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UMF Mainely Outdoors Program Offers Second Annual Canoe Race and Fun Paddle, May 5

FARMINGTON, ME (April 27, 2012)–The University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center is offering a Cinco de Mayo canoe/kayak race and fun run paddle on Saturday, May 5, on the Sandy River. Sponsored by the FRC’s “Mainely Outdoors” outdoor recreation program, this canoe/kayak race & fun paddle was created to kick off the spring with a fun opportunity to promote fitness while enjoying the outdoors.Dawn and Brad Kog, from Bowdoin, paddle a section of the Sandy River on their way to winning last year’s open canoe 2-person category in UMF’s annual Canoe Race and Fun Paddle.

“We’re excited to offer this canoe and kayak event again this season,” said Jim Toner, director of the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center. “This is what Mainely Outdoors is all about—providing opportunities for the community to enjoy Maine’s natural resources. Last year’s response was overwhelmingly positive with 35 boaters participating, and we are looking forward to another great time!”

The Cinco de Mayo kayak/canoe race and fun run paddle features an approximate 10-mile paddle and will start at 1 p.m., in Strong and end in Fairbanks. The put-in location is at the Strong American Legion at the intersection of Route 4 and 145 and the take-out location is at the Little League ball field on Route 4.

Participants 12 and older of all ability levels are welcome to compete in the timed race or to paddle for fun. Paddlers must provide their own canoe or kayak, paddles, personal floatation devices and other related equipment.

According to the Whitewater Classification System, this section of the Sandy River is identified as Class I—moving water with small disturbances on the surface and a few small waves, to Class II—easy rapids with smaller waves and clear channels that are obvious and where occasional maneuvering may be required.

Registration fees are $10 person and $5 for students. Registration forms can be completed by visiting the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center or on site the day of the race from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Racing categories for participants include high school students; college students; men/women, ages 18-49; century, ages over 50; and family. Children ages 12-14 must be accompanied by an adult.

For race rules, registration form or more information, visit the UMF Fitness and Recreation website at http://frc.umf.maine.edu/, or call at 778-7495.

More on UMF’s Mainely Outdoors

Mainely Outdoors provides an opportunity for individuals and groups to participate in all types of outdoor adventure activities, clinics, workshops and excursions through organized trips and by providing rental equipment to try and promote fitness, to get people active, to expose people to new recreation opportunities, and to take advantage of the abundant natural resources in our area. Programs are open to members of the UMF campus and local community members.

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Media Contact: Jim Toner, director of UMF Fitness and Recreation Center, at 207-778-7495, or james.d.toner@maine.edu

EDITOR’S NOTE: You will find photo at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/04/RP112-062.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

University of Maine at Farmington Hosts International Conference on “Shakespeare in Performance,” May 4-5

FARMINGTON, ME (April 24, 2012)—An international conference on “Shakespeare in Performance” will be hosted by the University of Maine at Farmington in cooperation with the international faculty of the Université du Maine in Le Mans, France, on May 4-5. The conference is free and open-to-the-public and features presentations by scholars and experts in the field from UMF, Université du Maine and colleges and universities around the U.S.  Events will take place in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center and other venues on the UMF campus.

The two-day conference was designed to make the study of Shakespeare more accessible to the general public. Co-organized by Eric Brown, UMF associate professor of English, and Estelle Rivier, from the Université du Maine, the conference includes both traditional and state-of-the-art presentations and workshops on a variety of works by the English poet and playwright.

“Shakespeare’s stories and characters have always led a double-life on the page and the stage,” said Brown. “This conference is an exploration of how those energies crisscross, and how such exchanges inform not only the teaching of Shakespeare but our understanding of his works in an increasingly global context.”

Included in the two-day conference are presentations on Faulkner’s Retelling of Macbeth, Shakespeare in Hungary, Composing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Traces of Shakespeare’s Tragedies in Africa and more.  For the entire conference schedule, including times and locations, please view the conference program at: http://englishumf.wordpress.com/.

In addition to the international conference, a free and open-to-the-public roundtable discussion on Shakespeare and performance in the classroom will be held at 11:45 a.m., on May 2, in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus.

“Shakespeare in Performance” is sponsored by the UMF Culture Committee, Office of the Provost, Office of the Associate Provost, UMF Division of Humanities, UMF Division of Inclusive Secondary and Health Education and the Maine Humanities Council.


