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COA Volume 2 | Number 1


The College of the Atlantic Magazine

COA VISION 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: Convergent Evolution, Benjamin Nimkin ’07 Created for Biology through the Lens taught by COA video professor Nancy Andrews and vertebrate biology professor Stephen Ressel, Fall 2005. As a means of defense, each of these species— from invertebrates to warmblooded hedgehogs to reef-dwelling fish—have developed spikes or spines or other forms of sharp body parts to prevent predation, defend territory or threaten rivals. See page 35. Ben Nimkin ’07, is from Salt Lake City, Utah. He is studying film, graphic design and ethnography at COA. While his future plans include filmmaker, lobsterman, graduate student, professional wonderer and film teacher, for the moment he enjoys eating pears.

BACK COVER: While in Uganda studying the anthropology of development, Marcin Matuszek ’06 took this picture of a woman walking through reservoirs from which salt is extracted.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR There is a moment at the end of summer when, engrossed in a leisurely bike ride, or a quiet hike, a breath of an autumn breeze comes through. Surprisingly, despite the glory of the summer’s day, that scent of fall is so powerful that I find myself wistfully longing for autumn’s crisp excitement and I feel physically torn between the moment and the future. As we say goodbye to one president and hello to another, I know I’m not alone in feeling this odd split. For thirty-three years, for as long as COA has been a college teeming with students, Steven K. Katona has put his heart into this institution, working to shape it as a vibrant community of participatory, active, insightful learning. As a teacher, as founder and director of Allied Whale, and as COA’s fourth president, leading this institution for thirteen years, Steve has been integral to COA. This issue of COA pays tribute to the careers of both Steve and his wife and partner, Susan Lerner, as they prepare to end their formal connection with the college at the end of June and move on to new pathways. It’s hard to say goodbye. But saying hello is thrilling. With this issue, we briefly welcome the man who will be COA’s fifth president, David Hales, who will take office on July 1. Look for more about him come summer. There is one other moment to recall during this intense winter of change; a moment of stasis between goodbye and hello, a moment when the soul of COA shone, with no president present. On Saturday, January 21, the day after the last of three presidential candidates visited the college, the day before the search committee made their decision, the COA community—students, staff, faculty, alumni—were asked to share their insights on the three presidential finalists. For four hours, beginning at noon, people stood one at a time, and talked. With much eloquence, great humor, strong perceptions and deep thought, the community spoke and the search committee listened, furiously writing notes. This moment of democracy, this recognition of community, will blaze as a touchstone for the All-College Meeting for years to come. It, too, is human ecology. Donna Gold editor, COA

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Donna Gold

COA’s Fifth President ~ p. 3


Noted Environmentalist, David Hales

John Anderson Sarah Barrett ’08 Richard J. Borden Nicholas Brazier ’06 Noreen Hogan ’91 Shawn Keeley ’00

Of Graffiti, Graft & Green Business ~ p. 14 Jay McNally ’84 and the Human Ecology of Electronic Discovery


Bill Carpenter

From Undersea Chemistry to COA Presidency ~ p. 16 A Personal Look at Steve Katona’s Legacy by Gregory Stone ’82


Shawn Keeley ’00 Jill Barlow-Kelley COP Y E D I TOR

Taking on the Big Picture ~ p. 26

Jennifer Hughes

Allied Whale “Graduates” Move into Environmental Policy


Mahan Graphics

The Colors of Susan Lerner ~ p. 28 A Pause for Reflection


JS McCarthy Printers, Augusta, Maine


A Conversation with Leslie C. Brewer ~ p. 32 The Man Who Has Made Things Happen from the Very Beginning

Haeckel Project ~ p. 35 The Artistry of Nature, the Natural Science of Art

Falling ~ p. 38 A Short Story by Becky Buyers-Basso ’81

Poetry ~ p. 43 Poems by Shamsher Virk ’07

departments Letter from the President ............p. 2 COA Beat ........................................p. 4 Class Notes ......................................p. 44 Faculty & Community Notes........p. 49 Remembering ~ p. 51 Josh Jones, Samuel Hamill, Jesse Tucker, David McGiffert

Annual Report ~ p. 52 Scenes from a Homecoming ~ p. 64 Amy Toensing ’93 Follows the Colorado Lynx Restoration for National Geographic

Grinning in the Garden ~ p. 65 The Human Ecology Essay Revisited

Steven Katona President Kenneth Hill Academic Dean, Associate Dean of Academic Services John Anderson Associate Dean for Advanced Studies Andrew Campbell Associate Dean of Student Life David Feldman Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Andrew Griffiths Administrative Dean Karen Waldron Associate Dean of Faculty BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Samuel M. Hamill, Jr. Chairman Elizabeth D. Hodder Vice Chair Casey Mallinckrodt Vice Chair Ronald E. Beard Secretary Leslie C. Brewer Treasurer TRUSTEES

Edward McC. Blair, Sr. Life Trustee

Eliot Coleman Kelly Dickson, M.Phil., ’97 William F. Dohmen Alice Eno David H. Fischer William G. Foulke, Jr. Timothy Fuller, ’03 James M. Gower Life Trustee George B. E. Hambleton Charles Hewett Sherry F. Huber John N. Kelly Philip B. Kunhardt III ’77 Elizabeth & Peter Loring Susan Storey Lyman Life Trustee Suzanne Folds McCullagh Sarah A. McDaniel ’93 Jay McNally ’84 Stephen G. Milliken Philip J. Moriarty Phyllis Anina Moriarty William V. P. Newlin Daniel Pierce Helen Porter Cathy L. Ramsdell ’78 John Reeves John Rivers Hamilton Robinson, Jr. Walter Robinson, M.D. Henry D. Sharpe, Jr. Life Trustee Clyde E. Shorey, Jr. Donald B. Straus Life Trustee Ann F. Sullivan Cody van Heerden John Wilmerding


Letter from the Board


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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Susie and I arrived at campus in our twenties and by now have spent more than half our lives here. Here we have grown up, learning from years of teaching, learning to be a president or direct an art gallery, learning to explore the fertile nexus of Human Ecology together, challenged to be the best people we could be. Sharing this adventure deepened our relationship on a daily basis as we immersed ourselves in purposeful learning, made cherished friendships with students and colleagues, and merged our energies into the exciting task of bringing a college to life. Our sons, David and Nick, were born here, and their lives will be forever enriched by this community’s mission, intellectual curiosity, tolerance, kindness and caring. Deeply imprinted in their souls are the natural attractions of this beautiful campus that they explored as boys. Here we gladly entered the immense web of relationships that connect each of us to all that exists, past, present and future. We felt privileged to teach and learn about the evolutionary drama of life and our role in preserving its rich diversity, from microbes to whales. What could be more engaging than investigating the distinctive cultural legacy of our own species and its role in the drama? And what could be more satisfying than contributing to the growth and success of this vibrant community and the success of the urgent mission we share? Today’s student cannot imagine the gulf that prevailed between human and ecology when the college began. Innumerable debates plumbed whether we were part of nature or not, whether animals thought, loved or felt pain, or whether there was any genetic continuity between the social behaviors of animals and us. Making Human Ecology whole, acknowledging our common relationship and responsibility to all of nature, will be remembered as one of the college’s, and humanity’s, deepest accomplishments. That essential awareness enables us, requires us, to begin repairing the damage we have caused, perhaps ultimately becoming worthy of the responsibility that consciousness necessarily confers. A distinctive birthright of our college was avoiding other gulfs too, particularly those engendered by traditional academia between modes of inquiry and ways of knowing. Without departments and without boundaries between disciplines, theory and practice, we ranged

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freely as intellect and circumstance directed. We found joy and value by exploring connections between science and politics, art and nature, literature and all of the above. By tending an organic garden, we came to understand plants in ever richer ways. We felt boundaries dissolve in the special moments when science discovers, intuition speaks or art moves, when orange feels, a poem tastes, the ocean speaks. We learned the beauty of people and the value of difference ever more deeply and happily as students from all over the world joined our college. These people, these pleasures, these tangled currents nourish us daily as we go about the difficult work of making our societies, our ecosystems, our fellow humans whole and healthy again. What a privilege it has been to be part of a community that cultivates these values, skills and goals. Amidst the confusion, tension, corruption, violence and disorganization that command perhaps too many headlines, it is deeply reassuring that College of the Atlantic is successfully teaching another, better, more hopeful, respectful and sustainable path. None of us present in the college’s earliest days foresaw what we could together achieve. Optimism and naiveté invariably shielded us from dwelling on obstacles that could sink this frail bark, but thanks to the extraordinary work of our students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees and a great many friends, we slipped past most of them. What a magnificent voyage it has been, and what marvelous vistas lie beyond. Everyone asks what our next personal vistas will be. We will travel and refresh for the first few months, visiting close friends and looking at issues of sustainability in the U.S. and abroad. By early next year we will choose our next positions. We are excited by the challenge of helping the world in new ways. We intend to keep our home and base on Mount Desert Island, and look forward to continuing the personal and institutional relationships that have meant so much to us here. Susie, Dave and Nick join me in thanking the College of the Atlantic community, past and present, for changing our lives and remaining a beacon of hope for education and for the world.

Noted Environmentalist to Become COA’s Fifth President It doesn’t take much for David Hales to once again hear the wind howl and taste the grit in his teeth from the dust storms that blew across the small west Texas town where he was raised. As a boy, the storms would come so thick and strong that no matter how many rags and clothes his family stuffed into the cracks of doors and windows, dust still blew right through his home. But it wasn’t long before Hales noticed something else about these storms: Eventually they stopped. Though created by poor environmental management, they were resolved by getting people to think differently about their approach to land and water. This fact is central to Hales’ career as an environmental leader. Come July 1, Hales will bring his skills as a leader and team manager to College of the Atlantic, where he will serve as the college’s fifth president. Hales was chosen from among thirty-six applicants by COA’s board of trustees on February 4, 2006. A lifelong environmentalist, Hales has had numerous positions promoting sustainable development nationally and internationally. Most recently, he held the position of Counsel for Sustainability Policy at Worldwatch Institute, an independent research organization focused on energy, resource and environmental issues. As counsel, Hales advised policymakers on sustainable approaches to global issues. Under the Clinton administration, Hales was director of the Global Environment Center of the United States Agency for International Development where he was charged with integrating environmental concerns into all development decisions. Earlier, under the administration of Jimmy Carter, Hales was a deputy assistant secretary at the United States Department of the Interior, with responsibility for the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Between these times, Hales served in academia, holding the Samuel Trask Dana Chair of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan. Underscoring his belief in the ability of humans to make good decisions and hence truly make a difference, Hales believes in the power of education. “We are facing a time of tremendous opportunity and unavoidable change in the twentyfirst century,” said Hales shortly after being chosen for the COA presidency. “The role of higher education has always been to envision the best possible future and enable society to achieve that future. I believe that COA, with its excellent faculty and students, will be a fundamental institution in charting that course.” A search committee of trustees, faculty, staff and one student had worked since spring to review applicants. Says literature professor Karen Waldron, a member of the search committee, Hales “is a vibrant link between COA’s mission of human ecology—its interdisciplinary, problem-solving approach—and its ongoing effort to create, through its graduates, a world that is sustainable and just. His belief that education fosters our shared responsibility for world citizenship will help COA enrich and extend its learning community.” COA’s current president, Steven K. Katona, plans to retire June 30 after 34 years at the college, beginning in 1972 as a founding faculty member. Katona is thrilled with Hales. “With his distinguished record in administration and his lifelong engagement in issues of natural resource conservation and sustainable development, David Hales will be a superb leader,” says Katona. “The college is fortunate indeed to have attracted a person of his quality. When I turn over presidential duties to David, it will be with full confidence for a very bright future.” COA | 3


The Montreal Stomp By Brett Ciccotelli ’09 and Sarah Neilson ’09

I was not expecting so many other youth to show up, but I was acutely underestimating the In late November, six COA students headed to dedication and passion of my peers. RememberMontreal for the United Nations Framework ing this passion now makes my heart explode into Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and bright silver hope. the first meeting of the parties under the Kyoto As part of the Youth Expression theater group, I protocol. The conference coincided with the first met ten or twelve others inside the busy, fluorescommitment period of the protocols, in which cent halls of the Palais des Congres at noon every countries agreed to more drastically cut greenday to solidify our plan for the daily theatrical house gas emissions and actively engage in all of event that we put on at the bottom of the escalathe political, economic and social processes tors. These events attracted delegates and pressed entailed in mitigating and adapting to climate our message of the need for post-2012 commitchange. ments from both those who have signed the Kyoto The COA group, Elsie Flemings ’07, Juan Pablo Protocol and those that have not signed on, such Hoffmaister ’07, Sarah Neilson ’09, Henry Steinberg as the current U.S. administration. On this day, we ’06, Kathleen Tompkins ’08 and myself, are all had come up with the idea to “take the steps.” We members of the Maine branch of SustainUS, choreographed a Stompa nonprofit youth organilike routine to perform zation promoting suson the empty staircase tainable development. beside the escalators. As Drawn to Montreal by we moved up the stairs in a concern for the future, our clapping and stompwe were hoping to see ing routine, each of us how the U.N. works, nettook our turn turning work with activists and around and shouting out policy makers, and learn a step we were taking in from this historic event. our own communities We quickly found out and lives to mitigate danSarah Neilson ’09, second from the left, joins other youth in how much there was to gerous climate change: “I the Montreal Stomp. do. commit to making my Our group had a strong presence on the youth voice heard in my local government!”“I commit to lobbying team. Through this we were able to meet riding my bike to work!” “I commit to educating with many delegates, including the U.S. delegamy peers!” Clad in the t-shirts of various youth tion, gaining New York Times coverage. One of our and non-governmental organizations, our peers major goals was to convince delegates to address cheered for us, creating a flare of noise that global deforestation’s impact on climate change. seemed to infiltrate the hearts of everyone presAs youth representatives, we worked alongside ent, speeding up their beat. As we moved into our scientists, environmental groups and indigenous grand finale chanting, “We’re taking our steps, you peoples to demand that action be taken by the take yours!” all the youth joined in. Suddenly, in a countries of the world to slow global climate bout of collective consciousness that still gives me change and ensure a stable future. With so many a rush of adrenaline, we stormed the stairs—sixty people from such different places with different or seventy young people who feel in their very ideas about how to manage the planet, it became pores the potential for a sustainable future— obvious that to secure a safer environment we shouting our chant, running up the stairs as peomust work together. Saving the world looks a lot ple in business suits and security guards in blue easier when the world is with you. stood in what seemed to be momentary surprise ~ Brett Ciccotelli ’09 and shock. 4 | COA

the planet is our heritage Juan Pablo Hoffmaister ’07 advises the U.N. on youth When Juan Pablo Hoffmaister was fifteen, he went to Nicaragua to help rebuild a community that had been leveled by a hurricane. There were three young children in the household, Hoffmaister recalls; each one of them was sick. “One child was seven, but he looked like he was four years old. We talked a lot. One day we talked about trees, about how important it is to take care of trees.” Having finished building the house, Hoffmaister got ready to return to his native Costa Rica. For a moment, though, the boy detained him. “He gave me the seed of a tree. He said it was so that I could have clean air wherever I went.” When Hoffmaister thinks of the future of the planet, he thinks of this boy and children like him, children who will be breathing the air of the late twenty-first century and suffering the dramas of climate change. But now, Hoffmaister has a wider audience. At a recent youth conference in Bangalore, India, the twenty-one-year-old COA junior was elected to represent North American youth to the UN Environmental Programme, or UNEP.

Since 1999, the UNEP has facilitated the election of fourteen international student advisors to act as liaisons, representing youth interests to the UNEP and UNEP interests to youth. One of Hoffmaister’s first duties was to attend the United Nations climate change conference in Montreal last November. In February, he flew to Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the Global Ministerial Environment Forum. As a youth advisor, says Hoffmaister, “I feel that what we’re doing is to make room for youth action within a huge social institution. We’re trying to facilitate change that benefits not only youth, but the world that we’re going to inherit. After all, the planet is our heritage.” Ultimately, Hoffmaister plans to be working in international public health, focusing on water and sanitation. In the meantime, he hopes to help unify the growing youth environmental movement in the United States and to begin to bridge these efforts with youth elsewhere in the world. ~ Donna Gold

Above: Kathleen Tompkins ’08, Brett Ciccotelli ’09 and Juan Pablo Hoffmaister ’07 take a moment’s pause during an intense week at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Montreal last November.

I now see that this energy is what the Montreal youth embodied in both numbers and passion. As young people, we are as important as anyone. We are currently the ones most affected by climate change; each subsequent generation will be exponentially more affected. Individuals can make a difference in the health of our planet. I am starting now; we are starting now. Everybody carries within their spirits the love it takes to bring us all together in this process of healing the earth and ourselves. ~ Sarah Neilson ’09

...each of us took our turn turning around and shouting out a step we were taking in our own communities and lives to mitigate dangerous climate change: “I commit to making my voice heard in my local government!” “I commit to riding my bike to work!” “I commit to educating my peers!” COA | 5

beech hill farm cultivates education

$35,000 grant makes outreach possible

It’s the quiet season at College of the Atlantic’s Beech Hill Farm. Next season’s garlic is planted, this year’s root crops are out. Having seeded the plots with cover crops to hold the soil, build organic matter and suppress weeds, Lara Judson ’04 is taking some time off. Come summer, Judson wakes before dawn and commits at least seventeen hours to managing the farm and farmstand, while also weeding, tilling and seeding each day. Last summer Judson became the interim farm manager of College of the Atlantic’s organic farm. To some extent, she comes by her job naturally. Raised on a 112-acre farm in Nipanos Valley, near Williamsport, Pennsylvania, she grew up with angora goats, sheep and gardens. The very first week after she came to COA, in January 1999, she headed to the farm, pruning apple trees in three feet of snow. Though she worked as a field biologist on Fire Island and at COA’s Allied Whale, she realized she wasn’t happy accumulating data. She wanted to produce something. Farming was in her blood. A year ago, when assistant farm manager Maggie Smith left to start her own farm, the college ran a search for an assistant farm manager. Judson was chosen. Within nine months, Lucien Smith, the former manager moved on and Judson, just twentyfour, stepped into his shoes. “I’m still learning all the time,” Judson says, and yet, having experienced a few summers, she feels confident in her skills. Come summer, these skills will be in even greater demand, as the

Interim farm manager Lara Judson ’04 distributes seeds from a sunflower to kindergarten students at the Connors-Emerson School in Bar Harbor. Photo by Sarah Hinckley.

farm has received a $35,000 grant from the Woodcock P. Foundation to host classes from local schools and create educational outreach programs on food, health and sustainable agriculture. Judson has already gotten some experience in educational outreach, thanks to a five hundred-dollar grant from Healthy Acadia that brought local elementary school children to the farm last fall. Among other items, the Woodcock grant includes funds for multimedia programming, the purchase of sheep and sheep fencing, and special food production workshops on such topics as making apple cider and four-season vegetable production. Keeping a connection to local, organic food is essential says Judson. “You can’t hold a human ecological perspective without supporting organic, sustainable agriculture. That’s key in terms of the health of ourselves and the environment.” And yet, Judson acknowledges that despite transportation costs, organic food from California is cheaper: the scale is larger and wages are lower. The economics of local agriculture is just one issue that COA’s new farm committee, composed of faculty, staff, trustees and community members, is currently pondering. “If we can’t solve this problem here, within our campus,” says Judson, “it can’t be solved anywhere. This is local organic food. If were going the route of trying to figure out the problems of the world, we need to figure it out in own backyard.”

Kindergartner Karin Eloyan is delighted with his potato. Photo by Sarah Hinckley.

Human Ecologists of the World The Society for Human Ecology comes to COA in October 2006 “Ideas really do change the world,” says Richard Borden. As a COA psychology professor for twenty-six years and the founder and executive director of the Society for Human Ecology, Borden has watched human ecology become part of a fervent dialog around the globe. At the twentieth anniversary meetings in Salt Lake City, Utah last October, Borden also saw COA’s own John Anderson, faculty member in biology and dean of graduate studies, elected president of the society in anticipation of COA hosting the next meetings, from October 18 to 21, 2006. The theme will be Interdisciplinary Integration and Practice: Reconciling Humans and Nature. The 2005 Utah meetings had a strong COA presence, with presentations by Anderson, Borden, Ken Cline, Davis Taylor and John Visvader as well as by student John Deans ’07 and graduate students Christie Mahaffey and Amy Zader. The theme was Human-Environmental Interactions: Research and Practice. Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of the Interior presented the keynote address, while the mayor of Salt Lake City, Ross “Rocky” C. Anderson gave the welcoming address shortly after he became known as the antiwar mayor.

In his talk, Borden spoke passionately about conservation psychology and the value of interdisciplinary studies. “There is great beauty in mixing academic knowledge and human compassion,” Borden said, comparing conservation psychology to the harmonizing of biological science and human sympathy. “Environmental conservation is essentially an extension of the healing tradition. Instead of focusing on a human individual or group, its subject matter enlarges to include other species, critical habitats, significant landscapes, or even the sustainable potential for all future beings.” By interdisciplinary thinking, continued Borden, “ideas are thrown into fresh combinations . . . new solutions are found, people listen with new ears.” Many a new ear at COA eagerly awaits the upcoming solutions and discussions coming in October, so stay tuned. The society is now gathering initial proposals for the Bar Harbor meetings. These may be sent to the society’s website, or to the COA conference address for Anderson and Borden, Please visit for more information on how to submit your proposals.

