GMC students and others who attended the Evening Song Farm benefit over Family & Friends weekend.

Evening Song Farm Benefit
Contributed by Meiko Lunetta
Over Family & Friends Weekend, a group of twenty students traveled to Evening Song Farm for a benefit to help raise money for 26-year-old Ryan Wood-Beauchamp and Kara Fitzgerald.

Ryan and Kara moved to Vermont from Pennsylvania and started their first year farming in Cuttingsville. When hurricane Irene struck at the beginning of September, their lives and farm were drastically affected. The Mill River, which runs behind their land, breached the bank and changed its course, tearing through seven of their nine acres. Ryan and Kara watched as their green houses, crops and land washed away.

In the wake of the storm, they were left with a riverbed. Unable to farm it, they’ve looked to the supportive Vermont community for help. The benefit held on Sunday, September 25th included a potluck, contra dance, live music and silent auction. Folks from all over the area came to support Evening Song Farm and feel the positive effects of community.

Having a presence of Green Mountain students was important in showing the local community that GMC cares. When the fifteen-passenger van showed up, heads turned with smiling faces.

“Right when we arrived I sensed an overwhelming feeling of love and community, through my ears as I listened to the music, through my feet as I danced and in my belly as I ate the delicious food,” sophomore Connor Magnuson recalled. “I saw a lot of physical support as well through donations that many of us participated in.”

If you are looking to learn more about Evening Song Farm, please visit This event was sponsored by the sustainability office, promoting community outreach and the Triple-Bottom-Line. Want to know more about events like this? Check out the bulletin board and calendar outside of the Sustainability Office or email sustainability office manager Meiko Lunetta at

Bread and Puppet Perform at GMC
Contributed by Bruna Lobato
Last Friday, Bread and Puppet Theater presented the show “Man=Carrot Circus” in GMC’s Ackley Theater. Bread and Puppet follows the “Cheap Art Philosophy,” which hopes to reestablish the appreciation of artistic creation by making it available to a wider audience and inspire anyone to revel in an art making process that is not subject to academic approval or curatorial acceptance.

“They helped me find a way to use fun and creativity to make a serious point,” says Charlotte Hughes ’13, who was one of six GMC volunteer actors in the play.

Based in Glover, Vt. since the 1960’s, Bread and Puppet has traveled to Taiwan, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy to perform.

“It was an eye-opener, and full of political symbolism,” says Leanne Callahan ’11.

The show presented a critical view of modern issues in the United States involving politics, religion, nuclear power, feminism, environment, and climate change.

GMC Choir and "We Are the Men" Join in Benefit Concert
The Slate Valley Museum in Granville, N.Y., built to commemorate an industry that drew much of its labor force from Welsh immigrants, was badly damaged by flooding from Hurricane Irene. To lend a helping hand, GMC’s choir and “We Are The Men,” a 30-member male voice choir from Cape Cod which performs songs in the Welsh tradition, will raise their voices together in a benefit concert Saturday evening, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley Hall. Proceeds will go towards repairs to the State Valley Museum. Admission is $10 for adults - there is no fee for GMC students or children. Donations beyond the admission fee will gladly be accepted.

Under the direction of prof. James Cassarino, the GMC choir is the only American college choir that maintains a Welsh language repertory. In celebrating its Welsh heritage, the choir has toured Wales five times since 1998. “We Are The Men” takes its membership from some 17 towns on Cape Cod, from Sandwich, Mass. in the west, to North Chatham, Mass. in the east. Its director, Chris Roberts, is a native of Wrexham, North Wales.

Solar Pioneer Steven Strong Presents at Green Mountain College
Internationally acclaimed author, entrepreneur and energy expert Steven Strong will be at GMC Thursday, October 13 to present his talk "Energy: Building the Bridge to the Post-Petroleum World” in a program sponsored by the College and renewable energy non-profit Energize Vermont. The presentation will be held at the Gorge in Withey Hall 6-8 p.m.

Strong began his energy career as an engineer on the Alaska pipeline in the 70’s. He quickly became convinced there were less-costly and more environmentally desirable ways to provide comfort and convenience to consumers than the costly extraction of fossil fuels. Strong began his own company called Solar Design Associates, and installed the first solar panels on the White House during the Carter administration. As his expertise and reputation grew, Time magazine named Strong an Environmental Hero for the Planet in 1999. The event is free and open to the public.

“After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands”
What if you could only feed your family for six months out of the year? On Thursday, October 6 from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. in the Gorge, Rick Peyser, director of social advocacy and supply chain community outreach at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters will introduce and show a documentary film titled “After the Harvest”.

“After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands” is a short film that brings the day-to-day challenges of the ‘thin months’ to life in the voices of coffee farmers themselves, and shares the successes of creative projects that have been established to eliminate this annual period of food insecurity.

This film is free and open to the GMC community, thanks to GMC’s ELA department and the service-learning program.

Fall Break Shuttle Information
Fall break begins after evening classes on Friday, October 7. Students are permitted to stay on campus, and students planning on doing so need to contact their R.A. Dining hall hours will be limited.

For those students leaving campus for the break, please take note of the following shuttle schedule:

Albany Airport Shuttle
This shuttle is not offered due to the short duration of Fall break and because of the residence halls remaining open for all students.

Rutland Airport Shuttle
The Rutland airport shuttle is available by appointment, and students who need a ride to Rutland airport should contact Margaret Bruso in the Auxiliary Services office at for details.

Castleton Train Station Shuttle
Students who are taking the Amtrack should book their reservations at the Castleton train station and not Rutland, as the price is the same. Please contact Margaret Bruso in the Auxiliary Services office for details and times.

Ride Share Board
Students looking for a ride from fellow students should post info on the ride share board located near the entrance to the Gorge.


GRE Workshop
Thinking about taking the GRE? Join Career Services on Tuesday, October 4 from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Rare Books room (Griswold Library, second floor) for a GRE workshop, which will give information about what to expect from the new Graduate Record Exam. The workshop will cover an overview of the different sections and the types of questions asked, tips for studying, and strategies while taking the test. All participants will receive a GRE packet that includes a sample test.

National Student Day
The GMC Follett bookstore has partnered with the National Association of College Stores (NACS) to be involved in the first annual National Student Day aimed at promoting social responsibility and helping their community.

How can students help their community to make a difference? Maybe they can donate their time at a homeless shelter, help clean up the campus, the Poultney River, or even get involved with a college group that focuses on community service. It’s one day to give back and be recognized for these good deeds. Follett encourages students to volunteer and share their story at The top 10 ideas will win one of ten fantastic prizes from NACS including a $3000 scholarship.

To help encourage participation, the GMC Bookstore will offer a 20% discount off a single apparel or gift item on October 6. Any questions? Stop by the bookstore and talk to Heather.

The Radio Gang at GMC
The presentation of vintage American country music from the 1930’s and 1940’s is the mission of The Radio Gang. These veteran musicians play and sing rousing renditions of classic melodies that capture the mood of a unique period in American history when musicians played “songs from our hearts”. Make sure to join them on Wednesday, October 5 at 9 p.m. in the Gorge.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Blood donors are needed to make sure patients in area hospitals have the blood they will need to survive.

Blood donors will have an opportunity to help avert a blood shortage on Wednesday, October 5 in Withey Hall from 12 - 5 p.m. Donors of all blood types are needed.

Donors may enter to win a seven day cruise for two departing from Boston to Bermuda on the Norwegian Dawn.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the Red Cross Blood Services at 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit online at

Animal Studies Minor Orientation
Interested in animals? Want to learn more about GMC's newest minor? Want to add an interdisciplinary minor to your academic program? Come and learn about animal studies on Thursday, October 6 from 3 – 3:30 p.m. in the Dickgiesser Electronic Classroom in Griswold Library.


Former GMC student Taylor Riso received first place in an international paper competition for work she completed in Prof. John Van Hoesen’s spring 2010 GIS course. The 2011 competition sponsored by the Association for GIS Professionals awarded Taylor top honors for her paper “Estimating Phosphorous Potential from Non-Point Source Pollution to Determine High-Risk Areas in the Missisquoi Watershed: A comparison of the Endreny and Wood and Sivertun and Prange Models.” The award criteria included demonstration of expertise and understanding of geographic information science, application of spatial technologies, demonstration of innovation and critical thinking, and quality of writing and presentation. Read her paper here.
Evening Song Farm Benefit
"After the Harvest" Documentary
Fall Break Shuttle Info
Student Notes

Men's Golf
10/8, TBD at NAC Championship
10/9, TBD at NAC Championship

Men's Soccer
10/4, 4 p.m. vs. MCLA
10/8, 3 p.m. at Thomas
10/9, 2:15 p.m. at Me.-Farmington

Women's Soccer
10/8, 1 p.m. at Thomas
10/9, 12 p.m. at Me.-Farmington

Women's Volleyball
10/4, 7 p.m. at Castleton
10/6, 7 p.m. vs. MCLA
10/8, 12 p.m. vs. Lyndon St.
10/9, 6 p.m. vs. Johnson St.


10 a.m. - 2 p.m.,
Wellness Center

GreenMAP Signups
11 a.m., GMAP Office

Breath of Life
12:15 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Fire Dancing
5:30 - 7 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Jazz Band
6 p.m.
Ackley Stage

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
7 - 8:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Horray for Play
11:45 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Guided Meditation
3 - 3:30 p.m., Ackley Chapel

GRE Workshop
3 - 4 p.m.,
Rare Books Room,
Griswold Library

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

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

7 - 8 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Open Chapel
8 - 10 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Red Cross Blood Drive
12 - 5 p.m., Withey Lobby

Academic Skills Workshop:
Effective College Writing

1 - 2 p.m.,
Room 3, Griswold Library

Power Yoga
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy
and Reflexology

3 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

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

Shakti Tribal Dance - Beginners
6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m., Ackley Chapel

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

The Radio Gang
9 p.m., Gorge

"After the Harvest" Documentary
9:30 - 10:45 a.m., Gorge

Breath of Life
12:15 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Animal Studies
Minor Orientation

3 - 3:30 p.m.,
Dickgiesser Classroom

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

Open Chapel
8 - 10 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Cerridwen Farm Stand
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Horray for Play
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Chiropractic Services
1 - 5 p.m.,
Wellness Center

2 - 3 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Guided Meditation
3 - 3:30 p.m., Ackley Chapel

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

Fall Break Begins
After evening classes