Left: Honoree Steele Griswold '41 is on the far left of the second row. Right: Chelsea Paul '13 drives towards the hoop.

Eagle Athletics Association
Hosts Second Annual Winter Celebration

Supporters of Green Mountain College athletics will gather for the College’s second annual Eagle Athletics Winter Celebration January 29 at 6 p.m. in The Gorge.

The event, hosted by the Eagle Athletic Association, will be preceded by men’s and women’s home basketball games. The GMC women’s team will play Johnson State College at 2 p.m. with the men’s game following at 4 p.m.

President Paul Fonteyn and GMC Athletic Director Marybeth Lennox will speak at the 6 p.m. ceremony which will also honor former GMC trustee and athlete Steele Griswold ’41 of Williston, Vt.on the 70th anniversary of Green Mountain Junior College’s legendary 1941 baseball team. The Eagles went 11-0 and outscored opponents by a 167-59 margin that season.

A member of that undefeated team, Griswold grew up in Highgate, Vt. and later founded a concrete business, S.T. Griswold and Company. Starting with one plant and six trucks, the company grew into one of the most successful construction businesses in Vermont.

All events are open to the public and refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. Please RSVP for the 6 p.m. event by contacting Jan Tower x8300 or at towerj@greenmtn.edu.

GMC's Socially Responsible Investing Recognized
Student Mindy Blank's profile of Green Mountain College's efforts in socially responsible investing (SRI) was published this week by the Responsible Endowments Coalition. The profile was based on a service learning project she completed under the supervision of Prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies, law and policy).

Blank's narrative traces GMC's adoption of socially responsible investment practices, from student research spearheaded by Rob Pudner '09 to formal adoption of a social investing policy by the Board of Trustees' Investment Committee. GMC now invests approximately 10% of its endowment in Portfolio 21, an environmentally screened global equity mutual fund.

"Green Mountain College is among the success stories of SRI, and though the process is just beginning, GMC is far ahead of the majority of institutions," Blank concludes. Read her entire piece here.

Pease named NAC Rookie of the Week
Freshman guard Sierra Pease (West Rutland, Vt.) was named the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Rookie of the Week for her outstanding performances for the Eagles women's basketball team in three contests last week.

Pease averaged 16 points on 47 percent shooting, 7.3 rebounds and two steals for the Eagles last week. The 5'9 freshman notched eight points and grabbed eight boards in a 66-61 loss to Fisher followed by a 28 point, eight rebound effort against Thomas Friday night. Pease rounded out the week with 12 points and six boards in a loss to the University of Maine Farmington.

Women’s Soccer Receives
2009-10 NSCAA Team Academic Award

The 2009 Green Mountain College women’s soccer team was honored with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Academic Team Award last week.

The Eagles were one of 440 women’s teams across all NCAA divisions, including National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and National Junior College Athletic Association members, who garnered the award for their academic performance last year. In order to be considered for the prestigious award, a team must maintain a collective grade point average of at least a 3.0 for the entire academic year.

The Eagles, who finished the 2009-10 year with a 3.28 GPA, had previously won the award on four occasions, the last coming in 2006.

Mountaineer and Photographer
Dave Anderson to Visit GMC

This Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Adventure Education program is hosting mountaineer and photographer Dave Anderson. Dave is presenting a slideshow titled "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger."

Anderson, who also enjoys writing short stories, works as a recruiter for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) when not instructing, traveling the country, or presenting slide shows. He is also a professional photographer and some of his photos have appeared in Climbing magazine, Rock and Ice magazine, The American Alpine Journal, National Geographic, and the Patagonia catalog.

See more of his work here.


GreenMAP Welcomes Nine New Leaders to Program
Nine students attended a six-day ALPSS (Adventure Leadership Program for Students & Staff) training course in the Adirondack High Peaks focusing on group management and education for backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.

The nine new leaders are Nick McEachern, Sandra Townsend, Camille Stephens, Nick Rushford, Tom Colgan, Eyliese Jiunta, Giancarlo Lopes, Anna Saco, and Cameron Pall.

Alumni Board to Revamp Richardson House
Meeting Room

Members of the alumni board will be on campus January 26-29th working on a project in the Richardson House meeting room, where the alumni board meets quarterly throughout the year. They will be updating the room with newly painted trim, window curtains and new frames to display College pictures and memorabilia all done by alumni board members. Please stop by to see the finished project and pieces of the College's history displayed in the room.

History Club to Hold Evening of Festive Dining
Students are invited to join the History Club this Saturday at 6 p.m. for an evening of festive dining through the ages and across the globe. Bring something tasty from a far-away time or distant land. For more information, contact Jake Musial at musialj@greenmtn.edu or Mary Jane Maxwell at maxwellmj@greenmtn.edu.

Jeff Conley Band
to Play at GMC

Since getting two 1960’s Gibson guitars stolen a few years ago, Jeff Conley decided to get creative and started making stringed instruments out of suitcases, antiques, cigar boxes, and other objects with stringed-instrument potential.

The Jeff Conley band will be bring their mellow - yet upbeat - folk tunes to the Gorge this Friday at 9 p.m. Check his music out on myspace.

