Student Life Awards

The first week of April each year Maine Maritime Academy holds a Student Life Awards Banquet to recognize those students that participate in campus and local community life beyond academics.  We recognize our student body is very active both at Maine Maritime and in the community. Award recipients make significant contributions to MMA and the Castine Community through their participation in various service projects, athletics, employment and co-curricular organizations and activities.

There are 10 Student Life Award Categories that recognize a variety of student leaders of the MMA student body, one category that recognizes an organization, event or activity and one student nominated award that recognizes a faculty or staff member.  The Student Life Awards Committee will review all nominations and select the top five nominees in each award category. These top nominees will be invited to, and recognized, during the ceremony. One overall awardee from each category will be announced as the award winner at the banquet.

2018 Student Life Awards Banquet

2018 marks the 17th Annual Student Life Awards Banquet. The 2018 Student Life Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Please review all of the award descriptions carefully and submit nominations by 4:00 pm on Monday, March 12, 2018. Complete nominations include a narrative with supporting facts for the nominee. Narratives should be at least one paragraph in length. Incomplete nomination forms will not be accepted.

Nominations are now closed

Student Awards

Athletic Integration Award – This award recognizes the positive contributions intramural, club, or varsity athletes make to the campus community. It is awarded to a student-athlete who has impacted campus life through leadership and collaboration with others.

Emerging Leader Award (2)– This award is given to two students who have emerged as leaders and who can be expected to contribute significantly to the campus community and the welfare of their fellow students during their time at the Academy.

Non-Traditional Student Impact Award – Awarded to a non-traditional student who has used their life experiences to make a significant impact in the campus community including, but not limited to, campus life, academic achievement, leadership, and community service. The award winner will have promoted and demonstrated excellence in all aspects of their college experience.

Outstanding Collaboration Award – This award recognizes an individual member of the student body who has collaborated with multiple constituencies.  This student has led with integrity to unify the student body and make significant contributions to the greater campus community.

Outstanding Contribution to Residential Life Award– This award is given to the student who has made significant contributions to the community and experience of students living in residence halls. This student, through their actions, leadership and innovation has promoted community through respect, fairness, and inclusion.

Phyllis Tenney Community Service and Leadership Award – This award is presented in honor of Phyllis Tenney who served Maine Maritime Academy and the Castine community for more than forty years through exemplary leadership, volunteerism, and community service. This award will be presented to the student who has displayed exemplary dedication and loyalty to MMA, commitment and service to the Castine community, overall exemplary leadership skills, and has achieved great success academically and socially at MMA.

Student Employee of the Year Award – This award recognizes a work-study student or student worker who has demonstrated a high quality of work, leadership skills and impact on the department.

Social Entrepreneurship Award -This award is given to a student or group of students who have pursued an innovative idea with the potential to enhance community or to address a pervasive community issue. Community may be defined as on or off campus. These entrepreneurs demonstrate creativity and a willingness to seize an opportunity for positive change by engaging others to develop that idea or opportunity into something more. While conventional entrepreneurs may measure performance in profit and return, social entrepreneurs do not necessarily consider financial profit, but do take into account a tangible and measurable positive return to community.

Student Government Leadership Award – This award recognizes a student affiliated with the Student Government Association who has shown immense integrity and perseverance to improve student life and welfare at Maine Maritime Academy. This students affiliation may in as an elected SGA member, Class Officer, Campus Activities Board Member, officer or member of a student club or organization, or a volunteer that works with SGA.

Mariner Pride Award

This award honors an organization, event, or activity that enhances Mariner Pride by bringing people together and helping to strengthen the campus community.

Unsung Mariner Award

This award honors any faculty or staff member for demonstrating outstanding community service and support of student life. Nominees should be actively supportive or involved in student activities, student clubs or organizations, and/or student life events. This person must be a 2017-2018 Academy employee.

Student Life Awards Committee

  • Janet Acker, Regimental Administrative Officer
  • Debbie Bonaminio, Residential and Social Media Coordinator
  • Mike Boucher, Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen
  • Matt Brancaccio, Student Activities Coordinator
  • Deidra Davis, Dean of Student Services
  • Janice Folk, Assistant Director of Residential Life and Resident Director for Curtis Hall
  • Kathy Heath, Director of Financial Aid
  • Susan Loomis, Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Amanda Manning, Director of Residential Life and Student Activities
  • Steve Peed, Athletic Director
  • Peter Stewart, Director of Campus Safety
  • Jeffrey Taub, Associate Professor, Department of Arts and Sciences