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UMF President Foster Looks Forward to First Year at UMF

Kate at Merrill-newsKathryn Foster, new UMF president, is excited about beginning her first year at Maine’s public liberal arts university and what that means for student success and economic development in the region. Coming from the Buffalo, N.Y. area, Foster sees many striking similarities between the two regions that speak to their strength and quality of life and looks forward to continuing UMF’s commitment to its students and the region. According to a recent Portland Press Herald article, Foster sees her personal high-energy style working well with that of the campus community, “as we all look forward to our most important work—helping our students succeed.”

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University of Maine at Farmington Announces New Merit-Based Scholarship Program to Help Make College More Accessible

FARMINGTON, ME (September 4, 2012)—In recognition of the hard work and commitment many students invest in their high school careers and to help make a college education more accessible, the University of Maine at Farmington is pleased to announce a new merit-based scholarship program available for first-year, first-time students.

Designed to assist as many academically-distinguished students as possible realize their higher education goals, this new, broad-based scholarship program  is available to both in-state and out-of-state students, including students from the six New England states who qualify for the New England Regional tuition rate. In order to accomplish this, UMF is adding an additional $400,000 to its total institutional financial aid of $2.5 million.

Three tiers of scholarships will be awarded to first-time, first-year students with a class rank in the top 30 percent of their high school graduating class while pursuing a rigorous, college-prep curriculum. These tiers include: the Academic Excellence Scholarship, for students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class; the Academic Distinction Scholarship, for students graduating in the top 20 percent of their class; and the Academic Achievement Scholarship, for students graduating in the top 30 percent of their class.

Students whose high schools do not report rank will be considered for these scholarships on the basis of their high school courses and their grades in academic courses.

According to recent research provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, people with only a high school diploma earn, on average, more than $400 less in weekly earnings than a person with a bachelor’s degree and face nearly twice the unemployment rate.

“As a public institution, UMF is committed to finding ways to help as many students as possible achieve their educational goals,” said Roberto Noya, UMF vice president of enrollment management. “Our new merit-based scholarships reward students who have really applied themselves while in high school. Our message to today’s students is, ‘hard work pays off,’ and UMF is here to help you be successful with the next stage of your education.”

The awarding of UMF merit-based scholarships is automatic. No special application is necessary for students to be considered. Once awarded, each scholarship is renewable and available for up to a total of eight semesters, provided the student remains in good academic standing and maintains full-time enrollment of at least twelve credit hours per semester at UMF.

Recipients will be notified of their merit award upon admission. However, UMF recommends that all prospective students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility for need-based financial assistance. It is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

More information on specific award amounts of UMF’s new merit-based scholarship program can be found at: www.farmington.edu/merit.scholarships.

 

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 Media Contact: Roberto Noya, UMF vice president of enrollment management, at 207-778-7058, or roberto.noya@maine.edu

University of Maine at Farmington and Southern Maine Community College Launch Collaborative Effort to Help Early Childhood Educators Prepare for Today’s Classrooms

FARMINGTON and SOUTH PORTLAND, ME (August 30, 2012)—University of Maine at Farmington and Southern Maine Community College are pleased to announce that UMF will begin offering classes in its Early Childhood Education Off-Campus Bachelor’s Degree Program on the SMCC campus beginning fall 2012.

The program was created in partnership with SMCC’s Early Childhood Education department to make it easier for educators to complete a four-year degree in early childhood education while continuing to live and work in southern Maine.

“We are so proud of this new collaboration with Southern Maine Community College, as together we create new opportunities for Maine educators to continue their education and better meet their professional needs,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “UMF has a nearly 150-year history of preparing Maine’s best and brightest teachers and we are looking forward to this new partnership as we continue in that important tradition.”

Classes begin on the SMCC campus on September 7, and will be taught on Friday evenings and Saturdays to provide working professionals with a practical schedule that best meets their needs. An associate’s degree in early childhood education or an equivalent, such as human services, arts and science with an early childhood concentration or child development is required for admission to the program. However, UMF staff members are available to review student transcripts to help determine if they meet eligibility requirements.

“This fully accredited bachelor’s program will help all of Southern Maine move forward,” said SMCC president Ron Cantor.  “We welcome UMF’s distinguished faculty to our campus as we launch a partnership for long-term success.”

