UMM video with transcript


The University of Maine at Machias

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Sherrie Sprangers:  I think UMM is really special because it’s a small campus, so as a faculty, I really get to know the students. It was a kind of place that I wanted to go, and I found it here.

Eric Jones:  We’re a really tight‑knit community. Students, faculty and staff, we all know each other really quite well. I think we develop a rapport with one another that makes the time we have in the classroom and in the labs together that much more effective, because we’re able to connect with each other as people, beyond that student‑teacher relationship, which I find really gratifying.

Jeremy Nettleton:  Our program is unique here in Machias because it’s a pretty small program. Students get to know their professors very well. They work with us not only during the lectures, but we’re with them in the field. We’re very hands‑on learning.

From week one, students are out in the field, wrestling with different organisms. We’re located really close to, I’d say, a dozen unique sights that are within 15‑minutes’ drive of the school. We pretty much get out every week. We look at rocky intertidal, sandy beaches, mudflats, estuaries, salt marshes. We have it all.

Cody Jourdet:  What drew me to Machias was the strength of the Marine Biology program. Also, direct access to the ocean. You have your boots on, you’re in the mud, day one. The Downeast Institute is a non‑profit organization whose main focus is aquaculture production.

While you’re in school in Machias, the DEI provides bridge from the intellectual world to the actual work world.

Jeremy: It’s great resource. They have all kinds of shellfish research is going on there. Our students get to go out and see all the projects. They get to take part in things, doing actual research where we’re collecting data, doing the analysis. It’s a great hands‑on stuff.

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Marcus Librizzi:  The English, Creative Writing, and Book Arts program is the only program in the country that takes English and the study of creative writing, and embeds it around the operations of a professional press.

Our students leave with two professional publications. They leave with having worked in a really small, inclusive, and nurturing community. It also encourages them to grow and develop, and find themselves as creative writers.

Alexander Lonsdale:  I like to have a more intimate experience with both my professors and the classroom. Also, there was the Book Arts. You can actually go on and make your own books. That’s really cool. You get those experiences and you get them in detail.

It provides you with a lot of information that you can put into your own writing. Same with the land, the landscape. We’re out here, you’re smelling salt wind. You’re feeling the sand between your toes. That’s all stuff that goes straight back into your work.

Karen Beeftink:  I am a Professor in the Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management program. One of the things that I love about this field is, it’s very broad. We have a student right now who is in Ecuador, working for an ecotourism program. We have students go on to become personal fitness trainers, go on to work in the state parks and national parks, or work for conservation crews.

We get out into the community a lot with our program, where we were helping put in a new trail for residence of a nearby community. There are so many opportunities for outdoor recreation here. We have woods, 200 acres of woods, right behind our school. We have rivers, lakes, the ocean so close by. It’s just a 10‑minute drive to get to some of the most beautiful places in the world.

Sierra Tjelmeland:  The nature aspect of the college campus is really nice. There’s quite a few hiking trails right around 30 minutes away that are extensive. You can either go on backpacking trips, 10‑miles hikes.

There’s canoeing and kayaking places available, and we have the canoes and kayaks here on campus available to all the students all the time, so it’s really nice. University is in a great location for outdoor enthusiasts.

Andrew Callahan:  When I leave Machias, then I’d definitely take what I’ve learned, the resources I’ve gathered, the portfolios I’ve made, the friends I’ve made, both my peers and my professors. I’ve seen people who have graduated already, succeed in their fields, and I can’t wait to just jump into my field right after Machias. I’ll take a little piece of Machias wherever I go.

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Amanda Smith:  The Psych Department has a really great reputation. It was even more than what I expected when I got here. The professors are amazing. A lot of them are known worldwide. They could be teaching at ivy league schools, but Machias is lucky enough that they came here. It’s just an amazing experience all around.

Cheyenne Robinson:  It’s been incredible because I didn’t realize all of the places in Machias that you could do psychological work. We’ve partnered with hospitals, food pantries. Right now, I’m going to do my internship with the Next Step Domestic Violence project. It’s amazing, finding all these places just in Machias, that you can do, your PD experience work.