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

FARMINGTON, ME (May 23, 2016)—To help streamline students’ preparation for a career in counseling or social work, the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Southern Maine are offering two new, collaborative programs making it possible for students to receive their bachelor’s in psychology and their masters in counseling or social work in five years instead of six.

Available in fall 2016, the Psychology-Counseling 3+2 Program (B.A. to M.S.) and Psychology-Social Work 3+2 Program (B.A. to M.S.W.) 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.

“This program is 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.”

These accelerated programs were developed under the leadership of Steven Quackenbush, UMF professor of psychology; Adele Baruch, USM associate professor of counselor education in clinical mental health counseling; Bette Katsekas, USM associate professor of counselor education; and Jeanette Andonian, USM associate professor of social work.

“Many of the students in our psychology program know early on that they want to take their education to the next level in the helping fields,” said Quackenbush. “This program gives them the opportunity to accelerate their education while giving them the best professional preparation possible.”

UMF psychology students

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

Students will begin by pursuing their undergraduate degree at UMF. They will graduate from UMF in three years with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology (B.A.) and a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician certification (MHRT/Community), the most widely needed certification in the state of Maine.

This fully-accredited program will have students completing a full undergraduate course load of 128 credit hours. This includes 16 course credits and two seminar credits each regular semester, four credits of coursework over two summers and an 8-credit summer internship. Courses will include upper-level courses in counseling, including psychotherapeutic methods, couples therapy, child and family counseling and crisis intervention.

Interactive, discussion-based seminar classes at UMF will help students build skills in the practice of counseling. They will work collaboratively with each other, faculty and the educational community and as upperclassmen will prepare for graduate study by serving as mentors to the incoming cohort of students.

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. Students accepted into this second phase of the program can complete their master’s level studies in two years.

“This new partnership is a win-win for UMF, USM and most importantly for students. By offering them this expedited path into the fields of counseling and social work, they will save time and money and enter their chosen profession a year earlier,” said USM President Glenn Cummings.

USM’s graduate program will provide students with advanced mental health counseling, school counseling or social work curriculum that prepares them to work with individuals and families as well as organizations and communities. Students in the accelerated program will graduate with a Master of Science in Counseling (M.S.) or Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree.

“Our USM Counselor Education Mental Health Concentration is a well-regarded program and one of the region’s few CACREP-accredited mental health counseling programs. The 3+2 experience allows students who are accepted into our program a more efficient process of obtaining their credentials to become a mental health counselor, a most exciting, meaningful and necessary profession,” said Katsekas.

For more information, see the Multi-Degree Programs on the UMF website at: umf.maine.edu/majors-academics and the Masters programs in counseling education and social work at USM, view: usm.maine.edu/counselor-education and usm.maine.edu/swo.

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Media Contacts for more information:

Steven Quackenbush, UMF professor of psychology, at steven.quackenbush@maine.edu or 207-778-7518

Bette Katsekas, USM associate professor and coordinator, Counselor Education Program, bette.katsekas@maine.edu, 207-780-5578 / 207-671-9840
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Photo Credit: UMF photo

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

335 UMF graduates march in 2016 Commencement Ceremony

FARMINGTON, ME (May 14, 2016)—With excitement in the air, the University of Maine at Farmington held their 2016 Commencement Ceremony today, 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 today’s 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.”

UMF 2016 Commencement

The weather was perfect as more than 335 bachelor’s and master’s graduates marched in UMF’s 2016 Commencement ceremony.

UMF graduates, their families, the UMF community and honored guests listened to Alan Shaw Taylor, two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner and one of the nation’s premier historians, as he delivered today’s Commencement address. Taylor was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by UMF for his significant and insightful scholarly contributions.

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

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

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

Graduating senior Emily Rumble from York gave today’s student address. A standout student, Rumble is a George Mitchell Scholar and Honors Student who graduated Cum Laude with a major in secondary education. After graduation her goal is to work as a high school English Teacher.

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

More on University of Maine at Farmington

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


The list of 2016 University of Maine at Farmington graduates includes:

MAINE

Acton: Aaron Rivard, B.A. Outdoor Rec Business Admin;

Albany Township: Britany Douglass, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Anson: Ashley Libby, B.A. Psychology;

Arundel: Christopher Roberts, B.S. Elementary Education and B.A. Psychology;

Atkinson: Ashley Goodine, B.S. Elementary Education;

Auburn: Eliza Bissonette, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Tammy Dwyer, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort;  Samantha Laverdure, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Tamarah Marston, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Augusta: Erika Burns, B.S. Elementary Education; Cody Corron, B.A. Business Economics; Ian Gingras, B.A. Psychology; Spencer Hodge, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies; Dylan Rogers, B.A. Biology; Rebecca-Ann Severy, B.S. Elementary Education;

Bangor: Jane Fournier, B.S. Community Health Education; Robin Murphy, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Bath: Argia Charles, B.A. English;

Belfast: Katelyn Ross, M.S. Master of Science in Education;

Belgrade: Chelsy Biegon, B.S. Elementary Education; Taylor Fitzgerald, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies – Environmental Philosophy; Aaron Verrill, B.A. Biology;

Benton: Amy Clifford, B.A. Culture Meaning and Society;

Berwick: Adrian Ryan, B.A. Outdoor Rec Business Admin;

Bethel: Kyle Peterson, B.A. Business Economics;

Biddeford: Athena Pappaconstantine, M.S. Master of Science in Education;

Bingham: Lindsey Cirell, B.A. Sociology/Anthropology;

Boothbay: Meghan Smith, B.S. Elementary Education;

Boothbay Harbor: Megan Hodgdon, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort;

Bridgton: Maeghan Sloat, B.A. Business Economics; Mariah Sloat, B.S. Community Health Education;

Bristol: Andrew Hatchel, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Brooklin: Brittany Courtot, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Brunswick: Nicholas Blasens, B.A. Psychology; Catherine Reno, B.A. Psychology; Katherine Warner, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Bryant Pond: Susan Newkirk, B.S. Community Health Education;

Buckfield: Austin Dooley, B.S. Community Health Education; Ashley Hutchinson, B.A. Psychology;

Burkettville: Samantha Esancy, B.S. Elementary Education;

Camden: Alexander Beloin, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Canaan: Amber Rowell, B.S. Elementary Education;

Canton: Samantha Blanchette, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

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

Carrabassett Valley: Mackenzie Audet, B.A. Psychology; Ashley Shurtleff, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Chelsea: Emily Soule, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Tricia Tzikas, B.A. Business Economics;

Chesterville: Joshua Fletcher, B.A. Geology;

China: Tyler Belanger, B.S. Elementary Education and Psychology;

Clinton: India Bailey, B.A. Mathematics;

Cornville: Kara Bubier, M.S. Master of Science in Education; Philip Estabrook, M.S. Master of Science in Education;

Crawford: Tyler Provencher, B.A. Culture, Meaning and Society;

Cumberland Center: Tricia Grover, B.S. Community Health Education;

Damariscotta: Joshua Richards, B.S. Environmental Science and Geology; Anhui Yost, B.A. Biology;

Dayton: Marc Boissonnault, B.A. Psychology;

Dixfield: Travis Willis, B.A. English;

East Boothbay: Andreas Panagore, B.A. Outdoor Rec Business Admin;

East Millinocket: Emily Armour, B.S. Community Health Education;

Eastport: Sarah Ashley, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Eddington: Clayton Perry, B.G.S. Bachelor of Education Studies;

Ellsworth: Patricia McLain, B.A. Psychology; Katharine Schrader, B.A. History and International & Global Studies;

Embden: Nathan Adley, B.S. Elementary Education;

Fairfield: Holden Cookson, B.A. Environmental Policy/Planning; Mary Getchell, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort; Casandra Moreau, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Amanda White, B.S. Elementary Education;

Falmouth: Arielle Harding, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies – Sociology and Communications;

Farmingdale: Catie Eccleston, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Farmington: Eric Barry, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English; Katrina Campbell, B.A. Psychology; Katherine Duchesne M.S. Master of Science in Education; Zachary Faulkner, B.A. Psychology; Molly Fissette, B.S. Elementary Education; Christopher Goodwin, B.A. Actuarial Science and Mathematics; Taliesin Greaton, B.A. Computer Science; Joseph Martin, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Thai Sinkinson, B.A. Psychology; Judith Stone, B.S. Rehabilitation Services and Psychology; Jesse Williams, B.A. Psychology and Philosophy/Religion;

Fayette: Channa Schroff, B.A. Art;

Fryeburg: Sylvia Brooks, B.S. Elementary Education; Zachery Rowland, B.S. Community Health Education;
Barrett Wilson, B.A. Business Economics;

Gardiner: Laura Burnham, B.S. Elementary Education; Haley Gross, B.S. Early Childhood Education;
Jagger Trouant, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Garland: Vincent Malinauskas, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Georgetown: Lauren Crosby, B.S. Secondary Education – English;

Glenburn: Jasmine Heckler, B.A. English;

Gorham: Kaitlin Flanders, B.S. Elementary Education; Emily Thompson, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

Greene: Dayle Jordan, B.S. Elementary Education;

Greenville Junction: Amelia Coburn, B.A. English;

Greenwood: Megan LaCroix, B.S. Elementary Education;

Guilford: Abby Burdin, B.S. Community Health Education;

Harpswell: Shelby Morin, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort;

Hartford: Elisha Morris, M.S. Master of Science in Education; Kaitlyn Rines, B.S. Elementary Education;

Hebron: Marisa Hanning, B.A. Outdoor Rec Business Admin; Samantha Hatch, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

Hollis: Tyler Brown, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies and Psychology;

Houlton: Ashir Abouleish, B.A. Psychology;

Industry: Consuelo Webb, B.G.S. Bachelor of General Studies;

Jay: Mariah Buote, B.S. Elementary Education; Jordan DeMillo, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies;
Jill Gingras, B.F.A.Creative Writing and Art; Angela Hutchins, B.A. English; Lindsey Jacques, B.S. Community Health Education; Judith Macomber, M.S. Master of Science in Education; Miranda St Pierre, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed; Timothy York, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies – Geospatial Sustainability;

Jefferson: Meryl Bond, B.A. Biology; Allison Fortin, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Jory Humphrey, B.A. Business Psychology;

Jonesport: Kristopher Kelley, B.A. Psychology;

Kennebunk: Britt Couturier, B.A. Psychology; Melissa Fortier, B.S. Early Childhood Education;
Erin Ingraham, B.A. Psychology;
Kingfield: Sandra Jamison, M.S. Master of Science in Education;

Kittery Point: Olivia Dow, B.A. Psychology;

Lamoine: Julia Christie, B.A. Psychology;

Leeds: Matthew Bilodeau, B.S. Environmental Science; Victoria Penney, B.A. Psychology;

Lewiston: Ibrahim Achekh, B.A. Business Economics; Megan Charest, B.S. Early Childhood Education;
Ashley Ferrence, B.A. Psychology; Abdikadir Hassan, B.A. Psychology; Abdirahman Hussein, B.A. Business Economics; Dahir Muktar, B.A. Business Psychology;

Liberty: Anastasia McFadden-Foy, B.A. Psychology;

Lisbon Falls: Joseph Doughty, B.S. Community Health Education; Kenneth Fairbanks, B.A. Outdoor Rec Business Admin; Katherine Lemieux, B.S. Community Health Education; Lindsey Whitney, B.A. Psychology;

Litchfield: Jessica Roberts, B.A. Psychology;

Livermore Falls: Nicole Adams, B.A. Computer Science; Tabatha Edes, B.G.S. Bachelor of General Studies;

Long Island: Melissa Brown, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort;

Lovell: Nathaniel McCann, B.S. Elementary Education; Sara Williams, B.A. International & Global Studies;

Lyman: Mikayla Frazier, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed; Ryan Scott, B.A. English;

Madison: Taylor Cipriano, B.S. Community Health Education; Katherine Drew, B.A. Psychology; Julie Elias, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort;

Mapleton: JoLonna Gough, B.S. Community Health Education;

Mechanic Falls: Meghan Rowe, B.S. Elementary Education;

Mercer: Noelle Hancock, B.A. Biology;

Mexico: Ayla Allen, B.S. Community Health Education; Andrea Benya, B.S. Community Health Education;

Millinocket: Alyssa McLean, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Monmouth: Mackenzie Kelley, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Molly Menice, B.S. Community Health Education;

Mount Vernon: Maeve O’Reiley, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Naples: Tonner Hann, B.A. Art; Stephanie Winslow, B.S. Elementary Education;

New Gloucester: Leah Rottari, B.S. Elementary Education;

New Sharon: Brooke Nichols, B.A. Political Science;

New Vineyard: Thomas Callahan, B.A. History; Lawrence Ronco, M.S. Master of Science in Education;

