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387 University of Maine at Farmington Graduates March in 2012 Commencement Ceremony

FARMINGTON, ME (May 12, 2012)—Led by a procession of University faculty, administrators and dignitaries to the moving music of a local bagpipe group, 387 University of Maine at Farmington bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients, marched this morning, Saturday, May 12, in the 2012 UMF Commencement Ceremony.

A milestone in the academic careers of UMF’s graduating class, today’s commencement was also significant in that it was the final UMF Commencement Ceremony over which Dr. Theodora J. Kalikow—the longest-serving UMF president since the Farmington school became a four-year college in 1945—would preside as president.

“This is my eighteenth commencement ceremony as UMF president, and it is just as inspiring as my first,” said Kalikow. “It is always an honor to be a part of this memorable day as our graduates move on to pursue a meaningful life of success, service and contribution. UMF is a special place that for generations has prepared students to become well-educated, thoughtful professionals and leaders in Maine and beyond. I feel privileged to be a part of that tradition.”

Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate, delivered the keynote address to UMF graduates and their families, the UMF community and honored guests. Regarded by U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine as, “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry,” McNair was appointed by Maine Governor Paul LePage to a five-year term as Maine Poet Laureate in 2011.

The author of nine volumes of poems, McNair has held grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two grants in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Emmy Award. A UMF professor emeritus and writer in residence, he directed the creative writing program at the University and currently serves as a guest faculty member for UMF’s Longfellow Mountains Young Writers summer workshop.

The University awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters to McNair in recognition for his dedication to expressing through his poetry the deepest experiences of rural people and extending the reach of poetry to all readers. Seth Wescott, American snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist, was also awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition for his passion and tenacity in pursuing his athletic accomplishments at the highest level and being a proud advocate for the State of Maine.

Merissa “Moe” Beaulieu, graduating senior from Monmouth, gave the student address likening the experience of the past four years to the lessons learned by Harry Potter at Hogwarts and reminding fellow graduates to stay true to the values learned at UMF. Marjorie Murray Medd, member of the UMS Board of Trustees, delivered greetings to the graduates from the University of Maine System. Degrees were conferred by UMF President Kalikow and UMF Vice President for Academic Affairs Daniel P. Gunn.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college known for its commitment to student success, UMF provides a challenging yet supportive environment to prepare students for both careers and further study. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. Located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region, UMF is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

The list of 2012 University of Maine at Farmington graduates includes:

Maine

Adamstown: Michael Grant, B.S., Special Education;

Alfred: Thomas Gagnon, B.A., English;

Anson: Abrahamm Beane, B.F.A., Creative Writing, Gabriel Williams, B.A., Biology;

Arundel: Amanda Martemucci, B.S., Secondary Education – English;

Auburn: Amanda Bissonette, B.S., Elementary Education, Susan Bryant, B.S., Special Education, Tiffany Cheney, B.A., Psychology, Jessica Chouinard, B.S., Early Childhood Special Education, Eric Cole, B.S., Secondary Education – English, Matthew Daigle, B.F.A., Creative Writing, Shay Daily, B.S., Community Health Education, Heather Dvorak, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Joseph Griswold, B.A., Visual and Performing Arts, Kimberly St.  Pierre, B.S., Early Childhood Ed Cohort;

Augusta: Thomas Kilcoyne, B.A., Mathematics, Carmon Parker, B.S., Special Education, Caitlin Willits, B.A., Psychology;

Bangor: Alexander Cyr, B.A., Geology, Hillary Dubois, B.S., Elementary Education;

Bar Harbor: Schuyler Mann, B.A., Psychology;

Belgrade: Jared Boghosian, B.G.S., Bachelor of Education Studies, Ian Davis, B.A., English, Rita Day, B.S., Early Childhood Special Education;

Belgrade Lakes: Grayson Languet, B.A., Int Studies – Music Arts;

Benton: Lindsey Fisher, B.A., International & Global Studies and Psychology;

Biddeford: Danielle Bernier, B.A., History, Libby Doyon, B.A., Political Science, Brittany Dube, B.S., Secondary Education – Mathematics and Mathematics, Holly Emmons, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Kerensa Palmer, B.A., English;

Bingham: Kassandra Strickland, B.A., Psychology;

Bradford: Gregory Estes, B.A., History, Daniel Kane, B.S., Community Health Education;

Brewer: Marc Relford, B.A., Business Economics;

Bridgton: Emily Cushing, B.A., English  Spanish, Tareyn Vigna, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

Brooks: Joseph Merrifield, B.A., History;

Brunswick: Julia Bald, B.A., English, Heather Libby, B.S., Elementary Education;

Buckfield: Susanna Cooper, B.S., Secondary Education – English;

Bucksport: Sarah Robinson, B.S., Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Buxton: Megan Wallace, B.S., Secondary Education Social Studies;

Camden: Jennie Palermo, B.S., Secondary Education – English and English, Kristen Start, B.F.A., Creative Writing;

Cape Elizabeth: Jasselle Payeur, B.G.S., Bachelor of General Studies, Rebecca Thompson, B.S., Early Childhood Education Cohort;

Caribou: Lucas Butler, B.A., Political Science and Geography;

Carrabassett Valley: Katie LeBlanc, B.S., Community Health Education;

China: Heather Ross, MS Ed., Master of Science in Education;

Clinton: Ashlee Buzzell, B.A., Psychology and Interdisciplinary – Political Science/Social Science, Erica Harris, B.S., Early Childhood Ed Cohort, Emily Woods, B.A., Psychology;

Corinth: Ryan Lounsbury, B.A., Psychology;

Cornville: Brandy Wheeler, B.A., Business Psychology;

Cumberland: Katharine Keough, B.S., Community Health Education, Heather Morse, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Sara Tarbox, B.A., Art;

Cushing: Rebecca Harper, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

Dexter: Ryan Mountain, B.S., Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Dixfield: Katherine Gagne, B.S., Elementary Education, Christina Goodwin, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Deven Madore, B.A., Biology, Deven Madore, B.A., Biology, Enrico Ross, B.A., Biology, Angela Wight, B.S., Community Health Education, Jeffrey Willis, B.A., Political Sci/Social Science;

Dover Foxcroft: Dustin Colbry, B.S., Environmental Science, Emily Fowle, B.S., Community Health Education;

Durham: Callie Lemieux, B.A., Mathematics, Trevor Pontbriand, B.A., Business Economics;

East Andover: Shelley Hutchins, B.A., History;

East Dixfield: Chlorissa Blood, B.S., Elementary Education;

Eliot: Sarah Kumin, B.A., Psychology, Katherine Soule, B.S., Elementary Education;

Ellsworth: Tessa Rockwood, B.A., Business Economics;

Fairfield: Erica Blodgett, B.A., Psychology, Jace Ireland, B.A., Psychology, Brogan Liberty, B.A., Psychology, Ebony Rudzinski, B.A., English, Erica Violette, B.S., Elementary Education;

Falmouth: Jack Karn, B.A., History, Jacquelyn Reis, B.S., Special Education;

Farmingdale: Danica Massey, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Denise Robinson, B.S., Community Health Education;

Farmington: Caitlin Alexander, B.S., Secondary Education Social Studies, Henry Armstrong, B.A., Geography and Business Economics, Reid Bond, B.A., Business Economics, James Camp, Jr., B.A., English, Christy Carle, B.A., Art, Jaime Denton, B.A., Psychology, Brittany Drapeau, B.S., Elementary Education, Abigail Dustin, B.A., Individualized, Lauren El-Hajj, B.A., Psychology, Thomas Ferrari, B.S., Environmental Science, Hannah Gilikson, B.S., Elementary Education, Rebekah Hawes, B.A., Psychology, Sharon Lake, B.S., Community Health Education, Michael Lawson, B.S., Secondary Education Social Studies, Sarah Levensalor, B.A., Arts Admin: Art/Art History, Alanah Lockwood, B.A., Psychology, Natasha Manuel, B.A., Geology, Michele Meservey, B.S., Community Health Education, Lindsey Moloney, B.A., Psychology, Kate Nadeau, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Katherine Nicoll, B.F.A., Creative Writing, Megan Packard, MS Ed., Master of Science in Education, Amanda Roy, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Gradi Schutt, B.A., Political Science, Newcomb Stevens, B.A., Psychology, Abigail Wood, MS Ed., Master of Science in Education;

Fayette: Kayla Brown, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Linnea Mathews, MS Ed., Master of Science in Education;

Freeport: Sherry Brown-Spaulding, B.S., Early Childhood Education Cohort, Alden Collet, B.A., Business Psychology, Sarah Gordon, B.A., Psychology, Heather Thomas, B.S., Community Health Education;

Frenchboro: Joseph Charpentier, B.A., Political Science;

Fryeburg: Amber Crecelius, B.S., Early Childhood Education;

Gardiner: Arenda LeBourdais, B.S., Elementary Education;

Garland: Brittney Blais, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Amelia Conway, B.S., Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Gorham: Andrew Dean, B.S., Secondary Education Social Studies, Cameron Fecteau, B.S., Secondary Education Earth & Space Science, Timothy Millett, B.A., Art;

Gray: Dyana Healy, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

Greene: Kimberly Courtemanche, B.S., Elementary Education, Zachary Siener, B.A., History, Breann Thomas, B.S., Elementary Education;

Greenville Jct: Kirstin McKusick, B.S., Early Childhood Education;

Guilford: Hattie Laliberte, B.S., Community Health Education;

Hallowell: Sarah Moore, B.F.A., Creative Writing, Katie Pollis, B.A., English;

Hampden: Holly Devoe, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Mikkala Libbey, B.S., Elementary Education;

Hanover: Megan Smith, B.S., Early Childhood Education;

Harborside: Christopher Lirakis, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

Harpswell: Kathleen Brockett, B.S., Early Childhood Ed Cohort;

Harrison: Drew McLaren, B.A., History;

Hartland: Tamra-Jo Parker, B.A., Int: Sociology/Anthropology;

Hermon: Linda Barry, B.S., Secondary Education Chemistry, Jennifer Thayer, B.S., Elementary Education;

Hiram: Sara Lane, B.A., Business Economics;

Hollis Center: Katherine Johnson, B.F.A., Creative Writing and English;

Hope: Sarah Davis, B.S., Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education;

Houlton: Haley Nickerson, B.A., Social Enterprise;

Hudson: Skylar Hopkins, B.A., Geology and Biology;

Industry: Ian Luker, B.A., Psychology;

Islesboro: Richard Coombs, B.F.A., Creative Writing;

Islesford: Christina Blank, B.A., Political Science;

Jay: Jennifer Baker, MS Ed., Master of Science in Education, Christina Dufour, B.A., English, Logan Frey, B.S., Community Health Education, Steven Landry, B.A., Computer Science, Albert Marston, B.A., Mathematics, Matthew McKenna, B.A., Psychology, Tabitha Reed, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Jessica Shaw, B.A., Business Psychology, Morgan Turner, B.S., Elementary Education, Tamara Vigue, B.S., Community Health Education;

