

Sign up today in the GreenMAP office located next to the Student Life office in Withey basement.

Morocco Trip Information Session
Join the GMC Winter Break trip to Morocco! There will be an informational meeting Monday August 27, 2012 at 12:15 p.m. in the Withey Lobby.

Theater Programs Looking for Actors, Techies
The Theater Program will host a brief meeting for all interested actors and backstage technicians for the College’s upcoming fall productions in Ackley Hall. We are looking for talented, enthusiastic and responsible students who want to participate for academic credit. The tentative fall productions are Angels in America, Part 1 and Proof. The meeting time is Wednesday, August 29 from 3:30 - 4 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium.

Make Music at GMC
There are many ways to make music at GMC, as a vocalist or as an instrumentalist. Whatever your musical interests, GMC will provide you opportunities to play and sing!

CHOIR: Open to all students. Rehearsals -Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in Ackley 330.

COLLEGE AND COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND: Rehearsals - Thursday nights on Ackley Stage from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

THE GREEN MOUNTAINEERS FOLK ENSEMBLE: Rehearsals - Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. in Ackley 332.

CHAMBER GROUP: The ensemble rehearses at the convenience of its members.

APPLIED MUSIC INSTRUCTION: Private weekly music instruction for voice or instrument of your choice. NOTE: $250 instructional fee required. Contact Jean Sutton, applied music coordinator at suttonj@greenmtn.edu.

Please direct questions to James Cassarino, director of music programs at cassarinoj@greenmtn.edu.

New Kitchen Policy in Place
The Solar Harvest Center Kitchen is available for use. Those wishing to use the kitchen this year must attend a kitchen orientation in order to make a reservation. New procedures and policies have been instituted to maintain the kitchen at a high caliber of cleanliness and to create a safe working environment.

Orientation sessions will occur on Wednesday August 29 at 10 a.m. and at 2 pm. Beginning in September, orientations will occur every first and third Wednesday at 10 a.m. and every second and fourth Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Orientations will be capped at eight participants so please RSVP to Garland Mason at masong@greenmtn.edu if you plan to attend. Kitchen users are strongly encouraged to enroll in the one-credit Introduction to Food Safety in Value-Added Food Production course offered this fall.


  • Steven Fesmire (philosophy, environmental studies) gave an invited plenary presentation on “Ecological Imagination in Moral Education” at Oxford University for the spring 2012 meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. Fesmire also led a workshop this summer at Solarfest on “Sustainability Philosophy: Why Ecological Imagination Now?”
Convocation 2012
Steve Badanes at GMC
GMC on "Green Honor Roll"
Faculty Notes


Classes Begin, Add/Drop Period Begins
8 a.m.

Morocco Trip Information Session
12:15 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

GMC Choir Meeting
4:30 p.m.,
Ackley 330

Folk Ensemble Meeting
7 p.m., Ackley 332

The Feick Exhibit Opening:
Erika Lawlor Schmidt

1 - 5 p.m.

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

Theater Program Meeting
3:30 - 4 p.m., Ackley Theatre

Shakti Tribal Dance:

6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Steve Badanes Presentation
7 p.m., East Room

Shakti Tribal Dance:

7:30 - 9:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

4 p.m.

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Last Day for Adding Classes
5 p.m.