Employee Shout-Outs

A simple gesture can brighten up someone's day. Giving a shout-out is a great way to recognize your peers for their work, talent, and living our institutional values, and to contribute to a culture of appreciation, community, and kindness.

Shout-outs will be updated regularly as they come in. Send in your own shout-out!

June Shout-Outs

  • People Center: HUGE shoutout and thank you to the People Center for sponsoring the drinks and delicious, delicious pizza at this year's Staff Council end of the year party!
  • Tim Van Woert: As the end of the fiscal year approaches, and many projects need to be finished on time, things naturally go awry at every opportunity. Nonetheless, Tim remains calm, unflappable, and on top of all the details. Thank you, Tim!
  • Timothy Williams: Tim is a great, empathetic colleague! He brings expertise and thoughtfulness to every situation and interaction. You rock, Tim!!!
  • Danielle L'Esperance, Jean-Marie Severance, Leslie Van Wagner, and Carrie Honeman: Thank you for all your hard work organizing an amazing Staff Professional Development Day with wonderful speaker, fun prizes, great afternoon sessions, and great networking opportunities!
  • Ali Hadi: Thank you for all you work and time you have giving supporting students at the Leahy Center. Even when you are busy with teaching, you own projects, and taking training you have always made time to mentor Leahy Center students on projects, meet with Leahy Center clients, and give advice to Leahy Center Leadership. We appreciate all you do for the Leahy Center and could not do a lot of our mission without you!
  • Liza Geduldig, Kellie Nadeau, Linda Goodrum and the entire commencement team: Kudos to the entire commencement team, led by Liza, Kellie and Linda! Your efforts in all of the behind the scenes planning made the 2022 Commencement ceremonies meaningful for all of our graduating students and their families. The attention to detail was amazing, and no challenge was insurmountable. Well done, everyone!
  • Kelsey O'Connor: Kelsey is a super special person! She works hard, never complains, and is someone who is often behind the scenes of good things happening around campus! Her help at commencement was vital, she was outside all day, pretty much from 7-4 pm on that 88+ degree day. That's Kelsey and how she tends to take care of things with no complaints! Thanks for making Champlain a great place for students and faculty and staff.
  • Lisa Martinez: Whether she is delivering the mail when Steve is on vacation or coordinating the details of an installation project, Lisa is always calm and unflappable, and always has a kind word for a colleague, no matter how busy she is!
  • Diane Soboski: Congrats to Diane for being elected as the next PRESIDENT of the New England Association for College Admissions Counseling (NEACAC)! Champlain and institutions across New England are lucky to have your experienced voice representing college admissions professionals, secondary school counselors, college bound organizations, and educational consultants at the regional and national levels for Enrollment and college access.
  • Christian Konczal: Christian has done an amazing job supporting the Varsity teams who have even reached the playoffs for so many teams! He sets the tone for what varsity sports should look like and does a great job supporting students academically, socially, and of course in the world of esports.
  • Diane Byrnes: I appreciate how lovely our campus is and I appreciate that people like Diane go out of their way to stop and pick up garbage along the sidewalk and keep it that way.

May Shout-Outs

  • Maddie Braz: Shout out to Maddie Braz of the Office Of Accessibility for daring to run with CCO Adjunct Neil Groberg's Vermont City Marathon's Relay Team.
  • Sara Quintana: As Director of HR, Sara must juggle more plates than I can imagine. Even so, when she meets with employees to help them navigate concerns or challenges, she is so supportive and helpful. She really cares about the staff at Champlain, and she truly wants to help. Thank you for your support, Sara!
  • JJ Anderson: It has been so wonderful to see JJ go from student worker to pro-staff employee, and now to see him thriving and excelling in his role as helpdesk lead, where he is always so helpful, calm, and kind. Also a particular shoutout for the incredible work he did at this year's graduation ceremony. What a rock star!
  • Lisa Mazzariello: Seeing our students interact with Lisa as the semester wrapped up as well as during commencement shows how much she is connected to them. It is clear that they appreciate everything she does for Champlain and the support she has provided them during their time at Champlain. Thank you for being someone who has the pulse of what's going on for our students and always advocating for them!
  • Jared Cadrette: Jared and the Student Engagement Team put together a fun filled week of events for our Senior Week. Students are so lucky to have Jared planning their start (Orientation) and end to their college career! He sets them off to leave Champlain on the right foot, connecting and reconnecting with their peers and the college as a whole!
  • Eliana Fox: Eliana organized and led a perfectly paced group ride and route on Wednesday for bike week!
  • Liza Geduldig: WHAT A BOSS!!!
  • Liz Allen-Pennebaker, Emily Crist, Christina Erickson, Becca Hopkins, and Faith Yacubian: Kudos to the coordinating committee for organizing this semester's Anti-Racism Circles! It was a very meaningful experience.
  • Luke Lewis: Luke Lewis has counseled hundreds of students during his tenure at Champlain. He has provided care and support with compassion, curiosity, keen insight, sincere intention, and great humility. The positive impact he has had on the lives of our students ripples out through the Champlain community and beyond. He will be missed!
  • Luke Lewis: Thank you to Luke Lewis, for his years of hard work and dedicated service to the Champlain community, with an eye for detail, a creative approach, and a gift for making connections.
  • Ian Fournier and Rian Rabideau: Ian and Rian have done a fantastic job supporting their department and Champlain students throughout the year! From student crises to hall closings, to COVID cases, to supporting an almost entirely new department, these folks have shown an endless amount of kindness, perseverance, and humor! HRL and Champlain College are lucky to have these folks!
  • Student Health Center Staff: We've had a lot of COVID cases on campus in the last few weeks and the health center staff has done a phenomenal job monitoring their email/phones, contacting positive students, and working with them to relocate to isolation housing. Thank you for all your hard work these last few weeks, and this entire year!
  • Jean-Marie Sevarance & Danielle Lesperance: Jean-Marie and Danielle do such an amazing job supporting their staff colleagues. Thank you for always listening, and helping however you can!

April Shout-Outs

  • Christina Brooker and the Event Center Team, Lyle King and the Media Services Team, Linda Goodrum, Jonathan Mikulak, Julia Swift, Andrew Swift, John Rasmussen, Eric Sample, Nancy Kerr, Rich Dietrich, Sandi Earle, the Sodexo Team, Keith Oppenheim, Van Dora Williams, Alex Christian, and all the students who helped with CCM Honors Night: A big thank you to everyone who helped before, during and after our CCM Honors Night. I thought it was a blast and it was absolutely a team effort.
  • Lyle King and the Media Services Team, Christina Brooker and the Event Center Team, Linda Goodrum, Kristy Burdo, and the Sodexo Team, Marita Martin, Kim Moran, Silas Farrar, Sarah Jerger, Jen Adrian, Josie Bunnell, Chris Acosta, Susan Adkins, Van Dora Williams, Robin Perlah, JoAnn Patel, Amanda Crispel and Monique Taylor: Many people pulled together, demonstrating flexibility, creativity, patience and a good deal of humor, to give our search candidates a wonderful experience - thank you all.
  • Tim White: Tim has successfully transitioned the Financial Aid Office over to utilizing the Image Now Document Workflow that had been envisioned for several years! Tim was attentive, proactive, and always available to our team members to listen to our needs and iron out wrinkles in the process. He was always supportive, available, and patient and brought his sense of humor to this project! No detail was too small! Thank you Tim from the OFA!
  • Susan Adkins, Jessica Allard, Sarah Camille Wilson, Leslie Van Wagner, Lauren Bruneau, Erik Eskilsen, Liz Allen-Pennebaker, Faith Yacubian, and Miriam Horne: This is the team that made Research & Write Night a huge success! Both events had a great student turnout, where they were greeted with food, goodies, and all the help and encouragement they could need while finishing up their final papers and research projects. Thanks to everyone for your contributions!
  • Silas Farrar: Silas is always responsive to and patient with questions about payment processes. He was particularly helpful with student travel stipends and other financial questions related to the Freeman Foundation internship program that needed a quick turnaround.
  • All who attended the Caste book club: This book club gave me a sense of pride for the place and admiration for my colleagues. Caste is a powerful well written book that formed the base for meaningful discussion. The organizers brought profound questions and lead with kindness and curiosity. At times conversations were not easy, but they were always important. Many members went on to form book groups within their own spheres or passed the book on to others who would benefit from it. This demonstrates how Champlain is an absolute benefit to the larger community. Thank you to ALL who came for any length of time-YOU make me love where I work.
  • Ed Schlak: Ed does such a great job of ensuring everyone gets their mail, even in the current very weird world of shipping. Thank you, Ed!
  • Domenic Liberti and Gavin: For their prompt response to a malfunctioning copier.
  • The Caste reading group team: Veronica Lewis, Sarah Camille Wilson, Monica Fung-Janardhan, Marita Martin: Their amazing job for coordinating and facilitating the bi-weekly book club for the book "Caste: The Origins of our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson. The team provided compelling and engaging questions and created a welcoming and safe environment for participants to share personal stories, thoughts, and reflections. I'm grateful to this team for creating a venue to discuss this important book.
  • Susan Adkins and Celia Russell: Susan and Celia have taken on additional work to cover two library maternity leaves. If you haven't noticed any change in library services, it is because of their incredible work and dedication. Thank you, Susan and Celia, for helping our library continue to thrive with a reduced team!
  • Tara Arneson: Tara is an extraordinary resource and teammate, and her recent (though consistent and ongoing) help to the CCO Academic Advising Team in particular warrants a huge THANK YOU!
  • Leslie Averill: You should have seen how well Leslie Averill represented the College at the Family Reception Friday night at Admitted Students Day! She had people laughing, cheering, and really engaging in the process of deciding to trust their students with us. It was a real treat to be part of that event and I am sure many students walked away feeling more comfortable with Champlain having heard from Dr. Averill! Bravo!
  • Jenna Giguere and the Student Engagement Team: Did you know we have a dance team and a coach that is loved by her students?! Well, this is what one of her students said about her after Jenna and the Dance Team knocked their Dance Showcase out of the park: "Love this ❤️ you are my biggest inspiration and guiding light! Thank you for being the best coach for the dance team. You are really like the heartbeat of the team and we couldn't have put this show on without you" Check it out for yourself at this link! Thank you to Kelsey O'Connor (Jenna's supervisor) and everyone on the Student Engagement team for allowing our students to really thrive!
  • Nic Anderson: Nic juggles so many plates, and yet he is always so responsive, and kind! He always strives to do the right thing for the College, for his colleagues and our students, and for our planet home!
  • Ciera Miller: As everyone pushes through the final full month of the semester, thank you to Ciera Miller for her continued commitment to the WGC and the DEI work she does! She has worked hard to organize and facilitate events for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. In addition, she constantly strives to educate and challenge her students and peers to examine themselves and to pursue personal growth. Thank you, Ciera, for your thoughtfulness, creativity, and dedication! Summer is on the horizon.

