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Faculty Noon Seminar Series returns

Wednesday, 02 March 2011

– The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Faculty Noon Seminar Series has returned for the Spring 2011 semester with presentations on brain research, juvenile court systems, and genealogy.

Seminars will be held on Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Normal Hall Faculty Lounge. Presentations will be 20-30 minutes in length, followed by a discussion. Those attending are welcome to bring their lunches and join in the discussion.

Pullen Hall Renovation Project to include new solar, biomass systems

Wednesday, 02 March 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Pullen Hall soon will have a much smaller carbon footprint thanks to a $2.3 million building renovation project that includes the installation of solar panels on the roof, a biomass boiler system in the basement and many energy efficiencies in between.

Work is expected to begin later this spring on the Pullen Hall Renovation Project after UMPI officials announced this week that A&L Construction of Presque Isle has been awarded the bid as general contractor.

In addition to the two major sustainable energy systems, crews will be installing energy efficient windows, improving ADA accessibility, updating the aging heating and ventilation system, and adding temperature control in Pullen Hall, one of the University's two major classroom buildings. A similar renovation project was done in 2008 to the adjoining classroom building, Folsom Hall.

SAGE kicks off Spring 2011 class offerings

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

A University of Maine at Presque Isle program that serves local residents over 50 and believes in "learning for life" will host its spring kick-off with a luncheon event at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8 in the Campus Center.

Seniors Achieving Greater Education [SAGE] has worked for more than a decade to bring short courses in arts, sciences, and specialty areas to the region's senior community. SAGE is one of 17 senior colleges in the Maine Senior College Network.

Musician with ties to UMPI returns for Northern Maine concert

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

When Rex Fowler visits Aroostook County in early March to take the stage at the Caribou Performing Arts Center, he'll be returning to the region where he first became serious about singing and songwriting.

The former student at Aroostook State College (one of the University of Maine at Presque Isle's former names) is now a nationally touring, critically acclaimed musician. Fowler is part of the award-winning band Aztec Two-Step, and he recently embarked on another project with Tom Dean of the band Devonsquare – a 7-piece ensemble called the Nu-Utopians. The group performs the songs of John Lennon as a tribute concert and their CD Imagined was just nominated for the 2010 Independent Music Awards Tribute Album of the Year.

Fowler will return to northern Maine for the Nu-Utopians' John Lennon tribute concert at CPAC on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. Leading up to the concert, though, Fowler shared lots of memories about his college days and how they helped to shape the artist he would become.

"It was an amazing place for me to be," Fowler remembered of his time at Aroostook State College, "a small campus environment where I was encouraged to develop my identity as an artist, a musician."

UMPI to host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Whether it's high heels or Mary Jane's, men and women alike are invited to slip on some female footwear and take part in a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to be held at the University of Maine at Presque Isle at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9. The event, part of the international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence, will begin at the Campus Center.

Established in 2001, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes has become a world-wide movement with tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence education, prevention and remediation programs. During the event at UMPI, walkers will begin at the Campus Center and walk a designated path equivalent to one mile, in women's shoes. Upon return, survivors and volunteers will share their story of rape, domestic violence, and hope.

Planet Head Day raises $15,000

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Quick: what do the NASA New Horizons spacecraft mission and Aroostook County people who are in treatment for cancer have in common? Answer: passionate advocates for both science education and exploration and compassionate philanthropists who serve the needs of those in treatment for cancer. These two seemingly separate interest groups merge each February to celebrate the discovery of Pluto by hosting PLANET HEAD DAY.

Held at the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Gentile Hall, the fifth annual Planet Head Day raised over $15,000 for C-A-N-C-E-R, Caring Areas Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery. The event, designed to improve awareness of space exploration and cancer, paints people's heads as planets, dwarf planets and moons. The painting occurs after the heads are either shaved or covered with an elastic swim cap.

Giles’ photography selected for invitational exhibition

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Selections of photography work by University of Maine at Presque Isle professor H. Anderson Giles were chosen for inclusion in a recent invitational photo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockport. The exhibition titled Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later was a comprehensive review of current topics in contemporary photography in Maine. All photographs selected were taken in Maine between 2000 and 2009. The exhibit continued the legacy of CMCA's landmark exhibition, Photographing Maine: 1840-2000.

