Members of GMC's Local Flora class recently helped to plant tree seedlings along the Poultney River. Picture are (L to R): Aja Ewing, Kadie DellaCamera, Alex Yates, Adam King, Dakota Bergstrom, Elissa Fiore, Chris McTyier, Cameron Grillo, Zach Podhorzer, and Tim Donaghy.

Students Plant Seedlings Along Poultney River
More than 650 tree seedlings have been planted along the Poultney River as part of a Riparian Forest Restoration Project on campus.

Students in Ecology, Local Flora, and an Images of Nature class completed the six-week planting phase of the project October 22. The trees are American Elm, Eastern Cottonwood, Black Willow, and Sycamore, species native to floodplains like ours, and grown from local seed in The Nature Conservancy’s Southern Lake Champlain Valley Nursery. The goal is to restore floodplain forest to a section of the school’s Poultney River buffer zone.

Ecology students also installed an experiment designed by Prof. Jim Graves (botany & environmental studies) and undergraduate research assistant Evan Miller to examine the influence of logs on the survival and growth of tree seedlings.

The restoration project is supported by funding from the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), by the local Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District, and by Green Mountain College’s Natural Areas Crew (Laura DiNardo this fall, with assistance from work study student Samantha Steria).

Marsha Fonteyn Wins National
Nurse of the Year Award

Marsha E. Fonteyn, wife of GMC president Paul Fonteyn, received a national Nurse of the Year Award from Nursing Spectrum magazine at an October 26 ceremony in Las Vegas. Marsha was recognized for her outstanding work in mentoring young professionals through her position at The Phyllis F. Cantor Center for Research in Nursing and Patient Care Services, affiliated with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Marsha was recommended for the award by four colleagues who wrote in her nomination letter: "(Marsha's) encouragement and gentle, patient guidance allows nurses to grow into their roles and become successful. With a deep interest in supporting the processes of gaining new knowledge, her ability to listen, ask thought-provoking questions, share expertise and knowledge freely and enthusiastically, and her belief in the power of the mentoring role, Marsha helps nurses grow and flourish no matter what their role may be."

The selection process was very competitive - Marsha won Nursing Spectrum's New England Regional Award for mentoring, and was chosen over winners from the twelve other regions for the national award.

"I've worked in the nursing profession for 40 years and I've always enjoyed mentoring nurses and students," Marsha said. "To be recognized for something you have a real passion for is very special."

Election Night Gathering Slated for Gorge
The pre-law club, history club and history department, with the support of many other clubs at GMC, are hosting an election night party in the Gorge from 6 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, November 4.

The event features informational booths on candidates' policies as stated during the campaign season as well as on issues such as the environment, health care, and GLBT issues. There will also be coverage of all the major elections, a large map of the results as they come in, and free food.

Grad Student Presents Paper on U.S. - Peru Trade
Last week GMC participated in Nagoya University's annual Feedforth, an international, interdisciplinary research conference. GMC graduate student Barbara Fraser presented her paper "The Power of Trade: Can the US-Peru Trade Agreement Stem Illegal Logging?" during the conference.

Through internet video and audio conferencing, GMC students, faculty and staff were able to listen to the presenters at Nagoya University, and many of the papers were presented from other parts of the world through the same technology. For example, Fraser presented her paper directly from her home in Peru. Thus, thousands of pounds of carbon, not to mention hundreds of thousands of dollars, were saved by allowing presenters to avoid traveling to Japan for the conference.

Nagoya University is the latest addition to GMC's exchange partner institutions. Prof. Sam Edwards III (environmental studies) taught at Nagoya for several years prior to joining GMC's staff. Some of Prof. Edwards' former students organized Feedforth.

Burlington Newspaper Publishes Student Op-Ed
GMC student Chad Skiles had an opinion piece published in the October 27 edition of the Burlington Free Press. The piece, titled "Chief Citizen Wanted," analyzes the presidential candidates' performances during the first debate. The article was written for Prof. Paul Falzone's (communications) "Writing for the Media" class.

Read the Burlington Free Press opinion piece.

Women's Soccer Ends Season, Volleyball Notches Win
Women's soccer fell this weekend in a NAC semifinal match-up against three-time title winner Husson College. The Eagles ended their season with a 9-9 record.

