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March 2017

March 2017

Issue 2017.3


  • DLS Ben White

    DLS Ben White

    Distinguished Student Lecturer Ben White delivers his talk “Transitioning: Finding My Way to Me” on March 22.

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  • Shakespeare LIVE!

    Shakespeare LIVE!

    Shakespeare’s beloved comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” comes to campus in this hilarious production.

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  • Last Gas

    Last Gas

    UMPI and the Presque Isle Community Players are proud to present the northern Maine debut of this John Cariani play.

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  • Science Seminar Series

    Science Seminar Series

    From bumble bees to grad school opportunities, we’ll be exploring the wide world of science during our semi-annual series.

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  • Veterans Info Night

    Veterans Info Night

    The UMPI Student Veterans Club held a Veterans Info Night to connect local vets with benefits and programs available to them.

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  • Mission IMPROVable

    Mission IMPROVable

    Secret agents and improv? Trust us, this comedy team is going to leave your stomach aching from laughter.

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  • Agronomy Workshop

    Agronomy Workshop

    Local farmers and researchers explored regional soil and crop issues when UMPI hosted its first Soil and Agronomy workshop.

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  • NSE Award

    NSE Award

    A former UMPI exchange student was honored with a major award by the National Student Exchange.

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  • New BOV members

    New BOV members

    The University is pleased to welcome nine area business leaders to its Board of Visitors, an advisory board to the President.

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Our own Bob Michaud appeared on The Price is Right!

Bob Michaud, member of our Facilities crew, went to a taping of The Price is Right in January and actually got asked to “Come On Down” as one of the contestants! Not only that, he made it up on stage after having the closest guess for some coffee makers and then won a four-wheeler, some purses and some shoes, but didn’t make it to the Showcase Showdown. Congratulations on your big win, Bob!

February Student of the Month: Kaitlyn Mae Belanger

Congratulations to February Student of the Month Kaitlyn Mae Belanger, from Woodland, a senior majoring in Biology-Pre-Med and minoring in Chemistry and Physical Science. Belanger is the President and founder of the Veterans Club, the President of the Partners for World Health Club, and the Secretary of both the Red Cross Club and the Biomedical Club. She is also a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. Belanger contributes to community service thru blood drives sponsored by the Student Red Cross Club and she aspires to become a doctor. Congratulations again, Kaitlyn!

UMPI hosts marrow donor registry drive

UMPI hosts marrow donor registry drive

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Athletics program hosted a very successful marrow registry drive for those ages 18 to 44 on Wednesday, March 8, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Wieden Hall, with more than 40 people registering. For thousands with blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases like sickle cell anemia, a marrow transplant is their only hope for life. The Athletics Program held the event after learning about Ally Little’s story. Little, a 20-year-old Stoneham native and University of Southern Maine student and member of the University’s Woman’s Soccer Team, was recently diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia. SAA is a rare disease in which bone marrow stops producing healthy blood cells. A bone marrow transplant is currently the only cure for this disease. The UMPI Athletics Program is hoping to help find a match for Little and give hope to all patients in need of a bone marrow transplant.

UMPI offering Zen and the Art of Rock Climbing

Gentile Hall will be offering Zen and the Art of Rock Climbing on Monday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m., with a focus on mindfulness, and on Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m., with a focus on strength and stretching. Find out how these tools support you in rock climbing and many other sports. Both events take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and will meet at the Rock Wall. This is free for Gentile Hall members and is a $7 day pass for non-members. FMI, contact Amanda Baker at 768-9401 or email


New Arrival to the UMPI family!

New Arrival to the UMPI family!

Dr. Jason Johnston, his wife Krista, and their daughters Kathleen and Marie welcomed Elise Serena Johnston on February 9. Baby Elise and family are all doing well. Welcome to Elise and congratulations to the Johnston family!

