Alex Goldstein '12 and Alan Burnell '12 work on a bike during a chain-lubing workshop as part of GMC's bikeshop, located in the basement of Dunton Hall

Mixed-Media Sculptor Jake Beckman is Artist in Residence
The William Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College is pleased to announce the arrival of Artist-in-Residence Jake Beckman on campus.

Beckman, who will be in residence from November 14-22, will mount an installation of recent work at the Feick Arts Center in addition to creating a site-specific work on campus in collaboration with GMC community volunteers. The gallery exhibit will be on view from November 18, 2011 to January 18, 2012.

The public is invited to the opening reception November 18 from 5-7 p.m. at the Feick, and an artist's lecture, to be given on November 15 at 6 p.m. in Griswold Library.

Striking a tone that is both somber and playful, Beckman uses the visual language of industry and the ingredients of the built environment-coal, sand, iron ore-to explore the memory of a time when Americans were more intimately connected to the processes that constructed and sustained their material world.

The resources we have found, exploited, and imagined as limitless stand within Beckman's work as core referents of our consumption. Through his work, Beckman seeks to understand the contradiction between "progress" (especially western notions of growth and civilization) and impermanence: humanity's role in a larger ecological context.

General gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10-2 p.m., or by appointment. Contact Kerrilee Knights, Gallery Coordinator at (802) 287-8398 for more information.

GMC Theater Presents "The Madwoman of Chaillot"
The Green Mountain College theater program presents "The Madwoman of Chaillot on November 10-12, in Ackley Theater. The play is directed by GMC professor Paula Mann.

The show features twenty Green Mountain College student actors and professional actress Melissa Hurst, who plays the lead role of the Madwoman.

This poetic satire was written by Jean Giradoux in 1943 set in the Café de L'Alma in the Chaillot district of Paris. The story pits the evil forces of corporate executives who want to destroy Paris by prospecting for oil against the poor idealists of the French café life. Although written in 1943 and set in Paris, this play could easily be translated to our current Occupy Wall Street movement.

The play was performed as a musical on Broadway in 1948 and in 1969. The 1948-50 production was praised by the New York Drama Critics's Circle as "one of the most interesting and rewarding plays to have been written within the last twenty years," and possessing "an enveloping and irresistible humor."

Showtime is 7 p.m. each evening. Admission is free for GMC students and $10 for the general public.

GMC Welcomes Beth Clarke ’07 as Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability coordinator Amber Garrard is leaving Green Mountain College to become the new sustainability project manager for outreach and engagement at Yale University.

"We are sad to see Amber go, but this opportunity is a tribute to all she has helped GMC to achieve over the last three years," said GMC Provost Bill Throop in a notice to the campus community. "When the Ivy League recruits from the Eco League, we know that GMC is really achieving national leadership in sustainability."

The College will host a going away gathering today at 2 p.m. in the Pollock conference room. During her three years at GMC Amber led the College's sustainability efforts, developing campus greenhouse gas inventories for 2009 and 2011. She launched the Green Jobs Corps and the Eco-Rep program and helped administer the Student Campus Greening Fund.

During her tenure, Green Mountain was twice recognized as one of the greenest colleges in the nation by Sierra magazine and became the second college in the nation to achieve climate neutrality.

The College is pleased to welcome Beth Clarke '07 as the new sustainability coordinator for the remainder of the academic year. Beth was a top student in environmental studies with a concentration in policy. She worked at General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y. for three years after graduation where she was promoted to associate project manager, and led a team in the delivery, installation and commissioning of 336 wind turbines valued at $700 million dollars.

While at GE, Beth was awarded a GE Performance Award for wind projects in 2008. Beth has also worked as an energy intern with Optimal Energy in Bristol, Vt. and as a research intern at Casella Waste Systems in Rutland.

Mark Orlowski at GMC
On Tuesday, November 8 from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Dickgeisser Classroom, Mark Orlowski, director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute will speak on behalf of “The Billion Dollar Green Challenge” which promotes revolving loan funds that small colleges can use to pay for energy efficiency projects and other sustainability initiatives.

Sponsored by GMC’s sustainability office and service learning program, this program is suited for business and environmental studies majors, social activists, REED students, and anyone interested in energy efficiency on campus. For more information, contact Jacob Park at

Faculty Colloquium:
John Van Hoesen

On Wednesday, November 9 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Terrace 124, prof. John Van Hoesen (geology, environmental studies) will present “Ocean Drilling for ‘Good’ Aboard the JOIDES Resolution: Developing Virtual Field Experiences Using Gigapixel Imagery and Web 2.0 Technology.”

This presentation is open to the GMC community.

Justin Birzon to Speak at GMC
On Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 in the East Room, Justin Birzon, a practicing attorney in New York and Connecticut, will give a public talk on the legal framework of natural disaster preparation.

After receiving his BA in environmental studies at the University of Rochester, Justin received his J.D. from Albany Law School, and recently earned his LLM in environmental law at Pace Law School. He is also an Issue Editor for The Environmental Lawyer, the New York State Bar Association’s environmental law journal. Much of Justin’s work has been on educating local officials to empower their municipalities to address climate change and sustainability.

The talk is co-sponsored by the pre-law program and the speaker's bureau.

Book Discussion is a Success
By Bruna Lobato
Last Tuesday, students joined a discussion on the book Why Empathy is Essential- and Endangered, Born For Love in Ackley Chapel.

The book, written by Maia Szalavitz & Bruce D. Perry, is an analysis of how empathy develops and what can be done to increase the capacity to love and take care of others.

