Sean Neving Heriot '16 majors in creative writing but also expresses himself through photography. "These days I'm without any specific idea when I pick up my camera," he says in a statement about his pictures. "I haven't had one in a while. My approach is almost entirely intuitive and just involves the mere act of approaching. I slowly feel my way through the dark until I'm at the cusp of something that makes sense. (I'm still not exactly sure what a rule of thirds is.) The act of creating is valuable, to exhale your own bile back to the world, even if no cognitive intention was involved. There must be a well to draw from whether or not you're able to articulate what exactly that well is." You can see more of Sean's images here.

Fall Psychology Speaker Series Kicks Off with Co-Director of the Metta Earth Institute
A practitioner of yoga for more than twenty years, Russell Comstock is certified in both Interdisciplinary and Jivamukti Yoga, and makes a public presentation at 1 p.m. in the Bogue Movement Studio Thursday, September 19. He is a founding member of the Green Yoga Association and serves on the Green Yoga Council. With extensive experience directing programs in wilderness, adventure, and experiential education, Russell integrates a steady intention to help humans connect more compassionately with the earth and with each other. He has recently completed a handbook called: Metta Earth Yoga – Contemplative Ecological Practices for a Sustainable Future. The event is Free and open to the public and is sponsored by the College's psychology program.

Provost’s Article Featured in Sustainability in Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Transformation
Green Mountain College Provost William Throop’s article “From Environmental Advocates to Sustainability Entrepreneurs: Rethinking a Sustainability-Focused General Education Program” is featured in a new volume Sustainability in Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Transformation, published by MIT Press. The book is a collection of stories about how higher education, from private liberal arts colleges to major research institutions, is integrating sustainability into curricula, policies, and programs. Bill’s article traces Green Mountain College’s transition from a focus on the natural environment to a thorough integration of sustainability into the curriculum and campus culture. He highlights the growing emphasis on social and economic aspects of sustainability and on entrepreneurial approaches to social change. “These stories document both the power of leadership—whether by college presidents, faculty, staff, or student activists—and the potential for institutions to redefine themselves,” according to the editors Peggy F. Barlett and Geoffrey W. Chase.

Professors Publish Book Chapter
Professors Tom Mauhs-Pugh (education) and Meriel Brooks (biology) have a chapter in the recently published The College Curriculum: A Reader (Peter Lang Publishing). The goals of the book are to provide readers with an understanding of the undergraduate curriculum in U.S. higher education today, and to highlight distinctive, innovative, and noteworthy approaches. The collaborative essay, "Seeking 'Productive, Caring, and Fulfilling Lives' Through the Environmental Liberal Arts at Green Mountain College," presents the College's ELA curriculum in the broader context of U.S. higher education, historically and currently. GMC's emphasis on sustainability provides an answer to the question: "what knowledge is of most worth?" That answer emphasizes the development of people rather than the mere acquisition of technical skill. "A GMC education echoes the classical definition of curriculum implied by the curriculum vitae: the trajectory of one's life that results, in part, from pursuing a particular course of study and practice in a particular way and with particular results,” the authors write. “The details of what it means to be well-educated and to live a good life, the cognate questions to 'What knowledge is of most worth?,' are re-envisioned and renegotiated in a community of practice through the continual participation of its members.”

Sarah Mittlefehldt Published in AT Journeys
Prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (natural resource management) recently published an essay in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's magazine, AT Journeys. The article explains what inspired her to walk 2,175 miles along the Appalachian Trail as she performed ten months of extensive historical research on this famous footpath. Mittlefehldt's research was recently published in her book Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics (University of Washington Press, 2013). Learn more about the project--and listen to some original music by field assistant John Gillette--by checking out this link. To read the complete article, click here. To read a story about the development of Sarah's book, see this GMC Bulletin story from 2011.


Funktionlust Performs Friday, Sept. 20
Vital Spark performances present a charged artistic vision that move beyond 'safety zones' and seek to connect the human spirit and dream. Vital Spark performances are stimulating, complex and transformative. Vital Spark North's current project integrates dance, original live music /soundscape, physical theater and video to present six diverse works that confront and reveal the connections between nature and spirit, the individual/conformity and the tribe, meditations on inseparable relationships and reflections on legendary mavericks and mavens (the misunderstood). Vital Spark North is a multi-disciplinary duo featuring the collaborative work of choreographer/performer and visual artist Erika Lawlor Schmidt and composer/pianist Gary T. Schmidt. An award-winning artist who earned her MFA from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Erika has produced performances in numerous cities across the U.S. and Europe. Gary is a composer/pianist and received a master of music composition/theory from the University of Illinois. The program is free and open to the public.

