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Prometric testing site provides convenient, close-to-home option for Aroostook

Friday, 25 May 2012

Prometric testing site provides convenient, close-to-home option for Aroostook

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."

Criminal Justice Club travels to California

Friday, 25 May 2012

Criminal Justice Club travels to California

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.

UMPI Writing Center tutors present at NYC conference

Friday, 25 May 2012

UMPI Writing Center tutors present at NYC conference

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.

S.E.A.M. hosts Read Across America event

Thursday, 17 May 2012

S.E.A.M. hosts Read Across America event

The University of Maine at Presque Isle S.E.A.M. [Student Education Association of Maine] members provided the afterschool program in Washburn with a special treat this spring – they hosted a Read Across America event that had children "traveling" all over the United States.

With the help of UMPI's S.E.A.M. members and their imaginations, children were able to tour a bat cave in New Mexico, explore seashells in Florida, dig up fossils in Montana, and lay on a beach in Hawaii and learn a little about the Hawaiian language. Children were broken into groups and each was given a suitcase and a destination.

Dr. Wood presents in Indianapolis, at Husson

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Dr. Wood presents in Indianapolis, at Husson

University of Maine at Presque Isle Professor of Biology Dr. Bonnie Wood was in Indianapolis this spring to present a full-day Professional Development Institute on lecture-free teaching ahead of the National Conference on Science Education.

Professional Development Institutes – defined as events that focus on "Research-Based Strategies for Student-Centered Learning" – are pre-conference events that occur the day before the national conference, organized by the National Science Teachers Association [NSTA].

Johnson published in Journal of Juvenile Justice

Thursday, 17 May 2012

University of Maine at Presque Isle Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Charles Johnson was just published in the Journal of Juvenile Justice – a peer-reviewed publication.

The article Transition of Truants: Community Truancy Board as a Turning Point in the Lives of Adolescents, which Johnson co-authored with Kevin A. Wright of Arizona State University and Paul S. Strand of Washington State University Tri-Cities, was published in the Spring 2012 issue of the journal. Johnson served as the lead author on the article.

Upcountry, UMPI’s online literary journal, publishes Spring/Summer 2012 issue

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Upcountry, UMPI’s online literary journal, publishes Spring/Summer 2012 issue

The staff of the University of Maine at Presque Isle's online literary journal Upcountry has finished its last round of editing and the latest issue is now available for viewing in its interactive, online format.

Dedicated to showcasing poems, short stories, personal essays and visual art from the campus community, Upcountry is a publication of the University's English Program. It is published twice yearly.

UMPI Social Work Program receives President’s Leadership Award

Thursday, 17 May 2012

UMPI Social Work Program receives President’s Leadership Award

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Social Work Program recently was honored by the Maine Campus Compact as the recipient of the President's Campus Leadership Award.

The President's Leadership Award recognizes student organizations and campus departments for their contributions to community service, service-learning and civic engagement efforts on their campuses. Founded in 1994, the Maine Campus Compact is a coalition of 17 member campuses whose purpose is to "catalyze and lead a movement to reinvigorate the public purposes and civic mission of higher education," according to its website.

MSSM, UMPI sign agreement to provide college credit to high schoolers

Thursday, 17 May 2012

MSSM, UMPI sign agreement to provide college credit to high schoolers

LIMESTONE – The Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone and the University of Maine at Presque Isle signed a unique collaborative learning agreement on Wednesday, May 16, that will allow MSSM students to earn college credit while still in high school, giving them a significant and cost-saving head start on college.

Luke Shorty, Executive Director of MSSM, and UMPI President Don Zillman held a short press conference at the magnet school in Limestone and signed the agreement, which will give MSSM students the opportunity to receive UMPI credit for select MSSM courses they take that are taught by UMPI adjunct-qualified instructors.

University of Maine at Presque Isle hosts 103rd Commencement

Monday, 14 May 2012

University of Maine at Presque Isle hosts 103rd Commencement

Two hundred and thirty-eight students graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle on Saturday, May 12, during the 2012 Commencement Exercises – the University's 103rd Commencement ceremony. President Donald Zillman conferred degrees for the 2011-2012 academic year upon 161 students who participated in the ceremony held in Wieden Gymnasium.

UMS TRUSTEES APPOINT NEW PRESIDENTS FOR UNIVERSITIES IN PRESQUE ISLE AND FARMINGTON

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

UMS TRUSTEES APPOINT NEW PRESIDENTS FOR UNIVERSITIES IN PRESQUE ISLE AND FARMINGTON

University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page announced today that the System's Board of Trustees approved two individuals he recommended as the next leaders of the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The Board's executive committee met late Tuesday to consider the appointments.

Dr. Kathryn A. Foster, currently a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., was appointed as UMF's next leader. In addition, Dr. Linda K. Schott, dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, was appointed as the next president at UMPI. They begin their new roles on the respective campuses on July 1 and each will receive a salary of $160,000.

UMPI to host reading, book signing for UMPI alum

Friday, 20 April 2012

UMPI to host reading, book signing for UMPI alum

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host alumnus Christopher Morton for a reading and book signing to mark his debut publication – a compilation of 20 essays that provide humorous insight into life for one particular family guy in northern Maine. The event will take place on Monday, April 30 in the UMPI Library and include a reception and welcome at 6:30 p.m., a reading at 7 p.m., and a book signing to be held immediately following.

Morton's book, You Kids Quit Pooping on the Lawn!, explores a wide range of unexpected topics. According to the back of the book, this includes: "Braised hippo tonsils. Whirling visionary Pentecostal dancers. Aliens. Accordions. Strange piles on the lawn. With gentle humor and a keen eye for deeper meaning, a simple man takes on the world swirling around him in a series of short essays. From family life and the terrors of fatherhood to the perils of hunting camp exorcisms, the essays are funny, poignant, sincere, occasionally bizarre, and always entertaining."

Pullen Gallery to present 2012 Fine Art Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Friday, 20 April 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle Fine Art Program faculty is pleased to announce that three solo shows developed through the 2012 Fine Art Senior Thesis Exhibition course will be hosted in April and May at the Pullen Art Gallery.

UMPI's Fine Art Senior Thesis Exhibition, a six-credit, academic-year-long course, provides students with the kind of in-depth educational opportunity that most Art students never experience until they are in graduate school. In fact, UMPI's Fine Art program is the only one in the entire State of Maine in which every senior must prepare for and host a one-person art exhibition of his or her work, and defend it orally and in writing, in order to graduate.

Reed Gallery presents Eye to Eye with Andy Warhol: The Multiples

Friday, 20 April 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will present its second exhibition of photographs by Andy Warhol at the opening reception of Eye to Eye with Andy Warhol: The Multiples on Friday, May 4 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the exhibition's reception, which is being held in conjunction with the Presque Isle First Friday Art Walk.

The exhibition, which will be on display May 4 through June 16, is being sponsored by the Maine Community Foundation (The Meander Fund); the Maine Arts Commission; the Bank of Maine Presque Isle; and Morningstar Art and Framing, which framed the exhibit. The photos are among the 153 silver gelatin prints and Polaroid photographs that UMPI received in the spring of 2008 – valued at more than $100,000 – from the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.