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Events Calendar Athletics Trivia Around the Fort


Seawolves Induct MacVane, Davis into Hall of Fame


SMCC Midcoast Campus Hosts STEM Day Alternative-Fuel Vehicles focus of SMCC Event


Tuna Tournament Continues Support of SMCC Scholarships Traffic Concerns Discussed at SMCC Hard Demand for Soft Skills

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SMCC Culinary Teams Compete at Harvest on the Harbor 12 students in three teams competed in the first-ever Cutting Edge: Culinary College Competition as part of the annual Harvest on the Harbor event held Oct. 24-27.

Hosted by Michele Ragussis of “Food Network Star,” the students prepared salmon dishes before a crowd of almost 200. Samples of each dish were served to the audience members, and the students kept up a personable banter with Ragussis as they worked on stage. The winning team included Culinary Arts students Nate Davies, Toan Nguyen, Adam Robichaud and Megan Manseau, who created a salmon roulade with cream cheese dill sauce and arugula beet salad. Their team won $4,000 in scholarships from the competition sponsor, True North Salmon Co. The second-place team included students Amanda Rock, Joe Lambert, Ensign Gerry and Audrey Carlson. That team won $2,000 in scholarships. The thirdplace team included students Marc Hill, Molly Jones, Leah Rothgaber and Kevin Ouellette. Each student competing won a $500 scholarship from the Maine Community College System, as well.

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Advising Week


Veteran’s Day - No Classes


Registration Begins


Last Day to Withdraw from Classes


College Forum


Thanksgiving Break


New Student Registration

Women’s Basketball Nov. 12 Hampshire College Away Nov. 17 St. Joseph’s Home Nov. 25 U-Maine Presque Isle Away

WHEN: Monday - Friday, November 5 - 9 WHERE: SMCC

Men’s Basketball

WHEN: Monday, November 12 WHERE: USA

WHEN: Tuesday, November 13 WHERE: SMCC


6:00 pm 12:00 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm 4:00 pm 7:00 pm 2:00 pm

Trivia Question

WHEN: Tuesday, November 20 WHERE: SMCC

WHEN: Wednesday, November 21 - Saturday, November 24 WHERE: SMCC

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

Question: How many buildings are

WHEN: Monday, November 26 WHERE: SMCC

at SMCC? (includes both the South Portland and Midcoast Campus)

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WHEN: Monday, December 10 WHERE: SMCC

Question: When was Fort Preble built, how long was it manned, and who was

Fall Classes End WHEN: Saturday, December 15 WHERE: SMCC

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Nov. 7 Bridgton Academy Away Nov. 10 Northern Maine CC Home Nov. 12 Hampshire College Away Nov. 16 Paul Smiths Home Nov. 17 St. Joseph’s (VT) Home Nov. 24 Northern Maine CC * Away Nov. 25 U-Maine Presque Isle Away

4:00 pm 2:00 pm 11:00 am

WHEN: Monday, November 19 WHERE: SMCC

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Answer: Fort Preble was built in 1808 and named it in honor of Commodore Edward Preble, a naval hero of the America Revolution and the First Barbary War who was born in Portland. It was active for 142 years being decommissioned in 1950 although it wasn’t really fully manned after the end of World War I.  Winner: Shane Long

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Campus Connection Around the Fort

Small Biz Seminar set for Jan. 25

Promotions, new employees, announcements & other hubbub

The seminar is a dynamic, content-filled one-day event for small business owners and those interested in starting a small business someday. The event will include keynote presentations, workshops, a vendor fair and time for networking.

WELCOME NEW EMPLOYEES Kelly M. Gendron – Conference & Events Operations Manager


Assistant Bursar – Accountant II Visit for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Awaiting Results

We are awaiting the results of election day with a number of local, state and national races on the ballot, as well as five referendum questions. Question 2 on the statewide ballot includes $3 million to expand the capacity of Maine’s seven community colleges to serve more Maine people. The funds will enable the colleges to expand degree programs that are in high demand by both students and employers.  Question 2 reads as follows: Do you favor an $11,300,000 bond issue to provide funds for capital to build a diagnostic facility for the University of Maine System; for capital improvements and equipment, including machine tool technology, for the Maine Community College System; and for capital improvements and equipment at the Maine Maritime Academy?  If approved by voters, $954,000 will be invested at Southern Maine Community College’s new Midcoast Campus at Brunswick Landing. The funds will be used to renovate one of our five buildings at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. This building will serve as the new campus’s hub and will house a health sciences center, learning commons, library, and bookstore. For more information about what the bond will mean for each of Maine’s community colleges, go to To find your polling place, go to portal/government/edemocracy/lookup_voter_info. Remember, if you need to register to vote, you can do so at the polls. 3

SMCC Small Business Center will be hosting a Small Business Seminar on Jan. 25.

