Champlain College ESports: Extra Life

One of our CCM Divisional Representatives, Brandon Sweet, took a stroll down to visit Extra Life: A massive game tournament arranged by the Champlain College ESports club president, Zynab Makki. “The food, the people, and the overwhelming sound of keyboard pounding and mouse clicking, all together making the event as a huge success – bringing in support to the Champlain College Esports to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Twenty-four hours of gaming, fun, along with raffle prizes its an event to take part of and make memories,” says Brandon. Clearly, this sounds like the perfect match! Fun, friends, and Charity. We’re so proud to see Champlain students taking the initiative to combine their passion with a positive mind-set that can help change the world. To keep in touch with the Champlain College ESports team, make sure to follow their instagram, or reach out to Zynab at

Addiction and Recovery Forum – Run by SGA’s Liza Ryan!

SGA EHS Representative Emma Santos took a different route from knitting this week, and attended the Addiction and Recovery Forum event led by fellow student leader, Liza Ryan. “ [It was an] incredible event, with a whole host of great speakers talking about addiction, recovery, resources in our community, the current state of the opioid epidemic, and what it looks like in the context of Burlington and Vermont. Speakers from all areas of this issue spoke, including BPD, Turning Point, a young speaker in recovery, Bruce Bovat the head of CPS, the health center and the counseling center, and a speaker from the Howard Center who provided Narcan training.” It is so amazing to see the voices of Champlain students tackle heavy topics the way Liza has, and her leadership and bravery have paved the way for other students to follow in her footsteps. As a resident assistant at Champlain college, guiding students is right up Liza’s wheelhouse – A huge SGA Congratulations to Liza and her supportive and informative event!

Tabletop Games Club – A visit from Gabe Ingman, Senior Class Representative

What could be more fun than Tabletop Games? SGA Senior Class Representative, Gabe Ingman, found out for himself that the answer is nothing! This past week, Gabe attended the Tabletop Games Club, run by Kyle Vigneau, for a Magic the Gathering card game night. However, Gabe said that the best part wasn’t even the games themselves. “The card games were fun, but the atmosphere was better. Everyone was talking, laughing, and really enjoying their time there. I hadn’t played Magic in years but after one evening with the Tabletop Games Club, I want to get back into it!” If fun with friends and re-kindling old loves of games sounds like an evening you’d be interested in, make sure to stop by every Monday at 7:00pm in Joyce 311 to play anything from a Role-Playing-Game to Risk! Interested? Contact club head Kyle Vigneau at for more information.

Ski & Ride Rail Jam 2018

Champlain College’s 15th Annual Rail Jam is the largest student run event on campus each year. On Friday, November 9th, the Ski & Riders geared up for rainy weather in the Finney Quad.

Every year, the event has seen an increase in size, popularity, and overall caliber. The Rail Jam has been a staple in the Champlain community, as well as the Burlington community, for over a decade now and has gained the recognition of Ski & Ride Clubs from Universities across the country. A unique event such as this offers a valuable marketing tactic to potential students, whether they are currently involved with skiing and riding, or not.

The Ski & Ride club currently has over a dozen sponsors from a vast array of skiing and snowboarding companies nationwide; thus, the success of the Rail Jam is supported financially by the Student Government Association. Each one of the members in the Ski & Ride Club puts in countless hours over the course of two months to make this event happen, however nothing makes the club more happy than hearing tour guides telling potential students about how they transform a patch of grass into a winter wonderland in early November.

Major ITS Events Fall Semester 2018

On October 22nd at 8 PM the SGA hosted the 2018 ITS Conference.  SGA reps for the ITS division, Shelsea Henry and Cecilia Pohlar facilitated the conference to bridge the gaps between majors in the ITS division. Four professors from the division volunteered as guest speakers, discussing topics ranging from data analytics to using procedural generation to create story-based games. The conference was a huge success with 35 attendees; stay tuned in the spring for the student edition!
The following week on October 30th at 5:30 PM the Vermont Women’s Fund Annual Benefit Celebration occurred. Numerous members from the Women in Technology club attended. The event began with a networking reception where members were able to connect with local professionals. Attendees heard from Governor Phil Scott and Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Co-president Anna Matich said, “the event was inspirational to women and girls in Vermont!”