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October 2017

October 2017

Issue 2017.7


  • The Way It Should Be

    The Way It Should Be

    UMPI is pleased to announce Maine’s first comprehensive program with free and reduced tuition for eligible Mainers.

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  • Alumni Awards

    Alumni Awards

    UMPI was pleased to honor Judith Atcheson and Jeanie McGowan with alumni awards during its Homecoming festivities.

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  • DLS Joel Berg

    DLS Joel Berg

    Internationally recognized hunger expert Joel Berg will serve as our Distinguished Lecturer and Maine Hunger Dialogue keynote.

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  • DLS Sarah Wessling

    DLS Sarah Wessling

    “This I Believe: Letting Go So That Others May Learn” is the title of this National Teacher of the Year’s DLS talk on Oct. 27.

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  • GOLD Award

    GOLD Award

    Krista Lamont was honored with UMPI’s GOLD award (that’s Graduate Of the Last Decade) during Convocation 2017.

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  • Black Maria Film Fest

    Black Maria Film Fest

    The international juried film competition comes to Presque Isle as part of the Black Maria Film Festival’s 36th annual tour.

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  • King Zimm

    King Zimm

    Hip-Hop artist and songwriter King Zimm will wow with his “Rock & Flow” performance when he takes the stage Oct. 26.

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  • Provenzano exhibit

    Provenzano exhibit

    The Reed Gallery is pleased to present the work of Thérèse L. Provenzano in “The Lay of the Land Reconsidered.”

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  • Science Seminars

    Science Seminars

    Our Biology and Environmental Science programs are kicking off the fifth year of our science-focused presentation series.

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WUPI publishes program schedule

Want to view all the shows available from WUPI 92.1 FM, and the days and times they’ll be airing? WUPI staff have put together a program schedule for your viewing pleasure! Check it out here.

Zuras named National Merit semifinalist

Everett Zuras, son of Rich and Kelly Zuras, has been named a semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program for 2018. Zuras is among approximately 16,000 students across the country to receive this honor. Semifinalists continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

In Memoriam – JoAnne Putnam

Dr. JoAnne W. Putnam, Professor Emerita of Teacher Education, passed away on Sept. 26. She retired from UMPI in 2015 and was the wife of UMPI science lecturer David E. Putnam. JoAnne was an inspiration to our campus community, its programs, and, above all, the students and community members we strive to serve. A memorial for JoAnne will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. in Presque Isle at the Presque Isle Congregational Church, 27 Church St., followed by a buffet luncheon and gathering at Café Sorpreso, 415 Main St., Presque Isle. Please see her obituary here.

Carol Ayoob’s photo class takes field trip

Carol Ayoob’s photo class takes field trip

In early October, Carol Ayoob’s Photo I class took a field trip to the former Loring Air Force Base. In the photo is Nancy Theriault, Jessica Cameron, and Alaina Sweetser. Theriault knew much of the history of that area as she used to work there.

Graduating this fall or spring? Apply today!

Are you planning to complete your degree requirements in December of 2017? If so, please be aware that this year’s deadline to apply for your degree is Oct. 30. The deadline to apply to graduate in May 2018 is Nov. 30. If you have not already done so, it is strongly recommended that you contact your professional advisor to finalize your plan for degree completion. To make an appointment, you can visit the Advising Center on the first floor of South Hall, or call (207) 768-9619. The application for degree is now in your MaineStreet Student Center. Here is how to access it:

  • Login to the UMPI Portal (, click on the MaineStreet icon and go to your Student Center (Student Self-Service ->Student Center).
  • From the “other academic…’ dropdown, select ‘Apply for Graduation’.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to complete your application.

****PLEASE NOTE: Some student have reported being unable to select that they wish to participate in May Commencement. If this happens to you, it’s OK to answer ‘No” to this question. This form is standard across the University of Maine System, but this question does not pertain to UMPI students because we send Commencement information to all prospective graduates.

Some of your information will be loaded automatically. If your degree information looks incorrect, please contact your professional advisor.

Relay for Life hosting Silent Auction

The UMPI Owl Relay for Life Team will be hosting its 4th annual Silent Auction Nov. 6 – 9. This event is open to all friends and family that are interested, along with everyone at UMPI. There will be online bidding as well at and if you click on the Discussion tab next to the About tab, you will be able to see the items available for bid. If you want to bid online, place your bid in the comment section below the picture and your bid will be placed on the bid sheet. All items will be set up on the 2nd floor of Preble Hall. Online bidding will stop at 1:45 p.m. and in person bidding ends at 2 p.m. All funds raised will go to the American Cancer Society. FMI, contact Laurie Boucher at or Lisa Leduc at

Jupiter is back in orbit

Jupiter is back in orbit

After being “out of orbit” this summer for re-painting, the planet Jupiter was returned to its spot in the Maine Solar System Model on Oct. 6. Work on the planet took most of the summer. The entire surface of the planet was recovered in fiberglass and sanded. Repair to the globe and initial primer was done by Colin Patterson and Rick Canterbury. Organization of the repainting of Jupiter was done by Richard and Deborah Jones with additional painting done by Christine Akridge and Kevin McCartney. For the full story, click here.

UMPI offering American Management Association classes

UMPI’s Employer U program, which focuses on providing workforce development opportunities, is offering two six-week courses this fall as part of the American Management Association’s University certificate program. Both sessions are being held at the MMG Center for Professional Development on the first floor of Kelley Commons, adjacent to the Campus Center. The two courses are How to Manage Conflict in the Workplace and Fundamentals of Human Resources. FMI on upcoming classes, contact Kim Jones at 768-9459 or email at

UMPI’s Student Organization of Social Workers held candlelight vigil

UMPI’s Student Organization of Social Workers, in collaboration with AMHC Sexual Assault Services, Hope and Justice Project, MicMac Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Center, and Woodstock First Nation Women held a candlelight vigil on Oct. 12. The event included a candlelight vigil and gathering, starting at Gentile Hall and finishing at South Hall. The purpose of the event was to educate people on the impact and issues of domestic violence and sexual violence. One of the many goals of the event was to empower victims of sexual assault. Approximately 50 people attended the vigil and stories of survivors of sexual violence were then read or spoken. Represented agencies shared the resources and services they offer for these circumstances.

New addition to the UMPI family

New addition to the UMPI family

Chief Business Officer Ben Shaw and his wife Sasha welcomed Reed Shaw on Sept. 4. Reed weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21 inches long. Reed was even able to join us for a Surprise Baby Sprinkle Shower on Sept. 25.

In Memoriam – Peggy Smythe

Peggy Smythe, UMPI Bookstore Manager from September 1981 – 2008, passed away Oct. 8. She was predeceased by her husband William (Bill) Smythe (2011) and will be missed by her UMPI colleagues and friends, both past and present, for her many years of dedicated service to our campus and its programs, staff, and students. Please see her obituary here.

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Reminders & Updates

Reminders and Updates

Click here for important reminders, updates and save the dates


Save the Date:

Student DLS Chelsey Briggs, Nov. 16

Dulcé Sloan, Nov. 18

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