The day will be ideal for small business owners, direct sales professionals, independent business consultants, anyone interested in business ownership and students. There will be two tracks. The first, “Starting a Small Business,” includes sessions designed for those who would like to start a business someday or are just curious as to what owning a business is all about. The second, “Growing a Small Business,” includes workshops to help current small business owners take what they have and make it better. Sessions in this track will include marketing, strategic planning, and real world small business advice from local experts. For more information, email

Small Business Owners Group The SMCC Small Business Owners Group meets Wednesday’s at 4 pm at the Hague Hall Lounge (Room 110). This is a discussion group for entrepreneurs who are ready to start a business or are serious about growing their small business. Topics include marketing, sales, business planning, financials, employees, funding and more.

Upcoming meetings and their topics include: • November 7 – Field Trip • November 14 – Guest Speaker: Shirley Douglas of Douglas Design • November 28 – Managing Your Future • December 7 – Holiday Party

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Campus Connection Dickinson Awarded Scholarship for Respiratory Care Paper

Alex J. Dickinson, a second-year student in the SMCC Respiratory Therapy Program, recently won a $1,000 scholarship from the Lambda Beta National Honor Society for Respiratory Care for a paper he wrote entitled “The Safety and Efficacy of Bronchial Thermoplasty in Patients with Severe Refractory Asthma.” Dickinson, of Boothbay, became interested in the topic after hearing Dr. Neil Duval speak on the topic at the Maine Society for Respiratory Care Conference in Bangor.  He also observed the procedure while on rotation at Central Maine Medical Center. Alex did his summer clinical at Maine General Medical Center and the respiratory therapy staff encouraged him to write the paper. He will be receiving the scholarship from the Lambda Beta National Honor Society for Respiratory Care at the American Association for Respiratory Care International Congress on November 10 in New Orleans.

Norman to Film First Feature-Length Horror Flick

Corey Norman, chair of the Communications and New Media (CNM) Department is at it again, but this time, he’s going big. This winter break, Norman will be filming his first feature-length horror film, “The Hanover House,” in the mountains of western Maine. But unlike Norman’s previous multi-award winning film, “The Barn,” this time, he’s reaching out to Hollywood for his talent. Anne Bobby, star of Clive Barker’s “Night Breed,” “Born on the 4th of July,” and “Happiness” has just signed on to direct “The Hanover House.” Bobby will be playing alongside actor and East Machias native Brian Chamberlain, of Showtime’s “Dexter” web series. This film has strong ties to SMCC. The majority of the crew are alumni from the CNM program here at SMCC. Current students will also be coming on as production assistants, where they will be have the unique opportunity to learn first-hand from industry professionals as they become part of the film themselves. But it won’t just be SMCC instructors utilized on the crew, acting teacher Lisa Van Oosterum will also be playing a role in the film. The Hanover House will shoot for 16 days in January with a final completion date in July.

Dickinson in SMCC’s simulation lab.

Vets’ Day Concert Set

SMCC’s Chorus will give its annual Veterans’ Day Concert, “Songs of War and Peace,” on Nov. 14 at noon in the Campus Center Quiet Lounge. 4

From Norman: “One thing that sets the production of The Hanover House apart from other haunted house films on the market is the fact that we will be filming in an actual haunted house. Built in 1883, this farmhouse, which is located in the mountains of western Maine, has been the home of supernatural phenomena for the last hundred years. Former residents have been shaken awake by a full body apparition of an old man, seen a full body apparition of a young boy playing on the stairs, seen floating orbs of energy above them in their beds and had objects removed from the walls and placed in other areas of the house. At least two former babysitters refuse to ever step foot in the house again. Although still early in the preproduction process, we have signed on several great actors that are sure to help our film flourish.” You can get more information about the film online at:

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Campus Connection Seawolves Induct MacVane, Davis into Hall of Fame The Seawolves Athletic Club held the 7th annual Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) Athletic Hall Of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 13, inducting former basketball players Andy MacVane ‘94 and Erica Davis ‘06.

Davis is the first female to be inducted into the SMCC Athletics Hall of Fame. A former basketball and softball player for the Seawolves, Davis finished third in scoring (18.9), second in total rebounds (12.5) and second in total steals (4.7) for all USCAA Division I women’s basketball during the 2006 basketball season. In only one season of play, Davis accrued statistics that currently rank her 7th overall in career scoring at SMCC, 6th in career rebounds, and 3rd in career steals. She was named 1st team Yankee Small College Conference, YSCC Player of the Year and was a 2006 USCAA all-American. In Softball, Davis batted .375 and was 11 for 11 on stolen bases in one season. She was named a 2006 all-YSCC selection. MacVane currently ranks 12th in career rebounding and 13th in career scoring for the SMCC Men’s Basketball program. MacVane averaged 17 points and 7 rebounds per game during his career. He was a two time all-MSCC selection and was named first team NNESCC selection in 1993. His teams won the MSCC titles in 1993 and 1994 as well as winning the NNESCC title in 1993. Today, MacVane teaches math at Scarborough High School, where he’s been for 13 years. He and his wife, Shelly, live in South Portland with their four children, Conner, 18, Chloe, 9, and twins Casey and Caleb, 7. He keeps active, MacVane told Campus Connections, coaching his younger children and watching his oldest son play football, basketball and baseball.

After graduating from SMCC, he got his bachelors degree at the University of Southern Maine. “SMCC was a great stepping stone for me – the teachers were great, there’s a lot of insight there, a lot of connections you make, and it was great, athletically,” said MacVane. “I call it the ‘hidden gem.’” Davis took core classes at SMCC then transferred to the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where she got her degree in recreation and leisure services. Today she lives in Portland, works at the Subway in Falmouth as assistant manager, helps coach volley ball at Greeley High School and keeps active in a number of co-ed leagues, including volleyball, basketball, kickball, softball and dodge ball. Of being inducted to the hall of fame, she said, “It was very surreal to say the least. It was an extreme honor – I was speechless.” MacVane was introduced by his former SMCC coach and member of the 2007 Hall of Fame class, Ira “Doc” Stockwell, while Davis was introduced by her former high school coach, Jim Seavey. “Both inductees had outstanding careers while at SMCC and also have made significant contributions and success upon leaving the college,” said SMCC Director of Athletics Matt Richards. “Induction into the Athletics Hall of Fame is very fitting for them as they exemplify what we hope our current student athletes will strive to become.”

(L-R) Former SMCC Coach Ira “Doc” Stockwell, Andy MacVane, Erica Davis and Jim Seavey.

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Campus Connection SMCC Midcoast Campus Hosts STEM Day

More than 220 Mt. Ararat Seniors visited SMCC’s Midcoast Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 17, learning more about the college’s Composites and Pre-Engineering programs as part of a STEM Conference. “STEM” stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and is considered a critical area for continued economic development in Maine and nationwide. The overall goal of SMCC’s STEM Conference was to keep students interested in the STEM fields, ideally pursuing them in college.

Held at SMCC’s Automotive Technology Center, the event featured trucks and buses powered by compressed natural gas and propane, electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Tesla and biofuel vehicles. Experts spoke about the vehicles and the technologies, providing an excellent opportunity for those interested in alternative fuel vehicles to learn more about their benefits and options, and what is available in Maine in terms of models and infrastructure. There are 80 students currently enrolled in SMCC’s Transportation program, according to department Chair Ruth Morrison. Part of the curriculum deals with alternative fuel vehicles, said Morrison. “We want to open our students’ eyes to the possibility of working on different power trains and different fuels,” said Morrison. “They need to figure out that the technology is constantly changing. What they’re working on 10 years from now will be completely different from what they’re working on today.”

Composites Department Chair Andrew Schoenberg shows high school students the end product from a thermo-forming process.

Alternative-Fuel Vehicles Focus of SMCC Event

Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) and Maine Clean Communities recently hosted a two-day event featuring more than 30 alternative-fuel vehicles. National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey was a local offering of a national event supported in part by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, through a grant for the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program.


Wayne Krauth (right) talks with SMCC Students Ahmed Al Shawj (left) and Kyle Willis about an electric car he built.

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Campus Connection Tuna Tournament Continues Support of SMCC Scholarships

The Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament (SITT) on Oct. 12 donated $35,000 to five Maine community colleges, including Southern Maine Community College (SMCC). Now in its 15th year, SITT has raised a total $335,000 for Maine community colleges. The tournament, which runs out of Spring Point Marina in South Portland each August, originally sought to create an endowment of $100,000 for SMCC. Today, the endowment has reached more than $140,000 and the interest on the account allows the SMCC Foundation to award $1,000 scholarships to six students each year. “The steady and generous support that SITT has shown SMCC over the years has helped many students gain an education and get a job in the Maine economy,” said SMCC President Ron Cantor. “With low annual tuition of $2,580 for our full-time Maine students, those scholarships are immensely helpful. We’re very grateful for SITT’s continued aid, particularly in this challenging economy.”

Traffic Concerns Discussed at SMCC

On Thursday, Oct. 18, more than 50 South Portland residents came to a forum hosted at SMCC to discuss concerns with traffic on Broadway. With over 7,500 students at SMCC, and 5,600 taking at least one class at the South Portland Campus daily, traffic has become an issue. A few dozen concerns were raised along with a wide variety of suggestions. The city presented updates on traffic studies, bus routes and engineering challenges.

