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Terri Bastarache

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My name is Terri Bastarache and I am a senior Business Management Major with an International Business concentration. I’m from Gorham, Maine. My favorite parts of UMaine have been the organizations I have been fortunate enough to be part of, such as The All Maine Women, Alternative Breaks and Colleges against Cancer. It is super easy to get involved and is a great way to connect with the University and your peers. I also was awarded the George Mitchell Peace and Reconciliation Scholarship to study in Cork, Ireland. It was probably the most amazing experience of my life, allowing me to visit six other countries while backpacking during our spring break. The MBS has taught me so much from great leadership practices and teamwork skills to how to run a business after being entered in the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition, which counted as our capstone course.

Dylan Bousquet-Smith

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I am Dylan Bousquet-Smith and I am a Financial Economics major with a minor in Innovative Engineering. After spending my first year of college studying Economics and playing Lacrosse at the University of Southern Maine, I decided it was time to focus on my career. The University of Maine allowed me to channel my passion of global markets and attracted me to students with similar interests in asset management. A lot of students are at the University of Maine for just the degree. If you have goals, there are a lot of opportunities because some people here don’t attack what they want and relax in “Vacationland” atmosphere. On my trips to New York City with SPIFFY, I noticed everyone has somewhere to be, in Maine, people fill time with leisure. That is why the University of Maine has a comparative advantage for high school graduates. Since I have been at the University of Maine, I have owned a landscaping business on Sebago Lake; I worked at Farm Credit as an intern in Auburn/Enfield, Connecticut. Also, I worked at MITRE in Bedford, Massachusetts helping reduce the costs of the UASF IT architecture. Finally, this past fall, I worked as a consultant to Eaton and Peabody, which is a law firm based in Maine, to help them value a business for litigation. I have also been Co-President of the Student Portfolio Investment Fund (SPIFFY); I was former President for Habitat for Humanity; I was involved in Residential Life; I was a teaching assistant for the School of Economics; and was the Brand Ambassador for Bloomberg Institute. I have been on the Dean’s List and am part of the Senior Skull Society and Omicron Delta Epsilon. Dr. Robert Strong, CFA, as well as Dr. George Criner provided me resources during my time at the University. They not only were an ear of advice, but also presented opportunities that I would not have otherwise been aware of. Finally, they provided confidence and a support network during my assimilation to the new environment. Overall, the University of Maine has provided a lens to capture my career picture. My experience at the University of Maine has shown me that everything in the long run is the same, so you must take advantage of the moment. Some say that medicine is anything that makes you feel “good”, so do whatever you can to get your recommended dosage.

Scott Burian

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My name is Scott Burian. I am originally from Seymour, Conneticut. I am double major with Marketing and Communication. I decided to attend the University of Maine because the atmosphere on campus is friendly, helpful and intelligent. It also helps that they have a Division 1 hockey team. Outside of the classroom, I have been involved in Phi Kappa Sigma, club roller/ice hockey, Alternative Spring Break and intramural sports. My education at the University of Maine has allowed me to obtain internships at Enterprise Rent a Car, Black Bear Sports Properties, Marketing for the Alumni Association, and Alliance Sports Marketing. The University of Maine has helped me develop professional skills along with commerce. I am planning to work as a Marketing Manager with Denison Lubricants.

