COA Volume 4 | Number 2
The College of the Atlantic Magazine
The faculty, students, trustees, staff and alumni of College of the Atlantic envision a world where people value creativity, intellectual achievement and diversity of nature and human cultures. With respect and compassion, individuals construct meaningful lives for themselves, gain appreciation of the relationships among all forms of life and safeguard the heritage of future generations.
COVER: embryo, from sabertooth, 2008, a video by Colin Capers, BA ’95, MPhil ’08, lecturer in writing and film studies. (S-VHS/MiniDV) This still from sabertooth, Capers’ videoart evocation, was created through intensive manipulation of up to eighty layers of video and audio. Using both ambiguous and recognizable images, Capers encourages viewers to find their own meaning within this tightly controlled aesthetic environment—a window into his human ecological vision of the world.
BACK COVER: Danielle Kristi-Ann Meier, ’08 from her senior project, A Study of Friendship & Thyroid Cancer Through Vector Graphics Having faced thyroid cancer while a junior at COA, Meier decided to focus her senior project on raising thyroid cancer awareness and honoring those who helped see her through the treatments. The images on the back cover are a reconfiguration of a life-size portrait exhibit containing digital prints of some of the many friends who supported her.
Letter from the Editor As I write this, I’m on a train from New York to Boston, from there to take a bus home to Maine. Outside, the Atlantic Ocean laps at the shores of Mystic, Connecticut. An egret stalks the shoals, its long neck leading the way. Somewhere in the train, a phone rings. A phone. How difficult it is for us to be alone. How nearly scary it is to be separate from the familiar. And I think of the excerpts from the senior project of Carmen Phillips ’08, who spent seven weeks in the Virginia woods, having learned over the years to read the environment, forge new understandings—and survive on her own. Carmen faced many difficulties in her journey, not the least of which was being truly alone. As phones ring around me, and passengers huddle— like me—over computers, I realize that the ability to be alone, to learn for ourselves, is something we are daily losing through constant access to familiar voices over the phone, familiar sounds on iPods, and familiar facts through the Internet. COA surely celebrates connectivity. But one of our lesser-heralded teachings—perhaps because it is just so basic—is self-reliance. Our students are expected to observe and learn from the world that is around and within us. Whether researching birds out on Great Duck Island, whales on Mount Desert Rock or the flora of Acadia National Park, whether combining Greek drama and contemporary dance as student Dan Mahler ’11 did last year in his production of The Bacchae, or pursuing any number of artistic, scientific, literary and human studies endeavors—including planning their own course trajectory—our students learn to rely on themselves. In this way, innovative possibilities emerge, such as those featured in these pages: understanding a child’s special awareness of the moment, launching a school curriculum linking children with local farms, promoting legislation to make biking safer and carbon emissions more costly. These visions keep us caring as individuals, as a community and as a college. As the world negotiates the crashing waves of financial instability, I am taken by how solidly the feet of our alumni are planted in what matters, and by how the greater COA community is truly focused on moving ourselves and the world toward more rational, sustainable lifeways. I am taken by our students, who within two weeks of moving into the new Kathryn W. Davis Student Residence Village strung delightful spiderweb clotheslines, making these buildings even more sustainable. Or by the many alumni who sent in photos of themselves on a bicycle—as if the bike were the natural transportation of the COA graduate. Or by the class notes, which more than anything else prove that COA attracts creative thinkers who leave the college ready to fashion amazing, fascinating and unusually independent lives for themselves that also make the world better for others. Donna Gold Editor, COA
Photo by Bill Carpenter.
features Letter from the President
The College of the Atlantic Magazine Volume 4 | Number 2
COA’s firm financial footing
COA launches new programs
Green & Socially Responsible Business is here, Trans-Atlantic Food Systems program coming Student Naveed Davoodian ’10 receives EPA fellowship
Phoebe: Living from the Inside Out
Karen Waldron passes faculty dean torch to Ken Cline Working the summer on MDI by Naveed Davoodian ’10 An essay by Lisa Hammer ’90
Rebecca Hope Woods
JS McCarthy Printers Augusta, Maine COA ADMINISTRATION
David Hales President
Andrew Griffiths Administrative Dean
Sarah Baker Dean of Admission
Kenneth Hill Academic Dean Sarah Luke Associate Dean of Student Life
COA Alumnae Win National and State Offices
Lynn Boulger Dean of Development
Bill Foulke: Beaming with Pride
Ken Cline Associate Dean for Faculty
Reports from the Sustainable Edge
By Carmen Phillips ’08
A donor profile of COA’s new board chair COA alumni raising the bar on balanced living By Amanda Witherell ’00
Images from a video by Colin Capers, BA ’95, MPhil ’08 With an appreciation by Abby Balmer ’10 Selections from a senior project by Amanda Spector ’08
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By Stefan Calabria ’08 and Melody Brimmer ’08
Present at the Creation
Excerpts from an oral history with Steven Katona and Susan Lerner
Ronald E. Beard, Secretary
Elizabeth D. Hodder, Vice Chair
Leslie C. Brewer, Treasurer
Casey Mallinckrodt, Vice Chair
Edward McC. Blair, Life Trustee T. A. Cox
James M. Gower, Life Trustee
Stephen G. Milliken Philip S. J. Moriarty Phyllis Anina Moriarty William V. P. Newlin, Life Trustee Elizabeth Nitze Helen Porter Cathy L. Ramsdell ’78, Trustee Emeritus
George B. E. Hambleton
Charles E. Hewett
John Reeves, Life Trustee
Sherry F. Huber
Hamilton Robinson, Jr.
John N. Kelly, Trustee Emeritus
Henry L.P. Schmelzer
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Human Ecology Essay Revisited
Radical Human Ecology in an Ordinary Life By Nikki Grimes ’96
BOARD OF TRUSTEES William G. Foulke, Jr., Chairman
M. Wing Goodale, MPhil ’01
Speaking Facts to Power Wing Goodale, MPhil ’01
Sean Todd Associate Dean for Advanced Studies
David H. Fischer
departments Annual Report
Jill Barlow-Kelley Dianne Clendaniel
Faculty & Community Notes
Nancy Andrews Geena Berry ’10 Richard Borden Heather Candon ’99 Ken Cline Naveed Davoodian ’10 Jennifer Hughes
Big Shoes … Filled
Out on Rounds: Exploration with Large Animals
Samuel M. Hamill, Jr.
Philip B. Kunhardt III ’77
Henry D. Sharpe, Jr., Life Trustee
Susan Storey Lyman, Life Trustee
Clyde E. Shorey, Jr., Life Trustee
Suzanne Folds McCullagh
William N. Thorndike, Jr.
Sarah A. McDaniel ’93
John Wilmerding, Trustee Emeritus
Jay McNally ’84
Cody van Heerden
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Letter from the President COA’s firm financial footing
The current financial crisis forces all of us—individuals, families and institutions— to look at how our plans are protecting our families, our institutions, our businesses, and our very dreams. College of the Atlantic started this process long before credit default swaps became a household word. In the fall of 2006, a select working group of David Hales. Photo by David trustees and staff began preparing a financial sustainability strategy. The Camburn. Financial Sustainability Report led to the adoption of five strategic financial priorities and twenty-two recommendations. The fundamental purpose of this effort was to ensure that our core mission—an excellent education for our students—was based on a firm financial footing. With full confidence,I can say that it is. We achieved a balanced budget last year, are firmly on track to balance our budget this year and despite the financial crisis, can conservatively project that progress into the future. Since our expenditures are purposely focused on our academic program, our financial stability translates into educational excellence. This does not mean we are not concerned. But we have transformed our concerns into questions, and these into fact-based analysis. My confidence relies not on wishful thinking but on objective analysis, as you can see below: »»
We are focused on our educational mission; every dollar received in tuition supports academic programming.
Our endowment proceeds are used to reduce costs to students and their families. Our goal is to ensure that no student who should be here is turned away for financial reasons. We continue to meet more than 98 percent of need and provide financial assistance to some two-thirds of our students, leading to our being ranked eighth in the nation in student satisfaction with financial aid. We see no signs of loan funding shortages, in part because of the way we work personally with students and their families, and the extreme care we take in analyzing loan providers.
While the value of our endowment varies with the overall economy, we are conservatively invested, with real assets underlying our portfolio. This we review constantly to ensure that the return from endowment that we need to support our students and academic programs is ample and predictable.
The tangible investments we have made—in new student housing and a new campus center, for example— directly improve the student experience at College of the Atlantic, with direct benefits to academic accomplishment, the strength of our academic community and our financial base.
Interest in COA from potential students is increasing. Visits to campus and inquiries are soaring, in part because of our national and international visibility as an institution that puts its fundamental values into practice.
Finally, our financial supporters are deeply committed and convinced that their gifts to COA are wise investments in tomorrow’s leaders. Though early in our fiscal year, our annual fund support is ahead of last year’s.
There are strengths to being small. We are about as lean as an educational institution can be, we track revenues closely, and we manage our budget carefully. We are far more agile than most in our ability to plan for contingencies and react to changing circumstances. Sustainability starts with a healthy bottom line. During our recent reaccreditation a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ team commented, “College of the Atlantic has made frugality a virtue.” Because we do practice the sustainability we teach, COA remains a great value for its students—and not incidentally, a sure investment for those committed to a more sustainable world. David Hales
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THE WORD IS OUT! COA IS GREEN—AND MUCH, MUCH MORE by Donna Gold Most of you reading these pages know that College of the Atlantic as an institution—and its students, staff, faculty and trustees as individuals—truly believe that what we do matters. We care about our environment; we care about our neighbors—whether near or far; we understand that small actions reverberate into large ones. From 1969 until today, COA’s mission has never faltered, not even in the 1980s and 1990s when, let’s face it, the environment was not high on most people’s list of concerns— including those of academia. But now it is, and College of the Atlantic’s steadfast focus on recognizing that actions have implications may mean that we are no longer a “best kept secret.”
COA students are finding the Kathryn W. Davis Student Residence Village wonderfully homey, as well as unusually sustainable. Photo by Donna Gold.
Since the turn of this century, colleges and universities have understood that our particular role in training future generations demands a certain amount of responsibility toward the world they will live in. Hence, colleges and universities are becoming more sustainable. This movement toward greenness has been celebrated recently by several media outlets, including The Princeton Review which added a “green rating” to The Best 368 Colleges, its 2009 survey of higher education. Eleven colleges and universities received the Review’s highest possible score of 99, COA among them. Other media sources developed their own lists, including Forbes Magazine, which based its research on an annual “College Sustainability Report Card.” Produced by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, the report grades schools with the highest endowments on such factors as administrative commitment to sustainability, energy policies and investment priorities. While COA’s endowment is much too low to be considered in that list, the college’s undeniable commitment to the environment could not be overlooked. COA received a special Sustainability Innovator Award for striving, “to reduce carbon emissions and its overall footprint on the planet.” Kaplan College Guide 2009 also chose a list of twentyfive “green colleges” based on the Sustainability Report Card, along with campus projects, initiatives and courses. COA is on it.
This interest follows upon Grist.org, which came out with a list of worldwide colleges that cared about the environment in 2007. COA headed that list (which was not alphabetical). In fact, the only major list COA did not appear on was the one published in Sierra, the magazine of the Sierra Club. Why? They deemed that any college in the Eco League had an unfair advantage, and so excluded us all. Only two colleges appear on the lists made by Forbes, Grist.org, Kaplan and The Princeton Review: COA and Harvard University. The Princeton Review created its green rankings in consultation with ecoAmerica (www.ecoamerica. org), a non-profit environmental marketing agency. The criteria covered three broad areas: ∙∙healthy and sustainable quality of life on campus ∙∙preparation of students for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges ∙∙overall commitment to environmental issues such as energy use, recycling, food, action plans for buildings and transportation, and goals concerning greenhouse gas emission reductions To read about COA’s steps toward sustainability look for our sustainability pages on www.coa.edu.
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This achievement is proof, says President David Hales, that sustainability is not a frill. “If a college with 320 students and a small endowment can become carbon neutral and lead the way toward a truly sustainable environment, so can any college—or business or institution or home. Commitment is much more important than wealth—you don’t have to be rich to do the right thing.” The Princeton Review’s survey also included its typical rankings of academic and student life. In those essential to the mission of the school, COA placed eighth—this is of the top colleges in the nation—for “Students Happy with Financial Aid” and tenth in the nation for both “Class Discussions Encouraged” and “Most Accessible Professors.” US News & World Report’s 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” also came out with its rankings in August. The magazine lists three essential criteria for judging schools, among them the category titled, “Highest Proportion of Classes Under 20.” With 97 percent of its classes under twenty students, COA ranks third in the nation for small classes and students.
Ben Goldberg ’90, right, and Abe Noe-Hayes ’00, beside him, our composting toilet engineers, offer instructions on the care and maintenance of the system installed in our new residences and community center to Mike Kelly, COA carpenter, along with other members of the COA community. Photo by Donna Gold.
fourth in the nation for percentage of international
Let’s consider this for a moment. COA has 320 students, fewer than 1,600 alumni. We’re not even forty years old. Our endowment was just twenty million at the end of September. Remember, only about 15 percent of the fouryear colleges in the United States and two Canadian colleges are even chosen for The Princeton Review, and yet COA ranks among the nation’s top twenty colleges for much that matters in education. The Princeton Review also noted COA’s achievements in a few other, non-academic aspects of college life: #8 for “Gay Community Accepted,” #18 for “Best Campus Food”—thanks to chefs Lise des Rochers and Ken Sebelin ’92—and also #18 for “Most Beautiful Campus.” Oh, we’re also #3 on their list of “Nobody Plays Intramural Sports”—but that’s only because their reviewers haven’t seen the resounding cricket games on the pathway to Kaelber Hall, or our faculty-staff-student tug of wars after the last All College Meeting of the year.
We Are So Very Proud COA students and recent graduates receive multiple honors in 2008—and the year hasn’t even ended. Laura Briscoe ’07 Sixth International Conference on Serpentine Ecology Student Poster Award Brett Ciccotelli ’09 Udall Honorable Mention Garden Club of America Scholarship Naveed Davoodian ’10 Environmental Protection Agency Grant Nikhit D’Sa ’06 KW Davis Graduate Projects for Peace Award
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Katarina Jurikova ’08 KW Davis Projects for Peace Award Michael Keller ’09 Humanity in Action Fellowship Global Engagement Summit Udall Honorable Mention Neith Little ’09 Goldwater Scholarship Margaret Longley ’10 KW Davis Projects for Peace Award
Matthew Maiorana ’10 Udall Scholar Ana Maria Rey Martinez ’08 Watson Fellowship Lauren Nutter ’10 Udall Scholar Anna Perry ’10 Goldwater Scholarship Juan Carlos Soriano ’11 Global Engagement Summit
COA’s Green and Socially Responsible Business Program A first for the Northeast
Photo by Donna Gold.
College of the Atlantic is now the first undergraduate college in the Northeast to offer a “green” business curriculum. With the launching of our Green and Socially Responsible Business Program, COA joins only seven other United States colleges and universities providing a comprehensive program to undergraduates, according to a survey by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Jay Friedlander, former chief operating officer of O’Naturals, and “one of Maine’s most famous socially responsible businessmen,” according to Maine’s business newspaper, Maine Biz, has been chosen to run the program. He now holds the Sharpe-McNally Chair in Green and Socially Responsible Business. During his first full week at COA—after traveling to Washington for the Society for Human Ecology conference—Friedlander met with several students interested in starting businesses. “COA is a remarkable place with a palpable energy for positive change,” he says. “I have been impressed by the quality and thoughtfulness of the students here.” Friedlander was instrumental in catapulting O’Naturals into the nation’s first organic and natural fast-food chain. Under his leadership, the company opened fifteen restaurants and franchise locations, along with a partnership with the $19.5 billion Compass Group, bringing O’Naturals to colleges, businesses and hospitals nationwide. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Friedlander likes to say to gatherings, “Business is essential to human ecology and fundamentally impacts our world. Look around you, everything you see is made by a business.” Friedlander now hopes to train students to leverage these businesses to also contribute to the well-being of the world. He is beginning with a class in TwentyFirst Century Entrepreneurship. By looking at specific case studies of recent entrepreneurial businesses, the class examines the challenges and pitfalls of creating a socially responsible venture. It also “offers new frameworks for creating entrepreneurial ventures that
capitalize on social responsibility to gain competitive advantage and increase valuation while benefiting society and the environment,” according to the course description. Additionally, Davis Taylor, faculty member in community sustainability and economic development, is teaching a course on sustainability, examining its often conflicting conceptions and definitions. COA has been building its Green and Socially Responsible Business Program since 2004, consulting with alumni, students and business leaders to understand the needs of the market and this new field. Senior Nick Jenei has been deeply involved in planning the program, and served on the search committee for Friedlander’s position. “It is impossible to understand the complex world we find ourselves in with out a deep understanding of business,” says Jenei. “Whether we have great faith in the power of the capitalistic model to change the world for the better, or whether we fear its means and want to transcend its selfish motives, we must be comfortable with business. The world is a product of the great wealth and massive poverty that capitalism has created.” Ultimately, Friedlander hopes, students will obtain the skills and experience to practice business using sound economic, social and ecological principles so students can do well—financially—by doing good: ecologically and socially. According to Friedlander, who has previously taught courses in leveraging social responsibility into a competitive advantage at COA and at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, “Green and/or socially responsible business is what people want to do. They don’t necessarily understand how to do it.” The program was originated by Henry Sharpe, a life trustee of the college and former president of the machine tool company Brown & Sharpe, along with his wife, Peggy. It has been strongly supported by COA trustee and alumnus Jay McNally, founder of the electronic discovery firm Ibis Consulting, Inc. Friedlander holds an MBA from Babson College, where he was valedictorian. He says that much of his life has been focused on trying to bring about positive social change, so taking the step to COA follows in this continuum. “At COA, people have a greater understanding of sustainability. COA is here to give students the skills to help make a better world.”
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COA Launches Sustainable Food Systems Program by Donna Gold Food. It’s a universal. But finding nutritious, safe food that doesn’t deplete Earth’s resources is becoming increasingly difficult. College of the Atlantic students are deeply aware of this and increasingly concerned. To educate students to better understand—and possibly serve—the nutritional and energetic needs of an ever-expanding world, COA is initiating a food systems program that addresses local issues within the global trends of food production. The international aspect of this program is the Trans-Atlantic Partnership in Sustainable Food Systems, connecting students and faculty at College of the Atlantic with the Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm, United Kingdom’s primary center for research into organic food systems, and Germany’s University of Kassel, a premier graduate program in organic agriculture. The local part is equally exciting. COA will be hiring a new faculty member who will hold the Sustainable Food Systems chair. The entire package is being funded by a $3.5 million donation from the Partridge Foundation. “This unique and innovative program will link some of the best minds in food systems research on both sides of the Atlantic,” says David Hales, president of COA. “With food issues making headlines across the globe, the need for training critical and creative thinkers in the field of sustainable agriculture is absolutely essential. We envision this program as a platform for national and international leadership in meeting the needs of providing healthy and affordable food in the twenty-first century, in understanding the role of international trade and finance, and in transforming the way that higher education approaches this subject.” Students at COA will be able to conduct research at the UK’s Organic Research Centre (ORC); those who wish to obtain a master’s degree in topics ranging from the specifics of organic farming to global food policy, can apply to study at the University of Kassel’s graduate school and receive full funding for their education. Researchers at Kassel and the ORC can come to COA’s Beech Hill Farm to study organic practices in the United States, or to meet with COA faculty, students and advisors. Faculty exchanges among the institutions have already begun, as has work on an international conference in sustainable food systems for next fall.
Photos of Beech Hill Farm by Donna Gold.
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Naveed Davoodian ’10 Receives One of Fifteen EPA Grants to US Undergraduates
Davoodian, whose activist father was forced to leave Iran five years before Naveed was born, might be better known in this magazine for the dry humor of his campus photo essays. That was before he was nominated for a Goldwater Scholarship—which he didn’t receive— and then found a notice for fellowships offered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Since Davoodian already had most of the necessary paperwork from the Goldwater application, he decided to try for the EPA grant. As one of only fifteen national recipients of the EPA’s Greater Research Opportunities Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study, much of Davoodian’s tuition is covered for his last two years at COA, along with his books and other expenses. That’s not all. The slight young man with dark eyes and long eyelashes will receive a stipend to continue his research into the use of fungi in the cleansing—or bioremediation—of highly metallic soils through next summer. “I’m getting money basically to be myself—to study, do an internship and pursue projects with Nishi,” he says, referring to former faculty member in botany, Nishanta Rajakaruna ’94. Though Rajakaruna moved on to pursue research opportunities at San Jose State University this fall, the botanist continues to mentor COA students. Davoodian modestly acknowledges that the work that makes him “himself,” is independent, groundbreaking research on a level far beyond what most undergraduates attempt. It involves investigating plants growing on soils with high levels of magnesium and iron, a kind of soil technically known as ultramafic. “These soils are generally
toxic,” says Davoodian. “But specific organisms do inhabit them.” Says Rajakaruna, “Naveed’s success in securing this highly competitive grant not only shows his academic accomplishments but also the importance of his research in the natural sciences. Fungi are major players in shaping the world around us. Understanding how plants and fungi interact in stressful environments can have major implications for habitat restoration, agriculture, biodiversity conservation, even evolution. This grant allows Naveed to combine his research interests in mycology with my interests in exploring the ecology of extreme environments.” Photo by Casie Reed ’10.
Fungi. Pronounced fun-ji, with a soft g. Though it’s the passion of third-year student Naveed Davoodian, he didn’t learn to pronounce it in the American academic way until he attended the Mycological Society of America’s annual meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last year.
As Rajakaruna suggests, Davoodian’s focus is not the plants that live in extreme soils, but the mycorrhizal fungi that live on their roots. These grow either inside or outside of a root in a symbiotic relationship with the plant. By collecting such roots from Pine Hill, a small rise on Maine’s Deer Isle that happens to have heavily metallic soil, Davoodian has been able to analyze and compare the response of various fungi to different soil types. Ultimately, this work will help determine whether plants heavily imbued with mycorrhizal fungi are more useful in phytoremediation—the cleanup practice of growing specific plants on polluted soil to concentrate and remove the minerals—than plants without a large fungi load. While some metallic soils are natural, like those at Pine Hill, others are the results of mining and are deeply toxic, needing the extraordinary cleanup measures of the federal Superfund program. Phytoremediation is a possible—and relatively natural—means of cleansing these polluted soils. Ask Davoodian how he got focused on fungi and he just laughs. “That’s like asking someone what their favorite flavor of ice cream is—and why.” It’s not the value of fungi, not their role in remediation that concerns him. Davoodian is a scientist. His fascination is with fungi, pure and simple.
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B i g Sho e s… F i l l e d Ken Cline Takes Over From Karen Waldron As Associate Dean For Faculty This summer, after ten years as faculty dean, having successfully navigated the college through its ten-year reaccreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Karen Waldron, faculty member in literature, stepped away from administrative duties. The call of students, of literature, of the classroom was too strong to keep her tethered to a life of meetings and policy papers. And yet, though her work as dean took up endless hours, she always had time for students. Here is an appreciation from just one of her companions in the classroom, Poorva Rajaram ’10. Is tireless a good word, or is it too incriminating? Likewise: open, composed, wise, comprehending. No matter how we describe her, I don’t know what COA would do without Karen (or perhaps I have some idea and it makes me afraid). I wonder at all the possible (and impossible) situations diffused and grudges set grudgingly aside because Karen is always willing to talk. I imagine all the moments of clarity, all the people mobilized for Good Causes, and all the grasping toward a deep certainty that could never have occurred—or worse, gone wrong—without her presence on campus. She somehow manages not to take herself too seriously, even while helping us to discover and unearth parts of ourselves we could scarcely have imagined without her instruction, counsel, friendship. In my moments of frustration I question whether classrooms should be turned into safe spaces where all views can be aired. Yet, everyone finds a way to contribute to Karen’s class. There are those of us who talk constantly, those that prefer a well thought through sentence here and Karen Waldron. Photo by Toby Hollis. there and even those who may not think themselves knowledgeable about the discipline. I can only marvel at that and realize that I’ve yet to encounter another classroom quite like hers. There seems to be forethought in everything she says, yet she never lectures. Nothing seems arbitrary, yet there is always something spontaneous in class discussions. If method and madness were ever to find a happy equilibrium it would probably be in one of Karen’s classes. To both love and be critical of COA is an extremely fraught balance that all of us fight to keep. That balance seems inherent in her interaction with the place; yet, somehow, she succeeds in humoring the tumult that others go through at the college. I just hope that in handholding a cantankerous COA through all of its struggles she doesn’t always—like Mrs. Dalloway—have to buy the flowers herself. ~ Poorva Rajaram ’10
Also stepping down from the deanship is John Anderson, William H. Drury, Jr. Chair in Evolution, Ecology and Natural History who had been Associate Dean of Advanced Studies. Replacing him is Sean Todd, Director of Allied Whale and Steven K. Katona Chair in Marine Studies. Additional changes include Sarah Luke, who had been Interim Associate Dean of Student Life and is now Associate Dean of Student Life; Sarah Baker continues in admission, but is now Dean of Admission; and Lynn Boulger is Dean of Development.
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by Ken Cline, faculty member in environmental law and public policy, COA’s new associate dean for faculty When I came here in 1989, COA didn’t have a convocation as such. Instead we had a tradition of permanent and visiting faculty telling the assembled student body about their planned courses for the year: what they would be teaching and how it all fit together. We were a smaller faculty in those days—and perhaps less long-winded. As one of the newest kids on the block and less than a week away from my previous job in a large law firm— with its modicum of economic security—I listened to… A philosopher talk about finding a turtle on the road on his trip down to the college that morning from northern Maine. Through that encounter, he poised sweeping questions about existence, our relationship to nature, our place in the universe. I then watched as an artist took a beat-up flip-flop off his foot, held it up and proceeded to wax eloquent about the design process and the beauty of the physical form. He was followed by an ecologist who challenged everything I thought I knew about ecology and nature. Not to be outdone, an education professor then proceeded to rip apart the idea of homework and deplore the debilitating influence of public schools. Perhaps the most memorable was a scientist who questioned how it is that we know things in the world. He dropped his keys and hypothesized that perhaps his keys fell to the ground not because of gravity, but because invisible little men jumped up and down on them causing them to fall. He challenged students to disprove his hypothesis through science. As I said, I had just left a promising legal career, and I wondered … what had I gotten myself into? Even in my dazed amazement, I already had a partial answer. I had come to a place where people would challenge me and make me look at the world in completely new and different ways. Every faculty member was asking questions that I hadn’t ever thought of before. I was coming to this place to learn as much as to teach. And I have continued to learn; not just from fellow faculty but also from students and the dedicated staff here at the college.
