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What’s Inside 2 Events Calendar Athletics Trivia Around the Fort

5 SMCC Veterans Club Marks Veterans Week SMCC Chorus performs Songs of War and Peace

SMCC Unveils Slate of Early-Morning Classes SMCC will offer 10 earlymorning classes in the Spring 2013 semester, with start times of 7:00 and 7:30 a.m.

The improved flexibility in the schedule is designed to serve two purposes. The early classes will provide more options for SMCC’s increasingly diverse student population, many of whom are working professionals or have family demands. The change will also help to ease traffic congestion on Broadway, the main South Portland artery to SMCC, during the morning commute.

SMCC Senior Art Students Exhibit at Rose Contemporary

“We are always looking for ways to better serve our students. Early morning classes may appeal to students who would like to take a class before they go to work; we are interested in testing demand. Early morning classes may also help to alleviate some morning commuter traffic,” said SMCC Vice President Janet Sortor. “We will offer general education courses, those core classes that appeal to a broad range of students and are required by all programs at SMCC.”

Arrgh! Pass the Pepper, Matey!

The courses include Introduction to Literature, English Composition, Introduction to Psychology, College Algebra, Introduction to Algebra and Introduction to Sociology, with more than one class in several of the subjects planned.


7 Student Profile of the Month - Emmaleigh Hardy

9 A Note from the President: Our Students


The new course times are designed to serve a broad range of needs at the college, giving working professionals, parents and transfer students more class times from which to choose. Many of SMCC’s students are professionals seeking to retool their skills; 162 already hold associate degrees, 224 hold bachelor’s degrees and 20 have a master’s. According to a recent survey of SMCC’s matriculated students, 28.5 percent work full-time, and 42.9 percent work part-time. These types of general education courses are also transferable to other area colleges – so students from other schools can attend the early SMCC classes.

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Open Registration


Fall Classes End


Faculty & Staff Holiday Gathering


Christmas - College Closed

Women’s Basketball

WHEN: Monday, December 10 WHERE: SMCC

Dec. 8 Eastern Maine CC Dec. 12 U-Maine Augusta Dec. 15 U-Maine Machias

Men’s Basketball

WHEN: Saturday, December 15 WHERE: SMCC

Dec. 8 Eastern Maine CC Dec. 12 U-Maine Augusta Dec. 15 U-Maine Machias

Home 2:00 pm Away 8:00 pm Away 4:00 pm

WHEN: Wednesday, December 12, 4:00 - 7:00 pm WHERE: The Peter A. McKernan Center

WHEN: Tuesday, December 25 WHERE: USA

Trivia Question

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Home 12:00 pm Away 6:00 pm Away 2:00 pm

Faculty Professional Day WHEN: Friday, January 11 WHERE: SMCC


Spring Classes Begin


Add/Drop Week


Martin Luther King Day - No Classes

Answer the question correctly and enter to win a free movie pass. Email your answer to

WHEN: Monday, January 14 WHERE: SMCC

WHEN: Monday – Tuesday, January 24 - January 22 WHERE: SMCC

WHEN: Monday, January 21 WHERE: USA

The school that is today SMCC was originally founded as the Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Augusta in 1946 to help World War II veterans prepare to reenter the work force. In its first year, the school taught four programs: automotive, machine tool, electrical and radio.

Question: How many veterans were enrolled at MVTI in that first year?

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Question: How many buildings are at SMCC? (includes both the South Portland and Midcoast Campus) Answer: There are 50 buildings at SMCC, between the Brunswick and South Portland Campuses. Winner: No winner

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Promotions, new employees, announcements & other hubbub

New Hires/promotions • Eli Madsen – Interim Assistant Athletic Director • Sabrina Best – Interim Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Gregg is currently taking some time off to be with mother and son at their home in Scarborough.


• Jim Graves – Maine Fire Service Institute Deputy Director of Operations

Study Abroad Opportunity for SMCC Students Interested in studying abroad for a semester? Have you thought about Ireland?

