Nominate Deserving Members of the Champlain Community

Welcome! My name is Kayla Hedman. I am a Senior Marketing and Advertising major at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont (http://assiduousstudent.tumblr.com/). One of my favorite things to do in the little spare time I have is meet new people. I'm naturally curious; what can I say? From what I have seen in the past couple years at Champlain is that we have the absolute best staff and faculty around. From yak farmers to Hollywood directors, yoga instructors to mountain climbers - here's to getting to know them as individuals! Please visit http://www.champlain.edu/ for more information about our institution.
Meet the Executive Chef of Sodexo at Champlain College, Sandi Earle
Sandi Earle – the only person to date who thought my e-mail asking her to be interviewed for this blog was spam. Ha! After she realized who I was and spent the afternoon of my birthday with me, she was truly honored to be part of the Champlain: Behind the Scenes blog.
Since Sandi came to Champlain eight years ago to work for Sodexo, it has been her mission to be in tune with the students. In my two years here, I have seen this done exceptionally well compared to dining institutions at other colleges and universities. Sandi has experience as sous chef at UVM Marché and executive chef at Saint Michael’s College. She didn’t want Champlain dining services to have the same separation as at these institutions. With her background in catering, she is all about interacting with customers, which at Champlain includes students, faculty and staff.
Sandi is an inspiration and a go-getter. Last year she applied to work for Sodexo at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Unfortunately there were complications where Sodexo believed they had enough people in Europe and did not have to invite Americans to work at the games. As a consolation, her husband brought her to Oahu, Hawaii for two weeks. “It was the most fabulous thing ever,” she said of the experience. Sandi got to spend time with Champlain alumn Morgaine Jennings, who acted as their tour guide for the times where they didn’t just tour the island themselves in the rented Mustang convertible. They also were lucky enough to visit Pearl Harbor, some friends, watch many sunsets, eat, drink, shop and relax.
After a nice vacation, Sandi is glad to be back at home in Vermont. Sandi moved from Sackets Harbor, NY on the coast of Lake Ontario to Burlington in 1985, and attended Champlain from 1991-93 to study Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Sandi got her culinary training in high school at Jefferson Country Joint Vocational School. “It’s such a small world – last spring a student on accepted students day showed particular interest in the dining hall and how it ran. We got talking, and as she said, ‘I just graduated from a vocational school in New York,’ I couldn’t help but ask which one. Turns out we both graduated from the same alma mater!” Sandi hired this student to work in the dining hall this year.
“I love involving students in the kitchen,” Sandi told me. “My favorite thing each year is our Iron Chef competition.” Iron Chef at Champlain began after the IDX Student Life Center was built in 2006. “I wanted to do a fundraising event, and the DREAM program means a lot to me. It involves Champlain College students as mentors, and local kids in need. I wish this existed when I was a kid; it would have benefitted me a lot.” Sandi really respects the program and looks forward to this fundraising event each year.
As executive chef at Champlain, Sandi is responsible for leading her team to prepare meals for about 900 students three to four times a day. She is also responsible for planning catering for on-campus events. She stays involved in the kitchen around her meetings and loves working with her team because they are supportive like a family. The dining hall even features special treats like “smoothie and juice bar” and events to honor the local ingredients in the day’s meals. Details on these can be found on the Champlain Dining Services Facebook page.
Sandi lives in Fairfax, VT with her husband, Al, and cat, Bingsley. She is currently a student again, on track to receive two business certificates: Business and Entrepreneurship. She enjoys knowing that life is all about continual learning, and as Dan Dunne, international marketing director of Sodexo said, “It’s okay to not know what you don’t know because you just don’t know.” 
Sandi’s Favorites:
Music – Jam bands like Phish, local bands because I like to see them grow and make people happy, Tammy Fletcher and Grace Potter
TV Show – Hell’s Kitchen, other cooking shows, the news
Movie – Hook. Robin Williams is SO funny! And I think of all the good memories watching it with my kids.
Food – Italian
Hobby/gadget – KitchenAid mixer
Ideal way to travel – Fly in a plane because it’s quick and you can relax
Thing on the Web – Facebook addict 
Things in Burlington – Music (I used to cater at all the music events), the Lake (I look at it, but I don’t swim in it), and the Burlington and Stowe bike paths
Purchase this year – Trip to Hawaii
Quote – “It’s okay to not know what you don’t know because you just don’t know.” – Dan Dunne, international marketing director of Sodexo
Q&A:
How do you relax or unwind? Gardening or go swimming in my pool
What are the top few things on your bucket list? Graduating, I’ve been in school since 1992. I also want grandkids. I have four grown children and would love to see them have kids in the future.
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Julia Child – my idol. We’d have much more than dinner; she’d have to move in for the week to catch up! I’d love to cook together and be a quest on her show. We’ll be having a dinner in honor of Julia Child sometime before November in the Dining Hall, complete with beef bourguignon, Julia’s bread recipe, and some of her decadent desserts.
If you were stranded on an island, what items would you want with you? Garlic, olive oil and salt. They are the three things essential for life that you need for anything culinary.

-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News
9/11/12

Meet the Executive Chef of Sodexo at Champlain College, Sandi Earle

Sandi Earle – the only person to date who thought my e-mail asking her to be interviewed for this blog was spam. Ha! After she realized who I was and spent the afternoon of my birthday with me, she was truly honored to be part of the Champlain: Behind the Scenes blog.

Since Sandi came to Champlain eight years ago to work for Sodexo, it has been her mission to be in tune with the students. In my two years here, I have seen this done exceptionally well compared to dining institutions at other colleges and universities. Sandi has experience as sous chef at UVM Marché and executive chef at Saint Michael’s College. She didn’t want Champlain dining services to have the same separation as at these institutions. With her background in catering, she is all about interacting with customers, which at Champlain includes students, faculty and staff.

Sandi is an inspiration and a go-getter. Last year she applied to work for Sodexo at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Unfortunately there were complications where Sodexo believed they had enough people in Europe and did not have to invite Americans to work at the games. As a consolation, her husband brought her to Oahu, Hawaii for two weeks. “It was the most fabulous thing ever,” she said of the experience. Sandi got to spend time with Champlain alumn Morgaine Jennings, who acted as their tour guide for the times where they didn’t just tour the island themselves in the rented Mustang convertible. They also were lucky enough to visit Pearl Harbor, some friends, watch many sunsets, eat, drink, shop and relax.

After a nice vacation, Sandi is glad to be back at home in Vermont. Sandi moved from Sackets Harbor, NY on the coast of Lake Ontario to Burlington in 1985, and attended Champlain from 1991-93 to study Hotel and Restaurant Management.

