UMF creates new World Language Education major to ease teacher shortage

The University of Maine at Farmington has created a new World Language Education major to prepare educators for a career teaching Spanish or French in K-12 classrooms. As schools in Maine and across the nation flounder in their searches for world language teachers, the University of Maine at Farmington is rolling out a new major in hopes of helping educators to fill the gap, according to the Bangor Daily News. “Command of a foreign language is an essential skill for Maine students in a global economy,” said UMF President Kathryn Foster. “This exciting new program will prepare language teachers for service in elementary, middle, and high schools, at once educating Maine’s youth and addressing a critical shortage in K-12 language teachers.”

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UMF Assistant Professor of French Olivia Donaldson (standing far right) and her teaching assistant work one-on-one with students mastering the French language.

UMF Assistant Professor of French Olivia Donaldson (standing far right) and her teaching assistant work one-on-one with students mastering the French language.

UMF 2017-18 Winter Term now open, offers wide range of “flex-courses”

FARMINGTON, ME  (December 4, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington is excited to offer a wide range of flexible Winter Term courses aimed at helping current students and members of the public meet their personal college credit needs.

UMF’s 2017-18 Winter Term offers online, hybrid and in-classroom courses of 1, 2, 3 and 4 credits. This new “flex-course” lineup features dynamic faculty and interesting courses in subjects from art to technology, including:

  • Business Management
  • Coaching Methods – Baseball / Softball
  • Chinese Politics
  • Elementary Chemistry
  • Psychology of Cinema
  • Special Projects in Drawing (multi level 2-4 credits)
  • Into to Excel VBA or SQL
  • Writing for Children and Young Adults
  • And more

Classes run from Monday, Dec. 18 thru Friday, Jan. 19, and registration is now open.

To see course listings, including a detailed description, credit hours, dates, times and locations visit  www.umf.maine.edu. Click on the “Take Winter Classes” box at the top of the page and again on “Winter 2017-2018” on the next page and select a subject to see a course list. To register, click on a course and the “Add to My Bookbag” link and you will be contacted by a UMF registration specialist.

Individuals may also register in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday, at the Merrill Center in UMF’s Merrill Hall, 224 Main St.

The deadline for course registration is the first day of classes. Classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact the UMF Merrill Center at 778-7237 or registrar@umf.maine.edu, or Eric Brown, vice president for academic affairs and provost, at brown.eric@maine.edu or 207-778-7457.

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UMF Mitchell Scholars share the spirit of Thanksgiving with donation to local shelter

Students from the UMF Mitchell Scholars Club bring Thanksgiving dinner to local shelter.

UMF Mitchell Scholars Brittany Wakefield, Sean Brock and Michaela Carney

In an effort to give back to the community, the University of Maine at Farmington Mitchell Scholars Club donated turkeys, stuffing and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal to the Western Maine Homeless Outreach shelter, as reported by the Sun Journal. The club’s goal was to raise $100 for the dinner in a short period of time, and students were pleased when scholars, students, faculty and UMF President Kathryn Foster pitched in to raise nearly $200. “It feels good to give,” said Michaela Carney, co-chairman of the UMF student club and a junior from Richmond.

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UMF geology student researches Yellowstone supervolcano with the National Science Foundation

UMF student Bryce Neal at Mckenzie Pass in the Oregon Cascades.

UMF student Bryce Neal

What volcanic secrets are hidden beneath Yellowstone National Park and how does a University of Maine at Farmington student get the opportunity to investigate them? According to the Sun Journal, Bryce Neal, UMF senior from New Gloucester and a geology major spent the past summer with a team of researchers with the National Science Foundation’s competitive Research Experiences for Undergraduates program measuring Yellowstone’s magma chambers and super-heated water located in the Earth’s upper crust. The Yellowstone research was led by Adam Schultz, Oregon State University professor of geology and geophysics, and hosted by OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. “This was a terrific opportunity for me as I headed into my senior year,” said Neal. “UMF’s geology program has a huge field component. And with that experience in hand, I felt prepared for the field research in Yellowstone and for where it would take me.”

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UMF creates new World Language Education major to meet teacher shortage in Maine

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 29, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce it has created a new World Language Education major to prepare educators for a career teaching Spanish or French in K-12 classrooms.

