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UMF Partnership for Civic Advancement Launches First Annual Student Leadership Summit

FARMINGTON, ME (November 19, 2014)—University of Maine at Farmington Partnership for Civic Advancement recently launched its Leadership Training and Education program with its first annual Student Leadership Summit. Seventeen students holding leadership roles on the UMF campus participated in the two-day event.

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2014 UMF Leadership Summit student participants include: (left to right) back row: Jeremy Vroom, Nathaniel Libby and Zachary Faulkner. Middle row: Conrad Ward, Sebastien Dumont, Connor Sabia, Kyle Manning, Nicholas Bucci and Tannar Francis. Front row: Louise Villemont, Katherine Beach, Holly Legere, Kimberly Biddlecom, Madeline Boyes, Darrian Church, Jamie Austin and Rachel Schoenberg.

A panel of community and state leaders, including, Richard Davis, Farmington town manager; Becky Davis-Allen, vice president at Bangor Savings Bank; Peter Taylor, vice president for program development and grant making services at the Maine Community Foundation and Janet Mills, Maine attorney general, presented a discussion on the characteristics of effective leadership.

Taylor shared his thoughts with the student participants, noting that, “leadership is mobilizing people and resources to make change.” According to Mills, factors such as background and education are not determinants of leadership, “We know leadership by action and action when it counts,” said Mills.

The two-day summit also featured a variety of activities and sessions to increase participants’ self-awareness and understanding of their leadership potential, encourage them to become acquainted with one another and build trust, and learn about the styles and characteristics of leadership, as well as tools of leadership such as time management and conflict resolution.

Session presenters included:  Elyse Pratt-Ronco, assistant director of the UMF Upward Bound Program; Celeste Branham, UMF vice president for student and community services and director of the Partnership for Civic Advancement; Peter Osborne, UMF career counselor and employment specialist and Natasha Lekes, UMF assistant professor of psychology.

The goal of UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement is to engage students in meaningful community-based activities. When fully implemented, the Partnership will develop and support all forms of civic engagement/experiential learning activities, including:  internships, volunteerism, undergraduate research, service learning and leadership education and training.

All Partnership activities are designed in collaboration with the western Maine community to address community needs and economic and community development priorities, and with students and faculty to achieve specific learning objectives of the students.

Additional events will be held for the 2014 Leadership Summit participants in November and December.

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 Media Contact: Celeste Branham, UMF vice president for student and community services and director, at cbranham@maine.edu or 207-778-7087

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/11/RP145-022.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

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2014 UMF Leadership Summit student participants include: (left to right) back row: Jeremy Vroom, Nathaniel Libby and Zachary Faulkner. Middle row: Conrad Ward, Sebastien Dumont, Connor Sabia, Kyle Manning, Nicholas Bucci and Tannar Francis. Front row: Louise Villemont, Katherine Beach, Holly Legere, Kimberly Biddlecom, Madeline Boyes, Darrian Church, Jamie Austin and Rachel Schoenberg.

UMF Holds “New Directions in Farmington’s Energy Future” Forum, Nov. 19

FARMINGTON, ME (November 13, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington is holding a public forum on “New Directions in Farmington’s Energy Future” from 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, room 101 in the UMF Roberts Learning Center. This event is free and open to the public.

This event is the second in a series of campus-community forums to target ways in which UMF and the community can reduce their reliance on #2 heating oil and explore more cost effective and environmentally-friendly energy sources.

The forum is an open format designed to include a wide range of voices, including UMF students, faculty and staff, town officials, local educators, local elected representatives and members of the community.

Recent developments highlight the timeliness and value of this open discussion. These include, Summit Natural Gas’ announcement that it will not be able to deliver natural gas to the campus, the approval by the University of Maine System board of trustees of the construction of a UMF central heating plant and the growing use of wood biomass as a heating source throughout area schools, businesses and homes.

All members of the UMF campus and local communities are encouraged to attend. This event is sponsored by the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition (SCC). For more information, contact Luke Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator at luke.kellett@maine.edu or 207-778-7096.

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UMF Announces Five-Year Master’s Program in Partnership with USM

FARMINGTON, ME (November 10, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce Counseling 3+2 (B.S. to M.S.C.)—a valuable, new academic partnership with the University of Southern Maine that speaks to the national shortage of counselors by allowing students to achieve both their bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation service and master’s degree in counseling in five years, rather than the typical six.

