Left to right, UMF students Zach Fowler and Austin Hayes play the lead roles in Theater UMF’s spring semester production of Bruce Graham’s award-winning play “Coyote on a Fence.”
FARMINGTON, ME (February 27, 2012)—“Coyote on a Fence,” Bruce Graham’s compelling drama about the fairness of capital punishment, is the featured spring 2012 Theatre UMF production at the University of Maine at Farmington. Performances of Graham’s award-winning play will take place at 7:30 p.m., March 15-17; and 2 p.m., March 18, in the UMF Alumni Theater.
A powerful play that explores complex questions about today’s society, “Coyote on a Fence” is set in a prison in the southeast where two men, convicted and sentenced to death, await their fate.
Illiterate but likeable, Bobby Reyburn is convicted of setting a church and its black congregation on fire in the name of Aryan pride. Death row inmate John Brennan, whose crime may have done society a favor, writes a prison newsletter that attempts to show the good in fellow inmates. Through their interaction, “Coyote on a Fence” poses the question: “How does today’s society measure guilt and innocence?”
Directed by Jayne Decker, artistic director for Sandy River Players and UMF faculty member, Graham’s gritty drama captures the audience the moment they enter the theater. “This production’s outstanding cast and technical design team, led by Stan Spilecki and Elizabeth Dorr, creates an authentic environment that immediately immerses both the cast and audience in Graham’s gripping story,” said Decker. “My students are always eager to perform this play in my social and political theater class and are really excited about presenting it this year as a major UMF production.”
Bruce Graham is the author of a dozen produced plays and has spent eight years as playwright-in-residence at the Philadelphia Festival Theater for New Plays. His TV/film credits include “Dunston Checks In,” “Anastasia,” “Steal This Movie,” as well as the Ira Einhorn mini-series “Hunt for the Unicorn.” Graham has won numerous awards. “Coyote on a Fence” was the 1998 Rosenthal Prize winner and received several 1999 Barrymore Award nominations.
An award-winning playwright, Decker has directed numerous productions at UMF Alumni Theater. Some of her most recent directing work includes George Brant’s “Elephant’s Graveyard,” the musicals “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Oliver!” and productions of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She has also presented workshop productions of her original plays “Good Medicine;” “Stars Falling,” winner of the 2002 Maine Playwriting Award; “Jelly Moonshine;” and “Songbird,” a touring play about the Iraq War. “Cracked Shells,” a play about domestic violence, was commissioned by Franklin County Network’s Peace in Our Families and was featured again at the 2009 Maine Women’s Studies Conference.
Decker received her master’s from the University of Maine and teaches courses at UMF including Writing for the Stage and Screen and Social and Political Theatre.
This Theatre UMF production is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.
“Coyote on a Fence” contains adult language and is for a mature audience. Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the time of the performance and can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465.
John Brennan. . . . . Zachary Fowler – Presque Isle
Bobby Reyburn . . . . . Austin Hayes – Gorham
Shawna DuChamps . . . . . Jade Wells – Pittsfield
Samuel Fried . . . . . Jared Boghosian – Belgrade
Director . . . . . Jayne Decker
Scenic/Lighting Design – Technical Director . . . . . Stanley Spilecki
Costume Design . . . . . Elizabeth Dorr
Make up Design . . . . . Jade Wells
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Media contact: Jayne Decker, UMF instructor and director of Sandy River Players, 207-778-7319, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FARMINGTON, ME (February 21, 2012)—In keeping with its continuing efforts to help students have affordable access to a quality college education, the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce a new merit scholarship created exclusively for transfer students.
The competitive UMF Transfer Academic Scholarship will be awarded to select individuals with an outstanding college record who are admitted to UMF as full-time, matriculated transfer students, beginning in fall 2012. According to Roberto Noya, UMF vice president for enrollment management and marketing, the scholarship is valued at $1,000 per year, in the amount of $500 per semester, and is renewable for up to a total of four years or until the completion of graduation requirements, whichever comes first.
“UMF wants to help students succeed in college, at a time when the cost of college makes it difficult for some students to complete a four-year degree,” said Noya. “Merit scholarships, including this new scholarship for transfer students, give UMF the opportunity to recognize students for their hard work and commitment while also helping limit the amount students need to borrow for their education.”
To qualify for UMF’s new merit scholarship for transfer students, applicants are expected to achieve a college G.P.A. of at least 3.50 in all college work before enrollment in a UMF degree program and to submit an enrollment deposit by the admission reply deadline.
While the majority of institutional grant aid distributed by UMF (totaling more than $2.9 million in academic year 2011-2012) is awarded to meet students’ demonstrated financial need, UMF also offers a number of merit scholarships to attract the top students interested in a quality education. In addition to the new merit scholarship for transfer students, UMF has also created the Stevens Scholarship this year—a merit scholarship awarded exclusively to Maine first-year applicants.
No special application is necessary to be considered for any UMF merit scholarship. Recipients will be notified of their merit award upon admission. However, UMF recommends that prospective students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility for need-based financial assistance. It is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
For more information on the new UMF Transfer Academic Scholarship and other UMF merit-based awards, including eligibility and renewal requirements, please visit the UMF website at: http://www.farmington.edu/admissions/finaid-merit.php
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Media Contact: Roberto Noya, UMF vice president for enrollment management and marketing, at 207-778-7058, or email@example.com
FARMINGTON, ME (February 16, 2012)—The UMF Art Gallery is pleased to present REAL LIFE—a striking display of photos depicting the lives of Maine people, people who sometimes seem eerily familiar, by photographers Keliy Anderson-Staley and Melonie Bennett. This exhibit runs from Feb. 16–March 11 and is free and open to the public.
