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June 6, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Green Mountain College Celebrates
Resort & Hospitality Class of 2009

POULTNEY, VT—Green Mountain College awarded bachelor of science degrees to 20 students in the College’s Resort and Hospitality Management Program today at a 10 a.m. ceremony at Mountain Meadows Lodge in Killington.

GMC president Paul J. Fonteyn, Killington Ltd. president and CEO Chris Nyberg, and Resort and Hospitality Management program director Frank Pauze addressed the graduates. The student speaker was Zachary A. Resnikoff, of Essex, Conn.

Graduates include Mary Margaret Bergan, Amherst, N.Y.; Matthew John Cioffi, Rutland, Vt.; Chris Ryan Cuccurullo, New Paltz, N.Y.; Nicholas E. Czescik, Stamford, Conn.; Joseph Thomas Fabrizio, Girard, Penn.; Greg Thomas Gleason, Tully, N.Y.; Jaqueline Webster Heatley, Bow, N.H.; Matthew Paul Kennefick, Bryantville, Mass.; Troy C. Kittle, Bowdoin, Me.; Jeffrey James Knoblauch, Montclair, N.J.; Keith Edward Kreischer, Milford, Penn.; Drew W. Ludvigsen, Dunbarton, N.H.; Chet M. Mertz, Cicero, N.Y.; Eric F. Parsons, Suffield, Conn.; Alexander Puzas, Bradford, Mass.; Zachary A. Resnikoff; Matthew Burton Schafir, Richmond, Ind.; Jordan P. Spear, Sodus Point, N.Y.; Emily Rose Wilson, Branchville, N.J.; and Amy Margaret Zajdel, Oak Ridge, N.J.

The following students received awards during the ceremony:

  • RHM Academic Award:
    Mary Bergan, Jordan Spear

  • RHM Leadership Award:
    Amy Zajdel

  • RHM Service Award:
    Keith Kreischer

  • Killington Award:
    Jordan Spear, Greg Gleason

The graduates completed an intensive three-year program resulting in a bachelor of science degree in resort and hospitality management and significant work experience in the resort industry. The program is a close partnership between the College and Killington, combining GMC’s environmental liberal arts curriculum with real-world expertise provided by senior managers at the resort. Students study on a trimester schedule, gaining practical experience during the winter “co-op” program and through an intensive third year internship. They live at The Lodge, a residence hall in Killington, and attend classes at the College’s main Poultney campus and at the High Ridge Conference Center in Killington.

Green Mountain College is a four year liberal arts college that takes the environment as a unifying theme for undergraduates in 21 major programs of study.


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