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McCartney prepares for Planet Head Day in Poland

In support of a Planet Head Day (PHD) event happening in Szczecin, Poland on June 15, Kevin McCartney, retired Geology professor at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, recently participated in a video recording—featuring him getting his head shaved and painted in the likeness of Pluto—that will be shown as part of the European festivities. The event in Poland is inspired by a similar one that McCartney originated at UMPI in 2007.

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Employees honored during recognition event

The University of Maine at Presque Isle honored several employees for their years of service during the Employee Recognition event on May 7. This year’s event recognized employees who marked a milestone anniversary in 2024. Twenty-four employees were recognized for their combined 285 years of service to the University.

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Pelletier to speak, McCrea to be honored during UMPI’s 115th Commencement

University of Maine at Presque Isle President Ray Rice has announced that Cathie Pelletier, nationally-acclaimed author and County native, will deliver the commencement address. In addition, Pelletier and David McCrea, former Maine State Representative, local educator, and UMPI alumnus, will receive Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degrees during the University’s 115th Commencement Ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

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Lunar capsule lands at Houlton Higher Education Center

From Sunday, April 7, until Wednesday, April 10, artist Abigail DeVille’s Lunar Capsule (2023), an interactive sculpture, will go on view at the Houlton Higher Education Center in Houlton, Maine. This collaboration between Bowdoin College and the University of Maine at Presque Isle at the Center offers an exciting complement to a breadth of special programming in association with the upcoming eclipse on Monday, April 8.

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Reed Gallery presents “Heated” by Dylan Ouellette

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Reed Fine Art Gallery will present the 2024 Senior Thesis Exhibition by Fine Art Major Dylan Ouellette from Friday, April 5, 2024 through Friday, April 19, 2024. The exhibition will be open for the Presque Isle First Friday Art Walk on Friday, April  5, from 6-8 p.m. and during regular gallery hours through the next two weeks.

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UMPI celebrates 21st annual University Day

Defying Expectations is the theme of the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s 21st annual University Day, taking place on Wednesday, April 10, and students will be showcasing that theme in presentations on everything from enhancing learner empowerment through Artificial Intelligence to providing a voice to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging (DEIAB) discussions.

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