Among the many worthy recommendations was one for an “anti-texting campaign.” Many of SMCC’s neighbors have been horrified by drivers heading to and from our campus while texting. It’s illegal. It’s dangerous. It’s stupid. It can be deadly. In 2010, 3,092 people nationwide were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and another 416,000 were injured in those types of accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Stay tuned while the city, the college and others refine the recommendations and prepare to take action. Meanwhile, here’s what SMCC students, faculty and staff can do:  • Take the bus (ride free with your student ID). • Carpool. • Use alternative transportation (biking, walking, etc.). • Take classes at off-peak hours. • Drive respectfully, courteously and safely. • Don’t EVER text while driving.  (Editor’s note: This brief was adapted from a blog post by President Ron Cantor.)

Hard Demand for Soft Skills

SMCC has a number of majors aimed at giving our students valuable training and knowledge in fields where they can find successful employment after graduation. Our school educates machinists, nurses, horticulturists and computer programmers. We teach our students art, literature, new media and the skills they’ll need to succeed in business – or even start their own entrepreneurial venture. But there’s more to an education than the technical skills needed in a career – running a business is more than balancing the books, making payroll and providing a product and service. Similarly, there is more to being a social worker than knowing how Continued on pg. 9

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to use the DSM IV in identifying a patients’ issues. That is reflected in some fresh data gleaned from a year of job postings in Maine.

listings throughout the nation and breaks them down to state and local areas, providing users with a sense of what sorts of jobs are in demand, and what skills are desired.

So what are the skills in greatest demand in Maine? Over the last year, from Oct. 14, 2011 to Oct. 12, 2012, 12,741 job postings included “Communication Skills” in their job ads – the most requested skill over that period.

The list shows that there are a number of soft skills that are desired in many open positions. Machinists shouldn’t be graduating from SMCC with just the knowledge and skills to run a CNC machine – the need to know how to write reports, communicate with engineers, pass on their knowledge to coworkers.

That skill set was followed by “Training” (10,294), “Organizational Skills” (8,034), “Customer Service” (6,394) and “Writing” (5,829).

A well-rounded education should address these skills, preparing our students for more than just the nuts and bolts of the workplace. After all, it’s what the economy is demanding.

The real-time labor market information developed by Burning Glass Technologies was made available to SMCC through Jobs for the Future’s Credentials that Work initiative. The data program scrapes job

Top 10  Skills  in  Greatest  Demand  in  Maine   Real-­‐Time  Labor  Market  Informa)on*   Oct.  14,  2011  -­‐  Oct.  12,  2012  



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Campus Connection A Note from the President Roots, Not Branches It’s a town with rural surroundings. Scattered restaurants, businesses and historic sites make it special to residents and visitors. The bank that served the community for 160 years advertised, “Other banks have branches here. We have our roots here.” The subtle difference between roots and branches makes a huge difference. Not long ago, the town lost the military air base that had employed thousands and buoyed its economy since World War II. While redevelopment efforts focused on attracting businesses to fill empty hangars, a nearby community college established a second campus there to prepare tomorrow’s skilled work force. Sound familiar? If you think I’m talking about Brunswick, Maine you’re only half right. The description above also fits Rome, New York, where I spent seven years as dean of the campus at the decommissioned air base. My job was to make sure the college put down roots in its new community — a mere branch would never do. Today Jim Whitten leads a group of pioneers on SMCC’s Midcoast Campus at Brunswick Landing. Our small group of dedicated faculty and staff is sinking community roots and establishing first-rate programs — but our Midcoast mission requires all of us. Gone are the days when SMCC was a South Portland-based college that offered courses at a few other locations. Brunswick is not just a branch of SMCC like our Bath Center or nine satellite sites. Brunswick is ramping up to be a full-


fledged, comprehensive college campus on par with South Portland. We have 377 students taking class there now, up from about 70 a year ago. Our goal is to have 2,000, populating a beautifully renovated and re-imagined campus quad. So we’ve grown into one college with two fine campuses. Now it’s time to adjust our thinking, remembering that subtleties make all the difference. We don’t have 45 buildings, we have 50. Parking and classroom space are not tight everywhere at SMCC. When students want to drop a course, pay a bill or buy a textbook we can’t always direct them to the campus center. Department meetings, student activities and public events can’t always be scheduled in South Portland. While we can no longer see saltwater from every window we are proud to feature an osprey nest on each of our campuses. If you’ve walked the halls in South Portland for many years this might feel like a stretch. You might think it fine to set up shop in Brunswick but whatever we do there, you might conclude, will always be just an offshoot of our true home on a peninsula that ends at a lighthouse. Well, Professor Emeritus Bert Jewett is still around to remind us that if he and his colleagues had thought that way in 1952, our entire college would still be housed in the Vickery-Hill building in Augusta where we spent our first six years. Augusta has historic charm but I’ve seen neither a lighthouse nor an osprey there. SMCC’s future is about roots and wings, not branches. Sincerely,

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