Jefferson: Carly Shea, B.S., Community Health Education;

Kennebunk: Taiana Lemoine, B.S., Community Health Education;

Kingfield: Julia Rideout, B.A., Psychology, Foster Robinson, B.A., Art and English;

Kittery: Catherine Proctor, B.A., Int Studies – Music Arts;

Lamoine: Marcelle Hutchins, B.F.A., Creative Writing;

Lebanon: Justine DiMambro, B.S., Community Health Education, Jordan Turcotte, B.S., Secondary Education Social Studies and B.A., History;

Leeds: Calla Jewett, B.S., Elementary Education;

Lewiston: Amanda Chick, B.A., Psychology, Amie Daniels, B.A., Environmental Science, Zachary Gayton, B.A., Business Psychology, Meghan Lewis, B.A., International & Global Studies, Kevin McKeown, B.A., Psychology, Samantha Morency, B.S., Elementary Education, Mary Moyer, B.A., International Studies;

Limington: James Hanley, B.A. , History

Lincoln: Jennifer Bruce, B.A., Business Economics, Joana Hill, B.F.A., Creative Writing, Brady McLaughlin, B.A., Psychology, Darren Smart, B.F.A., Creative Writing;

Lincolnville Center: Jennifer Grinnell, B.S., Early Childhood Special Education and Early Childhood Education;

Lisbon: Esther Carr, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

Lisbon Falls: Sara Adams, B.A., Geology;

Livermore: Randall Berry, B.A., Geography, Brittney Castonguay, B.S., Early Childhood Special Education, Scott McDaniel, B.S., Secondary Education Social Studies;

Livermore Falls: Sean Caron, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Michael Lafreniere, B.S., Community Health Education, Becky Mills, B.A., Psychology, Travis Mills, B.A., Psychology, Nicole Moreau, B.A., Int: Sociology/Anthropology;

Lyman: Danielle Doyle, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

Madawaska: Geoffrey Cyr, B.S., Secondary Education – Social Studies and B.A., Interdisciplinary – Political Science/Social Science, Rebecca Cyr, B.S., Special Education;

Madison: Hunter Corson, B.A., Biology, Sarah Mueller, B.S., Community Health Education, Shannon Rollins-Allen, B.A., Psychology, Mykayla Stoutamyer, B.S., Secondary Education Mathematics;

Manchester: Benjamin Gadberry, B.F.A., Creative Writing;

Mechanic Falls: Jennifer Dionne, B.S., Special Education, Valerie Terry, B.A., Psychology;

Mercer: Jeffrey Stroman, B.A., History;

Mexico: Heather Dubendris, B.S., Community Health Education;

Millinocket: Samantha Webster, B.A., Biology;

Milo: Noah Bissell, B.A., Psychology;

Minot: Lindsay Williams, MS Ed., Master of Science in Education;

Monroe: Sumer Higgins, B.S., Community Health Education;

Morrill: Darcie Simmons, B.S., Secondary Education Social Studies;

Mount Desert: John Fernald, B.A., Geography;

Naples: Nicole Phillips, B.A., Art;

New Portland: Melissa Rawson, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Jasmyn Wagg, B.S., Community Health Education;

New Sharon: Dora Plancon, B.A., Interdisciplinary – Individualized: Global Health, Myrna Robinson, MS Ed., Master of Science in Education;

New Vineyard: Bethany Charles, B.S., Community Health Education;

Newport: Melissa Berry, B.A., Psychology, Jade Petersen, B.S., Elementary Education;

Newry: Erin Powers, B.S., Early Childhood Education;

Norridgewock: Savanna Dickey, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Tiffany Frost, B.S., Early Childhood Education;

North Berwick: Lindsay Eastman, B.A., Psychology;

North Bridgton: Edward Hamaty, B.A., Int Studies – Music Arts;

North Jay: Haley Bubier, B.A., Political Science;

North Monmouth: Merissa Beaulieu, B.S., Secondary Education – English;

North Yarmouth: Brandon Gallagher, B.S., Special Education. Elizabeth Walk, B.F.A., Creative Writing;

Oakland: Annah Mueller, B.A., Art, Eric Taylor, B.S., Community Health Education;

Old Orchard Beach: Abigail Berlin, B.A., Geology, Kristen Couturier, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Michelle Greenlaw, B.S., Early Childhood Education Cohort;

Oxford: Molly Cohen, B.S., Early Childhood Education;

Palermo: Eric Buckhalter, B.A., Psychology, Elizabeth Glidden, B.S., Secondary Education Social Studies;

Peru: Kayla Chiasson, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

Phillips: Benjamin Ladd, B.A., Psychology;

Pittsfield: Meghan Brann, B.A., Psychology, Matthew Houston, B.A., Interdisciplinary – Philosophy/Religion and Interdisciplinary – Music/Arts, Christina Knowles, B.G.S., Bachelor of Education Studies, Libby Newhouse, B.A., English;

Plymouth: Amanda Fitzpatrick, B.S., Secondary Education – English, Leah Hayes, B.S., Elementary Education;

Poland: Sarah Letourneau, B.A., Biology;

Porter: Katrina Records, B.A., Psychology;

Portland: Alicia Adams, B.S., Elementary Education, Jason Kaplan, B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Aruna Kenyi, B.S., Community Health Education, Hakim Kodi, B.A., International Studies, Connor McNeill, B.S., Special Education, Jessica Rickett, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Molly Venne, B.A., History, Kara Wordell, B.S., Elementary Education;