Kinsey Sicks to perform at Wieden Auditorium March 29

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

The Kinsey Sicks, the Dragapella Beauty Shop Quartet, will take the stage at Wieden Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, to deliver a night full of a cappella singing and comedy.

Since 1993, the Kinsey Sicks has served up a feast of music and comedy. The group's award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag have earned them a diverse and devoted following. The evening's performance is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, Cultural Events Committee, Diversity Committee, Gay Straight Alliance, and Student Organization of Social Work.

UMPI featured at Maine Wind Energy Conference

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle and its 600 kW wind turbine were featured prominently at the 2011 Maine Wind Energy Conference, titled Maine's Wind Energy Future: New Opportunities, New Challenges, which was held on Jan. 24-25 at the Augusta Civic Center.

UMPI President Don Zillman served as a keynote speaker and also delivered a presentation on UMPI's wind turbine during a breakout conference session. In addition, the film Wind 101, which tells the story of UMPI's wind turbine project, was shown on the last morning of the conference.

Dean’s List for Fall 2010 announced

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Three hundred and twenty-five students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle have been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2010 semester, according to Dr. Michael Sonntag, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

JUST LINE opens Feb. 27 at Reed Fine Art Gallery

Thursday, 17 February 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will feature the works of several Aroostook County artists as part of JUST LINE, a juried exhibition connected with a statewide drawing initiative. The JUST LINE exhibition will be on display from Feb. 27 to April 2.

JUST LINE is one of many exhibitions that will take place throughout Maine in 2011 as part of Maine's statewide initiative Where to Draw the Line: The Maine Drawing Project. The Maine Drawing Project was developed through the unique collaboration of Maine arts organizations called the Maine Curators Group. Twenty venues will offer exhibitions that celebrate the medium of drawing throughout the 2011 calendar year and range from drawing directly on gallery walls, to computer algorithms, to sketches of the northern Maine winters. This is the first time a statewide initiative concerned solely with drawing in its many forms and mediums has been undertaken.

UMPI’s Keren Morin named 2011 Maine Policy Scholar

Thursday, 17 February 2011

– The Maine Community Foundation has announced the Maine Policy Scholars 2010-2011 class. One student from each campus of the University of Maine system has been selected to pursue a year-long program of applied research in the area of Maine public policy.

At the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Keren Morin, a senior Social Work major, is researching how negative portrayals of females in the media impact a female adolescent's concept of her body image. Morin will be recommending that a media literacy component be added to the health curriculum for students in grades 6-8 in Maine schools. Currently, no such curriculum exists except one offered by Hardy Girls Healthy Women.

TRiO Upward Bound garners $45,000 Maine College Access Grant

Monday, 14 February 2011

TriO Upward Bound at the University of Maine at Presque Isle has been awarded a $45,000 Maine College Access grant by the Finance Authority of Maine. The grant monies will help officials to teach high school students in the Upward Bound program about finances and college savings, as well as provide support for Upward Bound graduates who are now in college.

The grant, titled "$uccess! Planning for College and Beyond," will have two main focuses – finance education for Upward Bound students and parents and retention efforts. The grant may be renewed for another four years and there is the potential for funding to increase from year to year.

UMPI professor takes part in Waterville PechaKucha event

Monday, 14 February 2011

University of Maine at Presque Isle Art professor Renee Felini recently took part in a slideshow event that has taken the world by storm. Felini served as one of 10 presenters at the city of Waterville's first PechaKucha Night held last fall at the Hathaway Creative Center. More than 200 people turned out for the event.

PechaKucha, Japanese for chit-chat, was created in 2003 by Tokyo architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein. Presenters are allotted 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide, meaning that once 6 minutes and 40 seconds are up, so is their talk. People have embraced this "short slideshow" concept and PechaKucha nights have been held in cities around the world, from Beijing and Paris to San Francisco and Boston.