• Greg Allain – Assistant Bursar in the Student Billing Office • Lydia Badger – Executive Assistant to the President • Darla Jewett – Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives

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The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship exchange with Ireland was created jointly by the Maine Community College System (MCCS) and the University of Maine System (UMS) as a tribute to the Honorable George J. Mitchell in recognition of his efforts to facilitate peace in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Students spend either a semester or an academic year in Cork at the Cork Institute of Technology (MCCS students) or University College Cork (UMS students). Cork Institute of Technology takes care of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, and MCCS provides a $1,000 travel grant. Students do need their own funds at the beginning of the exchange for spending money, and of course for travel and entertainment not part of the exchange, but for a semester abroad, costs are at a minimum.

• CNC Machining • General Chemistry • College Physics • General Biology • Anatomy & Physiology

To learn more about the exchange from a student’s perspective read former student (spring 2011) Lacy McMoarn’s blog at http://uncorked2009.blogspot. com.. Hear from other students on the scholarship’s Facebook page.

• Nursing • Introduction to Acting • Photography I • Music Appreciation & History

During the 2008/09 academic year Mitchell Peace Scholar Tracy London (SMCC) wrote about her experiences in Ireland for her hometown newspaper, the Waterville Morning Sentinel which can also be read about in her blog.

• Jazz Appreciation & History Full Time Staff: • Accounting Assistant II (Cashier) Visit for more information.


Gregg Hoover and Whitney Votra are pleased to announce the birth of their son Adam Wiley Hoover on October 24 at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine. He was born a healthy 8 pounds 7 ounces and 21 inches long.

Applications are due on or before February 15, 2013, for the following academic year. Visit www.mccs. for the application and for more information.

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Campus Connection Farewell to Laura Libby

ProDev Tips for Energy Savings

SMCC said goodbye to well-known and respected member of its community in November, when Laura Libby retired.

Did you miss the ProDev event on winter energy savings? No fear! The energy saving workshop, with a focus on air sealing, will be repeated soon. In the meantime, here are 10 no-to low-cost simple energy savings tips from the Sustainability Center:

Libby worked at SMCC for 12 years, first as former President Jim Ortiz’s executive assistant, then as President Ron Cantor’s. Libby came to SMCC as a student after the textile mill she worked for closed.

1. Get a tune up! Have your oil furnace or boiler serviced every year and gas combustion appliance every two years. 2. Change your furnace filters every three months. 3. Set your water heater temperature to 120�F.

For many inside and outside of SMCC, Libby was a primary contact and representative of the college campus, providing a professional, capable and courteous touch. Faculty and staff said farewell to Libby at a McKernan Center gathering on Nov. 13. Lydia Badger has been hired as Pres. Cantor’s new executive assistant. A graduate of Skidmore College who previously held positions with the Maine Association of Non-Profits and a local law firm, Badger will provide administrative support for others in the Cates Building, as well. .

smCC students meet Leading Lit Critic English Professor Gerard Zarrilli and four of his creative writing students – Amos Leblanc-Simpson, Heidi Green, Bruce McKenzie and Jessica Stewlow – recently visited Concord, Mass, and visited the Old Manse, a residence once owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson and occupied by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Author’s Ridge at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The group also went to a reading and discussion by James Wood, a New Yorker staff writer and novelist who is also one of the leading literary critics in the country.

4. Install low-flow showerheads, and aerators on all sinks. 5. Clean your dryer lint trap and exhaust vent -- not a fun task, but it will significantly reduce drying costs. Or, even better, air dry! 6. Vacuum your refrigerator’s coils. How hard is your refrigerator working to get through that dust? 7. Put electronics on a smart strip and turn it off when not in use. It’s more expensive than a regular power strip, but it’s worth it – you can keep your DVR running while turning off the TV and all other home electronics with one switch! 8. Install weather-stripping on all doors (pro tip: v-strip weather-strip does a great job of air sealing around uneven openings). You can also reduce drafts from window sashes with air sealing tape, homemade sandbags, or interior storm windows. Find out more by visiting 9. Close your chimney flue and add a chimney balloon when not in use. 10. Insulate and weather-strip your attic access point, whether it’s a door or hatch. Find out more by visiting pdfs/ building_america/ba_airsealing_report.pdf

Left to Right – SMCC Students Heidi Green & Amos LeBlancSimpson, author James Wood, and Professor Gerard Zarrilli.


