GMC Theater Program Presents “Almost, Maine”
The Green Mountain College theater program will present the play “Almost, Maine” on December 9 and 10 in Ackley Theater. The play is directed by GMC alum Ben Jankowski. Showtime is 7 p.m. each evening. Admission is free for GMC students and $5 for the general public.

Featuring an intimate “blockbox” setting, the audience is asked to join ten GMC student actors on stage for nine witty and whimsical stories of love and loss taking place under the magical northern lights of Almost, Me. in this light-hearted comedy.

This romantic comedy was written by American actor and playwright John Cariani. To learn more about the play, visit the Almost, Maine website.

Sharing the Spirit Energy Challenge
Hopefully you are reading this from a computer in the library, or in the dark on your computer in your dorm or office because the Sharing the Spirit Energy Challenge is happening right now!

From this morning until Tuesday at midnight, reduce as much energy as possible and see the progress being made on the energy dashboard in Withy Lobby or online at

For every kWh saved, the monetary equivalent will be matched by the College administration and the matched savings will be donated to a local charity.

This is a campus wide challenge and everyone is encouraged to participate! Savings will be calculated based on residence halls performance and the residence hall with the greatest saving will choose which charity receives the donation.

During the “Sharing the Spirit” Holiday Dinner at Green Mountain Tuesday, December 6 from 4:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. in Withey Dining Hall an update on energy savings will be made.

By participating, GMC can reduce energy usage on campus and share the holiday spirit by giving to those in need through simple acts. Save by unplugging appliances not being used, or turn off the lights when you leave your room or a common area. When you finish reading this, go unplug, shutdown, turn off and do it in the dark!

“Besides the conservation and charitable aspects, this is a great educational opportunity for us to utilize the energy dashboard and see the immediate impact of energy savings,” said GMC sustainability coordinator Beth Clarke. “We also encourage faculty and staff housed in other buildings to join in the challenge."

For more information ask an Eco-Rep or contact the Sustainability Office at 287-8277 or at

REED Project New Home of Champlain Valley Native Plant Nursery
There's been lots of activity in the Renewable Energy and Ecodesign Certificate (REED) shop this semester and prof. Lucas Brown's environmental/design build class is almost ready to unveil its latest project: the OVaL (Occupy Vacant Lots Shed).

Join the class for a presentation on Monday, December 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the East Room, immediately followed by a building tour and a brief ceremony dedicating the project.

The shed prototype was designed and built by GMC students in response to the needs of urban farmers growing crops on vacant lots. The shed will be permanently located near the tennis courts on the west side of campus as a greenhouse and storage shed for the Champlain Valley Native Plant Restoration Nursery.

The nursery will provide hands-on laboratory experience for GMC students and provide a reliable source of native plants for local landowners. Species of riparian plants currently raised at the nursery support local efforts to stabilize stream and riverbanks. Future plans include additional species for landscaping, stormwater management, and research.

GMC Receives Constellation Energy "E2 Energy to Educate" Grant for Plug-In Vehicle Project
The College has received a $50,000 grant from Constellation Energy's "E2 Energy to Educate" program to build a solar-power recharging station for a plug-in vehicle on campus.

The educational project, called "Design/Build Challenge: Solar Plug-In Vehicle Charging Station for Cold Climates," is led by prof. Lucas Brown who administers the College's Renewable Energy and EcoDesign (REED) program, and prof. Steve Letendre, who has significant research experience in integrating battery and hybrid electric vehicles with the utility grid.

The company's E2 grants support hands-on demonstration projects that enhance student understanding of science and technology needed to address energy issues.

Brown's REED students will build an enclosed electric vehicle charging station which will house a small electric utility truck. The station will include a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic array for vehicle charging and active and passive solar thermal technologies to create a heated space.

Fourth and fifth graders from Rutland County schools will visit the completed station to investigate how solar energy can be used to generate electricity. The truck will be used to provide power for operations on the College's Cerridwen Farm.

Constellation Energy is a leading supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. In 2009, Constellation Energy joined the ranks of companies that give 1 percent or more of their annual operating income to support charitable organizations and causes.

The E2 grant program is among a range of initiatives, donations and grants targeting the company's key areas of focus-energy, education, economic growth, the environment and employee involvement.

"Sharing the Spirit"
Holiday Dinner

Green Mountain College’s annual Holiday Dinner, “Sharing the Spirit”, will be held on Tuesday, December 6 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Withey Dining Hall. Come and share a locally focused holiday meal with fellow students, staff and faculty.

In addition to sharing a holiday meal, opportunities to ‘share the spirit’ will be available during the dinner. Tables will be set up for card making for family, friends, and veterans, as well as areas to donate new or gently used hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens that will be distributed to people in need by the Vermont Council on Aging. Donations will also be accepted for the Poultney Giving Tree, a program that purchases gifts for people in need during the holiday season.

"Women in War Zones" Presentation
On Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. in the East Room, a spokesperson from Women in War Zones will show a 50 minute documentary and lead a question and answer session about sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Following the Rwandan civil war in 2003, refugees as well as the perpetrators of the genocide fled to the DRC. Despite a peace agreement, thousands of women continue to suffer from rape and mutilation in the DRC.

“Women in War Zones” offers medical services to Congo's victims of sexual violence. The film follows the story of two women, Helene and Bijoux, 22 and 13, who support each other in their struggle to maintain hope and a sense of dignity as they come to grips with their violent and tragic past.

For more information, please contact prof. Mary Jane Maxwell at

GMC Students Visit Occupy Wall Street
Four students, Aaron Ashton, Elijah Morrill, Harrison Rhodes, and Jack Sinclair recently collected donations of food, toiletries, hats, mittens, scarves, and money for two weeks to be delivered to Occupy Wall Street as part of a social justice project for the ELA Multiculturalism, Diversity Awareness, and Social Justice class with prof. Vance Jackson.

While delivering the donated goods, they interviewed members of the Occupy Wall Street press team, some protestors, and were able to speak to the Zuccotti Park security team and some observing police officers.

See the video here.

GMC Jazz Band Performance
On Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m. in Withey Lobby, student and community musicians in the jazz band will perform an array of swing and Latin music, directed by Kent Baker.

Seminars in Nutrition
Would you like to know more about healthy food choices? Join students in Basil Tangredi’s Nutrition and Health class for presentations on health and nutrition. All presentations will take place in Terrace 124.

Monday, December 5 – Macrobiotics, isogenics, ayurvedic yoga, calorie intake of athletes, winter diet.

Wednesday, December 7 – Ergot poisoning, hormone disruptor toxins, sugar addiction, beneficial bacteria, and federal laws on supplements.

Student Bioinformatics Presentations
On Monday, December 5 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Gorge atrium, students in Natalie Coe’s Bioinformatics class will be presenting research on a variety of genetic disorders. Format will include both oral talks and poster presentations. Light, delicious fare such as appetizers, quiche, soup, and warm drinks will also be offered.

GRE Workshop
Students considering taking the Graduate Record Exam should come to a workshop sponsored by Career Services on Tuesday, December 6 from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Rare Books room on the second floor of Griswold library.

The workshop will cover an overview of the different sections and the types of questions asked, tips for studying, and strategies while taking the test. All participants will receive a GRE packet that includes a sample test.

Guitar and Chamber Ensemble Performance
On Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Ackley Hall, the guitar ensemble and chamber music ensemble will present works of Vivaldi, Haydn, and Eugene Bozza.

Reuse Day
On Wednesday, December 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., there will be a clothing swap, reusable gift-wrapping, envelope making, and much more in Withey Lobby as part of the Eco Reps program.

Academic Awards Office Open House
The Academic Awards Office will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, December 8 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Richardson 304. Sophomores and juniors with demonstrated environmental commitment are especially encouraged to stop. The focus of this Open House will be the Udall Award.

Applied Music Recital
On Thursday, December 8 at 7 p.m. in the East Room, students in the applied music class will be singing songs, and reciting songs on the guitar, piano, flute, percussion, accordion, and more.

Raising Awareness about Stress Relief and Management
As part of a Delicate Balance project by Tristan Buckley, Isabel Furneauz, and Eric Hansel, a table will be set up in the lobby of Griswold library on Friday, December 9 from 12 – 4 p.m. where students, faculty, staff, and community members can learn about methods for managing and relieving stress.

