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UMF Commits to Generation Study Abroad Initiative with Launch of New, Two-Day Travel Program

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UMF students and faculty present tokens of friendship from Lac-Megantic Public Library to Maurie Stockford, director of Farmington Public Library (far left.)

Eight UMF students recently traveled to Lac-Megantic , Quebec, along with several faculty members, to launch “Global Perspectives,” UMF’s new, two-day travel program. The pilot excursion is part of a larger goal to double the number of its students studying abroad according to UMF’s recent pledge to the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative. Students toured the Quebec town to understand the devastation of the 2013 railway accident and the current recovery efforts, according to the Sun Journal.  They returned with tokens of friendship from the Lac-Megantic library and presented them to the director of the Farmington Public Library.

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UMF Named “Great Affordable Eco-Friendly College”

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The University of Maine at Farmington has recently been named a “Great Affordable Eco-Friendly College” by Best Choice Schools, an online educational resource. UMF was chosen as one of the top 50 of 300 universities selected for their strong, year-round commitment to staying green, while costing less than the average of what one would expect to spend on a year of college. “UMF is proud to be focused on providing an affordable quality education that also gives our students the skills, encouragement and opportunities to have a positive impact on our environment,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, as cited in the Sun Journal.

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Maine Tech Companies Meet with UMF Students to Tout Internships

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Chris Bond, UMF 2013 grad and app developer talks about his employer, Arkatechture, a small data firm in Southern Maine.

UMF recently hosted a Project>Login reception, bringing University of Maine at Farmington computing and technology students together with recruiters for Maine companies who are seeking to fill paid internships for summer 2015 and jobs after graduation. UMF President Foster welcomed representatives from UNUM, Tyler Technologies, Arkatechture and local website development company Aptuitiv, noting the great networking opportunity the event provides, according to the Sun Journal. UMF students, faculty, staff and grads now employed with some of the represented Maine businesses touted the benefits of internship experiences. “Internships break down walls,” said Chris Bond, UMF 2013 grad and application developer with Arkatechture, a data firm in southern Maine.

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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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