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UMPI to host 6th annual Take Back the Night

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host its sixth annual Take Back the Night event for campus and community members with a candlelight vigil and group discussion—meant to support survivors and raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault—on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., beginning at Gentile Hall.

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UMPI receives U.S. DOE grant totaling $2.2 million over 5 years

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will receive one of the largest grants in its history this month following the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement that the University was selected for a 2019 Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant worth nearly $2.25 million over a five-year cycle. The grant will allow UMPI to expand access to two new career pathways—in Computer Science and Health Administration—and develop stronger career readiness and experiential learning offerings for students.

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UMPI dedicates newly completed Zillman Family Greenhouse

As part of its Homecoming celebrations, the University of Maine at Presque Isle marked the completion of its state-of-the-art, four-season Zillman Family Greenhouse with an official opening and dedication ceremony on Friday, Sept. 27. Work and learning in the new $935,000, 2,400-square-foot structure—which features a teaching classroom, two climate-controlled research labs, and a faculty office for the Dr. Robert Vinton Akeley Chair of Agricultural Science and Agribusiness—will begin immediately.

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UMPI, Mastro receive Gold Star awards

The University of Maine at Presque Isle was recently recognized by the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence’s Breath Easy Initiative. The campus received a Gold Award as part of its 2019 Gold Star Standards of Excellence (GSSE) recognition program, and Linda Mastro, the Director of the Health Center at UMPI and Northern Maine Community College, was named the recipient of a 2019 GSSE Individual Gold Star Award.

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UMPI alum serves as next Distinguished lecturer

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host Dr. Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.—author, UMPI alumnus, and Associate Professor and Director of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University in Oregon—as the first guest speaker in its 2019-2020 Libra Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. The theme of this year’s LDLS series is Dirigo. During his talk, Matters of Place, Dr. Van Alst will discuss the importance of place and authority in voice and word, and read from his latest book Sacred Smokes.

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UMPI’s Voices in the North Country returns

After nearly two decades, the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Voices in the North Country writers symposium—designed for writers, literature lovers, and general enthusiasts—returns on Thursday, Sept. 26, with activities taking place from 1:30-4 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. in the Campus Center. All are invited to attend this free event.

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Fireworks, Star City Syndicate slated for UMPI’s Homecoming 2019

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will present Homecoming 2019: Alumni, Friends, and Family Weekend from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 26-29, featuring entertainment and family-friendly activities. From a show by fan favorite Star City Syndicate to an explosive fireworks display to multiple games for students and the public, all are invited to join the University for its annual Homecoming weekend.

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