Top Stories: December 11 Campus Connections

Short story showcase

Honors students put their work on display when they showcased poster presentations analyzing various short stories and authors of their choice.

Fifteen students in Mike Bove’s honors class, The Short Story, presented their posters Dec. 7 in the Learning Commons, where they also spoke to visitors about the authors and the stories they chose.

The students who presented their works were:

  • Claire Christensen: “Apollo” by Chimamanda Adichie
  • T.J. Derau: “The Red Bow” by George Saunders
  • Monica Downs: “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Devyn Emery: “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl
  • Alyssa Floyd: chapter from “La Isla Baja el Mar” by Isabel Allende
  • Scott Gowen: “Genius Loci” by Clark Ashton Smith
  • James Hubbard: “Leaf by Niggle” by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • William Kemp: “Everything that Rises Must Converge” by Flannery O’Connor
  • Ashley King: “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury
  • Wayne Lawson: “A Horseman in the Sky” by Ambrose Bierce
  • Sam Morse: “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Ian Myers: “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver
  • Savannah Rice: “A Respectable Woman” by Kate Chopin
  • Sudeep Stauble: “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis
  • Kyle Thayer: “Misery” by Anton Chekhov

Photo caption: Clockwise from top left are students Scott Gowen, Devyn Emery, Savannah Rice and Ashley King.

Fire Science students come face-to-face with potential employers

Second-year Fire Science students are feeling the heat during finals week when they present portfolios of their Fire Service Leadership course work to panels that include professional fire and EMS officials.

As part of the course, students present portfolios of their work and their personal leadership development plans to officials from area fire and EMS departments and others who volunteer to serve on panels. Panelists then give feedback to the students that helps them as they prepare to enter the workforce.

The exercise showcases the Fire Science Department’s many partnerships with fire and EMS department throughout southern Maine, while giving students the opportunity to present themselves to potential employers.

This semester, six groups of students — 29 students in all — went through dress rehearsal practice presentations the week of Dec. 5, and will make additional final presentations that are graded the week of Dec. 11.

Photo caption: Fire Service Leadership students and panelists pose after students presented their portfolios on Dec. 6. Students in the front row are, from left, Brandon Cunningham, Steven Mulone, Matthew Cwikowski and Jacob Smith. Panelists in the back row are, from left, business owner Dan Bisson; Goodwins Mills Fire Chief Rod Hooper; Poland Fire Capt. Steve Terhune; and Zachary Stoler, a firefighter with the Orrs Bailey Islands Fire Department an adjunct instructor at SMCC.

Seeking an academic challenge? Try these Honors courses

SMCC’s Honors Program has three spring semester honors-designated courses aimed at challenging students who want to enhance their academic experience.

The honors courses this spring are:

  • ENGL 245: Literature and the Environment, TTH, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. This course explore the genre of nature writing as it’s existed over the past 200 years.
  • HIST 139: American Environmental History, TTH, 1:30-2:45 p.m. This course explores the interaction between humans and their environments throughout U.S. history and how Americans have both shaped and been shaped by the environment.
  • PHIL 155: Philosophy in Action: A Course in Community Leadership, TTH, 1:30-2:45 p.m. This course bridges the gap between thinking and doing through critical reflection on social problems in the light of personal experience and of the Western philosophical tradition.

SMCC’s Honors Program provides students an opportunity to engage in an enriching learning experience. Students can participate by enrolling in honors-designated courses (such as those above) or by completing an honors option in a class that’s not designated as an honors course. An honors option is an individualized project that may be completed in any discipline.

Students who want to complete the program and graduate as SMCC Honors Program scholars must complete any combination of four honors courses and/or honors options with a minimum of a B, while maintaining an overall 3.3 GPA.

Questions about the Honors Program can be directed to Professor Eben Miller at