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MPBN reporter Tom Porter visited campus last Thursday, and his profile of MMA aired this evening. It's titled, "Not Your Typical Four-Year College." ...and the hits just keep on coming!
You can listen to the radio broadcast here: http://news.mpbn.net/post/maine-maritime-academy-not-your-typical-four-year-college.

Radcliffe Awarded Supply Chain Scholarship
Congratulations to Zachary Radcliffe who was awarded a student scholarship award to attend the Supply Chain Summit in August 2014. Banneker Industries, a founder of the Supply Chain Management Summit, awarded scholarships to five undergraduate and graduate students offsetting registration fees and travel expenses to attend the 7th Annual Summit on August 21th, 2014 at Bryant University. The Summit is a one-day event that brings together industry professionals for in-depth conversations about challenges, trends, innovations, and successes in supply chain management. Zach, a junior in the IBL program and Mariner basketball player, is also completing an internship at Bath Iron Works this summer. Congratulations Zach!!

Zach is shown here (far right) with other IBL students completing the required Co-Op also at BIW. Others in the photo include: Russell Pierce, Eric Dupleissis, Brett Milliken and Robert Smart IV.

Hannford Group


Hannaford

Hannford Group

Standing L to R

Micheil McLeod, Matthew Methot, Devyn Curless-Clark, Marc Rancourt, Gretchen Veevaert, Russell Pearce, Prof. Cetin, Prof. Jain

Kneeling L to R

Christine Morrison, Jordan Delingher, Kari Jones, Samantha Pease, Alyssa Severance, Courtney Dufour, Kelly Amorgianos, Tyler Oversmith, Linda Wikström

Prof. Jain, Prof. DeWitt (not pictured) and visiting Prof. Cetin took the Graduate Logistics class to visit one of the best run distribution and transportation centers in Maine, the South Portland Hannaford Distribution Center and Transportation Offices. Samantha Pease (LSS ’12, Delhaize Group International Graduate Trainee Program) helped lead the group, including several underclassmen, for the day. The tour gave the students an insight into the daily distribution center operations for a leading supermarket chain like Hannaford. This tour was undertaken as part of the graduate course requirements for BA546 - Fundamentals of Logistics in Global Supply Chains

NESCON 2013

NESCON 2013

Names from left to right, Front row: Prof. Navneet Jain, Jessica MacCannell, Alexander Sharpe, Zachariah Webster, Zachary Radcliffe, Nathan McLellan, Nathaniel Zmek
Back row, left to right: Alexander Gagnon, Neal Lofgren

NESCON 2013

Names from left to right: Alexander Gagnon, Nathaniel Zmek, Mary Kachinsky, Sr. Director, Strategic Sourcing, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, NESCON's 2013 Supply Chain Hall of Fame Inductee

With faculty support from Professor Jain, International Business and Logistics students, ranging from freshmen to juniors, attended the New England Supply Chain Conference Expo on October 6-7th. NESCON, organized by the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), and the Association of Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS), allowed students to participate in educational seminars, listen to distinguished keynote speakers, and network with Supply Chain and Logistics professionals, including representatives from W.B. Mason, Oracle, and Cubist Pharmaceuticals. Along with resume workshops, educational seminars, and vendor booths, students learned about best practices from supply chain professionals. Dean Maier represented the Graduate Program, distributing brochures and pamphlets while explaining the graduate ONLINE and ON CAMPUS program to interested professionals looking to expand their educational background.

Students were able to attend the conference with generous support from the Student Business Logistics Association, the Student Government Association, and the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics. Through these organizations, students are able to take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities both in the classroom and with industry professionals.


Ship Jump 2013

Before and After

LSS Grad school students participated in the Ship Jump this year for the first time. Ship Jump has a long tradition at MMA for the incoming undergraduate freshman. This year the Grad students got in all of their practice at the pool and joined the rest of the Orientation students for the jump. While they may look a little apprehensive in the "Before" picture, the "After" picture reflects the excitement of the experience in everyone's eyes. (Photos by Joseph Maier)

The Jump:

Ship Jump
Each frame a different diver:
Gretchen Veevaert, Matthew Methot, Christine Morrison,
Micheil McLeod, Alyssa Severance, Devyn Curless-Clark

 

Before
Left to Right: Associate Dean Donald Maier, Matthew Methot, Devyn Curless-Clark, Alyssa Severance, Gretchen Veevaert, Christine Morrison, Micheil McLeod and Anthony Miller

After
Left to Right: Christine Morrison, Assoc. Dean Donald Maier, Matthew Methot,
Devyn Curless-Clark, Alyssa Severance, Anthony Miller, Gretchen Veevaert, Micheil McLeod


 

A stiff and steady breeze pushed “Payah Kun” through the white-capped chop in Castine Harbor during the Graduate Student Orientation sailing excursion on Thursday afternoon. It was a very exciting sail for some students who had never sailed before. At times the boat heeled about 30 degrees, but many of the novice sailors took over the skipper’s helm from Prof. Shaughnessy and sailed west toward Islesboro and north toward Belfast/ Searsport. The chase boat encountered rough going and turned around to return to the dock before reaching the bell. Thanks to David and Ally from the MMA sailing team for their invaluable help. A smoother sail downwind back into the Harbor completed the first week of Orientation.

The Loeb-Sullivan School On Campus graduate student Orientation session has started with the traditional student rowing exercise. Lifeboat rowing is known for it's team building success. This year's group had a good time out on the water on a beautiful Castine Harbor afternoon.

 

Graduate students from left: Diego Sanchez, David Mendez, Anthony Miller, Danica Payne, Samantha Pease, Caroll Lopez, CEO of Eimskip Gylfi Sigfússon, Cassandra Anderson, Christian LaPage, and Dr. Maier.

Front row: Jeffrey Taub, Caroll Lopez, Cassandra Anderson, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson President of Iceland, Danica Payne, Samantha Pease, Prof. Schatz, David Mendez, and Diego Lopez.
Back row: Dr. Maier, Captain Robert J. Peacock II Chairman, MMA Board of Trustee's, Joseph Sullivan, and Christian LaPage.

Graduate students and faculty from the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business & Logistics were fortunate to attend the Eimskip reception, at the International Marine Terminal at the Port of Portland on May 31st. Eimskip is providing container liner service from Iceland, Newfoundland, and Northern Europe to the US through their U.S. office in Portland, ME. The new sailing schedule and shorter transit times will help Eimskip improve service between Europe and the entire New England area. Connecting with rail access to major US cities, this event highlighted the importance of integrated logistics operations! During the reception and with the help of MMA Trustee and Alum Robert Peacock, the students were able to network with a number of industry leaders including the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, and Gylfil Sigfússon, CEO of Eimskip.
The event was also a great opportunity to connect with John Henshaw, Executive Director of the Maine Port Authority and Christopher Gardner, Director, Port of Eastport. Earlier in the day the students and faculty attended the 33rd Annual Maine International Trade Day, created and hosted by Maine International Trade Center. The event highlights many of the exceptional international trade opportunities that exist throughout Maine by connecting various stakeholders. The luncheon keynote speaker was Governor Paul LePage speaking about how Maine is "open for business". Throughout the day and during the reception, the on-going emphasis highlighted the importance of logistics to international trade and Maine. The graduate students in the on-site Global Logistics and Maritime Management program participated in the event as part of the strategic project report they are currently conducting on Maine's logistics infrastructure system from a shipper's perspective.

 

Front Row (L-R) - Alexandra Slotkin (IBL), Edward "Ted" Nichols (IBL), Allyson Fuehrer (MTO), Prof. Laurie Flood, Prof. Lance Burton, Prof. Patrick Lorenz, Haley Griffin (IBL)
Back Row (L-R) - Capt. Sam Teel, Prof. Jeff Willmann, Camden Dionne (MTO), Prof. Mark Libby, Prof. Mark Shaughnessy, Dr. John Barlow, Vice President of Academics for MMA

Maine Maritime Academy students stand out at Maritime Academy Higher Education Summit 2013

Five Maine Maritime Academy students presented at the Maritime Academy Higher Education Summit Conference in New York City.  The five students, Camden Dionne (MTO), Allyson Fuehrer (MTO), Edward Nichols (IBL), Alexandra Slotkin (IBL) and Haley Griffin (IBL-moderator), developed and led a student panel discussion titled The Importance of an Understanding of Logistics in Maritime Education.  Each of the five panelists completed, MA101 Introduction to Business and Supply Chain Management.  By pulling their knowledge together, the overall conclusion was the MA101 course was important for all students to complete regardless of major.  The grounded nature of a global economy, according to the panelists, is that without logistics there wouldn’t be a maritime industry and without the maritime industry, logistics would have a more difficult means of transporting goods globally.