March Shout-Outs

  • Justin Allen, Lisa Martinez, Tim Van Woert: Help and humor with "interior decorating" in Ireland.
  • Samuel Mahler: Always ready to go above and beyond for the college. He will stop everything to help someone (even in his off hours) who needs it and is always a pleasure to work with. Thank you for being you Sam!
  • Pat Boera: Pat juggles so many hoops organizing important student events like the mock interview days, and yet even under pressure she is always so gracious, thoughtful, and kind to all of her colleagues!
  • Pat Lovelace: Pat has an infectious enthusiasm for his job, for the students, and for life. He is always eager and willing to help out with any work that comes his way. Thank you Pat for being you!
  • Joe Eastman, Devin Paden, Susannah Eriksson, Adam Golstein: Shout out to Joe Eastman, Devin Paden, Susannah Eriksson, and their respective teams for putting together another very successful NECCDC 2022. And shout one out to Adam Goldstein for organizing the associated Cybersecurity Conference with some amazing speakers. Finally, a group Shout Out to Champlain's NECCDC team for an impressive second-place finish. Thanks to you all - it was an exciting weekend at Champlain College.
  • Maddie Braz: There are not enough words to express how amazing Maddie is. She is a wonderful colleague and has worked wonders in the Office of Accessibility. The work that she does is phenomenal. The students and Champlain College are lucky to have her as part of the team.
  • Brady Mueller, Caroline Steele, Courtney Ellison, Emily Fenuccio, Kaelyn Murray, Lida Ghamsari, Mark Pierce, Michelle Platt, Oliver Brooks, Sara Stancliffe, Sarah Calnan: Through many changes, challenges, shifts, surprises, and uphill climbs - the CCO Advisors have met them all while STILL maintaining relationships with their online students and supporting those students through their own personal changes, challenges, shifts, surprises, and uphill climbs. You will find no other advisors more committed to supporting adult, online students than this group. Our online students are well supported, listened to, and guided gracefully by the CCO Advising team. In a world turned upside-down for us all, the CCO Advisors remained a steady beacon throughout the pandemic so that our online students could be as successful as possible. Thank you for all that you do, day after day, for our adult, online students. They, and we, are the better for everything you give and share.
  • Emily Fenuccio and Kaelyn Murray: Emily and Kaelyn have done an amazing job as Team Leads for the CCO Advisors. They are knowledgeable, kind, patient, smart, and truly supportive. It's an absolute pleasure to work with these two and know they are dependable, they are flexible, and they truly care about helping our online students and their advisors to be successful. Kudos to you both! Thank you for navigating the uncertainty of these times for our online students with grace and with enthusiasm.
  • Michael Versluys: Quick turnaround, recommendations, and help with logo use on promotional items.
  • Sarah Camille Wilson: Sarah Camille is quite actually the best. She takes on so much to help others and doesn't ask for a thing in return. She deserves all the shout outs, all the time.
  • All the amazing bakers from the 1st Annual Pie Bake-Off: The Pie Bake-Off and all of Pi(e)stravaganza was a huge success. Students, faculty, and staff loved being able to sample so many delectable treats and that was entirely due to all of our voluntary bakers bringing their A+ game in making such a wide variety of truly beautiful and decadent pies. The Great Champlain Bake-Off: Pie episode could give any GBBO contestant a run for their money.
  • Patricia Boera: Outstanding coordination of the 15th annual Elevator Pitch competition. Supporting students, building community partnerships, expanding cross-divisional interactions to achieve a unifying demonstration of the bright lights-the students!

February Shout-Outs

  • Monica Fung Janardhan and Miranda Orcutt: Monica and Miranda do a great job making the ODI a space where students feel welcome, and free to be themselves! The ODI radiates with energy, comradery, and support.
  • Linda Miller: For being an awesome colleague. I hope Linda knows how much she is appreciated and respected in CCO. Thanks for being you, Linda!
  • Leah Miller: Thank you for all you do for the Staff Networking & Reception committee - you are amazing!
  • Joe Eastman: Joe Eastman is one of the competition directors for NECCDC 2022 as well as one of the officials for the NECCDC qualifier and regional competitions. Joe has driven this effort from the start of planning in Summer of 2021 to the recent successful qualifier competition hosted by Champlain College this month. Joe has spent hundreds of hours in support of this volunteer effort which will culminate in over a hundred students and numerous sponsors descending on campus over Spring Break for the NECCDC Regional Competition. Bravo Joe!
  • Staff Networking Committee: Thank you to the Staff Networking Committee & Staff Council Executive Committee for working so diligently to package and deliver all of the cards for colleagues both virtually and in-person on Valentine's Day! It was amazing to see such an outpour of love and appreciate for colleagues all across campus!
  • Cooper Fellows & Matt Gagne: A HUGE thank you to Cooper and Matt for all their work on the Staff Council blog migration! The new site looks terrific, and usability has greatly improved! It was a pleasure working with you on this project.
  • BJ Sneed: BJ has been a valued member of the eLearning team since her first day. She hit the ground running and has taken on a number of projects and builds in the short time she has been with the team. She jumps in with a positive attitude, creative eye, and critical perspective that will certainly benefit CCO as we continue to grow, refine our processes and develop our courses. Great work BJ!
  • Emily Crist: Emily is so busy trying to make sure that everything is taken care of before her maternity leave. Even so, she always has time for anyone who needs her, and she also took the time on top of her incredibly packed schedule to bake homemade cookies for a student event! What a hero.
  • Kate Cronin and Nic Anderson: Quick and creative responses - and actual heavy lifting - on furniture requests in Ireland.
  • Julie Eldred: Julie always has prompt and pleasant solutions for all payroll questions. Our payroll system would not function nearly as well without her!
  • Ryan from Champ Support: For his prompt response and quick fix for a malfunctioning copier.
  • Whitney Feininger: Whitney joined Stiller in December and, despite her relative tenure, has done an incredible job of preparing the division to host three dean candidates over a period of two weeks. A daunting undertaking for even the seasoned veterans at Champlain. Whitney deserves our gratitude and admiration for being a quick study and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Thank you, Whitney, from your Stiller Family!
  • A village: Kellie Nadeau, Katie Barry, Marita Martin, Josh Blumberg, Lyle King, JJ Anderson, Sarah Jerger, Jen Adrian, Zoltan Sachs, Joe Williams, Susan Adkins, Emily Crist, Christina Brooker and Sodexo, Carrie Honeman, Liza Geduldig: being accommodating, flexible, and understanding about meetings, campus tours, and last-minute needs/changes during the Stiller dean candidates campus visits.
  • Conor O'Brien, Josh Corrow, and Stephen Taylor: Thank you all for working tirelessly for days to clear the snow, starting at 5 am on Friday. And a special thank you to whoever shoveled out the bike rack behind Aiken Hall. Very, very much appreciated by at least this year-round commuter!
  • Jessica Allard: Shout out to Jessica Allard, for the superlative work she did, developing course-specific library resources, in her role as a member of the Acquisition & Interlibrary Loan Department at the Champlain College Library, the Miller Information Center. Thank you, to you Jessica, and to all your colleagues there at MIC. Your research support of faculty course development efforts is a strong part of the quality educational services that we provide to our students.
  • Rian Rabideau: Overseeing a multi-day move-in process for our residential students and supporting the HRL staff through the entire process. Great job!
  • Steve Smith: Helping deliver meals to students in quarantine and isolation. Couldn't have done it without you and your van!
  • Compass Student Services: Supporting Housing & Residential Life with move-in. Y'all were instrumental in supporting this multi-day move-in. Thanks for all your hard work.
  • Kelsey O'Connor: The Office of Fin Aid wants to send a huge shoutout to Kelsey for all of her hard work on the ice rink behind Perry Hall! We have been admiring her dedication and commitment to the rink and have watched her from our warm office while she was out there in the coldest of days, working on getting the rink ready for our students to use! It looks amazing -- almost as amazing as that homemade zamboni you built! Thanks for all you do for our students!

January Shout-Outs

  • January Orientation Participants: Thank you to everyone who participated in making January Orientation a success! We had an amazing group of new students and we could not have done the program without your help and dedication!
  • Elin Melchior: Elin has gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep international education in operation during an extremely challenging 2 years. She has been the sole staff member in the Burlington Study Abroad for nearly a year, and has worked on projects well beyond her official job description. We could not have launched successful semesters in Montreal and Dublin this spring without all her efforts over the past year. This week, as we finally bring in a new colleague to join Elin in this work, I hope the campus will let her know how much she is appreciated and how crucial she is to our student's success abroad.
  • Kyla Paul: Kyla has been an amazing addition to the Champlain community! She is wonderful to work with and is always thinking of new and efficient ways to streamline work. We're so lucky to have you, Kyla!
  • Kelsey O'Connor, Christina Erickson, Monica Fung-Janardhan, Cory Davis, Skip Harris, Emily Merrill, Miranda Orcutt, Lisa Mazzariello: This team of folks, along with the Housing and Residential Life team, volunteered to deliver weekend meals to our students in Covid Isolation housing. We REALLY appreciate you coming out on a weekend to help with this task. Let us Care!
  • Rian Rabideau, Carolyn Roberts, Ian Fournier, Ezra Demers, Pat Lovelace, Juliana Burch, Rachel Lavallee--The Housing and Residential Life Team: Thank you to this team of dedicated professionals who have created three move-in weekends for our students! This process created more coordination and work for the team of folks, but it allowed students to move in on a weekend that worked best for them. Thank you all for working to create options for our students!
  • David and Jordan: For fixing an Internet issue in my office and getting a second monitor hooked up in Joyce 205.
  • Whitney Feininger: Whitney is a true asset and a great person to work with. What a fast learner: asks all the right questions, anticipates, picks up information quickly. Just wow...
  • Compass Student Services: Every person I work with at Compass Student Services is friendly, professional, reliable, and just wonderful to work with. Thank you for everything; it's not an easy job!
  • Caroline Toy: Caroline is an incredible leader. She is a dedicated and conscientious service provider. She has been wearing many hats since she arrived two years ago. She wears them all with style and handles every new challenge with excellence!
  • Kerry Noonan, Eric Hoffman, David Rous, and Roz Whitaker-Heck: Thank you for welcoming our new faculty members. And thank you for inspiring us all! We appreciate the way served our community at New Faculty Orientation SP2022!
  • Marita Martin: Marita is incredibly responsible and accessible, and she handles everything that comes her way with such thoughtful grace. Thank you, Marita!
  • John Ware and his team: Thank you to John and his team for getting the adjunct office in Aiken Hall "up to snuff" with webcams so that our amazing adjuncts will have the capability to teach from campus for the first two weeks of the spring semester. Thank you for quickly answering the call ... during what has to be a very busy time for IS in light of the switch to remote.
  • Alex: Alex deserves a shout out for braving the bitter cold and a thicket of cables to get an important computer back online.

December Shout-Outs

  • Laurel Bongiorno, Kellie Nadeau, Susannah Eriksson, Nick Spaziani, Matt Stattel: A lot of help, guidance, and patience with the various pieces and processes related to end of semester academic standings.
  • Liza Geduldig: Thank you, Liza, for putting on an incredible holiday party! The food was amazing, the decorations were festive, and the music was awesome! A good time was had by all!
  • Public Safety: Last night, my Tacoma started inching its way down Maple Street while I was giving a final in Joyce. I was parked just down the hill from the CCM stairs. The truck was almost in the intersection of Willard by the time I heard about it. Public Safety had everything well in hand by the time I got on the scene. The truck was chalked-up, the street was lit up like Christmas, and everybody was very concerned, but smiling. Upshot? I am so, so grateful to work shoulder to shoulder with the very best. Public Safety, I will remain howling in your direction.
  • Kaylee Sullivan & Leah Miller: Thank you to Kaylee & Leah (and the Staff Networking Committee) for organizing a super fun event, the Annual Gingerbread Contest! It was such a welcome break from the stress of the end of the semester, and a great way to connect with colleagues!
  • Molly Pepper: Molly is such a joy to work with! She is always so responsive, and such a tireless advocate for our students.
  • Rachel Lavallee: Rachel went above and beyond her Ops Manager role to support gift sponsorship efforts for our Single Parents Program this year. She kept Skiff Hall running smoothly despite the bags and boxes of gifts piling up around her. Rachel is a generous colleague and her investment in bringing joy to our families is so appreciated!
  • Emily Merrill: Emily Merrill pulled together an amazing holiday celebration to provide cheer! What a joy filled and heartening way to wrap up the semester!
  • Jean-Marie Severance, Susannah Eriksson, Megan Everts, Kellie Nadeau, Linda Goodrum, Julie Eldred, Cathy Duffy: All of the Operations Managers (Susannah, Jean-Marie, Megan, Linda, Kellie) have gone above and beyond in welcoming a new colleague and are patient and responsive with my many questions - and interruptions - during a very busy time! Julie Eldred in the People Center and Cathy Duffy at Stiller have been patient and helpful in putting together the puzzle pieces needed for hiring adjuncts.
  • Jen Perlee: Jen is amazing and always there when you need her! Thanks for being you Perlee!
  • Cory Davis, Annika Hawkins-Hilke, Corinne Novetti, Erin Ferrara, Erika Lea, Emily Merrill, Lauren Bruneau, Rian Rabideau, Skip Harris, Ezra Demers: Thank you to this team of professionals who serve as the Student Care and Response Team (SCART) for their care and compassion in working with our most vulnerable students this semester. Many reports come in that this team deals with on a weekly basis. Thank you for your continued commitment to helping our students succeed!
  • Lisa Martinez, Rian Rabideau, Darrin Pillsbury: Thank you to Lisa, Rian, and Darrin who spearheaded the installment of sequence key boxes in the residence halls. It's a 'behind-the-scenes' project that makes our residence halls more secure for our residential students. It was a BIG project and these three worked hard to bring it to completion. Thank you!
  • Kaelyn Murray: Kaelyn is a super-nice person, a great teammate, and really sets the standard for professionalism. Her students also receive the best possible support. We are fortunate to have you in CCO, Kaelyn!
  • Tim Van Woert: Tim is so on top of things, and takes the time to walk around campus and proactively pay attention to what needs to get done!
  • Ryan Hicks: Ryan demonstrates enthusiasm and commitment to engage with Program Directors in order to develop the best courses possible. I've appreciated his patience as well as clear guidance about what he is asking for as our courses take shape. I've come to see him as a thought partner, whose experience goes beyond the technical and includes deep insight about what works and is in the best interest of our students.
  • Monica Fung Janardhan: Monica and her team have reset the tone of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She is bringing students back to ODI in a way that invites them to come as they are and celebrate the DEI initiatives that are happening on campus. She is also there to support students as they explore their own identities and grow and develop. She is not one to sugarcoat the challenges of race relations within our community and is always there to support and educate. Monica is the perfect fit in ODI and has done a great way in all aspects of the job! Thank you!
  • Kaylee Sullivan: Kaylee does such an amazing job supporting communications about all of our efforts of the College! Whether is it a day of thanks, a WGC/ODI event, voter/civic engagement, alumni event, family weekend, late night breakfast through Student Engagement, and on and on... Kaylee is there to inform our community in multiple mediums. Thank you, Kaylee!

