Friday, February 11, 2011

Got a Question? Want to chat? Skype with us!

Hey guys, its Tom again.

I just wanted to make a short little blog post here because I am signed into Skype right now to chat with YOU! Well you, and everybody else. We started using Skype recently to chat with perspective students. Its almost like coming to the college and talking with one of us in person, only you don't have to drive all the way here! We can answer anything for you; including things like classes, professors, roommates/residence halls, the cafeteria, and programs on campus. If you don't want to video chat with one of us, then feel free to just send is an instant message through Skype! Either way, we want to chat with you. So, sign on and start chatting, were here to help!

Cant wait to Skype with you all!

- Tom

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tom (Lloyd) Lyga, Marketing/Advertising Major

Yo! Whats up Champlain?

My name is Tom Lyga and I am a sophomore from Cazenovia, NY studying Marketing/Advertising at Champlain College. I have been a Student Ambassador on campus for about a year and a half now. I absolutely love it here; the college, the city, and the students. When you combine them all together you are left with a trifecta of pure awesomeness. The winter is my favorite time of year up here (it lasts most the school year!) because of all the snow. We have been getting dumped on so far this semester and it has made the skiing/snowboarding a blast! The picture to the right is an image that was taken at the top of Sugarbush. You can't see it that well in the picture, but Lake Champlain is clearly visible from this point on the mountain. If you are a skier or snowboarder, then Champlain has some amazing deals that you will want to consider. We have a season pass deal with Sugarbush that only costs $100. That is only $10 more than a regular Saturday ticket! We have an even cheaper deal that grants you access to the smaller of the two peaks for just $30. If the season pass isn't really down your alley or you just want to go for a day trip, we offer extreme discounts on this too. If you sign up with the school, you can go on multiple trips to different mountains in the area for just $10 a day. That includes transportation and your lift ticket.
Another thing that I am getting involved with right now is a fun competition called the Elevator Pitch Competition. This is a competition where your have an "idea" and you have to pitch it to someone with a 90 second time limit, as if you saw them in an elevator. Your "idea" could be anything from a business idea that you have, a job/internship that you want, or a special cause that you feel needs funding. Its a very high energy environment with very little time commitment. I just went to the info meeting last night and it sounds like a blast. Champlain had over 70 people register to participate this year. That just about double the amount of people that they had last year. The prizes for each category are:

First: $500
Second: $300
Third: $100

As you can see there is a lot of money in this competition. With three categories and three winners from each category, nine people will walk away from the competition with some extra money in their pocket, not to mention a very good resume stuffer. Ted, another Student Ambassador, is also going to be participating in the Elevator Pitch Competition, but trust me, I'm not worried about that (jk)... Let the competition begin!

P.S. Feel free to contact me through Facebook if you have any questions about being a student on campus or about anything I mentioned in this post

Facebook: Tom Champlain Admission

Friday, February 4, 2011

Alli Neal, Senior, Professional Writing

Hi there! I'm Alli Neal, a senior Professional Writing major from Brookfield, CT. I've stayed really busy during my four years here.

I'm a peer tutor at the Champlain Writing Center, and the lead on a project called Reverb: Notes from the CWC. My teammates and I are constructing an online resource for students, with a variety of articles on the most common "problems" with the writing process. (If you have ideas for articles, comment on this and let me know!) I'm also the editor and moderator for a recipe blog and cooking manual for Champlain Abroad and, of course, a student ambassador at Champlain Admissions. My internship with Champlain College Publishing Initiative turned into a Work Study job as a staff editor. I was my team's project manager for World's Children Online, a global interactive resource for healthcare writing from the developing world; audio director and co-editor for Liminal Webbing, an experiment in bringing poetry into the 21st century by turning a chapbook into a soundtrack; and consultant for other projects such as the multimedia book Stonehenge and Ali Wisch's play, 25 Squirrels. I co-founded Champlain's Equestrian Club, helped start the Champlain Rock Climbing Club, ran events at the Burlington Book Festival, read my poetry and prose at venues downtown, and spent a semester at Champlain's Dublin, Ireland campus. Right now, I'm also working on starting an online weekly newspaper for Champlain.

See? Busy! I'm one of those examples of everything you can do at Champlain. If you're not sure what there is for you or how to get involved in something I listed, ask! Leave me a comment, and I'd love to chat!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ted Schwinden, Senior, Mass Communications: Welcome!

I am a student attending Champlain College who grew up in Great Falls, Montana. For the past four years, Champlain has given me the necessary tools to excel in the field of communication and broadcasting. I recently completed a very successful internship at WCAX Channel 3 right here in Burlington. I have worked in the Office of Admission for three years, and I love interacting with prospective students and famlies.Please refer back to this blog to learn about life as a Champlain student. This will help you answer questions like, "What is there to do on campus?" "What are the residence halls like?" "What do you do in your free time?" I know I speak for each student ambassador when I say, "I can't wait to talk with you!"