Student Colin Tress '14 and alumna Joanne Coons '72 volunteered to help test circuit connections as the GMC solar installation progressed last week.

Humberto Ramirez at Feick Arts Center

The William Feick Arts Center at GMC welcomes Vermont artist Humberto Ramirez with an exhibit of his recent work. The exhibit will open on Friday, November 15 and will run through December 17. There will be an artist talk on Friday, November 15, at 4 p.m. in Griswold Library’s Dickgeisser Room, followed by a reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Feick Arts Center.

Ramirez, chair of the art department at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont received a BS and MFA from Florida State University. He has exhibited multimedia works nationally and internationally.

Ramirez will be exhibiting acrylic paintings at the Feick. His paintings are created with thin layers in a delicate building process of color and composition. The works are influenced by pop elements, as shown through the use of vibrant colors and flat patterns. Some paintings focus on geometric “mandala” imagery while others are comprised of more freely drawn shapes and patterns that emerge during Ramirez’s creative process.

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Please contact the gallery for more information at 802-287-8398 or

"Grapes of Wrath" Is GMC Fall Theater Production
The Green Mountain College fall theater production is coming soon--Frank Galati's adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath." Performances will be Thursday, November 14 through Saturday November 16 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Theater. This is a powerful ensemble piece that was adapted by a member of the famed Chicago Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The play was performed on Broadway and won the 1990 Tony Award that year. The cast of 18 includes two children of faculty members and an adjunct music professor. The show includes a live three-piece folk band onstage led by music director Gus Bloch.

Michelle McCauley Presents at Speaker Series
picture of Michelle McCauley The community is welcome to attend the third presentation in this year's Psychology Speakers Series. Michelle McCauley, professor of psychology at Middlebury College, will talk about her research on Thursday, November 7 at 11 a.m. in The Gorge. Her research focuses on applying cognitive, social, and developmental theory to problems across multiple domains. She oversees two applied labs: the Children’s Memory Project and the newly developed Conservation Psychology Lab. She occasionally serves as an expert witness and has edited one book dealing with international perspectives on child maltreatment: Child Abuse: A Global View (2001). She received her BA from the University of Iowa in 1985 and her MS and PhD form Florida International University in 1993 and 1995, respectively. Her talk to the GMC community will focus on the work she does in conservation psychology.
"I want to discuss the role individual psychological well-being plays in living in accordance with one’s personal environmental values and begin to pull apart the interaction between social feedback, personal values, and psychological need fulfillment on environmental action," McCauley says.

Journalist, Author Jim Sterba Presents "Nature Wars" November 7
US Department of Education Seal Green Mountain College welcomes journalist and author Jim Sterba for a public presentation Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge, Withey Hall. His program "Nature Wars" is free and open to the public. The program is based on Sterba's recent book Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds, which offers an eye-opening look at how Americans lost touch with the natural landscape, spending 90% of their time indoors where nature arrives via television, films and digital screens. All the while, our well-meaning efforts to protect animals allowed wild populations to burgeon out of control, causing billions of dollars in damage, degrading ecosystems, and touching off disputes that polarized communities. Sterba has worked as a foreign correspondent and national affairs reporter for more than four decades at the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Author Tovar Cerulli Discusses Food Choices November 11
Author Tovar Green Mountain College is pleased to host Tovar Cerulli, author of The Mindful Carnivore—A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance. Cerulli will make a public presentation on Monday, November 11 at 7 p.m. in the Gorge at Withey Hall. Cerulli’s book tells the story of his journey from eschewing not only flesh but all animal products, to becoming (improbably) a hunter. At the age of 20, concerned about the ecological impact of eating meat, Cerulli became a vegetarian, then vegan. “A few years later, having moved back to a rural community from New York City, I realized that all food has its costs. From habitat destruction to grain combines that inadvertently mince rabbits, to the shooting of deer in soybean and lettuce fields, crop production is far from harmless . . . I began to see the question wasn’t what we ate but how that food came to our plates,” he said. Primary sponsorship for Cerulli's visit to GMC is through the class Hunting: History, Ethics, and Management which examines a range of topics and issues related to hunting. Cerulli's book is one of the texts used in the class this semester. His visit coincides with a unit related to food production and game sampling where he will share some of his recipes with students.

Meriel Brooks Class Researches the Poultney River


"Do It in the Dark" Has a Winner!
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Sustainability Coordinator Aaron Witham announced this morning that Cree Hall rose from a 5th place finish last year to claim the "Do It in the Dark" title for 2013. The campus fell just shy of its 10% campus-wide goal of energy reduction. Check out these graphs from the College's Energy Dashboard that shows the effect the competition had on electricity consumption compared to the rest of the year.

Study Abroad: We Can Get You There!
Have you ever thought about studying in Ireland, Japan, Korea, Israel, Italy, Nepal, Wales or even Cuba? GMC can help you realize your dreams! The International Fair will be held in the Withey lobby Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Representatives from numerous organizations and programs will be on hand to answer your questions about all aspects of international study. Students who have already studied abroad will discuss their experiences and give you pointers on where to go and how to go about it. Can’t make it to the fair? No worries! Contact International Programs Director Joel Shapiro ( for an appointment to see how you can expand your horizons.

The GMC Brand: We'd Like Your Feedback
Faculty staff and students are invited to a discussion about the College's brand platform which drives GMC's future marketing efforts. You are invited for a wine and cheese gathering this coming Thursday, November 7 at 4 p.m. in the East Room to provide feedback on the attached document. The brand platform helps drive key messages relevant to the target audiences along with illustration of features, benefits and proofs along the way. Your feedback is welcome!

Mail Room Hours Expanded
The mail room located in the basement of Withey has extended its hours to include Saturdays. The mail room will retain the same hours during the week (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) but has added Saturday to the program. The mail room will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for package pickup.

Organizer and Permaculturalist Jan Spencer Hosts Workshop and Lecture Wednesday Nov. 6
Jan Spencer, of Eugene, Ore., is an advocate in the Pacific Northwest for deep changes to culture and economy. He is a community organizer and influential permaculturalist. Join him for the workshop Reclaiming Suburbia Through Permaculture in the Gorge from 1-3 p.m. Later he will be giving a presentation "Transforming Where We Live - Our Homes Culture and Economy" in The East Room 7-8:30 p.m.

"Stories out of School" Panel Provides Insights on Graduate School
Please join the Office of Career Services, Thursday Nov. 7 from 6-7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall for our annual "Stories out of School" event: The Graduate School Experience. This fun and lively event is sure to provide you with a new perspective on the many different paths graduate schools have to offer. Panelists include: Jessica Cuni, M.F.A. in painting and drawing, Jason Schmitt, Ph.D. in communication, and alumna Jennifer Wilhelm ’00, candidate for Ph.D. in biology. The moderator is Provost William Throop, Ph.D. in philosophy. Refreshments provided by Snowflake Cupcakes! Please direct all inquiries to Maia Hanron.

All Saints Luminary Walk Tomorrow
Tomorrow, Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Labyrinth, luminaries (paper bags with candles inside) will be decorated with the names of "saints" in our lives - people who have passed on to the other side but who are held in our hearts. These luminaries will be set up encircling the labyrinth and then those who gather will walk the labyrinth. Contact Shirley Oskamp at for more information.


Prof. Jason Schmitt (communications) wrote a widely read column in Slate magazine last week about a recent conundrum: what to do about several large cannabis plants he found growing in a remote section of his recently purchased property. Might they have been grown by a neighbor for medical purposes? Would a simple Google search on his personal computer guide him in making a responsible decision -- or would it somehow incriminate him in this age of electronic surveillance? "If we were still living in, say, 2005, when digital culture existed to unite people and not to feed corporate dominance, big-data algorithms, and a fire hose to the NSA, I wouldn’t have felt much concern about searching any and all questions... But the Internet has become a corporate and government commodity," Jason writes. Read the full post here.

This Friday at 3 p.m. prof. Sara Mittlefehldt (natural resource management) will give a talk about her recent book Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Mass. Her book tells the story of the Appalachian Trail's creation. The AT was one of the first in which the National Park Service attempted to create public wilderness space within heavily populated, privately owned lands. On Thursday, Nov. 21, Sara will also be giving a talk at the Phoenix Book Store at 7 p.m. in Burlington. Visit here for more on the Burlington event.

Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) and Cameron Pall '14 gave an invited presentation at the 2014 Access Fund "Educate for Access" conference in New Paltz, N.Y. on November 1, 2013. Their presentation "Strategies for Climber Education" was shared with 60 attendees from across the nation. Audience members included land managers, park rangers, climbing access coordinators, and non-profit directors. The presentation included content on educational theory ranging from didactic techniques to experiential learning strategies, and from social media platforms to ideas from psychologists Vygotsky and Kohlberg. Their presentation can be viewed by clicking on this link.

MSFS student Kristen Schmitt points out that the number of women hunters in the U.S. surged by 25 percent between 2006 and 2011 in her column published over the weekend. She connects this change to family nutrition decisions which have traditionally been the province of women. "In many parts of the country," Kristen writes, "local meat can be difficult to find. Most of the available meat at U.S. grocery stores comes from one of the large-scale commercial farms, often called factory farms, concentrated in a few regions. Hunting offers an alternative to the grocery store that lets women provide truly free-range and organic meat for their families while also helping create a more sustainable food system." Read the article here.

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-"Grapes of Wrath" on tap
-Jim Sterba "Nature Wars"
-Exploring the Poultney River

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