Champlain College Alumni E-Newsletter   
Fall 2013
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We've got a jam-packed schedule of Alumni events this fall, and we'd love to have you join us! Here's what's currently on the calendar:

Join us to celebrate Champlain Abroad

Thursday, October 10th in Worcester, MA
Connect with fellow Alumni over microbrews and BBQ

Wednesday, October 23rd in Burlington, VT
Meet the new CCM Dean and get your culture fix at a performance of The Graduate and a reception in the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center

Thursday, October 24th in Washington, DC
Connect with fellow Alumni and broaden your networks in the greater DC area

Monday, October 28th in New York, NY
Meet local Alumni and grow your networks in New York City

Saturday, November 2nd in Essex, VT
Cheer for the Green Mountain Derby Dames and enjoy a drink in the beer garden

Thursday, November 7th in South Burlington, VT
Learn more about careers at Logic Supply and network with Alumni in the tech and business fields

Thursday, November 14th in Concord, NH; Portsmouth, NH; and Portland, ME
Details for our New Hampshire/Maine road show will be available soon!

Thursday, November 21st in Los Angeles, CA
Join President Finney for an Alumni and Parent event at's Manhattan Beach office

Thursday, December 5th in Burlington, VT
Raise a glass of cheer with Alumni & Seniors to celebrate the holiday season

Do you have an idea for an event? We want to hear from you!  Contact Hannah Campbell, Alumni Relations Director, at
Chromebook winners  
Chromebooks2K 4 2M Google Chromebook Raffle Winners!
Congratulations to the five lucky Google Chromebook recipients!


Michaela Goodyear '11        Courtney Isham '08              Taylor Johnson '05                         Mary Polley '13                     Linda Schindler '91


We couldn't have reached our 2K 4 2M Challenge without your support - thank you! 

"Although winning the Chromebook 'sweetened the deal' so to speak, I truly feel blessed that I could donate to Champlain College. I know that regardless of the amount, my donation has made a difference in the lives of future and current students. I am lucky enough to be able to give back to Champlain, a school that goes above and beyond to help all its' students accomplish their biggest dreams and life goals, because they have provided me with the greatest tools to be successful in all that I do." - Michaela Goodyear '11

"I'm thrilled to be one of the alumni winners of a Google Chromebook. I'd like to thank Champlain College, not only for the Google Chromebook, but more importantly for an unforgettable education. My education at Champlain went beyond the walls of the classroom. It branched into an internship that provided me with first-hand knowledge and experience that have launched me into my current job. Champlain was also a place that nourished relationships with mentors whom I continue to look up to, and opened the doors to incredible opportunities. All of these things have contributed to who I am today...with many Champlain alumni friends still by my side. I'm grateful to all of the other alumni who also contributed to the 2K 4 2M Challenge. My youngest sister now walks the halls of Champlain as a freshman and will reap the benefits of this generous two million dollar donation throughout her time at Champlain." - Courtney Isham '08 
ApiaryNews from the Champlain College Apiary


Apiary The Class of 2013 supported the Champlain College Apiary with their Senior Class Gift this year. Since the Apiary opened in May 2013, more than 200 pounds of honey have been harvested. Students continue to help bottling the honey and are planning to assist with sales as well. Two students in Suzanne Glover's Graphic Design class are currently working on creating a custom label for the honey jar. The Apiary has been incorporated into a variety of course curricula this semester, and many faculty & staff have had the chance to visit. Interested in an alumni tour? Contact us to talk more! 

PacificNWChamplain College in the Pacific Northwest


We've recently launched a new Facebook group for Champlain College Alumni living in the Pacific Northwest.  Is that you?  Check it out and join here. This is a great place to connect with fellow Alumni in your area and keep the Champlain College spirit strong!  Not in the Pacific NW?  Find our other regional Facebook groups here.

MakerFaireChamplain Mini Maker Faire: September 28 & 29 at Shelburne Farms
c/o Craig Winslow II '10



The Champlain Mini Maker Faire brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. You'll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people belong together. Be sure to stop by the Champlain College tables to see exhibitions and presentations by our talented students, faculty, and alumni.  A highlight of the Maker Faire is sure to be Growth, a new 3D projection mapping installation by our very own Craig Winslow II '10.

GeneratorGenerator: Burlington's Maker Space


Burlington is about to have its own public, members-driven Maker Space: Generator, slated to open this fall. Co-founded by Champlain's own Professor Ken Howell and MFA Candidate Chris Thompson, Generator will foster creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship at the intersection of art and technology by providing shared tools, work space, education and community events. Along with fancy pants equipment like laser cutters and 3D printers, the studio plans to offer a wide variety of creative and technical studios and classes. This is YOUR Maker Space, and your chance to tell us what you'd like to see there. Support this Champlain-led project and take the Generator survey today!
CookbookAlumni Spotlight: Gina Titelman '13


Not Your Traditional Thanks began as Gina's Senior Capstone project in January 2013. She embarked on an ethnological investigation, studying Thanksgiving cuisine in a new way. The project illuminates the diversity of Thanksgiving meals through the family recipes of a variety of Americans with disparate cultural backgrounds. Directed toward Thanksgiving traditionalists hungry for change or curious cooks fascinated by multicultural cuisine, this cookbook is not for the timorous of palate. 

Not Your Traditional Thanks includes recipes ranging from an indigenous Native American spread to a vegetarian Serbian meal to a hearty Greek feast, and it is Gina's hope that these foods that will appeal to families with an appetite for the unconventional, not only on Thanksgiving but all year round.
Gina offered to share a recipe for Meatless Burek (a traditional Serbian meat pie) submitted by fellow Champlain alumna Amina Srna '13.  

Does your family have their own recipe to share?  Gina is still seeking submissions!  

Meatless Burek



One package phyllo dough

1 onion, chopped

16 oz faux ground beef or replace with regular ground beef or lamb

1 large potato, finely chopped

4 tablespoons olive oil or 2 oz unsalted melted butter

Salt and pepper to taste


Yield: 15 servings



Prepare filling by sautéing onion in a skillet with some olive oil on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add faux ground beef and brown for a minute or two and then turn heat off. Peel potato, shred or dice finely, and squeeze out liquid. Add potato to mixture in skillet (keeping heat off); add salt and pepper to taste. 


Spread half the meat mixture across the long side of the phyllo in a strip about 4 inches wide, and 1 inch away from the edges of phyllo. Fold the sides in, then flip the bottom up and begin rolling into a cylinder. Brush lightly with oil over the entire surface of the burek, and form into a horseshoe shape. Bake about 45 minutes or until golden brown.


Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt (the Srnas make their own) and a simple salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion with an olive oil dressing.

PhyllisBlackAlumni Dinner with Prof. Phyllis Emmons Black


On September 5th, Professor Phyllis Emmons Black, a retired Champlain College professor who taught Fashion Merchandising for 20 years, traveled to Burlington (all the way from Tampa, FL!) to host a dinner for her former students and fellow alumni of the Discover Ireland program.  The event attracted 45 people from far and wide, all of whom shared fond memories of Professor Black. Alumni also enjoyed the chance to reconnect with each other, some of whom hadn't been in touch since graduation!  Pictured at right: Cathie Abbott '82 and June Plankey '87.
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