Presque Isle: Jordyn Madore, B.S., Special Education;

Randolph: Shawn Gallagher, B.S., Community Health Education, Katlyn Lowe, B.S., Elementary Education;

Readfield: Christine Bruen, B.S., Community Health Education, Alyssa Neptune, B.F.A., Creative Writing;

Richmond: Alicia Rice, B.S., Early Childhood Education;

Rockland: Melissa Burgess, B.S., Early Childhood Special Education;

Rockport: Bruce Dodge Jr., B.A., History;

Rome: Jordan LeGrand, B.A., Mathematics and Computer Science;

Rumford: Stephen Penney, B.A., Philosophy/Religion, Marie Russell, B.A., English, Devon Swan, B.A., Business Economics, Nathan Swan, B.A., Business Psychology, Elaina Waite, B.A., Psychology;

Saco: Catherine Ingraham, B.A., Environmental Plan & Policy, Emma Morrison, B.A., Mathematics, Melissa Tarbox, B.A., Int Studies – Arts Admin Music;

Sanford: Michele Daige, B.S., Rehabilitation Services and Psychology, Tiffany Duplessis, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Sara Waters, B.A., English;

Sangerville: Richard Gray, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Shane Tracy, B.A., Business Psychology;

Scarborough: Elizabeth Barton, B.A., Business Economics, Abigail Cherry, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Kenneth Lamb, B.A., Int Studies – Theater Arts, Katharine McDonald, B.S., Community Health Education, Alexandria Paquette, B.S., Special Education, Laura Pons, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Christina Troiano, B.A., Psychology;

Searsmont: Travis Reynolds, B.A., English;

Shapleigh: Jodi Abbott, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Katie Beyea, B.S., Elementary Education, Schuyler Jordan, B.S., Elementary Education;

Sidney: Nyari Patterson, B.S., Community Health Education, Stephen Squiers, B.A., Psychology, Amelia Tuttle, B.A., English, Kelson Williams, B.A., Art, Danica Wilson, B.S., Elementary Education;

Skowhegan: Jordan Atkinson, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Peggy Beach, MS Ed., Master of Science in Education, Danielle Cerone, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Carolyn Courtney, B.S., Community Health Education, Jordan Emery, B.S., Secondary Education – Mathematics and Mathematics, Crystal Johnson, B.S., Elementary Education, Emily Madore, B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Brandy Wyman, B.S., Community Health Education;

Smithfield: Zachary Longyear, MS Ed., Master of Science in Education;

Solon: Celia Yodice, B.S., Community Health Education;

Somerville: Scott Bowden, B.S., Secondary Ed Mathematics;

South Berwick: Samantha Helmer, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Ashleigh Locke, B.S., Elementary Education;

South China: Nathaniel Nichols, B.A., Biology, Justin Stewart, B.S., Secondary Education Chemistry;

South Freeport: Brian Jenkins, B.S., Secondary Education Mathematics;

South Paris: Curtis Manchester, B.A., Psychology, Tara Pelletier, MS Ed., Master of Science in Education, Megan Whitman, B.A., Mathematics and Geology;

South Portland: Seth Gaffar, B.S., Elementary Education, David Powers, B.A., History, Daniel Smith, B.A., Int Studies – Music Arts;

Southwest Harbor: James Castle, B.S., Elementary Education, Melanie Strout, B.A., Int: Sociology/Anthropology;

Springvale: Justin Jett, B.A., Individualized;

St. Albans: Derek Trogdon, B.A., English;

St. George: Peter Anderson, B.A., Geography;

Standish: Caileigh Nelson, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Erika Smith, B.S., Secondary Education Physics, Andrew Wright, B.A., Int. Studies – Arts Admin Music;

Starks: Megan Devine, B.S., Elementary Education;

Steep Falls: Bridget Ferry, B.S., Secondary Education – English;

Strong: Diana Allen, B.A., English;

Surry: Paige Saunders, B.S., Elementary Education;

Topsham: Sarah Cropley, B.S., Elementary Education, Kelly Fitzmaurice, B.S., Early Childhood Ed Cohort;

Troy: Jill Barnes, B.S., Early Childhood Education Cohort;

Turner: Kristen Ellis, B.A., Psychology, Jennah Iggulden, MS Ed., Master of Science in Education, Sarah McKeown, B.S., Secondary Education Mathematics and B.A. Mathematics, Brittany Rea, B.S., Secondary Ed Social Studies, Elizabeth Richardson, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

Union: Jennifer Baum, B.S., Secondary Education Biology, Myles Felch, B.A., Geology, Jacquelyn Murphy, B.A., Business Economics;

Vassalboro: Jennifer Bernhardt, B.S., Secondary Education – English, Daniel Bizier, B.S., Secondary Education Social Studies, Taryn Peaslee, B.S., Special Education;

Vienna: Jenny France, MS Ed., Master of Science in Education;

Warren: Jared Merrifield, B.A., English, Lauren Stewart, B.S., Early Childhood Education;

Waterville: Craig Bailey, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Sara Burton, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Travis Cyr, B.A., Psychology, Janessa Gottardi, B.S., Community Health Education, Jesika Vick, B.S., Secondary Education – English;

Wells: Stephanie Bean, B.S., Elementary Education, Jennifer Brosius, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Kaleigh Chase, B.S., Community Health Education, Peter MacDougall, B.S., Community Health Education, Emily Moulton, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Blake Shelley, B.A., Geology/Geography;