Newcastle: Thomas Alexander, B.A. Geology;

Nobleboro: Samara Ethier-Whitmore, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Norridgewock: Travis Bent, B.A. History; Brandi Merry, B.A. English; Michael Pakulski, B.A. Geology; Erica Poissonnier, B.S. Community Health Education;

North Anson: Spencer Shaw, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies – Philosophy of Film;

Norway: Deric Hanscom, B.A. Psychology;

Oakland: Mara Balboni, B.S. Elementary Education; Ryan Berthiaume, B.A. Psychology; Tyler Creasy, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies; Christopher Knight, B.A. History; Justin Meader, B.S. Community Health Education; Casey Wrigley, B.A. Business Economics;

Old Orchard Beach: Kristi Bean, B.S. Secondary Ed Mathematics; Jeffrey Taylor, B.A. Psychology;

Old Town: John McCullagh, B.S. Community Health Education;

Orono: Brewster Cherkis, B.A. Biology;

Orrington: Christopher Coleman, B.S. Secondary Ed Mathematics and Mathematics;

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

Oxford: Laura Lacasse, B.S. Community Health Education; Nicholas Lacasse, B.S. Secondary Ed Mathematics and Mathematics;

Palermo: Nicole Baker Glidden, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed; Camiesha Terry, B.A. Psychology;

Penobscot: Megan Staples, B.S. Community Health Education and Psychology;

Peru: Tammy-Lyn Costantino, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort;

Phillips: Phoebe Fast, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Phippsburg: Dylan Moreau, B.A. Geology;

Pittsfield: Ryan Crocker, B.A. Business Economics; Carolyn Newhouse, B.A. English;

Plymouth: Brittany Hopkins, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies –  Language and Development in Children;

Poland: Trevor Whitney, B.A. Psychology;

Portland: Brandye Devine, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort; Michael Diffin Jr., B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies and B.A. History; Samantha Gilmour, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Thelonious Lichter, B.A. English; Linda Matthews, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort;

Presque Isle: Christina Hallowell, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts; Shawn Russell, B.A. Business Economics;

Rangeley: Chelsea Dresser, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Alison Loud, M.S. Master of Science in Education; Sheryl Morton, M.S. Master of Science in Education;

Raymond: Josiah Adams, B.A. English;

Readfield: Joshua Bickerman, B.A. Psychology; Zain Padamsee, B.A. Environmental Policy/Planning;
Tanner Webb, B.A. Outdoor Rec Business Admin;

Richmond: Sloan Hanning, B.A. Psychology;

Rockport: Sarah Winchenbach, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

Rome: Kerry Schlosser, B.A. Biology;

Rumford: Kaitlyn Cote, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Krista Cote, B.S. Elementary Education; Beverly Dunst, B.S. Community Health Education and B.A. Psychology; Stephanie Garcia, B.S. Elementary Education; Derek Volkernick, B.A. Psychology;

Sabattus: Jasmine Hussey, B.G.S. Bachelor of Education Studies; Kayla McIntosh, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Saco: Sara Duquette, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort; Joshua Wynne, B.S. Elementary Education;

Sanford: Leanne Arsenault, B.A. Psychology; Amber Cognato, B.S. Special Education;

Scarborough: Nathaniel Duggan, B.F.A. Creative Writing; Amanda Ledue, B.S. Elementary Education;
Mallory Lewis, B.A. Psychology; Parisa Mohabbati, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort; Sarah Pritchard, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Micaela Sargent, B.A. Biology; Cole Smith, B.A. Outdoor Rec Business Admin;

Sebec: Daniel Moriarty, B.A. Political Science;

Sidney: Amanda Clifford, B.G.S. Bachelor of Education Studies; Renee Moody, B.S. Elementary Education; Shelby Thibodeau, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts; Allison White, B.S. Special Education;

Skowhegan: Matthew Bigelow, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Olivia Brown, B.S. Elementary Education; Riley Johnson, B.S. Environmental Science; Katelynn Lizotte, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed; Jennifer Meade, B.G.S. Bachelor of Education Studies; Grace Toles, B.A. Biology and Community Health Education; Lydia Welch, B.A. Psychology;

Solon: Sikwani Dana, B.S. Secondary Ed Earth & Space Sci;

