by Celina Simmons
Thanks to the generosity and foresight of SMCC President Joseph Cassidy, funding has been assured for the campus commemorations of two significant events coming this Spring semester: the 100th Anniversary of Maine women attaining the right to vote (1920) and the 200th anniversary of Maine’s statehood (1820 – 2020).
Last November, the Student Senate helped organize a “Daffodil Tribute” with the Maine Suffrage Centennial. The women who fought for this right adopted the daffodil as a symbol of their movement to give many women the right to vote. Unfortunately at the time, this only applied to Caucasian American women and the women of Native American and African American communities would not obtain the right until years later. In honor of the women who fought for this right 100 years ago, students planted daffodils outside of Spring Point Hall to bloom this spring.
Several events are in the works to remember these historic moments. Campus coordinators for these events are Professor Alicia Harding and Professor Herb Adams, who is also a faculty advisor to SMCC Student Government.
“SMCC is the only campus in Maine’s community college or state university system that is actually older than the State of Maine,” said Adams at last week’s senate meeting. “SMCC, previously Fort Preble, was founded in 1808, and has seen a lot to celebrate in all those years, from a Casco Bay fort to the most diverse community college campus in Maine. There’s lots to do and to think about!”
Adams and Harding are looking for student volunteers and ideas to help make these celebrations worthwhile and memorable. If you want to get involved or find out more information Professor Adams can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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