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6 timeline 50years INTERVIEWS
18 MEMORIES OF UNITY NOTES
42 Alumni Notes View the festivities Unity.edu/50-years
Terry Tempest Williams renowned author and environmentalist visits Unity College. See more p. 3. Photo by Marion Ettinger
Letter from the president When I was a kid, I asked my older brother what I needed to be happy. He assured me that three things would fix me up: a home to live in, folks to love, and meaningful work to do. As I matured, I struggled to define “meaningful work.” Of several answers, the one that I think best captures the essence of “meaningful work” is: “The work you are meant to do lies at the intersection of your greatest passion and the Earth’s greatest need.” Unity College is a springboard to meaningful work. Regardless of the particular course of study, ecology and environment are at the heart of our curriculum. Surely, these are the central elements of the Earth’s greatest need. Our alumni are passionate about this. That’s why the faculty and the Board of Trustees voted unanimously three years ago to embrace sustainability science as a framework for our academic programming, and that’s why, around the same time, the board voted to divest our endowment of companies that profit from the destruction of our planet through fossil fuel use and extraction. That put Unity College on the cutting edge of a radical idea: We must preserve our Earth if we want to maintain and renew human civilization, the core value of any institution of higher education. Every generation has what Thomas Berry has called their Great Work. The Great Work of our time is the development of a sustainable relationship with the Earth. But the environmental challenges of this century are, I believe, more perilous than even those faced by my father’s generation. It is deeply satisfying to me that Unity College is, more than anything else, a compelling agent for hope and change, and I am grateful the Unity Class of 2015 has obtained many of the tools to do The Great Work of the next generation. As we look out upon the next chapter of Unity College, the next 50 years will look very different from the first 50, both on campus and in the world we inhabit. But because Unity College equips its graduates with the skills to engage the complex challenges of our ever-changing world, I am more confident than ever that, in the next 50 years, the fortunes of the college and our world will be inexorably improved. While I won’t be here for our 100th anniversary, I enjoyed helping position Unity College for the next 50, and am grateful for the chance to steward America’s Environmental College.
Dr. Stephen Mulkey President, Unity College
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6 TIMELINE 50 YEARS UNITY
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS 1965 - 2015
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42 Alumni Notes
McKay Farm and Research Station Gifted in 2014, the greenhouses and farm offer students a unique opportunity for learning how to run a business in sustainable agriculture.
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Unity Magazine Volume 30 No. 1 Executive Vice President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury Managing Editor Julie Cunningham Project Managers Alecia Sudmeyer Kate Gilbert Editor Bob Mentzinger Design Stamats & Alecia Sudmeyer Graphic Designer Skaar Design / Anneli Skaar Printer Franklin Publishing Class Notes Dot Quimby and Julie Cunningham Contributing Photographers David Leaming John McKeith Photography ZoĂŤ and Robert Rodriguez Mark Tardiff Cover Photo Terry Tempest Williams by Marion Ettinger
50 Years and Going Strong Julie Briggs Cunningham Director of College Development & Alumni Affairs Happy Anniversary Unity College! I am pleased to report that your college Development team has been to 11 Unity on the Road events. From Florida to Seattle, from alumni who were the first on campus to those who just graduated in May, the experiences shared with us have been unique, yet there exists a thread of commonality â€“ a laughter and pride of being a part of an institution that has shown resilience through challenges.
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One of the priorities of the Development team this year was to visit and get to know as many of the Unity Community as possible because of the 50-year milestone, we wanted to piece together some of the history and gain an understanding of how Unity has grown into the college it is today.
The Mongolian Grill is the only dining option of its kind on a college campus in Maine.
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Those stories of beginnings have been passed down over the years and through generations. Here at Unity, they are firsthand accounts being told by those who lived them. From the days of the coop to divestment and climate marches, Unity College has shown itself to be a place that encourages the pursuit of critical thinking and finding one’s voice.
Outdoor Adventure Center Renovations completed this Fall.
The stories we have heard! We wish we could share them all, but we promised they would remain our secrets. Many colleges and universities throughout the nation are much older than our Unity College.
The Development team will continue to reach out and visit you. We want to build stronger relationships with all of you, to gain your support and assistance as we turn the page and start on the next 50 years. It will take all of us to continue to move the college forward and advance our mission. As we start on our journey, we need to honor the past, but continue to have the strength
Terry Tempest Williams
Terry Tempest Williams – a naturalist, free-speech advocate and “citizen writer” who has consistently shown how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice – addressed the Unity College graduating Class of 2015. Williams has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as “a barefoot artist” in Rwanda. Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Williams is author of the environmental literature classic, “Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place;” as well as “An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field;” “Desert Quartet;” and “Leap.” Read her commencement speech at:
Community Spaces UCCPA opens its doors to public use.
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UNITY IN THE NEWS ACADEMICS
PRESIDENTS 1967-2015 Dr. Clair Wood 1967-70 Larry Reichel 1970-71 Dr. Alan Karstetter 1972-78 Dr. Ralph Conant 1978-80 Dr. Lou Wilcox 1980-83 Dr. James Caplinger 1984-89 Wilson Hess 1990-2000 Dr. David Glenn-Lewin 2001-05 Dr. Mitchell Thomashow 2006-11 Dr. Stephen Mulkey 2011-current
to forge those next chapters. The world needs our graduates to provide the leadership required to mitigate and adapt to the oncoming environmental challenges. It is only with your partnership that success will be achieved. We will continue to ask you for your support, because we need it. With your partnership, we can take the critical next steps to live our mission and embody what Americaâ€™s Environmental College looks like to the world. We will build the Sustainability Science Conference Center; we will achieve a net zero carbon footprint; we will have a pedestrian campus; and we will ensure our students receive the support they need to make a difference in our world.
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Our alumni, families, and friends will be a strong unit who are out in front as we start the journey of the next 50 years. I hope you all attended the 50th Anniversary event. You are what made the first 50 years successful. We want to honor you and hear more stories!
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unity college grants update Nearly $340,000 in grants were awarded to Unity College during the past year, with thousands of dollars worth of additional proposal submissions awaiting decisions. “Grant seeking has become part of the landscape for most institutions,” Unity College President Dr. Stephen Mulkey said. “The college seemed to receive intermittent grant funding over the years, but when I arrived at Unity, I had a vision that included a system being put into place to start aggressively seeking opportunities. With our mission, it seemed a natural fit, and that move has started to show results.” The grants secured by the college this year have benefitted various initiatives across campus. They have been used to increase research opportunities, promote program development, reduce the college’s carbon footprint, and renovate key facilities allowing for multipurpose utilization. Mulkey said all of these grant-funded initiatives have a direct impact on students, ensuring they have access to opportunities that are critical in their achievement of an education immersed in sustainability science that equips
them to be environmental leaders. “We are encouraged by the work our faculty and students are allowed to do because of grant funding,” he said.
“I hope as we continue to move forward, we can expand our partnerships and the impact we could have on the environment.” “There are many foundations that do not know about us and the specificity of our mission.” If you would like to read more on the work being done by the grants, visit: unity.edu/news
grants received in 2014-15 Dr. Carrie Diaz Eaton received $202,549 as collaborators from five other colleges and universities were awarded a five-year, $2.9 million National Science Foundation grant in August 2014 that supports the coordinated initiatives of the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis Consortium. $46,551 from Up East Foundation – Wyeth Family Foundation Partners for research education projects on Allen Island. A $39,520 Grants to Green Maine award supports the renovation of the Unity College Center for Performing Arts to reduce the carbon footprint. A grant of $30,000 from an anonymous source supported renovation and expansion of Wyman Commons to enhance the student experience and provide additional space to hold campus functions. $15,000 from Maine Outdoor Heritage Foundation supports the Unity College Bear Study. $4,000 from the Davis Foundation to create institutional change by embedding service-learning projects into courses, thereby strengthening teaching and curriculum, and student learning outcomes.
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50 YEARS OF UNITY TIMELINE
U N I T Y I N S T I T U T E I N C O R P O R AT E D Organized and incorporated in the State of Maine. An architect’s sketch above, made in 1966, proposed turning the former Constable Hatchery into a residence hall and dining hall.
Naomi Haber ‘15 and Mike Allen ‘70, representing the most recent and the first graduating classes, stand in front of Wood Hall, the first residence hall completed on campus.
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Chartered by the State of Maine as Unity Institute of Liberal Arts
College opened with its first class of 39 students
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Granted authority by the State of Maine to award baccalaureate and honorary degrees
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A S S O C I AT E D E G R E E S
Granted authority by the State of Maine to award associate degrees. Dr. Pamela McRae giving a lecture in the newly renovated Parsonâ€™s Wing.
M O T I VAT I O N A L R E S O U R C E S Formed Center of Motivational Resources, a forerunner of the Learning Resource Center, pictured above in 2015.
Beginning of a rapid increase in enrollment from 250 to 430 students
1974 ACADEMIC CENTERS
Formed academic centers to replace departments. Established environmental science degree programs and shifted emphasis toward natural resource management
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Accredited by the Comission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)
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Construction of the library served as a major achievement. Dorothy, “Dot” Quimby, the college’s first librarian, reflected about the first library on page 26.
A C C R E D I TAT I O N
Unity College’s accreditation is extended by CIHE. Unity acquires Ricker College’s continuing education program and has the transfer of accreditation by NEASC to the college.
AAS program in forest technology recognized by the Society of American Foresters
Students get to use the new library
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OUTDOOR R E C R E AT I O N Introduction of a fouryear degree program in outdoor recreation. Formed the Center for Visual Studies
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C O N S E R VAT I O N L A W
In 1984, Unity College introduces its most successful four-year degree program: conservation law enforcement. The “con-law” program at Unity continues to be a popular major in 2015, but is now joined by other innovative programs such as Captive Wildlfe Care and Education, Adventure Therapy, and Sustainable Agriculture.
N E W S T U D E N T O R I E N TAT I O N Orientation for new students changes from “placement testing and speeches” to fun outdoor problem-solving activities. Students share experiences from day one.
The continuing education program is discontinued and the college is placed on probation by CIHE. Enrollment falls to below 250 students
1983 1984 E X P E R I E N TA L L E A R N I N G Writer Helen Nearing speaks at an Association of Experiental Education conference held at Unity in 1984
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Undisturbed area around Unity Pond is donated for students to perform research close to home
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THE DECADE OF GROWTH
During this period, the college began increasing enrollment to capacity levels.
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The mission statement is approved by the trustees and faculty
Beginning in 1986, enrollment began to increase to capacity levels
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Occupied new addition to environmental science building.
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Built and occupied new aquaculture laboratory.
1991 R E O R G A N I Z AT I O N
1994 SERVICE LEARNING Initiated service-learning program
From 1991 - 92, academic centers are reorganized into Division of Environmental Programs and Division of Liberal Studies
F U L L A C C R E D I TAT I O N NEASC grants full accreditation for a 10-year term with a comprehensive site visit scheduled for 2002
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DOROTHY WEBB QUIMBY LIBRARY
The library is named in honor of Mrs. Dorothy Webb Quimby, its first and longtime college librarian.
The environmental science building is named in honor of Dr. E. Donaldson Koons, longtime trustee and noted geologist.
Groundbreaking of new residence hall named in honor of Mr. Kenneth L. Cianchette, the largest donor in Collegeâ€™s history at the time.
The capital campaign, initiated in 1995, reaches $1 million endowment goal. The Allison M. Hall Welcome Center is completed. Fall enrollment exceeds 500 students.
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GREEN E D U C AT I O N
Fourth annual conference of North American Alliance for Green Education was held at Unity. Endowment reaches $2 million goal one year ahead of schedule.
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Wildlife and biology students travel to Ecuador for study. In 2011, students study in Costa Rica.
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Unity purchases 100% “green power” from entirely renewable sources, including many in Maine.
Accepted students try to find fish with scholarships attached to their fins.
2001 SERVICE ACCOLADES U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selects Unity’s service learning program for national recognition and financial sponsorship.
2004 C O N S TA B L E H A L L
Renovations made with leadership gift from the Constable family. College also receives $450,000 gift from the estate of Barbara Piel.
National Survey of Student Engagement shows Unity students make more presentations, work more in teams, and read more books on their own compared to other college students.
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Unity Rocks project begins with the help of student Jason Reynolds ‘05. Building improvements include Koons Hall renovations, Constable Hall renovation completion, in addition to Cianchette Hall, and the Hoop House for four-season agriculture use.
Home of the president, it is the first college president house that is LEED Platinum certified, producing more energy than it consumes.
New changes in dining services added to sustainability plan. New farm on campus to raise livestock for meat and vegetable gardens for fresh produce
Unity Archery Club competes at International Bowhunting Organization Championship
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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins “For 44 years, Unity College has produc graduates ready to meet the demands of today”
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FIRST TO DIVEST
Unity College becomes the first U.S. college to divest its endowment portfolio of holdings in fossil fuel producers after unanimous Board of Trustees vote, drawing national attention. Read more on page 35.
M C K AY FA R M A N D R E S E A R C H S TAT I O N
Isabel McKay and Rick Thompson donate McKay Farm and Research Station agricultural greenhouse facility to Unity College.
2011 WHITE HOUSE S O L A R PA N E L S
Unity College brings solar panels once attached to the White House back to Washington, D.C., to demonstrate importance of renewable energy
President Mulkey addresses 13th Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi, India; Students, faculty embark on multi-year study of black bears
FIRSTS FOR UNITY
College receives anonymous $10 million gift, largest in its history. TerraHaus completed, first U.S. college residence hall built to passive house standards
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Claiming our IDENTITY OUR ETHOS We’re facing the most critical environmental issues in human history. Our climate. Our lives. Our future as a civilization. Unity College is dedicated to educating tomorrow’s generation of environmental professionals.
PILLARS We rally around these four conceptual pillars.
Environmental majors designed around Sustainability Science curriculum.
Sustainability Science Framework This icon symbolizes Unity College’s global perspective and commitment to including a framework of sustainable science thinking and solutions in everything they teach, learn, and do.
Internship sites in nearly states and around the world.
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Problem Driven, Solutions Focused This icon represents Unity College’s active approach to learning. Students are encouraged to get “dirt under their fingernails” as a means to a more direct understanding of the subject at hand, as well as a way to effect real change.
98% Of Alumni reported they were employed (2013 data).
Study abroad opportunities in countries.
23 Tr a n s d i s i p l i n a r y Study This icon serves as a visual metaphor for Unity College’s stance of making sure the “lights stay on,” going beyond specific academic boundaries to create a holistic and diverse education and way of thinking.
Students from states.
Inclusive, Diverse Community
Unity College students are diverse, but all start out with passion for the natural world. This icon represents both the students’ journey, as well as the diverse connections they will make along the way that will come to define their experience.
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Evolution and Amnesia BY Mike Allen ‘70, Mark Alter ’69 & Richard Saltzberg ‘72 Unity’s first students “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” – Elie Wiesel At our lively and respectful class reunions, the crucial piece of information shared by many pioneers and near pioneers (1972, 1973) was the fact that the first group of students, the pioneers, had a history of having hammered out quite a dynamic culture and set of initiatives, which set both a standard and a future for Unity College.
With broad representation and active participation, we literally re-conceptualized campus life and activities in form and practice.
barriers and convened a common mission: to survive! This process, of course, was always a journey, never a conclusive destination. But that is the way of academic organizations, as they try to mediate the often contrasting and competing ideas and interests of individuals and groups.
Just as with this year’s 50th anniversary of Unity, the students, faculty and Board of Trustees assembled back in 1966 came with quite disparate agendas and from a variety of geographical locations, to meet the challenges of Unity Institute. (It did not become a college until 1969.)
Yes, Unity has a history – a rich history, characterized by particular conditions (13 students the first three months, average class size of five, and a chicken coop as the first dorm), and people like Dot Quimby, George Fowler, Clair Woods, Bob Scott, Donald Mortland, Don Higgins, Bert Clifford, Doc Aldrich, George Murdoch, George Constable, Ken Cianchette, Max Fortier and Bob Wyman.
We were driven to a community built in ways that broke down
But we do ourselves a disservice by keeping the stories silent.
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For to do so too easily sets up a false impression in the minds of newcomers and oldcomers alike that the current effort, energy and success is not a response to history. In fact, the present activities are grounded in a rich legacy and validate that we can learn from the past, as we remember and celebrate what was indeed accomplished. The documentation for this history of Unity is quite clear. Without going over every set of decisions, practices, and activities, it is worthwhile saying that: • we developed the first Unity Constitution, a coherent and inclusive mission that was articulated and agreed upon by the student body; • a newspaper, UNITAS, and a radio station, WRAM, was
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fashioned that layered our experiences and values with discussion in the school and the community; • with broad representation and active participation, we literally re-conceptualized campus life and activities in form and practice; • student and faculty life, including the design of the first Unity graduation ring for the Class of 1969, evolved to handle matters that otherwise fell between the cracks, and
a faculty was in place with a passion and commitment for handling personal matters, and, finally; • any number of cross conversations and connections were launched as faculty, board members and students realized that their work needed blending with the work of others for making decisions to make Unity a viable institution of higher education. In carrying out the planning
and celebration of Unity’s 50th birthday, we hope future classes, faculty and board members embrace the rich history that enabled the Unity community to evolve and build so brilliantly for a bright future. If Unity had different founding trustees or founding class or founding faculty, would we be planning a 50th? We will not know. Our history is readily available and might become a genuine starting point for inquiries into the exciting and successful next steps for Unity.
“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding o f o u r s e l ve s, a n d o f o u r co m m o n h u m a n i t y, s o t h a t w e c a n b e t t e r f a c e t h e f u t u r e .” –Robert Penn Warren UNITY MAGAZINE SUMMER 2015
Physical plant 50 years of improvements Clifford Hall 2014
Campus-wide Improvements Ask an alum, a long-serving faculty or staff member, or residents of the Town of Unity about the history of Unity College and one theme rings clear– the physical presence of campus facilities has improved by leaps and bounds in a very short time. The addition last year of Clifford Hall – built to LEED Silver standards honoring the late Bert Clifford, a Unity College founder and well-known local philanthropist – will be joined this year by another high-efficiency residence hall: Unity Two, the college’s first residence hall using air source heat pumps to regulate climate control. Joining TerraHaus – the first college residence hall in the U.S. built to the Passive House standard – Unity’s three newest residence halls are providing comfortable accomodations. Especially as Unity continues to meet and exceed its enrollment 20
Innovative and strategic investments in improving the physical plant over the past four years have helped to increase enrollment.
goals, the imperative has been to construct 21st-century housing that supports a vibrant, diverse campus of learners within the framework of Sustainability Science.
comfortable residence hall with the amenities our students have told us they want, and it provides features like wireless technology throughout that support study and experiential learning.”
“Over the past few years, we have made a dedicated effort to provide quality upper-class housing options. Clifford Hall and Unity Two provide living arrangements and amenities that our upper-class students desire,” Dean for Student Affairs Gary Zane said. “The result – we have a record number of juniors and seniors now living on campus, and have a record residential population overall.”
Stephen Nason, Director of Residence Life and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, said that when Unity Two opens this fall, it will “continue Unity College’s commitment to having 21stcentury housing designed for upper-class students.”
“As with all of our campus improvement projects, we listened to the needs and preferences of students,” Unity College President Dr. Stephen Mulkey said. “Clifford Hall is a
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“At Unity College each year, more and more junior and senior students are choosing to stay on campus because of the community and convenience,” Nason said. “Unity Two greatly helps meet this growing oncampus demand from juniors and seniors.”
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But forward-thinking residence halls are only the latest and most visible example of the college’s march toward modernity on a campus once renowned for its hardscrabble, do-it-yourself environment.
Wyman Commons renovation and expansion 2014
“What’s taken place – especially in the last three years, is an undeniable modernization and upgrade of all our critical facilities, from residence halls, to classrooms and laboratories, to research facilities and places for student activities,” said Mulkey, “It’s not overstatement to say it’s been a small renaissance on campus.” In the past three years, renovations were made to the Koons Hall Research Laboratory, including the addition of geology, chemistry, and clean laboratories. Wyman Commons dining hall was extensively renovated and expanded, with a unique Mongolian grill added to its allyou-care-to-eat menu offering traditional, meat-free, vegan and other dietary specialties. New lighting, classroom furniture, and renovated bathrooms have been added to the Student Activities Center. Significantly, Unity also added a center for sustainable agriculture by virtue of the gift of McKay Farm and Research Station – an agricultural greenhouse facility in Thorndike that serves as a direct extension of the 225acre campus, providing the community with educational and entrepreneurial opportunities. The gift, along with five years of financial support, was given by Isabel McKay and Rick Thompson, and is the second
largest cash gift donation in the college’s history. “The donation of McKay Farm and Research Station will help the college develop and model replicable solutions for environmental challenges, in addition to creating a marketplace presence to serve the community,” said Mary Saunders Bulan, the director of the facility. “Students will learn invaluable business management and administrative skills necessary to operate a successful agricultural business.” “As a center for innovative projects and research, challenges faced by rural agricultural enterprises in New England will be addressed including energy costs, compensation for agricultural workers, a challenging climate, and sparse population density,” Saunders Bulan said. Another repurposed space – the Unity College Center for the
Performing Arts – is enjoying its own renaissance with the potential to transform the region’s cultural offerings and tie the campus even more closely to the town and region. In February, Grants to Green Maine gave $39,520 to upgrade energy systems and controls at the redeveloped farmhouse and barn that now houses administrative offices, the Leonard R. Craig Gallery, and a 200-seat theater (for more see page 30). The grant will enable the college to replace outdated air conditioning units with air source heat pumps, replace incandescent and CFL lighting with LED, insulate the attic to R-70, and update monitoring and control equipment to enable remote energy systems regulation from any web-linked computer. The project will cut energy use at the facility, institutional operating costs, and fossil fuel consumption to address climate change. The person who’s best witnessed the transformation of Unity’s physical plant says it has been a whirlwind of positive news for the students who attend. Director of Facilities and Public Safety Daniel LaForge said the physical plant of the campus has grown by more than 44,000 square feet in the last five years, and that the new spaces are of higher quality in construction and user functionality. “In the past four years, Unity College has invested heavily in the infrastructure, appearance, and efficiency of its buildings,” LaForge said, “and now increased enrollment is evidence that the investment is paying off.”
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faculty profile Barry Woods BARRY WOODS IS UNITY COLLEGE’S L O N G E S T- S TA N D I N G P R O F E S S O R , W I T H 39 YEARS AND COUNTING!
40 years at Unity Interview with Bob Mentzinger Barry Woods began teaching at Unity College in 1976. A native New Yorker and a die-hard New York Yankees fan, Barry earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where he majored in both mathematics and education. At Unity College, Barry teaches primarily Statistics courses. His current interest is the integration of technology into the teaching of his stats courses. From the use of hand-held calculators to computers, Barry encourages his students to be active learners and
to take a proactive role in their own education. In 1989 Barry’s faculty colleagues awarded him the first Martin A. Rosinski Award for excellence in teaching. Off campus, Barry has served as an AP-Statistics Reader and as
an educational consultant for the College of the Marshall Islands and the Northern Marianas College in Saipan. In Maine, Barry has served on the Board of Directors for Operation Game Thief, a private, nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the Maine Warden Service. When did you arrive at Unity College? I signed my contract on August 24, 1976, and I remember that day because it’s my younger
Changing Times Professor Woods with the slide rule he used before computers were introduced.
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“Come help us build a college” was on the bottom of the s t atio ner y. A n d those of us who were hired in the 70s and 80s, we took that to heart.
Professor Woods sits next to the road he helped build, with TerraHaus behind him.
brother’s birthday. So I came in the fall of 1976. July will mark the beginning of my 40th year here at the College. Four of the five decades. What was the College like when you got here? Like everyone else, I missed it. You know, there was a sign in town and I drove right past it. People close to me have heard me say this before. I interviewed with President (Dr. Alan) Karstetter and the dean was Robert Hunter, and Dean Hunter gave me a tour of the campus much like we do today. I finished with the president, and he asked me sincerely, so what do you think of the College? And I said well actually I haven’t seen a tour of the College yet. So he gets on the phone to Dean Hunter, and he comes in and said, Mr. Woods I gave you the tour myself. And I said, rather naively yes I’ve seen this but I haven’t seen the main campus yet. I had no idea that this was the main campus. I had come from Plattsburgh, New York, and at Plattsburgh there’s a 4,000-student campus, and 10 miles away was a small satellite
hub at that time called Man and His Environment. It was a small little satellite hub. I thought this, Unity College, was a small satellite hub of a larger main campus. And I remember driving home from the interview that night, got home to New York, and said to my dad I will never work at Unity College… But things have a way of working out. So, I’m appreciative of the fact that they hired me. I know that I’m a much better person today because of the college. And, modestly, I believe that the college is much better today because I’ve been here. I take great pride in my teaching. And I think or at least hope the alumni would echo that. But I’ve been really fortunate to work with great people. One of the things that I took to heart and still take to heart in the back of my mind, we had this stationery – and I’ll find you a piece of this stationery – with a tag line at the bottom of this stationery that read, “Come help us build a college.” And those of us who were hired in the 70s and 80s, we took that to heart, and helped build the College.
And those of us who were hired in the 70s and 80s, to watch it evolve, grow up into what it is today, people seriously took that to heart. And I believe we all helped build a college, and we’re still doing that today. I have renovated the inside of Koons Hall twice, and we shingled the outside of Koons Hall once. Some of this work was done with Joe Bellerose, a great alum who’s done more than an alum’s worth of work on rebuilding the college. I remember working with Charlie Schaefer – Arlene Constable Schaefer, her husband – and we renovated classrooms where we painted the walls and had wainscoting halfway up the walls. And we installed blackboards. So yes, it was literally “come help us build a college.” Read the entire interview with Barry Woods at: www.unity.edu/ fifty
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STAFF Profile George Fowler and Dot Quimby
Above The hatchery i n 195 3, b e f o r e i t became Founders Hall. Below The Constable home and b a r n i n 195 3.
Still a Part of Unity Interviews with Julie Cunningham and Erica Hutchinson
George Fowler and Dorothy “Dot” Quimby have long been part of the fabric of the Unity College story. Because of their history and longtime relationship with the college, we wanted to get their thoughts and reflections. 24
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When did you arrive at Unity College? George: Before it opened. I was already minister in town. Bert Dittas recruited me to be the Unity chaplain. Dot: I moved to Unity in 1956, so I was here before the college started. I was taking night classes and summer classes for my master’s in library science and wasn’t quite finished when Bert Clifford recruited me to be the librarian. It was funny because my thesis was on building a reference library and I was lucky enough to have firsthand experience. What was the college like when you got here? George: What college? It was a farm! Dot: The college had been a farm when I got here. I watched them fix up the hatchery and build the buildings. The first library was a big empty room in the academic building with a huge pile of books in the center. We built shelves and some fellow colleges in Maine donated the charge desk and card catalogs and we had a library. What were some of the differences you noticed in the students over your time at Unity College? George: Earliest students possessed determination to stick with the college during its beginnings to make the best of their experience. … Today, students are use to more services/supports in place at all colleges, not just Unity. Dot: The first group of students were mainly from the city – especially New York City. They made Unity Institute into a college.
They had to make a lot of things happen themselves, like the radio station and fraternities, but the location was a bit of a culture shock for them. They could walk down the streets of New York City, but the ruralness and how dark it got at night scared them. We all poured our hearts and souls into making Unity succeed and were a very close knit group of students, faculty and staff. We were all a little funky and those from the 60s, 70s, and 80s know what I mean. What are some of the similarities you noticed in the students over your time at Unity College? George: Hard workers, commit ted, passionate … Dot: I loved our students and I still do. They are so friendly and open. I retired in 2001 and I write to students who have been on campus after I left and it feels like I know them just as well as those that were there while I was working. They show a lot of initiative and go and do things. What was the biggest change you saw during your time at Unity College? George: Because I was there right from the beginning, there were huge changes constantly happening. The college went from being a farm to actually having buildings specific to needs
of the college (residence halls, gymnasium, etc…). Dot: I saw lots of changes because I was there so long, but the biggest change I saw is when we became environmental in our curriculum. That’s when we truly found our niche. What made you the proudest to be a part of Unity College’s 50th year history? George: When the college finally recognized the earliest alumni and their contributions to the college in relation to the college opening, surviving and growing. Pleased to see the college/alumni relationships “blossoming.” Dot: The fact that I’ve seen the college come from so little physically to how it looks today makes me very proud. I’m proud to continue to be an ambassador for the college and that we’ve come so far. I know that we all felt proud when a sign that said “Unity College” was put up on (Interstate) 95 … it meant we had arrived. What do you think the college will be like 50 years from now? George: Can’t even possibly imagine. Dot: I think some things will be more mainstream, the campus more beautiful, and all of us will be more unified in spirit. For a long time it seemed like it was us versus them; now it is just us.
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2015 Winners Scholarships allow students to pursue research and internship opportunities.
Nicholas Holt Challenge Scholarships Five students were awarded Spring 2015 Nicholas Holt Challenge Scholarships, sharing $11,500 to undertake a wide range of research and internship opportunities. Established at Unity College in 2010, the Nicholas Holt Challenge Scholarship Fund is made possible by a gift from the Holt family in collaboration with the Maine Community Foundation to support juniors and seniors in challenging, experiential learning projects that are self-initiated, curriculum-based and approved by an academic advisor.
Hawk & Handsaw NOW online Hawk & Handsaw, the collegeâ€™s Journal of Creative Sustainability, reappeared on Earth Day, reimagined as digital publication after a two-year hiatus, publishing thought-provoking written and visual art that interprets and redefines notions of sustainability.
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The 2015 winners were: Shelby Elonis, Stacey Foshay, Samantha McGarrigle, Ashley Messier, and Gina Zadrozny. 26
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Director of the Center for Environmental Arts & Humanities Dr. John Zavodny credited adjunct art professor Deanna Witman and former Unity College Public Arts Coordinator Meg Fournier for translating Hawk & Handsaw online. hawkandhandsaw.unity.edu Read more: http://unity.edu/ news-unity-focus/hawk-handsaw-reemerges-earth-day
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adventure Therapy voted most extreme Adventure Therapy A most extreme college major
Environmental Photography is one of the courses offered in 2015.
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Warden Camp is an educational summer camp for high school aged students.
Unity College set forth its latest series of popular Summer Programs including Summer Bridge, MaineLands, Warden Camp, Environmental Field Photography, Field Research Techniques, and Geology of Maine. The latter three are immersive field courses for academic credit.
Bridge is considered the crown jewel of Unity’s summer offerings — a six-credit travel-oriented transition course for incoming Unity students.
Online Schools Center named Unity College’s Adventure Therapy major one of the “15 most extreme college majors” in the United States, saying “at this small, environmentally focused college in Unity, Maine, the adventure therapy major focuses on cultivating well-rounded, entry-level mental health professionals who are able to work competently in the field as well as develop a solid foundation of understanding related to treatment programs, fundamental clinical skills, counseling theory, and evidence-based practices beneficial to future graduate level studies. Students will take coursework in psychology and human development as well as canoeing, mountaineering, sea kayaking, and much more!”
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UCCPA The center will receive energy system upgrades in 2015.
Award Winner Corporal Michelle Merrifield ‘95 receiving the William R. Roseberry Spirit of America Award.
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Unity College received a $39,520 grant from Grants to Green Maine to upgrade the energy system and controls at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, enabling the college to replace outdated air conditioning units with air source heat pumps, replace incandescent and CFL lighting, insulate the attic to R-70, and update monitoring and control equipment to enable remote energy systems regulation. Unity College was one of only two organizations to receive the inaugural implementation grant from Grants to Green Maine, a partnership between the Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center, Efficiency Maine and the Maine Community Foundation.
At an annual awards ceremony in March, more than a dozen Unity College-trained wardens were recognized for exceptional merit by the Maine Warden Service, while a federal wildlife officer who graduated from Unity earned national recognition for her conservation law enforcement work. During the agency’s 135th Anniversary and Annual Awards Ceremony, Exemplary Service Awards went to Chris Dyer ’95, Aaron Cross ’07, Dave Ross ’06, Preston Pomerleau ’04, Lucas Bellanceau ’13, Jeremy Kemp ’99, Sgt. Glen Annis ’92, Mike Boyer ’91, and Cpl. Michelle Merrifield ’93. A certificate for exemplary service is presented when a warden “has rendered rel-
evant, outstanding service which deserves special recognition.” Merrifield also was honored with The William R. Roseberry Spirit of America Award. An Operation Game Thief Guardian Award went to Sgt. Chris Simmons ’90. And Maine Warden Service Association Special Recognition Awards went to Ross, and also to Eric Rudolph ’06. Nationally, Samantha Fleming ’08 was named 2014 US Fish and Wildlife Officer of the Year for Region 5, which covers federally protected areas from North Carolina to the Ohio River. Fleming, a Federal Wildlife Officer at Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland, was recognized “for her outstanding law enforcement service and for her williness to lead projects that extend beyond her duties.”
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Unity College Viewbook and other print material won gold.
Print & Video win two gold In March, printed recruitment publications were recognized with a Gold Award in the 30th Annual Educational Advertising Awards. The Educational Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising competition in the country, with more than 2,000 entries from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools worldwide. Judges consisted of a national panel of higher education marketers, advertising Educate A still from the award winning video series “Unity is Different.”
National Stage Woodsmen off to national championship in NYC.
creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals, and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report. That award came on the heels of a Gold Award in January from The Council for Advancement and Support of Education District 1 for a video series produced by Unity College: “Unity is Different.” The video series was also recognized as “Best in Show, Broadcast” at the American Advertising Federation of Gainesville’s American Advertising Awards.
woodsmAn OFF to NationalS in NYC Unity’s woodsmen placed high at a spring meet at Dartmouth College in April, and a Unity graduate earned the right to compete for national championship in New York City. At the Stihl Challenge for the Northeast Region on April 24, Blake Wilder ‘15, of Lamoine, Maine, recorded the fastest time in a U.S. competition in the chain saw contest on 16 inch wood. His performance in that event and others made him a regional qualifier at the Stihl Timbersports Series National Championship in New York City’s Central Park on June 20.
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Just weeks later, Naomi Haber ’15, of Florence, Mass., is an education aide at a zoo in western Massachusetts. We talked to Naomi about her experience at Unity and how it changed her outlook on the future. What were the factors that helped you decide to go to Unity? After I graduated from high school, I took a year off to work at a daycare. I was in no hurry to get back into being a full-time student any time soon. During my time working with kids, I found myself enjoying the units about animals or habitats the most. I loved sharing what I knew about animals. I realized that I would like to work directly with animals, but find some way to work my newfound love of teaching into the mix. There were plenty of schools with programs in biology or education, fewer with zoology programs, and only a handful with programs specialized in zoo science. Even if I got a degree in any of those majors, I worried my dream of working with animals was unrealistic. After attending a local community college for a few semesters, I learned about Unity College and their Captive Wildlife Care and Education major. I was initially hesitant because I had never lived away from home. But my desire to one day work at a zoo as an educator drove me to apply to Unity. In the spring of 2012, my mother
and I took a trip up to visit the school. It was just a few days after commencement, so there were no students around. The campus was blooming and the sun was shining. The buildings were small, and I can still remember seeing Cianchette standing proudly atop the hill, with its wood sidings and dark green roofs. Our tour guide was an enthusiastic blonde boy named Jeff. He showed us around the empty buildings, told us endearing stories about the students, and offered great insight to life at Unity College. From him, I learned that Unity College is a community where everyone knows each other, being outdoors is encouraged, classes are nontraditional but effective, and sometimes during duck hunting season, people will come into their 8 o’clock class with camouflage still smeared on their faces from an early morning hunt. Afterward, we met Cheryl Frederick, one of the two professors at the helm of the CWCE program. Her years of rich experience in both the natural and zoo world were an inspiration. It wasn’t crazy! My dream of working in a zoo and being both happy and successful … it can be done! And Unity was where I needed to start. Before we even got in the car to drive home, I knew that Unity was the school I wanted to go to. I wanted to be a part of the community and of the unique student body, I wanted to learn from Cheryl and the other professors like her, and I wanted to chase my dream of being a zookeeper. What was your desired course of study when you came here,
did that change? If so, why? I studied Captive Wildlife Care and Education. In the two and a half years I spent there, I never felt I chose the wrong major. Each course was relevant to the major, and each assignment was carefully designed to get us thinking critically. I feel like the specialized classes at Unity have given us an advantage over other graduates on the same career paths, and I do believe that Unity students will one day soon become desired assets in the captive wildlife world. Describe some of the academic work you did while at Unity, and whether you feel it prepared you for the kind of work you want to be doing. There are so many times I’ve used the knowledge I’ve gained at Unity. While leading a pond exploration the other day through the zoo where I work, a child asked me what kind of bass live in fresh water environments, bass that he could find in lakes or rivers. Read the entire interview with Naomi Haber at:
Students Now & Then Naomi Haber ‘15 with Mike Allen ‘70 in front of Wood Hall.
