Top 14 Champlain College Stories of 2014

14 Top Stories of 2014

This time of year, attention is often paid to past accomplishments in the form of "Top 10" or "Best of" lists. It has been a busy year at Champlain College with major announcements, new construction and Centers of Excellence, largest classes of graduates and incoming students, new leadership, as well as accolades and awards for our work.

And in the spirit of lists: here are some of the top stories from 2014 at Champlain College in no particular order. Think of this as a sampler. Catch up on all the news and stories of the past year at

Finney hands over the keys to the College to Laackman

  1. Champlain College Trustees Announce New President 
  2. President Donald J. Laackman Looks to the Future, Saying College is on the "Brink of Greatness" 
  3. Champlain College Honors President Emeritus David Finney's Legacy With New Sculpture, Renaming the Quad, and an Endowed $2M Chair 
  4. Champlain Students Offered Chance to Spend Their Summer at Internships in Shanghai
  5. Champlain College Graduates First Class of Masters of Science in Emergent Media Students from Shanghai 
  6. Applications Up by 10% for Fall 2014 at Champlain 
  7. Champlain LCDI ‘Cyber Security Service Center' Plan Wins Top U.S. Ignite Award
  8. Princeton Review Ranks Champlain #16 for Game Design
  9. Finney Quad and Res TriChamplain's Comprehensive Education Keeps It in the Top Ranking of 2015 ‘America's Best Colleges'
  10. Champlain College's Teacher Apprenticeship Program Provides Educators with Quick Path to State Licensure
  11. Champlain College's David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry (AI): The First Academic Center Exclusively Dedicated to Advancing the Theory and Practice of AI 
  12. Champlain's Largest Class Graduates with Honors 
  13. Champlain Class of 2018 Urged to ‘Make Every Moment Count' 
  14. Work Begins on Champlain Center for Communications and Creative Media 

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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