UMF invites public to education forum on issues that affect Maine children and families, Mar. 28

FARMINGTON, ME  (February 14, 2018)—The UMF College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation invites members of the public to a forum featuring representatives from Maine educational organizations where they will introduce themselves and  their work addressing educational issues that affect Maine children and families.

Organizations represented will include the Maine Education Association, Maine Principals Association, Maine School Management Association, Maine Administration of Services for Children with Disabilities, Maine Association of Education of Young Children, Maine Children’s Alliance and Maine Roads to Quality.

This free and open to the public presentation takes place from 6:15­–7 p.m.,  Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Lincoln Auditorium, in UMF Roberts Learning Center. Dinner is available for a fee of $15.

Anyone interested can register by going  online to, printing the registration form, checking Session 3,  and mailing it to the UMF Office of Graduate Studies, 111 South Street, Farmington, Maine, 04938. Please include payment for dinner if desired.

Sessions 1 and 2 of the program are created primarily for undergraduate students, classroom teachers, administrators and graduate students. These sessions will focus on finding your voice as a teacher leader with local legislators to use policy to advocate for children and families. These sessions will take place from 4-5:30 p.m., in the North Dining Hall, in UMF Olsen Student Center.

Members of the public interested in registering for Session 1 or 2 should contact Johanna Prince, director of UMF graduate programs in education at Seating is limited.

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Media contact: Johanna Prince, director of UMF graduate programs in education at

UMF talk explores the challenges and opportunities with “Participation in a Digital Society,” Feb. 27

FARMINGTON, ME  (February 13, 2018)—How do we navigate the complexities of digital connectedness? How do we engage students and educators to critically think about their relationships and participation in a connected digital society? The University of Maine at Farmington Public Classroom Series will explore these questions and other considerations with “Public by Default: Participation in a Digital Society,” a presentation by Meredith Swallow, UMF assistant professor of elementary education.

This talk takes place at 6:30 p.m., with refreshments at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

Swallow’s talk explores the fundamental challenges, shifts, and opportunities in personal visibility, and public participation, in a connected world. She explores how technology and social media have changed our physical and digital communities, and focuses on the developments and uses of educational and classroom technology as reasons for necessary dialogue around digital citizenship.

Meredith Swallow, UMF assistant professor of elementary education, is standing near one of the servers located on the UMF campus.

Meredith Swallow, UMF assistant professor of elementary education, is standing near one of the servers located on the UMF campus.

She also shares her work with pre- and in-service educators on developing positive relationships with a digital presence and assumed publicness. Specifically, she emphasizes that while connectedness is complex, positive active participation in virtual communities helps empower students and educators to amplify productive engagement and learning.

Swallow’s research explores innovative approaches to teaching with both pre- and in-service educators, with a consideration of technology as part of the context of educator development.

At UMF, Swallow teaches educational technology and field based courses for Elementary Education majors; curriculum, instruction, and assessment courses in the M.S.Ed in Educational Leadership program; and technology supported inquiry-based learning courses in the Masters of Instructional Technology program.

Swallow received her Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont before joining UMF in 2015.

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 Reporter’s contact: Meredith Swallow, UMF assistant professor of elementary education, or 207-778-7180

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Photo Caption: Meredith Swallow

UMF features American poet, chef and translator Christopher Bakken as next Visiting Writer, Feb. 22

FARMINGTON, ME  (February 8, 2018)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to host Christopher Bakken as the next reader in its notable Visiting Writers Series. Sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, the reading will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center.

Christopher Bakken

Christopher Bakken

The reading is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a meet and greet with the author.

Christopher Bakken is the author of the culinary memoir, “Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table,” as well as three books of poetry, most recently “Eternity & Oranges.” He also co-translated “The Lions’ Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios.”

Bakken has served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bucharest and he is Frederick F. Seely Professor of English at Allegheny College.  Each summer, he serves as director of Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki & Thasos.

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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Photo Credit: Submitted photo
Photo Caption:  Christopher Bakken

UMF announces Dean’s List for fall 2017 semester

FARMINGTON, ME (February 6, 2018)—The University of Maine at Farmington announces its Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester. UMF maintains a Dean’s List each semester for those students completing a minimum of 12 credits in courses producing quality points. Students whose grade point average for the semester is equal to or greater than 3.8 are listed with high academic achievement. Students whose grade point average for the semester is less than 3.8 but equal to or greater than 3.5 are listed with academic achievement. Any incompletes must be satisfactorily completed before the student is honored with Dean’s List status. Academic achievement awarded at commencement is based on all course work taken at UMF.

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.


Acton: Emma Bennett,

Albany Twp: Zachary Wheeler,

Albion: Aubrey Kressler,

Alfred: Trevor Burns,

Andover: Aislinn Forbes, Katherine Merrill,

Anson: Samantha Taylor,

Arundel: Kylie Reynolds,

Ashland: Julianne McLaughlin,

Athens: Mona Bussell,

Auburn: Kendra Adams, Lily Bissonette, Anthony Blasi, Jeremy Daigle, Amanda Dwyer, Cameron Gelder, Darci Goslin, Haley Knowlton, Noah Nicholas, Taylor St Pierre, Hope Williams,

Augusta: Katherine Connors, Bethany Haynes, Alison Laplante, Colby Leathers-Pouliot, Alexis Libby, Emily Mokler, Carlene Mosca, Amanda Perry, Lauren Wheelock,

Bangor: Joseph Brichetto, Page Cadorette, Emi Higgins, Molly Jack, Torrie Nightingale, Kaitlyn Polk,

Bar Harbor: Conor Crandall, Madison Uliano,

Bath: Brianna Fowles, Carl Suter,

Belfast: Abigail Berry, Kally Bowen, Stuart Cole, Alicia Gaiero, Olivia Sanborn,

Belgrade: Daniel Ferguson, Andrew Poulliot,

Belmont: Alison Walker,

Benton: Mitchell Walston,

Berwick: Klara-Sophia Hill, Kristen Hill,

Bethel: Liam LeConey, Lakota Monzo, Ashley Savage, Souix-Ann Tuttle,

Biddeford: Andrea Bouthillette, Keely Gendron, Danica Lamontagne, Layne Nason, Phoebe Robinson,

Bowdoinham: Dale Rappaneau, Hannah Zimmerman,

Bremen: Alexis Poland,

Brewer: Rachael Chavarie, Zachary Cline, Adam Gagnon, Angel Greer,
Abigail McCarthy, Stephen Riitano,

Bridgton: Laura Pulito, Kate Starkie,

Brooks: Bethany Tripp,

Brunswick: Molly Blaisdell, Adam Bourgeois, Alicia Davis, Eli Michaud, Alan Smat,

Bryant Pond: Annalise Deschenes, Kelsey Mills,

Buckfield: Maren Lowell, Wheeler Lowell, Andrea Swiedom,

Bucksport: Kristina Cloutier,

Buxton: Andrew Price,

Calais: Scott Carpenter, Dominic Martorano,

Camden: William Garske, Eliza Robinson,

Canton: Ciara Keene, Anna Morrow,

Cape Elizabeth: Christina Kouros, Paige Riddell, John Williams,

Carmel: Leah Boucher,

Carrabassett Valley: Matthew Yellis,

Carthage: Ashley Hutchinson,

Casco: Sarah Carlson,

Chelsea: Kendra Burgess,  Kassidy Frost,

Chesterville: Silas Cooper, Abbigayl Czajkowski, William Doray,

Clifton: Ashley Hinkley,

Clinton: Cameron Carpenter, Ethan Pelletier,

Columbia: Dexter Wright,

Coplin Plt: Jedediah Stevens,

Corinth: Nicole Brewer,

Cornish: Michael Pingree,

Cumberland Center: Emma Payson,

Cushing: Kalyn Grover,

Dayton: Kristin Cobleigh, Eden LeBlanc,

Dedham: Zoe Stonetree,

Detroit: Hannah Emery,

Dixfield: Charles Estabrook, Megan Morrison, Alexis Noyes,

Dover Foxcroft: Camille Bozzelli, Kellen Strout, Hailey Wellington,

Dresden: Jessica Small,

Durham: Kasey Erlebach, Sasha Hampton, Alex Washburn,

East Boothbay: Brooke Alley, Eben Goodwin,

East Dixfield: Krystal Blood,

East Waterboro: Kaylond Mauzerolle,

Easton: Tyler Gadaire,

Edgecomb: Henry Goggins,

Ellsworth: Sydnee Rae, Leah Remick, Chelsea Wallace, Katherine Walton,

Etna: Brock Bubar,

Fairfield: Chelsea Ballard, Megan Dickinson, Stark Duphiney, Calista Hodges, Lily Hood, Katie LeBlanc,

Falmouth: Piper Alexander, Amanda Boyd, Julie Guerra, Kathryn Josephs, Brandon Martin, Owen Prescott, Kayla Walsh,

