From left: Matt Masters, Taylor Conley, Aaron Ashton, Bob Charlebois, Andrew O'Neill, and Jon O'Neill completed the Peak Snowshoe Challenge on March 5

GMC Students Race in Peak Snowshoe Challenge
Earlier this year, GMC Board of Trustees member Bob Charlebois offered to sponsor any student interested in participating in the ‘Peak Snowshoe Challenge.’ Five students - Aaron Ashton, Taylor Conley, Jonathan O’Neill, Matthew Masters, and Andrew O’Neill - took him up on his offer.

The Peak Snowshoe Challenge took place on March 5. Each student had signed up to run the 6.55-mile race up and down a mountain in snowshoes. None of the students had ever raced in snowshoes before, so they were all a bit curious how difficult the race would be. Although the race was exhausting, each student finished, some with a cough, and others with cramps.

The students had the opportunity to meet some members of the Peak Race community, and found it to be a great learning opportunity. These students all appreciate Bob’s generosity for sponsoring them, and look forward to participating in next year’s race.

Faculty Colloquium Series:
Steve Letendre

Steven Letendre (environmental studies, economics) will discuss the various ways to use solar energy to power and heat a home this Wednesday, March 16 from 12 - 1 in Terrace 124.

He will provide important insights based on his experience installing both solar thermal and solar electric systems on his super insulated straw-bale home located in Middletown Springs, VT.

The colloquium will include an overview of the federal and state incentives that help to reduce the overall costs of investing in solar energy equipment.

Gallery Management Class
Installs Art Show

Students in Jessica Cuni's Gallery Curating and Management class installed a juried art show in Pollock Hall before spring break, highlighting GMC student artwork for campus visitors.

The class also put together an exhibit of artwork in various media created by students at Poultney Elementary and Poultney High Schools at The William Feick Fine Arts Center called "A Tale of Two Schools." A reception honoring the young artists was held Thursday, March 3 from 5-7 p.m. at the Feick.

"These projects not only boost the profile of public art on campus but provide hands-on labs for our students to learn what goes into curating shows," said Cuni of her class. Students managed all aspects of the Pollock exhibition, from the open call for entries to hanging the show. The Gallery Curating and Management class will also take leadership of the upcoming Liza Myers exhibit at the Feick.

In addition to the experiential learning on campus, the class will travel to New York City in March to hear from various gallery directors about the world of curating and gallery management.

Spring Mainstage Production:
Crimes of the Heart

The Green Mountain College theater department will present Crimes of the Heart March 18-20 in Ackley Theatre. Directed by GMC professor Paul Mann, showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission for the general public is $10.

This is a Pulitzer Prize winning contemporary dark comedy about a dysfunctional trio of sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy's home in Mississippi after Babe shoots her abusive husband. The trio was raised in a dysfunctional family and each has endured her share of hardship and misery. Past resentments bubble to the surface as each sister is forced to deal with the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" she's committed.

Crimes of the Heart was written by Beth Henley. The 1986 film adaptation was directed by Bruce Beresford and garnered three Academy Award nominations, including one for Henley for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Throop to Present at Lecture Series
Dr. William Throop, provost and vice-president of academic affairs at Green Mountain College will be giving a presentation March 25 from 1:30 - 3 p.m. as part of the Rutland Area Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture Series.

Throop’s lecture, ‘Higher Education: Trading Ivory for Green,’ will outline three phases in the greening of U.S. higher education and describe its role in growing the green jobs sector, and developing the capacity of the next generation to live sustainably.

The Rutland Area Osher Lifelong Learning Institute exists to promote continuing education for area residents aged fifty and over. Started in 2003 as an affiliate of the University of Vermont, they are an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization.

The lecture series will take place at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer Street (off Woodstock Avenue) in Rutland.

Maple Fest 2011
in Downtown Poultney

Maple Fest 2011 will be held in downtown Poultney this weekend, March 19 and 20.

Maple Fest will be celebrated with many events and activities for all ages, and is sponsored jointly by the Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce, Green Mountain College, and the Poultney Downtown Revitalization Committee.

Events include a 5K run, a maple pancake breakfast at the Methodist church, bag sales, sugar house tours, wagon rides, and more. Green Mountain College will also be holding family games and crafts on campus.

