The Green Mountain College and Community Concert Band performed their annual fall concert Friday in a refurbished Ackley Theater. Photo by Emma Buckley '10

GMC to Host 175th Anniversary
Methodist Heritage Symposium

Green Mountain College is focusing on several salient aspects of its heritage during the 2008/09 academic year, the College’s 175th anniversary year. On Monday, December 1, GMC will explore its roots as an academy established by the Methodist church at the 175th Anniversary Methodist Heritage Symposium. A highlight of the evening is a 7 p.m. address by Jim Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), titled “Climate Change: The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse.” more...

“Food Hub Hubbub” the Theme for
Annual Farmers Gathering

On Tuesday, December 2, the fourth annual Farmers Gathering comes to Green Mountain College. Titled “Food Hub Hubbub: An Open Forum on a Proposed Food Hub for the Rutland Region,” the gathering is co-hosted by the Rutland Area Farm & Food Link and the Green Mountain College Family Farm Forum. All events will be in the Gorge. The farmers gathering is free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

5:00-5:30 p.m.
Registration & local appetizers

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Dinner, featuring local stews for all persuasions

6:30-6:45 p.m.
Presentation: "RAFFL’s Proposal for a Local Food Hub in the Rutland Region"

6:45-8:30 p.m.
Moderated panel discussion on food hub models, challenges, and questions, including audience interaction

These discussions will help revise current considerations for a food hub in the Rutland region, with a follow-up open forum to be held in winter 2009.

Feick Fine Arts Center to Feature Work from Lily Hinrichsen
“Field Notes,” an exhibit opening at the Feick Fine Arts Center December 1, features paintings and prints that draw on the energy of the earth as inspiration.

A reception with artist Lily Hinrichsen will be held Thursday, December 4, from 4 - 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. “Field Notes” will be on display through January 9. more...

Mountain Bike Class Completes Service-Learning Project
Students from the REC 3061 mountain bike course recently contributed 100 person hours completing the Salamander Trail in Pine Hill Park. Pine Hill Park is an important resource for mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers in Rutland County. The trail links two of the park's trail systems and creates an alternative to a muddy logging road for park users. Pictured are: Prof. Tom Stuessy, Kevin Shivers, Ben Haley and Derek Gavelis.

Alum & NYS Treasurer to Visit GMC
for Career Conversation

Green Mountain College hosts alum Aida Brewer ’74 for a Career Conversation on Tuesday, December 2 at 3 p.m. in Booth Lounge.

Aida Brewer is the New York State Treasurer. After graduating from Green Mountain College in 1974, Treasurer Brewer continued her degree in business at LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y., graduating in 1976. Upon joining Key Bank that same year, Brewer entered the management trainee program and held a number of positions throughout the bank until leaving for state service in November 1983.

Assigned to the Investment and Cash Management Unit of the NYS Division of the Treasury, Brewer has served her entire state career in treasury. She became the deputy treasurer in 2000 and has served as treasurer since 2002.

Brewer's visit is sponsored by the GMC Business Program and Career Services.

Jazz and Blues Line-Up at GMC December 1 & 2
Next month, two concerts featuring local music talent will be held in the College’s refurbished Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones ’09 Concert Hall in Ackley Theater. On Monday, December 1 at 8 p.m., the Jazz Ensembles of Green Mountain College and Castleton State College will present a concert of swing, Latin and funk compositions.

The Green Mountain Jazz Ensemble is directed by Don Goodman and will feature arrangements by jazz composers Wayne Shorter, Eddie Harris and Freddie Hubbard. Directed by Glenn Giles, the Castleton State College Jazz Ensemble will feature a number of classic swing arrangements. In addition to students, local professional musicians Dave McKenzie, Todd Jonz and Harry Drum will perform with both bands.

The following evening, the Green Mountain College Old-Time String Band and blues singer Paul Geremia of Providence, R.I. will share the stage in concert on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley. Directed by GMC music faculty member Gus Bloch, the college string band will perform dance tunes and ballads from the mountains of Appalachia and the northeast United States. Special guest Paul Geremia has performed in every capacity from street singing to club and concert bookings throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Europe.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

GMC Choir to Ring in the Holidays with Concert
The Green Mountain College Choirs and guest musicians, under the direction of Prof. Jim Cassarino, will present their annual spirited holiday concert on Saturday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Ackley Theater.

This year’s seasonal music will include selections from the United States, Wales, Germany, Poland, Porto Rico and Russia. There will be plenty of audience participation, including an old-fashioned Christmas carol sing-a-long. A festive reception will follow. Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for seniors and students.

Griswold Library will close at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25 and at noon on Wednesday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Sunday, November 30 the library will be open from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Prof. Mitchell Lescarbeau (English) has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poem "Cycladic Solstice," by the journal Illuminations.

Bruce Saxman, Director of Adventure Programming, and Prof. Tom Stuessy (outdoor studies) recently completed a book chapter in Outdoor Recreation Program Administration: Essentials for the Professional. The book will be published by Human Kinetics and is due to be distributed next summer. The chapter focuses on adventure programming staff hiring, training, mentorship and assessment strategies.


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

Career Services on the Move
12 - 1 p.m., Withey Lobby

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

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