GMC welcomed Rita McCaffrey, founder and retired executive director of Dismas of Vermont, as the keynote speaker for the College's 2010 convocation ceremony held September 2 on the Griswold Library lawn. Read more...

MBA & MSES Scholars to Hosts Talks & Workshops
The GMC MBA and MSES programs host residency sessions September 15 - 18 and September 8 - 11 respectively. Events for students include an official welcome to Green Mountain College, a reception and dinner with faculty and an introduction to online learning. MSES Scholar in Residence Robin Wall Kimmerer hosts presentations September 9. On September 17 and 18, MBA Scholar in Residence Melissa Everett gives workshops and presentations.

MSES Scholar in Residence
Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, is the 2010 Scholar in Residence for the MSES Program. She has taught at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry since 1993, and is the director of the newly established Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at ESF. The center focuses on developing connections between traditional ecological knowledge and western scientific approaches. She hosts several events on campus September 9:
  • 9:30 – 11 a.m., Images of Nature Student Plenary in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall. The talk is titled “Gathering Moss: Lessons from the Small and Green.”
  • 7 – 8 p.m., Public Presentation in the Gorge. The talk is titled “Reciprocity and Restoration: Healing Land and Our Relationships to Place."
MBA Scholar in Residence
GMC welcomes Melissa Everett as the 2010 MBA Scholar in Residence. Everett is an author, columnist and career counselor in private practice in Kingston, N.Y. Her most recent book, Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers for an Era of Interdependence, "is a timely and highly informative guide to a working life built on principled choices and an entrepreneurial attitude." She also directs Sustainable Hudson Valley, a regional organization devoted to sustainable development. She hosts events September 16 and 17:
    September 16
  • 4 p.m., Delicate Balance Presentation in the East Room. The talk is titled "Sustainable Regions: Strategies and Stories from Hudson Valley, N.Y."
    September 17
  • 9 – 10:15 a.m., Presentation in the Gorge. The talk is titled “Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers for an Era of Interdependence."
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Workshop: Careers in Sustainable Business (Everett and GMC alumni), The Gorge
  • 1 – 3:30 p.m, Workshop: Careers in Sustainable Business (Everett and GMC alumni), The Gorge

Shucking Corn for a Cause
In a service learning workshop last week at Cerridwen Farm, students gathered to help shuck, blanch and dekernel over 200 pounds of corn for a good cause. Bill Clark from Pawlet donated the produce through RAFFL’s Grow a Row program to be frozen in the flash freeze mobile unit and distributed to area food shelves. Prof. Eleanor Tison and Garland Mason, GMC’s Local Link Coordinator, taught students about how the flash freeze unit works and discussed the benefits of local food preservation. The kitchen in GMC's Solar Harvest Center served as the location for preparing the corn. The day ended with 30 quart bags of corn, four one-gallon bags, two two-gallon bags of loose frozen corn and six bags of frozen corn on the cob.

Use of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture’s mobile quick freeze unit has been granted to GMC and the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL), with support from the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District (PMNRCD), until December of 2012. The freezer’s extended stay at GMC will serve as a case study for the potential success of mobile quick freeze units across the state and is expected to increase the ability of Vermont farmers to market seasonal products throughout the year. RAFFL will also be able to use the unit to provide charitable organizations with fresh-frozen local foods year-round.

Producers and processors are encouraged to contact Garland Mason at for more information or to schedule a time to use the flash-freezer. In photo: First year student Matt Forrest helps to get corn ready for the mobile flash freeze unit.

Australian Singer to Perform at GMC
Jarrah, an Australian singer/songwriter, performs at Green Mountain College September 9 at 9 p.m. in the Gorge. Her music is “soulful acoustic, with a simple minimalist guitar style that touches deeply.” “Evolution’s Daughter” is her most recent album. Twenty percent of money raised from album sales will be donated to campaigns to save old growth forests and to Kupa Piti Kungka Tijuta, a group of women in South America campaigning to stop a nuclear waste dump on their traditional sacred lands. Jarrah’s performance is sponsored by the GMC Speakers Bureau and the English program.

GMC in the News

GMC Farm in Chronicle of Higher Ed Blog

Chronicle of Higher Ed reporter Scott Carlson discusses the complexities of GMC's Cerridwen Farm in an August 25, 2010 blog post. He talks with several students about the raising of animals for meat. Read the story titled "Is Meat Murder? For these Students, the Question is Personal."

