GMC Outdoor Leadership Practicum (ADE 2062) students Chuck Hummel and Dan Lindsay led classmates on a hike of several miles to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Moab, Utah. The arch is approximately 60' tall, one of the most photographed in the nation. For more information on the adventure education fall block, see the story below.
Photo: Andrew Bentley

Meet Tabitha Glenn of AmeriCorps Vista

Massachusetts native Tabitha Glenn has lived everywhere, from the redwoods of Northern California to the warm shores of Hawaii.

Tabitha graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in sociology and a focus in culture, organizations and institutions. After college she joined AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) for 10 months, traveling throughout the Southwest region of the United States doing a variety of community service work. In New Orleans she worked for Habitat for Humanity while volunteering for a charter school. In Denver, she worked for the American Red Cross while simultaneously working for a progressive environmental program. In Big Bend, Tex. she worked on a trail crew at Big Bend National Park. She became a certified wildland firefighter while working at a fire department in Crown King, Ariz.

Later she moved to Maui where she joined the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). Shortly after returning to California she moved back to Massachusetts to help support her family and began working at a YMCA Teen Center where she says “I learned far too much about One Direction and all the latest pop music. I grew a sentimental attachment to bad music. I also grew very attached to youth work,” she said. Tabitha cares about the young generation and is deeply concerned about the environment. ...continue reading

Adventure Education Fall Block Students Return to Campus

Nineteen students recently completed a stunning 33-day field course as part of the 18-credit adventure education program’s fall block immersion semester. A large portion of coursework occurred in the Moab, Utah area, where students advanced their group management skills while visiting international tourism destinations on National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and United States Forest Service lands. Course topics included expedition planning, outdoor leadership, group facilitation and processing, outdoor education teaching strategies, and outdoor skill competency.

Instructors supervised peak learning opportunities by integrating class meetings with mountain biking a portion of the 142-mile, world famous Kokopelli Trail that winds its way through a rugged desert from Colorado to Utah. Another highlight was attending classes while backpacking over 30 miles: starting in the subalpine of the snow covered La Sal Mountains (peak elevation 12,000 feet); traversing through Douglas-Fir to Pinion-Juniper forests; and then navigating a remote desert shrub canyon to the Colorado River at 4,000 feet. Before leaving Moab, students met with outdoor leaders and GMC alumni from organizations including the Colorado Outward Bound School, Salsa Cycles, and the Air Force Academy Outdoor Adventure Program. Students then traveled to Maryland to attend a national conference held by the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.

The following students were in attendance for the Utah portion of the field trip: Nate Berner-Tobin, Katie Bode, Maddie Brown, Emily Coleman, Seth Frappier, Sean Grady, Brooke Hallock, Alex Howard, Chuck Humme, Dakota Kelle, Dan Lindsay, Jimi Lovetere, Lance Mauk, Nick Mazzali, Carley McEnery, Chris Mitchell, Kelsey O’Connor, Nick Parsons, and Lachlan Ziegler.

Utah field trip instructors included prof. Bruce Saxman, alumni Derek Gavelis and alumna Alexandra Scholtz. The 2013 coordinator and instructor of the fall block was prof. Andrew Bentley.

Poultney 2020 Seeks Volunteers

Last April, the town of Poultney held a conference focused on revitalization. Almost 150 people attended the conference, with both townspeople and members of the Green Mountain College Community turning out to voice their opinions. By the end of the day, hundreds of ideas had been discussed, and four major ideas gained traction. These action groups include efforts to construct a Main Street park, to provide trail creation and maintenance, to create a center for the arts (now known as Stone Valley Arts), and to support the local food movement. There is still much to do! We need your help.

Students can become involved in planning, building, communications, outreach, fund-raising, leadership, and much more. This is the perfect opportunity to learn firsthand about the kinds of issues towns are facing and how communities can work together to solve problems. If any of these proposals pique your interest, contact Jose Galvez-Contreras in the Sustainability Office at He would be happy to welcome new members to the Poultney 2020 cause and to get creative with how you can get involved! See related story,Thanks & Giving below.

GMC Biology Dept Researching Beech Bark Disease

Cerridwen Farm Accepting Thanksgiving Veggie Orders
This is your chance to bring home produce grown on your campus farm for your holiday meal. Please email orders to Ryann Collins ( by Monday, Nov. 25. Vegetables will be available for pickup in the CSA barn from noon-5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Please note that we may run out of some vegetables and they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment is due at the time of pickup in the cash box. The following are available (items likely to run out marked with an asterix): beets ($1.50/lb), carrots ($1.50/lb), onions ($1.50/lb), *leeks ($1.50/lb), turnips ($1.25/lb), *kale ($5/lb), *spinach ($8/lb), *Brussels sprouts ($6/lb), *potatoes ($1.25/lb), mustard greens ($5/lb) and *eggs ($4/dozen). Order $25 or more and receive a 10% discount. Remember, our vegetables are grown without any agrochemicals, utilizing oxen and student power!"

