398 UMF graduates off to change the world
UMF graduates make their way to 2017 Commencement.
Three hundred and ninety eight graduates marched to the strain of bagpipes as they celebrated UMF’s 2017 Commencement ceremony. The excitement of the graduates and pride of those watching was infectious, according to the Sun Journal, as UMF President Foster shared the highlights of the class profile and retired diplomat Louis Sell encouraged the graduates to have faith in the “transformative power of education.” In addition, alumni from the class of 1967 reveled in the ceremony, including Judy Potter Smith, whose grandson, Lucas Small, joined the ranks of the new graduates.
UMF grads awarded Fulbright Fellowships
Two Maine UMF grads, one from the upcoming class of 2017 and one from the class of 2016 have been awarded Fulbright Fellowships by the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program. As reported by the Bangor Daily News, Sarah Gould ’17 and Lauren Crosby ’16 will have a training period later this spring, after which it is anticipated that Gould will travel to Mongolia and Crosby to Thailand to teach English.
“We are so proud of Sarah and Lauren for this wonderful recognition by the Fulbright Program,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “This unique Fulbright opportunity will further enrich their education as they share their lives with the world.” In the past three years, six outstanding UMF students and graduates have been named Fulbright Ambassadors.
Bangor Daily News
UMF biomass plant exceeds expectations
University of Maine at Farmington’s new Biomass Central Heating Plant has outperformed expectations, according to a recent article in the Morning Sentinel, lowering energy costs for the campus and generating $7 in economic activity for every dollar spent to fuel the plant. The plant provides heat and hot water for 80 to 85 percent of the campus replacing 95 percent of the heating oil previously required and reducing the carbon emissions by 3,000 tons a year. As part of the university’s sustainability plan, the wood chips required for the plant are locally sourced within 50 miles of the campus. The ash from the plant is rendered so clean it has been approved by the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association for use on crops, according to Jeff McKay, UMF director of facilities management.
Bangor Daily News
UMF student’s research on winningest baseball lineup featured on WCSH 6 “207”
UMF senior and Wilson Scholar Sean Cabaniss is working on a research project recently featured on WCSH 6 “207” that may attract the interest of Major League Baseball—how to create the optimal baseball lineup. According to Cabaniss’ project proposal, there are 362,880 unique ways to create a lineup with the same nine players. With the use of mathematical Game Theory, an advanced computer simulation and the support of his two faculty sponsors, he is hoping to help answer coaches’ burning question, how to make the winningest baseball lineup.
WCSH 6 “207”
Mainebiz spotlights UMF as it puts the ‘hire’ in higher education
UMF President Kathryn A. Foster
UMF was recently featured by Mainebiz for “putting the ‘hire’ in higher education. The Maine business news publication touted Farmington’s success at giving students a leg up in their career aspirations through a focus on academics and experiential learning. Students in environmental planning and policy, teacher education, alpine operations and actuarial science are but a few examples of how internships and real-world experience help students be successful in and out of the classroom.
One-of-a-kind UMF Math Coaching Project receives $174K grant
(Left to right) Shannon Larsen and Sandra Macarthur, UMF faculty and staff members, announce grant UMF received from the Maine Department of Education.
The UMF Maine Mathematics Coaching Project, a unique offering that trains math coaches to help educators with new instructional strategies, has received a $174,848 grant from the Maine Department of Education’s Math and Science Partnership Project. The UMF MMCP is the only one in Maine and one of only a handful nationally that requires participation by both teachers and district administrators, according to the Morning Sentinel. The grant funds will help K-8 educators and their districts strengthen teaching and learning in mathematics with the goal of increasing the math proficiency of Maine students. Twenty-nine educators are currently participating in two, two-year cohorts with a third cohort starting this June.
UMF volunteers take Read to ME challenge to W.G. Mallet School
More than 60 students, faculty and staff from the University of Maine at Farmington, including President Kathryn A. Foster standing next to Chompers the beaver mascot, participated in the Read to ME challenge at W.G. Mallett School in Farmington, as reported by the Daily Bulldog. Organizer Kathryn Will-Dubyak, elementary education professor, said volunteers read to students in kindergarten, first and second grades. The event was part of the statewide Maine Department of Education’s February challenge, Read to ME.
UMF Alpine Operations Program in high gear
UMF students in the Alpine Operations Certificate Program are in high gear as they kick off the 2017 snow sports season. As featured on WMTW 8’s nightlynews, the popular UMF program has students learning the business, management and recreational aspects of the industry from the classroom to the slopes. In addition, Alpine Ops students manage and instruct UMF’s highly successful Snowcats children’s learn-to-ski program at nearby Titcomb Mountain. “The experiences I’ve had with UMF and the Alpine Ops Program have given me the confidence and the fundamentals needed to run an organization,” said UMF student J.D. Evans.
UMF students obtain $5,000 grant for local homeless shelter
Students taking Kelly Bentley, UMF community health professor’s, resource management and grant writing class were thrilled to learn their efforts to help the local homeless shelter proved successful. After months of research and meetings with the Skowhegan Savings Bank, the students were able to secure a grant that will help run a much-needed, 11-week daytime educational program at the shelter. According to the Portland Press Herald, the program will provide a safe, warm place for the families in need of the temporary shelter. “Farmington is such a close-knit community that we feel like the homeless people are also part of this community,” said student Sawyer-Boulette, “If it was any one of us, we assume that people would help us, too.”
Portland Press Herald
The Washington Times
Winning film by UMF art professors to be screened at Maine Short Film Festival 2017
Scene from winning film “Occasionally.”
“Occasionally,” a short film by University of Maine Farmington associate art professors Dawn Nye and Katrazyna Randall, has been selected as a 2017 winning film by the Maine Film and Video Association. Nye and Randall’s film, along with 13 other winning films, will be screened as part of the Maine Short Film Festival 2017 in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 2. “Though our work is usually screened in gallery exhibitions and new media art festivals, we are delighted to have our video chosen by the Maine Film and Video Association to be screened with such great work from around the state,” Nye said.
The News Tribune