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UMF Announces Appointment of Joseph P. McGinn as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

FARMINGTON, ME (July 28, 2014)—Kathryn A. Foster, president of University of Maine at Farmington, recently announced the appointment of Joseph P. McGinn as the University’s provost and vice president of academic affairs, effective July 1, 2014.

RP134-075“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. McGinn to UMF as we are poised at the start of our next 150 years,” said Foster. “He brings an impressive combination of intellectual savvy and leadership experience to UMF. Friendly, thoughtful, professional and academically sophisticated, he is a careful listener and articulate communicator who has already shown great knowledge and enthusiasm for UMF, Western Maine and the University of Maine System.”

As chief academic officer at UMF, McGinn will provide leadership for all aspects of academic life, continue to strengthen UMF’s academic and research programs and maintain UMF’s dedication to excellence. “I am honored and excited to be a part of UMF’s tremendous legacy as the birthplace of public higher education in Maine,” said McGinn. “I look forward to helping it continue to grow and prosper and to being an active part of the campus and the Farmington community.”

McGinn comes to UMF from Towson University near Baltimore, Md., where he served as dean of the Honors College and professor of philosophy since 2011. As dean, he worked to provide the management, leadership and vision necessary to help students succeed.

Throughout his career, he has been committed to the development of the student as a whole person, successfully contributing to a wide range of programs, co-curricular initiatives and administrative support to encourage and showcase student engagement in all forms of scholarship and learning.

Prior to his time at Towson, he served as director of the Global Honors program and professor of philosophy at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and assistant professor of philosophy and humanities at Penn State, Harrisburg.

In addition to his background as an administrator and an educator, McGinn has a broad range of experience with many areas involved in University life, including graduate and undergraduate programs and policies, curriculum development and assessment, professional development for faculty, enrollment management, budget management and faculty recruitment.

McGinn was a Commonwealth Scholar at Edinburgh University in Scotland. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in philosophy at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and a B.A. in philosophy and history at the University of Manitoba.

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System-wide Effort to Streamline Couse Offerings Led by UMF President Foster

Kate newsKathryn Foster, UMF president, will spearhead an effort to streamline course offerings at the University of Maine System’s seven campuses, according to an article in the Portland Press Herald. The new initiative is part of a broader five-year strategic plan approved by the UMS trustees at their last meeting and is an attempt to broaden course access and cut costs. “We will be taking a careful look at the academic menus across the campuses and see what the opportunities are to integrate,” said Foster. She was named the head of the committee after former chairwoman, Susan Hunter’s position changed from vice chancellor to interim president of University of Maine.

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University of Maine at Farmington Announces Dean’s List for Spring 2014 Semester

FARMINGTON, ME (July 21, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington announces its Dean’s List for the spring 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.


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Albion: Sara Quimby;

Anson: Ahnna-Balai Beane, Courtney Frost, Ashley Libby;

Arundel: Tori Lands, Christopher Roberts;

Ashland: Katelynn Orcutt, Kenneth Tarr;

Atkinson: Ashley Goodine;

Auburn: Kelsey Blanchette, Hannah Carrier, Jonathan Delorme, Rebecca Dubois, Andreaska Jeffcoats, Emily Marron, Timothy Stokes, Jesse Williams;

Augusta: Katherine Beach, Erika Burns, Shiloh Davis, Emily Dutton, Amy Jones, Nasya Monroe, Brittany Vachon, Alison Zubrod;

Bangor: Thomas Bearor, Kayla Elliott, Jasmine Heckler, Adam Hewins, Shelby Jolicoeur, Holly Legere, Hannah Lust, Rose Miller, Michelle Switzer;

Bar Harbor: Jamie McKay, Traci Norwood;

Bath: Brandon Doughty, Emily Franklin, Tyler Rose, Mackenzie Yeaton;

Belfast: Kaitlyn Dickinson;

Belgrade: Erin Busque, Tiarra LaPierre, Elizabeth Skinner;

Belgrade Lakes: Holly Oliver;

Berwick: Emily Beard, Jessica Cox, Gabrielle Ganiere, Brittany Hoffman, Alisa Tibbetts;

Biddeford: Rachel Hubbell, Erica Letellier, Caroline Murphy;

Bingham: Maria Leathers, Jessica Mills, Nathan Schultz;

Boothbay: Katrina Smith, Meghan Smith;

Bowdoin: Rachel Glynn;

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

Brooklin: Brittany Courtot;

Brownfield: Barrett Wilson;

Brunswick: Nicholas Blasens, Erin Kenyon, Joseph Messerman, Ashley Smith, Katherine Warner;

Bryant Pond: Susan Newkirk;

Buckfield: Austin Dooley, Grace Kendall;

Bucksport: Courtney Fish;

Buxton: Jessica Meservey, Hannah Schlehuber Johnson;

Calais: Emily Ginn, Nicole Osborne;

Camden: Brogan Tooley;

Canton: Samantha Blanchette;

Cape Elizabeth: Anya Staszko, Meagan Winker;

Cape Neddick: Rachel Yorke;

Caribou: Tiffany Bishop;

Casco: Devin Fitzgerald;

Chelsea: Emily Soule, Tricia Tzikas;

Chesterville: William Doray;

China: Jacob Taylor;

Clifton: Amy Hughes;

Cumberland Center: Katherine Fehlau;

Denmark: Molly Cavanaugh;

Dixfield: Emily Chase, Lacey Gallant, Taron Mazza, Ricki Sinclair;

Dover Foxcroft: Jordan Kim;

Dryden: Siiri Stinson;

Durham: Nathaniel Fritts, Allisyn Libby;

Dyer Brook: Kristen Tarr;

East Baldwin: Joshua Bishop;

East Newport: Nicole Pedone;

East Parsonsfield: Jennifer-Lee Campbell;

Eastport: Sarah Ashley, Keisha Scott;

Edgecomb: Shaylee Sibley;

Embden: Tucker Atwood;

Fairfield: Acadia Levasseur, Casandra Moreau;

Farmingdale: Abigail Brown, Julie Brown;

Farmington: Kristen Appleby, Kristi Bean, Drew Blanchet, Curran Brierley, Meredith Brown, Kaitlyn Bullen, Timothy Bushika, Lindsey Carter, Darrian Church, Kimberly Clark, Daric Davenport, David Deprey, Sierra Deroche, Cordana Dingley, Lancaster Emery, Phoebe Fast, Zachary Faulkner, Christopher Goodwin, Jarrod Goodwin, Mariah Haggan, Victoria Hibbard, Molly Hinkel, Madeline King, Laura Lacasse, Nicholas Lacasse, Alexandra Lucas, Alexa Lyman, Joseph Martin, Katherine McLaughlin, Brandon Melville, Marlie Mochamer, Trevor Neitz, Elizabeth Paquette, Jocelia Pease, Karen Reed, Sean Rowe, Jenna Sanders, Philip Smith, Nicholas Soha-Girardin, Judith Stone, Julia Tichy-Dupuis, Jeremy Vroom, Chantel White, Catherine Zachary;

Fayette: Alexander Rose;

Freedom: Tyler Hadyniak, Macy Saucier;

Freeport: Samuel Bennett, Victoria Coskery, Hannah Goodenow;

Fryeburg: Sylvia Brooks;

Gardiner: Andrianna Ammarell, Jagger Trouant;

Garland: Vincent Malinauskas, Amber Munson;

Glenburn: Alexandra Crocker;

Gorham: Katherine Bennett, Celeste Carpenter, Kaitlin Flanders, Austin Hayes, Conor Kirby, Megan Meehan, Jennifer Pinkelman, Colleen Ward;

Gray: Daniel Dempsey, Kellie Sanborn, Taryn Sangillo;

Greene: Abbey Randall, Tifani-Rae Steward;

Greenville: Autumn Gann, Ruby Rockwell;

Hallowell: Ashley Godbout, Cadyn Wilson;

Hampden: Sarah Coston;

Harpswell: Margaret Thomas;

Hartland: Christine Della Porta;

Hebron: Jessica Gauthier;

Hope: Hillary Morrison;

Industry: Nathan Geisser;

Jay: Nicole Adams, Alexander Donka, Hayley Fortier, Jill Gingras, Victoria LaCasse, Brandon Monroe, Sabrina Penney, Cassandra Plante, Katelyn Ross, Rachel Shorey, Miranda St Pierre;

Jefferson: Allison Fortin, Jackson Fortin, Tobey Tozier;

Jonesport: Kristopher Kelley;

Kennebunk: Erica Beal, Erin Beal, Melissa Fortier, Erin Ingraham;

Kennebunkport: Kelsey Redmond;

Kingfield: Alana Knapp, Shannon Mccaffrey, Ashley Shurtleff, Anna Soule, Brittany York;

Kittery: Nicole Clark, Sofia Curti, Lauren Kennison;

Lebanon: Alaina Shorey;

Leeds: Victoria Penney;

Levant: Mary DeLorenzo;

Lewiston: Marina Belanger, Alexandria Butler, Ashley Ferrence, Abdirahman Hussein, Jasmine Hussey, Bethany Lebel, Andre Madore, Jessica Mathon, Delaney Paterson, Caleb Rea, Joseph Sullivan, Erica Thompson;

Limerick: Lauren Preble;

Lincoln: Ciara Tolman, Logan Wiseman;

Lisbon: Mary Conlon;

Lisbon Falls: Kenneth Fairbanks, Katherine Lemieux, Christopher Whitney;

Litchfield: Joshua Rose;

Livermore: Alyssa Hamilton, Steven Langlin;

Livermore Falls: Jordan DeMillo, Alice Engelhardt, Rachel Goding, Rheanna Woodford;

Lovell: Sara Williams;

Machiasport: Allison Holmes;

Madawaska: James Cyr;

Madison: Justin Caron, Andrea Curtis, Bree Foley, Tyler Michaud, Bianca Stoutamyer;

Manchester: Keegen Ballard, Benjamin Johnson, Hanna Packard;

Mapleton: JoLonna Gough;

Mechanic Falls: Kaitlyn Bowie, Meghan Rowe;

Mexico: Ayla Allen, Cassandra Dyke, Garrett Hodgkins, Cody Smith;

Millinocket: Katelyn Campbell, Samantha Donley, Samantha Harmon, Kristen Manzo, Alyssa McLean, Emily Wark;

Milo: Danielle Newman;

Monmouth: Mackenzie Kelley, Molly Menice, Scott Peacock, Alyssa Stevens;

Morrill: Aubrey Hersom;

Moscow: Bridgette Fortin;

Mount Vernon: Finn Hopkins-O’Neil;

Naples: Tonner Hann, Erin Levasseur, Stephanie Winslow;

New Canada: Courtney Daigle;

New Gloucester: Nicole Lejonhud;

New Portland: Evelyn Carleton, Gail Sylvain, Danielle White;

New Sharon: Ashley Clark, Brian Clukey, Taylor Harris;

New Sweden: Jubilee MacLeod;

Newcastle: Salvatore Azzaretti;

Norridgewock: Travis Bent, Melissa Cyr, Leslie Mercier, Robyn Noe, Michael Pakulski, Ethan Poissonnier, Justin Power, Alexa Wyman;

North Anson: Rebecca Ellis, Katrina Esty;

North Monmouth: Cassidy Small;

North Turner: Jasmine Portales;

Norway: Christine Farr;

Oakland: Mara Balboni, Robert Belanger, Carlie Bolduc, Magyn Caron, Tyler Creasy, Derek Guerrette, Christopher Knight, Leisha Lewis, Ryan Sucy;

Old Orchard Beach: Caitlin Ambo, Jeffrey Taylor;

Old Town: Andrea Anderson, Carrie McLaughlin;

Orrington: Rachel Kosnow;

Owls Head: Brooke Lowell;

Palermo: Camiesha Terry;

Palmyra: Leigh Welch;

Peaks Island: Hannah Carlson;

Peru: Brianna Lecours;

Phillips: Lyndsay Beane;

Pittsfield: Marguerite Bryant, Courtney Fowler, Gabrielle LaGross, Carolyn Newhouse, Karissa Porter;

Plymouth: Amy Patterson;

Poland: Casandra Greco, Matthew Principe;

Portland: Samantha Allshouse, Samantha Gilmour, Alyssa Ladd, Carrie Mooney;

Pownal: Danielle Brosseau;

Presque Isle: Kayla Girardin, Christina Hallowell;

Randolph: Mariah Duncan;

Rangeley: Christa Bonney;

Raymond: Hannah Huber;

Readfield: Benjamin Rodriguez, Tristan Stockford;

Rockland: Christina Quach, Kyle Sareyani;

Rockport: Colby Hill, Sarah Winchenbach;

Rumford: Kaitlyn Cote, Krista Cote, Aaron Delcourt, Michael Foley, Brittany Garcia, Amy Mahar, Audrey Morin, Emily O’Donnell, Frank Parsons;

Sabattus: Emily McLean;

Saco: Anna Dowling, Heather Galasyn, James Grover, Michelle Henaire, Emily Higgins, Allura Morneau, Paul Santamore;

Salem Twp: Jillian Withee;

Sanford: Erin Fraser, Sarah Gould, Lacey Tatosky;

Scarborough: Lauren Bickmore, Caitlyn Connolly, Nathaniel Duggan, Amanda Ledue, Sarah Pritchard;

Sebago: Lindsay Nason;

Sebec: Alyce McLeod;

Sidney: Renee Moody, Chelsey Oliver, Shawna Oliver, Joseph Pepin, Shelby Thibodeau, Allison White;

Skowhegan: Sebastien Dumont, Alexis Lanctot, Katelynn Lizotte, Bradford Lopes, Jennifer Meade, Trey Nelson, Ryan Scott, Grace Toles;

Smithfield: Megan Perkins;

Solon: Glenn Lumbert;

South Berwick: Katie Emmons, Mallory Smith;

South China: Tyler Belanger, Rebecca-Ann Severy, Christopher Vogel;

South Paris: Kayla Dore, Erica Ellingwood, Brooke Ladd, Carl Langbehn, Kasey Mills;

South Portland: Chelsea Bartlett, Elizabeth Carnell, Jennifer Gerry, Emily Gray, Sarah Meuse;

South Thomaston: Emmaline Waldron;

Springvale: Leanne Arsenault;

Starks: Darrell Dyke;

Steep Falls: Charles Young;

Surry: Amanda Moir;

Temple: Aimee Degroat, Dylan Toothaker;

Thomaston: Amber Hanson;

Thorndike: Kathleen Schultz;

Topsham: Devin Boilard, Lacey Campbell, Jordan Daigle, Ashley Libby, Brennan Radulski, Alexander Robinson, Meghan Schofield;

Turner: Matthew Bilodeau, Amanda Wise;

Union: Amanda Barrows, Janelle Noonan, Rachel Siegel;

Unity: Delainey Kein;

Vassalboro: Brianna Benevento, Nicole Bernhardt, Nathan Bowring, Sean Cabaniss, Allison Reynolds;

Waldo: Sarah Marshall;

Waldoboro: Vincent Vannah;

Warren: Wyatt Porter;

Waterville: Nicholas Camic, Emily Cote, Anna LeClair, Sarah Ringer, Isaiah Spofford, Kayla Tuttle, Jinni-Mae Workman;

Wayne: Sarah Pokorny;

Wells: Chelsea Martel, Sarah Stefanik;

West Baldwin: Nicole Rankin;

West Bath: Kelsie Gagnon;

West Farmington: Patricia McLain;

West Gardiner: Sloan Hanning, Erica Manning, Anthonie Phillis;

West Paris: Matthew Chandler, Hunter Rowell;

Westbrook: Haley Berry, Katie Clark, Anna Traugh;

Wilton: Sarah Jacques, Jaycee Jenckes, Lauren Orff, Jordan Plog;

Windham: Molly Olsen, Katherine Turpen;

Windsor: Molly King, Sarah Manley;

Winslow: Elizabeth Ferry, Jessica McCaslin, Brittany Robbins;

Winterport: Marissa Arrigoni, Megan Braley;

Winthrop: Brigid Chapin, Parker Chapin, Deirdre Dosedlo, Ian Gingras, Zachary Nadeau;

Wiscasset: Rebecca Slack, Lauren Trudeau;

Woodville: Taylor McCafferty;

Woolwich: Keifer Boguhn, Leanne Keenan, Kalib Moore;

Yarmouth: Erica Paul, Emma Pidden, Taylor Sisk, Abigail Smith;

York: Chelsea Morley.


Bristol: Olivia Cyr;

Deep River: Aliza Dube;

New Haven: Sean Igoe;

Niantic: Victoria Luce;

Norwich: Shannah Cotton;

Putnam: Audrey Gidman;

Salem: Sarah Frick;

South Glastonbury: Connor Sabia;

Tolland: Joshua Cardella;

Unionville: Sarah Bunch.


Acton: Heather King, Sam Oppenheim;

Ashby: Nicholas Lorenzen;

Assonet: Alyssa Tironati;

Attleboro: Alyssa Renzi;

Bedford: Elise Musicant;

Cambridge: Liya Mindaye;

Essex: Jacquelyn Rose;

Forestdale: Jennie Taddia;

Gardner: Sadie Caron;

Groveland: Kanika Pathania;

Haverhill: Elizabeth Hutchins;

Ipswich: Nicholas Grim;

Jefferson: Catherine Dufault;

Lakeville: Danielle Conway;

Merrimac: Kathleen Roux;

Natick: Catherine Cartier;

Peabody: Mary Drover;

Plymouth: Kimberly Arthurs, Tory Axford;

Randolph: Nicole Colageo;

Revere: Talya Briana;

Sandwich: Olivia Goddard, Taylor Marshall;

Shrewsbury: Megan Broderick;

Spencer: Christian Casault;

Sudbury: Alana MacArthur;

Westford: Brian Scholten;

Westminster: Emily Vitone;

Winchester: Cecilia Natale.


Boscawen: Jeremy Demers;

Center Conway: Jennifer Perry;

Derry: Matthew Hernandez, Margaret Pearson, Brittney Sieg, Joshua Worthen;

East Hampstead: Jennifer Bailey;

Epsom: Karyn Veinotte;

Freedom: Kyle Johnson;

Holderness: Brett Hofland;

Hollis: Kelsey Caron;

Londonderry: Carinne Haigis;

Manchester: Kathryn Johnson;

Milford: Lindsey Laforge;

Nashua: Julia Fletcher, Hayley Smith-Rose;

Pelham: Carolyn Springford;

Plainfield: Rebecca Young;

Portsmouth: Erika Lundgren, Johanna Oxholm;

Rindge: Kaelee Tanner;

Salem: Brittany Jones;

Sanbornville: Mark Leahy;

Seabrook: Amber Sears;

Whitefield: Kalman Csigi;

Wilmot: Jesse Williams.


East Greenwich: Drew Serdakowski;

Hope: Isabel Dodd;

North Kingstown: Sarah Hunter, Brigitta Valente;

Portsmouth: Alison Hamilton;

Wakefield: Lauren Arnold.


Burlington: Hannah Watson;

Charlotte: Leon Leary;

Danville: Jenell Green;

Groton: Samantha Funk;

Northfield: Keli McLellan;

Saint Albans: Amanda Porter;

West Dover: Brittney Torroni.


Aurora: Leah Kuehn;

Dacono: Shannon Tanguay.


Rockledge: Tyler Castillo.


Hopkinsville: Dana Fioretti.


East Brunswick: John Pich;

Englishtown: Justin Fata;

Highland Lakes: Kyle Manning;

Manahawkin: Danielle Spina;

Manalapan: Samantha Gigante;

North Brunswick: Rachel Anderson;

Rockaway: Samantha Wasko;

Spotswood: Nicole Byrne.


Sunland Park: Karla Solis.


Saratoga Springs: Ryan Lee.


Toledo: Audrey Blaufuss.


Bear Creek Township: Jenna Silliboy;

Reading: Tyler Kalbach.


Bluffton: Alyssa Mahoney.


Fairfax: Kristen Greeley.


Hochiminh: Huy Nguyen.


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25-year Partnership with Beijing University Celebrated


UMF President Foster was recently invited to China to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its longstanding partnership with Beijing University of Technology. Begun in 1989, the exchange program began a few years after China began to allow visitors in the early 1980s, according to the Daily Bulldog. Foster was joined in the commemoration by BJUT President Guo Guangsheng and Chinese dignitaries, students, faculty and administrators associated with the program. In addition to the BJUT program, UMF is looking to improve its international offerings by developing similar relationships with two other universities in China. “We’re trying to seed and nurture these relationships,” said Foster.

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UMF Partners with Area First Responders for Full-Scale Emergency Training Exercise, Aug. 8

FARMINGTON, ME (June 25, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington, in partnership with area emergency responders and associate facilities, is sponsoring a Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program training event on Friday, Aug. 8, on the UMF campus. This training exercise will provide a simulated, low-risk emergency scenario to help prepare first responders, University personnel and the community to work together in case of a real-life emergency.

This exercise is the first, full-scale, HSEEP training event of its kind in Maine. It is the culmination of 18 months of pre-planning during which the University sponsored two smaller training events, including a table-top and functional exercise.

Prior to the event, on Thursday, Aug. 7, law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire protection services vehicles and resources will be staged near the campus in preparation for the next day’s exercise.

On Aug. 8, the day of the event, members of the public can expect to see numerous emergency vehicles and hear noises similar to fireworks for a brief time. Volunteers will serve as actors with simulated injuries. They will be transported to the area hospital participating in the exercise.

In addition, the public may encounter road closures around the campus as local law enforcement personnel control scene access to ensure the safety of participants and the public.

This exercise is being conducted by UMF with the assistance of the Maine Emergency Management Agency, Franklin County Emergency Management Agency and other emergency response personnel.

Additional information on the exercise and road closures will be available closer to the event. For more information, please call the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency at 207-778-5892.

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 Media Contact: Celeste Branham, UMF vice president of student and community services, at 207-778-7087, or

UMF Professor Jeffrey Thomson Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

FARMINGTON, ME (June 13, 2014)—Jeffrey Thomson, University of Maine at Farmington associate professor of creative writing, Fulbright Scholar and acclaimed poet, has recently been awarded the prestigious Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellowship for 2014-15 by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

This distinguished fellowship is a collaboration between the Starr Center at Washington College, in Chestertown, Md., and the John Carter Brown Library on the campus of Brown University, in Providence, R.I. Founded in 2010, this award supports significant projects by academics, scholars and writers relating to the literature, history, culture and art of the Americas before 1830.

RP134-071Thomson’s project is the first work of poetry to be funded under this highly-respected fellowship. His project will build on his previous Fulbright research at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, in Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. Thomson will be creating a full-length poetry manuscript in the alternating voices of his ancestors who emigrated to the U.S. from Scotland and Ireland.

“I feel so fortunate to receive this opportunity and am excited for all the work to come,” said Thomson. “These are two of our country’s most notable institutions on the study of early America, and I look forward to adding to the growing understanding of how our ancestors’ experience enriches our lives today.”

The award supports two months of research at the John Carter Library, one of the world’s richest collections of books, maps and documents related to North and South America and Caribbean between 1492 and 1830, and two months of writing at Washington University’s Starr Center.

Thomson is the author of four books of poems, including “Birdwatching in Wartime,” winner of both the 2010 Maine Literary Award for Poetry and the 2011 ASLE Award in Environmental Creative Writing, and “Renovation.” He is also a translator, and his translation of “The Complete Poems of Catullus” is coming out next year from Cambridge University Press.

In 2012, Thomson was named the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing affiliated with the prestigious Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, in Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. In addition, he has been honored with a Fellowship in the Literary Arts from the Maine Arts Commission in 2008, a Creative Artists Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2006, and a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2005. He has also received fellowships from the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the Sewanee Writers Conference and Writers @ Work.

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Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus Features Exhibit by Internationally Acclaimed Artist William Wegman

FARMINGTON, ME (June 4, 2014)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus is proud to present the work of internationally acclaimed artist William Wegman as its featured exhibit for summer 2014. “Way Up in Maine: The Works of William Wegman” is on exhibit in the Emery Flex Gallery from June 16–Sept. 7.

The show is free and open to the public. A reception for the artist will take place Thursday, July 10, from 5-8 p.m. A cash-bar will be available.

A pioneering video artist, conceptualist, photographer, painter and writer, Wegman is noted by the New York Times as “one of the most important artists to emerge from the heady experiments of the 1970s.”


William Wegman, Untitled, 2011

He is best known for the photographs and videos of his beloved Weimaraner dogs that have captured the appreciation and affection of a broad audience. Over the course of his career, Wegman has had what he describes as a “long and fruitful collaboration” with his canine partners, beginning with Man Ray, known throughout the art world for his endearing deadpan presence.

