Good luck, Carol Toner. Welcome, Kreg Ettenger!

After nearly 20 years with the Maine Studies program, Carol Toner is retiring – we wish her many happy retirement years. To read a faculty tribute to Carol click here.

photo of Kreg EttengerThe incoming director, Kreg Ettenger, will be in place starting September 2016. Kreg comes to us from USM, where he was a faculty member in the anthropology department and also the director of the Maine Tourism program. Kreg’s teaching and research interests range widely from cultural tourism to human ecology to ethnography and environmental issues. We are very pleased to have someone whose interests align so well with Maine Studies. Welcome, Kreg!    

Judy Krzywon - 2016 Maine Studies Academic Achievement Award

photo of Judy KrzywonThe Maine Studies graduate program has chosen Judy Krzywon for the Maine Studies Academic Achievement Award. This award and monetary prize are given to recognize Judy’s excellent academic work in the program where she has earned a 4.0 grade point average. For her final project, Judy wants to work with the town of Freeport to draw tourists to town not just to shop, but to learn about the history and culture of the town. She will conduct her research on cultural tourism in Maine with a focus on Freeport. Judy is a full-time high school history and English teacher in Freeport, Maine. Congratulations, Judy!

photo of Tasha Raymond“Without the ability to do my coursework from home, graduate school would not have been an option for me. Living over an hour away from the University of Maine, raising a family, and working on an active homestead made it impossible to commute. Taking distance courses through the graduate school was fantastic! Being able to finish my MAIS in Maine Studies from afar was convenient and practical.”
– Tasha Raymond
Tasha completed her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Maine Studies in December, 2015. Her final project/thesis is titled “Becoming a Homesteader in Maine”