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University of Maine at Farmington Announces Dean’s List for Fall 2012 Semester

FARMINGTON, ME (February 15, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington announces its Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester. UMF maintains a Dean’s List each semester for those students completing a minimum of 12 credits in courses producing quality points. A student whose grade point average for the semester equals or exceeds 3.8 will be listed with high academic achievement. A student whose grade point average for the semester is less than 3.8 but equal to or greater than 3.5 will be listed with academic achievement. Any incompletes must be satisfactorily completed before the student is honored with Dean’s List status. Academic achievement awarded at commencement is based on all course work taken at UMF.

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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.

MAINE

Albany Twp: Brianna Douglass, Britany Douglass;
Albion: Sara Quimby;
Amherst: John Ahearn;
Anson: Joshua Cothen, Ashley Libby;
Arundel: Christopher Roberts, Jennifer Vadnais;
Ashland: Katelynn Orcutt, Kenneth Tarr;
Atkinson: Ashley Goodine;
Auburn: Kelsey Blanchette, Hannah Carrier, Jonathan Delorme, Brittany Dixon, Emily Marron, Jocelyn Murphy;
Augusta: Margaret Boynton, Erika Burns, Shiloh Davis, Nicholas Fortin, Bret LaForge, Kevin Lind, Meghan Marston, Nasya Monroe, Evan Nedik, Joseph Pepin, Jessica Wing, Alison Zubrod;
Avon: Chantel White;
Baileyville: Edward Flaherty;
Bangor: Thomas Bearor, Tyler Brookings, Alyssa Dee, Paige Hammond, Holly Legere, Hannah Lust, Michelle Switzer, Jeremy Vroom;
Bar Harbor: Joseph Burton, Molly Dow, Jamie McKay, Traci Norwood, Whitney Walls;
Bath: Madeleine Hicks, Leanne Keenan, Kelsey Marco;
Belgrade: Christopher Bond, Taylor Fitzgerald, Tiarra LaPierre, Taylor Lewis, Mickelle McCafferty, Christa Roddy;
Benton: Lindsay Ball;
Berwick: Elizabeth Dunn, Brittany Hoffman, Kelsey Laplume;
Bethel: Kailey Kennagh, Gabriel Perkins;
Biddeford: Marc Bisson, Kaitlin Goulet, Megan Millette;
Bingham: Maria Cirelli, Maria Leathers, Nathan Schultz;
Boothbay: Katrina Smith, Meghan Smith;
Bowdoin: Rachel Glynn;
Brooklin: Brittany Courtot;
Brunswick: Melaine Christensen, Erin Kenyon, Katherine Liscovitz, Joseph Messerman,  Catherine Reno, Ashley Smith, Matthew Towle;
Bryant Pond: Erika Fujimaki;
Buckfield: Elizabeth Donovan;
Bucksport: Skyler Bowden;
Burnham: Dori Condon, Jacob Marcoux, Macie Peterson;
Buxton: Rachael Davis, Elizabeth LaBelle, Jessica Meservey, Samantha Simmons;
Calais: Emily Ginn, Matthew Mains;
Canaan: Matthew Clark, Amber Rowell;
Canton: Samantha Blanchette, Amy Hatch;
Cape Elizabeth: Miranda Newman, Meagan Winker;
Cape Neddick: Charli Sayward;
Caribou: Shannon Butler, Chelsea LeBlanc;
Carrabassett Valley: Jennifer Reese;
Carroll Plt: Benjamin Morris;
Casco: Andrew Carlson, Devin Fitzgerald, Taylor Kemp, Leona Kluge-Edwards, Tyler Oren;
Chelsea: Hannah Rouillard, Rebecca-Ann Severy, Emily Soule, Tricia Tzikas;
