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Category: Summer 2017

June 14, 2017

Letter from the President

Friends and Family of Unity College, I hope you find this edition of the Unity Magazine to be a little different. When we chose different as the theme for the magazine we were thinking of things like making a difference, celebrating difference, negotiating the differences between us, and the little things we do for each… Read more »


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June 14, 2017

The Nicholas Holt Scholarship

In support of experiential learning experiences Established at Unity College in 2010, the Nicholas Holt Challenge Scholarship Fund supports juniors and seniors in challenging, experiential learning projects that are self-initiated, curriculum-based, and approved by an academic advisor. The fund is made possible by a gift from the Holt family Unity College was a major interest… Read more »


June 14, 2017

Unity College adds seasoned leader to diversity and inclusion leadership post

Unity College’s first-ever Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Dr. Rana Johnson, brings a lifetime of experience in and love for higher education to the new position, created to inculturate what it truly means to be a global citizen at Unity College. The office is expected to pioneer new collaborative efforts among campus entities, while also… Read more »


June 14, 2017

Investing in Success: New Faces and Roles

Dr. Erika Latty: Chief Academic Officer The CAO at Unity College serves as first among equals in academic and curricular matters overseeing faculty, curriculum, academic policy, and delivery of academic programs. Dr. Erika Latty, Professor of Botany, is a forest ecologist who specializes in the effects of introduced tree disease on forest structure. Erika previously served… Read more »


June 14, 2017

Alumna Profile: Gloria Sosa ’80

Environmental Protection Agency  and Unity College Board of Trustees When Gloria Sosa, ‘80, first decided to leave New York City to attend a tiny environmental school in rural Maine she was driven by a dream of being a park ranger. She left Unity an axe-throwing, science-loving environmental researcher with a real drive to “just try… Read more »


June 14, 2017

Alumnus Profile: Michael Rossi ’16

Environmental League of Massachusetts Action fund Michael Rossi, ‘16, has never been a stranger to the woods. A lifelong Boy Scout, Rossi spent his childhood exploring the forests, rivers, mountains and shores of Massachusetts, pitching tents among fallen leaves and enjoying the dance of campfire light on warm summer nights. Rossi’s time scouting eventually became… Read more »


June 14, 2017

Alumna Profile: Sara Trunzo ‘08

Songwriter When people ask Sara Trunzo, ‘08, where she’s from, there isn’t a question in her mind what the answer is: Unity, Maine. Despite growing up in New Jersey, Trunzo has spent the better part of her young life in Unity, serving in various roles on campus both before and after graduation before becoming the… Read more »


June 14, 2017

Alumnus Profile: Roy Kitchener ’84

Commander of the U.S. Navy As the commander of the U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group 2, Roy Kitchener, ‘84, is no stranger to the act of active listening. With 13 ships, 11 subordinate commanders, and 12,000 Sailors and Marines under his guidance, the ability to truly hear someone is a skill he values every day.… Read more »


June 14, 2017

Alumnus Profile: Shaun Oshman ’00

Shaun Oshman has spent the last eight years of his life as a “dolphin in a shark costume.” Or, to put it more simply, an environmentalist in a nice suit. Over the better part of the last decade, Oshman built a thriving technology support business, iSupportU, in Boulder, Colo. Throughout its evolution he’s made a… Read more »


June 14, 2017

After all, Unity

Few would disagree that this past election year in America was a polarizing one. Poll after poll has shown that there are strong opinions on all sides —  and the tension has continued into the first few months of this year. Amongst it all, Unity College President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury has implored students, faculty, and… Read more »


June 14, 2017

Love Maine Radio

An Interview with President Khoury Maine Magazine’s podcast Love Maine Radio featured an interview with President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury in mid-March. Host Lisa Belisle asked some hard-hitting questions about Unity and the state of higher education as a whole. Below are some excerpts from the transcript. Lisa Belisle: Unity is a very unique place.… Read more »


June 14, 2017

Academic Research at Unity College

Dr. Jennifer Clarke, Professor of Wildlife Biology Professor of Wildlife Biology Dr. Jennifer Clarke has had a multitude of research papers published in several journals in recent years, from work on the barks and howls of dingoes to the vocalisations of captive Sumatran tigers, her most recently published work. Three of Dr. Clarke’s recently published… Read more »


June 14, 2017

Diving Deep into Enterprise Education

On one of the first fine spring days of 2017, Dr. Melik Peter Khoury stood before an eager faculty and staff at the Unity College Center for the Arts and shared the much-anticipated results of the Strategic Branding Initiative. Known colloquially as the “Deep Dive,” the Strategic Branding Initiative was a four-year, $450,000 project funded… Read more »


June 14, 2017

The changing demographics of Higher Education

For years educators have known that today’s “typical” college student is not at all typical. Long gone are the days of young, likely white, males exclusively reading the classics under spreading oak trees on the campuses of private, four-year institutions just after graduating from high school. We live in an age where 47 percent of… Read more »


June 05, 2017

Con Law, GIScience make their debut on the Master’s stage

Two new Master’s in Professional Science tracks expand strong Unity programs from undergraduate to graduate learners Unity’s burgeoning distance education initiative continues to expand its offerings with two new tracks of study within the Master’s in Professional Science: Conservation Law Enforcement and Environmental Geographic Information Sciences. The specializations both offer an advanced version of two… Read more »


June 05, 2017

Sustainability and entrepreneurship come together in Unity

College introduces a master’s and a bachelor’s in sustainable business As sustainability continues to positively impact business and the economy, Unity College is expanding its efforts to revolutionize how entrepreneurs interact with businesses, nonprofits, government institutions, and the world around them. With the introduction of two new business-focused programs, Unity will expand its constituency and… Read more »


June 05, 2017

On Being Fearless

Jimmy Chin Gave the 2017 may commencement address. “You might not think someone that has spent the last 20 years climbing in the Himalayas, hanging from high altitude alpine walls and skiing first descents in no fall zones around the world would lose any sleep over speaking to a few college students.  But for the… Read more »


June 05, 2017

Letter from the President

Friends and Family of Unity College, I hope you find this edition of the Unity Magazine to be a little different. When we chose different as the theme for the magazine we were thinking of things like making a difference, celebrating difference, negotiating the differences between us, and the little things we do for each… Read more »