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Tim Doak, UMPI alum and Superintendent of the Year, reflects on education

University of Maine at Presque Isle alumnus Tim Doak considers himself a pretty lucky guy. The Superintendent of RSU 39 and MSAD 20 was able to get his education close to home, have a long and rewarding local career in education, and, as of January, be just the third superintendent from northern Maine recognized as the Maine State Superintendent of the Year.

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Shakespeare LIVE! presents “The Comedy of Errors” April 13

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host Shakespeare LIVE!, a theater troupe that has performed for more than half a million students since its inception in 1997, for a performance of one of the Bard’s great comedies. The Comedy of Errors will be performed in the Auditorium at Wieden Hall on Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. One of Shakespeare’s beloved comedies, The Comedy of Errors is best experienced as the playwright intended—live on stage. The public is invited to attend this special, family-friendly event; donations will be accepted at the door to go toward future cultural arts programming.

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Reed Art Gallery presents Carolyn Wadman exhibit

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Reed Art Gallery will present Artist as Teacher from Paintings and Prints to Puppets by Carolyn Wadman, from April 2 through May 11, 2018. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show’s run and attend the Gallery Reception on Friday, April 6, from 5-7 p.m., which includes a talk with the artist at 5:30 p.m.; light refreshments will be served. This reception is being held in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk. The Reed Gallery is located on the second floor of the University’s Center for Innovative Learning.

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UMPI launches greenhouse fundraising campaign, announces new Ag Sciences and Agribusiness degree

In its efforts to expand its Agricultural offerings and meet the needs of the region’s agricultural industry, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has launched a fundraising campaign for the construction of a $495,000, state-of-the-art teaching and research greenhouse on campus and has announced plans for the establishment of a stand-alone Bachelor’s degree program in Agricultural Sciences and Agribusiness that will launch in Fall 2018.

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UMPI presents a cappella group Backtrack

Get ready for an exhilarating night filled with entertaining music variations by powerhouse a cappella group Backtrack when the group comes to the University of Maine at Presque Isle on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. This fun-filled performance will take place in the Auditorium in Wieden Hall and is free and open to the public.

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International Planet Head Day to take place March 10

“PlanetHeads” will be appearing across Earth’s northern hemisphere on March 10 when Planet Head Day—a unique cancer fundraiser where people get their heads shaved and painted to look like planets—goes international. The 12th annual Planet Head Day will be held on Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Wieden Gymnasium, with a simultaneous event happening in Szczecin, Poland. This celebration of science education and cancer awareness, which is co-presented by UMPI and C-A-N-C-E-R [Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery in the U.S. and by Gryphius Institute and the University of Szczecin in Poland, is free and the public is invited to attend.

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Star City Syndicate to perform fundraising concert at UMPI

The rich sounds of Motown and classic to contemporary pop will once again fill the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Auditorium in Wieden Hall when the Star City Syndicate performs a special fundraising concert on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m. Admission is free for this high energy, family-friendly event, but donations of all sizes will be accepted at the door to benefit future renovations to the Auditorium in Wieden Hall.

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UMPI partners with SAD1 Adult Ed for Phlebotomy program

The University of Maine at Presque Isle and SAD 1 Adult & Community Education have joined forces to provide a Phlebotomy Certification Program, a first-of-its-kind program for Aroostook County. This collaborative effort prepares students to become certified phlebotomists and opens up a career pathway in the healthcare field leading toward positions as a medical laboratory technician (MLT), medical assistant, or a nurse.

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