Chesterville: Kaitlyn Bartlett, Lorrin Burnham, Tina Mccabe, Leigh Ronald;
Clifton: Amy Hughes;
Crawford: Tyler Provencher;
Cumberland Center: Katherine Fehlau;
Damariscotta: Nicaela Giglia;
Dayton: Karissa Guay;
Denmark: Molly Cavanaugh;
Dexter: Alisha Gustin, Nathan Wyman;
Dixfield: Emily Chase, Amelia Tacheny, Jeffrey Willis;
Dover Foxcroft: Jordan Kim, Katie Marshall, Andrew Shorey;
Dresden: Bonnie Carleton, Danielle Spina;
Durham: Nathaniel Fritts;
East Newport: Nicole Pedone;
East Parsonsfield: Jennifer-Lee Campbell;
East Poland: Rebecca Wright;
East Winthrop: Brittney White;
Eastport: Keisha Scott;
Eliot: Kristina Knight;
Ellsworth: Angela Hall;
Fairfield: Maxwell Haney, Amanda White;
Falmouth: Kelsey Graffam;
Farmingdale: Abigail Brown, Julie Brown;
Farmington: Nathan Archibald, Matthew Banning, Megan Bott, Kaitlyn Bukauskas, Kaitlyn Bullen, Sarah Bunch, Jennifer Calden, Ericka Danforth, Cordana Dingley, Abigail Dustin, Emily Dustin, Lancaster Emery, Catherine Farsaci, Kylie Ferland, Christopher Goodwin, Rebecca Grzesik, Meng Hardy, Chelsea Hill, Molly Hinkel, Patrick Kelly, William Lane, Michael Lawson, Shane Luker, Joseph Martin, Cidney Mayes, Alyce McLeod, Stavroula Menoudarakos, Marlie Mochamer, Elizabeth Paquette, Brianna Peters, Reid Plimpton, Adam Potvin, Melissa Poulin, Elizabeth Quigley, Karen Reed, Liberty Roberts, Alexander Robinson, Matthew Roy, Jediah Scott, Cassandra Smerdon, Sarah Spencer, Corrina Therrien, Julia Tichy-Dupuis, Kaitlyn Victory, Christopher Vogel, Dustin Weber, Barry Wheaton, Danielle Woodworth, Michaela Yeaton, Catherine Zachary;
Fayette: Alex Black, Alexander Rose;
Frankfort: Aubrey Hersom;
Franklin: Darrian Church;
Freedom: Tyler Hadyniak, Macy Saucier;
Freeport: Samuel Bennett, Victoria Coskery, Hannah Goodenow;
Fryeburg: Jennifer Bertino;
Gardiner: Laura Burnham, Jagger Trouant;
Georgetown: Tyler Cota, Lauren Crosby, Hannah Russell;
Glenburn: Alexandra Crocker, Jasmine Heckler;
Gorham: Austin Hayes, Conor Kirby, Sara Lolley, Therese Redhunt, Colleen Ward;
Gray: Rachel Clement, Devin Gilman, Abigail Hersom, Lacey Lemmings, Melissa Ryan, Kellie Sanborn, Taryn Sangillo;
Greene: Abbey Randall, Tifani-Rae Steward;
Greenville: Orion Cochrane, Autumn Gann;
Greenwood: Nichole Duclos;
Guilford: Annie Agnew, Abby Burdin;
Hallowell: Mary Burkhart Polk, Ashley Godbout, Cadyn Wilson;
Hampden: Sarah Coston, Alaina Jacobs, Caleb Kirk;
Harpswell: Katherine McLaughlin;
Harrison: Kelly Heroux, Rebecca Terrio;
Hartford: Kyle Rines;
Hartland: Megan Reynolds;
Hebron: Hillary Aube, Jessica Gauthier, Samantha Hatch, Nicole Lejonhud;
Hermon: Courtney Applebee;
Holden: Alexandra Carpenter;
Hollis Center: Christopher Johnson;
Industry: Thai Sinkinson;
Jackman: Bethany Szarka;
Jay: Nicole Adams, Katherine Bartlett, Mallory Bonnevie, Zachary Bonnevie, Bianca Bourgault, Trevin Dunlop, Cassandra Plante, Katelyn Ross, Joyce Walsh;
Jefferson: Meryl Bond, Allison Fortin, Jackson Fortin, Hillary Tozier;
Jonesport: Kristopher Kelley;
Kennebunk: Erin Beal, Jacqueline Blaine, Shawn Callahan, Shila Cook, Britt Couturier, Kristin Mackenzie;
