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Hollywood cinematographer works with UMPI students on film project

Saturday, 03 January 2009

The University of Maine at Presque Isle became a working movie set between Dec. 8 and 14 as students in Cathie Pelletier's screenwriting class brought their script to life with the help of a Hollywood cinematographer and a cast and crew hailing from Fort Kent to Portland.

Students in the course Screenwriting and the Filmmaker's Life, taught by award-winning writer Cathie Pelletier, had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with Zoran Popovic - the cinematographer for the 2008 film War, Inc., which stars John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Marisa Tomei, Hilary Duff and Ben Kingsley. Popovic and Pelletier - who has written nine novels and had two of them turned into movies - had collaborated on a film project in the past, so when Pelletier asked Popovic this fall if he would be interested in coming to Maine and working as a director on a short film with her students, he agreed to make the trip.

Popovic's visit and the movie project he and Pelletier oversaw helped students to get a first-hand understanding of what it takes to turn a screenplay into a movie. The students, as well as several volunteer crew members, local thespians and actors from both ends of the state, worked long days and many late nights to film all the scenes in their 20-minute-long short film, titled The Proposal.

Scholarship established in Peter McConnell’s name

Saturday, 03 January 2009

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Foundation has received a generous $10,000 gift for a scholarship in Peter G. McConnell's name. The gift was given by McConnell's family.

McConnell and his wife, Helen O'Seep McConnell, were friends of the University of Maine at Presque Isle for many years and Helen McConnell graduated from UMPI in 1950.

"We are so pleased to be able to continue the legacy Peter McConnell established during his many years of service to Aroostook County," President Don Zillman said. "The Peter G. McConnell Memorial Scholarship will provide deserving County students with the kind of education that Peter firmly believed in - learning in order to better serve your community."

UMPI Business student earns NESRHM scholarship

Saturday, 03 January 2009

A Business student at the University of Maine at Presque Isle recently was presented a scholarship by an affiliate of the world's largest professional association devoted to human resource management.

Bria Ryder, a sophomore Business Major with a General Management concentration, recently received the Deborah Kierstead and Milton Bailey Memorial Scholarship from the Northeast Society for Human Resource Management, which is affiliated with the Society of Human Resource Management. NESHRM established the scholarship in honor of two of their members who exemplified leadership and community service. Officials annually present the scholarship to two students.

University to open official Prometric Testing Center

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

The University of Maine at Presque Isle announced Friday that the campus will soon open a Prometric Testing Center, meaning University students and community members will no longer have to drive for hours to take important computer-based exams such as the GRE, Praxis, and MCAT.

The University has signed a contract with the leading global provider in testing services to open a 5-seat testing site, which will be located in South Hall. Work is underway now to renovate the space and outfit it with computer stations and other necessary testing equipment. Officials hope to host the official opening for the testing site in January.

"We are so pleased to be joining with Prometric to bring this important service to northern Maine," President Don Zillman said. "It will benefit not only our students who are required to take certain tests in order to become certified as teachers or to be admitted to graduate programs, but also the many community members who currently have to drive long distances to take important computer-based academic and licensure exams."

Fort Fairfield artists focus of next Reed exhibition

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

An exhibit featuring the talents of Fort Fairfield artists and those with a connection to Fort Fairfield's past will be on display from Dec. 6 through Jan. 17 in the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery.

The exhibition titled, "It's Time To Feature Fort Fairfield Artists," offers a diverse collection of work in recognition of Fort Fairfield's recent Sesquicentennial celebration. It was compiled by Sesquicentennial chairs, Sarah Ullman and Rayle Ainsworth, as the culminating event in a very successful year-long celebration.

The show will include paintings, drawings, photography and sculptures by experienced and emerging artists.

UMPI contingent attends Writing Center gathering

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Three UMPI Writing Center tutors accompanied faculty member and UMPI Writing Center Director Deborah Hodgkins to the Maine Writing Centers Gathering 2008 at Colby College on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Laura Mooney, Laura Hunter, and Andrea Zappone joined Hodgkins and tutors and directors from Colby, Bates College, the University of Maine, and Thomas College in a day devoted to "Engaged Evaluation: What We Do and Why We Do It."

