Champlain College Orientation: Navigate New Waters (image of three boaters heading towards mountains in the distance)

New Student Orientation 2020

New Student Orientation will begin Monday, August 17 and run through Sunday, August 30.

Participation in Orientation is required for all incoming students. All orientation activities will take place virtually until Saturday, August 29 when we will incorporate in-person activities for students located on-campus.

Links for "Welcome to Champlain College: Navigating New Waters!" and "The Nuts & Bolts of your College Career," will be posted here; links to all additional sessions will be posted in Canvas, our learning management tool. (We'll explain how to access Canvas in the first two Orientation sessions.)

We look forward to seeing you on August 17!

Families, please join us!

You are welcome and encouraged to participate in two Orientation sessions: 

  • Monday, August 17, 2020, 12:00-12:30 PM: Welcome to Champlain College: Navigating New Waters!
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 12:00-1:30 PM: The Nuts & Bolts of your College Career

If you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out to orientation@champlain.edu

Before Orientation begins, please complete these tasks:

1

Emergency Contact Form — Complete your Emergency Contact Form and Evacuation Plan

You can find the Emergency Contact form in WebAdvisor. Under "Communications" select "Emergency Contact-Students." 

Questions? Contact the Student Health Center at healthservices@champlain.edu.

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Cash Card is the debit card function of your Student ID Card. Cash Card is accepted on-campus at EATS, the campus store, the mailroom, and in the laundry machines. Cash Card may be used with a number of merchants and vendors in the greater Burlington area who display our CC Cash Card logo.

You can deposit funds to your Cash Card account in-person or online through a secure online portal at champlain.edu/id-card.

  • The minimum is $20 for online deposits, and there is a waiting period of one business day before you can use the funds deposited online.
  • Deposits made in-person will be available for use immediately. The minimum is $5 for in-person deposits. You can make a deposit using cash, check, credit or debit in person at Compass Student Services, located in Perry Hall. Compass Student Services can be reached at compass@champlain.edu and by calling or texting 802-922-1474. We are open Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

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Culture and Community Courses — Champlain College wants to work together with you to create a safe and respectful campus community. As part of that commitment, we expect all incoming students to complete part one of the AlcoholEdu, Sexual Assault Prevention, Wellbeing, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Students courses.

The Office of Community Standards will provide instructions for accessing and completing these courses via email on Monday, August 3; the courses must be completed by Monday, August 24.

Questions? Email communitystandards@champlain.edu.

New Student Orientation Schedule

If you need any special accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility at accessibility@champlain.edu.


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Our adventure together begins with a special welcome address from Champlain College President, Dr. Benjamin Akande; Angela Batista, Vice President of Student Affairs & Institutional Diversity and Inclusion; and Reese C. Kelly, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Equity & Inclusion.

You will also meet members of the Office of Student Engagement and your amazing Orientation Leaders! You'll learn what to expect over the next two weeks as you navigate the new waters of Champlain College!

Link to this FAQ

In this session, we will describe the expectations all students will be asked to follow on campus to keep the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will share specific information about the Health Pledge that all students are expected to sign, as well as the consequences for not following the pledged behaviors. All students have a responsibility to themselves and to the other members of the community to adhere to these safety guidelines.

Presented by:

Bruce Bovat, Director of Campus Public Safety
Annika Hawkins-Hilke, Medical Director
Kaleena Rolitsky, Associate Director of Community Standards
Susan Waryck, Dean of Students

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Hear from many departments and offices from around Champlain.  Learn about the resources, engage with various staff members, and have your questions answered.

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All aboard! Meet your Orientation Leaders and get to know your fellow classmates as you all navigate your way through the open waters of Orientation.

This Group will be your crew for the next couple weeks. Learn more details on the Orientation schedule, hear about the fun events being offered, and get all of your questions answered!

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Set your horizons with your Orientation Group as you continue to navigate your way through Orientation. Your Orientation Leaders have some really fun games and activities planned to help your crew get to know one another.

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Are you ready to have some fun, Class of 2024? Join us for an evening of Bingo where you can win some awesome prizes—Gift Cards, Electronics, Champlain Swag and a ton of other prizes! Just show up and we will have everything you need to play (and hopefully, win)!

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Let's celebrate your first week of Orientation with a ton of fun! Join us for some games, activities, and social opportunities!  You will have some options to choose from!

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Enjoy the calm winds and take a break. Settle into your new surrounding, tie up any loose ends, or simply relax and enjoy the day off!

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Now that you have had a week on the open waters, rejoin your Orientation group to get ready for the week ahead! Hear about upcoming sessions, learn about presenters, and have fun with your crew as you set sail on week 2 of Orientation!

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Meet Dean of Students, Susan Waryck, and SGA President, John James "JJ" Anderson, as they welcome you to Champlain College. You will also get some updates from the Office of Student Engagement as you prepare for your upcoming week before the start of classes!

Presented by:

John James "JJ" Anderson, President of the Student Government Association
Susan Waryck, Dean of Student

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Learn what we mean when we talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion at Champlain College and get familiar with resources on campus, including the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Women's & Gender Center.

You'll be invited to consider your role as a member of our community and how you can live out the values of our community.  Winners from the Culture and Community Diversity Course will be announced!

Presented by:

Ashley Michelle Fowler, Associate Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Christie Howell, Interim Program Manager, Women's and Gender Center
Nadia Mitchell, Equity Initiatives Director, Division of Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion

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All attendees will be provided with information related to fire safety, general safety and crime prevention. Campus Public Safety (CPS) will also explore campus alcohol, illegal substance, noise violation policies as well as provide valuable personal safety tips.

During this presentation CPS will provide a brief video on options one can take to best mitigate a threat during the unlikely event of an active shooter on campus.

Attendees will also hear about Champlain College's steps to promote a safe, responsive campus as well as a survivor's mind-set. All questions related to this presentation should be directed to Bruce Bovat at bbovat@champlain.edu or publicsafety@champlain.edu.

Presented by:

Bruce Bovat, Director of Campus Public Safety

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Touch base with your Orientation Leaders and Orientation Group. Debrief the sessions you attended the past few days, get your questions answered, and find out what the Orientation Leaders have planned for the rest of the week!

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Learn about the variety of services that the Counseling and Health Centers provide to all students, both on-campus residents, and commuter students.

Our staff will talk about how we provide holistic mental health and medical services through preventative care and education; as well give you a few tips to help cope with the transition to college.

Winners from the Culture and Community Wellbeing Course will be announced!

Presented by:

Counseling Center and Health Center Staff

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Champlain College cares about the well-being of all students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and inclusive environment where all community members are treated with respect and dignity.

At this session, you will learn about Champlain's policies and procedures with regard to Community Standards, Sexual Misconduct, and Bias Response.Please note that this session will deal with sensitive material. 

Winners from the Culture and Community Title IX Course will be announced! 

Presented by:

Reese C. Kelly, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion
Kaleena Rolitsky, Associate Director of Community Standards

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Students will learn skills and approaches for comfortably addressing concerning behaviors they see from their peers. Being an active bystander is an essential community responsibility. Knowing how to approach someone when you want to share that you are concerned about them is a life skill that can be developed while in college. We all need this skill in order to take care of each other.

Additionally, the winner will be drawn from those students who completed the alcohol.edu pre-orientation course.

Presented by:

Kaleena Rolitsky, Associate Director of Community Standards
Susan Waryck, Dean of Students

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The Division of Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion (SADI) is here for you during your entire Champlain career and journey.

At Champlain, there are many ways to learn about yourself, connect to your peers and expand your knowledge outside of the classroom. Our programs and activities are designed to help students develop new skills and overcome barriers to student success.

During this session, you will learn how our departments and teams work collaboratively to support you. We will share the College's philosophy of student engagement and some of the many ways you can get involved and contribute to our dynamic campus community both virtually and in person starting now.

Presented by:

Angela Batista, Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
Reese Kelly, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion
Susan Waryck, Dean of Students.

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Touch base with your Orientation Leaders and Orientation Group. Debrief the sessions you attended the past few days, get your questions answered, and find out what the Orientation Leaders have planned for the rest of the week!

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With Academics being the main focus to get you ready for your first day of classes, we will have an array of sessions for you!

You'll meet with the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Deans, Professors, and other members from Academic Affairs. You will also have time with your Orientation Group. We have specialty group meetings planned as well!

And of course, there will be some fun activities and events to celebrate the completion of your Orientation experience!

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