GMC students hone their paddling skills during a GreenMAP trip to the Hartland Rapids on the Connecticut River. Upcoming trips include a mountain biking day trip, a sea kayak tour to Lake Champlain, and a women's rock climbing clinic. For a complete schedule click here.

Friends & Family Weekend Kicks Off Friday
A chili cook-off, live entertainment, a choir concert and more are on tap for GMC’s annual Friends and Family Weekend September 25 – 27. Click here for a full schedule. Special events include:
  • Annual Fall Foliage Concert
    Green Mountain College Concert Band & College Choirs
    Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall
    September 26, 7:30 p.m.

    Under the direction of Prof. James Cassarino (music), the choirs will sing Welsh favorites, English madrigals, and spirituals. Special guest musicians will include alumni choir members and their director, Mark. L. Parsons, who participated in the reestablishment of the college choir during the 1990s. The Concert Band will perform works by Tielman Susato, Gustav Holst, Kenneth Alford and the recently commissioned setting of the college anthem Calon Lan, set by Paul Erwin. A free will offering will be accepted to be used toward the choir’s spring concert tour to north Wales.

  • Chill Out at GMC
    President's House, Main Street
    September 26, 4:30 - 7 p.m.

    On Saturday, GMC President Paul Fonteyn and his wife Marsha host a “Chill Out at GMC” gathering for alumni at their home on Main Street. Meat and vegetarian chili, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be served from 4:30 – 7 p.m. There will also be a tour of recent campus improvements prior to the choir concert.

GMC Establishes Green Jobs Program
Green Mountain College has announced that it will launch the Green Jobs Corp, a program that will create new opportunities for students to learn and practice sustainability skills.

"Sustainability is central to our curriculum and campus culture," said Green Mountain College Provost Dr. William Throop. "But there are many ways students can develop additional practical skills that touch on social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability." More…

Goat Team Wins Big at State Fair
On September 5, Prof. Mark Dailey (sociology) and daughters Emma, Eleanor and Ruth showed their three goats - Snickers, Cookies-and-Cream, and Chip - at the Rutland State Fair. The team garnered six ribbons, four of them first place blue ribbons. Each goat won at least one blue ribbon. The blue ribbons were: 4-H Dairy Champion and Open Dry Dairy (both Snickers), Open Milking Dairy (Cookies), and Open Dairy Buck (Chip). The three goats seem humbly unaware of the ribbons being exhibited on their shed door. In the meantime, they plan to contribute milk for cheesemaking in Eleanor Tison's Food Preservation class soon.

GMC Alum Hosts Career Conversation
GMC alum Khanti Munro returns to GMC today for a Career Conversation at 1 p.m. in Griswold Library Room 2. Khanti is a photovoltaic online coordinator for Solar Energy International. He graduated from GMC with a self-designed degree in renewable energy. Read more about Khanti Munro and Solar Energy International.

Study Abroad in Italy: Informational Meeting
Students interested in spending a semester abroad in Italy in the spring of 2010 are welcome to attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 23 at 6 p.m. in Terrance 124. The semester abroad will be led by Prof. Mitchell LesCarbeau (English). Students live, work and study at Brunnenburg Castle, a renowned study center in the Italian Alps operated by the family of poet Ezra Pound. Learn more about the 2008 GMC block course hosted by Brunnenburg Castle.

GMC Announces Schedule for Fall Colloquium Series
For the past 11 years, Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (English) has opened the fall Faculty Colloquium Series with poems he wrote the summer before. This first colloquium, scheduled for September 23, carries on the tradition. All colloquiums are at noon in Terrace 124. The schedule for the rest of the semester is as follows:

October 14: Prof. Vance Jackson (psychology)
Attitudes Toward and Attributions for Domestic Violence: Do Men and Women Differ?
This talk will examine the different ways men and women approach domestic violence, the role of victim blaming in this crime, as well as implications for psychological treatment and prevention programs for both survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence.

October 28: Prof. Mary Pernal (English & Writing)
Topic TBA

November 11: Provost Bill Throop (philosophy)
Strengthening Social Sustainability: The Role of Higher Education
This colloquium is a version of the talk Provost Throop gave at a conference at the University of Manchester this past summer. It is a series of reflections on how we might shift some of the emphasis of sustainability education towards social sustainability.

December 9: Prof. Joel Shapiro (education)
Topic TBA

Learning Center Welcomes New Staff
Svea Miller has begun work as a full-time learning center associate, after two years of serving the Learning Center in other capacities. Svea graduated from Green Mountain College in 2007 and earned a Masters degree in professional writing through Chatham University last spring. We are delighted to have Svea as a full-time member of our staff. She will coordinate the tutoring program, in addition to teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Jessica Furman joins the Learning Center this year as our administrative assistant. Jessica is new to the Poultney community, having just moved with her husband from Utah, where she had the opportunity to practice experiential education while teaching at the elementary level. Jessica is a graduate of Eastern Oregon University, where she earned a Masters degree in education. Jessica is currently going back to school for a special education endorsement.

Graduate School Fair Comes to GMC
On September 30, the lobby of Withey Hall hosts a graduate school fair from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Colleges and universities from across the country will be represented. Institutions sending representatives include Emerson College, Pace Law School, Alaska Pacific University, Simmons College, Vermont Law School, the Peace Corps and many more. The fair is sponsored by career services. Click here for more information and a full list of attendees.


Sign Up for Flu Vaccine
GMC hosts a seasonal flu clinic with Rutland Pharmacy on October 5, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. It will be held in Withey Lobby. The cost is $25 payable at the time of immunization. Advance sign-up is requested. Contact Jane Allen at the Wellness Center. Please note that this is not the H1N1 flu vaccine. Another clinic may be scheduled when the H1N1 vaccine becomes available.

Healthy Relationship Group to Meet
A group to discuss and learn more about healthy relationships will be meeting throughout the semester. This group is open to female students only and is completely confidential. The first two meetings will be open to all females who want to attend, after that it will be a closed group and no one new can join. Come to the Wellness Center every Tuesday from 6-7pm starting September 22. The last group will be held November 3. This group will be led by Wendy Belanger, Wellness Center Psychology Intern and assisted by Jane Young, Wellness Center Counselor. Please email Wendy at with questions.

Prof. Laird Christensen (English & environmental studies) delivered an address at the New Voices, New Visions Arts and Humanities Lecture Series at Keene State College on September 15. The topic was "Field Work: The Evolutions of Environmental Literature," and Laird was joined by Dr. Mark Long, one of his co-editors on Teaching North American Environmental Literature. Laird also discussed the bioregional pedagogy that informs GMC's Master of Science in Environmental Studies program, and described some of the place-based teaching experiments that are featured in his 2008 collection of essays, Teaching About Place: Learning from the Land , co-edited with Dr. Hal Crimmel.

President Paul Fonteyn, Provost Bill Throop, Sustainability Coordinator Amber Garrard and Communications Director Kevin Coburn collaborated on an article published this month in the Climate Neutral Campus Report, a publication and companion website produced by Kyoto Publishing in cooperation with Second Nature and the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The article charts GMC's 15-year focus on sustainability and highlights steps the College is taking to reach carbon neutrality by 2011.

Nate Furman (adventure education) was awarded a $1,000 grant by the American Alpine Club to investigate the role of heuristic-based decision-making in hazardous outdoor recreation activities. The research examines at how backcountry skiers make decisions in avalanche terrain, and whether or not unconscious heuristic-based thinking plays a role in determining acceptance of risk.

All kinds of veggies from Cerridwen Farm were on display during a sale in Withey Hall last week.

Women's Soccer
Wednesday, 9/23
at Massachusetts College of
Liberal Arts, 4 p.m.

Saturday, 9/26
vs. University of Maine -
Fort Kent, 12 p.m.

Friday, 9/25
at University of Maine -Farmington, 11 a.m.

Wednesday, 9/23
at Vermont National Golf Club

More on GMC Athletics


Energy Healing
1 - 4 p.m., Wellness Center

Career Conversation:
Khanti Munro

1 p.m., Griswold Library Room 2

African Dance
5 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Belly Dancing
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

GreenMAP Kayak Pool Session
8 - 9:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

Across the Pond: Graduate Programs in the UK
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

Tai Chi
5 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

6:30 - 6:30 p.m., Chapel

Spirituality Club
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

GreenMAP Road Bike Ride
Meet at 5 p.m., Brennan Circle

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

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Faculty Colloquium:
Mitch LesCarbeau

12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

1 - 2 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Academic Skills Workshop
Test Taking & Study Skills

3 - 4 p.m., Special Collections Reading Room

GRE Study Session
4 - 5 p.m., Griswold Library Room 2

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Brunnenburg Informational Meeting
6 p.m., Terrace 124

Shakti Tribal Belly Dance (advanced)
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Tribal Dance (beginners)
7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

8:30 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Fitness Swim
7:30 - 9 a.m., Waldron Pool

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

12 - 1 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1:30 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

GMC Education Bash
5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Poultney Elementary School

Transfer Social
7 p.m., Moses Hall Writers Lounge

Friends & Family Weekend
9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Various locations
Click here for schedule

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

2 - 3 p.m., Chapel

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Duty Free
9 p.m., The Gorge

Friends & Family Weekend
9 a.m. - 11 p.m., Various locations
Click here for schedule

1 - 2 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Chill Out at GMC
4:30 - 7 p.m., President's House

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

Friends & Family Weekend
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Various locations
Click here for schedule

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

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