Top Stories: May 22 Campus Connections

Students lauded for leadership

Nearly two dozen students have received well-earned recognition for their leadership and accomplishments at SMCC during the academic year.

The winners were announced during the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership’s annual awards ceremony in Oceanview Dining Hall on May 1.

  • Leader of the Pack Awards: Brandon Buck, Justin Cochran, Whitney Cole, Tammy Creamer, Nicole-Raye Ellis, Lindsey Faulkner, Gabby Gochie, Juniper Hathaway, Alex Kennedy, Bronson Kieltyka, Isaac McIntire, Megan McKnight, Nathalie Mitchell, Nick Moll, Ivan Pickett, Scott Tresselt,
  • Rising Star Awards: Savannah Barnes, Taylor Gerrish, Jim Leblanc, Victoria Morgan, Michael Moser, Joey Mullins, Ben Riggleman, Valerie Roy, Nova Witt
  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year: Amy Lainoff, The Veterans Club
  • Student Organization of the Year: Veterans Club
  • Residence Hall Program of the Year: Consent Tea
  • Student Engagement Award: Maggie Loeffelholz

Photo: Victoria Morgan and her children are all smiles after receiving a Rising Star Award. She is shown here with Dean Tiffanie Bentley, President Ron Cantor and Jason Saucier, Director of Residential Life and Student Involvement.

Morgan, Barnes named sports persons of the year

John Morgan and Vanese Barnes have been named SMCC’s Sports Persons of the Year.

John and Vanese were among the student-athletes honored at the annual Athletics Awards banquet on May 9.

They were each awarded the Carroll Rines Awards as Sports Persons of the Year for demonstrating a high level of determination and commitment to their team and the athletic department.

John was captain of the basketball team, a Yankee Small College Conference first-team all-conference selection and a United States Collegiate Athletic Association first-team All-American. Vanese was co-captain of the women’s hoops team and a USCAA Academic All-American.

Other awards included:

  • Donald Ferrante Award-Most Improved Athlete (male and female): Soccer player Bronson Kieltyka and softball player Dani Goodwin
  • Timothy D. Hagerman Scholarship: Basketball player Anderson Kavutse
  • John Dakin Award-Outstanding Contribution (given to a non-student-athlete who gave of themselves beyond expectations): Assistant men’s basketball coach A.J. Burton.

During the year, six SeaWolves student-athletes were named YSCC Players of the Week, three were named YSCC Players of the Year and 13 were selected to be on YSCC all-conference sports teams. Four players were named USCAA Players of the Week, 10 were USCAA All-Americans and six were named USCAA Academic All-Americans.

Photo: Student-athletes John Morgan and Vanese Barnes, shown with SeaWolves Athletics Club President Eric Bruneau, are this year’s SMCC Sports Persons of the Year.

SMCC students present research

Nearly 20 SMCC students displayed their capstone research posters at the “Thinking Matters” symposium at the University of Southern Maine.

The April 28 Honors Program conference showcased high-quality student-faculty research collaborations at both SMCC and USM.

The students’ science, history and political science projects explored subjects ranging from the loss of limbs in snakes and rare genes that determine height to Maine’s response to the Great Depression.
Following that meeting, SMCC students Cameron Fudge, Carla Woodward, Isabelle Russell and Samantha White were joined by faculty Daniel Moore and Brian Tarbox at the 44th annual Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor.
There, Fudge presented a poster on the identification of four microorganisms that were isolated from a lesion on a lobster carapace.

Photo: In left photo, student David Miller gives Jenna Targett an overview of his poster at the April 28 Thinking Matter symposium. Cameron Fudge in right photo presents his poster at the Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium in Bar Harbor.

2018 Global Studies classes focus on Italy, Dominican Republic

SMCC’s Global Studies Center is offering courses for the 2017-18 academic year that include travel modules to the Dominican Republic and Italy.

The courses are full-semester online classes with a short-term travel experience over spring break. Each course contains online content specific to the academic theme of the course, as well as an online intercultural studies module.

Italian Renaissance Art & Architecture is offered through the Fine Arts department and focuses on the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance associated with northern Italy from the 14th to the 17th centuries. It includes a week-long trip to the Italian cities of Ferrara, Venice and Florence over spring break.

Latin American Sport & Gender, offered through the Business department, critically examines cultural assumptions about gender in Latin American countries. The current stereotype or bias is that girls should not be participating in sport because sport represents masculine traits and behaviors.

The class includes travel to the Dominican Republic over spring break.

The application period for the classes open in August. Additional fees and requirements are necessary for the travel module. For more information, contact the Global Studies Center at

Photo: SMCC students in Venice, Italy, in March 2017.


Employees recognized on reaching milestones

SMCC gave well-deserved recognition at a ceremony May 3 to employees who have reached milestones in their service to the college.

In all, the recognized employees have nearly 400 combined years of service to SMCC.

5 years of service: Deborah Brooks, Molly Caso, Joan Cohen, Jim Graves, Randall Hamilton, Jill Hannaford, Anne Heinig, Lisa Leduc, Kevin MacDonald, Andrew Napoli, Deirdre O’Brien-Kidney, Jason Osborne, Donna Queen, Virginia Rose, Adam Tambone, Peter Therrien, Melissa Turner, Jim Whitten
10 years: El-Hadi Adam, Kristen Baker, Tiffanie Bentley, Albert Broy, Travis Lawson, Diane Leo
15 years: Penelope Rice, Renford Thomas
20 years: Christopher Hoffman, Ken Reno
25 years: Howard Burpee, James Duddy, Chuck Gregory, Wendy Laverdiere
30 years: Louise Ouellette, Steve Willis
Retirees: Karen McDonald, David McLean