Homecoming 2022

Homecoming 2022

Welcome Home Owls & Friends!

We are pleased to welcome you back to campus from September 19th – 25th for Spirit Week and Alumni, Family, and Friends Weekend! Save the date, read on for the schedule of events, and check back for more details and updates. We hope to see you this fall!

UMPI Homecoming 2022 – “Expect Connections”

Monday, September 19th

Spirit Week Activity: UMPI Blue Day
All day
Wear your UMPI Blue today! All are encouraged to post photos on social media and use the “#umpispiritweek2022” hashtag.

Spirit Week Activity: Lawn games and Spirit Spin
All day, Campus Center

Faculty Presentation: Beverly Wagner
12-1 p.m., on Zoom (PASSWORD 017042)
Title: Social Work: Meeting Needs Globally and Locally
Abstract: Social work is a profession that attempts to meet the needs and of service to persons locally and globally. This presentation will consider both international and local social work practice. The importance of using a social justice lens across contexts will be emphasized as well as the many opportunities the social work profession provides.


Tuesday, September 20th

Spirit Week Activity: UMPI Gold Day
All day
Wear your UMPI Gold today! All are encouraged to post photos on social media and use the “#umpispiritweek2022” hashtag.

Spirit Week Activity: Lawn games and Spirit Spin
All day, Campus Center

Preble Open House
All day, Preble Hall
Please stop by Preble Hall to see the Advising Office, Student Financial Services Office, Career Readiness, and the Registrar’s Office (all on the first floor), and the President’s Office (second floor). There will be goodies to eat and drink, giveaways, and a HUGE raffle basket–everything a college student needs!

Faculty Presentation: Dr. Kim Sebold
12-1 p.m., MMG Center and on Zoom (PASSWORD 900692)
Title: History In Stones: Mapping Cemeteries to Teach the History of Central Aroostook County
Abstract: Dr. Sebold’s History in Stones project accomplishes two major goals that combine history and technology. The first is to map the cemeteries of Central Aroostook County. This mapping includes cleaning the stones, transcribing all of the information on a stone, photographing it and using a GPS device to collect a stone’s latitude and longitude. All of this information is then used to create a searchable cemetery map using ArcGIS Online’s Web Mapping Applications. The second is to document the history of central Aroostook County by researching some of the people whose stones are in the mapped cemeteries. These people are placed into their historical context in order to connect their lives to larger state, national and world events. Their stories are told using another ArcGIS Online Web Application called StoryMaps. The StoryMaps are interactive as they allow links to other websites, videos and illustrations. They can also incorporate interactive maps made in ArcGIS Online. The presentation will discuss the project and the use of using ArcGIS Online to capture history.


Wednesday, September 21st

Spirit Week Activity: UMPI Major Day
All day
Wear or share an item related to your major or take a photo of yourself working in the field! All are encouraged to post photos on social media and use the “#umpispiritweek2022” hashtag.

Spirit Week Activity: Community Art Project
All day, Campus Center
Take part in an owl-themed art project in the Campus Center on your way to and from the caf!

Preble Open House
All day, Preble Hall
Please stop by Preble Hall to see the Advising Office, Student Financial Services Office, Career Readiness, and the Registrar’s Office (all on the first floor), and the President’s Office (second floor). There will be goodies to eat and drink, giveaways, and a HUGE raffle basket–everything a college student needs!

Faculty Presentation: Dr. Jason Johnston
12:30-1:30 p.m., on Zoom (PASSWORD 697401)
Title: Research Learning Experience (RLE)
Abstract: Learn about the new program for incoming undergraduates to participate in hands-on research.

The Heart of Aroostook: A Book Reading & Auditorium Naming event
6:30 p.m., Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
This event includes a tribute to the stories of northern Maine by long-time writer Kathryn Olmstead, a reading by Ray Gauvin from his new book A Soldier’s Heart: The 3 Wars of Vietnam, and culminates in the official naming of the auditorium in Wieden Hall as the Gauvin Family Center for Cultural Arts.


Thursday, September 22nd

Spirit Week Activity: UMPI Sport Day
All day
Show off your UMPI Spirit! Wear gear supporting your favorite UMPI Sports team (UMPI colors and/or sport item counts). All are encouraged to post photos on social media and use the “#umpispiritweek2022” hashtag.

Preble Open House
All day, Preble Hall
Please stop by Preble Hall to see the Advising Office, Student Financial Services Office, Career Readiness, and the Registrar’s Office (all on the first floor), and the President’s Office (second floor). There will be goodies to eat and drink, giveaways, and a HUGE raffle basket–everything a college student needs!

Faculty Presentation: Stacy Emery
12-1 p.m., on Zoom (PASSWORD 217760)
Title: Business Club Adventures
Come learn about how students CONNECT through being part of a club on campus.

Women’s Basketball Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser
4:30-6:30 p.m., Campus Center MPR
Cost is $8 per person. Silent auction items will be available to view and bid on, so be sure to check it out!

Spirit Week Activity: Lip Sync Battle
7 p.m., Campus Center MPR
Calling all music lovers! UMPI students, faculty, and staff will be competing for prizes and bragging rights during this first-ever event. There is absolutely no singing allowed but dance moves and spot-on lip syncing are encouraged. Mark your calendars!


Friday, September 23rd

Spirit Week Activity: UMPI Memories Day
All day
Share your favorite UMPI memory! All are encouraged to post photos on social media and use the “#umpispiritweek2022” hashtag.

Faculty Presentation: Dr. William Jenkins
12-1 p.m., on Zoom (PASSWORD 603679)
Title: Understanding the role that dopamine plays in motivated behavior
Abstract: Dr. Bill Jenkins spent years researching the role that dopamine played in motivated behaviors. He will briefly present on former research he did investigating the role that dopaminergic circuits played in the sexual behavior and motivation of the female rat, and he will also describe how understanding these circuits could provide insight into how some individuals become addicted to drugs like cocaine and amphetamine.

Spirit Week Activity: Punch and Paint event
2-4 p.m., Owl’s Nest

Women’s Volleyball game
5-7 p.m, Gentile Hall

Outdoor concert – Star City Syndicate
This event has been canceled due to inclement weather.


Saturday, September 24th

Snowy Owl Marketplace
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Gentile Hall
More than 35 vendors are on board for this Homecoming favorite. The Snowy Owl Marketplace will feature a full slate of crafters, artisans, and more!

Men’s Soccer vs. SUNY Cobleskill
1 p.m., Park Family Field

Women’s Soccer vs. SUNY Cobleskill
3:30 p.m., Park Family Field

Alumni Awards Gala event
4:45 p.m., Campus Center MPR
Social at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and program to follow. UMPI will be honoring 6 individuals during this year’s gala. Cost is $25 per person. For more information about this event, contact Sharon Roix at 207-540-5600.

Glow Dance (students only)
10 p.m., Campus Center MPR


Sunday, September 25th

Alumni vs. Alumni Co-Ed Soccer game
9:30 a.m., Park Family Field

UMPI Alumni and All-Comers XC 5K
11 a.m., Park Family Field

Men’s Soccer vs. SUNY Delhi
12 p.m., Park Family Field

Women’s Soccer vs. SUNY Delhi
2:30 p.m., Park Family Field