“Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity”

The Core Division of Champlain College will host a screening and discussion of the documentary film “Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity” on Monday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Perry Presentation Room in Perry Hall. It is free and open to the public.

“Welcome to Vermont: four stories of resettled identity,” a 65-minute documentary, offers a nuanced view of lives of forcibly displaced people once they have achieved their ultimate desire to resettle in the US and “live the American dream.” In four vignettes, it takes us inside the daily lives of four families from Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq, and Rwanda who have recently resettled in Vermont, one of the smallest and most homogeneous states in the country. The documentary raises questions about identity, assimilation, and diversity and explores how the adaptation process differs from one ethnic group to another, from one individual to the next.

The filmmaker, Mira Niagolova, who teaches part-time in the Communication and Creative Media Division at Champlain, will join a panel discussion afterward, along with Kesha Ram, Vermont House of Representatives, and Rev. Susan Cooke Kittredge, associate pastor, Charlotte Congregationalist Church.

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Swift Reviews “The Great Wall”

Champlain College Filmmaking Assistant Professor Julia Swift reviewed the Matt Damon monster film The Great Wall on Local 44 Morning Brew. The film, directed by Zhang Yimou, is the largest production ever filmed entirely in China. The movie is rated PG-13. Swift appears weekly as a movie reviewer on The Box Office segment, a production of Fox TV-WFFF’s Local 44 Morning Brew. See the movie review here:  The Great Wall 

Swift Recaps Oscar Surprises

Champlain College Filmmaking Assistant Professor Julia Swift and film critic shares her thoughts on the winners of the 89th Academy Awards. She also discusses the end of the night’s Best Picture blunder and Jimmy Kimmel’s performance as Host. Swift appears weekly as a movie reviewer on The Box Office segment, a production of Fox TV-WFFF’s Local 44 Morning Brew. See the review here: Oscars Review

Oppenheim Interviewed on Fake News Trend

Fake news is a trending topic in both traditional and social media, particularly when it comes to political news coverage. Professor Keith Oppenheim, assistant professor for Broadcast Media Production in the Division of Communication and Creative Media, was recently interviewed by WCAX-TV. See the clip here:



Endangered Alphabets Marks International Mother Language Day

Writer, artist, and Champlain College professor Tim Brookes blends linguistics, calligraphy, politics and art in an exhibition that opens on the college campus on Feb. 21, International Mother Languages Day–a day that celebrates the principles of embracing diversity and cultural acceptance on a global scale.

The exhibition will be on the second floor of the Communications and Creative Media building on the Champlain campus. It will run from February 20-March 10, and will be open to the public as well as to the Champlain community. Official gallery hours for the public are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays, though members of the Champlain community may visit it at any time.

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creative media major Produces video in Dublin

Junior Creative Media major Jeremy Partyka spent his fall semester abroad hiking cliffs, step-dancing and creating films. Partyka studied abroad at the Champlain College campus in Dublin, Ireland. While abroad he worked as a video producer with Experience Gaelic Games, a popular Irish tourism company. While abroad he created a video for the company’s YouTube page titled, “Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – sample Gaelic Games partykaposted on Sept. 15. The video features a group from Georgia Tech College learning how to play traditional Irish sports. The tourism specialists explain the background and culture behind the games and Partyka captures it all. To check out the video, click here. Partyka used his time abroad to update his portfolio in a foreign country and had a blast while doing it.

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Champlain College Publishing Initiative Website Redesign Launch

Known for thinking outside the book, the Division of Communication and Creative Media’s Champlain College Publishing Initiative (CCPI) just launched a new website.Champlain Publishing and Professional Writing students have been readying new text and photos for at least a year.
We began working on the redesign during Spring semester 2016 with Champlain College Marketing staff Dillon Brooker and Elijah Tebbets; they put the finishing touches on it this summer, and it debuted in August,” said Kim MacQueen, faculty advisor and Champlain Publishing’s managing editor.
With a responsive design, the new CCPI website is easily accessible from any device. Any user on the site is easily able to access feature projects, blogs and other content written by students at Champlain Publishing.
For more information about CCPI at Champlain College or to view the new website, visit, http://publishing.champlain.edu/.

Broadcast Students Visit Burton Snowboards

Champlain College Assistant Professor Keith Oppenheim recently took students in his Video Field Production class to Burton Snowboards for a meeting with the company’s Video Production Team.   The company has a small in-house group that produces a range of media for the web and broadcast television.  One of the Burton video editors is Cory Sweitzer, a 2015 broadcast graduate of Champlain.   Sweitzer and his department manager, Mark Cernosia, produced a beautiful piece on how snowboards are constructed in the “Craig’s Building,” which is their facility in Burlington.  Afterward, the students sat with the production crew to view the team’s video project and learn more about their role in a corporate video unit.

Broadcast Media Production students visit Video Production Team at Burton Snowboards.

CCM Game Art & Animation Major Lands Magazine Cover

Congratulations to Colton Orr, a junior majoring in the Game Art & Animation program, whose artwork titled Lunar Suit was featured on the cover of 3D Artist magazine (Jan. 25 issue). Orr, who is currently studying abroad in Montreal, Canada said, “I was honored to have one of my artworks featured on the cover of 3D Artist magazine. I am grateful to the Champlain community for the opportunities and support they have given me.”

3D Artist is an authoritative and well-respected source of inspiration for those working or aspiring to be working in the CGI industry. Every product in the 3D Artist portfolio features guides for awe-inspiring images, interviews and career advice from industry insiders and behind-the-scenes access on major 3D projects. 3D Artist covers all software and disciplines.

Geneviève Lord, the director of the Montreal campus, added that Orr’s exceptional talent also caught the attention of Montreal company (Tuque Games) who called the Champlain College Montreal campus right after the cover was published on-line to offer Orr a 6-credits (3 days a week) internship.

Event Management Students Tour Vermont Tent Company

Five Champlain College students took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Vermont Tent Company on Wednesday, Feb. 1 courtesy of Mike Lubas, one of the company’s owners. The students are minoring in Event Management, which is now offered in the Division of Communication and Creative Media (CCM).

The award-winning Vermont Tent Company is one of the largest event rental facilities in the state of Vermont. The visit included a tour of the company’s showroom that was filled with displays of decorative table settings, china, glassware, farm tables, centerpieces, and assorted linen; the tent warehouse where rented tents of various shapes and sizes are stored, cleaned and repaired – the largest being 30 feet wide by 250 feet long; the washroom where thousands of flatware, china, and stemware are cleaned by a conveyor belt washing system; and a linen loft that houses several hundred table covers, runners, and overlays in various colors and textures.

Event Management students in the showroom at the Vermont Tent Company: Will Ralston, Emily LaPlume, Nicole Glidden, Emileigh Durrell and Mariel Larmand.

Of course Dr. Roz and students had to take a selfie at the Vermont Tent Company!

The tour was arranged by Dr. Roz Whitaker-Heck, CCM associate dean for administration and instructor for the Event Management Planning & Coordination course. The students will apply the knowledge gained from the visit for an event planning final project.