Thirteen GMC students, accompanied by prof. Mark Dailey (anthropology) and Vice President of Student Life Joe Petrick, just got back from a 22-day trip over winter break studying the culture and environment in Nepal. In this photo, Althea Wunderler-Selby watches the sun rise from Poon Hill as early morning light is reflected against the Annapurna Range. View more photos on the College's Facebook page.  

Dr. Martin Luther King Day Observances
The College is holding a number of activities to celebrate the life of civil-rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Human Rights Open Mic
Time: 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 22
Location: GMC Coffee House
Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King and the advancement of human rights around the world. Bring a favorite quote, passage, song or other creative way to celebrate human rights.

CPB Presents: The Butler
Times: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Saturday, January 25
Location: The Tiny Theater
Lee Daniels' “The Butler” tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family. Loosely based on the real life of Eugene Allen, the film stars Forest Whitaker.

Agreement with VLS Creates More Affordable Path to Graduate Degree
Green Mountain College students can now complete a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor degree in six years as opposed to the usual seven, or an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years instead of the usual five, thanks to three new dual-degree programs offered by GMC and Vermont Law School. Academically qualified students may save time and money by matriculating into the J.D., Masters of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP), or Masters of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) programs at Vermont Law School after their junior year at GMC. “The benefits of the dual degree are both programmatic and financial,” said GMC President Paul Fonteyn. “Dual-degree students can create a seamless transition between undergraduate and law school education. It’s a natural partnership between the preeminent environmental liberal arts college and the top environmental law school in the nation.” Stories on the new program appeared on WCAX-TV, The Rutland Herald and Vermont Business Magazine.

Dickinson College Joins Eco League
Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., is now a member of the Eco League. Eleven years ago GMC formed the Eco League with Alaska Pacific University, Northland College, College of the Atlantic and Prescott College. The exchange program began in the fall of 2004, when GMC welcomed students from Alaska Pacific University and Prescott College. The consortium allows students of one school to study at another, thereby providing wider access to ecosystems around the country. Like GMC, Dickinson is a nationally recognized liberal arts college where environmental and social sustainability occupy a central importance. This will provide GMC students with another option for short-term study at a neighboring institution, and opens our gates wide for students at Dickinson.

Visiting Scholars for MSFS Program Announced
Green Mountain College is pleased to announce that the husband-wife team Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard Gayeton will be visiting scholars for the College’s M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) program during the winter residency at the College February 15-20. Since the early 1990’s they have created award-winning films, information artworks, websites, and branding campaigns for a variety of clients including HBO, AOL, MTV, Napster, National Geographic and PBS. Continue reading here...

Feick Arts Center Presents “Telling Stories” from Radcliffe Roye  

The William Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibit of work by Brooklyn-based photographer Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye. Originally from Jamaica, Roye began his career as a journalist. He was unsatisfied with the photographs that were published with his stories and started taking his own photos. Upon moving to Brooklyn in 2000, Roye started photographing for the Associated Press.

Roye is praised for the rawness of his images. His popularity on the social media photo sharing site Instagram skyrocketed after he posted images of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and he now has more than 46,000 followers. A self-proclaimed “Instagram Activist,” Roye combines his powerful images with in-depth, descriptive narratives. These reflections are based on engaged and intimate dialogue with his subjects, and manage to reveal not just the personal, but the universal; not just a human’s story, but humanity’s story. Roye will be participating in a weeklong residency with GMC students, which will coincide with an exhibit of his work at the William Feick Arts Center entitled Telling Stories. The residency will include class participation with students, a public artist lecture, and a public artist reception.

His exhibit will take place January 21 through February 14 with a reception on Friday February 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the William Feick Arts Center. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. General 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

Image Description: "We are too beautiful to fight," is a slogan that has defined the Sapeurs of Brazzaville (Congo), the subject of one of Roye's recent projects. He examines how the practice of wearing European clothing has been elevated to an art form in Brazzaville. The phenomenon dates to the colonial era when slaves returned from Antwerp with gifts of jackets, ties, hats, leather shoes, and umbrellas. In one of the poorest countries in the world, Congolese men in Brazzaville still adopt France’s sartorial elegance and aristocratic affect.