November Shout-Outs

  • Christian Konczal: Christian is crushing it on bringing on the fun down at Lakeside and in the new Esports space. He is someone that consistently educates our community on Esports and where we are heading as a College. He is there to support our students and also help them level up the overall program of esports. The Extra Life program more than tripled the amount of money they raised for charity under Christian's watch. Way to go and keep up the great work!
  • Jared Cadrette: Jared is a wonderful member of the Champlain College community and our students are lucky to have him. He always makes time for students and does a great job lifting them up and helping them see most situations in a positive light. The world would be a better place if everyone had such a positive outlook as Jared. It is wonderful working with you and thank you for always bringing your best to our community!
  • Christina Erikson: Thank you for introducing the ARC Circles to the staff on 11/18. It sounds like a really meaningful program. I look forward to learning more. Thank you, CE!
  • The Counseling Team: Skip Harris, Luke Lewis, Adri Luhr, Isabella Poloes, Maggie Riley, and David Boyle: Thank you to the entire Counseling team for your continued important work with our students. You aren't able to share with the general population all of the difficult situations you manage daily. You carry a lot and handle the stress with compassion and grace. Thank you for consistently showing up and dealing with some of the most difficult situations.
  • Staff Council DEIB Committee: Thank you for sharing the Staff Council DEIB Committee draft mission and vision at the 11/18 Staff Council meeting. It's clear how hard this group has been working to get this committee off the ground and moving forward. Thank you all!
  • The Academic Coaching Team: Thank you to the Academic Coaching Team for your presentation at Staff Council on 11/18. It was wonderful to meet each team member and to hear about all of the great work you all complete each day and how you support our students. Fantastic work! Thank you!
  • Jessa Karki: Thank you Jessa Karki for your informative and fun presentation at Staff Council on 11/18. It was incredibly helpful. Thanks!
  • Chili Cook-Off Chefs and Judges: The 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off was only possible because of all of the wonderful faculty and staff who donated their time, talent, and delicious chili and sides. By all accounts, it was a truly successful event and the students loved it. (Faculty and staff seemed pretty happy to be there as well). Special shout out to the Judge's Choice winning chili maker Steve Wehmeyer and the runner-up Kathy Leo-Nyquist. Kathy's chili also edged out a couple of others as the People's Choice winning chili. This event could not have happened without you all and you are so appreciated.
  • Juliana Burch, Ezra Demers, and Pat Lovelace (Area Coordinators): The 3 newest ACs (Juliana, Ezra, and Pat) have been doing amazing work supporting our residential students and working with their RA teams to promote safe and engaging communities!
  • Ryan: Just want to give Ryan a shout out for coming over to my office yesterday morning and fixing a printing issue in less than ten minutes. He was super nice and helpful and his help was no small aid in helping me get on with my day and complete my office hours.
  • Lindsey Godwin: Lindsey practices what she preaches. She looks for the strengths in her teammates, always finds the positive in situations, and brings an openness to every project. In online course development projects, she thinks carefully about the student and the purpose of each and every resource and assignment. She is a joy to work with!
  • Danelle Berube: Danelle is a mentor and an uplifting presence whenever I see her. I'm so grateful to have Danelle's leadership on campus. It makes a difference to the community knowing we have someone as strong and caring as Danelle in our court!
  • James Gebo: James is always so friendly and helpful, but was especially a life save the other day when my car would not start.
  • Jean-Marie Severance and Megan Everts: Our tireless operations managers are the often-invisible force that holds it all together. I wanted to thank Megan and Jean-Marie specifically for their support in helping to make sure our recent Certified Scrum Master training went off without a hitch. We have several dozen newly-minted Scrum Masters who are grateful for the opportunity.
  • Brian Andrews: Brian is always so great at responding to urgent requests when we need the website updated right away. This was especially helpful this past week when needing to get some crucial information about services out to students.

October Shout-Outs

  • Leslie Averill: Leslie is the perfect combination of knowledgeable, hard working, and understanding! She is a wonderful leader at Champlain and we are lucky to have her shepherd us through these transitional times. Keep up the great work and thank you, Leslie!
  • Miranda Orcutt and Ciera Miller: Miranda and Ciera are two of the hardest working and incredibly competent AmeriCorps Vistas that we have ever had the pleasure of having on campus! They are both passionate and invested in the DE&I initiatives of the College. Their approach and knowledge make doing the work approachable and welcoming to students and you can see how well our students are responding to both of them. Thank you for serving our students and for your dedication to educating our community!
  • Event Center, Media Services & Physical Plant: THANK YOU so much for all of the behind the scenes work done during the Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony (and all of the other events of Champlain Weekend.) Truly none of this could have happened without you.
  • Becky Colley, Gary Washburn, Scott Hampton, Bridgette Calacci, Rachel Warren, Amanda Allen & Kaelyn Murray: Thank you so much for everything you did during the Class of 2020 CCO & Master's Commencement ceremony. You could see and feel from the looks of pride and excitement on the faces of our graduates and their families that you truly make a difference.
  • Sandy Yusen, Juliana Burch & Lisa Mazzariello: Thank you so much for your efforts in the gym on Oct. 23, for the Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony. Taking tickets, having challenging conversations and ultimately providing top rate customer service to our graduates and their families.
  • Megan Everts, Jean-Marie Severence, Susannah Eriksson & Linda Goodrum: Your leadership and flexibility during the Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony was greatly appreciated. No task was too big or too small. You are seasoned pros and a tremendous asset to this institution.
  • Tara Arneson & Pat Boera: Thank you to Tara and Pat for your efforts in the Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony held on Oct. 23. From check-in, to being the "voice," and even singing the National Anthem, you are absolutely appreciated for your willingness to jump in where needed.
  • Spencer Clark: Spencer Clark has been answering the many calls this time of year from people who are too hot, too cold, or otherwise, responding quickly, keeping our old and new buildings operating efficiently. So if you are in a warm, comfortable office, thank Spencer!
  • CJ Gardner and student worker Gavin: These two deserve big props for getting out bright and early to replace a computer mouse that absconded from a classroom so that class would not be disrupted.
  • Admissions Counselors: Kudos to the trad admissions team for their continued efforts and dedication to recruiting students in-person and virtually. They've been on the road non-stop since September and still managing to host 4 large campus events and several virtual events.
  • Chris Brooker: Chris is always calm and capable! I recently came to her in a panic because of a mistake I made, and she quickly found a solution and saved the day. Thank you, Chris!
  • Julie Eldred: Always quick on the draw with payroll solutions and a joy to work with! Also, the maven of efficient and pleasant flu shot check-in.
  • Emily Merrill: Emily presented at the Single Parent's Program fundraiser a few weeks ago and I couldn't have been more impressed with the way she conducted herself. As a new Champlain staffer, she did an amazing job representing the College and the program in a way that has not been done for years! It is wonderful having her on the team and making a difference in students' lives to the magnitude that she is impacting our single parents, their families, and the students she serves. Way to go Emily!
  • Cory Davis: Cory Davis joined the Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion team in late July--he hit the ground running and hasn't stopped yet! A lot of the work Cory does is putting out 'fires' and managing the flow of reports. Thank you, Cory, for juggling so many balls and doing so with care and respect. You are a great addition to our Champlain team!
  • Christina Brooker: Christina is so organized and helpful when you're trying to make an event happen!
  • Lisa Mazzariello, Ciera Miller, and the Women's and Gender Center: I so appreciate how enthusiastic the Women's and Gender Center was in advertising and supporting the preview of The Suffragist Reenactment Society last week. It was great to see the return of live performances to our campus community!
  • Kelsey O'Connor: Thanks for putting on an amazing Spirit Week! Students seemed to have a blast and the activities looked like so much fun. Thanks for all that you do for our students!
  • Maggie Riley: Maggie is always willing to collaborate with colleagues to reach students and help employees to support them. Thank you, Maggie!
  • Kevin Andrews and Physical Plant: Thank you so much for getting the stock ticker in Ireland up and running with little notice! It is much appreciated and looks fabulous!
  • Alyssa Labare: Thank you SO much, Alyssa, for going above and beyond to help with the SSB faculty directory with such a quick turnaround time!
  • Nate Brooks: Thank you Nate for your continued and ongoing attention to our students, our campus, and any citizens you find in the neighborhood who need assistance. I am sure the UVM students you recently assisted on the corner of Summit and Main are deeply grateful for your time and attention. Thank you for all you do to help make this campus safe.
  • Tim White: A huge shoutout to Tim White for always going above and beyond for his colleagues! He is always so kind and in such a positive mood. Tim, I hope you know we all appreciate you and all you do for us! It's always so nice to work with you!