Within the state of Maine, as well as nationally, schools have a significant shortage of fully-certified educators in World Languages. The new UMF Bachelor of Science in World Language Education program is designed to help address this shortage of fully-prepared language teachers in Maine and beyond.  The program will be available beginning in the fall of 2018.

“Command of a foreign language is an essential skill for Maine students in a global economy,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF President.  “This exciting new program will prepare language teachers for service in elementary, middle, and high schools, at once educating Maine’s youth and addressing a critical shortage in K-12 language teachers.”

According to a Maine Department of Education World Language specialist, all Maine high schools are now required to offer language learning for proficiency-based graduation requirement, and many Maine middle schools are in the process of expanding their language programs.

Increasingly, schools need certified language educators to help students effectively contribute to a global business economy, support children and families from diverse backgrounds and help prepare students to meet college admission requirements.

UMF Assistant Professor of French Olivia Donaldson (standing far right) and her teaching assistant work one-on-one with students mastering the French language.

UMF Assistant Professor of French Olivia Donaldson (standing far right) and her teaching assistant work one-on-one with students mastering the French language.

UMF’s new World Language Education programs in Spanish and French will provide an opportunity for students interested in teaching languages in K-12 classrooms to earn certification in these content areas.

“Students enrolling in the World Language Education program will gain deep understanding of language, culture and effective pedagogy through coursework and multiple field experiences in K-12 classrooms,” said Katherine Yardley, UMF associate provost and dean of the College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation.

In keeping with its continued commitment to Maine schools, the UMF program will provide certified teachers who can help fill the needs of K-12 schools and ensure that world languages continue to be an important part of a student’s education.

UMF also teaches courses in Chinese and Japanese.

For more information, visit the UMF website at https://www.umf.maine.edu/majors-academics/world-language-education/.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

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. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business 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: Katherine Yardley, UMF associate provost and dean of the College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation

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Photo Caption: UMF Assistant Professor of French Olivia Donaldson (standing far right) and her teaching assistant work one-on-one with students mastering the French language.

UMF President Foster announces appointment of Marc Glass as director of advancement

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 28, 2017)— Kathryn A. Foster, president of University of Maine at Farmington, announced today that Marc Glass, currently director of advancement communications at Bates College, will become director of advancement at UMF effective Jan. 2, 2018.

Marc Glass

Marc Glass

Reporting to Jared Cash, vice president for enrollment and external relations, Glass will direct the University’s fundraising, stewardship and alumni engagement efforts. In addition to leading the Office of Alumni Development, he will work closely with alumni, faculty and staff to achieve the University’s advancement goals and strengthen the culture of philanthropy within the UMF community. He will also serve as managing editor of UMF’s alumni magazine, Farmington First, a position he held from 2007 to 2012.

“We are truly delighted Marc will return to UMF bringing with him exceptional experience in advancement and communication strategies,” said Cash. “ His pertinent experience and understanding of the UMF community will lead the advancement team to new heights.”

As director of advancement communications at Bates, Glass led the development and execution of fundraising, stewardship and alumni engagement communications during the quiet phase and first public year of the college’s ongoing $300 million capital campaign.

Prior to his work in the Bates Office of Advancement, he was the project manager in the college’s communications office, overseeing the development of print and electronic communications for admission, financial aid, advancement and career services among other offices. In this role, he also served as the lead writer for Bates admission marketing communications and web properties.

“Serving the UMF community as director of advancement is a tremendous privilege,” Glass said. “I know from my previous experience as editor of Farmington First that UMF alumni embody the University’s tradition of excellence, commitment to access and core value of engaged citizenship. Their achievements and work bring honor to UMF and are vital to the communities in which they live. I look forward to celebrating their stories and helping them express their pride in UMF through philanthropy.”

Glass is a 1988 honors graduate of Bates and a member of the College Key, the school’s honorary alumni service association. A Farmington-area resident since 1974, he lives in Wilton with his wife, Wendy, and their daughter, Anna.

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UMF Community Chorus presents Holiday Concert, Dec. 3

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 20, 2017)—The UMF Community Chorus under the direction of Bruce McInnes with Patricia Hayden, organist, will present their annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., in Old South Church, Main Street in Farmington.

