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Alumni Hub Reopens

Historic Wyman House renovated

Built in 1906 and home to several MMA superintendents over the years, Wyman House was recently remodeled and is now open once again not only as offices for Advancement, Alumni Relations and Mariner staff, but as a welcome center and gathering place for visiting alumni.

Renovation began several months ago to upgrade the aging structure, bring it to current code requirements, and reconfigure space to make it more accessible, as well as useful for meetings and hospitality for alumni and students.

“Wyman House serves as the welcome center for visiting alumni and we invite the MMA community to hold organization meetings, conduct study sessions and host receptions,” Alumni Relations Director Jeff Wright says. “Plans are to furnish the common areas with alumni memorabilia, create an Awards Room with the Alumni Wall of Honor display, Outstanding Alumnus and Humanitarian Award plaques, plus exhibit items of interest to alumni and guests, and make it with alumni in mind.”

Reconditioning of the building was accomplished by MMA facilities staff and included structural repairs, a new internal staircase and bathroom for better accessibility, lighting and safety updates.
“Wyman House stands at a high point on Battle Avenue with incredible views of Penobscot Bay to the south,” Vice President for Advancement Chris Haley says. ”It’s a historic part of Castine and MMA, and we’re proud to see it renovated so that its use is assured for alumni and others well into the future.”

To learn more about scheduling meetings and informal gatherings at the Wyman House, contact:

  • Scholarship Recipients
    Three Scholarship Winners

    The Seacoast Chapter sponsored three scholarships at the recent Regimental Awards Banquet. Recipient of the Capt. Thomas H. Smith Regimental Award is Cadet Master Midshipman 2/C Paul S. Woodworth, a Marine Transportation Operations major from Rockport, Maine.

    Woodworth has received awards for his work on Training Staff, both as a 3/C Stryker and a 2/C Officer in Charge. He is also a member of the MMA Honor Board. This past summer, he sailed as a cadet aboard an oil tanker in the Pacific.

    Recipients of the Paul E. Mercer Regimental Award are Cadet Chief Engineers Midshipman 2/C Justin B. Burgess and Midshipman 2/C Geoffrey C. Knight.

    Burgess is a Marine Engineering Technology student from Orland, Maine. He served as Band Company Librarian and Executive Officer, and now is the Cadet Chief Engineer for cruise B and member of the Honor Board. His cadet shipping experience was with Hornbeck Offshore Services in the Gulf of Mexico aboard the flotel HOS Briarwood.

    Knight is a Marine Engineering Operations student from Annapolis, Maryland. He was previously the company adjutant for Bravo company and now is the Cadet Chief Engineer for cruise A. He did his cadet shipping with Maersk. In addition to school, Knight is a lieutenant and an Emergency Medical Technician with the Castine Fire Department where he has served for more than two years. He received a Commandant’s Citation for working with the department during the 2017 wind storm.

  • Casco Bay Chapter
    Casco Bay
    Flea Market FundsThe Casco Bay Chapter held a gathering on Thursday, March 7 at Brian Boru’s in Portland. President Pat Zrioka ’87 raffled some MMA swag and a home-delivered lobster meal. About 50 alumni and friends attended the evening. Pictured are Frank Hale ’62 (left) and Ernie Goodwin ’61. The chapter also held its annual maritime flea market at the Maine Boatbuilders Show at the Portland Sports Complex on March 22-24. It was great to see a number of alumni pass through. Early returns indicate the chapter raised about $17,000 for their scholarship fund.
    The Casco Bay chapter flea market raised about $17,000 for their scholarship fund.
  • Southern California
    Casual and Social

    Sixteen hardy souls attended a gathering held January 12 on a heavy rain day in San Diego. The venue, Ballast Point Miramar Restaurant, was great and service was top-notch, offering excellent light hors d’oeuvres and multiple craft beverages. It was a fairly young crowd—alums around 40 or younger—who enjoyed the casual, social atmosphere. The chapter is planning an annual summer Lobsterfest, so save the date: Saturday, August 17 at the ZLAC Rowing Club.

John Burns III ’85
51 Ash Lane
Hermon, ME 04401

Samuel Rowe ’65
195 Eagle Drive
Mashpee, MA 02649

Pat Zrioka ’87

Rich Slack ’93
32 Joy Lane
Uncasville, CT 06382

Capt. John Gazzola ’82
543 West Centre Street
Woodbury, NJ 08096

David Knapp ’86
5008 Longfellow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629

Jon Fortier ’86
5 West Baker Street
Winslow, ME 04901

Ben Cameron ’93
Topsham, ME

Michael Chambers ’80
2233 21st Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

Juan Molino ’89

Lindsey Pinkham ’04
111 Greenwood Avenue
Warren, ME 04864

Minh Harriman ’90

Mike Grigware ’87
30 Riverview Drive
Biddeford, ME 04005

Norman Laskay ’62
5848 Catina Street
New Orleans, LA 70124

Capt. Jay Stewart ’00

Ralph Staples ’71
299 OakValley Lane
Escondido, CA 92027

Sherri Hickman ’85

Michael T. Ward ’10
Virginia Beach, VA

Josh Collamer ’98
Silver Spring, MD

Jason Grabelle ’98
Ellicott City, MD

  • Ned Andrews
    Talk on Hydropower

    The Ned Andrews Chapter held a gathering on Thursday, March 14 at The Daniel in Brunswick, Maine. Attendees enjoyed a delicious buffet meal. The featured speaker for the evening was Jerrod Pratt ’98E, U.S. Operations Manager for Hydro Tech, speaking on the topic of hydropower.

  • Black Mountain Skiing
    Western Maine Skiing

    Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford was host to an MMA ski event and social on March 8. Alumni came from the classes of the 60’s through 2000’s and attending freshman Owen White. All enjoyed a great day of skiing and socializing with live music and refreshments. Special thanks to Roger Arsenault ’71 and Ed Rosenberg ’72 for arranging this great annual event. Photo courtesy of Black Mountain Marketing.

  • Alumni Survey to Come

    The August 2019 Mariner will feature articles and profiles of alumni who are recent graduates. To assist us, we will be sending a survey to our recent alumni via email in April.

    The survey queries alumni regarding the most pressing issues they face, such as maintaining employment, career success, debt management, and work/life balance. It also attempts to gauge how much impact MMA has had on their lives and feelings toward the college. And the survey explores ways the Alumni Association might assist them with career services and more.

    Recent alumni: please note that your email accounts expire one year after graduation.

Save the Date

Senior BBQ
April 28, 2019
MMA Campus

MMA Commencement
May 4, 2019
MMA Campus

Class of 1964 55th Reunion
June 17-19, 2019

24th Annual Maine Mariner Classic Golf Tournament
June 24, 2019
Sable Oaks Golf Club Portland, Maine

Class of 1959 60th Reunion
June 24-26, 2019
MMA Campus

Class of 1979 40th Reunion
July 17-19, 2019
MMA Campus

Monomoy Inter-Academy Challenge
September 14, 2019
SUNY Maritime

Homecoming 2019
September 19-22, 2019
MMA Campus

For these event details and more:

  • E-Mail Address Updates needed

    If you are not receiving the electronic newsletter Shipmate every other month, then the email we have on file is incorrect or non-existent.

    We encourage all alumni to update their email by contacting

  • Senior banquet
    Senior Banquet Success

    More than 150 seniors and 65 alumni and friends attended the 51st annual Alumni Senior Banquet at the Cross Center, Bangor on February 6, 2019. Following a social hour and delicious meal, Joe Cote ’82, president of the MMA Alumni Association, led the event that included alumni recognition, an introduction and overview of the Alumni Association, and the award of scholarships.

    Special thanks to alumni for support of the meal and sponsors Darlings, Bowden & Sons, Creative Print Services, John T. Cyr & Co., Penobscot Bay Pilots, Wallace Events, and the Sea Dog, Casco Bay and Seacoast Alumni Chapters.

  • Up Close East Coast Visits

    The second annual traveling presentation of Up Close will be visiting alumni in South Carolina and Florida during the week of May 5. Ports of Call include the Carolina Yacht Club in Charleston on Sunday, May 5; The River Club in Jacksonville on Tuesday, May 7; and the University Club of Tampa on Thursday, May 9.

    The purpose of each Up Close visit is to network, inform and share the compelling story of change, growth and success at MMA. The presentation highlights academy statistics, recent renovations, and upcoming initiatives, including the latest news on the Center for Professional Development.

    The Up Close presentation highlights academy statistics, recent renovations, and upcoming initiatives.

    Plans are to expand our visits in the near future. If you are interested in hosting an Up Close event, contact Alumni Relations: 207- 326-2337 or

  • Alumni Volunteer for Vision 20|20

    Alumni from several classes have joined a peer-to-peer effort to reach out to fellow classmates to help meet the Vision 20|20 participation goals. This team of volunteers is working toward the 20% alumni participation benchmark that is required to earn a $750,000 grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation toward MMA’s scholarship endowment.

    Twenty-one alumni have joined the team including Mike Ames ’77, Rich Armstrong ’86, Eric Brown ’05, Larry Burrill ’77, Pat Carney ’86, Bob Curtis ’90, Dave Fenderson ’56, Bill Full ’76, John Gillis ’72, Chris Gilman ’16, Jeff Ivory ’95, Jake Jacobs ’85, James Jeffcoat ’05, Eddie Ma ’18, Bill Mahoney ’56, Eliza Pingree ’15, Bill Sawyer ’57, Andrew Strosahl ’05, Fred Therrien ’71, Joe Valliere ’99 and Thomas White ’18. These volunteers are getting in touch with classmates via email, phone or social media to encourage an online or mailed donation to the Annual Fund of $1 or more to count toward the participation goal. MMA alumni must reach the 20% benchmark by June 30, 2020 to qualify for the matching grant.

    Climb aboard! To find out more about Vision 20|20, contact MMA’s Annual Fund Manager Karen Brace at or 207-326-2182. To participate by making a donation, visit MMA’s website at, or mail a check to the Annual Fund at MMA, 1 Pleasant Street, Castine, Maine 04420.

    Your contribution during the Maritime Alumni Participation Challenge in May will count toward the 20% goal. Mariners can get there by pulling together!

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