10/21/21 Academic Affairs Brief

Faculty & Academic Staff Weekly Updates


  • Champlain Weekend Oct. 22 - Oct. 24

  • Spring Registration starts Oct. 25

  • Registration Fair - Oct. 27

  • Provost's Forum - Nov. 3

This Brief Includes:

  • COVID-19 Update

  • Spring 2022 Registration

  • Diversity Speaker Series: Philonise Floyd

  • Emily Cohen - Defining Your Differentiator

  • Social Impact Scholars Intersections Series Fall 2021

  • The Green Revolving Fund

  • Seminar in Women's Leadership Nominations

  • TEACH in 90 Seconds


  • Our COVID dashboard is updated each day we have testing results. The date at the top reflects the last day the data was refreshed.

  • Students who traveled over the fall break were required to test through our Student Health Center upon their return. The testing numbers late last week and early this week reflect that students received the message to test and were participating accordingly.

  • Almost all of the student and employee cases we have seen this semester, which continue to be low, have been symptomatic. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we encourage you to stay home and get tested. Students are receiving similar messaging from the Student Health Center.



Registration for Spring 2022 will open on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Students should be working with their advisors to schedule classes and obtain any necessary approvals. Students have been notified of any holds that would prevent them from registering when their window opens. Faculty and students can contact the Registrar’s Office with any questions: registrar@champlain.edu. Midterm grades were released on Monday, Oct. 18. Students, along with their advisor, should consider midterm grades when reviewing prerequisites for spring classes. Please encourage students to attend the Registration Fair on Oct. 27 (more information below) for any additional support or questions related to registration.


Thursday, Oct. 28th, 7pm

This is an online event.

The Champlain community is invited to the first forum in the Fall 2021 Social Impact Scholars Intersections Series - "Social Impact and Public Policy: Racism as a Public Health Emergency." The virtual forum, organized by Dr. Eric Ronis, will be held Thursday, Oct. 28 with invited panelists:

  • Sarah George, Chittenden County State’s Attorney in Burlington

  • Tyeastia Green, Director of Racial Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at City of Burlington, Vermont

  • Skyler Nash, Justice & Public Policy Manager for the City of Burlington Racial Equity Inclusion and Belonging Department

  • Marielle Matthews, Public Health Equity Manager at City of Burlington

  • Bob Wolford, retired director of the Coordinator of Criminal Justice Programs for the Howard Center in Burlington, VT and adjunct instructor at Champlain College

  • Tarn Foerg, Field Coordinator-Social Work Program, Champlain College

  • Jon Murad, Acting Chief, Burlington Police Department

Zoom link:


Meeting ID: 999 7947 5055 Passcode: 599950


Friday, Oct. 29th, 6pm

153 Main Street

Burlington, VT

The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center is pleased to present Philonise Floyd (brother of George Floyd) who will address his unique perspective on "The Impact of George Floyd’s Death on Race Relations." The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 29 in person at the Flynn Center in Downtown Burlington. Following the talk will be a panel of community members including our own Provost Monique Taylor, Ph.D. for an evening of reflection. Click here for more details and ticket information.


Wednesday, Nov. 3rd, 12:30-2pm

Alumni Auditorium - Champlain College

AIGA VT, Solidarity of Unbridled Labour, and Champlain College have invited Emily Cohen to Burlington on Wednesday, Nov 3. The lecture, entitled, Defining Your Differentiator, is about uncovering and defining what makes you, you. Emily is a business consultant to creatives and author of Brutally Honest. She'll will begin the afternoon with a talk and Q/A session focused on why positioning is important and how you can evaluate and define ways to differentiate your services within a highly saturated market. It is free to all Champlain students, faculty, and staff. RSVP here. The talk will be held in the Alumni Auditorium following the Provost Forum.


Faculty are invited to take advantage of the Green Revolving Fund (GRF) before the next proposal deadline of Nov. 1, 2021. The GRF is a fund that supports energy efficiency projects here on campus. Also, the fund has a portion available for projects proposed by Champlain College community members. The GRF aims to fund projects that:

  • Promote awareness and understanding of sustainability in education, campus culture and behavior

  • Directly or indirectly reduce Champlain's environmental impact

  • Encourage student participation, learning and leadership

  • Engage members of the Champlain community

  • Use funding cost-effectively

Learn more at www.champlain.edu/greenfund. Have an idea for a project? Email us the idea and we'll give you feedback on how best to proceed. Proposal Form found here: Student/Campus Community Member. Proposals for projects are due Nov. 1 and March 1.


Student nominations are requested for the Seminar in Women's Leadership course that will be taught by Valerie Esposito in collaboration with Linda Tarr-Whelan, our Visiting Fellow for Women's Leadership in the Spring 2022 semester. Please email your nominations of students who have demonstrated leadership capabilities, and who are self-directed learners, to Laurel Bongiorno and cc: Valerie Esposito. Please include a brief, one-paragraph rationale for your nomination. We'd like to have 12 -15 names by the time registration begins. (The course prerequisite is the completion of 60 credits.) If you nominated a student in the past who was unable to enroll, you are welcome to re-nominate the student.


We invite you to check out TEACH, a snack-size profile of Champlain's Technology, Engagement And Creative Heroes who in 90 seconds share REALLY COOL tips and tools that make learning and teaching more technology rich, engaging, and creative. All faculty and staff are invited to TEACH in 90 seconds by contributing 90 seconds of content (text, video, slide decks, web links, etc) directly to Caroline Toy. Submitters will win a Perky Planet gift certificate! Beware that you may receive a special invitation to share your tips and tools if word gets out that you are a hero!

HERO of the Week

DUANE DUNSTON: Many faculty find collecting feedback from students around the middle of the semester useful, because you get it while you can use it. Duane Dunston (ITS) has spent the last several years honing a midterm feedback process that has had a vital impact on his teaching. A 90-Second read about his strategies and outcomes.



On Oct. 27 from 12 pm-4 pm, a Registration Fair will be held with representatives from divisions and campus departments as a quick one-stop for all things registration and student prizes. Please keep your eyes peeled for more information and encourage your students to attend this important event! Students have a chance to win a $250 scholarship for the Spring semester simply by attending!


The College is strongly encouraging employees to get a flu vaccine this fall and will be offering on-site flu clinics for faculty and staff in October. This is the optimal time to get vaccinated as it will ensure you are covered during peak flu season which runs from November to April. Due to strict Covid protocols, vaccines will be by appointment only.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Lakeside Room 101/102: Make an appointment here.

  • Thursday, Oct. 28, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm - Main Campus, 274 Perry Hall: Make an appointment here.

Also, you can get your vaccine at your primary care practice and at many local pharmacies. For a list of Cigna in-network pharmacies click here. BCBS VT members…to find an in-network pharmacy where you may be able to get a flu vaccine, click here. MVP members….click here. Staying in network for your vaccine will ensure that your vaccine is covered, and you don’t incur any unexpected costs.


  • 10/25 - 11/5 - Registration for Spring

  • 11/12 - Last Day to Withdraw from a class

  • 11/24 - 11/26 - Thanksgiving Break

  • 12/13 - 12/17 - Finals Week

  • 12/20 - 1/16 - Winter Break

Employee COVID-19 Reporting Form

Employees should utilize 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.