Vermont U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (right) met with Green Mountain College President Paul Fonteyn and other College officials yesterday to tour the campus on a beautiful sun-splashed afternoon. Irene Holak ’09, a senior in GMC’s progressive program, participated in the tour and briefed the Congressman on recent student sustainability initiatives.

In March, Welch and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy announced a $1.5 million grant program to help GMC and several other Vermont colleges perform energy audits and improve the efficiency of existing buildings. The group is standing in front of a new window recently installed in the first floor of Cree—the College plans to eventually replace all windows in the residence halls.

Welsh Harvest Festival this Weekend
The annual Welsh Harvest Festival – featuring live music, traditional Welsh food, field games and more – will be held on Saturday, October 18.

The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. at Cerridwen Farm. Rain location for the festival is the gym in the Waldron Athletic Complex.

Visitors can tour a haunted barn, take a hay ride, or participate in traditional fall activities including cider making and scarecrow making. Musical performances include faculty and student ensembles performing acoustic Welsh, Celtic and American Folk songs. There will also be a community sing-a-long led by the GMC Choir that will include Welsh folk songs. A bonfire brings the evening to a blazing close.

The Welsh Harvest Festival celebrates the distinctive Welsh culture of Poultney and its surrounding communities.

East Room to Host Poetry Reading
Tom Chandler, poet laureate of Rhode Island emeritus, visits Green Mountain College for a reading today at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall.

Chandler has been named Phi Beta Kappa Poet at Brown University and has been a featured poet at the Robert Frost homestead. His poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio on several occasions. His newest book of poems is Toy Firing Squad. Chandler’s visit is sponsored by the GMC English & Communications Department.

Soccer Teams Notch Wins in Maine
The men’s soccer team returned from Castine, Maine, with their first victory of the season thanks to a trio of goals from three different players. The 3-0 win came against Maine Maritime Academy.

Freshman midfielder Ryan Spill started the scoring when he drilled a loose ball past the MMA goalie. Brendan Regan later converted a penalty kick to make the score 2-0.

The Mariners still trailed 2-0 with 10 minutes left after missing their own penalty kick opportunity. As the game ended, Colin Miner found the back of the net to make the final score 3-0. GMC goaltender Ryder Ritchie stopped nine shots for the shutout.

The women’s team recorded their own 3-0 win over Maine Maritime Academy to bring their record to 7-6.

Erin Burch scored the first marker of the game and garnered an assist on the second after Taylor Walsh Riso found the back of the net. A goal from Amanda Jeffers made the final score 3-0. Karen Davidson recorded the shutout for Green Mountain.

Volleyball Team Improves to 14-4 with Win at Home
The women's volleyball team continued their stellar season and improved their record to 14-4 after defeating Word of Life 3-0 in a match October 8. The Eagles came out strong, defeating the Lady Huskies 25-4 in the first set before going on to win the next two sets 25-14 and 25-18. Emma Brinley-Buckley tallied six kills, six assists, three blocks and four aces. The Eagles return to the court October 18 for their final conference match of the season at home against Lyndon State.

Club Hosts Ceremony
GMC's African American Culture Club and the Poultney Historical Society hosted a dedication ceremony Sunday for a new Vermont Roadside Historic Site Marker on the East Poultney village green. The marker honors the life of Jeffrey Brace, an African-born slave who won his freedom after fighting for the colonials in the American Revolution before settling in Poultney more than two centuries ago. Brace descendants gathered in Poultney for the event.

Read a story about the marker in the October 5 edition of the Boston Globe.

Listen to an interview with Prof. John Nassivera from Vermont Public Radio's October 10 regional newscast.

GMC to Kick Off Storyteller Series Next Week
What happens when women stand up, act out, and make noise? Master storyteller Lee-Ellen Marvin provides some provocative answers when she presents “Standing Up: Women in Peace and Social Action” on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. Her appearance is the first event in this year's Storyteller Series at Green Mountain College. more...

