Atticus peeks out from his pen on a chilly December afternoon.

Storyteller to Perform at GMC
Professional storyteller Kirk Avery performs at Green Mountain College on Tuesday, December 11, at 8:30 p.m. in the coffeehouse of Moses Hall. Described by award-winning performer Jay O’Callahan as “the gentle voice from out in the wilderness calling us home to ourselves,” Avery’s performances feature stories that emerge from his life experiences. As a war trauma survivor, he is committed to storytelling as a healing and expressive art.

Natural Areas Crew Reports a Busy Year
Garlic Mustard, Japanese Knotweed, Goutweed, Glossy Buckthorn, Dame’s Rocket and Morrow’s Honeysuckle: These are just some of the non-native plant species that threaten the floodplain forest along the Poultney River. However, thanks to the Green Mountain College Natural Areas Crew, founded in the summer of 2006, progress has been made toward managing these species and restoring sustainable natural communities. more...

GMC Institutes New Exchange Program in Japan
Green Mountain College has signed an agreement for academic exchange and cooperation with Nagoya University of Law and Graduate School of Law. The agreement allows GMC students to study in Nagoya, Japan, and brings Nagoya University students to Poultney. Two GMC students per semester will be able to attend undergraduate and graduate level courses at Nagoya University. The curriculum includes Japanese language instruction, intercultural studies and courses in the student’s major. Nagoya University was founded in 1871 and is ranked fourth among national universities in Japan.

Men’s Basketball Wins Home Court Tourney
The men’s basketball team beat the visiting Anna Maria Amcats 68 to 56 to take first place in the GMC Invitational last weekend. GMC senior Adam Fisher scored 30 points and tallied seven rebounds and three steals in the win, earning him a slot on the all-tournament team. Senior forward Doug Hammond earned his second double-double in as many nights with 20 points and 17 rebounds. He was named tournament MVP. On Saturday, the Eagles beat the University of Maine Presque Isle 71 to 50 to advance to the tournament championship.

GMC Jazz to Perform at Castleton
The Green Mountain College Jazz Band travels to Castleton for a joint concert with the Castleton State College Jazz Band on Thursday, December 13. The performance begins at 8 p.m.

Event to Benefit Poultney Food Shelf
The campus community is encouraged to participate in a "Stuff-A-Bus" food drive December 11 to 13. Non-perishable food items will be collected in a GMC van in front of Ames starting the morning of December 11. At 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, the donations will be dropped off at the Poultney Emergency Food Shelf. The GMC Staff Council suggested the food drive, which will take place in advance of the December 15 "Open Food Shelf" at the Stonebridge in Poultney. Resident students wishing to make donations may do so in marked areas in residence hall lobbies; the Honors Floor will coordinate the contribution of these items to the "stuff-a-bus" drive.

Guitar and Drum Students to Give Recital
Students from guitar and African drumming classes will host a recital on Tuesday, December 11, at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. Students plan to perform from their semester work. The recital is free and open to the public.

Applied Music Students to Perform
On Wednesday, December 12, students in the applied music program will give a recital at 4 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will feature both voice and instrumental students.

Get in Festive Spirit with Holiday Dinner
Faculty, staff and students are invited to GMC’s annual holiday dinner on Wednesday, December 12. Faculty and staff are asked to help serve the students in two shifts: From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. or 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Faculty and staff volunteers also enjoy a free meal with students. Attire is festive.

Midnight Breakfast for Students
Students who need a break from the stress of preparing for final exams can relax and eat some good food during the annual Midnight Breakfast, slated for the night of Sunday, December 16, in Withey Dining Hall. Faculty and staff are invited to volunteer between 11:30 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Student to Present on Topics in Cardiology
Members of the GMC community are invited to attend student presentations on Current Topics in Cardiology. The presentations are on Wednesday, December 12, at 11 a.m. in Terrace Biology Room 123.

Community Invited to Discuss
Domestic & Sexual Violence

The GMC Women’s Rugby Club hosts “Power and Balance: A Community Discussion of Domestic and Sexual Violence” on Tuesday, December 11, at 6 p.m. in the Gorge. The event will include a presentation on issues of domestic and sexual violence as related to college communities, as well as an interactive audience discussion. Refreshments will be provided free of charge.

Prof. Teresa Coker (environmental education) made two presentations at the North American Association of Environmental Education’s (NAAEE) annual conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia. On November 15, as a member of the NAAEE Pre-Service Task Force, Coker helped present an all-day workshop entitled "No EE Teacher Prep Program Left Behind.” The workshop reviewed the new NCATE/NAAEE EE standards, addressed strategies for incorporating the standards into curriculum and covered sample assessments and exemplary models. Coker also made a presentation on November 16 entitled "Undergraduate EE Service Learning Projects: What I've Learned." The program was based on the service learning projects incorporated into Coker’s Introduction to Elementary Education, Place-based Education, and Interpretation classes.

Prof. Jen Powers (education) presented in several venues at this year's National Council of Teachers of English Convention, held from November 15 to 19 in New York City. As a member of NCTE's Commission on Media, she worked with the commission to develop this year's new 21st Century Literacy Center, in which she presented on the use of graphic novels in the English classroom. She also assisted at this year's film festival, sponsored by the Assembly on Media Arts, and was part of a panel presenting on assessment in multimodal literacies.

Women's Basketball
Tuesday, 12/11
At Becker College, 6 p.m.


Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Studio

Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Studio

Community Discussion:
Domestic & Sexual Violence

6 p.m., The Gorge

Drumming & Guitar Recitals
7 p.m., East Room

Storyteller: Kirk Avery
8:30 p.m., YES! Coffeehouse

Massage & Reflexology
11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center & Withey Hall

Career Services: On The Move
12 - 1 p.m., Withey Lobby

Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Studio

Gentle Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Chapel

Applied Music Recitals
4 - 6 p.m., East Room

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

Massage & Reflexology
11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Wellness Center & Withey Hall

7 - 9 p.m., Bogue Studio

GMC & Castleton State
Jazz Concert

8 p.m., Castleton State College

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