Students from GMC participated in the 2011 National Model United Nation (UN) conference April 17 - 22 in New York City. A blog of their activities can be found here.

Dr. Cascade Sorte to Speak at GMC
Dr. Cascade Sorte of the University of Massachusetts in Boston’s environmental, earth, and ocean sciences department will be speaking on the question, does climate change favor invasive species?

A graduate of the Ph. D. program at the University of California in Davis, Sorte is interested in how environmental factors determine species distributions, and predicting changes in distributions and community composition in response to climate change.

Sorte will be at GMC today, Tuesday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in Ackley 334.

Northeast Natural
History Conference

Biology professors Michael Blust, Meriel Brooks and Natalie Coe, along with Carol Shaw (GMC alumna and current science laboratory manager), attended The Northeast Natural History Conference in Albany, N.Y., April 7-8 with several students including Olesea Cohojari, Brenda Nsambu, Samuel Mooney, Lindsay Herlihy, and Gwendolyn Cramer in Albany, N.Y. April 7-8.

Olesea and Brenda presented a poster with Dr. Coe entitled "GIS meets Genetics: Spatial and Molecular Evaluation of Beech Trees Resistant to Beech Bark Disease." Gwendolyn, who has been studying with Dr, Brooks, presented her work on the "Ontogenetic Dietary Shifts of the White Sucker (Castostomus commersoni) in the Poultney River."

Lindsay, working closely with Dr. Blust and Carol Shaw, gave a conference talk entitled "Investigating the Presence and Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi in Peridomestic Bird Populations of Poultney, VT."

GMC students, staff, and faculty attended talks ranging from invasive species, to bat conservation, to migratory landbird ecology, to Science and Stewardship and more. Students also visited the New York State Museum, many for their first time. This was an exciting opportunity to share ideas and research interests with scientists throughout the region.

Musical Events in Poultney
The Green Mountain College Community Concert Band Spring Concert will be on Friday, April 29th at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley Theatre. The conductor is Jared Shapiro.

Featured music includes G.F. Handel's "Water Music;" Manuel De Falla's "Ritual Fire Dance;" J.S. Bach's "Sleepers Wake;" Henry Purcell's "Rondo," and Georges Bizet's "Carmen."

The following evening, the Green Mountain College Music Department presents a concert of vocal music at 7 p.m. in Ackley. The Concert Choir will perform music that uses the themes of tolerance, responsibility, and augmentation of literature through song and singing.

The College Cantorian will perform some vocal jazz, as well as music that has influenced jazz. The ensembles this semester are conducted by Mary Ellen Harlow and accompanied by Jean Kirkland Sutton.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Why Are Downtowns Important?
This Friday, April 29 at GMC and in downtown Poultney, the Preservation Trust of Vermont and the Vermont Downtown Program will present "The Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference."

The keynote speaker, Tripp Muldrow of Arnett, Muldrow & Associates from South Carolina, will discuss "Why Are Our Downtowns Important?"

Breakout sessions and workshops will follow three tracks on downtown revitalization, streets as places, and a history track that will focus on Poultney’s heritage and landscape.

An afternoon session will look at ways to bring new life to underused or vacant churches. Also in the afternoon, the Poultney Historical Society will present the first three 2011 George Jones Lectures. Professor Andre Fleche of Castleton State College will relate the news of the time with an enlightened historic perspective.

More information on the conference is available 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.

Green Job Corps End of the Year Celebration
The Green Job Corps has worked hard this year to improve and promote the triple bottom line at GMC and support the mission of the College through work-study positions. A celebration will be held on Wednesday, April 27 in Terrace 124 from 6 - 7 p.m. All Green Job Corps members (GreenMap, Tour Guides, Farmhands, RAs, Natural Areas Crew, Recycling Crew members and Compost Coordinators) are encouraged to attend. Dessert will be served.

