UMF hosts Maine Short Film Festival 2017 featuring art professors’ winning video, Feb 2

FARMINGTON, ME  (January 19, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington is excited to announce that “Occasionally,” a short film by Dawn Nye and Katrazyna Randall, UMF associate professors of art, has been selected as a 2017 winning film by the Maine Film and Video Association.

Nye and Randall’s film, along with 13 other winning films, will be screened as part of the Maine Short Film Festival 2017 in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2.

The screening will feature a time for questions by the audience with filmmakers and jurors. Admission at the door is $5, $3 for UMF students with I.D.

“Occasionally” is based on the imagined experience of the sailors aboard the submarine Kursk, which sank in the Barents Sea in 2000. It explores the ideas of faith in a system, a structure, a relationship, a concept and the knowledge we believe we contain.

“Though our work is usually screened in gallery exhibitions and new media art festivals, we are delighted to have our video chosen by the Maine Film and Video Association to be screened with such great work from around the state,” said Nye.

Maine Short Film Festival posterAccording to the MFVA, the Maine Short Film Festival is a celebration of Maine, its land, its people and its creative soul. It highlights Maine artists, fishermen, boat builders, wilderness guides, transgender people and youth in all genres. The festival is touring 12 theaters from December 2016 through May 2017 throughout Maine.

The MFVA is a trade association made up of an active group of production companies, film and video professionals, TV stations, students, actors, musicians, writers, crew members, and others who are interested in working together to create better business opportunities and educational and networking opportunities for the people working in this industry in Maine.

For more info on the Maine Film and Video Association and each of the winning films can be found at http://www.mainefilm.org.

Sponsored by the UMF Emery Community Arts Center

More on the UMF Emery Community Arts Center

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the existing Alumni Theater. Designed by designLAB architects of Boston to complement the historic performance venues of Nordica Auditorium and Alumni Theater, the 15,000-square-foot center is the keystone for the arts complex on the UMF campus.

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Media Contact: Dawn Nye, UMF associate professor of art at dawn.nye@maine.edu or 207-778-7515

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UMF conservation geneticist explores threatened species and their chance of survival in Public Classroom talk, Jan 31

FARMINGTON, ME  (January 17, 2017)—With animal and plant species disappearing at an alarming rate, the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to feature a talk by Chris Brinegar, UMF adjunct associate professor in the natural sciences, entitled, “From the Redwood Forest to the Andes Mountains: The Adventures of a Conservation Geneticist.” In this talk, he will explain in lay terms how the story of a threatened species’ past is written in its DNA and how that information can be used to increase its chances of survival into the future.

This UMF Public Classroom lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

Chris Brinegar, UMF adjunct associate professor in the natural sciences

Chris Brinegar, UMF adjunct associate professor in the natural sciences

A conservation geneticist, Brinegar has studied several threatened plant species in two of the world’s most stunning yet highly-impacted forest habitats—the redwood forests of California and the Andean cloud forests of Ecuador and Peru. Half field biologist and half forensic scientist, the conservation geneticist uses modern tools of DNA fingerprinting and analysis to characterize the genetic health, taxonomic classification, and evolutionary histories of at-risk species. Such data can play a crucial role in guiding conservation decisions.

Half of the Earth’s primary forests have been cut since the beginning of agriculture-based civilization. At the current rates of logging and agricultural expansion it is estimated that 40 percent of the remaining forests will be gone within 20 years.

A major focus of conservation biology is to identify forest species at risk of extinction so that management plans can be put in place to increase their numbers and save their remaining habitat. An important additional goal is to conserve the genetic diversity of threatened species.

A two-time senior Fulbright scholar in Nepal and Ecuador, Brinegar was the former director of the Conservation Genetics Laboratory at San José State University in California before coming to UMF in 2006.

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

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: Chris Brinegar, UMF associate professor of biology, at chris.brinegar@maine.edu or 207-778-7361

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Vibrant exhibit by visual artist Hélène Farrar launches UMF Emery Community Arts Center’s spring schedule

FARMINGTON, ME  (January 10, 2017)—A vibrant solo exhibit by visual artist Hélène Farrar launches the UMF Emery Community Arts Center’s spring schedule. The show, “What We Carry,” runs from Jan. 17 to March 19, and features an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

“Balance” by Hélène Farrar

“Balance” by Hélène Farrar

Farrar’s exhibit, “What We Carry” shows that we are more complicated than we think we are. We are even more complicated than even the stories we tell. We can’t see that someone next to us might be carrying with them an entire room or an elephant-sized amount of trauma, an isolating living situation or viewpoint, anger, a deep (dis)connection to others, and a personal or familial history of significance.

But revealing or attempting to engage with others about the depth of our human nature collectively and individually can place us into vulnerability. Through layers of mark, textures, patterns, humor and “stuff” these works hope to begin a conversation about our duality while also exploring larger themes including migration, human relationships, differences in perspective, political and social climate and personal search.

This exhibit consists of twenty plus paintings in encaustic (molten beeswax paint) and sculptures of various scale, including a 3 by 6 foot carved wooden elephant. Heat is used throughout the encaustic process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. The medium can be used alone for its transparency or adhesive qualities or used pigmented.

Farrar using the encaustic process.

Farrar using the encaustic process.

Farmington native Farrar teaches and makes her work just down the road in Manchester. Both her mother, also an artist, and her stepfather, taught at UMF. She has fond first memories as a child of Farmington and UMF’s Alumni Theater and art studios.

“Having my first Farmington exhibit at UMF’s Emery Community Arts Center is incredibly emotional for me,” said Farrar. “It feels very much like coming home.”

An artist and art educator, she has taught and worked in the visual arts for twenty years while actively teaching and exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit and universities in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Italy and England. Farrar was most recently featured in a summer exhibition “Vision + Verse” curated by Anne Zills at the University of New England.

Her paintings have been accepted into curated exhibits at the Creative Arts Workshop of New Haven, the Saco Museum, the University of New England and Twiggs Gallery in New Hampshire. Farrar is represented by the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta, Archipelago Fine Arts in Rockland, the Eastport Breakwater Gallery and the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner.

Farrar has a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maine and a Masters of Fine Art Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont.

She currently owns and operates her own private art school in Maine out of her “Farmhouse” studio, where she holds varied workshops and classes.  Hélène is a great lover of people, dogs, culture, music, podcasts, and birds.  She can be often found enjoying the Maine outdoors skiing, biking, or walking her dog. She lives and works in Manchester with her ten-year-old daughter Olympia, engineer husband Stan and dog Buddy.

This exhibit is sponsored by the UMF Emery Community Arts Center.

More on the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus

The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue on the UMF campus for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the existing Alumni Theater.

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Media contact: Jayne Decker, UMF instructor and director of the UMF Emery Community Arts Center at 207-778-7319, or jdecker@maine.edu.

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UMF Fitness and Recreation Center Offering Swim Clinic, Dec. 19-23

FARMINGTON, ME  (December 13, 2016)—The UMF Fitness and Recreation Center is running a high level Swim Stroke Clinic for intermediate to advanced swimmers. The clinic is open to the public and classes will be held at the University of Maine at Farmington FRC daily Monday, Dec. 19 through Friday, Dec. 23. Session I is from 7-8:30 a.m. and session II is  from 6-7:30 p.m.

This program is designed to provide highly technical training in the basic swim strokes of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Participants should understand the basic concepts of the four strokes, have lap swimming experience and be able to swim 500 yards in 11-14 minutes.

Anyone interested can participate by the session or for the entire week. The cost for FRC members is $15 per session or $50 per week. The cost for non-members is $30 per session or $100 per week.

Joe Fowler, Farmington native and coach to the Olympic Development program for Team Santa Monica will be coaching the clinic. He will also be available for private lessons Dec. 26-30.

To register or for more information, contact Jennifer Pageot, UMF FRC assistant director and aquatic, health and safety educator at jennifer.pageot@maine.edu or 207-778-7437. You can also visit the website at http://www2.umf.maine.edu/frc/aquatics/umf-swim-clinic/

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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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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 gustavo.aguilar@maine.edu.

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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 luke.kellett@maine.edu, or 207-778-7096

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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 matthew.houston@maine.edu.

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