GMC students Emily Piper, Sara Haas and Garnet Morgan are interviewed for a BBC News story about the GMC Choir's six concert tour of Wales. The group toured the country from March 8 - 13. Listen to the BBC story.
Photo: Rebecca Purdom

Choir to Host Concert & Slideshow of Wales
The Green Mountain College Choir will present an informal concert, discussion and slideshow of their recent tour to North Wales at 3:30 p.m. on March 20 at the Welsh Church on Route 30 in Poultney. As the only college choir in the United States that maintains a Welsh music repertoire, the choir reflects the rich Welsh heritage of the College’s location in Vermont’s Slate Valley. In recent years, the choir and its smaller a cappella group, Cantorion, have performed in Welsh-American communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware and New York.

The choir’s director, Prof. James Cassarino (music), has pursued extensive research in Welsh music at the University of Wales at Bangor, where he has been making annual visits since 2005. Through his research he has become well-known in Wales as an authority of Welsh-American musical traditions.

  • GMC Choir Wales 2010: A Student Blog
    Catch up with the GMC Choir on their concert tour of Wales through student Megan Murphy’s blog, “Choir Tour Wales 2010.” The first-year student and member of the choir has been posting photos and updates of the group’s adventures at:

Fem Fair to Celebrate Women's History
“Writing Women Back into History:” It’s the theme for this year’s Fem Fair, to be held March 18 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Withey Hall lobby. The Women’s and Gender Events (WAGE) group sponsors the celebration in honor of Women’s History Month. The event’s purpose is to raise awareness about gender issues through posters and exhibits of some 20 local and regional organizations, including the GMC women’s studies class. GMC's Shakti Tribal Dance students will perform at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. outside of Withey Hall, weather permitting. Rain location is the Gorge.

Corporate Sustainability Planning Workshop on Tap
On March 17, Green Mountain College hosts a one-day workshop on corporate sustainability planning. The workshop is offered by the Vermont Council for Quality in partnership with the Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board and GMC. The workshop is structured on the work of Dr. Donald Fisher, Executive Director/CEO of Mid-South. His new book is titled Corporate Sustainability Planning Assessment Guide (A Comprehensive Organizational Assessment). Dr. Fisher is the workshop presenter. Download a brochure.

Science Seminar Series Kicks Off with Biologist
GMC’s science seminar series begins this week with a senior fish biologist from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. On March 18, Bill Arden, Ph.D hosts a talk titled "Inferring Demographic Histories of Endangered Species using Population Genetics." The schedule for the seminar series is as follows - all talks begin at 2:30 p.m. in Terrace 124.

March 18
Bill Arden, Ph.D

"Inferring Demographic Histories of Endangered Species using Population Genetics"

April 8
Richard Seegal

Research Scientist for N.Y. State Department of Health
“Gender Modifies Polychlorinated Biphenyl Induced Neurotoxicity: Relevance to Parkinson's Disease”

April 29
Wallace Fu, Ph.D

Formerly Senior Manufacturing Associate at Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals
“A Greed Tragedy”

Storyteller Laura Simms
to Perform at GMC

From Maori elder to Romanian grandmother, storyteller Laura Simms brings to life a whole host of characters in her one-woman show, “Reconciled in the Book of Secrets (or How to Find Romania).” She visits Green Mountain College for a performance on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gorge. Laura’s performance is part of GMC’s Storyteller Series. It is free and open to the public.

Laura is a professional storyteller who performs for adult and family audiences across the country. “Reconciled in the Book of Secrets (or How to Find Romania)” is a one-woman performance of riveting personal narrative and uncanny traditional stories. While telling her audience the history of her childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., Laura reveals the journey of an artist's coming to terms with history, spirituality, and family after World War II. Directed by A Traveling Jewish Theater director Naomi Newman, “Reconciled” breaks new ground with a direct theatre genre of storytelling that engages the audience with the immediacy of a kitchen table conversation.

Workshops, Socials & More at Farmer Resource Fair
From farmland access to affordable health care, the upcoming Farmer Resource Fair is set to provide valuable information to area agricultural producers. The fair, co-sponsored by RAFFL, Green Mountain College and Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District, will be held March 30 from 2 – 7 p.m. in the Gorge. Workshops are ongoing throughout the afternoon, and over 20 regional organizations will have booths. Groups setting up displays include farm service and technical providers, lenders, insurers, support organizations, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, UVM extension and many others. Other special events include a New Farmer Focus Group sponsored by the Women’s Agricultural Network, and a New Farmer Ice Cream Social.

Green Mountain College In the News

Alum Interviewed on Vermont Public Radio
GMC alum Maggie Burke '07 served as a guest on the Vermont Public Radio show Vermont Edition March 9. She talked about her upcoming trip to the Paralympics in Vancouver. The program coordinator for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports was one of six coaches and program leaders from across the country selected to participate. Listen to the show.

Prof. Swyler in Denver Daily News
A new exhibit from Prof. Karen Swyler (art) is featured in an article in the March 9 edition of the Denver Daily News. Her work will be on display at the Plinth Gallery in Denver through March 28. Read the article titled "A Ceramic Relationship."


Prof. Natalie Coe (biology) contributed a chapter to a book titled Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest: Region, Heritage, and Environment in the Rural Northeast. It is edited by Pavel Cenkl and is part of the American Land & Life Series published by University of Iowa Press. Natalie’s chapter is titled “Life as Beech: Survival in the New England Forest.”

Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) presented at the research symposium for the 2010 National Conference for Outdoor Leadership in Estes Park, Col., February 20. His presentation, “The Effects of a Treatment Curriculum on the Learning Transfer of Prosocial Behavior in Adventure Education,” discussed how students develop prosocial skills during adventure education courses and use them post-course. In the process of conducting the research project, Nate developed a theoretically-grounded treatment curriculum to target the transfer of an educational variable.

Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (English) had three poems accepted in the New Mexico Poetry Review. The titles are "God Will Save Me, if He Exists," "Country Matters" and "Toroweap Point, Northern Grand Canyon."

GMC Farm Manager Kenneth Mulder is lead author of an article titled “Burning Water: A Comparative Analysis of the Energy Return on Water Invested” which will be published in the upcoming issue of Ambio. The article compares the energy and water demands of various renewable and non-renewable energy technologies.

Prof. Karen Swyler’s (art) work is included in the exhibition “Convergence: Pottery from Studio and Factory” on display at the Philadelphia Art Alliance from Feb 11-May 3. This exhibition, curated by Jody Clowes, features “examples of work by 36 artists/designers from the United States and Europe, including mass-produced and limited edition objects by well-known designers, short-run “boutique” ceramics commissioned for high-end retailers, objects produced on a contract basis by independent designers, and the work of studio potters who embrace industrial techniques and the aesthetic of industrial design."