Category: President’s Blog

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dear Friend: Endangered Species Day Thursday of this week marked the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day. Led by Director of Education and Conservation MaryEllen Mateleska, Mystic Aquarium highlighted various threatened and endangered species that call our facility home, including sharks, sea turtles and African Penguins.  We also called attention to the plight of the vaquita, an animal that I discussed in a previous entry.... MORE »

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dear Friend: CONSTRUCTION PLANNED FOR SUMMER 2017!!! I am deeply grateful to announce that this morning Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy called and informed me that the State of Connecticut has committed $5 million towards the construction of the Milne Ocean Science and Conservation Center.  This monumental grant allows us to proceed with the $8 million project, as we have already raised $3 million from other sources. The... MORE »

Friday, May 5, 2017

Building;     Weird & Wonderful;    Tourism     Dear Friend: Building Approval This week we received approval from the Town of Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission to construct the Milne Ocean Science and Conservation Center. I was pleased to be able to address the Commission. In my comments I introduced them to our Leadership Team who were all in attendance, to our Chief Scientist, Dr. Tracy Romano,... MORE »

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mystic Spirit Week; Plans for Growth   Dear Friend: During the past two weeks (Wednesday to Wednesday) Mystic Aquarium celebrated “Mystic Spirit Week” a celebration of the local community, showcasing what makes Greater Mystic a wonderful place to live, work and visit. Events and Partnerships Manager, Ainslie Seeber, who conceived the idea of Mystic Spirit week last year, notes that: “Mystic is more than just a tourist... MORE »

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring Break; UConn ScHOLA²RS; Covanta       Dear Friend: Spring Break As I write this I am thinking of our team who are welcoming thousands of guests for the two weeks of Spring break.  I appreciate all of the extra effort that our staff and volunteers extend during this period when we do not have the benefit of summer staff. All of us appreciate the many guests and members who make Mystic Aquarium a... MORE »

Friday, April 7, 2017

Volunteer Appreciation; Kelly Milton; Marine Science Partnership         Dear Friend: On Tuesday evening we celebrated the volunteers of Mystic Aquarium at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Night.  It is a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to the 500 people who give their time and talent to the mission and programs of Mystic Aquarium. Staff from various departments produced some very funny video... MORE »

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dr Tracy Romano, A Big Moment, and A Case of the Jitters at Yale Dear Friend, Dr. Tracy Romano We are all thrilled to learn that Dr. Tracy Romano, Vice President of Research and Chief Scientist at Mystic Aquarium is being awarded an honorary degree from her alma mater, Saint Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont, at their commencement ceremony in a few weeks. Tracy Romano, PhD Dr. Romano is greatly deserving of this high honor.... MORE »

Friday, March 10, 2017

Dear Friend: On Wednesday evening I was privileged to address the Foreign Relations Committee of Providence on the economics of the oceans. I mentioned that no passport is needed to cross the border into Connecticut! During the talk I explained that there are six sectors to the national and regional ocean economy: • Tourism • Construction • Transportation • Energy • Fishing and Living Resources • Ship Building A recent... MORE »

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dear Friend: Congratulations to Vice Chairman of the Board, Tom Mosey, who reached the summit of Kilimanjaro this week. Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world. Board Vice Chair Tom Mosey always has Mystic Aquarium in mind. We can safely say that Mystic Aquarium is reaching new heights! Also this week we had the first seal release of 2017. This seal was named Trey Flowers in honor of the New England Patriots... MORE »

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dear Friend: This past week we held a "Town Meeting" and discussed three areas of organizational focus for 2017; (a) our 2017 operational goals (b) the Integrated Facilities Plan, and (c) ongoing efforts to promote diversity within our community, reflective of the larger population that we serve. Our goals for 2017 as approved by the Board of Trustees are: Increase attendance, membership and related revenue by 2% over budget... MORE »