Students in last year's Chiapas, Mexico travel course. With the success of last years program, a second excursion in planned for May See story below.

hurricane sandy Hurricane Watch
As Hurricane Sandy moves up the eastern seaboard, we are monitoring the storm closely and aligning our resources through our Emergency Response Plan Framework to ensure safety of all individuals on the GMC campus.

As of this morning, the main effect on Vermont’s Champlain Valley from the storm is expected to be high winds, particularly between late today and early Tuesday. Forecasters now say that, due to the high winds, we can expect power outages in our part of Vermont. We are planning for the possibility of these outages. Everyone should check that flashlights, cell phones, and electronics are fully charged and in working order.

Please check the National Weather Service website before undertaking any travel and be aware that winds will be stronger in higher elevations, and rain will be heavier in southern Vermont and southern New England. It is expected that College operations will proceed as normal. Employees should contact their supervisors if they have a particular concern and we ask supervisors to show flexibility.

We’ll send out additional updates as more information becomes available. The following are important information items at this time:
  • Students, staff, faculty and family members should consult the GMC home page as we will use this along with the GMC Facebook for updates posted when appropriate.

  • Emails will also be sent to the campus community regarding any appropriate safety precautions.

  • In the event of any emergency the College will utilize the Rave Alert emergency notification system. The GMC Emergency Response Team is monitoring of the storm conditions and will also work with local and state agencies to best assure communications.

  • All students on the Poultney campus are encouraged to move their cars off the lower parking lot and away from trees by noon today. Please use the upper parking lots including the commuter parking areas until further notice.
For further information related to the GMC Campus Emergency Response Plan consult:

Students, faculty and staff are asked to monitor email and the GMC homepage for updates.

mexico course Chiapas, Mexico Travel Course Session
After a successful pilot course during winter break of 2011-2012, the Chiapas, Mexico field course is slated to run again in May 2013.

The course focuses on the impact of national and international political and economic policies on the lives of small farming indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico.

Through this course, students examine the relationship between these policies and the massive human migration from Chiapas to the U.S. and to Vermont in particular.

The 3000-level course includes rural homestays and hands-on fieldwork.

There will be three information sessions early this week. Due to the possibility of Hurricane Sandy, students are very strongly encouraged to attend an information session today, Monday, October 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Dickgeisser room in the basement of Griswold.

Depending on weather, there will be an additional information session at 7 p.m. tonight, and at 12:30 on Tuesday, October 30, also in the Dickgeisser classroom.

Applications are due November 5. For more information, or to receive a copy of the application, email Garland Mason at

Spring Semester Highlights
The leaves are barely off the trees and already we are looking forward to an exciting spring semester, with registration for spring semester just one week away. Here are just a few of the new course offerings and exciting learning opportunities to consider:

We have three international study courses:
  • Morocco: Arab, European, and African Fusion (January)

  • Mexico Study Tour: Food Security, Sustainable Economies & Human Migration (January)

  • Pilgrimage to Ireland (May)
Prof. Sam Edwards is offering “Special Topics: Animal Law” for the first time.

Prof. Karen Fleming’s “Entrepreneurship II” course will involve students in actually creating a new business.

Prof. Meghana Karnik-Henry created a new ELA course titled “The Brain, Behavior, and Our Moral Selves.” Also new in ELA is prof. Drew Bentley’s “Daily Nature Doses and Human Health.”

The College is offering many more one-credit sustainability skills courses on basic vet care, wildcrafting, draft animal logging and carpentry.

The art department announces a range of spring course offerings with no prerequisites. Dive into the darkroom in analog photography, get your hands dirty in “Ceramics I,” and get to know the body and how it works in “Drawing from the Human Form.” A new advanced art history special topics course “Contemporary Art Theory” beings us into the 21st century.

New in food and agriculture are “Food Justice,” “Food Safety” and “Agriculture and Food Policy.” Two new graduate courses include “Agriculture and Energy” and “Food System Leverage – Marketing.”

We have a number of great speakers including Dr. Tim McCarthy, director of the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University, who will speak on human trafficking on January 22.

There is a lot to look forward to next semester—stay tuned for more.

Do It In The Dark Energy Conservation Challenge
In the interest of reducing Green Mountain College's energy use in a fun and exciting way, the Sustainability Office is reintroducing an energy conservation challenge called “Do It In The Dark.”

Do It In The Dark is a week long challenge starting Monday, October 29 at 8 p.m. and ending Monday, November 5 at 8 p.m. Students will be encouraged to reduce their energy usage by turning out the lights when they leave their rooms, unplugging items when they aren't is use, and studying in the library instead of their rooms. Every student who pledges to participate will receive an “I Pledge To Do It In The Dark!” sticker. The energy use reduction will be measured by comparing the energy use from the week before to the energy use during the week of the challenge.

