Fall 2017 Letter from the President

Letter from the President

Friends and Family of Unity College,

Immersion. It’s become a bit of a buzzword in higher education lately, but it’s what we do at Unity College. It’s what we’ve always done. For decades now.

From our signature Nova orientation program that just this summer celebrated it’s thirtieth season (congrats!), to sustainable ag student research into high tunnel production at McKay Farm —  authentic learning experiences is our calling card. In this edition of Unity Magazine, we immerse ourselves in Unity College.

Our people get it. Just look at the many members of the Maine Warden Service who come back as Unity College alumni every year to give current students the benefit of their experience and perspective. Several pieces in this edition follow the career development arc of our students: from meeting our professional staff, to a powerful internship, all the way to finding that first job or graduate school.

Immersion means finding new ways to give learners access to a Unity College education — from across the state and across the world. We’re so proud of the first graduates of our Master’s programs. You’ll meet them and also get an in-depth look at how one of our newest graduate programs gives graduates a new tool for dealing with extreme weather and other large scale environmental challenges.

This edition includes pieces about the newest undergraduate degree program, the B.S. in Sustainable Business Enterprise. It’s just one more example of Unity College’s commitment to provide a resource-rich learning environment and offer the absolute best mix of environmental degree programs in the country.

All this immersion, all these learning experiences, is the result of your partnership, your volunteerism, and your own immersion into Unity College. You are what makes Unity College possible. Thank you.

And those children you see on the cover? They are experiencing early immersion in Unity College (and Sandy Stream) through this past summer’s Environmental Science Camp. I’m sure we’ll see a few of them at Nova in just a couple of years.

Enjoy this edition of Unity Magazine, and immerse yourself in Unity College!

In Unity,

Dr. Melik Peter Khoury
President, Unity College