The opening session of the Midcoast Leadership Academy, MLA LEAP (Leadership Experiences, Activities & Practices), was held September 21st and 22nd at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. This year's class consists of leaders from Knox and Waldo County who will spend the next nine months learning leadership skills, the issues facing the midcoast region, and working with three nonprofits on year-long regional projects.
Participating this year are: Marydale Abernathy, Bangor Daily News; Christine Anderson-Morehouse, Midcoast Superintendent's Professional Development Center; Jeff Charland, Camden National Bank; Rob Dietz, PICA Design & Marketing; Erica Hughes, UMaine Hutchinson Center; Patty Kitchen, Picker Family Resource Center; Diane Laliberte, Unity College; Michael Leonard, GreenME, Inc.; Chris Lobley, Bangor Savings Bank; Katie MacDonald, Dear Pauline + Ninefifteen Enterprises; Marina Macho, Durango Business Support; Sarah McLean, Global Packing & Shipping; Kathryn Snow Mills, Snow Sport & Spine Inc.; Stacey Palmer, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors; Ian Robertson, New Leaf Construction; Kimberly Scott, Camden Conference; Megan Williams, PenBay Healthcare.
Throughout the next several months, these leaders will learn about the issues facing the midcoast region through a series of experiences, tours, speakers and projects with Five Town Communities That Care, local Main Street programs, and Midcoast Magnet.
MLA started in 2006 and is run through the University of Maineís Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Modeled after successful community leadership programs held throughout the country, MLA was created as an initiative by a group of regional and statewide leaders led by Jim Patterson, Hutchinson Center Founding Director; state representative Chris Rector; and Cheryl Miller, Senior Program Officer of Maine Development Foundation.
Central to the founding of the program is the belief that the Midcoast is a unique region, rich with spirit, creativity, and tradition. MLA ís mission is to positively impact the economic and cultural quality of life in the Midcoast by enhancing the professional and personal development of its existing and emerging community leaders. Our distinguished guest faculty is drawn from the worlds of academia, business, government, consulting, and the non-profit sector.
Bangor Savings Bank is the Lead Sponsor of the Midcoast Leadership Academy, understanding the importance of bringing together existing and emerging leaders to enhance their leadership skills and build relationships that will help create stronger, healthier and more prosperous communities. Penbay Regional Chamber of Commerce and Unity Foundation are Supporting Sponsors.
FMI: Visit MLA Website at http://www.hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu/index.php/community/midcoast-leadership-academy
The UMaine Hutchinson Center is gearing up for the Fall semester, which begins the week of September 4th. The new wing of the Center was opened in 2009, and the state-of-the-art science labs are the perfect environment to take one of the Lab Science courses offered in Belfast. For more information or to meet with an Academic Advisor, call the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000. The classes are small, with hands-on experiences in a very supportive place.
BIO222/223: Biology, the Living Science (lecture and lab) Instructor: Gaylen Jones
Thursdays,Lecture 2:30 - 5:00 pm; Lab 5:30 - 7:30pm
Learn basic biology concepts as they relate to everyday life and to current issues in society: microscopic life and diseases, plant growth and the carbon cycle, water pollution, acid rain, inheritance, and biotechnology. This course is designed for non-science majors.
BIO208: Anatomy and Physiology (lecture and lab) Instructor: Jan Pitcairn
Tuesdays, Lecture 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; Wednesdays Lab 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Students learn the structures and functions ofthe major tissues, organs, and organ systems of the human body, and the chemical and physical processes that govern them. Topics include cells, tissues, and skeletal, muscle, nervous, endocrine, nervous, endocrine, cardiopulmonary, immune, digestive, and reproductive systems,and nutrition and metabolism. This course is for students who have taken Introductory Biology.
CHY101/102: Chemistry for Everyday Living (lecture and lab) (Instructors: William Ellis/Susan Therio)
Mondays Lecture 5:30 – 8:00 pm; Lab Tuesdays 5:00– 7:30 pm
A non-mathematical introduction to the basic principles of chemistry with an emphasis on chemistry in everyday life, including the chemistry of the atmosphere and water, nuclear chemistry, and the chemistry of polymers (plastics).
BMB208/210: Elements of Physiological Chemistry Instructors: Melanie DiLorenzo/Susan Therio
Tuesdays 5:00 – 7:30 pm; Lab Thursdays 5:00 –7:30 pm
An introduction to chemistry related to life science, including the structure and properties of hydrocarbons, the chemistry of carbohydrates, proteins, alcohols, aldehydes andketones, acids and esters, and vitamin C. A great introduction to chemistry for those interested in health fields.
ERS101: Introduction to Geology (lecture and lab) Instructor: Dave Lawrence
Mondays, Lecture 10:00 am – 12:30 pm; Lab 1:00 –4:00 pm
A study of earth materials and processes, including their impact on humans. Topics include geologic time, minerals and rocks, weathering andsoil formation, glaciation, deserts, coastlines, earthquakes and seismology, mountain building and plate tectonics. Laboratory work includes the study of rocks, minerals, topographic maps and aerial photographs in preparation for a one-day field trip to Acadia National Park. Intended for anyone interested in learning about planet Earth.
Thinking of college?
Wondering how you might begin?
Considering financial aid or scholarships you may beeligible for?
A great way to begin or return to college is to take a college course,and a scholarship for a course is just the way to get started. You may qualify for one of thescholarships listed below awarded at the Hutchinson Center each year.
Annual Fund, Best of the Best
United Mid-Coast Charities, Harris & Ann Bixler
Shirley and Ronald Jarvella, Fred Hutchinson
Andrew Kuby Memorial (funded by Belfast RotaryClub)
Senior College, Midcoast AAUW
Ira Cobe (funded by Maine Community Foundation)
Seaport Family Practice Health Professional
Summer Folk Scholarship
One recent scholarship recipient wrote the following, after receiving a Best of the Best scholarship, “It really touches my heart to know that there are people out there whom I have,never even meet that are willing to donate funds to help me pay for schooling. I am so appreciative and I can’t say thank you enough."
To the Hutchinson Center Scholarship Committee and Village Soup, thank you so much for reviewing my application. I am so gratefulto be one of the two chosen students to receive this scholarship. It has been a pleasure taking courses at the Hutchinson Center, and I am so thankful that everyone has been so helpful to me on my educational journey.”
Call 338-8000 for a scholarship application form as well as to meet with an Academic Advisor.
There is no better way to improve your job and career options, than a college program.
Individuals and organizations are finding writing grants that get funded takes developed skills and strategies. To assist grant writers, the UMaine Hutchinson Center is once again offering the two-day workshop: Writing Winning Grant Proposals: Nuts, Bolts & Assembly on August 13 & 14 in Belfast.
Scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, August 13 & 14, each daily session will run from 8:30am to 4:00 pm. with a continental breakfast, lunch, and all workshop materials included.
Photo: Grantwriting workshop is one a series of sessions needed to earn a Certificate in Nonprofit Management through the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. Pictured (left to right) is Nora Eldredge, Islesboro, receiving her Certificate of Completion presented by Chip Bradstreet, Belfast, faculty instructor for the program.
The votes are being tallied, but you don’t have to wait for the results. We are offering Waldo County businesses, each and every one, the opportunity to be part of this year’s Best of the Best and Business Showcase.
The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center and Our Town Belfast are collaborating to host this year’s Best of the Best and Business Showcase. Formerly just focused on the best of the best Waldo County businesses, this year the Gala event on August 20 at 5:30 p.m. is expanded to include all Waldo County businesses. The Best of the Best and Business Showcase is an opportunity to promote your business with no fees charged for tablespace. All Waldo County businesses are welcome, first come, first served, as space is limited to Hutchinson Center facility space.
Each year nearly a thousand people come to the Gala enjoying free food, giveaways, music, silent auction, socializing and a fun community event! Most importantly, the Gala raises funds to support scholarships for University of Maine Hutchinson Center students through the silent auction.
So, don’t miss out on promoting your business and donating an item for the silent auction to support funding scholarships for students reaching for their dreams!
Table space is free so the price is right!
To reserve a table and/or to donate an item for the auction, please contact Erica Hughes at 338-8034 or email
The Mid-Coast AAUW (American Association of University Women) has selected Margaret (Maggie) Raymond, Montville, as this year’s scholarship recipient. The Hutchinson Center is honored to partner with the Mid-Coast AAUW chapter in offering this annual scholarship to a first time college student (or one who has been out of college for a while and continuing their education) to cover the cost of one college class including tuition, fees, books and required materials at the UMaine Hutchinson Center.
Photo: Front Row -left to right: Mary Ellen Wilson, So. Thomaston, Midcoast AAUW scholarship chair and Judy Dinmore, Cape Elizabeth, Midcoast AAUW President
Back Row - left to right: Dr. Sue McCullough, director and associate dean, UMaine Hutchinson Center; Nancy Boyington, assistant director; and Margaret (Maggie) Raymond, Montville, 2012 AAUW Scholarship Awardee.