Joined by friends at GMC, Asad Sohail, a native of Afghanistan, broke the month-long Ramadan fast (no eating between sunrise and sunset) on September 9 in the lobby of Withey Hall.

Celebrating the End of Ramadan at GMC
As a practicing Muslim, it would have been easy to feel isolated on a campus where most students have a Judeo-Christian background. But when GMC student Asad Sohail decided to talk about the meaning behind his Ramadan fast, he found at least 50 other friends in the GMC community interested in sharing his experience--at least for one day. Read more...

MBA Scholar in Residence Hosts Talks
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 Gorge. 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

SOAR Workshops Offer Fun, Education
Want to learn creative marketing? Or experience Zumba, a new fitness craze? Green Mountain College is pleased to offer a series of fun and educational workshops that will allow students, faculty and staff to learn new skills, enjoy a hobby, or gain experience in a potential career field. Called Student Opportunities and Resources (SOAR) Workshops, the sessions all begin at 6 p.m. and continue through the fall semester. Topics range from grant writing and resume building to study abroad and fitness for fun. Various GMC faculty and staff facilitate the sessions. Students attending 12 or more workshops through the academic year are eligible for an etiquette dinner in the spring semester. Download the full schedule.

Faculty Colloquium Series
to Start Wednesday

Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (English) kicks off the Fall 2010 Faculty Colloquium Series September 15 with a discussion about his adventures at Brunnenburg Castle in Italy last spring. His talk is titled “Reminiscences and Images from a Semester at Brunnenburg Castle with Fifteen GMC Students of Wildly Differing Interests.” Mitch served as the GMC faculty member for GMC’s international block course. Colloquiums are from 12 – 1 p.m. in Terrace 124 and are open to all members of the GMC community. The rest of the fall colloquium schedule is as follows:

September 29
Prof. Paul Hancock (economics)
“Climate Change and Global Poverty”

October 13
Prof. Bill Prado (management)
“Personal Financial Planning”

October 27
Prof. Paul Stuewe (English)
“Selecting Hugh Garner’s Letters: Author, Editor, Implicit Autobiography.”

November 10
Prof. Rommy Fuller (education)
“Dyslexia, Learning and the Brain”

December 8
Prof. Tom Stuessy (adventure education)
“Program Strategic Planning & Core Values”

Adventure Education Announces Strategic Plan
The adventure education faculty recently developed a two-year strategic plan. Divided into five primary domains (mission, faculty development, diversity, curriculum and GMC relationships), the plan articulates goals, strategies and benchmarks. More importantly, the plan articulates what the adventure education program prizes as important to students and colleagues. Everyone is also invited to view the program’s newly published “Adventure Education Core Values” poster in Moses. Core values include: education, community, diversity, wilderness, competence and awareness. In tandem these two projects provide a clear road map for moving forward for program faculty and students. Feedback on these projects is welcome. View the adventure education strategic plan.

Gearing Up for Family & Friends Weekend
Family and friends of Green Mountain College students are invited to visit campus the weekend of September 25th for GMC’s annual Family and Friends Weekend. Events continue through Sunday. Cheer on our volleyball and soccer teams, enjoy the family and friends concert, and taste-test the competing creations at the Poultney Chili Cook-Off. There will also be an opportunity to join GMC President Paul Fonteyn in a conversation about what the next steps for GMC are after being named the nation’s greenest school by Sierra Magazine. Look for a complete schedule next Monday.

Previous AmeriCorps VISTA Takes on New Role in Community
Chuck Domenie has completed his two-year VISTA position with GMC and is now the watershed educator for the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District. Along with continuing to coordinate the Watershed Alliance program, Chuck will be developing a comprehensive and sustainable environmental education program for the conservation district. This will include a citizen science component, where local volunteers can help to collect valuable data for various conservation district programs. Chuck’s office is located in the South Lake Champlain Education Center at the Stonebridge Center, and he encourages faculty, staff and students to come and check it out. Chuck will continue to work closely with GMC through conservation focused service-learning classes, volunteer projects, citizen science and other community outreach programs. If you are interested in hearing more about Chuck’s new position or working with him on a project, call 287-8339 or email


Education Program to Host Picnic
GMC education majors and prospective majors are invited to attend a picnic September 15 at Poultney Elementary School. Meet at 4:40 p.m. at Ames Circle. The event, sponsored by the GMC Education Program, provides a welcome back to school and a chance for students to get to know one another and education faculty. For more information contact Jen Powers, education program chair at 287-8297.

New Online Store Offers GMC Athletics Apparel
GMC's new online athletic apparel store opened last week. Partnered with Turfer Athletic, the online store offers Eagle Athletics supporters a variety of products including polo shirts, hats, sweatshirts, and t-shirts complete with one of 11 different Eagle Athletics logos. Visit the store.

Noah Pappano '10 started off his summer with one week at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, Mass. for Christopher Ricks’ “Good Poetry and Very Good Prose” Workshop. Noah was one of seven writers selected by merit out of 800 applicants. From May 23 – 30, the group met every day at Norman Mailer’s house, read poetry and short stories written the night before and discussed their writing in workshops. Christopher Ricks is a British literary critic and scholar. He is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University (U.S.) and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, and has been, since 2004, Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford (England).

Lauren Wilcox ’10 has had another poem accepted for publication, this one in Issue 41 of the Berkeley Poetry Review. It is titled "Summer of 1988." Lauren, an English major at GMC, has also recently had poems published in issues of Barbaric Yawp and The Storyteller. In addition, she has been voted second-place for the Storyteller Reader's Choice Award in poetry.


This summer, Prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (environmental studies) presented a paper titled “The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Thought: Blazing Connections between Rural Needs and Urban Desires” at the annual meeting of Agricultural History Society in Orlando, Fla. Sarah is currently writing a book on the social and environmental history of the Appalachian Trail.

In August Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology) was an invited speaker at a four-day workshop in Bozeman, Mont. hosted by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The workshop focused on "Using GIS and Remote Sensing to Teach Geoscience in the 21st Century." John presented a talk titled "Landscape Interpretation and Visualization Using a GIS," in addition to help review curriculum and online resources for other geoscience educators. View John's presentation and other presentations from the event.

SOAR Workshops at GMC
Colloquium Series on Tap
New Watershed Educator
Faculty Notes

Men's Soccer
9/15, 4 p.m.
at Southern Vermont College

9/19, 1 p.m.
at Becker College

Women's Soccer
9/13, 3:30 p.m.
vs. Potsdam State

9/15, 4 p.m.
vs. New England College

9/19, 1 p.m.
at Daniel Webster College

Women's Volleyball
9/14, 7 p.m.
vs. SUNY Cobleskill

9/16, 7 p.m.
vs. Paul Smith's College

Cross Country
9/18, 12 & 12:45 p.m.
at Bard College

Men's Golf
9/18, 11:30 a.m.
at the JSC Invitational