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 artist, Jesse Potts, explores multiple meanings of “home” in UMF Public Classroom talk, March 1

FARMINGTON, ME  (February 21, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to feature an artist talk by Jesse Potts, UMF assistant professor of art, entitled, “Homing-In.” This UMF Public Classroom lecture takes place at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

In this talk, Potts explores multiple meanings of “home” as a residence, an action and a state-of-mind and the relationships between place, memory and time. He discusses the ways his recent body of work reflects these multiple representations of home and the ways this symbol and others imbue his work with simultaneous sensations of permanence and transience.

Jesse Potts

Jesse Potts

A multidisciplinary artist, Potts’ work is a hybrid of experimental sculptural processes and time-based mixed-media installation.

Of his work, Potts states, “In the studio I am more interested in capturing time through tarnish rather than polish. I am invested in the unmaking or unraveling of the work over time. I am curious about the ways a piece can be “un-made” or how it breaks down, is accreted or is slowly mutated by time.”

His work combines constructed and repurposed objects and devices, printed images, video, light, performance and sound. These foundational elements are often combined with kinetic and interactive components to exist as sculptures, installations and residue.

“When I’m working, I like thinking about the positive and negative implications of an action like the way sanding the surface of a photograph is not only subtractive by removing information but, it is also additive. It produces a dusty residue that can become a source of material and significant content used to make another piece,” said Potts.

His recent work relies on a balanced approach of looking inward and outward to reflect the intimacy, universality and mutability of time, memory, place, perception and the self.

Potts received his MFA from the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has taught at VCU, Eastern Michigan University and Bennington College before coming to UMF in 2013.

The UMF Public Classroom Series is sponsored by the UMF Office of the President.

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UMF announces Dean’s List for fall 2016 semester

FARMINGTON, ME (February 14, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington announces its Dean’s List for the fall 2016 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.

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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.