Sandi got her culinary training in high school at Jefferson Country Joint Vocational School. “It’s such a small world – last spring a student on accepted students day showed particular interest in the dining hall and how it ran. We got talking, and as she said, ‘I just graduated from a vocational school in New York,’ I couldn’t help but ask which one. Turns out we both graduated from the same alma mater!” Sandi hired this student to work in the dining hall this year.

“I love involving students in the kitchen,” Sandi told me. “My favorite thing each year is our Iron Chef competition.” Iron Chef at Champlain began after the IDX Student Life Center was built in 2006. “I wanted to do a fundraising event, and the DREAM program means a lot to me. It involves Champlain College students as mentors, and local kids in need. I wish this existed when I was a kid; it would have benefitted me a lot.” Sandi really respects the program and looks forward to this fundraising event each year.

As executive chef at Champlain, Sandi is responsible for leading her team to prepare meals for about 900 students three to four times a day. She is also responsible for planning catering for on-campus events. She stays involved in the kitchen around her meetings and loves working with her team because they are supportive like a family. The dining hall even features special treats like “smoothie and juice bar” and events to honor the local ingredients in the day’s meals. Details on these can be found on the Champlain Dining Services Facebook page.

Sandi lives in Fairfax, VT with her husband, Al, and cat, Bingsley. She is currently a student again, on track to receive two business certificates: Business and Entrepreneurship. She enjoys knowing that life is all about continual learning, and as Dan Dunne, international marketing director of Sodexo said, “It’s okay to not know what you don’t know because you just don’t know.” 

Sandi’s Favorites:

Music – Jam bands like Phish, local bands because I like to see them grow and make people happy, Tammy Fletcher and Grace Potter

TV Show – Hell’s Kitchen, other cooking shows, the news

Movie – Hook. Robin Williams is SO funny! And I think of all the good memories watching it with my kids.

Food – Italian

Hobby/gadget – KitchenAid mixer

Ideal way to travel – Fly in a plane because it’s quick and you can relax

Thing on the Web – Facebook addict

Things in Burlington – Music (I used to cater at all the music events), the Lake (I look at it, but I don’t swim in it), and the Burlington and Stowe bike paths

Purchase this year – Trip to Hawaii

Quote – “It’s okay to not know what you don’t know because you just don’t know.” – Dan Dunne, international marketing director of Sodexo

Q&A:

How do you relax or unwind? Gardening or go swimming in my pool

What are the top few things on your bucket list? Graduating, I’ve been in school since 1992. I also want grandkids. I have four grown children and would love to see them have kids in the future.

If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Julia Child – my idol. We’d have much more than dinner; she’d have to move in for the week to catch up! I’d love to cook together and be a quest on her show. We’ll be having a dinner in honor of Julia Child sometime before November in the Dining Hall, complete with beef bourguignon, Julia’s bread recipe, and some of her decadent desserts.

If you were stranded on an island, what items would you want with you? Garlic, olive oil and salt. They are the three things essential for life that you need for anything culinary.

-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News

9/11/12

1 year ago
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Meet the Work-Study Program Coordinator, Michelle Veladota
During a meeting regarding a future press release for the Champlain website and news blog, I learned that Michelle Veladota is yet another Champlain College alumni working for the College. I couldn’t help but change the topic of our meeting from revamping the work-study program to learning a little more about Michelle.
A Burlington-native, Michelle attended Champlain College to study Office Management. “In my senior year, one of my professors Joan Wingate (1931-2011) encouraged me to get an on-campus job to build my resume and feel safe in a career after graduation,” Michelle told me. “That afternoon, as I was typewriting my resume, a work-study student of hers came into the classroom and directed me to the Vice President’s office for an interview. I hadn’t even talked to career services yet about my next move after graduation.” At that point Michelle never had to talk to career services because she was hired in the Finance department soon after. “I never thought I’d work with numbers,” she said.
With 27 years of experience at Champlain, Michelle has worked as an Associate Director of Financial Aid and is now the Federal Work-study Program Manager. In this position she works in the Financial Aid department cohesively with members of Career Services and Payroll. “My favorite part about this new position is I get to work with students again. It is a more creative position where I have to seek out fun ways to implement new initiatives.” Michelle has the task of getting student-employment supervisors and students alike excited for change within Champlain’s work-study program. Her goal is to change the image of work-study into student employment. Work-study jobs on-campus are in fact real jobs, where students can build their resumes and utilize career skills learned in the classrooms. There has been a lot of positive feedback, and the changes are visible, she noted. “It’s not only improving work-study’s image, but it’s making people’s lives easier too.”
Michelle is happily married to Larry Veladota, former Vice President of the College.  They recently moved into a new condo in Grand Isle, leaving their former home in South Burlington. Michelle shared that it was a spur of the moment thing; they were never planning on moving. Now her commute has gone from 10 to 30 minutes, but it is the most beautiful ride, she says. Michelle and Larry have a two-year-old bichon frise (dog) named Vito after The Godfather’s Vito Corleone. They also each have three grown daughters, and six grandchildren.
Her words of wisdom are “work hard and retire early.” She’d like students to know that she is available as a resource for work-study needs aside from the student’s supervisors.
Michelle’s Favorites:
Music – Anything except rap.
Food – Fruit. In general.
Hobby/gadget – Sewing machine.
Ideal way to travel – Fly in a plane.
Thing on the Web – I’m on it all day at work, so I don’t go online much at home. I’d have to say online shopping, I guess.
Things in Burlington – Downtown, restaurants (Leunig’s), the lakefront, the painted Teddy Bears on Church St, seeing familiar faces and tourists – I just love living in a student-oriented city. It keeps you young.
Purchase this year – New condo!
Quote – “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Norah Roberts, bestselling American author
Q&A:
What do you do for fun? Quilting, creating lampshades, decorating, reading
How do you relax or unwind? When I get home I like to enjoy the views of the lake. I like walking and exploring back roads. I used to horseback ride quite a lot. I also like reading.
What are the top few things on your bucket list? Go to all of the large National Parks in the country; I loved Yellowstone. I also want to go to Italy and Greece, and retire young.
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? My husband asks this question every time we go out to dinner with a group, so I’ve answered t   his question in so many ways. I’d say Mick Jagger (lead vocalist of the Rolling Stones). He’s highenergy, bright, and had an interesting life. I’ve seen him in concert several times; I know we’d have fun.
If you were stranded on an island, what items would you want with you? My husband, my dog, and my Kindle.
-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News
8/14/12

Meet the Work-Study Program Coordinator, Michelle Veladota

During a meeting regarding a future press release for the Champlain website and news blog, I learned that Michelle Veladota is yet another Champlain College alumni working for the College. I couldn’t help but change the topic of our meeting from revamping the work-study program to learning a little more about Michelle.

