Champlain College Alumni E-Newsletter 

May 2014

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On Thursday May 29th Champlain kicked off a 9 day challenge to honor President Dave Finney and his 9 years of leadership at the helm of Champlain College. 

Our goal: 206 Alumni donors in 9 days 
(206 is symbolic of Dave's inaugural year '06)!

Make a gift in recognition of Dave's leadership. 
The amount is not as important as your participation.

Email us with your favorite memories, photos, and stories of Dave Finney - or share your thanks for the many positive changes he helped bring to Champlain at. 

Follow the challenge on Facebook and Twitter @  #cc9for9  and share your favorite memories, stories and photos of Dave.

 Thank you for helping us make this a memorable and meaningful gesture of thanks for all that Dave has done for our College.

We are pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship Award, the Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award and the Elizabeth A. Durick Staff Service Award.

2014-15 Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship Award Winner: Media Communication Program Director Dr. Nancy Kerr 


The Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship is awarded to a senior faculty member who has shown dedication to students and Champlain College through a record of service and excellence in teaching and advising and through work on faculty and College committees.  


Nancy has demonstrated a commitment to the College to educate people for careers in business and community service through work with students in academics and activities and she is an active citizen of the community at large.  


Nancy's deep engagement in both the Champlain College community and in her professional field and has earned her the respect of her colleagues.  She is devoted to her students and her relationships with them extends far beyond graduation.  As the internship coordinator for various programs, Nancy's work has resulted in roughly 80 internship placements each year.  Congratulations, Nancy, on this well - deserved honor!




 2014 -15 Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award Winner: Margo Bartsch


The Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award bears the name of an adjunct faculty member of the College community who has shown dedication to students and to the mission of Champlain College through a demonstration of excellence in teaching.  Further, it is given to a person who has demonstrated a commitment to striving for excellence both in content expertise and pedagogically sound teaching and learning practices


In each of Margo's evolving courses, students participate in semester-long group projects that involve topics spanning from global current events to helping local small businesses brand themselves.  


For years, students have shared their admiration for this instructor for their hands-on learning style. Relevant case-studies, trade articles, and other media are shared and discussed in every class, and the chapter decks this instructor spends a great deal of time making each week help students grasp the most important parts of marketing and advertising.  


Her passion and commitment this year to the Sarah Ramsey '12 Strong Fund has been inspiring and has truly demonstrated the personal relationships she has made with her students, past and present. 


2014-15 Elizabeth A. Durick Staff Service Award Winner: Associate Director of Campus Public Safety, Carl Riden


The Elizabeth A. Durick Staff Service Award was established in 1996 and is intended to recognize a member of the staff who has had a positive impact on the College community.  This annual award is named in honor of the late Elizabeth Durick, who was an exemplary staff member and who also served on the College's Board of Trustees.


This prestigious honor, offers the opportunity to recognize some of Champlain's "unsung heroes."  This year's recipient is someone who displays an unwavering commitment to the College community.  Carl  Riden is described as quiet and behind the scenes, even somewhat mysterious to the entire Champlain community, but always responsive and helpful on the other end of an email or phone call.  Carl's responses are immediate, helpful, and he seems to never run out of patience with us all.  


Carl's campus-wide emails have built a fan-base and a real active audience. They always include jokes and photos and have the uncanny ability to make stressed out students, staff and faculty, alike laugh.  He makes Champlain College a better place to work and is truly an unsung hero.


Tasked with the thankless job of enforcing new parking restrictions and rules, tasked with reminding us every semester when we can buy our parking passes and then dealing with us when we forget, and then responding to every complaint (which seem to be endless) about parking on campus, he is there.  


Due to the nature of Carl's work, he has been placed in the Champlain Relocation Program and is unable to be photographed at this time.
Carl sent this photo along to let us know how he keeps busy in the off season of ticketing! 

 You have to love that sense of humor.


Congratulations to all the recipients. 