COA~INTERVIEWS Inquiring Photographer Sarah Barrett ’08 took a random sampling of students and asked:

“How do you describe COA?” “I would describe COA as an overwhelmingly enjoyable and eye-opening experience.” ~ Stefan Calabria ’08

“COA is a tool. You can use it as little or as much as you want and you use it for exactly what you want to achieve. If you use it correctly you can achieve exactly what you want.” ~ Jessica Lach ’07

“A place where really talented and inspired people come to pursue their passions and interests in a way that relates to something about human ecology and live in a way that uses discourse and love and relation to change community and the world as we know it.” ~ Sophie Pappenheim ’08

“A small school where students feel empowered to be individuals and have their voices heard.” ~ Ben Nimkin ’07

April Boucher ’06, Jessica Lach ’07 and Laura Briscoe ’07, left to right, test for the presence of arsenic, often found in historic animal mounts.

Saving the Study Skins Conservation comes to the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History with help from the IMLS With some 2,500 catalogued artifacts, COA’s Dorr Museum of Natural History is the state’s primary year-round museum dedicated to natural history. In addition to the scenes of animals in action that delight children and adults alike—a racoon slurping from a soda can, or an owl snagging a mouse—the museum’s teaching collection includes study skins, birds of all sizes, bones small and large, eggs, amphibians, reptiles and much more. These items are often used in classes, whether they are outreach programs to local elementary schools, summer programs for teachers or COA’s own students. “It’s an invaluable collection,” says Ronald Harvey, a noted private museum conservator based in Lincolnville, Maine, who is in demand across the nation. Thanks to a major conservation grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Harvey will be a frequent visitor to the Dorr Museum over the next year and a half, guiding students and staff as they inventory and properly conserve the collection. Currently, Harvey, along with a team of students, staff and faculty, is involved in recording 8 | COA

humidity, temperature and light levels in exhibition and storage spaces, while also determining if there are any toxic materials from early taxidermy methods. “You need to know what conditions you have in order to know how best to deal with the collections,” says Harvey. Understanding how to deal with toxic older specimens and safely conserve new items—

at sea for art’s COA artist and art teacher Ernest McMullen doesn’t always travel in packs, but last August, when he wanted to take some photographs out at the Edward McC. Blair Marine Research Station on Mt. Desert Rock, a boatload of friends came along for an adventurous night twenty-five miles offshore in the light keeper’s house. From left, back row: Marine ecologist Judy Perkins; Sean Todd, COA professor of marine biology; Sam Hamill, chair of the COA board of trustees; Tara Stevens ’08, who works at Allied Whale; Anne Zoidis, Allied Whale research associate; Bethany Holm ’03, Allied Whale research assistant and Boykin Rose, COA friend and art collector. Front: Margo Rose, COA friend and art collector, Allied Whale research assistant Jessica Sharman ’05, Perry and Bill Trimble, cousins to the Roses, Ernie McMullen and his wife, Svetlana McMulllen.

generally through a freezing process—is essential for students, says Harvey. “These students are going out into the world. Some will work with museum collections. If we can introduce collection management skills and raise their levels of awareness about protecting materials, students are going to come away with a much better education—and a healthier life.” The $18,600 grant will also be used to design and implement long-term environmental monitoring strategies for the museum’s galleries and storage space, stabilize museum specimens and upgrade storage. The Dorr Museum was one of forty-nine museums chosen by the IMLS from 189 applications. Though conservation is behind the scenes, says COA biology teacher Stephen Ressel, who has spearheaded this effort, it’s essential. “Collections care and management is the lifeblood of museums. Good management ensures that exhibitions happen.” Given the global decline of species, he adds, collections such as those held by the Dorr may be vital: “Scientists have extracted DNA from century-old specimens to better understand biodiversity,” he says. “They’ve also used natural history collections to establish baseline data regarding environmental pollution.”


According to the IMLS, 65 percent of the nation’s collecting institutions have experienced damage to their collections because of improper storage; 40 percent of such institutions have no funds allocated for preservation or conservation. Yet, says the IMLS, the health of these collections “is vital to our democratic society. They inform and inspire our children, and they advance scientific discovery. They help us celebrate achievement and resolve that our generation will do better.” The grant also funds a class in museum management that will be team-taught by Harvey and Ressel in the spring of 2007, the first collection management class taught in Maine, possibly the only class devoted to natural history collections taught in New England. This grant holds special meaning for Harvey. Having visited COA and the museum over the years, he had always hoped to teach at the college. From just a few encounters at COA, he’s found his expectations rewarded. Though he has taught graduate students in dedicated museum programs en route to museum careers, Harvey has found COA’s human ecology students among the most eager he has ever encountered: “They have a hunger for broader concepts, for seeing how things interact or relate.”

how to rate a college There’s a better way, say the Carnegie Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts and Washington Monthly

What makes a college desirable? Look over how some national ratings are gathered and you find it’s about how much money alumni give, how much faculty members get paid and how many students apply but don’t get in. None of these criteria says much about how much students learn, how exciting a class is, or what impact graduates have on the world.

Working with COA botany professor Nishanta Rakajaruna ’94, Nate Pope ’06 and Kathleen Tompkins ’08 look for plants that thrive on soils steeped with heavy metal. Such plants, known as hyperaccumulators, might prove useful in cleaning up superfund sites. A recent NASA grant ensures the continuation of this research in 2006.

Dressed in protective gear, COA President Steve Katona makes a call during the annual faculty-staff-student tug-of-war that raises money for the senior gift. For the second year in a row, COA seniors reached a perfect 100 percent giving.

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HOW STUDENTS LEARN Recently, other measuring devices have been developed. Six years ago, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Pew Charitable Trusts teamed up to find a more meaningful way to measure college excellence—a way to judge how well students are learning and how engaged they are with their classrooms—and in the process, also give schools ways to improve. That instrument is now known as the National Survey of Student Engagement, NSSE, or “Nessie” for those close to it. College of the Atlantic’s commitment to intellectual development has been extraordinarily confirmed by the results of a study conducted by this nationally-known research organization, now administered by Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research. After surveying some 204,000 freshmen and seniors from more than five hundred colleges and universities, NSSE ranked COA in the top ten percent of colleges in most of the categories and the top twenty percent in all categories. Among the colleges surveyed were Bates, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Colby, Marlboro, Swarthmore and Williams. To measure educational quality, the study focuses on five areas: academic challenge, active and collaborative learning experiences, student-faculty interaction, enriched educational experiences and supportive campus environment. COA faculty members were particularly gratified to see that students recognized the college’s close student-faculty connections. In questions about access to faculty members, such as whether students discussed ideas generated by the classes with faculty members beyond classes, or worked with faculty on research projects outside of class requirements, COA scored more than five percentage points higher than most of the top schools who took this survey.

Students Santiago Salinas ’05, Marjolaine J. Whittlesey ’05 and Sarah Bockian ’05 record water quality statistics for the Whitewater and Whitepaper: Canoeing and River Conservation class taught by COA law professor Ken Cline and COA zoology professor Helen Hess.

In the category of supportive campus environment, in which COA students were asked about the quality of relationships with other students and with faculty, and whether the environment provides the academic, social and other supports a student needs, COA first-year students similarly placed the college high in the top 10 percent of colleges. Some other differences are especially indicative of the kind of education COA offers. At COA, 80 percent of first-year students said that they contributed to class discussions as opposed to 77 percent of students in other colleges; 87 percent of seniors said they put together ideas or concepts from different courses when completing assignments, vs. 66 percent of the national norm of students; and 86 percent said they discussed class ideas outside of class, vs. 72 percent of students elsewhere.

COA students rehearse for the annual Cultural Fandango show.

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Marianna Bradley ’06 and Jessica Lach ’07 work together to band chicks as part of their summer research on the Alice Eno Field Research Station on Great Duck Island.

Justin Feldman ’08 and Megan Smith ’90 listen to a classmate’s novel in creative writing and literature professor Bill Carpenter’s class, Starting Your Novel.

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WHAT STUDENTS DO In September, just after the spate of annual college guides and rankings came out, Washington Monthly decided to ask a whole different set of questions. In their first “Washington Monthly College Guide” the editors wrote, “While other guides ask what colleges can do for students, we ask what colleges are doing for the country.” The editors decided to examine three categories: the social mobility of college students, the research efforts of the institution and their community service outreach. After doing so, COA weighed in as number 27 among all colleges in the United States. Visit THE TRADITIONAL RATINGS And then there are the traditional rankings. For the second year in a row, when U.S. News & World Report created its Survey of Best Colleges, COA was singled out for two very distinctive aspects of the college experience. It was rated as having the largest percentage of international students in the nation and placed within the survey’s top-ten list of schools with the most classes under twenty students. As in the past, COA also appeared in Princeton Review’s best colleges and in Princeton Review’s America’s Best Value Colleges.

A Day in the Life of a Coffee Cooperative COA students get first-hand lesson in international commodity production by Kati Freedman ’05 SAN LUCAS TOLIMAN, Guatemala—For months now, the eight students in College of the Atlantic’s inaugural Guatemala program have been immersed in the life of this land. We have felt the weight of people’s faith in patron saints as we carried their images on our shoulders, moving to the rhythm of a religious procession in which we were honored to partake. We have explored learning the Kaqchikel language, allowing us to walk through doors we never thought we could open. Yet our mission to bridge theoretical and practical learning can best be represented by one day spent with a commonly consumed product: coffee. Though we all arrived with some understanding of international commodity markets and their impact on those who labor in them, it took a mountain, a mission, and a man named Hector to Shade-grown coffee in the bag. Top row: Amanda Muscat ’06, Galen really drive the lesson home. Ballentine ’08, Mauro Carballo ’07, Katarina Jurikova ’08, Simon The day began with a tour of Ija’tz (proMichaud ’08, Grace Grinager ’08. Bottom row: COA historian Todd nounced “ee-hots”), a workers’ cooperative locat- Little-Siebold, Hannah Semler ’08 and Ana Maria Rey Martinez ’08. Photo by Kati Freedman ’05. ed in San Lucas Toliman, a small town on Lake Atitlan across from the tourist hub Panajachel. The orgaon coffee alone, even fair trade coffee. As Hector nization’s mission is to perform all the tasks along the explained, people cannot live off of coffee in San coffee production chain, right up to selling its beans on Lucas Toliman, they all have second jobs as carpenthe international fair trade organic market, with the goal ters, construction workers and other positions. This of ensuring a living wage for its members. isn’t surprising, given that a fair trade coffee picker We started the climb at midmorning with the idea earns about three dollars per hundred pounds of that we would be harvesting organic shade-grown cofcoffee, about the maximum yield of one person in a fee, without knowing what that would entail. The steep day. About half that would go towards the tortillas hike proved to be fairly strenuous; as we arrived at the necessary to feed an average-sized family, leaving plot we were to harvest, we began to wonder what that little for medicine or education. walk must mean for someone who does it every day. We descended the mountain, each of us carrying The coffee came in two varieties, one red and one about ten pounds of coffee, slipping on the steep yellow, both brilliantly colored and similar in size and slopes, exhausted from the heat and the harvest. As shape to the cranberry. Hector, our guide, divided us men began to pass us carrying one hundred pounds into pairs and told us to go down each row, one person on their backs, supported only by a strap on their foreon either side of each plant, picking all of the ripe heads, we came an inch closer to understanding how berries and placing them in the grain bags that we had much inequality there is in the coffee industry, how tied around our waists. A small child would come much the culinary privilege of the north shapes it and through later to get any berries we missed. how fair trade can be a step toward solving the probWe picked for several hours, a task that proved to be lem. Being at the top of the coffee production chain, more difficult than it first appeared, at least for us. The as consumers of this labor-intensive product, we were easiest plants to harvest were ones that were abundant beginning to see how much work goes into one cup with fruit; plants with scarce berries required a meticuof coffee. We had already learned how our sips of lous search through the thick leaves to find just a few. coffee intimately linked us to the people that grow it, Our impatience with the scarce plants quickly led to our obliging us to consume responsibly. At Ija’tz we met buddy system falling apart—but we had the privilege those people, sealing our commitment. of being choosy, of skipping plants, of taking breaks. We were only students in the field; we were not there to earn a Kati Freedman ’05 is spending this winter working as living or feed a family. It quickly became clear that those program assistant to COA’s 2006 Guatemala Program. two goals are not easy ones to achieve

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OF GRAFFITI, GRAFT & GREEN BUSINESS: Jay McNally ’84 and the human ecology of electronic discovery By Donna Gold


hen government investigators get ready to look into the deep files of a company like Enron, one of the first people called is Jay McNally ’84. McNally’s electronic discovery firm, Ibis Consulting, Inc., has been charged with both safeguarding and finding data. What the investigators find, should they meet McNally, is an iconoclast with a deep, grey-eyed gaze and a long ponytail, someone whose early rebellion lingers on with a certain amount of sadness and gravity. Having dropped out and left home while in high school, McNally applied to only two institutions of higher education: COA and a plumbing school. Despite his 1.8 GPA, COA took a chance and McNally accepted; there was mandatory attendance at plumbing school.

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McNally has since advised members of the House and Senate on the impact of the SarbanesOxley Act of 2002, worked with the chief information officers of homeland security departments to help understand how to bring spy data into the open and investigated numerous high profile insider trading matters including the investigations that linked Arthur Andersen, LLC to Enron Corporation’s fraudulent acts. Today, McNally, who has been a trustee of the college since 2002, insists that many of the skills he uses in these tasks were learned at COA. Though McNally’s livelihood depends on his computer skills, computers were not his focus while at COA. Art was. His senior project was a multimedia extravaganza. “I wrote music and enlisted a bunch of students to be in a band, do

painting, dance and sing,” he explained one warm fall afternoon after a board meeting. This was during the years when faculty and students were dismayed at the changes COA’s second president, Judith Swayze, was making. McNally didn’t shy away from the politics. “A lot of my senior project was about galvanizing anti-administration sentiment; we liked what we had, we didn’t want to see the school be traditionalized.” He and his friends protested with graffiti, painting “Swayze Hall” on the trailers used as classrooms after the fire. “But we were COA students,” he notes, “we spray-painted Styrofoam, we didn’t want to damage anything.” Those were the post-fire years. There was no campus library, no internet and just one computer. Students carpooled to Orono for research. But though the facilities were grim, the camaraderie was intense, with little division between faculty and students. “I was intellectually curious, I didn’t like the social homogenization that I found in most schools,” McNally explained. At COA, he found the kind of intellectual honesty he was seeking. “I learned a lot about how to learn, how to engage people, how to communicate. COA faculty have a unique way of causing you to look in the mirror in a nonthreatening way.” While studying psychology, philosophy and statistics with Rich Borden and taking writing courses with Bill Carpenter, McNally developed his computer skills on his own, using an old digital PDP 11. At one point, he recalls, “the students decided they needed a real college experience. We practiced drinking for a few weeks, then we went down to Colby. In the first fifteen minutes it was so clear that we were totally outclassed by them in drinking that we got into the car and went back.” The intensity of the time, and his work with governance at the college, led to a fascination with how a collection of people becomes a strong group. This, he says, isn’t far from what he does now, leading and encouraging the hundred-odd people that McNally is very proud to employ as head of Ibis.

After graduating and moving to Boston, McNally took on a temporary job supplying services to law firms involved in litigation, drawing on lessons in psychology as well as literature. After all, he says, “tracking and analyzing corporations is a lot about understanding plot.” The human drama of litigation was just another aspect of human ecology. In the days of 1980s excess, one litigation job got so intense that he found himself with a staff of 120 in three cities and hired a catering company to bring five meals a day to the workers. But when asked to lay off staff just before Christmas, McNally objected to the inhuman—and inhumanecological—demand and decided to launch his own business. Quitting his job, he applied for every credit card he was offered and built Ibis Consulting. The secret ingredient in Ibis is another harvest of interdisciplinary thinking, a program based on feline night vision that can classify documents through images, thereby distilling from literally millions of pages the precise information lawyers might need. Even before McNally became a trustee, he was a COA donor. “I don’t know where, and I don’t know why, but I always had a sense that I should give back to institutions that gave to me—and COA gave me a rare and precious gift.” He also felt that by concentrating his gifts on a few institutions, his donations would be worth more. At COA, McNally feels that his money helps produce better stewards for non-profits and businesses with missions consistent with COA. McNally furthermore seeks ways to spur giving to the college. When Nat Keller ’04 decided to strive for full participation in the senior class gift, McNally promised to match the gift. Currently, with life trustee Henry Sharpe, he is focusing on COA’s new green business leadership program. “COA is in really good shape,” says McNally. “The board is very strong, morale is high, we are addressing real issues that I think are going to help the college over a broader horizon. Trustees are encouraged by what they see and are energized by students and faculty,” he says, adding, “COA rocks, it always has, it has a lot to offer, it needs more ambassadors, more people telling its story.”

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chemistry presidency by Gregory S. Stone ’82

Steven K. Katona came to College of the Atlantic as a founding faculty member in 1972. In 1993, he became COA’s fourth president. As Katona plans to retire, the tiny institution that began on a twenty-acre campus now has ten times as many students, a nine-fold increase in endowment and more than five times as much land, encompassing twenty-five acres of shorefront, ninety acres of farmland, ten acres of island research stations—and the educational scope of the world. Through Katona, COA began its transformational link with the Davis United World Scholars program, bringing an exceptional array of international students to campus. Thanks to a broadening of the COA curriculum during Katona’s presidency, students may now study the human ecology of coastal Mexico and highland Guatemala, spend a year at like-minded ecological institutions through the EcoLeague and study organic farming at COA’s Beech Hill Farm. Students can learn the intimate details of bird life on Great Duck Island, now the Alice Eno Field Research Station, or observe whales on Mount Desert Rock, now the home of the Edward McC. Blair Marine Research Station. From observations of the largest mammals, students can turn to some of life’s smallest particles, joining research teams at the Jackson Laboratory and the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory as a partner in the government-sponsored Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence, or INBRE program. But as the college expands, its environmental footprint lessens. The college holds a ten-year contract for wind energy, new buildings incorporate innovative green design and gatherings are becoming waste-free, following the lead of COA’s zero-waste graduation ceremony in 2005. While numerous minds and still more hands have gone into shaping the college, COA is what it is in part because a young professor filled with intellectual curiosity came here with a dream of saving the ocean and never stopped believing in the power of one small college—or one individual—to make the world a better place. ~ DG

HEY DAD, CAN I BORROW THE KEYS? On a summer day in 1981, fellow College of the Atlantic student Eric Roos ’87 and I decided to go SCUBA diving in Frenchman Bay. It was a Friday. The ocean was flat and calm; the sky was clear and blue. Our plan was to photograph and study the marine life off Bald Porcupine Island. We had access to the twenty-foot COA Boston Whaler, but we needed a vehicle strong enough to tow it to the Bar Harbor town boat ramp. Knowing Steve Katona’s Toyota Land Cruiser was in the COA parking lot, his keys under his seat, we figured he wouldn’t mind if we borrowed it for an hour or two. We knew he was leaving for the weekend that day using his other car. So without asking, Eric and I headed off for a day of diving with Steve’s vehicle and the COA boat. But on the boat ramp that day, the brakes on the jeep failed and the whole rig—boat, trailer and Land Cruiser— went into the sea. Standing on the ramp, I watched in horror as the front and back seats filled with water, Eric still at the wheel. I called out to him to get out. He crawled out the window and onto the roof where he curled up in the fetal position as the Toyota began to drift out to sea, buoyed up on one end by the boat, which was still attached to its trailer. I ran into the freezing water, trying to push and pull the vehicle, but it was useless. Meanwhile, a large crowd gathered at the town wharf shouting suggestions. Eventually, a passing boat picked Eric up and towed the Toyota, boat and trailer back to the wharf. Because there is a sharp drop-off at the bottom of the boat ramp, we could not simply pull the boat and jeep back out of the water, and the closest ramp or beach where that could be done was a halfmile away. The jeep needed to be lifted up somehow. There were now about three hundred people gathered on the wharf and sitting on the grass of the park watching while we tried to figure out what to do next. Then Steve arrived. To this day, I can still see him cross the parking lot while the crowd parted between us. It was one of the very lowest moments in my life. But where others would have been angry or shocked, Steve immediately took in the situation, including what was happening to Eric and me inside. As we walked toward each other Steve called out, “Hey Dad, can I borrow the keys?” He ended up selling the jeep for seven hundred dollars to local fisherman Perley Fogg, “where she lay.” Eventually the jeep was plucked from the ocean with a clever series of pulleys and winches by Perley and soaked in a lake for a few days to leach out the salt water. It worked fine for many more years. A couple of days later Eric and I were walking on campus in front of Turrets when we sighted Steve walking out the front door. I called out, asking if we could borrow his remaining car, and Steve replied, without missing a beat, “Sure, the life jackets are in the back seat.” 18 | COA


Steve Katona measures a whale skull with Matt Gerald ’83 and former COA professor Sentiel Rommel.

I don’t usually write about people. I guess you could say that my beat is the ocean. It is easy for me to write about the sea because I have a consuming passion for it and everything in it—and there is one person, a great mentor and teacher, largely responsible for focusing this obsession, for developing my career in ocean science and my ability to communicate. That guy is Steven Karol Katona. The first class I had with Steve was in 1976. He was thirty-three years old, trimmed out in a thick black beard. The welcoming twinkle in his eyes was topped by full eyebrows and a crown of curly hair. I was nineteen years old: a freshly-minted SCUBA card in my pocket, a generous financial aid package in hand (thank you, COA), an interest in science and a sense that the world’s environment was in some kind of trouble. The class was in the southeast corner of the old COA building that later burned, facing the ocean from the third floor. With the sun streaming through the window, Steve was teaching us about marine biology, chalk in hand, tapping away food chain diagrams vertically on the blackboard—shrimp eat plankton, fish eat shrimp, whales eat fish—and life cycle diagrams in a circle. Steve taught us what we needed to know about the ocean and the earth, what humans were doing to it and how we all might be able to make things better—the human ecology part that we were trying to figure out. COA | 19

Steve Katona dissecting a white-sided dolphin with Brad Barr.

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And in those early years we all had a lot to figure out and Steve helped us, like few teachers can, by nurturing the individual assets each student arrived with and guiding us into our respective careers and lives. Before I came to COA, I worked summers as a dishwasher. Building on this experience, my first job at COA was washing the glassware in the chemistry lab. As I labored nights and weekends in the lab for my work-study funds, Steve saw some potential in me that even I could not yet discern, and offered me the job of running the Mount Desert Rock Whale Watch research station, a major coup and opportunity for a first-year student who had never even seen a whale. It gave me my first research experience. Having never traveled beyond my home state of Massachusetts, spending the summer on a small island twenty miles off the coast of Maine provided my first taste of real adventure, an experience that would eventually lead to exploring and diving in Antarctica and in every ocean of the planet. Because he devoted far more time and attention to finding out about us than talking about himself, it was a while before I learned Steve’s own background. Later, I found that he was from Cincinnati, Ohio with a brother named Gene. Steve had considered medicine, like his own father, and it was a big turning point, a family decision, when he decided on a career in marine research. In the late 1960s, Steve could be found walking the streets of Boston, Cambridge and Cape Cod with long hair, legendary beard and a plankton net slung over his shoulder. He had just finished his undergraduate degree, cum laude, at Harvard and stayed on to work under the renowned George Clark for his Ph.D. Steve was researching the way tiny shrimp-like animals called copepods used chemicals, called

pheromones, to locate each other for reproduction. He collected these copepods in his plankton net by filtering the water rushing under bridges along the coast, in Nahant and even in the estuarine parts of the Charles River. He then brought the tiny creatures into his laboratory where he isolated and reproduced their life cycles and conducted detailed experiments, separating the flea-sized female and male copepods, then putting them through a maze to discover how they found each other by “smell.” To this day, Steve’s Ph.D. dissertation and later scientific papers on this topic remain seminal references in marine biology, then in its adolescence as a science. While pheromones had been documented for land creatures, it was the first time such reliance on chemicals for sexual behavior was documented in the sea. Plankton, and most marine animals, were not looked at as individuals, but more like commodities. Steve teased these tiny animals out of the immense oceans, describing them as individual creatures with sex lives they chose. Even though he researched this topic forty years ago, Steve still remembers the smallest details of his research, brightening when he talks about it because he enjoyed the work so much. He even made a short film depicting their successful search that ended when one copepod swam down the final pathway to his/her intended, accompanied by animated fireworks that Steve laid into the film.

Steve Katona, Lisa Baraff ’84 and Greg Stone ’82.

Harp Seal on pack ice in Bar Harbor. Photo by Mindy Viechnicki.

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He was awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship in 1967–68 so that he could extend his plankton studies at the University of Southampton in England. With Susan Lerner, his high school girlfriend who later became his wife and partner at COA, he went to Europe on the Queen Mary and came back on the Queen Elizabeth, carrying samples of plankton in each direction. After a brief postgraduation stint on the west coast at the California Institute of the Arts, followed by a very cold research expedition to the Alaskan Arctic, Steve was drawn to COA as a founding faculty member. He felt that COA’s environmental mission could better address the world’s problems. But the art and design students he encountered on the west coast prepared him well for the eclectic COA students he would spend the next thirty-four years guiding. Upon arriving in Maine, it wasn’t long before Steve’s incessant curiosity leaped from his early studies of one of the smallest creatures in the sea, to founding a research program on whales, the earth’s largest creatures.


Finback whale with a blow hole view.

Breaching humpback whale.

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How it came about is a legend in itself. One day, so the story goes, in COA’s first month, Steve led a cruise on a Coast Guard boat into the fog for a field trip to Mount Desert Rock, about twenty-five miles south of Bar Harbor. Each and every one of the thirty-two students the college had enrolled was with him. They landed, tromped around on the tiny rock without much to report, and were about to leave when a half dozen sixty-foot finback whales barreled by like B-1 bombers, bursting their warm breath thirty feet high in clouds of spray. Steve’s interest in whales crystallized. With the students of the day, he created Allied Whale, founded to improve the relationship between whales and humans, a relationship that was significantly troubled at the time by commercial whaling. It was his human ecological vision to mend the relationship. Allied Whale’s activities led to research, education and policy initiatives, and is credited with the foundational studies of whales, dolphins and seals

Ed Blair, life trustee and former chairman of the board, Steve Katona and George Page, former host of the PBS program Nature, on a whale-watching adventure.

in the Gulf of Maine and later around the world. Steve’s resultant Field Guide to the Whales, Porpoises, and Seals from Cape Cod to Newfoundland, co-authored by Valerie Rough and David T. Richardson, was first published by COA in 1977. It was since picked up by Smithsonian Books and went into four editions. As Steve was working on the book, he got together with Roger Payne, Judy Perkins and founding student Scott Kraus ’77, to project photographs of humpback whale flukes on a screen. They reckoned that each one was unique, like a fingerprint, and that the photographs could be used to study the animals by taking pictures of the same animals at different times and places. Scott took it on as his senior project with Steve as his advisor. Their work became the world’s first humpback whale fluke catalogue. Today, everyone seems to know humpback whales can be identified individually with photographs of the undersides of their tails, but it was a pioneering idea of the day. The humpback whale catalogue is now a model for humpback studies. The effort consolidated a field of science into a standard powerful technique. Steve’s scientific credibility and welcoming personality became the center point for this project because he was able to get the diverse and independent-minded humpback scientists of the western North Atlantic Ocean to work together, sharing their data because they trusted him. This was my first glimpse of Steve’s extraordinary leadership ability, which later blossomed in his COA presidency. Prior to this, every researcher held on to their photographs and refused to contribute them to one central location. Once consolidated at College of the Atlantic, the data on individual humpbacks led to breakthroughs in understanding their biology. As in his early copepod work, Steve’s insights struck through to the heart of what was essential. His scientific contribution remains a pillar of modern whale science.

Moira Brown, former COA professor of marine biology, Scott Kraus ’77, Steve Katona and Judy Allen, director of information services, on a teaching trip to Nova Scotia.

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Steve Katona, Susan Lerner, former COA president Louis Rabineau, his wife Mona and their daughter Elizabeth.


The Edward McC. Blair Marine Research Station at Mt. Desert Rock.

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Fast-forward a decade or so to January 1985. Steve’s black hair is shorter and beginning to show flecks of silver; the beard will soon be gone. He is seventy miles north of the Dominican Republic on a twenty-five square-mile coral reef system named Silver Bank. Steve is leading an expedition of scientists and students on the 100-foot sailing research vessel Regina Maris. By now I’ve graduated from COA. Steve and I are on Silver Bank because it is the winter breeding ground for humpback whales, the same whales that spend summers thousands of miles north near Mount Desert Island, swimming down and back each year. We are on a smaller skiff deployed from the larger ship. As Steve settles in the bow, I sit in the stern, manning the boat with a small sputtering outboard engine. The sun is hot and high in the sky and we are surrounded by thousands of humpback whales. As we glide across the aquamarine waters, passing the colorful shadows of coral heads, seeing whale flukes and blows popping up and disappearing like surprise targets at a carnival game, Steve points towards a group of seven or eight male whales, rolling and jumping as they all converge and compete for one female. I idle the engine as Steve dons a diving mask. He carefully lowers himself into the ocean to photograph the whales underwater. After our work on Silver Bank, Steve and I began a series of forays to the Caribbean and Bermuda, tracking what at the time were truly mysterious giants. Through his leadership, a group of scientists in the Atlantic pooled their efforts and laid the foundation for understanding humpback whale distributions in the entire ocean basin. Somewhere between our moment on Silver Bank, washing glassware in the COA chemistry lab, my early days on Mount Desert Rock, diving in Frenchman Bay, the multidisciplinary view Steve gave me of the oceans and the earth—somewhere amidst this and much more, my career and life in expeditionary marine conservation science was forged.

Steve has now left most of the whale field work to others while he has gone on to new things, most notably guiding the College of the Atlantic for thirteen years. His scientific, educational and fundraising abilities have firmly established the college as one of the most important and unique environmental colleges in the world. Even during this busy time, Steve has maintained his hand in some research and offered his leadership to dozens of national and international efforts too numerous to mention, including the advisory board for the Marine Conservation Action Fund, president of the Maine Independent Colleges Association, president of the Maine Higher Education Council, scientific advisor for the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, international scientific advisor for the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, chairman for the scientific advisory committee of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, president of the American Cetacean Society and co-chairman of the National Marine Fisheries Services Humpback Whale Recovery Team. A renaissance man with a balanced armament of intellect, interests and interpersonal abilities, Steve initiates and loves discussions about ideas more than anyone I know. Even though his research specialty is the oceans, Steve can talk about anything and he celebrates anyone’s accomplishments or interests. The home of Steve and Susan Lerner and their two sons, David and Nicholas, has always been a beehive of gatherings with student travelers, artists and people from all walks of life. The artifacts in their home, gathered from their many travels and received as gifts from their many friends and admirers, are a partial record of their eclectic interests. Their home is a veritable museum, which always enriches these gatherings. What struck me about Steve that very first class I had with him so many years ago was the way he gazed around the room, connecting with individual students. He viewed each person with great respect and kindness. Amazingly, with all that has been on his plate while COA’s president, that warm personal thoughtfulness can still be felt today and is even stronger.

Steve Katona and Greg Stone ’82 at a reception at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.

Gregory S. Stone ’82, Ph.D., is vice president for global marine programs at the New England Aquarium, a Pew Fellow for marine conservation, editor of the Marine Technology Society Journal from 1997–2003, member of the Explorers Club and chairman of the scientific advisors for the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. Since graduating from COA, where he worked closely with Steve Katona, Greg has logged over five thousand SCUBA dives, lived in an underwater research station for thirty days, explored the ocean down to twenty thousand feet in deep sea submersibles, and has worked and lived in Japan, New Zealand, and Fiji. His 2003 Antarctic book, Ice Island, about his expedition to B-15, the largest iceberg in history, won the National Outdoor Book Award. His fourth article in National Geographic Magazine, on his expedition to study the effects from the Sumatra tsunami on the coral reefs of Thailand, appeared in the December 2005 issue.

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taking on the big BY LOIE HAYES ’79



In her first year at COA, Nicole Cabana ’99 wrote a paper condemning the killing of harp seals. While the seals stayed on her mind, Cabana worked at Allied Whale, dedicating many hours to cataloging humpback whale tails for its Years of the North Atlantic Humpbacks, or YoNAH, project. The more she learned about whales and seals, the more she realized that policy should be based on hard data, rather than, as she says, “an emotional attachment to a charismatic species.” Eventually Cabana traveled to Newfoundland to meet sealers and see the harvest in person. This research trip became the basis for her senior project. Her conclusion ran contrary to her earlier beliefs, supporting the way the harvest was being managed by the Canadian government. Thinking about that time now, she reflects, “What surprised me most was my change in world view. Before coming to COA, I had been very closed-minded and set in my viewpoints. I had a hardnosed, definite position one way and totally changed by the time I finished at COA in 1999.” After graduation, Cabana wanted to find work that allowed her to travel and continue learning. A chance encounter introduced her to the Commissioned Corps Officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. This uniformed group of roughly three hundred individuals serves NOAA as ship and aircraft operators on environmental and scientific missions. Though she feared that a “military mentality” might dominate the corps, she was pleased to find her fellow officers to be scientists and engineers like herself, committed to impartiality in their research. The corps has fulfilled its promise of travel and education. Of her six years in a NOAA uniform, Cabana has spent four in the Pacific, both on ship and shore assignments, and has conducted research in the Atlantic from the Bay of Fundy to the Dominican Republic. As her experience has grown, Cabana has also been introduced to the political side of NOAA through a short stint in Washington, D.C., where she expects to be assigned in the future. She looks forward to bringing to her policy work the open-mindedness that she has won through hard questioning of her own biases.

Loie Hayes ’79 is a freelance editor and writer, still grateful for the reading and writing skills she learned at COA.

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Scott Kraus ’77 was one of the first two COA students to spend a twoweek stint on Mount Desert Rock, recording whale sightings as part of the fledgling Allied Whale and getting to know the Coast Guard men stationed there. “They were young like us but their attitudes were very different from the New England politics of environmentalism and human rights that I’d been steeped in,” said Kraus. Sharing the close quarters, even staying secure during a hurricane on the Rock, taught Kraus a great deal about the importance of toleration and accepting people for their actions as much as for their ideas. Kraus found that COA’s All-College Meeting was another great exercise in listening and working to find a solution. “Town meetings had such a diversity of viewpoints. It was like combining a debating society with a course in logic and another in politics.” In many ways, the research training Kraus received through Allied Whale, along with his participation in COA’s self-governance, served as the perfect training for his work at New England Aquarium, where he is currently vice-president for research. “There are many more players in the marine environment than there were twenty years ago,” he noted. “Often a government agency talks to all the interest groups and then takes years to impose something no one likes. Sometimes you get to feel that it’s not worth doing anymore.” To counter the slow pace and lowest-common-denominator quality of bureaucratic policy writing, Kraus finds inspiration in working directly with stakeholders such as fishermen and shipping companies. “They want to have control over their own lives. If you show them proof of a problem, they will test and adopt new tactics, often quicker than if you had to wait for regulations to force compliance.” One example of this approach is Kraus’ current work with chemists and engineers to test rope that glows in the dark, reflects sound, becomes stiff when submerged, or dissolves upon contact with blubber. “The forces of modern chemistry haven’t been brought to bear on fishing gear. It could open a door that will allow us to make progress.” Scott recalls the contentious discussion during COA’s first year about the name of the workshop that eventually was called Allied Whale. While it might seem trivial now, even the process of choosing a name can be a step foward, even when reconciliation and mutual recognition seem impossible.


For more than thirty-three years, Allied Whale has produced scientists who have studied everything from the diet to the courting behavior of marine mammals. But many of COA’s Allied Whale “graduates” have gravitated toward environmental policy, taking on public policy and planning positions, trying to make a difference in large and small conservation efforts throughout the world. Loie Hayes ’79 profiled four such graduates: Scott Kraus ’77, Greg Stone ’82, Katrina van Dine ’82, and Nicole Cabana ’99.

DISCERNING THE DIVINE IN NATURE’S CONSTELLATIONS Katrina van Dine and the devilish details of ocean governance. Kate van Dine ’82 was twenty years old and had tried two other colleges before finding COA. Feeling “ready to be asked to think through stuff on my own and not be talked at,” van Dine immediately resonated with the curiosity she found animating COA. Faculty not only avoided dictating the answers to life’s spider web of puzzles, they were “not even telling you that there was an answer.” The qualities she found among COA’s community —being generous of heart, asking a lot of questions, having good humor, listening well and being willing to argue—have served her well in her professional and personal pursuits. One of van Dine’s first memories of COA is of being “knee deep in a minke whale carcass,” she says. “Water has always been my draw,” van Dine continues. As a member of Allied Whale, she pondered a conundrum that fascinates her still: whether, “we, the human animal, will accept our role as within the natural system or whether we will always be trying to stick our foot on the top of the pile.” While van Dine’s instinct tells her that humans are too restless to fit in, she intends to keep arguing against the urge to dominate. As research counsel with the Marine Affairs Institute of Roger Williams University School of Law and Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program, van Dine now focuses on ocean governance through regional structures. Building on decades of work by groups like the Gulf of Maine Council, the value of an ecosystem perspective is increasingly recognized at all levels of governance. Yet as van Dine strives to turn ecosystem theory into regional practice, the devil remains in the details. With a wry tone of understatement, van Dine reports that it is “hard to be a visionary in the political process.” Still, she believes that creative thinkers, along with courageous managers, can foment a shift from vacuuming ecosystems clean toward true sustainability. While she hesitates when asked about how quickly we might get there, she remains encouraged by the example of COA and by the caliber of its students and staff. She emphasizes the enormous gratitude she now feels for the room that COA accorded her to follow her own, still ongoing, process of emotional, spiritual and intellectual maturation. In thinking about the faculty she worked with in the late seventies, she muses, “What a constellation they made.” While the devil might be in the details, the divine can be discerned in the larger patterns.

ENGAGING A BROAD AUDIENCE Greg Stone and South Seas Conservation. The college “woke me up,” says Greg Stone ’82. Transferring after a stultifying first semester at a major university, COA’s hands-on learning thrilled him. “Suddenly we were out on the ocean or mucking around on the sand bar—that connected for me in ways no other academic experience ever had. If it weren’t for COA, I’m not sure I ever would have become as academically engaged as I have in my career and life.” Stone experienced a “visceral, emotional immersion in the ocean” through his work with Allied Whale at COA. Reading Tolstoy, Melville, Marge Piercy, Thomas Hardy, and Mary Shelley, studying philosophy and writing, aren’t standard parts of a biologist’s training but they were important parts of Stone’s education as a human ecologist. He credits COA’s interdisciplinary model with helping him build his second career—as a journalist, as well as a scientist. Much of Stone’s time in recent years has been spent working to protect New Zealand’s Hector’s dolphins. Using “pingers” developed by COA alum Scott Kraus ’77 and satellite tags, Stone has worked with commercial and recreational fishers, native Maori communities, the dolphin tourism industry, and the government to find new ways to protect the dolphins in what he calls New Zealand’s “increasingly urbanized” marine ecosystem. Another very complex project that Stone is involved with is the creation of a marine conservation area around the Phoenix Islands within the territory of Kiribati. This nation of 100,000 Micronesians has domain over thirty-three islands spread over a territory larger than the United States. With virtually all of the national welfare dependent on the selling of commercial fishing licenses, Kiribati’s survival depends on finding ways to sustain its marine productivity. Borrowing a tactic that’s been used on land—the buying of development rights to keep farmland and forests from being turned into subdivisions and strip malls—Stone is leading a team setting up the first market-based solution to ocean resource degradation. “It’s the most complex thing I’ve ever been a part of,” he says. “We’ve got dance contests, posters, fundraisers, research cruises, economists valuing natural resources, lawyers writing legislation…. We’re keying into biological, social and financial systems. Some conservationists have just one objective and no awareness of the social issues involved. COA taught me to see the big picture.”

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Susan Lerner A PAUSE FOR REFLECTION Compiled by Andrea Lepcio ’79 A journey has been taken; a road discovered and followed to its end. A pause before the next path begins; a time to reflect on the experience of learning from and discovering through Susan Lerner. Loie Hayes ’79: I remember a conversation she and I had about writing. It was probably the first time that a teacher had challenged me about the authenticity of my voice. I didn’t understand at first and felt anxious about having failed to please her. She was very gentle and patient in her Socratic way, asking me to think about how I might talk about the subject if I were in a class. It’s a lesson that has been foundational for me to present myself as simply and honestly as possible in all my dealings. Bill Carpenter, COA faculty since 1972: Susie was very much a part of the Big Bang of 1972–75 that coalesced into COA, bringing liberated art forms and cutting-edge feminist theory into the human ecology mix. She foresaw that COA would become a mecca for progressive young women and laid the intellectual groundwork to make it possible. There was a certain pressure in those days for a narrowed, pragmatic environmentalism; Susie insisted on a wider vision that included dance, arts and crafts, alternative health and especially women’s studies. Sara J. Wendt ’85: I remember the sound of her voice, steady, powerful and confident in its softness. She talked straight to me as if I were an equal, a powerful woman, me a girl of nineteen.

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Borbala Kiss ’02: Brightness was flickering in her eyes when we met. A heartbeat is all it took. An intuition. Like a sculptor working with living clay she just listened first. A chill in the back. Becoming almost hurts. Daring to say. Listen again. Magic happens. The clay expresses itself. Endless possibilities. Did the artist create another artist? Sara: Susie taught by example and I came to know this as the most effective and joyful way to change the world. I see now how lucky I am to have been under the guidance of this wise woman. Loie: Susie’s so curious about people—how they think about their experiences, how they choose to construct their lives, how the natural and human context shapes us and we shape them. Bill: Susie was our strongest believer in the unity and loving coherence of the COA community. Susie provided the “glue”—as we called it back then— that held it all together. Thupten Norbu ’06, gallery assistant: As an international student, I owe a big thank you to both Steve and Susie for inviting us to dinners during major American celebrations. They really cared about us and made us feel part of the community.

Melita Brecher, artist: Susie’s personality, playfulness, wit and creativity are expressed in her work at the Blum Gallery. She can transform almost anything into an exciting exhibit. Susie has the natural skill to connect with visitors, students and exhibiting artists, making all feel welcome and special. Elisa Hurley, Blum Gallery visitor: The first time I met Susan I was bringing her a piece of art made by my sixyear-old son for an upcoming show. Susan was delighted. When she met my “Koi, for my father” by Susan Lerner, paint on silk. son at the opening a week Philip B. Kunhardt ’77, trustee: Susie has been later, she talked with him, artist to artist. She introa passionate, engaged teacher with a flair for life duced him to people in the gallery. She asked his and a true interest in her students. Sparkling, opinion. He has never forgotten that. mellowed, statelier than ever, what a person! Ashley Bryan, artist: I sing to the sun of my good friend Susan! She has enlivened my home on Islesford with visits from COA students. I sing of Susan’s installation of my puppets, the ingenious way in which she stood the puppets in the gallery space as if they were guests at the show! Ev Shorey, trustee since 1985: Susan, since its founding, has been a major resource for COA as a faculty member, gallery director and tremendous support for Steve, which has meant so much. Casey Mallinckrodt (’75) artist, trustee: Susie has tremendous enthusiasm for engaging people in the mission and life of the college. I cannot count the times I have run into Susie introducing someone to the campus, farm, gallery, to find out later that this curator, potential student, author, famous actor, was someone she met the day before at a party, or perhaps at the counter of Pectic Seafood, and brought into the circle of the college.

