Champlain College Student Employees Honored For Their Dedication and Leadership

Student Employee of the Year, senior Karisa Desjardin with President Don Laackman

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Champlain College's second annual Student Employee Recognition event was held April 11 in the Champlain Room of the Center for Communication and Creative Media to highlight the year-round efforts of more than 725 student employees in on- and off-campus jobs.

Each year colleges and universities across the country recognize the importance of the student work experience during National Student Employment Week. Student employment offers students career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant in any career, and better preparation for the job market upon graduation.

While a primary motivation for most students is the need to help pay for their education, student employees also perform invaluable services with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. Indeed, most schools depend on the contributions of this reliable workforce for the efficient operation of the entire campus.

The National Student Employment Association (NSEA) designates one week each year (april 11-15) for universities and colleges across the country to recognize the substantial contributions of students who work on campus.

Champlain College President Donald J. Laackman, Tanja Hinterstoisser, director of the Career Collaborative and Kristie Jovell, director of Financial Aid all spoke about the contributions made by the students, the workplace skills they are learning and the value to the community and their ability to get jobs when then graduate.

It was also announced that Champlain's Student Employee of the Year, senior Karisa Desjardin who works in the Undergraduate Admission Office, also won the Vermont Student Employee of the Year.

Student Employee Winners

The 2016 Student Employee Awards were based on recommendations from student's supervisors. There was a winner and a runner-up for each of the seven awards, and a total of 53 nominees.

The 2016 winners are:

Student Employee of the Year Award Winners:
Winner: Karisa Desjardins*, Undergraduate Admissions Department
*Also won Vermont Student Employee of the Year.
Runner up: Scott Barrett, Leahy Center for Digital Investigation

Communication Award Winners:
Winner: Julia Woodward, People Center
Runner up: Zach Paulsen, Champlain College Online.

Leadership Award Winners:
Winner: Madeline Bell, Leahy Center for Digital Investigation
Runner up: Taylor Harris, Media Services

Problem Solving Award Winners:
Winner: Paul Webster-Pact, Communications and Creative Media Division
Runner up: Evan Nudd, Career Collaborative

Rookie of the Year Award Winners:
Winner: Logan Hall-Potvin, Financial Aid Office
Runner up: Quinn Kanner, Creative Services Department

Teamwork Award Winners:
Winner: Cameron Mcgonnigal, Leahy Center for Digital Investigation
Runner up: Shannon Alexander, LEAD Program

Work Ethic and Initiative Award Winners:
Winner: Silas Cutler, Undergraduate Admissions
Runner up: Shannon Mitchell, Office of Advancement

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