Champlain College celebrated faculty and staff accomplishments during the 2017-18 Academic Year at the annual recognition event, held Wednesday, May 16 in the Argosy Gymnasium.
150 Years of Service by Longtime Employees
We would like recognize the faculty and staff who have been with Champlain College for 20 or 25 years. We thank you for your commitment to the College and appreciate your service to our community. This year, we have five individuals who have reached 20-years, and two individuals who have reached 25 years.
Recognition Awards to Individuals and Groups
Dare Award - Vikki Gauvin and Patrick DiMambro
The Dare award originated in 2014 and is presented to faculty or staff members who has made significant contributions to meeting objectives which support the 2020 plan. The President’s Cabinet has an annual evaluation process to decide the recipient. In the Fall, the College launched a new budget process for
Fiscal year 2019, Strategic Budget Planning. This was in an effort to improve the stewardship of our students’ tuition dollars and enhance the student experience. The Finance Office endeavored on the journey of implementing this new approach to reimagine the way that constituents across the institution think about spending. The goals were to help enhance the culture of collaboration and transparency. Vikki Gauvin and Patrick DiMambro have served as leaders at the institution to create a process, build tools, educate campus, and serve as partners to lead the institution through this change.
David J. Provost Wellbeing Award- Susyn Dees, (left) presented by Debra Dayman.
This award recognizes the individual who exemplify the spirit, enthusiasm and commitment modeled by David Provost in supporting Champlain College Wellbeing. David was instrumental in getting the Champlain Wellbeing program started in 2012. He modeled behaviors around his own physical, social, community, financial and career well being. This year’s recipient was a member of the Wellbeing team in its early years. She has continued to be an advocate and supporter of Champlain’s Wellbeing programs. She is also a model for individual wellbeing and supports her community in teaching a Hitt class. This year’s recipient is Susyn Dees. Susyn,
Staff Council Award - Joe Williams, presented by Christina Erickson
Each year, the Staff Council Award is presented to a staff member that actively engaged in helping to make Champlain College a great place to work. This year's winner modestly brings so much for our community in terms of his enthusiasm, commitment and attitude. He is involved in Staff Council, Student Employment Committee, shows spirit on different holidays which engages fun with students. He participates in Champlain events and always works to create a supportive and inclusive environment for all employees. We are lucky to have him. The 2018 winner of the Staff Council Award is: Joe Williams
John Lavallee Innovation Award - Salesforce/TargetX implementation Team, presented by Diana Matot.
This award annually recognizes the person or group of people behind a technology solution, process improvement or innovation effort that has had a significant, positive impact for Champlain College. This can touch any part of Champlain College. And consideration was given to a variety of innovations using as broad and inclusive a definition of positive impact as possible. We are now in our sixth year of recognizing technology and process improvement initiatives.
These team members were involved in the Salesforce/TargetX implementation for Traditional Undergrad and Continuing Professional Studies Recruitment: Meghan Daly, Melissa Marcello, Marianna Nowacki, Ellie Denton, Meghan Haley, Leandre Waldo, Hannah Rounds, Karen Heil, Ginger Pressey, Chris Perlongo, Jen Perlee and Cooper Fellows.
Twice in the course of a faculty career, members of the Champlain faculty are eligible to apply for promotion to the next rank of faculty. Today we honor and celebrate our colleagues who have been promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor. Extensive virtual portfolios are prepared by each group of eligible applicants over months, documenting years of teaching, service, and professional development accomplishment and learning. For the faculty peer committee members, the President, and I, these substantial reading experiences steep us in the contributions of talented faculty members and give us great pride in Champlain.
Assistant Professor to Associate Professor: (l-r) Kristin Wolf, Rowshan Nemazee, Dean Lawson, Kenneth Howell, Tarn Foerg, Valerie Esposito, with Provost Laurie Quinn and President Donald Laackman.
Provost Laurie Quinn announced promotions from Associate Professor to Professor: (l-r) Sanford Zale, Robert Mayer and Craig Pepin, with Champlain President Donald Laackman.
Robert P. Stiller Endowed Chair.
Professor Lindsey Godwin has been named the College’s Robert P. Stiller Endowed Chair. The Stiller Chair provides strategic planning and leadership for the Cooperrider Center; ensures the highest quality academic program development in the Center’s educational activities, provides global thought leadership and cultivates relationships on behalf of the Center, SSB, and Champlain; and is the scholarly leader for the knowledge incubation held at the Center.
The next three awards are the Elizabeth Durick Staff Award, the Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award and the Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship Award. Each of these awards reinforces that people are at the heart of Champlain. They acknowledge that we each have an active role to play in achieving our vision to become the finest, small professionally and globally focused college in the United States.