Students in the mountain biking class enjoy the fall foliage at Pine Hill Park in Rutland. Learn more about the class below.

Green Mountain College Announces Affordability Plan
Green Mountain College announced at fall open house last week that it is enhancing its current commitment to assisting families in paying for a GMC education by mounting an ambitious multi-year affordability plan. The plan addresses academic merit scholarships, Make-a-Difference scholarships, and need-based grants to attract the most motivated and prepared students. All of the affordability strategies being implemented are designed to assist in lowering the average debt for all graduating students.

The affordability plan will continue to make Green Mountain a valued choice for Vermonters, students from across the US and around the globe. Mapping affordability starts with the prospective student's basic financial understanding (sometimes referred to as "financial literacy"). With just basic knowledge of total "net" cost, families can better appreciate the value and the impact of a successful GMC undergraduate experience and future prospects for graduate school placement and the working world.

See the whole plan here.

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. tonight.

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.

Provost Appointed Board Chair of AASHE
Green Mountain College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. William Throop was elected chair of the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) effective Jan. 1, 2012 during the organization's annual conference in Pittsburgh earlier this month.

AASHE was founded in 2005 to help coordinate and strengthen sustainability efforts in higher education across the nation. Since that time it has grown to more than 1100 institutional members and become a thought leader on sustainability.

Dr. Throop holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University, and he is a nationally recognized scholar in environmental ethics. He is one of the principal architects of the College's Environmental Liberal Arts (ELA). more...

Faculty Colloquium: Matt Mayberry
On Wednesday, October 26 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Terrace 124, prof. Matt Mayberry (business) will kick off the 2011 Faculty Colloquium Series, discussing a framework for GMC’s strategic planning process through a systems lens to help develop an overall goal for Green Mountain College that could be realized by 2017.

There will be an opportunity for discussion following the presentation.

Bubriski Receives Praise from Congressman
Prof. Kevin Bubriski recently received a commendation from Congressman John Garamendi for his contribution to the Peace Corps Writers 50th Anniversary Celebration held September 22 in Washington D.C.

Bubriski's book Portrait of Nepal was based on his return in 1984 to the country he had served as a Peace Corps volunteer years earlier. Portrait of Nepal was chosen to be part of a special Library of Congress Peace Corps collection of 284 books published between 1964 and 2011.

"Whatever the subject, these books are representative of the creativity, scholarship, and knowledge of the developing world of authors with Peace Corps service," according to the Library of Congress.

Bubriski was also a featured guest at a September 23 event hosted by the India China Institute and The New School at the Theresa Lang Center in New York. Bubriski launched his new book Maobadi at the event which was headlined by a conversation with Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, prime minster of Nepal and vice-chair do the Unified Communist party of Nepal, titled "What is the Relevance of Marxism in the 21st Century?" Panelists included attorney, sociologist and educator David Van Zand and Andrew Arato, professor of political and social theory.

Bubriski also has nine photographs in the show "Photographing the Street: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka" at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The exhibit opened October 15 and will be on display through October 28. It will then travel to all the eight SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries over the next three years.

Stories Out of School
by Bruna Lobato
Last Wednesday, faculty members Laird Christensen, Sarah Mittlefehldt, Jen Sellers, and John Van Hoesen shared their graduate school experiences in an East Room forum. The event, sponsored by Career Services, was designed to help GMC students get into a graduate school, give advice on how to finance their studies, and show how to be “someone in a crowd” through sharing their experiences from school.

“It was a very informative, interactive, and accessible opportunity, and was a good way to bridge the gap between students and faculty. And it was fun,” said Tom Timon ’14.

All the professors emphasized the importance of building a good relationship with your college professors, doing volunteer work, developing network connections, and having a good story to tell from your years in college.

“Apply to a range of schools: big, mediocre, and small ones,” moderator Bill Throop, GMC’s provost, suggested. “Also, always check if the program is accredited.”