West Bath: George Boynton, III, B.S., Secondary Education Social Studies, Kayla Krech, B.S., Early Childhood Education;

West Farmington: Kimberly Cushman, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Kelly Greene, B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies;

West Gardiner: Jennifer Bailey, B.A., Psychology;

Westbrook: Leah Douglass, B.S., Secondary Education – English, Hayden Golden, B.A., History and English, Zachary Good, B.S., Community Health Education, Heather Peters, B.S., Elementary Education, Diana Quinlan, B.S., Secondary Education Social Studies, Keri Woodbury, B.A., Business Economics;

Westport Island: Marie Bradford, B.A., Biology;

Whitefield: Courtney Burns, B.S., Secondary Education Biology;

Whiting: Ronald Flannery, B.A., English, Molly Pierce, B.A., Political Science;

Williamsburg Twp: Nathan Durant, B.A., Biology;

Wilton: Robert Abrams, B.S., Environmental Science, Karen Collins, B.S., Secondary Education Biology, Hilary Cote, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Abigail Gilbert, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Sara Gilbert, B.S., Elementary Education, Scott Hilton, B.S., Community Health Education, Candace Iba, B.A., Biology, Stephan Kelleher, B.A., Business Economics, Heidi MacIsaac, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Michael MacKay, B.A., Interdisciplinary – Individualized: Psychology and Philosophy, Emily Pottle, B.F.A., Creative Writing and Psychology, Kevin Quinn-Kelly, B.S., Secondary Education Social Studies, Wyatt Tracy, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

Windham: Sabrina Hachey, B.S., Elementary Education, Deborah King, B.S., Early Childhood Education Cohort, Jessica Leavitt, B.S., Early Childhood Special Education, Mary Partridge, B.S., Early Childhood Ed Cohort, Deborah Pratt, B.S., Elementary Education, Kaitlin Toto, B.S., Secondary Education – English, Daniel Winter, B.S., Early Childhood Education;

Winslow: Crystal Bourassa, B.S., Special Education, Courtney Clyde, B.S., Early Childhood Education, Zackary Freeman, B.S., Secondary Education Mathematics, Jacob Sears, B.S., Special Education;

Winter Harbor: Katherine McIntyre, B.S., Elementary Education;

Winthrop: Michael Gingras, B.A., History, Raymond Linck, B.S., Community Health Education, Jessica Martin, B.A., Interdisiciplinary – Individualized: Health and Psychology, Michael McHatten, B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Samuel Mullen, B.S., Mathematics, Sean Raph, B.A., Biology, Matthew Thompson, B.A., Geography, Justine Woodman, B.S., Community Health Education;

Wiscasset: Katie Cray, B.S., Community Health Education;

Woolwich: Alyssa Siegel, B.A., Psychology;

Yarmouth: Megan Rogers, B.S., Elementary Education;

York: Christine Friant, B.A., Political Science/Social Science, Kelsey Greenier, B.A., Biology.

CONNECTICUT

Clinton: Lauren DeLoreto, B.S., Community Health Education;

Columbia: Michael Angelides, Jr., B.A., English;

Easton: Sammantha Rowland, B.A., Environmental Science;

Norwich: Mollee Spellman, B.S., Elementary Education;

Uncasville: Brittany Kashar, B.F.A., Creative Writing and Psychology;

Windsor: Christina Dionne, B.S., Secondary Education – Mathematics and Mathematics.

MASSACHUSETTS

Burlington: Samantha Ellis, B.F.A., Creative Writing;

Danvers: Colleen Lyons, B.S., Elementary Education;

Franklin: Katherine Steward, B.A., Arts Administration – Art History and Art;

Haverhill: Michael DesRoches, B.A., Psychology;

Melrose: Amanda Mullane, B.A., Interdisciplinary – Individualized: International Health;

Merrimac: Morgan Cousins, B.A., Interdisciplinary – Individualized: Chemistry/Applied Mathematics;

Needham: Marissa Adams, B.A., English;

Newton: Jeffrey Pawling, B.A., Business Economics;

Norwell: Emily Belyea, B.A., Business Economics;

Petersham: Samuel Clark, B.A., Environmental Plan & Policy;

Plymouth: Christine Gutowski, B.S., Elementary Education;

Rowley: Matthew Rossiter, B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies;

Russell: Jourdan Merritt, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

Salisbury: Rebecca Cunningham, B.A., English;

West Barnstable: Kelly Shufelt, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

West Newbury: Benjamin Radville, B.A., Art;

Winthrop: Brittany Jackmauh, B.A., English.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Bedford: Caroline Tolstad, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

Charlestown: Melani St. Pierre, B.A., Biology;

Deerfield: Mark Wiedmer, B.A., English;

Gilmanton: Samantha Burk, B.A., Geology;

Gorham: Alicia Kenison, B.G.S., Bachelor of Education Studies;

Hampstead: Laura DesMarais, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

Hampton: Shelley Sgrulloni, B.S., Rehabilitation Services and Community Health Education;

Holderness: Meghan McIver, B.A., Political Science and Business Economics;

Nashua: Kaylee Cummings, B.A., English;

New Durham: Kiley Gendron, B.S., Early Childhood Special Education;

North Haverhill: Kyla Joslin, B.S., Elementary Education;

North Woodstock: Timothy Englert, B.A., Psychology;

Portsmouth: Shannon Mitchell, B.S., Rehabilitation Services;

Rochester: Meaghan Donnell, B.S., Community Health Education;

Stratham: Paul Friedman, B.A., Business Economics;

Troy: Zachary Giroux, B.A., History;

RHODE ISLAND

Barrington: Michael Allen, B.A., Int Studies – Arts Admin Music;

East Greenwich: Casey O’Malley, B.F.A., Creative Writing;

Foster: Katherine Kent, B.A., Psychology;

Middletown: Nina Tollefson, B.A., Business Psychology;

Rumford: Gillian Demers, B.A., Political Science;

Wyoming: Monica Beuth, B.S., Rehabilitation Services.

VERMONT

Barre: Krystal Schraut, B.S., Elementary Education;

Bradford: Jillian Dusenbury, B.S., Early Childhood Special Education;

Bristol: Gracey Osmun Palmer, B.A., English;

Morrisville: Kristen Cosgrove, B.S., Early Childhood Special Education, Melanie LaMonda, B.S., Elementary Education;

South Burlington: Megan Pontbriand, B.A., Political Science and Individualized Liberal Arts: Economics Analysis;

Thetford Center: Emily Huff, B.S., Early Childhood Education;

Vergennes: Jordan Cook, B.A., International Studies;

West Swanton: Heather Rice, B.A., Biology;

Williston: Renate Dubois, B.F.A., Creative Writing;

Winooski: Casey Myers, B.S., Early Childhood Special Education;

Worcester: Kati Pratt, B.A., Psychology.

CALIFORNIA

Poway: Cassandra Fredrickson, B.A., English.

Illinois

Hoffman Estates: Jillian Fioretto, B.F.A., Creative Writing.

Kansas

Wichata: Stephen Wagner, B.S., Rehabilitation Services.

Oregon

Bend: Calle Koenig, B.F.A., Creative Writing.

Pennsylvania

Mohrsvile: Zachary Onulack, B.A., Business Psychology;

Pen Argyl: Kelsey Taylor, B.A., Psychology.

Texas

Cypress: Amber Reed, B.A., English;

Midland: Jessamyn Morales, B.A., Psychology.

Virginia

Staunton: Paul Philippy, B.A., Psychology.

NETHERLANDS

Groningen: Sebastian Jackson, B.A., History and International & Global Studies

THAILAND

Chiang Mai: Prachawit Boondej, B.A., Business Economics.


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Local Activists Participate in Worldwide Climate Impact Day

Climate Change Day 2012

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Climate change due to the world’s rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels was the subject of several 350.org events that took place on the UMF campus on Saturday 5, Worldwide Climate Impact Day. As reported in the Sun Journal, campus and community members planned and participated in the events including a flash mob, a group representing the increasing level of carbon dioxide over time, and a presentation on the science of climate change. While normal glacial cycles control the temperature of the earth, the invention of chlorofluorocarbons in 1930 have played a role in the thinning of the stratospheric ozone layer, according to Drew Barton, UMF professor of biology. “There is still lots of uncertainty, but we still have choices to make.”

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Mock OUI Accident Staged to Educate Young Drivers

Mock OUI AccidentUniversity of Maine at Farmington departments of Student Life and Public Safety collaborated with NorthStar EMS—the regional ambulance service for greater Franklin County—to bring a mock OUI accident scene to the UMF campus on Thursday, April 26. A multitude of public safety and emergency responders also participated in the demonstration. A large crowd of students, university staff and community members were on hand to view the consequences of drunk and distracted driving as student volunteers portrayed the intoxicated driver and injured or deceased passengers. According to a report in the Morning Sentinel, Kendra Smith, a mother from Hollis who lost her son to reckless driving, appealed to the spectators to take the critical message home with them. “Staged accidents like this are valuable because they raise awareness of the consequences of drunk and distracted driving and hopefully save lives,” said Ted Blais, UMF director of Public Safety.

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University of Maine at Farmington Senior Receives Prestigious 3-Year NSF Research Fellowship to Study the Role of Biodiversity in Disease Dynamics

Skylar HopkinsFARMINGTON, ME (May 9, 2012)—Soon to graduate from the University of Maine at Farmington, senior Skylar Hopkins from Hudson has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that will go a long way to support the next stage of her professional studies. Graduating with a dual major in Biology and Geology from UMF, Hopkins has been admitted to a five-year Ph.D. program in biology with a concentration in ecology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

The highly-competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship—created to ensure the vitality and diversity of the U.S. scientific and engineering workforce—will provide Hopkins with three years of support over a five-year period. Each year of support provides a stipend of $30,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $10,500 to the degree-granting institution.

“We are so proud of Skylar’s success and thrilled that she has been selected to receive this distinguished NSF award,” said Theodora J. Kalikow, UMF president. “Skylar is an outstanding student whose experiential learning on and off campus has well-prepared her for her doctoral work and the next steps in her professional life.”

Hopkins discovered her aptitude for science while taking some of UMF’s unique outside labs in forest ecology, geology and biology. Taught by full-time faculty, these hands-on learning opportunities helped her develop academic and research interests that were then recognized by UMF’s Wilson undergraduate research program. Hopkins was twice-recognized with single-semester Wilson Scholar awards and this year was awarded a full-year Wilson Fellowship for her project investigating the role of invasive species in the transmission of disease.

Beyond her Wilson projects, Hopkins has had further opportunities for undergraduate research outside of UMF in the form of three summer internships. One of these was at the University College Dublin in Ireland involving a paleontology study. Two took place at Virginia Tech exploring how declines in biodiversity affect disease—a topic that she and her internship team will be focusing on for an article to a professional journal.

