College Week and Coffee-Hour Minutes

  • To submit an announcement: Email your announcement information to College Week by Thursday at noon to be printed in College Week for the following week.
  • To submit an event: Use the online submission form. Events submitted by Tuesday morning each week will be posted to the website calendar within two days and considered for College Week for the following week.
  • To announce in Coffee-Hour Minutes: If you would like to submit information, please send to by Thursday at 9:00 pm. Please make sure submissions are brief and ready to print. All events will be formatted to fit into a calendar (date, time, location) and submissions are subject to editing.

EVENTS AND PROGRAMS are added all the time to the online events calendar—share them, add them to your calendar, enjoy them! To have your event/program added to the calendar, please use the online submission form.

Academic Services Announcements

  • Applications for the Bennington Undergraduate Writing Fellowships competition are due on Friday, March 27. This program allows a select group of undergraduate writers working in poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction the opportunity to further their study of craft with a 10-day residency at Bennington’s MFA in Writing program. Application guidelines can be found online. For more information or questions on how to apply, please contact faculty coordinator Benjamin Anastas.
  • Calling all students. Enter the ORIENTATION T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST for a chance to outfit the welcome staff for 2015 New Student Orientation with your logo. Send a .jpg, .gif, or .pdf to Cat Stines by Friday, March 27. The design should include, “Bennington Orientation 2015.” The winner will also receive a $50 gift card and a t-shirt of their own featuring the logo.

Cooper’s Corner

Got questions? Ask Tina!

Friday afternoons can be tough... but we can help! Don’t forget that Student Life sells 50¢ bags of popcorn every Friday afternoon from 1:00-4:00 pm. All proceeds support the Program Activity Counsel. A li’l snack can help you get you through the rest of the day!

From my corner to yours,


FWT/CDO Announcements

  • ANNUAL CAREER AND INTERNSHIP FAIR AT SOUTHERN VERMONT COLLEGE. SVC will host its annual Spring Career and Internship Fair Thursday, March 26, from noon-3:00 pm in Everett Mansion’s Burgdorff Gallery. The Fair will be an ideal opportunity for those seeking employment, career information, internship possibilities and more. The event is open to the general public, students from other area colleges, and current students and alumni from Southern Vermont College. Contact: Marion Whiteford, SVC Communications, 802-447-6388.
  • FWT GRANT RECEIPTS: If you’re an FWT grant recipient, please submit your receipts in an envelope with your name on it to the FWT Office ASAP.
  • Friday April 10: reflective formal presentation videos due.

PAC Announcements

  • The Bennington Program and Activity Council is proud to present the Bread and Puppet Theater’s production, Fire at the Old Castle Theatre on Sunday, March 29. with performances at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. This is a ticketed event, though it will heavily discounted for Bennington students, faculty, and staff at $5.00. Tickets may be purchased from the Campus Bookstore. Transportation for students to the shows will be available from Campus Safety.

Wellness and Athletics

  • SKI & SNOWBOARD AT BROMLEY MOUNTAIN! This Saturday, March 28, from 8:00 am-5:00 pm, there will be a trip to Bromley Mountain available at a discounted student rate of $15 (plus rentals/lessons if needed). For students on the board plan, lunch will be provided. The trip is limited to the first fourteen students who sign up, so act fast! Sign up in the Office of Student Life.
  • BASKETBALL is happening every Monday night at the North Bennington Village School. Contact Charlotte Uden to be added to the email list for updates and information on carpooling and special Space Jam style dunks.
  • WIFFLEBALL: This spring the Bennington Athletic Department will be hosting Wiffleball on Tuesday evenings! Get out that corked bat and come hit some dingers! Games will be held at 8:00 pm in Greenwall. All skill levels welcome! Contact Nate Guevin or Kevin Gilligan for more info!
  • Do You Have Questions About WELLNESS ON CAMPUS? The Bennington College Wellness Peers Alana Cooper, Benny Ehlers, Zoe Heegaard-LeGros, and Abby Mahler welcome your questions and suggestions for programming, speakers, and services you’d like to see on campus. Please email BeWell with your input.
  • MIND, BODY, FOOD is a therapeutic group focused on developing a healthier relationship to one’s body and eating. It uses mindfulness and other tools to address disordered eating, through a combination of education, discussion, and weekly homework assignments. Facilitated by Lisa Citarella and Dr. Randy. Meets Fridays 5:15-6:15pm in Commons 24. The cost is $25 per session. A sliding scale is available.
  • SUBSTANCE USE: MYTHS AND MISINFORMATION: A psycho-educational group regarding substance use. The focus of the group is on moderating consumption and keeping safe, rather than insisting on abstinence. Open to all interested students. In-group education and discussion, no assigned homework. Facilitated by Lisa Citeralla. There is no charge for these sessions. Meets Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 pm in the Student Center, every other week starting March 11.
  • VINYASA YOGA W/ TRACEY FOREST: Find your center, tone your body, make peace with your Self. Join Certified Yoga Instructor Tracey Forest for Vinyasa Flow Yoga Mondays from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meyer Rec Barn starting March 2nd. Bring a blanket and yoga mat if you have them. This class is free.
  • Interested in VOLUNTEERING WITH BEWELL? We are currently looking for students willing to be sober on party nights in order to provide assistance for peers in need. We are also interested in collaborating with visual artists to create posters for wellness events! Email or talk to any BeWell peer for more information.
  • Join Emily Costello and Sean Gordon for FITNESS @ BENNINGTON, from 7:30-9:00 pm on Mondays and Thursdays in the Meyer Rec Barn, starting March 2. Come for the whole thing, come for half, it’s non-committal! We’ll teach you how to build muscle and/or lose body fat, dorm room workouts, effective cardio, plus much more to help you reach your fitness goals.
  • Interested in fun winter activities? Stop by Student Life to RENT CROSS-COUNTRY SKIS OR SNOWSHOES! Rentals can be purchased during regular business hours (M-F 9:00 am-5:00 pm). Please contact Tina Cooper with any questions.
  • INTERESTED IN SWIMMING? Bennington College is offering a van to the Bennington Rec Center for open swimming on Tuesday evenings from 5:00-6:15 pm. Cost per visit is $5. Season passes are $35. Interested students should meet at the flagpole at 4:50 pm. For more information please contact Rieke Windel.


  • Elections for the SUSTAINABILITY WORKING GROUP will take place this week from Monday to Friday. Your ballot will be sent via email to your Bennington webmail this week.
  • Shuttles for Long Weekend and End of Term, are available View shuttle schedule. The deadline for guaranteed Long Weekend reservations is April 8. Sign up online or contact the Office of Student Life for more information.
  • Out with the old, in with the new! The BOOKSTORE has new stock of women’s yoga and sweat pants. To make room, other selected clothing items have been marked 25% off.
  • Peace, the Environment, the Middle East, Socialist Community Living, the Desert, Geology, Archaeology, and You. Come learn about a unique study aboard option. The ARAVA INSTITUTE for Environmental Studies will have a table in Down Commons on March 25 from noon-1:00 pm with a Middle East and American alum.
  • This year’s INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRITING COALITION involves more than 200 women across the world who have signed on to write one or more one-acts about extraordinary women in history. We are excited to be hosting a reading event at Bennington on Friday, March 27, at 7:40 pm in the Student Center. Our series features five original works by Bennington College students and alumni. For more Information, check out the archive and follow us on Twitter @365WomenAYear.
  • The exhibition CYANOTYPES AND DRAWINGS by Tom Fels of North Bennington will be on view at the new Left Bank Gallery, on Main Street in North Bennington, from March 17 through April 29. A public opening for the exhibition will be held on April 4, from 4:00-6:00 pm.
  • BENNINGTON TRANSLATES. Luke Mogelson ’05 has won numerous awards for articles from the war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. The Paris Review and other journals have published his fiction. Habib Zahori, currently a Fulbright Scholar in the U.S., interpreted in his native Afghanistan for Mogelson, Dexter Filkins, and other preeminent reporters for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and other publications of record. Monday, March 23, at 7:00 pm in Tishman.
  • STYLE WARS, the, “Holy Grail of hip-hop movies,” will be screened as a part of the Visual Arts Lecture Series. Following the screening, one of the film’s producers, Harry Chalfant, will host a Q&A. Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30 pm in Tishman.
  • MADAM YANG, known as the “Mother of Modern Dance in China,” introduces the history of contemporary dance and presents films of five established dance makers. Wednesday, March 25, at 7:00 pm in Tishman.
  • EDUCATION COLLOQUIUM WITH THE ROWLAND FOUNDATION. What should a classroom look like that focuses on developing the capacities for effective action in the world about our most pressing social problems? In collaboration with the Rowland Foundation, this colloquium will include a panel discussion between students and faculty from both high schools and colleges, in Bennington and statewide, that will focus on what such a classroom would need to look like to truly educate global thinkers and students with a social responsibility. Thursday, March 26, at 4:00 pm in the CAPA Symposium.
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES welcomes visiting faculty member, Katsuya Izumi. His talk, Don’t Shovel: The Use of Farming and Culinary Tools as Resistance in Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor was Divine, will take place this Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 pm in EAC 1. All are welcome.
  • DR. RICK RELYEA will give a talk entitled, Ecotoxicology Through the Lens of Ecology and Evolution: Insights from Aquatic Ecosystems. Friday, March 27, at 1:00 pm in Dickinson 232.
  • Puerto Rican vocalist TAÍNA ASILI carries on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her newest artistic work is with la Banda Rebelde (The Rebel Band), a six-piece international ensemble based in Albany, NY. Powerful vocals laid over an energetic fusion of Afro-Caribbean, reggae, rock, and hip hop sounds. Dance shoes highly recommended! Saturday, March 28, at 8:00 pm in the Student Center.
  • Thom Loubet withTHE CITIZENS will perform songs varying from British-influenced rock to quiet, sometimes experimental pieces that play with the boundaries of traditional song forms. Tickets: $18 in advance, $22 at the door, $12 for students; available at or by calling (800) 838-3006. Saturday, March 28, at 8:00 pm at the Vermont Arts Exchange in North Bennington.
  • The Bennington Program and Activity Council is proud to present the BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER’s production, “Fire” at the Old Castle Theatre on Sunday, March 29. with performances at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. This is a ticketed event, though it will heavily discounted for Bennington students, faculty, and staff at $5.00. Tickets may be purchased from the Campus Bookstore. Transportation for students to the shows will be available from Campus Safety.
  • JOAN FORSYTH IN CONCERT. An eclectic mix of music new and old, including Haydn and Martinu trios for flute, cello, and piano, new music by contemporary composers Allen Shawn; Yehudi Wyner; and Damon Ferrante; with Joan Forsyth on piano; Amy Hersh on flute; Felix Umansky on cello; and William Anderson and Oren Fader on guitars. Sunday, March 29 at 8:00 pm in the Deane Carriage Barn
  • CHRIS SULLIVAN's work, currently installed in Usdan Gallery, features artwork from his feature films Consuming Spirits and The Orbit of Minor Satellites. Chris teaches at The School of Art Institute of Chicago and has been creating experimental film and theater for 30 years. The exhibition runs through March 31, and will have regular viewing hours Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00-5:00 pm.
  • THE PURPLE CARROT FARM is beginning the process of hiring for this season’s summer farm internship. Applications will be available starting Monday March 16, and are due by Tuesday March 31. All are welcome to apply. Feel free to contact the current farm interns, Sylvia Madaras and Sam Lawson, if you have any questions.
  • Plots in the COMMUNITY GARDEN (near the observatory) are available for any member of the campus community who will be around through the summer. Contact Kerry Woods ( if you’re interested. Plots will be available sometime in late April or early May. (Note: The community garden is not the same as the student farm.)