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April Mulherin
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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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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford to Speak at UMF Commencement

RP134-061newsPulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford will deliver the commencement speech at University of Maine at Farmington’s 2014 graduation, May 17, on the UMF campus. Acclaimed by the New York Times as “one of his generation’s most eloquent voices,” Ford is the author of 11 works of fiction. Notable among those is “Independence Day,” winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award—the first novel to win both awards in a single year. Ford’s most recent novel, “Canada,” won the top French literary award and was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, as reported in the Portland Press Herald. UMF President Foster noted the University is honored that Ford will be joining them for this historic year’s graduation. The student commencement address will be given by Sean Skillern, vice president of the senior class, from Naples, Maine.

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UMF President and Sen. George Mitchell Honor Past and Present Mitchell Scholars

RP134-059UMF president Kathryn A. Foster was recently joined by Senator George J. Mitchell and Mitchell Institute Scholarship Director Jared Cash at a dinner on the UMF campus to honor current and former UMF recipients of the Senator’s Mitchell Institute Scholarship. Mitchell Scholars are selected for their academic promise, history of community service and financial need. As reported in the Bangor Daily News, UMF has 36 Mitchell Scholars currently enrolled and more than 120 Mitchell Scholar alumni—giving UMF the highest number of student scholars, per capita, of any Maine school, according to Cash.

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Students Get Home-Made Hats to Keep Out the Winter Chill

Students in UMF Professor Cathryn Wimett’s children’s literature class, were surprised at the beginning of the semester with a little something extra—home-made knit hats to keep Cathy's Class 1out the winter chill. This isn’t something new for Wimett, who has been an educator for 44 years, 17 of those at UMF, but it’s something that she loves to do. According to a Sun Journal article, Wimett has found the time to make hats for her UMF students for the past five years. “As a teacher, it’s nice to be able to give my students something. It’s cold here and I love to be able to share something that will keep them warm,” said Wimett.

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UMF Grad Lindsay Ball to Compete in Paralympics in Sochi, Russia

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Recent UMF graduate Lindsay Ball is headed for Sochi, Russia, to compete with the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing Team, as reported by The Washington Times. Born visually impaired, Ball is from Benton, Maine, and is the only Mainer named to the Alpine team. She and her skiing guide, Diane Barras, have won several competitions including the bronze medal in the 2012 Alpine Skiing World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom Visually Impaired race. They will compete in the giant slalom in Sochi on March 16

 

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UMF Offers ‘Be Home at UMF’ Program to Franklin County Grads

UMF Freshman Takes Advantage of Cost-Cutting New Opportunity

The University of Maine at Farmington has expanded the opportunity for local students to take part in the full campus experience. The “Be Home at UMF” program offers freshman students from Franklin County, Maine, free on-campus housing for their first year at UMF, beginning with the fall 2014 semester. The program was offered to Mt. Blue High School graduates last year and has been expanded to any student graduating from a high school in Franklin Country or home-schooled in Franklin County who enrolls for their freshman year at UMF. The savings for on-campus housing amounts to $4,500 a year. “We’d love to give more students the campus experience,” said Jamie Marcus, UMF director of admissions. “They can ‘go away to school’ here in their own backyard.”

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UMF Partnership Helps Student Interns Gain Skills and Career Experience

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UMF’s new program to increase student’s experiential learning is yielding measurable success, according to a recent article in the Morning Sentinel. Only two years after its launch, the Partnership for Civic Advancement is seeing student internships triple. Celeste Branham, UMF vice president of Student and Community Services and director of the Partnership, sees the program as a way for students to “test career interests, to network and to gain skills.” UMF senior Hayley Rose-Smith interned at True Oldies 93.5 last summer and has accepted a job with Mountain Wireless, the station’s parent company.

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