2013 Summer Academic & Residential Staff
English 101 Instructor:
Scientific Writing Instructor:
Individual Project Coordinator:
Individual Project Mentors:
Residence Life Counselors:
Summer Staff 2013 Biographies
About Seanna: https://nsfa.umaine.edu/blog/2011/04/26/nsfa-agriculture-award-winner-announced/
About Hannah: My name is Hanna Backus, I’m a senior in the Environtmental Science program at Husson University. This summer I am the female RC and a watch group co-faculitator.I graduated from Penquis Valley High School. I’m from Brownville Junction,ME. I am also a graduate of the University of Maine Classic Program.
Mathematics Instructor (Algebra II/Trigonometry with a focus on SAT Prep)
Individual Project Mentor (Mathematics)
About Bill: I am the Alg II/Trig teacher for the summer as well as an individual project mentor. I was a student at Upward Bound from 2003-2005 and have been staff since 2008, although this is my first summer in Math Science. I graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in 2005 and University of Maine in 2010 with a B.S. in Secondary Education. During the school year, I am a half-time math teacher at Brewer High School.
About Josh: Hello! My name is Josh Belka and I am the Counselor for Upward Bound Math Science this summer. I am a graduate student studying Counselor Education here at the University of Maine. I am an avid Boston sports fan, as well as an avid musician. Please do not hesitate to touch base with me for any reason. I look forward to meeting all of you!
About Elizabeth: Last summer was my first summer with Upward Bound. This summer I’m transitioning from the Classic program to the Math/Science program as an individual project mentor (psychology) and group facilitator. I grew up on the coast of Maine and spent my high school and college summers working in a lobster pound in Boothbay Harbor. I graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2007 with a BFA in creative writing and minors in sociology and psychology. In 2011, I married my college sweetheart, Michael Bodkin. Together we have two cats, Baxter and Mr. Tumnus. I really enjoy teaching and currently I’m working as a special education technician at Orono High School. In my free time I like read, paint, play board games, cross-stitch and watch my favorite shows which include: Archer, Dr. Who, Breaking Bad, Adventure Time, The X-Files and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I have a passion for anything supernatural. I also love decorating for holidays, especially Halloween.
About Michael: I’m a recent M.S. graduate from the University of Maine School of Earth and Climate Sciences, having worked in the field of aqueous geochemistry. I finished my thesis this may, just in time for summer program. I’ll be returning as both Group Facilitator and Individual Project Mentor for the UBMS summer program 2013. Prior to graduate school, I worked two years at Bath Iron Works as a drafting designer and mentor. I earned my B.A. in geology from the University of Maine Farmington in 2007. But that’s just the mundane stuff. I’m also into video games, mineral collecting, Adventure Time, riding my bike, taking my cats for a walk, Breaking Bad final season premiering this summer – you know, the usual stuff.
This will be my second summer working for UB. You can come to me with any questions about geology or chemistry, questions and tips about science programs in college, problems and concerns with scientific writing (I was struggling with this not too long ago…), or anything else really. If I don’t know the answer, I can definitely connect you with someone who does.
About James: This summer I’ll be teaching English 101 to the bridge students. We’ll be reading and writing, but most of all focusing on what a “discursive community” is; how we all are constantly participating in them all the time whether we realize, or like it, or not; and how understanding and mediating that participation will make one a better reader, writer, professional, student, scientist, and so on.
I studied history and classical languages at UMaine, and graduated in 2010. My experience in the Honors College pushed me toward an interest in contemporary literature, and so I transitioned into Maine’s MA program in English, and graduated in 2012. Since then, I’ve taught courses in composition, Latin, and classical literature in translation at UMaine. I also teach college composition and professional communications at Husson University. I’m currently in the process of applying to PhD programs in English, in order to continue developing as a scholar, teacher and writer.
My academic areas are pretty varied, but my writing so far has focused a lot around comparisons between the Modernist world (early 20th century) and Classical Roman world, and tend toward exploring intersections between authors and politics. An article of mine due to be published next year, for example, focuses on the work of two poets driven into political exile in fascistic regimes: the Roman poet Ovid by the Emperor Augustus, and the Russian poet Osip Mandelshtam, by Joseph Stalin.
About Crystal: Hello! I graduated from the University of Maine Orono in December with an Elementary Education degree. I love science! I am striving to become a middle school science teacher. When I am not the Individual Project Coordinator for UBMS I am hanging out with friends playing games, exercising, listening to music, reading a book or just relaxing. While I was in college I spent a lot of my free time volunteering with my sisters of Gamma Sigma Sigma. I have worked with dozens of organizations across the campus and the nation to help raise money and awareness to important causes. I am so excited to get to know each and every one of you this summer!
Becky Colannino Director/Residence Life Coordinator About Becky: Becky’s first summer at UB was in 1989! She has been in several roles, from Academic Counselor, Co-Director and now Director of UBMS. In the summers, Becky has worked with Community Service, and now can be found organizing the Residence Life Team, coordinating with our new Chef, working with our Counselor and Hall Manager, as well as cleaning and painting Theta Chi in preparation for summer program. She also does all kinds of administrative tasks! She is a busy lady! In her time not at UBMS, Becky has two children, and spends hundreds of hours with them in ice hockey arenas all over New England and Canada. Cathy Conn
About Cathy: Cathy Conn (I) will be your cook for the summer and the creator of some very yummy meals. I have been cooking since taking my first summer job when I was 16 years old. Without much experience and armed with my mother’s Betty Crocker Cookbook, I went to work for a family in Northeast Harbor, Maine. I was the summer cook and my best friend was the housekeeper. I lived in their beautiful summer home preparing their daily meals and cooking for special occasion too. That summer ended with a very special house guest and today I can say I cooked for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who told me, “she loved my blueberry pie”.
About Matt: I am a 3rd year staff member of Upward Bound Math Science and I focus on all math related things with the program. You will find me teaching calculus, research statistics, and the Bridge math elective course. You will also find me as an individual project mentor for math-based projects and as a group project facilitator. As far as math education goes, I tend to be sort of an innovator. I believe that there are many ways to demonstrate knowledge and mastery of concepts.
As far as academics go, I did my undergraduate studies at UMaine in Mathematics and Statistics (hence why I am one of your math faculty). I did my masters degree and am currently working on my PhD here in the Spatial Information Science and Engineering department doing what amounts to applied mathematics as it pertains to spatial reasoning and spatial database queries.
As you will find from any of the students around program who know me, I am what you would call a jack-of-all-trades. I was a three-sport high school athlete, I act, I sing, I umpire baseball pretty much whenever I am not with you guys, I facilitate leadership development workshops, I partner dance, I volunteer for the special olympics as a coach for soccer and basketball, I cook a lot, etc.
I have something in common with almost every single one of you. For some of you, you already know what that is as we have explored it, but for those of you who don’t, I am fully ready to explore that. If you have any questions about applying for college, what math degrees entail, math questions in general, or anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
To keep this a little more light, here are a few fun facts:
1. I have played in a kazorchestra – that is an orchestra of kazoos 2. I can do many vocal impressions (I may or may not use that to my advantage teaching from time to time) 3. I have studied in Belgium 4. My roommates are international students (China, India, South Korea)
About Ryan: I am excited to share this Upward Bound experience as a residence counselor this summer. My plan is to graduate in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in education at the University of Maine in Orono. I hope to be a high school teacher after I receive a masters degree in secondary education.
My current hobbies are fitness, serving the community, basketball, hiking, skiing, chess, ice skating, foreign languages, golf and traveling. I am a board member of the Ripple Effect Project, a non-profit corporation that assists an orphanage in Kisumu, Kenya, called the Korando Faith Widows and Orphans Group. One fun fact about my high school career is that my dad was my homeroom teacher freshman year!
About Adria: I am a Junior at UMO studying Accounting. I enjoy math which is why I am studying Accounting. During the summer I like to go walks and bike rides. I also enjoy swimming and just being outside in general. During the winter I enjoy down hill skiing. I have been involved with Upward Bound since 2008. This will be my 5th summer with the program, my 2nd working. I will be working in the office this summer.