South China: Simon Rollins, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

South Portland: Shelby Bryant, B.A. Psychology; Elizabeth Carnell, B.S. Secondary Ed Earth & Space Sci; Josette Hakizimana, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort; Mariah Hartley, B.A. Psychology;

Starks: Jessica Gaeta, B.A. Psychology;

Steep Falls: Samantha Gifford, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Strong: Blair Fenning Jr., B.A. Art;

Surry: Amanda Moir, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Topsham: Lacey Campbell, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Ashley Libby, B.G.S. Bachelor of Education Studies; Rachel Schoenberg, B.S. Elementary Education; Meghan Schofield, B.S. Elementary Education;

Turner: Paige Davis, B.S. Community Health Education; Andrew Gaudette, B.S. Community Health Education;

Unity: Delainey Kein, B.S. Elementary Education;

Vassalboro: Nathan Bowring, B.A. Computer Science; Sean Cabaniss, B.A. Secondary Ed Mathematics;
Baylee Doughty, B.S. Community Health Education;

Vienna: James Neal, B.A. Business Economics;

Waldoboro: Emily Sirianni, B.S. Community Health Education;

Waterville: Nicholas Gerry, B.A. Political Science and Culture, Meaning & Society; Megan Heath, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Vanessa Norman, B.A. Political Science; Kara Patenaude, B.S. Special Education; Jinni-Mae Workman, B.F.A. Creative Writing and Psychology;

Wellington: Emily Glynn, B.S. Community Health Education;

Wells: Nathan Chase, B.A. Outdoor Rec Business Admin; Jeni Wallingford, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

West Gardiner: Nicholas Bucci, B.F.A. Creative Writing and Political Science;

Westbrook: Andrew Beckwith, B.A. Business Economics; Haley Berry, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;
Helen Hayward, B.A. Biology;

Whitefield: Thomas Grady, B.A. Outdoor Rec Business Admin;

Wilton: Jaycee Jenckes, B.S. Community Health Education; Morgan Spencer, B.A. Business Economics;
Siiri Stinson, B.A. Business Economics; Tiffany Thompson Meryhew, B.A. Computer Science; Dustin Zamboni, B.S. Community Health Education;

Windham: Timothy Bushika, B.F.A. Creative Writing; Connor Joy, B.A. Outdoor Rec Business Admin;

Windsor: Victoria Condon, B.S. Community Health Education; Molly King, B.S. Special Education and Creative Writing;

Winslow: Elizabeth Ferry, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Alicia Higgins, B.A. Psychology;

Winterport: Marissa Arrigoni, B.A. Psychology;

Winthrop: Parker Chapin, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts; Meagan Scully, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Yarmouth: Meagan Haley, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Cameron McAllister, B.S. Elementary Education; Dustin McCrossin, B.A. Biology; Taylor Sisk, B.A. Psychology; Abigail Smith, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

York: Bret Gundlah, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies – Philosophy and Environmental Planning and Policy;
Emily Rumble, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Colleen Tourigny, B.S. Special Education;

CONNECTICUT

Cornwall: Kevin Hubbard, B.A. Outdoor Rec Business Admin;

East Windsor: Cassandra Farmer, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Ellington: Erica Feenstra, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

Gales Ferry: Michelle Hart, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

Putnam: Audrey Gidman, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

South Glastonbury: Connor Sabia, B.A. Actuarial Science and Mathematics;

Southington: Victoria Alagna, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Tolland: Joshua Cardella, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

MASSACHUSETTS

Ashby: Emily Lorenzen, B.A. Business Economics;

Bedford: Elise Musicant, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Boxford: Luke Deems, B.A. Art;

Charlemont: Brittany Bissell, B.A. Biology;

Framingham: Tayoung Nuyepga, B.A. Business Psychology; : Stephanie Schulman, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Holyoke: Megan Popp, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

Lakeville: Lauren Coe, B.S. Elementary Education;

Leominster: Laura Maust, B.A. Geology;

Osterville: Jon McCabe, B.A. Outdoor Rec Business Admin;

Plymouth: Kimberly Arthurs, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English; Bridget Flaherty, B.A. Art;

Randolph: Nicole Colageo, B.A. Psychology;

Revere: Talya Briana, B.A. Biology;

Sandwich: Taylor Marshall, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

Turners Falls: Uriah Forest-Bulley, B.A. Actuarial Science;

Waltham: Samantha Lackeyram-Owen, B.A. Biology;

