Students in the Legal and Ethical Environment of Business class paid a visit to Burton Snowboards last week in Burlington. Read the story below.

Local Food, Local Rules
Recently, the town of Sedgwick, Me. was the first town in the U.S. to declare food sovereignty, meaning that local, direct food sales are exempt from state and federal licensing and requirements, as a result of the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance.

Bob St. Peter, one of the organizers behind this effort, will be joining Green Mountain College, Rural Vermont, and RAFFL to present the story of Sedgwick, Me. on Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the East Room.

The Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance was unanimously adopted by residents of Sedgwick in early March, and has since captured international attention. The ordinance was created as a way for towns to determine their food and farm policy locally and through direct democracy.

The ordinance recognizes and values small, diverse farms and cottage food processors, and celebrates local traditions built around sharing food, and the efforts of Sedgwick are inspiring a movement that will likely culminate here in Vermont next March at town meetings across the state.

Read the full text of the ordinance here.

No Business like Snow Business
The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business class and GMC students interested in law visited Burton Snowboards' Corporate HQ with Prof. Bill Prado (business) to learn about business law, ethics, and sustainability at the company.

The trip was hosted by the company’s vice president and general counsel. Students discussed with Burton's legal team how US and international legal issues are managed across its global operations. The visit concluded with a manufacturing facility tour, and the chance to see a custom snowboard being made.

Farm to School Workshop
On Thursday, May 5 from 3 – 7:30 throughout the GMC campus, join Farm to School enthusiasts from Bennington, Addison, and Rutland counties to celebrate the rapidly emerging Farm to School programs and initiatives in our region.

Presenters, workshops, and discussion will feature the best and promising practices of school garden connections, farmer-classroom connections, local foods in the cafeterias, and teaching the lessons of sustainability with the Farm to School program.

School food service staff, interested parents and community members, farmers, gardeners, and anyone else interested in this burgeoning movement should attend. Light local dinner will be provided.

For more information, contact Philip Ackerman-Leist at or register here.

Katie Emerson '13 Receives
Newman Civic Fellow Award

On May 1, Campus Compact honored 135 students from 30 states as Newman Civic Fellows including GMC sophomore Katie Emerson.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can – and does – play in building a better world,” explains Campus Compact president Maureen F. Curley.

Emerson, a passionate advocate for environmental sustainability, serves as the co-director of the Student Campus Greening Fund, a highly visible student organization on campus that directs the spending of nearly $40,000 per year towards campus sustainability projects.

She is also a member of GMC’s Campus Sustainability Council, comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators who direct the campus’ activities related to social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents, representing about six million students who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and educate for civic and social responsibility.

Find more information on the Newman Civic Fellows here.

Birding Surprise!
Students in prof. Michael Blust’s Ornithology class recently took a trip to the Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Mass., and caught quite the surprise on camera.

While observing a White-faced Ibis, a waterfowl rare to the area, a one-eyed Peregrine Falcon came out of nowhere, taking out the Ibis.

According to Blust, it took about five minutes for the Peregrine to subdue the Ibis

The video was posted to the Massachusetts Audubon Society website last week, and has received thousands of hits on YouTube.

See the video here. Viewer discretion is advised.

Students Recognized at Honors Tea
On Sunday, May 1, Green Mountain College held its annual Honors Tea to recognize student achievement.

Students earned awards and scholarships for outstanding academic work as well as for service work and student life activities.

Find a list of award recipients here.

GMC Congratulates Stand-Out Scholar Athletes
Green Mountain College honored outstanding scholar athletes during the annual athletics awards brunch on Saturday in the Gorge. The following is a list of award recipients:

James M. Pollock Senior Athlete Award
Nicole Horvath
Matt Tarricone

Athlete of the Year
Chris Gaskin
Johanna Douglas

Service Award
Olesea Cojohari
Edgar Vigil

SAAC Senior Student Athlete Award
Olesea Cojohari
Matt Tarricone

Directors Award
Noka Garrapy
Brad Mitchell

Download a full list of award recepients here.

GMC Alums Give Back
A big thank you goes out to two alumni board members Michael Rothemeyer '02 and Catherine Villafranco Parker '87 who visited campus to give the alumni boardroom in Richardson House a complete facelift.

The duo repainted the room and helped install new light fixtures. The room is used for classes, meetings and alumni events throughout the year--stop by to see the changes!

Money for the renovations was donated by the Alumni Board of Directors.

Vermont Downtowns Conference at GMC
At right, Poultney Town Manager Jonas Rosenthal talks with a colleague at the Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference hosted by Poultney and GMC last Friday.

The event was held by The Preservation Trust of Vermont and the Vermont Downtown Program. Breakout sessions and workshops concentrated on downtown revitalization, streets as places, and a focus on Poultney's heritage and landscape.

An afternoon session looked at ways to bring new life to underused or vacant churches. Also in the afternoon, the Poultney Historical Society presented the first three 2011 George Jones Lectures.


Residence Hall Checkout
How long can I stay on campus? Where can I store my stuff? Can I get a shuttle to the airport?

For answers to these and other questions about room check out, food service and travel options, check out this PDF. The residence halls officially close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10.

If you have a travel-related complication, please contact your Community Director and they'll address your particular situation.

Griswold Library Extended Hours
Griswold Library will be open the following hours for the rest of the semester:

Monday, May 2 - 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Tuesday, May 3 - 8 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Wednesday, May 4 - 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Thursday, May 5 - 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday, May 6 - 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday, May 7 - 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, May 8 - 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Monday, May 9 - 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Tuesday, May 10 - 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Wednesday, May 11 – Friday, May 13 - 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 - Closed

Green Job Corps End of the Year
Celebration — Rescheduled!

