John Elder, a professor of English and environmental studies at Middlebury College, delivers the keynote address at Convocation, held September 4 on the Griswold Library lawn. Green Mountain College welcomed 231 first-year students and 52 transfer students this year. The College awarded an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters to President Emeritus Jack Brennan.

GMC Presents "Voices for Sustainability" Series
Green Mountain College is offering three programs this fall as part of its 175th Anniversary Lecture Series "Voices for Sustainability." Two speakers come to campus as visiting scholars for GMC’s graduate program residencies; the third speaks to students in this fall’s Images of Nature course.

Dr. Dan Botkin, this year’s visiting scholar for the MSES residency, presents a lecture titled “Global Warming and the Balance of Nature” on Thursday, September 11, at 7 p.m. in the Gorge. Botkin is president and founder of The Center for the Study of the Environment, a non-profit research and educational corporation, and is also professor emeritus in the department of ecology, evolution and marine biology at University of California Santa Barbara.

On Monday, September 15, at 2:30 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium, Diane Wilson delivers a talk titled “The Courage to Advocate.” Her first book, An Unreasonable Woman, chronicles her battle against multi-billion dollar corporations that were covering up spills, silencing workers, flouting regulations and dumping toxic waste into the bays near her Texas Gulf Coast hometown.

An Unreasonable Woman was required summer reading for incoming GMC freshmen, all of whom will be enrolled in the College’s Images of Nature course. This program is co-sponsored by Chelsea Green, publishers of books on sustainable living.

“Sustainable Business Challenges for Effective Organizations and Careers” is the title of a talk from Victor Morrison, president of the American Flatbread Company based in Waitsfield, VT. Morrison is a nationally-recognized leader in sustainable business practices who has over 20 years of experience working in finance, administration, and business development. He is visiting scholar for the MBA program residency.

The presentation will be on Friday, September 19, at 3:30 p.m. in the Gorge.

GMC Theatre Department to Stage Our Town
To celebrate GMC's 175th Anniversary in Poultney this year, the Green Mountain College Department of Visual & Performing Arts will stage Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play Our Town. The College is producing it with the professional Oldcastle Theatre Company in Bennington, VT and it is being directed by Oldcastle Artistic Director Eric Peterson. Performances are scheduled for GMC on November 14 and 15; the production moves to the Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington the following week.

GMC students and faculty are invited to audition for a number of roles in the play. They will be performing alongside several Equity Guest Artists. Auditions for Our Town will be held in Ackley Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, September 10 and 11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Scripts can be purchased in the GMC bookstore.

Author & Artist to Visit Green Mountain College
Clare Walker Leslie, an artist and author nationally renowned for her work teaching nature journaling, will present "The Artist's Perception of Nature Throughout Art History" on Thursday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gorge. Leslie, the author of eight books, was the 2004 winner of the John Burroughs Award for Nature Literature for Young Readers.

Her presentation is sponsored by the GMC English Department, the ELA program and the GMC Speakers Bureau.

Students Publish Animal Ethics E-Book
The spring 2008 animal ethics class spent the semester exploring a key question: What is the appropriate relationship between human beings and nonhuman animals?

Students began the semester by discussing animals in biomedical research before moving on to discuss animal food products. Twice during the semester each student interviewed a member of the Green Mountain College faculty, staff, or community about their personal take on animal ethics.

At the end of the semester, students edited the interviews and, along with essays written by the interviewees, published them as an e-book.

Click here to view the e-book. (PDF format)

2008 Alum Joins Service Learning Office
The Service-Learning & Sustainability Office is pleased to announce the arrival of Charles Domenie as our K-12 Outreach Coordinator.

Chuck, a 2008 graduate of the environmental studies program at Green Mountain College, is an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer placed at GMC through Vermont Campus Compact. In this third and final year of our K-12 Outreach VISTA program, Chuck will oversee the pilot of UVM’s Watershed Alliance partnership at Green Mountain, matching college students with area children to implement hands-on watershed education and water quality monitoring projects. Chuck will also advise the DREAM Mentoring program on campus, and generally support service-learning and outreach partnerships that connect GMC to area schools.

Welcome Chuck back when you see him, or get in touch at or 287-9708.

GMC Goats Debut at Vermont State Fair
Ribbons and trophies went to both Emma and Eleanor Dailey thanks to their hard work at the goat show during the Vermont State Fair in Rutland. Emma Dailey showed Snickers and Eleanor Dailey showed Cookies n'Cream, GMC's resident goats, and won awards in the following categories:

Eleanor and Cookies won a Blue Ribbon/First Place, and Emma and Snickers won Third Place in the Showmanship--Novice Class.

