Irene: How the Storm Made us Stronger
When Tropical Storm Irene roared through Vermont last August it caused several deaths, destroyed or severely damaged more than 1,300 homes, washed out roads and bridges, and caused more than half a billion dollars in damage. It is regarded as one of the worst natural disasters in the state’s history.

Despite the widespread devastation left in its wake, Irene was also an opportunity for Vermonters to pull together, rebuild communities and patch together lives of displaced neighbors. Join a distinguished panel of guests for Green Mountain College’s annual Voices of Community Plenary on March 27 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium. A reception with refreshments will follow.

This open forum bears witness to the devastating events of Irene and the strength that Vermonters drew from each other as the region struggled to recover.

Panelists include Chris Nyberg, president and general manager of Killington-Pico Ski Resort Partners LLC; Brian McCloskey, general manager of The Lodge, Green Mountain College’s Killington residence hall; Marli Rupe, district manager of the Poultney Mettowee Conservation District; Rebecca Purdom, assistant dean of environmental programs and associate professor of law at Vermont Law School (and a FEMA clinic organizer); Mandy Hulett, a West Pawlet dairy farmer; Philip Picotte, of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission; and Ethan Swift, watershed coordinator at the Agency of Natural Resources.

Each panelist will make a brief presentation and a question and answer session will follow. The moderator is Vermont Public Radio reporter Nina Keck.

The event is free and open to the public.



Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder at GMC Tonight
Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder, among today's finest interpreters of the international folk tale, will be at GMC Monday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gorge. The performance is free and open to the public.

This talented duo is coming back to GMC by popular demand. Join Tim and Leanne as they play traditional Irish music on harp and concertina, and perform classic traditional tales, including some they collected in Vermont, and the heart-warming Irish Legend of St. Ailbe's Wolf Mother.

They have performed widely across North America, including such venues as The National Storytelling Festival, King County Storytelling Festival, Old Songs, Hudson Clearwater Revival, and the Toronto Storytelling Festival. All their material is traditional and includes classic folktales from around the world, Irish and American folk music, and a few folk spoken word pieces they discovered "live," still in oral circulation in New England families. Their storytelling albums have received major awards from the American Library Association and the Parents' Choice Foundation.

The performance is high energy, exciting, and deeply engaging. The tales are timeless and ageless. You listen, time changes, and you become ageless too.



Community Conversation: The Future of GMC
GMC is currently in the final stages of developing a strategic plan for the next several years. On Wednesday, March 28 from noon – 1 p.m. in the Gorge, a community conversation will be held where students will be able to review the latest edition of the plan, discuss it with other members of the College, and provide comments and recommendations.

GMC wants to hear the opinions of all students, faculty, and staff at this conversation. For more information, please contact the office of student life at x8377.



A Day in the Life—in Pictures
Prof. Kevin Bubriski’s digital photography class is preparing an ambitious project to document life at GMC. Students will dedicate class time on Thursday, March 29 for the "Day in the Life of Green Mountain College" photography project. Students in the class will be taking photos the entire day and evening, covering different aspect of College life including classes, sports and activities.

The class will establish a blog where the best images from the day will be posted. Other students, faculty and staff are also invited to contribute to this project. To make submissions, enter photos in the public course folder for Art 3062 (digital photography). Each submission should be in a folder with the photographer's name on it. Each image should be 1MB-10MB jpeg file size with the photographer's name. The digital class will work together as editors to shape the final selection of images.

“While we encourage everyone to make their own personal and interesting photographs of the day, we also see great potential for this collection of photographs to help the college present itself to the larger public,” said Bubriski.

Photographers will carry permission/release forms to obtain signatures of those people that they photograph.



Meiko Lunetta ’13 is Named Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact
Meiko Lunetta ’12 was named by Campus Compact as winner of a national 2012 Newman Civic Fellow Award. Meiko is one of just two students from a Vermont higher educational institution to receive this honor. These students are demonstrating a personal commitment to creating lasting change for the better in their communities. Through service, community-based research, and advocacy, the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves and the root causes of some of the most pressing social issues that challenge us all.

Meiko demonstrates the type of civic engagement that sets an example for others, shining a positive light in a time when negativity has dominated much national conversation. Through community service, energy reduction and environmental education, Meiko sees the importance of combining multiple aspects of sustainability into her life. In the summer of 2011 Meiko co-led a six-week summer program on GMC's farm that taught children of all ages from the local communities about sustainable and local agriculture. Meiko is president of the Sustainable Living Floor and a member of the Student Campus Greening Fund.

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Meiko will join a network of Fellows around the country. Together — sharing ideas and tools through online networking — the Fellows will leverage an even greater capacity for service and change, and will continue to set examples for their classmates and others.



Quality of Life Wellness Series:
Village Roots Catering

Join Kathryn Vanderminden, chef/owner of Village Roots Catering in Pawlet, Vt. this Tuesday, March 27 from 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. in the Gorge as she speaks on local foods and gives a few demos on how to prepare her special maple balsamic barley salad and her red potato salad with lemon and herb vinaigrette.

