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UMF Invites the Public to Groundbreaking for Innovative, Eco-Friendly Central Heating Plant, May 26

FARMINGTON, ME (May 19, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington will officially break ground on a new, eco-friendly 5,885 square foot biomass central heating plant at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the University parking lot near the intersection of Perkins and Quebec streets. The event is free and open to the public.

Biomass is an innovative, renewable, locally-sourced fuel obtained from plant-based materials, typically woodchips in Maine. Aligning with the University’s emphasis on environmental stewardship, the plant is expected to replace 390,000 gallons of heating oil now used to heat the buildings through individual systems and is projected to reduce the university’s carbon emissions by 3,000 tons a year.

“We are very excited about UMF’s energy future that will soon include this new, sustainable, local fuel source,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president.  “UMF is a longtime leader in the responsible use of the Earth’s resources. Adding biomass to our existing geothermal commitment further diversifies our energy portfolio and greatly reduces our reliance upon fossil fuels.”

In addition to providing heat to the campus, the new biomass plant will also be a valuable learning facility. It will actively engage students in understanding biomass energy, associated systems and processes and will be embedded in several courses as a mandatory learning facet of several curricula and fields of study. The plant control room will be open to students and visitors to view the internal operations as well as several exterior viewing areas.Image of Plan for New UMF Central Heating Plant

The $11 million project was approved by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees early in 2015. Energy savings are estimated to cover all costs and provide a payback in less than 10 years.

The central energy plant and campus conversion project was developed by Trane U.S. Inc, working closely with the UMF facilities department and administration. Trane was supported by Apex Engineering of Falmouth Maine and by Civil Engineering Services of Brewer Maine in the development of this complex project. The wood biomass plant will be the sixth major biomass conversion project delivered by Trane in the last several years and is the first design-build project they are delivering for the University of Maine System.

The design-build process ensures that the same team who was involved in the engineering design is responsible for construction, commissioning and ensuring the system operational performance after completion.  To deliver the project, Trane has selected a team of qualified local Maine contractors who will be working with their skilled technicians and construction management staff on the project.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey McKay, UMF director of facilities management, 207-778-7009, or jeffrey.d.mckay@maine.edu

EDITOR’S NOTE: Image can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2015/05/RP145-064.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted image

UMF Celebrates the Class of 2015 with Commencement Ceremony

FARMINGTON, ME (May 16, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington celebrated the Class of 2015 with a festive annual Commencement Ceremony today, Saturday, May 16. UMF President Kathryn A. Foster, faculty, administrators and dignitaries led the procession of 369 new graduates marching to traditional bagpipe music. UMF awarded a total of 392 bachelor’s and master’s degrees for 2015.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our graduates,” said Foster. “Commencement is a wonderful milestone. We know these graduates will make a difference in Maine, across the nation, and around the world, applying their UMF education wherever they go.”

Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic gold medalist and champion for women’s distance running, delivered today’s Commencement address to UMF graduates, their families, honored guests and the UMF community. Benoit Samuelson was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for her significant contributions.

A Maine native and one of the nation’s most recognizable athletes, Benoit Samuelson has blazed a trail for women of all ages in the sport of competitive running. Her life-long commitment to health, fitness and the sport she loves has redefined the idea of a lifetime runner and inspired a generation on how to never give up on being your best.

In 1979, Benoit Samuelson received All-American honors in cross-country and track and won the Boston Marathon—setting an American and course record—all before she graduated from college. She went on to win the Boston Marathon again in 1983, shattering the American record and breaking the world record by more than two minutes.

One year later, she made history by winning the inaugural Women’s Olympic Marathon in Los Angeles, running the last 21 miles of the race ahead of all competitors. In 1985, she raced to victory in the Chicago Marathon, setting a new American record, and in 2000 she was named a 20th Century Top Athlete by Sports Illustrated.

In the four decades she has been involved in the sport, Benoit Samuelson has taken every opportunity to give back to the sport and to the community. In 1998, she founded the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K road race in Cape Elizabeth. This race attracts over 6,000 runners annually and benefits a different children’s charity every year.

Graduating senior Chelsea Lear-Ward from Levant gave today’s student address. With a major in community health education and a minor in environmental studies, she is interested in helping to promote health through sustainability. After graduation, she will be moving to Washington State to work in the wellness field.

Foster and Joseph McGinn, provost and vice president for academic affairs, conferred the degrees to this year’s graduates. Karl Turner, member of the UMS Board of Trustees, delivered greetings to the graduates from the University of Maine System.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized 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 helps 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 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.


The complete list of 2014 University of Maine at Farmington graduates includes:

MAINE

Acton: Seth Noonkester, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Albion: Sara Quimby, B.A. Environmental Science;

Alfred: Ralph Plumpton, B.G.S. Bachelor of Education Studies;

Andover: Janelle Thuotte, B.S. Community Health Education;

Anson: Angelisa Beane, B.A. English; Marisa Murray, B.S. Elementary Education;

Arundel: James Maloney-Hawkins, B.S. Secondary Education Chemistry;

Ashland: Katelynn Orcutt, B.A. Psychology; Kenneth Tarr, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Athens: Karen Corson, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Auburn: Sean Berce, B.A. Computer Science; Nicholas Bourget, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Health Information Systems; Jonathan Delorme, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies; Emily Johnson, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Emily Marron, B.A. Psychology; Sara Mea, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Augusta: Katherine Beach, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education; Cody Corron, B.A. Business Economics; Nasya Monroe, B.S. Elementary Education; Joseph Pepin, B.A. Psychology and Political Science; Alison Zubrod, B.A. Psychology;

Avon: Brooke Gilchrist, B.S. Elementary Education;

Bangor: Thomas Bearor, B.A. Political Science; Chelsea Collins, B.S. Elementary Education; Jane Fournier, B.S. Community Health Education; Shelby Jolicoeur, B.A. International and Global Studies; Holly Legere, B.A. Psychology; Hannah Lust, B.A. Biology and Psychology; Jeremy Vroom, B.A. Geography;

Bar Harbor: Jamie McKay, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Bath: Tyler Rose, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;

Belfast: Alexander Randall, B.G.S. Bachelor of Education Studies;

Belgrade: Maddison Kadnar, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Mickelle McCafferty, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Psychology;

Berwick: Jessica Cox, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Biddeford: Maegan Carter, B.A. Psychology; Shaun Clancy, B.A. Geography; Rachel Hubbell, B.S. Special Education;

Bingham: Chelsae Arnold, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Leadership;  Julian Jackson, B.S. Community Health Education; Maria Leathers, B.A. English;  Jessica Mills, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Nathan Schultz, B.S. Community Health Education;

Boothbay: Katrina Smith, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Sociology/Anthropology;

Bowdoin: Rachel Glynn, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Bridgton: Thomas Feeley, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Sociology/Anthropology;

Brunswick: Erin Kenyon, B.S. Elementary Education; Katherine Liscovitz, B.S. Elementary Education;

Bryant Pond: Rebecca Carter, B.S. Community Health Education; Laurie Catanese, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Leadership;

Burnham: Dori Condon, B.A. Psychology;

Buxton: Jessica Meservey, B.S. Elementary Education;

Calais: Emily Ginn, B.S. Elementary Education;

Canton: Kelly Bean, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Cape Elizabeth: Andrew Dickey, B.S. Community Health Education; Maxwell Pulsifer, B.S. Elementary Education;

Caribou: Philip Smith, B.A. Psychology;

Casco: Andrew Carlson, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;

China Village: Nathan Sylvester, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Clinton: Erica Harris, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Early Childhood; Gregory King, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Cumberland: Katherine Fehlau, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Ashley Rawnsley, B.S. Elementary Education;

Cushing: Elizabeth Robinson, B.A. Psychology;

Denmark: Molly Cavanaugh, B.A. English;

Dixfield: Meredith Brown, B.S. Elementary Education; Ricki Sinclair, B.A. Psychology;

Dresden: Bonnie Carleton, B.S. Community Health Education;

Durham: Nathaniel Fritts, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

East Wilton: Jordan Schanck, B.S. Community Health Education;

Ellsworth: Patrick Bellis, B.A. Computer Science; Seth Clewley, B.A. Psychology;

Enfield: Morgan Rancourt, B.A. Psychology;

Fairfield: Katlyn Champagne, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Ashley Clark, B.A. Environmental Science; Christopher DeRaps, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Kayla Roderick, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Falmouth: Jordan Hale, B.S. Secondary Education – Mathematics;

Farmingdale: Nicole Ball, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Leadership; Abigail Brown, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Farmington: Tara Blue, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Leadership; Sandra Brown, B.A. Psychology; Jarrod Clements, B.A. Business Economics; Daric Davenport, B.A. Psychology; Lancaster Emery, B.A. English; Bethany Frazier, B.A. Business Economics; Jarrod Goodwin, B.A. Psychology; Marian Harrison, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Leadership; Alison Hatch, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Leadership; Roger LeClair, B.G.S. Bachelor of Education Studies; Alexandra Lucas, B.A. English; Marlie Mochamer, B.A. Biology; Shane Nicely-Luker, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Individualized -; Clifton Staples, B.A. International and Global Studies; Dylan Turner, B.A. Psychology; Jessica Tyler, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Michaela Yeaton, B.A. Business Economics;

Fayette: Alexander Rose, B.A. Environmental Science;

Fort Kent: Courtney Daigle, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education; Scott Pelleter, B.A. Geology;

Franklin: Darrian Church, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

Freedom: Tyler Hadyniak, B.A. Political Science and Psychology;

Freeport: Hannah Goodenow, B.S. Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education;
Kelci O’Neill, B.S. Secondary Ed Life Sciences;

Fryeburg: Audrey Boyd, B.S. Community Health Education;

Gardiner: Allison Nelson, B.A. Psychology; Anthonie Phillis, B.A. Psychology;

Glenburn: Alexandra Crocker, B.S. Elementary Education;

Gorham: Katherine Bennett, B.S. Special Education; Austin Hayes, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts; Conor Kirby, B.A. Biology; Colleen Ward, B.S. Community Health Education;

Gray: Kellie Sanborn, B.S. Secondary Education – English and English;  Taryn Sangillo, B.S. Special Education;

Greene: Noah Poto, B.A. Business Economics; Abbey Randall, B.S. Elementary Education; Tifani-Rae Steward, B.S. Elementary Education;

Hallowell: Ashley Godbout, B.S. Secondary Education – Mathematics;

Hampden: Barbara Ireland, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Harpswell: Margaret Thomas, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Mackenzie Yeaton, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Hartford: Matthew Stoodley, B.A. History;

Hebron: Jessica Gauthier, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

Hermon: Marisa Kelley, B.S. Elementary Education;

Isle au Haut: Victoria MacDonald, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Jay: Jessica Douglass, B.A. Biology;  Cassandra Plante, B.A. Computer Science; Emily Ross, B.A. Art; Linda Viraphondeth, B.A. International and Global Studies;

Jefferson: Cassie Scates, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Kennebunk: Adria Guptill, B.S. Elementary Education; Ashley Haroldsen, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Kennebunkport: Emily Bennett, B.S. Elementary Education; Kelsey Redmond, B.S. Elementary Education;

Kittery: Nicole Clark, B.S. Secondary Education – English and English; Sofia Curti, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Individualized -; Katherine Foster, B.G.S. Bachelor of General Studies;

Lamoine: Hayley Barbeau, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

Levant: Chelsea Lear-Ward, B.S. Community Health Education;

Lewiston: Marina Belanger, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Individualized -; Alexandria Butler, B.S. Elementary Education; Andre Madore, B.A. English;  Caleb Rea, B.F.A. Creative Writing and B.A. English; Joseph Sullivan, B.S. Secondary Education – Mathematics and Mathematics; Erica Thompson, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Limerick: Joseph Paine, B.A. English;

Limington: Lindsey Carter, B.S. Elementary Education;

Lincoln: Nathaniel Libby, B.A. Art;

Lisbon: Mary Conlon, B.S. Special Education; Kayla McIntosh, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Lisbon Falls: Christopher Whitney, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;

Livermore: Alyssa Hamilton, B.A. Psychology;

Livermore Falls: Nicole Caron, B.S. Community Health Education; Christina Damren, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Marrissa Hirsh, B.S. Community Health Education;

Lovell: Conrad Ward, B.A. Geography and Geology;

Machiasport: Allison Holmes, B.A. Psychology;

Madison: Bree Foley, B.A. English; Samuel Harper III, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Leadership; Bianca Stoutamyer, B.S. Secondary Education -  Earth and Space Science;

Manchester: Jonathan Dale, B.A. Geography;

Mechanic Falls: Kaitlyn Bowie, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Shane Waters, B.A. Psychology;

Mexico: Kelcie Virgin, B.S. Elementary Education;

Milford: Kayla Currier, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Millinocket: Katelyn Campbell, B.A. Psychology; Acadia Levasseur, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Milo: Danielle (Dani) Newman, B.A. International and Global Studies; Kendra Newman, B.A. Psychology;

Monmouth: Leticia Goucher, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Early Childhood;

Monticello: Ashton Carmichael, B.S. Secondary Education – English and English;

Morrill: Sierra Wood, B.S. Community Health Education;

Moscow: Bridgette Fortin, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Individualized -;

Mount Vernon: Rebecca Kent, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Early Childhood;

New Gloucester: Brandon Merry, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

New Sharon: Christopher Araujo, B.A. Business Economics; Shiloh Davis, B.A. Psychology; Taylor Harris, B.S. Community Health Education; Jenna Williams, B.S. Community Health Education and Psychology;

Newport: Svea-Linnea Ashe, B.S. Special Education;  Christine Della Porta, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Newry: Elise Berry, B.G.S. Bachelor of Education Studies;

Nobleboro: Marcy Tilas, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Norridgewock: Jennafer Soucy, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

North Anson: Rebecca Ellis, B.A. Psychology;

North Haven: Amanda LaBelle, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Early Childhood;

North Monmouth: Hillary Jean, B.S. Community Health Education; Cassidy Small, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

North Yarmouth: Lauren Akeley, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Early Childhood; Alexa Perkins, B.S. Elementary Education;

Norway: Jonathan Kuvaja, B.A. English; Carl Langbehn, B.A. History; Timothy Roberts Jr., B.A. History and Interdisciplinary-Sociology/Anthropology;

Oakland: Magyn Caron Reed, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Leisha Lewis, B.A. Psychology; Alison Michaud, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Early Childhood; Brandon Monroe, B.A. Psychology;

Old Town: Carrie McLaughlin, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Owls Head: Lindsay Ranquist, B.S. Community Health Education;

Palmyra: Leigh Welch, B.S. Elementary Education;

Pittsfield: Megan Hoffman, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies; Meghan Hughes, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Karissa Porter, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Pittston: Penny Poolman, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Early Childhood;

Plymouth: Amy Patterson, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;

Poland: Casandra Greco, B.A. Geology;

Portland: Samantha Allshouse, B.S. Secondary Ed Life Sciences; Alyssa Ladd, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Sociology/Anthropology; Juliana Liberman, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Early Childhood; Carrie Mooney, B.S. Elementary Education; Caroline Murphy, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Sandy Pov, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Princeton: Martha Jones, B.A. English and Psychology;

Randolph: Mariah Duncan, B.A. Psychology;

Rangeley: Jeanette Jacobs, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Leadership; Michelle Laliberte, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Early Childhood; Cary Millbury, B.A. Biology;

Raymond: Ellen Huber, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

Readfield: Nicholas Ervin, B.A. Mathematics; Zain Padamsee, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Policy and Planning; Katherine Voynik, B.A. Biology;

Rockport: Colby Hill, B.S. Secondary Education – English;

Rumford: Hillary Cayer, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Lacey Gallant, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Amy Gilbert, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Garrett Hodgkins, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Brianna Lecours, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Saco: Heather Galasyn, B.S. Elementary Education; Michelle Henaire, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies and History; Emily Higgins, B.S. Special Education; Matthew Sedlis, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Salem Township: Jillian Withee, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Sanford: Erin Fraser, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Christopher Gaskell, B.A. Psychology; Ariel Nichols, B.A. Environmental Planning and Policy; Ashley Stimpson, B.S. Special Education; Tyler Traves, B.A. Psychology;

Scarborough: William Asbell, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Lauren Bickmore, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Thaley Halpin, B.S. Community Health Education; Ashley Poidomani, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Sebec: Alyce McLeod, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Sidney: Meaghan Collier, B.A. Psychology; Haley Nutter, B.A. Psychology; Joshua Smith, B.A. Business Economics;

Skowhegan: Renee Despres, B.A. English; Sebastien Dumont, B.A. Biology; Jade LeBlanc, B.A. Psychology; Grace Toles, B.A. Biology and Community Health Education;

Smithfield: Megan Perkins, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;

South Berwick: Katie Emmons, B.S. Elementary Education; Chelsea Martel, B.S. Special Education;  Benjamin Yarian, B.A. Business Economics;

South Paris: Kayla Dore, B.S. Community Health Education; Brooke Ladd, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Kasey Mills, B.S. Elementary Education;

South Portland: Nicole Brigham, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Jennifer Gerry, B.F.A. Creative Writing; Sarah Meuse, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Springvale: Brittany Dabrieo, B.A. Psychology;

St. John Plantation: Gabrielle Potvin, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Early Childhood;

Standish: Matthew Theriault, B.A. International and Global Studies; Zachary Vincent, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Psychology;

Steep Falls: Charles Young, B.A. Political Science;

Stockton Springs: Donald Osthoff, B.A. Geology;

Stonington: Chastity Hardie, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

Stratton: Devin Isgro, B.A. Business Economics;

Strong: Blair Fenning Jr., B.A. Art; Renae Ladd, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Brittany York, B.S. Elementary Education;

Temple: Jennifer Ladd, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Leadership; Dylan Toothaker, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Thorndike: Kathleen Schultz, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Individualized and Mathematics;

Topsham: Erin Bowen, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Meghan Fogg, B.A. English;

Turner: Briana Luce, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Samuel Ricker, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Individualized -;

Union: Rachel Siegel, B.S. Elementary Education;

Vassalboro: Nicole Bernhardt, B.A. Biology; Allison Reynolds, B.S. Secondary Education – Mathematics and Mathematics; Megan Waterman, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Early Childhood;

Warren: Wyatt Porter, B.A. History;

Waterville: Michael Colella, B.S. Community Health Education; Danielle Joliceour, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Rachael Mitchell, B.A. English; Sydney Nichols, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Matthew Potter, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;  Isaiah Spofford, B.A. History; Jamie Williams, B.S. Community Health Education and Psychology;

Wayne: Sarah Pokorny, B.A. Biology;

Westbrook: Priscilla Featherson, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education; Alison Hutchins, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Tyler Michaud, B.S. Secondary Education – English and English; Anna Traugh, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Westport Island: Shane Cushing, B.A. Psychology;

Wilton: Lauren Orff, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Windham: Stephen Lambert, B.A. Business Economics; Allisyn Libby, B.S. Elementary Education; Colin Mello, B.S. Special Education; Molly Olsen, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Shannon Tanguay, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Katherine Turpen, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies and B.A. History;

Winn: Wesley Gooch, B.A. Art;

Winslow: Sara Jackson, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Brenda Lane, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Jessica McCaslin, B.S. Elementary Education;

Winterport: Nicholas Butler, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Noel Zayir, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Winthrop: Vanessa Berry, B.S. Elementary Education; Pamela Soucy, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Katherine Spahr, B.S. Elementary Education;

Wiscasset: Lauren Trudeau, B.A. Psychology; Rebecca Slack, B.A. Psychology; Karina Sprague, B.S. Elementary Education;

Woodville: Taylor McCafferty, B.A. English;

Yarmouth: Samantha Hall, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Dillon Hough, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

York: Chelsea Morley, B.S. Special Education; Cole Phillips, B.S. Secondary Education – English.

CONNETICUT

Brookfield: Sarah Freitag, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Danbury: Cristie Joyce Pacete, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

East Windsor: Cassandra Farmer, B.A. Int Studies – Arts Admin Music;

Hampton: Renee Clermont, B.A. Psychology;

Niantic: Victoria Luce, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

Salem: Sarah Frick, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies.

MASSACHUSETTS

Ayer: Tyler Brown, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Canton: Jaclyn Kandler, B.S. Community Health Education;

Gardner: Sadie Caron, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

Groveland: Kanika Pathania, B.A. Biology;

Hanover: Carolyn Lee, B.A. English;

Harwich: Leah Hayden, B.S. Elementary Education;

Haverhill: Elizabeth Hutchins, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Hingham: Kyle McLaughlin, B.A. Environmental Planning and Policy;

Lawrence: Chantal Duchaine, B.A. Business Economics;

Lexington: David Grainger III, B.A. Business Economics;

Medway: Jonathan Osborne, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

North Attleboro: Joseph Menyo, B.A. Environmental Planning and Policy and Political Science;

Oakham: Jordan Luks, B.A. Environmental Science;

Sandwich: John Fitzgerald, B.A. Biology; Olivia Goddard, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

Sharon: Russell Warren, B.S. Secondary Education – English;

Spencer: Christian Casault, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

Wilmington: Jennifer Garrard, B.S. Elementary Education.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Derry: Trevor Neitz, B.A. Environmental Science;

Dover: Ian McAlister, B.S. Community Health Education;

East Hampstead: Shannon McCaffrey, B.A. Geology;

Freedom: Kyle Johnson, B.A. Geology and Environmental Science;

Greenville: Christa Bonney, B.A. Biology;

Hollis: Kelsey Caron, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

Londonderry: Carinne Haigis, B.S. Secondary Education – English and English;

New London: Alexander Wulff, B.A. Geography;

Newmarket: Kristina Phomvongsa, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Health Information Systems;

Pelham: Carolyn Springford, B.A. Psychology;

Rindge: Kaelee Tanner, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Rochester: Kelly Payeur, M.S.Ed. M.S.Ed., Early Childhood;

Tuftonboro: Cassandra Kittredge, B.A. Environmental Planning and Policy;

Whitefield: Kálmán Csigi XIV, B.A. Environmental Science;

Wilmot: Jesse Williams, B.A. Biology.

RHODE ISLAND

Barrington: Katherine McLaughlin, B.S. Community Health Education;

Hope: Isabel Dodd, B.A. Psychology;

North Kingstown: Brigitta Valente, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

Warwick: Danielle Lapre, B.S. Rehabilitation Services.

VERMONT

Chittenden: Geoffrey Ballou, B.A. Political Science;

Northfield: Keli McLellan, B.S. Rehabilitation Services.

DELAWARE

Newark: Alexa Lyman, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Newark: Kelsey O’Connor, B.A. Geology.

FLORIDA

Brooksville: Jordan Hohman, B.S. Elementary Education.

MARYLAND

Phoenix: Kyle Mitchell, B.S. Community Health Education.

NORTH CAROLINA

Cramerton: Pet Sumner, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Psychology.

NEW JERSEY

Highland Lakes: Kyle Manning, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

Hoboken: Kyle Sareyani, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts and Interdisciplinary-Philosophy/Religion;

Rockaway: Samantha Wasko, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

Skillman: John Kuntz, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Psychology;

Spotswood: Nicole Byrne, B.F.A. Creative Writing.

NEW YORK

East Hampton: Curran Brierley, B.S. Special Education;

Middletown: Shannon Roche, B.A. Psychology;

Saratoga Springs: Ryan Lee, B.S. Elementary Education;

Wappingers Falls: Craig Detheridge, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Psychology.

OHIO

Cincinnati: Jacqueline Rogers, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English.

PENNSYLVANIA

Bear Creek: Jenna Silliboy, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English.

TEXAS

Austin: Sabrina Penney, B.S. Rehabilitation Services.

VIRGINA

Fairfax: Kristen Phillips (Greeley), B.A. Psychology.

UNITED KINGDOM
London: Kiera Timme, B.S. Secondary Education – Mathematics and Mathematics.

JAMAICA

Manchester: Rachel Anderson, B.F.A. Creative Writing.

JAPAN

Hamamatsu: Chihiro Kamiya, B.A. Political Science.

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Standout UMF Graduate Presents Research as Maine Policy Scholar

FARMINGTON, ME (May 14, 2015)—Charles Young, graduating UMF senior and 2014-15 Maine Policy Scholar recently delivered his policy research at the program’s graduation. In addition to his role as UMF Maine Policy Scholar, Young, a native of Steep Falls, is graduating from UMF Magna Cum Laude in just three years with a B.A. in political science and will be attending Suffolk University, in BosUMF student Charles Youngton,  in the fall for his master’s in public administration.

Young’s Maine Policy Scholar “memo to the governor” presented his research study on how the state of Maine can best foster growth and improvement in high speed internet service. An issue that has received close attention by Governor LePage and the Maine Legislature, high speed internet service is key to accelerating the economy in Maine, but, currently lags behind the service available in much of the U.S., according to analysts.

Young’s research explored how to encourage development of Maine’s broadband infrastructure while also helping unserved areas. His recommendations included creating a bond referendum to provide service to those without basic internet and revitalizing the ConnectME Authority in a way that would create more broadband competition in Maine.

According to Young, his interest in political science and public policy has flourished while at UMF. During his time at Farmington, in addition to his course work, he has held office with the UMF Religion and Philosophy Club; been involved with several political campaigns; been active with the Students for a Sensible Drug Policy student club; and interned with Envision Maine, a non-profit dedicated to growing Maine’s economy.

“Charlie’s an exceptional young man and student,” said Jim Melcher, UMF professor of political science. “He’s driven, persistent and so very passionate on the issues that fascinate him, such as broadband internet access and its future in Maine. I’m eager to see him develop from here–he has an astonishing degree of potential.”

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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: Jim Melcher, UMF professor of political science at jim.melcher@maine.edu or 207-778-7416

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UMF Hosts Second Annual Western Maine Community Job and Resource Fair, May 21

FARMINGTON, ME (May 13, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington is reaching out to help members of the Western Maine community interested in community resources and career opportunities with its second annual Western Maine Community Job and Resource Fair. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center, 152 Quebec St., Farmington. It is free and open to the public.

The Job and Resource Fair is a joint effort hosted by UMF Career Services and the Maine Career Center. Other partners include the Disability Employment Initiative, the Central Western Maine Workforce Investment Board and Western Maine Community Action.

The community job fair was created to help students, alumni and community members in Western Maine learn about employment and service opportunities throughout the state. More than 40 Maine employers and service providers will be in attendance, including educational, manufacturing, retail, public service, customer service, health care and social service, Maine State agencies, U.S. military, veteran resources and more.

“This annual job and resource fair provides a network of valuable employment and resource contacts for those members of the community looking to make a career or life change,” said Peter Osborne, UMF career counselor. “UMF is excited to once again offer this opportunity to Maine citizens looking to improve their lives.”

 

For more information and a complete list of employers and service providers attending the fair visit the UMF Career Service website at: http://www2.umf.maine.edu/careers/job-fairs-and-career-events/western-maine-job-fair/.