“We are very excited about this creative partnership with USM,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president.  This innovative program showcases the collaborative spirit between our two campuses and how together we can help our students achieve their professional goals.”

Developed over two years by Jewel Jones, UMF associate professor of rehabilitation services, and Charles Bernacchio, USM associate professor of counselor education in rehabilitation counseling, the program is unique in New England.  It provides students interested in a master’s degree in counseling with the opportunity to graduate a year ahead of time, making it possible for them to enter the work force early, while acquiring less debt.

Graduates of the five-year program can qualify for both state licensing for counseling and national certification for rehabilitation counseling, making them highly employable in many settings, including at alcohol and drug treatment facilities, counseling agencies, correctional facilities, independent living programs, mental health centers and more.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this streamlined approach to becoming a professional counselor to our students,” said Jones. “There’s a shortage of counselors throughout the country and this program will help students be successful in this growing professional field.”

Available beginning in fall 2015, Counseling 3+2 (B.S. to M.S.C.) is nationally recognized at the highest level of academic standards with accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

Students enrolled in the program will complete their first three years at UMF—earning their Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Service. During their time at UMF, students will take a wide range of applied human service courses in the rehabilitation field.

Three field experiences and a full time 450-hour summer internship in a variety of settings will help students gain valuable hands-on experience and explore working with the populations they are most interested in serving. Upon completion of their bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation service, UMF graduates may apply for the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Community certification, allowing them to work within the mental health field in Maine.

A streamlined graduate application process will pave the way for them to gain early acceptance to the USM graduate program. Once enrolled at USM, students will complete much of their master’s coursework online while continuing to gain valuable hands-on experience in their practicum and internship under the supervision of faculty experts and experienced agency professionals. These real-world experiences will help students gain advanced skills and develop counseling competency.

“The students in this unique track have the chance to accelerate their education and complete both degrees in less time with a significant cost reduction. It will also include streamlining graduate admission requirements that helps them access graduate studies smoothly without interruption,” said Bernacchio.

All students will be required to take the National Counselor Exam (NCE) and the international Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examinations in order to acquire state counseling licensure and national CRC certification.

For more information, please visit the website at: http://www.umf.maine.edu/counseling3plus2/ .

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Media Contact: Jewel Jones, UMF associate professor of rehabilitation services, at jewel.jones@maine.edu or 207-778-7267

 

UMF Partnership for Civic Advancement Receives Three-Year Grant from Bangor Savings Bank Foundation

FARMINGTON, ME (November 4, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington was recently notified by officials at Bangor Savings Bank that their Foundation is continuing their support of UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement for another three years through a second grant of $45,000.

“We are indeed proud of the considerable accomplishments of the UMF Partnership for Civic Advancement,” stated Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, “and deeply grateful for the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s valued support of the community-university partnerships we have formed to take our students beyond our campus and immerse them in learning experiences that address local, regional, State, and global issues under the guidance of their faculty and community mentors.”

The goal of UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement is to engage students in meaningful community-based activities. These are designed in collaboration with the western Maine community to address community needs and economic and community development priorities, and with students and faculty, to achieve specific learning objectives of the students.

“The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is proud to provide major support for the University of Maine at Farmington’s Partnership for Civic Advancement. Like Bangor Savings Bank, UMF is committed to making a difference in the broader community, and enabling its students to do so as part of their learning experience. The program has been a tremendous success, impacting dozens of community and business organizations throughout the region, in addition to the students and the University, and at the same time has become a signature program in western Maine for Bangor Savings,” said Yellow Light Breen, executive vice president and chief strategic officer for Bangor Savings Bank.

The community-based student internship program is a key component of the Partnership matching the skills and interests of undergraduate student interns and faculty mentors with the needs of small businesses and community organizations. Through these internships, students gain valuable work and life experiences and develop the professional, civic and leadership skills they need, while small businesses and community organizations have access to important resources that help them be successful.

Since its launch in 2012, the Partnership’s Internship program has grown by more than 300 percent, and new components of the program have been initiated, including volunteerism and leadership training and education.

“This significant continuation award from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation will provide the needed scholarship support to permit our most committed students to work with various community organizations, agencies and businesses to advance the priorities of our community partners, while the students acquire a range of new educational, professional, and leadership skills,” said Celeste Branham, UMF vice president for student and community services.

Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s original grant of $45,000, made in December 2011, was instrumental in enabling UMF to begin implementing the Partnership by helping fund the student internship program and leveraging support from other foundations and donors.

In recognition of Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s support of the Partnership and its projects throughout the community, interns sponsored through the Foundation’s support are known as the UMF-Bangor Savings Bank Interns. Bangor Savings Bank will also continue to sponsor the annual event held to recognize the contributions that student interns, their faculty mentors and their partnering businesses and organizations have made to the community.

“This program has been incredibly important to the students participating, as well as to the business and non-profit organizations who have taken advantage of intern availability,” said Becky Davis Allen, Vice President and Regional Senior Retail Lending Specialist for Bangor Savings Bank in Farmington and a member of UMF’s Board of Visitors.  “The stories that are told at the Partnership’s annual recognition dinners and at UMF’s Board of Visitors meetings have demonstrated the value over and over again and reinforce my pride in Bangor Savings as a vital partner in this endeavor.  The growth and deepening of the scope of the program tells me how committed UMF is to making this a rich and meaningful experience for the students.  And, the students tell us time and time again how instrumental the opportunity is to helping them secure employment after graduation.  In this tough economy, we need our students to have an advantage in the market and to realize there are interesting, challenging, and rewarding career opportunities right here in Maine.”

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Media Contact: F. Celeste Branham, UMF vice president for student and community services, 207-778-7087, or cbranham@maine.edu

 

UMF Community Orchestra Pairs with Gypsy Jazz Group Mes Amis for Fall Concert, Nov. 9

FARMINGTON, ME (October 31, 2014)—Waltzes, jazz, rags and other toe-tapping delights fill the bill when the University of Maine at Farmington Community Orchestra performs at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9, in Nordica Auditorium in UMF’s Merrill Hall. The orchestra’s special guests are the gypsy jazz group Mes Amis, featuring Steve Lynnworth and Harry Richter on guitars, and Farmington’s own Steve Muise on violin.

The concert juxtaposes classical and popular styles of music in unexpected ways, with an orchestra folk-dance followed immediately by a music hall ballad, or a Viennese waltz transformed into a jazz improvisation.

For this program, the director of the orchestra, Philip Carlsen, UMF professor of music, has crafted new arrangements of Brahms’s piano waltzes, Op. 39, with solos for various musicians, as well as places for the orchestra and Mes Amis to perform together. The final waltz of the set, with its tender, late-night, bittersweet mood, will be merged with Steve Lynnworth’s own composition “Au revoir,” in a kind of nostalgic Viennese-Roma “mash-up.”

The concert has a definite Eastern-European flavor, featuring one of the folk-derived “Lachian” dances by the Czech composer Leos Janacek; the “Minuetto Serio” by the Hungarian Zoltan Kodaly; and the magnificent “Serenade” for winds, cellos, and basses by the Bohemian Antonin Dvorak. In addition to these works and the Brahms waltzes, the orchestra will play Scott Joplin’s “Entertainer” and “Maple Leaf Rag.” At several points along the way, Mes Amis performs several original pieces from their regular repertoire, including Lynnworth’s “Toby’s Torment” and “Valse du Café.”

Steve Lynnworth, the leader of Mes Amis, has been teaching guitar at UMF since 2007. He also teaches at Musicians First Choice in Augusta and has written a comprehensive instructional book for guitarists and other musicians called “Understanding the Chords.” Mes Amis performs frequently throughout Maine, and just released a CD last year called “Tomorrow is Another Day.”

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and free for children and UMF students. For further information, please contact Philip Carlsen at carlsen@maine.edu.

Concert is sponsored by the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

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 Media Contact: Philip Carlsen, UMF professor of music, at carlsen@maine.edu, or 207-778-7290

UMF Presents Acclaimed American Author Laura van den Berg in Visiting Writers Series, Nov. 13

FARMINGTON, ME (October 30, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington BFA in Creative Writing program presents acclaimed American author Laura van den Berg as the next reader in its popular Visiting Writers Series. Van den Berg will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Referred to by Publishers Weekly as “a writer going places,” Van den Berg is the author of “The Isle of Youth,” named “Best Book of 2013 by over a dozen venues, including NPR, The RP145-017Boston Globe and O, The Oprah Magazine. It also received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and The Bard Fiction Prize.

Her 2009 collection of stories, “What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us,” was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection and, along with “The Isle of Youth,” was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

The recipient of an O. Henry Award and a Pushcart Prize, her work has been anthologized in “The Best American Short Stories,” “The Best American Mystery Stories” and “The Best American Nonrequired Reading.” Her first novel, “Find Me,” will be published by FSG in February.