A Burlington-native, Michelle attended Champlain College to study Office Management. “In my senior year, one of my professors Joan Wingate (1931-2011) encouraged me to get an on-campus job to build my resume and feel safe in a career after graduation,” Michelle told me. “That afternoon, as I was typewriting my resume, a work-study student of hers came into the classroom and directed me to the Vice President’s office for an interview. I hadn’t even talked to career services yet about my next move after graduation.” At that point Michelle never had to talk to career services because she was hired in the Finance department soon after. “I never thought I’d work with numbers,” she said.

With 27 years of experience at Champlain, Michelle has worked as an Associate Director of Financial Aid and is now the Federal Work-study Program Manager. In this position she works in the Financial Aid department cohesively with members of Career Services and Payroll. “My favorite part about this new position is I get to work with students again. It is a more creative position where I have to seek out fun ways to implement new initiatives.” Michelle has the task of getting student-employment supervisors and students alike excited for change within Champlain’s work-study program. Her goal is to change the image of work-study into student employment. Work-study jobs on-campus are in fact real jobs, where students can build their resumes and utilize career skills learned in the classrooms. There has been a lot of positive feedback, and the changes are visible, she noted. “It’s not only improving work-study’s image, but it’s making people’s lives easier too.”

Michelle is happily married to Larry Veladota, former Vice President of the College.  They recently moved into a new condo in Grand Isle, leaving their former home in South Burlington. Michelle shared that it was a spur of the moment thing; they were never planning on moving. Now her commute has gone from 10 to 30 minutes, but it is the most beautiful ride, she says. Michelle and Larry have a two-year-old bichon frise (dog) named Vito after The Godfather’s Vito Corleone. They also each have three grown daughters, and six grandchildren.

Her words of wisdom are “work hard and retire early.” She’d like students to know that she is available as a resource for work-study needs aside from the student’s supervisors.

Michelle’s Favorites:

Music – Anything except rap.

Food – Fruit. In general.

Hobby/gadget – Sewing machine.

Ideal way to travel – Fly in a plane.

Thing on the Web – I’m on it all day at work, so I don’t go online much at home. I’d have to say online shopping, I guess.

Things in Burlington – Downtown, restaurants (Leunig’s), the lakefront, the painted Teddy Bears on Church St, seeing familiar faces and tourists – I just love living in a student-oriented city. It keeps you young.

Purchase this year – New condo!

Quote – “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Norah Roberts, bestselling American author

Q&A:

What do you do for fun? Quilting, creating lampshades, decorating, reading

How do you relax or unwind? When I get home I like to enjoy the views of the lake. I like walking and exploring back roads. I used to horseback ride quite a lot. I also like reading.

What are the top few things on your bucket list? Go to all of the large National Parks in the country; I loved Yellowstone. I also want to go to Italy and Greece, and retire young.

If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? My husband asks this question every time we go out to dinner with a group, so I’ve answered t   his question in so many ways. I’d say Mick Jagger (lead vocalist of the Rolling Stones). He’s highenergy, bright, and had an interesting life. I’ve seen him in concert several times; I know we’d have fun.

If you were stranded on an island, what items would you want with you? My husband, my dog, and my Kindle.

-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News

8/14/12

1 year ago
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Meet Manager of the Champlain College Bookstore, Susan Brown:
Meeting with an outdoorsy woman like Susan Brown was perfect before making plans of how to spend a beautiful weekend in Vermont. A native of the Adirondack Mountains in New York, Susan moved to Vermont 23 years ago and currently resides in Colchester. She still enjoys the Adirondacks from her family’s summer campsite, where her, her husband, two daughters and golden retriever love to stay active.

After years in the restaurant business and being the manager of Leunig’s on Church Street, Susan became the manager of the Champlain College bookstore in 1995 after her second daughter was born and she wanted a primarily weekday job. As bookstore manager, Susan and her small full-time staff all must know how to do everything within the store. In a typical day she’ll open the store, manage accounting, banking and finances, run the cash register, complete web and book orders in addition to serving customers. Her favorite part about working in the bookstore is interacting with he clientele – faculty, staff, students and parents often stop in throughout the year for books, office supplies, and Champlain apparel, accessories, and gifts.

Susan explained that the Champlain College bookstore is owned by Follett Higher Education Group, where she acts as the trainer for the New England region. She gets to travel to other Follett owned bookstores when there are new systems or new managers.

She loves her job because it is a great place to be. The bookstore was renovated within the past year to act as a true retail space. The people who come into the bookstore are always pleasant, and being in the center of campus, it is a very dynamic place to work.

Susan loves to kayak, hike, ski, snowshoe, sail and generally spend time outdoors. She suggested I check out Sterling Pond at Smuggler’s Notch this weekend; I am very excited to follow up with her after that hike. Susan visibly is a bubbly glass-half-full kind of person, and as she told me, she would like others to enjoy their lives because life is too short.

Susan’s Favorites:
Music – Older Rock ‘n Roll and Blue Grass
Food – Lobster
Hobby – Wine tasting or spending time on the Lake
Ideal way to travel – European Train System. It was prompt, speedy and efficient without traffic or having to drive
Thing on the Web – Recipe web sites like Epicurious
Things in Burlington – The waterfront, North Beach (especially in off-season), and restaurants on Church Street
Purchase this year – A new pair of ski boots
Quote – “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” – Hunter S. Thompson, journalist (1937-2005)
 
Q&A:
What do you do for fun? I have been a member of the Our Lady of Grace Church in Colchester and have taught Sunday school now for about 13 years.
How do you relax or unwind? I like to read. I am currently reading Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.
What are the top few things on your bucket list? To travel more. I especially want to go to New Orleans and back to Europe. I studied in Denmark my junior year of college and my husband and I spent our honeymoon in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? I was a history major, so this is going to take some deep thought. I think it’s a split between Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill because I am very interested in the Civil War and First World War. I would like to know what was on their mind and all the intricacies behind it at that time. 
If you were stranded on an island, what items would you want with you? My husband, my kayak so maybe I could get out of there, and some chocolate to hold me over.

-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News
7/20/12

Meet Manager of the Champlain College Bookstore, Susan Brown:

Meeting with an outdoorsy woman like Susan Brown was perfect before making plans of how to spend a beautiful weekend in Vermont. A native of the Adirondack Mountains in New York, Susan moved to Vermont 23 years ago and currently resides in Colchester. She still enjoys the Adirondacks from her family’s summer campsite, where her, her husband, two daughters and golden retriever love to stay active.

