Alumni profiles

Jesse Groening

Curiosity drives Groening ’10 to document, share people’s unique stories

A cluster of elm trees near Stodder Hall is Jesse Groening’s favorite University of Maine spot. “They were the best for climbing and getting a bird’s-eye view of the campus,” says the 2010 graduate. Since Commencement, the broadcast journalism major and TV film and video minor has had lots of interesting views and opportunities. He’s […]

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Josephine Roussell: Ocean steward helps develop oyster sorter

Editor’s note: Story updated June 3. There are lots of oysters on Josephine Roussell’s plate. A few literally, and many more figuratively. The 2018 University of Maine graduate is a research technician on a team designing a sorter for small-scale oyster growers. Aquaculture already provides more than 50 percent of seafood worldwide, according to the […]

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Jon Velishka

Jon Velishka: From education major to soldier and back to the classroom

Lt. Col. Jon Velishka takes another sip of coffee. When giving a 9 a.m. lecture to University of Maine graduate students on complex issues of national security and foreign policy, it helps to be well caffeinated. “You have to come back to a framework,” Velishka tells the class. “You have to come back to something […]

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Iva Jugovic

Iva Jugovic: UMaine alumna shares her journey from Serbia to Switzerland

Iva Jugovic started her academic journey at the University of Maine in 2011. At the age of 19, she traveled 4,000 miles across the Atlantic, from her hometown Leskovac, Serbia to Orono, Maine to pursue her undergraduate studies. The recipient of a full-tuition scholarship to UMaine, Jugovic quickly took an interest in the health-related sciences […]

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Kaitlin Young

Kaitlin Young: Music education alumna named 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year

Kaitlin Young isn’t letting accolades go to her head. “I feel incredibly honored and humbled to be named the 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year,” says Young, a 2010 UMaine graduate in music education. “I am grateful for the opportunity to further the discussion about the importance of education for all students, as well as […]

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Cassie Vaillancourt: Alumna works at Sappi North America in Skowhegan

Cassie Vaillancourt ’12 (MBA) is using her business degree in the forest products industry. Vaillancourt, who earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Maine in 2010, works as an operations planner in the supply chain department at Sappi North America in Skowhegan. “I am responsible for planning production of the mill’s three […]

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