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Media Contact: Eric Brown, UMF associate professor of English, at 207-778-7457, or brown.eric@maine.edu.

University of Maine at Farmington Announces Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair as 2012 Commencement Speaker

FARMINGTON, ME (April 23, 2012)—Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate and University of Maine at Farmington professor emeritus and writer in residence, will deliver the commencement address at UMF’s Commencement ceremonies celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12, at an outdoor ceremony on the UMF campus.Wes McNair

Regarded by U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine as, “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry,” McNair was appointed by Maine Governor Paul LePage to a five-year term as Maine Poet Laureate in 2011. The author of nine volumes of poems, including “Lovers of the Lost: New and Selected Poems,” he has held grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two grants in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Emmy Award.

McNair has been invited twice to read his poetry by the Library of Congress, served as a guest editor in poetry for the 2010 Pushcart Prize anthology and has served four times on the nominating jury for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. In 2006, he was selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of “America’s finest living artists.” The recipient of numerous prizes for his poetry, McNair’s many honors include the Robert Frost Prize, the Theodore Roethke Prize, the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal for “distinguished contribution to the world of letters” and three honorary degrees.

At UMF, he directed the creative writing program and shared his love of poetry with his students, colleagues and the wider community. In addition, he was instrumental in inviting Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry press, to take up residence at UMF. McNair was the recipient of both the UMF Distinguished Faculty Award and the Libra Professorship and currently serves as a guest faculty member for UMF’s Longfellow Mountains Young Writers summer workshop

The University will award honorary degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters to McNair and Seth Wescott, American snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist. Wescott, a U.S. Snowboarding Team veteran who was raised in Farmington and currently resides in Sugarloaf helped to develop interest in the sport of Snowboard cross in the U.S. and on an international level.  He was instrumental in having it included in the 2006 Winter Olympics and currently holds the only two Snowboardcross Olympic gold medals ever awarded.

Merissa “Moe” Beaulieu, graduating senior from Monmouth, will give the student address. At UMF she majored in secondary education with a concentration in English. During her four years in Farmington she was employed in the Admission office, was a varsity golfer and studied abroad in Krakow, Poland. She will be going back to Poland this summer to volunteer with youth groups at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Education Center. When she returns, she looks forward to student teaching and working toward her ultimate life goal—being the first UMF grad to summit Mount Everest.

Theodora J. Kalikow, UMF president, and Daniel P. Gunn, vice president for academic affairs, will confer degrees to this year’s graduates. Marjorie Murray Medd, member of the UMS Board of Trustees, will deliver greetings to the graduates from the University of Maine System.

Additional Event Details

The outdoor ceremony will be held behind the UMF Olsen Student Center and is free and open to the public. However, in case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center. Admission to the indoor ceremony will be limited to those who have already received “Fitness and Recreation Center” tickets. Guests of graduates are also welcome to watch the ceremony live over closed-circuit television in classrooms in the UMF Education Center and in Lincoln Auditorium and C23, located in the UMF Roberts Learning Center. The UMF Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on Mount Blue TV community access Channel 11, whether the ceremony is held indoors or outdoors. DVDs of the ceremony will be available in early summer for a small fee from the UMF Ferro Alumni Center, which can be contacted at 207-778-7090.


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EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/04/RP112-060.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

UMF Community Chorus Takes Listeners on a Journey to Broadway, April 29

FARMINGTON, ME (April 20, 2012)—The UMF Community Chorus takes listeners on a journey to Broadway—from the grand opera of Lincoln Center to the musical theatre of 42nd Street—at 3 p.m., on Sunday, April 29, in University of Maine at Farmington’s Nordica Auditorium.

Under the leadership of Bruce G. McInnes, with Patricia Hayden, pianist, the singers commence with the famous Anvil Chorus from Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” complete with anvil. The program continues with other well-known operatic selections from Bizet’s “Carmen,” Verdi’s “Nabucco,” Delibes’ “Lakmé,” Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov,” and concluding the first half with the Bridal Chorus (“Here comes the bride”) from Wagner’s “Lohengrin.”

The second half of the concert begins with an excursion to the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in London for two selections by Gilbert and Sullivan: “Three Little Maids from School are We” from “The Mikado,” and “Oh Men of Dark and Dismal Fate” from “Pirates of Penzance.” Guest conductors for these numbers will be Dan Woodward and Jane Parker.

