Dr. Mitchell Thomashow, director of The Second Nature Presidential Fellows program, was the keynote speaker for the College's 2012 Convocation held on the library lawn last Thursday.

The Toaster Project Author Thomas Thwaites Visits GMC
Thomas Thwaites, a graduate student at London's Royal College of Art, set out to build a toaster from scratch. He started by purchasing the cheapest department store model he could find and broke it down into its separate 404 parts. It launched a project that took nine months, thousands of dollars, and nearly 2,000 miles of travel.

Thwaites, author of The Toaster Project will speak at Green Mountain College this Wednesday, September 5 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Hall.

As GMC students who read the book over the summer know, the story is less about the design challenge than a treatise on the modern consumer economy. He helps us reflect on the costs and perils of our cheap consumer culture, and in so doing reveals much about the organization of the modern world. If products were designed more efficiently, Thwaites concludes, with fewer parts that are easier to recycle, we would end up with objects that last longer and we would generate less waste altogether.

Erika Lawlor Schmidt Artist Reception
The William Feick Arts Center is pleased to announce the arrival of Artist-in-Residence Erika Lawlor Schmidt. Erika will be in residence from September 10 to September 28 working in collaboration with students and other GMC community volunteers. Her gallery exhibit will be on view now through October 2, and the Feick invites the public to attend the opening reception for Rock, Paper, Scissors on Friday, September 7 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Eastern philosophy is an immense influence in Schmidt’s creative approach. She balances color with pattern, object with emptiness, heavy tones with stillness and movement. She combines people, places and events together realizing the fresh power in alliance. Her pieces are the past speaking to the future, some might say. All elements of her work combines to stoke the fire of your imagination. Erika Lawlor Schmidt has said, “You have to love what you’re doing like your pants are on fire.” The velocity of her work proves she believes this wholly: one feels the motion, the seeming unpredictability, and then the sudden swell of symbolism becomes enraptured with discovery and change.

The exhibition and all events are free and open to the public. General gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 1 - 5 p.m. or by appointment. Please contact Kerrilee Knights, Gallery Coordinator, for more information at 802.287.8398 or feick@Greenmtn.edu.

GMC Welcomes New Faculty & Staff
With the new school year come new faces and additions to the Green Mountain College campus. Meet some of the new staff and faculty here.

Vermont State Senator Margaret Flory at GMC
Last week, Alexis Lounsbury, organizing fellow for President Obama, came to GMC to speak about the Obama campaign and opportunities for student engagement.

This week, Vermont senator Margaret Flory will be on campus to speak about the Romney campaign and will also discuss opportunities for student engagement.

Join Senator Flory from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. in the East Room in Withey Hall. This talk is sponsored by A Delicate Balance. Please contact prof. Mary Jane Maxwell for more information.

Juliet Eilperin Presentation
MSES scholar-in-resident Juliet Eilperin will be giving a presentation to the GMC community this Thursday, September 6 from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. in the East Room in Withey Hall.

Since April of 2004 she has covered the environment for the national desk, reporting on science, policy and politics in areas including climate change, oceans, and air quality. She covered the 2008 presidential race, traveling with GOP nominee John McCain and his vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, while continuing to serve as the Washington Post’s national environmental reporter.

In the spring of 2005 she served as the youngest-ever McGraw Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, teaching political reporting to a group of undergraduate and graduate students. In the spring of 2006 Rowman & Littlefield published her first book, “Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives,” which was featured on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross.”

Ms. Eilperin’s new book, “Demon Fish: Travels Through the World With Sharks,” was published by Pantheon in June, and has been featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” as well as in People, Smithsonian and Popular Science magazines.

Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information on Juliet.

Andrew Light Presentation
MSES scholar-in-resident Andrew Light will be giving a presentation to the GMC community this Thursday, September 6 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the East Room in Withey Hall.

Light is associate professor of philosophy and environmental policy, and director of the Center for Global Ethics at George Mason University. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

A globally recognized environmental ethicist – specializing in the ethical dimensions of environmental policy, restoration ecology, and, more recently, climate change – he has authored, co-authored and edited 17 books on environmental ethics, philosophy of technology, and aesthetics, including Environmental Values (2008), Reel Arguments: Film, Philosophy and Social Criticism (Westview 2003), The Aesthetics of Everyday Life (2005), Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice (2003), Technology and the Good Life (2000), and Environmental Pragmatism (1996).

Light is also co-editor of the journal Ethics, Place, and Environment and serves on the editorial boards of Environmental Ethics, Environmental Values, Ecological Restoration, Philosophical Practice, and Theoria. He is currently finishing a book on the ethics of restoration ecology in a changing climate.

The Nature Conservancy Workshops at GMC
The Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy invites the GMC community to participate in its annual gathering at Green Mountain College on Saturday, September 15.

Keynote Speaker Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home,” will speak at 10:30 a.m. in Ackley Hall. An engaging presenter, hear Tallamy on his one-stop Vermont tour talking about the ecological roles of native plants in our landscapes, the benefits of designing our gardens with nature in mind, and how we can help the nature of Vermont all around us.

