August 2016

Alumni Newsletter

Midshipman Looking Out To See sculpture

Class of 1966 Gift

Russ Kniehl ’66 presents “The Midshipman Looking Out To Sea” sculpture to President William Brennan, Maine Maritime Academy and the Town of Castine at an unveiling ceremony during their recent 50th Reunion July 25 – 27. The class gift was a five-year project stemming from discussions the class had at their 45th reunion. Sculptor Forest Hart from Monroe, ME was commissioned to create the statue that represents “looking out to the sea which will be (the) future and looking to welcome home to MMA all who have gone before.”  Forty-one classmates and their spouses, friends, and family, attended the event. The weather was beautiful, conversations were lively and memories were shared. We look forward to welcoming the class back at their 55th reunion!

If your class is interested in class gifts, contact Chris Haley, V.P. for Institutional Advancement at 207-326-2232.

TSSOM in Ireland

Training Ship Sighting

Dick Youcis, former Director of Career Services, and his wife Deb were visiting John and Anne Lemasney in Crosshaven, Ireland with their daughter Kristen and son-in-law Kenneth Lemasney. On the morning of July 7th, while enjoying a cup of coffee and the view of Roches Point, the entrance to Cork Harbor, Dick instantly recognized one vessel leaving port, the State of Maine; a vessel he had sailed on and knew very well. It is a small world indeed!

The ship was headed to Antwerp, Belgium, the last port of call before returning to Castine on August 1.

 Class of 1956 60th Reunion

Twenty-two members of the Class of 1956, accompanied by fourteen spouses and friends, celebrated their 60th Reunion June 27 – 29.

The group was treated to a barbecue, an update on MMA Today by Alumni Relations Director Jeff Wright, a Safety and Ocean Survival institute (SOSi) introduction by Prof. Mike Young ’77, a harbor tour aboard the Capt. Susan J. Clark, and a lobster feed.

An Eight Bells ceremony was conducted for lost classmates and many sea stories were shared.

Locker Room Renovation

Locker Room Upgrades

The Mariners are proud to announce a campaign to completely renovate the men’s basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, and soccer locker rooms, as well as the athletic training room, the athletic equipment room and the staff/officials locker room.

Athletic facilities have emerged as an increasingly important choice driver for the prospective student-athlete and are critical spaces in delivering a high-quality student-athlete experience. The spaces our men’s teams call home have looked largely the same for over a half-century and are in need of updates. Read Case Statement

From the Alumni Association

The Alumni Association is currently preparing the 2016 Alumni Directory, Maine Maritime Academy Alumni Today, with the hope that it will be the most complete listing of MMA alumni around the world. 

MMA alumni may be contacted by our partner, PCI (formerly Harris Connect), to update and verify profile information. PCI has a fully staffed phoning room where they are eager to talk to alumni to gather contact information for the directory.  If you are contacted, please take a moment to make certain that we have accurate contact information for you. 

Questions? Refer to the FAQ’s.

Alumni Association Board Workshop
MMA Campus
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tailgating at Mass Maritime
MMA at Mass Maritime
Buzzards Bay, MA
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. Game starts at 1:00 pm

Seacoast Chapter Alumni Scholarship Scramble
Pease Golf Course, Portsmouth, NH
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

75th Celebration
Annual Alumni Association Meeting
September 23 – 25, 2016

MMA Career Fair
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Puget Sound Chapter Event
Friday, October 21, 2016

As we celebrate 75 years at Maine Maritime Academy we are collecting and sharing stories. We want your story! Stories can be submited as photos or essays, or if you  are on campus participate in a short video. For more information visit

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