First year student Justice Buckmaster of Brooklyn is greeted by Laura Wolfgang and Laura's sheep Oliver during student orientation. The GMC campus hosted a range of events over the weekend to welcome new students to GMC.

Green Mountain “Coolest School” in the Country
Sierra magazine has recognized Green Mountain College for its innovative efforts in sustainability, ranking GMC as the greenest college in the nation in its annual “Coolest Schools” feature. The cover story in the magazine’s September/October issue cites GMC for its commitment to sustainability in several categories including energy efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, and financial investments. More…

Dismas of Vt. Founder to Speak at GMC Convocation
In 1986, Vermont’s first Dismas House opened in Burlington. With a mission to “reconcile prisoners with society and society with prisoners,” the house brings non-offenders, often college students, together with former prisoners to live side-by-side in a supportive community. Dismas of Vermont has since expanded to include residential locations in Rutland and Winooski and two satellite apartment programs, successfully reintegrating hundreds of former prisoners into society. Green Mountain College is pleased to welcome Rita McCaffrey, founder and retired executive director of Dismas of Vermont, as the keynote speaker for the 2010 convocation ceremony Thursday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. on the Griswold Library lawn. More…

GMC Gets Excellent Environmental Grade
in Princeton Review

Green Mountain College received a score of 98 out of a perfect 99 in the Princeton Review's annual college “green” rankings. The education services company features GMC in the new 2011 edition of its guide, The Best 373 Colleges. Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book, which is the Princeton Review's flagship college guide. GMC also ranked fourth in the category “Class Discussions Encouraged.” More...

Graduate Residency Sessions Slated for September
The GMC MBA and MSES programs host residency sessions September 15 - 18 and September 8 - 11 respectively. Events for students include an official welcome to Green Mountain College, a reception and dinner with faculty and an introduction to online learning. MSES Scholar in Residence Robin Wall Kimmerer hosts presentations September 9. On September 18, MBA Scholar in Residence Melissa Everett gives workshops and presentations.

MSES Scholar in Residence
Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, is the 2010 Scholar in Residence for the MSES Program. She has taught at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry since 1993, and is the director of the newly established Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at ESF. The center focuses on developing connections between traditional ecological knowledge and western scientific approaches. She hosts several events on campus September 9:

  • 9:30 – 11 a.m., Presentation in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Dialogue in the Gorge
  • 7 – 8 p.m., Public Presentation in the Gorge
MBA Scholar in Residence
GMC welcomes Melissa Everett as the 2010 MBA Scholar in Residence. Everett is an author, columnist and career counselor in private practice in Kingston, N.Y. Her most recent book, Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers for an Era of Interdependence, "is a timely and highly informative guide to a working life built on principled choices and an entrepreneurial attitude." She also directs Sustainable Hudson Valley, a regional organization devoted to sustainable development. She hosts public events September 17:

  • 9 – 10:15 a.m., Presentation in the Gorge
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Workshop: Careers in Sustainable Business (Everett and GMC alumni), The Gorge
  • 1 – 3:30 p.m, Workshop: Careers in Sustainable Business (Everett and GMC alumni), The Gorge


Zipcars are Here!
Convenient. Affordable. Environmentally friendly. What more could you ask from your ride? GMC now has two Zipcars on campus available for use by students, faculty, staff and community members. The vehicles are parked next to the Withey Student Center. The two vehicles - a hybrid 2010 Honda Insight LX and a 2010 Honda CRV LX - are transportation options if you need a car for a few hours to run errands or take a day trip off campus. If you are a GMC student 18 years or age or older, you can use the cars after opening a Zipcar account at

The discounted annual fee is $35, and Zipcar offers $35 in free driving during your first month of membership. Once you become a "Zipster," you can reserve by the hour or $66 per day. Gas, insurance and 180 miles per day are included in the fee. Faculty and staff needing to travel for meetings can also sign up for the program, and community members can join for an annual fee of $50. After you've signed up with Zipcar you can reserve vehicles online or by phone - your "Zipcard" gives you access to the vehicle at the time of your reservation. For more information on how the system works, visit

New Faculty & Staff

Kevin Bubriski joins GMC’s art program as an assistant professor of photography. He holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College, an M.F.A. from Bennington College, and has worked for three decades as a professional photographer around the world. In addition to adjunct teaching at Harvard, Williams, Bennington and Union College, Kevin also taught at Green Mountain College in the late 90’s. He has published several volumes of his photography.

GMC welcomes Jessica Cuni as an assistant professor of art. She comes to Green Mountain from New Haven, Conn. where she has been teaching at Southern Connecticut State. She received her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College and a B.S. in biology from Swarthmore. Her work has been shown in solo and group art shows. Jessica speaks Spanish and some Italian, enjoys neighborhood volunteering and looks forward to continuing her commitment to interdisciplinary teaching.

