February 2017

Alumni Newsletter

Who and When

Look familiar to anyone? If you know who is in this picture and when it was taken, let us know at alumni@mma.edu.

Class Notes are #1 on Mariner Survey 

Thanks to everyone who responded to the survey on how we may be able to improve your Mariner. We greatly appreciate your input and suggestions on how we can produce a publication you find informative and keeps you in touch with classmates, other alumni and the academy.

Ninety percent of respondents are very interested in the Class Notes section of the Mariner.  Some comments were …” Class Notes are the first pages I turn to when I get my Mariner“, … “I’m disappointed when my class year is not mentioned”, … “expand the class notes!”

The other top  items readers want to see in the Mariner are:

  • Alumni Professional Profiles
  • 8 Bells
  • Stories of Institutional History
  • Alumni Chapter News
  • Campus Facilities / Program Update
  • Student Achievement  Student Academic Experiences

The Mariner editorial staff will be happy to expand the Class Notes section, but we need to hear from you!

           MMA Job Board

MMA’s Career Center is available to MMA alumni, students, and employers.

Registration is easy!    

Once registered:

  • search for jobs posted exclusively to MMA or national job board.
  • build or upload a résumé file to be searched by employers (if you so authorize).
  • build an online portfolio.
  • receive emails about programs, services and job-related topics.
  • gain access to announcements, upcoming events, career advice documents and more.

Ice Fishing Derby

The Fishing Club at MMA will be hosting the first annual Ice Fishing Derby at Craig Pond in Orland on Saturday, February 25. Registration fee is $10 and you can register onsite at the Craig Pond boat ramp (off the Craig Pond Fish Hatchery Road) starting at 5 a.m. Burgers and hot dogs will be served 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Two categories are Salmon and Brook Trout. Come enjoy a great time. Donations for prizes are welcome. For more information, please contact Garrett Nelson, president of the Fishing Club, at garrett.nelson@mma.edu.

Chip Off the Ol’ Block

Rusty Frantz, class of ’92, and his son Matthew took time to send us a picture of them donning their MMA swag. Looks good on you, Matthew!

Rusty and his family live in Encinitas, CA. He is the President and CEO of NextGen Healthcare.

Alumni Directory Update

PCI, the company collecting and updating contact information for the 75th Anniversary Alumni Directory, has closed its data collection for the new directory. Feel free to contact us with your address change and we will forward it to PCI for inclusion.

Dedication of this eighth edition of the directory will be to all MMA alumni who have perished at sea. 

The original vendor, Harris, was sold during the initial phase of the project. Unfortunately, this has forced a later delivery of our publication.The final print of the book will be available July/August 2017. 

For more information, visit the Alumni Directory FAQ page or feel free to contact the Alumni Relations Office.

From the Alumni Association: Class Agents

Shawn Longfellow, ’86

As chair of the MMA Alumni Association Alumni Involvement Committee, I want to introduce you to a new concept that we hope will generate interest, create a spirit of participation and, above all, increase contact with our alumni.

The Alumni Association, in cooperation with the Office of Alumni Relations, is creating a Class Agent program to expand alumni involvement and empower its volunteers to:

  • Improve communication among alumni.
  • Obtain more accurate alumni contact information, with emphasis on reconnecting with lost alumni.
  • Build synergy between alumni and MMA, in support of the missions of the Alumni Association and the Academy.

The personal touch you provide – the memories of shared MMA experiences – lend greater meaning and purpose to our efforts. This is our call for support.

Read more…

First Annual
Founders Day Ball

Alumni are invited!

When: Friday, March 24th,  7 pm – 11 pm
Where: MMA Alexander Field House
Who: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty, Castine Community

Hosted by the Maine Maritime Academy Student Government Association 

Click here for details.

For details, see Events

Alumni Senior Banquet
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Bangor, ME

Washington, DC Gathering
Wednesday, February 15
The Bluejacket

Casco Bay Chapter
Thursday, Feb. 16
Portland, ME

Ice Fishing Derby
Saturday, February 25
Craig’s Pond, Orland

Downeast Gathering
Thursday, March 8
Machias, ME

Alumni Ski Event
Friday, March 10, all day
MMA students welcome!
Black Mountain
Rumford, ME

Women of Distinction Panel
Tuesday, March 21, 4:15 pm
Distinguished MMA alumnae.
Delano Aud., MMA

Founder’s Day Ball
Friday, March 24
MMA Fieldhouse

Legislative Reception
Tuesday, March 28
Augusta, ME

Texas Alumni Golf Tourney
Monday, April 3
The Woodlands, TX

Puget Sound Gathering
Saturday, April 29
Skip Rock Distilery
Snohomish, WA

Pen Bay Chapter
Tuesday, May 16
Rockland, ME

Cruise Receptions
Tuesday, May 16
Charleston, SC
Wednesday, June 21
Portland, ME

For specific event details, as we have them, and RSVP, see Events

Mariners Forever – Alumni website

Class Notes –  We want to hear from you.

Alumni at Work – Share your professional life experiences.

Update Contact Information 

Alumni Events

Alumni Facebook Page

Mariner Athletics

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

Homecoming 2017
September 15 – 17, 2017

Nominations Being Accepted

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.

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Contact us for assistance:

Alumni Relations
Wyman Alumni House
Castine, ME 04420

Specialty Plate Survey Results

An astounding 98% of the alumni who responded to the MMA License Plate survey, and who have vehicles registered in Maine, are interested in getting an MMA specialty license plate.  Getting a specialty plate requires alot of footwork, time and patience.

Though we had 98% in favor of MMA plates, only 173 responded to the survey, 85% of the respondents were from Maine. So, initial concerns are gathering the required number of signatures and subsequent specialty plate funds. This will be a discussion item among the Alumni Association Board. We’ll keep you posted. This document from the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles explains the steps needed to be completed prior to a specialty plate being issued.

Want a Yearbook?

MMA maintains an archive of original Trick’s End yearbooks in addition to hosting digital versions. Currently we have a surplus of yearbooks in storage that are free for the taking.

If you didn’t receive one or you want to replace a lost yearbook, contact us at alumni@mma.edu. We will get one to you at no cost. Please understand that certain years may not be available. Upon request, we will check to see if we have your year still in stock and get back to you.