Celebrate President Finney's leadership and say your farewells at an 
Alumni BBQ Party.
This summer, Champlain College will say goodbye to an old friend: Dave Finney. Come share your well-wishes in person at the annual summer party and BBQ -- Dave's last as President of Champlain College.   Join us as we raise a glass to celebrate the end of an era and the start of a new chapter at Champlain.  For more information and to register to attend click here 

Farewell to our Friend 
Join us for another opportunity to wish Dave well.  Alumni, please stop by for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as we bid farewell to President David F. Finney and Sabine Zerarka. 
Monday, June 23rd
Any time between 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
Aiken Hall Morgan Room/Patio

Respond to Shaylea Scribner '10 at if you are able to attend.

Showcasing the experiential, interactive, and the customizable components of media technologies,  Champlain College's Emergent Media community exhibition will focus on technologies that are fueling a new generation of arts innovation. Featuring recent MFA graduates, faculty and alumni who blur the distinctions between science, art, and technology, each project in the exhibition will facilitate an engaging, provoking, and multi-sensory experience of contemporary art.

Date & Time:
Friday, June 13th
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
135 Church Street
Burlington, VT



Your RSVP is requested by Wednesday, June 11th. Reserve your space by emailing Hannah Campbell at or calling (802) 860-2747.


We hope you can join us for this evening of contemporary art and culture! 



Join Champlain College for a night with the VT Lake Monsters in June!

Come with friends for the pre-game BBQ and cheer for the Lake Monsters as they take on the Lowell Spinners at Centennial Field.

Date & Time:

Friday, June 27th

6:00 pm - BBQ

7:05 pm - Game Time



Centennial Field

Burlington, VT


$15 per person - Click here to register now! 

Each registration fee includes a general admission ticket to the game (we'll have our own section in the bleachers), a BBQ meal, and $2 donation to the College.




On May 3, 2014 Champlain College President David F. Finney conferred 520 associate and bachelor degrees to the largest graduating class in the College's history.  More than 4,000 people attended the ceremony.


During the ceremony  honorary degrees were presented to Vermont philanthropists, Bob Stiller, founder of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and his wife, Christine Stiller, President of the Stiller Family Foundation and President Adventure Girls of VT and to a nationally known creative educator Fern Tavalin. 


Marguerite Dibble'12, founder of Birnam Wood Games offered the Alumni Welcome and Chelsea Hutchings '14, President of the Student Government Association delivered the Senior Address. 


On May 9 & 10, Champlain College hosted  Alumni Weekend 2014 on campus. The weekend's activities included the Alumni Leadership Awards Ceremony, a BBQ with Vermont microbrews, a sunset cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen, an invigorating morning yoga class, and other great events.  We even opened up the dorms so that Alumni could really re-live their college days!  Thank you to all who attended, especially those who traveled from a distance. We hope you will join us again next year! For more information on how to help with plans for Alumni Weekend 2015, contact Hannah Campbell at

The Champlain College Alumni Leadership Awards are given to alumni who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, entrepreneurship, outstanding service to the community and/or had notable accomplishments in their careers.



Robert A. Skiff Alumni Leadership Award: Susan W. Lamaster '88


 Roger H. Perry Alumni Leadership Award: Amy K. King '02, '05, '07

 C. Bader Brouilette Alumni Leadership Award: Elaine M. Strunk '64


'Audeamus...Let Us Dare' Alumni Award: Joseph D. Gaetani '06


Career Achievement Award: Milton G. Shirlock '72


President's Alumni Leadership Award: Kim H. Harry G'10 

Champlain Graduate Students Receive Their Degrees

Eighty two candidates for masters degrees received their hoods and diplomas on Friday, May 9th at Champlain College. Speeches by Lisa Murphy G'14, Alumni Wecome by Lanaya Sandberg '13  G'14 and an address to the graduates by Dr. Janine Allo. Congratulations to all!
Final thoughts from Kate Young '14
Check out one of the nicest thank you notes we've ever received. Thank YOU to all the alumni and students  who choose to attend Champlain. YOU make Champlain such a special place..
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