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UMF professor recognized by Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges for commitment to student success

FARMINGTON, ME (July 25, 2016)—Joel King, University of Maine at Farmington professor of psychology, has been recognized by the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges with the Charles Dunn COPLAC Award for his “commitment to student success that goes above and beyond the classroom and office …and his extraordinary attention to students as individuals who sometimes face unique challenges.”

Joel King, UMF professor of psychology

Joel King, UMF professor of psychology

“Joel richly deserves this recognition,” said Joseph McGinn, UMF vice president for academic affairs and provost. “His personal attention and long-standing efforts on behalf of so many students is exemplary and we offer him our heartfelt congratulations.”

Even after 28 years of teaching at UMF, King still regards time spent with students as his top priority. Over his tenure, he has been selected as UMF Faculty Member of the Year nine times, a recognition given by students, and one he cherishes.

King states that some of the greatest contributions to his education came from his experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Maktab Rendah Saens School in Malaysia. He was a teacher in a program where Malay children from villages throughout the country were given the resources, education, and opportunities to pursue their dreams and achieve their optimal development. This experience and his role as a father confirmed for him the tremendous potential that exists in every child—a belief he embraces with all of his students.

King’s areas of expertise include assessment of families in poverty and school programs, infant and child development and parenting. He also spearheads the annual Autism Summer Camp Program in Farmington. This partnership between UMF and the Autism Society of Maine began in 2002 and has served over 200 children ages 5-15 with autism.

King received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

COPLAC’s Charles Dunn Award was established in memory of the contributions of Charles Dunn to the advancement of the consortium and to student success in the public liberal arts sector. Dunn served as President of Henderson State University for 22 years, and as a COPLAC President (2000-2001) and Board member for ten years.

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Photo Caption:  Joel King, UMF professor of psychology

UMF Emery Community Arts Center hosts sounds of Jud Caswell and Golden Oak at summer lawn concert, July 28

FARMINGTON, ME (July 19, 2016)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus offers music under the stars with a summer concert on the lawn Thursday, July 28. Bring your blanket and lawn chairs and kick back with a picnic lunch to listen to the folk sounds of Jud Caswell and Golden Oak. The lawn opens at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar. Admission is $5.

Jud Caswell and Golden Oak posterMaine’s Jud Caswell is a little bit like a one-man folk festival. You’ve got your banjo picking, your Irish drinking songs, a rack of acoustic instruments, and a deep catalog of award-winning originals. Caswell is currently celebrating the release of his sixth collection, “Watch The Fall.” This is his first CD of new material since 2007. The years between have been full of music and focusing on family, friends and community. The album reflects that focus. Early listeners have called it “homey and groovy and uplifting and thoughtful” — a “celebration of life, love, family, and all that is wonderful about mid-coast Maine.”

Named one of Maine’s “rising artists” by the Nova Design Group, Golden Oak just released their debut album, “Pleasant St.” and have performed throughout the greater New England Area. Conceived in the winter of 2013 by Singer-Songwriter Zak Kendall and cellist Seth Wegner, they were quick to join forces with Kendall’s sister Lena, whose voice blends with the hum of the cello and guitar to create a sound that resonates deep within.

More recently, they have teamed up with their good friend Eloise Schultz, who Zak and Seth met while studying at College of the Atlantic, and who gives their songs yet another set of layers with her soaring trumpet and vocal harmonies. Members include Zak Kendall (guitar, lead vocals), Lena Kendall (percussion, lead vocals), Seth Wegner (cello, vocals), and Eloise Schultz (trumpet, vocals).

This summer event is sponsored by the Emery Community Arts Center.

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UMF announces Dean’s List for Spring 2016 semester

University of Maine at Farmington Media Release
R156-078 Master

April Mulherin
UMF Associate Director of Media Relations
office: 207-778-7081
cell: 207-491-0064

UMF announces Dean’s List for Spring 2016 semester

FARMINGTON, ME (July 18, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce its Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester. The birthplace of public higher education in Maine, UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is nationally recognized for its academic excellence, affordability and graduates’ positive career outcomes.

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.


Addison: Amber Davis,

Albany Twp: Britany Douglass, Zachary Wheeler,

Albion: Aubrey Kressler, Matthew Rolfson,

Anson: Courtney Frost,

Arundel: Tori Lands, Krysta Norris, Kylie Reynolds,

Athens: Mona Bussell,

Auburn: Eliza Bissonette, Lily Bissonette, Darci Goslin, Allyson Hammond, Samantha Laverdure, Melissa Poulin, Taylor Sawyer, Jesse Williams,

Augusta: Cody Corron, Abbigail Hayes, Isaac LaCasse, Carlene Mosca, Elicia Nickerson, Dylane Saylor,
Lauren Wheelock,

Bangor: Timothy Bullard, Kylie Cunningham, Kayla Elliott, Adam Hewins, Jacob Legere, John McCullagh,
Rose Miller, Torrie Nightingale, Stephen Riitano,

Bar Harbor: Conor Crandall,

Bath: Tori Decoteau, Emily Franklin, Kaitlynn Morse, Carl Suter,

Belfast: Kally Bowen, Kaylee Pickering, Ryan Rice,

Belgrade: Chelsy Biegon, Allison Pease, Sierra Towers,

Berwick: Alisa Tibbetts,

Bethel: Ryan Kimball,

Biddeford: Danica Lamontagne, Erica Letellier,

Bingham: Lindsey Cirell,

Blue Hill: Zyanya Holman,

Boothbay Harbor: Chloe Hoecker,

Bowdoin: Kimberly Emerson,

Bowdoinham: Hannah Zimmerman,

Brewer: Linsay Brochu, Rachael Chavarie, Christopher Coleman, Molly Dalton, Kassidy Giggey,

Bridgton: Laura Pulito,

Brooks: Sydney Ellis,

Brunswick: Nicholas Blasens, Alicia Davis, Zoe Donovan, Connor Lynch, Destiny Merrill, Cyndle Turcotte,

Bryant Pond: Annalise Deschenes,

Buckfield: Ashley Hutchinson,

Bucksport: Kenneth Emerton, Courtney Fish,

Burlington: Barrett Wilson,

Burnham: Katherine Smedberg,

Buxton: Hannah Schlehuber Johnson,

Calais: Scott Carpenter, Ashley Knowles, Stephanie Pasciuti,

Camden: Chaya Stilson,

Canaan: Amber Rowell, Nicolas Stringos,

Canton: Samantha Blanchette, Donald Hutchins, Ciara Keene,

Cape Elizabeth: Christina Kouros,

Cape Neddick: Rachel Yorke,

Caribou: Tiffany Bishop, Cheyenne Judkins,

Carmel: Leah Boucher,

Chelsea: Kassidy Frost, Emily Soule, Tricia Tzikas,

Chesterville: Lorrin Burnham, Joshua Fletcher,

Clinton: Heather Cousins,

Coplin Plt: Jedediah Stevens,

Corinth: Nicole Brewer,

Cornish: Michael Pingree,

Cornville: Hailey Atkinson, Logan Wiseman,

Crawford: Tyler Provencher,

Damariscotta: Shania Creamer,

Dayton: Kristin Cobleigh,

Deer Isle: Kristi Poland,

Detroit: Hannah Emery,

Dexter: Darci Perkins,

Dixfield: Elliott Eno, Taron Mazza, Megan Morrison,

Dover Foxcroft: Hailey Wellington,

Dryden: Siiri Stinson,

Durham: Sasha Hampton,

Dyer Brook: Kristen Tarr,

East Boothbay: Brooke Alley,

East Waterboro: Kaylond Mauzerolle, Bailey Ohman,

Eastport: Sarah Ashley,

Embden: Tucker Atwood,

Fairfield: Isabelle Bailey, Katie LeBlanc, Hannah Tompkins, Lauren Wadleigh,

Falmouth: Amanda Boyd, Julie Guerra, Owen Prescott, Kayla Walsh,

Farmingdale: Holden Cookson, Kaitlin Hayden, Jessica McKenna, Morgan Rush,

Farmington: Kimberly Biddlecom, Rileigh Blanchet, Krysta Brown, Love Call, Argia Charles, Dominick Cognata, Britt Couturier, Sarita Crandall, Nichole Decker, Catherine Dennis, Michael Diffin, Christopher Goodwin, McKinley Goozey, Taliesin Greaton, Anna Hansen, Leah Hardy, Andrew Hatchel, Brittany Jones, John Kaminski, Nathaniel Kidson, Stephanie LaFreniere, Marissa LaGassey, Shannon Lee, Sydney Longley, Jubilee MacLeod, Emmalyn Madison, Joseph Martin, Ronie Morales, Casandra Moreau, Elise Musicant, Faith Norton, Zackary Peercy, Courtney Phelps, Astra Pierson, Jordan Plog, Carissa Porcaro, Zachary Roberge, Jenna Sanders, Spencer Shaw, Erin Simmons, Nicholas Soha-Girardin, Katrina Streeter, Camiesha Terry, Sara Turner, Jeremy Webster, Kristyn Wiles,

Fayette: Ethan Harmon, Gretchen Krout, Kasey Richards,

Fort Fairfield: Carter Shaw,

Franklin: Sarah Young,

Freeport: Samuel Bennett, Wyatt McCurdy,

Friendship: Luke Deems, Kristen Simmons,

Fryeburg: Makayla Frost,

Gardiner: Andrianna Ammarell, Lee-Anne Greenleaf, Sarah McQuoid, Jagger Trouant, Aleah Whitten, Christopher Wren,

Garland: Adam Malinauskas,

Glenburn: Alexandra Cookson,

Gorham: Ashley Brown, Shelby Bryant, Kaitlin Flanders, Caleb Goodall, Marissa Hutchins, Elizabeth Kane, Jessica Labrecque, Jennifer Pinkelman, Eden Runyon-Baruch, Andrea Stemm, Emily Thompson,

Gray: Kelcie Brown, Bryce Neal, Meagan O’Reilly, Richard Southard,

Greene: Meghan Buckley, : Samuel Godfrey, John Hutton, Emma Martineau, Cassandra Morgan, Haley Teacutter,

Greenwood: Megan LaCroix,

Guilford: Ashley Cross,

Hampden: Drew Kelso,

Hancock: Juliana Burch,

Harpswell: Katelyn Beedy, Sierra Gilley,

Hartford: Rachel Caron,

Hartland: Dylan Sinclair,

Hebron: Marisa Hanning,

Hermon: Amanda Allen,

Houlton: Gregory Smaligo,

Industry: Nathan Geisser, Bradford Lopes, Chloe Reichenbach, Thai Sinkinson,

Island Falls: Alicia Higgins,

Islesboro: Krystal Randlett,

Jay: Nicole Adams, Mickenzy Breton, Mariah Buote, Paige Butterfield, Hayley Fortier, Victoria LaCasse, Rylee L’Italien, Brianna Martin, Michelle Monroe, Autumn Pelletier, Miranda St Pierre, Timothy York,

Jefferson: Bridget Humphrey,

Jonesport: Kristopher Kelley,

Kennebunk: Melissa Fortier, Erin Ingraham, Krystal Livermore,

Kingfield: Holland Corson, Taylor Henderson, Ashley Shurtleff,

Kittery Point: Olivia Dow,

Lagrange: Alison Turtlott,

Lamoine: Blair Bailey,

Lebanon: Sarah Ashley Avery, Amber Cognato, Alaina Shorey,

Leeds: Matthew Bilodeau, Cora Curtis, Danica Jackman, Kyla Sturtevant, Brooke Wardwell,

Levant: Nicholas Pinkham,

Lewiston: Sadie Beaudin, Brooklyn Brown, Ashley Ferrence, Ashley Forshaw, Abdirahman Hussein, Courtney Jacques, Alexis Laliberte, Corey Martin, Michael Paradis, Renee Poulin, Loretta Rice, Emily Schulze,

Lexington Twp: Jocelia Pease,

Liberty: David Mallow, Anastasia McFadden-Foy,

Limington: Collin Regan,

Lincoln: Abigail Brown, Ciara Tolman,

Lincolnville: Nastasha Kordek,

Lisbon Falls: Kenneth Fairbanks, Lindsey Whitney, Jeffrey Willey,

Litchfield: Jessica Roberts,

Livermore: Taylor Boynton, Elizabeth Chretien, Bradley Hodges, Kenda Newman, Lydia Violette-Lee,

Livermore Falls: Brianna Beaupre, Brooke Cushing, Rachel Goding, Joshua Wilcox, Rheanna Woodford,

Lyman: Mikayla Frazier,

Madawaska: Jillian Vanier,

Madison: Savannah Bachelder, Amanda Flematti, Alexis Lanctot, Tori McLaughlin, Jonathan Petrey,

Manchester: Calen Mendall,

Mapleton: Isaac Michaud,

Mars Hill: Sean Brock,

Mechanic Falls: Caitlyn Currie, Mariah Dufour, Jamie Robinson,

Medway: Allie Currie,

Mexico: Andrea Benya, Cody Smith, Christa Vattes, Kaitlyn Virgin,

Millinocket: Thomas Fiske, Kristen Manzo, Emily Wark,

Minot: Myia Linck,

Monmouth: Ashley Coulombe, Stephanie Dwinal, Molly Menice,

Montville: Larissa Hannan,

Morrill: Gregory King,

Mount Desert: Katharine Walker,

Naples: Tonner Hann, Erin Levasseur,

New Portland: Elliot Gorr,

Newcastle: Thomas Alexander, Salvatore Azzaretti,

Nobleboro: Samara Ethier-Whitmore, Caitlin Waltz,

Norridgewock: Travis Bent, Andrea Curtis, Stephanie Jillings, Devin Lachapelle, Cheyenne Malloy, Justin Power, Amy Washburn,

North Berwick: Courtney Eastman, Lindsay Gorman,

Northport: Brianna Flagg,

Norway: Dylan Hadley, Kyleigh Roberts, Ian Vail,

Oakland: Ryan Berthiaume, Harley Davis, Derek Guerrette,

Old Orchard Beach: Mariah Hartley, Sarah Jenkins, Jeffrey Taylor,

Old Town: Laura Rivers,

Orono: Lukas Kenison, Isaiah Wilson-McFarlane,

Orrington: Marshall Maxsimic,

Owls Head: Danielle Bedard,

Palmyra: Kirsten Trogdon,

Pemaquid: Lucia Hauty,

Peru: Erin Perry, Spencer Trenoweth,

Pittsfield: Courtney Fowler, Shane Hathaway, Jessica Leibowitz, Carolyn Newhouse, Adam Shorey,

Pittston: Baylee Doughty,

Plymouth: Brittany Hopkins,

Poland: Cameron Morrell, Matthew Principe, Ally Rosenberger, Katrina Seeley,

Portland: Elyse Bayizere, Delaney Coyne, David Doering, Mackenzie Marles, Serge Nyirikamba, Sarah Ringer, William Sampson,

Presque Isle: Kayla Girardin, Kaleigh Kinney, Rayah Saucier,

Prospect: Madison Porter,

Rangeley: Chelsea Dresser,

Readfield: Maddalena Chiappetta, Debora Harvey, Benjamin Rodriguez, Katherine Wicks,

Rockport: Sarah Winchenbach,

Rome: Marisa Getchell,

Rumford: Kayla Drapeau, Stephanie Garcia, Amy Mahar, Brittany Wakefield,

Sabattus: Kayla McIntosh, Meagan Ring,

Saco: Rebecca Crist, Anna Dowling, Kayla Tremblay,

Saint Albans: Lindsay Mower,

Sanford: Tyler Flayhan, Carla Kelly,

Scarborough: Rebecca Beatty, Caitlyn Connolly, Nathaniel Duggan, Amanda Ledue, Parisa Mohabbati, Sarah Pritchard,

Searsport: Laura Dickey,

Sebago: Abigail Lucy,

Sidney: Spencer DeWitt, Chelsey Oliver, Shawna Oliver, Allison White,

Skowhegan: Henry Ametti, Matthew Bigelow, Olivia Brown, Jasmine Gordon, Allicia Hilton, Aspen Leblanc, Katelynn Lizotte, Katherine Richards,

Smithfield: Anna LeClair,

Smyrna Mills: Matthew McCluskey,

Solon: Sikwani Dana,

South Berwick: Annie Moloney, Erin Silver,

South Bristol: Jordan Plummer,

South China: Tyler Belanger, Marissa Chamberlain, Gage Currie, Simon Rollins,

South Paris: Susan Gary, Alexis Kennedy, Jayram Keshavan,

South Portland: Hannah Calkin, Paige Carter, Emily Gray, Spencer Lloyd-Rees,

Springvale: Leanne Arsenault, Jamie Austin, Megan Daudelin,

Standish: Joshua Conley,

Strong: Emily Beard, Nicholas Cole,

Surry: Kaitlyn Kinney,

Thomaston: Jennifer Denault, Amber Hanson,

Topsham: Emma Brown, Jordan Daigle, Kimberly Richards,

Turner: Tad Caldwell, Abigail Chase, Abbie Hartford, Emily Hartford, Dana Monbleau, Kelly Pomerleau, Michael Richard, Amanda Wise,

Union: Janelle Noonan,

Unity: Donna Chason,

Upton: Jessica Casey,

Vassalboro: Brianna Benevento, Nathan Bowring, Sean Cabaniss, Benjamin Cloutier, Kiara Morrissette, Alicia Stafford, Abby Waceken,

Waldo: Braley Leadbetter,

Waldoboro: Hope Lash, Vincent Vannah,

Walpole: Karie Carrothers,

Warren: McKenzie Belcher,

Washington: Olivia Vanner,

Waterford: Lindsay Toothaker,

Waterville: Tyler Adams, Katelin Carey, Emily Cote, Megan Heath, Autumn Hopkins, Avery Isbell, Mattie Lajoie, Jacob Montgomery, Lydia Roy, Jinni-Mae Workman,

Wells: Cooper Lavigne, Emily Lewia, Kayla Meissner, Elizabeth Thompson,

West Bethel: Kurt Mason,

West Gardiner: Nicholas Bucci, Eleanor Luken, Haley Tomberlin,

West Paris: Matthew Chandler, Kayleigh Knox,

Westbrook: Haley Berry, Timothy Bushika, Katie Clark, Gunnar Heckler, Jasmine Heckler, Shannon Mahoney, Sophia Manning, Julianne McLaughlin, Nicholas Minor, Sage Van Eekhout,

Whitefield: Jordan Bailey, Katherine Newcombe,

Wilton: Jacob Allen, Tyler Eustis, Jessica Griswold, Jaycee Jenckes,

Windham: Madeline Boyes, Samuel Burnell, Hannah Forbush, Samantha Gifford, Meagan Jones, Eamon Reis,

Windsor: Samuel Birch,

Winslow: Kayla Davis, Megan Denis, Elizabeth Ferry, Brennah O’Connell, Christina Taylor,

Winterport: Marissa Arrigoni,

Winthrop: Alyssa Arsenault, Brigid Chapin, Deirdre Dosedlo, Ian Gingras, Rayanna Howard, Emily Leonard, Zachary Nadeau, Meagan Scully, Emmah Spahr,

Wiscasset: Kelsie Gagnon,

Yarmouth: Haley Estabrook, Jordan Glassock, Meagan Haley, Lydia MacDonald, Sarah-Jane Metsker, Emma Pidden,

York: Brooke Sevigny.


Bristol: Olivia Cyr,

Brookfield: Cory McCullough,

Brooklyn: Kimberly Day,

Ellington: Erica Feenstra,

Fairfield: Carly Georgen,

Farmington: Olivia Sullivan,

Jewett City: Heather Boland,

Middletown: Rebecca Mierzejewski,

Monroe: Cailin O’Malley,

North Franklin: Amanda Ciufecu,

North Stonington: Taylor Beattie,

Sandy Hook: Amy McGurk,

Simsbury: Sabrina LoPizzo,

Southington: Brandon Becker, Kelly Toomey,

West Hartford: Shavon Gordon.


Acton: Heather King,

Cambridge: Liya Mindaye,

Fitchburg: Benjamin Amburgey,

Gloucester: Jacquelyn Rose,

Harwich: Justin Fisette,

Jefferson: Catherine Dufault,

Lakeville: Danielle Conway,

Lancaster: Emma Duggan,

Leominster: Danielle Lefebvre,

Mattapoisett: John Martin,

Milton: Jillian Cummings,

Norwell: Kathleen Joseph,

Norwood: Belanna Morales,

Plymouth: Brittany Jerome,

Quincy: Elizabeth Foley, Bethany Routier,

Randolph: Nicole Colageo,

Roxbury: Steffon Gales,

Shrewsbury: Megan Broderick,

Somerset: Cassie Scott,

South Grafton: Katrina Teixeira,

Southborough: Bridget Levandowski,

Waltham: Samantha Lackeyram-Owen,

West Newton: Mollie Herman,

Westminster: Emily Vitone,

Whitinsville: Erin Taylor.


Boscawen: Jeremy Demers,

Bow: Jaclyn Langevin,

Center Barnstead: Zachary Mayo,

Center Conway: Jennifer Perry,

Derry: Matthew Hernandez, Theodore Wallace,

Epsom: Karyn Veinotte,

Hampstead: Brittney Sieg,

Hampton: Nickole Burns,

Hillsborough: Josline Watkins,

Holderness: Gavin Brickley, Brett Hofland,

Hooksett: Jenna Arcand,

Jaffrey: Natalie McLaughlin,

Loudon: Rachael Howell,

Manchester: Jessica Baron, Cheyenne Candow,

Merrimack: Melissa Eelman,

Milford: Genevieve Benoit,

Moultonborough: Rebecca Tgibedes,

Nashua: Julia Fletcher,

Plainfield: Rebecca Young,

Plaistow: Kristine Sarasin,

Plymouth: Michael Buhrman,

Portsmouth: Erika Lundgren,

Rochester: Mark Leahy, Jordan Newhall,

Salem: Cheyenne VanDooren,

Tamworth: Melissa Gerard,

Warner: Katharine Stasalovich.


Barrington: Sidney Stanhope,

Charlestown: Michael Bottai,

Foster: Samuel O’Neal,

Middletown: Jack Holland,

Portsmouth: Alison Hamilton,

Warwick: Mariah Morey,

West Kingston: Daniel Mason.


Barton: Connor Gaboriault,

Bloomfield: Lydia Donovan,

Brattleboro: Ross Momaney,

Burlington: Hannah Watson,

Danville: Brett Elliott,

St Johnsbury: Desiree Persons,

Thetford: Maggie Pomeroy,

Warren: William Robinson.


Port Charlotte: Kristen Taylor.


London: Thomas Melton.


Orange: Casiandra Barton,

Ramsey: Sarah Fredrick.


Broadalbin: Liam Floyd.


Clarks Summit: Faith Purdy.


Dale City: Whitney LeMay.


Christiansted: Shana Tilley.

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UMF President Foster named one of “50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future” by Maine magazine

FARMINGTON, ME (July 14, 2016)—University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster was recently named as one of “50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future” by Maine magazine. This annual distinction by the uniquely Maine publication spotlights the state’s creative visionaries and bold leaders who are “building upon the state’s numerous assets and finding ways to leverage them to improve the lives of others.”

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster

According to Kelly Chase, the magazine’s managing editor, “Every July, Maine magazine highlights the work of extraordinary Mainers who make our state a better place to live. The individuals who rise to the top of our list every year prove that there are many definitions of the word leader.”

Foster’s profile points to her purposeful work developing a new strategic plan for the college that is laying the groundwork for UMF to reinforce its mission as a small public liberal arts college.  The birthplace of public higher education in Maine, UMF is nationally recognized for its academic excellence, affordability and graduates’ positive career outcomes.

