GMC students lining up outside of Ackley Hall waiting for Convocation to commence.

Nationally Recognized Cancer Researcher Speaks at Convocation
An appreciative audience made up of Green Mountain students, faculty, staff and community members learned about the moral, medical, and economic costs associated with health care disparities in the U.S. from Convocation speaker Dr. Karen Emmons last Thursday in Ackley Hall.

"Health disparities are costly in health and economic terms that we as a society cannot afford," Dr. Emmons said in her address. She drew on research showing strong correlation between health outcomes and gender, race, education and income.

"Societal factors matter in health outcomes, probably more than genetics," she said, calling on students to work towards access to high-quality medical care for all.

Dr. Emmons is associate dean for research and professor of society, human development, and health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

She has devoted her career to developing community-based solutions to preventing and controlling cancer. A faculty member in the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center in Boston, her expertise is in behavior change and policy interventions for behavioral cancer risk factors, particularly for low-income communities.

Poultney Welcomes RHM Students
If there was a silver lining for GMC in the storm clouds that roiled over Vermont last week it is this: for the first time, students in Poultney and those enrolled in the College's Resort and Hospitality Management program at Killington will reside on the same campus.

Thirty-seven students were safely evacuated from the Lodge in Killington, which became an alpine island last week as a result of Hurricane Irene. The storm washed out large sections of Route 4 and many other local highways. The group took a circuitous route to Poultney on Thursday. RHM students have occupied the third floor of Bogue Hall and will attend classes on the Poultney campus for the next several weeks, until repairs on Route 4 are completed.

"The students and faculty really pulled together through the crisis," said RHM program director Frank Pauze. "Many students didn't want to leave because they felt obligated to help out other people on the mountain who have been cut off from their homes."

Saturday's Boston Globe had a story on the RHM students' exodus from Killington. Read the story here.

After Irene
In the wake of hurricane Irene, volunteers in the state are working alongside state and Federal agencies to help neighbors in need. The College has received requests from many alumni and friends asking how to reach out to people in the region who need emergency aid.

Here is contact information for several aid organizations bringing relief to Vermonters. Restore Rutland at 34 Strongs Avenue in Rutland, Vt. is a local hub for non-FEMA flood relief, and they're accepting donations of food and household goods. The United Way relief fund is accepting donations at The Vermont and The New Hampshire Valley Red Cross, a chapter of the American Red Cross, is also seeking donations.

GMC Welcomes New Faculty & Staff

John Aellig is the new community director in the Student Life office, joining Elizabeth Norton and Jennie “Toli” Gintolli. John will be overseeing Lyman and Moses Halls. John received his B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Rhode Island where he was an R.A. and residential program coordinator. He received his M.Ed. from the University of Vermont, and holds a certificate in nonviolent conflict resolution.

Heidie Vazques-Garcia joins the Wellness Center as a counselor and senior staff psychologist. Heidie received her B.A. in psychology from Brown, and her M.S. and Ph. D. in clinical psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. Heidie is bilingual (Spanish and English), and has taught, conducted research, and has presented on multi-racial and multi-cultural issues. Heidie is also a yoga instructor.

Seth Benjamin joins the Athletics staff as the head coach for women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Southern Maine in Portland where he played varsity soccer. Seth was an assistant coach at the University of New England and at the University of Vermont, and was the head coach for the Maine Olympic Development Program for women.

Bethany Torrice also joins the Athletics staff as the head coach for women’s volleyball. She received her B.S. in criminal justice from the Utica college of Syracuse University, and has coaching experience at SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oswego, and Castleton State.

Max Seeland joins the development office as the associate director of development. Max received his B.A. in sociology from the University of Vermont, and most recently was the development manager for D.A.R.E. in New Jersey. Born in Boston, Max is a huge Red Sox fan, enjoys snowboarding, fishing, and kayaking, and has a black lab/whippet mix named Alabama, who was adopted from a shelter in Alabama just after hurricane Katrina.

Jesse Safran joins the IT department as the senior desktop supervisor and assistant network manager. Jesse received his B.S. in computer science from Bethany College, and received his M.S. in computer science from the College of William and Mary. Aside from his interest in computers, Jesse enjoys running, and has coached track and field and cross-country.

Brenton Dupee ’11 joins Griswold Library as the educational technology specialist. Brenton is originally from Bennington, Vt., and received his B.A. in sociology/anthropology from Green Mountain College. Brenton will be responsible for managing GMC’s eCourse management system and Epsilen, among others.

Bill Landesman joins the GMC faculty as an assistant professor in the biology department. Bill received his Ph.D. from Rutgers in 2009 with a focus on soil microbial ecology. Bill’s research is primarily driven towards improving understanding of the ecology of soil microbes, but he is concurrently exploring potential applications of my research to the rapidly growing field of microbial forensics.

Lacey Jaquette is one of the newest additions to the admissions team at Green Mountain College. Lacey is a 2011 graduate from Paul Smith's College, with a B.A in environmental studies. While at Paul Smith's College she worked in the Student Development Center and acted as president to the women's club. Lacey currently resides in Brandon. She will be mainly outreaching to potential students in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Brandy Bunkley ’11 joins the admissions staff as an admissions counselor. She received her B.A. in environmental studies this May from GMC. She has also worked at Boardman Hill Farm in West Rutland, the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District, and in GMC’s wonderful dining hall. Brandy plans on entering GMC’s Environmental Studies graduate program next fall. Living right on Main Street, she can be easily found hula-hooping on campus or swimming at the rope-swing.

Cait Coffey, a recent graduate of Warren Wilson College with a degree in global studies, joins the GMC admissions staff. Cait lives in Poultney and enjoys cooking and hanging out with her dog, Ronan. Cait will be representing GMC from New York to Puerto Rico, and all points in between.

GMC Welcomes New Scholars in Residence
for Graduate Programs

Sustainable MBA
David Blittersdorf, President/CEO of AllEarth Renewables, has spent his entire career focusing on renewable energy. He began in college, where he built a wind turbine as a mechanical engineering major at the University of Vermont.

Blittersdorf also serves on numerous boards and committees including Renewable Energy of Vermont, the Small Wind Certification Council, and the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Blittersdorf is the 2011 Scholar in Residence for the Sustainable MBA program at GMC.

Masters of Science in
Environmental Studies

Biologist and herpetologist Dr. Tyrone Hayes' research focuses on the role of steroid hormones in amphibian development through lab and field studies in the U.S. and Africa.

Hayes will be giving two presentations on Thursday, September 8. "From Silent Spring to Silent Night" will be held in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Auditorium in Ackley Hall from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., and "A Tale of Toads and Men" from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Gorge.

Masters of Sustainable Food Systems
Fred Kirschenmann is president of Kirschenmann Family Farms, a 3,500-acre certified organic farm in Windsor, North Dakota, where he also was president (1990-1999) of Farm Verified Organic, a private organic certification agency.

He is a leader of the organic/sustainable agriculture movement, and has served on many boards and advisory committees of such organizations.

Caleb Kenna Reception 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.

Students Join Tar Sands
Protest in D.C.

On September 3, 11 students in Prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt's Environmental Justice class participated in national protests against the Keystone XL Pipeline that is proposed to send oil from the tar sands in Alberta, through the Midwest, to the refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.

The two-week action in Washington, D.C. has been called "the largest environmental civil disobedience in recent decades." The purpose of the demonstration in front of the White House was to remind President Obama of the importance of a more sustainable energy policy.

Environmental activist Bill McKibben pictured above addressed the assembly.


Green Mountain College American Red Cross Club
Want to help New England recover from Irene? Want to start a club that helps local families recover from disasters? Come to an informal interest meeting regarding the new Green Mountain College American Red Cross Club. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions on what the Red Cross does (it's not just blood donation), how you can get involved, and what we as GMCers can do to help the community around us. From helping neighbors find housing after a fire, to rescuing farm animals from a collapsed barn, if you are passionate about community engagement, the opportunities to volunteer are limitless. This meeting will be held Monday, September 5 at 7 p.m. in the East Room.

For more information, contact Nick Ravotti at

Softball General Interest Meeting
Do you have a competitive spirit and softball playing experience or interest? Do you want to go to Myrtle Beach for spring break? The Intercollegiate Athletic Department will be holding a general interest meeting for women’s intercollegiate softball. If you would like to learn more about what it would take to be a part of this program for the 2011-12 year, please join us Wednesday, September 7 at 12:30 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall.

If you cannot make the meeting but are still interested in learning more about the team, please contact Athletic Director, Marybeth Lennox at

Education Club Meeting
Education Club is having its first meeting of the year. Join education majors and those interested in education-related careers, and help plan field trips, fundraisers, activities in area schools, and meet people who share similar interests. Those who are interested do not have to be an education major, but just have an interest in a career working with kids.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Ackley 102.

