It's harvest time at Cerridwen Farm! Assistant farm manager Baylee Drown shows off some of the colorful selection of produce grown just behind the campus. Fresh vegetables and meat are readily available at Cerridwen Farm, email Baylee for more information.

Reconnect 2012: Alumni & Family Weekend
In the interest of creating opportunities to bring the whole GMC family together—students, faculty, staff and alumni—the College is hosting its first ever Friends and Family Weekend, which combines the traditional “homecoming” with “parents weekend.”

From Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30, students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to join us for a variety of events on and off campus.

Cheer on our volleyball team, enjoy a concert performed by the Green Mountain College Choir, and taste the competing creations at the Poultney Chili Cook-Off. Other highlights include the Art Hop at Surdam and The Feick, and a tour of Cerridwen Farm.

Parents of students are invited to join president Paul Fonteyn and prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (natural resource management) Saturday morning at the president’s residence (323 Main Street) for the Parents as Partners event. This event is scheduled for 8:30 - 10 a.m.

The full schedule of events is online. For alumni, visit to view the complete schedule and register online. If you have any questions about the weekend, please contact Max Seeland at the alumni office at 802-287-8293 or email him at

For parents, visit for a list of events—questions may be directed to Lisa Perry at 802-287-8377. (Most events are open to all and require no pre-registration, but some do require an RSVP. Please look over the event list and fill out the online reservation form.).

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

GMC Featured in Urban Times
Urban Times correspondent Kristen Schmitt recently published “Building Sustainable Futures with Agroecology,” an article that shows how researchers are combining lessons from the past with new approaches to growing and raising food.

GMC is a national pioneer in agroecology, and Schmitt cites the College’s Long-Term Ecological Assessment of Farming Systems (LEAFS) as a model for efforts to build sustainable food systems.

“LEAFS manages three production systems for at least ten years and assesses the land utilization, labor productivity, energy requirements, and ‘the role of soil ecosystems in enabling production with low energy and nutrient inputs in human and animal powered systems.’”

Read the article online here.

Nicholas Ravotti Receives EPA Fellowship
Nick Ravotti ’14 recently received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowship. As an EPA Fellow, Nick will receive support for his junior and senior years of undergraduate study at GMC and for a summer internship at an EPA facility. The fellowship provides up to $19,700 per year of academic support and up to $9,500 of internship support for the three-month summer period, for a total of up to $48,900 for the two year period.

Nick is working on undergraduate degrees in environmental studies in public policy, environmental business management, and natural resources management.

“These degrees give me a broad knowledge base of the political, economic, and scientific dynamics embedded in environmental issues. Beyond the financial benefits, this fellowship will allow me to conduct a significant research project regarding water quality issues and agri-environmental policies specifically related to the Clean Water Act, an area of particular interest to me,” Nick said.

His research project will involve the Vermont state plan for phosphorus TMDL (total maximum daily load) in Lake Champlain, which has recently been disapproved by EPA, and will investigate how best to address agricultural storm water runoff from local farms into streams and rivers that feed into the lake.

Following his undergraduate education, Nick intends on enrolling in a joint J.D./Master’s of Environmental Law and Policy program at Vermont Law School.

Last spring, Nick won a $5000 grant from the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program, which supported his study in GMC’s exchange program with the School of Law at Japan’s Nagoya University.

GMC Harriers Roll
The GMC women’s cross-country team placed three runners in the top ten en route to a second place finish at the Southern Vermont College Invitational 5K on Saturday morning. The result continues a great stretch for the women’s program, which has not finished lower than second all year.

Leading the way for the Eagles were Junior Dakota Van Tine (Four Season, Mo.) who placed fourth with a time of 24:15, while sophomore Peyton Jones (Asheville, N.C.) finished fifth, just three seconds behind. Freshman Shannon Currie (Milford, N.J.) finished 10th. Junior Abigail Saline (York Beach, Maine) posted a time of 26:30, finishing right behind Currie in 11th spot. The Eagles also received a strong effort from senior Taylor Conley (Yorktown, Va.) who bested her time on the SVC course from last year by a whopping two minutes and 26 seconds.

This performance followed on the heels of a first place finish by the woman’s team at the Three Stallion Inn-Vocational on Saturday, Sept. 15. Van Tine completed the 5K course in a time of 22:45, followed by Jones, whose time of 22:54 shattered her previous best at the VTC course by over a minute. Senior Whitney Rose, Currie and Saline all placed within the top ten. Sophomore Katherine Gets (Henniker, N.H.) competed in her first race of the year and placed 13th. Junior Libby Davis (Scarborough, Maine) and Conley rounded out the Eagle contingent of runners finishing 14th and 15th.

Collaborative Performance with Erika Lawlor Schmidt
On Saturday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Ackley Theatre, the public and GMC community is warmly invited to attend a dynamic group performance piece for the culmination of Erika Lawlor Schmidt’s artist residency at GMC.

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. All elements of her work combines to stoke the fire of your imagination.

