The 2017 Vermont International Film Festival (VTIFF) released its lineup, and recent creative media graduate, Jeremy Lee MacKenzie, made the cut. His featured piece, “Hidden Blueprints,” is a hybrid documentary. The film will be screened on Friday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. in the Main Street Landing Black Box in Burlington. It tells the history of his wood scrollwork collection that he designed and hid while he was in prison, and the powerful transformation it created in his life.

VTIFF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the community through film. The entire festival takes place from Friday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 29. For more information about “Hidden Blueprints” or this year’s programming, please visit the festival’s website.

(This photo appeared in a 2015 article from the Seven Days by Rachel Elizabeth Jones).

Julia Woodward – ’18

New Changes to Professional Writing Specializations

Warren Baker, the program director of the Professional Writing major, has recently revised the major’s specializations. Students will notice that Professional Writing specializations are now required, where in the past they were optional. The old specializations included Journalism, Publishing, and Screenwriting. Now, with the new specializations locked, loaded, and ready to go, Baker hopes that […]

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Graphic Design Professor Presents Dissertation in Shanghai, China

Sideshows are a controversial form of entertainment in the cultural history of America because they showcase “freaks.” Associate Professor of Graphic Design Toni-Lee Sangastiano has been exploring this topic in her dissertation, “The Postmodern Sideshow and the Bakhtinian Dialogic: A reinvention of intersubjectivity within the simulated polyphony of mass media.” She presented at The 16th […]

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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

CCM Division Welcomes First-Year Class

Champlain College’s Division of Communication and Creative Media (CCM) welcomed its incoming first-year students at a new student orientation, where each student was asked to find a partner and “mash up” their first names into a portmanteau. The results were then posted to Twitter, with the hashtag #champCCM. The 200+ students joining the division this […]

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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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Center for Publishing Ready for a New Year

The former Champlain College Publishing Initiative (CCPI), the publishing program on campus staffed by both faculty and students, underwent a re-branding this summer. With a new name and focus, it is now ready to kick-start the year’s multiple projects. The newly named Center for Publishing (CFP) is focused on fostering students’ relationships with the literary […]

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Game Art Major Studies Abroad in Scotland

Noah Goldblatt, study abroad director for Champlain College, sent an email out last semester to Game Studio students announcing the chance of a lifetime; to study abroad at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland. When Ellie Peak, a Game Art major in the Division of Communication and Creative Media, saw the email, she immediately jumped on […]

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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