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April Mulherin
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april.mulherin@maine.edu

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UMF Holds Investigative Forum on Climate Change and Our Collective Future

FARMINGTON, ME (January 22, 2013)—Extreme weather events over the recent past have caused many people to ask if we are seeing the evidence of climate change. The University of Maine at Farmington is exploring that question, the workings of the complex human-earth system, the political hurdles associated with climate science and future prospects with a University Forum entitled “State of the Planet, Intergenerational Justice and Our Collective Future” to be held during spring semester 2013.

While many scientists view our current relationship with the planetary support system as highly precarious, there is not yet a consensus among policy makers on how to proceed. The goal of this series of free and open-to-the-public events is to create a forum where the campus and local community can come together to learn about the science across academic disciplines and engage in creative discussion on the best way to move forward.

Highlights of the series will include a talk by Dr. Charles Langmuir, Higgins Professor of Geochemistry at the Harvard University Center for the Environment.  He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and lead author of the 2012RP123-036 book “How to Build a Habitable Planet: The Story of Earth from the Big Bang to Humankind.” Also featured will be presentations by Colin Woodard, award-winning investigative journalist and author; Dr. George Jacobson, professor emeritus, Climate Change Institute and School of Biology and Ecology and Maine State Climatologist; and expert UMF faculty at events throughout the spring semester. These events include:

Wed., Feb. 6, 12 p.m.
How Does Earth’s Climate Work?

Julia Daly, UMF associate professor of geology

People and Changing Climate: the Archaeological Evidence
Luke Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator

Wed., Feb. 13, 11:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Economic and Political Hurdles: U.S. Politics

Film “Climate of Doubt” and discussion with Linda Beck, UMF associate professor of political science; Wendy Harper, UMF associate professor of economics; Luke Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator and Doug Reusch, UMF associate professor of geology.

Wed., Feb. 27, 12 p.m.
Maine’s Climate Future

Dr. George Jacobson, Maine State Climatologist

Wed., March 13, 12 p.m.
What Are the Alternatives to a Fossil-Fueled Economy?

Paul Stancioff, UMF associate professor of physics and Peter Hardy, UMF associate professor of mathematics

Wed., March 27, 12 p.m.
Economic and Political Hurdles: Global Politics

Film “The Island President” and discussion with Wendy Harper, UMF associate professor of economics and Linda Beck, UMF associate professor of political science

Wed., March 27, 7 p.m.
Colin Woodard, award-winning investigative journalist and author

Wed., April 10, 4 p.m.
Humankind at the Helm: Civilization in a Planetary Context

Dr. Charles Langmuir, Higgins Professor of Geochemistry at the Harvard University Center for the Environment

Wed., April 17, 12 p.m.
Wrap-up Session: What Did We Learn? Where Next?

Moderated by Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. An opportunity for the campus and local community to reflect on the forum and next steps

All events will be held in Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center. An updated schedule of events can be viewed online at http://umf.maine.libguides.com/stateofplanet.

The spring 2013 University Forum is sponsored by the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition, Interdisciplinary and General Education Committee, Divisions of Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and the Provost’s Office.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student/faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and 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: Doug Reusch, UMF associate professor of geology, at 207-778-7463, or Reusch@maine.edu.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/01/RP123-036.jpg

The UMF Art Gallery Presents the Bold Work of Notable Holography Pioneer Harriet Casdin-Silver

FARMINGTON, ME (January 14, 2013)—The UMF Art Gallery ushers in the spring semester with the bold work of Harriet Casdin-Silver, a pioneer in the medium of holography and a supremely articulate artist-provocateur. The exhibit “Harriet Casdin-Silver: Beauty and the Political Body” is free and open to the public. It runs from Jan. 31-March 7, 2013, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7.

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“Ian,” 1994, reflection hologram

This exhibition brings together many of Casdin-Silver’s best-known holograms. Her work sometimes fragments the body literally and metaphorically, sometimes reveals it fully, as in her joyfully nude double self-portrait as a septuagenarian, “70 + 1 + 2.”

Using the unique realism of holography to provoke a powerful response from the viewer, Casdin-Silver said, “my mission was to help women grow in every way — psychologically, sociologically and in belief in themselves.” In these haunting, beautiful and often gently humorous nudes trapped in virtual space, Casdin-Silver targets society’s oppressive, obsessive focus on beauty and youth.

