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January 7, 2015 | E-Ching Lee

E-Ching Lee, 919-515-9098,

Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Terri Kirby Hathaway was honored recently for her service on the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, or MNMS, advisory council. Hathaway, North Carolina Sea Grant’s marine education specialist, held the council’s education seat from 2008 to 2014.

Terri Kirby Hathaway receives award

Dave Alberg, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary superintendent, presents Terri Kirby Hathaway with award.

“Terri had an integral role in developing the education and outreach goals and objectives for the education section of the MNMS’s management plan,” notes Shannon Ricles, the sanctuary’s outreach and education coordinator. The final plan, published in early 2013, is available at

Ricles also cites Hathaway’s unwavering desire to educate students. Hathaway was involved in starting the council’s Youth Working Group. The group trains students, aged 14 to 17, to educate their peers about the USS Monitor and ocean issues.

In a letter to Hathaway, Dave Alberg, sanctuary superintendent, wrote, “Your time on the advisory council, serving as a representative for education, was integral to the success of the council, and I appreciate the valuable insight and advice you provided as the voice of your constituents. Your support was, and remains, essential to the overall mission of the sanctuary.”

Although she no longer is on the council, Hathaway anticipates that she will continue to volunteer with the sanctuary.

The MNMS is named for the shipwreck of the famed Civil War ironclad, USS Monitor, 16 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras. It is the first marine sanctuary in the nation, established to protect the country’s marine treasures. For more about this sanctuary, visit


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