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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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UMF Alpine Ops on “Maine Calling”

UMF student skiiersMPBN’s “Maine Calling” recently broadcast an industry update on skiing in Maine this winter season. UMF’s new Alpine Operations Certificate Program led by Scott Hoisington with years of four-season resort experience, was highlighted in the podcast by Greg Sweetser, executive director of Ski Maine, as a program to look into for anyone interested in on-mountain internships and in-depth involvement in the ski and snowboard industry.

Ski Maine podcast on MPBN. UMF mentioned at 19:28 (MP3)

UMF student “recovers” prepared food for local homeless shelter

UMF student Catherine Dufault

Catherine Dufault, a sustainability-minded UMF student majoring in environmental planning and policy, is working to “recover” excess, prepared food from the campus dining service to help meet critical food needs at a local homeless shelter. Dufault, according to a recent Kennebec Journal article, established a UMF chapter of the Food Recovery Network, a national charity that engages students on college campuses to fight food waste and hunger. With this new organization in place, excess fresh prepared food is packaged by campus food service and transported by students to the Western Maine Homeless Outreach in Farmington. In addition to her work with the Food Recovery Network, Dufault is also working to establish a UMF food closet for needy students.

Kennebec Journal
Sun Journal
Daily Bulldog
Morning Sentinel

New UMF certificate prepares students to help victims of substance abuse

Dual archesIn light of the troubling growth of substance abuse and addiction in Maine, UMF has created an Addiction Rehabilitation Certificate that will help students prepare for a professional career in the addiction field while they are simultaneously pursuing their undergraduate college degree. The new certificate, as reported by the Sun Journal, first became available in fall 2015. It is composed of 22 credits in rehabilitation courses that focus on understanding addiction, prevention and recovery from substance abuse. “Maine is really struggling with the opioid crisis and needs well-trained professionals who have a good educational foundation,” said Joanne Grant, director of the Day One residency treatment program and UMF lecturer.  “Having a bachelor’s degree plus addiction training is of tremendous value when looking to be a professional in this field.”

Sun Journal
Morning Sentinel
Daily Bulldog

UMF students collaborate to design nature-based education playscape

Matt McCourt's Class 1

Geography Professor Matthew McCourt’s class saw logs for new creative outdoor playscape.

What do mud kitchens, tree cookies and raised garden beds have in common? They are just several of the creative outdoor playscape elements being considered for a new nature-based early childhood play area at UMF, according to the Morning Sentinel. The proposed play area to be built at the Sweatt-Winter laboratory school at UMF, is a collaborative project between students in early childhood education professor Patti Bailie’s Environments for Young Children course and others in geography professor Matt McCourt’s Land Usage course. Bailie, who has 22 years of experience in the field of nature-based education, said that the benefit for giving children the opportunity to learn in a natural environment are the numerous ways it allows a child to develop.

Patti Bailie's Class and Jeff McKay UMF facilities

Patti Bailie, early childhood education professor, and Jeff McKay, director of facilities, listen to playscape ideas shared by Bailie’s class.

Morning Sentinel
Sun Journal

Pioneering figures in avant-garde music come to UMF

Pauline Oliveros

Two internationally renowned figures in the avant-garde and experimental music world Annea Lockwooddemonstrate how sound has no boundaries at the innovative UMF Sound Forum, Nov. 18-21. According to a recent Daily Bulldog article, Pauline Oliveros and Annea Lockwood will offer an extraordinary series of UMF Sound Forum events that reveal how sound, silence and noise shape the aural landscape of our lives. Composers, performers, artists and innovators—both Oliveros’ and Lockwood’s work have profoundly influenced American music.

Daily Bulldog

UMF First Year Student Recognized for Academic Success

Olympia Snowe and Veronica Manasco

Former Sen. Olympia Snowe and UMF student Veronica Manasco

Veronica Manasco, a first year UMF student, was recently recognized at the 2015 Mitchell Institute Gala with the distinguished Paddy Frank Walsh Pioneer Scholar Award for citizenship, scholarship and perseverance while overcoming adversity. At a young age, Manasco and her family moved from Missouri to Maine where she succeeded academically despite many challenges.  In addition to this award, she has also been named a 2015 Mitchell Scholar, 2015 Horatio Alger Maine Scholar and 2015 Dell Scholar—three prestigious awards that provide ongoing support and assistance to help students on the road to higher education.

Morning Sentinel

New UMF biomass plant moves campus away from fossil fuel reliance

Biomass PlantUMF’s new 5,885 square foot biomass central heating plant that will replace 390,000 gallons of heating oil annually with locally sourced wood chips  is well on its way to completion.  According to the Portland Press Herald, the new plant will drastically alter the campus energy mix away from fossil fuel to renewable sources and is a critical part of UMF’s vision for a sustainable future. The plant is expected to be completed by the end of the year and will also be an important learning tool for both students and the members of the community.

Portland Press Herald
Morning Sentinel
Kennebec Journal

UMF Professor of History speaks on Papacy on MPBN’s Maine Calling

Anne Marie WolfAnne Marie Wolf, UMF associate professor of history, recently joined Jennifer Rooks, host of MPBN’s Maine Calling, and other guests in a live discussion on Pope Francis and his historic visit to the U.S. Wolf is a medieval historian and a dedicated teacher. She teaches both halves of Global History, several courses on Europe from the Roman period through the 17th century and several others, mostly on the Middle East and the Mediterranean world. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota.

http://news.mpbn.net/post/pope-francis

UMF recognized as “Best College” by U.S. News for 18th year

For the 18th year, UMF has been recognized as a “Best College” by U.S. News & World Report. Merrill FacadeAs reported in the Sun Journal, UMF has been named a “Top Public Regional College” in the North, where it garnered the No. 6 position this year and No. 10 among both public and private colleges in that category.

UMF was also recognized as a “Best College for Veterans.” UMF was also recently recognized for the third year in a row in Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck,” where it was ranked the top Maine college this year out of more than 400 public and private colleges in the Northeast.

“We are delighted by national recognition from U.S. News and others of UMF’s quality. These rankings and accolades speak volumes about what UMF does every day to provide an affordable, top notch education for our students,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president.

Sun Journal
Daily Bulldog

UMF ranked top college in Maine by Washington Monthly for ‘Best Bang for the Buck’

GraduationOut of 400 public and private colleges in the northeast, UMF has just been recognized as the top college in Maine by Washington Monthly’s 2015 ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ rankings. Skyrocketing up from 151 place in three short years, UMF is ranked as a best value based on “net” price, graduation rate and students’ post-graduate earning ability to pay off their student loans. UMF juniors Chelsey and Shawna Oliver aren’t surprised at UMF’s stature in the rankings, according to the Morning Sentinel. The Oliver sisters, who both receive UMF academic scholarships based on their performance in high school, say affordability is only one of the perks of studying at UMF. The sisters cite accessibility to professors, small class size, walkability to downtown Farmington and friendly people who wave to you from their porches as some of the reasons they love the university.

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Kennebec Journal
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