Jim Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), addressed a crowd in the East Room December 1 for the 175th Anniversary Methodist Symposium. Click here for more information on upcoming 175th anniversary events.

GMC Community Mourns Death of Moyer
Perry Moyer, former director of campus security and long-time GMC employee, died Saturday, December 6 after a short illness. Calling hours are Tuesday, December 9 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. at the Roberts-Aubin Funeral Home in Poultney. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 10 at 11 a.m. at the Poultney United Methodist Church. There is a pot-luck luncheon at the American Legion located on Granville Street immediately following the funeral service. Interment will be in the Poultney Cemetery.

GMC community members mourn the loss of a good friend and faithful employee. When Perry retired immediately following the May 12, 2007 Commencement, GMC President Jack Brennan made the following comment: "... I wanted to tell you that at exactly noon today, we say farewell to an employee who has been with us for 33 years. Perry Moyer, our director of campus security, has seen just about everything during his time here. Perry is a testament to the importance of staff at a college, and especially to the importance of long-serving staff. Please take a moment to stand and acknowledge this wonderful man's remarkable record of service."

View the guest book for Perry Moyer.

GMC Applied Music Recitals Tuesday and Thursday
Over 60 students in the Applied Music Program will perform in recital this week. The first group of musicians will appear in the Coffee House on Tuesday, December 9 at 7 p.m., with the Green Mountaineers String Band opening the recital. The second group will perform on the stage in Ackley Theater on Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m. The Applied Music Program offers students instruction in voice and virtually every instrument.

GMC Welcomes Four New Trustees
The Green Mountain College Board of Trustees recently elected four new members to the College’s governing body. They are:

Anthony Cortese of Cambridge, Mass.
James J. Moore, Jr. of Dorset, Vt.
Michele A. Seyranian of Cleveland, Ohio
Neal C. Vreeland of Poultney, Vt.


Block Course Presentation This Week
Members of the Poultney River Block Course will give a public presentation on Wednesday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the East Room. Students will describe their semester-long research project determining the value of select ecosystem services in the Poultney River. This presentation will be repeated for public agencies and environmental decision makers later in the week, and culminates work done by the class under grants from the Agency of Natural Resources and the Vermont Community Foundation. The public is invited to attend.

Holden, Day Garner NAC Honors

Brittany Holden

Ashley Day

Two members of the GMC women's basketball team earned NAC accolades for the week of December 1. Senior Brittany Holden was named NAC Player of the Week after scoring 21 points and dishing out eight assists in a 74-61 win over New England College November 24. She shot 7-of-9 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line in 40 minutes of action.

Ashley Day, a first year student from Mount Vernon, N.Y., earned NAC Rookie of the Week honors for the second week in a row after scoring 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the Eagles' win over New England College. In a 86-55 victory over Anna Maria November 23, Day scored 14 points, collected two rebounds and added three steals and an assist while playing 21 minutes.

The Eagles return to action December 9 in a home match-up against Word of Life.

Bio/Enviro Club Launches Feral Cat Program
In cooperation with the Rutland County Humane Society, the Bio/Enviro Club has recently formed a team to humanely reduce the feral cat population in Poultney, raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering cats, and fundraise for this project.

Called Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR), the program is the most humane way to control a feral cat population. Most feral cats will never become tame again, and so have to live the rest of their lives outdoors. By neutering them and returning them to the colony where they are already being fed, they can live without continuing to reproduce. Over time, as older cats die naturally, the population will hopefully go down.

The Bio/Enviro Club created a team headed by Julia Marcusa, a freshman at GMC. She partnered the team with the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) to get the project running. One test trapping has already occurred with the successful capture of seven cats. All the cats were brought to Castleton Corners Rutland Veterinary Clinic, fixed, and returned to their colony. All funding has so far come from the Rutland County Humane Society. The next trapping has been planned for December 15.

If you live in town, please keep your pets responsibly. If your cat has kittens and you do not want to keep them, or if a feral cat has kittens, bring them to the RCHS when they are 4-6 weeks old. Never release your cat, give it away, or accept a cat or kitten from someone else - go through an animal shelter. To get involved in this project in any way (e.g. trapping, feeding, fundraising and awareness), contact Julia Marcusa.

Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sport Orientation on Tap
On Wednesday, December 10, from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Gorge, Green Mountain College hosts an orientation session for students who would like to serve as volunteers for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.

The orientation will review the winter program schedule, Vermont Adaptive history, and provide an overview of the organization. It will also look at safety procedures, disability awareness, and review the various types of adaptive ski devices used with clients during the winter. Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport has three locations for winter sports: Pico Mountain, Sugarbush Resort and Bolton Valley. Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities. The organization promotes independence and further equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational activities.

For more information contact the following coordinators:
Pico Mountain: Donna Stanley, south@vermontadaptive.org
Sugarbush Resort: Maggie Burke, north@vermontadaptive.org
Bolton Valley Resort: Anna Davis, truenorth@vermontadaptive.org

Students may also visit the Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports website at http://www.vermontadaptive.org/volunteerapp.php and fill out the volunteer application.

Watershed Alliance to Offer Trainings
Working with the Green Mountain College Watershed Alliance will give students the opportunity to be trained specifically in stream ecology and watershed science, group management in the field and classroom, and teaching science as inquiry. After completing the trainings, students will be able to apply their academic knowledge at local secondary schools.

Students may apply for either a 3-credit or 1-credit option beginning this spring.

For more information, contact Chuck Domenie, GMC Americorps*VISTA and Watershed Alliance Coordinator, in the Sustainability & Service-Learning office.

Donate Toys During Holiday Season
Members of the GMC community are invited to become a Green Mountain Gifter and make the holidays brighter for children during this holiday season. From December 2 - 15, toy drive boxes and donation tins will be set up across campus. Both new and used toys are accepted. Toys will be distributed to children in the local community.

For more information contact Corey Gilbert or Amanda Malkin.

Griswold Library will be open for extended hours through December 17. The schedule is as follows:

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

Bonus Hours:
Friday, December 12: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday, December 13: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.

On Thursday, December 18 and Friday, December 19, the library will be open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Prof. Rommy Fuller (education) recently reviewed a book by Whitney Stewart titled Mr. Lincoln’s Gift, published by Friends of Hildene Publishers in Manchester, Vt. The inside cover of the book features quotes from Rommy’s review. Mr. Lincoln’s Gift is about the artist Francis B. Carpenter and one of his personal experiences with Abraham Lincoln in saving a young soldier.

The author has a personal tie to the story: Whitney’s stepfather gave her a box full of old photographs and letters that he had inherited from his great-great-grandfather, Francis B. Carpenter. It was within the box that Whitney discovered the untold tale of Lincoln and Carpenter.

Prof. Jacob Park (business strategy and sustainability) has published two journal articles this month. The first article, “China, Business and Sustainability: Understanding the Strategic Convergence,” was published in the ‘China in an Era of Changing Global Business’ special issue of the Management Research News Journal, Volume 32: Issue 12, while the second article, “Strategy, Climate Change, and the Japanese Firm: Rethinking the Global Competitive Landscape of a Warming Planet,” was published in the ‘Business and the Natural Environment in Asia’ special issue of Asian Business & Management Journal, Volume 7: Issue 4 (December 2008).

Jacob also served as the guest editor and wrote the lead editorial, “Reconceptualizing the Asian Miracle: Asian Business and Management in an Era of Global Environmental Sustainability” of this special issue.


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

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

3 - 3:30 p.m., Chapel

Women's Circle
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Chapel

Applied Music Recital
7 p.m., Coffee House

Faculty Colloquium:
Prof. Laird Christensen

12 p.m., Terrace 124

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

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

Block Course Presentation
6:30 p.m., East Room

Belly Dancing
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

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

Applied Music Recital
7 p.m., Ackley Theater

Tae Kwon Do
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

2 p.m., Chapel

4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

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