Acton: Ryan Camire,
Albany Twp: Zachary Wheeler,
Alfred: Trevor Burns,
Andover: Aislinn Forbes, Sumaya Hamdi,
Anson: Morgan Steward,
Appleton: Jose Carlos Berdeja Cortez,
Arundel: Tori Lands, Krysta Norris, Kylie Reynolds, Taylor Rossics,
Athens: Mona Bussell,
Auburn: Lily Bissonette, Mia Comis, Amanda Dwyer, Cameron Gelder, Darci Goslin, Allyson Hammond, Moninda Marube, Nathan Pushard, Hope Williams,
Augusta: Alison Laplante, Alexis Libby, Carlene Mosca, Elicia Nickerson, Laura Rivers, Kelsey Rohman, Dylane Saylor, Lauren Wheelock,
Avon: Erin McCarthy,
Bangor: Joseph Brichetto, Timothy Bullard, Kylie Cunningham, Kayla Elliott, Elizabeth Harrington, Adam Hewins, Molly Jack, Jacob Legere, Rose Miller, Torrie Nightingale, Stephen Riitano,
Bar Harbor: Keely McConomy, Madison Uliano,
Bath: Brianna Fowles, Emily Franklin, Kaitlynn Morse, Carl Suter,
Belfast: Stuart Cole, Kaylee Pickering, Ryan Rice, Olivia Sanborn, Ryan Turner,
Belgrade: Maxwell Rouleau,
Belgrade Lakes: Jesse Enos,
Belmont: Alison Walker,
Berwick: Gabrielle Ganiere, Zachary Sylvester, Alisa Tibbetts,
Bethel: Ryan Kimball,
Biddeford: Keely Gendron, Sarah Kaiser, Danica Lamontagne, Erica Letellier, Layne Nason, Phoebe Robinson,
Boothbay: Victoria Schmid, Samuel Schwehm,
Bowdoin: Joslynn Couture,
Bowdoinham: Hannah Zimmerman,
Bremen: Alexis Poland,
Brewer: Linsay Brochu, Rachael Chavarie, Zachary Cline, Molly Dalton, Brianna Dugal, Angel Greer, Abigail McCarthy,
Bridgton: Laura Pulito,
Brooks: Sydney Ellis,
Brunswick: Molly Blaisdell, Alicia Davis, William Doehring, Peter Doucette, Eli Michaud,
Bryant Pond: Annalise Deschenes,
Buckfield: Maren Lowell, Wheeler Lowell,
Bucksport: Courtney Fish,
Calais: Ashley Knowles, Stephanie Pasciuti,
Camden: William Garske,
Canton: Donald Hutchins,
Cape Elizabeth: Timothy DiNinno, Christina Kouros,
Cape Neddick: Rachel Yorke,
Caribou: Tiffany Bishop, Cheyenne Judkins,
Carmel: Leah Boucher,
Carthage: Ashley Kimball,
Chelsea: Kendra Burgess, Kassidy Frost,
Chesterville: William Doray,
Clifton: Ashley Hinkley,
Coplin Plt: Jedediah Stevens,
Corinth: Nicole Brewer,
Cornish: Audrey James, Michael Pingree,
Cornville: Logan Wiseman,
Cumberland Center: Constantine Pollak, Hannah Somes,
Cushing: Kennadi Grover, Caitlin Raye,
Damariscotta: Shania Creamer,
Dayton: Kristin Cobleigh, Eden LeBlanc,
Dedham: Zoe Stonetree,
Detroit: Hannah Emery,
Dexter: Darci Perkins, Konner Wilson,
Dixfield: Charles Estabrook, Nolan Miler, Riley Robinson, Miranda Shurtleff, Chad Snowman,
Dover Foxcroft: Kellen Strout,
Durham: Kasey Erlebach, Sasha Hampton,
Dyer Brook: Kristen Tarr,
East Boothbay: Eben Goodwin,
East Dixfield: Krystal Blood,
East Waterboro: Kaylond Mauzerolle,
East Wilton: Rylee L’Italien,
Edgecomb: Shaylee Sibley,  Michaela Thibeault,
Ellsworth: Sydnee Rae,
Embden: Bailey Atwood, Tucker Atwood,
Etna: Brock Bubar,
Fairfield: Isabelle Bailey, Tabitha Bickford, Calista Hodges, Katie LeBlanc, Kaeley Stewart,  Lauren Wadleigh,
Falmouth: Julie Guerra, Owen Prescott, Aidan Regan, Kayla Walsh,
Farmingdale: Sarah Cookson-Gillis, Jane Fredericks, Kaitlin Hayden, Margaret Pomerleau, Morgan Rush, Autumn St Pierre,
Farmington: Courtney Bailey, Jacob Barker, Alexandra Baxter, Samuel Bennett, Brittany Birmingham, Danielle Blair, Rileigh Blanchet, Lorrin Burnham, Allison Carbone-Crocker, Ranae Carlson, Heidi Chutter, Dominick Cognata, Joy Cognata, Megan Cookson, ChyAnne Cray, Gage Currie, Catherine Dennis, Sarah Douglas, Randelle Dyke, Mia Emery, Elliott Eno, Devin Gilman, McKinley Goozey, Allicia Hilton, Zion Hodgkin, Brett Hofland, Micah Howatt, Rhiannan Jackson, Emily Jaye, Brittany Jones,  John Kaminski, Hunter Kent, Nathaniel Kidson, Kaleigh Kinney, Monica Klein, Katrina Ladd, Stephanie LaFreniere, Marissa LaGassey, Shannon Lee, Josephine Lewis, Sydney Longley, Jubilee MacLeod, Sarah McQuoid, Maurice Murray, Faith Norton, Zackary Peercy, Jonathan Petrey, Astra Pierson, Jenna Sanders, Sable Sands, Hannah Shirley, Erin Simmons, Nicholas Soha-Girardin, Sara Turner, Jeremy Webster, Kristyn Wiles, Areyanna Yslava,
Fayette: Ethan Harmon, Liesel Krout,
Freeman Twp: Makayla Martin, Michaela Zelie,
Freeport: Brayden Chapman, Alejandro Zarco,
Friendship: Kristen Simmons,
Fryeburg: Makayla Frost, Liam LeConey,
Gardiner: Lee-Anne Greenleaf, Devon Hall, Elizabeth Nelson, Christopher Wren,
Garland: Adam Malinauskas,
Glenburn: Alexandra Cookson,
Gorham: Ashley Brown, Celeste Carpenter, Nicole Couillard, Madeleine DeWitt, Connor Dunn, Marissa Hutchins, Elizabeth Kane, Jessica Labrecque, Jennifer Pinkelman, Patricia Smith, Andrea Stemm,
Gray: Kelcie Brown, Matthew Lulofs, Bryce Neal, Richard Southard,
Greene: Meghan Buckley, Samuel Godfrey, Emma Martineau, Cassandra Morgan, Haley Teacutter,
Guilford: Ashley Cross,
Hallowell: Haley Jaramillo,
Hampden: Danielle Bowler, Drew Kelso,
Hancock: Juliana Burch,
Harmony: Callie Bates,
Harpswell: Katelyn Beedy,
Hartford: Rachel Caron,
Hartland: Rylee Godsoe,
Hebron: Jacob Michaud,
Hermon: Amanda Allen,
Holden: Cole Williams,
Houlton: Connor Bulley,
Industry: Bradford Lopes,
Jay: Zachary Bonnevie, Mickenzy Breton, Matthew Cornelio, Bradley Howes, Brandon Johnson, Brianna Martin, Destiny White, Dorine Wright,
Jefferson: Bridget Humphrey,
Kennebunk: Krystal Livermore, Stephanie Macisso,
Kingfield: Holland Corson,
Lamoine: Blair Bailey,
Leeds: Danica Jackman, Brooke Wardwell,
Levant: Nicholas Pinkham,
Lewiston: Mana Abdi, Sadie Beaudin, Ashley Forshaw, Divin Gatera, Hannah Hutchings, Courtney Jacques, Corey Martin, Erin Morris, Alexis Paradis, Michael Paradis, Loretta Rice, Sylvia Schulze, Ashlyn Trider,
Lexington Twp: Jocelia Pease,
Liberty: David Mallow,
Limerick: Bailey Ohman,  Brian Wardwell,
Limington: Collin Regan,
Lincoln: Abigail Brown, Ciara Tolman,
Lincolnville: Nastasha Kordek,
Lisbon: Lily Hood,
Lisbon Falls: Minarva Craig,
Litchfield: Morgan Clark,
Livermore: Taylor Boynton, Elizabeth Chretien, Bradley Hodges,  Deliliah Jordan, Kenda Newman, Lydia Violette-Lee,
Livermore Falls: Brianna Beaupre, Brooke Cushing, Rachel Goding, Beth Labbe, Destinie Maxham, Joshua Wilcox,
Lyman: Elizabeth Leclerc,
Madison: Alexis Lanctot, Chase Malloy, Nicole Trueblood,
Madrid Twp: Tabitha Huntoon, Tristan Huntoon,
Mapleton: Mariah Ellis, Isaac Michaud,
Mechanic Falls: Mariah Dufour, Dylan Porter, Jamie Robinson,  Shane Waters,
Medway: Allie Currie, Taia Federico,
Mexico: Cody Smith, Kaitlyn Virgin,
Milford: Haley Murano, Shawna Rustin,
Millinocket: Thomas Fiske, Kristen Manzo, Emily Wark,
Minot: Myia Linck,
Monmouth: Ashley Coulombe, Haley West,
Montville: Larissa Hannan,
Mount Desert: Katharine Walker,
Naples: Reed Bridge-Koenigsberg,  Erin Levasseur,
New Portland: Elliot Gorr,
New Sharon: Jake Roberts,
New Vineyard: Brianna Ellis,
Newcastle: Liam Brinkler,
Nobleboro: Maxwell Smith, Tessa Walsh, Caitlin Waltz,
Norridgewock: Trevor Benson, Stephanie Jillings, Devin Lachapelle, Cheyenne Malloy, Brooke Michonski, Amy Washburn,
North Berwick: Courtney Eastman,
North Bridgton: Leanne Kugelman,
North Windham: Connor Wagner,
Norway: Kyleigh Roberts, Kate Starkie, Ian Vail,
Oakland: Harley Davis, Jennifer Hart, Steven Nutting,
Old Orchard Beach: Sarah Jenkins, Grace Letze, Mecedaidh Phalen, Jennifer Pydych,
Old Town: Allison Pomeroy,
Orono: Lukas Kenison,
Orrington: Marshall Maxsimic,
Orr’s Island: Connor Lynch,
Otisfield: Riley Chickering,
Owls Head: Danielle Bedard, Gavin Elliott, Michaela Wright,
Parsonsfield: Gabriella Winslow,
Peaks Island: Hannah Carlson,
Phippsburg: Lila Pashley,
Pittsfield: Courtney Fowler,  Gabrielle LaGross, Jessica Leibowitz, Amelia McCannell,
Pittston: Gabrielle Poirier,
Poland: Autumn Beckwith, Cameron Morrell, atthew Principe,
Portland: Declan Attaway-Murphy, David Doering,  Jonas Maines, Mackenzie Marles, Mary O’Rourke, Olivia Pardi, William Sampson, Sophia VanDerburgh,
Presque Isle: Kayla Girardin,
Prospect: Madison Porter,
Randolph: Joshua Mathews,
Rangeley: Josephine Tulloss,
Readfield: Maddalena Chiappetta, Benjamin Rodriguez, Tristan Stockford, Katherine Wicks,
Richmond: Kyla Johansen,
Rockland: Sydney Gustafson, Autumn Young,
Rome: Christopher DeLisle, Marisa Getchell,
Rumford: Taron Mazza, Summer McCollough, Brittany Wakefield, Kaitlyn York,
Sabattus: Meagan Ring, Megan Rodrigue,
Saco: Kailin Carrier, Allison Cox, Rebecca Crist, Kyra Doles, Anna Dowling, James Grover,
Salsbury Cove: Paige LeDuc,
Sanford: Bryan Eldridge, Tyler Flayhan, Sarah Gould, Morgan Nichols, Michelle Roy,
Sangerville: Cahrey Harris,
Scarborough: Rebecca Beatty,  Leah Brown, Caitlyn Connolly, Jamie Dillon, Joseph Haggerty, Bridgett Keith, Bailey Shevenell, Hadlee Yescott,
Searsport: Laura Dickey,
Sebago: Abigail Lucy,
Sidney: Spencer DeWitt, Neil Luce, Chelsey Oliver,
Skowhegan: Henry Ametti, Kyle Davis, Katelynn Ferguson, Trevor Hisler, Aspen Leblanc, Katherine Richards,
Smithfield: Isaac Witham,
Solon: Rachel Layman,
South Berwick: Jared Davis, Patrick Fallon, Emily Osborne, Erin Silver, Haley Stacy,
South Bristol: Jordan Plummer,
South China: Marissa Chamberlain, Mia Taylor, Matthew Wyman,
South Paris: Daniel Abbatello, Natasha Blake, Jordan Croteau, Susan Gary, Alexis Kennedy, Jayram Keshavan,
South Portland: Hannah Calkin, Paige Carter, Emily Gray, Madison Houlette, Tracy Kelly, Chase Rerrick,
South Thomaston: Emmaline Waldron,
Springvale: Megan Daudelin, Grace Hansen,
Standish: Joshua Conley,
Starks: Isaac LaCasse,
Strong: Nicholas Cole,  Nathan Geisser, James Mahar, Sarah Stanley,
Sumner: Mckayla Darling, Samantha Zak,
Swanville: Michelle McIntire,
Temple: Kayla St Pierre,
Thomaston: Jennifer Denault, Amber Webber,
Topsham: Emma Brown,
Troy: Darian Wren,
Turner: Tad Caldwell,  Abigail Chase, Abbie Hartford, Emily Hartford, Dana Monbleau,
Union: Janelle Noonan,
Upton: Jessica Casey,
Vassalboro: Brianna Benevento, Alicia Stafford, Abby Waceken,
Waldoboro: Hope Lash, Vincent Vannah,
Walpole: Karie Carrothers,
Warren: Joshua Beckett, McKenzie Belcher,
Waterboro: Brittney Longmore, Emily Marquis,
Waterford: Lindsay Toothaker,
Waterville: Hannah Aurich, Molly Brown, Joshua Carey, Katelin Carey, Emily Cote, Anastasia Drew, Christa Grohoski, Autumn Hopkins, Avery Isbell, David Labbe, Mattie Lajoie, Jacob Montgomery, Lydia Roy, Morgann Tortorella, Sarah Veilleux,
weld: Jessica Brennan,
Wells: Emily Lewia, Elizabeth Thompson,  Alex Tomaszewski,
West Bath: Hannah Bonine, Molly Maurer,
West Bethel: Kurt Mason,
West Gardiner: Eleanor Luken, Haley Tomberlin,
West Paris: Matthew Chandler, Mariah Millett, Kimberly Smith,
Westbrook: Katie Clark, Shannon Mahoney, Sophia Manning, Nicholas Minor, Sean Murphy,
Whitefield: Jordan Bailey, Amber Grady, Katherine Newcombe,
Wilton: Jacob Allen, Matthew Breer, Josiah Chapman, Tyler Eustis, Michal Hatch, Amanda Moody, Nathaniel Moore, Janis Stinson-Pryor,
Windham: Madeline Boyes, Samuel Burnell, Sarah Eastman, Hannah Forbush, Jacqueline Gleason-Boure, Meagan Jones,
Windsor: Samuel Birch, Katharine Holzwarth,
Winslow: Megan Denis, Kamryn Michaud, Brennah O’Connell,
Winthrop: Deirdre Dosedlo, Rayanna Howard, Emily Leonard, Paul Simoneau, Emmah Spahr,
Wiscasset: Kelsie Gagnon,
Yarmouth: Haley Estabrook, Jordan Glassock, Lydia MacDonald, Kate Myers, Eric Salvesen,
York Beach: John Neary.


