USM 2019 Featured Graduates — Compilation

USM 2019 Featured Graduates — Compilation

October 16, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


My name is Kim Howrigan. My name is Thanex Louis. Ezra Briggs. My name is Dani Cournoyer. I’m Sam Matey. I first found USM my senior year of high school. My school brought
a group of us down here and I just immediately fell in love with the USM
campus. I just thought it was so beautiful and I loved all of the faculty
members I met in the Political Science Department. So I was looking around for
what to do next, and my parents found that there was a college literally down
the street from where we lived, that I hadn’t anticipated going to because I
didn’t know I’d be ready for college so early, but it turned out I could literally,
with USM’s amazing dual-enrollment program, walk to college from my house
and take some classes there. My cousin, who was in the U.S. Navy, got out of the military
and he called me and said “I got accepted to a school in Maine at UNE.” I had no idea where is Maine. Coming to USM was a way for me to step
outside of my comfort zone, kind of a way to get away and learn on my own kind, of
grow on my own. I’ve had the ability to study abroad twice. I’ve been to Iceland
and China, which has undoubtedly like altered my plans for the future. Coming to USM originally was kind of a culture shock but the community at USM, and I
made a lot of friends, the faculty and staff, the classmates were very accepting
and sort of helped me become, you know, an adult instead of being just, like, a kid
who didn’t know what was going on. Right now I’m in music appreciation with
Dr. O’Dell and that is so fun. It’s opened up a whole new world for me. The USM Chamber Singers, which I was a part of for three and a half years. They went
on tour to Atlantic City, New Jersey and on our way there we stopped at
a performing arts high school in the Bronx and performed for those kids and then
with them, as well, and then they performed for us and it was the coolest
thing ever. It was the introduction I had to give at a
speech to my classmates was starting with “I will be playing President Obama.” Being part of the Art Department at USM has I think changed my whole, my whole
life. It’s been a real community from teachers, to the staff around the Art
Department, my fellow peers. Everyone has been extremely supportive. My goal is to get a job in the environmental field, either environmental protection,
regulation or sustainable development. In September, I will be moving to Morocco
with the Peace Corps. Last year, I volunteered and went through
the screening process and was accepted as a research volunteer for the
Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership. My immediate plans are to get back into the international world. I’ll be doing a special project with Mexico. I have been officially placed with the Department of Interior at the Bureau for Safety and
Environmental Enforcement — BSEE for short, which I think is a great acronym. I will be continuing my education here at USM. I will be getting my Master’s in
Business Administration. Because there are so many experts, or
so-called “experts,” on Deaf people who study about Deaf people and the language of Deaf people, however they are not deaf themselves, I often found myself engaging in conversations with them and sharing my lived experiences with them, but it
seemed that I couldn’t break through because I didn’t have those initials
after my name. So, in the hearing world it’s very important to have that academic
success and so I decided to go for my doctoral degree, and now that I have that
Ph.D. after my name I’m hoping that will open more opportunities for Deaf people
to be part of the decision-making stakeholders meetings and to be present
at the table so that we can work about how to educate Deaf people and
collaborate together even on a political level. So that’s my ideas for the future. I’d like to thank my husband who has
held down the fort. He’s just let me fly and be free through working really hard in school and really dedicating my passions towards art. Dr. Nicolás Dosman, who is the choir director at USM; Dr. Michele Kaschub; Dr.
Daniel Sonenberg. My coach Samantha Allen She’s helped me get through a lot here and she’s opened up a lot of opportunities for me. The entire RA staff
from this year and last year but specifically the RA staff in Upton
Hastings from 2017 to 2018. Professor Taylor O’Donnell. I want to thank Christina Cracolici. She’s also helped me to kind of grow and kind of learn that you don’t always have to have your life figured out, you don’t
always have to have everything mapped out. And also, like Al Bean, Kim Turner —
they have been huge factors in my career here. I would like to thank USM faculties: Environmental Science, the MPPM faculties; the librarians. Again I’d just
like to thank everyone in the Environmental Science and Policy
Department: Robert Sanford, Karen Wilson, Travis Wagner, Joseph Staples and so on.
The experience of talking with all these people regularly has been I think
almost as valuable as the classwork itself. Well, my first big fan is my
daughter. She’s 16 years old. Her name is Marie Claire, and she goes to Cheverus,
sophomore, very studious girl. She and I did homework together every night. You
could hear a pin drop because it was just so intense. USM is a very accepting and caring community which helped me realize that the world isn’t
such a hard and terrible place and sometimes all you need to do is just put
on a smile and, you know, give a hand or a hug or something to somebody and that can mean all the difference in the world. USM definitely taught me that.