News from the Midcoast Campus; The Scene is Alive and Vibrant

Hello SMCC, satellite, South Portland and… Brunswick campus. Here we are three weeks into the fall 2018 semester and life is moving upward and outward. And as with such trajectories, new features become a part of the orbit.

New faces appear, and new energy starts to percolate. Last spring, Tori Penney survived an interview process that included many qualified candidates and was offered the position of Resident Director of Orion Hall and Midcoast Campus Coordinator. In July, Tori joined SMCC Student Life, bringing seven years of highly impassioned Student Affairs experience to the SMCC team.

Midcoast Tori Penney

For the past two years, Tori was a community director at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire, where they are also working towards a master’s in human relations. Prior to Plymouth State, while at the University of Maine at Farmington, Tori earned a bachelor’s in psychology, spending five years in paraprofessional roles.

Tori’s job description also includes being the advisor for the Rainbow Landing (the Midcoast equivalent of the Rainbow League). If you are interested in joining the Rainbow Landing, the group meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Orion Hall classroom.

The enthusiasm Tori has for the Midcoast and its possibilities is summed up when they shared, “I am very excited to be working in such an interesting college environment! There is a lot of opportunity at the Midcoast campus to build programs, clubs, and events — and I look forward to creating a sustainable and active community here.”

As for the nuts and bolts of what the Midcoast is, there are approximately 600 students taking classes in Brunswick, and Orion Hall is housing 97 students as of this publication. So if you’re looking for something to do…

Here is the Scoop:

Planting Party

If you are reading this before 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning, then you’ll be able to attend the Planting Party in the L.L. Bean Learning Commons. If you’re reading this after the fact, then The Beacon hopes you had a great time. (If anyone took photos of the Planting Party, please share them with The Beacon at mbeacon@smccme.edu. We’d love to get them on the Midcoast page.)

Career Help

Looking down the road, on October 4 there will be a Resume Workshop in the L.L. Bean Learning Commons from 12:30 to 1:30. A week and five days later, on October 16, the L.L. Bean Leaning Commons will host a Job Fair. Seems logical there’s a resume workshop followed by a job fair. This might be your opportunity to actualize the job or career that you have been working towards.

All the fun


Rumor has it that there also is a Paint Night and “S’mores by the Fire” event being planned. Keeping informed is but a flyer, or bulletin board, or just a simple question away.

Welcome Week Trivia (Mid Coast Page)

Want to join a club?

The Rainbow Landing (the Midcoast equivalent of the Rainbow League) take advocacy action for social equality. If you are interested in joining the Rainbow Landing, the group meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Orion Hall classroom.

While the Nursing Club has yet to set a meeting time, you can still contact Kim Jordan at kimberlyjordan@smccme.edu for information.

Looking for some gaming fun on the weekend? Then why not check out the Gaming Club, which meets on Saturdays at 2 p.m. in L.L. Bean Learning Commons, room 107? For more information contact James Hubbard at jrhubbard@smccme.edu.

For those of you who love the written and spoken word, who love to take language and syntax to realms romantic, illustrative, and absurd, and inspire to wax poetically… well, you see where we are headed, here’s the Poetry Group. The Poetry Group meets the last Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. in, you guessed it… the L.L. Bean Learning Commons.

Returning to, and ending on, the rumor mill, there’s energy taking form in the Cosplay Club being organized and established. While The Beacon cannot share contact information at this moment, keep an eye out for posters and other such notifications regarding meetings

Midcoast Welcome Week Jim Whitten

Till the next publication, The Beacon wishes the Midcoast the best. See you on the 25th!

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