After years in the restaurant business and being the manager of Leunig’s on Church Street, Susan became the manager of the Champlain College bookstore in 1995 after her second daughter was born and she wanted a primarily weekday job. As bookstore manager, Susan and her small full-time staff all must know how to do everything within the store. In a typical day she’ll open the store, manage accounting, banking and finances, run the cash register, complete web and book orders in addition to serving customers. Her favorite part about working in the bookstore is interacting with he clientele – faculty, staff, students and parents often stop in throughout the year for books, office supplies, and Champlain apparel, accessories, and gifts.

Susan explained that the Champlain College bookstore is owned by Follett Higher Education Group, where she acts as the trainer for the New England region. She gets to travel to other Follett owned bookstores when there are new systems or new managers.

She loves her job because it is a great place to be. The bookstore was renovated within the past year to act as a true retail space. The people who come into the bookstore are always pleasant, and being in the center of campus, it is a very dynamic place to work.

Susan loves to kayak, hike, ski, snowshoe, sail and generally spend time outdoors. She suggested I check out Sterling Pond at Smuggler’s Notch this weekend; I am very excited to follow up with her after that hike. Susan visibly is a bubbly glass-half-full kind of person, and as she told me, she would like others to enjoy their lives because life is too short.

Susan’s Favorites:

Music – Older Rock ‘n Roll and Blue Grass

Food – Lobster

Hobby – Wine tasting or spending time on the Lake

Ideal way to travel – European Train System. It was prompt, speedy and efficient without traffic or having to drive

Thing on the Web – Recipe web sites like Epicurious

Things in Burlington – The waterfront, North Beach (especially in off-season), and restaurants on Church Street

Purchase this year – A new pair of ski boots

Quote – “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” – Hunter S. Thompson, journalist (1937-2005)

 

Q&A:

What do you do for fun? I have been a member of the Our Lady of Grace Church in Colchester and have taught Sunday school now for about 13 years.

How do you relax or unwind? I like to read. I am currently reading Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.

What are the top few things on your bucket list? To travel more. I especially want to go to New Orleans and back to Europe. I studied in Denmark my junior year of college and my husband and I spent our honeymoon in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? I was a history major, so this is going to take some deep thought. I think it’s a split between Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill because I am very interested in the Civil War and First World War. I would like to know what was on their mind and all the intricacies behind it at that time.

If you were stranded on an island, what items would you want with you? My husband, my kayak so maybe I could get out of there, and some chocolate to hold me over.

-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News

7/20/12

2 years ago
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Meet our favorite campus driver, Christie Morgan:
It was a pleasure to ride along on two Lakeside Shuttle loops for fun this beautiful afternoon with Christie Morgan. During the academic year, Christie drives from Champlain’s main campus to Lakeside for the Charter Bus Company, but in the summer is employed by the College. “Outsiders look at my job and say, ‘Oh my goodness. How could you do this? It must be so boring!’” She admits that sometimes it can drag on, but she loves her job. “It’s more than just driving the same route all day,” she said, “I become part of the neighborhood, both the Champlain College community and on the route.” This reined true as she waved to a group of young children to cross the road; their teacher pointed out that it was the van from Champlain College.
As I asked Christie questions, passengers came and went. Jon Walsh, Assistant Vice President of CRM & Graduate Admissions, didn’t want to get out of the van – he was learning so much! That’s why I’m here, and Christie said, “See! Magic happens on this bus! I’ve never had people be so grateful.”
Christie grew up in Colchester, Vermont. She has done many things in her life; she is much more than just a bus driver. “My life is full. I’m never bored,” she said smiling. “This will be my last job working for anyone but myself.” Christie is a dowser and a Reiki master of seven years. She practices various types of energy work, aromatherapy, works with crystals and minerals, and gardens (she collects and grows African Violets). She was a seamstress and sold jams and jellies at local farmer’s markets for years.
Favorites:
Music – Classical at work and Native flute at home
Food – Mexican, Chinese, American, I LOVE to cook. I can’t pick just one.
Hobby – Soap making
Ideal way to travel – Horseback
Thing on the Web – I haven’t turned on my computer in three weeks, and I haven’t watched TV in a year and a half. People know to reach me by phone.
Things in Burlington – Everything! Lunaroma, Church Street, the Lake, Cookies from Fresh Market.
Purchase this year – My juicer
Q&A:
How do you relax or unwind? Sit and read a book. I am an avid reader, usually reading more than one at any given time. Current book with her: We Are Not Alone by Atala Dorothy Toy.
What do you do for fun? Spontaneous traveler. This weekend I got in the car and drove to Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks.
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? My group of friends I already have. We always have so much fun together and learn so much. We don’t often have the opportunity to all get together at the same time, but I would love to share one of those lunches that end up turning into a lunch/dinner/dessert/late night ordeal.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Sedona, Arizona; Mt. Shasta, California; Avebury, Britain; and Fiji.
If you were stranded on an island, what items would you want with you? A blanket and a crystal. Otherwise I’m resourceful and I’d be content in nature by my lonesome.
Christie is a mother and a granny and lives with four Chihuahuas in her apartment on Lake Champlain. “Things couldn’t get much better. With the freedom of my job and my love of many things, my life is full.” Her words of wisdom are trust yourself.
-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News
  7/9/12

Meet our favorite campus driver, Christie Morgan:

It was a pleasure to ride along on two Lakeside Shuttle loops for fun this beautiful afternoon with Christie Morgan. During the academic year, Christie drives from Champlain’s main campus to Lakeside for the Charter Bus Company, but in the summer is employed by the College. “Outsiders look at my job and say, ‘Oh my goodness. How could you do this? It must be so boring!’” She admits that sometimes it can drag on, but she loves her job. “It’s more than just driving the same route all day,” she said, “I become part of the neighborhood, both the Champlain College community and on the route.” This reined true as she waved to a group of young children to cross the road; their teacher pointed out that it was the van from Champlain College.

As I asked Christie questions, passengers came and went. Jon Walsh, Assistant Vice President of CRM & Graduate Admissions, didn’t want to get out of the van – he was learning so much! That’s why I’m here, and Christie said, “See! Magic happens on this bus! I’ve never had people be so grateful.”

Christie grew up in Colchester, Vermont. She has done many things in her life; she is much more than just a bus driver. “My life is full. I’m never bored,” she said smiling. “This will be my last job working for anyone but myself.” Christie is a dowser and a Reiki master of seven years. She practices various types of energy work, aromatherapy, works with crystals and minerals, and gardens (she collects and grows African Violets). She was a seamstress and sold jams and jellies at local farmer’s markets for years.