Jennie “Toli” Gintoli is one of two new community directors for GMC’s office of residence life. She received her masters of science in education: college student personnel from Southern Illinois University Carbondale this summer where she served as the advisor to the Residence Hall Association and intern at The Wellness Center and the GLBT Resource Center. She completed her thesis on gender-neutral housing and restrooms in order to meet the needs of gender-variant individuals at SIUC. Toli received her B.S. in interpersonal communication from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. At GMC, Toli will oversee Ames, Moses, and SAGE as well as community service and outreach.

Ryan Ihrke, GMC's Director of Student Involvement, moved from Mankato, Minn. where he worked as the assistant director of campus programs as Minnesota State University, Mankato. He holds a masters degree in experiential education from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a B.F.A. from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Ryan was drawn to Green Mountain College because of the school’s environmental commitment and he is excited to help students promote sustainability through campus events and activities.

Garland Mason, GMC’s new VISTA Local-Link Coordinator, is from Newton, Mass. In May she received a B.S. in animal science and has studied at Pitzer College, the Autonomous University of Yucatan in Mexico, and at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. As GMC's Local-Link Coordinator she will support GMC’s Farm and Food Program and the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, specifically by working with the new flash freeze unit and by facilitating the grow-a-row program. Alleviation of malnutrition and poverty through the development of sustainable and secure food production systems is her principle interest and she is excited to be living in Vermont and supporting the state’s agricultural economy. Contact Garland at to volunteer.

Matthew Mayberry has been appointed associate professor of business. Matt brings a wealth of experience in business to Green Mountain. He received a B.A. and Ph.D. in physics from UC San Diego and MIT respectively, an M.B.A. from Stanford University and an M.Ed. from UVM. He is founder and president of Whole Works Consulting, a management consulting firm. He has published in both business and physics journals and won an excellence in practice citation from the American Society of Training and Management.

New assistant athletic director Daryle Tucker comes to GMC from Southeastern University where he served as the women’s basketball coach and assistant director of sports information. During his tenure, Tucker led the program to a second place finish in the NAIA II South Region Conference while maintaining a team GPA of 3.34. He graduated from Atlanta Christian College in 2004 with a B.A. in business administration and marketing while earning NAIA All-American status and a pair All-Conference Player of the Year honors. Tucker holds a masters degree in educational leadership in higher education from North Dakota University.

Green Mountain College is pleased to welcome Mary Lou Willits of Middletown Springs, Vt., as the College's new director of development. Willits brings to GMC a wealth of experience in non-profit management, including fundraising, staff and volunteer recruitment, and audience development and communications. Most recently she served as executive director of the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, N.Y.


Lauren Wilcox ’11 had two poems published in the July/August issue of Barbaric Yawp. They are titled "Rabid" and "Ice Cream At the Dairy.” Her poem "Bayou Song" was featured in the Summer 2010 issue of The Storyteller.


Prof. Mike Blust (biology) has been approved for a five-year spot on the Fulbright Specialist Roster for biodiversity survey work on dragonflies and birds. As a Fulbright Specialist candidate, Mike will be considered a potential match for program requests that require someone in his field of expertise. If a match is made, the Fulbright program funds a two to six week visit to the requesting project.

Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader, by Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies), is featured in a blog post from Chronicle of Higher Ed reporter Scott Carlson. Carlson discusses the book and Ackerman-Leist's reading at Solar Fest in Tinmouth, Vt. The L.A. Times gives the book a positive review in the July 18, 2010 edition of the newspaper. Read the review titled "Going Off the Grid: What it Means, What it Takes and Why."

An article in the Christian Science Monitor about how summer camp is a vanishing tradition quotes Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation & outdoor studies) discussing the benefits for children. "There's art, there's drama, there's creativity...all removed from the achievement-centered, peer-critiquing setting of school." Read the article, titled "Summer Camp: Sunset for an American Tradition?"

For her work using sustainability as an organizing theme in the GMC chemistry program, the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI) named Prof. Sue Sutheimer (chemistry) a 2010 recipient of the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education. As part of the award Sue was invited to give a talk on her work during a Presidential Symposium on Chemistry Education and Sustainability in Boston August 22-26.
GMC is "Coolest School"
Convocation Slated for 9/4
Grad Programs Host Talks
Zipcars are Here
New Faculty & Staff

Men's Soccer
9/1, 4 p.m.
vs. Morrisville State College

9/4, 2:30 p.m.
at Lasell College Kick-Off Tournament

9/5, 12 p.m.
at Lasell College Kick-Off Tournament

Women's Soccer
9/2, 4 p.m.
at Colby Sawyer College

Women's Volleyball
9/2, 7 p.m.
at SUNY Cobleskill

9/4, 1 & 3 p.m.
at Hamilton College

Cross Country
9/1, 4 p.m.
at Castleton State College

9/5, 11 & 11:45 a.m.
at Castleton State College

Men's Golf
9/4, 12 p.m.
at the Green Mountain Invitational

9/5, 10 a.m.
at the Catamount Invitational