UMPI garners $95,000 in EPSCoR sustainability grant funding

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

A team of professors at the University of Maine at Presque Isle has received $95,000 in grant funding from the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research [EPSCoR] to continue a wide range of research on the Aroostook River Watershed and its sustainable development.

UMPI students present projects to Canines for Disabled Kids Executive Director

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Students in the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Business Communication class recently had the unique opportunity to present the projects they'd created for the nonprofit Canines for Disabled Kids to the executive director of the national organization – in person.

Students in the Professional Communication and Journalism class with Dr. Jacqui Lowman have been working all semester on projects for nonprofits such as Healthy Aroostook, a project of the Aroostook County Action Program, and Canines for Disabled Kids, developing media that will help the organizations to spread their messages.

Upcountry, UMPI’s online literary journal, publishes Fall/Winter 2011 issue

Thursday, 15 December 2011

The staff of the University of Maine at Presque Isle's online literary journal Upcountry has finished its last round of editing and the latest issue is now available for viewing in an interactive new format.

Dedicated to showcasing poems, short stories, personal essays and visual art from the campus community, Upcountry is a publication of the University's English Program. It is published twice yearly.

UMPI offers J-Term on trial basis

Thursday, 15 December 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is offering its first ever J-Term – that's January Term – to see if there is interest from its student population and the greater community in providing a short class term between the fall and spring semesters.

"UMPI is increasingly focused on providing courses when and where students want them," UMPI Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Sonntag said. "We've drastically increased our online offerings, and last summer significantly increased the number of courses we offered in the summer. We will offer even more courses this coming summer, and with the addition of J-Term courses, the University will effectively offer a robust schedule of courses year round."

UMPI to host panel on Native basket-making

Monday, 21 November 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will welcome five respected basket-makers from Native tribes throughout the region when Project Compass hosts the panel presentation The Evolution of Basket-Making: From Function to Art on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center.

UMPI announces development of new Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Monday, 21 November 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is helping to expand options for area residents who want to pursue healthcare careers by taking major steps this fall to develop a Physical Therapist Assistant program. When it is accredited, the program would be one of two Physical Therapist Assistant programs available in the State of Maine.

Humphrey receives Pioneer Scholar Award

Monday, 21 November 2011

University of Maine at Presque Isle Junior Business Management Major Cody Humphrey recently was recognized for his hard work and dedication as a Mitchell Scholar with an award given to just 18 out of the nearly 1,800 scholars and alumni who have gone through the Mitchell Institute.

UMPI students host 14th Fit and Fun Day

Monday, 14 November 2011

Fit and Fun Day returns for its 14th semi-annual event designed to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles for local children. This fall's Fit and Fun Day will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 in Gentile Hall. Registration will begin at 9 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.

UMPI, CRTC sign Criminal Justice articulation agreement

Tuesday, 08 November 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Caribou Regional Technology Center have signed an articulation agreement that will allow Aroostook County students to earn college credit for the high school level Criminal Justice classes they take at CRTC, and get a head start on a Criminal Justice degree from the University.

CRTC and UMPI officials held a press conference and signing ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the technology center to announce the collaboration.

Giles helps to find piece of WWII history

Tuesday, 08 November 2011

University of Maine at Presque Isle Professor Anderson Giles has helped to locate an important piece of World War II history – the hardstand which the B-29 bomber ENOLA GAY returned to after the Hiroshima mission.

Through a Faculty Development grant, Giles was able to lead an expedition this summer to the island of Tinian in the South Pacific to locate the hardstand – the very large, crushed coral pad on which a huge, 4-engine B-29 was serviced and prepped for its missions and parked after its missions. Over the years, this hardstand had become covered in jungle growth and lost to historians.

UMPI, BalanceBPO and TxVia Execute MOU for January Launch of Customer Service Certification Course

Friday, 28 October 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle [UMPI], BalanceBPO, Inc. [BalanceBPO], a premium business process outsource service provider, and TxVia, a New York City-based digital payments company, today announced the launch of the Business Process Outsourcing [BPO] Certification Course.

Set to begin in January 2012, the course will encompass 75 hours of on-campus classroom learning that will prepare students for the highly skilled work underway at BalanceBPO and TxVia.

Reed Gallery presents Logging in the Maine Woods Today

Friday, 28 October 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will present Logging in the Maine Woods Today, a photographic exhibition on tour from the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts [MMPA], from Nov. 4 through Dec. 17. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, Nov. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend this event, which is being held in conjunction with the Presque Isle First Friday Art Walk.

Survivor: Gabon winner to serve as next DLS speaker

Friday, 28 October 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will welcome Bob Crowley – the South Portland native and retired high school physics teacher who won the 17th season of the hit reality show Survivor – as the next speaker in its 2011-2012 University Distinguished Lecturer Series.