April 2017

Alumni Newsletter

The Maritime Alumni Participation Challenge starts April 1, 2017! Every alumni gift between April 1 – 18 will boost MMA’s chances to win. (The amount does not matter; participation is what counts.)

Click here to learn all about it. Every gift counts…let’s lead the way!

View the Thank You Day video featuring the MMA community.
Produced by Caiden Shea ’20 and the College Relations Department. 

From the Alumni Association

Communications Committee: Alumni Seal

The Alumni Relations and College Relations departments worked with a local vendor to digitize the MMA Alumni Association seal. This will offer better clarity at various sizes over different media and for apparel, gifts, and accessories.  

Alumni Participation Committee: Class Agent Update

Since introducing the Class Agent concept in the February 2017 e-newsletter, we’re happy to report several alumni have already stepped forward to volunteer! The Alumni Participation Committee and Alumni Relations Office are finalizing the campaign kick-off with informational and training sites to support this exciting and important initiative.

If you wish to be an agent for your class, or have a recommendation for a class agent, please contact alumni@mma.edu.

Alumni – Senior Banquet

The annual Alumni – Senior Banquet was held at the Cross Center, Bangor, February 8. It was a great event to welcome  seniors into the Alumni Association.

Joe Cote ’82, president of the Alumni Association, was the master of ceremonies. Joe presented $5,000 worth of scholarships offered by the Alumni Association and the Casco Bay Chapter.

Cristin Wright, president of the senior class, challenged classmates to participate in events and consider financial support for their alma mater. Director of Alumni Relations Jeff Wright gave a presentation to our future alumni on the Alumni Association mission, organization and goals, and shared the locations of chapters and groups around the US.  

One hundred thirty-five seniors were hosted by 45 alumni. The assigned seating made for a great mix of alumni and seniors at each table. One alumnus was so impressed with his dinner guests that he wishes to purchase an MMA tie for each.

Special thanks to the many alumni who supported the event. Also, thanks to the Darling’s Group, Camden National Bank, Bowden’s Construction, Creative Print Services, Evergreen Waste Service and Wallace Events for their generous sponsorships.

(Pictured: Scott Hersey ’85 welcomes son Henry Hersey ’17 to the Alumni Association.)

Women of Distinction

The Women of Distinction Alumnae Panel was held March 21 as part of our Women’s History Month activities. The panel featured alumnae graduating between the years 1999-2014 representing all academic departments.

Current students, faculty, and staff were in attendance, and panelists answered questions about their careers and experiences after leaving the academy. Following the event, students and alumnae had the opportunity to continue the discussion during dinner.

Thank you to the incredible Mariners who shared their afternoon and evening with us. We appreciate the valuable information and insights you gave us, including the notion that, as MMA graduates, “‘Not my job’ isn’t something we say… We do whatever it takes to get the job done.”

View recorded live stream here.

MMA Continuing Education

Maine Maritime Academy’s Continuing Education department offers mariners STCW training for maintaining their credentials or advancing their license. 

There are also non-maritime related courses for those looking to advance in their careers. 

Here is a complete list of course offerings .

For more information:

Office of Continuing Education
(207) 326-2211

Fishing Derby

The Fishing Club at MMA hosted its first annual Ice Fishing Derby at Craig Pond in Orland on  February 25. Sixty-one registrants endured wet conditions in pursuit of “trophy” fish. Winners were:

Salmon, Robert Chapman – 22″

Brook Trout, River Ellis – 15.5″

Many thanks to the area merchants and the Alumni Association who sponsored the event and donated great prizes. Plans are already underway for next year’s event. We really appreciate the alumni and student participation and are excited to have a bigger crowd next year.

Around Campus

MMA Swim Team

Maine Maritime Academy will offer men’s and women’s swimming with varsity competition beginning in the 2018-2019 season. The addition of an intercollegiate swimming team marks the seventh men’s and sixth women’s NCAA intercollegiate program offered by MMA, which competes in Division III.

“The addition of a swimming program naturally aligns with the mission of the college and our focus on marine and related programs,” said Dr. William Brennan, President of MMA.

MMA will seek a limited club competition schedule for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Mariners will make the leap to varsity status for the 2018-2019 academic year, allowing adequate time for minor renovations to Bok Pool, a six-lane, 25-yard pool which has served in a variety of capacities since it was built in 1961, in order to make it competition-ready.

Annual Black Mountain Ski Event

(Reprint of email from Capt. Dave Sulin, ’71)

Thanks for the picture Pete.  That was a fun event.  It only took about a half a tube of Ben-Gay to soften up the bruise from my spill and my limp has almost gone away.  I guess that I don’t bounce as well as I used to.

It was wonderful to see you guys.  (Class of 1971) must have had the most guys from one class there.  My wife says that if we weren’t the largest contingent, we had to be the best looking!  Stories of the “old days” were wonderful and brought back such great memories.  We need to get more guys there.  You don’t have to ski.  Come for the fun.  It was smart to have Maynard on hand just in case the lift equipment crapped out on the mountain.

Pass the word to other guys so that we can have even more there next year.  Roger Arsenault (our own), John Gillis (’72), and Ed Rosenberg (’72) did a great job organizing this event.  The venue was fun (everyone at Black Mountain was great), the music was good, the beer was good, and the camaraderie was off the charts.  Let’s try to make this even bigger next year. 

You guys are the best,

Take care of yourselves,


Ed. note – Classes from 1957 – 2011 were represented.

DownEast Gathering 

Downeast Alumni gathered at the Bluebird Ranch in Machias on March 8. Classes from 1957 to 2013 were represented among the fifteen alumni gathered to hear Jeff Wright give a presentation MMA today. Thanks to Capt Bob Peacock ’71, current member of MMA Board of Trustees, for adding to the discussion. Pictured is Lincoln Roberts, Class of 2037, son of Caissie Nevala ’13 and Isaiah Roberts ’10.

Students Pay For Travel

More and more shipping companies are requiring our students to pay their own transportation to locations around the world when they are assigned a co-op or cadet-shipping billet. Because the cadet shipping program is a global program, the travel costs for a student can be overwhelming.

The Career Services staff is hoping to find support from MMA alumni who are willing to share their frequent flyer miles with a needy cadet shipper or someone in a co-op program with high travel costs. Please contact Tim Leach, Director of Career Services, 207-326-2276. Thank you for considering this request!

e-Newsletter Readers
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Contact us for assistance:

Alumni Relations
Wyman Alumni House
Castine, ME 04420

DC Report

Andrew Strosahl, Esq. ’05,  Transportation Institute VP of Government Relations, shared testimony of Gen. Darren McDew, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command to the House Armed Services Committee Republicans on Thursday, March 30.

8th Annual TX Alumni Event
Social – Sunday, April 2, 6 pm
Gooses Acre Irish Pub
The Woodlands, TX

Golf – Monday, April 3, 10 am
100 Grand Fairway Drive
The Woodlands, TX
Craig Dagan, MMA

Puget Sound Gathering
Saturday, April 29
Skip Rock Distillery
Snohomish, WA
Capt. Joe Curtis joe.curtis@westernbulk.com
Capt. Dave Melin ’84  david.melin@earthlink.net

Pen Bay Chapter
Tuesday, May 16
Rockland, ME
Lindsay Pinkham ’04

Beast of the East
MMA Rugby Tailgater
Gardner Seveney Sports Complex
Portsmouth, RI
Saturday, April 22
Rich Slack ’92 

Ship Reception
Charleston, SC
Tuesday, May 16

Washington, DC Gathering
The Bluejacket
Wednesday, May 17
Andrew Strosahl ’05 

Ship Reception
Portland, ME
Wednesday, June 21

Mariner Golf Classic
Dunegrass, OOB
Monday, June 26
Craig Dagan, MMA 

Reggae on the River
Isle of Shoals Steamship Co.
Portsmouth, NH
Wednesday, July 26
Mary Hutchins ’11

For event details and RSVP, see Events

Casco Bay and Ned Andrews Event

Members of the Casco Bay and Ned Andrews chapters recently held a reception at The Daniel in Brunswick. An excellent turnout of 47 alumni and 16 guests were on hand to hear Fred Harris ’67 speak on the state of international shipbuilding. In attendance were Tim McLaughlin ’91 and sister Patty ’90.

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Class of ’57 – July 17 – 19 
Class of ’62 – August 7 – 9
Class of ’67 – July 24 – 26

Homecoming 2017
September 15 – 17, 2017

Taking Nominations

Alumni of MMA embody the values of the institution and prove to be successful on many fronts. Through their personal and professional achievements and their support of MMA, they serve as shining examples for our current students and bring honor and distinction to our college. The Alumni Office and Alumni Association are committed to recognizing our accomplished alumni and their achievements. Do you have a classmate that deserves such recognition?

Nominations close June 30, 2017.