Mary-Sherman Willis, poet: In the spring of 1973 I audited Susan’s (and COA’s) first women’s literature course. Suddenly I’d found another Virginia Woolf enthusiast—but it didn’t stop there. I’d done some modern dance, so had she: Let’s do some choreography! I had work in my studio: Let’s have a show! Susan’s fluid artistry has been a fund of creative possibility for those of us lucky enough to know her. Today, two of her monoprints hang above my writing desk, testimonials of an art-making woman. Steve Katona: In all her work, and at every scale, Susie enables nature, insight, passion, form, humor and political message to meld in new combinations. Watching her make that magic each day, often in ways that surprise, is one of the joys of my life. Emily Bracale ’90 teaches art classes and workshops, home schools Hana, 10, and John Henry, 2, practices Reiki and energy clearings, and celebrates lives in art. New York playwright Andrea Lepcio ’79 took classes with Susan from 1976–79. The two have been friends ever since.

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Photograph by Noreen Hogan ’91.

You have to accomplish something to get people to want to join you. A conversation with founding board member Leslie C. Brewer In our continuing history of College of the Atlantic, COA talked with Les Brewer, 83, the Bar Harbor businessman, town councilor, school board member and much more who was COA’s first chairman of the board and still remains our treasurer, a man who has barely missed one board meeting in thirty-four years and who has always been instrumental in making things happen. ~ DG

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Donna Gold: Before we launch into talking

DG: Why a college?

about COA, can you tell me a bit about your background?

LB: Basically we were trying to find another eco-

Les Brewer: I’m a fifth-generation Mount Desert Island resident. My forefathers have done some shipbuilding and other businesses. I grew up here, of course, and went to the local schools.

DG: You and Father Jim Gower were both on the football team, right? Father Jim remembers you as being very studious—

LB: We were quarterbacks but we both did our own thing. I was valedictorian, maybe because other people who were very smart went to other schools. I then went to the University of Maine ROTC program and was in the service in Europe. I came back and finished college, went to Boston to work a year and then I chose to come back to the island and go into the family business and enjoy what I’ve always enjoyed—living on Mount Desert Island.

DG: And, as I understand, COA was launched after a chance encounter between you and Father Jim?

LB: Father Jim was reassigned to work here on the island. If he hadn’t been, this college might never have happened. We just happened to meet on Cottage Street, right in front of my business and he just happened to say, “I’d like to do some work outside of my church, is there something we can do together?” I said, “The Chamber of Commerce has been trying to start a school here on the island but they can’t seem to get going.” Father Jim asked a couple of friends and he and I with two other people met in his house one night and talked it over. It seemed like there was a possibility that we could explore.

nomic resource for the community. We felt we needed stimulation to the economy of the area on a twelve-month basis and not the hospitality business. At that particular time, it was a little easier than it had been in prior years, because the legislature had just passed a bill permitting the Maine Department of Education to grant an organization the right to use the word college in their name without going before the legislature. So, we went down to Augusta, the five of us: Father Jim, Bob Smith, who worked in Augusta, Sonny Cough, who was a local businessman, Richard Lewis and I, and made a presentation that we’d like to start a college on Mount Desert Island. When we came back, we had a corporation and the right to use the word college in our name, but we had to have the location. Father Jim and myself went to Ellsworth one day to lunch with Charlie Sawyer and Mike Garber who owned a certain portion of this campus. At the end of that luncheon, we had a five-year contract for one dollar a year to use this campus as a location. Within the five years we contracted to buy it. So, when the Board of Education came from Augusta in the spring of 1969, they visited this site and gave us the right to use the word college in our name and gave us the go-ahead. I remember one of the people saying that a college is a tough thing to get started. I said, “Yes it is, but I’ll tell you one thing. You will not have to come and tell us we are not successful. If we recognize that we’re in an uphill battle, we’ll come and tell you.” Whether that convinced him to give us the ok, I don’t know, but we got the ok. We then had a location and a name. With that we raised seed money, about $65,000.

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DG: And, so, at that time it was just a college,

DG: You really seemed to have known exactly

no mission or—

what COA needed, the open-endedness of it—

LB: We did choose the mission of ecology.

LB: Don’t try to read too much into that,

DG: What made you decide to have that focus? LB: It just came out of the discussions that we had at our board meetings. We felt we had to have some connection to the ocean. We were thinking of marine biology, similar to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

DG: Did you always conceive of COA as being a very small college?

LB: A lot of those things never came up, early on. As I said, you have to accomplish something in order to get people to want to join you. The next thing we did is we hired a president. Somewhere, it was identified that there was a man from Harvard who was looking for a new position: Ed Kaelber, of course. Father Jim and I had breakfast with him at the Bar Harbor Inn. I can almost remember the table. When he chose to come here, that was a big boost for our moving forward, that was the about the fourth step of real major sequences.

because I don’t believe that is the case. It’s the many different people all coming together and willing to work together that accomplished what we have. No one person developed all of the right ideas. I can’t think of a member of this establishment, whether it be faculty, or staff, or a member of the board, or a student that hasn’t in their own way left something here to bring us to where we are today. There’s over fourteen hundred students out there that have graduated and they left part of themselves here too. And don’t ever take away the value of the friends of Mount Desert Island. This college could not have happened without those friends, starting right off in the beginning with Betty Thorndike and Charlie Tyson and Bob Blum and Amos Eno and on. The feeling for this location and for a good idea is so strong and they have helped so much. And they wouldn’t have helped if we didn’t have a person like Ed Kaelber as the first president.

DG: So what is it that motivates your involvement in COA all these years?

DG: What was it that attracted you to Ed

LB: I’d like to leave the community as well off as


it can be left after I move along. I love the place. And I like to see things happen. I feel that there’s a way to accomplish everything that needs to be done, and there are other people that will help. This college is a perfect example.

LB: I think his philosophy and his ease of talking and exploring a question. I don’t think that a person who had all the answers and was quick to take a position would have fit here. Ed was a perfect fit. He’d been in business as well as education and had a lot of friends in and around Harvard, and that network proved very helpful. Many of his friends joined the board.

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he compositions on these pages came out of the course Biology Through the Lens, taught by Stephen Ressel, COA vertebrate biologist, and Nancy Andrews, COA video and performance artist, in the fall of 2005. In this project, students were asked to look at the work created by German biologist and artist, Ernst Haeckel, who published his Art Forms in Nature in 1904. Haeckel’s one hundred plates in the volume display the artistry of nature, the natural science of art. “The primary purpose of my Art Forms in Nature was aesthetic,” wrote Haeckel. “I wanted to provide an entry, for a wider circle of people, into the wonderful treasures of natural beauty hidden in the depths of the sea, or only visible as a consequence of small size, under the microscope. But I also wanted to combine these aesthetic concerns with a scientific goal: to open up a deeper insight into the wonderful architecture of the unfamiliar organization of these forms.” In this project, as with the entire class, students were challenged to meld art and science, to examine how far, as scientists, they could enhance the aesthetic quality of their work without compromising the scientific or biological content of the organisms with which they worked.


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Keratin Ariel Springfield ’06 I was attracted to the variety of forms that keratin can take in the natural world, and to the texture, reflective quality and the possibilities in the repetition of form. Ariel Springfield ’06 studies visual arts and biology. Biology is her inspiration; the visual arts are her chosen form of expression.

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Eggs Jamus Drury ’08 I chose eggs because I’ve always liked the different sizes, shapes and color patterns of eggs, with their specific reasons for each. While I thought about placing them in backgrounds similar to where they would be found in the wild, I feel that here you can see their unique differences and appreciate their patterns. Seabirds are on the bottom: guillemots, gulls, terns and petrels. Shorebirds are in the middle, with the loon in the center and two different rail eggs (crow eggs are on the left). Arboreal birds are on top for the most part. There’s a bluebird, catbird, flycatcher, wren and oriole. Jamus Drury ’08 grew up on Green’s Island near Vinalhaven. He has been studying science and ecology and hopes to return to Green’s while also becoming a field ecologist in the bird world.

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falling By Becky Buyers-Basso ’81

H John on Tractor, 2005 by Carolyn Snell ’06, 17” by 22”, oil on canvas. This painting is part of my senior project entitled “Portraits of Maine Farmers: A Senior Project in Oil Paint.” Because I grew up on a farm in Buxton, Maine, the thrill of growing food and flowers is always with me. Through my exploration of human ecology, with a focus on writing and literature, art and painting, I have come to further appreciate the sparkle of humanity that shines in farmers. In this project, I attempt to capture that humanity in farmers, whether in their fields or their living rooms. John is my dad, and he is doing one of his favorite things—attentively unearthing russet potatoes.

e didn’t mean to fall asleep, but the sun felt so nice and warm on his face that Mike Merrill thought he’d close his eyes for just a minute. An air of inevitability hung about the family farmstead. Although most of the acreage had been sold off over the years to pay taxes, the core was still there— the gabled house, Dutch barn, two hayfields and what remained of the orchard. Every surviving tree seemed to be missing a limb. Twisted trunks and gnarled branches cast intertwining shadows across the ground, but the old man didn’t notice. Mike was a boy again, small and lithe as a cat, climbing one of those trees. On a branch hanging high above him, he spied an apple he wanted. Droplets of dew on the fruit’s rosy skin reflected the morning sun. He had to have that apple. It was perfect, and nothing less than perfection would do. No worm holes. No bruises. Apples this perfect could only be found in the tree, still growing.

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Scrambling up the trunk to the branch below the one that held the apple, he grabbed hold of another branch for balance and began tiptoeing towards it. Mike felt the branch sag under his feet, shaking loose ripe apples onto his sisters below. He let go of the upper branch and crouched down on one knee. The branch teetered, but Mike managed to keep his balance. “Mamma, Mikey’s throwing apples at us!” Molly cried. “Yeah, and one hit me on the forehead,” Martha whined. “I didn’t mean to,” Mike protested. “Be careful, Mike, or I’ll have you down here picking up drops with your sisters,” Mrs. Merrill scolded. Cautiously, the boy moved forward and stretched his arm toward the apple. He couldn’t quite reach it. Just a little further and he’d have it. Loosening his grip on the upper branch, he crouched and inched forward one more step, and then there was a snap…

Mike Merrill opened his eyes and found himself gazing into the heart-shaped face and hazel eyes of his mother. Tears spilled from his eyes and rolled down his cheek. “I… I … almost had it ...” he began. “I wanted...” Lila tucked a stray curl into the kerchief she wore around her head and pursed her lips. “Here’s your applesauce, Pop,” said. She spoke louder than she needed to and the baby began to cry. “Hush now, Bobby,” she cooed, smoothing the tender curls on his head. Her father appeared not to hear her. He was staring across the dooryard toward the orchard. Lila followed his gaze, noticing the trees’ lengthening shadows. The sun would be setting soon. A wind raised goose bumps on her bare arms and she hugged her whimpering son closer. “It was all for you,” Mike burst out angrily. “Don’t you know? I would have done anything for you…” “Hush, Poppa,” Lila said, her voice rising again. “I used the Macs and put in lots of cinnamon and sugar, the way Mom used to make it.” She still got a lump in her throat when she spoke of her mother. “The way Nana taught her.” Jiggling the baby, Lila stood shivering until her father took a spoonful of the applesauce. She could see he liked it, though he’d never tell her so. She kissed the baby on his forehead as he fussed and wriggled in her arms. “It’s time for Bobby’s bath,” she said finally. “Do you want to come inside? It’s getting chilly. Or I could bring you a blanket …” “I’m fine,” the old man snapped. Bobby stopped fussing and looked at his grandfather with open-mouthed curiosity, drool spinning from his lower lip. The two stared at each other for a long moment. “I know what you want,” the old man croaked, holding up a spoonful of the applesauce with a shaky hand. The boy giggled and kicked eagerly. Lila took a step closer so he could maneuver his greedy lips around the offering, and then whisked him away. “Come in when you get cold, Pop,” she called over her shoulder.

“Mike felt

“Poppa?” Lila stepped through the screen door onto the porch. A pretty woman with curly dark hair, she balanced a pudgy baby boy on one hip and held a dish of applesauce in her free hand. “Wish I could sleep sitting up,” Lila muttered. Her father sat upright in a plastic lawn chair, arms folded tightly across his narrow chest, his stubbly chin resting on the corduroy collar of his jacket. His snores were audible over the sound of the breeze tearing leaves off the trees in the orchard. “I brought you your dessert,” Lila announced. She set the dish in front of him and shifted her son onto the other hip.

his body weightless as the branch gave way.”

… that sounded like a rifle shot. Mike felt his body weightless as the branch gave way. Still reaching, he lost sight of the apple on his way down. He seemed to be falling forever, as in a dream, but the laws of gravity allow no exceptions. He hit the ground with a thud that made his sisters scream and his mother come running, her beautiful face contorted by fear.

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Mike gobbled up the rest of the applesauce, then let the taste of it linger in his mouth. He imagined his wife Eliza in her apron standing at the stove, the steam from a pot of cooked apples curling the stray hair around her temples and the nape of her neck, the rest pinned up in a bun. Her strong hands turned the food mill, pressing the hot messy mixture of apple flesh, skins, seeds and cores into something delicious, filling the house with the aroma of autumn. Mike inhaled deeply and reached for his wife but she evaporated into a cloud of steam. “Don’t leave me!” he cried. Then he closed his eyes, hoping to catch another glimpse of her. Apples again. In this dream he was older, a teenager working in the orchard. His father was collecting disability then, so it fell to his mother to inspect the crop. Mrs. Merrill walked by each row of trees, pausing to peer down at the baskets of fruit lined up waiting to be hauled away. She was busy. She was always busy, it seemed. She rarely smiled, but when she did it was like the sun coming out after the rain. Her whole face lit up, making him feel that everything would be all right, even if it wasn’t. Mike was trying to make her smile but she wouldn’t. He picked up an apple from a basket at his feet. But she rejected it because it was lopsided. He handed her another; it had a scab. On the third she found a soft spot. On the fourth, a worm hole. The fifth, she said, was too small. He handed her a hundred apples but not one was good enough… Upstairs, Lila was running the water for her son’s bath. Bobby was by her side, all bare, standing unsteadily on chubby legs, using the side of the tub to balance himself. She turned off the water and slid him into the tub with his rubber ducky and a toy boat. He splashed and played as she washed his hair. The phone rang and Lila groaned. “Steve, that better be you,” she muttered. She reached to pick up the baby but he slipped out of her soapy hands, falling hard on his bottom. He howled. Grabbing a towel, Lila wrapped Bobby in it, under protest, and carried him like a soggy football to the bedroom phone. Steve’s voice came on the answering machine. “Hon, are you there? Lila?” She picked up the phone and punched a button to stop the feedback in her ear. “Where are you?” she demanded. Bobby was still crying.

“On my way home. There’s a blow-down blocking the County Line Road.” “Sweet Jesus,” Lila exhaled. “The wind came out of nowhere. I called the sheriff’s office but I don’t want to wait for a crew to come out. I’ve got my chainsaw in the truck so I’m gonna take a whack at it. Just knock off enough branches to get by.” “How long will that take?” “Can’t say exactly.” “Okay, cut up the damn tree and get your butt home. I need another able-bodied adult in the house.” Storm clouds gathered over the Merrill farm and the houses on the hillside hastening the twilight. The wind was shifting from the south to the northeast. It moved in great gusts, turning the leaves on the maple inside out and making the orchard tremble. Mr. Merrill still dozed on the front porch, his worn corduroy jacket providing inadequate protection. Cool, dank air found its way down his collar. He awoke with a stiff neck and numb legs. Alarmed by the darkness and the rising storm, he tried to stand but couldn’t. Leaning hard on the flimsy arms of the plastic chair, he muscled himself up, then stamped his feet to get some feeling to return, inadvertently kicking the chair over. When he turned to pick it up, he lost his balance, tripped over the chair, bumped his head on the railing and then tumbled down the porch steps into the dooryard. Upstairs in her bedroom Lila heard the noise coming from the front porch and smiled. “Daddy’s home,” she cooed, as she wrestled Bobby into a pair of one-piece pajamas. She smoothed the little bit of hair on his head with her fingers, then kissed him on the cheek. “Can you say Daddy?” “Da da da dadada,” Bobby babbled, making his mother smile. Lila scooped him up, settled him on her hip and walked to the top of the stairs. “We’re up here, Steve,” she called. “C’mon up. You’ve got to hear this.” The fall should have killed him, but it didn’t. Mr. Merrill rubbed his throbbing head and felt a lump already beginning to rise. He moved his legs and discovered they weren’t broken. Working deliberately, and breathing very hard, he rolled onto his hands and knees and pulled himself up. The strength of the wind nearly knocked him over again.

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“Be careful!” he heard his mother warning him. The voice, high-pitched and urgent, came from the direction of the orchard across the lane. He took a few steps toward the voice, leaning into the wind. Lila hummed a little as she picked up wet towels and toys in the bathroom, found the baby’s pacifier in their bedroom, rinsed it off and then headed to the nursery. It was time to put Bobby down for the night. “Steve?” she called again but received no answer. What was that noise she had heard earlier? She went to a front window and looked into the dooryard. Steve’s truck was nowhere in sight but she saw a man moving slowly toward the edge of the orchard. Hurrying out of the room, Lila descended the narrow staircase two steps at a time, heedless of Bobby’s bobbling head. She switched on the porch light, and then burst through the front door. Her father’s empty chair was upside down on the steps. “Poppa!” she screamed, but her voice was lost in the howling of the wind. Frantic, Lila went back inside for a flashlight, cursing under her breath as she rummaged through drawers, flung open and slammed closet doors. By the time she found a flashlight that worked, the baby was crying again. “Oh, Bobby, not now,” she begged, as she wrapped him in a quilt. Outside clouds scudded across the sky, eclipsing the rising moon. Lila directed the flashlight toward the road and held her breath as she shined the light as far as it would reach in both directions. Nothing, thank God, she thought. Lifting her light again, she moved the beam in an arc from the dooryard, across the driveway to the edge of the orchard. She spotted her father crouched on a low branch of one of the craggy old apple trees. She recognized that particular tree. It was lopsided, with one side completely shorn. That was the tree, her mother had told her, where the accident happened. “Liza,” the old man said when he saw her coming towards him.

“Pop, it’s me, Lila,” she said, shining the light on her face. The wind gusted again, parting the clouds momentarily. Moonlight spilled around them casting ghostly shadows. “Only you know how hard I tried,” he continued in a sorrowful voice Lila had never heard him use before. “All, all I wanted was to make Mamma smile. I couldn’t stop the branch from breaking. You never blamed me, Eliza, and I love you for that.” Lila squirmed as her father’s eyes followed the line of her neck down to her shoulders and breasts. She pulled Bobby in close to her and directed the light back onto her father. Before she died, before she surrendered to the cancer that turned her body into an overripe fruit, Eliza Merrill took her daughter aside. “Be kind to him, Lila, even though he doesn’t always deserve it,” she implored. “He’s carried a great grief his whole life.” Mrs. Merrill told her then what she hadn’t known before, what happened after the branch snapped: how the noise of it made the girls scream and how their screams startled their father who was working the cider press at the time. He caught his arm in the conveyer belt and it got mangled so badly he lost the use of it. “Mike only broke his leg when he fell from the tree but his father’s accident broke his spirit. His mother blamed Mike for everything bad that happened, from that day on. And he never got the chance to tell her what he was after in that tree.” “What was he after?” Lila asked, but her mother’s answer hadn’t made much sense to her, until now. “Let me help you out of the tree, Pop.”

“He handed her

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Becky Buyers-Basso ’81, took a second degree, in journalism, from Carleton University and forged a career at the intersection of print journalism, philanthropy and college administration. She currently works as a reporter for the Mount Desert Islander in Bar Harbor and enjoys creative writing in her spare time.

Spring Rain Beards sprout in spring as the skin, dry from winter, opens to let in the rain. Head cocked back and chin up to the sky with a pride that makes the heavens shudder and all its cheap change drops on my cheap cheeks, for all it’s worth. Rooftop gutters take all the credit for catching the blues. Quiet down, I say to their silver platter up on high showered with praise. Go on, take your fill and piss the rest away. Leave holes of black mud for worms to die in. I’ve had enough of these clean machine-cut cookie dough houses. If this grass grows up, I’ll cut it down, smother my boots, I’ll cut it down: drop a blade and cackle and spit lawnmower-like. This green smell in the air won’t leave me alone: get off my face and out my shirt. I better go get my coat or drown out here and take you down with me. Apology

Shamsher Virk poetry

Shamsher Virk ’07 is from Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, third rock from sun, Milky Way.

I’ve eaten your apple steak with no apologies but this one before me. I would trade my hurt for swollen plums but blood’s a sour, fickle thing that doesn’t grow on trees. There’s no wait in the shady butcher’s shop. Always another drop of neck juice from a foul unfeathered fleshy peach, gashed out of the sun and falling into the raw light. There’s no said to say that won’t come to you after I’m a rotten core; my weight dusted coal and shivering guilt. I’ll thank you for giving away precious little. That chewed enough throat apple let slide to stomach. For what I owe the flesh parlour will be ripe picking at the bone. Hogs head the herd senseless through the cotton fields. Wool caught on barbed bushes. Hen feet in the face of your embrace.

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After eighteen years, Bruce Bender ’76 has moved from Vermont to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a change of job, scenery, lifestyle and marital status. He is working at the New Mexico Department of Transportation, running the planning division: “The politics are even more amusing than they were in Vermont,” he says. “Having a wonderful time working at the Maine Historical Society in Portland as photo curator and cataloger on the statewide history project, Maine Memory Network,” writes Frances Pollitt ’77. Still flying for American Airlines, Steve Savage ’77 was recently appointed program director of Conscience International, bringing relief and medical supplies to Sudan and Kashmir. “I have a boat building business that has recently moved to a shop in view of the drawbridge in Mystic, Connecticut. We are currently replacing the deck on a 53-foot 1907 Herreshoff cutter for her hundredth birthday,” writes Rick Waters ’77. Sue Inches ’79 moved to the Maine State Planning Office as deputy director in June 2004. “It’s been a whirlwind year and a half since I arrived, getting to know a whole new group of people and a different set of issues. I have learned a lot about trying to get things done in a political environment.” “I finally moved back to Maine in 2000 with my family,” writes Barbara Boardman ’80. “We live in an old place in Waldoboro, where our son, Damir, 8, has lots of room. Husband Chris is a painter.” Barbara works on architectural projects, home renovations and garden design. “COA still has a warm place in my heart —though I hardly recognize it! Wondering what has happened to Sally that drew the loons and went into training dogs, Peter with the long ponytail and the car that was too small, and Gandalf’s owner, Jan.” Sajit Greene ’80 writes, “In August, I resigned from my position as a mental health therapist with survivors of torture and I went on a spiritual quest to the West and Southwest. The highlight was my time on Mt. Shasta. Now I am back in Denver and offering my services as an astrologer and teacher of sacred dance. Visit: or” Anne Patterson ’80 is launching her kids into the world. Ben, 19, works with a computer business in Searsport, Maine. Erin, 17, is planning on going to Maine Maritime Academy. Anne received a master’s degree in education in June 2004. Her business, The Learnwise Center, offers tutoring, consultation and family support for students at risk. Charlie Hutchison ’81 just moved to the woods of Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife Lucy, an acupuncturist and Oliver, 4, a poster kid of alternative health care. Charlie has been a progressive and Waldorf educator and currently runs National Science Foundation-funded programs to develop informal science projects from the Education Development Center, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts. He’s happy to network on fatherhood, prostate cancer, informal science education, how to get these liars out of government, and more. Pam Cobb ’83 married Mark Henberger on May 14 in Harvard Square. With them are Julie Erb ’83, Pam’s daughter, Jai Ebonstarre, Pam’s father, Phil Cobb and Peter Wayne ’83 on the left; Steve Katona and Susan Lerner on the right.

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“I live in Eugene, with my sweetie of fourteen years, Julie Trippe,” writes Ker Cleary ’84 (formerly Rachael Merker). A psychotherapist, offering a Buddhistbased approach to well-being, Ker found the Buddhist focus of her graduate school, Naropa University, a bit like human ecology. “I specialize in inexplicable degrees — human ecology, contemplative psychotherapy. A big shout to the old Roach Ranch Deluxe gang, the Town Farm crew, and Off the Wall cohorts, Nasty Music and the Bad Manners.”;


Scott Durkee ’84 is a self-employed carpenter also working at the Andrew Will Winery on Vashon Island, Washington. His goals are to spend time with his children, Jeevon, 16, and Kerewyn, 10, and to enjoy the mountains. Scott also promotes renewable energies. His VW Jetta diesel runs on biodiesel. After Katrina, he loaded an old transit bus converted to run on vegetable oil with supplies and drove it to the Gulf Coast. “Each year I try to own a little less and when I do buy something, I consider it like voting. I never shop at Walmart!” Sara Wendt ’85 has just released her fourth CD, Here’s Us, available at Besides being a singer-songwriter, Sara is a clinical hypnotherapist specializing in sleep disorders, a meditation teacher and the director of Chakrasambara Buddhist Center in New York City. “I am living on New Island, in the far western corner of the Falkland Islands, with my husband and children,” writes Kim Chater ’88. “It's a stunningly beautiful and remote place.” The Chaters take tourists on expedition cruise ships to see black-browed albatross, rockhopper, gentoo and Magellanic penguins, occasional Peale's dolphins and sei whales. “When not being a full-time mom, I pull out the dusty watercolor brushes and paint.” Despite the wild and windy climate, they mostly live off the land with Jack, 4, and Rosie, 2. Mike Kimball ’89 and Lori Gustafson ’87 have been living in Machiasport, Maine, since 2001. Mike is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Maine Machias and Lori's a veterinary epidemiologist for the Department of Agriculture in Eastport, having completed her Ph.D. in population medicine. Son Conor, is 9; Liam is 3. They live off the grid in a solar-powered home in Machiasport overlooking the East Machias and Machias rivers and love visitors. “After getting my M.A. in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island, I moved around the country working as a park ranger in environmental consulting and then in government jobs,” writes Rebekah Resnick Padgett ’91. “For the last five years, I have been working for the Washington State Department of Ecology, recently as a federal permit coordinator for coastal projects involving in-water and wetland work. It’s great to be working in my field! My husband John and I bought our first home here in Seattle and are fixing it up.” Tim Case ’92 recently moved back to Maine with his wife Kim. They have renovated a home in Kittery Point with assistance from Ryan Higgins ’06. Tim continues to enjoy nearly a decade with global planning and engineering consulting firm, Parsons Brinckerhoff. In 2005 he became deputy chief technology officer, leading the firm’s geospatial, a.k.a. GIS, practice. Darron Collins ’92, Karen, Maggie '23, and Molly '25 can't wait for the spring rains to swell Washington's mighty Potomac and bring the river back to a rushing torrent, full of lively play spots for kayaking. Darron recently presented his paper, Who are the Q'eqchi'-Maya and what are they doing in my living room? to the American Anthropological Association, exploring the public perception of the Maya through a quantitative analysis of Google search hits. Angie DelVecchio ’92 writes, “I have been working as a family nurse practitioner in Bar Harbor for the past year. Chris and I were in central Maine, working in rural health care, but it is wonderful to be back on MDI! We are partially responsible for the ever-overgrowing world population, Eliza is 5 and Samuel is almost 2. We have been traveling to Ecuador to do health care.”

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Clark Lawrence ’92 celebrated the ninth anniversary of the founding of Reading Retreats in rural Italy. In 2003, he moved from a 17th century villa to the 14th century castle of Galeazza, north of Bologna. Living and working in a castle may not be as great as it sounds; half of the castle is crumbling. “With acres of woodland and gardens to renovate and maintain, it’s a challenge to keep things going and growing,” Clark writes. Come visit! “I now serve on the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund’s grant selection committee where I share an advocate’s perspective and help fund hundreds of great grassroots programs across the region,” writes Jeffrey Miller ’92. Regional COA alumni involved with a grassroots organization should visit This is his tenth year as executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Those interested in making their communities more bikable and walkable can call Jeffrey at 207-623-4511. Gina Platt ’92 writes, “After graduating, I lived in Texas, Oregon and New York City, where I worked as a custom color printer and photographer. In 2001, I returned to Maine, becoming a founding member of the nonprofit, membersupported Bakery Photographic Collective,” Gina has a master's in American and New England Studies and is now the education coordinator at the University of Maine Museum of Art. Her photography was most recently shown at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. “Aloha from Hawaii. I got married last May and bought a home here in upcountry Maui,” writes Diana Papini Warren '92. “For the last three years, I have been developing and coordinating The Maui Digital Bus project (, a mobile science education program for K-12 schools, coming full circle and becoming the human ecologist I was meant to be,” working with students and teachers in the wetlands, forests and coastlines of Maui facilitating hands-on, high-tech scientific investigations. She’d love to hear from COA alumni. Leo Vincent ’92 writes, “I live in Ithaca, NY with my wife Jenny Pickett, who I married in 2002. We had Nikhit D’Sa ’06 as a roommate during the fall, while he was completing an internship at Cornell.” Leo is getting a master’s of science in teaching for childhood education at the State University of New York, Cortland and is a graduate assistant for the childhood education department. “I enjoy being back in school and look forward to becoming an elementary teacher. People coming to Ithaca or the Finger Lakes region should look us up.” “I’m just finishing the third term of my master’s degree in Korean studies here in Seoul,” writes Cedar Bough Blomberg ’93. “At the end of January I’m speaking at a conference in Australia. When I finish my degree, my husband and I plan to walk from his hometown to Lhasa, about three months of solid walking.” Jennifer Crandall ’93 continues as department head of the Compass Rose program of the Mount Desert Island High School. Conor and Nolan attend school in Bar Harbor. Their dad, Kevin Crandall ’93, is working to bring biodiesel to Mount Desert Island so the boys don’t have to breathe so much petroleum diesel exhaust from school buses. Kevin is the owner of MDI BioFuel LLC, the island’s only licensed biodiesel distribution company dedicated to bringing certified biodiesel to Down East Maine. Visit Heather Martin-Zboray ’93 is executive director of the Hancock County Democratic Committee, having run campaigns for the 2004 election and the county-wide effort of Maine Won’t Discriminate in 2005. Michael Martin-Zboray ’95 enjoys his position as assistant principal at Conners-Emerson Elementary School in Bar Harbor. Heather and Mike live in Surry and welcome visitors. “Staying warm in Majia is next to impossible,” writes Roy Doan ’94 from China. “It’s pretty cool and sunny when the sun is shining, but at night, it’s as cold and windy as Embarrass, Minnesota. I’ll have my last oral exams after Christmas. After that we’ll have a three-day New Year. I took my students for a hike to the Kan Jing Temple on the mountainous side of Yang-En University. There are small temples and shrines, awesomely beautiful.”

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“The biggest event in my life at the moment is that I’m planning on graduating with my master’s in architecture this spring from the University of WisconsinMilwaukee,” writes Anne Gustavson ’94. “After that, I hope to move to Seattle where my interests in sustainable design can thrive and I won’t have to deal with snow. No marriage or kids, just happily living with my boyfriend of seven years, who has just completed his MFA in film.” Matt Baskey ’95 writes, “I am in London running a website programming business. I’m at” “The past few years have brought many changes to my life,” writes Michael Blair ’95. “In 2003, I married Marnie Colarusso, bringing an additional son to my life. There’s Nicholas 11, Andrew, 10, and Tyler, 5. In 2004, Marnie and I started an internet technology business, Blair Technologies, streamlining solutions for small business.” Having moved into a 250-year-old house in Richmond, New Hampshire, they work from home with space for boys and dogs to play. “I just got engaged to Matt Ayers,” writes Elizabeth Rousek ’95. “The wedding will be in September at my mom’s house. We purchased some land in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania and plan to start building in April. I finished my first year as head gardener on an estate in Reading, very rewarding and challenging.” Doug Sward ’96 is a physician in the emergency medicine residency program at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He’s married, no kids. In September Judy Books ’98 began working as a science educator at The Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey, teaching children from urban areas, leading tours of the museum's dynamic earth gallery and offering classes on rocks and minerals, insects, the immune system, the adaptations of plants and animals and other topics. “Graduating from work as a naturalist to museum education has been an exciting change. I have made friends with people who are close to my age and have found them to be good mentors.” Katie Hester ’98 graduated as a naturopathic physician and family nurse practitioner and began working at Country Doctor Community Clinic in Seattle. The mission is, “to improve the health of our community by providing high quality, caring, culturally appropriate primary health care that addresses the needs of people regardless of their ability to pay.” She and her partner Sarah were recently in New Zealand for five weeks, followed by four weeks of medical Spanish immersion in Guatemala.



Alumni: We can help! College of the Atlantic’s Office of Internships and Careers offers internship and job opportunities on the college’s website: Feel free to contact Jill BarlowKelley, director, at or 207-288-5015, ext. 236 for these services: • Career Information and Guidance • Graduate School Information • Job Search Skills • Resume Review • Relocation Guidance • Employment Websites • Mentoring of Current Students and Other Alumni

Laura Imundo ’99 is recently engaged and planning a wedding for May on the land she shares with fiancé Kane and a four-month-old chocolate lab, Mya, on the outskirts of Muncy, Pennsylvania. Laura works in a local high school with developmentally-challenged teens. “I will be entering my last semester at Antioch New England in Keene, New Hampshire, a candidate for a master’s degree in environmental studies with a concentration in environmental education,” writes Jaime Duval ’00. She completed an internship at an organic farm in New Hampshire and continues to work doing outreach education as a core group member. Cerissa Desrosiers ’00 writes, “I live with my partner, Jessica, in southern New Hampshire. I am a doctoral student at Antioch New England studying clinical psychology. I work with at-risk boys at a therapeutic residential facility. I would love to hear from other alums:” Corinne Harpster ’00 is in her second year of naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University in Washington State and working as a massage therapist. Noah Sabur, son to Shawn Keeley ’00 and Sarah Cronin Keeley ’05 was born August 18, 2005. Shawn continues his work as alumni coordinator at COA and Sarah is working as a stay-at-home mom.

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On September 18, 2004, Wing Goodale, M.Phil ’01 and Marie Malin ’01 got married in Rockport, Maine. They live in Falmouth; Marie is communications coordinator at Maine Audubon,, and editor of its journal, Habitat. She was featured in the Portland Press Herald for leading Maine Audubon’s use of biofuel. Marie is on the board of Maine Interfaith Power and Light. A research biologist for the nonprofit BioDiversity Research Institute (, Wing looks into mercury’s impact on birds. His work was featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe and the Washington Post and he recently became a national fellow of the Explorers Club. Pam Humphreys ’01 is currently assistant program manager for the supervised adolescent living program of Child and Family Services of Newport County in Newport, Rhode Island. She’s also in her second year of the Ralph R. Papitto School of Law at Roger Williams University in Bristol. “It’s been exciting and challenging, to say the least. Not much time for extra curriculars, but I still go to the YMCA regularly and go dancing whenever I can.” “Before I moved to England, I worked in North Carolina for a nonprofit organization monitoring a population of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers,” writes Kendra Noyes Miller ’01. “I held the position for a year and a half and was exposed to all sorts of complex human versus bird habitat issues. I also got to climb pine trees and band days-old woodpecker nestlings! It was pretty neat.” Writes Blaise Maccarrone ’01, “I am currently living in Oakland, California and working for East Bay Habitat for Humanity, one of the only Habitat affiliates that has made sustainable and green building part of their mission of building homes in partnership with low-income families. It's great to be working with an organization that is proving that green building and environmental awareness is not just an option for the well-off. I have recently been joined by Amanda Witherell ’00, Jenn Atkinson ’03 and Chrystal Schreck ’03.” Bori Kiss ’02 is about to sail around the world on the Maggie B, a 62-foot fusion schooner. Visit, current projects, to see the ship and read updates. Launching was January 3, 2006, with fireworks. On September 10, 2005, Ardrianna French McLane ’02 and Shawn T. McLane were married at Moose Point State Park in Searsport, Maine overlooking Penobscot Bay. They recently moved to Corpus Christi, Texas for Ardrianna’s job as a park ranger in interpretation and volunteer coordinator at Padre Island National Seashore, which has launched a huge Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle Recovery Program. They feel very lucky to have new jobs, new marriage and a new life. Kerri Sands ’02 lives in Portland, Maine and is still working for Coastal Enterprises Institute. She has been promoted to program director of the Farms for the Future program. “I am currently working on a master’s degree in culture, ecology and sustainable community with an emphasis in activism and social change at New College of California,” writes Chrystal Schreck ’03. “The program is an excellent follow-up to human ecology! I’m looking into possible intersections of ecofeminism and queer theory—it’s exciting work! I live in San Francisco in a collective house with seven others, and am finally feeling like I have a good community of support, maybe for the first time since COA. COA transplants, keep coming!” A day away from a five-week residency to teach scuba diving off Belize, Fae J. Silverman ’03 writes, “This will be the first time I teach my senior project-designed communication diver course in international waters. When not working on that project,, I’m working as a sign language interpreter around Portland, Maine and writing guidelines for Maine interpreters working in education. I am now the chair of the Maine RID Educational Interpreter Committee, still with Joel, still driving my ’96 green VW.” Briana Duga ’04 is living in Atlanta, Georgia and attending chiropractic school with her fiancé Seth. They will be getting married this summer in Maine.

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“After working a carpentry job for several months I have temporarily retired and have moved into a small cabin in the Catskill Mountains of New York, hibernating for the winter,” writes Adam Czaplinski ’04. While installing a small solar panel and building a woodworking shop, he is trying to live Edward Abbey’s work-only-six-months-a-year idea. Future plans possibly include graduate school, internships, or starting a small grow-for-market farm. Organizing open mics, etc. are a given.


“I just got engaged to be married to Jeremy ‘Red’ Hefner, my boyfriend of four years” writes Julia Morgenstern ’04. “We’re planning a June wedding in a mountaintop meadow with the reception in the backyard of our new home in Vallecito, a tiny town of around 200 year-round residents, northeast of Durango, Colorado. While I miss the ocean terribly, Vallecito is on a big lake that strikingly resembles Somes Sound, just with more snow! We’ve got a spare room and awesome camping space.”

FA C U LT Y N O T E S A paper by biology professor John Anderson and his wife, Karen Anderson, “An Analysis of Band Returns of the American White Pelican, 1922 to 1981,” came out in Waterbirds 28 (2005). In January, 2006, John Cooper published a new quartet, A Box with False Bottoms, with Dorn Publication, Inc. of Medfield Massachusetts. He also completed the music score for the final film in the trilogy created by COA film and performance art professor, Nancy Andrews, The Haunted Camera. In September of 2005, Cooper served as a judge for the Maine All-State Jazz auditions. Dave Feldman spent a second summer teaching at the China Institute for the Santa Fe Institute. In 2006, he will serve as director of the China Institute. Visit Additionally, in December, Feldman spoke at Bates College’s Olin Auditorium on “Racial Segregation in U.S. Cities: Using Computational Models to Understand the Gap between Individual Preferences and Neighborhood Outcomes.” This was a reprise of a talk he gave at COA last spring.

COA zoologist Helen Hess and marine ecologist Chris Petersen attended the Western Society of Naturalists meeting in California last November. Hess’s work discussed the results of research on the cleaning behavior of coral reef fishes conducted by the COA Tropical Marine Ecology class in Akumal, Mexico. Coauthors included Allison T. Fundis ’02 and Max Overstrom-Coleman ’02. Both developed aspects of this research for their senior projects. Overstrom-Coleman, now in graduate school at Moss Landing Marine Lab in Santa Cruz, presented a paper on his thesis work on the effects of severe storms on kelp forest communities. Petersen’s presentation, supported by a National Science Foundation grant, outlined a collaborative project of ecological research on a local estuarine fish. Field assistants included Marianna Bradley ’06, Yaniv Brandvain ’04, Jason Childers ’06, Erica Maltz ’06 and Nina Therkildsen ‘05. COA botanist Nishanta Rajakaruna ’94 was named visiting scientist at the Institute of Fundamental Studies of Kandy, Sri Lanka for a period of three years. He also traveled to Auburn University in Alabama to give the Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series. His talk was titled, “Plant-soil relations in the Lasthenia Californica Complex (Asteraceae): A Model for Studies in Evolutionary Ecology.” He has also presented two talks about plants on extreme soils. At the Humboldt Field Research Institute of Steuben, Maine, Rajakaruna spoke on, “Plants on Extreme Soils: Evolution to Remediation.” At the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, the talk was titled, “Plants on Extreme Soils: A Model for Studies in Plant Evolution.” He gave a second talk at Peradeniya, this to the Postgraduate Institute of Science of the department

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of botany, on “Ecology of Metal Hyperaccumulation and the Emerging Field of Phytoremediation.” Professor Doreen Stabinsky was part of a panel discussing the movie, The Future of Food, a documentary about genetically altered plants on October 23 at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Also present were filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia and Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet and Hope’s Edge. This fall, professor Karen Waldron led a series of book discussions at the Abbe Museum and Jessup Library in Bar Harbor for the Maine Humanities Council’s “Let’s Talk about It” book discussion series.


COA faculty, staff, students and alumni were responsible for ten abstracts at the Marine Mammal Biennial in San Diego in December. Among them were staff members Judy Allen, Alexandra Ertl, Rosemary Seton and Ann Zoidis, graduate students Kara Johnson and Christie Mahaffey, students Julianne Kearney ’06 and Zack Klyver ’06, alumni Dan Danto, ’91, now also a senior researcher at Allied Whale, Bethany Holm ’03, Tora Johnson, M.Phil. ’03 and Jessica Sharman ‘05, and COA biology professor Sean Todd. Four COA undergraduates and one graduate student were invited to present papers at the Waterbird Society Meeting on Jekyll Island, Georgia last October. These are April Boucher ’06, Jamus Drury ’08, Sadie Spruce ’07, Sandra Walczyk ’06 and graduate student Sarah Boucher. Walczyk and Sarah Boucher have been invited to present their work at the International Ornithological Conference in Hamburg, Germany this August. COA community members are deeply involved with the committee to launch a cooperative food market on Mount Desert Island. Professors Dave Feldman and Davis Taylor have both joined the interim board of the MDI Storefront Co-op, which comes out of the research Kati Freedman ’05 did for her senior project and the internship of Emily Weiss ’06 with Healthy Acadia, a supporting organization of the co-op. Also involved are Shawn Keeley ’00, now the alumni coordinator and Matt Bachler ’08. Joining the board are Michael Boland ’94 and Bob DeForrest ’94. The New England Botanical Club’s journal, Rhodora 107 (October 2005), includes a survey of the flora of Acadia National Park conducted by the late COA botany professor Craig Greene. Additional authors are Linda Gregory ’89, Glen Mittelhauser ’91, and COA research associates Sally Rooney and Jill Weber. COA graduates and students spanning four decades gathered for Thanksgiving at the Bar Harbor home of Noreen Hogan ’91 and COA botany professor Suzanne Morse. From left, Shamsher Virk ’07, Betts Swanton ’86, Brooke Brown Sarracino ’05, Noreen, Suzanne, Jose Perez Orozco ’09, and Omudi Bonface ’09; in front, Barbara “Sass” Sassaman ’78 and Matt Gerald ’82. Botany professor Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna ’94 received a grant of $17,000 to research heavy metal-contaminated sites in Hancock County and the possibilities of phytoremediation, using plants to clean up heavy metals. Additionally, Andrew Thrall ’06 and Kathleen Tompkins ’08 received $2,500 each for supporting research. The grant comes from the Maine Space Grant Consortium, which receives its funds from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Working with Rajakaruna will be Laura Briscoe ’07, Tanner Harris ’08, Pete Pavicevic ’07, and Nate Pope ’08. CORRECTIONS: The correct spelling of former COA philosophy professor is Richard Slaton Davis.