Favorites:

  • Music – Classical at work and Native flute at home
  • Food – Mexican, Chinese, American, I LOVE to cook. I can’t pick just one.
  • Hobby – Soap making
  • Ideal way to travel – Horseback
  • Thing on the Web – I haven’t turned on my computer in three weeks, and I haven’t watched TV in a year and a half. People know to reach me by phone.
  • Things in Burlington – Everything! Lunaroma, Church Street, the Lake, Cookies from Fresh Market.
  • Purchase this year – My juicer

Q&A:

  • How do you relax or unwind? Sit and read a book. I am an avid reader, usually reading more than one at any given time. Current book with her: We Are Not Alone by Atala Dorothy Toy.
  • What do you do for fun? Spontaneous traveler. This weekend I got in the car and drove to Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks.
  • If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? My group of friends I already have. We always have so much fun together and learn so much. We don’t often have the opportunity to all get together at the same time, but I would love to share one of those lunches that end up turning into a lunch/dinner/dessert/late night ordeal.
  • If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Sedona, Arizona; Mt. Shasta, California; Avebury, Britain; and Fiji.
  • If you were stranded on an island, what items would you want with you? A blanket and a crystal. Otherwise I’m resourceful and I’d be content in nature by my lonesome.

Christie is a mother and a granny and lives with four Chihuahuas in her apartment on Lake Champlain. “Things couldn’t get much better. With the freedom of my job and my love of many things, my life is full.” Her words of wisdom are trust yourself.

-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News

7/9/12

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Meet Champlain’s Mailroom Supervisor: Linda Barrows

             

            It was a pleasure to visit the Champlain mailroom on Friday afternoon to sit down and talk with Linda Barrows, Supervisor of the Mailroom (Aka the Switchboard and Mailroom Coordinator). Even with no plans or hopes of picking up a care package or a spontaneous online purchase that has come in, I could feel a zephyr perfumed with this energy from some of my classmates coming in excited to pick up their goodies.  

            I had never officially met Linda before. Often, I interact with her work studies when I pick up a package, but they all love working for her. “Linda works so hard; she is one of the better bosses I have had. She can make anyone’s day, is very understanding, supportive, and is easy to talk to. Working for Linda is a lot of fun and she is the reason that working in the mailroom is one of my favorite jobs,” said mailroom work study Myra Harrell ’14. 

            Interviewing Linda was interesting since she was still working and attending to students dropping in. She says that is her favorite part of the job – waiting on and interacting with students. She must love it; she has been in her current position at Champlain for 11 years. Some of her other duties consist of running the switchboard directory as the operator, sorting incoming mail and packages, sorting and processing outgoing packages, and responding to e-mails and other phone calls. At least now the mailroom in the basement of Cushing hall is the sole hub for all mail. Mailroom history lesson: the mailroom started in Skiff Hall (currently Res Life, Counseling Center, LEAD, and Sustain Champlain), then moved across the street to Durrek Hall (currently Career Services) - neither of which had the student mailboxes on site. For the past four years, the mailroom has been in its current location at Cushing with the student mailboxes. 

            Besides working from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00p.m. in the mailroom, Linda has also been an active member in a group of faculty, staff and students to have Bible Study on campus, encouraged by Diane Byrnes. In the past 7 years, she hasattended Bible study and is on a journey back to her Catholic upbringing. Her favorite quote is, “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9.

 

            Linda grew up in Burlington and has since moved to Essex Junction, VT with her family (husband and two sons). Her ties to Burlington have made her comfortable with the city, but she likes to escape and go camping with her family and friends.

              If she had the time she would love to get back into cake decorating and knitting, but lately she’s been playing on the Kindle Fire her son bought her for Christmas.

              Her guilty pleasures are chocolate and watching Little House on the Prairie – since she’s rediscovered it. While she’s in the office, she has a stash of old Champlain yearbooks, dating from 1958 and 1976 that she likes to flip through. She likes to listen to Aerosmith, Steve Miller Band, big band music, and Christian music. She would love to do more traveling and see more shows at the Flynn, and she loves a good deal if she can spot one on online classifieds like Craigslist.

              What she’d like to share with everyone is the Golden Rule – “Treat others as you’d want to be treated.”

 

-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ‘14/Champlain College News

 1/20/12

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Meet the Sr. Analyst of Web Applications, Matt Huwiler

As a resident of Spinner Place Apartments in Winooski, I am still adjusting to the shuttle schedule to and from campus on this second week of the semester. Instead of waiting for what seems like forever at the shuttle stop, I can have a friend check the shuttle’s location on their iPhone with a mobile app called champShuttle created by Champlain’s own Matt Huwiler.

I sat down with Matt today at the Lakeside cantina to discuss how this app came about. “I took a course on mobile app development and created the champShuttle app to track the shuttle for my final project,” he shared. “I continued to add other aspects to the app after the course was over. My goal was to teach myself more about app development, and I’m glad it’s helped others on campus too.”

The champShuttle app not only tracks the Spinner, Quarry, and Gilbane shuttles, but also allows users to see what there is to eat at the dining hall in IDX, read the Champlain news blog, access the Miller Information Common’s mobile app (library app), browse and search courses, and make calls to people on campus through the directory search. At the moment the app is only available for iPhone, but Matt can see developing it for Android in the future.

Matt is originally from Richmond, VT and currently lives in the New North End of Burlington. He came to Burlington in 2000 to attend Champlain College for Web Development and has been here ever since. While studying at Champlain, Matt worked for E-Solutions, a similar effort to today’s EMC (Emergent Media Center). It allowed him to have real-world web-based experience and work with outside companies before graduation.

Now working as the Sr. Analyst of Web Applications within the Information Systems Department, his favorite part of his job is the freedom he has and getting to play with a lot of cool stuff. He loves web development and programming and is excited to do it everyday. His favorite project besides the champShuttle app was developing the Champlain Portal in 2008.

Matt’s Favorites:

Music – I have a pretty broad range of music interests. I guess it’s easier to say what I don’t like: rap, country western, and boy bands.

TV Show – Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad

Food – Indian, Asian or Mexican. Anything hot.

Hobby/gadget – I love taking photos with my iPhone

Ideal way to travel – Fly

Thing on the Web – Instagram and jsFiddle.net it is a great new tool for web developers.

Things in Burlington – The bike path, which is only a mile away from my house now. I love it.

Purchase this year – My iPhone.

 

Q&A:

What do you do for fun? Hike, run, hang out with my three year old son, ski – typical Vermont things.

What are the top few things on your bucket list? I haven’t been scuba diving or skydiving. I’d like to do that. I’d also like to travel to visit my father in Turkey. With a baby girl on the way in October and a three-year-old son, these things are kind of on hold.

If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? There’s no constraints? My future self. I’d like to learn from my future mistakes…and also wouldn’t mind a hint or two about the stock market.

If you were stranded on an island, what items would you want with you? My iPhone so I could call my way out, laptop, and family.

-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News

9/4/12

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Meet the Marketing and Operations Manager of the Champlain College Emergent Media Center, Sarah Jerger
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Sarah prior to today through other news stories, but never had the chance to get to know her until our little chat this morning. I found out we’re one and the same – both Connecticut natives, similar interests in home décor, Ingrid Michaelson, gratitude journals, playing Mother Abbess in the Sound of Music our senior year of high school, and our professional interests in marketing and social media.

Sarah came to Burlington from Oakdale, CT in 2000 to attend Champlain College for their graphic design program, high-tech facilities, and beautiful location. At this time, Champlain offered a two-plus-two program where she earned her associates degrees in both Graphic Design and Public Relations and got her bachelors in Business. Upon graduation, Sarah left Champlain and worked for Pepsi Vermont for three and a half years before getting the itch to do something good and make an impact. She saw an opening at Champlain in the newly created Emergent Media Center (EMC) with Ann DeMarle, a professor she had during college. She joined DeMarle’s team of two in the EMC in January of 2008 and began as Operations Manager before putting her spin on it and incorporating her interest in marketing.

“I would describe the EMC as energetic, exciting, and fun. I could keep going,” she laughed. When I asked Sarah about her favorite project in the EMC, she stated, “I have been involved in Breakaway since the beginning. When we traveled to South Africa on the research trip, it made what we were doing real. We learned about underprivileged kids’ family and home life and saw what the game was able to do.” The Breakaway project is still expanding after its premier in 2010 during the FIFA World Cup. Champlain sophomore, Mahmoud Jabari, just returned from Hebron, Palestine where he helped 300 children ages 11-13 learn about gender equality through the game.

In a typical day at the EMC, Sarah manages the “5-million” e-mails she receives, updates the EMC’s social media sites and website, works with student teams of 10 or more on marketing initiatives, works with the office assistant on budgeting and planning, and enjoys that no day is ever the same.

“The best part of my job is working with the students,” she explained. “Seeing their growth in one semester time, they blossom and come into their own to find more confidence in the work they do for us and outside companies.”

Sarah currently lives in Essex Junction with her husband Jay, their black lab, and a kitty-cat. She credits her current happiness to attending Champlain College – not only for the career she loves, but she met her husband through friends at Champlain in her first marketing class freshman year. Sarah loves to be happy, grateful, and smile and would like others to pass it on.

Sarah’s Favorites:
Music – Everything except heavy metal and rap. A huge fan of Ingrid Michaelson, but unfortunately missed her concert at Higher Ground in Burlington last week.
Food – Authentic Italian food. I’ve been to Italy twice and took a small group cooking class in a woman’s home once when I was there. I brought the recipes back and had a nice dinner party with friends, but the food stunk – it’s just not the same fresh Italian ingredients.
Hobby/gadget – My sewing machine! I haven’t used it in a year after our basement flooded. I miss it!
Ideal way to travel – Cruise ship
Thing on the Web –Pinterest, allrecipes.com, Facebook
Things in Burlington – Anjou and the Little Pear, restaurants (Leunig’s), Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, taking visitors to the waterfront during sunset to remind myself how beautiful this city is
Purchase this year – Decking materials to create a new deck on the back of our house
Quote – “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill
 
Q&A:
What do you do for fun? Cook, hike, play photographer, travel, dabble in crafty endeavors like sewing and paper crafts (I am inspired by finds on Pinterest), and I run my own direct-sales home décor business, AtHome America.
How do you relax or unwind? Walk in the woods with my dog, get sucked into television series on Netflix like The Tudors. Also by cooking or baking when I’m stressed.
What are the top few things on your bucket list? To travel to the Mediterranean, sky dive, and sing on stage again as I did in high school and in the ‘Music Makers’ at Champlain.
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Rachael Ray. She’s crazy, fun, bubbly, and energetic. I wouldn’t want to be intimidated by someone or have a long philosophical talk. I’d just want to have fun. I would make her cook – No. Actually, I would want to cook lunch with her. That would be better.
If you were stranded on an island, what items would you want with you? My husband, my dog, and my camera. It would be nice to be stranded for a while, and my camera would keep us entertained.

-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News
7/27/12

Meet the Marketing and Operations Manager of the Champlain College Emergent Media Center, Sarah Jerger

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Sarah prior to today through other news stories, but never had the chance to get to know her until our little chat this morning. I found out we’re one and the same – both Connecticut natives, similar interests in home décor, Ingrid Michaelson, gratitude journals, playing Mother Abbess in the Sound of Music our senior year of high school, and our professional interests in marketing and social media.

Sarah came to Burlington from Oakdale, CT in 2000 to attend Champlain College for their graphic design program, high-tech facilities, and beautiful location. At this time, Champlain offered a two-plus-two program where she earned her associates degrees in both Graphic Design and Public Relations and got her bachelors in Business. Upon graduation, Sarah left Champlain and worked for Pepsi Vermont for three and a half years before getting the itch to do something good and make an impact. She saw an opening at Champlain in the newly created Emergent Media Center (EMC) with Ann DeMarle, a professor she had during college. She joined DeMarle’s team of two in the EMC in January of 2008 and began as Operations Manager before putting her spin on it and incorporating her interest in marketing.

“I would describe the EMC as energetic, exciting, and fun. I could keep going,” she laughed. When I asked Sarah about her favorite project in the EMC, she stated, “I have been involved in Breakaway since the beginning. When we traveled to South Africa on the research trip, it made what we were doing real. We learned about underprivileged kids’ family and home life and saw what the game was able to do.” The Breakaway project is still expanding after its premier in 2010 during the FIFA World Cup. Champlain sophomore, Mahmoud Jabari, just returned from Hebron, Palestine where he helped 300 children ages 11-13 learn about gender equality through the game.

In a typical day at the EMC, Sarah manages the “5-million” e-mails she receives, updates the EMC’s social media sites and website, works with student teams of 10 or more on marketing initiatives, works with the office assistant on budgeting and planning, and enjoys that no day is ever the same.

“The best part of my job is working with the students,” she explained. “Seeing their growth in one semester time, they blossom and come into their own to find more confidence in the work they do for us and outside companies.”

Sarah currently lives in Essex Junction with her husband Jay, their black lab, and a kitty-cat. She credits her current happiness to attending Champlain College – not only for the career she loves, but she met her husband through friends at Champlain in her first marketing class freshman year. Sarah loves to be happy, grateful, and smile and would like others to pass it on.

Sarah’s Favorites:

Music – Everything except heavy metal and rap. A huge fan of Ingrid Michaelson, but unfortunately missed her concert at Higher Ground in Burlington last week.

