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
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: The Adirondack chairs in front of Mather have accommodated many an inquiring conversation over the years, with an arresting view of the changing Vermont landscape. You can see more haunting landscapes from photographer Kelly Fletcher, graduate center coordinator, and read what alumna Maya Rohr has to say about “the language and landscape of transformation.” Photo by Kelly Fletcher.
Who remembers Town Meeting? What was the biggest community issue when you were a voting member? Pets? Smoking? Lost mugs? Find out about the experience of Rainbow Stakiwicz ’16 as head selectperson.
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.