About Dr. Hamlin: http://www.umaine.edu/marine/people/profile/heather_hamlin
About Kristine: http://umaine.edu/wle/graduate-program/current-graduate-students/kristine-hoffmann/
About Kelly: This is my 13th summer program! I started with UBMS as a Graduate Assistant (2000-2003) and have held several summer program roles, including Group Facilitator/Individual Project Mentor and Individual Project Coordinator. I have been in my current role since September 2005. You should come to see me during summer program if … You have questions about the schedule, academics, a conflict with your group or mentor, questions about the group project, individual projects, classes or the program in general. You learned something cool and want to tell me! You want to practice your presentation or need help editing your papers! You need more information about campus, getting financial aid or scholarships, exceptions from program, meal and dietary needs…and, just about anything else you want! I have three cats (Jerrymander, Sam-ka, and Jenny Girl, as they are affectionately called), and my favorite song is Eyes of the World by the Grateful Dead. To me, it sends a positive message about interconnectedness and each person’s place in the universe. I live in Orono and am finishing my second Master’s degree (Human Nutrition). The first one was in Science and Environmental Education. I love novel foods — some of my favorites include brazil broccoli mash, cashew nut “cheese” and cacao almond smoothies! I value higher education and the opportunities it brings, and hope to continue my education in one of several different paths I have in mind. I love learning, am naturally curious, and encourage students to ask questions this summer — of each other, their mentors and themselves. I believe that we all have innate strengths, abilities, and talents that they can contribute to make the world a better place if we follow our passions!
About Dr. Kass: http://sbe.umaine.edu/people/faculty/
About Julia: This summer I will be working in ResLife as Resident Director/Resident Counselor. I am from Fairfield, ME. This year I graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a major in Hispanic Studies and a minor in Secondary Education. At Wheaton I studied abroad in Chile and Spain and was a member of the swim team. I enjoy hiking, biking, and still like to swim. The last movie I watched was Wreck-It-Ralph and I am currently reading 36 Children by Herbert Kohl.
About Hendrik: I grew up in the Blue Hill area and attended college at the University of Maine, where I studied physics and geology. I went on to complete a graduate degree at MIT and have since moved back to Maine. I intend to teach math and/or science at the high school level.
About Nicholas: http://umaine.edu/soe/students/nicholas-lisac/
About Mark: http://umaine.edu/biomed/staff/
About Leslie: ~ RN 30 years ~ Master’s Public Health 2012 ~ work in prevention-health & wellness- in workplace ~ work as RN for UB for ~ 15 years ~ Goal : support students in summer program towards optimal health, lifestyles and greatest potential & productivity. I look forward to working with you all. Leslie P. RN MPH
About Dr. Rosenwasser: http://umaine.edu/psychology/faculty/alan-m-rosenwasser/
About Dr. Mo: http://www.umaine.edu/mecheng/Mo/
About Patrick: I’m Pat Stewart and I will be the hall manager this summer. I have completed my first year at Colby College, and am majoring in economics with a minor in education. I am also a member of the Men’s basketball team at Colby, and enjoy playing basketball, tennis, and golf in my free time. I also enjoy spending time with my family of nine and my crazy poodle Zena. I am looking forward to working with Upward Bound this summer!
About Jeremy: Jeremy Swist graduated from UMaine Orono in 2011 with a dual degree in Latin and European History, and is currently a Master’s student of Classical Languages & Literature at the University of Iowa. This is his third summer with UBMS teaching Latin & Greek, and his second teaching Scientific Writing. While his personal academic focus is on the history and philosophy of the later ancient world, Jeremy delights in trivia games, juggling, heavy metal and all things Doctor Who.
About Cote: I will be working at UBMS this summer as a Group Facilitator and Individual Project Mentor. I graduated from Dartmouth College in June 2013 and studied psychology and education. Beginning in the fall, I will attend Boston College and study educational psychology. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing games, and spending time with family and friends. I also love visiting theme parks and going on rollercoasters!
About Dr. Wu: http://gsbse.umaine.edu/people/profile/vivian_wu
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