Eleanor and Cookies won Second Place and Reserve Champion in Showmanship--Junior Class.

In the category titled Open Junior DoeDairy Breed Qualities (For animals under 6 months of age), Emma and Snickers won First Place/Best in Show (and a Grand Champion trophy), while Eleanor and Cookies won Second Place.

Said Eleanor Jr.: "It was kind of scary to be in a goat show, since it was my first year. But at the end of the showmanship, where you had to do all this hard stuff, I was so surprised when the judge handed me a first place ribbon! I am so glad Cookies was such a good little goat!"

GMC Announces Schedule for Music Ensembles
Students are invited to participate in any of GMC’s music ensembles. All ensembles can be taken for one credit, no credit, or audit. Auditions are not required. The rehearsal schedule is as follows:

College & Community Concert Band
Thursday nights on Ackley stage from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
First rehearsal is September 11
James Cassarino, Director

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
James Cassarino, Director

Jazz Band
Monday nights
First meeting is today at 6:30 p.m. in Ackley 330
Don Goodman, Director
Contact Don at

Guitar Ensemble
Currently scheduled for Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
First Rehearsal is Wednesday, September 10
Paul Opel, Director
Contact Paul at

Old Time Mountain Music Ensemble
Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in Ackley 330
First rehearsal is Tuesday, September 9
Gus Bloch, Director
Contact Gus at

Please direct questions to the ensemble directors or Prof. James Cassarino, Director of Music Programs

Prof. Laird Christensen (English and Environmental Studies) published an article entitled “Writing Home in a Global Age” in the July/August issue of World Literature Today. Laird's article, which introduced the journal's special issue on "Literature Goes Green," explores the persistence of local and bioregional writing in a time increasingly defined by the forces of globalization. Developing a bioregional intimacy with the places we live, he writes, can help us understand how a global economy obscures the impacts that our daily choices have on someone else's habitat.

Denise Hill, reviewing the issue for, writes that, "This essay, as well as the whole issue, would be a powerful addition to any curriculum that includes nature, environmental, or place-based writing."

Christina Fabrey, Interim Director of the Calhoun Learning Center, was an invited participant at a conference entitled "Charting the Course," which was held in Killington, Vermont, on June 4. The conference was sponsored by Vermont Parent Information Center and Parent-to Parent of Vermont and was attended by Vermont parents, policy makers, youth, professionals, and educators. Christina joined a panel of college representatives to discuss the transition from high school to college.

Prof. Mitchell LesCarbeau (English) had a poem accepted in SeaStories, an online publication put out by the Blue Ocean Institute. Its title is "The Poet who Mistook the Sea for a Mirror." Last year he had a prose piece about sailing accepted, entitled "End of Summer."

This summer Prof. Steven Letendre (management & environmental studies) was elected to the Board of Directors of Renewable Energy Vermont, the state’s leading association promoting clean energy technologies. As a member of the REV Board, Steven will work to increase awareness in the state about the benefits of renewable energy and advocate for strong state policies to support a critical industry for the future of Vermont.

On August 30 Steve presented two workshops at the First Annual Live Green Energy Expo and Music Festival in Manchester, Vermont. Steven’s workshops focused on how to green-up transportation, which included information on his cutting-edge research on plug-in hybrid vehicles and their promise to dramatically reduce Vermont’s dependence on oil for driving.

Kenneth Mulder, GMC's farm director, co-authored an article published in the July edition of Ambio. The article, titled "The Value of Coastal Wetlands for Hurricane Protection," estimates the amount of money wetlands save us each year in hurricane damage.

Emma and Eleanor Dailey showed Snickers and Cookies n'Cream, GMC's resident goats, in the goat show at the Vermont State Fair in Rutland August 31. They won numerous awards. See story below.

Women's Soccer
Friday, 9/12
vs. Rowan University, 4 p.m.

Saturday, 9/13
at Plattsburgh State, 7 p.m.

Men's Soccer
Thursday, 9/11
vs. Southern Vermont College, 4 p.m.

Saturday, 9/13
at Albany College of Pharmacy, 1 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
Saturday, 9/13
at Mitchell College, 1 p.m.

Saturday, 9/13
at Cobleskill University, 11 a.m.


2:30 p.m., Chapel

Academic Skills Workshop: Time Management & Organization
10 a.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

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

Our Town Auditions
3:30-5:30 p.m., Ackley Theatre

Academic Skills Workshop: "Making Your Learning Style Work for You"
4 p.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

Vinyasa Flow Yoga
4 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

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

Our Town Auditions
3:30-5:30 p.m., Ackley Theatre

Dr. Dan Botkin
7 p.m., The Gorge

Tae Kwon Do
7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

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