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UMF Mainely Outdoors launches 6th annual Fun Paddle, May 1

FARMINGTON, ME (April 25, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center is excited to announce the 6th annual Canoe/Kayak Race and Fun Paddle on Sunday, May 1, on the Sandy River. Sponsored by the FRC “Mainely Outdoors” outdoor recreation program, the pre-race meeting is at 12:30 p.m. with the paddle event beginning at 1 p.m.

Family participants shoot the ledges in 2015 Sandy River Paddle.

Family participants shoot the ledges in 2015 Sandy River Paddle.

The Canoe/Kayak Race and Fun Paddle features an approximate 10-mile paddle beginning in Strong and ending 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.

“This event is set up to be either competitive or a fun weekend paddle with all ability levels welcome,” said Jim Toner, director of UMF Fitness and Recreation Center.

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.

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, or call at 778-7495.

More on UMF’s Mainely Outdoors

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


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Photo Caption:  Family participants shoot the ledges in 2015 Sandy River Paddle.

UMF hosts international conference on Adaptations in the Arts, April 28-29

FARMINGTON, ME (April 22, 2016)—Adaptations in the arts have long been a common occurrence where the audience has the opportunity to experience previous content in a new genre and from a fresh perspective.  A scholarly exploration of this process of transformation throughout the arts will be presented at a two-day international conference at the University of Maine at Farmington.

The conference “Adaptations in the Arts: Theory and Practice” will take place from 9 a.m.-–4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, and 9 a.m.–noon, Friday, April 29, in the Emery Community Arts Center at UMF. All events are free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by UMF and the Université du Maine in Le Mans, France, the conference will feature presentations on the theory and practice of adaptation throughout the arts, including literature, film, music, theatre and the visual arts.

Truly international in scope, the conference includes scholars from South Africa, Canada, and multiple universities in France and the U.S. Genres considered will range from classical texts (translations of Catullus) to contemporary biopics. Areas of particular focus will include adaptation in film and the visual arts, translation and cross-cultural adaptation and the impact of history and ideology on acts of adaptation.

Thomas Leitch, professor in the Department of English at the University of Delaware, will present Thursday’s keynote address, “American Cinema versus American Literature.” Leitch has published extensively on narrative theory, genre theory and popular culture. In addition to two books on Alfred Hitchcock and one on “Perry Mason,” he has written “Crime Films,” which was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2003.

His most recent books are “A Companion to Alfred Hitchcock,” coedited with Leland Poague, and the forthcoming “Wikipedia U: Paradoxes of Authority in Liberal Education and Online Research.” For the past ten years, most of his work—especially “Film Adaptation and Its Discontents: From Gone with the Wind to The Passion of the Christ”—has focused on the process of textual adaptation and its broader implications for the teaching of English.

Friday’s keynote address, “Sins of Omission: Paradise Lost and Hollywood Cinema” will be presented by Eric Brown, UMF professor of English. Brown is the author of “Milton on Film.” He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, where he was also a postdoctoral fellow in Renaissance studies, and at the Université du Maine in Le Mans, France. He spent a year as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Bergen, Norway, and has published extensively on such figures as Shakespeare, Milton, Spenser, Sidney, Donne and Marlowe. He is editor of “Insect Poetics,” an interdisciplinary collection that theorizes insects in a variety of texts and contexts and coeditor of “Shakespeare in Performance.”

The conference is the fifth in a series of scholarly meetings co-sponsored by UMF and its partners at the Université du Maine. These meetings take place in an atmosphere of scholarly cooperation between our two institutions, including faculty residencies and exchanges, student exchanges and collaborative editing of scholarly volumes.

The organizers are grateful for support from the Maine Humanities Council, the UMF Provost’s Office and the UMF Division of Humanities.

For more information, please contact Daniel Gunn, UMF professor of English, at, or 207-778-7422

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UMF holds annual research and creative project Symposium, April 27

FARMINGTON, ME (April 21, 2016)—University of Maine at Farmington celebrates its annual Michael D. Wilson Symposium on Wednesday, April 27. This daylong showcase features the research projects and creative works of the 2015-16 Michael D. Wilson Scholars and Fellows, senior artists and students from academic interests across UMF. It begins at 9 a.m. at venues throughout campus and is free and open to the public.

“This beloved UMF tradition is the product of hard work, inventiveness, financial support and deep commitment,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “It’s no surprise that many members of the UMF community count Symposium Day as their favorite and most uplifting time of the year.”

This year’s Michael D. Wilson Research Scholars and Fellows include one full-year fellow and 21 single-semester scholars. The competitive Wilson Research Program helps top UMF student scholars—supported one-on-one by faculty mentors—pursue original, high-level undergraduate research projects. The program has been providing support for research, scholarship and creative projects at UMF since 2006. Some of this year’s research includes: bacteria resistance in dental health issues, soil remediation of herbicides and the origin of garnets from Cape Cod Hill granite.

Every year, UMF’s Symposium brings together hundreds of students in collaboration with their faculty mentors. Students are actively engaged through the academic year in the process of project creation and development and in-depth research of their work, which is then exhibited at Symposium in the form of papers, oral and poster presentations, original student readings, art gallery exhibits and performances. This year’s presentations include:


  • Avenues to Improve Opiate Abuse Prevention Efforts in Maine
  • The Impacts of Composting on Local Ecology
  • A Study of Poverty through a Photojournalist’s Perspective
  • The NCAA’s Exploitation of Student Athletes
  • Impacts of Climate Change on Maine’s Lobster Industry
  • The Power of Breaking a Sweat


The 2016 Symposium is preceded by the University’s festive Arts Week that runs from April 21–27. This rich collection of creative events by UMF students pulls together the arts from every corner of campus and celebrates the creative spirit of the UMF community.

Symposium also provides a wonderful coming together for exceptional events. This year’s events include the “Last Lecture” of Cathryn Wimett, professor of Literacy Education, who will discuss her 46 years as an educator and the  “Stranger in a Strange Land” reading by UMF 2014-15 Trustee Professor Patricia O’Donnell.

A special ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., April 26, naming the University’s Education Center as the “Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center.” Prior to the April 26 ceremony, tours of the building—UMF’s first showcase for energy-efficiency—will take place, beginning at 3 p.m. An open-to-the-public reception will be held at the North Dining Hall in the Olsen Student Center immediately following the ceremony.

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

More on University of Maine at Farmington

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

Alan Shaw Taylor, two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, to deliver 2016 Commencement Address at UMF

FARMINGTON, ME (April 20, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that Alan Shaw Taylor, one of the nation’s premier historians and two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, will be the 2016 Commencement speaker. He will also receive an honorary degree at the ceremony held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 14.

Alan Shaw Taylor

Alan Shaw Taylor

An historian, scholar, educator, author and Maine native, Taylor is only the fourth person to win two Pulitzer Prizes for American history since the establishment of the award in 1917. A notable expert on Colonial America, the Revolution and the Early American Republic, he is known for finding new stories in history and looking at them in ways that other historians might not, according to historians in Maine.

“Alan Taylor has the well-deserved reputation of being an historian’s historian,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “He is notable for his extensive knowledge, scholarly research and unique talent to make history come alive again. It is an honor to have him addressing our graduates on this important day.”

Born in Portland, Taylor is a Bonny Eagle High School and Colby College graduate, who returns often to Maine. His first book, in 1990, “Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820,” focused on Maine’s early settlement, before statehood. Just six years later, he received his first Pulitzer Prize in American History for “William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic.” It was also awarded the Bancroft and Beveridge prizes.

In 2014, he received a second Pulitzer Prize for “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832,” a book about runaway slaves who helped the British military. According to the Pulitzer committee’s citation, Taylor’s book is “a meticulous and insightful account of why runaway slaves in the colonial era were drawn to the British side as potential liberators.” It also won the Merle Curti Prize for Social History (OAH) and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Taylor has taught in the history departments at Boston University and the University of California at Davis, where he was the faculty advisor for the California State Social Science and History Project that provides curriculum support and professional development for K-12 teachers in history and social studies.  Currently, he teaches in the Corcoran History Department of the University of Virginia where he holds the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair.

In addition to his two Pulitzer Prize winning publications, Taylor’s other writings have won the 2001 Gold Medal for Non-Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California, the 2007 Society for Historians of the Early Republic book prize and the 2004-7 Society of the Cincinnati triennial book prize.  “The Civil War of 1812” won the Empire State History Prize and was a finalist for the George Washington Prize. He has published seven books, with the eighth to be published in fall 2016.

Emily Rumble

Emily Rumble

Graduating senior Emily Rumble from York will give the student address. A standout student, Rumble is a George Mitchell Scholar and Honors Student graduating Cum Laude with a major in secondary education. During her time at UMF, she has been active in the UMF George Mitchell Scholars Club and Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. She worked as the student campus photographer for four years and participated in multiple campus community service projects, including Relay for Life and traveling to New Orleans to help with Hurricane Katrina Relief. After graduation her goal is to work as a high school English Teacher.

Foster and Joseph McGinn, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will confer degrees to this year’s graduates. Marjorie Medd, 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 and broadcast live on Mount Blue TV community access Channel 11 at, 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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Photo Credit: Submitted photo
Photo Caption: Alan Shaw Taylor
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Photo Caption: Emily Rumble

UMF Collegium Instrumental Ensemble presents Arts Week concert, April 23

FARMINGTON, ME (April 19, 2016)—As part of the kick off for University of Maine at Farmington’s Arts Week, the UMF Collegium Instrumental Ensemble will hold a concert at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 23, in Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall.

The ensemble, a musical model that includes band, orchestral and other ensemble works under a single musical performance entity, was launched at UMF in the fall of 2015 as a new chapter in the long and fruitful history of collaborative university-community music making. This innovative and flexible musical grouping is led by Eric Thomas, whose commitment to eclecticism and passion for music of all kinds is well suited to the unique and experimental community of music making at UMF and in the community.

This concert will feature performances from both the orchestra and wind ensemble. The wind ensemble will be performing works by the influential late Renaissance and early Baroque composer Girolamo Frescobaldi and the more contemporary José Franco and Michael Gandolfi.

The orchestra will be performing selections from Ludwig van Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. They will also be performing “Bittersweet Victory,” composed by Collegium member Soren Nyhus. Nyhus submitted this piece at the age of 15 to a composing competition sponsored by Noteflight, where it was performed as one of three finalists.

Conductor Eric Thomas

Conductor Eric Thomas

Thomas was the assistant conductor and mentee of Sarah Caldwell who appointed Eric Principal conductor of the Opera New England Orchestra. He has had posts as assistant conductor of the Phillips Exeter Orchestra, interim conductor of the Phillips Academy Andover Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Longy School of Music Youth String Orchestra, guest conductor of the Bangor Symphony, the Colby College Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Maine Faculty Cadenzato Chamber Ensemble.

A clarinetist, Thomas won the International Concert Artist Guild competition and performs with several groups and has toured Europe, South America and the U.S.  As a composer he has had a handful of commissions including a work jointly commissioned by the Maine Music Teachers Association and the MTNA for premiere at its Quad-State Conference on October 3, 2015.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and free for children and UMF students with student I.D.  For further information, contact Matthew Houston at

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Colby College
Photo Caption:  Conductor Eric Thomas

UMF students and founder of Maine Heritage Orchard plant apple trees to celebrate Earth Day, April 22

FARMINGTON, ME (April 14, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington will be hosting several Earth Day events this year to spotlight the worldwide environmental movement, whose goal is to protect the Earth for future generations.

The UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition is hosting an Earth Day Celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21, on the Roberts Learning Center outdoor patio. UMF musical acts and food will be on hand to usher in the global event.

From 9:15-10:15 a.m., on Friday, April 22, Denise Boothby, UMF registered nurse and health educator and students in her nutrition and ecological concerns class will be planting five heritage apple trees along Lincoln Street on the UMF campus. John Bunker the founder of Fedco Trees and the Maine Heritage Orchard will oversee the planting.

At 11:45 a.m., the SCC and the Farmington Grange will sponsor a talk and discussion by Bunker on “How the Apple Shaped Maine History,” in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. These events are free and open to the public.

According to Luke Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator, “Earth Day embodies the environmental stewardship values that are an integral part of daily life at UMF and its relationship with its community partners.”

Later that day, SCC students will participate in the third annual Farmington Earth Day Clean Up. Anyone interested can stop by the Pierce House on Main Street from 1-3 p.m. to help spruce up the downtown area. Bags and gloves will be available at the Pierce House.

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. It is now coordinated by the Earth Day Network and celebrated by over one billion people in more than 193 countries across the globe. This year, the landmark Paris Agreement is scheduled to be signed on Earth Day by more than 120 countries as part of the historic climate protection treaty.

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Media Contact: Luke Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator, at, or 207-778-7096

UMF senior art students present thesis exhibition, “COMPANY PICNIC,” April 21-May 14

FARMINGTON, ME (April 13, 2016)—Senior art students at the University of Maine at Farmington are pleased to announce the opening of their thesis exhibition, COMPANY PICNIC. Held at the UMF Art Gallery and the Flex Space Gallery in the Emery Community Arts Center, the senior show will run from April 21 through May 14. The exhibit is free and open to the public. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., on Thursday, April 21.

COMPANY PICNIC features the work of six talented artists: Luke Deems of Friendship, Bridget Flaherty of Plymouth, Mass., Jill Gingras of Jay, Tonner Hann of Naples, Channa Schroff of Fayette and Spencer Shaw of North Anson.

UMF senior show showcardThe exhibition is a diverse compilation of work encompassing the relationships of culture, nature and technology; the exposure of the intimacy of the human psyche; the identity of things and people, hopeless power structures, relationships between design, seduction and disgust, and perception and expression.

The 2016 senior art exhibit is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry and the Emery Community Arts Center.

The Emery Community Arts Center is located on Academy Street, adjacent to UMF Merrill Hall. The Emery Flex Space Gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the UMF Admissions Office. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline, UMF Art Gallery director, at or 207-778-1062.

More on the UMF Art Gallery

The UMF Art Gallery is a teaching gallery dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its focus on innovative and challenging new work, the gallery reinforces the academic vision of the University and the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in celebrating art as a powerful agent of community and cultural identity. The gallery develops compelling interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students and the community and works with local schools to integrate art into their curricula.

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Media Contact: Jesse Potts, UMF assistant professor of art, at

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UMF campus abuzz with Arts Week events, April 21-27

FARMINGTON, ME (April 13, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington campus is abuzz with activity as it prepares for its yearly Arts Week celebration. A curtain-raiser to the annual University-wide Symposium, this year’s Arts Week runs from Thursday, April 21, to Wednesday, April 27, with a rich collection of creative events by UMF students. All events are free and open to the public.

The events during this week are curated by UMF arts administration seniors Christina Hallowell from Presque Isle and Hannah Watson from Burlington, Vt. The gala pulls together the arts from every corner of campus and celebrates the creative spirit of the UMF community.

The Senior Art Show, “COMPANY PICNIC,” kicks off Arts Week with an opening reception, from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in the UMF Arts Gallery and Flex Space Gallery in the Emery Community Arts Center. A diverse compilation of work, the exhibit features the senior capstone work of six talented student artists, and runs from April 21-May 14.

The next six days of UMF Arts Week offer a wealth of eclectic events, including:

Saturday, April 23

Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged
2 p.m., Amphitheater outside Olsen Student Center

Brendan Murphy music performance a
4 p.m., The Landing, Olsen Student Center

Sunday, April 24

Puppet Workshop
1 p.m., The Landing, Olsen Student Center

Lindsay Mower music performance
2 p.m.,
The Landing, Olsen Student Center

Scott Carpenter Musical Performance
3:30 p.m., The Landing, Olsen Student Center

The Clef Notes
7 p.m., Thomas Auditorium, Preble/Ricker Hall

Monday, April 25

Recycled Clothing: Reusing Old Styles to Create New Fashion
6 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center

“Ants,” a solo, autobiographical performance by Shelby Thibodeau
6:30 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center

Pixel Hunter and Animation Festival by UMF students from all departments
7 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center

Tuesday, April 26

Back-to-back performances, animation and multimedia projects throughout Merrill Hall and the Emery Community Arts Center, begin at 6 p.m. and include:

A one act play about the letters being sent to and from a man at war and his family and how the ones he loves cope with his absence. This production will be benefitting the Travis Mills Foundation, with all donations going directly to this special cause. The cast and crew would like to dedicate the performance to Travis and all of our Veterans making sacrifices every day. Directed by Meg Scully; Written by David Setchell.

A graphically notated sound art piece that centers on emotional connections to colors and the perception of lines and shapes. Performers will express their perception of the score through their instrument of choice.  Conducted/Composed by Krysta Norris and performed by UMF students.

“Coping With Heavy Metal Music”
People were interviewed with the question in mind, “How do you use this type of music to help yourself emotionally and mentally?”  A sound piece by Tabatha Edes of the interviews along with portrait drawings will be shown of the people who give insight into why they listen to heavy metal music.  This presentation will give anyone a better sense of why people listen and choose this music genre.

“Jabber’s Adventure”
A short animation, by Jagger Trouant, that tells the comedic misadventures of Jabber, a dimwitted roman actor and his pursuit of happiness. Come witness its very first screening and stay tuned after for a Q&A to learn how the project developed and where it is planned to go from here.

“Audio Game”
In this multimedia project, Simon Rollins concentrates on sound to carry listeners into a reality separate from the one they already know. The work, which also utilizes film and theatrics, aims to blur the line between representation and truth, as well as question what impact the imagined has on our authentic world.

Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27

“ASMR: Therapeutic Tingles”
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is designed to stimulate a “tingling” sensation in viewers. In two live ASMR sessions, Tyler Provencher will attempt to induce such “tingles” in real time. Featured ASMR sounds will include: whispering, crinkling paper, water sounds, etc.
8 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center

Wednesday, April 27

Soach Sun
The Soach Sun, written by The 24 Hour Play Co., directed by Aaron Verrill ,revolves around a small town’s source of news, the prolific Soach Sun. The Sun allows the audience to experience the charms of this small town through the eyes of the various reporters and journalists that have kept the town of Soach informed since they can remember. However, what starts off as a seemingly normal look into the town’s little world quickly becomes a trip down the absurdist rabbit hole when a mysterious being known as ‘Indigo’ arrives.
6 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center

The Innocent Murderer
Written by Tucker Atwood and directed by Keith Clark, “The Innocent Murderer tells the story of Clark, a nice guy. But when he runs over Frank with his car, goes on the run, and manages to fall in with a group of criminals, things get a little less clear. Add in some interesting characters, fourth-wall nudging dialogue and a pizza, and hilarity ensues. Remember, though, the audience is responsible for deciding whether this man is innocent or guilty.
6:30 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center
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Media Contact: Gustavo Aguilar, UMF associate professor of experimental performance, at, or 207-778-7896


UMF names Education Center in honor of former president Theodora J. Kalikow, public invited–April 26

FARMINGTON, ME (April 11, 2016)—University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster warmly invites the campus community, UMF alumni and members of the public to the celebratory naming of the University’s Education Center as the “Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center.” This festive dedication in honor of UMF’s former president takes place at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2016, on the Farmington campus at the corner of High Street and South Street.

