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University of Maine at Farmington Fulbright Scholars Share Experiences on Life in Bhutan and Northern Ireland, Oct. 18

FARMINGTON, ME (October 11, 2012)—Experience life half-a-world away as distinguished University of Maine at Farmington faculty members Gretchen Legler and Jeffrey Thomson present “Worlds Apart”—stories, images and writings from their Fulbright experiences in Bhutan and Northern Ireland. This free and open-to-the-public event will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Performance Space in Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus.

Legler and Thomson, professors with UMF’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, were both recently named as Fulbright Scholars by the prestigious Fulbright Program. Designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

Legler, UMF professor of creative writing, was named a 2011 Fulbright Scholar to the Kingdom of Bhutan to teach and do research at Paro College of Education in western Bhutan. Her time in Bhutan was spent teaching college writing, creative writing and American literature and learning about the spiritual and cultural legacy of the people of Bhutan. She is one of only two professionals to ever receive a Fulbright Award to the small Buddhist country in the eastern Himalayan Mountains.

Thomson, UMF associate professor of creative writing and poet-scholar, was named the 2012 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing affiliated with the prestigious Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. As the recipient of the only Fulbright Award dedicated to creative writing, Thomson served a six-month residency at Queen’s University Belfast. While there, he taught creative writing, conducted a postgraduate poetry workshop and offered public readings of his published work and work in progress through the Seamus Heaney Centre and Queen’s University School of English.

With two Fulbright Scholars named for 2011-12, UMF was recently recognized as a 2012 Fulbright Scholar “top producer” by the Institute of International Education and the Fulbright Program and was included in the Bachelor’s Institutions category for 2011-12.

In addition to the distinction of being named Fulbright Scholars, both Legler and Thomson have been recognized as exemplary full-time UMS faculty members and named UMF Trustee Professors for 2012-13 and 2010-11, respectively. Established in 1998 by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, the Trustee Professorship promotes excellence in academic programs by providing the opportunity and support for recipients to pursue continued in-depth scholarly work.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 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: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF associate professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu

University of Maine at Farmington Presents Educational Forum on “Helping ALL Students Learn,” Oct. 19

FARMINGTON, ME (October 4, 2012)—How do educators help all students learn and be successful in today’s increasingly diverse classrooms with students of different cultures, languages and abilities? That is the focus of the fifth annual Teaching and Working in a Diverse World conference, “Helping ALL Students Learn,” presented by the University of Maine at Farmington. Free and open-to-the-public, this half-day conference takes place from 11:50 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, at selected venues on the UMF campus.

“Educators are responsible for ensuring that all students learn about their diverse world,” said Linda Gamble, UMF faculty member and coordinator for special projects. “This conference provides them with a variety of informational sessions to allow them to think deeply about diversity issues in the context of the world and their work.”

This educational forum begins with “The Center of the World,” a keynote presentation by writer Terry Farish at 11:50 a.m., in Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center. With passages from “The Good Braider”—her new young-adult novel set in South Sudan and Portland, Maine—Farish describes one refugee family’s relationship to education and the beginning of one girl’s journey to find her new identity in the United States.

Terry Farish

Terry Farish

Farish’s writings draw on her experience working with refugees from many countries who come to the U.S. to find a safe place for their families to live and learn. A children’s and young adult author, she is the literacy director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and through the Council directs the Bilingual Folktale Project. Her picture book, “The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup,” won a “Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books” Blue Ribbon and New Hampshire’s award for Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature.

An afternoon of lectures, discussions, instructional strategies, story-telling and activities presented by faculty and professionals in the field will follow the keynote. Presentations will include: “Behavior and Diversity in the Classroom;” “Language, Culture and the Changing Face of Maine;” “How Does Customized Learning Help All Students Learn” and more.

The UMF Diversity Conference is sponsored by the UMF Office of the Associate Provost, Office of the Dean of Education, the UMF Student Education Association of Maine and the UMF Diversity Committee.

For a list of the conference session descriptions, presenters, times and locations, please visit the conference website at http://teachereducation.umf.maine.edu/diversity/diversity-conference/2012-2013-helping-all-students-learn/.

