The adventure education block semester recently completed a nine-day rock climbing section in New York State's Adirondack Park. Students developed skills related to gear placement, anchor construction, climbing and rescue techniques. Here sophomore Samantha Grist pauses mid-rappel. Photo: Prof. Nate Furman

GMC to Kick Off Family & Friends Weekend
GMC’s annual Family & Friends Weekend kicks off Friday, September 24 and continues through the weekend with a full slate of events. Highlights include a choir concert, a Volley “Dig Pink” Quad Match, coffee with GMC Pres. Paul Fonteyn and more. Visitors to Poultney Saturday are invited to sample chili from the booths lining Main Street for the 21st annual Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the Poultney Rotary Club. Click here for the full Family & Friends Weekend schedule.

  • Fall Foliage Choir Concert
    The Green Mountain College Choir and Cantorion will usher in the new academic year with their annual Fall Foliage Concert as part of Family and Friends Weekend September 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall. The evening will feature English madrigals and works by Vivaldi, Purcell, Randall Thompson, Billy Joel and the Beatles. The choir is directed by Prof. James Cassarino (music) and accompanied by Jean Sutton.

  • 21st Annual Chili Cook-Off
    The Poultney Rotary Club sponsors its 21st annual Chili Cook-Off September 25 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Music begins at 10 a.m. Entrants set up booths along historic Main Street in Poultney for visitors to sample their creations. The cost for a commemorative sampling cup is $8. There will be over $1,200 in prizes, including a student category, best vegetarian chili and best theme booth. Call 287-9987 to register for the event. Student chili cookers are encouraged to participate.

Faculty Art Exhibit to Open at Feick
An opening reception for the 2010 faculty art exhibit will be held at the Feick Fine Arts Center September 25 from 4 - 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This year's exhibit features work from Profs. Jennifer Baker, Kevin Bubriski, Jessica Cuni and Karen Swyler. Mediums include sculpture, ceramics, photography and painting. The exhibit will be on display from September 20 - October 15.

Stop by Surdam Gallery and Smell the Flowers
Surdam Art Gallery is hosting a new rotating display featuring flowers arranged by a master of the Ikebana art form. Ikebana master Sou Hasegawa is teaching a new class on Ikebana or Japanese flower arranging at GMC this semester. As part of her teaching she puts out an arrangement each week for the enjoyment of the community. The arrangement and a visitor's journal may be found in the entrance of the Surdam Art Building. Since Ikebana is an ephemeral art form the arrangement is only up from Monday at 4 p.m. until Tuesday at 4 p.m. The arrangements are seasonal and change each week since they incorporate local flora. All are invited to stop by and enjoy the weekly arrangements. (While the front entry of Surdam is now under construction, visitors can enter either one of the rear entrances to the building.) Comments are also welcome.

Grow-a-Row Benefits from GMC Volunteers
On September 10, 14 GMC students partnered with Jane Nicklaw, the “tomato lady” of Castleton, to harvest 670 pounds of tomatoes from her garden for the Grow-a-Row program. Sponsored by Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL), the Grow-a-Row program encourages farmers to either grow extra food with the intention of donating it to the program, or to invite RAFFL volunteers to glean extra produce that they are unable to harvest or market efficiently. The tomatoes from Jane’s garden were donated to Rutland area charities including the Community Cupboard and the Open Door Mission, a shelter for veterans. This was the second gleaning this month. On September 6, nine students harvested over fifty pounds of tomatoes at the Old Gates Farm in Castleton operated by two GMC alums, Adam Stevenson and Kris Jacoby-Stevenson.

RAFFL’s Grow-a-Row program helps eliminate hunger and malnutrition in Rutland County low-income communities by increasing access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food. So far this year the program has donated over 10,000 pounds of produce to local charitable agencies. With help from the GMC community, many more thousands of pounds will be donated before the end of the growing season. Contact Garland Mason, VISTA Local-Link Coordinator, to receive information regarding future gleanings and other events.

GMC Announces Partnership with Northeast Sports Network
Director of Athletics Marybeth Lennox announced Friday a live broadcast partnership with Northeast Sports Network (NSN) for the 2010-11 academic year. Under the agreement, NSN will provide live streaming video for five athletic and three academic events.

“Athletics is so pleased to be a part of this joint campus effort to provide the Eagle community with a live glimpse into our athletic family, as well as some of the other top quality GMC events. We certainly plan to expand our live offerings in the coming years,” said Lennox.

Headquartered in Lyndonville, Vt., NSN publishes on the web comprehensive collegiate and high school sports information, including schedules, scores and standings. They also do live streaming of games complete with professional announcers for high school, college and professional sports teams in Vermont and New Hampshire.

The first event of the year is a men and women’s soccer double-header September 26 when the Eagles host NAC rival Thomas College. Coverage begins at 11:45 a.m. with the men followed by the women’s match at 2 p.m. Other scheduled events include a men and women’s basketball double-header on February 12 versus Maine Maritime Academy, the 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame induction, commencement and one additional athletic and academic event.

