Wilderness Challenge students getting ready to head out into the field for a backpacking trip to the Pharaoh Lakes area in the Adirondacks.

GMC Ranks in Sierra Once Again
For the second year in a row, Sierra magazine has placed Green Mountain College among the top schools in the country for environmental programming and operations. GMC is ranked second in the nation in the magazine's fifth annual "Coolest Schools" list, which recognizes colleges and universities for their efforts to address climate issues and operate sustainably.

The cover story in Sierra magazine's September/October issue cites Green Mountain College for its commitment to sustainability in several categories including energy efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, and financial investments. It applauds GMC for achieving climate neutrality earlier this year through a combination of efficiency, large-scale adoption of clean energy, and purchase of local carbon offsets through the Central Vermont Public Service "Cow Power" program.

Improvements at Deane Nature Preserve
There is a new gateway to the College's "outdoor classroom," the Lewis Deane Nature Preserve. In August, a project developed by the College and Yestermorrow Design/Build School involved the fabrication and installation of a handsome 40-foot wooden bridge that now spans the stream at the edge of the preserve. The bridge will provide easier access to the 85-acre preserve which is used by students and faculty as a venue for research and recreation.

Three Green Mountain College students participated in the community design/build class including Katlin Rogers, Ian Barnum, and Sarah Gastler. The trio earned three external practicum credits toward GMC's Renewable Energy & EcoDesign Certificate (REED) program.

"This was an extraordinary opportunity for our students to work with several pioneers in the design/build movement including Steve Badanes, Jim Adamson and Bill Bialosky," said professor Lucas Brown who heads up the College's REED program and served as the project manager. Badanes, Adamson and Bialosky are instructors at Yestermorrow Design Build School in Waitsfield, Vt.

The span is made of two curved glue-laminated beams with railings and decking fabricated from local cedar and hemlock.

Cancer Researcher to Speak
at GMC Convocation

Dr. Karen M. Emmons, associate dean for research and professor of society, human development, and health at the Harvard School of Public Health, will be the keynote speaker for the College's 2011 Convocation on Thursday, September 1 at 4 p.m. in Ackley Hall. The title of her talk is “The Imperative to Reduce Health Disparities.”

“Dr. Emmons represents the spirit of medical science in the service of social justice,” said Green Mountain President Paul Fonteyn. “Her work has an especially important impact on underserved people who do not have access to adequate healthcare, and who live in circumstances that are detrimental to health.”

Her current research interests include preventing colon cancer among residents of low-income housing sites, exploring ways to increase smoking cessation rates among young adult survivors of childhood cancer, and finding sustainable approaches to increasing cancer screening in community health centers.

Caleb Kenna in The Feick
“India: Ten Years of Color and Light,” an exhibition by Brandon photographer Caleb Kenna, kicks off the new season at Green Mountain College's Feick Fine Arts Center. The exhibition runs from September 5-30th and a public reception for the artist will be held at the Feick on Friday, September 9 from 5-7 p.m.

Kenna grew up in Vermont and has worked as a freelance photographer traveling the back roads of Vermont for more than ten years. He has traveled in India, Thailand, Afghanistan, Morocco and Zimbabwe and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, National Geographic Traveler, Wall Street Journal, Outside, Men’s Journal, Smithsonian, Vermont Life, and many other publications.

Feick hours are noon-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment. The Feick is free and open to the public.

A Gold Star for GMC
Green Mountain College has received a Gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Developed by the higher education community through a transparent process, STARS is designed to provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.

Over time, STARS will provide meaningful comparisons across institutions using a common set of measurements, and help create incentives for continual improvement toward building a stronger and more diverse campus sustainability community.

All of the information reported is publicly available. Any GMC community member can log in using their GMC email address and view the entire report, which outlines aspects such as water use and waste diverted from the landfill. This tool also allows viewers to see how GMC performs and how it compares to other institutions.

View GMC’s results here.


Work Study Job Fair
Interested in working on campus? Eligible for financial aid? Stop by the work study job fair to browse employment opportunities on campus. The job fair will be held in Withey Lobby from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31.

GreenMAP Signups Begin This Week
Green Mountain College Adventure Programming (GreenMAP) has been the door to adventure and outdoor education for the Green Mountain College Community.

GreenMAP provides low cost equipment rentals, recreational and instructional adventure programs, and the Wilderness Challenge, GMC's wilderness orientation program for new students.