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Campus Connection SMCC Veterans Club Marks Veterans Week

The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club rolled into Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) on Nov. 5 to mark the opening of Veterans Week at the college. The convoy, escorted by police motorcycles, traveled from the South Portland Police Department to SMCC’s Campus Center to present the POW/MIA flag to the college Veterans Club, the group that organized the event and many others during Veterans Week at SMCC. The flag was raised by SMCC student, veteran and National Guard member Joshua Szafranski, and will be flown from the campus flagpole during Veterans Week in honor of all POW/MIAs. The Freeport Flag Ladies, members of the South Portland Police and Fire and Rescue services were also on-hand to mark the occasion. SMCC has a long history of supporting veterans. It was founded in 1946 as the Maine Vocational Technical Institute to provide advanced education to returning World War II veterans. Today the school has 185 veterans in its student body.

SMCC Chorus performs Songs of War and Peace

SMCC Chorus performs Songs of War and Peace The SMCC Chorus displayed its considerable talent at its annual “Songs of War and Peace” presentation on Nov. 13, singing a number of songs in honor of Veterans’ Day. The Chorus is a 30-plus-member ensemble that enjoys the unique status of being both a club and a course. Founded in 2010 by Prof. Florence Chambers who directed the group until last year, the chorus is now directed by Prof. Rich Pitre, and performs a wide variety of music from Medieval to Modern. The chorus is heard at official school functions as well as at its own independent concerts. The chorus sang at the Tree of Light event on December 4 and will be in concert in the Campus Center on December 12. To prepare for all this, members gather for full and sectional rehearsal weekly and a chamber ensemble made up of members from the choir rehearses separately. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate in the chorus and may contact Director Rich Pitre at or (207) 741-5657.

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Campus Connection SMCC Senior Art Students Exhibit at Rose Contemporary

Arrgh! Pass the Pepper, Matey!

Students graduating from Southern Maine Community College’s art program this fall will exhibit work at the Rose Contemporary art gallery in downtown Portland in December. The exhibit includes a variety of work that reflects the wide spectrum of art courses at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), as well as the diverse interests and independent achievements of each student: • Carly Cooke is showing handmade jewelry influenced by historical decorative styles and the sentimental nature of precious objects. Her materials include precious metals, gems, black enamel and teeth. • Graham Meyer is displaying illustrative works in pen, gouache and other media that amalgamates would-be timelines and mythologies. • Dana Smith’s pieces explore Victorian horror literature though illustrations in ink and gouache on paper. • Aaron Troy is displaying mixed media illustrations inspired by Americana-style tattooing and the rawness of contemporary street art.

SMCC was boarded by Pirates on Nov. 27 – but that was a good thing! More than a dozen of the Portland Pirates’ younger players came to SMCC to take a 4-hour cooking class, arranged through the college’s Workforce Training division. Many of the players had little or no experience in cooking for themselves, and team officials wanted to ensure they knew how to both eat healthy and prepare a decent, nutritious meal. McKernan Center Executive Chef Jill Hannaford ran the session, with help from several SMCC Culinary Arts students, and the event garnered strong coverage in local and regional media.

The Fall 2012 class is the fifth class of students to graduate from SMCC with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies: Art Concentration. As the Studio Art program grows and expands, SMCC students have become increasingly engaged in the Portland art scene.

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Campus Connection Student Profile of the Month - Emmaleigh Hardy Ambition Burns Bright for SMCC Student Emmaleigh Hardy remembers when she was in kindergarten, and two firefighters came to her school to give a presentation. “I was just mesmerized by watching them,” Hardy recalls.