Farmingdale: Jessica McKenna, Sarah McQuoid, Morgan Rush,

Farmington: Courtney Bailey, Trevor Benson, Rileigh Blanchet, Taylor Boynton, Adrienne Chandler, Autumn Coalwell, Joy Cognata, Sarita Crandall, Ashley Cross, Clare Dalton, Trevor Hall, Allyson Hammond, Leah Hardy, Mariah Hebert, Allicia Hilton, Micah Howatt, Rebecca Johnson, John Kaminski, Hunter Kent, Nathaniel Kidson, Thia King, Monica Klein, Ashley Knowles, Heather Leet, Jacob Legere, Josephine Lewis, Sydney Longley, Elianna Maniatakos, Terri Mayo, Heather McDonald, Maya Merrill, Anthony Owens, Michael Paradis, Jonathan Petrey, Rose Redman, Sable Sands, Michael Siddall, Erin Simmons, Amber Soha, Lauren Stetson, Christina Taylor, Maxwell Testa, Sara Turner, Kaleigh Warner, Shane Waters, Jeremy Webster, Kristyn Wiles,

Fayette: Ethan Harmon, Gabrielle Richards, Kasey Richards,

Freedom: Christina Hall,

Freeman Twp: Olivia Jones, Makayla Martin,

Freeport: Melissa Coro, Sylvie Fenderson, Wyatt McCurdy,

Fryeburg: Makayla Frost,

Gardiner: Lee-Anne Greenleaf, Devon Hall, Alicia Hicks, Heather Towle, Aleah Whitten, Joshua Winters,

Garland: Elizabeth Harrington,

Glenburn: Valery Gillis,

Gorham: Ashley Brown, Kara Doane, Jessica Labrecque, Melissa Walls,

Gray: Bryce Neal, Richard Southard,

Greene: Tania Bureau, Samuel Godfrey, Emma Martineau, Haley Teacutter,

Greenwood: Paige Dutterer,

Hallowell: Caroline Blanchard,

Hampden: Danielle Bowler, Drew Kelso, Sara Pinette, Liana Roy,

Hancock: Juliana Burch,

Harpswell: Emily McGlauflin,

Hartford: Elaine Randolph,

Hartland: Rylee Godsoe,

Holden: Cheyenne Strine,

Houlton: Connor Bulley, Olivia White,

Industry: Chloe Reichenbach,

Islesboro: Krystal Randlett,

Jackman: Jessica Gilbert,

Jay: Mattyson Bernard, Jordan Brotherton, Matthew Cornelio, Katelyn Gervais, Bradley Howes, Brandon Johnson, Michelle Monroe, Abigail Moreau, Justin Parlin, Destiny White,
Thomas Young,

Jefferson: Jaynee Goddard, Nathan McIvor,

Kennebunk: Emily Carman, Krystal Livermore, Stephanie Macisso, Jocelyn Rocray, Spencer Teachout, James Williams,

Kingfield: Kim Hem, Brianna Hinkley, Brooke-Lynn Hinkley, Olivia Scott,

Lagrange: Alison Turtlott,

Lamoine: Blair Bailey,

Lee: Sidney McLeod,

Leeds: Gabrielle Pelkey,

Levant: Nicholas Pinkham,

Lewiston: Hannah Hutchings, Courtney Jacques, Alexis Laliberte, Abigail Madden, Corey Martin, Loretta Rice,

Liberty: David Mallow,

Limerick: Bailey Ohman,

Limington: Collin Regan,

Lincoln: Abigail Brown,

Lincolnville: Katia Kordek,

Lisbon: Cody Campbell, Kailyn Hill,

Lisbon Falls: Ciera Miller, Jeffrey Willey,

Litchfield: Jordan McMullen,

Livermore: Bradley Hodges, Lydia Violette-Lee,

Livermore Falls: Brooke Cushing, Ashley Greenleaf, Kimberly Seitz, Andrew Wilcox, Joshua Wilcox,

Machiasport: Billie Rose Newby,

Madison: Megan Cookson, Scott Franzose, Chase Malloy, Nicole Trueblood,

Madrid Twp: Tristan Huntoon,

Mapleton: Mariah Ellis, Isaac Michaud,

Mechanic Falls: Caitlyn Currie, Dylan Porter, Jamie Robinson,

Medway: Allie Currie,

Milo: Aimee LaFlamme,

Minot: Sydney Gurney, Paige Hemond, Jessica Morgan, MacKenzie Thomas,

Monmouth: Ashley Coulombe, Joseph Menice, Haley West,

Mount Desert: Katharine Walker,

Mount Vernon: Alexandra Dube, Fayth Jacques,

New Harbor: Kaden Pendleton,

New Portland: Avianna Rafferty,

New Sharon: Gregory Baxter, Taylor Burke, Ryan Pratt, Adelle Richards, Jake Roberts,

New Vineyard: Samuel MacDonald, Courtney Withey,

Nobleboro: Jasmine Packard, Tessa Walsh, Caitlin Waltz,

Norridgewock: Mikayla Chase, Devin Lachapelle, Amy Washburn,

North Berwick: Lindsay Gorman, Cylus Hill-Yastek,

North Haven: Jasmine Brown,

North Yarmouth: Brinna Snow,

Northport: Moriah Pinckney,

Norway: Kyleigh Roberts,

Oakland: McKenna Brodeur, Fern Calkins, Jennifer Hart, Nathan Violette,

Old Orchard Beach: Kelsey Custeau, Sarah Jenkins, Grace Letze,

Oquossoc: Lilyan Ray,

Orland: Randy Larue,

Orrington: Marshall Maxsimic,

Owls Head: Gavin Elliott, Michaela Wright,

Oxford: McKayla Marois,

Palermo: Hannah Aurich,

Parkman: Caitlin Hession, Henry Wanat,

Parsonsfield: Gabriella Winslow,

Patten: Michelle Birmingham,

Penobscot: Natalie Gray,

Phillips: Angelica Levy,

Phippsburg: Casey Watson,

Pittsfield: Jessica Leibowitz,

Pittston: Gabrielle Poirier,

Poland: Cameron Morrell,

Portland: Abel Alemayo, Declan Attaway-Murphy, Danielle Chambers, Kevin Goodoak, Jonas Maines, Nathaniel Red, Rylie Turner,

Presque Isle: Elise Guerrette, Kaleigh Kinney,

Randolph: Amy Fortier-Brown, Joshua Mathews,

Readfield: Maddalena Chiappetta, Katelyn MacGregor, Justice Merrill,

Richmond: Kyla Johansen, Sarah Surace,

Rockland: Sydney Gustafson,

Rome: Katelin Carey, Christopher DeLisle, Anna Dobos, Marisa Getchell,

Rumford: Kayla Drapeau, Karen Flaherty, Rylee L’Italien, Makayla Miller, Julianne Petrie, Brianna Robbins, Brittany Wakefield, Lindsey White, Kaitlyn York,

Sabattus: Ashley Forshaw, Meagan Ring,

Saco: Allison Cox, Rebecca Crist, Kyra Doles, Kathleen LeBlanc, Amelya Tibbetts,

Saint Albans: Kirstin Taylor,

Salsbury Cove: Paige LeDuc,

Sanford: Joshua Allen, Bryan Eldridge, Tyler Flayhan, Lindsey Herzig,

Sangerville: Cahrey Harris, Courtney Richardson,

Scarborough: Rebecca Beatty, Emma Crovo, Jamie Dillon, Eliza Halbig, Milani Hicks, Eliza Hopkins, Andrew Parent, Bailey Shevenell,

Searsport: Paige Ireland, Sylvia Schulze,

Shapleigh: Emily Kelley, Leah Ridley,

Sidney: Garrett Fisher, Margaret Pomerleau,

Skowhegan: Genevieve Benoit, Audrey Carroll, Mackenzie Clement, Brittany Hemphill, Robert Knowles, Courtney Lyons, Alana Mayhew, Linda Welch,

Smithfield: Kristen Salley,

Solon: Lindsey Locklear,

South Berwick: Lauren Brown, Emily Bruno-Moulton, Jared Davis, Patrick Fallon, Annie Moloney,
Emily Osborne, Erin Silver,

South China: Marissa Chamberlain,

South Paris: Susan Gary, Emily Lathrop, Kelsey Riggott,

South Portland: Julianne Andreades, Hannah Calkin, Paige Carter, Nicole Foote, Molleigh Walsh,

South Thomaston: Nicholas Cross,

Springvale: Grace Hansen,

Standish: Joshua Conley,

Steep Falls: Tyla Greenlaw,

Stockton Springs: Cassie Donald,

Stratton: Caitlin Humphries,

Strong: Nicholas Cole, James Mahar, Alora Ross,

Sumner: Samantha Zak,

Surry: Kaitlyn Kinney,

Temple: Kayla St Pierre,

Tenants Harbor: Meredith Laliberte, Erika Tardif,

Topsham: Emma Brown, Evelyn Fullagar, Abby Kellett, Sara Lamb, Carly Raymond,

Trenton: Hailey Craig,

Troy: Cameron Morin, Nicole Schofield, Darian Wren,

Turner: Tad Caldwell, Abbie Hartford, Emily Hartford, Alisha Labbe, Molly McCormick, Dana Monbleau, Kelly Pomerleau, Michael Richard, Audrey Spear,

