Students in prof. Sue Sutheimer’s general chemistry class went right to the source when analyzing samples of local freshwater. Students headed out in canoes on Lake St. Catherine last month to gather water samples from depths of up to 20 meters. Prof. Sutheimer, who does this lab every year with her students says “this is not your mother or father’s chemistry lab.” Students analyze the chemistry of the lake at different depths – every meter from the surface to the bottom. They look at temperature, pH, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen in this lab, and use these samples to look at other water quality indicators such as phosphate and buffering capacity as the semester goes on.

Energy Dashboard Up and Running
Katie Emerson and President Fonteyn pose by the energy dashboard shortly after Friday’s ribbon cutting
On Friday afternoon, students, faculty and staff gathered in Withey Hall to witness the unveiling of the College's new energy dashboard. President Fonteyn and Katie Emerson '13, cut a green ribbon draped below the monitor and touch screen installed in Withey Hall lobby.

With initial funding from the Student Campus Greening Fund, the event culminates a two-year effort to design a system that provides real-time data of electricity consumption in residence halls and energy produced by the new biomass facility. Developed with the assistance of Temperature Controls of Vermont, the dashboard represents part of a comprehensive energy management system on campus. This system is comprised of web controls (where facility managers can control a building's functions and performance), energy reports (which track input from the driver and where data resides for review and trending analysis), and finally, the dashboard, which streams energy data in real time.

“The dashboard is a valuable tool we can use to track energy use and identify ways to conserve and save energy on campus,” commented Amber Garrard, the College’s sustainability coordinator

Members of the GMC community are invited to interact with the dashboard, which has a small eye-level touch screen and a larger display monitor. The College plans on linking the interface to the GMC website soon.

Welsh Harvest Festival Welcomes GMC and
Poultney Community

by Bruna Lobato
The annual Welsh Harvest Festival took place last Saturday, and welcomed both Green Mountain College and Poultney folks to Cerridwen Farm for a day full of activities featuring live music, face painting, cider making, a haunted barn, traditional Welsh games, and more.

In the evening, the College choir performed Welsh songs with the male choir “We Are The Men,” from Cape Cod, Mass. in Ackley Theater. Funds raised from the concert went to the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, N.Y. which was badly damaged from flooding during tropical storm Irene.

The Welsh Harvest Festival was planned by the Creative Arts and Living Floor and Cerridwen Farm as a way to bring people together and provide activities for kids, students, and people from the community while celebrating the rich history of Poultney’s Welsh culture.

Explore Graduate School
this Wednesday

Whether you are a junior or senior looking for details on the graduate school application process and necessary testing (like the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, Praxis, etc.) or are just beginning to think about your post-GMC academic plans, you'll get the inside scoop on grad school in the session "Stories Out of School" Wednesday, October 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the East Room.

Faculty panelists Laird Christensen, Sarah Mittlefehldt, Jen Sellers and John Van Hoesen will share their experience and offer advice on how to best prepare, apply for, and finance graduate study. The moderator is GMC Provost William Throop.

Remember, the College's career services office can advise you on the process of applying to graduate school.

Outdoorsman, Author Steve Rinella Presents “Hunting for Food: An Ancient Path through Modern Life”
Steven Rinella is an avid outdoorsman with a deep respect for wildlife. He’s also a hunter. Rinella will present a talk “Hunting for Food: An Ancient Path through Modern Life” in the Gorge from 7 to 8 p.m. on October 24.

Rinella uses humor punctuated with stories of amazing and sometimes absurd adventures, ranging from falling through the ice in Michigan to getting poisoned by wild mushrooms in Alaska. Above all, he is a serious journalist and incisive observer. Rinella is the author of The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine (Miramax Books, 2005) and American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon (Random House, 2008). The latter title won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. His writing has appeared in a wide variety of popular publications, including Outside, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and, along with traditional hunting and fishing publications such as Field and Stream and Bowhunter.

Rinella’s visit, his second to GMC, is sponsored by prof. Jim Harding’s NRM 3065: Hunting—History, Ethics, and Management class.


Academic Advising Fair
Join GMC faculty on Monday, October 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. to discuss majors, minors, certificates, and various other programs at GMC. Students will be able to choose an advisor, declare a major, and get program information and advice for spring registration. This event is required for all Images of Nature students.

R.A. Interest Meeting
Meet with members of the R.A. staff on Monday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moses Writers Lounge to find out more about becoming a resident assistant. Residence Life is currently seeking applicants for the spring 2012 semester – applications are due by Friday, October 21.

Indigenous Agriculture, Policy, and Human Migration Information Session
Students interested in joining a 3 credit sustainable agriculture and sociology/anthropology course in Chiapas, Mexico over winter break should attend one of two informational meetings on Wednesday, October 19 in the Dickgeisser Classroom at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m.

In the course, students will study the far-reaching effects of agricultural and environmental policies, indigenous agriculture, and indigenous cultural tradition within a globalized society, and the human migration that occurs in response to both international policy and globalization.

Students will also gain an inside perspective on migration and its relationship to local and transnational forces that affect food security in San Isidro, Chiapas and consequently in Vermont.

No Spanish language skills are required. Upperclassmen will be given preference, but freshmen are welcome to apply. The trip includes homestays and hands-on field work.

For an application, contact Anne Colpitts at or Garland Mason at

SAAC Canned Food Drive
Beginning Monday, October 17 through Monday, October 31, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be conducting its annual canned food drive to benefit the Poultney Food Shelf. Boxes for food drop off will be placed at the following locations: Waldron Athletic Center, Pollock Hall, Withey Hall, and several off campus locations yet to be determined. All are welcome to join SAAC at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31 in Waldron Gym for canned food trick-or-treating around Poultney (please bring your own bag). We will be trick-or-treating from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Progressive Program Information Session
Are you an independent learner looking for challenging options? Find out if one of GMC’s alternative learning programs (interdisciplinary studies, self-designed major, and the progressive program) may be the best pathway for you at an information session held Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Richardson House conference room. For more information, or if you are interested but cannot make the meeting, email Jennifer Baker at

Shakespeare in Prison
On Thursday, October 20 at 12 p.m. in Withey Lobby, there will be an informational meeting on a 3000 level, three-credit independent study for up to three students for spring 2012. Students will participate as actors and acting coaches with the inmates at Great Meadow Correctional Facility maximum-security prison in Comstock, N.Y.

If you are not able to attend this meeting, contact Gary Meitrott immediately at

Shakti Tribal Dance Presents
“Nyx: Goddess of the Night”

On Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge, Shakti Tribal Dance will be holding a special evening of self-styled student performances. Come down to the Gorge to enjoy an evening of music and dance.


Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology, environmental studies) attended the Geological Society of America Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota during Oct 7-11 where he was a co-instructor for a short-course titled "Virtual Field Experiences in Geoscience Education."

He also gave an invited talk in a late-breaking session on Hurricane Irene titled "Geomorphic Impacts of Inland Flooding Following Irene in Vermont" and a digital poster titled "A Model for Using OpenLayers as a Medium for Virtual Geoscience Education: Exploring IODP Cores and Smear Slides Using Gigapixel Imagery."

Additionally, he had a photograph selected for an honorable mention in the 3rd Annual GSA Photo Exhibition, which was on display throughout the meeting.
GMC Energy Dashboard
Grad School Info Session
Steve Rinella to speak at GMC
Faculty Notes

Men's Soccer
10/19, 3:30 p.m. vs. Lyndon St.

Women's Soccer
10/20, 3:30 p.m. vs. Lyndon St.

Women's Volleyball
10/18, 7 p.m. at SUNY Cobleskill
10/22, 1 p.m. vs. Me.-Farmington @ Castleton
10/22, 3 p.m. vs. Colby-Sawyer @ Castleton


10 a.m. - 2 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Academic Advising Fair
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

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

Jazz Band
6 p.m., Ackley Stage

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
7 - 8:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

R.A. Interest Meeting
7:30 p.m., Writers Lounge

Horray for Play
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Guided Meditation
3 - 3:30 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Choir Rehearsal
4 - 5:30 p.m., Ackley 330

7 - 8 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Open Chapel
8 - 10 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Academic Skills Workshop:
Microsoft Excel

1 - 2 p.m.,
Graphics Lab, Griswold Library

Power Yoga
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy
and Reflexology

3 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Chiapas, Mexico Course
Information Session

3 & 4 p.m.,
Dickgeisser Classroom

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

Shakti Tribal Dance - Beginners
6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Graduate School:
Stories out of School

6 p.m., East Room

Progressive Program
Information Session

6:30 p.m., Richardson House

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

Shakti Tribal Dance - Advanced
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakespeare in Prison
Information Session

12 p.m., Withey Lobby

Tea and Brown Bag Lunch
12 - 1 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Breath of Life
12:15 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Relaxing Yoga
7 - 8 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio

Open Chapel
8 - 10 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Horray for Play
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Chiropractic Services
1 - 5 p.m.,
Wellness Center

2 - 3 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Guided Meditation
3 - 3:30 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Nyx, Goddess of the Night

7 p.m., Gorge

Contemporary Dance
12 - 3 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Apple Picking
12 - 5 p.m., Student Life Office