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Dot Quimby

April 06, 2021

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dot Quimby

Dear Unity College, It is with a heavy heart that I share the unfortunate news of Dot Quimby’s passing. It is truly surreal, she was a Unity College institution – one of the first employees of the College and even after she retired in 2001, she remained a fixture at campus events up until recently. … Read more »

aerial view of lakes and trees, with yellow biplane flying across

April 01, 2021

I wish Every day was Earth Day – Spring 2021 Challenge

Dear Unity College Colleagues, Spring has finally arrived at Unity College and that means Earth Day won’t be far behind, then it’s Commencement – an annual cycle that while busy, provides a comforting rhythm – one that is needed even more this year as we, like the flowers next to our buildings, start to emerge… Read more »


March 30, 2021

Unity College Celebrating Women’s History Month

Greetings! This week, as we find the end of March quickly approaching, I would be remiss if I let the month conclude without recognizing the contributions of women to the fields of environmentalism and sustainability during Women’s History Month. Women from all over the world have played critical roles in environmental and sustainability efforts and… Read more »

pineland farms

March 30, 2021

Unity College Technical Institute for Environmental Professions SEBU

Dear Colleagues, I write to you with exciting news regarding the next step on Unity College’s Path Forward.  Today, I am pleased to share with you the formal announcement of the Unity College Technical Institute for Environmental Professions, set to open in Fall 2021.  This is a new Sustainable Education Business Unit (SEBU) located at… Read more »


March 30, 2021

Unity College Announces Dean of Technical Institute for Environmental Professions

Unity College President Melik Peter Khoury has announced the appointment of Dr. Amardeep Kahlon as the dean of the Technical Institute of Environmental Professions. Dr. Kahlon is a nationally recognized leader in competency-based education (CBE) with a passion for innovation. With over two decades of experience in higher education, she is dedicated to delivering high… Read more »

pineland farms

March 30, 2021

Unity College Announces Technical Institute for Environmental Professions

Tucked into the rolling hills of New Gloucester, Maine, Pineland Farms is a recreational, agricultural, and professional hub. With over 5,000 acres consisting of farms, forests, and a central campus of diverse businesses, Pineland will also be a fitting location for Unity College’s latest innovative program launch: The Technical Institute for Environmental Professions. The institute… Read more »

March 25, 2021

Leon L. Wyden, Jr. joins Unity College Board of Trustees

Unity College Board of Trustees confirms Leon L. Wyden, Jr. as its newest trustee The Unity College Board of Trustees has confirmed the appointment of Leon L. Wyden, Jr. as its newest trustee with broad experience in higher education and finance. He begins his tenure May 1, 2021. As an independent not-for-profit educational institution, Unity… Read more »

woman in woods with binoculars

March 23, 2021

Bird Watching: How to Turn Your Hobby into a Career

Birds are fascinating creatures to observe. According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, 45 million people are involved in the hobby of bird watching. “If you are a passionate bird watcher, you may be interested to know that you can turn that hobby into a career with… Read more »

Cairn - The Path Forward

March 23, 2021

Unity College in the News

Greetings!   This week, I write to you with some of the exciting media coverage and news stories coming out of Unity College recently.   As you may recall, last week I shared a story regarding the five Unity College students who were hired to fill more than half of the openings with the Maine… Read more »


March 17, 2021

Unity College sees exciting results in access and job placement

Greetings!   Over the last few months, I have shared with you the ways in which Unity College is working to be more accessible, affordable, and flexible with the intention of reaching a more diverse student population. Some of these initiatives have gone against the traditional model of higher education, which is exactly the point.… Read more »

Saving the South’s Tiniest and Rarest Turtles

March 17, 2021

Saving the South’s Tiniest and Rarest Turtles

Dr. J.J. Apodaca, Instructor of Conservation and Genetics at Unity College, has been leading the conservation efforts at Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy in Asheville and is working to keep the Bog Turtles that inhabit this area from going extinct. Bog turtles are no bigger than a quarter and they are the rarest turtle in the… Read more »

virtual reality

March 16, 2021

Groundbreaking Unity College Partnership Brings Increased Extended Reality Access

Unity College partners with MetaVRse to launch its non-degree micro-courses Unity College’s Path Forward is at the forefront of creating new ways for students to gain valuable skills in an accessible, flexible, and affordable way. Now, a partnership with MetaVRse is helping to double down on that promise by allowing students to learn cutting edge… Read more »


March 10, 2021

Bucking national trends, Unity College students are taking out fewer loans

Unity College sees 70% decrease in students borrowing alternative loans while enrollment doubles With the intention of putting students first by focusing on accessibility, affordability, and flexibility, Unity College broke away from the traditional two-semester higher education model and the results speak for themselves. Data collected in February 2021 shows that, in the same year… Read more »

Elephants being trafficked

March 09, 2021

The Hidden Cost of Wildlife Crime

In the past 200 years, over 500 wildlife species have gone extinct in the United States alone, and approximately one-third of the native species in our country are at risk for extinction. “Across the globe, international wildlife trafficking creates an even more dire scenario. The IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species)… Read more »

warden patch

March 09, 2021

Maine Warden Service hires 5 Unity students

Unity College provides direct path to career with Inland Fish and Wildlife Unity College continues its tradition as a leader in conservation law education as 5 more students are set to join the ranks of the Maine Warden Service. Those students filled more than half of the department’s 8 available full and part-time positions. Unity’s… Read more »

Monarch Butterfly

March 09, 2021

Unity College’s Role in Addressing Environmental Issues

Greetings! As a Unity College alum, you are keenly aware of the institution’s mission rooted in environmental and sustainability science. Preparing students to graduate and go on to tackle pressing environmental challenges is at the core of our ethos. Environmental issues impact all people in some capacity, and some more than others. More so, they… Read more »


March 04, 2021

May 2021 Commencement

As we continue to navigate an unprecedented time, I understand that early communication is crucial with regard to our intention for the May 2021 commencement ceremony. Commencement is an important time of celebration for you, your loved ones, and all of us who work to support you throughout your time at Unity College and beyond. After much… Read more »

Three Solar Experts

March 02, 2021

The State of Higher Education and Unity College

Greetings!   We know industries across the country are suffering as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Daily, we are inundated with news stories about closing businesses and organizations struggling to navigate these unprecedented times. Higher education is no different in that regard, and students are questioning their next steps. What is different however, is that… Read more »


February 25, 2021

Reenvisioning Higher Education: A Conversation with Dr. Melik Khoury

Reenvisioning Higher Education: A Conversation with Dr. Melik Khoury

Scientist taking water samples

February 23, 2021

Environmental DNA: Using Ecosystems as Crime Labs

The World Today In a world that is changing quickly under the strain of climate change, expansion, and loss of habitat—all of which threaten biodiversity—it is vital to have tools that help us understand how those changes occur, what is changing, and what remains the same. That information allows scientists to explain the danger to organisms… Read more »