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Media Contact: Peter Osborne, UMF career counselor, at peter.osborne@maine.edu or 207-778-7035

UMF Professor Sheena Bunnell Appointed by Governor to Maine Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission

FARMINGTON, ME (May 7, 2015)—Sheena Bunnell, UMF professor of business economics, has been selected as a gubernatorial appointee to the five-member Maine Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission. This independent group of economists is charged with forecasting Maine’s economy for the benefit of the Governor and the State Legislature.UMF Professor Sheena Bunnell

“We are so proud of Sheena and this recognition of her statewide economic leadership and expertise,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “Over the years, she has provided strategic policy guidance to a number of state health and human service organizations. Her professional knowledge and experience is a great asset in the classroom as she prepares students for successful careers in the business world.”

The CEFC meets twice a year to engage in accurate economic forecasting that will have a positive impact on the Maine State budget. Three key indicators are forecast by the Commission, including wage and salary employment, personal income and the Consumer Price Index.

The commission also meets with the leaders of a variety of Maine business and industry groups who share economic data and industry-specific information.

Materials summarizing the current economic environment are provided to the commission by the Office of Policy Management. Special attention is paid to indicators of general economic activity as well as indicators for employment, personal income and inflation.

“I am honored to be selected to serve with my fellow economists on this distinguished commission,” said Bunnell. “I look forward to being actively engaged in this process and helping to provide the kind of accurate information and effective guidance that will have a positive impact on the state’s budget.”

Bunnell has taught at UMF since 1992, where she prepares students for careers in a wide variety of business economics applications. One of Bunnell’s latest innovations is the development of the UMF Health Information Systems concentration. This interdisciplinary program combines courses in business, computer science and community health education to help prepare students for a career as analysts and administrators for hospitals and other health care providers.

She is also the director of the Maine Health Research Institute at UMF. Created by Bunnell in 1997, the MHRI partners faculty, students, physicians and policy makers to address rural health care issues. A key goal of the institute is to provide the state with analytical and strategic policy expertise.

Bunnell serves as a board member for the Franklin County Health Network and the University of Maine System Research Investment Funds advisory board.

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Media Contact: Sheena Bunnell, UMF professor of business economics, sbunnell@maine.edu, or 207-778-7440

For more information on UMF Health Information Systems concentration, visit http://www.umf.maine.edu/majors-academics/health-information-systems/

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UMF Campaign to Honor Longtime Coach Successfully Meets Initial Goal

FARMINGTON, ME (May 4, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that a grassroots campaign to honor longtime UMF and community soccer coach Robert Leib has met its initial goal of $50,000.

The “Campaign for Leib Field” was begun in June 2014 by a group of Leib’s former UMF players and community participants to honor the coach for his profound impact on the game, lovers of the sport and players of all ages.

“For nearly 40 years, Bob has mentored and inspired young athletes throughout the Farmington area,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “This campaign is a way to honor him and say thank you for his years of dedication. Its success is a testament to the affection, appreciation and high regard so many people on campus and in the community have for him and for the difference he made in their lives.”

Funding will be used to improve the game experience for athletes, coaches and attendees on the UMF soccer game field. Team shelters, additional seating, a post-and-chain system around the playing field, a netting system beyond the endlines and an entrance plaza overlooking the field are improvements under consideration.

Volunteer co-chairs for the campaign are Farmington natives and former UMF athletes Seth Woodcock, Megan (Woodcock) Croteau and Stewart Durrell. Their efforts dovetailed with those of engaged alumni, community members and the UMF offices of Athletics and Development to reach their campaign goal successfully in less than a year.

The campaign goal was reached through benevolent lead gifts and commitments from the Beaver Alums Supporting Student Athletes organization and the University Credit Union. BASSA is a private alumni fundraising group that holds annual golf outings in support of UMF athletics. More than 100 additional alumni, friends and friend organizations generously contributed to the fund to honor Coach Leib.

UMF Coach Bob Leib“We have had generous support from a number of alumni and friends due in large part to the leadership of the volunteers to create this opportunity. It has been a pleasure to work with them to assure celebrating Coach’s legacy while at the same time investing in the future of the program,” said Julie Davis, UMF athletic director. “We feel we have achieved an important milestone in the campaign, but want everyone to know they are still welcome to be a part of honoring Coach Leib’s legacy.”

Leib coached UMF men’s soccer from 1977 to 2001 and UMF women’s soccer from 1996 to 2007. The men’s soccer teams tallied a program-best 15 wins in 1982 and again in 1996. The 1986 men’s soccer team and the 2002 women’s soccer team both advanced to the NAIA National Tournament. In 2007 in his final season coaching women’s soccer, UMF went undefeated through North Atlantic Conference play with a 9-0-1 mark.

Leib also guided the UMF baseball (1978-88, 1990-93) and softball (1994-2008) teams, including a North Atlantic Conference and NCAA Division III Softball tournament berth in 2005.

From 1978 to 2007, Leib ran a summer sports camp, including mainly soccer and some baseball and basketball, for youngsters in the Farmington and neighboring communities. It is estimated that during the nearly 30 years they were held more than 2,700 area children participated in the camps.

A field dedication will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.

For more information about the Campaign for Leib Field, or if you would like to make a gift in honor of Coach Leib, please contact Seth A. Taylor, UMF interim director of development, at seth.taylor@maine.edu or 207-778-7058.

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Media Contact: Seth Taylor, UMF interim director of development, at seth.taylor@maine.edu or 207-778-7058

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Photo Caption:  UMF Coach Bob Leib with 2001 Men’s Soccer Team, winners of Maine Athletic Conference Championship.

