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University of Maine at Farmington Features Reading by Thai American Writer Ira Sukrungruang, April 12

FARMINGTON, ME (April 3, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington Writers Guild and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program are proud to present Ira Sukrungruang as the next author in UMF’s 2011-12 Visiting Writers Series. Sukrungruang will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

A Thai American writer, Sukrungruang is the author of “Talk Thai: the Adventures of Buddhist Boy,” a rich and honest memoir about immigration and growing up stuck between two cultures. In this memoir, he revisits his American boyhood memories while also revealing his early struggle with the feeling of never belonging in either of his two worlds.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, “Sukrungruang is a poet, and “Talk Thai” is bright with graceful language, but the voice in which he writes sounds like the kid he was, a kid trying to make sense of the world and his place in it, as kids do all over the globe.”

Sukrungruang also co-edited, along with Donna Jarrell, “What Are You Looking At? The First Fact Fiction Anthology” and “Scoot Over Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology.” He currently edits “The Clever Title” and “Sweet: A Literary Confection.” His essays have appeared in Post Road, Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, and other literary journals. Many of his essays have been Notables in “Best American Essays.”

Sukrungruang previously taught creative nonfiction at SUNY Oswego for six years, and now teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida. He received his MFA from The Ohio State University.
Ira Sukrungruang
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 with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house—both affiliated with UMF.

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Media Contact: Pat O’Donnell, UMF associate professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7419, or podonnel@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/04/RP112-052.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

UMF Students Receive Wilson Undergraduate Research Awards to Connect Classroom Learning with Real-World Experience

Spring 2012 Michael D Wilson Research ScholarsFARMINGTON, ME (April 2, 2012)—Fourteen UMF students were recently named Spring 2012 Michael D. Wilson Research Scholars by the University of Maine at Farmington Undergraduate Research Council. UMF’s selective Wilson program recognizes students for their original academic and creative research projects that help them connect classroom learning with real-world experience.

“Undergraduate research is a valuable educational experience that provides students with skills they can apply in any career path,” said Theodora J. Kalikow, UMF president. “Through this kind of dedicated study, UMF students acquire an in-depth knowledge that helps open doors to continued field experience, further education or pursuing their chosen profession.”

The Spring 2012 Wilson Scholars include: Christy Carle, Fayette, N.C.; Melaine Christensen, Brunswick; Morgan Cousins, Merrimac, Mass.; Natalie Dumont, Skowhegan; Brody Ford, Wells; Kiley Gendron, North Berwick; Alexa Kusmik, Annapolis, Md.; Kenneth Lamb, Scarborough; Libby Newhouse, Pittsfield; Nicole Phillips, Naples; Ben Radville, West Newbury, Mass.; Katherine Steward, Franklin, Mass.; Melanie Strout, Southwest Harbor and Sara Tarbox, Cumberland.

Notable among this semester’s Wilson Scholars are Alexa Kusmik, from Annapolis, Maryland, and her work on the identification of marine worms in association with a project based in the Virgin Alexa KusmikIslands National Park supported by the United States Geological Survey; and Kiley Gendron, from North Berwick, and her project on the use of tablet technology and peer mediation in special education preschool classrooms.

A junior and environmental science major, Kusmik is working under the mentorship of her sponsor Nancy Prentiss, UMF faculty member, whose research studying polychaetes (marine worms) as indicators of environmental stress has garnered international attention. “Alexa’s project compliments my work with marine life in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands and ongoing collaboration with the USGS,” said Prentiss. “The practical experience she is gaining with this project may help to create new avenues in her career. This is a wonderful opportunity for Alexa to apply new skills to her original study while also contributing professionally to a larger research effort.”

A senior and early childhood special education major, Gendron is researching the use of tablet technology and teacher facilitated activities to support children’s learning and development. She is interning at one of Maine’s regional Kiley GendronChild Development Services programs with the support of her faculty sponsor Loraine Spenciner, UMF professor of special education. Dr. Spenciner, an expert in special education, was invited to Singapore to help bring assistive technology strategies to their classrooms. “Kiley is a wonderful example of a student taking what she learns in the classroom and applying this new knowledge in innovative ways with children in real classrooms,” said Spenciner. “Her Wilson research project is breaking new ground in the area of special education by exploring how the use of technology in connection with teacher facilitated activities may help increase learning through play among young children with and without disabilities.”

Student researchers in the Wilson program are supported one-on-one by individual faculty mentors who provide them with sponsorship of their application, guidance with proposal development and research methodology, and continuing assistance with pre-professional and post-graduate opportunities.

The Wilson awards provide funding to help underwrite student research project expenses. They are funded by a generous gift from Michael and Susan Angelides, of Stonington, Conn., in honor of their good friend and UMF alumnus Michael D. Wilson, class of 1976, who died shortly after graduating.

Spring 2012 Michael D. Wilson Scholars:

Christy Carle – Fayette, N.C.
A senior majoring in art, Carle is examining space and the intimacy of memory. Her faculty sponsor is Katrazyna Randall, UMF associate professor of art.

Melaine Christensen – Brunswick
A sophomore majoring in secondary education – earth and space science, Christensen is investigating teaching with assistive technology in middle schools. Her faculty sponsor is Loraine Spenciner, UMF professor of special education.

Morgan Cousins – Merrimac, Mass.
A senior majoring in individualized studies, Cousins is performing an advanced chemical analysis of the common antioxidants in coffee. Her faculty sponsor is David Heroux, UMF associate professor of chemistry.

Natalie Dumont – Skowhegan
A sophomore majoring in environmental science, Dumont is examining the influence of leaf litter composition on vernal pool quality in Western Maine. Her faculty sponsor is Drew Barton, UMF professor of biology.

Brody Ford – Wells
A junior majoring in secondary education – social studies, Ford is examining the literacy problem of why schools are failing boys. His faculty sponsor is Clarissa Thompson, UMF associate professor of secondary English education.

Kiley Gendron – North Berwick
A senior majoring in early childhood special education, Gendron is exploring the use of tablet technology and peer mediation in an inclusive preschool classroom. Her faculty sponsor is Loraine Spenciner, UMF professor of special education.

Alexa Kusmik – Annapolis, Md.
A junior majoring in environmental science, Kusmik is classifying and researching marine worms in the Coral Reef National Monument, Hurricane Hole, in Virgin Island National Park. Her faculty sponsor is Nancy Prentiss, UMF lecturer.

Kenneth Lamb – Scarborough
A senior majoring in theater arts, Lamb has written and is directing “Loose Dirt,” a full-length play about being trapped in a small town. His faculty sponsor is Dawn Nye, UMF associate professor of art.

Libby Newhouse – Pittsfield
A senior majoring in English, Newhouse is examining the relationship between chivalry and violence in knighthood within “The Canterbury Tales.” Her faculty sponsor is Eric Brown, UMF associate professor of English.

Nicole Phillips – Naples
A senior majoring in art, Phillips is examining complex connections with nature through the use of refuse materials. Her faculty sponsor is is Katrazyna Randall, UMF associate professor of art.

Ben Radville – West Newbury, Mass.
A senior majoring in art, Radville is investigating art and its absurdities. His faculty sponsor is is Katrazyna Randall, UMF associate professor of art.

Katherine Steward – Franklin, Mass.
A senior majoring in art and arts administration, Steward is exploring an interactive study of the relationship of power and the powerless. Her faculty sponsor is Katrazyna Randall, UMF associate professor of art.

Melanie Strout – Southwest Harbor
A senior majoring in sociology-anthropology, Strout studied barriers to individuals with disabilities while seeking employment. Her project was completed during an internship she served in Sydney, Australia. Her faculty sponsor is Gaelyn Aguilar, UMF assistant professor of anthropology.

Sara Tarbox – Cumberland
A senior majoring in art, Tarbox is investigating the absurd and complex relationship between American popular culture and personal identity. Her faculty sponsor is Katrazyna Randall, UMF associate professor of art.

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Media contact: David Heroux, UMF associate professor of chemistry and chair of UMF Undergraduate Research Council, at 207-778-7368, or david.heroux@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: You will find photos at
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Photo Credit: UMF photos

Photo Caption:  UMF 2012 Spring Wilson awardees: (left to right, front row) Kylie Gendron, North Berwick; Melaine Christensen, Brunswick; Natalie Dumont, Skowhegan; Sarah Tarbox, Cumberland; Second row: Morgan Cousins, Merrimac, Mass.; Melanie Strout, Southwest Harbor; Katherine Steward, Franklin, Mass.; Libby Newhouse, Pittsfield;  Third row: Alexa Kusmik, Annapolis, Md.; Nicole Phillips, Naples; Ben Radville, West Newbury, Mass.; Kenneth Lamb, Scarborough and Brody Ford, Wells. Christy Carle, Fayette, N.C. not pictured.

University of Maine at Farmington Presents “Bridge”–One-Act Drama Inspired by Charlie Howard Story, April 5 & 6

University of Maine at Farmington Media Release
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Contact:
April Mulherin
UMF Associate Director of Media Relations
207-778-7081
april.mulherin@maine.edu

University of Maine at Farmington Presents “Bridge”—One-Act Drama Inspired by Charlie Howard Story, April 5 & 6

FARMINGTON, ME (March 26, 2012)—University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present a theater workshop production of “Bridge,” an original, new play inspired by the true story of Charlie Howard, the victim of a 1984 hate-crime in Maine that galvanized a community and the state. Performances of this powerful play are free and open to the public and will take place at 7:30 p.m., April 5 & 6, in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center.

Written and directed by award-winning Maine playwright Jayne Decker, this one-act play was developed in a theater workshop with UMF students and tells the story of a young man as he is bullied and thrown off a bridge for being gay. While the main character in Decker’s drama is named to honor Howard, the rest of the play’s characters and location are nameless—emphasizing how this is everyone’s tragedy.

Like so many similar stories from today’s headlines, “Bridge” underscores how personal and societal responsibilities go hand-in-hand. Simply staged, the play moves between the past and the present to reveal each character’s story and the role of the community in the end results. “This isn’t just one town’s narrative,” said Decker, artistic director for Sandy River Players and UMF faculty member. “Every community should own this story so people can understand that this type of behavior can happen to anyone, anywhere.”

According to Decker, she has been working a long time on writing a drama that remembered Howard and created a mirror for the actions of that day. “It’s important not to be silent when these things happen and that we learn from these stories,” said Decker. “Sharing them on stage helps us think about our decisions and actions and how they affect our lives and our community.” With the 30-year anniversary of Charlie Howard’s story approaching, Decker hopes to see “Bridge” performed at schools and theaters throughout the state.

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award-winning playwright, Decker has directed numerous productions at UMF Alumni Theater. Some of her most recent directing work includes George Brant’s “Elephant’s Graveyard,” the musicals Fiddler on the Roof” and Oliver!” and productions of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible” and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She has also presented workshop productions of her original plays “Good Medicine;” “Stars Falling,” winner of the 2002 Maine Playwriting Award; Jelly Moonshine; and Songbird,” a touring play about the Iraq War. Cracked Shells,” a play about domestic violence, was commissioned by Franklin County Network’s Peace in Our Families and was featured again at the 2009 Maine Women’s Studies Conference.

Decker received her master’s from the University of Maine and teaches courses at UMF including Writing for the Stage and Screen and Social and Political Theatre.

This theater workshop production is sponsored by the Emery Community Arts Center and contains adult language and is for a mature audience. Doors open 30 minutes before all performances. The play runs approximately 40 minutes.

Music during the performance will be performed by Michael Durkan and Kyle Sareyani.

Cast:

UMF Students
Brittney Blais, Garland
Jade Wells, Pittsfield
Austin Hayes, Gorham
Richard Russell, Rumford
Greg McElvaine, Belgrade
Cassidy Small, North Monmouth
Taylor Pelletier, Fort Kent
Sarah Nadeau, New Portland
Jared Boghosian, Belgrade
Kyle Morison, Sidney

And returning to UMF in the role of Charlie . . . .Tim Berry, class of 2011

Written and directed by Jayne Decker

Technical crew
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Aaron Watson, Phippsburg
Noelle Dubay, Fort Kent
Nicole Clark, Kittery


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UMF Art Gallery Presents “Free Form Flow” Exhibit of Graffiti and Graphic Art—Opening Reception March 20

FARMINGTON, ME (March 15, 2012)—The UMF Art Gallery is pleased to present an exciting collaborative project by aerosol artist Tim Clorius and graphic artist Matt W. Moore. “Free Form Flow: A Celebration of Collaboration” is an energizing, innovative fusion of ideas, exploding with color and life.

An opening reception for this exciting collaboration will be held from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 20. The exhibit will run from March 20-25, and March 31-April 5.

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Tim Clorius

Born and raised in Heidelberg, Germany, Clorius brings a postmodern sensibility to his work, which is frequently influenced by his love for graffiti art. His interest in graffiti art and exploring the potentials

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Tim Clorius

and boundaries in the “hybridization” of traditional forms of painting with contemporary approaches can be seen throughout his work. He received his education in fine arts and painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, where he currently lives and works as a painter. His work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally. http://timclorius.com/

Moore is the founder of MWM Graphics, a Portland-based design and illustration studio. He works across disciplines as can be seen in his colorful digital illustrations, freeform paintings and aerosol art. Moore exhibits his work in galleries around the world. http://mwmgraphics.com/

This free and open-to-the-public exhibit is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

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Matt W. Moore

The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main St. in Farmington, immediately behind the Admissions Office. The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, during the UMF academic year and by appointment. For more information, or to make special arrangements, please call 207-778-7002, or email Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at elizabeth.olbert@maine.edu.

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Matt W. Moore

More about the UMF Art Gallery

The UMF Art Gallery is a nonprofit professional art space dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its dedication to new art, the gallery reinforces the vision of the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in celebrating art as a powerful agent of social and cultural change and artists as generators of community and cultural identity. The gallery works with local schools to integrate arts programming into their curricula and opens its space to community events and gatherings.

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Media contact: Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at 207-778-7002, or elizabeth.olbert@maine.edu

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:
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Photo Credit: Submitted images

Emery Community Arts Center at UMF Presents Music of Western Java by Bates College Ensemble – Featuring World Premiere of Philip Carlsen’s “Tango Tanggung,” March 18

FARMINGTON, ME (March 13, 2012)—The Emery Community Arts Center at University of Maine at Farmington is pleased to present the Bates College Gamelan Degung Ensemble at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 18, in the Emery Performance Space.  Directed by Bates Associate Professor Gina Fatone, the ensemble will perform traditional and contemporary music from western Java, and will be joined by composer, cellist, and UMF Professor of Music Philip Carlsen for the world premiere of his “Tango Tanggung” for cello and gamelan. The program is free and open to the public.

Gamelan degung is music of the Sundanese people of West Java and was created in the early 20th century for local regents who administered the colonial Dutch cultivation system for the province of West Java. These rulers promoted Sundanese music and the performing arts for their entertainment and the enjoyment of the Dutch colonial aristocrats.

Originally performed primarily by men to accompany female singers, the gamelan degung is now performed mostly by women in Indonesia. Frequently used for weddings, the ensemble consists of sets of bronze tuned gongs and xylophone-type instruments.

This event is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

A member of the UMF faculty since 1982 and current chair of the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry, Carlsen has received fellowships from the Maine Arts Commission, the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was the winner of a commission from the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center in connection with the orchestra’s residency in Maine, writing a septet entitled “Maine Traveler’s Advisory” that was premiered at the Kennedy Center in November 2000. In the summer of 2003, he was a composition fellow at the Ernest Bloch Music Festival Composers Symposium in Newport, Oregon, for which he wrote the quartet “Far Psalteries of Summer.” As an opener to both the 2006 and 2007 Arts Night celebrations at UMF, Carlsen composed and conducted “Car Life” and “Car Afterlife,” two unique auto symphonies of car horns, engines, doors, radios, poetry, and sound effects, performed by “orchestras” of over 50 cars.

Carlsen has degrees from the University of Washington, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

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

University of Maine at Farmington Presents Reading by Noted Author Justin Tussing, March 15

Justin TussingFARMINGTON, ME (March 5, 2012)—The UMF Writers Guild and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program features award-winning author Justin Tussing as the next author in its 2011-12 Visiting Writers Series. Tussing will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2012, 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.

Tussing’s debut novel, “The Best People in the World,” was awarded the 2006 Ken Kesey Award for the Novel and was regarded in a New York Times review as “one bright book of exuberant American life.” In 2005, he was among the writers selected to be showcased in The New Yorker’s annual Debut Fiction issue. Tussing’s first published stories are “The Artificial Cloud,” published in TriQuarterly, and “The Tiny Man,” published in Third Coast, both appearing in the spring of 2000.

Tussing has taught literature and creative writing at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and is currently a full-time English professor at the University of Southern Maine.

This event is sponsored by the Writer’s Guild, a UMF interdisciplinary club that sponsors the spring Visiting Writers Series readings.

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: Pat O’Donnell, UMF associate professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7419, or podonnel@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/03/RP112-047.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

University of Maine at Farmington Presents Bruce Graham’s Compelling Drama “Coyote on a Fence,” March 15-18

UMF students Zach Fowler and Austin Hayes play the lead roles in Theater UMF’s spring semester production of Bruce Graham’s award-winning play “Coyote on a Fence.”

Left to right, UMF students Zach Fowler and Austin Hayes play the lead roles in Theater UMF’s spring semester production of Bruce Graham’s award-winning play “Coyote on a Fence.”

FARMINGTON, ME (February 27, 2012)—“Coyote on a Fence,” Bruce Graham’s compelling drama about the fairness of capital punishment, is the featured spring 2012 Theatre UMF production at the University of Maine at Farmington. Performances of Graham’s award-winning play will take place at 7:30 p.m., March 15-17; and 2 p.m., March 18, in the UMF Alumni Theater.

A powerful play that explores complex questions about today’s society, “Coyote on a Fence” is set in a prison in the southeast where two men, convicted and sentenced to death, await their fate.

Illiterate but likeable, Bobby Reyburn is convicted of setting a church and its black congregation on fire in the name of Aryan pride. Death row inmate John Brennan, whose crime may have done society a favor, writes a prison newsletter that attempts to show the good in fellow inmates. Through their interaction, “Coyote on a Fence” poses the question: “How does today’s society measure guilt and innocence?”

Directed by Jayne Decker, artistic director for Sandy River Players and UMF faculty member, Graham’s gritty drama captures the audience the moment they enter the theater. “This production’s outstanding cast and technical design team, led by Stan Spilecki and Elizabeth Dorr, creates an authentic environment that immediately immerses both the cast and audience in Graham’s gripping story,” said Decker. “My students are always eager to perform this play in my social and political theater class and are really excited about presenting it this year as a major UMF production.”

Bruce Graham is the author of a dozen produced plays and has spent eight years as playwright-in-residence at the Philadelphia Festival Theater for New Plays. His TV/film credits include “Dunston Checks In,” “Anastasia,” “Steal This Movie,” as well as the Ira Einhorn mini-series “Hunt for the Unicorn.” Graham has won numerous awards. “Coyote on a Fence” was the 1998 Rosenthal Prize winner and received several 1999 Barrymore Award nominations.

An award-winning playwright, Decker has directed numerous productions at UMF Alumni Theater. Some of her most recent directing work includes George Brant’s “Elephant’s Graveyard,” the musicals Fiddler on the Roof” and Oliver!” and productions of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible” and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She has also presented workshop productions of her original plays “Good Medicine;” “Stars Falling,” winner of the 2002 Maine Playwriting Award; Jelly Moonshine; and Songbird,” a touring play about the Iraq War. Cracked Shells,” a play about domestic violence, was commissioned by Franklin County Network’s Peace in Our Families and was featured again at the 2009 Maine Women’s Studies Conference.

Decker received her master’s from the University of Maine and teaches courses at UMF including Writing for the Stage and Screen and Social and Political Theatre.

This Theatre UMF production is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

“Coyote on a Fence” contains adult language and is for a mature audience. Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the time of the performance and can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465.

CAST:
John Brennan. . . . . Zachary Fowler – Presque Isle
Bobby Reyburn . . . . . Austin Hayes – Gorham
Shawna DuChamps . . . . . Jade Wells – Pittsfield
Samuel Fried . . . . . Jared Boghosian – Belgrade

CREW:
Director . . . . . Jayne Decker
Scenic/Lighting Design – Technical Director . . . . . Stanley Spilecki
Costume Design . . . . . Elizabeth Dorr
Make up Design . . . . . Jade Wells

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Media contact: Jayne Decker, UMF instructor and director of Sandy River Players, 207-778-7319, or jdecker@maine.edu.

University of Maine at Farmington Helps Transfer Students Have Affordable Access to Four-Year Degree with New Merit Scholarship

FARMINGTON, ME (February 21, 2012)—In keeping with its continuing efforts to help students have affordable access to a quality college education, the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce a new merit scholarship created exclusively for transfer students.

The competitive UMF Transfer Academic Scholarship will be awarded to select individuals with an outstanding college record who are admitted to UMF as full-time, matriculated transfer students, beginning in fall 2012. According to Roberto Noya, UMF vice president for enrollment management and marketing, the scholarship is valued at $1,000 per year, in the amount of $500 per semester, and is renewable for up to a total of four years or until the completion of graduation requirements, whichever comes first.

“UMF wants to help students succeed in college, at a time when the cost of college makes it difficult for some students to complete a four-year degree,” said Noya. “Merit scholarships, including this new scholarship for transfer students, give UMF the opportunity to recognize students for their hard work and commitment while also helping limit the amount students need to borrow for their education.”

To qualify for UMF’s new merit scholarship for transfer students, applicants are expected to achieve a college G.P.A. of at least 3.50 in all college work before enrollment in a UMF degree program and to submit an enrollment deposit by the admission reply deadline.

While the majority of institutional grant aid distributed by UMF (totaling more than $2.9 million in academic year 2011-2012) is awarded to meet students’ demonstrated financial need, UMF also offers a number of merit scholarships to attract the top students interested in a quality education. In addition to the new merit scholarship for transfer students, UMF has also created the Stevens Scholarship this year—a merit scholarship awarded exclusively to Maine first-year applicants.

No special application is necessary to be considered for any UMF merit scholarship. Recipients will be notified of their merit award upon admission. However, UMF recommends that prospective students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility for need-based financial assistance. It is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

For more information on the new UMF Transfer Academic Scholarship and other UMF merit-based awards, including eligibility and renewal requirements, please visit the UMF website at: http://www.farmington.edu/admissions/finaid-merit.php


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Media Contact: Roberto Noya, UMF vice president for enrollment management and marketing, at 207-778-7058, or roberto.noya@maine.edu

UMF Art Gallery Presents REAL LIFE Photo Collection, Feb. 16–March 11

FARMINGTON, ME (February 16, 2012)—The UMF Art Gallery is pleased to present REAL LIFE—a striking display of photos depicting the lives of Maine people, people who sometimes seem eerily familiar, by photographers Keliy Anderson-Staley and Melonie Bennett. This exhibit runs from Feb. 16–March 11 and is free and open to the public.

REAL LIFE features a collection of images that are emotionally rich, aesthetically challenging and technically superb.
“Tom Shaving” by Keliy Anderson-StaleyAnderson-Staley’s “Off the Grid” project documents the everyday lives of 30 Maine families living without modern amenities of any kind with beautiful, thought-provoking and wholly memorable images. Her work has received numerous grants and awards including, the 2010 Photo Review Award, The Print Center, Philadelphia, Penn.; the Griffin Prize, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Mass.; nomination for the 2011 Santa Fe Prize in Photography; and the 2012 Delta Award, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Ark.

Bennett is a Maine-born photographer whose moving black and white photographs, depicting the lives of Bennett’s own family and friends, are lush and marvelously crafted. Humorous and poignant all at once, they are a visual pleasure on many levels. Bennett’s award-winning images have been exhibited in New York City galleries and throughout Maine and the Northeast.

This exhibit is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main St. in Farmington, immediately behind the Admissions Office. The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, during the UMF academic year and by appointment. For more information, or to make special arrangements, please call 207-778-7002, or email Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at elizabeth.olbert@maine.edu.

More about the UMF Art Gallery

The UMF Art Gallery is a nonprofit professional art space dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its dedication to new art, the gallery reinforces the vision of the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in celebrating art as a powerful agent of social and cultural change and artists as generators of community and cultural identity. The gallery works with local schools to integrate arts programming into their curricula and opens its space to community events and gatherings.

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Media contact: Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at 207-778-7002, or elizabeth.olbert@maine.edu

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at: http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/02/RP112-044.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted image

Photo Caption: “Tom Shaving” by Keliy Anderson-Staley

University of Maine at Farmington Student Awarded Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation Scholarship

Pamela M. Green, director of member services at Maine Bankers Association; Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business; Keri Woodbury, UMF student; and Peter Judkins, president and CEO of Franklin Savings Bank and chairman of the Maine Bankers Association

(Left to right) Pamela M. Green, director of member services at Maine Bankers Association; Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business; Keri Woodbury, UMF student; and Peter Judkins, president and CEO of Franklin Savings Bank and chairman of the Maine Bankers Association

FARMINGTON, ME (February 16, 2012)—University of Maine at Farmington student Keri Woodbury was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation. A junior majoring in business economics at UMF, she is a graduate of South Portland High School.

With interests in both education and math, Woodbury explored several majors at UMF before discovering her love for business math and economics. Her ultimate goal in the future is to have her own buy-local business that will help make a difference in the local economy. In addition to attending school full time, she currently travels to Portland three to four days a week where she assists with a family business.

“Keri is so deserving of this honor,” said Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business and chair of the Division of Social Science, Business and Global Studies. “She has an incredibly strong work ethic and a real entrepreneurial spirit that will serve her well in the business world either as a team member or at the head of her own business.”

Student scholarship recipients must be a Maine high school graduate majoring in a business related area in their second, third, or fourth year, and be in good academic standing. This year’s award was presented by Pamela M. Green, director of member services at Maine Bankers Association and Peter Judkins, president and CEO of Franklin Savings Bank and chairman of the Maine Bankers Association.

Since 1990, a total of $271,000 in scholarships has been awarded. Colleges receiving MeHEAF grants each year are: Husson University, Maine Community College System, St. Joseph’s College, Thomas College, University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine at Farmington, University of Maine Fort Kent, University of Maine at Machias, University of Maine at Presque Isle, University of New England and University of Southern Maine.

The Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation was established in the 1950’s as a guarantee fund for student loans. The founders included a wide range of banks, businesses, community organizations and individuals. In 1990, the MeHEAF trustees, to continue the original intent of the founding members, initiated a scholarship program funded by the return on the original loan guarantee funds. The fund is now managed by the Maine Bankers Association 489 Congress Street, Portland.

More about the UMF Business Economics Program

The UMF Business and Administration cluster includes majors in business economics and interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in business psychology, health information systems, outdoor recreation business administration (ORBA), and arts administration. The UMF Business Economics Program is unique as it is one of the few programs at colleges and universities in New England that has been created by integrating economics throughout its business curriculum. In addition, through internships and other out-of-the-classroom learning experiences, students have the opportunity to acquire practical skills and knowledge, gain real-world experience and network with professionals in the field.

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Media contacts:
Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business, at 207-778-7441, or Dalpour@maine.edu.
Ron Milliken, UMF director of financial aid, at 207-778-7105, or milliken@maine.edu.

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