 

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

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UMF Sweatt-Winter Child Care and Early Education Center Receives Full National Accreditation

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UMF Sweatt-Winter staff, left to right: Julie Farmer, Edna Montague, Emily Nutt and Beth Bilodea

FARMINGTON, ME (October 1, 2012)—The Sweatt-Winter Child Care and Early Education Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus was recently notified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children that its early childhood program has once again been awarded full NAEYC accreditation.

“We are thrilled to again receive national recognition for the quality of our program,” said Edna Montague, director of the UMF Sweatt-Winter Center. “Only about 10 percent of children’s centers nationally receive NAEYC accreditation and that really says a lot about Sweatt-Winter’s commitment to provide the best child care experience possible.”

The NAEYC—the world’s largest professional organization working on behalf of young children—sets and monitors standards for high quality early childhood education programs and accredits programs that meet those standards. The Sweatt-Winter Center met 100 percent of the criteria in each of 10 program standards, including, teaching, assessment of child progress, curriculum, physical environment and relationship with parents and family. In addition to its score in each standard, the child care center also received additional credit in multiple areas for meeting emerging criteria not yet required by the accreditation process.

In celebration of its successful re-accreditation, Sweatt-Winter invites the public to join them at a free open house at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at the Sweatt-Winter Center.

“We are excited about celebrating this milestone with our families, friends, staff, and of course, our students,” said Montague. “Many of our current student’s parents and other family members came to Sweatt-Winter when they were children. It really shows what a valuable asset a quality child care program can be to a community.”

The Sweatt-Winter Child Care and Early Education Program has provided full-time care and education to children in Franklin County and the surrounding areas for 30 years. The Early Education program provides a relaxed atmosphere with hands-on learning in the areas of creative arts, science & nature, literacy, math, and more. The curriculum is based on the interests of the children, and is carried out through the use of age appropriate activities. Social and emotional growth is supported through the use of conflict resolution skills.

The Sweatt-Winter program is located in University of Maine at Farmington’s Ricker Addition. Hours of operation are from 7 a.m.–5:15 p.m. The program currently has openings in its before and after-school child care program. For more information please contact Edna Montague, director of UMF’s children’s programs, or Julie Farmer, Sweatt-Winter teacher, at 207-778-7480.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 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: Edna Montague, director of UMF Sweatt-Winter Child Care and Early Education Program, at 207-778-7480,or edna.montague@maine.edu

 

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Photo Caption:  UMF Sweatt-Winter staff, left to right: Julie Farmer, Edna Montague, Emily Nutt and Beth Bilodea

University of Maine at Farmington Appoints Lucas Kellett as New Sustainability Coordinator

Lucas KellettFARMINGTON, ME (September 28, 2012)—University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Dr. Lucas C. Kellett as the University’s new sustainability coordinator.  Kellett comes to UMF with a strong background in both the natural sciences and social sciences, including environmental studies, geography and anthropology.  He arrived at UMF the fall of 2011, where he has held the position of lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

“We are thrilled to welcome Luke to this leadership role at UMF,” said Foster. “UMF has a long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability and raising awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship.  Luke’s knowledge and experience will help UMF continue to engage and inspire the campus and community to care for our environment and to conserve it, now and in the future.”

Most recently, Kellett taught anthropology and archaeology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, during which time he worked as a professional federal archaeologist and served as sustainability coordinator for two years with the U.S. Forest Service in New Mexico’s Cibola National Forest. There he was responsible for compliance with federal orders requiring gains in sustainability. His efforts helped improve energy efficiency, streamline recycling efforts and create a network of sustainability representatives throughout the National Forest.

In his new role at UMF, Kellett will develop, implement and oversee sustainability efforts at the University. In collaboration with other faculty partners, he will co-coordinate the work of the Sustainable Campus Coalition—a UMF-based organization dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability—and strive to teach, encourage and support behaviors that will improve environmental stewardship throughout the campus and local community. Further responsibilities include working with UMF Facilities Management to help inform decisions about energy savings, planning educational events and activities and overseeing the implementation of the University’s Climate Action Plan.

“I am so excited to be at UMF, a campus whose natural setting really fosters respect for the Earth’s resources,” said Kellett. “I’m looking forward to working closely with students and community members and together finding positive ways to make environmental sustainability a reality.”

As an anthropological archaeologist Kellett is especially interested in the long-term interaction between humans and the environment during periods of climate change. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 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: Lucas Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator, at 207-778-7096, or luke.kellett@maine.edu
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University of Maine at Farmington Announces Election of Community Members Alison Hagerstrom and Gerald Cayer to Leadership Positions on its Board of Visitors

FARMINGTON, ME (September 18, 2012)— University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster is pleased to announce that Alison Hagerstrom and Gerald Cayer have been elected as the chair and vice-chair of the UMF Board of Visitors. “UMF is honored to welcome both of these dedicated and accomplished individuals—and UMF alumni—to their new leadership positions on our Board of Visitors,” said Foster. “The Board of visitors plays an essential role in guiding UMF in its mission to educate and enrich the lives of Maine citizens. We are grateful to Alison and Jerry for their continued service to UMF and their leadership of our wonderful board of advisors, advocates and ambassadors.”

AlisonHagerstromAlison Hagerstrom is executive director of the Greater Franklin Development Corporation. She is a former Farmington business owner with more than 20 years of manufacturing and management experience. The Maine Development Foundation recognized the Greater Franklin Development Corporation for its extraordinary commitment to Maine with the 2007 Champion of Economic Development Award.

Hagerstrom served on the Plus 1 Small Business Committee created by former Governor Angus King, and in 1991 received the UMF Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award. In 2011, she was honored with the Florence Hewey Archibald ’27 Alumni Service Award. She is a graduate of UMF and is the current president of the board of directors for the Economic Development Council of Maine.

Gerald Cayer is executive vice president of Franklin Community Health Network, a comprehensive health care system serving areas of central and western Maine. He has served as chief GeraldCayeroperating officer of Franklin Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of the FCHN, since 2005.

A native of Lewiston, Cayer previously served as the director of the Department of Health and Human Services for the City of Portland. He received his bachelor’s degree in community health education from UMF, later earning a master’s degree in public health from Boston University. Cayer resides in Waterville with his wife, Tami, and their children, Chelsea, Ethan and Annie.

The University of Maine System mandates that each of its seven universities has a Board of Visitors of up to 20 members who are recommended by the campus presidents and confirmed by the Board of Trustees. These regional leaders serve as advocates and advisors for each institution, review final recommendations on tuition increases and new academic programs and raise private funds for the university.

On May 21, 2012, by University of Maine System Board of Trustee approval, Peter Addicott, Betty-Jane Meader, and Jane Mickeriz were elected to serve a first three-year term on UMF’s Board of Visitors. They will join Alison Hagerstrom, Gerald Cayer, Dana Bullen, Sharon Cullenberg, Chris DeMerchant, Edward Fox, Ray Glass, Sandra Goodwin, Bruce Hazard, Lisa Park Laflin, Nancy Marshall, Janet Mills and Tanya Swain currently serving the University.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 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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Award-Winning Poet Richard Blanco First to Read in University of Maine at Farmington Fall 2012 Visiting Writers Series, Sept. 27

Richard BlancoFARMINGTON, ME (September 17, 2012)—Richard Blanco, an award-winning poet whose writing vividly portrays his diverse cultural heritage, is the first author in University of Maine at Farmington’s fall 2012 Visiting Writers Series. Proudly presented by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, Blanco reads from his work at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, 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.

Blanco is the author of three collections of poetry: “City of a Hundred Fires,” “Directions to the Beach of the Dead,” and his most recent publication in 2012 titled “Looking for the Gulf Motel.”  His first book, “City of a Hundred Fires,” received the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. “Directions to the Beach of the Dead “received the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center.

His poetry has been featured in The Nation, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, and TriQuarterly Review. His poems have appeared in anthologies including “The Best American Poetry,” “Great American Prose Poems,” Breadloaf anthology of “The New American Poets” and “American Poetry: The Next Generation.”

Blanco has also received two Florida Artist Fellowships, a Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and is a John Ciardi Fellow of the Bead Loaf Writers Conference.

Blanco’s family moved from Cuba to Madrid just a few months before he was born, and then 45 days after his birth they emigrated from Madrid to New York City. He was raised in Miami and received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1991 as well as his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 1997 from the Florida International University.

He has been an instructor at both the Miami-Dade Community College English Department as well as the Florida International University Creative Writing Program. He was an assistant professor at the Central Connecticut State University, as well as a lecturer at the Georgetown University and American University, Washington, D.C. He was also the Vice-President and Founding Board Member at the Macondo Foundation in San Antonio, Texas.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 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: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF associate professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/09/RP123-009.jpg
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Constitution Day Celebrated on University of Maine at Farmington Campus with Sixth Annual U.S. Supreme Court Case Review, Sept. 17

FARMINGTON, ME (September 14, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington celebrates Constitution Day 2012 with its sixth annual review of cases considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Presented by Jim Melcher, UMF associate 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. 17, in Rm. C23, UMF Roberts Learning Center.

U.S. Supreme Court cases included in the UMF Constitution Day event:

Review of opinions from past term:

NFIB v. Sebelius (Affordable Care Act-”Obamacare”)
Arizona v. US (immigration enforcement)
US v. Alvarez (Stolen Valor Act/1st Amendment)
Florence v. Board of Freeholders (strip searches)
US v. Jones (Police tracking of criminal suspects)

Review of cases to be considered in upcoming term:

University of Texas v. Fisher (affirmative action and colleges)
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. US (Environmental regulation and the Takings Clause)
Florida v. Harris/Florida v. Jardines (Police dogs and drug searches)
Bailey v. US (detentions during search warrants)

And one important case the Supreme Court might take:
Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the United States House of Representatives v. Gill (Same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act)

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

University of Maine at Farmington Explores the World of Sound With “Sonitus: A Sound Studies Forum”

FARMINGTON, ME (September 13, 2012)— The University of Maine at Farmington explores the world of music, sound, noise and silence with a two-month long sound conference this fall. “Sonitus: A Sound Studies University Forum” features a wide-range of presentations by scholars, artists and performers as they investigate sound’s unbounded nature.

This rich, interdisciplinary series of events includes performances, discussions, lectures and activities that investigate and celebrate the nature of sound and its many forms and how it transforms our lives. All events are free and open to the public and take place at various venues on the UMF campus.

Sept. 20-Nov. 4
Exhibit by Pioneer in Sound Art Liz Phillips. Opening Reception 5-8 p.m., Sept. 20. Daily interactive performances 2:30-3 p.m.
UMF Art Gallery

Sept. 21, 11:45 a.m.
Discussion—The Sounds and Ideas of John Cage
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Performance—The Music of John Cage

Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Oct. 24, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lecture—James Joyce and the Use of Music in the Sirens Episode of “Ulysses”
Room C23, Roberts Learning Center

Oct. 31, 12-1 p.m.
Presentation by Liz Phillips: “The Resonance of Weather”

Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Performance—“Granular Modality: A Live Sound Exploration with Earl Howard”
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Nov. 2, 12-1:30 p.m.
Discussion—“Sound, Place and Identity” featuring Josh Kun, Liz Phillips and Omar Tamez
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Keynote—Josh Kun

Performance—“Landing on a Sense of Place”: A Concert Featuring the Sanchez/Tamez/Aguilar Trio
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Nov. 3, 3-5 p.m.
Performance—“Farmington Resounding”
Room 223, Nordica, and Fourth Floor in Merrill Hall

Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
Performance Reading—“James Joyce, The Sound of Bloom’s Sirens”
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Nov. 11, 3 p.m.
Performance—“Sonic Counterpoints: Johann Sebastian Bach, George Lewis, Vinko Globakar
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

“Sonitus” is part of the UMF University Forum, and is made possible by the generous support of the University Culture Committee; the Office of the Provost; the Office of the Assistant Provos;, Mantor Library; and the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

For more information on these events visit: sound.umf.maine.edu.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 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: Steven Pane, UMF professor of music, at 207-778-7288, or pane@maine.edu

UMF Presents Concert as Part of International Tribute to Pioneering Composer John Cage, Sept. 21

FARMINGTON, ME (September 13, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington is presenting a concert dedicated to the music and creative legacy of American composer John Cage. Part of the “A Tribute to John Cage” concert series, the event is being held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus.

