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Planet Head Day raises $15,000

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Quick: what do the NASA New Horizons spacecraft mission and Aroostook County people who are in treatment for cancer have in common? Answer: passionate advocates for both science education and exploration and compassionate philanthropists who serve the needs of those in treatment for cancer. These two seemingly separate interest groups merge each February to celebrate the discovery of Pluto by hosting PLANET HEAD DAY.

Held at the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Gentile Hall, the fifth annual Planet Head Day raised over $15,000 for C-A-N-C-E-R, Caring Areas Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery. The event, designed to improve awareness of space exploration and cancer, paints people's heads as planets, dwarf planets and moons. The painting occurs after the heads are either shaved or covered with an elastic swim cap.

Giles’ photography selected for invitational exhibition

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Selections of photography work by University of Maine at Presque Isle professor H. Anderson Giles were chosen for inclusion in a recent invitational photo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockport. The exhibition titled Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later was a comprehensive review of current topics in contemporary photography in Maine. All photographs selected were taken in Maine between 2000 and 2009. The exhibit continued the legacy of CMCA's landmark exhibition, Photographing Maine: 1840-2000.

Kinsey Sicks to perform at Wieden Auditorium March 29

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

The Kinsey Sicks, the Dragapella Beauty Shop Quartet, will take the stage at Wieden Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, to deliver a night full of a cappella singing and comedy.

Since 1993, the Kinsey Sicks has served up a feast of music and comedy. The group's award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag have earned them a diverse and devoted following. The evening's performance is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, Cultural Events Committee, Diversity Committee, Gay Straight Alliance, and Student Organization of Social Work.

UMPI featured at Maine Wind Energy Conference

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle and its 600 kW wind turbine were featured prominently at the 2011 Maine Wind Energy Conference, titled Maine's Wind Energy Future: New Opportunities, New Challenges, which was held on Jan. 24-25 at the Augusta Civic Center.

UMPI President Don Zillman served as a keynote speaker and also delivered a presentation on UMPI's wind turbine during a breakout conference session. In addition, the film Wind 101, which tells the story of UMPI's wind turbine project, was shown on the last morning of the conference.

Dean’s List for Fall 2010 announced

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Three hundred and twenty-five students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle have been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2010 semester, according to Dr. Michael Sonntag, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

JUST LINE opens Feb. 27 at Reed Fine Art Gallery

Thursday, 17 February 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will feature the works of several Aroostook County artists as part of JUST LINE, a juried exhibition connected with a statewide drawing initiative. The JUST LINE exhibition will be on display from Feb. 27 to April 2.

JUST LINE is one of many exhibitions that will take place throughout Maine in 2011 as part of Maine's statewide initiative Where to Draw the Line: The Maine Drawing Project. The Maine Drawing Project was developed through the unique collaboration of Maine arts organizations called the Maine Curators Group. Twenty venues will offer exhibitions that celebrate the medium of drawing throughout the 2011 calendar year and range from drawing directly on gallery walls, to computer algorithms, to sketches of the northern Maine winters. This is the first time a statewide initiative concerned solely with drawing in its many forms and mediums has been undertaken.

UMPI’s Keren Morin named 2011 Maine Policy Scholar

Thursday, 17 February 2011

– The Maine Community Foundation has announced the Maine Policy Scholars 2010-2011 class. One student from each campus of the University of Maine system has 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, Keren Morin, a senior Social Work major, is researching how negative portrayals of females in the media impact a female adolescent's concept of her body image. Morin will be recommending that a media literacy component be added to the health curriculum for students in grades 6-8 in Maine schools. Currently, no such curriculum exists except one offered by Hardy Girls Healthy Women.

TRiO Upward Bound garners $45,000 Maine College Access Grant

Monday, 14 February 2011

TriO Upward Bound at the University of Maine at Presque Isle has been awarded a $45,000 Maine College Access grant by the Finance Authority of Maine. The grant monies will help officials to teach high school students in the Upward Bound program about finances and college savings, as well as provide support for Upward Bound graduates who are now in college.

The grant, titled "$uccess! Planning for College and Beyond," will have two main focuses – finance education for Upward Bound students and parents and retention efforts. The grant may be renewed for another four years and there is the potential for funding to increase from year to year.