GMC Looking for Participants in Peak Snowshoe Challenge
Green Mountain College is looking for faculty, staff, and students who snowshoe to represent the College in the Peak Snowshoe Challenge being held Saturday, March 5 at Amee Farm in Pittsfield, Vt. For each person who participates, a Board of Trustee’s member has offered to generously donate $200 to the College and pay the registration fee.

Participants can join as an individual, or join as a relay team of four if they are planning on completing the 26.2 mile challenge. Three events will be happening – a 6.55 mile loop, a 13.1 mile loop, or the full 26.2 mile loop.

The deadline for registration is Friday, February 4. To register or find out more about the event, contact Marybeth Lennox at lennoxmb@greenmtn.edu. Information is also available on the Peak Races website.

Auditions for Spring Ackley Mainstage Productions
Auditions will be held this Wednesday (January 26) from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. for “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Hanley, directed by Prof. Paula Mann, and “The Flies” by Jean Paul Sartre, directed by GMC senior Lisa Much.

“Crimes of the Heart” is a Pulitzer Prize winning contemporary dark comedy about a dysfunctional trio of sisters struggling to figure out what they want from family, marriage and career, despite the expectations of their deep South upbringing.

There are great roles for four young women and two young men. Southern accents are required. Sides of the script will be provided. Copies of the script are available in the bookstore.

“The Flies” will be presented as an interactive theater piece, serving as an “experience in existentialism.” There are 10-20 varying roles available for adventurous men and women. Sides of the script will be provided.

Production dates for “Crimes of the Heart” will be March 18-20, and dates for “The Flies” will be April 7-9.

For more information, contact Paula Mann at mannp@greenmtn.edu or Lisa Much at muchl@greenmtn.edu.

GreenMAP Trip Registration
Registration opens today, January 24, for a number of GreenMAP trips coming up in the next few weeks. The trips are:

Snowshoe Day Hike
All skill levels can enjoy the Vermont woods on snowshoes. Day hike will be Wednesday, February 9.

Snowshoe Backpacking in the Adirondacks
All skill levels. Trip will take place February 11 - 13.

Adirondacks Ice Climbing
All skill levels. Trip will be on February 12.

Sign up today in the GreenMAP office located next to the Student Life office in Withey basement.

Faculty Candidate Presentations
Assistant Professor of Biology candidate Anissa Poleatewich will be presenting research this Thursday, January 27 in Terrace 122 from 4 – 5 p.m.

Additionally, Ted Auch, a candidate for the post-doctoral researcher position on Cerridwen Farm is scheduled to present research Tuesday, February 1 from 4 – 5 p.m. in Ackley 334.

Laird Christensen, professor of English and Environmental Studies, spoke on the topic of narrative pedagogy to an audience at the 126th Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association in Los Angeles, California, on January 8, 2011. His presentation was one of the 2011 Presidential Theme Sessions, entitled “Where Are We Now? Ecocriticism and Narrative Scholarship,” which included a response from Dr. Lawrence Buell of Harvard University, author of The Environmental Imagination.

Sarah Mittlefehldt recently had an article entitled, “The People's Path: Conflict and Cooperation in the Acquisition of the Appalachian Trail,” published in the journal Environmental History. Sarah is currently writing a book on the complex political dynamics involved in building the Appalachian Trail and the history of the environmental movement in the United States. The book will be published as part of the University of Washington Press’s Weyerhaeuser Environmental Book Series. Read the article here.

David Alexander ‘10, a graduate of the College’s masters of science in environmental studies program, wrote an interdisciplinary curriculum guide for his applied professional project at GMC. Now it has been published by the National Science Teachers Association as a grade K-4 guide called "Hop into Action." Alexander, an environmental education specialist at Essex County Environmental Center, wrote the guide as a resource for classroom teachers, home school educators, naturalists, and camp leaders to incorporate effective environmental education into their grade K–4 agenda. "Hop into Action" provides twenty standards-based, cross-curricular investigations introducing children to the joy of amphibians while using scientific inquiry and critical thinking. The guide also offers cross-disciplinary lessons that can be applied to the areas of language arts, physical education, art, math, civics, history, and media.

Eagle Athletics Celebration
Socially Responsible Investing
Women's Soccer Wins Award
Faculty/Student Notes

Women's Basketball
1/25, 6 p.m. at Castleton
1/29, 2 p.m. vs. Johnson

Men's Basketball
1/25, 8 p.m. at Castleton
1/29, 4 p.m. vs. Johnson
1/30, 3 p.m. vs. Paul Smith's


7 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Academic Skills Workshop
Time Management & Organization
1 - 2 p.m.,
Special Collections Room
Griswold Library

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wellness Center

Shakti Tribal Dance:

6 - 7:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Mountaineer & Photographer
Dave Anderson

7 p.m.,
East Room, Withey Hall

Shakti Tribal Dance:

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wellness Center

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Jeff Conley Band
9 p.m., Gorge

Festive Feasts:
Past and Present

6 - 8 p.m.,
East Room (Withey Hall)