The College welcomed hundreds of alumni and families of current students during Alumni and Family Weekend. Among the attendees was Warren Mackey ’89, a former GMC basketball player who was inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame during a Friday celebration in the Gorge. Later that evening Mackey performed a vocal solo as part of the Green Mountain College Choir Concert. Mackey is pictured here receiving his Hall of Fame citation from GMC athletic director Keith Bosley. Richard Stainton Jr. ’98 (soccer) and Daniel Gustafsson ’02 (skiing) were also inducted.

Acoustic Biologist Katy Payne to Speak at Green Mountain College
Katy Payne, a researcher at the Bioacoustics Research Program at the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University, will be presenting Tuesday, October 2 at 6 p.m. in Ackley Theater at Green Mountain College. A reception will follow in the GMC chapel.

Trained as a musician, Payne was a pioneer in the discovery that humpback whales compose ever-changing song to communicate, and the first to understand that elephants communicate with one another across long distances by infra-sound. Her presentation "Whale Songs and Elephant Loves" is based on a ten-year study of how elephants communicate that interweaves science with autobiography, myth, and spirituality. Through sound and pictures, Katy will be presenting insights she has discovered from two of the earth’s largest and most mysterious creatures.

Katy Payne studied music and biology at Cornell University as an undergraduate. In the 1960s, she was part of the team of scientists that discovered how humpback whales communicate. Later on, she discovered that their songs are fixed and actually composed and constantly evolving.

She was part of the research team that produced the original recording “Songs of the Humpback Whale,” and recently she wrote the book Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants. Her book Silent Thunder is a natural history about how the humans and animals interact and participate in the world, showing their characteristic in common, from ways of demonstrating affection to individuality. Silent Thunder was selected as a 1998 Scientific American Best Book for Young Readers and featured on NBC's Dateline

Thanks Lou and Bill!
At the end of this month, Bill and Lou, the long-standing team of oxen for Green Mountain College’s Cerridwen Farm will leave the farm to be processed for meat.

Bill and Lou have worked as draft animals on the farm for over ten years. They have provided the motive power for a research and education program in draft animal farming that includes hay harvesting, vegetable production, animal driving and training, and electricity production. Last summer, Bill and Lou were featured in several workshops at the New England Organic Farmers’ Association summer conference.

This past year, Lou sustained a recurring injury to his left rear hock that has made it difficult for him to work. After attempting several remedies and giving him a prolonged rest without any improvement, it was the professional opinion of the farm staff and consulting veterinarians that he was no longer fit to work. Farm staff searched for a replacement animal to pair with Bill, but single oxen are difficult to find and it is uncertain that Bill would accept a new teammate in any case. After much deliberation, it was decided to purchase a new team and retire Bill and Lou.

“This has been a difficult decision all around,” stated farm manager Kenneth Mulder. “It is the traditional understanding with working cattle that when they reach the end of their working careers they are still productive as meat animals. But that does not make it easy.”

Bill and Lou cost approximately $300 per month to keep and will provide enough hamburger and beef to the college dining hall to last for a couple months. It is the general feeling of the farm crew and the farm management that the most ecologically and financially sustainable decision was to send them for processing.

On October 4th from 1 to 2:30 in the East Room, there will be an open class session on the ethics of sending draft animals to slaughter. Interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Native Plant Nursery Open House
The Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District with the Nature Conservancy and Green Mountain College announce an open house for the public at the native plant restoration nursery on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The public is welcome to visit the nursery located on the west side of the campus behind Sage Hall and the Waldron Athletic Complex. Staff will be on hand to conduct tours and answer questions. Select seedlings will be available for sale.

The nursery was created out of the need to provide native plants grown from local seed sources that would be available for restoration and vegetative buffer plantings in the Lake Champlain Basin. Some of the goals of the native plant nursery are to increase participation of residents, farmers, and municipalities in the effort to reduce phosphorus and contaminants while increasing ecological diversity and improved water quality.

Come increase your knowledge of planting techniques, plant sustainability, ecology, soils, water quality, and land use management. By participating you become more aware of being a steward of Lake Champlain in your own backyard! Admission is free.

United Methodist Video Contest
The National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) is sponsoring a video contest with the deadline of October 24. Students at United Methodist-related educational institutions will be challenged to: “Tell us, in 3 minutes or less, why your school’s connection to The United Methodist Church matters.”

The first-place winner(s) receive a Go Pro HD video camera, Final Cut Pro X editing software, and three hours of virtual coaching with a team of professional filmmakers. Second and third place winners receive cash prizes. The first round of judging is by panel of experts, and the second round is by popular vote on the contest website.

