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U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins kicks off UMPI Distinguished Lecturer Series

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will present U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins—a County native and key leader in the U.S. Senate—as the first guest speaker in its 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecturer Series. Senator Collins will deliver her talk, “Can an Institutionalist Be a Change Agent?”, on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Campus Center. This talk is free and the public is invited to attend.

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“Redy” Youth Adventure Challenge set for UMPI September 13

Jumping over hay hurdles and rolling potato barrels are just two of the fun obstacles local youth will get to tackle during the 2015 Redy Youth Adventure Challenge, taking place on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. This year’s fourth annual event, a unique collaboration among Aroostook County Action Program’s (ACAP) Healthy Aroostook, TAMC, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle, will celebrate active lifestyles and the region’s agricultural heritage.

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Wintergreen, UMPI present northern Maine’s third annual color-filled 5K

The University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Wintergreen Arts Center are teaming up again to present one of The County’s most unique and fun-filled 5K fundraisers—the Third Annual Color Presque Isle 5K, where participants dress in white and get showered with colored powder throughout the course. The event, which serves as a benefit for arts programming in downtown Presque Isle, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 9 a.m. starting at Riverside Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

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University to host Mwika Musicians from Tanzania

Donations needed for international cultural exchange

PRESQUE ISLE—The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Bachelor of Social Work Program is hosting the Mwika Musicians, a delegation from Tanzania, this fall for the international cultural exchange of a lifetime. Twelve student musicians from Stefano Moshi Memorial University College in Mwika, Tanzania, their choral director, and the college’s principal will be visiting Maine for two weeks to share their culture and traditions, experience the culture and music in the U.S., and build upon existing collaborations between UMPI and the Tanzanian college.

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National Space Society sponsors “From Pluto” run

The National Space Society, an informal group of space enthusiasts who join together for camaraderie and education, has provided a $3,000 grant to support the “From Pluto at the Speed of Light” run along the Maine Solar System Model. This first-of-its-kind event—billed as the fastest run ever performed by humans because it will be conducted at “light speed” (186,000 miles per second) along the Maine Solar System Model—takes place on July 15 and is being hosted by the University of Maine at Presque Isle [UMPI], the Northern Maine Museum of Science [NMMS] and the northern Maine running community.

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UMPI hosts Camp Invention, national summer program fostering creativity and problem-solving skills

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce that it will be bringing Camp Invention—the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program supported by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the United States Patent and Trademark Office—to campus the week of August 3 to 7. The weeklong day camp for students entering grades one through six fosters innovation and creativity while also building self-esteem, teamwork, persistence, and goal-setting skills.

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Reed Gallery presents Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Reed Fine Art Gallery presents the 2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, BFA 15: Selections from Senior Show, featuring selected works created by four graduating UMPI art students, through August 8. The public is invited to view the exhibition and attend a reception, being held in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk, on Friday, July 3 from 5-7 p.m. in the Reed Gallery.

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University announces 2015 graduates

One hundred and seventy-two students graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle during the 2014-2015 academic year. On Saturday, May 16, during the 2015 Commencement Exercises, the University’s 106th Commencement, President Linda Schott conferred degrees upon 122 students who participated in the ceremony held in Wieden Gymnasium.

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