UMPI hosts Titan Challenge

UMPI hosts Titan Challenge

The University hosted the 11th Annual Junior Achievement of Maine Titan Challenge in the Campus Center on March 1. The event brought area high school students to campus to compete against their peers across the state on business finance and marketing simulations. All Maine high schools were invited to participate in this day-long competition, free of charge. More than 150 teams from Maine high schools were registered. Eighteen of these teams competed here at UMPI. The top state-wide Titan Challenge award went to Van Buren, and a Caribou High School team took the regional award for this site. This event was sponsored on campus by the faculty of the Business Administration program.

Fall 2016 Dean’s List available

Dr. Ray Rice, UMPI President and Provost, recently announced the Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester, with more than 300 students receiving honors. Congratulations to all of these UMPI Owls! To see the full list, go to


UMPI Owl Relay for Life Team holds two successful events

UMPI Owl Relay for Life Team holds two successful events

UMPI’s Relay for Life Team hosted its 6th Annual Think Pink Basketball Games on Feb. 12. The event was a huge success, with the team taking in $580. Chris Standefer won a Valentine’s Basket and Ann Osgood won the 50/50 raffle and donated it back to the team. The Baseball team sold hot dogs/chili dogs and did a ball toss game, donating a total of $100 to the team. Other food items were also donated and sold at the event.

The team also held a Stew Night on March 3 at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club. The cost was $6 for a combo meal of stew (or soup/chili), bread, drink and dessert. They also sold hot dogs/chili dogs and had to-go containers for those who couldn’t stay. In total, they raised $800, with all proceeds going toward the American Cancer Society.

UMPI hosts 37th Annual Spring Runoff 5K Road Race

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Cross Country team will host its 37th Annual Spring Runoff 5K Road Race on Saturday, April 8, at Wieden Gymnasium. This race is the second race in the County Challenge Series. Race day registration will begin at 8 a.m. The event will be open to walkers and runners, with walkers starting at 9:30 a.m. and runners and relay (3-person) starting at 10 a.m. T-shirts will be given out to the first 60 entrants, courtesy of Aroostook Beverage. This event is also sponsored by Big Cheese Pizza and Pepsi Bottling Group, who will supply pizza and Pepsi beverages in Wieden Gymnasium shortly after the completion of the race, around 10:45 a.m. This event is open to the public and the cost is $15 U.S. or $20 Canadian for 5K runners/walkers and $25 U.S or $30 Canadian for 3-person relay teams. This event is a fund-raiser for the UMPI Cross Country team. FMI, contact Chris Smith at 768-9472 or


SAGE kicks off spring class offerings at UMPI

Seniors Achieving Greater Education (SAGE), a program that welcomes intellectually curious adults, age 50 and older, who have a desire to learn in the company of people with both shared and different perspectives, will host its spring kick-off event at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 17 in the Campus Center. Membership in SAGE is $17 per semester or $32 for the year. There are additional fees for field trips and some hands-on courses. Coffee will be served starting at 9:30 a.m. Some of the courses offered are: Candy Making, English Handbell Ringing, Dealing with “Compassion Fatigue,” Introduction to Watercolor Painting, Introduction to Conversational French and The Golden Age of Radio. There are also a number of one-day classes. There will be also be a tour of SABIAN Cymbals in Meductic, New Brunswick, a Maple Syrup Sugar House tour, a narrated city-wide historic tour aboard Molly the Trolley and a guided walking tour of historic Fairmount Cemetery with the Presque Isle Historical Society. Registration for classes will follow the presentations.  FMI, contact Lydia Kieffer-Till at 768-9502 or email


UMPI Relay for Life Team holding raffle

The UMPI Owl Relay for Life Team will be holding a Spring Fundraiser,  a Travel Package Raffle. The winner will get 2 round trip tickets from Presque Isle to Boston on PenAir, carry luggage, a back pack, a Kindle Fire, gift certificates and other goodies. The package is valued over $900. The drawing for this raffle will be on June 16. Tickets are 1 for $1 and 7 for $5. You can purchase tickets in the Student Financial Services Office or at any upcoming events they may have. FMI, contact Laurie Boucher at or Lisa Leduc at

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Reminders & Updates

“Wings Wednesday”

Reminder to UMPI Alums

CIL Hours

Save the Dates:
Coffeehouse concert with Dave Mallett, Wednesday, May 3, 7 p.m., Campus Center

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