Rehabilitation Services students participate in Job Club program

UMF Rehabilitation Services pilot program participants

UMF Rehabilitation Services pilot program participants

UMF students in the Rehabilitation Services Program are participating in a pilot program to help area high school students with disabilities explore their options after graduation. UMF students in the Job Club program serve as role models for Jay and Turner high school students as they discuss topics such as employment and educational opportunities, resume and interview skills, problem solving and coping skills.  “Working with kids and being a role model to them is part of who I am,” said Ian Vail, UMF junior majoring in Rehabilitation Services. Based on the positive results, plans are underway to expand the Job Club to other schools next semester, said a recent Sun Journal article.

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UMF Wilson undergraduate research program names fall 2016 scholars and fellows

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 28, 2016)—Eight University of Maine at Farmington students have been named as Fall 2016 UMF Michael D. Wilson Scholars and Fellows. This competitive, campus-wide research program provides project funding to top student scholars as they pursue the highest level of undergraduate research.

The UMF Wilson Program names student awardees twice a year, including single-semester scholars and year-long fellows. Student researchers are individually sponsored by faculty mentors and supported at every stage of their research. Faculty mentors assist with proposal development, research methodology, project presentation and continuing follow-up on pre-professional and post-graduate opportunities.

“This research program is a perfect pairing of our students’ unique academic interests with their professors’ dedicated mentorship and guidance,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “That partnership is at the heart of the Wilson Program and the overall UMF learning experience.”

This semester’s student researchers are exploring topics from mathematical group theory to literature and magic.

UMF Fall 2016 Wilson Scholars and FellowsThe Fall 2016 UMF Wilson Fellows are Brigid Chapin (Winthrop), Eli Kidson (Farmington), and Cassie Scott (Somerset, Mass.).

Fall 2016 UMF Wilson Scholars include, Jamie Austin (Springvale), Joseph Needle (Northfield, Ver.), Ben Rodriguez (Readfield), Richard Southard (Gray) and Kristen Tarr (Dyer Brook).

The Wilson program was originally established by Michael and Susan Angelides, of Columbia, Conn., in honor of their good friend and UMF alumnus Michael D. Wilson, class of 1976.

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Photo Caption:  Left to right, front row: Joseph Needle, Eli Kidson, Richard Southard, Brigid Chapin. Back row: Ben Rodriguez, Kristen Tarr, Cassie Scott, Jamie Austin.

UMF Mainely Outdoors reaches out to local high school

UMF Mainely OutdoorsMainely Outdoors, UMF’s four-season outdoor recreation and excursion program is reaching out to the local high school helping to provide students with equipment for both hands-on work with composites and a little fun in the great outdoors. According to a recent Sun Journal article, the UMF program is working closely with the Mt. Blue High School composite manufacturing class to make sure the UMF equipment is in top shape while also giving high school students valuable experience in composite repair.  Andrew Willihan, Mainely Outdoors coordinator, said the UMF program offers free gear rental to both UMF and Mt. Blue students. At the beginning of the school year, the UMF program provided equipment to help more than 30 students in Mt. Blue’s YETI Outing Club learn canoeing and kayaking skills.

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UMF Community Chorus presents concert for the holiday season, Dec. 4

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 21, 2016)—The UMF Community Chorus, under the leadership of Bruce McInnes, music director, and accompanied by Patricia Hayden, organist, will present a concert of music for the holiday season at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4 at Old South Church, 227 Main Street in Farmington.

The program will include Concerted Chorale Movements from several Bach Cantatas, Franz Schubert’s delightful “Mass in G” and Benjamin Britten’s Cantata “Rejoice in the Lamb.”

Soloists in the Schubert Mass will be Isabelle and Phoebe Rogers, Michaela Carney and Kathryn Sytsma, sopranos; Daniel Woodward, tenor and Paul Stancioff, baritone. The soloists in “Rejoice in the Lamb” will be Isabelle Rogers, soprano; Elaine Eadler, alto; Daniel Woodward, tenor and Cole Williams, baritone.

In addition, the audience will be invited to join the chorus in singing favorite carols of the holiday season.

Admission to the concert is $8 for adults and $6 for seniors.  There is no admission charge for students under 18 and any UMF student with I.D.

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UMF Emery Community Arts Center presents an evening of experimental music, Dec 1

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 21, 2016)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus is proud to present an evening of experimental music at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.

The program is under the direction of Gustavo Aguilar, UMF associate professor of experimental performance and N.B.Aldrich, University of Maine faculty member and installation and performance artist. It includes works by contemporary composers Yoko Ono, Pauline Oliveros and Cornelius Cardew and is performed by students of the University of Maine at Farmington Experimental Performance Group and the University of Maine Intermedia MFA program.

The evening revolves around works that promote the idea of music as an opportunity for individual and social meditation and for performance as an opportunity to create community. This concert is part of ongoing collaboration of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Farmington experimental performance programs and the UMF Student Art Show.

This presentation is sponsored by the UMF Department of Visual and Performing Arts and is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Aguilar at

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UMF provides perspective on presidential election

Roy Van TilRoy Van Til, retired UMF professor of economics, provided a new understanding to the recent presidential election with a presentation on “Economic Factors in Presidential Elections.” Covered by Bangor’s CBS affiliate WABI 5, Van Til’s talk was aimed at giving people in attendance a respite from the nastiness of the campaign season, and providing an unbiased look at how past elections have affected the economy. “A lot of the differences that people think exist or have been told exist don’t really exist. It really doesn’t make a huge difference in terms of economics,” said Van Til.


UMF opens Thrifty Beaver Food Pantry to help students with healthy solutions

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 14, 2016)—In keeping with the commitment to support its students with healthy, sustainable solutions, the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce the grand opening of the Thrifty Beaver Co-op, a new food pantry and thrift store for UMF students.

Envisioned and developed by the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition, the co-op opened its doors earlier this month. The new campus resource was created to provide a self-sustaining solution for students on a tight budget and in need of adequate food and clothing. It operates on a non-monetary, swap basis where students can “take an item–leave an item.”

Luke Kellet, UMF sustainability coordinator, is joined by student leaders Louise Villemont, Melissa Gerard and Catherine Dufault at Thrifty Beaver Co-op opening on campus.

Luke Kellet, UMF sustainability coordinator, is joined by student leaders Louise Villemont, Melissa Gerard and Catherine Dufault at Thrifty Beaver Co-op opening on campus.

“This has really been a campus-wide effort to help our students who are most in need,” said Luke Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator. “Students have a lot of expenses at a time when their income is often insufficient. Sometimes a little help can make a huge difference in a student’s life and how well they succeed.”

The co-op shelves are stocked through campus and community donations. Gently-used clothing, shoes and small items are available to students at the thrift store. The food pantry offers students an assortment of healthy, canned, packaged and easy to prepare foods.

In addition, fresh fruit and vegetables are provided through a generous partnership with Sodexo, UMF’s new dining service. United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, a local non-profit dedicated to building a strong healthy community, is also helping provide food for the new campus venture.

According to “Hunger on Campus,” a recent national report, almost half of college students surveyed reported food insecurity—the lack of affordable, nutritious food. To help make ends meet, many campuses across the country are starting up campus food pantries to help students in need. Today there are more than 350 campus food pantries across the country, as reported by the College and University Food Bank Alliance.

Collection boxes for UMF’s Thrifty Beaver Co-op are located on campus at the UMF Mantor Library, Loraine Spenciner Curriculum Center in the Kalikow Education Center and SCC office in the Olsen Student Center.

The co-op is located on the lower level of the UMF Technology Commons and is open from 3-8 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

More on the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition

The Sustainable Campus Coalition is a coalition of students, faculty, staff, and community members that promotes environmental sustainability on campus and in the area community. Its commitment to innovative environmental practices and collaboration with others is at its core. Dedicated to making environmental stewardship at UMF a priority, the Sustainable Campus Coalition was instrumental in UMF being honored by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 for energy solutions that reduce greenhouse gases and long-term energy costs and being an inspiration in making a clean energy campus a reality.

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Media contact: Luke Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator, at, or 207-778-7096

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Photo Caption: (Left to right) Luke Kellet, UMF sustainability coordinator, is joined by student leaders Louise Villemont, Melissa Gerard and Catherine Dufault at Thrifty Beaver Co-op opening on campus.


