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UMF Launches Farmington Forum Series with “The New Normal: The Changing Face of Education” Events

FARMINGTON, ME (October 18, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington is continuing the celebration of its historic 150th Anniversary with the launch of the Farmington Forum Series—a year-long tribute to UMF’s long history of distinguished academic life.

“The New Normal: the Changing Face of Education” is the first discipline in the series to be presented and will offer a host of events illustrating the complex nature of teaching and learning. Multiple free and open to the public sessions are scheduled from Oct. 28 to Nov. 7, on the UMF campus and will celebrate both the history and changing nature of teaching.

Featured events will include a presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and acclaimed journalist Michael D’Antonio and an interactive workshop with author, innovative education program developer and National Academy of Education Fellow Dan Rothstein.

RP134-DantonioMichael D’Antonio, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and researcher, will talk about his book, “The State Boys Rebellion” in his presentation “From Victims to Victory: The State Boys and the Children’s Rights Revolution.” In his book, D’Antonio tells the true story of how a group of boys were imprisoned in U.S. institutions and survived one of the darkest episodes of American history to ultimately win their freedom and find justice. The talk will cover the role of those inside the state school system in the larger effort to change the status of the disabled and bring about a revolution in education, public perception and regard for individuals.
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Dan Rothstein, co-director of the Right Question Institute and co-author of the book “Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions” will lead an active learning experience about teaching the skill of question formulation. A deceptively simple practice, it has the potential to help students become more engaged in their learning, take more ownership and learn more. Participants are invited to a unique opportunity to actively learn how students can develop the ability to ask their own questions and contribute to a discussion about how this could help improve education on all levels.

Schedule of events in “The New Normal: the Changing Face of Education” series:

“From Victims to Victory: The State Boys and the Children’s Rights Revolution”
7 p.m., Mon, Oct. 28, Emery Community Arts Center
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and researcher Michael D’Antonio will talk about his book, “The State Boys Rebellion.”

Customized Learning and Standards Based Learning from “in the trenches”
4:30-6 p.m., Tue, Oct. 29, The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center
Linda Laughlin, UMF faculty member and superintendent of schools in RSU 18, will host a panel of teachers discussing their experiences with the implementation of customized learning in Maine schools.

“The Scariest Moments of My First Year Teaching”
7 p.m., Wed, Oct. 30, The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center
The Student Education Association of Maine is sponsoring a presentation by recent UMF graduates about their first teaching experiences along with activities related to the celebration of the season.

“We Used to be Normal – Maine Memory Network Project”
1 p.m., Tue, Nov. 5, North Dining Hall, UMF Olsen Student Center
Sponsored by the Goldleaf Institute, this presentation will share the work of students, faculty and staff and their research of the history of the Farmington State Normal School.

“Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions”
7 p.m., Wed, Nov. 6, North Dining Hall A-C, UMF Olsen Student Center
Dan Rothstein, co-director of the Right Question Institute and co-author of the book “Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions” will lead an active learning experience about teaching the skill of question formulation.

“Technology and Teaching: Responsibilities, Resources, Tips and Tricks!”
4:30-6 p.m., Thu, Nov. 7, The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center
A panel of high school, middle school and elementary school teachers, coordinated by Sarah Irish, UMF faculty member  and middle school teacher in Dixfield, will share tips, tricks and resources related to the use of technology in the classroom.

Throughout the year, UMF’s Farmington Forum Series will feature a host of special events in the six key academic disciplines of education, psychology, English, biology, mathematics and history. Events will include in-depth lectures by visiting scholars, film and research presentations, art exhibits, panel discussions and alumni receptions.

“The New Normal: the Changing Face of Education” series is sponsored by the UMF Divisions of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Community Health, and Rehab Services and Special Education.

For additional details, please visit http://teachereducation.umf.maine.edu/

UMF’s Sesquicentennial Celebration is supported in part by the generous donations of area businesses and organizations including Franklin Savings Bank, at the Doctorate Level; Sunday River, at the Master’s Level; and Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC, Kyes Insurance, Shiretown Insurance Agency, University Credit Union and Unity Foundation at the Bachelor’s Level.

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 Media Contact: Linda Gamble, UMF faculty member and special projects coordinator, llgamble@maine.edu, or 207-778-7177

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UMF Brings Paul Rudnick’s Broadway Comedy “I Hate Hamlet” to UMF Alumni Theater, Oct. 24-27

FARMINGTON, ME (October 16, 2013)—Just when TV star Andrew Rally seems to have it all, his career takes a U-turn and his only choice is it to play Hamlet on stage—which he hates! So begins the University of Maine at Farmington presentation of Paul Rudnick’s Broadway comedy, “I Hate Hamlet.” The Theatre UMF production is performed at 7:30 p.m., Thursday thru Saturday, Oct. 24, 25, 26; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, in the UMF Alumni Theater.

Directed by Peter Simmel, UMF professor of theater, Rudnick’s play tells the amusing story of the successful young actor’s dilemma. Rally has recently re-located to New York City, when his TV series is cancelled and he has to decide whether he is up to playing the dreaded Hamlet onstage.

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Left to right: UMF students Austin Hayes and Nathan Sylvester cross swords in Paul Rudnick’s “I Hate Hamlet.” The Theatre UMF production will be presented at the UMF Alumni Theater Oct. 24-27.

The situation is complicated by several glitches, including the fact that he is being haunted by the ghost of the famed, though intoxicated, Shakespearean actor John Barrymore. Rally wrestles with his decision just as a friend from LA appears with the possibility of a TV deal worth millions.

According to Simmel, Rudnick’s play is not only an entertaining portrayal of a universal human experience, but also a great opportunity for students to try their hand at comedy. “We have some very talented young student actors,” said Simmel. “This play gives them an opportunity to experience the full spectrum of performance and really develop their comedic timing.”

Rudnick is an American playwright, novelist, screenwriter and essayist. His plays have been produced on and off Broadway and around the world. In addition to “I Hate Hamlet,” they include: “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” “Valhalla,” “The New Century,” and “Jeffrey,” which won an Obie, an Outer Critics Circle Award and the John Gassner Playwrighting Award. His screenplays include “Addams Family Values,” an adaptation of Jeffrey and “In & Out.”

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

Felicia Dantine. . . . .Zhanna Ivanova – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Andrew Ralley. . . . .Austin Hayes – Gorham
Gary Lefkowitz. . . . .Richard Russell – Rumford
Deirdre McDavey. . . . .Cassidy Small – North Monmouth
John Barrymore. . . . .Nathan Sylvester – China Village
Lillian Troy. . . . .Shelby Thibodeau – Sidney

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/2013/10/RP134-013.jpg

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Photo Caption: Left to right: UMF students Austin Hayes and Nathan Sylvester cross swords in Paul Rudnick’s “I Hate Hamlet.” The Theatre UMF production will be presented at the UMF Alumni Theater Oct. 24-27.

UMF Receives NNECC Grant to Help Students and Regional Community Work Together on Environmental Issues

FARMINGTON, ME (October 15, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington has recently received a $5,000 “Campuses for Environmental Stewardship” grant from the Northern New England Campus Compact. The goal of this grant-funded initiative is to help prepare students for a lifetime of environmental stewardship by embedding climate change or water quality community projects into their regular college coursework.

The UMF proposal includes six courses taught by UMF faculty from six different disciplines: political science, anthropology, economics, geology, biology and natural sciences-secondary education. Offered during the 2013-14 academic year, these courses partner with private, non-profit and municipal organizations to further define the role of higher education in helping to address the region’s most pressing environmental issues.

Community involvement is a major component of each course. UMF faculty and students are working closely with entities from Farmington, Wilson Lake, the Rangeley Region and Mount Blue High School.  Projects will investigate the connections between climate change or water quality with the outdoor recreation economy, environmental policy, local agriculture, attitudes towards carbon cycling and cultural change.

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UMF geology professor Doug Reusch and students examine rock formations on previous Geology course trip.

Students in a UMF geology class this fall are partnering with several high school teachers from around the state to study how carbon moves around the Earth. Taught by Doug Reusch, UMF associate professor of geology, the class will feature an October field trip from Quebec City to Farmington on which students and teachers visit geological sites that record release and sequestering of carbon, both in the past and today. Participants will then analyze their own carbon footprint to understand the impact of individual decisions on carbon emissions, and weigh alternatives to dependence on fossil fuels. Teachers will return to their schools with new information on carbon cycling processes that will help to inspire environmental stewardship in their students.

“UMF has a long history of helping students be good environmental stewards,” said Andrew Barton, UMF professor of biology and grant project leader. “We’ve made sustainable practices a priority for over 40 years. As the consequences of climate change continue to emerge, it becomes increasingly important that we partner even more closely with the community to understand the problems we all face and to find sustainable solutions.”

To help students understand the role they can play in having an impact on public policy, Linda Beck, UMF associate professor of political science, is having her spring semester class organize a forum on current environmental policy for honors students from Mount Blue High School. The forum will provide students with an opportunity to present competing views on pressing environmental issues, such as climate change and water pollution. Both groups of students will develop their analytical and communication skills while learning the role individual citizens can play in developing public policy.

The Northern New England Campus Compact is a coalition of nearly 60 college and university presidents from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. It was awarded $150,000 to support the Campuses for Environmental Stewardship program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The University of Maine at Farmington grant is one of eighteen NNECC sub-grants that were awarded to area campuses including, 11 in Maine, four in New Hampshire and four in Vermont.

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.

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Media Contact: Drew Barton, UMF professor of biology, at barton@maine.edu, or 207-778-7397

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/10/RP134-011.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

Photo Caption:  UMF geology professor Doug Reusch and students examine rock formations on previous Geology course trip.

Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus Presents Steven Fales’ Award-winning “Confessions of a Mormon Boy,” Oct. 18

FARMINGTON, ME (October 3, 2013)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus is proud to present Steven Fales in a one-night-only performance of his powerful solo show “Confessions of a Mormon Boy.” The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 18, in the Emery Performance Space. It will be followed by a post-play talk with the actor. Admission is $6.

RP134-010Actor and playwright Fales’ one-man show chronicles his personal story from being a sixth-generation Mormon with a wife and family to coming out as gay and its impact on his life. The play shares his compelling journey through rejection by the church, divorce, drugs, prostitution and ultimately reconciliation and personal discovery.

Fales’ play is, “Brilliantly acted and beautifully written,” according to the Irish Daily Mail. The Salt Lake Tribune states it’s, “An absorbing tale about the universal human search for belonging. Gay or not, Mormon or not, it is something we can all relate to.”

“Confessions of a Mormon Boy” was originally produced at the Off-Broadway SoHo Playhouse and directed by Tony Award-winner Jack Hofsiss.  Part one in the “Mormon Boy Trilogy,” it has been performed throughout the U.S. and internationally to critical acclaim.

It has received the Overall Fringe Hit award at the Atlantic Fringe Festival 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Oscar Wilde award for Outstanding New Writing in the Theatre at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2008.

An actor, singer/songwriter, author, poet, playwright and producer, Fales is best known as an international solo performance artist. His many works include: “The Mormon Boy Trilogy,” “CULT!,” “Mormon American Cowboy” and “When All Else Fales.” He is the creator of the Solo Performance Alliance on Facebook. He has performed Off-Broadway, London’s West End, and in leading roles in regional theatres across the country, including the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival. He has also performed in film, television, and commercials and leads creativity courses. He is recently featured in “The Creative Life” by Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way) and in the new anthology “Latter-Gay Saints.”

Fales holds an MFA from the University of Connecticut and a BFA from BYU/Boston Conservatory.

“Confessions of a Mormon Boy” is of an adult nature and for mature audiences. The performance is sponsored by the Emery Community Arts Center and the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

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.

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 Media Contact: Jayne Decker, UMF faculty member and director of the Emery Community Arts Center, jdecker@maine.edu or 207-778-7319

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UMF Visiting Writers Series Presents Notable American Poet and Critic John Poch, Oct. 10

FARMINGTON, ME (October 2, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is excited to have poet John Poch as its next writer in the UMF 2013-14 Visiting Writers Series. Poch will be reading from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 10, 2013, in Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble/Ricker Hall. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Poch’s writings include poetry collections: “Dolls” (2009); “Two Men Fighting with a Knife” (2008), which won the Donald Justice Award; and RP134-009“Poems” (2004), a finalist for the PEN/Osterweil Prize. In addition, he worked with Chad Davidson on “The Essential Hockey Haiku” (2006), a poetry/fiction collaboration; and his “Ghost Towns of the Enchanted Circle,” a limited edition letterpress/art book, was published in 2007.

His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Paris Review, The New Republic, Yale Review, Iowa Review, Agni and many other literary magazines. For ten years, he was the editor of the award-winning 32 Poems Magazine. He is a co-editor of the poetry anthology “Old Flame: From the First Ten Years of 32 Poems Magazine.”

Poch was a recipient of the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize in 1998. He was also the Colgate University Creative Writing Fellow from 2000-2001 and is currently professor of English in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. He was named the 2007 Thornton Writer-in-Residence at Lynchburg College, and he has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, The Saltonstall Foundation and Blue Mountain Center. He will be a Fulbright Scholar, teaching American poetry at the University of Barcelona in spring 2014.

Poch received an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Texas.

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 associate professor of creative writing at Jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu or 207-778-7454

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UMF Kicks Off Year-long 150th Anniversary Celebration with Charter Day Commemoration, Oct. 9

Maine Governor Paul LePage to Speak at Festivities

FARMINGTON, ME (September 30, 2013)—
The University of Maine at Farmington kicks-off its year-long 150th Anniversary Celebration with a Charter Day commemoration on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The day long festivities are free and open to the public and are in observance of the 1863 signing of the University’s charter by the Maine Legislature—making UMF the first public institution of higher education in Maine.

“We are so excited to invite the public to join us for this remarkable celebration of UMF and the path it’s forged for public higher education in Maine,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “UMF has served as a model of academic excellence, student success and strong town-gown relations for 150 years. It is such an honor to be sharing this moment in our history with the campus, the community and the State of Maine.”

The day’s events will begin with a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting at Rollo Pond in Abbott Park on the UMF campus.  Foster will speak on the valuable partnership between UMF and Farmington while unveiling a student community service project that recently revitalized the widely-used campus and community space.

At 11:35 a.m., the church bells of Farmington’s “Old South” First Congregational Church and Henderson Memorial Baptist Church will call students, faculty, staff and community members to the 11:45 a.m. Charter Day ceremony. There, Foster will be joined by local and state dignitaries on the front steps of historic Merrill Hall. Craig Larrabee, UMF class of 1992 and CEO of Jobs for Maine’s Graduates will serve as master of ceremonies.

150 years-to-the-day since the original charter was signed, the commemorative event will feature remarks by a number of honorable dignitaries including, Paul LePage, Maine governor; Carlene Tremblay, state office representative for U.S. Senator Collins; Tom Saviello, Maine senator; Ryan Low, UMF class of 1997 and UMS executive director of governmental and external affairs; Paul Mills, Farmington attorney and local historian and Gerald Cayer, UMF class of 1985 and executive vice president of the Franklin Community Health Network.

Immediately following the ceremony, the public is invited to a campus and community picnic lunch at the Emery Community Arts Center. Later that afternoon, the UMF class of 2014 will commemorate the 150th Anniversary with the burying of a time capsule on the lawn of Merrill Hall—the site of the original Farmington State Normal School.

A reception filled with vibrant art and performances will begin that evening at 5 p.m. at the UMF Art Gallery and the Emery Community Arts Center. “About Then,” the UMF Art Gallery exhibit, portrays the 150-year history of UMF through photographs, artifacts, video, sound and performance. It is curated by Sarah Maline, UMF associate professor of art.

“About Now,” in the Emery Community Arts Center, features works by UMF alumni, students and projects by current classes in a variety of mediums. Curated by Kate Randall, UMF associate professor of art, this exhibit presents diverse interpretations of the show’s three themes, exploring such subjects as relationships in the UMF community, the progress of women’s equality in the world and rural poverty.

Appetizers and beverages will be served.

For more information on UMF’s 150th Anniversary Celebration and event details, please visit UMF’s Sesquicentennial website at http://150.umf.maine.edu/

UMF’s Sesquicentennial Celebration is supported in part by the generous donations of area businesses and organizations including Franklin Savings Bank, at the Doctorate Level; Sunday River, at the Master’s Level; and Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC, Kyes Insurance, Shiretown Insurance Agency, University Credit Union and Unity Foundation at the Bachelor’s Level.

More About the History of the University of Maine at Farmington

The school was first established as the Western State Normal School by the Maine State Legislature on October 9, 1863. It officially opened on August 24, 1864, and was dedicated to educating future teachers. In 1889, it became the Farmington State Normal School and built its long-standing reputation on the vision and determination of its leaders and the scholarship and citizenship of its students.

The school would go on to grow and change, weather two world-wars, expand the degrees it offered and undergo several name changes. In 1971, it became the University of Maine at Farmington, a school that today continues its 150-year tradition of providing a quality public liberal arts education in the arts and sciences, teacher education, pre-professional programs and helping all students to be successful.

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Media contact: Shelby Childs, UMF assistant to the president, at shelby.childs@maine.edu or 207-778-7256

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UMF to Hold Presidential Inauguration Oct. 4

RP134-006FARMINGTON, ME (September 26, 2013)—In its historic 150th Anniversary year, the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce the inauguration of Dr. Kathryn A. Foster as its 14th president on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at 3 p.m., on the UMF campus. President Foster’s inauguration is a landmark in the University’s long history of distinguished leadership and ushers in the promise of the next 150 years for UMF—the birthplace of public higher education in Maine.

As is tradition, Foster’s installation as University of Maine at Farmington President will begin with an academic procession led by fellow University of Maine System presidents, UMF faculty and nearly 50 delegates from esteemed institutions across the country. UMaine System Chancellor James H. Page will serve as the master of the inaugural ceremony and greetings will be offered by the UMS board of trustees, the academic community, local leaders, alumni, faculty, staff and students.

Wesley McNair, Poet Laureate of Maine and UMF professor emeritus will read “My Town,” an original poem.  “Distance” and “Proximity,” new musical compositions by Philip Carlsen, UMF professor of music, will be performed by the Portland Brass Quintet as the gathering honors President Foster, UMF’s notable past and its enduring commitment to education in service to the public interest.

Under Foster’s leadership since her arrival last year, UMF received a full ten-year accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, created a Division of University Advancement, expanded university governance and oversaw numerous changes to campus facilities and programs. President Foster helped develop the University of Maine System’s first allocation model for outcomes-based funding and currently serves as co-chair for UMF’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations.

Foster became the 14th president of the University of Maine at Farmington in 2012. A native of New Jersey and a scholar-educator with 30 years of experience in public higher education and regional policy and practice, Foster came to UMF from a position as Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., where she was on research leave from the State University of New York at Buffalo, her academic home from 1993 to 2012.

At the State University of New York, Foster was Director of the University at Buffalo Regional Institute, an award-winning research and policy unit informing regional issues. Prior to assuming the directorship in 2005, she served as chair of the University at Buffalo Department of Urban and Regional Planning, where as a faculty member she taught graduate, undergraduate and honors courses.

Earlier in her career, Foster was a lecturer at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, served as a regional planner in the U.S. Peace Corps in Swaziland, and, in 2000-2001, as Visiting Fellow at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

A frequent public speaker, Foster is the author of “The Political Economy of Special-Purpose Government” (1997), “Regionalism on Purpose” (2001), and numerous book chapters, articles and policy reports. She participated actively on several New York State task forces, including the New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness, and was selected by Business First in 2007 as its Woman of Influence in Public Policy. From 2006 until its conclusion in 2013, Foster was also Associate Director and Co-PI for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Building Resilient Regions.

Foster earned her B.A. in geography from The Johns Hopkins University, her M.C.P. (city planning) from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in public and international affairs from Princeton University.

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/09/RP134-006.jpg

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UMF 150th Anniversary Celebrated in Local Corn Maze Design

FARMINGTON, ME (September 26, 2013)—It isn’t every day that you have your anniversary celebrated in a life-sized puzzle of corn, but RP134-008that’s one of the unique ways the University of Maine at Farmington’s 150th Anniversary Celebration as the birthplace of public higher education in Maine is being shared in the Farmington community this fall.

Sandy River Farms in Farmington is hosting their 5th annual Amazing Corn MAiZE, and this year it features a design around the University of Maine at Farmington’s 150th Anniversary Celebration. The York family farm owners proposed the tribute to the University and worked with Kelly Dodge, UMF vice president of university advancement, on the design.

“We are so honored by this touching display,” said Dodge. “This is a great example of the close relationship that UMF and the local community have enjoyed for 150 years. Campus and community members alike look forward to the challenge of the Sandy River Farm maze every year, but this year’s holds a special excitement.”

Designed by the world’s leading designer of more than 1,500 corn mazes worldwide, the Sandy River Corn MAiZE hopes to challenge the wits of those seeking to find the one exit from their mind-boggling puzzle. Though the correct pathway can be walked in only 15 minutes, most wandering maze-goers will require about one hour to travel through more than three miles of twists, turns and decision points.

The MAiZE is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on weekends starting on Saturday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 27. It is located at 755 Farmington Falls Rd, about 2 miles outside of Farmington on route 2. Cost is $8 for ages 10 and up, $4 for ages 3-10, and free for children 3 and under. After visitors find their way through the human labyrinth, they are also invited to explore the pumpkin patch, have a hayride, take a spin on the cow train, play in the corn box or feed the animals.

More on UMF’s 150th Anniversary Celebration

The University of Maine at Farmington, the birthplace of public higher education in Maine, celebrates its 150th anniversary this academic year. This historic milestone marks UMF’s passage from humble beginnings as the state’s first “Normal School” to that of a nationally recognized public liberal arts University of nearly 2,000 students.

The school was first established as the Western State Normal School by the Maine State Legislature on October 9, 1863. It officially opened on August 24, 1864, and was dedicated to educating future teachers. In 1889, it became the Farmington State Normal School and built its long-standing reputation on the vision and determination of its leaders and the scholarship and citizenship of its students.

The school would go on to grow and change, weather two world-wars, expand the degrees it offered and undergo several name changes. In 1971, it became the University of Maine at Farmington, a school that today continues its 150-year tradition of providing a quality public liberal arts education in the arts and sciences, teacher education, pre-professional programs and helping all students to be successful.

For more information on UMF’s 150th Anniversary Celebration and event details, please visit UMF’s Sesquicentennial website at http://150.umf.maine.edu/

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/09/RP134-008.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

UMF Celebrates Constitution Day with Seventh Annual U.S. Supreme Court Case Review

FARMINGTON, ME (September 17, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington celebrates Constitution Day 2013 with its seventh annual review of cases considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Presented by Jim Melcher, UMF professor of political science and adviser for the UMF pre-law program, the event features a docket of U.S. Supreme Court cases that discuss last term’s highlights and this term’s coming attractions. Free and open-to-the-public, this event will be presented at 11:45 a.m., Monday, Sept. 23, in Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center.

