Potash Hill

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Potash Hill

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 Photographers: David Teter ’19 and Michael Jung ’17
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 pjohansson@marlboro.edu. The editor reserves the right to edit for length letters that appear in Potash Hill.

Front Cover: A caver pauses on the brink of a recently discovered Vermont cave, perhaps the winter home of federally threatened long-eared bats or other bat species. Morgan Ingalls has been spelunking her way across New England to get to know these cryptic species better (see her article). Photo by John Dunham 

“I think this college has been a perfect fit for the kind of education I’ve been wanting to pursue,” said freshman Eric Wefeld (pictured, right) at a Town Meeting last November. His comments on gratitude were part of a series of “First Year Voices,” reflections by new students on life at Marlboro. See Eric.

About Marlboro College
Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, establish a strong foundation for personal and career fulfillment, and make a positive difference in the world. At our campus in the town of Marlboro, Vermont, both undergraduate and graduate students engage in deep exploration of their interests—and discover new avenues for using their skills to improve their lives and benefit others—in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, an egalitarian spirit, and community.