UMF Explores “Applying Mathematics: From Sustainability to Origami” with Upcoming Farmington Forum Series

FARMINGTON, ME (March 3, 2014)—What are some of the connections between math and art, and math and sustainability, and how do we encounter them in our daily lives? This question and more will be explored with “Applying Mathematics: From Sustainability to Origami,” the next academic focus celebrated by UMF’s year-long, 150th anniversary Farmington Forum Series.

This forum offers family-friendly artistic and scholarly events, including an art display, origami workshops, films, music, faculty research, professional presentations and a festive Pi Day celebration. Events run from March 9-21, and are free and open to the public.

Pi Day is an annual, international celebration on March 14, commemorating the mathematical constant pi. That day’s featured speakers are Dr. Carrie Eaton, associate professor of mathematics at Unity College, and Philip Mallinson, mathmatics teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy, a co-educational residential school in New Hampshire. All Pi Day events will take place in the Emery Community Arts Center.

RP134-044EatonA Unity College faculty member in their Center for Biodiversity, Eaton is presenting “House of Cards: Understanding Sustainability Issues through Mathematics.” Her talk will focus on understanding sustainability issues and exploring how mathematics is helping humanity to grasp the consequences of actions in the context of a complex system. A strong voice for interdisciplinary mathematics education, Eaton is developing partnerships and collaborations among educators to advance 21st century environmental problem solving. Her current research involves network perspectives of coevolution and consequences for sustainability.
A longtime educator and active leader of workshops and mini-courses, Mallinson is presenting “Origami’s Not Just for Folding Cranes.” His talk will present three different but interlocked fields of contemporary origami—origami as an art form, understanding the mathematical potential of origami, and practical applications of origami in the real world. Mallinson will lead two workshops on March 15, one for children and one for adults, where participants will have a hands-on origami experience.

Schedule of Mathematics Farmington Forum events:

Sunday, March 9

Math Film Festival Part I
3:30 p.m., “Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land (G)
4 p.m., “Stand and Deliver” (PG)
6 p.m., “Good Will Hunting” (R)
Lincoln Auditorium , UMF Roberts Learning Center

Monday, March 10

Math Film Festival Part II
7 p.m., “Doodling in Math Class” by Vi Hart (G)
7:30 p.m., “A Beautiful Mind” (PG-13)
Lincoln Auditorium , UMF Roberts Learning Center

Monday, March 10 – Friday, March 21

“Pictures: Polymath”
A math art display in the Emery Community Arts Center

Wednesday, March 12

Music and Faculty Research
11:45 a.m., Original music by Pete Hardy
12-1 p.m., Math and Computer Science Faculty: Current Research Projects
Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble/Ricker Halls

Friday, March 14 — Pi Day Celebration in Emery Community Arts Center

PIE reception
2:30-3:30 p.m., (pie and coffee)

General Audience Talk: Dr. Carrie Eaton
3:30 p.m. “House of Cards: Understanding Sustainability Issues through Mathematics”

4:40 p.m., Original music by Pete Hardy

General Audience Talk: Philip Mallinson
5 p.m., “Origami’s Not Just For Folding Cranes”

Saturday, March 15 — Origami workshops and reception in North Dining Hall A,B,C

10-10:30 a.m., coffee, juice and pastries

Kids Origami Workshop with Phil

10:30-11:30 a.m., (ages 6 and up, children under 10 should have adult helper)

Adult Origami Workshop with Phil
1-3 p.m. (Anyone age 13+ is welcome to attend one or both workshops.)

Throughout the year, UMF’s Farmington Forum Series will feature a host of special events in the six key academic disciplines of education, psychology, English, biology, mathematics and history. Events will include in-depth lectures by visiting scholars, film and research presentations, art exhibits, panel discussions and alumni receptions.

The “Applying Mathematics: From Sustainability to Origami” Farmington Forum Series is sponsored by the UMF Division of Mathematics and Computer Science.

For additional details, please visit the calendar of events on the UMF 150th Anniversary website at

UMF’s Sesquicentennial Celebration is supported in part by the generous donations of area businesses and organizations including Franklin Savings Bank, at the Doctorate Level; Sunday River, at the Master’s Level; and Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC, Kyes Insurance, Shiretown Insurance Agency, University Credit Union and Unity Foundation at the Bachelor’s Level.

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Media contact: Lori Koban, UMF associate professor of mathematics, at or 207-778-7952.

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University of Maine at Farmington Presents Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” March 13-16

FARMINGTON, ME (February 27, 2014)—The enchanted island of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” comes to life at the University of Maine at Farmington’s Alumni Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 13-15 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 16. The play opens with a tempest-tossed shipwreck on the island where Prospero and his daughter Miranda have been stranded for many years.
A major Theatre UMF production, “The Tempest” brings students, staff and faculty, and community members together for an impressive performance. “It takes a significant group of dedicated people – actors, designers and technical crew – to stage this production,” said Jayne Decker, director and UMF faculty member.

UMF students are involved in all areas of production.  Many of the actors are taking the costume design class with Elizabeth Dorr and participating in design and construction of their costumes.  Others are involved in constructing the set, painting and hanging lights under the guidance of technical director, Stan Spilecki. Students from Decker’s Space Lab class are building props and running the box office.  Two students, Shelby Thibodeau and Ahnna Balai-Beane, are lead make up designers, creating the makeup effects for Ariel and Caliban, and other creatures that inhabit the island.

The mainly student cast is joined by Gordon LePage, Mt Blue High School French teacher, as Gonzalo, and Daniel P. Gunn, UMF interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, as Prospero and dramaturge for the performance. “Dan provides the actors with a wonderful academic understanding of Shakespeare,” said Decker.

Philip Carlsen, composer and UMF professor of music, has written an original score for the performance of Shakespeare’s songs. Bobbie Hanstein, award-winning journalist and editor and community theater member, is creating the choreography.

An award-winning playwright, Decker has directed numerous productions at UMF Alumni Theater. Her 2012 production of “Coyote on a Fence,” was awarded a Moss Hart Memorial Award by the New England Theatre Conference—New England’s oldest and largest regional theatre association. Her other directorial work includes George Brant’s “Elephant’s Graveyard,” the musicals “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Oliver!” and productions of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

She has also presented workshop productions of her original plays “Good Medicine;” “Stars Falling,” winner of the 2002 Maine Playwriting Award; “Jelly Moonshine;” and “Songbird,” a touring play about the Iraq War. “Cracked Shells,” an original play by Decker about domestic violence, was commissioned by Franklin County Network’s Peace in Our Families and was featured again at the 2009 Maine Women’s Studies Conference.

Decker, a faculty member in the Dept of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry, teaches courses including Playwriting, Commedia dell’Arte and Social and Political Theatre.

This Theatre UMF production is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the time of the performance and can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465.

Prospero . . . . . Daniel Gunn
Miranda . . . . . Isabelle Bailey – Fairfield
Ferdinand . . . . . John Levenseller -– Dedham
Ariel . . . . . Austin Hayes – Gorham
Caliban . . . . . Richard Russell – Rumford
Trinculo . . . . . Aaron Verrill – Belgrade
Stephano . . . . . Zachary Fowler, class of 2013
Alonso . . . . . Matthew Buckley – Gouldsboro
Antonio . . . . . Nathan Sylvester – China Village
Sebastian . . . . . Zhanna Ivanova – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Adrian . . . . . Cassidy Small – North Monmouth
Francisco . . . . . Jagger Trouant – Gardiner
Gonzalo . . . . . Gordon LePage
Voices on the island . . . . . Meg Scully – Winthrop, Shelby Thibodeau – Sidney, Kassidy Giggey – Brewer
Spirit dancers . . . . . Cadyn Wilson – Hallowell, Carly Georgen – Fairfield, Conn.
Mariners . . . . . Joseph Maldanado – Fresno, Calif., Tucker Atwood – Embden, Patrick Rizzo – Brockton, Mass., Keith Clark – Presque Isle, Clayton Perry – Farmington

Director . . . . . Jayne Decker
Scenic/Lighting Design – Technical Director . . . . . Stan Spilecki
Costume Design . . . . . Elizabeth Dorr
Choreography . . . . . Bobbie Hanstein
Musical Composition . . . . . Philip Carlsen

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 Media contact: Jayne Decker, UMF instructor and director of Sandy River Players, 207-778-7319, or

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Photo Caption: Left to right: Daniel Gunn, as Prospero, and Austin Hayes, as Ariel, in the upcoming Theatre UMF performance of “The Tempest.”

UMF Annual Career Fair Features Statewide Employers, March 5

FARMINGTON, ME (February 24, 2014)—The UMF Career Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in the North Dining Hall and the main entrance hallway in the UMF Olsen Student Center, located on South Street in Farmington. The event is hosted by University of Maine at Farmington Career Services and is free and open to the public.

An annual event for over 15 years, this year’s spring job fair features recruiting representatives from nearly 40 businesses, non-profit and government organizations, summer camps and learning centers. Representatives will be on campus to hire for full-time and part-time career positions, seasonal jobs and internships. Businesses represented will include those focusing on career advising, community and mental health programs, education, conservation, recreation sports, hospitality services, summer camps and more.

Registration is not required by job seekers. In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, the fair will take place on Friday, March 7.  More information can be found at the UMF Career Services website at

This event is sponsored by UMF Career Services, Assistance Plus, Learning Works-AmeriCorps AIMS High, Spurwink, Providence Human Services and FullCircle Supports Inc.

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Media Contact: Judy Burdick, at 207-778-7034, or

UMF Art Gallery Presents “Process” Solo Exhibition by Multidisciplinary Artist Sarah Bouchard

FARMINGTON, ME (February 20, 2014)—The UMF Art Gallery is proud to present the solo exhibition “Process” by Sarah Bouchard, multidisciplinary artist, curator and UMF 2003 graduate. The exhibit will be held from Feb. 27 through March 27, with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m., Feb. 27. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Studio Image
1. A series of actions, changes or functions bringing about a result
2. Progress, passage
3. To gain an understanding or acceptance of

An introspective artist, Bouchard explores and revives neglected entities—psychological spaces, human beings and the crumbling aspects of material reality.  Finding meaning and intrigue in overlooked places, Bouchard works mostly with her own inner realm as inspiration and guide through the process of making.

She is moved by texture and pattern as well as subtle shifts in color, light and sound.  In this exhibition of installation, painting, photography, video, sculpture and collage, Bouchard discovers unlikely juxtapositions that bring about striking shifts in perception.

Bouchard is an artist and curator based near Portland.  The artist-in-residence at the Masonic Temple in downtown Portland, she is in the process of creating a large multi-media installation that explores the presence of the feminine within the Masonic Order, as it intersects specifically with the architecture and history of the Congress Street Temple.

Bouchard has an MFA from Maine College of Art, a BA in studio art from the University of Maine at Farmington and a BA in writing from the Johns Hopkins University.

This UMF Art Gallery exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.
The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the Admissions Office.  Gallery hours are Tuesdays–Sundays 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.  For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline at or call the gallery at 207-778-7002.

More about the UMF Art Gallery

The UMF Art Gallery is a teaching gallery dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its focus on innovative and challenging new work, the gallery reinforces the academic vision of the university and the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in celebrating art as a powerful agent of community and cultural identity. The gallery develops compelling interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students and community and works with local schools to integrate art into their curricula.

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 Media Contact: Sarah Maline, UMF associate professor of art and UMF Art Gallery director, at or 207-778-7321

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Photo Caption:  ‘Vignette’ (2014)

University of Maine at Farmington Announces Dean’s List for Fall 2013 Semester

FARMINGTON, ME (February 13, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington announces its Dean’s List for the fall 2013 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.


Albany Twp: Britany Douglass;
Albion: Sara Quimby;
Anson: Ahnna-Balai Beane, Courtney Frost, Ashley Libby;
Arundel: Tori Lands, Tyler Leskowsky, James Maloney-Hawkins, Molly Nunan, Christopher Roberts, Jennifer Vadnais;
Ashland: Kenneth Tarr;
Atkinson: Ashley Goodine;
Auburn: Eliza Bissonette, Kelsey Blanchette, Shelby Chouinard, Jonathan Delorme, Rebecca Dubois, Nikki Hodgkins, Andreaska Jeffcoats, Stuart Lindahl, Emily Marron, Tamarah Marston, Jesse Williams;
Augusta: Katherine Beach, Erika Burns, Emily Dutton, Kevin Lind, Nasya Monroe, Elicia Nickerson, Joseph Pepin, Dylane Saylor, Alison Zubrod;
Bangor: Thomas Bearor, Kayla Elliott, Jane Fournier, Jasmine Heckler, Hannah Lust, Rose Miller, Michelle Switzer;
Bar Harbor: Molly Dow, Jamie McKay;
Bath: Brandon Doughty, Emily Franklin, Madeleine Hicks, Tyler Rose, Mackenzie Yeaton;
Belgrade: Christopher Bond, Erin Busque, Taylor Fitzgerald, Maddison Kadnar, Mickelle McCafferty;
Benton: Haley Davis;
Berwick: Gabrielle Ganiere, Brittany Hoffman, Kelsey Laplume, Alisa Tibbetts;
Biddeford: Tasha Bayley, Maegan Carter, Kaitlin Goulet, Rachel Hubbell, Erica Letellier, Jessica Lewis, Megan Millette, Caroline Murphy, Layne Nason;
Bingham: Lindsey Cirell;
Blue Hill: Amber Gray;
Boothbay: Katrina Smith;
Bowdoin: Emily Eldridge, Rachel Glynn;
Brewer: Linsay Brochu;
Brooklin: Brittany Courtot;
Brooks: Sydney Ellis;
Brooksville: Araya Tegan;
Brunswick: Nicholas Blasens, Melaine Christensen, Katherine Liscovitz, Catherine Reno, Ashley Smith, Katherine Warner, Farren Welzel;
Buckfield: Grace Kendall;
Burnham: Dori Condon;
Buxton: Keeley Cronin, Samantha Simmons;
Calais: Emily Ginn, Dominic Martorano, Nicole Osborne;
Camden: Brogan Tooley;
Canaan: Matthew Clark;
Cape Elizabeth: Anya Staszko, Meagan Winker;
Cape Neddick: Rachel Yorke;
Caribou: Tiffany Bishop, Philip Smith;
Carrabassett Valley: Lauren Orff;
Casco: Andrew Carlson;
Chelsea: Hannah Rouillard, Rebecca-Ann Severy, Emily Soule, Tricia Tzikas;
Chesterville: Lorrin Burnham;
China: Jacob Taylor;
Clifton: Amy Hughes;
Clinton: Sara Mea;
Corinna: Noel Zayir;
Cumberland Center: Katherine Fehlau, Hannah Somes, Jasmine Strout;
Damariscotta: Shania Creamer;
Dayton: Karissa Guay;
Dedham: Danielle Richardson;
Dixfield: Emily Chase, Amelia Tacheny;
Dover Foxcroft: Chelsey Curtis;
Durham: Allisyn Libby;
East Newport: Nicole Pedone;
East Parsonsfield: Jennifer-Lee Campbell;
East Winthrop: Alexander Stevens;
Eastport: Sarah Ashley, Keisha Scott;
Edgecomb: Shaylee Sibley;
Eliot: Christina Janousek;
Ellsworth: Patrick Bellis, Angela Hall, Amanda Klug, Katharine Schrader;
Embden: Tucker Atwood;
Fairfield: Casandra Moreau, Amanda White;
Farmingdale: Danielle Brosseau, Abigail Brown, Julie Brown, Kaitlin Hayden;
