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Changes at MES

After nearly 20 years with the Maine Studies Program, including many as Coordinator, Carol Toner retired in June of 2016. Her leadership has inspired many students over the years, and allowed the program to grow and evolve to meet changing needs, including an increasing emphasis on online learning. To read a tribute to Carol from Maine Studies Instructor Jennifer Pickard, please click here.
Ettenger_HeadshotNew Director Kreg Ettenger began his position in September 2016. Kreg comes from the University of Southern Maine, where he was an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Program in Tourism and Hospitality. His research interests include cultural tourism, digital storytelling, ethnographic research methods, and oral history. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, as well as Director of the Maine Folklife Center.

The Maine Studies Program will now be housed in South Stevens Hall and be aligned with the Maine Folklife Center, the Department of Anthropology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Division of Lifelong Learning will still provide advising services for Maine Studies students, especially those in the Bachelor of University Studies (BUS) degree.

Judy Krzywon Wins Academic Achievement Award

photo of Judy KrzywonThe Maine Studies graduate program has chosen MES student 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 master’s project, Judy plans to work with the town of Freeport to draw tourists to town not just to shop, but to learn about local history and culture. She will conduct research on cultural tourism in Maine with a focus on Freeport, as well as on Pettengill Farm. In the summer of 2016 she conducted a comparative study of other farm museums throughout northern New England.  Judy is a full-time high school history and English teacher in Freeport. Congratulations, Judy!


MES Student Michael Munson Receives Two Awards

Michael Munson of Hudson, Maine, the 2015 Outstanding Graduating Student in the University of Maine’s Michael-MunsonDivision of Lifelong Learning, was also honored recently with the University Professional & Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) New England Continuing Education Student Award. The annual award is given to a student enrolled in an undergraduate program offered through a division of continuing education who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and an extraordinary willingness to learn in order to enhance his or her own career, quality of life, family and community.

Michael is a December 2014 graduate of UMaine’s Bachelor of University Studies program with a concentration and minor in Maine studies. For his capstone, supervised by UMaine art professor Michael Grillo, Munson produced an experiential learning video on Benedict Arnold’s march through Maine. In addition to his academic work, Munson’s charitable contributions have benefited both local and international organizations, including children in developing countries.

Michael is continuing his studies as a graduate student in the UMaine Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program, with a concentration in Maine Studies. For a longer version of this story, please click here for an article on the Division of Lifelong Learning’s website. More information on the Bachelor of University Studies, UMaine’s degree completion program for adults, is available here.

Affiliated Faculty

  • Susan Pinette

    Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; Director of Franco American Studies


  • John Bear Mitchell

    Lecturer of Wabanaki Studies and Multicultural Studies


  • Richard Judd

    Professor of History


  • Lisa Neuman

    Associate Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies