Champlain College Alumni E-Newsletter 

April 2014

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Ever wish you could re-live your college days?  You can come close by joining us for Alumni Weekend this spring! Come stay in the dorms and enjoy springtime in Burlington with Champlain friends new and old. The $35 registration fee includes food and drinks, a yoga class, a BBQ lunch with VT microbrews, a sunset cruise on Lake Champlain, and a $5 gift to the College.  You'll also receive a limited-edition Alumni Weekend t-shirt!  Register online or call Hannah Campbell at 802-860-2747. Click here for the full schedule of events.



We are always adding new events to the calendar, so please share your ideas with us! To help plan an event contact Hannah Campbell, Alumni Relations Director, at


Brian David Johnson, Chief Futurist at Intel, visited Champlain College on April 1st and 2nd  to preview  the College's new MakerLab and the expansion of the Emergent Media Center, where the MakerLab is housed. His two-day visit included a speech, "A Look Into the Future," in Champlain's Argosy Gym , and plenty of interaction with students, faculty, staff and community members. Johnson also visited Burlington's Mater Christi School to "Talk Robots" with a sixth grade class. 
Champlain's View Magazine is Going Green! 

In an effort to be environmentally responsible in the distribution of our alumni magazine, The Champlain View, we are offering you the option to receive it electronically.  If you would like to continue receiving The View in its paper form, that's great!  There is no need to do anything further.  

If you would prefer to start getting the magazine in an electronic versionsimply email us at  Please provide us with your full name, class year, and the email address you would like the magazine sent to by Monday April 28th and we will make it happen.  Lighten the load of your mail carrier and save a tree.

In February Craig Winslow '10 introduced 'ZX' an interactive light installation at an Alumni event on campus. Now, here is the long  - awaited ZX concept video. Craig is a wonderful example of the educated Imagination Champlain is known for fostering. Enjoy!



Champlain College officials broke ground today on the new   Center for Communication and Creative Media (CCM)   project which will provide students and faculty state-of-the-art facilities for current and emerging fields of study and serve as a campus center for student services.

Champlain's Division of Communications and Creative Media is the largest division of the College's four focus areas. Click here to learn more about this project.

Read the latest editorial on the HuffPost Education Blog by Champlain's own Dr. Laurel Bongiorno.  Laurel has served as a full time faculty member in Champlain College's Education program since 1998.  

Laurel discusses her thoughts and concerns regarding the future of early childhood education on a national and state level. This timely editorial is a call to action for policy makers, educators, and parents. Check it out here.


The 3rd annual Alumni Reception at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco was the largest gathering Champlain has had on the West Coast, with over 60 in attendance.  The GDC attracts over 23,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.

Alumni from as far back as 1984 networked with recent graduates, faculty, and senior game students. Thanks to all those who attended. We'll be back next year! 
 Seattle Alumni and Parent Reception
In April, Champlain College hosted its first Alumni & Parent Reception in Seattle, WA. Thank you to all who attended this evening of networking, connecting with new and old Champlain friends, and enjoying the beautiful surroundings at the Tennis Club. If you weren't able to join us, we look forward to planning something in the area again soon. 
Our annual Pax East kick - off event was the best yet, with over 60 alumni, parents, and faculty members gathered at the Whiskey Priest for a night of reminiscences and good time. Thank you to all who joined us!

 Champlain College Career Fair


Champlain College's Spring Career Fair was held in March in the Argosy Gym it offered a record-breaking number of companies from around the area seeking people for Jobs, internships, and networking opportunities. Many of these companies were represented by Champlain Alumni.

More than 90 participants represented several fields, including education, social services, IT, and communications. Organizers say all the companies on hand had internship or job openings.  The event was a great success.


Alumni Employee Breakfast


Champlain's annual Alumni Employee Breakfast was held on Tuesday, April 1st. President Finney recognized and thanked those in attendance for their continued dedication to Champlain. and encouraged guests to showcase their alumni pride within Champlain and beyond its walls. Thank you to all who attended. 


Champlain Apiary


Congratulations to Kristin Wolf, Assistant Professor in the CORE division at Champlain and advisor for the Champlain College Apiary project. The apiary was highlighted in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)'s Higher Education Sustainability Review. The apiary can be found on page 50 of the publication




 Champlain College's 7th annual Game Studio Senior Show

Champlain College's 7th annual game studio show will be on display at  Arts Riot  until Friday May 2nd, exhibiting seven games for the public to view and play.

View a complete schedule of events here.

On Friday, May 2nd  from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Arts Riot, the public is invited to attend the show's closing reception during which the organizers will announce the Game Studio's first annual Game of the Year.
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