Westminster: Emily Vitone, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

Winchester: Cecilia Natale, B.S. Community Health Education;

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Boscawen: Jeremy Demers, B.A. Business Economics;

Errol: Alexandria Letarte, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

Hampstead: Joshua Worthen, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Kingston: Jennifer Bailey, B.S. Secondary Education – English and English;

Laconia: Debbra Parent, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Manchester: Kathryn Johnson, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

Nashua: Olivia Hamilton, B.S. Elementary Education; Haley Lynch, B.S. Elementary Education;

Penacook: Jennifer Field, B.A. Psychology;

Plainfield: Rebecca Young, B.A. Biology;

Portsmouth: Erika Lundgren, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Rochester: Cody Moulton, B.A. Psychology;

RHODE ISLAND

Lincoln: Erin Wood, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed and Visual and Performing Arts;

Middletown: Jack Holland, B.A. Business Economics;

VERMONT

Burlington: Meghan Plant, B.S. Community Health Education; Hannah Watson, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Northfield: Grace Hatch, B.A. English;

West Dover: Brittney Torroni, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

ALASKA

Girdwood: Molly Hinkel, B.A. Biology;

CALIFORNIA

Concord: Savannah Ridgley, B.F.A. Creative Writing and B.A. Biology;

Mission Viejo: Avalon Amador, B.A. English;

NEW JERSEY

East Brunswick: John Pich, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

NEW YORK

Averill Park: Matthew McGreevy, M.S. Master of Science in Education;

Bay Shore: Angelica Horne, B.A. Psychology and Community Health Education;

Brooklyn: Zhanna Ivanova, B.A. International & Global Studies;

Valley Stream: Zachary Sathasivam, B.A. Psychology;

OHIO

Toledo: Audrey Blaufuss, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

HONG KONG

Tsuen Wan: Siu Hin Calvin Lui, B.A. Psychology;

IVORY COAST

Abidjan: Houdji Darine Gnidehoue, B.A. Actuarial Science;

 

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Photo Caption:  Abdirahman Hussein, who set his sights on being a leader to Lewiston’s immigrant youth back in high school, fulfilled that dream at UMF’s 2016 Commencement ceremony today.
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Photo Caption:  The weather was perfect as more than 335 bachelor’s and master’s graduates marched in UMF’s 2016 Commencement ceremony.

UMF graduate heading to Spain on Fulbright Fellowship

Travis Bent

Travis Bent

Travis Bent, graduating UMF senior from Norridgewock, is headed to Spain on a Fulbright Fellowship. Bent will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, with minors in Spanish, French and International and Global Studies, as reported by the Morning Sentinel. “Receiving a Fulbright award is such an honor and a significant personal achievement,” said UMF President Kathryn A. Foster. “The school is proud of Bent and two alumni who also have received the award and “the course they’ve charted as ambassadors to the world.” The highly competitive national program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department to promote good will internationally, enables college graduates, young professionals and artists to conduct research, teach English as a foreign language or pursue a creative project in more than 150 countries.

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Two-time Pulitzer-winning historian to speak at UMF Commencement

Alan Shaw Taylor

Alan Shaw Taylor

Alan Shaw Taylor, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian, will be the University of Maine at Farmington’s 2016 Commencement speaker, according to the Portland Press Herald. Taylor is only the fourth person to win two Pulitzer Prizes for American history since the establishment of the award in 1917. An expert on Colonial America, the Revolution and the Early American Republic, Taylor is known for finding new stories in history and looking at them in ways that other historians might not. Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, said, “Taylor is notable for his extensive knowledge, scholarly research and unique talent to make history come alive again. It is an honor to have him addressing our graduates on this important day.”

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UMF building named Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center

Theodora J. Kalikow

Theodora J. Kalikow

The UMF Education Center was recently named in honor of its longtime President Theodora J. Kalikow who served from 1994 to 2012. She was applauded at a dedication ceremony attended by dignitaries, colleagues and friends for her commitment to the University and student success throughout her tenure, according to 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. As the longest serving president since UMF became a four year college in 1945, Kalikow has made a lasting impact on the lives of Maine students and their families.

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UMF graduating senior and alumni win prestigious Fulbright Awards

FARMINGTON, ME (May 5, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that the Fulbright U.S. Student Program—among the most prestigious national awards for postgraduate study—has awarded a UMF graduating senior and two UMF alumni with 2016 Fulbright Fellowships.

