In Memoriam: Paul Emerson Opel
Paul Emerson Opel passed away at the age of 55 on March 1, 2012, surrounded by family in the home he lovingly restored.

Paul was deeply involved in all things musical at GMC. He worked as an adjunct in the music department for ten years, coordinating the applied music program and providing instrument lessons for students. Paul played in numerous ensembles and served as accompanist to the chorus. Few musicians had his range of knowledge and instrumental skill.

A celebration of Paul's life will be held this Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Poultney Methodist Church, followed by a reception in the Gorge.

Letendre Receives VCC Engaged Scholar Award
GMC prof. Steve Letendre (REED, environmental studies) was selected as the recipient of Vermont Campus Compact’s 2012 Engaged Scholar award.

The award honors one faculty member from a VCC member campus whose academic life embodies Ernest Boyer’s definition of the “scholarship of engagement” wherein community engagement and problem solving are an integral part of his/her teaching and research.

The engaged scholar collaborates with and involves community partners and students in the discovery, integration, application, and dissemination of new knowledge for public purpose.

Through the scholarship, the recipient connects any of the above dimensions of scholarship to the understanding and solving of pressing social, civic, economic, and moral problems.

Bruce Piasecki to Speak at GMC
Dr. Bruce Piasecki, author of the new book Doing More with Less: The New Way to Wealth will present a public talk at GMC on Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

Piasecki’s new book is based on 30 years of experience working with companies throughout the world, and offers a groundbreaking approach to thinking about and doing business in this new era.

Piasecki’s new book was recently ranked as a #1 bestseller on Amazon and #3 on the Barnes and Noble list.

Chartwells Receives Green
Restaurant Certification

Chartwells Dining Service at GMC has recently been awarded Green Restaurant Certification through the Green Restaurant Association. Chartwells achieved 142.58 points on the assessment, well above the required 100 points.

Certification was based on the implementation of environmental steps in a variety of categories which included disposables, energy, food, furnishing and building materials, pollution and chemical reduction, waste, and water.

Chartwells will continue to implement the programs leading to this achievement as well as introduce new measures to ensure ongoing certification. To learn more about the Green Restaurant Association and the certification program, visit

GMC Featured in
Newfoundland Newspaper

The GreenMAP spring break group that traveled to Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland received some local media attention with an article in the Western Star, a newspaper from Corner Brook, NL.

As reported by the Western Star, “when you think of March break you usually picture college students enjoying themselves in some warm climate with sandy beaches. But that won’t be the experience for a group of students from Vermont. They’ll be spending their March break backcountry skiing in Gros Morne National Park.”

Read the article here.

Career Services Alumni Speaker Series
Join the office of career services in welcoming Jessica Clark-Keeler ’02 back to GMC this Thursday, March 15.

Jessica graduated in 2002 with a behavioral science/psychology degree. She received her MSW from Boston University in 2004, and is currently a clinical social worker at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Jessica will be giving a public presentation from 11 – 12:15 p.m. in room 2 of Griswold Library, and will be available for questions and introductions from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Withey Lobby.

Students Attend Model UN Conference
By Bruna Lobato
Seven GMC students spent four days in Boston last month as delegates at the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference. Binh Bui '14, Lian Kariuki '15, Kirstin Kelley '13, Bruna Lobato '15, Lindsay Rhoades '15, Asadullah Sohail '13, and Bianca Zanella '15 represented the Republic of Vanuatu, a small island nation in the Pacific.

The students discussed several relevant issues worldwide and then divided into groups. Bianca and Asadullah worked on the World Health Organization Committee, and Kirstin and Lian served on the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee.

Binh, who participated in the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and Bruna and Lindsay, who served on the Disarmament and International Security Committee, had their resolutions passed.

This was the 58th session of this conference organized by students and faculty members of Harvard University.

17th Annual Ecosystem Exposition Looking for Presenters
On Tuesday, May 1, the Poultney Mettowee Conservation District will be hosting its 17th annual Ecosystem Exposition.

This event brings over 300 local 5th and 6th graders to campus to attend three different, 50-minute workshops where they get to explore and participate in activities focusing on river erosion, tree identification, and forest management.

Presenters in previous years have included the Rutland County state forester, representatives from various Vermont state agencies, and students or classes from GMC.

If you are interested in leading a workshop or want to learn more about the event, please contact Chuck Domenie, PMNRCD Outreach and Education Coordinator.

Chuck can be reached by email at or by phone at (802) 353-2488. Individuals, classes, specialty floors and campus clubs are all welcome to propose a workshop for the event.


GreenMAP Trips and Sign-ups
Registration opens today, February 27, for a number of GreenMAP trips coming up in the next few weeks. The trips are:

Snowshoe Day Hike
Get some fresh air on this local snowshoe hike.
Leaders: S.J., Scott C.
Trip Date: March 21. Meet at GreenMAP 4 p.m.

Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding
Earn your Turns! We’ll go wherever the best snow is.
Leaders: Summer, Nick R.
Trip Date: March 23-25
Pre-trip Meeting: March 21, 8:30 p.m.

