With its summer enrollment numbers nearly doubling since last year, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has the highest percentage increase within the University of Maine System of students taking summer courses. Officials are attributing the increase in large part to summer online course offerings and efforts to respond to students' needs.This year's summer enrollment is at 886 students, compared to 488 students in 2009, an increase of more than 80 percent from last summer. UMPI officials say the significant increase is due to two major factors - a wider variety of online courses being offered at the campus than ever before and a large number of students throughout the state of Maine and beyond who are taking advantage of these courses because they fit conveniently into their busy summer schedules.
Officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Northern Maine Community College officially announced on Wednesday, July 14, a partnership between the two institutions that will benefit NMCC students preparing for jobs as Head Start teachers and early childhood educators and help them to meet new state requirements for teaching in their field.
Recent state requirements have increased the qualifications for preschool teachers. Educators who teach children from birth to age 5 - and who earn their Maine teaching endorsement after July 1, 2009 - must have or be working toward a Bachelor's degree in order to teach. Right now, NMCC offers an Associate's degree program in Early Childhood Education, but there are no colleges or universities in northern Maine that offer a four-year Early Childhood Education degree.The partnership between UMPI and NMCC will create a pathway for NMCC students in the Early Childhood Education program so that, upon graduation, they can transition seamlessly into UMPI's Elementary Education Bachelor's degree program. Officials have worked for the past year to develop a new Early Childhood Education concentration within UMPI's Elementary Education degree program that will allow these students to meet the state requirements.
Riverside Park in Downtown Presque Isle will once again be filled with music on Sunday afternoons this summer as the City of Presque Isle, the Presque Isle Downtown Revitalization Committee and the University of Maine at Presque Isle host the Third Annual "Music in the Park" Series.
This year's concerts will be held on Sunday, July 11, 18, 25 and August 8, 2010.The free concert series, which attracted average crowd sizes of about 200 people per show last year, will include four shows this summer, ranging from Acadian music to African drumming. Each Sunday afternoon performance will feature an opening act and a main act.
Dr. Stuart R. Gelder, Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and Ms. Bronwyn W. Williams, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada, recently returned from a research trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park [GSMNP] after being awarded a $4,940 grant from the Discover Life in America [DLIA] fund.The grant supported the very first survey of crayfish worms in the national park and may also lead to a much larger research project that would involve multiple scientists and potentially could be funded through a National Science Foundation grant.
Three hundred and forty seven students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle have been named to the Dean's List for the spring semester, according to Dr. Michael Sonntag, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The American Red Cross and the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Residence Life Office are teaming up to pull off the University's third "Super Blood Drive" this summer, the time of year when the need for blood increases. Right now, type O negative blood is especially needed in the New England region.The Super Blood Drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29 in Wieden Gymnasium. The event is being sponsored by the University, UMPI's Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Mojo's, and Trinity Blue Mason's Lodge #130. The event will feature prizes, food and snacks for all donors.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce that it will serve as the host of the 35th National Institute on Rural Social Work. The institute is expected to bring together social work and human services professionals from all over the United States and parts of Canada for a three-day conference focused on issues surrounding rural social work.The event, to be held from July 14-17 and sponsored by UMPI's Social Work Program and the National Rural Social Work Caucus, was held last year in Duluth, Minn. and will be held next year in Natchitoches, La. The theme of this year's conference is "The 3 R's of Rural Social Work: Relationships, Resources & Resiliency."
The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery is sending out a call to Aroostook County artists for drawing submissions that will be considered for inclusion in a juried exhibition connected with a statewide drawing initiative.The "Just Line" exhibition - meant to feature local talent and to be displayed in the Reed Gallery during its 2010-2011 regular season - is one of many exhibitions that will take place throughout Maine in 2011 as part of the Maine Drawing Project. More than 20 institutions are participating in the statewide project, each presenting an exhibition associated in some way with drawing. Organized by the Maine Curators Group, this is the first time a statewide initiative concerned solely with drawing in its many forms and mediums has been undertaken.
Two hundred and seventeen students graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle on Saturday, May 15, during the 2010 Commencement Exercises - the University's 101st Commencement ceremony. President Donald Zillman conferred degrees for the 2009-2010 academic year upon 133 students who participated in the ceremony held in Wieden Gymnasium.U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins addressed the graduates as this year's commencement speaker. During the graduation event, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degrees were presented to Senator Collins, and David and Roberta Griffiths, long-time pillars of the Presque Isle and university communities.
Campus and community members will have the opportunity to watch an evening's worth of new and locally-produced short films when the Fine Art Department of the University of Maine at Presque hosts the first annual Fiddleheads Film Festival, starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, in UMPI's Wieden Auditorium.Several short films, each 15 minutes or less and created by local students and community members, will be showcased.
Sarah Smiley - author of the nationally syndicated newspaper column "Shore Duty," which reaches more than 2 million readers weekly - will serve as guest speaker during the Houlton Higher Education Center's "Graduation Celebration" at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 20.The nationally known writer is coming to northern Maine through the coordination of Bernadette Farrar, Assistant Director of the Houlton/Hodgdon SAD #29/70 Adult Education program, which is housed at the Houlton Center, and HHEC Director Chuck Ames. The center, which opened its doors for classes in August 2001, is administered by the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship was created in 1998 and honors the Northern Ireland peace accord brokered by Senator Mitchell between the governments and peoples of Ireland and the United Kingdom. The accord was reached on Good Friday, April 10, 1998, and accepted by vote of the citizens of Ireland and Northern Ireland on May 22, 1998.