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University of Maine at Farmington Spring Theater Production Presents Jane Martin’s Award-winning Drama “Keely and Du”—March 14-17

Jade Wells and Shelby Thibodeau

Left to right: Jade Wells and Shelby Thibodeau play the main characters in Theatre UMF’s spring production of “Keely and Du.” Photo Credit: UMF Photo

FARMINGTON, ME (March 4, 2013)—University of Maine at Farmington student actors challenge themselves and their audience with UMF’s spring production of Jane Martin’s award-winning play “Keely and Du.” Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., March 14-16, and at 2 p.m., March 17, in the UMF Alumni Theater.

Winner of the 1993 American Theatre Critics Association Award and finalist for the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Martin’s provocative play is the story of two women at opposite ends of the abortion issue. Keely—pregnant and considering an abortion—is taken against her will by Du and a right-to-life group. The activists hope to prevent Keely’s abortion by holding her until she has her child.

As the relationship between the two women grows, it’s apparent that in spite of their differences, they share many of the same compelling issues. Set in a stark basement converted into a prison—that could be anywhere—the drama highlights the fact that life’s decisions are seldom black and white.

Directed by Jayne Decker, playwright, director and UMF faculty member, this production marks the 40th year of Roe vs. Wade—the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. “Theater holds a mirror to society and asks hard questions of its actors and audience,” said Decker.

“The students and I look for plays that will challenge them as actors. Martin’s drama exposes the strong emotions that surround this divisive issue and uses them as an opportunity to understand what characters like these are going through and how their choices affect the outcome.”

The true identity of writer Jane Martin is a two-decade-old mystery who, to date, has yet to identify herself/himself. Writing under the Jane Martin pen name, she has been referred to as “America’s best known unknown playwright.” In addition to “Keely and Du” she has written a number of full-length plays, one-acts and numerous shorts including, “Mr. Bundy,” “Talking With” and “Vital Signs.”

An award-winning playwright, Decker has directed numerous productions at UMF Alumni Theater. Her most recent production, “Coyote on a Fence,” was awarded a Moss Hart Memorial Award by the New England Theatre Conference—New England’s oldest and largest regional theatre association. Her other directorial work includes George Brant’s “Elephant’s Graveyard,” the musicals Fiddler on the Roof” and Oliver!” and productions of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible” and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

She has also presented workshop productions of her original plays “Good Medicine;” “Stars Falling,” winner of the 2002 Maine Playwriting Award; Jelly Moonshine; and Songbird,” a touring play about the Iraq War. Cracked Shells,” an original play by Decker about domestic violence, was commissioned by Franklin County Network’s Peace in Our Families and was featured again at the 2009 Maine Women’s Studies Conference.

Decker received her master’s from the University of Maine and teaches courses at UMF including Writing for the Stage and Screen and Social and Political Theatre.

This Theatre UMF production is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

“Keely and Du” is of an adult nature and not for audiences under high-school age. Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the time of the performance and can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465.

CAST:
Keely . . . . . Jade Wells, Pittsfield
Du . . . . . Shelby Thibodeau, Sidney
Walter . . . . . Richard Russell, Rumford
Cole . . . . . Austin Hayes, Gorham

Orderly . . . . . Cassidy Small, North Monmouth
Orderly . . . . . Nathan Sylvester, China Village
Orderly . . . . . Aaron Verrill, Belgrade
Guard . . . . . Ahnna-Balai Beane, Anson

CREW:
Director . . . . . Jayne Decker
Scenic/Lighting Design – Technical Director . . . . . Stan Spilecki
Costume Design . . . . . Elizabeth Dorr

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Media contact: Jayne Decker, UMF instructor and director of Sandy River Players, 207-778-7319, or jdecker@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: You will find photo at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/03/RP123-044.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF Photo

Photo Caption: Left to right: Jade Wells and Shelby Thibodeau play the main characters in Theatre UMF’s spring production of “Keely and Du.”

Project>Login Launches on the UMF Campus with Reception to Connect Computer Science Students with Maine Business Professionals

FARMINGTON, ME (February 27, 2013)—University of Maine at Farmington computer science students will meet with Maine information technology professionals and employers on the UMF campus for an afternoon of networking and career building. The session will be held from 4-5:30 p.m., Monday, March 4, in North Dining Hall in Olsen Student Center.

The reception is sponsored by Project>Login, the newest program of Educate Maine—a business-led organization whose mission is to champion college and career readiness and increased education attainment. It is one of a series of events held at University of Maine System campuses with computer science, computer engineering and IT degree programs to bring students and employers together with a goal of doubling the number of computer and technology degree graduates in Maine in four years.

Students attending the UMF event will be meeting with professionals from Cianbro, Dead River, Unum, WEX and the State of Maine Office of Information Technology, among others.  There, the business representatives will meet one-on-one with students to talk about the role of IT in their companies and discuss opportunities for internships and co-ops and the need to hire qualified graduates.

“The University of Maine at Farmington recognizes how important it is for students to develop strong, positive, professional connections early on in their college careers,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “This initiative is a wonderful opportunity for students to get a head start on creating those professional networks and preparing for careers in the Maine job market.”

The networking reception is just the first effort by Project>Login to help students partner with Maine businesses. The initiative includes internship opportunities, resume posting for students, instructional events, educational resources and a network of support designed to grow the computer technology workforce.

According to U.S. Department of Labor projections, the shortage of trained computer technology professionals is becoming a national problem. It predicts that by 2018 there will be 1.4 million vacant computing jobs in the U.S. With current graduation rates, only 61 percent of those could be filled by U.S. computing degree holders and only 39 percent could be filled in Maine.

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: Michael Molinksy, Associate Professor of Mathematics, 207-778-7112, Michael.molinsky@maine.edu.

Award-winning International Journalist Teaches at UMF as Prestigious Libra Professor

FARMINGTON, ME (February 26, 2013)—University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that Sudip Mazumdar, award-winning international journalist, has been named a Libra Professor at UMF for the 2013 spring

Sudip Mazumdar

Sudip Mazumdar (UMF photo)

semester. The Libra Professorship Program brings scholars of national and international prominence to University of Maine System campuses to provide students and members of the community with outstanding faculty models for teaching, research and public service.

Considered one of the most important and influential reporters in the Indian journalistic scene, Mazumdar is teaching a political science course at UMF and presenting a series of public lectures and films on India and Tibet.

Mazumdar has been a special correspondent and bureau chief for Newsweek in India. Since joining Newsweek in 1984, Mazumdar has covered stories of global and national importance from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. His work has included in-depth coverage of stories from the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the chemical disaster in Bhopal, India’s liberalization program, and terrorism to the global appeal of Bollywood.

Prior to his work with Newsweek, Mazumdar worked as an investigative reporter with the Indian Express, a multi-edition national daily newspaper based in New Delhi. There he pursued long-term investigations of numerous social and human rights issues, many of which led to legal reform, with two being taken up by the Indian Supreme Court.

“We are thrilled to have Sudip at UMF this semester,” said Gretchen Legler, UMF professor of creative writing. “He is well-respected not only for his award-winning reporting, but also for his keen knowledge of the politics and history of contemporary South and Central Asia. What better way to have our campus and local community expand their understanding of that region than to have an Indian intellectual and cultural critic such as Sudip on our campus.”

A champion of civil rights for the disenfranchised, for women and those who live in poverty in rural India, Mazumdar was awarded the prestigious Statesman award for reporting in rural India. His article “Man Bites ‘Slumdog,’” published in Newsweek in 2009, reveals his personal experience in India’s slums as a young man and how his dogged persistence and love of learning helped change his life.

Mazumdar graduated from the International Institute of Journalism in West Berlin. He was a fellow of the World Press Institute in St. Paul, Minn., and is a member of the India International Center and a member of the Overseas Press Club of America. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Society for Political Studies, a New Delhi think-tank.

The Libra Professorship Program was established in 1989 by the University of Maine System through a generous gift from Elizabeth B. Noyce. The following events are sponsored by the UMF Libra Professorship and the Arts Institute of Western Maine.

“India and Tibet: Glimpses of Modern Day India and the Vanishing Culture in Tibet”

Why India Can Never Be a Hindu Theocracy
Presentation by Sudip Mazumdar
Friday, March 1
12-1 p.m.
North Dining Hall A, UMF Olsen Student Center

The Crisis in Tibet
Tenzin Dorjee, executive director of Students for a Free Tibet
Monday, March 4,
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lincoln Auditorium, Roberts Learning Center
6 p.m., documentary film and discussion
Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble and Ricker Hall

Tibetan Buddhism and Its Relevance Today
The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, director of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT
Tuesday, March 5
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., presentation and discussion
North Dining Hall C, UMF Olsen Student Center
6 p.m., documentary film and discussion
Nordica Auditorium, UMF Merrill Hall

Indian Classical Music
Maestro Tabla Player Aditya Kalyanpur
Sunday, March 17
7:30 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center

“Slumdog Millionaire”
Film
Tuesday, March 26
9 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center

Growing Up in India’s Slums
Documentary film and discussion “The Real Slumdogs” presented by Sudip Mazumdar
Wednesday, March 27
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., North Dining Hall A, UMF Olsen Student Center

The Other Side of Outsourcing
Documentary film by Thomas Friedman followed by a discussion on the impact of the current global trend of outsourcing on India and the U.S. by Sudip Mazumdar, UMF Libra Professor; John Messier, UMF associate professor of economics and Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business.
Tuesday, April 9
6:30-9 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center

“Outsourced”
Film
Wednesday, April 10
8 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center

For more information, please contact Gretchen Legler, UMF professor of creative writing, 207-778-7182, or gretchen.legler@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: Gretchen Legler, UMF professor of creative writing, 207-778-7182, or gretchen.legler@maine.edu


EDITOR’S NOTE:
Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/02/RP123-041.jpg
Photo Credit: UMF photo

Renowned Northern Irish Poets to Read at University of Maine at Farmington, March 6

Ciaran Carson

Ciaran Carson (Submitted Photo)

FARMINGTON, ME (February 26, 2013)—Two of the world’s leading poets, Ciaran Carson and Sinead Morrissey, are the next guest readers in the University of Maine at Farmington’s Visiting

Sinead Morrissey

Sinead Morrissey (Photo Credit: Caroline Forbes)

Writers Series. Carson and Morrissey, both Northern Irish poets, have been widely celebrated for their work and the impact it has made on the global literary stage.

Sponsored by UMF’s singular Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, the event will feature the authors reading from their work at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 6, 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 authors.

A professor of English at Queen’s University in Belfast since 1998, Carson founded the prestigious Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in 2003. Named after the Nobel Prize winning poet widely recognized as one of the major poets of the twentieth century, the Centre is a focal point for creativity in Ireland and is recognized as an international hub of creative and research excellence in the field of literature.

Carson has published many collections of poetry including “The Irish for No,” “Belfast Confetti,” “First Language,” “Opera Et Cetera,” “The Alexandrine Plan,” “The Twelfth of Never,” “Breaking News,” “The Midnight Court,” “For All We Know,” “On the Night Watch” and “Until Before After.”

In addition, he has written books of prose including “Last Night’s Fun,” “The Star Factory,” “Fishing for Amber: A Long Story” and “Shamrock Tea.”

Carson has received numerous awards including, the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Poetry, the Forward Poetry Prize and a Cholmondeley Award.

Morrissey, whose work has been honored with many awards, has been writing poetry from a very early age. Her poetry collections include, “There was Fire in Vancouver,” “Between Here and There,” “The State of the Prisons” and “Through the Square Window.” Three of which were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her poem “Through the Square Window” was awarded first prize in the U.K. National Poetry Competition.

In addition, her awards include, The Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award and the Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize. “Through the Square Window” was a Poetry Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection and won the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award in 2010.

She is currently Reader in Creative Writing at Seamus Heaney Centre/School of English and directs the MA in Creative
Writing and the BA Undergraduate Pathway in English with Creative Writing at Queens University.

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.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:
http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/02/RP123-043Carson.jpg
Photo Credit: Submitted photo

http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/02/RP123-043Morrissey.jpg
Photo Credit: Caroline Forbes

University of Maine at Farmington Hosts Annual Spring Job Fair, March 6

FARMINGTON, ME (February 26, 2013)—“Pathways to Careers,” the spring job fair hosted by University of Maine at Farmington Career Services, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, in the North Dining Hall and the main entrance hallway in the UMF Olsen Student Center, located on South Street in Farmington. The event is free and open to the public.

An annual event for over 15 years, this year’s spring job fair will feature recruiting representatives from nearly 30 businesses, non-profit and government organizations, summer camps and learning centers. Representatives will be on campus to hire for full-time and part-time career positions, seasonal jobs and internships. Businesses represented will include those focusing on career advising, community and mental health programs, local foods, education, conservation, recreation sports, hospitality services, summer camps and more.

This event is sponsored by UMF Career Services, Assistance Plus, My Job Wave and the Margaret Murphy Center.

In case of cancellation for weather conditions, the spring job fair will be held from 11 a.m-2 p.m., on Friday, March 8, in the same location.

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: Judy Burdick, at 207-778-7034, or judy.burdick@maine.edu.

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.

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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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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