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New Genus and Species of Marine Worm Discovered by UMF Faculty Member

UMF faculty member Nancy PrentissNancy Prentiss, UMF lecturer in biology, recently announced her discovery of a new genus and species of marine worm found in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Years of painstaking research determined the find is a new species of polychaete. Prentiss named the newly discovered worm (Turbocavus secretus) for Newly discovered worm (Turbocavus secretus)the location (Turbocavus = Hurricane Hole) where she found it while snorkeling in St. John’s pristine Hurricane Hole. According to the Portland Press Herald, the discovery is not just a new species, but a whole new genus or biological classification of plants or animals. Specimens of the new fanworm species now are deposited permanently in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

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UMF Faculty Member Nancy Prentiss Discovers New Genus and Species of Marine Creature in St. John

FARMINGTON, ME (March 25, 2015)—Nancy Prentiss, University of Maine at Farmington faculty member and researcher, has hit the proverbial lottery in biological research with the recent discovery of a new genus and species of marine creature.UMF faculty member Nancy Prentiss

For years, Prentiss has spent much of her off-campus time in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands teaching and mentoring UMF students, working as an ecology camp science educator at the Virgin Islands National Park and pursuing scientific research.

In the summer of 2010, she was snorkeling in St. John’s pristine Hurricane Hole, designated as the Coral Reef Monument, when she turned over the last of hundreds of rocks that day and was stunned.  “I had never seen fanworms like these before and knew immediately I was looking at something special,” said Prentiss.

The underside of the rock was covered with coiled calcium carbonate tubes that each protected a brilliant red and white colored polychaete or marine worm. “I have hundreds of specimens in my collection and have seen thousands in their natural environment, but I instantly knew this was exciting, like finding buried treasure,” said Prentiss.

This was just the beginning for Prentiss as she began the difficult job of determining what she’d found. “It’s a lengthy and detailed process and it often takes a collaborative team of scientists to determine if a discovery is a new genus and species,” said Prentiss. She worked with experts from Greece and the Netherlands to properly describe and identify the specimen and presented her preliminary findings at an international conference in Australia.

Newly discovered worm (Turbocavus secretus)The team obtained DNA gene sequences, scanning electron mircrosope and micro-ct scan images of the marine worms and determined that it was indeed a new genus and species of polychaete. “It is important to fully document all species as much as possible,” said Prentiss. “Globally, marine habitats are disappearing and the world is losing complex ecosystems that have not yet been explored.”

The lead author of the paper, recently published in the journal Zootaxa, Prentiss found it very humbling to work with such an amazing team of international experts. “The whole process was a wonderful learning opportunity,” said Prentiss, who also works with UMF student research assistants to further the marine worm study.

The newly discovered worm (Turbocavus secretus) is named for the location (Turbocavus = Hurricane Hole) in which it was found. Specimens of the new fanworm species are now permanently deposited in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Research reported in this project was supported, in part, by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103423.

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A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Media Contact: Nancy Prentiss, UMF lecturer in biology, at 207-778-7396, or

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UMF Longfellow Young Writer’s Summer Workshop Looking for Talented High School Writers

FARMINGTON, ME (March 23, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington Longfellow Young Writer’s Workshop will hold its sixth annual summer writing camp for talented high school writers from Sunday, July 12 through Saturday, July 18, 2015, on the UMF campus.

As an incentive for young writers to continue their education after high school, the University is proudly announcing that it is now awarding two humanities credits to Longfellow participants who later choose to enroll in any UMF degree program.

The only week-long young writers summer workshop in New England, Longfellow provides high school writers with the opportunity to work with expert UMF faculty and published authors as students immerse themselves in the writing world. The writing camp holds small supportive workshops in poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting and fiction. Faculty will be joined this year by: Wesley McNair, Maine State Poet Laureate; William Giraldi, senior fiction editor for AGNI and novelist and Sarah Braunstein, novelist and Maine author.

Participants will publish a chapbook of student work, recreate in the beautiful Maine wild and reside in a campus residence hall under the guidance of UMF staff and senior creative writing students. Cost of the week-long program is $800, including tuition, room/board and fees.

For applicants with demonstrated talent and need, the workshop offers one male and one female Maine resident the Michael Macklin fellowship, in honor of Portland poet and poetry educator Michael Macklin. This fellowship is sponsored by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and covers the $800 cost of the workshop.

In addition, several partial scholarships granted by UMF are available to both in-state and out-of-state applicants. To be considered for a scholarship, a five-page creative writing sample and 500-word statement of need must be submitted electronically by May 1, 2015.

Applications for Longfellow can be made through the UMF website at

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A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Media Contact: Shana Youngdahl co-director of Longfellow Young Writers Workshop, 207-778-8024, or

UMF Testing Services Facility Now Offers ParaPro Assessment Certification for Teacher’s Aides

FARMINGTON, ME (March 17, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington Testing Services—a facility offering professional certification exams to the public—is now offering the ParaPro Assessment exam for teacher’s aides and assistants looking for certification in the instruction of reading, writing and basic math competencies to school children.

The ParaPro Assessment is a professional certification that ensures teacher aides and assistants that they have met the higher standards of qualification required by the No Child Left Behind Act.

The UMF Testing Services offers professional and educational certification exams, placement tests and proctoring services in a less disruptive, small testing environment and features computer labs with a combined seating for 12.

In addition to the ParaPro, it administers the Praxis Series exams; Accuplacer; ASE; Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES); College Level Exam Program (CLEP); College Credit Exam (DSST);  Miller Analogies Test (MAT); Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); and certification and licensure exams for medical, educational, government agencies, trade and professional associations through partners Castle Worldwide, Kryterion and PSI.

For a complete listing of services, fees and hours of operation visit the UMF Testing Services website at

For more information please contact Susan Ronald, UMF testing operation manager, at, or 207-778-7666.


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UMF Art Gallery Proudly Presents Richard Kane’s Inspiring Film “Jon Imber’s Left Hand”— March 25

Painting by Jon Imber

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FARMINGTON, ME (March 12, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present a screening of director Richard Kane’s inspiring film, “Jon Imber’s Left Hand.” The film will be shown at 4 and 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus. Showings will be followed by a conversation with the director and painter Jill Hoy, Jon Imber’s widow. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Jon Imber’s Left Hand” documents the courageous final year and a half of artist Jon Imber’s life as he responded to the challenges of fast-advancing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The film traces his career and his adaptations as the disease progressed. With the loss of the use of his right hand, Imber switched to his left hand and ultimately a head-mounted brush as he embarked on a series of luminous portraits of friends and neighbors.

Based in Stonington and Boston, the artist faced the effects of ALS with humor and determination and was known in his later work for his vigorous and joyful abstractions and landscapes.

This moving film is part of the Maine Masters series, produced by the Union of Maine Visual Artists. It premiered in 2014 at the Maine Jewish Film Festival.

Kane is an independent director, producer and editor whose work focuses on the arts, politics and the environment. “Jon Imber’s Left Hand” is the 15th film in the Maine Masters collection, a New England Emmy-nominated series of artist portraits produced by Kane that airs on MPBN. With partner Melody Lewis-Kane, Kane has worked for National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Institute, CBS News, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the White House Office of Technology Policy.

This event is sponsored by the UMF Art Gallery and the ALS Association Northern New England and recommended by the Arts Institute of Western Maine and Franklin Memorial Hospital.

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A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Media Contact: Sarah Maline, UMF assistant professor of art,, or 207-778-7321

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Image: IFeelLikeIAminThehMiddleOfSwirlingEnergy by Jon Imber 2014

UMF Visiting Writers Series Features Douglas Whynott, Award Winning Nonfiction Author, March 19

FARMINGTON, ME (March 10, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington is featuring Douglas Whynott, award-winning nonfiction author, as the next reader in its notable Visiting Writers Series. The reading, sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.RP145-041

A narrative and documentary nonfiction writer, Whynott has explored the topics of commercial beekeeping, Cape Cod’s tuna fishery, boatmaking, and a small town veterinary practice, among others.

“The Sugar Season,” his 2014 book about the inner workings of the maple syrup industry and its vulnerability to climate change, won the 2014 GreenBook Festival Award for writing about the changing environment and was selected as one of the best books of 2014 by the Boston Globe.

His other books include: “Following the Bloom,” “Giant Bluefin,” “A Unit of Time” and “A Country Practice.”

A Fulbright Scholar in the U.S. Studies Center at the Universidad Nacional in Bogota, Colombia, where he taught nonfiction writing and literature. Whynott’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian, Outside, Discover, Yankee and Writer’s Chronicle.

He has taught writing and literature at the University of Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University and currently teaches at Emerson College.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or

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UMF President Foster Announces Appointment of Jared Cash as Vice President for Enrollment

FARMINGTON, ME (March 9, 2015)—Kathryn A. Foster, president of the University of Maine at Farmington, recently announced the appointment of Jared J. Cash as the University’s interim vice president for enrollment.

In this pivotal position at UMF, Cash will direct the University’s strategic enrollment activities, providing oversight and leadership to all enrollment functions, including admissions, financial aid and marketing/communications. In addition to directing and managing the Office of Admissions, he will work closely with colleagues across the campus and in the community to help achieve the enrollment, retention and graduation goals of the University.

“We are so pleased to have Jared leading our enrollment strategies at UMF,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “Throughout his career he has made service to students a priority as they pursue their educational goals. We are confident that the skills and experience he brings to UMF will help shape and sustain our enrollment, now and in the future.”

