The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host Dr. Jonathan Bassett, Associate Professor of Psychology at Lander University in South Carolina and Terror Management Theory researcher, as the next speaker in its 2012-2013 University Distinguished Lecturer Series.
Dr. Bassett will deliver his talk Scared of Death: The Role of Existential Terror in Human Psychology on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., in the Campus Center. He will speak about Terror Management Theory – the idea that human behavior is motivated mostly by fear of mortality – and how it impacts views on everything from self-esteem to racial prejudices. Bassett's lecture is free and the public is invited to be a part of this special evening.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will present Of Our Elaborate Plans by Christopher Lavery from Oct. 15 through Nov. 25, 2012. The exhibition debuts Lavery's work to Aroostook County. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show's run and gather for a Gallery Reception, being held in conjunction with the Presque Isle First Friday Art Walk, on Nov. 2 from 5-7 p.m.
The staff at the University of Maine at Presque Isle's health and wellness facility are celebrating National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with a week's worth of activities meant to educate, pamper, focus on healthy living, and celebrate life. Gentile Hall's Breast Cancer Awareness Week will be held from Oct. 15 to 18, with a different event each evening between 6 and 8 p.m. All events are free and campus and community members of all ages are invited to attend.
As one of the world's leading researchers on branchiobdellidan annelids (crayfish worms), Dr. Stuart R. Gelder, Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, collaborates with scholars around the world on all aspects of crayfish worm biology. Recently, this has led to three publications with co-authors in North America, Europe, and the Far East.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle and Northern Maine Community College will mark the 2012 Presidential Election with a series of U.S. presidential debate events during the month of October to provide campus and community members with a unique educational opportunity focused on the political process and public discourse. The public is invited to attend these free events, which will include viewings of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, a public discussion afterward, and interactive audience polls before and after the debates.
NMCC and UMPI officials have joined together to offer these evenings of friendly and civil political discourse – which will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Monday, Oct. 22 – for several reasons.
Dr. Stuart R. Gelder, Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, recently traveled to Southern Illinois University Carbondale to give a three-day crayfish worm identification course and deliver a seminar on branchiobdellidan annelid (crayfish worms) biology as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project. Dr. Gelder is one of the world's leading researchers on this group of worms.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce that it will begin its 2012-2013 University Distinguished Lecturer Series with a talk by scholar, memoirist, and humanitarian Dr. Liliane Willens.
Dr. Willens will deliver her talk Stateless in Shanghai: A First-Hand Account of Life in China through WWII, Chinese Civil War, and Communist Takeover on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. Willens' lecture is free and the public is invited to be a part of this special evening.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will be offering two courses this fall beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Tuesday, Oct. 16, respectively, as part of its American Management Association's certificate programs. The course registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 3.
These fall courses, part of a multi-course curriculum leading to Certificates in Management and Human Resources Management, are specifically created to meet the unique needs of working professionals who want to be more effective in their current positions and better prepared for future advancement, according to Keith Madore, campus AMA coordinator.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle's developing Physical Therapist Assistant Program is one step closer to earning accreditation after receiving word recently that it has achieved candidacy status from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education [CAPTE].
"This status means that we are now a candidate for accreditation and have the green light to accept a class into the technical phase of the program this fall," UMPI Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Sonntag said. "We are so pleased to reach this important milestone. Having this program is going to allow us to expand opportunities for those in the region who want to pursue a healthcare career without having to travel long hours for their training."
The University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Alumni Association will honor two alumni with awards of distinction during its Homecoming 2012 activities the weekend of Sept. 14-16. The annual alumni award presentations will be made during the Homecoming Alumni and Friends Brunch, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the President's House.
Alumnus Theodore Van Alst will be honored with the Educator of the Year Award, which is presented to an alumnus/alumna who has received ongoing recognition as an outstanding educator. This recipient may also have shown active or supportive involvement with the Alumni Association, support of the university, a successful career that reflects well on the University, and outstanding leadership qualities.
Alumna Donna Lisnik will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is presented to an alumnus/alumna who has made long-term contributions to the Alumni Association or the University, or who has received professional recognition that has reflected positively on the University.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will celebrate the 225th birthday of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Monday, Sept. 17, from 2-3 p.m. with a special panel presentation that will examine our nation's fundamental governing document from the perspective of a Political Scientist, a Historian, and a Superior Court Justice.
The Honorable E. Allen Hunter, who presides over the Aroostook County Courthouse, will be joined by UMPI faculty members Dr. John Zaborney, Professor of History, and Dr. Brent Andersen, Political Science Lecturer, for the panel discussion, which is free and open to the public.