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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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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.


MAINE

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.

CONNECTICUT

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.

MASSACHUSETTS

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.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
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.

RHODE ISLAND

Barrington: Sidney Stanhope,

Hope: Isabel Dodd,

North Kingstown: Brigitta Valente,

North Scituate: Joseph Leclair,

Portsmouth: Alison Hamilton,

Warwick: Mariah Morey,

West Kingston: Daniel Mason.

VERMONT
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.

CALIFORNIA

Concord: Savannah Ridgley.

COLORADO

Dacono: Shannon Tanguay.

MARYLAND

Phoenix: Kyle Mitchell.

NEW JERSEY

East Brunswick: John Pich,

Highland Lakes: Kyle Manning,

Manalapan: Samantha Gigante,

Newark: Jordan McNair,

North Brunswick: Rachel Anderson,

Ramsey: Sarah Fredrick,

Rockaway: Samantha Wasko.

OHIO

Toledo: Audrey Blaufuss.

PENNSYLVANIA

Bear Creek Township: Jenna Silliboy.

VIRGINIA

Fairfax: Kristen Phillips,

Staunton: Catherine Dennis.

JAPAN

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 leustis@maine.edu or 207-778-7122

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:
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Photo Credit: Submitted photos

UMF Annual Career Fair Features Statewide Employers, March 4

FARMINGTON, ME (February 23, 2015)—The UMF Career Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, in the Olsen Student Center corridor, located on South Street in Farmington. The event is hosted by University of Maine at Farmington Career Services and is free and open to the public.

An annual event for over 15 years, this year’s spring job fair features recruiting representatives from more than 40 businesses, non-profit and government organizations, summer camps and learning centers. Representatives will be on campus to hire for full-time and part-time career positions, seasonal jobs and internships. Businesses represented will include those focusing on technology, community and mental health programs, education, media and marketing, recreation sports, hospitality services, summer camps and more.

Registration is not required by job seekers. In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, the fair will take place on Friday, March 6.

To see a full list of participating employers and for more information, visit the UMF Career Services website at http://careers.umf.maine.edu/job-fairs-and-career-events/umf-spring-job-fair/

This event is sponsored by UMF Career Services and Spurwink Services.

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Media Contact: Judy Burdick, at 207-778-7034, or judy.burdick@maine.edu

UMF Presents Bestselling Author Brock Clarke in Visiting Writers Series, Feb. 26

FARMINGTON, ME (February 18, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington and Maine’s only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, proudly present award-winning fiction writer Brock Clarke as the next reader in UMF’s notable Visiting Writers Series. Free and open to the public, the reading will be held at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center, followed by a signing by the author.

Author Brock ClarkeThe author of six books of fiction, Clarke “has a distinctively winning style,” according to the New York Times, and “imagines characters so careful in their reasoning that they are deeply, maddeningly unreasonable but also tenderly hapless at the same time.”

In addition to receiving many enthusiastic reviews, his 2014 novel, “The Happiest People in the World,” was named New York Times Book Review’s Editors’ Choice Pick, Wired.com’s Best Book of November and Amazon Book of the Month.

His 2010 novel, “Exley,” was named a Kirkus Book of the Year, Daily Beast’s Top Ten Novel of the Fall, a finalist for the Maine Book Award, and a longlist finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. “An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England,” published in 2007, was a national bestseller, American Library Associate Notable Book of the Year, a #1 Book Sense Pick, a Borders Original Voices in Fiction selection and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice pick.

His books have been reprinted in a dozen international editions, and have been awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize for Fiction, the Prairie Schooner Book Series Prize, a National Endowment for Arts Fellowship and an Ohio Council for the Arts Fellowship among others.

Clarke’s individual stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe, Virginia Quarterly Review, One Story, The Believer, Georgia Review, New England Review, and Southern Review and have appeared in the annual Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South anthologies and on NPR’s Selected Shorts.

He lives in Portland and teaches creative writing at Bowdoin College and in University of Tampa’s low residency MFA program.

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 jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2015/02/RP145-038.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

UMF Grassroots Awakenings Forum Presents Monica Hunken’s “Blondie of Arabia”—Feb. 23

FARMINGTON, ME (February 12, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington Grassroots Awakenings University Forum is pleased to present Monica Hunken in her one-woman show “Blondie of Arabia” at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

In this profound monologue, Hunken—performer, storyteller, adventurer and activist— chronicles the true story of her lone bicycle journey through the heart of the Middle East. Her odyssey took her through close encounters with military capture, sex tourism, Gulf royalty, three wedding parties and near death.RP145-037

According to NYTheatre.com, “Blondie of Arabia has all the elements of what makes a monologue profound. It has as its base great inspiration from a real life experience; it has a provocative cause and then adds an extremely talented writer and performer on top of that. Hunken is a monologist to be watched. This is solo performance at its very best.”

Produced at The Living Theatre, an American theatre company based in New York City, Blondie of Arabia won first place, the Audience Award, at the Apostrof Festival in Prague. It was selected for the Theater of Change Festival in Athens, Greece; Sibiu International Theater Festival in Romania; the De Parade Festival in the Netherlands and has been performed around the world to sold-out houses.

UMF’s Grassroots Awakenings University Forum is a semester-long series of events that concerns itself with issues of power—the power that prevents, or makes difficult, healthy and sustainable food practices; the political power of convention that manifestos were written to protest; and the power to critique our dominant economic system through creativity, collaboration, democracy, trust and fun.

The UMF Grassroots Awakenings University Forum is sponsored by the Provost’s Office and Culture Committee. For upcoming events, please visit http://umf.maine.libguides.com/grassroots.

For more information, contact: Gustavo Aguilar Gustavo.aguilar@maine.edu or Gaelyn Aguilar Gaelyn.aguilar@maine.edu.

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: Gustavo Aguilar Gustavo.aguilar@maine.edu

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2015/02/RP145-037.jpg

UMF Visiting Writers Series Presents Author and UMF Alumna Melissa Falcon Field, Feb. 5

FARMINGTON, ME (January 28, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is proud to present Melissa Falcon Field, author and 1998 UMF graduate, as the next reader in its popular Visiting Writers Series. Falcon Field will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5, 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.
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Falcon Field is the author of “What Burns Away,” her recently released debut novel. She has been a recipient of the Katherine Anne Porter Writer-in-Residence appointment and attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.

For nearly a decade, she worked as an inner city schoolteacher with Teach for America and AmeriCorps in New York, Boston and San Francisco. She helped pioneer the YEAR UP writing curriculum used nationally. She has taught Creative Writing at small colleges across the country and currently works as an instructor at The Madison Writers’ Studio.

Her writing has appeared in literary magazines and journals, including: Hip Momma: The Parenting Zine, Kaliope Literary Journal, The Portland Phoenix, Across Curriculums, The Austin American Statesmen, The Ballantine Books Reader’s Circle, The Hartford Courant and The Maine Scholar.

Falcon Field earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from Texas State University. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her young son, her husband and three chickens.

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 jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu

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New UMF Alpine Operations Certificate Program Announced for Fall 2015

UMF President Kathryn Foster, joined by industry leaders from Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Saddleback ski resorts, recently announced the University’s new Alpine Operations alpineopsnewsCertificate Program, beginning in fall 2015. As reported by the Portland Press Herald, the 24-credit hour program is designed to teach students business and marketing skills specific to the industry. Courses in ski instruction will be an important component of the program as will an internship at one of the ski resorts. The announcement was made at Titcomb, a community ski mountain close to the UMF campus. According to Foster, the program, “…promotes wellness, the outdoor lifestyle and also an important regional industry.”

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UMF Launches New Alpine Operations Certificate Program to Help Prepare Students for Career in Snow Sports Industry

FARMINGTON, ME (January 21, 2015)— In confirmation of its continuing commitment to the snow sports industry in Maine and beyond, the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce the launch of its new Alpine Operations Certificate program.

One of only a handful of similar programs in the U.S., this innovative certificate program is designed to prepare students for a professional year-round career in the snow sports industry while they continue to pursue their undergraduate college degree.

“This exciting new certificate program at UMF recognizes the skiing and snowboarding industry’s important role in western Maine,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “We’re so pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to our students and members of the community as we continue to build on the legacy of UMF’s commitment to the outdoor lifestyle and the region’s recreational bounty.”

The UMF Alpine Operations Certificate program was developed in collaboration with ski-industry partners in western Maine. It is open to UMF students of all majors and those pursuing the certificate only, beginning in fall 2015. This interdisciplinary 24-credit certificate program combines business and ski classes with on-mountain instruction experience and an industry internship. Some of these classes include:

  • Management and leadership for Alpine operations
  • Ski instruction for children and adults
  • Communications, marketing and social media for Alpine operations

Students will also receive skiing and snowboarding instructor and coach experience to help prepare them to earn Level 1 PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) certification.RP145-032

UMF’s new certificate program provides students with the skills and experience most valued by employers and is a natural extension of UMF’s unique location within minutes of a local community ski mountain and just an hour’s drive from Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Saddleback—three world class ski resorts.

“An essential piece of this program is our location,” said Clyde Mitchell, UMF professor of business. “Our proximity to some of the best snow sports facilities in the state makes it possible for students to learn the business first-hand, while experts throughout the industry will share their knowledge in the classrooms. I can’t think of a better way to inspire students who have a passion for winter sports.”

In addition, to help provide UMF students with affordable skiing opportunities in their immediate community, Sunday River Resort has committed to a generous sponsorship that will help fund free, annual combined Alpine/Nordic memberships to Titcomb Mountain in Farmington to full-time UMF students. Free ski instruction will ultimately be made available to full-time UMF students through the instruction programs of the Alpine Operations certificate. This sponsorship will begin in January 2015, and continue for the next five years.

For more information on UMF’s new Alpine Operations Certificate, visit http://www.umf.maine.edu/majors-academics/alpine-operations/.

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: Clyde Mitchell, UMF professor of business, clyde.mitchell@maine.edu or 207-778-7413

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Photo Caption:  (Left to right) front row: Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president; Megan Roberts, general manager Titcomb Mountain; back row: Dana Bullen, president and general manager of Sunday River; Ethan Austin, director of marketing of Sugarloaf and Bill Berry, owner of Saddleback join to launch new UMF Alpine Operations Certificate program.

Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus Presents “Transcendence” a Collaborative, Multimedia Exhibit—Jan 20-March 22

FARMINGTON, ME (January 13, 2015)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus ushers in the new year with the impressive exhibition, “Transcendence: Beyond the Ordinary.”  The show will be on exhibit from Jan. 20 to March 22, 2015. An opening reception featuring refreshments, stage performances and the sounds of a troupe of local hand drummers will be held from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25. The event is free and open to the public.

RP145-031Transcendence is a collaborative, multimedia exhibit featuring over 35 visual artists and writers. Curated by five artists who helped create the 2013 Emery exhibit, “Spiral, A Journey Without End,” this new showing explores transformational responses in a wide array of media.

Paintings reveal unique voices. Sculptures speak to ascensions. Metals defy their origins. Words recall poetic memories. Color, form, space and light are assembled in a thoughtful, inspiring continuum from door to door. Interactive pieces invite viewers to participate.

“We want this to be about remembering and recording those moments in our lives that have been magical, profound, transforming or inspirational,” said Mary McFarland, Farmington fabric artist who spearheaded the vision for creating both this and the Spiral exhibit.

The show is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More About 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. Designed by designLAB architects of Boston to complement the historic performance venues of Nordica Auditorium and Alumni Theater, the 15,000-square-foot center is the keystone for the arts complex on the UMF campus.

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Media Contact: Mary McFarland, Farmington artist, at marymcfarlanddesigns@gmail.com

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UMF and Maine Fulbright Association Host Talk by U.S. Senator Angus King, Jan. 23

My Approved PortraitsFARMINGTON, ME (January 12, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington and the Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association are honored to announce a talk featuring U.S. Senator Angus S. King, Jr. on current international issues. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Lincoln Auditorium, Roberts Learning Center at 270 Main Street, Farmington.

“We are very pleased that Senator King will be sharing his views with us as we begin the new academic semester,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president.  “UMF is committed to expanding the international horizons and awareness of our students, faculty and staff, and we look forward to his address, given his unique, Washington perspective.”

Foster’s comments were echoed by Robert Lively, president of the Fulbright Association, Maine Chapter. “The Fulbright Program is committed to furthering international communication and understanding through individual contacts, and we are confident that Senator King’s comments will contribute to that on-going discussion.”

There are fifteen current and recently retired Fulbright Scholars at UMF. The campus was recognized as a 2012 Fulbright Scholar “top producer” by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Dept. of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs—the Fulbright Program’s sponsor. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Senator King was sworn in as Maine’s first Independent United States Senator on Jan. 3, 2013. He joins a long line of independent leaders from the State of Maine and is a steadfast advocate for the need for greater bipartisan dialogue and relationship building among legislators.

As a United States Senator, he sits on four oversight committees – Rules, Intelligence, Armed Services and Budget. These committees play a key role in furthering his ability to best serve and protect the interests of Maine as well as the country.

In 1994, Senator King was elected Maine’s 72nd Governor. During his two terms in the Blaine House, he focused on economic development and job creation, and reforms in education, mental health services, land conservation, environmental protection and the delivery of state services.

He served as UMF’s 2006 Commencement speaker.

Senator King is married to Mary Herman and has four sons, one daughter and six grandchildren. He lives in Brunswick.

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Media Contact: Shelby Childs, UMF President’s Office: shelby.childs@maine.edu, 207-778-7256; Robert Lively, Maine Chapter, Fulbright Association: lively@maine.edu, 207-645-2982.

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