Student Ambassadors

Group

Champlain Student Ambassadors are a diverse group of students from states across the U.S., including Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Maryland, as well as other places around the world like the Cayman Islands.

All of us are very involved in both the Champlain and Burlington communities. We participate in different activities on campus like the Improv Troup, Rock Climbing Club, Parkour Club, Champlain Theatre, The Stiller Women in Business Group, and the Champlain Crossover.We also have various other on-campus jobs, including being Resident Assistants, Peer Advisors, Orientation Leaders, Peer Mentors, and various positions at our Emergent Media Center and Leahy Center for Digital Investigation at our Lakeside Campus. We're also involved in internships with companies in Burlington and around the country, including Fuse Marketing, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Keurig Green Mountain, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, IGN, Burlington City Arts, Burlington School District, PMG, and the Peace and Justice Center.Because all of us are sophomores, juniors and seniors at Champlain, we can answer any questions you may have about living on campus, academics, Burlington, or anything else regarding life as a student at Champlain. We'd love to take you on a tour of our beautiful campus and show you what makes Champlain different.If you are unable to visit campus, or if you have any questions you'd like to ask us as current students at Champlain, feel free to email us at studentambassador@champlain.edu and one of us will be sure to get back to you right away! To schedule a Campus Visit click here.

Meet the Ambassadors

Everett

Everett Ackerman '16

Major: Marketing
Specialization: Advertising
Hometown: Scotia, NY
Favorite Place in Burlington: Perkins Pier
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Fun Fact: I drive a mini-van. It's called the Bronze Goddess and it's cooler than your car.
Why I Chose Champlain: I chose Champlain for it's career opportunities. I heard during an Accepted Student's Day that my specific major had a 90% chance in getting a job in the industry, heading towards your career goal, by the time you graduate. In my final semester at Champlain I'm already on my 4th internship.

Peter

Peter Breitwieser '18

Major: Accounting
Minor: Data Analytics
Hometown: Chelmsford, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: The boardwalk
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Peanut Butter
Why I Chose Champlain:I came for the upside-down curriculum, and because I didn't know what I wanted to do. I knew I liked the business field but specifically, I had no idea what major I wanted. I enrolled as "Business Undecided" and got a feel for all the majors.

Megan

Megan Charles '17

Major: Graphic Design & Digital Media 
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: Marcellus, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: Oakledge Park or anywhere by the waterfront
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Triple Caramel Chunk
Fun Fact: I know how to roll sushi!
Currently Studying Abroad!

Charlie

Charlie Carucci '18

Major: Game Design
Hometown: Stamford, CT
Favorite place in Burlington: The Waterfront
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
Fun Fact: I can touch my nose with my tongue
Why I Chose Champlain: I first became interested in Champlain because of their impressive Game Design program. It wasn't until I came to visit though that I realized this was the school for me. Once I saw the close community on campus and walked down Church Street for the first time I knew that I belonged here.

Amanda

Amanda Collins '18

Major: Graphic Design & Digital Media 
Hometown: Auburn, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: ArtsRiot
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry's The Tonight Dough
Fun Fact: I hiked Mt. Washington twice
Why I Chose Champlain: I knew that I wanted to put all my energy into becoming a graphic designer, and with Champlain's design courses I would be getting the best education I could. Also, Champlain embraces everyone's unique self, which allowed me to feel comfortable being who I am.

Dominique

Dominique Cornacchia '18

Major: Broadcast & Streaming Media 
Hometown: Essex Junction, VT
Favorite place in Burlington: The dog park
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry's That's My Jam
Fun Fact: I once met Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata from SNL!
Why I Chose Champlain: The classes that I'm taking focus on what I want to learn and the community is so supportive and friendly!

Dylan

Dylan Cullen '17

Major: Environmental Policy 
Specialization: Creative Media (self-designed)
Hometown: Tewksbury, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: Dobra Teahouse
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben and Jerry's Cinnamon Buns
Fun Fact: I work as an apprentice beekeeper and am learning to wrangle (pick up) drones!
Currently Studying Abroad!

Silas

Silas Cutler '18

Major: Marketing
Specialization / Minor: Integrated Advertising and Event Management
Hometown: High Falls, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: The Church Street Marketplace
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Anything with coffee
Fun Fact: I never go a day without caffeine
Fun Fact: Anything with coffee
Why I Chose Champlain: The phenomenal campus and ideal academics.

Brian

Brian Denzak '18

Major: Management of Creative Media
Minor: Broadcast and Streaming Media
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: Merrill Roxy Cinemas
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
Fun Fact: I am a twin
Why I Chose Champlain: One of the many reasons I chose Champlain was my major. My major is very unique and exactly what I wanted. I could not find anything close to my program at any of the many schools I looked at.

Karisa

Karisa Desjardins '16

Major: Business Administration
Minor: Global Studies
Hometown: Ware, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: Perkins Pier Marina
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Fun Fact: In just the past year I've visited 11 countries!

Meghan

Meghan Driscoll '17

Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Holliston, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: The Spirit Tree
Fun Fact: I met Michael Cera and he told me I seemed great! 

Stephanie

Stephanie Doan '18

Major: Psychology
Minor: Business Administration
Hometown: Dorchester, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: The steps of City Hall Park
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Fun Fact: When I was 13 I picked up guitar (her name is Ivy) so I could be like Avril Lavigne

Mariana

Mariana Franzetti '16

Major: Management of Creative Media
Specialization: Game Production
Hometown: Cranford, NJ
Favorite place in Burlington: The Farmhouse Grille
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mango or something with Chocolate (preferably with toppings like gummy bears)
Fun Fact: I have been to the Grammys twice
Why I Chose Champlain: The Upside-Down curriculum has changed my life.

Rhea

Rhea Hayes '17

Major: Broadcast & Streaming Media 
Hometown: Lyons, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: Church St.
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben and Jerry’s Tonight Dough
Fun Fact: My cat, Paxton, has a Twitter and the Ben and Jerry’s account tweeted at him. They "welcomed him to the family” after he tried B&J’s strawberry flavor.
Why I Chose Champlain: The upside down curriculum! I wanted an education that would allow me to have hands on experiences. Not to mention I was way too eager to wait until my junior year to start using equipment and learning the ropes.

James

James Keats '18

Major: Game Programming
Hometown: Westfield, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: The Skinny Pancake
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry's "The Tonight Dough"
Fun Fact: I've seen every episode of The West Wing twice!

Caleb

Caleb King '16

Major: Management & Innovation
Hometown: Sheffield, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: North Beach
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Americone Dream
Fun Fact: I have completed four internships since my first year at Champlain
Why I Chose Champlain: I went to a small high school and very much wanted to continue studying in a smaller class. With an average of 17, and professors who go the extra mile to support us, I could not be happier with my decision.

Melissa

Melissa Leimbach '17

Major: Creative Media
Specialization: Visual Arts & Design
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Favorite place in Burlington: Muddy Waters
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cherry Garcia
Fun fact: I flew an airplane once!
Why I Chose Champlain: The town of Burlington, Champlain's sense of community, and a career-focused art degree :)

Caitlin L

Caitlin Ludke '17

Major: Psychology
Minor: Communications
Hometown: Nahant, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: Church Street
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Save Our Swirled
Fun fact: I like to hunt for the folded over chips and eat them first
Currently Studying Abroad!

Jon

Jon Lyga '16

Major: Management & Innovation
Hometown: Cazenovia, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: Oakledge Park
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry's Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz
Fun Fact: I try to go to snowboarding as much as possible
Why I Chose Champlain: The upside-down curriculum. The professors. Burlington in general. And how close we are to the mountains.

Matt

Matt Lyon '16

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Brownington, VT
Favorite place in Burlington: Winooski River
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla
Fun Fact: I have been knighted
Why I Chose Champlain: I chose Champlain for three reasons. One was the professors. I wanted to make sure they didn't look at me as a number, but an actual student. Next, I was looking at the admissions staff. I wanted to make sure they didn't look at me as a number needed to complete a quota, but were people who wanted me to be there, and genuinely care about my well-being. The last thing was the environment. I wanted a family environment in which it was easy to make friends. Champlain exceeded all my expectations and now I am about to graduate!

Maddy

Maddy McLean '16

Major: Public Relations
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: Longmeadow, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: Sangha Yoga Studio
Fun Fact: I studied abroad in the Gold Coast, Australia

Josh

Josh Miller '16

Major: Management of Creative Media
Specialization: Game Production
Hometown: Lewiston, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: Banana Republic

Laura

Laura Reilly '18

Major: Game Programming
Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: Schenectady, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: Radio Bean
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate Peanut Butter!!
Fun Fact: I'm shorter than Danny DeVito
Why I Chose Champlain:When I visited senior year I noticed how involved the students and faculty were; I specifically remember Professor Ferguson taking time out of his class to talk to me about my hundreds of questions. Did I mention they have one of the best game programs ever?

Emily

Emily Rice '17

Major: Management & Innovation
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ
Favorite place in Burlington: North Beach in the Summer, Dobre Tea during the Winter
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chubby Hubby
Fun Fact: I am an Irish citizen
Why I Chose Champlain: The shops in Burlington and the Upside-Down curriculum!

Meghan

Meghan Richards '17

Major: Marketing
Minor: Event Management
Hometown: Milton, VT
Favorite place in Burlington: Leddy Beach
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry's Americone Dream
Fun Fact: I do not have wisdom teeth. My dentist says that I'm "genetically advanced."
Currently Studying Abroad!

Anthony

Anthony Rivers '18

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
Favorite place in Burlington: The waterfront
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: I Dough, I Dough <3
Fun fact: My Aunt and Uncle have the same address as Mary Poppins

Paige

Paige Schmittlein '16

Major: Management of Creative Media
Specialization: Publishingbr /> Hometown: Easthampton, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: New Moon Cafe
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie
Fun fact: When I was in high school I won a contest and Disney flew me to Hollywood to meet the Jonas Brothers
Why I Chose Champlain: I chose Champlain because I felt like everyone cared about my education before I was even enrolled. I was able to talk with my admissions counselor, current students, and professors individually as a high school student and it showed me just how welcoming and genuine everyone at Champlain is.

Dan

Dan Salerno '16

Major: Graphic Design & Digital Media
Hometown: Oradell, NJ
Favorite place in Burlington: Church Street
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Pumpkin, when in season
Fun fact: I never match my socks - keeps life interesting
Why I Chose Champlain: For me it was the small class size, upside-down curriculum, and the restored Victorian mansions. It meant a lot to me in my college search to be a name and not a number, and with the small classes and small residence halls I felt Champlain was the perfect fit.

Eric

Eric Schlossman '17

Major: Broadcast & Streaming Media
Hometown: North Caldwell, NJ
Favorite place in Burlington: City Hall Park
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Late Night Snack (Caramel, Chocolate chip, chocolate-covered potato chip pieces)
Fun fact: I work in my own glassblowing studio
Currently Studying Abroad!

Jack

Jack Storm '16

Major: Game Programming
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: Tilt Classic Arcade & Ale House
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Green tea
Fun Fact: I am a super hero

Megan

Megan Sullivan '17

Major: Public Relations
Specialization: Marketing
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: The Red Onion
Fun Fact: I still have a baby tooth
Currently Studying Abroad!

Jade

Jade Ye '18

Major: Public Relations
Specialization: Digital Marketing
Hometown: Branford, CT
Favorite place in Burlington: The view from the CCM Building
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Apple pie ice cream
Fun Fact: I read a Harry Potter book in a single day
Why I Chose Champlain: I chose Champlain because I wanted to start right away with my major, and I was looking forward to the relationships I would build with my professors.