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University of Maine at Farmington Adopts Innovative “Upcycling” Program to Reduce Waste While Supporting the Community

FARMINGTON, ME (October 18, 2012)—University of Maine at Farmington’s Trash Day kicked off its annual event this year with the official launch of the innovative, international TerraCycle program on the UMF campus. Sponsored by UMF’s Sustainable Campus Coalition, Trash Day’s goal is to raise awareness about recycling and waste reduction on campus making it a fitting introduction of the new TerraCycle program.

TerraCycle is an UpCycling program whose goal is to drastically reduce the waste stream by creating national recycling systems for previously hard-to-recycle waste. TerraCycle then “upcycles” the collected waste into a wide variety of products and materials. In the process, organizations can accumulate a cash value for these recyclable materials which they can then donate to non-profits.

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Lisa Laflin, executive director of United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, and Joseph Dignam, UMF student intern, attend UMF’s annual Trash Day and kick-off of new TerraCycling “Upcycling” partnership.

UMF’s adoption of the TerraCycle Program is in partnership with the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area. Funds raised from UMF’s TerraCycle program are donated to the United Way to help support its efforts to improve the quality of life in the community.

“TerraCycle has found a way to repurpose many of the items we throw away as unuseable every day and invest those profits back into helping people,” said Lucas Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator. “This expansion of what can be recycled on campus not only continues UMF’s commitment to environmental stewardship but also to working together to benefit the community.”

A pilot TerraCycle project was first started in the Farmington community in spring 2012, by Sarah Martin, UMF adjunct professor and United Way volunteer, and UMF community health education students. This effort has grown to now include the efforts of a paid UMF intern sponsored by UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement and implementation campus-wide. UMF intern Joseph Dignam, of York, majoring in environmental planning and policy, oversees the new program, in cooperation with other SCC members, and will manage the distribution and maintenance of the large, purple TerraCycle collection bins at various campus sites.

New materials to be “upcycled” will include #6 plastic cups; foil lined energy/granola/cereal bar wrappers; beauty products such as lipstick cases, shampoo bottles, and deodorant; oral care products such as toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes; pouch drinks and more. In addition, a TerraCycle collection box is also located in front of the United Way in downtown Farmington, and UMF and its partners hope to further expand the TerraCycle program to numerous locations within the community.

TerraCycle, founded in 2001 by a Princeton University undergraduate, is one of the fastest growing green companies in the world. In little over a decade, they have mobilized more than 20 million people in over 20 countries to collect a huge range of waste. TerraCycle has already diverted billions of units of waste and transformed these materials to create over 1,500 different products available at major retailers.

For more information about the TerraCycle program please contact UMF sustainability coordinator, Lucas Kellett luke.kellett@maine.edu or TerraCycle coordinator Sarah Martin sarah.martin1@maine.edu.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Media Contact: Lucas Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator, at 207-778-7096 or luke.kellett@maine.edu

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Photo Caption:  Lisa Laflin, executive director of United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, and Joseph Dignam, UMF student intern, attend UMF’s annual Trash Day and kick-off of  new TerraCycling “Upcycling” partnership.

University of Maine at Farmington Presents Tony Award Winning Adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath”, Oct. 25-28

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Left to right: Back row, Greg McElvaine, Matthew Buckley, Nathan Sylvester, Austin Hayes, Maeve Hickey, Shelby Thibodeau, Karen West, Robin Lisherness, Jade Wells, John Levenseller. Front row, Richard Russell, Kyle Morison.

FARMINGTON, ME (October 12, 2012)— The trials of a poor Midwest family during the dust bowl era are brought to life on the University of Maine at Farmington campus with the fall Theatre UMF production of “The Grapes of Wrath.” This Tony Award winning adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize Winning novel by playwright and director Frank Galati is featured at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25-27, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 28, in the UMF Alumni Theater.

Directed by Peter Simmel, UMF professor of theater, “The Grapes of Wrath” is the story of the Joads, a family of Oklahoma sharecroppers during America’s Great Depression. Besieged by debt and brutal dust storms, the family loses their farm and is forced to move.

With only a truck and a few possessions, the family, like countless others, moves on to seek a better future in California. As they travel in search of jobs, food and a new life, they come face to face with the harsh realities of homelessness, misfortune and unrelenting poverty. Though Steinbeck’s drama exposes the effects of injustice and intolerance, the Joad’s story in the end illustrates the indomitable human spirit.

According to Simmel, “The Grapes of Wrath” and its conflict between the powerful and the powerless is a timeless story. “Every director always has a short list of plays that he hopes to put on sometime in his life,” said Simmel. “This play has always spoken to me in that way. I’m very excited to be able to offer UMF students the opportunity for performance and creative roles in this kind of production.”

The Theatre UMF presentation of the Steinbeck drama is the largest overall production in Simmel’s 42-year directing career. “This is great educational theater with many wonderful small roles,” said Simmel. “It demands a huge effort to cast this size of show and we received a terrific response from our students.”

Galati’s adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath” premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre and went on to be performed at the La Jolla Playhouse, the National Theatre in London and on Broadway. In addition to two Tony Awards, it won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Best Direction.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults, $6 for all students and $5 for seniors. Tickets are available at the time of the performance and can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465. This presentation’s is content is of an adult nature and suitable for mature audiences only.

It is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

CAST:

(Student hometowns noted)
Narrator. . . . . Amanda Bonnevie – Jay
Tom . . . . . Austin Hayes – Gorham
Casey . . . . . Matt Buckley – Gouldsboro
Ma . . . . . Shelby Thibodeau – Sidney
Pa . . . . . Greg McElvaine – Belgrade
Grandpa, Deputy, 2nd Man with Club . . . . . Robin Lisherness
Grandma . . . . . Karen West
Uncle John. . . . . John Levenseller – Dover Foxcroft
Rose of Sharon . . . . . Jade Wells – Pittsfield
Connie . . . . . Nathan Sylvester – China Village
Al . . . . . Richard Russell – Rumford
Noah, Car Salesman #1 . . . . . Kyle Morison – Sidney
Mrs. Wainwright . . . . . Leigh Hunt – Sabattus
Elizabeth Sandry . . . . . Cassidy Small  –North Monmouth
Boy in Barn, Hooverville Officer. . . . . Aaron Verrill – Belgrade
Agricultural Officer #1, Muley, Floyd Knowles, Young Man . . . . . Ashton Carmichael – Monticello
Car Salesman #2, Hooper Ranch Guard . . . . . Nick Lorenzen – Ashby, Mass.
Wiley, Mayor . . . . . Cody Corron – Augusta
Agricultural Officer #2, Gas Station Owner, Contractor, 1st and 2nd Man with Casey . . . . . Jagger Trouant – Gardiner
Man Going Back, 1st Man with Club . . . . . Patrick Rizzo – Brockton, Mass.
Gas Station Attendant, Camp Guard, Hooper Ranch Bookkeeper . . . . . Tyler Biso – Seymour, Conn.
Woman Shot by Deputy. . . . . Meagan Scully – Winthrop
Al’s Girl Friend . . . . . Kim Arthurs – Plymouth, Mass.
Floyd’s Wife . . . . . Megan Samsel – South River, N.J.
Weedpatch Camp Director, Proprietor . . . . . Matt Black

CREW:
Director . . . . . Peter Simmel
Scenic/Lighting Design – Technical Director . . . . . Stan Spilecki
Sound Designer. . . . . Drew McLain – Farmington
Costume Design . . . . . Elizabeth Dorr
Stage Manager . . . . . Nicole Clark – Kittery
Poster Design . . . . . Dan Bilodeau

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 

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Media Contact: Peter Simmel, UMF associate professor of theater, at 207-778-7461, or simmel@maine.edu

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Photo Caption: Left to right: Back row, Greg McElvaine, Matthew Buckley, Nathan Sylvester, Austin Hayes, Maeve Hickey, Shelby Thibodeau, Karen West, Robin Lisherness, Jade Wells, John Levenseller. Front row, Richard Russell, Kyle Morison.

University of Maine at Farmington Fulbright Scholars Share Experiences on Life in Bhutan and Northern Ireland, Oct. 18

FARMINGTON, ME (October 11, 2012)—Experience life half-a-world away as distinguished University of Maine at Farmington faculty members Gretchen Legler and Jeffrey Thomson present “Worlds Apart”—stories, images and writings from their Fulbright experiences in Bhutan and Northern Ireland. This free and open-to-the-public event will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Performance Space in Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus.

Legler and Thomson, professors with UMF’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, were both recently named as Fulbright Scholars by the prestigious Fulbright Program. Designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

Legler, UMF professor of creative writing, was named a 2011 Fulbright Scholar to the Kingdom of Bhutan to teach and do research at Paro College of Education in western Bhutan. Her time in Bhutan was spent teaching college writing, creative writing and American literature and learning about the spiritual and cultural legacy of the people of Bhutan. She is one of only two professionals to ever receive a Fulbright Award to the small Buddhist country in the eastern Himalayan Mountains.

