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March 2018

March 2018

Issue 2018.2


  • Ag announcements

    Ag announcements

    UMPI will build The Zillman Family Greenhouse and plans to launch a Bachelor’s degree in Ag Sciences and Agribusiness.

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  • Planet Head Day

    Planet Head Day

    The 12th annual Planet Head Day went international this year, with simultaneous events in Presque Isle and Poland.

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  • Diversity Dialogue

    Diversity Dialogue

    In an effort to encourage civil discourse, UMPI will host this first-ever event, debating three sides of a tough issue.

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  • DLS Shauntey James

    DLS Shauntey James

    Dr. Shauntey James tackled issues around women’s status in society during a talk ahead of Women’s History Month.

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  • UMPI/SAD 1 Phlebotomy

    UMPI/SAD 1 Phlebotomy

    A unique Phlebotomy partnership between UMPI and SAD 1 is creating a new career pathway in healthcare.

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  • SAGE Spring Kick-off

    SAGE Spring Kick-off

    Seniors Achieving Greater Education hosted its 20th anniversary Spring kick-off, with 32 courses and events on offer.

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  • Backtrack performs

    Backtrack performs

    A cappella powerhouse Backtrack delivers an exhilarating night of music on March 22 in the Auditorium at Wieden Hall.

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  • Carolyn Wadman exhibit

    Carolyn Wadman exhibit

    Lifelong Arts educator Carolyn Wadman presents the next show in the Reed Art Gallery from April 2 to May 11.

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  • Star City Syndicate

    Star City Syndicate

    This local favorite took the stage on March 2 for a special concert to raise funds for the Auditorium in Wieden Hall.

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Find the owl emoji!!

Want another great reason to read through the image newsletter? Well, somewhere in this issue of the image is our very own owl emoji. We can’t tell you exactly what it looks like and you won’t find it on the emoji list on your phone, but you’ll know it when you see it! Here’s the challenge: just find it (don’t tell anyone else its hiding place!), let our office know, and you could be eligible for a great prize (UMPI swag or a $5 gift certificate to the Campus Store or UMPI Starbucks)! A winner will be randomly drawn from all of the people who find the emoji on Friday, March 30.

To let us know you’ve found it, either click on the emoji and fill out the very short form, or email Gayla Shaw with the location at Happy searching!


SAO hosted magician Ben Seidman

UMPI’s Student Activities Office hosted magician Ben Seidman on Feb. 2 in the Auditorium in Wieden Hall. Seidman co-stars in Magic Outlaws on Travel Channel and appeared on Fool Us with Penn & Teller on the CW Network. Seidman was the Resident Magician at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas following three seasons creating magic for Criss Angel: Mindfreak ono A&E. He won 2015 Best Small Venue Performer (Campus Activities Magazine) and 2014 Entertainer of the Year (Princess Cruises).


Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss a success

Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss a success

UMPI students, faculty, and staff were out in full force on March 2, celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day by reading Dr. Seuss books to local school children. In total, 25 readers helped with activities, which included reading to kids in seven different grades (Pre-K to 5) in three different schools over the course of two days. Volunteers included Kevin McCartney, Lisa Pucci, UCU campus branch manager Jennifer Deschene, Alana Margeson, Wendi Malenfant, John Harrington, Deborah Roark, Amanda Baker, Terry Wood, and Rachel Rice. Other participants included Melanie Griffin, Matthew Theriault, Sage Roling, Sara Packard, Alexandra DesRuisseaux, Ines Ngoga, Delanie Strout, Ayana Walker, Lexi Allcock, Brianna Losee, Maddi Thweatt, Cynthia Figueroa, Dominic Kane, Ashley Kirkland, and Dianna Poulin. Books read included everything from The Lorax and Yertle the Turtle to And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. To see photos from ‘the big read,’ click here.


UMPI Owls Relay for Life holds stew night

On March 2, the UMPI Owls Relay for Life held its Annual Stew Night at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club. More than 86 people attended, the most that has ever had turned out for this particular Stew Night, and the team raised $850 for the American Cancer Society. Thank you to everyone who attended!

New addition to the UMPI family

New addition to the UMPI family

Trevor Parent and his wife Julie Conrad have a new addition born on Feb. 12: Eric Brian Edgar Parent.

Eric weighed 6 pounds and 6 ounces and was 19 inches long. He joins his big sister Emily.