2014 Thanks and Giving

OTIS is Latest Triumph for REED

When it comes to building a living space, how small can you go? Three years ago, professor Lucas Brown’s students in the College's Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) program built a custom-designed tiny house, a 96-square-foot structure with a 300-watt solar powered electrical system.

His fall semester 2013 class went one better, constructing a 70 square-foot “living system” that can be towed on a standard 5 X 8-foot trailer. The pod-shaped tiny house includes indoor plumbing in the form of a composting toilet, a rainwater collection system, and a single 120-watt solar panel to provide electricity. The class has dubbed the structure OTIS (Optimal Traveling Independent Space).

The class of 16 students challenged itself to design and build a living space with enough room for one person, that could be easily towed behind a typical 4-cylinder vehicle, and could provide its own water and electricity.

“It’s got its own solar system to power itself, and a bath and kitchen are independently supplied by rainwater,” said senior Mike Magnotta. “At the end of the day, you just need the environment to sustain yourself. You’re not tied down to a piece of land and be stuck somewhere.”

Students broke into teams to study and develop water, energy, heat and building envelope systems. Kellin Banks was charged with managing the water systems. “How to turn something that most people don’t want to think about into and turn it into a valuable resource--that was an interesting challenge,” she said.

The project received front page coverage from The Mountain Times and was picked up by the blog site inhabitat.
For a two minute video about the project, see below:


Pam Monder New Coordinator of Accommodations in Calhoun Learning Center
Pam Monder, coordinator of accommodations in the Calhoun Learning Center, recently joined GMC. An educator since 1984, Pam has a background in curriculum and instruction, receiving her master’s degree at the University of Maryland-College Park. Pam divides her time between Green Mountain and the Community College of Vermont in Rutland, where she teaches developmental math, humanities and literature, Spanish, freshman seminar and graduation capstone courses. She also oversees CCV Rutland’s Learning Center and Peer Mentor Program. Pam is a half-marathoner, a camping enthusiast and, a Revolutionary War re-enactor. She is also a member of the board of directors at the Vermont Achievement Center and the Community Access Program Local Standing Committee at Rutland Mental Health. Please stop by and meet Pam. She can be found in Calhoun Learning Center fifteen hours a week, and she can be reached at extension 8232.

Alum Joins GMC as Graduate Studies Enrollment Director
Green Mountain College is pleased to welcome alumna Stephanie Decker '09 back to campus.Stephanie, who graduated with a B.A. in philosophy, will serve as the online enrollment director, overseeing the marketing and recruitment for GMC's three online graduate degree programs. Since graduating from GMC, Stephanie worked in Seattle as a leasing manager at Riverstone Residential Group. During her college summers, she served as a farm apprentice at Singing Cedars Farmstead in Orwell, Vt., living and learning the may facets of sustainable agriculture. When not on campus, you may find Stephanie on the mountain hiking or snowboarding, or enjoying a good long run. Please stop by Stephanie's office in Pollock 210 to introduce yourself and welcome her to back to Poultney.

Join the GMC Choir
The first choir rehearsal for the spring semester will be at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21 in Ackley 330. Contact prof. Jim Cassarino (music) for more information.

Faculty Notes:

The images of the ship Akademick Shokalskiy held captive in the thick Antarctic icepack caught the attention of people around the world last month. For prof. John Van Hoesen, it also raised recollections of research expeditions to Antarctica. "The opportunity to explore an extreme and foreboding but fascinating environment such as Antarctica with minimal risk is why many people choose it as a destination, and why so many go back," he writes in an article that appeared in The Conversation. John also wrote an account of his travels in the journal Earth.

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Men's Basketball
1/21, GMC at Colby-Sawyer
   5:30 p.m.
1/22, GMC at SUNY ESF
   (SRC Arena)
   8 p.m.
1/24, Thomas at GMC
   5:30 p.m.
1/25, Me.-Farmington at GMC
   1 p.m.
Women's Basketball
1/21, GMC at Colby-Sawyer
   7:30 p.m.
1/24, Thomas at GMC
   7:30 p.m.
1/25, Me.-Farmington at GMC
   3 p.m.