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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

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/10/RP134-010.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/10/RP134-009.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/09/RP134-007.jpg
Photo Credit: UMF photo

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

Photo Credit: UMF photo

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.

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: 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.

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

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UMF Partners with Logan University to Offer Dual Degree, Pre-Chiropractic Program

Program Saves Students Time and Money with Concurrent Course Work

FARMINGTON, ME (September 12, 2013)—
Kathryn A. Foster, president of the University of Maine at Farmington, and J. Clay McDonald, president of Logan University, have recently signed an articulation agreement that establishes a new 3+3 dual-degree, pre-chiropractic program between the two institutions.

RP134-002This exciting new program makes it possible for qualified students to earn both a Bachelor of Science in biology degree from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan’s College of Chiropractic in just six years, one year less than the traditional academic study required by a Doctor of Chiropractic degree program.

Students will begin their studies at UMF, completing basic science coursework and satisfying academic requirements for both degrees concurrently, allowing students to save time and money. The program is available to students beginning in the fall 2013 semester.

Under the provisions of this 3+3 program, qualified students must successfully complete 96 credit hours at UMF with a grade point average of at least a 2.75 in order to be eligible to be admitted to Logan. Upon admission to Logan and completion of the required 32 hours of coursework in their first year, while maintaining at least a 2.00 grade point average, students will have completed both their bachelor’s degree at UMF and satisfied their first year of graduate studies leading to their Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

“We are so excited about our new partnership with Logan University,” said Foster.  “UMF has a rich tradition of preparing students for professional studies in business, law and the medical field. This new program expands those choices for our students while connecting them with one of the top chiropractic colleges in the country.”

Upon enrollment to the pre-chiropractic program, UMF students will be assigned a pre-professional advisor with the University’s Division of Natural Sciences. This advisor will guide students throughout their UMF academic experience and will work with the admissions office at Logan University to ensure a smooth transition.

“Logan University has a solid reputation as one of the best Chiropractic Colleges and Universities in North America,” said McDonald. “We are poised to place our graduates at the forefront of integrated health care. Together, working with the University of Maine at Farmington, we can live this vision.”

Logan’s chiropractic model is a non-drug, non-invasive form of health care. It’s based on the relationship between the structure and function of the human body and includes the ability of the body to heal itself naturally given the right circumstances. Logan graduates recognize and embrace the fact that chiropractic care plays a significant role in managing this nation’s $80 billion back pain epidemic. Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase by 28 percent over this decade, faster than the average of all occupations.

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.

For more information on UMF’s new pre-chiropractic program visit: http://www.umf.maine.edu/majors-academics/pre-chiropractic/.

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Media Contact: Mariella Passarelli, UMF professor of chemistry and division chair, at 207-778-7390, or mariella@maine.edu

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/09/RP134-002.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

UMF Visiting Writers Series Kicks Off Year with Reading by Award-Winning Author Margot Livesey

RP134-004FARMINGTON, ME (September 11, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is proud to present award-winning author Margot Livesey as the first writer in UMF’s 2013-14 Visiting Writers Series. Livesey will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 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.

Livesey grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. Her first book was a collection of stories entitled “Learning by Heart” (Penguin Canada 1986). Her writings since then include: “Homework,” “Criminals,” “The Missing World,” “Eva Moves the Furniture,” “Banishing Verona” and “The House on Fortune Street”—winner of the L.L. Winship/PEN New England award. Her most recent novel, “The Flight of Gemma Hardy,” won the New England Independent Booksellers’ Award in fiction for 2012.

She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the N.E.A., the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. Livesey has taught at numerous colleges including, Bowdoin College, Boston University, Emerson College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Tufts University and the Warren Wilson MFA program.

She lives in Cambridge, Mass., and is a distinguished writer-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston.

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 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/09/RP134-004.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

UMF Announces Year-Long Celebration of its Historic 150th Anniversary

RP134-001FARMINGTON, ME (September 4, 2013)—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.

Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, sees UMF’s year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration as a wonderful opportunity to recognize the University’s long history of leadership, scholarship and rich partnership with the community. “For one and a half centuries UMF has been a landmark for public higher education in the great state of Maine,” said Foster. “Our continued success is a reflection of UMF’s educational excellence, resilience and enduring commitment to the liberal arts tradition. We welcome the community to join us this year as we celebrate the ideals that the University was founded on 150 years ago and that continue today.”

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.

“Farmington was the first public university established in Maine. It’s provided a first-class education to multiple generations of citizens who, over the years, have done much to shape our state’s future and educate our children,” Chancellor James H. Page noted. “UMF is a key educational resource for the state.”

A highlight of UMF’s 150th Anniversary Celebration is Charter Day, held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. This commemoration is 150 years-to-the-day since the 150LogoMaine Legislature signed the charter making the University the first public institution of higher education in Maine. The day’s events are open to the public and will include a ceremony featuring honorable dignitaries, an array of cultural events, a festive picnic, a ribbon-cutting for local service projects and an evening reception full of lively art and performances at the Emery Community Arts Center and the UMF Art Gallery.

The anniversary will continue to be observed with a year-long series of commemorative, academic and cultural events and exhibits. The Farmington Forum Series will feature a tribute to UMF’s academic life. Events will focus on the six key academic disciplines of education, psychology, English, biology, mathematics and history. They will include in-depth lectures by visiting scholars, film and research presentations, art exhibits, panel discussions and alumni receptions.

A monthly Historical Character Exhibit will be on display at the UMF Mantor Library. This series will commemorate prominent figures from UMF’s history and tell the stories of influential administrators, professors and alumni through artifacts and photographs from the University’s library archives.

The Arts and Culture Series will feature a variety of exhibits, performances and concerts throughout the academic year at a variety of campus venues. Art installations include sculpture, painting, artifacts and oral histories featuring alumni perspectives from as early as the 1920s. “Six Journeys in Maine” pairs original music written for the UMF Community Orchestra with poetry by UMF Emeritus Professor Wesley McNair, Maine’s Poet Laureate. An original play, written for the 150th Celebration, will tell UMF’s story through a series of vignettes that spans decades.

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.

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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 Media Contact: Jennifer Eriksen, UMF director of marketing and communications, at jennifer.eriksen@maine.edu or 207-778-7048

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