Champlain College Honors Top Faculty and Staff

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Champlain College honored its top faculty, adjunct professors and staff during its annual recognition event in May. Champlain College President David F. Finney announced the recipients of the College's top awards, along with celebrating longtime employees and honoring the work of several retiring Champlainers.

The top awards, which each include a $5,000 honorarium, are determined by the Board of Trustees annually from nominations submitted by faculty and staff. The 2012 winners are:

The Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award honors an adjunct faculty member who has shown dedication to students and to the mission of Champlain College through a demonstration of excellence in teaching. The 2012 recipient is adjunct professor Michael Miceli of the Champlain College Online program who has taught undergraduate, graduate and Champlain College Online classes online and in the classroom.

The Elizabeth A. Durick Staff Service Award recognizes a member of the Champlain staff who has had a positive and lasting impact on the College community and exemplifies professionalism, a high level of initiative, dedication and flexibility in the accomplishment of their responsibilities. The 2012 award was presented to Kyle Dodson, director of the Center for Service & Civic Engagement, for his ability to change peoples' lives without even meaning to by using his natural charisma, intelligence, and openness to new cultures and ideas.

The Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship honors a Champlain College senior faculty member through a record of service and excellence in teaching and advising and through work on faculty and College committees. Laurel Bongiorno, director of the College's Masters of Education program, was awarded the Professorship for her creation of the new M.Ed program as well as her involvement in faculty Senate and other committee relevant to her leadership positions on campus.

Also earning recognition:

The 2012 Staff Council Innovation Award was awarded to Jennifer Sweeney, director of Life Experience & Action Dimension (LEAD) for her work in improving and enhancing the student program at Champlain College.

The 2012 Staff Council Service Award was awarded to Christina Erickson, coordinator of the Sustainability Program for numerous accomplishments in the area of sustainability with students, staff and faculty at Champlain College. President Finney and others also lauded the work of four retiring faculty and staff members:

  • Mary Kay Kennedy, vice president of Student Life
  • Sue Rowley, dean of the Division of Education & Human Studies
  • Champ Soncrant, accounting professor in the Robert P. Stiller School of Business
  • Barbara DuBois, associate professor in the Division of Education & Human Studies

Long-serving Champlain College employees honored for milestone anniversaries included:

  • 30 years: Thane Butt and Diane Byrnes.
  • 25 years: James Fry, Scott Gokey, Kathleen Lynn, Michelle G. Miller, Joseph O'Grady, and Rebecca Peterson.
  • 20 years: Lynne Ballard, Thomas Bonnette, Bernie Dee, Felicia Messuri, and Bernadette Wagner.
  • 15 years: Laurel Bongiorno, Karen Dusini, Susan Garrow, Jeffrey Guerin, and Mary Sanborn.
  • 10 years: Leslie Averill, Pamela Crowley, Charles Nagelschmidt, Amber Rich and Deborah Urbahn.

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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