Maine Studies Featured Students
Phyllis VonHerrlich presented a talk, “Gail Laughlin: Maine’s Unsung Feminist Rabble Rouser” at Dirigo Pines in Orono on April 30, 2013. Phyllis completed her research on Gail Laughlin for her Maine Studies/MALS degree, which she earned in 2010.
Erin-Kate Sousa, on the left, participated in a panel presentation titled “International Students in Your Classroom: What You Need to Know” at the University of Maine, Dec. 5, 2012. Erin-Kate, a graduate student in the Maine Studies program, is an ESL teacher (English as a Second Language) in the Intensive English Institute. She is interested in studying the recent increase of international students in Maine high schools and post-secondary schools.
At the recent Division of Lifelong Learning Honors Ceremony 2010 at the University of Maine, the Maine Studies program recognized these three students: (l-r) Van Hussey, who received the Certificate in Maine Studies, Phyllis Vonherrlich, who received the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Maine Studies, and Jennifer Smith-Mayo, who received the Maine Studies Graduate Award for Research and Creativity. (Photo by Man-Ching Lee)
Rhea Cote Robbins (left) and Rosemary Cyr took part in a panel presentation, “Franco-American Women’s Project, Borders and Beyond: Report From the Classroom” during the Women in the Curriculum lunch program at the University of Maine, February 24, 2010. Rhea teaches FAS230/WST235, Franco American Women’s Experience, a course that counts toward the Maine Studies minor and certificate. Rose, a Maine Studies graduate student in the MALS program, is a researcher at the Archaeology Research Center at the University of Maine, Farmington.
Katherine O’Flaherty, instructor for MES101, Introduction to Maine Studies, will take part in a roundtable at the American Society for Environmental History conference in Portland, Oregon, March, 2010. The roundtable, “Teaching and Environment: Practice and Pedagogy Beyond the Discipline” will be chaired by environmental historian Carolyn Merchant, of UC Berkeley. Using her experience in teaching MES101 online, Katherine will discuss her course, which uses an environmental history framework for teaching regional studies. According to Katherine, the course helps students develop interdiscipliary practices and an appreciation for the complexity of contemporary and historical issues.
Ian Larson (at the computer) is the director and curator of the Hunting House Gallery in Orono. The Hunting House collaborative offers both physical and virtual galleries as well as media production, web development, and other features. Ian, a 2009 New Media graduate from the Univeristy of Maine, won the 2009 Maine Studies Research and Creativity Award for his project, “The Passamquoddy Living Language Project.”
Stephanie Leonard, a candidate in the Maine Studies Master of Liberal Studies has recently won the 2009 Maine Studies Research and Creativity Graduate Award for her paper titled, “Uncovering the Myth: LL Bean and the Maine Mystique.” Her paper was also awarded the Vincent Hartgen Art History Travel Award for 2009 from the Department of Art. Leonard currently teaches art at Fairmount School in Bangor.