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Reed Gallery presents Bruce Brown show

Friday, 24 April 2009

An educator and art collector who will receive an honorary degree during the University's 100th commencement this May will present a selection of minimalist prints and drawings from his renowned collection this spring at the Reed Fine Art Gallery.

Bruce Brown, a Portland native and curator emeritus of the Center for Maine Contemporary Arts in Rockport, presents Next to Nothing is Everything between April 27 and May 23. A reception in the gallery will be held on Friday, May 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. Brown will present an informal talk and answer questions about the works from his collection. This event is free and open to the public.

“A Call to Men” co-founder to speak on domestic violence

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

The co-founder of a national organization committed to ending violence against women will visit the University in April to give a presentation on domestic violence and community strategies for addressing it.

Ted Bunch, an educator, activist, lecturer, and co-founder of A Call to Men: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women, will deliver a presentation entitled How Can You Stop Domestic Violence in Aroostook County? on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. The community is invited to attend this free presentation.

UMPI partners with Carleton Project on alternative school site for Presque Isle

Friday, 03 April 2009

The University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Carleton Project held a joint press conference on Friday, April 3 to announce a partnership that will allow the alternative private school to establish a permanent location in the Presque Isle area.

President Don Zillman and Jennifer Walker, Executive Director of the Carleton Project, were joined by UMPI's Center for University Programs Chair Kim-Anne Perkins and Carleton Project Board Member Roger Shaw in announcing that the University will provide classroom space on its campus for the Carleton Project. This agreement will allow the Carleton Project to offer classes to students in the greater Presque Isle area while providing them with important exposure to the atmosphere of a college campus.

Students host Native American Appreciation Day

Wednesday, 01 April 2009

Students from the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Native Voices group will host a day-long event meant to develop strong connections between education and the Native American culture and traditions of the area's indigenous populations.

The group will host the second annual Native American Appreciation Day from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 17 in the Campus Center. All interested students, faculty, staff, and members of the general public are welcome to attend and participate in this free event, which is being supported by Project Compass.

World Language Day to broaden students’ horizons

Wednesday, 01 April 2009

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host more than 100 high school students and their teachers for the annual World Language Day on Thursday, April 16 in the Campus Center. Students from Ashland, Mars Hill and Presque Isle will spend the day on campus for mini-classes in language, culture, Spanish dancing and international games.

Several University faculty, staff and students, as well as community members, will present workshops on their countries of origin, or countries where they have lived and worked. Countries and cultures to be explored include Poland, Italy, Russia, China, Niger, Migmaq, Puerto Rico, Bulgaria, France, Portugal, Sweden and Nepal.

World Language Day will provide area students with an opportunity to learn more about other nations and cultures in a fun and interactive environment. Other schools were interested in participating in this event, but were unable to attend due to freezes on field trips.

Social Work students host Guatemala Fiesta

Wednesday, 01 April 2009

A group of students from the University of Maine at Presque Isle who spent their February Break completing an international service learning project in South America will host a Guatemala Fiesta on Tuesday, April 14 from 6-8 p.m. in the Campus Center. The public is invited to attend this event.

The Fiesta will feature an evening of food, photos, fun and celebration. It will showcase the work done by: Kasey Knowles, Skowhegan, senior Behavioral Science student; Laura Long, Blaine, senior Social Work student; Jessica Plant, Perth Andover, NB, junior Social Work student; and Tia Shaw, Perth Andover, NB, senior Social Work student. The group was led by advisor and UMPI Social Work Professor Shirley Rush.

Labrie to receive Young Alumni Award

Wednesday, 01 April 2009

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Alumni Board of Directors announced this week that a chief ranger with the National Park Service has been named the recipient of its 2009 Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Neal Labrie, who serves as a Chief Ranger for the United States Department of the Interior's National Park Service at the Katmai National Park and Preserve in King Salmon, Alaska, will be presented with the Young Alumni Award during the University Day luncheon at Noon on Wednesday, April 8 in the Campus Center.

Woodrow Wilson Fellow to discuss rural housing issues

Monday, 30 March 2009

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host the founder of an organization dedicated to affordable rural housing as its next Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.

Robert Wiener, the Founder and Executive Director of the California Coalition for Rural Housing Project, which has been the leading voice in California for the production and preservation of affordable rural housing since 1981, will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 in the Campus Center. His talk, Preserving Rural Life in Tough Times: Strategies to Combat Shelter Poverty and Stabilize Communities, is part of the University's Distinguished Lecturer Series and is being held in conjunction with University Day.

