Join us for Family Weekend & Spirit Week 2019

Family Weekend 2019

September 20-22, 2019

Registration opens August 1, 2019. Please check back with us to register.

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There's no place like Vermont in autumn. Our Family Weekend is at the beginning of peak foliage season in New England. What better excuse for a quick trip to one of the most beautiful locations in the country this time of year than to join us for our annual Family Weekend event? All that, plus get some primo family time in. It's a win-win-win.

Starting with a reception on Friday night, you'll meet with other families and hear our faculty and staff speak about the developments in our Champlain classrooms and beyond. The opening reception is always an exciting kickoff to a great weekend.

Saturday leads off with a family breakfast and an address from President Laurie Quinn. In the afternoon, you'll join the entire community of students and Student and Residential Life staff for the Family Weekend & Spirit Week Carnival! It's always super fun and an epic photo op for the folks on campus!

But wait! There's more: Enjoy an Improv Show performed by students at The Grind open mic coffee house event, and take an easy (paved, even) hike up Mt. Philo, with its spectacular views of this glorious state your student calls home! Plus, you'll have plenty of time to explore Burlington's downtown, the waterfront, art galleries, the farmers' market, shops, restaurants and more.

Champlain College Family Weekend

September 20-22, 2019


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

8:30 AM - 11:00 PM  SHUTTLE SERVICE

Shuttles run on a continuous loop from the Lakeside Parking Lot to 194 St. Paul to Main Campus. 

Avoid traffic and parking challenges by parking for free in our Lakeside lot, and shuttling up to campus. The shuttle also makes stops at 194 St. Paul, a great hop off point to get downtown! 

9:00 AM - 8:00 PM  THE CAMPUS STORE IS OPEN!

Load up on Champlain swag and show off your green and blue Champlain pride!

12:30 - 5:30 PM  ATTEND A CLASS

Sit in on one of our division classes to experience your student's academic life at Champlain. Defend and expand your ideas in a CORE class; motivate, and oversee groups of game artists, designers, and programmers; or explore the policies and innovations surrounding the world's environmental issues.

A full class list and times coming soon!  

5:30 - 7:00 PM  REGISTRATION, CHECK-IN AND WELCOME RECEPTION

Join us for a Welcome Reception to kick off Family Weekend! Meet some of our faculty and staff, get to know your student's new friends and connect with fellow Champlain families. Seasonal refreshments, beer and wine will be served. 

6:00 - 7:00 PM  CLASS OF 2020 WELCOME TO THE ALUMNI COMMUNITY

Class of 2020 students and families, kick off your final year at Champlain with networking and alumni welcome reception hosted by the Alumni Advisory Board and Alumni Relations team. Hear more about the exciting opportunities to celebrate your time at Champlain College and this transition from student to a member of this incredible alumni community.

6:45 PM  ENJOY THE SUNSET FROM MIC BALCONY

Enjoy one of our student's favorite views, a sunset over Lake Champlain from the 3rd Floor of MIC! Other student-recommended top spots include the CCM Skyloft and EATS patio. 

7:00 PM  DINNER ON YOUR OWN

Enjoy dinner at one of Burlington's many incredible restaurants and explore some of your student's favorite spots on Church Street. You'll be able to check out our list of student's top recommended places. Or, take advantage of the full Champlain experience and join us for dinner in the Dining Hall ($11 per person, pay at the door). If you choose to stay for dinner, be sure to check out The Grind. 

7:00 PM  THE GRIND

A safe space for students to play and/or listen to all kinds of performances: music, spoken word, comedy-you name it! On this special night, our regular Grind performers will provide a sampling of favorites for your entertainment.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 

7:30 AM - 11:30 PM  SHUTTLE SERVICE

Shuttles run on a continuous loop from the Lakeside Parking Lot to 194 St. Paul to Main Campus. 

Avoid traffic and parking challenges by parking for free in our Lakeside lot, and shuttling up to campus. The shuttle also makes stops at 194 St. Paul, a great hop off point to get downtown! 

7:45 AM - 1:00 PM  INFORMATION TABLE AND CHECK-IN

Pick up a Family Weekend schedule and campus map. We will also have some Champlain Family decals to outfit your car. We're also happy to make recommendations for off campus activities, or dinner tonight.

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM  WEEKEND BRUNCH

Enjoy a campus brunch in the dining hall before or after the 9:00 AM President's address. Brunch tickets will be distributed at registration/check-in. Please present your brunch ticket at the door. 

9:00 AM - 10:00  AM A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT 

Champlain College Interim President Laurie Quinn and other members of College leadership will talk with parents and families about issues of interest and take questions from the audience.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  THE CAMPUS STORE IS OPEN! 

Load up on Champlain Swag, and show off your school pride!  

10:15 - 11:00 AM  MEET THE DEAN AND/OR FACULTY

Take some time getting to know the Dean of your student's division. You will also have the opportunity to meet with the Career Coach representing each division. This session offers an opportunity for your family to meet the Deans and learn about the disciplines they oversee in an informal Q & A session. 

There will be sessions for:

    • Division of Communication & Creative Media
    • Robert P. Stiller School of Business 
    • Division of Information Technology & Sciences 
    • Division of Education & Human Services 
    • The Game Studio  

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM  STUDY ABROAD: INTERNATIONALIZING YOUR CHAMPLAIN EXPERIENCE

Learn about international education and study-abroad opportunities at Champlain. Discover how these opportunities foster students' personal and professional growth and global perspective.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM  THE IN'S AND OUT'S OF COLLEGE LIFE & THE MANY RESOURCES CHAMPLAIN HAS TO OFFER

Meet with the Office of Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion to get the 30,000 foot view on the many nuances, support services, and opportunities that students have within their Champlain community. Whether it's information on the philosophy and vision of the division or our approach to diversity and inclusion that you seek, we will be happy to inform you of where this office is best serving your student. We know that your student is growing and shaping their thoughts and perspectives throughout their college experience and we are happy to be here to support their new approach to how they view the world.  This is sure to be an engaging and lively discussion.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM  SUPPORT SERVICES FOR EVERYONE 

The transition from high school to college can be a big one, and by now your student is well aware of just how big a transition it can be. This session is designed for families to help students find their niche in their new home now that the honeymoon stage is over. You will find out about ways to get your student involved. Learn about wellness programs your student can join, how to guide them through those difficult conversations with roommates as well as strategies to keep themselves well both physically and mentally. Hear about the many different services that Residential Life, Counseling Service, and Health & Wellness has to offer, and so much more. Come meet professional staff and hear different perspectives during this transitional time.

12:00 PM  PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL LUNCH

Annual Family Weekend lunch and meeting. By invitation only. 

12:15 - 1:00 PM  RADICALLY PRAGMATIC CAREER SUCCESS: THE CHAMPLAIN EXPERIENCE

Hear from the director of the Career Collaborative, Dr. Tanja Hinterstoisser, about the ins and outs of our radically pragmatic career success-our differentiated approach that ensures our students graduate with confidence and competence, and fully qualified to leap into the future. Learn about our distinctive career programs, our employer partners and InSight-our distinctive, four-year, curriculum-embedded program that equips students with career readiness and personal finance skills to ensure their successful transition from college to career.

12:15 - 1:00 PM  EXECUTIVE FUNCTION IN COLLEGE TRANSITIONS

This workshop will focus on identifying and building those resources necessary for a smooth transition into life as a student enrolled in college. Academic Coaches develop essential Executive Function skills necessary for independence, including goal setting and planning, and prioritizing each step needed to reach that goal. Additional executive function skills include systems to organize coursework and resources, time management, and building self-regulation skills to avoid distractions and recover from setbacks in order to complete goals. Hear about the various options for supporting students by building tools, strategies, and connecting with campus resources for a successful and independent transition to college.

12:15 - 1:00 PM  SUPPORTING YOUR FEMALE IDENTIFIED, LGBTQ and/or GENDER NON-CONFORMING STUDENT

Are you curious to learn how you can make life at Champlain the best fit possible for your female identified, LGBTQ and/or gender non-conforming student? Want to learn about the many different resources Champlain has to offer your students? Come hear about the Women's & Gender Center and how it supports your student through empowerment and education around their three areas of focus: empowerment and leadership, gender and sexuality, and sexual violence prevention.

12:30 - 2 PM  VERMONT FOOD TRUCKS LUNCH

Enjoy a taste of Burlington with a variety of food vendors offering everything from pork belly and barbecue to Malaysian street food and vegan noodles. A fun lunch for everyone, located next to the Spirit Carnival.

1:00 - 4:00 PM  SPIRIT WEEK & FAMILY WEEKEND CARNIVAL

Celebrate Family Weekend and the culmination of a successful Spirit Week at this family-friendly carnival. Fun for all ages!

1:00 - 3:00 PM  EMERGENT MEDIA CENTER OPEN HOUSE

A Center of Experience where students are employed or intern to work on ground-breaking digital media projects for positive social impact. Games, interactive experiences, mobile apps, virtual reality, alternative controllers, and video are just some of what is created. Located at the Miller Center at Lakeside campus. Location: Miller Center at Lakeside Campus, 1st Floor. Shuttle service is available.

1:00 - 3:00 PM  SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY CENTER FOR DIGITAL INVESTIGATION (LCDI) OPEN HOUSE

Visit the LCDI and meet students who are helping Vermont law enforcement stay on the cutting edge of digital investigations and cybersecurity. You will also meet student employees who will present current research and development projects. Location: Miller Center at Lakeside Campus, 3rd Floor. Shuttle service is available.

1:00 - 3:00 PM  GENERATOR MAKER SPACE OPEN HOUSE

Champlain has begun an initiative to expand its maker capacities by merging with Generator, the community maker space conveniently located at the south end of the Lakeside parking lot. Generator offers a plethora of tools, from 3D printers and laser cutters, to electronics and metal-working. Experienced Champlain student techs will be on hand at Generator to provide tours and more information. Location: 40 Sears Lane. (Just across the parking lot from our Lakeside campus). Shuttle Service is available. 

4:00 PM  LAMBDA PI ETA INDUCTION CEREMONY

The Division of Communication & Creative Media is proud to celebrate student achievement with the first annual Lambda Pi Eta induction ceremony. The official student honor society of the National Communication Association, Lambda Pi Eta, recognizes students' outstanding academic performance across the wide array of communication and media fields. Our campus chapter, Alpha Epsilon Eta, joins the more than 500 chapters nation-wide. Lambda Pi Eta is a member of the Association of College Honors Societies and membership is considered lifetime.  

4:30 - 8:00 PM  EXPERIENCE DINNER IN THE DINING HALL

Join your student and other families for dinner. You may arrive anytime between 4:30-7:00 PM Guests pay at the door ($11 per person), no charge for residential students. You are also welcome to check out our additional dining facility, EATS, from 4-11 PM and enjoy their a la carte menu.  

8:00 PM  AN EVENING OF IMPROV COMEDY 

Saturday evening's improvisation promises to be an engaging, fun, comical, enlightening, and interactive experience. Spontaneous comedy more often than not involves adult subject matter (mature language, sexual situations, drug use, etc.). This event is not suitable for children. 

8:00 PM  BINGO Argosy Gymnasium

Join us for a family-friendly evening of bingo with snacks and fun prizes. 


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  THE CAMPUS STORE IS OPEN! 

Last chance to pick up some Champlain gear for the whole family. Located in the Center for Communication and Creative Media, 1st Floor 

9:00 AM  MOUNT PHILO HIKE 

Mount Philo State Park, Charlotte, VT

Enjoy an easy hike up Mt. Philo (elev. 968'), offering spectacular views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. Get to know fellow families and enjoy a beginner/moderate hike to some of the best views around. Free entry before 9 AM, or for those that park off-site. $3 for adults and $2 for children.