Messages from the President

UMPI’s Observance of Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15, 2024

Dear UMPI Community, On Monday, we honor the achievements and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 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 dedication and sacrifice, but also his vision for a nation truly…

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UMPI Stands with the People of Israel

Dear UMPI Community, The University of Maine at Presque Isle stands with those across higher education in our unequivocal condemnation of the terroristic attacks against the nation and people of Israel.  The indiscriminate acts of violence committed against civilians, including murder and kidnapping, are rightfully held in ignominy and horror by all who work across…

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Indigenous Peoples Day

Dear UMPI Community, As we enjoy Maine’s recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day, it is especially important, on this day as every day, that we be ever mindful that UMPI’s sites and facilities are located on the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet nations, who are connected through kinship, alliance, and diplomacy to the other…

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Remembering 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-two 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 September…

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Loss of President Donald N. Zillman

Dear UMPI Community, It is with a most heavy heart that I share the news of Donald N. Zillman’s passing early this morning. Don served as UMPI’s president from 2006-2012 and was a beloved leader, not just on our campus, but on the many other University of Maine System campuses where he provided critical leadership…

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UMPI’s Observance of Juneteenth, Monday, June 19th

Dear UMPI community, On June 19th, 1865, Union forces landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and that all of those who had been enslaved were now free.  This news, of course, came two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.  In 2011, Maine became the 38th state to recognize Juneteenth as a state…

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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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