American farmer, lecturer, and author Joel Salatin visits GMC today

Joel Salatin Visits GMC
Full-time farmer, lecturer, and author Joel Salatin will be at GMC today, November 14, to tour Cerridwen farm and give a number of lectures throughout the day.

Polyface Farm, “the farm of many faces,” arguably represents America’s premier non-industrial food production oasis, with a mission to develop emotionally, economically, environmentally enhancing agricultural enterprises and facilitate their duplication throughout the world.

Starting in 1961 when William and Lucille Salatin moved their family to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, purchasing the most worn-out, eroded, abused farm in the area near Staunton, they used nature as a pattern, and they and their children began the healing and innovation that now supports three generations.

Joel holds a BA in English and writes extensively in magazines such as Stockman Grass Farmer, Acres USA, and American Agriculturalist. The family’s farm has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, Gourmet, and countless other radio, television, and print media. It also achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.

Join Joel at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel for a talk on agriculture and Christianity, and at 8 p.m. a lecture in Withey dining hall.

Jake Beckman is GMC

Artist Jake Beckman, a sculptor with exhibitions in Rhode Island, Boston, and New York to name a few, is the 2011 artist-in-residence at GMC.

A 2005 graduate of Swarthmore College in Penn. with a BA in Art, and a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in sculpture, Beckman brings an awareness of the intimate push and pull of flesh to his architectural alterations and interventions.

On Tuesday, November 15 at 6 p.m., Beckman will be holding a lecture in the Dickgiesser Electronic Classroom in Griswold Library. Friday, November 18 from 5 – 7 p.m. will be his opening reception in The Feick Arts Center.

Additionally, students interested in seeing a gallery installation in progress may stop by The Feick on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12 – 5 p.m. Beckman is also looking for students to collaborate with him on a piece that will be displayed on campus. Students interested in being a part of this collaborative piece may sign up in Surdam or Griswold Library.

Beckman’s work will be displayed November 14 – 22.

David Smith back at GMC
In a project funded by the Student Campus Greening Fund, David Smith of Lime Energy (formerly Princeton Energy Systems) came to GMC earlier this semester to perform an energy audit.

On Wednesday, November 16 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Terrace 124, he will return to GMC to deliver results of that audit, and to give GMC an energy report.

Erik Schlimmer:
Expedition to Success

On Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the East Room, biker Erik Schlimmer will give a presentation to the GMC community.

At home among grizzly bears, mountains, and deserts, Erik successfully rode 2,750 miles from Canada to Mexico, creating the longest mountain bike route on earth.

Displaying original photography and video from his two month trek, this program is a tour of American culture. Not just a slideshow, Expedition to Success discusses the six life skills Erik uses to find success. Furthermore, these skills are tied into his six mentors.

Learn what it's like to spend two months on two wheels. Even the biggest couch potatoes will be inspired.

Community Conversation:
The Future of GMC

On Wednesday, November 16 from 4:30 – 6 in Withey Dining Hall, be part of a conversation regarding GMC’s future, what it’ll look like in five years, and what role you will have in shaping that future.

GMC is in the process of developing a strategic plan for the next five years. Sub-committees have been meeting during the fall semester and discussing six areas of emphasis.

The strategic plan sub-committees and student representatives are:
  • Strengthening residential undergraduate experience: Jensen Morgan
  • Diversifying the delivery of education programs: Edward Duncan
  • Building enrollment: Ernie Klepeis
  • Strengthening the culture of Success: Elana Israel
  • Enhancing facilities and town/gown partnership: Kristin Belessis
  • Strengthening the College’s financial position: Kate Wernett
At this community conversation, representatives from each sub-committee will share what has been discussed in subcommittee meetings and be asking for information from you about your vision for our school. Please bring your ideas and share your thoughts.

If you do not have a meal plan for Fall 2011, participate in this conversation and you will receive a free meal for the night.

Faster Internet on
GMC Campus

The College's IT/Computer Service Department, working in conjunction with SoverNet, a Vermont-based internet and communications company, successfully upgraded the College's internet bandwidth service last week. The bandwidth has been increased from 16.5 megabytes per second (Mbps) to 57 Mbps. A DS3 line has been aggregated with an existing ResNet bandwidth to triple the amount of bandwidth we had prior to the upgrade.

The entire IT staff led by director Jeff Wright has worked diligently on this bandwidth service upgrade while also planning ahead to mid-2012 when new fiber connections are activated in Poultney. By the start of the 2012-13 academic year, GMC will have bandwidth in quantities greater than 100Mbps. Already new equipment and software has been purchased and installed to support a new fiber connection.

Public Meeting for Lake Champlain Water Quality
GMC community members interested in the beauty and recreation of the Lake Champlain area or those concerned about the water quality of it’s rivers and streams, please join the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District (PMNRCD) on November 17 for meetings with local and state representatives.

The purpose of the meetings is to receive public input to the water quality improvement plan for Lake Champlain that is currently being updated by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Water quality in the lake has been seriously impacted by high phosphorus levels. While phosphorus is a naturally occurring nutrient essential to plant growth, excessive amounts have created extensive algae in the northern lake area, and according to Marli Rupe, district manager, high phosphorus levels also exist in our local south lake section.

“Phosphorus is found in many substances such as lawn and garden fertilizers, manure and detergents – all of us have the potential to contribute to the problem no matter where we live. Pollution enters the lake at the waterfront but also through all the rivers and streams that run to the lake, such as the Poultney and Mettowee rivers, and all the smaller tributaries. A meeting like this is a unique chance to let decision makers know what you care about and the changes you would like to see them make. Lake Champlain is critical to our recreation and enjoyment, but also to our entire state economy and environment,” says Marli.

