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May 2016

May 2016

Issue 2016.4


  • Fulbright Award

    Fulbright Award

    Dr. Kevin McCartney is the first Fulbright Scholar in northern Maine’s history after receiving a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Poland.

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  • UMPI Graduation

    UMPI Graduation

    The University hosted its 107th Commencement Exercises on May 14, celebrating 154 graduates and honorary degree recipient Nicholas C. Donohue.

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  • She Said Yes!

    She Said Yes!

    This year’s graduation capped off with a marriage proposal, and the story has been featured by the likes of Good Morning America and Inside Edition.

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  • Day “comes home”

    Day “comes home”

    Tanzania, The Netherlands—UMPI Owl Elizabeth Day isn’t sure where her wings will eventually take her, but she sure is excited to find out.

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  • Awards Ceremony

    Awards Ceremony

    Nearly 90 students received awards, scholarships and other academic honors during this year’s Awards Ceremony in late April.

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  • Safe Homes Run/Walk

    Safe Homes Run/Walk

    The University was pleased to serve as the host site of the 4th Annual Safe Homes Aroostook “Move to End Homelessness” 5K fundraiser.

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  • Empty Bowls

    Empty Bowls

    Homemade bowls. Hearty soup. All to benefit a local soup kitchen. UMPI’s Art Program brought all of this together for the 3rd annual Empty Bowls event.

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    The latest exhibition at the Reed Art Gallery brings landscapes from across Maine together in a show featuring the Plein Air Painters of Maine.

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  • Senior Shows

    Senior Shows

    The Fine Art Program featured two solo exhibitions in the Pullen Art Gallery this spring—works by Roldena Sanipass and Emma Ruff.

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  • Employees honored

    Employees honored

    The University honored 23 employees for their combined 260 years of service during the annual Employee Recognition event held on May 25.

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  • Meet Alum Carl Michaud

    Meet Alum Carl Michaud

    Learn about the unique pathway UMPI Board of Visitors Chair Carl Michaud took to achieve his goals and how UMPI gave him the tools to succeed.

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Houlton Higher Education Center holds graduation celebration

The Houlton Higher Education Center held a graduation recognition event for its UMPI and University College graduates on Thursday, May 19, at 4:30 p.m. at the Center, 18 Military St., Houlton. Otis Smith, Director of the Houlton/Hodgdon Adult Education program was the guest speaker.  After recognition gifts were presented and a special presentation was made, refreshments were served to the graduates and their guests.

HHEC graduation

UMPI Relay for Life raffling off a themed basket

UMPI Relay for Life raffling off a themed basket

UMPI’s Relay for Life team is pre-selling raffle tickets on a themed basket they have made up to include in the Basket Tent at the Relay for Life walk on June 17 and 18. The basket this year is called “Camping in the County” and has all the goodies one would use for camping, even a gift certificate to Campers Paradise in Westfield. Tickets are available in the Student Financial Services Office and the cost is 1 ticket for $1 or 7 tickets for $5. The drawing will be on Saturday, June 18 at the Relay for Life event in Caribou. FMI, contact Laurie Boucher at 768-9509 or email

Electronic Recycling offered at UMPI

UMPI will again be offering electronic recycling here on campus. There will be two pallets behind the back entrance of the CIL to put any electronic devices you may have for recycling. A recycling company will pick everything up on Tuesday, June 7. You can leave microwaves, TV’s, all computers and accessories, etc. The only items that you cannot leave are fluorescent bulbs, AC units, or refrigerators unless they have been properly drained of Freon and tagged. This is for personal equipment as well.

Cardboard chairs on display in CIL

This spring, some not-so-typical chairs were on display in the Center for Innovative Learning. What set these particular chairs apart from the various stools, computer chairs, and cushioned seats available in the CIL is that these works of art were made from cardboard. The Cardboard Chair project was done in Heather Sincavage’s Design Foundations II class. Fifteen people made chairs entirely of cardboard. Each chair had to hold a 150 lb. person and extra credit was given to those who did not use adhesive. Sincavage said the point of the project was for students to explore using serial planes or platonic solids as a design component. Students were also asked to incorporate use and environment into their designs–specifically, they were each to create a reading chair for a specific spot in the CIL–and they were to consider how they like to read, where they like to read in the CIL, and how the chair reflects the environment of the CIL. Director of Library Services Roger Getz selected five chairs to be displayed at the CIL in their intended location. The chairs that were placed on display were Amanda Whitten, AJ Naffziger Mullane, Daria Wozmak, Dylan Michaud, and Dylan Ouellette. After these chairs were on display for approximately three weeks, a “BEST of” chair was selected. The winning chair was made by Dylan Ouellette. His chair was on display on the second floor overlooking the window and used serial planes and no adhesive. It was so sturdy that one could even stand on it.  Additionally, the chair had a design feature that held books for reading later. Congratulations to Dylan on his creative design!
 Cardboard Chair - Dylan Ouellette
Cardboard chair

