Champlain College Alumni E-Newsletter 

March 2014

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The Alumni events just keep coming!  Here's what we have planned for the next few months:


Alumni & Parent event at the Game Developers Conference 


Wednesday April 2nd Burlington, VT

Brian David Johnson,  Chief Futurist at Intel Corporation will be on campus as part of the inauguration of Champlain's Rapid Prototyping  Lab. He will be presenting a public lecture at 6:30p.m. in Alumni Auditorium. Mark your calendar for this exciting event!
You are invited to join Champlain College for an Alumni Reception in Framingham, MA. Enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers as you reconnect with fellow Alumni, get the latest news from Champlain, and build your professional network.


Thursday, April 10th in Boston, MA
PAX East Kick-Off event -invitation coming soon! 
Champlain College Alumni Weekend - Ever wish you could re-live your college days? You can come close by joining us for Alumni Weekend this spring! 
We are always adding new events to the calendar, so please share your ideas with us! To help plan and event contact Hannah Campbell, Alumni Relations Director, at


Join us during GDC (Game Developers Conference) to reconnect with fellow Champlain friends and classmates, catch up with some of your favorite faculty members, meet the new CCM Dean, and help current students build their professional network! For more information check out our Facebook page.







Champlain College is pleased to announce that Brian David Johnson will be joining us on campus April 2, 2014.


The future is Brian David Johnson's business. As the Chief Futurist at Intel Corporation, his work focuses on developing an actionable vision for computing in 2020. His work is called future casting - using field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a vision of consumers and computing. Johnson "forecasts" what the 2020 consumer will be looking for in the world of technology.  You may have heard about Brian in relation to the Jimmy Robot.


Brian will be participating in various activities throughout the day as part of the inauguration of Champlain's Rapid Prototype Lab, and he will be presenting a public lecture at 6:30 p.m. The opening of the lab solidifies Champlain's commitment to facilitating a synergy between the local economy and the creative imagination of Champlain's best and brightest.  The hope is this lab will serve as a resource for business and industry and can be used by all. 


Below are a few links to learn more about Brian and his work:




You are invited to save the date for an Alumni & Parent Reception in Seattle, WA. Mark your calendars and join us this spring for the first-ever Champlain College event in the Pacific Northwest! For more information check out our Facebook page.


Center for Communication and Creative Media Groundbreaking Ceremony

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

3:00 pm

Bader Parking Lot, West Side of Hauke


Kick off PAX East at our annual Alumni Reception It's a great chance to reconnect with fellow Champlain friends and classmates, catch up with some of your favorite faculty members, and help current students build their professional network!
We want this to be a weekend that celebrates and showcases your alma mater and fellow alumni. Would you like to get involved with the planning? We'd love to hear from you! Please contact Hannah Campbell at to talk more.

Mother knows best - one woman's Champlain experience blazed a trail for her daughter

Maureen Golden'04 spoke with Heidi Lebrun, Communication and Stewardship Specialist shared her reasons for supporting Champlain and how the college has had an impact on her life. What Heidi discovered was a legacy that extends for beyond the traditional definition of the word. Maureen's love of Champlain is obvious to anyone who inquires, and in her case it's true the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Maureen's mother Margaret Betourney '65, was recruited by the CIA even before graduating from Champlain. She began her career working in Langley, Virginia under President Johnson's administration. Margaret sang Champlain's praises for all of Maureen's life and it is obvious that Maureen was listening.   
" The very first day I set foot on campus at Champlain College, I parked at the bottom of Maple Street and walked all the way up to campus. It was fall, 2001.  As I was walking, I thought about how much progress I had made in my personal life and the obstacles I had overcome.  I jaunted up the first set of cement stairs leading to the building of my first class, I knew my Mother had walked the same path. Knowing how successful my Mom was in both her personal and professional life, and listening to her since I was a child about the support she received from so many teachers and support staff at Champlain College, I thought to myself this is the beginning of something great, and it was". 
Maureen is one of Champlain's biggest fans and never misses an opportunity to share her feelings about her beloved alma mater. Maureen welcomes opportunities to get involved. As a loyal donor to the College she has been recognized as a member of the Audeamus Society - which celebrates donors who have supported Champlain for three or more consecutive years. Supporting Champlain has always been an easy decision for Maureen. "It's easy to be involved, I love Champlain - it has never let me down." 


Be sure to read the full article in the upcoming edition of the Champlain View.




Student Effort Gains Media Attention for Gamers


On Saturday February 22, 2014, a group of students hosted the first Green Mountain Games Festival in Champlain College's Argosy Gymnasium. The event showcased games from students and developers from around the region, and  featured presentations from industry leaders. Rami Ismail of Vlambeer was the keynote speaker. Here's some press coverage from the event: 


VPR Interview with Senior, Jacob Jackson


7Days/TechJam VT by Cathy Resmer


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