Avon: Sabrina LoPizzo,
Bristol: Olivia Cyr,
Brookfield: Cory McCullough,
Brooklyn: Kimberly Day,
Fairfield: Carly Georgen,
Jewett City: Heather Boland,
Meriden: Emily Murphy,
Middletown: Rebecca Mierzejewski,
Monroe: Cailin O’Malley,
New Fairfield: Michelle Bohin,
Sandy Hook: Amy McGurk,
Southington: Kelly Toomey,
Waterbury: Jonae Hill,
West Hartford: Shavon Gordon.


Acton: Heather King,
Amherst: Isaac Wright,
Billerica: Zachary Roberge,
Brockton: Jessica Freeborn,
Cambridge: Liya Mindaye,
Concord: Elina Shapiro,
East Falmouth: Jasmine Athamni,
Feeding Hills: Amber Duffus,
Fitchburg: Benjamin Amburgey,
Gardner: Elayna Chamberlin,
Gloucester: Jacquelyn Rose, Kenneth Whitehead,
Harwich: Justin Fisette, Brittany Lopez,
Lakeville: Danielle Conway,
Lancaster: Emma Duggan,
Leominster: Danielle Lefebvre,
Lowell: Kabagambe Jjangu,
Mashpee: Timothy Maciel,
Melrose: Zoe Willis,
Milton: Jillian Cummings,
North Falmouth: Samuel Bonfatti,
Norton: Samuel Carignan,
Norwell: Kathleen Joseph,
Norwood: Belanna Morales,
Plymouth: Alyssa Dillan, Brittany Jerome,
Quincy: Elizabeth Foley, Bethany Routier,
Shirley: David-Tristan Cynewski,
Shrewsbury: Megan Broderick,
Somerset: Cassie Scott,
South Grafton: Katrina Teixeira,
South Hamilton: Lillian Russell,
Sutton: Carson Hope,
Taunton: Nicholas Pruyn,
Waltham: Gail Bello,
Westborough: Thandiwe Andrade-Foster,
Westfield: Adrianne Fleck,
Whitinsville: Erin Taylor,
Wrentham: Connor Marland.


Brookline: Mitchell Golas,
Campton: Rebecca Kelly,
Claremont: Hayley Valdivia,
Derry: Matthew Hernandez,
Epsom: Karyn Veinotte,
Farmington: Jordan Newhall,  Louise Villemont,
Hillsborough: Zachary Mayo, Josline Watkins,
Holderness: Gavin Brickley, Daniel McLaughlin,
Hooksett: Jenna Arcand,
Loudon: Rachael Howell,
Manchester: Cheyenne Candow,
Merrimack: Melissa Eelman, Brian Weiner,
Milford: Sarah Haas,
Moultonborough: Tristan Price, Rebecca Tgibedes,
Nashua: Julia Fletcher, Evan Kennedy,
Newmarket: Linsey Palmer,
Northwood: Anastasia McFadden-Foy,
Plaistow: Kristine Sarasin,
Raymond: Jade Hurteau,
Rochester: Charity LaFrance, Mark Leahy,
Rollinsford: Catherine Hickey,
Salem: Cheyenne VanDooren,
Somersworth: Hunter Michaud.


Barrington: Sidney Stanhope,
Foster: Samuel O’Neal,
Johnston: Madison Follett,
Portsmouth: Alison Hamilton,
Warwick: Mariah Morey,
West Kingston: Daniel Mason.


Barton: Connor Gaboriault,
Bloomfield: Lydia Donovan,
Brattleboro: Vanessa Brown, Ross Momaney,
Cabot: Galadriel Morse,
Danville: Brett Elliott,
East Montpelier: Loren Marshall,
Orleans: Clark Hayden,
Saint Johnsbury: Jessica Brink, Desiree Persons,
Warren: William Robinson,
Williston: Kyla Antonioli.


London: Samantha Melton.


Orange: Casiandra Barton,
Pennsville: Emily McFarland,
Ramsey: Sarah Fredrick,
South River: Austin French.


La Fayette: Ashley Skinner,
Newburgh: Rebecca Johnson.


Boerne: Matthew Dotson,
El Paso: Michael Atkins Jr.


Sterling: Michael Donnelly.


Christiansted: Shana Tilley.


Agodo-Egbe/Ikotun: Adbul Quadir Yussuf.

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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.


UMF presents unique curated Prism Concert series

FARMINGTON, ME  (February 8, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington is excited to present a unique series of Prism Concerts entitled “Lyric Time: Chopin’s Ballades and John Keats’ Odes.” Curated by Kristen Case, UMF associate professor of English, and Steven Pane, UMF professor of music, these concerts feature a collaborative performance of classical and contemporary music combined with informal literary discussion.

The Prism Concerts include:

Lyric Time I: Chopin Ballades 1 and 3 and Keats’ “Ode to a Grecian Urn”
11:45a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, Emery Performance Space

Lyric Time ll: Ballades Acoustic & Electroacoustic with Michael Diffin
11:45 a.m., Friday, March 3, Emery Performance Space

Lyric Time lll: Chopin Ballades 3, 4 and Keats’ “Ode to Melancholy”
11:45 a.m., Wednesday, March 8, Nordica Auditorium, Merrill Hall

Lyric Time lV: Ballades & Odes with poet Dan Beachy-Quick
11:45 a.m., Friday, April 14, Emery Performance Space

The Prism Concerts are sponsored by the UMF Division for the Arts.

These mid-day concerts are open to the public with donations gratefully accepted at the door.

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Media Contact: Steven Pane, UMF professor of music, at or 207-7787288

UMF Visiting Writers Series hosts reading by fiction author Mark Polanzak, Feb 16

Mark Polanzak

Mark Polanzak

FARMINGTON, ME  (February 6, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington BFA in Creative Writing program presents fiction author, Mark Polanzak, as the next reader in its popular Visiting Writers Series. Polanzak will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, February 16, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a meet and greet with the author.

Polanzak’s first book, “Pop!,” is a hybrid work, combining elements of memoir with short fiction and essay. He is a founding editor of “draft: The Journal of Process” and a producer for The Fail Safe podcast. Runner-up for the 2014 Italo Calvino Prize for fabulist fiction, his stories have appeared in Third Coast, The Southern Review, The American Scholar and other publications. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or

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UMF at the forefront of nature-based education with summer institute, June 23 & 24

FARMINGTON, ME  (February 2, 2017)—A longstanding leader in teacher education, the University of Maine at Farmington is pleased to announce its second annual Nature-Based Education Summer Institute. This innovative conference will help educators inspire learning in their classrooms and educational settings based on a child’s sense of wonder about nature.