Farmington: Caitlin Alexander, Kelly Bean, Drew Blanchet, Erin Bowen, Brittany Brady, Meredith Brown, Kaitlyn Bukauskas, Sarah Bunch, Timothy Bushika, David Carr, Lindsey Carter, Darrian Church, Kimberly Clark, Ericka Danforth, David Deprey, Sierra Deroche, Cordana Dingley, Emily Dustin, Lancaster Emery, Laura Farr, Zachary Faulkner, Christopher Goodwin, Jarrod Goodwin, Christina Hallowell, Meng Hardy, Chelsea Hill, Brittany Hinkley, Devon Ireland, Patrick Kelly, Nicholas Lacasse, Shannon Lee, Sydney Luc, Joseph Martin, Cidney Mayes, Alyce McLeod, Brandon Melville, Marlie Mochamer, Cassidy Munro, Trevor Neitz, Allison Nelson, Marianne O’Loughlin, Katelynn Orcutt, Debbra Parent, Tess Perry, Reid Plimpton, Adam Potvin, Christina Quach, Melissa Rackliff, Karen Reed, Savannah Ridgley, Jenna Sanders, Lauren Scheidegger, Nicholas Soha-Girardin, Ashley St Pierre, Judith Stone, Julia Tichy-Dupuis, Christopher Vogel, Jeremy Vroom, Mikayla Welch, Danielle Woodworth, Michaela Yeaton, Catherine Zachary;
Fayette: Corbin Briske, Evguenia Sakaeva;
Freedom: Tyler Hadyniak, Macy Saucier;
Freeman Twp: Tobias Logan;
Freeport: Samuel Bennett, Victoria Coskery, Hannah Goodenow, Kelci O’Neill;
Friendship: Kristen Simmons;
Fryeburg: Sylvia Brooks, Jenny Jeffrey, Eliza Neidlinger;
Gardiner: Jagger Trouant;
Glenburn: Alexandra Crocker;
Gorham: Katherine Bennett, Celeste Carpenter, Meghan Foley, Austin Hayes, Conor Kirby, Sara Lolley, Megan Meehan, Jennifer Pinkelman, Mariah Sloat, Colleen Ward;
Gray: Daniel Dempsey, Kellie Sanborn;
Greene: Cassandra Morgan, Abbey Randall;
Greenville: Autumn Gann;
Hallowell: Mary Burkhart Polk, Cadyn Wilson;
Hampden: Kimberly Biddlecom, Sarah Coston, Jessica Downing;
Harpswell: Margaret Thomas;
Harrison: Brittany Errington, Rebecca Terrio;
Hebron: Jessica Gauthier, Nicole Lejonhud;
Hermon: Marisa Kelley;
Holden: Alexandra Carpenter;
Hollis Center: Tyler Brown;
Industry: Bethany Frazier, Nathan Geisser, Thai Sinkinson, Jeremy Webster;
Island Falls: Alicia Higgins;
Isle Au Haut: Victoria MacDonald;
Jay: Katherine Bartlett, Mallory Bonnevie, Bianca Bourgault, Mickenzy Breton, Rachel Cox, Alexander Donka, Jill Gingras, Brandon Monroe, Sabrina Penney, Cassandra Plante, Katelyn Ross;
Jefferson: Jackson Fortin, Allison Fortin, Hillary Tozier;
Jonesport: Kristopher Kelley;
Kennebunk: Erica Beal, Ashley Haroldsen, Hannah Sirois;
Kennebunkport: Emily Bennett, Kelsey Redmond;
Kingfield: Alana Knapp, Trevor Palmatier, Ashley Shurtleff, Brittany York;
Kittery: Nicole Clark, Sofia Curti, Kaitlyn Victory;
Lamoine: Jennifer Tupper;
Lebanon: Alaina Shorey;
Leeds: Danica Jackman;
Levant: Chelsea Lear-Ward;
Lewiston: Sadie Beaudin, Marina Belanger, Alexandria Butler, Ashley Ferrence, : Matthew Lamare, Bethany Lebel, Allyson Lepage, Caleb Rea, Joseph Sullivan, Erica Thompson;
Liberty: Anastasia McFadden-Foy;
Limerick: Cailin Murphy, Lauren Preble;
Lincoln: Ciara Tolman;
Lincolnville: Nastasha Kordek;
Lisbon: Kaitlyn Boulet, Michelle Chasse, Jennifer Chick, Taylor St Amant;
Litchfield: Nicole Ellis, Jessica Roberts;
Littleton: Kelsey Theriault;
Livermore: Alyssa Hamilton;
Livermore Falls: Lauren Breton, Alice Engelhardt, Lindsey Flagg, Rheanna Woodford;
Long Island: Melanie Floyd;
Machiasport: Allison Holmes;
Madawaska: James Cyr, Cassandra Ouellette;
Madison: Justin Caron, Bree Foley, Tyler Michaud, Bianca Stoutamyer;
Manchester: Keegen Ballard, Hanna Packard;
Mechanic Falls: Kaitlyn Bowie, Meghan Rowe;
Mexico: Ayla Allen, Kelsey Arsenault, Heather-Anne Arsenault, Aaron Delcourt, Cassandra Dyke, Cody Smith;
Millinocket: Katelyn Campbell, Samantha Donley, Thomas Fiske, Samantha Harmon, Acadia Levasseur, Kristen Manzo, Alyssa McLean, Emily Wark;
Milo: Kendra Newman, Danielle Newman;
Monmouth: Molly Menice, Chelsey St Michel;
Moscow: Bridgette Fortin;
Mount Vernon: Susan Hunter;
Naples: Tonner Hann, Sean Skillern, Stephanie Winslow;
New Canada: Courtney Daigle;
New Gloucester: Catherine Stubbs;
New Portland: Evelyn Carleton, Danielle White;
New Sharon: Brian Clukey, Taylor Harris, Jenna Williams;
Newcastle: Salvatore Azzaretti;
Newport: Svea-Linnea Ashe, Christine Della Porta;
Nobleboro: Kassandra Lincoln;