UMF Mainely Outdoors Holds Annual Canoe and Kayak Race, May 3

FARMINGTON, ME (April 28, 2015)— The University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center is kicking off spring with the fifth annual Canoe/Kayak Race and Fun Paddle on Sunday, May 3, on the Sandy River. Sponsored by the FRC “Mainely Outdoors” outdoor recreation program, the event provides a great opportunity for members of the public to enjoy the healthy outdoor activities that western Maine has to offer.

The Canoe/Kayak Race and Fun Paddle features an approximate 10-mile paddle and will start at 1 p.m., in Strong and end in Fairbanks. The put-in location is at the Strong American Legion at the intersection of Route 4 and 145 and the take-out location is at the Little League ball field on Route 4. There will be a shuttle service to bring paddlers back to their vehicles.

Colleen Ward, UMF community health major“The Sandy River’s mix of flat areas with rips, eddies and pitches makes for a fun and lively paddle,” said Jim Toner, director of UMF Fitness and Recreation Center. “This has become a great spring tradition for many people who enjoy the Maine outdoors and have been anxiously waiting for winter to lose its grip.”

Participants 13 and older of all ability levels are welcome to compete in the timed race or to paddle for fun. Paddlers must provide their own canoe or kayak, paddles, personal floatation devices and other related equipment.

According to the Whitewater Classification System, this section of the Sandy River is identified as Class I—moving water with small disturbances on the surface and a few small waves, to Class II—easy rapids with smaller waves and clear channels that are obvious and where occasional maneuvering may be required.

This year the UMF race is included in the Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing organization’s circuit.

Registration fees are $10 person and $5 for students. Registration forms can be completed by visiting the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center or on site the day of the race from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Racing categories for participants include high school students; college students; men/women, ages 18-49; century, ages over 50; and family. Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

For race rules, registration form or more information, visit the UMF Fitness and Recreation website at http://frc.umf.maine.edu/, or call at 778-7495.

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Mainely Outdoors provides an opportunity for individuals and groups to participate in all types of outdoor adventure activities, clinics, workshops and excursions through organized trips and by providing rental equipment to try and promote fitness, to get people active, to expose people to new recreation opportunities, and to take advantage of the abundant natural resources in our area. Programs are open to members of the UMF campus and local community members.

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Media Contact: Jim Toner, director of UMF Fitness and Recreation Center, at 207-778-7495, or james.d.toner@maine.edu

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Photo Caption: UMF community health education senior Colleen Ward enjoys a day of kayaking on the Sandy River with UMF’s Mainely Outdoors.

 

UMF Announces Joan Benoit Samuelson as 2015 Commencement Speaker

FARMINGTON, ME (April 27, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington takes great pleasure in announcing Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic gold medalist and champion for women’s distance running, as the Commencement speaker for the UMF Class of 2015. Samuelson will also receive an honorary degree at the ceremony held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015, on the UMF campus.

Joan Benoit Samuelson, 1984 Olympic marathon champion, at her homeA Maine native and one of the nation’s most recognizable athletes, Benoit Samuelson has blazed a trail for women of all ages in the sport of competitive running. Her life-long commitment to health, fitness and the sport she loves has redefined the idea of a lifetime runner and inspired a generation on how to never give up on being your best.

“Joan Benoit Samuelson is the image of discipline, passion and excellence both on the race course and in life,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “She is a leader in building awareness of the value of a healthy lifestyle and sustainable environment and its effect on how we live our lives. What a distinct and fitting honor it is to have her share her thoughts with our graduates in a year when we launch Outdoor Track and Field as a new varsity sport and further our commitment to health, wellness and sustainability.”

In 1979, Benoit Samuelson received All-American honors in cross-country and track and won the Boston Marathon—setting an American and course record—all before she graduated from college. She went on to win the Boston Marathon again in 1983, shattering the American record and breaking the world record by more than two minutes.

One year later, she made history by winning the inaugural Women’s Olympic Marathon in Los Angeles, running the last 21 miles of the race ahead of all competitors. In 1985, she raced to victory in the Chicago Marathon, setting a new American record, and in 2000 she was named a 20th Century Top Athlete by Sports Illustrated.

In the four decades she has been involved in the sport, Benoit Samuelson has taken every opportunity to give back to the sport and to the community. In 1998, she founded the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K road race in Cape Elizabeth. This race attracts over 6,000 runners annually and benefits a different children’s charity every year.

Benoit Samuelson believes running underscores the importance of individual health and a healthy environment, which provides a common platform to build awareness of their impact on a healthier future. Currently, she is a consultant to Nike, Inc. and gives numerous motivational addresses and fitness clinics throughout the U.S. She has authored two books, her autobiography, “Running Tide,” (Knopf, 1987), and “Joan Samuelson’s Running for Women” (Rodale Press, 1995).Chelsea Lear-Ward UMF Student Commencement Speaker

Graduating senior Chelsea Lear-Ward from Levant will give the student address. With a major in community health education and a minor in environmental studies, she is interested in helping to promote health through sustainability. She came to UMF as a Mitchell Scholar and has been active on campus interning with the TerraCycle recycling program, coordinating events for the Farmington Farmers Market and helping to raise awareness of domestic violence. After graduation, she will be moving to Washington State to work in the wellness field.

Foster and Joseph McGinn, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will confer degrees to this year’s graduates. Karl Turner, member of the UMS Board of Trustees, will deliver greetings to the graduates from the University of Maine System.

