McCartney discovers new genera, species during research sabbatical

Monday, 29 March 2010

Dr. Kevin McCartney, Professor of Geology at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, spent the Fall 2009 semester on a research sabbatical at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. According to McCartney, the sabbatical was very successful, resulting in five papers submitted to international journals, and a grant proposal to the National Science Foundation.

Houlton Native Education Center dedication held March 17

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Officials from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and area tribal elders gathered at the Houlton Higher Education Center on March 17 for the dedication of the Houlton Native Education Center, a new student center designed specifically for Native American students in the southern Aroostook County area.

"We are so pleased to be joining with tribal elders throughout the region in dedicating the Houlton Native Education Center and creating a comfortable space for our Native American students as they take their university classes," President Don Zillman said. "This center will help our students continue their educational success and allow us to continue the good work that is being done through our Project Compass efforts."

UMPI, Presque Isle Middle School students to host Medieval Faire

Wednesday, 03 March 2010

Students from the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Medieval History class will be joining with middle school students in Presque Isle Middle School's History Club and members of the Society for Creative Anachronism to host a Medieval Faire for area middle schoolers on Tuesday, March 23 in Wieden Gymnasium.

More than 400 middle school students from across central Aroostook County have been invited to take part in this one-of-a-kind learning opportunity during morning and afternoon sessions. In preparation for their visit, organizers are transforming Wieden gym into a medieval village, complete with a castle, monastery, peasant home, and workshops. They have been helped in their efforts by the University's Physical Plant staff, Dr. Michael Amey's Medieval Literature Class, and other staffers from across campus.

Johnston awarded grant to study biodiversity

Wednesday, 03 March 2010

University of Maine at Presque Isle Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology Dr. Jason Johnston is conducting a three-year study - that ultimately will help to improve the ecological health and biodiversity of managed forests - after receiving a $34,588 grant from the Northeastern States Research Cooperative.

Johnston's grant proposal Effects of Forest Type and Stand Characteristics on Seasonal Abundance of Forest-floor Invertebrates was one of six grants funded during the competitive grant process. His research, which involves collaboration with Ken White of Seven Islands Land Company, focuses on the relationships between the structure and composition of forest stands and the abundance of invertebrates in those stands.

Ireland’s National Treasure to perform at UMPI

Wednesday, 03 March 2010

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Robbie O'Connell will be making an appearance in the University's of Maine at Presque Isle's Wieden Auditorium on Sunday, March 14 at 2 p.m.

Ireland's top music magazine, Hot Press, has called O'Connell "a national treasure" and "a man blessed with an enviable turn of phrase and a gift for melody bestowed on only the few." O'Connell's performance at UMPI will include traditional Irish songs and stories.

SAGE kicks off Spring 2010 class offerings

Wednesday, 03 March 2010

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 a.m. on Thursday, March 18 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 March 18 luncheon, participants will have the opportunity to socialize with SAGE members. Following lunch, they will learn all about upcoming SAGE classes. This spring, SAGE officials are offering a dozen courses and learning excursions - on topics ranging from Buddhism to Journalism Ethics. Learning excursions include trips to the WAGM-TV station in Presque Isle and the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge in Limestone.

University hosts Job & Career Fair 2010

Wednesday, 03 March 2010

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

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

HHEC hosts Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss event

Monday, 01 March 2010

Educational partners at the Houlton Higher Education Center are joining together on Tuesday, March 2 to present a "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!" event for area preschoolers, elementary-age students and community members.

This year's event - a collaboration between UMPI, the Houlton/Hodgdon SAD 29/70 Adult Education program, and NMCC - is being held throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The event is part of the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, which calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of Theodore Geisel, the beloved children's author also known as Dr. Seuss.

UMPI Distinguished Lecturer Judy Wicks to speak on local living economies

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to present Judy Wicks - the founder of the White Dog Café in Philadelphia, the co-founder of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and the founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia - as its next Distinguished Lecturer.

Wicks will deliver her talk Local Living Economies: Green, Fair and Fun on Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the UMPI Campus Center. Responding to the challenges of climate change, resource depletion, and the global financial crisis, Wicks will discuss the growing localization movement that is transitioning from an economy dominated by multinationals and long distance shipping to local living economies that produce basic needs at home while working in harmony with nature.

Reed Gallery presents The Art of Tim Finnemore

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will present the exhibition The Art of Tim Finnemore from March 7 through April 9, providing an up-close look at the paintings and drawings of the northern Maine-based artist.

Tim Finnemore (1951-2001) was born and raised in Aroostook County, growing up on a potato farm in Limestone, Maine. His love of art came early - he drew since childhood - and stayed with him throughout his life. He earned his bachelor's degree in Art from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 1973.

UMPI hosts management courses for the spring semester

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will be offering two courses this spring starting on Wednesday, March 24 as part of its American Management Association's certificate programs. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, March 17.

These spring 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.

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

Monday, 22 February 2010

Momentum Aroostook, MMG Insurance and the University of Maine at Presque Isle are teaming up for the third year in a row 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 and April. The Wednesday sessions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 and April 7, 14 and 21 in the Alumni Room, located on the second floor of the Campus Center.

Dean’s List for Fall 2009 announced

Friday, 12 February 2010


Three hundred and forty-six students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle have been named to the Dean's List for the fall semester, according to Dr. Michael Sonntag, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Museum, local cancer group host Fourth Annual Planet Head Day

Thursday, 04 February 2010

The Northern Maine Museum of Science and Aroostook C.A.N.C.E.R. will be taking a stand against some of the worst things that fate hands out - bitter, cold weather; loss of hair; and Cancer - when it hosts the Fourth Annual Planet Head Day on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Gentile Hall, and everyone is invited to attend.

Since 2007, Planet Head Day has been held to increase awareness of NASA's mission to Pluto and to serve as a fundraiser for the local organization C.A.N.C.E.R [Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery]. Each year, participants from Maine and Canada have donned theatrical bald caps or had their hair shaved off, and then had their heads painted to look like planets, moons, asteroids and comets.

VITA Tax Assistance program available at UMPI this spring

Thursday, 04 February 2010

Area volunteers with the AARP Tax-Aide Program will be on hand at the University of Maine at Presque Isle on Saturdays for the next two months to help members of the community prepare their tax returns.

Volunteers will be providing this free service from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday from Feb. 6 to April 10 in Room 118 of UMPI's Campus Center. The work these volunteers are doing is connected to the VITA [Volunteer Income Tax Assistance] and TCE [Tax Counseling for the Elderly] programs.