Champlain Clubs to Consider

Alex Holcomb becomes SGA Director of ClubsThis week, the Student Government Association announced the new appointed positions for the 2013-14 academic year, including Director of Clubs, Alex Holcomb. "I am excited to make clubs feel more a part of the Champlain community," he expressed enthusiastically, "as well as make sure that everyone knows about the variety of clubs on campus that they can be a part of."

Holcomb is no stranger to clubs. "I am currently involved in Table Top Games, PC Gaming, Card Game, and the League of Legends clubs," he said. As for the other clubs he hasn't joined, he plans to attend one or more of each of their events or meetings throughout the fall semester to better understand their mission and get a feel for how he could better serve them. "I may even find more that I myself would want to be a part of."

Incoming first-year students and others looking to get more involved on-campus will have the opportunity to learn more about clubs and student organizations at the fall Activities Fair. The Activities Fair occurs every fall in Hauke Courtyard (weather permitting) on the first Monday after orientation weekend, this year mark your calendar for Sept. 2, 2013. There you will find clubs sharing their interests and recruiting new members. Check out some of the most recent and active additions to Champlain's list of clubs:

Champlain ParkourParkour— If you're interested in parkour, freerunning, or gymnastics, this club is for you. The object of the club is to teach the basic skills required for practicing parkour safely in a non-competitive space with support for all skill levels. It's a great way to meet new friends, fight your fears, be a daredevil, and condition your body in ways you never thought possible. The group has free gym time on various Thursday evenings at Regal Gymnastics Academy in Essex Junction. Check out what they do at

Burlingtones perform at Accepted Students Day

Champlain A'Cappella — Wherever you look nowadays, a'cappella is bound to be there. It's invaded our televisions through Glee and The Sing-Off, the big screen with the movie Pitch Perfect, and a new club at Champlain College. Champlain's co-ed a'cappella group, the Burlingtones, was founded in 2013 and has since been arranging, rehearsing and performing a'cappella covers. The group accepts all dedicated members, regardless of past musical experience and meets twice a week, Wednesdays and Sundays, in the Alumni Auditorium's soundstage.

HvZ on WCAXHumans vs. Zombies — Humans vs. Zombies, or HvZ for short, is a live-action game played twice a year at Champlain College. Human players must remain vigilant and defend themselves with socks and Nerf-guns to avoid being tagged by an ever-growing zombie horde. The game is packed with physical activity, is all about having fun and it worth a shot. Even spectators find watching HvZ is more entertaining than some professional sporting events. The club drew some attention this year. Check out the story on WCAX at Contact club president Kevin Wheaton at for more information.

Champlain CrossFit ClubCrossFit — "For a good time, call FRAN 21*15*9," reads the back of a chalky t-shirt worn by senior Christopher Pearson. "It's a CrossFit thing." In January, Pearson received his Level 1 Crossfit Certification, enabling him to train other students at Champlain to meet individual goals and meet as a team on Sundays. "'Constantly varied, functional movements, done at a high intensity,' CrossFit is not only about achieving a greater level of fitness, but it's also about the community and friendships made along the way," said Pearson. "Everyone has the ability to perform the workouts because they can be scaled to meet individual needs and there's nothing like the feeling of having others there to cheer you on while you're giving a workout all you've got." The club meets Sundays at 1:30 p.m. in the Champlain College Student Life Fitness Center.

For a more extensive list clubs and descriptions, visit

To start a new club, contact the Student Government Association's Director of Clubs, Alex Holcomb. Creating a club and applying for SGA funding requires signatures from all interested members, a consistent group of ten participants, a faculty/staff advisor, and one representative to attend SGA Council meetings.

Holcomb is a Computer Information Technology major, specializing in Information Systems. Contact him with questions or comments at

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