Conference News and Announcements

Fall 2010 Award Winners

posted Dec 20, 2010, 6:14 AM by Melora Norman   [ updated Dec 20, 2010, 7:43 AM ]

Conservation Award: Amanda Nelson gave a poster presentation on her internship in wildlife habitat conservation entitled Conservation Commission and Developing an Open Space Plan. Faculty Sponsor: Aimee Phillippi | Creativity Award: Laura Walker presented work from her Fundamental Drawing class entitled Graphite Drawings. Faculty Sponsor: Ben Potter | Education Award: Elise Pundt and Christine Lawson gave a multimedia presentation from their Interpretive Methods class entitled Amazing Alpacas. Faculty sponsor: Tom Mullin | Environmental Professionals Award: Leslie Van Niel, Cayce Salvino, Shelley Peasley, Timothy Godaire, Jill Easterday, Abigail Sullivan, Chris Everett, Adam Douin, and Kelly Barber gave a poster presentation from their Surface and Ground Water Hydrology Class entitled The Effects of Precipitation on Stream Discharge and Ground Water Levels. Faculty sponsor: Kevin Spigel. | Research Award: Paige Blaker and Melissa Merritt gave a poster presentation from their Marine Biology course entitled The Effects of Oil and Gasoline on the Barnacle: Semibalanus balanoides. Faculty sponsor: Kyle Aveni-Deforge. | Sustainability Award: Abigail Sullivan gave a poster presentation from her Global Change class entitled A Social Science Analysis of the Fox Island Institute Wind Farm Project. Faculty sponsor: Mick Womersley. | Unity Partnership Award: Timothy Godaire gave a multimedia presentation from his Community Practices class entitled: Housing Stock Inventory Report for Unity, Maine. Faculty sponsor: John Zavodny. | Academic Excellence Award: Justin Cupka gave a poster presentation from his Population and Community Ecology class entitled Diversity of Mutualistic Amphibian Dermal Microorganisms. Faculty sponsor: Amy Arnett | Unity Award: Edward Mortimer, Cynthia Cordova, Megan Joy, Megan Mallory, Tom Coyle, and Kara Chester gave a multimedia presentation from their Environmental Citizen class entitled: Extreme Makeover: Food Pantry Edition. Faculty sponsor: John Zavodny.

Fall 2010 Deadlines

posted Nov 17, 2010, 6:53 AM by Melora Norman   [ updated Nov 17, 2010, 6:57 AM ]

  |  Concept Deadline: November 18  |  Abstract Deadline: December 3  |  Nomination Deadline: December 8

May 3, 2010 Results

posted May 19, 2010, 11:52 AM by John Zavodny

Award Results | May 3, 2010


Conservation Award | John Vinci and Charles Aznive; Finding Farms; using ArcGIS to identify prime agricultural lands for conservation efforts with the Maine Farmland Trust

Creativity Award | Xander Kennedy; Experimental Processes in Digital Photography

Education Award | Patrick O'Roark, Jess Curtis, and Angela Jackson; Ganung Palung National Park Orangutan Exhibit

Environmental Professionals Award | Advocacy, Ethics, & the Environment Students; Advocating for Safe and Sustainable Foods and Food Packaging Alternatives by UC Students

Research Award | Adam Douin; Evaluation of a field instrument for aqueous arsenic analysis

Sustainability Award | Thomas Douglass; Water Clarity in Merrymeeting Bay



Partnership Award | Cayce Salvino and Keith Blanchette; Using ArcGIS to identify priority conservation areas for the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust

Academic Excellence Award | Erik Larson; Paleoenvironmental Change of Unity Pond, Waldo County, Maine

Unity Award | Alicia Billman and Ashley Sutton; Sustainability Day at Maine Central Institute

*Institutional Awards carry a $250 cash prize

December 16, 2009 Results

posted Dec 16, 2009, 12:05 PM by John Zavodny

Conservation Award
Henry Obrey and Joe Berube
The Effects of the Removal of White Suckers on Brook Trout

Hannah Kreitzer
The Sense of a Stitch

Ashley  Sutton
Saddle Up for Change!

Environmental Professionals
Environmental Analysis Class
Chromium in Sebasticook River Sediment

Research Award
Kristy Manuell, Melanie Renell, and Heather Thornton
Diversity and Abundance of Invertebrates in Soils Around Woody Debris Compared to Open Areas

Sustainability Award
Adam Douin, Jill Easterday, and Erik Larson 
Metal Concentrations in Sebasticook River Watershed Sediments, Central Maine

Unity Partnership*
Ashley  Sutton
Saddle Up for Change!

Unity Award*
Rory Dwyer and Andrew Gagnon
The Unity College Forest

Academic Excellence*
Lacie Scheuer, and Kristen Cowen
Feeding Preferences of Asterias forbesi; Are They Opportunistic Scavengers or Will They Evaluate Their Prey?

*These Institutional Awards are Associated with a $250 Cash Prize

Early Fall Updates for F09

posted Sep 25, 2009, 9:27 AM by John Zavodny   [ updated Oct 23, 2009, 9:23 AM ]

You’ll be interested to know:

·         Alisa Johnson and the Enrollment Management Department will be sponsoring the reception.

·         The UC Student Conference will likely run from 8:30 until 12:30 (including awards).

·         We’ll be emphasizing the use of shuttles and human-powered transportation for this event.

·         At this point in the conference’s short history, it appears that Professor Barry Woods has sponsored more student submissions than any other single faculty member.


In response to feedback:

·         There will be a new award category for large group or class presentations.

·         There will be a new event category (Audio-Visual Media) and a new Event Coordinator (Melora Norman).

·         Students will be expected to use the smaller poster format in order to conserve paper and presentation space.


Important Dates:

Dec. 1 – Student submission deadline

Dec. 8 – Nomination deadline

Dec. 16 – 3rd UC Student Conference

Admissions Video Contest

posted Sep 18, 2009, 1:16 PM by John Zavodny

Can you Capture the Spirit of Unit-Y?!  We all know how great, wonderful, friendly and bodacious the Unity College community is and it’s high time we share our excellence with the rest of the world! So…the Admissions Office is holding a video contest to do just that! We want you, the students, to tell Unity’s story your way, and win $200.00 while you’re at it….  CONTACT ADMISSIONS FOR DETAILS
The winners of the video contest will be announced during the reception at the Fall 09 UC Student Conference.  Thanks to Admissions for sponsoring the reception.

Fall 2009 Deadlines

posted Sep 18, 2009, 1:10 PM by John Zavodny   [ updated Sep 18, 2009, 1:13 PM ]

Deadline for submission of student presentation - Dec 1, 2009 | Deadline for nomination of student presentation for award - Dec 8, 2009

UC Student Conference Spring '09 by the Numbers

posted May 5, 2009, 10:58 AM by John Zavodny   [ updated May 12, 2009, 10:35 AM ]

Congratulations to our Spring '09 winners
and everyone who participated in the 2nd Unity College Student Conference.

Conference Awards

Sustainability Award - Peter Knipper, Modeling Dynamics of Sediments Through Different Vegetation Cover

Education Award - Jennifer Lane, Tides to Change

Research Award - Aubrie Russell, Effects of Potassium Chromate Contamination on Growth of Brassica rapa

Creativity Award - Katy Brackett, Natural fibers and knitwear in adventure pursuits

Conservation Award - Christopher Poulin, Hair Analysis: Expanding the Toolbox


Institutional Awards*

Partnership Award - Lincoln Holt & Austin Cannaday, Unity Gold Bike Project

Academic Excellence Award - Jesica Todd-Brown, Analysis of compiled simple type reflex data

Unity Award - Joseph Horn, The effect of Atmospheric CO2 on Global Average Annual Temperature


External Partner Award*                            

Schoodic SERC Research Award - Erik Larson, Analysis of wildfire frequency during the Younger Dryas Chronozone (YDC) in south-central Wisconsin


*these awards include an associated $250 cash prize


May 4, 2009 by the numbers:

  • 129 presentations (12 art; 17 multi-media; 13 oral presentations; 1 performance; 81 posters; 5 audio-visual)
  • 188 total presenters
  • 119 different primary authors
  • 61 total nominations
  • 14 presentations supported by Student Academic Engagement Grants
  • 51 different presentations nominated
  • 13 faculty sponsors
  • 9 awards in 3 award categories with 10 award winners
  • $1,000 cash prizes
  • 5 off-campus judges
Thank you to our guests and judges, Bill Zoellick, Acadia Partners; David Mansky and June Devisfruto, Acadia National Park; Tess Woods, Unity Barn Raisers; and Jen Irving,  Friends of Unity Wetlands.
Thanks again to our institutional sponsors Mitch Thomashow, Amy Knisley, and Rob Constantine.
go to 2009.5.4 | May 4 2009 | Spring Semester 2009 for more details regarding this event

New Award Just Added

posted Apr 15, 2009, 10:51 AM by John Zavodny   [ updated Apr 15, 2009, 10:57 AM ]

The Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) at Acadia National Park is offering an award of $250 to the student or team of students that best exemplifies the National Park’s Research Learning Center focus on scientific inquiry that is well designed and carefully implemented, research that can support scienceinformed decision making, communication of research to broader audiences, and resource stewardship.

Reception to Honor Retiring Faculty

posted Apr 3, 2009, 9:08 AM by John Zavodny

The UC Student Conference reception will be dedicated to retiring UC faculty members.  The reception is co-hosted by the President's Office, the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Office of Human Resources.
The reception will take place at the UCCPA at 11:00 A.M. on May 4th and will be followed immediately by the UC Student Conference Awards Ceremony.

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