Jared J. CashCash comes to UMF from the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Scholarship and Research where he served as scholarship director for four years. His responsibilities there included managing the applicant review and selection process and growing the institute’s programs that foster student academic, personal and professional growth.

During that time, he oversaw all aspects of the prestigious scholarship program that annually garners applicants from every public high school in Maine in the hopes that it will increase the likelihood that Maine students will aspire to a college education. In the process, he developed strong relationships with key educational, guidance, and business and community leaders to raise awareness of the institute and to help impact education in Maine at every level.

“I am so excited to be a part of UMF, a premier public university that has served students so well for so many years,” said Cash. “Education is the pathway to success for many young adults today. I regard it a real privilege to help students find the right educational experience for those all-important years and to help them be successful.”

Prior to his UMF appointment, Cash served on UMF’s Board of Visitors, an advisory body of community and regional leaders who provide counsel to the University and implement regional partnerships.

A longtime advocate for helping Maine students have fair and equitable access to a quality education from their first school years through college, Cash recently chaired an18-month-long strategic plan process with the Oxford Hills school district that included eight towns and 10 schools. The collaboration worked to align school district educational goals and actions with those of families and the community to help provide area K-12 students with the best educational preparation possible.

Preceding his work at the Mitchell Institute, Cash served in the Admission Office at Bates College beginning in 2004. While there, he was involved with all aspects of the admission process, serving ultimately as the senior associate dean of admissions and director of operations.

In that role, he worked closely with the vice president and dean to coordinate the operational strategic planning, execution and management in coordination with specific enrollment efforts.  He oversaw the project assignments and performance of a team of staff members, and managed all aspects of the application and selection process for over 5,000 applicants.

While coordinating Maine recruitment at Bates, Cash placed an emphasis on first generation college students and participated in every opportunity to inform high school students about the resources and opportunities available to them in Maine.

Cash received his undergraduate degrees from Bates College and is completing his Master’s Degree in Education from Northeastern University.

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UMF Presents Tony-Nominated “The Cripple of Inishmaan”—March 19-22

FARMINGTON, ME (March 2, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present Martin McDonagh’s Tony-nominated tragicomedy “The Cripple of Inishmaan” as its spring Theatre UMF production. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m., March 19-21, and at 2 p.m., March 22, in the UMF Alumni Theater.

Directed by Jayne Decker, playwright, director and UMF faculty member, “The Cripple of Inishmaan” gives the audience an inside look into life on Ireland’s desolate Aran Islands. Written in the great tradition of Irish storytelling, McDonagh’s play is woven around the true story of the making of the 1934 film, “Man of Aran.” The play tells the story of Cripple Billy, an unloved boy determined to audition for the film, and the remote island community’s comic and often insensitive reaction to his venture of hope and discovery.UMF students bring Martin McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan” to life at the University’s Alumni Theater March 19-22.

“This play raises the bar for our student actors on so many levels,” said Decker. “While every character is delightful, they are also very challenging and creating authentic performances took a tremendous amount of preparation and hard work.”

According to Decker, every seemingly effortless fight scene required hours of rehearsing complicated fight choreography. “I’m just so impressed with our students’ commitment to giving their absolute best performance possible,” said Decker. “They worked tirelessly with Dan “Tree” Robbins, a local dialect coach to help them speak their lines with an authentic Irish accent. It’s such a thrill to see our students portray McDonagh’s characters in such a genuine way.”

Author Martin McDonagh emerged onto the London theatre scene in 1997 with a production of his first major success, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.”  That same season the novice playwright achieved the remarkable feat of having four plays on stage in London at the same time, including “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” His career achievements include his 2003 play “The Pillowman” that received the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2004-2005 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play and two Tony Awards for production.

An award-winning playwright, Decker has directed numerous productions at UMF Alumni Theater. Her production, “Coyote on a Fence,” was awarded a Moss Hart Memorial Award by the New England Theatre Conference—New England’s oldest and largest regional theatre association. Her other directorial work includes George Brant’s “Elephant’s Graveyard,” the musicals Fiddler on the Roof” and Oliver!” and productions of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible” and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

She has also presented workshop productions of her original plays “Good Medicine;” “Stars Falling,” winner of the 2002 Maine Playwriting Award; Jelly Moonshine; and Songbird,” a touring play about the Iraq War. Cracked Shells,” an original play by Decker about domestic violence, was commissioned by Franklin County Network’s Peace in Our Families and was featured again at the 2009 Maine Women’s Studies Conference.

Decker received her master’s from the University of Maine and teaches courses at UMF including Writing for the Stage and Screen and Social and Political Theatre.

This Theatre UMF production is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. The play contains some adult language.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the time of the performance and can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465.

