Core Students Work Showcased in Campus-Wide Event

Core Convivium

The Champlain College Core Division will host its first Core Convivium on Dec. 14, a new campus-wide showcase of student work from all first-, second-, and third-year students taking Core classes. Work will be on display across campus from 141 sections of classes. The events will run from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

According to Elizabeth Beaulieu, dean of the Core Division, "The Core faculty model risk-taking, exploration, and inquiry. We love challenging ourselves as we're challenging our students. We collaborate, we dream big, and we work hard to make those dreams come true. In short, we dare. Other than launching our audacious interdisciplinary, integrative curriculum in 2017, today's Convivium is probably the most daring thing we have done. And it is fitting that we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Core." 

Beaulieu noted that research demonstrates that experiential learning opportunities are more effective in energizing and motivating students than traditional exams, and creating and participating in the sorts of learning experiences on display during the Convivium fosters deeper learning and more lasting impact. 

Among the displays and presentations will be a self-portrait gallery, poetry readings, case study presentations, and a wide range of  discussion groups on such topics as gender, race and cultural norms. 

The event was organized by the Core Faculty, with special thanks going to Erik Shonstrom, Dave Mills, Betsy Allen-Pennebaker, Katheryn Wright, Kristin Wolf and Brian Murphy. 

Therapy Dog at Convivium

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