PE students work with local 2nd graders

UMPI Physical Education students were able to get some hands-on teaching experience with local second graders thanks to a partnership between the University and Pine Street Elementary School. On April 29, Pine Street PE teacher (and UMPI alum) Ron McAtee and teachers brought the entire 2nd grade class to Gentile Hall for an afternoon of physical education activities, from balloon games to basketball skills, with the UMPI students, who are in UMPI professor Chris Standefer’s PHE 267: Teaching Elementary Physical Education. The event, which UMPI and Pine Street have coordinated for the past three years, has been an excellent opportunity for both the college students and the elementary pupils. It gives college students a chance to prepare for a “real-world” PE class and learn skills for managing a large group of young students, and it gives local 2nd graders a chance to get active while having fun. The event has become something of a tradition for the second grade class and is something students look forward to all year.

2nd graders and PE students

UMPI group participates in bio-med symposium

A group of UMPI students and faculty attended the 43rd Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium held in April at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. In total, 9 UMPI students participated in the trip and 6 posters were presented. The UMPI group was among 170 registrants statewide who gathered to share research results, exchange ideas, promote collaboration, and network with Maine scientists in a variety of disciplines. Below, the group takes part in a lobster bake the first night of the event and is pictured by the Bay at the conclusion of the symposium.

2016 UMPI MBMSS lobster

2016 UMPI MBMSS group bay

Wood turtle research underway

UMPI faculty member Dave Putnam and student Gannon Pratt conducted field research this spring focused on surveying wood turtles. The work, which will continue this summer, is part of Putnam’s collaborative field research involving wood turtle populations in northern Maine with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Below are two photos from the team’s spring surveying efforts.



Campus celebrates UMPI Day April 29

Campus community members cleaned, pruned, raked and swept the facilities and grounds on April 29 in honor of the 2nd Annual UMPI Day. The event gives students, faculty and staff a chance to take pride in the University campus while celebrating spring and the end of the academic year. The morning filled with clean-up projects was followed by the annual UMPI Appreciation BBQ.



“Good UMPI News” features student, alum success

There’s a new feature on the UMPI website that spotlights students (on being accepted to grad school and  securing jobs post-graduation), as well as alums and their career successes. You can read about these achievements on the Good UMPI News webpage, To keep this page robust, please send the Community and Media Relations Office any tips you have about exciting UMPI-related news. Items can be sent to with the subject line “Good UMPI News“. Thanks for your help to get the word out!

UMPI Owls team participating in Aroostook Relay for Life

Aroostook Relay for Life will be held this year on June 17 and 18 at the Caribou High School track. The UMPI Owls team will have a campsite and will have luminary bags for sale, now through June 13 for $10 each. You can stop by and see Laurie Boucher in Student Financial Services if you wish to purchase one. The bags will be lit around the track Friday night to show support for loved ones who have cancer and/or in memory of those who have lost the battle. You can either decorate the bag yourself or Laurie will do it for you. The Opening Ceremony starts at 6 p.m.–organizers are looking for survivors to walk their own lap– and there will be a reception at 7 p.m. If anyone is either a survivor or knows someone who is a survivor, please encourage them to attend. There will be a team lap at 8 p.m. along with other “themed” laps every hour. You can pre-register here so you don’t have to do it at the event. Food and items to purchase will also be available. FMI, contact Laurie Boucher at 768-3512 or email

HHEC has meet and greet with students, community and UMS staff

HHEC meet and greet

On Monday, April 25, Houlton Higher Education Center welcomed the new president from the University of Maine at Augusta, Dr. James Conneely, to the area. President Conneely has been on a listening tour of the University College centers across Maine to assess the strengths and needs of students and Centers. The visit included a tour of the Houlton Higher Education Center, which houses University College (UC) at Houlton. Both President Schott and President Conneely met with UMPI and UMA students and faculty, staff, and several members of the community and area businesses. Approximately 25 people asked questions of both presidents, as well as provided feedback and insight to questions posed from the presidents.

