Olwen Solar Garage Opens at Green Mountain College
A new structure on the Green Mountain College campus built by students will serve as a solar power station for an electric vehicle. On December 14 at 3 p.m. in the East Room students will formally unveil the Olwen Solar Garage, sited next to the Solar Harvest Center on campus. (The garage was named for the Welsh goddess of the sun).

Built by this year’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) block course, Olwen features a 3.8 kilowatt roof-mounted array and a twenty-four foot long fiberglass south-facing wall suitable for germination of crops for the school’s farm. The garage will house an electric vehicle to be used by Cerridwen Farm as a part of their fossil fuel-free agenda and the REED program for various projects. The farm is already using solar thermal panels to heat hot water for general farm needs and provide root zone heating for greenhouses.

“It clear that oil is becoming increasingly expensive; this project will demonstrate that solar can be a less expensive fuel for cars,” said Prof. Steven Letendre, REED program director, energy expert, and one of the course instructors. “In addition, cars that are connected to the grid can become energy storage devices. It’s very exciting to see this idea of vehicle to grid that I have been working on being demonstrated on our campus.”

The building itself is a mini power plant, which consumes the power it produces while providing a platform for sustainable food production. Inside, the building is spacious and bright, with large windows and application of day lighting strategies. A workspace is nestled against the west wall, with a charming view of the crescent-shaped Rainbow Acre out the corner window.

“Aesthetics were an important consideration in the design,” said Courtney Heverly, a student who completed the course. “We feel we’ve created a structure that’s interesting on its own terms, but it also provides a function—powering a vehicle that can rely on its own energy source instead of being dependent on the power grid like most electric cars.”

After an exhaustive collaborative design process, the class broke ground on September 27. Students worked closely with contractor mentors and did most of the labor themselves.

GMC received a $50,000 grant from Constellation Energy’s “E2 Energy to Educate” program to build Olwen. The project was led by assistant professor of environmental studies Lucas Brown, and associate professor of economics and environmental studies Dr. Steve Letendre, who has significant research experience in integrating battery and hybrid electric vehicles with the utility grid. The company’s E2 grants support hands-on demonstration projects that enhance student understanding of science and technology needed to address energy issues.

“The cold weather in our region also tends to make plug-in cars less efficient,” said Brown. “We think this is a way to make plug-in technology more viable in our latitude. It provided an exciting project for our students that required innovative design and technology solutions.”

Brunnenburg Opportunity Gives Rise to Student Literature
Immersing yourself into unfamiliar territory for new experiences and educational growth is a central component of the college experience. This is especially the case when taking the opportunity to study abroad in an environment completely 'foreign' to the individual. Joining twelve other GMC students this past Spring, Ernest Klepeis '13 turned his international study excursion into his first published work, Lucky-Strike.

From March 1 through June 1, 2012, Ernie studied in the Italian Alps as part of the philosophy department sponsored trip to Brunnenburg Castle in South Tyrol. Combining coursework on art history, literature, architecture, German language, farming and cooking with adventures around Italy, Klepeis followed in the footsteps of former Brunnenburg occupant (and great grandparent of current owners) Ezra Pound in becoming a “roaming scholar.” He used his personal musings leading up to the trip, experiences at the castle and memories of travels around the Italian countryside and penned a book that was published over the summer.

“I was alone in Verona for a weekend and found myself sitting at a trattoria from 4 p.m. to midnight,” Ernie recalls. “As I was looking out over the oldest arena in Italy, writing, and looking over my writings from earlier in the trip, I decided to compile the best of it so I wouldn't lose it.”

The resulting work of literature tells the story of his educational and personal experience abroad through multiple pieces of writing, from imagist poetry to prose poem. Lucky-Strike is available online and details the transformative power of this 17-credit international study opportunity.


Career Corner
Get Connected Over Break!

Break is nearly upon us! While I am sure you are all anxiously awaiting mom’s home cooking and the reprieve from school work, consider it also a great time to utilize the resources you aren’t around all the time—and network! Here are three easy ways to do this:
  • During your family and friend holiday gatherings, start some meaningful conversations about what you are studying and what you’ve become passionate about pursuing either academically or professionally. See if your friend or family member has any ideas about potential contacts.

  • Visit old schools, employers, and townspeople you grew up with. Let them know what you have been up to and how they have impacted your life.

  • Start to get LinkedIn! Make a concentrated effort to build your social media presence, strengthen your profile, and expand your connections.
Need assistance enhancing or starting a LinkedIn profile? Join Career Services for an interactive LinkedIn Workshop this Wednesday, December 12 from 12 - 1 p.m. or Thursday, December 13 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Griswold Library, 2nd floor Graphics Lab. Contact Maia Hanron-Sanford in Career Services for more information.

Open Volleyball Sessions
The women’s volleyball team will be hosting open volleyball sessions this week that are open to all skill levels – even newcomers! Show up with gym shoes and athletic clothing and enjoy a few spikes and sets. All sessions are in the Waldron gymnasium.

Monday, December 10: 9 – 11 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11: 8 – 10 p.m.
Thursday, December 13: 9 – 11 p.m.

