Senior College at Bridgton
The Outermost House by Henry Beston
Tuesdays - April 20, 27 and May 4, 11 – 9:30 a.m.
During this frustrating year of involuntary home confinement due to Covid, many of us have turned to watching the natural world with its cycles of change and quirks of weather to distract us from both day-to-day routines and the concerns the pandemic has brought. This spring, then, seems the perfect time to read (or re-read) Beston’s classic reflection on Cape Cod. This beautiful little book is a classic observation of the natural world, often likened to Thoreau’s Walden Pond. Join me for four weeks of exploring Cape Cod’s ever-shifting sands and weather. Books are available for purchase from Bridgton Books.
Margaret Reimer has been a frequent and popular presenter for our Senior College. Her PhD from Purdue University was on 16th century English literature. She currently teaches in the Honors Program at USM where her courses include Classical Literature, History of the English Language, The Bible and Writing.
U.S. Fleet Submarine in WW II
Thursday, April 22 – 9:30 a.m.
The U.S. Navy used 288 diesel submarines in World War two. Most were stationed in the Pacific theater to fight back the advances of the Japanese. Approximately sixteen thousand American men served on these ships, and they suffered the highest fatality rate of any U.S. naval unit. Despite numerous problems with engines and weapons, Fleet Submarines accounted for fifty-five percent of Japanese merchant and naval ship losses. This is a brief history of our Navy’s submarine fleet, focused on the Pacific theater.
Dave Hobbins is a retired Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He lives in Fort Kent with his wife of thirty years and pursues interests in hiking, backyard astronomy, native bees and working his woodlot. This is his first presentation to our Senior College at Bridgton.
Product Design Utilizing 3-D Printing
Thursday, April 29 – 9:30 a.m.
There are various terms to describe additive manufacturing, three-dimensional printing being one of the most used. How are industrial designers utilizing this technology for the development of new products for companies in Maine and beyond? Patric Santerre, cofounder of ARCADIA Designworks, will provide examples of products the company has designed for Maine businesses such as Duratherm Windows, Teele Hair Products and Houndswag, utilizing parametric modeling and 3-D printing
Patric Santerre learned of industrial design while studying architecture at Virginia Tech under Professor Robert Graeff who had studied at the Ulm School of Design in Germany. After graduation, and becoming a licensed architect, he worked in the D.C. metro area, then went on to receive a master’s degree in industrial design from the University of Illinois. Returning to Maine, he piloted a course in industrial design which he has taught for over a decade at Southern Maine Community College.
How Boxed Water is Driving Environmental Change
Thursday, May 6 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Today’s consumers want to support brands that authentically care about our society and the environment. Today’s businesses need to stand for something beyond product to resonate with consumers. Kelsey will speak on behalf of Boxed Water’s product lifecycle study, reforestation project, and beach cleanup initiatives and how they have created brand loyalty, versus larger competitors, through social media.
Kelsey Pence is a digital marketing strategist with a decade of experience in digital media and a background in journalism. She holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and has won awards as a journalist and digital producer for a range of print and online organizations. Kelsey is a native of Muncie, Indiana but has lived in Michigan for the last seven years. She enjoys photography, skiing and adventuring in the great outdoors.
Thursday, May 13 – 9:30 a.m.
Dragonflies, Damselflies and Mayflies all share the characteristic of transforming from an aquatic larval form to a lacy-winged insect. Cicadas, in contrast, begin life underground before emerging into what we know as summer’s treetop serenaders.
Join Maine Master Naturalist and Greater Lovell Land Trust Education Director, Leigh Macmillen Hayes, for a look at the life cycle of these insects and a chance to learn some identification tips for future sightings.