Erika Lawlor Schmidt received both her Bachelor and Master’s of Fine Art from the University of South Florida in Tampa. As a graduate student, she 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. VSN recently performed in Rutland, VT at Merchants Hall.

Erika Lawlor Schmidt's exhibit, Rock Paper Scissors, is on display through October 2 at the Feick Arts Center.


GreenMAP Trips and Sign-ups
Registration opens today, September 24, for a number of GreenMAP trips coming up in the next few weeks. The trips are:

Fall Break Sea Kayaking the Maine Coast
We’ll be exploring the craggy shorelines and islands that make Maine one of the nation’s top sea kayak destinations.
Leaders: Chuck, Cassie, Eyliese
Trip Date: October 5 – 9 (trip departs Friday evening)
Pre-trip Meeting: October 5, 8:30 p.m.

Environmental Focused Backpacking Trip
This backpacking trip will focus on Leave No Trace principles and ways we can reduce the impacts on our shrinking wilderness.
Leaders: Cameron, Jack
Trip Aides: Scott C., Jon K., Tom
Trip Date: September 26
Pre-trip Meeting: October 10, 8:30 p.m.

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

Career Corner
What’s your next step after Green Mountain?

Are you starting to think about what you’ll be doing this time next year? The Office of Career Services wants to help you get to your next great adventure. Check out these post-GMC events happening on campus soon:

Graduate Planning Workshop
Tuesday, September 25
Griswold Library, 2nd floor PC lab
6 - 7 p.m.
Learn about your senior year timeline, graduate school search tools, standardized testing, and application preparation.

Graduate and Civil Services Fair
Tuesday, October 2
Withey Lobby
11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
This is your opportunity to speak with Graduate School professionals about what they look for in their applicants. If you are confused about who should write your recommendation letters, what schools look for in the personal statement, graduate assistantships opportunities, or other requirements, these are the people to ask. Make the most of their visit! PeaceCorps and Americorps representatives will also be available.

Can’t make it to an event? Set up an appointment with Maia Hanron-Sanford at extension 8352, to discuss workshop topics one-on-one.

Academic Skills Workshops
Join the Calhoun Learning Center for the following academic skills workshops this Wednesday, September 26.

Test Taking and Study Skills: How to Show What You Know
12 – 1 p.m.
Special Collections Room (2nd floor, Griswold Library)
Students discuss the importance of preparing in advance for a test by identifying effective study and test taking practices.

Contact Samantha Kowalski in the learning center for more information.

Art Gala
This Friday, September 28 from 6 - 8 p.m. in Surdam Hall, join the art faculty, members of the UGL team and students in a celebration of Surdam Hall improvements and art student achievement. Come tour the revitalized facility and view the exciting new works it has enabled our students to create. Light refreshments will be served.


  • Prof. Kevin Bubrinski (visual arts, photography) completed photography for the piece “Mauritania’s Conservation Coast” in Saudi Aramco World for its July/August issue this summer, which, along with his photography, is featured on the cover. The article and Bubrinski’s photos concern the conservation efforts by the National Park of the Banc d’Arguin and can be viewed here.

  • Prof. Karen Fleming (MBA, sustainable business) was recently interviewed by The Long View, a radio program that focuses on sustainability. The initial broadcast will be this Wednesday at 10 a.m. on 91.5 FM WUML (greater Boston/Lowell area). The interview can be heard via live webcast at and the archived recording can be heard at in the "sustainable business" category of the “Audio Archives" tab (available about 24-48 hours after the initial air time).

Family & Friends Weekend 2012
Ravotti '14 Receives Fellowship
Artist-in-Residence Performance
Faculty Notes

Women's Soccer
9/25, 4:30 p.m. at Albany Pharmacy
9/30, 2 p.m. vs. Castleton

Men's Soccer
9/30, 12 p.m. vs. Castleton

Women's Volleyball
9/29, 12 p.m. vs. Husson
9/29, 6 p.m. vs. Maine Maritime

Men & Women's XC
9/29, 12/1 p.m. at Lyndon

Men's Golf
9/29, 11 a.m. at Lou Jarvis Invitational


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

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

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m.

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

Graduate Planning Workshop
6 - 7 p.m.,
PC Lab, Griswold Library

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

Sociology/Anthropology Information Table
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Academic Skills Workshop:
Test Taking & Study Skills

12 - 1 p.m.,
Special Collections Room, Griswold Library

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

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

Vinyasa Yoga
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

Create with Erika Lawlor Schmidt
6 p.m.,
Waldron Gym

Prospective Major Mixer

7 - 9 p.m.,
Moses Coffeehouse

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

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

Family & Friends Weekend
8 a.m.,

Art Gala
6 - 8 p.m.,
Surdam Hall

Family & Friends Weekend
8 a.m.,

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

Erika Lawlor Schmidt Performance
5:30 p.m.,
Ackley Theatre

Family & Friends Weekend
8 a.m.,

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