According to Terri Petnov, chair of SMCC’s Early Childhood Education Department, this is the first time that a public institution has offered a four-year degree in early childhood education in greater Portland for more than two decades. The demand for professionals in the field with bachelor’s degrees is growing, she said.

“Working with children and families requires a combination of knowledge and skilled practice. We started our associate program 18 years ago and have been teaching students how to provide a high-quality education for Maine families and children ever since,” Petnov said. “Through our collaboration with UMF, students can continue to live and work in their home community while working on their bachelor’s degree. These teachers are entrusted with the care and education of our children during the foundation years – we need the best and brightest people working with our youngest.”

The new UMF offering on the SMCC campus is an outgrowth of similar collaborative efforts between UMF and University College in Bath and Kennebec Valley Community College. All courses are taught by full-time UMF faculty members and are offered using several delivery methods, including a blend of distance learning and traditional classroom settings.

According to Carolyn Drugge, UMF coordinator of the program, education beyond the associate’s degree level greatly benefits early childhood educators interested in furthering their careers. “Both Head Start and the National Association for the Education of Young Children are consistently increasing the percentage of teachers that will need to have completed a bachelor’s degree to work in many early education centers,” said Drugge. “Nationally accredited teacher preparation programs, like those at UMF, are recognized by these organizations for graduating qualified teachers who are well-prepared for today’s classrooms.”

Petnov noted that this collaboration would help the state by producing more early childhood professionals with a four-year degree. Often, a very real barrier to employment for parents is the lack of secure, consistent and developmentally appropriate childcare options. If the parents don’t have someone to care for their children, work is not an option. By placing more skilled, educated professionals into the market, UMF and SMCC will help increase those options.

UMF is one of 623 schools of education currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. These schools meet rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public and produce two-thirds of the nations’ new teacher graduates each year.

Applications for the SMCC-based program are available through the UMF Admission Office and can be obtained by contacting Chris Yardley, UMF admission counselor at 207-778-7065, or yardley@maine.edu, or online at http://umf.maine.edu/cohort/.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Drugge, UMF coordinator and advisor of the Early Childhood Cohort Program, at 207-778-7274, or carolyn.drugge@maine.edu.

 

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Media Contact;
Carolyn Drugge, UMF coordinator and advisor of the Early Childhood Cohort Program, at 207-778-7274, or carolyn.drugge@maine.edu

University of Maine at Farmington’s Upward Bound Program Receives New Grant to Help Maine Students Succeed

FARMINGTON, ME (August 15, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s Upward Bound program recently received a new grant to help low-income, first-generation students from central Maine prepare for and succeed in post-secondary education. The new River Valley Upward Bound grant will provide $250,000 each year for five years to serve 60 students at Mt. Valley High School, Telstar Regional High School, Dirigo High School, Buckfield High School and Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.

The UMF affiliate is one of 780 recently-funded Upward Bound programs nationwide. These programs help close to 60,000 students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to access and succeed in college. According to its director Lynn Ploof-Davis, The UMF Upward Bound program currently works year-round with 79 students from 10 high schools in central Maine.

Since it first began in 1980, UMF’s Upward Bound program has helped prepare over 500 young people for higher education. Of those Upward Bound participants who have enrolled in college since the class of 2000, 92%—more than three times the national average—have enrolled in Bachelor’s degree programs at public and private colleges and universities throughout the country.

One of eight federal TRIO programs designed to serve individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, Upward Bound projects provide academic support to high-school students in mathematics, science, English and foreign languages. They also provide mentoring and counseling services to students and their families during the college search and financial-aid process.

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.

 

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Media contact: Lynn Ploof-Davis, director of UMF Upward Bound Program, at 207-778-7297, or lynnp@maine.edu

Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington Campus Recognized with Prestigious Excellence in Architecture Award

FARMINGTON, ME (August 14, 2012)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus has recently been awarded a National Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for a New Building by the Society for College and University Planning. This innovative arts center was designed by designLAB architects of Boston and was conceived as a venue to engage both the campus and local community in the exploration of the visual and performing arts.

This SCUP award recognizes the strong partnerships and collaborative planning that contributed to the design of this facility, which supports creative talents in the community and on campus. The award program acknowledges the excellence in planning, design and implementation efforts of firms and institutions, as well as the achievements of individuals whose lives and passions involve higher education.

