Archive for the ‘Alumni’ Category

Alumna Named President of UMaine Pulp & Paper Foundation

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

University of Maine alumna Carrie Enos has been named president of the University of Maine Pulp & Paper Foundation.

She replaces Jack Healy, who has held the position since 2007 and is retiring this spring.

Enos graduated from UMaine in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. She has worked in the paper industry since 1997, most recently in the position of finished products business unit manager at the Verso Paper Mill in Bucksport. Enos has also been employed at International Paper in Jay (now Verso Paper), Sappi Fine Paper in Skowhegan and Eastern Fine Paper (now Lincoln Paper and Tissue) in Lincoln.

“After an extensive national search, we are pleased to have someone of Carrie’s background and caliber to lead our organization,” says John Donahue, chair of the Pulp & Paper Foundation’s Executive Committee. “She will do an outstanding job of executing our strategic plan, working with our partners and donors, and assisting and guiding scholarship students.”

Enos and her family live in Bangor. She will begin her new role in mid-January.

Incorporated in 1950, the University of Maine Pulp & Paper Foundation manages the Consider Engineering Program, and supports 87 scholarships at both full tuition and other levels to encourage UMaine engineering students to consider a career in the pulp and paper industry.

UMaine Graduate to Appear on Spike TV Reality Show

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Michael Merchant, a 2007 University of Maine graduate from Hampden, will appear on Spike TV’s new reality show “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.” Merchant, who holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, will compete against eight other teams of Bigfoot and big game hunters to try to capture Bigfoot or provide definitive visual and DNA proof of the creature’s existence. The show will be hosted by actor Dean Cain and will feature scientific experts Todd Disotell and Natalia Reagan. In 2011, Merchant also appeared on the Discovery Channel’s “Out of the Wild: Venezuela,” a reality show that featured volunteers who were abandoned in a remote area of Venezuela and had to travel 70 miles back to civilization with only basic supplies. “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” premieres 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 on Spike TV.

WVII Reports on Francis Crowe Society Inductions

Monday, December 16th, 2013

WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine College of Engineering’s Francis Crowe Society induction ceremony. Dean Dana Humphrey said “it’s an accomplishment for those graduating to take with them into the world, as well as an honor for those who have become distinguished in their careers.” The society is named in honor of Francis Trenholm Crowe, who earned a degree in civil engineering from UMaine in 1905 and was chief engineer of the Hoover Dam.

New Director of UMaine’s Aquaculture Research Institute Named

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Vice President for Research Carol Kim recently appointed Paul Anderson as the new director of the Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) at the University of Maine. ARI is a statewide resource for research, faculty expertise and facilities dedicated to informing the development of sustainable aquaculture.

In Maine, marine aquaculture includes salmon, oysters, mussels and seaweeds with a growing interest in other species of both finfish and shellfish. There is also a small amount of freshwater aquaculture used to raise bait fish and other species.

Since 2001, Anderson has directed the Maine Sea Grant College Program, another one of UMaine’s research centers overseen by Kim. He will continue in that capacity. “Paul has tremendous leadership skills,” said Kim, explaining that the ARI is an important asset to the developing aquaculture industry in Maine, “I expect successful results as he takes the helm.”

During this two-year appointment as ARI director, which began December 1, 2013, Anderson will oversee a strategic planning effort, an external review of the institute, and will work to align the faculty, student and facilities that are involved in aquaculture-related research towards common goals. “This is an important time in the evolution of aquaculture in the world and strong science is needed to help ensure that aquaculture is integrated in the working waterfront and into the food systems in an ecologically sustainable manner,” Anderson said.

A UMaine alumnus, Anderson served as the extension leader at Maine Sea Grant before becoming its director. From 1989–1999, he worked for the Maine Department of Marine Resources where he directed the Public Health Division overseeing all aspects of seafood safety. In 2003, he chaired the Governor’s Task Force on the Planning and Development of Marine Aquaculture in Maine.

UMaine has aquaculture research facilities at three locations in the state: the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin; the research laboratory at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, and the Aquaculture Research Center in Orono.

Six to be Inducted into Francis Crowe Society

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Six people are being inducted into the College of Engineering’s Francis Crowe Society during a ceremony Friday, Dec. 13, 1–3 p.m., in Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium, Engineering Science Research Building at the University of Maine.

In the Distinguished Engineer category, inductees are:

  • Paul Durocher, class of 1982, Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • David Kinney, class of 1986, Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • William Pike, class of 1980, Engineering Physics

  • Scot MacDonald, class of 1990, School of Engineering Technology

In the Faculty Engineer category, the inductee is:

  • Assistant Professor of Physics Rob Meulenberg, Engineering Physics

And, in the Honorary Engineer category, the inductee is:

  • Master Sgt. Thomas Banister, senior military instructor for the UMaine Army ROTC Battalion.

The Francis Crowe Society recognizes UMaine engineering graduates and others who have made considerable contributions to the engineering profession. The society is named in honor of Francis Trenholm Crowe, who earned a degree in civil engineering from UMaine in 1905 and was chief engineer of the Hoover Dam. Crowe also was involved in the construction of 18 other major dams in the United States, facilitating farming in a number of areas.

UMaine Business Challenge Featured in BDN Article

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The Bangor Daily News reported on the UMaine Business Challenge for the article, “UMaine competition seeks to create entrepreneurs and keep them in the state.” The competition was started in 2011 by a small group of 2010 UMaine graduates who wanted to give back to their alma mater while creating more opportunities for student entrepreneurs. Spencer Wood, last year’s second-place winner who is now a UMaine graduate student, and James Morin, one of the competition’s founders, were interviewed for the article.

BDN Reports on Bronson’s Healthcare Lecture

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The Bangor Daily News covered a speech that Dr. David Bronson delivered  titled “Healthcare Reform and the Bumpy Road to Universal Access” at Buchanan Alumni House.

Bronson, a 1969 graduate of UMaine and president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals, was on campus Nov. 20 to deliver the University of Maine 2013 Distinguished Honors Graduate. He said the less-than-successful launch of the Affordable Care Act and website doesn’t lessen the law’s importance to the future of U.S. healthcare.

Many of the 51 million uninsured Americans are poor, Bronson said, adding that an estimated 21 million to 31 million Americans will sign up for insurance with the Affordable Care Act. Bronson said it’s embarrassing that the U.S. spends nearly 18 percent of its gross domestic product on healthcare but is ranked 27th (among countries) in healthcare quality by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

BDN Reports on MBS Enrollment, Successes

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The Bangor Daily News wrote a piece about the all-time high undergraduate enrollment at the Maine Business School (MBS) at the University of Maine.

MBS Dean Ivan Manev says the school attracts students for a host of reasons. There are accessible faculty who are experts in their fields, a new concentration in entrepreneurship, high post-graduate job placement and a wealth of learning opportunities, including a student-run investment group, access to the Bloomberg Terminal and trips to the New York Stock Exchange.

“I was born in Maine, raised in Maine, educated in Maine and now I’m employed in Maine,” Bethany Mealey, ’09, of Farmingdale, Maine, said in the story.  “I wanted to study business and the Maine Business School allowed me to do that,” said Mealey, who works at UNUM in Portland.

Read more here.

Jazz Ensemble to Pay Tribute to Former Student

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The University of Maine School of Performing Arts presents the fall Jazz Ensemble concert Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall.

Under the direction of Jack Burt, the ensemble will perform jazz standards by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and others. In addition, it will perform “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” by Charles Mingus and “Body and Soul” by Johnny Green, featuring tenor soloist Ron Ho, as a tribute to former UMaine graduate student Ashley Drew, who died this past summer.

Burt says Drew was a formidable leader. “A great jazz solo isn’t just a collection of well-chosen notes; it’s a personal expression of life’s experiences, and a person’s thoughts and feelings,” he says. “That’s why Ashley had something to say every time she picked up her tenor… In music, or in life, what Ashley Drew had to say was worth listening to…”

The Jazz Ensemble is a 20-piece big band open to university students. Admittance is by audition. It performs several times each semester, both on campus and around the state. Additionally, for the last 12 years, the Jazz Ensemble has performed a live two-hour radio broadcast at the studio of MPBN Radio. The performance is simulcast on the Internet.

Admission is $9, free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show.

WVII Talks With Alums Working on New Balance Field House

Monday, November 18th, 2013

WVII (Channel 7) spoke with University of Maine alumni Dave Manz (2007) and Jonathan Englehart (2013), who work for PC Construction, the Portland, Maine, company refurbishing the New Balance Field House. Manz, the project engineer, ran track and field for the Black Bears, WVII reported.