September Shout-Outs

  • Danelle Berube: Student Affairs has never been luckier to have you back and doing the good work! Your care and consideration for the safety of our students and community have made all the difference in getting things back on track! Thank you!
  • Jon, Rich, Kristi, Sandi, and the whole Sodexo team: Thank you all for all of your hard work getting our students back into the dining hall and feeding them so well! You work tirelessly at making sure the variety and quality of food are set at such a good standard! Thank you for taking care of all of us and always doing it with a smile.
  • Kelsey O'Connor: The organization of the Orientation Program was flawless this year. It was so nice to get the students back and in person. With the many moving parts of the Orientation program and the Second year experience, Kelsey lead the way in making sure the details of the over 74 programs in 4 days with 2500+ participants went off without a hitch! Her hard work and dedication are amazing and we are lucky to have her!
  • The Advancement Team: An amazing Single Parents Program benefit event! Congratulations to the team on a very successful first in-person fundraising event in 20+ months!
  • Megan Everts: Thanks Megan for staying late last week (LIKE 9 PM) To assist with the first year event for the Creative Studio. You never fail to step up to the plate and help out! It was much appreciated!
  • Mike Bourgeois: Wanted to submit a "Welcome back!" to Mike Bourgeois, who had taken a 2 year hiatus from Champlain College, but has returned to the team at the Physical Plant. Mike and the entire PPlant team have been a huge part of the efforts in getting our buildings ready for students. Be sure to say hello as you see him running around campus!
  • Megan Everts: Megan is the BEST OPERATIONS MANAGER a division could have. Last night she stayed until 9 pm to help us with a first year student event! Did she have to stay? NO! But she wanted to make sure everything went OK! Plus she picked up all the pizza from Sodexo and brought it to the Champlain Room for us! THANK YOU MEGAN
  • Residence Life & Housing: I just wanted to say that I have heard NO complaints this year from any students about their experience with Residence Life and Housing. That might not sound like a big achievement, but in my experience, students and parents can always find something to complain about because the business of matching students to rooms and roommates is complicated and impossible to get 100% right all of the time. Also, RA's seem to be MUCH happier!
  • Physical Plant Crew: Thank you for going out to 396 Main street residence hall and cleaning up all the smashed glass in the parking lot. I realized it was there after I parked and sure didn't want to ruin a tire later in the day when I left. When I left at the end of the day, the parking lot was completely clean. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
  • Compass Student Services Team: The Compass team is truly stellar. So helpful and responsive. Thank you for always being there for employees while at the same time running 100 miles an hour getting new students settled in. And they all always have a smile. I so appreciate them.
  • Jackie Greer: Jackie always gives lightning fast responses to payroll questions as well as timely solutions to payroll snags. She is always a pleasure to deal with.
  • Champ Support: Just can't shout Champ Support out enough. They never stop helping our campus run smoothly and are always there for all those tech emergencies--even when they are technically not open.
  • Tony Calacci: Tony does so much more than just public safety. He is an invaluable resource in our campus community and is always ready to lend a hand, even with things far out of his purview. Tony has helped with everything from unjamming stuck doors to tracking down a nail file to assisting with malfunctioning classroom tech to fishing a suspected firework out of the grass--and he does it all with a big smile and endless positivity.
  • Scott Stevens: Despite being dean, Scott never fails to assist his subordinates with all the small things--even if that means helping fix a malfunctioning classroom computer at 7:30 AM. All of us in ITS are very fortunate to have such a supportive and helpful boss.
  • Darrin Pillsbury: I would like to recognize Darrin for needing to be in three places at once over these last couple of weeks. I appreciate the job he does and the help he always gives us. So many locks on campus! Thank you, Darrin.
  • Amy Eastman: Amy Eastman is a gem and serves our students tirelessly- with kindness and the highest degree of respect and exemplary customer service. It's hard to imagine the hundreds of requests she responds to that help students out of tricky situations that they can't manage on their own. Amy is a quiet hero here at Champlain, and one who decidedly helps retention, which is a service to the entire community.
  • Ursula Jones: Her invaluable support of the CLT during its busy pre-semester weeks. Ursula, you continue to be and provide exactly what we need when we need it. And as always, you are a delight to work with. We are grateful!
  • Roz Whitaker-Heck, Kathy Seiler, Murat Gungor, and David Rous for your ever-gracious leadership and inspiration: Special thanks to ALL who helped make New Faculty Orientation a special event for our new faculty. Huge shout out to Roz Whitaker-Heck, Kathy Seiler, Murat Gungor, and David Rous for your ever-gracious leadership and inspiring words.
  • Aleks Watson and Lyle King: I want to give a big thank you to Lyle and Aleks for helping save my event. I entered the wrong date for my event into EMS ad had no media support for the actual date of the event. An urgent email was sent to Lyle and he asked Aleks if he could stay late to support my event. Thank you, Lyle, for responding back to the last minute email, and thank you so much, Aleks, for staying late to help us put on a successful event!

August Shout-Outs

  • Sue Lindbergh: Sue is currently doing the work of at least four people, and keeping the event center hopping. Despite what must be an overwhelming workload, Sue always has a friendly word and a smile for all of her colleagues.
  • Rachel Lavallee: Rachel is quite simply a rockstar. She always has a positive attitude even in the most stressful times and she takes amazing care of students, parents, and her colleagues. I feel so fortunate to be able to work alongside her.
  • Tim Van Woert: Thank you, Tim, for everything you did to make move in successful for the residential students. Your quick responsiveness to issues raised was so incredibly helpful. Thanks for going the extra mile every time!
  • Susannah Eriksson: Susannah is truly the maven of all things doors, always coming through in the clutch to fix access issues in ITS. Without her, we would literally not be able to get to work.
  • Josh Corrow and Conor O'Brien: Earlier this week my colleague and I were crossing the four way intersection at Maple and Willard when we were stopped by a stranded community member in the middle of the intersection. Unknowingly, her car has run out of gas and she didn't know what to do. Out of nowhere Conor and Josh appeared (very superhero-esk), jumped out of their truck, waved traffic as needed, helped her push her car to a safe parking spot, and then offered to give her enough gas from their grounds truck to get her to a gas station. They truly went above and beyond, without any hesitation, to save the day for this individual. Thank you for being you and for being such a great representation of Champlain!
  • John Earp: A big shout out to John Earp for assisting me in my effort to move all our SMART Space files to a shared drive over the summer months. He has been informative, patient, and VERY quick to respond to all of my questions and requests. Many thanks!
  • Ryan Hicks: Over the past several months Ryan has been instrumental in the successful building and completion of several courses that were on tight deadlines. His attention to detail, quick turn around and his positive "we can do this" attitude made all the difference during a highly stressful time. Thank you Ryan for all you do!
  • Tony Calacci: Thank you so much, Tony, for helping us get a new employee set up and running the other day. While you shrugged it off in true Tony fashion, it was extraordinarily helpful and very much appreciated.
  • Molly Pepper: Molly is an absolute joy to work with. She is so responsive and helpful, and her focus is always on helping as many students as possible, both with financial aid and employment on campus. Thank you for making the process of hiring students so much easier, Molly!
  • Ellie Denton: If you are looking for someone who is consistent, stable, trustworthy, and smart, look no further than Ellie Denton. Despite whatever challenges come her way, Ellie stays positive and focused. She is understanding and patient and kind. With Ellie on your team, you can do great things! Thank you, Ellie, for all the work you are holding, herding, and helping to get done at CCO!!!!!
  • Chiko Jeso: Major kudos to Chiko Jeso for his willingness to go above and beyond, to do whatever he can to help, to always being positive and supportive and kind, and showing up to do the work consistently!! Champlain College is lucky to have Chiko on staff!!! Thank you for all you do, Chiko - you are truly an exceptional team member.

July Shout-Outs

  • Champ Support: Champ Support once again pulled through recently with an urgent log in issue. They are truly tireless and always there when we need them!
  • Leah Miller: Terrific effort in being the lead Counselor working with our Transfer students to assist them with submitting their application and enrolling at Champlain for the fall.
  • Staff Council Networking Committee: Thank you to the Networking Committee and the helpers they recruited to put together and distribute the welcome back to campus goodie bags. It was so thoughtful and a much appreciated gesture. It certainly helped to ease the transition for many of us. Also, a thank you to them for organizing the Pizza 44 get together which was a blast.
  • Cooper Fellows and Matt Gagne: Cooper and Matt have been so great to work with during the CLT website redesign. Huge shoutout to both of them for their expertise, responsiveness, and clarity, and for making this whole project an easy and educational experience for my team!
  • Caroline Toy, Cooper Fellows, Matt Gagne, and the Champlain College Marketing Team: Caroline Toy, Cooper Fellows, Matt Gagne, and the Champlain College Marketing Team have created a new and improved CLT Website. Caroline's work to upgrade and refresh our website, and her management of this project, have been EXCEPTIONAL! IS/IT and Marketing - you rock!

June Shout-Outs

  • Jean-Marie Severance: Thank you for all of your efforts as Operations Manager for 2 divisions this year! Kudos.
  • Anne Allen: Anne is a critical member of our CCO eLearning team who is thorough, professional, and truly one of the "unsung heroes" of CCO. She operates largely behind the scenes, ensuring that courses run and are updated, students are loaded into courses, instructor concerns are addressed—you name it. CCO does not operate without Anne Allen and we are fortunate to have her on the team! Thank you, Anne!
  • Kellie Nadeau: Kellie has been a calm and steady lifesaver for our entire team during the commencement prep and after. I really appreciate having such a fantastic colleague!
  • Susannah Eriksson: Susannah is always ready, willing, and able to help with all the little day-to-day office emergencies, which she always fixes promptly and cheerfully. ITS would not function without her.
  • Kate Cronin: Kate is amazing. Whatever need or issue is brought to her, she addresses it quickly, thoughtfully, and effectively. From making sure all campus spaces are clean to ordering signage and furniture for the college, Kate gets it done!
  • Sara Quintana, Jackie Greer, Marita Martin, Kim Moran: Thank you all for the amazing work you are doing to design and test the new Oracle ORC system that will integrate with Oracle HCM and Finance. You have dedicated an incredible amount of time and energy to implementing this new feature and I am grateful for each of you.

May Shout-Outs

  • Lisa Martinez: Lisa's excellent communication and care and attention for both people and projects make her such a wonderful colleague!
  • Kevin Duerr: Kevin is awesome. He is always super responsive, attentive, and helpful! He takes very good care of students and staff alike. Thanks, Kevin!
  • Kate Cronin: Kate is a rock star. She consistently turns up with a smile on her face and expertly manages anything that comes her way. I would like to recognizer her specifically for her unwavering support of the Mail Center with the transition from Theresa to Andy while keeping the small army of student employees supported and managed. While not her day to day role, she managed to organize her schedule to provide more support in this time and we could not have had such a smooth transition without her. The training (and learning) has been constant and caring. Keep up the awesome work!
  • Leslie Averill: Thanks for your outstanding leadership this year!
  • Angela Hyldburg: Thank you Angela for your tireless attention to detail. Your commitment to our student experience is a true asset to Champlain. Your willingness to join colleagues in another department as we navigate the uncharted waters of system testing is truly appreciated.
  • Jeff Brown: As you venture along the beckoning path of opportunity, we thank you for your guidance, knowledge, inspiration, transparency, support, and much more. Your leadership never faltered. Your 'calming' presence empowered us to remain focused, committed, and successfully productive. Your intense sense of teamwork validated each one of us, every day. It's been a great pleasure and an honor - best wishes, Jeff!
  • Megan Everts and Linda Goodrum: For providing friendly and efficient support/assistance to the Montreal Campus during the virtual spring semester (31 students) Thank you, it could not have happened without you!
  • Champ Support Team: The Champ Support team has been invaluable during remote teaching. They truly go above and beyond in proving helpful advice for adjuncts like myself who work with personal equipment, and they always are upbeat and solution-focused even situations are frustrating. I would like to particularly thank Patrick Mack, CJ Gardner, and JJ (whose last name I, unfortunately, do not know) for their help over the past few months, but the whole team deserves recognition. Our campus truly would not function without them.
  • Sarah Camille Wilson and Library Staff: The assistance of the library staff in general and Sarah, in particular, has been invaluable during remote teaching.
  • Jackie Greer, Julie Eldred, and Stephanie Meunier: These three ladies deserve big thanks for quickly resolving an urgent payroll problem.
  • Erin Ferrara: Thank you for being so responsive to student needs, and showing students compassion while helping them advocate for themselves.
  • Laurel Bongiorno, Tanja Hinterstoisser, Lisa Mazzariello, Kim Quinn, Susan Waryck, their teams, and Advancement: A huge shout out to all of the people who have been amazing partners throughout the entire academic year in putting together Bringing Campus Home: The Champlain Family Virtual Engagement Series. This was Champlain's answer to Family Weekend which we couldn't have due to COVID, and instead, we held over 80 virtual events and had over 300 families in attendance in a year-long engagement effort. We have heard wonderful feedback from our families about feeling engaged and connected to Champlain. This would not have been possible without all of these people to help. THANK YOU!
  • All the Lemonade Stand Volunteers: Shout out to all the volunteers who dedicated an hour (or 10, 20, 30, or more!) of their time this year; who brought candy, bouncy balls, stickers, funny erasers, good cheer, and an empathetic ear to students in need, THANK YOU! You are what makes this community so great! And a special thank you to the Sodexo team, who kept us well stocked with lemon-flavored drinks.
  • Megan Spiezio-Davis: Thank you, Megan, for always advocating for adjunct faculty. You rock!
  • Amy Eastman: Always ready to help students and faculty with registration.
  • Albert Orbinati: Thank you for being such a responsive and reliable colleague. You quickly learned and adapted a new project management software to support course development projects and are always so quick to provide feedback and support to make sure our courses are high quality and well-developed.

April Shout-Outs

  • Adam Walker: Adam did an amazing job (with his team of student workers) creating the video for the College's annual student employee recognition event. He even swooped in to make a last minute change, late at night! Adam, you always go above and beyond and you are so appreciated!
  • Faith Yacubian: Congratulations to Dr. Faith Yacubian for receiving UVM's Outstanding Dissertation Award in Educational Leadership. This award is given to a graduate whose dissertation "significantly advances new ideas and contributes to the knowledge and understanding of theories and practices in the field of Educational Leadership. And, a student who "exhibits a keen understanding of social justice issues and whose research contributes to the College of Education and Social Services' doctoral programs mission of preparing leaders who will contribute to creating more equitable and just schools and institutions of higher learning." Faith credits many for support and engagement in the development of this dissertation and expresses gratitude to everyone. Faith is especially grateful to students of color at Champlain whose analyses of racism in the classroom were foundational to the dissertation.
  • Conor O'Brien: Conor is the best! He recently helped me with a last minute grounds project at a time that I know his team was scrambling with spring cleanup and graduation. We're so fortunate to have such an amazing physical plant team that go out of their way to make things happen for Champlain. Thank you, Conor.
  • Lyle King: Big props to Lyle and his team for all they do to make our virtual events, particularly our Division honors event, special. They are the true "zoom wizards" behind the curtain. Grateful for all you do.
  • Tarn Foerg and Faith Yacubian: Faith and Tarn are such supportive colleagues. I'm so grateful, over and over again, for their kind and thoughtful help.
  • Kimberly Quinn: Shout out to Kim for always taking such good, nurturing care of us all.
  • Kellie Nadeau: I want to send a shout out to Kellie for being such a consistently helpful colleague, always willing to jump in and help with anything that needs to be done to keep the college running smoothly. She has pitched in and helped me on numerous occasions. From dealing with classroom issues to soothing very angry parents to being an integral force behind our commencement celebrations, Kellie is a true unsung Champlain hero. Thank you for everything you do, Kellie!
  • Lisa Mazzariello: Lisa is amazing. Like so many, she is doing the jobs of multiple people right now. She works unbelievably hard every day on the big stuff and still has time to give to the little things that mean so much to so many. She has a big heart and a stellar attitude. Her commitment to the institution, her colleagues, and her students is something to be admired and aspire to.
  • Erica Donnis: Erica's annual local history event, "Maladies and Medicines" was so interesting and engaging! Erica did a great job of moving the event from in person to virtual, and the topic was so fascinating and relevant!
  • Kimberly Quinn: I just love starting my Wednesdays with a reading of The Mindful Times. The way you inspire an intentional appreciation for this life and encourage your colleagues to engage in a meaningful creative application of your wisdom to the day to day has elevated our joy in all this ambiguity. Thank you!
  • Tara Arneson: Tara wears so many hats, and always with such grace. Busy though she is, when I reached out to her recently for help making an informer report more inclusive, she responded immediately and had fixed the issue by the end of the day. She made me feel like I was the only person who needed her help, even though I know that is NOT the case. Thank you, Tara!
  • Celia Dehais, Michael Angel, Lisa Bilowith, Madison Braz, Adam Wolinsky, Maggie Farrington: Thanks for everything you do to keep the library open over 100 hours a week for students, staff, and faculty. #NLWD21 #NationalLibraryWeek

March Shout-Outs

  • Marita Martin: Thank you for being so wonderful and a pleasure to chat with throughout the hiring and onboarding process! Your positivity and enthusiasm show through and already have helped Champlain feel like a new home.
  • Steve Smith: No matter the weather, every day you can count on Steve to be there with the mail, and some good conversation!
  • Jean-Marie Severance: On top of her already heavy workload, Jean-Marie's care and tireless advocacy for her colleagues are endless. Thank you for always being there and always being ready to take up and carry the banner, Jean-Marie!
  • Rebecca Schubert: When I see Rebecca's name attached to something or get an email from her it's always worth a careful look because it is always something good! While I know we share her with the Consortium, I am so grateful that she is working on our behalf to support our well-being by securing and offering one fabulous program after another. I know I am not alone in taking advantage of some of these wonderful opportunities. Thank you, Rebecca, for working so hard on our behalf!!! Your hard work is much appreciated!!!
  • Joe Williams: Shout out to Joe Williams for submitting and winning a multi-million dollar government contract providing over 20,000 hours of paid student work at the Leahy Center.
  • Christina Brooker & Sue Lindberg: The Life is a Beach Party was AWESOME! Thank you so much for hosting a wonderful event to bring our community together and for the delicious drinks and snacks that were served.
  • Sue Lindberg, Christina Brooker, Catherine Cronin: Thank you for all of the hard work you have been doing these past few months helping Physical Plant. Very much appreciated.
  • Ellen Zeman: I am always so happy when I end up in a group with Ellen Zeman. It doesn't happen often enough. I so appreciate her knowledge of Champlain's history and tradition, her expertise on pedagogy, her commitment to equity and inclusion, and her ability to combine a no-nonsense approach with a sense of humor.
  • Marita Martin: Marita's compassionate, realistic people focus makes her perfect for the work that she does, and excels at! Thank you for juggling all that you do and still managing to somehow answer email almost as soon as it is sent!
  • Jes Mattera: Jes is always so helpful and so quick when we have questions about links or publisher resources. She works behind the scenes to make sure our students get the right information in the right format and that means a lot!! Thank you, Jes for your friendly, extremely helpful attitude!
  • The "Lemonade" Stand: Shout out to the folks who host the "lemonade" stand for students in IDX. This is a group of faculty and staff who offer their time every weekday to provide information and interaction to our students. The positive effects for our students go beyond what we can even imagine. The little things mean a lot.

February Shout-Outs

  • Physical Plant Team: Not only is the team incredibly responsive and on top of issues all over campus, but when it snows they are out there making campus safe for all of us, on top of their regular work! Thank you.
  • Our Incredible Physical Plant Team: Thank you for the wonderful job you do clearing snow and ice every winter so we can safely navigate campus. We appreciate all those early mornings!
  • Sandy Yusen: Sandy manages to keep dozens of (very full) plates in the air, and does so with great grace, remarkable diplomacy, and a steady dose of good humor. Much of Sandy's work leading communications and external relations happens behind the scenes and outside of the College-so few have a complete understanding of just how talented, planful and valuable she is. I am one of the lucky ones who gets to work with closely Sandy on projects big and small and I'm so thankful to call her a colleague.
  • Becky Colley: Becky is an amazing colleague and an even more amazing Manager. She trusts her staff to do their jobs but is always available to talk through projects. She will never micromanage, and values input from everyone on the team. Becky leads with an open mind and her goal is to do the best for CCO and Champlain in general.
  • Beth Dietrich: Beth has brought so much to Champlain in her short time here. She is such a wonderful collaborator and creative thinker. She has organized so many incredible library and campus events, and to top it all off, she's kind and fun to be around.
  • Julie Eldred & Jackie Greer: Shout Out to Jackie Greer and Julie Eldred for completing quarterly testing to keep us operating and aligned with our HRIS, Oracle HCM. It's no easy feat that you get done along with some other unexpected testing needs in the system while ensuring we keep on pace with payroll activities and processing of any faculty, staff, payments. Appreciate all you do behind the scenes to make a complex system simple.
  • Jerome Holland: Jerome has been our Director of Housing and Residential Life for one year, and it has been one challenging year! Jerome, thank you for coming in with a smile, wanting to communicate and share and make our campus a better place. We are happy to be working with you!
  • Stephanie Doan: Stephanie has a never-ending and never-changing passion for student equality. Champlain College staff, faculty, and students are so lucky to have such a champion on our campus. Thank you, Stephanie, for always thinking of the student experience and how this can be improved. Thank you for constantly teaching those around you how to be more inclusive, in the most thoughtful and appreciative way. Keep up the excellent work!
  • Silas Farrar: Thank you for always being there to help answer all my questions and for assisting with my many, many, many Oracle needs! You're always super quick to respond and you just get things done! 😁 Keep on rocking it!
  • Sara Quintana: Sara Quintana is such an asset to this College! She doesn't shy away from difficult conversations and instead handles them with grace and compassion. I'm so appreciative of her partnership on several challenging issues. So much of the work that Sara does is not seen by others because of the sensitivity of the topics. Several key team members' departures from Champlain will likely add even more work to her plate, but Sara doesn't complain. Thank you, Sara! I SEE YOU! I celebrate you!
  • Jennifer Archambault: The wonderful work that Jennifer did with the Faculty and Staff Welfare Committees to develop a parental leave policy proposal. While COVID nuked the policy, the process was a great model for future work and the proposal is still there, waiting for better times. Jennifer, you were a wonderful thought partner and champion for us all and we will miss you!
  • The Area Coordinators: WOW! Thank you ACs for serving our on-campus student population! Y'all are appreciated for the hard work you do!
  • Nick Faulk: For going the extra mile to make sure that I can access library resources while working remotely. Nick facilitated the special order of a book I wanted and arranged for it to be mailed to my home!! Thank You
  • Marguerite Leek: Marguerite has been doing INCREDIBLE work in coordinating and creating programming for Black History Month. She's also done so much to support student staff in the office and finding creative ways to connect with students throughout this pandemic. Office of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Stephan Giles: I would like to recognize Stephan for his ability to consistently connect with and support CCO students in the courses he teaches, especially veterans. Students regularly describe him as an "amazing" instructor who inspires them to have hope and succeed.

January Shout-Outs

  • Danielle L'Esperance: We doubt anything would run as smoothly as it does without Danielle! She is constantly at the helm of communications to students to ensure smoothness at the beginning of semesters. ID troubleshooting, COVID daily reminders, move-in instructions, billing reminders, ED calls, oh my! Thanks for all the work you do to bring all the offices together, Danielle!
  • Faith Yacubian: Faith, your selflessness, compassion, and humility are an inspiration. Time and again, you take steps to make sure we are all doing the right thing, and you are always there learning alongside your colleagues, lifting up voices that need to be elevated and reminding us all that there is always more learning to be done.
  • Tim Van Woert: Even though he is the director of physical plant, Tim has several times come in personally to take care of projects and to make sure the needs of the library are met, in record time. Thank you for being so responsive, Tim! Your help is much appreciated.
  • Student Accounts Team: Thank you for working tirelessly prior to courses starting on Monday 1/25/21 to create ways to help students succeed financially for the semester. They really made a huge impact on our ability to allow students to return for the spring! Thank you!
  • Josh Blumberg: As the Academic Affairs Committee worked through the Spring 2021 Course Standards, we told Josh about many of the faculty's workload challenges. He has already come up with some great tech solutions to help us out (the Google groups to make it easier to send emails to our classes is just one example). He's working on even more ways to help faculty spend more time teaching and less time on busy work. Josh, thanks for listening so carefully and thinking so creatively! We appreciate it!
  • Leslie Van Wagner: The tweaks she made to a document to tailor it to specific needs that crossed 3 very different silos! Truly a great help to the overall Champlain community!
  • The Team in the Registrar's office: I so appreciate all the work in the registrar's office. They do the background work that ensures I can do my job. They are quick to respond to any query I make and take their jobs seriously. They are dedicated and professional and some of the quiet heroes of this college.