For more information, read contest rules and guidelines here.

"From Rucksack to Backpack" Seminar
The transition from deployment to college life can pose a significant challenge for student veterans.

While service members have many assets – maturity, leadership experience, and sound commitment – they also often carry visible and invisible disabilities, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

These challenges don’t need to prevent veterans from succeeding in college.

On Tuesday, October 2 from 1 – 2 p.m. in Terrace 122, join for “From Rucksack to Backpack,” a free webinar discussing the challenges of transitioning to college for veterans.

Learn more about the program here.

Fall Block Course at GMC
Every year, sophomores in GMC’s adventure education program take an intensive outdoor course called the fall block course, casually known as “fall block.”

“So far this semester, the 2012 fall block students have completed a five-day backpacking trip, a seven-day kayaking trip, a week's worth of trainings, fifteen hours of class, and roughly 220 pages of reading,” explains adventure education director Nate Furman.

However, that is not the end of the fall block for these students. Today, October 1, students will be ushered into 15-passenger vans for a three-day caravan to Lander, Wy. where they will participate in a two-day course in diversity and inclusion at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Following the training, they will get back on the road and head southwest towards the House Range and Indian Creek in Utah, home to some of the best rock climbing in the world, where they will spend 11 days.

Other highlights of the fall block experience include seven days of mountain biking on the White Rim Trail, and seven days of canyoneering in Grand Gulch canyon in Utah.

Their last stop will be the annual Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) conference held in Snowbird, Utah. This is a priceless learning and networking experience for students as they attend workshops and meet national leaders in the adventure education field.

Learn more about the adventure education program here.

GMC Grad Named as Coordinator of Sustainable Community Development
José Gálvez-Contreras has been named coordinator of sustainable community development at Green Mountain College.

In this position, José will create and sustain college/community partnerships that foster and promote GMC’s commitment to sustainability through education and community involvement.

A 2011 graduate with triple majors in business, environmental management and environmental studies, José was a Make Difference Scholar and served GMC in many capacities, including as president of the student senate. He has worked as a community organizer or project manager for the Poultney Earth Fair, the Poultney Historical Society, the MountainTop Justice Festival, and for several renewable energy education projects. Most recently he worked as a field organizer for the Obama campaign through Organizing for America.


Career Corner
Skills employers value most:

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employer’s 2012 Job Outlook Survey, the most sought after skills for employers, include the ability to be able to work in a team setting, communicate with persons inside and outside of an organization, problem solve, obtain and process information, and plan, organize and prioritize work. These statistics reinforce the importance of a liberal arts degree.

Here are some other great transferable skills you are learning every day in GMC’s classrooms: flexibility and versatility, interpersonal skills, enthusiasm and motivation, leadership skills, and self-starting/initiative skills.

This week’s events:

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.

Graduate Planning Workshop
Wednesday, October 3
Griswold Library, 2nd floor Graphics lab
12-1 p.m.
Learn about your senior year timeline, graduate school search tools, standardized testing, and application preparation.

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.

Food, Energy & the Environment Film Series
Films will be shown every Tuesday through December at the Tiny Theatre on Main St. as part of the Food, Energy, and the Environment film series.

There is a $2 suggested donation for those who are not yet members of the Tiny Theatre.

The critically acclaimed documentary No Impact Man will be shown this Tuesday, October 2.

Check the Journal weekly to see which film will be shown that week.

Flu Shot Clinic
On Wednesday, October 3 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Withey Lobby, there will be a flu shot clinic provided by Rutland Pharmacy.

$20/immunization (pre-registration requested)

Call the Wellness Center at 287-8376 to register.

Katy Payne at GMC
Native Plant Nursery Open House
Fall Block at GMC
GMC Grad Joins GMC

Women's Soccer
10/6, 3 p.m. vs. Thomas
10/7, 2 p.m. vs. Me.-Farmington

Men's Soccer
10/6, 1 p.m. vs. Thomas
10/7, 12 p.m. vs. Me.-Farmington

Women's Volleyball
10/4, 7 p.m. vs. Castleton

Men's Golf
10/5, 12 p.m. at GMC Invitational


Gentle Yoga
2 - 3 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

Katy Payne Presentation
6 p.m.,
Ackley Theatre

Flu Shot Clinic
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Academic Skills Workshop:
Effective College Writing

12 - 1 p.m.,
Room 003, 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

Art Internship Presentations
6:30 p.m.,
Dickgeisser Classroom

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

Fall Break
5 p.m.,