GMC student Ben Halay '11 took this photo of fellow student Kevin Rafkin '11 kayaking the Mettawee River in the fall. The shot appears as the featured photo for the month of March on the Northeast Paddlers Association message board calendar. View the calendar.



Community Project Seeking Volunteers for Training
On January 28, from 6 - 9 p.m. in the East Room, the Vermont Community Energy Mobilization Project (VCEM) will be conducting a training for volunteers interested in performing home energy visits in Poultney. Volunteers will learn how to educate residents about energy efficiency and identify steps homeowners can take to reduce energy use and energy costs.

VCEM is a volunteer project that promotes home energy efficiency through a community-based approach. The home energy visits evaluate home heating usage, provide information and special incentives to further reduce energy use, and provide free energy-saving light bulbs and other efficient products. The visits are also a first step to identifying homes that are good candidates for a professional energy audit and comprehensive home improvements through a certified Vermont Weatherization or Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor.

Contact Steve Letendre or Rommy Fuller for more information.



Trustee Emerita Wellnitz Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Barbara W. Wellnitz '61, Green Mountain College Trustee Emerita, was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award by her colleagues at the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) Boston chapter, the professional association of public relations practitioners. Wellnitz was also awarded the national society's highest honor by election into the College of Fellows, an honorary society representing the top two percent of public relations professionals who are members of PRSA. More...



Carmo '10 Earns Conference Player of the Week Title
GMC men’s basketball player Rui Carmo has been named the North Atlantic Conference Player of the Week after recording a pair of double-doubles against Lyndon State and Wells College. Carmo tallied 40 points and 12 boards in a loss to the Hornets January 12. He followed this performance with a 33 point, 17 rebound effort against the Express January 16. Carmo, a senior, has reached double-digit points in all ten games this season and leads the NAC in scoring (24.1 ppg). He is also second in the conference in blocks (17 total).



Planned Biomass Facility Featured in Vermont
Business Magazine

The December 14 issue of Vermont Business Magazine featured a photo and story on GMC’s planned biomass facility. President Paul Fonteyn is quoted discussing how the facility will serve as an “open educational laboratory for GMC students, local schools, and for the general public.” The biomass plant, due to go online later this winter, is expected to reduce annual use of fuel oil from 230,000 gallons to 40,700 gallons. The College estimates that the plant’s $5.7 million price tag will pay for itself over eighteen years through savings on fuel costs. Click here to read the Vermont Business Magazine article.



Rural Vt. Photo Exhibit Comes to Griswold Library
Throughout much of February, an exhibit featuring Rural Vermont’s farmer-activist Board of Directors will be on display at Griswold Library. Professional photographs and interviews tell the stories behind the farmers driving the nonprofit Rural Vermont and its work to secure fair prices for farmers and local food options for Vermonters. On February 6 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Rural Vermont and the Griswold Library will host a free opening night reception with refreshments and live storytelling about the farmers and foods sustaining rural communities. The exhibit will be on display at the Griswold Library through February 26. Rural Vermont is a nonprofit advocacy group with a mission of economic justice for farmers.

Photo by Corey Hendrickson: Rural Vermont Board member John Pollard of Red Wing Farm in Mount Holly.



Gorge Atrium to Host Journal Writing Workshop
Learn how to unlock creativity and safely release strong emotion through a journal writing workshop with certified instructor Joanna Tebbs Young. The Wisdom Within: A Journal Writing Workshop will be held January 29 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Gorge Atrium. Faculty, staff, students and Poultney community members are invited to participate. The class is limited to 15 people – please RSVP to Jane Young in the Wellness Center at (802) 287-8376. The workshop is offered free of charge by the GMC Quality of Life Committee. A potluck at the Wellness Center will follow the workshop.



GMC Admissions Publications Garner Higher Ed Awards
Green Mountain College took two honors in the 2010 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District I communication awards competition. The College's viewbook, a collaboration between the GMC's communications and admissions offices, received a Gold Award for overall quality, while the College recruitment package earned a Bronze Award. CASE is the primary professional association for development, alumni relations and communications professionals in higher education. The District I competition featured entries from colleges and universities throughout New England and eastern Canada.



Eagle Athletics to Celebrate GMC’s Sports Teams
On February 6, the GMC Athletics Department hosts the first annual Eagle Athletics Winter Celebration. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the East Room. The campus community is invited to celebrate GMC’s student athletes and the College’s second year in the North Atlantic Conference. Preceding the celebration will be men’s and women’s basketball games against Johnson State College. Please RSVP to Jan Tower at (802) 287-8300.



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nominations Accepted for Athletics Hall of Fame
Do you know an exceptional student athlete who graduated more than ten years ago? Or an athletics staff member who was particularly inspirational? Members of the campus community are invited to submit nominations to the GMC Athletics Hall of Fame. All nominations should be submitted by February 1 to the GMC Alumni Affairs Office. Click here for more information on nomination criteria and to access the nomination form.

GMC Offers Free Transportation to Rutland
Green Mountain College offers a free shuttle service to locations in Rutland and the Castleton Family Health Center (CFHC) in Bomoseen/Castleton Corners. Stops include the Rutland mall, the movie theater and the rock gym. The region’s public transit system, operated by the Marble Valley Regional Transit District, also provides daily round trip transportation between GMC and the Castleton Family Health Center ($4 round trip) and other area destinations.

Download the GMC shuttle schedule for the spring semester.
View the Marble Valley Regional Transit schedule.



FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies) participated in a panel discussion January 7 as part of the Sustainable Agriculture Panel Series at the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest. Philip’s topic was “Sustainability & Sustenance: A Vision for Sustainable Agriculture in the Liberal Arts.” Other panelists included Melina Shannon-DiPietro, a director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, Ben Waterman from the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Gregory Peck, a pomologist and scientist. The Middlebury College Organic Garden sponsored the series.

Prof. Karen Swyler (art) has work on exhibit in a solo show at the Brick Box Gallery in Rutland. The show runs through February 9. The Brick Box is open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday - Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and during Paramount Theater performances. For further information, call Beth Miller at (802) 235-2734 or Wendy Fannin at (802) 235-2412. Karen also has work in a show at Bard College at Simon’s Rock titled “Illumination: The Diversity of Contemporary Ceramic Art,” which runs from January 22 – February 14. A panel discussion and reception will be held February 1 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.