December Shout-Outs

  • John Fenney: John was able to update our monthly Oracle Reconciliation report which was almost 200 pages long to now an 18 page report!! ROCKSTAR!
  • Brynn Ion: Brynn has been an amazing, supportive and caring manager. She goes above and beyond to ensure that you are able to succeed in your role. She is a great listener and a very thoughtful and genuine person. I deeply appreciate all that she does for CCO students and staff. Thank you for everything Brynn!
  • Erin Meenan: Erin Meenan is an unbelievable instructional designer and an amazing team worker. Her work is excellent, and she is supportive from day one to the finish line! Through Fall, I had the opportunity to witness that she is creative, she has a sharp eye for detail and a problem-solving mindset, she works with the SME to get things done in the best possible way for our students, and she makes everyone involved feel that we are a team! And we are, because of people like Erin!
  • Shannon Tran: Thank you for getting the recent large mailing out on your own. It was no small task! We really appreciate all you do for the Advancement office. Thank you for being such a fantastic part of our team.
  • Megan Everts: Advancement needed to get a large project printed and was unable to do so. When we reached out for help, Megan Everts handled the whole job (which was not a small task) and she even delivered the project to us so we could mail it. This is a really busy time of year for everyone and her willingness to help our team really saved the day!
  • Jennifer Kennelly: Jennifer is so quick and thorough with my dozens of questions as we work through a few changing processes. I'm so appreciative of her help, never-ending patience, and deep knowledge. Thank you!
  • Emily Kokot: Emily is patient, kind, and eager to help her teammates. She's responded quickly to questions and if she doesn't know the answer, has worked to find it and close the loop. Then she takes the time/makes the time to not only tell how something is done but show how. I appreciate how her desire to help others shows in the way that she engages with her teammates. I never feel like I'm bothering her when I ask a question or 5. Thank you, Emily!
  • Miriam Horne: I could not have asked that, but her kind heart and thoughtful mind urged her to gently offer her help. This offer came out of the blue and at the most needed moment. I called it a blessing coming thru her. As the saying evokes "Whoever does not thank people has not thanked God." Thank you so much, Miriam.

A single word can brighten the face
of one who knows the value of words.
Ripened in silence, a single word
acquires a great energy for work.

  • Jennifer Archambault: Jennifer, we appreciate your transparency and compassion during this challenging and confusing time. You are a beacon of light.

November Shout-Outs

  • Susan Adkins: No matter what happens, Susan Adkins rises to the occasion. She solves problems and shares information in a way that makes all parties feel included, empowered, and valued. Thank you for being such an incredible colleague, Susan!
  • Tara Arneson: Tara is at the center of constantly changing, complex work, this year more than ever, and yet she is always trying to make things better for the whole college.
  • Christina Brooker: Thank you Christina for always being willing to do whatever is needed to help keep our Champlain community and campus safe and organized. Simply put, YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!! I greatly appreciate your commitment, flexibility, and creative thinking! I will always remember putting garbage bags on our shoes to move furniture out of the mud on Perry lawn! THANK YOU! I appreciate all you do and the fun you incorporate into our work!

October Shout-Outs

  • Kaylee Sullivan and Leah Miller: Thank you for throwing both an in-person and a virtual Halloween party and costume contest! This year is definitely different, but you helped keep the tradition alive for all of us!
  • Johnna Herrick Phelps: Johnna is a model leader on our campus. Even as CCO pivots and grows into new opportunities, she leads with care and compassion. Her commitment to her team and lifting them up for their successes is an inspiration. Thank you for all you are doing!
  • Dr. Van Dora Williams: Shout out to Dr. Van Dora Williams, an amazing colleague, and professor! It's truly a pleasure to work with someone who is so dedicated to her students and her program. She has even been known to fill in as an actor in a student's film at 10:00 pm on a Saturday -- after putting in a full day's work on other Champlain projects. And she has a wicked sense of humor! 
  • Ashley Michelle Fowler: Ashley Michelle not only provides such quality love and care for her staff and students, but she also continues to help build connection and community among her BIPOC colleagues. She's a superhero, and her enthusiasm and support for our community do not go unnoticed. Thank you, Ashley Michelle!
  • Drew Bissell, John Ware, Kevin Andrews, Eric Shore, and CJ Gardner: Shout out for their huge effort to get our new student laptop program off the ground. They overcame many hurdles and put in countless hours to put laptops in the hands of every student who needed one.
  • Campus Public Safety Officers: Nathan Brooks, James Gebo, Jenn Gingras-Green, Jack Harris, Clint Kilpatrick, Kasi O'Shields, Shawn Toof, Bruce Bovat, and Tony Calacci: Words can't express how thankful I am to have such a dedicated group of professionals keeping our students, staff, and faculty safe every day and every night. Thanks for always picking up the call and helping to solve the problems presented. You show compassion while being firm; understanding while confronting policy violations, and care in very difficult situations. You all are amazing ambassadors for Champlain. Your dedication to our community is outstanding. You are all ESSENTIAL personnel to the max! Thank you!
  • Diane Soboski, Meghan Haley, and ALL who contributed to Champlain Experience Open House: Kudos to Diane & Meghan. Your powerful partnership has cultivated memorable events that build upon each other, allow prospective students a customizable experience, and innovate beyond our competitors. Special shout out to John Lanzetta, Leandre Waldo, Ginger Pressey, Danielle L'Esperance, Erika Brown, Jenn Stockwell, and Karen Heil who generously volunteered to moderate sessions and expand the capacity of this important event.
  • Josh Blumberg: Josh is a humble invisible hero! He is a bee working hard, flying over technology gardens to bring the best of the pollens to home. We very much appreciate his brief informative videos, his workshops, his solutions, his open-mindedness, and so on. Thanks, Josh! with you our life becomes easier.
  • Gabby Sealy: I don't often ask for help from Institutional Research but when I do Gabby always delivers! Thank you for your help Gabby.
  • Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Women's & Gender Center: Thank you to all who helped repaint the Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ crosswalks! They look great!
  • Jared Cadrette: Thank you for your enthusiasm, kindness, and the genuine joy you show when interacting with students and colleagues.
  • The Student Health Center Team - Annika Hawkins-Hilke, Tara Chasnoff, Meredyth Harple, Hannah Marton, Deborah Alsofrom, Susan Jacques, Emily Wasserman, Amber Jimerson: Thank you for taking such good care of our students as they transition into quarantine/isolation. Your personal touches and caring for each individual student is absolutely noticed. Thank you for the dedication you give to each student during a very difficult time for them.
  • Mark Zammuto: Mark is such an inspiring colleague. He is full of great ideas, and he always makes a point to reflect on what's working well. His dedication to student success is out of this world!
  • Howie LeBlanco: For stepping in at a moment's notice to help out his former team (the Admissions Office) with an online event. He transitioned in seamlessly to the program even though he was given less than a day's notice, and we couldn't have done it without him!
    Isabella Poloes:
    Isabella did an amazing job creating and launching an Instagram page and newsletter for the Counseling Center. Our social media accounts look professional, contain useful information, and have reached a lot of students! Also, thanks to Breanna Wright for her help with this.
  • Chris North and Lyle King: I want to thank them both for their help in assisting with scheduling several webinars. They were both incredibly helpful, but most importantly they were very responsive and patient. Thanks again for your help.

September Shout-Outs

  • The Wonderful Team at the Center for Learning and Teaching: Shout Out from the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee to the CLT. We would like to give the CLT team some well-deserved praise for its work over the summer. The pandemic took you by surprise, as it did all of us, and you rose to the occasion and helped us all learn, adapt, and do our very best for our students. We know that you put in long, hard hours to get us to where we are now and we appreciate it. We hope you get some rest and downtime soon - you've earned it and then some!
  • John Earp: John Earp is one of Champlain's silent heroes. For those of us who are tech challenged, it seems like sorcery when John arrives on the scene and makes problems melt away. We are so very lucky to have a colleague with such a blend of skill and patience to walk us through our digital mazes.
  • Wayne Buttles: Wayne has been incredibly helpful with all integration changes and troubleshooting to help us solve access issues in Oracle. His technical prowess is so appreciated.
  • Stephanie Kloss: Thank you to Steph for working so hard and always producing such great work! You take on a lot (too much!) and we're incredibly lucky to have you here.
  • Grounds Crew: Our Grounds Crew is amazing! Once again campus looked great for our student move-in weekends and the start of the semester. The team has their hands full and their efforts in keeping our campus green and glowing are appreciated!
  • CJ Gardner: CJ has been running a twelve-ring circus helping everyone who has submitted a help desk ticket in the last 10 days. There is a greater need for the services provided by the help desk than ever before, and CJ and his team are handling it with grace and kindness. Thank you for all your help!

August Shout-Outs

  • Brian Andrews: Thank you Brian (and his team) for creating the Orientation Leader Biography pages for the Orientation Website! They came out amazing! Feel free to check them out yourself here.
  • Tim Van Woert, Lisa Martinez, Jason Cone, and the Physical Plant Crew: Thank you, Tim, Lisa, Jason, and the Physical Plant team who helped the Event Center move lots of furniture, set up last minute electrical requests, and help prepare the grounds for tents! We really appreciate how quickly and efficiently you respond to requests and you get it done! We are proud to call you our partners!
  • Lisa Mazzariello, Kelsey O'Connor, Nick Pillsbury, Jared Cadrette: The Event Center is extremely grateful to our rock star partners in Student Engagement, Lisa, Kelsey, Jared, and Nick! THANK YOU so much for helping us tear down and put away all of the furniture and carpet in the gymnasium AND for your help in our incredible train of furniture moving from Joyce to CCM. You made it possible and you made it fun! True team spirit and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!
  • Res Life Team: Many thanks to the Res Life team for working diligently and thoughtfully with students and parents through all of the on-campus changes! Thank you for all of your efforts!
  • Betsy Allen-Pennebaker: For the significant positive impact you have had on the CLT and our offerings. Your contributions have been absolutely brilliant! We are so lucky to have you on our team.
  • Stephen Robinson and Lilly Johnsson: Stephen and Lilly jumped in to complete a project for the Academic Affairs office. Your expertise and willingness to help is greatly appreciated, all of the time, but especially in the challenging times, we are experiencing. You lightened the load for us and we thank you for representing the best of the Champlain community.
  • Lisa Martinez: Lisa has quickly become an essential part of campus, especially as we work to reopen. She is always helpful, always thinking ahead, and such a great communicator. Thank you for all you have been doing to prepare campus to reopen, Lisa!
  • Campus Public Safety: Thank you CPS! While many of us were forced to work remotely since spring, CPS never had the opportunity. They were here on campus during all the uncertainty of the spring, the uninhabited summer, and now keeping our students safe during their quarantine. They do so much for our campus and our community. THANK YOU, CPS!
  • Jessica Allard: Thank you for finding the perfect books for my courses. Throughout the summer, Jessica has sent me suggestions of books that fit perfectly with my syllabus. Much appreciated.
  • Nic Anderson: Thank you Nic for running a last-minute, late night errand that was unexpected but so so appreciated! You go above and beyond for Champlain and it's remarkable.
  • Caroline Toy: Caroline has been an amazing coach helping me to organize myself for remote teaching. I have much more confidence moving forward because of her support.
  • Lisa Martinez and Tim Van Woert: For working tirelessly with their team to get the dorms and campus ready for students. It's been an extremely hectic month and both Lisa and Tim have taken all the unique challenges head on and done so collaboratively and with enthusiasm. Hats off to you both.
  • The OIE team: Thank you for building very cool and interactive virtual offices. Thanks to the team for sharing the knowledge with the greater Champlain community and helping other departments build virtual offices. This type of work greatly enhances the student experience in these new times.
  • Stephanie Doan: Stephanie Doan is balancing AHEAD Program Planning; Single Parents Program oversight; CARE Scholars prep work; communications to commuter students; emergency fund requests for financially insecure students; Food Pantry management and food security efforts, and somehow continues to show up to work with a smile, her contagious sense of humor, compassion, and professionalism beyond her years.
  • Danielle L'Esperance: Danielle L'Esperance may not wear a cape to work (probably so as to not distract from her impeccable wardrobe) but she performs heroic feats every day. Few people are better suited to provide the level of customer service that Danielle does to students, parents, colleagues, team members, and beyond. Thank you for your stellar example always, Danielle.
  • Howie LeBlanco: There are NO WORDS available to me to sufficiently celebrate all that Howie LeBlanco adds to our campus or what a gift he is to our community so let me start by expressing gratitude for his work getting student employees with early start dates hired while juggling the implementation of new systems and supporting hiring for the academic year. Let's never take him for granted - Champlain is immensely better because of Howie's contributions.

