A native of Michigan, Catherine Champagne earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2008. In 2010, she earned her Master's Degree in Public Health from The Ohio State University with a specialization in Health Behavior and Health Promotion. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Catherine joined Denison's Student Development staff in November 2011, as Coordinator of Alcohol, Drug, and Health Education. On campus, Catherine is responsible for developing, organizing, and facilitating wellness education programs and campaigns for Denison students. She also chairs campus committees related to alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct prevention and education.
I think my biography is a retrospective connect-the-dots story. I did not identify a passionate career interest until midlife. I earned a graduate degree in counseling, worked in community mental health, and decided I needed to earn the doctoral degree. My graduate internship led me to work in a college counseling center, where I learned that I loved working with young adults in this developmental stage of life. Transitioning to, navigating through, and learning to succeed in college is a journey filled with many adventures and challenges. My own reading and research over the years, combined with professional experience and life experience as a parent, has prepared me for this work.
I am currently working on my dissertation, a qualitative project to examine the experience of college students with ADHD in academia.
I joined the Denison community in October 2013 to complete my practicum for my Masters in Social Work. I am a 2006 graduate of Ohio Dominican University where I received a Bachelors of Arts in English and Sociology. I began my masters degree at The Ohio State University in autumn 2012 with a concentration in Community and Social Justice. Since 2007 I have worked as an admissions counselor with Ohio State Newark working primarily with high school students in Licking, Fairfield, and Franklin counties.
I am a first generation college student from central Ohio. Consequently, serving the needs of first generation college students and promoting college readiness are among my top personal and professional interests. I have participated in various college access initiatives including but not limited to coordinating campus visits for high school students, facilitating college application workshops, and teaching college readiness workshops. I hope to help first generation and/or students from other underserved/underprivileged backgrounds find their path at Denison as well as help connect them with the local community.