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University of Maine at Presque Isle establishes Tobacco-Free Campus

Monday, 10 June 2013

University of Maine at Presque Isle establishes Tobacco-Free Campus

University of Maine at Presque Isle officials held a press conference on Monday, June 3 at the Campus Center to officially announce a major effort to provide a healthy and productive work and learning environment for students, employees and visitors—its move to a Tobacco-Free Campus.

UMPI President Linda Schott was joined by members of the University Senate, Student Senate and the campus Health and Wellness Committee in providing details about UMPI becoming tobacco-free, an effort that has been years in the making.

UMPI grad credits faculty, staff as he prepares for med school

Monday, 10 June 2013

UMPI grad credits faculty, staff as he prepares for med school

For Jonathan Stormer, heading to medical school this fall isn't just about pursuing his dreams, it's a symbol of his very unusual path to an undergraduate degree and the strong support he received from UMPI faculty and staff members along the way.

Stormer has crammed a lot of work into a short two and a half years to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a pre-med concentration. But this effort was more than a decade in the making.

UMPI Art Professor exhibits at national art festival

Monday, 10 June 2013

UMPI Art Professor exhibits at national art festival

New work by UMPI Assistant Professor of Fine Art Heather Sincavage was on display during the Mayfair Festival of the Arts, a national multidisciplinary arts festival held in late May in Allentown, Penn. that welcomes about 50,000 attendees each year.

University of Maine at Presque Isle presents reading with Cathie Pelletier

Friday, 24 May 2013

University of Maine at Presque Isle presents reading with Cathie Pelletier

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will present a special evening with award-winning writer Cathie Pelletier on Monday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the UMPI Library, when it hosts a reading and book signing for her long-anticipated new novel The One-Way Bridge.

Pelletier's tenth novel, published by Sourcebooks, returns readers to the logging town of Mattagash, the scene of several of her novels including The Funeral Makers and The Weight of Winter. The June 3 reading, which will include a reception featuring light refreshments and wine available through a cash bar, is part of The One-Way Bridge national book tour.

University of Maine at Presque Isle hosts 104th Commencement

Monday, 20 May 2013

University of Maine at Presque Isle hosts 104th Commencement

Two hundred and nineteen students graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle on Saturday, May 18, during the 2013 Commencement Exercises – the University's 104th Commencement ceremony. President Linda Schott conferred degrees for the 2012-2013 academic year upon 145 students who participated in the ceremony held in Wieden Gymnasium.

John Cariani, the accomplished playwright and award-winning actor, addressed the graduates as this year's commencement speaker. During the graduation event, Cariani was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree.

Aging Well Living Well EXPO takes place at UMPI, celebrates seniors

Monday, 20 May 2013

Aging Well Living Well EXPO takes place at UMPI, celebrates seniors

The Aroostook Agency on Aging presents the Aging Well Living Well EXPO at the University of Maine at Presque Isle on Saturday, June 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The agency is partnering with the United Way of Aroostook, AARP, WAGM-TV, UMPI, and SAGE (Seniors Achieving Greater Education) on the event, which also serves as a celebration of SAGE's 15th anniversary.

The EXPO is especially for people nearing retirement, who are retired, or who want to improve their health and well-being. The EXPO will include informative sessions and event exhibitors sharing products and information to help attendees improve their quality of life and maintain their independence.

Student Support Services Program Awards Grant Aid

Friday, 10 May 2013

Student Support Services Program Awards Grant Aid

During a President's Reception held on May 7, 17 students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle received grant awards through the Student Support Services Program. Each full-time-student award was approximately $800 and will assist the students by reducing their loans.

UMPI Student Senate hosts Nickel Carnival for the community

Tuesday, 07 May 2013

UMPI Student Senate hosts Nickel Carnival for the community

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Student Senate will host a "Nickel Carnival" on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Gentile Hall Gymnasium to support My Friends' House and All About Me programs in Fort Fairfield. This event is free and open to the public.

All carnival games will be a nickel and there will be a prize booth where the participants can redeem tickets for prizes. Carnival food such as cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, and candy will be available to purchase for $1 each as well.

Playwright and award-winning actor John Cariani to speak during UMPI’s 104th Commencement Exercises

Monday, 29 April 2013

Playwright and award-winning actor John Cariani to speak during UMPI’s 104th Commencement Exercises

President Linda Schott has announced that John Cariani—the playwright and actor who has performed on Broadway, in the movies, and on the small screen, and hails from Presque Isle—will deliver the commencement address during the University of Maine at Presque Isle's 104th Commencement Ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 18. During the event, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree will be presented to Cariani.

UMPI’s Gentile Hall hosts Amazing Race

Thursday, 18 April 2013

UMPI’s Gentile Hall hosts Amazing Race

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Gentile Hall is celebrating the end of the semester and getting a jump start on summer by hosting its very own Amazing Race on Saturday, May 4 with a mass start at 11 a.m. Up to 25 2-member teams will vie for bragging rights and great prizes.

UMPI's Amazing Race is being coordinated by Keli Marston, UMPI's Fitness and Wellness Coordinator, and Amanda Baker, UMPI's Recreation Programs Coordinator. The race will include 20 challenges located at specific spots on the University grounds. Teams will race around campus with a partner, using clues to find the right location, and then complete a challenge of a physical, mental, funny, or completely random task before getting their next clue and moving on to the next challenge.

Wintergreen Arts Center and UMPI prepare for “12x12” art auction

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Wintergreen Arts Center and UMPI prepare for “12x12” art auction

Officials with the Wintergreen Arts Center and the University of Maine at Presque Isle are making final preparations for their second annual blank canvas event, the 12x12 Art Auction, which will feature original works by more than 50 artists from throughout Aroostook County, the nation, and Canada. 12x12—a fundraiser that will help officials to establish a Cultural Center in the downtown area—will be held Friday, May 3, from 6-9 p.m. at the Wintergreen Arts Center during the May 2013 First Friday Art Walk. The community is invited to attend this free event. Light refreshments will be served.

Upcountry hosts launch party for Spring/Summer 2013 issue

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Upcountry hosts launch party for Spring/Summer 2013 issue

The staff of the University of Maine at Presque Isle's literary journal is celebrating the publication of its latest issue with an official Upcountry Reading and Launch Party at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in the Normal Hall Faculty Lounge.

This very special Spring/Summer 2013 "Town and Gown" issue includes a bountiful selection of written and visual works from both campus and community members, some of them returning contributors and others who are new writers to the journal's pages.

John Newell, composer and pianist, to perform at UMPI

Thursday, 18 April 2013

John Newell, composer and pianist, to perform at UMPI

Live classical music returns to the University of Maine at Presque Isle with some contemporary twists when composer and pianist John Newell performs in the Campus Center on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free concert by the Lubec-based musician.

Newell's performance, American Landscapes, will include the works of Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Philip Glass, and a new work by University of Maine at Fort Kent faculty member and fellow composer Scott Brickman. Newell, who will also perform one of his own original works, said he chose this particular program to represent the wide range of musical styles in American music during the past 100 years.

Reed Fine Art Gallery presents Revelations by Anderson Giles

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Reed Fine Art Gallery presents Revelations by Anderson Giles

The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Reed Fine Art Gallery will present Revelations by UMPI Art Professor Anderson Giles from April 22 through June 8, 2013. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show's run and gather for a gallery reception, being held in conjunction with the Presque Isle First Friday Art Walk, on Friday, May 3 from 5-7 p.m. A gallery talk with the artist will take place at 5:30 p.m.