This will include the presence of two therapy dogs, which individuals may interact with and take advantage of their presence to relieve stress that often accompanies the last weeks of the semester.

Midnight Breakfast
On Sunday, December 11, join fellow students at 11 p.m. in Withey Dining Hall for breakfast, karaoke, and a chance to recharge before final exams.

Office Freepo Seeks Donations
During this time of giving, give your unwanted office and school supplies what they’ve always wanted…a new home!

The Office Freepo needs donations to get ready for the upcoming Spring Semester! By making a donation you will 1.) clean up your space, 2.) reduce landfill waste, and 3.) make someone in need of your item smile.

Donation boxes are located in the library, student life office, Ames lobby, Dunton lobby, and in the Office Freepo (Pollock basement).

Our Couch is Missing
We need your help. Please help us get our couch back. A small couch of special personal value to prof. Meriel Brooks (bequeathed to her by retired faculty member Mike Blust) has been taken from the hallway outside the Terrace Biology Laboratory. If you see the couch, please ask that it be returned. The biology department has provided the couch for the use of community members.

Rented Books Due Back
Students who have rented books from the campus bookstore must return them by Thursday, December 15.

Animal Studies Photography Contest
The animal studies program is sponsoring a photography contest. Want to make a GMC person and an animal famous? Send your favorite photo of at least one GMC person (student, staff, or faculty) and at least one animal. The best photos will be featured on the new animal studies webpage.

Submissions must be by email to Sam Edwards at or Tim Donaghy at Please put “Animal Studies Contest” in the subject line. Please submit all photos by December 10 at 5 p.m.

The winner gets 1.) Your photograph on the front page of the animal studies webpage with credit to you. 2.) Bragging rights. 3.) Making your subject famous to the web.


  • Prof. Mary Jane Maxwell (history) was recently elected to the Executive Council of the World History Association (WHA). The WHA is the foremost organization for the promotion of world history through the encouragement of teaching, research, and publication. It is represented in over 35 countries and has affiliates throughout the world. Mary Jane was recognized for her service as an officer of one of the WHA’s affiliates, the New England Regional World History Association.

  • Prof. Jacob Park (business, economics) delivered his paper “Climate Resilient Entrepreneurship: Designing and Scaling Energy, Environmental, and Social Innovation in Emerging Economies” at the Business of Social and Environmental Innovation Conference organized by the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business in South Africa on November 14 - 16.
Almost, Maine Performance
Sharing the Spirit Challenge
GMC Receives Energy Grant
Faculty Notes

Men's Basketball
12/6, 7 p.m. vs. Eastern Conn. St.
12/9, 5:30 p.m. vs. Maine Maritime
12/10, 1 p.m. vs. Husson

Women's Basketball
12/9, 7:30 p.m. vs. Maine Maritime
12/10, 3 p.m. vs. Husson


Seminar in Nutrition
9 - 9:50 a.m., Terrace 124

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

Energy Saving Flash Mob
11 a.m., Withey Lobby

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

Senior History
Thesis Presentations

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

Bioinformatics Presentations
4 - 6 p.m., Gorge Atrium

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

Jazz Band Performance
7 p.m., Withey Lobby

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

GRE Workshop
3 - 4 p.m., Rare Books Room
Griswold Library

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

Sharing the Spirit Holiday Dinner
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.,
Withey Dining Hall

Women in War Zones Presentation
6 p.m., East Room

Guitar and Chamber Ensemble Performance
7 p.m., Ackley Hall

7 - 8 p.m., Ackley Chapel

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

Seminar in Nutrition
9 - 9:50 a.m., Terrace 124

Reuse Day
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Withey Lobby

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

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

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

Shakti Tribal Dance -

6 - 7:15 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

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

Shakti Tribal Dance -

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Academic Awards Open House
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.,
Richardson 304

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

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

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

Applied Music Recital
7 p.m., East Room

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

Raising Awareness:
Stress Relief and Management

12 - 4 p.m., Griswold Lobby

2 - 3 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Almost, Maine
7 p.m., Ackley Theater

Almost, Maine
7 p.m., Ackley Theater

Midnight Breakfast
11 p.m., Withey Dining Hall