Cast and Crew: Students names include hometowns

Cripple Billy – Aaron Verrill, Belgrade
Johnnypateen Mike -  Jagger Trouant, Gardiner
Kate – Abigail Lindquist, New Hartford, Conn.
Eileen – Shelby Thibodeau, Sidney
Bartley – Tucker Atwood, Embden
Helen – Delainey Kein, Unity
Doctor McSharry – Austin Hayes, Gorham
Mammy – Vivian Corynne Zinni, Brunswick
Babby Bobby – Nathan Sylvester, China Village

Director – Jayne Decker

Scenic and Lighting Design – Stan Spilecki
Assistant Scenic Designer – Austin Phillips, Cape Neddick
Costume Designer – Elizabeth Dorr
Sound Design – Austin Hayes, Gorham
Assistant Director – Ahnna-Balai Beane

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Media contact: Jayne Decker, UMF instructor and director of the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus, 207-778-7319, or

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Photo Caption: (Left to right) UMF students Abigail Lindquist, Aaron Verrill and Shelby Thibodeau bring Martin McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan” to life at the University’s Alumni Theater March 19-22.

UMF Announces Dean’s List for Fall 2014 Semester

FARMINGTON, ME (February 26, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington announces its Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester. UMF maintains a Dean’s List each semester for those students completing a minimum of 12 credits in courses producing quality points. Students whose grade point average for the semester is equal to or greater than 3.8 are listed with high academic achievement. Students whose grade point average for the semester is less than 3.8 but equal to or greater than 3.5 are listed with academic achievement. Any incompletes must be satisfactorily completed before the student is honored with Dean’s List status. Academic achievement awarded at commencement is based on all course work taken at UMF.

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Acton: Ryan Camire,

Albany Twp: Britany Douglass,

Albion: Aubrey Kressler, Sara Quimby,

Andover: Sumaya Hamdi,

Anson: Courtney Frost,

Arundel: Tori Lands, Krysta Norris, Christopher Roberts,

Athens: Karen Corson,

Atkinson: Ashley Goodine,

Auburn: Eliza Bissonette, Jonathan Delorme, Emily Johnson, Emily Marron, Tamarah Marston, Taylor Sawyer, Timothy Stokes, Connor Wagner, Jesse Williams,

Augusta: Katherine Beach, Erika Burns, Shiloh Davis, Taliesin Greaton, Nathaniel Kidson, Kevin Lind, Carlene Mosca, Dylane Saylor, Lauren Wheelock, Alison Zubrod,

Bangor: Thomas Bearor,  Kayla Elliott, Molly Jack, Holly Legere, Jacob Legere, Hannah Lust, Rose Miller, Robin Murphy, Jeremy Vroom,

