Looking back on 2019, I am most proud of how our alumni participation has grown. More than 200 volunteers assisted and supported alumni activities around the country. Speaking for the Alumni Association Board, I extend a sincere thank you to all our alumni for what you have done to make these events a success.
Notable examples include the Senior Banquet held in February of 2019 (Senior Banquet 2020 will be February 5); Up Close events in Charleston, Jacksonville, Tampa, Houston, Jersey City, and Seattle; lobster feeds in San Diego, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans; golf in Texas and Maine; and reunions on the MMA campus, not to mention our Connecticut, Seacoast, Casco Bay, Ned Andrews and Sea Dog chapter events.
Looking ahead to the new year, keep MMA’s most well-known vessels on your radar. The TS State of Maine will spend more time on this side of the Atlantic Ocean this year, with possible stops in Port Everglades, Philadelphia, Halifax, and New York City. The Bowdoin’s training cruises will tentatively include East Coast ports, as well, such as Portland, Norfolk, Annapolis, Oyster Bay, Long Island, and Mystic Seaport, Connecticut. Stay tuned for invitations to alumni events in some of these areas.
More than 200 volunteers assisted and supported alumni activities.
Also, keep watch for class reunions this summer, as well as honor classes and academic programs planning anniversary celebrations at Homecoming 2020, and the first Alumni Association Travel Program, scheduled for October, to Portugal.
I encourage you to attend an alumni event near you or contact the Alumni Office to inquire about hosting an event in your area. As is often noted, no matter where in the world you travel, you’re likely to meet someone from MMA, and you may be surprised how many MMA alumni are in your area.
Joe Cote ’82