Public invited to attend poetry reading in honor of Women’s History Month

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Campus and community members are invited to welcome spring and celebrate Women's History Month when University of Maine at Presque Isle students host a poetry reading on Thursday, March 31 at Noon in the Campus Center. Refreshments will be provided and the public is invited to attend.

The event, which is being sponsored by the University's English Program and its online journal Upcountry, is slated to feature students' original works, as well as romantic and pastoral poems "from the Greats," according to student organizer Candice Rivera. Rivera and fellow English major Mika Ouellette are organizing the poetry reading.

UMPI’s Diversity Committee hosts talk by Dena Winslow

Monday, 21 March 2011

The Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Maine, Dr. Dena L. Winslow, will deliver a lecture, Unraveling the Mysteries of Learning Disabilities, at the University of Maine at Presque Isle at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 28, in the Campus Center.

Dr. Winslow will present an interactive workshop exploring the myths and realities of learning disabilities during her Monday night talk. The public is invited to attend this free event, which is being sponsored by the University's Diversity Committee as a Diversity Awareness activity.

UMPI hosts Maine State Climatologist Dr. George Jacobson

Monday, 21 March 2011

Maine State Climatologist Dr. George Jacobson will deliver a lecture, Climate Variability and Biodiversity -- Past and Future, at the University of Maine at Presque Isle at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, in the Campus Center. The public is invited to attend this free event.

During his talk, Dr. Jacobson will examine the nature of long-term climate variability and how that has changed ecosystems in Maine and the northeast over the past 20,000 years. He also will discuss how future changes in climate are likely to influence our landscapes.

UMPI, Momentum Aroostook, MMG Insurance join forces to offer fourth Young Professionals Institute

Friday, 11 March 2011

Momentum Aroostook, MMG Insurance and the University of Maine at Presque Isle are teaming up for the fourth time to provide the area's young professionals with a one-of-a-kind leadership development opportunity.

The three entities will host the Young Professionals Institute, a professional development short course designed specifically for emerging leaders looking to hone their professional skills. The program will be offered at the University during eight afternoon sessions between March, April and May. Most classes will be held in the Campus Center's Alumni Room.

Public invited to attend UMPI: CSI event

Friday, 11 March 2011

Campus and community members will have a chance to try their hand at crime scene investigation when University of Maine at Presque Isle students host UMPI:CSI on Tuesday, March 15 in the Campus Center's Multi-Purpose Room. Two sessions will be held: from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. UMPI:CSI is being sponsored by the Student Activities Office and the Criminal Justice majors.

Organizers are working with two of the region's police detectives to put on the event, which involves recreating an actual crime scene and having people work in groups to review the scene, look for clues, and make a conclusion about what happened. Detective Adam R. Stoutamyer of the Maine State Police, Criminal Investigation Division III, and Detective Bill Scull of the Presque Isle Police Department will be overseeing activities at the mock crime scene.

UMPI Art Professor showcases work at ARTexchange in New York City

Friday, 11 March 2011

University of Maine at Presque Isle Assistant Professor of Fine Art Renee Felini travelled to New York City to share her artwork in the ARTexchange presented in conjunction with the College Art Association (CAA) 99th Annual Conference. The CAA celebrated the second year of the ARTexchange with a one-night event held on Feb. 11.

UMPI Ceramics students to display work

Friday, 04 March 2011

An artwork display of University of Maine at Presque Isle first-level ceramics students will open to the public on Friday, March 4 at the Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library. The exhibit is a celebration of ceramics pieces created by students during the fall semester. The show will be displayed for the entire month of March.

Student group hosts panel presentation about immigration

Wednesday, 02 March 2011

The Student Organization of Social Work at the University of Maine at Presque Isle will host a special panel presentation about immigration experiences on Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Leaving Home: An International Journey will feature two panelists speaking about issues around immigration and their personal immigration stories. The event, which is supported by UMPI's Diversity Committee, is being offered thanks to a University of Maine System Diversity Mini-Grant that the student organization received. The diversity mini-grants are meant to fund events, projects and activities that promote the retention of diverse student, faculty and staff populations.

University hosts Career & Job Fair 2011

Wednesday, 02 March 2011

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host its Annual Career & Job Fair in the Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. Twenty businesses and governmental agencies from the region and across the state are expected to participate in the event.

"The Career & Job Fair provides a unique opportunity for our students and the public to explore career options, network with employers, discover opportunities and gain professional employment," Barbara DeVaney, Director of Career Services, said.

UMPI to host brain art event in honor of Brain Awareness Week

Wednesday, 02 March 2011

– Art and science will come together at the University of Maine at Presque Isle when two professors host an event in honor of internationally celebrated Brain Awareness Week. "North of Ordinary Neuro-Art Night" will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 in the Pullen Art Room.

Biology professor Dr. Rachael Hannah and Art professor Renee Felini are teaming up to offer a fun art project that also will teach participants about brain function and neuroscience. Felini will be creating brain molds out of silicon rubber. Plaster brains will be produced from the molds that participants will be able to paint under Felini's guidance. Hannah will offer a 15-minute presentation about the human brain, showing how brains are mapped, and then participants will use that information and their imagination to create their brain art.

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."