While at UMF, Hopkins was also active in community service. She was a member of Rotaract—a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women—where she was involved with youth leadership activities. She is also a member of Tri-Beta—a college honor and academic society for students in the biological sciences—where she has participated in the Walk for MS and worked with the Linus Project.

In addition to her NSF award, Hopkins has also been awarded Virginia Tech’s Cunningham Doctoral Scholar Award for students with an outstanding academic record and strong academic potential for successful completion of a doctoral degree. Designed to recruit academically well-qualified doctoral students to Virginia Tech, this award provides a competitive assistantship stipend and tuition scholarship.

Hopkins will begin her Ph.D. program in the fall.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college known for its commitment to student success, UMF provides a challenging yet supportive environment to prepare students for both careers and further study. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. Located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region, UMF is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Media Contact: Daniel Buckley, UMF professor of biology, at 207-778-8151, or buckley@maine.edu

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UMF Creative Writing Seniors Read Their Original Work at Annual Reading, May 9

FARMINGTON, ME (May 1, 2012)—Thirteen graduating seniors in Maine’s only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will be reading from their original works in poetry, fiction and non-fiction at University of Maine at Farmington’s Creative Writing Senior Reading. This free and open-to-the-public event will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center.

Student readings will draw from his/her portfolio created as a senior capstone project in UMF’s competitive creative writing program. Portfolios are a culmination of each student’s academic career and consist of the student’s best writing while at UMF, an artist statement and a self-assessment of their work.

Seniors that will read from their work include: Richard Coombs of Islesboro; Renate Dubois of Williston, Vt.; Samantha Ellis of Burlington, Mass.; Jillian Fioretto of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; Marcelle Eyenga Hutchins of Farmington; Katherine Johnson of Hollis Center; Brittany Kashar of Uncasville, Conn.; Katherine Mary Nicoll of Farmington; Emily Pottle of Wilton; Darren Smart of Lincoln; Kristen Start of Camden; Elizabeth Walk of North Yarmouth and Martin Wigall of Lawrence, Mass.

Many graduates of the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program go on to graduate schools across the country or work as published authors, editors, filmmakers, journalists, and educators and in the fields of graphic design and marketing, among others.

This event is sponsored by the UMF Division of Humanities.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.

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Media Contact: Pat O’Donnell, UMF professor of English, at 207-778-7419, or podonnel@maine.edu

UMF Mainely Outdoors Program Offers Second Annual Canoe Race and Fun Paddle, May 5

FARMINGTON, ME (April 27, 2012)–The University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center is offering a Cinco de Mayo canoe/kayak race and fun run paddle on Saturday, May 5, on the Sandy River. Sponsored by the FRC’s “Mainely Outdoors” outdoor recreation program, this canoe/kayak race & fun paddle was created to kick off the spring with a fun opportunity to promote fitness while enjoying the outdoors.Dawn and Brad Kog, from Bowdoin, paddle a section of the Sandy River on their way to winning last year’s open canoe 2-person category in UMF’s annual Canoe Race and Fun Paddle.

“We’re excited to offer this canoe and kayak event again this season,” said Jim Toner, director of the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center. “This is what Mainely Outdoors is all about—providing opportunities for the community to enjoy Maine’s natural resources. Last year’s response was overwhelmingly positive with 35 boaters participating, and we are looking forward to another great time!”

The Cinco de Mayo kayak/canoe race and fun run paddle features an approximate 10-mile paddle and will start at 1 p.m., in Strong and end in Fairbanks. The put-in location is at the Strong American Legion at the intersection of Route 4 and 145 and the take-out location is at the Little League ball field on Route 4.

Participants 12 and older of all ability levels are welcome to compete in the timed race or to paddle for fun. Paddlers must provide their own canoe or kayak, paddles, personal floatation devices and other related equipment.

According to the Whitewater Classification System, this section of the Sandy River is identified as Class I—moving water with small disturbances on the surface and a few small waves, to Class II—easy rapids with smaller waves and clear channels that are obvious and where occasional maneuvering may be required.

Registration fees are $10 person and $5 for students. Registration forms can be completed by visiting the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center or on site the day of the race from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Racing categories for participants include high school students; college students; men/women, ages 18-49; century, ages over 50; and family. Children ages 12-14 must be accompanied by an adult.

For race rules, registration form or more information, visit the UMF Fitness and Recreation website at http://frc.umf.maine.edu/, or call at 778-7495.

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Mainely Outdoors provides an opportunity for individuals and groups to participate in all types of outdoor adventure activities, clinics, workshops and excursions through organized trips and by providing rental equipment to try and promote fitness, to get people active, to expose people to new recreation opportunities, and to take advantage of the abundant natural resources in our area. Programs are open to members of the UMF campus and local community members.

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Media Contact: Jim Toner, director of UMF Fitness and Recreation Center, at 207-778-7495, or james.d.toner@maine.edu

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Dr. Kathryn Foster Named Next UMF President

Foster_photo_thumbDr. Kathryn Foster, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., will become the next president of the University Maine at Farmington, according to a recent story in the Washington Post. Foster is replacing Theodora J. Kalikow, the longest-serving UMF president since the school became a four-year college in 1945. University of Maine System trustees recently approved the appointments of new presidents at the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Foster will start at UMF on July 1.

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President Kalikow Shares “Last Lecture” With Full House

RP112-004UMF faculty members, staff, students and community members filled the University’s Lincoln Auditorium to hear UMF President Theodora J. Kalikow’s reflections on her time at UMF and the possibilities for education in the future.  According to the Morning Sentinel, the audience  gave Kalikow a standing ovation as she shared her thoughts on UMF’s humble beginnings and the importance of public access to higher education. Soon to retire as the longest-serving UMF president since the school became a four-year college in 1945; Kalikow was inspired to give her talk by “The Last Lecture,” a book written by Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University professor who was diagnosed with cancer.  Her lecture served as a prelude to this year’s UMF Symposium Day to be held on April 25, a daylong celebration of student achievement originally initiated by Kalikow in 1999.

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University of Maine at Farmington Hosts International Conference on “Shakespeare in Performance,” May 4-5

FARMINGTON, ME (April 24, 2012)—An international conference on “Shakespeare in Performance” will be hosted by the University of Maine at Farmington in cooperation with the international faculty of the Université du Maine in Le Mans, France, on May 4-5. The conference is free and open-to-the-public and features presentations by scholars and experts in the field from UMF, Université du Maine and colleges and universities around the U.S.  Events will take place in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center and other venues on the UMF campus.

The two-day conference was designed to make the study of Shakespeare more accessible to the general public. Co-organized by Eric Brown, UMF associate professor of English, and Estelle Rivier, from the Université du Maine, the conference includes both traditional and state-of-the-art presentations and workshops on a variety of works by the English poet and playwright.

“Shakespeare’s stories and characters have always led a double-life on the page and the stage,” said Brown. “This conference is an exploration of how those energies crisscross, and how such exchanges inform not only the teaching of Shakespeare but our understanding of his works in an increasingly global context.”

Included in the two-day conference are presentations on Faulkner’s Retelling of Macbeth, Shakespeare in Hungary, Composing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Traces of Shakespeare’s Tragedies in Africa and more.  For the entire conference schedule, including times and locations, please view the conference program at: http://englishumf.wordpress.com/.

In addition to the international conference, a free and open-to-the-public roundtable discussion on Shakespeare and performance in the classroom will be held at 11:45 a.m., on May 2, in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus.

“Shakespeare in Performance” is sponsored by the UMF Culture Committee, Office of the Provost, Office of the Associate Provost, UMF Division of Humanities, UMF Division of Inclusive Secondary and Health Education and the Maine Humanities Council.


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Media Contact: Eric Brown, UMF associate professor of English, at 207-778-7457, or brown.eric@maine.edu.

University of Maine at Farmington Announces Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair as 2012 Commencement Speaker

FARMINGTON, ME (April 23, 2012)—Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate and University of Maine at Farmington professor emeritus and writer in residence, will deliver the commencement address at UMF’s Commencement ceremonies celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12, at an outdoor ceremony on the UMF campus.Wes McNair

Regarded by U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine as, “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry,” McNair was appointed by Maine Governor Paul LePage to a five-year term as Maine Poet Laureate in 2011. The author of nine volumes of poems, including “Lovers of the Lost: New and Selected Poems,” he has held grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two grants in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Emmy Award.

McNair has been invited twice to read his poetry by the Library of Congress, served as a guest editor in poetry for the 2010 Pushcart Prize anthology and has served four times on the nominating jury for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. In 2006, he was selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of “America’s finest living artists.” The recipient of numerous prizes for his poetry, McNair’s many honors include the Robert Frost Prize, the Theodore Roethke Prize, the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal for “distinguished contribution to the world of letters” and three honorary degrees.

At UMF, he directed the creative writing program and shared his love of poetry with his students, colleagues and the wider community. In addition, he was instrumental in inviting Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry press, to take up residence at UMF. McNair was the recipient of both the UMF Distinguished Faculty Award and the Libra Professorship and currently serves as a guest faculty member for UMF’s Longfellow Mountains Young Writers summer workshop

The University will award honorary degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters to McNair and Seth Wescott, American snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist. Wescott, a U.S. Snowboarding Team veteran who was raised in Farmington and currently resides in Sugarloaf helped to develop interest in the sport of Snowboard cross in the U.S. and on an international level.  He was instrumental in having it included in the 2006 Winter Olympics and currently holds the only two Snowboardcross Olympic gold medals ever awarded.

Merissa “Moe” Beaulieu, graduating senior from Monmouth, will give the student address. At UMF she majored in secondary education with a concentration in English. During her four years in Farmington she was employed in the Admission office, was a varsity golfer and studied abroad in Krakow, Poland. She will be going back to Poland this summer to volunteer with youth groups at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Education Center. When she returns, she looks forward to student teaching and working toward her ultimate life goal—being the first UMF grad to summit Mount Everest.

Theodora J. Kalikow, UMF president, and Daniel P. Gunn, vice president for academic affairs, will confer degrees to this year’s graduates. Marjorie Murray Medd, member of the UMS Board of Trustees, will deliver greetings to the graduates from the University of Maine System.

Additional Event Details

The outdoor ceremony will be held behind the UMF Olsen Student Center and is free and open to the public. However, in case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center. Admission to the indoor ceremony will be limited to those who have already received “Fitness and Recreation Center” tickets. Guests of graduates are also welcome to watch the ceremony live over closed-circuit television in classrooms in the UMF Education Center and in Lincoln Auditorium and C23, located in the UMF Roberts Learning Center. The UMF Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on Mount Blue TV community access Channel 11, whether the ceremony is held indoors or outdoors. DVDs of the ceremony will be available in early summer for a small fee from the UMF Ferro Alumni Center, which can be contacted at 207-778-7090.


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