Writer and park ranger Andrew Vietze to serve as next DLS speaker

Monday, 27 February 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host Andrew Vietze – the writer and Katahdin area park ranger whose latest book explores how a 19th century Aroostook County woodsman "toughened up" future president Theodore Roosevelt – as the next speaker in its 2011-2012 University Distinguished Lecturer Series.

UMPI’s Dr. Melissa Crowe published in Maine Magazine, named poetry award recipient

Monday, 27 February 2012

A University of Maine at Presque Isle English professor and published poet has just had one of her works published in Maine. The Magazine. Dr. Melissa Crowe also recently received the inaugural Betsy Sholl Award for Excellence in Poetry by the University of Southern Maine's Words & Images magazine.

Dr. Crowe's poem Epithalamium with Humming Bird was published in the February 2012 special wedding issue of Maine magazine. The inspiration for her poem came from a newspaper clipping sent by a friend that mentioned a 'lost periwinkler.' "Though this poor soul was most likely gathering mollusks by the seashore," the magazine quoted Crowe as saying, "I imagined a wanderer found with pockets full of tiny purple-blue flowers."

UMPI to host Grant Writing workshop presented by Kimberly Smith

Monday, 27 February 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host a workshop entitled Grant Writing Basics, presented by experienced grant writer Kimberly Smith, on Tuesday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to Noon in the Campus Center. This workshop is open to the public.

The presentation will cover many topics within grant writing, including: what the trends are today, who is eligible to apply, how to find the grantors and make sure you're a good fit for their programs, what should be included in your grant application, what supporting documents you should include, how to create a grant project budget, when to include a cover letter, and what happens after you get the grant (or don't.)

UMPI students host 15th Fit and Fun Day

Monday, 27 February 2012

Fit and Fun Day returns for its 15th semi-annual event designed to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles for local children. This spring's Fit and Fun Day will be held from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, March 10 in Gentile Hall. Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m.; admission is free. UMPI Physical Education students will facilitate the activities and provide instruction throughout the day. The University's Athletic Training staff and students will be on site as first aid responders.

Reed Fine Art Gallery presents H(squared)

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will showcase the work of UMPI's two newest Fine Art Faculty members when it presents the exhibition H(squared): New Work by Hyrum Benson and Heather Sincavage from March 2 to April 14. The public is invited to attend the exhibition's reception with the artists, to be held on Friday, March 2 from 5-7 p.m. The reception is being held in conjunction with the Presque Isle First Friday Art Walk.

H(squared) is an exhibition of Benson and Sincavage's newest work made since both have transplanted to Aroostook County.

Fairmont Cemetery GIS Website unveiled

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle hosted a website unveiling at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 in the Campus Center to celebrate more than three years of work to create an interactive and searchable web-based map of the Fairmont Cemetery.

This first-of-its-kind project in Maine was conducted by UMPI's GIS Laboratory and a team of UMPI researchers working in partnership with the Fairmont Cemetery Association and the Presque Isle Historical Society. The new website serves as an important resource for historians, researchers and those conducting family genealogy, and also preserves the historical data that is found at the cemetery for future generations. The Fairmont Cemetery, established in the 19th century, represents one of the oldest and largest graveyards in northern Maine.

Chinese delegates visit UMPI, discuss partnership opportunities

Wednesday, 08 February 2012

Officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle hosted delegates from Siyuan University, located in in Xi'an, China, on Feb. 7 and 8 during a visit meant to strengthen connections and explore new partnerships between the two institutions.

Mr. Yanbo Zhou, Chairman of the Siyuan University Board, and Mr. Hualong Tong, Deputy Director of International Cooperation and Exchange at Siyuan University, spent two days at UMPI as part of a larger, 2-week visit to the United States to meet with universities and government officials and develop educational connections. In addition to their stop in Presque Isle, their itinerary is expected to include visits in Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Mexico.

UMPI to videoconference talk by Silicon Valley Celebrity

Friday, 03 February 2012

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will broadcast a talk by Silicon Valley celebrity Steve Blank via video conference on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Library Conference Room, located on the first floor of the UMPI Library. The University is one of several Maine libraries and University campuses throughout the state participating in the event, presented by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development as part of Maine Entrepreneurship Week. The public is invited to attend this free event. For more information about the venue, contact UMPI's Office of Community and Media Relations at 207-768-9452. For more information about the event, see the links below or contact Susan Ruhlin with the MCED at 207-774-8111.

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.