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April Mulherin
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Jennifer Dorman, UMF Grad, Named 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Dorman, UMF graduate of the class of 1993, was recently named 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Education. According to the Morning Sentinel, she is the 50th bell in distance newsMaine Teacher of the Year since the program began in 1954, and only the second special education teacher named to the honor, along with another UMF graduate. Dorman is currently a special education teacher at the Skowhegan Area Middle School, prior to which she was an elementary special education teacher in SAD 54. Of the four finalists for this year’s Maine Teacher of the Year award, three were UMF grads. In addition, five of the past seven Maine Teachers of the Year are UMF grads.

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UMF Awarded $20M College Readiness Grant

UMF Sign Mantor newsThe University of Maine at Farmington has been awarded a $20 million, 7-year GEAR UP grant by the U.S. Department of Education to help prepare at-risk students beginning in seventh grade for postsecondary education. UMF is one of 10 states to receive the grant, according to the Morning Sentinel. It will serve up to 7,600 students annually from 63 rural schools in 26 districts. UMF will be collaborating with 19 partners, key of which is Syntiro, a non-profit organization that will be administering the grant. “UMF looks forward to working closely with our partners and supporters so we can help improve student achievement and continue to advance Maine’s future,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president.

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UMF Receives U.S. News and Washington Monthly Accolades

Merrill Facade (news)UMF has received national recognition as a ‘Best College’ by U.S. News & World Report for the 17th year according to the Sun Journal. The national rankings, released on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, named UMF number five in the Top Public Regional Colleges category and number 18 in the ranking of both public and private Regional Colleges in the North. In addition to being included in the top U.S. News rankings, UMF has also been named a “Best Bang for the Buck” baccalaureate college by Washington Monthly magazine for 2014. The bang for the buck feature was added to Washington Monthly’s rankings in response to the federal government’s interest in a rating system that shows what colleges are offering the best value to students and taxpayers. “UMF prides itself on creating a vibrant community of learners preparing for a productive future and results like these annual rankings highlight our success,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president.

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New UMF Students Receive a Warm Welcome

UMF gave a warm welcome to 518 new students on its campus at its annual Matriculation ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 30. Eighty-eight percent of the new class of 2018 comes from Maine, FARmatriculation2P083114according to an article in the Sun Journal, representing 15 of the 16 Maine counties. New students are also from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont and Africa. UMF President Kathryn A. Foster made the welcome official while giving the students the matriculation cords they would wear when graduating from UMF. “I am honored to receive this class—so smart and talented— from nearby and far,” said Foster.

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Joseph P. McGinn Appointed as UMF Provost

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Joseph P. McGinn, former dean of Towson University, has been appointed to serve as the University of Maine at Farmington’s new provost and vice president of academic affairs. As chief academic officer at UMF, he will provide leadership for all aspects of academic life, continue to strengthen UMF’s academic and research programs and maintain UMF’s dedication to excellence. Quoted in the Morning Sentinel, McGinn said “I am honored and excited to be a part of UMF’s tremendous legacy as the birthplace of public higher education in Maine.” Before Towson, he was director of the global honors program and professor of philosophy at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and assistant professor of philosophy and humanities at Penn State-Harrisburg.

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System-wide Effort to Streamline Course Offerings Led by UMF President Foster

Kate newsKathryn Foster, UMF president, will spearhead an effort to streamline course offerings at the University of Maine System’s seven campuses, according to an article in the Portland Press Herald. The new initiative is part of a broader five-year strategic plan approved by the UMS trustees at their last meeting and is an attempt to broaden course access and cut costs. “We will be taking a careful look at the academic menus across the campuses and see what the opportunities are to integrate,” said Foster. She was named the head of the committee after former chairwoman, Susan Hunter’s position changed from vice chancellor to interim president of University of Maine.

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25-year Partnership with Beijing University Celebrated

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UMF President Foster was recently invited to China to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its longstanding partnership with Beijing University of Technology. Begun in 1989, the exchange program began a few years after China began to allow visitors in the early 1980s, according to the Daily Bulldog. Foster was joined in the commemoration by BJUT President Guo Guangsheng and Chinese dignitaries, students, faculty and administrators associated with the program. In addition to the BJUT program, UMF is looking to improve its international offerings by developing similar relationships with two other universities in China. “We’re trying to seed and nurture these relationships,” said Foster.

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UMF Faculty Member Chris Brinegar is Awarded Fulbright to Study in Ecuador

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor the second time in six years, Chris Brinegar, UMF faculty member in the division of natural sciences, has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State with a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. As reported by the Associated Press, Brinegar will teach conservation genetics in the natural sciences department at the Technical University of Loja, in the Andes Mountains of southern Ecuador, and conduct research on the population genetics of two threatened tree species. Brinegar’s research specialty is in plant phylogeography, which is the study of the geographic distribution of genetic lineages in plant populations. Phylogeographic data can shed light on plant species evolution and is also used to assess biodiversity and to identify populations in need of conservation. Brinegar has taught ecology, environmental science and biochemistry at UMF since 2006. In 2008, he was awarded a Fulbright to teach and do research at Kathmandu University in Nepal. In 2012, he was awarded a grant by the Save the Redwoods League to help expand scientific knowledge of the biology and ecology of coast redwood forests.

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UMF Celebrates Commencement – 150 Years Strong

GradPic5Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and UMF 2014 Commencement speaker, addressed a full-house of graduates, family, friends, dignitaries and campus personnel at the University’s recent graduation ceremony. Ford urged the new graduates to “make something useful and beautiful out of (their degree),” according to the Morning Sentinel. The University anticipated awarding 456 diplomas this year to undergraduate and master’s degree candidates. UMF President Foster gave a brief profile of the graduating class, saying 80 percent came from Maine hometowns with about a third receiving education degrees. Sean Skillern, class vice president and student speaker, told classmates to remember the lifetime of memories they’ve made at UMF. Members of the class of 1964 celebrated their 50th class reunion by marching in the Commencement ceremony.

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UMF Senior Creates “Happy” Video That Rocks the Campus

Abe Turcotte, soon-to-graduate UMF senior, created, filmed and produced a video featuring Pharell Williams’ “Happy” that has rocked the campus and social media alike. Featuring AbeQUMF students, faculty and staff, the video was posted on the University’s Facebook page where over 60,000 people have seen it, to date. According to the Sun Journal, the feel-good video was created by Turcotte as his capstone project while working as a work initiative student. He is majoring in UMF’s Outdoor Recreation Business Administration Program and saw the chance to work with the University’s Marketing Department as a great opportunity to get experience that meshed with his major. 92 Moose and WJBQ 97.9 radio stations featured Turcotte on air to share his creative experience with their listening audience.

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