The history of Blacks in Maine is very much a story about Whiteness: its endurance, its entitlement, the ultimate disadvantage of its oneness. In 1790, Maine was 98 percent white. While the rest of the nation morphed and diversified into ever new incarnations of diversity, Maine has essentially stood still.
Education pioneer Surya Karki ’16 has been working to transform Nepal’s school system since he was a student at College of the Atlantic, opening his first school in the country in 2015. Since that time, Karki and his charity, United World Schools Nepal, have launched 30 schools, with seven more on the way.
An endowed faculty position in economics and social sciences honors long-time College of the Atlantic trustee, colleague, and alumna Cody van Heerden, who passed away in 2018 after a battle with ALS. Professor Davis Taylor will be the inaugural holder of the position.
The performing arts are getting a boost at College of the Atlantic, with the completion of the Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman Chair in the Performing Arts, a $1.25 million endowed faculty position. Professor Jodi Baker has been named the first COA Woodward-Newman Chair.
Robert Ballard has found the Titanic and other famous shipwrecks. Now, Ballard’s crew, co-lead by Allison Fundis ’03, are trying to solve one of the 20th century’s greatest mysteries. Fundis is a rising explorer Ballard hopes will eventually take his place. “I feel like Leakey handing it off to Jane Goodall,” he says.
Tim Cole ’88 works with a team of scientists who conduct surveys from aircraft to monitor endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Northeast, providing valuable clues about their location, behavior, health and body condition, and population status.
The Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development has hired Erin Zwirko ’04 as its assistant director. Zwirko’s work will include the development and implementation of land use policies for the town and management of community affairs.
Chase Morrill ’00 and his sister Ashley Morrill Eldridge join The Nite Show with Danny Cashman to discuss starring in Maine Cabin Masters, the wildly successful DIY Network reality show set in the Maine woods.
2005 College of the Atlantic alumna Jacquelyn Gill’s interdisciplinary research on paleoenvironments and the socially engaged nature of her work are highlighted in VICE Motherboard’sHumans of the Yearseries.
The Maine Farmers and Gardeners Association selects artist Arika von Edler ’12’s whimsical illustration of pigs to for their iconic Common Ground Fair poster. It is von Edler’s second time in recent years to create the lead image for the fair.