Alumni

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Alumni Spotlights: Heather McCollum ’93

This month our spotlight shines on Heather (Crouthamel) McCollum from Virginia. Since her graduation from UMM’s biology program in 1993, McCollum worked in drug development for fourteen years before finally realizing and following her dream in writing full time. Now Heather is a successful published author with 22 novels she has published to date. Heather […]

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Alumni Spotlights: Katerina Graham ’18

This month our spotlight shines on Katerina Graham of East Machias. Since her graduation from UMM’s college studies program with a concentration in special education in 2018, Graham has served as a special education teacher in two local schools, teaching students in kindergarten through the eighth grade. Tell us a little bit about what you […]

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UMM announces 2021 alumni awards

The University of Maine at Machias has recognized two alumni for outstanding professional achievement and service to the community.  Krystyn Ransom of Enosburg Falls, Vermont is the 2021 Young Alumna Award recipient and Pablo Roberto Jarrin Yepez of Ibarra, Ecuador is this year’s Distinguished Alumnus. Both are UMM Class of 2015 graduates. Ransom earned bachelor’s […]

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Alumni Spotlights: Amity Katharine Libby ’99

This month our spotlight shines on Amity Katharine Libby, who earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts at the University of Maine at Machias in 1999. Originally from the Washington County town of Talmadge, Libby is now a self-employed artist living in Dixfield, Maine. Libby also teaches online courses on botanical paper artwork, which can […]

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Alumni Spotlights: Tom Romano ’15

This month our spotlight shines on Tom Romano, a 2015 graduate of UMM’s Recreation and Tourism Management program. Originally from Ashland, Massachusetts, Romano currently serves as a coordinator of youth and family recreation programs for the Town of Lexington, Mass. Tell us a little bit about what you are doing now.  Throughout the year I […]

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Alumni Spotlights: Bennett Ellis ’14

This month’s spotlight shines on Bennett Ellis, who has been working as an aquaculture production technician at the Downeast Institute (DEI) since 2014, after completing two summer internships there as an undergraduate student. Originally from Hopedale, Mass., Ellis graduated from the marine biology program at the University of Maine at Machias in 2014 and currently […]

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Alumni Spotlights: Cara Cushing ’20

This month our spotlight shines on Cara Cushing, a 2020 graduate of UMM’s college studies program. Originally from Philadelphia, Pa., she currently lives in Washington County and has stayed on at the University of Maine at Machias as a staff member in the public relations department. Tell us a little bit about what you are […]

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Alumni Spotlights: Mandie Pepperman ’11

This month’s spotlight shines on Mandie Pepperman, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Community Studies in 2011. Originally from Farmington, Maine, Pepperman remained in the Down East region after graduation. She is currently a senior director at Sunrise Opportunities in Machias, an organization that provides resources and services to adults and children […]

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Alumni Spotlights: Rick Lupo ’12

This month our spotlight shines on Rick Lupo, a 2012 graduate of the recreation and tourism management program with a concentration in sports and fitness management. Originally from Andover, Massachusetts, Lupo now lives in California, where he is a physical education teacher and basketball coach at a charter school in Hollywood. Tell us a little […]

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Olivia Streit '18

Alumni Spotlights: Olivia Streit ’18

This month our Alumni Spotlight shines on Olivia Streit of Lancaster, New York. Streit graduated in 2018 with a double major in biology and marine biology, and went on to earn a master’s degree in marine biology at University of North Carolina (UNC) Wilmington. Tell us a little bit about what you are doing now.   […]

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