Champlain College honors top faculty and Staff

Champlain College Recognition Dinner

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- President Donald J. Laackman and the Champlain College Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship Award, the Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award, the Elizabeth A. Durick Staff Service Award and the DARE Award. The award ceremony was held at a campus-wide dinner following Commencement in May. 

Warren BakerThe Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship is awarded to a senior faculty member of the College community who has shown dedication to students and Champlain College through a record of service and excellence in teaching and advising and through work on faculty and College committees.

This year, the recipient is Warren Baker of the Division of Communications and Creative Media. In making the presentation, Provost Laurie Quinn shared the words of a nominator, "His passion for student learning and Champlain's mission is awe-inspiring." Another wrote, "I have the utmost regard for my colleague. Students jump at the chance to take his classes and always tell me how much they feel they learned." Another offered this comment on Baker: "As an instructor and an advisor this faculty member is respected, feared and beloved by students - all at the same time."

"Our Lyman winner is an excellent teacher, a role model for our students and an outstanding colleague. We celebrate the wisdom and service shown in his kind words, insightful thinking, and leadership in meaningful events such as the Faculty Professional Development Showcase and the Veteran's Day ceremony we hold each November," Quinn said, adding "He integrates a wicked sense of humor, unflinching integrity, and a genuine caring for student success into all that he does." Baker will be one of the speakers at the Class of 2020 Convocation on Aug. 26. 

Nancy Nahra with President Laackman and Provost QuinnThe Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award bears the name of an adjunct faculty member of the College community who has shown dedication to students and to the mission of Champlain College through a demonstration of excellence in teaching. Further, a person who has demonstrated a commitment to striving for excellence both in content expertise and pedagogically sound teaching and learning practices.

The 2016 Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Nancy Nahra, a former full-time faculty member who retired in 2011, and who has continued to teach in the Core Division. 

Her nominators described her as "...a genuine scholar and interdisciplinary thinker who exudes a calm and confidence that is rooted in a strong intellectual identity."
Another described Nahra's scholarly achievements as world-class while suggesting that equally if not more remarkable, is her capacity for "expanding students' spheres of knowledge through the use of original methods of teaching."

Nahra exemplifies dedication to students, excellence in teaching and advising, and service to the broader community. In the words of a nominator, "This faculty member's passion for student learning and Champlain's mission is awe-inspiring." Another wrote, "I have the utmost regard for my colleague. Students jump at the chance to take this person's classes and always tell me how much they feel they learned."

Leslie CarewThe Elizabeth A. Durick Staff Service Award was established in 1996 and is intended to recognize a member of the staff who has had a positive impact on the College community. This annual award is named in honor of the late Elizabeth Durick, who was an exemplary staff member and who also served on the College's Board of Trustees.
The 2016 Durick Award recipient is Leslie Carew, payroll director in the People Center. Her commitment to handling the details so crucial to regulatory compliance, data integrity and the accuracy of records related to all employees, was cited, along with her dedicated service on many committees including the College's Conduct Review Board and the United Way campaign.
As one nominator wrote, "She impacts every single employee every single month, as she makes sure we are all paid. She has been an integral part of moving Champlain forward and I don't think we could be where we are without her warm and dedicated presence. She does this all with humility and grace in a demanding and stressful role. Champlain is a better place because of this unsung hero."

Tim KavanaghThe DARE Award, which began in 2014, is presented to a faculty or staff member who has made significant contributions to meeting objectives which support the 2020 Strategic Plan. The President's Cabinet has an annual evaluation process to decide the recipient.
The 2016 Dare Award winner is Tim Kavanagh, senior TruED relations manager, for the government sector for the Champlain College Online Division.
In presenting the DARE Award, President Laackman said, "Since Tim joined CPS in 2013, he has actively worked to help the College reach its goal of having 5,000 adult student enrollments by 2020. What was once viewed by many a stretch goal now appears to now be within reach. Many individuals and a variety of departments have helped us make progress toward this goal, but Tim and his sincere focus on people and relationships are at the core of this work."
"It is important to note that almost all of these students began their Champlain journey, either directly or indirectly, through Tim. He has helped managers see the value of a Champlain degree and supported them as they encourage their students to gain new skills through education. Additionally, he has directly inspired students to put themselves first and to partner with Champlain to achieve their higher education goals and dreams," Laackman added.

Celebrating Years of Service and Retirements
Champlain College also recognized faculty and staff for years of service and retirement:
5 Years: Sarah Andriano, Gary Baker, John Banks, Katrina Bennett, Kara Berg, John Caulo, Phillip Cykon, Gregory J. Davis, Tarn Foerg, Eric Friedman, Lindsey Godwin, Bjarne Holmes, Ken Howell, Ursula Jones, Kristi Jovell, Alan Larsen, Maggie Melvin, Jonathan Mikulak, Kellie Nadeau, Rowshan Nemazee, Conor O'Brien, April O'Dell, Emily Peters, Debra Sailer Dayman, Kathleen Seiler, Irene Webster, Stephen Wehmeyer, Joseph Williams, Kristin Wolf, and Katheryn Wright
10 Years: Greg Bemis, Danelle Berube, Cynthia Brandenburg, Timothy Brookes, Joshua Buck, Tony Calacci, Terry Crowley, James Hoag, Jodi Kuzia, Shelley Navari, Roland Palmer, Eric Ronis, Stephen Smith, Jennifer Vincent, Linda Wheeler, Crystal Winn, and Kerry Zuccareno.
15 Years: Joanne Farrell, Jane Faust Madden, Matt Huwiler, Nancy Kerr, John Lanzetta, and Sarah Pettitt
25 Years: Susyn Dees
30 Years: Michelle Veladota 
35 Years: Marvin Williams
Retirements: Geebo Church, Charlie Nagelschmidt, Victor Stone, Janice Gohm Webster and Cam Webster.

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