Class of 2016 Summer 2021 Class Note

Adam Lee Cilli ’16 Ph.D. wrote, “It feels like ages since I graduated from UMaine with a Ph.D. in history.” Adam’s book was published by the University of Georgia press in early March. Titled Canaan, Dim and Far: Black Reformers and the Pursuit of Citizenship in Pittsburgh, 1915-1945, it examines the social justice efforts of Black activists in the Steel City during a crucial period known as the Great Migration. Adam’s book derives from his dissertation at UMaine, which was under the direction of Prof. Richard Judd, who is now emeritus faculty. Adam specializes in US social history from the late nineteenth century through World War II.Since leaving UMaine, Adam has taught at Gannon University, Texas A&M University in San Antonio, and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. In his courses and seminars, he incorporates the themes of freedom and activism that drive his research.
Ben Hutton signed with the Anaheim Ducks after playing for the Vancouver Canucks for the past four seasons. 
Moving from hockey to football, Patrick Ricard was named to the American Football Conference Pro Bowl team for the second straight season. Patrick, a fullback for the Baltimore Ravens, is only the second Black Bear to earn a berth in a Pro Bowl; Montell Owens ’17 is the other one with that distinction. 
Christopher LaMotte joined Sebago Technics, an engineering consulting firm in South Portland, as a senior surveyor.
David Patrick was a panelist for a session on diversity that was organized by campus personnel last February. David is the co-founder of Racial Equity and Justice of Bangor. 
Congratulations to Colby Johns, who completed her Instructor Certification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Colby earned her basic scuba certification as a student, prior to participating in the Semester by the Sea program, and later took scientific diving. After earning her BS in marine science, she took a desk job, but soon realized that she wanted to be back out on the water. She teaches students in Orono and Walpole, and also dives to support marine research at the Darling Marine Center. 
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Have a great summer!