The day includes discussions and workshops on wildlife, native plants and entomology, and field trips to East Bay of the Poultney River, Shaw Mountain and the Hubbardton River Clayplain Preserve.

See a complete list of events here. All events for GMC students, faculty and staff are free. Those who wish to eat lunch with the group will need to pay for the meal.

Download the registration form here and send to vermont@tnc.org by Monday, September 10.


Community Gathering
Students, faculty and staff are invited to gather at 8 p.m. this evening in the East Room to share, to heal, and to be together as a community in light of student Bradley Loomis’ death yesterday.

GreenMAP Trips and Sign-ups
Registration opens today, September 3, for a number of GreenMAP trips coming up in the next few weeks. The trips are:

Whitewater Day Clinic All skill levels including beginners welcome on this paddling clinic!
Leaders: Bruce, Nick M., Eyliese
Trip Aides: Rachel, Cassie
Trip Date: September 19 (Meet in GreenMAP at 10 a.m.!)

Sign up today in the GreenMAP office located next to the Student Life office in Withey basement.

Academic Skills Workshops
Join the Calhoun Learning Center for the following academic skills workshops this Wednesday, September 5.

Time Management & Organization
12 – 1 p.m.
Special Collections Room (2nd floor of Griswold Library)
Students identify strategies and barriers to effective time management. In this applied workshop, students demonstrate their understanding of effective time management by creating their own schedules and prioritizing tasks. Students should come prepared with their course schedule and syllabi.

Balanced Lifestyles
1 – 2 p.m.
Special Collections Room (2nd floor of Griswold Library)
Learn strategies and tips for balancing your academic and personal life.

Contact Svea Miller in the learning center for more information.

Auditions for Fall Theater Productions
The Theater Program will be holding auditions on Wednesday, September 5 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. for the two fall productions.

The plays are “Angels in America, Part I” by Tony Kushner and “Proof” by David Auburn. There are many roles open for all students.

Copies of the scripts will be available on reserve in the library and at the bookstore. Audition sides will be available Monday afternoon outside Paula Mann’s office in Ackley 221.

Come Create with Erika Lawlor Schmidt
Come create with Erika Lawlor Schmidt, GMC’s 2012 Artist-in-Residence this Thursday, September 6 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Waldron Athletic Center.

Award Deadlines Approaching
Are you interested in getting an academic award or grant? Are you interested in getting funded to conduct research abroad after you graduate from GMC? Awards such as the Fulbright U.S. Student Program might be a perfect fit for you! Please make an appointment to see prof. Sam Edwards (edwardss@greenmtn.edu, Ames 108, x8386), interim academic awards coordinator, for more information. The Fulbright application deadline is October 17th so do not delay.


  • William Throop (provost, philosophy) and prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy, environmental studies) recently co-authored “Environmental Pragmatism” for America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States (2012).

  • Prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies) wrote an article "Protecting Culture and Marine Ecosystems Under the Law in Micronesia" which was published in the latest edition of the International Journal of Cultural Property, a Cambridge University Press publication. Edwards presents a new legal theory linking culture and marine ecosystems. The purpose of the article was to form persuasive precedent so courts could adopt his new damage theory in future marine damage cases.

  • Svea Miller, learning center associate, presented her workshop “Disability Providers Supporting Tutoring for Students with Learning Disabilities” at the 24th Annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute conference in Philadelphia, Penn. this summer.
Thomas Thwaites at GMC
Erika Schmidt Reception
MSES Scholars-in-Residence
Faculty/Staff Notes

Women's Soccer
9/5, 3:30 p.m. vs. Southern Vt.
9/9, 2 p.m. vs. Saint Joseph's (Me.)

Women's Volleybal
9/5, 7 p.m. at Paul Smith's
9/8, 11 a.m. at Castleton
9/8, 1 p.m. at Castleton vs. Bay Path

Men & Women's XC
9/8, 10:30/11:15 a.m. at Castleton

Men's Soccer
9/8, 2 p.m. at SUNY Canton


Community Gathering for
Bradley Loomis

8 p.m., East Room

Margaret Flory Presentation
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.,
East Room

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Academic Skills Workshop:
Time Management/Organization

12 - 1 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

Academic Skills Workshop:
Balanced Lifestyles

1 - 2 p.m.,
Special Collections Room

Massage Therapy
3 - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center

Auditions for Fall Theatre Productions
4:30 - 6 p.m.,
Ackley Theatre

Shakti Tribal Dance:

6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Thomas Thwaites Presentation
7 p.m., Ackley Hall

Shakti Tribal Dance:

7:30 - 9:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Juliet Eilperin Presentation
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.,
East Room

Create with Erika Lawlor Schmidt
6 - 7:30 p.m.,
Eagle Dome

Andrew Light Presentation
7 - 8:30 p.m.,
East Room

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Erika Lawlor Schmidt Artist Reception
5 - 7 p.m.,
The Feick

Open Movement and/or Dance
8:30 - 10 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Sudio