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

Faculty Candidate Presentations
This week, there will be three faculty candidates for the English and communications programs giving presentations that are open to the GMC community.

Meg Worley, Ph.D. (English) "Medieval as It Wants to Be: Archaism in the King James Bible." Monday, March 12, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Griswold Library, Room 001

Lesley Jacobs, Ph.D. (English) "The Elephant in the Mead-Hall: Recurring Violence in Beowulf." Wednesday, March 14, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m., Terrace Hall, Room 124

Jason Schmitt, Ph.D. (communications) “From Rock City to Green City: Understanding the Evolving Creativity of Detroit.” Friday, March 16, 11:00 – 12 p.m., Griswold Library

Diversity and Inclusion Forum
Join the Diversity Committee for a public forum on diversity and inclusion this Tuesday, March 20 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the East Room.

Academic Skills Workshop: Excel
Join the Calhoun Learning Center for a workshop on effectively using Microsoft Excel. This workshop will take place Wednesday, March 14 from 1 – 2 p.m. in the Graphics Lab on the second floor of Griswold Library.

GMAT Study Group
Students studying for the Graduate Management Admissions Test are welcome to join this study group Wednesday, March 14 from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Special Collections Room of Griswold Library. The group is facilitated by Dan Riley ’12 and is sponsored by Career Services.

"Overboard," a Play by Michael Shulman
See this original one-act play written by Michael Shulman ’12 performed by a GMC ensemble for one night only: Saturday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in Ackley.

The play, Michael’s senior project, makes an important statement about addiction and taking personal responsibility. This show is free and open to the public.

Two Old Friends
Join Mac McCale and Emery Hutchins this Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m. in the Gorge for Celtic music and stories. Two Old Friends will give you plaintive ballads and footstomping shout tunes, soaring mandolin solos, gospel sing-alongs, traditional Irish tunes, and storytelling.

Bruce Piasecki to Speak at GMC
Dr. Bruce Piasecki, author of the new book Doing More with Less: The New Way to Wealth will present a public talk at GMC on Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

Piasecki’s new book is based on 30 years of experience working with companies throughout the world, and offers a groundbreaking approach to thinking about and doing business in this new era.

Korean Summer Studies Program
Looking to travel affordably and learn about a new culture this summer? If yes, then consider the Korean Summer Studies Program (KSSP) at GMC. As part of GMC’s exchange program with Hannam University in Daejon, South Korea, GMC can send six students tuition-free to study Korean culture for three weeks in June and July.

Students are only responsible for their plane ticket, some meals, and a $100 processing fee. The application is due March 15. Contact Anne Colpitts at for an application or more details.


  • Prof. Dr. Thayer Raines (youth development & camp management) presented two workshops at the Wilderness Education Association’s International Conference on Outdoor Leadership in Estes Park, Colorado on February 20 and 21. He presented on the topics of “Shared Reflection: A Dozen Ways to Debrief the Experience” and “What Every Trip Leader Should Know: Six Essentials for Conflict Resolution”.

  • Melody Baumhover '13 had a paper accepted to be presented at the annual meeting of the New York Political Science Association in April. Her paper, entitled "The Global Injustice of Coal," looks at the impact that coal production has on populations in South Africa, India, and China and explores new directions for the field of environmental justice.

Letendre Receives Award
Chartwells a "Green Restaurant"
Students Attend Model UN
Faculty/Student Notes

Men's Lacrosse
3/15, 7 p.m. at Emmanuel

Men's Tennis
3/16, 5 p.m. vs. Sage


12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Open Chapel
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Dr. Meg Worley Presentation
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.,
Room 001, Griswold

3 - 4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

Open Chapel/Mystical Prayer
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
2 - 3:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Guided Meditation
4 - 4:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Diversity & Inclusion Forum
6:30 - 8 p.m.,
East Room

Fire Spinning
8 - 9:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Faculty Colloquium: Alan Marwine
12 - 1 p.m.,
Terrace 124

Open Chapel/When We Pray
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Academic Skills Workshop:

1 - 2 p.m.,
Graphics Lab, Griswold Library

Lesley Jacobs Presentation
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.,
Terrace 124

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
3 - 7 p.m.,
Wellness Center

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance - Beginners
6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

GMAT Study Group
7 - 8 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

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

Shakti Tribal Dance - Advanced
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Jessica Clark-Keeler

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.,
Room 2 Griswold & Withey Lobby

12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Open Chapel
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Kripalu Yoga
5:15 - 6:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Fire Spinning
8 - 9:30 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio

8 - 9 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

Open Chapel
9 - 10 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

Jason Schmitt Presentation
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.,
Griswold Library

Open Chapel/Celtic Prayer
12:20 - 12:50 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Kripalu Yoga
1 - 2:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Hip-Hop and Freestyle Dance
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Paul Opel Service
7 p.m.,
Poultney Methodist Church

Contemporary Dance
12:30 - 3 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

7 p.m., Ackley Hall

Two Old Friends
8 p.m., Gorge