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UMPI, community partners to host expanded Brain Awareness Week celebration

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

UMPI, community partners to host expanded Brain Awareness Week celebration

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is partnering with several community organizations and businesses—including the Wintergreen Arts Center, the Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library, The Aroostook Medical Center, The Whole Potato Café and Commons, and Star City Coffee—to host its biggest celebration to date in honor of Brain Awareness Week [BAW].

There are four main components to the region's Third Annual Brain Awareness Week festivities: a Brain Art Contest with community judging (that took place on March 1) and an award ceremony on Tuesday, March 19; a Wii Challenge on Saturday, March 16; a Ceramic Brain Painting Night on Wednesday, March 27; and a Movie Night on Friday, March 22.

UMPI to host 2nd annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

UMPI to host 2nd annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host its 2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Saturday, April 20 at 4 p.m. in the Gentile Hall pool area, and this year community members are invited to join UMPI students, faculty and staff in competing for first place and bragging rights. The public also is invited to watch, cheer on the participants, and vote for their favorite boat.

Community voting will take place the day of the race from 1-4 p.m. in the Gentile Hall gym. As a special treat, the public is welcome to take part in UMPI's Beach Bash, which will be going on in the gym from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a 65-foot-long inflatable obstacle course, mechanical surfboard, opportunity to make a wax hand, smoothies, and more.

Upcountry, UMPI’s online literary journal, seeks submissions for Spring/Summer 2013 issue

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Upcountry, UMPI’s online literary journal, seeks submissions for Spring/Summer 2013 issue

The staff of the University of Maine at Presque Isle's online literary journal Upcountry are seeking submissions for a very special "Town and Gown" 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.

UMPI to celebrate Zaborney’s new book with reading, book signing

Thursday, 07 March 2013

UMPI to celebrate Zaborney’s new book with reading, book signing

University of Maine at Presque Isle History Professor John Zaborney has shed new light on slave labor in the antebellum South in his newly published book and the University will celebrate with a reading and book signing event with the author on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. The public is invited to attend this special event, which will include a reception featuring light refreshments, and wine available through a cash bar.

UMPI hosts “Delete Blood Cancer” Bone Marrow Drive

Thursday, 07 March 2013

UMPI hosts “Delete Blood Cancer” Bone Marrow Drive

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will be holding a bone marrow drive on Tuesday, March 12, at 11 a.m. in the Campus Center's Allagash Room. This event is open to members of the public who are at least 18 years of age or older. Organizers hope to have at least 50 new donors register during the course of this event.

The bone marrow drive, coordinated by the organization Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, is being held to help inform people about how bone marrow donation works and how it can help give people with blood cancer a chance at a long life, as well as to register people to become bone marrow donors.

UMPI to host public forum on mining

Thursday, 07 March 2013

UMPI to host public forum on mining

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will present a public forum on Mineral Deposits, Mining, Mine Water Treatment, and Environmental Concerns from 8:30 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, March 23, in the Campus Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The forum will provide a first-of-its-kind opportunity for residents of Northern Maine and students of the University to hear from a panel of high-profile speakers who are experts in the fields concerning issues of mining metallic minerals.

SAGE kicks off Spring 2013 class offerings

Thursday, 07 March 2013

SAGE kicks off Spring 2013 class offerings

A University of Maine at Presque Isle program that serves local residents over 50 and believes in "learning for life" will host its spring kick-off event at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 15 in the Campus Center. This year's event will include special presentations by Maine Senior College Poet Laureate Dr. Alice Bolstridge as well as Daisy the therapy dog and her "person" Dr. Bonnie Wood.

Wintergreen Arts Center and UMPI announce “12x12” art auction

Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Wintergreen Arts Center and UMPI announce “12x12” art auction

Officials with the Wintergreen Arts Center and the University of Maine at Presque Isle are collaborating to host their second annual blank canvas event—a fundraiser that will help them to establish a Cultural Center in the downtown area—and they're pleased to announce that the event is growing. Established last year as the 10x10 Art Auction, the event returns this year as the 12x12 Art Auction with a greater number of canvases expected to go up for bid. The auction will be held Friday, May 3, from 6-9 p.m. at the Wintergreen Arts Center during the May 2013 First Friday Art Walk. Community members are encouraged to save the date for this special event.

Planet Head Day raises more than $22,000 for C-A-N-C-E-R

Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Planet Head Day raises more than $22,000 for C-A-N-C-E-R

Officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle and C-A-N-C-E-R are pleased to announce that the 7th Annual Planet Head Day raised more than $22,000 for the local cancer organization. Dozens of community members shaved their heads (or donned bald caps) and had them painted as planets, moons and comets for the region's most unique fundraiser, which brings together space science education and cancer awareness into a single package.

UMPI’s Distinguished Lecturer Series presents retired senior CIA official Robert Wallace

Thursday, 21 February 2013

UMPI’s Distinguished Lecturer Series presents retired senior CIA official Robert Wallace

The next speaker in the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Distinguished Lecturer Series will provide a rare glimpse into spy technology and some of the tools real spies use to conduct their operations when he gives his presentation in early March.

Robert Wallace, the retired Director of the Central Intelligence Agency's Office of Technical Service, will deliver his talk How 20th Century Technology Transformed 21st Century Espionage on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. The public is invited to attend this free event as well as a reception taking place at 6 p.m. prior to Wallace's talk; refreshments will be served.

Watson Family Scholarship Fund to be established at UMPI

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Watson Family Scholarship Fund to be established at UMPI

A University of Maine at Presque Isle alumnus who credits his time at UMPI as the starting point to a successful career is "paying it forward" by working with the Foundation of the University at Presque Isle to establish a new scholarship that will provide financial assistance especially for students hailing from Aroostook County.

David W. Watson recently signed a trust agreement with the University's Foundation to establish the Watson Family Scholarship Fund, which will help support students from Aroostook County who need financial assistance to secure their goal of acquiring a university education.

UMPI presents Vera events in honor of Women’s History Month

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

UMPI presents Vera events in honor of Women’s History Month

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will present Vera, a series of events in celebration of Women's History Month in March that includes an exhibition at the Reed, a literary journal, two receptions, a performance, a historical tour, and a panel discussion. The large slate of events has been co-organized with the Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library and the Presque Isle Historical Society.

Through many mediums, Vera examines a history about the County that hasn't been told. Named in honor of the eclectic and independent local historical figure Vera Estey, the series features the work of several women artists and writers who took the County woman as their muse and either honored her directly or expanded beyond her story to explore their own and other historic women's legacies.

UMPI students host 17th Fit and Fun Day

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

UMPI students host 17th Fit and Fun Day

Getting exercise while having fun? That's the goal of the 17th semi-annual Fit and Fun Day, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 in the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Gentile Hall. Fit and Fun Day is designed to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles for local children. Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m.; admission is free.

The day, sponsored by UMPI's Physical Education Majors Club twice each year, provides parents and their kids with a fun and active way to spend a Saturday morning. Physical Education students will facilitate the activities and provide instruction throughout the day. The University's Athletic Training staff and students will be on site as first aid responders.

UMPI receives diversity grant for science learning

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

UMPI receives diversity grant for science learning

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is partnering with the Aroostook Band of Micmacs Boys and Girls Club of America and the Francis Malcolm Science Center to provide several science exploration activities this spring specifically designed for local Native American students in elementary, middle school, and high school.

Dr. Rachael Hannah, UMPI Assistant Professor of Biology, was awarded a $565 Diversity Mini-Grant from the University of Maine System's Diversity Committee to coordinate and lead the science related activities.