From left: Rob Lees, Robbie Leeds, Katelin Emerson, and Jose Galves-Contreras were part of a NERCHE event at Middlebury Feb. 11.

GMC Students Participate in NERCHE Event
GMC students Rob Lees, Robbie Leeds, Katelin Emerson, and Jose Galves-Contreras participated in a statewide civic engagement and leadership event sponsored by New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) held at Middlebury College on February 11.

NERCHE is dedicated to collaborative change processes in higher education to address social justice in a diverse democracy. The organization functions as a group of think tanks addressing various issues in higher education with the goal of facilitating the work of practitioners through research and inquiry.

Middlebury College agreed to host the event to study how it can get the student body more involved in the community. After the conference, the results will be passed on to NERCHE and contribute to an on-going regional discussion among higher education institutions.

Storyteller Series at GMC:
Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder

On Monday, February 28th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gorge, Green Mountain College presents Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder performing an evening of folk storytelling, with Celtic music played on harp and concertina. The program features a theme of social justice, and is suitable for “adults of all ages.”

They employ a duo-style of narration, words winding around each other like verbal counterpoint. Music infiltrates and intensifies the listener’s experience. Fresh, compelling, and authentic, Jennings and Ponder's performances are a highly entertaining blend of technique and soul.

Called "two of the best storytellers working in New England today" by the Storytelling Institute in New Haven, CT, the couple performs traditional folk tales, featuring branching roads and transformations; the charmed and the fated; rogues, lovers, magic, and things that go ‘bump’ in the night. The evening's moods change as sharply and intensely as New England weather, alternating humor, mystery, suspense, and moonlit serenity.

Long-time features of the arts scene in their home state of Vermont, popular in colleges, schools and resorts around New England, Jennings and Ponder have been featured performers at major festivals across North America, and on public television and radio. Two of their recordings have won awards from the American Library Association as being among the best of their kind.

"The old tales are for everybody,” they insist. “They are ageless, they speak directly to the part of you that doesn't change as you move through your life. As you listen, time changes, and you become ageless too."

Celebrating 50 Years of the Peace Corps
Alumni, faculty and staff of Green Mountain College who are past volunteers in the Peace Corps, and those who are interested in learning more about the organization, will gather for a celebration at the Two Editors Inn in Poultney on March 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Founded by the late president John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps is observing its 50th anniversary this year.

"The Peace Corps volunteer experience has influenced the lives of many people in Vermont, and we plan to celebrate this anniversary by recognizing volunteers connected to Green Mountain College," said Prof. Keith McDade (natural resource management). McDade was a volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa from 1993-1995. Current students and community members interested in learning more about the Peace Corps are invited.

There will be refreshments and informal talks about how experiences in the Peace Corps have impacted the lives of volunteers. Since 1961, over 200,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps, serving in 139 countries.

Pre-Med Club Hosts Dr. Ken Friedman
The Pre-med club will be hosting a talk by physiologist Dr. Ken Friedman in Terrace 122 from 1-2pm on Wednesday March 2.

Dr. Friedman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is also a former member of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) and has written several physician manuals and articles on how to address, diagnose, and treat neuroendocrineimmune disorders.

H.R. 1 YouTube Video Contest
A recent piece of U.S. House legislation, H.R. 1, calls for cutting student Pell grants as of July 1. Students at GMC and other Vermont colleges have an opportunity to register their opinion on H.R. 1 through an Association of Vermont Independent Colleges (AVIC) YouTube video contest.

AVIC president Susan Stitely is calling on students to post an original YouTube video asking Congress and President Obama not to cut student aid programs. The person or group that receives the most views wins the content.

The prize is a cash scholarship to be distributed to a Pell eligible student on the winning campus. GMC president Paul Fonteyn has led the way by contributing $100 to the scholarship, and so far 11 other Vermont college presidents have followed suit.

Entries must be posted by March 21. If you are interested in submitting an entry, contact Ernie Klepeis at or Elana Israel at Read more about contest details here.


Residence Hall Info for Spring Break
A reminder to students that residence halls close Friday, March 4 at 5 p.m. and reopen Sunday, March 13th at noon. Students who live outside of these states -- Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- will be permitted to stay on campus. Click here for more details pertaining to housing arrangements, food service, campus parking, shuttle options, and hours of operation for the Library and other campus offices. If you have a travel-related complication or have any other questions please contact your community director. Have a safe and fun Spring Break!

The Reverie Literary Magazine Seeks Submissions
GMC's student literary magazine, The Reverie, is seeking prose, essays, art, photography, photographs of art, short plays, poems, and anything else for consideration for publication.

The deadline to submit to this year's Reverie is March 25. Submissions should be sent in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .png, .gif or .jpeg format to Leah Delaporta at Don't hesitate to include questions concerning submitting.

Honors Tea Leadership Award Nominations
Nominations for the Honors Tea Leadership Award are now being accepted. With over eight categories for leadership awards, faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations for students and student groups. The 2011 Honors Tea Student Leadership Awards nomination form and a document describing leadership award categories can be found on MyGMC under ‘student involvement.’

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, March 21. Completed nominations can be dropped off at the student life office in Withey basement, or sent to Ryan Ihrke at or Lisa Perry at

GreenMAP Trip Registrations
Registration opens today for the following GreenMAP trips:

Adirondacks Ice Climbing Day Trips
Dates: March 19 & 20
Leaders: Tyler and Jon
All skill levels are welcome on these day trips.

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

Joel Shapiro (education) presented a paper on February 11 at the annual Conference of Academic Chairpersons in Orlando. The conference is sponsored by Kansas State University and was attended by more than 350 chairpersons from the US and Canada. The topic of his paper was how department chairs could mentor faculty on ways to increase the success of international students in their classrooms.

Rebecca Steinhauer '11 of Winchester, Mass., completed a successful ski season while competing independently in Thompson Division races. Wearing the Green Mountain College racing suit, she finished 11th overall in the Individual Lady's Category. It was the fourth season in a row Rebecca qualified for an appearance in the Eastern Regional Championships, held this season at Waterville Valley, Feb. 19-20. Competing against the top skiers in the division, she completed both runs each day -- the slalom on Saturday and the giant slalom on Sunday.

Christine DeVito ’11 recently had an article accepted for publication in the Student Papers section of the Journal of Applied Security Research. Her paper talks about the civil liberties of video surveillance, comparing and contrasting how video surveillance can help avoid lawsuits and reduce vandalism, but at the same time be abused and can target certain groups of people based on race, religion, or sexual orientation.

GMC students at NERCHE Event
Vermont Storytellers at GMC
Spring Break Information
Faculty/Student Notes


Spring Housing
Information Extravaganza

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Jazz Band
6 p.m., Ackley Stage

7 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Storyteller Series:
Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder

7:30 p.m., Gorge

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Celebrating 50 Years of the Peace Corps
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.,
Two Editors Inn

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

Dr. Ken Friedman
1 - 2 p.m., Terrace 122

Academic Skills Workshop
Research: Developing a Strategy and Identifying
Peer-Reviewed Research
1 - 2 p.m., PC Lab
Griswold Library

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

Power Yoga
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Residence Life Coffee Hour
3 - 4 p.m.,
Blue Moon Racoon Coffehouse

Healthy Relationships
4 - 5 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

SOAR Workshop: Interviewing
6 p.m.,
Special Collections Room
Griswold Library

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

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

Relaxing Yoga
7 - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio