UMF names Education Center in honor of former president Theodora J. Kalikow, public invited–April 26

FARMINGTON, ME (April 11, 2016)—University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster warmly invites the campus community, UMF alumni and members of the public to the celebratory naming of the University’s Education Center as the “Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center.” This festive dedication in honor of UMF’s former president takes place at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2016, on the Farmington campus at the corner of High Street and South Street.

“The campus community is thrilled to welcome President Kalikow back to Farmington for this distinct honor,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “The ground work for UMF’s commitment to environmental stewardship was begun under Theo’s early leadership to promote and invest in sustainable practices. The Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center is a showcase of her vision and her efforts and what can be accomplished when a community is inspired by common goals.”

Theodora J. Kalikow

Theodora J. Kalikow

Kalikow served as UMF president from 1994 to 2012. She is the longest-serving UMF president since the Farmington school became a four-year college in 1945. Committed to putting student success first and foremost, Kalikow strengthened the academic experience at UMF with a renewed focus on experiential learning, internships and undergraduate research.

During her time at UMF, the University was recognized as “One of America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report for 15 consecutive years, as one of 20 outstanding colleges selected as national models of educational effectiveness and by the U.S. Congressional Record for its efforts to make an environmentally sustainable campus a reality.

Kalikow was an early signatory of the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment and was awarded the Green Building Leadership Award from the Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for her pioneering role in advancing environmentally-responsible buildings in Maine.

Completed in 2007, the UMF Education Center was awarded LEED-Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 44,500 square foot building is the home for UMF’s College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation that offers one of the premier teacher education programs in New England.

It is a model of energy efficiency using geothermal energy for heating and cooling and recycled and sustainable materials throughout the building. In its first year of operation, the facility was proven to save 70 percent in annual energy costs compared to a structure of similar size built with traditional building methods in the 1970s.

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees authorized the naming of the UMF Education Center as the Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center at its September 2016 board meeting.

Prior to the April 26 ceremony, tours of the building—UMF’s first showcase for energy-efficiency—will take place, beginning at 3 p.m. An open-to-the-public reception will be held at the North Dining Hall in the Olsen Student Center immediately following the ceremony. In addition, the public is invited to attend ongoing Arts Week events held at the Emery Community Arts Center and Merrill Hall beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing into the evening.

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Photo Caption: Theodora J. Kalikow