Designed to complement the historic performance venues of Nordica Auditorium and Alumni Theater, the 15,000-square-foot Emery Community Arts Center is the keystone for the arts complex on the UMF campus.

The center features a state-of-the-art 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area. A 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery provides exhibit space for traditional and new media and performance art. While a dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the existing Alumni Theater. The building opened Fall 2011.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/08/RP112-075.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

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

FARMINGTON, ME (July 27, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington announces its Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester. UMF maintains a Dean’s List each semester for those students completing a minimum of 12 credits in courses producing quality points. Students whose grade point average for the semester is equal to or greater than 3.8 are listed with high academic achievement. Students whose grade point average for the semester is less than 3.8 but equal to or greater than 3.5 are 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.

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.

MAINE

Albany Twp: Brianna Douglass;

Albion: Sara Quimby;

Alfred: Ashleigh Gilman;

Amherst: John Ahearn;

Anson: Marisa Murray, Gabriel Williams;

Arundel: Jas Maloney-Hawkins;

Ashland: Kenneth Tarr;

Auburn: Kelsey Blanchette, Grady Burns, Jessica Chouinard, Matthew Daigle, Shay Daily, Jonathan Delorme, Rebecca Dubois, Leo Henry, Emily Marron;

Augusta: Margaret Boynton, Brandon Brents, David Denton, Amy Jones, Thomas Kilcoyne, Bret LaForge, Nasya Monroe, Jacquelyn Murphy, Carmon Parker, Joseph Pepin, Brittany Vachon, Jessica Wing, Alison Zubrod;

Baileyville: Edward Flaherty;

Bangor: Thomas Bearor, Caitlin Guare, Paige Hammond, Melissa Howard, Rachel Huber, Holly Legere, Emily Lindsay, Hannah Lust, Catherine MacDonald, Jeremy Vroom;

Bar Harbor: Molly Dow, Jamie McKay, Traci Norwood, Whitney Walls;

Bath: Kelsey Marco, Kalib Moore;

Belgrade: Jared Boghosian, Christopher Bond, Rita Day, Taylor Fitzgerald, Gregory McElvaine, Christa Roddy;

Benton: Lindsay Ball;

Berwick: Brittany Hoffman, Kelsey Laplume;

Bethel: Heath Booth, Gabriel Perkins, Alyssa Steven;

Biddeford: Marc Bisson, Holly Emmons, Rachel Hubbell, Joseph Miles, Megan Millette, Katrina Records;

Bingham: Maria Cirelli, Kassandra Strickland;

Boothbay: Katrina Smith;

Bowdoin: Rachel Glynn;

Bridgton: Tareyn Vigna;

Bristol: Jade Farrin;

Brooks: Sumer Higgins;

Brunswick: Julia Bald, Melaine Christensen, Erin Kenyon, Heather Libby, Katherine Liscovitz, Brittany Sawyer, Ashley Smith, Matthew Towle;

Bryant Pond: Erika Fujimaki;

Buckfield: Susanna Cooper, Ashlee Hamann;

Bucksport: Sarah Robinson;

Burnham: Jacob Marcoux, Macie Peterson;

Buxton: Keeley Cronin, Jessica Meservey, Samantha Simmons;

Calais: Matthew Mains;

Camden: Jennie Palermo, Kristen Start;

Canaan: Erica McGann;

Canton: Mariah Dailey;

Cape Elizabeth: Gabrielle Stachowiak, Meagan Winker;

Cape Neddick: Charli Sayward;

Caribou: Shannon Butler, Philip Smith;

Carmel: Eric Buckhalter;

Casco: Andrew Carlson, Devin Fitzgerald, Leona Kluge-Edwards;

Chelsea: Hannah Rouillard, Felisha Taylor;

Chesterville: Kaitlyn Bartlett, Tina Mccabe;

China: Christopher Vogel;

China Village: Katherine Watson;

Clifton: Briana Field, Amy Hughes;

Clinton: Ashlee Buzzell, Katherine Marchesi;

Corinth: Brittany Ferrie;

Cumberland Center: Katherine Fehlau;

Cushing: Rebecca Harper;

Denmark: Molly Cavanaugh;

Dexter: Anna Lisa Fournier;

Dixfield: Emily Chase, Katherine Gagne, Kelly Saindon, Jeffrey Willis;