New Ventures Maine offers workshops

New Ventures Maine (formerly Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community) will offer two workshops. One is Business Basics, which will meet on June 14, 21, and 28, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. This workshop covers the business plan, marketing, and cash planning and is suitable for those thinking about or who are in the start-up phase of a new business. Pre-registration is required. The next workshop is Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrepreneurs, which meets on Tuesdays, Sept. 6 – Dec. 6, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be an orientation session on Sept. 6 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This is a 12-week, one day a week, business planning course. The following topics are covered in depth: the customer, competition, marketing, record keeping, taxes, financing, and legal considerations. At the end of the class, you will have a completed business plan. There are also three follow-up sessions. There is no fee for this course and class size is limited to 15. An application, attendance at the orientation session, and an interview are required and the application deadline is Aug. 26. To register or FMI, contact Karin Petrin at 768-9468 or email You may also visit them online at

International Appalachian Trail holds annual meeting

The Maine chapter of the International Appalachia Trail held its annual meeting the first weekend of May at the Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center and dedicated the meeting to William (Bill) H. Forbes, who passed away in 2011 and was a long time member of the IAT. Forbes’ knowledge, expertise and many contacts helped in the concept and trail designation in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Forbes was a long-time geology professor at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

April Student of the Month: Raymond Feliciano-Rodrigues

Raymond Feliciano-Rodrigues

Congratulations to Raymond Feliciano-Rodrigues, a junior majoring in Secondary Education: ESL Teaching with a minor in Elementary Education: ESL Teaching and a second minor in English Literature, from Hormigueros, Puerto Rico. He is a National Exchange Student from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San Germán Campus. Raymond is a member of Puerto Rico’s Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (PRTESOL), a member of SEAM, Page Turners (book club), and the WUPI radio station, where he co-hosts a program. He is a recipient of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” for 2016. He serves as a positive role model for other students and is reliable and responsible. He also presented about education in Puerto Rico for University Day. Again, congratulations, Raymond!

March Student of the Month: Abigail Riitano

Abigail Riitano

Congratulations to Abigail Riitano, a senior majoring in Biology with a minor in both Chemistry and Psychology who hails from Abbott, ME, as the March Student of the Month. Abi is president of the Bio-Med Club and founder and president of the Partners for World Health Club. She is an officer in the Red Cross Club and a member of the UMPI soccer team. She is an excellent student and outstanding role model as well. Abi has spearheaded the establishment of a chapter of Partners for World Health here in Aroostook County. The group collects usable items from local hospitals that would normally go into the landfill and sends them to impoverished countries by container ship from Portland. She has taken on many leadership roles on campus and other students look up to her as one of the “star” students in the department. She is extremely hard working, friendly, and willing to step up to help with any organization, group, or situation. Also, she is set to graduate in only three years! Again, congratulations, Abigail!

February Student of the Month: Autumn Poulin

Autumn Poulin

Congratulations to Autumn Lynn Poulin, a junior majoring in Athletic Training from Winslow, ME as the February Student of the Month. Autumn has many achievements – she is friendly and always willing to help students, staff and faculty. She is an excellent student and an outstanding role model. Autumn is on the women’s soccer team and volunteers at the soup kitchen in her home town. She took on a new role this spring by volunteering her time for the “Think Pink” fundraiser, which she organized, including marketing, planning, staffing, sales, and onsite facilitation. Her work bringing together Athletics, faculty and students to put this event on not only helped the American Cancer Society but also speaks to her commitment to meaningful campus activities and her superior relationship building and leadership skills. Again, congratulations, Autumn!

Camp Invention will be held August 1-5

Camp Invention is coming to UMPI this summer from August 1 to 5, 2016; camp will run each day from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This camp is for children entering 1st through 6th grade. The curriculum will be directed by Elaine Hendrickson and co-directed by Mary Lawrence. Students will brainstorm product ideas and build original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices. They will also construct and personalize a DIY solar-powered cricket with a habitat, explore the lives of giant insects, colorful animals and their environments and discover the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding. The cost is $235 and you can register at FMI, contact Elaine Hendrickson at or Mary Lawrence at or 768-9502.

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