Lewiston-Auburn College

Alumni Lecture Series

The USM LAC Alumni Lecture Series invites our alumni to return to campus and speak to how their degree program has helped them in their chosen careers. Members of the USM community as well as the general public are invited to attend these short talks and hear directly from alumni applying their USM education in their workplace or organizations as well as to the wider world.

Spring 2015 Series

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015  Noon - 1 p.m. Room 285
    Laurie Cyr Martel

    Laurie Cyr-Martel, Tri-County Mental Health


    Laurie Cyr –Martel has over 30 years of experience in the field of emergency services and mental health. She is a graduate in the Social and Behavioral Science program at USM. For the past several years, as a part time faculty member with the University of Southern Maine, she has taught courses for the SBS program.  She created and teaches a course at USM based on her first publication “Responding to Psychological & Behavioral Emergencies; A Resource for Police Fire and EMS”.   Ms Cyr-Martel has consulted with and for emergency service systems throughout the United States including the San Francisco Police Department, Anchorage Alaska Emergency Services and Tuscaloosa Police Department as well as other agencies throughout New England. She is currently licensed in the State of Maine as a licensed clinical professional counselor (L.C.P.C.) and is employed as the manager of crisis programs for Tri County Mental Health Services. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Behavioral Health Program at Arizona State University. She received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire.


  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015  Noon - 1 p.m. Room 285
    Kathy Becvar

    Kathy Becvar, CMMC

Kathy Becvar is the Director of Development for Central Maine Health Care.  In this role, she is responsible for the management of the Development Office which includes supervision of office staff, overseeing special events activities with staff and support from volunteers, and fundraising in support of the programs and services for Central Maine Medical Center, Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital.

Kathy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies from the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College with concentrations in human resources and information services. 

She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Kora Shrine Center Foundation.  She is also very active in the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce, serving as a member of the Membership/Ambassador Committee, Regional Image Committee, and the Not Your Normal Chamber Event Planning Committee.  Kathy was a very active member of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary from 2000 to 2013, serving as Vice-President and President from 2007 to 2009.  In addition, she was tutor and trainer for Literacy Volunteers.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

If you are a USM LAC alumni and would like to share your story, please contact USM LAC for more information.