“The book . . . brings science to emotions and connections, which I find fascinating. It confirmed my thought that we can break everything down into science, even emotions,” said Alice Smolinsky ’12.

Born For Love provides insights into how to fight against the negative influences of modern life and encourages beneficial social changes.

The Quality of Life Group and the Genetics of Human Behavior class got together for this discussion, which was hosted by the Quality of Life Committee at Green Mountain College.


GRE/LSAT Study Sessions
This week, career services will be offering study sessions for the GRE and LSAT. This is an excellent opportunity to learn strategies for studying and types of questions asked, as well as what to expect on exam day.

Study materials from the test are welcome. For more information, contact career services.

GRE (Graduate Record Exam) Workshops
Tuesday, November 8
December 6
3 p.m., Special Collections Reading Room (2nd floor of Griswold Library)

LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
Sunday, November 13
1 – 4 p.m., Special Collections Reading Room (2nd floor of Griswold Library)

Sustainable Business Internship Presentations
On Wednesday, November 9 from 9:30 a.m. – noon in room 1 of Griswold Library, students in the sustainable business program will be presenting their student management internships.

Annual Faculty/Staff Volleyball Game
On Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Dome, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee will be holding its annual faculty and staff volleyball game. Any faculty or staff interested in participating in this exciting and slightly competitive event should email Emily Heale at or Marybeth Lennox at

Mountaintop Removal Roadshow
On Thursday, November 10, from 6 - 7 p.m. in the East Room, activists from Kentucky and West Virginia will talk about the effects of mountaintop removal and their work to stop these destructive practices. Members of RAMPS, a non-violent direct action campaign based in the southern coal fields of West Virginia, will also be speaking about their work to stop strip mining and mountaintop removal.

Really Really Free Market
A Really Really Free Market is a community gathering where participants bring and give away absolutely free, any usable items, skills, ideas, smiles, talents, friendship, excitement, discussions, games and others things we as a community can come together to share.

See what a really really free market is all about this Saturday, November 12 from 1 – 7 p.m. at the Tiny Theater on Main Street in downtown Poultney.

Occupy Wall Street Donation Drive
Students in the Multiculturalism and Diversity Awareness class will be collecting donations and care packages this week during meals in Withey Lobby in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

They will be collecting money, toiletries, non-perishable food, socks, gloves, hats, scarves, and anything else that the protestors may need, and on the morning of Saturday, November 19, students will be driving down to New York City to deliver the care packages.

Office Freepo is Always Open
As you are writing your papers this semester, remember that the Office Freepo has stylish report covers to give your work a great first impression. There are also markers, pencils, pens, notebooks, and tons of paper that you can use. Do some free shopping at the Office Freepo in the basement of Pollock Hall.

Be a GreenMAP Leader
Become a part of the most exciting Student Leadership Opportunity on campus! GreenMAP Leader Applications have been extended until December 1. Visit our website for the commitment, prerequisites, application and training dates.

Lake Champlain Water Quality Meetings
GMC community members interested in the beauty and recreation of the Lake Champlain area or those concerned about the water quality of its rivers and streams, please join the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District (PMNRCD) on November 17 for meetings with local and state representatives.

Keep an eye out for more information on these meetings in next Monday’s Journal (11/14/11).


Prof. Steven Letendre (economics, environmental studies) recently participated in a working session with Vermont’s renewable energy leaders in Burlington to plan policy strategies to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in Vermont. The meeting involved several board members of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), Vermont’s renewable energy industry association which Dr. Letendre serves on as the board treasurer. The meeting resulted in a set of proposed strategies that provide a holistic approach to meeting Vermont’s energy needs for electricity, home heating, and transportation.

In addition, Dr. Letendre submitted comments to the Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) on their draft Comprehensive Energy Plan. The comments were focused on the electric vehicle section of the energy plan. Dr. Letendre urged the DPS to begin focusing smart grid efforts to manage the charging of an emerging fleet of plug-in cars and take advantage of vehicle-to-grid opportunities in the region.

Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) recently published an abstract in the 2011 Proceedings of the 24th Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Conference. The abstract, entitled "The Transfer of Expedition Behavior Skills from the National Outdoor Leadership School to Life Post-Course" is co-authored with Jim Sibthorp from the University of Utah. The study determined that the small group behavior skills learned on wilderness expeditions transferred to life post-course. This work builds upon the literature that supports the efficacy of outdoor education programs to develop prosocial behaviors in adolescents.

Artist Jake Beckman at GMC
GMC Welcomes Beth Clarke '07
Faculty Colloquium: JVH
Faculty Notes


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

Horray for Play
12 - 12:45 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

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

GRE Workshop
3 - 4 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

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

7 - 8 p.m., Ackley Chapel

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

Faculty Colloquium Series:
John Van Hoesen

12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

Academic Skills Workshop:
Balanced Lifestyles

1 - 2 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

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

Massage Therapy
and Reflexology

3 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

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

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

Justin Birzon Presentation
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., East Room

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

Staff/Faculty Volleyball Game
7 p.m., Eagle Dome

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

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

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

Mountaintop Removal Roadshow
6 - 7 p.m., East Room

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

"Madwoman of Chaillot"
7 p.m., Ackley Theatre

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

"Madwoman of Chaillot"
7 p.m., Ackley Theatre

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

Really Really Free Market
1 - 7 p.m., Tiny Theater

"Madwoman of Chaillot"
7 p.m., Ackley Theatre