The full-day conference will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017. It will be preceded by a day of pre-conference workshops and an evening presentation on Friday, June 23.  Registration is open to formal and informal educators at every level beginning Monday, Feb. 6.  Sessions for both days will be held at venues on the UMF campus and at local outdoor areas.

Building upon last year’s success, this year’s summer institute has expanded to include curriculum for students from birth through high school. Sessions will include exploring nature through agriculture, journaling with adolescents, demonstrating proficiency through nature based education and more.

In addition, STEM related sessions (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) will be offered, making the connections between nature and physics, engineering, mathematics and integrating technology.

Michelle Rupiper

Michelle Rupiper

Saturday’s featured keynote is Michelle Rupiper, Ph.D., distinguished educator, author and international speaker. Her presentation will explore how nature-based learning supports the ability to pay attention, plan, remember, use self-control and solve problems, often referred to as executive functions. She will discuss a growing body of research that indicates spending time in nature can reduce overall stress, improve health and provide foundational experiences that lead to school success.

A passionate educator, Rupiper’s research interests are in preparing pre-service teachers to be effective and efficient teachers of young children. She is currently a professor of practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Deborah Schein

Deborah Schein

Friday’s pre-conference workshops consist of full and half-day outdoor sessions where educators will learn the creative beauty, history and healing characteristics of nature. In the evening, Deborah Schein, Ph.D., notable early childhood educator, will speak on the transformation of STEM to STREAMS. This new acronym is more inclusive of developing whole children and builds upon a definition of spiritual development useable for all children.

Schein currently works as an educational consultant and teaches early childhood graduate courses at Champlain College.

This lecture is sponsored by the Biosophical Institute, a Maine foundation that provides grants and scholarships furthering character and peace education.

Space is limited on both days, so please submit your registration and payment soon to reserve your space. For cost, registration forms and more information on all sessions, please visit

For more information, contact Johanna Prince, director of UMF graduate programs in education, at

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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.

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Photo Caption:  Michelle Rupiper
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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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UMF Art Gallery presents solo exhibit by artist Juliet Karelsen, Feb 2-March 12

FARMINGTON, ME  (January 30, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington is pleased to present the work of artist Juliet Karelsen in an upcoming UMF Art Gallery exhibit entitled “Juliet’s Room: Recent Work by Juliet Karelsen.” The show will be on view from Feb. 2 through March 12. An opening reception will be held from 5-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

"White Rock" by Juliet Karelsen

“White Rock” by Juliet Karelsen

This exhibition brings together several recent series of Karelsen’s asrtworks in mediums as diverse as gouache and needlepoint as she affectionately explores memory, loss and unexpected instants of life.

After her father’s death in 2013, Karelsen dismantled her parents’ New York apartment, her childhood home. Her embroidered pill bottles and delicate portraits of the figurines that graced her mother’s mirrored vanity speak both to her parents’ last years and their more glamorous youth. What unites the work, along with Karelsen’s idiosyncratic vision and humor, is the attention to surfaces as ornamental overlays of personal history and private memory.

Karelsen’s needlework lichen “paintings” writhe and dance or sit in solid silence through the seasons as their colors burst and wane. She studies each tiny plot in minute detail and renders them with expressionist force, a record of an intense encounter between the artist and the lichen, mosses, fungi, flowers and ferns inhabiting each diminutive stage.

In the “Joyous Cosmology” series of gouache paintings on paper, Karelsen borrows characters from the fantastical, violent stories told in the prints of Hokusai and Yoshitoshi and Henry Darger’s “In the Realms of the Unreal” and places them in flat, cooly ornamental worlds composed of Katz and Warhol flowers.

This sometimes delicious, sometimes poignant tension between surface and deeper emotions fills the exhibition. The best example may be the artist’s portraits of her parents at different times in their lives—her mother, in a quirky needlepoint composition, is young and vibrant while her father is depicted in extreme old age in a series of painted impressions from his very last days.

The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the Admissions Office. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline at or 207-778-1062 or visit the website at

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Photo Credit: Submitted photo
Photo Caption:  White Rock (2017)

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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