In honor of Black History Month and as a special Valentine’s Day treat, University of Maine at Presque Isle students Lassana and Lossene Dorleh will present an original revue, The Cotton Club: A Journey through the Harlem Renaissance, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Auditorium in Wieden Hall. This special evening is free and open to the public, though donations will be accepted at the door.
Maine writer Dr. Éthelle Lord will share her unique approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care when the University of Maine at Presque Isle hosts her for a reading and book signing on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. in the Campus Center. She will read from her new book Alzheimer and Dementia Coaching: Taking a Systems Approach in Creating an Alzheimer’s Friendly Healthcare Workforce. This event is free and the public is invited to attend; refreshments will be served and attendees are encouraged to stop by early for a short social time starting at 12:45 p.m.
From soulful to brassy, the rich sounds of Motown will fill the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Auditorium in Wieden Hall when the Star City Syndicate performs a special fundraising concert on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. Admission is free for this high energy, family-friendly event, but donations of all sizes will be accepted at the door to benefit future renovations to the Auditorium in Wieden Hall.
Just in time for the Spring 2017 semester, the University of Maine at Presque Isle will be offering up something new at the request of its students: Starbucks in the Owl’s Nest, located in the Campus Center. Sodexo Dining Services, the food service on campus, will be operating a Starbucks “We Proudly Serve” program consisting of blended drinks, espressos and fresh brewed coffee.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Reed Art Gallery is proud to present Downtown by Heath Paley, from Tuesday, Jan. 17 through Friday, March 24, 2017. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show’s run and attend the Gallery Reception on Friday, March 3 from 5-7 p.m., which is being held in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk. The event will include a Gallery Talk with the artist at 5:30 p.m.
MMG Insurance and the University of Maine at Presque Isle are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the Young Professionals Institute, which is celebrating a special milestone this year: 10 years of providing area professionals with impactful leadership development training. The Institute will run this year on Wednesdays from March 1 to April 12. The online nomination/application form is available at www.umpi.edu/ypi. The nomination deadline is Monday, Jan. 23.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will present Robert “Bob” Tarpey, an Athletic Trainer for the Toronto Blue Jays organization since 2006 and a member of UMPI’s Class of 2003, as the next speaker in its 2016-2017 Distinguished Lecturer Series. Tarpey will deliver his talk—On Your Game: A Life in Baseball as an Athletic Trainer—on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Mapping a research area and getting high resolution aerial photos has become a whole lot easier for the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Geographic Information Systems [GIS] Laboratory thanks to a brand new remote sensing tool—the DJI Phantom-4 drone. UMPI’s GIS Laboratory is the first among all GIS laboratories at universities and colleges in Maine to acquire unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and use them in geospatial applications.
With the help of the Rotary Clubs in Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Limestone, Mars Hill and Washburn, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Presque Isle Rotary Club have declared their 5th annual World Polio Day and Purple Pinkie Project celebration—which spread throughout central Aroostook County and was held between Oct. 22 and 29—an overwhelming success. All activities helped to raise awareness of Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. Combined efforts among the clubs helped to raise more than $4,400 for that global effort—the most ever raised during the celebration.
Anderson Giles, retired University of Maine at Presque Isle professor, has made many fascinating discoveries during his trips to the Pacific to preserve the history of World War II, but none so intriguing and of such international significance as the one that was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune and other news media. While exploring a remote World War II crash site on the island of Bougainville, Giles discovered a gold tooth that may belong to a famous Japanese admiral who died at the site.