Although I was the product of a solid liberal arts education, that education was parceled into separate disciplines with the artificial walls of majors and without the means of integrating different ways of understanding into the world. As I encountered various environmental and political issues in my work, it became increasingly clear that the world didn’t really fit into the neat disciplinary boxes of my training. There weren’t environmental problems separate from social problems, economic problems, legal problems, aesthetic problems. There were just problems. The world needed people who could see these issues in all their complexity, and begin to solve them. But where do you find such people? H.G. Wells once remarked, “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” The world needs people who are not limited by disciplinary thinking but can master disciplines and move beyond them. This is the great promise of COA for me; it offers a vision of education that can move beyond where traditional education systems leave off. And we need that desperately. For those of you who are new to this place: be forewarned, you will not be given this education. You will need to claim it. It will not come printed out on a form where you merely have to check off boxes. You will have to work for it, search for it, take risks for it, perhaps even sneak up on it. You will need to talk to faculty, friends, staff and yourself as you seek the skills and substance that will help you build your education. Along the way, we may hold out flip-flops or invisible little men to help you think about the paths you have chosen. You can embrace them or challenge them, but you will need to be deliberate with them. It is an exciting challenge, but a challenge just the same. I will close with the blessings of one of my favorite crusty environmentalists, Ed Abbey: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. I wish you that and more as you embark—or continue— upon your study of human ecology.
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Ken Cline. Photo by Jennifer Hughes.
Summertime, Summertime, Working the Summer on MDI by Naveed Davoodian ’10
Photos by Naveed Davoodian ’10 Sinda Karklina ’10, Jamie Liepolt ’09, and Casie Reed ’10.
While many COA students’ summer pursuits beyond the pale of academics proper lead them to the eccentric and the exotic (…flaunting facial hair machismo in Europe, midwifing in Southeast Asia, unicycling across the United States), some COAers opt to stay on the island for MDI’s elusive “onseason.” Here’s a look at what some downeast denizens did this past summer... When he was not hard at work selling tickets at the Criterion Theater, Niles Baldwin ’10 could be seen dutifully attending his post at the Lompoc Cafe. Upon being asked what his secret was to successfully juggling two jobs during Bar Harbor’s hectic summer months, Niles simply smiled and said, “I have a beard.” Casie Reed ’10 spent her summer exploring her interest in conservation biology by becoming involved in an eelgrass restoration project through the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. “It’s so rewarding to be able to work outside and take care of the environment at the same time,” she said. “The money is pretty rewarding too.”
Zev R ’11 worked on a trail crew in Acadia National Park. His responsibilities included shoveling gravel, raking gravel and lifting gravel with a backhoe. He also spent much of his time warning visitors not to eat unfamiliar things found growing in the forest.
Jason Bosworth ’10 worked grounds at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden. While visiting Jason, I continually expressed how moved I was by the disarming beauty of the place, to which he reciprocated, “You realize you can’t publish any of these pictures, right? You probably shouldn’t even have that camera in here.” Hank ’11, COA’s first canine student, just completed his internship at the “field by the abandoned building,” where he spent his time retrieving sticks, barking and urinating on power tools. Hank is hoping to apply the skills he has learned this summer to his senior project, which he is completing with the assistance of pet psychic Thaddeus Frapping. The project is to be the first-ever legitimate canine memoir: I Tried to Dig a Hole with a Shovel, but I Can’t Use a Shovel because I’m a Dog.
The man pictured, allegedly COA student Naveed Davoodian, was working at the Jackson Laboratory earlier this summer. He mysteriously disappeared after releasing several hundred mice into the wild, hampering priceless research in mammalian genetics. The mice, of course, died from dehydration, predation and collision with automobiles. If this man is spotted, contact the Bar Harbor Police Department immediately.
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Phoebe: Living from the Inside Out An essay by Lisa Hammer ’90 Phoebe is seven years old, the youngest of my four children, and has come to define my life. I also have identical twin boys who are twelve and a daughter who is eleven. Phoebe has a mild, unique, form of cerebral palsy/neurological disorder, affecting her speech, gross and fine motor skills, and her abstract and cognitive thinking. Sometimes I think she has no concept of the past or the future, living an absolute present which any student of Zen would strive a lifetime for. She simply does not remember (or cannot represent through language) what happened from the morning to the afternoon; she could go to the circus and see wondrous things and later look blankly at you if you asked her what she did that day. So often my thoughts about Phoebe are filled with layers of dread that have come about from the sheer difficulty and complexity of caring for her. The physical and emotional weight of her disabilities goes with me everywhere. But then, there is the “pure” Phoebe! That being who exists in a way that no one else I know exists. Sometimes that “pure” Phoebe is more unfettered by the ego’s imperfections than the common child. She cannot hurt another person’s feelings or wound another’s heart; she has no dark intentions; she forgives instantly and forgets the hurt done to her. Her ego does not assert itself in destructive, selfish ways, something amazing to behold as a parent of three “typical” children whose egos wax and wane and struggle and rest. I have to be sure to watch for this true Phoebe. She is easily missed. But one winter Sunday all six of us were walking around the North End in Boston looking for a place to have lunch. Phoebe was mimicking all that the other children did, which put her into some precarious paths, slipping on snow and following tourists with their cameras. The cold was uncomfortable and I was tense having to hold tight to Phoebe at every moment; the older children complaining and only really wanting to eat. The tenor of the group was testy urgency, hunger and chill causing us all to want to move along, find the right restaurant, relieve the body. Such bickering as every spot Photo courtesy of Lisa Hammer ’90. was examined and
discarded, no place quite right. All three older children vied to have their desire favored, their restaurant chosen. As we huddled outside one cozy-looking eatery, I turned to see Phoebe at the door of the restaurant, looking through the glass at the hostess who was making funny faces out at her. The two were laughing and looking at each other. A man sitting at a table window was drinking a glass of wine and reading the paper; he, too, was looking at them, interested. There was a sweet playfulness between them and it brought bright smiles to the hostess and Phoebe alike, as if they knew one another through that moment. Phoebe tried to open the door and go in, as if to say, “This restaurant, I like it here.” The contrast of our furrowed brows and dissatisfied airs to Phoebe’s look of easy joy and pleasure shook me completely. It was that pure being that is Phoebe and it made my heart sing! “She has a secret,” I thought, “a secret way of being in the world that I am unable to access.” And it is her gift, something she gives to others, something she has that moves her through life on a wave all her own. I envied her in that moment: every day is a new and different day, not burdened by expectation. Through Phoebe I have come to a true ecology of being, entering an environment of the self that is unanticipated and unknown; I have had to adapt my sense of being over and over because her world goes by a different pattern. I simply have to remain in a state of love for her in order to move through my own world with grace. Being the mother of a child with such special, special needs has hidden within it little treasures which only Phoebe can show. I have begun to watch her as we go to the store, sit in a restaurant or watch a soccer game, to see how she turns the common into the sublime, how she lives from the inside out; the lessons she teaches me come from a depth to which none of my other children have ever taken me. This is such a strange phenomenon, to glean metaphysical insights from one who is considered so outside the normal. But perhaps being “outside” allows a sliver of vision into raw human being—timelessness and ego-less being, exposed through a trauma of the brain. It is her dysfunction that reveals my own calloused way in the world and I thank her daily for making me slow down and live the moment, find the meaning, which is my life. Lisa Hammer lives in Camden, Maine with her four children, Jeremy, Emile, Lucy and Phoebe, where Phoebe attends the Seton School, a new school for children with special needs.
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Wilderness Ways by Carmen Phillips ’08 In the fall of 2007, Carmen Phillips ’08 entered the wilderness of Virginia’s Briery Creek with the clothes on her back, a knife, some fish hooks and line, a couple of field guides, one pot to cook in and one to hold water. She built a shelter—a wickiup—from saplings and leaves, and for seven weeks, most of it alone, she foraged and fished for food, cooking on fires kindled with the bow-drill she made. The following excerpts are from Phillips’ senior project, “Living Nature: An Experimental Field-based Wilderness Project.”
Introduction My entire life, I have loved spending time in nature. When I was fourteen, I began learning about primitive skills, an exciting turning point, because I could learn how to live in the natural world, turning my childhood games of making random “plant soup” into real meals of chickweed and dandelion leaves. In designing my final project for COA, I knew it must be in line with my passions and life’s vision. I knew I wanted to continue to teach the skills of the wilderness after I graduated and that the best teachers teach from experience. After eight years of practicing primitive skills, I wanted some feedback from nature on where my abilities lay. The objective of my senior project was simple, to become as “primitive” as possible.
September 19 Today I filled holes in the wickiup. I would go inside, see where the holes were, then stick an ailanthus stalk through and go outside to patch it up. Later, I gathered some yarrow for a poultice to heal a wound from a deep thorn poke on the ball of my foot. It healed right up. Tonight I poulticed yarrow on a couple of infected cuts.
September 21 Yesterday I set out to the big beaver meadow of Little Briery Creek to gather willow to make a fish basket. I nibbled raw goldenrod roots for the first time—a “tonic nibble.” They made me feel really good—like an uplifting inside of me. I collected the leaves and flower heads to dry for an astringent for wounds. I’ve got so many scratches on me! It’s called Briery Creek for a reason! But it’s a good awareness upkeeper. I also tried raw strawberry leaves for the first time—not bad. And I peeled a raspberry stalk and chewed it—not the best. …I can’t find my pouch of fishhooks. They must have fallen out of my bag. It had really been bothering me and I realized I was afraid. I only had one fish hook left. But I questioned why that fear was there and I realized it was because I didn’t have any assuredness that I could make my own hooks. This is why there is so much fear in modern society—people are dependent on so many outside sources and know that if it were up to just themselves, they would be dead… I studied some rabbit tracks for awhile, once again realizing how much can be learned just from staring at the ground. That’s what I love about tracking—the more you do it, the more mysteries are revealed. I wound my way downhill to a beautiful swampy area, nibbling on jewelweed and smartweed. I made it to a willowy area and stopped to eat some fruit and nuts. I then decided to harvest willow another day. The heavy clouds and cool breeze said rain to me. I wanted to be closer to camp if it started. I collected some grasses—I have an idea for layering the inside of the wickiup with grasses for waterproofing.
Winter Camping Expedition For twenty-eight years, in summer and winter, by canoe and snowshoe, Maine Guides Alexandra ’77 and Garrett Conover ’78 lived in the wilderness, following their deep knowledge of the natural world, the first of many COA students to live this way. In January 2008, a group of COA faculty, staff and students joined them, spending some of the year’s coldest days snowshoeing through Maine’s north woods, cooking food on a portable stove inside canvas tents. The Conovers have since retired from North Woods Ways, but continue teaching the ways of the north woods to a wider group of people as assistant managers of the Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary in Elliotsville Plantation, Maine.
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Katelyn Costello ’11 pulls a toboggan of supplies for a fiveday winter camping journey.
Photos by Noreen Hogan ’91.
One thing that has resonated is how much care and attention shelter takes. Even in my second week, I am still making improvements.
Alone-ness Humans are social animals. We like to be around others. … When you are by yourself, you have much less leisure time because you have no one to help you with the necessary tasks of the day. But beyond this… I believe humans like to be together. I often struggled with loneliness tugging at my soul. … I came to really enjoy dreaming because it was my chance to interact with other “people.” The fire became a great companion. Then I ran into Ginger. How refreshing to talk to another human, even if only for a short moment! I told her she was the first person I had seen in a week and her reaction was, “Oh! Isn’t it nice! … I mean … how is it?” Her reaction put into perspective how lucky I was to have all this time to myself. I had been telling myself it was my choice to feel lonely or not. Yet I still struggled.
Fishing in the afternoon yielded a huge sunfish! I tucked the fish into my willow fish basket, filled with glee at the ease with which a meal was just pulled from the water. … I started a fire and finished the doorway awning on the wickiup. I then went down to the lake to clean and gut the fish. I feel like an otter when I clean fish, squatting at the water. There was a lot of meat on that fish! Afterwards, filled with energy, I climbed a pine in my camp and watched the sun go down. ... Later, I worked on burning a bowl. It cracked—badly. Next time, I won’t collect wood like that. ... I stayed by the dwindling coals in the fire pit and sang.
My bouts with that nagging feeling of loneliness did not magically stop. However, they lasted only for short periods. I became used to being alone. My perceptions of the personalities of all the animals and plants around me became enhanced. Just the sound of a crow was such a welcome voice.
When I returned to my life in society, it became apparent that my experience at Briery Creek had changed me forever. No matter where I am, I can summon that “woods mind” I adopted, helping me to move at a slower pace and enjoy every moment of life. I could feel off balance living in society and then run to the woods and be overtaken by an incredible sense of peace. I realized that the feeling of spending time in nature was not something I gleaned from nature, but something inside me that nature helped to bring out. I can walk down a busy city street and still maintain the peace of mind I found in the wilderness. I am more grounded now than I have ever been, more in touch with who I am and why I am here.
Once I was back around people, I realized how I had come to appreciate being around others’ company. All our personal plans and desires are nothing compared to the relationships we have with one another.
To those who love the wilderness, I recommend setting aside time to live in it. Bring what you need according to your skill level, but bring as little as possible. The less you bring, the more you will immerse yourself.
… The wilderness has a way of knowing exactly what you need to learn and it will teach you, provided you are open to it. Slow down. Have no expectations. Enter with an empty cup; it will be filled in ways you may never expect.
Yesterday morning I went in search of wood for making a bowl. I also collected more grasses for the debris hut—it got really cold the night before.
COA students cross the frozen, snow-covered Onawa Lake.
Rebecca Abuza ’11 uses a match to start a fire in a portable stove the Conovers use to heat the canvas tent.
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VICTORY TO COA ALUMNAE!
Photo by Noreen Hogan ’91.
Photo by Donnie Mullen (’97).
Nancy Andrews Wins Guggenheim
January 26, 1925 – September 27, 2008 Photo © Peter Schroeder/drrnet.
The College of the Atlantic community mourns the passing of gifted actor, proud parent, champion race-car driver, bountiful philanthropist and devoted COA supporter Paul Newman, who died on September 27. Newman’s daughter Elinor, better known as Nell, was a 1987 graduate. Her mother, actress Joanne Woodward, delivered that year’s commencement address. The community extends its condolences to Newman’s family. It is said on campus that when Nell introduced her father to the late COA faculty member in political science, Donald Meiklejohn, after Newman had sat in on one of his classes, the venerable professor asked Newman what he did for a living—delighting the actor, and impressing many with his humility. The Newman family and its Newman’s Own Foundation have been especially generous to the college, donating funds for scholarships, for the college’s SharpeMcNally Chair in Green and Sustainable Business and for scientific research, including, adds Steven Katona, former COA president, “money to buy a beautiful new microscope that really advanced the work of faculty and students.”
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Chellie Pingree ’79.
Ghosts 2008 from On a Phantom Limb by Nancy Andrews. Ink and pencil on paper.
Elsie Flemings ’07.
Chellie Pingree ’79 is now Maine’s First Congressional District representative to the United States Congress (receiving 56 percent of the vote)—and COA’s first alumna in national office. Elsie Flemings ’07 won 64 percent of the vote to become Mount Desert Island’s District Thirty-five representative to the Maine State Legislature.
Nancy Andrews, COA faculty member in video and performance art, received a Guggenheim Fellowship last spring, one of the most prestigious awards given to artists and scientists. The fellowship allows Andrews the time and funds to complete her next movie, On a Phantom Limb, an autobiographical fictional piece about a cyborg superhero. Andrews’ work combines drawn animation, puppetry, collage and live action, creating scenarios that are just the other side of plausible, as in these words, taken from her application to the foundation: “For the cyborg, the interstices are thin—the membranes that separate dream and reality, the original and the artificial, the body and the machine. Time has collapsed. … The nights are endless, darkness seeps from everywhere. The cyborg lies at the bottom of the bottomless well. She is driven by a force that is outside herself: electrical cords, rubber tubing, breathing contraptions, water running in the walls and ceiling, crimes being committed all around, relentless wind.” In receiving a Guggenheim, Andrews joins such luminaries as Ansel Adams, W. H. Auden, Aaron Copland, Martha Graham, Langston Hughes, Vladimir Nabokov, Isamu Noguchi, Linus Pauling, Philip Roth, Derek Walcott, James Watson and Eudora Welty, individuals, according to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, showing “stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment.”
Bill Foulke: Beaming with Pride by Donna Gold
Foulke clearly relishes his family. He beams when he speaks of his wife, Wendy, a teacher of English as a second language, their visiting children and grandchildren, and his musical and service-oriented mother, the late Louisa Foulke. And he proudly names the COA pedigrees of family members: his Shakespeareloving and equally service-oriented father, the late William G. Foulke, Sr., a COA trustee for five years; his sister Louisa Newlin, who teaches Shakespeare at the college and is married to trustee Bill Newlin; and Newlin’s own sister Lucy Bell Sellers, who teaches theater at the college and is married to former trustee Peter Sellers. Yes, Foulke is eager to talk about his family, but our new board chair does not like talking about himself. There are a few other things he doesn’t like—especially long meetings and loose agendas.
Photo by Donna Gold.
On recent summer mornings, Bill Foulke would find himself awakened at 5:30 a.m. to a reveille of grandbaby wails, closely followed by the shrieks of a daily wrestling match between older grandsons. Still, by the time he’d get himself over to College of the Atlantic, where he has just taken on the role of chairman of the board of trustees, Foulke would be as relaxed as any man savoring the joys of retirement, as cheery as if he’d awoken to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
What Foulke does like is College of the Atlantic, its gravity in relation to the environment, its interdisciplinary approach and international component. And yet, despite being surrounded by COA through his family, it took the late COA trustee Alice Eno to get Foulke involved with the college, sometime around the turn of this century. The timing was right. In the late 1980s, when Foulke, Sr. served on the board, his son was still busy with family and career. A decade or so later, when Eno called to “introduce” Foulke to the college, he was ready. With Sam Hamill stepping down as board chair earlier this year, and Foulke having already served six years as a board member, he says, “You kind of know whether you want to take more responsibility or not.” Foulke decided he did.
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It would take commitment, yes, but he didn’t think it would overwhelm him. “We have a great many good people on the board and I have a great deal of confidence in the president and in the administration and the faculty,” he says. “Many hands make light work.” And Foulke smiles, a happy, round-faced, ultimately sweet smile, and adds, “I find it exciting to be associated with a college which is growing in stature.” The college’s environmental focus is an essential reason for Foulke’s interest, along with the fact that it is, as he says, “one of the essential institutions of Mount Desert Island.” And that means a lot to Foulke, because MDI is the one consistent place the Foulke family has called home.
“I find it exciting to be associated with a college which is growing in stature.” ~Bill Foulke
As with many, Foulke’s concern for the environment began with his own love of being outdoors, especially sailing and fishing. “Over time you realize there has been a degradation of fresh and saltwater environments—you don’t have to be a scientist to notice it. It leads one to a conclusion that you ought to do something about it,” he says. Raised in Philadelphia, Foulke attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, before going on to study English literature at Princeton University. After college, he served in the navy. “The navy gave me a good sense of management and leadership and gave me some confidence in dealing with people from all over,” a skill that he frequently relied on during a career spent in international business. “I’m very interested in institutions which draw together people from a lot of different parts of the world,” he says. “International involvement is an essential portion of higher education in the twenty-first century—” yet another connection between him and COA. Foulke sees the most important issue for the college as continuing to attract funding, “so that we can invest in the intellectual capital of the college and also keep the cost of education as reasonable as possible—consistent with our high standards of education.” A second focus is the alumni community that is increasing by the year, and becoming increasingly prominent. “It is important to recognize the accomplishments and intellectual energy that flow from the alumni back to the college and vice versa—it would be my hope that the college would be one of the key networks used in the lives of the alumni as their careers develop,” he adds.
Photo courtesy of Foulke.
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Though modest, even self-effacing, when Foulke is called upon to discuss the college, that same sweet, beaming smile comes onto his face as when he talks about his family. Clearly, for Foulke, COA has attained family status, and when he speaks of it, the pride is evident. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to be involved in a unique educational institution,” he says of his connection to COA. “And to continue using my mind—continue learning things—and have exposure in a meaningful way to younger people who are being educated. It’s really a privilege.”
REPORTS FROM THE SUSTAINABLE EDGE COA alumni raising the bar on balanced living By Amanda Witherell ’ 00
Ancient Arctic ice is melting into an ocean where fish stocks are plummeting. Eastern mountaintops are being carelessly cut into valleys to expose their energy-rich coal deposits. Western mountains stand bare of snow, beacons of the ongoing drought. Developing nations are picking up old petroleum habits at a time when oil and gas discoveries are plateauing. Demand for safe food, clean water and cheap fuel is increasing, but supplies seem to be slipping away. So how do we wisely use what is left? Making the world live within its means isn’t easy. Sustainability requires massive restructuring, not only of how we use resources and do business, but also how we think and approach our work and our lives. It means rebuilding our energy infrastructure so it’s based on renewables, redesigning streets to include space for cyclists and pedestrians, reforming the typical American school lunch so it favors local and fresh over far-away frozen: Herculean efforts on all levels. Many years ago, the founders of College of the Atlantic saw the writing on the wall and started to erase it by educating students on the principles and practices of sustainable living. Now it finally seems like the rest of the world is beginning to speak the native language of COA. Terms like green, organic and sustainable are peppering the front pages of the mainstream media. Composting and car-free living are moving from fringe to fact of life for more and more people, heralding the zeitgeist of the twenty-first century: how to deal with the now unquestionable problem of climate change. As COA eases toward its fortieth year of educating for a sustainable future, we visit the annals of graduates to feature just a few of those who are raising the bar in the many areas that may ultimately bring us that better world we are all seeking.
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ARCHITECTURE & URBAN PLANNING Moving Beyond LEED, Returning to Form Following Culture Richard Epstein ’84 What if an entire city were constructed with long-term environmental sustainability as its functional premise? Ask Richard Epstein. He’s currently designing such a city for sixty thousand people in the United Arab Emirates on a twelve-hundred-acre site between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. “It means a more compact community,” says Epstein. One that’s more in tune with its environment. “We’re trying to use the natural principles of Arab cities that are pedestrian-friendly, shaded and pleasant to walk through.” The city is Richard Epstein ’84. Photos courtesy of Epstein. pedestrian-based, with a transit spine linking a series of unique but connected villages. Streets are oriented so they funnel the ocean breezes into public spaces—and these spaces are shaded from the west and south to stave off the intense heat. Though Epstein, who works with RNL, an architectural firm concerned with sustainability with offices in Denver, Colorado, Phoenix, Arizona, Los Angeles, California and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, recognizes he’s part of a building boom, he’s critical of the rapid-pace development occurring in places like the UAE and China. Too frequently, he says, “one lot doesn’t talk to the next lot and there’s really nothing that ties it together as a place. And it’s built entirely around the car—” a premise at odds with long-term environmental and human health. “They have taken the suburban approach of this country and amplified it,” he adds. “My whole practice is really focused on sustainable architecture and design,” particularly in urban areas, says Epstein. Indeed, the roots of what he does go back to the time he spent in rural Maine and his senior project at COA—a solar-powered house for a low income family that lived across Frenchman Bay. After graduating in 1984, Epstein spent a year as a Watson Fellow, traveling around the world at the 40 degree line of latitude studying vernacular architecture.
Richard Epstein’s straw bale, masonry and stucco home in Boulder, Colorado.
“I looked at a lot of traditional villages. What are the facts that shaped them?” He says many were very practical and specific responses to the impact of climate and often are powerful examples of culture meeting function, like houses in Japan with veiling screens and open spaces for catching breezes, constructed from local timber.
After his Watson, Epstein pursued a graduate degree in architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spent his final year designing a recycling center for Phoenix that also became a functional public art project. “Originally it was designed as a big box structure with trucks around it and a little place off to the side where people could go. It had nothing to do with the natural site.” Working with an artist-based design team, Epstein sunk part of the structure into the ground for natural cooling and opened it up into an amphitheatre that is focused on the building to showcase the recycling process inside. “That becomes part of the whole experience, educating people about the process and what it takes.” He says he became attracted to the melding of industrial sites and public space, and the idea that public infrastructure can be a pleasant, educational place to be. He’s now working on a new recycling center for Boulder, Colorado. Epstein is accredited as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, professional. But though his office at RNL is gold-certified LEED, his experience has bred some cynicism. “I did a parking garage in Denver that was LEED-certified, but we didn’t have to do that much different except a lot of paperwork.” Many of the projects on which he’s working now far exceed the boundaries of LEED.
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“There’s a lot of talk about LEED as a ridiculous scorecard system. Zero energy, zero carbon, zero waste, that’s the next wave. How do you go to zero carbon emissions for a whole city? That’s some of the new approaches we’re exploring.”
Phoenix, Arizona recycling center designed by Richard Epstein ’84 to facilitate understanding of what happens within.
A New York native, Epstein and his wife, an immigration lawyer, now live with their two sons in Boulder, Colorado in a house he designed with straw bale walls and passive heating and cooling. Epstein usually commutes by bus and likes to spend free time cycling in the canyons near his home. “Even though I’m in a field that can often generate negative impacts,” he reflects, “I couldn’t just do conventional work and support conventional values. That human ecology idea still runs through everything. Change is at the heart of COA and I try to bring that idea of how can you build a better world into my work.”
A Better Vision Teak Wall ’01 “We’re systems thinkers,” says planner Teak Wall of her work with Portland, Oregonbased Cogan Owens Cogan, LLC. “Our firm is very focused on sustainability in our core values and our internal operations. We would never take a job that wasn’t in line with our values.” Working on an economic stability plan for Clackamas County, a rural county near Portland, Oregon, Wall took into account the needs of small-scale farmers. Her firm worked with the county to plan a Green Economy Center where growers can share space to process foods or test new products, with demonstration areas for more sustainable living. “It’s human ecology,” says Wall. “How to make a place sustainable isn’t just recycling, it’s looking at the whole system. Does the zoning code make a city look in line with its values?” Teak Wall ’01. Photo
Wall mostly consults with municipalities, where she says the biggest asset is sustainably minded leadership. “I grew up out here and it doesn’t seem like it would be sustainably focused because it’s so rural, but the leadership really is.” She participates in many public meetings asking for on-the-ground input from stakeholders and considers her governance work with COA’s All College Meetings seminal to her job. When she assisted in the creation of a governance model for rural areas in Oregon that lacked representation, she says, they established “a town hall system that’s similar to ACM.” courtesy of Wall.
“Every single day I feel like the stuff I work on I naturally gravitate toward because of how things connect,” she adds. Take the concept of civic ecology, which looks at maximizing resource flows through rural and urban areas: “Waste equals food, basically. Our garbage can be compost that can go to farms that can produce food for us,” says Wall, as if reciting from COA class notes. “Civic ecology—it’s this cool new concept, but it’s old news to me to think about the world as a system and how all your decisions impact how things function.” Teak Wall, in the green jacket, meets with members of A Sustainable Clackamas County. Photo courtesy of Wall.
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ALTERNATIVE ENERGY Bogwind Glen Berkowitz ’82 Back in 2005, Glen Berkowitz was finishing up as traffic milestone manager for Boston’s Big Dig. For years, he had applied his human ecological training to humanize—or at least minimize—the inconvenience of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority’s Central Artery Project, all the while harboring dreams of getting beyond gas—and into the wind. “For two decades I kept file folders on renewable energy projects, even while I was working on the Big Dig.”
Glen Berkowitz ’82, in the blue hard hat, and co-worker Iain Ward watch a 197-foot meteorological tower go up on a cranberry bog. The tower, shown behind the print on this page, measures average wind speeds and direction for the Bogwind Project.
Berkowitz had transferred to COA in 1979, taken a class in alternative energy with former faculty member Harris Hyman—and kept dreaming. When he left the Big Dig, he researched the six largest wind projects under construction in New England, and found they were all as problematic as the work he had just left: “I was like, gosh, I can’t believe something as environmental sounding and benign sounding as wind power could be getting so much controversy.”
In 2005 he traveled to Denver, Colorado for an American Wind Energy Association gathering and was surprised to discover Midwestern farmers rubbing flannelled elbows with Wall Street executives. Partnerships between growers, utility companies and investors have become increasingly popular as farmers look for new income sources and capitalists cash in on the rising popularity of renewable energy. “On the plane coming back from Denver I was thinking: how can I combine wind power in New England with agriculture?” Berkowitz, who drives a Mini Cooper from
Photo courtesy of Berkowitz.
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his Boston loft (with its rooftop tomato garden) down to Buzzard’s Bay to sail his J-24 boat every summer weekend, recalled the cranberry bogs that he passed along the way. He didn’t know anyone in the cranberry industry, so he contacted the University of Massachusetts Cranberry Research Station and was told that a cranberry bog owner had recently come in wondering about pairing bog land with wind turbines. Berkowitz found the cranberry farmer; soon after, Beaufort Windpower was born. Politics poses the biggest challenge to success for windpower in New England, where pristine mountaintops and coastlines are often the breeziest locations. “The economics are simple but the politics are intense because those very locations are the few remaining unspoiled areas,” says Berkowitz, who acknowledges that bogs aren’t the most blustery places. He’s hoping the wind will be “just good enough,” and by using open spaces and established roads and access points, he’ll reduce costs and minimize environmental impact. But harnessing the wind of a bog is not only about energy. It’s also about preserving agricultural land and keeping a local crop going. Half the cranberry farmers in North America live in Massachusetts, and most are small family farmers. Though cranberries are a fifty-million-dollar industry in the state, development has been a Tantalus for cash-strapped farmers. Says Berkowitz, “This project is half about generating clean, renewable energy and half about increasing and stabilizing the economic vitality of traditional agricultural life for a key industry in Massachusetts.” A $243,000 loan from the Renewable Energy Trust of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative jump-started the Bogwind Project. Currently, meteorological towers are gathering five thousand pieces of wind data a day at two pilot Wareham bog sites, providing key information for the engineering and economic analyses for what he’s hoping will be a ten-turbine, fifteen-megawatt, thirty-million-dollar project on four sites. An initial analysis indicates that erecting just three of seven proposed turbines in one two-hundred-acre bog would double the net income for the fourth-generation cranberry farmer who owns
the land. At the same time, the electricity generated will green the power grid in Massachusetts, which has a goal of using 15 percent renewable energy by 2020. Berkowitz says he’s received a lot of support from farmers and unanimous approval from the town of Wareham, but environmental groups and avian activists have been skittish. “I’ve learned that I should wear my COA t-shirt under my suit jacket so they know I’m as much of an environmentalist as they are,” he says. And though funding is still a work in progress, he’s optimistic. “I guess I’m at a point in my professional life where I realize if you’re trying to do really good things there are risks. My biggest risk is economic. I’m taking a gamble that the price of electricity will continue to rise and I’m delighted to take that risk,” he says. “I’m confident that the concept is worth the effort.”
Manufacturing Negawatts Lars Henrikson ’89 It was Amory Lovins who first coined the term “negawatts,” referring to the cheapest form of energy: the megawatts that are saved through conservation and efficiency. Lovins, a longtime renewable energy advocate, first dropped the word during a speech in Montreal back in 1989, just as Lars Henrikson was graduating from COA. Almost twenty years later, Lovins is still on the soft energy warpath and Henrikson is busy delivering those negawatts through his job in the community conservation sector of Seattle City Light, a municipally owned electric utility company serving 738,000 customers in the Seattle, Washington area. “Our big goal is to make it so that Seattle City Light doesn’t have to buy any more power beyond what we buy now,” says Henrikson. That’s a challenge in a city where efficiency and conservation have long been a cornerstone of its power profile. “We’ve already picked most of the low-hanging fruit,” Henrikson adds, pointing out that the average American home uses eleven thousand kilowatt hours of electricity a year, but the average Seattle resident uses only nine thousand. “So to get more efficiency we have to dig a little deeper.” That still means encouraging customers to install compact fluorescent light bulbs and upgrade home appliances, but Henrikson is also testing three different home Lars Henrikson ’89. energy monitors. These “home dashboards” allow customers to track—and so of Henrikson. curb—their energy use from different sources at particular times.
Energy use meters—those little disks spinning in the grey boxes mounted on the sides of buildings—haven’t changed much over the years, but recent technological advances make it possible for customers to learn more about their energy use. “With home energy monitors people typically save about 12 percent, though it ranges from 5 to 20 percent, just because you’re able to know more about how you use electricity,” says Henrikson. “It’s a very new field. I’m one of the experts at City Light and I haven’t been there for very long.” Henrikson says COA classes in alternative energy and green building design prepared him for the work he does today, which is always changing. “There are new technologies coming all the time. We have no idea what they will be, but we’re willing to look at anything.” In the meantime, they’re employing some of the suggestions Lovins posed so many years ago. Seattle City Light encourages customers to become their own energy producers by paying a premium for any surplus juice they generate and possibly, in the near future, offering incentives to purchase solar panels. “If you can make it so we don’t have to build a new power plant, we’ll pay you for that.”
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Burning Biodiesel Mike Staggs ’96
But when biodiesel is made from used cooking oil, it’s a different story. For the past seven years Mike Staggs has been brewing his own diesel fuel from wasted fryer oil he collects from restaurants. “Years ago my wife and I looked at ways to be sustainable with our fuel use,” says Staggs, who now churns out enough to heat his home ten months of the year and keep the gas tanks topped off in his two diesel cars. Every week he makes another fifty-five gallon batch and any extra he donates to fuel the “dive-in theatre” boat of fellow alumnus Eddie Monat ’88. When Staggs started, restaurants were paying people ten cents a gallon to take the oil away. This year, wasted french fry oil has Mike Staggs ’96 with the ingredients of his biofuel become a hot commodity. “Now production. restaurants are asking for money for it,” he says, and sometimes the pails of grease left out back by the dumpsters aren’t there when he goes to pick them up. “There’s been oil theft occurring.” In the past it has cost him about fifty cents a gallon to purchase the other ingredients to make the fuel. Though this year production price doubled, it’s only a fifth of what he’d pay at the pump for a gallon of regular diesel and it keeps old vegetable oil out of the waste stream. Still Staggs says, “I’d love to be able to go up to the pump and just put biodiesel in my car.” For that to happen, though, “We need to have an oil company like Dead River buy it from an out-of-state supplier and ship it here,” using existing infrastructure and distribution channels to move a cleaner, more sustainable fuel.
Commercial Biofuel Kevin Crandall ’93 Kevin Crandall ’93 has tried to do something like that, bring mass-produced biodiesel to Bar Harbor. He runs MDI BioFuel, selling high-quality biodiesel that’s better for late-model cars still under warranty. Made from tallow, it doesn’t impact food prices, but Crandall says, “I run into some trouble with PETA folks and vegans for selling fuel made from animals.” He’s currently looking for a buyer who can invest more in the business. Though he calls this a “boutique” fuel that isn’t quite green, he still thinks it’s a viable fuel source. “It reduces emissions dramatically and increases fuel economy due to a higher energy content.”
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Photos by Noreen Hogan ’91.
Biodiesel has a bad reputation with many environmentalists. Done wrong, it sacrifices forests for cropland, turns potential food sources into fuel, and uses more energy than it produces. Done right, it can convert agricultural waste into a viable domestic fuel source and has the potential to reduce overall global warming pollution. Most of the biofuel produced in the United States comes from corn and soy and is—at least in part—to blame for increasing prices for these two staple food crops.
TRANSPORTATION Real Wheel Power Jeff Miller ’92 It’s hard to think of a mode of transportation that’s more sustainable or human ecological than a bicycle. “Individual health, community health, environmental health—bicycling benefits every one of those aspects of health,” says Jeff Miller, the newly appointed president and chief executive officer of the Washington DC-based Thunderhead Alliance for Biking and Walking, a coalition of state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America. Miller figured that out way back in 1990, during a cross-country bicycle odyssey between his third and fourth years at COA. After graduating in 1992, he spent fourteen months as a Watson Fellow studying bike policy, advocacy and infrastructure in places where it’s a keystone of the transportation planning. Miller pedaled through Japan, China, Sri Lanka, Holland, Denmark and many other Asian and European cities and countries, meeting with government officials and advocates, observing firsthand the role that bicycles played in the places he visited. “It was my graduate school in bicycle advocacy.” He returned to Maine and spent a couple of years working at the Bar Harbor Bike Shop and as an admissions counselor for COA, and ultimately applied for a job that he wasn’t confident he was fully qualified for—the first executive director of the nascent Bicycle Coalition of Maine. He got it and spent twelve years putting bicycling on the transportation and planning agenda in Augusta and throughout Maine. Successes have ranged from getting bike racks installed in public places, to implementing a statewide school bike safety education program, to blocking bills that would have harmed cyclists and passing others that have helped—most recently, a bill mandating cars pass cyclists with a hefty three-foot buffer. During Miller’s tenure, membership bloomed from a few hundred to over six thousand; in 2007 the coalition was recognized as one of the most successful bicycling advocacy groups in the country. Now Miller is moving his skills to the Thunderhead Alliance for Biking and Walking, a national organization which functions as a taproot of information and resources across the continent (www.thunderheadalliance.org). “What we’re trying to do is share best practices and innovations so our member organizations don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” says Miller. They assist communities looking to start bicycling advocacy groups, support those that already exist and work on improving federal policy and legislation in both the US and Canada.
The alliance is currently involved in Complete Streets legislation, which would require all states to consider pedestrians and bicycles in their transportation planning. “To be able to have communities and roads that are bike-friendly is the greatest satisfaction,” he says. Just around the corner is the formidable challenge of the federal transportation bill. “I’m pretty off the deep end myself about biking,” he adds. The move from Augusta to DC will mean he has to give up some of the rides in his “one-car, ten-bicycle garage.” But the switch from rural to urban also means he and his partner can sell their Honda hybrid and go car-free. With rising gas prices and consciousness about carbon footprints, Miller is not alone: a recent survey by Bikes Belong Coalition of one hundred fifty bicycle shops in forty states found that 75 percent reported increased sales this year and 95 percent say customers were pointing to gas prices as the reason. It’s unfortunate that high fuel costs are what may draw people out of their cars and onto their bicycles, says Miller, but he hopes that it will be an opportunity for them to realize that bicycles can provide more than just recreation. “To me, utilitarian cycling is nirvana, it’s the highest calling.” (Jeff Miller can now be reached at 202-445-4415 or email@example.com.)
Jeff Miller and Will Greene, twelve, son of Craig Greene, late faculty member in botany, on a bike trip from Cobscook Bay State Park to Bar Harbor. This is Will’s first loaded ride, using panniers made by his dad. Photo by Lotte Schlegel.
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Is it possible to change how the world eats by giving kids better food education at school? Dustin Eirdosh thinks so and is making that happen in schools throughout Maine by establishing a service-learning curriculum around food. More locally, he’s working with the Healthy Acadia coalition on the Farm to School Initiative for Washington and Hancock counties. It began when he was still at COA. “I started working for the schools through my senior project, doing sustainable agriculture education at MDI High School,” says Eirdosh. Using a curriculum he established, students built a school garden and started a food service program called Farmer’s Choice, which they run as a business, purchasing raw ingredients and preparing healthy meals and snacks as alternatives to the school lunch program. “We accounted for 15 to 25 percent of the school’s food sales, all with whole foods, a lot of it local, and all student-designed,” says Eirdosh. Smoothies, pizzas and cheesesteak sandwiches are prepared by students who help source the ingredients and track profit and loss by managing spreadsheets. “It’s a full miniature business.” At COA, Eirdosh had focused on community development and agriculture, and never intended to pursue teaching. “I took my first education course my last term,” he says. As the service learning coordinator for Union 98, integrating lesson plans with hands-on work, Eirdosh’s work blends all three interests.
A student from the Mount Desert Elementary School’s Garden Club in Northeast Harbor consults with Dustin Eirdosh in the school garden as part of a service-learning element within the science curriculum. All food is used by the school cook.
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He sees food as an engaging strategy for teaching the mandated curriculum. When it was time for sixth graders in Southwest Harbor to learn fractions and percentages, they decided to make healthy spiced popcorn for the school’s snack cart. The recipe required varying amounts of spices. “They literally had to do the math right to make the popcorn right.” But Eirdosh also takes kids back to the farm
to show them that popcorn doesn’t come from a sack in the grocery store. It’s an area rife with challenges as food attitudes often vary. “It’s difficult to talk about issues of food quality related to agriculture because it doesn’t always go by US Department of Agriculture standards,” he says. “A lot of times what we talk about is not on the radar of the administration or the students.” For example, in early 2007, when the nation’s largest recall of red meat affected Mount Desert Island schools along with schools in most other states, “The prevailing attitude was that the USDA can and does ensure safe food, and that issues such as growth hormones and antibiotic residues aren’t really something schools can or should deal with. It wasn’t exactly clear to many administrators that things could be different.” But what should change? “The kids actually created new recipes for hamburger meat that reduced the quantity to one-tenth of what the schools were serving before. Now we can use small amounts of ground beef so we can afford higher quality.” Before, most of the schools’ beef was coming from the USDA commodity system— products subsidized by the government and redirected to public programs. “The schools were getting it essentially for free so it was impossible to justify buying meat. But now we’re purchasing a significant portion of beef from local sources”—strengthening the island’s economy, lessening its carbon footprint and teaching children where food comes from. Eirdosh also does private consulting on curriculum and food systems for other educators through his company, Acadian Angus. He offers lesson plans for growing sustainable protein sources in the form of mushrooms, called “The Garden of Inquiry” and making sustainable school lunches, lessons which, says Eirdosh, “can and should be used nationally.” Because Eirdosh also produces food on MDI, some have questioned his motives, but he stands by his curriculum, which, he says, encourages critical thinking applied to accurate information. “So much in food education today boils down to nutritional dogma, or propaganda from either corporate agribusiness or local food advocates. The goal is to help students make accurate decisions about what’s important to them—an approach I call food systems literacy.” (See www.acadianangus.com for Eirdosh’s curriculum.)
Dustin Eirdosh ’04.
Dustin Eirdosh ’04
Photos courtesy of Eirdosh.
Teaching A Better Food System
Healthier Communities Heather Albert-Knopp ’00 Dustin Eirdosh isn’t acting alone. Another COA grad, Heather Albert-Knopp, works as the Farm to School coordinator in Hancock and Washington counties, connecting school cooks with nearby farmers. Some days she’s setting up purchasing agreements, other days she’s coordinating events between schools and farms, or sharing recipes. “We try to use food as the inroad to the sort of work Dustin does, getting kids engaged with where their food comes from,” she says. Farm to School blossomed after it became clear that the community was interested both in improving school lunches and in local foods. In 2005, a collaboration with the national nonprofit, Community Food Security Coalition, led to a regional workshop coordinated by Allison Gladstone ’00, bringing together local school food service people, teachers, farmers and others interested in food issues. Afterwards, Healthy Acadia, where Albert-Knopp and Tim Fuller ’03 were working, received a ten-thousanddollar grant from the USDA, funding a two-year pilot program with Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor as one of the initial sites. The school began small, buying carrots from COA’s Beech Hill Farm; soon kids were eating three times more carrots from the salad bar than they had been. Now more than fifteen schools across Hancock and Washington counties are working with the project to incorporate local foods, and island schools are purchasing fresh produce from three farms, eggs from a nearby homesteader and surplus bread from Little Notch Bakery for breadcrumbs and croutons. Local efforts were recently boosted by a three-year, seventy-five-thousand-dollar grant with private donors coordinated by the Maine Community Foundation to reach more schools, farms and children across downeast Maine, along with another one-year grant of ten thousand dollars from the USDA for similar efforts. Still, there’s the challenge of the sometimes higher price of local foods. Integrating one local product, like carrots, is a way to ease into the system. Another challenge is getting beyond what can be an industrial mindset. “Some school cooks think it’s illegal to use local foods, that things have to be inspected by some sort of federal agency and things that come off a SYSCO truck must be okay because they seem official,” says Albert-Knopp. A visit to COA’s kitchen by school food service workers helped, along with a conversation with co-chef Ken Sebelin ’92, who cooks COA meals from scratch.
Easing local concerns has been the support of the Maine Department of Education, which now encourages all state schools to host a yearly Maine Harvest Lunch featuring local foods. Last year, students in all the Union 98 schools went to Beech Hill Farm for a day of picking the produce that became their lunch. The potential benefits are immense, says Albert-Knopp. “Kids eat more fruits and vegetables when they know where their food comes from—especially if they’re involved in producing it. And local food supports local businesses.” Schools, she adds, “are a large potential wholesale market for farms—a way that farms can connect with more families and people in their communities.” Agriculture was a significant part of AlbertKnopp’s COA education. “Food is the perfect vehicle for thinking about human ecology. Politics, economy, culture all come together to determine what we eat and its impact on the environment.” It also ties back Heather Albert-Knopp at COA’s Beech to basic health. Hill Farm. Photo by Noreen Hogan ’91. The number of obese children ages six to eleven doubled from the 1970s until 2000, and tripled for ages twelve to nineteen. “Fresh fruits and vegetables are the first thing to drop away when there’s less money to spend,” says Albert-Knopp. “The result is they’re eating fewer things that are good for them.” Recently, Albert-Knopp has taken on other community health endeavors, including work on a bicycling and pedestrian plan for Ellsworth. She says it often feels like a Sisyphean task to get leaders and citizens doing community planning to consider what makes an area a healthy place to live, but to her the definition has to be holistic. “A healthy community involves access to healthy foods, a thriving local economy, communities that are walkable and bikeable, and clean air and water.”
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PUBLIC POLICY Acting on Climate Change Ted Koffman and Andrea Lani ’95 Maine isn’t waiting for the nation to do something significant about climate change. It has joined with nine other New England and Mid-Atlantic states to establish the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI— pronounced “Reggie”—a market-based cap-and-trade program that limits the amount of CO2 that can be emitted and creates financial incentives for industries to invest in cleaner energy production, thus reducing greenhouse gases. Sales of emissions allowances aren’t cheap—resulting in funds to finance renewable energy and efficiency projects statewide.
emissions that Maine is now allowed to generate will be sold off in thousand-ton blocks that anyone can bid on—from a fossil-fuel-burning power plant that needs them to continue operating, to a local environmental organization that wants to take the emissions out of commission, to an investor looking to hold the allowances and sell them later at a higher price. Any power plant that generates more than twenty-five megawatts of electricity is required to participate. “You basically have to buy allowances or reduce emissions,” Lani says.
“The objective of the RGGI program is to reduce CO2 emissions steadily over time by requiring generators burning fossil fuels to either purchase emission allowances through a regional auction, or trade allowances to companies that can’t achieve these targets,” says Ted Koffman, longtime COA Ted Koffman. Photo courtesy of Koffman. staff member. Koffman represents much of Mount Desert Island in the Maine State Legislature, though term limits end his tenure at the close of this session. Until then, Koffman serves on the Natural Resources Committee, and last year co-sponsored the bipartisan RGGI bill. “Ten to thirty million dollars a year can be generated through auction sales,” he says. “The proceeds will be devoted to energy-efficiency measures for industries, commercial and residential users, including low-income homeowners. We want to target investments that make the biggest difference.”
The first CO2 allocation auction between RGGI states was in September; they will be held throughout the tenstate region at least four times a year. Over time, the number of allowances will be reduced, forcing power plants to scale back emissions. If all goes as planned the ever-increasing amounts of CO2 emissions will stabilize, then start to tick backward, with a 20 percent reduction by 2019.
While Koffman gets credit for greasing the legislative wheels at the statehouse, 1995 alumna Andrea Lani is working on how to actually implement a cap-and-trade system to reduce the six million tons of CO2 that industry in Maine currently contributes to the atmosphere. Lani works in the Bureau of Air Quality at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection doing program planning. “I’ve been living and breathing RGGI for the last year,” she says. She’s been writing the administrative rules that will move RGGI from paper to product, including provisions for how the auctions are run. “Anyone who’s submitted an application can participate,” she says, and the 5.9 million tons of CO2
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“One of the hopes for some of us is to see our model used nationally,” says Koffman, who says they’ve evaluated the failings of the European cap-and-trade system and worked to mitigate against them—specifically by ensuring that the allocations have a public benefit. Koffman feels confident the right people have been at the planning table. “There’s a dark cloud of dirty energy users and producers who will try to trip the system up and halt or stall it in court. I can only imagine the amount of money dirty coal can spend to stop the program from succeeding. It’s a challenge. While our economic system is strongly biased to protect the status quo, we’re banking on RGGI’s market-based approach to move the country in the right Andrea Lani ’95. Photo courtesy direction.” of Lani. Amanda Witherell eats local food and lives car-free in California, where she is a reporter for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, covering homelessness, energy, first amendment and environmental issues. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
a video by colin capers, ba ’95, mphil ’08
horn, still from sabertooth, 2008.
Last May, Colin Capers screened his extraordinary video, sabertooth, at College of the Atlantic. The thirty-minute piece, a series of linked and deeply layered images which Capers painstakingly assembled, is almost impossible to describe—and yet it is absolutely familiar, like a dream whose narrative eludes us. Fleeting images of fields, a person, a baby, even surgery pass by, and then the images get lost in Capers’ meticulous, deeply artistic manipulations, for each frame contains as many as eighty layers of video and audio (primarily using Adobe Premiere Pro), and there are thirty frames in every second. The result, combined with an ethereal score, is a sensory experience that echoes the way thoughts, visions, ideas, memories get layered and then lost within our own minds. As a final paper for the class “Philosophy at the Movies,” taught by Capers, a lecturer in film and writing at COA, and John Visvader, faculty member in philosophy, student Abby Balmer wrote about sabertooth. The following is an excerpt from her eloquent essay. The images on this and subsequent pages are stills taken from Capers’ work. ~ DG
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cocoon, still from sabertooth, 2008.
Appreciation by Abby Balmer ’10
has the ability to carry its audiences into realms that would otherwise be left untouched and unseen by human eyes.
In sabertooth, I see the faces of the inhuman and yet I look for my own reflection. The magic evident in the unfolding of these images lends itself only to the workings of the intuitive heart. Its title alone is at once beautiful, dangerously seductive and profoundly enigmatic. It does its duty perfectly: it captivates me and welcomes me to the content of the video and also allows me to see that much of what is contained within it is not of this world. I am, it seems, in contact with a cold and foreign entity. Yet somehow it feels alarmingly familiar. I’ve traversed this land before, perhaps only in my dreams. sabertooth carries me to a place of genuine and amplified reflection, but also forces me to become aware of the alien impulse within my own being. These images, when in motion, are accompanied by subterranean sounds speaking violently, hauntingly and poetically. In this way, sabertooth seems to be asking its viewers to face and reflect on the foundations and structure of the human condition. We are invited to return to the primordial experiences which philosopher Martin Heidegger claims have formed us.
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hunger, still from sabertooth, 2008.
fall, still from sabertooth, 2008.
Out on Rounds Explorations with Large Animal Veterinarians in Maine and Québec Photos of Maine and Québec dairy farms by Amanda Spector.
By Amanda Spector ’08
The author on Mont Saint-Hilaire, a mountain rising above the Saint Lawrence River Valley in southern Québec.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a veterinarian. Unlike many enthusiastic young people, I arrived at this answer only after thirteen years of primary and secondary school, two years of college, and nineteen years of life with humans and other animals. I had wanted to study conservation biology, the science of rare and endangered organisms, but over time I decided to focus on the science and medicine of domestic animals. With domestic animals come the people who care for them, and I am fascinated by the diverse relationships between animal owners and their non-human dependents. This fascination has taken me into explorations with different veterinarians at home and abroad, but until the fall of 2007 I had never spent time with a large animal or food animal practitioner in the United States. The United States is currently facing a shortage of food animal veterinarians. In comparison to small or companion animal medicine, the career of a large animal vet is non-lucrative, dangerous, exhausting and apparently unappealing to most recent graduates of veterinary schools. The number of food animal vets in the US has decreased from near six thousand in 1990 to fewer than forty-five hundred, according to a February 2007 article in The New York Times. The decline of small-scale agriculture and family farming has contributed to this change, but enough demand remains that some owners struggle to find practitioners to treat their animals, especially in isolated areas. As I was reading about the shortage of vets in the United States and in Maine, I was inspired to explore large animal veterinary medicine not only as a curious aspiring vet but also as a concerned citizen. I wanted to understand the challenges of the profession on an intimate, human level and from social, biological, economic and historical perspectives. At College of the Atlantic, we call this integrated approach to understanding and problem-solving human ecology, the subject of our degree. For my final project, I designed an interdisciplinary,
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participatory exploration of large animal veterinary medicine, spending six weeks shadowing veterinarians in different Maine practices—observing, taking notes, learning to assist and interviewing the practitioners and their clients. I continued my exploration in the Canadian province of Québec for seven more weeks at four different clinics. Though Québec is just a few hours’ drive from Maine, it is a dramatically different society with a much stronger animal production sector and much more government intervention in farming and farm animal veterinary services. These thirteen weeks, from which the following vignettes are excerpted, were a journey of awkward learning, acting and assimilation; of internships and interviews, often with the challenges of translation; of excitement and boredom; of death, birth, blood, milk and manure. The links are the routines of the veterinarians, their clients and their animals. The ring of a cell phone. The banter of a regular visit or the tension of a late-night emergency. The rhythmic chewing of cud. At the end of each call, the quick boot-scrubbing and leftover drips of soapy water. And then, always, the road rolling away behind, under the wheels.
Bobby Veinote On a warm day in early September, Simon pulls his truck into the driveway by the old peeling sign for Silver Mountain Farm. His new associate, Dr. Laura Leighton, is with us today. In the dooryard, invasive Japanese knotweed swarms around rusting farm equipment. Inside the milk room there are two large milk tanks, milking equipment, cow figurines, framed photographs, certificates, newspaper articles and plaques with interesting proverbs, including “Cows may come and cows may go but the bull here goes on forever” and “As you go through life, 2 rules never bend—never whittle toward yourself or pee against the wind.” The place has a feeling of the past about it, as tangible as a layer of dust or cobwebs lurking in corners. Dr. Simon Alexander of Bangor, Maine jokes that working for Bobby Veinote is his penance. Bobby Veinote is a seventy-six-year-old dairy farmer in Newburgh, one of a few old-timers who just won’t quit. He owns thirty-five cows with names that still go out to pasture every day during the summer and come into the run-down tie-stall barn at night. Bobby loses money by calling the vet for simple things he ought to be able to handle himself— milk fever, ketosis, dehorning. According to Simon,
Bobby has “used every vet who did cow work in the Newburgh area” but always had fallings-out with them. When Simon responded to Bobby’s emergency call one day, he felt sorry for him and decided to do his vet work. But Bobby has a different take; by employing Simon, he is helping him to start up his new vet practice. Bobby bought the land that is now Silver Mountain Farm in the 1950s: one hundred twenty acres of woods for one hundred twenty dollars. He built up a herd from two Jersey cows and began breeding registered Holsteins with one of his two sons. His boy tragically drowned in the 1980s and “when the son died, the heart went out of Bobby Veinote,” says Simon. “He’s still sort of farming for his son.” Simon also tells me that “some of the things on the Bobby Veinote farm are done the same way they used to be done.” The barn does not have a milking parlor or even a system of pipes to pump milk from each stall to the tank. Instead, the milk runs from the automatic milk machines into a metal can, is poured into a small cart, and then is pumped through a single pipeline across the barn into the milk tank. He has one farmhand who helps
Bobby Veinote and his farmhand, Holly, milk the cows of Silver Mountain Farm the old-fashioned way.
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him around the barn, including milking at the odd hours of ten o’clock in the morning and ten o’clock at night. They still use a wheelbarrow and shovel to haul silage to the stalls and probably to remove manure as well—Bobby’s automatic gutter system has been broken as long as Simon can remember. Bobby does not use hormone injections; all his cows are bred at their natural heats, either by artificial insemination (a.i.) or by his bull. When his cows die, Bobby does not send them down the road to the butcher but buries them out back on his own property.
mastitis in one infected quarter of her udder. Bobby gave her injections of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drugs last night, and Simon says these treatments may have saved her life. The cow looks remarkably well despite her high fever and even clambers to her feet when Laura puts her halter on. Laura places the IV and starts the fluids, which are supportive therapy: “the cow has to basically live or die on her own,” says Simon.
Bobby greets him in return. “So, you’ve got some women along with you today, aren’t you lucky. Two of ’em!”
Bobby smiles slightly. “At least.”
Back in the milk room, two feed company representatives have arrived to collect payment from Bobby Dr. Simon Alexander, right, stands with clients John and Bobby Veinote is bent over Joyce Cummings of Sherman, Maine in southern Aroostook for helping him seed one of and wiry but even when he County. Their heifers are in the background. his fields. After Simon introstraightens up he is only duces Laura, the conversaslightly taller than I am. His belt is hitched tight to hold his tion turns to the gender of veterinarians. pants on his waist and he wears large shabby shoes. One “Women are better vets,” says Bobby. “I’ve known that of Bobby’s knobby fingers is wrapped in medical tape. for a hundred years.” His face is marked by eye wrinkles and a pointy chin. “At least a hundred,” Simon says. “Hello, Bobby!” calls Simon.
Simon introduces us and explains briefly what I’m doing for my project. Bobby says, “That’s how you learn a lot, riding with a vet, I tell you. Ain’t no way better than that. You’ll learn more riding with a vet than you’ve ever learned from your books.” Simon agrees. “That’s right, I keep telling her, ’Don’t let your schooling get in the way of your education.’ How’s your cow?” “She’s not dead. She’s not alive, either.” “I gathered that.” We walk on a tired green carpet from the milk room into the barn. Bobby moves surprisingly quickly. The cows’ stalls stretch down each side of a wide aisle, on the other side of the gutters. Although the barn is dilapidated, fresh cedar dust has just been laid down on top of rubber stall mats, and clean, sleek cows with wellbuilt bodies are chewing their cud contentedly. Each cow is attached to the front poles of the stalls by a collar and chain, long enough for her to lie down comfortably; this is a tie-stall barn. The cow we have come to see has a raging temperature of 107 degrees Fahrenheit— normal is around 101—and she probably has toxic
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Bobby Veinote will only hire female farm hands, for he believes women have a special touch with cows and make them produce more milk. Bobby and Simon agree that women do a better job than men at raising calves. I ask Bobby to help me with my project and he agrees to let me come back and interview him. “Let me give you my phone number,” I say. “Oh, it’s not every day that happens, a girl gives me her number!” “Well, I’ll write down yours first,” I say. We all laugh. Bobby shows me some photos of his registered Holsteins in his cluttered office. Some are advertised for astronomical prices in shiny catalogs. “The place doesn’t look like much now,” he tells me. “I had a boy die a few years back.” Bobby encourages me to go and take a look at his bull. Most larger dairy farms don’t have bulls because they are hard to manage and because a.i. makes them superfluous, but Bobby has a huge one who lives in a spacious box stall in the corner of the barn. The bull’s hooves are curving up, but he is portly and his coat gleams. He probably weighs over a ton. I tell Bobby, “You’ve got one hell of a bull out there.” Bobby pays his vet bill in cash, ridding himself of his previous debt and paying extra so he has a seven dollar credit. Meanwhile, Laura and I look closely at the
framed photographs and certificates on the far wall of the milk room. A live cricket is stuck under the glass of one frame. In another frame, a certificate from 1980 states that Dennis Veinote has successfully completed a course in artificial insemination—that must have been Bobby’s late son. There is a crack in the glass that covers this certificate, this piece of history. On the windowsill below, a cow figurine is overturned. I set it upright.
Jean-René Paquin Even in early November, the alfalfa fields in the Saint Lawrence River Valley are green and lush. The trees have lost their brilliant colors, though, and most of the cornfields are harvested and plowed, stiff with frost. Farmers are out with their corn choppers, leaving chunks of rich earth on the roads. These country routes cross rivers on one-lane bridges and wind through small towns, each with their church and municipal building. Outside the towns, pastures with frosted grass stretch all the way to the riverbanks and cattle have worked brown paths into the earth. The city of Rivière-du-Loup is less than a two-hour drive from Fort Kent, the northernmost town in Maine. The river it is named for, “River of the Wolf,” empties fiercely into the Saint Lawrence by the town’s series of waterworks. Rugged hillsides, rocky outcrops and windswept fields characterize this side of the Saint Lawrence, while the other side is dominated by dramatic, snow-covered mountains. Rivière-du-Loup’s side of the river has enough fertile plains to support productive agriculture despite a shorter growing season than areas farther south. This part of Québec was traditionally valued for its timber resources as well as its strategic position on the province’s waterways. Québec’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) has been encouraging veterinary practice in regions like Rivière-du-Loup, régions éloignées that are far from the economic centers in the southern part of the province. MAPAQ subsidizes new veterinarians in such isolated areas, in addition to compensating vets for traveling longer distances to reach clients.
Collecting embryos from a donor cow.
Farmers throughout Québec pay standardized prices for veterinary services and drugs regardless of where they live. The landscape near Rivière-du-Loup looks pretty remote on this gray afternoon as I drive through small towns, past recreational climbing areas, by rocky cliffs and their stunted evergreen trees. As I approach the town, however, all the signs of civilization reappear, including a golf course. The road that takes me to the home of Dr. Jean-René Paquin passes a Wal-Mart. I turn onto Rue Jonquilles, a suburban street at the edge of town lined with condominiums. The one independent house on the end of the street is as gray as the afternoon with a gray brick driveway and attached garage. It is immaculately clean. When I knock, a dog starts barking. At 1 Rue Jonquilles I am greeted by Jean-René, his wife Mariette, and their dog Charlot. The humans are fitlooking, middle-aged parents whose grown children have moved out of the house. Mariette is petite, with highlighted, wavy blond hair pulled back in a ponytail. Her husband is of medium height, mostly bald with a small amount of short hair, and he wears glasses over a serious-looking face. He immediately starts helping me bring in things from the car. Mariette shows me downstairs to a guest room with a large bed and tells me to make myself at home. The phone rings around five o’clock p.m. Mariette answers and seems to be discussing something with a horse client. But at five-fifteen, Jean-René and I climb into the spotless, new-smelling vet truck and back out of the warm garage into the artificially illuminated night of Rivière-du-Loup—to see a cow. We drive uphill into the old part of town to get something from the vet clinic. Pedestrians are preparing for a Saint Nicolas Christmas parade tonight; the citizens of Rivière-du-Loup want to have their festivities before the weather gets too bitter. About twenty minutes from the clinic Jean-René works for, twenty-five kilometers east of Rivière-du-Loup, we arrive at dusk in L’Isle Vert at a dairy farm in the middle of the evening milking. Jean-René introduces me to the farmer, or producteur, a bearded man in navy blue coveralls. In the warm tie-stall barn are plenty of young helpers, including most of his six children. A bright blond-haired boy chases the cat and bangs a friendly
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goat on its head with a foam mallet, and a girl, two young women and a young man are busy milking. One of the girls is studying in an animal health program; I listen to her tell the producteur how much milk a cow has produced. In addition to these energetic humans, there is also a large shaggy dog, barn cats, a beagle and the inquisitive goat. The producteur explains to me that they use the goat as a superstitious indicator of future luck—if the goat gets sick, something could go wrong in the herd.
I answer their questions about my life. I apologize for talking too much and say we should probably go see the cow. Jean-René says in his gravelly voice that no, we’ll finish dinner first, and even our mugs of tea.
We arrive at Ferme Laplante about thirty-five kilometers west of Rivière-du-Loup. Despite the increasing chill, Jean-René still works in a collared shirt and shortsleeved coveralls, wearing only a fleece vest as he walks from truck to barn. His forearms are bare and hairy and he wears a silver watch. JeanRené is accustomed to carrying “One of the brothers his equipment himself. All he me to hold is a mesh sack asks if I am from a farm gives containing “J-Lube” powder. I family, and I swell with am introduced to two Laplante and their two sons, all pride even as I say no— brothers of whom are wearing considerperhaps I do not look like ably fewer layers than I am.
Jean-René examines a sick Jersey cow very thoroughly. The cow has diarrhea, and her tail and hind end seem partially paralyzed. She is hypocalcaemic, he thinks: milk fever. He draws blood for a test in case the milk fever treatment does not work and they need to find a complete ignoramus Jean-René determines that the a new diagnosis. To rule out udder infection, he performs in a cow barn now after calving heifer has a uterine torsion. As he gathers his equipa California mastitis test. He eleven weeks out on ment and puts on a durable squeezes milk from each teat plastic gown, I help the farminto the four round circles of a rounds.” ers break open bales of hay to white tray, then adds a purple ~Amanda Spector ’08 distract the other heifers. One reagent that should clump after of the brothers asks if I am from a few seconds of swirling if the a farm family, and I swell with cow has mastitis. Jean-René expride even as I say no—perhaps I do not look like a plains all of this, speaking slowly and clearly for my complete ignoramus in a cow barn now after eleven benefit, and expertly administers two bottles of calcium weeks out on rounds. One of the producteurs jokes that and other minerals in an IV solution. Meanwhile, he it is good they have a feminine touch here tonight. listens to the Jersey’s heart with his stethoscope to make sure it is handling the calcium well. He has plenty of First Jean-René tries to turn the calf with his gloved spectators: the goat, one of the girls, the big dog, the hands. He mumbles something, takes a long line, and producteur and me. casts the cow all by himself, bringing her to her left side. We roll the cow, but Jean-René has an interesting The cow rises sprightly to her feet, confirming Jeanvariation on this method. As the men, boys and even I René’s diagnosis. As Jean-René prepares the bill on his push and pull, Jean-René walks like a circus performer computer, the producteur tells me that he was offered up a plank laid over the cow’s abdomen. His bare arms a high-paying job as a security guard this past year, but reach out to the sides for balance, and only his baseball he turned it down to continue farming. Dairy farming hat conceals his bald, clown-like pate. is a family thing, a lifestyle. In the barn office I look at the ribbons and certificates that his children have won After the cow finally flips they try to get her up; she in cattle shows. won’t budge. I decide to try a technique that I read about in a bovine surgery book: I walk up behind the In the truck on the way home, Jean-René tells me that patient and slap her with both hands along her back there are not many family farms like that one left. In and spine as I dig my knees into her rump. For whatever spite of this, Rivière-du-Loup has managed to maintain reason, the cow decides to get up, and I open my hands its dairy farming and agriculture perhaps better than wide and joke about the feminine touch. other regions of Québec that are less eloignées, but farming is changing as inexorably as the Saint Lawrence Jean-René palpates the cow, finding that he has flows to the Atlantic. untwisted the uterus but that the cow’s birth canal is not yet dilated. Then, in a flush, her last membrane breaks Jean-René and I go home to 1 Rue Jonquilles for dinner all over his gown and spills a puddle at his feet. He before we head south and west to a dystocie, for a directs the farmers to push the cow into a straw-filled calving case. Mariette serves us a delicious dinner, and
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pen, tells the young son and me to stand out of the way, and prepares to use the calf jack, the best tool for vaginally delivering a calf that does not want to come out. You can try to pull a stuck calf manually using chains and handles in concert with the cow’s contractions, but the calf jack gives much more power. It is a long metal pole with a U-shaped end that fits against the cow’s buttocks, held there by a strap over her rump and assistants behind her. On the metal pole, a sliding ratchet with a handle is attached to the chains around whatever part of the calf is available, usually the legs. The ratchet is cranked gradually to move it away from the cow down the pole, increasing the tension on the calf and sliding it along. Lubricants like J-Lube can help things move along as well. Almost like a priest in his durable plastic gown, Jean-René directs the brothers holding the metal pole of the calf jack. This is a method I’ve seen elsewhere: two pumps on the ratchet, bear down on the pole, let up, repeat. JeanRené works at the cow’s vagina, his plastic sleeves covered in lube and uterine juices. With one last heave, the calf slides out, dead, onto the straw. As the farmers lug it away with the chains, Jean-René carefully pulls the placenta from the cow, picks it up, and throws it in a concrete pit. The boy who is my fellow spectator puts down the cat he’s been holding and asks me my name. “Amanda,” I say with French pronunciation, the inflection on the last syllable. I am different from the person I used to be, somebody with a different name who has learned to watch dead calves hit the ground without flinching. But here I feel like a child, shivering in the cold next to a farm boy who knows more about cows than perhaps I ever will. Amanda Spector ’08 is working as an assistant at a veterinary clinic in Baltimore, Maryland while she applies to veterinary school.
(Top photo) Ferme Laplante, a thriving family dairy farm not far from Rivière du Loup, with (bottom photo) four of the LaPlante producteurs, or farmers, standing outside one of their barns.
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poet r y
2008 graduates Stefan Calabria and Melody Brimmer continue a strong tradition of senior projects in creative writing. These two poets, in particular, show the creative diversity of COA students, proving that high literary quality reveals itself in many forms.
Melody Brimmer ’08 I heard that George Washington broke his teeth cracking walnuts in them at a party Having this image in my mind helps me feel good about shotgunning a beer at a party, knowing that the father of our country was not above parlor tricks. I think if he were here, He’d be proud. I think if he were here, He’d push me to do better, He’d loom over me, bending near double to reach my ear and whisper, “Why stop at one? You’re an American!” What a figure the first president made among college kids, in his powdered wig and military garb, my modest wingman Sprinkling salt on the back of my hand and fetching fresh lime wedges as I did tequila shots. Later, as I lay curled up on the bathroom floor, sick, unlike my real father would have, George Washington patted me on the back and said “You gave it your all.” And though he complained about redcoats and Martha’s cooking, when a great man holds your hair out of your vomit for you, you don’t nitpick about political correctness or which century it is. The next day Mr. Washington even came to check on me, brought me water and saltines. The buttons on his waistcoat strained as he sat on the edge of my bed, pointed to the jagged broken stumps of his teeth and said: “If you want to achieve greatness, you have to be willing to Go Big.” And when I had to excuse myself to go throw up again, he shrugged and admitted that he did find his teeth rather sensitive to cold now, and anyway that he preferred almonds.
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nude there’s something I want to get away from something I want to get to I’m done with the encumbrance of me so goodbye t-shirt bra with the one wire that pokes I’m pulling off boots wiping away mascara there’s even a row of buttons running down my back seams up my calves, like a pinup’s nylons the zipper’s catching but I think I can escape this yes! epidermis piled on the floor I’m taking it all off tonight, pulling apart muscle groups like they’re orange segments pieces of my meat drop wetly to the floor I’m down to bones, light as a bird’s but full of marrow, enough to sustain me there’s a secret in my skeleton and I’m going in after it
Stefan Calabria ’08 Petit Manan Island, Maine
Glass thick, bill and bone so delicate,
A tiger swallowtail
butterfly scooped from
a bird, a female Redstart;
flashes of olive and yellow feathers
Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive,
body stilled in summer,
deflect off the lantern room panes.
Wedging her in the palms of my hands,
body tense, spring-loaded,
dark eyes watery and bulged, fearing death?
Certainly not salvation.
wings half-open, proboscis flaccid, bent. Shards of metal, jagged, transfigured by cars, heavy machinery,
Vibrations trail through my nerves,
into wings, serpents,
faces of long-lost loved ones,
beating hard, her pea-sized heart,
hands open, fast, fast she flies,
stories, the way
wings set to the gusts.
pink and white scars do on skin.
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Present at the Creation
Photo by Tom Bettman.
Excerpts from an oral history with Steven Katona and Susan Lerner
In 2006, when Steve Katona and Susan Lerner retired from College of the Atlantic, there was a great temptation to sit them down for an interview right then and there as part of COA’s ongoing oral history of the college. But wiser minds advised waiting until each one of their combined sixty-eight years of history with COA could come clear—not just the last one or two or thirteen years, during which Katona served as president of the college and Lerner taught classes and then became director of the gallery, but also the early years, when both were instrumental in shaping COA. The following is a small portion of an ongoing interview. ~ Donna Gold
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Donna Gold: What was it that first intrigued you about COA and the idea of a holistic education? Steve Katona: I went to a classical high school—we both did. And then to Harvard for undergraduate and graduate degrees and then to work at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. There was something big and impersonal about those places. You did what you could, which was often quite a lot, but it was not necessarily in collaboration. I didn’t want to go to a standard institution, COA was new, small, synthetic. People were dreaming big dreams. And it seemed as if the place was set up in a way that people could think together and work together and dream up new ways to do things without boundaries.
Steve Katona and Susan Lerner in the early days of the college. Photo by Walter Compton.
Susan Lerner: Yes, all the movements of the late sixties were afoot and there was a great revolutionary feeling that it was time for change. The women’s movement was taking shape. It was an opportunity to take your young life and direct it toward something that was really important—and fun! Remember, there was an energy crisis then, too, and so the concept of being in a place where you really could go back to the land was very powerful. Here on the island, you could go down to the beach and get mussels, you could grow your own food because there was actually soil here and open land, and you could heat with wood. All of those thoughts were very powerful at a time when it seemed as if things were going to explode or fall apart. DG: Was it a difficult decision? Here you are, Steve, a Harvard PhD. Did people think you were throwing away your education—or your life—going to this place that didn’t even exist? SK: I never asked them, so I don’t know … I don’t think so. People were doing some unusual things and there was a general feeling that academia really hadn’t grappled with the environment in any way and it was quite clear to me that the environment was on the verge of serious challenge, maybe collapse. … If I’d have been a finished product, and if I’d have known what it was that I wanted to teach, perhaps this wouldn’t have been the best place for me. But both of us had opportunity to develop in new fields, do things that we would never have had the chance to do at a traditional university—or it would have been much harder. Susie did the same thing with women’s studies and the arts. DG: So much was happening in those early years. When you look back, what stands out most?
SK: I think the main thing that was so compelling was the relationship between the students and the professors, and not just academically, but also in terms of decision-making of all kinds. That engagement in a non-hierarchical way—or as non-hierarchical as possible—was really very different from anything that any of us had encountered. So that was a great source of richness, and lots of fun. SL: It was part of the zeitgeist: this is how you learn. It was really an actively engaged learning community where everybody is learning from each other. And students who came here weren’t trying to go someplace where they could just be spoon-fed information. DG: And teaching outside your discipline must reinforce that lack of hierarchy and underscore the value of teachers learning side-by-side with students. SL: Whatever you could contribute was very appreciated. … At the time there was hardly any information about women. I had been at California Institute of the Arts—CalArts—working with Judy Chicago and Miriam Shapiro; feminist consciousness had taken shape in me, and incipiently in the US and the world. Integrating that into what COA was becoming made sense. People said, “Please, will you teach us about that?” So with a background in literature—not a PhD—I made it happen. SK: There really weren’t very many of us, either on the faculty or on the administrative staff—or for that matter, on the board of trustees. There were more students than anybody else, and some of them were pretty bright and experienced. We needed all hands at the pumps planning this thing together. When it came to the different procedures and protocols, we didn’t know how to do it and there weren’t enough of us to have any kind of a structure to enforce, the only alternative was to have everybody plan this together. And that’s really
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what happened. The first year was devoted to planning what the committee structures would be and how they would operate and what the operating model was for the All College Meeting, and so forth. Some of that stuff is still not squared down perfectly—but it works pretty well. Probably the major thing that allowed the enterprise to work was that Ed Kaelber, our founding president, had enough confidence in the school, the people and the ideas, to give us the freedom to give birth to this new college and these new ways, even though he came from traditional training, too.
we did have to watch out. What that’s about is the adolescence of an institution. All of a sudden, you have to start dealing with some larger issues. The systems that you’d relied on, which were home-grown, you’ve outgrown. You can’t just do things in the same old ways. And so there’s a shakeup. In this case, President Judith Swayze was trying to figure new ways to do things—putting aside whether they would’ve worked, could’ve worked, should’ve worked—they were challenging to the institution.
It calmed down, and we got Lou Rabineau as president, an experienced patriarch from education who brought some new perspective and respect from people from SL: And he attracted great people— the broader educational world. And there was a period of what you might call conSK: Yes, that really was the solidation, building a new fertile soil out of which all of the wonderful fruits of “All the movements of the late foundation. When my turn came, I think the college took this college have grown. Ed sixties were afoot and there a chance on leadership from placed a great premium on was a great revolutionary within. We tried some new people and that gave him the to really put some acconfidence that things were feeling. It was an opportunity things tion and teeth in our human going to be okay. And then, to take your young life and ecology mission—adding the too, there was the faculty’s willingness to not just teach, direct it toward something research islands, Beech Hill Farm, bringing in United though being socialistic and that was really important— World College scholars, and non-hierarchical takes a toll. initiating the green design in and fun!” COA is a seriously busy place with a very heavy teaching ~Susan Lerner our new housing, our zerowaste graduation and a tanload and no real clear path gible emphasis on sustainfor personal advancement, ability. I think David Hales is having good success in but the faculty’s been willing to continue shouldering building on that and the college is gaining every day. that load, and slowly over time, picking up more sense of personal exploration through research or creativity. The adolescence is behind us. The next stage, which And that’s been, I think, very, very healthy. occurred during my administration, was trying to reSL: It would have been very hard to have that at the beginning, when COA was like an infant. You can’t say, “Well, goodbye infant—I’m going to lock myself in my room and do my own thing for the next twenty-four hours. You just couldn’t.” DG: You said at one point that the faculty and students were one. Did you later notice a gulf, especially between the administration and everyone else? SK: It’s about a life cycle. Institutions are like people. As Susie said—they’re like infants and they need a lot of care and mothering and fathering and then they go through their terrible twos and threes—and they do! You start out, you’re held together by a dream, you’ve got this vision, there’s great energy, and then you realize that it’s taking an awful lot of your time and, what’s more, you can’t get things done and so you have a little thrashing around. The first of the accreditors told us this, they said, “You’re doing great now, but watch out in ten years.” Guess what? In ten years
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solve the confusion between this egalitarian administrative governance engagement with the students and the All College Meeting: How did that relate to the more patriarchal role of trusteeship? Who’s in charge here? All you need to do is acknowledge that the All College Meeting is advisory to the board in matters over which the board of trustees has authority. It’s so simple and so small, but it has caused some continued friction. DG: So here you are, starting a college, and then twenty-two years later, Steve, you’re president of this very odd mishmash of tradition and institutionality and happenstance. What was it like to be in control of all— SL: The mess we made. DG: Yes, exactly! SK: It works! The board members get surprised every time they come to an All College Meeting. They say “Wow, that was a fabulous meeting. That’s the best All College Meeting I’ve ever seen!” Well, they say it the next time they come, too.
