Tell Us About Yourself(ie): President Don Laackman

By:Olivia Werenski ’17/Champlain College News

Over the course of the summer, the Class of 2018 Facebook group for incoming students to Champlain has been jam packed with students bubbling with excitement regarding the upcoming school year, so we’ve decided to use it to our advantage. Our new Tell Us About Yourself(ie) series will be a weekly profile series of incoming first year students, leading up to the week of orientation and into the fall semester.

The first group of selected students were given a list of questions to choose from, ranging from personal questions to Champlain questions and selected their best answers and sent us an accompanying selfie (get it?)

Once the week of orientation is over, this series will become open to staff, faculty, upperclassman, and more!

This week, is the current President of Champlain College, Don Laackman!photo

Name one food you absolutely can’t resist.

Tacos de Bistec with cilantro and onion ONLY. Simple, pure, delicious.

What’s the #1 most played song on your phone or ipod?

Trapeze Artist performed by Iron and Wine

Ski or snowboard?

Ski. Looking forward to downhill and cross country.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Green Mountain.

What is your favorite place to hang out on campus?

Vista Room in Miller Information Commons. It is one of the reasons I decided to come to Champlain College.

There’s a campus-wide game of Hide-N-Seek. Where’s the first place you hide?

The coat closet in the President’s Office.

You’ve created a new, wacky major for Champlain! What is it?

“Sophocles, Steinbeck and Louis CK: Tragic Applications in a Game Development Context.”

Why did you pick Champlain?

Because we will be the finest small professionally and globally focused college in the United States.

Our motto is “Let Us Dare”. What was the last thing you dared to do?

Leave the best job in the world for an even better job.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Flying. I dread airport travel and want to go to too many places that require a plane.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? The Gettysburg Address.

If you had to give up one of your five senses, which one would it be and why?

My common sense.

Ever met anyone famous? Who?

President and Mrs. Obama.

What’s your phone wallpaper?

A picture of my wife when she worked in the White House.

What’s your go-to song to listen to in the car alone (sing along)?

“Driver’s Seat” by Sniff ‘n the Tears

What’s a word or phrase you’re guilty of using too often?

“At the end of the day. . . “

What’s your all-time favorite book?

“A Winter’s Tale,” Mark Helprin

What do you miss most about being a kid?

Having lots of time to read what I want.

Describe your perfect day.

Workout. NYTimes Sunday paper with Coffee. Afternoon messing around. Dinner with friends.

Name one item on your bucket list.

Travel to central/eastern Europe.

Describe your perfect pizza.

Fogo2Go Linguica y Rapini from Chicago.

If you’d like to be featured in an upcoming Tell Us About Yourself(ie), review the questions at , then send an email to and we’ll post the best answers!

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