The biggest advantage of being in a small liberal arts college is that you can be close to your professors, learn a lot from their experiences, and even be able to get letters of reference from renowned faculty.

“Come to our next ‘Stories Out of School,’ but remember that you don’t have to wait for it! Go talk to your favorite professors whenever you can,” said Throop.

Students Gain Many Skills in Mountain Bike Class
Soil, water, and flora/fauna ecology, as well as special event assistance and service opportunities are just a few of the highlights for those enrolled in the essentials of mountain biking this fall. During labs, students ride primarily at Pine Hill Park in Rutland, but also spend time in the campus bike shop located in the basement of Dunton developing mechanical acumen.

“Students gain confidence and can save a lot of money through learning how to fix bikes, which provides avenues for employment as cycling is becoming a growing avenue for outreach programming in the United States” says instructor Tom Stuessy.

Stuessy also mentions that the course’s curriculum covers land access, protection, and how community and state politics in tandem with professional organizations play a major role in the development of sustainable trail systems.

“Students learn about area resources and how profound a simple activity like cycling can be in developing social capital and creating opportunities for all walks of life to engage their community; cyclists or not.”

The adventure education program plans to offer the course every other fall and non-majors are welcome to enroll.

Roots of Creation to Play at GMC
The self-described “reggae-jam dubtronica hybrid” band Roots of Creation will come back to GMC this Wednesday, October 26 at 9 p.m. in the Gorge.

Roots of Creation create their sound from a plethora of styles. Starting with a strong base in reggae and roots-rock, they tastefully add elements of dub, electronica and dance to guitar-heavy progressions. This New Hampshire quartet is known not just for their music, but their intoxicating live performances as well.

Roots of Creation has played with bands such as Eek-a-Mouse, the RZA, the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Israel Vibration, and Bassnectar, just to name a few. Make sure to join them this Wednesday!


Vermont Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project
On Tuesday, Oct. 25th, the Vermont Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project will be giving a presentation in the East Room from 6-7pm. Danilo Lopez, a farmworker leader, will share his personal story, and talk about environmental and social justice issues in Vermont. This talk is free and open to the public.

Transfer Student Social
In honor of GMC’s new transfer students, join Career Services for a social on Wednesday, October 26 to meet fellow transfers and enjoy some refreshments.

Please RSVP by October 24 to

Visual Arts Internship Presentations
Visual Art Internship Presentations will be held in Griswold 2 at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday October 26. All arts-related majors are invited to join faculty and presenters at dinner in Withey beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Poultney Woodshed Project Meeting
On Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the East Room, there will be an information session for landowners, the greater Poultney community, and the GMC community to talk about our work on developing a local community-scaled energy movement based on sustainable forestry, and the College's efforts in seeking local, sustainable sources of biomass for our new plant.

Film Screening: “A Civil Action”
On Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Terrace 124, students of environmental law and policy invite you to a free screening of the film "A Civil Action" staring John Travolta. This film depicts a real life case from Massachusetts where a small group of residents banded together to fight against companies who polluted their water wells with toxic chemicals. Following the film, environmental law students will lead a brief discussion.

For more information, please contact Sam Edwards at

Moses Coffeehouse Grand Opening
Join fellow students for good coffee and casual conversation during the grand opening of the Moses Coffeehouse this Friday, October 28 from 7 p.m. – midnight. The coffeehouse is located in the basement of Moses Hall (the side facing North).

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Join CPB on October 29 for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and check out the debut of Ackley’s new projector and screen for a real movie-going experience. Wear your costume and enjoy the show!

In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But is Harry who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climatic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

Showtimes are at 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Thinking of studying abroad in Spring 2012?
You need to start planning now! Even if you won’t be traveling with a GMC-sponsored program, it’s not too late to get your courses pre-approved and apply your non-GMC financial aid to your program. If you plan to study abroad with a non-GMC program in the spring, you need to submit an “Intent to Participate” form by November 1 and complete all paperwork by December 1 to receive course pre-approval and help from the financial aid office to transfer your non-GMC aid.

