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G.W. Thompson founds Burlington Collegiate Institute and Commercial College to prepare young men and women for "the business cares and responsibilities of life."
The College changes its name to Queen City Collegiate Institute and Commercial College.
E. George Evans acquires the school and changes its name to Burlington Business College.
The College is located on Bank Street.
A fire breaks out at noon in the two-room College. A few students climb in a back window to rescue the books—saving nearly all of them. The College is then moved to Main Street, above what is now Muddy Waters Coffee Shop and Nectar's Bar and Lounge.
A. Gordon Tittemore acquires the College. (He would lead it for the next 36 years.)
C. Bader Brouilette, in partnership with Albert Jensen, acquires the College. Brouilette becomes president.
The College changes its name to Green Mountain College of Commerce, which becomes Champlain College of Commerce.
The College moves to the Hill Section of Burlington when President Brouilette purchases and renovates Freeman Hall on South Willard Street, a carriage house constructed as part of the former Morgan family residence.
The College's name is changed to Champlain College.
The Giffords' home on the corner of South Willard and Maple Streets is purchased by the College, and becomes Edith Bader Hall, home to the College's administrative offices and library (now a first year residence hall).
Champlain is accredited as a junior college of business by the Accrediting Commission of Business Schools.
The College builds a wing onto the north end of Freeman Hall to house a student lounge and a 90-seat lecture room. The wing is soon expanded to provide additional laboratory and classroom space.
The Bigelow family home on South Willard Street is purchased and becomes Cushing Hall.
Champlain acquires a punch-card computer.
The College embarks on its first construction project and builds Hamrick Hall, which becomes a student life facility.
The College builds a second wing onto the south end of Freeman Hall to house a library and new classrooms.
Champlain residential students move into the College's first on-campus dormitories: Jensen and Sanders Halls.
Champlain continues to expand its dormitory space with the acquisition of Ward Hall (396 Main Street as of 2001), North House and Smith House.
Champlain receives final approval from the U.S. Treasury to reorganize as a non-profit organization.
Whiting Hall is purchased and becomes a dormitory.
The college purchases Lyman Hall and Brault House (now called Pearl Hall) for use as a dormitories.
The Faculty Senate is formed.
Champlain's new computer, an IBM 1130, arrives in the spring. It has a removable disk drive that holds 256K of storage (one-twenty-eight-hundredth of the space found on a typical CD today).
New programs are initiated in the area of social services throughout the 70s.
An addition is built onto Hamrick Hall.
The College launches a major capital campaign to fund a new academic facility adjoining Freeman Hall, which will be named Joyce Learning Center.
The Joyce Learning Center opens its doors. It houses a computer center, classrooms and an expanded library. The new library space is funded entirely by a gift from President C. Bader Brouilette and his family.
Rowell Hall is purchased and becomes a dormitory.
Champlain gains full accreditation as a Junior College by New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Hill Hall is acquired and becomes a dormitory.
Champlain reorganizes its existing academic programs for traditional students into three Divisions: Business Administration, Secretarial Science and Human Services (later known as Community Services).
The men's alpine ski team wins the national championship.
C. Bader Brouilette retires, and Dr. Robert Skiff is inaugurated as President.
Pearl Annex is remodeled and becomes the Student Services Office.
Women's alpine and mixed ski teams win national championships.
The College celebrates its centennial.
The College purchases 225 South Willard Street (now called McDonald Hall) for use as a dormitory.
The men's alpine ski team wins national championship.
The Winterbotham estate on the corner of South Willard and Main streets is purchased by the College to house administrative offices.
Edith Bader Hall becomes a dormitory.
Champlain opens a Computer Camp for children and Computer Resource Training Center for businesspeople.
The Westervelt estate is purchased and major renovations take place. The main house becomes a dormitory and is named the Lola Aiken Hall. It also houses the Eunice Silsby Morgan Room. The carriage barn is converted into classroom space and is named Hilton Wick Hall.
A new building is erected, housing more classrooms and laboratories. It is named Willett Foster Hall and is home to the Engineering Technology Division.
Both the men and women's alpine ski teams win national championships.
The Support-A-Student Campaign is formed to help provide scholarship money for needy and deserving students.
The women's alpine ski team wins national championship.
The College purchases Kolk House, which is renamed Durick Hall.
The women's alpine ski team wins national championship.
The men's and women's alpine ski teams both win the NJCAA National Championship.
The Single Parents Program is a new joint venture with the State of Vermont.
The women's alpine ski team wins national championship.
The College announces The Campaign for Champlain: Building the Future, a $6.5 million capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of a 28,000-sq.-foot campus center building, financial aid endowment and spendable scholarship money. At this time, it is the largest fund-raising effort ever undertaken by a two-year college.
Construction begins on the Campus Center building in the former location of the Smith House on Maple Street.
Champlain Board of Trustees votes to allow the College to create two-plus-two baccalaureate-level programs in Accounting and Business Management.
312 Maple St., once home to former First Lady Grace Coolidge, is purchased by the College and soon renamed the Grace Goodhue Coolidge House.
Men's and women's alpine ski teams win national championships.
Women's field hockey team wins NJCAA National Championship.
The Hauke family pledges the first million-dollar gift in the College's history and a new campus center is named in their honor.
Champlain's 10,000th graduate crosses the stage at Commencement.
225 South Willard is renamed McDonald Hall after former Director of Admissions Verne McDonald upon his retirement.
Freeman Hall is renovated and reconfigured. The wings added in the 1960s are removed, and the foundations are excavated to create a three-story building.
Vermont Insurance Institute is created at Champlain.
56 Summit Street (a former UVM fraternity, now called Summit Hall) is purchased by the College.
Dr. Roger H. Perry is inaugurated into presidency as Dr. Robert Skiff steps down.
Winterbotham Hall is renamed Skiff Hall in honor of former President Skiff.
The former UVM fraternity Phi Mu Delta on South Willard Street becomes Bankus Hall, and is named after Champlain's Chief Financial Officer, John Bankus.
College begins to offer bachelor's degree programs in Accounting and Business Management, thanks in part to a major donation from philanthropist and educator Walter Cerf.
The College establishes SuccessNet (later referred to as Champlain College Online), Vermont's first computer-based, online distance learning program.
4 Cedar Lane (now called Carriage House) is purchased by the College.
The College adds 20 additional bachelor's programs under the new Division of Professional Studies.
Two new dorms, East House (renamed Schillhammer Hall in June 2008) and South House are added to campus.
Hill Hall is officially designated the International House where many foreign students live with American peers.
Vermont Business Institute is created offering firms, computer training and internet access.
Women's soccer team wins NJCAA National Championship.
Champlain offers its academic programs at satellite campuses in Israel.
The Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Information Commons, the College's state-of-the-art library, welcomes its first students.
The College begins a satellite program in United Arab Emirates.
The first annual Summer Reading Program features a visit by Dominican-born author Julia Alvarez.
Champlain hospitality students operate a new café called "The View."
Terry F. Allen pledges $1.5 million for scholarships for Vermont students.
Governor Howard Dean comes to campus to announce Putnam Investment's new work@home jobs and online training through Champlain College's online Division.
Champlain creates a partnership in India to offer its degree programs to students in that country.
Teen writers descend on Champlain for first annual Young Vermont Writers' Conference.
The College kicks off The Power of Three Capital Campaign to raise funds for three exciting new buildings.
Champlain begins its first master's program in Managing Innovation & Information Technology.
The College hosts Vermont's first Governor's Institute on Information Technology.
The College celebrates its 125-year anniversary.
The first of three new buildings opens to students: The Main Street Suites and Conference Center (now called Boardman Hall).
The campus celebrates the dedication of the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business & Technology, an academic center that enhances Champlain's ability to put students to work on real business and technology projects.
Trustees announce the creation of the College's first endowed chair, naming it in honor of President Roger Perry. The $1 million academic fund is called The Doctor Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair.
Dr. David F. Finney of New York University succeeds Champlain President Dr. Roger H. Perry on July 1, 2005. His Inauguration as the College's seventh President is celebrated on November 19, 2005.
The Champlain College Workforce Development Center is instituted, enhancing the College's capacity to be a catalyst for economic development.
The campus celebrates the September dedication of the IDX Student Life Center. Complete with a gym, fitness center, dining hall and student activity space, it is the third building to be constructed as part of The Power of Three capital campaign.
Champlain welcomes the Vermont Global Trade Partnership to its campus, serving businesses that want to explore markets abroad and putting students to work on trade research.
The College launches its second master's program: a highly integrated online MBA.
The College is ranked in the top tier of the "Best Comprehensive Colleges in the North" by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" in 2006.
The College reorganizes its academic programs for traditional undergraduate and graduate students into four divisions: Business, Communication & Creative Media, Information Technology & Sciences and Education & Human Studies.
The College institutes three new centers on campus: the Emergent Media Center® (EMC), the Center for Digital Investigation, and The Conference and Event Center.
President Finney announces two new scholarship programs: The New American Student Scholarship for students with refugee or asylum status and the Vermont First Scholarship for first-generation college students from the Green Mountain State.