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JOSH JONES 1982–2005

JESSE TUCKER 1973–2006

Josh Jones (’07) had twinkling eyes, a wry smile and a quick mind. He faced the new with curiosity and delight and sought to make it his own. He touched many hearts with his quiet selfconfidence, his love of life and his deep kindness. Josh died in a car accident in Arkansas.

Jesse Tucker ’95 was a gentle boy with an infectious laugh who designed the building that is now David Camp’s office and built the steps leading to the Turrets garden. The dry streambed of moss-covered rocks in the Wild Gardens of Acadia that looks like it’s been there forever was his creation. Jesse had a master’s in landscape architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and had won a national design competition before dying in a car accident. Talented, kind and much loved, Jessie will be forever be in our hearts and in the landscape.

~ Elmer Beal and Andrew Campbell

SAMUEL HAMILL 1976–2005 Samuel Hamill, a COA student in 1995, the son of Samuel Hamill, Jr., chairman of the COA board of trustees, died after a long struggle with heroin and other addictions. Sam had recently formed The Sullivan Granite Company with two friends. Kind and generous, he loved and valued his family and many friends. His family hopes that his death can help others understand the devastation caused by alcohol and drug abuse and move people to support groups that mitigate their effects. ~ Sam Hamill (Contributions in Sam’s memory may be sent to The MDI Alcohol and Drug Group, Inc. P.O. Box 616 Southwest Harbor, ME 04679)

~ Isabel Mancinelli (COA is planning a memorial in the Seaside Garden.)

DAVID McGIFFERT 1926–2005 David Eliot McGiffert was a former senior Pentagon official, Washington lawyer and devoted birdwatcher. He was also a longtime friend of the college, a member of COA’s Council of Advisors, active on several trustee committees, and the son of founding trustee Rev. Cushman McGiffert. At COA, David taught courses in law and policy focused on Constitutional philosophy and the separation of powers. All who knew David will treasure memories of his wisdom, warmth, good humor and generous spirit. ~ Steven Katona (David’s family asked that gifts in his memory be sent to College of the Atlantic.)

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Dear Friends, Steve Katona will conclude his service as president of College of the Atlantic this year. An inspiring member of our founding faculty, Steve played an important role in shaping the college’s ideals as well as its teaching in human ecology. As president, he has worked tirelessly to ground the college on a solid institutional footing. The trustees are grateful to Steve and to his wife Susan Lerner for their total commitment to COA. Thanks to their work, we can view the future with confidence. During the early weeks of January, the college interviewed the three prospective successor presidents that were recommended by a search committee, ably led by trustee Hamilton Robinson. This was an unusual opportunity for the college community to gather for extended discussions of our past, present and future. Students, alums, staff, faculty, trustees and friends came away with a renewed respect for each other and our respective roles in advancing the college’s mission. To lead us in that venture, the trustees have appointed David F. Hales, who will take office on July 1. David comes to the college with broad experience—in teaching and research at the University of Michigan, in governmental service at the state, national and international levels, and at non-profit organizations, most recently Worldwatch. He will lead the college as a teaching institution, and work to extend our presence on Mount Desert Island, our collaborations with regional organizations and our service to the world beyond. We are fortunate to have him as our next president. The college has gained momentum in other ways during the past year. We have established an endowment fund to improve faculty and staff salaries. We are planning and funding new teaching programs with associated chairs in marine biology, green business leadership, government and policy, and farm and food systems. We are improving the appearance and function of the campus. We are in the final stages of design for a campus center, a residential project for fifty students—of which half will be international—and the restoration of Turrets, the historic centerpiece of our campus. Finally, we are preparing for reaccredidation by the New England Associations of Schools and Colleges in 2007. It has been said that transitions can be times of unusual energy and creativity. That is so at College of the Atlantic today. Founding faculty member Bill Carpenter observed that our new presidency commences “Chapter Two” in the history of the college. We will retain our core educational values and institutional commitment to the betterment of the planet and the communities that surround us. But we will also be alive to new means of achieving our mission and address it with new energy. It has been a rare privilege to serve as chairman of the College of the Atlantic Board of Trustees. We on the board thank you, our donors and friends, for your abiding faith in the transformative role of higher education, in the betterment of communities nearby and across the globe, and for your support of our distinctive institution. With best wishes,

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Those acquainted with College of the Atlantic know that students receive an exceptional education and are uncommonly challenged to become independent thinkers and leaders. However, tucked as we are at the edge of the nation, COA is too frequently known as one of the nation’s best-kept secrets in higher education. COA has taken on this challenge, investing in admissions efforts to become more visible, investing in the academic program to become more expansive and investing in campus life to improve retention. In the 2004–2005 fiscal year, these efforts have been rewarded. COA has exceeded its goals for admissions, increasing the numbers of full-time students by 10 percent. As a result, not only were we able to be more selective in our student body, but in 2005 our annual tuition and fees grew to $6.7 million from the 2003-2004 level of $6.2 million. Like other small, independent colleges, COA is challenged by keeping annual revenues in step with unavoidable operating increases, from escalating fuel prices to modest costof-living raises. Also common to many small, private colleges is the dilemma of controlling the amount of student aid. This problem has been exacerbated by the recent economic downturn. Our student aid, shown in the accompanying operating expenses, has two approximately equal components: aid to students from the college's unrestricted funds and aid to United World College students from a restricted grant supported by the Davis United World College Scholars Program and the U.S. Committee for United World College Schools, Inc. Total student aid amounts increased from $4 to $4.7 million over the last two years. While the Davis scholarships cover part of this rise, the college’s student aid expense still grew by about $400,000, partially offsetting the gains we might have expected from increased enrollment. COA is now addressing the need to manage net tuition. We believe that with the increases we see in application and retention rates, we will continue to see a growth in revenue from tuition and fees while limiting the growth rate of student aid. The second biggest source of operating revenue, after net tuition, is the annual support from donors to both the annual fund and our capacity development initiatives. We are heartened by the support shown for the college from our many generous donors, including trustees, alumni, corporations and other friends. With their support, we were able to balance the operating budget in fiscal year 2005 while also increasing our net worth, including a growth of the endowment from $14.8 to 15.7 million. As we all know, the current fiscal year, 2005–2006, will be one of many changes; bittersweet, perhaps, but also exciting. We look forward to new growth, new ideas and continued striving toward excellence in our academic and financial performance.

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Financial Operations Report Operating Revenues Tuition and Fees Contributions—annual fund Contributions—restricted Investment and endowment income Government and other grants Student housing and dining Summer programs Museum, Summer Field Studies & Blum Gallery Research and projects Beech Hill Farm Other Sources Total Revenues

FY 2003–2004

FY 2004–2005

$6,219,000 $1,080,000 $1,958,000 $366,000 $633,000 $684,000 $360,000 $75,000 $214,000 $140,000 $72,000

$6,741,000 $941,000 $2,534,000 $473,000 $806,000 $713,000 $432,000 $68,000 $419,000 $135,000 $79,000



$2,262,000 $223,000 $553,000 $247,000 $220,000 $4,018,000 $1,004,000 $1,123,000 $928,000 $479,000 $92,000 $501,000 $172,000

$2,269,000 $207,000 $512,000 $274,000 $159,000 $4,728,000 $1,104,000 $1,197,000 $1,105,000 $530,000 $98,000 $806,000 $161,000



($22,000) ($147,000) ($169,000)

$191,000 ($91,000) $100,000

Operating Expenses Instruction and student activities Library Student housing and dining Summer programs Museum, Summer Field Studies & Blum Gallery Financial aid General and administration Payroll taxes and fringe benefits Development Buildings and grounds Interest Grants, research and projects Beech Hill Farm Total expenditures Excess Revenue (Expense) Transfers and capital expenditures Net operating surplus (loss)

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A N N UA L R E P O RT It is with deep gratitude and appreciation that we acknowledge the generosity of our alumni, trustees and friends. This annual report recognizes all those who made gifts to College of the Atlantic from July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005. THE CHAMPLAIN SOCIETY The Champlain Society honors individuals of vision and commitment who contribute $1,500 or more to the college’s Annual Fund. FOUNDER $10,000 + Mr. Edward McC. Blair, Sr. Mrs. Charlotte Bordeaux Mr. William Carey Mrs. Amos Eno Mr. Samuel Hamill, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Melville Hodder Mr. and Mrs. John N. Kelly Mrs. Marcia MacKinnon Ms. Casey Mallinckrodt Mr. Jay McNally ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Milliken Mr. and Mrs. I. Wistar Morris III/The Cotswold Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pierce James Dyke and Helen Porter Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Robinson, Jr. Dr. Walter Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Sharpe, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde E. Shorey, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Stewart Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Straus Mr. and Mrs. William Wister, Jr./ Margaret Dorrance Strawbridge Foundation PATHFINDER $5,000–$9,999 Linda Shaw and Jeffrey Bakken Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bass Mr. and Mrs. Leslie C. Brewer Estate of Mrs. Frederic Camp Michele and Agnese Cestone Foundation Mr. and Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William Foulke, Jr. Mr. Louis Gerald Mrs. Philip Geyelin Mr. and Mrs. Edward Guthrie, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Habermann Hon. and Mrs. Charles Heimbold Mr. and Mrs. John Kemmerer III Mr. and Mrs. Peter Loring Grant and Suzanne McCullagh Mr. and Mrs. William V. P. Newlin Lynn and Willy Osborn

David Rockefeller Fund, Inc. Dr. Richard Rockefeller Dr. and Mrs. Peter Sellers DISCOVERER $2,000–$4,999 Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Hon. and Mrs. Robert Blake Mr. Charles Butt Cadillac Mountain Sports Tina and Philip DeNormandie Eaton Vance Management Mr. and Mrs. David H. Fischer Mr. and Mrs. James M. Garnett, Jr. Fr. James Gower Mr. and Mrs. George B. E. Hambleton Mr. and Mrs. Horace Hildreth, Jr./ The Hildreth Family Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Ms. Sherry Huber Barbara and Peter Hunt/ The Point Harbor Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Ned and Sophia Johnston Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kogod Mrs. Louis Madeira Mr. David McGiffert Mr. and Mrs. David Moore Dr. Frank Moya/Frank Moya Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Neilson Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Eliot Paine/ The Puffin Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John P. Reeves Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shafer Mr. Winthrop Short Mr. Kenneth Simon Richard and Ann Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. William Thorndike, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Weg Ms. Katherine Weinstock ’81 Mr. John Wilmerding Mr. David Witham EXPLORER $1,500–$1,999 Mr. and Mrs. O. Kelley Anderson, Jr. Mr. Ron Beard Mr. and Mrs. James Blaine Susanna Porter and James Clark, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Francis I.G. Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Tristram Colket, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Cushman Mr. and Mrs. Shelby M.C. Davis Dead River Company Mr. and Mrs. George H. P. Dwight Mrs. John Emery Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Erikson The First Mr. David Fogg

Mr. William Foulke, Sr. Dr. and Mrs. James C. A. Fuchs Mr. and Mrs. Paul Growald Ms. Mary Hall Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hinckley Mr. and Mrs. William P.H. Hoar Mr. and Mrs. Edward Johnson III Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kelley III Kenduskeag Foundation Mrs. Francis Lewis Ms. Pamela Manice Sarah ’93 and Jon McDaniel Mrs. Donald McLean Mr. and Mrs. Gerrish Milliken Mr. and Mrs. A. Fenner Milton Mr. P. Andrews Nixon Ms. Sandra Nowicki Jim and Suzanne Owen Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Paneyko Ms. Judith Perkins Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson Peters Mr. Michael Phillips Dr. and Mrs. Richard Pierson Mrs. Dora Richardson Mrs. Walter Robinson, Jr. The Swan Agency/Insurance Mr. and Mrs. Christiaan van Heerden Mr. and Mrs. Rodman Ward, Jr. Douglas and Priscilla Williams ALUMNI, BUSINESSES, PARENTS AND FRIENDS Ms. Elfriede Abbe Dr. and Mrs. Murray Abramsky Acadia Senior College Mrs. Janet Jordan Additon Dr. and Mrs. Peter Adler Mrs. J.H. Michael Agar Ms. Beverly Agler ’81 Ms. Heather Albert-Knopp ’99 Ms. M. Bernadette Alie ’84 David Zuk and Caroline Allen Mr. William Allen ’87 Mrs. Diane Anderson Mr. J. Anderson Mr. Peter Anderson ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Schofield Andrews III Mr. and Mrs. Stockton Andrews Ms. Genevieve Angle ’00 L. Schellie Archbold Mrs. Grace Arnold Ms. Bethany Aronow ’83 Ms. Evelyn Ashford Ms. Jennifer L. Atkinson ’03 Atwater Kent Foundation, Inc. Wendy Knickerbocker and David Avery ’84 Awards Signage & Trophies Ms. Amelia Grace Ayer ’98

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A N N UA L R E P O RT Ms. Jennifer Aylesworth ’94 Louise and Steven Bachler Mary Dohna ’80 and Wells Bacon ’80 Mr. Alan L. Baker Bangor Letter Shop Ms. Tenia Bannick ’86 Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes Bar Harbor Motel Mr. Steven Barkan Mrs. Mary Barnes Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barnhart Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Barton Devitto Bastien Mr. H. B. Beach Mr. and Mrs. William Beadleston Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Beal, Sr. Ms. Alana Beard ’03 Ms. Emily M. Beck Mr. Bruce Becque ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Henry Becton, Jr. Paul ’79 and Robin ’80 Beltramini Mr. Bruce Bender ’76 Mr. and Mrs. William Benjamin II Mr. Glen Berkowitz ’82 Ms. Jericho Bicknell ’03 Ms. Janet Biondi ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bird Mr. and Mrs. Edward McC. Blair, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Blair Ms. Susan Thomas Blaisdell Mr. and Mrs. Peter Blanchard III Ms. Courtney Blankenship ’94 Ms. Jennifer Blansfield ’89 Mr. Jerry Bley ’78 Ms. Cedar Blomberg ’93 Ms. Edith Blomberg Mr. Jonathan Bockian and Ms. Sharon Teitelbaum Mr. and Mrs. Richard Boduch Hannah Fogg ’99 and Ryan Boduch ’98 Ms. Ann Bohrer ’95 Ms. Sally Boisvert ’04 Mr. Michael Boland ’94 Ms. Pamela Bolton Ms. Judith Elizabeth Books ’98 Ms. Joan Bossi

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Mr. Catalino Botero de Green Ms. Kathleen Bowman Ms. Grace Boyd Mr. Dennis Bracale ’88 Mr. Anselm Hitchcock Bradford ’02 Ms. Jessica Bradshaw ’03 Ms. Virginia Brennan Ms. Jennifer Bridgers Ms. Marion Fuller Brown Ms. Dawn Cherie Brownrout ’93 Eugene and Chase Bruns Mr. Jason BrysonAlderman ’91 Ms. Carla Burnham ’84 Ms. Lara Burns Laperle ’99 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burton II Becky ’81 and Skip ’83 Buyers-Basso Ms. Nicole Monique Cabana ’99 Mr. Robert Cahill ’84 Roc and Helen ’80 Caivano Ms. Julie Cameron ’78 Ms. Mary Cantwell Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Carley ’96 Donna Gold and William Carpenter Mrs. Eleanor Casey Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cawley Mr. Erin Chalmers ’00 Ms. Marcia Chapman Patricia and Samuel Chase Ms. Kim Cherry ’94 Ms. Sophia Chiang Ms. Taj Chibnik ’95 Mr. Rohan Chitrakar ’04 Mrs. Katherine Kaufer Christoffel Ms. Cecily Clark Ms. Katherine Clark ’91 Mr. and Mrs. P. Hamilton Clark Ms. Patricia Clark ’86 Ms. Sarah Clark Mrs. Sarah Clark Hannah S. Sistare and Timothy B. Clark Ms. Ker Cleary ’84 Mr. Paul Clough James and Dorothy Clunan Ms. Janis Coates Ms. Pamela Cobb ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Philip Cobb

Ms. Sarah Louise Cochran, DVM ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Cohen Ms. Laura Felice Cohn ’88 Ms. Barbara Cole Mr. Francis Cole III ’81 Mr. Timothy Cole ’88 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Coleman Mr. Darron Collins ’92 Alexandra ’77 and Garrett ’78 Conover Ms. Lisa Conway ’91 Mr. John Cooper Ms. Sandra Cooper Isabel Mancinelli and Sam Coplon Mr. Barclay Corbus Mrs. Anne F. Cori Dick Atlee and Sarah Corson Mr. and Mrs. Melville Cote Ms. Ellie Courtemanche Steve and Suzie Crase Mr. Jared Crawford ’89 Ms. Moira Creaser Criterion Theatres, Inc. Ms. Sally Crock Ms. Carter Cunningham Mr. Blair Foster Currier ’02 Ms. Lisa Damtoft ’79 Mr. John Allen Dandy Mr. and Mrs. William Daniel Ms. Melissa Danskin ’94 Mr. Adam Dau ’01 Mr. Hans Ivory Daubenberger ’03 Mr. Andy Davis ’97 Ms. Julia Davis ’03 Ms. Norah Davis Stan and Jane Davis Mr. and Mrs. William Davis Ms. Deanna Day Ms. Holly Devaul ’84 Ms. Catherine Devlin ’93 Mrs. John Devlin Mr. Scott Dickerson ’95 Mr. and Mrs. S. Whitney Dickey Kelly Dickson, M.Phil. ’97 and George Dickson Ms. Angela DiPerri ’01 Mr. and Mrs. William Dohmen Ms. Chiara Dolcino ’86 Prof. and Mrs. Arthur Dole Mr. Stephen Dolley

Janet Anker and Charles Donnelly Ms. Becky Mendenhall Dorwart ’83 Mr. Cameron Hale Douglass ’02 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Downey Mrs. William Drury Mr. and Mrs. Edward Du Pont Ms. Lucinda Nash Dudley Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Dudley Mr. Larry Duffy Ms. Jennifer Dupras ’02 Mr. Peter Dyer Mr. and Mrs. William Eacho III Ms. Kimberly Eason ’95 Mr. Thomas Eberhardt ’04 Mr. and Mrs. Watha Eddins, Jr. Mr. Joseph Edes ’83 Mr. George Ehrhardt, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Ehrlich Mr. Jacob Eichenlaub ’99 Mr. David Emerson ’81 Ms. Carol Emmons Dr. Dianna and Mr. Ben Emory/The Ocean Ledges Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Carol and Jackson Eno Mrs. Bertha Erb Ms. Julie Erb ’83 Mrs. Sylvia Erhart Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Ervin Ms. Lynne Wommack Espy ’93 Dr. and Mrs. William Evans Mr. Preston Everdell Mr. Todd Ewing Ms. Lisa Farrar ’90 Ms. Sally Faulkner ’96 Dr. and Mrs. Richard Faust Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Fecho Ms. Joan Feely ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Felton Mr. William Fenton Thomas and Carroll Fernald Mr. Thomas Fernald, Jr. ’91 Mr. and Mrs. Russell Finn Ms. Cynthia Jordan Fisher ’80 Mr. Thomas Fisher ’77 Mr. and Mrs. William M.G. Fletcher

A N N UA L R E P O RT Mr. David Flynn ’85 Mr. and Mrs. A. Irving Forbes Ms. Peggy Forster Dr. and Mrs. Richard Fox Mrs. Ruth Fraley Mr. Albert Francke Mr. and Mrs. W. West Frazier IV Mary Jo Brill and Peter Freedman Mr. James Frick ’78 Ms. Jessica Friedland ’96 Mr. Bruce Friedman ’82 Mr. Bernard Fuller Ms. Allison Fundis ’03 Furbush-Roberts Printing Co, Inc. Mr. David Furholmen Ms. Carla Ganiel Mr. and Mrs. Will Gardiner Mr. and Mrs. Jon Geiger Mr. Kevin Geiger ’88 Ms. Giuliana Gelke ’00 Ms. Amy George ’98 Ms. Susan Getze Ms. Anne Giardina Ms. Valerie Giles ’89 Mr. Jackson Gillman ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Alan Gladstone Ms. Allison Gladstone ’00 Dr. and Mrs. Donald Glotzer Ms. Elizabeth Marie Godfroy ’98 Mr. Lyman Goff Mr. Paul Golas Ms. Jennifer Goldman Mrs. Laura Arm Goldstein Jill and Sheldon Goldthwait Mr. Ira Gooch ’03 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goodman Mr. Walter Goodnow Bruce Mazlish and Neva Goodwin Ms. Abigail Goodyear ’81 Mr. Geoffrey Gordon Ms. Elizabeth Gorer Jonathan Gormley ’78 and Nina Gormley ’78 Mrs. Therese Goulet ’78 Mr. and Mrs. John Gower Mr. and Mrs. Philip Grantham, Sr. Ms. Sarah Grasso ’01 Ms. Sajit Wendy Greene ’80 Ms. Linda Gregory ’89

Ms. Mary Griffin ’97 Susan Dowling and Andrew Griffiths Mr. Joseph Grigas Ms. Nikole Grimes ’96 Robert Grosshandler Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gumpert Ms. Elizabeth Gwinn ’01 Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Hafkenschiel Ms. Barbara Hagan Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Hahn Mr. Max Hall Mr. Christopher Hamilton ’85 Stephen Sternbach and Lisa B. Hammer ’91 Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Hancock Mr. Matthew Hare ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hargraves Mr. Judson Harmon Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harris Ms. Marion Harris ’88 Ms. Holly Hartley Ms. Sonja Hartmann ’88 Mrs. E. Louise Hartwell Ann and John Hassett Mr. John Hay Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hayes Ms. Lois Hayes ’79 Atsuko Watabe ’93 and Bruce Hazam ’92 Ms. Barbara Hazard Ms. Erin Heacock ’04 Ms. Mary Heffernon Mr. and Mrs. Jorgen Heidemann Jean and Lane Heimer Ms. Mary Jane Helfrich Ms. Suzanne Hellman ’82 Ms. Lorraine Henning ’02 Mr. Lars Henrikson ’89 Ms. Patty Herklotz Ms. Katherine Hester ’98 Ms. Susan Hester Dr. Jo Heth ’76 Barbarina ’88 and Aaron ’87 Heyerdahl Ms. Tanya Higgins ’00 Highbrook Motel Ms. Susan Highley ’86 Ms. Barbara Hilli Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hinchcliffe Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ho