Norridgewock: Travis Bent, Melissa Cyr, Leslie Mercier, Ethan Poissonnier, Justin Power, Samantha Tracy, Alexa Wyman;
North Anson: Rebecca Ellis;
North Berwick: Courtney Eastman;
North Monmouth: Cassidy Small;
North Turner: Jasmine Portales;
North Waterboro: Sean Falasca;
North Yarmouth: Alexa Perkins, Kate Storey, Lydia Whiting;
Norway: Christine Farr;
Oakland: Mara Balboni, Robert Belanger, Ryan Berthiaume, Derek Guerrette, Christopher Knight, Tyler Lallemand;
Old Orchard Beach: Caitlin Ambo;
Old Town: Andrea Anderson, Carrie McLaughlin;
Orrington: Rachel Kosnow;
Owls Head: Brooke Lowell;
Palermo: Camiesha Terry;
Palmyra: John Buys, Leigh Welch;
Peaks Island: Hannah Carlson;
Phillips: Hope Gould, Sarah Petersen;
Pittsfield: Marguerite Bryant, Gabrielle LaGross, Carolyn Newhouse, Karissa Porter;
Pittston: Curtis Cole;
Plymouth: Amy Patterson;
Poland: Casandra Greco, Matthew Principe, Jacob Vining;
Portland: Samantha Allshouse, Michael Diffin, Leanne Fasulo, Lorraine Jabine, Alyssa Ladd, Carrie Mooney, Samantha Regios, Abraham Turcotte, Elizabeth Yeaton;
Presque Isle: Keith Clark, Zachary Fowler, Kayla Girardin;
Randolph: Mariah Duncan;
Rangeley: Christa Bonney, Katrina Carignan;
Readfield: Zain Padamsee, Benjamin Rodriguez, Tristan Stockford;
Richmond: Sarah Dean;
Rockland: Kyle Sareyani;
Rockport: Colby Hill, Sarah Winchenbach;
Rome: Kerry Schlosser;
Rumford: Allison Berry, Nathaniel Carey, Lacey Gallant, Mariah Haggan, Daniel Kiley, Audrey Morin, McKenzie Parr, Frank Parsons, Ellen Thorne, Kate Thorne;
Sabattus: Emily McLean;
Saco: Alyssa Carignan, Anna Dowling, Heather Galasyn, James Grover, Michelle Henaire, Emily Higgins, Laura Mills, Megan Nadeau, Paul Santamore;
Salem Twp: Jillian Withee;
Sanford: Sarah Gould, Lacey Tatosky;
Scarborough: Lauren Bickmore, : Molly Carbin, Caitlyn Connolly, Mallory Lewis, Sarah Pritchard, Kelsea Trefethen;
Searsport: Laura Dickey;
Sidney: Amanda Clifford, William Eaton, Chelsey Oliver, Shelby Thibodeau, Allison White;
Skowhegan: Henry Ametti, Natalie Dumont, Michalya Holt, Riley Johnson, Alexis Lanctot, Jade LeBlanc, Katelynn Lizotte, Jennifer Meade,  Trey Nelson, Grace Toles, Logan Wiseman;
Solon: Glenn Lumbert;
South Berwick: Katie Emmons, Rachel Purgiel, Mallory Smith;
South China: Caleb Fletcher, Simon Rollins;
South Paris: Erica Ellingwood;
South Portland: Chelsea Bartlett, Emily Gray, Megan Lynch, Sarah Meuse;
South Thomaston: Emmaline Waldron;
Springvale: Sarah Allain, Leanne Arsenault, Sasha Smith;
Steep Falls: Matthew Theriault, Charles Young;
Strong: Renae Ladd;
Temple: Carolina LaCourse, Elisabeth Milster, Dylan Toothaker;
Thomaston: Holly Ames-Allan, Amber Hanson;
Thorndike: Kathleen Schultz;
Topsham: Brennan Radulski;
Trenton: Elizabeth Sargent;
Turner: Matthew Bilodeau, Allison Hunter, Cheyenne McCarthy;
Union: Janelle Noonan, Rachel Siegel;
Unity: Delainey Kein;
Vassalboro: Brianna Benevento, Courtney Bolduc, Sean Cabaniss, Amelia Remillard, Allison Reynolds;
Waldo: Sarah Marshall, Kassaundra Moody;
Waldoboro: Emily Sirianni, Vincent Vannah;
Warren: Courtney Leach, Wyatt Porter;
Washington: Samuel Spahr;
Waterville: Nicholas Camic, Michael Colella, Emily Cote, Luke Klinker, Kara Patenaude, Sarah Ringer, Kayla Tuttle, Jinni-Mae Workman;
Wayne: Sarah Pokorny;
Wells: Danielle Stano, Sarah Stefanik;
West Bath: Kelsie Gagnon;
West Gardiner: Anthonie Phillis;
Westbrook: Katie Clark, Alison Hutchins, Rachel Joiner, Anna Traugh;
Whitefield: Katherine Newcombe;
Wilton: Benjamin Altmaier, Tyler Eustis, Jessica Griswold, Jaycee Jenckes;
Windham: Madeline Boyes, Sabrina Campbell, Garrett Clemmer, Hannah Forbush, Molly Olsen, Katherine Turpen;
Windsor: Samuel Birch, Molly King, Renee Moody;
Winslow: Kayla Davis, Elizabeth Ferry, Jessica McCaslin, Samuel Smith, Lucas Spaulding;
Winterport: Marissa Arrigoni, Kayla Worster;
Winthrop: Brigid Chapin, Parker Chapin, Deirdre Dosedlo, Rayanna Howard;
Wiscasset: Lauren Trudeau;
Woodville: Taylor McCafferty;
Woolwich: Keifer Boguhn, Jennifer Hayward, Leanne Keenan;
Yarmouth: Victoria Ballenger, Kevin Dorsett, Kate Myers, Erica Paul, Taylor Sisk, Abigail Smith;
York: Samuel Leal, Chelsea Morley, Emily Rumble, Colleen Tourigny.


Avon: Devany Chaise-Greenwood;
Bristol: Olivia Cyr;
Brookfield: Sarah Freitag;
Deep River: Aliza Dube;
Fairfield: Carly Georgen;
Manchester: Catherine Dennis, Madeline King;
New Haven: Sean Igoe;
Niantic: Victoria Luce;
Putnam: Audrey Gidman;
Salem: Sarah Frick;
Tolland: Joshua Cardella;
Willington: Jamie Phillips.


Acton: Heather King, Sam Oppenheim;
Assonet: Alyssa Tironati;
Bedford: Elise Musicant;
Bridgewater: Michael Kahler;
Cambridge: Liya Mindaye;
Dracut: Rebecca Masse;
Feeding Hills: Amber Duffus;
Forestdale: Jennie Taddia;
Gardner: Sadie Caron;
Gloucester: Kevin Soini;
Groveland: Kanika Pathania;
Harwich: Justin Fisette;
Haverhill: Emily Haskell, Elizabeth Hutchins;
Holyoke: Megan Popp;
Lakeville: Lauren Coe;
Lowell: Kabagambe Jjangu;
Marshfield Hills: Erika Wolff;
Medway: Jonathan Osborne;
Merrimac: Kathleen Roux;
Methuen: Kara Chiasson;
Peabody: Mary Drover;
Plymouth: Kimberly Arthurs, Tory Axford;
Randolph: Nicole Colageo;
Rehoboth: Renee Dupre;
Revere: Talya Briana;
Sandwich: Olivia Goddard;
Shrewsbury: Megan Broderick;
Somerville: Sara Mathieu;
South Grafton: Katrina Teixeira;
Spencer: Christian Casault;
Sudbury: Alana MacArthur;
Waltham: Samantha Lackeyram-Owen;
Westminster: Emily Vitone;
Winchester: Cecilia Natale.


Boscawen: Jeremy Demers;
Derry: Margaret Pearson, Brittney Sieg, Joshua Worthen;
East Hampstead: Jennifer Bailey;
Epsom: Karyn Veinotte;
Hampton: Megan Cargill, Kellsey Metzger;
Hollis: Kelsey Caron;
Jaffrey: Natalie McLaughlin;
Londonderry: Carinne Haigis;
Loudon: Rachael Howell;
Milford: Jessica Harper, Lindsey Laforge;
Nashua: Brittany Bissell, Julia Fletcher, Olivia Hamilton, Hayley Smith-Rose;
Newmarket: Linsey Palmer, Kristina Phomvongsa;
Penacook: Jennifer Field;
Plainfield: Rebecca Young;
Portsmouth: Erika Lundgren;
Raymond: Josiah Adams;
Rindge: Kaelee Tanner;
Salem: Brittany Jones;
Sanbornville: Mark Leahy;
Whitefield: Kalman Csigi;
Wilmot: Jesse Williams.


Hope: Isabel Dodd;
North Kingstown: Brigitta Valente;
Pawtucket: Faith Norton;
Portsmouth: Alison Hamilton;
Warwick: Mariah Morey.


Burlington: Hannah Watson;
Charlotte: Leon Leary;
Danville: Jenell Green;
Groton: Harley Davis, Samantha Funk;
North Chittenden: Geoffrey Ballou;
Northfield: Keli McLellan;
Saint Albans: Amanda Porter.


Berkeley: Simone Thiry.


Aurora: Leah Kuehn.


Hopkinsville: Dana Fioretti.


Annapolis: Alexa Kusmik.


East Brunswick: John Pich;
Fairview: Maileny Guillen;
Highland Lakes: Kyle Manning;
Manahawkin: Danielle Spina;
Newark: Jordan McNair;
Rockaway: Samantha Wasko;
South River: Megan Samsel;
Spotswood: Nicole Byrne.


Sunland Park: Karla Solis.


Deer Park: Ashley Wisniewski;
Middletown: Shannon Roche;
New York: Kafoumba Doumbia.


Toledo: Audrey Blaufuss.


Bear Creek: Kirby Silliboy;
Bear Creek Township: Jenna Silliboy;
Clarks Summit: Faith Purdy.


Fairfax: Kristen Greeley.


Hochiminh: Huy Nguyen.


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UMF Grad Lindsay Ball to Ski in Sochi, Russia, on U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing Team

FARMINGTON, ME (February 12, 2014)—A December 2013 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, Lindsay Ball is headed for the competition of a lifetime in Sochi, Russia, as the only Maine athlete named to the official 2014 U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing Team.


(Left to right) Lindsay Ball, UMF grad named to the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing Team, and Diane Barras, her skiing guide, in their team photo.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Lindsay,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “She has excelled at UMF in so many ways, and we’ll be cheering for her as she races in the upcoming Paralympics half way around the world.”

Born visually impaired, Ball, from Benton, Maine, knows what it is to challenge herself. She also has always challenged other people’s expectations of herself—starting to ski at the age of six and now participating at the highest level of competitive skiing.

During her time at UMF, she balanced championship skiing along with studying to obtain her bachelor’s degree in psychology. “Completing her degree was a priority to Lindsay and it was a pleasure to support her in every way possible,” said Susan Anzivino, UMF professor of psychology and Ball’s advisor. “Lindsay was an incredibly hardworking student, even as she traveled around the world skiing. She never shied away from any challenge, taking the most difficult courses at UMF while pursuing her athletic dreams.”

The road hasn’t been easy and, according to Ball, the opportunity to compete at the Paralympic games is something she never would have imagined when she first started skiing.


Lindsay Ball and Diane Barras at the 2013 National Championships in Park City, Utah.

Classified as B1—completely blind—in the Paralympic world, Ball and her skiing guide, Diane Barras, of Bethel, were first named to the U.S. Team in 2011. Since then, they have won the Visually Impaired Giant Slalom at the 2012 U.S. Adaptive National Championships, the 2012 Downhill National Championship (women’s visually impaired category) and earned a bronze medal in the 2012 Alpine Skiing World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom Visually Impaired race.

Ball is currently training at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. She will be leaving for team processing in Munich, Germany, at the end of February and racing in the Paralympics Giant Slalom in Sochi, Russia, on March 16.

She hopes to attend graduate school as the next step in her education.

See more of Ball’s story at her fundraising site at

More on University of Maine at Farmington

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

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Photo Caption: (Left to right) Lindsay Ball, UMF grad named to the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing Team, and Diane Barras, her skiing guide, in their team photo.

Photo Caption: Lindsay Ball and Diane Barras at the 2013 National Championships in Park City, Utah.

Photo Credit: Submitted photos

UMF Business Economics Student Awarded Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation Scholarship for Academic Excellence

FARMINGTON, ME (February 11, 2014)—University of Maine at Farmington student Michaela Yeaton was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation. A resident of Farmington and a graduate of Mt. Blue High School, she was recommended for the award by UMF faculty based on her academic excellence and leadership on campus and in the community.

“Michaela is a wonderful student whose dedication and hard work are the foundation for her success. She has excelled in her fulltime RP134-038coursework at UMF while also maintaining a management role at a local business,” said Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business and chair of the Division of Social Science, Business and Global Studies. “She will be a valuable asset in any business setting.”

A junior majoring in business economics at UMF, Yeaton has had an interest in business and money management from a young age. As the granddaughter of a local dairy farmer and businessman, her financial literacy skills came naturally. While her experience with the Franklin Savings Bank branch at Mt. Blue High School helped encourage her to pursue a business-related college degree.

In addition to her major, Yeaton will be graduating from UMF with a minor in community health. “I have always wanted to work in a financial capacity for a hospital or large health organization,” said Yeaton. “I would love to be part of a team that helps determine how to best use available funds to serve the heath needs of the greatest number of people.” Upon graduation, she plans on attending graduate school to further her career in business.

Student scholarship recipients of the Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation must be a Maine high school graduate majoring in a business related area in their second, third, or fourth year, and be in good academic standing. This year’s award was presented by Pamela M. Green, director of member services at Maine Bankers Association and Timothy Thompson, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Franklin Savings Bank.

“It’s so rewarding to see the many deserving students throughout Maine,” said Green.

Since 1990, more than $270,000 in scholarships has been awarded. Colleges receiving MeHEAF grants each year include:  the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System, the University of New England, Husson University, St. Joseph’s College and Thomas College.

The Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation was established in the 1950’s as a guarantee fund for student loans.  The founders included a wide range of banks, businesses, community organizations and individuals.  In 1990, the MeHEAF trustees, to continue the original intent of the founding members, initiated a scholarship program funded by the return on the original loan guarantee funds.  The fund is now managed by the Maine Bankers Association 489 Congress Street, Portland.

More about the UMF Business Economics Program

The UMF Business and Administration cluster includes majors in business economics and interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in business psychology, health information systems, outdoor recreation business administration (ORBA), and arts administration. The UMF Business Economics Program is unique as it is one of the few programs at colleges and universities in New England that has been created by integrating economics throughout its business curriculum. In addition, through internships and other out-of-the-classroom learning experiences, students have the opportunity to acquire practical skills and knowledge, gain real-world experience and network with professionals in the field.

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 Media contact: Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business, at 207-778-7441, or

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Photo Credit: UMF photo

Photo Caption:  Left to right: Clyde Mitchell, UMF professor of business; Wendy Harper, UMF associate professor of economics; Michaela Yeaton, UMF student scholarship recipient; Timothy Thompson, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Franklin Savings Bank; and Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business.

UMF Receives MELMAC ‘Support Early Success in College’ Grant

FARMINGTON, ME (February 10, 2014)—In continued support of UMF’s efforts to help all students be successful, the University of Maine at Farmington has been awarded a $25,000 “Support Early Success in College” Grant by the MELMAC Education Foundation. Established in 2001, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing the cause of education for all Maine citizens.

The recent grant was awarded to UMF to help the University build on its highly successful MELMAC-funded Supplemental Instruction Program. First implemented at UMF in 2006, this innovative, national academic support program was designed to improve student’s academic success and increase retention. UMF is the first University of Maine System campus to adopt the SI program.

In the SI program, peer tutors provide regularly scheduled study sessions to help fellow students in historically-challenging classes before problems arise. The tutors attend courses identified by the program and provide students seeking assistance with academic guidance while mentoring effective learning strategies.

The newly-funded, peer-tutoring initiative has an increased focus on providing students with pro-active academic support, beginning as early as the second week of the semester. Study sessions in the new program have been expanded with newly-added, drop-by office hours that offer additional opportunities for one-on-one meetings with students.

The new grant also provides for continued development of tutor training, focusing on best practices in peer education. The grant will enable UMF’s Learning Assistance Center, author and overseer of the grant, to purchase software to help in collecting data to update support services at UMF and better meet the changing needs of students.

According to UMF staff at the center, overall, students who attend more than 10 percent of the study sessions improve their academic performance, some by an additional letter grade.

“These highly-interactive sessions help students develop strong study and time management skills and promote critical and creative thinking,” said Jess Berry, UMF learning specialist. “Peer-tutoring provides a very supportive and collaborative learning environment that benefits all students and creates a real community of learners.”

More on University of Maine at Farmington

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

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Media Contact: Claire Nelson, director of UMF Learning Assistance Center,, or 207-778-7295

UMF Explores the Challenge of New Experiences with Semester-Long ‘Encounters’ University Forum

RP134-036FARMINGTON, ME (February 3, 2014)— The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present “Encounters”—a spring 2014 University Forum.  This semester-long series of events explores thought-provoking historical, cultural and political experiences and ideas and challenges the way we engage ourselves in the process of learning and becoming.

A variety of topics will be ‘encountered’ during the series, including, misconceptions and myths of what it means to be Muslim, the complexities of family histories in Northern New England, the nature of diversity of contemporary Acadian culture, and language politics in the U.S.

The forum will be held from February through May 2014 at venues on the UMF campus and include public programs, performances, workshops and class visits and presentations. The events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

“Encounters” February events include:

Tuesday, Feb. 11
Braving the Middle Ground: Stories of Pre-Revolutionary Northern New England
Storyteller and historian Jo Radner shares Native American oral traditions and stories told by her own New England ancestors to reveal a complex colonial ‘middle ground’ between English settlers and Native peoples.
7:30 p.m., Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Wednesday, Feb. 12
“Who Are You? Why Family Stories Matter”
This workshop with Jo Radner on storytelling and family traditions is designed to get students thinking (and telling stories) about traditions that have importance in their families.
11:45 a.m.–1 p.m., North Dining Hall A & B, UMF Olsen Student Center

Thursday, Feb. 13
Meet a Muslim
UMF student Yusuf Iman will talk about images of Muslims in America, dispelling misconceptions and myths, read scripture verses and share his experience of growing up Muslim in Maine.
7:30 p.m., North Dining Hall A, UMF Olsen Student Center

Wednesday, Feb. 26
Conflict Kitchen: Food, Culture and Politics of North Korea
A Pittsburgh-based restaurant will prepare and present a meal of North Korean food. Seating is limited. First come, first served. Advanced tickets required, $20 perperson. Discount tickets are available for UMF students.
6-7 p.m., North Dining Hall B & C, UMF Olsen Student Center

Wednesday, Feb. 26
Food, Culture, and Politics of North Korea: Presentation and Discussion
An opportunity to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within North Korea and between North Korea and the United States.
7:30 p.m., Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

The University Forum is a series of campus and community events sponsored by UMF’s University Culture Committee, the Office of the Provost, Mantor Library and the Laboratory for the Advancement of Critical Creative Diversity.

The “Encounters” schedule can be seen in its entirety at:

More on University of Maine at Farmington

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

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 Media contact: Gaelyn Aguilar, UMF assistant professor of anthropology, at, or 207-778-7573

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UMF ‘SongFest 150’ Celebrates UMF History in Song, Feb. 8

University of Maine at Farmington Media Release

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April Mulherin
UMF Associate Director of Media Relations

UMF ‘SongFest 150’ Celebrates UMF History in Song, Feb. 8

FARMINGTON, ME (January 29, 2014)—
“SongFest 150,” a concert celebrating UMFʼs history in song, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8,in Nordica Auditorium, in UMF’s Merrill Hall. This festive event will feature songs that were common in local schools, concerts, churches, clubs, celebrations, protests, etc. during UMF’s 150 years and will be sung by a variety of local singers and groups providing an entertaining and historical perspective of singing over the course of UMF’s long history.

Robin Lisherness, UMF alumnus, will preside as the Master of Ceremonies and Patricia Hayden, accompanist for many UMF and local productions over the years, will serve as the pianist.

The songs run the gamut, from the early music of local shape-note composer, Supply Belcher, songs of the Civil War and both World Wars, folk songs celebrating or protesting civil rights and the human condition, doo-wop and songs of the 50s and 60s to the rock and the pop of the 70s and 80s.  Popular songs of today will also be featured, including music by Phil Carlsen and Joel Hayden, two local composers.

A wide range of groups and soloists, involving students, faculty, alumni, and associated community members will take to the stage. The popular Northfield; the UMF Community Chorus; and Clefnotes, UMF’s student a cappella group, will perform.  In addition, groups organized solely for this concert will visit the decades of jazz, war, barbershop, doo-wop, folk revival, protest and bell-bottoms.  A medley of children’s songs will be sung by an ensemble of W.G. Mallett School teachers.

TDX, the popular UMF show choir from the 70s will be remembered in a retrospective, and local singers Ruth Hill, Dan Woodward, Bruce McInnes, and Hannah Sloane-Barton—portraying Lillian Nordica, will also grace the stage.

This concert is part of the on-going celebration of UMFʼs 150th anniversary and is free and open to the public. Optional donations will be gratefully accepted to help off-set the costs of production.

For additional details, please visit the calendar of events on the UMF 150th Anniversary website at

UMF’s Sesquicentennial Celebration is supported in part by the generous donations of area businesses and organizations including Franklin Savings Bank, at the Doctorate Level; Sunday River, at the Master’s Level; and Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC, Kyes Insurance, Shiretown Insurance Agency, University Credit Union and Unity Foundation at the Bachelor’s Level.

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Media contact: Sarah Sloane, UMF associate professor of biology, at, or 207-778-7484