Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 28, 2014
MMA students start the year with orientation, ship jump and training
The incoming class of Maine Maritime Academy students will begin the 2014-15 year with orientation in three sessions from August 15 to August 31. MMA Orientation includes Regimental Preparatory Training (for those students participating in the Regiment of Midshipmen); MUG Olympics, Saturday, August 30, at 1 p.m., Ritchie Field; and the annual Ship Jump, Sunday, August 31, at 8 a.m., Castine Harbor.
During Regimental Preparatory Training and into the semester, new regimental students will live aboard and conduct training exercises on the Training Ship State of Maine. MUG Olympics is a series of sporting competitions among the four companies of Midshipmen Under Guidance. The events will also be streamed live at portal.stretchinternet.com/mma/.
The annual Ship Jump from the State of Maine is a longstanding tradition for first-year students. Born out of practical training needs for students entering seagoing careers, the event also serves as a class unification activity and is symbolic of a willingness to embrace the numerous adventures and challenges typical of a Maine Maritime Academy education, according to a news release from the academy.
Dr. William Brennan, MMA president, takes the first jump at 8 a.m. Earle Cianchette, MMA trustee and member of the MMA Class of 1977, and Craig Dagan, head women’s basketball coach, will be guest participants, having volunteered at the 2014 Night By the Bay event to take the 40-foot plunge to raise money for the academy’s Annual Fund. For more information, visit mainemaritime.edu.