This highly competitive national program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department to promote good will internationally, enables college graduates, young professionals and artists to conduct research, teach English as a foreign language or pursue a creative project in more than 150 countries.

“Receiving a Fulbright award is such an honor and a significant personal achievement,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “We are so proud of this year’s recipients and the course they’ve charted as ambassadors to the world. UMF has strategically invested in growing our Fulbright program to support this type of academic excellence and this year’s strong showing underlines its success.”

At UMF, a faculty committee, under Fulbright adviser Anne Marie Wolf, associate professor of history, was very involved with the Fulbright candidates, commenting on student statement drafts, conducting on-campus interviews and providing observations for applications.

Travis Bent

Travis Bent

Recipients for the very competitive award are selected by the Fulbright Program based on their academic and professional record, language preparation, feasibility of their project or course of study and personal qualifications. The Fulbright Program awards roughly 1,900 U.S. student awards annually, nationwide.

Current senior Travis Bent from Norridgewock is majoring in history with minors in international and global studies, French and Spanish. His fellowship will have him traveling to Spain to be an English teaching assistant in social science. “My professors at Farmington and my adviser Dr. Wolf have really transformed my college experience,” said Bent. “They gave me the tools to make the impossible, possible. This is an unbelievable opportunity for me.”

Kyle Manning, a 2014 UMF graduate in creative writing and English, is currently at l’Université du Maine in Le Mans, France, giving English conversation lessons. He will be headed to Montreal to work on his Fulbright research project on comic blogs as an emerging genre. He will also work with the organizers of a blogging festival and network with these writers.

Kyle Manning

Kyle Manning

Caroline Murphy

Caroline Murphy

Caroline Murphy, a secondary education major and 2015 UMF graduate, has been traveling and working at the Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association since graduation. Her Fulbright award will have her working as an English teaching assistant in a high school in Pernik, about 12 miles from Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital. She will also be teaching about American culture and possibly coaching the school’s speech and debate team.

In addition to UMF’s strong showing in this year’s Fulbright U.S. Student Program, UMF has had ongoing significant success in the Fulbright Scholar Award Program, a program for college faculty and professionals. Since UMF’s recognition as a “Top Fulbright Producer” by the U.S. State Department in 2012, the University has added an additional five members to its ranks of Fulbright Scholars.

 

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UMF honors longtime faculty member Loraine Spenciner with dedication, May 6

FARMINGTON, ME (April 29, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to recognize the contributions of Loraine Spenciner, longtime early childhood special education faculty member, with a celebratory dedication of the newly-renamed Loraine J. Spenciner Curriculum Materials Center located in the Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center.

The event will be held at noon, Friday, May 6, in the Bjorn Lounge of the Kalikow Education Center and will include the presentation of the first Loraine Spenciner scholarships.  The event is free and open to the public.

Loraine Spenciner

Loraine Spenciner

Spenciner was an early developer of UMF’s distinctive Early Childhood Special Education Program. She was internationally recognized for her extensive work at the college level preparing pre-service educators to use assistive technology to enable all children to learn together. An expert in helping children with disabilities succeed in the regular classroom, she was inspired at how technology can level the educational playing field.

Her interest in the use of assistive technology in the classroom connected her to the Maine Department of Education’s Maine CITE Program that helps make Assistive Technologies (AT) available to Maine citizens who need them. It also helped connect her with grant funding that supported the development and continuation of the Assistive Technology Collection currently housed in the Curriculum Materials Center.

This valuable resource center originated from Spenciner’s Assistive Technology contributions and a donation of more than 7,000 books contributed by Marcia Nash, former UMF education faculty member.

The Loraine Spenciner Scholarship Fund was established at UMF in 2015 through the lead generosity and intent of Spenciner, as well as through contributions from her family, former colleagues and friends to advance solutions to the severe and ever-present need for qualified Early Childhood Special Education and Special Education teachers alike in birth through grade 12 educational settings.

A dedicated instructor, scholar and advisor until her retirement in 2014, Spenciner passed away this past October.

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

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

Family participants shoot the ledges in 2015 Sandy River Paddle.

Family participants shoot the ledges in 2015 Sandy River Paddle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please contact Daniel Gunn, UMF professor of English, at dpgunn@maine.edu, or 207-778-7422

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UMF holds annual research and creative project Symposium, April 27

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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