The University of Maine at Presque Isle was recently recognized by the Maine Tobacco-Free College Network with a Gold Award as part of its Gold Star Standards of Excellence Recognition Program. The program celebrates the efforts of Maine institutions of higher education to address tobacco use on their campuses. This is the second time the University has received a Gold Award.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is partnering with two community organizations—the Wintergreen Arts Center and TAMC—to celebrate Brain Awareness Week [BAW] in March. There are two main components to the region's Fifth Annual Brain Awareness Week festivities: a children's Brain Art Contest with community judging that took place on Friday, March 6, and a Celebration of the Brain event taking place on Thursday, March 26.
Educational Technicians in Maine have the unique opportunity to complete their student teaching right in the classrooms where they are already working thanks to a new program provided by the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
The new K-8 Student Teaching Opportunity for Qualifying, Employed Educational Technicians, offered by UMPI's College of Education, received approval from the Maine Department of Education's Certification Division last semester, and six candidates already have taken advantage of the opportunity—one in Aroostook County, and five more in central, southern and western Maine.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce the next speaker in its 2014-2015 Distinguished Lecturer Series—Tim Brookes, the founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project and award-winning author of 14 books. Brookes, who will speak on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m., in the Auditorium at Wieden Hall, will discuss how he has incorporated his artistic skills as a writer, painter, and wood carver into "saving" alphabets on the verge of extinction by carving them into wood. Some of Brookes' Endangered Alphabets artwork, which has been displayed across the country and around the world, will be on display during his talk. This talk is free and the public is invited to be a part of this special evening.
David Putnam, archaeologist/climate scientist and University of Maine at Presque Isle faculty member, has traveled the world to investigate climate change. But for the past few years, his work has centered in countries like Bhutan, China and, most recently, Mongolia, where he and his son have been looking to mountain glaciers and ancient shorelines to better understand how Earth's climate has operated over time.
Aroostook Aspiration Initiative, the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and the University of Maine at Fort Kent are collaborating and putting a new spin on Career Fairs. The County's first ever "Reverse Career Fair" is scheduled for April 16th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Community Center in Caribou.
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Beginning in the Fall of 2015, students attending the Maine School of Science and Mathematics will be able to take advantage of the most comprehensive early-college pathway in Maine, potentially completing enough college-level coursework to earn an Associate's degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in addition to a high school diploma. At $15 per credit hour, the 64-credit Associate's degree could cost students and their families less than $1,000, a 93% savings over the traditional cost of a similar course load for Maine residents attending UMPI.
As part of the Maine Community Foundation's Maine Policy Scholars Program, students from campuses throughout the University of Maine System are pursuing a year-long program of applied research in the area of Maine public policy during the 2014-2015 academic year.
At the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Kasandra Foster, a senior Business Administration major with an Accounting minor, is researching the economic struggles of dairy farmers in Maine and what can be done to help them. Foster will be recommending strategies that may help to open up more markets and create a stronger support system for the state's dairy industry.
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. on Friday, March 13 in the Campus Center. For 17 years, Seniors Achieving Greater Education [SAGE] has brought short courses in arts, sciences, and specialty areas to the region's senior community.
Local senior citizens will have the opportunity to learn about defensive driving and driving safety strategies during an AARP Smart Driver Course that will be held at the University of Maine at Presque Isle this spring. This is a community service course offered though UMPI's Conferences and Special Programs Office and sponsored and coordinated by Seniors Achieving Greater Education [SAGE], UMPI's senior college.
The Northern Maine Museum of Science at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and C-A-N-C-E-R [Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery] are pleased to announce that the 9th Annual Planet Head Day, held on Feb. 14 in Wieden Gymnasium, had strong participation and raised more than $11,000. A record number of County citizens—well more than 50—had their heads shaved (others donned bald caps) and painted as planets, moons and comets during this unique fundraiser that brings together space science education and cancer awareness.