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International Planet Head Day to take place March 16

Simultaneous Planet Head Day celebrations will happen in Maine and Poland for the second time as the unique cancer fundraiser—where people get their heads shaved and painted to look like planets—goes international again. The event takes place in Presque Isle on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Wieden Hall Gymnasium, with a simultaneous event happening in Szczecin, Poland. This is the 13th annual event being held in Presque Isle, and the third time the event is happening in Sczcecin.

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SAGE announces Spring 2019 courses and kick-off

Seniors Achieving Greater Education [SAGE]—a special program of the University of Maine at Presque Isle that serves local residents over 50 and fosters “Lifelong Learning, Lifelong Connections”—will host its Spring Kick-off event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22 in the Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room. Coffee, tea, and muffins will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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Star City Syndicate performs scholarship fundraising concert

The Star City Syndicate—a local group with an impressive range and even bigger, brassier sound—returns to the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Auditorium in Wieden Hall on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. This time, the group will perform a special fundraising concert for a cause near and dear to band members’ hearts—the Larry Hall Memorial Scholarship.

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UMPI’s Salmagundi Film Series presents “Hidden Figures”

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will present its next Salmagundi Film Series screening on Tuesday, March 12, at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room. In honor of Women’s History Month, the series will feature Hidden Figures, the 2016 film based on a true story about the black female mathematicians at NASA who helped launch an astronaut into orbit.

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UMPI presents Brittany Ray as next Distinguished Lecturer

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will present Brittany Ray, the Director of TREE: Transforming Rural Experience in Education and the 2007 Maine Teacher of the Year, as the next speaker in its 2018-2019 Distinguished Lecturer Series. Ray will speak on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. During her talk, titled “Creating Trauma-Informed Schools and Communities by Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences,” Ray will discuss how people can work together to create environments that foster healing and help students to grow.

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UMPI showcases L.A. comedian, campus acts during Variety Show

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will present a night of comedy plus a whole lot of talent when it hosts UMPI’s First Annual Variety Show on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium in Wieden Hall. This family-friendly Variety Show will feature acts by students, faculty, and staff, and will be hosted by Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian, actor, and voice actor Justin Rupple. This event is free and open to the public.

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Reed Gallery presents New Brunswick Art Bank exhibit

he University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Reed Art Gallery will present works from the New Brunswick Art Bank collection from Feb. 1 through March 15, 2019. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show’s run and attend the Gallery Reception on Friday, March 1, from 5-7 p.m.; light refreshments will be served.

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Wheeler serves as DLS student/alumni speaker

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s very own Mitch Wheeler served as one of the speakers in the 2018-2019 Distinguished Lecturer Series, providing a Distinguished Student/Alum Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m., in the Campus Center. Wheeler, who also served as the sixth-ever UMPI student/alum Distinguished Lecturer, delivered a talk titled Carving Out Your Own Career Path.

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