A Message from Campaign Co-Chairs, Michael Metz and Dawn Terrill

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Exceeding the Goal Despite Challenging Times

Fundraising is as vulnerable to changes in the economic climate as anything else. Fortunately, when you have a great story to tell, as Champlain College does, we fundraisers have a rewarding job even in challenging times like the Great Recession. Thank you to all of our unsparing supporters-including our tireless trustee ambassadors-who have helped make our job enjoyable during the Vision Innovation Passion Campaign.

There's no happier ending to Champlain's story than affirmation that the College is on target with its mission to deliver a remarkable education. That success is reflected every year in our career statistics. In the class of 2012, 88 percent of surveyed traditional undergraduates who were employed within a year after graduating were in jobs related to their career goals.

In significantly surpassing our $25 million goal, several initiatives deserve a special thank you to those involved:

  • Two transformational gifts to Champlain totaling more than $15 million and seven additional gifts of more than $100,000 each.
  • Scholarship fundraisers for our most disadvantaged students.
  • The 2K42M alumni challenge tied to the Stiller Family Foundation gift.
  • The Trustee Planned Giving Initiative.
  • The enhanced Trustees' Leaders' Circle.
  • The new Corporate Partner Award.

Whether large or small, each and every gift was seen as a vote of confidence in the unique educational model that sets Champlain College apart from so many other colleges and universities across the country.

We're proud of our many campaign achievements with established and new relationships that will take the College forward.

The campaign marks a transition for Champlain to the next generation of philanthropy. We're excited about the tremendous growth and potential for future giving in our alumni donor base. Your ongoing support is vital as the College begins construction in 2014 of a Center for Communication and Creative Media.

Over the course of the campaign, we heard repeatedly that businesses love that Champlain asks what the College can do for them and then delivers on it. Delivering on a promise is a hallmark of the Champlain experience.

We asked for your help to fulfill the promises of the Vision Innovation Passion campaign and you made it happen. We can't thank you enough for your support. 


Chair Michael Metz and Vice Chair Dawn Terrill '88

Dawn Terrill's Degree was a Stepping Stone

The return on investment that Champlain College graduates experience is as measurable today as it was when Dawn Terrill earned her Champlain Accounting degree in 1988. That's because the focus remains what it always has been-students.

"My degree was the stepping-stone into some amazing professional opportunities. Champlain gave me what I needed to succeed in the business world," says Terrill, vice-chair of the campaign and a trustee from 2002 to 2012.

Terrill, of Colchester, Vermont, ultimately parlayed the stepping-stone into ownership of JaniTech, a commercial cleaning company she bought and grew from a staff of 12 to an enterprise with about 100 employees.

"Champlain has never lost sight of the student as its product and the need to continually refine the programs to give students the best education possible. In my tenure on the board, we added the Core curriculum (the liberal arts component) and financial literacy to every bachelor's degree. That's a package unmatched in the marketplace," Terrill says. "At a trustee dinner, a student shared that Champlain opened his eyes to understanding that 'The world is my job market.' That's transformational. That's Champlain," she says.

Metz Studio BarnThe Metz Studio Barn

The Metz Studio Barn, located behind Roger H. Perry Hall, offers Communications and Creative Media graphic arts and design students state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. It was named this fall to honor Campaign Chair Michael Metz and his wife, Denise Shekerjian, for their generous investment of time and financial support to the Vision Innovation Passion Campaign and need -based scholarship programs for Champlain College students.

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