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.

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.