“The campus community is thrilled to welcome President Kalikow back to Farmington for this distinct honor,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “The ground work for UMF’s commitment to environmental stewardship was begun under Theo’s early leadership to promote and invest in sustainable practices. The Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center is a showcase of her vision and her efforts and what can be accomplished when a community is inspired by common goals.”

Theodora J. Kalikow

Theodora J. Kalikow

Kalikow served as UMF president from 1994 to 2012. She is the longest-serving UMF president since the Farmington school became a four-year college in 1945. Committed to putting student success first and foremost, Kalikow strengthened the academic experience at UMF with a renewed focus on experiential learning, internships and undergraduate research.

During her time at UMF, the University was recognized as “One of America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report for 15 consecutive years, as one of 20 outstanding colleges selected as national models of educational effectiveness and by the U.S. Congressional Record for its efforts to make an environmentally sustainable campus a reality.

Kalikow was an early signatory of the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment and was awarded the Green Building Leadership Award from the Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for her pioneering role in advancing environmentally-responsible buildings in Maine.

Completed in 2007, the UMF Education Center was awarded LEED-Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 44,500 square foot building is the home for UMF’s College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation that offers one of the premier teacher education programs in New England.

It is a model of energy efficiency using geothermal energy for heating and cooling and recycled and sustainable materials throughout the building. In its first year of operation, the facility was proven to save 70 percent in annual energy costs compared to a structure of similar size built with traditional building methods in the 1970s.

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees authorized the naming of the UMF Education Center as the Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center at its September 2016 board meeting.

Prior to the April 26 ceremony, tours of the building—UMF’s first showcase for energy-efficiency—will take place, beginning at 3 p.m. An open-to-the-public reception will be held at the North Dining Hall in the Olsen Student Center immediately following the ceremony. In addition, the public is invited to attend ongoing Arts Week events held at the Emery Community Arts Center and Merrill Hall beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing into the evening.

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Photo Caption: Theodora J. Kalikow

UMF Emery Community Arts Center presents premiere of Stuart Saunders Smith’s “The Rivers of Maine,” April 14

FARMINGTON, ME (April 6, 2016)—The UMF Emery Community Arts Center is proud to present the world premiere performance of acclaimed American composer and percussionist Stuart Saunders Smith’s new musical composition “The Rivers of Maine.” World-renowned violinist Airi Yoshioka will perform Smith’s creative piece at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 2016, in the Emery performance space. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Rivers of Maine (2015) paints a picture of the emotional resonance and love of place,” said Smith.  “The rivers of Maine are powerful and lyrical, a poetry of infinity endings, and beginnings of the deep ocean. The rivers of Maine support the life forms of Maine. My violin solo is a song, which channels the rivers into melodies of longing.”

Stuart Saunders Smith

Stuart Saunders Smith

Renowned American composer, editor and poet, Smith has created a diverse and unusual body of musical and literary compositions. His music is impressive in both the breadth of its scope and the richness of its diversification. As a reflection of the multiplicity, his scores themselves stand out as exciting and original examples of the variety of contemporary developments in musical notation. His music is performed and recorded regularly on an international basis. He was born in Portland, Maine. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Illinois.

Airi Yoshioka

Airi Yoshioka

Deeply committed to chamber music, Yoshioka is the founding member of the Damocles Trio and Modigliani Quartet.  Her orchestral credits include performances with the American Sinfonietta and engagements as concertmaster and soloist with the Manhattan Virtuosi and concertmaster of one of the festival orchestras at the Aspen Music Festival. An enthusiastic performer of new music, she was one of the original members and concertmasters of the New Juilliard Ensemble. She has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Canada.

This concert is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

More on the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue on the UMF campus for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the existing Alumni Theater.

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Media Contact: Gustavo Aguilar, UMF associate professor of experimental performance, at or 207-778-7896

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Photo Caption:  Stuart Saunders Smith
Photo Caption:  Airi Yoshioka

Photo Credit: Submitted photos