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DIVESTMENT 3 YEARS LATER As the movement grows to divest university endowments from companies that produce fossil fuels, the first U.S. college to divest is pleased with its portfolio’s performance to date. “Divesting from fossil fuels is not a concession that means you automatically have a lower rate of return over the long run,” said Unity College President Dr. Stephen Mulkey. “We’re finding, in the early going, divestment is immaterial to returns and has actually provided substantial returns when put into practice.” Finance officials at Unity College, which in September 2012 became the first U.S. college to divest its portfolio of companies that produce fossil fuels, released an internal report showing its portfolio has performed ahead of expectations since the decision.“Divestment has had no negative
effect on our endowment portfolio,” said Mulkey, a leader in the growing campus divestment movement. “As with any investing philosophy, it comes down to making smart, savvy choices.”
Divestment did not happen overnight. A committee of Unity trustees had asked Spinnaker to decrease its exposure to large energy companies and to move toward clean energy as far back as 2008.
When it voted to divest, the Unity Board of Trustees gave its investment adviser five years to craft a portfolio in which less than 1 percent of holdings was invested in the top 200 fossil fuel companies based on estimates of potential CO2 emissions of their respective reserves.
At that time, Unity’s exposure to Big Energy was approximately 10 percent of its total endowment, Unity College Vice President of Finance & Administration Deborah Cronin said. When the college announced it was divesting in 2012, Unity was at 3 percent exposure. Today, it is less than 1 percent.
The adviser – Spinnaker Trust of Portland, Maine – achieved that objective in less than one year.
As with any new investment strategy, the path to achieve divestment wasn’t immediately clear.
The portfolio – a mix of exchange-traded funds, cash instruments and bonds – has shown a five-year annualized return of 9 percent, according to a report released by the college. The target prior to divesting was to achieve an 8.2 percent return.
“A big part of this exercise was determining, ‘What does fossil fuel-free mean?’” Spinnaker Senior Vice President Sara Lewis said. Advisers reviewed the school’s 2012 holdings against a Carbon Tracker Initiative list of
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Keystone XL Pipeline March - Wash. DC. Matt Dyer ‘14 and a contingent of Unity College march on Washington.
200 companies with the greatest fossil fuel reserves. That mapped out a clear path to minimize portfolio exposure to fossil fuels, Lewis said: Avoid investments in those 200 companies, and shift exchange-traded funds (ETFs) where possible to non-energy sectors. Since Unity decided to fully divest, others have followed and more than $50 billion in divestment pledges have come from organizations and 28 universities including Pitzer College of Claremont, Calif., which announced in 2014 its intention to divest its $125 million endowment from investments in fossil fuels; and Syracuse University which announced on March 31, 2015, it would divest its $1.8 billion endowment from coal mining and fossil fuel companies. Other schools to have announced a move to fossil fuel divestiture (with the self-reported values of their overall endowments) include Hampshire College ($40 million), Sterling 34
College ($1.1 million), College of the Atlantic ($36 million), Green Mountain College ($1 million), San Francisco State University ($51 million), Stanford University ($21 billion), University of Dayton ($670 million), Humboldt State University ($28 million), Chico State University ($53 million), California Institute of the Arts ($115 million), the University Of Maine System ($248 million), and the University of Hawaii ($66 million). Part of the increased interest in fossil fuel-free portfolios can be attributed to early adopters such as Unity, Lewis said. “We now have many more clients who are interested in that, absolutely,” she said. “Additionally we get phone calls from students across the country asking how they can get their investment committees to do what Unity did.” Part of what Lewis tells them is to resist the urge for total purity in an endowment fund. “It’s difficult to try and get a large endowment fund to be
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all or nothing,” she said. “What we try to do is tell them to add a Fossil Fuel Free manager to begin to build a track record and comfort level so an investment committee or a board can see what’s possible.” Colleges that resist divestment cite obligations to diversify their portfolios, reduce risk and pursue the greatest possible growth. College officials also talk about the headaches of removing money from index funds and having to define which companies are to be divested. And while Lewis said Spinnaker may not ever get to zero with Unity’s portfolio, “we feel confident we can be diversified while achieving the long-term goals Unity has set.” ”Unity board members were acutely aware of their fiduciary responsibilities to the institution,” Mulkey said, “and they also wanted assurances that investment practices would bring an appropriate return – divestment or not.” That divestment has been a financial success is partly due to regular market forces. The value of coal stocks has dropped precipitously amid stiffening regulation and competition from power plants using natural gas and renewables, and prices for crude oil have plummeted more than 50 percent since mid-2014. Amid that turmoil, oil company share prices have fallen to levels that would weigh down the return of portfolios with high fossil fuel exposure. Meanwhile, the broader market in equities has
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been on a bull run for most of the time since divestment. Investments in funds that represent emerging international countries have been trickier, because they cannot be moved specifically out of fossil fuels, as the emerging international sector needs some fossil fuel tolerance. Yet diversification requires that some international funds remain in Unity’s portfolio. Critics point out that divesting institutions still use fossil fuels, but Mulkey sees an analogy to tobacco. “You can still be addicted while working on quitting,” he said. And in much the same way so-called “climate deniers” have tried to cast doubt on data that show rapidly rising global temperatures, some have questioned the significance of Unity’s divestment, given its relatively modest endowment – $13.5 million at the time, now $15 million. But given recent extremes in weather – and with the news of ever-larger institutions deciding to divest – both such arguments may be losing strength. “Pitzer silenced critics who said that the divestment movement in higher education would collapse,” said Bill McKibben, an environmental activist and founder of 350.org – a group dedicated to fighting climate change. McKibben went on to praise activists at Harvard University for occupying the president’s office there in a bid to get that institution to pull its massive portfolio out of fossil fuels.
Tar Sands Action Portland President Mulkey and Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Coucil of Maine in 2013.
“While there is much uncertainty about how climate change will play out, one thing is very clear from the data,” Mulkey said. “Climate change will be the defining environmental factor of what will come to be seen as the environmental century.” He cited recent data from the National Center for Atmospheric Research indicates that global temperatures will be 7°F higher by 2100, leaving “a planet that is not consistent with our civilization.” Given that outlook, “I don’t know how the stakes could get any higher,” Mulkey said, praising the board for coming to a rapid and decisive vote in 2012 and exhorting other colleges to divest. “The fact that we’ve seen more than $50 billion in divestment pledges since Unity made its decision is a clarion call to those of us interested in a sustainable future. We must demand the highest ethical standards from our universities
and colleges,” Mulkey said. “It is ethically indefensible that an institution dedicated to the proposition of the renewal of civilization would simultaneously invest in its destruction. In this respect, divestment is not optional.” At the moment, fossil fuel divestment also looks like a shrewd financial move. “Over the past five years, the portfolio has met or exceeded market benchmarks despite the shift away from fossil fuel holdings,” Mulkey said. “Our investment performance was in no way negatively impacted by this strategy.” Meanwhile, Mulkey said Unity’s experience with Spinnaker shows how colleges can move past purely dollars-and-cents arguments to achieve an endowment that creates a financial return without sacrificing the health of the planet. “We know those two goals can coexist,” he said. “All it takes is leadership.”
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loves literature and knitting, McMahon has stayed close to the Unity area. Originally from Andover, Mass., McMahon said she had no intention of going to college as a senior in high school. She was in a business track, and already had a job in a doctor’s office. Her wages helped support her family.
WOMEN THEN Liz McMahon ‘73 By Michele Leavitt “It’s a girl! Don’t let her leave!” These were the words that greeted Liz McMahon when she arrived at predominantly male Unity College in 1969.
Her guidance counselor’s advice was to forget about college because her widowed mother could only afford one kid in college – and that kid should be her brother. “You should be a secretary like your mom,” the counselor advised.
Pioneers Toni Sampson and Liz McMahon enjoying “Happy Hour” in 1971.
The Unity College of today has achieved gender equity, but in the first years of the college, women students were scarce. But Unity was ready for women, even in 1969, with a women’s dormitory complete with a house mother, Mrs. Atwood. “Today, students might laugh at the idea of a house mother,” McMahon says, “but Mrs. Atwood provided a touch of home.” A cheerful, petite woman who 36
McMahon’s high school history teacher had a different idea. Will Hixon pulled her aside one day to ask her where she was applying to college, and he was shocked when she told him she had no plans to do so. McMahon had been on the honor roll every semester in high school and Mr. Hixon recognized her intelligence and potential. He scoured the area for colleges that might accept Liz, but because she had been in a business track, as opposed to a college preparatory track, she was refused. Mr. Hixon kept looking, finally coming across Unity College. “It’s new,” he told McMahon. “Let’s try!” Unity accepted her, and she arrived at the college in the fall of 1969 without ever having visited the campus, and without ever
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having spent a night away from home. Surprisingly, she was never homesick.“At Unity,” she says, “I was noticed. I realized that I hadn’t changed, but my environment had changed. Unity was a unique place, with a unique group of people. You couldn’t hide, or slide through. Your professors knew you as an individual. The college was ours, and we felt like we were building something together.” That building process continues today for McMahon, as a member of the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee, which has been meeting monthly at Unity House for the last two years. Committee members include other folks who were integral to the college’s first years, including librarian Dot Quimby, and professor and chaplain, Reverend George Fowler. Of the differences between the old and the new Unity, she says, “I’m impressed that Unity has not gone whole-hog in expanding its physical plant like other colleges. And the insistence that new buildings be sustainable is far-sighted. Resources are finite, and we can’t keep squandering them.” Her beautiful smile, voice of reason, and “get-it-done” attitude have helped make the work of the 50th Anniversary Committee possible. She’s been instrumental in outreach to the Unity community through social media and traditional methods such as stamping and addressing surveys and fliers. The committee’s first event was the Pioneers Barbecue in July 2014, bringing early Unity alumni, faculty, and staff together.
Where but Unity College can a national Stihl Woodsman women’s champion also exercise her literary talents and become a champion slam poet? Just ask Jennifer LaHache Michaud, who graduated in 2014 with degrees in Wildlife Biology and Conservation Law. An active member of the Woodsman’s team during her years at Unity, Michaud won first place in the women’s collegiate timber sports competition in 2013. For those unfamiliar with timber sports, it means she knows how to handle an axe and a chainsaw. She can saw through giant logs at top speed, and axe her way through a block of wood faster than most any other woman in the country. The Northeast has strong women’s competitors in all timber sport events, and Michaud continues to compete as a professional on the circuit. She also makes time to attend collegiate meets, where she cheers on the Unity teams and acts as a mentor to Unity’s women competitors. Her can-do attitude and work ethic as a member of the Unity Woodsmen’s team was also apparent in her approach to competition-level poetry. She attended off-campus poetry slams, and learned from watching national and regional champions. She took advantage of coaching opportunities on campus, and practiced long hours to memorize her poems and rehearse her performances. Her work paid off, not just with slam wins, but also in crafting poems she will be proud of for
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Coming from a working class background, Michaud said one of her concerns is whether or not college students such as her, who often go into tremendous debt, are ever able to “crack the caste.” She mentioned as an example someone who might not be able to afford to take an unpaid internship that allows him or her to climb into a job network. But if that isn’t an option, there’s entrepreneurship.
Oregon. Michaud said she has already run dogs in hunting stakes, and as the puppies she is training now get older, she will have the option of running them, too.
In Michaud’s case, that means starting a business in which she trains hunting dogs. After graduating from Unity with a double major in Wildlife Biology and Conservation Law, she completed a short, informal apprenticeship with Wildwind Kennels and now makes a solid living doing what she loves: working outdoors with animals. “I’m happy because I found a niche,” she says. Not surprisingly, there’s an element of competition in her new profession. She trains puppies from four to six months old until they are around two years old, and she has traveled as far away as Kansas to compete, working as a contract employee under Wildwind Kennels. Her LLC is called Uprising Upland Dog Training.
continues to compete in professional timber sport events.
The future looks bright for Michaud – but a word of warning to dog handlers who compete against her: This is a woman who does what it takes to win. Read an excerpt from Jen Michaud’s poetry at:
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donor story 2015 : a very good year On May 9, 123 Unity College students celebrated milestones and achieved personal goals as they became college graduates and joined the ranks of Unity alumni. Prior to ending their time on campus and starting journeys that could lead them across the world, many of those students made the decision to give back to the college – literally. Twenty-three percent of the Class of 2015 gave an individual monetary gift.
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Amanda Bonilla, Ericka Buckreis, Meghan Carter, Kathryn Cobban, Elizabeth Comstock, Kevin Connolly, Clark Crawford, Tiffany DeMell, Michelle Fraguea, Amanda Granfield, Naomi Haber, Mathias Hellner, Chaz James, Danielle Marston, Ashley Moeller, Summer Nay, Libby Orcutt, Nicholas Ouellette, Allie Pesano, Alex Prestera, Katie Schick, Jessica Schwartz, Jacob Scoville, Patricia Skibko, Makayla Syas, Cathrine Vogel, Liz Whitney, and Nathan Williams made the decision to show their financial support of the college and leave their mark on campus. Fifty years ago, many people wondered about the future of that little college on the hill called Unity Institute. Through collective hard work, continued support and community-wide engagement, the institute became the college, in turn, increasing the number of students having the opportunity to achieve the education of their dreams, leave their imprint on Unity, and make their impact on the world.
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It’s not the same college today, not the same majors or same faculty, but it is still Unity. So what needs to happen in the next 50 years to ensure the sustainability of Unity College, in whatever form that may be? This group of generous seniors decided they needed to invest in those years. In doing so, honoring the work of those before them. Who will come in the next 50 years who will need help? Who will come in the next 50 years who can help? It is not about the amount. It’s about the intent. It’s about participating. It’s about making an impact collectively. It’s about making your mark in the Unity history, in your own way. It’s about thanking those who came before you and stewarding those following. Why is participation so important? Alumni participation is looked at closely and plays a role in how colleges are ranked on a number of national scales. The amount is not considered – but the show of hands figures into the formula. So, thank you, Class of 2015 for raising your hand and saying, “I’ll help.”
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Dr. Mick Womersley was featured in a six-minute Maine Public Broadcasting Network feature titled “Students at Maine’s Unity College Walk the Sustainability Talk.” Barry Woods gave a “STEM Rests on Math” presentation at the New England Mathematics Association 2015 Conference in Worcester, Mass. Dr. Diane Murphy authored The Bitter Age, a book-length translation of The Acerba by Cecco d’Ascoli, examining observations
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Dr. Kathleen Dunckel presented research findings focusing on the applications of forest geomatics, at the ForestSAT conference in Riva del Garda, Italy. Dr. Emma Perry received $1,000 as part of The Unity College Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. Perry, Dr. Ellen Batchelder and two student interns continued groundbreaking study of a new species of tardigrade which apparently exists only on Allen Island, Maine.
Dr. Matthew Chatfield co-authored three treatises appearing in Herpetological Review. Batchelder co-authored research in the New Journal of Physics. Dr. Carrie Diaz Eaton co-authored “Modeling Effectiveness of Tick Control by a Species that Exhibits Predator-prey Role Reversal” in the Final Proceedings of the Modeling, Simulation & Visualization 2014 Student Capstone Conference. “Supercluster Arion and Other Phenomena,” a show of photographs by Deanna Witman, was exhibited in The Leonard R. Craig Gallery.
based on 14th-century science once considered heretical. Dr. James T. Spartz co-authored two articles: investigating how narrative framing can affect perceptions of land-use change related to using croplands or woodlands for bioenergy, in Biomass & Bioenergy; and on the factors that attract tourists and motivate them to return, in The Journal of Extension. Dr. Sarah Cunningham appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and on KCED-FM radio in California to discuss shifts in public attitudes toward animals.
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Professor of Art Ben Potter is now represented by KPK Contemporary Art, a gallery based in London and Geneva, and recently installed a sculpture installation at Coleman Burke Gallery in Portland, Maine. Dr. Mary Saunders Bulan started a partnership with a Portland nonprofit to supply seedlings for a Community Supported Agriculture project to be planted on a farm in Lisbon, Maine.
tional Trails Symposium in Portland, Ore., in May.
Michele Leavitt gave readings of her creative work in Concord, N.H., Newburyport, Mass., and Portland, Maine, and at the West Chester Poetry Conference in Pennsylvania. Several of her poems have been accepted for publication in the summer 2015 issue of Mezzo Cammin.
Dr. Jennifer deHart was appointed Sustainability Director and veterinarian Dr. Fernando Nájera, a scholar with international research experience in animal care and conservation, as a Captive Wildlife Care and Education faculty member, in May.
Dr. Janis Balda was awarded a Unity Faculty Grant for Scholarship for a project titled Business Best Practices to examine and apply a model of sustainability and profitability in food service enterprises. A short-story collection by Zach Falcon will be published by the University of Alaska Press in October. “Cabin Clearing Forest” is set in coastal Alaska, where Falcon was born and raised. Tom Mullin presented workshops at the Maine Land Trust Conference, Maine Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism and Community Engagement, and the National Association for Interpretation’s Annual Conference in Denver, Colo. Mullin and Nicole Collins presented “Creating a Sustainable Internship Program” outreach programs for The Association of Partners for Public Lands Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in February, and for the Interna-
Dr. Jennifer A. Clarke, a scholar with international research experience in animal behavior and communication, was appointed Professor of Wildlife Biology in April.
Doug Fox presented “Measuring Agricultural Sustainability” at a National Association of Agriculture Educators conference in New Haven, Conn. Fox detailed “Garden in a Box: A Food Security Study,” a project developed by two seniors who won $1,000 from the Camden Conference.
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1970 Al Ghene is semi-retired and still working in food service. David and Peggy (Kelleher) Lary have fully retired from the farm and spend their winters in Missouri with their daughter’s family and in Georgia with their son’s family. They spend their summers in Maine. Joe Polizzi is recovering from a broken arm and three subsequent surgeries he had in December. He and fiancée Linda are going to marry in 2015. Ed Reville is a building scientist, a certified infrared themographer and home energy advisor for Next Step Living as a combustion safety advisor. He has an infrared imaging consultant business, and has presented his roof surveying courses nationally. Wendell Ware is supervisor at Farley & Son Landscaping in Rockport. He
has three grandsons. Jack Weinstein has been retired for 12 years. He spent a month in Florida this winter and had a mini-reunion with Joe Polizzi, Jerry Rascoll and Charlie Miranda; they also annually visit the Yankees spring training camp. His son is at Mason Gross (Rutgers) School of Music and his daughter is at West Virginia University.
1971 Doug Chadwick has retired from the insurance business and is planning on spending retirement traveling with Christine, his wife of 45 years. Renee (Chaney) Harrison is in engineering support at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Tom Maines is retired but still doing clinics for coaches and skill sessions for high school players. He founded and ran the Maine Association for Basket-
ball Coaches, the All-Star Games, and was selected to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. He has six children and six grandchildren.
1972 Bill Cherry is semi-retired, and is the forester/steward for the Machias River Easement for the state, works with Emera when needed, works for Downeast Coastal Conservancy as a forestry volunteer, and is president of the Ridge Riders ATV and Snowmobile Club. Jim Cirillo has moved to Sun City Center, Fla. Pat Feehan has retired from his snow management business but his wife is still working. Son Patrick, an RPI architecture graduate, is a project manager working on the Steinway Building, daughter Susanne has her master’s in mental health counseling and is getting married in October, and son Jack is a
senior in high school, plays soccer on the national level and has been nominated to the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Frank Millett is retired as a state social worker; he and Sandy spent their summers touring in their Miata MX5. Christopher Pisani has worked for a high-end custom woodworking company, Fit and Finish, in Naples, Fla. He has a son who was a University of Florida baseball player and is now a Navy SEAL. Tom Skolfield retired in 2009 after 43 years in the Maine State Park System, and now manages his own woodlot. He is a selectman in Weld, is on the board of directors for the Western Maine Transportation System, and is now running for State Legislature. He and Gordeen have four children and eight grandchildren. Ardina (Still) Boynton is a planning and research assistant for the Maine State Office of Substance Abuse. Duane works in the State
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1973 Tim Biggs has been maintenance man at Hidden Valley Camp in Montville for seven years and Pam (Gallik) (‘74) is a consultant in early childhood education. They have twin daughters who are living in Alaska and a son who is just moving back to Maine from New Zealand. David Denbow was ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church and he ministers to two parishes in 11 towns and over 4,000 square miles. He also ministers to shut-ins and nursing homes. He and his wife, Teresa, are both retired teachers and have two daughters and five grandchildren. Pam (Hume) Partridge retired in 2012 from teaching third and fourth grades. She has four grandchildren. Tim Mullins is WRC Manager for the City of Atlanta and is planning to retire soon. He is married with a daughter at the University of Georgia. Toni (Sampson) Johnson has retired from teaching after 36 years. She has a new grandson, Elijah Ross, her third. Robert Slack is semi-retired as a land surveyor. He spent five years in the Coast Guard and three years in the Merchant Marine.
1974 Hedy Blauvelt was married to Frank Piechowski on Jan. 17, 2015. She will keep her name and has her own massage therapy business. John Chapman is a millwright/machinist at Madison Paper and Linda (Clavette) has retired as postmaster in Athens. John is an expert on exotic reptiles. Wayne Lloyd is manager of Concordia Eco Resort in St. John, Virgin Islands.
1975 Bob Berongi is still working as regional sales manager for Lyndex Nikken; he and Linda are building a new mountain home in Lansing, N.C. James Hill is visitor information specialist for the U.S. Forest Service in the White Mountain National Forest, managing the Lincoln Woods Visitor Center on the Kancamangus Highway. He is married to Stephanie Taylor. Tom Shelley is now fully retired. He keeps in contact with Bob Berongi, Brad Stetson and Bob Slack (‘73).
1976 Russ Barber is heavily involved with Maine railroads and is president of the Maine Rail Group. He
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works for the Maine State Ferry. Paula Cates works at the Lake Region Animal Hospital in Windham. Donna (Gray) McGee is social services director for Narraguagus Bay Health Care Facility and husband Dale (‘72,’82) is a psychotherapist and clinical social worker at the Washington County Veterans Outreach Center. They have two grandchildren and a great grandchild. Mike Leighton is still Maine State Park regional manager for the Bureau of Parks and Lands. He has four children and two grandsons.
1977 George Ackerman is still teaching high school science, is department head, union president, summer camp volunteer as well as moderator at his church. He will be hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail this summer. Mike Burbank is in his 39th year with the U.S. Forest Service in Green Mountain, Vt. He is a wildlife and fish technician working as a habitat specialist and a threatened and endangered species specialist focusing on white nose bat syndrome. He and Diane, who is a forest ecologist, have a son, Willy, working in Georgia, and a daughter, Sarah, who is still in high school preparing to be an engineer. Bob Garabedian retired
after thirty years as a U.S. Fish & Wildlife special agent. His wife, Michelle, passed away in 2013. Their twin sons are engineering students at the University of Rhode Island. He visits with Joe Bellerose often in the summer. Paul Govoni is still vice president of sales and marketing at Hydro-Klean in Des Moines, Iowa. He and Sheila celebrated their 35th anniversary in September, and they have two children and two grandchildren. Their son is a freshwater ecologist in Iceland and their daughter is a wind energy project manager. David Hardman is a building contractor restoring old houses in Summerland Key, Fla. He is married and has a 7-year-old son. Michelle (Miller) Brueger is a certified dental assistant in Bennettsville, S.C. Teresa (Slaiby) Allen is a membership and marketing professional for Girl Scouts of Connecticut. She gets together every two years with Lucy Matteo, Jane (Abramski) Andersen and Fritzi (Johnson) Bolles (‘74). Jacquie (Voss) Stegmaier is a medical assistant specializing in internal medicine. She has been married for 35 years and has a son who is a sound designer for stage and films, and a daughter who is a dancer, singer and actress in New York. Allen Wolovick has been at ITW-INSTRON for 32 years and is now Focus
Factory manager in Norwood, Mass. He and wife Joyce just celebrated their 37th anniversary. Joyce owns the Blackthorne Publick House, and their son, Nigel, is a professional musician in San Francisco.
1978 Dan Bernkopf is vice president of food safety and quality applications at SafetyChain Software. He and Ruth are now empty nesters, after their youngest, Lisa, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis this year. Robert “Beau” Doherty is still president of Special Olympics Connecticut and received a leadership award at the Hunger, Relief and Development Event for Life Haven. He is going to be in the book “Fully Alive” by Tim Shriver about the Special Olympics. Tim Gay is still shop foreman at John G. Shelley Co. He and Vickie recently celebrated the marriage of their daughter, Leanne. Rich Nealley has started a new career with a wildlife photography business. He spent a week last spring in Florida with Holly Hensel (‘79) and also went on a four-day fishing camping trip with Gary Debes (‘77) and Peter Ragonese (‘79). Roger Schoen is a chef at the Hilton in Raleigh, N.C. He has three children and a grandson. Donald Young is a property manager/resident
services coordinator for Peabody Properties in Braintree, Mass.
1979 David Burke is director of quality at Consumers Energy in Michigan, a company just rated the most improved residential utility in the country. He was honored for his efforts at a dinner with the governor in Lansing. David Care has been a driver for FedEx for 30 years. He is widowed with two children and two grandchildren. Steve Desroches is still a printer in Barre and Ellen Cook-Kinsella is working in a grocery store. Ellen has a new grandson, and Steve’s oldest, Leah-Marie, is a music teacher. Joe works with the Manchester Monarchs and Gideon is a senior at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Peter Leishman was elected to his eighth term in the New Hampshire Legislature, and is still running the Milford-Bennington Railroad. Son Jordan is in school in Ohio and daughter Abby works in Boston.
doing woodturning, making bowls and platters and hollow forms on a wood lathe. His retirement plans include sea kayaking, photography, hiking and cross country skiing with Casey and his dog. Steve and Sandy Swartz are both retired and enjoying themselves by spending time with their six grandsons. They have spent the winter in Punta Gorda, Fla., for the last several years. Last summer they had a cookout with Charlie and Jane Rabini, Fred and Cricky Trasko and Jim and Joyce (Farrin) (‘81) Lucas.
1980 Brad Abbe has his own business called Power Sports Tech in Roberts, Mont. His son, Wyatt, graduated from college and is currently a machinist in Billings. He and Corina enjoyed a visit with Glen (‘82) and Toni (Rosperich) (‘82) Wall. Steve Butler is currently having some mobility issues, but enjoys his 20-year-old son.
Judy Lindsey is teaching English as a Foreign Language in a distance learning format. She spent last November in Senegal with her daughter, Adrienne, who is in the Peace Corps.
Ron Desrosiers is district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and also coordinator for Time & Tide Resource Conservation and Development. He has three grandchildren between the ages of 2 and 9.
David Somers has retired as an IT specialist for the National Park Service and is now spending his time
Diane (Emmons) Sugerman lives in Hawaii, where she and her husband are growing a variety of trop-
ical fruits on their farm using sustainable agricultural methods. They started a dried-fruit snack business, called Hawaiian Grown Flavors. Rick French wrote an alumni update from Mt. Everest on his way to Katmandu. He had been in the Himalayas for five weeks as well as Bhutan. He is thinking about semi-retirement from his company Pack, Paddle, Ski, but is planning a trip to Tanzania to build retirement homes for his guides and porters as well as a trip to Kilimanjaro. This last year he has been to Mt. Ararat, Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage, Belize, and next year plans to visit Patagonia, Ethiopia, Iceland and Antarctica. His son is a professional slackliner working the Go Pro games in Vail. Mark Hammond is in his ninth year as process engineer and planner at Murrietta Circuits. He has started a genetic genealogy group in Orange County. Kathy (Higgins) Doolan is in her 22nd year with State of New Hampshire Emergency Medical Services. She sees Craig and MJ Nelson quite often. She spends a lot of time enjoying her six grandchildren. Franz Holzmann is still working for the Military Sealift Command as a deck engineer. In December, he was on the USNS Amelia Earhart in Bahrain. He and his wife, Sally, live in New Braunfels, Texas, and plan to spend their retirement there as well.
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Stu Hoyt continues his work as a regional fuels specialist for the U.S. Forest Service Northern Rockies Region and also a ski instructor at Lost Trail Powder Mountain. Karen will graduate in July from a physical therapist assistant program. Son Kyle is a Forest Service smokejumper and son Forrest is off to Scotland in September to complete a master’s program in immunology. Pam Roberts is a front desk agent at Omni Mt. Washington Hotel and Resorts. She has a granddaughter, born in 2012. Michael Robinson is Postmaster at Port Richey, Fla. John Thorn is a senior quality engineer at Micro in Somerset, N.J. His youngest of four daughters is getting married this year.
1981 Sue Cote-DeMilia is an occupational therapist at Danbury Hospital. She and Carl have two children: Ben, in college; and Alexa in high school. Joe Curry is a business consultant for Jabil Circuit. He is married and has a son in college. Joyce (Farrin) Lucas is librarian at Winslow High School and was elected president of the Maine School Librarians. Jim (‘79) retired as a Maine regional fisheries biologist. Sandra Gould is a gift processor for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems 44
Foundation. Stephen Goulette is manager at Franklin County Cheese in Enosburg Falls, Vt., and wife Terry (Rustic) is cashier at the state liquor store. They have two children and two grandchildren. Douglas “Farmer” Hiserodt has retired as a corrections officer and now is a bird and decoy carver. He has two sons and five grandchildren. Valerie (Kimball) Henderson is production manager of the performing arts program at Belfast Area High School. Art Sevigny has retired from the Air Force but continues as the historian for the 20th Fighter Wing Association. He is planning on moving back to Oregon.
1982 Camille Boisvert has an art and jewelry studio and is very busy selling her paintings. She and Denise have been together for 30 years. Kim Larrabee is working in the Faculty Coordinator Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Program at the University of Connecticut and received special recognition for excellence in teaching and for being a model for her students. Bob Maietta (‘81) is an aquatic biologist for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
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Richard Littlefield is disabled. He has five grandchildren, two cows, five pigs, 40 chickens and an incubator full of eggs. Patrick McCabe is continuing to recover from injuries he sustained in an aircraft accident. He and Charlotte have been married 30 years and have two children: Caitlin is a chef and Daniel is a freshman at Miami University of Ohio. Beth (NeHalsingh) Freiberger continues her work as a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. Husband Dan is a law enforcement officer. Their son, Chris, will graduate next year in video design, daughter Matissa is in college, and Lee is in high school and wants to be a helicopter pilot. Linda Ouderkirk-Rempe volunteers at the Last Chance Animal Rescue and has started her own dog training business called East End Canine Coach. Harvey Schademan is rebuilding his Main Street Barbeque restaurant in Mt. Joy, Pa., after being the victim of arson. He also owns a catering company.
1983 Matt Bourgault has been a full-time campus evangelist since 1999. He and wife Sonya have been married 25 years and have eight children. Alan Desrosiers has retired as manager of a
company that recycled petroleum-impacted soil. He has been married 25 years, and he and his wife spend a lot of time on their 38-foot sailboat in Rhode Island. Dan Doyle is still working in carpentry and his wife, Carol, works at Fedco Seeds. They have two daughters, Jenny and Maya. Dan and Carol have a noncommercial lobster license and fish out of Belfast, Maine. Hollis Graham is now a counselor for children and adults with programs at two hospitals. He had worked for Outward Bound and in environmental engineering and remediation. His wife, Anne, is dean of students at Springfield College. They have two children: Emily, who is in a dual master’s program at Simmons College; and Lucas, a junior in high school who was accepted into the National Honors Band and performed at Carnegie Hall in February. Barbara (Hall) Krause continues in her photography work but has switched her focus to do more landscape and nature photography from her work at weddings. Marianne “Mame” (House) Winslow has a gardening business and does home care for the elderly. Gary and Nancy (Vosburgh) Zane’s son, Cody, a student in law school, ran the Boston Marathon to support the American Liver Foundation.
1984 Patti Holt-Bartlett and Greg have four daughters: Kiah 25, Gillian 24, Aidan 22, and Lauren 21. Jackie (Kennedy) Byrne is a program supervisor at a therapeutic group home for adolescent girls. She and her daughter, Sophia, a senior in high school, took a trip to London and Rome last summer. Ann (Lewis) Timmis is a medical coder at Northeast Health in Albany and Andy is vice president of business development at Jay Cashman. Steve Ouellette is a salesman of industrial power transmission equipment for Eastern Industrial Automation in Manchester, N.H. James Pendleton works as a customer service rep at Boston Financial Data Services, assisting people with mutual funds. He has a son, age 23; and a daughter, age 16. Thomas St. Germain owns and successfully runs his Chore Store in Waterville, Maine. He and his wife, Beverly, spent most of February in St. Lucia. Two of their four daughters are married.
1985 Mark Amato works as a law enforcement professional for a military contractor in an advising role for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. This is his second tour
advising Afghan police forces. He and Rachael have five children: four in college and the oldest working. Catherine (Dockter) Wolfe is an oncology nurse at Danbury Hospital. Daughter Clara is a freshman at the University of Rochester and son Ed is a junior in high school. Jessica (Johnson) Whitney has received a certificate in plastics technology and is a financial project controls manager at NyproMold. Her son works for the Austin Aztec soccer team and her daughter just moved back to Massachusetts from Arizona and is working for an auto dealer. John Jurczynski continues to manage Rockywold-Deephaven Camps in Squam Lake, N.J., and his daughter, Jennifer, is in digital marketing and living in Florida. Wayne Stempler is senior keeper at the Aquarium for Wildlife Conservation in Brooklyn. He has a son, Sam, who is 17.
1986 Cathie Buscaglia is director of children and family services at Howard Community Services. Her son, Jackson, is 17 and daughter Emma is 14. Cathie climbed Grand Teton last summer with Emma. Tracey (Coffin) Mattson is director of the Learning Resource Center and coordinator of the Military Resource Center at Radford
University. She and Randy own and run Willow Creek Cottages and rental properties in Willis, Va., and have four children: Leanna 20, Monika, 18, Christopher, 15, and Resa, 12.
also works for Three Rivers Ambulance in Milo, Maine.
Pat Emig is still contract liaison at K&H Custom Windows and also cooks part time at a golf course from April to October.
Greg Burr continues to work at regional fisheries biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, where he is responsible for managing the Grand Lakes Region. He and Sue have three children, Ashley, Taylor, and Sutton, who are all in college.
Jim Ewing is recovering from a horrible climbing accident in the Caymans. Karen Heath has retired as speech therapist at Farmington Schools. Daughter Sarah is living and working in Boston along with her 16-year-old son, Nathan. Tim Shaak is general manager of Tom Hassel Transport, a company that transports oil and chemicals throughout the eastern two-thirds of the United States. He is beginning his fifth year as captain of Brielle EMS and is in his fifth term on the Borough Council. Daughter Alexis graduated from Marymount University in graphic arts and is working for Society Magazine. Susan (Quarterman) Van Asselt works as a mental health clinician with her own counseling, meditation and Dharma course instruction. She specializes in all mental health issues, anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar and substance abuse. Peter Wallace is a fulltime paramedic with the Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, and continues to work part time at Northwood Canoe. He
Kathy Dixon-Wallace teaches middle school science and math in Milo, Maine. She did a nine-day backpack on the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier last August and while in Seattle she visited Bonnie Derlien (‘88). Son Kineo is a sophomore at Florida Institute of Technology, studying aerospace engineering and Telos is a junior in high school. Stephen Forbes works in a group home for the State of Rhode Island. Geri McCarthy is still doing contract work but is now working for a new company. David Richardson is a terrestrial ecologist in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Inventory and Monitoring Branch. He works mostly with the acoustical detection and monitoring of bats. He has three grandchildren. He has enjoyed watching “North Woods Law,” especially seeing Kevin Adam (‘88).
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1988 Jim “J.D.” Beauregard has his own carpentry/ landscaping business and has joined a local company building environmentally friendly high-end custom homes. He spends his spare time with wife Paula and 9-year-old Jade. He had a visit from Ralph Preston (‘91), Ginger and their children this summer. He, Paula and Jade also visited Dot Quimby last fall. Dave Buchholz is director of the Lobo Volleyball League, where 180 teams play each weekend. His wife, Anita, is an English professor of medieval literature, and they visit her native Germany each summer. They have two daughters: Isabella, a sophomore in high school and Sophia, a fourth grader. Jeff Caswell is plant manager at Robbins Lumber in Searsmont, Maine. He spends weekends on his sailboat, Neptune. Son Jamie is 26, living in California. Kerrin Dame is a physical scientist at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., working on projects for the Department of Homeland Security. Her daughter, Erin, is 13. Kevin DesRoberts is still deputy manager of the Desert National Wildlife Complex, which includes Ash Meadows, Desert, Moapa Valley and Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuges and the Fish Conservation Facility. Janine is 46
a management assistant for the Bureau of Land Management at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. John Letendre is an appraiser of automotive damage at BMW of Sudbury. His wife, Heather, owns and runs a day care center. Marie (Morenc) Barker is a correctional systems officer for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, and is planning on retiring in seven years. Cheryl (Phillips) Domina is executive director of the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, and Chris (‘89) is still hatchery manager at Green Lake National Fish Hatchery.
1989 Brian Adams is in his ninth year as a health care representative for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. His two sons attend John Bapst High School, where Keith is a sophomore varsity cross country runner and IT team member and Sean is a freshman on the JV soccer team. Brian is on an indoor soccer team and also ran his first marathon in Florida in 2012. Marian (Alberici) Miller is a PT teacher at the Haverford Area Y and David is an arborist for William Johnston & Co. Their daughter, Jessica, is 12 and keeps them very busy with travel soccer and camping. Brian Beneski manages the Uncontrolled Sites Program and Landfill Closure and Remediation
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Program for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Becky (Maddox) Blais (‘02) and Chris Fournier (‘95) are both project managers in his group. Mike Bryan works with adults with traumatic brain injuries for North Country Independent Living in North Conway. Pat Foley is a truck driver for Hood Milk. Pat McCarthy is database administrator for Eaton Vance in Boston. He and Karen have two children: Kristen will start St. Michael’s College in the fall; Shawn is in high school. Penni (Pushor) Porter teaches preschool for Kennebec Valley Community Action Program at Fairfield Primary School in Maine. She and Jim have two daughters: Kaytlyn, a sophomore English major at University of Maine at Machias; and Krysta, a junior in high school. Daniel Worcester sells, services and maintains biomass boilers for Heatek Energy and runs Worcester Bullet Company in Phillips.
health division of Eli Lily. Chris and Heather (Lindquist) Gerquest have moved to Camden, Maine. Chris is working at the Market Basket in Rockport and Heather makes gnome houses and wreaths. Kenichi Kashima is in his 15th year as an environmental engineer for the U.S. Navy in Yokosuka, Japan. He works on methods for handling industrial waste properly and conserving resources to improve the sustainability of the ship repair facility. Edna (McCarty) Pierce works for the Oregon Department of Human Services as a social service specialist working with children in foster care. Her two children are Anna, 10, and Caleb, 7. Mike McNeese is lead bus driver for Virginia Institute of Autism. He and his girlfriend, Beverly, have bought a place in the country with fruit trees and plan to make wine. Phil (Kim) Perhamus is still senior biologist at AMEC Foster Wheeler. Daughter Gretchen is studying in France for her third semester in college, son Brian is a sophomore in high school, and son Andrew is 10.
Chris Foster is a brewer for Tuckerman Brewing in Conway, N.H.
Rob Porter works for a delivery company in State College, Pa. He and Barb are getting married in August 2015. He has two children: John, 20, and Alexa, 17.
Mark Genaris was promoted to validation engineer for Elanco, the animal
Lenore Reitze teaches fourth grade in Winslow, Maine. Her twin daughters
Peggy Ainslie is a fire management officer for the National Park Service.
are juniors in high school and her son is 20. Stephen Ricker is director of conservation and wildlife management at the Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Jean Santarsiero is at Keystone College studying human resources and working as an operations safety specialist for Road Scholar Transport. Daughter Paige is working on her master’s in intelligence and national security studies at the University of El Paso and has already been accepted into the FBI. Son Tyler is a cook at a country club. Jean gets together with Pat Foley (‘89) once a year and go on vacation. Toni Sapio is an environmental scientist for T&M Associates, preparing environmental reports for permit compliance and project development. She is married to Nate Whitney. Son Charlie is in the Army and married, daughter Cassie attends Rowan University, and Eve and Max are in elementary school. Toni has two granddaughters. Chris Simmons received the Operation Game Thief Guardian Award at the Maine Warden Service award ceremony in March.
1991 Chris Borg is back in school at New Hampshire Tech to get a teaching certificate. He is also stewardship coordinator for the Piscataquog Land Conservancy, a regional land trust.
He is working on his “4,000 Footer” list to climb all 4,000-foot White Mountains peaks in one calendar year.
Matt Burlew has been a caseworker for his local correctional facility for the last 21 years. He has a 4-year-old son.
Mike Boyer received an Exemplary Service Award at the annual Maine Game Warden Service ceremony in March.
Todd Clement is in his 23rd year at Foxwoods as project manager.
Jerry Brothers is a retired Connecticut corrections officer. He and his wife, Lee Ann, have three children: Marita, 19, Patrick, 14, and Ellie 9. Rich Emery has retired after 24 years in the Army Reserve and Virginia National Guard and is now a peer counselor for Hope for Heroes, a Facebook page project that helps veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has a daughter, Tiara, 24, and a 2-year-old granddaughter. Mark Martin is manager of Bed, Bath and Beyond in Dorchester, Mass, and also fitness coach for the New England Fitness League. Todd Papianou is in his 14th year teaching physical education and coaching soccer and tennis at Mountain Valley High School.
1992 Glenn Annis received an award for Exemplary Service at the annual Maine Game Warden Ceremony in March. Ken Broskoskie has been promoted as system engineer at Enterprise Integration in Jacksonville, Fla.
Michael Joy received an Exemplary Service Award at the annual Maine Warden Service award ceremony in March. Joseph Marchiano is a truck driver for A. Duie Pyle. Stephen Pate is still a financial adviser at Edward James and his daughter is in college at Arizona State University. Now that and he and Gina are “empty nesters,” they are planning to travel to the Virgin Islands, and to Bali.
1993 Russell Adams is a police officer in Jay and was recently promoted to sergeant. He and his wife, Kelly, and their three children just moved into a farmhouse which had been in the family for more than 100 years. They hope to start a small farm. Jon Bayer has a new motorcycle -- a BMW R850R he plans to ride while he visit friends in Maine. Michelle (Belanger) Merrifield received the William R. Roseberry Spirit of America Award and an Exemplary Service Award at the annual Maine Warden Service award ceremony in March.
Mary Blake has a new job as plant protection technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Asian longhorned beetle eradication program. This is the same program she has worked on for four years at Davey Tree Experts. Dana Boynton is a child protective service specialist in Seward, Alaska. His son is also in Alaska and his daughter and grandchildren are living in his home in Troy. Dan Brunton is a government contractor for CACI International. He and Mary Ann have two children: Tucker, 11, and Moly, 9. Jenny Faison makes homemade soap and tie dyes and is Healing Music DJ on radio in Roxbury. She has a daughter, Elaine, who is in college. Kirk Favreau works on the grounds crew at Bowdoin College and was married in July 2014. Craig Frickman is a recreational therapist for the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs in Rocky Hill, Conn. He and Nancy have two sons: Grant, 11, and Avery, 8. Craig enjoys goose and duck hunting and last year got his first deer. Marc Goldberg is a certified arborist for Green Horizons Landscape and Maintenance in Escondido, Calif. He and Farrah have three children: Indika, 9, Brodie, 6, and Ellery, 5. Rob Grahn is in his 22nd year with the Massachusetts Department of Con-
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servation and Recreation; he is now field team leader of the Quinsigamond complex which oversees 46 properties and 7,400 acres in central Mass. These properties include parks, forest management lands, bike trails, flood control areas and historic sites. Michelle (Snyder) is doing medical billing. JoAnna Greenwood is an administrative assistant for the Belfast Creative Coalition and John Luft is branch manager at ReVision Energy in Liberty. They have two sons: Sam, 13, and Avery, 9. John plays music with Eric Kormann, Mike Chasse (‘94) and Mike Martin (‘96). Melissa McCalla Manassee and family are back in Denver after two years in Paris. Her husband, Mark, is president of MarketMetrics, and Marie is in seventh grade, Annie Mei in sixth grade and Jimmy is in fourth grade. Jim McKnight has retired after 23 years as a game warden, but is still a police officer in Shelburne, Vt. He and Mackenzie have a son, Greyson James, born July 24, 2014. Jennifer (Pearson) Stowe has been promoted to chief park ranger for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and oversees all aspects of park ranger operations. She has a new K-9, Echo, who is eight months old. Jason (‘92) works for Massachusetts and Rhode Island Nature Conservancy with their computer system. 48
Susan (Pendleton) Boynton is a substitute teacher in the Belfast district. Gina Sawyer is back in Maine taking care of her mother. Alicia (Phillippe) Simino is in her fifth year of teaching, in the fourth grade this year. Troy (‘94) runs his own foestry company. Greg Pond is still an aquatic biologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3, and Sherri (Ells) is working at the Nature Center in Wheeling, W. Va. Their son, Woody, is a sophomore at West Virginia University and daughter Julianna is a sophomore in high school. Paul Racine is an armed guard an will be attending the police academy in Sitka, Alaska, after which he will be working for the Sitka Police Department full time. He and Samantha have three children and a foster baby. Craig Rennie is in his 15th year as a land resource specialist/certified wetland scientist for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. He was honored to be selected to the Aquatic Resource Mitigation Site Selection Committee, which selects sites for mitigation funds, to do habitat preservation or wetland restoration. John Thompson is marketing manager and assistant director of the office of university communications at Western Washington University, working on a pilot project that will reach out to Spanish-speaking
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high school students. He just finished coaching his daughter’s middle school basketball team for the fourth and last time. Heather (Trillium, Carl) Toulmin is a mental health counselor at Seasons Promise, and training for the Trauma Institute in Northampton, Mass. She and Steve have two sons: Jake, 9, and, Seth 5. Heather directs the school cross country ski program. Christa Wood is the naturalist/educator for the Somerset County Park Commission in New Jersey.
1994 Dan Albert has a lawn care and snowplowing business in Farmingdale, Maine. He gave up his kayak and canoe renting business, but continues as a Maine Guide. Brian Carolan is an arborist for Bartlett Tree Experts. He and his wife, Sue, have two children: Tyler, 8, and Olivia 6, and recently moved into a new home. Rick LaFlamme is a landowner relations specialist for the Maine Warden Service. He was on TV often during the bear debate. He and Tammy have a son, Maverick, born Nov. 12, 2013. Joyce-Eva (Rutledge) Smith is back in Maine teaching at East Millinocket (Schenck) High School.
1995 Liz Berney is the head of access services at Duke University Medical Center Library. Amy (Blease) Chandler is very busy with Austin and Kate, in second and fourth grades. Kelly Canney is a massage therapist in Henderson, Nev. Her daughter, Megan, is 19. Karl Eschholz was married to Elizabeth on July 26, 2014, at Marshall Point Light. Jeff Chase (‘94) was Best Man. Karl is hatchery manager at Muscongus Bay Aquaculture in Bremen, Maine. Jennifer Garvey works at the Barre (Mass.) Library and Chris Buelow is a restoration ecologist for the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. Their daughter, Vladia, is 5 and loving kindergarten. Dan Hayward and his wife Melissa started TERNS in 2010 to manage the Tern Restoration Project at the Isles of Shoals contracted by New Hampshire Fish and Game. Dan works year-round at Mount Sunapee Resort: in winter as guest services manager and in summer as reservation department manager for their adventure park. They have two children: Emily in first grade and Michael just about to start school. Ruth (Hefty) Thornton is a land protection specialist
for Nature Conservancy, working to protect prairie in northwestern Minnesota. Rachel Matthews is an environmental quality analyst for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Her daughter, Mikayla, is a freshman in college. Chris Pancila is a federal wildlife officer for US Fish & Wildlife at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. Bill Robinson is owner of Denny’s River Guide Service and Robinson’s Cottages. He made the Dec/Jan issue of Field and Stream about a coyote attack while he was turkey hunting. He and Teresa, who is a U.S. Department of Agriculture biologist have two boys: Dylan, 4, and Logan, 8. Bill volunteers a Boy Scout Den Leader. Rob St. Germain and Pamela have a second son, Timothy, born July 14, 2014; Matthew is 2. They are living in Costa Rica with Pamela’s family.
1996 Joy Braunstein has a new job as executive director of the Western PA Humane Society in Pittsburgh. She and Mark have two children: Jordan, 5, and Nomi, 2. Lori Chapdelaine works for HIS Cleaning and Home Services and is still an avid fisherman. Her real passion is for collecting minerals in New England
and New York. Mike Chavez is a state police detective with the Major Crimes Unit and commander of the State Police Underwater Recovery Team. Paul Cinquegrano is an environmental analyst in the environmental compliance section for construction in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. He does permitting with the EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Massachusetts DEP and local conservation commissions. Damon Johnston is the industrial rope access coordinator for Ropeworks-Mistras Group. He oversees the access operations on Alaska’s North Slope supporting the NDT inspection and facility maintenance programs for EPA compliance. Scott Kemp is a wildlife technician for the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Brian Lippy is live web cast producer and owner of Highwire Digital. His wife, Sarah, is a Chinese medicine practitioner; they have a daughter, Fiona, who is 2. Aaron Marden is lieutenant in the Strong Fire Department in Maine and also works for the town’s highway department. Kaoru Kay Miyashita is a restaurant cook, is married and has a son, 8. Jonathan Ploski is a professional guide and one of three owners of Wilderness Trails and the Vermont
Fly-fishing School. He guides fly-fishing, kayaking, canoeing, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Dylan Renfrew-Webber is site foreman for Symonds Builders. Last August, he and Robin, Dale and Jen Black, Todd and Dawn Bowen and Art and Louella Grindle went camping together. Jody Simoes received his PhD from Michigan State University in August. His program focused on the behaviors, preferences and classification of Michigan’s anglers. He has been working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources doing marketing and outreach. He and his wife, Katie, who works for Michigan Nature Conservancy, have two sons: Sam, 5, and Fritz, 9 months old.
1997 Hilari (Benson) Varnadore is executive director of STAR Communities, working with about 100 U.S. cities. She and husband Jason, along with their children, Bree, 8, and Kit, 5, recently moved into a log home. Richard “RJ” Clayton is a welder of Blackhawk Helicopters at General Electric Aviation. He and Kelly have three children: Liam, 9, Grace, 7, and Declan, 2. Brock Clukey is in his 18th year as a game warden and is looking forward to taking his 9-year-old daughter, Emma, on her first hunt. He and Jane also have Paisley,
age 7. Stephanie (Jannenga) LaCroix is planning to start a bakery in Waterville. She also substitute teaches at MeANS school. Her daughter, Sam, is getting married this fall. Andy LeBlanc continues as a sound engineer for Down Home Music. He and Amy are celebrating their 17th anniversary, and their son, Aaron, is in high school. Donald Levesque is the district supervisor for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. His son, Jacob, just completed fifth grade. Howie Powell has been promoted to assistant superintendent at Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. He and Joelle have two daughters: Lily, 12, and Lisha, 9. Amy (Rancourt) St.Pierre has a new position at Eastern Maine Medical Center in case management. Dan and Andrea (Iverson) Reny own and run Muscongus Bay Lobster Restaurant and have expanded so they will be running two places this summer. Christopher “C.J.” Walke is farm manager for the College of the Atlantic’s Peggy Rockefeller Farms. He still works part-time for MOFGA as organic orchardist and librarian. His wife, Kora Soll (‘99) is finishing her master’s in education leadership at the University of Southern Maine and is director of alternative education in the
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Zenith Program at Camden High School. Their two daughters are Annabelle, 11, and Stella, 10. Vicki (Brock) Wilcox is a middle school life science teacher, and she and her husband, Sam, have three sons: Brock, 6, and twins Wade and Whelen, 2. They spend time with friends with John (‘99) and Nicole (Shell) Pecori (‘00). Chris Witkus is assistant superintendent with the U.S. Forest Service on the Asheville, N.,C. Hotshot crew. He and his wife, Meagan, have a daughter named Rylie. Joe Zipparo has moved home to Connecticut to provide care for his nieces.
1998 Sonia Antunes is an administrative specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Waldo County. She and her husband, Bill Bailey, have a 12-acre farm in Unity which is the only Fainting goat farm in the state registered with the Myotonic Goat Registry. They added different bloodlines and are awaiting a new bloodline of baby goats this spring. Sonia also writes Unity news for Village Soup and the Republican Journal. She is a member of the town’s comprehensive planning committee. Nathan Edmonds is director of applications development for JP Morgan Chase. He and Natalie have two sons: Soren, 7, and Ryer, 5. 50
Michael Emerson is owner and operator of May Farm Pets. He has started doing furniture restoration and is refinishing mostly antiques. Peter Farrington is a chef for a private family after working for the Kennedys for the past three years. Jason Fish and Mandee have a second son, Oliver, born Nov., 22, 2014. His brother, Mason, is 3. Jason works for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as an oil and hazardous materials responder.
birth 18 months ago. Paula (McKinney) Letiecq received an M. Ed. degree from the University of Maine, and is a K-12 outdoor classroom teacher. Brian (‘00) is an environmental technician at Sevee and Maher Engineering in Cumberland, Maine. Cindy (Liszka) Dionne and Joe (‘99) have a son, Nathan Henry, born Oct. 5, 2014. Cindy is manager at Acadia Veterinary Hospital and Joe is manager at A.C. Parsons Landscaping and Gardening Center.
