Scarborough RIT student’s writing recognized

Michael Guesev of Scarborough, representing the Department of Economics at Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Liberal Arts,  was the winner of a 2016 Henry and Mary Kearse Distinguished Lecture and Student Writing Award.

Guesev, a second-year economics major, was recognized for his paper, “Wex, Inc.: Strategic Position and Future Projects.”

“This is our big event of the year where we honor students in each of our programs who have done some outstanding writing in classes in the College of Liberal Arts,” said Dean James Winebrake. “It really allows us to recognize and celebrate the good work of our students.”

SMCC gearing up to celebrate 70th

Southern Maine Community College is hosting a seaside celebration of the college’s 70th birthday in honor of all the community leaders, alumni and students who been instrumental in the College’s success through the decades.

The public is invited to the event, A Light on the Point, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Oceanview Dining Hall on SMCC’s South Portland Campus.

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit the A Light on the Point website at or contact the SMCC Foundation at 741-5559 or [email protected]

Tickets to the event are $35 and include light fare. Sponsorship opportunities are also available to honor the Grondin family and help SMCC provide student scholarships and enhance academic programs.

The event will pay special recognition to the Grondin family for their many decades of leadership and philanthropy that have benefited students, the college and the entire Maine Community College System.

“Our 70th birthday is a time when we can look back on SMCC’s many accomplishments in providing educational opportunities that meet the needs of students and Maine businesses,” said SMCC President Ron Cantor. “SMCC has improved the lives of tens of thousands of people, and that’s a point worth celebrating.”

Cape student a Merit Scholar

William D. Steidl of Cape Elizabeth was named a National Merit Scholar and will receive a $2,500 scholarship. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the Program. National Merit Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success. They are chosen by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors.

SoPo man graduates summa cum laude from Colby-Sawyer

Samuel Conlogue of South Portland graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing  when Colby-Sawyer College held its 178th Commencement on May 7. Conlogue is a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and Colby-Sawyer’s Nursing Honor Society.

Wamokonzi Alognon of South Portland graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and Maryalice Gurnee of South Portland graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.


Emerson College 

Amanda Doughty of Scarborough earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing Lit and Publishing May 8, when Emerson College marked its 136th commencement.

Dean’s lists

Colby-Sawyer College

Ariana Russo of Falmouth, class of 2018, majoring in child development

Samuel Conlogue of South Portland, class of 2016, majoring in nursing

Allyse LeBlanc of South Portland, class of 2017, majoring in psychology

Elmira College

Lindsay Cannon of Scarborough

Jack Lano of South Portland

Emerson College

Andrea Kostovick of Scarborough, majoring in marketing communications.

Sen. Rebecca Millett welcomed fourth-graders from the Frank I. Brown Elementary School in South Portland to Augusta on May 12. The students, their teachers and chaperones visited the Maine State Museum, toured the State House, and each asked a question of Sen. Millett about her work in the Legislature. The students have studied Maine and Maine history in class this year.

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