GMC students in EDU 3014: Place-based Education students dressed as spiders and bats for a Halloween Interpretative Campfire Program they did for the Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-O’-Lantern Hike at Kehoe Education Center on Saturday, Oct. 27.

GMC Junior Travels To The Middle East to Fight For Climate Solutions at UN Summit
Scott Chernoff ‘14 is only 20 but already has years of experience fighting to protect public health and the environment. The Cherry Hill, N.J. native is a leader in the Activism @GMC group and has been highly involved in the movement to keep gas drilling out of the Delaware River Basin. He has also helped mobilize students and young people in the national movement against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline which would carry Canadian tar sands oil over some of the most sensitive agricultural regions of the American Midwest.

This November, Scott will take his activist skills to the international arena, as part of a youth delegation to the United Nations Climate Talks in Doha, Qatar. He’ll be joining fifteen other exceptional young people chosen by SustainUS, a youth-run NGO with over ten years of experience connecting students to the UN system.

The conference is the 18th annual meeting on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which brings representatives from 194 countries together to negotiate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the hopes of keeping global temperature rises within two degrees Celsius, a threshold that scientists see as critical for preventing a runaway increase in the strength and frequency of droughts, floods, and “super storms” similar to Hurricane Sandy.

Chernoff says the stakes are high but progress toward an international deal has been hard to come by. In 1997, the UNFCCC brokered an agreement called the Kyoto Protocol which ultimately failed due to the US Congress refusing to ratify the document. In 2009 many had high hopes that world leaders would come to a new agreement in Copenhagen, but talks ultimately collapsed in the face of tensions between the US, China, and India. This year’s conference is expected to build groundwork for a binding deal in 2015, a date that many scientists argue is the absolute last chance to prevent disaster.

Scott, who studies environmental science and policy at Green Mountain College in Vermont, has a strong sense about what getting a fair and binding deal out of these negotiations will mean for future generations and how integral citizens are in pushing their leaders in the right direction: "I realize the urgency of the issue of climate change, and am tired of seeing how it has not been taken seriously by our leaders. One day, I want to be able to tell my children and grandchildren that I took action and worked tirelessly to change climate policy to protect the planet for them, rather than wait and for elected leaders to get around to the issue themselves."

About the UN conference: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was created in 1992 to solve the problem of rising greenhouse gas emissions and its effects on development. Negotiators from 194 countries will meet in Doha, Qatar, this year to continue negotiations and attempt to repair an 18-year-old international system fraught with inequities and gaps in accountability.

Angels in America on Stage in Ackley
The Green Mountain College theater program is presenting the play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part One: Millennium Approaches.

Tony Kushner’s 1993 Pulitzer Prize winning play is a moving, comic fantasy that explores the sexual, racial, religious, political and social issues confronting the country during the Aids crisis of the Reagan years.

The production plays this weekend in Ackley Theater on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11/8-10 at 7 p.m. with free admission for students, staff and faculty.

Student Athletes Earn All-Conference Honors
After a season full of practices and weekend races, the North Atlantic Conference’s premier cross country event, the NAC Championships, were held at New England College this past Saturday. Green Mountain received a standout effort as both teams finished fifth overall. Three GMC runners were recognized for their efforts during the race as Dakota VanTine ’14, from Four Season, Mo., Forrest Teutsch ’14, of Reading Mass., and Chris Bergen ’13 of Lincoln, Va. were named to 2012 NAC All-Conference Teams.

VanTine earned a place on the women’s NAC All-Conference Second Team. Dakota, who arrived at GMC this year as a transfer, has enjoyed a banner year with several top 10 finishes, including first at the Vermont Tech meet and second at the Castleton Invitational.

Teutsch was named to the men’s NAC All-Conference First Team thanks to his fifth place finish over the 8K course in a time of 27:51. Forrest consistently recorded top five finishes all year long. In fact, his school record fifth place finish at the NAC Championships on Saturday bested his last year’s 7th place showing by two and a half minutes.

Bergen grabbed a spot on the men’s NAC All-Conference Second Team with his 14th place showing in a time of 28:58. After not running competitively since high school, the senior made the commitment to return to the sport he loved so much and helped bolster the Eagles’ team. His time in Saturday’s race was the school’s second best time ever run at a NAC Championship meet.

In addition, Green Mountain College midfielder Chris Gaskin ’13 of Atlanta was named to the NAC All-Conference Second Team. Gaskin earned the All-Conference honor for the third-straight year, concluding his collegiate playing career. The midfielder controlled the tempo of play for the Eagles and was the key to the virtually every GMC attack. This season the senior notched the eighth goal of his career early in the season putting home an indirect kick with a diving header. He also recorded his sixth assist to finish his career with a total of 22 total points.

NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.


Career Corner
Grant Writing

Join us tonight for a Grant Writing Workshop presented by GMC president Paul Fonteyn from 6:30-7:30pm in Terrace 124!

Why is it important for students, faculty and staff to engage in writing grants?

Not only will you develop specialized skills easily transferable into your own professional careers, but receiving funding from external governmental and foundation grant sources are crucial in advancing Green Mountain College’s mission now.

Below is just a sampling of the many grants Green Mountain College students, faculty, and staff have received in recent years:

$250,000 Clean Energy Grant for Campus Cogeneration
$248,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation
$27,000 from the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty to conduct anthropological, ethnographic research in China
Reverend Shirley Oskamp received a $44,586 grant to participate in the 2009 National Clergy Renewal Program
Green Mountain College’s Farm & Food Project received a $93,000 grant from the California-based Yavanna Foundation
$100,000 grant from the Preservation Trust of Vermont’s Village Revitalization Initiative.

Additional upcoming events:
  • Tuesday, November 6
    Alumni Speaker Series presents Chris Smith ’01
    Chris is currently an Assistant Professor of English, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Vermont Technical College and is completing his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies this spring. Come hear about Chris’s experiences post-GMC at either of the following classes:
    9:30 - 10:45 a.m, Terrace 123
    11 a.m. - 12:15p.m., Ackley 102

  • Resume and Cover Letter Building
    Tuesday, November 6
    6 - 7 p.m.
    Griswold 2nd floor Graphics Lab

  • Resume and Cover Letter Building
    Wednesday, November 7
    12 - 1 p.m.
    Griswold 2nd floor Graphics Lab

Skype Session with Eve Orsburn
On Monday, November 5 from 1 – 1:40 p.m. in Bogue 017, join for a Skype session with Forbes writer and CEO of Social Media Delivered, Eve Orsburn. She will speak on how to use social media to land a job after college.

Eve Orsburn has quickly become one of the most prominent voices directed at how to use social media correctly. She has lectured and written about gaining power, following, and influence from social media around the globe.

Anyone interested in understanding the latest social media techniques for increasing their online presence are welcome to attend.

Take a Pilgrimage to Ireland
Interested in traveling to Ireland this May? Make sure to apply for the REL 2000/HIS 2000 course by midnight tonight, November 5. The course will travel to sacred sites to learn about their history from local scholars, hike up mountains, cross the seas, and explore the landscape. The trip is led by Shirley Oskamp and Gary Lindorff.

Applications are due today, November 5 by midnight. Download the application here. Return to Shirley Oskamp at

Food, Energy & the Environment Film Series
Films will be shown every Tuesday through December at the Tiny Theatre on Main St. as part of the Food, Energy, and the Environment film series.

There is a $2 suggested donation for those who are not yet members of the Tiny Theatre.

This Tuesday, November 6 at 7 p.m., the Tiny Theatre will be showing the documentary: The Price of Aid.

Learn more about The Price of Aid here.

Open Studio Night - Art and Pizza Party
Curious about art? Never taken a class? Think you might like to see what it’s all about? On Tuesday, November 6 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in Surdam, join art students and faculty for an open studio night and pizza party.

Try your hand in a variety of media areas including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics. Talk with art faculty and students and learn more about how art classes can help you express your creativity. Eat pizza! Have fun! Try art!

UN Summit Climate Solutions
Athletes Earn Honors
Upcoming Events at GMC


12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Skype Session with Eve Orsburn
1 - 1:40 p.m.,
Bogue 017

Vinyasa Yoga
5:15 - 6:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Grant Writing Workshop
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.,
Terrace 124

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

Ireland Trip Applications Due

Alumni Speaker Series:
Chris Smith '01

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.,
Terrace 123
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.,
Ackley 102

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

Resume and Cover Letter Building Workshop
6 - 7 p.m.,
Graphics Lab, Griswold

Open Studio Night:
Art and Pizza Party

6 - 8:30 p.m.,

Film Showing:
The Price of Aid

7 p.m.,
Tiny Theatre

Resume and Cover Letter Building Workshop
12 - 1 p.m.,
Graphics Lab, Griswold

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

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

Vinyasa Yoga
5:15 - 6:30 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

12 - 12:45 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

Fall Open House
8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.,
Green Mountain College

Tae Kwon Do
12 - 1 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio