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April Mulherin
Associate Director of Media Relations
Office: (207) 778-7081
Cell: (207) 491-0064
TDD: (207) 778-7000
april.mulherin@maine.edu

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Jennifer Reid, UMF Professor of Religion, Named Prestigious Guggenheim Fellow

Jennifer Reid, UMF Professor of ReligionJennifer Reid, UMF professor of religion and long-time faculty member, has been named a Guggenheim Fellow. This prestigious award is given to “mid-career” scholars for impressive career achievement and is intended to further their scholarship. Reid has been researching indigenous peoples the world over who are struggling for legal recognition of their land claims, according to a report in the Portland Press Herald. With the support of the fellowship, she intends to continue with her research and learn what role religious scholars can play in legal adjudication of indigenous land claims.

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New Genus and Species of Marine Worm Discovered by UMF Faculty Member

UMF faculty member Nancy PrentissNancy Prentiss, UMF lecturer in biology, recently announced her discovery of a new genus and species of marine worm found in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Years of painstaking research determined the find is a new species of polychaete. Prentiss named the newly discovered worm (Turbocavus secretus) for Newly discovered worm (Turbocavus secretus)the location (Turbocavus = Hurricane Hole) where she found it while snorkeling in St. John’s pristine Hurricane Hole. According to the Portland Press Herald, the discovery is not just a new species, but a whole new genus or biological classification of plants or animals. Specimens of the new fanworm species now are deposited permanently in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

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New UMF Alpine Operations Certificate Program Announced for Fall 2015

UMF President Kathryn Foster, joined by industry leaders from Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Saddleback ski resorts, recently announced the University’s new Alpine Operations alpineopsnewsCertificate Program, beginning in fall 2015. As reported by the Portland Press Herald, the 24-credit hour program is designed to teach students business and marketing skills specific to the industry. Courses in ski instruction will be an important component of the program as will an internship at one of the ski resorts. The announcement was made at Titcomb, a community ski mountain close to the UMF campus. According to Foster, the program, “…promotes wellness, the outdoor lifestyle and also an important regional industry.”

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UMF Leads the Way with New Free Application Policy

RP145-028newsUMF announced that it will be the first school in the University of Maine System to eliminate application fees for prospective students, beginning January 1, 2015. According to Eileen Reading, UMF associate director of admission quoted in the Morning Sentinel, “It’s about access for everyone.” The new free application policy creates a level-playing field for every applicant regardless of need or manner in which they apply. “We want to make sure that students interested in applying to UMF and benefitting from the UMF Experience have every opportunity to do so, without barriers,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “Reducing costs for students and their families demonstrates UMF’s continuing historic mission to preserve affordable access to higher education for all students.”
 

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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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