Live Interview with Robert Siegel

Students in Champlain College’s News Writing and Production class were able to gain first-hand knowledge about the news industry by watching a live interview with Robert Siegel. Professor Keith Oppenheim organized a field trip to Vermont Public Radio on Nov. 2, where students joined an audience of more than 100 listeners. They observed a live […]

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Champlain Alumni Win Innovation Award

Left to Right: Shannon Mitchell, Marguerite Dibble and Brook Chipman

Winners of the Innovation Award were announced at the 2017 Tech Jam Awards Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 20. Among this year’s winners was a team of Champlain College alumni with their company, GameTheory.
GameTheory was founded by Champlain alumna Marguerite Dibble, who graduated with a degree in Game Art & Animation in 2012. The company was originally called Birnam Wood Games, and was started during Dibble’s time at Champlain College. Located in Burlington, it now employs several Champlain alumni, including team members COO Shannon Mitchell (Management of Creative Media ’16) and Lead Artist Brook Chipman (Game Art & Animation ’16).
The Vermont TechJam Innovation Award recognizes “companies and individuals… for building innovative ventures and products, tirelessly promoting Vermont’s strengthening tech ecosystem, and newcomers to the scene who bring fresh ideas and momentum to the state.” There were more votes than ever this year, which makes the GameTheory win even more exciting for the team.
Cailey McCalister ’18

EMC Projects Featured in VermontBiz

Champlain College’s Sandbox team at the Emergent Media Center (EMC) has partnered with ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain and Generator maker space to create an interactive exhibit at the aquarium. The exhibit, called “Innovation Playground” includes three of the EMC’s recent projects: Spacebox, Graffiniti, and Variance. VermontBiz recently published an article about the exhibit, […]

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Champlain Alumnus Wins VTIFF Award

Jeremy Lee Mackenzie, Champlain College alumnus, received the James Goldstone Award at this year’s Vermont International Film Festival (VTIFF). His film, Hidden Blueprints: The Story of Mikey is described as “A hybrid film that details the history and creation of a collection of wood-scrollwork that was designed and hidden in prison. It tells the story […]

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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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It’s a whole lot easier to see CHAMP now!

A new program has been introduced in the Division of Communication and Creative Media (CCM) this semester called CHAMP Guides. This program pairs upperclass CCM students with first-year CCM students, giving first-year students a mentor on campus. Dr. Cheryl Casey, associate professor of Communication at Champlain is the leader of CHAMP Guides and has gotten […]

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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

Game Art & Animation Major Goes to Florida for Internship

Many college students go to Florida to party, but Jody Briggs went to work. This Game Art & Animation third-year student from Virginia decided to spend her summer interning at Artix Entertainment in Lutz, FL, near Tampa. She would get to work at 10 a.m. every morning and work on 3D modeling hats, desks, and […]

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CCM Grad Turns Passion into Small Business

Knowing no better way to guarantee a postgraduate job with an immediate opening, Maggie Bean chose to create her own freelance marketing agency. Bean graduated in 2016 with a degree in Management of Creative Media offered through the Stiller School of Business and a specialization in Publishing which is offered through the Division of Communication […]

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Moving Toward Motion

Motion graphics is a way to visually tell a story; it’s also one of the fastest growing areas in the graphic design industry. The Division of Communication and Creative Media (CCM) created a Motion Graphics specialization for the Graphic Design program to give majors a competitive edge during job hunting. “Hopefully, this exposure to motion […]

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