Seven students from prof. Sam Edwards’s Wildlife Law and Policy class, the Animal Studies Program, and the Pre-law Program recently made a trip to the Vermont Police Academy for a seven-hour, animal cruelty investigation training. More details below.

GMC Establishes First Endowed Chair
Green Mountain College recently established its first endowed chair: The John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Chair in Business and Economics, named for the college’s sixth president John “Jack” Brennan, and his wife Dianne. The announcement was made at an 80th birthday celebration for Jack Brennan on September 8.

Dr. Matthew Mayberry, associate professor of business at GMC, will be the first professor named to the chair. Since 1991, when he transitioned from experimental physics to business, Dr. Mayberry has consulted, taught and facilitated groups around the world. He worked for General Atomics Corp. and Silicon Graphics, Inc. before becoming a consultant focusing on organizational transformation and leadership development using computer modeling and business simulations. His client list includes Nike, Dow, Corning, GlaxoSmithKline, Wendy’s and Starwood Hotels. Mayberry holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in physics from MIT.

“Matt’s background as a scholar, teacher and entrepreneur gives him the ideal experience to provide leadership for the undergraduate sustainable business program and the sustainable MBA program at the College,” said GMC president Dr. Paul Fonteyn. “Fostering a spirit of entrepreneurship that reaches across the curriculum is a key goal for the College in the years ahead. Matt will be a leader in this effort.”

Jack Brennan was president of GMC from 2002 to 2008, a period of significant growth and change for the College. Under his leadership, the College expanded its enrollment and established two online graduate study programs. He presided over the first successful comprehensive campaign in the College’s history and led GMC through a successful 10-year reaccreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Prior to his arrival at GMC, Brennan was dean of the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University from 1991-2002. In the private sector, he served as CEO of Chemical Separations Corp. and H. T. Hackney Co. He also sat on the board of directors of The Timberland Company, Litecontrol, and Aerovox Inc.

“With the guidance of the Brennan Chair, this new entrepreneurship initiative will provide students with the knowledge and skills to effect change, whether it is the development of a new business, solutions to business challenges, or alleviation of major social problems,” said GMC provost Dr. William Throop. “While many institutions of higher education have developed centers and institutes focused on entrepreneurship, there are few, if any, that have made it a core component of their curriculum—knowledge and skill to be attained by every student,” Throop said.

Students Join Animal CSI Certification Course
by Melody Baumhover '13
Last Friday, seven students from prof. Sam Edwards’s Wildlife Law and Policy class, the animal studies program, and the pre-law program made the trip up to the Vermont Police Academy for a seven-hour, animal cruelty investigation training. While the police cadets were doing push-ups and attending class, we GMC students were getting lessons on how to collect evidence, utilize technology, and educate the public. The chief of police in South Burlington and representatives from the Humane Society were there to lead us in learning this new skill set.

The rules at the start of class made it clear that this would be a different experience. The rules included “no unsecured weapons in the classroom.”

As a student, it was interesting to be amongst such a mixed group – veterinarians, animal control officers, constables, other civilians, and an attorney. We began the morning with a review of animal cruelty statutes in Vermont. After learning that animals need “adequate” water, shelter, and food, we discussed what exactly “adequate” meant. We figured out it is pretty confusing, and as animal lovers, court decisions of what is deemed adequate are minimal and not up to our expectations. However, there are some new bills going before the Vermont Legislature that would address some of these issues, as well as provide more protection for certain animals.

We also learned about the range of difficulties in Vermont having to do with animal cruelty. Some of the most common offenses are for mistreatment of dairy cows and illegal dog fighting or breeding. Unfortunately, only extreme offenses go to trial, and many accused of animal cruelty make deals or voluntarily release their animals. Because of this, and because of the lack of information regarding how to properly care for animals, we were told our job as animal cruelty investigators is 99% education and only 1% enforcement. The leaders stressed to us the ability to develop a rapport with offenders and try to convince them to change their ways voluntarily, or to release their animals to the humane officers voluntarily.

We concluded the training with a test, all of us receiving our certifications. Now, we are in contact with the Rutland County Humane Society to see how we can utilize our new skills. Also, some of us are planning on continuing our training in the upper level Animal CSI training courses offered throughout the fall.


GreenMAP Trips and Sign-ups
Registration opens today, September 17, for a number of GreenMAP trips coming up in the next few weeks. The trips are:

Fall Break Rock Climbing in Rumney, N.H.
Rumney Rocks is a world-class climbing destination with something for everyone. All skill levels welcome!
Leaders: Nick R., Dave
Trip Aides: Henry, Jon K., Jack
Trip Date: October 5 – 9 (trip departs Friday evening)
Pre-trip Meeting: October 3, 8:30 p.m.

Lake St. Catherine Kayak Tour
Being a locavore isn’t just for foodies. Enjoy the fall colors on this kayak tour of Lake St. Catherine.
Leaders: Eyliese, Nick R., Cassie
Trip Date: September 26 (depart GreenMAP at 10 a.m.)

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

Career Corner
Just starting your GMC experience and unsure of what to declare as a major? Check out the self-assessment FOCUS 2 test. FOCUS 2 will help you select your major and plan your career based on your talents, interests, values, and inspirations.

