Bianca Zanella '15 practices her rowing technique on nearby Lake Saint Catherine. Photo by Liliara Pappaterra

The Head of the Fish Regatta
by Bruna Lobato
Last Saturday, Bianca Zanella '15, Mitchell Hilbert '15, and Charlie Harcourt '12 participated in The Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., representing Green Mountain College.

The students and coach Gail Helfer got there in time to watch the master rowers returning from their race. The Head of the Fish Regatta included singles and teams competitions from all over the Northeast region of the U.S. on Saturday, as well as other American and Canadian teams in high school level categories on Sunday.

The GMC rowers went there not to compete, but to learn from the other participants.

"Getting to see professionals, or rather, experienced and practiced loyal people on the water was a worthwhile experience. It opened my eyes to how strong the rowing community is, especially when my coach ran into another 'master' and got to talking about coaching and the elements of the water," said Bianca Zanella, president of the Rowing Club.

Rowing team members get to practice together and enhance their balance, dedication, and determination.

"Training this year was great because of good weather that lasted until the last week in October, so we had a pretty good season on the water. Also because the people on crew are dedicated, which makes both the coach and the members happy," Bianca said.

The rowing team meets at Lake St. Catherine every weekday from 7 to 9 a.m, depending on the students' schedule. For information on how to join the crew, email Gail Helfer at

Brother Stavros to Speak at GMC
Mysticism, defined as the knowledge of, and especially the personal experience of states of consciousness, has different concepts across religion. On Thursday, November 3 at 1 p.m in the Chapel, Brother Stavros, a monk from the New Skete Monastary in Cambridge, N.Y., will speak on the topic of mysticism.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., he received a degree in philosophy from Catholic University and studied languages at Georgetown University. After three years in a Ukrainian seminary, he entered monastic life and was one of the founding brothers who began New Skete in 1966.

“I grew up in a row house in the city and was never able to have pets larger than a rabbit. Our farming years here in Cambridge, when Br. Marc and I had charge of the dairy cows, was a terrific education for a city kid. I fell in love with our first German shepherd, ‘Kyr,’ and have cared for the dogs in various ways for 43 years. For a good portion of that time I was involved in para-veterinarian work and have helped deliver calves, lambs and of course countless puppies,” says Brother Stavros.

He is an outdoors enthusiast and has hiked alone or organized group expeditions of monks and nuns along the Appalachian Trail in Vermont, as well as on several trails in the Adirondacks. Canoeing and kayaking are a preferred, if infrequent, activity. “I am always thankful for the great natural beauty that surrounds us. I laid out a hiking trail here on our property so our guests can experience it as well,” he says.

Br. Stavros’s many years of study into the origins and evolution of Eastern Christian Liturgical traditions have helped facilitate the community’s efforts to embody renewal of their own Offices and Liturgy. He has been invited to lecture on New Skete’s experience, which in May of ’08 included a trip to Greece. While there, he had the opportunity to return to Mt. Athos, which he had first visited in 1966. He enjoys writing, including poetry from time to time, photography, and more recently singing in the Sacred Harp or shape-note tradition that meets in Cambridge, N.Y.

Rue Royale to Perform at GMC
After clocking up more than 400 shows over the past 3 years, this husband and wife singer/songwriter duo Brooklyn and Ruth Dekker, aka Rue Royale, is well trained to entertain crowds. Their sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric music is called adventurous, exciting, and experimental.

On Friday, November 4 at 9 p.m. in the Gorge, Rue Royale will be performing at GMC before embarking on a European tour at the end of November.

With the kick of a drum, the strum of a guitar and their mindblowingly perfect harmonies, the duo show a noble, elegant simplicity that harps back to the best of Fleetwood Mac or The Swell Season while most definitely executing their own individual style.

GMC Staff and Faculty Honored at Appreciation Breakfast
The annual staff and faculty appreciation breakfast was held Wednesday, October 26 to honor 17 College employees who marked five, ten, fifteen or thirty years of service to Green Mountain College. This year's honorees are:

5 years
Steve Brown - director of campus security
Janie Evans - director of human resources
Keith Graham - head athletic trainer
Maia Hanron-Sanford - director of admissions
Christina Fabrey - director of academic support services
Karen Fleming - associate professor of business
Paula Mann - assistant professor of theater
Shelby Phillips - assistant to dean of faculty
Rachel Pusateri - public services librarian
Jennifer Sellers - assistant professor of psychology
Joanne Williams - administrative assistant

10 years
Joseph Manning - VP for finance & administration
Frank Pauze - director of RHM program
Philip Ackerman-Leist - director of farm & food project, professor of E.S.
Jim Graves - professor of botany & E.S.
Bill Throop - provost, VP of academic affairs, professor of philosophy & E.S.

30 years
Margaret Bruso - auxiliary services coordinator


Staff Office Trick or Treating
Craving some candy and baked goods? Make sure to make your rounds through all buildings with staff offices on campus today, Halloween, in search of doors with pumpkins on them. Candy will be there waiting for you! View a complete list of participating offices here.

Canned Food Trick or Treating
Join the Student Athlete Advisory Committee Monday, October 31 at 5:30 p.m. in Waldron Gym for canned food trick-or-treating around Poultney to benefit the Poultney Food Shelf. Please bring your own bag.

Book Discussion
Join the Quality of Life committee and the Genetics of Human Behavior class on Tuesday, November 1 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the chapel for a discussion on the book, "Why Empathy is Essential- and Endangered, Born For Love." This book talks about human empathy and how we all are wired to be in a relationship.

Poesy and Poetry in the Songs of Bob Dylan
Join Alan Boye, professor emeritus of English at Lyndon State College on Tuesday, November 1 from 6 – 7:15 p.m. in the East Room for a presentation titled "To His Coy Mistress: Lay Across My Big Brass Bed - Poesy and Poetry in the Songs of Bob Dylan.”

This event is sponsored by the philosophy program.

Job Search Strategies
Graduating this semester? This year? Searching for jobs can be frustrating, so join Career Services on Wednesday, November 2 at 4 p.m. in room 002 in Griswold library for a workshop on job search strategies that will be helpful while searching and applying for jobs.

3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament Signup
Students Casey McGill and Emma Lord will be raising money for the Poultney Food Shelf with a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament on November 11 from 7 – 10 p.m. in the Waldron Gym. There will be a registration fee of $15 for teams of three. First and second place finishers will receive a gift card for a local business.

To sign up, contact Emma Lord at or Casey McGill at Students can also stop by Moses 357 to register.


Prof. Laird Christensen (English, environmental studies), delivered the final presentation of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s fall lecture series, “Great Adventures in Reading,” on Friday, October 28. His talk, “Voices from Vermont,” explored the ways in which literature captures and illuminates significant changes in human relationships to the Vermont landscape over time, from Abenaki stories to the latest Chris Bohjalian novel.

Christina Fabrey, director of academic support services, has received the 2011 Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award from Vermont Women in Higher Education. Christina was selected from among candidates throughout the state, and was presented the award at the organization’s annual Leadership Dinner on October 26, 2011. The Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award is presented to a woman who is in the early stages of her career; demonstrates excellence in her contributions to students, colleagues, and/or her institution (in such areas as service, innovative programs, teaching, research, etc.); and shows promise and potential for future contributions.

Additionally, Christina delivered a presentation at the annual Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE) conference on October 28, 2011 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Christina led other post-secondary-education professionals through “An Introduction to ADHD Coaching for Student Success and Retention.”

Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) recently published an article in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership entitled "Contextualizing Recent Judgment and Decision-Making Concepts for Outdoor Leadership Research". The article examines ideas related to heuristics, controlled/automated/dual-process decision-making, expertise, and environmental validity in making decisions in risky environments. The article is co-authored with Dr. Wynn Shooter from the University of Utah and a link to the abstract can be found here

Students in prof. John Van Hoesen's (geology, environmental studies) geomorphology course visited Acadia National Park last weekend to explore, observe and describe glacial, coastal and fluvial processes that sculpt, and sculpted, the landscape of Mount Desert Island. View the map here.

Also, John recently had a paper published in the Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science titled "The morphology and spatial distribution of Late Quaternary periglacial landforms, Snake Range, Nevada: A GIS-Based approach to prioritizing field sites." The article can be viewed here, or view a slideshow here.
Head of the Fish Regatta
Brother Stavros at GMC
Appreciation Breakfast
Faculty/Staff/Student Notes


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

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

Canned Food Trick or Treating
5:30 - 7 p.m., Waldron Gym

Jazz Band
6 p.m., Ackley Stage

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

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

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

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

Book Discussion
4:30 - 6 p.m., Ackley Chapel

7 - 8 p.m., Ackley Chapel

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

Academic Skills Workshop:
Inspiration (software)

1 - 2 p.m.,
Graphics Lab, Griswold Library

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

Massage Therapy
and Reflexology

3 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Job Search Strategies
4 p.m.,
Room 2, Griswold Library

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

Tea and Brown Bag Lunch
12 - 1 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Brother Stavros Presentation
1 p.m., Ackley Chapel

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

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

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

Rue Royale
9 p.m., Gorge

Contemporary Dance
12 - 3 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio