The University of Maine at Presque Isle is welcoming several new employees at the start of the 2010-2011 academic year, including new professors, four coaches, and professional staffers.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Faculty Noon Seminar Series returns for the Fall 2010 semester with presentations on climate change in Central Asia, promoting student creativity, terror management theory, and even a discussion that involves a candidate in the upcoming Maine gubernatorial election.
Seminars will be held on Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Normal Hall Faculty Lounge, unless otherwise noted. Presentations will be 20-30 minutes in length with a discussion period to follow. Those attending are welcome to bring their lunches and join in the discussion.
Dr. Linda Graves, a Medical Laboratory Technology Professor at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, has published her third book, Clinical Laboratory Chemistry, along with her co-author Robert Sunheimer of the State University of New York.
Dr. Graves, a faculty member since 1976, has been working on this book for the past five years. Clinical Laboratory Chemistry was published in July 2010 by Pearson; her first two books, published with Prentice Hall, were Outline Review of Medical Technology/ Clinical Laboratory Science and Case Studies in Clinical Laboratory Science.
A short film that had its beginnings in a University of Maine at Presque Isle course on screenwriting and filmmaking – and was completed by a Hollywood cinematographer and a nationally acclaimed writer – will appear on the big screen for one night only when the Braden Theater hosts the official film premiere of The Proposal on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, from 5-6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and tickets are $10 each. For more information or to purchase a ticket or reserve a seat, call 768-9452.
This half-hour film presentation was directed by Zoran Popovic – the cinematographer for the 2008 film War, Inc. – and co-directed by award-winning writer Cathie Pelletier. Pelletier taught the UMPI screenwriting course where the film was conceived and gave students in the class a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with Popovic and gain an understanding of what it takes to turn a screenplay into a movie.
The Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce will be the subject of a business case study created by a University of Maine at Presque Isle Business faculty member that, once completed, will be able to be used around the world in the teaching of college business students.
UMPI Associate Professor Robert Murray, who is writing the case study, said, "The Chamber's story is ideal for instruction because, although half of all business majors indicate that they would like to start their own business some day, most have no idea what services a chamber of commerce provides to entrepreneurs."
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host its annual Community and Campus Club Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Campus Center Multipurpose Room.
For the past 15 years, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has kicked off the academic year with this event, which allows campus clubs and organizations to showcase and promote their groups to the student body and the community.
Officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle will host a special unveiling ceremony during Homecoming 2010 festivities on Friday, Sept. 17 near Folsom Hall to celebrate a new outdoor sculpture on campus that has been installed as part of the State of Maine's Percent for Art program.
The unveiling of the stone sculpture To the Other Side – which was created by Arrowsic-based artist Andreas von Huene – will take place immediately after UMPI President Don Zillman delivers the State of the University Address, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Wieden Auditorium.
The installation of the sculpture symbolizes the final step in the $2 million renovation project completed at Folsom Hall, the University's major classroom building, back in 2008.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will be offering two courses this fall beginning Tuesday, Oct. 5 and Wednesday, Oct. 20 as part of its American Management Association's certificate programs. The course registration deadline is seven days prior to each course starting date.
These fall courses, part of a multi-course curriculum leading to Certificates in Management and Human Resources Management, are specifically created to meet the unique needs of working professionals who want to be more effective in their current positions and better prepared for future advancement, according to Keith Madore, campus AMA coordinator.
A University of Maine at Presque Isle program that serves local residents over 50 and believes in "learning for life" will host its fall kick-off with a luncheon event at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 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 16 senior colleges in the Maine Senior College Network, and the only one north of Orono.
At the Sept. 17th luncheon, participants will have the opportunity to socialize with SAGE members. Following lunch, they will learn all about upcoming SAGE classes. This fall, SAGE officials are offering 13 courses and learning excursions – on topics ranging from classic novels to Genealogy to UFO's and Astronomy. Learning excursions include trips to an Amish farm in Fort Fairfield and the Homestead Lodge and Big Wheel Game Preserve in Oxbow.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will honor two alumni during its Annual Alumni Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, held as part of the University's Homecoming 2010 activities the weekend of Sept. 17-19.
Alumna Marjorie Queen will be honored with the Educator of the Year Award, which is presented to an alumnus/alumna who has received ongoing recognition as an outstanding educator. This recipient may also have shown active or supportive involvement with the Alumni Association, support of the university, a successful career that reflects well on the University, and outstanding leadership qualities.
Alumna Sherry Churchill will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is presented to an alumnus/alumna who has made long-term contributions to the Alumni Association or the University, or who has received professional recognition that has reflected positively on the University.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will host a closing reception for the 2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition on Friday, Sept. 10 from 4-6 p.m.
The show, which has been on display throughout the summer, features the selected works of nine UMPI Fine Art students from their solo exhibitions. The Reed Fine Art Gallery has presented a Senior Thesis Exhibition each year for the last three years as an opportunity for young and upcoming artists in northern Maine to showcase their work to the public and to provide a forum for these students to discuss their works.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is hosting a jam-packed Homecoming 2010 celebration from Friday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 19, offering everything from a concert by famed interactive retro band Motor Booty Affair to a silent auction to athletic events, socials, alumni games and the annual Hall of Fame dinner.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will celebrate the 223rd birthday of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with a unique "Living History" lecture delivered by UMPI political science lecturer Dr. Brent Andersen.
On Friday, September 17, from 10-11 a.m., students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to observe Constitution Day by gathering in the University's Campus Center for the special lecture, which is titled Alexander Hamilton Looks Back on the Drafting and Adoption of the Constitution.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to present famed interactive retro band Motor Booty Affair during its Homecoming 2010 festivities on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 8:30 p.m. in Wieden Gymnasium. Campus and community members are invited to attend this concert.
Motor Booty Affair, dubbed "The Ultimate Disco Party Band," delivers 1970's dance floor classics with flair – complete with afros, bell bottoms, platform shoes and lots of polyester. The band consists of four "funkateers straight from the Planet Funktar" – Superfly, Spanish Fly, Sir Rumpus Funkberry and Cyclone Link Skywalker Jr. – who will perform hits by Earth Wind & Fire, The Bee Gees, KC & the Sunshine Band, Chic, The Commodores, Barry White, Abba and more.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will welcome parks and recreation officials from across Maine and from Canada when the Northern Maine Community Recreation Association hosts the Maine Recreation and Parks Association's Regional Workshop from Oct. 21 to 22.
The MRPA's fall workshop is held at a different site in Maine each year. This year, more than 90 participants are expected to visit Aroostook County for the two-day workshop, which will take place at UMPI and the Nordic Heritage Center and include sessions on developing capital improvement plans, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, low ropes initiatives for strengthening team building, and cooperative partnerships through conservation easements. Dr. Darrell J. Burnett, a nationally recognized clinical sports psychologist and the author of several books including Positive Coaching and It's Just a Game!, will serve as this year's keynote speaker.