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Blistered Fingers to perform Jan. 30

Friday, 22 January 2010

The sounds of Bluegrass will fill Wieden Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. when Blistered Fingers performs at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Blistered Fingers is a fast-moving traditional Bluegrass Band from the Central Maine area that travels extensively around the northeast and eastern Canada. They will present "Blistered Fingers: A Night of Bluegrass" during their performance at UMPI. This concert is sponsored by County Bluegrass, WCXU-Channel X Radio, and the UMPI Cultural Affairs Office.

University kicks off College Goal Sunday

Friday, 22 January 2010

One week before the Super Bowl and all the festivities surrounding it, the University of Maine at Presque Isle will host an annual party of its own for high school and college students - College Goal Sunday.

Staff members will be on hand Sunday, Jan. 31 beginning at 2 p.m. in Folsom 105 to assist students in completing and filing their FAFSA [Free Application for Federal Student Aid] forms. This free event is open to the entire community. High school seniors and parents are especially encouraged to attend, along with currently enrolled college students needing assistance.

Philip Mentor to perform at UMPI

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

The University of Maine at Presque Isle presents classically trained baritone Phillip Mentor on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center for a concert titled "A Spiritual Odyssey."

Mentor's performance will take an introspective look at African-American culture by offering up several spirituals, including Deep River; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen; The Gospel Train; and Go Down, Moses.

Reed Fine Art Gallery presents “Recent Acquisitions”

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will present as its first exhibition of 2010 a show titled "Recent Acquisitions," presenting several newer pieces from the University's art collections. Many of these pieces - including works by Fred Lynch, Chenoweth Hall, Risa Ehrlich and Gretchen Luchessi - have not yet been seen by the general public or campus community.

Felini, Bair present installation performance piece in downtown Presque Isle

Monday, 14 December 2009

Motorists and passersby on Main Street may have noticed something unique happening this week in one of the downtown Presque Isle storefronts: a wall of calendars - 365 to be exact - and a young man crossing out particular days on those calendars.

This art installation performance piece - called Is This the Way Life Should Be? - was conceived by University of Maine at Presque Isle Art Professor Renee Felini and is being performed by her husband Tim Bair.

President’s books adding to the global conversation on energy

Wednesday, 09 December 2009

Two books on energy and sustainability issues that University of Maine at Presque Isle President Don Zillman helped to write are taking on new life online and have even helped add to the global conversation surrounding the United Nations Climate Change Conference underway this week in Copenhagen.

Gentile Hall installs more than $60,000 in new equipment

Wednesday, 09 December 2009

More than $60,000 in new equipment has been installed at Gentile Hall thanks to the Legacy Gift given to the institution earlier this year by the late Caroline D. Gentile, the University of Maine at Presque Isle's longest serving faculty member. The equipment is helping to increase energy efficiency in the campus building and provide more options for exercise facility patrons.

A $50,000 pool cover system and about $13,000 in exercise equipment have been put in place at the health and wellness center this fall. Officials were able to purchase these items because of Miss Gentile's efforts during her lifetime to promote health and physical education, which are continuing now through her Legacy Gift.

Gift given in memory of Edgar Doak

Wednesday, 09 December 2009

An Aroostook County family recently honored the memory of their father and grandfather, Edgar Doak - and his example of service to his community - with the donation of an electric scooter chair to the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

The scooter chair, valued at more than $5,400, will be made available to campus visitors as well as students, faculty, and staff who need mobility assistance in order to travel around campus. The chair will be kept in South Hall and signed out on a need-to-use basis.

Edgar Doak was born in Caribou and lived in Aroostook County for his entire life. He was 93 years old when he passed away this summer. Doak was well known to many through his work over the years as a farmer and with the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. In retirement, he volunteered at Cary Medical Center, where he received honors for providing more than 1,500 hours of community service.

Dr. Wood presents special workshop in Denver

Wednesday, 09 December 2009

Dr. Bonnie Wood, Professor of Biology at the University of Maine at Presque, was recently in Denver, Colorado, to present a Special Workshop entitled Lecture-Free Teaching: A Learning Partnership between Science Educators and their Students at the 2009 Professional Development Conference of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). Each participant received a copy of Dr. Wood's newly-published book of the same title (NSTA Press, 2009), the cost of which was included in the Special Workshop fee. The book was used as a workbook during the session.

Putnam presents on inclusive special education in Spain

Wednesday, 09 December 2009

An Education professor at UMPI recently was in Spain to present at the Global Conference on Inclusive Education, an event organized by Inclusion International, a global federation of organizations advocating for the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide.

Dr. JoAnne Putnam gave a presentation titled Teacher Education Program Models for Inclusion during the conference, which was held in Salamanca, Spain from Oct. 21-23. Inclusive education involves including students with special needs in the same educational arrangements as the majority of children through quality education and support for different styles and rates of learning.

UMPI hosts dedication of new GIS lab

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The University of Maine at Presque Isle hosted a dedication ceremony for its new GIS laboratory, the Geospatial Information Technology Center, during World GIS Day on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009.

UMPI to host GPS workshop, dedication of new GIS lab

Monday, 16 November 2009

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will dedicate its new GIS laboratory, the Geospatial Information Technology Center this November, and host a GPS workshop in the same day.

Both the GPS workshop and the lab dedication will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Room 201 of Folsom Hall. The GPS workshop will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. and the lab dedication will take place immediately following the workshop. November 18th is World GIS Day, which is sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, the Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and ESRI.

Composer Samuel Hazo to speak on music advocacy

Monday, 16 November 2009

The University of Maine at Presque Isle brings to campus a musical composer whose work has been performed with Brooke Shields and James Earl Jones when it hosts Samuel Hazo as its third Distinguished Lecturer of the 2009-2010 academic year.

Mr. Hazo will speak at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30 in the Campus Center about how music helps us all to become better students and citizens of the world during his talk "The New Face of Music Advocacy" - a message for music lovers, educators and community members alike. He will discuss the importance and the benefits of participating in music programs and in keeping music in schools and in our lives beyond school. All are invited to attend this free event.

UMPI Professor honors veterans with trips to Saipan, Guadalcanal

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

A professor at the University of Maine at Presque Isle has found a unique way to honor the veterans of World War II and ensure that their service to their country is never forgotten.

Each year without fail, Professor Anderson Giles makes at least one pilgrimage to the Pacific islands to participate in commemoration ceremonies, lead trips to historic battle sites, and preserve through film, photographs and interviews the history and stories of what happened there more than 60 years ago.

Braden Theater to host official film premiere on UMPI’s Wind Project

Monday, 09 November 2009

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's wind project will appear on the big screen for one night only when the Braden Theater hosts the official film premiere of Wind 101: The University of Maine at Presque Isle Builds a Wind Turbine on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 5-6:30 p.m.

The half-hour long, high definition film, directed by local videographer and filmmaker Frank Grant and narrated by long-time theater professor Joseph Zubrick, follows the step-by-step process it took for the University to complete this major renewable energy project - from the very first energy survey to the very last installation detail - and the bumps encountered along the way. This film also shows the work the University has done to turn this project into an educational opportunity for its students and the greater community.

The film premiere will include a social time with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar prior to the screening, which is set to begin at around 5:30 p.m. Following the film showing, there will be a short question and answer session with the filmmakers and University officials highly involved in the project.