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UMF graduate heading to Spain on Fulbright Fellowship

Travis Bent

Travis Bent

Travis Bent, graduating UMF senior from Norridgewock, is headed to Spain on a Fulbright Fellowship. Bent will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, with minors in Spanish, French and International and Global Studies, as reported by the Morning Sentinel. “Receiving a Fulbright award is such an honor and a significant personal achievement,” said UMF President Kathryn A. Foster. “The school is proud of Bent and two alumni who also have received the award and “the course they’ve charted as ambassadors to the world.” The highly competitive national program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department to promote good will internationally, enables college graduates, young professionals and artists to conduct research, teach English as a foreign language or pursue a creative project in more than 150 countries.

Morning Sentinel
Sun Journal
Bangor Daily News
Daily Bulldog

Two-time Pulitzer-winning historian to speak at UMF Commencement

Alan Shaw Taylor

Alan Shaw Taylor

Alan Shaw Taylor, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian, will be the University of Maine at Farmington’s 2016 Commencement speaker, according to the Portland Press Herald. Taylor is only the fourth person to win two Pulitzer Prizes for American history since the establishment of the award in 1917. An expert on Colonial America, the Revolution and the Early American Republic, Taylor is known for finding new stories in history and looking at them in ways that other historians might not. Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, said, “Taylor is notable for his extensive knowledge, scholarly research and unique talent to make history come alive again. It is an honor to have him addressing our graduates on this important day.”

Portland Press Herald
Kennebec Journal
Morning Sentinel
Sun Journal

UMF building named Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center

Theodora J. Kalikow

Theodora J. Kalikow

The UMF Education Center was recently named in honor of its longtime President Theodora J. Kalikow who served from 1994 to 2012. She was applauded at a dedication ceremony attended by dignitaries, colleagues and friends for her commitment to the University and student success throughout her tenure, according to an article in the Sun Journal. Now named the Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center, the LEED-Silver certified building is home to the UMF College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation. As the longest serving president since UMF became a four year college in 1945, Kalikow has made a lasting impact on the lives of Maine students and their families.

Sun Journal
Daily Bulldog

UMF 4-H STEM Ambassadors program inspires local students in science and math

UMF STEM Ambassadors programUMF students are inspiring local students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with the new UMF 4-H STEM Ambassadors program. The  program is a collaboration between UMF students, Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H professionals and local educators to keep elementary and middle school students excited about the STEM subjects. “This UMF program is a wonderful opportunity for our students to get additional, real-life classroom experience while also helping the community’s younger students obtain knowledge and confidence in their own science and math skills,” said Grace Eason, UMF professor of environmental science. “It’s so rewarding to hear a child’s excitement when they say, ‘I can do science!’”

Morning Sentinel
Kennebec Journal
Sun Journal

Innovative UMF Biomass Heat Plant leads the way in reducing reliance on fossil fuels

UMF Biomass Central Heat PlantUMF’s innovative, new Biomass Central Heat Plant is up and running, affirming its vision of a sustainable campus for the future. The $11 million facility will consume approximately 4,000 tons of locally-sourced woodchips annually, replacing 95 percent of the 390,000 gallons of fossil fuel formerly used to heat the campus. Environmental stewardship is a core value in the University’s classroom and campus life, according to Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, and UMF’s continuing commitment to reducing reliance upon fossil fuels.


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Sun Journal
Washington Times
Herald Courier
MPBN
The Roanoke Times
WMTW 8
WABI 5

UMF’s Alpine Operations Certificate Program featured on Bill Green’s Maine

UMF student Casey Taylor and Snow cats.

UMF student Casey Taylor takes advantage of new UMF Alpine Ops Certificate program where he helps children in UMF Snow cats learn to ski.

The University of Maine at Farmington is offering a new program that prepares its students for careers in Maine’s $300 million ski industry. Recently featured on WCSH6 Bill Green’s Maine, UMF’s Alpine Operations Certificate program is not only preparing the ski industry leaders of the future, it’s helping to build the ski industry as well. Developed in collaboration with ski-industry partners in western Maine and launched in 2015, the program offers business, marketing and skiing classes in addition to completing a mountain internship. Farmington’s nearby Titcomb Mountain serves as an on-hill learning lab where Alpine Ops students are responsible for running the successful UMF Snowcats children’s learn-to-ski program. They are currently teaching more than 80, K-3 children how to ski. This is the first skiing experience for many children, and it’s a great opportunity to see how UMF students’ passion for skiing teaches these brand new skiers to develop a love of the sport.

WCSH 6 Bill Green’s Maine

UMF named to research pilot by Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Jean Doty, UMF professor of biology

Jean Doty, UMF professor of biology

UMF has been named by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to its nationwide SEA-PHAGES project. The pilot research program is designed to engage college students in real scientific research and discovery as early as possible in their academic careers. As reported in the Daily Bulldog, students will isolate their bacteriophages (a commonly occurring virus that infects bacteria) extract DNA and select a specimen for whole genome sequencing. Additionally, students will analyze the genome sequence using special computer software and participate in the nation-wide study by submitting their findings to the National Center for Biotechnology Information GenBank database. “Students in the program will not only receive a great educational foundation and valuable lab experience, but also contribute to an important national scientific body of knowledge aimed at understanding complex biological systems,” said Jean Doty, UMF professor of biology.

Daily Bulldog

UMF Jared Cash joins guests on MPBN’s Maine Calling to help high school students understand the college admission process

UMF enrollment VP joins other guests of MPBN's Maine Calling

(Left to right) Mila Tappan, Jennifer Rooks, Anne Richardson and Jared Cash discuss the college admission process on MPBN’s Maine Calling.

What do high school juniors and sophomores need to start thinking about to plan for college and navigate the application process? Jared Cash, UMF vice president for enrollment; Anne Richardson, Kents Hill School direct of college counseling and Mila Tappan, Finance Authority of Maine college access and outreach manager discuss the facts that will help students and their families understand the college admission process.

MPBN Maine Calling

UMF Alpine Ops on “Maine Calling”

UMF student skiiersMPBN’s “Maine Calling” recently broadcast an industry update on skiing in Maine this winter season. UMF’s new Alpine Operations Certificate Program led by Scott Hoisington with years of four-season resort experience, was highlighted in the podcast by Greg Sweetser, executive director of Ski Maine, as a program to look into for anyone interested in on-mountain internships and in-depth involvement in the ski and snowboard industry.

Ski Maine podcast on MPBN. UMF mentioned at 19:28 (MP3)

UMF student “recovers” prepared food for local homeless shelter

UMF student Catherine Dufault

Catherine Dufault, a sustainability-minded UMF student majoring in environmental planning and policy, is working to “recover” excess, prepared food from the campus dining service to help meet critical food needs at a local homeless shelter. Dufault, according to a recent Kennebec Journal article, established a UMF chapter of the Food Recovery Network, a national charity that engages students on college campuses to fight food waste and hunger. With this new organization in place, excess fresh prepared food is packaged by campus food service and transported by students to the Western Maine Homeless Outreach in Farmington. In addition to her work with the Food Recovery Network, Dufault is also working to establish a UMF food closet for needy students.

Kennebec Journal
Sun Journal
Daily Bulldog
Morning Sentinel