Union: Hunter McDaniels-Rossiter,

Unity: Madison Vigeant,

Upton: Jessica Casey,

Vassalboro: Benjamin Cloutier, Kiara Morrissette, Alicia Stafford, Abby Waceken, Morgan Wellman,

Vienna: Dylan Lord,

Waldoboro: Courtney Ducharme, Hope Lash,

Walpole: Jordan Farrin,

Warren: Joshua Beckett, Haley Mank,

Washington: Caitlin Raye,

Waterboro: Emily Marquis,

Waterford: Alyssa Morin,

Waterville: Alexander Carey, Anastasia Drew, Christa Grohoski, Mattie Lajoie, Brooke Michonski, Jacob Montgomery, Monicah Paquette, Rebekah Paradis, Lydia Roy, Morgann Tortorella, Aurora Turmelle, Sarah Veilleux,

Wayne: Wendy Castonguay,

Wells: Bethany Berger, Elizabeth Niznik, Elizabeth Thompson,

West Baldwin: Olivia Ridley,

West Bath: Molly Maurer,

West Gardiner: Eleanor Luken, Abigayle Weston,

West Paris: Kayleigh Knox, Kimberly Smith,

Westbrook: Lydia Lebrasseur Fernandes, Sophia Manning, Nicholas Minor, Ethan Nash, Lynn Richards, Tucker Tardif, Sage Van Eekhout,

Whitefield: Jordan Bailey,

Wilton: Jacob Allen, Matthew Breer, Heidi Chutter, Carrie Close, Emilee Eustis, Sierra Foshay, Ashley Kimball, Jordan Lecours, Amanda Moody, Janis Stinson-Pryor, Randy Wiers,

Windham: Jacqueline Gleason-Boure, Meagan Jones, Dominic Stevens,

Winslow: Autumn Hopkins, Machaela Laramee, Erin McClay, Kamryn Michaud, Steven Nutting, Brennah O’Connell,

Winterport: Derek Ginn,

Winthrop: Emily Leonard, Kayleigh Oberg, Sarah Spahr, Gabrielle Stewart, Jasper Williams,

Woolwich: Amelia Barrett, Isabella Monbouquette,

Yarmouth: Christopher Forest, Jordan Glassock, Lydia MacDonald,

York: Ian Morrison.


Beacon Falls: Stephanie McLean,

Bethel: Jessica Howe,

Bristol: Jared Smelter,

Brookfield: Cory McCullough,

Brooklyn: Kimberly Day, Caitlyn Noll,

Canterbury: Hope Garrett,

Deep River: Aliza Dube,

Jewett City: Heather Boland,

Meriden: Emily Murphy,

Middletown: Rebecca Mierzejewski,

Naugatuck: Olivia Ford,

New Britain: Kaitlyn France,

Sandy Hook: Amy McGurk,

South Windsor: Alexandra Veilleux,

Southington: Kelly Toomey,

Wauregan: Alexis Saulnier.


Amesbury: Joy Jancewicz,

Amherst: Isaac Wright,

Bellingham: Belanna Morales,

Bourne: Haley Michienzi,

Brockton: Jessica Freeborn,

Concord: Elina Shapiro,

Cummington: Aurora Bartley,

Fitchburg: Benjamin Amburgey,

Gardner: Elayna Chamberlin,

Gloucester: Kenneth Whitehead,

Hanson: Jillian Shangold,

Lancaster: Emma Duggan,

Leominster: Danielle Lefebvre,

Marlborough: Lowell Warren,

Mashpee: Timothy Maciel,

Medfield: William Shames,

Mendon: Alison Simoneau,

Norton: Samuel Carignan,

Plymouth: Alyssa Dillan, Brittany Jerome,

Quincy: Elizabeth Foley,

Rockland: Jurnee Dunn,

Roxbury: Steffon Gales,

Scituate: Eila McCulloch,

Southborough: Bridget Levandowski,

Sutton: Carson Hope,

Tyngsboro: Cody Denning,

Waltham: Gail Bello,

Wrentham: Connor Marland.


Bow: Rachel Porath,

Brookline: Mitchell Golas,

Claremont: Hayley Valdivia,

Derry: Theodore Wallace,

Dover: Shannon Corbett,

Farmington: Jordan Newhall,

Fitzwilliam: Gianna Cialdea,

Franklin: Samantha Wood,

Fremont: Caren Connor,

Hillsborough: Zachary Mayo, Josline Watkins,

Holderness: Gavin Brickley, Brett Hofland, Daniel McLaughlin,

Hooksett: Jenna Arcand,

Hudson: Mikayla Sintiris,

Laconia: Emily Baird,

Manchester: Jessica Baron,

Merrimack: Melissa Eelman, Brian Weiner,

Nashua: Zachary Roberge,

Newmarket: Linsey Palmer,

Plaistow: Kristine Sarasin,

Plymouth: Nicholas D’Aleo,

Rochester: Charity LaFrance,

Rollinsford: Catherine Hickey,

Salem: Cheyenne VanDooren,

Somersworth: Hunter Michaud,

Wilton: Dalton Brooks.


Foster: Samuel O’Neal,

Greene: Kyra Zabel,

Johnston: Madison Follett,

Portsmouth: Nicholas Marshall,

Wakefield: Benjamin Daly-LaBelle,

Warwick: Mariah Morey,

West Kingston: Daniel Mason.


Barton: Connor Gaboriault,

Bloomfield: Lydia Donovan,

Brattleboro: Vanessa Brown,  Ross Momaney,

Danville: Brett Elliott,

Lyndonville: Alyssa Leonard,

Moretown: Emily Dow,

North Springfield: Breanna Vittum,

Orleans: Clark Hayden,

Saint Johnsbury: Jessica Brink, Desiree Persons,

Washington: Rebecca Collins,

Waterbury Center: Loren Marshall,

Williamstown: Mariah Lamell, Garret Poulin,

Williston: Kyla Antonioli,.


Conifer: Hannah Binder.


Bear: Eryn Finnegan.


Elk Mills: Lucas Dworni.,


Jackson: Darby Murnane,

Ramsey: Sarah Fredrick,

South River: Austin French.


Brooklyn: Leila Pellegrino,

Johnstown: Fleur Houle,

Rye: Katherine Haigney.


Abbeville: Claudia Intama.


Boerne: Matthew Dotson, Jennifer Hill,

San Antonio: Mikhayla Flores.


Dale City: Whitney LeMay,

Great Falls: Maha Khan,

Sterling: Michael Donnelly.

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UMF presents “Rough Drafts” 2018 Art Faculty Exhibition

FARMINGTON, ME  (February 1, 2018)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present “Rough Drafts,” the 2018 UMF Art Faculty Exhibition, which highlights the power of UMF’s diverse artistic voices responding to the contemporary world.

Featured artists include: Ann Bartges,Tom Jessen, Dawn Nye, Elizabeth Olbert, Jesse Potts, Katrazyna Randall and Barbara Sullivan.

This exhibit runs from Thursday Feb. 8, through Friday March 9, in the UMF Art Gallery and the Emery Community Arts Center Flex Gallery. It is free and open to the public with an opening reception from 5-7:30 p.m., Feb. 8.

Ann Bartges’ “Fluoroscope” is a sculptural work that mimics the form of Thomas Edison’s original fluoroscope design. A stop-motion animation plays inside the sculpture, and a life-size print of a woman in a red robe cascades over the outside. Edison’s fluoroscope was an imaging tool that used a continuous x-ray beam, creating a live, continuous view of the inner body. In Bartges’ version, a woman places her hand inside the machine, and the machine reveals a gradual progression through layers of data, appearing, at first, to dive deep inside her skin.

Bartges’ new-media installation, “Siren Song,” is a meditation on video chat. She uses the spacial disconnect and confusion of a moth and light bulb to mirror her relationship with a Skyped-in companion. In her “Zoetrope,” Bartges’ viewer spins the device to animate a strip of sequential photographs. A video camera sends a live feed video of the moving image to a projector. The image is projected at a life-like scale onto screen. When the viewer leaves the zoetrope, the machine comes to a stop, revealing the image as lifeless without an operator.

For the last few years, Tom Jessen has been engaged in a courtship with the router as a drawing device. The physicality of this dance translates to objects that spotlight the tactility of relief in wood. He is fascinated with the oscillation between head and body-knowledge, reference and abstraction, definition and ambiguity. While a gestural application of the router might reference topography, Jessen uses a landscape reference as ballast to ultimately bring the work back to the materials, the process, the artist’s hand and the object. This snapping back and forth between a subtle representation and pure abstraction allows the viewer to determine the work’s interpretation.

In her combined media construction, “Domestic Dule,” Katrazyna Randall conducts a surreal investigation into the imposition of consumer aesthetics on our physical environment through the use of prosaic plastic flora and fauna. She writes, “Nature is plastic. It is plastic space, plastic surfaces and plastic innards. It is wonder, it is heroics, it is religion, it is poetry, prose and purpose. It is culture. It is an amusement park, a glossy brochure, a destination wedding. Landscape painting is mimicry, memory, nostalgia, souvenir and tchotchke. It is forced perspective. It is language applied that obliterates meaning. It is a cacophony of ubiquitous difference. It is violent. I consider myself a Landscape Painter and as such I recognize the absence of nature.”

Dawn Nye’s surreal videos and prints create disorienting, whimsical and disturbing narratives that touch on childhood dreams and nightmares. Her new animation explores the conflict between responsibility and escape. A young girl is rescued by a giant hairy beast that takes her on a tour of distractions. She is comforted to sleep, though the world continues as she drifts away.

Dawn Nye, image from untitled animation 2018

Dawn Nye, image from untitled animation 2018

Jesse Potts’ sculptures, photos and installation in this show emerge from a meditation on the purpose and meaning of “home” and explore the ways that meaning can shift based on one’s perception of the relative permanence or transience of their “home.” These works were built using objects and materials related to homebuilding, homemaking, and home repair. Each work combines metaphoric objects and symbolic forms to suggest oppositional forces of movement and stability.

Barbara Sullivan, primarily a fresco painter, returns to oils for her “Nasty Maine Women Artists” series. During the presidential debates of 2016, Donald referred to Hillary as a “Nasty Woman.”  In response, Sullivan has painted the portraits of more than fifty strong and nasty Maine women artists and writers. Each portrait was painted as she thought about the strength and purpose of each artist, all of whom she knows personally. She thought about their powerful voices and their commitment to their art practices as she painted each of them.

The gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the UMF Admissions Office. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline, UMF Art Gallery director, at or 207-778-1062 or visit the website at

The Emery Community Arts Center, located on Academy Street, is an innovative, experimental venue for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 160-seat multipurpose performance space 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 UMF Alumni Theater. For more information, contact Ann Bartges, ECAC director, at

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Image can be found at
Photo Credit: Submitted image
Photo Caption: Dawn Nye, image from untitled animation 2018

UMF Pre-Med Job Shadow Program gives students a leg-up in medical career pursuit

FARMINGTON, ME  (January 30, 2018)—The University of Maine at Farmington has created a Pre-Med Job Shadow pilot program that can provide a valuable window into a career in medicine and be a game changer for students interested in the medical profession.

The program was developed by a pre-professional advisory group of UMF faculty, medical school advisors and Maine Medical Center and Franklin Memorial Hospital physicians and residents. The experience provides students with the best clinical exposure possible, prior to medical school.

According to a 2017 study by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the U.S. is on trend to face a shortage of more than 100-thousand doctors by 2030. The AAMC website states that job shadowing a doctor is a great way for students to become familiar with the many different medical and research specialties, gain experience to refer to on medical school applications and interviews, and discover if a career in medicine is the right path for them.

The UMF program launched in summer 2017 with its first two students with hopes to expand to additional University of Maine System campuses.

(Left to right) UMF students Brennah O'Connell and Courtney Frost, first participants in UMF Pre-Med Job Shadow program, are joined by Mariella Passarelli, UMF professor of chemistry and director of the pilot program.

(Left to right) UMF students Brennah O’Connell and Courtney Frost, first participants in UMF Pre-Med Job Shadow program, are joined by Mariella Passarelli, UMF professor of chemistry and director of the pilot program.

Brennah O’Connell, from Winslow, is a senior biology major in UMF’s pre-med program. She is interested in working in surgery and has been shadowing an FMH anesthesiologist.

“I wasn’t sure about a career in medicine when I started,” said O’Connell. “But my job shadowing experience has been only positive. I have professional mentors to answer all my questions and am getting a first-hand view at the day-to-day world of day-surgery physicians.”

Courtney Frost, from Anson, a 2017 UMF graduate with a major in psychology, returned to UMF to finish her pre-med requirements. She worked for Allied Physical Therapy in 2017 and has been participating in the job shadowing program since June.

“This program was a life-changer for me,” said Frost. “I don’t have any physicians in my family and this experience showed me what it’s like to be part of a medical family. Now I know I want to be a pediatrician, and I have the necessary experience to help me get into medical school.”

While there is no universally recognized pre-medical major anywhere, medical schools typically require a solid background in the sciences plus, often one semester of calculus. UMF sophomores who have completed their first two years of the UMF pre-med program, including organic chemistry, and have an interest in a career in medicine, can apply for the job shadowing program.