UMF presents talk on “Economic Factors in Presidential Elections” by Roy Van Til, Nov 16

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 10, 2016)—Looking for a rational perspective on the nature of the presidency after the rancor and partisanship of the recent election? Roy Van Til, retired UMF professor of economics, will present a talk on “Economic Factors in Presidential Elections,” at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, in room C-23 in the UMF Roberts Learning Center.

Roy Van Til

Roy Van Til

This timely presentation by Van Til will explore the relationship of the party in charge of the White House with the overall economic conditions in the country. His approach is factual, nonpartisan, easily accessible and will cover the last 40 years. The talk will focus on topical issues including growth, inflation, taxation, unemployment, income distribution, immigration, deficit spending, costs of war and crime, etc.

Van Til’s interest in the link between the economy and politics dates back to his study at Swarthmore college and his doctoral work at Boston College. He taught economics at UMF for 16 years.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UMF Division of Social Sciences and Business and the Department of Business Economics.

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UMF Collegium features works for orchestra, band and brass quintet, Nov 20

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 10, 2016)—The UMF Collegium, a collection of instrumental ensembles under the direction of conductor Eric Thomas, will present a program featuring performances by the orchestra, band and an unconventional brass quintet at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, in Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall on the University of Maine at Farmington campus.

The orchestra will be performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor, known as the “Reformation.” The band is performing “Adagio” by Samuel Barber, arranged by Calvin Custer; and “Picasso Suite Sketch,” by Michel Legrand, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett.

The brass quintet will perform three works of the Renaissance and Baroque eras: “Magnificat Primi Toni,” by Jacob Praetorius; Canzon in G “Ach Gott wem soll ichs klagen,” by Wolfang Grefinger; and the Madrigal “Now Let Us Make a Merry Greeting” by Thomas Weelkes, all arranged by Michel Rondeau.

Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas

The Collegium Instrumental Ensemble, a musical model that includes band, orchestral, and other ensemble works under a single musical performance entity, was launched at UMF in the Fall of 2015. This innovative group is led by Thomas, whose commitment to eclecticism is well suited to the adventurous spirit of music making at UMF and in the larger community.

Thomas was the assistant conductor and mentee of Sarah Caldwell who appointed him principal conductor of the Opera New England Orchestra. He has had posts as assistant conductor of the Phillips Exeter Orchestra, interim conductor of the Phillips Academy Andover Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Longy School of Music Youth String Orchestra, guest conductor of the Bangor Symphony, the Colby College Symphony Orchestra and the University of Maine Faculty Cadenzato Chamber Ensemble.

A clarinetist, Thomas won the International Concert Artist Guild competition and performs with several groups and has toured Europe, South America and the U.S. As a composer he has had a handful of commissions including a work jointly commissioned by the Maine Music Teachers Association and the MTNA for premiere at its 2015 Quad-State Conference.

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

This event is sponsored by the UMF Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

For further information, contact Matthew Houston at

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UMF brings Maine leaders to campus for College to Career Symposium, Nov 17

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 7, 2016)— The University of Maine at Farmington is holding its eleventh annual College to Career Symposium, a panel and networking event that brings business leaders and UMF alumni to campus to help students make a successful transition from college to career.

The event takes place from 3:30-6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, in North Dining Hall B and C, in the UMF Olsen Student Center. It is free and open to the public.

This year’s event features a panel of successful Maine business professionals who will share their post-graduate career paths and advice on navigating today’s job landscape. Key topics will include current employment trends, future job opportunities, what to expect during the interview process and the role social media plays in job searches today.

Guest speakers include:
Chris McKee ’92, vice president of Corporate Programs, Geiger

Sven Bartholomew ’02, vice president of Payroll, Bangor Savings Bank
Ryan Lilly ’97, center director,  Maine VA Healthcare System
Greg Mehlhorn, engagement project manager, Tyler Technologies
Charlotte Warren ’94, Maine representative for District 84
Cathy Witherspoon, senior vice president, Boyne Resorts

The panel will be followed by a meet-and-greet and networking opportunity. Business attire is recommended.

The event is sponsored by UMF Career Services, the Ferro Alumni Center and the UMF Pre-MBA Program. UMF Career Services offers one-on-one career counseling services to students regarding career and academic issues and continuing workshops and information regarding internships, resume and interviewing skills and graduate school planning.

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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. 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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