Academic Affairs Brief 02.10.22

Faculty + academic staff weekly updates

Important Upcoming Dates


  • Admissions Winter Open House Feb. 12

  • Week 4 Early Alert Survey Deadline Feb. 13

  • Provost's Forum Feb. 16 (8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.) Virtual

  • Faculty Senate Feb. 16 (10:15 a.m. - noon) Virtual

Week 4 Early Alert Survey


Week 4 Early Alert - On Mon, Feb. 7, faculty received a brief survey, per section they teach, asking about any academic concerns of students. Please submit these surveys even if you have no students with academic concerns. The due date for the Week 4 Early Alert Survey is Sun, Feb. 13. A big thank you to those who have submitted the Early Alert Survey.


During week 5, identified students will receive a message about these concerns from Academic Affairs. The message will include a form with information about academic support services and ask students to identify which services they intend to access.

This Brief Includes:

COVID-19 Updates

Events + Special Programs

  • Blind Date With A Book

  • Social Impact Scholars Virtual Panel: Fair Trade

  • First To Fall Book Reading

  • Annual Elevator Pitch Competition

Canvas + Academic Technology

  • Canvas Gradebook Quick Tip

  • An Introduction to Canvas Blueprints

Curriculum + Assessment Info

  • New Deadlines For Course Proposals

Professional Development Opportunities

  • CLT Upcoming Events

Academic Support for Students

  • SMART Space Is Open

Champlain In The News

COVID-19 Updates

The Student Health Center now has a supply of vaccines on campus and can administer initial series or booster doses to any student as they become eligible.


Check your email for a message from Sentry MD (champlaincollege@sentrymd.com). This is the service we are using to collect employee vaccination and booster documentation from employees. Please submit your (1) SentryMD Authorization Form and (2) vaccination/booster documentation ASAP (deadline was Fri, Jan. 21).


Click on the blue Covid-19 Dashboard bar above to see updated information.

Employee COVID-19 Reporting Form (click here)

Employees should use this form to notify the College they have tested positive for COVID-19 or been identified as a close contact by a primary care provider or health entity such as the Vermont Health Department.

Blind Date With A Book

The Library’s popular Blind Date with a Book is back. Stop by the library from February 11 - 21, and go on a blind date with one of our eligible books. You might just fall in love.

Social Impact Scholars Virtual Panel: Fair Trade

The Social Impact Scholars Spring 2022 Intersections Series invites the Champlain community to a virtual panel discussion: Social Impact and Business: Fair Trade: Philosophy and Practice. The second half of the online event will be open to questions from the audience. Please invite your students to attend! This free event is Fri, Feb. 18, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Our panelists will be:

  • Holly Francis, Eastern Regional Fellow for Fair Trade Campaigns and a 2020 Champlain graduate in Environmental Studies & Policy

  • Billy Linstead Goldsmith, Director of Communications & Fair Trade Campaigns at Fair Trade USA

  • Dr. Pat Patel, Associate Professor in the Stiller School of Business at Champlain College

  • Rick Peyser, Sr. Relationship Manager, Coffee & Cocoa, Lutheran World Relief

  • John Jensen, Manager of Ten Thousand Villages, Burlington location

  • Cheryl Pinto, Global Values Led Sourcing Manager, Ben & Jerry's

Contact: Eric Ronis or Christina Erickson with any questions.

Event Listing in the View

First to Fall Book Reading

On Tue, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., journalist and author Ken Ellingwood will discuss his 2021 publication, First to Fall: Elijah Lovejoy and his Fight for a Free Press in the Age of Slavery, a biography of American abolitionist journalist and newspaper editor Elijah Lovejoy. Full event details on The View. Please consider attending and invite your class to this event. Listen here for a previous interview with author Ellingwood on NPR's Morning Edition.

Annual Elevator Pitch Competition

Champlain College's Career Collaborative, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and the Office of Institutional Advancement, will present the Annual Elevator Pitch Competition to be held during spring semester. Faculty are asked to encourage students to sign up for a chance to give their 90-second "pitch" to an executive (dubbed the "suit") as they ride together in a fictional elevator. The competition is open to all years and majors and qualifies as InSight Career a la carte milestone for first-years and juniors.

Big picture

Canvas Gradebook Quick Tip

Quickly message your students who haven’t completed an assignment. Canvas’s “Message students who…” feature lets you quickly send direct messages to students. If you haven’t used this feature, watch a quick video to learn how. Want to learn more gradebook tricks? Here are 6 tips every faculty should know about the Canvas gradebook.

Canvas - Message Student Who

An Introduction to Canvas Blueprints

Wed, Feb. 16, 1-2 p.m. via Google Meet: meet.google.com/kdc-xgja-owe

Are you running many sections of a given course? Do you want to reduce the Faculty workload and better coordinate courses? Do you want to foster collaboration with your peer Faculty teaching other sections of the same course? Have you ever wanted to update all of the Canvas shells of a course in the midst of a semester? Jonathan Ferguson, assistant professor for Game Design, will present a Canvas Blueprints session highlighting how Canvas Blueprints facilitate in-flight changes to a course. The session will show faculty how to set up a Canvas Blueprint course shell, and the best way to work with them. Ferguson also will share some lessons learned in using Canvas Blueprints such as: appointing a Lead Faculty (content owner) for a given course, establishing a "spine" of common content, handling-in-flight updates of content, content locking, and publishing.

New Deadlines for Course Proposals


The February Curriculum Committee meeting, which took place this week, was the deadline for new course proposals intended for a fall 2022 start. Going forward, new course proposals will have a spring or fall 2023 start date. The deadline for course modifications or eliminations intended for fall 2022 is the March meeting, so those proposals need approval at the Wed, March 9 Division meetings.

CLT Upcoming Events

Please join us for CLT events! These events are open to all Champlain College faculty (full- and part-time) and academic staff. See your Champlain calendar for invites with joining information.


Tue, Feb. 15, 5 - 6 p.m. Adjunct Open Consultation Hours with CLT Staff


Wed, Feb. 16, 2 - 3:30 p.m. Faculty Writing Group with Miriam Horne

  • Come as a regular or a drop-in. Get quiet time in a quiet space dedicated to writing your dissertation or other scholarly pieces for publication or presentation. Get feedback from peers, and as much of an accountability check-in as you may or may not want.

SMART Space Is Open!

  • SMART Space is open for tutoring in person!

  • Interested in Social Wellbeing for your students? Encourage them to join the Stern Center Social Cognition student group starting on Wed, Feb. 16.

For more information on all upcoming SMART Space space support services available, please check out our latest SMART Space newsletter.

WCAX featured Champlain's Director of Esports Christian Konczal discussing the launch of varsity esports at Champlain and giving anchor Cat Viglienzoni an esports 101.


Inside Higher Ed included mention of Alex Hernandez joining Champlain in a round up of new leadership hires at colleges and universities.

01/17 - Spring 2022 classes start

01/17-01/21 - Add/Drop Period

03/06 - Midterm Grades Due

03/14-03/18 - Spring Break

03/28-04/8 - Registration for Summer

04/08 - Last Day to withdraw from a course or the College

04/27 - Deadline for incomplete grade requests

04/29 - Deadline for medical withdrawals

05/02-06 - Finals Week

05/14 - Commencement

Religious Holidays Calendar (click here)

Thanks to the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee and the Campus Climate, Culture and DE&I Committee for producing a calendar that lists religious holidays that fall during our semesters. Click on the blue bar to see the calendar.