Faculty Colloquium: Shirley Oskamp
Shirley Oskamp will be sharing highlights of her wanderings with pictures, songs and narrative at her faculty colloquium held Wednesday, April 27 from 12 - 1 p.m. in Terrace 124.

Green Mountain Explorers
Faculty and staff members with children entering grades 7 or 8 can take advantage of a Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences (VINS) overnight camp at GMC in August at a 10% discount (from $850 per week). The camp, called Green Mountain Explorers, meets August 1-5 and August 8-12. Children can sign up for one or both sessions. Activities include mountain climbing, canoeing, bird watching, and camping, and campers will learn how to read and interpret the natural and human history of the Vermont landscape. Most nights are spent on campus. For complete camp information, please contact

Marble, Mountains, and Worn Out Boots
GMC student Robbie Leeds '11 will be hosting his art show this Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 in the Tiny Theatre in downtown Poultney. The title of the show, “Marble, Mountains & Worn Out Boots” will feature alternative analog photography. For more information, contact Robbie at

Annual Honors Tea Award Ceremony
The Annual Honors Tea Award Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 1 in Withey Dining Hall. This is a chance to support and honor GMC student’s achievements at this special event.

Please RSVP to Lisa Perry in Student Life at x8377 or at


Research by Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) was cited by John Gans, Executive Director of National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), as part of Gans’ Harvard Business Review article titled "Expedition Leadership in the Wild." The article, "Long-Term Impacts Attributed to Participation in Adventure Education: Preliminary Findings from NOLS" on which Gans relies was written by Furman and three colleagues who found that NOLS program graduates gained critical leadership skills including effective handling of difficult circumstances, the ability to work as a member of a team, and strategic planning.

Prof. Natalie Coe (biochemistry, genetics) and Jennifer Sellers (psychology) accompanied four GMC biology majors, Olesea Cohojari, Minh (Frank) Ho, Elisa Morales, and Brenda Nsambu to the Annual Vermont Genetics Network's Career Day at the DoubleTree Hotel in 
South Burlington, VT, on April 13th. Olesea and Brenda jointly presented their current research on successful haplotype analysis (genotyping) in regional American Beech tree populations. Students attended the panel and were actively invovled in post-panel discussions. The panelists stressed the importance of following your true passion, keeping both eyes and minds open to and ready for all possibilities, and to always remember your civic duties.

Students Sarah Bills '12 and Lauren Piechota '12 attended the 18th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (HRUMC) help April 16 at Skidmore College. Sarah and Lauren were among over 125 faculty and student presenters. Their presentation, to an overflow crowd of more than 30 students and faculty, was on place-value, base10, and other bases that can be introduced in the elementary classroom. Sarah and Lauren investigated these topics in their block course “Mathematics Content and Methods for Elementary School Teachers” taught by professors Rommy Fuller and Jim Wright this semester.
Dr. Cascade Sorte at GMC
Music Events in Poultney
Vermont Downtowns Conference
Faculty Notes

Mixed Tennis
4/26, 4 p.m. at Castleton

Women's Lacrosse
4/30, NAC Playoffs at Husson. Time TBA
5/1, NAC Playoffs at Husson. Time TBA


Cascade Sorte Lecture
4 p.m., Ackley 334

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Faculty Colloquium:
Shirley Oskamp

12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

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

Green Job Corps

6 - 7 p.m., Terrace 124

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

Senior Exhibition:
Robbie Leeds

6:30 p.m., Tiny Theatre

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

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.,

Senior Exhibition:
Siobhan Peters

6 - 8 p.m., Surdam

6 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

GMC Community Concert Band
7:30 p.m., Ackley Theatre

Singer songwriter
Phil Minissale

8 p.m., Firepit (Behind Ames)

Athletic Awards Brunch
11 a.m., Gorge

Concert Choir
Vocal Music Concert

7 p.m., Ackley Theatre

Annual Honors Tea
Award Ceremony

2 p.m., Withey Dining Hall