Published twice every year, Potash Hill shares highlights of what Marlboro College community members, in both undergraduate and graduate programs, are doing, creating, and thinking. The publication is named after the hill in Marlboro, Vermont, where the undergraduate campus was founded in 1946. “Potash,” or potassium carbonate, was a locally important industry in the 18th and 19th centuries, obtained by leaching wood ash and evaporating the result in large iron pots. Students and faculty at Marlboro no longer make potash, but they are very industrious in their own way, as this publication amply demonstrates.
Editor: Philip Johansson
Photo Editor: Ella McIntosh
Staff Photographer: Elisabeth Joffe ‘14
Design: New Ground Creative
Potash Hill welcomes letters to the editor. Mail them to: Editor, Potash Hill, Marlboro College, P.O. Box A, Marlboro, VT 05344, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The editor reserves the right to edit for length letters that appear in Potash Hill.
Front Cover: Guess who’s coming to dinner? In this detail from her Plan of Concentration exhibit, Ayla Mullen ’14 seeks to push the boundaries of home and family. You’ll find other reflections on the relationship between humans and nature in this issue’s features on river otters and the commodification of Vermont, as well as in Matthew McIntosh’s editorial on “The Deep Value of Forests." Photo by Elisabeth Joffe
A recent short video titled “This Is Marlboro College” demonstrates many of the qualities that make Marlboro unique, in the words of students and faculty. Find it front and center on our new website or on YouTube.
Marlboro College Mission Statement
The goal of the undergraduate program at Marlboro College is to teach students to think clearly and to learn independently through engagement in a structured program of liberal studies. Students are expected to develop a command of concise and correct English and to strive for academic excellence informed by intellectual and artistic creativity; they are encouraged to acquire a passion for learning, discerning judgment, and a global perspective. The college promotes independence by requiring students to participate in the planning of their own programs of study and to act responsibly within a self-governing community.
The mission of Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies program is to offer responsive, innovative education of the highest standard in professional studies in the topic areas of management, technology, and teaching. The educational practice of the graduate program fosters the development of critical thinking, articulate presentation, coherent concepts and arguments, superior writing skills, and the ability to apply creative, sustainable solutions to real world problems.