Alice James Books, national poetry press and UMF affiliate, announces poet Kaveh Akbar’s prestigious awards

Alice James Books, leading national poetry press and proud affiliate of the University of Maine at Farmington, is pleased to announce that Kaveh Akbar’s “Calling a Wolf a Wolf​” has been named the recipient of both the 2018 Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University and the gold ​winner in the 20th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

Akbar was a featured poet in UMF’s popular Visiting Writers Series.

Akbar’s debut full-length collection is published by Alice James in the U.S. and Penguin in the UK. His poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, Tin House, Best American Poetry 2018, Harvard Review, AGNI and more.

Founded in 1973, Alice James Books is a leading independent press of national reputation dedicated to discovering and publishing exceptional poetry. The press continues to grow its list and is seen as an innovator in the field. AJB is committed to publishing a range of voices, supporting writers’ careers, and publishing women and other writers whose work may otherwise be marginalized. AJB also focuses on collaborating with writers in the publishing process, namely design and production. As they urgently engage with numerous pressing, public issues, many AJB books reach far beyond the “standard audience” for poetry. Since 1994, AJB has been a proud affiliate of the University of Maine at Farmington.

For more information about Alice James Books and their partnership with the University of Maine at Farmington, please visit: www.alicejamesbooks.org.

The Postcard Project: Connecting students across the globe

Students in Thailand

UMF graduate and Fulbright Scholar Lauren Crosby was looking for a way to help her students in rural Thailand with their English skills while opening new doors to friendships and cultures. Crosby’s “The Postcard Project” did just that, according to the Daily Bulldog, by providing her students with the materials to make handmade postcards and share them with students at Mt. Blue Middle School and across Maine. “Most of my students dislike English because they are only taught grammar, spelling, and pronunciation in a rote learning routine. I wanted a way to show them that with English, you can open the doors to new friendships and cultures,” Crosby said.

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UMF offers Maine Guide Training Program as credit-bearing course this summer

FARMINGTON, ME  (May 21, 2018)–The University of Maine at Farmington is excited to announce that it will be offering the Registered Maine Guide Training Program as a credit bearing course this summer on the UMF campus. The class will be held from June 18-22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This state approved Maine Guide Training curriculum provides the necessary classroom instruction which, in conjunction with students’ field experience, will prepare them to confidently test with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in pursuit of their state license.

Registered Maine Guides are outdoor professionals who are licensed in a number of specialized classifications to assist any person in the fields, forests or on the waters or ice within the jurisdiction of the State of Maine. The UMF course curriculum will cover Recreation, Fishing and Hunting Guide license classifications.

Instructors for the UMF course will be John and Tami Rogers from Maine’s Outdoor Learning Center in Lincolnville. A. Master Maine Guide and U.S. Coast Guard Captain for over 30 years, John has guided extensively throughout Maine and in the Florida Keys. A Registered Maine Guide for 20 years, Tami is passionate about the woods and waters of Maine. Both are committed to help their students become members of the elite group of some of the best trained outdoor experts that support the woods and waters of Maine.

The UMF course will include:

  • State approved curriculum for Recreation, Fishing, and Hunting Guide licenses
  • Extensive map reading and compass skills
  • Extensive “outdoor” practical information related to testing and guiding
  • Outdoor handbook with 500 question practice test
  • Mock oral board
  • Maine Guide first-aid training available

To register:
UMF Students can use their Maine Street Account to register or contact Merrill Center and speak with Ruth.

Community members, please contact Andrew Willihan at andrew.willihan@maine.edu or call 603-667-1669.

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UMF celebrates 2018 Commencement ceremony

UMF celebrates 2018 Commencement ceremony

FARMINGTON, ME  (May 12, 2018)—University of Maine at Farmington graduates marched with excitement and pride today, Saturday, May 12, in the 2018 Commencement ceremony. A spirited procession of approximately 370 bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates was led by UMF President Kathryn A. Foster, UMF faculty, administrators, dignitaries and class officers to the traditional sounds of bagpipes.

“During their time at UMF, our nearly 400 graduates have dreamed about and diligently pursued that moment when they walk across the stage,” said Foster. “The moment never gets old,” she continued. “It’s a day when the entire UMF community congregates to celebrate the milestone achievement of our graduates as they forge ahead with their life’s goals. We are so proud that they chose UMF for their journey and confident in the difference they’ll make in Maine and beyond.”

Bill Green

Bill Green

Bill Green, award-winning broadcast journalist and host of Emmy-winning Bill Green’s Maine, delivered today’s Commencement address to UMF graduates, their families and honored guests. A broadcasting legend in Maine with a long history of excellence in his craft, Green was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for his significant contributions and achievements.