McInnes returns to the podium for a medley of tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein from their great musicals “Oklahoma,” “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I,” “State Fair”, and “South Pacific.”  The concert concludes with a nostalgic look back at the 1930s and the song “Will You Remember?” from Sigmund Romberg’s “Maytime.”

The occasion will be nostalgic and bittersweet in another way, as it marks the final appearance by Patricia Hayden as accompanist of the chorus, a post she has faithfully held for more than thirty years. Her many friends and admirers are invited to come celebrate Patricia’s contributions to the musical life of Farmington with this afternoon of delightful music, followed by a reception for her in the Emery Community Arts Center.

This event is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and free for children and UMF students. For further information, please contact Robin Palmer-Mosher at 778-7290.

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University of Maine at Farmington Hosts Annual Career Fair, April 24

FARMINGTON, ME (April 18, 2012)—In the continuing tradition of creating events to help connect UMF students, graduates and the general public with exciting career opportunities, the University of Maine at Farmington is holding its annual spring Career Fair from 12:30-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, in North Dining Hall in the UMF Olsen Student Center. This event is free and open-to-the-public.

Previously focused solely on openings in the field of education, this year’s career fair has been renamed to the UMF Career Fair: Education and Liberal Arts and expanded to include career opportunities in education, business and human services.

“UMF Career Services is always assessing the current economic conditions to best meet the career needs of our students,” said Stephen Davis, UMF career counselor. “This year we have broadened the scope of employers and organizations invited to our spring career fair to increase our students’ exposure to the improved opportunities in the current job market.”

Nearly 30 employers, including representatives from five school districts, will be attending the UMF Career Fair with thoughts of hiring full time and part time employees. In addition, Jessica Whittier, from the Finance Authority of Maine, will also be assisting students with information on student loans and loan repayment planning.

For an updated list of employers, visit the UMF website at: http://chd.umf.maine.edu/Recruiting/Educationjobfair.php.

This year’s UMF Career Fair is sponsored by SchoolSpring and UMF Career Services.


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Media Contact: Stephen Davis, UMF career counselor at 207-778-7232, or stephen.davis@maine.edu

University of Maine at Farmington and Emergency Responders Create Mock Accident Scene to Raise Awareness of Dangers of Drunk and Distracted Driving, April 26

UMF Merrill HallFARMINGTON, ME (April 18, 2012)—In an effort to educate young drivers on the dangers of drunk and distracted driving, the University of Maine at Farmington departments of Student Life and Public Safety and NorthStar EMS—the regional ambulance service for greater Franklin County—are collaborating to bring a mock OUI accident scene to the UMF campus at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 26.

The simulated crash scene will be staged between UMF’s Mantor Library and the UMF Computer Center on South Street, which will be closed to traffic that day from 3-6 p.m. The exercise will present campus and community members with a graphic reminder of the dangerous and potentially deadly consequences of alcohol and distracted driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and one out of three of these is alcohol related. “Staged accidents like this are valuable because they raise awareness of the consequences of drunk and distracted driving and hopefully save lives,” said Ted Blais, UMF director of Public Safety. “We’re pleased to be able to bring this public service exercise to the UMF campus and hope spectators will share what they’ve learned with their friends and family.”

The Franklin County dispatch center will be notified of the simulation prior to the event and will announce over their radio network that it is only a drill as the scenario unfolds. Spectators can expect to see several student volunteers taking on different roles in the scenario, including as an intoxicated driver and injured or deceased passengers.

A multitude of public safety and emergency responders will participate in the mock OUI scene. UMF and Town of Farmington police, emergency medical services, the Farmington Fire Department and the Adams-McFarlane Funeral Home will proceed as if this was an actual accident.

The Maine State Police will be on hand to demonstrate the arrest process and accident reconstruction. Representatives from Franklin County Emergency Management and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department will be available to speak with spectators. In addition, representatives from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety will demonstrate the “Seat Belt Convincer,” an educational tool that teaches the importance of wearing a seat belt.

This event will take place outdoors, rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public; however it is important for community members to realize that the scenario is of a graphic nature and may not be suitable for some children.


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Media Contacts:

Peter Osborne, UMF assistant director for residence life, at 207-778-7188, or peter.osborne@maine.edu.

