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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.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

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

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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.

For additional information, please contact Astra Pierson at

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Caption:  “Andrew With Faith and Reason” by David Crowley

UMF features United States Air Force Langley Winds Flag Day concert, June 14

FARMINGTON, ME (June 1, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present a concert by the United States Air Force Langley Winds of the USAF Heritage of America Band at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 14. The concert will take place in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center, at 111 South Street, on the UMF campus and is free and open to the public.

United States Air Force Langley Winds of the USAF Heritage of America Band

United States Air Force Langley Winds of the USAF Heritage of America Band

Langley Winds is a pioneering woodwind and percussion ensemble offering innovative programming covering a wide array of musical styles. Employing a unique blend of instruments, Langley Winds performs creative arrangements and new compositions. Audiences enjoy hearing these virtuosic orchestral solo instruments in an intimate chamber music setting.

Activated in 1941, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring public patriotism among all the US military service branches. These world-class musicians are stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. They travel throughout the Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions presenting over 3000 events annually.

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Photo Caption: United States Air Force Langley Winds of the USAF Heritage of America Band

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: and the Masters programs in counseling education and social work at USM, view: and

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Media Contacts for more information:

Steven Quackenbush, UMF professor of psychology, at or 207-778-7518

Bette Katsekas, USM associate professor and coordinator, Counselor Education Program,, 207-780-5578 / 207-671-9840
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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:


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;


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;


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;


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;


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

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


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;


Girdwood: Molly Hinkel, B.A. Biology;


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

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


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


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;


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


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


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

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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