On October 10, GMC students and faculty joined volunteers around the world as part of a global “work party” sponsored by the organization 350.org to focus attention on solutions for the climate crisis. The organization’s title comes from 350 parts per million of CO2 emissions in our atmosphere, the figure many scientists and climate experts say is the safe upper limit. See story below.

Welsh Harvest Festival October 16
The annual Welsh Harvest Festival –- featuring live music, traditional Welsh food, field games and more –- will be held on Saturday, October 16. The festivities kick off at 4 p.m. at Cerridwen Farm and the Griswold Library lawn. Rain location for the festival is the Gorge.

Visitors can tour a haunted barn, take a horse-drawn hay ride, or participate in traditional fall activities including pumpkin painting and scarecrow making. Musical performances include faculty and student ensembles performing acoustic Welsh, Celtic and American Folk songs. There will also be traditional kids’ harvest games and Welsh food tasting. A bonfire brings the evening to a blazing close. The Welsh Harvest Festival celebrates the traditional Welsh heritage of Poultney and its surrounding communities.

GMC Students
Meet Energy Future

Eight GMC students and professors William Prado (management) and Steven Letendre (management and environmental studies) attended Vermont’s Renewable Energy Future Conference and Expo 2010 held at the Sheraton in Burlington September 30-October 1. Professor Letendre serves as the treasurer of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), an organization that represents renewable energy businesses in Vermont and which sponsored the event. REV has been successful in advocating for cutting edge policies to promote clean energy in Vermont and the region. Three of GMC’s students were awarded free registration through the Women of Wind Energy Vermont Chapter, which included an exclusive luncheon.

Silent Voices Heard at GMC
When migrant farm worker José Obeth Santiz Cruz was killed in an accident at a Vermont dairy farm in 2009, the Vermont Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project (VMFSP) organized a delegation to return his remains to his home in Mexico. They brought back the story of his family coming to terms with his death.

The resulting film “Silenced Voices” shows that Cruz’s small village in Chiapas, Mexico is deeply interconnected with Vermont and highlights the hardships and challenges of this largely invisible community as they work to sustain Vermont’s struggling dairy farms. The film, followed by a presentation by activist Kiado Cruz, will be shown at Green Mountain College October 19 at 7 p.m. in the East Room in Withey.

Vermont farms employ at least 1500 migrant farm workers, nearly one-third of them come from Chiapas. Cruz, a community organizer from Oaxaca, Mexico working with RASA (the Autonomous Network for Food Sovereignty), will speak about sustainable agriculture and the community organizations instrumental in the current autonomous movements in Chiapas. The program is also sponsored by the Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project and Witness for Peace New England.

Students, Faculty Join Worldwide Work Party
GMC students and faculty joined volunteers around the world as part of a global work party held by the organization 350.org to focus attention on solutions for the climate crisis. Among the activities at GMC was the planting of a Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) tree on the Moses lawn. Prof. Jim Graves (biology) reports that the Hop-hornbeam, often called Ironwood in the nursery trade, is one of the most common tree species in the dry forest on top of St. Catherine Mountain at Deane Preserve. “It’s commonly associated with Sugar Maple, so it makes sense to plant it near the big maples in front of Moses,” he said. The tree gets its name from the hop-like bladders that enclose the hard seeds.

Language Expert to Explore Language and Values
Linguistic variety is the product of historical changes, some of which are in progress at a given point in any language's development. Join us for an evening with Michael Shapiro, professor emeritus of Slavic and semiotic studies at Brown University, for this examination of how language “innovations” are motivated not only by linguistic reasons but by value systems that apply to many other aspects of human behavior. His talk "Language and Value: An Example from Contemporary American English” is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. in the East Room.

Michael Shapiro was born in Yokohama and grew up speaking Russian, Japanese, and English. He spent the war years in Japan before immigrating to Los Angeles in 1952. In 1965-66 he was a postdoctoral fellow in linguistics at Tokyo University and spent the next forty years in the United States as a university professor of Slavic languages and literatures. He is coauthor with his late wife Marianne Shapiro of Figuration in Verbal Art and The Sense of Form in Literature and Language.


Financial Planning Workshop Today
Find out how to put financial planning techniques to work for you at this faculty colloquium presented by prof. Bill Prado (management). The workshop is for faculty, staff, and students (especially graduating seniors!) looking to achieve personal financial and non-financial goals. Prof. Prado will present the personal financial planning framework and also introduce tools to help with budgeting; car, housing, and other purchases; debt and insurance; and retirement planning. Today from noon-1 p.m., Terrace 124.

Career Services on the Move
Stop by Withey Lobby to chat with the staff of Career Services. This is an opportunity to ask questions, get tips about job searching, or have someone look over your resume. Thursday, Oct. 14, 12-1, Withey Lobby.

Presenting Katelynn Cusanelli
Diva, activist, writer, model, and an esteemed geek, Katelynn Cusanelli was the first transgendered person on any MTV Real World season when she was cast onto The Real World Brooklyn. The show focuses on a group of diverse strangers living together for several months in a different city each season, as cameras document their lives and interpersonal relationships. She visits GMC Thursday, Oct. 14 for a 9 p.m. talk. Her visit is sponsored by the College Programming Board.

Ska Band Plays GMC
The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble (NYSJE), an internationally renowned recording and touring group, will perform in the Gorge Friday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. Since the band’s inception in 1994, NYSJE has released five CDs and has performed throughout Europe, Canada, the U.S.A., and South America. Their performance is sponsored by the College Programming Board.

Local Food Cook Off
The Sustainability Floor is hosting a Local Food Cookoff in the Gorge on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 5-7 p.m. The event is open to the entire GMC community. For questions, contact Kyla Jaquish at: jaquishk@greenmtn.edu.


Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) recently published a paper in Leisure Sciences entitled “The Roles of Heuristics, Avalanche Forecast, and Risk Propensity in the Decision Making of Backcountry Skiers.” The paper examined factors related to decision-making in avalanche terrain based upon the heuristic bias work of Tversky, Kahnemann, and McCammon.

Students Meet Future
Silent Voices
World Wide Party
Faculty Notes

Women's Volleyball
10/15, 4 & 6 p.m.,
at Rutgers-Newark

Cross Country
10/16, 11 & 11:45 a.m.,
GMC Invitational

Women's Soccer
10/13, 4 p.m., at Albany
10/16, 1 p.m., at Husson
10/17, 12 p.m.,
at Maine Maritime

Men's Soccer
10/16, 3 p.m., at Husson
10/17, 2 p.m.,
at Maine Maritime


Academic Skills
Workshop: Writing.

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

Financial Planning Workshop
12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

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

GRE Study Group
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Waldron Pool

Academic Skills
Workshop: Research Skills

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

Women's Circle Discussion
4 - 5 p.m., Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Advanced II

5:30 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

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

SOAR Workshop:
Study Abroad

6 p.m., Moses Writer's Lounge

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

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

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Advanced III

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

Open Chapel
8 - 10:30 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

Career Services

12 - 1 p.m., Withey Lobby

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

Guest Speaker: Activist & Writer Katelynn Cusanelli
9 p.m., The Gorge

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

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

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

New York Skay-Jazz Ensemble
9 p.m., The Gorge

Fall Open House
All day, Campus wide

Harvest Festival
5 - 9 p.m., GMC Farm

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

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