Students in GMC Alum Khanti Munro's solar PV class work on installing panels over the front door of the Tiny House, built last semester. Photo by Khanti Munro.

Noted Author Rick Bass
to Deliver Benson Lecture

Award-winning author and environmental activist Rick Bass will be the speaker for Green Mountain College’s fourth annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Hall. The title of his lecture is "The Writer as Activist."

Bass will also conduct several smaller workshops and readings while on campus. He will hold an environmental writing workshop in the East Room in Withey Hall from 4-5:15 p.m. on Monday, April 18. On Tuesday he will speak on “Three Rivers Challenge: Writing a Wilderness Bill” from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in the East room, followed by a lecture “Competing Stakeholders’ Values & Convergence on Policy: A Discussion on Environmental Philosophy” at 11 a.m., also in the East Room. On Tuesday evening, Bass will give a reading from his book The Lives of Rocks at 7 p.m. at the Two Editors Inn. The public is invited to all these events. more...

Governor Peter Shumlin is 2011 Commencement Speaker
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will deliver the commencement address at Green Mountain College’s 174th graduation ceremony May 14, and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. The ceremony is at 10 a.m. on the College’s Griswold Library lawn.

Governor Shumlin was elected as the 81st governor of Vermont last year. His career in public service began in Putney, Vt. almost 30 years ago when he was elected to serve on the town’s selectboard at the age of 24.

Co-owner of his family’s business, Putney Student Travel, Shumlin was appointed to fill an empty seat in the Vermont House by Governor Madeleine Kunin in 1983. After three years in the House he ran for one of Windham County’s two Senate seats. He was elected in 1992, and would represent Windham County for the next ten years. During his second term he was elected Democratic leader, and in 1997 his colleagues chose him to serve as president pro-tempore, the chamber’s top leadership post.

The College will also present an honorary doctor of humane letters degree to Robert H. Young and renowned writer and reporter Thomas G. Wicker. See a complete press release here.

GMC to Launch
New Graduate Program

Green Mountain College has announced that it will offer a masters degree in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS). The program has received accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and GMC plans to launch its first cohort by January, 2012. The new major builds on the surging interest in food and agriculture issues in the U.S. and abroad, and the success of the College’s undergraduate major in sustainable agriculture.

“There is an ever-increasing need for graduate-level education in today’s work force and we are positioned to meet the demand in areas of particular academic strength at Green Mountain,” said GMC President Paul Fonteyn. “The major is a natural outgrowth of our emphasis on the environmental liberal arts and the success of our undergraduate programs in food systems.”

Currently more than thirty students focus their academic work on food systems. Four grants over the past three years totaling over $250,000 have significantly enhanced facilities and faculty research capacity at GMC. The Green Mountain College Board of Trustees voted to approve the major during its January meeting. more...

Bruce Bassett to Speak at GMC
Bruce Bassett will be coming to GMC on Monday, April 18 at 11 a.m. in Booth Lounge to give a lecture titled “Building Skills and Knowledge for the New Generation of Problem Solvers.”

Bruce works with IBM University Relations team members in growth market locations around the globe to implement common programs, practices and initiatives that establish IBM’s presence and relationships with key universities in emerging economies.

Bruce also supports IBM’s Smarter Planet thrust, with particular focus on Smarter Cities, by working to align universities with cities where IBM sees great potential for research collaboration and business interaction.

Bruce lives and works in Burlington Vermont and is a certified level II member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America.

Dan Snow to Hold
Workshop and Lecture

Dan Snow is an assemblage artist specializing in site-generated, or locally sourced, natural materials. His dry stone constructions have included stock-proof fences, pillars, stiles, staircases, and arch bridges.

On Tuesday, April 19, Dan will be holding a lecture titled "Art and the Working Landscape: Shaping our Environment Today" in the Dickgiesser Classroom at 9:30 a.m., followed by a workshop on dry-jointed stone work.

The workshop is only open to eight students, so those interested should contact Lucas Brown at

This half-day workshop is an introduction to the basics of dry-jointed stone work. Participants will learn and practice time-honored dry stone walling techniques such as using the length of each stone into the wall, and laying each stone to cover the joint below.