Jamie Woods works at Specialty Minerals but plans to grow a business that produces certified organic maple syrup. Melissa Zanvettor has her master’s in nursing and manages several Veterans Administration outpatient clinics. Her daughters are 10 and 9. Melissa visits Shannon Brown (‘00) in Maine often.
1999 Brian Chamberlin was promoted to lieutenant firefighter/paramedic in the Augusta Fire Department, and he received the Maine EMS 2014 Excellence in EMS for his work on the state and local level. He also is clinical coordinator for Atlantic Partners EMS.
Pete Gregoire has his own bow fishing charter boat business, Obscure Adventure Guide Service, and plans to start a magazine on the same topic. He also works for Time Warner Cable as director of IT program management. He and Jody have two children: Logan, 9, and Allyson, 6.
Chris (McDonald) Okleshen and Travis have a son, Killian, born June 6, 2013, joining Brandon, 11, and Tatum, 5.
John Guarnieri is a police officer in Bristol, N.H. He and Angie have a daughter, Lillian, 7.
Jim Newton is an account manager at Mindshift in Waltham, Mass.
Steven Doyle is an OP staff nurse at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Sarah (Norway) LeBlanc works at a high school and Mike (‘01) is quality control officer at the Regional Water Authority.
Pacifico “Tom” Flores is a police patrol officer in Farmington, Conn., and on the regional SWAT team. He and Mary have been married 17 years.
Chris Hayes is global security director for Zipcar in the Boston area. His son is 2. David Hunter has started a nonprofit called Quahog Bay Conservation. He also manages an estate and is a lieutenant in the Brunswick Fire Department in Maine. He and Kristi have two daughters: Breanne, 9, and Allie Jo, 6. Mike Larrivee is supervisor at Waldo County 911. He and Ilse adopted their daughter, Olivia Faith, from
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Matt Mooney and Amanda have a daughter, Lila Jane, born Sept. 4, 2013. Matt is still in Australia working as a client services manager.
Kevin Oldenburg was married in June 2014 to Jill, and Clint Thompson was Best Man. Other guests included Jen (Fowler) Thompson (‘97), Jeff Cerrone, Josh Sargeant (99), Barry Meserve and Andy LaBonte. Kevin is a park ranger/wildland firefighter at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, N.Y.
Tony DaSilva has started a masonry heater business in Harpswell, Maine.
Sarah (Fowler) Rowe is the practice manager at the Bath Animal Hospital in Maine. She and Lonny have three sons: Wyatt, 8, Cash, 5, and Boyd, 3. Chrissy (Hayward) Bouschor is now living in Washington state, where Jeff is in the U.S. Forest Service in the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest. They live
in the Northern Cascades on the Entiat River and have four children: Jeffrey, Morgan, Elias, and Zachary. Amy Hudnor is the solar PV program manager at Kennebec Valley Community College. She is married to Jasen Fitzgerald and they have a son, Oliver Hudnor Fitzgerald, 4. Jeremy Kemp received an Exemplary Service Award at the annual Maine Warden Service award ceremony held in March. Tom Laskowski is a firearms instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia. Melissa May works at Fedco Seeds doing catalog layout and builds cedar outdoor furniture for Grapevine Hill Woodworking. She has two children, 13 and 10. Brian McClelen works in management at Lowe’s Home Improvement and enjoys spending time with Kendra and their baby, born Jan. 19, 2013. Lindsay (Peterson) Lannan and Tom have a son, Garrett, born in August 2014, and their son Henry is 2. James Piccuito is an environmental engineer/ GIS analyst for Jacobs Co working on the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site. He has spent the last few years field drilling, coring and sampling sediment, creating GIS maps and data, and working in the lab in Alaska, Japan, and Korea.
Marc Pickering is District 2 Project Manager for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. He has two sons: Fox, 13, and Adler, 9. Brandt Ryder is a federal research scientist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C. Marjorie Santiago is a lab technician for Coca Cola Simply products in Lakeland, Fla. Andrew Weiner is financial adviser at Morgan Stanley in Toledo, Ohio. He has three children: Lila, 8, Penelope, 6, and Ozzy, 4.
2000 Christy Aucoin works on two organic vegetable farms, one of which specializes in the production of sauerkraut. She and Shane Smith are still working on building their house out of all recycled materials. Christy home-schools their children: Mekiah, 11, and Harper, 7. Joe Bonan works for Genesis Behavioral Health as part of an Assertive Community Team working with psychotic clients. His hobby is photography and loves to take pictures while hiking and camping. Bob Giolito was promoted to the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Commercial Law Enforcement Unit with K-9 Mitch. He had been with the state police for 10 years. He is also deputy chief of Killington Search and Rescue. Bob guides rock and ice
climbing for his Killington Guides. Michael Klubek is a National Park Service law enforcement ranger at Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area. He supervises field training and evaluation. He is a very proud dad of Jenna, 18 months. Andrew LeFrancois and Jillian have a son, Porter Avery, born Dec. 12, 2014. He teaches Middle School Biology in Milford, N.H., and works as a brewery rep for 603 Brewery in Londonderry, N.H. Elisha (Lindquist) Boatman is a registered nurse at Maine Medical Center and a clinical instructor at the University of Southern Maine. Tom (‘98) is a UPS driver. Their daughters, Najala and Violet, are in second grade and kindergarten. Katie Merrill is science curriculum coordinator at Springfield (Mass.) museums. She also is a volunteer at the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation in Bloomfield, Conn. David Miller is a carpenter and energy auditor. He and Kachina have two children: Aspen, 4, and Clay, 16 months. Shaun Oshman is founder and CEO of ISupportU, an IT support company to service local businesses in Colorado’s Front Range, and he is buying an office building to move into. Lori Stein (‘02) is head of operations at ISupportU.
Marcie (Pierce) Wistar teaches science and is the Kildonan School’s logistics coordinator. She and Roger have two sons: Ben, 6, and Andrew, 3. Michael Pratt is a sergeant first class in the Army and is now stationed in Texas. He has been in Germany and has traveled all over Europe and some of Africa for work and sightseeing. Justin Preisendorfer received the U.S. Forest Service National Award for Wilderness Stewardship. He is assistant district ranger working out of Gorham, N.H. Abby Robinson has worked for the YWCA residence for women on Mount Desert Island, Maine, for 12 years. She recently bought a house in Franklin. Matt Shejen and Kristen have a son, Tristan, born in January 2015; daughter Camden is 5, and son Logan is 2. Matt is assistant vice president at MetLife. Kimberly (Ross) LaMarre is starting a new career as a farmer. She works at two farms in Connecticut raising organic vegetables and Angus beef. Nicole (Shell) Pecori is operations manager at CHA Consulting and John (‘99) is senior sales consultant at Otis Elevator. Their twins, Allesandra and Giada, are 4. Andy Willey and Amy have a daughter, Ashley, born Oct. 29, 2014; Alex is 3. Andy is a forester for the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
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2001 Brian Allaire has been a police officer in New Hampshire since graduation. He is married and has three children. Eric Anderson is a training specialist assigned to the fire chief’s office for the National Park Service. His two daughters are ages 6 and 4. Alissa (Crowley) Sainsbury and Brock Sainsbury (‘02) were married Nov. 10, 2014. Brock is a restaurant manager in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Lisa Ferrisi-Guttman is an environmental scientist for Normandeau Associates. She and Dan are hosting a student from Germany for the school year. Tim George is trails foreman for the U.S. Forest Service at the Chugach National Forest in Moose Pass, Alaska. He also does private trail contracting. Ryan Hodgman is Southern Region construction manager for the Maine Department of Transportation. He and Emily have a daughter, Brynna, 3. Sharon Hupe has a second daughter, Storm Harvest, born Oct. 14, 2014. Big sister Winter Grace is 8. Heather (Hurford) Hills and Michael Hills (‘02) have two children: Hannah, 7, and Byran, 3. Heather captains Balmy Day Cruises out of Boothbay Harbor, 52
and Mike works for the Boothbay Region Water Department. Jennifer (Madigan) Reifler is a tour bus driver guide at Denali National Park in Alaska. She and Michael have two children, Selena and Westin. Christopher Maurice is a salesperson for ERA, is married with two sons. Clayton Pope and Lauren Bello were married Sept. 13, 2014, and honeymooned in St. John, Virgin Islands. He is in law enforcement for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Daniel Rock teaches high school biology and environmental science in Santa Fe, N.M. He and Gaby did the north half of the Appalachian Trail. Matt Shove has his own business, Ragged Mountain Guides, and this year he spent time in the North Cascades and the Tetons, and will teach a course with the Peak Rescue Institute at Joshua Tree National Park. He and Stacy have two children: Riley, 5, and Ryan, 3. Rachael Strattard has opened her own bakery in Ossipee, N.H. Nate Swisher is a park ranger for the town of Danvers, and was promoted to ranger foreman. He is responsible for organizing the labor force and maintaining 165 acres of Endicott Park. His daughters, Katherine and Emmaline, are 4.
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Asa Wagner is a builder/ general contractor at Wagner Home Renovation. He and Erin have four children, Silas, Solomon, Abby, and Wesley. Asa has seen Jeremy Cass (‘03) and Natalie (Ward) Gould since moving to South Berwick.
2002 Mandy Baker is a biology instructor at Unity. She recently completed her 200hour yoga teacher training certification. Becky (Maddox) Blais is an environmental specialist for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in the Uncontrolled Sites program for Brian Beneski ‘89. She received a Public Service Award for her work on some high profile projects. Phil (‘03) works for Meadow Park Development in Augusta, Maine. Keith Brennan is a fireman for the Salem Fire Department and also drives a CDL truck delivering diesel and heating fuel. He and Lindsay have two daughters, ages 3 and 2. Craig Cavanna is a refuge officer working with manatees at the Chassahowitzka Refuge Complex. Kate Coleman-Meyer and Chris have a daughter, Grace, born June 3, 2014. Kate teaches life science and earth science at Indian Creek School. Laura Cusick and Martin Mulder have been traveling to work on farms and visit winemakers. They have
been to New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, and Europe. They are planning to get to the United States in 2015. Laura earned a graduate diploma in viticulture from Lincoln University in 2013. Sean Daly is a U.S. Border Patrol Agent for Homeland Security in Nogales, Ariz. Nate Davis has his own computer company, PC Wizardry Computer Solutions, and also works for Carbonite in technical service. He was married to Meghan in October. Glenn Durham is manager of Sears Auto in Springfield, Mass., and Katie is in graduate school for a master’s in occupational therapy. They have two daughters: Emily, 4, and Grace, born in May 2014. Jeremy Floyd and Melissa Zelaya were married July 19, 2014. He is finishing up his master’s in Secondary School Counseling, and she is finishing her doctorate in industrial engineering. Ted Frazer is US Forest Service Fuels Crew Leader and Jennifer Nagy Frazer is a Bureau Land Management GIS Specialist in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Daughter Eleanor is 2. Zachery Koziol is a park ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers at the Birch Hill Flood Control Facility. His wife, Emily, is an Air Force Reserve major and they have toddler Deacon, born February 19, 2014; daughter Caroline is 3. Jan Lovy is research scien-
tist/fish pathologist in the Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics for New Jersey Fish and Wildlife. Jonica (Martin) Rollins is in her 11th year working at New England Genetics as an embryologist. Maura Olivos was honored by Ski magazine and the National Ski Area Association with the first ever “Hero of Sustainability” award and also received a Sustainable Business Award from Utah Business Magazine. She is sustainability coordinator at the Alta Environmental Center. Her husband, Gregory Wilson (‘01) is the lift mechanic/foreman. They are planning a trip to Spain this summer. Carrie (Poston) Deitz is busy with Marion, 5, and 3-year-old twins Eric and Liza. Her husband, Joseph, is a psychiatrist. Adrianna Siniawski finished a taxation law degree at the University of Florida in August. Lori (Stein) Scory is director of Web services at IsupportU, owned by Shaun Oshman (‘00). Justin works for Cotton Wood Custom Builders in Boulder, Colo. Matt Wagner and Cait have a second son, Ansel, born July 2, 2014. Matt has a new job as project manager and operations assistant at Insource Renewables in Pittsfield, Maine. Colleen (Waldron) Pelczar is very busy with Andrew,
3, and 10-month-old twins Ryan and Tyler. Devon Witherell is a GIS Coordinator for the Maine Department of Transportation. She had been an Army sergeant in Iraq.
2003 Erin Amadon is a trail construction specialist with Peter S. Jensen. She also is a work skills instructor for the Student Conservation Association and was the field team training coordinator for the Maine Conservation Corps and training academy. Darcey Barnard has worked in a veterinary hospital in mid-coast Maine for the last six years. She enjoys gardening, travel and riding her motorcycle. Jedediah Blum-Evitts is a librarian in Haines, Alaska, and is planning on opening a blacksmith shop. Jeremy Cass is a clinical counselor for the York School system through Sweetser, and is a professional whitewater kayaker at Send It Whitewater. His wife, Danielle, is an environmental soil and water scientist for Ransom Consulting. Shawn Devlin is a postdoctoral scientist at the Flathead Lake Biological Station at the University of Montana. He and Hilary have three sons: Cy, 5, Kurt, 2, and Gregory born in July 2014, and they live about 35 minutes away from Glacier National Park.
Mike Dumont is peptide purification chemistry team leader at New England Peptide, and Missy (Butrie ‘06) Dumont is a technician at Merck. Danielle (Dyer) Tetreau is botanist/project scientist at Stantec Consulting in Topsham. She and husband Thomas have a son, Thomas VI, who is 2. Michele (Fafara) Brison is a licensed wildlife control officer with her own business, Wisdom Wildlife Services. She deals with nuisance wildlife residentially and commercially. Chris (‘04) is a New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officer and was recently featured for rescuing an eagle and getting it to rehab. Colleen (Gauthier) Ramsdell and Jared have a daughter, Matilda Marie, born Feb. 18, 2015. Stephanie (Hanwell) Theobald and Nathan have a son, Oliver, born July 22, 2013. She is working toward a federal permit to care for birds. Kristen Hewitt has a daughter, Harper Ruth, born Jan. 31, 2015. She is an instructor in exercise science at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Shawn Jeanson and Nicole have a son, Aiden Shawn, born Jan. 6, 2015. Shawn is a land surveyor and a New Hampshire Marine Patrol officer. Tim McClary is a critical care paramedic for Delta Ambulance in Waterville and is also a National
Guard medic. His two daughters are Anna, 3, and Grace, 2. Megan McHatten is an operating room nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. She and Devin adopted daughter Emerson, who was born Aug. 21, 2014. Ashley Messner and David are owners of the Ewald Farm and Table in Belfast, Maine, and are active in many farmers’ markets. She is a certified yoga instructor. Her children are Lennen, 6, and Camille-Blue, 3. Kyle and Sonya (Harrington) Purington have a third son, Everett, born in December 2014. Abe is 8 and Wyatt is 4. Kyle is a project/operations manager for Wireless Construction. Tori (Strout) Lamberto is an emergency vet tech in Sarasota, Fla. Seth Walker was married to Teri-Anne on Aug. 9, 2014. He is a wilderness ranger in Zion National Park, Utah.
2004 Heather (Baker) Weller is in her seventh year as GIS Specialist for Washington County, N.Y. She also coaches girls’ soccer. Emily Brodsky got her master’s in natural resources/ecological planning from the University of Vermont in 2012 and now leads the Lands Program,
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an undergraduate experiential learning program in the University of Vermontâ€™s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Cheri Brunault is stewardship coordinator for the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust in Bath. In November, she ran the New York Marathon for the second time and is also studying karate. Seth Cates has a new career as an electrical planner at Bath Iron Works. He still is a whitewater kayak and rafting guide with Penobscot Adventures, and has two beautiful yellow Labs. Bly Coddington, Judy, Chris, 9, and Ben, 3, have moved to Basel, Switzerland for his wifeâ€™s new job. Bly worked as an environmental scientist, a lab analyst and for the last five years for Cubist Pharmaceuticals. Paul Dumond is a full-time environmental engineering student at Montana Tech of the University of Montana. He also works for the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology as a research assistant looking at arsenic contamination in ground and surface water from copper mining in the Anaconda region. Sarah (Foley) Linsmeyer is merchandising manager and Greg is general manager at Bethpage Camp Resort in Urbana, Ga. They have two children: Wyatt, 4, and Lilly, 1. Colin Fraser is founder of The Store Next Door and Fraser Development. He and Andria have two chil54
dren, Zion and Exelia.
Diana Gregson is still in Sweden running her cat boarding center. She has two children: Charlie, 5, and Ariana, 3.
Carrie (Wheelock) Tuttle and Carter have a son, Daniel Simon, born Dec. 12, 2014. She is regional coordinator at Four Corners School of Outdoor Education in Colorado.
Aubrey Gates and Erica have a son, Preston, born Feb. 20, 2015. He has started a new farm, Pleasant Valley Field and Forest, and has grass-fed beef, maple syrup, lumber, eggs, pumpkins, corn and peppers.
Josh Hazelton does regulatory and compliance work in the engineering department at Maine Medical Center. Craig King is a marine resource specialist for the Maine Department of Marine Resources working with diadramous fish species. Jen Knight still runs Spirit Light and Lune Herbals with healing consultations, custom formulas, classes and retreats in Keene, N.H. She teaches Reiki, herbalism and shamanism. Joe Link continues his work as a rigger for IATSE Local in Las Vegas, and lives in Boulder City, Nev. Preston Pomerleau received an Exemplary Service Award at the Maine Warden Service award ceremony in March. Matt Soucy is specialty foods team leader at Whole Foods in Chicago. He and Kim have been married for two years and just bought their first home.
2005 Tasha Benoit and Ryan have a daughter, Zoey, born Aug. 22, 2012. Tasha was in the Air Force from 2005 to 2012. Brett Bowser and Jessica have a baby son, Briar James, born May 31, 2014. Brett has a new job as a federal wildlife officer for U.S. Fish & Wildlife. Matt Brown is sales manager at Morong VW in Brunswick. He and Amy have three children: Haley, 9, Matt Jr., 5, and Madison, 3. Adam Burtt has his own tree service company in Center Barnstead, N.H. He and Emily have been married 13 years and have six children. Ed and Patty (Marcum) Christinat have a daughter, Cora Ingrid, born Oct. 19, 2014.
Jessica (Welsh) Hamernik and Scott have a son born in May 2014. She is teaching second grade in Medina, Ohio.
Colleen Corey is assistant vivarium supervisor for the University of Virginia. She and her boyfriend just welcomed their daughter, Alicia Victoria, on April 1, 2015.
Timothy Welch is a fisheries/wildlife biologist for TRC Company on hydro and wind project sites
Brian Donaghy is a salmon and trout fishing guide at Goodnews River Lodge and a hunting guide at
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Shawn Guilmette is a law enforcement specialist for the Law Enforcement Support Center for Immigration and Customs in Burlington, Vt. Jessica Leavitt works at Duty Free Americas and also does wildlife and floral photography. Scott Mead is an insurance company security auditor. He and Nikki have two children: Molly, 5, and Dylan, 2; a springer spaniel, nine chickens, and a huge garden. Kris Miville is a public safety officer at Unity College. He and his wife, Brandie, own The Growing Place Childcare and Preschool in Thorndike. They have two children: Lindsey, 8, and Michael, 7. Jason Overlock and Erin have a son, Abel, born March 8, 2014. Big sister Edie is 2. Jake is a fisheries biologist for the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Andrew Pollara is first assistant fire chief for the Caldwell (N.J.) Fire Department. Chris Retz is property manager for YMCA Camp Abnaki in North Hero, Vt. He is married and has a
2-year-old son. Kris Sanborn is clinical supervisor at Metrocenter YMCA Family Services & Mental Health in Seattle. His wife, Sarah, is finishing her PhD in public policy at the University of Washington, and they have a son, Miles, who is 4. Mark Savage is logging in Islesboro, Maine. Randy Smith is a rafting guide for Riverdrivers Whitewater and working on a master’s in adventure education at Prescott College. Chris St. Pierre is a police officer in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, with his K-9, Gunther. Robert Sterling works for an orthopedics medical device company specializing in joint replacement and orthopedic trauma. Steve Sutton was promoted to lieutenant conservation officer in New Jersey. He and his wife, Casey, have a son, Nathan, born September 2013. Megan (Weber) Jennings and Casey have a son, Colin, born Sept. 25, 2014. She is a phlebotomist at the Puget Sound Blood Center.
2006 CeCe Bowerman has a new job as membership coordinator for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. She also got engaged to Jeremy Kelly in January.
Mike Brown and Meg (Creamer) Brown were married Sept. 29, 2014. Mike is an Ed Tech III at Leavitt Area High School in Turner, Maine, and also a certified behavioral health professional. Scott Burton is a public safety dispatcher for Stratford (Conn.) Communications Center and a volunteer EMS operations supervisor. Kenneth Dooley has a new job as director of buildings and grounds in the Keene, N.H. school district. He and Kayla have a son, Kamden, 4. Marcus Gray and Jessica have a son, Robert, born May 29, 2014; Danielle is 3. Marcus is executive director of the New River-Highlands Resource Conservation and Development Commission in southwest Virginia. Bryon Harris and Lyndsey Smith (‘05) are building a house for themselves on Bryant Pond. Bryon is the owner of Northside Narrows Disc Golf Course, is a disc golf pro and is part of a band Northside Ramblers. He also does underwater milfoil rehab. Lyndsey is a lakeside classroom coordinator at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp Learning Center. Mary Jewett is a teacher/ naturalist for the Lakes Environmental Association in Bridgton, Maine. Beth Kintz is manager at Monadnock State Park for the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.
Kyle Koch is a restoration technician for the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group. He climbed Mt. Rainier for the second time and Mt. Baker for the third time. Isaiah Onorato continues to work in the hardware store and started his own pellet and wood stove installation business. He and Ashley have twins: Marcus and Leah are 5. Jeremiah Peters is a captain the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, and also works for the Department of Homeland Security. David Ross received a Special Recognition Award and an Exemplary Service Award at the annual Maine Warden Service award ceremony in March. Eric Rudolph received a Special Recognition Award at the annual Maine Warden Service award ceremony in March. Meghan Sine is a vet tech at Ravenwood Veterinary Clinic in Port Orange, Fla. Joshua Teel is an environmental scientist for transmission lines companies in New England.
National Park Service interpretive ranger. Ben Beck married Kelly Crews in November 2013. He is a probation parole officer for the New Mexico Department of Corrections in Albuquerque, where he and Kelly just bought a house. Christine “Skooch” Blakesley and Michelle Lareau married in May 2014. Meg (Bursey) Calkins and Will (‘08) have a second daughter, Emma Jean, born Oct. 27, 2014. Makenna Lee is 2. Ben Clark was in the Peace Corps in Africa for three years and is married to an African princess named Lucie. He is now back in the US and working for Texas Instruments in South Portland, Maine. Alison Correia is client liaison at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Buzzards Bay, Mass. Aaron Cross received an Exemplary Service Award at the Maine Warden Service award ceremony in March.
Mike Dahms is driving for Hannaford Trucking and plans to be married to Alyssa Lusky in August.
Brenda Abel is a certified dog trainer and is starting her own business in Cassadaga, N.Y. She is engaged to be married.
Jacob Day and Amanda have a son, Everett Jacob, born Feb. 26, 2015. Jacob works as a Hancock County deputy sheriff.
Stephanie (Aten) Pooler and Shawn have a daughter, Maryann Marie, born March 2, 2015. Steph is a
Laura (Diani) Palmer is zookeeper at Claws & Paws Wild Animal Park in Lake Ariel, Pa.
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Cordial and Tara (Morgan) Di Ruggiero have a son, Forrester, born Oct. 14, 2014. Cordial is assistant director of public safety at the Burlington Town Center and Tara is a manager at Petco. Catherine “KT” Haase is working on her PhD in ecology at the University of Florida; her work has involved capturing and studying manatees. Justin Hart and Lyndsey have a son, Connor, born Nov. 26, 2014. Justin is still a professional fisherman with Playmate Sport Fishing and also manages a hunting lodge. Chris Hilton is a Maine Marine Patrol officer and was named the 2013 Boating Safety Officer of the year. He has his commercial pilot license and he and his father-in-law flew a float plane from Alaska to Maine last fall. His wife, Nicole, is a RN at Martin’s Point. Meredith (Kellogg) Josselyn and Nick have a second daughter, Rosemary, born June 18, 2014. Daughter Abigail is 2. Nick continues as a lead biologist at Clearwater Labs. Meredith is writing a children’s book she hopes to publish this summer. Michael Kinson was married in July to Irene Tzimas. He is an engineering technician at Fay Spofford & Thorndike. Nikki Lee is a CRMA for Maine General Medical Center at Granite Hill Estates Assisted Living.
Glen Lucas and Charelle have a son, Glen Alton, born March 16, 2014. Glen has been a New Hampshire game warden for seven years. Stephenie MacLagan is shoreline zoning coordinator for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. She received her master of science degree in resource economics and policy from the University of Maine in 2014. Timothy Martel is in his fourth year working for the National Park Service Yosemite Fire Crew and now works on the Helitack Crew with Amdew “Boots” Davenport (‘00). He and his wife, Laura, a park ecologist/biologist, have a daughter, Leena, who is 2. Tom Paine was promoted to nature preserve officer at the Medina River Natural Area in San Antonio, Texas. Amanda (Gonzales)(‘08) is a vet tech at the Ark Pet Hospital. Tiffany (Pulli) Caudle is an office manager at Residential Resources, and Ryan is a passport specialist for the National Passport Center. Tanis is 3. Devon Rollinson is a vet tech at the North Florida Neurology Team. She had been at St. John’s Veterinary Hospital in St. Augustine, Fla. She was a member of the Turtle Patrol and works with injured and ill marine life. Megan (Schwender) Dettenmaier is a graduate student at Utah State University. Her thesis topic is “Characteristics of Success-
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ful Wildlife Crossing Structures in Utah.” She also has her own food blog.
materials, and provides general administrative guidance.
Heather Scott is client liaison at the Natick (Mass.) Animal Clinic.
Eric Bragg and Elise have a son, Henry William, born Jan. 8, 2015. Eric is an arborist for Bartlett Tree Experts.
Benjamin Smith is a U.S. Forest Service recreation forestry tech and was a ski patroller at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. Sarah Snyder received her PhD in ecology, evolution and conservation biology from the University of Nevada in June. Her dissertation was “Effects of fire on desert tortoise thermal ecology.” She is now an assistant professor of biology at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass. Patty Stewart is a real estate agent for Cromwell Coastal Properties in Wiscasset, Maine. She is engaged to Justin Parker, a land surveyor for SGC Engineering and a Registered Maine Guide for Eastern River Guide Service. They are expecting a baby in September. Douglas Wilson is stock handler at Yankee Candle. He still does a lot of bike races and has done the Hampshire100 three years in a row. He sees Dana Mark (‘09) in New York.
2008 Rachael Bahre is a development associate with the Larimer County (Colo.) Conservation Corps where she seeks funding opportunities, updates marketing
Brandon Carroll is group leader for Continental Contitech Theromopole in Somersworth, N.H. He is engaged to Sabine Pfuhl. Samantha (Chisholm) Fleming was named U.S. Fish and Wildlife Region 5 Officer of the Year in 2015. Andrew was promoted recently to senior project manager at Advantage Environmental Consultants. Brandon Coones is a wildlife technician for the New York Bureau of Wildlife near Lake Placid. He is involved in double-crested cormorant control on Lake Champlain and black bear control in the Adirondacks, and will be doing moose research this winter. Kelly (Young) is working on her education degree. Andrew Cooper is farming in Dartmouth, Mass., caring for 800 to 1,000 freerange chickens for eggs and growing vegetables for their CSA and farmers’ markets. Jared Erskine is a special education teacher at Pemetic Middle School. He still works as a kayak guide during the summer. Claire Formanski is a National Park Service law enforcement ranger at Fire Island National Seashore. Tom Freedman is head
guide for Top Notch Fly Fishing in Errol, N.H. Will Hafford is assistant professor of adventure therapy at Unity College. He and Eileen have a new daughter, Annette, born Aug. 24, 2014. Lillian is 4. Jessica Hunt is a direct support professional for Independence Association in Durham, Maine. Jenna (Jasiukiewicz) Mutlick is in graduate school at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis and will soon see her first patients. Drew is Manager for Scott’s Lawn Care Service. Emma (McAllister) Harrington is an ophthalmic technician. She and Dan celebrated their third anniversary in September. Mark Mullen is senior keeper at the Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo in Owatonna, Minn. Nichole Nageotte received her master’s in December through Miami University’s Global Field Program. Tirzah Nichols is a carnivore and African hoof stock keeper at the Jacksonville Zoo, which includes lions, leopards, cheetahs, and white rhinos. She is also involved with the new Asian area with tigers, warty pigs, and clawed otters. She has hosted and attended many national conferences. Matt Norwood will be joining the crew of the three-masted Oliver Hazard Perry traveling the East Coast. He will serve as a
deckhand and educator providing sail training and marine science programs for high school and college students and adults. He has his MS in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin. Brian O’Donnell works with the executive support team at Fidelity Investments. He will be married in July 2015. Zachary Schmesser is engaged to be married in July to Emily Horton. Raymond Stuart has a new job as an environmental consultant with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. Karen (Symes) Rybka and Trevor have a son, Colton, born Sept. 23, 2014. Big brother James is 3. She has her CNA license and hopes to work at Maine Medical Center. Josiah Towne has worked as a New Hampshire Fish & Game conservation officer since graduation, covering 14 towns in the Newfound Lake area. Sara Trunzo was the subject of a full-page article in the Aug. 31, 2014, Maine Sunday Telegram. Kenyon Twitchell is a fish culturist at the Casco State Fish Hatchery in Maine. He and his wife, Angela, have a daughter, Autumn Rose, born June 29, 2013. Sarah (Williams) Andrews works for the Staab Agency. She has two boys,
Joshua, 7, and Braydon, 4.
State Board of Health.
Matthew Wolfer is the arborist for the City of Burlington, Vt.
Naomi Martine is medical record technician at Northern Navajo Medical Center.
Christine (Wright) Reece is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto.
Kelli (Meyer) Walker is a public health nurse. She and her husband have traveled to Peru, Iceland, Dominica, and Mexico; they also hike, cross-country ski, and kayak with their two rescue dogs.
2009 Megan Anderson runs the Unity College Livestock Barn. Jeff Etheridge is a medical first responder and volunteer fireman in White Cloud, Mich., and Roni (Fein) (‘08) is a law enforcement officer for the U.S. Forest Service at Huron Manistee National Forest. Meghan Fenton is a firefighter for Gray Fire and Rescue and a police officer for Maine Capitol Police. Ned Girard and Jill have a daughter, Miranda Nicole, born Dec. 13, 2014. Hunter is 3. Ned is a machine setup manufacturing leader at New Hampshire Ball Bearings. Lauren (Ferguson) Hillier and Dan Hillier (‘07) were married June 11, 2014. Erica (Huber) Cressall is an administrative assistant for the Bureau of Land Management in Rock Springs, Wyo., and teaches hunter safety for Wyoming Game & Fish. She is president of the Southwest Wyoming Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation. Bryan Lane is public health sanitarian for the New York
Brian Morway and Joayn have a son, Jaxon John, born Oct. 28, 2914. Brian is working in his family owned salvage yard. Lon Robinson is a fish culturist for New Hampshire Fish & Game at the Milford State Hatchery, where Lou Gagnon (‘97) and Sterling Baker (‘08) also work. He and Malorie have two children: Chloe, 6, and Hunter, 4. Mandie Roman is a surgical vet tech at South Bay Veterinary Group in Boston. She and Stephen Lurvey (‘07) plan to marry in the spring. Stephen is a study support associate at Novartis Institute for Biological Research in Cambridge. Brian Schaffer is a graduate research assistant in the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Science at South Dakota State University. Brian Smith is attending the Criminal Justice Academy. He is getting married to Kristen Pelletier on Sept. 26, 2015. Sterling and Rachel (Mestas) Smith were married Aug. 9, 2014. He is an arborist for Lucas Tree Ex-
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perts and she has her own gardening business. Sarah Woodman is doing her student teaching this spring which will complete her master’s program for middle school science education. She has a 7-monthold son and is building a timber frame house in North Woodstock, N.H. Josh Youse is back from Guatemala and working as course director at the National Center for Outdoor and Adventure Education in North Carolina. He also teaches marine science, surfing and paddle boarding during the summer. In the fall he will attend community college to complete courses needed for East Carolina University graduate school. He hopes to earn his MS in physician assistant studies.
2010 Susan Bard is a graduate student at New Mexico State University; her master’s thesis is investigating habitat use of black bears in response to wildfires and forest restoration. Lucas Benner teaches earth science at Oceanside High School in Rockland, Maine. He plays in a band called Just Teachers that was voted best band in Knox County. Jonathan Cooper is a National Park Service information assistant at Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. He received a certificate of merit from the Forest Service for designing a trail hiking guide for 58
the forest. Rebecca (Cunfer) Hunter teaches at the Trinity Child Care Center in Danville, Pa. Mike Curran and Kristin (Grivois) Curran were married Aug. 9, 2014. Kristin is associate landscape designer at Sprigs and Twins and Mike is a Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection conservation officer. Shilo Cushman is working at Unity College’s McKay Farm and Research Station in Thorndike, Maine. Will Elting is operations manager for SailMaine, a Portland nonprofit that offers affordable sailing lessons for adults and children, and outreach programs for disadvantaged kids. He also volunteers as a deejay for WMPG radio in Portland. Heidi (Kowalski) Neely and Matt have a son, Lincoln, born Oct. 15, 2014. She is a medical transcriptionist at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
Zach works for the U.S. Transportation Security Agency at the Augusta State Airport. Nate Miller is lead instructor with Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine and Florida and head logistics coordinator in the winter in the Florida Keys. Henry Moncrief was promoted at Vermont Yankee to environmental safety at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in Buchanan, N.Y. He has a house and 40 acres in New Hampshire which he is selectively cutting for wildlife management and timber harvest. He is also working on his master’s. Justin Oser is an officer for the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. Derek Patry is a forester, drafter and land surveyor for York Land Services in Berlin, N.H. Dan Vasquez is founder and CEO of his Florida Big Bass Trail and works as tournament director.
Michael Lagueux works for the Maine Department of Transportation. He and his wife recently purchased a house in Jefferson.
Cailan Yorton is a Montessori teacher for 3- to 6-year-olds in Ringwood, N.J.
Colton LeBoeuf is a salesman for Berlin City Auto and Rachel (O’Brien) LeBoeuf (‘12) is on the staff of Tri County Mental Health working in a group home.
Ashley McCorkindale and Zach Klabe (‘12) have started a small farm in Wilton, Maine. Ashley is working as a nanny and
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Lisa Attendorn is a security guard and is on the staff of a crisis intervention team. Kate (Aucoin) Church and Michael Church were married June 14, 2014. Kate works in a photo fabrica-
tion engineering company and Michael is an electrician/general contractor. Meredith Collins is a seasonal park manager for New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation at Silver Lake State Park; in the winter she works with Beth Kintz (‘06) at Monadnock State Park. Tom Coyle is head cook at Alligers House of Wings in Sayre, Pa. He also does woodworking and has an African Gray cockatoo. Justin Cupka is studying at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Cheryl Curtis got her vet tech license from Stautzenberger College and is a vet tech at VIP Petcare. Tim Dorsey and Leslie (Van Niel) Dorsey were married in June 2014. Leslie supervises graduate students at the University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School. Tim is a paramedic for National Outdoor Leadership School and also teaches wilderness medicine. Tony “TJ” Eldridge is a highway maintainer for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. Andy Gagnon was recently married to Jenny Pfeffer. He is a training foreman at Lucas Trees. Justin George and Jessica have a son, Caleb, who was born in June 2014. Justin is a security guard in Bucksport, Maine.
Casy Hayes-Pinolini is a pet groomer in San Diego, Calif.
Jared Mitchell is the owner of Bug Shed Taxidermy in Rockport, Maine.
Becky Heath is a discovery instructor and outdoor educator at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas.
Wendy Perry is assistant manager at the Wally Noerenberg Hatchery for Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation. She lives on Esther Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Chris Howe is a cook and a snowmaker at Alta Lifts in Vail, Colo., during the winter and a guide for North Country River in Millinocket during the summer. Sarah Ingalls has started her own farm, Cape Cod Hill Farm, in New Sharon, Maine, growing mostly flowers and vegetables. She also leads camping/ hiking trips for Camp Androscoggin, an all-boys camp. William Knight and Jamie (Nemecek) Knight were married Oct. 25, 2014. He is a senior officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Jamie is finishing up her teaching certificate for high school history. Matt Lipinski is animal control and animal health officer for the City of Beverly, Mass. Cody Lounder is a Maine game warden. Jessica Malasics is a vet tech at the Punta Gorda (Fla.) Animal Hospital. Rory McGuire is a technical forestry assistant for Dirigo Timberlands Forest Management in North Anson, Maine. Madeline Meason works at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and at the Virginia Zoo.
Ian Richards and Jessica (Cote) Richards were married Oct. 12, 2014. Jess is an animal care and adoption counselor at the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts. Ian is attending school to pursue a paramedic career. Alicyn Ryan is working on her PhD at the University of Florida in plant medicine and hopes to finish in August. She is assistant diagnostician at the University Extension Plant Regional Hub Lab. She and Andrew Smart (‘09) are getting married in September. Lacie Scheuer is an EMT/ firefighter for Golden Cross Ambulance and the Cornish Fire Department. Eleanor Stone is working in a used book store and will soon start volunteering at Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky. Clover Street works with military dogs as a vet tech for the Army in Hawaii, performing pre- and post-deployment physicals on the dogs. Stephanie is
a ICU nurse at Tripler Army Medical Center. They are planning to be married in April. Clover is training to compete in the World Jiu Jitsu championships next summer, and also filmed a segment of the new Jurassic Park film. Chelsea Vosburgh is a seasonal field biologist for the Biodiversity Research Institute. She works with bald eagles and bats and will be starting work soon on their mammal crew. She is still running the nonprofit Balloons Blow. Heather (Tetreault) Berthelson and Deven were married Feb. 6, 2015. Sean Wieboldt is manager of the Maine Rock Gym and ropes course facilitator at Eastern Mountain Sports.
2012 Chelsey (Buehler) Reed is a vet assistant at Firehouse Vet Clinic in Plymouth, Mass. Paul is a security guard. Timothy Carey is a Vermont Fish & Wildlife game warden. Lindsay Certain had worked with the elephants in Hope, Maine, and is now at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. She and Nate Jack (‘09) are engaged. April Clark is at Nova Southeastern University in her third year of her master’s in marine biology. Her project is “The effects of persistent organic pollutants on coastal populations
of cetaceans.” She also is a sea turtle patrol volunteer. Sean Cooley is a fisheries technician in the Aquatic Invasive Species Program for Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Alex Denys is lead wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service in the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming. Mike Duratti and Maggie May (Macomber) Duratti have a son, Liam, born May 18, 2014. Maggie is working at a restaurant and Mike is a receiver at Tractor Supply in Plympton, Mass. Jeb Fay is a police officer in Bluffton, S.C. He and his wife, Katlyn, have two daughters: Kaylee, 3, and Elena, 1; and they just bought a new home. Rebecca Flinn is in graduate school at Central Connecticut State University working on a master’s in ecology. James Hall has his own business Kotg Landscape and Tree Service in Salem, N.H. Elisabeth Handler is a dog trainer at River Dog, training and teaching companion dogs. Juliana (Jakubson) Doggart and David have a daughter, Eliza Keane, born July 24, 2014. Katrina Karlsen is produce manager at Ararat Farms in Lincolnville, Maine. MacKenzie Kelsey is a full-time paramedic for American Ambulance and
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a volunteer for East Hampton Ambulance. She is taking specialty courses in wilderness medical training to work with search and rescue teams.
June 7, 2014. Stephanie is a full-time keeper at the Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut and works with wolves and hoof stock. Jaime is an independent contractor.
Maine Medical Center’s Vector Borne Disease Lab part-time. Wiley is at the police academy for the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department.
Sonja Kett is engaged to be married in September 2015. She is a customer care representative for T-Mobile. Her dog, Harley, is learning to become a therapy dog.
Chris Mitaly is a fish culturist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at the Enfield State Fish Hatchery.
Scott Rollins is a development officer at the University of Utah, and helped build an experiential mission on campus called the Taft Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities students. He’s getting married in June.
Tyler Kruzel is security supervisor for Asset Protection Group. Ashley Kuplin is a logistics coordinator for Northwest Outward Bound School and was promoted to assistant instructor. He has led groups into the Oregon wilderness. Valerie Leclerc is a security guard at the Jim Bridger Power Plant in Wyoming. Rhiannon Liddle is in Florida volunteering at Mote Marine Laboratory. Kristy Manuell is a wildlife technician for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, performing fish sampling on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Luis Martin works on the New England Cottontail Project for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Annica McGuirk and Tom Ianello were married in July 2014 on Sand Beach in Acadia National Park. She is on the Board of Directors of the Saco Valley Land Trust. Stephanie Meyer and Jaime Hurley were married 60
Kelsey Morganwalp is assistant supervisor in the children’s ski school at Wildcat Mountain (N.H.). In the summer, she works for the North Carolina and the Hurricane Island Outward Bound schools. Courtney Nelson works for Second Nature Wilderness Program in Duchesne, Utah. Abby Nourse Van Meter and Ian Benton (‘14) are engaged and completed the Appalachian Trail in August. They are both working for the Appalachian Mountain Club: She is in environmental education and he is with the hut crew. Gareth Perkins is a hunter surveyor in Norwalk, Conn. His job is to interview hunters about the long-tailed ducks they harvested to determine what the hunter effect is on the ducks in the Norwalk Islands, where they winter.
Bri (Rudinsky) Benvenuti is a master’s student at the University of New Hampshire studying the effects of climate change on saltmarsh sparrows as part of a collaboration with the Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program. Jim (‘11) is a New Hampshire conservation officer serving the Seacoast region. Ricky Skiba is working at Second Nature in Salt Lake City and applying to be on the TV show “Naked and Afraid.” Kristie Smith started Heart of Steel Designs, where she makes steel artwork, signs, furniture, jewelry, and unique name rings. She works as a naturalist at the Olewine Nature Center and Wildwood Park.
Harkin. Heather Thornton is a permanent park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Altoona Lake in Georgia. She and Ben Wood are engaged. Ashley (Van Riper) Eustis and Justin Eustis (‘11) are married and expecting a baby in August. Ashley is working on vet tech certification; Justin works as a security guard while working on becoming a state trooper. Jennifer (Wiacek) Froehly and Chris Froehly (‘12) were married Oct. 5, 2014. Jen is on Wildcat Ski Patrol, and Chris works for North Conway Fire and Care and Ambulance and helping teach solo wilderness medicine courses. Brian Wills is groundskeeper and spray technician at the Country Club of Waterbury, Conn. Alison Zukas finished her spring/summer position studying the effects of large forest cuts on interior forest birds in Connecticut.
Wayne Pitre is a behavioral specialist for Ironwood Maine while working to develop his homestead in Thorndike.
Timothy Stephenson is head wildlife keeper at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary in Red Lodge, Montana. He and Mallori Manson (‘14), who also works there as a keeper, are engaged.
Marsha Barnes is working on her master’s in environmental management and sustainability at St. Edwards University in Texas and works as an environmental education specialist at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.
Melanie (Renell) McVety is working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture part-time and also for
Cameron (Thompson) Harkin runs a medical clinic at a flight base in Korea. She is married to Jennifer
Lucas Bellanceau received an Exemplary Service Award at the annual Maine Game Warden Service
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ceremony in March. Mark Brulport graduated from the police academy in March and is now natural resource warden for the town of Plymouth, Mass. Sabrina Carleton just received her MBA from Thomas College. Kara Chester is a medical clinic apprentice at the Center for Wildlife and plans on becoming a licensed vet tech. Rebecca Day finished AmeriCorps service and is now working as a nanny. Jason Gablaski is a backcountry visitors service assistant for the National Park Service in Bartlett Cove, Alaska. Jason Hall is an ocean rescue volunteer EMT, and married Stephanie in May 2014. Kristin Haser is an interpretive guide at The Wilds, a conservation facility in Cumberland, Ohio. Joy Kacoroski is at the University of Wisconsin working on his MS in natural resources with a focus on environmental education and interpretation. Molly (Lindh) Verville has her own business: Molly Verville Photography. Miranda MacFadzen is supervisor and foreman at Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market. Alicia Natchie is a behavioral specialist at Ironwood and in the summer is director of CITs at The Summer
Camp in Washington, Maine. Josh Perkins and Celesse (Gaudreau) Perkins were married Feb. 14, 2015. Celesse is a gamekeeper at Maine Wildlife Park and Josh works for Neuco, a natural gas company. Frank Reske is an animal care and adoption agent at the Animal Rescue League in Brewster, Mass. David Skelly and Chelsea (Walsh) Skelly (‘14) were married June 14, 2014. He is a music director at Hopkins Academy and a music counselor at Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp. Colby Smith is an instructor at the Maine Primitive Skills School, where he lives in a self-built structure in the woods. He teaches wilderness survival and primitive skills to children and adults. Emilee Werries is a CBRN Specialist with the Army Reserves.
2014 Jamue Abbt is a seasonal zookeeper at the Cape May County (N.J.) Zoo. Paige Bilodeau is an outdoor adventure guide at The Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, Pa. She leads hikes, bike rides, kayaking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing treks, and does interpretive nature programs. Laura Carhart is a licensed polysomnography techni-
cian working at America Sleep Medicine in New Jersey. Carly Chapman is an assistant at the Kennebec Valley Animal Clinic. She was the subject of an article in the Maine Sportsman as a role model for females in the field. Kyle Costigan is a fisheries technician with Brookfield Renewable Power. Julie Creed is working at the Jackson Lab as an animal care trainee, taking care of mice used in biomedical research. On weekends she crews on the Margaret Todd, a four-masted sailing schooner. Lisa Cronk is volunteering with a detection dog company while job hunting. Kevin Cummings is on the Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance Team at Fort Greely in Delta Junction, Alaska. Amanda Dahms is an instructor in cell biology at Unity College. Michelle Demko is now working at Chimp Haven in Shreveport, La. Eve Dietrich is a turkey technician at Auburn University and a shorebird intern at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Matt Dyer is an administrative assistant in career services and experiential programs at Unity College while working on an MBA at Thomas College.
Joe Eon is working for Bartlett Tree Experts. Matthew Finch works for Bartlett Tree Experts and is in the process of entering Connecticut state law enforcement. Eric Fotter finished up his job working with sockeye salmon at Prince William Sound Aquaculture in Alaska and worked this past winter at a ski resort in Colorado. Michael Froehly is a field instructor in backpacking and rock climbing courses for National Outdoor Leadership Schools. After a seminar in August, he hopes to teach alpine climbing and mountaineering. Kayla Fuller is interning with giraffes at the Lowry Park Zoo in Florida. Cassandra Hammond had a summer position as a common loon biologist for Biodiversity Research Institute. Shelby Hicks is a team leader of the Milfoil Project of the Friends of Messalonskee. Benjamin Holt is an installer at InSource Renewables in Pittsfield. Steven Hughes is a U.S. Forest Service backcountry ranger. Brandyn Hurd is a fisheries technician for Idaho Fish and Game at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery, the state’s rainbow trout brood stock facility.
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Alicen Kanzler is a park ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Eufaula in Porum, Okla. Matthew Lannon has completed his commitment with the Army and is working at Great Pond Outdoor Adventure Center. Ben Lewis and Whitney Rae were married Jan. 10, 2015. Lucas Libby is a fisheries assistant for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and an aircraft electrician for the Army National Guard. Samantha Longo is canvassing for a Senate race in Colorado for the nonprofit Work For Progress. Michael MacKnight is a Maine Marine Patrol officer. Derrick Maltman is a primate keeper at Tanganyika Zoo in Wichita, Kan., which has a large group of snow and clouded leopards and is the only place in the country to have a lemur island. Mallori Manson is a keeper at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary in Red Lodge, Mont., and is engaged to Tim Stephenson (â€˜12), who is head wildlife keeper. Beth McCoy is in the animal husbandry department at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society in Pittsburgh. Jake McGinley is a solar technician and does heat pump installations for the Sundog Solar Store in Searsport, Maine.
Heather McGowan is a kennel attendant at the Valley Shore Animal Welfare League in Westbrook, Conn. Zachary Monroe is on the Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance Team at Fort Greely in Delta Junction, Alaska. Ryan Morrison is doing park management and conservation with the New York City Parks Fellowship. He had been an urban park ranger at the Marine Park Nature Center. Anna Mueller is events coordinator for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; she and her boyfriend, Sean Murphy, are starting Murphy Family Farm. Kathryn Nolan is working in the Berkshires conducting bat and bird fatality surveys at a wind farm for Bat Conservation International. She has worked at the Bridger National Forest conducting goshawk surveys, in Cape Neddick, Maine, as a wildlife rehab intern, in California doing flycatcher and cuckoo surveys, and in the northern Maine woods counting snowshoe hare pellets. She plans to attend grad school. Theresa Owens is a keeper at Animal Ark in Reno, Nev. Allison Perna is a marine mammal biological scientist for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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Joe Pizzuto is a Maine state correctional officer. Nicholas Raymond is a deputy Maine game warden. Candace Robinson is business manager at Animal Care Sanctuary. Caleb Roebuck is a ridge runner at Acadia National Park and is planning on starting graduate school next year. Leo Rose is a police officer in Truro, Mass. He also fishes for lobsters from his own boat. Lindsey Senecal will be working this summer for Maine Audubon at the Scarborough Marsh Nature Center. Zachary Small is a summer biological technician in Alaska. Jessica Smart is a videographer for Wild Productions on a whale watch boat and also a schooner out of Provincetown, Mass. She will sail to Key West, Florida, in October. Rachel Smedley is an education interpreter at the Philadelphia Zoo. Timothy Swanson is with the True North Wilderness Program in Vermont. Sarah Szirbik is a wildlife technician doing waterfowl management with HDR in New York on two reservoirs. After graduation, she spent the summer in Alaska doing bird rehabilitation at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center.
Andrew Thatcher has a seasonal position at the National Wildlife Preserve in Medicine Lake, Mont. Kristen Volpi is doing freelance art work while job hunting. Tasha Watson is a landscaper at Highlanders Garden in Saco, Maine, while pursuing other career opportunities. Sarah Wegner is zookeeper at Tanganika Wildlife Park in Goddard, Kan. Connor White is on the Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance Team at Fort Greely in Delta Junction, Alaska.
2015 Ben Hansknecht is a travel team technician for Invasive Plant Control. Tyler Law is arborist foreman at C.L. Frank & Co., in Northampton, Mass. Makayla Syas has been accepted into the Stony Brook Universityâ€™s Marine Conservation and Policy Graduate Program for fall 2015. Nathan Williams and Sarah have a daughter, Cameron, born April 24, 2013. Nate is an Army National Guard recruiter for central Maine.
Alumni DEATHS Tim Achorn (‘73) died Aug. 17, 2014. He was a member of the champion Unity basketball teams of the 1970s. He worked at Keyes Fibre/Huhtamaki, and is survived by his wife, Debbie; two sons and a daughter; and many grandchildren. Carol Bradstreet (‘87) died Jan. 16, 2015. She worked in financial aid at Unity for 37 years. She is survived by three daughters, including Mary (‘93) and a son. Scott Brotherton (‘85) died May 16, 2014. Bill Bunnell (‘69) died Dec. 6, 2014. He was in the forestry program at Unity and was a surveyor and estimator for construction projects. He is survived by a son and grandchildren. Dick Chaplin (‘71) died Dec. 24, 2014. He worked for several Portland, Maine businesses. He is survived by his sister and cousins. Conrad Rollins (‘02) died Feb. 2, 2015. He was a Master Maine Guide, and is survived by his parents, a son and daughter, and sisters. Myrak “Ben” Steinberg (‘71) died Nov. 2, 2014. He was vice president of his own company courier company.
manager for Staples. He is survived by a wife of 40 years, Irene; son Tim; and 4 grandkids; and was predeceased by son Andy.
news of former faculty Kay Fiedler has moved to Oakland, Maine. David and Kathy Glenn-Lewin have moved to Brunswick, Maine. Don Lord has published a new book, Gentle Revolunaries and gave a talk about it at the library. Nancy (MacKenzie) Wanderer just retired as professor and director of the Legal Research and Writing Program at the University of Maine School of Law. She and Cal are divorced and she and Susan Sanders were married in 2010.
deaths Bob Berry, longtime custodian, died Nov. 22, 2014, survived by his wife and two sons, and grandchildren. Carmen Celenza, psychology professor, died March 6, 2015, survived by his wife, two children and grandchildren. Peggy Dunbar, cafeteria worker, died Jan. 25, 2015, survived by two sons and grandchildren. Larry Hubbard, custodian, died Jan. 2, 2015. He had been paralyzed after a hunting accident. He is survived his mother, his brothers and sisters and his son, Cody.
Meg Malmberg is interim provost at AIB School of Business in Des Moines, Iowa. Pam Proulx-Curry is dean of the University of Maine at Augusta’s Bangor campus. Ed and Susan Raiola have retired from Warren Wilson College and now live in Black Mountain, N.C. Kate Miles published another book, Super Storm.
Robert Swan (‘69) died in January 2015. He lived in Framingham, Mass., since 1970. He was senior traffic UNITY MAGAZINE SUMMER 2015
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Join us on September 26 as Unity College celebrates the grand opening of McKay Farm & Research Station.
Isabel McKay and Rick Thompson gifted the property, a former greenhouse business, to Unity College, along with five years of
financial support, making it the second largest donation in the Collegeâ€™s history. The facility serves as an extension of the 225 acre campus, providing opportunities for experential learning, original research and innovative partnerships. The donation to Unity College will help to develop and model replicable solutions for environmental challenges, in addition to creating a marketplace presence to serve the community.
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