CLASS NOTES Sally Morong Chetwynd ’76 is living in Wakefield, Massachusetts with her husband, Phillip, and working to broaden an “already strangely varied” career into wetland science. Outside interests in the American Civil War and fife-and-drum continue as Sally tries to learn the bugle to provide live Taps for military funerals. She’d be happy to hear from other COA folks at email@example.com. Frances Pollitt ’77 works at the Maine Historical Society in Portland, Maine. Her book, Historic Photos of Maine, was released by Turner Publishing of Nashville, Tennessee earlier this year. “My human ecology education/degree continues to play a part in my evolution” writes Marc Jenossa ’80. Social work has become his focus although wife, Jenifer, and children, Samuel and Noel, are most important. After twenty years as a carpenter/ contractor, Marc recently completed a master’s degree in social work and is clinical coordinator of outreach services at New Beginnings in Lewiston, Maine, providing services for homeless youth. Lois (Bundy) Van Aken ’81 is a family nurse practitioner at the student health center at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. She bikes to work every day and her daughter, 13, has either biked or walked to school her entire life. Writes Lois, “It is our small way of helping and keeping healthy at the same time.” Lauren McKean ’83 works as a planner at Cape Cod National Seashore where, she writes, “We are making incremental gains in sustainable actions and hoping to build on that and also join efforts to become a climate-friendly park.” Since 2004, Peter Heller ’85 has been happily running two businesses in New York City: consulting with non-profits on fundraising strategies and producing independent films. He is finding interesting film projects, including The Way, an African martial arts drama, and A Girl’s Best Friend about a dog that turns into a man after his owner gets dumped by yet another boyfriend. Tammis Coffin ’87 is living in the Berkshires and has a new position with the Trustees of Reservations. She coordinates outreach and education for thirteen natural and historic sites. The best part of her job, she says, “is inviting creative responses to these landscapes from the community and sharing the creations— exhibits, performances and publications—with others. I feel lucky to be here.” After moving from Machiasport, Maine to Fort Collins, Colorado with sons Conor, 11, and Liam, 6, Lori Gustafson ’87 is now a veterinary epidemiologist for the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Surveillance Unit. Her work ranges from the Washington mussel farming industry to developing cross-border viral hemorrhagic septicemia surveillance plans with Canada. In October she traveled to Chile to join an international team addressing Chile’s infectious salmon anemia. Husband Mike Kimball ’89 finished as the University of Northern Colorado’s Robert O. Schulze Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies and accepted a faculty position as director of the university’s Center for Honors, Scholars, and Leadership. michael.kimball@unco. edu.
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Jared Crawford ’89 lives in Pasadena, California with Annaly and Miles, 11, and works at eSolar as a technical writer. He finally has a dream job that combines his experience with renewable energy, construction, writing and photography. Libby Dean ’89 is senior project coordinator in the Health and Environment Department at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, representing Inuit concerns, especially northern food security and maternal and child health issues. In August she presented her thesis results at an International Polar Year social sciences conference in Greenland. Earlier this year her essay “Doubt and Enduring” was included in the book The Journals of Knud Rasmussen: A Sense of Memory and High-definition Inuit Storytelling (Montreal: Isuma. 2008). email@example.com.
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CLASS NOTES On May 1, Jessie Greenbaum ’89 was featured in an article about massage and hospice care in the Mount Desert Islander and Ellsworth American: http://ellsworthmaine. com/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14364&Itemid=134. “I live in Seattle, Washington, with my fabulous wife, Denise, and charming infant daughter, Lida, born last Halloween,” writes Lars Henrikson ’89. He works in the Conservation Resources Division of Seattle City Light, the only US electrical utility to be net carbon neutral. See page 21. “I have lived in Washington DC for eighteen years,” writes Deborah Mandsager Wunderman ’89. Daughter Essi, 8, loves animals. Husband Rick works at the National Museum of Natural History on erupting volcanoes. “I continue to freelance write foundation grants and have helped organizations raise over seven million dollars. I am ready to try my hand at an environmental thriller. If you have some ideas, I’d love to hear from you.” Deb recently visited Maine and took Eddie Monat’s ’88 boat trip, leaving from COA. “Ed was the first person I met at COA and he talked me into to joining a group study dive course, which meant diving in the cold New England waters from September to December!” firstname.lastname@example.org. Elena Tuhy ’90 married Carl L. Walters II on July 21, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio in a blended Quaker-Protestant ceremony. They live in Columbus where Carl works as an engineer and project manager. Elena continues to practice law in Newark, Ohio, primarily representing children in dependency, delinquency and domestic relations cases. They enjoy getting back to Mount Desert Island each October to visit, hike and attend closing night at Elmer Beal’s and Alison Martin’s ’88 The Burning Tree. email@example.com. In October, Lelania (Prior) Avila ’92 celebrated her ten-year anniversary with husband, Kyle Avila, and exhibited her calligraphy (www.heartcraftcalligraphy. com) at Bar Harbor’s Jesup Memorial Library. She is currently homeschooling her children Rosie, 8, and Elijah, 4, cultivating future human ecologists. Lelania writes that she is dedicated to a mindfulness practice and yoga, has joined a nonviolent communication study group and is still working on a puppet show version of Large Marge’s Garbage Barge. Jennifer DesMaisons ’93 is in her third year as director of college counseling at The Putney School in southern Vermont. “After having spent ten years in college admissions, this is a wonderful opportunity to help students learn more about COA, which has a similar mission to The Putney School,” she writes. Son Andrew is a freshman in high school and son Tyler starts third grade. Cedar Bough Saeji ’93 worked on a dissertation pilot study in Korea this summer on a grant from the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. Heather Martin-Zboray ’93 is working as Democratic regional field director to Hancock and Waldo counties. She’s thrilled to see Elsie Flemings ’07 elected as House District 35 representative. Her real job, however, revolves around second grader Eilon, 7, and Tobiah, 4. Husband Mike Martin-Zboray ’95 is assistant principal of Conners-Emerson in Bar Harbor where he delights in the antics of wily eighth graders and kindergarteners alike—entertaining them on the guitar. Mike is often seen hiking and canoeing with Eilon and Tobiah and a dog or two. Andrea Perry ’95 and Toby Stephenson ’98 are loving their family, Liam, 4, and Brynn, 1, and their new “old” home in Ellsworth. Andrea is in her third year as a foundations consultant, focusing on the environment and sustainable agriculture. Toby is in his sixth year curating the Bar Harbor Whale Museum and working as a captain. They love walking to town, having friends for dinner and traveling.
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CLASS NOTES “My short story ’Mick and Keith, Tom and Huck’ is in the anthology, Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of Contemporary Xxperimental Prose by Women Writers [edited by Nava Renek and available on amazon.com],” says Elizabeth Bachner ’96. Her one-act play Pretty Pretty was performed at the Gene Frankel Theater. Elizabeth writes regular features for www.bookslut.com. Of her largely autobiographical piece she writes, “One big, white-hot orgy of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.” “Now I know that you are all aware of my Photoshop skills, but this is the real deal,” writes Scott Bishop ’97. Stoss Landscape Urbanism (where Scott is senior associate), was a finalist for this year’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Awards in Landscape Design. The award led to meeting First Lady Laura Bush at the White House, and “double-fisting champagne.” Left to right: Jill Desimini of Stoss, Scott, First Lady Laura Bush, Chris Reed, principal owner of Stoss, and Paige Scott Reed, of Stoss’ board of directors. Kelly Dickson, MPhil ’97 and former COA systems administrator George Dickson are enjoying life in Cambridge, England. George is a software programmer for Aveva. Kelly is managing a campaign for the Great Fen Project, a nine-thousand-acre wetland reserve for rare fen plants. Both have had great experiences but miss friends on Mount Desert Island and would love more visitors (like the one in the photo). Email kelly@ takuskohouse.com or call 011-44-01223-701631. In April, Tammy McGrath ’97 and Philip Nicholas ’98 had their third child, John Carter Nicholas. The Brooklyn, New York family also includes William Nicholas, 6, and Josephine Nicholas, 3. Philip has been working for The Trust for Public Land as a project manager, putting together land conservation transactions for about eight years while Tammy raises their kids to be human ecologists. Tammy Packie ’97 exhibited photographs of fishermen and sardine packers from the Herring Project at the Bar Harbor Savings and Loan gallery during the Legacy of the Arts festival this spring, then took photographs and worked with the nonprofit Alliance Exchange in Ecuador, teaming up with the Kallari Association to foster cultural and economic strategies—and chocolate sales—between Ecuador and the US. Dylan (Gabby) Bosseau ’98 finished a dual-degree graduate program in social work and education with an emphasis in early development—infants and toddlers—and families. Dylan’s partner of six years, Barb O’Neill, earned a doctorate in early childhood special education. They live in Brooklyn, New York and spend vacations outdoors—most recently backpacking the Overland Track in Tasmania, Australia (see photo). Dylan also studies acrobatics and static trapeze. firstname.lastname@example.org. As Future Generations director of communications, Traci Hickson ’98 is partnering with fifty-eight universities to launch the Green Long March, an environmental youth movement in China. www.greenlongmarch.org. Tracey Teuber ’98 married veterinarian Kirk Winger on April 26 and moved to Germany for three years. email@example.com. Lara Burns LaPerle ’99 and husband, Bryan, have a new baby girl, born February 22, 2008: Ava Burns LaPerle. They live in Heber, Utah, where Lara works as an office manager and medical assistant for Spring Creek Family Practice. Isaac Jacobs ’99 and his wife began Peace Corps service in La Chumicosa, Panama, working in sustainable agriculture in an extremely deforested area with very poor soil. They love e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Chelsea K. Mooser ’00 was recently a co-first author on a paper in the journal Cancer Research titled “Rin1 is a Breast Tumor Suppressor.” cancerres.aacrjournals.org/cgi/ content/abstract/67/24/11510.
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CLASS NOTES Jennifer Prediger ’00 is senior producer making green videos for Sprig.com, an eco site that is a part of Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive. Her first online video is very silly, she says: sprig.com/videos/instant-parks-quarter about “the scoundrels turning precious city parking spaces into parks for mere quarters!” Leah Stetson ’01, MPhil ’06 writes about wetland science and policy for the nonprofit Association of State Wetland Managers. Her newsletters and articles are web-based, saving paper and conserving resources. Topics range from Clean Water Act Section 404 permits to climate change. Leah can walk to work, hike trails and get to the water’s edge to paddle away in her canoe. Find her work at www.aswm.org. Gabriel Willow ’01 painted endemic birds, led eco-tours and did environmental consulting in the Yucatan before moving to New York City. He now teaches at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, designing exhibits and leading tours. He also leads tours out to the city’s Harbor Heron Islands and DJs at various bars. And one of his bird paintings will be on the cover of January’s The Auk, the journal of the American Ornithologist’s Union; another will be on the cover of a forthcoming CD of recordings of Mexican birds. Rickie Bogle ’02 lives in Portland, Maine with her boyfriend and puppy and is program coordinator at Westbrook’s Mission Possible Teen Center, teaching sexuality education classes to reduce teen pregnancies. Rickie graduated as a licensed massage therapist from Waldoboro’s Downeast School of Massage November 1. Gideon Culman ’02 works for Creative Associates International, Inc., www.caii. com, delivering education, stabilization and civil society transformation to war-torn communities. “I am spearheading the company’s efforts to reach out to the private sector to create sustainable partnerships for international development. Creative has trained tens of thousands of teachers in Iraq and Afghanistan.” See his work at youtube. com/watch?v=jUYkVuwZhY8 and youtube.com/watch?v=KuRcoexVOBs&NR=1. On May 17, 2008 Brianne Press ’02 married her boyfriend of six years, Brian Jordan, a second-year law student at Villanova University School of Law in Pennsylvania. Wedding guests included Cameron Douglass ’02, Nikolai Klibansky (’02) and bridesmaid Jen Dupras ’02. Brianne is project manager for GeoDecisions of Newark, Delaware, creating customized GIS mapping applications. Her clients include the California Division of Recycling, Delaware State Police and the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command of the US Military. Tora Johnson, MPhil ’03 is principal investigator on a three-year $743,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a statewide geospatial technology education initiative. The project involves three UMaine System universities, three community colleges and others with an interest in GIS in Maine. “We’ll be starting new GIS degree and certificate programs and improving existing ones,” and holding workshops for geospatial educators in Maine, she writes. The Environmental Leadership Program has selected twenty-two emerging environmental leaders from the New England region for a yearlong fellowship program aimed at enhancing the capacity of the environmental movement. Among those on the “cutting edge of environmental thought, policy and action,” is Allison Furbish Rogers ’04, media relations coordinator for King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont and a key member of the company’s stewardship team. April Mauro ’04 graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin on June 16, 2008 and has already accepted a position as an equine vet for the following Californian racetracks: Santa Anita, Hollywood and Del Mar. April and Rohan Chitrikar ’04 live in Pasadena, California, where Rohan works as a freelance cinematographer and photographer: www.rohanchitrakar.com.
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CLASS NOTES Julia Morgenstern Hefner ’04 lives in Vallecito, Colorado, with Red, her husband of two years, and son, Wyatt Alexander Hefner, born April 15, 2008, at 9 pounds 7 ounces. She writes, “He is a big beautiful boy and doing wonderfully!” After her first year of graduate school in conservation biology and sustainable development at the University of Maryland, Volha Roshchanka ’04 spent the summer working with a conservation organization on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Jacquelyn Gill ’05 defended her master’s thesis in geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is working on a National Science Foundation-supported PhD thesis investigating the causes and ecological impacts of the North American megafauna extinction at the end of the last ice age. Her poster of this work received the E. Lucy Braun Award for Excellence in Ecology at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in San Jose, California. Special Ed and the Short Bus, the bluegrass group for which Aaron Lewis ’05 plays fiddle, received a coveted Herald Angels award at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Wrote The Scotsman: “Bluegrass, old-time, skiffle, jug band … stir them up vigorously, throwing in elements of zany vaudeville, add some unpredictable tics, then stand back and watch Special Ed and the Shortbus go … as bluegrass fiddle champion Aaron Lewis, violin tucked beneath his beard, sets the pace with a hell-for-leather breakdown…” With Aaron in this image from the Glasgow Herald are Josh Bearman, banjo, Ed Brogan, guitar and Jake Sellers, washboard. Micheala Senek ’05 works in Brussels, for the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, IFOAM, a grassroots, democratic organization of groups from one hundred and eight countries. Its work ranges from the development of standards to the facilitation of organic agriculture in developing countries. www.ifoam.org/ about_ifoam/around_world/eu_group/about.html. Marjolaine Whittlesey ’05 is in her second year of teaching French for the Maine Coast Semester at the Chewonki Foundation where she discusses grammatical structures, organic agriculture and the history of French in Maine with engaged sixteen-year-olds. She spent the summer leading students through Brittany, France, exploring issues of sustainability while working on farms and building eco houses. “Intercultural dialogue, green building and great food—all in one!” Julia Clark ’06 works for Scientific Certification Systems in San Francisco, which offers third-party verification of product claims. She oversees Starbucks’ C.A.F.E. Practices Program in the corporate social responsibility department, a voluntary program for coffee suppliers in exchange for price premiums and purchasing preferences. According to Julia, C.A.F.E. Practices looks at quality, financial viability, economic accountability, social responsibility and environmental leadership. Brittany Quinn ’07 was recently accepted to the University of California Los Angeles’ School of Theater, Film and Television’s highly competitive MFA screenwriting program. To date she has written a novel and four feature-length screenplays and could not be happier about relocating to the west coast. The research poster, “Materials Characterization of Nest Cell Linings of Bees from the Family Colletidae (Colletes inaequalis),” co-authored by Dechan Angmo ’08 and Debbie Chachra, materials science assistant professor at Olin College of Engineering, and Olin students Margaret McCahon and Christopher Morse, was presented at the Materials Research Society meetings. Dechan, a Davis scholar from Ladakh, India, is working on a master’s degree in science teaching at the University of Maine Orono. Sean Berg ’08 and Heather Lea Nazarewicz ’08 were married in Green, Ohio just after graduation. Standing behind the happy couple are Lindsay Baker ’10, Peter Jenkins ’09, Amanda Spector ’08, Charlie Fischer ’07, Jay Guarneri ’07, Sabrina Robertson (’08), Laura Howes ’09 and Emma Rearick ’08. (Class years in parentheses refer to alumni who did not graduate from COA.)
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FACULTY & COMMUNITY NOTES Beyond receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship, Nancy Andrews, faculty member in video and performance art, is participating in a new audio website: www. integr8dmedia.net/viralnet and has received one of LEF Foundation’s 2008 Moving Image Fund Awards, supporting, “experimental film and video works across all genres that express the unique artistic voice and personal vision of the filmmaker.” Nancy is now creating her next film, On a Phantom Limb, an autobiographical fiction about a cyborg superhero. John Anderson, faculty member in biology and the William H. Drury, Jr. Chair in Evolution, Ecology, and Natural History, and Rich Borden, faculty member in psychology and the Rachel Carson Chair in Human Ecology, drafted a mission statement and bylaws for the creation of a human ecology section in the Ecological Society of America. The two also co-chaired a founders meeting at the annual ESA meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in August. On March 31, Rich and John shared the microphone on Maine Public Radio Network, where they were interviewed for Irwin Gratz’ Morning Edition program on their participation in the EcoSummit meeting in Beijing, China (see the Summer/Fall 2007 edition of COA). You can still hear them at mpbn.net/search/results.asp, “China: Economy, Ecology, and the Olympics.” Rich also co-authored the chapter “New Directions in Human Ecology Education” with Rob Dyball of Australian National University and Wolfgang Serbser of the German Society for Human Ecology for Current Trends in Human Ecology, edited by Priscila MacCord and Alpina Begossi (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2008). In July, John also organized and attended the first Eco League teaching retreat, along with Steve Ressel, faculty member in biology. See the whole Eco League crew in the photo, from left, bottom row: Lisa Floyd-Hanna, Prescott College; Leslie Cornick, Alaska Pacific University; Meriel Brooks, Green Mountain College; second row: Steve; Mark Jordan, Green Mountain College; Jim Paruk, Northland College; David McGivern, Alaska Pacific University; Tom Fleischner, Prescott College; and behind them all, John with son David Anderson. COA founding trustee Leslie Brewer was the latest recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award by the Rotary, one of the organization’s highest honors. It is given to Rotarians or community professionals for outstanding contributions that exemplify Rotary’s highest ideal of service above self. Les Brewer was cited as a tireless worker for the community, instrumental in planning Mount Desert Island High School and founding College of the Atlantic. He was also responsible for Bar Harbor’s implementation of a capital improvement projects fund and is still working hard on the Bar Harbor Village Improvement Association. Dianne Clendaniel has stepped down from her job as education director of the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History—but she’s not gone far. She’s now on the second floor of Turrets, serving as the new alumni relations and development coordinator. “I am loving the opportunity to be in touch with alumni and to build more connections within a COA alumni community that reaches around the globe,” she says. Ken Cline, faculty member in law and public policy, and new faculty dean, spoke on “Water as a Human Right” at Middlebury College last April as part of Water Week 2008. He also gave a talk titled, “Opportunities for College Watershed Partnerships” at the 2008 National River Rally in Huron, Ohio in May. Presenting with him were Jasmine Smith ’09 and Brett Ciccotelli ’09. Finally, Ken served again as a reader for the 2008 Morris K. Udall Scholarships. Dru Colbert, faculty member in museum studies and graphic and three-dimensional design, recently presented on contemporary museum practices to the Acadia Senior College. She also gave a talk titled “The Visual Display of Culture” to the Friends of the Maine State Museum in Augusta.
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FACULTY & COMMUNITY NOTES Gray Cox, faculty member in social theory, political economics and history, talked at the Ellsworth and Bangor Unitarian Universalist churches on “Quaker Process and a Culture of Peace.” As a board member of the Quaker Institute for the Future, he oversaw the development of its new website: www.quakerinstitute.org. Gray’s workshop, “Imaging a Dramatically Better World,” brought members of the greater Hancock County community and COA students to a three-day session. This summer, Gray attended the annual World Futures Society conference in Washington DC, and took part in pre-conference workshops on Futures Studies and on the Future of Education. He also performed original songs at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor, Maine. In February, Dave Feldman, faculty member in math and physics, gave two lectures at the University of Warwick’s Mathematical Interdisciplinary Research forum (MIR@W): “An Introduction to Statistical Complexity” and “The Objective Subjectivity of Complexity.” As in 2007, Dave served as director of the Complex Systems Summer School in Beijing, China, sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute in cooperation with The Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He also gave a series of five lectures at the summer school titled, “Some Foundations in Complex Systems: Tools and Concepts.” In addition, Dave spoke at the Computational Mechanics Group of the University of California, Davis on “Two-Dimensional Information Theory and Complexity Measures.” Along with Sam Heller ’09, he presented a talk for COA’s Human Ecology Forum called “Emergent (Non) Majors: Connection and Community at an Interdisciplinary College.” Lynn Havsall, George B. Dorr Museum’s director of museum programs, attended the annual meeting of the Josselyn Botanical Society in Edmunston, New Brunswick, connecting with botanists and naturalists from northeastern United States and southeastern Canada. She also worked with Acadia National Park on the fourth BioBlitz, co-sponsored by the Dorr Museum, looking at the order Heteroptera, and studied fungi at Humboldt Field Research Station at Eagle Hill. Read about her obsession with mushrooms in the Mount Desert Islander: http://mdislander.com/site/ index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7134&Itemid=39. Helen Hess, faculty member in biology, served as a resource for the Chewonki Foundation at its new girls’ camp (www.chewonki.org/girlscamp/default.asp), directed by Genell Vashro, sister to Courtney Vashro ’99. Helen and Courtney portaged along the chain lake system from Fourth to Second Debsconeag Lake in northern Maine, where they joined a group of 12- to 14-year-old girls and their counselors, including Jasmine Smith ’09 and Becca Abuza ’11. The group looked at macro-invertebrates in ponds and streams, discussing diversity, ecology and life cycles. Helen also participated in the salt-water session for 8- to 11-year-old girls in Wiscasset, bringing a cooler of marine invertebrates, some courtesy of Diver Ed (Eddie Monat ’88). At Chewonki, Helen met Marjolaine Whittelsey ’05 and Lucy Hull, development director and mother of Miles Chapin ’10. Helen also served as a science consultant on a series of books for young children published by Enslow Publishers, Inc. COA’s night watchman, James “Howdy” Houghton was profiled in the May/ June issue of Orion Magazine: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/ article/2971. He and Elmer Beal appear in the book Sharing the Ocean: Stories of Science, Politics, and Ownership from America’s Oldest Industry, written by Mike Crocker with photographs by Rebecca Hale, co-published by Tilbury House and Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance in June, 2008. Find more at http://www.namanet. org/SharingTheOcean.html. Howdy’s photo courtesy of Rebecca Hale. COA has received a $100,000 grant from the Partridge Foundation to support Beech Hill Farm. Lara Judson ’04 (photo) and Diane Lococz ’03, co-managers of the farm, will use the funds to improve facilities by installing an additional irrigation system and supplying heat to the new greenhouse during the colder months, thus increasing the farm’s ability to provide the college and greater community with a range of greens and cold-hardy crops throughout the winter. The grant will also help to improve soil, open more acreage to cultivation, provide farm work experience to island high school students and purchase supplies.
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FACULTY & COMMUNITY NOTES The Maine Development Foundation has presented Representative Ted Koffman, COA’s director of government relations and summer programs, along with several other Maine legislators with the 2008 Main Street Hero Award for their work on the Historic Tax Credit, a bill submitted by Ted (D-Bar Harbor). The bill offers financial incentives to developers investing in technically challenging and financially risky historic renovation projects. Ted and Sue Inches ’79 were also among the recipients of a Historic Preservation Honor Award from Maine Preservation. This marks Ted’s last term representing Bar Harbor, due to state-imposed term limits. Todd Little-Siebold, faculty member in history, was in Europe as part of his sabbatical this fall, attending a conference organized by the European Association of Latin American Historians in Leiden, Netherlands, to present a paper called “Articulating Local Identities: Calidad, Clase y Casta in Colonial Guatemala.” He also visited the United Kingdom and Germany to meet our counterparts in the college’s new TransAtlantic Partnership for Sustainable Food Systems (see page 6) and stopped by the United World Colleges in Italy and in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to meet with prospective students. Gordon Longsworth ’90, GIS lab director, participated in the 2008 ESRI International GIS User Conference in San Diego, where COA received a Special Achievement in GIS award. Recipients were submitted by ESRI staff from thousands of organizations worldwide. These are reviewed and selected by ESRI’s president. According to ESRI, “By embracing GIS technology, these organizations have made extraordinary contributions to our global society and set new precedents throughout the GIS community.” Suzanne Morse, the Elizabeth Battles Newlin Chair in Botany, is working with local middle school students in the Community for Rural Education Stewardship and Technology, or CREST team, which is collaborating with the Pesticide Free Island project she started three years ago. The students are developing surveys, web sites, GIS maps and movies about current home use of pesticides and possible alternatives. Working with them is Zimmerman Cardona ’11 who is developing a baseline GIS map of commercial applications in Bar Harbor and collecting information on current uses and needs. Additionally, Suzanne is completing her fifteenth growing season in the community garden. Plots established this year in the Theory and Practice of Organic Gardening class included a massive pumpkin patch, a cutting garden for COA’s development office, an herb and vegetable garden for the kitchen and a garden for the Bar Harbor Food Pantry. Suzanne also participated in the 2007 conference of Sustainable Agriculture Education Association at Cornell University, dedicated to postsecondary sustainable agriculture education. Last October, Suzanne was an invited speaker at the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium conference, presenting “Food Mile Epiphanies: How can colleges and universities make the most of them?” In addition, she performed in Black, a dance concert by Tawanda Chabikwa ’06 and Oscar Chanis, visiting faculty member in dance. Chris Petersen, faculty member in biology, gave a talk on estuarine fishes at Bowdoin College as part of a symposium on the State of Maine Marine Ecology, and on hermaphroditic fishes in Stuttgart, Germany as part of the workshop, Analogies in the Evolution of Gender Expression and Sexual Strategies in Animals and Plants. His work with Charlie Wray at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and Chris Lage from the University of Maine at Augusta, among others, on dogfish shark multiple paternity has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Fish Biology. Chris stepped down from the editorial board of The American Naturalist and was appointed chair of the Bar Harbor Marine Resource Committee. He’s been working with Sarah Drerup ’09 collecting data and performing experiments to study the biology and conservation of clams on Mount Desert Island. Chris Petersen and Helen Hess attended one of many alumni focus group for the academic program renewal, this in California. Photo, back row: Greg Rainoff ’81, Susan (Boughter) Sullivan (’95), Chris, Amy Sims ’84, Liz Miller ’00; front row: Helen, host Cedar Bough Saeji ’93, Chelsea Mooser ’00, and Kevin Stack ’96.
