Campus Connections, In the Spotlight, January 12

Student Spotlight: Atencio Martin leads the way


The Seawolves basketball team is among the nation’s best, and Atencio Martin one reason why. The second-year student from Kittery leads the team in scoring and rebounds, and earned national player-of-the-week honors shortly before the team reached the No. 1 spot in the national USCAA poll. Atencio is a Communications & New Media student who plans to transfer after graduation to a four-year school to study journalism.

His biggest advice to new students?

“Try as much as you can. Join clubs and organizations and be active on campus. Do things you wouldn’t do if you didn’t go to college.”


Faculty Spotlight: Kevin Sweeney, Rudy’s keeper

When Kevin Sweeney started teaching at SMCC in 1983, there were only three college credit courses in English: English Composition, American Literature and Oral Communications.

Kevin-Sweeney-SMCC-English-ProfessorToday, the English Department offers numerous courses that include The 20th Century Novel, Women in Literature, Russian Literature and The Short Story.

Besides his teaching, Sweeney is known around campus for his poetry, for his daily swims off Willard Beach (in season, of course) and for his cat, Rudy, who has become the unofficial campus cat. Sweeney believes in the Socratic method of teaching, where a premium is put on class discussions rather than lectures.

“Ask questions, wait for answers and ask more questions. Having conversations about important things, I think that works.”