REAL LIFE features a collection of images that are emotionally rich, aesthetically challenging and technically superb.
Anderson-Staley’s “Off the Grid” project documents the everyday lives of 30 Maine families living without modern amenities of any kind with beautiful, thought-provoking and wholly memorable images. Her work has received numerous grants and awards including, the 2010 Photo Review Award, The Print Center, Philadelphia, Penn.; the Griffin Prize, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Mass.; nomination for the 2011 Santa Fe Prize in Photography; and the 2012 Delta Award, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Ark.
Bennett is a Maine-born photographer whose moving black and white photographs, depicting the lives of Bennett’s own family and friends, are lush and marvelously crafted. Humorous and poignant all at once, they are a visual pleasure on many levels. Bennett’s award-winning images have been exhibited in New York City galleries and throughout Maine and the Northeast.
This exhibit is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.
The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main St. in Farmington, immediately behind the Admissions Office. The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, during the UMF academic year and by appointment. For more information, or to make special arrangements, please call 207-778-7002, or email Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about the UMF Art Gallery
The UMF Art Gallery is a nonprofit professional art space dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its dedication to new art, the gallery reinforces the vision of the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in celebrating art as a powerful agent of social and cultural change and artists as generators of community and cultural identity. The gallery works with local schools to integrate arts programming into their curricula and opens its space to community events and gatherings.
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Media contact: Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at 207-778-7002, or email@example.com
EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at: http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/02/RP112-044.jpg
Photo Credit: Submitted image
Photo Caption: “Tom Shaving” by Keliy Anderson-Staley
(Left to right) Pamela M. Green, director of member services at Maine Bankers Association; Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business; Keri Woodbury, UMF student; and Peter Judkins, president and CEO of Franklin Savings Bank and chairman of the Maine Bankers Association
FARMINGTON, ME (February 16, 2012)—University of Maine at Farmington student Keri Woodbury was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation. A junior majoring in business economics at UMF, she is a graduate of South Portland High School.
With interests in both education and math, Woodbury explored several majors at UMF before discovering her love for business math and economics. Her ultimate goal in the future is to have her own buy-local business that will help make a difference in the local economy. In addition to attending school full time, she currently travels to Portland three to four days a week where she assists with a family business.
“Keri is so deserving of this honor,” said Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business and chair of the Division of Social Science, Business and Global Studies. “She has an incredibly strong work ethic and a real entrepreneurial spirit that will serve her well in the business world either as a team member or at the head of her own business.”
Student scholarship recipients must be a Maine high school graduate majoring in a business related area in their second, third, or fourth year, and be in good academic standing. This year’s award was presented by Pamela M. Green, director of member services at Maine Bankers Association and Peter Judkins, president and CEO of Franklin Savings Bank and chairman of the Maine Bankers Association.
Since 1990, a total of $271,000 in scholarships has been awarded. Colleges receiving MeHEAF grants each year are: Husson University, Maine Community College System, St. Joseph’s College, Thomas College, University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine at Farmington, University of Maine Fort Kent, University of Maine at Machias, University of Maine at Presque Isle, University of New England and University of Southern Maine.
The Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation was established in the 1950’s as a guarantee fund for student loans. The founders included a wide range of banks, businesses, community organizations and individuals. In 1990, the MeHEAF trustees, to continue the original intent of the founding members, initiated a scholarship program funded by the return on the original loan guarantee funds. The fund is now managed by the Maine Bankers Association 489 Congress Street, Portland.
More about the UMF Business Economics Program
The UMF Business and Administration cluster includes majors in business economics and interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in business psychology, health information systems, outdoor recreation business administration (ORBA), and arts administration. The UMF Business Economics Program is unique as it is one of the few programs at colleges and universities in New England that has been created by integrating economics throughout its business curriculum. In addition, through internships and other out-of-the-classroom learning experiences, students have the opportunity to acquire practical skills and knowledge, gain real-world experience and network with professionals in the field.
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Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business, at 207-778-7441, or Dalpour@maine.edu.
Ron Milliken, UMF director of financial aid, at 207-778-7105, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDITOR’S NOTE: You will find photo at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/02/RP112-043.jpg
Photo Credit: UMF photo
FARMINGTON, ME (February 13, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington announces its Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester. UMF maintains a Dean’s List each semester for those students completing a minimum of 12 credits in courses producing quality points. A student whose grade point average for the semester equals or exceeds 3.8 will be listed with high academic achievement. A student whose grade point average for the semester is less than 3.8 but equal to or greater than 3.5 will be listed with academic achievement. Any incompletes must be satisfactorily completed before the student is honored with Dean’s List status. Academic achievement awarded at commencement is based on all course work taken at UMF.
More Information on UMF
As the public liberal arts college for the state of Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning. Located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region, UMF is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that emphasizes student-faculty collaboration, creative problem solving and independent initiative. Through its focus on high quality academic programs in the arts and sciences, teacher education and human services, the University challenges students to be active citizens in a campus community that helps them find and express their own voices with confidence.
Albany Twp: Brianna Douglass;
Albion: Sara Quimby;
Alfred: Ashleigh Gilman;
Amherst: John Ahearn;
Anson: Abrahamm Beane, Ashley Libby, Marisa Murray, Gabriel Williams;
Arundel: James Maloney-Hawkins, Amanda Martemucci, Molly Nunan;
Ashland: Kenneth Tarr;
Athens: Tamara Vigue;
Auburn: Kelsey Blanchette, Susan Bryant, Grady Burns, Matthew Daigle, Shay Daily, Jonathan Delorme, Rebecca Dubois, Heather Dvorak;
Augusta: Katherine Beach, Margaret Boynton, Brandon Clark, Cody Corron, Spencer Hodge, Thomas Kilcoyne, Bret LaForge, Kevin Lind, Meghan Marston, Nasya Monroe, Joseph Pepin, Brittany Vachon. Jessica Wing, Alison Zubrod;
Avon: Hillary Bubier, Chantel White;
Baileyville: Edward Flaherty;
Bangor: Thomas Bearor, Alyssa Dee, Paige Hammond, Melissa Howard, Hannah Lust, Catherine MacDonald, Jeremy Vroom;
Bar Harbor: Traci Norwood, Whitney Walls;
Bath: Brandon Doughty, William Lane;
Belgrade: Jared Boghosian, Christina Cook, Ian Davis, Rita Day, Taylor Fitzgerald, Mickelle McCafferty, Gregory McElvaine, Christa Roddy, Jacob Roddy;
Benton: Haley Davis, Lindsey Fisher;
Berwick: Elizabeth Dunn, Brittany Hoffman, Kelsey Laplume, Kaitlyn Victory;
Bethel: Courtney Bolen, Gabriel Perkins, Alyssa Steven;
Biddeford: Marc Bisson, Brittany Dube, Rachel Hubbell, Joseph Miles, Megan Millette, Lindsay Roy;
Bingham: Maria Cirelli, Sebastian Jackson, Mylana Shaw, Kassandra Strickland;
Blue Hill: Emily Herrick, Kelcey Snowdeal;
Boothbay: Katrina Smith;
Bowdoin: Rachel Glynn;
Bradford: Daniel Kane;
Bridgton: Tareyn Vigna;
Bristol: Cassandra Smerdon;
Brunswick: Julia Bald, Melaine Christensen, Erin Kenyon, Heather Libby, Katherine Liscovitz, Brittany Sawyer, Matthew Towle;
Buckfield: Susanna Cooper, Ashlee Hamann;
Bucksport: Sarah Robinson;
Burnham: Jacob Marcoux, Macie Peterson;
Buxton: Keeley Cronin, Jessica Meservey, Samantha Simmons, Megan Wallace, Theodore Wiechman;
Calais: Matthew Mains, Krista Morrison;
Camden: Alexander Beloin, Rylan Cates;
Canton: Joshua Richardson, Amy Trimm Hatch;
Cape Elizabeth: Gabrielle Stachowiak;
Cape Neddick: Charli Sayward;
Caribou: Lucas Butler, Chelsea LeBlanc, Philip Smith;
Carroll Plt: Benjamin Morris;
Casco: Andrew Carlson, Devin Fitzgerald, Leona Kluge-Edwards;
Chelsea: Hannah Rouillard, Felisha Taylor;
Chesterville: Kaitlyn Bartlett, Leigh Ronald;
Clifton: Briana Field, Amy Hughes, Ashlee Buzzell;
Cumberland: Katharine Keough, Heather Morse;
Damariscotta: Nicaela Giglia, Lauren Keizer;
Dayton: Justin Cobleigh;
Dexter: Ryan Mountain;
Dixfield: Deven Madore, Enrico Ross, Kelly Saindon;
Dover Foxcroft: Emily Fowle, Katie Marshall;
Dresden: Bonnie Carleton, Sarah Spencer;
Durham: Nathaniel Fritts, Callie Lemieux;
East Baldwin: Joshua Bishop;
East Dixfield: Chlorissa Blood;
East Parsonsfield: Jennifer-Lee Campbell;
East Poland: Rebecca Wright;
East Wilton: Jason Bragg;
East Winthrop: Brittney White;
Eastport: Keisha Scott;
Eliot: Kristina Knight, Sarah Kumin;
Ellsworth: Angela Hall, Jeremiah Roper;
Exeter: Gus Field;
Fairfield: Brogan Liberty, Ebony Rudzinski, Erica Violette;
Falmouth: Kelsey Graffam, Jack Karn;
Farmingdale: Daniel Austin, Zachary Stevens;
Farmington: Jodi Abbott, Caitlin Alexander, Jordan Atkinson, Matthew Banning, Adam Black, Eric Buckhalter, Kaylee Buker, Kaitlyn Bullen, Eric Cole, Kimberly Cushman, Ericka Danforth, Sarah Daniel, Amie Daniels, David Denton, Cordana Dingley, Brittany Dixon, Max Eyes, Catherine Farsaci, Kylie Ferland, Kimberly Ferrari, Thomas Ferrari, David Fisk, Ronald Flannery, Benjamin Gardner, Rebecca Grzesik, Sumer Higgins, Christina Knowles, Sarah Levensalor, Emilee McCallister, Taresa Millett, Lindsey Moloney, Katherine Nadeau, Christina Quach, Elizabeth Quigley, Karen Reed, Danielle Richardson, Liberty Roberts, Alexander Robinson, Matthew Roy, Jediah Scott, Jennafer Soucy, Melani St Pierre, Corrina Therrien, Caroline Tolstad, Wyatt Tracy, Jason Tuthill, Nathan Vallette, Samantha Webster, Keri Woodbury, Andrew Wright, Michaela Yeaton, Catherine Zachary;
Fayette: Corbin Briske, Kayla Brown;
Fort Kent: Noelle Dubay, Taylor Pelletier;
Freedom: Tyler Hadyniak, Macy Saucier;
