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News Marlboro College Dedicates New Greenhouse

MARLBORO, VT – (October 22, 2012) – Students, faculty, staff, neighbors and friends gathered at Marlboro College last Wednesday for the dedication of a new greenhouse on the Marlboro, Vermont, campus. The 700-square-foot, wood-and-glass structure is the culmination of three years of planning and community labor, and will be valuable resource for classes and the campus farm.

The greenhouse structure is made mostly of local or recycled materials, including local black locust and white oak timbers and pine siding as well as insulated glass re-cycled from Persons Auditorium. The design features a steep, glass roof facing south, a north wall built into the ground and a round entryway on the north side that doubles as a community meeting space.

The plan for the greenhouse was devised by student Kenton Card ’10, working with fellow students, staff and faculty, as part of his final Plan of Concentration. Card began milling local wood for the structure and collecting stones for the foundation and retaining walls that year, and the structure has steadily grown since then with the help of other community members.

Present at the dedication were Bob Allen, president of the Windham Foundation, and neighbor David White, both of whom have been instrumental in generously supporting the building of the greenhouse. Other supporters, not able to be present, include Charles J. and Susan J. Snyder, Dr. Suzan Olhbricht and Jon A. Souder ’73. Card was present at the celebration via Skype from Germany, where he is attending a graduate program in architecture.

Images available upon request. For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations department at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College events line at 802-451-7151.

Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts for 65 years, with 300 undergraduate students enjoying an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College Graduate School offers master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of education, internet technologies, health care administration, non-profit administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, with courses designed around small classes at the downtown Brattleboro campus complemented by online work and close collaboration.

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