With the stroke of a pen, officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle received a gift of $1 million from benefactor Mary Barton Akeley Smith to establish the first-ever endowed chair in the institution’s history. The permanent faculty position was formally named the Dr. Robert Vinton Akeley Chair of Agricultural Science and Agribusiness during an official announcement and naming ceremony on Oct. 23.
For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Maine at Presque Isle will host a Take Back the Night event for campus and community members. Organized by a new student organization on campus, the Black Student Union, the event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Take Back the Night will include a candlelight vigil for all sexual assault victims, starting at Gentile Hall and heading to South Hall, and end with a gathering and survivor stories in the South Hall Faculty Lounge. All are encouraged to come to this free event, which will occur rain or shine.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Reed Art Gallery will present Folk Mined: Musical Installations by Caroly Ayoob, from Oct. 29, 2018 through Jan. 18, 2019. The public is invited to view the exhibition throughout the show’s run and attend the Gallery Reception on Friday, Nov. 2, from 5-7 p.m., which includes a talk with the artist at 5:30 p.m.; light refreshments will be served.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will serve up a night of fun and frights with its annual Dorm Trick or Treating event and—new to the evening—an asylum-themed Haunted House, all taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Dorm Trick or Treating will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merriman and Park Halls. The Haunted House, which is rated PG-13, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Campus Center.
Three academic programs at the University of Maine at Presque Isle are joining forces this fall to provide the campus and community with an innovative way to explore the world of science. The Environmental Science and Sustainability, Biology, and Agricultural Science programs are hosting a lunchtime seminar series that provides a forum to present scientific research conducted by UMPI students and faculty, and local and regional scientists, as well as topics in management, medicine and applied science.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Employer U program, which focuses on providing workforce development opportunities, will offer two 20-hour courses this fall beginning Monday, Oct. 15, as part of the American Management Association’s University certificate program. The sessions will be held at the MMG Center for Professional Development, located on the first floor of Kelley Commons, adjacent to the Campus Center.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will be holding a Graduate School Fair on Thursday, Oct. 18 from Noon to 2 p.m. in the Owl’s Nest of the Campus Center. Hosted by the Student Activities Office and the Office of Career Readiness, the fair will include representatives from five graduate schools and provide students with the opportunity to begin networking with them. All are welcome to attend this free event.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will present Mark Shepard—the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises, award-winning author of Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers, and proponent of sustainable agriculture—as the next speaker in its 2018-2019 Distinguished Lecturer Series. Shepard will deliver his talk on Restoration Agriculture on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center.
New York City-based African dance and drumming troupe Kotchegna Dance Company serves as the main event during the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Homecoming 2018 festivities on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium in Wieden Hall.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host Dr. Michael Herzfeld, the Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, as the first guest speaker in its 2018-2019 Distinguished Lecturer Series on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center.