GMC President to Serve on State Climate Committee
GMC President Paul Fonteyn has been asked to serve on the Vermont Climate Collaborative, a group created to guide Vermont's response to climate change and further develop the green economy.

At a charter signing October 1, Governor Douglas called the Collaborative a signature partnership that brings together the state’s higher education institutions, businesses, legislators and nonprofit organizations to allow the state to forge ahead with confidence in protecting and enhancing Vermont’s quality of life.

“This charter spells out a foundation and framework for action,” Douglas said. “The Collaborative’s mission is simple: to see that Vermont stays green, leads the nation in environmental policies and creates job opportunities for a thriving green economy.”

GMC Officials to Host Grant Writing Workshop
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a grant writing workshop hosted by Green Mountain College President Paul Fonteyn and vice president for development Dick Donovan. The October 28 workshop begins at 6 p.m. in the Dickgiesser Room. Please RSVP by October 24 to

Traditional Welsh Competition on Tap
In recognition of the Poultney community’s rich Welsh history, the GMC Welsh Heritage Program will sponsor the first annual GMC Eisteddfod on Sunday, November 23.

An Eisteddfod is a traditional Welsh literary and arts competition that generally includes competition in vocal/instrumental music, art, poetry recitation and essay writing. This event is open to all GMC students; the deadline for student entry registration is Monday, November 3. Copies of the required poetry and music selections are available in Ackley 333. To sign-up, or for more information, contact Prof. James Cassarino.

The competition categories are listed below:

One poem each by:
1) GMC Professor Mitch LesCarbeau
2) Dylan Thomas

What does it mean to be an engaged citizen?

Female Vocal Solo - Two Selections:
1) Welsh Folk Tune “Ash Grove”
2) Performer’s choice

Male Vocal Solo – Two Selections:
1) Welsh Folk Tune “Men of Harlech”
2) Performer’s choice

Instrumental Solo:
One Selection – Performer’s choice (should not exceed 5 minutes)

GMC Student Band
15 minute set

Art Submissions
Nature scene from the Poultney Area (color or black & white)

Green Mountain College Scene

GreenMAP Leaders and friends competed in the Presidential Range Relay Race on October 4, taking third place among relay teams and fourth place overall. The race, which usually races along the spine of the Presidential range, was moved to the Franconia Ridge due to high winds and snow. The 23 mile race took the Green Mountain team a little over eight hours to complete and drew teams from colleges such as UNH, Bates, MIT, Dartmouth, UConn and Castleton.

The racers were Zach Behney, Kevin Rockey, Kyle Pike, Nate Higgs, Chris Ricker, Tim Donaghy, Bruce Saxman, Jessica Ley, and Todd Metcalf. Support crew was Meredith Budlong, Jami Mantia, Amanda Posey, and Megan McNamara.

An exhibit from Prof. Dick Weis (fine art) opened October 7 at Concordia University in Irvine, California. Dick visited Concordia University for a reception and to deliver a gallery talk on October 13. For more information on the exhibit, titled "The Poetics of Place," click here.



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

Faculty Colloquium:
Prof. Paul Hancock & student Jose Galvez-Contreras

12 p.m., Terrace 124

Labyrinth Work Day
2 - 4 p.m.

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

Tom Chandler
7 p.m., East Room

Belly Dancing
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

U.S. Presidential Debate Event
9 p.m., Bogue Lounge

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1 - 8 p.m.
Bozen Wellness Center

Academic Skills Workshop: Writing Papers that You & Your Professor Will Enjoy
1 - 2 p.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

Academic Skills Workshop: Effective Research Skills
3 - 4 p.m., Graphics Lab, Griswold Library

Pre-Law Information Session
1:30 p.m., The Buttery

Tae Kwon Do
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

2 - 2:30 p.m., Chapel

Coming Out Day Poetry Reading
7 p.m., YES! Coffeehouse

4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Admissions Open House
All Day, Various Locations

Welsh Harvest Festival
5 p.m., Cerridwen Farm

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