Bar Harbor: Jamie McKay,

Bath: Allison Bailey,  Emily Franklin, Mackenzie Yeaton,

Belfast: Kally Bowen,Kaylee Pickering,

Belgrade: Rachyl Clement, Mickelle McCafferty, Sierra Towers,

Berwick: Jessica Cox, Gabrielle Ganiere, Alisa Tibbetts,

Biddeford: Keely Gendron, Rachel Hubbell, Layne Nason, Phoebe Robinson,

Bingham: Lindsey Cirell, Maria Leathers, Jessica Mills,

Boothbay: Katrina Smith, Meghan Smith,

Bowdoin: Emily Eldridge, Rachel Glynn,

Brewer: Linsay Brochu, Christopher Coleman, Kassidy Giggey, Barbara Ireland,

Bridgton: Laura Pulito,

Brooklin: Brittany Courtot,

Brooks: Sydney Ellis,

Brownfield: Barrett Wilson,

Brunswick: Sasha Hampton, Katherine Liscovitz, Destiny Merrill, Vivian Zinni,

Bryant Pond: Susan Newkirk,

Buckfield: Ashley Hutchinson, Mickayla Wiley,

Bucksport: Courtney Fish,

Burnham: Dori Condon,

Buxton: Jessica Meservey, Hannah Schlehuber Johnson,

Calais: Emily Ginn, Dominic Martorano,  Stephanie Pasciuti,

Camden: Brogan Tooley,

Canaan: Amber Rowell,

Canton: Samantha Blanchette, Donald Hutchins,

Cape Neddick: Austin Phillips, Cole Phillips, Rachel Yorke,

Caribou: Tiffany Bishop,

Carmel: Leah Boucher,

Casco: Andrew Carlson,

Chelsea: Emily Soule, Tricia Tzikas,

Chesterville: Lorrin Burnham, Katrina Campbell, William Doray, Brittney Wagoner,

Clifton: Ashley Hinkley,

Clinton: Heather Cousins, Sara Mea,

Corinna: Noel Zayir,

Cornville: Hailey Atkinson,

Cumberland Center: Katherine Fehlau, Hannah Somes,

Damariscotta: Shania Creamer, Anhui Yost,

Dayton: Kristin Cobleigh,

Denmark: Molly Cavanaugh,

Dexter: Darci Perkins,

Dixfield: Elliott Eno, Ricki Sinclair,

Dryden: Siiri Stinson,

Durham: Nathaniel Fritts,

East Boothbay: Annamaria Geneseo,

Eastport: Sarah Ashley,

Edgecomb: Shaylee Sibley,

Ellsworth: Patrick Bellis, Chelsea Wallace,

Embden: Tucker Atwood, Wyatt Nelson,

Fairfield: Audrey Flynn,  Hannah Tompkins,

Falmouth: Merlin Komenda, Caroline Murphy,

Farmingdale: Kaitlin Hayden,

Farmington: Eric Barry, Kelly Bean, Kristi Bean, Rileigh Blanchet, Erin Bowen, Brooke-Lyn Boyd, Curran Brierley, Danielle Brosseau, Meredith Brown, Lindsey Carter, Darrian Church, Kimberly Clark, Joy Cognata, Sarita Crandall, Daric Davenport, Mikala Dickson, Zachary Faulkner, Christopher Goodwin, Andrew Hatchel, Molly Hinkel, Cassandra Kittredge, Laura Lacasse, Nicholas Lacasse, Amanda Ledue, Ashley Libby, Alexa Lyman, Anastasia McFadden-Foy, Kasey Mills, Marlie Mochamer, Casandra Moreau, Elise Musicant, Katelynn Orcutt, Victoria Penney, Jake Roberts, Jenna Sanders, Nathan Schultz, Ryan Scott, Erin Simmons, Philip Smith, Morgan Spencer, Lauren Stetson, Judith Stone, Kiera Timme, Grace Toles, Wren Tooker, Jessica Tyler, Kristyn Wiles, Michaela Yeaton,

Fayette: Alexander Rose,

Freedom: Tyler Hadyniak,

Freeman Twp: Tobias Logan,

Freeport: Samuel Bennett, Christopher Forest, Wyatt McCurdy,

Friendship: Luke Deems, Kristen Simmons,

Fryeburg: Sylvia Brooks,

Gardiner: Laura Burnham,Lee-Anne Greenleaf, Haley Gross, Sarah McQuoid, Jagger Trouant,

Garland: Vincent Malinauskas,

Georgetown: Lauren Crosby,

Glenburn: Alexandra Cookson,  Alexandra Crocker,

Gorham: Katherine Bennett, Celeste Carpenter, Kaitlin Flanders, Conor Kirby, Jennifer Pinkelman, Marissa Rush, Maeghan Sloat, Mariah Sloat, Patricia Smith, Emily Thompson, Melissa Walls, Colleen Ward,

Gray: Matthew Lulofs,  Bryce Neal, Taryn Sangillo, Richard Southard,

Greene: Samuel Godfrey, Krystin Perreault,  Abbey Randall,  Tifani-Rae Steward,

Greenville Jct: Amelia Coburn,

Guilford: Abby Burdin,

Hallowell: Nathan Dye, Ashley Godbout,

Hampden: Kimberly Biddlecom, Samuel Good, Brianna Russo,

Harpswell: Margaret Thomas,

Hartford: Rachel Caron, Kaitlyn Rines,

Hartland: Christine Della Porta, Dylan Sinclair,

Hebron: Jessica Gauthier, Samantha Hatch,

Hermon: Ranae Carlson, Marisa Kelley,

Houlton: Ashir Abouleish,

Industry: Bethany Frazier, Nathan Geisser, Bradford Lopes,

Isle Au Haut: Victoria MacDonald,

Jay: Nicole Adams, Alexander Donka, Hayley Fortier, Jill Gingras,  Victoria LaCasse, Brianna Martin, Sabrina Penney,  Cassandra Plante, Emily Ross, Miranda St Pierre,

Jefferson: Allison Fortin, Bridget Humphrey, Jory Humphrey, Cassie Scates,

Jonesport: Kristopher Kelley,

Kennebunk: Erin Ingraham, Krystal Livermore,

Kennebunkport: Kelsey Redmond,

Kingfield: Holland Corson, Shannon McCaffrey, Ashley Shurtleff, Brittany York,

Kittery: Nicole Clark, Sofia Curti,

Kittery Point: Olivia Dow,

Lebanon: Alaina Shorey,

Levant: Michalie Larabee, Nicholas Pinkham,

Lewiston: Sadie Beaudin, Megan Charest, Ashley Ferrence, Courtney Jacques, Andre Madore, Delaney Paterson, Caleb Rea, Joseph Sullivan, Erica Thompson,

Lincoln: Abigail Brown, Nathaniel Libby, Ciara Tolman,

Lincolnville: Nastasha Kordek, Alexa Perkins,

Lisbon: Mary Conlon,

Lisbon Falls: Minarva Craig, Katherine Lemieux, Lindsey Whitney,

Litchfield: Sabrina Gauthier,  Jessica Roberts,

Livermore: Taylor Boynton, Alyssa Hamilton,

Livermore Falls: Christina Damren, Lindsey Flagg, Rachel Goding, Rheanna Woodford,

Lovell: Nathaniel McCann, Conrad Ward,

Lyman: Mikayla Frazier,

Machiasport: Allison Holmes,

Madawaska: James Cyr,

Madison: Bree Foley, Tyler Michaud, Bianca Stoutamyer, Cole Williams,

Manchester: Nicole Smith,

Mechanic Falls: Kaitlyn Bowie, Caitlyn Currie, Mariah Dufour, Meghan Rowe, Shane Waters,

Medway: Allie Currie,

Mexico: Ayla Allen, Andrea Benya, Lacey Gallant, Garrett Hodgkins, Cody Smith,

Millinocket: Katelyn Campbell, Thomas Fiske, Kristen Manzo, Alyssa McLean, Emily Wark,

Monmouth: Mackenzie Kelley, Molly Menice, Abigail Parkinson,

Monticello: Ashton Carmichael,

Mount Vernon: Jacqueline Rogers,

Naples: Tonner Hann, Erin Levasseur, Stephanie Winslow,

Nashville Plantation: Kenneth Tarr,

New Canada: Courtney Daigle,

New Portland: Evelyn Carleton,

New Sharon: Taylor Harris, Emily Ramsey,

Newcastle: Salvatore Azzaretti, Alexis Bailey,

Newport: Svea-Linnea Ashe,

Nobleboro: Samara Ethier-Whitmore,  Caitlin Waltz,

Norridgewock: Travis Bent, Andrea Curtis, Ethan Poissonnier,

North Anson: Rebecca Ellis,

North Berwick: Courtney Eastman, Lindsay Gorman,

Northport: Brianna Flagg,

Norway: Christa Bonney, Dylan Hadley, Jeffrey Lamar, Carl Langbehn, Timothy Roberts,

Oakland: Mara Balboni, Ryan Berthiaume, Tyler Creasy, Derek Guerrette, Christopher Knight,  Leisha Lewis,

Old Orchard Beach: Sarah Jenkins, Jeffrey Taylor,

Old Town: Laura Rivers,

Orrs Island: Connor Lynch,

Otisfield: Riley Chickering,

Owls Head: Audrey Elliott,

Palermo: Nicole Glidden, Camiesha Terry,

Palmyra: Leigh Welch,

Peaks Island: Hannah Carlson,

Peru: Erin Perry, Spencer Trenoweth,

Phillips: Lyndsay Beane, Brooke Gilchrist, Emily Hardy,

Pittsfield: Courtney Fowler, Meghan Hughes, Gabrielle LaGross, Carolyn Newhouse, Karissa Porter, Adam Shorey,

Plymouth: Amy Patterson,

Poland: Joshua Abrams, Cameron Morrell, Matthew Principe, Katrina Seeley,

Portland: Samantha Allshouse, Michael Diffin, Samantha Gilmour, Anthony Lewis, Joseph Menard, Carissa Porcaro, Sandy Pov, Phoebe Shaw,

Presque Isle: Keith Clark, Kayla Girardin, Rayah Saucier,

Randolph: Mariah Duncan,

Rangeley: Shafer Archard, Chelsea Dresser, Cary Millbury,

Readfield: Benjamin Rodriguez, Tristan Stockford, Michael Whitmore,

Rockport: Colby Hill,

Rome: Marisa Getchell,

Rumford: Kaitlyn Cote, Krista Cote, Stephanie Garcia, Amy Gilbert, Amy Mahar,

Sabattus: Samuel Morin,

Saco: Anna Dowling, James Grover, Michelle Henaire, Allura Morneau,  Kayla Tremblay, Joshua Wynne,

Saint Albans: Lindsay Mower,

Salem Twp: Jillian Withee,

Sanford: Tyler Flayhan, Erin Fraser, Sarah Gould, Michelle Roy,

Scarborough: Lauren Bickmore, Leah Brown, Caitlyn Connolly, Nathaniel Duggan, Sarah Pritchard,
Micaela Sargent,

Searsport: Laura Dickey,

Sebago: Abigail Lucy,

Sebec: Alyce McLeod,

Sidney: Amanda Clifford, Renee Moody, Chelsey Oliver, Shawna Oliver, Shelby Thibodeau,

Skowhegan: Matthew Bigelow, Olivia Brown, Sebastien Dumont, Alexis Lanctot, Aspen Leblanc, Acadia Levasseur, Katelynn Lizotte, Jennifer Meade, Logan Wiseman,

Smithfield: Megan Perkins,

South Berwick: Katie Emmons, Erin Silver,

South China: Rebecca-Ann Severy, Mia Taylor,

South Gardiner: Willa Barron,

South Paris: Kayla Dore, Susan Gary,

South Portland: Shelby Bryant, Hannah Calkin, Jennifer Gerry,  Mariah Hartley, Chloe Mead, Sarah Meuse, Krista Petillo, Chase Rerrick,

