Messages from the President

Veterans Day Thanks and Recognition

Dear UMPI Community, On November 11th, 1919, the United States first celebrated Armistice Day, signifying the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Armistice Day was intended both to honor all of those who served this great nation, often protecting democracy and freedom far across the world, and to signify the hope that…

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Statement on the Roe v Wade Decision of the Supreme Court

To the UMPI Community, Friday’s decision by the United State Supreme Court to overturn 50 years of legal precedent in Roe v. Wade was experienced by individuals locally, nationally, and across the world with exceptional polarity—from relief and celebration to incredulity and anguish. These differences are almost certainly reflected in the experiences of those within…

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June is Pride Month

June is Pride Month, and a time for all of us at the University of Maine at Presque Isle to celebrate and support the LGBTQIA+ community.  It is just as importantly a time for us to recognize the impact that the LGBTQIA+  movement has had locally, regionally, and globally, as well as the challenges that it still…

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UMPI Stands with the People of Ukraine

Dear UMPI Community, The University of Maine at Presque Isle stands with those across higher education in our unequivocal condemnation of Russia’s invasion of the democratic nation of Ukraine. As a public institution, our mission and values are grounded, first and foremost, in democracy and the processes by which individuals and their elected representatives make…

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February is Black History Month

Dear UMPI Community, This February, the University of Maine at Presque Isle celebrates Black History Month and honors the contributions and sacrifices African Americans have made to and for society, as well as their inspirational impact upon this nation and our world. This recognition is particularly critical today, as our nation continues to struggle with…

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Remembering and Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 17

Dear UMPI Community, On Monday, we honor the achievements and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an extraordinary civil rights leader, voting rights champion, and Nobel Prize-winning peace and justice advocate, whose legacy serves as an enduring inspiration to us all. We honor not only his achievements and his unbounded dedication and sacrifice, but…

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The 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

Dear UMPI Community, On September 11, 2001, I was doing what a number of faculty and staff who are still here at UMPI, these twenty years later, were doing that very day—teaching class, at work in our offices and around campus, and otherwise doing the things we would normally do on a bright and clear…

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George Floyd and the Arc of the Moral Universe

Dear UMPI Community, On March 31, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated: “We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Yesterday, April 20, 2021, a diverse jury in Minneapolis, comprised of seven women and five men, individuals who identified as white, Black, and multi-racial, from their…

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Standing With our Asian and Asian American Communities

Dear UMPI Community, When COVID-19 changed life on our campus, in our families and communities, and all across the United States just over a year ago, the Asian and Pacific Islander communities came under unfair attack, suffering hate crimes and bias incidents across the country.  This was encouraged by misinformation and bigotry.  In recent weeks,…

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