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The Power of Play: Spacebox part of Chicago Design Museum Exhibit

The Power of Play  How did a cardboard box make its way into a museum? By playing with the ordinary until it became extraordinary. Champlain College’s Emergent Media Center Sandbox Team brought its project, SpaceBox, to the Chicago Design Museum’s Hey! Play! exhibit this fall, where it will stay until February 2018, running parallel to its showcasing in the Innovation Playground exhibit at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.

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Champlain Professor Receives Second Master’s Degree

Congratulations to the CCM division’s Foreign Languages Coordinator April Howard who received a second master’s degree this summer: a MA in Spanish with a concentration in Literature from Middlebury College. Howard previously held a MAT, and enjoyed this opportunity to continue her studies. For the graduate symposium, she presented “The Dansak’ and the Danzante Dance Themselves to Death: The Representation of Andean Indigenous Peoples in the National Proposals of Arguedas and Sanjinés.”

Along with her presentation and reading Don Quixote in its original language, she was able to study concepts of race and inter-ethnic relations in Latin America, the history of Spanish language dictionaries, and Spanish modern documentary film. Above is a picture of Howard and her son.

Cailey McCalister ’18

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.

COMMUNICATING FOR CHANGE: Your Organization May Be in Need of Change, But Are Your Publics?

Whether organizational change results from reorganization, acquisition, merger, downsizing or new strategic direction, there are unique components to a change situation that demand special communication considerations for internal and external publics. The Champlain College Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the Yankee Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (YPRSA) are partnering to host, “Communicating for Change.” rung9Leading the session is Rosemarie Rung, APR, who has over twenty-five years of corporate communications experience working for two Fortune 50 corporations and her own private consulting practice. This professional development session is being offered to the Burlington business community to reveal the science and strategy behind effective change communications and how to prepare a successful communications plan. The session is Friday, Nov. 18 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on the campus of Champlain College, Burlington, VT. The cost is $25 for PRSA members and $35 for non-members, which includes breakfast and a great networking and learning opportunity. All proceeds will benefit the PRSSA Chapter. To register Click Here – Gare Reid, “18 contributor

Champlain student filmmakers appear on FOX 44

Champlain students Serena Gauthier and Anna Cuevas guest-starred on the FOX 44 “Community Matters” segment with their film professor Julia Swift on Oct. 20. The students debuted a film together at the Vermont International Film Festival. Both juniors, Gauthier and Cuevas spent their sophomore year collaborating on a film for one of their classes. Cuevas describes Don’t Touch the Camera as a documentary “about gender inequality in the film industry from the perspective of seven female students at Champlain.”

Kennedy Trabold and Aenea Thorne, also Champlain students, edited the commercial for this year’s Vermont International Film Festival.

“Our AV editing teacher told us that Julia Swift had a project she wanted us to work on,” said Trabold.

Thorne and Trabold received links to the trailers and instructions on how to download them for use. From there, each student made her own trailer and submitted them to Swift who combined the trailers. The commercial opened the “Community Matters” segment.

Watch the full video here.

VTIFF trailer by Kennedy and Aenea.


Champlain Students to Attend Live Broadcast Debate

Look into the audience of the upcoming governor’s debate and you may see some familiar faces. A small group of Champlain students have been invited to attend a live broadcast of a governor’s debate at local news station, WCAX-TV. The students will watch Democratic candidate Sue Minter and Republican candidate Phil Scott debate on issues facing Vermont.

Vermont Gubernatorial Candidates

Vermont Gubernatorial Candidates

Christine Lanni, an adjunct professor at Champlain and a producer for the station, extended the invitation for 12 students in the Broadcast Media Production program in the Division of Communication and Creative Media to attend the debate on Oct. 18. The students will see the behind-the-scenes work that happens during live television. The students are also encouraged to come prepared with questions regarding the candidates’ plans and platforms. – Ben Demars, ’18 contributor

Industry experts showcased at Champlain College Fall 2016 Career Conference

Ben & Jerry’s Public Relations Director Sean Greenwood will be the featured keynote speaker during the Champlain College Fall 2016 Career Conference on Monday, Oct. 3.                sean-greenwood-headshot

Following his address will be break-out sessions with panels of industry experts from the fields of communication and creative media, education and human studies, game design, information technology, and business who will speak to students about various career options and industry trends.

As part of the CCM Division’s break-out session, panelists include Bill Carter, Partner at Fuse; Bess O’Brien, local filmmaker / Kingdom County Productions; Lloyd Komesar, chair of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival; and Lance Jensen, chief creative officer at Hill Holiday.  CCM Dean Paula Willoquet-Maricondi will serve as the moderator.

For the first time, Champlain College’s Career Collaborative Office is presenting a new design to the previously formatted career day. “This year we have added a professional development element and panel discussions to the more traditional internship and job fair to reflect our new Champlain Connect partnership program with employers. The organizations that signed up to speak on these panels represent key members of our community, alumni, and parents,” explained Tanja Hinterstoisser, director of the Career Collaborative.

Free and open to the public, the Career Conference will kick off at 10:30 a.m. with a welcome by Hinterstoisser in the Champlain Room. Directly following the panel will be the traditional Fall Career Fair in Argosy Gym from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. where attendees can expect to meet local, regional and national employers to talk about internships, jobs and other networking opportunities.  – Faith Frith ‘ 19 and Melinda Lathrop ’17 

Future Faces of Game Industry Tour Game Studios

The gaming industry has long been a male-dominated field, but a special group of Champlain female students are working against ccm-articlethat notion. Twenty-four student supporters and members of the Women and Diversity in Games club visited Vicarious Vision, a subsidiary of Activision, in Albany, New York, and 1st Playable, an independent game studio, in Troy, New York. The visits provided students with invaluable networking connections and an insider look at what it’s like to work at a large and small game studio. The trip included students from multiple majors, including Game Art & Animation, Game Design, Game Programming, Game Production, and International Business.

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CCM 2016 Graduate is a Finalist in The Rookies

Game Art and Animation graduate Angelo Person was selected as a finalist in The Rookies for Next-Gen Gaming, Rookie of the Year. The Rookies is an international awards competition for young designers and artists. Person’s work stands among 21 finalists for the category. He entered his Senior Demo Reel from Champlain, displaying a few of the environments he worked […]

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