Students, faculty and staff will be able to enjoy ice skating in the open air right on campus now that the University of Maine at Presque Isle has established a small ice skating rink behind Gentile Hall. The 30- by 60-foot rink officially opened on Feb. 5 following a short ribbon-cutting ceremony with UMPI President Linda Schott and other campus officials.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host Shakespeare LIVE!, a theater troupe that has performed for more than half a million students since its inception in 1997, for a performance of one of the Bard's great tragedies, Macbeth, on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., in the auditorium at Wieden Hall. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most dark and powerful works and best experienced as the playwright intended--live on stage. The public is invited to attend this special event; $10 donations will be accepted at the door to go toward future cultural programming.
As part of its programming for Black History Month in February, the University of Maine at Presque Isle will host the Black-Jew Dialogues—a two-actor comedy that deals with prejudice and multiculturalism in an innovative way—on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium at Wieden Hall. The show is free and the public is invited to attend (performance is rated PG-13).
Officials with the Foundation of the University of Presque Isle are pleased to announce that they have completed their efforts to totally divest from all fossil fuels. The Foundation, created to promote educational endeavors in connection with the University of Maine at Presque Isle, began this effort in Fall 2013 and completed its divestment in November 2014.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will showcase several never-before-seen photographs from its Andy Warhol collection, as well as several newly acquired original Warhol screen prints donated by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, as part of its latest exhibit, Warhol: Faces, which will be on display from Jan. 20 to Feb. 21. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show's run and attend the Opening Reception, on Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m., which is being held in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk.
Momentum Aroostook, MMG Insurance, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the eighth annual Young Professionals Institute, running this year on Tuesdays from March 3 to April 14. The online nomination/application form is available at www.umpi.edu/ypi. The nomination deadline is Friday, Jan. 30.
Need cash for college? The cost of college is on the minds of most seniors in high school and other adults who aspire to a college degree, and the TRiO College Access staff members from the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs at the University of Maine at Presque Isle are hosting several College Goal Month events to help.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host Dr. Olaf Jensen, a scientist who has worked since 2007 to study and conserve Mongolia's unique lake and river ecosystems, for an evening presentation on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. Dr. Jensen's talk, titled The River Wolf and the Blue Pearl: Conservation of Endangered Salmonids in Mongolia, will focus on several of Mongolia's fish currently at risk, including the Hucho taimen, the largest trout in the world.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host its annual spring semester American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, Jan. 27 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.
A professor who taught at the University of Maine at Presque Isle for more than 40 years has had a 200-page book published by one of the top global academic publishers. Dr. William Davidshofer, UMPI Professor Emeritus of Political Science, had a major work entitled Marxism and the Leninist Revolutionary Model published by Palgrave Macmillan this past September.
University of Maine at Presque Isle alumus Bob Tarpey received a major honor this month for his work as an Athletic Trainer for the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Tarpey was named the 2014 Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). He was presented with his national award in early December by PBATS at the annual Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego.