Alumni profile

Don Oakes

Don Oakes: Sails translate to sales for CEO of Sea Bags

When Milo native Don Oakes was a boy it was a big deal to travel 40 or so miles to Bangor to buy school clothes and supplies. Oakes, now CEO of Sea Bags, describes his life in the ’70s in the town with 2,500 people and three rivers as similar to his favorite TV show, […]

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Travis Blackmer

Travis Blackmer: Finding educational gold in heaps of trash

For Travis Blackmer, the summer of 2011 was a summer of garbage. And it changed his life. While classmates at the University of Maine were waiting tables, pounding nails, or painting houses to make tuition money, the 20-year old undergrad was pawing through trash. Tons and tons of trash. But he didn’t really mind. After […]

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Ewa Kleczyk

Ewa Kleczyk: Economics alumna builds career in pharmaceutical industry

Ewa Kleczyk, executive director of commercial effectiveness analytics for Symphony Health Solutions and a University of Maine alumna, credits her economics degrees and time at UMaine with helping her pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry. “I think the small classes and the willingness of professors to truly coach and mentor us was one of […]

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Adam Barker-Hoyt

Adam Barker-Hoyt: Alumnus offers energy alternatives for Mainers

Adam Barker-Hoyt spent 12 years studying at the University of Maine, where he received dual bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and philosophy, and a master’s degree in mathematics. For some, mathematics and philosophy might seem like an odd match, but for Barker-Hoyt, knowledge of both have helped him successfully run his business. “Since my focus in […]

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Allan Arch

Allan Arch: Celebrating UMaine for 50 years

Allan Arch, a 1965 University of Maine alumnus, was a student during the university’s 100th anniversary. This October, he is experiencing another UMaine milestone as the institution celebrates its 150th anniversary. Arch of Fort Lauderdale, Florida returned to campus Oct. 7–8 for his 50th reunion. “I remember the 100th as a special year,” he says. […]

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