Student Ambassadors

Champlain College 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, since all of us are 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! To schedule a campus visit click here.

Meet the Ambassadors

Tara

Tara Alexander '18

Major:
Marketing

Minor/Specialization:
Global Studies/Social Entrepreneurship

Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Office Outreach Assistant for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Member of Shades of Me (Women of Color Affinity Group)
  • Director of Communication For the Student Government Association
Why I Chose Champlain:

I chose Champlain because I am driven; I knew for a long time what career field I wanted to work in and I needed a college that would help me get there, starting in my first year. Champlain has and continues to offer me opportunities beyond what I can think of. I also needed a college that was small enough for me to navigate.

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

Maddie Burgee '20

Major:
Management of Creative Media

Specialization:
Broadcast & Streaming Media

Hometown:
Frederick, MD

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Champlayers President (student theatre club)
  • Champlain Wave (radio station) Vice President and Supervising Producer
Why I Chose Champlain:

I chose Champlain for both the Upside-Down Curriculum and the overall welcome feeling I noticed when I first came to campus.

Charlie

Charlie Carucci '18

Major:
Game Design

Specialization:
Sonic Arts

Hometown:
Stamford, CT

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Former Student Government Association Member
Why I Chose Champlain:

I chose Champlain because I knew I wanted to get into my major right away. Knowing that I would be making games my very first semester, plus getting to explore Burlington, VT was too good of an opportunity to pass up. The first time I visited Champlain, I knew it was the school for me.

Dominque

Dominique Cornacchia '18

Major:
Broadcast Media Production

Minor:
Global Studies

Hometown:
Essex Junction, VT

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Working at Counseling & Health Services
  • Former student leader for the spring service trip to Nicaragua
Why I Chose Champlain:

I chose Champlain because it fosters a welcoming close-knit community with the same opportunities of any large university. Last year I spent three semesters studying abroad in places all over the world including Argentina, Ireland, and China!

Adam

Adam DeCosta '20

Major:
Computer Science & Innovation

Minor:
Math

Hometown:
Georgia, VT

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Champlayers (student theatre club)
Why I Chose Champlain:

I knew I wanted to start right away with my major-focused learning and Champlain's Upside-Down Curriculum gave me that opportunity. I also loved the campus. Burlington is beautiful and Champlain's views are amazing!

Brian

Brian Denzak '18

Major:
Management of Creative Media

Specialization:
Broadcast & Streaming Media

Hometown:
Syracuse, NY

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Financial Peer Coach
Why I Chose Champlain:

I chose Champlain because of how I felt when I stepped onto campus. Everyone seemed so friendly and welcoming. There was a genuine sense that everyone there wanted to see me succeed and would provide me with all of the necessary opportunities to step outside my comfort zone and grow as an individual.

Stephanie

Stephanie Doan '18

Major:
Psychology

Minor:
Business Administration

Hometown:
Dorchester, MA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Intern with the Office of Residential Life
  • Stiller Women in Business
  • CARE Program Mentor
Why I Chose Champlain:

I chose Champlain because I loved (and still love) the community that exists on campus and in Burlington. Everyone is just so genuinely nice!

Meghan

Meghan Donovan '20

Major:
Computer Information Technology

Minor:
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:

  • Champlayers (theatre group)
  • Champlain Wave radio station
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.

Matthew

Matthew Fortier '18

Major:
Computer Science & Innovation

Specialization:
Mobile Application Development

Hometown:
Kennebunk, ME

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Supervisor at the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation
  • Resident Assistant
Why I Chose Champlain:

Champlain's approach to general education along with major classes in my first semester was the biggest selling point for me.

Dylan

Dylan Francis '19

Major:
Computer Networking
& Cybersecurity
Minor/Specialization:
Computer & Digital Forensics

Hometown:
Buxton, ME

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Research Assistant at the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI)
  • Resident Assistant
Why I Chose Champlain:

I chose Champlain mainly for the Upside-Down Curriculum. I loved that I could get a start on my major in my first year at Champlain. Other selling points were the opportunities to work at the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation, not to mention the ability to Study Abroad. Then stepping on this campus I knew I could make it my home away from home.

Mariah

Mariah Griffin '20

Major:
Criminal Justice

Minor:
Law and Spanish

Hometown:
Rutland, VT

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Resident Assistant
Why I Chose Champlain:

I chose Champlain because of downtown Burlington, the Upside-Down Curriculum, small class size!

Montse

Montserrat Guerra-Solano '20

Major:
Filmmaking

Minor:
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

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.

Dymon

Dymon Guthrie '21

Major:
Early Childhood/
Elementary Education

Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Dance team
  • Shades of Me
  • Admissions Contribution Team(ACT)
Why I Chose Champlain:

Very friendly atmosphere, but Upside-Down Curriculum was the icing on the cake!

Teddy

Teddy Hincks '20

Major:
Computer & Digital Forensics

Minor:
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.

James

James Keats '18

Major:
Game Programming

Hometown:
Westfield, MA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Host of "The Grind" Open Mic Night
  • Programmer at the Emergent Media Center
Why I Chose Champlain:

The wide variety of people here! I looked at a lot of tech schools, and Champlain was the only place I found where I could be a tech major and have friends in education, filmmaking, accounting and more!

Julia

Julia Leonard '20

Major:
Broadcast Media Production

Minor:
Web Development

Hometown:
Exeter, NH

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Club Volleyball
  • Orientation Leader
  • Creative Liaison for Maple Street Media
Why I Chose Champlain:

The feeling I got when I first walked on campus and how easy it was to get involved in any club, sport, or leadership position, were my two biggest draws to Champlain. I also loved the emphasis on internships and studying abroad.

Zynab

Zynab Makki '19

Major:
Computer Networking
& Cybersecurity

Minor/Specialization:
Human Resource Management
& Organization Development/
Network Administration

Hometown:
New Paltz, NY

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Champlain College Esports (CCE)
  • Champlayers (student theatre club)
Why I Chose Champlain:

The campus felt really comfortable and I felt right at home, even while just visiting! You can easily find your niche here; I found mine, and it's enabled me to grow as a professional and as a person in ways that I would never have had the opportunity to do elsewhere.

Jacqueline

Jacqueline Noborikawa '20

Major:
Data Analytics

Minor:
Math

Hometown:
Kaneohe, HI

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Women in ITS (Information Technology & Sciences)
  • Shades of Me (women of color affinity group)
  • Student Government Association
Why I Chose Champlain:

I chose Champlain College for the Computer Networking & Cybersecurity major. During my first year, I learned a lot about who I could be through the friendships and clubs I joined. I just recently changed my major to Data Analytics, but stayed because I had fallen in love with the people and positive environment here at Champlain.

Haley

Haley Parent '18

Major:
Environmental Policy

Minor:
Law

Hometown:
Loudon, NH

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Center for Service and Sustainability Learning
  • Student Government Association (formerly)
  • Champlain Crossover (online magazine)
Why I Chose Champlain:

I liked the idea of being able to get into my major right away. I also was excited to study environmental issues in a progressive state like Vermont.

Sammi

Sammi Penza '20

Major:
Criminal Justice

Minor:
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!

Zach

Zach Phillips '20

Major:
Game Design

Minor:
Game Programming

Hometown:
Exton, PA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Champlain College eSports (CCE)
Why I Chose Champlain:

Burlington is a beautiful area, and Champlain already had an amazing Game Design program. It was a win-win!

Laura

Laura Reilly '18

Major:
Game Programming

Hometown:
Schenectady, NY

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Montreal Campus Blogger (formerly)
Why I Chose Champlain:

Champlain was one of the only schools that had game development as a major instead of a specialization. The distance from home isn't too far but also not too close, and I've always wanted to live near the lake.

Anthony

Anthony Rivers '18

Major:
Psychology

Hometown:
Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Academics, Health, Engagement, Achievement, & Discovery (AHEAD) program mentor with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI)
  • Former Resident Assistant
  • Former Orientation Leader
Why I Chose Champlain:

When I toured campus, I knew that Champlain was the place for me. It was something about how genuine the people seemed. Four years later, I can definitely say I made the right choice. My teachers, advisers, and peers are all invested in my success - I always feel supported.

Christine

Christine Tibert '18

Major:
Public Relations

Minor:
Event Management

Hometown:
Bridgewater, MA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • The Crossover (online magazine)
  • Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
  • CHAMP (Champlain Has Activities and Motivational Programming)
Why I Chose Champlain:

I chose Champlain because I wanted to have the opportunity to test all of my passions before I chose a major. I knew that at Champlain I could combine all of my interests into one amazing program.

Jon

Jon Trusheim '20

Major:
Data Analytics

Minor:
Math and Computer Science

Hometown:
Acton, MA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Working on a game outside of class with 8 other friends
Why I Chose Champlain:

When I first came to Champlain, I was a game programming major. I came because I loved the curriculum. When I figured out that I did not want to be a game programmer, I stayed because I loved the community and class style.

Jade

Jade Ye '18

Major:
Public Relations

Hometown:
Branford, CT

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
  • Maple Street Media (student-run PR firm)
  • The Crossover (online Magazine)
Why I Chose Champlain:

I chose Champlain because I felt a sense of community as soon as I stepped onto the campus. I also wanted to start working in my major right away.

Student Ambassadors Abroad

Bekemeh

Bekemeh Airewele '19

Studying in:
Dublin, Ireland

Major:
Marketing

Hometown:
Lynn, MA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Student Government
  • Champlayers (student theatre club)
  • Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Why I Chose Champlain:

I chose Champlain because of its affordability, the great housing, and after-graduation opportunities.

Quinn

Quinn Kanner '19

Studying in:
Dublin, Ireland

Major:
Professional Writing

Hometown:
Rockledge, FL

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Dance Team
  • Writer for the Crossover (online magazine)
  • Chivomengro(online magazine)
Why I Chose Champlain:

I was drawn to how unique and career-focused the Professional Writing major is, and how passionate and driven all the students are.

Emma

Emma Katz '19

Studying in:
Prague, Czech Republic

Major:
Marketing

Hometown:
Brunswick, ME

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Resident Assistant
  • Kelly Marketing Group
  • Ski & Ride Club
Why I Chose Champlain:

I thought that the Upside-Down Curriculum was super cool and liked the idea of being presented with major related courses from the start of my college career. I wanted to know that the subject I chose to study, truly aligned with my interests and professional goals. Can we also just talk about the views though?

Jessy

Jessy Moyer '19

Studying in:
Dublin, Ireland

Major:
Communication

Hometown:
Reading, PA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Firm Director for Maple Street Media (student-run PR firm)
  • Media Editor for Chivomengro (online magazine)
  • Vice President of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Why I Chose Champlain:

There is an endless amount of opportunities this school has to offer. In a smaller community like Champlain, everyone is able to quickly and comfortably find their niche, and it's easy to thrive in that sort of environment. Also, Burlington is very nature-oriented, and I love the outdoors!

Conor

Conor Tully '19

Studying in:
Montreal, Quebec

Major:
Game Design

Hometown:
Southlake, TX

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Orientation Leader
  • Vermont Smash
  • Ski & Ride Club
Why I Chose Champlain:

Greg Bemis was willing to show me all of the different assignments for Game Design classes during the open house. I had him as my professor for my first class ever at Champlain and I have loved being here ever since!