Chabora to present The Belle of Amherst

Monday, 30 March 2009

A performer with ties to The County will bring the show she has presented on stages across the country to the University of Maine at Presque Isle in April.

Pam Chabora will perform The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman play which explores the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson, on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in Wieden Auditorium. Chabora, a professor of theatre at North Dakota State University, portrays Dickinson at the various stages of her life in this Tony-Award winning two-act play by William Luce.

Dr. Chabora for many years has maintained parallel careers in educational theatre - she previously taught theatre in Aroostook County at the University of Maine at Fort Kent - and in professional theatre as an actress, singer, director, and choreographer. Her theatrical credits range from Juliet in Star-Crossed Lovers, a musical, to the title role in Miss Julie.

Social Work students, NASW to co-sponsor talk on Anorexia

Monday, 30 March 2009

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Student Organization of Social Work will co-sponsor, with the National Association of Social Work Branch D, a public lecture by a board certified psychiatrist on Monday, April 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Dr. Momen El Nesr will speak on Anorexia Nervosa: A Hidden Disease. Dr. El Nesr is board certified in general psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Allied health providers are encouraged to attend this free lecture.

President Zillman offers lecture at Kansas Law School

Monday, 30 March 2009

University of Maine at Presque Isle President Don Zillman recently was invited to deliver the Foulston Siefkin lecture on wind power at the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas.

Zillman, who, along with his duties as UMPI president, serves as the Edward S. Godfrey Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law, offered the 32nd Annual Foulston Siefkin Lecture on Friday, Feb. 27. His talk, hosted by the Washburn University School of Law and the Washburn Law Journal, was entitled More Than Tilting at Windmills.

Economic forecaster to speak at Business Breakfast

Monday, 23 March 2009

An expert on Maine's economy will discuss the economic situation in the state and across the country during the next Business Breakfast, co-sponsored by the University of Maine at Presque Isle, LEAD [Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development], and the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce. The Business Breakfast will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 a.m. in the University's Campus Center.

Charles Colgan, professor of public policy and management in the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and Chair of the masters program in Community Planning and Development, will deliver a talk titled The Maine and U.S. Economies: How Far Down? How Long Back?

Colgan is a frequently quoted source in statewide and national media coverage of economics in Maine. Each year, he delivers a detailed economic forecast on the state's economy, which is based on his analysis of employment trends, income, retail sales, and a range of other indicators.

Student research takes center stage at 8th annual University Day

Monday, 23 March 2009

From neural prosthetics to political cartoons to international service learning opportunities, students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle will be showcasing their academic research, scholarly work and community service on Wednesday, April 8 during the 8th Annual University Day. The theme of this year's event is Connecting Learning, Life and Community.

University Day is an event that heightens students' awareness of the work being done by peers in all of the disciplines represented on campus. The event allows students to better understand how disciplines interrelate and how the academic work they do applies to the local and global community. It is also an opportunity for students to experience a professional conference format. No regular classes are held during University Day, but in their stead, students are encouraged to attend student-led presentations and talks held during five sessions throughout the day.

UMPI Business students offer VITA services

Monday, 23 March 2009

With tax season in full swing, Accounting students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle are offering volunteer tax assistance services to campus and community members.

To gain hands-on learning experience and offer an important service to their fellow students and the community, Accounting students are participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The VITA program allows these student volunteers to prepare individuals' income tax returns (both federal and state) and electronically file them at no charge, according to UMPI Business Management Professor Patric Edward. All students participating in the program have undergone training, and passed the qualifying IRS examinations.

Officials gather for Prometric Testing Center grand opening

Monday, 16 March 2009

Officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Prometric joined with area business officials at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10 in South Hall for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Prometric Testing Center that has been established on campus.

This new testing center will allow University students and community members to take important computer-based tests - such as exams for admittance to graduate school as well as a wide range of business licensure exams - at a facility that is close to home and that is able to accommodate test-takers on fairly short notice. Previously, area residents had to travel at least 150 miles south to reach a Prometric Testing Center and, because of the distance, had to schedule tests far in advance.

"We are pleased at what this means for our students who need to complete important tests to continue their education now and beyond their bachelor's degree, but we also think this is especially exciting for the area's professional business community," President Don Zillman said. "This will provide people in the region - in northern Maine, western New Brunswick and surrounding areas - with a convenience they haven't experienced before. We are so pleased that the University is able to serve our community in this way."