Important Theater Information
The Theater Program will be holding several events this coming week for interested students, and all are welcome to attend.

There will be an informational meeting for students interested in or signed up for Theater Workshop, a one-credit course designed for students interested in working on the fall main stage production. There are opportunities for students to work backstage, technical work, publicity, box office and acting. The meeting will be in Ackley Theater on Thursday, September 8 from 4 - 4:30 p.m.

Auditions for the fall production “The Madwoman of Chaillot” by Jean Giradoux will take place on Thursday, September 8 in Ackley Theater from 4:30 - 6 p.m. We are looking to cast 15 challenging roles, which vary in age and type. Copies of the script are available in the bookstore and in Griswold Library. Students will be asked to read a short monologue from the script, which will be available at the audition.

John Crock to Speak at GMC
Dr. John Crock, director of the Consulting Archaeology Program at the University of Vermont will be at GMC on Monday, September 12 to give a talk for the Images of Nature plenary session. The talk will be titled “Maritime Mountaineers: Paleoindian Settlement Patterns on the West Coast of New England.” It will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium.

GreenMAP Signups this Week
Green Mountain College Adventure Programming (GreenMAP) is the door to adventure and outdoor education for the Green Mountain College Community.

Signup begins today at 11 a.m. for the following trips:
  • Kayak Clinic, Lake Bomoseen
    Dates: September 14
    Efficient paddlers are happy paddlers! We will focus on improving paddling technique and basic rescues for whitewater and sea kayaks. Meet in GreenMAP at 1 p.m.
    Leaders: Bruce
    Registration opens: September 5
    Pre-trip Meeting: N/A

  • Novice/Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking
    Dates: September 16-18
    This course is for novice and intermediate paddlers seeking coaching and skill development including rolling and surfing. Beginners are welcome if they attend a Monday pool session prior to the trip.
    Leaders: Bruce & Camille
    Registration opens: September 5
    Pre-trip Meeting: September 14

  • Adirondacks Rock Climbing
    Dates: September 16-18
    All skill levels welcome!
    Leaders: Tyler, Nick R.
    Registration opens: September 5
    Pre-trip Meeting: September 14

  • Green Mountains Rock Climbing
    Dates: September 21
    All skill levels welcome!
    Leaders: Jamie & Tyler
    Registration opens: September 5
    Pre-trip Meeting: N/A

Eagle Fitness Center Hours of Operation
The Eagle Fitness Center will be open during the following times this week:
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.


Dr. Bill Ouro and Dr. Lou Xen from the Farm and Food Project were featured presenters at the Northeast Animal Power Field Days as part of the NOFA Summer Conference in Amherst, Mass in August. Drs. Ouro and Xen demonstrated animal-powered hay cutting and harvesting and proper utilization of several pieces of cultivating equipment. They were facilitated in their work by student teamster Ben Dube.

Mark Jordan co-authored a paper with Reginald Barrett of UC Berkeley and Kathryn Purcell of the US Forest Service. The article, titled "Camera trapping estimates of density and survival of fishers Martes pennanti," will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Willdife Biology.
RHM Students in Poultney
New Staff & Faculty
Scholars in Residence
Faculty/Staff/Student Notes

Men's & Women's XC
9/10, 10 a.m. at Vermont Tech.

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

Men's Soccer
9/7, 4 p.m. at SUNY Cobbleskill
9/10, 3 p.m. at Bard
9/11, 1 p.m. vs. New Paltz State @ Bard

Women's Soccer
9/7, 3 p.m. at Southern Vt.
9/9, 4 p.m. vs. Potsdam St.

Women's Volleyball
9/7, 7 p.m. at Southern Vt.


GreenMAP Signups
11 a.m., GMAP Office

Jazz Band
6 p.m.
Ackley Stage

Red Cross Club Meeting
7 p.m., East Room

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

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

Softball Interest Meeting
12:30 p.m., East Room

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

Education Club Meeting
6:30 p.m., Ackley 102

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

Dr. Tyrone Hayes
Presentation I

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.,
Ackley Hall

Theater Informational Meeting
4 p.m., Ackley Theater

Theater Auditions
4:30 p.m., Ackley Theater

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

Dr. Tyrone Hayes
Presentation II

7 - 8:30 p.m.

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

Caleb Kenna Reception
5 - 7 p.m., The Feick