A native of Florida, she lives in the Boston area and teaches fiction at Colby College.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.

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 Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.

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Photo Credit: Submitted photo

UMF Named a “Great Affordable Eco-Friendly College” by Best Choice Schools

FARMINGTON, ME (October 29, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington has been named a “Great Affordable Eco-Friendly College” by Best Choice Schools, an online educational resource. The site recognizes schools that feature “unique structures or lifestyle characteristics that make them leaders in sustainability,” while also costing less than the average of what one would expect to spend on a year of college.

“UMF is proud to be focused on providing an affordable quality education that also gives our students the skills, encouragement and opportunities to have a positive impact on our environment,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president.

In selecting UMF as one of the top 50 out of 300 universities that made the list, Best Choice cited the college’s year-round, strong commitment to staying green and eco-friendly. It noted UMF’s recent installation of 80 geothermal wells that it plans to use to heat more than 50,000 square feet of existing campus facilities—a move that will save upwards of 30,000 gallons of fuel oil annually.

The Best Choice ranking also pointed to UMF’s Sustainable Campus Coalition, a group of students, faculty, staff and community members who initiate projects each year encouraging sustainability. The SCC is dedicated to making environmental stewardship at UMF a priority, and was instrumental in UMF being honored by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 for energy solutions that reduce greenhouse gases and long-term energy costs and being an inspiration in making a clean energy campus a reality.

Schools that made the Best Choice Schools list had an estimated net price of under $25,000 per year according to the net price calculator provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.

In addition, UMF has received a number of accolades this year earning it a continued national reputation for excellence and affordability. It was named a “Best College” by U.S. News & World Report garnering the #5 spot as a Public Regional College in the North; a “Best Bang for the Buck” college by Washington Monthly touting its affordability; and a “Top 100 School” by Educate to Career selecting UMF as one of the top 100 schools that did the best job improving the earnings and attainment of quality employment of their students.

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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UMF Art Gallery Presents “Change”—the Art of Portland Artist and Master Chef Jung Hur

FARMINGTON, ME (October 21, 2014)—“Change,” the art and artistry of Portland artist and master chef Jung Hur, will be the featured exhibit at the UMF Art Gallery on the University of Maine at Farmington campus from Oct. 30 through Dec. 7, 2014. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will host an opening reception Thursday, Oct. 30 from 5-8 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m.

These days, contemporary painting can seem more at home on a tiny, handheld screen than in real-space human encounters. In dramatic contrast, Portland artist and master chef Jung Hur’s imposing, seductively layered canvases assert their real presence and their spirit of inquiry invites the viewer into a deeper dialogue.

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Jung Hur painting, untitled

Rigorously trained in traditional Asian ink painting in his native South Korea, Hur’s fascination with the colors and composition of Japanese food led him to become a chef. Through the two powerful mediums of pigments and cuisine Hur has developed a unique poetics of painting and performance to explore his personal dynamics, the Chinese concept of yin-yang.

This exhibition, curated by Daniel Kany, Portland art critic and historian, and Sarah Maline, UMF Art Gallery director, brings together two significant bodies of Jung Hur’s recent work that together articulate a powerful and personal poetic.

This UMF Art Gallery exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. The gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the Admissions Office. Gallery hours are Tuesdays–Sundays 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.  For more information, or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline at maline@maine.edu or 207-778-1062.

More about the UMF Art Gallery

The UMF Art Gallery is dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its focus on innovative and challenging new work, the gallery reinforces the academic vision of the university and the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in celebrating art as a powerful agent of community and cultural identity. The gallery develops interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students and community and works with local schools to integrate art into their curricula.

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Media Contact: Sarah Maline, UMF associate professor of art history and UMF Art Gallery director, at maline@maine.edu or 207-778-1062.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/10/RP145-016.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

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UMF Celebrates International Cultures with “Discover the World” Events

FARMINGTON, ME (October 20, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington Office of International Programs recently held the first in a series of five “Discover the World” events for 2014-15, celebrating the food, music and cultural activities of countries around the world. The series was developed by Lynne Eustis, UMF assistant director of international programs, to help UMF students, staff and faculty from other countries share their native cultures with the campus and local community.RP145-013A

“With opportunities for learning, understanding and collaboration, these events bring a richness to the community and offer a way for our international students, scholars and staff to share and celebrate their cultures and traditions,” said Eustis.

This first international event celebrated the culture of Asia with over 75 members of the campus and general public participating. Exchange students, visiting professors and members of the UMF community offered instruction on writing Chinese calligraphy with traditional brush and ink, the art of Chinese painting, the popular Eastern and South East Asian game of Mahjong and Origami—the intricate Japanese art of paper folding.

RP145-013BA menu of traditional Asian cuisine was developed and prepared by students and scholars; including a variety of Chinese steamed dumplings; Okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake; and Japanese Chirashi Sushi salad.

Tea, an important element in many Asian cultures, was celebrated with a demonstration by Yuxiao Li, RP145-013Cexchange student from Beijing, China. In addition, Hui Liu, visiting professor of Chinese, wore traditional dress as he led participants in Tai Chi—the ancient Chinese skill of meditation in motion.

The Discover the World event series is free and open to the public and will continue throughout the academic year with the following events:

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Discover the World: Latin America
4 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Discover the World: France
4 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
Discover the World: Chinese New Year

3:30 p.m., North Dining Hall B & C, UMF Olsen Student Center

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Discover the World: Africa

4 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center

For more information, please visit the UMF Events Calendar at: www.umf.maine.edu.

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Media Contact: Lynne Eustis, UMF assistant director of international programs, at leustis@maine.edu or 207-778-7122

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Theatre UMF Presents Pulitzer-nominated Drama “Last of the Boys,” Oct. 23-26

FARMINGTON, ME (October 16, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington explores the troubled legacy of war with a presentation of Steven Dietz’s Pulitzer-nominated drama “Last of the Boys.” This Theatre UMF production is presented at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23 through Saturday, Oct. 25, with a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Oct. 26, in UMF’s Alumni Theater.

RP145-014The story begins 30 years after Ben and Jeeter fought together in Vietnam. As the two men come together for a last hurrah, they try to come to terms with the war experiences that continue to haunt them. Jeeter’s girlfriend and her whiskey-drinking mother add to the fierce, funny and touching reflections on the lasting effects of war and how the past continues to echo in the present.

Directed by Peter Simmel, UMF professor of theater, this UMF production is an opportunity for theatre students to “get inside the skin of the character,” according to Simmel.

“Students prepared for their roles with intensive research of the time and events surrounding the Vietnam War,” said Simmel. “It stretches the students’ understanding of the era. But in the bigger picture, this play is a reminder of what anyone whose life is touched by war carries with them afterwards. The war doesn’t end for them just because the fighting stops.”

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, “Dietz has conjured the 1960s and the war in Vietnam better than any playwright has managed to date. Ghosts appear and disappear in this play…and these ghosts are in many ways permanent residents in the bodies and psyches of those who fought in the war, as well as those who became its indirect casualties.”

A native of Denver, Colorado, Dietz is one of America’s most widely-produced and published contemporary playwrights. He has written more than 35 stage plays that have been produced at regional theaters throughout the U.S., Off-Broadway and around the world.

He is a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award and a two-time finalist for the Steinberg New Play Award. He received the PEN USA West Award in Drama for “Lonely Planet,” the 2007 Edgar Award for Drama for “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” and the Yomuiri Shimbun Award (the Japanese “Tony”) for his adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel “Silence.”

Dietz is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults, $6 for all students and $5 for seniors. Tickets are available at the time of the performance or can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465.

This presentation is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. It contains some adult language.

CAST: with student hometowns
Ben. . . . .Jagger Trouant, Gardiner
Jeeter. . . . .Nathan Sylvester, China Village
Salyer. . . . .Sara D’Angelos, North Providence, Rhode Island
Young Soldier. . . .Aaron Verrill, Belgrade
Lorraine. . . . .Amanda Buckley, Farmington

CREW:
Director. . . . .Peter Simmel
Scenic/Lighting Designer. . . . .Stan Spilecki

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 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 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: Peter Simmel, UMF associate professor of theater, at 207-778-7461, or simmel@maine.edu

EDITOR’S NOTE: You will find photo at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/10/RP145-014.jpg

Photo Credit: Channa Schroff

Photo Caption: UMF students, (left to right): Amanda Buckley, Sara D’Angelos, Nathan Sylvester and Jagger Trouant in scene from Theatre UMF production of Steven Dietz’s Pulitzer-nominated drama “Last of the Boys.”