This year’s concert is formatted as an Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols. Readings from scripture and poetry will complement the musical offerings of the Chorus. The audience will also be invited to join in singing several traditional carols of the holiday season.

The Chorus will present music from a 15th Century French Processional to works from the 19th and 20th centuries by American, British, German and Norwegian composers.  In addition to soloists from within the chorus, Shannon Snapp will be the cello soloist in a haunting setting of the ancient Latin text “O Magnum Mysterium” by the brilliant young Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. Works by Handel, Mendelssohn, Humperdinck, Chilcott, Mawby, Winterbourn, Thobur and Dawson round out a very exciting afternoon of great choral music.

Admission is $8 per adult, $6 seniors and free for children and UMF students with I.D.

 

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UMF hosts poet Kaveh Akbar as next author in Visiting Writers Series, Nov. 30

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 16, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to host poet Kaveh Akbar as the next reader in its notable Visiting Writers Series. Sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, the reading will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center.

The reading is free and open to the public, to be followed by a meet and greet with the author.

In addition to the reading, Akbar will also be leading a workshop Thursday, entitled Mining the Poetic from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., at Alice James Books located on the UMF campus at 114 Prescott Street. There are limited seats available, please contact Alicia Hynes at alicejamesea@alicejamesbooks.org to sign up.

Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar

Akbar’s poems will or have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, Tin House, The Guardian, Ploughshares, FIELD, Georgia Review, PBS NewsHour, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Narrative, The Poetry Review, AGNI, New England Review, A Public Space, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry International, Best New Poets 2016, Guernica, Boston Review and elsewhere.

His debut full-length collection, “Calling a Wolf a Wolf,” is just out with Alice James in the U.S. and Penguin in the UK, and his chapbook, “Portrait of the Alcoholic,” was published by Sibling Rivalry Press.

The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry-publishing house.

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

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UMF promotes a safe community for all with “Peace in the Park” event, Nov. 17

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 13, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington is holding a “Peace in the Park” event from 3:30–4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17, in Abbott Park. It is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the UMF Diversity and Inclusion Action Team, the event invites students, staff, faculty and members of the community to come together to celebrate their commitment to inclusion and diversity. The pro-active event is a way to show strength in unity and affirm that the community is a safe place for all.

Speakers include Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president; and Mana Abdi, UMF student from Lewiston. Chompers, the UMF mascot will be on hand. Participants are encouraged to post positive photos on social media along with their endorsement of diversity with the hashtag #CoexistUMF. Commemorative items and stickers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact Karol Maybury, UMF associate professor of psychology, at karol.maybury@maine.edu, or 778-7067.

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UMF students hosting dinner for veterans in the community, Nov. 15

Student-designed logo to welcome veterans to community dinnerFARMINGTON, ME  (November 7, 2017)— University of Maine at Farmington’s First Year Seminar “Peace Studies” students are hosting a dinner for veterans and their families from 5:30–7 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Old South Church in Farmington. The event is free and open to the public.

UMF students taking the course have been studying the nature of war and wanted to put together a special dinner for military veterans and their families to welcome them and show they care. Students planned the community dinner and developed the menu, which includes vegetarian and turkey chili, cornbread, salad, with pie and ice cream for dessert.

Students will be participating the evening of the event, setting up the space, cooking and serving the attendees and cleaning up afterwards. In addition, they designed the event logo to spread the word to the community.

Sixteen students are involved in the Peace Studies First Year Seminar led by Doug Rawlings. As part of the course, students study the philosophy of nonviolent direct action and its applications in the United States and elsewhere. They have been reading about and discussing the nature of war and some specific wars, predominantly the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. One requirement of the course is participation in a community project of their choosing.

For more information, or to offer a food item or donation, please contact Doug Rawlings at rawling@maine.edu.

UMF is also pleased to be saluting the UMF student, faculty and staff military veterans, reservists, National Guard and active duty presonnel with a campus luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 9.

“UMF is honored to recognize veterans throughout the country for their service,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “Our communities are built upon their sacrifice and dedication and we are proud to say thank you for all they’ve done.”

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