BREWER — During the Brewer High School Recognition Assembly, Brewer Kiwanis Secretary Herb Hopkins presented academic trophies to seniors with a grade average of 90 or better over four years: Delany G. Turner, Evan M. Nadeau, Kate E. Wypyski, Kristen E. Kelley, Spencer D. Warmuth, Lucas W. Lamond, Emily M. Cox, Samantha E. Hand, Kathleen M. Vallance, Erin E. Helfen, Toral K. Nelson, Catherine E. Nichols, Cameron Coutts, Holly J. Nickerson, Jordan E. Nickerson, Allison R. Lander, Kelcey M. Simpson, Emily E. Irvine, Brandon S. Gendreau, Rachel M. Caron, Elizabeth M. Burnham, Joseph A. Bartol, Brian F. Carr, Ryan J. Adams, Calvin D. Michaud, Colleen Gilley, Morgan R. Haradon, Emily A. Shannon, Caroline Lopez, Cody N. Osborne, Benjamin H. Hafford, Jacob A. Valley, Ricardo Ballinas, Brady A. Smith, Amanda R. Umel, Kaitlyn M. Dunn, Michael A. Dionne, Kaileigh E. Tremble, Elizabeth N. Wyman, Ran T. Seymour, John Lacey and Samuel J. Valley.
The trophy presentation was initiated by Wesley Archer many years ago. Brewer Kiwanis Club has been the sponsor of the Brewer High School Key Club for 50 years. Also during the recognition night, Brewer Kiwanis presented the Wesley Archer Memorial Brewer Kiwanis Club scholarship in the amount of $500 to Kate Wypyski, who will attend the University of Maine. In addition, Brewer Kiwanis has participated in providing a “casino night” as an activity to help with Senior Project Graduation since its inception many years ago.
OLD TOWN — Old Town Elementary School students concluded their service-learning project by teaming up with fish and wildlife authorities, University of Maine students of forestry and botany, and community volunteers this week at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town and Alton.
The fifth-graders collected terrestrial and aquatic data as part of a service-learning project. Land-based data collection includes inventory of different forest communities, with the students identifying trees, shrubs and herbaceous layers, where applicable, and collecting information on tree age, height, density and general health.
Other pupils collected freshwater mussels from three study sites along Pushaw Stream to measure, age and prepare them for mercury concentration analysis. Mercury analysis will be done at Sawyer Environmental Chemistry Research Laboratory at UMaine and results returned to the students.
The fifth-graders were supported by UMaine students and professionals in the field. They included former Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Bucky Owen, a
former UM professor and chairman of the Department of Wildlife Ecology; and biologists Dianne Kopec and Dick Andren.
The collaborative effort continued the legacy that Oliver Larouche dreamed of and established at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, according to Hirundo naturalist Gudrun Keszöcze.
Larouche founded Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in 1965 after expanding the original 3-acre family camp property to the present 2,400-acre refuge with a generous endowment from Parker Reed as a “haven for wildlife in which to grow and be protected, an area in which they can live and survive.”
In 1983, the Larouche family donated the refuge to the University of Maine, cementing a long-term collaboration. Larouche funded research on fish, birds and mammals, making Hirundo a living laboratory for the university.
Scientific studies at Hirundo span 40 years. With the passing of Larouche, the collaboration between the refuge and university weakened. In 2010, however, Hirundo resumed its outreach
efforts with renewed vigor and has been rewarded with community support. To keep in the spirit of Oliver Larouche and to honor his lifelong effort, Hirundo again is organizing scientific studies to establish a data baseline for the flora and fauna at the refuge.
College of William and Mary
BANGOR — Erin Dean from Bangor recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Those named to the dean’s list must earn a 3.6 quality point average during the semester. The College of William and Mary is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ORONO — Lisa K. Hedstrom was awarded a master’s degree in architecture during commencement exercises at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.
The daughter of Dr. Warren and Nell Hedstrom of Orono, she resides in San Francisco and is employed by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Hedstrom is a 2002 graduate of Orono High School and a 2006 graduate of Tufts University.
New England College
HENNIKER, N.H. — Melissa Mower of Bangor was named to the dean’s list at New England College in Henniker for the spring semester. She is a sophomore at NEC.
New England College is a private, comprehensive college offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the liberal arts tradition.
St. Anselm College
MANCHESTER, N.H. — John A. Pearson of Holden was named to the dean’s list for the second semester at Saint Anselm College, Manchester. A member of the Class of 2014, Pearson is majoring in politics. Students on the dean’s list must compile a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
St. Joseph’s College
STANDISH — Area residents earned degrees from St. Joseph’s College in May:
• Corinth: John Allen, master’s degree in pastoral theology. Allen received the Pastoral Theology Outstanding Student Award.
• Etna: Caitlyn Smith, of Etna, cum laude, bachelor’s degree in English literature.
• Hampden: Ian Lee, bachelor’s degree in business administration, management.
• Stillwater: Paula Hamlin-LeVasseur, bachelor’s degree in health administration.
St. Joseph’s College offers traditional, four-year bachelor’s degrees to students on campus, and online undergraduate and graduate programs to working adults throughout the country through its Graduate & Professional Studies division.
St. Michael’s College
COLCHESTER, Vt. — These area students were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at St. Michael’s College, a liberal arts, residential Catholic college.
• Bangor: Mary Hamilton, daughter of Parkin and Patricia Hamilton. She earned a degree in English in May and is a graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School.
• Orland: Sarah Wardell, daughter of Edward and Joni Wardell. A sophomore majoring in Spanish, she is a graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School.
Students named to the dean’s list achieve a grade point average of at least 3.4 for the semester.
University of Connecticut
BANGOR — Matthew Charles Morris Goodell of Bangor earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
These area students have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of Connecticut. To do so, the earned a grade point average among the top 25 percent of students enrolled in their school or college, with no grade below a C.
• Bangor: Adam Tyler Bernstein, Alex Roland Gale.
• Hermon: Ashley Mae Gale.
• Orono: Aimee Beth Batuski.
• Rockport: Cathal Martin Gilmore.
University of Maine School of Law
BANGOR — Elise Baldacci of Bangor was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland.
Baldacci, who resided in Portland, is the daughter of the late Paul Baldacci, Amy Cummings and stepfather Thomas Cummings.
University of Maine
ORONO — Claire Sullivan, associate professor of communications and journalism at the University of Maine, has received a faculty award from a statewide coalition of 18 Maine higher education institutions dedicated to promoting service learning and community engagement.
The Maine Campus Compact gave Sullivan the Donald Harward Award for Faculty Service-Learning Excellence, which recognizes faculty who integrate public service into their teaching and advocate service learning and community action. Harward is the founder of the Maine Campus Compact and former board member of national and Maine Campus Compacts.
Sullivan has been integrating public service and applied principles into her courses at UMaine for nearly two decades.
“Rather than working with community partners based on a need that fits the course, Claire allows the community partners to determine and present their need to the class,” the Campus Compact said in a news release. “Students then have the opportunity to develop products ranging from brochures to videos and websites with ongoing feedback and approval from community partners.”
Sullivan also helped obtain a grant to sponsor a learning circle of faculty, directors, students and community partners, which meets bimonthly to discuss ways to promote service learning on campus. She is co-chairwoman of the Faculty Senate Service and Outreach Committee, which works to create a uniform definition and principles of service learning for the university.
Other award winners were Charles Dorn of Bowdoin College, Elizabeth Jabar of the Maine College of Art, Heather Lindkvist of Bates College and Ben Towne of the University of Southern Maine.
University of New Hampshire
DURHAM, N.H. — These area students graduated from the University of New Hampshire during commencement on May 21 in Durham:
• Bangor: Dylan George, bachelor’s degree, business administration, marketing.
• Brewer: Ashley Hawkins-Kimball, master’s degree, accounting.
• Castine: Katherine Bertrand, honors, associate degree in applied animal science.
• Hampden, Lauren Maltz, cum laude, bachelor’s degree, Russian.
Founded in 1866, the University of New Hampshire is a public research university and a land-, sea- and space-grant institution.
Western New England College
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Two area students have received honors for the spring semester at Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.:
• Milford: Jamie M. LaPierre, a senior majoring in social work, was named to the president’s list. The president’s list requires a grade point average of 3.8 or higher.
• Hermon: Colton Gross, a sophomore majoring in sports management, was named to the dean’s list. The dean’s list requires a grade point average of 3.3 or higher.
BANGOR — Samuel Askins was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A freshman at Westminster, he is the son of Greg and Joanna Dotts Askins and a 2010 graduate of Bangor High School.