Join us for Family Weekend & Spirit Week 2019

Family Weekend 2019

September 20-22, 2019

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


Shuttle Service

Parking available at the Miller Center at Lakeside, located at 175 Lakeside Ave off of Pine Street. for free all weekend, with shuttles running continuously up to St. Paul and Main Campus.

Friday: 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday: 7:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Bookstore Hours

Friday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

ATTEND A CLASS

Sit in on one of our Core division classes to experience your student's academic life at Champlain. Explore the policies and innovations surrounding the world's latest issues and defend and expand your ideas and thoughts.

To help us plan for the number of extra 'students' in each class, please email familyweekend@champlain.edu for a full list of classes!

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM - WOMEN'S & GENDER CENTER 

Skiff Hall, Annex Room 102, Women's & Gender Center 

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 student? Come learn about the philosophy of the Women's & Gender Center and how this new center will support your student through empowerment and education around their three areas of focus: empowerment and leadership, gender and sexuality, and sexual violence prevention.

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

IDX Student Life Center, Argosy Gymnasium

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.

6:45 PM  ENJOY THE SUNSET FROM MIC BALCONY

Miller Information Common (Library)

Enjoy one of our students' 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. Student's can swipe in three guests on their meal plan, or it's $11 per person, pay at the door. If you choose to stay for dinner, be sure to check out The Grind Coffee House.

7:00 PM  THE GRIND

IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge 

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 

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

IDX Student Life Center, HUB

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

IDX Student Life Center, Dining Hall

Enjoy a campus brunch in the dining hall before or after the 9:10 AM President's address. Brunch tickets will be distributed at registration/check-in. Please present your brunch ticket at the door.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM  A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT 

IDX Student Life Center, Argosy Gymnasium

Champlain College Interim President Laurie Quinn will talk with parents and families about issues of interest and take questions from the audience.  Special performance by Champlain's acapella group, Purposeful Dissonance.

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM FINANCIAL AID WALK-IN HOURS

Perry HallFinancial Aid will be taking walk-in appointments in their offices in Perry Hall.

10:15 - 11:00 AM  MEET THE DIVISION & DEAN

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 and Creative Media - Paula Willoquet-Maricondi - Champlain Room
    • Robert P. Stiller School of Business - Scott Baker - Perry Presentation
    • Division of Information Technology and Sciences - Scott Stevens - Argosy Gym 
    • Division of Education and Human Services - Laurel Bongiorno - Morgan Room 
    • The Game Studio - Amanda Crispel - Alumni Auditorium

11:00 - 11:45 AM  RADICALLY PRAGMATIC CAREER SUCCESS: THE CHAMPLAIN EXPERIENCE

Communications & Creative Media Building, Champlain Room

Hear from Career Collaborative 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.

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

IDX Student Life Center, Argosy Gymnasium

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

12:00 - 12:45 PM  THE INS AND OUTS OF COLLEGE LIFE & THE MANY RESOURCES CHAMPLAIN HAS TO OFFER

Communications & Creative Media Building, Champlain Room

Meet with leadership from the Division of Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion to get the 30,000 foot view on the many nuances, support services, and opportunities that students have within their Champlain community. 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 and live in community with one another. This is sure to be an engaging and lively discussion.

12:30 - 2 PM  VERMONT FOOD TRUCKS LUNCH

Skiff Parking Lot

Located at the Spirit Carnival, enjoy a taste of the Burlington food truck scene with a variety of vendors offering something for everyone. This is a pay on your own option. Food trucks will include:

    • Las Amigas Tacos
    • A Single Pebble
    • Lake Champlain Ice Cream
    • Jamaican Supreme
    • Micro Mobile Kitchen
    • Maudite Poutine

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  LYMAN PROFESSORSHIP LECTURE

Communications & Creative Media Building, Champlain Room
You're Welcome: Hospitality as the Essence of Effective Classroom Teaching 

Join the 2019 Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship Award recipient, Eric Ronis of the Division of Communication and Creative Media, for an interactive discussion on teaching and the student experience. You'll explore how, in an increasingly diverse world, expanding our willingness and capacity for welcoming people who are "other" than ourselves is imperative not only for effective teaching, but also for effective "student-ing."

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

Finney Quad

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

Miller Center at Lakeside

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

Miller Center at Lakeside

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

40 Sears Lane

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

Perry Presentation Room, Perry Hall

The Division of Communication & Creative Media is proud to celebrate student achievement with the second 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  ENJOY A LOCAL DINNER

Enjoy dinner at one of Burlington's many incredible restaurants and explore some of your student's favorite spots on Church Street.

8:00 PM  AN EVENING OF IMPROV COMEDY 

Communications & Creative Media Building, Alumni Auditorium

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

IDX Student Life Center, Argosy Gymnasium

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


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

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 8 AM, or for those that park off-site. $3 for adults and $2 for children.