UMF accreditation process seeks comments from the public

FARMINGTON, ME  (August 18, 2017)—The College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation at the University of Maine at Farmington is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on November 5-7, 2017, and is inviting interested parties to submit third-party comments to the site team.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered and should specify the party’s relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates, etc.)

Members of the public can submit written testimony by Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to:

Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:


  • In CAEP’s performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.


  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.


  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent’s relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

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Media contact: Katherine Yardley, UMF associate provost and dean of education, at or 207-778-7154

UMF raises the curtain on campus fall art scene with BORDERLAND exhibit by Alia Ali, Sept 1 thru Nov 13

FARMINGTON, ME  (August 16, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington Emery Community Arts Center raises the curtain on the fall art scene on campus with an exhibit by multi-media artist Alia Ali.  A stunning  photography and textile-based installation, BORDERLAND will run from Sept. 1–Nov. 13, in the ECAC Flex Gallery, with an opening reception 5-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1. Gallery hours are daily from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

BORDERLAND Series 2017

BORDERLAND Series 2017

An artist talk will be presented by Ali, Wednesday, at 11:30 a.m., Aug. 30, in the Emery Performance Space. These events are free and open to the public.

The term “borderland” is most commonly referred to as the crossroads where nations collide or the naturally occurring interactions among people and nature trying to forge an existence in proximity to what is around them. BORDERLAND examines these relationships as territories of exploration drawing attention to them as transient physical spaces and a contemporary phenomenon from which the body of artwork is presented and the viewer is a participant.

Ali’s work asks the questions: What are the fabricated barriers in society that inhibit the incorporation of others? Or are the obstacles just that: ideas, intuitions, fear, discriminations and ‘understandings’?

When all is said and done, borders shift and textiles disintegrate, but if well preserved and nurtured with culture, knowledge and grace, they remain intact. Borderlands, like textiles, are territories of exploration and zones in which we will be judged for our humanity.

Alia Ali, multi-media artist

Alia Ali, multi-media artist

A Yemeni-Bosnian-American multi-media artist, Ali has traveled to 63 countries, lived in seven and grown up among five languages. Her extensive travels have led her to process the world through interactive experiences. Her most comfortable mode of communication is through image and multi-sensory mediums.

As a child of two linguists, Alia believes that the interpretation of verbal and written language has dis-served particular communities and presents more of a threat than a means of understanding. It is for this reason that Alia’s aesthetic interests stem from people, place, and the processes which unite and divide us, all at once.

Her work reflects on the politics and poetics of contested notions surrounding the topics of identity, physical borders, universality, mental/physical spaces of confinement, and the inherent dualism that exists in everything. Her work blurs the lines between what we claim to be objective and subjective, illusion and reality, truth and interpretation.

Ali has just completed working on two transglobal projects, the People of Pattern and BORDERLAND. She is exploring cultures and conflicts through the medium of textile and the processes of making them. Her projects have most recently taken her to Oaxaca, Mexico; Bokhara, Uzbekistan; Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Sapa, Vietnam; Kyoto, Japan; Udaipur, India; and Lagos, Nigeria.

She is a graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic (UWCAC) and holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Middle Eastern Studies from Wellesley College. Her work has been featured at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Marrakech Biennale as part of the Swiss-Moroccan KE’CH Collective, Gulf Photo Plus Dubai during Art Week Dubai 2017.

Her most recent series, BORDERLAND has been exhibited at Mondo Galeria in Madrid, Spain; Galerie Siniya 28 in Marrakech, Morocco; and Space Gallery in Portland, Maine. She has been awarded the Alice C. Cole ’42 Grant of Wellesley College, LensCulture’s Emerging Talent Awards 2016 and Gold Winner in a Fine Art Category of the Tokyo International Foto Awards.

More on the UMF Emery Community Arts Center

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the UMF Alumni Theater.

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Media contact: Jayne Decker, director of Emery Community Arts Center, at

EDITOR’S NOTE: Images can be found at:
Photo Credit: Submitted image
Photo Caption:Alia Ali, multi-media artist

Photo Credit: Submitted image
Photo Caption; BORDERLAND Series 2017

Master guitarist Mahmoud Chouki featured in next UMF Emery Concert on the Lawn, Aug. 25

FARMINGTON, ME  (August 8, 2017)—Relax to the eclectic sounds of Mahmoud “Mood” Chouki at the next UMF Emery Community Arts Center “Concert on the Lawn.” Chouki, an international master guitarist, composer, artistic director and multi-instrumentalist, will perform at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25. The concert is free and open to the public.

