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MMA Holds Family Weekend

CASTINE - Maine Maritime Academy will host its annual Family Weekend, October 7-9 with a full schedule of campus events. On Friday, registration will be held from 1-5 p.m. in the lobby of the Alfond Student Center. A welcome reception will be held that evening from 5-7 p.m. for students and parents, spouses, and family members. Families are invited to participate in afternoon harbor tours.

Saturday's program begins with complimentary beverages from 6:30-9 a.m. in the Harold Alfond Student Center lobby, coinciding with the Mariner 5K Fun Walk/Run registration, which will be held from 6:30-7 a.m. The Mariner 5K Fun Walk/Run, coordinated by the Mariner Cross Country Team, will be open to all staff, students, family, and members of the community for a $5.00 donation. The run will start at 7 a.m. Those interested in learning more about the run or wishing to preregister may contact Ryan King, MMA cross country coach, at 207-326-0136, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Blueberry Pancake Breakfast fund-raiser, sponsored by the MMA Parents Association, will be held from 7-9 a.m. in the Alfond Student Center. Late Registration will take place from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Harold Alfond Student Center.

Also on Saturday, the Academy Bookstore will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. In addition, there will be a question-and-answer panel comprised of MMA staff and faculty entitled, "What Should I Know Now" from 9-10 a.m. in the 1954 Lecture Hall located in the lower level of the Harold Alfond Student Center. These activities will give visitors insight into the college lives of MMA students. The schooner Bowdoin will also welcome lottery-ticket winning families aboard for sails on Penobscot Bay from 9-11 a.m. and again from 1-3 p.m.

A regimental marching competition for new students in the college's Regiment of Midshipmen will start at 8 a.m. on Ritchie Field (Alexander Fieldhouse if inclement weather), while lifeboat races will take place on the MMA waterfront at 9:30 a.m. Harbor tours will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. with tours departing every 30 minutes. Faculty and staff members will join families for a tailgate party luncheon at 11 a.m. in the Student Center dining hall.

The MMA Regiment of Midshipmen will hold its annual re-dedication of a World War II-era, 3-inch, 50-caliber gun from a merchant vessel at 12:10 p.m. The ceremony will take place on the lawn located between the Harold Alfond Student Center and the bookstore parking area. It serves to introduce new members of the Regiment of Midshipmen to the tradition of respect for graduates of the Academy who lost their lives at sea or in the service of their country.

Recognition Day ceremonies for the regimental class of 2015 will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Ritchie Field (Alexander Fieldhouse if inclement weather). A traditional march-on by the fourth class will be led by Midshipman Commander Christopher Shannon, a member of the MMA Class of 2012 and a marine systems engineering major, from Bristol, Maine, and by upperclass students who serve as company commanders and midshipmen training officers. Company commanders and midshipman training officers are those selected regimental students who have trained and worked with the new regimental fourth class since their first day of Regimental Preparatory Training (RPT) at MMA.

Capt. Jeff Loustaunau, commandant of midshipmen, will announce the fourth class honor company, based on performance during RPT, and he will present awards to two outstanding members in each of the four companies. An award will be presented to an outstanding 3rd class midshipmen training officer in each of the four companies, and to one 2nd class midshipman training officer, designating them as Honor Midshipmen Training Officers. Capt. Loustaunau will also deliver the traditional midshipman oath.

Afternoon sporting events will include varsity women's and men's soccer matches against Colby-Sawyer College on Ritchie Field at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. All MMA regular season home athletic contests are open to the public free of charge. For a complete schedule or to view live webcasts of athletic competitions, visit the Mariner Sports website at http://www.marinersports.org

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