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."

UMPI professor to present art at Waterville cinema

Thursday, 14 April 2011

University of Maine at Presque Isle Art professor Renee Felini will showcase the next installment of her Art as My Vehicle series at the Railroad Square Cinema – located at 17 Railroad Square in Waterville – on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m.

Felini will premiere a short film as the final result of Art as My Vehicle #9: Run a Mile - Climbing My Mount Everest, followed by a question and answer session with the artist. She describes the piece like this: "At age 30, I could not say that I had ever run a full mile. When playing soccer while younger, the running was in spurts. One of the main reasons I quit the volleyball team after junior high was that I could not meet the running requirements levied by the high school coach. I reluctantly admit that I even cheated on the running portion of the Presidential Fitness Test in grade school, skipping laps in the mile. I finally decided it was time I meet this challenge head on. No time requirements were set. I simply had to run a full mile, start to finish. I received motivation from the team of two camera operators and the driver in the car I ran behind. The accomplishment is documented with a video of me running toward the camera for a mile."

Johnston to receive Distinguished Recent Alumni Award

Monday, 11 April 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Alumni Board of Directors has announced that a Maine State Trooper has been named the recipient of its 2011 Distinguished Recent Alumni Award.

Michael P. Johnston, a Maine State Trooper with the Maine State Police Troop E in Orono, Maine, will be presented with the Distinguished Recent Alumni Award during the University Day luncheon at Noon on Wednesday, April 13, in the Campus Center.

Women, spring celebrated during poetry reading at UMPI

Wednesday, 06 April 2011

Members of the campus and community gathered at the Owl's Nest in the Campus Center on Thursday, March 31, for a University of Maine at Presque Isle poetry reading that welcomed spring and celebrated Women's History Month.

Students, faculty and staff members, community members, and even an alumnae and her daughter, participated in the hour-and-a-half-long reading. The participants read poems about women, by women, and for women, as well as some that focused on the long-anticipated spring season.

Students host Native Appreciation Day

Wednesday, 06 April 2011

Students from the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Native Voices group will host a day-long event meant to develop strong connections between higher education and the Native American/First Nations indigenous populations by setting aside a day on campus that focuses on their culture and traditions.

The group will host the Fourth Annual Native Appreciation Day from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, in Wieden Hall. All interested students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public are welcome to attend and participate in this free event, which is being supported by Project Compass.

UMPI to celebrate 10th annual University DayPresentations by students and alumni/ae to be featured

Wednesday, 06 April 2011

From spiders to solving the DNA puzzle to inmate partner violence, students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle will showcase their academic research, scholarly work and community service on Wednesday, April 13, during University Day. The theme of this year's event is A Decade of Learning: Showcasing 10 Years of University Day, 2001-2011. As part of the special ten year celebration, several alumni/ae who participated in previous University Day presentations will speak about their experience and its impact on their careers.

University Day is an event that heightens students' awareness of the work being done by peers in all of the disciplines represented on campus. The annual campus event allows students to better understand how disciplines interrelate and how the academic work they do applies to the local and global community. It is also an opportunity for students to experience a professional conference format. No regular classes are held during University Day, but in their stead, students are encouraged to attend student-led presentations and talks held during five sessions throughout the day.

Student Support Services Program Awards Grant Aid

Monday, 04 April 2011

During a President's Reception held on March 31, 19 students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle received grant awards through the Student Support Services Program. Each full-time-student award was approximately $600 and will assist the students by reducing their loans.

On December 15, 2000, Section 17 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 was amended to provide grant aid for eligible TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSS) students. The respective college/university SSS Program selects the recipients and awards the grant money to eligible freshman and sophomore college students who are active participants, have successfully completed at least one semester, and are receiving Federal Pell Grants.

UMPI’s Geo-Ecology Club explores Iceland

Monday, 04 April 2011

UMPI’s Geo-Ecology Club explores Iceland

A group of geology students and a professor from the University of Maine at Presque Isle recently explored the geological wonders of Iceland as part of the Geo-Ecology Club's annual spring break excursion.

"I have led a Geo-Ecology Club trip near every Spring break for the 23 years I have been at UMPI, but this is the first time that we needed an airplane to reach our destination," trip leader Dr. Kevin McCartney said.

During their trip, the Geo-Ecology Club explored the southwestern quarter of the island from their home base – an apartment near Reykjavik. The group had five full days, which were spent in traveling a loop in each direction, plus a day of exploration and shopping in Reykjavik. An emphasis was placed on visiting geological features, but the group also saw various historical and cultural sites.