Are you nearly finished with your GMC degree and wondering what to do next? Explore graduate school! Come to Career Service’s Graduate Planning Workshop on Tuesday, September 25 in the Griswold Library, 2nd floor PC lab, from 6-7 p.m. You’ll learn about crucial senior year timelines, researching programs, standardized testing, and more.

Can’t make it to an event? Set up an appointment with Maia Hanron-Sanford at extension 8352, to discuss workshop topics one-on-one.

Skype Session with Paul Springer
All are welcome to prof. Jason Schmitt’s communications class for a direct Skype with Paul Springer, senior vice-president of, the streaming service with over 800,000 paid subscribers.

The session will cover the current streaming music industry, how it has progressed in the last several years, and the ways has stayed dominant against free streaming music providers like Pandora and Spotify. The talk will also provide a conversation as to the future of streaming music and data.

For more information, contact Jason Schmitt.

Create with Erika Lawlor Schmidt
Come create with Erika Lawlor Schmidt, the 2012 artist-in-residence at GMC this Tuesday, September 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Waldron Gym.

The Reverie Meeting
Students interested in working on The Reverie, the literary magazine of the College should stop by the East Room in Withey on Tuesday, September 18 from 7 – 8 p.m.

Faculty Colloquium: Mitch LesCarbeau
Join prof. Mitch LesCarbeau on Wednesday, September 19 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Terrace 124 for a reading of selected poetry, a fall tradition at GMC.

Academic Skills Workshops
Join the Calhoun Learning Center for the following academic skills workshops this Wednesday, September 19.

Getting the Most Out of your Reading in the Least Time
12 – 1 p.m.
Room 003 (lower level of Griswold Library)
Through interactive activities, students explore what it takes to be an effective and efficient reader at the college level. Individuals identify their own reading challenges, and appropriate strategies to address those challenges are discussed.

Contact Samantha Kowalski in the learning center for more information.

Teach-In & Documentary Film
This Thursday, September 20, stop by the East Room in Withey Hall at 4 p.m. for a teach-in on the background of Invisible Children, a documentary film about the history of war and child soldiers in central Africa. The film will be shown at 8 p.m. in the Gorge. After the film, Oyella Jane, a woman from Uganda, will speak about her experience growing up in the conflict region.

Bread and Puppet Theatre
This Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m. in Ackley Theatre, GMC’s programming board presents the Bread and Puppet Theater.

Their latest show, The Circus of the Possibilitarians, is a satirical horse and butterfly circus, addressing pertinent national and international issues in a clownish fashion, including rotten ideas, a wild dancing horse and some mellow lions, a solemn salute to the world’s casualties and much more.

This event is free and open to the public. For more info contact the Office of Student Involvement at (802)287-8371 or


  • Prof. Karen Swyler's (fine arts, ceramics) work is included in the recently released book The Best of 500 Ceramics. Artist and professor Brad Schweiger discusses Swyler's work, stating "The forms are quiet with elegant line quality in the rim of the cups, handles, and saucer. I feel that this is one of the cups that best describes the subtitle of 500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace."

  • Prof. Jacob Park (sustainable business) contributed a chapter (“Mobilizing Private Sector Resources Toward Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Action in Asia”) to a recently published World Bank book, Cities and Climate Change, Volume 2 and co-authored a chapter (“Meeting the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Challenges in Gulf Cooperation Council Economies: Masdar Initiative Case Study”) to an edited volume, The Gulf Cooperation Council Economies: Stepping Up To Future Challenges, which was the result of his research undertaken as a Visiting Scholar at INSEAD Business School Middle East Campus in Abu Dhabi in Spring 2010.

  • Prof. Steven Fesmire’s (philosophy, environmental studies) article “Ecological Imagination in Moral Education, East and West” was recently published in the journal Contemporary Pragmatism. The article is simultaneously appearing as a chapter in the book Pragmatism and Environmentalism, ed. Hugh McDonald (New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012).

  • Prof. Heather Keith (philosophy) contributed "Natural Caring: A Pragmatist Feminist Approach to Ethics in the More-Than-Human World" to the book Contemporary Feminist Pragmatism (Routledge, 2012), which the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender has named its Outstanding Edited Volume of the year.

Students Visit VT. Police Academy
GMC's First Endowed Chair
Happenings on Campus
Faculty Notes

Women's Soccer
9/22, 3:30 p.m. at Colby-Sawyer

Men's Soccer
9/19, 4 p.m. at Southern Vt.
9/22, 1 p.m. at Colby-Sawyer

Women's Volleyball
9/21, 5 p.m. vs. Gordon
9/22, 1 p.m. vs. Brooklyn
9/22, 5 p.m. vs. Bay Path

Men & Women's XC
9/22, 11 a.m./12 p.m. at Southern Vt.

Men's Golf
9/19, 11 a.m. at Vermont St. Intercollegiate Golf Champtionships


Constitution Day
All Day

Gentle Yoga
1 - 2 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Vinyasa Yoga
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m.

Skype with Paul Springer
11 - 11:55 a.m.,
Bogue 009

4 - 4:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Create with Erika Lawlor Schmidt
6 - 8 p.m.,
Eagle Dome (gym)

Academic Skills Workshop:
Getting the Most Out of Reading

12 - 1 p.m.,
Room 003, Griswold Library

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

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Vinyasa Yoga
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

Shakti Tribal Dance:

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

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

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Open Practice

4 - 6 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Tae Kwon Do
10 - 11 a.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

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