Like many young children, Hardy set her sights on becoming a firefighter. Later, when she was 9, her resolve to become a firefighter grew when she saw the World Trade Center towers come down on television news, and the response of firefighters to the 9-11-2001 attacks. “After 9/11, (my desire) really got stronger,” said Hardy. Hardy has continued to pursue her goal, and today, at 21, she’s in her second semester of studying Fire Science at SMCC. As with most things in life, Hardy has faced challenges. First, she is a woman pursuing what is still a male-dominated profession, albeit one that is seeing increasing numbers of women enter it. “It’s also challenging because I’m also deaf,” says Hardy, speaking through an interpreter. Hardy does both American Sign Language and lipreading, but both can be a challenge when she and fellow firefighters are suited up in bulky bunker gear, helmets, facemasks and SCBA equipment. She has worked to develop a simplified hand code to use with fellow firefighters at fire scenes, something she first did last summer while taking part in Camp Fully Involved with the New Hampshire Fire Academy in Concord, N.H., a firefighter camp for females aged 14 to 20. Basically, the code consists of taps to get attention, simple gestures, pointing and the like.

It was a bit challenging at first, but after two days it went very smoothly, says Hardy. She says she was readily accepted into SMCC’s program, and found a strong advocate in Steve Willis, chair of the Fire Science program. “She’s an impressive young lady and a hers is a wonderful story,” Willis says. While SMCC has been an accepting community, Hardy says she’s run into discrimination in the past, and some people had told her they didn’t think she could be a firefighter. Hardy says she’s stubborn, which helps her ignore those who would place roadblocks before her. “I have to push, self-advocate for myself,” says Hardy. She says she wants to graduate and work as a firefighter for a department. At the New Hampshire camp, she got her first taste of working in a live fire. “Honestly, I was very scared -- it was very hot, but exciting, also,” recalls Hardy. As part of the camp, Hardy and the other women did search and rescue, ran hoses, handled nozzles and more. She loved it all, says Hardy. At SMCC, Hardy is working with Willis and area fire departments to coordinate a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to provide smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and fire safety education to citizens in Scarborough and Falmouth who are at high risk of injury or death because of fires. “Emma will coordinate our outreach to citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing, and will help install ‘bed-shaker’ systems for those citizens designed to wake folks who cannot hear standard audible smoke alarms,” says Willis. Hardy says she sees herself as an example of a person who is overcoming her disability to do the work she loves. In the case of the grant, her disability isn’t a hindrance – she has the tools she needs to reach out to the community. “I feel really proud,” she says.

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Campus Connection A Note from the President Our Students It’s been said that faculty and staff are the heart and soul of a college. Students are the lifeblood, bringing vital oxygen and nourishment wherever they go. Students are the reason a college exists and no college can survive without a good bunch of them. SMCC students have earned tremendous respect from me and many others. Our college is blessed with a diverse array of students full of talent, kindness and ambition. Ranging from teenagers to well past middle age, they face formidable challenges. Some are on their own while others have families to support. Many have recently been in high school while many others have already spent years in the work force and even earned a college degree or two before deciding that SMCC could add value to their lives. Too many of our students struggle with financial hardships and difficult situations at home or work. Yet every one of our 7,574 students has taken a noble step toward bettering her life—toward increasing his value to others.

know how to communicate with respect and they are focused on doing their best.” Anyone can observe the incredible leadership and community engagement exhibited by our students. They take on roles that few would expect a student to aspire to and they discharge their responsibilities with graceful effectiveness. Not all students have time to lead a campus organization, volunteer at a soup kitchen or write for The Beacon or Writ— many of them have jobs and families, remember. Every time I talk with one of our student leaders, or read their words, or observe their sincere and inspirational leadership, I’m more impressed. And by “student leaders” I mean more than those in charge of clubs or activities. On a daily basis I witness the model contributions of rank-and-file members of Phi Theta Kappa, of students in the back rows of classrooms who volunteer to lead discussions, of those who bend down to pick up litter on a sidewalk. Students keep the rest of us fresh and engaged. They help us focus on learning rather than teaching. Students are the future. We have much to learn from our students. Sincerely,

The first thing that strikes me about SMCC’s students is that they’re more friendly, respectful and communicative than students at any other college I’ve known. Last year a national expert on employment trends and job skills visited SMCC, observing and interacting with a large number of our students. Before leaving campus he told an audience: “How ‘bout those students we’ve seen here—they’re not your typical college students. They look you in the eye, they


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