Since the late 1970s, Wegman’s photography has received international acclaim and is in permanent collections in many museums. He has received numerous awards and grants from some of the most prestigious art institutions in the country, and his works have been exhibited in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., The Whitney Museum of Art in New York, F.R.A.C. Limousine in France, The Museum of Natural Art in New York and many more.

Wegman has created film and video works for Saturday Night Live, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, and The Colbert Report. His film “The Hardly Boys” was screened at the Sundance Film festival in 1995. He is also the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestselling “Puppies.” His latest book, “Flo & Wendell,” a picture book featuring his trademark style and wit, was published in the fall of 2013.

In addition to the gallery exhibit, Emery’s walkway area will feature “Portraits of Courage: Watercolors” by Penny Hood. An artist and licensed clinical professional counselor from the Farmington area, Hood has created the original artwork in this traveling exhibit to honor the survivors of violence and their advocates.

Summer hours for the Emery Flex Space Gallery are: Monday through Friday noon–6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1–6 p.m.

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

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Media Contact: Jayne Decker, Director of Emery Community Arts Center, at, or 207-778-7319.

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UMF Faculty Member Chris Brinegar is Awarded Fulbright to Study in Ecuador

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor the second time in six years, Chris Brinegar, UMF faculty member in the division of natural sciences, has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State with a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. As reported by the Associated Press, Brinegar will teach conservation genetics in the natural sciences department at the Technical University of Loja, in the Andes Mountains of southern Ecuador, and conduct research on the population genetics of two threatened tree species. Brinegar’s research specialty is in plant phylogeography, which is the study of the geographic distribution of genetic lineages in plant populations. Phylogeographic data can shed light on plant species evolution and is also used to assess biodiversity and to identify populations in need of conservation. Brinegar has taught ecology, environmental science and biochemistry at UMF since 2006. In 2008, he was awarded a Fulbright to teach and do research at Kathmandu University in Nepal. In 2012, he was awarded a grant by the Save the Redwoods League to help expand scientific knowledge of the biology and ecology of coast redwood forests.

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UMF Faculty Member Chris Brinegar Awarded Distinguished Fulbright Fellowship

FARMINGTON, ME (May 21, 2014)—Chris Brinegar, adjunct associate professor in the UMF Division of Natural Sciences, has recently been awarded a Fulbright teaching/research fellowship by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for a one-year stay in Loja, Ecuador, beginning this June.

He will be a visiting professor in the natural sciences department at the Technical University of Loja, a small Catholic university in the Andes Mountains of southern Ecuador, where he will teach conservation genetics.

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While in Ecuador, he will conduct research on the population genetics of two threatened tree species: cinchona and nogal. The cinchona tree was harvested to near extinction in Ecuador for the quinine in its bark prior to the discovery of synthetic anti-malarial drugs. It currently exists in scattered remnant populations. Nogal (Andean walnut) is on the endangered species list due to overharvesting for its prized hardwood.

Brinegar has taught ecology, environmental science and biochemistry at UMF since 2006. This is his second Fulbright fellowship. In 2008, he spent a semester as a visiting professor at Kathmandu University in Nepal. In 2012, he was awarded a grant by the Save the Redwoods League to help expand scientific knowledge of the biology and ecology of coast redwood forests.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Scholar Program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Since its inception, approximately 300,000 Fulbright recipients have participated in the program.

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Media contact: Chris Brinegar, adjunct associate professor of biology, at, or 207-778-7361

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UMF Celebrates Commencement – 150 Years Strong

GradPic5Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and UMF 2014 Commencement speaker, addressed a full-house of graduates, family, friends, dignitaries and campus personnel at the University’s recent graduation ceremony. Ford urged the new graduates to “make something useful and beautiful out of (their degree),” according to the Morning Sentinel. The University anticipated awarding 456 diplomas this year to undergraduate and master’s degree candidates. UMF President Foster gave a brief profile of the graduating class, saying 80 percent came from Maine hometowns with about a third receiving education degrees. Sean Skillern, class vice president and student speaker, told classmates to remember the lifetime of memories they’ve made at UMF. Members of the class of 1964 celebrated their 50th class reunion by marching in the Commencement ceremony.

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