Unity College (Maine)

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Unity College
Unity College Seal.png
Motto America's Environmental College
Type Private
Established September 7, 1965
President Melik Peter Khoury
Academic staff
55
Students 650
Location Unity, Maine, U.S.
Campus Rural, 240 acres (0.97 km2)
Colors Green and White
Athletics USCAA
Mascot The Ram
Affiliations NEASC
Website http://www.unity.edu
Unity College logo.jpg

Unity College is a private liberal arts college in Unity, Maine. The college is located 35 miles (56 km) southwest of Bangor, Maine and 25 miles (40 km) from the Maine coast. The college offers an undergraduate education based on sustainability science that emphasizes study of the environment and natural resources. In 2015 the college was ranked the 19th best baccalaureate college Washington Monthly.[1]

History[edit]

The college was founded in 1965 as the Unity Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a faculty of 15 and a student body of 39. The founders, a group of local business people, were looking for ways to counter economic decline in the adjacent town of Unity. Two years later, it changed its name to Unity College and in 1969 awarded degrees to its first graduating class of 24.[2] Past presidents include Mitchell Thomashow,[3] Stephen Mulkey[4] and current President Melik Peter Khoury.[5]

Sports[edit]

Unity College (mascot the "Rams") competes in the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) which is a Division II member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The men's varsity sports are: Basketball, Cross-Country, and Soccer. The women's varsity sports are: Basketball, Cross-Country, Soccer and Volleyball. Additionally Unity College has a number of club sports (Woodsmen's Team, ice hockey, indoor soccer and ultimate Frisbee), plus intramural sports.[6]

The Unity College men's and women's cross-country teams both won the 1996 NSCAA (National Small College Athletic Association) National Championship meet held at Michigan Christian College in Rochester Hills, Michigan. These were Unity College's first-ever men's and women's national championship teams. The NSCAA was the predecessor of today's United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). In 1992 the Unity College women's cross country team won the NAIA Division 5 New England Championship meet held at Johnson State College, Vermont.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College Guide Rankings 2015 – Baccalaureate Colleges". Washington Monthly. Retrieved 2016-08-12. 
  2. ^ "At A Glance | Unity College | America's Environmental College". www.unity.edu. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  3. ^ "News | Unity College | America's Environmental College". www.unity.edu. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Dr. Stephen Mulkey | President's Office". president.unity.edu. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  5. ^ "| Unity College | America's Environmental College". www.unity.edu. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  6. ^ "Unity College Athletics". Unity College Athletics. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Johnson State Bulliton" (PDF). 

External links[edit]

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