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U.S. Sen. Angus King lauds partnership between SMCC, Maine composites industry SMCC recognizes basketball coach for school record 200th coaching victory


SMCC basketball players deliver joy, T-shirts to children at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital SMCC lights up tower to welcome students, celebrate peace, salute new year


Nineteen graduate from SMCC Maine Fire Service Institute Officer Training Academy


Volunteer Fair connects students with volunteer organizations, student clubs SMCC holds 2 annual Launch or Grow Small Business Conference nd


SMCC students spend week at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory My Maine Guide: Did you know?


SMCC Foundation receives bequest of $253,000 to help students in financial need A former college librarian has bequeathed more than a quarter of a million dollars to the SMCC Foundation to help students in financial need pay for college.

The Foundation last month received a gift totaling $253,000 from the estate of Franklin Talbot, of Portland, who died last June at the age of 89. The donation is among the largest gifts the Foundation has ever received. In his will, Talbot bequeathed money to establish the Franklin Talbot Scholarship Fund. The fund will be used to award one or more annual scholarships to SMCC students from Maine. The scholarships will be awarded based on financial need.

Franklin Talbot, former college librarian.

Michael Bourque, chairman of the Foundation board of directors, called the donation a “remarkable gift” to future students. “A gift of this magnitude can provide scholarships for several students in perpetuity,” he said. “It’s a wonderful legacy to leave to our community. “ The independent, nonprofit SMCC Foundation is comprised of business and community leaders committed to advancing the mission of SMCC by raising money for academic programs, classrooms and equipment, and scholarships for deserving students. In his will, Talbot left money to many worthy causes related to education, music and organizations devoted to helping youth.

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Spring Break – No Classes


Open Registration for Summer


Advising Week

WHEN: Monday - Saturday, March 10-15 WHERE: SMCC

• Jay Manhardt - Director of Public Safety and Contract Services • Sandra Lynham - Director of Counseling and Disability Services

WHEN: Monday - Friday, March 31-April 4 WHERE: SMCC


Registration Begins for Fall


Open House - South Portland


There are currently no vacancies at SMCC. Visit to check in on vacant positions.

Save the Date i

Promotions, new employees, announcements & other hubbub


WHEN: Monday, March 17, 8 a.m. WHERE: SMCC

College Forum

Around the Fort


WHEN: Thursday, April 3 WHERE: SMCC

Sparks fly at annual American Welding Society-SMCC welding open house

WHEN: Monday, April 7 WHERE: SMCC

The sparks were flying last month at the 9th annual American Welding Society-SMCC welding open house in SMCC’s welding lab.

WHEN: Saturday, April 12 WHERE: SMCC South Portland Campus

The open house each years draws several hundred students and members of the public to meet with industry representatives, learn about the latest welding equipment and see demonstrations.

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The event also gives students valuable networking opportunities to gain employment.

President Cantor was the first skater to use the skating rink for Winter Carnival.

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Campus Connection Culinary Arts program wins Gold Plate Award Kudos to the Culinary Arts program for being recognized by WGMETV with the station’s Gold Plate Award.

The station last month recognized the program for having a perfect score during a recent Bureau of Health inspection. Chairman Geoff Boardman donned his chef ’s hat and elaborated on the Culinary Arts program during an interview with the station.

Son of nursing faculty competes in 2014 Winter Olympics Congratulations to Lowell Bailey, son of Elizabeth Bailey, nursing faculty at SMCC, for placing 8th in the 20 km Men’s Individual Biathlon in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Bailey created history by earning the highest place ever earned by an American in this event at the Olympics.

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Campus Connection U.S. Sen. Angus King lauds partnership between SMCC, Maine composites industry

King stopped at MATEC as part of a visit to Brunswick Landing, a business campus located at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. He also stopped at Oxford Networks and Tempus Jets.

A partnership between Maine’s composites industry and SMCC’s Composites Technology program illustrates how higher education and industry can work together to the advancement of both, U.S. Sen. Angus King said during a visit to SMCC’s Midcoast Campus in Brunswick.

During the stop, SMCC officials and executives from composites manufacturing companies, including Ocean Renewable Power Co. of Portland, Harbor Technologies LLC of Brunswick and Custom Composite Technologies Inc. of Bath, joined King.

SMCC recognizes basketball coach for school record 200th coaching victory

SMCC paid tribute this month to men’s basketball coach Matt Richards for his school record 200th victory.

SMCC Composites Technology Chairman, Andy Schoenberg talks with U.S. Sen. Angus King during his visit to the Composites Lab at the SMCC Midcoast Campus

King made his remarks Jan. 21 while touring the Maine Advanced Technology and Engineering Center, where the Composites Technology program is located. MATEC is also home to the Composites Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), a partnership between SMCC and the Maine Composites Alliance that provides training for students and research for companies involved in composites manufacturing.

President Ron Cantor presented Richards with a plaque in honor of his milestone in front of a crowd at the HUB Athletic Center on Feb. 1 during SMCC’s Alumni, Friends and Family Day. The tri-captains on his team also presented him with the game ball from his 200th win signed by all the team members. “I’m extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to lead this program and coach all the outstanding student athletes that have played for me,” said Richards, who is also SMCC’s athletic director. “Reaching this milestone wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t have great colleagues and administration that create an environ-

“This is the way it has to be done,” King said following the tour. “The college has to be connected to the businesses and the businesses have to be connected to the college so that the people being trained are trained for the right jobs the right way.” 4

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Campus Connection ment where success is possible. This is really an accomplishment shared by so many.” Richards’ contributions go beyond the basketball court. Besides being a coach, Richards is the athletics director and the driving force behind Alumni Day and the SMCC Athletic Hall of Fame. He is the founder of the Seawolves Athletic Club and has helped raise nearly $84,000 in support of athletics at SMCC. With his 200th win on Jan. 22 against the University of Maine at Augusta, Richards broke the previous SMCC record of 199 victories set by former longtime SMCC coach and athletic director John Dakin.

SMCC basketball players deliver joy, T-shirts to children at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital

SMCC basketball players brought joy and T-shirts to children undergoing treatment at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. Coach Matt Richards and players from the men’s team visited the Portland hospital Jan. 8 in an effort to brighten up the children’s day. During their visit, players met with and gave Seawolves basketball T-shirts to seven children, two of whom had lifethreatening conditions. It’s important for players to give back to the community, Richards said. The players also met with the father of one of the children. Jose Nouchantayong, who is from Westbrook and plays guard on the team, said he had a great feeling after the visit. “That visit makes you realize what you have and little things that maybe frustrated me or my teammates are nothing compared to what some of those kids have to deal with everyday,” he said. “It really makes you appreciate what you have.”

SMCC lights up tower to welcome students, celebrate peace, salute new year

Hundreds of lights lit up the historic observation tower on SMCC’s South Portland Campus in January to welcome students to school, celebrate peace and salute the new year. The Welcome & Light Up the New Year Event on Jan. 16 featured comments from President Ron Cantor and a countdown to the tower lighting followed by hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting and an open house at the Captain’s House. The tower was part of Fort Preble and used through five wars from 1808 to 1945 to chart the location of ships and aim the fort’s coastal artillery cannons. Now a part of SMCC, the structure is also known as the Peace Tower. The tower serves as a symbol of the diversity of people around the world and around SMCC who

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Campus Connection are connected through goodwill, Cantor told a gathering of students, staff and friends. SMCC has students from more than a dozen countries.

Midcoast Campus in Brunswick. The institute is an SMCC department that provides training and education services to Maine’s fire agencies and firefighting professionals. The graduates represented fire departments in Auburn, Augusta, Camden, Gardiner, Lisbon, Rockport, Saco, Waterville, Wells, Westbrook, West Gardiner and Winslow.

“SMCC students come from many different places with many different cultures and faiths,” Cantor said. “But what is it that universally binds us? Peace. This event is a celebration of peace as we embrace people with diverse backgrounds and beliefs.” The event also served as an occasion to welcome students to campus for the beginning of spring semester.