Signups begin today, August 29 at 11 am. for GreenMAP’s first trips of the season. Students can sign up in the GreenMAP office located in Withey basement in the Student Life office.
  • Beginner Whitewater Kayaking
    Dates: September 2 – 4
    September 9 - 11
    Learn the amazing sport of whitewater kayaking! Novice and intermediate paddlers seeking coaching and skill development are also welcome.
    Leaders: Bruce
    Registration opens: August 29, 2011
    Pre-trip meeting: August 31
  • Sea Kayaking Lake Champlain
    Dates: September 2 – 4
    There is no better way to explore Vermont’s Great Lake than by kayak.
    Leaders: Chuck, Sandra, Eyliese
    Registration opens: August 29, 2011
    Pre-trip meeting: August 31

Shakti Tribal Dance Classes Begin
The first official Shakti Tribal Dance class offered through the GMC Wellness Center will take place in the Bogue Movement Studio on Wednesday, August 31 from 6 – 7:15 p.m. for beginners, and 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. for advanced.

GMC’s Shakti Tribal Dance was also featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education this summer. See a partial article here (subscription required to view entire article).

Music Ensembles Begin
There are many ways to make music at GMC, as a vocalist or as an instrumentalist. As registration begins, consider participating in any of the music ensembles listed below. All ensembles can be taken for one credit, and auditions are not required.
  • College & Community Concert Band: Thursday nights on Ackley Stage from 7 – 8:30 p.m. First rehearsal will be September 8. Contact James Cassarino at cassarinoj@greenmtn.edu.
  • Choir: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 -5:30 p.m. in Ackley 330. First rehearsal will be Tuesday, August 30. Contact James Cassarino at cassarinoj@greenmtn.edu
  • Jazz Band: Monday nights at 6 p.m. on Ackley Stage. First rehearsal will be September 5. Contact Don Goodman, Director, at donisphere@aol.com.
  • The Green Mountaineers Folk Ensemble: Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. in Ackley 332. First rehearsal will be September 6. Contact Gus Bloch, Director, at gusbloch@yahoo.com.
  • Applied Music Instruction: Private music instruction for voice or instrument of your choice. NOTE: $250 instructional fee required. Contact Paul Opel, Applied Music Coordinator at opelpaul@greenmtn.edu.
Please direct questions to the ensemble directors or Prof. James Cassarino, Director of Music Programs at cassarinoj@greenmtn.edu.


Prof. James P. Cassarino (music) presented a lecture entitled "Welsh-American congregational singing and the gymanfa ganu (hymn singing festival) in the United States" at the annual conference of the North American Hymn Society held at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, in July.

Green Mountain College faculty/student team consisting of Prof. Jacob Park (business), Daniel Riley '12, and Aaron Ashton '12 received the 2011 International Online Teaching Resource first prize award for their CowPower Video Case Study (a short one minute version can be seen here) from the Academy of Management Teaching Resource Library Committee. Dan Riley travelled to San Antonio to receive the award and a $1,000 first place prize. The video case study was produced as part of an energy innovation research project sponsored by Central Vermont Public Service this past summer.

Prof. Mark Dailey (anthropology) presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society of Ethnobiology, May 4-7, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. His paper/presentation was titled “The Practice of Forgetting: The Transformation of Traditional Wild Plant Use in China.”
GMC Ranks in Sierra
Improvements at Deane
Art at The Feick
Faculty/Staff/Student Notes

Men's & Women's XC
9/4, 11 a.m. at Castleton

Men's Golf
9/3, 10 a.m. at Badger Inv.

Men's Soccer
9/1, 4 p.m. vs. Southern Vt.

Women's Soccer
9/1, 4 p.m. at Becker

Women's Volleyball
9/1, 7 p.m. at Paul Smith's


GreenMAP Signups
11 a.m., GMAP Office

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

Choir Rehearsal
4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Ackley 330

Academic Skills Workshop:
Time Management & Organization

1 - 2 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

Power Yoga
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy
and Reflexology

3 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Shakti Tribal Dance - Beginners
6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance - Advanced
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Bogue Movement Studio

4 p.m., Ackley Hall

Relaxing Yoga
7 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Chiropractic Services
1 - 5 p.m., Wellness Center

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

Barn Outdoor Movie
9 p.m., Cerridwen Farm

Ha Ha Tonka
9 p.m., Gorge