Congratulations to the whole family!



Workshop offerings from CTL

The Center for Teaching and Learning will be offering two workshops for staff. Both workshops are on Friday, March 16. The first one is CANVA (creating graphics) Basics and will be offered from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. The 2nd workshop will be Google Docs 101: How to create, edit, share, and organize from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. The location for these workshops will be determined on the need for computers. Please contact Alana Margeson at 768-9554 or email  if you are interested in either of these workshops.

March Student of the Month: Evangelos Zarkadas

March Student of the Month: Evangelos Zarkadas

Congratulations to March Student of the Month Evangelos (Evan) Zarkadas, a sophomore majoring in History and Political Science and minoring in Environmental Studies from Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Zarkadas established the first UMPI History Club and is Parliamentarian for the Student Government Association. He’s also a student representative for the Green Committee, a writer for the UTimes, a member of Native Voices, University Players, Inclusion and Civility Task Force, and serves as an Owl Mentor for the Center for Innovative Learning.

He gave a presentation at Boston College on the Greek and Armenian Genocide last summer and he volunteers for the Presque Isle Historical Society. Zarkadas is also the UMPI Student Intern at Presque Isle City Hall. He does all of this while maintaining a high GPA. Congratulations again, Evan!

Biology students attend Biomedical Course

Biology students attend Biomedical Course

Four UMPI Biology students attended a week-long biomedical course in CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing during the month of January at MDI Biological Laboratories in Salisbury Cove, ME, funded by Maine INBRE. Sean Barbosa, Sabrina Douglas, Michaela Schwartz, and Ryan Tebo, along with UMPI Assistant Professor of Biology Judith Roe, were joined by UMFK students, and the group learned about gene editing techniques in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans from researcher Dustin Updike.

February Student of the Month: Bonnie Corey

February Student of the Month: Bonnie Corey

Congratulations to February Student of the Month Bonnie Corey, a senior majoring in Biology with a Pre-med concentration. Corey, who hails from Washburn, is the President of the Biomedical Club and Vice President of Red Cross Club. Corey tutors for several science classes and biology courses. She is a past member of the World Health Club and has helped with the Rotary-sponsored Purple Pinkie Project at TAMC, Brain Awareness, and Brain Bee events. Corey has recently been accepted at three medical schools.

She has worked on several faculty research projects, presented an oral talk at an international science conference, and presented several posters at University Day and a statewide student science symposium on her research. Congratulations again, Bonnie!

UMPI hosting Campus Wide Engagement Party

UMPI hosting Campus Wide Engagement Party

Planning a wedding or a big event? Know someone who is? Or are you just looking for a fun event to attend? Come celebrate your engagement and invite all of your friends on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Northern Maine’s best wedding vendors are throwing you a party! The Grand Ballroom at the Campus Center will be fully decorated like you’ve never seen it before! There will be free appetizers, dancing, a cash bar, and so much more. Come see the space and learn about what we can do to help you plan your big day or just come by to see all of the decorations, grab a snack, and enjoy the music!

This event is presented by UMPI, Interior Accents, C-DJ Services and Blush Bridal and Formal. FMI, contact Lydia Kieffer-Till at 768-9502 or email

Green Committee launches website

THE UMPI Green Committee has launched a website containing helpful tips for recycling, a survey, a list of UMPI sustainability events, and descriptions of sustainable practices at UMPI. Head to to learn more.

Thanks, everyone, for “Owl” you do!

UMPI celebrated an Employee Appreciation Day on Friday, March 2, which just happens to be National Employee Appreciation Day. All were encouraged to stop by the Owl’s Nest for cake or the President’s Office for popcorn. The activity was just a small way to say ‘thank you’ to employees for “Owl” they do each day to make campus a great place to work!

Contact Us

image is a monthly publication of the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Community & Media Relations office, and is distributed to members of the University community.

  • Rachel Rice, editor
  • Eric Brissette, webmaster
  • Rowena McPherson, graphics
  • Gayla Shaw, administrative assistant

Phone: (207) 768-9452
Fax: (207) 768-9608


Reminders & Updates

First Person Interpreter Jen Emerson, April 3, 7 p.m., MPR

DLS speaker Hilary Corna, April 10, 7 p.m., MPR

University Day, April 11, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., various locations

Awards Ceremony, Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m., MPR

Spring Formal, Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center

Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 27 – 30, 2018

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