Kingfield: Heather Bell, Alana Knapp, Ashley Shurtleff, Brittany York;
Kittery: Nicole Clark, Sofia Curti, Lauren Kennison;
Lagrange: Kelsey Ottmann;
Leeds: Emile Castonguay, Heather Holt;
Levant: Daniel Delorenzo, Mary DeLorenzo, Chelsea Lear-Ward;
Lewiston: Ashley Ferrence, Jessica Mathon, Nateasha Ouellette, Clevy Selengbe, Joseph Sullivan, Erica Thompson;
Limerick: Lauren Preble;
Limestone: Joshua Worthen;
Limington: Lindsey Carter;
Lisbon: Cameron Blouin, Kaitlyn Boulet, Jennifer Chick, Ashley Hunt;
Lisbon Falls: Phillip Carville, Christopher Whitney;
Litchfield: Nicole Ellis, Jessica Roberts;
Livermore: Karly Wilkins;
Livermore Falls: Lauren Breton, Amanda Estes, Rheanna Woodford;
Long Island: Melanie Floyd;
Lovell: Sylvia Brooks, Nathaniel McCann, Conrad Ward;
Machiasport: Allison Holmes;
Madawaska: Cassandra Ouellette;
Madison: Bianca Stoutamyer;
Manchester: Ashley Cox, Benjamin Johnson, Laura Kalian;
Mechanic Falls: Meghan Rowe, Joseph Trytek, Shane Waters;
Mexico: Ayla Allen, Kelsey Arsenault, Kelcie Virgin;
Millinocket: Katelyn Campbell, Samantha Harmon, Alyssa McLean;
Milo: Kendra Newman;
Milton Twp: Sarah Lavorgna;
Monmouth: Mackenzie Kelley, Candace Minkowsky, Alyssa Stevens;
Monticello: Ashton Carmichael;
Mount Vernon: Susan Hunter, Jacqueline Rogers;
Naples: Tonner Hann, Sean Skillern, Stephanie Winslow;
New Canada: Courtney Daigle;
New Gloucester: Tyler Seliga;
New Portland: Gail Sylvain;
New Sharon: Brian Clukey, Jenna Williams;
New Vineyard: Emily Nadeau;
Newburgh: Kaitlyn Haase;
Newport: Svea-Linnea Ashe, Jasmine Mitchell;
Norridgewock: Leslie Mercier, Kyle Norweg, Samantha Tracy, Alexa Wyman;
North Anson: Katrina Esty;
North Haven: Racheal Brown;
North Monmouth: Cassidy Small;
North New Portland: Sudie Myers;
North Turner: Jasmine Portales;
North Waterboro: Madison Moody;
North Yarmouth: Alexa Perkins, Lydia Whiting;
Northeast Harbor: Jennifer Graves;
Northport: Veronica Penniman;
Norway: Christine Farr, Timothy Roberts;
Oakland: Mara Balboni, Ryan Berthiaume, Carlie Bolduc, Reggie Clark, Brittany Dubuc, Joshua Lambert, Courtney Randall;
Old Town: Andrea Anderson, Daniel Zmistowski;
Orrington: Rachel Kosnow;
Oxford: Laura Farr, Nicholas Lacasse, Ashley St Pierre;
Palermo: Camiesha Terry;
Palmyra: John Buys, Leigh Welch;
Parsonsfield: Elizabeth Theriault;
Penobscot: Alida Peake;
Peru: Katie Doucette, Kayla Schuster;
Phillips: Brooke Gilchrist, Hope Gould;
Pittsfield: Marguerite Bryant, Karissa Porter, Jade Wells;
Pittston: Hannah Kavanaugh;
Plymouth: Amy Patterson;
Poland: Edgar Satterfield, Katrina Seeley;
Porter: Courtney Taylor;
Portland: Cathryn Cunningham, Leanne Fasulo, Samantha Gilmour, Lorraine Jabine, Carrie Mooney, Emily Rice, Kelly Steinhagen, Christine Stevens;
Presque Isle: Zachary Fowler, Christina Hallowell;
Prospect: Kristen Copeland;
Randolph: Darcie Page;
Rangeley: Christa Bonney, Sierra Bonney, Katrina Carignan, Grace Temple;
Raymond: Hannah Huber, Emilee McCallister, Elizabeth Stevenson, Deanna Weeks;
Readfield: Emily Harriman, Katherine Voynik, Tanner Webb;
