Above: The incoming Class of 2020 gathers on Finney Quad during Orientation Weekend in August.
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 2016. Catch up on all the news and stories of the past year at http://www.champlain.edu/news
The Year in Review - 2016
Launch VT Collegiate Finalists on Campus
LaunchVT Collegiate came to Champlain College in Februrary featuring top college student entrepreneurs from campuses across Vermont vying for a spot in the finals of LaunchVT, a statewide business pitch competition offering a $30,000 first prize. The effort to create the competition aimed at college students has been led by Champlain College's Build Your Own Business (BYOBiz) Director Robert Bloch, who worked to bring nine Vermont higher education institutions together with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Small Business Development Center.
Champlain's truED's 1st Anniversary with OPM
Champlain College celebrated the one-year anniversary of the truED® alliance with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in April. The agreement provides Federal employees, spouses, and eligible adult dependents access to affordable online education in mission-critical and highly competitive fields.
Grace Potter, Katherine Paterson Honored
Champlain College President Donald J. Laackman conferred 537 associate and bachelor degrees to one of the largest graduating classes in the College's history on Saturday, May 14 under an enormous tent spanning the entire Edmunds School athletic field next to the College. More than 4,000 people attended the 138th annual Commencement ceremony with even more watching the simulcast online. The College's 138th Undergraduate Commencement presented honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees to Vermont musician Grace Potter of Waitsfield and noted author Katherine Paterson of Barre.
Rainbow Crosswalk Added to Campus Crossing
A rainbow-colored crosswalk connecting the Champlain College campus was installed on South Willard Street on Wednesday, Sept. 28 to both serve as a symbol of inclusiveness and to make the busy crosswalk safer for students and neighbors.
Champlain 'Most Innovative School' Again!
Champlain College has again been named among the "Most Innovative Schools" in the North in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" 2017 publication. A major change for Champlain College happened in the annual rankings as it moved up from consideration as a "Regional College" to "Regional Universities" classification. The category shift represents Champlain's evolution as an institution that provides a full range of graduate programs in addition to traditional undergraduate education. The size of the comparison pools is also significantly different -- there are 334 colleges in the "Regional Colleges" category versus 653 in the "Regional Universities" category. Champlain is ranked #91 in the new "Regional University" listing for 2017. It was #14 in the previous year's "Regional Colleges" ranking. Champlain is also cited as one of the "Best College for Veterans," in the Regional Universities category.
Career Collaborative Reimagines Fall Conference
Champlain College's Career Collaborative presented a new framework for a professional career day during its inaugural 2016 Fall Career Conference in October. The expanded format included a keynote address and panel of speakers including several division-specific panels of industry experts in the morning, followed by the traditional fall career fair in the afternoon. The day-long event on campus was open to the public.
Interactive Digital Partnerships with BTV Airport
Champlain College celebrated the launch of two new interactive experiences at the Burlington International Airport (BTV) created by students at the Champlain College Emergent Media Center in October. Developed using skeletal tracking technology and intuitive design, "Flight" gives visitors a dreamlike experience of flying and "Graffiniti" gives visitors the ability to paint on a large digital canvas.
TruEd Online Expands Reach to Military
Champlain College announced beginning January 2017, active duty service members, National Guard members and members from Reserve Components of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their spouses and eligible adult dependents now have access to more than 50 nationally ranked, online post-secondary undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates at up to 70 percent off standard tuition through its truED® program.