Freeport: Alyssa Amari, Alison Buthlay, Victoria Coskery, Hannah Goodenow, Sarah Gordon, Kelci O’Neill, Kelcie Simmons, Heather Thomas, Anna Titova;
Frenchboro: Joseph Charpentier;
Fryeburg: Jennifer Bertino, Amber Crecelius, Chelsea Hill, Thomas West;
Garland: Brittney Blais, Amelia Conway;
Georgetown: Tyler Cota;
Glenburn: Alexandra Crocker;
Gorham: Katherine Bennett, Austin Hayes, Brianna Holloran, Sara Lolley, Trinity Macomber, Megan Meehan, Therese Redhunt;
Gray: Rachel Clement, Dyana Healy, Abigail Hersom, Melissa Ryan, Kellie Sanborn;
Greene: Timothy Doyle, Abbey Randall, Tifani-Rae Steward;
Greenwood: Kyle Kuvaja;
Guilford: Annie Agnew;
Hallowell: Mary Burkhart Polk, Sarah Moore, Cadyn Wilson;
Hampden: Matthew Coston, Holly Devoe, Caleb Kirk;
Harborside: Christopher Lirakis;
Harpswell: Katherine McLaughlin;
Hebron: Jessica Gauthier, Nicole Lejonhud;
Hermon: Amanda Harvey, Marisa Kelley;
Hollis Center: Christopher Johnson, Katherine Johnson;
Hope: Sarah Davis;
Houlton: Haley Nickerson;
Hudson: Skylar Hopkins;
Islesford: Christina Blank;
Jackman: Bethany Szarka;
Jay: Katherine Bartlett, Mallory Bonnevie, Christina Dufour, Logan Frey, Steven Landry, Sierra Loon, Albert Marston, Cassandra Plante, Tabitha Reed, Katelyn Ross, Jessica Shaw, Dylan Stefani, Morgan Turner, Joyce Walsh;
Jefferson: Hillary Tozier;
Kennebunk: Erin Beal, Marie Bradford, Shawn Callahan, Shila Cook, Adria Guptill, Erin Ingraham, Taiana Lemoine, Kristin Mackenzie, Max Robinson;
Kennebunkport: Jeremiah Cook;
Kingfield: Alana Knapp, Trevor Palmatier, Julia Rideout, Anna Soule;
Kittery: Nicole Clark, Lauren Kennison;
Lagrange: Kelsey Ottmann;
Lamoine: Jennifer Richter, Jennifer Tupper;
Lebanon: Justine DiMambro, Jennie McComish, Jordan Turcotte;
Leeds: Emile Castonguay, Calla Jewett;
Levant: Daniel Delorenzo, Mary DeLorenzo;
Lewiston: Alexandria Butler, Amanda Chick, Zachary Gayton, Ashley Hunt, Bethany Lebel, Meghan Lewis, Mary Moyer, Nateasha Ouellette;
Limerick: Audrianna Blanchard;
Lincoln: Jennifer Bruce, Darren Smart;
Lincolnville Center: Jennifer Grinnell;
Lisbon: Cameron Blouin, Kaitlyn Boulet, Esther Carr, Jennifer Chick;
Litchfield: Kathleen MacLagan;
Livermore: Randall Berry, Brittney Castonguay, Scott McDaniel, Karly Wilkins;
Livermore Falls: Lauren Breton, James Cyr, Michael Lafreniere, Travis Mills;
Long Island: Melanie Floyd;
Lovell: Conrad Ward;
Machiasport: Allison Holmes;
Madawaska: Geoffrey Cyr, Cassandra Ouellette;
Madison: Brandon Boudreault, Bianca Stoutamyer, Mykayla Stoutamyer;
Manchester: Keegen Ballard, Benjamin Gadberry, Benjamin Johnson;
Mechanic Falls: Jennifer Dionne;
Mercer: Jeffrey Stroman;
Mexico: Kelsey Arsenault, Heather Dubendris;
Millinocket: Katelyn Campbell, Acadia Levasseur;
Milo: Ethan Herrell, Danielle Newman;
Minot: Jamie Gurschick;
Monmouth: Candace Minkowsky, Chelsey St Michel, Alyssa Stevens;
Morrill: Darcie Simmons;
Mount Desert: John Fernald, Elizabeth Woolfolk;
Naples: Sean Skillern;
New Gloucester: Catherine Stubbs, Jeffrey Taylor;
New Portland: Melissa Rawson, Gail Sylvain, Jasmyn Wagg;
New Sharon: Melissa Poulin;
Newburgh: Kaitlyn Haase, Olivia Norris;
Newport: Jasmine Mitchell;
Newry: Erin Powers;
Nobleboro: Samara Ethier-Whitmore;
Norridgewock: Savanna Dickey, Tiffany Frost, Kyle Norweg, Samantha Tracy;
North Berwick: Christina Cotty, Lindsay Eastman, Kiley Gendron;
North Haven: Racheal Brown;
North Monmouth: Merissa Beaulieu, Cassidy Small;
North Turner: Jasmine Portales;
North Yarmouth: Brandon Gallagher, Alexa Perkins, Elizabeth Walk, Lydia Whiting;
Northeast Harbor: Jennifer Graves;
Norway: Sarah Prestia, Timothy Roberts, Chiaping Wen;
Oakland: Ryan Berthiaume;
Old Orchard Beach: Kristen Couturier, Margaret Moore;
Old Town: Andrea Anderson, Carrie McLaughlin;
Orrington: Jacob Thomas;
Oxford: Megan Coffin, Molly Cohen;
Palermo: Justin Davis;
Palmyra: John Buys, Jessica Downing;
Parsonsfield: Elizabeth Theriault;
Peru: Kayla Chiasson, Brittany Drapeau, Kayla Schuster;
Phillips: Hope Gould, Cree Rousseau;
Phippsburg: Aaron Watson;
Pittsfield: Meghan Brann, Matthew Houston, Libby Newhouse;
Plymouth: Amanda Fitzpatrick, Leah Hayes, Leigh Welch;