Rockland: Logan Faulkingham, Haley Wotton;
Rome: Gregory McElvaine;
Rumford: Allison Berry, Tyler Daigle, Cassandra Dyke, Brittany Garcia, Michael Hanson, Daniel Kiley, Amy Mahar, Kera Miller, Audrey Morin, McKenzie Parr, Frank Parsons;
Saco: Alyssa Carignan, Heather Galasyn, Michelle Henaire, Emily Higgins, Catherine Ingraham, Megan Nadeau, Kassaundra Ricker, Paul Santamore, Emma Vaillancourt, Joshua Wynne;
Salem Twp: Jillian Withee;
Sanford: Sarah Allain, Kimberly Campbell, Carly Desimone, Christian Desrochers;
Scarborough: Meagan L’Heureux;
Searsmont: Travis Reynolds;
Searsport: Laura Dickey;
Sidney: Megan Hoffman, Shelby Thibodeau;
Skowhegan: Olivia Brown, Robert Demo, Natalie Dumont, Sebastien Dumont, Jennifer Meade, Trey Nelson, Grace Toles;
South Berwick: Katie Emmons, Chelsea Martel, Rachel Purgiel;
South China: Tyler Belanger, Caleb Fletcher, Gregory O’Connor, Simon Rollins, Alyssa Wadsworth;
South Paris: Erica Ellingwood, Lindsay Ellingwood, Lyndsay Gammon, Carl Langbehn;
South Portland: Chelsea Bartlett, Melissa Bodwell, Shelby Bryant, Kaitlin Carmichael, Sarah Meuse, Tyler Wilburn;
Springvale: Leanne Arsenault, Jonathan Brock;
Starks: Darrell Dyke;
Steep Falls: Matthew Theriault, Charles Young;
Strong: Kenni Norton;
Surry: Amanda Moir;
Temple: Mariah Barden, Carolina LaCourse, Elisabeth Milster, Abyssnee Pelitar, Dylan Toothaker;
Thomaston: Holly Ames-Allan;
Thorndike: Kathleen Schultz;
Topsham: Jordan Daigle, Kaylee Kowalczyk, Emily McMillan, Meghan Schofield;
Trenton: Elizabeth Sargent;
Turner: Elizabeth Caron, Kristen Ellis, Allison Hunter, Erin Page;
Union: Autumn Collins, Janelle Noonan;
Unity: Delainey Kein;
Vassalboro: Sean Cabaniss, Andrew Fowler, Allison Reynolds, Benjamin Sandy, Darrin Wood;
Vienna: Garrett Ellis, Grace Kendall;
Wade: Maurice White;
Waldoboro: Emily Sirianni;
Wales: Sonya Catlin;
Warren: Courtney Leach, Wyatt Porter;
Waterboro: Gabrielle Stachowiak;
Waterville: Sarah Bradley, Nicholas Camic, Rebecca Cook, Elizabeth Jones, Timothy Ker, Luke Klinker, Anna LeClair, Kayla Tuttle, Jamie Williams, Jinni-Mae Workman;
Wayne: Sarah Pokorny;
Wells: Lindsey Michaud, Danielle Stano;
West Baldwin: Nicole Rankin;
West Bath: Tyler Rose;
West Farmington: Emily Barney, Kayla Currier;
West Gardiner: Sloan Hanning, Asia Smith;
West Newfield: Katherine Doyle;
Westbrook: Abigail Crump, Rachel Joiner, Stephanie Lamson, John Ochira, Anna Traugh;
Whitefield: Benjamin Villeneuve;
Wilton: Rebecca Adams, Benjamin Altmaier, Michaela Blow, Sabrina Lowe, Kelly McCrillis, Raymond Nadeau, Amanda Osgood, Clifton Staples;
Windham: Timothy Bushika, Alicia Lambert;
Windsor: Molly King;
Winslow: Elizabeth Ferry, Jessica McCaslin, Samuel Smith;
Winterport: Megan Braley, Kayla Smith, Matthew Wibberly, Kayla Worster;
Winthrop: Ian Gingras;
Wiscasset: Karina Sprague;
Woodville: Taylor McCafferty;
Woolwich: Keifer Boguhn, Autumn Greenleaf;
Yarmouth: Victoria Ballenger, Samantha Hall, Ty Hughes, Erica Paul, Taylor Sisk;
York: Andrea Beaulieu, Joseph Dignam, Samuel Leal, Chelsea Morley, Emily Rumble, Colleen Tourigny;
York Beach: Nicholas Trent.