Throughout her long international career, Harriet Casdin-Silver (1925-2008), pushed the boundaries of the medium while challenging the politics of beauty and representation. She was a longtime fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, taught holography at Brown University and held numerous international residencies.

Early in her career in 1966, she participated in Experiments in Art and Technology’s (E.A.T’s) famous “9 Evenings.” In 1977, her series of Equivocal Forks holograms (metaphors for the female body) formed the spine of “Centerbeam”, a collaborative installation by 22 MIT artists, scientists and engineers at the “documenta 6” exhibition in Kassel, Germany. In 1998, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden mounted a major retrospective of her work, “Harriet Casdin-Silver: The Art of Holography.”

This UMF Art Gallery exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. It is made possible by the generous assistance of Gallery Naga, 67 Newbury Street, Boston.

The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the Admissions Office.  Gallery hours are Tuesdays–Sundays 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.  For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline at maline@maine.edu or call the gallery at 207-778-7002.

More about the UMF Art Gallery

The UMF Art Gallery is a teaching gallery dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its focus on innovative and challenging new work, the gallery reinforces the academic vision of the University and the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in celebrating art as a powerful agent of community and cultural identity. The gallery develops compelling interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students and community and works with local schools to integrate art into their curricula.

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Media Contact: Sarah Maline, UMF Art Gallery director, at maline@maine.edu or 207-778-7002

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/01/RP123-034.jpg

Photo Caption: Ian,” 1994, reflection hologram
Photo Credit: Submitted photo

UMF Partnership for Civic Advancement Creates New Campus-Community Collaborations

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(Left to right) Tricia Cook, program coordinator Western Mountains Alliance; Kyle Norweg, UMF student intern; Tanya Swain, executive director Western Mountains Alliance; Yellow Light Breen, executive vice president Bangor Savings Bank

The UMF Partnership for Civic Advancement, a new internship-based initiative to engage students in the community, recently celebrated its first year in operation. The student internships are designed in collaboration with the western Maine community to address economic and community development priorities while also achieving student learning objectives. As reported by the Sun Journal, the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation awarded a three-year grant to the Partnership in support of the program and also sponsored the celebratory event. F. Celeste Branham, UMF vice president for student and community services and director of the program, expressed the University’s gratitude to the foundation and observed that the new Partnership “is a pioneering example of campus-community collaborations, the first of its kind within the University of Maine System, and one that yields measurable benefits for our students and the community alike.”

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UMF Partnership for Civic Advancement Celebrates First Year of Campus-Community Collaborations

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(Left to right) Dr. Jack Gibson, president Somerset Woods Trustees; Ernie Hilton, vice president Somerset Woods Trustees; Yellow Light Breen, executive vice president Bangor Savings Bank; Ty Hughes, UMF student intern; Matthew McCourt, UMF associate professor of geography

FARMINGTON, ME (January 7, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s Partnership for Civic Advancement celebrated the completion of the first year of its internship program during a recent dinner event held on the UMF campus.

UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement is a new initiative to engage students in meaningful community-based activities. These activities are designed in collaboration with the western Maine community to address community needs and economic and community development priorities, while also achieving specific learning objectives of the students.

Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, which awarded a three-year grant to the Partnership for its internship program last December, sponsored the event at UMF to recognize the achievements of the student interns, their faculty mentors and the community organizations and businesses with which they worked.

Celeste Branham, UMF vice president for student and community services and director of the Partnership for Civic Advancement, acknowledged the University’s deep gratitude for Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s “generosity and community-mindedness, which caused the Partnership to become more than a concept-in-development, and instead a living, breathing initiative that they (Bangor Savings Bank) helped to launch with the gift of financial support for students working in the community.”

UMF’s Partnership “is a pioneering example of campus-community collaborations, the first of its kind within the University of Maine System, and one that yields measurable benefits for our students and the community alike,” noted Branham.

In awarding this three-year grant , the bank viewed it not so much as a gift to the University, stated Mr. Yellow Light Breen, executive vice president and chief strategic officer for Bangor Savings Bank, but rather as a way for the bank to “make a gift of these students’ talents, energy, and skills throughout our community through these student internships.”

Breen noted that professional opportunities in Maine are few and far between and that frequently one has to make their own opportunity here. He said that “through the connections these student interns make in our regional community, it is hoped they will see how they can make a difference here in Maine.”

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster noted what a “wonderful confluence of four separate groups” the Partnership has created—students, community businesses and organizations, faculty and professional staff at UMF and funders such as Bangor Savings Bank. Having had an internship experience in college herself, Foster talked about the impact of that experience on her life, noting that “it was real—it was beyond the classroom,” and that she felt a part of something important. “It not only gave me the opportunity to test myself in the field, but helped me gain experience and confidence,” Foster said.

The internship program, a key component of the UMF Partnership, matches the skills and interests of undergraduate students and faculty mentors with the needs of small businesses and community organizations requiring assistance with projects that are critical to their operating and strategic success.

Through these internships, students gain valuable work and life experiences and develop the professional, civic and leadership skills they will need to be productive and successful employees and actively engaged and responsible citizens, while small businesses and community organizations benefit from having access to important resources they need to succeed.

The Partnership placed eight interns during this past summer and fall including:  Nicholas Camic of Waterville; Joseph Dignam of York; Ty Hughes of Yarmouth; Kyle Norweg of Norridgewock; Veronica Penniman of Northport; Michael Phelan of North Kingstown, R.I.; Anna Soule of Kingfield; and Sarah Spencer of Farmington.

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(Left to right) Tricia Cook, program coordinator Western Mountains Alliance; Kyle Norweg, UMF student intern; Tanya Swain, executive director Western Mountains Alliance; Yellow Light Breen, executive vice president Bangor Savings Bank

These interns worked with seven different community organizations:  High Peaks Alliance, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, Western Maine Community Action, Somerset Woods Trustees, Western Mountains Alliance, Mercer Community Club and the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area’s TerraCycle Program.

The success of these first internships is demonstrated by the fact that two of these interns have been hired by their sponsoring organizations, two others have been asked by their organizations to extend their internships for a second semester, and all seven of these initial community partners already have, or are in the process of developing an internship for the coming year.

University faculty members recognized for their service as mentors for these interns included:  Linda Beck, Matthew McCourt, John Messier, and Nancy Prentiss.

Approximately 10 to 14 internships for the spring semester are currently being finalized between the student applicants and 12 different community organizations. Internship opportunities for the upcoming summer and fall are already being developed with community partners and are posted on the Partnership’s website (pca.umf.maine.edu) as they are received.

 

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Media Contact: Lorraine Pratt, Grants Writer, 207-778-7516, or Lorraine.pratt@maine.edu
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Photo Caption: (Left to right) Dr. Jack Gibson, president Somerset Woods Trustees; Ernie Hilton, vice president Somerset Woods Trustees; Yellow Light Breen, executive vice president Bangor Savings Bank; Ty Hughes, UMF student intern; Matthew McCourt, UMF associate professor of geography

 

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Photo Caption: (Left to right) Tricia Cook, program coordinator Western Mountains Alliance; Kyle Norweg, UMF student intern; Tanya Swain, executive director Western Mountains Alliance; Yellow Light Breen, executive vice president Bangor Savings Bank

 

Photo Credit: Submitted photos

Networking Event Helps Prepare UMF Students for the Working World

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Left to right: Stephen Davis, UMF career counselor; Samantha DePoy-Warren, class of 2006; and Benjamin Sandy, UMF senior from Vassalboro.

Successful Maine business professionals who received their undergraduate degrees from UMF recently shared their work experiences with students at UMF’s seventh annual College to Corporate Symposium. As reported by the Sun Journal, the yearly event invites students to participate in a professional networking opportunity that includes a panel discussion on hiring practices, industry trends and key ways to navigate today’s job landscape. Kate Baum, UMF assistant director of alumni relations and moderator of the event, sees the connection between students and successful alumni as very beneficial as students prepare for the working world. “Events like these help students be successful in the job market, and hopefully they’ll come back to campus to share their experiences with the next generation of students.”

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UMF Students Create Memorial to Sandy Hook Victims

Sandy Hook MemorialMoved by the recent tragedy in Connecticut, UMF students and twin sisters Mercedes and Maileny Guillen have created a touching memorial on the UMF campus. What started out as a simple idea to buy flowers, grew into a holiday decoration honoring the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. According to the Sun Journal, the name of each victim, their age and birth date are written on balloons, which are then hung on a tree in front of the University’s Mantor Library. Although so hard to understand, the students said the effort helped them feel better and plan to leave the memorial up as they finish their finals.

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UMF College to Corporate Event Helps Prepare Students for the Working World

FARMINGTON, ME (December 19, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington recently held its seventh annual College to Corporate Symposium to help guide business-ready students as they prepare to graduate and enter the working world.

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Left to right: Stephen Davis, UMF career counselor; Samantha DePoy-Warren, class of 2006; and Benjamin Sandy, UMF senior from Vassalboro.

Successful Maine business professionals who graduated from UMF shared their postgraduate experiences with participating UMF students with an informative panel discussion. The dialogue was moderated by Kate Baum, UMF assistant director of alumni relations, class of 2007, and featured panelists: Melanie Arsenault, class of 1981; Sven Bartholomew, class of 2002; Samantha DePoy-Warren, class of 2006; Chris McKee, class of 1992; and Paul Spizzuoco, class of 1989.

Students learned about current hiring practices, future industry trends, the best way to rise to the top in a job interview, key ways to navigate today’s job landscape and meet employer’s expectations and more. Understanding what an employer looks for in an interview was of special interest to students.

According to Bartholomew, a vice president at Bangor Savings Bank and president of UMF’s Alumni Council, making a desirable impression at an interview requires some homework and recommended that students prepare by “learning what the job actually does.”

McKee, vice president of corporate programs at Geiger in Lewiston, pointed out that though some students don’t have a lot of work experience, they should dig deep and be creative. “Tell your story,” he said. “That’s what I’m interested in.”

According to Baum in the UMF office of alumni relations, this annual event helps students transition from classroom to career opportunities. “Students really benefit from hearing first-hand what to expect as they look for that first job after graduating,” said Baum. “Events like these help students be successful in the job market, and hopefully they’ll come back to campus to share their experiences with the next generation of students.”

The event was sponsored by the Ferro Alumni Center; UMF Career Services; Division of Social Science, Business and Global Studies and the UMF Pre-MBA Program. Career Services offers one-on-one career counseling services to students regarding career and academic issues and continuing workshops and information regarding internships, resume and interviewing skills and graduate school planning.

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Media Contact: Stephen Davis, UMF career counselor, 207-778-7232, or stephen.davis@maine.edu
EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/12/RP123-032.jpg
Photo Credit: UMF photo

Photo Caption:  Left to right: Stephen Davis, UMF career counselor; Samantha DePoy-Warren, class of 2006; and Benjamin Sandy, UMF senior from Vassalboro.

UMF Helps Students Control Debt

Merrill Facade (news)The University of Maine at Farmington has created a new financial literacy outreach program to help students control their financial futures. According to a recent Sun Journal article and editorial, The UMF Campaign for Financial Literacy is tackling the national issue of student debt by providing students with personalized money management strategies and debt management guidance. Six undergraduate interns meet one-on-one with interested students to help provide a customized approach to understanding their personal financial picture. “We are very excited about UMF’s new financial literacy program and how it provides students with the knowledge, tools and support that can help them make informed, common-sense decisions about their finances,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. In addition to the efforts on the UMF campus, the program is also reaching out to area high schools to help raise student’s debt awareness before selecting a college.
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Theatre UMF Production Honored with Major Award

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Theatre UMF recreates gritty prison experience with 2012 production of Bruce Graham’s “Coyote on a Fence.”

The University of Maine at Farmington was recently awarded a Moss Hart Memorial award by the New England Theatre Conference—New England’s oldest and largest regional theatre association—for its March 2012 production of Bruce Graham’s “Coyote on a Fence. As reported in the Sun Journal, the UMF production was awarded an honorable mention in the award’s College and University Theatre Division. This is one of only two prestigious Moss Hart Memorial Awards given to New England college theatre productions this year.
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UMF Students Pursue High-Level Research as Fall 2012 Michael D. Wilson Scholars and Fellows

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2012 UMF Michael D. Wilson Scholars and Fellows include, left to right- back row: Grace Kendall, Catherine Farsaci, Adam Black. Front row: Kelsey Moore, Noelle Dubay and CeCelia Palow. Not pictured: Chelsea Bartlett, Jamie Phillips and Anna Soule.

FARMINGTON, ME (December 14, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington Undergraduate Research Council recently named nine UMF students to its prestigious Fall 2012 Michael D. Wilson Scholars and Fellows Program. The competitive Wilson Research Program helps top UMF student scholars—supported one-on-one by faculty mentors—pursue original, high-level undergraduate research projects.