Sustainable Transportation Fair this Week
This week the sustainability office is hosting GMC’s first Sustainable Transportation Fair. The fair is spread out over the course of the week, showcasing a different transportation option each day. There will be representatives on hand from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each day outside of Withey Hall, if weather permits. Today, car-sharing services Zipcar and Go! Vermont will have representatives sharing information about their respective programs. Go! Vermont is GMC’s new online carpooling tool. It allows people going to the same destination to find each other, thereby reducing single-occupant vehicles on Vermont’s roads. Students, faculty, and staff members can sign up for free online. Wednesday will feature bicycle transportation options. Johnson and Sons Bikeworks, the GMC Bike Shop, and Zoombikes will all be available. Whether you want to buy your own bike, fix up an old one, borrow a Green Bike, or invest in an electric bike, the choice is up to you. Friday will highlight the public transportation options available to students. Information about The Bus, which stops on campus five times a day, will be provided. There will also be campus shuttle schedules available.

Join the GMC Choir
Students are invited to join the Green Mountain College Choir. The choir meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. in Ackley 330. Raise your voice as a member of the choir!

Career Corner: Utilize Career Services this semester!
Career Services offers a variety of services including on-campus and virtual workshops, GRE/GMAT study groups, employer and graduate school visits, alumni visits, and campus-wide events. This Wednesday Melissa Sicard will be on campus at 11:30 a.m. in Withey Lobby to share employment opportunities at Rutland Regional Mental Health. Wednesday evening there will be a Graduate School Planning Workshop at 4 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Graphics Lab at Griswold Library. Find out about important timelines, search tools, financing, and application requirements for planning graduate school. For other upcoming events, check out our calendar here. Additionally, keep your eyes open for our new bi-weekly newsletter! It will contain valuable information on internship, job, and networking opportunities across all disciplines. As always, please contact Maia Hanron-Sanford to set up an appointment to discuss your specific needs.

GMC in the News
On September 3 Inhabitat, a widely read website on sustainability, cited Green Mountain College for its top-ten Sierra "cool schools" rating. "Green Mountain College may be a tiny college in Poultney, Vermont, but it’s big on sustainability . . . The college was one of the first universities in the US to achieve climate neutrality," the article notes.

Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (sustainable agriculture) discussed the importance of building strong local food systems on the Mark Johnson Show, aired by Vermont Radio WDEV last week. Philip is author of the recent book Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems.

The Bennington Banner caught up with recent graduate Ian Barnum '13 who exhibited his hand-cut linoleum and wood block prints last weekend at the Bennington Car Show. "As part of my BFA senior art exhibition, I displayed prints of abandoned vintage cars," he explained. "These prints were created from photos I shot, then carved out of wood or linoleum blocks, printed in black ink and finished with watercolor." Check out Ian’s artwork at and read the Banner story here.


Prof. Steve Fesmire (philosophy) has written a blog post for Ag Challenge 2050 sponsored by the Farm Foundation titled "Beyond the Circular Firing Squad: Pragmatist Dietary Ethics and Animals." Citing the stridency of advocates arguing for an omnivorous diet based on grass-fed animal husbandry, or a vegan diet seeking to abolish animal agriculture, Steve argues there is no basis for assuming there is an ideal diet for all. "From the time of John Dewey a pragmatic approach to vexing ethical issues has been proposed as a realistic aim of education, even if it is not always a realistic aim for already-polarized situations," he writes. "The practical result over time is that polarized positions can lose their winner-takes-all prescriptive force, thereby liberating their respective insights for accommodation in a broader-based, more intelligent inquiry."

MSES alums Neva Knott and Robert Barossi have launched a science writing website entitled "The Ecotone Exchange: Positive Stories of the Environment." The intent of the site is to feature writings that are uplifting and bring hope. "We aren’t interested in focusing on doom and gloom, negativity, fear, and apocalyptic proclamations and prophecies," they write. "We are, in fact, interested in the opposite of all that. The positive. The hopeful. The activities that are going on at any and every corner of the globe which are creating hope for the future." Visit the website at

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Men's Soccer
9/18, 4 p.m. vs. SUNY Cobleskill (A)
9/21, 1 p.m. vs. Johnson St. (A)
9/22, 1 p.m. vs. Me. Presque Isle (H)

Women's Soccer
9/21, 3 p.m. vs. Johnson St. (A)
9/22, 3:30 p.m. vs. Me. Presque Isle (H)

Women's Volleyball
9/21, 11 a.m. vs. SUNY Canton (A)
9/21, 1 p.m vs. Gordon (A)

Cross Country
9/21, 10:30 a.m., Johnson State College Invitational