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Hello, Class of 2015! It’s been an eventful year for many of you—those whose news I know of are featured below. If you have milestones to share, we’d all love to know! You can find my contact information at the end of this column.
Congratulations to Harrison Browne, the first openly transgender professional athlete in American sports, who is retiring after three seasons with the National Women’s Hockey League’s Buffalo Beauts, the 2017 Isobel Cup champions. Harrison is an NWHL All-Star player, and was chosen by fans as one of the Fans’ Three Stars of the Season in 2016. He tallied seven goals and ten assists during his senior year with the Black Bears, and the team saw their first ever Hockey East home postseason series.
Hearty congratulations to Black Bear football standout Sherrod Baltimore, who’s headed to Canada after signing with the Ottawa Redblacks. Sherrod finished his 37-game career as a defensive back at UMaine with 82 tackles and three interceptions, and spent the past two years as a volunteer coaching assistant.
Also spotted in the news was Daniel Carriker, who was featured in the Bangor Daily News last winter, sharing his experience living with the effects of multiple concussions sustained during his two and a half-year career as an offensive lineman with the Black Bears. I’m sure our class will join me in wishing him the best, and appreciate his candor in speaking out about a difficult but important topic.
Katrina Daigle showed up in the BDN as well (March 23, 2017), where she shared her graduate research on sleep patterns using a UMaine-developed instrument, SleepMove, that collects data from subjects during their sleep. Katrina described the device as “a waterproof type of sheet with pressure sensors.” Because it is portable, researchers and medical professionals can use it to collect data without making subjects sleep in a laboratory.
Congratulations to Cora Reny G, who joined Twin Pines Family Medicine in Oakland, and Neil Suchecki and Jane Apple ’16, who are planning a December wedding in Portland! Also engaged are Holden Parker ’16 and Theresa Therriault! The proposal took place on the University Mall, and they are planning a May 2018 wedding.
Iva Jugovic is a public affairs policy intern for Novartis, a public health agency in Switzerland. While at UMaine, Iva was an RA, a teaching assistant for chemistry and pre-calculus, and an active member of the international community, representing her home country of Serbia. After graduation, she received her master’s at Cambridge University.
In conclusion—as promised—you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an engagement, wedding, professional, or otherwise exciting announcements to share. For my part, I finished graduate work in May and have joined DNV GL in Portland as a consultant, where I’m in the fine company of Noel Stevens ’98G, Tony Davis ’11, ‘13G, Stephanie Whalley ‘14G, Elyse Doyle ’13, ‘15G, Rob Langton ’14, ‘16G, Ryan Jennings ’16, ‘17G, and Christina Robichaud ‘17G.
Wherever you are, have a great winter, Black Bears!