The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will present The Robot, The Rooster, The Red Dress, and The Blue Indian by Jme Smith from Dec. 2, 2013 through Jan. 11, 2014. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show's run and attend the Opening Reception on Dec. 6 from 5-7 p.m. The opening reception is being held in conjunction with the Presque Isle First Friday Art Walk.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce that nearly 30 people completed American Management Association certificate programs in 2012-2013. UMPI has served as an extension institute of the AMA for the past 25 years, offering a multi-course curriculum leading to Certificates in Management and Human Resources Management.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle held a press conference on Nov. 7 to announce the establishment of the first professorship created especially for UMPI faculty members. The Donald and Linda G. Zillman Family Professorship, established with annual proceeds from a designated fund at the Maine Community Foundation, will be awarded every two years beginning this year to an UMPI faculty member to assist in research and faculty development.
An award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker is paying another visit to the University of Maine at Presque Isle in November to visit several classes, work with students and deliver a public presentation. Darrell Dorgan, who has served as the University's Journalist/Professional Communicator in Residence, will speak on energy and the North Dakota-Maine connections on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. This event is free and open to the public.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce that Me to We motivational speaker and author Spencer West—who lost his legs at an early age but hasn't let that stop him from climbing mountains and overcoming other obstacles to make a difference in the world around him—will serve as the next speaker in its 2013-2014 Distinguished Lecturer Series.
West will deliver his talk The Power of We: Overcoming Obstacles to Make a Difference on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. West's talk is free and the public is invited to be a part of this special evening.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club and the University of Maine at Presque Isle have declared their 2nd annual World Polio Day and Purple Pinkie Project events, held on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23 and 24, a major success. The University and Rotary Club joined forces to present the activities, which raised awareness throughout the region about Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. In addition, this year's Purple Pinkie Project raised an estimated $1,800 to go toward that global effort.
The staff of the University of Maine at Presque Isle's online literary journal Upcountry are seeking submissions for their upcoming issue. Editors hope to include a bountiful selection of written and visual works from both campus and community members.
Dedicated to showcasing poems, short stories, personal essays and visual art from the campus community, Upcountry is a publication of the University's English Program. Presented both in print and as an interactive, online format, the literary journal is published twice yearly.
Three Presque Isle High School students have gained excellent field work and research experience—and received recognition during a statewide conference—thanks to the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research [EPSCoR] grant project underway at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
Over the last year, junior Angela Wang and sophomores Sedona Lucas and Zach Rice have assisted with research connected to UMPI's EPSCoR project, which is focused on assessing the feasibility and sustainability of grass biomass production for central Aroostook County.
Anderson Giles, Professor at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, recently helped lead a private tour to South Korea for the College of the Ozarks, which gave Korean War veterans and students the opportunity to visit important Korean War sites, the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, and important cultural sites.
The tour took place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 7 and included stops at several sites, including in Cheorwan Country, Yanggu, Gyengii-do, Busan, and Incheon.
Shirley Rush, Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, recently completed the climb of a lifetime as part of a fundraising effort to help one young man from Africa go to college. With an UMPI pennant in hand, Rush climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in September for Daniel Mlangwa, from Moshi, Tanzania, who plans to attend UMPI in the Spring of 2014.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host a book signing for local author Gordon Hammond on Tuesday, Oct. 29. at 6:30 p.m. in the UMPI Library. Hammond will be reading from his novel The Orphan.
Hammond's novel is about an orphan named Ezra Samuels who loses his parents at the age of eight. He is taken in by his aunt and uncle and his friendship with his cousin and mentor Lydia thrives. The Orphan shows the determination of both Ezra and Lydia, with the help of the wealthy Gladwells, as they begin their life together on a farm even while being condemned by some in the community.
An Education Professor at the University of Maine at Presque Isle has had an article and book review published in the inaugural edition of a political science journal based at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.
Dr. Tomasz Herzog, UMPI Associate Professor of Social Studies Education, was published in Polish Political Science Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal that invites contributions from all the major subfields of political science, including international relations, party politics, comparative politics, political theory, media and journalism studies.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Presque Isle Rotary Club are joining forces to celebrate World Polio Day on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23 and 24, in a big way – presenting two days' worth of activities meant to raise awareness of Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio worldwide and to raise money -- $1 at a time – to go toward that global effort.
Together, they will host a special community kick-off on Wednesday, October 23 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. The community is invited to learn more about World Polio Day and polio eradication efforts during the program. This event is free and open to the public.
The very next day, organizers and volunteers plan to "paint" the city purple when they present the Purple Pinkie Project.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is inviting all campus and community members to explore Asia in a BIG way on Oct. 23—with the world's largest map of the continent. The giant National Geographic map will be on display on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from Noon to 5 p.m. in Gentile Hall. This event is sponsored by the Maine Geographic Alliance and is free. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the interactive map.
According to Dr. Kimberly Sebold, UMPI Associate Professor of History, who was instrumental in bringing the map to Aroostook County, the interactive map measures 26 feet by 35 feet and is designed as a giant game board to introduce students to the diverse geography of Asia.