July Shout-Outs

  • Kate Cronin: Kate is so thoughtful and patient, with such incredible attention to detail! Thank you for everything you're doing to get campus reopened safely.
  • Compass Student Services, Student Accounts, and Advancement: The staff in Compass Student Services, Student Accounts, and Advancement have been fielding many calls and emails from students and their parents about fall 2020 with grace and compassion. Thank you all for all that you are doing!
  • My Physical Plant Coworkers: Thank you for being there. For the unintended positive reinforcement. For continuing to move forward regardless. For answering when I call. I appreciate you guys a lot. Thank you.
  • Student Accounts Team: Thank you for providing excellent, thoughtful, and compassionate service to our students, and their families, and supporters. It's not an easy feat to stay kind through challenging communications but you all do your work with such grace. Thank you!
  • Dan Selicaro: Your selfless, efficient, and ongoing support of the CLT and Faculty. We could not do this work without you. Thanks, Dan! You are the best!
  • Jes Mattera: Much of Jes's work takes place behind the scenes, where it could easily go unseen, but nothing in the library would work without Jes! She is always happy to drop everything to help anyone, colleague or student, with a problem.
  • Kate Ford: Kate has been an extremely valued member of the Housing and Residential Life team. Planning through lots of different scenarios of housing students, communicating housing information with numerous partners, and constantly thinking about the student in our processes are just of the few things I want to thank you for. Your attention to detail and your good humor along the way are so valued. Thank you for all that you do for our team and for our students!
  • Annika Hawkins-Hilke: Thank you, Annika, for your constant commitment to all things health related. You have consistently shared Department of Health updates in a succinct and thoughtful way, helping the rest of us non-medical people understand all things Covid related. I appreciate your thoroughness, your consistency, your dedication, and especially your calm and resilient approach. Champlain is lucky to have you as a member of our team!
  • Cooper Fellows: For being Champlain's "man behind the curtain". You're a WIZARD, Cooper! There is no way to thank you for all the magical behind-the scenes things you make happen across College business units. Diligence, thoughtfulness, innovation, mad skill, professionalism, courtesy, and genius are the hallmarks of your work. Day in and day out, you ALWAYS go the extra mile to make all the stuff work so seamlessly, all us front-end users don't have to give a second thought to all the work that happens to build, maintain and optimize the back-end systems that run the College. You manage all of this while simultaneously planning for and building our future infrastructure. A huge thanks to you and the wonderful team you have built for keeping us whole during the pivot and keeping us moving forward in spite of it.

June Shout-Outs

  • Elin Melchior: Elin's crowd-sourced "galleries", starting with the Pet Parade, have been such a great way of keeping us all connected!
  • Angela Gale: Thank you, Angela Gale, for being a calming influence, always showing optimism, and keeping our team connected. You have provided our team with so much support over the past few months.
  • William McCrary: William, you are always so helpful. Thank you for always being willing to lend a hand.
  • Nic Anderson: It seems that Nic has been everywhere on campus, making sure that unoccupied spaces are okay without us and preparing for a very different, challenging reality in the fall. Thank you, Nic!
  • Marcelle Langan: I would like to thank Marcelle Langan for her part in the marketing wizardry that has gone on lately with so many projects so close together. The beautiful packaging for the GAP year as well as the "Trauma & Resilience" summer webinar series were both done so expeditiously and with such expertise. Well done!
  • Sarah Camille Wilson: Sarah Camille brings her heart and soul into her work, and she brightens the library team daily. She is always someone who asks "how can I help?" Her creative and thoughtful team-building challenges have been a bright spot over the last few months of remote work.
  • Megan Haley: I would like to thank Megan Haley for her very diligent effort on the GAP year project. Megan was on this like white on rice, having to be flexible repeatedly as we shifted from side to side with various ideas with this new program. Megan's extraordinary effort and marketing creativity helped produce what we have now released as yet another signature Champlain College innovation.
  • Steph Kloss: Steph is a true marketing goddess... Over the past few weeks, she has managed to keep track of the GAP year task force, while packaging what we came up with in a manner that is inviting, colorful, and showcasing what we are offering in the best possible way. Steph did all of this so expeditiously that it was astounding. In addition, Steph simultaneously managed to get a gorgeous web page up and running for the "Trauma & Resilience" summer webinar series to begin on July 8th... Wow! Big Thank Yous, Steph !!!
  • Emily Crist: Emily has done the most amazing job of leading our GAP Year task force, facilitating our frequent and lengthy meetings, kicking out detailed google-docs overnight, while gently guiding us with the focus and tenacity needed to pull this whole together in nine short days. Great job, Emily!!!

May Shout-Outs 

  • The CCO advisors, especially Janet Morrison, Alyssa Helme, Caroline Steele, Emily Peters: Supporting online students right now is no easy task- especially while juggling changes, multiple deadlines, many offices, and of course - student needs. The CCO advisors have been absolutely amazing at supporting students and our adjunct online faculty. As an online adjunct faculty member, I have been impressed with the fast responses and ongoing support of the CCO advising team, and especially Caroline Steele, Janet Morrison, Alyssa Helme, and Emily Peters. These four offer unprecedented support to their students- whether it is a pandemic or not. They also guide adjunct faculty members through tricky situations and assist in communication with their students. Our institution is beyond lucky to have these advisors working with our students and on their behalf.
  • Staff Council Networking Committee: Shout out to the Staff Networking Committee for organizing Zoom Bingo. The Bingo was so much fun but the camaraderie and fellowship were even better. What a privilege and honor it is to be part of such a phenomenal group of people who are so professional, funny, kind, and talented. What an amazing staff we have!
  • Carolyn Roberts, Kate Ford, Bridget Grim, Ian Fournier, Jerome Holland: Thank you for your tireless work coordinating and assisting with students moving out of their residence hall! Lots of little details and behind the scenes went into this process. I see you and the work that you do!
  • Diane Soboski: Shout out to Diane Soboski for being named one of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling's (NEACAC) Professionals of the Year! We are lucky to have Diane's leadership in Enrollment Management. This award recognizes her impact as a strong representative for Champlain, as well as her value as a leader for college admissions in the New England region. Congrats!
  • Tara Arneson: Kudos to Tara Arneson and the team in the Registrar's Office for their tireless work this semester and into the summer. You are noticed! You are appreciated!
  • WeiKian Chen: He is a door always open to you if you need any help regarding anything from advising to course stuff, from professional development to gardening, from/to you name it. He is a friend and he is a mentor, he is a colleague, he is a sunny day!
  • Scott Stevens: For connecting ITS faculty with Faculty Conversations Meetings on Campus and now on Google Meet, he is giving energy to his team, reachable and supportive. Knows very well how to handle difficult situations. Thanks, Scott!
  • Linda Reid: I would like to congratulate Linda on her new role at CCO and the new adventures ahead of her. I would like to thank her for being a wonderful student advisor that always had the right answer whenever I had a question about how to best help a student succeed. She was as much an advisor to those students as she was to the instructors.
  • Janet Morrison: Thanks to Janet for going over and above to support our online students, some of whom are Champlain staff!
  • The Housing & Residential Life Team: Thank you for all that you do for our students daily, both in the residential halls and out. Awesome job this week on starting residential move out! Shout out to Kate, Carolyn, Bridget, Erica, Ian, Monica, Rachel, Susan, and Summer RAs!
  • Emily Crist: You did an amazing job working through the virtual gap with the team! I'm so grateful for your leadership and planning. I'm so glad I got to work with you!
  • Kristi Jovell: You're amazing! I'm so grateful for your dedication and hard work.
  • Stephanie Kloss and Meghan Haley: I know you got very little sleep while standing up the Virtual Gap. I'm amazed by your dedication and talent! You're always so smart and kind. Thank you so much.
  • All Virtual Gap participants: I can't thank all members of the campus community who were involved in building this amazing program enough! I loved working every minute with you all and am so proud and grateful for your thinking and help! All my gratitude, Lisa.
  • Howie LeBlanco: Howie is always thinking and working to make things better for everyone at Champlain. He doesn't just get things done (although he certainly does!), he asks "how can we do this better?" and comes up with solutions.
  • Adam Goldstein: Congratulations on escorting more students (again) through the DoD CySP Scholarship Program - full tuition, a stipend, and a guaranteed job upon graduation. That's a big deal, especially as these young undergrads face unprecedented economic circumstances. Thank you.
  • Champ Support Team: For continuing to provide tech support, even remotely, and always being ready, willing, and able to lend a hand for sudden tech crises.
  • Elin Melchior and Staff Council: Thank you to everyone involved in putting together the Pet Parade! Scrolling through those photos was a lot of fun-we've got some adorable work-from-home colleagues in the Champlain community.
  • Everyone who Worked on the Virtual Commencement: Thank you to everyone who worked so hard during these crazy times to put together an awesome virtual commencement experience for our students. There were laughs and tears. It was perfect.
  • Kim Quinn: I love her Wellbeing Wednesday emails. It's always such a good reminder to take time for my mental health and wellness.
  • Katherine Birrow & the Virtual Commencement Team: Everyone who created the Virtual Commencement: You did an amazing job! Watching it, I laughed, I cheered, I wept. Such amazing creativity in the face of challenge- the true Champlain spirit!
  • Susan Pepper: Susan Pepper is always so happy to help and so kind!
  • Admissions and Marketing: Incredible Accepted Student Day Event- I think everyone in Marketing and Admissions deserves a HUGE shout out for their work on the Accepted Student Day events they created. I tuned into the 2nd session on Saturday April 18th and was immediately impressed (an understatement) by how engaging and informative the event was. I am glad that we had great student turn out and hope to see that the efforts paid off. GREAT JOB!
  • Kaylee Sullivan: Kaylee is one of the hardest working employees at this college. She has been integral in helping promote events to our students in this time of remote learning. Over the past 8 weeks, she has gone above and beyond to help make sure our students know what opportunities they have to engage with one another. Where it's making a Facebook page for your event or adding it to Instagram, Kaylee always has our students in the best interest. Kaylee, Thank you for helping create a sense of normalcy during these unprecedented times. You are loved!
  • Lyle King: So many thank yous to Lyle for being the Zoom-Master who is such a big part of keeping our virtual community together and enjoying the events that bring us together and celebrating.
  • Lisa Mazz & Student Engagement Team: Thank you to the Student Engagement Team for recognizing and celebrating seniors through a virtual senior week!
  • Paula Willoquet-Maricondi and Eric Ronis: I'd like to thank both Paula and Eric for their help managing a difficult student issue. I really appreciated the time that they took to work with me and the student and how thoughtful and understanding they were regarding the student's needs.

April Shout-Outs

  • Pat Boera & Lyle King: Thank you for your partnership in leading the technical and logistical details of the first-ever virtual accounting capstone CPE conference. We hosted the largest number of external CPA participants in the history of the accounting capstone (approximately 40 external guests!) Thank you for allowing us to lean into our current circumstances and continue to provide our students with a unique culminating experience while delivering a valuable service to our community partners and alumni! We couldn't have pulled it off without your support!
  • Susan Adkins: Susan Adkins goes above and beyond in every way. Stepping into the role of Associate Library Director during a time of unprecedented uncertainty and constant change, she has kept the needs of students front and center at all times, and never wavers in her support of her team.
  • Ellen Zeman: So often Ellen's work is behind the scenes, but her "fingerprints" are all over the good work of Champlain College. Her ability to forecast impact and plan accordingly for the very best outcome for students, faculty, and staff creates smooth implementations, adaptations, and transitions. It is natural for us to disregard systems and aspects of our work when things are going well. But know that Ellen's wisdom and selfless efforts removing barriers and anticipating needs have helped make it so.
  • Lisa Bunders: Lisa has been an amazing leader throughout this remote period. She is focused on giving our prospective and deposited students the best experiences at the same time as creating a fun and flexible work environment for her employees. Keep being awesome!
  • Operations Managers - Megan, Julie, Jean-Marie, Linda, and Susannah: I just want to thank them for all they do - tirelessly, day in and day out, quietly and behind the scenes each and every day - for our students and faculty. They are bridges between faculty, students, and staff and their work touches all corners and most departments at the College. They are just as likely to be working with our Finance Dept, People Center, and Marketing as they are with the Registrar's Office, Admissions, Curriculum Committee, or the Bookstore. It is a rare problem that they can't solve, bridging gaps and seamlessly integrating multiple systems to make students and faculty's lives easier. Thank you!
  • Kim Quinn: Thank you, Kim, for your Mindful Wednesday newsletter. It's such a challenging time for many of us as we worry about the present and the future - worry about our jobs, our families, our students. There have been so many weeks of late where I am feeling down and sad, and then your Mindful Wednesday email comes and reminds me to bring my thoughts back to the present -to focus on today, even if it's just for a few minutes. Then when I forget, your reminder comes again the next week. In gratitude...
  • Pat Boera, Kerry Shackett, Susan Edwards, and Mary Still: With only one week (!) of planning, this talented quartet put together three "You Can Do This" alumni sessions for SSB, CCM, and EHS students, primarily seniors. I am astounded by the resourcefulness, programming expertise and nothing-is-impossible mindset they showed to make this happen. Thanks to Lylie for his outstanding tech support as well!
  • Rebecca Mills: Rebecca has worked tirelessly with her staff and with faculty both directly and indirectly to help campus through the difficult transition to remote learning in record time. She continues to work with faculty teaching summer online courses and is thinking creatively about how to handle teaching and learning moving forward in uncertain times. Thank you so much for your dedication and commitment to students, faculty, and staff. You are a gem!
  • Meghan Haley & Brielle Hansen: Meghan did a truly incredible job of bringing our Admitted Student Days to life virtually. The events were creative, engaging and highlighted the very best of what Champlain has to offer. Meghan orchestrated these complex events while simultaneously coordinating the announcement of our new president, and thoughtfully and strategically leading the marketing team. Meghan's work was supported by the exceptional graphic design skills of Brielle Hansen who worked tirelessly to ensure that the presentations were bright, bold, and beautiful. Thanks to EVERYONE who had a hand in these events!
  • Freddy Angel and Caroline Toy: Freddy and Caroline did an unbelievable job supporting faculty through the transition to remote learning. Through canvas support and so much more, they made this emergency transition possible for faculty and students!
  • Amy Eastman: Huge props to Amy for all her help with navigating the unique registrar situations posed by the Degree Design Lab. You responded to our many requests with professionalism and found ways for our innovative curriculum and courses to interface with the systems of registration. Thank you SO MUCH for your goodwill, patience, and efficiency - you make Champlain a better place for all of us!
  • Erin Ferrara: Erin continues to make a positive difference every day at Champlain for students, staff, and faculty. Thank you for everything you do - it does not go unnoticed.
  • Stephanie Kloss: A tremendous thank you to Steph for her tireless work on the announcement of Champlain's next president. From writing to video production to web development, Steph did it ALL. We had a great team of colleagues help share the good news of Dr. Akande's appointment, but Steph's leadership and hard work were central to our success. In addition to the excellent, thoughtful, and careful work, she was such a generous colleague throughout an intense (and often late night) process. So happy to count you as a colleague!
  • Molly Pepper and Howie LeBlanco: They have done a great job to support student supervisors and students. They have organized a process to help get students paid and have done so in an efficient and thoughtful way. Nice work team!
  • Elin Melchior: Elin did an amazing job making the annual International Photo Contest Reception a hugely successful VIRTUAL event!
  • Duane Dunston: Thank you for keeping us informed about the IRS stimulus checks - such a community service to make sure we don't fall into hacker traps. Thank you, Duane!
  • Marita Martin: Thank you for always being there (for CCO and all of Champlain)!
  • Leslie Van Wagner: Thank you, Leslie, for volunteering to represent staff council at (virtual) new employee orientation. Your kind and welcoming demeanor were the perfect addition!
  • Roland Palmer: Roland, you care so much about the college and your colleagues, and you are always ready to help, with a smile! Your dedication and positive outlook are contagious- the good kind of contagious!
  • Susan Pepper: I reached out to Sue to ask for help in getting Zoom setup and, then upgraded, and not only did she get back to me quickly she had already solved what I needed! She's always been an amazing support but in these times it's even more comforting and helpful! THANK YOU PEPPER!
  • Ted Winokur, Cooper Fellows, and Dan Selicaro: Shout out to Ted Winokur, Cooper Fellows, and Dan Selicaro who went over and above to support the development of the COVID-19 reflections project for the Archives! They were tremendously responsive and helpful. Thank you, Ted, Cooper, and Dan!
  • Maureen Whitney and Greg Davis: Maureen and Greg spent a lot of time and effort figuring out how much of a housing and meal plan credit the on-campus students will be getting. They worked hard until they figured out a solution that felt the fairest to students. Their math skills and student-focused approach to their work is impressive!
  • Jennifer Nichols: For managing the communications to campus from Academic Affairs and keeping us on track with our leadership team daily check-ins.
  • Kathy Seiler: Thank you for all of your hard work as Faculty Senate President. You are appreciated!
  • John Earp: Thank you for going above and beyond while trying to help sort out technical difficulties.
  • Health Services: Thank you for the essential services you provide to our students and the college during this difficult time. We're so lucky to have you as a resource.
  • Brian Andrews, Dan Selicaro, and everyone on the Web Services team: Thank you for being so responsive and helpful with all of our technical questions and for the quick turnaround with website updates. It has been so helpful to the Counseling team to be able to have updates published quickly to our website during this difficult time for students and their families.
  • John Earp: John donated N95 masks that we had on campus to local medical personnel.

March Shout-Outs

  • Shaylea Scribner: Thank you, Shaylea, for the amazing leadership and care for our community that you always show, and that has never met a more essential need than it does now!
  • Admissions Team: The incredible admissions team has done an amazing job pivoting in a flash and moving all their recruitment efforts 100 % online! Your nimbleness and positivity are the essences of Champlain!
  • Champlain College Online Academic Advisors: Thank you for being the most helpful team during my last 4 and 1/2 months here, for being a great example of student support, and doing an amazing job during this transition while doing registration and so many other reports!
  • Laurie Quinn: Laurie's sincere, caring leadership during this difficult time has been nothing short of heroic. While she certainly has a team supporting her and helping her make these difficult decisions, a calm, steady hand steering the ship is what every organization should have and needs. And we have that in Laurie. Champlain has always thrived during crisis, but this takes it to a whole new level and Laurie has seemingly not missed a beat. Thank you, Laurie, for everything.
  • Lyle King: Lyle was so incredibly helpful in organizing Faculty Senate, helping us navigate the technology and helping us practice ahead of time. You are absolutely invaluable to this institution.
  • Jennifer Nicholls: Your ability to keep things organized and maintain forward momentum during these chaotic times is truly impressive.
  • The Information Systems (IS) team: Your responsiveness during this time of crisis has been amazing. Thanks so much!
  • Office of International Education - Burlington, Montreal, and Dublin teams: These amazing people have had to oversee the closure of our international centers and the transition of our study abroad students back to their homes within an incredibly short window of time under incredibly tense and constantly changing conditions. This was an emotional time for the students, who have planned for their semester abroad for years, only to have it cut short. The on-site staff in Dublin and Montreal, along with the Burlington team, have constantly monitored fast-changing global conditions, supported the students all the way through, and supported faculty in transitioning to remote instruction, even as the coronavirus crisis has cut to the heart of the global connections that these people show up every day to facilitate. International education looks completely different today than it did just a couple of weeks ago, but I have no doubt that this creative and quick-thinking team will come through this stronger, with a whole bag of new tricks for doing this work in the future. Keep up the fantastic work!
  • All People Center Employees: Thank you People Center people for managing a difficult and protracted transition to new a new technology platform with grit and skill, for maintaining helpful communication leading up to the transition, for providing thoughtful and clear training sessions and instruction manuals, for turning on a dime with the decision to postpone "go live," for adapting to change with grace, and for after all that, providing helpful guidance for remote work and supporting us as we all transition. You have our gratitude and admiration!
  • Noah Goldblatt: thank you for your leadership of our team as everyone worked to bring students back to the states these past few days. Thank you, having a steady hand at the helm was most appreciated.
  • Emily Crist and Susan Adkins: Thank you for the fantastic leadership of the library in these unexpected circumstances and their commitment to doing all the library can to continue to support faculty, students, and staff.
  • Champlain Librarians: The librarians' show of support - from Jessica Allard making the first contact with us about online film resources to Emily Crist offering to scan my text... 10-20% of it, of course - to has been tremendous. If I happen to fall on success while shifting to remote teaching and students find the transition smooth, the credit for those wins goes to the librarians, amongst other key staff and faculty.
  • Student Health Center Team: Thank you for being superheroes and skilled clinicians at this time when the healthcare system is so pressed in every direction. Thank you for all you do!
  • Susan Waryck: Thank you for being so skilled at your role and managing so many layers of the current situation. Your leadership of several critical teams and your poise throughout is admirable. You rock!
  • Campus Public Safety Team: Thank you for continuing to show up and do your jobs with patience, balance, and good spirits. Thank you for keeping our campus safe and your willingness to do whatever the job requires.
  • The Counseling Center Team: Thank you for supporting students in new and complicated ways. Your work is always admirable and you provide an incredible service to our campus and to have to respond in times like these is heroic. Thank you!
  • The Housing and Residential Life Team: Thank you for coordinating the transition of hundreds of students off-campus while continuing to support those who remain is an incredible feat and they all do it with grace and compassion. Thankful for you all!
  • Leandre Waldo: Leandre has been a Champlain communications go-to extraordinaire during these crazy times, and I am so extremely appreciative of her hard work and initiative. She is a light in these difficult times, and I feel lucky to work alongside her.
  • The Center for Learning and Teaching: Thank you for heroically supporting the efforts of faculty to transition their courses to remote instruction. Caroline, Freddy, and Rebecca are working long days, nights, and weekends to create resources and provide guidance to faculty. We couldn't make this monumental shift without all they're doing behind the scenes!
  • Champlain Librarians: They have been doing herculean work, finding electronic versions of textbooks, keeping us informed about what is available, helping with making pdfs -- I'm sure we are all grateful and appreciative of all their work this week!
  • Laurie Quinn: For putting up with SO MUCH at the end of her interim term... I mean, come on. Laurie, thank you so much for all that you do and all that you have done. I appreciate your hard work and your wise leadership.
  • Ellen Zeman: For having great patience, care, and humor in helping colleagues navigate the Curriculog technology system...it is greatly appreciated!
  • Jean-Marie (JM) Severance: I would like to recognize JM for being the super-glue holding our EHS family together, especially when we are in the throes of mid-terms, frazzled by politics (both internal and global), or whatever. She slides in on the DL by silently organizing an amazing Ben & Jerry's spread for us to decompress, laugh, and remember to have fun. Her positive energy and "sneak-savvy" with surprise treats that seem to land at just the right time really give us a lift. I think it is easy to take for granted such a positive work environment where we feel valued and appreciated. Thank you, JM, for your thoughtfulness, continued effort to make things magically happen behind the scenes, and for being the rudder of our EHS family.
  • Ashley Michelle Fowler: For your warmth and personal connection with students. I witnessed this in IDX recently, at the coffee bar, you told a student that your week was better because you got to talk with them. I greatly appreciate you, and so do our students.