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May 14, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Green Mountain College Celebrates First Graduates from Master’s in Environmental Science Program

POULTNEY, VT - On Saturday, May 16, Green Mountain College celebrates its first class of graduates from the master’s degree program in environmental studies.

GMC President Paul J. Fonteyn will award MSES degrees to eleven students during a 10 a.m. ceremony on the lawn outside the Griswold Library. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch is the commencement speaker for the event, at which the school’s undergraduate students and ten MBA graduates will also be receiving degrees.

As one of the nation’s pioneer environmental liberal arts colleges, Green Mountain began its online master’s degree program in the fall of 2007. The program was created for working professionals and is conducted largely online. Students also attend annual residencies at the College’s Poultney campus where scholars in residence present advanced seminars on environmental studies topics. The scholar in residence for the 2009 program is Alan Weisman, author of the recent New York Times bestseller The World Without Us.

GMC’s master’s program is distinctive in that students apply the skills and knowledge they learn to issues in their local area. This enables students to go beyond conventional education and learn to identify and solve problems in their local communities. 2009 graduates completed a range of capstone projects on topics including watershed planning, green business practices and food to school sustainability.

The first class of MSES graduates includes Kaitlin Cioffi of Rutland, Vt., John Deignan of Petersburgh, N.Y., John Ferris, Jr., of Northampton, Mass., Thomas Mowatt of Clemons, N.Y., Karen Rainbolt of Gaithersburg, Md., Shari-Romar-Zykofsky of Forest Hills, N.Y., Margaret Rupe of Poultney, Jason Saltman of Wilmington, Vt., Trevor Squirrell of Underhill Center, Vt., Michelle Stubbings of Short Hills, N.J., and Abbey Willard of Randolph Center, Vt.

Founded in 1834, Green Mountain College is a private liberal arts institution that takes the environment as a unifying theme across the curriculum. The college offers 20 majors to its 800 students. Green Mountain students hail from most of the United States and from 27 foreign countries.


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