The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host its annual Community and Clubs Fair on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Campus Center Multipurpose Room.
For the past 17 years, the University has kicked off the academic year with this event, which allows campus clubs and organizations to promote their groups to the student body and the community.
University of Maine at Presque Isle is hosting another jam-packed Homecoming celebration from Friday, Sept. 14 to Sunday, Sept. 16, offering everything from the dedication of the newly restored Owls sculpture to socials, open houses, athletic events, alumni games and the annual Hall of Fame dinner. Alums are slated to return to campus from across the country and as far away as Sydney, Australia, for this year’s Homecoming weekend.
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.