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Presque Isle Rotary Club, UMPI present 2nd annual World Polio Day

Friday, 11 October 2013

Presque Isle Rotary Club, UMPI present 2nd annual World Polio Day

The University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Presque Isle Rotary Club are joining forces to celebrate World Polio Day on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23 and 24, in a big way – presenting two days' worth of activities meant to raise awareness of Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio worldwide and to raise money -- $1 at a time – to go toward that global effort.

Together, they will host a special community kick-off on Wednesday, October 23 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. The community is invited to learn more about World Polio Day and polio eradication efforts during the program. This event is free and open to the public.

The very next day, organizers and volunteers plan to "paint" the city purple when they present the Purple Pinkie Project.

Giant National Geographic Map of Asia coming to UMPI

Friday, 11 October 2013

Giant National Geographic Map of Asia coming to UMPI

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is inviting all campus and community members to explore Asia in a BIG way on Oct. 23—with the world's largest map of the continent. The giant National Geographic map will be on display on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from Noon to 5 p.m. in Gentile Hall. This event is sponsored by the Maine Geographic Alliance and is free. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the interactive map.

According to Dr. Kimberly Sebold, UMPI Associate Professor of History, who was instrumental in bringing the map to Aroostook County, the interactive map measures 26 feet by 35 feet and is designed as a giant game board to introduce students to the diverse geography of Asia.

UMPI garners $90,000 in EPSCoR sustainability grant funding

Friday, 11 October 2013

UMPI garners $90,000 in EPSCoR sustainability grant funding

A team of professors at the University of Maine at Presque Isle has received $90,000 in grant funding from the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research [EPSCoR] to assess the feasibility and sustainability of grass biomass production for central Aroostook County.

This is the fifth year in a row that the team has received funding from EPSCoR, a program under the auspices of Maine's Office of Innovation. EPSCoR grants are awarded by the National Science Foundation to states that are typically not targeted for research grants. The funding UMPI has received – which totals $416,000 and includes a $75,000 grant in 2009, $66,000 in 2010, $95,000 in 2011, and $90,000 in 2012 – is a part of the larger grant led by the University of Maine in Orono and the University of Southern Maine.

Giles’ latest Pacific trip includes visit to historic city built on coral reefs

Friday, 11 October 2013

Giles’ latest Pacific trip includes visit to historic city built on coral reefs

Anderson Giles, Professor at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, has led dozens of trips focused on World War II in the Pacific over the years, but this time, he and his group had the unusual opportunity of visiting one of the most mysterious archeological sites in the Pacific, Nan Madol, the ancient city built on coral reefs.

Giles, a professor of art at the University, is passionate about the history of World War II and the veterans who served in the Pacific theater. He has worked for more than 20 years to preserve the history of the war in the Pacific through film, photographs, paintings and other collections, and has traveled to many islands in the Pacific—including Iwo Jima, Tarawa, and Peleliu—to document historical sites and interview World War II veterans about their experiences in order to preserve their memories for future generations.

UMPI offers its second Fall Short Term

Friday, 11 October 2013

UMPI offers its second Fall Short Term

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is offering its second Fall Short Term from Oct. 21 to Dec. 30, providing students and others looking to complete their four-year degrees with a concise, 6-week session as an alternative – or an addition – to the regular 15-week semester.

UMPI’s Reed Fine Art Gallery presents Crooked Knife

Wednesday, 09 October 2013

UMPI’s Reed Fine Art Gallery presents Crooked Knife

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will exhibit Crooked Knife: A Northern Tradition from Oct. 21 through Nov. 23, 2013. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show's run. A reception will be held in conjunction with Presque Isle's First Friday Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 1 from 5-7 p.m. with a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Crooked Knife: A Northern Tradition is a unique exhibition exploring the traditional Maliseet and Mi'kmaq art of basket making from northern Maine and adjacent Canada.

UMPI Emeritus faculty to give reading from latest novel

Wednesday, 09 October 2013

UMPI Emeritus faculty to give reading from latest novel

The latest novel by Dr. Richard Shain Cohen, Emeritus faculty member at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, has been published by CCB Publishing this fall. Our Seas of Fear and Love is available in hardback, paperback as well as an e-book. Dr. Cohen will visit UMPI for a book reading and signing on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. in the UMPI Library. The community is invited to attend.

Dr. Cohen retired from the University of Maine at Presque Isle after serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of English. His latest book Our Seas of Fear and Love is a romance-family saga set primarily in Maine but also in Europe, Boston, and the Southwest.

UMPI students host Hawaiian-themed Fit and Fun Day

Wednesday, 09 October 2013

UMPI students host Hawaiian-themed Fit and Fun Day

Physical Education majors from the University of Maine at Presque Isle are saying "Aloha!" as they welcome kids ages 5 to 11 to their Fit and Fun Day, taking place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at UMPI's Gentile Hall. Free registration begins at 9 a.m., with tropical-themed games, giveaways and activities to follow.

Fit and Fun Day is designed to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles for local children. This is the 18th semi-annual Fit and Fun Day.

University hosts annual fall blood drive

Wednesday, 09 October 2013

University hosts annual fall blood drive

In conjunction with the American Red Cross, the University of Maine at Presque Isle will hold its annual fall blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The drive will run from Noon until 5 p.m. in the Campus Center's Multi-Purpose Room. Door prizes will be given away during this time. Members of the campus and community are invited and encouraged to participate in this free event.

The blood drive is sponsored by the University's Residence Life Office, the Brothers of Kappa Delta Phi, the Sisters of Kappa Delta Phi NAS, and Phi Eta Sigma – National Honor Society. These organizations help the American Red Cross put on three blood drives each year, in the spring, summer, and fall.

UMPI Professor attends two international conferences

Wednesday, 09 October 2013

UMPI Professor attends two international conferences

Dr. Kevin McCartney, Geology Professor at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, has just returned from attending his second international scientific conference since late August. McCartney, or "Kevin" as he is widely known, traveled to Reston, Virginia to participate in the 14th International Nannoplankton Association conference (INA) during the third week of September. In August, he attended the North American Diatom Symposium in Bar Harbor. McCartney spoke at both meetings about his current research on silicoflagellate double skeletons.

UMPI, Presque Isle Community Players present special Dinner Theater

Friday, 27 September 2013

UMPI, Presque Isle Community Players present special Dinner Theater

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to be partnering with the Presque Isle Community Players to host a very special Fall Dinner Theater Presentation that will serve as the fundraising kick-off for the University's Auditorium Renovation Project. The Players will perform Country in the County on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 11 and 12 and Oct. 18 and 19 in UMPI's Campus Center.

This evening of live music, featuring some of the area's most talented singers and musicians, will include many Country favorites, from Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline to Big and Rich and the Dixie Chicks. Tamia Glidden serves as this year's Production Director and Melbourne Smith is the Musical Director.

UMPI hosts Science Lunchtime Seminar Series

Friday, 27 September 2013

UMPI hosts Science Lunchtime Seminar Series

Two academic programs at the University of Maine at Presque Isle are joining forces this fall to provide the campus and community with a new way to explore the world of science. The Environmental Studies and Sustainability and Biology programs are launching a lunchtime seminar series that will provide a forum to present scientific research conducted by UMPI students and faculty as well as other local and regional scientists.

Gentile Hall hosts 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Week

Friday, 27 September 2013

Gentile Hall hosts 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Week

The staff at the University of Maine at Presque Isle's health and wellness facility are celebrating National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with a week's worth of activities meant to educate, pamper, focus on healthy living, and celebrate life. Gentile Hall's 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Week will be held from Monday, Oct. 7 to Wednesday, Oct. 9, with a different event each evening. All events are free and campus and community members of all ages are invited to attend.

UMPI announces new VP of Administration and Finance

Thursday, 19 September 2013

UMPI announces new VP of Administration and Finance

The University of Maine at Presque Isle has named Marty Parsons to serve as its new Vice President for Administration and Finance, the University's chief financial officer. Parsons, who comes to the University with extensive experience in financial and administrative management at the higher education level, will begin work on Oct. 9.

UMPI professor, PI native, publishes second book of poetry

Thursday, 19 September 2013

UMPI professor, PI native, publishes second book of poetry

After signing a contract with Finishing Line Press, Dr. Melissa Crowe, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, will see her second chapbook of poetry, Girl, Giant, released to the public at the end of November.

"These poems will surprise you in a dozen ways," Christian Barter, author of In Someone Else's House, said. "The poems in Girl, Giant probe with a voice that is at once plainspoken and capable of saying nearly anything."