Work Study Students Recognized At Student Employee Recognition Awards

Matthew Fortier and President Donald J. Laackman

Students across all departments at Champlain College were recognized for their hard work at the annual Student Employee Recognition Awards celebration held Monday afternoon in the Champlain Room.

The event, themed after the popular television show "The Office"  celebrated the hard work that more than 725 student employees have put in this year. Along with the awards, students received special "You are Amazing" water bottles, enjoyed food and raffles. The Student Employee Awards are determined by a panel of judges who review the recommendations submitted by supervisors. There was a winner and a runner-up for each of the seven awards, and a total of 53 nominees. The event was emceed by Nichole Magoon, Champlain's Digital Community Manager. Awards were presented by President Donald J. Laackman. 

For the second year, a Champlain College student also won the Vermont Student Employee of the Year. The 2017 winner is Matthew Fortier, a Junior Computer Science and Innovation major from Kennebunk Maine. He is currently the Lead Programmer at the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation, a second-year Resident Assistant, and Student Ambassador on campus.

Fortier spends the majority of his free time with his friends and family and obsessing over the Boston Red Sox. "His work experience at Champlain has defined his college career in more ways than one," according to his supervisor, Joe Williams of the LCDI. " His experience as a Resident Assistant, Student Ambassador, and Supervisor at the LCDI have not only fulfilled his need to spend time with friends and meet new people but have also helped him grow as an employee and a person. Becoming a Student Leader on campus is by far the best decision that Matthew has made in his college career."

Student Employee of the Year Award Winners:

Runner up: Mackenzie Marsocci, ITS Department
Winner: Matthew Fortier, LCDI
*Also won Vermont Student Employee of the Year.

Communication Award Winners:
Runner up: Amanda Johnson, LCDI
Winner: Jared Knepper, Marketing Dept

Leadership Award Winners:
Runner up: Nicole Stratis, Service and Sustainability Learning
Winner: Tara Alexander, Admissions

Problem Solving Award Winners:
Runner up: Christopher Lynch, Library
Winner: Simeon Pol, ITS

Rookie of the Year Award Winners:
Runner up: Max Mackson, Media Services
Winner: Montse Guerra-Solano, Marketing

Teamwork Award Winners:
Runner up: Jade Ye, Admissions
Winner: Brandon Brozek, LCDI

Work Ethic and Initiative Award Winners:
Runner up: Lily Colbert-Carreiro, EHS Division
Winner: Dylan Helstien, Financial Aid Dept

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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