UMPI professor takes part in Waterville PechaKucha event

Monday, 14 February 2011

University of Maine at Presque Isle Art professor Renee Felini recently took part in a slideshow event that has taken the world by storm. Felini served as one of 10 presenters at the city of Waterville's first PechaKucha Night held last fall at the Hathaway Creative Center. More than 200 people turned out for the event.

PechaKucha, Japanese for chit-chat, was created in 2003 by Tokyo architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein. Presenters are allotted 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide, meaning that once 6 minutes and 40 seconds are up, so is their talk. People have embraced this "short slideshow" concept and PechaKucha nights have been held in cities around the world, from Beijing and Paris to San Francisco and Boston.

Gentile Hall installs $15,000 in new equipment

Monday, 14 February 2011

The Gentile Hall fitness center at the University of Maine at Presque Isle recently installed more than $15,000 in new equipment. The installation is helping to ensure that patrons continue to have high quality equipment for their use in the workout facilities.

The $15,000 allowed for the replacement of the three older and very popular elliptical cross-training machines, as well as the fitness center's two stepper machines. With other recent equipment upgrades that have been made, this brings the total amount of improvements at Gentile Hall in the last year to over $28,000.

UMPI hosts Tony-nominated actor in hometown premiere of Almost, Maine John Cariani joins cast in local staging of his highly acclaimed play

Monday, 14 February 2011

Officials at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) have announced that the hometown premiere of John Cariani's Almost, Maine, is scheduled for March 18 and 19, at the university's Wieden Auditorium. The performances reunite the production's director, Barbara Frick Ladner and Cariani, in director and actor roles, respectively.

Cariani is no stranger to Presque Isle stages with numerous roles in Presque Isle High School (PIHS)productions; Calamity Jane under the direction of Dan Ladner was Cariani's first high school musical. Other PIHS performances included roles in Grease, Cabaret, The Wizard of Oz, and Juvie. He also performed with university students and community members in Pioneer Playhouse productions of Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, and South Pacific at the university's Wieden Auditorium.

UMPI students to host ‘Think Pink’ event

Friday, 04 February 2011

The Student Activities Office (SAO) at the University of Maine at Presque Isle is encouraging people to "Think Pink" for breast cancer awareness during a special event on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

During the home basketball games between the UMPI Owls and the University of Maine at Machias Clippers at 5:30 p.m. in Wieden Gymnasium, the SAO will host "Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Night" in honor of Cancer Awareness Month in February.

Planet Head Day celebrates 5th anniversary

Friday, 04 February 2011

The Northern Maine Museum of Science is looking for your head.

Winter in northern Maine is cold – very cold – but northern Mainers laugh at the weather: in the middle of the coldest month of the year, they shave their heads and have them painted as planets.

This February 19th is the fifth annual Planet Head Day. People from throughout Aroostook County and nearby New Brunswick, Canada, come to the University of Maine at Presque Isle to have heads shaved, or they don elastic caps, so their heads can be painted as planets, dwarf planets, moons and asteroids. And it's all to support science education and raise money for C-A-N-C-E-R.

UMPI garners $75,000 in National Science Foundation funding as part of EPSCoR sustainability grant

Friday, 04 February 2011

UMPI garners $75,000 in National Science Foundation funding as part of EPSCoR sustainability grant

A team of professors at the University of Maine at Presque Isle has received $75,000 in National Science Foundation grant monies from the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research [EPSCoR] in order to conduct a wide range of research related to the sustainable development of the Aroostook River Watershed.

The research team will use the grant funding for their project Modeling Evolving Ecological, Cultural, and Economic Systems of the Aroostook River Watershed of Northern Maine for Sustainable Development. The Aroostook River Watershed, which is the most populated region in northern Maine, spans central Aroostook County and encompasses the communities of Presque Isle, Caribou and Fort Fairfield.

UMPI announces spring semester events

Wednesday, 02 February 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce a diverse and full schedule of spring semester events. From the Distinguished Lecturer Series to concerts and other special events, campus and community members can participate in activities designed to entertain, engage, and educate.

The university's newly-established 7-OH-9 Coffee House will begin its semester activity with their Sweet Sounds Open Mic and Karaoke Night on Feb. 17 at 7:09 pm in the Campus Center. During the semester, the Coffee House will also host New York-based musician, Rachel P. on Mar. 1, and another Open Mic Night, appropriately named No Mo' Sno', on Apr. 19.