Food – Authentic Italian food. I’ve been to Italy twice and took a small group cooking class in a woman’s home once when I was there. I brought the recipes back and had a nice dinner party with friends, but the food stunk – it’s just not the same fresh Italian ingredients.

Hobby/gadget – My sewing machine! I haven’t used it in a year after our basement flooded. I miss it!

Ideal way to travel – Cruise ship

Thing on the Web –Pinterest, allrecipes.com, Facebook

Things in Burlington – Anjou and the Little Pear, restaurants (Leunig’s), Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, taking visitors to the waterfront during sunset to remind myself how beautiful this city is

Purchase this year – Decking materials to create a new deck on the back of our house

Quote – “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

 

Q&A:

What do you do for fun? Cook, hike, play photographer, travel, dabble in crafty endeavors like sewing and paper crafts (I am inspired by finds on Pinterest), and I run my own direct-sales home décor business, AtHome America.

How do you relax or unwind? Walk in the woods with my dog, get sucked into television series on Netflix like The Tudors. Also by cooking or baking when I’m stressed.

What are the top few things on your bucket list? To travel to the Mediterranean, sky dive, and sing on stage again as I did in high school and in the ‘Music Makers’ at Champlain.

If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Rachael Ray. She’s crazy, fun, bubbly, and energetic. I wouldn’t want to be intimidated by someone or have a long philosophical talk. I’d just want to have fun. I would make her cook – No. Actually, I would want to cook lunch with her. That would be better.

If you were stranded on an island, what items would you want with you? My husband, my dog, and my camera. It would be nice to be stranded for a while, and my camera would keep us entertained.

-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News

7/27/12

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Meet the Director of Physical Plant, Tom Bonnette:
It was a delight to meet with Tom Bonnette, the Director of Physical Plant this morning. In the past, the only run-in’s I’ve had with Tom were quick introductions during Resident Assistant Training, and in a flash he was gone. Today, we spent a half hour or so talking about his 20 years spent working at Champlain as well as his life outside of work.

Physical Plant is the department at Champlain College that operates and maintains the physical infrastructure of campus to provide a safe, comfortable environment for faculty, staff and students. It is made up of a group of dedicated, multitalented professionals. Tom explained to me that the work is challenging but rewarding.

“My life at Champlain has been a progression. I started in 1992 as a maintenance specialist doing anything from shoveling snow to unclogging toilets,” Tom told me. “When the College implemented a new energy management system for HVAC, I was trained and ran that. Then they needed someone to do scheduling on campus, so I took up an administrative role. I was instrumental in implementing the card access system when we eliminated keys on campus and went to Indianapolis for training. I was then promoted to the associate director, and then became Director of Physical Plant five years ago.”

I learned that in a typical day as director of Physical Plant, there is no typical day. Each day there is a list of four to ten things to accomplish, but then unforeseen emergency work requests come along that take precedence over other concerns. The day is punctuated with various meetings as well discussing plans and budgeting. “Sometimes we are our own worst enemy,” he joked. “We have a problem saying ‘no’ to requests because we like to make things happen and take pride in our work. This makes Physical Plant a bit hectic and chaotic.”

His favorite things about his job are seeing a project follow through to completion and taking pride in the institution. Currently Physical Plant is working to renovate Bader Hall, on the corner of South Willard and Maple. “We’re excited to see this project from start to finish,” Tom stated. I was lucky enough to see the progress of that project the other day, and let me tell you, that 22-bed residence hall is going to be top preference housing for incoming first-year students. Tom also shared with me that when he is out in the community or out golfing and people hear that he works at Champlain College, “People’s reactions are incredible. They comment on how nicely campus is kept up. I have a lot of pride in the work of Physical Plant and in the institution as a whole for maintaining a great reputation.” He also noted that Champlain is far above and more current when it comes to keeping up the buildings (academic, recreational, and residential) better than other institutions locally and across the country. “Kudos to the people at financing and David Provost for allocating the budget to allow us to keep the campus top-notch.”

Tom’s Favorites:
Music – Oldies and rock. Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmi Hendrix, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zepelin, Bonnie Raitt (who I just saw at the Flynn Theatre in Burlington during the Discover Jazz Festival) and Little Feat, who I met several times. The list goes on and on.
Food – Memphis BBQ ribs
Hobby – Golf
Ideal way to travel – Flying. My parents live across the country (5-6 hour flight) versus driving there for three days. The quickest way to get there is my ideal way to travel.
Thing on the Web – EBay
Things in Burlington – Higher Ground and Waterfront Park Concerts (local music scene), Beansie’s Bus (at Battery Park), and the Vermont Lake Monsters
Purchase this year – New TaylorMade Ghost Putter. It’s actually improved my game.

Q&A:
What do you do for fun? Stay active. I play on various basketball leagues around the city and play golf. I also like to read and travel with my wife.
How do you relax or unwind? Read on my back porch. Currently reading: John Lennon A Biography. Next read: Area 51.
What are the top few things on your bucket list? Play Pebble Beach, bring my granddaughters to Disneyworld, and go through a midlife crisis and get another sports car.
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Robert F Kennedy. This is when my political awakening occurred; I was studying political science in school at that time. If he had stayed alive, I believe he could have made a difference.
If you were stranded on an island, what items would you want with you? An iPod, reading material, and my wife.

Tom grew up in Burlington, VT and currently lives in Shelburne with his wife. His daughter and two granddaughters also play an important role in his life. Tom loves his job and staying active, and wants to make sure to tell people, “Enjoy what you do,” because it makes all the difference.

-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News
7/10/12

Meet the Director of Physical Plant, Tom Bonnette:

It was a delight to meet with Tom Bonnette, the Director of Physical Plant this morning. In the past, the only run-in’s I’ve had with Tom were quick introductions during Resident Assistant Training, and in a flash he was gone. Today, we spent a half hour or so talking about his 20 years spent working at Champlain as well as his life outside of work.

Physical Plant is the department at Champlain College that operates and maintains the physical infrastructure of campus to provide a safe, comfortable environment for faculty, staff and students. It is made up of a group of dedicated, multitalented professionals. Tom explained to me that the work is challenging but rewarding.

“My life at Champlain has been a progression. I started in 1992 as a maintenance specialist doing anything from shoveling snow to unclogging toilets,” Tom told me. “When the College implemented a new energy management system for HVAC, I was trained and ran that. Then they needed someone to do scheduling on campus, so I took up an administrative role. I was instrumental in implementing the card access system when we eliminated keys on campus and went to Indianapolis for training. I was then promoted to the associate director, and then became Director of Physical Plant five years ago.”

