Rehabilitation Services students participate in Job Club program

UMF Rehabilitation Services pilot program participants

UMF Rehabilitation Services pilot program participants

UMF students in the Rehabilitation Services Program are participating in a pilot program to help area high school students with disabilities explore their options after graduation. UMF students in the Job Club program serve as role models for Jay and Turner high school students as they discuss topics such as employment and educational opportunities, resume and interview skills, problem solving and coping skills.  “Working with kids and being a role model to them is part of who I am,” said Ian Vail, UMF junior majoring in Rehabilitation Services. Based on the positive results, plans are underway to expand the Job Club to other schools next semester, said a recent Sun Journal article.

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UMF Mainely Outdoors reaches out to local high school

UMF Mainely OutdoorsMainely Outdoors, UMF’s four-season outdoor recreation and excursion program is reaching out to the local high school helping to provide students with equipment for both hands-on work with composites and a little fun in the great outdoors. According to a recent Sun Journal article, the UMF program is working closely with the Mt. Blue High School composite manufacturing class to make sure the UMF equipment is in top shape while also giving high school students valuable experience in composite repair.  Andrew Willihan, Mainely Outdoors coordinator, said the UMF program offers free gear rental to both UMF and Mt. Blue students. At the beginning of the school year, the UMF program provided equipment to help more than 30 students in Mt. Blue’s YETI Outing Club learn canoeing and kayaking skills.

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UMF provides perspective on presidential election

Roy Van TilRoy Van Til, retired UMF professor of economics, provided a new understanding to the recent presidential election with a presentation on “Economic Factors in Presidential Elections.” Covered by Bangor’s CBS affiliate WABI 5, Van Til’s talk was aimed at giving people in attendance a respite from the nastiness of the campaign season, and providing an unbiased look at how past elections have affected the economy. “A lot of the differences that people think exist or have been told exist don’t really exist. It really doesn’t make a huge difference in terms of economics,” said Van Til.

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UMF President Foster’s pathway to University president featured in Women’s Quarterly

UMF President Kathryn FosterUMF President Kathryn Foster’s pathway from childhood to University president  was recently featured in the Morning Sentinel’s Fall 2016 Women’s Quarterly. According to Foster, her life experiences—especially including her Peace Corps experiences, academic studies in public and international affairs, and research at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C.—all helped prepare her for her leadership role at UMF. “UMF has this open, wonderful creative vibe,” she said. “It sounds corny, but I think we found each other.”

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UMF grad Tammy Ranger is 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year

Tammy Ranger-2017 Maine Teacher of the YearTammy Ranger, teacher at Skowhegan Area Middle School and 1999 UMF graduate, was surprised today at a school assembly as she was announced to be the 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year. As reported by the Portland Press Herald, Ranger, a reading intervention teacher, was also the 2016 Somerset County Teacher of the Year and among three state finalists for Maine’s top teaching award. Since 2006, seven UMF grads have been named Maine Teacher of the Year.

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New “Farmington is Family” program offers children of UMF graduates in-state tuition rates

Students on tour at UMF.

Students on tour at UMF.

With a goal of bringing more out-of-state students to UMF, the University has announced a new legacy tuition program that offers children of UMF graduates in-state tuition rates and scholarships. UMF’s new “Farmington is Family” program begins with the 2017-18 academic year and can save new, returning or transfer students over $9,000, as reported by the Sun Journal. “We carved out our own niche, one that we feel proud of,” said Jared Cash, UMF vice president for enrollment. “We want to attract students who bring to life our campus and community and stay to graduate four years later.”

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UMF aquatic biology students help community monitor local water quality

UMF Professor Dan Buckley and his aquatics biology class participate in local watershed survey.

UMF Professor Dan Buckley and his aquatics biology class participate in local watershed survey.

A group of 15 UMF students from biology professor Dan Buckley’s aquatic biology class recently joined more than 25 volunteers and technical consultants to monitor water quality in three local water bodies, according to the Morning Sentinel. The watershed survey is part of a long-term effort to investigate potential areas of erosion and pollution that could lead to declining water quality. Buckley said the opportunity to participate in the survey [allowed] students to see the real life applicability of what they are learning in the classroom.

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U.S. News ranks UMF as 2017 “Best College” and “Best Value”

UMF signU.S. News & World Report’s  2017 college guide has ranked UMF as a top 10 Regional College in four distinct categories. As reported in the Morning Sentinel, UMF was ranked No. 4 in the “top public” category, No. 5 in the “best value” category and No. 7 in the “best regional college in the north” overall category. “It’s always exciting and affirming to receive national accolades such as these from the U.S. News,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “But, more importantly, they help inform college-bound students and their families of UMF’s excellence and educational value for what is one of the most important decisions they’ll make as young adults.”

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Emery Community Arts Center leads with work of metal artist

Jay Sawyer, sculptorDozens of alphabet-inspired sculptures by metal artist Jay Sawyer make up UMF Emery Community Arts Center’s first-of-the-school-year exhibit.  A welder by trade, Sawyer discovered he had a gift for transforming a piece of mangled reclaimed steel into a work of art. According to the Portland Press Herald, the UMF arts center hopes Sawyer’s sculpture makes students think and become aware that art can be a lot of different things. “These discarded and salvaged materials really speak to me,” said Sawyer.  “I see their former practical use and the beauty of their form and balance. Then I let the materials speak for themselves and that leads to a new life for them as a unique art form.”

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Living history internship provides practical experience for UMF senior

UMF intern Kathleen JosephUniversity of Maine at Farmington senior Kathleen Joseph was immersed in the world of seventeenth century New England this summer as she completed a 6-credit internship at Plymouth, Massachusetts’s historical Plimoth Plantation, according to a recent article in the Sun Journal. A secondary education major with a concentration in social studies and a minor in special education at UMF, Katie found the internship “amazing at almost every level” and the perfect practical experience complement to her UMF studies. Close to her hometown of Norwell, Mass., the internship was facilitated by UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement, which assisted Katie in receiving a $1200 UMF-Bangor Savings Bank Intern Award to help with the unpaid internship.

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