Graduate School Fair Comes to GMC
Green Mountain College is hosting a graduate school fair September 29. The fair will be held in Withey Lobby from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The following schools and organizations will be attending: Bard College, Emerson College, Green Mountain College, Kaplan Test Prep, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ross University, School for International Graduate Institute, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, The College of Saint Rose, Union Institute and University, Vermont Law School, and Western New England College School of Law. For more information contact the GMC Office of Career Services at 287-8805.


Call for Submissions for Japan Conference
Want to present your research at an international conference with Japan? Want feedback so you can fine tune your research for possible publication? GMC participates in the annual Feedforth Conference with Nagoya University in Japan. In the past undergraduate and graduate students have presented their work. If accepted you can present by video or are welcome to travel to Japan to present in person. The conference is open to GMC students and alumni. Feedforth is accepting paper submissions until October 4, 2010 (Japan date). The submission is a 500 word summary of your work and can be for an ongoing project. For more information contact Sam Edwards.

Smoking Cessation Group to Meet
Have you thought about quitting smoking but have been unable to find the motivation to stop? Are you thinking you really need to stop but have been unable to come up with a plan? Come and let us help you to prepare to quit. This smoking cessation group will be open to all students and will meet on Tuesdays from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Wellness Center. Students can start the three session group on any Tuesday without having to wait for the group to cycle through. Contact Rob Festa, Wellness Center Counselor, for more information.

Acupuncture Clinic on Tap
The GMC Wellness Center hosts an acupuncture clinic with Molly Beverage on September 21 from 6-8 pm. It is open to the GMC community. Advance sign-up is required and the clinic will be limited to the first 10 people to sign up. There will be no charge. Molly Beverage is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Vermont with a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is also a certified Qigong instructor.


Prof. Jacob Park (business strategy and sustainability) has a co-authored an article titled “Creating Integrated Business and Environmental Value within the Context of China’s Circular Economy and Ecological Modernization” appearing in the forthcoming Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 18: Issue 15, November 2010 issue. Research for this article was supported by a grant from the AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program.

Flowers in Surdam Gallery
Students Glean Tomatoes
Quit Smoking Group to Meet
Faculty Notes

Men's Soccer
9/25, 1:30 p.m.
vs. University of Maine - Farmington

9/26, 12 p.m.
vs. Thomas College

Women's Soccer
9/22, 4 p.m.
vs. MCLA

9/25, 3:30 p.m.
vs. University of Maine - Farmington

9/26, 2 p.m.
vs. Thomas College

Women's Volleyball
9/21, 7 p.m.
at Paul Smith's

9/25, 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.
vs. Hamilton College & Gordon College
Eagle "Dig Pink" Quad Match

Cross Country
9/25, 10 & 11 a.m.
at Southern Vermont College

Men's Golf
9/22, 12 p.m.
at the Vermont Collegiate Tournament

9/25, 10 a.m.
at the Barre Invitational


Ayurveda Consultation
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wellness Center

Open Gym Session
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

Lap Swim Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Take 10 Discussion Group
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Wellness Center

7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Open Gym Session
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced I
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Poultney Community Garden Meeting
5 - 6 p.m., Meet at Ames Circle

Shakti Tribal Dance: Intermediate
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Acupuncture Clinic
5 - 6 p.m., Wellness Center

Open Swim Session
5 - 6 p.m., Waldron Pool

Spirituality Club Meeting
6 - 7 p.m., Chapel

Smoking Cessation Group
6 - 7 p.m., Wellness Center

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

Academic Skills Workshop: Reading
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

Lap Swim Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Kripalu Yoga (vigorous)
1 - 2:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Academic Skills Workshop:
Research Skills

3 - 4 p.m., PC Lab, Griswold Library

Sunset Yoga
Meet at 5 p.m. at the GreenMAP office

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced II
5:30 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Lap Swim Session
6 - 8 p.m.,
Waldron Pool

SOAR Workshop:
Envision Your Life

6 p.m., Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance: Beginner
7 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced III
8 - 9:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Open Chapel
8 - 9:30 p.m., Chapel

Cerridwen Farm Stand
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Withey Hall Lobby

Open Gym Session
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

Lap Swim Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wellness Center

Kripalu Yoga (gentle)
4 - 5 p.m, Wellness Center

Intermediate Vinyasa
Flow Yoga

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Open Swim Session
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Family & Friends Weekend
Various Times, Across Campus

Open Gym Session
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

Lap Swim Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Opening Reception:
Faculty Art Exhibit

4 - 6 p.m., Feick Fine Arts Center

Open Swim Session
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Shakti Tribal Dance Annual Hafla
7 p.m., lawn outside SAGE Hall

Family & Friends Weekend
Various Times, Across Campus

Ecstatic Dance Experience
7 - 8:30 p.m., 9 - 10:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Fall Foliage Choir Concert
7:30 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

Family & Friends Weekend
Various Times, Across Campus

Open Swim Session
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Open Chapel
7 - 10:30 p.m., Chapel