CONNECTICUT

Avon: Kelsey Moore;
Brookfield: Connor Lofink;
Columbia: Marina Giovannini;
East Hampton: Christina Peaslee;
Ellington: Erica Feenstra;
Glastonbury: Emily Harris;
Hamden: Chelsea Browning-Bohannah;
Manchester: Madeline King;
Middletown: Erin McGuigan;
New Haven: Sean Igoe;
Portland: Lisa Rand;
Salem: Sarah Frick;
South Glastonbury: Connor Sabia;
Tolland: Joshua Cardella.

MASSACHUSETTS

Acton: Emma Daniel;
Bedford: Elise Musicant;
Bridgewater: Michael Kahler;
Concord: Hailey Callahan;
Dracut: Rebecca Masse;
Dudley: Christopher Herrion;
Forestdale: Erin Banks;
Gardner: Sadie Caron;
Grafton: Joc Caldwell;
Haverhill: Elizabeth Hutchins;
Holyoke: Megan Popp;
Lakeville: Lauren Coe;
Marshfield Hills: Erika Wolff;
Medfield: Chloe Absi;
Melrose: Marlies Nasella;
Norfolk: Timothy Grivois;
North Chatham: Stephanie Manteiga;
Plainville: Lindsey Barstow;
Plymouth: Kimberly Arthurs, Tory Axford;
Rehoboth: Breanna DeLuca, Paul Dupre, Renee Dupre;
Revere: Talya Briana;
Sandwich: Taylor Marshall;
Southbridge: Olivia Wandelear;
Spencer: Christian Casault;
Sudbury: Alana MacArthur;
Templeton: Brittany Wheeler;
Waltham: Samantha Lackeyram-Owen;
Webster: Erin O’Halloran;
Westminster: Emily Vitone;
Wilmington: Shannon O’Donoghue.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Boscawen: Jeremy Demers;
Brookline: Jeremy Gath;
Derry: Margaret Pearson;
East Hampstead: Jennifer Bailey;
Francestown: Silas Lunetta;
Goffstown: Patrick Hurley;
Hampton: Megan Cargill;
Hollis: Kelsey Caron;
Lebanon: Molly Reed;
Londonderry: Carinne Haigis;
Milford: Kathryn Johnson, Lindsey Laforge;
Nashua: Tara Hood, Haley Lynch, Marianne O’Loughlin, Hayley Smith-Rose;
New London: Emily McGee;
Newmarket: Linsey Palmer;
Northwood: Aaron Ash;
Pelham: Carolyn Springford;
Plainfield: Rebecca Young;
Portsmouth: Erika Lundgren;
Raymond: Josiah Adams;
Seabrook: Amber Sears;
Warner: Katharine Stasalovich;
Whitefield: Kalman Csigi.