Poland: Meghan Perkins;
Porter: Katrina Records, Courtney Taylor;
Portland: Adrienne Abramowitz, Alicia Adams, Samantha Allshouse, Cathryn Cunningham, Leanne Fasulo, Cameron Fecteau, Connor McNeill, Casey Mull, Kelly Steinhagen, Christine Stevens, Molly Venne, Kara Wordell;
Pownal: Kristen Stasinowsky;
Presque Isle: Zachary Fowler, Kaitlyn Martin;
Rangeley: Christa Bonney, Sierra Bonney, Katrina Carignan;
Raymond: Hannah Huber;
Readfield: Emily Harriman, Alyssa Neptune, Katherine Voynik;
Richmond: Alicia Rice;
Rockland: Melissa Burgess, Logan Faulkingham, Catherine Grotton;
Rome: Jordan LeGrand, Barry Wheaton;
Rumford: Allison Berry, Aaron Delcourt, Brittany Garcia, Michael Hanson, Daniel Kiley, Audrey Morin, Marie Russell;
Sabattus: Jennifer Caron;
Saco: Alyssa Carignan, Catherine Ingraham, Emma Morrison, Megan Nadeau, Kassaundra Ricker, Paul Santamore;
Sanford: Kimberly Campbell, Michele Daige, Christian Desrochers, Tiffany Duplessis, Innes Herdan, Lacey Tatosky;
Scarborough: Elizabeth Barton, Abigail Cherry, Katharine McDonald, Alexandria Paquette, Laura Pons, Christina Troiano;
Searsmont: Margaret Randall, Travis Reynolds;
Searsport: Kaitlyn Johnson;
Sebago: Rebecca Terrio;
Shapleigh: Katie Beyea, Schuyler Jordan;
Sidney: Stephen Squiers, Amelia Tuttle, Danica Wilson;
Skowhegan: Carolyn Courtney, Natalie Dumont, Jordan Emery, Thomas Hebert, Crystal Johnson, Emily Madore, Jennifer Meade, Denise Robinson;
Somerville: Scott Bowden;
South Berwick: Katie Emmons, Samantha Helmer, Ashleigh Locke, Chelsea Martel, Rachel Purgiel;
South China: Caleb Fletcher, Nathaniel Nichols, Robert Robilliard, Justin Stewart;
South Paris: Erica Ellingwood, Lindsay Ellingwood, Curtis Manchester, Megan Whitman;
South Portland: Melissa Bodwell, Elizabeth Carnell, Cidney Mayes, Daniel Smith, Tyler Wilburn;
Southwest Harbor: James Castle, Benjamin Dunbar, CeCelia Palow;
Springvale: Jonathan Brock, Ashley LaChance;
Standish: Caileigh Nelson;
Steep Falls: Bridget Ferry;
Strong: Diana Allen;
Surry: Paige Saunders;
Temple: Elisabeth Milster;
Thomaston: Holly Ames-Allan;
Thorndike: Kathleen Schultz;
Topsham: Devin Boilard, Sarah Cropley, Ashley Libby;
Trenton: Elizabeth Sargent;
Troy: Kevin Norsworthy;
Turner: Elizabeth Caron, Kristen Ellis, Ashley Godbout, Allison Hunter, Sarah McKeown, Brittany Rea, Elizabeth Richardson, Ashley Soucy;
Union: Amanda Barrows, Jennifer Baum, Jacquelyn Murphy;
Vassalboro: Jennifer Bernhardt, Nicole Bernhardt, Elizabeth Bizier, Courtney Bolduc, Andrew Fowler, Nicole Morissette, Taryn Peaslee, Allison Reynolds, Benjamin Sandy, Darrin Wood;
Vienna: Garrett Ellis, Grace Kendall;
Wade: Maurice White;
Wales: Sonya Catlin;
Warren: Jared Merrifield;
Waterville: Sara Burton, Nicholas Camic, Rebecca Cook, Travis Cyr, Jessica Hassen, Elizabeth Jones, Emily Moody, Kayla Tuttle;
Wayne: Sarah Pokorny;
Wells: Brody Ford, Emily Moulton, Rebecca Schmidt;
West Bath: Argia Pilgrim;
West Farmington: Daniel Blais, Kelly Greene, Derek Trogdon;
West Gardiner: Tony Nguyen;
West Newfield: Katherine Doyle;
Westbrook: Abigail Crump, Leah Douglass, Hayden Golden, Alison Hutchins, Rachel Joiner, Stephanie Lamson, Tyler Michaud, Lauren Mullen, Diana Quinlan, Anna Traugh;
Whitefield: Courtney Burns, Benjamin Villeneuve;
Whiting: Molly Pierce;
Williamsburg Twp: Nathan Durant;
Wilton: Benjamin Altmaier, Rebecca Anderson, Michaela Blow, Karen Collins, Hilary Cote, Sara Gilbert, Marrissa Hirsh, Candace Iba, Sarah Leopold, Michael MacKay, Kelly McCrillis, Kevin Quinn-Kelly;
Windham: Sabrina Hachey, Jessica Leavitt, Molly Olsen, Deborah Pratt, Shannon Tanguay, Daniel Winter;
Windsor: Kaitlyn Bell, Alexandra Portela;
Winslow: Courtney Clyde, Zackary Freeman, Jessica McCaslin, Jacob Sears, Samuel Smith, Elise Theriault, Morgan Ware;
Winterport: Megan Braley, Samantha Dunton, Kayla Smith, Matthew Wibberly;
Winthrop: Matthew Thompson, Justine Woodman;
Wiscasset: Alexander Slack;
Woodville: Taylor McCafferty;
Woolwich: Alyssa Siegel;
Yarmouth: Victoria Ballenger, Kaitlyn Clifford, Samantha Hall, Erica Paul;
York: Joseph Dignam, Kelsey Greenier, Chelsea Morley.
Avon: Devany Chaise-Greenwood, Kelsey Moore;
Brookfield: Connor Lofink;
Clinton: Lauren DeLoreto;
Columbia: Marina Giovannini;
East Hampton: Christina Peaslee;
Glastonbury: Emily Harris;
Manchester: Madeline King, Anna Piggott;
Norwich: Shannah Cotton, Mollee Spellman;
Uncasville: Brittany Kashar;
Windsor: Christina Dionne.
Acton: Emma Daniel;
Attleboro: Alyssa Renzi;
Brewster: Savannah Hollis;
Bridgewater: Michael Kahler;
Concord: Hailey Callahan;
Dracut: Rebecca Masse;
Forestdale: Erin Banks;
Framingham: Stephanie Schulman;
Franklin: Katherine Steward;
Gardner: Sadie Caron;
Groveland: Kanika Pathania;
Lawrence: Martin Wigall;
Medway: Cheryl Walker;
Methuen: Kara Chiasson;
Nantucket: Rosemary Glidden;
Needham: Marissa Adams;
Norfolk: Timothy Grivois;
North Chatham: Stephanie Manteiga;
Norton: Michael Kelly;
Plymouth: Tory Axford;
Rehoboth: Renee Dupre;
Southbridge: Olivia Wandelear;
Spencer: Christian Casault;
Webster: Erin O’Halloran;
West Barnstable: Kelly Shufelt;
West Newbury: Benjamin Radville;
Westford: Brian Scholten;
Wilmington: Shannon O’Donoghue.
Berlin: Sarah Lemelin;
Brookline: Jeremy Gath
Derry: Margaret Pearson;
Francestown: Silas Lunetta;
Goffstown: Patrick Hurley;
Hampton: Megan Cargill, Andrew Sherrill;
Holderness: Meghan McIver;
Lebanon: Molly Reed;
Litchfield: Ashley O’Keefe;
Londonderry: Carinne Haigis;
Manchester: Joseph Arsenault;
Merrimack: Alek Viljanen;
Milford: Lindsey Laforge;
Nashua: Tara Hood;
New London: Emily McGee;
Nottingham: David Carr;
Portsmouth: Shannon Mitchell;
Rindge: Kaelee Tanner;
Rochester: Adam Potvin;
Rye: Brian Parise;
Wilmot: Jesse Williams.
East Greenwich: Casey Omalley;
Foster: Katherine Kent;
Hope: Isabel Dodd;
Middletown: Nina Tollefson;
North Kingstown: Eleanor Gettman;
Wakefield: Lauren Arnold;
Wyoming: Monica Beuth.
Bristol: Gracey Osmun Palmer;
Charlotte: Rachael Leary;
East Sheldon: Jacob Nye;
Essex Junction: Heather Rice;
Groton: Samantha Funk;
Island Pond: Salena Sykes;
Morrisville: Samantha Lamonda;
Saint Albans: Stephanie Vincent;
Swanton: Kristen Greeley;
Thetford Center: Emily Huff;
Williston: Renate Dubois, Lauren Scheidegger;
Winooski: Casey Myers;
Woodstock: Amy Wood;
Worcester: Kati Pratt.
Berkeley: Simone Thiry.
Aurora: Leah Kuehn.
Wilmington: Michael Durkan.
Alpharetta: Katherine Hatfield.
Annapolis: Alexa Kusmik.
Fayetteville: Christy Carle.
Highland Lakes: Kyle Manning;
Newark: Jordan McNair;
North Brunswick: Rachel Anderson;
Skillman: John Kuntz;
Spotswood: Nicole Byrne.
Sunland Park: Karla Solis.
Bellmore: Kaitlyn Bukauskas;
West Islip: Nora Morris.
Bend: Callie Koenig.
Bear Creek Township: Jenna Silliboy;
Pen Argyl: Kelsey Taylor.
Austin: Jacqueline Blaine;
Midland: Jessamyn Morales.
Joinville: Luiz Ristow.
Hochiminh: Huy Nguyen.
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FARMINGTON, ME (February 6, 2012)—The UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program welcomes nationally-renowned performance poet Sean Thomas Dougherty as the next author in its 2011-12 Visiting Writers Series. Dougherty will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.
Dougherty is the author or editor of 12 books of poetry and mixed-genre writing that bring his working class life experiences to life. His works include “Except by Falling” (Pinyon Press 2000), winner of the Pinyon Press Poetry Prize; “Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line” (BOA Editions 2010), a finalist for Binghamton University’s literary prize for the “best book by a poet over 40”; and his forthcoming “All I Ask For Is Longing: New and Selected Poems 1994-2014.”
Dougherty’s work has been nominated nine times for the Pushcart prize. He has also received two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry and a Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans.
Dougherty is currently serving as a part-time creative writing professor at Cleveland State University.
This event is sponsored by the UMF Writers Guild.
More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program
As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.
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Media Contact: Pat O’Donnell, UMF associate professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7419, or email@example.com.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/02/RP112-041.jpg
Photo Credit: Submitted photo
FARMINGTON, ME (February 3, 2012)—University of Maine at Farmington visiting Libra Professor and Abenaki scholar, Lisa Brooks, is collaborating with UMF faculty to present “Living Language,” a semester-long series focused on language exchange. The series will include several events focused on Native American language and culture indigenous to Maine and New England. The events are open to the public and will run from February through April 2012. All events are free unless otherwise noted.