Among its goals, Foster’s plan underscores the college’s location in a vibrant small town in the heart of the Western Maine mountains—a place valuable for its outdoor lifestyle, close connection to the community and rich natural resources.

A roadmap for the future, the plan recognizes the increasing importance of UMF as a valuable regional partner and ways it can take advantage of its location in the development of new academic programming, student experiential learning and continuing environmentally sustainable initiatives.

“President Foster is a great leader who understands the transformative power of education,” said James H. Page, Chancellor of the University of Maine System. “Kate and her team are working to ensure UMF maintains its standing as one of the country’s top public liberal arts colleges. In addition, Kate is a key player in helping define and lead One University as we work to provide statewide access to quality, affordable education and as we build capacity to better meet state needs.”

Foster was named President of the University of Maine at Farmington in 2012. Included in her key accomplishments at the University’s helm are: an increase of over 300 percent in paid student internships; a reinvigorated commitment to four-season outdoor recreational and career opportunities; and a long-term investment in environmentally-responsible and sustainable practices with the construction of the largest single biomass hot water heating plant in Maine that replaces 95 percent of the heating oil formerly required to heat the campus with locally-sourced, sustainable wood chips.

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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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UMF President Foster named in Maine. magazine as one of “50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future”

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster is named in Maine. magazine’s July issue as one of “50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future.” This annual distinction spotlights Maine’s creative visionaries and bold leaders who are “building upon the state’s numerous assets and finding ways to leverage them to improve the lives of others.”

The profile points to Foster’s purposeful work developing a new strategic plan for the college that is laying the groundwork for UMF to reinforce its mission as a small public liberal arts college. The plan underscores the college’s location in a vibrant small town in the heart of the Western Maine mountains—a place valuable for its outdoor lifestyle, close connection to the community and rich regional resources.

To elaborate on aspects of Foster’s vision, the July issue also includes an intimate interview with the UMF President. This feature story, “A Promise of Place,” points to how UMF and its unique location offers an “abundance of opportunities” to its students, alumni and campus and local community members.

Maine. magazine 50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future
The Promise of Place

Daily Bulldog

More than 335 bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates march in 2016 UMF Commencement ceremony

UMF President Foster and graduate

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster congratulates graduate at recent Commencement ceremony.

With excitement in the air, the University of Maine at Farmington held their 2016 Commencement Ceremony, Saturday, May 14. UMF President Kathryn A. Foster, faculty, administrators and dignitaries led the University’s more than 335 bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates who marched in the festive, annual event. “What a proud day this is,” said Foster. “It’s always an honor to watch our degree candidates turn their tassels as they transition from students to graduates and lifelong alumni. They have dreamed big, worked hard and found their lives’ passion here at UMF.  It’s exciting to know they’ll build on that knowledge and experience as they chart their course for the future.”

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Sun Journal

UMF names Education Center in honor of longtime president Kalikow

UMF President Foster and former President Kalikow

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster honors former President Kalikow with building naming

The UMF Education Center was recently named in honor of its longtime President Theodora J. Kalikow who served from 1994 to 2012. Her contributions to UMF were honored by current UMF President Kathryn A. Foster at a dedication ceremony attended by dignitaries, colleagues and friends. Her commitment to the University and student success throughout her tenure, was noted in an article in the Sun Journal. Now named the Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center, the LEED-Silver certified building is home to the UMF College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation.

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Daily Bulldog

UMF partners with USM to offer 5-year master’s programs in counseling careers

UMF psychology students

Dan Seabold, UMF professor of psychology (center), meets with students in small group counseling discussion sessions.

To help streamline students’ career preparation, UMF has partnered with USM to offer two, new five-year programs to accelerate their master’s degrees in counseling or social work. As reported by the Daily Bulldog, the 3+2 programs will help students graduate a year ahead of time and reduce their college costs while preparing them for a professional career where they can help meet Maine’s growing mental health needs. Students will begin by pursuing their undergraduate degree at UMF. In their third year at UMF, a streamlined graduate application process will pave the way for students to gain early acceptance to the USM Master’s Program. “These programs are a great opportunity for UMF and USM to help our students fast-track their counseling careers while still getting a top-notch education,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “Creative partnerships like this are all about finding different ways to help students be successful, while meeting their career needs.”

