To the Editor:
I want to thank you for the supplement in the Aug. 25 edition of your paper regarding Maine Maritime Academy’s 75th anniversary. It was a thoughtful and extensive piece and made me proud once again to proclaim myself a Mariner. There was one aspect of MMA, however, that I feel could use a bit more spotlighting. I would take this opportunity to do a little bragging on behalf of the Corning School of Ocean Studies and the role it plays at the academy.
I have been a faculty member of marine biology in the Corning School since August 2002. Last fall, the Corning School celebrated its 25th anniversary; our role is to prepare marine biologists and marine scientists for a diverse array of science-based careers in the public and private sector, and we are extremely proud of our alumni. It would take me most of a column of newsprint to list all of the positions our alumni currently occupy, but let me provide a few examples. Alumni work as geologists in the oil industry, as biologists aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea (think “Deadliest Catch”), as policy makers in government and as educators in secondary schools across the country. They are veterinarians, medical technologists and laboratory managers. Some serve in the Armed Forces or in the NOAA Corps. Their education at MMA was both broad and deep, and they exemplify their training every day.
On a college campus that is predominantly male, a significant proportion of our Ocean Studies students are young women, and they excel in their studies. They work as peer tutors in biology, calculus and physics. They serve leadership roles in student government, and for those who are voluntary participants in the Regiment of Midshipmen, they are recognized for their excellence by being asked to serve as midshipman training officers.
Our students also are gifted athletes who help fill out the athletic rosters for our highly competitive sports teams.
There are many successful students and alumni who are not part of the license program, and it gives me pleasure to write this letter illuminating for your readers how highly diverse and comprehensive an institution we are.
Thank you again for your continued support of Maine Maritime Academy. I look forward to continuing our fruitful relationship.
Professor of Marine Biology
Corning School of Ocean Studies
Maine Maritime Academy