The Eagles celebrate their win over Newbury College to capture the Division III Independents Conference title.

Basketball Teams Earn Conference Title in Front of Hometown Crowd
The basketball fans who flocked to the Eagle Dome this weekend for the Northeast Regional Tournament were not disappointed: Both the men and women battled their way to conference champion titles for the Association of Division III Independents.

On Saturday, the #1 ranked women’s team beat the College of Saint Elizabeth 64-48. Junior forward Christina Chamberlin led the way with 19 points and 16 rebounds, a double-double that earned her an all-tournament selection. Sophomore forward and all-tournament selection Emma Buckley chipped in 12 and blocked six while junior guard and tournament Most Outstanding Player Brittany Holden dropped in 16 and dished out eight assists for the win. more...

Science Series Kicks Off Today
A tiny mushroom known as Horsehair Fungus offers unique insight into the life of a particularly rare Northeastern bird species, the Bicknell’s Thrush. The drama unfolds each and every spring in the mountains of Vermont. Bryan Pfeiffer, author, conservationist, nature photographer, and mercenary field biologist, will share his personal encounters with the lowly fungus and lofty wildlife during a lecture at Green Mountain today. His talk begins at 4 p.m. in Ackley Hall, Room 334.

Bryan Pfeiffer’s articles and essays on nature have appeared in The New York Times, Vermont Life, Field & Stream, and Northern Woodlands magazine, among others. When he's not out chasing mushrooms or birds, Bryan is chief field staff for the Vermont Butterfly Survey. An authority on dragonflies, Bryan edits and publishes a newsletter on the dragonflies of Vermont, called The Boghaunter.

Bryan lives on Bartlett Hill in Plainfield, where he wanders the landscape enjoying everything from ferns to frogs, orchids to otters. His latest obsession is fireflies. You'll also find his nature images at

GMC Students Sign Up for Phonathon
Twenty-eight GMC students will be manning the phones throughout the coming weeks for the annual Green Mountain College Phonathon. These students will be calling roughly 2,000 alumni and friends of the College – working about 792 hours in all - to raise money for the annual fund. The goal is to secure $53,398.05 in donations, beating last year’s total by seven percent.

The phonathon is a significant fundraiser for the College, says director of alumni relations Chris Porreca, and it wouldn’t be possible without help from the students who make the calls.

The following students are phonathon participants: Denise Donaghy, Frank Riley, Kadie DellaCamera, Elizabeth Bosteels, Olesea Cojohari, Anastasia Gaszynski, Joe Bossen, Melody Glenn, Rebecca Saintil, Doug Abbott, Christina-Alexa Liakos, Ashley Case, Jessica Veliko, Monique Couture, Emily Smyth, Holly Abrams, Shannon O’Neill, Jose Galvez Contreras, Dusan Vuksanovic, Sara Hughes, Christine Devito, Jesse “Ollie” Gelinas, Whitney Kimball, Elisa Morales, Blair Schutt, Brad Mitchell, Candy Smith and Natalie Clark.

Outer Solar System the Focus of Upcoming Talk
Dr. Fran Bagenal, professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is hosting a sophomore lecture on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gorge.

In her talk, entitled “Voyages to the Outer Solar System,” Dr. Bagenal will present some of the highlights of recent missions and what to expect from upcoming missions, including the New Horizons mission scheduled for 2015. This spacecraft is slated to take the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons. Dr. Bagenal will also discuss how telescope observations over the past decade have opened up a new frontier of planetary objects, and how robotic emissaries have showed us the violent weather patterns of the giant planets.

Dr. Bagenal’s visit is sponsored by the American Astronomical Society. It is free and open to the public.

Quality of Life Presentation this Week
On Tuesday, February 26, GMC student Erika Krauss '09 hosts the first presentation in GMC’s Quality of Life Series. Her workshop, titled “The Joy of Raw & Fermented Food,” takes place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Gorge Atrium. Participants are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. The event is open to the public.

Prof. Laird Christensen’s (English) anthology of essays on place-based teaching, Teaching about Place: Learning from the Land, was released this month by the University of Nevada Press. Working with co-editor Hal Crimmel of Weber State University, Laird solicited and compiled narrative accounts of bioregional teaching experiments from leading environmental educators such as John Elder, Ann Zwinger, Terrell Dixon, and SueEllen Campbell. In addition to collaborating on the volume’s introduction with Professor Crimmel, Laird contributed his own essay, “Calamity Brook to Ground Zero,” which tells the story of GMC’s 2001 Hudson River Block Course.

Sheila Kaveny, GMC’s associate registrar, recently had a poem accepted for publication in The Fickle Muses (, a literary e-journal celebrating myth and legend. The poem, titled “The Truth From Baba Yaga,” will appear in the April 6-12 edition. Kaveny is working toward an MFA in Writing-Poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Profs. Thayer & Candice Raines (recreation & outdoor studies) recently competed in the Men's and Women's Grand Master Division of Ski Orienteering at the Empire State Winter Games held at the Mt. Van Hoevenburg Olympic Cross Country Skiing Center of the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, New York. Thayer placed third, earning the bronze medal, and Candi placed fourth. The pair qualified to compete in the games earlier this season at a ski-o competition held at Garnet Hill Ski Center in North River, New York.


Guest Speaker:
Dr. John Peterson Myers

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., East Room

Science Lecture Series:
Bryan Pfeiffer

4 - 5 p.m., Ackley 334

Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Studio

Belly Dancing
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Studio

2:30 - 3 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Yoga Fundamentals
4:30 - 6 p.m., Bogue Studio

Sophomore Lecture:
Dr. Fran Bagenal

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., The Gorge

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
12 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Live Music: Paulson
9 - 11 p.m., The Gorge

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
12 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Healing Yoga
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.,
Bogue Studio

2:30 - 3 p.m., Ackley Chapel

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