RHODE ISLAND

North Kingstown: Brigitta Valente.

VERMONT

Charlotte: Lauren Scheidegger;
Danville: Jenell Green;
Groton: Samantha Funk;
Island Pond: Salena Sykes;
Northfield: Devin Kelsey;
Putney: Caroline Estrin-Grele;
Saint Albans: Stephanie Vincent;
Saint Albans: Hannah Watson.

CALIFORNIA

Berkeley: Simone Thiry;
Pittsburg: Savannah Ridgley.

COLORADA

Aurora: Leah Kuehn.

FLORIDA

Gainesville: Andrea Geisler;
Tampa: Katherine Hatfield.

MARYLAND

Phoenix: Kyle Mitchell.

NEW JERSEY

East Brunswick: John Pich;
Highland Lakes: Kyle Manning;
Newark: Jordan McNair;
North Brunswick: Rachel Anderson;
Rockaway: Samantha Wasko;
Spotswood: Nicole Byrne.

NEW MEXICO

Sunland Park: Karla Solis.

NORTH DAKOTA

Williston: Haley Clark.

OHIO

Toledo: Audrey Blaufuss.

PENNSYLVANIA

Bear Creek Township: Jenna Silliboy, Kirby Silliboy.

CANADA

NEW BRUNSWICK

Lower Derby: Rachel Cox.

SWEDEN

Falun: Frida Bjoerk.

VIETNAM

Hochiminh: Huy Nguyen.

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UMF Students Spend February Break Helping Others

PP123-018ADemolition, painting, insulating and installing sheetrock…that’s just some of the ways 20 UMF students will be spending their February Break in New Orleans this year as they reach out to PP123-018Chelp the still-struggling victims of Hurricane Katrina. The students, part of the UMF club associated with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, are teaming up with students from other Maine colleges as they make plans to go to New Orleans from February 15-24, where they will work with Habitat for Humanity and other local charitable organizations. According to UMF senior Jacob Marcoux in a recent Sun Journal article, “It hits home when you see it. We want to rise to the occasion and help out. We are blessed in the United States and are compelled to use those blessings to care for the needs of others.”PP123-018B

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UMF Business Economics Student Receives Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation Scholarship

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Left to right: Timothy Thompson, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Franklin Savings Bank; UMF student John Ochira; Pamela M. Green, director of member services at Maine Bankers Association; Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business and chair of the Division of Social Science, Business and Global Studies; Wendy Harper, UMF associate professor of economics

FARMINGTON, ME (February 8, 2013)—University of Maine at Farmington student John Ochira was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation.  A junior majoring in business economics at UMF, Ochira was recommended for the award by UMF faculty based on his academic excellence and leadership on campus and in the community.

“John is an extraordinary student and is well-deserving of this honor,” said Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business and chair of the Division of Social Science, Business and Global Studies. “He is dedicated to making a difference in everything he does and his knowledge and experience will be valuable in any business setting.”

Originally from Sudan, Ochira moved to the Portland area in 2005 where he graduated from Deering High School. As a first-year student at UMF he was instrumental in starting the University’s Multicultural Club and served as its president for two years. As a sophomore, Ochira was anxious to become involved with student government and joined UMF’s Student Senate where he served as a member of the General Assembly during his first year and currently serves as officer of club affairs. Also during his time at UMF, he has worked as a residence hall community assistant, has been a writer for the student newspaper and has played on the UMF men’s soccer team.

In addition, Ochira has dedicated himself to his community where he has been an active member of the Alliance for Responsible Communities, serving on its board of directors. Upon graduation from UMF, he is interested in pursuing business management opportunities in the Portland area.

Student scholarship recipients of the Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation must be a Maine high school graduate majoring in a business related area in their second, third, or fourth year, and be in good academic standing. This year’s award was presented by Pamela M. Green, director of member services at Maine Bankers Association and Timothy Thompson, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Franklin Savings Bank. “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to travel through Maine and award this scholarship to deserving students like John,” said Green.

Since 1990, more than $270,000 in scholarships has been awarded.  Colleges receiving MeHEAF grants each year include:  the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System, the University of New England, Husson University, St. Joseph’s College and Thomas College.

The Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation was established in the 1950’s as a guarantee fund for student loans.  The founders included a wide range of banks, businesses, community organizations and individuals.  In 1990, the MeHEAF trustees, to continue the original intent of the founding members, initiated a scholarship program funded by the return on the original loan guarantee funds.  The fund is now managed by the Maine Bankers Association 489 Congress Street, Portland.

More about the UMF Business Economics Program

The UMF Business and Administration cluster includes majors in business economics and interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in business psychology, health information systems, outdoor recreation business administration (ORBA), and arts administration. The UMF Business Economics Program is unique as it is one of the few programs at colleges and universities in New England that has been created by integrating economics throughout its business curriculum. In addition, through internships and other out-of-the-classroom learning experiences, students have the opportunity to acquire practical skills and knowledge, gain real-world experience and network with professionals in the field.

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Media contacts:
Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business, at 207-778-7441, or Dalpour@maine.edu.
Ron Milliken, UMF director of financial aid, at 207-778-7105, or milliken@maine.edu.

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Photo Caption:  Left to right: Timothy Thompson, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Franklin Savings Bank; UMF student John Ochira; Pamela M. Green, director of member services at Maine Bankers Association; Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business and chair of the Division of Social Science, Business and Global Studies; Wendy Harper, UMF associate professor of economics

Students from UMF and Around the World Share Learning Experience

Study Abroad 1Students from UMF and around the world shared their stories, knowledge and experience with members of the campus and local community at the annual UMF Study Abroad Fair. Both UMF students who have studied in foreign countries and international students studying at UMF were all on hand to talk about how the experience enriched their learning and expanded their horizons. An article in the Sun Journal detailed how students have furthered their education at UMF study abroad programs in England, France, China and Argentina and provider programs in Rwanda, Ecuador and Ireland. Regarding the semester she studied at University of Hull, in England, UMF junior Innes Herdan said, “It wasn’t just an educational experience, it was a life experience.”

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UMF Visiting Writers Series Features Award Winning Author Sarah Braunstein, Feb. 7

Sarah BraunsteinFARMINGTON, ME (January 31, 2013)—Sarah Braunstein, whose work “The Sweet Relief of Missing Children” was praised by O Magazine as “Enthralling…,” is the next reader in University of Maine at Farmington’s popular Visiting Writers Series. Presented by UMF’s distinguished Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, Braunstein will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free-and-open-to-the-public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Braunstein’s “The Sweet Relief of Missing Children” is a suspenseful novel that explores the power of running and the desire for reinvention. It was the winner of the 2012 Maine Literary Award and finalist for the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Nobel Prize from the Center for Fiction. She was named one of “5 Under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation in 2010 and received the Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award in 2007.

Her stories and essays have appeared in many publications including: Green Mountains Review, Five Chapters, AGNI, Post Road, Ploughshares, The Sun, Nylon Magazine and Maine Magazine. She also was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

A play entitled “String Theory: Three Greek Myths Woven Together,” which Braunstein co-wrote with Michael Barakiva and Amy Boyce Holtcamp, was produced in New York City in 2009 and at Vassar College in 2010.

Braunstein teaches at Harvard University Extension School and Summer School, the Stanford University Online Writer’s Studio and in the low-residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. Currently, she is a visiting professor at Colby College.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work.