Additional Event Details

The outdoor ceremony will be held behind the UMF Olsen Student Center and is free and open to the public. Guests of graduates are also welcome to watch the ceremony live in C131 in Roberts Learning Center. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center. Admission to the indoor ceremony will be limited to those who have already received “Fitness and Recreation Center” tickets. During the indoor ceremony, guests can watch the event live in C131 and C23 in Roberts Learning Center and in the classrooms and Bjorn Lobby in the UMF Education Center. The UMF Commencement ceremony will be webcast live at www.umf.maine.edu and broadcast live on Mount Blue TV community access Channel 11 at http://mtbluetv.org/, whether the ceremony is held indoors or outdoors.

DVDs of the ceremony will be available in early summer for a small fee from the UMF Ferro Alumni Center, which can be contacted at 207-778-7090.

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Chelsea Lear-Ward’s photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2015/04/RP145-052B.jpg
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UMF Invites Public to Attend Annual University-wide Symposium, April 29

FARMINGTON, ME (April 24, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce its annual, University-wide Michael D. Wilson Symposium beginning at 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 29, at venues throughout campus. This day-long showcase of exciting student research and creative achievements is the culmination of study throughout the academic year. It is free and open to the public.

“Together with Arts Night, Symposium showcases what’s possible when you mix student passion, ambition, perseverance, creativity and talent with faculty joy, mentorship and care,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “It’s no surprise that many members of the UMF community count it as their favorite and most uplifting time of the year.”

This year’s Symposium presents the original research and creative projects of the 2014-15 Michael D. Wilson Scholars and Fellows, senior artists and students from academic interests across campus in the form of papers, oral and poster presentations, original student readings, art gallery exhibits and performances.

This year’s presentations include:

  • Combating food insecurity in Franklin County
  • Choking on plastic, can legislation weaken the threat?
  • The role of pets in American society
  • Pharmaceutical compounds in Farmington wastewater
  • Saving the Alewives
  • The oral history of residents of Farmington’s Sandy River Center
  • Farmington winter 2014-15 and climate change

Special events include:

  • UMF Maine Public Policy Scholar presentation
  • UMF Trustee Professor presentation
  • Harvey Aft Award for Excellence in Chemistry
  • Walter Sargent Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
  • Special presentation of the “Last Lecture” by Thomas Eastler, professor of geology, retiring after 41 years of dedicated service to the University of Maine at Farmington

As a complement to Symposium, UMF will also present an array of creative events beginning with the eighth annual Pixel Hunter Video and Animation Festival at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 27, in the Emery Community Arts Center. UMF Arts Nights will present a rich collection of back-to-back, artistic, musical, cultural and theatrical presentations throughout the Emery Community Arts Center and Merrill Hall beginning at 4 p.m., and continuing into the evening on Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29. These events are sponsored by the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry and are free and open to the public.

The Michael D. Wilson Symposium is organized by the UMF Culture Committee. A full schedule of Michael D. Wilson Symposium and ARTS Nights events can be found at http://www2.umf.maine.edu/symposium/this-year/.

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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: Paul Stancioff, UMF associate professor of physics, at 207-778-7371, or pauls@maine.edu

 

UMF Community Orchestra Presents Two Concerts Featuring Compositions by Retiring Director Philip Carlsen, April 26 & May 10

FARMINGTON, ME (April 22, 2015)—Marking the retirement of its director, Professor of Music Philip Carlsen, the University of Maine at Farmington Community Orchestra presents two concerts featuring his compositions.  The concerts will be presented at 3 p.m., April 26 and May 10 in Nordica Auditorium in UMF’s Merrill Hall.

The first, on Sunday, April 26,  includes a newly arranged suite of music Carlsen wrote for the Sandy River Players production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2009; his solo piano piece “October,” performed by his son Melsen; and the premiere of a highly improvised piece for singers and instruments called “Soft Voices,” based on a text by Shelley.  Singing Shakespeare’s and Shelley’s lines will be local singers Lisl Fuson, Jess Isler, Mardie Porter, Daniel Woodward, and Josh Grams.

The eclectic program also includes a concerto grosso by Corelli, one of the Lachian dances by Janacek, the final movement of Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony, and two pieces by one of Carlsen’s musical heroes, Charles Ives: “The Unanswered Question” and the fugue movement from his Fourth Symphony.

Philip Carlsen, UMF Professor of MusicThen, on Sunday, May 10, the orchestra joins with the UMF Community Chorus in a performance of Carlsen’s “Night Thoughts,” a musical setting of poetry by Wesley McNair and Emily Dickinson.  McNair, the Poet Laureate of Maine and a Professor Emeritus of UMF, will be present to introduce and read the poems before the performance.  The concert also features the chorus, under its musical director Bruce McInnes, evoking nineteenth-century Vienna with the “Liebeslieder Waltzes” of Johannes Brahms, with piano accompaniment by Patricia Hayden and Kathryn Sytsma.

Carlsen joined the UMF faculty in 1982, coming to Maine from Brooklyn, N.Y., where he had done his graduate work in composition.  He led the orchestra for twenty years, then passed the baton for about a decade into the capable hands of first Graybert Beacham and then Trond Saeverud.  Last spring, Carlsen returned to the podium of the UMF Community Orchestra, bringing his career in Farmington full circle.

He is active as a composer, with performances of his music throughout Maine, as well as in other locations around the country, including New York’s Town Hall and Museum of Modern Art and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  He has received commissions from the Portland Symphony, the Sebago-Long Lake Region Chamber Music Festival and the Bossov Ballet Theatre.  He was chosen by the National Symphony Orchestra as the composer to write a chamber work representing the state of Maine in connection with the orchestra’s national outreach program.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and free for children and UMF students with I.D.  For further information, contact Carlsen at carlsen@maine.edu.

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