Menu Week 6

Monday, October 20:
Breakfast:  Eggs Florentine
Lunch:  Caribbean Beef Stew, Sweet potatoes, Kale
Dinner:  Baked PRF (COA farm) Chicken/Tempeh, Israeli couscous, Cauliflower

Tuesday, October 21:
Breakfast:  Continental
Lunch:  Veggie & Bean Blue Corn Enchilada Pie, Rice
Dinner:  BBQ Grilled Beef Brisket/Tofu, Potato Pancake, Roasted Cabbage

Wednesday, October 22:
Brunch:  Apple French Toast Strata, Fresh fruit
Dinner:  Fried Haddock/Mushroom, Golden beets, Rice

Thursday, October 23:
Breakfast: Continental
Lunch:  Pulled Pork/Naked Ribs, Maine corn, Celeriac slaw
Dinner:  Veg calzone, Chard, Polenta

Friday, October 24:
Breakfast:  Continental
Lunch:  Chicken/Tofu, BHF (COA farm) vegetable, Couscous
Dinner:  Shepard’s Pie; Pork/Lentil, Squash



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Degree of Difference events are opportunities for College of the Atlantic to share exciting new developments in our curriculum and on our campus.

Join COA trustees, alumni, friends, prospective students, and parents for a reception and lively conversation with President Darron Collins ’92, PhD.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn

Please respond by Thursday, October 23 to or 207-801-5625.

Can we see some pictures of the insides of dorm rooms? I know they're being lived in right now, but it'd be great to see what prospective students can expect to live in.

Hi there! Here are some photos which I hope will help. Because many of the dorms were previously houses, each room is a bit different. These images, though, are representative of what many dorms look like. (The color is a bit off because Tumblr has played with the settings!)

What's the story on student life on a tiny college island? How do you stay excited and engaged in the world and community around you on break from academia? I am a prospective student and am uncertain what such a small undergraduate population really means for student life. Thank you!


Hi there!
To answer this question I enlisted the help of a few current students. Here are their responses:
Maria ‘17:
The island is small, and it is a small community but there are advantages to that. You build very tight friendships that will fill your free time and there are conversations to be had that fire you up about issues you never though you’d care about and to keep you engaged in what you already care about. To stay engaged in the world, there are several student clubs that focus on world issues, like the Council on Foreign Affairs and [earth] that you can join. There are also Human Ecology Forums, where people from within and outside of the community come to tell stories and share experiences. To stay busy (which has never been a problem for me) there is one of the most beautiful parks across the street so you can hike to clear your mind from the academics.

Staying busy and engaged has not been a problem. There is so much to do and to see on our little island that it is harder to choose between them than trying to fill time.

Emmanuel ‘17:

Student life is definitely what you make of it. There are so many opportunities that you should seize. Sure, it’s college so there will be house parties off campus on the weekends but people also take advantage of Acadia National Park. Coming from someone who’s outgoing and has a wide circle of friends, I’m constantly at potlucks, watching movies or discussing topics with the clubs I’m in, or just hanging out at other people’s houses. We’re also very proactive. We have strong governance systems at this school and people aren’t afraid to speak up about things they like or dislike. In terms of a small population, it means you get to know everyone super well which makes COA have a better sense of community than at other larger schools. It’s truly a magical place and I would recommend coming for a bit to experience this island community for yourself.

Jessica ‘18:

I think student life is in fact very alive partly because it is a small campus. People get to know each other and there is a true community feeling. If you want something to happen you can make it happen. Personally, outside of the classroom I spend time playing music with other students and playing badminton at the Bar Harbor YMCA.

Ellie ‘15:

I think one way we engage with the broader community is very tied to our academics— because we aren’t just taking classes for the sake of learning about chemistry or 19th-century literature, but to connect academic ideas to the world around us. There are tons of ways to engage with the broader community through this sort of coursework— things that come to mind are the Island Energy course (students working on year-round residential island communities in Maine to develop sustainable energy and self-sufficiency for the islands), business design courses (students work in teams with local businesses), natural sciences courses (students work often with Acadia National Park rangers and directors), education courses (students shadow teachers and teach classes at the local schools) and many art classes (students visit local artists for general inspiration). Senior projects and internships are good ways to engage locally as well— basically, COA students are all over this island, working with and learning from the island community.

That said, engagement doesn’t always happen through academics. Students have jobs in town, spend time at the local library (a community hub if there ever was one, with famously friendly and chatty librarians!), workout at the YMCA, go out to dinner or breakfast or brunch…all of these activities are part of being in the Bar Harbor community, and, over time, really strong ties to this community can form.
image…And for weekly activities put on by student life, check out this calendar! (many more activities are advertised around campus and via community email)

COA Foodies Fall ‘14 Issue No.1

This online edition of the student-produced sustainable food systems newsletter includes an update about Projects for Peace, an overview of an edible botany class, info about a local farm to school program, a recipe for gnocchi, and more!

COA Professor Heath Cabot named co-editor of interdisciplinary Political and Legal Anthropology Review

Read more here!

Video by student  

I spent one week exploring vast landscapes in Iceland, this video highlights the journey with the music of a dear friend, Peia : O’er the Land O’er the Sea.

Menu Week 5

Monday, October 13:
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs/tofu
Lunch:  Mac n Cheese, Parsnips, Green beans
Dinner:  Beef/Tofu/Veg Stir-fry, Sushi, Kohlrabi salad

Tuesday, October 14:
Breakfast:  Continental
Lunch:  Greek Turkey/Veggie burgers, Oven fries
Dinner:  Shrimp/Veg Cakes, Couscous, Chard

Wednesday, October 15:
Brunch:  Baked Apple French toast, Fresh fruit
Dinner:  Koshari (Egyptian)

Thursday, October 17:
Breakfast:  Continental
Lunch:  Salmon/Eggplant, Couscous, Squash
Dinner:  Arepas; pork/veg, Rice, Beans

Friday, October 18:
Breakfast:  Continental
Lunch:  Chicken/Tempeh Paprika, Noodles, BHF Kale
Dinner:  BFD (breakfast for dinner)

Science Magazine: The Accidental Roboticist

John Long ‘86 was featured in a profile in Science.

John Long wondered how life developed the capacity to evolve—so he unloosed a fleet of robot tadpoles.

Read the Science article to learn about how he developed “Tadros” - little robots which act like living creatures.

You can also read his COA profile here.

COA profile intro: After graduating from COA, John attended Duke University, NC where he earned a Ph.D. in Zoology, specializing in the biomechanics of marine vertebrates. He is currently a biology department chair and has an additional half-time appointment in the Cognitive Science Program at Vassar College, NY. John has published many peer-reviewed scientific publications and authored Darwin’s Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology, published in 2012.


"A jellyfish, a jellyfish, a jellyfish…"

Right by the dock where we were jumping in the water! (at College of the Atlantic)

Whoa! Nice find!

Exhibit of COA students’ work in Italy last spring

As has been typical of COA’s other cultural programs abroad — such as in Mexico, Guatemala, and France — this course emphasized immersive, experiential learning in the local language. The focus of this particular program was ethnography and anthropological fieldwork.

In Italy, students observed various cultures of work: bread baking, cheese making, neurocognitive rehabilitation, veterinary practice, community revitalization projects, care for persons with disabilities, beekeeping and honey production, wood artisanship, social support for migrants, and garment production. Read more

COA students enjoying Death Valley at 91 degrees and 190ft below sea level as part of the Great West “monster course” (when three courses/credits are joined to form a giant term-long learning experience).

COA students on the Hoover Dam as part of the Great West “monster course” (when three courses/credits are joined to form a giant term-long learning experience)

Fall at COA.