UMF Announces Appointment of Joseph P. McGinn as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

FARMINGTON, ME (July 28, 2014)—Kathryn A. Foster, president of University of Maine at Farmington, recently announced the appointment of Joseph P. McGinn as the University’s provost and vice president of academic affairs, effective July 1, 2014.

RP134-075“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. McGinn to UMF as we are poised at the start of our next 150 years,” said Foster. “He brings an impressive combination of intellectual savvy and leadership experience to UMF. Friendly, thoughtful, professional and academically sophisticated, he is a careful listener and articulate communicator who has already shown great knowledge and enthusiasm for UMF, Western Maine and the University of Maine System.”

As chief academic officer at UMF, McGinn will provide leadership for all aspects of academic life, continue to strengthen UMF’s academic and research programs and maintain UMF’s dedication to excellence. “I am honored and excited to be a part of UMF’s tremendous legacy as the birthplace of public higher education in Maine,” said McGinn. “I look forward to helping it continue to grow and prosper and to being an active part of the campus and the Farmington community.”

McGinn comes to UMF from Towson University near Baltimore, Md., where he served as dean of the Honors College and professor of philosophy since 2011. As dean, he worked to provide the management, leadership and vision necessary to help students succeed.

Throughout his career, he has been committed to the development of the student as a whole person, successfully contributing to a wide range of programs, co-curricular initiatives and administrative support to encourage and showcase student engagement in all forms of scholarship and learning.

Prior to his time at Towson, he served as director of the Global Honors program and professor of philosophy at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and assistant professor of philosophy and humanities at Penn State, Harrisburg.

In addition to his background as an administrator and an educator, McGinn has a broad range of experience with many areas involved in University life, including graduate and undergraduate programs and policies, curriculum development and assessment, professional development for faculty, enrollment management, budget management and faculty recruitment.

McGinn was a Commonwealth Scholar at Edinburgh University in Scotland. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in philosophy at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and a B.A. in philosophy and history at the University of Manitoba.

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University of Maine at Farmington Announces Dean’s List for Spring 2014 Semester

FARMINGTON, ME (July 21, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington announces its Dean’s List for the spring 2014 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.

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Albany Twp: Britany Douglass;

Albion: Sara Quimby;

Anson: Ahnna-Balai Beane, Courtney Frost, Ashley Libby;

Arundel: Tori Lands, Christopher Roberts;

Ashland: Katelynn Orcutt, Kenneth Tarr;

Atkinson: Ashley Goodine;

Auburn: Kelsey Blanchette, Hannah Carrier, Jonathan Delorme, Rebecca Dubois, Andreaska Jeffcoats, Emily Marron, Timothy Stokes, Jesse Williams;

Augusta: Katherine Beach, Erika Burns, Shiloh Davis, Emily Dutton, Amy Jones, Nasya Monroe, Brittany Vachon, Alison Zubrod;

Bangor: Thomas Bearor, Kayla Elliott, Jasmine Heckler, Adam Hewins, Shelby Jolicoeur, Holly Legere, Hannah Lust, Rose Miller, Michelle Switzer;

Bar Harbor: Jamie McKay, Traci Norwood;

Bath: Brandon Doughty, Emily Franklin, Tyler Rose, Mackenzie Yeaton;

Belfast: Kaitlyn Dickinson;

Belgrade: Erin Busque, Tiarra LaPierre, Elizabeth Skinner;

Belgrade Lakes: Holly Oliver;

Berwick: Emily Beard, Jessica Cox, Gabrielle Ganiere, Brittany Hoffman, Alisa Tibbetts;

Biddeford: Rachel Hubbell, Erica Letellier, Caroline Murphy;

Bingham: Maria Leathers, Jessica Mills, Nathan Schultz;

Boothbay: Katrina Smith, Meghan Smith;

Bowdoin: Rachel Glynn;

Brewer: Linsay Brochu, Christopher Coleman, Kassidy Giggey, Barbara Ireland;

Brooklin: Brittany Courtot;

Brownfield: Barrett Wilson;

Brunswick: Nicholas Blasens, Erin Kenyon, Joseph Messerman, Ashley Smith, Katherine Warner;

Bryant Pond: Susan Newkirk;

Buckfield: Austin Dooley, Grace Kendall;

Bucksport: Courtney Fish;

Buxton: Jessica Meservey, Hannah Schlehuber Johnson;

Calais: Emily Ginn, Nicole Osborne;

Camden: Brogan Tooley;

Canton: Samantha Blanchette;

Cape Elizabeth: Anya Staszko, Meagan Winker;

Cape Neddick: Rachel Yorke;

Caribou: Tiffany Bishop;

Casco: Devin Fitzgerald;

Chelsea: Emily Soule, Tricia Tzikas;

Chesterville: William Doray;

China: Jacob Taylor;

Clifton: Amy Hughes;

Cumberland Center: Katherine Fehlau;

Denmark: Molly Cavanaugh;

Dixfield: Emily Chase, Lacey Gallant, Taron Mazza, Ricki Sinclair;

Dover Foxcroft: Jordan Kim;

Dryden: Siiri Stinson;

Durham: Nathaniel Fritts, Allisyn Libby;

Dyer Brook: Kristen Tarr;

East Baldwin: Joshua Bishop;

East Newport: Nicole Pedone;

East Parsonsfield: Jennifer-Lee Campbell;

Eastport: Sarah Ashley, Keisha Scott;

Edgecomb: Shaylee Sibley;

Embden: Tucker Atwood;

Fairfield: Acadia Levasseur, Casandra Moreau;

Farmingdale: Abigail Brown, Julie Brown;

Farmington: Kristen Appleby, Kristi Bean, Drew Blanchet, Curran Brierley, Meredith Brown, Kaitlyn Bullen, Timothy Bushika, Lindsey Carter, Darrian Church, Kimberly Clark, Daric Davenport, David Deprey, Sierra Deroche, Cordana Dingley, Lancaster Emery, Phoebe Fast, Zachary Faulkner, Christopher Goodwin, Jarrod Goodwin, Mariah Haggan, Victoria Hibbard, Molly Hinkel, Madeline King, Laura Lacasse, Nicholas Lacasse, Alexandra Lucas, Alexa Lyman, Joseph Martin, Katherine McLaughlin, Brandon Melville, Marlie Mochamer, Trevor Neitz, Elizabeth Paquette, Jocelia Pease, Karen Reed, Sean Rowe, Jenna Sanders, Philip Smith, Nicholas Soha-Girardin, Judith Stone, Julia Tichy-Dupuis, Jeremy Vroom, Chantel White, Catherine Zachary;

Fayette: Alexander Rose;

Freedom: Tyler Hadyniak, Macy Saucier;

Freeport: Samuel Bennett, Victoria Coskery, Hannah Goodenow;

Fryeburg: Sylvia Brooks;

Gardiner: Andrianna Ammarell, Jagger Trouant;

Garland: Vincent Malinauskas, Amber Munson;

Glenburn: Alexandra Crocker;

Gorham: Katherine Bennett, Celeste Carpenter, Kaitlin Flanders, Austin Hayes, Conor Kirby, Megan Meehan, Jennifer Pinkelman, Colleen Ward;

Gray: Daniel Dempsey, Kellie Sanborn, Taryn Sangillo;

Greene: Abbey Randall, Tifani-Rae Steward;

Greenville: Autumn Gann, Ruby Rockwell;

Hallowell: Ashley Godbout, Cadyn Wilson;

Hampden: Sarah Coston;

Harpswell: Margaret Thomas;

Hartland: Christine Della Porta;

Hebron: Jessica Gauthier;

Hope: Hillary Morrison;

Industry: Nathan Geisser;

Jay: Nicole Adams, Alexander Donka, Hayley Fortier, Jill Gingras, Victoria LaCasse, Brandon Monroe, Sabrina Penney, Cassandra Plante, Katelyn Ross, Rachel Shorey, Miranda St Pierre;

Jefferson: Allison Fortin, Jackson Fortin, Tobey Tozier;

Jonesport: Kristopher Kelley;

Kennebunk: Erica Beal, Erin Beal, Melissa Fortier, Erin Ingraham;

Kennebunkport: Kelsey Redmond;

Kingfield: Alana Knapp, Shannon Mccaffrey, Ashley Shurtleff, Anna Soule, Brittany York;

Kittery: Nicole Clark, Sofia Curti, Lauren Kennison;

Lebanon: Alaina Shorey;

Leeds: Victoria Penney;

Levant: Mary DeLorenzo;

Lewiston: Marina Belanger, Alexandria Butler, Ashley Ferrence, Abdirahman Hussein, Jasmine Hussey, Bethany Lebel, Andre Madore, Jessica Mathon, Delaney Paterson, Caleb Rea, Joseph Sullivan, Erica Thompson;

Limerick: Lauren Preble;

Lincoln: Ciara Tolman, Logan Wiseman;

Lisbon: Mary Conlon;

Lisbon Falls: Kenneth Fairbanks, Katherine Lemieux, Christopher Whitney;

Litchfield: Joshua Rose;

Livermore: Alyssa Hamilton, Steven Langlin;

Livermore Falls: Jordan DeMillo, Alice Engelhardt, Rachel Goding, Rheanna Woodford;

Lovell: Sara Williams;

Machiasport: Allison Holmes;

Madawaska: James Cyr;

Madison: Justin Caron, Andrea Curtis, Bree Foley, Tyler Michaud, Bianca Stoutamyer;

Manchester: Keegen Ballard, Benjamin Johnson, Hanna Packard;

Mapleton: JoLonna Gough;

Mechanic Falls: Kaitlyn Bowie, Meghan Rowe;

Mexico: Ayla Allen, Cassandra Dyke, Garrett Hodgkins, Cody Smith;

Millinocket: Katelyn Campbell, Samantha Donley, Samantha Harmon, Kristen Manzo, Alyssa McLean, Emily Wark;

Milo: Danielle Newman;

Monmouth: Mackenzie Kelley, Molly Menice, Scott Peacock, Alyssa Stevens;

Morrill: Aubrey Hersom;

Moscow: Bridgette Fortin;

Mount Vernon: Finn Hopkins-O’Neil;

Naples: Tonner Hann, Erin Levasseur, Stephanie Winslow;

New Canada: Courtney Daigle;

New Gloucester: Nicole Lejonhud;

New Portland: Evelyn Carleton, Gail Sylvain, Danielle White;

New Sharon: Ashley Clark, Brian Clukey, Taylor Harris;

New Sweden: Jubilee MacLeod;

Newcastle: Salvatore Azzaretti;

Norridgewock: Travis Bent, Melissa Cyr, Leslie Mercier, Robyn Noe, Michael Pakulski, Ethan Poissonnier, Justin Power, Alexa Wyman;

North Anson: Rebecca Ellis, Katrina Esty;

North Monmouth: Cassidy Small;

North Turner: Jasmine Portales;

Norway: Christine Farr;

Oakland: Mara Balboni, Robert Belanger, Carlie Bolduc, Magyn Caron, Tyler Creasy, Derek Guerrette, Christopher Knight, Leisha Lewis, Ryan Sucy;

Old Orchard Beach: Caitlin Ambo, Jeffrey Taylor;

Old Town: Andrea Anderson, Carrie McLaughlin;

Orrington: Rachel Kosnow;

Owls Head: Brooke Lowell;

Palermo: Camiesha Terry;

Palmyra: Leigh Welch;

Peaks Island: Hannah Carlson;

Peru: Brianna Lecours;

Phillips: Lyndsay Beane;

Pittsfield: Marguerite Bryant, Courtney Fowler, Gabrielle LaGross, Carolyn Newhouse, Karissa Porter;

Plymouth: Amy Patterson;

Poland: Casandra Greco, Matthew Principe;

Portland: Samantha Allshouse, Samantha Gilmour, Alyssa Ladd, Carrie Mooney;

Pownal: Danielle Brosseau;

Presque Isle: Kayla Girardin, Christina Hallowell;

Randolph: Mariah Duncan;

Rangeley: Christa Bonney;

Raymond: Hannah Huber;

Readfield: Benjamin Rodriguez, Tristan Stockford;

Rockland: Christina Quach, Kyle Sareyani;

Rockport: Colby Hill, Sarah Winchenbach;

Rumford: Kaitlyn Cote, Krista Cote, Aaron Delcourt, Michael Foley, Brittany Garcia, Amy Mahar, Audrey Morin, Emily O’Donnell, Frank Parsons;

Sabattus: Emily McLean;

Saco: Anna Dowling, Heather Galasyn, James Grover, Michelle Henaire, Emily Higgins, Allura Morneau, Paul Santamore;

Salem Twp: Jillian Withee;

Sanford: Erin Fraser, Sarah Gould, Lacey Tatosky;

Scarborough: Lauren Bickmore, Caitlyn Connolly, Nathaniel Duggan, Amanda Ledue, Sarah Pritchard;

Sebago: Lindsay Nason;

Sebec: Alyce McLeod;

Sidney: Renee Moody, Chelsey Oliver, Shawna Oliver, Joseph Pepin, Shelby Thibodeau, Allison White;

Skowhegan: Sebastien Dumont, Alexis Lanctot, Katelynn Lizotte, Bradford Lopes, Jennifer Meade, Trey Nelson, Ryan Scott, Grace Toles;

Smithfield: Megan Perkins;

Solon: Glenn Lumbert;

South Berwick: Katie Emmons, Mallory Smith;

South China: Tyler Belanger, Rebecca-Ann Severy, Christopher Vogel;

South Paris: Kayla Dore, Erica Ellingwood, Brooke Ladd, Carl Langbehn, Kasey Mills;

South Portland: Chelsea Bartlett, Elizabeth Carnell, Jennifer Gerry, Emily Gray, Sarah Meuse;

South Thomaston: Emmaline Waldron;

Springvale: Leanne Arsenault;

Starks: Darrell Dyke;

Steep Falls: Charles Young;

Surry: Amanda Moir;

Temple: Aimee Degroat, Dylan Toothaker;

Thomaston: Amber Hanson;

Thorndike: Kathleen Schultz;

Topsham: Devin Boilard, Lacey Campbell, Jordan Daigle, Ashley Libby, Brennan Radulski, Alexander Robinson, Meghan Schofield;

Turner: Matthew Bilodeau, Amanda Wise;

Union: Amanda Barrows, Janelle Noonan, Rachel Siegel;

Unity: Delainey Kein;

Vassalboro: Brianna Benevento, Nicole Bernhardt, Nathan Bowring, Sean Cabaniss, Allison Reynolds;

Waldo: Sarah Marshall;

Waldoboro: Vincent Vannah;

Warren: Wyatt Porter;

Waterville: Nicholas Camic, Emily Cote, Anna LeClair, Sarah Ringer, Isaiah Spofford, Kayla Tuttle, Jinni-Mae Workman;

Wayne: Sarah Pokorny;

Wells: Chelsea Martel, Sarah Stefanik;

West Baldwin: Nicole Rankin;

West Bath: Kelsie Gagnon;

West Farmington: Patricia McLain;

West Gardiner: Sloan Hanning, Erica Manning, Anthonie Phillis;

West Paris: Matthew Chandler, Hunter Rowell;

Westbrook: Haley Berry, Katie Clark, Anna Traugh;

Wilton: Sarah Jacques, Jaycee Jenckes, Lauren Orff, Jordan Plog;

Windham: Molly Olsen, Katherine Turpen;

Windsor: Molly King, Sarah Manley;

Winslow: Elizabeth Ferry, Jessica McCaslin, Brittany Robbins;

Winterport: Marissa Arrigoni, Megan Braley;

Winthrop: Brigid Chapin, Parker Chapin, Deirdre Dosedlo, Ian Gingras, Zachary Nadeau;

Wiscasset: Rebecca Slack, Lauren Trudeau;

Woodville: Taylor McCafferty;

Woolwich: Keifer Boguhn, Leanne Keenan, Kalib Moore;

Yarmouth: Erica Paul, Emma Pidden, Taylor Sisk, Abigail Smith;

York: Chelsea Morley.


Bristol: Olivia Cyr;

Deep River: Aliza Dube;

New Haven: Sean Igoe;

Niantic: Victoria Luce;

Norwich: Shannah Cotton;

Putnam: Audrey Gidman;

Salem: Sarah Frick;

South Glastonbury: Connor Sabia;

Tolland: Joshua Cardella;

Unionville: Sarah Bunch.


Acton: Heather King, Sam Oppenheim;

Ashby: Nicholas Lorenzen;

Assonet: Alyssa Tironati;

Attleboro: Alyssa Renzi;

Bedford: Elise Musicant;

Cambridge: Liya Mindaye;

Essex: Jacquelyn Rose;

Forestdale: Jennie Taddia;

Gardner: Sadie Caron;

Groveland: Kanika Pathania;

Haverhill: Elizabeth Hutchins;

Ipswich: Nicholas Grim;

Jefferson: Catherine Dufault;

Lakeville: Danielle Conway;

Merrimac: Kathleen Roux;

Natick: Catherine Cartier;

Peabody: Mary Drover;

Plymouth: Kimberly Arthurs, Tory Axford;

Randolph: Nicole Colageo;

Revere: Talya Briana;

Sandwich: Olivia Goddard, Taylor Marshall;

Shrewsbury: Megan Broderick;

Spencer: Christian Casault;

Sudbury: Alana MacArthur;

Westford: Brian Scholten;

Westminster: Emily Vitone;

Winchester: Cecilia Natale.


Boscawen: Jeremy Demers;

Center Conway: Jennifer Perry;

Derry: Matthew Hernandez, Margaret Pearson, Brittney Sieg, Joshua Worthen;

East Hampstead: Jennifer Bailey;

Epsom: Karyn Veinotte;

Freedom: Kyle Johnson;

Holderness: Brett Hofland;

Hollis: Kelsey Caron;

Londonderry: Carinne Haigis;

Manchester: Kathryn Johnson;

Milford: Lindsey Laforge;

Nashua: Julia Fletcher, Hayley Smith-Rose;

Pelham: Carolyn Springford;

Plainfield: Rebecca Young;

Portsmouth: Erika Lundgren, Johanna Oxholm;

Rindge: Kaelee Tanner;

Salem: Brittany Jones;

Sanbornville: Mark Leahy;

Seabrook: Amber Sears;

Whitefield: Kalman Csigi;

Wilmot: Jesse Williams.


East Greenwich: Drew Serdakowski;

Hope: Isabel Dodd;

North Kingstown: Sarah Hunter, Brigitta Valente;

Portsmouth: Alison Hamilton;

Wakefield: Lauren Arnold.


Burlington: Hannah Watson;

Charlotte: Leon Leary;

Danville: Jenell Green;

Groton: Samantha Funk;

Northfield: Keli McLellan;

Saint Albans: Amanda Porter;

West Dover: Brittney Torroni.


Aurora: Leah Kuehn;

Dacono: Shannon Tanguay.


Rockledge: Tyler Castillo.


Hopkinsville: Dana Fioretti.


East Brunswick: John Pich;

Englishtown: Justin Fata;

Highland Lakes: Kyle Manning;

Manahawkin: Danielle Spina;

Manalapan: Samantha Gigante;

North Brunswick: Rachel Anderson;

Rockaway: Samantha Wasko;

Spotswood: Nicole Byrne.


Sunland Park: Karla Solis.


Saratoga Springs: Ryan Lee.


Toledo: Audrey Blaufuss.


Bear Creek Township: Jenna Silliboy;

Reading: Tyler Kalbach.


Bluffton: Alyssa Mahoney.


Fairfax: Kristen Greeley.


Hochiminh: Huy Nguyen.


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UMF Partners with Area First Responders for Full-Scale Emergency Training Exercise, Aug. 8

FARMINGTON, ME (June 25, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington, in partnership with area emergency responders and associate facilities, is sponsoring a Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program training event on Friday, Aug. 8, on the UMF campus. This training exercise will provide a simulated, low-risk emergency scenario to help prepare first responders, University personnel and the community to work together in case of a real-life emergency.

This exercise is the first, full-scale, HSEEP training event of its kind in Maine. It is the culmination of 18 months of pre-planning during which the University sponsored two smaller training events, including a table-top and functional exercise.

Prior to the event, on Thursday, Aug. 7, law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire protection services vehicles and resources will be staged near the campus in preparation for the next day’s exercise.

On Aug. 8, the day of the event, members of the public can expect to see numerous emergency vehicles and hear noises similar to fireworks for a brief time. Volunteers will serve as actors with simulated injuries. They will be transported to the area hospital participating in the exercise.

In addition, the public may encounter road closures around the campus as local law enforcement personnel control scene access to ensure the safety of participants and the public.

This exercise is being conducted by UMF with the assistance of the Maine Emergency Management Agency, Franklin County Emergency Management Agency and other emergency response personnel.

Additional information on the exercise and road closures will be available closer to the event. For more information, please call the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency at 207-778-5892.

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 Media Contact: Celeste Branham, UMF vice president of student and community services, at 207-778-7087, or

UMF Professor Jeffrey Thomson Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

FARMINGTON, ME (June 13, 2014)—Jeffrey Thomson, University of Maine at Farmington associate professor of creative writing, Fulbright Scholar and acclaimed poet, has recently been awarded the prestigious Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellowship for 2014-15 by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

This distinguished fellowship is a collaboration between the Starr Center at Washington College, in Chestertown, Md., and the John Carter Brown Library on the campus of Brown University, in Providence, R.I. Founded in 2010, this award supports significant projects by academics, scholars and writers relating to the literature, history, culture and art of the Americas before 1830.

RP134-071Thomson’s project is the first work of poetry to be funded under this highly-respected fellowship. His project will build on his previous Fulbright research at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, in Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. Thomson will be creating a full-length poetry manuscript in the alternating voices of his ancestors who emigrated to the U.S. from Scotland and Ireland.

“I feel so fortunate to receive this opportunity and am excited for all the work to come,” said Thomson. “These are two of our country’s most notable institutions on the study of early America, and I look forward to adding to the growing understanding of how our ancestors’ experience enriches our lives today.”

The award supports two months of research at the John Carter Library, one of the world’s richest collections of books, maps and documents related to North and South America and Caribbean between 1492 and 1830, and two months of writing at Washington University’s Starr Center.

Thomson is the author of four books of poems, including “Birdwatching in Wartime,” winner of both the 2010 Maine Literary Award for Poetry and the 2011 ASLE Award in Environmental Creative Writing, and “Renovation.” He is also a translator, and his translation of “The Complete Poems of Catullus” is coming out next year from Cambridge University Press.

In 2012, Thomson was named the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing affiliated with the prestigious Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, in Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. In addition, he has been honored with a Fellowship in the Literary Arts from the Maine Arts Commission in 2008, a Creative Artists Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2006, and a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2005. He has also received fellowships from the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the Sewanee Writers Conference and Writers @ Work.

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Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus Features Exhibit by Internationally Acclaimed Artist William Wegman

FARMINGTON, ME (June 4, 2014)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus is proud to present the work of internationally acclaimed artist William Wegman as its featured exhibit for summer 2014. “Way Up in Maine: The Works of William Wegman” is on exhibit in the Emery Flex Gallery from June 16–Sept. 7.

The show is free and open to the public. A reception for the artist will take place Thursday, July 10, from 5-8 p.m. A cash-bar will be available.

A pioneering video artist, conceptualist, photographer, painter and writer, Wegman is noted by the New York Times as “one of the most important artists to emerge from the heady experiments of the 1970s.”


William Wegman, Untitled, 2011

He is best known for the photographs and videos of his beloved Weimaraner dogs that have captured the appreciation and affection of a broad audience. Over the course of his career, Wegman has had what he describes as a “long and fruitful collaboration” with his canine partners, beginning with Man Ray, known throughout the art world for his endearing deadpan presence.

Since the late 1970s, Wegman’s photography has received international acclaim and is in permanent collections in many museums. He has received numerous awards and grants from some of the most prestigious art institutions in the country, and his works have been exhibited in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., The Whitney Museum of Art in New York, F.R.A.C. Limousine in France, The Museum of Natural Art in New York and many more.

Wegman has created film and video works for Saturday Night Live, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, and The Colbert Report. His film “The Hardly Boys” was screened at the Sundance Film festival in 1995. He is also the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestselling “Puppies.” His latest book, “Flo & Wendell,” a picture book featuring his trademark style and wit, was published in the fall of 2013.

In addition to the gallery exhibit, Emery’s walkway area will feature “Portraits of Courage: Watercolors” by Penny Hood. An artist and licensed clinical professional counselor from the Farmington area, Hood has created the original artwork in this traveling exhibit to honor the survivors of violence and their advocates.

Summer hours for the Emery Flex Space Gallery are: Monday through Friday noon–6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1–6 p.m.

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A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Media Contact: Jayne Decker, Director of Emery Community Arts Center, at, or 207-778-7319.

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UMF Faculty Member Chris Brinegar Awarded Distinguished Fulbright Fellowship

FARMINGTON, ME (May 21, 2014)—Chris Brinegar, adjunct associate professor in the UMF Division of Natural Sciences, has recently been awarded a Fulbright teaching/research fellowship by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for a one-year stay in Loja, Ecuador, beginning this June.

He will be a visiting professor in the natural sciences department at the Technical University of Loja, a small Catholic university in the Andes Mountains of southern Ecuador, where he will teach conservation genetics.

Brinegar’s research specialty is in plant phylogeography, which is the study of the geographic distribution of genetic lineages in plant populations. Phylogeographic data can shed light on plant species evolution and is also used to assess biodiversity and to identify populations in need of conservation.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

While in Ecuador, he will conduct research on the population genetics of two threatened tree species: cinchona and nogal. The cinchona tree was harvested to near extinction in Ecuador for the quinine in its bark prior to the discovery of synthetic anti-malarial drugs. It currently exists in scattered remnant populations. Nogal (Andean walnut) is on the endangered species list due to overharvesting for its prized hardwood.

Brinegar has taught ecology, environmental science and biochemistry at UMF since 2006. This is his second Fulbright fellowship. In 2008, he spent a semester as a visiting professor at Kathmandu University in Nepal. In 2012, he was awarded a grant by the Save the Redwoods League to help expand scientific knowledge of the biology and ecology of coast redwood forests.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Scholar Program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Since its inception, approximately 300,000 Fulbright recipients have participated in the program.

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Media contact: Chris Brinegar, adjunct associate professor of biology, at, or 207-778-7361

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UMF Celebrates 2014 Commencement Ceremony in Historic Year

FARMINGTON, ME (May 17, 2014)—In culmination of its year-long 150th Anniversary celebration as the birthplace of public higher education in Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington held its annual Commencement Ceremony this morning, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, faculty, administrators and dignitaries led the procession of new graduates marching to traditional bagpipe music. UMF awarded approximately 448 bachelor’s and master’s diplomas for 2014.

“We are so proud of this year’s graduates and all they have accomplished, especially in this historic year,” said Foster. “For 150 years, UMF has helped students meet their educational goals and grow as individuals. Just like the very first graduating class, today’s graduates are prepared with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be successful and make a difference in their communities and the world.”

Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer, delivered the Commencement speech to UMF graduates, their families, honored guests, the UMF community and alumni members of the UMF class of 1964 celebrating their 50th anniversary class reunion. Ford was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane letters for his significant literary contributions.

Acclaimed by the New York Times as, “one of his generation’s most eloquent voices,” Ford is the author of 11 works of fiction. Notable among those is “Independence Day,” winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award—the first novel to win both awards in a single year. His 1986 novel, “The Sportswriter,” received a PEN/Faulkner citation for fiction and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best novels ever written.

Ford’s New York Times best-selling novel, “Canada,” won the top French literary award—the prestigious French Prix Femina Etrangere, and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Most recently, he was chosen by a jury of well-known writers and journalists to receive the 2014 Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix, in celebration of a lifetime of literary achievement.

Graduating senior and vice president of the senior class Sean Skillern, from Naples, Maine, gave the student address. An elementary education major and president of the local Rotaract organization, Skillern reminded graduates of the memories they’ve made in their time at UMF, and the friends that will last a lifetime.

President Foster and Daniel P. Gunn, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, conferred degrees to this year’s graduates. Norman L. Fournier, member of the UMS Board of Trustees, delivered greetings to the graduates from the University of Maine System.

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A nationally-recognized 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 helps 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 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.

The complete list of 2014 University of Maine at Farmington graduates includes:


Albion: Sandy Brown, B.A. Business Economics;

Amherst: John Ahearn, B.A. Political Science;

Anson: Ahnna-Balai Beane, B.A. Psychology;

Arrowsic: Sonya Elwell, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort;

Arundel: Tyler Leskowsky, B.S. Elementary Education; Molly Nunan, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed; Benjamin Sylvain, B.A. Business Economics; Jennifer Vadnais, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Athens: Jacob Linkletter, B.S. Community Health Education;

Auburn: Kelsey Blanchette, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Meagan Brushwein, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed; Shelby Chouinard, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Rebecca Dubois, B.A. English; Dustin Dumont, B.S. Community Health Education; Yusuf Iman, B.A. Business Economics; Andreaska Jeffcoats, B.A. Psychology; April Kleinkopf, B.A. Biology; Stuart Lindahl, B.A. Psychology; Daniel Poulin, B.A. Psychology;

Augusta: Brandon Clark, B.A. Business Economics; Spencer Hodge, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies; Amy Jones, B.S. Community Health Education; Sebastian Rose, B.A. Mathematics; Brittany Vachon, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Baldwin: Joshua Bishop, B.S. Environmental Science;

Bangor: Rachel Huber, B.S. Elementary Education; Eleni Margaronis, M.S. Master of Science in Education; Michelle Switzer, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Bar Harbor: Molly Dow, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Angela Hall, B.A. Individualized; Traci Norwood, B.S. Elementary Education; Aaron Poirier, B.A. Psychology;

