I am writing this during the pandemic. I do not know what things will look like by the time this goes to press, but I suspect we may still be distancing ourselves physically from each other. These are indeed strange and crazy times.
My husband and I were on campus three weeks ago to watch the UMaine men's hockey team take on Providence College. PC has been a formidable foe and has beaten us consistently over the past seven years. As many of you may have seen, goaltender Jeremy Swayman ’21 had an amazing performance that night with 48 saves, many of them heart-stopping! The Alfond was loud and alive! I am looking forward to seeing Swayman in a Bruins jersey one day soon!
A few weeks ago, my husband and I had dinner with Tracy Harding and his wife, Aimee Smith ’85. Aimee is very good at preventing the evening’s conversation from being all about accounting. We had a great time and promised to do it again soon (hope we can!). Tracy is a principal and the director of quality assurance at BerryDunn, a large regional accounting firm. He has recently been named the chairperson of the Auditing Standards Board, a senior committee of the American Institute of CPAs. This board issues auditing, attestation, and quality control statements, standards, and guidance to CPAs for nonpublic company audits. This is very cool and it is a big deal. Congratulations, Tracy!
I heard from Ellie Stewart Duley. She received her MS in school counseling from Husson in 2010 and worked in public high schools as a school counselor before opening Duley College Counseling LLC in 2013.
She recently moved from Farmington to Portland with her Newfoundland, Camden. She is updating her book College Admissions Success: A Counselor's Guide for High School Students (which can be found on Amazon). She is also working on a memoir about raising her son, who has autism. Keep us posted, Ellie, on your progress with these books. Troy Harrison wrote that he is celebrating 25 years with BP as senior technical sales manager. Troy is married and living in Rye Beach, NH. He has three children: Taylor, a Maine Maritime grad; Brock, a UMaine junior; and Avery, a UNH undergrad.
I was on campus in October for the unveiling of the world’s largest 3D printer at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The center is an amazing place and, if you have not taken a tour of it, I highly recommend you do. They are doing important work and are internationally recognized. If this had been at UMaine when I was a student, I would have become an engineer, not an accountant.
I hope you will send me your news for the next issue. In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe!