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UMPI receives nearly $92,000 Maine Economic Improvement Fund grant

Wednesday, 06 February 2013

UMPI receives nearly $92,000 Maine Economic Improvement Fund grant

A team of professors at the University of Maine at Presque Isle has been awarded a $91,875 Maine Economic Improvement Fund Small Campus Initiative grant from the University of Maine System that will allow them to focus efforts on preparing students for emerging trends and careers in the biomedical research and healthcare industries.

The overarching goal of the project, titled Developing Maine's Future Biomedical Work Force, is to increase the supply of qualified graduates for biotechnology sector employment in the state of Maine. The UMPI team leading this effort includes Dr. Scott Dobrin, Dr. Rachael Hannah, and Dr. Judith Roe, all Assistant Professors of Biology; and Dr. Linda Graves, Co-Director of the Medical Laboratory Technology [MLT] Program of Maine.

Bachelor of Social Work scholarship to be established at UMPI

Wednesday, 06 February 2013

Bachelor of Social Work scholarship to be established at UMPI

Through the dedicated efforts and donations of the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Student Organization of Social Workers [SOSW], UMPI faculty and friends, and a generous anonymous donor, the Foundation of the University at Presque Isle is establishing a new scholarship meant to provide financial assistance for students pursuing a degree in the field of social work.

Members of the Social Work Program, SOSW, and campus community members will be on hand at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Room 118 of the Campus Center for the official signing of the trust agreement establishing the new Bachelor of Social Work scholarship.

UMPI President to give talk on the portrayal of love in art

Wednesday, 06 February 2013

UMPI President to give talk on the portrayal of love in art

Ahead of Valentine's Day, the University of Maine at Presque Isle will host a special presentation about love and the way it has been portrayed in art from medieval to modern times as part of its Seniors Achieving Greater Education [SAGE] programming.

UMPI President Linda Schott will present the talk, What's Love Got to Do with It?: The Art (and Science) of Love on Monday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Campus Center's Allagash Room. This talk is free and open to the public.

Planet Head Day to raise funds for C-A-N-C-E-R

Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Planet Head Day to raise funds for C-A-N-C-E-R

What do space science education and cancer awareness have in common? A lot when you're talking about one of the region's most unique fundraisers, Planet Head Day, where participants raise money for a local cancer organization by agreeing to have their heads shaved and painted as planets, dwarf planets, moons, comets and asteroids. Aroostook County's 7th annual Planet Head Day takes place on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Wieden Gymnasium. This not-to-be-missed event is free and the public is invited to attend.

UMPI’s Distinguished Lecturer Series presents Starcia Ague, champion for at-risk youth

Friday, 25 January 2013

UMPI’s Distinguished Lecturer Series presents Starcia Ague, champion for at-risk youth

The next speaker in the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Distinguished Lecturer Series understands how hard it can be to finish a college degree, especially when you're a juvenile behind bars. Starcia Ague found herself in that very situation as a teenager and was able to use her life experiences as inspiration not only to complete her degree, but to devote her career to advocating for at-risk and incarcerated youth.

Ague will talk about her life and work when she serves as the University's first Distinguished Lecturer for the Spring 2013 semester. She will deliver her talk, From Strife to Triumph: A Champion for At-Risk and Delinquent Youth, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, 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 Ague's talk; refreshments will be served.

McCartney makes new discoveries during Poland sabbatical

Friday, 25 January 2013

McCartney makes new discoveries during Poland sabbatical

University of Maine at Presque Isle Professor of Geology Kevin McCartney recently returned from a very fruitful research sabbatical in Poland. The sabbatical was to continue his longstanding research on microscopic fossil algae and resulted in the discovery of one new genus and four new species, a new understanding of silicoflagellate double skeletons, and should produce several publications in international science journals.

NMCC and UMPI Business Students Earn NESRHM Scholarships

Friday, 25 January 2013

NMCC and UMPI Business Students Earn NESRHM Scholarships

Business students from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Northern Maine Community College have been named as scholarship recipients by an affiliate of the world's largest professional association devoted to human resource management.

Karin Petrin, a senior NMCC student majoring in Business Administration from Presque Isle, and Janelle Horten, a senior UMPI Business Administration Major from Hodgdon, recently received the Deborah Kierstead and Milton Bailey Memorial Scholarship from the Northeast Society for Human Resource Management (NESHRM).

Nominations open for 6th Young Professionals Institute

Friday, 18 January 2013

Nominations open for 6th Young Professionals Institute

Momentum Aroostook, MMG Insurance, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the sixth annual Young Professionals Institute, running this year on Tuesdays from March 5 to April 30. The online nomination/application form is available at www.umpi.edu/ypi. The nomination deadline is Monday, Feb. 11.

UMPI to assist UMM on Maine Regional Brain Bee

Friday, 18 January 2013

UMPI to assist UMM on Maine Regional Brain Bee

A University of Maine at Presque Isle Biology professor is assisting faculty from the University of Maine at Machias in offering the state's first-ever regional Brain Bee competition. This event is associated with the International Brain Bee, a not-for-profit neuroscience competition designed especially for high school students that tests their understanding of brains and the nervous system and how they work together.

UMM's Psychology & Community Studies Program, with support from UMPI's Dr. Rachael Hannah, will be hosting the Maine Regional Brain Bee for high school students across Maine on Saturday, Feb. 2 beginning at Noon in UMM's Science Room 102. The snow date is Saturday, Feb. 9.

University hosts spring semester blood drive

Friday, 18 January 2013

University hosts spring semester blood drive

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host its annual spring semester American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 12 to 5 p.m. in the Campus Center's Multi-Purpose Room. Door prizes will be given away during this time. Members of the campus and community are invited and encouraged to participate in this free event.

University kicks off College Goal Sunday

Friday, 18 January 2013

University kicks off College Goal Sunday

One week before the Super Bowl and all the festivities surrounding it, the University of Maine at Presque Isle will host an annual party of its own for high school and college students – College Goal Sunday.

Staff members will be on hand at two locations on Sunday, Jan. 27, beginning at 2 p.m. – in Folsom 105 on the UMPI campus and also at the Houlton Higher Education Center – to assist students in completing and filing their FAFSA [Free Application for Federal Student Aid] forms. This free event is open to the entire community. High school seniors and parents are especially encouraged to attend, along with currently enrolled college students needing assistance.

Reed Gallery presents excavation by Catherine Higgins

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Reed Gallery presents excavation by Catherine Higgins

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will present the exhibit excavation by Catherine Higgins from Jan. 21 through Feb. 21, 2013. The exhibition debuts Higgins' recent body of work to the Maine art community. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show's run and attend the opening reception on Feb. 1 from 5-7 p.m., which is being held in conjunction with the Presque Isle First Friday Art Walk.

UMPI students prepare for service learning trip to Guatemala

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

UMPI students prepare for service learning trip to Guatemala

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Social Work program is planning a return trip to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, in order to take part in an international service learning project.

The group consists of six UMPI Social Work students–Gaila Allan, Ashley Brewer, Breigha Debison, Melanie Maynard, Jenna Rideout, and Amanda Scott–and three Canadian women with ties to the group–Darlene Debison, Amanda Danyluk, and Sharon Tobin. The trip is being led by Shirley Rush, UMPI Associate Professor of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work Program Director.