Daniel Kaepplinger

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My name is Daniel Kaepplinger. I am originally from North Reading, Massachusetts and I am a double major with Marketing and Management. In my time at UMaine, I have helped to expand the Black Bear Business Network through an internship with the Alumni Association on campus. I also held internships with advertising agencies in Chicago and Boston respectively. Currently, I am working with some of the MBS faculty to help the Maine Mentor Program have a better business focus. I sit on the executive boards of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and Student Portfolio Investment Fund (SPIFFY). When I’m not on campus I like to bike, ski, run, and sail. What brought me to the University of Maine was its Division 1 track and field program. What kept me here were the campus itself and the programs that make us of this land grant university. Academics at the University of Maine give a student the concrete skills that are required for the field of study. But in each department we see staff going beyond what is coming out of the text book to give each and every one of us some real world examples and application of what we are learning. This creates a better understanding of the world we are about to enter. While at UMaine, two individuals have made impressions that will last a lifetime. Paul Myer has been my academic advisor for the past four years. His colorful background offers great advice and wisdom to use as one leaves UMaine. And furthermore, he instilled the importance that culture plays in business no matter where you are. The other individual who has made a difference in my experience here is Todd Saucier, Director of the Alumni Association. It was a distinct pleasure to work with someone who has an extensive knowledge of campus and its history. On top of that, his network and personality are second to none.The Maine Business School has provided me with opportunities through clubs, trips, and seminars that showed what exists in the real world. These opportunities have helped me narrow down what I want to do when I graduate. Though Orono might be a far off corner of the world, the administration has done an excellent job bringing in knowledgeable faculty with diverse professional backgrounds bringing invaluable experience into the classroom. UMaine also attracts a large portion of its students from all over the country and the world. Meeting people from so many different backgrounds helps to broaden our cultural horizons and create more well-rounded view of the world. After graduation, I will be moving back to Boston to pursue a career in advertising.

John A. Dufour

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My name is John Dufour. I am originally from Charleston, South Carolina. I am double majoring in Marketing and Finance. Outside of my courses I am active in the American Marketing Association, Brother of Pi Kappa Alpha and a member of the MBS Corps. I really appreciate the diversity in atmospheres at UMaine all the way from the “no phone zone” aka the third floor at Fogler Library to the Bear’s Den and other areas on campus that offer a sound environment for group collaboration. I have recently been in contact with multiple UMaine Alumni trying to gain a better understanding of how to make the transition from being a full time student to a full time employee in the workforce. One of my mentors happens to be a former co-student of mine. She too was president of AMA. It is always nice to see someone whom you have worked with in a co-curricular environment being successful as a professional. I enjoy the insight offered from a recent graduate who understands the current demands of the job market. I have also made connections with mentors with more experience in their industry. By connecting with these various Alumni, I have been able to gain a better sense of direction as to what I should be doing to get where I want to be later on in my professional career.The business school motto to “Expect the World” has become something that I will always look back on as I transition into the work force. While taking BUA 490, The Chinese Economy, I was invited to accompany a longtime family friend who happens to be a successful marketing professional on one of his upcoming business trips to China. I am very glad I had the opportunity to take this course. This was an eye-opening course I found to be unique in contrast to other courses that have a keen focus to the “Western” way of business. I am eagerly awaiting my trip to China and look forward to the opportunities the world has to offer. Following graduation I will be returning to my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina where I plan on attending the Medical University of South Carolina to earn a graduate degree in health care administration.

Brittney Marshall

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I am Brittney Marshall and I am currently a double major in Marketing and Management as well as pursuing a minor in Sociology. At first, I chose UMaine strictly due to financial reasons. However, it grew on me after a few short weeks here, and it has been a way of life ever since. I cannot picture what my life would be like if I had attended any other college. I would never have all of the opportunities that I have had here at UMaine. The students are all very driven and devoted to their education. The academic atmosphere is inspiring to be around and prepares students for their lives after college. Thankfully, the professors and the university both provide us with enough resources and assistance to achieve our academic goals. My success here cannot be attributed to just one person; it has been a collaborative effort from professors and other faculty all around campus. The University of Maine has allowed me to greatly enhance my leadership skills and social skills. It has also provided me with many great opportunities and resources that I never knew existed. UMaine has opened up many doors and potential paths for my future which have helped steer me towards successfully accomplishing my goals as a student. Most importantly, the students here have provided me with a home away from home. Outside of the classroom, I am involved in the American Marketing Association, Delta Zeta Sorority, Order of Omega, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honour Society, and will be inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma at the end of this month.I currently cannot pin point one specific situation in time, but I am sure there have been many instances at UMaine that have changed the way I see the world. What I have gotten thus far from my overall experience here is that, “everything happens for a reason”. Although I do not specifically remember why, it has become my motto since I began at UMaine. Through all of the mishaps that happen with classes, finances, or anything else that may occur, it all happens for a reason and it will work out in the end. After graduation I would love to get more experience in the field of marketing research. After I get more experience under my feet, I hope to further my education through graduate school.

Alysha Mosher

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My name is Alysha Mosher. I am a Business Management major with a concentration in International Business. I am originally from Gardiner, Maine. Why did I pick the University of Maine? UMaine is the state school and I saw all the unique opportunities it provided. I was very interested in studying abroad and UMaine has an extensive number of partnerships with international schools. I am also a huge sports fan so the fact that it is a D1 school was a huge draw for me. UMaine has a place for everyone and when you find your niche here, it really starts to feel like home. I would describe the academic atmosphere at UMaine to be professional. Students work hard and are focused on attaining the best grades they can. Even on weekends nights you still find students studying in the library. Faculty are always available to assist and help you in any way that they can, which helps provide a nice support system for students and it also helps to let us know that our professors really do care. Academically, I do feel that I am pushed to know more, learn more and delve deeper than just the basic level. So many professors have played a role in my experience: Professor White helped me multiple afternoons when I was taking his finance class; Dr. Welcomer has advised me in multiple different areas and has been someone who I have found I can go to with anything; and finally Professor Myrden’s International Marketing class was my favorite class I have taken in my entire career.UMaine has allowed me to stretch my wings and challenge myself. Here I have pushed the limits of my comfort zone and it has made me into such a different person than I was when I first arrived. I am so thankful to UMaine for that. Outside of the classroom I am the Co-Recruitment Advisor for the National Honor Fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi. I am a Peer Advisor for the Study Abroad Office. I am a mentor in the Black Bear Mentor Program. I am also one of the MBS Ambassadors. As far as extracurriculars, I work about 15 hours a week serving at a restaurant and I love to work out and play sports, especially tennis. I have just recently been selected to receive an award for Excellence in International Business. I received a 4.0 in the Fall semester of my Junior year. My senior year in high school I received a scholarship for Excellence in a Foreign Language – I studied Latin for four years.I spent six months abroad in Bad Honnef, Germany at the International University of Applied Sciences at Bad Honnef studying International Management. My study abroad experience really did change my perspective, the way I see the world and my life. I made connections abroad that will last a lifetime. My entire experience here at UMaine truly has changed my live and the friends and memories I made there will forever hold a special place in my heart. After graduation I am moving to Manchester, New Hampshire and starting my career as a Retail Management Trainee for Hannaford Brothers.

Zachary Nichols

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I am Zachary Nichols and am originally from Winthrop, Maine. I am working on a double major in Finance and Economics with the Honor’s College. I chose to come to the University of Maine because I wanted to stay close to home. I knew that UMaine offered the best combination of size, atmosphere, and value. You get what you put into your education; if you put in a lot, it can be very rewarding. I am working on my honors thesis in the business school and have taken three capstone courses. I am a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon and Beta Gamma Sigma, the Economics and Business Honor Societies. I am the Treasurer of the 2014 Class of the Senior Skulls Society; Founder and President of UMaine Students for Liberty; and a Resident Assistant. I have really enjoyed my time in SPIFFY. The first meeting I ever attended, I knew I had to get involved and that it would be a transformative experience. Being entrusted to participate in the management of real assets has been humbling and is an opportunity that is unparalleled in comparison to many other business schools. The SPIFFY Co-Presidents from years past, especially Jake Day ’12, Matt Deschesne ’13, and Justin Kezer ’13, have each taught me a lot about leadership; many times through example, and other times through advice and encouragement. After graduation I will be working at Kennebec Savings Bank in Augusta, Maine in a management training program.

Connor Smart

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My name is Connor Smart; I am originally from Lincoln, Maine and am studying Accounting through the Honors College at the University of Maine. Attending the University of Maine is somewhat of a family tradition for me – both my father and my grandfather are alumni of UMaine. However, I have always known that I have had an eye for detail and order myself, so accounting seemed like a natural fit. Combine that with the excellent faculty, reputation, and education that students are exposed to at the MBS, and there is no viable reason not to attend this program. If there was one way to describe the academic atmosphere here, I would say, “Diverse”. The students here sit upon a continuum that, at one end, represents your typical college student, going to class and taking exams, and at the other there are student who are pursuing research, making innovations, and taking steps towards becoming world leaders. The beauty of it all is that, despite this wide gap, all of the students intermingle and work together to make this campus community so special. It is a very unique atmosphere, where at one moment one can feel like you’re in a place consistent with collegiate expectations, and the next to be exposed to an event that is simply extraordinary.

I always say that almost the entire MBS faculty has made a very positive impression on me; it is far too difficult – and honestly unfair – of me to pick out a single staff member. The faculty here has sat down and had conversations with me in regards to my career aspirations, my classes, or just social life, and they have always been incredibly supportive helpful. However, I do owe the Administrative Staff of the MBS – both Associate Dean Welcomer and Dean Manev – a very large “thank you” for the opportunities and support they have given me, as well as the entire accounting department, who always make attending the MBS a joy, and who are remarkably intelligent, kind, and helpful people. The University of Maine has given me one of the most valuable things I could have – peace of mind. I might not know where I am going to go next, nor am I proud of everywhere I have been, but I know that the decision to attend the MBS was the right one. The faculty, my classes, and the general experience of the MBS have only served to further solidify that. I know that I’m getting a world class education that will leave me more than prepared to take on the challenges of the future – and that kind of confidence is priceless. Outside of the classroom I have been active in SPIFFY, IMA and the Black Bears Men’s Chorus. I am a student Ambassador to the MBS. I was given the University of Maine Merit Award, the Paul E. Sullivan Business Scholarship; I am a featured MBS student and a Dean’s List Honoree.

Being at UMaine has given me so many experiences to be exposed to new cultures, ideas, art – the list goes on indefinitely. The world to me is not the same place it was when I entered it. Five years ago I never would have seen myself as an accountant, but after attending the MBS, it seems like a near perfect fit. I am more tolerant of others and their lives because of the exposures I have had here; I am more open minded, and more willing to accept. I have grown as a person, and found myself, because of the University. The world in its entirety is different because of it. After graduation, I plan on working towards getting my CPA licensure as soon as possible, after which I hope to look into working in forensic accounting or perhaps in the non-profit sector.

Matthew Tarsetti

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I am Matthew Tarsetti. I am from Saco, Maine and am currently studying finance with a minor in economics at the University of Maine. I chose UMaine because I love the quiet laid back area in which the school is located. It provides a chance to build recreation into the learning experience of college. I would consider the atmosphere at UMaine to be open. Everyone is friendly and willing to work together to learn. Professors are knowledgeable and approachable as well as classmates. The size of the school allows me to get to know the people in my major well, which has proved invaluable in my experience. Other than the multiple professors I have spent many hours getting to work with through their office hours, Dr. Nory Jones has particularly left a special impression on me. As advisor of MBS Corps., she has been inspirational in showing students the value of giving back and serving the community. I had done community service projects in high school but she sets the bar much higher and has shown me why it is important. At UMaine I have grown in almost every way imaginable. Academically I have expanded my mind learning things I wasn’t even aware of existed. The way I learn has matured as well as how I have handled the workload of class and extra curriculars. Compared to the kid I was when I first came here in 2011, I would say that I have become a much better version of who I was then, and that can be contributed to my experiences at UMaine. This will allow me to graduate and enter the world as a prepared, mature individual.

Outside of the classroom, I am the treasurer of MBS Corps.; I also am a member of NetImpact and SPIFFY. I have also refereed intramural basketball games at the Rec Center. Last year in NetImpact alongside Dr. Terry Porter, we explored what goes into sustainability reporting by exploring UMaine’s Blue Sky Project. I have also participated in SPIFFY which has brought real world experience to the forefront, expanding beyond lectures in the classroom. Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald several times this past year has been extremely rewarding. Getting a tour of the house and meeting some of the families that stay there showed me that the work we have done through MBS Corps. has had a real impact on real people right here in Maine. After graduation I hope to work in a bank or other financial institution within the state of Maine.

Janelle Tinker

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My name is Janelle Tinker. I am from Lubec, Maine and was named the Outstanding Graduating Student in the Maine Business School. I chose UMaine because it is a well-rounded university that has many opportunities. The Maine Business School was a great place to get my undergraduate degree and will be a great place to earn my master’s degree. The university is also a great size, where you can find yourself meeting someone different every other day. This makes it a great place to network and get involved with student activities. The university has a very respectful academic environment that encourages growth in its students. I have always felt comfortable with speaking up and participating in class. There have been many people who have made my experience at UMaine better. My adviser, Dr. Stephanie Welcomer has been encouraging me through all of my classes, especially in the past two years. She has been one of my biggest supporters and has helped me see my potential, not only in my education, but also in my future career. The Tutor Program staff has also really helped me here at UMaine. Mary-Beth, Jessica and Karen were really great people to work for because they are so involved in their tutors’ lives and are constantly making sure we are doing OK. They are always there whenever I need to talk and they give great advice.Outside of the classroom, I was a peer tutor and participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. I also volunteered for missionary trips to Arizona in 2010 and 2013. I am a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. I received the Maine Business School’s Excellence in Accounting Award, the Maine Bankers Association Award and the Maine Association of Professional Accountants Scholarship. UMaine has taught me that you can attain any goals you set, but it is up to you to put in the amount of work and dedication needed to obtain them. Not all goals are impossible; some just may need a little more work ethic and commitment to achieve them.

Amanda Merchant

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My name is Amanda Merchant. I am a Business Management major with a concentration in International Business. Why would someone from Fairfield, Vermont decide to come to UMaine? I had no idea what I wanted to study after high school and UMaine offered the Explorations program to help students like me. I also loved the friendly atmosphere and that I could go to Division 1 sporting events. The academic atmosphere here has been enriching and supportive. The courses are challenging but professors and staff are always willing to go above and beyond to help students be successful. Dr. Scott Anchors is my advisor and has been a huge, positive influence on my academic and professional aspirations. Dr. Anchors has inspired me through his classes and also helped me get my internship with Enterprise. He has been a wonderful mentor. The incredible atmosphere, faculty, staff, and students have all inspired me to succeed and supported me in all of my academic and professional endeavors. I know UMaine was the right place to get my undergraduate education, I could not imagine going anywhere else.The experiences I have had at UMaine, particularly within the Business School have truly influenced me to “expect the world”. Since declaring my major in Business Management, I have developed a more global perspective and realized just how interconnected our global community truly is. Because of this, I decided to declare an International Concentration and study abroad in Central Europe in order to more fully develop my understanding of international business. The Maine Business School inspired me to look outside the immediate community of the U.S. and consider more of the big picture. The education I have received from the Maine Business School has helped me to develop not only as a student, but as a person and member of the global business community. I am an Alpha Omicron Pi sister, a member of the UMaine Figure Skating Club, a part of Team Maine, the Order of Omega; I am the Figure Skating Coach for UMaine Athletics, and an MBS Ambassador. When I return from Prague, Czech Republic after the fall, I am hoping to return to Orono to pursue my MBA at the Maine Business School.

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5723 D.P.Corbett Business Building
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1968 | Fax: 207-581-1930E-mail: dangelo@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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