Dover Foxcroft: Jordan Kim;

Dresden: Bonnie Carleton, Danielle Spina;

Durham: Nathaniel Fritts, Callie Lemieux;

East Baldwin: Joshua Bishop;

East Parsonsfield: Jennifer-Lee Campbell;

East Poland: Rebecca Wright;

Eliot: Sarah Kumin;

Ellsworth: Angela Hall, Jeremiah Roper;

Fairfield: Maxwell Haney, Brogan Liberty, Ebony Rudzinski, Erica Violette;

Falmouth: Kelsey Graffam;

Farmingdale: Abigail Brown, Julie Brown;

Farmington: Jordan Atkinson, Matthew Banning, Adam Black, Megan Bott, Brittany Brady, Kimberly Cushman, Ericka Danforth, Amie Daniels, Jaime Denton, Cordana Dingley, Lancaster Emery, Kimberly Ferrari, Ronald Flannery, Rebecca Grzesik, Jordan Hale, Rebekah Hawes, Chelsea Hill, Devon Ireland, Christina Knowles, Nicole Lejonhud, Alanah Lockwood, Jessica Martin, Brandon Melville, Katherine Nadeau, Christina Quach, Elizabeth Quigley, Karen Reed, Liberty Roberts, Alexander Robinson, Jediah Scott, Cassandra Smerdon, Jennafer Soucy, Newcomb Stevens, Corrina Therrien, Julia Tichy-Dupuis, Keri Woodbury, Michaela Yeaton, Catherine Zachary;

Fort Kent: Noelle Dubay, Taylor Pelletier;

Freedom: Tyler Hadyniak, Macy Saucier;

Freeport: Alyssa Amari,: Alison Buthlay, Victoria Coskery, Hannah Goodenow, Charlotte Marcolla, Kelcie Simmons, Anna Titova;

Fryeburg: Jennifer Bertino, Thomas West;

Georgetown: Tyler Cota;

Gorham: Brianna Holloran, Sara Lolley, Trinity Macomber, Megan Meehan, Therese Redhunt, Colleen Ward;

Gray: Rachel Clement, Abigail Hersom, Lacey Lemmings;

Greene: Kimberly Courtemanche, Abbey Randall, Breann Thomas;

Greenville: Autumn Gann, Elizabeth Nystrom;

Greenwood: Kyle Kuvaja;

Guilford: Annie Agnew;

Hallowell: Mary Burkhart Polk, Cadyn Wilson, Robert Youde;

Hampden: Mikkala Libbey;

Harpswell: Mackenzie Yeaton;

Harrison: Rebecca Terrio;

Hartford: Kyle Rines;

Hebron: Hillary Aube, Jessica Gauthier;

Hermon: Amanda Harvey;

Hollis Center: Tyler Brown, Christopher Johnson;

Hope: Sarah Davis;

Hudson: Skylar Hopkins;

Industry: Ian Luker;

Islesboro: Richard Coombs;

Jackman: Bethany Szarka;

Jay: Katherine Bartlett, Bianca Bourgault, Christina Dufour, Jill Gingras, Sierra Loon, Cassandra Plante, Dylan Stefani, Joyce Walsh;

Jefferson: Hillary Tozier;

Kennebunk: Erin Beal, Shawn Callahan, Shila Cook, Erin Ingraham, Nicholas Lyden, Kristin Mackenzie;

Kingfield: Heather Bell, Alana Knapp, Julia Rideout, Anna Soule;

Kittery: Nicole Clark;

Lagrange: Kelsey Ottmann;

Lamoine: Marcelle Hutchins, Jennifer Richter, Jennifer Tupper;

Lebanon: Justine DiMambro, Jennie McComish;

Leeds: Emile Castonguay;

Levant: Mary DeLorenzo;

Lewiston: Alexandria Butler, Amanda Chick, Zachary Gayton, Ashley Hunt, Bethany Lebel, Renald Lefebvre, Nateasha Ouellette, Kathryn Sturgis, Joseph Sullivan;

Limington: Olivia Corbran;

Lincoln: Jennifer Bruce, Nathaniel Libby, Darren Smart;

Lincolnville: Lauren El-Hajj;

Lisbon: Kaitlyn Boulet, Esther Carr, Jennifer Chick;

Livermore: Randall Berry, Brittney Castonguay, Karly Wilkins;

Livermore Falls: Lauren Breton, Sean Caron, Becky Mills;

Long Island: Melanie Floyd;

Lovell: Conrad Ward, Sara Williams;

Lyman: Danielle Doyle;

Madawaska: Cassandra Ouellette;

Madison: Carissa Booker, Tyler Michaud, Jasmine Mitchell, Mykayla Stoutamyer, Bianca Stoutamyer;

Manchester: Ashley Cox, Benjamin Johnson;

Mechanic Falls: Kaitlyn Bowie, Jennifer Dionne;

Mexico: Kelsey Arsenault;

Millinocket: Katelyn Campbell;

Milo: Ethan Herrell;

Monmouth: Candace Minkowsky, Alyssa Stevens;

Morrill: Darcie Simmons;

Naples: Nicole Phillips;

New Gloucester: Jeffrey Taylor;

New Portland: Gail Sylvain, Jasmyn Wagg;

New Sharon: Dora Plancon, Melissa Poulin;

New Vineyard: Emily Nadeau;

Newburgh: Kaitlyn Haase;

Nobleboro: Kassandra Lincoln;

Norridgewock: Jacklynn Chadbourne, Savanna Dickey, Tiffany Frost, Luke Klinker, Leslie Mercier, Robyn Noe, Kyle Norweg, Samantha Tracy;

North Anson: Rebecca Ellis, Katrina Esty;

North Berwick: Christina Cotty, Kiley Gendron;

North Haven: Racheal Brown;

North Monmouth: Merissa Beaulieu, Cassidy Small;

North Turner: Jasmine Portales;

North Waterboro: Evgeni Bouzakine;

North Yarmouth: Alexa Perkins, Kate Storey, Elizabeth Walk;

Northeast Harbor: Jennifer Graves;

Norway: Christine Farr, Sarah Prestia, Timothy Roberts, Cheng Hsiung Wen, Chiaping Wen;

Oakland: Carlie Bolduc, Reggie Clark, Jasmine Estes, Joshua Lambert;

Old Town: Andrea Anderson, Carrie McLaughlin, Emily Yates;

Oxford: Ashley St Pierre;

Palmyra: John Buys, Leigh Welch;

Parsonsfield: Elizabeth Theriault;

Penobscot: Alida Peake;

Peru: Kayla Chiasson, Katie Doucette, Kayla Schuster;

Phillips: Hope Gould, Ansel Mallonee;

Pittsfield: Matthew Houston, Libby Newhouse, Karissa Porter, Courtney Randall;

Pittston: Kashley Weymouth;

Poland: Meghan Perkins;

Porter: Courtney Taylor;

Portland: Jodi Abbott, Adrienne Abramowitz, Cathryn Cunningham, Leanne Fasulo, Cameron Fecteau, Lorraine Jabine, Aruna Kenyi, John Ochira, Emily Rice, Kara Wordell;

Presque Isle: Zachary Fowler;

Rangeley: Christa Bonney, Sierra Bonney, Katrina Carignan;

Raymond: Helen Hayward, Hannah Huber, Elizabeth Stevenson;

Readfield: Emily Harriman, Alyssa Neptune, Katherine Voynik;

Richmond: Alicia Rice;

Rockland: Melissa Burgess, Logan Faulkingham, Kyle Sareyani, Haley Wotton;

Rockport: Colby Hill, Elizabeth Janczura;

Rome: Jordan LeGrand;

Rumford: Allison Berry, Ryan Bourret, Aaron Delcourt, Michael Foley, Brittany Garcia, Michael Hanson, Daniel Kiley, Kera Miller, Audrey Morin, Frank Parsons, Stephen Penney, Ellen Thorne, Elaina Waite;

Sabattus: Jennifer Caron;

Saco: Alyssa Carignan, Catherine Ingraham, Laura Mills, Emma Morrison, Megan Nadeau, Kassaundra Ricker, Paul Santamore;

Sanford: Kimberly Campbell, Michele Daige, Carly Desimone, Christian Desrochers, Tiffany Duplessis, Lacey Tatosky;

Scarborough: Abigail Cherry, Meagan L’Heureux, Laura Pons, Katie Thomas, Christina Troiano;

Searsmont: Travis Reynolds;

Searsport: Casey Ashey;

Sidney: Amanda Clifford, Amelia Tuttle;

Skowhegan: Danielle Cerone, Robert Demo, Natalie Dumont, Sebastien Dumont, Richard Johnson, Emily Madore, Jennifer Meade, Trey Nelson;

South Berwick: Katie Emmons, Samantha Helmer, Chelsea Martel, Rachel Purgiel, Mallory Smith;

South China: Caleb Fletcher, Gregory O’Connor;

South Paris: Erica Ellingwood, Lyndsay Gammon, Curtis Manchester, Megan Whitman;

South Portland: Chelsea Bartlett, Melissa Bodwell, Cidney Mayes, David Powers, Daniel Smith;

Southwest Harbor: James Castle, Benjamin Dunbar, Melanie Strout;

Springvale: Jonathan Brock, Ashley LaChance;

Standish: Caileigh Nelson;

Strong: Kenni Norton;

Sumner: Peggy Bragg;

Temple: Mariah Barden;

Thomaston: Holly Ames-Allan;

Thorndike: Kathleen Schultz;

Topsham: Emily McMillan;

Trenton: Elizabeth Sargent;

Turner: Kristen Ellis, Allison Hunter, Elizabeth Richardson, Amanda Wise;

Union: Amanda Barrows, Rachel Siegel;

Vassalboro: Elizabeth Bizier, Courtney Bolduc, Andrew Fowler, Nicole Morissette, Allison Reynolds, Benjamin Sandy, Darrin Wood;

Vienna: Garrett Ellis, Grace Kendall;

Wade: Maurice White;

Waldo: Brian Miller;

Wales: Sonya Catlin;

Warren: Courtney Leach, Jared Merrifield;

Waterville: Nicholas Camic, Rebecca Cook, Travis Cyr, Jesika Ellingwood, Jessica Hassen, Elizabeth Jones, Timothy Ker, Emily Moody, Kayla Tuttle, Danielle Woodworth;

Wayne: Sarah Pokorny;

Weld: Sydney Luc;

Wells: Stephanie Bean, Danielle Stano;

West Bath: Argia Pilgrim, Tyler Rose;

West Farmington: Kelly Greene;

West Gardiner: Asia Smith;

West Newfield: Katherine Doyle;

Westbrook: Aimee Clarrage, Hayden Golden, Alison Hutchins, Rachel Joiner, Amanda Lord, Emilee McCallister, Lauren Mullen, Heather Peters, Anna Traugh;

Whitefield: Benjamin Villeneuve;

Whiting: Molly Pierce;

Williamsburg Twp: Nathan Durant;

Wilton: Matthew Allen, Benjamin Altmaier, Michaela Blow, Hilary Cote, Thomas Deul, Candace Iba, Michael MacKay, Emily Pottle, Clifton Staples;

Windham: Jessica Leavitt, Molly Olsen, Deborah Pratt, Kaitlin Toto;

Windsor: Molly King, Alexandra Portela;

Winslow: Courtney Clyde, Jessica McCaslin, Samuel Smith, Elise Theriault;

Winterport: Megan Braley, Kayla Smith, Matthew Wibberly;

Winthrop: Matthew Thompson, Justine Woodman;

Wiscasset: Karina Sprague, Lauren Trudeau;

Woodville: Taylor McCafferty;

Woolwich: Keifer Boguhn, Alyssa Siegel;

Yarmouth: Victoria Ballenger, Samantha Hall, Ty Hughes, Erica Paul, Abigail Smith;

York: Samuel Leal, Chelsea Morley;

York Beach: Nicholas Trent.

CONNECTICUT

Brookfield: Sarah Freitag, Connor Lofink;

Columbia: Michael Angelides, Marina Giovannini;

Manchester: Madeline King, Anna Piggott;

New Haven: Sean Igoe;

Niantic: Victoria Luce;

Norwalk: Max Eyes;

Uncasville: Brittany Kashar;

Willington: Jamie Phillips;

Windsor: Christina Dionne.

