This photo from the GMC archives dates to the late 1940s when GMC served as a two-year college for women. The caption identifies the women from left to right: Rose Tricario, Virginia Loucks, Pearl Parmalee and Constance Gerquest.

Women at GMC: A 175-Year Legacy
The women's era at Green Mountain College takes center stage this week with a one-day Women in Leadership seminar January 29. The seminar is part of the College's ongoing 175th anniversary celebration. Thursday's program features writer Brunonia Barry ’70, whose novel The Lace Reader spent five weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in 2008. Barry’s keynote address “Creativity and a Sense of Place” will be held at 2 p.m. at Withey Hall.

At 3 p.m., a panel discussion will feature distinguished alumnae including moderator Barbara Wellnitz ’61, Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. Participants include New York State Treasurer Aida Brewer ‘74, Pamela Chatterton-Purdy ‘61, Nancy L. Dickgiesser '70 and Anne R. Tansantisuk ’72. more...

GMC Welcomes New Sustainability Coordinator
Green Mountain College is pleased to welcome Amber Garrard as the College’s new sustainability coordinator. A native of southern Oregon, Amber came to Vermont to attend the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, where she earned a M.A. in Sustainable Development.

Amber brings to GMC a wealth of experience with sustainability initiatives. During her practicum at SIT she served as the institution’s sustainability coordinator; she started and managed the SIT Community Garden and advocated for the institution’s signing of the Presidents Climate Commitment. She worked with SIT Study Abroad Academic Directors in Australia and Ecuador to design training materials and promote sustainability in study abroad policy for World Learning. Amber was also a research fellow for the Sustainable Endowments Institute and contributed to the 2009 Campus Sustainability Report Card. She holds a B.A. in English literature from the University of Portland.

Amber says she is “looking forward to working with the Green Mountain College students, staff and faculty to continue expanding a culture of sustainability throughout the campus and the local region.”

Greening Fund Projects on Tap for Spring
Low flow showerheads, ecolabels and a green bike program are just some of the projects students will be working on this spring through the Student Campus Greening Fund.

Eight projects have been approved with $25,611 set aside for implementation. Successful applicants include: Ian Sutherland, Amanda Matznick, Rebecca Slutzky, Irene Holak, Mara Smith, Ronnie Black, Ben Jankowski, Kadie DellaCamera, Evan Miller, Gregor Burriss, Nikki Pfeiffer, Jennilee Smarro, Megan Dupille, and Emily Provonsha.

The Student Campus Greening Fund is a student-run program designed to help put into action greening initiatives that increase awareness and decrease the school’s ecological impact. Students vote on proposals and successful applicants are funded through a student activity fee allocation.

Click here for a full list of the projects.

Poetry to Kick Off Faculty Colloquium Series
Sheila Kaveny, GMC's associate registrar, will read from her poetry collection manuscript titled Oracle in the Birdbath to start the spring 2009 Faculty Colloquium Series. The reading is on Wednesday, January 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in Terrace 124.

Sheila's collection of poems reflects the influences of many poets including Charles Simic, Czeslaw Milosz, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan and Louise Gluck. It builds on a foundation of literary tradition based on mythical strong figures of feminine power: oracle, crone, Amazon, Gaia. Sheila recently received her MFA in Creative Writing from Union Institute & University's Vermont College campus.

Brittany Holden drives around a Johnson State College defender.
Basketball, Ski Teams Turn in
Strong Showings

The women's basketball team ended a three game losing streak and earned an important conference victory January 20 against the visiting Johnson State College Badgers. On January 24, one day after a loss to Husson College, they improved to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in the NAC with a nailbiter in front of a hometown crowd, defeating Maine Maritime Academy 66-64 in overtime.

GMC also had a strong showing on the ski slopes at Killington the weekend of January 17. During two days of giant slalom racing, the women's ski team finished second out of 11 teams. Amanda Malkin, Rebecca Steinhauer and Diann Wetzel finished within one second of each other to capture 17th place, 20th place and 22nd place respectively. The men's team, led by senior Michael Weinberg, raced their way to a seventh place finish.

Student Involvement Sponsors Leadership Series
A new leadership series sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement kicks off February 3 with a workshop titled “Leadership & Personality.” Facilitated by Bill Kelley, the session begins at 6 p.m. in the Gorge Atrium.

The Leaders Emerging and Developing (LEAD) Series continues every Tuesday through March 31. The seven sessions are designed to guide students through a series of leadership development experiences. Students who attend at least four of the sessions they will receive a LEAD certificate.

February 3
“Leadership and Personality," Bill Kelley
February 10
“Effective Communication," Dan Roberts
February 17
“Time Management," Becky Eno
February 24
“Wellness," Sponsored by the Bozen Wellness Center
March 17
“Creative Marketing," Facilitator TBA
March 24
“Service Learning," Chrispin Beaupre White
March 31
“The Job Search and Marketing Yourself," Chrispin Beaupre White

For more information contact the GMC Office of Student Involvement

GMC Music Ensembles Gearing Up
Students are invited to participate in any of GMC’s music ensembles. All ensembles can be taken for one credit, no credit, or audit. Auditions are not required. The rehearsal schedule is as follows:

College and Community Concert Band
Thursday nights on Ackley stage from 7-8:30 p.m.
First rehearsal is Thursday, February 5
James Cassarino, Director

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m.
First Rehearsal is Thursday, January 22 at 4 p.m. in Ackley 330
James Cassarino, Director

Jazz Band
Monday nights
First meeting is Monday, January 26 at 6 p.m. in Ackley 330
Don Goodman, Director
Contact Don at

Guitar Ensemble
Currently scheduled for Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Paul Opel, Director
Contact Paul at

Old Time Mountain Music Ensemble
Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. in Ackley 330
First meeting is Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Gus Bloch, Director
Contact Gus at

Applied Music Instruction
Private music instruction for voice or instrument of your choice
NOTE: $250.00 instructional fee required.
Paul Opel, Applied Music Coordinator
Contact Paul at

Please direct questions to the ensemble directors or James Cassarino, Director of Music Programs

Library Announces Extended Hours
In response to student requests, the Griswold Library has extended its weekly academic hours. The schedule is as follows:
Sunday: 10 a.m. to midnight
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to midnight
Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Noah Pappano plans to attend Hannam University in Daejeon, South Korea this spring semester as part of the Hannam University/GMC student exchange program.

Melissa “Kate” Thomas will be attending Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan this spring semester as part of the new exchange agreement with Nagoya University. Kate will be the first GMC student to attend Nagoya.

Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology) recently gave a guest lecture at the Instituto de Alta Investigación, Universidad de Tarapacá in Chile, titled "Applications and Availability of GIS Mapping Technology." John is working on research with a Chilean colleague, Dr. Bernardo Arriaza, on a grant titled "Bioarchaeology of Chinchorro Populations in Northern Chile." This work explores the impact of arsenic on mummification. They are using SEM and EDS to evaluate the micromorphology of the sediment, chemical variations between the different mummies, and potential origins of a thick manganese layer on the mummies’ skulls.

Prof. Dick Weis’ (fine arts) application to be included on the roster as a candidate for the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program has been approved. Dick’s name will be on the roster for five years. As a candidate Dick is eligible to be matched with projects proposed to Fulbright by institutions abroad. If Dick’s areas of expertise are matched with the proposal he may be offered a grant to participate in the project.

Women's Basketball
Tuesday, 1/27
vs. Castleton State College, 6 p.m.

Friday, 1/30
vs. University of Maine - Farmington, 6 p.m.

Saturday, 1/31
vs. Thomas College, 6 p.m.

Men's Basketball
Tuesday, 1/27
vs. Castleton State College, 8 p.m.

Friday, 1/30
vs. University of Maine - Farmington, 8 p.m.

Saturday, 1/31
vs. Thomas College, 4 p.m.

Ski Team
Saturday, 1/31
at Dartmouth University


Academic Skills Workshop: Learning Style
10 a.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

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

Job Search Strategies Workshop
4 p.m., Ackley Hall Room 334

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bozen Wellness Center

Academic Skills Workshop: Test Taking & Study Skills
10 a.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

Faculty Colloquium Series: Sheila Kaveny
12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

Academic Skills Workshop: Writing
1 p.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

Career Assessment Workshop
4 p.m., Room 2, Griswold Library

Belly Dancing
7 - 8:15 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Rebecca Loebe
9 p.m. The Gorge

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Seminar on the Women's School Era
2 p.m., "Creativity & a Sense of Place" with Brunonia Barry '70, Withey Hall
3 p.m., Panel Discussion

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

Karate Club
7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

GMC Winter Family Social
1 - 3 p.m., The Gorge

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