Three faculty members in the Division of Communication and Creative Media are using funds from the newly created Student Experience Grant to make a difference in Champlain students’ education. Roz Whitaker-Heck, Jim Ellefson, and John Rasmussen received the grants offered through the Office of the Provost to organize meaningful experiences for students, such as international travel, retreats, conferences and service trips.
Whitaker-Heck plans to used the funds to travel with members of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter to a regional conference in Boston in February. The conference will offer leadership training that would equip them with the requisite skills and knowledge to sustain the operation of Maple Street Media (MSM), a student-run public relations firm that was created last year. MSM conducts community service projects for non-profit organizations in the Burlington area. Ellefson and Rasmussen are working together to host two events, referred to as “The Screaming Screening Readings” during the Spring 2019 semester. They will include readings of short fiction and non-fiction, poetry, skits, original short films, visual art, and readings set to live music—similar to the popular “Po-Jazz” events held for Champlain students to read their work alongside live jazz music. The Screaming Screening Readings will take place in the Alumni Auditorium on March 5 and April 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Jessica Schultz ’19—Contributor