Category Archives: Events

“Shadows and Vines” Photo Exhibit at Penny Cluse Cafe

Jordan Douglas is a noted Burlington, Vermont photographer who teaches black-and-white darkroom and digital photography as an adjunct professor in the Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College. His current body of work is entitled, “Shadows and Vines,” a series of black and white images that were taken using a $25 plastic medium format […]

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Jim Ellefson’s Book Launch

On Nov. 1 a group of Champlain College faculty and students, along with members of the community, gathered around garlic bread and cider to hear Jim Ellefson read excerpts from his new book, Under the Influence: Shouting Out to Walt. Musician Alex Smith kicked off the evening with music while the audience snacked on food fresh […]

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Students Prepare for Popular Event at Champlain College

The Broadcast Media Production team in the Division of Communication and Creative Media will be filming and live broadcasting the  Rail Jam, a crowd favorite event at Champlain College, coming to campus on Nov. 3. The Ski and Ride Club on campus will be the host for Rail Jam at Champlain College. Skiers and snowboarders […]

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Imagine waking up for the best field trip a student could ever picture. For the entire first year cohort of Game Design students that is exactly what they had in store a week ago when all of them packed in to buses and traveled to The American Classic Arcade Museum (ACAM) in Laconia, NH.  This is an annual trip that Jonathan Ferguson, assistant professor of Game Design in The Game Studio, organizes as a way to jump-start the students’ interest in game history.  

Each year they organize a panel of professionals in the game industry to talk with the students. This year, the staff and students were especially excited because they would all be meeting Warren Davis, the creator of the popular 1982 Q*bert arcade game. Q*bert has become a beloved character and classic arcade game over the years because of its 2D action elements that give it a pseudo-3D effect. For a gamer, this accomplishment was mind-blowing and has been replicated many times since.

The students were excited to ask him where his inspiration came from and how he feels about the game industry today. They were also excited to be spending the whole day at an Arcade. Past Game Design student Austen London had this to say about his trip two years ago, “First year classes all pretty much blend together in my mind at this point, but the trip to ACAM is a day I’ll never forget. In high school I would have done anything to get a field trip to the arcade. That experience made me appreciate Champlain and my program even more.”

This year the trip took place the first week of October and, as always, the students had a blast.

Julia A. Rodriguez

Patent pending for student created game

Traveling through space has never been easier. All that is needed is a cardboard box and a little imagination thanks to a group of students and faculty from the Emergent Media Center. The team created the SpaceBox Game which is a full-body interactive game where players sit in a box and control the on-screen rocketship with their movements. To reach the goal, players have to dodge asteroids and avoid enemy ships.

With the help of an agent, the team applied for a patent to the United States Patent and Trademark Office and it is in the pending process. SpaceBox is currently featured at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center as part of their Innovation Playground exhibit. It also will be displayed after Sept. 25 at the Chicago Design Museum as part of their “HEY! PLAY! Games in Modern Culture” exhibition.

Alayna Masker-’19

Students Rally Through Rain to Cover Art Hop

  On Sept. 8, a group of 25 Broadcast Media Production students from Champlain College set up four cameras for a live broadcast of the annual South End Art Hop, interviewing organizers, artists, and spectators as well as getting hands-on experience in set-up, camera operation, directing, producing, reporting, and break-down. The group set up on Pine […]

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Network and Eat Pizza With CCM!

What’s better than free pizza? Free pizza with the Division of Communication and Creative Media (CCM) Communication and Public Relations majors! Communication Program Director, Nancy Kerr, extends an invitation to students for a night of food, socializing and fun at the COMM and PR Town Hall on Oct. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the CCM […]

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PoeJam at Speeder and Earls

As part of Burlington’s Book Fair, Champlain College Professional Writing professor Jim Ellefson in the Division of Communication and Creative Media (CCM) organized PoeJam, poetry readings to improvisational music, at Speeder and Earl’s located on Pine Street in Burlington. Several students arrived at the coffee shop on Sept. 15 and for two hours read and listened to poetry. Continue reading

photo credit: Yvonne Lee ’18

“Explosion at the Crossroads” is a kick-off concert to the school year that is just as exciting as it sounds at Champlain College.

Michael Dyke, lecturer at the Jamaican School of Music, and family members Judi Emanuel Dyke and Laura Emanuel Dyke, will be performing Jamaican music hosted by Eric Sample, associate professor of Sonic Arts in the Division of Communication and Creative Media.

Three sessions will examine the rhythm and sound of Jamaican music as well as its context. The first, “Explosion at the Crossroads,” will take place on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. followed by a discussion on the popularization of “Oh Carolina” and how it pioneered Jamaican amplified music.

The second, “Feel it in the One Drop,” will take place at 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 and the third, “Revival Fire,” will be on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.

photo credit: Yvonne Lee ’18

Each session is a combination of concert, discussion, and presentation, and will explore the history and culture behind the music. The Champlain College Sonic Arts Studio Crew will be providing technical and recording assistance for the three shows.

Sample says that this performance will be great for students because it “puts into living color what I teach in class.” It is a very exciting opportunity for students and musicians alike to participate in a one-of-a-kind event right on campus.

Cailey McCalister ’18 & Johnny Tyner ’18

photo credit: Yvonne Lee ’18

 

 

On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Solid State Logic Truck made a stop on campus, and parked near the library to provide a chance for students to check out the truck and the equipment. The truck has two demo systems as well as an array of the highest broadcasting technology. It is described as “a professional, comfortable listening environment” on the Solid State Logic website.

Thanks to Sonic Arts Associate Professor Eric Sample, who helped coordinate the event, Champlain students were able to board the truck and learn about the technology and the recording capabilities of Solid State Logic. Though only five people may enter the truck at a time, it boasts computers outside in order to provide entertainment and education to a larger group at a time. This was a perfect opportunity for Broadcasting students, and others, to experience this state of the art technology and to learn more about the process of recording in a unique setting.

Cailey McCalister ’18