Maple Fest is community activity geared to bring people into the area for a fun and entertaining day, celebrating the maple syrup harvest. For more information about Maple Fest and a schedule of events, visit the Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce online.

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.


‘Two Old Friends’ to Play in the Gorge
Mac McHale and Emery Hutchins have joined forces to sing and play songs from Ireland, the mountains, and the sea.

Come join them on Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17) at 9 p.m. in the Gorge for some traditional Irish songs. Check them out online.

Fem Fair in Withey Lobby
The Women's and Gender Events (WAGE) group is inviting all campus organizations to participate in the Fem Fair. The theme for this year's celebration is "Our History is Our Strength." Any group interested in setting up an informational table during the event may contact Hailey Paschold at this week. The FEM FAIR will be on Friday, March 18 at Withey Lobby from 11-2 p.m.

New Exhibit at the Feick
Liza Myers presents her show Promises Kept at the Feick Fine Arts Center March 18-April 15. Liza refers to herself as a citizen of the western hemisphere, having lived, studied and traveled on both continents and beyond.

"Visionary realism" is the term she uses to describe her paintings, using information from acute examination of the natural world to create a personal reality. Light, color and shadow inform us of a complex world of mystery and beauty. A reception for the artists will be held Friday, March 25 from 5-7 p.m. at the Feick.

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.

GMC Nominated for 'Heart of Green' Award
Green Mountain College has been nominated for The Daily Green's 2011 'Heart of Green' Award. The 'Heart of Green Award' exists to acknowledge those who have helped the most to make "green go mainstream" in the past year.

Winners will be determined by online votes on The Daily Green website. Online ballots can be found here and voting will continue through March 27.

Cerridwen Farm CSA Memberships Now Available
Cerridwen Farm is now signing up members for its CSA for the 2011 season. CSA members will receive 20 weeks of sustainably produced fresh veggies grown by Bill, Lou, and hard-working GMC students. Tomatoes from the new solar-heated high tunnels will be available by early July. Also, raw milk is back and available for $4, plus a $2 jar deposit.

Joining the CSA helps support research and education in small-scale, sustainable farming. Semester-only shares are also available. To become a member, simply fill out a small brochure here.

Sarah Mittlefehldt (environmental studies, natural resource management) was invited to speak as part of Middlebury College's Howard E. Woodin's Environmental Studies Colloquium Series. The series brings together students, faculty, and staff at Middlebury College to gather over lunch and learn about conservation and environmental topics. Professor Mittlefehldt's talk was entitled "The Appalachian Trail and the Tangled Roots of Environmental Politics in the U.S."

Students Tori Knoss, Diann Wetzel, and Amanda Malkin updated the Water Resource Protection plan for the town of Poultney as part of their Delicate Balance project. This was a major accomplishment as it required a significant amount of work to create a plan that required approval by the Poultney Town Planner, Jonas Rosenthal, as well as approval by the State of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. See the letter here.

Peak Snowshoe Challenge
"Crimes of the Heart"
Maple Fest 2011
Faculty/Student Notes

Mixed Tennis
3/20, 10 a.m. at Thomas

Men's Lacrosse
3/18, 4 p.m. at Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)

Women's Lacrosse
3/20, 2 p.m. at St. Joseph (Conn.)


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

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Faculty Colloquium:
Steve Letendre

12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

Academic Skills Workshop
Computer Applications: Excel
1 - 2 p.m., PC Lab
Griswold Library

Academic Skills Workshop
Managing Academic Stress
1 - 2 p.m., Chapel

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: Tax Prep 101
6 p.m.,
Dickgeisser Classroom
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

Intermediate Vinyasa Flow Yoga
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

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

Two Old Friends
9 p.m., Gorge

Fem Fair
11 - 2 p.m., Withey Lobby

Guided Meditation
3:30 - 4 p.m., Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

6 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Senior Exhibition: Jason Jensen
7 - 9 p.m., Surdam

Crimes of the Heart
7:30 p.m., Ackley Theatre

Poultney Maple Fest
All day, downtown Poultney

Crimes of the Heart
7:30 p.m., Ackley Theatre

Poultney Maple Fest
All day, downtown Poultney

Crimes of the Heart
2 p.m., Ackley Theatre