Memorial for Bill Forbes to be held following geological meeting

Friday, 06 April 2012

In remembrance of a well-known and honored Maine geologist and paleontologist, the University of Maine at Presque Isle will host a memorial gathering for UMPI Emeritus Professor of Geology William H. "Bill" Forbes on Friday, April 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Campus Center. The gathering is being held in conjunction with the spring meeting of the Geological Society of Maine, which takes place on campus earlier that day. Former students, colleagues and friends are invited to attend the memorial.

Forbes, who passed away in 2011, was a long-time geologist, accomplished field investigator, and internationally known researcher of Devonian paleobotony who taught at UMPI for more than 20 years. Officials said holding the memorial in conjunction with the GSM meeting seemed the appropriate thing to do since Forbes had such a significant impact on geologists throughout the state – and the greater science community – during his lifetime.

UMPI hosts Geological Society of Maine spring meeting

Friday, 06 April 2012

Working and aspiring geologists from throughout Maine, as well as geology-focused educators and students, will gather at the University of Maine at Presque Isle when it hosts the Spring 2012 meeting of the Geological Society of Maine on Friday, April 13. The meeting will be held on the second floor of UMPI's Campus Center from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is only the second time in the society's 38-year history that one of its annual meetings has been held at UMPI. The Geological Society of Maine [GSM], founded in 1974, is a non-profit organization dedicated to geological issues and education in Maine, according to its website. The society's mission includes furthering public awareness and understanding of the geology of the State of Maine, and of the modern geologic processes which affect the Maine landscape and the human environment.

Corsello accepts new position in North Carolina

Wednesday, 04 April 2012

University of Maine at Presque Isle Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Athletic Director Christine Corsello will be departing at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year after accepting a Vice Chancellorship in North Carolina.

Corsello will be stepping into the position of Vice Chancellor and Dean for Student Services and Enrollment Management at Carolina HealthCare System on the campus of Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in Concord, North Carolina.

UMPI’s Andrew Levesque named 2012 Maine Policy Scholar

Wednesday, 04 April 2012

The Maine Community Foundation has announced the Maine Policy Scholars 2011-2012 class. Students from campuses throughout the University of Maine System have been selected to pursue a year-long program of applied research in the area of Maine public policy.

At the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Andrew Levesque, a senior Criminal Justice major from Madawaska, is researching police management policy issues in Maine and the impact federal funding cuts are having on them. Levesque will be recommending strategies that might help agencies avoid financial shortcomings when federal funding is no longer available.

UMPI, Verzosa aim to preserve work by renowned Maine sculptor

Friday, 30 March 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle has partnered with a Portland gallerist to renovate and preserve a well-known campus symbol and work of art: the 4-ton, 30-foot-tall Owls sculpture by famed Maine artist Bernard Langlais. The 35-year-old outdoor wooden sculpture, which is one of the very last Langlais produced before his unexpected death in December 1977, has been exposed to decades of harsh Aroostook County winters resulting in serious deterioration and erosion.

UMPI President published again by Oxford University Press

Friday, 30 March 2012

University of Maine at Presque Isle President Don Zillman has garnered another publication by one of the most prestigious academic presses in the world. Energy Networks and the Law: Innovative Solutions in Changing Markets, which Zillman co-edited with Martha M. Roggenkamp, Lila Barrera-Hernandez and Inigo del Guayo, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

Oxford University Press, which has a rich history that can be traced back to the earliest days of printing, describes itself as the "largest university press in the world."

Internationally renowned expert on “future-focused leadership” to serve as next DLS speaker

Friday, 30 March 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host Gary Marx, internationally renowned speaker and the Founder and President of the Virginia-based Center for Public Outreach, as the next speaker in its 2011-2012 University Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Marx has spoken in all 50 states and on six continents, constantly urging education institutions, other organizations, and individuals to stay ahead of the curve as they think and plan for the future and prepare tomorrow's leaders. He will deliver his talk Emerging and Persistent Trends That Will Profoundly Impact Education and Our Future at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in the Campus Center. His talk is free and open to the public. All are invited to attend a reception to be held in the Alumni Room at 6 p.m. prior to his lecture. Refreshments will be served.

UMPI to celebrate 11th annual University Day

Friday, 30 March 2012

From bullying and service learning in Tanzania to ADHD and demystifying sports myths, students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle will showcase their academic research, scholarly work and community service on Wednesday, April 11, during University Day. The theme of this year's event is UMPI = Global Connections.

UMPI to host Cardboard Boat Regatta

Thursday, 22 March 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host its first ever Cardboard Boat Regatta on Friday, April 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Gentile Hall pool area – with UMPI students, faculty and staff competing for first place and bragging rights – and the community is welcome to watch, cheer and vote for their favorite boat.

UMPI student poster named one of 10 best at undergraduate conference

Thursday, 22 March 2012

An Environmental Studies and Sustainability major at the University of Maine at Presque Isle recently won a "best poster" award at the 2012 Northeast Undergraduate Research Development Symposium in Biddeford. Scott Belair's poster was one of just 10 among more than 100 posters to receive the recognition.

Belair's poster was titled The Effects of Forest Type on Arthropod Abundance and Food Use by Birds. It was based on research by Jason Johnston, UMPI Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology, that Belair and two other students, Dan Sheffield and Dylan Plissey, helped to conduct.

Wintergreen Arts Center and UMPI announce “10x10” art auction

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Event to raise funds for Cultural Center in Downtown Presque Isle

Officials with the Wintergreen Arts Center and the University of Maine at Presque Isle are collaborating to host their first ever 10x10 Art Auction, which will help them to establish a Cultural Center in the downtown area. The auction will be held Friday, May 4, from 6-9 p.m. at the Wintergreen Arts Center during the May 2012 First Friday Art Walk.

UMPI to celebrate Zuras’ debut novel with reading, book signing

Thursday, 22 March 2012

A University of Maine at Presque Isle English Professor has had his debut novel published and the University will celebrate with a reading and book signing event with the author on Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. The public is invited to attend this special event, which will include a reception featuring light refreshments, and wine available through a cash bar.

Richard Lee Zuras, UMPI Professor of English and Creative Writing, explores Zain's final year of childhood, his father's dismissal from the CIA, and his family's near disintegration in this coming-of-age work The Bastard Year, published by the independent press, Brandylane Publishers.

Blackstone named Rising Star by Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs

Monday, 19 March 2012

A University of Maine at Presque Isle staff member and 2004 alumna recently received major recognition from the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs – she was honored with the Rising Star Award during the association's annual meeting. This is the association's most prestigious honor.

Jessica Blackstone, UMPI's Assistant Director of Admissions, was recognized for her work with the Northern Maine Fair Association, specifically the extremely popular Lil' Farmers at the Fair exhibit, which took months of planning and preparation to put together.

CUNY team to give research presentation at UMPI

Friday, 16 March 2012

A research team from the City University of New York [CUNY] will deliver a presentation at the University of Maine at Presque Isle at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 22 to discuss the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] funded research that an UMPI student has been helping them to conduct. Their project involves calculating snow cover in the region and using the results as a predictor for spring flooding issues, potentially a valuable tool for emergency management and decision-maker officials. The public is invited to attend this research presentation, which will take place in the Geospatial Information Technology Center (GIS Lab, Folsom 201).