I learned that in a typical day as director of Physical Plant, there is no typical day. Each day there is a list of four to ten things to accomplish, but then unforeseen emergency work requests come along that take precedence over other concerns. The day is punctuated with various meetings as well discussing plans and budgeting. “Sometimes we are our own worst enemy,” he joked. “We have a problem saying ‘no’ to requests because we like to make things happen and take pride in our work. This makes Physical Plant a bit hectic and chaotic.”

His favorite things about his job are seeing a project follow through to completion and taking pride in the institution. Currently Physical Plant is working to renovate Bader Hall, on the corner of South Willard and Maple. “We’re excited to see this project from start to finish,” Tom stated. I was lucky enough to see the progress of that project the other day, and let me tell you, that 22-bed residence hall is going to be top preference housing for incoming first-year students. Tom also shared with me that when he is out in the community or out golfing and people hear that he works at Champlain College, “People’s reactions are incredible. They comment on how nicely campus is kept up. I have a lot of pride in the work of Physical Plant and in the institution as a whole for maintaining a great reputation.” He also noted that Champlain is far above and more current when it comes to keeping up the buildings (academic, recreational, and residential) better than other institutions locally and across the country. “Kudos to the people at financing and David Provost for allocating the budget to allow us to keep the campus top-notch.”

Tom’s Favorites:

Music – Oldies and rock. Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmi Hendrix, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zepelin, Bonnie Raitt (who I just saw at the Flynn Theatre in Burlington during the Discover Jazz Festival) and Little Feat, who I met several times. The list goes on and on.

Food – Memphis BBQ ribs

Hobby – Golf

Ideal way to travel – Flying. My parents live across the country (5-6 hour flight) versus driving there for three days. The quickest way to get there is my ideal way to travel.

Thing on the Web – EBay

Things in Burlington – Higher Ground and Waterfront Park Concerts (local music scene), Beansie’s Bus (at Battery Park), and the Vermont Lake Monsters

Purchase this year – New TaylorMade Ghost Putter. It’s actually improved my game.

Q&A:

What do you do for fun? Stay active. I play on various basketball leagues around the city and play golf. I also like to read and travel with my wife.

How do you relax or unwind? Read on my back porch. Currently reading: John Lennon A Biography. Next read: Area 51.

What are the top few things on your bucket list? Play Pebble Beach, bring my granddaughters to Disneyworld, and go through a midlife crisis and get another sports car.

If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Robert F Kennedy. This is when my political awakening occurred; I was studying political science in school at that time. If he had stayed alive, I believe he could have made a difference.

If you were stranded on an island, what items would you want with you? An iPod, reading material, and my wife.

Tom grew up in Burlington, VT and currently lives in Shelburne with his wife. His daughter and two granddaughters also play an important role in his life. Tom loves his job and staying active, and wants to make sure to tell people, “Enjoy what you do,” because it makes all the difference.

-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News

7/10/12

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Meet the Champlain Archivist, Christina Dunphy:

Talking with Christina Dunphy, ‘Chris’, the College Archive Coordinator, was much more than I bargained for. She was expressive, hilarious, intelligent and passionate.

Background: Chris grew up in California before moving to Burlington, VT and studying at the University of Vermont ('Groovy UV'). She fell in love with Burlington from the time she got here. That’s not the only thing she fell in love with.  While at school she met and married a Vermonter and settled in Colchester, VT.

She took at job at Champlain in 1984, teaching many subjects including American History, Geography, English Composition, Literature, and courses for Medical Secretary Majors (a program Champlain used to offer).

She started the archives in 1998 after making a suggestion to the librarians. She said that before then, no one had ever tried to preserve anything except Diana Agusta, the Executive Assistant to the President. She supplied the first of many Champlain scrapbooks to begin the archives.

Currently Chris dedicates her Wednesdays to the archives, saying that, “Wednesdays is a labor of love. I have such a sense of fulfillment in what I do and it is very relaxing.”

Q&A:

What training does one need to become an archivist? None necessarily, but it was important for me to learn to preserve artifacts. I went to a month long archivist course in Washington D.C. where I got to see things behind the scenes at the National Archives and in the Library of Congress.

What projects are you currently working on? We always need Champlain artifacts to be donated; there is barely anything dating earlier than 1956 when Bader Brouilette bought Burlington Business College and moved from above Nectar’s to Freeman Hall on the hill. In the move, everything was disposed of. Besides organizing the Champlain College archives, Champlain purchased the Llewellyn Collection of documents, maps, postcards, and historic artifacts related to the Greater-Burlington area. They are housed in the Perry Library and we change the displays once a semester. Our goal is to digitalize some documents and such in the future, but for now we are just researching and preserving them the best we can. My favorite part of the job is being able to put bits and pieces together; it’s like a jigsaw puzzle!

What other responsibilities or jobs do you have? I give tours of campus and the hill about twice a year; the content of these tours depends on the audience. I’m very interested in architecture and the people who use to live in these beautiful historic residences. It’s funny – sometimes people on my tours are surprised that they can still hear me even with the large group and surrounding noise - I taught Jr. High for years, so they could hear me blocks away! In addition to the archives and tours, I also work as a pre-op in the medical field.

How does your job relate to any other division, office, or course on campus? Professor Signe Daly has asked me to assist with her secular and the sacred course to research diverse sacred places on North St. I love when people ask me to research something. Colin Ducolon, the Program Director of Teacher Education, has also asked me to help in his junior level course by providing information on local buildings.

Other fun:

What is the most interesting artifact from Champlain you have come across? In the 1960s, freshmen were required to wear a beanie for the first two weeks of school. I was given one of these beanies, and I also came across a fraternity paddle from back in the day.

What do you do for fun? I read, knit, crochet, spend time with my grandkids, see one Broadway show a year (favorites: Spamalot, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), play Pogo games (Word Womp), and watch TV from time to time. I love the Big Bang Theory (she sings the soft kitty song to her wild child cat) and am a Jeopardy freak.

If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Eleanor Roosevelt – she is fascinating and I admire her so much. I’d have a lot of questions for her!

What is your favorite food? CHOCOLATE and Italian food; I make a mean lasagna.

What is your ideal way to travel? A double-decker bus. I love to take tours of cities, and I love a guided tour, and if it’s a double-decker bus, then that’s a wonderful bonus! They are so much fun and a great way to see new places on a guided tour. 

What do you see for your future? I plan to retire in a year and a half; it will allow me to finally get out of Vermont in the winter months and seek out some warmer weather. I can feel the sun rays now!

If you ever have time on Wednesdays or need some research done, send Chris an e-mail and I am sure she’d be thrilled to meet you and show you some of the great things from Champlain’s past.

-Interviewed and reported by Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News

1/25/12

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