The lecture will be about how cultivated land is a handmade environment, and how over the past two centuries, the rural face of Vermont has been shaped by farm life.

For more information about this event, contact Lucas Brown at

Hoe Down with the
Green Mountaineers

The Green Mountaineers folk music ensemble, directed by adjunct instructor Gus Bloch, will present an evening of music and dance in Ackley Hall Auditorium on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

Fiddler, caller, and adjunct instructor Mary Barron joins the program, which will feature are many folk music styles such as Appalachian, Traditional, Work Song and Sixties Folk Revival.

The College contra dance club, The New Folks will present a contra dance demonstration followed by a hoe down; when audience members will be invited to join in the fun and dance to the music. This event is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public.

For Further information contact Gus Bloch, 802-775-0788 or at

GMC Students Participating
in Model UN

Twelve students from Green Mountain College will be participating in the 2011 National Model United Nations (UN) conference from April 17th through the 22nd in New York City.

They will be representing the country of Ethiopia and will be among 4000 delegates from five continents and thirty countries.

The students are led by Asad Sohail as the head delegate, and include Daniel Kimatarle, Daniel Riley, David Newlands, Denise Castro, Elisa Morales, Karrah Johnston, Kirstin Kelley, Neida Soto, Olesea Cojohari, Pieter Van Bezooyen, and Tsering Sherpa.

They have been working diligently in preparation for the event, where they will negotiate and write resolutions on regional conflicts, peacekeeping efforts, human rights, women and children issues, economic development, social development, and environmental and natural resource concerns.

The GMC group is like its own UN, with our student representation coming from Afghanistan, Moldova, Nepal, Panama, Tanzania, Turks and Caicos, Venezuela, and the United States.

Keith McDade is the faculty advisor for the group. They will be keeping a blog of their activities, which can be seen here.


Green Bikes are Back
Green bikes are back on campus, and available for student use. Green bikes can be rented on the first floor of Moses at the front desk during the following hours:

Mondays: 1 – 3 p.m.
Tuesdays: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 12 p.m. 2 p.m.
Thursdays: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Recycled Art Competition & Instrument Exchange
Come enjoy music while voting on your favorite piece of recycled art at the recycled art competition and GMC instrument exchange and open mic on Monday, April 18 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Gorge.

If you are interested in entering the contest, bring a submission to the event. All submissions will be displayed at the Poultney Earth Fair on Tuesday, April 19 at Poultney High School from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. The three winners of the contest will win $50/each.

Categories will be "best representation of Poultney's 250th anniversary," "most recycled materials," and "people's choice."

For questions, email:
Christina Melendy at
Jonathan O'Neill at
Jenna Hirons at

‘Greenhorns’ Movie Screening
On Tuesday, April 19 at 8 p.m. in the Gorge, there will be a showing of "The Greenhorns," a documentary that explores the lives of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices, and needs. More information about the film is available here.

Gallery Reception in Pollock Lounge
Jessica Cuni’s Gallery Curating Management class will be hosting a reception in Pollock Lounge on Tuesday, April 19 from 5 – 7 p.m. There will be live music. For more information, email Jessica Cuni at

Earth Week Club Fair
On Wednesday, April 20 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Withey Lobby, celebrate Earth Week with GMC's clubs and student groups. The festivities will be held in front of Withey, or inside the Lobby in case of rain.

Brunnenburg Information Session
The GMC at Brunnenburg, Italy information session for the March 1-May 31, 2012 semester will be held in Terrace 124 on Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m. Philosophy professor Steven Fesmire will lead the 2012 semester.

For more information on GMC’s biennial semester at Brunnenberg Castle in the Italian Alps, contact Professor Mitch LesCarbeau (leader of the 2010 semester), Professor Philip Ackerman-Leist, or any student who has lived at the castle in 2008 or 2010. Admission is selective, by application. The application period will be early fall 2011. For a short video of the 2008 semester led by Professor John Van Hoesen, click here.

Combo Bike Clinic and Women's Ride
On Wednesday, April 20 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in front of Withey Hall, the GMC bike shop will be holding a clinic on tires, tubes, and patches, and on spring bike tuneups. This is a workshop for those who missed the first two.

Drop-ins are welcome. Weather location will be in the GMC bike shop located in the basement of Dunton.

The bike shop will also be hosting a women's only ride at Pine Hill Park in Rutland. The shop will sponsor transportation for both people and bikes. Rentals are available at Pine Hill Park. For more information, email Tom Stuessy at for more information.


Steven Fesmire’s (philosophy, environmental studies) article “Not Alone on the Third Plateau: Animals in American Pragmatism” will be published in The Pluralist, Vol. 6, no. 3 (2011).

Thayer Raines (youth development & camp management) presented the workshop “Kids, Camp, and Colleges: Making Connections through Service Learning” at the 2011 Association of Experiential Education Northeast Regional Conference held at the Berkshire Outdoor Center in Becket, Massachusetts on April 7-10. Formed in the early 70s, the Association of Experiential Education is a non-profit, international, professional organization whose mission is to develop and promote experiential education. The workshop described a one-week residential service learning project where GMC students serve as volunteer outdoor educators for YMCA Camp Chingachgook in the REC 2041 Camp Counseling & Youth Leadership course. This year’s student outdoor educators are Jojo Buss, Alexis Cushing, Ian DeBay, Andrew O’Neill, Tom Paradise, and Sandra Townsend. The project will run from May 15 – 21.

Paula Mann (theater) taught a play reading workshop with the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning. During the four-week session, Mann led participants in play readings of four comedic classic and modern plays from the American and British repertoire. Each week she facilitated a short discussion of the playwright and the play. Mann will also be performing at the Oldcastle Theatre Company in May under the direction of Eric Peterson. She will be performing a lead role in the new Tina Howe play “Rembrandt’s Gift”.

Kevin Bubriski (photography) recently gave an illustrated lecture at Middlebury College about the small Himalayan nation of Nepal and its rapid and massive social, cultural and political change. His lecture illuminated the multifaceted processes of modernization encapsulated in a few short decades.

Karen Swyler’s (ceramics) ceramic work will be included in the exhibition “Ceramics: Post-Digital Design” at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, Ca. from April 23 – June 25. The museum’s website describes the exhibition, “This modish and very chic exhibition places the work of world-famous designer, Eva Zeisel (born in 1906), side by side with contemporary ceramic designers such as David Pier, Heather Mae Erickson, Peter Saenger, Shawn Spangler, Hiroe Hanazono, Mia Mulvey, Karen Swyler, Marek Cecula, Klein Reid, and many others who favor a minimalist aesthetic, producing clean, simplistic forms, organic curves, and orderly compositions that reference nature by design."
Benson Lecture Series
MSFS Program at GMC
Dan Snow to Hold Workshop
Faculty Notes

Women's Softball
4/19, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m. at Johnson State
4/20, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m. at Castleton
4/22, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m. vs. Lyndon

Mixed Tennis
4/22, 5 p.m. vs. Lyndon
4/23, 1 p.m. vs. Johnson

Men's Lacrosse
4/20, 4 p.m. vs. Castleton
4/23, 1 p.m. vs. Johnson

Women's Lacrosse
4/20, 3:30 p.m. at Daniel Webster
4/22, TBA at Maine-Farmington
4/25, 4 p.m. at St. Joseph (Conn.)


Lecture: Bruce Bassett
11 a.m., Booth Lounge

Rick Bass: Environmental
Writing Workshop

4 - 5:15 p.m., East Room

Jazz Band
6 p.m., Ackley Stage

7 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Recycled Art Competition
& Instrument Exchange

7 - 9 p.m., Gorge

Food and Preservation

7:30 p.m., Solar Harvest Center

Rick Bass Lecture
11 a.m., East Room

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

"Greenhorns" Movie Screening
8 p.m., Gorge

Earth Week Club Fair
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

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

Information Session

4 p.m., Terrace 124

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

SOAR Workshop:
Personal Money Matters

6 p.m., Dickgeisser Classroom

Thomas L. Benson Lecture:
Rick Bass

7 p.m., Ackley Hall

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

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

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

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

New Folks Beginner
Improvisational Contact Dance

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

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:
Kellen Buckley

6 - 8 p.m., Surdam