Friday, August 3, 2012

Academic Tour of Ireland in June 2012


KilKennyThe Offices of the President and International Education at Champlain College will offer an academic 10-day tour of Ireland and Dublin June 1-10, 2012, for staff, faculty, students, alumni, and friends of Champlain College.  The tour, led by faculty and staff of Champlain College Dublin, offers participants an insider understanding of the country, its people, and its culture and a chance to see Champlain College Academic Center and learn more about the study abroad program.
Tour leaders include Stephen Robinson, Director of Champlain College Dublin and an expert on landscape; Kelli Maoileoin-Dublin faculty member and expert on early Irish history and other faculty and staff of Champlain College.
Highlights of the Republic of Ireland itinerary include a walking tour of historic Dublin, a visit to the Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament) and the opportunity to visit Trinity College Dublin and the Book of Kells.  Beyond Dublin, the tour features trips through the Irish countryside and West Coast and to Inishmore (largest of the Aran Islands) where Champlain travelers will visit historic religious sites, enjoy traditional music, Irish cuisine and experience spectacular scenery.  In Northern Ireland, travelers will be guided through Belfast by a local expert to learn more about its history and see how the city has largely rebuilt itself from the destruction of the Troubles.
For the day-by-day itinerary or for any additional questions you may have about the tour, please contact Dr. Stephen Robinson, Director, Champlain College Dublin, at or Kathy Lynn, Office of International Education,  Champlain College Burlington at or (802) 865-6485.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Champlain Single Parents on WCAX The :30

Burlington, Vermont - December 13, 2011
Being a single parent and going back to college can be a life dream, and it can also be stressful. To help these students out, Champlain College started the Single Parent Program. It includes extra support for these students and during the holidays the college helps out even more by getting gifts for the kids of single parents.
Carol Moran-Brown, the Champlain Single Parent Program Director, and Todd Pritchard, a volunteer who coordinates gift giving to students in the program, appeared on The :30 to talk about the program.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Another "Dam Reception" to Honor Chauncey

Come learn the history and folklore of Champlain's favorite mascot - Chauncey the Beaver and see a collection of artifacts from the collection of Diana Agusta celebrating him and his kind on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Miller Information Common. 
I hear there will be peppermint bark, mud pie and pretzel sticks - It's just another "Dam Reception" to kick off Finals Week.!
Stop by and have your photo taken with Chauncey during the reception! 

You know you want one. 

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Addictive Nature of Video Games

Alec Baldwin had to cut through a mob of news crews Tuesday night. They were at JFK after hearing the star was removed from his original flight from Los Angeles to New York. "It cost us about 45 minutes," one passenger told reporters at the airport.
American Airlines claims Baldwin refused to power down his cell phone when asked, and says the star then became enraged, slamming the bathroom door and calling the flight crew foul names. "And we found out it was Mr. Baldwin," another passenger told media at JFK.
Airport police Sgt. Belinda Nettles said officers did not respond to the incident, the Associate Press reported.
So why this latest entry into the stars-behaving-badly file? A Baldwin spokesman said the actor loves playing the game "Words with Friends" on his smart phone so much, he'd leave a plane for it. It's similar to Scrabble, with a function that allows you to swap text messages with your opponents as you play.
"It's completely interactive," explained game design student Nicole Thayer, a senior at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt.
At Champlain, game design is a popular major. The students call cell phone applications a huge area for growth in the entertainment industry, partially because a lot of people seem almost addicted to the games. "It's possible there was a big distraction factor," MFA student Coby Brownell speculated about the Baldwin incident. "Where you get so absorbed in whatever you're doing, you lose track of time quickly."
"It felt kind of silly of him, honestly," Thayer said of Baldwin.
The "30 Rock" star remembered the plane was just sitting at the gate while he played his game. But the airline indicated there's simply no excuse for causing a commotion. The star's spokesman alleged American Airlines selectively enforced the rules, claiming other passengers managed to get away with using their phones to spread the word about how Baldwin got in trouble.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Innovator Interview - Innovate Section - Burlington Free Press

David Finney, President of Champlain College

David Finney took over as president of Champlain College in July 2005 after a headhunter for the Burlington school tracked him down at New York University, where he was dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, overseeing an operating budget of $120 million. After one visit to Vermont to meet with board members and faculty, he was hooked, Finney says.
The transition from the bright lights of New York to the relatively slower pace of Vermont was not as difficult as might be imagined, even after 20 years of living in the city. Finney, 59, is a Pennsylvania farm boy at heart, and felt right at home. Here he discusses topics ranging from Vermont’s scary demographics to giving the biggest bang for the education buck.

WPTZ Mayoral Debate in Aiken Hall

Newschannel Five's Stewart Ledbetter moderated a debate between Burlington mayoral contenders Miro Weinberger and Tim Ashe Thursday at noon in the Morgan Room at Champlain College’s Aiken Hall. It was a live webcast at noon and will air on WPTZ's sisster channel “This TV” starting at 8 p.m. “This TV” is carried on Comcast Channel 302 and Burlington Telecom channel 305.

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Holiday Special

A close encounter this morning with Ken Wade on campus
shows the holiday spirit is in full bloom as the final days
 of classes approach at Champlain College.

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