Bath: Autumn Greenleaf, B.A. Psychology; Madeleine Hicks, B.A. Sociology/Anthropology; Leanne Keenan, B.A. Psychology; Hannah Roy, B.A. Business Psychology; Mark Saint-Louis, B.A. Business Economics; Kory Scarponi, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Belfast: Alexandra Carpenter, B.A. Psychology; Alexander Randall, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Belgrade: Erin Busque, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Tiarra LaPierre, B.A. English; Joshua Rose, B.A. Philosophy/Religion;

Belgrade Lakes: Christina Cook, B.A. Business Psychology; Holly Oliver, B.A. Psychology;

Benton: Lindsay Ball, B.A. Psychology; Haley Davis, B.S. Community Health Education;

Berwick: Brittany Hoffman, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed; Kelsey Laplume, B.S. Elementary Education;

Bethel: Gabriel Perkins, B.A. Environmental Planning/Policy; Amanda Wiley, B.S. Community Health Education;

Biddeford: Tasha Bayley, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed; Kaitlin Goulet, B.S. Elementary Education; Nathan Lessard, B.A. English; Megan Millette, B.S. Secondary Education – English and English;

Bingham: Mylana Shaw, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Blue Hill: Amber Gray, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

Boothbay: Kathleen Sheehan, B.A. Psychology;

Brunswick: Melaine Christensen, B.S. Secondary Ed Earth & Space Sci; Joseph Messerman, B.A. Computer Science; Jasmine Nixon, B.A. Biology; Ashley Savoy, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Ashley Smith, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Buckfield: Grace Kendall, B.A. History and B.G.S. Bachelor of Education Studies;

Bucksport: Roger Belton, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Buxton: Cody Burrows, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Keeley Cronin, B.S. Elementary Education; Rachael Davis, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Elizabeth LaBelle, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Elizabeth Paquette, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed; Samantha Simmons, B.S. Elementary Education;

Camden: Alexander Beloin, B.F.A. Creative Writing; Hillary Morrison, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Canaan: Matthew Clark, B.S. Community Health Education;

Canton: Joshua Richardson, B.A. Mathematics;

Cape Elizabeth: Anya Staszko, B.S. Elementary Education; Meagan Winker, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

Carrabassett Valley: Jennifer Reese, B.A. Individualized;

Carthage: Nichole Berry, B.S. Community Health Education;

Casco: Devin Fitzgerald, B.S. Elementary Education; Tyler Oren, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies; Jasmine Strout, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Chelsea: Hannah Rouillard, B.S. Special Education;

China: Caleb Fletcher, B.S. Secondary Ed Mathematics; Christopher Vogel, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Clifton: Amy Hughes, B.S. Elementary Education;

Clinton: Katherine Marchesi, B.S. Elementary Education;

Cornish: Jennifer-Lee Campbell, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

Cushing: Dale Winchenbach, B.A. Business Economics;

Dayton: Karissa Guay, B.S. Elementary Education;

Dedham: Danielle Richardson, B.S. Elementary Education;

Dexter: Alisha Gustin, B.S. Elementary Education;

Dixfield: Emily Chase, B.A. Biology;

Dover-Foxcroft: Chelsey Curtis, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed; Jordan Kim, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Dresden: Mary Burkhart Polk, B.A. Psychology; Nicholas Scott, B.A. English;

Durham: Donald Ferrara Jr, M.S. Master of Science in Education;

East Wilton: Jordan Schanck, B.S. Community Health Education;

Eastport: Keisha Scott, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Eddington: Hollie Newsom, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Ellsworth: Amanda Klug, B.S. Community Health Education;

Enfield: Erin Simone, B.A. Psychology;

Fairfield: Sierra Deroche, B.S. Elementary Education; Devin Forsman, B.A. Health Information Systems;

Falmouth: Joshua Davis, B.A. Psychology;

Farmingdale: Julie Brown, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Farmington: Brittany Brady, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Brian Clukey, B.S. Community Health Education; Ericka Danforth, B.A. Business Psychology; Emily Dustin, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Meng Hardy, B.S. Secondary Ed Mathematics; Catherine Hodge, B.A. Psychology; Patrick Kelly III, B.A. Biology; Brandon Melville, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Nathan Vallette, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts; Catherine Zachary, B.A. Philosophy/Religion;

Fayette: Corbin Briske, B.A. Interactive Media;

Freedom: Macy Saucier, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Freeport: Alyssa Amari, B.S. Secondary Ed Mathematics; Victoria Coskery, B.A. Sociology/Anthropology; Natasha Dyer, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort; Cyril Lunt, B.A. English;

Fryeburg: Chelsea Hill, B.A. Psychology;

Gorham: Myles LaBonte, B.A. Geography; Sara Lolley, B.A. Psychology; Megan Meehan, B.A. Psychology;

Gouldsboro: Matthew Buckley, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Gray: Daniel Dempsey, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts; Heather Freeman, M.S. Master of Science in Education; Benjamin Grannell, B.A. Int Studies – Music Arts; Matthew Kuchinski, B.A. History;

Greenville: Autumn Gann, B.S. Community Health Education; Ruby Rockwell, B.A. Geology;

Hallowell: Cadyn Wilson, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Hampden: Noah Burditt, B.A. Geography; Devon Ireland, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Hebron: Nicole Lejonhud, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Industry: Cordana Dingley, B.A. Psychology;

Jay: Katherine Bartlett, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed; Mallory Bonnevie, B.S. Community Health Education; Miles Hutchinson, B.A. Business Economics; Katelyn Ross, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Jefferson: Jackson Fortin, B.S. Community Health Education; Tobey Tozier, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Kenduskeag: Karl Matulis, M.S. Master of Science in Education;

Kennebunk: Erica Beal, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed; Erin Beal, B.S. Elementary Education;

Kingfield: Alana Knapp, B.A. Art;

Kittery: Lauren Kennison, B.S. Elementary Education;

Lamoine: Jennifer Tupper, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Levant: Mary DeLorenzo, B.S. Elementary Education;

Lewiston: Kylie Ferland, B.S. Elementary Education; Matthew Lamare, B.A. Biology; Bethany Lebel, B.A. Psychology; Allyson Lepage, B.S. Elementary Education; Jessica Mathon, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Kathryn Sturgis, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

Limerick: Jordan Graffam, B.A. Business Economics;

Limington: Olivia Corbran, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Lincoln: Michelle Paul, B.S. Community Health Education;

Lisbon: Cameron Blouin, B.S. Secondary Education Biology; Kaitlyn Boulet, B.S. Elementary Education; Jennifer Chick, B.S. Secondary Education – English;

Lisbon Falls: Phillip Carville, B.S. Secondary Education Biology;

Litchfield: Nicole Ellis, B.F.A. Creative Writing; Kathleen MacLagan, B.A. Sociology/Anthropology;

Littleton: Kelsey Theriault, B.A. Sociology/Anthropology;

Livermore: Lauren Breton, B.S. Secondary Education – English and English; Steven Langlin, B.A. Political Science;

Long Island: Melanie Floyd, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

Madawaska: Cassandra Ouellette, B.S. Elementary Education;

Madrid: Sarah Bunch, B.A. Biology;

Manchester: Keegen Ballard, B.A. Environmental Planning/Policy; Brian Gadberry, B.A. Art; Benjamin Johnson, B.A. Individualized; Hanna Packard, B.A. Biology;

Mechanic Falls: Richard Griffiths, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Mercer: Barry Wheaton, B.A. Individualized;

Mexico: Kelsey Arsenault, B.S. Community Health Education; Michelle Greenleaf, B.A. Psychology;

Millinocket: Samantha Harmon, B.S. Elementary Education; Kaley Morneault, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Danielle Woodworth, B.S. Community Health Education;

Milo: Ethan Herrell, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Monmouth: Chelsey St. Michel, B.S. Elementary Education; Alyssa Stevens, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Mount Vernon: Susan Hunter, B.A. Social Enterprise and Geography;

Naples: Sean Skillern, B.S. Elementary Education;

New Gloucester: Tyler Seliga, B.A. Business Psychology; Catherine Stubbs, B.S. Secondary Education – English;

New Portland: Gail Sylvain, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Danielle White, B.S. Community Health Education;

New Sharon: Kaitlyn Bullen, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Susan Knight, M.S. Master of Science in Education; Daniel Tosch, B.A. History;

Newport: Nicole Pedone, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Nobleboro: Kassandra Lincoln, B.S. Elementary Education;

Norridgewock: Melissa Cyr, B.A. Psychology; Kalvin Lord, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Leslie Mercier, B.A. Computer Science; Ebony Rudzinski, B.A. English; Samantha Sturtevant, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Kirk Wilkins, B.A. Computer Science; Alexa Wyman, B.A. Psychology;

North Anson: Katrina Esty, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

North Waterboro: Evgeni Bouzakine, B.S. Bachelor of Education Studies; Thomas Cyr, B.A. Sociology/Anthropology;

North Yarmouth: Allison Hodge, B.S. Community Health Education; Kate Storey, B.S. Elementary Education; Lydia Whiting, B.S. Elementary Education;

Norway: Christine Farr, B.S. Elementary Education;

Oakland: Robert Belanger, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Carlie Bolduc, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Reggie Clark, B.A. International & Global Studies and Political Science; Tyler Lallemand, B.S. Elementary Education; Ryan Sucy, B.A. History and Political Science;

Old Orchard Beach: Caitlin Ambo, B.A. Psychology;

Old Town: Andrea Anderson, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Emily Yates, B.S. Elementary Education; Daniel Zmistowski, B.A. English;

Orrington: Nathaniel Carson, B.S. Community Health Education; Rachel Kosnow, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Oxford: Rodney Payne, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Ashley St.Pierre, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Palmyra: Jessica Downing, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Peabody: Sean Falasca, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Peru: Brittany Errington, B.S. Community Health Education; Eloyah Lawson, B.S. Community Health Education; Lynn Morse, M.S. MS Education Early Childhood; Kayla Schuster, B.S. Elementary Education;

Phillips: Hope Gould, B.S. Community Health Education;

Pittsfield: Marguerite Bryant, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Pittston: Kashley Weymouth, B.S. Elementary Education;

Poland: Kyle Hancock, B.A. Psychology;

Portland: Adrienne Abramowitz, B.S. Elementary Education and English; Leanne Fasulo, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Lorraine Jabine, B.S. Elementary Education; Cidney Mayes, B.S. Secondary Education – English and English; Abraham Turcotte, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Presque Isle: Zachary Fowler, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Randolph: Darcie Page, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Rangeley: Katrina Carignan, B.S. Elementary Education; Maryam Emami, M.S. Master of Science in Education; Katherine Hatfield, B.S. Elementary Education and Special Education;

Readfield: William Rodriguez, B.A. English;

Rockland: Christina Quach, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Rockport: Elizabeth Janczura, B.S. Elementary Education;

Rumford: Allison Berry, B.S. Community Health Education; Brittany Garcia, B.S. Elementary Education; Daniel Kiley, B.S. Secondary Education – English; Audrey Morin, B.A. International & Global Studies; Tanya Nicols, M.S. Master of Science in Education; Emily O’Donnell, B.A. Psychology; McKenzie Parr, B.S. Community Health Education; Frank Parsons, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts; Richard Russell, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts and Psychology; Ellen Thorne, B.S. Community Health Education; Kate Thorne, B.S. Community Health Education;

Saco: Alyssa Carignan, B.S. Elementary Education; Emily Higgins, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies; Carlee Knox, B.A. Geology; Leighlan Martin, B.A. Mathematics; Laura Mills, B.A. Sociology/Anthropology; Megan Nadeau, B.S. Elementary Education; Paul Santamore, B.A. Individualized;

Sanford: Sarah Allain, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Carly Desimone, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Jessica Goulet, B.A. English; Innes Herdan, B.A. Sociology/Anthropology; Miranda Levesque, B.S. Elementary Education; Jonathan Roy, B.A. History; Lacey Tatosky, B.A. Psychology; Kerri-lyn Traves, B.A. English; Tyler Traves, B.A. Psychology; Brett Wallingford, B.S. Community Health Education;

Scarborough: Molly Carbin, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Meagan L’Heureux, B.S. Elementary Education; Tennessee Peters, B.A. Business Economics;

Sebago: Rebecca Terrio, B.S. Elementary Education;

Shapleigh: Emily Dodge, B.S. Elementary Education;

Sherman: Georgia Qualey, B.A. History;

Skowhegan: Natalie Dumont, B.S. Environmental Science; Joshua Everett, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Trey Nelson, B.A. Psychology and Community Health Education; Jessica Ward, M.S. Master of Science in Education;

South Berwick: Rachel Purgiel, B.S. Elementary Education; Mallory Smith, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts; Kaitlyn Victory, B.S. Elementary Education;

South China: Jennifer Austin, B.S. Early Childhood Ed Cohort; Ashley Lessner, B.A. Art;

South Paris: Erica Ellingwood, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Brooke Ladd, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Jason Long, M.S. Master of Science in Education; Walter Perry, M.S. Master of Science in Education;

South Portland: Chelsea Bartlett, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English; Megan Lynch, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Ian Raymond, B.S. Community Health Education; Ashley Ross, B.A. Sociology/Anthropology; Tyler Wilburn, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Southwest Harbor: Devin Young, B.S. Special Education;

Starks: Carissa Booker, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Strong: Kenni Norton, B.A. Individualized;

Sullivan: Lauren Preble, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Sumner: Peggy Bragg, B.S. Elementary Education;

Temple: Mariah Barden, B.A. Business Psychology; Elisabeth Milster, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Thomaston: Holly Ames-Allan, B.S. Community Health Education;

Topsham: Devin Boilard, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies; Joseph Leaver, B.S. Elementary Education; Brian Nolan, B.A. Biology; Alexander Robinson, B.A. Psychology and B.A. Elementary Education;

Trenton: Elizabeth Sargent, B.S. Secondary Education – English;

Turner: Allison Hunter, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies; Cheyenne McCarthy, B.S. Community Health Education; Jasmine Portales, B.A. Psychology;

Union: Amanda Barrows, B.A. International & Global Studies;

Vassalboro: Courtney Bolduc, B.A. Sociology/Anthropology;

Veazie: Michael Keim, B.S. Community Health Education;

Waldo: Sarah Marshall, B.S. Elementary Education;

Waldo: Brian Miller, B.S. Elementary Education;

Waldoboro: Alexander Goldrup, B.A. Business Economics;

Warren: Courtney Leach, B.S. Special Education;

Washington: Samuel Spahr, B.A. Biology;

Waterboro: Cassidy Munro, B.A. Psychology;

Waterville: Rebecca Cook, B.S. Community Health Education and Psychology; Timothy Ker, B.A. Mathematics; Luke Klinker, B.A. Biology; Kayla Tuttle, B.A. Psychology;

Wells: Lindsey Michaud, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Gina Spinelli, B.A. Art; Sarah Stefanik, B.A. English;

West Baldwin: Nicole Rankin, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

West Bath: Kylie Groat, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

West Paris: Hunter Rowell, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

Westbrook: Rachel Joiner, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies; John Ochira, B.A. Business Economics; Kelsea Trefethen, B.S. Secondary Ed Mathematics and Mathematics;

Whitefield: Margaret Boynton, B.S. Elementary Education;

Wilton: Benjamin Altmaier, B.A. Business Economics; Thomas Deul, B.A. Business Psychology; Eric Dufour, B.A. Biology; Lindsey Keenan, B.A. Political Science; Raymond Nadeau, B.A. Psychology; Bailey Scott, B.A. Psychology;

Windham: Amber Allen, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Chase Bourgoin, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration; Garrett Clemmer, B.A. Business Economics; Colin Mello, B.S. Special Education;

Winslow: Nicholas Camic, B.A. Biology; Brittany Robbins, B.S. Secondary Ed Mathematics; Samuel Smith, B.S. Elementary Education; Lucas Spaulding, B.A. Political Science;

Winterport: Megan Braley, B.S. Elementary Education; Kayla Worster, B.S. Elementary Education;

Winthrop: Raymond Linck, B.S. Community Health Education;

Woolwich: Keifer Boguhn, B.A. Biology; Blake McElman, B.A. Business Psychology; : Kalib Moore, B.S. Secondary Ed Social Studies;

Yarmouth: Victoria Ballenger, B.S. Elementary Education; Kaitlyn Clifford, B.S. Rehabilitation Services; Erica Paul, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

York: Joseph Dignam, B.A. Environmental Planning/Policy; Heidi Jackson, M.S. MS Education Early Childhood; Samuel Leal, B.S. Secondary Ed Mathematics.


Avon: Devany Chaise-Greenwood, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Clinton: Erin McGuigan, B.S. Community Health Education;

East Windsor: Cassandra Farmer, B.A. Int Studies – Arts Admin Music;

Hamden: Sean Igoe, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

North Stonington: Benjamin Pearson, B.A. Mathematics;

Norwich: Shannah Cotton, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

South Windsor: Madeline King, B.A. Psychology.


Ashby: Nicholas Lorenzen, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Attleboro: Alyssa Renzi, B.S. Environmental Science;

Ayer: Tyler Brown, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Boston: Brianna Peters, B.A. Psychology;

Bourne: Chelsea Maibaum, B.S. Environmental Science;

Bridgewater: Michael Kahler, B.S. Secondary Education – English;

Brockton: Patrick Rizzo, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Byfield: Michael Foley, B.S. Special Education;

Dracut: Rebecca Masse, B.S. Early Childhood Education;

Grafton: Joc Caldwell, B.S. Early Childhood Special Ed;

Haverhill: Emily Haskell, B.S. Secondary Education – English and English;

Ipswich: Nicholas Grim, B.S. Community Health Education;

Methuen: Kara Chiasson, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

Milton: Kevin Walsh, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

Natick: Catherine Cartier, B.A. English;

Oxford: Erin Zuidema, B.A. Visual and Performing Arts;

Peabody: Mary Drover, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English; Kaitlin Kelleher, B.S. Special Education;

Pembroke: Nicole Osborne, B.A. Psychology;

Plymouth: Tory Axford, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

Rehoboth: Renee Dupre, B.S. Elementary Education;

Salisbury: Jesse Hofmann, B.A. Geology;

Westborough: Meghan Donovan, B.S. Special Education;

Westford: Brian Scholten, B.S. Environmental Science.


Allenstown: David Berthiaume, B.S. Community Health Education;

Belmont: Reid Plimpton, B.S. Community Health Education;

Canaan: Kaitlyn Dickinson, B.A. Business Psychology;

Danville: Alyssa Mahoney, B.F.A. Creative Writing and English;

Derry: Margaret Pearson, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Hampton: Megan Cargill, B.S. Early Childhood Education; Kellsey Metzger, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Hollis: Derek Reilly, B.A. Biology;

Milford: Lindsey Laforge, B.S. Rehabilitation Services;

Nashua: Marianne O’Loughlin, B.A. Individualized; Hayley Smith-Rose, B.A. Int Studies – Arts Admin Music;

Newfields: Margaret Daley-Dolloff, B.S. Community Health Education;

Nottingham: David Carr, B.A. Int Studies – Music Arts;

Portsmouth: Johanna Oxholm, B.A. International & Global Studies and Political Science;

Rochester: Adam Potvin, B.S. Elementary Education;

Seabrook: Amber Sears, B.S. Rehabilitation Services.


East Greenwich: Drew Serdakowski, B.A. Business Economics;

Wakefield: Lauren Arnold, B.S. Elementary Education and Music Arts;

Warwick: Danielle Lapre, B.S. Rehabilitation Services.


Charlotte: Leon Leary, B.S. Environmental Science;

Danville: Jenell Green, B.A. Mathematics and Computer Science;

Groton: Samantha Funk, B.A. Art;

Northfield: Devin Kelsey, B.A. Sociology/Anthropology;

Swanton: Haley Churchill, B.A. Biology;

Williston: Lauren Scheidegger, B.S. Secondary Education – English.


Vanndale: Sean Slattery, B.A. Geology.


Berkeley: Simone Sisneros-Thiry, B.S. Mathematics and B.S. Secondary Ed Mathematics;

Los Angeles: Joshua Flowers, B.A. English and Psychology;

San Diego: Fred Ben, B.A. Business Economics.


Aurora: Leah Kuehn, B.F.A. Creative Writing.


Hopkinsville: Dana Fioretti, B.A. Biology.


Annapolis: Alexa Kusmik, B.S. Environmental Science;

Silver Spring: Jacob Taylor, B.A. Biology.


Bernardsville: Ian Witt, B.A. Business Economics;

Browns Mills: Jake Constantine, B.A. Business Economics;

East Hanover: Lauren Perkins, B.A. Business Psychology;

Manahawkin: Danielle Spina, B.S. Rehabilitation Services.


Chaparral: Anna Soule, B.G.S. Bachelor of General Studies;

Sunland Park: Karla Solis, B.F.A. Creative Writing.


Bellmore: Kaitlyn Bukauskas, B.S. Community Health Education;

East Aurora: Patrick Hunt, B.A. Outdoor Recreation Business Administration;

New York: Maileny Guillen, B.F.A. Creative Writing;

Sidney: Trevor Palmatier, B.A. Biology;

West Islip: Nora Morris, B.A. Environmental Planning/Policy.


Reading: Tyler Kalbach, B.A. Mathematics and Psychology.


Coupeville: Julia Tichy, B.A. Psychology;

Custer: John Buys, B.S. Secondary Education – English and English.


Miramichi: Rachel Cox, B.A. Psychology.


Ho Chi Minh City: Huy Nguyen, B.A. Mathematics.


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UMF Partners with Maine Career Center to Offer First Annual Western Maine Community Job and Resource Fair, May 22

FARMINGTON, ME (May 8, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington Career Services office and the Maine Career Center are pleased to announce the first annual Western Maine Community Job and Resource Fair on Thursday, May 22, 2014. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center at 152 Quebec Street, Farmington. The fair is free and open to the public.

This inaugural community job fair was created to help students, alumni and community members in Western Maine learn about employment and service opportunities throughout the state. More than 70 Maine employers and service providers will be in attendance, including educational, manufacturing, retail, public service, customer service, health care and social service, Maine State agencies, U.S. military, veteran resources and more.

For more information and a complete list of employers and service providers attending the fair visit the UMF Career Service website at:

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Media Contact: Peter Osborne, UMF career counselor, at or 207-778-7035

UMF College Democrats Host Debate with Candidates for Maine 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, May 7

FARMINGTON, ME (April 30, 2014)—The UMF College Democrats, a University of Maine at Farmington student organization that focuses on promoting the cause of Democrats on campus, is hosting a political debate between Emily Cain and Troy Jackson, two democratic candidates hoping to be their party’s candidate to replace U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.

The debate will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, in Lincoln Auditorium, in Roberts Learning Center on the UMF campus.

Questions for the debate have been generated by the Franklin County Democrats and UMF political science students. The event is moderated by Jim Melcher, UMF professor of political science. It is free and open to the public.

RP134-EmilyCainRP134-TroyJacksonCain was elected to the Maine State House in 2004 at age 24, and served four terms. During that time, she focused on growing Maine’s economy, increasing access to higher education, and preventing domestic violence. In 2010, at age 30, Emily became the youngest woman to hold the position of State House Minority Leader in Maine history. She is now serving her first term in the Maine State Senate for Maine District 30 (Penobscot County.)

A logger from Allagash, Jackson is a State Senator from Maine’s 35th District, representing much of northern Maine, including the towns of Fort Kent, Madawaska and Van Buren. He was first elected to the Maine State Senate in 2008 after serving from 2002-08 in the Maine House of Representatives. In December 2012, Jackson was elected Assistant Majority Leader of the State. On July 10, 2013, Jackson was elected Majority Leader of the Maine Senate.

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Media Contacts:

Jim Melcher, UMF professor of political science, at, or 207-778-7416

Shane Cushing, UMF student and co-chair of the UMF College Democrats, at

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:

Photo Credit: Submitted photos

UMF Names Thirteen Students as Prestigious Wilson Scholars

FARMINGTON, ME (April 29, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington recently named 13 students as Michael D. Wilson Scholars for the spring 2014 semester. This RP134-065Aprestigious undergraduate research program provides top UMF student scholars with faculty mentorship and project funding to help them pursue the highest level of undergraduate research investigation.

“UMF’s Wilson Scholars and Fellows Program energizes the spirit of academic and creative exploration on our campus,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “Its extraordinary level of original, independent undergraduate research builds new confidence, inspires new direction and helps prepare students for the challenges of the professional world.”

Wilson Scholar Kara Chiasson, from Methuen, Massachusetts, is using her award to learn about conserving books in the digital age.  A senior majoring in creative writing and English, Chiasson is exploring the importance of book preservation—both the physical preservation of the book itself and the digital preservation of the book’s content.

Chiasson’s project began with her interest in conserving a family book from 1939. Her Wilson award helped her take RP134-065Bthat interest to the Houghton Library at Harvard and the Northeast Document Conservation Center, in Andover, Massachusetts, where she gained a new understanding for the value of all types of literature preservation.

“I’ve had the chance to handle a book that was carefully preserved from the 1500’s,” said Chiasson. “That experience gave me a new appreciation for the preservation of literature, from oral tradition and hand-written manuscripts to the digital age. My research has opened a whole new area of academic interest for me, and I hope to continue the study of book history and conservation after graduation.”

The UMF Wilson Program names student awardees twice-a-year including single-semester scholars and year-long fellows. The spring 2014 awardees include13 Wilson Scholars: Amanda Barrows from Union; Kara Chiasson from Methuen, Mass.; Curtis Cole from Pittston; Sean Igoe from New Haven, Conn.; Grace Kendall from Buckfield; Alana Knapp from Kingfield; Carlee Knox from Saco; Nicole Lejonhud from Hebron; Marianne O’Loughlin from Nashua, N.H.; Sean Slattery from Farmington; Mallory Smith from South Berwick; Tobey Tozier from Jefferson and Cadyn Wilson from Hallowell.

The program provides funding to help underwrite student project expenses. It was established by Michael and Susan Angelides, of Columbia, Conn., in honor of their good friend and UMF alumnus Michael D. Wilson, class of 1976.

2014 Spring Wilson Scholars:

Amanda Barrows – Union
A senior majoring in international and global studies, Barrows is examining the social impact of the law that established French as the official language of Quebec on immigrant rights in Quebec, Canada. Her faculty sponsor is Clint Bruce, assistant professor of French.

Kara Chiasson – Methuen, Mass.
A senior majoring in creative writing and English, Chiasson is exploring conserving books in the digital age. Her faculty sponsor is Eric Brown, professor of English.

Curtis Cole – Pittston
A first-year student majoring in secondary education: English, Cole is researching Postmodern Japanese existentialism. His faculty sponsor is Erin Kappeler, visiting assistant professor of English.

Sean Igoe – New Haven, Conn.
A senior majoring in creative writing and English, Igoe has a joint project with fellow Wilson Scholar Nicole Lejonhud, exploring the field of digital humanities through the creation of an original immersive digital text.  Their faculty sponsor is Patricia O’Donnell, professor of English.

Grace Kendall – Buckfield
A senior with a major in bachelor of general studies, Kendall is writing a memoir as the partner of a transgender man. Her faculty sponsor is Teal Minton, assistant professor of creative writing.

Alana Knapp – Kingfield
A senior majoring in art, Knapp is exploring the role and relevancy of costume in art as it relates to female identity. Her faculty sponsor is Katrazyna Randall, associate professor of art.

Carlee Knox – Saco
A senior majoring in Geology, Knox is examining petrographic and geochemical evidence to determine the origins of the Rome-Norridgewock pluton. Her faculty sponsor is David Gibson, professor of geology.

Nicole Lejonhud – Hebron
A senior majoring in creative writing, Lejonhud has a joint project with fellow Wilson Scholar Sean Igoe, exploring the field of digital humanities through the creation of an original immersive digital text.  Their faculty sponsor is Patricia O’Donnell, professor of English.

Marianne O’Loughlin – Nashua, N.H.
A senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in environmental education, O’Loughlin is researching best practices for improving animal mental health in zoos and aquariums. Her faculty sponsor is Mary Schwanke, professor of biology.

Sean Slattery – Farmington
A senior majoring in geology, Slattery is investigating the petrographic and geochemical characterizations of past tectonic activity in areas of the Maine coast. His faculty sponsor is David Gibson, professor of geology.

Mallory Smith – South Berwick
A senior majoring in arts administration, Smith will research, curate and present an art exhibition entitled: “Objects of Consumption.” Her faculty sponsor is Sarah Maline, associate professor of art history.

Tobey Tozier – Jefferson
A senior majoring in arts administration, Tozier is exploring rejection within intimate relationships through language, the mundane and the dramatic in film. His faculty sponsor is Katrazyna Randall, associate professor of art.

Cadyn Wilson – Hallowell
A senior majoring in creative writing, Wilson is exploring the concept of identity, drawing upon the works of philosophers such as Martin Heidegger and Judith Butler and producing a final essay that she will submit to an undergraduate research publication. Her faculty sponsor is Kristen Case, assistant professor of English.

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Photo Caption: Left to right, first row: Mallory Smith, Amanda Barrows, Carlee Knox and Sean Slattery. Center row: Tobey Tozier, Nicole Lejonhud, Cadyn Wilson and Alana Knapp. Back row: Kara Chiasson, Sean Igoe, Curtis Cole and Marianne O’Loughlin. Grace Kendall not pictured.