GMC goalie Karen Davidson recorded 11 saves in the 3-0 loss. Davidson kept the game at 2-0 with a series of saves to start the second half. She was aided with two defensive saves by Nicole Delong.

The volleyball squad continued their success with a win Saturday over Castleton State in the quarterfinal round of the North Atlantic Conference women's volleyball tournament.

Strong serving and a balanced offensive attack helped Green Mountain advance, as the Eagles served 15 aces over four sets, and had four players with at least five kills on the day.

The Eagles travel to Husson College Saturday for their semifinal match-up.

GMC Theatre Department to Stage "Our Town"
Area residents are in for a triple treat when the American classic “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder plays at Green Mountain College November 14 and 15. First, this will be a joint production between the College’s Theatre Program and the Oldcastle Theatre Company, with performances by seasoned professionals, talented GMC students, and local area children.

Secondly, a special guest on opening night will be Peter Davis of Dorset, Vt., who played the newsboy in the original national tour of the play in 1939 in Los Angeles. Thirdly, it will be presented in the Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones ’09 Concert Hall in Ackley Theatre. The concert hall was beautifully refurbished this summer with a gift from the Fitzpatrick family of Stockbridge, Mass., in honor of Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick who graduated from Green Mountain College in 1909. more...

Kurdish Folktales Focus of Next Storyteller Event
Award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb comes to Green Mountain College to present almost forgotten folkloric tales of the Kurdish people on November 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley Theatre. Her appearance is the second event in this year's Storyteller Series at GMC.

A master teller, Edgecomb will share legends from her new book A Fire In My Heart: Kurdish Tales. This book includes never before published stories revealing the rich folklore traditions of this ancient Middle Eastern culture and anecdotes of her travels up sheer mountain roads to record the last Kurdish storytellers. The performance resonates with the humor and pathos of Kurdish village life and the colorful people that shared their lives with her. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word, a storyteller in the grand tradition.”

Two-time winner of the Storytelling World Honor’s Award, Edgecomb’s rich narrative style and humorous outlook make her one of the most sought-after storytellers in the country today.


Winter Parking Procedures in Effect
A friendly reminder from the town of Poultney regarding parking cars in town: winter is here and with it the threat of snow. To provide road crews with adequate clearance, drivers are prohibited from parking their cars on streets, highways, or in public parking areas from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. The winter parking ban is in effect November 1-April 1. Cars parked on the streets during these hours may be towed.

Bus Schedule from Poultney to Rutland
Marble Valley Transit has announced a new bus schedule for the area. It features four stops in Poultney and multiple trips to Rutland throughout the day. The service is free through January 1, 2009. Click here for the schedule.

Prof. Teresa Coker (environmental education) made four presentations at the North American Association of Environmental Education’s annual conference in Wichita, Kansas, October 16 - 18. She co-presented three sessions in association with a pre-service teacher advisory council. The sessions were titled “What’s Happening in Teacher Preparation;” “Interested in Becoming a National Program Reviewer for NAAEE/NCATE?” and “NCATE/NAAEE Teacher Preparation Standards Training.”

One presentation she made, titled “Using the Guidelines for Excellence for Program Development and Evaluation,” was about the environmental education program at Green Mountain College.

Also while at the conference, Teresa was chosen to be the co-chair of the association’s Higher Education Commission.

GMC’s Cantorion won Best Group Song and student Cameron Steinmetz won Best Adult Solo and Overall Winner at the Really Big Show XIII held at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland November 1.

The winners receive a plaque and the overall winner receives a $100 cash prize and a trophy. The show is an annual event sponsored by Chittenden Bank. All proceeds benefit the United Way of Rutland.

Saturday, 11/8
NAC Semi-Finals, at Husson College, 10 a.m.


Energy Healing
1 - 4 p.m., Bozen Wellness Center

Tai Chi
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

GreenMAP Kayak Pool Session
8 - 9:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

2:30 - 3 p.m., Chapel

Women's Circle
3 - 4 p.m., Chapel

Election Night Party
6 p.m. - 12 a.m., The Gorge

Candlelight Labyrinth Walk
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Meet in the Chapel

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

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

Belly Dancing
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Murder Mystery
9 p.m., The Gorge

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

Tae Kwon Do
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

2 - 2:30 p.m., Chapel

4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

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