Food drive assistance

BANGOR — Officials at Bangor Christian Schools said students were grateful to be able to help with the Feed Maine Food Drive, held May 2-6. All classes participated by organizing collection boxes and taking donations of nonperishable food items. Peanut butter was especially requested.

Colby Wilbur and Brandon Messer were the student coordinators. Classes were divided into homeroom groupings for competitions of kindergarten through grade two, grades three through five, six through eight and the high school. The leading classes were grades one and two, five and eight, and nine in the high school.

“The caring teachers and students of Bangor Christian Schools collected over 400 food items for needy families in Maine,” said Headmaster Jim Frost. “All classes contributed to helping to feed our neighbors. We are pleased with our school’s outreach to help care for hungry folks in the community. Colby’s and Brandon’s leadership is inspiring and very much appreciated.”


Boston College

VEAZIE — Olivia A Simone, daughter of Julianne and Ken Simone, made the dean’s list for the spring semester at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Simone is a sophomore majoring in English.

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863, Boston College is one of the largest Catholic universities in the United States.

Bowdoin College

BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin College held its annual Honors Day ceremony May 11. Among those honored for making the dean’s list for the spring semester were:

• Ryan Larochelle, Bangor, class of 2013, Eaton Leith French Prize. A graduate of Bangor High School, he is majoring in biochemistry and French.

• Evan Farley, Hampden, class of 2011, Anne Bartlett Lewis Memorial Prize in Visual Arts. A graduate of Hampden Academy, he is majoring in visual arts.

• Hannah Cyrus, Orono, class of 2012, Poetry Prize-Bertram Louis Smith Jr. Prize. A graduate of Orono High School, she is majoring in English.

Gordon College

BANGOR — Hope M. Johnson of Bangor, a student at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., has received the Marion Jackson Carter Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to the student who has demonstrated evidence of promoting linguistic, ethnic and racial interaction. Gordon College is a multidenominational Christian college of liberal arts and sciences.

Grove City College

Two area residents have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa.:

• Tina Davis, a junior history major from Bucksport. She was a 2006 graduate of home schooling and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Davis.

• Jesse Reed, a senior political science major from Castine. He is a 2007 graduate of home schooling and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Reed.

Students named to the dean’s list have a GPA of 3.4 to 3.59.

LeTourneau University

ORONO — Mark Rowe of Orono was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Dean’s list students attain a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99 for the semester. LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christian university.

Macalester College

BANGOR — Sarah Halvorson-Fried, the daughter of David Halvorson and Amy Fried of Bangor, graduated May 14 from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. A graduate of Bangor High School, she earned a liberal arts degree in philosophy. Macalester College is a liberal arts college.

Marietta College

ORONO — Julie Normand of Orono, a member of the class of 2013, has been named to the spring dean’s list at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. She is a graduate of Orono High School and is majoring in health sciences.

Mesa State College

BANGOR — Elizabeth Wingerter of Bangor graduated May 15 with a bachelor or arts degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.

Saint Michael’s College

BANGOR — Mary Kathryn Hamilton, daughter of Parkin and Patricia Hamilton of Bangor, earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in English from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.

UM at Farmington

FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington celebrated May 14 as 392 graduates marched in the 2011 commencement ceremony.

Environmentalist Bill McKibben delivered the keynote address. Honorary doctorates were awarded to McKibben and to Maine artist Robert Shetterly.

Area graduates were:

Amherst: Murray Bridges, psychology.

Bangor: Alexander Michael Hall, computer science.

Brewer: Maria Burke, early childhood education; Justin Clark, psychology.

Bucksport: Katherine Allen, elementary education; Jennifer Pelletier, secondary education, social studies.

Hampden: Aaron Gilio, psychology.

Old Town: Dillon Clark, elementary education; Cara Flannery, secondary education, English.

Orono: Emily Palmer, English; Jessica Swindlehurst, elementary education.

Orrington: Ryan Pelletier, community health education.

Veazie: Jeanne Yestramski, elementary education.

Winterport: Carmen Rioux, special education.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

BANGOR — Nathaniel VerLee of Bangor, a junior majoring in electrical and computer engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., recently completed an intense, hands-on research project in Denmark.

The project was titled “Estimation of the Aftercare Period Based on Percolate Data from Danish Landfills.” At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to address an important societal need or issue. The school was one of the nation’s first engineering and science universities.

UM professors honored

ORONO — Four University of Maine professors were recognized May 5 for outstanding contributions to the UMaine mission of teaching, research and public service. Alfred Bushway, John Mahon, Kathleen March and Douglas Nangle received UMaine’s annual faculty awards at the Academic Honors Convocation.

Bushway, a 1968 UMaine graduate who has been a faculty member for 33 years, is the 2011 Distinguished Maine Professor. Established by the University of Maine Alumni Association in 1963, the award is UMaine’s top faculty honor, recognizing outstanding contributions in all aspects of the university’s mission.

Bushway, in the department of food science and human nutrition, is an acclaimed classroom teacher in graduate and undergraduate courses who serves as an accessible, trusted and valued student adviser. He has been instrumental in shaping UMaine’s food science curriculum, and he is noted for effectively using technology to enhance the learning experience.

Bushway is an expert on food safety and processing methods, applying the results of his research to serving the public, particularly through service as a resource for Maine’s food industry. He has published more than 75 academic articles and brought in research grants totaling more than $1 million.

Mahon, the John M. Murphy Chairman of International Business Policy and Strategy, was awarded the Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award. A UMaine faculty member since 2001, Mahon has served as the university’s interim provost and as dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Health.

A renowned expert in business and organizational development and behavior, Mahon is a prolific scholar. In the past three years, he has received 12 national awards for writing and research. One of his papers, written in 2009, is the most cited paper in the 50-year history of the journal Business and Society.

Nangle, a professor of psychology who joined the UMaine faculty in 1994, received the Presidential Outstanding Teaching Award. Nangle’s colleagues noted his ability to engage and inspire students through exemplary teaching and advising work. Nangle is director of the clinical psychology doctoral program and has led efforts to strengthen diversity education, assess educational goals and outcomes, and evaluate the program annually.

March, a UMaine faculty member since 1984 and a professor of Spanish, was honored with the Presidential Public Service Achievement Award. She has been noted for her work as an interpreter assisting defendants in court. Her school-based initiatives in Old Town, Lubec and other places have improved language proficiency while inspiring public service efforts. March has led five trips to Honduras, bringing UMaine students to provide assistance to rural residents dealing with health, literacy and infrastructure concerns.