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!

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, but 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 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 was 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 in to this process. I see you and the work that you do!
  • Diane Soboski: Shout out to Diane Soboski for being named one 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 intercal 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 their 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 student and faculty 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 most fair 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 sorting 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 essence 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 for 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 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 throws 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.