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Nominations open for 12th Young Professionals Institute

The region’s premier leadership development training opportunity for professionals new in their careers—a partnership between MMG Insurance and the University of Maine at Presque Isle—is gearing up for its 12th year of fast-paced, interactive learning. Nominations are now open for the Young Professionals Institute, facilitated by UMPI’s Employer U program and offered this year on Wednesdays from Feb. 27 to April 10.

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UMPI Art Program hosts Empty Bowls fundraiser

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Art Program used pottery to fight hunger on a local scale as part of the region’s Fifth Empty Bowls fundraiser. Featuring the handmade creations of students and local ceramicists all to benefit a local soup kitchen, this year’s event took place on Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Sargent Family Community Center.

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UMPI professor receives prestigious Polish research fellowship

The new year means another adventure for Kevin McCartney, Professor of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, who is heading to Poland on Jan. 4 after being awarded a prestigious Kosciuszko Fellowship to conduct research in the field of micropaleontology. McCartney will return to Szczecin, Poland, to build on the research he did during the 2016 to 2107 academic year as the first Fulbright Scholar in northern Maine’s history.

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UMPI creates Career Clothing Closet

Students in need of professional attire have a new resource available to them now that the University of Maine at Presque Isle has opened up its Career Clothing Closet. Designed especially for students, the store is open in the Campus Store. All are welcome to visit and donate to the closet, which is sponsored by the Student Activities Office, the Career Readiness Program, and the Campus Store.

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UMPI enrollment up 10 percent for Fall 2018

For the second year in a row, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has seen the largest percentage increase in enrollment within the University of Maine System, up 10.4% in enrollment by headcount from Fall 2017 to Fall 2018. Officials attribute this increase to the initiatives underway at UMPI focused on student affordability, early college opportunities, and access for adult learners.

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Rotary clubs, UMPI present 7th Annual Purple Pinkie Project

The University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Presque Isle Rotary Club will host their Seventh Annual Purple Pinkie Project on Friday, Nov. 9 and, with the help of the Rotary Clubs in Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Limestone, Mars Hill, and Washburn, the celebration spreads throughout central Aroostook County and, for the second time, into Canada. All activities raise awareness of Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide and raise money $1 at a time to go toward that global effort.

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UMPI presents next Salmagundi Film Series screening

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will present the next screening in its Salmagundi Film Series, the independent film Neither Wolf Nor Dog, on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium in Wieden Hall. This 2016 film is directed by Steven Lewis Simpson and is based on the award-winning novel by author Kent Nerburn.

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