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 Monday, May 2, in Moses Writers Lounge 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.

Poultney Free Bingo Night
Join the community for a night of fun and competition on Tuesday, May 3 at the Poultney Elementary School, starting at 5 p.m.

Persons of all ages are welcome for a chance to win prizes donated by local businesses such as The Original Vermont Store, Perry's Main Street Eatery, Everyday Flowers, and several others. Your first card is free and you receive another free card for bringing friends and family.

All extra cards are $1 for the benefit of the United Methodist Church and the newly established GMC Campus Accessibility Fund.

Poultney Free Bingo Night is a Delicate Balance project by Elizabeth Cerezo '12, Sarah Klaneski '13, and Neida Soto '11.

Clubs and individuals are welcome to have tables and represent their groups during this event. For more info contact

Collective Empowerment Exhibit
Students in Jessica Cuni’s Gallery Curating and Management class are hosting a collection of GMC’s innermost thoughts entitled “Collective Empowerment.”

The exhibit’s opening reception is Wednesday, May 4 from 6 -8 p.m. in the Feick Art Center.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to stop by, grab some refreshments, participate, and witness this event.

Progressive Program Presentation
Garnet Morgan ’11 will be hosting his Progressive Program Senior Study presentation on Wednesday, May 4 at 11:30 a.m. at the Tiny Theatre in downtown Poultney.

The title of his presentation is “Transition Poultney: A Transition Initiative Case Study.”

For more information, contact Garnet at

Green Move-Out Begins this Week
Have you begun packing up to leave for the summer holiday? Don’t throw your reusable items away!

Green Move-Out will begin Friday, May 6. Look for signs in each residence hall lounge designating drop-off areas for reusable items (clothing, furniture, appliances, kitchen items, etc).

Lounge Shopping will be held May 9-11, from 3-6 in the afternoon, and is open to all employees who would like to take items. Remaining items will be stored for Green Move-In next fall, or will be donated to local charities.

There will also be boxes to collect donations: office supplies for Office Freepo (a new office supply reuse “store” on campus), non-perishable food items for the Poultney Food Shelf, and student generated e-waste (to be recycled). Look for additional collection boxes for these items in the Library and Withey Lobby.

Last year we diverted 3,000 pounds of waste during Green Move-Out. Let’s do better this year!

For more information contact the sustainability office.

Northeast Collegiate Outdoor Skill Symposium
Registration is open for the first annual Northeast Collegiate Outdoor Skill Symposium held May 20-22 at the Twin Valleys Outdoor Education Center in Lewis, N.Y.

The Northeast Collegiate Outdoor Skill Symposium offers skill development and certification courses for students, faculty, and staff of collegiate outdoor programs. It's our hope that through this symposium we can develop community among northeastern outdoor educators, create a collaborative learning environment among all participants, and have a cost effective avenue for professional and student development.

Registration deadline is May 10. Find a list of courses and more information here.

Way to Go Commuter Challenge
GMC has been registered to compete in the Way to Go Commuter Challenge. This is a statewide competition to encourage commuters to reduce their pollution emissions and travel costs by using an alternative form of transportation such as walking, biking, car pooling, or taking the bus.

The competition runs from May 16 – 20. Every individual that registers for the Way to Go Commuter Challenge is entered to win one of several prizes, including gift certificates to local businesses, Burton Snowboards, lift passes, and coupons.

Green Mountain College is registered as a business, so each person that registers is considered additional savings for the school.

Register online here.


Prof. Ron Steffens (communications) is co-leading a campaign to launch a "Global Widlfire Awareness Week" supported by the International Association of Wildland Fire. Steffens and fellow IAWF board members seek to engage wildland firefighters and community members to prevent unplanned wildfires and reduce the risk to communities and firefighters.

Last month, Steffens announced the initiative in the United States at the 11th International WIldland Fire Safety Summit in Montana. In May, he will travel to South Africa to Wildfire 2011, a twice-a-decade and 5th International Wildfire Conference. Steffens will present a paper based on the conference theme, "Living with Fire: Addressing Global Change through Integrated Fire Management." As a board member of IAWF, he will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the organization's publications -- International Journal of Wildland Fire and Wildfire magazine -- and launch "Global Wildfire Awareness Week" to an international audience.

Prof. Sue Sutheimer (chemistry) and two Green Mountain College students, Katie Hennessy and Neida Soto, braved chilly weather on April 16 to collect broken branches and pick up trash at Lake St. Catherine State Park. Joining five AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) volunteers, the GMC contingent helped get the park spruced up for the summer season. This effort was among several spring Slate Valley Community Coalition service projects. Check out the Vermont State Parks blog for more news and photos.
Local Food, Local Rules
Newman Civic Fellow Award
A Birding Surprise!
Faculty/Student Notes

Women's Lacrosse
5/4, 3:30 p.m. vs. Norwich


Ikebana Vermont
Flower Display

12 p.m., Griswold Library

Jazz Band
6 p.m., Ackley Hall

Green Job Corps

6 - 7 p.m.,
Moses Writers Lounge

7 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Free Bingo Night

5 p.m., Poultney Elementary

Progressive Program
Garnet Morgan

11:30 a.m., Tiny Theatre

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

Collective Empowerment

6 - 8 p.m.,
Feick Arts Center

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

Academic Skills Workshop:
Managing Academic Stress

1 - 2 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Athletic Vintage
Uniform Sale

1 - 6 p.m.,
Waldron Lobby

Farm to School Workshop
3 - 7:30 p.m., GMC Campus

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

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

RAFFL: Bob St. Peter
7:30 p.m., East Room

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.,

6 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio