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Exploring Creativity Champlain’s Artistic Energy Is Expanding

President Finney announces plans to retire in 2014 STORY INSIDE

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Hello from the Hill,


fter much soul searching over the past year or so, I have decided that the 2013-14 year will be my last as the president of Champlain College. It has been the professional honor of my lifetime to serve this wonderful college, and I shall always cherish it. In beginning this retirement transition, I want to emphasize my confidence in Champlain’s ability President David F. Finney to remain a leader in higher education. From my knowledge of its alumni, I believe the College offers the most complete education available today. We have focused on giving students the knowledge, tools, and resources to thrive not only in their career, but also in living the good life. That Champlain philosophy will continue to grow and flourish with the next president. I thank each of you for your professionalism and commitment to excellence over these past years. With your support and expertise, the College is widely acknowledged for academic leadership in interdisciplinary liberal education while offering students applied and experiential education in the context of career development and life skills. The goals that I hoped to accomplish when I arrived either have been realized or are well on their way to being fulfilled. Thanks to your dedication to excellence, Champlain College is a significantly stronger institution than it was a decade ago. This could also have been said 10 years ago, and I am very confident that it will be said 10 years from now. Together we have focused on academic innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship to create strong partnerships with businesses; built centers of excellence in emerging fields of study; and brought a global citizen ethos to the student experience. We have nearly tripled prospective student applications and increased enrollment numbers; established numerous study abroad opportunities including new campuses in Dublin and Montreal; expanded our physical facilities with an eye toward sustainability; won numerous accolades and awards for our programs, faculty, and facilities; made it possible for more students to attend Champlain with increased financial aid and new scholarship programs; and dramatically expanded our graduate and online adult education opportunities.

Simply stated, we have changed thousands of lives for the better.

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President Finney welcomes the incoming first-year students at Orientation weekend.

Last fall, we received a transformational $10 million gift—our largest ever—from the Stiller Family Foundation. With it the Division of Business became the Robert P. Stiller School of Business. The impact of that gift with its focus on appreciative inquiry will reach far into the future for Champlain. Our ongoing work to strengthen Vermont’s economy and keep its workforce vibrant through our undergraduate programs, advanced degrees, and business education partnerships will continue as we move toward our 2020 goals. The steps to find Champlain’s next president are already in progress. The Board of Trustees has formed a search committee that will be chaired by Scott Carpenter. The Board finalized the selection of a search firm, and the firm is poised to begin the search process immediately. The Board hopes to host finalist candidates on campus during the fall term, with a decision expected before the end of 2013. For both my wife Sabine and me, it has been truly wonderful to be here these past eight years. Before I arrived, I saw Champlain as the opportunity of a lifetime. It has been all of that, and far more wonderful than I had dared hope. In my inauguration speech, back in 2005, I said that the joy was in the journey. In the case of this journey, that has been completely true. My decision to retire stems, primarily, from my belief that the College has much to gain from the energy and vision that will accompany a new president. Retirement lies ahead, and I look forward to it. I hope to consult a bit and read a lot. Perhaps we will even have time for an occasional movie! Over the next year there remains much to do and much to celebrate. Construction work on two new on-campus residence halls has already begun; fund-raising efforts are continuing for a new Communications and Creative Media building scheduled to break ground in 2014; and plans to expand the reach of online education and business partnerships in Vermont and beyond are moving ahead. There is a wonderful momentum here at the College that gives me great confidence about what is ahead with a new president. Thank you for your dedication to Champlain College.

Dr. David F. Finney, President

President Finney appeared on WCAX’s “You Can Quote Me” on April 14. You can watch the full interview online at

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President’s Letter A New Website Unveiled Student View: Mahmoud Jabari ’15  -HJ\S[`7YVÄSL!)QHYUL/VSTLZ 10 News & Notables 13 Subaru/Nordica Partnership 14 Creativity Needs a Home 20 Jean Luc Dushime ’10 Photos 24 Alumni News & Class Notes P. 8

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Spring 2013, volume 12, number 1 Editor Stephen Mease |

Sr. Director of Advancement & Campaign Tere Gade, CFRE

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2013 Board of Trustees George F. Bond ’73 Robert D. Botjer Dawn D. Bugbee George C. Burrill Scott D. Carpenter Thomas V.S. Cullins Laura P. Dagan (Chair)

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Bold photos, student success stories, and easier navigation are just a few of the improvements at

Two-Year Project Revamps Online Experience for College Audiences A new, rebranded Champlain College website was unveiled this spring, the result of nearly two years of planning, design, and transformation designed to enhance the College’s ability to tell its success stories and attract new students. Work on the revamped began in May of 2011. Representatives from admissions, faculty, students, parents, and marketing developed these initial goals to focus on: • • • •

Capture Champlain’s Passion Capture Champlain’s Distinctiveness Think Like Users Not a Me-Too Site

The new site unifies the branding of the College’s offerings for undergraduates, alumni, online and distance adult learners, and graduate program students. It also updates the portal for students, faculty, and staff to access campus services and information. “Our website needs to be a reflection of our reality,” said Ian Mortimer, vice president of enrollment management. “This makes a compelling first impression for students, parents, and other stakeholders of the College. It also highlights Burlington’s many cultural and recreational attractions in a multimedia fashion. I am very proud that current Champlain students played a large and important role in the project—further pushing our commitment to experiential education,” he said. “We feel confident that we’ve achieved these goals, and will keep them our focus as we evolve and improve the site,” explained Meghan Haley, director of the website team. Working in partnership with BarkleyREI out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the project team also included writing, tech, and design support from Marcelle Langan, Brian Andrews, Dan Selicaro ’09, Nichole Magoon ’10, Abigail Clark ’13, and a team of current Champlain students. “This project was about much more than building a new website. It was about leveraging the power of the digital communication space to expand our reach and polish our presence. It was about telling the Champlain story in a more amplified and compelling way,” Haley said. If you have a comment, send it to




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Top-Ranked Online

The Champlain Spyglass

A new tradition began this year at Champlain College’s online degree Commencement with the presentation program is among the top-ranked in of the Champlain Spyglass, sponsored the nation, according to the “Best by the Student Government Association Online Bachelor’s Education Program” and designed and handcrafted by ranking by U.S. News & World Report. ClearLake Furniture in Ludlow, Vermont. U.S. News released its “2013 Best Online The Class of 2013 began at Champlain Education Report,” during the 400th anniversary celebration ranking online degree of explorer Samuel de Champlain’s and distance learning arrival in the region. programs, and for the first time ranked them numerically, just like traditional colleges and graduate schools. Champlain’s online bachelor’s degree program is ranked Jayson Boyers 54th out of 237 participating school programs by U.S. News, putting it in the top fourth of all the regionally accredited for-profit, private, and public institutions that grant bachelor’s degrees through online degree programs.


Champlain’s Online & Continuing Professional Education Division offers more than 30 degrees and professional certificates in the areas of business, technology, and healthcare. “We are truly honored to be in the top 25 percent of the top colleges ranked for excellence in online degree programs,” said Jayson Boyers, the executive director of the division.

Best in Nation Cybersecurity Ed Champlain College received the 2013 SC Award for exemplary professional leadership in information technology security. The gold award, recognizing Champlain’s professional leadership as the “Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program,” was presented in February in San Francisco. The 2013 Professional Award winners were chosen from a field of hundreds of submissions by a panel of esteemed security professionals from the private and public sector, handpicked by SC Magazine’s editorial team for their information security leadership and knowledge. “SC Magazine is proud to recognize Champlain College as a leader in the information security industry,” said Illena Armstrong, vice president of editorial, SC Magazine. “Champlain College and its Computer and Digital Forensics programs is a great model for the information security industry.” Through its on-campus, online, and graduate degree programs, Champlain offers more than 35 computer forensics and digital investigation courses—more than any other college in the country, according to Jonathan T. Rajewski G’09, director of the U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI) and an assistant professor in Champlain’s Division of Information Technology & Sciences. More than 90 percent of graduates have job offers within 30 days of graduation, and many even well before graduation. The National Institute of Justice identified Champlain’s digital forensics degrees as Model Electronic Crime and Digital Investigation programs, and the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security designated Champlain as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. Champlain has held these honors since 2004.


Vermont novelist Chris Bohjalian of Lincoln, Vermont and founder of the captive insurance industry in Vermont George Chaffee, of Williston, Vermont, received honorary degrees at the 135th Commencement Ceremony on May 4. Bohjalian delivered the commencement address to 450 graduates at the ceremony held RXWVLGHRQWKHDWKOHWLFĂ€HOGRI (GPXQGV0LGGOH6FKRROQH[WWR 6NLII +DOO

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Worksite Wellness Award Champlan College’s Wellness Program was honored in March by the Vermont Dept. of Health and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness with a Gold Award for its efforts to promote healthy lifestyles, decrease absenteeism and employee turnover, and lower healthcare costs. Programs have included on-site exercise classes and nutrition and diet workshops.


Student View Q&A Mahmoud Jabari ’15


ahmoud Jabari ’15, an international student from Hebron, Palestine, can only be described as inspiring. In 2012, Jabari gave a TEDxTeen Talk titled Bringing Peace with More Reporting as a Global Teen Leader through the We Are Family Foundation, where he narrates his experience VMNYV^PUN\WHZHUHJ[P]PZTQV\YUHSPZ[PUHJP[`WSHN\LK^P[OJVUÅPJ[

Before coming to Champlain in January 2012, Jabari reported for World Youth News and Al-Jazeera Talk, and was elected Youth Mayor of the city of Hebron from 2005 to 2008, where he led many social initiatives as he now does as a student leader at Champlain. His peers describe him as earnest and benevolent; he seeks out countless opportunities to tell his story and advocate for social change. I heard many interesting stories while interviewing Jabari about his transition from Palestine to Champlain College.

Why Champlain College? In the summer of 2010 I attended a youth leadership retreat hosted by Miracle Corners of the World at Champlain College, which led me to apply. How did you prepare for school in the United States?

PU[LYLZ[ZHUKILULÄJPHS[VT`Z[\KPLZHZH communications major. In April I attended the Clinton Global Initiative University’s annual meeting in St. Louis for a weekend after creating an action plan for poverty alleviation in Palestine. A group of students and myself, with the help of BYOBiz director Robert Bloch, have developed Abraham Market International, an online content hub that sells handmade goods from Palestine and tells the stories of the artisans dedicating their lives to making them through journals and multimedia.

Ever since I was 10 years old, I wanted to come to the United States because I was interested in politics and wanted to create more opportunities for my people. The government schools in Palestine don’t prepare students for school in the U.S., so I taught myself English from the time “Youth from all cultures and nations I was in sixth grade. After the Youth Leadership Retreat at Champlain, I are able to overcome political, knew it was the starting point for a transition in my life. religious, and cultural borders, and You’re extremely self-motivated and have created many opportunities for yourself. How has Champlain enabled you to pursue your interests?

become unified based on their common dreams: to create a world in which they’d like future generations to live.”

For the past year, I have worked in Champlain’s Emergent Media Center (EMC), which enabled me to bring the game Breakaway to my homeland in the summer of 2012. Breakaway is an online soccer game promoting teamwork and gender equality. At one of the summer camps I brought the game to, boys and girls played soccer together VU[OLZHTLÄLSKMVY[OLÄYZ[[PTL;OL EMC has been very supportive of my


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This will provide an opportunity for Palestinian people to raise their standard of living and educate their children. Based on my experience, I think youth from all cultures and nations are able to overcome political, religious, and cultural IVYKLYZHUKILJVTL\UPÄLKIHZLKVU their common dreams: to create a world in which they’d like future generations to live.

—Kayla Hedman ’14

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As associate professor and program director for Psychology at Champlain College, Dr. Bjarne Holmes is aiming to grow the program into one of the largest majors at the College. Having just taken the position in 2011, he has already turned it into the fastestgrowing major. With a background in sociology and psychology, Holmes has created a well-rounded program while continuously conducting his personal research in relationship science. Holmes is a passionate educator and researcher who loves to live life to the fullest through practicing good relationships, traveling the globe, and participating in adventure sports. His career in relationship studies is a reflection of his personal views of the significance of relationships in life. He is working to promote the distribution of relationship research to the larger public through mass media, publications, and podcasts. What brought you to Champlain? I was looking for something new after having founded the Family and Personal Relationships Lab at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Although the lab was successful and I was leading numerous Ph.D. students and post-docs, I had to do a lot of writing for grants, and was looking to head back to the States with my wife. I stumbled across a job ad at Champlain, and after doing some research was impressed with the intent of the school. As a researcher, how would you say Champlain has supported your work? The Education & Human Studies Division is very supportive; everyone gets along here, which almost never happens. Core professor Michael Lang, who has a background in anthropology, just initiated the Champlain College Research Ethics Review Board (RERB). The first research to be submitted to the RERB was my study on nonmonogamous relationships with researchers from Harvard, Colorado State, and Portland State.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love adventure sports like rock climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering. I have been active in these since 1994. In 2005, I organized the first American expedition to the Borkoldoy mountain range of Kyrgyzstan, where we successfully made first ascents of and named nine peaks. I also recently completed my first expedition to the Himalayas in Nepal. What is on your bucket list? I don’t like the phrase bucket list because it sounds like something you’ll throw into a bucket and it will disappear. I like to set big goals and follow through with them. I guess my craziest bucket-list-worthy goals are to mountain climb in Antarctica and to learn how to fly a wing suit, which is a combination of BASE jumping and parachuting, most commonly done off cliffs in Norway. Read more at Follow Bjarne on Twitter @Lovescientist —Kayla Hedman ’14

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MISS VERMONT TAKES A VICTORY LAP Former Miss Vermont Brooke Werner ’09 of Granville, Vermont, has a new gig—as one of three 2013 Miss Sprint Cup representatives on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Circuit. She majored in public relations at Champlain and most recently worked at Fuse, a Burlington-based youth marketing agency.

Books on How to Secede and Succeed Most Likely to Secede: What the Vermont Independence Movement Can Teach Us about Reclaiming Community and Creating a Human-Scale Vision for the 21st Century, by Champlain College Professor Rob Williams and co-editor Ron Miller, features dispatches from Vermont Commons: Voices of Independence news journal. Most Likely to Secede is a provocative and visionary response to the political and economic decay of the U.S. empire. Defying conventional categories of “left” and “right,” a diverse group of activists, scholars, and entrepreneurs explore re-localized ways of meeting our essential needs for food, energy, financial stability, and a robust community life. The authors argue that monolithic and dysfunctional institutions will be unable to cope with an impending crisis brought about by climate change, depletion of resources, and collapse of the global economy. Visit My Own CEO by Robert Bloch, director of the Bring Your Own Business (BYOBiz) program, has updated his original 2011 “Outside the Box” book that profiled some of Champlain’s most successful young entrepreneurs. My Own CEO also includes the story of The Lodge, a student-run coffee shop and convenience store in the IDX Student Life Center.

“Quibly Ball” Scores in Montreal Competition A team of senior game programming students brought home top honors from Montreal, where they were competing against other game programming schools in North America at Ubisoft’s Academia Game Lab Competition. The competition offered students from 13 institutions from Quebec and the U.S. the opportunity to create a 3-D game prototype, pitch it to some of the biggest players in the industry, and possibly earn a spot on Ubisoft’s paid summer internship program. Champlain seniors’ game “Quibly Ball” was also part of their capstone. Parameters of the competition required using the theme of “Space: The Untamed Beast,” and had to feature one visible main character with a physical challenge and mental challenge, plus three types of hostile oppositions. The team of Dave Mahoney, Kyle Killian, Harry Boltz III, Roy Baron, Travis Constantino, Xanth Veilleux, Andrew Auclair, and Anthony Blake won Best Technical Innovation and Best Presentation, and it was runner up for Best Game.


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Construction Begins on Butler and Valcour Halls Construction began in March on two residence halls, Butler and Valcour, that will house 180 students when completed in July 2014. The Res Tri Project consists of Butler, Valcour, the completed Juniper Hall that opened in August 2012, green space, landscaping, and a promenade in the area bounded by Main Street, South Willard Street, Maple Street, and Edmunds School on the 4.66 acre site. Work is being done by PC Construction and the primary architect is CBT Architects, a Boston design firm.

CFA INSTITUTE OFFERS FIVE SCHOLARSHIPS Champlain College has become the first institution in Vermont to be welcomed into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. Two Robert P. Stiller School of Business programs, the Business Administration (BSBA) major with a Finance minor and the Accounting major with a Finance minor, incorporate at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and place emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. The programs position students to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, one of the most respected and recognized investment credentials in the world. Fritz Burkhardt, Ph.D., CFA, assistant professor of Finance for the Robert P. Stiller School of Business, explained that entry into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that Champlain College’s curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. Through participation in this program, Champlain College is eligible to receive five student scholarships for the CFA program each year.

The Three Amigos Champlain, Middlebury, and Saint Michael’s Colleges announced that they plan to form a consortium to reduce costs associated with purchasing supplies and services common to the three private institutions. The chief financial officers of the institutions will create the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium (GMHEC). “We are simply envisioning ways to improve our efficiencies and help drive down administrative costs in areas common to all three colleges,” said David J. Provost, senior vice president for finance and administration at Champlain College. “A consortium will allow us to pool our purchasing power and significantly reduce costs at each college.”

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Subaru / Nordica Partner with Champlain Students for 2013 XV Crosstrek Tour PHOTO BY PETER CIRILLI ’16

For avid skier Sam Parker, a junior marketing major, initiative combined with the help of Stiller School of Business Professor Tom Myers resulted in a unique Champlain partnership this year. Over the past 10 years, Subaru of America, Inc. and Nordica USA have partnered to bring common philosophies to adventure enthusiasts. “Subaru and Nordica have worked to help build their brands and grow consumer awareness of the incredible products each offers,” said Andy Hare, director of product and promotions, Nordica USA. “When Subaru announced the unveiling of the all-new XV Crosstrek and explained the target audience, it was instantly clear we could help because it is one that we have been targeting for a few years now.” Parker also saw the opportunity. “In the spring of 2012, I emailed the team at Nordica to see if they were interested in bringing me on board for this,” he said. “Not only did they make me a part of the tour but they also offered me a sponsorship. Then, last fall, I registered for the internship class with Professor Myers, who also has a connection at Nordica.” “Nordica came to me with their new marketing vision for the younger generation,” said Myers. “We assembled the most talented student-skiers we could find in international business, marketing, graphic design, and digital film to help focus and drive this initiative.” Zach Delasin ’14, an international business major, made a connection through Myers’s focus group and turned it into an internship with Nordica. “I worked with Tom [Myers] and Richard Morin from Nordica to set up an internship for the summer of 2012, which lasted throughout the fall semester while I was in Shanghai, China.” Myers recruited more Champlain students to create a team to help plan the tour. “Working with Samuel McGuire ’13 (Marketing) and Evan Williams (SMC ’12) to plan the Subaru/ Nordica XV Crosstrek run was sweet. We planned the kickoff party, the route, and their schedule, and we contacted ski mountains all over the country to see if they wanted to participate in the tour,” Parker stated. Two talented freeskiers, Luke Hagearty and Liam McKinley, traveled from coast to coast hitting major mountain resorts and events along the way, while piloting the all-new Subaru 2013 XV Crosstrek. Digital content, produced by Max Erickson ’16 (Digital Filmmaking), gave fans a look into the freeskiers’ lives, their slopeside skills, and the capability of the XV Crosstrek.


“I have managed literally hundreds of students performing internships and special projects, including Subaru’s Rally Racing Team, all over the world since 2001,” Myers continued. “But the icing on the cake for many of these students is that they received college credit for the work they love to do anyway! This XV Crosstrek Run was a major win for Subaru, for Nordica, and for Champlain College.” —Kayla Hedman ’14 Champlain View | Spring 13




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Once admitted, students in Digital Filmmaking and other CCM majors spend their next four years building a professional portfolio designed to get them a job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our program is going out of its way to make sure students who want to make a living as a writer have a professional portfolio to show. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the reasons that CCM overall does so well,â&#x20AC;? says Eric Ronis, assistant dean of the CCM Division and assistant professor of Communications.

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way professional Ă&#x20AC;UPVSURGXFHJDPHV says Ronis. Another reason is proximity to M Montreal, tr l where h Champlain offers career, internship, and summer programs for both Digital Filmmaking and Game Design students. In addition to career focus, Richardson

says Champlain owes a lot of its growing success to the faculty, whose creativity and real-world orientation contribute to great learning experiences for students. Digital Filmmaking professor Rob Barracano worked at NYU prior to joining the Champlain faculty four years ago. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s since arranged for Champlain students WRZRUNDVSURGXFWLRQDVVLVWDQWVRQĂ&#x20AC;OP projects for the world-renowned NYU JUDGXDWHVFKRROLQĂ&#x20AC;OP(YHQWKRXJKLWLV an informal relationship, â&#x20AC;&#x153;our students get H[SRVXUHWRPRUHDGYDQFHGĂ&#x20AC;OPPDNHUV and make relationships that they can carry on after they graduate to parlay into freelance work,â&#x20AC;? says Barracano, who PDGHDOLYLQJPDNLQJKRUURUĂ&#x20AC;OPVEHIRUH he started teaching.

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7KDQNVWRJUHDWIDFXOW\OLNH expanding at Champlain College. Barracano, Champlain has WKULYHGDWFUHDWLQJVXFKH[SHULHQFHV Build It and They Will Come for students, often across disciplines. 1RZWKHDGPLQLVWUDWLRQSODQVWRVHL]HWKH In January, Champlain partnered with 9HUPRQW3XEOLF7HOHYLVLRQ 937 WRVWDJH RSSRUWXQLW\FUHDWHGE\FROOHJHUDQNLQJV and national press to compete with D´'RZQWRQ$EEH\([SHULHQFHÂľ)DFXOW\ WRSWLHUDUWVFKRROVERWKUHJLRQDOO\DQG PHPEHUV6X]DQQH*ORYHU *UDSKLF nationally. 'HVLJQ 1DQF\.HUU 3XEOLF5HODWLRQV  (ULF6DPSOH 6RQLF$UWV DQG3HWHU 7KHFRQVWUXFWLRQRI DSURSRVHGQHZ 6WUDXEH (YHQW0DQDJHPHQW JXLGHG CCM building, some believe, is critical student interns in graphic design, publicity, WRJHWWLQJWRWKDWQH[WOHYHO´3URVSHFWLYH VRFLDOPHGLDDQGHYHQWSURGXFWLRQ7KH students come visit Champlain and go event, which attracted more than 400 on a tour and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no [CCM] building. DWWHQGHHVZDVDJUHDWIXQGUDLVLQJVXFFHVV 7KHUHLVQ¡WDVHQVHRI FRPPXQLW\WKDW,¡YH VD\V937&RPPXQLFDWLRQV'LUHFWRU$QQ seen at other film and art schools, because Curran. thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no center,â&#x20AC;? says Barracano. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Really, the perfect world for the arts at Champlain $QRWKHUHYHQWNQRZQDVWKH$UW would be a nucleus that the programs orbit 0DUDWKRQRU´+RXUVRI $UWÂľZDV VSRQVRUHGE\WKHQHZ&UHDWLYH0HGLD%)$ around,â&#x20AC;? he adds. major and organized E\5RQLV´7KH Creative Media major is concerned with innovation as artists, so bringing in such â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;art ZRUNV¡DVDEDVNHWEDOO game, oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rejection OHWWHUVDKRXUORQJ PRQWDJHRI Ă&#x20AC;OPFOLSV DOOGHYRWHGWRFORFNV as well as traditional poetry, music, and paintings is a way for us to really question â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;what can art be?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Ronis says. 3UHVLGHQW)LQQH\DQGRWKHU G G administrators have already made great (YHQWVOLNHWKHVHZKHUHHQJDJHG strides in raising the needed money for the DQGWDOHQWHGVWXGHQWVZRUNRQFUHDWLYH EXLOGLQJ WKH5REHUW36WLOOHUJLIWZKLFK projects, illustrate why Champlainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CCM included $10 million for the business 'LYLVLRQKDVDWWUDFWHGQDWLRQDODWWHQWLRQ Champlain View | Spring 13


school, also includes money for the new &&0EXLOGLQJ ZKLFKZLOOH[SDQGWKH +DXNH&HQWHURQFHQWUDOFDPSXV ´:HKDGKRSHGWREUHDNJURXQGWKLV May,â&#x20AC;? says Richardson, but with the effort still running $4 million short, he says JURXQGEUHDNLQJQRZORRNVPRUHOLNHO\IRU May 2014. 7KHQHZEXLOGLQJVWDQGVWREHQHĂ&#x20AC;W various majors in different ways. 3URIHVVRUVZLOOHQMR\FORVHUSUR[LPLW\WR colleagues, collaboration will be easier, and students will have a place to display WKHLUZRUN´7KHELJJHVWWKLQJLVWKHJDOOHU\

VHWRI FKDOOHQJHV$V&KDPSODLQ¡V reputation has grown, so have programs OLNH'LJLWDO)LOPPDNLQJZKLFKKDV doubled enrollment in the last two years. &KULVWRSKHU3DUHQWHDMXQLRULQWKH'LJLWDO )LOPPDNLQJSURJUDPVD\VWKDWNLQGRI  growth has created some scarcity in the NLQGRI HTXLSPHQWVWXGHQWVQHHGWREH VXFFHVVIXO3DUHQWHZKRLVFXUUHQWO\ interning and crewing on professional and 8&/$VWXGHQWVKRRWVLQ/RV$QJHOHV says Champlain should increase program IXQGLQJIRUPXFKQHHGHGHTXLSPHQW before investing in a new building. ,I &KDPSODLQFDQNHHSVWXGHQWĂ&#x20AC;OP productions going strong, and provide WRSQRWFKHTXLSPHQWWKHQ3DUHQWHVD\VKH IHHOV´FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWWKDW&KDPSODLQFDQQRW only continue to produce quality content, EXWFRPSHWHZLWKWKHEHVWĂ&#x20AC;OPVFKRROV and students in the world.â&#x20AC;?

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space,â&#x20AC;? says Glover. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a gallery space right now. 7KDW¡VDSUREOHPIRUILQHDUWV ZHUHDOO\QHHGWREHDEOHWRVKRZZRUN 7KDWDORQHLVMXVWKXJHÂľVKHVD\V $QHZ&&0EXLOGLQJZRXOGDOORZ &KDPSODLQWRKRVWHYHQWVOLNHWKHRQH $,*$KRVWHGDW.69DQGWREHWWHU SURPRWHVWXGHQWZRUNWRPHPEHUVRI  the Vermont community and to potential employers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always had a strong design community, but no central points WRJDWKHUDQGFRQJUHJDWHDQGFULWLTXH we dance around in different venues. But Champlain is going to create a central SRLQWÂľVD\V0LFKHOOH+REEVSUHVLGHQW RI $,*$9HUPRQWDQGDQLQGHSHQGHQW %XUOLQJWRQEDVHGGHVLJQHUDWKHUĂ&#x20AC;UP %OHX6N\&UHDWLYH Of course, growth brings its own


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Barracano shares the same aspirations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My hope is that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the equivalent of 1<8DQG86&IRUSHRSOHZKRZDQWWREH at a smaller film center, instead of a big FLW\&KDPSODLQFDQEHDQ$OLVWILOPVFKRRO thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not in an urban center,â&#x20AC;? he says.

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2K 4 2Mâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Alumni Challenge We need just 450 more alumni gifts before June 30 to meet the 2K 4 2M Challenge successfully. If 2,000 alumni make gifts of any size, Champlain will receive a $2 million gift from a generous donor who believes in the collective impact of the entire Champlain alumni community. Each gift will be matched with $1,000! Make your gift today and show your Champlain pride and can-do spiritâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what it means to be H*OHTWSHPUHS\TU;VNL[OLY^LJHUTHRLOPZ[VY`@V\YPTWHJ[PZKLĂ&#x201E;ULKI``V\Y participation! Make your gift at or call Sarah Bunnell â&#x20AC;&#x2122;05 at (802) 865-5428. Champlain View | Spring 13


The World Through Jean Luc’s Eyes Jean Luc Dushime ’10 travels the world seeking light Jean Luc Dushime ’10 was born in Rwanda. He grew up between the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo. He survived the Rwandan genocide and the long walk across the Congolese jungle. Since graduating from Champlain, he has used photography and video to advocate for and shine the light on social issues locally in Vermont and internationally. We talked with him about his work and travels. How did you come to Champlain College? I came to Champlain College through the Community College of Vermont. What attracted me to the school was the class sizes. The classrooms were small enough for me to have all the attention I needed from my teachers. The facilities were top-notch and I can say that the New American scholarship from Champlain was an unbeatable offer. I majored in Public Relations.


teaching them multimedia and storytelling skills along with another instructor. Before that I was in India for a month traveling and working on a multimedia project. While in India, you focused on a special project—can you describe it and what you hope to accomplish? Your camera has become a great tool in telling your story. When did you first start taking photos and how did you develop your “eye” for a compelling image? For years, I thought of efficient ways to tell my story. During the war, I have seen how photojournalism has played an instrumental role in getting the world’s attention. That’s when I became aware of the power of images. However, I have also seen the devastating impact of images when taken out of context, so I decided that if there would be someone to tell my story, it would have to be myself. I don’t exactly remember how I started taking photographs, but the first camera that I ever owned came from a raffle I won at Champlain. I’d never won anything before, but this time I did...and it was an Xbox. Instead, I asked the school to give me a gift card to Best Buy, and the next day I went and selected a camera from the store. I started by taking photographs of my family and friends. I never stop asking questions of my friends who are photographers. My senior year, I enrolled in a class to learn the black and white negative film processing in the darkroom. Shooting film taught me to slow down while I shoot and to think hard about composition and light before I press that shutter because film is expensive. Shooting film made me a better digital photographer. Your love of photography has taken you to many places around the world. Where have you traveled in the last year?  I just spent three weeks in Rwanda with a group of 20 high school students from Harwood Union High School (HUHS),


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I went to India to document the Siddi community—a community of Indians of African descent. I spent 12 days with different families traveling by motorcycle covering around 60 kilometers a day in remote areas of the Karnataka region. The Siddi were brought over by the Portuguese some 500 years ago as slaves from Africa. They now live isolated lives since the Indian government hasn’t given them land, so they make a living by farming for others. They have limited access to healthcare and the children are not being educated in English. They have been told that they are backwards intellectually, dropping out of school when English proves too difficult and they become discouraged. I ate, played, and slept in their homes. Their hospitality was remarkable and life changing. I am grateful to them for allowing me to be part of their lives. My goal is to raise money to put five young Siddi folks through grad school. I want to be part of this process of creating leaders for tomorrow. When they finish they will be education advocates for their own community and inspire children and parents, showing that education is important.

Your trip to Rwanda was the first time you had returned to your home country since you fled the genocide. How did it feel to finally go back? What had changed there, and how have you changed? Going back to Rwanda was a major step. I have wanted to go back home for years but never found the strength to do so. When I returned from India, a friend called, inviting me to join him on the HUHS educational trip. This time I was ready. It was the perfect time; my bag was still packed. I was ready to face my past. Going to India gave me strength and courage to go home. For the last eight years spent living in Vermont, I felt very African, but as soon as I landed in India I realized how American I have become. My way of thinking, reacting, and saying things had changed. Traveling to Asia took away my fear of traveling outside America for the first time. Rwanda had also changed. I had to ask someone to take me around because I couldn’t remember places. It felt unreal walking in a place where everybody spoke my language and looked familiar. The food was amazing; my body reacted to familiar sweet smells of passion fruits and bananas. I hadn’t been so excited for food in a long time. I saw my grandmother who I had not seen in 16 years. She is very old, but I was happy to hold her in my arms. I went to see her in my mother’s village where I spent every summer growing up. It is a place I cherish in my memories. I also went to my dad’s birthplace. The last time I was there I was around age 5. It was very emotional to see family members.

I also went to many genocide memorials and cried for friends I lost during the 1994 tragedy. I can say that as hard as it was, I was able to find closure. I freed myself from irrational fears and faced the real ones. As much as I belong there, I also belong here. I have grown so much in the last two months. I feel like I have traveled to my past and back again. The hardest part of this journey I am on is working hard to stay true to myself and to keep pushing forward, creating compelling work that is not only beautiful but also educational.

Looking Ahead • Jean Luc Dushime will speak at a TEDx talk in Los Angeles on June 29. Learn more at https://www.facebook. com/TEDxPacificPalisades?fref=ts • An exhibit of his photos from India is planned for this summer • You can see more of his work online at his website,, and at —Stephen Mease


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HONORED DONORS: The Stiller Family Foundation, which gave Champlain College a $10 million gift last fall, has received numerous honors this past year, including Association of Fundraising Professionalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Outstanding Foundation Award of 2013 and the 2012 National Philanthropy Day Award. From left, Christine, Bob, Christian â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 and David Stiller Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;12.

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1950s Susan Crowley â&#x20AC;&#x2122;55 is working part time at Bauer, Gravel, Farnham in North Hero and has a new great-granddaughter, which makes eight grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. She lives in South Hero, where she grew up, and has two daughters who graduated from Champlain, Allison Crowley and Colleen Crowley.

1960s William Smith â&#x20AC;&#x2122;66 moved to South Carolina in late 2011. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enjoying total retirement, volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and the Elks Lodge in between many rounds of golf! Jane Herbert Springer â&#x20AC;&#x2122;66 retired from Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis and moved to Charleston, SC. She has two grandsons and another grandchild is expected in June. Bernard Bouchard â&#x20AC;&#x2122;68 has retired after 13 1/2 years with Homeland Security and under civil service for 16 years and 9 months.

Kurt Wright â&#x20AC;&#x2122;79 is a Realtor for Century 21 Advantage. Joseph Gaines â&#x20AC;&#x2122;79 was promoted to Senior Inspector in the Sex Offender Investigation Branch of the United States Marshals Service for the District of Vermont. Prior to this position, he was the Canadian Investigative Liaison for Quebec and in charge of the Fugitive Investigation Division for the U.S. Marshals Service in Vermont. Janice (Kennett) Baker â&#x20AC;&#x2122;79 is proud to announce her that daughter Nicole Baker â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 has graduated from Champlain College with a degree in International Business.



Karen Whitby â&#x20AC;&#x2122;81 is now workng at Green Mountain Properties.

John Lawrence â&#x20AC;&#x2122;71 has retired after 40 years of employment at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY.

Jean Gardyne â&#x20AC;&#x2122;81 is a bank teller at PNC Bank.

Steve Juiffre â&#x20AC;&#x2122;72 was appointed to the Board of Directors of Florists For Change. Jean Stover â&#x20AC;&#x2122;74 recently opened a store, Textiles and Trims, in Wells, ME. Jean has over 40 years of experience in clothing design and sewing, having started sewing at age 12 and continuing ever since. She has a background in fashion merchandising, design, and retail customer service. She graduated cum laude with a Business Management degree from Univ. of Maine at Augusta in May 2012. Jerald F. Bowin â&#x20AC;&#x2122;75 was elected as chairman of the VT Society of CPAs May 1, 2013. He is presently serving as member of the governing council of the American Institute of CPAs (representing approx. 386,000 CPAs). He was


appointed as charter member of the VT Tax Advisory Board to advise the VT Tax Commissioner regarding administration and public policy matters. He is a partner with McSoley McCoy & Co of South Burlington, VT.

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Tammy (MacBryde) Farr â&#x20AC;&#x2122;81 is a school counselor at Enosburg Falls Elementary School. She married John Farr in 2007. Linda L. Cook â&#x20AC;&#x2122;82 has opened The Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner in Vergennes, VT. Deborah Robinson â&#x20AC;&#x2122;82 is vice president for University Advancement at Radford University. Lori Burke â&#x20AC;&#x2122;83 is the director of Human Resources for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vi at Bentley Villageâ&#x20AC;? in Naples, FL. Vi, formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt, is one of 10 of Viâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) located throughout the United States. She continues to pursue her MBA through Champlain College. Mary Ellen Maille â&#x20AC;&#x2122;83 is principal technical support engineer for Oracle Corporation.

Jeff Porter â&#x20AC;&#x2122;84 is coaching football for the nationally ranked University of Vermont Club Football team. Michael J. Burbo â&#x20AC;&#x2122;84 recently started work at Neumann University in Aston, PA, working in the ITR department supporting many computer systems for the University and its related operations. Kimberly DuBrul â&#x20AC;&#x2122;85 is a member of the John Maxwell Team Presidential Advisory Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a group of 14 representing the [LHTVMTVYL[OHUJLY[PĂ&#x201E;LK coaches, speakers, and trainers worldwide. Anthony Vargo â&#x20AC;&#x2122;86 is the CFO at Clean Energy Group. Kyle Albee â&#x20AC;&#x2122;86 is enrolled at Southern California Seminary and is working toward a graduate degree in Biblical Studies. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked 17 years with North Star Leasing as general manager. He and his Bernese Mountain dog, Cassie, volunteer with Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Kyle Albee â&#x20AC;&#x2122;86 and Starr Jewell were married in August 2011. Julie Gaboriault â&#x20AC;&#x2122;87 has joined Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty as a Realtor. Chris E. McCoy â&#x20AC;&#x2122;87 recently started PromoPrint Solutions, LLC, a printing and promotional products company based in Metuchen, NJ, ^P[OZHSLZVMĂ&#x201E;JLZPU>OP[L9P]LY Jct., VT, Wilmington, NC, and Louisville, KY. Betty (Stark) Blanchard â&#x20AC;&#x2122;87 is UV^VMĂ&#x201E;JLTHUHNLYH[:[YH[LNPJ Wealth Coach, LLC. Lesa Cornell â&#x20AC;&#x2122;87 is director of business operations at PLM, Inc. in St. Louis, MO.