The students were able to attend other presentations while at this conference, which they all found interesting.  In addition, nine other representatives from MMA attended the Summit. The student panelists were also fortunate to have lunch with Maine Maritime Academy alumni, Fred Harris, President of NASSCO, who was the keynote luncheon speaker. The conference was beneficial to everyone involved and they all walked away with a greater understanding of the important relationship between maritime and logistics. 

It’s because of the strong confident, competent, and professional nature of students completing business and logistics related courses that MMA continues to be well represented in various venues such as this conference. The entire MMA community should be very proud of what the panelists were able to accomplish.


Front row: L- R; Alexi Galley and Rebecca Leathers
Middle row: from left - Daniel Mills, Nathaniel Zmek, Kyle Marshall, Kelsey Nalette, and Katherine Polonka
Back row: from left - Alexander Gagnon and Dr. Maier

Eight students from the Loeb-Sullivan International Business & Logistics program attended the 2012 New England Supply Chain Conference (NESCON) on September 30th through October 1st. NESCON is an annual event sponsored by the regional chapters of the Institute of Supply Management, APICS, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Our students were able to work on their networking skills with over 400 industry professionals. More importantly, numerous positive comments were relayed to Dr. Maier regarding the knowledge of the industry, level of professionalism, and genuine sincerity of all of the IBL students representing MMA.


Zara-Anne Farrar wins CSCMP Scholarship!  Zara is the 2012 recipient of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), New England Roundtable Annual Student Scholarship. The CSCMP is the world's largest and most recognized professional association for the logistics and supply chain industry. Zara is a senior in the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business & Logistics and is also a member of the NROTC program. Ms. Farrar was also fortunate to complete her Co-Op this summer serving on the TSSOM and hopes to secure a logistics position with the US Navy or the Military Sealift Command upon graduation. Zara is shown here with Fred Harris, President, NASSCO - San Diego, who was attending the Roundtable and is also an MMA alum.



CONGRATULATIONS TO HALEY GRIFFIN!! The New England Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) awarded Haley the 2012 Student Award. The award allowed Haley, a sophomore majoring in International Business & Logistics, to attend this year’s CSCMP Annual Global Conference in Atlanta, GA from September 29th - October 5th covering all travel and conference expenses. The CSCMP is the world's largest logistics and supply chain association of industry professionals. This year's conference was attended by over 4,000 leaders in the logistics industry! The opportunity provided exceptional networking experience for Co-Op's and career potential for Haley. Dr. William DeWitt (L) and Professor Mark Shaughnessy (R), faculty members in the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business & Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy (shown in photo with Haley) also presented a paper at the conference.


It didn’t take long for the Grad students at Maine Maritime Academy to all pull together. During one of their first Orientation team building outings, the incoming class of 2013 scrambled to get their lifeboat rigged (1st photo) but by the end of the evening had smiles on their faces (2nd photo) and oars in the water!

L-R; Row 1: Alden Collet, Joseph Sullivan, Row 2: Caroll Lopez, David Mendez, Diego Sanchez, Row 3: Samantha Pease, KC Anderson, Row 4: Christian LaPage, Zack DiSilvestro, Row 5: Andrew Kovacs, Tony Miller, (Standing) Jeff Taub

 

Group photo with Representative Stacey Allen Fitts of Pittsfield

Group photo with Representative Stacey Allen Fitts of Pittsfield, a 1984 MMA graduate. Front Row (L-R): Alaina Scheuchzer, Casey Murphy, Ariel Fowler, Megan Russell, Meghan Bodajla. Back Row (L-R): Prof. Navjeet Jain, Dr. William DeWitt, Dagong Yang, Claude Robilliard, Amy Fredrickson, Rep. Fitts, Beth McMullen, Michael Secord, Alex Reardon, Prof. Mark Shaughnessy, Dr. Donald Maier, Christopher Nowell. View the rest of the photos...

Loeb-Sullivan ’10 Grad earns prestigious appointment

Loeb-Sullivan School  ’10 graduate Aggie Gloskowski won appointment to the class of nine Delhaize Group International Graduate Trainees. Aggie will start her 18-month assignment in September in the United States and Europe. This year’s recruits are from the United States, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Belgium and were selected from an applicant pool of 754 candidates.

Delhaize Group launched the first International Graduate Trainee program as a pilot last year. The program’s main objective is to feed and strengthen our talent pipeline and develop successors to fill Delhaize Group’s top management positions in the future.

Each trainee works in various parts of the company through three, six-month stints: 1.) at retail stores in their native country, 2.) in an assignment deliberately designed to be outside of their core area of expertise in a different country, and 3.) in DG’s corporate office in Brussels.

“The support of many associates, from Pierre-Olivier Beckers to people in stores, is needed to make this a successful program,” said Philippe De Bock, DG Vice President of Recruitment, Executive Development & Talent Management, who heads up the trainee program.

Leen Van Isveldt, Elien Degraeve (both from Belgium) and Irina Fosa (from Romania) comprised the first class of three DG International Graduate Trainees. At the end of August, the three will complete the second of their three six-month assignments within Delhaize America’s Scarborough, Maine office, and move to Brussels to work at DG’s corporate office. Aggie has a Bachelor of Arts in German, Spanish & International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Logistics from Maine Maritime Academy. Congratulations Aggie!

Class of 2011-2012 Orientation

The Loeb-Sullivan School Class of 2011-2012 began Orientation this August with team-building exercises, which included rowing lifeboats in Castine Harbor and sailing outside the bell buoy on two of MMA’s larger sailboats; “Whisper” and “Bright Star”. Yes, that is a seal in one of the rowing pictures.

Grad orientation Trip to Acadia National Park and Frenchman’s Bay 2011

Standing L-R: Professor Donald Meier, Dagong Yang, Claude Robilliard, Seth Green (in sunglasses) Casey Murphy, Christopher Nowell, Alaina Scheuchzer, Amy Fredrikson, Beth McMullen, Michael Secord, Meaghan Bodalja, Alex Reardon and Dean William DeWitt

Front row L-R: Brittany Green, Ariele Fowler, Megan Russell

The 2012 grad students spent a beautiful Saturday summer’s day on an orientation trip to Acadia National Park and then an oceanographic boat trip aboard the Miss Samantha on Bar Harbor’s world renowned Frenchman’s Bay.

Class of 2011 Completes Orientation

The Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business & Logistics has completed their two-week orientation period for the Global Logistics and Maritime Management Masters degree program. While the coursework during the week is strenuous, the Grad School likes to make sure that the students are familiar with the local surroundings and get a chance to forge new friendships. During the middle weekend, the students spend a day touring the Acadia peninsula. The morning was spent on a bus tour of Acadia National Park, including stops at the famous Thunder Hole and then climbing to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. The afternoon ride was on the “Miss Samantha”, Bar Harbor's newest and biggest lobster passenger boat. They watched the retrieval of several lobster pots, also known as “fishing” in Maine and hoped to catch a glimpse of harbor seals in Frenchman’s Bay. Afternoon sailing and rowing activities and a Tanker lab simulation demonstration helped familiarize the students with the traditions of Maine Maritime Academy.

(Back row - L-R) Kurt Pullman, Nick Killinger, Sean Corr, Henry Knott (partially obscured), Robert Wohltjen
(Front row – L – R) Sarah Vandermast, Tammi Fisher, Callan Kilroy, Cory Googins, Christian Lamberts, Loeb-Sullivan School Associate Dean William DeWitt
(Kneeling next to the life-saver ring) Teplyn Fournier


Above Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park: Back Row- L-R, Sarah Vandermast, Teplyn Fournier, Kurt Pullman, Sean Corr, Robert Wohltjen, Christian Lamberts, Nick Killinger, Cory Googins, Front Row- L-R: Henry Knott, Callan Kilroy, and Tammi Fisher.


Loeb-Sullivan Grad Student competes in US SAILING's 2009 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship

MMA Hands-on Lori Berggren (Loeb-Sullivan 2010, seated on the right) was one of three crew members sailing with Skipper Caroline McNally at the prestigious Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship held in Rochester, NY on Lake Ontario. All four sailors are students or work at Maine Maritime Academy. Berggren is a graduate of MMA and is attending Loeb-Sullivan School to earn her Masters degree in Global Supply Chain Logistics. Two MMA freshmen, Sara Lloyd and Hadley Neale, were also on board the J-22 sailboat as crew for this rigorous event against top competition. Skipper Caroline McNally is an adjunct professor at MMA, teaching sailing and yoga. McNally is an accomplished college sailboat racer. Sailing the boat Running with Scissors, McNally and crew finished 27th overall.

Inaugurated in 1985 at the instigation of the US SAILING's Women's Championship Committee, the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship quickly became the premier women's sailing event in the U.S. and worldwide. Held biennially, the event provides women keelboat and offshore sailors high-quality racing and an opportunity to compete with top national and international sailors. US SAILING supports a wide range of sailing organizations, including the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams.

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MMA gives students an applied hands-on approach...

MMA Hands-on The graduate program at Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) offers a one-year Masters of Science degree in International Business and Logistics. MMA gives students an applied hands-on approach to our academic curriculum. As part of the Fall Orientation for the Masters Program, graduate students and faculty had a fun team-building experience in Castine Harbor learning/remembering what it is like to row a lifeboat.

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Maine Maritime Academy honors student-athletes

The Maine Maritime Academy athletic department recognized and celebrated the achievements of Mariner student-athletes at their "Athletic Awards Night" on campus in Castine. Sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Athletic Director Jim Dyer and Senior Women's Administrator Katrina Dagan presided over the evening's festivities. In total, there were 56 scholar-athlete award winners recognized at the event including 5 dual sport athletes. To be recognized as a Mariner scholar-athlete a student needs to be on the Dean's list academically, and have participated in a varsity sport.

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2007-2008 Scheel Scholars

The late Henry A. Scheel of Rockport, Maine was one of America's most respected naval architects and yacht designers. During his long and distinguished career, Mr. Scheel produced more than 250 complete designs which have been utilized by thirty builders of sailboats and other craft in the US and Europe.

To express his high regard for Maine Maritime Academy, in 1994 Mr. Scheel left funds to permanently endow scholarships for students in the three upper classes who best exemplify intellectual curiosity and achievement.

In 2007-2008, one Mariner student athlete in the IBL Program was selected as a Scheel Scholar. She is:

Rebecca Allen: Women's Volleyball. Senior from Bucksport, Maine. Recognized as the Scheel Scholar for International Business and Logistics.

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MMA Athletes of the Year

image 1 MMA Female Athlete of the Year - Rebecca Allen. Rebecca helped lead the Lady Mariner Women's Volleyball team to a 19-6 record, a North Atlantic Conference championship, and the programs first ever berth to the NCAA Tournament. The senior captain from Bucksport, Maine was a three time NAC All-Star and leaves MMA holding ten school records. In 2006 Allen led the nation in Service Aces Per Game. Along with her athletic accomplishments Rebecca has been a Dean's list student every semester here at MMA and was recently named the Scheel Scholar for the IBL program. Allen was also named to the COSIDA ESPN Volleyball Academic All-American Second Team this past fall and was the recipient of the Phyllis Tenney Community Service Award here on the campus of MMA.

MMA Male Athlete of the Year - Chris Tracy. For his achievements during the fall, the linebacker from Westbrook, Maine was named as the Mariner Football team Defensive MVP. The senior captain also made the New England Football Conference 1st team and was honored as the NEFC Defensive Player of the Year. Tracy was an All-ECAC 1st Team selection this season and throughout his MMA career had numerous NEFC weekly honor roll nominations

Photo by Chris Bellows

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MMA International Business & Logistics Student Awarded Scholarship

On April 1, 2008, five $1000 scholarships were awarded to students at New England Roundtable (NERT) partner schools. By providing recognition and support to students, NERT hopes to foster an interest in a career in supply chain and to enhance their professional development. With this scholarship program, the Education Committee of NERT works with these professors at area colleges and universities to recognize students interested in supply chain who excel academically and in extracurricular activities.

School: Maine Maritime Academy
Professor: Dr. William DeWitt
Scholarship Winner: Jarred Sternbergh

Jarred Sternbergh, Class of 2010 at Maine Maritime Academy is a candidate for a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in International Business and Logistics. Jarred has consistently earned a place on the Dean's List with a cumulative GPA of 3.45. His strong leadership is shown through his participation in the Regiment of Midshipmen having held the rank of 3/C Training Officer and 2/C Training Officer in Charge. He has also received the Rear Admiral Warren C. Hamm Jr. Leadership Award. Jarred has also held offices as Vice President on the Student Athletes Advisory Committee and Vice Chair of the National Debutante Cotillion Ball. He is a well rounded student who also serves on the Executive Committee of Students in Free Enterprise. Jarred meets the high expectations of his professors and sets the bar high for his peers.

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MMA student to attend CSCMP Annual Conference

The New England Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is pleased to announce the award of two trips to area students to represent our Roundtable as Student Assistants at the 2008 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Annual Conference, October 5-8, in Denver, Colorado. They will serve as members of the Arrangements Committee. The honored recipients of this award are Northeastern University student Rebecca Harkess and Maine Maritime Academy student Nhuy Tran. The winners of this award are exemplary students that significantly impress their professors.

As a member of the Arrangements Committee, Nhuy will join students representing the other CSCMP Roundtables and have the opportunity to spend 50% of her time attending educational and networking sessions at the conference and 50% of their time supporting the conference logistics. It also serves as an opportunity to connect with the professional community and to gain exposure to current leading edge expertise in supply chain management.

Nhuy was selected by Dr. William DeWitt of the Maine Maritime Academy based on their significant accomplishments:

Nhuy Tran, Maine Maritime Academy Class of 2009 is majoring in International Business and Logistics. Nhuy excels academically as a Dean's List and Honors student. She is Co-President of Student in Free Enterprises, the umbrella organization on campus for logistics organizations. A well rounded student, Nhuy also is a Student Senate Speaker, a member of the Yearbook committee and on the Women's Rugby team. She is a high energy student who balances work and play along with a social conscience exhibited through a history of volunteer work. She has traveled extensively -over 20 countries- and has had many diverse experiences. Her fluency in English and Vietnamese plus her knowledge of French combined with her International Business studies will position her well for a career with a global firm. As a member of the Arrangements Committee, she'll readily relate to the international ambience of the Conference.

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Maine Maritime Academy Professor is Fulbright Lecturer, Researcher

image 1CASTINE, Maine - Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) Professor, Dr. Elaine S. Potoker, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose (San Pedro Montes de Oca) during the first semester of the 2007-2008 academic year. According to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Dr. Potoker is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who travel abroad annually through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. Under the grant, Dr. Potoker is currently in Costa Rica serving 30% of her time as a guest lecturer in the area of strategic management within University's School of Business Administration. While at the University, she is a member of the "Facultad de Administración de Negocios", a group of 130 professors.

Dr. Potoker's remaining work time is being spent on research in the area of international trade. She is investigating the challenges facing the nation and the region specific to logistics and technology integration and workforce needs with the implementation of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA). According to Dr. Potoker, DR-CAFTA ratification was an active contemporary political issue in Costa Rica. The country held a referendum in October to decide the question, and it passed by a slim margin. She is currently maintaining a website documenting her experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in Costa Rica. The public is invited to visit the website at:directory.mma.edu.

Recipients of the Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic of professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Fulbright recipients are among o0ver 30,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit http://exchanges.state.gov or http://www.iie.org/Template.cfm?section=Fulbright1.

Dr. Potoker, a professor of business in Maine Maritime Academy's Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics, teaches in the graduate and undergraduate divisions of the School. Originally appointed to the college faculty in 1997, Potoker holds a B.A. degree from State University College, Potsdam, N.Y., an M.A.T degree from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. with focus in public policy and management, international business, and anthropology from The Ohio State University. She is also the author of Managing Diverse Working Styles: The Leadership Competitive Advantage, 2005, Southwest Publishing. The book is currently undergoing a second revision with Routledge Publishing (UK).

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Academic All-American Teams

image 1 The awards keep rolling in for the Lady Mariners, winners of the North Atlantic Conference regular season and conference tournament. On the same day they were to take the court for their first ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Regional Champion-ships, MMA had two of their players rewarded for their efforts in the classroom. Nicole St. Pierre (Baileyville, ME) and Becca Allen (Bucksport, ME) (both are International Business & Logistics under-graduate students)  were honored as District 1 College Division selections for 2007.

The ESPN Academic All-American Teams were selected by CoSIDA (Sports Information Directors of America) for 5 districts throughout the country. Junior Nicole St. Pierre was a First Team selection, while senior Becca Allen was a Second Team selection. This is the first time in the schools history that any female student-athlete at Maine Maritime has received an Academic All-American award for their efforts on and off the playing fields.

Joining Nicole St. Pierre (pictured left) on the first team was Amanda Morris (MIT; North Potomac, MD), Katie Becofsky (New Palz; Altamont, NY), Carey Demos (Bentley; Bakersfield, CA), Christina Sadowski (Bentley; Salem, NH), Carrie Buchanan (MIT; Carthage, TX), and Rhe-Ann Niles (New Haven; St. Thomas, Barbados).

Joining Becca Allen (pictured right) on the second team was Amanda Hubbard (Ithaca; Horseheads, NY), Lisa Drennan (Wesleyan; Ann Arbor, MI), Jen Shaughnessy (Keuka; Le Roy, NY). Jamie Kraus (Potsdam State; New Paltz, NY), Lauren Flanagan (Adelphi; Boulder, CO), and Dana Hilfinger (Rochester; Ann Arbor, MI)

Allen and St. Pierre were the only recipients honored from Maine and two of only four student-athletes from New England to be selected.

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