Clothing made from plastic dolls, garbage bags, cornhusks and more appeared on the runway Saturday night during the DeBunking Junk fashion show in the Gorge. A group of students hosted the show as part of a Delicate Balance project. More...

Photo: Pat Mahoney '10

Contreras Wins Award at
International Conference

José Gálvez-Contreras '11 returned to campus from Japan just before the Thanksgiving break with the award for Best Presentation he received at Feedforth, an international conference at Nagoya University November 19-20. Jose was the only undergraduate presenting at the conference - the nine other presentations were created by graduate students from around the world. Jose's discussed his documentary Uncertain Future: Children in the Streets of Honduras, a film he produced that illuminates childhood poverty and lack of educational opportunities for children in his native country. Jose also presented research conducted by faculty advisor Prof. Paul Hancock (economics).

"The students were very pleased with our research," Jose commented. "They also said that they would like to have more undergraduates presenting in conferences and they hope that this conference can become a stage for presenters to continue their research and possibly turn into publications."

GMC Highlighted in National Wildlife Federation's 2009 Campus Ecology Report
Two Green Mountain College case studies were highlighted in the National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) 2009 Campus Ecology report. One case study reported on a student initiative that led to construction of the College's new biomass plant, which will go online later this winter. A second case study focused on the College's solar hot water system installed last spring at Cerridwen Farm. The system provides hot water to the barn and the Solar Harvest Center. The project gave students an opportunity to work side-by-side with alumnus Garrison Riegel '06, who works in the renewable energy field. Published each year since 1989, NWF's Campus Ecology sustainability case study database (formerly called the Campus Ecology Yearbook) is the only resource of its kind in the U.S. Read the full case studies.

GMC Hoops Players Garner Awards & Accolades
Women's basketball freshman guard Lindsay Tassie (Williamstown, Vt.) garnered the NAC Player of the Week Award December 1 following her performance against New England College November 24. Tassie scored a team-high 17 points, snagged seven boards and had three assists and a steal, leading the Eagles to a 52-44 victory.

GMC junior Gerard Johnson (Binghamton, N.Y.) was named to the all-tournament team for the Chuck Resler tournament at the University of Rochester. Johnson tallied 18 points and 14 rebounds against the University of Rochester November 20. Against Brockport State University November 21, he had six assists, six points and three rebounds. The Eagles lost to Brockport 63-50 and dropped the game against the University of Rochester 68-59.

Students at Grand Central Station in New York City.
Scientific Illustrations to be Displayed in Withey Lobby
Students in the linked courses Fins to Fingers and Natural Science Illustration took a field trip to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City December 1. There, they honed their understanding of vertebrate origins and evolution and continued to visualize their final product for the two classes: a scientific illustration of a species of their choosing and a research paper describing its evolutionary origin and natural history. Goals for linking these two classes were to develop skills in detailed observation of organisms through illustration and to develop scientific understanding of vertebrate evolutionary history. The students will display their illustration skills in Withey Lobby December 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

History Majors to Host Senior Presentations
Today at 4 p.m., history senior seminar presentations will take place in Ackley 224. The schedule is as follows:
  • Sam Springman
    “Labor Agitation in Vermont: Barre, 1933 and
    West Rutland, 1936”
    Vermont Historical Society, Barre, Vt.
  • Dusan Vuksanovic
    "The Ultimate Sport: Nationalistic Ideas for Sports Development in Serbia and Western Europe Before World War I"
    Serbian National Archive, Belgrade, Serbia


Volunteers Needed for Midnight Breakfast
The Office of Student Involvement is seeking faculty and staff volunteers for GMC’s annual Midnight Breakfast on December 13 from 11 p.m. - 12 a.m. Volunteers serve food, operate the dish room, and help clean up after the event. Midnight Breakfast is a GMC tradition that celebrates the end of the semester and provides students gearing up for final exams a break from studying. Please e-mail Michelle Bersaw by 4 p.m. December 8 to volunteer.

Griswold Library Announces Extended Hours
Griswold Library will be open for extended hours through December 15. The schedule is as follows:

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Griswold Library will close at 5 p.m. December 16.
The library will be open December 17 and 18 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Prof. Paul Falzone (communications) has signed a publishing contract to turn his dissertation into a book. Documentary 2.0: How Online Digital Media is Driving Social Change will be published in late 2010 or early 2011 by Peter Lang Publishing in their Digital Formations series.

An opinion piece from Prof. Steven Letendre (management & environmental studies) was published November 20 on, an “Internet portal to the world of electric-drive vehicle technology.” Steve advocates for the inclusion of vehicle-to-grid technology in a report from the Electrification Coalition that “establishes a national goal to meet 75 percent of light duty vehicle miles traveled with electricity by 2040.” Steve states that the report “falls short in my opinion by discounting the key role that vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology could play in helping to meet the 2040 goal.”

“V2G systems allow advanced electric drive vehicles to become fully integrated elements of the power system providing valuable grid support services. The revenue potential from providing these services is significant, and could serve to overcome the higher cost of grid-enabled-vehicles (GEVs).” Read Steve's article in

Women's Basketball
Wednesday, 12/9
at Bay Path College,
8 p.m.

Saturday, 12/12
at Becker College,
2 p.m.

Men's Basketball
Wednesday, 12/9
at New England College
6 p.m.

Saturday, 12/12
at Paul Smith's College
3 p.m.

More on GMC Athletics


Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

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

History Senior Seminar Presentations
4 p.m., Ackley 224

African Dance
5 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Film Screening: Under Our Skin
5 p.m., Moses Writers' Lounge

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Pot Luck Dessert Social
7 p.m., Wellness Center

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

Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

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

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Tai Chi
5:15 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

6 - 6:30 p.m., Chapel

Spirituality Club
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

Applied Music Recital
7 p.m., YES! Coffee House

Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 5 p.m, Waldron Athletic Center

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

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

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

GRE Study Session
4 - 5 p.m., Griswold Library Room 2

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

Ecology Study Group
5 - 6 p.m., Calhoun Learning Center

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Shakti Tribal Belly Dance (advanced)
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Marijuana & Alcohol Panel Discussion
7 p.m., The Gorge

Spanish Study Group
6:30 - 7 p.m., Calhoun Learning Center

Tribal Dance (beginners)
7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

8:30 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Fitness Swim
7:30 - 9 a.m., Waldron Pool

Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
1:30 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Intro to Geology Study Group
7 p.m., Calhoun Learning Center

Applied Music Recital
7 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

Fitness Consulting & Training
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Midnight Breakfast
11 p.m. - 12 a.m., Withey Dining Hall

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