Two years in, partnership between UMPI and Carleton Project is yielding significant benefits and opportunities

Friday, 10 June 2011

When Kate Sirois was a high school student at Carleton Project, she was able to complete a biology internship with University of Maine at Presque Isle professor Dr. Jason Johnston, doing college level research while fulfilling her senior project requirements for graduation. And when UMPI Social Work majors needed to learn more about some the challenges that high school students face, they were able to have a candid conversation with Carleton Project students.

UMPI, Red Cross to host Super Blood Drive

Friday, 10 June 2011

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 fourth "Super Blood Drive" this summer, the time of year when the need for blood increases.

The Super Blood Drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27 in Wieden Gymnasium. The event is being sponsored by the University, UMPI's Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and Presque Isle Pizza Hut, and cosponsored by Big Cheese, Country Farm's Market, Freihofer's Bakery, L.L. Bean, Pat's Pizza, and Wal-Mart.

UMPI, Bethany Bible College sign international educational agreement

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

Officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Bethany Bible College met in Sussex on Tuesday, June 7, to sign a cooperative educational agreement. The joint international venture provides students of BBC with a post-degree education option at UMPI, allowing students to attain academic requirements for teacher certification in Maine and New Brunswick.

"We are very pleased to be partnering with Bethany Bible College and providing its graduates with this opportunity to earn their teaching certification," Dr. Michael Sonntag, UMPI's Vice President for Academic Affairs, said. "BBC graduates will be able to transition seamlessly into our Education degree programs, receive hands-on experience in the education field, and ultimately be able to earn their certification in a fairly condensed time period."

Photographer Jason Grass to hold book signing at UMPI

Friday, 03 June 2011

University of Maine at Presque Isle alumnus and photographer Jason Grass will present his first book Faded Away during a book signing on Friday, June 17 from 1-3 p.m. in the Owl's Nest, located in the University's Campus Center.

A personal loss inspired Grass to create this photography art table book, a pictorial journey through the last resting places of many people who, over the centuries, have lived here and called northern Maine their home. His 162-page book takes a thoughtful look at these landscapes, of love ones lost and remembered, or with the passage of time, forgotten, and explores how we deal with loss. Faded Away also showcases the quiet beauty to be found in the area's cemeteries, and provides an important record of this aspect of local history.

University announces 2011 graduates

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Two hundred and thirty-four students graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle during the 2010-2011 academic year. On Saturday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. during the 2010 Commencement Exercises, the University's 102nd Commencement, President Donald Zillman conferred degrees upon 136 students who participated in the ceremony held in Wieden Gymnasium.

University of Maine at Presque Isle hosts 102nd Commencement

Monday, 16 May 2011

Two hundred and thirty-four students graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle on Saturday, May 14, during the 2011 Commencement Exercises – the University's 102nd Commencement ceremony. President Donald Zillman conferred degrees for the 2010-2011 academic year upon 136 students who participated in the ceremony held in Wieden Gymnasium.

Dr. Anthony D. Cortese addressed the graduates as this year's commencement speaker. During the graduation event, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree was presented to Dr. Cortese.

Dr. Anthony Cortese to speak at UMPI Commencement Exercises

Monday, 02 May 2011

President Don Zillman has announced that Dr. Anthony D. Cortese will deliver the commencement address during the University of Maine at Presque Isle's 102nd Commencement Ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 14. During the event, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree will be presented to Dr. Cortese.

"We are honored to have one of our nation's longtime and well-known advocates for environmental sustainability address our graduating class this year. Dr. Cortese's unwavering commitment to and passion for this critical issue is a strong model for our graduates as they enter their chosen careers," said President Zillman. "We are also very pleased to be honoring Dr. Cortese for his outstanding example of the importance of public service."

Students from UMPI, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland debate higher education issues

Friday, 29 April 2011

University of Maine at Presque Isle Education students from the U.S. and Canada recently participated in an international debate about higher education with students from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland.

The hour-long debate, titled Higher Education in the USA, Canada & Poland: Similarities & Differences, was able to happen in real time through the use of teleconferencing technology. The debate, conducted in English, was held during University Day on April 13 and was organized by UMPI's chapter of the Student Education Association of Maine [SEAM].

UMPI students help to organize Intimate Partner Violence training session

Friday, 29 April 2011

University of Maine at Presque Isle students in an honors class on domestic violence are helping to organize a training session for healthcare professionals to be held on Friday, April 29, from Noon to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Approximately 35 healthcare attendees from throughout the community are registered to participate in the training session, titled Health Care Response to Intimate Partner Violence: Reach Out, Recognize, Respond, Refer. The event is being sponsored by the UMPI Criminal Justice Program and the Hope and Justice Project.

UMPI students attend Social Work Day at the State House

Friday, 22 April 2011

University of Maine at Presque Isle Social Work majors gave a presentation during University Day on April 13 about the opportunity they had to meet with their state legislators and learn about how their future careers intersect with state government during a recent trip to Augusta.

Four Social Work majors talked about their trip on March 9 during Social Workers' Legislative Day at the State House, which included opportunities for current and future social workers to meet their legislators, receive an update on National Association of Social Workers [NASW] Maine Chapter's legislative advocacy, and take a tour of the State House. The event also included a lobby tracking and a mock hearing in collaboration with the Maine Women's Lobby.

UMPI professor awarded Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory fellowship

Friday, 22 April 2011

A University of Maine at Presque Isle Biology Professor will take part in a two and a half month research project at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory after earning a Visiting Scientist Fellowship from the prestigious research institution. Her fellowship is being funded in part by the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence [INBRE] program.

Dr. Rachael Hannah is working at the MDIBL from May 15 to July 31, and will focus her research on creating a central nervous system injury model in the zebra fish to better understand neuron regeneration. Dr. Hannah will work with the researcher Dr. Voot Yin, an expert in limb regeneration, on her project. According to Dr. Hannah, nothing like this has been reported thus far. She explained that using zebra fish for her research will help to answer basic questions regarding what happens to our brains after an injury.

UMPI Disc Sports Club hosts dodgeball tournament

Friday, 15 April 2011

The UMPI Disc Sports Club is inviting campus and community members to take part in the inaugural National Amateur Dodgeball Association [NADA] Dodgeball Tournament, to be held from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, in Wieden Gymnasium.

The tournament will serve as a fundraiser for the club – so it can purchase more disc baskets and complete its disc golf course, and also so it can donate some of the funds to the Easton Girls athletic program. The group is hoping to raise $1,000.

UMPI professor delivers lecture in Tennessee

Friday, 15 April 2011

Dr. Stuart R. Gelder, Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and his colleague, Bronwyn W. Williams of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada, just returned from presenting two lectures at the Discover Life in America [DLIA] annual meeting in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

DLIA is the non-profit organization that coordinates the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory [ATBI] in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park [GSMNP]. According to its website, the DLIA is committed to developing a model for research in biodiversity and using that knowledge to develop and disseminate information to encourage the discovery, understanding, preservation and enjoyment of natural resources.

UMPI chapter of Criminal Justice Honor Society chartered

Friday, 15 April 2011

University of Maine at Presque Isle officials are pleased to announce that the UMPI chapter of the Criminal Justice Honor Society has officially been chartered as Chapter Mu Nu.

Dr. Charles Johnson, Alpha Phi Sigma Advisor and Assistant Criminal Justice Professor, comments, "It is indeed a privilege to have a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma at UMPI for those students who strive to be the 'best and the brightest' in the area of criminal justice. There are fewer than 400 Alpha Phi Sigma chapters in the United States, and Mu Nu is the only chapter at a college or university in Maine. This unique opportunity for our criminal justice students is an excellent example of the kind of offerings that UMPI strives to provide for its campus community."