Champlain College Alumni Newsletter
January 2013 
In This Issue:
Alumni Symposium!
Social Enterprising Students
IDX: Then & Now
The Champlain View
2K 4 2M Update from Nancy Kerr
Grace Boyle's Lessons on Starting a StartUp
Alumni Spotlight: Meet Laura Kingston '12
Champlain Alumni Symposium

 

The Champlain Alumni Symposium will be held on Friday, February 22 at Champlain College. This special day is designed to motivate you to reach new horizons in both your professional and personal life.

 

Feeling the winter stagnation? Need a professional boost? Or are you just missing your friends from Champlain?! Join us for a meaningful day filled with skill-building seminars, networking opportunities, and plenty of social time.

 


Make a weekend of it & get outside for the
Head to Sugarbush Resort on 
Saturday, February 23rd for a day of exhilarating mountain activities, educational seminars taught by Champlain professors, fine dining and musical entertainment. For more information, call (802) 583-6502 or visit www.sugarbush.com/seminars.

 

 
Social Enterprising Students
 
Current Champlain students Kathryn Arnoldy '13 and Sam McGuire '13 have started a social enterprise called Edike to help in the economic redevelopment of earthquake ravaged Haiti. Their goal is to stimulate art education and industry in Haiti.  Kathryn and Sam's efforts are putting Haitians to work, not only in a ethically run factory started by the Bush/Clinton Haiti Fund, but also among local artists.
 Materials are sourced when possible from local producers and virtually all the money generated by the venture is staying in Haiti.  For the foreseeable future, Kathryn and Sam do not plan to take any compensation for themselves.  Edike is currently raising money for working capital on the crowd sourcing site: Indiegogo. Click here to learn more.
 
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2K 4 2M Update 
Hear what Nancy Kerr, Program Director, Division of Communication & Creative Media has to say below:

A message from Nancy Kerr, Professor & Program Director at Champlain College.
A message from Nancy Kerr


   
Grace Boyle '08 Shares Her Secrets (In Business)
Grace's Top 10 Lessons in Starting a Start-Up
I'm not an entrepreneur yet, but both my parents are. I grew up working in my dad's business and I've worked with Ladies Who Launch which helps women incubate and grow their new businesses. I also run my own digital brand with my two blogs (that I like to call a jobby - a mix between job and hobby).

I'm lucky enough to live in Boulder, Colorado where there are over  170 startups in the area with a booming and supportive community around entrepreneurship.

 

After graduating from Champlain, I joined the team at Lijit and watched the company grow and evolve over the three years I was there until they were acquired. Now, I'm at Kapost where I help guide and run the sales/account team. I was the first female employee to join the team and their first non-developer. There were five of us at the beginning and now we've grown to 15 people strong. My work involves a serious hustle and it's all about success and milestones, in little increments. 

 

As I reflect back on my time entrenched in these startups over the last five years, I see common themes. Blood, sweat and tears may be part of it, but there's something deeper and more fulfilling. Below, I share with you the top 10 things the startup world has taught me.

  1. Be prepared to wear many hats (and like it).
  2. Life moves fast, 100 mph is standard. Go for the ride.
  3. Working hard is your M.O. Nights, weekends, events, conferences.
  4. There are high highs and low lows. Don't be overshadowed by them.
  5. Your mistakes shape and mold you. They're necessary for growth. Let failure and the  unexpected be part of the process.
  6. Startup Companies are often a creative, fun, and funky place to work. There's a strong sense of connectivity and trust. I sat three feet from our CEO at Lijit. I know friends that have never even met the CEO of their large company, let alone sit down personally in their office to discuss a new idea or project.
  7. Your mind must be elastic and bendable in finding a solution. Don't accept "It's not possible." The best entrepreneurs and leaders will find a way. I was constantly reminded at Kapost, "we must not be calcified" in our vision and ideas.
  8. Talking and listening to your customers is imperative. There is so much to learn from them. Their feedback is viable and treating them with respect is of the utmost importance. The CEO at Lijit always told me, "Our customers are our lifeblood." And subsequently, we treated them that way.
  9. Exercise faith. You must believe in what you're doing. Passion and faith drive success. 
  10. Each employee is there for a reason. A wise friend always says: "each employee brings imminent value to each startup. The moment you stop bringing value, you're gone." You can't afford an antagonist in your startup. Catalysts are the fuel for startups.

Grace Boyle '08 is the Director of Sales at Kapost, a software startup in Boulder, CO. She runs a food blog gracefullplate.com and shares her thoughts on life and career on her personal blog: smallhandsbigideas.com (she really does have small hands). She is the Boulder feature writer for the publication Eater Denver and the co-founder of the group Boulder Food Media. She was named as one of the Top 100 Sites for Women and Top 10 Sites For Millenials by Forbes and Grace(full) Plate has been included in New York Magazine and was voted Best Food Blog in Colorado at Westword's 2012 Web Awards. She believes in laughter and following your bliss. You can find her snowboarding the slopes in Colorado, practicing yoga, enjoying food and wine and traveling in her spare time. She's also a proud alumna of Champlain College!

Alumni Spotlight:  Meet Laura Kingston '12
Meet Laura Kingston '12!    
I graduated from Champlain last May with a degree in Mass Media and Communications and I work at The Center for Service at Champlain. As my graduation approached last Spring, I found myself wanting to take what I've learned over the past four years and combine it with my biggest passion: non-profit work. During my classes at Champlain, I was always trying to put a non-profit spin on my projects, or relate it to a mentoring program I was involved with called DREAM.
 
It was very natural for me to become an AmeriCorps VISTA and commit to a year of service working to increase college access and retention for low income children.  
Laura, center, stands at Graduation with her DREAM mentees!

Working at The Center for Service as the Mentor Program 
 Coordinator has been amazing so far. I love doing all the behind the scenes work. Recruiting new students, making documents, and organizing events are my passions. My biggest goal this year is to create more of a mentoring community at Champlain. It is important for all the mentors-  no matter if they work with teens or little kids, in schools or in communities, through The Center or other organizations- to connect with each other. Networking and discussing something you're passionate about comes naturally and mentors need time to share ideas and swap stories with each other.   
 
Besides my passion for mentoring and non-profit work, I find time to relax. I've been sailing since I was 8 years old and raced 420s in high school. I also enjoy technical theater and soccer. If I'm not watching the Kansas Jayhawks play college basketball, you can find me on Church Street enjoying music during the summer and watching movies with my friends during the winter.
 
~Laura Kingston '12