A lifelong Mainer, Green was born in Bangor and was educated in Bangor schools and the University of Maine. While still in college, he began working behind the scenes in the news business, and three years later debuted as a sportscaster at WLBZ2. He went on to anchor weekend sports statewide with WCSH6 in Portland.

His interest in Maine and Mainers and his desire to understand and share the deeper story soon found him as a full-time feature reporter at the Portland station. In 2000, he started producing Bill Green’s Maine and has been covering all-things-Maine ever since. In 2015, he won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for feature writing and an Emmy for Outstanding Light Feature. The following year, Bill Green’s Maine won the Regional Emmy as Outstanding Magazine Program in New England.

Green is an inductee in the Maine Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and the Silver Circle of the New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

He is a registered Maine Guide and a senior warden at Trinity Episcopal Church of Portland. He and his wife live in Cumberland and have two grown children.

Bryce Neal, UMF senior speaker

Bryce Neal, UMF senior speaker

Graduating senior Bryce Neal from New Gloucester gave today’s student address. A geology major, Neal was accepted last summer to do field research in Yellowstone with the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and investigated high elevation ponds in Maine as a UMF research assistant.

He also worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Maine Conservation Corps, building and maintaining trails on Maine public lands and state parks; served with the University’s Rotaract organization and skied with UMF’s Nordic Ski Team. After graduation, Neal plans on doing geophysical fieldwork for the EarthScope project, an NSF funded project.

Foster and Eric Brown, provost and vice president for academic affairs, conferred degrees to this year’s graduates. James O. Donnelly, member of the UMS Board of Trustees, delivered greetings to the graduates from the University of Maine System. University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page was also present.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a more than 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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The list of 2018 University of Maine at Farmington graduates includes:

MAINE

Albion: Aubrey Kressler, B.A. Psychology;

Alfred: Trevor Burns, B.A. Actuarial Science and Mathematics;

Andover: Katherine Merrill, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Ashland: Julianne McLaughlin, B.A. Political Science;

Athens: Mona Bussell, B.S. Elementary Education;

Auburn: Lily Bissonette, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Amanda Dwyer, B.S. Special Education; Margaret Fogarty, B.S. Community Health Education; Nathan Pushard, B.S. Secondary Education – Mathematics and Mathematics;

Augusta: Autumn Bilyeu, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Carlene Mosca, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Amanda Perry, B.S. Community Health Education; Brandon Terrill, M.S. Ed. Leadership; Lauren Wheelock, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education; Sean Zubrod, B.A. Business Economics;

Bangor: Joseph Brichetto, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies; Timothy Bullard, B.S. Community Health Education; Kyle Clukey, B.A. English; Molly Jack, B.S. Elementary Education; Stephen Riitano, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;

Bar Harbor: Madison Uliano, B.A. International & Global Studies and History;

Belfast: Kally Bowen, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;

Belgrade Lakes: Jesse Enos, B.S. Secondary Education – Chemistry;

Benton: Susan Giguere, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Nicholas Hart, M.S. Ed. Leadership; Stacy Hart, M.S. Ed. Leadership;  Mitchell Walston, B.S. Secondary Education – Life Sciences;

Berwick: Klara-Sophia Hill, B.A. Business Economics;

Bethel: Renee Charette, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Biddeford: Keely Gendron, B.S. Elementary Education; Danica Lamontagne, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Policy and Planning and Political Science; Layne Nason, B.A. Geography; Phoebe Robinson, B.A. Actuarial Science and Business Economics;

Boothbay: Katherine Norton, B.G.S. Bachelor of General Studies;

Bowdoinham: Hannah Zimmerman, B.A. English;

Brewer: Gabriel Gauvin, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Cassidy Marsh, B.A. English;

Bridgton: Laura Pulito, B.S. Secondary Education – English;

Brooklin: Anthony Bianco, B.S. Community Health Education;

Brooks: Amber LaRochelle, B.S. Elementary Education;

Brunswick: William Doehring, B.F.A. Creative Writing; Destiny Merrill, B.S. Elementary Education; Vivian Zinni, B.S. Secondary Education – English;

Bucksport: Kenneth Emerton, B.A. Psychology;

Calais: Scott Carpenter, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Philosophy/Religion and Performing Arts; Dominic Martorano, B.A. Psychology;

Canaan: Kasi Pratt, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Culture, Meaning and Society and English;

Canton: Ciara Keene, B.A. English;

Cape Elizabeth: Christina Kouros, B.S. Elementary Education;

Caribou: Misty Belanger, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Rene Gorneault, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Carmel: Leah Boucher, B.S. Elementary Education;

Carrabassett Valley: Matthew Yellis, B.A. Psychology;

Castine: Jennifer McKenney, B.A. Business Economics;

Caswell: Madison Doody, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Chelsea: Kassidy Frost, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Chesterville: Silas Cooper, B.F.A. Creative Writing; William Doray, B.A. History;

Clifton: Ashley Hinkley, B.S. Elementary Education;

Dayton: Kristin Cobleigh, B.S. Elementary Education;

Detroit: Hannah Emery, B.S. Elementary Education;

Dixfield: Alexis Noyes, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

Dover-Foxcroft: Anna Hansen, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Bridget Wright, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Durham: Sasha Hampton, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

East Boothbay: Brooke Alley, B.S. Community Health Education;

East Dixfield: Krystal Blood, B.S. Secondary Education – Life Sciences;

East Waterboro: Kaylond Mauzerolle, B.S. Community Health Education;

East Wilton: Jordan Lecours, B.A. Psychology;

Easton: Tyler Gadaire, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

Ellsworth: Chelsea Wallace, B.S. Elementary Education;

Falmouth: Amanda Boyd, B.S. Elementary Education; Julie Guerra, B.F.A. Creative Writing; Owen Prescott, B.A. Mathematics;

Farmingdale: Jessica McKenna, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Sarah McQuoid, B.S. Elementary Education;

Farmington: Courtney Austin, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Psychology; Courtney Bailey, B.S. Elementary Education; Rileigh Blanchet, B.A. Business Economics; Krysta Brown, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Dominick Cognata, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies; Joy Cognata, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Psychology; Laura Columbia, M.S. Ed. Leadership; Megan Cookson, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education; Sarita Crandall, B.S. Elementary Education; Gage Currie, B.S. Elementary Education; Elliott Eno, B.A. Visual Arts; Danielle Guerrette, M.S. Ed. Leadership; Allyson Hammond, B.A. Psychology; Mariah Hebert, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Robert Hollis, B.S. Community Health Education; John Kaminski, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Philosophy/Religion; Monica Klein, B.S. Special Education; Katrina Ladd, B.A. Psychology; Jacob Legere, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Culture, Meaning and Society; Josephine Lewis, B.A. Performing Arts; Terri Mayo, B.G.S. Bachelor of General Studies; Heather McDonald, B.A. Psychology; Jacob Murphy, B.A. Psychology; Michael Paradis, B.A. Geology; Astra Pierson, B.A. English; Jordan Plog, B.S. Community Health Education; Eli Simmons, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Melody Tobey, B.G.S. Bachelor of General Studies; Jeremy Webster, B.A. Psychology; Kristyn Wiles, B.S. Elementary Education; Yusuf Yama, B.G.S. Bachelor of General Studies;

Fayette: Kasey Richards, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Fort Fairfield: Matthew Grillo, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Fort Kent: Margaret Guimond, M.S. Ed. Leadership; Loni Nadeau, M.S. Ed. Leadership; Robby Nadeau, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Franklin: Sarah Young, B.S. Community Health Education;

Freeman Twp: Michaela Zelie, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Freeport: Nicholas Cartmell, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Melissa Coro, B.A. Psychology; Wyatt McCurdy, B.S. Environmental Science;

Fryeburg: Makayla Frost, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Gardiner: Lee-Anne Greenleaf, B.S. Elementary Education; Taylor Lockhart, B.A. Political Science; Skylar McMillan, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Glenburn: Alexandra Cookson, B.S. Elementary Education;

Gorham: Ashley Brown, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Melissa Walls, B.A. Psychology; Owen Whitehead, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Katie Yates, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Gray: Bryce Neal, B.A. Geology; Richard Southard, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English; Kayla Vannah, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Greene: Samuel Godfrey, B.S. Community Health Education; Cassandra Morgan, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Harpswell: Sierra Gilley, B.S. Elementary Education;

Harrison: Jessica Morgan, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Houlton: Gregory Smaligo, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Timothy Tweedie, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Industry: Kiana Thompson, B.S. Community Health Education;

Island Falls: Taylor Bishop, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Jackman: Nova Jarvis, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Jay: Brandon Johnson, B.A. Computer Science; Brianna Martin, B.S. Community Health Education; Julie Purrington, B.A. Visual Arts; Jenna Sanders, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Self-Designed – Philosophy, Politics, Economics; Dorothy White, B.A. English;

Kennebunk: Emily Carman, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Policy and Planning; Krystal Livermore, B.S. Elementary Education; Owen White, B.A. Psychology;

Kingfield: Jonathan Hart, B.A. Business Economics; Troy Palmatier, B.A. Business Economics;

Kittery Point: Gavin Frisbee, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Lagrange: Alison Turtlott, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

