Champlain College Encompases Volunteer Outreach Into All Campus Retreat

Burlington,VT- Champlain College will hold its annual All Campus Retreat on Wednesday, May 7, to acknowledge the work of the staff and faculty throughout the year. After a morning of announcements and recognition of campus endeavors to encompass the 2020 Plan, members of the College will head out in the afternoon for a variety of community service projects.

This year, employees will be able to choose from nine locations:

  • The Catamount Family Center

  • Dismas House

  • Fellowship of the Wheel

  • O’Brien Center 

  • ReSource

  • The City of Burlington

  • Fletcher Free Library

  • Winooski Valley Park District

  • Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

Participants will be doing various jobs to help beautify the community, such as beach and park clean up, gardening, spreading rock, and painting fences.

Mary Lee, associate vice president of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Champlain explains “ This community involvement is to honor President Finney, who is retiring at the end of June. He and his wife, Sabine, have been very involved in the community and we thought this would be a meaningful gift to them. In addition, our employees have wanted to do it.... It is likely to become a tradition. It is an incredible opportunity for team building, giving back and making a difference.”

President Finney will retire on June 30, 2014 after nine years of service to the College community. His successor will be Don J. Laackmann, who begins July 1, 2014.


About Champlain College

Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and eight master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2013 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information,