“I am so appreciative of my collaborators in the Farmington medical community. Job shadowing a medical professional is one of the best out-of-the-classroom experiences a pre-med student can have,” said Mariella Passarelli, UMF professor of chemistry and director of the job shadowing program. “Medical school is so competitive, and this program partners students with physician mentors who can provide them with a wide array of medical options, professional feedback and encourage them in their medical career interests.”

More About UMF Pre-Med and Health Related Opportunities

In addition to offering coursework to prepare graduates for medical school, UMF also helps prepare students interested in any variety of health-related and medical schools including dental, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary.

UMF also participates in the Tufts Maine Track Early Assurance Program. Through this agreement, UMF Pre-professional health students who are in good academic standing at the end of their sophomore year can apply to secure a seat in two years in the entering Tufts medical school class as part of the Maine Track program.

Furthermore, UMF is one of a consortia of schools that partners with the world-renowned Jackson Laboratory biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center based in Bar Harbor and the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Salisbury Cove, Maine.

Both institutions offer student training and internships promoting bio-medical research. UMF has an endowed paid internship at the Jackson Laboratory.

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Reporter contact: Mariella Passarelli, UMF professor of chemistry, or 207-778-8151

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Photo Caption:  Left to right: UMF students Brennah O’Connell and Courtney Frost, first participants in UMF Pre-Med Job Shadow program, are joined by Mariella Passarelli, UMF professor of chemistry and director of the pilot program.

UMF AmeriCorps coordinator invites public to help with storm window build workshop, Jan. 27 & 29

FARMINGTON, ME  (January 24, 2018)—With the recent bitter cold weather, Maine families are looking for affordable ways to stay warm and make their homes more energy efficient. Vanessa Berry, 2015 University of Maine at Farmington graduate, is working as UMF’s 2017 AmeriCorps energy efficiency coordinator to make that happen for local families in need.

To that end, she will be holding a storm window building workshop Saturday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 29, from 4-8 p.m., in the North Dining Halls in the UMF Olsen Student Center. Campus and community members are welcome to stop by and lend a hand. No previous experience is required.

Vanessa Berry'15, UMF AmeriCorps energy efficiency coordinator, holds miniature sample storm window insert and pre-cut pieces for window insert build on UMF campus Saturday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Jan. 29

Vanessa Berry ’15, UMF AmeriCorps energy efficiency coordinator, holds miniature sample storm window insert and pre-cut pieces for window insert build on UMF campus Saturday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Jan. 29

Berry currently holds one of 38 AmeriCorps positions overseen by the Maine Campus Compact for its new program, Maine Partnerships for Environmental Stewardship. Along with Luke Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator and part-time student and alumni volunteers, Berry is providing the campus and community with information on easy, low-cost energy efficiency solutions and best ways to implement them.

A major part of Berry’s work is to coordinate the building of energy efficient window inserts with the help of the United Way of the Tri-Valley Community Energy Challenge initiative.

Building a window involves covering a window-sized frame with a sheet of 4-mil vinyl and shrinking it to fit with a hair blow dryer. Properly installed, these panels reduce heat loss and save money on heating oil. Each square foot installed saves a gallon of oil each season.

The UMF workshop is supported by the Maine Campus Compact which over the course of a year hopes to provide at least 100 free or low cost window inserts for up to  20 families in need in the greater Farmington area.

In addition to her work on building storm windows, Berry and her team are also providing green certification audits on the UMF campus and in the community. These audits are a great way to receive information to identify how fast, easy, cost-effective changes, including upgrading to Energy Star appliances, can reduce your overall energy costs.

She is also coordinating a number of energy education events, including a Green Jobs Fair and Sustainability Carnival.

In total, Vanessa and her team members will volunteer over 2,000 hours on behalf of the AmeriCorps program this year in the greater Farmington campus-community.

The Maine Campus Compact will host 12 Community Energy Education Events, build and install 600 interior storm windows in 120 homes, and conduct at least 375 behavioral change Green Certification Audits in homes and campuses. Not only does this program seek to improve conditions for community members, but to also build skills and knowledge among the AmeriCorps members.

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Photo Caption: Vanessa Berry, UMF AmeriCorps energy efficiency coordinator, holds miniature sample window insert and pre-cut pieces for window insert build on UMF campus Saturday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Jan. 29.

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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Photo Caption:  Frank Underkuffler

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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Photo Caption: Katrina Majkut
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Photo Caption: Christopher McNulty

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 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, or Eric Brown, vice president for academic affairs and provost, at or 207-778-7457.

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