The residence hall that reduces its energy use the most (for instance a 40% electricity use reduction) will receive a local food party with pizza, Vermont Bean Crafters burgers and Wilcox ice cream. The money saved by the school from the overall energy reduction will be put into the Green Revolving Loan Fund. The Green Revolving Loan Fund is a new fund totaling $30,000 that the College has set aside for energy efficiency improvements on campus. Money that is saved through energy efficiency projects gets funneled back into the fund and is then available for more efficiency projects.

To kick off the challenge, there will be an Earth Hour event at 8 p.m. on Monday, October 29. All students will be encouraged to turn off and unplug everything in their dorm rooms, go onto the green in front of Withey bringing instruments and anything that makes noise, and participate in an impromptu flash mob song event.

GMC encourages you to participate in the challenge to reduce your energy use, contribute to the Green Revolving Loan Fund, and do it in the dark!

What’s in a name?
It’s official! We have a winner and our majestic mascot has a name!

For over 30 years our eagle has endured the misfortune of a true identity crisis. Now that disconnect is ancient history and our eagle can proudly soar!

The process to name our eagle started earlier this month when students, faculty, staff, alumni and Facebook contributors were asked to provide names for the Green Mountain College eagle mascot. Out of those nominations, 10 nominations were selected to be included in the final vote. The three day voting period was held Monday, October 15 – Wednesday, October 17 in the Withey Hall lobby and a winner was chosen.

The top three names, as voted on by the students, faculty and staff were: Sven, Larry and Talon. Talon, nominated on Facebook by a GMC alumnus, came in third. Sven, nominated by GMC student Kim Blank, came in close second. “Taking the title” was Larry, nominated by student Mike Smith!

Thanks to all who participated in the nomination and voting process. Make sure you say hi to Larry the Eagle next time you see him on campus!


Career Corner
Practical Job Preparation in the Classroom

On Thursday, October 11, Career Services visited prof. Jacob Park’s junior seminar to work though the “Career Decision-Making Pyramid.”

Students were assigned to self-reflect on several skills employers find most useful, including communications, teamwork skills, motivation/initiative and so on. Students rated themselves from below average to outstanding in each of these skills and then gave personal examples of a time in their lives where they had applied them.

What students found particularly challenging was being able to define what these skills were and furthermore, how could they articulate them during a networking opportunity or when speaking with a potential employer. So many factors came into play, ranging from tone, relevance, clarity of thought, and presentation. A major take-away was that it takes practice to succinctly and convincingly get your thoughts across. It was an extremely effective exercise in articulation!

Students, if you are interested in running through a similar exercise, please do not hesitate to reach out to Maia Hanron-Sanford in Career Services.

Faculty, if you would like Career Services to conduct a similar exercise, please reach out to schedule a class visit.

Other upcoming events:
  • Grant Writing Workshop with President Paul Fonteyn
    Monday, November 5
    6 - 7 p.m.
    Terrace 124.

  • Resume and Cover Letter Building
    Tuesday, November 6
    6 - 7 p.m.
    Wednesday, November 7
    12 - 1 p.m.
    Griswold 2nd floor Graphics Lab.

Eco League Information Session
Interested in studying in Arizona, Maine, Wisconsin, or Alaska? Find out about Eco League semester exchanges and combined field courses at the Eco League information session Monday, October 29 from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. in Terrace 121.

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.

This Tuesday, October 30 at 7 p.m., the Tiny Theatre will be showing two documentaries: Warming Up in Mongolia & Oil on Ice.

Learn more about Warming Up in Mongolia here.
Learn more about Oil on Ice here.

Trick or Treat at GMC
This Halloween, make your way around campus to various staff and faculty offices for a treat (or maybe a trick!). Stay tuned to your email for an announcement set to go out tomorrow afternoon with a list of all participating offices.


  • This past Saturday, October 20, prof. Jen Powers (education) accompanied elementary special education major Tian Jiang to visit the Albany Free School, where GMC student Zuleika Irvin is spending the school year interning. Information about this amazing, democratic-model private k-8 school can be found here.
Hurricane Watch
Mexico Travel Course
Spring Semester 2013
Faculty/Student Notes


Gentle Yoga
2 - 3 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Chiapas, Mexico Info Session
2:30 p.m.,
Dickgeisser Classroom

Eco League Info Session
4:30 - 5:15 p.m.,
Terrace 121

Vinyasa Yoga
5:15 - 6:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Chiapas, Mexico Info Session
7 p.m.,
Dickgeisser Classroom

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

Chiapas, Mexico Info Session
12:30 p.m.,
Dickgeisser Classroom

4 - 4:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Stories Out of School:
The Graduate School Experience

6 - 7:30 p.m.,
East Room

Film Showing:
Warming Up in Mongolia
& Oil on Ice

7 p.m.,
Tiny Theatre

Trick or Treat
GMC staff offices

Massage Therapy
3 - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center

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

Vinyasa Yoga
5:15 - 6:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance:

6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

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


Tae Kwon Do
12 - 1 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.,
Wellness Center
*Please schedule in advance*