Sarah Ramsey Strong Scholarship Award 2014

Congratulations to Lauren Buniva – Class of 2016, Champlain College
Inaugural Recipient, Sarah Ramsey Strong Scholarship Award 2014 

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There was an intense desire to create a legacy for the young woman who touched all of our lives so deeply in the brief time she was with us. And thus, the Sarah Ramsey Strong Scholarship was born to honor Sarah’s memory by providing financial support to a Champlain College marketing student who is planning on studying abroad. The goal is to enable that student to have a transformative experience, much in the same way her experiences in Peru and China affected Sarah.

The Stiller School is pleased to award the inaugural Sarah Ramsey Strong Scholarship to Lauren Buniva, who has impressed so many of the faculty, who has been involved in the Champlain Community, who has already been successful in an internship, and who has strived to learn and grow from her experiences – all with the single-minded focus of becoming a marketing professional in the outdoor industry.

Lauren was drawn to Champlain because of her love of Vermont, the outdoor lifestyle, and the hands-on marketing program. When Burton Snowboards urged Lauren to learn more about the industry during an informational interview, she took a job at Bolton Ski Mountain and Eastern Mountain Sports to immerse herself in the customer experiences.

Similar to Sarah, Lauren always goes the extra mile with enthusiasm and intellect. As a sophomore, winning this scholarship is an incredible achievement while maintaining a near perfect grade point average. Congratulations, Lauren!

-Stiller School of Business Faculty

I am so honored to be the first recipient of the Sarah Ramsey Strong scholarship. Being chosen for this award and having the opportunity to meet personally with some of those who knew Sarah best, I feel very grateful and humbled to carry on the legacy of a person who has so clearly impacted the lives of many.

Since first entering Champlain, I was motivated to pursue a career in the outdoor industry and I’ve worked hard to make my dreams a reality. This month, I will leave for New Zealand to study abroad at the University of Otago. I’ll also be working at a local marketing agency where I’m looking forward to gaining a global perspective during my internship while I take advantage of all that New Zealand’s natural environment offers. I’m excited about what’s ahead and I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences when I return to Champlain in November.

Receiving this scholarship has added an unexpected dimension to my study abroad experience. What I’ve learned about Sarah’s international internship experiences, as well as her passion for pursuing her dreams, has inspired me. Now as I plan and dream and study, I have Sarah’s dreams to accompany me. And I hope to do her proud!

-Lauren Buniva, Class of 2015

How to Run Your First 5K

Article By Jen Murphy

Judy Molnar still has the Popsicle stick she received for finishing herfirst 5K in 1996. “I remember I started giggling because at the time I was trying to lose weight and here they’re giving me an ice pop,” she recalls. Before the race she was overweight, out of shape and could barely climb a flight of stairs without losing her breath. Joining a gym and running a 5K were among her 1996 New Year’s resolutions.

Now director of Iron Girl, Molnar, 41, has completed many more5Ks since then, as well as 10Ksmarathonstriathlons and even anIronman.

Angel Bell, 36, of Rahway, New Jersey, was intimidated by running. “I always wanted to run but never knew how to start,” she says. Her opportunity came when a friend asked her to sign up for Running 101, a 12-week all-women program held by the Jersey Shore Running Club. She started slowly, walking a few minutes, running one minute, and then walking again. Each week she walked less and ran more until she gradually found herself running 30 minutes.

The program culminated in a 5K. “I had tears streaming down my face when I approached the finish line. People you don’t know are cheering for you,” says Bell. “Now I’m hooked.”

As Molnar and Bell’s experiences prove, taking small steps is key to successfully (and safely) accomplishing an athletic goal when starting from scratch. At first the idea of going from coach potato to Energizer bunny may seem impossible, but with determination and help from others you’ll be surprised how fast the transformation will occur. Although the following guide for newbies focuses on running a first 5K, it can help anyone determined to start a journey toward a more active, healthier and happier life–no matter what the sport.

The First Step

If you’re starting from zero, any first steps, no matter how few, are steps to a healthier, happier you. Regular aerobic exercise will not only help you lose weight and improve cardiovascular health, it will also help reduce stress, boost your energy levels and instill a sense of overall well-being.

Before beginning an exercise program, you should check with your doctor. “You want to make sure you don’t have any health issues when you start,” cautions Jim Fraser, a Washington D.C.-based coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. Knowing you’ve ruled out potential medical problems will help you start with confidence.

Overcoming mental hurdles–fears about being too out of shape or too slow–is the hardest part of getting started, says Jonathan Cane, a running coach for Brooklyn-based JackRabbit athletics store. “When we have meetings for prospective participants in the beginner running program, I ask the group, ‘Who’s afraid they’ll be the slowest?’ Inevitably, half of them raise their hands. My response is, ‘You can’t all be right, and who cares if you are?’ ” It helps beginners to see that others are just as self-conscious as they are and that they share the same doubts about whether they can become “runners,” Cane explains.

Mental hurdles can be more overwhelming than physical ones. Molnar says many women new to running are discouraged by preconceived notions of what a runner should look like. They feel they could never be a runner because they don’t fit the stereotype. “Not everyone is super fit,” says Molnar. “Runners come from all walks of life, sizes, shapes and colors.” Oprah Winfrey, for example, inspired thousands of women after she finished her first marathon.

If you have doubts, stand along the sidelines of any local 5K and observe the wide range of women who participate. You’ll see teenagers and grandmothers, women from sizes petite to plus.

Having a support system, whether it’s a friend, family or running club, can make training less daunting and ultimately more rewarding. Fraser says Team in Training is successful because people find motivation in groups. “You’re there to reach your goal and help others get through it.”

Molnar adds that meeting new people with similar interests helps keep motivation high and making a commitment to a group makes you feel more accountable. To find a group, she recommends tapping into your community. “Most local YMCAs will have a walking or running program, as will local running stores. Many charity races like Race for the Cure also have team training programs.”

Sarah Ramsey ’12 Strong Endowment Established at Champlain College

41-IMGP5463BURLINGTON, Vt. — Champlain College today announced a new endowed scholarship fund established in memory of Sarah Elizabeth Ramsey, Class of 2012.

The Sarah Ramsey ’12 Strong Scholarship Fund was established by gifts from family and friends of Sarah Ramsey. The scholarship will support third or fourth year marketing students who have demonstrated strong academic performance and wish to expand their professional and international experiences while attending Champlain College. The scholarship will be awarded annually at the Stiller School of Business Honors event.

As a Marketing major with a specialization in Integrated Advertising, Sarah Ramsey studied abroad in Lima, Peru during fall semester of her junior year at Champlain. She embarked on a promising advertising career with internships with Cloud 9 Catering in Burlington and the Blue Hive Agency in Shanghai, China. Earlier this year, Sarah died tragically after being struck by a car in Brooklyn, NY.

Friends and family of Sarah Ramsey chose to announce the Fund at the Oct. 1 film premiere ofCaptain Phillips, with all proceeds from the public showing of the Sony Pictures film  benefitting the endowed Fund. Cloud 9 Caterers and the Hindquarter catering truck were on campus Saturday for Family Weekend with proceeds going to the scholarship fund.

“Thanks to the generosity of Sarah’s friends and family, we’re excited to offer this scholarship opportunity to Champlain students,” said the Ramsey family. “Our hope is that scholarship recipients will help honor Sarah’s creative vision and drive by pursuing internship opportunities they otherwise could not take advantage of as part of their college experience. We look forward to learning more about their marketing and advertising career experiences when they return and share them with the Champlain community.”