There will also be a panel featuring Liz Phillips, Phil Carlsen, Nate Aldrich—three individuals who work across music, sound, and movement—who will discuss the sounds and ideas of John Cage earlier that day from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., also at the Performance Space in Emery.

“A Tribute to John Cage” concert series is part of an international celebration of the centennial of the birth of John Cage, considered one of the most influential and controversial artists of the 20th century. The concert will present a broad range of this pioneering composer’s work spanning 50 years. The concert includes performances by Grammy-Award winning pianist Paul Sullivan, internationally recognized percussionist Gustavo Aguilar and the UMF Experimental Arts Ensemble, and the experimental music collective Les Trois Etoiles.

All events are free and open to the public. “A Tribute to John Cage” is co-sponsored by the University of Maine Intermedia MFA Program and the University of Maine at Farmington Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. It is part of the UMF University Forum.

For more information, please visit sound.umf.maine.edu or contact Gustavo Aguilar gustavo.aguilar@maine.edu.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 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: Gustavo Aguilar, UMF assistant professor of experimental performance, at 207-778-7896, or gustavo.aguilar@maine.edu

University of Maine at Farmington Named “Best College” by U.S.News & World Report for 16th Consecutive Year

FARMINGTON, ME (September 12, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington has received national recognition for the sixteenth consecutive year by U.S.News & World Report as one of the “Best Colleges 2013”. According to the U.S.News annual college rankings released Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, UMF has secured fifth place in its geographic region “Top Public Regional Colleges” in the North.

In the overall ranking of both public and private regional colleges in the north, UMF has captured seventeenth place.

UMF has also been recognized by U.S.News as a “Great School at a Great Price” for the second consecutive year. With this classification the U.S.News statistical survey identifies those national and regional colleges and universities that it has determined offer students the best value. UMF ranks ninth of regional colleges in the north with this distinction and is the only public college in the 12 states in this northeast region to appear in this category.

“This year’s ranking of UMF by U.S.News as a ‘Best College’ serves as yet another milestone in our nearly 150-year history that shows our continuing commitment to providing access to an affordable, quality education,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president.

“National recognition of UMF for 16 straight years confirms what our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all so proud of,” said Foster. “UMF is a true gem in public higher education.”

The 2013 U.S.News & World Report rankings include more than 1,300 accredited four-year colleges and universities throughout the country. The “Best Regional Colleges” category, in which UMF appears, includes 370 colleges that focus on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and professional studies such as business, nursing and education.

U.S.News & World Report ranks schools in four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest and West. UMF’s region (North) is a geographic area that includes all six New England states plus New York; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Maryland; Delaware; and Washington, D.C. The colleges and universities in each category are ranked against their peer group in each geographic area.

UMF achieves its national reputation for academic excellence by creating a student-centered environment. Small classes which emphasize more in-depth learning, a low student-to-faculty ratio, and valuable outside-the-classroom learning opportunities are the keys to its success. Enrollment is intentionally limited to 2,000 students to provide the ideal size for a quality academic experience.

Featured in the American Association for Higher Education publication, “Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter,” UMF was cited as one of 20 model universities and described as an “especially instructive example of a school that is committed to maximizing student potential so that students leave college different in desired ways.”

“UMF has a well-earned reputation for offering a quality education at an affordable price,” said Foster. We remain focused on academic excellence, student success both in and out of the classroom, and a promise that every UMF student will graduate prepared for career success and civic engagement.”

The public release of the rankings was made online today (September 12) for U.S.News & World Report’s college guide “Best Colleges 2013” (usnews.com). The Best Colleges 2013 guidebook will be in stores on September 18 and is available at the online U.S.News Store.

U.S.News & World Report’s Methodology

U.S.News & World Report bases its regional rankings on academic reputation or peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The data is collected by national and regional higher education organizations and the colleges themselves. As in the past, the schools in the survey were divided into categories using guidelines established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which classify colleges and universities by their mission.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 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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