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University of Maine at Farmington’s Upward Bound Program Receives New Grant to Help Maine Students Succeed

FARMINGTON, ME (August 15, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s Upward Bound program recently received a new grant to help low-income, first-generation students from central Maine prepare for and succeed in post-secondary education. The new River Valley Upward Bound grant will provide $250,000 each year for five years to serve 60 students at Mt. Valley High School, Telstar Regional High School, Dirigo High School, Buckfield High School and Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.

The UMF affiliate is one of 780 recently-funded Upward Bound programs nationwide. These programs help close to 60,000 students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to access and succeed in college. According to its director Lynn Ploof-Davis, The UMF Upward Bound program currently works year-round with 79 students from 10 high schools in central Maine.

Since it first began in 1980, UMF’s Upward Bound program has helped prepare over 500 young people for higher education. Of those Upward Bound participants who have enrolled in college since the class of 2000, 92%—more than three times the national average—have enrolled in Bachelor’s degree programs at public and private colleges and universities throughout the country.

One of eight federal TRIO programs designed to serve individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, Upward Bound projects provide academic support to high-school students in mathematics, science, English and foreign languages. They also provide mentoring and counseling services to students and their families during the college search and financial-aid process.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college known for its commitment to student success, UMF provides a challenging yet supportive environment to prepare students for both careers and further study. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. Located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region, UMF is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 

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Media contact: Lynn Ploof-Davis, director of UMF Upward Bound Program, at 207-778-7297, or lynnp@maine.edu

Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington Campus Recognized with Prestigious Excellence in Architecture Award

FARMINGTON, ME (August 14, 2012)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus has recently been awarded a National Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for a New Building by the Society for College and University Planning. This innovative arts center was designed by designLAB architects of Boston and was conceived as a venue to engage both the campus and local community in the exploration of the visual and performing arts.

This SCUP award recognizes the strong partnerships and collaborative planning that contributed to the design of this facility, which supports creative talents in the community and on campus. The award program acknowledges the excellence in planning, design and implementation efforts of firms and institutions, as well as the achievements of individuals whose lives and passions involve higher education.

Designed to complement the historic performance venues of Nordica Auditorium and Alumni Theater, the 15,000-square-foot Emery Community Arts Center is the keystone for the arts complex on the UMF campus.

The center features a state-of-the-art 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area. A 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery provides exhibit space for traditional and new media and performance art. While a dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the existing Alumni Theater. The building opened Fall 2011.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/08/RP112-075.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

University of Maine at Farmington Announces Dean’s List for Spring 2012 Semester

FARMINGTON, ME (July 27, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington announces its Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester. UMF maintains a Dean’s List each semester for those students completing a minimum of 12 credits in courses producing quality points. Students whose grade point average for the semester is equal to or greater than 3.8 are listed with high academic achievement. Students whose grade point average for the semester is less than 3.8 but equal to or greater than 3.5 are 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 on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college known for its commitment to student success, UMF provides a challenging yet supportive environment to prepare students for both careers and further study. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation and pre-professional studies. Located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region, UMF is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

MAINE

Albany Twp: Brianna Douglass;

Albion: Sara Quimby;

Alfred: Ashleigh Gilman;

Amherst: John Ahearn;

Anson: Marisa Murray, Gabriel Williams;

Arundel: Jas Maloney-Hawkins;

Ashland: Kenneth Tarr;

Auburn: Kelsey Blanchette, Grady Burns, Jessica Chouinard, Matthew Daigle, Shay Daily, Jonathan Delorme, Rebecca Dubois, Leo Henry, Emily Marron;

Augusta: Margaret Boynton, Brandon Brents, David Denton, Amy Jones, Thomas Kilcoyne, Bret LaForge, Nasya Monroe, Jacquelyn Murphy, Carmon Parker, Joseph Pepin, Brittany Vachon, Jessica Wing, Alison Zubrod;

Baileyville: Edward Flaherty;

Bangor: Thomas Bearor, Caitlin Guare, Paige Hammond, Melissa Howard, Rachel Huber, Holly Legere, Emily Lindsay, Hannah Lust, Catherine MacDonald, Jeremy Vroom;

Bar Harbor: Molly Dow, Jamie McKay, Traci Norwood, Whitney Walls;

Bath: Kelsey Marco, Kalib Moore;

Belgrade: Jared Boghosian, Christopher Bond, Rita Day, Taylor Fitzgerald, Gregory McElvaine, Christa Roddy;

Benton: Lindsay Ball;

Berwick: Brittany Hoffman, Kelsey Laplume;

Bethel: Heath Booth, Gabriel Perkins, Alyssa Steven;

Biddeford: Marc Bisson, Holly Emmons, Rachel Hubbell, Joseph Miles, Megan Millette, Katrina Records;

Bingham: Maria Cirelli, Kassandra Strickland;

Boothbay: Katrina Smith;

Bowdoin: Rachel Glynn;

Bridgton: Tareyn Vigna;

Bristol: Jade Farrin;

Brooks: Sumer Higgins;

Brunswick: Julia Bald, Melaine Christensen, Erin Kenyon, Heather Libby, Katherine Liscovitz, Brittany Sawyer, Ashley Smith, Matthew Towle;

Bryant Pond: Erika Fujimaki;

Buckfield: Susanna Cooper, Ashlee Hamann;

Bucksport: Sarah Robinson;

Burnham: Jacob Marcoux, Macie Peterson;

Buxton: Keeley Cronin, Jessica Meservey, Samantha Simmons;

Calais: Matthew Mains;

Camden: Jennie Palermo, Kristen Start;

Canaan: Erica McGann;

Canton: Mariah Dailey;

Cape Elizabeth: Gabrielle Stachowiak, Meagan Winker;

Cape Neddick: Charli Sayward;

Caribou: Shannon Butler, Philip Smith;

Carmel: Eric Buckhalter;

Casco: Andrew Carlson, Devin Fitzgerald, Leona Kluge-Edwards;

Chelsea: Hannah Rouillard, Felisha Taylor;

Chesterville: Kaitlyn Bartlett, Tina Mccabe;

China: Christopher Vogel;

China Village: Katherine Watson;

Clifton: Briana Field, Amy Hughes;

Clinton: Ashlee Buzzell, Katherine Marchesi;

Corinth: Brittany Ferrie;

Cumberland Center: Katherine Fehlau;

Cushing: Rebecca Harper;

Denmark: Molly Cavanaugh;

Dexter: Anna Lisa Fournier;

Dixfield: Emily Chase, Katherine Gagne, Kelly Saindon, Jeffrey Willis;

Dover Foxcroft: Jordan Kim;

Dresden: Bonnie Carleton, Danielle Spina;

Durham: Nathaniel Fritts, Callie Lemieux;

East Baldwin: Joshua Bishop;

East Parsonsfield: Jennifer-Lee Campbell;

East Poland: Rebecca Wright;

Eliot: Sarah Kumin;

Ellsworth: Angela Hall, Jeremiah Roper;

Fairfield: Maxwell Haney, Brogan Liberty, Ebony Rudzinski, Erica Violette;

Falmouth: Kelsey Graffam;

Farmingdale: Abigail Brown, Julie Brown;

Farmington: Jordan Atkinson, Matthew Banning, Adam Black, Megan Bott, Brittany Brady, Kimberly Cushman, Ericka Danforth, Amie Daniels, Jaime Denton, Cordana Dingley, Lancaster Emery, Kimberly Ferrari, Ronald Flannery, Rebecca Grzesik, Jordan Hale, Rebekah Hawes, Chelsea Hill, Devon Ireland, Christina Knowles, Nicole Lejonhud, Alanah Lockwood, Jessica Martin, Brandon Melville, Katherine Nadeau, Christina Quach, Elizabeth Quigley, Karen Reed, Liberty Roberts, Alexander Robinson, Jediah Scott, Cassandra Smerdon, Jennafer Soucy, Newcomb Stevens, Corrina Therrien, Julia Tichy-Dupuis, Keri Woodbury, Michaela Yeaton, Catherine Zachary;

Fort Kent: Noelle Dubay, Taylor Pelletier;

Freedom: Tyler Hadyniak, Macy Saucier;

Freeport: Alyssa Amari,: Alison Buthlay, Victoria Coskery, Hannah Goodenow, Charlotte Marcolla, Kelcie Simmons, Anna Titova;

Fryeburg: Jennifer Bertino, Thomas West;

Georgetown: Tyler Cota;

Gorham: Brianna Holloran, Sara Lolley, Trinity Macomber, Megan Meehan, Therese Redhunt, Colleen Ward;

Gray: Rachel Clement, Abigail Hersom, Lacey Lemmings;

Greene: Kimberly Courtemanche, Abbey Randall, Breann Thomas;

Greenville: Autumn Gann, Elizabeth Nystrom;

Greenwood: Kyle Kuvaja;

Guilford: Annie Agnew;

Hallowell: Mary Burkhart Polk, Cadyn Wilson, Robert Youde;

Hampden: Mikkala Libbey;

Harpswell: Mackenzie Yeaton;

Harrison: Rebecca Terrio;

Hartford: Kyle Rines;

Hebron: Hillary Aube, Jessica Gauthier;

Hermon: Amanda Harvey;

Hollis Center: Tyler Brown, Christopher Johnson;

Hope: Sarah Davis;

Hudson: Skylar Hopkins;

Industry: Ian Luker;

Islesboro: Richard Coombs;

Jackman: Bethany Szarka;

Jay: Katherine Bartlett, Bianca Bourgault, Christina Dufour, Jill Gingras, Sierra Loon, Cassandra Plante, Dylan Stefani, Joyce Walsh;

Jefferson: Hillary Tozier;

Kennebunk: Erin Beal, Shawn Callahan, Shila Cook, Erin Ingraham, Nicholas Lyden, Kristin Mackenzie;

Kingfield: Heather Bell, Alana Knapp, Julia Rideout, Anna Soule;

Kittery: Nicole Clark;

Lagrange: Kelsey Ottmann;

Lamoine: Marcelle Hutchins, Jennifer Richter, Jennifer Tupper;

Lebanon: Justine DiMambro, Jennie McComish;

Leeds: Emile Castonguay;

Levant: Mary DeLorenzo;

Lewiston: Alexandria Butler, Amanda Chick, Zachary Gayton, Ashley Hunt, Bethany Lebel, Renald Lefebvre, Nateasha Ouellette, Kathryn Sturgis, Joseph Sullivan;

Limington: Olivia Corbran;

Lincoln: Jennifer Bruce, Nathaniel Libby, Darren Smart;

Lincolnville: Lauren El-Hajj;

Lisbon: Kaitlyn Boulet, Esther Carr, Jennifer Chick;

Livermore: Randall Berry, Brittney Castonguay, Karly Wilkins;

Livermore Falls: Lauren Breton, Sean Caron, Becky Mills;

Long Island: Melanie Floyd;

Lovell: Conrad Ward, Sara Williams;

Lyman: Danielle Doyle;

Madawaska: Cassandra Ouellette;

Madison: Carissa Booker, Tyler Michaud, Jasmine Mitchell, Mykayla Stoutamyer, Bianca Stoutamyer;

Manchester: Ashley Cox, Benjamin Johnson;

Mechanic Falls: Kaitlyn Bowie, Jennifer Dionne;

Mexico: Kelsey Arsenault;

Millinocket: Katelyn Campbell;

Milo: Ethan Herrell;

Monmouth: Candace Minkowsky, Alyssa Stevens;

Morrill: Darcie Simmons;

Naples: Nicole Phillips;

New Gloucester: Jeffrey Taylor;

New Portland: Gail Sylvain, Jasmyn Wagg;

New Sharon: Dora Plancon, Melissa Poulin;

New Vineyard: Emily Nadeau;

Newburgh: Kaitlyn Haase;

Nobleboro: Kassandra Lincoln;

Norridgewock: Jacklynn Chadbourne, Savanna Dickey, Tiffany Frost, Luke Klinker, Leslie Mercier, Robyn Noe, Kyle Norweg, Samantha Tracy;

North Anson: Rebecca Ellis, Katrina Esty;

North Berwick: Christina Cotty, Kiley Gendron;

North Haven: Racheal Brown;

North Monmouth: Merissa Beaulieu, Cassidy Small;

North Turner: Jasmine Portales;

North Waterboro: Evgeni Bouzakine;

North Yarmouth: Alexa Perkins, Kate Storey, Elizabeth Walk;

Northeast Harbor: Jennifer Graves;

Norway: Christine Farr, Sarah Prestia, Timothy Roberts, Cheng Hsiung Wen, Chiaping Wen;

Oakland: Carlie Bolduc, Reggie Clark, Jasmine Estes, Joshua Lambert;

Old Town: Andrea Anderson, Carrie McLaughlin, Emily Yates;

Oxford: Ashley St Pierre;

Palmyra: John Buys, Leigh Welch;

Parsonsfield: Elizabeth Theriault;

Penobscot: Alida Peake;

Peru: Kayla Chiasson, Katie Doucette, Kayla Schuster;

Phillips: Hope Gould, Ansel Mallonee;

Pittsfield: Matthew Houston, Libby Newhouse, Karissa Porter, Courtney Randall;

Pittston: Kashley Weymouth;

Poland: Meghan Perkins;

Porter: Courtney Taylor;

Portland: Jodi Abbott, Adrienne Abramowitz, Cathryn Cunningham, Leanne Fasulo, Cameron Fecteau, Lorraine Jabine, Aruna Kenyi, John Ochira, Emily Rice, Kara Wordell;

Presque Isle: Zachary Fowler;

Rangeley: Christa Bonney, Sierra Bonney, Katrina Carignan;

Raymond: Helen Hayward, Hannah Huber, Elizabeth Stevenson;

Readfield: Emily Harriman, Alyssa Neptune, Katherine Voynik;

Richmond: Alicia Rice;

Rockland: Melissa Burgess, Logan Faulkingham, Kyle Sareyani, Haley Wotton;

Rockport: Colby Hill, Elizabeth Janczura;

Rome: Jordan LeGrand;

Rumford: Allison Berry, Ryan Bourret, Aaron Delcourt, Michael Foley, Brittany Garcia, Michael Hanson, Daniel Kiley, Kera Miller, Audrey Morin, Frank Parsons, Stephen Penney, Ellen Thorne, Elaina Waite;

Sabattus: Jennifer Caron;

Saco: Alyssa Carignan, Catherine Ingraham, Laura Mills, Emma Morrison, Megan Nadeau, Kassaundra Ricker, Paul Santamore;

Sanford: Kimberly Campbell, Michele Daige, Carly Desimone, Christian Desrochers, Tiffany Duplessis, Lacey Tatosky;

Scarborough: Abigail Cherry, Meagan L’Heureux, Laura Pons, Katie Thomas, Christina Troiano;

Searsmont: Travis Reynolds;

Searsport: Casey Ashey;

Sidney: Amanda Clifford, Amelia Tuttle;

Skowhegan: Danielle Cerone, Robert Demo, Natalie Dumont, Sebastien Dumont, Richard Johnson, Emily Madore, Jennifer Meade, Trey Nelson;

South Berwick: Katie Emmons, Samantha Helmer, Chelsea Martel, Rachel Purgiel, Mallory Smith;

South China: Caleb Fletcher, Gregory O’Connor;

South Paris: Erica Ellingwood, Lyndsay Gammon, Curtis Manchester, Megan Whitman;

South Portland: Chelsea Bartlett, Melissa Bodwell, Cidney Mayes, David Powers, Daniel Smith;

Southwest Harbor: James Castle, Benjamin Dunbar, Melanie Strout;

Springvale: Jonathan Brock, Ashley LaChance;

Standish: Caileigh Nelson;

Strong: Kenni Norton;

Sumner: Peggy Bragg;

Temple: Mariah Barden;

Thomaston: Holly Ames-Allan;

Thorndike: Kathleen Schultz;

Topsham: Emily McMillan;

Trenton: Elizabeth Sargent;

Turner: Kristen Ellis, Allison Hunter, Elizabeth Richardson, Amanda Wise;

Union: Amanda Barrows, Rachel Siegel;

Vassalboro: Elizabeth Bizier, Courtney Bolduc, Andrew Fowler, Nicole Morissette, Allison Reynolds, Benjamin Sandy, Darrin Wood;

Vienna: Garrett Ellis, Grace Kendall;

Wade: Maurice White;

Waldo: Brian Miller;

Wales: Sonya Catlin;

Warren: Courtney Leach, Jared Merrifield;

Waterville: Nicholas Camic, Rebecca Cook, Travis Cyr, Jesika Ellingwood, Jessica Hassen, Elizabeth Jones, Timothy Ker, Emily Moody, Kayla Tuttle, Danielle Woodworth;

Wayne: Sarah Pokorny;

Weld: Sydney Luc;

Wells: Stephanie Bean, Danielle Stano;

West Bath: Argia Pilgrim, Tyler Rose;

West Farmington: Kelly Greene;

West Gardiner: Asia Smith;

West Newfield: Katherine Doyle;

Westbrook: Aimee Clarrage, Hayden Golden, Alison Hutchins, Rachel Joiner, Amanda Lord, Emilee McCallister, Lauren Mullen, Heather Peters, Anna Traugh;

Whitefield: Benjamin Villeneuve;

Whiting: Molly Pierce;

Williamsburg Twp: Nathan Durant;

Wilton: Matthew Allen, Benjamin Altmaier, Michaela Blow, Hilary Cote, Thomas Deul, Candace Iba, Michael MacKay, Emily Pottle, Clifton Staples;

Windham: Jessica Leavitt, Molly Olsen, Deborah Pratt, Kaitlin Toto;

Windsor: Molly King, Alexandra Portela;

Winslow: Courtney Clyde, Jessica McCaslin, Samuel Smith, Elise Theriault;

Winterport: Megan Braley, Kayla Smith, Matthew Wibberly;

Winthrop: Matthew Thompson, Justine Woodman;

Wiscasset: Karina Sprague, Lauren Trudeau;

Woodville: Taylor McCafferty;

Woolwich: Keifer Boguhn, Alyssa Siegel;

Yarmouth: Victoria Ballenger, Samantha Hall, Ty Hughes, Erica Paul, Abigail Smith;

York: Samuel Leal, Chelsea Morley;

York Beach: Nicholas Trent.

CONNECTICUT

Brookfield: Sarah Freitag, Connor Lofink;

Columbia: Michael Angelides, Marina Giovannini;

Manchester: Madeline King, Anna Piggott;

New Haven: Sean Igoe;

Niantic: Victoria Luce;

Norwalk: Max Eyes;

Uncasville: Brittany Kashar;

Willington: Jamie Phillips;

Windsor: Christina Dionne.

MASSACHUSETTS

Acton: Emma Daniel;

Ashby: Nicholas Lorenzen;

Brewster: Savannah Hollis;

Bridgewater: Michael Kahler;

Brockton: Patrick Rizzo;

Dracut: Rebecca Masse;

Forestdale: Erin Banks;

Franklin: Katherine Steward;

Groton: Abigail Berlin;

Haverhill: Michael DesRoches;

Medway: Cheryl Walker;

Methuen: Kara Chiasson;

Needham: Marissa Adams;

Newton: Jeffrey Pawling;

Norfolk: Timothy Grivois;

North Chatham: Stephanie Manteiga;

Peabody: Kaitlin Kelleher;

Plymouth: Tory Axford;

Rehoboth: Renee Dupre;

Russell: Jourdan Merritt;

Southbridge: Olivia Wandelear;

Webster: Erin O’Halloran;

West Barnstable: Kelly Shufelt;

Worcester: Krystal Schraut.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Allenstown: David Berthiaume;

Brookline: Jeremy Gath;

Derry: Margaret Pearson;

Francestown: Silas Lunetta;

Gilmanton: Samantha Burk;

Holderness: Meghan McIver;

Lebanon: Molly Reed;

Litchfield: Ashley O’Keefe;

Londonderry: Carinne Haigis;

Milford: Lindsey Laforge;

Nashua: Marianne O’Loughlin, Hayley Smith-Rose;

New London: Emily McGee;

North Haverhill: Kyla Joslin;

Portsmouth: Shannon Mitchell;

Rochester: Adam Potvin;

Seabrook: Amber Sears;

Troy: Zachary Giroux.

RHODE ISLAND

Barrington: Katherine McLaughlin;

East Greenwich: Casey Omalley;

Foster: Katherine Kent;

Hope: Isabel Dodd;

Middletown: Nina Tollefson;

North Kingstown: Brigitta Valente;

Wyoming: Monica Beuth.

VERMONT

Bradford: Jillian Dusenbury;

Bristol: Gracey Osmun Palmer;

Charlotte: Rachael Leary, Lauren Scheidegger;

Danville: Jenell Green;

East Sheldon: Jacob Nye;

Essex Junction: Heather Rice;

Groton: Samantha Funk;

Island Pond: Salena Sykes;

Morrisville: Melanie Lamonda, Samantha Lamonda;

Northfield: Joseph Needle;

Putney: Caroline Estrin-Grele;

Saint Albans: Stephanie Vincent;

Williston: Renate Dubois;

Winooski: Casey Myers;

Woodstock: Amy Wood;

Worcester: Kati Pratt.

COLORADO

Aurora: Leah Kuehn.

DELEWARE

Wilmington: Michael Durkan.

FLORIDA

Tampa: Katherine Hatfield;

Winter Springs: Thomas Ferrari.

GEORGIA

Decatur: Connor Adams.

MARYLAND

Annapolis: Alexa Kusmik.

NEW JERSEY

Highland Lakes: Kyle Manning;

Newark: Jordan McNair;

North Brunswick: Rachel Anderson;

Rockaway: Samantha Wasko;

Skillman: John Kuntz.

NEW MEXICO

Sunland Park: Karla Solis.

NEW YORK

Schenectady: Renee Brown.

PENNSYLVANIA

Bear Creek Township: Jenna Silliboy;

Pen Argyl: Kelsey Taylor.

TEXAS

Cypress: Amber Reed.

VIRGINIA

Fairfax: Kristen Greeley.

VIETNAM

Hochiminh: Huy Nguyen.

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Emery Community Arts Center Presents “Gatsby!” Jazz Age Lawn Party on UMF Campus, Aug 11

FARMINGTON, ME (July 26, 2012)—In the spirit of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” a classic tale of the Roaring Twenties, the Emery Community Arts Center is pleased to present “Gatsby!” a lawn party and jazz event on the UMF campus. The party begins at 7 p.m., on Saturday, August 11, and goes into the evening. Advance tickets can be purchased at Devaney, Doak and Garrett in Farmington for $15, or $12 for those wearing attire reminiscent of the 1920s. Tickets will also be available at the door.

This lively event will transport party goers to the era of the flapper and the Charleston where they can mingle with Gatsby, Daisy and other characters from Fitzgerald’s book; listen to the music of the Jazz Age and dance under the stars. The evening will begin with a brief introductory scene from Maine playwright Jayne Decker’s stage adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” to help set the mood of the Gatsby period. Emery’s dramatic vertical foldaway performance doors will be open to the lawn behind Emery offering a cash bar, food inspired by the era and tables under the lights.

Jazz singers and pianists Hattie Simon and Marcia Gallagher are featured performers for the evening and will be joined by UMF student Brian Parise on the saxophone.

RP112-HattieSimonSimon, sixteen-year-old jazz pianist and vocalist, brings a pristine and innovative interpretation to standards from the Great American Songbook, contemporary jazz and alternative music of artists like Norah Jones, Regina Spektor and Ben Folds. Singing and playing jazz since the age of twelve, she frequently performs at coffeehouses and live music venues throughout southern Maine and has appeared as a guest artist on 207, a WCSH 6 television show.

Gallagher is a local force in the music scene in Central Maine, performing as a vocalist and pianist for more than 30 years. She teaches music at St. Michael School in Augusta and is a RP112-MarciaGallaghermember of the music faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta.  She has also served as the musical director for Maine community theaters including Theater of Monmouth. Gallagher’s musical “The Three Little Pigs,” co-written with Dave Greenham, toured throughout Maine in 2009.  She was also the writer/director for “Chizzle Wizzle,” Cony High School’s long running variety show from 2009 to 2011.

For more information, please contact Jayne Decker, UMF director of the Emery Community Arts Center, at 207-778-7319, or jdecker@maine.edu.

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.

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:

http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/07/RP112-HattieSimon.jpg

http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/07/RP112-MarciaGallagher.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photos

Works by Maine Master Harold Garde on Exhibit at Emery Community Arts Center on UMF Campus, July 6-Aug 12

RP112-071FARMINGTON, ME (June 20, 2012)—The Emery Community Arts Center, located on the campus of the University of Maine Farmington, is pleased to present an exhibition featuring new paintings by Maine Master Harold Garde. “Harold Garde’s People, Places and Things” will be on view in the Flex Space Gallery from July 6–Aug 12, 2012. There will be a public reception on Friday, July 6, 2012, from 5-7 p.m.

The vibrant energy of Garde’s new paintings comes from the striking simplicity and boldness of color in his figures and objects. His use of surreal imagery blends seriousness and whimsy to captivate the viewer. Garde began his career in the 1950s as an abstract expressionist painter, later turning to the figurative subject. His use of acrylic paint on paper and canvas convey his desire for, “the simplest, the most direct, the most basic,” the artist says. Harold Garde’s work appears in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, and the Museum of Florida Art, among many others. For information about Harold Garde’s work please visit www.haroldgarde.com.

The Emery Community Arts Center is located on Academy Street, behind Merrill Hall.  It is open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For more information about the exhibition please contact Sarah Maline at 207-778-1062 or at maline@maine.edu.

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.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/06/RP112-071.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

University of Maine at Farmington’s “Mainely Outdoors” Program Announces Summer Schedule

RP112-072FARMINGTON, ME (June 19, 2012)—University of Maine at Farmington’s Fitness and Recreation Center is pleased to announce the outdoor recreation activities being offered this summer through its Mainely Outdoors program. This UMF program creates opportunities for individuals and groups to participate in all types of outdoor adventure activities, clinics, workshops and excursions. The aim is to promote fitness, get people active, expose individuals to new recreation opportunities and take advantage of the abundant natural resources in our area. Activities are open to both the campus and members of the public.

This summer’s schedule includes:

Whitewater-Kayaking Clinic
July 30 and Aug. 1, 6, 8

Guided Flat-Water/River Kayaking Excursions
Clearwater Lake: July 10 and Aug. 28; Wilson Lake: July 26; Bear Pond: Aug 2; North Pond: Aug. 14, 30; Porter Lake: Aug. 16

Intro to Canoeing
July 17, 24 and Aug. 9; Androscoggin River: July 21

Overnight Canoe/Kayak Camping on Porter Lake Island
Aug. 3 – 4

White Water Rafting Kennebec River
Aug. 12

Biking Trips
Flint Woods: July 12; Whistle Stop Rail Trail in Farmington: Aug. 21; Carrabassett River Rail Trail: Aug. 7; Androscoggin River Trail: July 24

Hiking
Tumbledown: July 14; Poplar Falls: July 28; Appalachian Trail Club: Aug. 18

Geocaching
July 9, 23 and Aug. 9, 23

Scuba Diving
July 16 and Aug. 14

Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course
July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 and Aug. 1

Rental of outdoor recreation related equipment is available at reasonable rates on a first come first served basis. For detailed time, cost and location information on UMF’s “Mainely Outdoors” programming or a complete list of rental equipment and cost, please visit the FRC website at http://frc.umf.maine.edu and go to “Mainely Outdoors” or contact the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center at 207-778-7495.

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Media contact: Jim Toner, director of UMF Fitness and Recreation Center, at 207-778-7494, or james.d.toner@maine.edu.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/06/RP112-072.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

Portrait Exhibit by Noted Maine Artists on Display at Emery Community Arts Center on University of Maine at Farmington Campus, June 13-22

FARMINGTON, ME (June 5, 2012)—A portrait exhibit featuring the work of noted artist Robert Shetterly and photographer Ann Arbor is on display in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus from June 13-22. Shetterly’s paintings are exhibited in the ECAC’s Flex-Space Gallery and Arbor’s photographs and items from her collection are on view throughout the building. An opening reception is being held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 13. The show is free and open-to-the-public.

Shetterly’s exhibit, “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” includes selected portraits from his traveling RobertShetterlyImageexhibit of the same name. This non-partisan series of works seeks to remind people of the dignity, courage and importance of some of America’s truth tellers and to create dialogue that will help the viewer determine which truths they value most as citizens in a democracy.

An artist, illustrator and activist, Shetterly moved to Maine in 1970 and became proficient in printmaking, painting and illustration. His work has been featured in Audubon Adventures—the National Audubon Society’s newspaper for children, in the Maine Times newspaper’s editorial page drawings and in more than 30 books.

The recipient of an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from UMF in 2011, he graduated in 1969 from Harvard College with a degree in English literature.

AnnArborImageArbor’s installation, “Coming Together: Ambassadors of Light,” includes a dozen photographic portraits by Arbor of Chinese artists, including representatives of the two most famous peasant painting schools—Jinshan near Shanghai and Huxian near Xi’an. Matched with these portraits are examples of the peasant artists’ woodcuts and paintings from a collection gathered during the past decade and exhibited widely, including at the Maine State House and in The Blaine House, the official residence of the Governor of Maine.

A gifted teacher, poet and award-winning photographer, she lives and works in Farmington, where, she and her husband, John Rosenwald, have brought their love of poetry and passion for international culture to Western Maine. Arbor received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from UMF in 2009.

The Emery Community Arts Center is located on Academy Street between Merrill Hall and Alumni Theater, and is open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

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


EDITOR’S NOTE:

Photos can be found at:

http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/06/RobertShetterlyImage.jpg
Photo Credit: Submitted photo
Image Title: “Abraham Lincoln” by Robert Shetterly

http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/06/AnnArborImage.jpg
Photo Credit: Submitted photo
Image Title: “Cracked” by Ann Arbor

University of Maine at Farmington Invites Members of the Public to Festivities to Honor Retiring UMF President Theodora J. Kalikow, June 14

FARMINGTON, ME (June 5, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington community is pleased to invite members of the public to join them and honored guests at a retirement gathering to honor and celebrate Theodora J. Kalikow’s 18 years of exemplary service as UMF President. The festivities will take place, rain or shine, from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, June 14, 2012, at the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus.

The University is hoping members of the public will join them in wishing “Theo” a happy retirement, while sharing some light refreshments and fond memories of her dedicated service to UMF, the community and the state of Maine.  No gifts please.

Speakers joining the celebration will include: Carlene Tremblay, representing U.S. Senator Susan Collins; Tom Saviello, Maine State Senator; Bonnie Newsom, member of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees; Dick Davis, Farmington town manager; Nancy Marshall, president of the UMF Board of Visitors and Sven Bartholomew, president of the UMF Alumni Council.

Kalikow has served as UMF’s 13th president since 1994. She is the longest-serving UMF president since the Farmington school became a four-year college in 1945 and the third-longest serving chief administrator of the western Maine institution in its nearly 150-year history. A visionary leader, she has put student success first and foremost during her presidency and guided UMF to emerge as a nationally-recognized model of educational effectiveness.

For more information, contact Moira Wolohan at 207-778-7256, or wolohan@maine.edu


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UMF Upward Bound Program Awarded Funding to Help Maine Students Succeed in Higher Education

FARMINGTON, ME (May 31, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s Upward Bound program was recently awarded funding for the next five years by the U.S. Department of Education. This annual grant of $353,456 will be used by the Upward Bound program to help low-income, first-generation students from central Maine prepare for and succeed in post-secondary education.

One of eight federal TRIO programs designed to serve individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, RP112-068Upward Bound projects provide academic support to high-school students in mathematics, science, English and foreign languages. They also provide mentoring and counseling services to students and their families during the college search and financial-aid process.

The UMF affiliate is one of 780 recently-funded Upward Bound programs nationwide. These programs help close to 60,000 students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to access and succeed in college. According to its director Lynn Ploof-Davis, The UMF Upward Bound program currently works year-round with 79 students from 10 high schools in central Maine.

“Students are typically with us throughout their high school years, and we continue to provide ongoing support and guidance for six years after they graduate,” said Ploof-Davis. “We really become a family during that time and it’s a wonderful feeling to see our students succeed. All 24 students in our program who will be graduating from high school this year are going on to higher education. It’s remarkable to be able to make that much of a difference in a young person’s life.”

In addition to its program during the school year, UMF’s Upward Bound also offers an intensive six-week summer experience. During that time, high-school students can take classes at UMF and stay in the residence halls on campus. They also have the opportunity to participate in the program’s summer career experience where they serve in one of over 30 internships at local businesses, schools, public offices and non-profit organizations.

“Upward Bound is a huge commitment for these students,” said Ploof-Davis. “But, when you see the dramatic difference it makes in their lives, you understand why it’s so worth it to them.”

Since it first began in 1980, UMF’s Upward Bound program has helped prepare over 500 young people for higher education. Of those Upward Bound participants who have enrolled in college since the class of 2000, 92%—more than three times the national average—have enrolled in Bachelor’s degree programs at public and private colleges and universities throughout the country.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college known for its commitment to student success, UMF provides a challenging yet supportive environment to prepare students for both careers and further study. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. Located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region, UMF is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.


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Media contact: Lynn Ploof-Davis, director of UMF Upward Bound Program, at 207-778-7297, or lynnp@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/05/RP112-068.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

Photo Caption: UMF Upward Bound students on a fall college visit

UMF Student Named George Mitchell Peace Scholar to Study Impact of China on Global Markets

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(Left to right) Lynne Eustis, assistant director for international and exchange programs; Chiaping Wen, UMF George Mitchell Peace Scholar; Linda Beck, associate professor of political science and Sylvie Charron, professor of French

FARMINGTON, ME (May 18, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that Chiaping Wen, a UMF senior from Norway, Maine, majoring in interdisciplinary studies, with a concentration in international and global studies, has been selected as a 2012 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholar. Recently honored at a UMF International and Global Studies celebration, Wen received one of only two single-semester Mitchell Peace Scholarships awarded annually by the University of Maine System.

“How exciting for Chiaping that she will be capping her international studies education at UMF with the prestigious Mitchell Peace Scholar experience in Ireland,” said Theodora J. Kalikow, UMF president. “She is very deserving of this honor and we are confident that she will make the most of this opportunity and be a great representative for UMF and the State of Maine.”

Recipients of this competitive scholarship are selected based on strong academic ability, commitment to community service and exceptional leadership skills. The seventh UMF recipient of the Mitchell Peace Scholarship since 2004, Wen will attend the University College Cork, in Ireland, in the upcoming 2012 fall semester. During that time, all academic fees will be waived, and she will receive free tuition, room and board and a $1,000 travel stipend.

Born in China, Wen and her family immigrated to Maine when she was eight. She is a graduate of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and a Dean’s List scholar at UMF. In addition to her studies, she is very involved on campus, where she is treasurer of both the UMF chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta—an academic honors society—and the UMF Multicultural Club.

Wen is an active member of Rotaract—a student branch of Rotary International dedicated to meeting the needs of the community—and has participated in their Habitat for Humanity efforts and other community service projects. She is also involved with the nationally recognized Girls Talk/Teen Voices program, a literature-based mentorship program started at UMF for young girls, where she enjoys mentoring a student from Mt. Blue Middle School.

During her time at UMF, Wen has undertaken various research projects on China, including a study of the environmental and economic impact of imported e-waste in China. Building on her studies, she is interested in examining China’s social and economic growth and the impacts it will have on the U.S. and Ireland. Her research plans will be supported by her course selections at University College Cork, where she hopes to obtain a better understanding of U.S., China and Ireland relations and how business functions in each country.

The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship was created in 1998 in tribute to Senator Mitchell for his work in helping to facilitate a peace accord between the governments and people of Ireland and Northern Ireland and his lifelong devotion and commitment to public service.

The University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System each award one full-year scholarship or two single-semester scholarships per year. The first peace scholarship exchanges took place during the 1999-2000 academic year.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college known for its commitment to student success, UMF provides a challenging yet supportive environment to prepare students for both careers and further study. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. Located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region, UMF is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Media Contact: Lynne Eustis, UMF assistant director for international and exchange programs, 207-778-7122, leustis@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/05/RP112-067.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

Photo Caption: (Left to right) Lynne Eustis, assistant director for international and exchange programs; Chiaping Wen, UMF George Mitchell Peace Scholar; Linda Beck, associate professor of political science and Sylvie Charron, professor of French.