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 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 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.

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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UMF Visiting Writer Series headlines New York Times bestselling author Michael Paterniti, Nov 10

FARMINGTON, ME  (October 26, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s distinguished BFA in Creative Writing program is bringing to campus New York Times bestselling author Michael Paterniti as the next reader in its celebrated Visiting Writers Series. Paterniti will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The event will be followed by a book signing by the author.

Michael Paterniti

Michael Paterniti

Paterniti is the author of New York Times bestselling books, “The Telling Room” and “Driving Mr. Albert.” His essay collection, “Love and Other Ways of Dying” was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award. His writing has been described as “humane, devastating and beautiful” by Elizabeth Gilbert; “spellbinding” by Anthony Doerr and “expansive and joyful” by George Saunders.

He is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and a correspondent at GQ. His writing has appeared in various outlets, including The New Yorker, National Geographic, Harper’s, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Esquire and the radio show “This American Life.”

Paterniti’s honors include a NEA grant, fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, and a National Magazine Award, for which he’s been a nine-time finalist.

He is the co-founder of a children’s storytelling center in Portland, Maine, where he lives with his wife and three children.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UMF Department of Humanities.

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

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UMF Art Gallery presents second annual Water Bear Confabulum arts festival, Oct 29

FARMINGTON, ME  (October 24, 2016)— The UMF Art Gallery is inviting the public to its second annual Water Bear Confabulum, an alternative arts festival and series of events in Farmington, Maine, that celebrate diverse artistic and community voices. This year’s collaborative arts festival will take place from 3-7 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the alleys between Broadway and Maine Street. This event is free and open to the public.

“View From Open Window,” by Katrazyna Randall

“View From Open Window,” by Katrazyna Randall

Special guest artists include Veronica Cross and Joshua DeMello videoists; Pamela Johnson and Nicole Phillips artists; Katrazyna Randall, UMF associate professor of art, and Wally Warren with combined-media sculptures and gamelans; and Steven Pane, UMF professor of music, with a piano performance of Chopin beamed over from University of Maine at Farmington’s Nordica Auditorium.

Their work will be staged in the main alleys, with video screening areas behind the 3D Games and Kjus USA Skiwear business locations. Community artists and musicians are welcome to add their work to the exhibitions in the alleyways.

A Trick-or-Treat Trail will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Broadway and Main St., a Children’s Wheat Paste Workshop from 3-5 p.m. in the alley next to The Homestead, and a Mainer’s photo project from 3-6 p.m. on Java Joe’s north wall.

Drawing materials will be supplied for anyone wanting to wheat paste their creations onto the Homestead wall–everyone is also welcome to bring paintings and drawings from home.

Water Bear PosterThe gathering invites the re-imagining of everyday places in the town and its environs in surprising ways through art and performance. By subverting traditional functions and expectations of known places through the arts, and by artistically invading overlooked and unconventional spaces, artmakers bring fresh attention to the fabric of the town and to the local conversation with global ideas.

The Water Bear (or tardigrade) is a unique and enduring animal living unseen among us, adapting to new environments, even to the extreme landscape of outer space. A confabulum combines the meanings of confabulation: first, to simply engage in conversation, and second, the psychological meaning–the brain’s compulsion to generate fictions to fill absences in memory.

Please contact Sarah Maline, director of UMF Art Gallery, at for more information. For schedule updates of performances and a list of participating artists, please check out the Waterbearos Facebook page and

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Media Contact: Sarah Maline, director of UMF Art Gallery, at or 207-778-1062

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UMF brings new bachelor’s degree to SMCC

FARMINGTON, ME (October 24, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington and Southern Maine Community College have entered into an exciting new partnership that allows graduates from SMCC’s Early Childhood Education program to live and work in southern Maine while earning a UMF Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education with K-3 certification.

Launched this fall, this off-campus offering of UMF’s nationally-accredited Early Childhood Education program with K-3 certification is taught by UMF faculty at SMCC’s South Portland campus. This initiative is made possible through a transfer agreement that allows graduates to move seamlessly from SMCC’s Associate in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education to UMF’s bachelor degree program.

“This new collaboration with SMCC was created to help early childhood educators reach their full potential,” said Donna Karno, UMF associate professor of early childhood education. “It offers students who live in mid-coast and southern Maine the opportunity to earn the same quality Early Childhood Education bachelor’s degree with a K-3 certification as students on the Farmington campus, but without leaving home. UMF is very proud to offer this new opportunity to Maine students.”

This hybrid program provides the in-classroom course work, local school field study and virtual UMF classroom experience that prepares pre-service teachers to teach in many early childhood settings, including kindergarten through third grade in public schools.

“The new agreement allows SMCC graduates to stay in the Portland and southern Maine area while pursuing their bachelor’s degree because the classes are offered at SMCC,” said Rachel Parse, chair of SMCC’s Early Childhood Education program. “This is another way we’re working across the community college and university systems to support students in meeting their educational and professional goals.”

The program’s unique play-based approach helps prepare educators to motivate young children to learn, help them develop lifelong learning skills and be actively involved in their own learning. The transfer agreement also removes hurdles and paperwork, provides guidance and saves time and money for SMCC graduates who transfer to the UMF program.

According to Julia Jeremias, UMF coordinator of the program and SMCC faculty member, each student receives individual advising and a plan that meets their personal needs to complete the program in a timely fashion. Students are advised on course selection and field placement for their student teaching experience and will be able to graduate from the program in three years with their Maine K-3 Early Childhood Teacher Certification.

In addition to this new UMF offering at SMCC, the highly-respected Early Childhood Education Department at Farmington has a long history of partnering with Early Childhood Education programs at many of Maine’s community colleges, including Central Maine Community College, Eastern Maine Community College, Kennebec Valley Community College, Washington County Community College, York County Community College as well as Southern Maine Community College.

For more information on the program, contact Julia Jeremias, UMF coordinator and advisor of the Early Childhood Cohort Off-Campus Program at or 207-778-7274.

More information is also available on the UMF website at

More information about SMCC’s Early Childhood Education program is available on the SMCC website at

More on UMF Education Programs

UMF offers one of the premier teacher education programs in New England. One of just three nationally-accredited teacher education programs in Maine, it combines interesting coursework with hands-on field experience beginning in the first and second years at UMF followed by an immersive, 16-week Student Teaching experience.  UMF prepares teachers in early childhood education, early childhood special education, elementary education, secondary/middle education and special education. Since 2006, seven UMF grads have been named Maine Teacher of the Year.

Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) is Maine’s largest and oldest community college. Founded in 1946, SMCC offers courses at its South Portland and Brunswick campuses, at community satellite locations and online. SMCC has among the lowest tuition and fees in New England and offers more than 40 degree programs.

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Media Contact: Donna Karno, UMF associate professor of early childhood education, at or 207-778-7561.

April Mulherin
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