Lamoine: Blair Bailey, B.S. Elementary Education;

Lebanon: Jennifer Daniels, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Leeds: Mark Thibodeau, M.S. Ed. Leadership; Brooke Wardwell, B.S. Elementary Education;

Levant: Nicholas Pinkham, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;

Lewiston: Mana Abdi, B.A. Political Science; Courtney Jacques, B.S. Community Health Education; Alexis Laliberte, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Abigail Madden, B.S. Special Education; Rebekah Morin, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Erin Morris, B.S. Elementary Education; Renee Poulin, B.S. Elementary Education; Loretta Rice, B.S. Elementary Education; Michelle Sicotte, B.A. English and Psychology; Jenessa Talarico, B.G.S. Bachelor of General Studies; Jeremy Young, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Limerick: Bailey Ohman, B.S. Elementary Education; Brian Wardwell, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Philosophy/Religion;

Lincoln: Abigail Brown, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Litchfield: Jordan McMullen, B.S. Secondary Education – Science;

Livermore: Kenda Newman, B.S. Community Health Education;

Livermore Falls: Brooke Cushing, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Destinie Maxham, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Amanda Ready, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Michael Taylor-Hampton, B.A. Computer Science;

Madison: Charie Cole, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Jonathan Petrey, B.A. Visual Arts; Ross Sirois, B.G.S. Bachelor of General Studies;

Madrid Twp: Tabitha Huntoon, B.A. Psychology;

Mapleton: Angela Bernier, M.S. Ed. Leadership; Danette Madore, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Mars Hill: Mindy Bell, M.S. Ed. Leadership; Jennifer Mahan, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Mechanic Falls: Caitlyn Currie, B.S. Special Education; Mariah Dufour, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Susan Gary, B.A. Actuarial Science and Mathematics; Shane Waters, B.A. Performing Arts;

Medway: Allie Currie, B.S. Elementary Education;

Mercer: Jeffrey Lamar, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Psychology;

Mexico: Kaitlyn Virgin, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Milford: Haley Murano, B.A. Psychology;

Milo: Theresa Karpowicz, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Aimee LaFlamme, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Minot: Kayla Ide, B.A. English; MacKenzie Thomas, B.A. Psychology;

Monmouth: Ashley Coulombe, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Joseph Menice, B.S. Community Health Education;

Monticello: Kierra Carmichael, B.S. Elementary Education;

Mount Desert: Katharine Walker, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Mount Vernon: Taylor Boynton, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Michael Stahler, B.G.S. Bachelor of General Studies;

New Gloucester: Melissa Elie, M.S. Ed. Leadership; Daniel Marshall, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Philosophy/Religion;

New Sharon: Kegan Blood, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Psychology; John Evans, B.S. Community Health Education; Jake Roberts, B.S. Secondary Education – Physical Sciences;

Newport: Amy McDaniel, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Nobleboro: Caitlin Waltz, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Norridgewock: Chantal Diamond, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Culture, Meaning and Society; Devin Lachapelle, B.S. Elementary Education; Amy Washburn, B.S. Elementary Education;

North Berwick: Lindsay Gorman, B.S. Special Education;

Norway: Ian Vail, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Old Orchard Beach: Sarah Jenkins, B.S. Elementary Education;

Orrington: Katherine Greenlaw, B.A. Biology;

Orrs Island: Connor Lynch, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;

Otisfield: Nicholas Attaliades-Ryan, B.S. Environmental Science; Riley Chickering, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;

Palermo: Hannah Aurich, B.S. Elementary Education;

Phillips: Angelica Levy, B.A. Psychology;

Pittsfield: Shane Hathaway, B.A. Psychology;Adam Shorey, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Pittston: Gabrielle Poirier, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Poland: Daniel Bernier, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Ashley Knowles, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Cameron Morrell, B.A. Visual Arts;

Portland: Helene Kabasu, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Anthony Lewis, B.A. English; Serge Nyirikamba, B.A. Biology; Olivia Pardi, B.A. English; Phoebe Shaw, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Presque Isle: Julie Conrad, M.S. Ed. Leadership; Kaleigh Kinney, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Rangeley: Sandra Campbell, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Readfield: Maddalena Chiappetta, B.A. Psychology; Katelyn MacGregor, B.A. Psychology;

Richmond: Sarah Surace, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Rome: Katelin Carey, B.S. Secondary Education – Mathematics; Christopher DeLisle, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Marisa Getchell, B.S. Elementary Education;

Roxbury: Emily Knapp, B.S. Community Health Education;

Rumford: Rylee L’Italien, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Abbey Pinkham, B.A. Political Science;

Sabattus: Meagan Ring, B.A. Actuarial Science and Mathematics;

Saco: Kyra Doles, B.A. Actuarial Science; Kayla Tremblay, B.S. Elementary Education; Pui Wong, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Saint Albans: Lindsay Mower, B.S. Community Health Education;

Sanford: Joshua Allen, B.G.S. Bachelor of General Studies; Tyler Flayhan, B.S. Community Health Education;

Sangerville: Courtney Richardson, B.S. Elementary Education;

Scarborough: Chase Damon, B.A. Geography; Brendan Murphy, B.A. Business Economics;

Sebago: Abigail Lucy, B.S. Elementary Education;

Skowhegan: Heather Hardesty, B.A. Psychology; Brittany Hemphill, B.A. Psychology; Patrick Poirier, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Culture, Meaning and Society; Linda Welch, B.S. Environmental Science;

Smyrna Mills: Aimee Goff, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Solon: Lindsey Locklear, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Self-Designed – Applied Animal Behavior;

South Berwick: Meagan McCormick, B.A. Psychology; Emily Osborne, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Erin Silver, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

South China: Mia Taylor, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

South Paris: Daniel Abbatello, B.A. Business Economics;

South Portland: Hannah Calkin, B.F.A. Creative Writing; Megan Clifton, B.S. Community Health Education; Tracy Kelly, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Chase Rerrick, B.A. Geology; Justine Walp, B.A. English;

South Thomaston: Nicholas Cross, B.A. English;

Springvale: James Parks, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Standish: Joshua Conley, B.S. Secondary Education – Chemistry;

Starks: Isaac LaCasse, B.S. Special Education;

Stratton: Caitlin Humphries, B.A. Psychology;

Strong: Nicholas Cole, B.A. Visual Arts;

Sumner: McKayla Darling, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Samantha Zak, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Swanville: Michelle McIntire, B.A. Psychology;

Topsham: Emma Brown, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Kelly Nelson, M.S. Ed. Leadership; Carly Raymond, B.S. Elementary Education;

Troy: Darian Wren, B.S. Elementary Education;

Turner: Tad Caldwell II, B.A. Geography; Kristen Eastman, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Alisha Labbe, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education; Dana Monbleau, B.S. Elementary Education; Kelly Pomerleau, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Michael Richard, B.A. Business Economics;

Upton: Jessica Casey, B.A. English and Psychology;

Van Buren: Kylie Lapierre, M.S. Ed. Leadership;

Vassalboro: Kiara Morrissette, B.S. Elementary Education;

Vienna: Dylan Lord, B.A. Biology;

Waldoboro: Ashton Harvey, B.S. Elementary Education;

Warren: Haley Mank, B.S. Special Education;

Washington: Olivia Vanner, B.A. Visual Arts;

Waterboro: Lauren Stetson, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Waterville: Daniel Boynton, B.A. Performing Arts; Alexander Carey, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Megan Denis, B.F.A. Creative Writing; David Labbe, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Jacob Montgomery, B.A. Biology;

Weld: Eric Berry, B.A. Visual Arts; Lauren Young, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;

Wells: Elizabeth Thompson, B.S. Elementary Education; Grace Wright, B.A. Actuarial Science and Mathematics;

Westbrook: Christopher Beahm, B.S. Environmental Science; John Cobblah, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Nicholas Minor, B.S. Elementary Education; Sean Murphy, B.S. Community Health Education; Ethan Nash, B.S. Community Health Education; Lynn Richards, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Tucker Tardif, B.A. English;

Wilton: Caleb Allen, B.A. History; Sierra Foshay, B.S. Special Education; Amanda Moody, B.S. Community Health Education;

Windham: Samuel Burnell, B.A. Visual Arts; Sabrina Campbell, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Sarah Eastman, B.A. Mathematics;

Windsor: Andrew Grady, B.S. Elementary Education;

Winslow: Marsha Demers, M.S. Ed. Early Childhood; Autumn Hopkins, B.S. Elementary Education; Brennah O’Connell, B.A. Biology; Matthew Wyman, B.A. Psychology;

Winthrop: Alyssa Arsenault, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Emily Leonard, B.A. Psychology; Casey Nadeau, B.S. Community Health Education; Zachary Nadeau, B.A. History; Emmah Spahr, B.S. Community Health Education;

Yarmouth: Margaret Bertocci, B.A. Biology; Maurice Murray, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Self-Designed – Rehabilitative Psychology; Eric Salvesen, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Policy and Planning;

CONNECTICUT

Ansonia: Andrew Devine, B.A. History;

Brookfield: Cory McCullough, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;

Colchester: Jonathan Islieb, B.A. Business Economics;

Deep River: Aliza Dube, B.F.A. Creative Writing and Elementary Education;

Hamden: Matthew Wilson, B.S. Environmental Science;

Middletown: Rebecca Mierzejewski, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

Naugatuck: Daniel Capone, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Policy and Planning; Olivia Ford, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

New Fairfield: Anna Lindquist, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

North Franklin: Amanda Ciufecu, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

South Windsor: Nicole Stewart, B.F.A. Creative Writing; Alexandra Veilleux Champagne, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

Waterbury: Jonae Hill, B.A. Psychology;

MASSACHUSETTS

Amesbury: Mena Boyah, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Policy and Planning;

Amherst: Isaac Wright, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Gardner: Elayna Chamberlin, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Lancaster: Emma Duggan, B.S. Elementary Education;

Leominster: Danielle Lefebvre, B.A. Performing Arts;

Lunenburg: Lindsay Cochran, B.S. Special Education;

Lynnfield: Grace McNally, B.S. Community Health Education;

Mansfield: Thomas Reid, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Melrose: Bobbi Hall, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Culture, Meaning and Society;

Methuen: Timothy Pacini, B.S. Environmental Science;

Milton: Jillian Cummings, B.S. Special Education;

Norton: Samuel Carignan, B.S. Elementary Education;

Plymouth: Brittany Jerome, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education;

Quincy: Elizabeth Foley, B.S. Secondary Education – English and English;

Rehoboth: David Tschirch, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Sheffield: Brianna Leonard, B.A. Geology;

Springfield: Alexandra Dupuis, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Waltham: Mollie Herman, B.S. Elementary Education;

Wayland: Renee Poirier, B.S. Elementary Education;

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Brookline: Mitchell Golas, B.A. Biology;

Dublin: Alexandra Umstadt, B.F.A. Creative Writing and B.A.  Geology;

Farmington: Jordan Newhall, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Hillsborough: Zachary Mayo, B.S. Secondary Education – Life Sciences; Josline Watkins, B.S. Secondary Education –   English;

Holderness: Gavin Brickley, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Psychology and Political Science;

Manchester: Cheyenne Candow, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Self-Designed – School Library Science Preparation;

Merrimack: Melissa Eelman, B.S. Elementary Education;

Milford: Genevieve Benoit, B.S. Early Childhood Special Education; Sarah Haas, B.S. Community Health Education and Psychology;

Nashua: Zachary Roberge, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Newmarket: Linsey Palmer, B.S. Special Education;

Salem: Cheyenne VanDooren, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Policy and Planning and Interdisciplinary Studies: Culture, Meaning and Society;

Woodsville: Andrew Varney, B.A. History;

RHODE ISLAND

Barrington: Sidney Stanhope, B.S. Elementary Education;

Charlestown: Michael Bottai, B.A. Mathematics;

Foster: Samuel O’Neal, B.A. Computer Science;

Saunderstown: Patrick McDonald, B.A. Psychology;

Warwick: Mariah Morey, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

West Kingston: Daniel Mason, B.A. Geology;

VERMONT

Barton: Connor Gaboriault, B.A. Actuarial Science and Business Economics;

Bloomfield: Lydia Donovan, B.S. Secondary Education – Social Studies;

Braintree: Vaughn Keenhold, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Danville: Brett Elliott, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Policy and Planning;

Essex Junction: Ellie Pinto, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Self-Designed – Public Health Management;

Orleans: Clark Hayden, B.A. Business Economics;

South Burlington: Alexander Sicard, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Psychology;

St. Johnsbury: Desiree Persons, B.S. Special Education;

Williamstown: Mariah Lamell, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

FLORIDA

Lakeland: Rosemary Penny, B.A. English;

Punta Gorda: Kristen Taylor, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Psychology;

MARYLAND

Chesapeake City: Austin Chase, B.A. Geography;

NEW JERSEY

Ramsey: Sarah Fredrick, B.S. Secondary Education – Mathematics and Mathematics;

NEW YORK

Rye: Katherine Haigney, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

TEXAS

El Paso: Michael Atkins, Jr., B.S. Community Health Education;

VIRGINIA

Sterling: Michael Donnelly, B.A. Environmental Science;

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UMF actuarial science major named George Mitchell Peace Scholar

UMF student Drew Kelso, named 2018 George Mitchell Peace Scholar

Drew Kelso

The University of Maine at Farmington has announced that Drew Kelso, a junior from Hampden, was selected as a 2018 George Mitchell Peace Scholar. Kelso’s scholarship will take him to the city of Cork on the south coast of Ireland where he will study for a semester at the University College Cork of the National University of Ireland in spring 2019.

The prestigious scholarship honors the Northern Ireland peace accord brokered in 1998 between Ireland and the United Kingdom by Senator Mitchell. “I am so honored to be considered a George Mitchell Peace Scholar,” said Kelso. “This is a unique opportunity to broaden my knowledge, grow friendships and exchange ideas halfway around the world.”

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UMF proudly hosts “Art Explorations: Mt. Blue High School Student Exhibition,” May 17- June 1

by Jennell Allen

by Jennell Allen

FARMINGTON, ME  (May 9, 2018)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce the “Art Explorations: Mt. Blue High School Student Exhibition” will be on display at the Emery Community Arts Center Thursday, May 17 through Friday, June 1, 2018.

An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 17. The show is free and open to the public.

The Mt. Blue High School show is a local highlight of the Emery Flex Gallery and embraced by the campus and community. This year, the Emery Community Arts Center is thrilled to collaborate with two new high school art teachers, Pamela Chernesky and Nienke Adamse.

“In my classes, students focus on demonstrating proficiency of the art standards to create unique and interesting compositions,” said Chernesky. “MBHS Art Explorations showcases risk-taking and creativity by both introductory Art students as well as advanced artists from Clay, Advanced Clay, 2D/3D, Drawing, Advanced Art and Portfolio classes.”

by Madge Curtin

by Madge Curtin

The exhibit includes work of at least 50 students from grades 9-12. Close to 20 students will have individual displays of their work in Emery’s Flex Gallery. In addition, areas outside the gallery will have student work grouped by class assignment.

“As an art teacher I like to teach my students the basic elements of art and principles of design through a variety of two and three dimensional assignments and materials,” said Adamse. “The students choose from a list of categories and mediums to express their title in an artwork.”

In addition, some of the students have been working on their concentration—a personal visual research project in which they explore a visual concept, theme, idea or technique.

The MBHS Student Art Exhibition is sponsored by the Emery Community Arts Center.

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Media Contact: Ann Barges, director of UMF Emery Community Arts Center, at ann.bartges@maine.edu or 207-778-7461

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UMF actuarial science student named George Mitchell Peace Scholar

FARMINGTON, ME  (May 1, 2018)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that Drew Kelso, a junior from Hampden, has been selected as a 2018 George Mitchell Peace Scholar. Kelso’s scholarship will take him to the city of Cork on the south coast of Ireland where he will study for a semester at the University College Cork of the National University of Ireland in spring 2019.

This prestigious scholarship honors the Northern Ireland peace accord brokered in 1998 between Ireland and the United Kingdom by Senator Mitchell. The scholarship covers tuition and fees, housing and includes a supplemental stipend.

“I am so honored to be considered a George Mitchell Peace Scholar,” said Kelso. “This is a unique opportunity to broaden my knowledge, grow friendships and exchange ideas halfway around the world.”

UMF student Drew Kelso, named 2018 George Mitchell Peace Scholar

UMF student Drew Kelso, named 2018 George Mitchell Peace Scholar

At UMF, Kelso has a double major in actuarial science and applied mathematics and a minor in coaching. His strong academic interests drew him to Farmington, the only college in Maine with a program in actuarial science—a program that is also embraced by University College Cork.

During his time at UMF, Kelso has taken every opportunity to pursue his interest in the mathematical discipline that assesses statistical and financial risk. Kelso has participated in undergraduate internships with both Actuarial Designs & Solutions and Unum—during which he worked online with his counterparts in Ireland. He will be completing his third internship with Aetna this summer in Atlanta.

Students in UMF’s innovative Interdisciplinary Studies program can concentrate in actuarial science and acquire the broad knowledge of mathematics, computer science, business and economics needed for this high-demand profession.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Kelso has worked on campus for two years as a tutor and supplemental instructor in math and philosophy. He is a volunteer student assistant coach at UMF. Kelso was selected as a UMF Michael D. Wilson scholar. He also started a club for actuary students and serves as its president.

The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship is an agreement between Maine and Ireland for a student exchange at the University level. The first Peace Scholarship exchanges took place during the 1999-2000 academic year. The University of Maine System awards one full scholarship or two one-semester scholarships per year.

To be selected for the George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship, students’ applications are reviewed by a University of Maine System committee comprised of study abroad professionals. Selection criteria includes high academic achievements, leadership skills, commitment to community service and the ability to promote the scholarship to the academic and wider community.

More About the University of Maine at Farmington

The University of Maine at Farmington is a welcoming, close knit community of learners located in the heart of central Maine’s beautiful lakes and mountain region. The oldest public education institution in Maine, 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.

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UMF spring Symposium: displaying academic research and creative work

The University of Maine at Farmington’s university-wide, day-long, spring Symposium took place on Wednesday, April 25, displaying the depth and breadth of academic research and creative work by students from every corner of the university. According to the Daily Bulldog, the Symposium included close to 300 student presenters, mentored by nearly 50 faculty sponsors. These student research projects and original creative works are, “the product of hard work, inventiveness, financial support and deep commitment,” observed Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. Highlighted presentations included Trustee Professor Jonathan Cohen on “The Music of Nietzsche’s Life” and Libra Professor Christos Teazis on “New Turkey: Towards a New Islam.”

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UMF Creative Writing Program hosts seventh annual summer workshop for talented high school writers

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 25, 2018)—Looking for an exceptional summer writing workshop for talented high school writers? University of Maine at Farmington’s seventh annual Longfellow Young Writer’s workshop will be held from Sunday, July 15 through Saturday, July 21, 2018, on the UMF campus and is taking applications.

Longfellow holds small supportive workshops in poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting and fiction taught by distinguished UMF faculty, authors and guests including:

  • David Bersell—Memoirist and UMF Graduate
  • Sarah Braunstein—Novelist and Maine Author
  • Wesley McNair—Maine State Poet Laureate and UMF Writer in Residence
  • William Giraldi—Novelist and senior fiction editor for AGNI

Students will publish a chapbook of student work, recreate in the beautiful Maine wild and reside in a campus residence hall under the guidance of campus staff and UMF senior creative writing students. The weeklong program is $800, which includes tuition, room/board and fees.

Three full scholarhips are sponsored by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, including two Michael Macklin Scholarships for Young Maine Writers that will be awarded to Maine Residents and the Ilgenfritz Scholarship awarded to  a female student living in Waldo or Knox County.

Several partial scholarships sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program are open to any student applicant.

Students can apply to the Longfellow program online at  http://www2.umf.maine.edu/creativewriting/longfellow/.

To be considered for all scholarships, a five-page creative writing sample and 500-word statement of need must be submitted electronically with your application no later than May 15, 2018.

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Media Contact: Shana Youngdahl, co-director of Longfellow Young Writers Workshop, 207-778-8024, or shana.youngdahl@maine.edu.

UMF leads the way with third annual Nature-Based Education Summer Institute, May 18-20

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 24, 2018)— Interested in implementing or expanding upon nature-based programming in your classroom? The University of Maine at Farmington, a long-standing leader in teacher education, is pleased to announce its third annual Nature-Based Education Summer Institute—Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20, 2018, on the UMF campus.

This innovative conference will help educators inspire learning in their classrooms and educational settings based on a child’s sense of wonder about nature.

Miyako Kinoshita

Miyako Kinoshita

Kicking off this year’s institute will be a free, public lecture by Miyako Kinoshita, a farm education program manager at Green Chimneys, from 7-9 p.m., Friday, May 18, in the Emery Community Arts Center.

Green Chimneys is a non-profit organization in Brewster, New York, that serves children with special needs. Kinoshita, with a diverse background in special education, is Green Chimneys’ key facilitator specializing in emotional and behavioral crisis and management in animal assisted activity and animal assisted education settings.

She trains and supervises 12 Sam and Myra Ross Institute interns every semester and consults with therapists on campus on how to incorporate animals and nature into therapy sessions. A noted speaker, Kinoshita has lectured extensively in the U.S. and internationally.

Saturday, May 19, will offer a full-day conference. Space is limited, so please submit your registration and payment soon to reserve your space for Saturday’s conference. For cost, registration forms and more information on all sessions, please visit http://www2.umf.maine.edu/gradstudies/nbe/nbe_18/”

Anne Stires

Anne Stires

It begins with registration at 8 a.m., in the UMF Olsen Student Center, followed by a keynote by Anne Stires, founder and director of Juniper Hill School for place-based education in Alna, Maine, at 9 a.m., in Lincoln Auditorium in Roberts Learning Center.

With an affinity for nature and environmental education, Stires founded the Juniper Hill School to share her enthusiasm for learning through the lens of place. Her school, formerly her grandmother’s farm, is now where her students begin their immersion in the adventure of learning by studying the natural and human environments around them.

Stires directed a place-based education program for 25 schools on the the midcoast region of Maine for the Quebec-Labrador Foundation Marine Program. She has a master’s degree from Antioch University where she teaches.

A full-day of diverse nature-based session options will follow the keynote.

A Hut Hike overnight experience Saturday, and a half-day nature-based activity on Sunday will complete the institute.

Low-cost accommodations are available on-campus for Friday and Saturday night. Participants will stay in a single residence hall room with bedding provided.

For more information, contact Sue Farris, UMF coordinator of education assessment and special projects at susan.farris@maine.edu or 207-778-7315.

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