South Thomaston: Emmaline Waldron,

Springvale: Leanne Arsenault, Kayla Burgess, Megan Daudelin, Sasha Smith,

Standish: Joshua Conley, Zachary Vincent,

Steep Falls: Samantha Gifford, Matthew Theriault, Charles Young,

Strong: Emily Beard, Nicholas Cole, Maggie Elliott, Renae Ladd,

Sumner: Samantha Zak,

Surry: Kaitlyn Kinney,  Amanda Moir,

Temple: Aimee Degroat, Carolina LaCourse, Dylan Toothaker,

Thorndike: Kathleen Schultz,

Topsham: Lacey Campbell, Meghan Fogg, Ashley Libby, Meghan Schofield,

Turner: Matthew Bilodeau, Abigail Chase, Lindsey Godbout, Dana Monbleau, Ashley Richardson,

Union: Autumn Collins, Janelle Noonan, Rachel Siegel,

Unity: Delainey Kein,

Upton: Jessica Casey,

Vassalboro: Brianna Benevento, Nathan Bowring, Sean Cabaniss, Allison Reynolds,

Waldoboro: Ashton Harvey, Emily Sirianni, Vincent Vannah,

Walpole: Karie Carrothers,

Warren: Wyatt Porter,

Waterville: Emily Cote,  Megan Heath, Danielle Joliceour, John Kaminski, Mattie Lajoie, Jacob Montgomery, Sydney Nichols, Felisia Pooler, Sarah Ringer, Isaiah Spofford, Jinni-Mae Workman,

Wayne: Sarah Pokorny,

Wells: Chelsea Martel, Elizabeth Thompson,

West Bath: Kelsie Gagnon, Argia Pilgrim,

West Bethel: Kurt Mason,

West Farmington: Patricia McLain,

West Gardiner: Anthonie Phillis, Haley Tomberlin,

Westbrook: Katie Clark, Alison Hutchins, Julianne McLaughlin, Nicholas Minor, Anna Traugh,

Wilton: Jacob Allen, Tyler Eustis, Sarah Jacques, Jaycee Jenckes, Clifton Staples, Brett Stuard,

Windham: Madeline Boyes, Samuel Burnell, Timothy Bushika, Sabrina Campbell, Hannah Forbush, Molly Olsen, Katherine Turpen,

Windsor: Samuel Birch, Molly King,

Winslow: Morgan Clark, Kayla Davis, Megan Denis, Elizabeth Ferry, Jessica McCaslin, Brennah O’Connell,

Winterport: Marissa Arrigoni,

Winthrop: Brigid Chapin, Parker Chapin, Deirdre Dosedlo, Ian Gingras, Rayanna Howard, Zachary Nadeau, Scott Peacock,  Emmah Spahr,

Wiscasset: Lauren Trudeau,

Woodville: Taylor McCafferty,

Woolwich: Gabrielle Poirier,

Yarmouth: Margaret Bertocci, Samantha Hall, Dustin McCrossin, Kate Myers, Taylor Sisk, Abigail Smith,

York: Chelsea Morley, Emily Rumble.


Brookfield: Sarah Freitag, Cory McCullough,

Ellington: Erica Feenstra,

Hampton: Renee Clermont,

Higganum: Casey Jackson,

Middletown: Rebecca Mierzejewski,

Niantic: Victoria Luce,

North Franklin: Amanda Ciufecu,

North Stonington: Taylor Beattie,

Norwalk: Conor Stephenson,

Putnam: Audrey Gidman,

Salem: Sarah Frick.


Acton: Heather King, Sam Oppenheim,

Cambridge: Liya Mindaye,

Forestdale: Jennie Taddia,

Gardner: Sadie Caron, Elayna Chamberlin,

Harwich: Justin Fisette,

Holyoke: Megan Popp,

Lakeville: Danielle Conway,

Lancaster: Emma Duggan,

Lowell: Kabagambe Jjangu,

Milton: Jillian Cummings,

Norton: Samuel Carignan,

Norwell: Kathleen Joseph,

Plymouth: Kimberly Arthurs, Brittany Jerome,

Quincy: Elizabeth Foley,

Revere: Talya Briana,

Sandwich: Olivia Goddard, Taylor Marshall,

Sharon: Russell Warren,

Shirley: David-Tristan Cynewski,

Shrewsbury: Megan Broderick,

Somerset: Cassie Scott,

South Grafton: Katrina Teixeira,

Spencer: Christian Casault,

Sudbury: Alana MacArthur,

Waltham: Samantha Lackeyram-Owen,

Westford: Zachary Roberge,

Westminster: Emily Vitone,

Whitinsville: Erin Taylor,

Winchester: Cecilia Natale.

Boscawen: Jeremy Demers,
Bow: Jaclyn Langevin,

Center Barnstead: Zachary Mayo,

Center Conway: Jennifer Perry,

Derry: Matthew Hernandez, Brittney Sieg, Theodore Wallace, Joshua Worthen,

Dublin: Alexandra Umstadt,

East Hampstead: Jennifer Bailey,

Epsom: Karyn Veinotte,

Hillsborough: Josline Watkins,

Holderness: Gavin Brickley,

Hollis: Kelsey Caron,

Jaffrey: Natalie McLaughlin,

Londonderry: Carinne Haigis,

Manchester: Cheyenne Candow, Kathryn Johnson,

Merrimack: Melissa Eelman,

Milford: Sarah Haas, Jessica Harper,

Nashua: Julia Fletcher, Haley Lynch,

Pelham: Carolyn Springford,

Penacook: Jennifer Field,

Plainfield: Rebecca Young,

Portsmouth: Erika Lundgren,

Rindge: Kaelee Tanner,

Rochester: Mark Leahy,

Whitefield: Kalman Csigi,

Wilmot: Jesse Williams,

Woodsville: Andrew Varney.


Barrington: Sidney Stanhope,

Hope: Isabel Dodd,

North Kingstown: Brigitta Valente,

North Scituate: Joseph Leclair,

Portsmouth: Alison Hamilton,

Warwick: Mariah Morey,

West Kingston: Daniel Mason.

Barton: Connor Gaboriault,

Bloomfield: Lydia Donovan,

Burlington: Hannah Watson,

Danville: Brett Elliott,

Essex Junction: Ellie Pinto,

Northfield: Keli McLellan,

Orleans: Clark Hayden,

Saint Albans: Amanda Porter,

Warren: William Robinson,

West Dover: Brittney Torroni.


Concord: Savannah Ridgley.


Dacono: Shannon Tanguay.


Phoenix: Kyle Mitchell.


East Brunswick: John Pich,

Highland Lakes: Kyle Manning,

Manalapan: Samantha Gigante,

Newark: Jordan McNair,

North Brunswick: Rachel Anderson,

Ramsey: Sarah Fredrick,

Rockaway: Samantha Wasko.


Toledo: Audrey Blaufuss.


Bear Creek Township: Jenna Silliboy.


Fairfax: Kristen Phillips,

Staunton: Catherine Dennis.


Shizuoka: Chihiro Kamiya.


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Students at UMF Honored for Excellence by National Student Exchange Organization

FARMINGTON, ME (February 24, 2015)—Two students at the University of Maine at Farmington were recently recognized by the National Student Exchange organization for academic accomplishment, campus and community service and demonstrating the best use of their exchange participation.

UMF exchange student Jennifer Gravrok

UMF exchange student Jennifer Gravrok

Jennifer Gravrok who came to UMF from the University of Wisconsin-Superior as an exchange student during her 2013-14 academic year was awarded the NSE’s Wendel Wickland Student Achievement Award. Majoring in biology, she participated in the UMF exchange program with aspirations to study veterinary medicine but shifted her interest to research as a result of the many undergraduate research opportunities offered by the Farmington campus.

“My independent study . . . enabled me to see what research is really about and gave me experience presenting my work at an international undergraduate conference,” said Gravrok. “I was also afforded the opportunity to study for a week at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory performing DNA bar-coding and PCR amplification on plant and insect species collected from Acadia National Park.”

After her experience at UMF, Gravrok was able to obtain a competitive summer internship at Michigan State University.

Lauren Crosby, UMF student from Georgetown, Maine, spent her fall 2013 semester as an exchange student at the University of Memphis and received Honorable Mention from the NSE.

UMF student Lauren Crosby

UMF student Lauren Crosby

Majoring in secondary education, Crosby took advantage of the NSE program at UMF to pursue her creative interests as a singer and songwriter. “The University of Memphis enabled me to study Blues and Jazz vocals under some of the local industries top teachers,” said Crosby. “I was able to learn different techniques and music from the Southern culture. I am forever grateful for this experience, and it has made me a better person, adventurer and musician.”

“We are so proud of Jennifer and Lauren,” said Lynne Eustis, UMF assistant director of international and exchange programs. “They challenged themselves with new learning opportunities and benefitted by gaining not only knowledge but also confidence in their abilities.”

UMF’s Office of International and Exchange Programs coordinates services for UMF students wishing to study abroad or in other locations in the U.S. as well as for individuals and groups coming from other countries to study or teach at UMF.

The National Student Exchange fits into university initiatives for globalization, diversity and engagement. It provides tuition reciprocal, exchange and study away opportunities to students at its 170 member colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Media Contact: Lynne Eustis, UMF assistant director of enrollment services and exchange programs, at or 207-778-7122

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Photo Credit: Submitted photos