MRPA regional workshop to take place at UMPI

Monday, 30 August 2010

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.

University announces first Distinguished Lecturer of the year

Thursday, 26 August 2010

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce that it will begin its 2010-2011 University Distinguished Lecturer Series with a presentation by award-winning journalist Karin Fischer, who serves as a senior reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Fischer will deliver her talk The New China: A Rising Superpower Opts for Brainpower Rather than Manpower, and Looks to U.S. Colleges to Help It Succeed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9 in the University's Campus Center. The event serves as a homecoming of sorts for Fischer, who grew up in Presque Isle and is a 1992 graduate of Presque Isle High School.

UMPI offers new Associate’s degree program in Special Education

Thursday, 26 August 2010

This fall, the University of Maine at Presque Isle will begin offering a new Associate's degree especially designed to prepare, and provide quality training opportunities for, individuals who want to work in the Special Education field as teacher aides in the State of Maine.

The University is offering the state's first ever Special Education Paraprofessional Associate of Arts Degree. The new degree will prepare students to work as teacher aides/educational technicians – also known as special education paraprofessionals – in K-12 classrooms throughout the state. The degree is aimed at satisfying federal mandates for 'highly qualified personnel' in the field of Special Education, both under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004.

UMPI announces new Head Golf Coach

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce that it has hired Daniel Hotham as its new Head Golf Coach.

Hotham recently retired from Northern Maine Community College, where, in addition to his work as the institution's longest serving faculty member, he served for more than 20 years as the first head coach of the varsity golf team. During his time as golf coach at NMCC, the Falcons were members of the Maine Small College Conference, which included community colleges from around the state and the University of Maine at Augusta. During his 22 years of coaching at NMCC, the Falcons won the conference title three times.

Paul Stone to take over UMPI’s Ski program

Tuesday, 03 August 2010

Officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle officially announced Tuesday that they have hired Paul Stone as Head Coach of their NCAA Nordic Ski Team.

Stone comes to UMPI from the University of Vermont, where he served as head Nordic Coach for the past four seasons, and where he was named NCAA Eastern Coach of the Year in 2009. He also has been the interim head coach of Colby College (2004-2005 season) and Williams College (2003-2004), prior to taking over the UVM program in 2006. He was also the head coach of southern Maine-based Coastal Nordic Ski Team for the 2005-2006 season. Stone has coached two NCAA Champions and placed skiers in the top 10 at Junior Olympics, NCAA Championships and U.S. National Championships.

UMPI leads University of Maine System with 80 percent increase in summer enrollments

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

With its summer enrollment numbers nearly doubling since last year, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has the highest percentage increase within the University of Maine System of students taking summer courses. Officials are attributing the increase in large part to summer online course offerings and efforts to respond to students' needs.

This year's summer enrollment is at 886 students, compared to 488 students in 2009, an increase of more than 80 percent from last summer. UMPI officials say the significant increase is due to two major factors - a wider variety of online courses being offered at the campus than ever before and a large number of students throughout the state of Maine and beyond who are taking advantage of these courses because they fit conveniently into their busy summer schedules.

UMPI, NMCC announce partnership to help Early Childhood Education students meet new state requirements

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Northern Maine Community College officially announced on Wednesday, July 14, a partnership between the two institutions that will benefit NMCC students preparing for jobs as Head Start teachers and early childhood educators and help them to meet new state requirements for teaching in their field.

Recent state requirements have increased the qualifications for preschool teachers. Educators who teach children from birth to age 5 - and who earn their Maine teaching endorsement after July 1, 2009 - must have or be working toward a Bachelor's degree in order to teach. Right now, NMCC offers an Associate's degree program in Early Childhood Education, but there are no colleges or universities in northern Maine that offer a four-year Early Childhood Education degree.

The partnership between UMPI and NMCC will create a pathway for NMCC students in the Early Childhood Education program so that, upon graduation, they can transition seamlessly into UMPI's Elementary Education Bachelor's degree program. Officials have worked for the past year to develop a new Early Childhood Education concentration within UMPI's Elementary Education degree program that will allow these students to meet the state requirements.

UMPI, City of Presque Isle and local organizations team up to offer Third Annual “Music in the Park” Series

Thursday, 01 July 2010

Riverside Park in Downtown Presque Isle will once again be filled with music on Sunday afternoons this summer as the City of Presque Isle, the Presque Isle Downtown Revitalization Committee and the University of Maine at Presque Isle host the Third Annual "Music in the Park" Series.

This year's concerts will be held on Sunday, July 11, 18, 25 and August 8, 2010.

The free concert series, which attracted average crowd sizes of about 200 people per show last year, will include four shows this summer, ranging from Acadian music to African drumming. Each Sunday afternoon performance will feature an opening act and a main act.

Gelder, Williams return from research trip funded by nearly $5,000 Discover Life in America grant

Friday, 25 June 2010

Dr. Stuart R. Gelder, Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and Ms. Bronwyn W. Williams, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada, recently returned from a research trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park [GSMNP] after being awarded a $4,940 grant from the Discover Life in America [DLIA] fund.

The grant supported the very first survey of crayfish worms in the national park and may also lead to a much larger research project that would involve multiple scientists and potentially could be funded through a National Science Foundation grant.

UMPI, Red Cross to host Super Blood Drive

Monday, 21 June 2010

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 third "Super Blood Drive" this summer, the time of year when the need for blood increases. Right now, type O negative blood is especially needed in the New England region.

The Super Blood Drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29 in Wieden Gymnasium. The event is being sponsored by the University, UMPI's Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Mojo's, and Trinity Blue Mason's Lodge #130. The event will feature prizes, food and snacks for all donors.

UMPI to host 35th National Institute on Rural Social Work

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce that it will serve as the host of the 35th National Institute on Rural Social Work. The institute is expected to bring together social work and human services professionals from all over the United States and parts of Canada for a three-day conference focused on issues surrounding rural social work.

The event, to be held from July 14-17 and sponsored by UMPI's Social Work Program and the National Rural Social Work Caucus, was held last year in Duluth, Minn. and will be held next year in Natchitoches, La. The theme of this year's conference is "The 3 R's of Rural Social Work: Relationships, Resources & Resiliency."

Reed Fine Art Gallery announces call for entries

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery is sending out a call to Aroostook County artists for drawing submissions that will be considered for inclusion in a juried exhibition connected with a statewide drawing initiative.

The "Just Line" exhibition - meant to feature local talent and to be displayed in the Reed Gallery during its 2010-2011 regular season - is one of many exhibitions that will take place throughout Maine in 2011 as part of the Maine Drawing Project. More than 20 institutions are participating in the statewide project, each presenting an exhibition associated in some way with drawing. Organized by the Maine Curators Group, this is the first time a statewide initiative concerned solely with drawing in its many forms and mediums has been undertaken.

University announces 2010 graduates

Tuesday, 01 June 2010

Two hundred and seventeen students graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle during the 2009-2010 academic year. On Saturday, May 15, at 10:30 a.m. during the 2010 Commencement Exercises, the University's 101st Commencement, President Donald Zillman conferred degrees upon 133 students who participated in the ceremony held in Wieden Gymnasium.