09/16/21 Academic Affairs Brief

Faculty & Academic Staff Email Updates Weekly

This Brief Includes:

  • COVID-19 updates

  • Software Updates for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

  • Student Internship Waiver

  • Champlain Resilience Conference

  • Week 4 Academic Nudge Survey

  • Instructurecon - Free Online Conference

  • EMC is Hiring Students

  • Study Abroad is Back!


  • Provost's Forum - Wednesday, Sept. 22⋅8:30 – 10:00 am Learning & Teaching during the pandemic. A look back and a way forward. Location: Champlain Room and zoom link (to come)

  • Fall Holiday 10/11 & 10/ 12

  • Week 4 - Academic Nudge Survey Monday 9/20


The COVID Dashboard has been updated and is now available with current information. The Champlain College COVID-19 Dashboard is based on Monday to Friday testing and will be updated when results are available, typically within 48-72 hours of testing. Weekly surveillance testing is required for students and employees on campus who are not fully vaccinated (have not received their final dose of vaccine more than 14 days prior).


  • As of last week, library guests from outside of the Champlain College Community must be vaccinated. The library is updating signage this week. Unvaccinated external guests of the library are still welcome to use contactless check-out services.

  • On Tuesday, the college announced that all employees that access campus at any time will be required to be vaccinated. Additional information for how to document your vaccination status will be forthcoming.

  • Please notify and remind your students that they should not attend class if they are feeling ill. Illness can include non-COVID suspected such as flu, colds, etc. Please reflect in the course syllabus how absences due to illness will be handled per your class attendance/participation policy.

SOFTWARE UPDATES for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Apple has issued emergency software updates for a critical vulnerability in its Mac, iPhone, and iPad product lines. The flaw allows highly invasive spyware to invisibly infect any of those devices without the device owner’s knowledge. Anyone who has one of these devices should patch it immediately. To update Mac laptops and desktops, follow these steps: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201541. To update iPhones and iPads, follow these steps: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204204. The Information Systems team will handle patching our campus lab computers. If you have any questions about this matter, please feel free to contact Champ Support.


If you have students in off-campus, in-person internships, please have them complete this Student Internship Waiver Form. If you have questions, please contact Laurel Bongiorno.


Please join the Champlain Resilience Conference, Wednesday, Sept 22

Offered in-person in the Champlain Room or via Zoom. This keynote will also be recorded for future viewing.

1:00 - 1:50 PM - All Community Keynote: “Understanding Resilience”

Presented by the Kris Reynolds , the Director and Founder of the Vermont Center for Resiliency and Champlain College Social Work Adjunct Faculty Member

This talk will provide an overview of what resilience is and some concrete strategies to work towards increasing it.

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Faculty/Staff Workshop

“Teaching Strategies that Support Students’ Resilience”. Participants will meet with colleagues in a “speed-dating” style conversation, hear how peers are supporting resilience in their classrooms and office hours.


There are four points this semester where we are gathering data about students academically collegewide; Enrollment Verification (Week 2), Academic Survey/nudge (Week 4), Midterm Grades (Week 7) and Final Grades. Next week is the Academic Survey/nudge!

On Monday, Sept. 20, you will get a brief survey per section taught that will ask how your students are doing academically. This brief survey will accomplish two goals: (1) Provide instructors a quick and efficient way to report students in need of academic support and (2) Connect students with helpful support networks early in the semester to increase overall student success.

At the beginning of week 5, students who were flagged for academic support by their instructors 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 indicate which services they intend to access. Students will receive a follow-up email(s) based on their choices.

Do not use this process as a substitute for directly communicating your concerns and recommendations with students. As always, if you have concerns about a student’s mental health, student conduct, or wellbeing, please fill out this form ASAP so that the SCART team can be alerted. If you would like to know more about the Academic Nudge process check out The Spring 2021 Student Success Nudge Report.


InstructureCon is a free online conference focused on Canvas’s use in education on October 7. Learn about how other faculty are utilizing Canvas in their schools. Registration is free. Checkout the agenda online or just show up to listen to keynote speakers like will.i.am. Register here.


Faculty are asked to help spread the word that the EMC is filling a few more key positions at its Lakeside location. Please share these paid opportunities with your advisees and students in your classes. Questions: Contact Robin Perlah, EMC Academic Director.


After experiencing a successful Fall semester study abroad reboot, the Office of International Education (OIE) is asking for faculty's help in recruiting students for study abroad in the Spring. Please mention study abroad in class or when you run into students, recount some stories that you may have heard from past students, and point them in the direction of Elin Melchior, Study Abroad Coordinator, or Monique Taylor in the Provost Office for further information.


The first deadline for the Student Experience Grant application offered through The John W. Heisse, Jr. M.D. Endowment Fund is fast approaching! Deadline/How to Apply: There will be two application cycles this year. The first deadline is Sept. 27, 2021. The second round deadline is Jan. 24, 2022. More information is available on the application form. Online application form (https://forms.gle/nuBJT8jvMhWuwCHo9)


A sampling of student engagement opportunities coming up this weekend:


  • 10/11-10/12 - Fall Holiday

  • 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.