Cool Schools News
GMC’s recent ranking as #1 on Sierra magazine's Cool Schools list generated a host of news hits, including blog entries for the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education:
New York Times Green Blog: "The Nation's Greenest Colleges"
Reuters Environment Forum: "Sierra Club Rates Green Schools"
Mother Nature Network: "America's Greenest College Campuses"
GOOD Blog: "American's 100 Greenest Colleges & Universities"
Chronicle of Higher Education Blog: "Sierra Magazine Shuffles the Greenest Colleges on Its Latest 'Cool Schools' List"


Staff Sustainability Spotlight on Tap
Beginning in September, the GMC sustainability website will host a new feature: The Staff Sustainability Spotlight. To celebrate our “Nation’s Greenest College” designation by Sierra Magazine, we’d like to highlight little (or big!) things that GMC staff members are doing to contribute to sustainability in their professional or personal lives. Every month the website will feature a different individual. Please send nominations to with the following information: Name, department, title, and description of sustainable activity. Remember, sustainability is not limited to the environment; it also includes social and economic dimensions. Be creative and celebrate your colleagues’ contributions to our community!

Ride with Zipcar
Green Mountain College is partnering with Zipcar, a membership-based carsharing company providing automobile rental to its members. GMC now has two Zipcars on campus and they are both available beginning today for use by students, faculty, staff and community members. The vehicles are parked next to the Withey Student Center. The two vehicles - a hybrid 2010 Honda Insight LX and a 2010 Honda CRV LX - are transportation options if you need a car for a few hours to run errands or want to take a day trip off campus. If you are a GMC student 18 years or age or older, you can use the cars after opening a Zipcar account at

The discounted annual fee is $35, and Zipcar offers $35 in free driving during your first month of membership. Once you become a "Zipster," you can reserve by the hour or $66 per day. Gas, insurance and 180 miles per day are included in the fee. Faculty and staff needing to travel for meetings can also sign up for the program, and community members can join for an annual fee of $50. After you've signed up with Zipcar you can reserve vehicles online or by phone - your "Zipcard" gives you access to the vehicle at the time of your reservation. For more information on how the system works, visit

New Staff

GMC welcomes Liz Norton as the new community director for Bogue and North residence halls. She grew up in southern New Hampshire on an old dairy farm. Before coming to Green Mountain she completed her undergraduate degree in outdoor education at the University of New Hampshire and her masters degree in counseling at Plymouth State University. Her passions include canoe trips, Nordic skiing, sailing, and American Sign Language, and she has a green parakeet named “Lime” who lives in her apartment with her. “Green Mountain feels like home to me because I believe strongly in protecting the natural environment, nurturing college student development, and engaging in close caring communities.”


Christina Fabrey, GMC Director of Academic Support Services, led a workshop at the University of Connecticut’s Post-Secondary Disability Training on June 24 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Working with Ben Mitchell of Landmark College and the Union Institute, Christina led dozens of staff and faculty from around the country through an exploration of “Executive Function, AD/HD and How Coaching Can Improve First-Year Transition and Persistence to Graduation.”

Prof. Joel Shapiro (education) was chosen to present a paper at the International School Psychology Association Conference held in July at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. His topic was “Integrating the Refugee Child into the Classroom." It was inspired by his Fulbright study in Slovakia last year, where he saw the difficulties encountered by Gypsy (Rom) children whose families frequently move from one educational jurisdiction to another. His presentation focused on how classroom teachers can better understand the educational needs of refugee children and the methods they can employ to assimilate the “foreign” student successfully into a potentially non-welcoming situation.

Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology) was one of 16 people selected to participate in the School of Rock Program and sail on the JOIDES Resolution, a deep ocean drilling research vessel that will depart from Victoria, British Columbia on September 9 and stay at sea for two weeks. The group will learn about ocean drilling science, explore both sediment and bedrock cores, support the installation of a sub-sea floor observatory, and most importantly tell the story of the expedition through media rich curriculum and online resources. One of the goals of this program is to increase awareness of and better explain ocean drilling science.

Service Learning at Farm
GMC in the News
Sustainability Spotlight
New Staff
Faculty & Staff Notes

Men's Soccer
9/11, 6 p.m.
at Bard College,
Raptors Classic

9/12, 1 p.m.
at Bard College,
Raptors Classic

Women's Soccer
9/8, 4 p.m.
vs. Southern Vermont College

9/11, 7 p.m.
at Plymouth State College

Women's Volleyball
9/10, 6 & 8 p.m.
at St. Joseph's College, SJC Autumn Invitational

9/11, 10 a.m.
at St. Joseph's College, SJC Invitational

Cross Country
9/11, 11 & 11:50 a.m.
at SUNY Cobleskill

Men's Golf
9/11, 12 p.m.
at the NHTI Invitational

9/12, 10 a.m.
at the Badger Invitational