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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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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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UMF Grad Honored by President Obama for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education

Holly Doe news

Holly Doe, UMF 1994 grad, pictured with one of her classes at Pelham Elementary School, Pelham, N.H.
Photo courtesy of Lesley University

Holly Doe, 1994 UMF graduate, has been invited to the White House to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education. Recently featured in the Kennebec Journal, Doe is a technology integration specialist in the Pelham School District in Pelham, N. H., where she promotes the integration of mathematics and science concepts into all subject areas. She is also a leader in robotics education and has taught robotics to students as young as first grade. Doe earned her master’s degree from Lesley University.

 

 

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President Foster Joins Area Leaders with Goals for New Year

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UMF President Foster sees 2014 as, “one of the most exciting times in our (UMF’s) history”, according to a recent article in the Morning Sentinel where top area leaders offered their thoughts on the New Year. Foster noted the year’s significance as the 150th year since the school was chartered making it Maine’s first public institution of higher education. A priority for the University is to continue growing its strong relationship with the region through the UMF Partnership for Civic Advancement that connects students with community and business groups for out of the classroom learning, said Foster.

Morning Sentinel

UMF Student’s Prosthetic Art Overcomes Limits

As prosthetics help people overcome physical limitations—Jesse Potts, UMF assistant professor of art, challenged his Sculpture 1 students to design a prosthetic for Prostheis Project newstheir own body’s limitations. The students created their “pragmatic or beautifully absurd” prosthetics for “The Prosthesis Project” exhibit in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus, Dec. 12. The students are wearing their sculptures while standing in a huge plastic globe created for the event. Quoted in the Morning Sentinel, Potts said that students majoring in other disciplines helped particularly in a project such as this, which might require computer skills, construction skills and artistic vision. “There’s more to this art project than just the aesthetics,” he said.

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Farmington Forum Series Presents “The Changing Face of Education”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the continuing yearlong celebration of its 150th Anniversary, UMF is launching the Farmington Forum Series, beginning with “The New Normal: the Changing Face of Education.” These free and open to the public events are scheduled from Oct. 28-Nov. 7 and will illustrate the complex nature of teaching and learning. As reported in the Sun Journal, featured events will include a presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and acclaimed journalist Michael D’Antonio and an interactive workshop with author, innovative education program developer and National Academy of Education Fellow Dan Rothstein. Throughout the year, UMF’s Farmington Forum Series will feature a host of special events in the six key academic disciplines of education, psychology, English, biology, mathematics and history. For additional details, please visit http://teachereducation.umf.maine.edu/

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150th Anniversary Celebrated with UMF Charter Day

After much preparation, the UMF campus, dignitaries, alumni, and community members all joined in celebration of the signing of the 1863 charter Kate 2that made UMF the first institution of public higher education in Maine. The milestone festivities included remarks by Gov. Paul LePage, Carlene Tremblay – U.S. Sen. Collins representative, Ryan Low – UMS director of external affairs, Gerald Cayer – executive VP of Franklin Community Health Network, Paul Mills – attorney  and Governor in front row 2local historian and UMF President Kathryn A. Foster.  Craig Larrabee – Alumni Council president and CEO of Jobs for Maine Graduates served as master of ceremonies. Gov. LePage was quoted by the Sun Journal saying the school has thrived throughout the years, making “quality, higher education accessible and affordable.” A celebratory community picnic and arts reception followed the ceremony.

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Kathryn A. Foster Inaugurated as 14th UMF President

Inauguration 3Kathryn A. Foster was officially inaugurated as UMF’s 14th president on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, to the well wishes of University of Maine System representatives, dignitaries, the academic community, local leaders, alumni, faculty, staff and students. The ceremony was presided over by UMS Chancellor James H. Page, who said Foster has, “established her position as an integral part of UMF,” according to an article in the Sun Journal. During the service, Foster was presented with University artifacts by Laurie Macwhinnie, of the UMF Mantor Library, including a class roster and list from the first class in 1864. Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate, read the poem, “My Town.” The Portland Brass Quintet performed an original composition by Philip Carlsen, UMF professor of music.

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