“It’s always inspiring to see our students’ commitment to academic excellence,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “Undergraduate research, like UMF’s Wilson Program, creates exciting opportunities for students to gain new knowledge while also helping them develop the strong professional skills that are valued by prospective employers and graduate schools.”

The UMF Wilson Program names student awardees twice a year, including single-semester scholars and year-long fellows, and provides funding to help underwrite student project expenses. The Fall 2012 Wilson Fellows include: Grace Kendall, Vienna; CeCelia Palow, Southwest Harbor; Anna Soule, Kingfield. The Fall 2012 Wilson Scholars include: Chelsea Bartlett, South Portland; Adam Black, Farmington; Noelle Dubay, Fort Kent; Catherine Farsaci, Farmington; Kelsey Moore, Avon, Conn.; and Jamie Phillips, Willington, Conn.

Indicative of the depth of research explored by many Wilson awardees, CeCelia Palow, of Southwest Harbor, a senior majoring in psychology, is investigating Parkinson’s disease and how patients perceive the cognitive impairments that affect their day-to-day life. In addition to her Wilson award, Palow has received the Excelsior Scholarship from Hastings College in Nebraska to assist with her research and will be conducting a study to help understand how Parkinson’s patients benefit from positive reinforcement at different stages of the disease.

“”I am so proud to be named a Wilson Fellow,” said Palow. “It not only provides me with the resources to conduct original and more sophisticated research as an undergraduate, but also allows me to begin ambitious work that I hope to continue during my graduate career in cognitive neuroscience.”

The Wilson awards are funded by a generous gift from Michael and Susan Angelides, of Stonington, Conn., in honor of their good friend and UMF alumnus Michael D. Wilson, class of 1976, who died shortly after graduating.

Wilson Fellows Fall 2012:

Grace Kendall – Vienna
A senior majoring in history, Kendall is using a psychological theory to analyze the behavior and decisions of U.S. President Andrew Jackson. Her faculty sponsor is Chris O’Brien, associate professor of history.

CeCelia Palow – Southwest Harbor
A senior majoring in psychology, Palow is investigating Parkinson’s disease and patient’s perception of their cognitive processes. Her faculty sponsor is Marilyn Shea, professor of psychology.

Anna Soule – Kingfield

A senior with an individualized studies major and a concentration in art, Soule is researching the role DNA plays in musical aptitude. Her faculty sponsor is Jean Doty, professor of biology.

Wilson Scholars Fall 2012:

Chelsea Bartlett – South Portland
A junior majoring in creative writing, Bartlett is creating a novel about the life of Hephaestion, confidant to Alexander the Great. Her faculty sponsor is Patricia O’Donnell, professor of English.

Adam Black – Farmington

A senior majoring in mathematics, Black is investigating geometric group theory. His faculty sponsor is Nicholas Koban, associate professor of mathematics.

Noelle Dubay – Fort Kent
A senior majoring in creative writing and English, Dubay is examining the philosophy of American pragmatism and the prose of Henry James. Her faculty sponsor is Kristen Case, assistant professor of English.

Catherine Farsaci – Farmington

A senior majoring in history, Farsaci is discussing the evolving social and medical paradigms of infectious disease that engendered the lethargic adoption of germ theory. Her faculty sponsor is Chris O’Brien, associate professor of history.

Kelsey Moore – Avon, Conn.
A senior majoring in creative writing, Moore is creating an art book memoir based on her personal journals. Her faculty sponsor is Gretchen Legler, professor of creative writing.

Jamie Phillips – Willington, Conn.

A junior majoring in creative writing, Phillips is currently studying at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina and creating a chapbook of writings from her travels. Her faculty sponsor is Linda Britt, professor of Spanish.

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Media Contact: Nicholas Koban, UMF associate professor of mathematics, at 207-778-7117, or nicholas.koban@maine.edu

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/12/RP123-030.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

Photo Caption:  2012 UMF Michael D. Wilson Scholars and Fellows include, left to right- back row: Grace Kendall, Catherine Farsaci, Adam Black. Front row: Kelsey Moore, Noelle Dubay and CeCelia Palow. Not pictured: Chelsea Bartlett, Jamie Phillips and Anna Soule.