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FACULTY & COMMUNITY NOTES Nishanta Rajakaruna ’94, former faculty member in botany, is now pursuing research opportunities at San Jose State University. Before Nishi left, he presented the paper “Serpentine Outcrops of Eastern North America: Model Habitats for Geoecological Studies” with Tanner Harris ’06 and E.B. Alexander, which won the best botanyrelated oral presentation at the conference, and the poster “A Study to Characterize the Flora of Vernal Pools, Acadia National Park” with Brett Ciccotelli ’09, both at the Northeast Natural History Conference X in Albany, New York. He also published a technical report for the National Park Service with P.D. Vaux, S.J. Nelson, Glen Mittelhauser ’89, K. Bell, B. Kopp, J. Peckenham and Gordon Longsworth ’90: “Assessment of natural resources and watershed conditions in and adjacent to Acadia National Park” (Fort Collins, Colorado: Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/HTLN/ NRTR-2006/001). In press at Rhodora: The Journal of the New England Botanical Club, Volume 111 are two more articles: the senior project of Laura Briscoe ’07, with Tanner, Eve Dannenberg ’09, visiting student W. Broussard, Fred Olday, adjunct faculty member in botany, and Nishi: “Bryophytes of adjacent serpentine and granite outcrops on the Deer Isles, Maine, USA,” and with Tanner, “Serpentine geoecology of eastern North America: A review.” Finally, Nishi’s “Edaphic Factor” article written with R.S. Boyd has been published in General Ecology. Vol. 2 of Encyclopedia of Ecology, edited by Sven Erik Jørgensen and Brian D. Fath (Oxford: Elsevier. 2008). The George B. Dorr Museum received a set of conservation books, DVDs and online resources from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to help conserve its collections, according to Steve Ressel, the Dorr’s academic director. “New Challenges Facing Agriculture Require New Approaches,” a letter by Doreen Stabinsky, faculty member in environmental politics, and Reyes Tirado, was published in Science in February: www.sciencemag.org/cgi/eletters/318/5849/359. Bonnie Tai, faculty member in education, spoke at the National University of Tainan and National Taitung University in Taiwan on “Education for an Ecological Humanity” and spoke at the COA Human Ecology Forum on “Pirates, Pigs, and Politicians: A Human Ecology of Taiwan.” She also organized and convened the first annual meeting on Critical Exploration in Teacher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is an evaluation consultant for Healthy Acadia’s Food Stamp Nutrition Education projects in Hancock County. Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic’s marine mammal research arm, received two grants to continue its marine mammal stranding response, says Sean Todd, the Steven K. Katona Chair in Marine Studies and associate dean for advanced studies. Through the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration awarded the college’s stranding program $92,308 to cover Maine’s mid-coast/downeast region for the next year. Combined with $15,500 from the Michele and Agnese Cestone Foundation, most of the costs of running the stranding program will be covered. Working with Sean on the grant were Allied Whale researchers Judy Allen and Rosemary Seton, along with veterinarian Kathleen T. Prunier.
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From the Dean of Development
Photo by Donna Gold.
As Dean of Development for COA, I am living proof that if you love your job you never work a day in your life. I work with a remarkable faculty who meet students where they are and coax, cajole and challenge them forward; a board of trustees whose passion for this institution is revealed in their dedication; a devoted administrative staff who work way beyond the bounds of normal workload (Normal workload? What’s that?); and intelligent, creative students whose commitment to a better world rubs any last jot of jadedness out of even the most curmudgeonly. But wait! There’s more! I also work with those people who want to be part of this college in another way: through philanthropy. As I often say, the kind of people who give to COA are similar to those who choose to work here, or come here to school, or teach here, or volunteer for the board: those who not only believe a better world is possible, but who want to work towards social justice, peace and a healthy environment. In many colleges and universities, the development office is called the office of advancement. It’s an apt title. Philanthropy allows institutions of higher education to make great strides forward in hundreds of ways every year. The more philanthropic support, the more the institution advances. Here are a few examples of how philanthropy aids College of the Atlantic: Upgrades in technological capacity, infrastructure, laboratories and library resources, which are necessary to keep us current every year. On-going support of student and faculty research to further the exciting projects embarked upon by our community. Creation of new buildings and facilities to meet the growth and needs of the student body. Sufficient financial aid and scholarship support to maintain an affordable level of tuition for all families. Tuition does not come close to covering the cost of a student’s education and the associated services he or she receives as a member of the COA community: internet services, library, housing, trips, lectures, meals, to name a few. It is philanthropy that closes the gap. Investments in COA allow us to offer a high-quality education for hundreds of students each year. And they do more: philanthropy creates a forward momentum for us, allowing COA to remain on the leading edge of education in human ecology. COA students—the entire COA community—work hard every day to make a difference in this world, to improve in some way, as our mission says, the relationships between human beings and our social and natural communities. More than ever, this mission is worthy of support. Lynn Boulger Dean of Development
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From the Administrative Dean
Photo by Sarah Barrett ’08.
Fiscal year 2008 was extraordinary from the financial perspective. By June 2008 we were near completion on two major construction projects—the Kathryn W. Davis Student Residence Village and the Deering Common campus center—both of which are now finished. These projects came in on time and slightly under budget, allowing for further allocations to address our most important capital budget needs. We secured six million dollars in tax-exempt financing, enabling us to complete the construction projects, invest in energy conservation measures, and address other important issues such as replacing roofs and boilers. The 2008 fiscal year was also the first since 2003 that we balanced our operating budget without any special allocation from the endowment. Several factors led to the balanced budget. We continued to increase enrollment and manage the growth of student aid. Although we fell short of an ambitious goal for our annual fund, the shortfall was much less than the three hundred thousand dollars we had set aside as a revenue contingency. We also ended the year with net savings—as compared to our budget—at Beech Hill Farm, and with our dining service and student housing. Our total fund balances, or net worth, decreased slightly from $32.30 million to $32.21 million. Our funds invested in plant and equipment increased slightly to $13.35 million, but our endowment decreased from $20.00 million to $19.48 million. On staffing matters, we continued to have a low staff and faculty turnover rate. We filled the Sharpe-McNally Chair in Green and Sustainable Business, welcomed the arrival of a new dean of development, and filled three other vacancies in the development office. While this may seem like considerable change, the overall turnover of fulltime staff and faculty was well under 10 percent, a very low number. As we look to fiscal year 2009, we have been projecting a balanced budget while allotting funds to address many issues. With a generous gift toward salary and benefits, we will implement much needed salary increases for staff and faculty, improve the college pension plan and support augmented staff and faculty professional development. We will continue to allocate funds to meet our commitments to the environment and to reduce our carbon footprint. We have increased funds to address deferred maintenance and to pay for anticipated rises in fuel costs. We have also budgeted the additional cost of supporting the new buildings, which have greatly improved student life and have created a sense of excitement on campus. At this writing, we have not seen the impact of the international financial crisis, but we are closely monitoring the status of our endowment, annual giving patterns and, most importantly, the potential impact on our students and their ability to stay in school. Overall, faculty, staff and students seem extraordinarily dedicated and hard-working. The belief in our mission continues to be the glue that keeps the school vibrant. Andrew Griffiths Administrative Dean
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Financial Operations Report
(Excerpts from audited statements and rounded to nearest $1,000.) Operating Revenues Tuition and Fees Contributions Endowment Earnings and Transfers Government and Other Grants Dining and Housing Summer Programs Research and Special Projects Other Sources* Total Operating Revenues
8,233,000 2,618,000 744,000 705,000 815,000 511,000 669,000 325,000
9,057,000 2,868,000 662,000 646,000 900,000 601,000 680,000 347,000
2,731,000 229,000 678,000 598,000 265,000 141,000 165,000 5,523,000 1,255,000 1,443,000 953,000 98,000 1,000,000
2,887,000 241,000 791,000 533,000 296,000 144,000 208,000 5,565,000 1,113,000 1,557,000 1,128,000 74,000 778,000
(259,000) 265,000 6,000
446,000 (445,000) 1,000
19,999,000 12,892,000 (592,000)
19,480,000 13,351,000 (617,000)
Operating Expenses Instruction and Student Activities Library Buildings and Grounds Dining and Housing Summer Programs Dorr Museum and Blum Gallery Beech Hill Farm Financial Aid General Administration Payroll Taxes and Fringe Benefits Institutional Advancement Interest Grants, Research Projects Total Operating Expenses Operating Surplus, before fund transfers Transfers to/(from) plant and other funds** Surplus after transfers Net Assets at June 30, 2008 Endowment Plant Operations and other funds Total Net Assets
*Other sources include revenue from the sale of farm produce and miscellaneous sales and fees. **Interfund transfers include depreciation and write-off of property losses to plant fund. MAKE A DIFFERENCE. College of The Atlantic welcomes gifts of all kinds to support our work of educating students to make a difference throughout the world. Please consider including the college in your annual giving. Equally important, to ensure COA’s future, consider becoming part of our planned giving program. Bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and other similar programs help the college while also offering you income tax benefits. Visit www.coa.edu/html/givetocoa or call the development office at 207-288-5015.
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Annual Giving for fiscal year July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. With deep gratitude and appreciation we acknowledge the generosity of our alumni, trustees, staff, faculty and friends.
THE CHAMPLAIN SOCIETY FOUNDER: $10,000+ Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Bass Mr. Edward McC. Blair Mr. and Mrs. Leslie C. Brewer/ ABL Fund of the Maine Community Fnd. T. A. Cox James Deering Danielson Foundation Estate of Mrs. Amos Eno Mr. and Mrs. David H. Fischer Mr. and Mrs. James M. Garnett, Jr. Mrs. Philip Geyelin Mr. Samuel M. Hamill, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Melville Hodder Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Kogod Mr. and Mrs. Peter Loring Ms. Casey Mallinckrodt Jay McNally ’84 and Jennifer Reynolds Mr. Roger Milliken Rebecca and Steve Milliken Mr. and Mrs. G. Marshall Moriarty Mr. and Mrs. Philip S. J. Moriarty Mr. and Mrs. William V. P. Newlin Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pierce James Dyke and Helen T. Porter Mr. and Mrs. George Putnam Dr. Walter Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Robinson, Jr. Rosengarten-Horowitz Fund Ms. Abby Rowe (’98)/ Rowe Family Fnd. Peter and Lucy Bell Sellers Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Sharpe, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde E. Shorey, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Stewart Mrs. Donald B. Straus Julia Merck and Hans Utsch Mr. and Mrs. William Wister, Jr./ Margaret Dorrance Strawbridge Fnd. PATHFINDER: $5,000–$9,999 Mr. and Mrs. Louis Cabot Estate of Mrs. Frederic E. Camp Ms. Barbara Danielson Diversified Communications Mr. and Mrs. William G. Foulke, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Growald Barbara McLeod and David F. Hales Mr. and Mrs. John N. Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Grant G. McCullagh Mr. and Mrs. I. Wistar Morris III/ The Cotswold Foundation Mr. and Mrs. William Osborn Mr. and Mrs. John P. Reeves Mr. David Rockefeller Mr. and Mrs. Hartley Rogers Mr. and Mrs. William N. Thorndike, Jr. Ms. Pennell Whitney
DISCOVERER: $2,000–$4,999 Anonymous American Arbitration Association Mr. Ron Beard *Mrs. Sigrid Berwind Mr. and Mrs. James G. Blaine Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Blanchard III Mrs. Charlotte T. Bordeaux Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust Mr. Frederick C. Cabot/ Paul & Virginia Cabot Charitable Trust Linda K. and John H. Carman/ The Howard E. & Mildred Kyle Fund Mrs. Bernard K. Cough Ms. Sally Crock Dead River Company Mr. and Mrs. Philip DeNormandie Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dickey, Jr. Drs. Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis and Merton Flemings Mr. Edwin N. Geissler (’75) Fr. James Gower Mr. and Mrs. Philip Grantham, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Habermann Mr. and Mrs. George B. E. Hambleton Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Huber Ms. Sherry F. Huber Mr. Peter Hunt/The Point Harbor Fund of the Maine Community Fnd. Mr. Orton P. Jackson, Jr. Margi and Philip Kunhardt III ’77 Mr. and Mrs. Clement E. McGillicuddy/ The Fiddlehead Fund Mr. and Mrs. David E. Moore Dr. Frank Moya Rev. Albert P. Neilson Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin R. Neilson Mr. and Mrs. Peter Nitze Ms. Elizabeth F. Nixon Mrs. William Norris Dr. and Mrs. Richard N. Pierson Dr. Richard G. Rockefeller Mr. and Mrs. William B. Russell Mr. and Mrs. Winthrop Short State Street Corporation Sweatt Foundation Mr. and Mrs. W. Nicholas Thorndike Kathy Bonk and Marc S. Tucker Jack Ledbetter and Helen Tyson Mr. and Mrs. Christiaan Van Heerden Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Weg Ms. Katherine Weinstock ’81 Mr. Douglas Williams Mr. John Wilmerding Winky Foundation Mr. David J. Witham
ANNUAL REPORT EXPLORER: $1,500–$1,999 Mr. and Mrs. Schofield Andrews III Mr. and Mrs. John Anthony Peter Neill and Mary Barnes Lynn Boulger and Tim Garrity Mr. Charles Butt Susanna Porter and James M. Clark, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Tristram C. Colket, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Shelby M.C. Davis Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William Dohmen Mr. and Mrs. George H. P. Dwight Mr. and Mrs. William Eacho III/ The Eacho Family Foundation Mrs. John J. Emery Joel and Arline Epstein Gordon Iver and Dorothy Brewer Erikson Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation The First Mr. David Fogg Mr. and Mrs. Will Gardiner Dr. and Mrs. Philip Geier Mr. and Mrs. Jorgen H. Heidemann Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hinckley Richard Gordet and Sonja Johanson ’95 Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Johnson III Susan Lerner and Steven Katona Mr. Arthur J. Keller Ms. Joanne S. Kemmerer ’02 Mr. John L. Kemmerer III Mrs. Burks Lapham Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lipkin Machias Savings Bank Ms. Pamela Manice (’77) Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. McCoy Jon and Sarah McDaniel ’93 Mrs. Donald G. McLean Laura Ellis and David Milliken Mr. and Mrs. Gerrish Milliken Linzee Weld and Peter Milliken (’76) Mr. and Mrs. A. Fenner Milton Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Moriarty II Mr. and Mrs. William L. Neilson Ms. Sandra Nowicki Ms. Whitney Wing Oppersdorff Ms. Judith S. Perkins Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson E. Peters Susan Erickson and Bruce Phillips ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Jay Pierrepont Mrs. Eben W. Pyne Mrs. Dora L. Richardson Mr. and Mrs. John R. Rivers Mrs. Walter M. Robinson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William M. Rudolf Mr. and Mrs. W. Tom Sawyer Cynthia Livingston and Henry Schmelzer Ms. Caren Sturges Rodman and Susan Ward Mr. and Mrs. Harold White III
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ANNUAL REPORT ANNUAL FUND GIFTS: $1–$1,499 Anonymous (five) Acadia Senior College Ms. Beverly Agler ’81 Ms. Heather Albert-Knopp ’99 Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Alie Ms. M. Bernadette Alie ’84 Ms. Judith Allen Mr. William Allen ’87 American Conservation Association Richard and Heather Ames Arnold and Peggy Amstutz Mrs. Diane Anderson Mr. John Anderson Ms. Karin Anderson, PhD Mr. and Mrs. Stockton Andrews Kristofer and Genevieve Angle ’00 Rev. and Mrs. Jonathan Appleyard Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Aronson Ms. Jennifer Atkinson ’03 Atwater Kent Foundation, Inc. Wendy Knickerbocker and David Avery ’84 Ms. Lelania Prior Avila ’92 Ms. Jennifer Aylesworth ’94 Mr. Alan L. Baker Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Baker Mr. Jeffrey Baker ’77 Bridgette Chace Kelly Ball Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes Bar Harbor Savings & Loan Barbara Tennent and Steven Barkan Mr. and Mrs. Edward Barnes Dr. and Mrs. Richard Barnhart Mr. H. B. Beach Allison Martin ’88 and Elmer Beal, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Beal, Sr. Ms. Marcia Becker Dr. and Mrs. Robert Beekman Mr. William Beinecke Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Berlin Jason Bernad, MD ’94 Mr. Eric Bernstorff ’08 Deodonne ’06 and Ranjan ’04 Bhattarai Mr. John Biderman ’77 Ms. Janet Biondi ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bird Mr. and Mrs. Francis Blair Mr. Edward McC. Blair, Jr. Ms. Susan Thomas Blaisdell Hon. and Mrs. Robert Blake Mr. Jerry Bley Ms. Edith Blomberg Mr. and Mrs. John R. H. Blum/ The Berkshire Taconic Community Fnd. Sharon Teitelbaum and Jonathan Bockian Patricia Honea-Fleming and Richard Borden Mr. Dennis Bracale ’88 Tony and Milja Brecher-DeMuro Ms. Virginia Brennan Judith Tharinger and Daniel Breslaw
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Ms. Teisha Broetzman ’88 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burton II Mr. Jonathan Busko ’07 Anne and Frank Cabot Mr. Henry Cabot ’97 Ms. Julie McLeod Cameron ’78 Ms. Heather Candon ’99 Sarah and Oliver Carley ’96 Donna Gold and William Carpenter Suzanne Taylor and Don Cass Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cawley Mr. Erin Chalmers ’00 Ms. Kim Cherry ’94 Mr. David Chiang Ms. Sanae Chiba ’94 Ms. Taj Chibnik ’95 Dr. Sarah Chisholm-Stockard ’86 Hannah S. Sistare and Timothy B. Clark Ms. Cecily Clark Mrs. Sarah Clark Ms. Katherine Clark ’91 Ann Clemens ’96 James and Dorothy Clunan Jan Coates Ms. Tammis Coffin ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Cohen Ms. Barbara Cole Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Colson Mr. Douglas Coots ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Corkins Dick Atlee and Sarah Corson Dr. and Mrs. Melville Cote Carolyn Gray and Gray Cox Ms. Judith Cox Ms. Elizabeth Coxe Jennifer ’93 and Kevin ’93 Crandall Mr. Jared Crawford ’89 Mr. Stefan Cushman Mrs. Rose Cutler Mr. and Mrs. William Daniel Mr. Arber Viktor Davidhi ’04 Ms. E. Nicole D’Avis ’02 Jane and Stan Davis Ms. Julia Davis ’03 Ms. Jaird De Raismes Mr. John Deans ’07 Rev. and Mrs. Gary DeLong Mr. Robert DeSimone Ms. Holly Devaul ’84 Mrs. John Devlin Mr. Robert Dick Mr. and Mrs. S. Whitney Dickey/ Hardy Hill Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation George and Kelly Dickson, MPhil ’97 Prof. and Mrs. Arthur Dole Mr. Stephen Dolley Janet Anker and Charles Donnelly Wendy and Michael Downey
Mrs. William Drury Mr. Lawrence Duffy E. L. Shea, Inc. Mr. Alden Eaton Mrs. Kirstin Edelglass Mr. Joseph Edes ’83 Mr. David Emerson ’81 Ms. Mary Emerson Ms. Carol Emmons Dr. Richard Emmons ’92 Carol and Jackson Eno Mrs. Bertha Erb Ms. Julie Erb ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Erhart John and Therese Erianne Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Ervin Dr. and Mrs. William Evans Tony and Sarah Everdell Ms. Lisa Farrar ’90 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Fecho Sam and Elise Felton Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Felton Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fernald Cynthia Jordan Fisher ’80 Mr. Thomas Fisher ’77 John and Marie Fitzgerald Mr. and Mrs. William M. G. Fletcher Mr. and Mrs. A. Irving Forbes Dr. and Mrs. Richard Fox Ms. Sarah Fraley Mr. and Mrs. W. West Frazier IV Ms. Susan Freed ’80 Mary Jo Brill and Peter Freedman Gary and Glenon Friedmann ’86 Ms. Allison Fundis ’03 Mr. David Furholmen Mr. Timothy Pierce Gale ’87 Mrs. Robert Gann Garden Club of Mount Desert Lois M. Gauthier Charitable Trust GE Foundation Ms. Laurie Geiger Mr. and Mrs. Stephen George Ms. Amy George-Olson ’98 Mr. Matthew Gerald ’83 Ms. Anne Giardina Ms. Lauren Gilson ’88 Drs. Alan and Wendy Gladstone Dr. and Mrs. Donald Glotzer Mrs. Hope Goddard Graham and Erin Goff ’92 Gerda Paumgarten and Larry Goldfarb Mr. and Mrs. Alan Goldstein/ Ocean Reef Foundation Mrs. Laura Arm Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. John Good Marie Malin ’01 and M. Wing Goodale, MPhil ’01 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goodman Ms. Diane Gordon
ANNUAL REPORT Ms. Elizabeth Gorer Nina ’78 and Jonathan ’78 Gormley Dr. and Mrs. Robert Gossart Mr. and Mrs. John Gower Mr. P. Heeth Grantham ’94 Mr. Samuel P. M. Gray Graycote Inn Ms. Linda Gregory ’89 Ms. Mary Griffin ’97 Susan Dowling and Andrew Griffiths Mr. Jay Guarneri ’06 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gumpert Ms. Elizabeth Gustavson ’94 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Guttentag Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Hailperin Mr. Max Hall Ms. Briana Hall-Harvey ’02 Mr. Christopher Hamilton ’85 Stephen Sternbach and Lisa B. Hammer ’91 Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Hancock Ms. M. Rebecca Hancock ’97 Ms. Mary Harney ’96 Mrs. Nancy Harris Mrs. Penelope Harris Mr. Tanner Brook Harris ’06 Ms. Holly Hartley Ann and John Hassett Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hatfield II Ms. Anne Hawley Ms. Barbara Hazard Ms. Katherine Hazard ’76 Ms. Mary Heffernon Jeffrey Jones and Lisa Heimann Kate Russell Henry and Eric Henry Julia Moore and John Herron, Jr. Dr. Josephine Todrank Heth ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hewett Barbarina ’88 and Aaron ’87 Heyerdahl/ Seventh Generation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Ms. Barbara Hilli Tom and Daphne Hinchcliffe Sam and Kendra Hodder Mr. Juan Hoffmaister ’07 Ms. Margaret Hoffman ’97 Ms. Amy Hoffmaster ’06 Ms. Noreen Hogan ’91 Tom and Eduarta Holl ’05 Mr. and Mrs. David Hollenbeck Homewood Benefits Mrs. Mark Hopkins Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hoppin Dr. and Mrs. William Horner Robert and Flavia Horth Horton, McFarland & Veysey Mr. and Mrs. Winchester Hotchkiss Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hubbard Ms. Sarah F. Hudson Ms. Jennifer Hughes Ms. Jane Hultberg