The College launches a new program called Build Your Own Business (BYOBiz®), which assists young entrepreneurs with the startup of their original businesses while they attend Champlain.
The College works with the City of Burlington and its surrounding community to create a new master plan for the campus.
The Division of Continuing Education is renamed the Division of Online and Continuing Education to reflect Champlain's leadership and growth in online programs; the name soon changes to Continuing Professional Studies
Champlain's campus comprises nearly 40 buildings on 22 acres: a blend of Victorian-era mansions and high-tech facilities nestled in Burlington's historic Hill Section.
The College launches the Accounting Excellence Scholarship Fund, celebrating a combined 200 years of teaching excellence by Champlain's Accounting faculty.
Champlain creates a study-abroad campus in the heart of Montreal, Canada. Starting in Fall 2007, students may spend a semester abroad in Montreal taking Champlain courses. It's believed to be the first American campus in Montreal, which is also one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.
Champlain College rolls out its inaugural Vermont First Scholarship, attracting 30 first-generation college students.
Notable author Dave Eggers visits the College.
The College opens two Maple Street residence halls: the newly-constructed Lakeview Hall and Adirondack Hall, an 1897 carriage house that was originally part of the property associated with Champlain's McDonald Hall.
Champlain acquires Woodbury College and creates the Woodbury Institute at Champlain, which provides the foundation for the College's new master's program in Mediation & Applied Conflict Studies.
The College opens its campus in Dublin, Ireland, called Champlain College Dublin.
The BYOBiz program launches its first annual Elevator Pitch Contest.
Governor Jim Douglas announces an incubator project with Champlain College to award grants to small businesses developing state-of-the-art software.
Champlain's Workforce Development Center delivers online workshops in human resource management.
The College purchases the Eagles Club property, located on Maple and St. Paul Streets.
Notable names visit the College: environmental activist Bill McKibben; justice activist Daryl Hunt; author T.C. Boyle; U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy.
The College is ranked in the top tier of "The Best Comprehensive Colleges in the North" by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" in 2009.
The Core Division is established at the College.
The College launches the Life Experience & Action Dimension (LEAD) program.
The College announces the purchase of the Ethan Allen Club on 298 College Street in Burlington.
The College donates use of its Eagle's Club property to COTS to ease housing shortage in the community.
The College is awarded the 2009 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education at the United Nations in NYC.
The Lola P. Aiken Hall is reopened and re-dedicated as a residence hall. The building receives the College's first LEED Gold Rating.
The College hosts a national symposium celebrating the quadricentennial anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's discovery of the region.
The College unveils its new statue of Samuel de Champlain.
The College announces the addition of five new trustees.
Notable names visit College: Congolese playwright and author Pierre Mujomba; leading Chinese environmentalist Wang Canfa; award-winning journalist Amy Goodman; ecologist Patrick Moore.
The College celebrates the grand opening of the Emergent Media Center® (EMC) at the Champlain Mill in Winooski, VT.
The College is ranked in the top three national Continuing Professional Studies (CPS) online degree programs according to the Online Education Database (OEDb).
The College is recognized as one of America's "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges."
The College is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Champlain welcomes its second largest incoming class (Class of 2014) in history—659 first-year students.
Champlain introduces its new Center for Financial Literacy.
The Roger H. Perry Hall on South Willard Street celebrates its grand opening and LEED Platinum certification.
The Emergent Media Center, along with the help of soccer star Samuel Eto'o, releases a soccer game called Breakaway tailored to educate youth on a global level.
The College launches its Master's of Fine Arts in Emergent Media.
Champlain President David Finney is honored at NEBHE's 2010 New England Higher Education Excellence Awards.
Notable people visit Champlain: Sudanese "Lost Boy" John Bul Dau; author Catherine Manegold; travel author Ted Conover.
The College receives an Exemplary Program Award for Improvement in General Education from the Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS).
The Division of Communication & Creative Media at Champlain launches the Champlain College Publishing Initiative (CCPI).
The College hosts its dedication ceremony of the Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI).
The College is named one of the Top 10 places to study game design by GamePro magazine.
The College is ranked 13th in the "Best Regional Colleges in the North," 17th in the "Best Classroom Experience" and third in the "Class Discussions Are Encouraged" by The Princeton Review as part of The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition.
Champlain professor Jonathan Rajewski is named the "Top Digital Investigator of the Year" by Forensics 4Cast.
Champlain introduces The Miller Center at Lakeside Campus.
Champlain professor Gary Scudder receives the VT Professor of the Year award by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
The College has its first graduates who experienced four years of the Core Curriculum.
