UMF volunteers take Read to ME challenge to W.G. Mallet School

UMF volunteers in Read to ME challengeMore 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.

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UMF Alpine Operations Program in high gear

UMF Alpine OperationsUMF 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.

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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.”

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Winning film by UMF art professors to be screened at Maine Short Film Festival 2017

Scene from winning film "Occasionally."

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.

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UMF student intern creates city policies for Maine municipality

Haley Jaramillo, UMF student intern for the City of Gardiner, prepares to present new city policies to the City Council.

Haley Jaramillo, UMF student intern for the City of Gardiner, prepares to present new city policies to the Gardiner City Council.

Haley Jaramillo, a UMF senior, recently attended a Gardiner City Council meeting—not as a member of the audience, but to present a number of new city policies she wrote for the central Maine municipality. Jaramillo spent her summer writing and revising Gardiner City policies as part of an internship the city offers, reported the Kennebec Journal. A student majoring in environmental planning and policy, the high-level internship gave her a front-row seat to a profession based on helping people in her home community. “I surprised myself with the knowledge I had and the input I was able to give,” said Jaramillo. Scott Morelli, Gardiner city manager, said cultivating the interest of students like Haley is critical. “We were lucky to have her,” he said.

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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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