Leandre Waldo, Director of Media Relations
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BURLINGTON, VT - - The Champlain College Class of 2018 will arrive Friday, Aug. 22, for an information-packed, fun-filled, three-day orientation before classes begin on Aug. 25. The incoming class of 662 students represents 36 states and six countries.
Residential move-in begins Friday morning followed by a lunch for parents, students and friends. Champlain College's new president, Donald J. Laackman, will welcome the students and parents on Aiken Lawn after a campus barbecue.
On Friday afternoon, Champlain College Provost Dr. Laurie Quinn, College vice presidents and Champlain faculty in full academic regalia will be led to the Convocation ceremony on Perry Hall lawn by the St. Andrews Pipe Band of Vermont. During the ceremony, Champlain College President Laackman will present the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Award to Mary Alice McKenzie, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington.
On Saturday, incoming students will learn about Champlain College's LEAD: Life Experience & Action Dimension program which focuses on tools and skills for personal growth in four areas -- career management, financial sophistication, community involvement and individual values.
The new students will also learn about study abroad programs in Montreal and Dublin, Ireland, Build Your Own Business (BYOBiz), Academic Coaching, personal and public safety, neighborhood expectations, and hear a talk on "Beer Booze and Books."
There's plenty of fun as well, Orientation organizers say, with a cruise on Lake Champlain in the Spirit of Ethan Allen, a night of open-mic entertainment at The Grind (the college's coffeehouse), a class photo on the new Res-Tri Amphitheater Sunday and visits to local attractions.
All other residential students will move in Sunday.
Get the full schedule at https://www.champlain.edu/current-students/student-life-and-activities/new-student-orientation/august-orientation
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and 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 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.