This fall semester, 21 GMC students are participating in the first ever REED block course. The 15-credit intensive challenges the students with designing and building a solar charging station for the farm's new electric vehicle. The structure contains a large storage shed, loft space, work bench, and a 24-foot long germination wall. Students oversee every aspect of both the design and construction phase. Skill sets utilized and improved upon include topics such as cold climate carpentry, electrical wiring and design, as well as installing a 3.8 kilowatt photo voltaic array. Two alums, Khanti Munro and Garrison Riegel, returned to GMC to facilitate the installation of 16 panels. In addition to the panels, the garage utilizes passive sources of solar as well. The building is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving.

Pat Swyler at The Feick
This Friday, November 16, The Feick will celebrate ceramic sculptor and pottery artist Pat Swyler at her opening reception at 5 p.m. The show, entitled “Serenity” will be on display at the gallery through December 14.

Swyler’s work is largely influenced by the human body. She believes that the forms she creates are able to express themselves through the body language depicted in her work.

“The symbolic and transient is conveyed through hand positions, postures, facial expressions or included object. The figures are seers and intermediaries who comfort, guide, protect or reveal life’s innermost secrets; they are sentinels at the gates of eternity,” says Swyler.

Her work is also largely influenced by Medieval, Egyptian, Renaissance, and Asian sculptures from the past. This influence is easily translated to her work as there is a clear nod to this historic iconography when viewing Swyler’s pieces.

Swyler’s medium of choice is clay but she also applies a mixed media approach to her work. The majority of her work is earthenware and porcelain fired while in an oxidizing atmosphere in an electric kiln.

The exhibition and all events are free and open to the public. General gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Please contact the gallery for more information at 802.287.8398 or

“Do it in the Dark 2012” Winner Announced
The winner of this year’s “Do it in the Dark” challenge is Sage Hall with a 16.3% reduction in their electricity use over the previous week. They will receive a local food party, which is already being planned.

North and Lyman made the most significant gross reductions at 213 and 200 kWhs, respectively.

The total savings from all of the dorms was 933.76 kWhs. If we were to keep up these behavioral changes, we would save 48,555 kWhs over the course of a year and over $6,215 just in the residence halls.

The final tallies are below:
1. Sage – 16.13 % (74.15 kWhs)
2. North – 12.46% (212.56 kWhs)
3. Bogue – 8.17% (94.34 kWhs)
4. Lyman – 7.63% (199.88 kWhs)
5. Cree – 5.29% (125.63 kWhs)
6. Ames – 4.31% (158.56 kWhs)
7. Moses – 3.32% (68.64 kWhs)

Alumni Speaker Series
GMC’s office of career services will be hosting two GMC alumni this week as part of this year’s Alumni Speaker Series.

On Monday, November 12, Bailey Ray ’08 will be on campus for two presentations open to the campus community.

Having completed her masters, Bailey now works as a web content developer for Lesley University in Boston. She recently co-authored with Susanne Leonard a chapter for a volume of essays on film and gender titled “Screening the Dark Side of Love: From Euro Horror to American Cinema.”

She will be speaking in prof. Mitch LesCarbeau’s class from 1 – 2:15 p.m. in Ackley 336. Following that, she will be speaking in prof. Laird Christensen’s Native American Renaissance class from 6 – 7:15 p.m. in Bogue 017.

On Tuesday, November 13, Ian Foertsch ’09 will be on campus for two presentations open to the campus community.

Ian currently works as a forest technician with the timberland division of LandVest in Northern Vermont. Recently, he conducted a public survey of small woodlot owners to investigate the landowner-consulting forester relationship as part of his masters of forestry program at the University of Maine, which he will be completing soon.

He will be speaking in prof. Chris Brooks’ Public Policy and the Environment class from 11:45 – 12:15 p.m. in Griswold 002. Following that, he will be speaking in prof. Jim Harding’s Intro to NRM class from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. in Bogue 019.

GMC Hosts Vermont Campus Compact
On Wednesday, November 14, the November meeting of the Vermont Campus Compact Network will be held at Green Mountain College.

Vermont Campus Compact is a statewide consortium of 17 college and university presidents committed to creating a flourishing democracy. They work with members to strengthen communities and educate for informed and active citizenship.

VCC presidents believe that through sustained and creative student, faculty and institutional engagement with communities, higher education can help prepare tomorrow’s civic and social leaders while strengthening communities and improving lives in Vermont and elsewhere.

GMC’s president Dr. Paul Fonteyn serves as the chair of VCC’s board of directors. GMC faculty/staff interested in attending should contact prof. Jacob Park directly.

November Music Performances at GMC
Green Mountain College is offering several free public musical performances this month. On November 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall, the Green Mountain College & Community Concert Band will perform works by Bach, Grieg and Vaughan Williams. Additional highlights will include folk songs from the Southern Appalachians, and four Balkan Songs arranged for band.