Champlain Vice President, David Provost, receives the Community Excellence Award from the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The Emergent Media Center wins the Ambassador Award from the 6th annual Vermont Tech Jam for being a leader in technology and blending business and learning.
The College receives a $10 million gift from the Stiller Family Foundation and renames its business school to the Robert P. Stiller School of Business.
The College is ranked in the top 15 Regional Colleges in the North according to the 2013 edition of "America's Best Colleges" released by U.S. News & World Report.
The College is featured in The Princeton Review's "The Best 376 Colleges" in 2013. Champlain is also ranked second in the "Best Classroom Experience" category and eighth in the "Got Game?" category.
The College opens Juniper Hall, a LEED certified residence hall.
The College acquires 371 Main Street, a former UVM fraternity now converted into a first-year residence hall.
The College renovates Bader Hall into an energy efficient undergraduate residence hall.
The College launches its six-day summer immersion program, Imagine College.
The College is re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
Champlain's library receives the 2012 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
The College is included in The Princeton Review's "Guide to 322 Green Colleges."
Six of Champlain's faculty members are included in The Princeton Review's "Best 300 Professors": J.C. Ellefson, English (Creative Writing); Jonathan Rajewski, Digital Forensics; John P. Rogate, Computer Science; Eric Ronis, Communication; Alan Stracke, Sociology and Janice Gohm Webster, English.
The Roger H. Perry Welcome and Admission Center receives LEED Platinum certification.
Champlain students launch The Lodge, a student-run coffee and snack shop.
Champlain Dublin students help launch Hireland, an employment initiative in Ireland.
The Veterans Memorial is dedicated to the members of the military and their families, past and present, who are a part of the Champlain community.
The College is designated "Best Training or Professional Education" in the annual Champlain Business Journal's "Best of the Best" business awards.
A group of Champlain students travels to El Salvador to tackle gender-based violence with the Emergent Media Center.
Champlain College is named a National Center of Excellence for Digital Forensics by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).
Burlington, Vermont, is named a US Ignite Partner, and the City of Burlington becomes a Gigabit City.
Champlain College's re-branded website is nominated in two categories in eduStyle Higher-ed Web Awards.
Champlain College and PH International partner together to host a one-week Youth Tech Camp at the College.
Champlain College Game Studio teams win top awards for their game 'Quibly Ball' at Ubisoft's North American Academia Game Lab competition.
The College's Annual Giving and Alumni Relations team receives a CASE Excellence Award. (Specifically, the solicitation strategy, marketing materials and communications plan from the 2K 42M Annual Giving Challenge earns a silver award in the Annual Giving Programs category.)
Burlington, Vermont, is named the "#1 "Best College Town" in America by Travel + Leisure Magazine.
The Atlantic releases an article about Champlain, "What Would an Ideal College Look Like? A Lot Like This," as part of the American Futures project. Author John Tierney says, "American higher education would be better off if more colleges tried to replicate what's going on here."
Champlain is named the Top "Up-and-Comer" regional college in the North according to the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges."
Champlain College is featured in The Princeton Review's "Best 378 Colleges" in 2014.
Champlain is awarded the 2013 SC Magazine award for having the "Best Cyber Security Higher Education Program" in the United States.
Champlain College's online degree program is among the top ranked colleges in the nation according to the "Best Online Bachelor's Education Program" released by U.S. News and World Report.
Ten Champlain College Stiller School of Business students complete an international summer internship program in Shanghai, China, courtesy of a grant provided by the Freeman Foundation.
The Champlain College Office of Diversity & Inclusion's Imagine College program completes its second year, providing a college experience for 15 high school students from under-served populations.
Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy issues a "National Report Card" on the state of financial literacy education in high schools in 50 states.
Champlain College Social Work (BSW) program receives accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.
Vermont Teacher Apprenticeship Program (TAP) joins Champlain College's Online and Continuing Education Division.
President David F. Finney announces plans to retire in June 2014. A presidential search committee is formed.
The tradition of presenting a wooden, handcrafted Champlain Spyglass to graduates begins.
Champlain Class of 2013 makes a gift of an apiary and beekeeping equipment, to be located behind Perry Hall, for use in Core and other classes.
Senior Ryan Warner '13 is the first student to wear Google Glass to record his commencement walk.
Champlain College Alumni Office of Advancement meets the 2K 42M participation challenge with 2,000 donations from alumni and secures a $2 million gift for the College.
Champlain College is named one of "Top 322 Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges" by The Princeton Review.
Construction begins on two new residence halls, Butler and Valcour, to complete the Res-Tri Project. Expected completion is summer 2014.
The Champlain College Student Government reorganizes and expands its structure, adding additional student representatives from each Division.
