first_imgChamplain College Class of 2012 ArrivesOrientation Weekend includes Convocation, Activities and Special Events(Sept. 1, 2008) – The Champlain College Class of 2012 arrived Friday for an information-packed, fun-filled, four-day orientation. The incoming class of 615 students represents 28 states and eight countries. Residential move-in began Friday morning followed by a lunch for parents, students and friends. On Friday afternoon, Champlain College Provost Robin Abramson, College Vice Presidents and Champlain faculty in full academic regalia – were led in to the Convocation ceremony on Perry Hall lawn by the St. Andrews Pipe Band of Vermont. During the ceremony, Champlain College President David Finney presented the 2008 Distinguished Citizen Award to Patrick S. Robins, chairman and founder of the SymQuest Group. Robins was honored for his many community roles in education, government, business, civic, arts and public health organizations. Patrick is an entrepreneur and civil servant of uncommon vision and discipline. He has founded and chaired three regional businesses who genius was to recognize emerging needs and to fill them with quality products and exceptional customer service, Finney noted. On Saturday, students were introduced to Champlain Colleges LEAD: Life Experience & Action Dimension program. It is the third component in Champlains Education in Three Dimensions program and will focus on tools and skills for personal growth in four areas career management, financial sophistication, community involvement and individual values. The new students were also introduced to the many programs at Champlain, including the study abroad programs in Montreal and Dublin, Ireland, BYOBiz, and briefed on public safety and neighborhood expectations. Over the four-day orientation weekend, the Class of 2012 also took a cruise on Lake Champlain in the Spirit of Ethan Allen, went mini-golfing, held a movie night, toured the campus, had a night of open-mic entertainment at The Grind (the colleges coffeehouse), took a class photo, went hiking and visited downtown Burlington.Classes for all Champlain College students begin Tuesday morning. Champlain College, a private baccalaureate institution, was founded in 1878. Champlain has 2,000 undergraduate students and is ranked 12th in the top tier of Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the North by 2009 America’s Best Colleges, published by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Burlington, Champlain College offers Education in Three Dimensions, a unique, multi-faceted approach to professional development, academic excellence and community-based life experience education over four years. Champlain also offers study abroad programs with campuses in Dublin, Ireland and Montreal, Quebec and extensive online and continuing professional education. To learn more about Champlain College, visit the Colleges new website at is external).last_img