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Huntington Ms. Anna Hurwitz ’84 Mr. and Mrs. John Inch, Jr. Ms. Susan Inches ’79 Mr. and Mrs. R. Duane Iselin Mr. and Mrs. David Jacks Achtenberg Mr. John Jacob ’81 Ms. Jodi Lyn Jacobs ’06 Jennifer and Michael Jancovic ’96 Ms. Patricia Jennings Ms. Catherine Johnson ’74 Mrs. Rosa Marie Johnson Ms. Eliana Johnston ’06 Ms. Leslie Jones ’91 Mr. and Mrs. William Jordan Jordan-Fernald Mr. and Mrs. H. Lee Judd Ann Sewall and Edward Kaelber Laura Fisher and Michael B. Kaiser ’85 Mr. and Mrs. William Kales Mr. and Mrs. David Kane Steve and Ali Kassels Bob and Ellie Kates Mr. John Kauffmann Mr. John Kebler Dr. James Kellam ’96 Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Keller Mr. and Mrs. James Kellogg Mr and Mrs. Leslie Kelly Kent-Lucas Foundation, Inc. Mr. David Kessner Lorraine Stratis and Carl Ketchum The Kiel Family Mr. and Mrs. Neil King Bethany and Zack (’05) Klyver Ms. Barbara Knowles The Knowles Company Mr. and Mrs. S. Lee Kohrman Ms. Anne Kozak Mr. Scott Kraus ’77 Mrs. Philip Kunhardt, Jr. Dr. Barbara Kent Lawrence Lucille Aptekar and Gerald Leader Kathryn Harmon ’94 and Rob Ledo ’91 Barbara Lee Family Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Leung Lee Ms. Alice Leeds ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Edward Leisenring Mrs. Susan Shaw Leiter Ms. Caroline Leonard ’01 Dr. Eugene Lesser ’78 Ms. Mary Levanti-Cuellar Mr. James Lindenthal Ms. Mary Lindsay Peg Beaulac and Carl Little Ms. Abigail Littlefield ’83 Dr. John Long, Jr. ’86 Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Longsworth Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lord Mr. and Mrs. William Lord II
Mrs. Oliver Lowry Ms. Sarah Luke Mr.and Mrs. Lewis Lukens Ms. Andrea Lynn ’90 Mr. James MacLeod Michael Mahan Graphics Meg and Miles Maiden ’86 Maine Community Foundation Mr. David Malakoff ’86 Col. and Mrs. Robert Mangum Ms. Christine Manzey Mr. and Mrs. George Marcus Ms. Sandra Marr Rob Marshall ’87 Mr. Erik Hilson Martin ’98 Ms. Kathleen Massimini ’82 Mrs. Anne Mazlish Mr. and Mrs. Francis McAdoo Mr. William McDowell ’80 Mrs. John McGrath Mr. J. R. McGregor Suzanne Durrell and Ian Scott McIsaac ’76 Mr. Donald K. McNeil Ms. Gabrian McPhail ’97 Mr. Clifton McPherson III ’84 Ms. Jeanne McPherson Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meade Mrs. Jean Messex Ms. Pamela Meyer Mr. Jeffrey Miller ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Keith Miller Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Miller Sen. and Mrs. George Mitchell Mr. Frank Mocejunas Edna Martin and Eddie Monat ’88 Ms. Penelope More Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Morgenstern Mrs. Lorraine Morong Rachel ’00 and Brenden ’98 Moses Diane Blum and Robert Motzkin Mr. and Mrs. John Moyer Dr. Victoria Murphy Kimberly Austin Nathane ’04 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nathane, Jr. Rolando and Alexandra Negoita Mr. and Mrs. Robert Neuman Ms. Elinor Newman ’87 Tammy McGrath ’97 and Philip Nicholas ’98 Mrs. A. Corkran Nimick Mrs. Marie Nolf Mr. Thupten Norbu ’06 Merideth C. Norris, D.O. and Family Northrop Grumman Foundation Ms. Kendra Noyes Miller ’01 Mrs. Elizabeth Higgins Null Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Nyhart Ms. Hope Olmstead Hannah and Judd Olshan ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Tollef Olson Mr. W. Kent Olson
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ANNUAL REPORT Mr. Benoni Outerbridge ’84 Jim and Suzanne Owen Ms. Kaitlin Palmer ’08 Mr. Peter Papesch, AIA Ms. Sarah Pappenheimer Ms. Pamela Parvin ’93 Dr. and Mrs. Lewis Patrie Mr. Robert Patterson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Paul Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Peabody Mrs. Stephen Pearson Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pennington Ms. Margaret Pennock ’84 Toby Stephenson ’98 and Andrea Perry ’95 Shoshana Perry ’83 Mr. Gordon Peters Stowe C. and Charlton Y. Phelps Fnd. Ms. Susan Pierce Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pinkham Thomas and Patricia Pinkham Ms. Melissa Pinney ’01 Ms. Carole Plenty Jean Fleming and Arthur Posey Ms. Eleanor Powers Mr. and Mrs. Ben G. M. Priest The Prospect Hill Foundation Mr. Charles Provonchee Mr. and Mrs. Hector Prud’homme Ms. Kipp Quinby ’07 Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna ’94 Ms. Cathy Ramsdell ’78 Robin and David Ray Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Rea Carolyn Reeb-Whitaker ’92 Ms. Rebecca Renaud Mr. Andrew Rice Stephen and Emmie Rick Ms. Andrea Roberto ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Owen Roberts Drs. Paul and Ann Rochmis Dr. Jennifer Rock ’93 Dr. and Mrs. Steven Rockefeller Hilda and Thomas Roderick Ronald and Patricia Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Rosenfeld Ms. Gail Rosenkrantz Drs. Stephen and Pamela Ross Mr. and Mrs. Max Rothal Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rothstein Mr. and Mrs. William Russell Ms. J. Paige Rutherford ’06 Cedar Bough Saeji ’93 Ms. Blakeney Sanford ’02 Mr. Daniel Sangeap ’90 Ms. Barbara Sassaman ’78 Mr. and Mrs. G. David Savidge Mr. and Mrs. John Schafer Ms. Margaret Scheid ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Fred Scheiner Ms. Judith Schenk ’80
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Tom and Susanna Meade Schindler Ms. Chrystal Schreck ’03 Ms. Ellen Seh Mr. and Mrs. Roland Seymour Mr. Samuel Shaw Mrs. Margaret Sheldon Mr. and Mrs. John Grace Shethar Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Shubert Ms. Carol Silverman Ms. Fae Silverman ’03/ The Little Elf Fund Lilea ’90 and Richard ’88 Simis Mr. Mark Simonds ’81 John and Fran Sims Ms. Susanne Slayton Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Smith Victor Amarilla ’06 and Carolyn Snell ’06 Mr. Mark Snowden Mr. and Mrs. R. Charles Snyder Ms. Harriet Soares Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Soloway Mr. and Mrs. Philip Soosloff, Jr. Ms. Erin Soucy ’07 Ms. Kyra Sparrow-Pepin Wendy and Leonard Spector Mrs. June Spencer Ms. Sarah Spruce ’07 Ms. Linda St. Onge Leis ’80 Lynne and Mike Staggs ’97 Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Stedman Mr. John Steele Ms. Lisa Stewart Ms. Marion Stocking Ms. Dorie Stolley ’88 Ms. Florence Stone Mr. Bradford Straus Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Strickland Ms. Silvija Strikis Susan Shaw and Cynthia Stroud Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sullivan Mrs. Robert Suminsby Stuart Dickey Summer ’82 Dr. Douglas Sward ’96 Mr. Gilbert Sward Mr. Jeffrey Swersky Jasmine Renee Tanguay ’98 Dr. Davis Taylor Katrin Hyman Tchana ’83 Ms. Karla Tegzes Tracey Anne Teuber ’98 Mr. and Mrs. John Thorndike Ms. Ellen Reid Thurman Sean and Carolyn Todd T. Michael Toole Ms. Kristen A. Tubman ’03 Elena Tuhy-Walters ’90 and Carl Walters Mr. Frank Twohill ’80 Patrick and Mary Ann Tynan Mr. and Mrs. David Vail Mr. John Van Dewater Ms. Katrina Van Dusen
Verizon Foundation Ms. Anne Vernon Mr. John Viele Elizabeth and Thomas Volkmann ’90 Ms. Anna Waddell ’99 Mr. and Mrs. Jeptha Wade Richard Hilliard and Karen Waldron Stacy Hankin and Benjamin Walters ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Burt Wartell Alexis ’93 and Patrick ’93 Watson Mrs. Cecile Watson Ms. Joan Weber Mrs. Constance Weeks Diane Metzger and Edward Weisberg Jean McHugh Weiss ’81 Bradford and Alice Wellman Mr. and Mrs. David West Mrs. Joan Whitehill Ms. Grace Whitman Raymond and Laurie Williams Williams Family Foundation Ms. Nellie Wilson ’04 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Witt Ms. Susan Woehrlin ’80 Richard Bullock and Carol Woolman Rick and Wanda Wright Deborah Wunderman ’89 Ms. Jingran Xiao John Mahoney and Sara Yasner ’95 Mrs. George Younger Mr. and Mrs. Louis Zawislak Mr. Fred Zerega Mrs. Jane Zirnkilton GIFTS IN MEMORIAM For Esperance Anderson Mr. John K. Anderson For Sigrid Berwind James Dyke and Helen Porter For Alice Stewart Partee Eno Ms. Barbara Danielson George and Kelly Dickson, MPhil ’97 Mr. and Mrs. David E. Moore Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Sullivan For William G. Foulke, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. William V. P. Newlin The Combs Family Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Sullivan For Lois Gauthier Lois M. Gauthier Charitable Trust For Philip L. Geyelin George and Kelly Dickson, MPhil ’97 For Irving Gold Donna Gold and Bill Carpenter
ANNUAL REPORT For Hamilton Gray Mr. David Congalton Col. and Mrs. Robert A. Mangum Mr. and Mrs. David West For Tom Hall Mrs. Oliver H. Lowry For Daniel H. Kane, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David H. Kane For Dr. Edward J. Meade, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Meade For Alice Caldwell Porter Lynn Boulger and Tim Garrity Mr. and Mrs. William G. Foulke, Jr. For Donald B. Straus American Arbitration Assoc. Ms. Marcia D. Becker Mr. William S. Beinecke Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Blanchard III Mr. and Mrs. John R. H. Blum/ The Berkshire Taconic Community Fnd. Anne and Frank Cabot Ms. Elizabeth Coxe Ms. Mary Emerson Mr. Samuel P. M. Gray Ms. Anne Hawley Julia Moore and John Herron, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hubbard Mr. and Mrs. David Jacks Achtenberg Lucille Aptekar and Gerald C. Leader Barbara Lee Family Foundation Ms. Mary Lindsay Mr. and Mrs. Francis A. McAdoo Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Miller Ms. Penelope S. More Stowe C. and Charlton Y. Phelps Fnd. The Prospect Hill Foundation Ms. Florence Stone Mr. Bradford P. Straus Margaret Dorrance Strawbridge Foundation of Pennsylvania Mr. Jeffrey Swersky For Etel Thomas *Mrs. Sigrid Berwind Mr. Peter P. Papesch, AIA For Etel and Joseph (Tommy) Thomas Ms. Sarah Fraley For Joseph (Tommy) Thomas Ms. Jaird De Raismes For Elizabeth Thorndike Tom and Susanna Meade Schindler For Mr. and Mrs. R. Amory Thorndike Mr. and Mrs. W. Nicholas Thorndike For Jesse Tucker ’95 Nancie Atwell and Dugald McLeod Dan Bookham and Jessie Davis ’00 Donald and Patricia Bassett
Gerald and Tami Cayer Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Dommermuth Mr. and Mrs. Ron Duplisea Jonathan and Wendy Hallenbeck Mr. Michael Kattner ’95 Ms. Elizabeth Leonard Doug and Alma Matthieu Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ogden Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ponitz Mr. Ryan Ruggiero ’96 Ms. Julie Shores Ms. Michelle Smallman ’95 Ms. Karen Stubbs The Village Inn Susan and Daniel Walters
Evelyn Mae Hurwich ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Kogod Jon and Sarah McDaniel ’93 Mr. and Mrs. Gerrish Milliken Dr. and Mrs. Richard N. Pierson
GIFTS IN HONORARIUM For Ashley Adler Ms. Diane Gordon
For Fae Jolie-ge Silverman Ms. Carol Silverman
For Edward McC. Blair Mr. Edward McC. Blair, Jr. Ms. Pamela G. Meyer For Lynn Boulger Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Hatfield II Merideth C. Norris, D.O. and Family For Lynn Boulger and Tim Garrity Donna Gold and Bill Carpenter Jennifer Hughes For Leslie C. Brewer Rev. and Mrs. Jonathan Appleyard Gordon Iver and Dorothy Brewer Erikson Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation For Colin Capers Ms. Mary Heffernon For JoAnne Carpenter Ms. Abigail Goodyear ’81 For Cherie Ford Anonymous For William G. Foulke, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Philip Geier For Samuel M. Hamill, Jr. Mr. Ron Beard Mr. and Mrs. William G. Foulke, Jr. Ms. Sherry F. Huber Mr. and Mrs. John N. Kelly Margi and Philip Kunhardt III ’77 Mr. and Mrs. Philip S. J. Moriarty Mr. and Mrs. William V. P. Newlin Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Robinson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde E. Shorey, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Christiaan Van Heerden For Steven K. Katona Dr. and Mrs. John Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Philip Grantham, Sr./ Curtis Hall Foundation
For Julie Pancoe Shoshana Perry ’83 For Helen Porter and Jim Dyke Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davis Richard and Susan Sims Smith For Dr. Walter M. Robinson III Mrs. Walter M. Robinson, Jr. For Doug Rose Dr. Douglas Sward ’96
For Marie Stivers Anonymous For Bruce Tripp Anonymous MATCHING GIFTS Biogen Idec Foundation The Boeing Company Fidelity Foundation Freeport-McMoRan Foundation GE Foundation Johnson & Johnson Matching Gifts Program Morgan Stanley Northrop Grumman Foundation The Prospect Hill Foundation Verizon Foundation Wellington Management Company, LLP THORNDIKE LIBRARY The Camden Conference Mr. John Deans ’07 Carol ’93 and Jacob ’93 Null Dr. Karen E. Waldron GEORGE B. DORR MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Dorr Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John Guth Mr. and Mrs. George B. E. Hambleton Institute of Museum and Library Services Mrs. Anne A. Mazlish Mr. and Mrs. Gerrish Milliken Ms. Helen Porter and Mr. James Dyke Peter and Lucy Bell Sellers SUMMER FIELD STUDIES PROGRAM Ms. Tamara Bannerman CFC of Maine Ethan Foote and Susan Dickey Dr. David Painter and Dr. Mary Dudzik Mr. Matthew Gerald ’83
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ANNUAL REPORT Harry Dietz III and Ada Hamosh Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hill Dr. and Mrs. Mark Kandutsch Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Libby Ms. Stacey Mason Ms. Joann Mendl Mr. and Mrs. Michael Modeen Mr. and Mrs. Steve Moore Mr. Paul Girdzis and Ms. Adrienne Paiewonsky Mr. David Rockefeller Mr. Michael Ross Paul Richardson and Marisela Santiago Ruth Cserr and Robert Savell Joel Graber and Lindsay Shopland Susan and Ronald Smith Ms. Frances Stehman Ann Dundon and Prentice Strong III Dan Thomassen and Bonnie Tai Tapley’s Convenience & Grill Drs. John and Mary Telsey Lucy Hodder and Robert Thompson Mr. and Mrs. William Thorndike, Jr. BEECH HILL FARM *Mrs. Sigrid Berwind Nina Goldman and Douglas Legg Ms. Casey Mallinckrodt Rebecca and Steve Milliken The Partridge Foundation SCHOLARSHIP GIFTS Mr. and Mrs. Shelby M. C. Davis Davis United World College Scholars Prg. Lois M. Gauthier Charitable Trust Estate of Henry and Elizabeth Guthrie The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust Maine Community Foundation Maine Space Grant Consortium Mr. Charles Merrill, Jr. Sidney Stern Memorial Trust Richard and Norah Davis Scholarship Fund Ms. Norah Davis Rebecca Clark ’96 Memorial Scholarship Fund Mr. Kenneth Cline Ms. Sally Crock Sidney and Hazel Bahrt Scholarship Fund Estate of Sidney and Hazel Bahrt GRANTS FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS Comprehensive Academic Management System (CAMS) Davis Educational Foundation IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) National Center for Research Resources, NIH
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Moving Image Fund Award LEF Foundation Supporting Early Success in College MELMAC Education Foundation Maine Sea Grant Program University of Maine Sea Grant Program Seabird Census Acadia Partners for Science and Learning Biomechanics Workshop Maine Space Grant Consortium Title VI – Doing Human Ecology in Global Context US Department of Education Osmoregulation Project Illinois State University Applied Ecology Project Maine Space Grant Consortium INDIVIDUAL GIFTS TO SPECIAL PROJECTS Dugald McLeod and Nancie Atwell Donald and Patricia Bassett *Mrs. Sigrid Berwind Mr. Edward McC. Blair Gerald and Tami Cayer Dan Bookham and Jessie Davis ’00 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davis Mr. and Mrs. Shelby M.C. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Dommermuth Mr. and Mrs. Ron Duplisea Estate of Mrs. Amos Eno Mr. and Mrs. William G. Foulke, Jr. French American Cultural Exchange Douglas Legg and Nina M. Goldman Susan Dowling and Andrew Griffiths Mr. and Mrs. John Guth Jonathan and Wendy Hallenbeck Mr. and Mrs. Melville Hodder Mr. Michael Kattner ’95 Keuhlthau Family Foundation Ms. Elizabeth Leonard Maine Community Foundation Ms. Casey Mallinckrodt Maney Publishing Maryland Native Plant Society Doug and Alma Matthieu Rebecca and Steve Milliken Mr. and Mrs. Philip S. J. Moriarty Mr. and Mrs. William V. P. Newlin Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ogden Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Eliot Paine Mr. Andrew Peterson Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pierce Mr. Shiva Polefka ’01 Martha and Donald Ponitz Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Robinson, Jr. Mr. Ryan Ruggiero ’96
Peter and Lucy Bell Sellers Ms. Julie Shores Ms. Michelle Smallman ’95 Richard and Susan Sims Smith Estate of Henry and Priscilla Smith Ms. Karen Stubbs The Village Inn Susan and Daniel Walters Turrets Seaside Garden Garden Club of Mount Desert Kathryn W. Davis Student Residence Village The Combs Family Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Cushman Ms. Sherry Huber Jon and Sarah McDaniel ’93 Rebecca and Steve Milliken Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Neilson Mrs. Donald Straus Deering Common Community Center Bar Harbor Bank & Trust James Deering Danielson Foundation Davis Family Foundation Mr. John Kauffmann Machias Savings Bank Drury Memorial Research Library Mrs. Hope Goddard Presidents’ Climate Commitment Henry P. Kendall Foundation Union River Watershed Coalition Ms. Nancy Alexander Dr. and Mrs. Robert Beekman Mr. Kenneth Cline Ms. Donna Davis Drs. Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis and Merton Flemings Ms. Helen Geils Thomas Ramey and Perrin Ireland Ms. Tonia Kittelson Mr. and Mrs. Ted Koffman Ms. Carol Tweedie Korty Valerie and Tobin Peacock ’95 Mr. James Pendleton Mr. Gordon Peters Ms. Janet Plotkin Ms. Bonnie Preston Jane Rosinski and Gordon Russell Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Smith Ms. Martha Spiess State of Maine Treasury Department Steven and Cecily Wardell Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Wardell GIFTS TO THE SENIOR CLASS Chris Aaront ’08 Sean Berg ’08 and Heather Nazarewicz ’08 Chandra Bisberg ’08 Lynn Boulger and Tim Garrity
ANNUAL REPORT Melody Marie Brimmer ’08 Donna Gold and Bill Carpenter Barbara and Vinson Carter Ms. Judith Cox Elizabeth Danylevich ’08 Zinaida Dedeic ’08 Leah Erlbaum ’08 Melissa Gates ’08 Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Hill Ms. Jennifer Hughes Natalia Ilyashenko ’08 Katarina Jurikova ’08 Ashlesha Khadse ’08 Lombe Simon James Lojogo ’08 Ms. Sarah Luke Jay McNally ’84 and Jennifer Reynolds Ms. Anna Murphy Kayla Pease ’08 Kate Sheely ’07 Amanda Spector ’08 Sarah Steinberg ’07 Christiana Swanson ’08 Megan Tate ’08 Hua Wang ’04 Darcy Allyn Whitten ’07 Mary Wildfeuer ’08 GIFTS TO THE ENDOWMENT General Endowment John and Karen Anderson Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Thomas IV Ms. Hua Wang ’04 Beth and Donald Straus Innovator Award Mrs. Donald Straus President’s Discretionary Benefit and Compensation Fund Ms. Maria Lis Baiocchi ’07 Mr. Samuel Hamill, Jr. Dr. James Kellam ’96 William Drury Research Fund Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goelet Dr. Ellen Spain Craig Greene Memorial Fund John and Karen Anderson Allison Martin ’88 and Elmer Beal, Jr. Steven K. Katona Chair in Marine Studies John and Karen Anderson Evelyn Mae Hurwich ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Kogod Jon and Sarah McDaniel ’93 Mr. and Mrs. Gerrish Milliken Cynthia Livingston and Henry L. P. Schmelzer The Woodcock P. Foundation
Rachel Carson Chair in Human Ecology Peter and Lucy Bell Sellers Philip L. Geyelin Fund in Government and Polity Mrs. Philip Geyelin Russell Wiggins Chair in Government and Polity Mr. and Mrs. Robert Estabrook GIFTS TO ALLIED WHALE Acadia Property Corp. Mr. Rick Alexander Ms. Cindy Allen Mr. Christopher Anderson Ms. Paulette Arel Mr. Allen Baldwin Bar Harbor Whale Watch Barbara Tennent and Steven Barkan Mr. and Mrs. Steven Barrows Ms. Mary Lee Bayne Ms. Carol Bellman Mr. Ricardo Bellon Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bennett Barry and Judith Bermudez Jayasimha Murthy and Shikha Bharaktiya Mr. Edward McC. Blair Ms. Janet Blair The Boeing Company Tim Garrity and Lynn Boulger Mr. Robert Bowman Ms. Dashanda Bringelson Bucksport Middle School Ms. Alicja Burns Mira and Bruce Busko Ms. Erika Butler Ms. Linda Cadran Ms. Barbara Capener Ms Kathryn Carrier Ms. Sandra Cleary Ms. Margareta Colmore Ms. Doris Combs Mr. David Congalton C. Christopher and Sandra Connelly Dick Atlee and Sarah Corson Mrs. Joanne Crawford Mr. and Mrs. J. Staige Davis Ms. Sarah Dehler Mr. and Mrs. A. Edward Dragon Ms. Tamara Duff Melissa and Eric Eckstein Mr. David Edson Edward and Elisabeth Emblom Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Enstrom Mr. Thomas Fernald, Jr. ’91 Ms. Cheryl Figg Fisheries and Oceans Canada Ms. Ann Marie Fogarty Franklin Historical Society
Dawn and Gerald Freeman Maggine and Matthew Fuentes Mr. Matthew Fujinaka Dara Gall Ms. Carla Ganiel Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Garcia Ms Michele Gates Prof Walter Gerolamo Ms. Cali Elizabeth Geyer Mrs. Kimberly Gillis Mr. Walter Goodnow Dr. Gutman Barbara McLeod and David Hales Ms. Tracy Hallett Harrison Middle School Andrea and Richard Henriques Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hickman III Mr. Dave Hills Ms. Sue Hubbell Ms. Lori Hutton Melissa and Jeffrey Ingalls International Whaling Commission Mr. Kevin Kelly Killingly Public Schools Ms. Eileen Kimmich Ms. Martha King Mr. Ronald King Dylan and Mitch Kinsella Alden Ms. Suzanne Julian Kirchner Ms. Johanna Lane Mr. Michael Lasser Martin and Jacqueline Leiter Linda and Richard Lewis Mr. Wallace Lovejoy Ms. Laura Lyell Mr. and Mrs. William Lyons Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Maass Mr. Jeffrey Mabee Ernest and Charlene Machia, Jr. Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Maine Community Foundation Marisla Foundation Marlton Elementary School Richard Gillam and Gale McCullough Ms. Kathleen McGlinchey Ms. Susan McGuinness Ms. Leanne McNeely Ms. Lesa Miller Ms. Aimee Moffit-Mercer Ms. Adela Montoya Shawn Meyer Nabors Ms. Tracy Nichols Ms. Jennifer Onufer Norman and Dorothy Ouellette Ms. Cynthia Perkins Ms. Marjory Quin Ms. Jill Raymond Maple John Razsa Mr. Philip Reidy Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Reynolds
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ANNUAL REPORT Ms. Kathy Reynolds Ms. Lois Rhea Ms. Amy Riddell Ms. Dianna Rine Mr. Mark Rioux Mr. Steven Roberti, Sr. Mr. Patrick Rocco Ms. Abby Rowe (’98)/ The Rowe Family Foundation Ms. Tana Scott Ms. Lauren Smith Mrs. Kathleen Sparkes Ms. Pamela St. Onge Ms. Sharon Staz Melissa and Paul Steen Doug Sulzarulo Ms. Bette Swanton ’88 Ted and Ellen Swirsky Ms. Marlene Tallent United States Department of Commerce Mr. Christopher Wells Ms. Barbara Wheelock Mr. and Mrs. William Whitener Mr. James Willard Erin Willett Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Williams Mrs. Meredith Wilson Ms. Maribeth Ann Wolff Ms. Suzanne Woo Ms. Angela Wunderle Ms. Tara Zahn GIFTS IN KIND Atlantic Oakes-by-the-Sea Bowden Marine Service Mr. Paul Douglas Ms. Abigail Goodyear ’81 Ms. Laura Lyell Mr. and Mrs. Philip S. J. Moriarty Dr. Frank Moya Mr. Norman Nadel Ms. Linda Robinson GIFTS OF TIME AND TALENT Mr. Rick Barter The Bayview Ms. Raney Bench Ms. Pamela Bush Ms. Dominique Clark Mr. Jim Coffman Mr. Darron Collins ’92 Mr. Brian Cote Mr. Nikhit D’Sa ’06 Edenbrook Motel Mr. Gabriel Finkelstein ’07 Ms. Katie Freedman ’05 Mr. Jon Geiger Ms. Jessica Glynn ’06 Mr. Don Grieco Ms. Susan Hersey
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Mr. Juan Hoffmaister ’07 Ms. Noreen Hogan ’91 Mr. Nathaniel Keller ’04 Mr. Tom Lawrence Mr. Michael Martin-Zboray ’95 Mr. Doug Michael Edna Martin and Eddie Monet ’88 Ms. Cynthia Ocel Ms. Linda Parker/ Mount Desert Island Ice Cream Mr. Adam Rabasca Mr. Santiago Salinas ’05 Ms. Kerri Sands ’02 Ms. Janis Strout SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR ALUMNI DONORS Mr. Chris Aaront ’08 Ms. Beverly Agler ’81 Ms. Heather Albert-Knopp ’99 Ms. M. Bernadette Alie ’84 Mr. William Allen ’87 Ms. Wendy Anderson (’81) Ms. Karin Anderson, PhD (’83) Kristofer and Genevieve Angle ’00 Ms. Jennifer Atkinson ’03 Wendy Knickerbocker and David Avery ’84 Ms. Lelania Prior Avila ’92 Ms. Jennifer Aylesworth ’94 Ms. Maria Lis Baiocchi ’07 Mr. Jeffrey Baker ’77 Heather Nazarewicz ’08 and Sean Berg ’08 Jason Bernad, MD ’94 Mr. Eric Bernstorff ’08 Deodonne ’06 and Ranjan ’04 Bhattarai Mr. John Biderman ’77 Ms. Janet Biondi ’81 Ms. Chandra Bisberg ’08 Mr. Jerry Bley (’78) Ms. Sally Boisvert ’04 Mr. Dennis Bracale ’88 Ms. Melody Marie Brimmer ’08 Ms. Teisha Broetzman ’88 Mr. Jonathan Busko ’07 Mr. Henry Cabot ’97 Ms. Julie McLeod Cameron ’78 Ms. Heather Candon ’99 Sarah and Oliver Carley ’96 Mr. Erin Chalmers ’00 Ms. Kim Cherry ’94 Ms. Sanae Chiba ’94 Ms. Taj Chibnik ’95 Dr. Sarah Chisholm-Stockard ’86 Ms. Katherine Clark ’91 Ms. Ann Clemens ’96 Ms. Tammis Coffin ’87 Mr. Darron Collins ’92 Mr. Douglas Coots ’83 Jennifer ’93 and Kevin ’93 Crandall Mr. Jared Crawford ’89
Ms. Elizabeth Danylevich ’08 Mr. Arber Viktor Davidhi ’04 Ms. E. Nicole D’Avis ’02 Dan Bookham and Jessie Davis ’00 Ms. Julia Davis ’03 Mr. John Deans ’07 Ms. Zinaida Dedeic ’08 Ms. Holly Devaul ’84 George and Kelly Dickson, MPhil ’97 Mr. Nikhit D’Sa ’06 Mr. Alden Eaton (SP) Mrs. Kirstin Edelglass (’92) Mr. Joseph Edes ’83 Mr. David Emerson ’81 Dr. Richard Emmons ’92 Ms. Julie Erb ’83 Ms. Leah Erlbaum ’08 Ms. Lisa Farrar ’90 Mr. Thomas Fernald, Jr. ’91 Mr. Gabriel Finkelstein ’07 Ms. Cynthia Jordan Fisher ’80 Mr. Thomas Fisher ’77 Ms. Susan Freed ’80 Ms. Katie Freedman ’05 Gary and Glenon Friedmann ’86 Ms. Allison Fundis ’03 Mr. Timothy Pierce Gale ’87 Ms Melissa Gates ’08 Ms. Laurie Geiger (SP) Mr. Edwin Geissler (’75) Ms. Amy George-Olson ’98 Mr. Matthew Gerald ’83 Ms. Lauren Gilson ’88 Ms. Jessica Glynn ’06 Graham and Erin Goff ’92 Mrs. Laura Arm Goldstein (SP) Marie Malin ’01 and M. Wing Goodale, MPhil ’01 Ms. Abigail Goodyear ’81 Nina ’78 and Jonathan ’78 Gormley Mr. P. Heeth Grantham ’94 Ms. Linda Gregory ’89 Ms. Mary Griffin ’97 Mr. Jay Guarneri ’06 Ms. Elizabeth Gustavson ’94 Ms. Briana Hall-Harvey ’02 Mr. Christopher Hamilton ’85 Stephen Sternbach and Lisa B. Hammer ’91 Ms. M. Rebecca Hancock ’97 Ms. Mary Harney ’96 Mr. Tanner Brook Harris ’06 Ms. Katherine Hazard ’76 Kate Russell Henry and Eric Henry (’74) Dr. Josephine Todrank Heth ’76 Barbarina ’88 and Aaron ’87 Heyerdahl Mr. Juan Hoffmaister ’07 Ms. Margaret Hoffman ’97 Ms. Amy Hoffmaster ’06 Ms. Noreen Hogan ’91 Tom and Eduarta Holl ’05
ANNUAL REPORT Ms. Evelyn Mae Hurwich ’80 Ms. Anna Hurwitz ’84 Ms. Natalia Ilyashenko ’08 Ms. Susan Inches ’79 Mr. John Jacob ’81 Ms. Jodi Lyn Jacobs ’06 Jennifer and Michael Jancovic ’96 Mr. Peter Jeffery ’84 Ms. Patricia Jennings (SP) Richard Gordet and Sonja Johanson ’95 Ms. Catherine Johnson ’74 Ms. Eliana Johnston ’06 Ms. Leslie Jones ’91 Ms. Katarina Jurikova ’08 Laura Fisher and Michael B. Kaiser ’85 Mr. Michael Kattner ’95 Dr. James Kellam ’96 Mr. Nathaniel Keller ’04 Ms. Joanne Kemmerer ’02 Ms. Ashlesha Khadse ’08 Bethany and Zack Klyver (’05) Mr. Scott Kraus ’77 Margi and Philip Kunhardt III ’77 Ms. Amanda Lazrus-Cunningham ’02 Kathryn Harmon ’94 and Rob Ledo ’91 Ms. Alice Leeds ’76 Ms. Caroline Leonard ’01 Dr. Eugene Lesser ’78 Ms. Mary Levanti-Cuellar (’77) Jessie Greenbaum ’89 and Phil Lichtenstein ’92 Ms. Abigail Littlefield ’83 Mr. Lombe Simon James Lojogo ’08 Dr. John Long, Jr. ’86 Ms. Andrea Lynn ’90 Meg and Miles Maiden ’86 Mr. David Malakoff ’86 Ms. Pamela Manice (’77) Ms. Christine Manzey (SP) Mr. Robert Marshall ’87 Allison Martin ’88 and Elmer Beal, Jr. Mr. Erik Hilson Martin ’98 Mr. Michael Martin-Zboray ’95 Ms. Kathleen Massimini ’82 Jon and Sarah McDaniel ’93 Mr. William McDowell ’80 Suzanne Durrell and Ian Scott McIsaac (’76) Jay McNally ’84 and Jennifer Reynolds Ms. Gabrian McPhail ’97 Mr. Clifton McPherson III ’84
Ms. Jeanne McPherson (SP) Mr. Jeffrey Miller ’92 Linzee Weld and Peter Milliken (’76) Edna Martin and Eddie Monat ’88 Rachel ’00 and Brenden ’98 Moses Ms. Kimberly Austin Nathane ’04 Ms. Elinor Newman ’87 Tammy McGrath ’97 and Philip Nicholas ’98 Mr. Thupten Norbu ’06 Ms. Kendra Noyes Miller ’01 Carol ’93 and Jacob ’93 Null Hannah and Judd Olshan ’92 Mr. Benoni Outerbridge ’84 Ms. Kaitlin Palmer ’08 Ms. Pamela Parvin ’93 Valerie and Tobin Peacock ’95 Ms. Kayla Pease ’08 Ms. Margaret Pennock ’84 Toby Stephenson ’98 and Andrea Perry ’95 Hale Powell and Shoshana Perry ’83 Susan Erickson and Bruce Phillips ’78 Ms. Melissa Pinney ’01 Mr. Shiva Polefka ’01 Ms. Kipp Quinby ’07 Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna ’94 Ms. Cathy Ramsdell ’78 Robin and David Ray (’79) Ms. Carolyn Reeb-Whitaker ’92 Ms. Rebecca Renaud (’75) Ms. Andrea Roberto ’92 Dr. Jennifer Rock ’93 Ms. Abby Rowe (’98) Mr. Ryan Ruggiero ’96 Ms. J. Paige Rutherford ’06 Cedar Bough Saeji ’93 Mr. Santiago Salinas ’05 Ms. Kerri Sands ’02 Ms. Blakeney Sanford ’02 Mr. Daniel Sangeap ’90 Ms. Barbara Sassaman ’78 Ms. Margaret Scheid ’85 Ms. Judith Schenk ’80 Ms. Chrystal Schreck ’03 Ms. Ellen Seh (’75) Ms. Kate Sheely ’07 Ms. Fae Silverman ’03 Lilea ’90 and Richard ’88 Simis Mr. Mark Simonds ’81 Ms. Michelle Smallman ’95 Victor Amarilla ’06 and Carolyn Snell ’06
Ms. Erin Soucy ’07 Ms. Amanda Spector ’08 Ms. Sarah Spruce ’07 Ms. Linda St. Onge Leis ’80 Lynne and Mike Staggs ’97 Mr. John Steele (SP) Ms. Sarah Steinberg ’07 Ms. Dorie Stolley ’88 Mr. Stuart Dickey Summer ’82 Ms. Christiana Swanson ’08 Ms. Bette Swanton ’88 Dr. Douglas Sward ’96 Ms. Jasmine Renee Tanguay ’98 Ms. Megan Tate ’08 Ms. Katrin Hyman Tchana ’83 Ms. Tracey Anne Teuber ’98 Ms. Kristen A. Tubman ’03 Ms. Elena Tuhy-Walters ’90 and Carl Walters Mr. Frank Twohill ’80 Mr. John Viele (’77) Elizabeth and Tom Volkmann ’90 Ms. Anna Waddell ’99 Stacy Hankin and Ben Walters ’81 Ms. Hua Wang ’04 Alexis ’93 and Patrick ’93 Watson Ms. Katherine Weinstock ’81 Ms. Jean McHugh Weiss ’81 Ms. Grace Whitman (’77) Ms. Darcy Allyn Whitten ’07 Ms. Mary Wildfeuer ’08 Ms. Nellie Wilson ’04 Ms. Susan Woehrlin ’80 Ms. Katia Wolf ’92 Ms. Deborah Wunderman ’89 Ms. Jingran Xiao (’86) John Mahoney and Sara Yasner ’95 Mr. Fred Zerega (SP) OUR FRIENDS WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY THIS YEAR Mrs. Sigrid Berwind Mr. Gordon H. Falt Mr. Christopher Fremont-Smith Mrs. August (Claude) Heckscher J. Robertson Inch (’83) Mrs. Beth Lyons Mr. Paul Newman Mrs. George W. (Margaret) Pepper III Clare French Shepley Mrs. Joseph (Etel) Thomas
* Refers to donors who have died during the 07–08 year. ( ) Refers to the expected year of graduation of those who have not completed their degrees at COA. SP Refers to students from one of COA’s summer programs. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in preparing all donor lists for this annual report. If a mistake has been made in your name, or if your name was omitted, we apologize. Please notify the development office at 207-288-5015, ext 329 with any changes.
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ANNUAL REPORT T i m e a n d T i me A g a i n Consistent. Loyal. Reliable. Aren’t those great qualities in a friend? We think so! COA is recognizing the following individuals who give to College of the Atlantic year after year. Size doesn’t matter here, nor does the fund (annual, capital, endowment). We want to recognize and thank those people whose steadfast support of COA helps us achieve our mission. If you’d like to join COA’s friends below, you can start by sending in the enclosed envelope, or give online at coa.edu/donate. A note: We have captured below the names of those who have given to any fund for fifteen years and up to twenty-five years and over. Why the vagueness of “over twenty-five years?” Why not thirty years, or thirty-five? After all COA will be forty years next year! It’s because all records prior to that time were lost in the 1983 fire that destroyed the old Kaebler Hall. ~ Lynn Boulger, Dean of Development
More than 25 Years Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Mr. Edward McC. Blair Mr. and Mrs. Leslie C. Brewer *Mrs. Frederic E. Camp *Mr. and Mrs. Amos Eno The First
20–24 Years Mrs. Diane H. Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Bass Mr. H. B. Beach Mr. John O. Biderman Hon. and Mrs. Robert O. Blake Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Blanchard Mr. Jerry Bley Ms. Letitia Brewster Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Burton II Roc and Helen Caivano ’80 Ms. Julie McLeod Cameron ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Gerald E. Colson Dr. and Mrs. Melville P. Cote Ms. Sally Crock Mr. and Mrs. Roderick H. Cushman Ms. Norah D. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dickey, Jr. Prof. and Mrs. Arthur A. Dole Dr. and Mrs. William E. Evans Ms. Cynthia Jordan Fisher *Mrs. Patricia Q. Foley *Mr. and Mrs. William G. Foulke, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. W. West Frazier IV *Mr. Louis Gerald Jill and Sheldon Goldthwait Bruce Mazlish and Neva Goodwin Jonathan ’78 and Nina ’78 Gormley Mrs. Mary T. Hall Ms. Katherine W. Hazard ’76
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Mrs. Ruth B. Fraley Mr. and Mrs. John M. Good Fr. James Gower Ann Sewall and Edward Kaelber Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Eliot Paine Mrs. Eben W. Pyne
Mr. and Mrs. John P. Reeves Mr. David Rockefeller Peter and Lucy Bell Sellers Ms. Marion Stocking Mr.* and Mrs. Donald B. Straus Ms. Joan H. Swann
⁙⁙⁙ Kate Russell Henry and Eric Henry (’74) Mr. and Mrs. Melville Hodder Dr. Kathleen Hogan ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Huber Mr. Reginald D. Hudson Ms. Catherine B. Johnson ’74 Laura Fisher and Michael B. Kaiser ’85 Mr. John M. Kauffmann Mr. and Mrs. John N. Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Neil J. King Mr. and Mrs. E. Robert Kinney Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kogod Mr. and Mrs. S. Lee Kohrman Ms. Anne M. Kozak Ms. Andrea Lepcio ’79 Mrs. Marcia MacKinnon Mrs. Henry L. Macul Mrs. Constance B. Madeira Mrs. Louis C. Madeira Mr. J. R. McGregor Mrs. Donald G. McLean Mr. Charles E. Merrill, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gerrish H. Milliken Mr. Roger Milliken Mr. and Mrs. G. Marshall Moriarty Mrs. Lorraine B. Morong Mr. Frederick S. Moss Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin R. Neilson Mr. and Mrs. William V. P. Newlin Mrs. A. Corkran Nimick
Mrs. Marie Nolf Ms. Sandra Nowicki Mrs. Elizabeth Higgins Null Mr. Benoni Outerbridge ’84 Amb. and Mrs. Henry Owen Mrs. Sara Weeks Peabody Mrs. John I. Pearce Susan Erickson and Bruce Phillips ’78 Mona and Louis Rabineau Ms. Cathy L. Ramsdell ’78 Mr. David Rockefeller, Jr. Hilda and Thomas Roderick Mr. Robert F. Rothschild Ms. Ellen Seh Mr. and Mrs. Clyde E. Shorey, Jr. Mrs. Robert Suminsby Mr. and Mrs. John L. Thorndike *Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tyson Union Trust Company Mr. John E. Viele Stacy Hankin and Ben Walters ’81 Ms. Katherine Weinstock ’81 Bradford and Alice Wellman Mr. Douglas Williams Mr. and Mrs. William Wister, Jr. Mr. David J. Witham Prof. and Mrs. W. Howard Wriggins Mrs. Jane S. Zirnkilton
15–19 Years Dr. and Mrs. Murray Abramsky Acadia Corporation Dr. and Mrs. Peter T. Adler Mrs. Robert Amory, Jr. Mr. John K. Anderson Atwater Kent Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Robert H. Avery Mr. Jeffrey Baker ’77 Bar Harbor Savings & Loan Mrs. Mary Barnes Mrs. Alfred P. Barton Mr. and Mrs. Elmer L. Beal, Sr. Mr. Bruce D. Bender *Mrs. Sigrid Berwind Mrs. Edward Birkenmeier Mr. and Mrs. Francis I. Blair Ms. Edith Blomberg *Mr. Robert E. Blum Ms. Pamela L. Bolton Mrs. Charlotte T. Bordeaux Mr. Herbert D. Brewster *Mr. Willard W. Brown Becky ’81 and Skip ’83 Buyers-Basso Donna Gold and William Carpenter Ms. Barbara C. Cole Mr. and Mrs. E. Judson Cole Mr. Francis I.G. Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Tristram C. Colket Dick Atlee and Sarah Corson Mrs. Elizabeth H. Damrosch Ms. Lisa Damtoft ’79 Mr. John Allen Dandy Dead River Company Mr. and Mrs. S. Whitney Dickey Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Mrs. William H. Drury Mr. Lawrence Duffy Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dworak Ms. Mary K. Eliot Mr. David Emerson ’81 Mrs. John J. Emery Carol and Jackson Eno Mrs. Bertha E. Erb Mr. and Mrs. Charles Erhart Mr. and Mrs. Gordon I. Erikson Ms. Lynne Wommack Espy Ms. Joan Feely ’79 Mr. William Fenton Mr. and Mrs. William Foulke, Jr Dr. and Mrs. Richard R. Fox Ms. Susan E. Freed ’80 Mrs. James L. Gamble, Jr. Mr. Edwin N. Geissler Mrs. Philip Geyelin Mrs. Arthur G. Gilkes Mr. Jackson Gillman ’78 June Lacombe and Bill Ginn ’74 Mr. and Mrs. William D. Ginn, Sr. Dr. and Mrs. Donald J. Glotzer Mr. Paul M. Golas Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Growald
*Henry & Elizabeth Guthrie Cyrus and Patricia Hagge Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Hailperin Mr. and Mrs. George B. E. Hambleton Mr. Samuel M. Hamill, Jr. Mr. Brian A. Harrington Mrs. Nancy G. Harris Ms. Lois Hayes ’79 Mrs. Barbara B. Henry *Mr. Charles T. Hesse Barbarina ’88 and Aaron ’87 Heyerdahl Mr. and Mrs. Horace A. Hildreth Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hinckley Mr. and Mrs. David M. Hollenbeck Bob and Lisa Holley Mr. and Mrs. James Holley Ms. Betsey Holtzmann Mrs. Adrian S. Hooper *Mr. James R. Hooper Mrs. Mark Hopkins *Mr. and Mrs. John Howard Ms. Sherry F. Huber Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Hunting Ms. Susan B. Inches ’79 Mr. and Mrs. James P. Jacob Alison and Joplin James ’84 Ms. Esther R. Karkal ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kates Susan Lerner and Steven Katona Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kelley III Mr. and Mrs. James M. Kellogg Dr. Craig Kesselheim ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Kiorpes Mrs. Franz Kraus Margi and Philip Kunhardt III ’77 Ms. Alice J. Leeds ’76 Dr. Eugene A. Lesser ’78 Ms. Alice Levey ’81 Ms. Miriam Linder Dr. John H. Long, Jr. ’86 Dr. and Mrs. Ralph C. Longsworth Mr. and Mrs. William G. Lord II Mrs. Oliver H. Lowry Mrs. Ronald T. Lyman, Jr. *Ms. Elizabeth Madeira Ms. Kathleen C. Massimini ’82 Dr. Robert A. May ’81 Mrs. Anne A. Mazlish Mrs. Martha I. McCormick *Ms. Gertrude L. McCue Mr. William B. McDowell ’80 *Mr.David E. McGiffert Suzanne Durrell and Ian Scott McIsaac Jay McNally ’84 and Jennifer Reynolds Ms. Jeanne McPherson Mrs. Jean P. Messex Mr. and Mrs. Keith Miller Mrs. Minot Milliken Mr. Peter W. Moon ’90 Dr. Victoria T. Murphy National Park Tours & Transport
Mrs. Harry R. Neilson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John H. Newhall Dr. and Mrs. Lewis E. Patrie Mr. Robert W. Patterson, Jr. Mr. George L. Peabody Ms. Judith S. Perkins Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pierce Mrs. John Pierrepont Mr. and Mrs. Ben G. M. Priest Mr. and Mrs. George Putnam Mr. and Mrs. Bayard H. Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Owen W. Roberts Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Robinson Dr. Richard G. Rockefeller Dr. and Mrs. Steven C. Rockefeller Ronald and Patricia Rogers Mr. W. David Rosenmiller ’84 Drs. Stephen and Pamela Ross *Mrs. Elizabeth S. Russell Mr. Daniel Sangeap ’90 Mrs. Walter W. Sargent III Ms. Barbara Sassaman ’78 Ms. Margaret Scheid ’85 Dr. Bodil Schmidt-Nielsen *Dr. J. Paul Scott Mrs. Lois V. Seamon Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Sharpe, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Winthrop A. Short Mrs. Leonard Silk Mr. Irving I. Silverman *Mrs. Caroline T. Simmons Mr. Grant G. Simmons, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Wickham Skinner Mrs. June Spencer Dr. Elizabeth Kellogg and Dr. Peter Stevens Ms. Dorie S. Stolley Mrs. Allan Stone Ms. Elena V. Tuhy-Walters ’90 Mr. John Van Dewater Ms. Claire E. Verdier ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Jeptha Wade Mr. William Wade ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Rodman Ward, Jr. Mrs. Cecile Watson *Mr. James Russell Wiggins Mr. John Wilmerding Ms. Jane M. Winchell ’82 Mrs. George P. Winship, Jr. Ms. Betsy Wisch ’83 Ms. Susan G. Woehrlin ’80 Ms. Jingran Xiao Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Yoakum *deceased
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Speaking Facts to Power Wing Goodale, MPhil ’01 After receiving an MPhil from COA in 2001, Wing Goodale went to work as a research biologist, directing the coastal bird program at the BioDiversity Research Institute in Gorham, Maine. His work, looking for chemical contaminants in birds and bird eggs, has already received national attention, including articles in The New York Times and online at Forbes. Though this research is purely scientific, Maine legislators used the results to help pass two first-in-the-nation bills protecting consumers from toxic chemicals. In July, Goodale became a COA trustee.
COA: Why did you come to COA?
COA: Tell us about your research—
Wing Goodale: I grew up in Maine in the Lincolnville area and went to Colorado College. Afterwards, I worked in Costa Rica, Hawaii and Brazil—the globe-trotting life of a young biologist. I came to realize that science alone could not create positive change and that scientists need to understand the complexities of economics and politics—and who was I, a fortunate American, to even have an opinion about how these areas should be handled from a conservation standpoint? I felt that I needed to come home. Here, where my family is from, I am justified in having an opinion.
WG: We looked at birds living in all major habitats of the state. All twenty-three species and sixty samples in every habitat had traces of from fifty to one hundred different chemicals: PCBs, DDT, mercury and two emerging chemicals of concern: PBDEs—flame retardants, and PFCs—stain and water repellent used to make Scotchguard, Teflon, Gortex and coat fast-food containers.
I also saw that science isn’t an answer; it’s a tool. You need an understanding of politics, economics, law— the multi-disciplinary approach—which is why I was attracted to COA. I took a crash course in environmental economics, spent a lot of time in Ken Cline’s policy classes, and worked on research and hypotheses with John Anderson, Chris Petersen and Sean Todd. COA: What went through your mind when you were asked to be a trustee? WG: COA’s education is vital. To be taught in little boxes just isn’t practical. I’m using multiple skills and looking at things in multiple different ways every day. It’s surprising that more schools haven’t looked to COA as the way. I left COA feeling that I had gotten a rounded education, using GIS, engaging with lawyers and environmental engineers, reading legal briefs—which is useful, since I sit on the Maine Board of Environmental Protection.
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COA: Haven’t many of these chemicals been banned? WG: They could be coming from water treatment centers, landfills, incinerators—and other nations. Flame retardants are in everything: couches, bed foam, computers. They’ve been found at the North and South poles, so there’s a global circulation going on: the Leach’s storm petrels, which nest out on Great Duck Island and feed on fish that live up to one thousand meters down, they had the chemicals in their bodies. COA: So how do you live with this information? WG: I’m a glass half-full guy. I have a lot of faith in human ingenuity. I like to tackle problems, to be able to provide information on what’s around us. Knowledge is very important. COA: And what do you do with this knowledge? WG: Our role is to collect data. We do not engage in advocacy. But our data is public and on our website, www.briloon.org, and folks can do with it what they like.
The Human Ecology Essay Radical Human Ecology in an Ordinary Life By Nikki Grimes ’96 grandiosity of free-climbing a skyscraper to make a point, and that’s okay. The truth is that we each have to start with our own self.
As a young human ecologist, I wanted to save the world. Everywhere I looked was a problem that needed fixing. I wrestled over how I could have the most impact and discussed this with our philosophy professor, John Visvader. John may not remember the conversation, but he planted the seed that eventually bloomed into a full life. I asked John, “How can I pay my student loans and save the world, too?”
Ask yourself: When do I take the easy way? When could I plan better and drive fewer miles? When do I say “plastic” rather than walk back to the car for a canvas sack? Why do I buy supermarket vegetables when I could visit the farmer’s market? Why don’t I put pencil to paper, do the math, and say to the boss, “I ran the numbers. Using the double-sided print feature would save $1,500 a year.”?
John’s answer was, “Do what you love—the money will follow.” Do what you love…? I’d like to say that I was transformed in that instant, but I loved fiction writing—how would that help anyone? It wasn’t radical enough. Instead, I flailed, wanting to salve every one of the world’s wounds. I was paralyzed—where does one person start? One person starts by stopping. One person starts with herself. Among the most radical things we can do as human ecologists is to put our busy lives on hold for a minute, or even an hour, and offer that time to the earth. I work in a corporate environment and one day I noticed the trash and wondered, “Why don’t people recycle the plastic trays from their frozen meals?” It took under ten seconds to answer, “There’s no recycling bin near the microwave.” The kitchen is too small and crowded to accommodate a recycling bin, but there is a bulletin board and in about one minute I scanned an image of a plastic tray and posted a sign by the trash can. It reads, “Did you know you can recycle this?” If you have an hour and you want to be really radical, do something extreme: look inside and tell the truth. The truth is that all too often we use the nearest trash receptacle rather than cart our boxboard to a recycling bin in the next room. The truth is our lives are busy: we have jobs, kids, school, hobbies and a mile-long to-do list. The truth is that most of us don’t have lives conducive to the
Photo by Audrey Ranieri.
In June, a man scaled the steel and glass façade of a fiftytwo-story building, unfurling a banner that read, “Global warming kills more people than a 9/11 every week.” As people chain themselves to trees or drive SUVs that run on used fry oil, I’m reminded that life as a human ecologist is not exactly what I expected.
The slogan, “Think Globally, Act Locally” reminds me that to be the best human ecologist I can be, I need to start really local: with myself. Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh has written, “If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” Somehow, this all relates back to John’s deceptively simple instruction, “Do what you love…” Embedded in that instruction is the unspoken trust that when a human ecologist goes into the world and does what she loves, she positively impacts people around her. That day in John’s cottage I rejected fiction writing because it seemed like it would please only me and I didn’t imagine how it would have an impact. Today, I’ve finally embraced my truest passion and write fiction on weekends. I even submit stories to a writers group online. Recently we received an email from a reader. She wrote, “…strong female characters empower us to become better people.” I happen to think that’s pretty radical. Nikki Grimes ’96 lives in Vermont and works in the business side of higher education. She holds an MFA in writing and is finishing a new master’s thesis on law and the neuroscience of addiction. This fall she begins the submission process for her novel, Tricky Terrain.
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