UMF Financial Literacy program expands to entire UMaine System

 

UMF archesThe University of Maine System plans to invest $1.2 million to expand the University of Maine at Farmington’s successful Peer-to-Peer Financial Literacy Program across Maine’s seven public universities, according to a Mainebiz article. Started in 2013, the UMF pilot program trained students to help their peers have a better understanding of their finances and how to make good choices that would affect them now and in the future. The planned five-year expansion will train students throughout the system as “peer financial educators” who will initially deliver financial literacy programming and resources to their college peers. When fully implemented, the program will grow to include further outreach efforts to middle and high school and community college students to instill Maine students with the habits and awareness needed to make informed decisions about their personal finances and avoid excessive debt.


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U.S. News ranks UMF “Best College” for 20th year

UMF Merrill Hall

UMF Merrill Hall

For the 20th year, the University of Maine Farmington has once again been recognized as a “Best College” by U.S. News & World Report, according to the Daily Bulldog.The 2018 national rankings, recognizes UMF among the top 10 colleges in four separate categories within its classification of Regional Colleges in the North—ranking it No. 4 in Top Public Schools, No. 6 in Best Value Schools, No. 8 overall and No. 3 in Best College for Veterans. “We are so proud of this continued recognition of UMF’s long history of excellence and commitment to student success,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “A college education is an important investment for today’s families, and UMF’s unique combination of quality academics and affordability set in the spectacular Maine mountains offers a tremendous value.”

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Vibrant UMF arts initiative brings emerging artists to campus

Shoshannah White

Shoshannah White

UMF kicks off the 2017-18 school year with a vibrant new arts initiative that brings the creative works of emerging artists to the UMF campus, as reported by the Morning Sentinel. The new “Art on Campus” program exhibits the work of two artists per semester in the University’s Mantor Library. This semester’s featured artists are Shoshannah White and Parisa Ghaderi. Their work will be on exhibit through Dec. 31. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to bring rising artists and their creative works to our campus and community,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president.

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UMF awarded Mellon Foundation grant to create digital arts and humanities “Commons”

UMF Merrill Hall

UMF Merrill Hall

UMF recently received a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund the creation of an innovative digital commons of arts and humanities works. According to the Morning Sentinel, the project is soliciting members of the Maine community for their suggestions on the works to be featured over the five-year project. Those interested in participating can create a simple video pitch highlighting the work of art, literature, film, music, or any creation that is meaningful at this moment in history. Eugene Tobin, a senior program officer for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities at the Mellon Foundation noted the statewide digital commons could “become a national model for public liberal arts colleges…”

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UMF English professor headed to the UK as Jane Austen Society scholar

Misty Krueger, UMF Assistant Professor of English

Misty Krueger, UMF Assistant Professor of English

Follow Misty Krueger, UMF English faculty member, on her blog https://mistykrueger.com/ while in the United Kingdom as she has been awarded the title of Jane Austen Society of North America International Visitor. While in the UK, she will be working at the Jane Austen Library and House conducting research, planning several UMF courses and making arrangements for a unique UMF Jane Austen travel course to Chawton, Bath, Winchester and other locations of interest.

398 UMF graduates off to change the world

UMF graduates make their way to 2017 Commencement.

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.

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UMF grads awarded Fulbright Fellowships

Sarah Gould

Sarah Gould

Lauren Crosby

Lauren Crosby

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.

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UMF biomass plant exceeds expectations

UMF Biomass Plant chip augerUniversity 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.

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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.

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UMF student Sean Cabaniss at bat.

Mainebiz spotlights UMF as it puts the ‘hire’ in higher education

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster

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.

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