Village Roots Catering prides itself on having a catering operation that supports local. Their menu changes not just by the season, but nearly every week depending on what is available at the farmer’s market or in their own garden.

This event is free and open to the public.



Oh no! Where did the lids go?
You may have noticed that the lids are missing from the recycling bins around campus. There is no reason for fear or concern; we do not have a recycling thief thwarting GMC’s efforts to achieve a 30% diversion rate. GMC’s recycling crew is simply making recycling more convenient for you.

Green Mountain College is part of Casella’s Zero Sort Recycling program, which means there is no need to separate clean recyclables. Paper, plastic, glass, cardboard, and metal can all go in one recycling bin. Find a bin with a blue bag and fill it up with all your clean recyclables.



Shakespeare Meets the Wild West in Latest GMC Stage Production
The Green Mountain College Theater Department is presenting Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night with a new twist. The performance, directed by Blake Kyler '12, is Friday and Saturday, March 30-31 at 7 p.m. with a Sunday, April 1, matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are free for students, staff and faculty, $5 for the general public. All performances will take place in the College's Ackley Theatre.

Widely regarded as Shakespeare's most perfect comedy, Twelfth Night follows the twisting paths, detours and bumps in the road that leads to love. This production takes place in the Wild West of the 1890's complete with gun slinging, whiskey toting outlaws and a cast of 14 students, including two recent GMC graduates. In addition, a live folk ensemble will be used to showcase music as the "food of love."



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rutland Mental Health Recruiter at GMC
Join Melissa Sicard, staff development specialist at Rutland Mental Health as she visits GMC from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Withey lobby. Stop by with any questions for her about RMH or her path to her current career.

Nepal Course Presentation
On Tuesday, March 27 from 4 – 5 p.m. in Terrace 124, participants in the recent December – January international anthropology course will present and reflect on their recent three-week study of “culture and environment” in Nepal.

Tae Kwon Do at GMC
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art generally characterized by kicks and blocks used for sparring and self-defense. The objectives of this art are to achieve physical fitness through positive participation, improve mental discipline and emotional equanimity, to learn self-defense skills, and to develop a sense of responsibility for oneself and others.

Join Charlene Smith’s class on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – noon in the Bogue Movement Studio.

Melodeego at GMC
Bike-Powered Music! From Melodeego’s first rally on the Boston Common for the Global Warming Solutions Act, to touring to support the new EP “Embrace Your Energy Revolution” in support of the Power Vote campaign, Melodeego had tapped into something much bigger than itself. Join them as they play in the Gorge this Saturday, March 31 at 9 p.m.



FACULTY/STUDENT NOTES

  • Prof. Jen Sellers (psychology), director of academic support services Christina Fabrey, Wellness Center director Heidie Vazquez-Garcia, and Learning Center associate Svea Miller all presented at the 2012 Vermont Women in Higher Education conference held March 22 – 23 in Killington, Vt. The conference theme was Vermont Strong: Renew, Regrow, Rebuild and was attended by over 100 higher education professionals across the state.

  • GMC student Elyse Carter of Fritz Creek, Alaska recently completed a 78-day semester exploring the mountains, deserts, and coastlines of the Baja Cal. peninsula with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, NOLS is the leader in wilderness education and sets the industry standard for responsible, high-quality educational expeditions.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Voices of Community Plenary
Jennings and Ponder at GMC
GMC Community Conversation
Faculty/Student Notes





Men's Lacrosse
3/31, 12 p.m. at Castleton

Men's Tennis
3/31, 1 p.m. vs. Colby-Sawyer
4/1, 1 p.m. vs. Johnson St.

Women's Softball
3/28, 3:30/5:30 p.m. vs. Southern Vt.
3/29, 3:30/5:30 p.m. vs. Sage
3/31, 1/3 p.m. vs. Castleton
Women's Lacrosse
3/26, 7 p.m. at Mt. St. Mary
3/31, 1 p.m. at Becker

WEEK AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, MARCH 26
Melissa Sicard (Rutland Mental Health)
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

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

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

Pilates
3 - 4 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

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

Jennings & Ponder
7:30 p.m.,
Gorge

TUESDAY, MARCH 27
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
2 - 3:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Village Roots Catering Presentation
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.,
Gorge

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

Nepal Course Presentation
4 - 5 p.m., Terrace 124

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

Irene: How the Storm Made us Stronger
7 p.m., Ackley Hall

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28
Tae Kwon Do
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Faculty Colloquium:
Jim Cassarino

12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

Community Conversation
12 - 1 p.m., Gorge

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

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

Self-Defense
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

THURSDAY, MARCH 29
HooPla
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

Pilates
8 - 9 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

Open Chapel
9 - 10 p.m.
Ackley Chapel

FRIDAY, MARCH 30
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

Twelfth Night
7 p.m., Ackley Theatre

SATURDAY, MARCH 31
Contemporary Dance
12:30 - 3 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Twelfth Night
7 p.m., Ackley Theatre

Melodeego
9 p.m., Gorge

SUNDAY, APRIL 1
Twelfth Night
2 p.m., Ackley Theatre