Daily Bulldog

UMF Honors Program celebrates 30 year anniversary

Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky

The UMF Honors Program recently celebrated its 30th anniversary bringing together current Honors Program students, accomplished alumni and engaged faculty to commemorate the significant contributions the program makes in the lives of UMF students and graduates. The festivities featured a keynote speech by Robert Pinsky, distinguished author and former U.S. Poet Laureate. According to the Sun Journal, the first Honors endeavor began in 1981, graduated its first Honors Scholars in 1986 and has grown to become a far-reaching program with extensive academic and real-world experience opportunities. “Students in one of our Honors courses recently returned from Dublin, Ireland,” said Eric Brown, UMF professor of English and director of the Honors Program. “What better way to get the flavor of James Joyce and understand his writings than to actually walk in his characters’ footsteps.”

Sun Journal

Dynamic UMF Emery Community Arts Center exhibit features four local artists, June 10-Aug.14

Aspects: 4 Artists posterFARMINGTON, ME (June 7, 2016)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus is excited to present its latest exhibit, “ASPECTS: 4 ARTISTS,” featuring the work of four prolific local artists:  Lori Soucie, David Crowley, Sue Bisaillon and Roger Bisaillon. This dynamic new mixed media exhibit runs from June 10 thru Aug. 14, with an opening reception 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, June 14. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Featured Artists:

Lori Soucie
Soucie finds inspiration in the colors, textures, forms, and beauty of nature. Her new body of work is devoted to a single subject matter, flowers. She has also found inspiration in the work of many photographers and artists including Georgia O’Keeffe who, when speaking about her own work, said, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.”

Soucie’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries and businesses throughout Maine. Her work has been accepted into the Maine Photography Show for five years and she has exhibited twice in the Maine Art Scene virtual exhibit. She has studied photography with John Paul Caponigro, Jay Stock, LeeAnn LaFleur, and Barbara Tobey. She received her B.A. from the University of Maine at Farmington. Visit her images at

“Andrew With Faith and Reason” by David Crowley

“Andrew With Faith and Reason” by David Crowley

David Scriven Crowley
Crowley has been making art for over forty years and is the recipient of many awards and prizes. His work is included in many private, corporate and museum collections. “My work is about emotion, the profound sense of a mandate so demanding and compulsive that the need to make something must be satisfied. Even if the lack of time, funds, and the market do not support the idea, the need for the project to be realized is so compelling as to force itself into fruition,” said Crowley.

In 2004, he was given a retrospective of his work at the Cape Ann Art Museum in Gloucester Massachusetts. Christine Temin of the Boston Globe said of his work, “Crowley’s technical mastery, enigmatic conversations, and rich textures and colors are not to be missed.” Among his many exhibitions, Crowley has exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland Maine, the Walker Art Museum at Bowdoin College, the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield Massachusetts, the Marietta Art Museum, Ohio, the CMCA in Rockport Maine and Husson College.

Sue and Roger Bisaillon
The Bisaillon’s process of making art is reflective of their life­ working daily in their rural Maine studio. Color and textural surface are paramount in their product. Their ultimate partnership has been the impetus for their high energy, unique product. They are partners where designing and fabrication is his forte and they glaze together. Over the years they have traveled extensively and have established a strong clientele. Hand building in terra cotta earthenware clay, he utilizes all building techniques (coil, pinch, slab, extrusion, throwing, pinching, stamping) to fabricate low fire sculpture and pottery. It is thick, deeply carved, nonsymmetrical and textural inviting the viewer to touch and participate with the piece.

“The process of creating art has been an integral part of daily existence for my entire life. With a compulsion to constantly create, clay has been a natural avenue to release my aesthetic energy,” said Roger Bisaillon.

The Emery Community Arts Center’s summer hours are daily from 12 p.m.­6 p.m.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Images can be found at
Photo Credit: UMF image
Caption:  “Andrew With Faith and Reason” by David Crowley