President Linda Schott has announced that John Cariani—the playwright and actor who has performed on Broadway, in the movies, and on the small screen, and hails from Presque Isle—will deliver the commencement address during the University of Maine at Presque Isle's 104th Commencement Ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 18. During the event, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree will be presented to Cariani.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Gentile Hall is celebrating the end of the semester and getting a jump start on summer by hosting its very own Amazing Race on Saturday, May 4 with a mass start at 11 a.m. Up to 25 2-member teams will vie for bragging rights and great prizes.
UMPI's Amazing Race is being coordinated by Keli Marston, UMPI's Fitness and Wellness Coordinator, and Amanda Baker, UMPI's Recreation Programs Coordinator. The race will include 20 challenges located at specific spots on the University grounds. Teams will race around campus with a partner, using clues to find the right location, and then complete a challenge of a physical, mental, funny, or completely random task before getting their next clue and moving on to the next challenge.
Officials with the Wintergreen Arts Center and the University of Maine at Presque Isle are making final preparations for their second annual blank canvas event, the 12x12 Art Auction, which will feature original works by more than 50 artists from throughout Aroostook County, the nation, and Canada. 12x12—a fundraiser that will help officials to establish a Cultural Center in the downtown area—will be held Friday, May 3, from 6-9 p.m. at the Wintergreen Arts Center during the May 2013 First Friday Art Walk. The community is invited to attend this free event. Light refreshments will be served.
The staff of the University of Maine at Presque Isle's literary journal is celebrating the publication of its latest issue with an official Upcountry Reading and Launch Party at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in the Normal Hall Faculty Lounge.
This very special Spring/Summer 2013 "Town and Gown" issue includes a bountiful selection of written and visual works from both campus and community members, some of them returning contributors and others who are new writers to the journal's pages.
Live classical music returns to the University of Maine at Presque Isle with some contemporary twists when composer and pianist John Newell performs in the Campus Center on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free concert by the Lubec-based musician.
Newell's performance, American Landscapes, will include the works of Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Philip Glass, and a new work by University of Maine at Fort Kent faculty member and fellow composer Scott Brickman. Newell, who will also perform one of his own original works, said he chose this particular program to represent the wide range of musical styles in American music during the past 100 years.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will present Revelations by UMPI Art Professor Anderson Giles from April 22 through June 8, 2013. 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 Friday, May 3 from 5-7 p.m. A gallery talk with the artist will take place at 5:30 p.m.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to present Bunny McBride—the award-winning author of four books, the co-author of the world's leading cultural anthropology textbook, and President of the Women's World Summit Foundation based in Geneva—as the next speaker in its 2012-2013 Distinguished Lecturer Series.
McBride will deliver her talk Passages & Portages: Reflections on Writing about Women across Cultures on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m., in the Campus Center. Her presentation is free and open to the public.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Alumni Board of Directors has announced that Cory LaPlante, the owner and CEO of Northern Prosthetics and Orthotics, has been named the recipient of its 2013 Distinguished Recent Alumni Award. LaPlante—who also was just named the U.S. Small Business Administration's Young Entrepreneur for 2013, for both Maine and the New England region—will be presented with the award during the University Day luncheon at Noon on Wednesday, April 10, in the Campus Center.
From mass customized learning and zebrafish to storytelling and jogging for justice, students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle will showcase their academic research, scholarly work and community service on Wednesday, April 10, during University Day. The theme of this year's event is Linking Generations through Teaching and Learning.
University Day is an event that heightens students' awareness of the work being done by peers in all of the disciplines represented on campus. The annual campus event allows students to better understand how disciplines interrelate and how the academic work they do applies to the local and global community. It is also an opportunity for students to experience a professional conference format. No regular classes are held during University Day, but in their stead, students are encouraged to attend student-led presentations and talks held during six sessions throughout the day.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to present Dr. Richard Keeling, a nationally recognized expert on transformative change for higher education, as the next speaker in its 2012-2013 Distinguished Lecturer Series. Dr. Keeling will deliver his talk The Future of College: Rethinking American Higher Education, which also serves as the keynote for UMPI's 12th Annual University Day, on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. His presentation is free and open to the public.
University of Maine System Chancellor James Page will speak on The University of Maine System: Challenges & Opportunities during the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce's upcoming business breakfast, to be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Campus Center.
As he completes his first year as Chancellor, Dr. Page will share his perspective on Maine's seven public universities and how they are working with our state's businesses to drive economic development. He will also provide an update on several strategic initiatives underway during the past year at the System.
University of Maine at Presque Isle Education majors are collaborating with several community organizations this semester—including Carleton Project and Special Olympics—on three engaged learning projects meant to promote community and youth involvement.
Students in EDU 352: Consultation and Collaboration are working together to create greater community awareness for Special Olympics, Carleton Project, and a youth mentoring program they are developing in ways that they hope will help to get the campus and local community involved with volunteering, mentoring and student service opportunities.
A Boston University professor who will be in Aroostook County concerning research on plant flowering and bird arrival times will pay a special visit to the University of Maine at Presque Isle to deliver a talk on climate change and how it impacts the flora and fauna Henry David Thoreau observed in his writings.
Dr. Richard B. Primack, Professor of Biology at Boston University, will speak on The effects of climate change on the plants and birds of Thoreau's Concord on Thursday, March 28, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in Folsom 201 (UMPI's GIS Lab). The public is invited to attend this free presentation.