Thomson, UMF associate professor of creative writing and poet-scholar, was named the 2012 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing affiliated with the prestigious Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. As the recipient of the only Fulbright Award dedicated to creative writing, Thomson served a six-month residency at Queen’s University Belfast. While there, he taught creative writing, conducted a postgraduate poetry workshop and offered public readings of his published work and work in progress through the Seamus Heaney Centre and Queen’s University School of English.

With two Fulbright Scholars named for 2011-12, UMF was recently recognized as a 2012 Fulbright Scholar “top producer” by the Institute of International Education and the Fulbright Program and was included in the Bachelor’s Institutions category for 2011-12.

In addition to the distinction of being named Fulbright Scholars, both Legler and Thomson have been recognized as exemplary full-time UMS faculty members and named UMF Trustee Professors for 2012-13 and 2010-11, respectively. Established in 1998 by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, the Trustee Professorship promotes excellence in academic programs by providing the opportunity and support for recipients to pursue continued in-depth scholarly work.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF associate professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu

University of Maine at Farmington Presents Educational Forum on “Helping ALL Students Learn,” Oct. 19

FARMINGTON, ME (October 4, 2012)—How do educators help all students learn and be successful in today’s increasingly diverse classrooms with students of different cultures, languages and abilities? That is the focus of the fifth annual Teaching and Working in a Diverse World conference, “Helping ALL Students Learn,” presented by the University of Maine at Farmington. Free and open-to-the-public, this half-day conference takes place from 11:50 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, at selected venues on the UMF campus.

“Educators are responsible for ensuring that all students learn about their diverse world,” said Linda Gamble, UMF faculty member and coordinator for special projects. “This conference provides them with a variety of informational sessions to allow them to think deeply about diversity issues in the context of the world and their work.”

This educational forum begins with “The Center of the World,” a keynote presentation by writer Terry Farish at 11:50 a.m., in Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center. With passages from “The Good Braider”—her new young-adult novel set in South Sudan and Portland, Maine—Farish describes one refugee family’s relationship to education and the beginning of one girl’s journey to find her new identity in the United States.

Terry Farish

Terry Farish

Farish’s writings draw on her experience working with refugees from many countries who come to the U.S. to find a safe place for their families to live and learn. A children’s and young adult author, she is the literacy director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and through the Council directs the Bilingual Folktale Project. Her picture book, “The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup,” won a “Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books” Blue Ribbon and New Hampshire’s award for Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature.

An afternoon of lectures, discussions, instructional strategies, story-telling and activities presented by faculty and professionals in the field will follow the keynote. Presentations will include: “Behavior and Diversity in the Classroom;” “Language, Culture and the Changing Face of Maine;” “How Does Customized Learning Help All Students Learn” and more.

The UMF Diversity Conference is sponsored by the UMF Office of the Associate Provost, Office of the Dean of Education, the UMF Student Education Association of Maine and the UMF Diversity Committee.

For a list of the conference session descriptions, presenters, times and locations, please visit the conference website at http://teachereducation.umf.maine.edu/diversity/diversity-conference/2012-2013-helping-all-students-learn/.

 

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Media Contact: Linda Gamble, UMF coordinator for special projects, at 207-778-7177, or llgamble@maine.edu.

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UMF Sweatt-Winter Child Care and Early Education Center Receives Full National Accreditation

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UMF Sweatt-Winter staff, left to right: Julie Farmer, Edna Montague, Emily Nutt and Beth Bilodea

FARMINGTON, ME (October 1, 2012)—The Sweatt-Winter Child Care and Early Education Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus was recently notified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children that its early childhood program has once again been awarded full NAEYC accreditation.

“We are thrilled to again receive national recognition for the quality of our program,” said Edna Montague, director of the UMF Sweatt-Winter Center. “Only about 10 percent of children’s centers nationally receive NAEYC accreditation and that really says a lot about Sweatt-Winter’s commitment to provide the best child care experience possible.”

The NAEYC—the world’s largest professional organization working on behalf of young children—sets and monitors standards for high quality early childhood education programs and accredits programs that meet those standards. The Sweatt-Winter Center met 100 percent of the criteria in each of 10 program standards, including, teaching, assessment of child progress, curriculum, physical environment and relationship with parents and family. In addition to its score in each standard, the child care center also received additional credit in multiple areas for meeting emerging criteria not yet required by the accreditation process.

In celebration of its successful re-accreditation, Sweatt-Winter invites the public to join them at a free open house at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at the Sweatt-Winter Center.

“We are excited about celebrating this milestone with our families, friends, staff, and of course, our students,” said Montague. “Many of our current student’s parents and other family members came to Sweatt-Winter when they were children. It really shows what a valuable asset a quality child care program can be to a community.”

The Sweatt-Winter Child Care and Early Education Program has provided full-time care and education to children in Franklin County and the surrounding areas for 30 years. The Early Education program provides a relaxed atmosphere with hands-on learning in the areas of creative arts, science & nature, literacy, math, and more. The curriculum is based on the interests of the children, and is carried out through the use of age appropriate activities. Social and emotional growth is supported through the use of conflict resolution skills.

The Sweatt-Winter program is located in University of Maine at Farmington’s Ricker Addition. Hours of operation are from 7 a.m.–5:15 p.m. The program currently has openings in its before and after-school child care program. For more information please contact Edna Montague, director of UMF’s children’s programs, or Julie Farmer, Sweatt-Winter teacher, at 207-778-7480.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 

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Media Contact: Edna Montague, director of UMF Sweatt-Winter Child Care and Early Education Program, at 207-778-7480,or edna.montague@maine.edu

 

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Photo Caption:  UMF Sweatt-Winter staff, left to right: Julie Farmer, Edna Montague, Emily Nutt and Beth Bilodea

University of Maine at Farmington Appoints Lucas Kellett as New Sustainability Coordinator

Lucas KellettFARMINGTON, ME (September 28, 2012)—University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Dr. Lucas C. Kellett as the University’s new sustainability coordinator.  Kellett comes to UMF with a strong background in both the natural sciences and social sciences, including environmental studies, geography and anthropology.  He arrived at UMF the fall of 2011, where he has held the position of lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

“We are thrilled to welcome Luke to this leadership role at UMF,” said Foster. “UMF has a long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability and raising awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship.  Luke’s knowledge and experience will help UMF continue to engage and inspire the campus and community to care for our environment and to conserve it, now and in the future.”

Most recently, Kellett taught anthropology and archaeology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, during which time he worked as a professional federal archaeologist and served as sustainability coordinator for two years with the U.S. Forest Service in New Mexico’s Cibola National Forest. There he was responsible for compliance with federal orders requiring gains in sustainability. His efforts helped improve energy efficiency, streamline recycling efforts and create a network of sustainability representatives throughout the National Forest.

In his new role at UMF, Kellett will develop, implement and oversee sustainability efforts at the University. In collaboration with other faculty partners, he will co-coordinate the work of the Sustainable Campus Coalition—a UMF-based organization dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability—and strive to teach, encourage and support behaviors that will improve environmental stewardship throughout the campus and local community. Further responsibilities include working with UMF Facilities Management to help inform decisions about energy savings, planning educational events and activities and overseeing the implementation of the University’s Climate Action Plan.

“I am so excited to be at UMF, a campus whose natural setting really fosters respect for the Earth’s resources,” said Kellett. “I’m looking forward to working closely with students and community members and together finding positive ways to make environmental sustainability a reality.”

As an anthropological archaeologist Kellett is especially interested in the long-term interaction between humans and the environment during periods of climate change. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 

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Media Contact: Lucas Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator, at 207-778-7096, or luke.kellett@maine.edu
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University of Maine at Farmington Announces Election of Community Members Alison Hagerstrom and Gerald Cayer to Leadership Positions on its Board of Visitors

FARMINGTON, ME (September 18, 2012)— University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster is pleased to announce that Alison Hagerstrom and Gerald Cayer have been elected as the chair and vice-chair of the UMF Board of Visitors. “UMF is honored to welcome both of these dedicated and accomplished individuals—and UMF alumni—to their new leadership positions on our Board of Visitors,” said Foster. “The Board of visitors plays an essential role in guiding UMF in its mission to educate and enrich the lives of Maine citizens. We are grateful to Alison and Jerry for their continued service to UMF and their leadership of our wonderful board of advisors, advocates and ambassadors.”

AlisonHagerstromAlison Hagerstrom is executive director of the Greater Franklin Development Corporation. She is a former Farmington business owner with more than 20 years of manufacturing and management experience. The Maine Development Foundation recognized the Greater Franklin Development Corporation for its extraordinary commitment to Maine with the 2007 Champion of Economic Development Award.

Hagerstrom served on the Plus 1 Small Business Committee created by former Governor Angus King, and in 1991 received the UMF Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award. In 2011, she was honored with the Florence Hewey Archibald ’27 Alumni Service Award. She is a graduate of UMF and is the current president of the board of directors for the Economic Development Council of Maine.

Gerald Cayer is executive vice president of Franklin Community Health Network, a comprehensive health care system serving areas of central and western Maine. He has served as chief GeraldCayeroperating officer of Franklin Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of the FCHN, since 2005.

A native of Lewiston, Cayer previously served as the director of the Department of Health and Human Services for the City of Portland. He received his bachelor’s degree in community health education from UMF, later earning a master’s degree in public health from Boston University. Cayer resides in Waterville with his wife, Tami, and their children, Chelsea, Ethan and Annie.

The University of Maine System mandates that each of its seven universities has a Board of Visitors of up to 20 members who are recommended by the campus presidents and confirmed by the Board of Trustees. These regional leaders serve as advocates and advisors for each institution, review final recommendations on tuition increases and new academic programs and raise private funds for the university.

On May 21, 2012, by University of Maine System Board of Trustee approval, Peter Addicott, Betty-Jane Meader, and Jane Mickeriz were elected to serve a first three-year term on UMF’s Board of Visitors. They will join Alison Hagerstrom, Gerald Cayer, Dana Bullen, Sharon Cullenberg, Chris DeMerchant, Edward Fox, Ray Glass, Sandra Goodwin, Bruce Hazard, Lisa Park Laflin, Nancy Marshall, Janet Mills and Tanya Swain currently serving the University.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 

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Award-Winning Poet Richard Blanco First to Read in University of Maine at Farmington Fall 2012 Visiting Writers Series, Sept. 27

Richard BlancoFARMINGTON, ME (September 17, 2012)—Richard Blanco, an award-winning poet whose writing vividly portrays his diverse cultural heritage, is the first author in University of Maine at Farmington’s fall 2012 Visiting Writers Series. Proudly presented by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, Blanco reads from his work at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, 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.

Blanco is the author of three collections of poetry: “City of a Hundred Fires,” “Directions to the Beach of the Dead,” and his most recent publication in 2012 titled “Looking for the Gulf Motel.”  His first book, “City of a Hundred Fires,” received the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. “Directions to the Beach of the Dead “received the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center.

His poetry has been featured in The Nation, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, and TriQuarterly Review. His poems have appeared in anthologies including “The Best American Poetry,” “Great American Prose Poems,” Breadloaf anthology of “The New American Poets” and “American Poetry: The Next Generation.”

Blanco has also received two Florida Artist Fellowships, a Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and is a John Ciardi Fellow of the Bead Loaf Writers Conference.

Blanco’s family moved from Cuba to Madrid just a few months before he was born, and then 45 days after his birth they emigrated from Madrid to New York City. He was raised in Miami and received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1991 as well as his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 1997 from the Florida International University.

He has been an instructor at both the Miami-Dade Community College English Department as well as the Florida International University Creative Writing Program. He was an assistant professor at the Central Connecticut State University, as well as a lecturer at the Georgetown University and American University, Washington, D.C. He was also the Vice-President and Founding Board Member at the Macondo Foundation in San Antonio, Texas.

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A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a nearly 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that helps prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

 

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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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Constitution Day Celebrated on University of Maine at Farmington Campus with Sixth Annual U.S. Supreme Court Case Review, Sept. 17

FARMINGTON, ME (September 14, 2012)—The University of Maine at Farmington celebrates Constitution Day 2012 with its sixth annual review of cases considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Presented by Jim Melcher, UMF associate professor of political science and adviser for the UMF pre-law program, the event features a docket of U.S. Supreme Court cases that discuss last term’s highlights and this term’s coming attractions. Free and open-to-the-public, this event will be presented at 11:45 a.m., Monday, Sept. 17, in Rm. C23, UMF Roberts Learning Center.

U.S. Supreme Court cases included in the UMF Constitution Day event:

Review of opinions from past term:

NFIB v. Sebelius (Affordable Care Act-”Obamacare”)
Arizona v. US (immigration enforcement)
US v. Alvarez (Stolen Valor Act/1st Amendment)
Florence v. Board of Freeholders (strip searches)
US v. Jones (Police tracking of criminal suspects)

Review of cases to be considered in upcoming term:

University of Texas v. Fisher (affirmative action and colleges)
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. US (Environmental regulation and the Takings Clause)
Florida v. Harris/Florida v. Jardines (Police dogs and drug searches)
Bailey v. US (detentions during search warrants)

And one important case the Supreme Court might take:
Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the United States House of Representatives v. Gill (Same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act)

Opinions on last term’s cases can be found at www.supremecourtus.gov.

Previously known as Citizenship Day, Constitution Day was created by Congress in 2004. This federal holiday was revised to recognize not only those who have become U.S. citizens, but also the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day.

UMF’s Constitution Day event this year is sponsored by the UMF Provost’s Office, UMF pre-law Program and UMF Dept. of Political Science.

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Media Contact: James Melcher, UMF associate professor of political science, 207-778-7416, or jim.melcher@maine.edu.

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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