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Student Support Services Program Awards Grant Aid

Monday, 04 April 2011

During a President's Reception held on March 31, 19 students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle received grant awards through the Student Support Services Program. Each full-time-student award was approximately $600 and will assist the students by reducing their loans.

On December 15, 2000, Section 17 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 was amended to provide grant aid for eligible TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSS) students. The respective college/university SSS Program selects the recipients and awards the grant money to eligible freshman and sophomore college students who are active participants, have successfully completed at least one semester, and are receiving Federal Pell Grants.

UMPI’s Geo-Ecology Club explores Iceland

Monday, 04 April 2011

UMPI’s Geo-Ecology Club explores Iceland

A group of geology students and a professor from the University of Maine at Presque Isle recently explored the geological wonders of Iceland as part of the Geo-Ecology Club's annual spring break excursion.

"I have led a Geo-Ecology Club trip near every Spring break for the 23 years I have been at UMPI, but this is the first time that we needed an airplane to reach our destination," trip leader Dr. Kevin McCartney said.

During their trip, the Geo-Ecology Club explored the southwestern quarter of the island from their home base – an apartment near Reykjavik. The group had five full days, which were spent in traveling a loop in each direction, plus a day of exploration and shopping in Reykjavik. An emphasis was placed on visiting geological features, but the group also saw various historical and cultural sites.

Woodrow Wilson Fellow to discuss the role of higher education in creating a sustainable society

Monday, 04 April 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host the founder of an organization focused on making environmental sustainability a foundation of all learning and practice in high education as its next Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.

Dr. Anthony D. Cortese, co-founder and President of Second Nature, will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in the Campus Center. His talk, The Critical Role of Higher Education in Creating a Healthy, Just and Sustainable Society, is part of the University's Distinguished Lecturer Series and is being held in conjunction with University Day. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Reed Gallery to present 2011 Fine Art Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery and the faculty of the Fine Art Program at UMPI are pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, solo exhibitions from the 2011 Fine Art Senior Thesis Exhibitions will be hosted at the Reed Gallery.

The Pullen Gallery, which typically hosts the solo exhibitions, will be undergoing renovation work as part of a major upgrade to Pullen Hall – one of the University's main classroom buildings – prior to the end of the academic semester. The Reed Gallery presents an excellent opportunity to allow the senior thesis exhibitions to continue as planned during the months of April and May, and for students to utilize a professional art space for their exhibitions, according to officials.

UMPI students host 13th Fit and Fun Day

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Local kids will unknowingly be getting exercise while taking part in fun activities during the 13th semi-annual Fit and Fun Day, to be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 in Gentile Hall. The event is sponsored by the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Physical Education Majors Club.

For the past several years, the Club has organized the free play day for area children in grades 1 through 5 to teach them about health and fitness in a fun environment. Activities will include cooperative games and team building activities.

Public invited to attend poetry reading in honor of Women’s History Month

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Campus and community members are invited to welcome spring and celebrate Women's History Month when University of Maine at Presque Isle students host a poetry reading on Thursday, March 31 at Noon in the Campus Center. Refreshments will be provided and the public is invited to attend.

The event, which is being sponsored by the University's English Program and its online journal Upcountry, is slated to feature students' original works, as well as romantic and pastoral poems "from the Greats," according to student organizer Candice Rivera. Rivera and fellow English major Mika Ouellette are organizing the poetry reading.

UMPI’s Diversity Committee hosts talk by Dena Winslow

Monday, 21 March 2011

The Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Maine, Dr. Dena L. Winslow, will deliver a lecture, Unraveling the Mysteries of Learning Disabilities, at the University of Maine at Presque Isle at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 28, in the Campus Center.

Dr. Winslow will present an interactive workshop exploring the myths and realities of learning disabilities during her Monday night talk. The public is invited to attend this free event, which is being sponsored by the University's Diversity Committee as a Diversity Awareness activity.

UMPI hosts Maine State Climatologist Dr. George Jacobson

Monday, 21 March 2011

Maine State Climatologist Dr. George Jacobson will deliver a lecture, Climate Variability and Biodiversity -- Past and Future, at the University of Maine at Presque Isle at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, in the Campus Center. The public is invited to attend this free event.

During his talk, Dr. Jacobson will examine the nature of long-term climate variability and how that has changed ecosystems in Maine and the northeast over the past 20,000 years. He also will discuss how future changes in climate are likely to influence our landscapes.

UMPI, Momentum Aroostook, MMG Insurance join forces to offer fourth Young Professionals Institute

Friday, 11 March 2011

Momentum Aroostook, MMG Insurance and the University of Maine at Presque Isle are teaming up for the fourth time to provide the area's young professionals with a one-of-a-kind leadership development opportunity.

The three entities will host the Young Professionals Institute, a professional development short course designed specifically for emerging leaders looking to hone their professional skills. The program will be offered at the University during eight afternoon sessions between March, April and May. Most classes will be held in the Campus Center's Alumni Room.

Public invited to attend UMPI: CSI event

Friday, 11 March 2011

Campus and community members will have a chance to try their hand at crime scene investigation when University of Maine at Presque Isle students host UMPI:CSI on Tuesday, March 15 in the Campus Center's Multi-Purpose Room. Two sessions will be held: from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. UMPI:CSI is being sponsored by the Student Activities Office and the Criminal Justice majors.

Organizers are working with two of the region's police detectives to put on the event, which involves recreating an actual crime scene and having people work in groups to review the scene, look for clues, and make a conclusion about what happened. Detective Adam R. Stoutamyer of the Maine State Police, Criminal Investigation Division III, and Detective Bill Scull of the Presque Isle Police Department will be overseeing activities at the mock crime scene.

UMPI Art Professor showcases work at ARTexchange in New York City

Friday, 11 March 2011

University of Maine at Presque Isle Assistant Professor of Fine Art Renee Felini travelled to New York City to share her artwork in the ARTexchange presented in conjunction with the College Art Association (CAA) 99th Annual Conference. The CAA celebrated the second year of the ARTexchange with a one-night event held on Feb. 11.

UMPI Ceramics students to display work

Friday, 04 March 2011

An artwork display of University of Maine at Presque Isle first-level ceramics students will open to the public on Friday, March 4 at the Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library. The exhibit is a celebration of ceramics pieces created by students during the fall semester. The show will be displayed for the entire month of March.

Student group hosts panel presentation about immigration

Wednesday, 02 March 2011

The Student Organization of Social Work at the University of Maine at Presque Isle will host a special panel presentation about immigration experiences on Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Leaving Home: An International Journey will feature two panelists speaking about issues around immigration and their personal immigration stories. The event, which is supported by UMPI's Diversity Committee, is being offered thanks to a University of Maine System Diversity Mini-Grant that the student organization received. The diversity mini-grants are meant to fund events, projects and activities that promote the retention of diverse student, faculty and staff populations.

University hosts Career & Job Fair 2011

Wednesday, 02 March 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host its Annual Career & Job Fair in the Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. Twenty businesses and governmental agencies from the region and across the state are expected to participate in the event.

"The Career & Job Fair provides a unique opportunity for our students and the public to explore career options, network with employers, discover opportunities and gain professional employment," Barbara DeVaney, Director of Career Services, said.

UMPI to host brain art event in honor of Brain Awareness Week

Wednesday, 02 March 2011

– Art and science will come together at the University of Maine at Presque Isle when two professors host an event in honor of internationally celebrated Brain Awareness Week. "North of Ordinary Neuro-Art Night" will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 in the Pullen Art Room.

Biology professor Dr. Rachael Hannah and Art professor Renee Felini are teaming up to offer a fun art project that also will teach participants about brain function and neuroscience. Felini will be creating brain molds out of silicon rubber. Plaster brains will be produced from the molds that participants will be able to paint under Felini's guidance. Hannah will offer a 15-minute presentation about the human brain, showing how brains are mapped, and then participants will use that information and their imagination to create their brain art.