Dr. and Mrs. John Hoche Ms. Jean Hoekwater ’80 Ms. Margaret Hoffman ’97 Dr. Kathleen Hogan ’81 Mr. William Hohensee ’81 Mr. and Mrs. David Hollenbeck Mr. and Mrs. James Holley Bob ’79 and Lisa ’80 Holley Ms. Betsey Holtzmann Homewood Benefits Mrs. J. Brooks Hopkins Mrs. Mark Hopkins Howe & Company Ms. Jean Howell Mr. and Mrs. Michael Huber Ms. Norene Hunter Mr. and Mrs. Charles Huntington Ms. Evelyn Mae Hurwich ’80 Ms. Anna Hurwitz ’84 Mr. Travis Hussey ’00 Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Hutchins Mr. Charles Hutchison ’81 Mr. Samuel Hyler Ms. Laura Ann Imundo ’99 Mr. and Mrs. John Inch, Jr. Ms. Susan Inches ’79 Mrs. R. Duane Iselin Mr. Orton Jackson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James Jacob Mr. John Jacob ’81 Mr. Isaac Jacobs ’99 Ms. Jamien Jacobs ’86 Alison and Joplin James ’84 Mr. Thomas Jamieson ’87 Mr. William Janes Mr. Peter Jeffery ’84 Ms. Patricia Jennings Ms. Catherine Johnson ’74 Ms. Laura Johnson Mr. Bruce Jones ’81 Ms. Leslie Jones ’91 Ms. Constance Jordan Jordan-Fernald Mr. and Mrs. H. Lee Judd Ann Sewall and Ed Kaelber Laura Fisher and Michael B. Kaiser ’85 Mr. and Mrs. William Kales Mr. and Mrs. David Kane Ms. Esther Karkal ’83 Ms. Jennifer Kastelic ’98 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kates Susan Lerner and Steven Katona Mr. Michael Kattner ’95

Mr. John Kebler Sarah ’05 and Shawn ’00 Keeley Dr. James Kellam ’96 Mr. Arthur Keller Mr. and Mrs. James Kellogg Ms. Joanne Kemmerer ’02 Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lee Kennedy Ms. Ann Noel Kesselheim Dr. Craig Kesselheim ’76 Lorraine Stratis and Carl Ketchum Mr. and Mrs. Steven Kiel Mr. and Mrs. Kyung Kim Mr. Peter Kim ’01 Mr. and Mrs. Neil King Margaret V. and Robert Kinney Ms. Amy Kitay ’81 Ms. Barbara Knowles Ms. Aleda Koehn Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Koenig Ms. Anne Kozak Mrs. Franz Kraus Mr. Scott Kraus ’77 Dr. and Mrs. Julius Krevans David and Rebecca Krueger Ms. Cynthia Krum ’83 Ms. Lee Kuck ’04 Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Kugel Margi and Philip Kunhardt ’77 Ms. Judith Lamb ’00 Ms. Angela Lambert ’83 Mr. David Lamon ’91 Dr. Geoff Korn and Dr. Lynda Lane Frank Langella Mr. and Mrs. Anthony A. Lapham Mr. Clark Lawrence ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lawson-Stopps Dr. and Mrs. David Lebwohl Dr. and Mrs. Leung Lee Ms. Alice Leeds ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Edward Leisenring Mrs. Susan Shaw Leiter Randy Lessard and Melissa Lessard-York ’90 Dr. Eugene Lesser ’78 Ms. Alice Levey ’81 Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Levine Ms. Nicole Libby ’04 Mr. James Lindenthal Ms. JoEllen Lindenthal ’87

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A N N UA L R E P O RT Mr. and Mrs. K. Edward Lischick Ms. Abigail Littlefield ’83 Dr. John Long, Jr. ’86 Ms. Maria Vanegas Long ’84 Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Longsworth Laura Casey ’01 and Ben Lord ’99 Mr. and Mrs. George Lord Mr. and Mrs. William Lord II Mrs. Oliver Lowry Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Lukens Mrs. Ronald Lyman, Jr. Ms. Mayo Lynam Rhea McKay and Hugh MacArthur ’77 Ms. Blaise Maccarrone ’01 Machias Savings Bank Mr. James MacLeod Mr. and Mrs. John Macomber Mrs. Henry Macul Mrs. Constance Madeira Ms. Melinda Magleby ’00 Michael Mahan Graphics Miles Maiden ’86 and Meg Maiden Maine Community Foundation Ms. Clementine Mallet ’03 Karen and Henry Malone Ms. Carol Manahan ’77 Ms. Margaret Manter Ms. Susan Flynn Maristany ’82 Mrs. Elizabeth Hulbert Marler Mr. Erik Hilson Martin ’98 Mr. Robert Martin Ms. Bobbi Martinez ’91 Ms. Kathleen Massimini ’82 Dr. Robert May ’81 Ms. Jennifer Mazer ’93 Mrs. Anne Mazlish Mr. Francis McAdoo, Jr. Mr. John Drury and Ms. Lucy McCarthy Ms. Leslie McConnell ’81 Ms. Elizabeth J. McCormack Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCoy, Jr. Mrs. Gertrude McCue Ms. Karen McDonald Mr. William McDowell ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Clement McGillicuddy Mr. and Mrs. J. R. McGregor Nancy and Philip McIntyre

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Mr. Ian Scott McIsaac ’76 SFC Lenorah McKee Mrs. Mary Goodyear McKee Mr. Donald K. McNeil Ms. Gabrian McPhail ’97 Mr. Clifton McPherson III ’84 Mrs. Fern McTighe Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meade Mrs. Jean Messex Ms. Pamela Meyer Mr. Jeffrey Miller ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Keith Miller Ms. Kendra Noyes Miller ’01 Mr. J. Gregory Milne ’91 Andrea Ried ’90 and Jonathan Minott ’90 Ms. Chandreyee Mitra ’01 Mr. Frank Mocejunas Ms. Polly Molden ’00 Mr. Peter Moon ’90 Mr. and Mrs. Sung Moon Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Morgenstern Mr. and Mrs. G. Marshall Moriarty Mr. and Mrs. Phillip S. J. Moriarty Mrs. Lorraine Morong Mr. Justin Nathaniel Mortensen ’01 Mr. Frederick Moss ’79 Mr. and Mrs. John Moyer Ms. Anne Mulholland Mr. Stephen Mullane ’81 Paul Munro ’82 and Donna Munro ’82 Mr. Dominic Muntanga ’04 Dr. and Mrs. James Murphy Mr. Sean Murphy Ms. Barbara Nalley Mr. Michael Nardacci National Park Tours & Transport, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John Newhall Tammy McGrath ’97 and Philip Nicholas ’98 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nicholas Mrs. A. Corkran Nimick Mrs. Marie Nolf James Lowry and Merideth Norris Mr. and Mrs. David Noyes Mrs. Elizabeth Higgins Null Ms. Laura O’Brien ’93 Ms. Hope Olmstead

Judd ’92 and Hannah Olshan Mr. W. Kent Olson Ms. Whitney Wing Oppersdorff Ms. Lisa Carpenter Ouellette ’81 Mr. Benoni Outerbridge ’84 Amb. and Mrs. Henry Owen Mr. and Mrs. Jon Pactor Ms. Eerin Ockerse Parente ’89 Ms. Lindsay Parrie ’04 Mr. and Mrs. Don Parson Dr. and Mrs. Lewis Patrie Ms. Anne Patterson ’80 Mr. Robert Patterson, Jr. Ms. Casey Greer Paul ’02 Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Paul Ms. Sarah Pavia Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Peabody Mrs. Sara Weeks Peabody Ms. Michelle Nicole Peake ’99 Mrs. John Pearce Mrs. Stephen Pearson Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pennington Ms. Margaret Pennock ’84 Rabbi Shoshana Perry ’83 Mr. Gordon Peters Ms. Meghan Pew ’99 Mr. Bruce Phillips ’78 Mr. Andrew Pixley ’01 Ms. Penelope Place Dr. and Mrs. Antonio Planchart Ms. Frances Pollitt ’77 Mr. James Stewart Polshek Ms. Jennifer Marie Prediger ’00 Mr. and Mrs. Ben G. M. Priest Mr. Charles Provonchee Mr. and Mrs. George Putnam Quarterdeck Restaurant Mr. Gregory Rainoff ’81 Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna ’94 Ms. Cathy Ramsdell ’78 Randy Sprague Heating & Plumbing Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Rappaport Mr. and Mrs. Dean Read Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Reckseit

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rees Mr. Morton Reich Ms. Rebecca Renaud Anita and Doug Repp Mr. Jason Rich ’96 Ms. Emmie Rick Ms. Diane Rieck John and Carol Rivers Mr. and Mrs. Owen Roberts Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Robinson Mr. Ethan Stanley Rochmis ’98 Drs. Paul and Ann Rochmis Mr. David Rockefeller, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Steven Rockefeller Hilda K. and Thomas H. Roderick Ms. Allison Rogers ’04 Dr. Burt Adelman and Ms. Lydia Rogers Ronald and Patricia Rogers Mr. Eric Francois Roos ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Boykin Rose Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Rosenfeld Ms. Gail Rosenkrantz Mr. W. David Rosenmiller ’84 Ms. Volha Roshchanka ’04 Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Ross Mr. and Mrs. Max Rothal Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rothstein Ms. Elizabeth Rousek ’95 Ms. Hope Rowan, M.Phil. ’03 Ms. Karen Roy ’77 Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rudolph Rupununi Mr. and Mrs. William Russell Mr. and Mrs. William B. Russell Ms. Archana Sahai ’91 Ms. Kerri Sands ’02 Ms. Blakeney Sanford ’02 Mr. and Mrs. J. Richard Sanford Mr. Daniel Sangeap ’90 Mrs. Walter Sargent III Ms. Barbara Sassaman ’78 David and Mary Savidge Ms. Margaret Scheid ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Schlossberg

A N N UA L R E P O RT Cynthia Livingston and Henry Schmelzer Ms. Jessica Anita Schmidt ’98 Ms. Chrystal Schreck ’03 Amy and Ryder Scott ’97 Ms. Ellen Seh ’75 Mr. James Senter ’85 Mrs. Adele Seronde Mr. and Mrs. Roland Seymour Ms. Rolanda Seymour ’00 Sarah Gentry ’97 and Matthew Sharp ’96 Mr. Samuel Shaw E.L. Shea, Inc. Mrs. Warner F. Sheldon Mr. Michael Shepard ’03 Ms. Clare Shepley Mr. and Mrs. John Grace Shethar Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Shubert Siam Orchid Restaurant, Inc. Mrs. Leonard Silk Mr. H.T. Silsby II Ms. Fae Silverman ’03 Mr. Grant Simmons, Jr. Mr. Mark Simonds ’81 John and Fran Sims Dr. and Mrs. Theodore R. Sizer Ms. Susanne Slayton Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Smith Mr. and Mrs. R. Charles Snyder Ms. Harriet Soares Mr. and Mrs. Philip Soosloff, Jr. Southwest Food Mart Mr. Tim Spahr ’86 Wendy and Leonard Spector Mrs. John Spencer Mrs. Samuel Spencer Mr. Michael Staggs ’97 Ms. Laura StarrHoughton ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Stedman Mr. Edward W. P. Stern ’03 Dr. Elizabeth Kellogg and Dr. Peter Stevens Mr. Ralph Stevens Mr. J. Clark Stivers ’84 Ms. Marion Stocking Ms. Kirsten Stockman ’91 Mrs. John Frederick Stockwell Ms. Dorie Stolley ’88 Ms. Catherine Straka ’82

Carol and Sid Strickland Ms. Susan Stroud Ms. Caren Sturges Mrs. Robert Suminsby Mr. Stuart Dickey Summer ’82 Ms. Joan Swann Mr. Gilbert Sward Ms. Sally Swisher ’78 Dr. Bonnie Tai Ms. Jasmine Renee Tanguay ’98 Tapley Pools Ms. Tracey Anne Teuber ’98 Mr. Poul Therkildsen Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thomas IV Mr. and Mrs. John Thorndike Mr. and Mrs. W. Nicholas Thorndike Ms. Ellen Reid Thurman Town & Country, Realtors Town of Mariaville Ms. J. Louise Tremblay ’91 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tucker Ms. Elena Tuhy ’90 Ms. Melita Peharda Uljevic ’97 Union Trust Company Ms. Mary Long and Mr. Dennis Unites Mr. and Mrs. David Vail Mr. C. Van Dewater Ms. Katrina Van Dine ’82 Ms. Claire Verdier ’80 Dave ’89 and Beth ’91 Vickery Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Viechnicki Mr. John Viele Ms. Anne Violette Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Volkmann ’90 Mr. William Wade ’76 Ms. Ann Staples Waldron Drs. Sherwood and Anna Balas Waldron Ms. Amanda Jane Walker ’98 Stacy Hankin and Benjamin Walters ’81 Ms. Hua Wang ’04 Mr. Richard Waters ’77 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Watson Patrick Watson ’93 and Alexis Watson ’93 Ms. Joan Weber Ms. Maria Weisenberg ’81

Mr. and Mrs. E. Sohier Welch Ms. Alice Wellman Eugene Dickey and Pam Wellner ’84 Ms. Karen Wennlund ’85 Mr. David Wersan ’79 Westside Florist Mr. and Mrs. Harold White III Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Whitehead Mrs. Joan Whitehill Ms. Grace Whitman Mr. Cory Whitney Ms. Jacqueline Williams Mr. Peter Williams ’93 Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Williams Williams Family Foundation Ms. Joannah Wilmerding Ms. Nellie Wilson ’04 Ms. Jane Winchell ’82 Mr. Joshua Winer ’91 Mr. David Winship ’77 Ms. Betsy Wisch ’83 Mr. Christopher Witt ’97 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Witt Ms. Susan Woehrlin ’80 Dr. and Mrs. Otis D. Wolfe Woodard & Curran Mr. and Mrs. Harold Woodfin Mr. Jeffrey Wooster Ms. Rachel Worthen ’01 Prof. and Mrs. W. Howard Wriggins Rick and Wanda Wright Ms. Cathleen Wyman Ms. Jingran Xiao Ms. Sara Yasner ’95 Mrs. Jane Zirnkilton Ms. Yazmin Zupa ’93 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Zych

Ms. Patricia H. Pfeiffer Silver Lake Chapel


In memory of Dan Kane Mr. and Mrs. David Kane

In memory of Emily Morison Beck Ms. Emily M. Beck In memory of Rebecca Clark Mr. Edward McC. Blair, Sr. Ms. Karen Claussen Ms. Sally Crock Mr. Robert P. Dworkin National Marine Fisheries Services

In memory of Clark Fitz-Gerald Mark Eggleton and Janet Berkel Mr. Charles Bragg 2nd Mr. George Bridge, Jr. Miss Dorothy Brown Mrs. Anne F. Cori Mr. Robert Dick Ms. Martha Ferguson Mrs. Jane Fisher Mr. David Flanagan Dr. Sally Hoople Ms. Sarah F. Hudson Ms. Diane Jones Ms. Elizabeth McCarthy Mr. and Mrs. William Mottola, Sr. R. Adm. Charles Rauch, Jr., USN (Ret) Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Schroth Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Snapp Mrs. Madeline Stuckey In memory of Philip Geyelin Mrs. Eleanor Casey Ms. Cecily Clark In memory of James R. Hooper Geri Lambert and John Aach Finger Lakes DDSO staff Mr. and Mrs. James Fortuno Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fox Elizabeth and James Gray Mr. Andrew Hawes Hooper-Hamersley Family Lawrence and Amy Huntley Marcy and Scott Lazar

In memory of Dr. Edward J. Meade, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meade In memory of Valerie Rough Mr. Peter Dyer In memory of James Russell Wiggins Ms. Grace Boyd

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A N N UA L R E P O RT GIFTS IN HONOR In honor of Marcia Dworak Mr. Glen Berkowitz ’82 In honor of Edward McC. Blair, Sr. Mr. Edward McC. Blair, Jr. In honor of George B.E. Hambleton Mr. William Carey In honor of Susan Lerner Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Felton In honor of Walter Robinson Ms. Emmie Rick In honor of Steven Katona Mrs. John Spencer MATCHING GIFTS AIG, Inc. Bank of America Biogen Idec Foundation Chubb Corporation Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Fidelity Foundation Ford Motor Company Fund GE Foundation Hewlett-Packard Company MARKEM Corporation Microsoft Matching Gifts Program PQ Corporation United Technologies Verizon Foundation ADOPT-A-WHALE Ms. Kathleen Adams Ms. Shirley Ailes Ms. Wanda Atomanuk Ms. Dawn Baglos Naimahn Bahrinipour Ms. Sandra Baker Ms. Emily Barany Mr. Douglas Barr Ms. Jennifer Bayley Ms. Genevieve Benjamin Morgan Binswanger Ms. Janie Bliss Tim Gutwald and Nicole Bohach Mr. Bundy Boit Mr. Tim Bourdeau

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Mr. Christopher Bradley Ms. Barbara Brewer Mr. and Mrs. Leslie C. Brewer Mr. and Mrs. David Brundage Mrs. Elizabeth de Jesus Buckley Ms. Karen Butlerworth Cafe Bluefish Ms. Donna Campbell Ms. Jessica Carr Ms. Cheryl Chamberlain Ms. Glenda Chilcote Ms. Sherry Churchill Mr. Jay Citeroni Ms. Linda Coburn Mr. and Mrs. Michael Coffey Ms. Ginny Conklin Ms. Priscilla Connolly Ms. Carmela Contey Mr. Robert Cook Ms. Marylouise Cowan Mr. and Mrs. James Cummins Mrs. Antonella Dable Victor and Gloria Danisavage Mr.and Mrs. Edward Davila Mr. Peter Davis Mr. and Mrs. John Desharnais Mr. and Mrs. A. Edward Dragon Jay and Gayle Drucker Ms. Cheryl Dubois Ms. Tamara Duff Ms. Andrea Dulin Ms. Marie Dunn Shelby Duplessis Karen and Kevin Dupre Ms. Judy Edelstein Ms. Elizabeth Edwardson Mrs. Eunice Evans Ms. Mary Evans Ms. Traci Finch Mr. George Fitch Mr. Douglas Foley Ms. Caroline Forbes Ms. Brenda Franey Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gilliland Mrs. Jeanne Gilpatrick Ms. Margaret Glanville Mr. Kevin Griffith Ms. Karen Helmstetter Ms. Barbara Hendry

Andrea and Richard Henriques Walter and Emily Heritage Mr. and Mrs. H. Lawrence Hess, Jr. Mrs. Deborah Hillyard Ms. Alicia Hodgkin Mrs. D.M. Horstmann Ms. Kimberly Huisman Ms. Judith Ingalls Ms. Darith James Ms. Cynthia Jarsma Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kadlubek Todd and Elanna Kaplan Mr. and Mrs. David Kaulen Ms. Wendy Kent Marcia and Edward Kobialka Mrs. Sherry Kock Mr. John Koren Kerry Kosky Keith and Tiffany Kotimko Mrs. Cheryl Leonard Ms. Lisa Leshinsky Mr. Anthony Leva Mrs. Sharon Libby Mr. Robert Lore Mrs. Suzanne Lottes Ms. Linn Monica Lund Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Maass Ernest and Charlene Machia Ms. Bretta Maguire Ms. Nora Maloney Mr. Ian Mansfield Ms. Karen L. Martin Mr. Michael Mason Mrs. Cheryl McCollough Mrs. Margaret McGregor Mr. and Mrs. Robert McMillan Ms. Sheila Menair Ms. Theresa Merchant Mrs. Paula Millen Mr. Eric Miller Ms. Darlene Morris Ms. Barbara Moscovics Eugene and Theresa Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nagel Mr. John J. O’Farrell Mr. John Ostman Martha and David Pacini Junius Page Ms. Beth Pahl Ms. Margaret Pashley Ms. Michelle Perro Mr. Richard Petronzio Emery Pickering

Ms. Martha Pinckney Ms. Ann Portnow Ms. Essie Powers Ms. Christina Prine Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pursell Mr. David Quentin William and Dorene Randall Ms. Cheryl Redmon Ms. Courtney Reynolds Ms. Elizabeth Rheaume Ms. Ellen Rhodes Ms. Julie Roche Ms. Catherine Rogers Jeanne and Earl Rudman Ms. Erin Ryan Safeground Landcare Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Saltonstall Dr. Walter Sannita Mrs. Christine Scheick Mr. Dan Schlegel Ms. Lois Seamon Ms. Christina Selby Mrs. M Sharrock Mr. Bruce Shenitz Ms. Joanne Shields Ms. Janice Smith Mr. James Snider Ms. Linda Sorter Mrs. Maria Spaight Ms. Cynthia Steele Ms. Julia Stepanuk Ms. Marcia Stern Ms. Heather Callahan Stevens Stevens High School Kimberly and Bruce Stockdale Dr. Bonnie Tai Ms. Donna Templeton Michael and Deborah Thomas Susan and Thomas Toms Betsy and Michael Trainor Ms. Lori Turja Ms. Wendy E. Turner Ms. Cindie Umans Mr. James Upton Mr. Burton Wagner Mr. Jeffrey Walsh Ms. Joyce Walter Ms. Pat Weare Mr. Arnold Weisenberg Mr. and Mrs. William Whitener Mrs. Susan Williams Ms. Kristi Willis Ms. Stacey Wills

A N N UA L R E P O RT Ms. Cynthia Woodcock Mr. David Worthing Ms. Meg Zachwieja Mr. and Mrs. Donald Zettlemoyer Mr. Gordon Zwicker ALLIED WHALE PROGRAMS Anonymous Sarah and David Baker Elinor Patterson Baker Trust Fdn. Mr. Steven Barkan Mrs. Leigh Beatty Ms. Genevieve Benjamin Ms. Carolyn Berzinis Mr. Edward McC. Blair, Sr. Blue Hill Consolidated School Jean and Will Boddy Ms. Dianna Boisvert Mr. Colin Capers ’95 Michele and Agnese Cestone Foundation Ms. Sara Clarke Dick Atlee and Sarah Corson Ms. Judith Cox Mrs. Tatiana Ertl Ms. Nickilynn Estologa Mrs. Virginia Fiess Mr. Douglas Foley Ms. Cherie Ford Furuno U.S.A., Inc. Mr. Walter Goodnow Mrs. D.M. Horstmann Mr. James Houghton Ms. Lana Johnson Ms. Laura Johnson Ms. Rosa Marie Johnson Susan Lerner and Steven Katona Mr. Christopher Klemt Ms. Brenda Lake The Lynam Insurance Agency Natalie Springuel, ’91 and Richard MacDonald Ms. Robin Sue MacLeod Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Kelly and Richard Maltz Mr. and Mrs. William McFarland Mrs. Pamela Medley Mr. Paperback Ms. H. Robin Naylor Ms. Meagan Neal Ms. Darlene Nolin

Oracle Corporation Corey Papadopoli Pioneer East/West International Ms. Julia Dias Reid Ms. Jennifer Schroth ’84 Mrs. Lorie Scovin Ms. Marie St. John Ms. Sarah Steinberg Mrs. Maureen Sumner Sean and Carolyn Todd U.S. Department of Commerce Ms. Phoebe VanVleet Tony and Mandie Victor Mindy and John Viechnicki Dr. John Visvader Mrs. Kelly Whitmore Willis & Sons, Inc. FRIENDS OF THE ARTS Mrs. J.H. Michael Agar Mr. J. Anderson Mr. and Mrs. John Anthony Mrs. Grace Arnold Mary Dohna ’80 and Wells Bacon ’80 Mary Helen and David Baldwin Bar Harbor Garden Club Mr. and Mrs. William Beadleston Ms. Katherine Bell Mr. Bruce Bender ’76 Ms. Carolyn Berzinis Mr. Edward McC. Blair, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Blanchard III Blue Poppy Garden, LLC Mr. Dennis Bracale ’88 Ms. Joan S. Bragdon Ms. Virginia Brennan Mr. and Mrs. Leslie C. Brewer Ms. Roberta Brush Ms. Lorraine Cannatta Ms. Judith Chiara Mr. and Mrs. P. Hamilton Clark Mrs. Sarah Clark Mr. and Mrs. Francis I.G. Coleman Mr. John Cooper Isabel Mancinelli and Sam Coplon Ms. Ellie Courtemanche Criterion Theatres Inc. Ms. Barbara David

Mr. and Mrs. Shelby M.C. Davis Mrs. John Devlin Prof. and Mrs. Arthur Dole Ms. Lucinda Nash Dudley Mr. and Mrs. George H. P. Dwight Dr. Dianna and Mr. Ben Emory Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Factor Mr. Daniel Farrenkopf ’93 Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Felton Thomas and Carroll Fernald Ms. Peggy Forster Mrs. Ruth Fraley Mr. and Mrs. W. West Frazier, IV Dr. and Mrs. James C. A. Fuchs Mrs. Robert Gann Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goodman Dr. and Mrs. Robert Gossart Fr. James Gower Ms. Barbara Hagan Mr. Samuel Hamill, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hargraves Mr. Sturgis Haskins Ms. Lisa Heyward Dr. and Mrs. John Hoche Mr. and Mrs. Melville Hodder Ms. Betsey Holtzmann Ms. Jennifer Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Hutchins Mrs. R. Duane Iselin Ms. Laura Johnson Mr. and Mrs. H. Lee Judd Ann Sewall and Ed Kaelber Mr. and Mrs. William Kales Steve and Ali Kassels Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kates Mr. Arthur Keller Mr. and Mrs. John N. Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Steven Kiel Mr. and Mrs. Kyung Kim The Kimball Shop Ms. Barbara Knowles Mr. Thomas Leddy Mr. and Mrs. Edward Leisenring Mr. and Mrs. Carl Little Mr. and Mrs. John Lynch Mrs. Marcia MacKinnon Maine Arts Commission

Friends of the Arts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John March ’76 Grant and Suzanne McCullagh Mrs. Jean Messex Mr. and Mrs. Keith Miller Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Milliken Mr. and Mrs. A. Fenner Milton Mr. and Mrs. Paul Monfredo Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Morgenstern Mr. and Mrs. G. Marshall Moriarty Ms. Anne Mulholland Dr. and Mrs. David Myers Mr. and Mrs. William V. P. Newlin Jim and Suzanne Owen A.C. Parsons Landscaping Mr. Robert Patterson, Jr. Mrs. Sara Weeks Peabody Mrs. John Pearce Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pennington Kim and Keating Pepper Mr. Stephen Petschek Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pierce Mr. and Mrs. Jay Pierrepont James Dyke and Helen Porter Mr. and Mrs. Hector Prud’homme Ms. Shari Roopenian Rooster Brother, Inc. Ms. Linn Sage Dr. and Mrs. Peter Sellers Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Sharpe, Jr. Mr. Samuel Shaw Ms.Clare Shepley Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Shorey, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Shubert Mr. Kenneth Simon Mr. and Mrs. Donald Straus Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Strickland The Swan Agency/ Insurance TerraCotta Stylish Stuff Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thomas IV Ms. Mary Long and Mr. Dennis Unites

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A N N UA L R E P O RT Mr. and Mrs. Christiaan van Heerden Ms. Ann Staples Waldron Mr. Wally Warren Ms. Joan Weber Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Williams Mr. and Mrs. William Wister, Jr./Margaret Dorrance Strawbridge Foundation ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Coleman Davis United World Scholars Program Dr. Margaret Dulany Dr. and Mrs. Richard Fox Lois M. Gauthier Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Jon Geiger Bruce Hazam ’92 and Atsuko Watabe ’93 The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust Mrs. Elizabeth Hulbert Marler Mr. Charles Merrill, Jr. Mr. Gordon Peters Ms. Patricia Pfeiffer Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna ’94 Alice Blum Yoakum Scholarship Fund of the Maine Community Foundation ENDOWMENT GIFTS Geri Lambert and John Aach Ms. Judith Allen John and Karen Anderson Allison Martin ’88 and Elmer Beal Mark Eggleton and Janet Berkel David and Marian Bicks Mr. Edward McC. Blair, Sr. Mr. Charles Bragg, 2nd Mr. George Bridge, Jr. Miss Dorothy Brown Ms. Karen Claussen Ms. Dianne Clendaniel Mr. Kenneth Cline Mr. John Cooper Dick Atlee and Sarah Corson Ms. Eve Coulson Ms. Sally Crock Mr. Robert Dick

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Mr. Robert Dworkin Ms. Martha Ferguson Finger Lakes DDSO staff Mrs. Jane Fisher Mr. David Flanagan Mr. and Mrs. James Fortuno Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fox Mr. and Mrs. Stephen George Mrs. Philip Geyelin Elizabeth and James Gray Mr. Andrew Hawes Hooper-Hamersley Family Dr. Sally Hoople Ms. Sarah F. Hudson Lawrence and Amy Huntley Mr. Christopher Jones Ms. Diane Jones Dr. James Kellam ’96 Ms. Anne Kozak Marcy and Scott Lazar Ms. Isabel Mancinelli Ms. Pamela Manice Ms. Elizabeth McCarthy Mr. and Mrs. Gerrish Milliken Mr. and Mrs. William Mottola, Sr. National Marine Fisheries Services Ms. Patricia Pfeiffer Mr. and Mrs. Eben Pyne R. Adm. Charles Rauch, Jr., USN (Ret) Mr. Robert F. Rothschild Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Schroth Dr. and Mrs. Peter Sellers Silver Lake Chapel Lloyd and Suzanne Snapp Mrs. Madeline Stuckey Dr. Davis Taylor Richard Hilliard and Karen Waldron NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM & SUMMER PROGRAM Ms. Dolores Bagish Ms. Tamara Bannerman Ms. Janet Blood Ms. Diane Bonsey Kim and Brenda Cartwright Melissa and Frederick Cook Mrs. Alice Demeo Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Driscoll III Dr. Mary Dudzik

Ms. Hannah Webber and Mr. Greg Forrest Matt and Andrea Gerrish Ms. Jillian Glaeser Bruce Mazlish and Neva Goodwin Jonathan Gormley ’78 and Nina Gormley ’78 Ms. Kari Graceland Melisa Rowland and Scott Henggeler Barbarina ’88 and Aaron ’87 Heyerdahl Peter and Hope Hill James Broderick and Karen Johnson Racheal Wallace and Douglas Kiehm Ann Dorward and Steven King Sarah and Matthew McEachern Dencie and Michael McEnroe Ocean Drive Motor Court Ms. Lynn Orav Mr. Paul Girdzis and Ms. Adrienne Paiewonsky Tobin ’95 and Valerie Peacock Mr. and Mrs. John P. Reeves David Rockefeller Fund, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. William Thorndike, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Uliano 2005 SENIOR CLASS GIFTS Ms. Lauren AlnwickPfund ’05 Mr. Victor Amarilla ’05 Mr. Mukhtar Amin ’04 Sarah and David Baker Mary Helen and David Baldwin Ms. Jill Barlow-Kelley Mr. Rahvi Barnum Allison Martin ’88 and Elmer Beal Ms. Carolyn Berzinis Ms. Sarah Bockian ’05 Ms. Sarah Boucher, M.Phil. ’06 Ms. Brooke BrownSaracino ’05 Ms. Danielle Byrd ’05 Dr. Andrew Campbell Mr. Colin Capers ’95

Mr. Seth Carbonneau ’05 Barbara and Vinson Carter Dr. Donald Cass Ms. Diana Choksey ’05 Ms. Dianne Clendaniel Mr. Kenneth Cline Nancy Andrews and Dru Colbert Mr. Max CoolidgeGillmor ’05 Mr. John Cooper Dr. Gray Cox Ms. Hillah Orit Culman ’05 Kelly Dickson, M.Phil. ’97 and George Dickson Mr. Nathan DiGiovanni ’05 Ms. Carrie Downing ’05 Ms. Sarah Drummond ’05 Doreen Stabinsky and David Feldman Ms. Katie Anne Freedman ’05 Ms. Carla Ganiel Ms. Kathryn Gilchrest ’05 Ms. Lauren Gilhooley ’05 Ms. Jacquelyn Gill ’05 Ms. Rachael Elizabeth Gilmartin Ms. Donna Gold Susan Dowling and Andrew Griffiths Mr. Henry Hall ’05 Ms. Anne Harris ’05 Ms. Lynn Havsall Ms. Amber Hayes ’05 Atsuko Watabe ’93 and Bruce Hazam ’92 Ingrid and Ken Hill Ms. Jen Hughes Ms. Jane Hultberg Ms. Ivy Huo ’05 Mr. Eamonn Hutton ’05 Mr. Nishad Jayasundara ’05 Ms. Laura Johnson Ms. Jennifer Jones ’05 Ms. Eduarta Kapinova ’05 Susan Lerner and Steven Katona Sarah ’05 and Shawn ’00 Keeley Mr. Geoffrey Kuhrts ’05 Mr. Aaron Lewis ’05 Mr. Gordon Longsworth ’91 Mr. Aramis Lucas Lopez ’05 Ms. Daphne Loring Ms. Sarah Luke Natalie Springuel ’91 and Rich MacDonald Mr. Elijah Martin-Merrill ’05

A N N UA L R E P O RT Mr. Wyatt Matthews Ms. Tshete Dawn Mazula ’05 Ms. Donna McFarland Ms. Amy Mitchell Ms. Terri Mitchell Mr. Ian Mohler ’05 Ms. Anna Murphy Mr. Eric Nagle ’05 Ms. Darlene Nolin Mr. Adam Nordell ’05 Ms. Aoife O’Brien ’05 Ms. Sarah Patten ’05 Mr. Andrew Peterson Mr. Thomas Poirier ’05 Mr. Benjamin J. T. Polloni Mr. Matthew Protas Mr. Ezra Provost Dr. Nishanta Rajakaruna ’94 Ms. Julia Dias Reid Ms. Anna Revchoun ’05 Mr. Santiago Salinas ’05 Ms. Mihaela Senek ’05 Mr. Sanjeev Shah ’05 Ms. Jessica Anne Sharman ’05 Ms. Shaya Shub-Durbin ’05 Ms. Marie Stivers Jean and Bill Sylvia Dr. Bonnie Tai Dr. Davis Taylor Mr. Carter Tew Ms. Myra Mae Theriault Ms. Nina Therkildsen ’05 Sean and Carolyn Todd Tony and Mandie Victor Ms. Erika Wade Mr. John Wallace ’05 Ms. Ashley WebsterMiramant ’05 Ms. Marjolaine Whittlesey ’05 Ms. Nilo Wickramarachchi ’05 RESTRICTED GIFTS Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Kogod THORNDIKE LIBRARY Mr. and Mrs. Jacob V. Null ’93 GIFTS IN KIND Acadia Refrigeration Atlantic Oakes-by-the-Sea Mr. George Drexel Dr. and Mrs. Robert Gossart Ms. Casey Mallinckrodt

Mr. Edward Monat ’88 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sullivan TANGIBLE GIFTS AND GIFTS OF TIME AND TALENT Acadia Zoo Ms. Barbara Andrus Ms. Carolyn Berzinis Nancy Manter and Eduardo Bohorquez Mr. Dennis Bracale ’88 Ms. Emily Bracale ’90 Stewart and Melita Brecher Mr. Rohan Chitrakar ’04 Ms. Ariel Durrant ’06 Ms. Jamie Frank ’04 Philip and Amy Geier Stephen Lacker and Nadine Gerdts Miss Eleanor Greenan Ms. Galen Guthrie ’97 Mr. Philip Hecksher Ms. Noreen Hogan ’91 Katie Homans and Patterson Sims Mr. Eamonn Hutton ’05 Ms. June LaCombe Mr. Steve Lambert Mrs. Emy Leeser Ms. Andrea Lepcio ’79 Mr. Fred Olday Ms. Jessie Salsbury Mary Sherman and Scott Willis Ms. Cat Shwenk Mr. Gregory Stone ’82 Ms. Cait Unites ’03 Ms. Ann Staples Waldron Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Dix Wheelock FUNDS RECEIVED FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS Mr. Mukhtar Amin ’04 Mr. and Mrs. Schofield Andrews III Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation Sara Faull and Genio Bertin ’97 Mr. Edward McC. Blair, Sr. Carnegie Corporation of New York Mr. Erin Chalmers ’00 Ms. Rebecca Clark ’96 Isabel Mancinelli and Sam Coplon Ms. Barbara Danielson

Dr. Dianna and Mr. Ben Emory Elizabeth Ten Grotenhuis and Merton Flemings Mr. and Mrs. William Foulke FUTUREBOSTON, INC. Mr. and Mrs. James M. Garnett Ms. Kate Jahaza Gatski ’98 Mr. Samuel Hamill, Jr. Healthy Acadia Coalition Ms. Katherine Hester ’98 Mr. and Mrs. Melville Hodder Ms. Lynn Horowitz Ms. Sherry Huber Ms. Jessika Ruth Hudson ’98 and Nathan Hudson ’00 IBIS Consulting, Inc. Illinois State University Ms. Laura Johnson Mr. and Mrs. H. Lee Judd Henry Luce Foundation Ann Luther Maine Community Foundation Maine Space Grant Consortium Ms. Casey Mallinckrodt Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Milliken Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory Mr. and Mrs. William V. P. Newlin Tammy McGrath ’97 and Philip Nicholas ’98 Ms. Andrea Perry ’95 Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Robinson, Jr.

Ms. Amy Scott ’97 and Ryder Scott ’97 Dr. and Mrs. Peter Sellers Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Sharpe State of Maine Treasury Department Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Straus Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sullivan University of British Columbia University of Maine Sea Grant Program U.S. Department of Education Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in preparing our donor list for this annual report. If a mistake has been made in the way you or your spouse or partner is identified, or if your name was omitted from the donor list, we apologize. With your help, we can ensure that future donor lists report your names as you prefer. Please notify the development office at 207-288-5015, ext. 329 with any changes in the way your gifts should be reported.

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A protective lynx mother defends her den from biologists hoping to handle her kittens long enough to implant microchip IDs so reseachers will know if the animals survive. Photo by Amy Toensing/National Geographic Magazine.

Scenes from a Homecoming BY AMY TOENSING ’93 Amy Toensing ’93 photographed the story, “Of Lynx and Men: Scenes from a Homecoming” for the January 2006 issue of National Geographic. The article followed the trapping of lynx in Canada to be set free in Colorado in an attempt to restore the U.S. lynx population. Having never done wildlife photography, Toensing says that she was chosen for this story because it was really about human impact on the animal world—a perfect subject for a human ecologist.


I photographed in high school. When I was at COA, I did a semester at SALT Institute for Documentary Studies. That's when I did a piece on the broccoli pickers of Aroostook County. I loved it; I didn't think it was going to be a career, but after COA, I worked at my hometown paper and then I met Nancy Lee, the director of photography of the New York Times. We were all at a workshop and on our way to an assignment when her car broke down. I knew how to jumpstart her car. She liked my pictures, but I think she was more impressed by my survival skills and wanted me to work for her. So I went to work in the Washington bureau, getting a nose for the news until I decided to go to graduate school.

COA: Do you think you see things differently because you're a human ecologist?




Definitely. To me, human ecology is about approaching the world with the understanding of the impact and influence we as humans have on everything, including how we look at the world. Really, we are very small in the grand scheme of things. As an artist and a photographer, I find myself constantly looking at the human condition and trying to understand something about it.

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How did you start out?

What is your current project?

I am on the way to work on a story on urban parks for National Geographic about the future of green spaces in the face of population growth. I was just in India, doing a story about widows, part of a long-term project I’m working on for myself, on women living on the edge of society. For my own sanity, I try to find the time to work on personal projects.


Grinning in the Garden: A Human Ecological Journey FINN PILLSBURY To this day my fondest memory is have known destitution so long of overturning rocks on a rainy they don’t dare hope for anything Sunday after church, muddy tie better. And I was counting fish in askew, soaked to the bone with a the Ohio River? goofy grin on my six-year-old face. I began volunteering with a I was always a nature-loving city community garden organization. It kid. I'm not sure how it happened. made me happy to feel my hands in It certainly wasn’t the result of my the dirt again, to see the appreciafastidious Danish mother, who tive smiles of curious neighbors donned diamonds for breakfast. It and involve kids from the neighmay have been my father, although borhood. I loved seeing their faces our weekends spent outside were when they put two and two togethprobably more a consequence of er: “You mean, carrots grow undermy crowding his tiny Telegraph ground?!” Hill apartment than anything else. One morning some of the kids Whatever the reason, I was kindled found a garter snake slithering with a curiosity about the natural through one of the gardens. Hearworld, one that transcended the ing shouts of “Eww, gross!” and affinity most boys have for the “Kill it! Kill it!” I rushed over, gently weird and the novel. picked up the snake and showed As a teenager, this fascination Finn Pillsbury ’02 with Dorothy Darden, them how the snake can “taste” the metamorphosed into a passion for matriarch of the Over-the-Rhine People’s air and unhinge its jaw to eat. wilderness and found new purpose Garden of Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo credit: Repulsion yielded to fascination as in environmentalism. With an ado- Drake Windsor ’03, from her senior project, they all gingerly reached out to lescent’s embryonic intellectual “Over-the-Rhine: A Portrait of a Community.” touch it. One volunteered to place sophistication I sought to eschew it back in the grass, and so I handed the urban landscape and focus on the wilderness, it to him. He looked up at me with a goofy grin that I where nature was supposed to be. After all, wilderstill remember, and I smiled back. ness was nature the way God intended it; the urban As the snake slithered through the earth toward forests and parks I had loved as a child were nature an old woman teaching her grandchildren to grow out of balance, a crumpled husk of the real thing. tomatoes while butterflies flitted about, pollinating So, I left the city kid behind and packed my bags vegetables and flowers while looking for nectar, I felt for a tiny college on the Maine coast, a bright-eyed a renewed sense of wonder and purpose. I began to nascent ecologist heading out to the wilderness to see that conservation and community can be insepstudy ecology where it ought to be studied. arable: urban green space providing physical and I soon realized that nature did not act like it was spiritual nourishment, the community providing supposed to. Coastal Maine had been inhabited for stewardship and support for nature. millennia, its “wild” islands managed for game, pasThis is my passion. My purpose. What I have been ture, and settlement. Acadia National Park was actuworking toward, consciously or not, since that rainy ally a fragmented amalgamation of parcels cobbled Sunday two decades ago. If I do nothing else with my together by robber barons less than a century ago. I life, this nature-loving city kid would like to inspire started to wonder: if humans are such an integral just a few more goofy grins before I go. part of nature in coastal Maine, what does that mean for cities? Could nature really exist there too? Finn Pillsbury ’02 is finishing an M.S. in Ecology and Upon graduation, human ecology degree in hand, Evolutionary Biology at Iowa State University, where he has circumstance landed me in the heart of Cincinnati. I been studying the ecology and conservation of amphibians in had never spent time in a city reeling from decades urban landscapes. He and his wife, Drake Windsor ’03, live in of white flight: block upon block of shattered winan old house with a big garden in the center of town. dows and empty lots; huddled groups of young men on every street corner, eyes shrouded with bitterness Readers are encouraged to submit poetry, short stories, and anger. and human ecology essays to COA. Please send your work Guilt began to set in. Guilt for choosing a seemto or Donna Gold, COA Magazine, 105 Eden ingly self-indulgent field like ecology when there Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609. are people in every city in America who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, people who COA | 65


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