Fulbright Association Maine Chapter to Host Arctic Education and Fulbright Event at MMA

Posted on: June 17, 2015

CASTINE, Maine—The Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association will host a morning of presentations on the Arctic, climate change, and the Fulbright Scholar Program at Maine Maritime Academy on Friday, July 10, 2015. The public is invited to attend the three presentations, which are offered free of charge.

A breakfast and networking session will precede morning presentations from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Later in the day, a dinner and presentation will be given by Captain Richard (Rick) Miller who will speak on the subject of “Arctic Sailing on the Bowdoin: Memoirs of a Captain” at The Manor Inn in Castine. All programs are open to the public. There is a cost for breakfast and dinner programs; please see details below.

The location and schedule of presentations and related events are as follows:

Morning Program: Maine Maritime Academy, Alfond Student Center, Harborview Room – Castine, Maine

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and networking session (open to the public; cost is $6.00 per person, to be paid at the door; attendees will help themselves to a breakfast buffet and join the networking session in the Harborview room.)

8:45-11:45 a.m.
Speakers / Presentations (free and open to the public)

  • Dr. Paul Wlodkowski, Professor of Engineering, Fulbright Scholar
    Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine
    Fulbright in Russia: Advancing Global Maritime Education
  • Dr. Paul Mayewski, Director and Professor, Climate Change Institute University of Maine, Orono, Maine
    Is climate instability in our future? Or, is it already here? The Arctic and Its Impact
  • Capt. Ralph Pundt, Thompson School of Marine Transportation
    Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine
    Current Trends and Initiatives in the Operation of Vessels in Polar Waters

For further information about all morning events held at Maine Maritime Academy, please contact Dr. Elaine Potoker, Board Member, Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association at elaine.potoker@mma.edu or 207-570-2776.

Evening Program: The Manor Inn, Battle Avenue – Castine, Maine

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Cocktail Hour, Dinner and Presentation (open to the public)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Cash Bar

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Dinner and presentation by Captain Richard Miller will cap the evening with stories of sea adventures in the Northern and Arctic Waters of the Atlantic. A three-course dinner at The Manor Inn will include Salad, Tuscan Roasted Chicken, Parker House Rolls, and Peach Cobbler (vegetarian option is available); Dinner cost is $37 to be paid at the door. Please contact Kay Hightower for more information and to RSVP for the dinner and evening presentation at The Manor Inn: kay.hightower@mma.edu or (207) 326-8932. Please note: RSVP deadline is Sunday, July 5, 2015.

About the Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Approximately 310,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program since its inception in 1946. The Fulbright Association has more than 60 chapters across the United States, all led and managed by members who reside locally. Chapters provide opportunities, through volunteer service, for continued involvement with the Fulbright program, with visiting Fulbrighters currently in the United States, and with fellow alumni. For more information, visit http://www.cies.org.

About Maine Maritime Academy
Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 18 degree programs in engineering, management, science, and transportation. The college serves approximately 950 undergraduate and graduate students in career-oriented programs of study. Maine Maritime Academy was ranked the #1 Best Public College on [ http://time.com/money/collection/moneys-best-colleges/ ]Money magazine’s Best Colleges list released in August of 2014. The college’s persistence, retention and graduation rates are well above national averages, and the job placement rate is in excess of 90 percent within 90 days of graduation. For more information, visit mainemaritime.edu.