Thomas Harty '16, a student in prof. Rommy Fuller's Images of Nature class reflects on the Poultney River while working on a nature writing assignment.

Author Juliet Schor at GMC
Green Mountain College’s sustainable MBA program will host scholar in residence Juliet Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College. Schor is an expert in consumer patterns, the relationship between work and family, women’s issues and economic justice. 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.

Schor will present on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Her talk is titled “Getting to Plenitude: Building a Small-Scale, Low-Impact, High-Satisfaction Economy.” She will also participate in a panel discussion from 3 - 4:30 p.m. titled “Making the Shift to Sustainability–Challenges & Opportunities.” Both programs will be held in the Gorge and are open to the public. Other panelists for the second program include Green Mountain College faculty members. The panel will be moderated by Karen Martinsen Fleming, director of the sustainable MBA program.

Duke Energy Foundation Aids in Creation of Fabrication Laboratory
Green Mountain College recently received a grant of $15,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation for the College's renewable energy and ecological design (REED) Program’s development of a digital fabrication laboratory called FabLab. The objective of the REED FabLab is to provide GMC students, local high school students and adults with the infrastructure to acquire skills using digital fabrication technologies.

The REED FabLab, located adjacent to the REED program’s shop in downtown Poultney, will provide individuals the opportunity to translate digital information into material products. Trained users will use the lab to fabricate models, test prototypes, and explore small-scale manufacturing processes. It will also support the expansion of GMC’s REED program that was previously offered as a certificate program at the College. In January 2012, GMC’s board of trustees approved the creation of a new major, a B.A. in renewable energy and ecological design.

One of the newly acquired pieces of equipment for the REED FabLab is a computer numerically controlled (CNC) router. It can cut, carve and engrave a variety of materials with pinpoint accuracy. more...

Come Create with Erika Lawlor Schmidt, 2012 Artist-in-Residence
Join artist-in-residence Erika Lawlor Schmidt tomorrow evening from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Waldron Athletic Center (Eagle Dome) and make art! There will be another creative session with the artist on Thursday, September 13 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in Surdam Hall.

Eastern philosophy is an immense influence in Schmidt's creative approach. She balances color with pattern, object with emptiness, heavy tones with stillness and movement. She combines people, places and events together realizing the fresh power in alliance. Schmidt received both her bachelor and master's of fine art from the University of South Florida in Tampa and founded the Vital Spark Performance Group (now titled Vital Spark North), a collaborative interdisciplinary ensemble that has traveled to major U.S. cities and throughout Europe.

These two sessions lead up to a collaborative performance Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in Ackley Theatre.

The Nature Conservancy Workshops at GMC
The Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy invites the GMC community to participate in its annual gathering at Green Mountain College on Saturday, September 15.

Keynote Speaker Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home,” will speak at 10:30 a.m. in Ackley Hall. An engaging presenter, hear Tallamy on his one-stop Vermont tour talking about the ecological roles of native plants in our landscapes, the benefits of designing our gardens with nature in mind, and how we can help the nature of Vermont all around us.

The day includes discussions and workshops on wildlife, native plants and entomology, and field trips to East Bay of the Poultney River, Shaw Mountain and the Hubbardton River Clayplain Preserve.

See a complete list of events here. All events for GMC students, faculty and staff are free. Those who wish to eat lunch with the group will need to pay for the meal.

Download the registration form here and send to by Monday, September 10.


GreenMAP Trips and Sign-ups
Registration opens today, September 10, for a number of GreenMAP trips coming up in the next few weeks. The trips are:

Beginner Whitewater Kayaking
Learn the amazing sport of whitewater kayaking on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts! Novice and intermediate paddlers seeking coaching and skill development are also welcome.
Leaders: Nick M., Cameron
Trip Aides: Tom
Trip Date: September 21 - 23
Pre-trip Meeting: September 19, 8:30 p.m.

Rock Climbing Day Trip
All skill levels welcome!
Leaders: Nick R., Summer, Dave
Trip Aides: Giancarlo, Henry
Trip Date: September 29 (Meet in GreenMAP, 10 a.m.)

Whitewater Kayaking West River Festival
The West River only releases two days a year - Join GreenMAP for one of them! In addition to the paddling, there will be many vendors on hand with boats and equipment. Participants at a minimum must be comfortable in class II water and should have a flat water roll. Family and friends welcome!
Leaders: Cameron Pall, Nick M., Bruce
Trip Aides: Eyliese, Cassie
Trip Date: September 29 (Meet in GreenMAP, 8 a.m.)

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

Cerridwen Farm Barbecue and Milk-Off
Come on down to the farm and enjoy farm raised, grass fed hamburgers ($2 each) on Monday, September 10 from 5:30- 7:30. Please bring your own plate, cup, and utensil for eating.

Academic Skills Workshops
Join the Calhoun Learning Center for the following academic skills workshops this Wednesday, September 5.

Note Taking
12 – 1 p.m.
Special Collections Room (2nd floor of Griswold Library)
Students review tips and strategies for notetaking. The map method and Cornell method for taking notes are also briefly introduced.

Contact Samantha Kowalski in the learning center for more information.

Animals Studies Welcome Party
Interested in animals? Thinking about a career involving animals? The animal studies program might be just what you need! Come join current students and faculty for a welcome party this Wednesday, September 11 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in Richardson conference room. Free food and drink! Email Sam Edwards, director of the animal studies program at for additional questions.

Award Deadlines Approaching
Are you interested in getting an academic award or grant? Are you interested in getting funded to conduct research abroad after you graduate from GMC? Awards such as the Fulbright U.S. Student Program might be a perfect fit for you! Please make an appointment to see prof. Sam Edwards (, Ames 108, x8386), interim academic awards coordinator, for more information. The Fulbright application deadline is October 17th so do not delay.


  • Prof. Steve Fesmire’s (philosophy, environmental studies) chapter titled “Ecological Imagination and Aims of Moral Education through the Kyoto School and American Pragmatism” appeared this summer in Paul Standish and Naoko Saito, eds., Education and the Kyoto School of Philosophy: Pedagogy for Human Transformation (Springer, 2012).

  • Prof. Jim Cassarino (music) presented a series of lectures on Welsh-American musical traditions at the annual conference of the North American Festival of Wales held in Scranton, Penn., last weekend with over 450 people in attendance. In addition to Cassarino, presenters included faculty from the University of Wales (Cardiff), Brigham Young University, and the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

  • Prof. Paula Mann (theater) will be performing in a staged reading of a new play at the Dorset Theatre Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. She will be playing the role of Wallis Simpson in "Sherlock Holmes and the People's King" written by John Nassivera as part of DTF's Fall New Work Series. Free and open to the public.

  • Prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies, law & policy) recently had an article published in The Advocate. This edition of the publication discusses the evolution of animal law since its inception 20 years ago. Edward’s article highlights GMC’s innovative animal studies program and the work students have done in GMC’s wildlife law and policy course. See page 8 here to read the article.

Juliet Schor at GMC
Nature Conservancy Gathering
Faculty Notes

Women's Soccer
9/15, 3 p.m. vs. Johnson

Men's Soccer
9/15, 1 p.m. vs. Johnson
9/16, 2 p.m. vs. Bard

Women's Volleyball
9/13, 7 p.m. vs. Norwich
9/15, 1 p.m. vs. Becker @ MCLA
9/15, 3 p.m. vs. MCLA

Men & Women's XC
9/15, 10/11 a.m. at Vermont Tech.

Men's Golf
9/13, 11 a.m. at Cobleskill Invitational
9/15, 12:30 p.m. at GMC Invitational


Gentle Yoga
1 - 2 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Vinyasa Yoga
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

4 - 4:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Create with Erika Lawlor Schmidt
6 - 8 p.m.,
Eagle Dome (gym)

Academic Skills Workshop:
Note Taking

12 - 1 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

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

Self Defense
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

Create with Erika Lawlor Schmidt
6 - 7:30 p.m.,

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Nature Conservancy Annual Gathering
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.,
Green Mountain College

Tae Kwon Do
10 - 11 a.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Juliet Schor Presentation
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.,

Panel Discussion:
Making the Shift to Sustainability

3 - 4:30 p.m.,

Open Movement and/or Dance
8:30 - 10 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Sudio