Ten Graphic Design majors recently traveled to New York City for a company tour of VICELAND, courtesy of Art Director Gerry Weber, who is also a Graphic Design class of 2010 alumnus. Students, along with Program Director Suzanne Glover, ​had the opportunity to spend time with ​the ​Champlain ​alumnus to learn about company culture, gain exposure to new and emerging industries, meet recruiters, and expand their professional networks and aspirations as they begin to plan for life after college.

VICE Media is a North American digital media and broadcasting company that has expanded primarily into youth and young adult-focused digital media, including online content verticals and related web series, the news division VICE News, a film production studio, and a record label among other properties. In February 2016, VICE Media launched a cable television network in Canada and the United States known as Viceland—a millennial-targeted network which draws upon the resources of the lifestyle-oriented verticals of VICE.

“I thought the highlights were touring the VICE offices, learning from Gerry about the design culture at VICE, and seeing some of the behind-the-scenes ​video footage and sizzle reels that embody the VICE brand.” – Hannah Campbell, Director – Alumni Relations & Annual Giving

David Rocchio, Founder of Stowe Story Labs presents fellowship awards to filmmaking majors with Dean Willoquet-Maricondi.

Champlain College celebrated the success of its stellar students in the Division of Communication and Creative Media (CCM) by awarding $1,000 CCM Dean’s Scholarships for eligible returning undergraduate students and 10 CCM Excel Awards for graduating seniors.

The recognitions took place during the Honors Night ceremony on Thursday, April 13 at Champlain College. The event featured a Star Art reception where the honorees and their guests mingled with student artists who painted watercolor works of celestial-themed art on site.

In addition, winners of the annual Vermont Association of Broadcasters Scholarship were announced, as well as recipients of the Stowe Story Lab Fellowships for aspiring filmmakers presented by Founder David Rocchio, and the CCM Dean’s Choice Award for the college’s second annual 2017 Juried Student Exhibition.

“We are tremendously proud of our CCM students’ accomplishments. Honors Night is an opportunity to publicly recognize and celebrate their talent and hard work, and their dedication to serving Champlain’s mission of being ‘the finest small, globally and professional focused college in the United States,” says Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, Dean of CCM.

See the photos from the event HERE

CCM Dean’s Scholarship winners: Broadcast Media Production Major – Kirsten Potts, Sophomore; Communication Major – Jessica Shultz, Sophomore; Creative Media Major – Jeremy Partyka, Junior; Filmmaking Major – Simeon Pol, Junior; Game Art & Animation Major – Colton Orr, Junior; Game Design Major – Amanda Gates, Sophomore; Graphic Design & Digital Media Major – Rachel Farrell, Sophomore; Professional Writing Major – Jordan Upshaw, Sophomore; and Public Relations Major – Jadelynn Ye, Junior.

CCM Senior Excel Award winners: Dillon Delogue, Broadcast Media Production Major; Sarah Steward, Communication Major; Ricky Rizzo, Creative Media Major; Gillian Racine, Filmmaking Major; Emma Campbell, Game Art & Animation Major; Levi Rohr, Game Design Major; Zachary Denis, Graphic Design & Digital Media Major; Sarah Wilkinson, Professional Writing Major; Margaret Kuchinski, Public Relations Major; and Laura Fillbach, MFA in Emergent Media Major.

Dean’s CCM Choice Award – Juried Student Art Exhibition winner: McKenzie Brandon, Sophomore – Creative Media Major

Stowe Story Labs Fellowship winners: Cassandra Crowley, Senior – Filmmaking Major and
Brian Holder, Junior – Filmmaking Major

Vermont Association of Broadcasters Scholarship winners: McKenzie Cordell, Junior – Broadcast Media Production Major; Noah Kidney, Junior – Broadcast Media Production Major; Kaylee Mumford, Junior – Broadcast Media Production Major; John (Spencer) Pearson, Junior – Broadcast Media Production Major

ChampTalk Presents “Free Speech in the Classroom”

The second live event in the groundbreaking “ChampTalk” series will tackle a hot-button issue both on the Champlain campus and nationwide: free speech in the classroom.

The event, which is free, will take place in Champlain College’s Alumni Auditorium on Thursday, April 6 at 8:30 p.m. and will feature two speakers: CCM Assistant Dean Dr. Eric Ronis, and Special Assistant to the Provost, Diversity and Inclusion in Academics, and Jade Ye, a junior public relations major and Lead Student Ambassador. Ye will be speaking on “Freedom of Communication and the Responsibility of Listening” and Ronis will be speaking on “Redeeming The Unreasonable: Free and Familial Discourse in the College Classroom.”

Ronis has been researching the state of inclusion in Champlain classrooms for a year now. His speech draws on this as well as his lifetime of experiences as a performance artist, gay rights advocate, and academic. Ye’s speech compares how public relations professionals are taught to skillfully communicate with what she has observed in her classrooms at Champlain.  Both talks aim to enlighten the audience on how to strengthen the climate of freedom of speech on campus specifically through the art of listening.

In the fall of 2016, President of the College Donald Laackman released his personal statement on his views on the topic in which he said, “A college or university must be a place where members of the community explore ideas without inhibition and pursue knowledge without hesitation,” but that “threats, harassment or disruptions of fundamental functions undercut the respect we should afford each other and cannot be permitted.” The talk’s goal is to further open these discussions, and Ronis and Ye will be giving both the faculty and student perspectives on this complex topic.

About ChampTalk

The event was created by a group of students in Champlain’s Publishing in the 21st Century class who were inspired by the flood of discussions regarding free speech on college campuses. The “ChampTalk” is directly inspired by the infamous “TedTalk,” and operates in the same format. The talks are about 15 minutes each, will each give a personal perspective on the topic, and are delivered in a narrative style that engages the audience. For more information, contact Maggie Bean at maggie.bean@mymail.champlain.edu.

Ti Laurent, is a 2015 film directed by Champlain College Assistant Professor of Film John Rasmussen premiering Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m., at Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington.  He will be in attendance at the screening to introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward.

Film Director John Rasmussen

Ti Laurent centers on a young, poor boy (Pedro Bellabe) who is fighting for survival. Scenes were shot on the streets of the La Savane section of Les Cayes, the most impoverished region in southern Haiti. A review of Ti Laurent was recently reviewed in Seven Days.  For ticket information, visit The Vermont International Film Foundation website: vtiff.org

Rasmussen is a filmmaker working in narrative, documentary and experimental forms.  His work ranges from project documentation for organizations such as Oxfam, The United Nations Ethical Fashion Initiative and Americorps to grassroots local narrative filmmaking in the U.S. and Haiti.

Rasmussen’s work has been exhibited in festivals in Mexico, Haiti, France, Canada, China and the United States.  He has taught a wide variety of courses in filmmaking at The University of Miami, Miami International University of Art and Design, Le Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince and founded a film group in the low-income neighborhood of La Savane in Les Cayes, Haiti.


 Under the Influence Accepted for Publication

Under the Influence, a collection of poems, short fiction, and creative non-fiction by Professional Writing Professor J.C. Ellefson has been accepted for publication by Fomite Press. Ellefson’s poetry has been published throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France and Japan, and he has taught writing and literature at Shanghai University and the Universidade Dos Acores. He holds a BA from Penn State University and an MFA from Norwich University.