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: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF associate professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.
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UMF Faculty Member Named Deputy Editor of Leading Public Health Journal

Maurice "Bud" MartinFARMINGTON, ME (January 29, 2013)—Maurice (Bud) Martin, UMF associate professor of community health education, has recently been named deputy editor of Health Promotion Practice, a leading professional journal in the field of community health.

A peer-reviewed bi-monthly journal, Health Promotion Practice is devoted to the practical application of health promotion and education. As described on its website, the publication’s focus is to provide critical information for professionals that are involved in developing, implementing and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.

“Bud’s selection to this position is a wonderful recognition of his knowledge and expertise in the field of community health,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “Public health education plays an increasingly important role in our daily lives and that of our communities, and we are very proud to know his professional insights will have a significant place in the national dialogue.”

According to the publication’s leadership, Martin was selected based on his national reputation as an established behavioral scientist and public health interventionist and his commitment to advancing the field of public health education. In addition to his continued work at UMF, Martin’s role with the publication will include working with the journal’s national editorial board, managing supplemental publications and assisting with the publication’s mission.

A longtime faculty member at University of Maine at Farmington, Martin sees his work with the professional publication as recognition of the impact the UMF program has had in the field of community health education on a national level. “This is a great honor, and I look forward to working with the leading public health educators in the country,” said Martin. “It will be exciting to be able to bring the latest research and health practices to my students. What they learn in the classroom plays a huge role in the difference they can make in the field.”

UMF’s Community Health Education program features classroom-based research, on-campus work opportunities and service learning projects led by faculty with a broad range of specialties including nutrition, stress management, human sexuality, environmental health, disease prevention and health promotion. Extensive fieldwork, including a required 4-credit practicum and 16-credit internship, help prepare and connect students with future employment.

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: Maurice (Bud) Martin, UMF associate professor of community health education, 207-778-7181, or maurice.martin@maine.edu

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UMF Features Sumner McKane’s Live, Historical Docu-Exhibit “In The Blood”—Feb. 8

FARMINGTON, ME (January 28, 2013)—The rugged reality of lumbermen carving a living out of the Maine woods in the early 1800s will come to life at the University of Maine at Farmington with a one-night presentation of Sumner McKane’s “In The Blood.” This live, historical docu-exhibit will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus. The event is free and open-to-the-public, but monetary or food donations for the Farmington Care and Share Food Closet will be gratefully accepted at the door.

RP123-035“In the Blood” is a vivid illustration of the lives of turn-of-the century lumbermen and river drivers whose grueling and dangerous work provided the foundation for Maine’s fledgling economy. The presentation offers accurate and detailed stories and descriptions told by the men themselves, seemingly transporting the audience back in time to experience the logging camp era for themselves. Through the use of archived film and photography, oral histories, a live musical score and authentic sound design, McKane’s film/exhibit creates a virtual journey to uncover the history, lifeskills and character of these legendary pioneers of the Maine woods.

According to Dispatch, a print and web review of arts and sports events in Maine and New Hampshire, “You will forget, at least fleetingly, you are watching on a screen and not sitting in a camp, driving down a river, or rolling on the yard. The illustration that ‘In The Blood’ provides, sheds a new light on the character, history, and importance of these legendary Maine men.”

A guitarist and composer with a photographer’s mind, McKane composed the original score for “In The Blood” and based the multimedia presentation on his educational experience as a historian and photographer, and his career as a professional performing musician.

Currently touring with the “In The Blood” docu-exhibit, McKane  teaches at the Midcoast Guitar School in Wiscasset and Buckdancers Choice Music School, in Portland. He studied photography at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and at the University of Montana. He graduated from the University of Southern Maine.

This UMF presentation is sponsored by the Emery Community Arts Center. “In the Blood” received support from the Maine Arts Commission and Maine Humanities Council.

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: Jayne Decker, director of Emery Community Arts Center, 207-778-7319, or jdecker@maine.edu

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/01/RP123-035.jpg
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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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