Questions? Email Madison Wage at wagem@greenmtn.edu for more info.

GMC Holiday Dinner
This Tuesday, December 11 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., enjoy music, crafts, and a holiday meal during GMC’s annual Holiday Dinner Tuesday in Withey Dining Hall. Students who are not on the meal plan will have their meal paid for by the Office of Student Life.

Brunnenburg Semester Presentation and Info Session
On Tuesday, December 11 at 6 p.m. in the Tiny Theatre (Main St. Poultney), there will be a brief presentation on the most recent semester at Brunnenburg Castle. The presentation is open to the entire community, but students interested in applying should attend.

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, December 11 at 7 p.m., the Tiny Theatre will be hosting a double feature: Borderline Cases and How Green is My Valley.

Learn more about Borderline Cases here and How Green is My Valley here.

Academic Skills Workshop: Managing Academic Stress
Are you stressed out or nervous about how much work you have to do? Are you overwhelmed with tests, papers, and projects? This Wednesday, December 12 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Ackley Chapel, join the Calhoun Learning Center for a workshop on managing academic stress. This workshop will focus on specific strategies to help you reduce anxiety and stress related to academics.

Contact the Learning Center at x8347 for any questions.

Midnight Breakfast
This Thursday, December 13 from 11 p.m. – 12 a.m., take a break from studying and finals and enjoy breakfast served by staff and faculty. While you are enjoying eggs, tots and French toast, make sure to get up and share your karaoke skills. Please bring student ID. Students who are not on the meal plan will have their meal paid for by the Office of Student Life.

Hanukkah Celebration and Study Break
On Thursday, December 13, there will be a “Hanukkah Celebration and Study Break” with latkes from 5:30 – 6 p.m. in the Gorge Atrium. Rabbi Cohen will be there to celebrate with students. All students are welcome!

Lunchtime Theater: "The Vagina Monologues"
This Friday, December 14 at 1 p.m. in the Gorge, the Acting 1: Performance class will be presenting selected scenes from "The Vagina Monologues." All are welcome.

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.


  • Prof. Rommy Fuller (elementary education) recently took a group of students from her Elementary Social Studies Methods course to the ECHO museum in Burlington to meet with the museum’s education coordinator and discuss field trips for school-aged children. The students learned about how to effectively plan for and integrate into the curriculum a field trip for young, primary age children. They also had the opportunity to survey what kinds of things the museum has available in the way of inquiry-based opportunities for learning. “ECHO’s traveling exhibit ‘Race’ tied in perfectly with discussions about diversity and differentiated instruction that we’ve been having in class,” Fuller said.

  • Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (English, writing) was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poem "End of Summer," by The California Quarterly, which recently accepted the poem for publication. The Pushcart Prize is a renowned American literary prize that honors the best "poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot" published in the small presses over the previous year.

  • Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation) successfully completed Level 3 Challenge Course Management certification through High 5 Adventure Learning Center in Brattleboro, Vt. The Certification follows the standards of the Association of Challenge Course Technology. It requires skill competency for both high and low ropes course rescue, risk management, staff training, documentation, and facilitator Level 2 certification. Dr. Raines joins a fairly small group of approximately 300 Level 3 Managers worldwide.

  • Campus chaplain Shirley Oskamp is giving a vocal recital on Sunday, December 23 at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Grace Congregational Church in Rutland. The program includes opera and Broadway show tunes, popular and gospel music, with just a touch of the holidays. She will be accompanied by Rip Jackson on piano, Andrew Donovan on guitar, Ellen Sutherland on bass, and Kevin Loso, tenor. A reception will follow the recital, to which all are welcome. There will be a free will donation.

  • Prof. Jacob Park (business) has published an article entitled “Investing in Climate Governance and Equity in a Post-Durban World” on the state of global climate finance in a special section devoted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in the Fall 2012 edition of the Ethics, Policy and Environment Journal.
Solar Garage Opens at GMC
Student Publishes Book
Campus Announcements
Faculty/Student Notes

Men's Basketball
12/11, 7 p.m. at Skidmore

Women's Basketball
12/12, 7 p.m. at Southern Vt.


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

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

Open Volleyball Session
9 - 11 p.m.,
Waldron Gym

GMC Holiday Dinner
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.,
Withey Dining Hall

Brunnenburg Info Session
6 p.m.,
Tiny Theatre

Film Showing:
Borderline Cases and
How Green is My Valley

7 p.m.,
Tiny Theatre

Open Volleyball Session
8 - 10 p.m.,
Waldron Gym

12 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

LinkedIn Workshop
12 - 1 p.m.,
Graphics Lab

Academic Skills Workshop:
Managing Academic Stress

12 - 1 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Tap Dancing
1 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

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

Hanukkah Celebration and
Study Break

5:30 - 6 p.m.,
Gorge Atrium

Midnight Breakfast
11 p.m. - 12 a.m.,
Withey Dining Hall

LinkedIn Workshop
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.,
Graphics Lab

Lunchtime Theater:
The Vagina Monologues

1 p.m.,

Last Day of Classes
5 p.m.

Reading Day
All Day

Massage Therapy
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.,
Wellness Center

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