The staff at the University of Maine at Presque Isle's health and wellness facility are celebrating a Week of Wellness between Sept. 10 and 15, providing campus and community members of all ages with fun and free activities focused on healthy living. Gentile Hall is hosting its Week of Wellness in conjunction with UMPI's Homecoming 2012 Weekend. The event is sponsored in part by Cary Medical Center.
A University of Maine at Presque Isle program that serves local residents over 50 and believes in "learning for life" will host its fall kick-off event at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 in the Campus Center.
Seniors Achieving Greater Education [SAGE] celebrates 15 years of bringing short courses in arts, sciences, and specialty areas to the region's senior community. SAGE is one of 19 senior colleges in the Maine Senior College Network, and one of two senior colleges north of Bangor.
Dr. Kevin McCartney, Professor of Geology at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, is undertaking a semester-long research sabbatical in Poland. Dr. McCartney will be working with colleagues at the University of Szczscinski in northeastern Poland. He was one of several teachers participating in a weeklong short course on microfossils two years ago and will be repeating that course in Poland this coming semester. There are hopes that the course will develop into a college textbook.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will present Bardo: An Exhibition of Recent Paintings by Adriano Farinella from Aug. 27 through Oct. 6, 2012. The exhibition debuts Farinella's recent body of work to the Maine art community. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show's run and join the artist for a closing reception on Oct. 5 from 5-7 p.m. The reception is being held in conjunction with the Presque Isle First Friday Art Walk.
Effort will allow learners to take specific online courses for free
The University of Maine at Presque Isle has taken a bold, new step into the world of online learning with its UMPI OpenU project, an innovative effort to allow learners of all ages to participate in online college courses for free, as long as they aren't seeking college credit.
From LSU Press Book News
Slaves for Hire: Renting Enslaved Laborers in Antebellum Virginia
John J. Zaborney Overturns Long-Standing Beliefs about Slave Labor
Baton Rouge, LA—In "Slaves for Hire," John J. Zaborney sheds new light on slave labor in the antebellum South. Previously, scholars viewed slave hiring as an aberration—a modified form of slavery, involving primarily urban male slaves, that worked to the laborer's advantage and weakened slavery's institutional integrity. In the first in-depth examination of slave hiring in Virginia, Zaborney suggests that this endemic practice bolstered the institution of slavery in the decades leading up to the Civil War, all but assuring Virginia's secession from the Union to protect slavery.
Two hundred and fifty students graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle during the 2011-2012 academic year. On Saturday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m. during the 2012 Commencement Exercises, the University's 103rd Commencement, President Donald Zillman conferred degrees upon 161 students who participated in the ceremony held in Wieden Gymnasium.
The American Red Cross and the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Residence Life Office are teaming up to pull off the University's fifth "Super Blood Drive" this summer, the time of year when the need for blood increases.
The Super Blood Drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25 in the Gentile Hall Gymnasium. The event is being sponsored by the University, UMPI's Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and Pizza Hut, and cosponsored by Pat's Pizza, Big Cheese Pizza, Country Farm's Market, and Wal-Mart.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host a Thunderstorm Safety/Spotter Workshop with WAGM Meteorologist Ted Shapiro on Friday, June 22 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. in the Campus Center. Campus and community members of all ages are invited to attend this free event.
"The workshop will serve as an excellent primer for campus and community members as we continue through the thunderstorm season," Shapiro said. "I'll be sharing some important weather-watching skills everyone should know to help them identify impending thunderstorms so they can properly prepare for them. I'll also teach folks about clues they can look for in the morning, hours before thunderstorms may even occur!"
Riverside Park in Downtown Presque Isle will once again be filled with music on Sunday afternoons this summer as the City of Presque Isle and the University of Maine at Presque Isle host the Fifth Annual "Music in the Park" Summer Concert Series.
This year's music series will feature one show per month throughout the summer, kicking off on Sunday, June 10, and continuing with concerts on July 8, and Aug. 12, 2012.
Just over three years ago, the University of Maine at Presque Isle held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its brand new Prometric Testing Center. In the years since, the center – located on the ground floor of South Hall – has provided a convenient and close-to-home option for the people of Aroostook County to complete their computer-based licensure exams and certifications.
"People don't have to drive to Portland or Bangor anymore to take these tests," John Harrington, Prometric Test Center Administrator, said, citing a major reason why the testing center has proved so popular since its opening in 2009. "I also have people coming in to test from all of the Maritime Provinces, and people from central Maine who couldn't get a seat for a specialty test exam close to home."
University of Maine at Presque Isle Criminal Justice Club members recently traveled to Sacramento and San Francisco, California, in conjunction with a course designed to increase student awareness of historical perspectives of policing and corrections. The trip included student ride-alongs with members of the Sacramento Police Department, visits to Folsom Prison, Alcatraz Prison, Berkeley Police Department, the California Highway Patrol academy, and various tourist attractions in the greater San Francisco area.
The students who participated in the trip included: Christina Hall, Hanad Ashkir, Mark Bartlett, Tom Dionne, Josh Esty, Josh Conroy, Sierra Turmenne, Richard Landry, and Ben Lulofs.
University of Maine at Presque Isle Writing Center tutors recently were in Queens, New York, to present at the annual Northeast Writing Centers Association [NEWCA] Conference at St. John's University.
UMPI tutors Martha Franklin-Wight and Taylor Ussery attended the April conference with Writing Center Director Dr. Deborah Hodgkins. The UMPI group's session, titled The Whole Writer, the Whole Tutor: What We Talk about When We Reflect on Practice, was an interactive one that first provided context and then engaged the audience in activities.