Jeff Wright, Director of the Office of Alumni Relations, visited alumni in selected East Coast locations between March 5 – 8, 2018. The purpose of each Up Close visit was to network, inform and share the compelling story of change, growth and success at MMA.
Presentations were made at Westbury, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Sixty-six people attended in total. Jeff’s presentation highlighted academy statistics, recent renovations and upcoming initiatives, including the latest news on the Center for Professional Mariner Development.
“This is the first such Alumni event I’ve attended,” said Carl Welborn ’90, of Chesapeake, “and I am very pleased I went. Very impressive, all that has happened and continues to evolve at MMA in the years since I graduated. My son will be entering a much-improved school this fall from the one I arrived at in 1986! I had no idea until last night’s meeting there were so many of us here in Tidewater.”
John Fairbanks (VA), class of 1952, represented the earliest graduate to attend the sessions while Rachel Jondle (VA), Brad DeLawder (PA), and Sam Peabody (PA) were the most recent graduates (2016). Wall of Honor recipient ADM Mark Whitney attended the Virginia presentation. MMA Alumni Association Board of Directors member (student) Maryellen Musselman (Class of 2020) joined the presentation in Baltimore. The Class of 2005 was represented by the most alumni: Phil Lessard (MD), Steve Case, Jim Jeffcoat, Nate Powers and Mark Stines (VA).
Jeff plans to expand offerings in the near future. If you are interested in hosting an Up Close event, contact Alumni Relations at (207) 326-2337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.