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

Bekemeh

Bekemeh Airewele '19

Major:
Marketing

Minor:
Public Relations

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.

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:

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

I chose Champlain because of the overall welcoming environment I felt when I came to campus the first time.

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.

Megan

Megan Charles '18

Major:
Graphic Design & Digital Media

Minor and Specialization:
Marketing and Motion Graphics

Hometown:
Marcellus, NY

Other Campus Involvements:

  • President of the Champlain College AIGA Student Group
  • Orientation Leader
Why I Chose Champlain:

Definitely the incredible faculty at Champlain. From the moment that I first visited campus, I've felt valued by every faculty member that I've met. The way that they teach and help their students grow was something that made Champlain really stand out to 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?

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.

Mariah

Mariah Griffin '20

Majors:
Criminal Justice and Law

Hometown:
Rutland, VT

Why I Chose Champlain:

I chose Champlain because of beautiful downtown Burlington, it's close to home, and the Upside-Down Curriculum!

Emma

Emma Katz '19

Major:
Marketing

Minor:
Communication

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?

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!

Jared

Jared Knepper '19

Major:
Management & Innovation

Hometown:
Chambersburg, PA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Resident Assistant
  • Orientation Leader
  • CHAMP (Champlain Has Activities and Motivational Programming)
Why I Chose Champlain:

I love Champlain for the community—the small classes, the unique residence halls, the classmates you see across campus & Burlington, and the professors with whom you build such personal relationships.

Julia

Julia Leonard '20

Major:
Broadcast Media Production

Minor:
Web Development

Hometown:
Exeter, NH

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Club Volleyball
  • Parkour Club
  • Library Aide
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 and Specialization:
Human Resource Management
& Organization Development
and 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.

Jessy

Jessy Moyer '19

Major:
Communication

Specialization:
Public Relations

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!

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:

  • Intramural and Pick-Up Basketball
  • Vice President and Founding Member of The Quest (Champlain's first men of color affinity group)
Why I Chose Champlain:

Champlain was close to a lot of my family and I was very familiar with the city of Burlington. I loved how quickly I could get involved in my major and all of the wonderful people I met quickly cemented my place as a member of the community.

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 '19

Major:
Game Programming

Minor:
Math

Hometown:
Acton, MA

Other Campus Involvements:

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

I chose Champlain because of the curriculum. Every other school I looked at when I asked if there were any classes that put programmers, artists, and designers on the same team to make a game they said "no."

Conor

Conor Tully '19

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!

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

Tara

Tara Alexander '18

Studying in:
Dublin, Ireland

Major:
Marketing

Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Peer Advisor
  • President of Shades of Me (women of color affinity group)
  • Diversity Advisor to the SGA
  • Communication Marketing Assistant at the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation
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 and build a strong community. I am able to do both of these things at Champlain and I love having this access at my disposal.

Dylan

Dylan Francis '19

Studying in:
Dublin, Ireland

Major:
Computer Networking
& Cybersecurity
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 for the Upside-Down Curriculum. I loved that I could get a start on my major in my first year at Champlain. And have the opportunity to work at the Leahy Center was a huge selling point. Then stepping on this campus I knew I could make it my home away from home.

Quinn

Quinn Kanner '19

Studying in:
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.

Kathryn

Kathryn Young '18

Studying in:
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Major:
Law

Hometown:
South Burlington, VT

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Ambassador for the Women's and Gender Center
  • Legal Research Analyst for the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI)
Why I Chose Champlain:

My mother has taught here as a professor for 16 years. I practically grew up on this campus, so Champlain is close to my heart in many ways. However, what drew me in as a student was the undergraduate Law program. There isn't anything else like it in the country, and I knew the Upside-Down Curriculum that Champlain implements into its programs of study would help me succeed in my education.