College Hosts “GMC Goes to the Movies” and Chamber Concert
Green Mountain College is hosting two fabulous music events around the Thanksgiving holiday. Both are free and open to the public. On Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. the College and Community Band will perform “GMC Goes to the Movies,” a lively program of music from our favorite musicals and movies. Highlights will include music from Fantasia, The Hobbit, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings, The Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof. The program will be performed in the College’s Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall in Ackley Hall, conducted by GMC Music Director James Cassarino. On Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. the College presents “An Afternoon of Chamber Music” in Ackley Chapel performed by the Green Mountain College Cantorion and other student musicians who will offer their annual concert from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Annual GMC Holiday Craft Fair Dec. 11
Tackle your holiday shopping list early and buy locally-made items from GMC faculty, staff and students! The annual Holiday Craft Fair is Wednesday December 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Withey Lobby. Shop for jewelry, knitted goods, pottery, maple syrup, candles, plants, framed art, photography, home baked goods and more! To reserve a table to sell your items please email Svea Miller.

Thanks & Giving Event Tomorrow
"Don't just meet your neighbor, give then a hand," is the slogan for a dedicated group of Green Mountain College students who have been in collaboration with residents of Poultney to create a day of celebrating community and togetherness. Tuesday, November 19, the very first Annual Day of Poultney Thanks & Giving will take place around Poultney at businesses, private homes and even the Young at Heart Senior Center. The purpose of this event is to create a closely-knit group of neighbors helping neighbors. Activities include engagement opportunities (from helping cook meals to raking leaves), free community meals, speakers, and the Village Exchange, which is a gathering of neighbors to create a community market with workshops, skill shares, and local products. Many classes are getting involved with service projects around town as part of their coursework.

Schedule for the day:
· 7-9 a.m.:   Free breakfast at the Methodist Church
· 9 a.m. - noon:   Service Opportunities/ Workshops/ Fun Activities
· Noon-2 p.m.:   Free Lunch & Village Exchange at St. Raphael's Community Center
· 2-5 p.m.:  Service Opportunities/ Workshops/ Fun Activities
· 4-5 p.m.:   Speaker on Animal and Food Justice
· 4:30-6:30 p.m.:   Dinner at Chartwells (RSVP required to Jose Galvez-Contreras.)
· 7-9 p.m.:   Food Drive Dance

The Poultney Thanks & Giving Committee invites community members for any of the events--or for the entire day. For more information contact (Jose Galvez-Contreras).

For more information view this Thanks & Giving poster.

November is National Career Development Month!
How’s your career development going? Here are three things you can do now to prepare for the future:
  1. Hit the books. In a recent Job Outlook Survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 67.1% of respondents stated that they screen candidates by their GPA.
  2. 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.
  3. Identify the professional associations or certification agencies within your future career field. Visit their websites to learn more about upcoming events or job requirements. Plan to network at future events—put that elevator speech to work!

  4. For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Maia Hanron in Career Services.


Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge: at the Science Pub
Join prof. John Van Hoesen for the program “Big Brother or Big Data” Sunday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. at the Iron Lantern Restaurant (272 Route 4A, Castleton). This presentation and discussion focuses on the consequences of mass government surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden. Are we right to worry about our own privacy? Our smart-phones always know exactly where we are—and so do advertisers, phone-service providers, friends and employers. At the same time these devices promote community and provide needed information instantly. The Science Pub features informal lectures in a pub setting, facilitated by area professors and experts. The event is free, except for any drinks or food you order. For information call 802-468-5574 or 773-1860. Sponsored by Friends of the Castleton Free Library and Friends of the Rutland Free Library.

Book Store Sale

  • 25% off outerwear
  • Polar fleece-hats-winter accessories
  • Men's-women's-kid's
  • 25% off ceramic & metal drink ware

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.

Shuttle Service Provides Winter Break Transport

Students leaving Poultney for winter break can take advantage of the College's shuttle service to Albany Airport and the Castleton Train Station from Friday, Dec 20-Sunday, Dec. 22. The cost for Albany Airport is $20 one way and $30 round trip. Trips to Castleton Train Station and the Rutland Airport are free. Students should sign up in Withey 155 as seats are limited. To veiw the schedule and more information click Here.


The baseball season may be over, but Fenway Park in Boston was open on Saturday for a Spartan Race in which prof. Rommy Fuller (education) took second place in the Women's Elite division. The race was a series of timed trials with competitors using Fenway's bleachers, ramps and concourses for challenges including hauling filled water jugs, carrying cement "atlas stones," doing push ups, rope and wall climbing, rowing stations, running with sand bags, box jumps, jump-roping, spear throwing and of course, burpees. “I’m telling my students they need to find the time to exercise and to do something that will help them be healthy—and I think that it is important to practice what I preach,” Rommy says. "I really don't have time to train, but I still find time."

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Men's Basketball
Green Mountain at Middlebury
11/19, 7 p.m.

Southern Vt. at Green Mountain
11/21, 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball
Southern Vt. at Green Mountain
11/21, 5 p.m.