Student Ambassadors

Shared Vision

As members of the Student Ambassador team, we contribute to our community by encouraging each other to explore our passions and challenge ourselves. Through positive communication with visitors and prospective students, we adapt to create new opportunities for professional and personal development. We strive to represent our college as best as possible and educate our peers and guests on what makes Champlain unique, both as an institution and as a home.

We'd love to take you on tour of our beautiful campus and, because we are all sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Champlain, we can answer any questions you may have about living on campus, academics, Burlington or anything else regarding life as a student here. If you aren't able to visit campus, or if you have any questions you'd like to ask us as current students, feel free to email us at studentambassador@champlain.edu and one of us will be sure to get back to you soon! So how about it? Schedule a campus visit!

Meet the Ambassadors

Alana

Alana Baker '21

Major:
Law

Minor/Specialization:
International Business

Hometown:
Sanford, FL

Other Campus Involvements:

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose to attend Champlain because of the countless opportunities it offers. It had a program that fit me best and not to mention, the scenery is quite the bonus.

Nick

Nick Brennan '20

Major:
Digital Forensics

Hometown:
Medford, NJ

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Chivomengro Writer (online magazine)

Why I Chose Champlain:
I quickly fell in love with Champlain's small class sizes, interesting majors, and the town of Burlington.

Maddie Burgee

Maddie Burgee '20

Major:
Management of Creative Media

Minor/Specialization:
Film, Broadcast, & Streaming Media

Hometown:
Frederick, MD

Other Campus Involvements:

Why I Chose Champlain:
As soon as I first visited campus, there was a certain community feeling that I couldn't quite put my finger on, but I knew I wanted to be a part of.

Meghan

Meghan Donovan '20

Major:
Computer Information Technology

Minor/Specialization:
Cybersecurity

Hometown:
Derry, NH

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Resident Assistant
  • CHAMP (Champlain Has Activities and Motivational Programming)

Why I Chose Champlain:
The unique community at Champlain made me feel at home as soon as I set foot on campus for the first time. Everyone on campus is passionate about what they are studying and thoroughly enjoys being a part of the tight-knit community Champlain offers. Not only that, but who doesn't love Burlington?

Ian

Ian Dupont '20

Major:
Filmmaking

Hometown:
Plymouth, VT

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Champlain Wave radio station
  • Champlayers (student theatre club)

Why I Chose Champlain:
The film production studio, really. I saw that Champlain had this awesome space for creativity as well as some of the latest filmmaking tech and just fell in love.

Montse

Montserrat Guerra-Solano '20

Major:
Filmmaking

Minor/Specialization:
Marketing

Hometown:
Philadelphia, PA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Communication & Creative Media Representative for the Student Government Association
  • President of Alianza Latinx
  • ChampGuides Mentor

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain because I wanted to be a student, not a number in a set of data, and Champlain offered the personalized touch to a competitive education that I was looking for.

Cat Gullotta

Cat Gullotta '20

Major:
Professional Writing

Hometown:
Terryville, CT

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Intern at the League of Vermont Writers
  • Hub Desk Worker

Why I Chose Champlain:
Champlain was the only college I applied to because the writing program is unlike anything else, and not attending wasn't an option for me. It is such an inclusive and welcoming place to be, I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else.

Shelsea Henry

Shelsea Henry '20

Major:
Data Analytics

Hometown:
Boston, MA

Other Campus Involvements:

Why I Chose Champlain:
One of the biggest reasons for me was the structure of the curriculum here at Champlain. I loved the upside-down approach and the uniqueness of the CORE division. Because I was able to take classes relating to my major as soon as I stepped foot at Champlain, I was able to realize that my original major wasn't for me and I ended up switching after my first semester. Now, with the help of my faculty advisor, I have the rest of my time here planned out and I'll be able to graduate on time with a minor in Math and a specialization in Software Engineering.

Teddy

Teddy Hincks '20

Major:
Computer & Digital Forensics

Minor/Specialization:
Cybersecurity

Hometown:
Sudbury, MA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Champlain Ski and Ride
  • Cybersecurity Club

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain because I already knew what I wanted to major in. The opportunity to jump right in here at Champlain really appealed to me and was one of the major factors that made me choose Champlain.

Michael-Paul

Michael-Paul Ho-Kang-You '20

Major:
Game Production Management

Hometown:
Oranjestad, Aruba

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Sophomore Representative for the Student government Association
  • Game Producer Mentor
  • Champlain College Dance Team

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain College for its unique major and fantastic opportunity. Because of the Upside-Down Curriculum, I can focus on my major at the beginning of my Champlain College career.

Sammi

Sammi Penza '20

Major:
Criminal Justice

Minor/Specialization:
Psychology

Hometown:
South Deerfield, MA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Basketball

Why I Chose Champlain:
The Upside-Down Curriculum really interested me and got me excited to be able to jump right into my major's classes. The beautiful, small campus and small classes were also a plus!

Kelley Plamp

Kelley Plamp '21

Major:
Professional Writing

Minor/Specialization:
Creative Writing

Hometown:
Canton, GA

Why I Chose Champlain:
Champlain's unique method of education, including the upside down curriculum, CORE approach, and smaller class size drew me in. The Professional Writing major was exactly what I was looking for, and the Creative Writing specialization brought it to the next level. Plus, Burlington is stunning and the weather and social atmosphere up in Vermont is better than those in the South.

Haley Smoody

Haley Smoody '21

Major:
International Business and Accounting

Minor/Specialization:
Marketing

Hometown:
Roscoe, IL

Other Campus Involvements:

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain because I wanted to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone and be far away from home. I loved the campus layout and the community so I thought the transition to living in a place like Burlington would be easy. I also love the upside down curriculum and the business school programs.

Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor '21

Major:
Computer Science & Innovation

Minor/Specialization:
Math

Hometown:
New Hartford, NY

Other Campus Involvements:

Why I Chose Champlain:
One of the biggest reasons for me was the structure of the curriculum here at Champlain. I loved the upside-down approach and the uniqueness of the CORE division. Because I was able to take classes relating to my major as soon as I stepped foot at Champlain, I was able to realize that my original major wasn't for me and I ended up switching after my first semester. Now, with the help of my faculty advisor, I have the rest of my time here planned out and I'll be able to graduate on time with a minor in Math and a specialization in Software Engineering.

Alex Theodoreu

Alex Theodoreu '21

Major:
Game Art and Animation

Hometown:
Red Bank, NJ

Other Campus Involvements:

Why I Chose Champlain:
I came to Champlain for the amazing things I heard about the game program and the Game Art major, which I fell in love with, and stayed for the small classes, beautiful campus, and the great friends I've made. As an artist, the small classes were important because I can easily get feedback from my professors and peers on my projects. Plus, Lake Champlain sunsets are like no other.