Biology professor presents paper on parasites to educators

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

A Biology professor at the University of Maine at Presque Isle recently presented a paper on parasites and how they can be useful to middle school teachers during a National Association of Biology teachers [NABT] meeting in Memphis, Tenn.

Dr. Andrea Gorman Gelder noted in her paper "Parasites for the Classroom" that 5th to 8th grade teachers have a unique opportunity to incorporate common arthropod parasites into their curricula. According to Gorman, more than 50 percent of earth's organisms have adopted a parasitic life style. She explained that well known arthropods like mosquitoes, lice, fleas and ticks serve as "vectors of diseases" and have had a profound effect on both public health and history. They have been responsible for disseminating such pestilence as malaria, plague, West Nile Virus and Lyme disease.

University, Lumus Construction Inc. announce details of $2 million wind turbine project

Monday, 24 November 2008

Officials from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Lumus Construction Inc. held a press conference on Monday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. to announce the details of their $2 million project to install a 600 kW wind turbine on the northern Maine campus.

The project establishes UMPI as the first university in the State of Maine and one of only a handful in New England to install a mid-size wind turbine. The turbine will produce about 1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year and is expected to save the institution more than $100,000 annually in electricity charges. It also will save an estimated 572 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere each year, or the equivalent of removing 123 cars from the road.

"We are so very pleased to be announcing the details of this historic project, which will help to meet the campus's energy needs, significantly reduce our energy costs, and help us to leave a much small carbon footprint," President Don Zillman said. "This is the most significant renewable energy project we, as a campus, have ever undertaken, and we are both proud and humbled to be stepping forward as a statewide leader in the utilization of wind as a renewable energy resource."

University reaches agreement with Lumus Construction on $2 million wind turbine project

Thursday, 20 November 2008

The University of Maine at Presque Isle expects to begin generating clean energy in late spring 2009 after reaching an agreement with general contractor Lumus Construction Inc. on a $2 million project to install a 600 kW wind turbine on the northern Maine campus.

"This is an historic moment for the University of Maine at Presque Isle, one that encompasses both our efforts to make wind energy generation on campus a reality and our willingness to serve as a leader on the community wind project front," President Don Zillman said. "With this agreement, we not only will be decreasing our carbon footprint, but also serving our role as an educational, community and statewide leader in green power use. We couldn't be more excited."

This agreement establishes UMPI as the first university in the state and one of only a handful in New England to install a mid-size wind turbine.

University and Lumus Construction Inc. officials will host a press conference at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24 in the Campus Center to announce project details and host a formal contract signing ceremony. All are invited to attend this important occasion.

ARAMARK, UMPI present Holiday Dinner Party geared to local businesses

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Looking for a simple and cost-effective way to host this year's business holiday party? Food services company ARAMARK, in conjunction with the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Conferences and Special Programs Office, have come up with a plan that will allow the area's small- to mid-sized businesses to do just that.

ARAMARK and UMPI are teaming up to host a Business Holiday Dinner in the Campus Center on Friday, Dec. 12 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. with a meal served at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $24 per person or $170 per table of 8. The event will include dancing and a cash bar and provide opportunities to network with other local businesses in a relaxed setting.

Graves earns prestigious Pine Tree Award

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

A University of Maine at Presque Isle professor was honored recently with a prestigious award for professionals in the field of medical technology and clinical laboratory science.

Dr. Linda Graves, UMPI professor of Medical Laboratory Technology and co-director of the Medical Laboratory Program of Maine, was presented with the Pine Tree Award during the Northeast Laboratory Conference held in late October 2008. The award, presented by the American Medical Technologists, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science of Maine, and the Clinical Laboratory Managers Association, was given in recognition of Graves' many years of professional service to the medical laboratories of the Northeast.

UMPI hosts special Veterans Day tribute

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

The University of Maine at Presque Isle held a special Veterans Day event on Tuesday, Nov. 11, gathering together several local veterans and University officials for an evening of tribute and appreciation for what our nation's veterans have lived through.

A seven-member panel discussed the veteran experience - from the initial decision to enter military service and the nature of that service to the impact of a veteran's service on loved ones and the lessons that stay with a veteran for the remainder of life. This special event was part of the University's weeklong 1968 Retrospective, held November 10-15, which commemorated the 40th anniversary of a transformational year in politics, education, science and culture. Event organizers believe the University's 1968 Retrospective is the only event of its kind to take place in Maine, if not New England.

Participating in the panel were four local veterans - Rudy Buitron, US Army retired (Sgt. 1st class), who now lives in Portage; John Barlow, US Air Force (Staff Sgt.), who now lives in Fort Fairfield; Disabled American Veterans Chapter 10 Commander Don Pelkey, US Air Force (Sgt.), who now lives in Fort Fairfield; and Lionel Lavoie, U.S. Marines (Sgt.), who now lives in Frenchville. Also participating in the event were Chancellor Richard Pattenaude and UMPI President Don Zillman, both veterans, and Dr. Carol Hawkins, Director of the Farnham Writers' Center and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Colby College.

Trusteeship allows Giles to document and share WWII history

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Every Veterans Day holds a special significance for Professor Anderson Giles, a University of Maine at Presque Isle art professor who has worked for more than two decades to preserve - through film, photographs, paintings and other collections - the history of World War II in the Pacific.

For Giles, Veterans Day is not only a time to honor all military veterans, but also an important reminder that the nation's WWII veterans are quickly passing away and that time is running out for him to preserve the memories of those who lived through those terrible times more than 60 years ago.

In the face of this challenge, Giles has worked doubly hard to document their experiences and share their stories with people around the world. This year, he was awarded a University of Maine System Trustee Professorship, which has allowed him to complete a significant amount of documentation and research.

Giles was able to take a spring sabbatical and share his research by lecturing on three different Pacific cruises that visited many of the islands associated with WWII in the Pacific. Giles offered lectures on everything from Guadalcanal and the Battle of Iwo Jima to the conquest of Guam, Saipan and Tinian aboard the Cruise West: Legends of the Pacific, Cruise West: Pearls of Polynesia, and the Princess Cruise: World Cruise on the Pacific Princess (South Pacific portion) voyages.

University celebrates Folsom Hall improvements with Rededication

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

The University of Maine at Presque Isle celebrated the completion of $2 million in improvements and energy efficiencies to its major classroom building with an official Rededication Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting at Noon on Thursday, Oct. 30.

The event provided community members with their first opportunity to view the renovation work that was done at Folsom Hall, which includes three floors of science labs, computer labs, traditional classrooms, and the University's major lecture hall. Construction crews outfitted the building with new floors, windows, ceilings, ADA accessible bathrooms, exterior facades, and updated heating and ventilation systems. A&L Construction of Presque Isle served as the general contractor on the renovation project and North Peak Architecture of Presque Isle completed the architectural work. The renovations, the first significant improvements Folsom Hall has received since it was built in 1966, have provided vastly improved educational facilities for students and faculty.

University to host week-long 1968 Retrospective

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

The Apollo 8 mission. The Tet Offensive. The French Student Movement. The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. All of these were major events that happened in 1968 and all of them will be discussed during the University of Maine at Presque Isle's 1968 Retrospective, to be held November 10-15. The public is invited to attend all activities connected with the Retrospective.

The week-long event commemorates the 40th anniversary of a transformational year in politics, education, science and culture and will include roundtable discussions, presentations, movie screenings, slideshows, musical performances, an art exhibit, and a conversation with journalist and Vietnam War correspondent Richard Dudman. The Retrospective will culminate in a day-long conference covering topics from student demonstrations to Second Wave Feminism to the Cinema of 1968. Event organizers believe this is the only event of its kind happening in Maine, if not New England.