The training focused on legal issues, budgeting, media relations, personnel matters and other topics that are part of the job for chiefs and other fire officials, said Maine Fire Service Institute Director Bill Guindon. “We teach firefighters how to put out fires. That’s the easy part,” Guindon said. “For this, we’re putting them through the wringer on leadership, teambuilding, media relations, conflict resolution and the politics of the job. This is about preparing future leaders.”

For the event, a total of 850 white lights were placed up and down the tower. In keeping with the school’s commitment to sustainability, the lights are low-energy LEDs that are powered by a battery that’s charged by solar power.

Nineteen graduate from SMCC Maine Fire Service Institute Officer Training Academy

The institute holds officer training academies every three or four years, Guindon said. The last graduation was held in early 2011. Those who complete the academy meet the training requirements for national fire officer certification through the Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications System, also known as Pro Board.

Nineteen Maine firefighters completed rigorous training at the Maine Fire Service Institute Officer Training Academy in January to prepare them for leadership roles at fire departments across the state.

A graduation ceremony was held Jan. 18 at the institute on the SMCC


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Campus Connection Volunteer Fair connects students with volunteer organizations, student clubs

Dozens of students showed up last month at SMCC’s volunteer fair that brought together students and community organizations needing a helping hand as part of an effort to encourage students to better serve their community. Several dozen community organizations and student groups were represented at the Jan. 21 fair at the HUB Athletic Center. Volunteering has been shown to increase student development and motivation while giving students new perspectives and allowing them to apply academic learning to real human needs Community organizations on hand ranged from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine and Family Crisis Services to Habitat for Humanity and Partners for World Health. More than a dozen student clubs were also represented, including groups focused on health and wellness, religion, music, skiing, business, astronomy, sustainability, firefighting and equality issues.

SMCC holds 2nd annual Launch or Grow Small Business Conference About 100 small business owners and people interested in learning more about starting a business attended SMCC’s second annual Launch or Grow Small Business Success Conference. The daylong conference on Jan. 31 was sponsored by SMCC’s Entrepreneurial Center and featured keynote presentations, workshops and networking opportunities. The conference featured two tracks of workshops: one for established small-business owners looking to grow and one for people who are considering launching a new small business. At the end of the day, participants could pitch their business ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors for their feedback in a segment called the Shark Tank. A dozen breakout sessions throughout the day focused on topics that included writing a business plan, using social media, legal issues, how to raise capital and things to know before starting a business. Bob Johnson, co-owner of Scratch Baking Co., was the conference’s keynote speaker.

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Campus Connection SMCC students spend week at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory Eleven SMCC students and two faculty members spent a week during the semester break at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory for an intensive weeklong laboratory course.

The students participated in two projects using modern molecular genetics to investigate real-world questions in marine biology. The first project looked at how closely related two populations of a minnow-like fish known as killfish were to each other. The fish are an important part of salt marsh ecological systems and are beneficial to people by eating lots of mosquito larvae. The students also worked to identify samples of marine worms from Frenchman Bay off Bar Harbor. For that project, students used DNA computer analysis to determine if the samples were related to other worm samples in a database maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Washington, D.C. “It was an amazing real-world experience working in a lab every day,” said biotechnology student Jason Glynn. “It definitely gives me a step up on the competition when applying to other laboratory internships as I have been exposed to procedures and methods used in real world research.” The students will continue analyzing their data from both projects during the spring semester and will present them in April at both the 41st Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium at MDIBL and at Thinking Matters Symposium at the University of Southern Maine. The course is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. This is the fifth year that the NIH has supported this course.


My Maine Guide Did you know? One of the most important keys to student success is being able to connect education goals with career goals. A short test on My Maine Guide can help students decide which professions might be worth exploring based on their individual preferences and skills. The career aptitude test can be found in the online career resource section on the My Career page, which can be accessed through My Maine Guide on your SMCC portal. After asking students to answer a series of questions, the test will produce a detailed career profi le and recommend some career fields to explore based on the responses. The test takes only 20 minutes and can give students ideas for careers they hadn’t thought about.

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