1990s Bill Kaigle â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90 joined the board of the Lake Champlain Byway Council, and is president of the Milton Historical Society. He is manager of design and production at the Spencer Group, a

philanthropy business specializing in annual giving, data analytics, and highly personalized direct mail for private schools, hospitals, and nonWYVĂ&#x201E;[VYNHUPaH[PVUZ Sarah Soule â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90 was named the Accomplished Alumna of 2012 by her high school, the Emma Willard School in Troy, NY, in recognition VMOLY`LHYJHYLLYPU[OLĂ&#x201E;LSKVM admissions and college counseling. She works at the Vermont Commons School, founded by former Champlain President Bob Skiff. Prior to joining VCS, she worked at Champlain for 20 years PU[OLHKTPZZPVUZVMĂ&#x201E;JL Marie Tiemann â&#x20AC;&#x2122;91 was named one of the Vermont Works for Women Labor of Love Honorees. Debra Behm â&#x20AC;&#x2122;93, CPA, CFP, VWLULKOLYV^UĂ&#x201E;YTPU(WYPS Susan Laware â&#x20AC;&#x2122;95 and John M. McHugh â&#x20AC;&#x2122;95 had a daughter, Lucy Michelle McHugh, in Colchester, VT, on Jan. 30, 2013. Riki Bowen â&#x20AC;&#x2122;95 now lives in Shelburne. Her son and his family live in the annex attached to the house, so she has family close by. She is training for competitive ballroom dancing and was planning

to compete this spring in New Jersey. She works at Modern Design, Inc. Amy (Yandow) Kittredge â&#x20AC;&#x2122;98 and Nathan Kittredge had a daughter, Kendall Addison Kittredge, in Panton, VT, Sept. 25, 2012. Katie B. Corridan â&#x20AC;&#x2122;98 works at UCLA in the radiology department doing ultrasound. After graduating from Champlain, she attended NHTI for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, and after graduating from there, was lucky enough to travel for work for the past 10 years before joining UCLA. Amy S. (Carpenter) Peters â&#x20AC;&#x2122;99 and William Peters Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x2122;99 had a son, William Marshall Peters III, in Essex Junction, VT, Jan. 12, 2013. Matthew Mullen â&#x20AC;&#x2122;99 is owner of Cotton Candy Connection LLC. and B&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Famous Fryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. James Willard â&#x20AC;&#x2122;99 recently earned ITIL Foundation JLY[PĂ&#x201E;JH[PVU/LOHZILLU747 JLY[PĂ&#x201E;LKHUKHTLTILYVM740 for the past three years. He is a project/program manager for Dell.

2000s Melissa S (Morin) Judd â&#x20AC;&#x2122;00 and Ernest Judd had a daughter, Leighann Elizabeth Judd, in Eden, VT, Jan. 7, 2013. Kathleen (Foisy) LaCroix â&#x20AC;&#x2122;00 and Michael LaCroix had a daughter, Sadie Anne LaCroix, in Milton, VT, Oct. 12, 2012. Steven H. Cook, Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x2122;00 was named in Vermont Business Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rising Stars Class of 2012. Elizabeth F. (Waine) Fitzgerald â&#x20AC;&#x2122;01 and Travis Fitzgerald had HKH\NO[LY:VĂ&#x201E;H1HJX\LSPUL Fitzgerald, in Colchester, VT, Jan. 25, 2013. Yahya Jeelani â&#x20AC;&#x2122;01 traveled to Singapore in 2011 for her MBA graduation ceremony from the University of Melbourne. She is currently an external student at Deakin University, Australia, HUKPZHIV\[[VĂ&#x201E;UPZOOLYZ[\KPLZ .YHK\H[LJLY[PĂ&#x201E;JH[LVM*VTTLYJPHS 3H^HUK^PSSĂ&#x2026;`[V4LSIV\YUL[OPZ spring to attend her graduation ceremony. She is currently employed as a paralegal and assistant to the board secretary of the largest Islamic bank in the UAE.

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MEET ANNUAL GIVING DIRECTOR SARAH BUNNELL ’05 If you haven’t yet connected with Sarah Bunnell ’05, you are missing out. Her warmth, effusive personality, and passion for Champlain College are contagious. The Holyoke, Massachusetts, native says she realized Champlain was the school for her the first time she set foot on campus. “I took a tour of Champlain with my brother during my junior year of high school and knew Champlain was where I wanted to go,” she remembers. While at Champlain, Sarah lived in Aiken and McDonald Halls. She studied public relations and made strong connections with faculty members. “My professors challenged me and made learning really fun,” she says. “Nancy Kerr especially sparked my interest to find a career in communications.” After graduating from Champlain, Bunnell worked in the financial marketing industry in Boston and then moved to Madrid, Spain, to teach English to native Spanish speaking children and adults. She returned to Boston in 2010 and accepted a position at Tufts University as the assistant director of reunion programs. Bunnell joined the Office of Advancement in the fall and loves the joys and the challenges of her job. “Champlain is a very unique place. The College continues to head in exciting, sometimes uncharted, directions and has excellent leadership.” Additionally, she is proud to be part of Champlain’s 2K 4 2M Challenge and hopes her fellow alumni will join her in participating. Bunnell enjoys spending time with her family, her fiancé Tim, and their new English springer spaniel puppy, Ruger. Contact her at or (802) 865-5428.

Erin L (Miller) St. Amour ’02 and Joe St. Amour Jr. had a daughter, Haley Anne St. Amour, in Colchester, VT, Jan. 28, 2013. Robin Hersey ’02 and her daughter have adopted a rescue dog, Marjie, from Arkansas. Todd Stowell ’03 joined the Smithsonian Institution as senior producer for Smithsonian Enterprise’s shared services division. Marissa G. Strayer-Benton ’03 was named in Vermont Business Magazine’s 2012 Rising Stars. Robert Fregeau ’04 and Stephanie Fregeau ’04 had a son, Mason Robert Fregeau, in Wrentham, MA, July 14, 2012. David Mayer ’04 and Jordan (Pratt) Mayer had a son, Finley William Mayer, in Essex Junction, VT, Oct. 11, 2012. Tracie A (Lockyer) Barone ’04 and Dominic Barone III had a son, Dominic Jack IV, in Colchester, VT, Jan. 9, 2013. Abigail Wellman ’04 and Mark Sturgeon were married June 2, 2012. Matthew K. Williams ’04 works MVY[OL+LW[VM[OL0U[LYPVY6MÄJL of Natural Resources Revenue under the director’s chief of staff in Washington D.C. He has been the agency’s only writer/editor for three years, but now adds regulatory liaison to that title. Additionally, he is now the acting writer/editor and regulatory liaison for the department’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Interim


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Secretariat. He lives in Annapolis, 4+^P[OOPZ^PMLVMÄ]L`LHYZ Graciela Williams.

Laura Bieluczyk ’06 and Phillip Johnson were married in Aug. 2012.

Gail J. Mitchell ’04 is digital sales THUHNLYMVYHU()*HMÄSPH[L^P[O the Hearst Corp. in Milwaukee, WI.

Liam McNamara ’06 is a sales associate at MathWorks.

Katya Graves ’04 is an assistant branch manager NBT Bank in Williston, VT. Jennifer L. (Beliveau) Maglaris ’05 and Nicholas Maglaris had a son, Colson Stephen Maglaris, in Milton, VT, Sept. 21, 2012. Lisa Pleskach ’05 and Brandon Wheeler were married Oct. 6, 2012, in Lowville, NY. Maria Eduarda Costa-Stienstra ’05 works at American Financial Resources and is licensed in six states as a mortgage loan originator. Lisa Pleskach ’05 and her husband Brandon Wheeler are living in Minot, ND, where she is a school counselor. Her husband is a B-52 pilot with the U.S. Air Force. Kellie Miner ’05 is a development specialist at The College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business. Jacqueline A. Buckley ’05 was named in Vermont Business Magazine’s 2012 Rising Stars. Jocelyn (Branon) Lyman ’06 and Matthew Lyman had a daughter, Brookelyn Marie Lyman, in Milton, VT, Sept. 27, 2012. Joe Gaetani ’06 and Victoria Gaetani had a daughter, Isabel Constance Gaetani, Oct. 6, 2012.

Chris Hull ’07 and Caitlin (Bailey) Hull had a daughter, Reese Bailey Hull, in Washington, Nov. 6, 2012. Jolene A. Renaud ’07 and Michael Audet had a son, Oliver Englehardt Audet, in Colchester, VT, Jan. 17, 2013. Kristin Mattes ’07 received the National Federation of Paralegal Association’s Individual Pro Bono Award. Nicole Stevenson ’07 started a hula hooping business called “Hooping with Nicole.” She offers beginner hoop classes for adults, programming for children, birthday parties, and hoop-making workshops. Allison Arbuthnot ’07 is an advancement writer in University Advancement at San Jose State University. She launched a new website featuring her work at She also co-created, co-wrote, and hosted a pilot food show that is currently being offered to 3D network. Kylee Blouin ’07 and Brian Hatch are engaged, June 8, 2012. Meredith A. (Myers) Gordon ’08 and Andrew Gordon had a son, Henry Allen Gordon, in Underhill, VT, Sept. 24, 2012. Matthew Noel ’08 and Whitney Keating were married on Nov. 3, 2012.

| CLASS NOTES | Brian Donovan ’08 started a company, Milton & Small LLC, in San Francisco, CA. Adam Fullerton ’08 is a research analyst with Visible Measures in Boston, MA. Jason Hawkins ’08 is a contract specialist with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Thomas Lattanzio ’08 is now territory manager for the U.S. and China for NRG Systems. He has worked at NRG for seven years. Lise Parent ’08 and Alex Howrigan are engaged Aug. 24, 2012.

Krysta Voskowsky ’09 is a freelance writer for McDougall Interactive.

Kira Bell ’10 graduated from Boston University in May 2012 with a master’s degree in Deaf Education. She is a second grade teacher at the Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, MA.

Colin Beverstock ’09 is working for GID Investment Advisors in Boston, MA. Rebecca Irick ’09 and Tyler Russell ’10 are engaged.

Allen Reid ’09 is the logistics analyst for Justin’s Nut Butter in Boulder, CO. He previously worked for EVOL Foods as supply chain manager.

Nichole Magoon ’10 joined Champlain College as digital community manager.

Mercedes Murray ’09 is enrolled PUHWYVMLZZPVUHSJLY[PÄJH[LWYVNYHT for Advanced Internet Marketing through the University of San Francisco. She also is a production

Brodie Henry ’10 began a master’s degree program in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT, in 2013.

David Mariani ’09 is assistant restaurant manager of the Farm restaurant at Canyons ski resort in Park City, UT.


Kevin Besecker ’09 is working as a market account representative at Ingram Micro.

Max Lafferty ’10 works at Columbia Technology, a technical YLJY\P[PUNÄYTPU5L^@VYR*P[`5@

Laura A. Schles ’09 is front VMÄJLTHUHNLYMVY7PVULLY:X\HYL Courtyard in Seattle, WA.

Alicia DeMartini ’09 was named a 2012 Rising Star by Vermont Business Magazine and now works PU[OL)VZ[VUVMÄJLVM7LVWSL Making Good (PMG) PR.

Rebecca Irick ’09 began an internship at MyWebGrocer in Winooski, VT, in January 2013.

Patricia Sullivan ’10 is convention services manager at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park in St. Petersburg, FL.

assistant at CP Shades clothing company in Sausalito, CA.

Patrick McWain ’10 is working in Boston, MA, as the resident graphic designer/VJ/3D projectionist at Materials & Methods, a creative direction company.

John DosSantos ’10 is a junior loan processor at PrimeLending.

Samantha Maxfield ’10 is the events and registration coordinator at the Massachusetts Dental Society.

Morgaine Jennings ’10 is studying for her master’s degree in International Marketing with a specialty in Event and Festival Management in Edinburgh, Scotland. She works as the marketing coordinator for the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Brenda L. LaBarge ’10 is an independent electronic health records consultant for the University of Colorado-Poudre Valley Health Group. She still lives in Vermont. Michael Agusta ’10 works part time at Concentra as a radiologic

Nishit Khimasia ’10 is a software programmer at Urja Communications, a digital advertising agency.

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In Memory of Our Fellow Alumni and Friends These members of our alumni family have passed on and will be remembered warmly by their friends, family, and alma mater. Richard O. Berry ’33, January 10, 2013 Frederick G. Chioffi ’37, Burlington, VT, March 9, 2013 Sterling D. Emerson ’37, February 24, 2013 Weldon E. Barrette ’41, November 4, 2012 Dorothy F. Farrell ’42, Shelburne, VT, March 6, 2013 Thomas A. Cannon ’47, January 5, 2013 Pauline A. Baker ’55, January 3, 2013 Ronald F. Doucette ’61, December 27, 2012 Robert M. Bates ’62, Barre, VT, January 22, 2013 Alan H. Winters ’64, Swanton, VT, February 26, 2013 Allen Mable ’65, South Burlington, VT, November 21, 2012 Carol D. Fitzgerald ’66, Norwood, MA, October 25, 2012

Barbara (Longley) Jewett ’66 Essex Junction, VT, February 27, 2013 Constance A. Enman ’68, October 3, 2012 John Hill ’69, December 10, 2012 Virginia L. Yandow ’72, Winooski, VT, March 11, 2013 Nancy (Mills) Bruso ’74, Malone, NY, November 8, 2012 Janet T. DeWitt ’75, South Burlington, VT, March 26, 2013 Karla R. Spaulding ’84, November 4, 2012 Lori L. Lombard ’86, November 3, 2012 Robert M. Green ’91, Milton, VT, May 27, 2012 Renelle P. Godbout ’99, Colchester, VT, November 20, 2012 John E. Bertsch G’07, December 11, 2012

Patricia Burns Conant, 75, of South Burlington, died Feb. 1, 2013, in the Respite House of Williston, VT, surrounded by her family. She worked at Champlain College for 48 years, starting out as a teacher and retiring as the associate director of Admissions. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1958 with a BS in Business Administration. She was married to John Marshall Barrett Conant, who died in 1978. She loved the outdoors, and was an avid flower gardener.

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2K 4 2M & You

Meeting the Challenge

Ollie Fischera ’13—Winchester, Mass. “I support 2K 4 2M because of the vast knowledge, positive experiences, and memories I will take away from my time at Champlain. Along with the rest of the Senior Class Gift Committee, I am raising funds for our class gift of the Champlain Bee Apiary. This apiary is the first living, learning laboratory on campus. I am committed to giving back to Champlain because I hope many other students will continue to utilize Champlain’s robust offerings to obtain the one-of-a-kind learning experience the College offered me. I look forward to reaching the 2K 4 2M goal and I hope my participation motivates other seniors and graduates to give back and engage with Champlain.”

Nicole Baker ’12—Bristol, Vt. “I am proud to make a gift in honor of Professor Alan Stracke. When I think of Professor Stracke, I can hear his voice and laughter, and can vividly see his smile. I believe that there are many types of great professors. Some teachers have an intense vested interest in the subject they are teaching and try to learn about the lives of their students, and some even become a lifelong friend who inspires students to follow in their footsteps. Professor Stracke embodies all of those characteristics—and then some. He is so incredibly friendly, passionate, and in touch with the world around him. His openness enness and sincerity captivated me. We share similar passions for connecting with different cultures, meeting people, and experiencing their ways of life. “I am grateful to give back to Champlain in honor of a professor who cares so much for his students. Any student who had the chance to study abroad, interact with an exchange student, or travel on a service trip can attest to the amazing transformation that occurs when we engage with different cultures and travel to new lands. I am proud to say that my gift in honor of Alan Stracke will enable others to walk down the cobbled streets of Dublin, swim at the base of waterfalls in Costa Rica, hike a section of the Great Wall of China, or volunteer in a remote village. Professor Stracke aims to create opportunities for others to follow their passions, and I am delighted to make a gift in honor of his retirement.”

Jason Langley ’01—Houlton, Me. “I am proud to make a gift in support of Jim Ellefson, my favorite instructor, and hope that the amount I give back will continue to grow in the years to come. I was nervous upon my arrival at Champlain and remember approaching Professor Ellefson regarding a paper and we simply started talking. He helped me feel as though I belonged at Champlain and instilled the confidence I needed to succeed. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Champlain and professors like Jim Ellefson. Many people at Champlain, including the Information Services (IS) Department, provided an environment and culture that gave students like me the best chance to succeed. As a student, that’s all we can ask for. I think about folks like Professor Ellefson and the IS Department every day and will be forever grateful for all they have done for me.”

Randy Clarke ’61—Underhill, Vt. “I returned to Champlain College last fall for a reunion. More than 50 years had passed since I had set foot on campus, and I am eager to return to campus again and encourage you to do the same. It sure has changed for the better, and I am pleased to be an annual donor. I have realized that I did not have all the answers after graduation, but I am glad I graduated from Champlain. I learned how to succeed in life and appreciate all that Champlain did for me.”

2K 4 2M Challenge = 2,000 alumni gifts (of ANY size) Champlain College will receive $2 million from an inspired donor who believes in YOU.

What inspires you to give?

Let your voice be heard! Thank a favorite professor or shout out to classmates with a favorite memory. Tell us why you are giving to our Alumni Challenge when you make your gift here: or call Annual Giving Director Sarah Bunnell ’05 at (802) 865-5428. Champlain View | Spring 13


At The White House: John King â&#x20AC;&#x2122;75,SUHVLGHQW DQG&(2RI9HUPRQW 3XEOLF7HOHYLVLRQDQG KLVZLIH&KHU\O.LQJ WRS ULJKW KDGSULPHVHDWV EHKLQG3UHVLGHQW%DUDFN 2EDPDDQG)LUVW/DG\ 0LFKHOOH2EDPDIRU Âł0HPSKLV6RXO,Q 3HUIRUPDQFHDWWKH:KLWH +RXVH´.LQJLVDPHPEHU RIWKH3%6%RDUGRI 'LUHFWRUV7KHVKRZZLOO DLUDJDLQRQ937LQ-XQH DQGLVDYDLODEOHRQOLQHDW ZZZSEVRUJ (continued from page 27) technologist and medical assistant. He got together recently with some of his classmates to celebrate with Laura Duval â&#x20AC;&#x2122;10 and her husband Dan for their baby shower. Chris Kiernan â&#x20AC;&#x2122;10, Jamie Bellinger â&#x20AC;&#x2122;10, Aimee Long â&#x20AC;&#x2122;10, and Miranda Warner â&#x20AC;&#x2122;10 also attended. Tiffany Dragon â&#x20AC;&#x2122;11 graduated in August 2012 from the UNC Hospitals of Nuclear Medicine Technology program in Chapel Hill, NC. Lindsey Gauthier â&#x20AC;&#x2122;11 is a merchandising analyst for Ralph Lauren.

Michael Julian â&#x20AC;&#x2122;11 is working in real estate development and is an owner/member of ADAM Industries. Tammy Masse â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 and Amanda Lamb were married Aug. 4, 2012, in Burlington. Jaime Lynne Piche â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 and Zachary Rodney Burdick were married Sept. 28, 2012. Heather Frank â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 and Gannon Wallach were married Nov. 3, 2012.

Youth & Family Services and in an Internet marketing position at Union Street Media. Nicholas Galante â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 has ^VYRLKVUZL]LYHSĂ&#x201E;STWYVQLJ[Z PUJS\KPUNMLH[\YLĂ&#x201E;STZHZHNYPW with classmate Justin Derry. He has also been a second cameraman Ă&#x201E;STPUNHTVU[OSVUNKVJ\TLU[HY` with William Babcock, another Champlain classmate. That took him across the country in 30 days, from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco, while stopping in many of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major cities along the way. He is currently living in New York City. Holly E. Poulin â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 is an HR coordinator at Vermont Mutual Insurance Group, and is enrolled in grad school, in the Mediation and (WWSPLK*VUĂ&#x2026;PJ[:[\KPLZWYVNYHTH[ Champlain College.

Shane D. Mispel â&#x20AC;&#x2122;11 was promoted to TD Bank store manager and assistant vice president of the TD Bank Barre, VT, store. He has eight years of banking experience. He joined TD Bank in 2011. Shane is a former active-duty U.S. Marine and serves in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Will McCue â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 is a technical sales associate at Logic Supply.

Matthew Griffes â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 is staff accountant at USA Risk Group of Vermont, Inc.

Colleen Robie â&#x20AC;&#x2122;11 is accounts receivable/billing clerk at Saunders Concrete in Nedrow, NY.

Kimberly Thornton â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 is working on her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Mediation at Champlain, and will graduate this year.

Kayleigh Blanchette â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 is an account relationship specialist at Free Press Media and the Burlington Free Press.

David Downing â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 is executive ]PJLWYLZPKLU[HUKJOPLMĂ&#x201E;UHUJPHS VMĂ&#x201E;JLYVM4PK^LZ[LYU:LY]PJLZ0UJ

Allison Neal â&#x20AC;&#x2122;11 is a tour consultant with Education First College Study Tours in Cambridge, MA. Andrew Korb â&#x20AC;&#x2122;11 is systems administrator for a small network company called Open Approach, Inc. He also started a small-time PU]LZ[TLU[Ă&#x201E;YT2VYIHUK*V Investments, LLC, and a small investment fund, based in Bitcoins, the virtual cryptocurrency. He lives in South Burlington, VT. Tomas Quinones â&#x20AC;&#x2122;11 is staff writer for the MTGFanatic website. George Hanerfeld â&#x20AC;&#x2122;11 is management and program analyst for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Audrey Holm-Hansen â&#x20AC;&#x2122;94, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;11 worked for IBM after graduation from Champlain, got married in 2007, joined Champlainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alumni Council, and then became a Champlain student again in 2009. After completing the Paralegal *LY[PĂ&#x201E;JH[LWYVNYHTPU


she retired from Vermontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Air National Guard and now uses the knowledge gained from her paralegal studies to do volunteer work.

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Daniel Ritter â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 is a staff writer MVYHĂ&#x201E;UHUJPHSTLKPH^LIZP[L>HSS St. Cheat Sheet.

Gunther Fox â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 is a software development engineer at Microsoftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Turn 10 Studios. Sarah Stermole â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 lives in the Albany, NY region, and works remotely for WORK[etc], a software company based in Australia. Lorelei Jackson â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 lives in Hartford, CT, and teaches at an all-boys private school. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teaching 5th, 6th, and 7th grade writing, as well as 5th grade basic skills. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an Americorps fellow through June 2013. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll begin graduate school to obtain her MSc in August 2013 in the United Kingdom. Yongchang (Tracy) Chen â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 is a staff accountant at Jay Peak Resort. Chelsy Jenkins â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 is an early childhood behavioral interventionist with the Howard Center. Erica Viscio â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 works as a respite staff member at Spectrum

Stephanie Kissel â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 is the international and business development manager at Genova Diagnostics after having obtained her MSL from Champlain College. She is now in charge of maintaining and growing distribution networks in 43 countries, editing, negotiating, and executing contracts. She also works with senior leadership and attorneys on patents, trademarks, and FDA approvals. Hilary Hess â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 is the social media and web specialist at Vermont Public Television. James Wardwell â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 was appointed chief of police of the New Britain Police Dept. in New Britain, CT, on January 23, 2013. Gregg McNelis â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 and Kelsey Tighe are engaged. A summer 2014 wedding is planned. Brian Higbee â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 is a cyber fraud investigator for PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Class of 2013 gathered for the annual Senior Dinner and Awards evening in early April to celebrate their successes and the approaching Commencement in May. Look for more photos and videos from dinner and Commencement on Facebook and

Champlain 2013 Graduate & Trustee Dinner


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Champlain View  

A magazine for alumni, parents and friends of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.

Champlain View  

A magazine for alumni, parents and friends of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.