Public input is needed to help develop the practices, policies and funding commitments necessary to achieve phosphorus pollution reductions required by the EPA. The meetings will also explore additional actions that should be taken if certain current practices and programs are not implemented according to the established timeline. Decisions made in this plan can directly impact land use practices and funding allocations in Vermont, so public input is critical. Meetings will be held at:

November 17, 1 - 2:30 p.m., at the US Fish and Wildlife's Kehoe Conservation Camp on Lake Bomoseen. This meeting will be focusing primarily on agriculture but is open to the public.

November 17, 5 – 7 p.m., in the Gorge at Green Mountain College.

For further information about the current state water quality improvement implementation plan, or the public meetings please visit the district website or contact the district office at 287-8339 or


Senior History Thesis Presentations
Students in prof. Tom Williams' Senior History Thesis class will be giving thesis presentations over the next several weeks, beginning on Monday, November 14. On Monday, students Bryanna Astor, Kathryn Beckwith, and Sam Haldeman will be presenting research. On Thursday, November 17, Alexa Diaz, Chris Griffin, and Lily Bradburn will be presenting.

Prof. Williams' class meets on Mondays and Thursdays in Terrace 121 from 4 - 5:15.

Art Walk
Join fellow art enthusiasts for an art walk on Friday, November 18. There will be two openings in one night, followed by the annual fall concert in Ackley Hall.

From 5 - 7 p.m. in The Feick, artist-in-residence Jake Beckman presents "Recent Work & On-site Collaboration." Visit for more information on this artist.

Following Beckman's opening, from 7 - 9 p.m. in Surdam, Kiley Matthews '12 presents "Modern Nouveau," a ceramics exhibition.

Annual Fall Concert
The Green Mountain College and Community Concert Band will perform their annual fall concert on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley Hall.

Under the direction of prof. James Cassarino, the ensemble will perform works by Gabrieli, Giovannini, Vaughan Williams, Holst, and Zdechlik.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Holiday Stockings for Seniors
Donation boxes are located in the Wellness Center and in Waldron Athletic Center for the Holiday Stocking for Seniors program, which delivers stockings stuffed with gifts to local seniors in need during the month of December.

Some gift ideas would be gift cards, easy to eat holiday candy, holiday music, warm items for head, hands, and feet, pet treats, and non-scented personal hygiene products.


  • Renée Beaupré White director of career services, attended The Neuroscience of Personality: Brain Savvy Insights into Personality Type sponsored by the Vermont Association of Psychological Type.

    Speaker Dario Nardi, Ph.D., UCLA professor and author, has discovered that people of different psychological types don’t merely rely on different brain regions; they use their brains in fundamentally different ways. Participants learned how different psychological types get into a state of creative flow and how to use Jung’s eight cognitive processes to improve productivity, flexibility and competence in work and daily life.

  • Director of adventure programs Bruce Saxman and GreenMAP leaders Jamie Bernstein and Summer Reed presented “Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Management: A Student and Professional Perspective” at the 2011 Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Jamie also received the Undergraduate Student Literary Award for his position paper entitled “The Morality of Fixed Anchors for Rock Climbing in Wilderness Areas.”

  • GMC had a large presence at the annual Vermont Women in Higher Education leadership dinner. Attendees included Natalie Coe, Christina Fabrey (winner of the Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award), Karen Fleming, Tammy Bender, Svea Miller, and Shelby Phillips.

  • On November 5, Shai O’Rourke ’13 and prof. Mary Jane Maxwell (history) presented a conference paper at the New England Regional World History Association in Salem, Mass. Their paper, “Spiritual Constructs: Making Sense of Female Mystics in a Global Era of Divine Love,” included contributions from Shai’s URA research for prof. Maxwell, as well as a continuation of Maxwell’s research which she presented in Beijing over the summer at the World History Association.

  • Student Bruna Lobato '15 was recently featured in Capricho, a magazine catered towards young adults in Brazil. The story, “The Incredible Story of the Brazilian Girl Who Met Michelle Obama” told the story of how Bruna found out online about an opportunity to become a youth ambassador to Brazil, and how it led to her receiving a scholarship to attend a summer program at Philips Exeter Academy in N.H. and her eventual path to GMC. Through the program, Bruna attended workshops at the Voice of America head office in D.C., went to conferences in the World Bank, and was named an honorary citizen of Tulsa, Ok. Click here to see the article (PDF)
Joel Salatin at GMC
Jake Beckman Art Opening
GMC Community Conversation
Faculty/Staff/Student Notes

Men's Basketball
11/15, 7 p.m. vs. Albany Pharmacy

Women's Basketball
11/16, 7 p.m. vs. St. Joseph (Vt.)
11/19, 2 p.m. vs. Sage @ Colby Sawyer
11/20, 1 p.m. vs. Me.-Machias @ Colby Sawyer


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

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

Artist Residency:
Jake Beckman

12 - 5 p.m., The Feick

Joel Salatin Talk
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.,
Ackley Chapel

Senior History
Thesis Presentations

4 - 5:15 p.m., Terrace 124

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

Joel Salatin Lecture
8 p.m., Withey Dining Hall

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

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

Artist Lecture:
Jake Beckman

6 p.m., Dickgiesser Classroom

7 - 8 p.m., Ackley Chapel

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

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

David Smith Presentation
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.,
Terrace 124

Massage Therapy
and Reflexology

3 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

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

Community Conversation
4:30 - 6 p.m.,
Withey Dining Hall

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

Erik Schlimmer:
Expedition to Success

6:30 p.m., East Room

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

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

Senior History
Thesis Presentations

4 - 5:15 p.m., Terrace 121

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

Opening Reception:
Jake Beckman

5 - 7 p.m., The Feick

Opening Reception:
Kiley Matthews

7 - 9 p.m., Surdam

GMC Community Concert
7:30 p.m., Ackley Hall