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Category: 2017

March 26, 2018

A Unity Community in Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock Zoo a hub for Unity College interns and alumni alike Over the years, Unity College students have left their mark on businesses across the nation through careers and internships, helping build unspoken partnerships and blazing career paths for students to come. One small zoo in Little Rock, Arkansas has found itself an unexpected… Read more »


March 26, 2018

Teaching from a Distance

Wildlife Biologist Dr. Brent Bibles adds expertise to Master’s programming Dr. Brent Bibles could tell you a story or two about the differences between graduates and undergraduates. Where undergraduate students spend as much of the college experience finding themselves as earning their degrees, graduate students are more at a point in their lives where they… Read more »


December 01, 2017

Not your average business degree

New Sustainable Business Enterprise Major the future of business Study after study demonstrates that “going green” is good business. Switching to solar, fuel cell or wind technology can earn companies a 30% tax credit on their energy expenditures. According to a UCLA study, companies that voluntarily adopt “green” practices and standards have 16 percent more… Read more »


December 01, 2017

Love of the Maine Woods Brings National Recognition to Student Bibliophile

Alex Koch (‘19) can’t exactly pinpoint the moment that his love for the written word evolved into book collecting — when avid reading evolved into bibliophilism — but it all came to a head when he took first place in this year’s National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest for his submission “The Breath and Breadth of… Read more »


December 01, 2017

Spying on Turtles in the Name of Conservation

Unity College students, faculty aid Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in years-long turtle study As the antenna slowly swept a semicircle into the crisp fall air above his head, Greg LeClair (‘18) listened closely to the steady beep of the receiver at his chest for any change in intensity. Up to his hips… Read more »


December 01, 2017

How Big Data can Help us Understand Extreme Weather

Environmental GISciences can help us predict, track, analyze, and prepare for natural disasters The last few years have seen record-breaking climate-related weather extremes across the U.S. and beyond. This summer alone, Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and countless others have been devastated by hurricane landfalls, and wildfires have destroyed millions of acres… Read more »


November 29, 2017

Letter from the President

Friends and Family of Unity College, Immersion. It’s become a bit of a buzzword in higher education lately, but it’s what we do at Unity College. It’s what we’ve always done. For decades now. From our signature Nova orientation program that just this summer celebrated it’s thirtieth season (congrats!), to sustainable ag student research into… Read more »


November 26, 2017

Captive Wildlife Goes Global with New International Faculty

Captive Wildlife Care and Education at Unity College provides integrative, hands-on training and experience, preparing students to become expert wildlife rehabilitators, educators, conservationists, and advocates. As part of the program, students have the opportunity to work with organizations across the globe and work closely with species they’re likely to encounter in careers after graduation —… Read more »


November 26, 2017

A Year of Firsts

Unity College Graduates First Master’s Students With the introduction of the Distance Education program, Unity College has experienced a lot of firsts in the past year: the first graduate degree ever offered at America’s Environmental College. The first degree it’s ever offered completely online. The first full-time faculty member on staff strictly for Distance Education.… Read more »


November 26, 2017

Cpl. Michelle Merrifield (‘93)

Maine Game Warden Service K-9 Team Leader Michelle Merrifield (‘93) couldn’t get into her truck. The dog she’d just picked up from the Maine State Police, Pistol, was barking and snarling at the driver’s side window, letting her know with no uncertainty how he felt about Michelle joining him inside. It took a bit of… Read more »


November 26, 2017

Camps, Eco Tours, and Unique Venues

What does it mean to be America’s Environmental College? To be — and prepare — leaders in sustainability science? It means looking beyond the standard limits of higher education. It means bringing environmental education and sustainability initiatives wherever they’re needed, whether you’re a recent high school graduate, a middle-schooler, or well into your career, whether… Read more »


November 12, 2017

Opportunity into Reality

Getting a Head Start on a Career – Unity interns stand out From plant biologists to conservation law enforcement officers, to animal care interns and even a member of an Alaskan trail crew, Unity College students spent this past summer accomplishing amazing things, and putting their majors — and passions — to work in professional environments… Read more »


November 01, 2017

Alumna Profile : Renee Adlesperger ’16

Marine Biologist [mks_pullquote align=”left” width=”300″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#000000″ txt_color=”#ffffff”] The campus was quiet, and the hot summer air lay like a blanket over Unity College when Renee Adlesperger first laid her eyes on it. [/mks_pullquote] The cheerful voice of the tour guide filled the silence as they made their way from building to building, mapping out… Read more »


November 01, 2017

Alumnus Profile: Merlin Benner ‘87

Wildlife Biologist. Owner, Wildlife Specialists and Remote Intelligence. [mks_pullquote align=”left” width=”300″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#000000″ txt_color=”#ffffff”] Even as the chill of a late winter’s night creeped into his jacket, the result of an intermittent breeze along a snow-strewn field, Merlin Benner, ‘87, knew he was right where he belonged. [/mks_pullquote] The muffled crunch of hoof on snow… Read more »


November 01, 2017

Faculty Research

Dr. Kathleen Dunckel Dunckel, D., A. Weiskittel, and G. Fiske.  (2017) Projected future distribution of Tsuga canadensis across alternative climate scenarios in Maine, U.S.  Forests. 8. 285; doi:10.3390/f8080285 Climate change is expected to alter the suitable habitat of individual tree species, and forest managers require resources about the potential impacts on a regional scale to… Read more »