Edward Blais, UMF director of public safety, at 207-778-7033, or edward.blais@maine.edu

UMF Celebrates Scholarly and Creative Achievements with Arts Night and Symposium Events, April 23-25

FARMINGTON, ME (April 17, 2012)—Student success is showcased throughout the University of Maine at Farmington campus from 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, with the annual Michael D. Wilson Symposium. This daylong, University-wide celebration of scholarly and creative achievements is free and open-to-the-public and will take place at multiple venues throughout the campus.

Initiated by UMF President Theodora J. Kalikow in 1999, the UMF Symposium spotlights the results of engaged learning, undergraduate research, student-faculty collaboration and creative expression that take place everywhere at UMF. “Symposium is a wonderful opportunity to see what inspires UMF students to challenge themselves,” said Kalikow. “Over its 13-year history, Symposium has grown into a wonderful tradition that recognizes the creative energy and depth of learning that are the hallmarks of the UMF experience.”

During the academic year, students focus on the process of project creation and development and in-depth academic research of their work, which is then exhibited at Symposium in the form of papers, oral and poster presentations, original student readings, art gallery exhibits and performances. As in the past seven years, this year’s Symposium will feature the original research findings of the 2011-2012 Michael D. Wilson Research Scholars and Fellows and students in every major throughout campus, including topics such as:

Why Schools Are Failing Boys
Underdevelopment in the Moosehead Lake Region
Do You Really Know What’s in Your Diet Supplement?
Mathematics in Action
Natural Gas Implications for the State of Maine

Also, Eric Brown, UMF associate professor of English and UMF Trustee Professor for 2011-2012, will be lecturing on the difficulties of translating Milton’s “Paradise Lost” to the language of motion pictures.

As a prelude to Symposium day, a talk entitled “Theo’s Last Lecture” will be presented by UMF President Kalikow from 7-8:30 p.m., Monday, April 23, in Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center. As she prepares to retire after serving as UMF president for 18 years, Kalikow will share some thoughts on things that matter deeply to her and possibilities for the future. The idea of leaving a last lecture legacy is based on the book “The Last Lecture,” written by Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, whose diagnosis with a terminal illness inspired him to speak on what mattered most to him. This event is sponsored by the UMF chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, the first year Honors Society.

In addition, two evenings of Arts Night events will take place on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24, preceding Symposium day featuring:

April 23

Annual Pixel Hunter Video and Animation Festival
7 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center Performance Space
A screening of the best UMF student  video and animation projects

April 24

Clefnotes
5 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center Performance Space
UMF a cappella group

ReinCARnation
6 p.m., Outside between Emery and Psychology buildings
In the tradition of past UMF automobile orchestra performances, Phil Carlsen, UMF professor of music, will present two performances of his newest auto symphony.

The Café Project with Gustavo Aguilar and David Carr
7 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center Performance Space

“The Loss”
8 p.m., UMF Alumni Theater
Take a tour of this collaborative live installation featuring members of the Dept. of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry Project 2 class. For mature audiences.

Moxie, the UMF Senior Art Exhibit, is appearing in the UMF Art Gallery and throughout the Emery Community Arts Center, from April 13-May 12

All arts events are sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry and are free and open to the public.

The Michael D. Wilson Symposium is organized by the UMF Culture Committee. A full schedule of Michael D. Wilson Symposium and Arts Night events can be found at http://ur.umf.maine.edu/symposium/.

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Media Contact: Paul Stancioff, UMF associate professor of physics, at 207-778-7371, or pauls@maine.edu

University of Maine at Farmington Faculty Member Chris Brinegar Awarded Grant to Help Expand Knowledge of Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia Forests

Chris BrinegarFARMINGTON, ME (April 11, 2012)—Chris Brinegar, adjunct associate professor of biology at the University of Maine at Farmington, has been awarded a $14,266 grant by the Save the Redwoods League, a San Francisco-based conservation organization, to fund a genetics project on two plant species in the coast redwood forests. Brinegar’s grant is part of $100,000 in research grants recently announced by the organization to fund projects that will expand scientific knowledge of the biology and ecology of coast redwood and giant sequoia forests.

According to a release by the Save the Redwoods League—the only nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range—this research can help answer big questions that will protect the health of people, wildlife, redwood forests and the entire planet.

Brinegar’s most recent research has shown through chloroplast DNA analysis that populations of coast redwood trees south of the San Francisco Bay are significantly less genetically diverse than their northern counterparts, presumably due to an evolutionary process called genetic drift. This new grant will allow him to determine if the population genetics of common understory plants of the redwood forest, such as Western sword fern and redwood sorrel, show a similar geographic pattern.

“Understanding the causes of genetic diversity loss in these plant species can shed light on how they have evolved and migrated over geological time,” said Brinegar. “Genetics data can also help scientists and policymakers devise long term conservation strategies for the next century when climate change may accelerate genetic drift and loss of genetic diversity by altering temperature and precipitation patterns throughout the entire redwood ecosystem.”

A retired professor and former director of the Biotechnology Education and Research Institute at San Jose State University in California, Brinegar has taught at UMF since 2006. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to lecture and do genetics research at Kathmandu University in Nepal during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Brinegar received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin and currently lives in New Portland, Maine.

Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has protected and restored redwood forests and connected people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish. Unfortunately, some ancient redwoods remain unprotected, and forests that are protected face threats from a changing environment, disease and devastating government budget cuts. To date the League has completed the purchase of more than 189,000 acres of redwood forest and associated land. For more information, please visit SaveTheRedwoods.org.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college known for its commitment to student success, UMF provides a challenging yet supportive environment to prepare students for both careers and further study. Located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region, UMF 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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EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/04/RP112-0531.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

UMF Senior Art Students Present Capstone Projects in Annual Senior Art Exhibit, April 13-May 12

FARMINGTON, ME (April 6, 2012)—The creative talents of eight University of Maine at Farmington senior art students will be featured in this year’s UMF Senior Art Exhibit entitled “Moxie.” A mixed-media show appearing in the UMF Art Gallery and throughout the Emery Community Arts Center, the annual exhibit will kick-off with an opening reception held at both venues from 5-8 p.m., Friday, April 13. The show is free and open-to-the-public and will run from April 13-May 12.

Left to right, front row: Kelson Williams, Ben Radville, Nicole Phillips, Katherine Steward, and Dillon Robinson. Back row: Sara Tarbox, Christy Carle and Tim Millett.

Left to right, front row: Kelson Williams, Ben Radville, Nicole Phillips, Katherine Steward, and Dillon Robinson. Back row: Sara Tarbox, Christy Carle and Tim Millett.

A collaboration of senior capstone projects in the arts, “Moxie” demonstrates how this year’s senior artists have worked across media forms combining everything from sculpture and sound art to painting and animation. The exhibit features the work of UMF seniors Christy Carl, Camden; Tim Millett, Gorham; Nicole Phillips, Naples; Ben Radville, West Newbury, Mass.; Dillon Robinson, Kingfield; Katherine Steward, Franklin, Mass.; Sara Tarbox, Cumberland and Kelson Williams, Farmington.

Bridging theory and practice, the show includes interactive and surrealistic sculptural installations and new media combinations of animation, painting, performance and video. In addition, student creations use time-based media and combine a love of pop culture, film and Maine heritage to comment on the nature of being human in our contemporary society. “Moxie” presents a collection of student work that together is expressive, engaging, technical and inquisitive—while individually in his or her own way, each artist questions cultural identity and the nature of interactions.

UMF’s 2012 Senior Art Exhibit is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, immediately behind the Admissions Office, and is open noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and by appointment. The Emery Community Arts Center is located on Academy Street between Merrill Hall and Alumni Theater, and is open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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 Exhibit Space for the Arts on the UMF Campus

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 Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, dynamic venue on the UMF campus for the arts in Western Maine. Designed by designLAB architects of Boston to complement the historic performance venues of Nordica Auditorium and Alumni Theater, the 15,000-square-foot center is the keystone for the arts complex on the UMF campus.

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Media contact: Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at elizabeth.olbert@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/04/RP112-054.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

University of Maine at Farmington’s Longfellow Mountains Young Writer’s Conference Introduces Screenwriting for the 2012 Season

longfellow_logoFARMINGTON, ME (April 6, 2012)—Longfellow Mountains, a University of Maine at Farmington workshop for young writers, will return for its third year Sunday, July 15 through Saturday, July 21, 2012, on the UMF campus. The only week-long young writers’ summer workshop in New England, Longfellow Mountains provides talented high school writers with the opportunity to work with expert UMF faculty and published authors as students immerse themselves in the writing world. The conference, which previously held small supportive workshops in poetry, nonfiction and fiction, will be introducing screenwriting workshops led by Nathaniel Teal Minton, new UMF assistant professor of creative writing.

Minton has over 20 years in the film business where he worked as everything from production assistant to studio screenwriter. His feature film, Clive Barker’s “The Plague,” co-written with Hal Masonberg, came out in 2006. He taught previously at the University of Iowa and co-founded the Iowa Youth Writing Project.

Joining UMF’s creative writing faculty will be guest readers and lecturers from the dynamic local writing community, including:


  • Wesley McNair—Maine State Poet Laureate and UMF Writer in Residence
  • Steve Almond—Author of many acclaimed books of fiction and nonfiction
  • William Giraldi—Novelist and senior fiction editor for AGNI


Students will, as in the past, work with Alice James Books to publish a chapbook of student work, recreate in the beautiful Maine wild and reside in a campus residence hall under the guidance of campus staff and senior creative writing students at UMF. Cost of the weeklong program is $750, which includes tuition, room/board and fees.

Applications for Longfellow Mountains can be found on the UMF website at http://creativewriting.umf.maine.edu/longfellow/ and must be postmarked by May 15, 2012. A limited number of full and partial merit-based scholarships to the workshop are available. To be considered for a scholarship, a five-page writing sample must be submitted with a completed program application and be postmarked no later than April 15, 2012.

All applications should be mailed to: Nathaniel Minton and Shana Youngdahl directors; Longfellow Mountains Young Writers Workshop; 115 South Street – UMF; Farmington, ME 04938.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college known for its commitment to student success, UMF provides a challenging yet supportive environment to prepare students for both careers and further study. Located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region, UMF 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: Shana Youngdahl co-director of Longfellow Mountains Young Writers Workshop, 207-778-7884, or shana.youngdahl@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Image can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/04/longfellowmountains.jpg







FARMINGTON, ME (April 6, 2012)—Longfellow Mountains, a University of Maine at Farmington workshop for young writers, will return for its third year Sunday, July 15 through Saturday, July 21, 2012, on the UMF campus. The only week-long young writers’ summer workshop in New England, Longfellow Mountains provides talented high school writers with the opportunity to work with expert UMF faculty and published authors as students immerse themselves in the writing world. The conference, which previously held small supportive workshops in poetry, nonfiction and fiction, will be introducing screenwriting workshops led by Nathaniel Teal Minton, new UMF assistant professor of creative writing.

Minton has over 20 years in the film business where he worked as everything from production assistant to studio screenwriter. His feature film, Clive Barker’s “The Plague,” co-written with Hal Masonberg, came out in 2006. He taught previously at the University of Iowa and co-founded the Iowa Youth Writing Project.

Joining UMF’s creative writing faculty will be guest readers and lecturers from the dynamic local writing community, including:

      • Wesley McNair—Maine State Poet Laureate and UMF Writer in Residence
      • Steve Almond—Author of many acclaimed books of fiction and nonfiction
      • William Giraldi—Novelist and senior fiction editor for AGNI


Students will, as in the past, work with Alice James Books to publish a chapbook of student work, recreate in the beautiful Maine wild and reside in a campus residence hall under the guidance of campus staff and senior creative writing students at UMF. Cost of the weeklong program is $750, which includes tuition, room/board and fees.

Applications for Longfellow Mountains can be found on the UMF website at http://creativewriting.umf.maine.edu/longfellow/ and must be postmarked by May 15, 2012. A limited number of full and partial merit-based scholarships to the workshop are available. To be considered for a scholarship, a five-page writing sample must be submitted with a completed program application and be postmarked no later than April 15, 2012.

All applications should be mailed to: Nathaniel Minton and Shana Youngdahl directors; Longfellow Mountains Young Writers Workshop; 115 South Street – UMF; Farmington, ME 04938.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college known for its commitment to student success, UMF provides a challenging yet supportive environment to prepare students for both careers and further study. Located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region, UMF 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: Shana Youngdahl co-director of Longfellow Mountains Young Writers Workshop, 207-778-7884, or shana.youngdahl@maine.edu.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Image can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/04/longfellowmountains.jpg