U.S. Supreme Court cases included:

Review of opinions from past term

Fisher v. Texas: Affirmative Action and colleges
Hollingsworth v. Perry and US v. Windsor: Landmark same-sex marriage cases
Shelby County v. Holder: Voting Rights Act
Maryland v. King: Police and swabbing for DNA

Review of cases to be considered in upcoming term

Bond v. US: Application of chemical weapons treaties
Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice: State regulation of abortion drugs
McCullen v. Coakley: Massachusetts case about limits on protests near abortion clinics
Town of Greece v. Galloway: Prayers at town meetings
Fernandez v. California: 4th Amendment and home searches

Opinions on last term’s cases can be found at www.supremecourtus.gov.

Previously known as Citizenship Day, Constitution Day was created by Congress in 2004. This federal holiday was revised to recognize not only those who have become U.S. citizens, but also the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day.

UMF’s Constitution Day event this year is sponsored by the UMF Provost’s Office, UMF Pre-Law Program and UMF Dept. of Political Science.

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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.

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Media Contact: James Melcher, UMF professor of political science, 207-778-7416, or jim.melcher@maine.edu

UMF Presents Series on Sexual and Reproductive Justice

FARMINGTON, ME (September 16, 2013)—In response to the complex issues behind today’s headlines on marriage equality, healthcare access and reproductive laws, the University of Maine at Farmington is holding a series of free and open to the public events on Sexual and Reproductive Justice. This series hopes to help define the principles of reproductive and sexual justice and to discuss how they can be achieved through education, care, activism and public policy.

RP134-JNorsigian.jpgThe series will begin with Judy Norsigian and her talk “Our Bodies Ourselves: Advancing Reproductive and Sexual Justice” at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, in room C23, UMF Roberts Learning Center. Norsigian is the founder and executive director of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. She will speak about the organization’s past and its new global health initiative. Based in Cambridge, Mass., the organization is “devoted to accurate, evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality, and addresses the social, economic and political conditions that affect healthcare access and quality of care.”

Jim Hubbard’s documentary “United in Anger: A History of ACT-UP” will be screened at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, in Thomas Auditorium, UMF RP134-JHubbardPreble/Ricker Halls. Hubbard will follow with a discussion about the history of HIV healthcare and activism and about the role of art in social change. Hubbard is a documentary photographer and the co-founder of the USC Institute for Photographic Empowerment.

“The Education of Shelby Knox: Sex, Lies, and Education, “will be screened at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at 7pm, in Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble/Ricker Hall.

Lisa Sockabasin, director of the Office of Minority Health, Maine DHHS, will give a talk on racial disparities in health outcomes with a focus on reproductive and sexual health at 11:45 a.m., Oct. 30, room 101, UMF Roberts Learning Center.

“Mass Appeal,” a two-character play by Bill C. Davis, will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7 and 8, in the Emery Community Arts Center. Directed by Jayne Decker, UMF faculty member, the play tells the story of a priest who avoids controversial issues while a passionate young seminarian is determined to make them part of his preaching.

RP134-LPaltrowLynn Paltrow will speak on “40 years After Roe v Wade: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble/Ricker Halls. She will talk about the current legal status of women’s reproductive rights, focusing in particular on low-income women’s access to reproductive and sexual healthcare. Paltrow is the founder and director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women. The organization’s work focuses on the healthcare needs and rights of pregnant and parenting women, particularly low-income women and women of color.

This series is sponsored by the UMF University Culture Committee, Women’s and Gender Studies Program and student club Student Activists for Gender Equality. Additional events will be added to the schedule in the future. For the latest details, visit the UMF Women’s and Gender Studies Facebook page.

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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.

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 Media Contact: Tanya Kennedy, UMF associate professor of women’s and gender studies, at tanya.kennedy@maine.edu or 207-778-7370

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