MASSACHUSETTS

Acton: Emma Daniel;

Ashby: Nicholas Lorenzen;

Brewster: Savannah Hollis;

Bridgewater: Michael Kahler;

Brockton: Patrick Rizzo;

Dracut: Rebecca Masse;

Forestdale: Erin Banks;

Franklin: Katherine Steward;

Groton: Abigail Berlin;

Haverhill: Michael DesRoches;

Medway: Cheryl Walker;

Methuen: Kara Chiasson;

Needham: Marissa Adams;

Newton: Jeffrey Pawling;

Norfolk: Timothy Grivois;

North Chatham: Stephanie Manteiga;

Peabody: Kaitlin Kelleher;

Plymouth: Tory Axford;

Rehoboth: Renee Dupre;

Russell: Jourdan Merritt;

Southbridge: Olivia Wandelear;

Webster: Erin O’Halloran;

West Barnstable: Kelly Shufelt;

Worcester: Krystal Schraut.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Allenstown: David Berthiaume;

Brookline: Jeremy Gath;

Derry: Margaret Pearson;

Francestown: Silas Lunetta;

Gilmanton: Samantha Burk;

Holderness: Meghan McIver;

Lebanon: Molly Reed;

Litchfield: Ashley O’Keefe;

Londonderry: Carinne Haigis;

Milford: Lindsey Laforge;

Nashua: Marianne O’Loughlin, Hayley Smith-Rose;

New London: Emily McGee;

North Haverhill: Kyla Joslin;

Portsmouth: Shannon Mitchell;

Rochester: Adam Potvin;

Seabrook: Amber Sears;

Troy: Zachary Giroux.

RHODE ISLAND

Barrington: Katherine McLaughlin;

East Greenwich: Casey Omalley;

Foster: Katherine Kent;

Hope: Isabel Dodd;

Middletown: Nina Tollefson;

North Kingstown: Brigitta Valente;

Wyoming: Monica Beuth.

VERMONT

Bradford: Jillian Dusenbury;

Bristol: Gracey Osmun Palmer;

Charlotte: Rachael Leary, Lauren Scheidegger;

Danville: Jenell Green;

East Sheldon: Jacob Nye;

Essex Junction: Heather Rice;

Groton: Samantha Funk;

Island Pond: Salena Sykes;

Morrisville: Melanie Lamonda, Samantha Lamonda;

Northfield: Joseph Needle;

Putney: Caroline Estrin-Grele;

Saint Albans: Stephanie Vincent;

Williston: Renate Dubois;

Winooski: Casey Myers;

Woodstock: Amy Wood;

Worcester: Kati Pratt.

COLORADO

Aurora: Leah Kuehn.

DELEWARE

Wilmington: Michael Durkan.

FLORIDA

Tampa: Katherine Hatfield;

Winter Springs: Thomas Ferrari.

GEORGIA

Decatur: Connor Adams.

MARYLAND

Annapolis: Alexa Kusmik.

NEW JERSEY

Highland Lakes: Kyle Manning;

Newark: Jordan McNair;

North Brunswick: Rachel Anderson;

Rockaway: Samantha Wasko;

Skillman: John Kuntz.

NEW MEXICO

Sunland Park: Karla Solis.

NEW YORK

Schenectady: Renee Brown.

PENNSYLVANIA

Bear Creek Township: Jenna Silliboy;

Pen Argyl: Kelsey Taylor.

TEXAS

Cypress: Amber Reed.

VIRGINIA

Fairfax: Kristen Greeley.

VIETNAM

Hochiminh: Huy Nguyen.

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Emery Community Arts Center Presents “Gatsby!” Jazz Age Lawn Party on UMF Campus, Aug 11

FARMINGTON, ME (July 26, 2012)—In the spirit of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” a classic tale of the Roaring Twenties, the Emery Community Arts Center is pleased to present “Gatsby!” a lawn party and jazz event on the UMF campus. The party begins at 7 p.m., on Saturday, August 11, and goes into the evening. Advance tickets can be purchased at Devaney, Doak and Garrett in Farmington for $15, or $12 for those wearing attire reminiscent of the 1920s. Tickets will also be available at the door.

This lively event will transport party goers to the era of the flapper and the Charleston where they can mingle with Gatsby, Daisy and other characters from Fitzgerald’s book; listen to the music of the Jazz Age and dance under the stars. The evening will begin with a brief introductory scene from Maine playwright Jayne Decker’s stage adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” to help set the mood of the Gatsby period. Emery’s dramatic vertical foldaway performance doors will be open to the lawn behind Emery offering a cash bar, food inspired by the era and tables under the lights.

Jazz singers and pianists Hattie Simon and Marcia Gallagher are featured performers for the evening and will be joined by UMF student Brian Parise on the saxophone.

RP112-HattieSimonSimon, sixteen-year-old jazz pianist and vocalist, brings a pristine and innovative interpretation to standards from the Great American Songbook, contemporary jazz and alternative music of artists like Norah Jones, Regina Spektor and Ben Folds. Singing and playing jazz since the age of twelve, she frequently performs at coffeehouses and live music venues throughout southern Maine and has appeared as a guest artist on 207, a WCSH 6 television show.

Gallagher is a local force in the music scene in Central Maine, performing as a vocalist and pianist for more than 30 years. She teaches music at St. Michael School in Augusta and is a RP112-MarciaGallaghermember of the music faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta.  She has also served as the musical director for Maine community theaters including Theater of Monmouth. Gallagher’s musical “The Three Little Pigs,” co-written with Dave Greenham, toured throughout Maine in 2009.  She was also the writer/director for “Chizzle Wizzle,” Cony High School’s long running variety show from 2009 to 2011.

For more information, please contact Jayne Decker, UMF director of the Emery Community Arts Center, at 207-778-7319, or jdecker@maine.edu.

More About the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue on the UMF campus for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the existing Alumni Theater. Designed by designLAB architects of Boston to complement the historic performance venues of Nordica Auditorium and Alumni Theater, the 15,000-square-foot center is the keystone for the arts complex on the UMF campus.

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:

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Photo Credit: Submitted photos

UMF’s New President Joins in Campus Clean-Up

Kate and Campus Clean UpUMF’s new president Kathryn Foster joined dozens of UMF staff as they weeded, planted and mulched their way around campus in the annual Campus Clean-Up Day. The event was coordinated by the UMF Wellness group, UMF Fitness Center, facilities management and Aramark food service. Foster sees the activity as a wonderful way to make a difference on campus and in the community and to promote personal wellness, community spirit and pride of place. According to the Daily Bulldog, she arrived on campus on June 29 and has been staying in one of the residence halls before moving into the president’s house. “I’m thrilled to be here,” Foster said of dorm life. “It gives me some closeness to the students and their enthusiasm. I’m reminded every day of why I’m doing this.”

Daily Bulldog

“Mainely Outdoors” Program Makes the Most of Recreational Resources

RP112-072UMF’s Fitness and Recreation Center has announced the summer schedule for its “Mainely Outdoors” Program. Open to both the campus and members of the public, this program’s goal is to promote fitness, get people active, expose individuals to new recreation opportunities and take advantage of the abundant natural resources in our area. This year’s schedule of outdoor activities, clinics, workshops and excursions appears in the Morning Sentinel link below and includes whitewater kayaking, canoeing, hiking, geocaching, scuba diving and more.

Morning Sentinel

Works by Maine Master Harold Garde on Exhibit at Emery Community Arts Center on UMF Campus, July 6-Aug 12

RP112-071FARMINGTON, ME (June 20, 2012)—The Emery Community Arts Center, located on the campus of the University of Maine Farmington, is pleased to present an exhibition featuring new paintings by Maine Master Harold Garde. “Harold Garde’s People, Places and Things” will be on view in the Flex Space Gallery from July 6–Aug 12, 2012. There will be a public reception on Friday, July 6, 2012, from 5-7 p.m.

The vibrant energy of Garde’s new paintings comes from the striking simplicity and boldness of color in his figures and objects. His use of surreal imagery blends seriousness and whimsy to captivate the viewer. Garde began his career in the 1950s as an abstract expressionist painter, later turning to the figurative subject. His use of acrylic paint on paper and canvas convey his desire for, “the simplest, the most direct, the most basic,” the artist says. Harold Garde’s work appears in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, and the Museum of Florida Art, among many others. For information about Harold Garde’s work please visit www.haroldgarde.com.

The Emery Community Arts Center is located on Academy Street, behind Merrill Hall.  It is open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For more information about the exhibition please contact Sarah Maline at 207-778-1062 or at maline@maine.edu.

More About the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue on the UMF campus for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the existing Alumni Theater. Designed by designLAB architects of Boston to complement the historic performance venues of Nordica Auditorium and Alumni Theater, the 15,000-square-foot center is the keystone for the arts complex on the UMF campus.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2012/06/RP112-071.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo