UMPI project provides free, high-tech tools for local municipalities

Friday, 03 February 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's GIS Laboratory has provided 15 central Aroostook County cities and towns with technologically advanced tools that are helping them to better manage their land parcels and create efficiencies in their tax assessing, planning and development, and land and forest management efforts.

The GIS Laboratory was able to complete this project at no cost to the municipalities thanks to a $12,000 grant it received from the Maine Office of Geographic Information Systems [MEGIS]. The project, "Central Aroostook Parcel GIS Mapping Project", was headed by Dr. Chunzeng Wang, UMPI Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Science. It is the area's first large-scale land parcel GIS mapping project.

University to host media experts for journalism seminar

Friday, 03 February 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host three media experts for a journalism seminar entitled Information Overload: How Do You Find the Truth? at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Wieden Auditorium. The public is invited to attend this free evening seminar, which will feature award-winning journalist and documentary film-maker Darrell Dorgan of North Dakota and local media experts Shawn Cunningham of WAGM-TV and Jen Lynds of the Bangor Daily News. This event is sponsored by the Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Maine Press Association.

UMPI BioMedical Club focuses on community service

Wednesday, 01 February 2012

One of the University of Maine at Presque Isle's newest student clubs has taken community service to heart, working to help several local groups as it increases members' awareness for careers in the biomedical and health sciences fields. The University's BioMedical Club has had a busy year so far, participating in everything from volunteer activities to fundraisers for the community to educational activities with local school children.

VITA Tax Assistance program available at UMPI this spring

Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Area volunteers with the AARP Tax-Aide Program will be available on Saturdays at the University of Maine at Presque Isle during the next two months to help members of the community prepare their tax returns.

This free service will be provided by volunteers every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Feb. 4 to April 14 in Room 118 of UMPI’s Campus Center. The work these volunteers are doing is connected to the VITA [Volunteer Income Tax Assistance] and TCE [Tax Counseling for the Elderly] programs.

UMPI hosts management courses for the spring semester

Wednesday, 01 February 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will be offering two courses this spring starting on Monday, Feb. 27 as part of its American Management Association's certificate programs. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, Feb. 22.

These spring courses, part of a multi-course curriculum leading to Certificates in Management and Human Resources Management, are specifically created to meet the unique needs of working professionals who want to be more effective in their current positions and better prepared for future advancement, according to Keith Madore, campus AMA coordinator.

University announces new Director of Facilities Management

Wednesday, 01 February 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle has hired an experienced facilities and construction leader, planner and manager – who has worked in commercial, industrial and institutional environments – to serve as its new Director of Facilities Management.

Robert Aughinbaugh, who comes to Maine from Mentor, Ohio, and has 21 years of experience in facilities management, replaces outgoing Director of Facilities Management David St. Peter, who officially retired Jan. 20 after 24 years with the University. He and his wife Victoria will split their time between Madawaska Lake and Florida as they enjoy their retirement.

Planet Head Day to raise funds for C-A-N-C-E-R

Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Officials raised $15,000 last year, hoping to double that amount this year

Aroostook County's 6th annual Planet Head Day will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, during the 82th "birthday" of the discovery of Pluto. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Wieden Gymnasium. This unique event celebrates space science while also serving as a fundraiser for C-A-N-C-E-R [Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery]. To do this, participants raise money to have their heads shaved and painted as planets, dwarf planets and moons.

Staff of Upcountry, UMPI’s online literary journal, to host launch party

Thursday, 26 January 2012

The staff of the University of Maine at Presque Isle's online literary journal is celebrating the publication of its latest issue with an official Upcountry Reading and Launch Party at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 in the Normal Hall Faculty Lounge.

The celebration will serve as the official launch of Upcountry's Fall/Winter issue. The journal's student editors Mika Ouellette and Barat Qualey will be on hand, as will journal advisor Dr. Melissa Crowe. Several of this issue's 18 contributors also will be in attendance to read from their work. Paper copies of the issue will be available and refreshments will be provided. The reading and launch party is free and open to the public.

University hosts spring semester blood drive

Thursday, 26 January 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host its annual spring semester American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, Feb. 1. This blood drive is sponsored by the UMPI Residence Life Office, the Brothers of Kappa Delta Phi and the Sisters of Kappa Delta Phi NAS.

The blood drive is scheduled from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the Campus Center's Multi-Purpose Room. If donors wish to reserve a time to make their donation, they should call 1-800-RED-CROSS or 768-9585 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can sign up at the new online appointment scheduler at

International Students Scholarship established at UMPI

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Through the dedicated efforts and donations of the University of Maine at Presque Isle's International Students Club, UMPI staff and friends, and a generous anonymous donor, the University's Foundation has established an International Students Scholarship and Work Program.

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.