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May 5, 2016


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Farewell Letter From The Editor

By Courtney Fowler, Editor-in-Chief 

Editor-in-Chief of The Farmington Flyer Courtney Fowler (Photo by Lindsay Mower)

Editor-in-Chief of The Farmington Flyer Courtney Fowler (Photo by Lindsay Mower)

As I sat down to write this letter, with the warm morning sun pouring through my window and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee lingering in the next room, I thought for certain that it would be a simple task. I assumed I would share my semester-long editorial experience with all of our dedicated readers and then thoughtfully end with a sappy quote about how The Flyer impacted my time at UMF. Though undoubtedly true, The Flyer provided me with more opportunities than just editing, and it is those experiences that should be shared with all of you.

Nearly two years ago, as a timid sophomore who had recently transferred to UMF, I was in desperate need of an English credit to fulfill my final humanities general education requirement. I signed up to take ENG213 – journalism. Though I enjoyed writing, I had an even deeper love for Cosmopolitan magazine and current events, and in my mind, that was journalism.

What I didn’t expect from the course (and initially dreaded upon first talk of it) was the investigative interviews I would soon conduct and the numerous campus activities I would attend in order to write successful, intriguing stories.


Theo Kalikow and Loraine Spenciner Honored in Renaming of UMF Landmarks

By Anthony Lewis, Staff Writer 

Former UMF President Theo Kalikow. (Photo Courtesy of The Sun Journal)

Former UMF President Theo Kalikow. (Photo Courtesy of The Sun Journal)

Changes are afoot at the newly dedicated Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center, where both the building and the curriculum materials library it is home to are being revamped and rebranded. In a ceremony preceded by out-of-season snow and characterized by a powerful sense of stewardship and community, former UMF President Theodora Kalikow’s name was applied to the education building, paving the way for the renaming of the curriculum materials center in honor of Loraine Spenciner, a past UMF faculty member who cultivated the now thriving early childhood education program.

In spite of what will soon be Governor Paul LePage’s infamous walkout only thirty seconds into his speech, the crisp, saturated air and late afternoon sunshine served as a backdrop to a ceremony punctuated by opening and closing remarks from President Kate Foster. Sporting an orange and gold patchwork vest, President Foster lauded Theo Kalikow as “a visionary”, whose dedication to sustainability and accessible education made the building which would soon bear her name a possibility.


UMF Celebrates Student Work At 2016 Symposium Day

By Morgan Clark, Staff Reporter

Sympoisum Day at UMF means the tulips are in bloom. (Photo Courtesy of UMF Website)

Sympoisum Day at UMF means the tulips are in bloom. (Photo Courtesy of UMF Website)

This year’s Symposium Day hosted a wide variety of activities, events and presentations as students, faculty and community members came out to celebrate the 2016 Symposium Day at UMF.

Projects ranged anywhere from yearlong research projects to poster sessions for Spring semester classes. Topics also spanned anywhere from politics to baseball, and a load of other issues.

Other events were happening around campus as well, such as the dedication of the Kalikow Education Center to former president Theodora Kalikow, which started the symposium events on Tuesday afternoon.

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