Portland School Notebook: Portland woman pursuing DVM

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All is ‘white’ for Portland student

Erika Mikulanecz of Portland received her white coat Oct. 3 at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2019 in Harrogate, Tennessee.

Mikulanecz is a first-year veterinary medicine student who attended the University of Southern Maine prior to enrolling at LMU-CVM.

The White Coat Ceremony symbolizes a student’s path to becoming a doctor, including the knowledge and professionalism he or she will acquire. The ceremony also enables the College of Veterinary Medicine to affirm its commitment to providing the education and training necessary to help each student achieve his or her professional goals.

LMU-CVM is one of 30 veterinary colleges in the United States; of 100 new students offered seats in the Class of 2019, 17 percent are male and 83 percent are female. The students of the Class of 2019 come from 26 different states.

College senior on the ball

Peter Donato of Portland is representing the men’s basketball team on the 2015-2016 Colby-Sawyer College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Donato majors in sport management and is a member of the Class of 2016. Colby-Sawyer College is in New London, New Hampshire.

The CSC-SAAC serves as a liaison between Colby-Sawyer student-athletes, athletic administration and faculty/staff, fostering communication between all groups. SAAC also takes place at the conference level and has a presence and a vote at the national level. Members are also expected to be leaders on campus and give back through community service.

Study abroad programs unveiled

The Council on International Education and Exchange is opening a Global Institute in Paris and offering a new Global Internship program in five continents beginning in 2016. The new initiatives are part of a larger slate of 11 new programs approved by CIEE’s Academic Consortium Board during its annual meeting at the CIEE Annual Conference, “The Reinvention of Study Abroad: Setting the Course for 2020,” earlier this month in Berlin, Germany.

At the CIEE Global Institute – Paris, which will open in fall 2016, CIEE students will have the option of enrolling in CIEE’s Open Campus program, with the opportunity to combine CIEE courses with one direct enrollment course at a local CIEE host institution, such as the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 or the Université Paris Diderot Paris 7.

CIEE Global Institutes provide options for students of all majors to design their ideal international experience, with options for internships, research projects and community service. Students can enroll in one, two, or three six-week academic blocks in Paris, or combine blocks at multiple CIEE Global Institutes in Berlin, London, or Rome for comparative academic study.

Following CIEE’s merger with the Academic Internship Council, CIEE will offer a new, eight-week Global Internship program in 11 locations across North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia, beginning in summer 2016. The program will be offered in the summer, fall, and spring, and combine a full-time, unpaid internship with an academic seminar. For details on CIEE’s full program offerings, visit www.ciee.org/study.

Help for college hopefuls

The Maine Educational Opportunity Center is a federal education initiative established to promote access to post-secondary education for traditionally under-represented adult populations within Maine.

As part of its pre-entry service, MEOC advisors coordinate efforts with area schools, colleges, and other service agencies to provide information and assistance in completing college admission and financial aid processes. MEOC advisers can assess academic readiness, provide career counseling, and refer individuals to community resources.

The MEOC has been continuously funded since 1991; this year, $680,608 has been awarded to serve 2,269 adults across Maine.

MEOC will help any qualified adult who wants to attend college. Funded to serve traditionally under-represented adults, the majority of MEOC participants are of the first generation in their families to go to college. Advisers offer workshops at various times and locations across the state to accommodate the needs of adult students. For more information, call 800-281-3703 or visit www.meoc.maine.edu.

Erika Mikulanecz of Portland is on her way towards a degree in veterinary medicine after receiving her white coat Oct. 3 at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine.