UMF Public Classroom series presents “Social Change and the Crisis of American Law,” Jan. 30

FARMINGTON, ME  (January 17, 2018)—Why, in America today, is there so much political discord? Why is there so much controversy over so many social issues? These questions will be examined by the University of Maine at Farmington Public Classroom series with “Social Change and the Crisis of American Law,” a presentation by Frank Underkuffler, Maine attorney and UMF faculty member.

This talk will take place at 6:30 pm with refreshments at 6 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

Underkuffler’s thesis is that the problem is not “them” or “us” but “it,” and with this presentation, will put the law on trial. He will place the blame for our nation’s present difficulties, not on persons, parties, or ideologies, but on the adversarial legal system itself, and more particularly, on that system’s almost complete disregard for social change. He will trace this systemic failure back to the English common law, on which our legal system is based, and he will show how it has created chaos in our nation’s legislatures, courtrooms and streets.

Frank Underkuffler

Frank Underkuffler

Underkuffler studied philosophy at Oxford University and law at the University of Minnesota. He has practiced law since 1985, with a concentration in public sector law. He is the attorney for Franklin County, the Town of Farmington and many other area towns. He regularly teaches courses in philosophy, including philosophy of law, at UMF.

The UMF Public Classroom Series is sponsored by the UMF Office of the President.

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UMF “Art on Campus” spotlights work of two, new contemporary artists

FARMINGTON, ME  (January 16, 2018)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present the creative works of the next featured artists in the new UMF “Art on Campus” program. This vibrant campus art initiative exhibits the expressive work of two artists per semester in UMF’s Mantor Library.

This semester’s visual artists are Katrina Majkut and Christopher McNulty. Their work will be on view throughout the library from Jan. 22–May 12, 2018. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Artist talks may also be featured in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center, helping campus and community members engage directly with the artist. McNulty will speak at noon on Wednesday, April 11.

Katrina Majkut

Katrina Majkut

Majkut’s embroidery, painting and writing is dedicated to understanding and exploring feminine narratives and civil rights in aesthetics and social practices. Her cross-stich samplers on exhibit challenge the historical ideas of womanhood, wifedom and motherhood by attempting to stitch all modern products related to women’s health/needs and seek to respond to contemporary issues surrounding reproductive rights and women’s bodies.

Majkut recently exhibited in a two-person exhibit at CUNY College of Staten Island, had a solo show at Babson College and exhibited at the Mint Museum, N.C. She was also an Artist in Residence at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass.

She has been featured in multiple publications including the Huffington Post, VICE Communication’s Broadly, listed as one of four international artists starting a new chapter in feminist art by Mic Media in 2014 and highlighted as a must-see artist in the Gowanus Open Studios by Hyperallergic. She’s been a featured online artist at the Museum of Contraception and Abortion in Vienna, Austria, and the International Museum of Women’s “#Equalityis” media project. She holds a B.S. from Babson College, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

Christopher McNulty

Christopher McNulty

McNulty creates sculptural objects, video and works on paper. His current work explores how environmental space penetrates the body, creating relationships among individuals, species and objects. Using the probable number of days that he has left to live as his starting point, he has created works composed of over 20,000 repetitive marks in an attempt to represent the remainder of his life and comprehend his mortality.

Like unconventional calendars, these drawings and sculptures both represent time spatially and function as contemporary vanitas. In their absurd attempt to make the invisible visible, the unknowable known, and the uncertain certain, the works also address our culture’s anxiety about the future and death.

He has exhibited work throughout the U.S., including the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, Rochester Art Center and Saltworks Gallery. His projects have been featured in many publications including Art Papers, New American Paintings, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and The Week. McNulty has received many awards including an Alabama State Council on the Arts Grant and completed artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Marble House Project, the Hambidge Center and the Vermont Studio Center.

The Art on Campus program is sponsored by the UMF President’s Office and the H. King & Jean Cummings Charitable Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Artists are selected by a committee of UMF art faculty and unversity staff.

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UMF president to serve on higher education accrediting agency

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster

University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page announced that University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster and former University of Maine System Trustee and Maine Business Leader Eleanor Baker have been elected for three-year terms to serve on the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The election was held as part of the 132nd Annual Meeting of the accrediting body being held this week in Boston, Massachusetts. “President Foster and former Trustee Baker are public servants who understand our state, its people and the service mission of public higher education,” said University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees I want to thank Kate and Ellie for bringing their perspectives and strategic thinking to the Commission.”

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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 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.

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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