Champlain College Announces 2013 Alumni Award Recipients

Burlington, VT -- Champlain College will honor eight exceptional alumni on May 2 for various accomplishments and career achievements. In announcing the 2013 Alumni Award recipients, President David F. Finney said, "Their career successes elevate Champlain College, strengthen the local economy, and keep its workforce vibrant. These alumni remain committed to supporting Champlain College and exemplify the entrepreneurial and passionate spirit of their alma mater."

The alumni awards will be presented beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the IDX Student Life Center Argosy Gym on campus, according to Hannah Campbell, alumni relations director for Champlain. The 2013 award recipients are:

  • Gordon Tittemore Legacy Award: The Handy Family - Earl '96 and Alexis Handy '95, owners of Handy's Lunch on Maple Street, - a family owned and operated Burlington business for three generations. Handy's Lunch was opened by Earl's grandparents, Earl and Flora Handy, in 1945. In 1996, Earl Handy took over the business, becoming the third generation to be part of the legacy. Earl's father, Robert, and Earl's three sisters, Lisa, Mary and Roberta, also hold degrees from Champlain College.
  • Roger H. Perry Alumni Leadership Award: Travis M. Mears '06 graduated from Champlain College with degrees in Public Relations, Media Communications, and Liberal Studies. Mears was an involved student from day one, serving as a resident assistant (RA), senior RA, admissions tour guide, and technical assistant. Originally from Bennington, Vt., Mears now lives in Tacoma, WA. He has spent the past four months sailing to 16 cities in 12 different countries around the world as the living learning coordinator/resident director for Semester at Sea.
  • Bader Brouilette Alumni Leadership Award: Jonathan T. Rajewski G'09 is an assistant professor in the Computer & Digital Forensic program at Champlain College. Aside from his teaching responsibilities, he is a member of the Vermont Internet Crimes Task Force serving law enforcement and governmental entities. He is also a director and principle investigator with the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation. He won the 2011 Digital Forensic Examiner of the Year award and in 2012 was recognized as one of the nation's top 300 professors by The Princeton Review.
  • Robert A. Skiff Alumni Leadership Award: Audrey M. Holm-Hansen '94, '11 received an AS in electrical technology from Champlain College in 1994 as a part-time student and full-time IBM employee, after having already received a BS in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS in computer science from the University of Vermont. Before retiring from the Vermont Air National Guard last year, Holm-Hansen used Champlain's tuition discount benefit to complete the Legal Studies program and earned her paralegal certificate in 2011. She's currently using her education by serving pro bono as condo board president and PRD board treasurer. She has also served on the Champlain Alumni Council and remains a dedicated volunteer and alumna.
  • President's Alumni Leadership Award: Cynthia (Cindy) R. Allen '09 graduated from Champlain College with a degree in public relations. Immediately after graduation, Allen worked as a marketing assistant at Cambridge College before settling into her current position as marketing associate at New England Biolabs in Ipswich, Mass. Allen has also done exceptional work as the current president of the Boston Alumni Chapter. For Allen, the energy of Champlain College has continued to resonate long after graduation and drives her passion for connecting with her fellow Alumni.
  • The Vermont Alumni Leadership Award: John H. Crabbe, Jr. '75 studied Business at Champlain College and has brought national acclaim to Vermont and his company as a direct result of the education he received here. He founded Vermont Tent Company in 1976 with a starting inventory of just one tent. Under his leadership, Vermont Tent has become nationally recognized as a leader and innovator in the event rental industry. In addition to being a savvy businessman, Crabbe is a loyal community citizen and philanthropist, supporting Dismas House, the Burlington Boys and Girls Club, Spectrum, and Mercy Connections.
  • The Vermont Alumni Leadership Award: Manon L. O'Connor '86 is senior director of development for the Vermont Cancer Center, a jointly administered collaboration between Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont where she has been instrumental in bringing in transformative gifts for the Center. She is currently on the board of the YMCA and her service to the Cancer Patient Support Program is unparalleled.

Following the Alumni Awards celebration, the College will honor retiring Champlain Professor Alan Stracke at 5:30 p.m. reception. Stracke is retiring after 40 years at Champlain. "Enjoy Caribbean-inspired food, island drinks, and dancing as we celebrate a beloved professor, mentor, and friend," Campbell said. "Help us honor Alan with a gift of $10 or more to the Stracke Reid Cultural Immersion Scholarship Fund, a project near and dear to his heart."

RSVP to Campbell at hcampbell@champlain.edu or (802) 860-2747.

For more information about alumni events, visit http://www.champlain.edu/alumni.


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.