On November 18 at 3:30 pm., the GMC Cantorion, harpsichordist James Cassarino, and visiting classical guitarist Darren O’Neill will present “An Afternoon of Madrigals,” a concert featuring English madrigals and instrumental music at the Feick Arts Center on campus. Both events are free and open to the public.


Career Corner
November is National Career Development Month!

Here are three things you can do now to get ahead:

1. Hit the books. In a recent Job Outlook Survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 78.3% of respondents stated that they screen candidates by their GPA.

2. Identify the professional associations or certification agencies within your future career field. Visit their websites to learn more about upcoming events or job requirements.

3. Write your elevator speech and summarize your education, experience and career goals. You never know when you might run into someone who can connect you to your dream job.

Be sure to attend the presentations by alumni Bailey Ray '08 and Ian Foertsch '09! See the article above for more information.

Film Showing: A Civil Action
Students in the environmental law and policy program will be hosting a free showing of the film “A Civil Action” starring John Travolta on Monday, November 12 at 8 p.m. in Terrace 124.

Jonathan Harr's nonfiction bestseller was a shot in the arm for those seeking more than last-minute heroics akin to a John Grisham thriller. Here was a labyrinthine case involving industrial pollution by two highly regarded corporations, contaminated drinking water, and the deaths of innocent children in New England, circa 1981. The case has hundreds of twists and takes our hero--a steady, respectable lawyer named Jan Schlichtmann--and turns his life into personal disaster. Instead of celebrating the law, the story is a maddening and rewarding look at the elusiveness of the courtroom case.

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, November 13 at 7 p.m., the Tiny Theatre will be showing the documentary: The Food Stamped.

Learn more about The Food Stamped here.

Fall Wellness Fair
On Wednesday, November 14 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Withey Lobby, join the wellness center for the fall wellness fair.

The Wellness Fair is an opportunity for area practitioners and vendors to showcase alternative approaches to health and well-being. At the fair, you will find valuable information on a variety of wellness and holistic health topics that might include chiropractic care, spiritual guidance, earth medicine, transformational counseling and natural food products/supplements. Chair massage, samples and demonstrations will be available along with herbal remedies and healthy snacks.

Community Conversation: The River/Riparian Zone Damage
On Wednesday, November 14 from 4 – 5 p.m. in the East Room, the Student Campus Greening Fund (SCGF) invites the Green Mountain College community to an open forum to discuss the proper use and location of activities at the river. Areas used by students are often left littered and many community members have expressed concern for the overall health of the riparian zone and riverbank ecosystem.

Holiday Craft Fair
GMC’s third annual Holiday Craft Fair will be taking place on December 7th from 11:30 to 1:30 in the Withey Hall Lobby, put on by the Staff Assembly and the Quality of Life Committee. Students, staff, and faculty will be selling a variety of craft goods in time for the holiday season. Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Allison Cota ( to reserve a space.

Winter Parking Ban
A friendly reminder from the village of Poultney to all auto owners: the winter parking ban is now in effect. To insure snow removal crews can clear the roads properly, the village traffic ordinances prohibit parking a vehicle unattended within the right-of-way of any street or highway in Poultney or in a public parking lot from November 1 to April 1 between the hours of 11 p.m.and 6 a.m. (The Right-of -Way includes the traveled portion of the highway and the area between the curb up to and including the sidewalk or 25 feet from the centerline of those highways without a curb or sidewalk). Cars violating this ordinance may be towed—vehicle owners are responsible for towing and costs.

  • Thank you to all who participated in the Open Studio Night at Surdam art building. It was a busy and fun evening of pizza, painting, ceramics, collage and photography. Those of you who made any of the 54 black and white photograms hanging in the Surdam Gallery, please feel free to come over and take with you the photograms you made.

    We look forward to another Open Studio night soon in the spring semester!

    The Art Department
Pat Swyler at The Feick
Alumni Speaker Series
Free Music at GMC
Faculty/Student/Staff Notes


Veterans Honor Board
All Day,
Withey Hall

Alumni Speaker Series:
Bailey Ray '08

1 p.m.,
Ackley 336

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

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

Alumni Speaker Series:
Bailey Ray '08

6 p.m.,
Bogue 017

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

Film Screening: "A Civil Action"
8 p.m.
Terrace 124

Alumni Speaker Series:
Ian Foertsch '09

11:45 a.m.,
Griswold 002

Alumni Speaker Series:
Ian Foertsch '09

2:30 p.m.,
Bogue 019

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

Last Day to Withdraw from Classes
5 p.m.

Film Showing:
"The Food Stamped"

7 p.m.,
Tiny Theatre

Fall Wellness Fair
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Community Conversation:
The River/Riparian Zone Damage

4 - 5 p.m.,
East Room

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

12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Massage Therapy
12:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Art Opening:
Pat Swyler

5 - 7 p.m.,
The Feick

GMC & Community Concert Band
7:30 p.m.,
Ackley Hall

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

An Afternoon of Madrigals
3:30 p.m.,
The Feick