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UMF Recognized by U.S. News as “Best College” for 16 Consecutive Years

Merrill Facade (news)UMF has received national recognition for the 16th consecutive year by U.S.News & World Report as one of the “Best Colleges.” UMF secured fifth place in the “Top Public Regional Colleges” in the North classification and seventeenth place in the overall ranking of both public and private regional colleges in the north. According to the Bangor Daily News, UMF was also recognized by U.S.News as a “Great School at a Great Price” for the second consecutive year. “National recognition of UMF for 16 straight years confirms what our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all so proud of,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “UMF is a true gem in public higher education.”

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University of Maine at Farmington Explores the World of Sound With “Sonitus: A Sound Studies Forum”

FARMINGTON, ME (September 13, 2012)— The University of Maine at Farmington explores the world of music, sound, noise and silence with a two-month long sound conference this fall. “Sonitus: A Sound Studies University Forum” features a wide-range of presentations by scholars, artists and performers as they investigate sound’s unbounded nature.

This rich, interdisciplinary series of events includes performances, discussions, lectures and activities that investigate and celebrate the nature of sound and its many forms and how it transforms our lives. All events are free and open to the public and take place at various venues on the UMF campus.

Sept. 20-Nov. 4
Exhibit by Pioneer in Sound Art Liz Phillips. Opening Reception 5-8 p.m., Sept. 20. Daily interactive performances 2:30-3 p.m.
UMF Art Gallery

Sept. 21, 11:45 a.m.
Discussion—The Sounds and Ideas of John Cage
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Performance—The Music of John Cage

Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Oct. 24, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lecture—James Joyce and the Use of Music in the Sirens Episode of “Ulysses”
Room C23, Roberts Learning Center

Oct. 31, 12-1 p.m.
Presentation by Liz Phillips: “The Resonance of Weather”

Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Performance—“Granular Modality: A Live Sound Exploration with Earl Howard”
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Nov. 2, 12-1:30 p.m.
Discussion—“Sound, Place and Identity” featuring Josh Kun, Liz Phillips and Omar Tamez
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Keynote—Josh Kun

Performance—“Landing on a Sense of Place”: A Concert Featuring the Sanchez/Tamez/Aguilar Trio
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Nov. 3, 3-5 p.m.
Performance—“Farmington Resounding”
Room 223, Nordica, and Fourth Floor in Merrill Hall

Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
Performance Reading—“James Joyce, The Sound of Bloom’s Sirens”
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Nov. 11, 3 p.m.
Performance—“Sonic Counterpoints: Johann Sebastian Bach, George Lewis, Vinko Globakar
Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

“Sonitus” is part of the UMF University Forum, and is made possible by the generous support of the University Culture Committee; the Office of the Provost; the Office of the Assistant Provos;, Mantor Library; and the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

For more information on these events visit: sound.umf.maine.edu.

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: Steven Pane, UMF professor of music, at 207-778-7288, or pane@maine.edu

UMF Presents Concert as Part of International Tribute to Pioneering Composer John Cage, Sept. 21

FARMINGTON, ME (September 13, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington is presenting a concert dedicated to the music and creative legacy of American composer John Cage. Part of the “A Tribute to John Cage” concert series, the event is being held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus.

There will also be a panel featuring Liz Phillips, Phil Carlsen, Nate Aldrich—three individuals who work across music, sound, and movement—who will discuss the sounds and ideas of John Cage earlier that day from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., also at the Performance Space in Emery.

“A Tribute to John Cage” concert series is part of an international celebration of the centennial of the birth of John Cage, considered one of the most influential and controversial artists of the 20th century. The concert will present a broad range of this pioneering composer’s work spanning 50 years. The concert includes performances by Grammy-Award winning pianist Paul Sullivan, internationally recognized percussionist Gustavo Aguilar and the UMF Experimental Arts Ensemble, and the experimental music collective Les Trois Etoiles.

All events are free and open to the public. “A Tribute to John Cage” is co-sponsored by the University of Maine Intermedia MFA Program and the University of Maine at Farmington Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry. It is part of the UMF University Forum.

For more information, please visit sound.umf.maine.edu or contact Gustavo Aguilar gustavo.aguilar@maine.edu.

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: Gustavo Aguilar, UMF assistant professor of experimental performance, at 207-778-7896, or gustavo.aguilar@maine.edu

University of Maine at Farmington Named “Best College” by U.S.News & World Report for 16th Consecutive Year

FARMINGTON, ME (September 12, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington has received national recognition for the sixteenth consecutive year by U.S.News & World Report as one of the “Best Colleges 2013”. According to the U.S.News annual college rankings released Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, UMF has secured fifth place in its geographic region “Top Public Regional Colleges” in the North.

In the overall ranking of both public and private regional colleges in the north, UMF has captured seventeenth place.

UMF has also been recognized by U.S.News as a “Great School at a Great Price” for the second consecutive year. With this classification the U.S.News statistical survey identifies those national and regional colleges and universities that it has determined offer students the best value. UMF ranks ninth of regional colleges in the north with this distinction and is the only public college in the 12 states in this northeast region to appear in this category.

“This year’s ranking of UMF by U.S.News as a ‘Best College’ serves as yet another milestone in our nearly 150-year history that shows our continuing commitment to providing access to an affordable, quality education,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president.

“National recognition of UMF for 16 straight years confirms what our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all so proud of,” said Foster. “UMF is a true gem in public higher education.”

The 2013 U.S.News & World Report rankings include more than 1,300 accredited four-year colleges and universities throughout the country. The “Best Regional Colleges” category, in which UMF appears, includes 370 colleges that focus on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and professional studies such as business, nursing and education.

U.S.News & World Report ranks schools in four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest and West. UMF’s region (North) is a geographic area that includes all six New England states plus New York; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Maryland; Delaware; and Washington, D.C. The colleges and universities in each category are ranked against their peer group in each geographic area.

UMF achieves its national reputation for academic excellence by creating a student-centered environment. Small classes which emphasize more in-depth learning, a low student-to-faculty ratio, and valuable outside-the-classroom learning opportunities are the keys to its success. Enrollment is intentionally limited to 2,000 students to provide the ideal size for a quality academic experience.

Featured in the American Association for Higher Education publication, “Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter,” UMF was cited as one of 20 model universities and described as an “especially instructive example of a school that is committed to maximizing student potential so that students leave college different in desired ways.”

“UMF has a well-earned reputation for offering a quality education at an affordable price,” said Foster. We remain focused on academic excellence, student success both in and out of the classroom, and a promise that every UMF student will graduate prepared for career success and civic engagement.”

The public release of the rankings was made online today (September 12) for U.S.News & World Report’s college guide “Best Colleges 2013” (usnews.com). The Best Colleges 2013 guidebook will be in stores on September 18 and is available at the online U.S.News Store.

U.S.News & World Report’s Methodology

U.S.News & World Report bases its regional rankings on academic reputation or peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The data is collected by national and regional higher education organizations and the colleges themselves. As in the past, the schools in the survey were divided into categories using guidelines established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which classify colleges and universities by their mission.

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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Fourth UMF Grad in Last Five Years Named Maine Teacher of the Year

Shannon Shanning, a 2000 UMF graduate, has just been named 2013 Maine Teacher of the Year. shanningShe is the fourth UMF graduate in the last five years to be named Maine Teacher of the Year. A special education teacher at the Poland Whittier Middle School, Shanning is the only special education teacher to ever receive this honor, according to the Sun Journal. She received her bachelor’s degree at UMF in community health education and special education. She will go on to compete in the selection process for 2012 National Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in April 2013 at the White House.

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Exhibit by Pioneer in Sound Art Liz Phillips Kicks Off UMF Art Gallery Season

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Liz Phillips

FARMINGTON, ME (September 10, 2012)—The work of Liz Phillips—a pioneer in sound art—will kick off the UMF Art Gallery’s fall exhibition season with “Biyuu II: An Interactive Sound and Video Installation.” The exhibit is free and open-to-the-public and will run from Sept. 20-Nov. 4, including an opening reception from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20.

In her site-specific installation, “Biyuu II,” sound and video artist Phillips collaborates with Butoh dancer Mariko Endo Reynolds to create an interactive visual soundscape that responds to and transforms the natural actions of wind and water. Sensors trace the air currents outside the gallery and movement inside as people pass through the space, activating sounds and luminous imagery.

The title, “Biyuu,” is a Japanese word that suggests the sound of wind through bamboo. There will be daily scheduled interactions from 2:30-3 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, however, viewers are invited to perform/interact during all gallery hours.

In addition to this exhibit, Phillips will also present an artist’s talk, “The Resonance of Weather,” at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Performance Space at the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus.  She will also participate in “Sound, Place and Performance,” a panel discussion with author/critic Josh Kun and musician Omar Tamez, also in the Performance Space at the Emery Community Arts Center.

New York-based artist Phillips has been creating responsive environments with new technologies for more than 40 years.  She combines audio and visual art forms with new technologies to create responsive environments sensing wind, plants, fish, audience, dance, water and food. Her work has been exhibited at museums, alternative spaces, festivals and public spaces including The Milwaukee Art Museum, Queens Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center Festival, The Kitchen, and more. Her past collaborators include the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Nam June Paik, Yoshi Wada and Simone Forti, among many others.

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Mariko Endo Reynolds

Mariko Endo Reynolds is a professional Japanese Butoh Dancer who trained in Tokyo with Akira Kasai, a co-founder of the Butoh movement. She toured Japan and the U.S. as a principal dancer in one of Japan’s Butoh companies.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the David Bermant Foundation. It is a component of Sonitus: A Sound Studies University Forum at the University of Maine Farmington.

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 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

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Photo Credit: Submitted photos

Sonitus: A Sound Studies UMF University Forum presents: Piano Soundscape at the Emery Center, Sept 7, 7:30 p.m.

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Bridget Convey

FARMINGTON, ME (September 5, 2012)—Pianists Bridget Convey, Amy Maier, Steven Pane, and Sam Sytsma, who all teach at UMF, will perform an exciting program of solo piano literature as part of “Sonitus:

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Steven Pane

A Sound Studies University Forum.” The performance is free and open-to-the-public and will take place at 7:30 p.m., on Sept. 7, in the Performance Space at the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus.

The pianists have chosen works that open distinctive sonic spaces: creating time and place (Liszt’s Italian travels in “Sposalizio”), exploring a natural element (Ravel’s water games in “Jeux d’Eau”), depicting waveforms (John Adams’s repetition in “China Gates”), evoking transcendence (Messiaen’s spiritual soundscape in “Regards des anges” from “Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jesu). Other works creating which explore elements of sound include Barbara White’s “Reliquary,” Debussy’s “Claire de Lune,” William Byrd’s “A Fancie,” and Ana-Maria Avram’s “Musique per Mallarmé.”

Bridget Convey has been a featured musician at several National and International Festivals, with a strong focus on music by living composers.  Mrs. Convey has been heard at venues throughout Maine, as well as the

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Samuel Sytsma

Ojai Music Festival (CA), Fechin Institute Chamber Concert Series (NM), Maybeck Performing Arts Studio (CA), among many others.

Amy Maier studied at UMaine Orono, at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow Scotland, and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Ms. Maier is currently President of the Maine Music Teachers

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Amy Maier

Association (MMTA) and an active performer and accompanist throughout Maine.

Steven Pane, professor of music at UMF, has performed internationally as a pianist, chamber musician and conductor. Dr. Pane recently performed American premieres of piano works by Romanian composers, Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram, who explore elements of acoustical sounds in their music.

Originally from Farmington Maine, Sam Sytsma has enjoyed a varied career performing as both a vocalist and keyboard musician.  Mr. Sytsma studied music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Royal Conservatoire, and at The Hague in The Netherlands.  He performs regularly with the St. Mary’s Schola and in the Portland Early Music Festival.

“Sonitus: A Sound Studies University Forum.” investigates what anthropologist Steven Feld calls “the primacy of sound as a modality of knowing and being in the world.” Consistent with sound’s unbounded nature, this forum explores a diversity of perspectives: John Cage’s phenomenological ‘sounds as themselves’; Josh Kun’s idea of audiotopias as “small, momentary, lived utopias built, imagined and sustained through sound, noise, and music”; Liz Phillips’ interactive visual soundscapes that respond to and transform wind and water.  All of these ways of knowing (and more) will be explored at the forum’s various performances, panels, lectures, and activities.  All events are free and open to the public.

Sonitus is part of the UMF University Forum, and is made possible by the generous support of the UMF Culture Committee, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Assistant Provost, Mantor Library, and the Department of Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry.

For more information, please contact Bridget Convey, bridget.convey@maine.edu, or Steven Pane (pane@maine.edu)

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:
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Photo Credit: Submitted photos

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