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Champlain College 2017 A look back on the year

The Class of 2021 gathers on the Finney Quad during Orientation.

December is a time of reflection as the fall semester wraps up and the new year awaits. Here's a look at some of the College's accomplishments and highlights from 2017. Catch up on all the news and stories of the past year at http://www.champlain.edu/news

2017

January

Champlain Launches New Masters in Human Relations and Organizational Development

Champlain College, ranked among The Princeton Review's Best Colleges, announced the launch of its specialized Master of Science in Human Relations and Organization Development (HR/OD). The degree will equip graduates to manage talent and nurture business growth across the public sector, nonprofits, and private industry. According to an industry study, human capital is critical to growth, which is why leaders worldwide are making HR a key function to business operations.

February

Champlain Hosts Digital Threats Forum

Events both national and local in the last few months have made clear how important cyber security is to organizations of all sizes - so what are today's threats and how should you respond if your organization is targeted? Champlain College and the U.S. Department of Justice hosted a free one-day conference outlining key current cyber threats to organizations of all sizes, as well as tactics to prepare and to respond to those threats.

March
The Senior Game Show is one of the signature events of the Game Studio Program at Champlain

Champlain's Undergrad Game Design Program Ranks #14 in 2017 Princeton Review "Top 50"

The Princeton Review released its eighth annual ranking lists naming the best undergraduate and graduate schools for students to study and launch a career in-game design. Champlain College's undergraduate Game Design program is ranked #14 in The Princeton Review's "Top 50 Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2017."

April
Ann DeMarle, director of the EMC, the Maker Lab at EMC, and the SpaceBox Game from the Sandbox Team.

Innovative Learning Celebrated on Emergent Media Center's 10th Anniversary

The Champlain College Emergent Media Center (EMC) celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Wednesday, April 19, at the Champlain Room in the Center for Communication and Creative Media. The celebration marks a decade of "change-making student innovation" according to EMC Director and founder, Ann DeMarle. The EMC is one of Champlain College's first academic Centers of Excellence. By partnering with industry, public institutions and nonprofits, it offers a laboratory/studio environment where students collaborate with each other, faculty and clients to develop new concepts, processes, and emergent applications such as games, apps and virtual forms.

May
NBC's Al Roker and Cybersecurity expert Renee Forney received honorary degrees.

Champlain Holds Two Commencements For Largest Class in College's 139-Year History

Champlain College President Donald J. Laackman conferred more than 1,100 associate, bachelor's and master's degrees to the largest graduating class in the College's history on Saturday, May 13. For the first time in the College's history, two separate commencement ceremonies were held on the same day to accommodate the burgeoning class that has seen its greatest growth in online education while maintaining a strong traditional undergraduate base. President Laackman conferred 505 bachelor's and 11 associate degrees during the morning's 139th Commencement. An additional 207 undergraduate bachelor's degrees, 37 associate degrees and 399 master's degrees were conferred in the afternoon at the Commencement ceremony for Continuing Professional Studies (Online) and master's degree students.

August
Stiller School of Business Dean Scott Baker.

New Dean of Stiller School of Business Announced

Champlain College Provost and Senior Vice President for Academics Laurie Quinn has announced that Scott H. Baker has been named Dean of the Stiller School of Business (SSB), after successfully completing a national search process. Baker began in his new role on July 1. "I have every confidence that Scott will contribute his talents as a dedicated, visionary, and collaborative leader as we move forward together to advance what is already great in SSB and to position our School of Business for long-term thriving," Quinn noted. The Stiller School of Business at Champlain continues the College's 139-year-old tradition of agility and relevance by offering outstanding degree programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Game Production Management, International Business, Management and Innovation and Marketing. It is home to the David L. Cooperrider Center, the global Center of Excellence in Appreciative Inquiry and strengths-based organizational management.

September

'Most Innovative School' in North for Third Year According to U.S. News 2018 'Best Colleges'

Champlain College has been named a "Most Innovative School" in the North for the third year in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" 2018 publication. Champlain is also a top 100 Regional University in the North, among more than 650 institutions providing graduate and undergraduate education. U.S. News's 2018 rankings look at colleges in four regional categories of institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts and professional fields. The North regional ranking includes all colleges and universities in New England, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Cooperrider Center Director Lindsey Godwin and Provost Laurie Quinn.

Champlain College's Cooperrider Center to Host Positive Education Summit Planning Session

Studies show that increasing a sense of students' well-being leads to improved learning and success in careers and life. To that end, Champlain College and the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) are teaming up to accelerate positive education in schools around the world from early childhood on up to higher education and beyond. Champlain College's David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry in the Stiller School of Business and IPEN will hold a World Positive Education Accelerator June 25-28, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. More than 1,200 participants from nearly two dozen countries are expected to attend IPEN's Second Festival of Positive Education and Appreciative Inquiry Summit. The goal of the 2018 meeting will be to design a plan to strengthen and advance positive education globally.

October
Gretchen Morse, Sarah Soule and former Vt. Gov. Madeleine Kunin at the 30-year celebration of the Single Parents Scholarship Program.

Champlain College's Single Parents Scholarship Program Has Been Changing Lives for 30 Years

Champlain College's Single Parents Program (SPP), which has helped more than 650 students graduate since 1987, will mark its 30th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Champlain Room at the Center for Communication and Creative Media .Among those celebrating three decades of scholarship support at the event will be former Vt. Gov. Madeleine Kunin and Gretchen Morse, former executive director of the United Way of Chittenden County, and Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services during the Kunin administration.

A decade of international education in Montreal was celebrated this fall. Highlights included a look back at the original ribbon cutting, to an ambitious timeline, reuniting old friends and sharing student success stories.

Montreal Campus Celebrates 10 Years

MONTREAL, Quebec - Champlain College celebrated the 10th anniversary of opening its Montreal campus on Oct. 12 with a special exhibit and reception at Phi Centre. The evening highlighted the work of Champlain's Game Studio students, showcased 10 years of career success stories, welcomed industry partners, and marked the start of the next chapter in charting the future of emergent media for its students. Champlain College President Donald J. Laackman and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academics Laurie Quinn led the delegation of trustees, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters north from Burlington, Vt., for the celebration.

Diversity and Inclusion Programs on Campus

A number of diversity and inclusion events highlighted the year, including: the raising of the rainbow and Black Lives Matter flags in the IDX Student Life Center; the Women's Empowerment Conference in the spring, Champlain's first Lavendar Graduation ceremony; and the new rainbow and BLM crosswalks added to campus this fall. Diversity and Inclusion training for faculty and staff continued throughout the year.

November

Champlain College Joins State Coalition Pledging Carbon Reduction at Energy & Climate Summit

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, Vt. Gov. Phil Scott, members of the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition, and the Energy Action Network (EAN) hosted the Vermont Energy and Climate Summit at Champlain College's Center for Communications and Creative Media in November. More than 175 individuals from organizations, institutions, and businesses all over the state plus student volunteers attended the Summit, which was promised as part of the launch of the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition earlier this year. The Coalition, created by Weinberger with Gov. Scott's support and coordinated by the City of Burlington, is intended to help achieve the December 2015 Paris Climate Agreement pledge by the United States and to complement State goals established in prior years.

December

Champlain College CFL Releases Third High School Financial Literacy Report

States are making modest improvements in personal finance education standards, but they still have a long way to go, according to the third report card on state efforts to improve financial literacy in American high schools. John Pelletier, director of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, which produced the report card, says American high schools have improved incrementally, in part because previous report cards have energized debates and legislation in many states.

Stiller School of Business Earns Full Accreditation

The Stiller School of Business has been “Fully Accredited Without Conditions” by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Special thanks go to Jen Vincent for coordinating the project for the past two years, the site visit and being lead writer on the Self-Study Reports. and to all the staff and faculty who contributed to the effort, said SSB Dean Scott Baker. ACBSP's accreditation process focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.

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