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.

Read more: http://www.wptz.com/news/29945580/detail.html#ixzz1g3KGH2GX

Watch the video http://www.wptz.com/news/29945580/detail.html

Learn more about Game Design at Champlain College 
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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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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mayoral Contenders To Debate Thursday on WPTZ

Mayoral Contenders To Debate Thursday - News Story - WPTZ Plattsburgh

WPTZ Online Will Livestream The Event Thursday Starting At Noon

Newschannel Five's Stewart Ledbetter will moderate a debate between Burlington mayoral contenders Miro Weinberger and Tim Ashe starting at noon on Thursday from Champlain College’s Aiken Hall. You can watch it live on wptz.com starting at noon or catch it on our sister channel “This TV” starting at 8 p.m. “This TV” is carried on Comcast Channel 302 and Burlington Telecom channel 305.

Read more: http://www.wptz.com/news/29943431/detail.html#ixzz1fsxDJfFl

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ethan Allen Biography

Bee Cozy Hats

Shelby Dickinson, a sophomore at Champlain College and part of the BYOBiz program, will be selling her handmade hats at the Holiday Hoopla craft fair on Thursday in Hauke Conference Room from 11 to 3. Ask her how to get the freshest hats!

Master's of Early Childhood Education at Champlain

Inaugural Masters of Education Class of 2011 Meets in Orlando
Early Childhood Educator Laurel Bongiorno Leads New Champlain College Graduate Program
By Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain News
BURLINGTON, Vt. – A new Champlain College master’s degree in early childhood education (M.Ed) began earlier this fall under the direction of program director Laurel Bongiorno. This is the eighth graduate program for Champlain, combining the convenience of 24/7 online courses and face-to-face learning in one short residency experience.
“With each passing year, the bar is being raised in early childhood education regarding which credentials are required to fulfill the different roles and responsibilities,” explained Bongiorno, who has been a full-time faculty member in Champlain’s education program for more than 12 years.
“While an increasing number of states require higher levels of education for early childhood educators, the offerings for graduate-level degree programs that can be achieved while still working full time are virtually non-existent,” she noted.  Additionally, there is a demand for professional administration of early childhood programs—yet few degrees exist specifically oriented toward management. The inaugural class was made up of 20 students from Texas to Germany.  
There are three start points per year in September, January and May. Graduation requires 36 credit hours and a residency, usually being completed in one and a half years. Applications are accepted year round.  To begin in January 2012, applications are due Dec. 9. Visit www.champlain.edu/med for more information.

Speak Easy

Got the end of semester blues?  Just hanging in there?

Drop in for a bit of holiday cheer and final exam decompression at the last Speak Easy
of the semester,Thursday (12/8) in the IDX Fireside Lounge.  Stop by anytime between
2:30 and 4:15, for fuel for the final push, featuring the usual assortment of fine libations and
victuals, and some intellectual or social nourishment for the holiday season. 

As always, open to all members of the Champlain community. Come with friends or to meet new friends.

What is Speak Easy?
Speak Easy is a forum for all people at Champlain to get to know each other a little better, to feel a little more connected, to meet other students, faculty and staff outside our classes, departments, and disciplines in a relaxed, informal environment.  Come for a few minutes, or a few hours, hang out and talk about – or listen to – whatever you want.  
Craig Pepin, Assistant Dean for Assessment, Assistant Professor, Core Division

Credit for Life at Champlain

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Champlain College students had a chance recently to test their budgeting skills for life after graduation through an afternoon of budgeting simulation.
While graduation is still a few years away, more than 100 first-year students took advantage of a Life Experience & Action Dimension (LEAD) program presented with the help of Champlain's Center for Financial Literacy and sponsorship from People's United Bank.

Holiday Hoopla

 Thursday, Dec. 8 from 11 am to 3 p.m. in Hauke Conference Room to benefit "Teach for Tomorrow"

The Champlain College Views 2012 Calendar
$5 from every calendar sold will be donated to the Champlain College United Way Campaign Fund
This is a Limited Edition Calendar featuring the people and places of Champlain College, photographed by Stephen Mease, Public Information and News Director. 
Also note cards, postcards, magnets and assorted Post card grab bags. 

Mid-Year Graduation Celebration

A celebration to mark the December graduation of  Champlain College students was held Monday, Dec. 5 at Roger H. Perry Hall. This new tradition was started under the direction of Elisabeth Muroski, '11.5. Offering remarks were President David Finney, Provost Robin Abramson and Alumni Director Alison Johnson.