Make an appointment to meet with Anne Colpitts, director of international programs, as soon as possible at

3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament Signup
Students Casey McGill and Emma Lord will be raising money for the Poultney Food Shelf with a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament on November 11 from 7 – 10 p.m. in the Waldron Gym. There will be a registration fee of $15 for teams of three. First and second place finishers will receive a gift card for a local business.

To sign up, contact Emma Lord at or Casey McGill at Students can also stop by Moses 357 to register.


Prof. Laird Christensen (English, environmental studies), spent October 22-24 at the Glen Brook Writers Retreat in Marlborough, NH. Now in its 26th year, Glen Brook draws together nature writers and editors from around the Northeast for a weekend of discussions, workshops, and readings. This year Laird read from a new essay, “If a Tree Falls in the Forest” — a reflection on federal attempts to manage logging practices in ways that attempt to maintain endangered species habitat.

Prof. Paul Hancock (economics) and Karrah Johnston '11 co-presented a paper at the 2011 Conference of the Union for Radical Political Economics on Saturday, October 1 at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y. Their paper was titled "Forced March: Immigration Policy, I.C.E. and the Increased Oppression of Low-Wage Migrant Labor." Jennifer Rosenbaum, counsel for the National Guestworker Alliance, was a co-presenter. The conference theme was "The War on the Working Class."

Christina Fabrey, director of academic support services, is a contributing author to a new book titled The AD/HD Awareness Book Project: 365 Ways to Succeed with AD/HD. This book, containing contributions from co-authors in the fields of medicine, nursing, coaching, nutrition, therapy, research, and education, presents practical tips and strategies that individuals can use to improve the daily management of AD/HD. The book was released on October 11, 2011 in celebration of National AD/HD Awareness Week.

Prof. Teresa Coker (environmental education) attended the North American Association of Environmental Education’s Annual Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina Oct. 12 - 15 where she co-presented “Making a Case for EE in Academia.” She also was elected chair of the Professional Development and Teacher Education Special Interest Group.

Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies, farm and food director) was recently the keynote address at the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Penn., with a presentation titled “Playful Practicality.” Additionally, he presented at the “Seeding the Change” conference at Dickinson College with a presentation titled “The Practical Arts & the Liberal Arts: Cross-Pollination on the College Farm.”

Later this week, Philip will be heading to Lakeside, Montana to give a keynote address titled “Sustainability Begins at Home” for the annual AERO meeting.
Steve Rinella to speak at GMC
GMC's Mountain Bike Class
Roots of Creation at GMC
Faculty Notes

Men & Women's XC
10/30, 11 a.m. (men) & 12 p.m. (women) NAC Championship

Men's Soccer
10/25, 3:30 p.m. at New England College

Women's Soccer
10/25, 3:30 p.m. at New England College

Women's Volleyball
10/26, 7 p.m. vs. Paul Smith's


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

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

Steve Rinella:
Hunting for Food

7 - 8 p.m., Gorge

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

Vermont Migrant Farmworkers
Solidarity Project Presentation

6 - 7 p.m., East Room

7 - 8 p.m., Ackley Chapel

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

Faculty Colloquium:
Matthew Mayberry

12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

Academic Skills Workshop:
Microsoft Powerpoint

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

Resume & Cover Letter Tutorial
4 p.m.,
Room 2, Griswold Library

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

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

Transfer Student Social
6 - 7:30 p.m.,
Moses Writers Lounge

Visual Arts
Internship Presentations

6:30 p.m., Griswold 2

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

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

Film Showing:
"A Civil Action"

7:30 p.m., Terrace 124

Roots of Creation
9 p.m., Gorge

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

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

Poultney Woodshed
Project Meeting

7 - 8:30 p.m., East Room

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

Grand Opening:
Moses Coffeehouse

7 p.m., Moses Coffeehouse

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

CPB Movie: Harry Potter
7:30 & 10 p.m.,
Ackley Theater