American mountaineer Ed Webster to serve as next DLS speaker

Thursday, 26 January 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host Ed Webster – mountain climber, author, photo-journalist, and veteran of seven Himalayan expeditions – as the next speaker in its 2011-2012 University Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Webster has achieved and survived the impossible – in 1988, he and three partners ascended a new, never-before-attempted route up Mt. Everest's most dangerous, isolated side in Tibet with no sherpas, no radios and no oxygen. Webster will share his riveting tale of human endurance and remarkable teamwork, and provide a breathtaking slide show to accompany his story, during his presentation Everest the Hard Way on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. The public is invited to attend a reception and book-signing event to be held in the Alumni Room immediately following his lecture.

University kicks off College Goal Sunday

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

One week before the Super Bowl and all the festivities surrounding it, the University of Maine at Presque Isle will host an annual party of its own for high school and college students – College Goal Sunday.

Staff members will be on hand at two locations on Sunday, Jan. 29, beginning at 2 p.m. – in Folsom 105 on the UMPI campus and also at the Houlton Higher Education Center – to assist students in completing and filing their FAFSA [Free Application for Federal Student Aid] forms. This free event is open to the entire community. High school seniors and parents are especially encouraged to attend, along with currently enrolled college students needing assistance.

OAPI offers slate of outdoor adventures for Spring 2012

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Outdoor Adventure Program International [OAPI] is offering an adventure-packed spring full of adventures and activities for campus and community members to enjoy, including dog sledding, a ski resort getaway, a winter ascent of Mt. Katahdin, and a zip line adventure at the Grand Falls Gorge.

Nominations open for 5th Young Professionals Institute

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Momentum Aroostook, MMG Insurance and the University of Maine at Presque Isle are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the fifth annual Young Professionals Institute, running this year on Tuesdays from March 6 to April 24. Nomination forms are available at The nomination deadline is Monday, Feb. 13.

UMPI Criminal Justice students conduct study for local police department

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Criminal Justice students with the University of Maine at Presque Isle recently completed a study for the Presque Isle Police Department on theft from motor vehicles, partnering with municipal officials to better serve the community.

Dr. Charles Johnson, UMPI Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, supervised nine Criminal Justice students on the research project, titled Theft from Motor Vehicles: A Study in Presque Isle, Maine. The 40-page document explores the issue of items stolen from motor vehicle in Presque Isle – typical targets include cell phones, prescription medication, and cash – in an effort to provide solutions to the problem.

UMPI hosts Visual Arts Day for local middle schoolers

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Middle school students from Van Buren to Houlton visited the University of Maine at Presque Isle recently for a day filled with learning about everything from drawing and clay to printmaking and sculpture. The event, Visual Arts Day, was organized by UMPI's Art Education program for Aroostook Regional Gifted and Talented [ARGT].

Reed Gallery presents Frank Sullivan’s Maine

Friday, 13 January 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will present the exhibition Frank Sullivan's Maine from January 17 through February 19, bringing to campus the oil paintings and pastel drawings of the artist, who hails from Massachusetts and now resides in Aroostook County. The public is invited to attend the exhibition's reception with the artist, to be held on Friday, Feb. 3, from 5-7 p.m. The reception is being held in conjunction with the Presque Isle First Friday Art Walk.

Gentile Hall gets $25,000 in new equipment

Friday, 30 December 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Gentile Hall fitness center recently installed just under $25,000 in new equipment, replacing three upright bicycles, two recumbent bicycles and two treadmills. In just over two years, the University has been able to complete more than $52,000 in equipment upgrades for the nearly six-year-old fitness center.

UMPI recognized by Maine Tobacco-Free College Network

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle was recently recognized by the Maine Tobacco-Free College Network with seven stars as part of its Gold Star Standards of Excellence Recognition Program.

The Maine Tobacco-Free College Network, which is leading Maine's efforts to strengthen campus tobacco policies and reduce tobacco use on college campuses, held a celebration in Bangor last month to highlight the efforts of its 2011 award winners to create tobacco-free environments and promote tobacco-free lifestyles. Linda Mastro, Director of UMPI's Health Center, accepted the award on behalf of the University.

UMPI’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosts toy drive

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee [SAAC] worked to make the holiday season a little brighter for many local children by hosting a Toys 4 Girls and Boys toy drive. The group was able to collect more than 150 toys for area youth.

UMPI garners $95,000 in EPSCoR sustainability grant funding

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

A team of professors at the University of Maine at Presque Isle has received $95,000 in grant funding from the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research [EPSCoR] to continue a wide range of research on the Aroostook River Watershed and its sustainable development.

UMPI students present projects to Canines for Disabled Kids Executive Director

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Students in the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Business Communication class recently had the unique opportunity to present the projects they'd created for the nonprofit Canines for Disabled Kids to the executive director of the national organization – in person.

Students in the Professional Communication and Journalism class with Dr. Jacqui Lowman have been working all semester on projects for nonprofits such as Healthy Aroostook, a project of the Aroostook County Action Program, and Canines for Disabled Kids, developing media that will help the organizations to spread their messages.

Upcountry, UMPI’s online literary journal, publishes Fall/Winter 2011 issue

Thursday, 15 December 2011

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 an interactive new 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 offers J-Term on trial basis

Thursday, 15 December 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is offering its first ever J-Term – that's January Term – to see if there is interest from its student population and the greater community in providing a short class term between the fall and spring semesters.

"UMPI is increasingly focused on providing courses when and where students want them," UMPI Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Sonntag said. "We've drastically increased our online offerings, and last summer significantly increased the number of courses we offered in the summer. We will offer even more courses this coming summer, and with the addition of J-Term courses, the University will effectively offer a robust schedule of courses year round."