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UMF Students and Top Maine Employers Explore Internship Opportunities at Project Login Event

FARMINGTON, ME (November 13, 2013)—More than 20 University of Maine at Farmington students in technology related fields and faculty members met with representatives from some of Maine’s top employers at a recent reception on the UMF campus. Part of the ongoing Project Login program, the networking event was held to help students build professional relationships and learn about internship opportunities in their field of study.

Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, opened the event and spoke to the importance of bringing students and employers together. “Our students offer employers a great mix of technical, creative, interpersonal and critical thinking skills,” said Foster. “Networking events like the Project Login initiative help students learn about internships and professional opportunities and help employers meet talented, qualified Maine graduates.

UMF students studying computer science, mathematics, interactive media and related fields attended the event. After introductions, students shared their RP134-019internship and creative experience with participants and had the chance to speak one-on-one with recruiting representatives from the Jackson Laboratory, Kepware Technologies, Tyler Technologies, Unum and WEX (Wright Express).

Chris Bennett, UMF associate professor of computer science, encouraged students in his computer science classes to attend the Project Login event. “Internships are a great testing ground for students to get practical experience and explore what the professional world offers them,” he said. “Programs like this, that connect students and employers are a win-win.”

The statewide Project Login initiative was created by Educate Maine to help grow Maine’s computer technology industry. The program includes many professional development resources for students including internship opportunities, resume posting, instructional events, educational resources and a network of professional support. Project Login is committed to doubling the number of Maine’s computer and technology degree graduates in four years.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized public 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 business 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: Chris Bennett, UMF associate professor of computer science, at chris.bennett@maine.edu, or 207-778-7114

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/11/RP134-019.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

Photo Caption: Nathaniel Welch, UMF computer science sophomore, learns more about Portland software company Kepware Technologies at a recent Project Login networking reception held in the UMF Olsen Student Center.

UMF Concert Band Performs Annual Fall Concert, Nov. 14

FARMINGTON, ME (November 8, 2013)—The UMF Concert Band, composed of UMF students and community members from Farmington and the surrounding region, presents its annual fall concert under the direction of Anita Jerosch at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 14, in Nordica Auditorium in UMF’s Merrill Hall.

The program will include Ravel’s “Pavane for a Dead Princess” and music from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “West Side Story,” “Oklahoma” and “Somewhere in Time.”

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Anita Jerosch

This will be Jerosch’s farewell concert with the UMF Concert Band, which she has conducted since 2005. A versatile bass trombonist and euphonium player, Jerosch is a member of the Bangor Symphony. She has performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Maine State Music Theater and has played for Carol Channing, Rita Moreno, Barry Manilow and The Manhattan Transfer and performed at both inaugural balls for President Clinton.

She recently completed her Ph.D. in Education and Music at the University of Maine. Currently, she is assistant professor of music and department coordinator at the University of Maine at Augusta, where she teaches a variety of music courses and is in charge of developing the curriculum for UMA’s collaboration with the Snow Pond Center for the Arts.

Admission to the concert is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for children and UMF students with I.D.

This event is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. For further information please contact Robin Palmer-Mosher at 207-778-7072.

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 business 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: Phil Carlsen, UMF professor of music, at 207-778-7290, or carlsen@maine.edu
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UMF Visiting Writers Series Welcomes New York Times Bestselling Author Melissa Coleman, Nov. 14

FARMINGTON, ME (November 5, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program welcomes New York Times bestselling author Melissa Coleman as the next author in its celebrated Visiting Writers Series. Coleman will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, 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.

RP134-016An American author and columnist, Coleman was born in Brooksville, Maine to parents committed to the “back-to-the-land movement” of the sixties and seventies. Her book, “This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family’s Heartbreak,” uncovers the truth of a family tragedy that shaped her early years.

Described by New York Times critic Janet Maslin as having, “Intense readability . . . haunting power . . . as well as lush, vivid atmosphere that is alluring in its own right. . . ,” Coleman ‘s memoir was named a New York Times bestseller. It was also chosen as an Indie Next Pick for May 2011, People’s Pick in People Magazine, excerpted in O, The Oprah Magazine and named as a nonfiction finalist for the New England Book and Maine Literary Awards.

Her other works include her Bright-Minded Home blog and its companion column in Maine Home + Design magazine that offers “an investigation into the art of creating healthy, beautiful and energy efficient homes.” Coleman also organizes the Super Famous Writers Series at The Telling Room, a Portland writing center for children and young adults.

Coleman lives in Freeport with her husband and twin daughters.

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 with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house—both affiliated with UMF.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF associate professor of creative writing, jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu or 207-778-7454

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Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus Announces Exciting November Events

FARMINGTON, ME (November 4, 2013)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus is proud to announce its featured events for November.

“Mass Appeal” is a two-character play by Bill C. Davis and stars UMF students Zach Fowler and Austin Hayes who brought us award-winning performances in the 2012 Theatre UMF production of “Coyote on a Fence.”  The actors return to the stage in this free and open to the public performance at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 7 and 8, in the Emery performance space.

In a clash of ideology and personality, Fowler plays Father Tim Farley, an older priest, popular with his church and comfortable with its community. Hayes plays Deacon Mark Dolson, the young seminarian ready to challenge not only the comfortable Father Farley but his congregation and Monsignor Burke as well. Together they learn from each other as each tries to force the other to be a good priest.

Directed by Jayne Decker, UMF faculty member and award-winning playwright, the play is part of UMF’s Sexual and Reproductive Justice Series. It is sponsored by the student club Student Activists for Gender Equality; the Women’s and Gender Studies, History, and Community Health Programs; and the University Culture Committee. For more information, contact Tanya Kennedy tanya.kennedy@maine.edu or the director Jayne Decker jdecker@maine.edu

RP134-017Later in the month, Fulbright scholar David Hyun-Su Kim, with degrees from Cornell, Yale, Harvard and a doctorate from the New England Conservatory, will present a lecture/concert on “Steinway’s Ancestor” – the birth of our modern piano. The concert will feature performances of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven (“Moonlight” Sonata) on his own early 1800’s instrument.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 in the Emery performance space. Admission is $10 for adults, free for 18 and under or for UMF students with I.D.

It is sponsored by the Arts Institute of Western Maine, an affiliate of the University of Maine Farmington. Call 491-0768 for more information.

Additional free and open to the public November events include:

An Evening of Sound Poetry with Jaap Blonk
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19

Simple, Easy, Delicious: a night of comedy with Caleb Fletcher presented by the UMF Art Renegades
7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21

Clefnotes: UMF’s a cappella singing group
7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22

More About the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental 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 dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area 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. The Emery Flex Space Gallery is open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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 Media contact: Jayne Decker, director of Emery Community Arts Center, at 207-778-7319 or jdecker@maine.edu

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Photo Caption: David Hyun-Su Kim

UMF Community Orchestra Performs Philip Carlsen’s “Four Journeys in Maine,” Nov. 13

Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair to Read Prior to Concert

FARMINGTON, ME (October 31, 2013)—
The UMF Community Orchestra is presenting “Four Journeys in Maine,” an original composition by Philip Carlsen, UMF professor of music. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Nordica Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Conducted by Trond Saeverud, Carlsen’s work is a setting of four poems by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate, renowned author and UMF Professor Emeritus. Jane Parker, Farmington educator and soprano, is the featured vocalist. McNair will be present to read his poems before the performance. The concert will also include Mozart’s overture to the “Abduction from the Seraglio” and two works by Felix Mendelssohn: the “Fingals Cave” overture and the Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, with piano soloist Mai Goto.

“Four Journeys in Maine” was originally written for the 125th anniversary of UMF in 1989. This encore performance is part of the year-long celebration of UMF’s 150th Anniversary. Events during the academic year highlight this historic milestone that recognizes the University of Maine at Farmington as the birthplace of public higher education in Maine. Events include in-depth lectures by visiting scholars, film and research presentations, art exhibits, panel discussions and alumni receptions.

RP134-014Carlsen’s music has been performed by a variety of ensembles in Maine and around the country.  Highlights include “Evening’s Sabres” for the Manhattan Marimba Quartet; “Maine Traveler’s Advisory” for the Kennedy Center; “A Dark Pine’s Hand” and “Rowing in Eden”  for the Portland Symphony Orchestra; “The Garden” and “Night Thoughts” for the UMF chorus;  “Holly and Ivy,” a full-length Christmas ballet written for the Bossov Ballet Theater; and most recently “Distance” and “Proximity,” two pieces for brass quintet written for the Inauguration of UMF president Foster. Carlsen is also known for his automobile orchestra pieces, which have become an annual tradition at UMF.

Carlsen has received fellowships from the Maine Arts Commission, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a residency at the MacDowell Colony.

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/

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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 Media Contact: Philip Carlsen, UMF professor of music, at carlsen@maine.edu or 207-778-7290

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/10/RP134-014.jpg

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UMF Offers New Program to Prepare Students for Career as Actuary

FARMINGTON, ME (October 29, 2013)—In keeping with its commitment to provide students with a strong foundation for professional careers, the University of Maine at Farmington now offers a program specifically designed to prepare students for the high-level business career of actuary.

Rated as 2013’s best job in the U.S. by Careercast.com, an actuary is a business professional who provides expert evaluation of insurance and financial risk to help businesses plan for the future.  Traditionally, actuaries are specialists in insurance related industries, but their skills are easily transferrable to any industry that requires risk management, including financial services, transportation, energy and the environment.

Students in UMF’s innovative Interdisciplinary Studies program can concentrate in Actuarial Science and acquire the broad knowledge of mathematics, computer science, business and economics needed for this high-demand profession.

“We’re very excited to be able to offer this new program to our students,” said Lori Koban, UMF associate professor of mathematics and advisor to students in the actuarial science program. “It provides them with a wide range of specialized knowledge to help prepare them for the exam process and really give them a leg up in this top-ranked profession.”

Actuaries earn professional credentials by passing a series of examinations. Students completing UMF’s Actuarial Science concentration will have a good preparation for the industry’s first two exams. They will also have completed two and a half of the industry’s three required Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) requirements.

The UMF program remains current in the industry through the guidance of an Actuarial Advisory Board. This professional committee—consisting of active, professional actuaries in Maine—provides advice regarding curriculum, desired technological skills and internships.

For more information on UMF’s actuarial science program, visit http://www.umf.maine.edu/majors-academics/actuarial-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 business 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: Lori Koban, UMF associate professor of mathematics at lori.koban@maine.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults, $6 for all students and $5 for seniors. Tickets are available at the time of the performance or can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465.

This presentation is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. It contains some adult language.

CAST: with student hometowns

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

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Director. . . . .Peter Simmel
Scenic/Lighting Designer. . . . .Stan Spilecki

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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 Media Contact: Peter Simmel, UMF associate professor of theater, at 207-778-7461, or simmel@maine.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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