The series begins with a reading by Cheryl Savageau—Abenaki poet, visiting writer, storyteller and textile artist—at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center. Savageau is the author of three poetry collections, “Mother/Land” (Salt Publishing 2006); “Dirt Road Home” (Curbstone Press 1995), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; and “Home Country,” published by Alice James Books in 1992.
Next in the series, Brooks will conduct a conversation with Maria Girouard, former director of Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation, and Donald Soctomah, tribal historic preservation officer of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, on “Wabanaki Culture and History: Maine’s Commitment to Native American Studies.” This presentation will address Maine’s commitment to Native American studies and its national obligation to better understand Native culture and history. It will take place at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center.
The final February event will be a workshop from the Maine Learning and Technology Initiative entitled: “Supporting Language Acquisition through MacBook and NetBook Applications.” It will take place from 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Room 113, UMF Education Center.
Brooks is teaching at UMF for the spring semester thanks to the Libra Scholar initiative, an endowed program established in 1989, designed to bring scholars of national and international prominence to campuses throughout the University of Maine System.
“The fund for the Libra Professorship enables us to bring to UMF a scholar, writer, or performer who is at the top of his or her field,” said Michael Johnson, UMF associate professor of American literature. “What’s particularly great about Dr. Brooks is not only is she a nationally-known scholar of Native American literature, but she’s also focusing her research on our area, western Maine and northern New England.”
The John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, Brooks is an Abenaki scholar specializing in Native American literature and history, with a particular interest in Maine and New England. Her book, “The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast” (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), is a groundbreaking study of the way early Native American leaders in what is now New England adopted writing as a tool for reclaiming land rights from English colonists.
Additionally, she is the co-editor of and contributing author to “Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective” (2008). In 2009, Brooks was elected to the inaugural Council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, an international academic association. She also serves on the editorial board of the journal Studies In American Indian Literatures and on the advisory board of Gedakina—a non-profit organization focused on indigenous cultural revitalization, educational outreach, and community wellness in northern New England.
Brooks received her Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Additional “Living Language” events will include:
“Environmental Justice and the Penobscot River”
presented by Barry Dana, Penobscot leader and educator
11:45 a.m., March 14, Emery Community Arts Center
“Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action”
Film screening and Q & A about the impact of environmental policy on the Native American way of life and discussion with Barry Dana, Penobscot leader and educator
7 p.m., March 14, Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center
“Language, Culture, and the Changing Face of Maine”
Margie MacDonald and Shelly Chasse-Johndro of Project Opportunity, UMO
11:45 a.m., March 19, Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center
“Anthropoeta, An Evening of Poetry and Improvised Music”
Renato Rosaldo and Cristian Amigo with Gustavo Aguilar
April date, time and location TBA
“Living Languages: Language Keepers—an Evening of Native Stories and Language”
Featuring Roger Paul, Passamaquoddy/Maliseet Language Keeper and Educator, Jesse Bruchac, Abenaki Language Keeper and Author, and another guest, to be confirmed, from the Wabanaki tribes of Maine
7 p.m., April 10, Emery Community Arts Center
“Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki Storyteller and Writer”
7 p.m., April 11, Emery Community Arts Center
“Telling Room Students: A Window into the Young Writers and Leaders Program”
Screening of works by students who are members of the YWL program, an afterschool program for recent immigrant and refugee students
3 p.m., April 17, Education Center, Rm TBA
“Language Loss and Revival and the Work of Language Keepers”
A discussion with Julia Schulz and Ben Levine
11:45 a.m., April 18, Emery Community Arts Center
“Language of America”
A film by Ben Levine
7 p.m., April 18, Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center
“The Language of Dance: Acholi Dancers of Portland Maine”
April date, time, location and cost TBA
The “Living Language” series is sponsored by the UMF Provost’s Office, UMF Diversity Committee, UMS Diversity Committee, Libra Scholar Program, University Culture Committee, Mantor Library, University of Maine Project Opportunity, State of Maine Learning Technology Initiative, and the UMF Multicultural Club. Funding has also been received for the series by Gedakina, a non-profit group aimed at strengthening and revitalizing the cultural knowledge and identity of Native American youth and families from across New England.
For the latest information on events, please visit: http://teachereducation.umf.maine.edu/diversity-conference/diversityevents/living-language-series/
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Media Contacts: Michael Johnson, UMF associate professor of American literature, at 207-778-7424, or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Lisa Brooks, UMF visiting libra scholar, at email@example.com
EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/02/RP112-040.jpg
Photo Credit: Submitted photo
Photo Caption: Lisa Brooks, Abenaki Scholar and visiting UMF Libra Professor
FARMINGTON, ME (February 1, 2012)—University of Maine at Farmington announces that it will begin offering classes at Southern Maine Community College in UMF’s Early Childhood Education Off-Campus Bachelor’s Degree Program in fall 2012. This additional site is being introduced to make it easier for educators to complete a four-year degree in early childhood education while continuing to live and work in southern Maine.
“This program was created in partnership with Southern Maine Community College to help improve early childhood educators’ access to continuing education,” said Katherine Yardley, UMF associate provost and dean of education. “We’re looking forward to being able to provide working professionals with a practical pathway to a bachelor’s degree that works best for their life situation.”
According to Yardley, all courses in the UMF off-campus bachelor’s degree program will be taught by full-time UMF faculty members. Courses will be offered using several delivery methods including a blend of distance learning and traditional classroom settings and will be taught at times that best meet the needs of educators, including evenings and weekends (Friday evenings and Saturdays.)
An associate’s degree in early childhood education or an equivalent, such as human services, arts and science with an early childhood concentration or child development is required for admission into the program. However, UMF staff members are available to review student transcripts to determine if they meet eligibility requirements.
Applications are available through the UMF Admission Office and can be obtained by contacting Chris Yardley, UMF admission counselor at 207-778-7065, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at http://umf.maine.edu/cohort/.
Upcoming information sessions will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m., on Feb. 6 and 15, on the Southern Maine Community College campus at the Early Childhood Education Center, 36 Broadway, South Portland.
For more information contact Carolyn Drugge, UMF coordinator and advisor of the Early Childhood Cohort Program, at 207-778-7274, or email@example.com.
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Media Contact; Carolyn Drugge, UMF coordinator and advisor of the Early Childhood Cohort Program, at 207-778-7274, or firstname.lastname@example.org
FARMINGTON, ME (January 26, 2012)—In celebration of Theodora J. Kalikow’s visionary leadership during her 18-year tenure as UMF President, the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present the experiential workshops in meditation and mindfulness of Bhavani Lorraine Nelson, a professional-level Kripalu Yoga teacher. These events are free and open to the public and will be presented Feb. 8-11, at various campus and community venues.
“Through the years, UMF and Farmington have worked hand in hand to create a unique place for students and community members to live, grow and prosper,” said Kalikow. “This wonderful series of events will be a joyful celebration of song that will provide a way for everyone to connect and celebrate everything we’ve accomplished together.”
A Yoga teacher who has practiced and taught meditation for more than 40 years, Bhavani leads workshops in meditation, mindfulness, stress reduction, and her primary work, the power of the voice. According to Tresca Weinstein, editor of the Yoga Bulletin of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers, “With wisdom, humor, crystal clarity, and down-to-earth, detailed directions, Bhavani Lorraine Nelson makes meditation not only possible, but also understandable, approachable, and inspiring.”
Affiliated with Kripalu since 1988, Bhavani has taught across the United States, Canada, Japan, and Iceland. She has several albums of singing, chanting, and sounding experiences in addition to her Meditation Made Possible CD series.
Experiential Workshops in Meditation and Mindfulness by Bhavani Lorraine Nelson:
Wednesday, Feb. 8
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lobby, UMF Education Center
Bhavani, accompanied on the harmonium, presents the joyful practice of Sanskrit chanting.
7-8:30 p.m. Office of Christie James, Western Maine Osteopathic Healthcare, 225 Main St., Farmington
This is the foundational workshop for all of Bhavani’s work with sounding. In it she teaches how everyone is made of sound and prepares participants for singing, chanting or speaking with fun, easy exercises to open the body and release the voice. To register, please call 778-7242. Spaces are limited.
Thursday, Feb. 9
7:30-9 p.m. Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center
Prepare for a joyful evening as Bhavani presents the enchantment of Sanskrit chanting with drum accompaniment. Reception to follow. In case of inclement weather, the snow date for the Kirtan is 7:30-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.
Friday, Feb. 10
MEDITATION MADE POSSIBLE
12 -1 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center
In this workshop, Bhavani uses a unique process to help people experience the meditative state.
Saturday, Feb. 11
TRANSFORMING STRESS INSIDE AND OUT
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. North Dining Hall A, B & C, UMF Olsen Student Center
A relaxing and informative experience, in this session, Bhavani shares a tool-kit of transformative stress-relieving techniques and practices. (12-1:30 p.m. lunch break on your own)
These events are sponsored by the generous gift of an anonymous donor.
Seating will be available at the chanting and meditation workshops. Participants are also invited to bring yoga mats or cushions for their personal convenience. For more information on Bhavani Lorraine Nelson, please visit her website at http://bhavanilorrainenelson.com/.
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Photo Credit: Submitted photo
Photo Caption: Bhavani Lorraine Nelson
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Photo Caption: Bhavani conducting chanting workshop.
FARMINGTON, ME (January 25, 2012)—In celebration of the stories, images, ideas and ways in which we all connect, The Emery Community Arts Center presents “WE. . . . are connected,” an interactive exhibition on the UMF campus. This free and open-to-the-public exhibit is on display in the Emery Flex Space Gallery and throughout the center and runs from Feb. 6-March 10, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6.
Curated by Penny Hood, a local artist and art therapist, “WE. . . . are connected” brings together the work of over 20 artists, performers, musicians, storytellers, videographers, writers and other inspired people. Their creations, including, hand-made quilts, abstract art, poetry readings, paintings, photography, sculptures, porches, games and web-links all celebrate our shared connections.
“Cyberspace has erased boundaries and brought us all closer together while also limiting our in-person relationships,” said Hood. “With this exhibit, I wanted to create a space where the visitors become the participants and can connect with each other in ways as simple as seeing each other’s images in a mirror, swapping stories in the pass-a-long cupboards, or leaving comments on post-it notes.”
During her career, Hood has been active in the art scene in Western Maine and around the state. She has had one-woman shows at the UMF Art Gallery; and in Waterville; Livermore Falls; and Northampton, Mass. She curated a show entitled “Prayers and Meditations” in Farmington at the Holman House. Her digital “bowl” photography is on permanent display on the Auburn Art Wall, a 700-ft. outdoor exhibit that was installed last fall.
This exhibit is sponsored by the Emery Community Arts Center. Located on the UMF campus, the center is connected to UMF’s Alumni Theater and adjacent to Merrill Hall. The Flex Space Gallery is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon-Fri; and 12-6 p.m., Sat & Sun.
More About the Emery Community Arts Center
The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, dynamic venue on the UMF campus for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with barn doors that open onto an outdoor performance space and a 1,600-square-foot Flex Space Gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the Center with the existing Alumni Theater. 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: Jayne Decker, director of Emery Community Arts Center, at 207-778-7880 or email@example.com.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/01/RP112-038.jpg
Photo Credit: UMF photo