Two Champlain students, Kayla Hedman '14 and Mahmoud Jabari '15, are the first from the College to attend the Clinton Global Reach National Conference, held in St. Louis, Missouri.
A completely revamped Champlain College website debuts.
Champlain College and Sugarbush Resort hold a one-day Wellness Seminar for alumni, business professionals and professors.
Champlain College, Saint Michael's College and Middlebury College form the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium to help reduce costs by pooling purchasing power and working to eliminate duplication of services.
Champlain College is the first Vermont institution to be part of the CFA Institute University Recognition Program and qualifies to receive five scholarships for finance and accounting students in the Stiller School of Business.
Champlain College establishes the truED alliance.
Champlain College opens the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry (AI), the first academic center exclusively dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of AI.
President Donald J. Laackman is inaugurated and begins his tenure as the eighth president at Champlain College.
Together with the Vermont Council on World Affairs, the College hosts the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Ambassador to the United States, Maen Rashid Areikat.
Champlain participates in China Town Hall webcast with former President Jimmy Carter on United States and China relations.
Champlain College MakerLab opens in the Emergent Media Center.
Champlain College honors President Emeritus David Finney's legacy with new sculpture erected in a quad area named after the President (Finney Quad).
Champlain College's Teacher Apprenticeship Program receives the 2014 Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellowship.
The Stiller Family Foundation makes a $1 million gift to the College's Single Parents Program.
The College names Dr. Laurie Quinn as Provost and Chief Academic Officer.
Champlain College graduates its first class of Masters of Science in Emergent Media students from Shanghai.
Champlain's Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation wins Top US Ignite Award at the 2014 US Ignite Application Summit for its "Cyber Security Service Center Plan."
Champlain College's Graphic Design & Digital Media BFA program receives NASAD accreditation.
The largest class in Champlain's history graduates.
Champlain College is featured in The Princeton Review's "Guide to 332 Green Colleges" 2014 edition.
Champlain College and PH International partner together to host 26 international high school students as they attend a one-week Youth Tech Camp at the College.
Construction on the Center for Communications and Creative Media building begins.
Champlain College ranks 16th in The Princeton Review's "Best Undergraduate Schools to Study Video Game Design" for 2014.
Champlain College receives a record number of applications for the Fall 2014 semester, up nearly ten percent from the prior year.
Ten Champlain College Stiller School of Business students complete an international summer internship program in Shanghai, China, funded by the Freeman Foundation.
U.S. News and World Report ranks Champlain College's online degree programs in its "Best Online Bachelor's Education Programs Report."
Champlain is featured in The Princeton Review's "Best 379 Colleges" in 2015.
Champlain is among U.S. News & World Report's "Best Regional Colleges" in the North in 2015.
Champlain College is named a finalist in SC Magazine's 2015 Awards for exemplary professional leadership in information technology security.
Illustrated Saint John's Bible begins its year-long residency at Champlain College.
Champlain College is featured in The Princeton Review's "Guide to 353 Green Colleges" in 2015.
Champlain College ranks #14 in the U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" in 2015.
Champlain receives a grant from The Freeman Foundation, allowing 25 Stiller School of Business students to complete international summer internships in Shanghai, China.
Champlain is named #1 "Most Innovative School" in North By U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges."
Champlain College is featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2016 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
Champlain College is named in The Princeton Review's 2016 "Best 380 Colleges."
Champlain is named a College of Distinction 2016 for excellence in undergraduate education, according to Colleges of Distinction.
Champlain College is ranked in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Regional Colleges" in the North in "America's Best Colleges" 2016.
Champlain is named in the top 10 of the "Best Colleges for Veterans" as well as one of the top five "A-Plus Schools for B Students" by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" in 2016.
An additional group of 25 Champlain College Stiller School of Business students completes an international summer internship program in Shanghai, China, courtesy of a grant provided by the Freeman Foundation.
Champlain's Bachelor of Science (BS) in Legal Studies transitions to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Law, the second degree of its kind in the country.
Champlain welcomes its second largest incoming class (Class of 2020) in history—650 first-year students. Nearly 40% of the Class applied Early Decision and represent 36 states and diverse locations across the globe.
For the second year in a row, Champlain retains title as "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News and World Report in its "America's Best Colleges" 2017 rankings of regional universities in the North.
Champlain is ranked #12 in the country for percentage of students studying abroad by the Institute of International Education.
Champlain receives STARS Silver rating for sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). (STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.)
Champlain is featured in The Princeton Review's The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition and named in its "Best Northeastern" colleges in 2017.
Champlain College is featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2017 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
Champlain is named a College of Distinction 2017.