Mahmoud Chouki

Mahmoud Chouki

Chouki’s performances and compositions consist of music from around the globe fusing oriental and occidental ethnic and electric style of music. He leans especially towards flamenco, jazz, and oriental styled music.

Mahmoud began his studies at the Conservatory of Larache in northern Morocco from the age of eight and eventually completed at the National Conservatory in Rabat with training in music theory and classical guitar. He continued with additional enrichment by taking master classes with musicians, such as Jorje Cardoso, Antonello Lexi, Tim Williams, Francisco Ortiz and Juan Fallo.

In 2002, Mahmoud toured the south of Spain with the Guitar Ensemble of Morocco, winning first prize in the International Guitar Competition in St. Esteban del Puerto. This gave Mahmoud the jump-start to make several collaborations with other musicians, including his very own called “Mahmoud and Friends.” His projects lead him to travel and perform with key figures in the music world and with fusion groups, including at the Rencontre Orient Occident at Chateau Mercier in Switzerland and the Magic Lutes Concert with Hughes de Courson and his Symphonic Orchestra in Qatar and Bahrain.

More on the UMF Emery Community Arts Center

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the UMF Alumni Theater.

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 Media contact: Jayne Decker, director of Emery Community Arts Center, at

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at:
Photo Credit: Submitted photo
Photo Caption: Mahmoud Chouki at the Magic Lutes Concert composed by Hugh de Coursons. Manama, Bahrain.

UMF awarded Mellon Foundation grant to create digital arts and humanities “Commons”

UMF Merrill Hall

UMF Merrill Hall

UMF recently received a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund the creation of an innovative digital commons of arts and humanities works. According to the Morning Sentinel, the project is soliciting members of the Maine community for their suggestions on the works to be featured over the five-year project. Those interested in participating can create a simple video pitch highlighting the work of art, literature, film, music, or any creation that is meaningful at this moment in history. Eugene Tobin, a senior program officer for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities at the Mellon Foundation noted the statewide digital commons could “become a national model for public liberal arts colleges…”

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UMF Emery Concert on the Lawn series features singer-songwriter David Mallett, Aug. 18

FARMINGTON, ME  (August 1, 2017)—The UMF Emery Community Arts Center continues to heat up the summer with great musical entertainment with its next “Concert on the Lawn” featuring the David Mallett Quintet. Mallett and his band will perform at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 18.

David Mallett

David Mallett

Hailing from a small town in northern Maine, Mallett’s music has traveled to all corners of the world in a career that spans four decades. The singer-songwriter’s songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists, including Pete Seeger, Alison Krauss, John Denver, Emmylou Harris and even the Muppets. His world renowned “Garden Song” has become an American folk classic.

According to “Music Row,” the Nashville music industry trade publication, “Dave Mallett has the warmth of a flannel shirt, the comfort of a quilt, and the heart of a poet.”

He has performed in town halls and folk clubs across America and Europe in addition to major venues such as Barns of Wolf Trap, Newport Folk Festival and “Prairie Home Companion.”

The Bangor Daily News recognized him as one of the 58 most memorable Mainers of the 20th Century. The readers of FOLKWAX recognized him with both 2003 Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for “Artist in Me.” Mallett has recorded 14 albums, including “The Fable True” (2007) based on Thoreau’s last expedition in 1857— a spoken word CD with accompanying music.

Admission is $10. A cash bar will be available.

More on the UMF Emery Community Arts Center

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the UMF Alumni Theater.

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Media contact: Jayne Decker, director of Emery Community Arts Center, at

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at:
Photo Credit: Submitted photo
Photo Caption: David Mallett

UMF announces Dean’s List for Spring 2017 semester

FARMINGTON, ME (July 17, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce its Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region, UMF is nationally recognized for its academic excellence, affordability and graduates’ positive career outcomes.

UMF maintains a Dean’s List each semester for those students completing a minimum of 12 credits in courses producing quality points. Students whose grade point average for the semester is equal to or greater than 3.8 are listed with high academic achievement. Students whose grade point average for the semester is less than 3.8 but equal to or greater than 3.5 are listed with academic achievement. Any incompletes must be satisfactorily completed before the student is honored with Dean’s List status.


Acton: Ryan Camire,

Albany Twp: Zachary Wheeler,

Albion: Aubrey Kressler,

Alfred: Trevor Burns,

Andover: Aislinn Forbes, Katherine Merrill,

Anson: Morgan Steward,

Arundel: Kylie Reynolds, Hannah Smith,

Ashland: Julianne McLaughlin,

Athens: Mona Bussell,

Auburn: Lily Bissonette, Anthony Blasi, Rachel Flannery, Darci Goslin, Nikki Hodgkins, Noah Nicholas, Nathan Pushard, Anita Vallier, Hope Williams,

Augusta: Bethany Haynes, Alison Laplante, Alexis Libby, Carlene Mosca, Elicia Nickerson, Lauren Wheelock, Chloe Woodward,

Bangor: Joseph Brichetto, Timothy Bullard, Kylie Cunningham, Elizabeth Harrington, Jacob Harris, Molly Jack, Jacob Legere, Rose Miller, Torrie Nightingale,

Bar Harbor: Conor Crandall,

Bath: Brianna Fowles, Emily Franklin, Kaitlynn Morse,

Belfast: Kally Bowen, Alicia Gaiero, Kaylee Pickering, Olivia Sanborn,

Belgrade Lakes: Jesse Enos,

Belmont: Alison Walker,

Benton: Elianna Maniatakos, Mitchell Walston,

Berwick: Nickolas Bray, Gabrielle Ganiere, Kristen Hill, Alisa Tibbetts,

Bethel: Liam LeConey,

Biddeford: Keely Gendron, Danica Lamontagne, Layne Nason, Phoebe Robinson,

Bingham: Mikaela Frigon,

Blue Hill: Zyanya Holman,

Boothbay Harbor: Chloe Hoecker,

Bowdoinham: Hannah Zimmerman,

Bremen: Alexis Poland,

Brewer: Linsay Brochu, Rachael Chavarie, Zachary Cline, Abigail McCarthy,

Bridgton: Laura Pulito,

Brooks: Amber Larochelle, Audrey Williams,

Brunswick: Molly Blaisdell, Alicia Davis, Alessio Mencarelli, Eli Michaud,

Bryant Pond: Annalise Deschenes,

Buckfield: Maren Lowell, Wheeler Lowell,

Bucksport: Courtney Fish,

Buxton: Hannah Schlehuber Johnson,

Calais: Scott Carpenter, Stephanie Pasciuti,

Camden: William Garske,

Canaan: Nicolas Stringos,

Canton: Ciara Keene,

Cape Elizabeth: Christina Kouros,

Caribou: Cheyenne Judkins,

Carmel: Leah Boucher,

Carrabassett Valley: Matthew Yellis,

Chelsea: Kendra Burgess, Kassidy Frost,

Chesterville: William Doray,

Clifton: Ashley Hinkley,

Concord Twp: Jeremy Young,

Coopers Mills: Samuel Birch,

Coplin Plt: Jedediah Stevens,

Corinth: Nicole Brewer,

Cornish: Michael Pingree,

Cornville: Hailey Atkinson,

Cumberland Center: Haley Felkel, Constantine Pollak,

Cushing: Kalyn Grover, Kennadi Grover, Caitlin Raye,

Dayton: Kristin Cobleigh,Eden LeBlanc,

Dedham: Zoe Stonetree,

Detroit: Hannah Emery,

Dexter: Gabrielle Adam,Konner Wilson,

Dixfield: Charles Estabrook, Nolan Miler, Megan Morrison, Alexis Noyes, Riley Robinson,

Dover Foxcroft: Anna Hansen, Hailey Wellington,

Durham: Kasey Erlebach, Sasha Hampton, Shauna Holland,

East Boothbay: Eben Goodwin,

East Waterboro: Kaylond Mauzerolle,

Eliot: Emilee Bogh, Madison Owens, Matthew Scremin,

Ellsworth: Chelsea Wallace,

Embden: Bailey Atwood,

Etna: Brock Bubar,

Fairfield: Isabelle Bailey, Chelsea Ballard, Tabitha Bickford, Stark Duphiney, Calista Hodges, Katie LeBlanc, Hannah Tompkins,

Falmouth: Julie Guerra, Owen Prescott, Kayla Walsh,

Farmingdale: Jessica McKenna, Sarah McQuoid, Morgan Rush, Autumn St Pierre,

Farmington: Courtney Austin, Courtney Bailey, Jacob Barker, Alexandra Baxter, Samuel Bennett, Brittany Birmingham, Taylor Bishop, Danielle Blair, Drew Blanchet, Rileigh Blanchet, Thia Bridges, Krysta Brown, Lorrin Burnham, Heidi Chutter, Dominick Cognata, Megan Cookson, Sarita Crandall, Gage Currie, Nichole Decker, Randelle Dyke, Elliott Eno, Devin Gilman, McKinley Goozey, Jessica Griswold, Mariah Haggan, Allyson Hammond, Mariah Hebert, Brittany Hemphill, Adam Hewins, Allicia Hilton, Brett Hofland, Micah Howatt, Rhiannan Jackson, Emily Jaye, Katlynn Johnson, Olivia Jones, John Kaminski, Nathaniel Kidson, Kaleigh Kinney, Monica Klein, Katrina Ladd, Stephanie LaFreniere, Marissa LaGassey, Josephine Lewis, Sydney Longley, Heather McDonald, Hailey Mealey, Adam Morrison, Maurice Murray, Faith Norton, Michael Paradis, Zackary Peercy, Jonathan Petrey, Astra Pierson, Faith Purdy, Sable Sands, Alyssa Tironati, Sara Turner, Jeremy Webster, Trevor Whitney,
Kristyn Wiles,

Fayette: Liesel Krout, Kasey Richards,

Franklin: Sarah Young,

Freedom: Christina Hall,

Freeman Twp: Makayla Martin, Michaela Zelie,

Freeport: Melissa Coro, Wyatt McCurdy,

Fryeburg: Makayla Frost,

Gardiner: Andrianna Ammarell, Lee-Anne Greenleaf, Devon Hall, Elizabeth Nelson,

Garland: Adam Malinauskas,

Georgetown: Benjamin Cook,

Glenburn: Alexandra Cookson,

Gorham: Ashley Brown, Celeste Carpenter, Haley Jaramillo, Elizabeth Kane, Patricia Smith, Andrea Stemm, Melissa Walls,

Gray: Cynthia Bugenske, Bryce Neal, Richard Southard,

Greene: Samuel Godfrey, Emma Martineau, Cassandra Morgan, Krystin Perreault, Haley Teacutter,

Hampden: Danielle Bowler, Samuel Good, Drew Kelso, Liana Roy,

Hancock: Juliana Burch,

Harpswell: Katelyn Beedy, Sierra Gilley,

Hartland: Rylee Godsoe,

Hermon: Kaylee Sanderson,

Houlton: Connor Bulley,

Industry: Chloe Reichenbach,

Islesboro: Krystal Randlett,

Jay: Mickenzy Breton, Jordan Brotherton, Matthew Cornelio, Hayley Fortier, Katelyn Gervais, Bradley Howes, Brandon Johnson, Victoria LaCasse, Destiny White, Dorine Wright,

Kennebunk: Emily Carman, Krystal Livermore, Stephanie Macisso, Nick Ouellette,

Kents Hill: Taylar Frailey,

Lamoine: Blair Bailey,

Lebanon: Alaina Shorey,

Leeds: Danica Jackman, Brooke Wardwell,

Levant: Nicholas Pinkham,

Lewiston: Mana Abdi, Casey Griffin, Hannah Hutchings, Courtney Jacques, Alexis Laliberte, Corey Martin, Erin Morris, Loretta Rice,

Liberty: David Mallow,

Limerick: Bailey Ohman,

Lincoln: Abigail Brown,

Lincolnville: Katia Kordek,

Linneus: Deanna Foster,

Lisbon Falls: Jeffrey Willey,

Litchfield: Jordan McMullen,

Livermore: Taylor Boynton, Bradley Hodges, Deliliah Jordan, Kenda Newman, Lydia Violette-Lee,

Livermore Falls: Brianna Beaupre, Jacob Chabot, Brooke Cushing, Rachel Goding, James Herlihy, Beth Labbe, Destinie Maxham, Joshua Wilcox, Rheanna Woodford,

Madison: Charie Cole, Scott Franzose, Alexis Lanctot, Chase Malloy, Tori McLaughlin, Nicole Trueblood,

Manchester: Nicole Smith,

Mapleton: Mariah Ellis, Isaac Michaud,

Mars Hill: Sean Brock,

Mechanic Falls: Mariah Dufour, Dylan Porter, Jamie Robinson, Shane Waters,

Medway: Aaron Beaumont, Allie Currie, Taia Federico,

Mexico: Cody Smith,

Milford: Shawna Rustin,

Milo: Aimee LaFlamme, Kara Pariseau,

Minot: Myia Linck, Jessica Morgan, MacKenzie Thomas,

Monmouth: Ashley Coulombe, Stephanie Dwinal, Emmaline Waldron, Haley West,

Monticello: Kierra Carmichael,

Mount Desert: Katharine Walker,

Mount Vernon: Alexandra Dube,

Naples: Reed Bridge-Koenigsberg,

New Sharon: Jake Roberts, Thomas Wing,

New Vineyard: Brianna Ellis,

Newcastle: Liam Brinkler,

Nobleboro: Tessa Walsh, Caitlin Waltz,

Norridgewock: Trevor Benson, Devin Lachapelle, Cheyenne Malloy, Brooke Michonski, Michael Miller, Tamera True, Amy Washburn,

North Bridgton: Leanne Kugelman,

Norway: Abby Dalzell, Caleb Grover, Kyleigh Roberts, Kate Starkie, Ian Vail,

Oakfield: Kristen Tarr,

Oakland: Harley Davis, Derek Guerrette, Jennifer Hart, Lily Hood, Steven Nutting,

Ogunquit: Sandy Mait,

Old Orchard Beach: Kelsey Custeau, Sarah Jenkins, Mecedaidh Phalen,

Oquossoc: Lilyan Ray,

Orrington: Marshall Maxsimic,

Orr’s Island: Connor Lynch,

Owls Head: Gavin Elliott, Michaela Wright,

Oxford: Samantha Bickford, McKayla Marois,

Parkman: Caitlin Hession,

Parsonsfield: Gabriella Winslow,

Phillips: Angelica Levy,

Pittsfield: Courtney Fowler, Gabrielle LaGross, Jessica Leibowitz, Amelia McCannell,

Poland: Cameron Morrell, Jacob Vining, Corey Wallace,

Portland: Anthony Lewis, Jonas Maines, Sarah Ringer,

Presque Isle: Keith Clark,

Prospect: Madison Porter,

Randolph: Bethany Abram, Joshua Mathews,

Readfield: Maddalena Chiappetta, Katelyn MacGregor, Benjamin Rodriguez, Katherine Wicks,

Richmond: Sarah Surace,

Rockland: Sydney Gustafson,

Rome: Christopher DeLisle, Marisa Getchell, Kaitlyn Knight,

Rumford: Maria Drew, Karen Flaherty, Ashley Kimball, Rylee L’Italien, Summer McCollough, Rowan Shores,

Sabattus: Meagan Ring, Megan Rodrigue,

Saco: Allison Cox, Rebecca Crist, Kyra Doles,

Saint Albans: Lindsay Mower,

Salsbury Cove: Paige LeDuc,

Sanford: Joshua Allen, Bryan Eldridge, Tyler Flayhan, Ethan Gouin, Sarah Gould,

Sangerville: Courtney Richardson,

Scarborough: Rebecca Beatty, Eliza Halbig, Kathleen Little, Bailey Shevenell,

Searsport: Laura Dickey, Sylvia Schulze,

Sebago: Abigail Lucy,

Sidney: Spencer DeWitt, Margaret Pomerleau,

Skowhegan: Henry Ametti, Genevieve Benoit, Kyle Davis, Trevor Hisler, Aspen Leblanc, Alana Mayhew, Logan Wiseman,

Smithfield: Kristen Salley,

South Berwick: Annie Moloney, Emily Osborne, Erin Silver,

South China: Marissa Chamberlain, Mia Taylor,

South Paris: Jordan Croteau, Susan Gary,

South Portland: Hannah Calkin, Paige Carter, Megan Clifton, Nicole Foote, Allyson Hobbs, Stephanie Jillings,

Springvale: Jamie Austin, Megan Daudelin, Grace Hansen,

Standish: Joshua Conley,

Starks: Isaac LaCasse,

Strong: Nicholas Cole, James Mahar, Sarah Stanley,

Sumner: Samantha Zak,

Surry: Kaitlyn Kinney,

Temple: Kayla St Pierre,

Thomaston: Amber Webber,

Topsham: Emma Brown, Carly Raymond, Kimberly Richards,

Trenton: Hailey Craig,

Turner: Tad Caldwell, Abigail Chase, Abbie Hartford, Emily Hartford, Alisha Labbe, Dana Monbleau, Kelly Pomerleau, Michael Richard, Carter Veilleux,

Union: Janelle Noonan,

Upton: Jessica Casey,

Vassalboro: Benjamin Cloutier, Alicia Stafford, Abby Waceken,

Waldoboro: Hope Lash,

Warren: McKenzie Belcher, Haley Mank,

Washburn: Rayah Saucier,

Waterboro: Emily Marquis,

Waterford: Lindsay Toothaker,

Waterville: Hannah Aurich, Molly Brown, Anastasia Drew, Autumn Hopkins, Jacob Montgomery, Lydia Roy, Morgann Tortorella,

Wells: Kayla Meissner, Elizabeth Thompson,

West Baldwin: Olivia Ridley,

West Bath: Hannah Bonine, Molly Maurer,

West Gardiner: Eleanor Luken, Olivia Merrill, Haley Tomberlin,

West Paris: Kimberly Smith,

Westbrook: Gunnar Heckler, Shannon Mahoney, Sophia Manning, Nicholas Minor, Ethan Nash, Sage Van Eekhout,

Whitefield: Jordan Bailey, Amber Grady,

Wilton: Jacob Allen, Matthew Breer, Sierra Foshay, Moesha Harrington, Joshua Heath, Sarah Jacques, Amanda Moody, Nathaniel Moore,  Jessica Morgan, Janis Stinson-Pryor,

Windham: Samuel Burnell, Sarah Eastman, Hannah Forbush,  Jacqueline Gleason-Boure, Meagan Jones, Allie Pandora,

Winslow: Megan Denis, Christina Taylor,

Winthrop: Curtis Cole, Rayanna Howard, Emily Leonard, Zachary Nadeau, Anthony Owens, Emmah Spahr, Gabrielle Stewart,

Woodville: Samantha Cote, Ashley Jandreau,

Woolwich: Amelia Barrett,

Yarmouth: Haley Estabrook, Jordan Glassock, Lydia MacDonald, Eric Salvesen,

York: Brooke Sevigny.


Bristol: Olivia Cyr,

Brookfield: Cory McCullough,

Brooklyn: Kimberly Day,

East Berlin: William Heimlich,

Jewett City: Heather Boland,

Meriden: Emily Murphy,

Middletown: Rebecca Mierzejewski,

Monroe: Cailin O’Malley,

Naugatuck: Olivia Ford,

North Franklin: Amanda Ciufecu,

Sandy Hook: Amy McGurk.


Acton: Meaghan Wildes,

Amherst: Isaac Wright,

Billerica: Zachary Roberge,

Brockton: Jessica Freeborn,

Cambridge: Liya Mindaye,

Concord: Elina Shapiro,

East Bridgewater: Kali Hopkins,

Fitchburg: Benjamin Amburgey,

Gloucester: Jacquelyn Rose,

Lakeville: Leah Berbine, Danielle Conway,

Lancaster: Emma Duggan,

Leominster: Danielle Lefebvre,

Melrose: Zoe Willis,

Milton: Jillian Cummings,

Norton: Samuel Carignan,

Norwood: Belanna Morales,

Plymouth: Brittany Jerome,

Quincy: Elizabeth Foley,

Raynham: Gabrielle Crisafulli,

Rehoboth: David Tschirch,

Roxbury: Steffon Gales,

Scituate: Audrey Kahrs,

Shirley: David-Tristan Cynewski,

Shrewsbury: Megan Broderick,

Somerset: Cassie Scott,

South Hamilton: Lillian Russell,

Southborough: Bridget Levandowski,

Sutton: Carson Hope,

Taunton: Nicholas Pruyn,

Wayland: Renee Poirier,

West Newton: Mollie Herman,

Whitinsville: Erin Taylor,

Wrentham: Connor Marland.


Bow: Jaclyn Langevin,

Brookline: Mitchell Golas,

Claremont: Hayley Valdivia,

Derry: Matthew Hernandez,

Farmington: Jordan Newhall,

Fitzwilliam: Gianna Cialdea,

Hampstead: Brittney Sieg,

Hillsborough: Zachary Mayo, Josline Watkins,

Holderness: Gavin Brickley, Daniel McLaughlin,

Hooksett: Jenna Arcand,

Jaffrey: Natalie McLaughlin,

Manchester: Jessica Baron,

Merrimack: Melissa Eelman, Brian Weiner,

Milford: Sarah Haas,

Moultonborough: Tristan Price,

Nashua: Julia Fletcher,

Newmarket: Linsey Palmer,

Plaistow: Kristine Sarasin,

Plymouth: Nicholas D’Aleo,

Rochester: Charity LaFrance, Mark Leahy,

Rollinsford: Catherine Hickey,

Tamworth: Melissa Gerard.


Barrington: Sidney Stanhope,

Charlestown: Michael Bottai,

Johnston: Madison Follett,

Portsmouth: Alison Hamilton, John Hamilton, Nicholas Marshall,

Warwick: Mariah Morey,

West Kingston: Daniel Mason.


Bloomfield: Lydia Donovan,

Brattleboro: Vanessa Brown, Ross Momaney,

Danville: Brett Elliott,

Northfield: Joseph Needle,

Orleans: Clark Hayden,

Saint Johnsbury: Jessica Brink, Desiree Persons,

Warren: William Robinson,

Waterbury Center: Loren Marshall,

Williamstown: Mariah Lamell, Garret Poulin,

Williston: Kyla Antonioli.


Bear: Eryn Finnegan,

Newark: Lucas Dwornik.


London: Samantha Melton.


Chesapeake City: Austin Chase.


Jackson: Darby Murnane,

Ramsey: Sarah Fredrick,

South River: Austin French.


La Fayette: Ashley Skinner,

Newburgh: Rebecca Johnson,

Rye: Katherine Haigney.


Amarillo: Namuhoza Namajana,

Boerne: Matthew Dotson,

El Paso: Michael Atkins Jr.


Dale City: Whitney LeMay,

Sterling: Michael Donnelly.


Christiansted: Shana Tilley.


Lezhe: Armando Jaku.

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UMF awarded prestigious Mellon Foundation grant

FARMINGTON, ME  (July 10, 2017)—University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster is proud to announce that the University has received a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This prestigious award will be used to support the creation of a New Commons Project in Public Humanities and Arts for UMF and the Maine community.

UMF Merrill Hall

UMF Merrill Hall

“Over the course of our history from the 1860s to the present, UMF has championed humanities and arts as a cornerstone of a quality education to help individuals broaden their horizons and contribute to their community,” said Foster. “We are honored by this significant Mellon Foundation award and the opportunity to spotlight a collection of wide-ranging works selected by and for our Maine community.”

Through the next five years, the New Commons Project will help give voice to the role of UMF as a public liberal arts university and as a cultivator and steward of artistic and creative works and the communal ideas they bring to life. Starting in fall 2017, UMF will work with the Maine Humanities Council, schools, libraries and other groups to solicit video entries about works of literature, philosophy, history, music, art, film, theatre and other arts and humanities disciplines that merit a place in a New Commons today.

“The creation of a statewide digital ‘commons’ of artistic, cinematic, historical, literary, and musical work has the potential to become a national model for public liberal arts colleges and state humanities councils who create, share, and disseminate knowledge in behalf of the common good,” said Eugene Tobin, a senior program officer for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities at the Mellon Foundation.  “We are very pleased to support this thoughtful and innovative contribution to the public humanities and the people of Maine.”

From the wide array of works nominated and posted to the on-line Commons, a project advisory group will select 24 works—classic or contemporary, diverse and compelling—for special use and value to the Maine community in the 21st Century. People on campus and throughout the state will come together on-line and in-person to study, discuss and draw insight and inspiration from these varied and meaningful works.

“As a public institution, UMF celebrates a legacy of providing the community access to the rich experience and exchange of ideas that are found in the arts and humanities,” said Eric Brown, UMF provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The Commons Project invites creation and consideration of our cultural commons found in novels, paintings, films, symphonies, essays, poems, graphic novels, sculptures, treatises, songs or any other artistic and humanistic medium.”

For each work, UMF will host a number of open-to-the-public events, including a faculty-led seminar, public lecture by a prominent scholar, and workshop. In collaboration with local school districts and the Maine Humanities Council, the New Commons Project will coordinate community engagement projects around each work. A digital portal will be established to provide the community with access to extensive online resources. A Digital Commons course will be available to students in which they will work with a Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow to create portal content that will be accessible statewide.

“A commons is something that belongs to all of us. It represents a public good, like clean air or knowledge, from which we all benefit. We want the New Commons Project to embody that idea,” said Kristen Case, UMF Associate Professor of English and Director of the New Commons Project. “We can’t wait to see what works of art, literature, and ideas our diverse community believes we need to consider together here and now.”

For more about the New Commons Project, including how to submit nominations, visit the website at

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A nationally recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Maine’s first institution of public higher education, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies.

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UMF Emery Community Arts Center features concert on the lawn with GoldenOak and Max Garcia Conover, July 14

Emery concert on the lawn posterFARMINGTON, ME (July 7, 2017)—UMF Emery Community Arts Center brings the melodious sounds of GoldenOak and Max Garcia Conover to the summer stage for an Emery concert on the lawn at 6 p.m., Friday, July 14, 2017. Admission is $8. There will be a cash bar.

From the foothills of Western Maine comes GoldenOak, a folk group whose genre-blending sound has them steadily emerging as a musical force in New England. Conceived in the winter of 2013, their woodsy, modern folk sound weaves together rich four-part harmonies and piercing melodic lines over a unique blend of cello, guitar, trumpet and cajón.

Max García Conover is a songwriter and one-man band based in Maine. He grew up in Western New York and started writing songs while making his living as a busker in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2007. He’s since put out new music at a furious pace while touring the U.S., Canada, Ireland and Spain, playing 170 shows in 2015.

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UMF English professor headed to the UK as Jane Austen Society scholar

Misty Krueger, UMF Assistant Professor of English

Misty Krueger, UMF Assistant Professor of English

Follow Misty Krueger, UMF English faculty member, on her blog while in the United Kingdom as she has been awarded the title of Jane Austen Society of North America International Visitor. While in the UK, she will be working at the Jane Austen Library and House conducting research, planning several UMF courses and making arrangements for a unique UMF Jane Austen travel course to Chawton, Bath, Winchester and other locations of interest.

UMF offers annual Summer Daze Camp, June 26-Aug 11

FARMINGTON, ME  (June 16, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center is offering its annual Summer Daze Camp for children in grades 1-6. The camp runs for seven, 5-day sessions from Monday through Friday, from June 26 to August 11.

Campers will enjoy a wide variety of indoor, outdoor and travel activities, including swimming, water games, sports, arts and crafts, hiking and field games. Field trips to Aquaboggan and Popham Beach State Park are also planned.

UMF Summer Daze campers and staff memebers at Monkey C Monkey Do aerial adventure park in Wiscassett.

UMF Summer Daze campers and staff memebers at Monkey C Monkey Do aerial adventure park in Wiscassett.

The Summer Daze Camp is staffed by enthusiastic and well-trained, college-aged individuals, and includes two trained lifeguards. All staff members are Red Cross CPR and First Aid certified. There will be a minimum of five staff members with campers at all times with no more than 10 campers per staff member.

In conjunction with the Summer Daze Camp, the FRC is also offering a Leader in Training (LIT) Program for young adults in grades 7-10.  This program also runs for seven, 5-day sessions from Monday through Friday, from June 26 to August 11.

This challenging and rewarding program offers team building, communication training, CPR/First Aid certification, field trips and the opportunity to make new friends and have fun.

The Summer Daze Camp cost is $140 per weekly session for FRC members, $165 per weekly session for non-members. In addition, campers are required to purchase a $10 camp t-shirt to help identify partipants. The LIT program cost is $115 per weekly session.

Registration is now open at the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center. For more information please contact Leah Brackett at 778-7138 or visit the website to obtain registration forms and more information.

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The UMF Fitness & Recreation Center offers a wide variety of high quality programs, events, and opportunities in a safe environment to improve the health, fitness and well-being of members of the University and local community while providing a hands-on, positive learning environment for student employees. The FRC offers a wide range of group fitness classes for all levels and abilities including step-aerobics, Zumba, spinning, yoga, pilates, water workout, kick boxing, to name a few. Professional fitness trainers, swim lessons, children’s programs and American Red Cross programs and scheduled throughout the year.

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Photo Caption: UMF Summer Daze campers and staff memebers at Monkey C Monkey Do aerial adventure park in Wiscassett.