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 grads to serve as Fulbright Ambassadors to Mongolia and Thailand

FARMINGTON, ME  (May 10, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that 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.

This highly competitive national program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department to promote good will internationally, has selected Sarah Gould ’17 from Sanford and Lauren Crosby ’16 from Georgetown as Fulbright Ambassadors for 2017-2018. In the past three years, six outstanding UMF students and graduates have been named Fulbright Ambassadors.

Both students 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. “During their time at UMF they have challenged themselves to pursue their passion in and out of the classroom. This unique Fulbright opportunity will further enrich their education as they share their lives with the world.”

Sarah Gould, UMF Fulbright Ambassador

Sarah Gould

An Honors student majoring in global studies, Gould, class of 2017, has a life-long passion for learning about other cultures–their customs, traditions and languages. She comes from a long UMF tradition. “My whole family has gone to UMF and loved it. I knew I would too!” she said.

She has taken advantage of many UMF opportunities to learn while traveling and has participated in travel courses to Germany, Austria and Peru. Her junior year was spent in France in UMF’s exchange program at the Universite du Maine Le Mans where she studied the French language and culture and taught English.

Gould has had a long-time interest in Mongolia and wants to explore issues related to the migration of nomadic peoples and their adaptation to settled life when they move into cities. Ultimately she is interested in advocating for refugee rights and working with an organization that assists refugee resettlement.

While at UMF, she served as the co-president of UMF’s Amnesty International Club, was a member of the French Club and presented her capstone project at the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Lauren Crosby, UMF Fulbright Ambassador

Lauren Crosby

Crosby, class of 2016, majored in secondary education and also has an enthusiasm for travel and learning beyond the campus. She participated twice in the National Student Exchange program, including a semester at the University of Memphis and again at the University of New Mexico’s flagship research institution in Albuquerque.

She completed her student teaching in South Korea in fall 2016, and went on to teach middle school in English in a Yupi’k Eskimo village on Alaska’s Bering Sea. She is looking forward to the knowledge she will gain with her Fulbright experience as it helps, she says, to build a “beautiful cultural bridge between America and Thailand.”

An accomplished musician, Crosby put herself  through college by writing songs and playing venues all around Maine and beyond. A lobsterman’s daughter, much of her music is inspired by the way she grew up on the Maine coast. She released her first full length album in 2014 under Rising River Records and funded her first live album last April.

At UMF she was involved with the Rugby Team and was active with the Sustainable Campus Coalition.

A faculty committee, under Fulbright adviser Anne Marie Wolf, associate professor of history, was very involved with the Fulbright candidates, commenting on student statement drafts, conducting on-campus interviews and providing observations for applications.

Recipients for the very competitive award are selected by the Fulbright Program based on their academic and professional record, language preparation, feasibility of their project or course of study and personal qualifications. The Fulbright Program awards roughly 1,900 U.S. student awards annually, nationwide.

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UMF Art on Campus Program presents visiting artist Tamar Etingen, April 27

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 24, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington Art on Campus Program welcomes Spring 2017 featured artist Tamar Etingen to campus for an artist talk at 1 p.m., Thursday, April 27. The talk will take place in the black box theater in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.



The Art on Campus Program’s mission is to bring art to the UMF campus to provide stimulation and inspiration for UMF students, faculty, staff and visitors, while promoting the works of artists, particularly those emerging in the field.

As the UMF Art on Campus Spring 2017 featured artist, Etingen’s work is currently on view in the Mantor Library and in the Spenciner Curriculum Materials Center in the Kalikow Education Center.

Etingen is a painter, printmaker and theatrical set designer. Her artwork maps concepts of the layering of ecosystems and the interface between industrial society and botanical biodiversity. In her talk, she will discuss her studio practice and the ideas and motivations behind her work

Etingen currently lives and works in Cambridge, Mass. She has exhibited sculpture, installations, paintings and prints in universities, galleries and museums on both the East and West coasts and in New Mexico.

Her Public Art commissions include a 12 monotype series, “The Aesthetics of Science” on display at the University of Maine Orono, architectural metalwork installed at the Railroad Square Theater in Waterville and in Maranacook Middle School in Readfield, and sculpture at Colby College.

She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of California Berkeley.

The UMF Art on Campus Program is sponsored by the UMF Office of the President.

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UMF Community Chorus presents unique Spring Concert, April 30

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 24, 2017)—The UMF Community Chorus presents its annual Spring Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 30, in Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. Conductors are Bruce McInnes and Jane Parker and will be joined by accompanist Patricia Hayden.

A unique choral program, this concert presents a widely varied and eclectic repertoire, with something to please every musical taste.

Opening with “O Fortuna” from Carl Orff’s monumental cantata “Carmina Burana,” the program will go on to include music by Oja Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen, Stephen Foster, Simon and Garfunkel, and a group of American Spirituals arranged by William Dawson, Wendell Whalum and Joel Hayden.

The center piece of the program will be the Finale to Act 1 of “The Mikado” by Gilbert and Sullivan, conducted by Jane Parker and featuring many talented soloists from within the ranks of the Chorus.

Admission for the Chorus Concert is $8 Adults, $6 Senior Citizens, and free for Children and UMF Students with I.D.

This event is sponsored by the UMF Division of the Arts.

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UMF holds 7th annual Canoe/Kayak Race and Fun Paddle, April 30

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 21, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s Mainely Outdoors® program is excited to announce the 7th annual Canoe/Kayak Race and Fun Paddle on Sunday, April 30, on the Sandy River. The pre-race meeting is at 12:30 p.m. with the paddle event beginning at 1 p.m.

Canoe coming down the rapids.The Canoe/Kayak Race and Fun Paddle features an approximate 10-mile paddle beginning in Strong and ending in Fairbanks. The put-in location is at the Strong American Legion at the intersection of Route 4 and 145 and the take-out location is at the Little League ball field on Route 4. There will be a shuttle service to bring paddlers back to their vehicles.

This event is set up to be either competitive or simply a fun weekend paddle with all ability levels welcome. Participants 13 and older are welcome to compete in the timed race or to paddle for fun.

Started in 2011, the annual paddle event  draws from 35 to 50 canoes and kayaks with participants coming from as far awary as New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

According to the Whitewater Classification System, this section of the Sandy River is identified as Class I—moving water with small disturbances on the surface and a few small waves, to Class II—easy rapids with smaller waves and clear channels that are obvious and where occasional maneuvering may be required.

“We are particularly excited about this year’s event given the anticipated high water levels,” said Jim Toner, director of UMF Fitness and Recreation Center.  “Conditions should be great for both the experienced paddler, as well as the novice.”

Paddlers must provide their own canoe or kayak, paddles, personal floatation devices and other related equipment.  Some equipment can be rented through Mainely Outdoors by contacting them at

Registration fees are $10 per person and $5 for students. Registration forms can be completed by visiting the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center or on site the day of the race from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Racing categories for participants include high school students, college students, men/women – ages 18-49, century – ages over 50, and family. Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

For race rules, registration form or more information, visit the Mainely Outdoors website at http://mainelyoutdoors/farmington, or call at 207-778-7494.

More on UMF’s Mainely Outdoors

Mainely Outdoors provides an opportunity for individuals and groups to participate in all types of outdoor adventure activities, clinics, workshops and excursions through organized trips and by providing rental equipment for use to promote fitness, to get people active, to expose people to new recreation opportunities, and to take advantage of the abundant natural resources in our area. Programs are open to members of the UMF campus and local community members.

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Media Contact: Jim Toner, director of UMF Fitness and Recreation Center, at 207-778-7494, or

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UMF Fitness and Recreation Center kicks off anniversary with 25-mile Sprint Triathlon, April 29

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 21, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center is kicking off the celebration of its 25th anniversary with a 25-mile  Sprint Triathlon, Saturday, April 29, at the FRC.

Ideal for those who are new to the sport, a sprint triathlon is a short-distance triathlon. The UMF competition will consist of a half-mile swim, an 18-mile indoor bike and a 6.5-mile outside run. This endurance event offers single, two-person and three person team options in three different classes, based on experience.

“This competition is a great way for people to enjoy the excitement of a triathlon event while working  towards their personal fitness goals,” said Alison Thayer, UMF physical fitness coordinator.

Participants will be scheduled in heats of nine individuals with 15 to 45 minutes between events. The Beginner class starts at 8 a.m., Sport class at 10 a.m. and Expert class at noon. An awards ceremony will take place at 4 p.m.

Single person registration is $50, two-person team registration is $65 and three-person team registration is $80. UMF students and alumni will receive a $10 discount. The proceeds from the event will go for FRC equipment improvements.

To register complete a Sprint Triathlon registration form at The deadline for registration is April 26.

For more information contact Allison Thayer  at

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UMF presents annual Arts Nights Celebration, April 24-25

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 20, 2017)— The University of Maine at Farmington is excited to again present its annual Arts Nights celebration Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Free and open to the public, this array of creative events by UMF students takes place throughout the Emery Community Arts Center.

For the ninth year, UMF’s popular Pixel Hunter Video and Animation Festival will provide students with an opportunity to design creative storytelling through video and animation and to exhibit their work to a wider audience. This annual screening includes a wide variety of techniques and themes and features UMF student works ranging from comic narrative to the experimental pieces that blend new and found footage. It takes place at 7 p.m., Monday, April 24, in the Performaance Space in the ECAC.

On Tuesday, April 25, UMF Visual and Performing Arts seniors will present their final projects in back-to-back artistic sound, cultural and theatrical presentations throughout the ECAC beginning at 5:30 p.m. and continuing into the evening. These include:

Abigail Parkinson, Monmoth
“Fandom Fortunes”
Exploring the spiritual and almost religious sides of fandom, Parkinson will be presenting a tarot deck of her own making in the form of a live card reading for volunteers. She has spent the last semester studying the symbolism of tarot in connection with recognizable figures in geek culture, and her deck features characters from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and more.

Danielle Lefebvre, Leominster, Mass.
“Players’ Market: A Farmington Music Blog”
Players’ Market is a local music blog set out to capture the culture of the live music scene in Farmington. He hopes to keep the community updated at least weekly with musical events they can see around town and how to find out more about their favorite local artists.

Zack Peercy, Farmington
“Writer at Work”
Based on the Philosophy and Performances of Harlan Ellison, Peercy will attempt to demonstrate that writing is a job, not an artistic whimsy. On April 24, from 9 a.m. to 5p.m., he will set up his work station comprised of a writing desk, typewriter and chair in the Olsen Student Center. His hope is to complete eight short pieces, based on sealed prompts from the community and abroad, before punching the time clock.

Keith Clark, Presque Isle
“2 Late: A Radio Talk Show”
Humanity has long wondered what seeing the afterlife could be like. This evening, the afterlife’s own talk radio show, 2 Late, will be broadcasting live, even though its ghostly host is not so lucky. Each living caller to this show gets a unique chance to ask questions about the afterlife. Infused with Clark’s unique brand of humor, this performance hopes to bring some light to a dark part of human existence.

Parker Chapin, Augusta
“The Fiddle in Celtic Music”
A talk that aims to draw a history and analysis of Celtic music with a focus on the fiddle, how it was invented and entered the Celtic musician’s toolkit, how it influenced composition of Celtic folk tunes, and how these tunes are intertwined with culture and history.

Devin Gilman, Farmington
“I Feel Powerful When I Am Naked: A Brief Examination of the Neo-Burlesque Scene”
For many decades both women and men have flocked to the stage, and have embraced the power of striptease to enhance the visual aesthetic of the burlesque performance. By examining the historical influences of the burlesque culture in the U.S., we can see the impacts it still upholds today to the performers reimagining the Neo-Burlesque scene.

Samuel Cobb, Randolph
“The War of Lost”
When a world has known nothing but war, and a time of peace finally falls across the land, will things finely begin to change? Or will a dark shadow fall over the land, which has all ready seen so much bloodshed? This is an effort to examine these questions and many other questions of our own fights.

Samuel Burnell, Windham
“signal decay”
Nostalgia has a quiet intensity. We attach it to present moments, old possessions and vague auras, manipulating its warmth to our benefit. Through it, we indirectly inform our feelings towards media of the past. This audiovisual performance is built from culturally decayed media, colored by instances of affection, epiphany and melancholy through destructive, additive processes. Bringing together analogue electronic synthesis, heavily-treated footage and sound improvisation, signal decay addresses the uncertain present by invoking the recent past.

UMF Arts Nights events are sponsored by the UMF Division of the Arts.

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UMF offers new flexible format May and Summer courses to the public

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 19, 2017)—University of Maine at Farmington 2017 May and Summer Term courses are now open for registration by members of the public not currently enrolled at UMF. Spaces are available in a wide variety of classroom and online courses in education, human services and arts and sciences.

Of special interest to college students home for the summer is the new UMF initiative that offers a selection of courses as either 3 or 4 credits. This new flexible format gives students the opportunity to catch up or move ahead in their curriculum while also providing options for any student who may be seeking to transfer May or Summer credits to a different institution.

“We have selected a number of exciting courses for this initial pilot–from online courses in game design, human rights, and world religions to a residential course in landscape drawing,” said Eric Brown, UMF provost and vice president of academic affairs.  “The versatility of this model should expand possibilities not only for our own students but for students across the state and region who may want to try a class at UMF but who do not need to follow UMF’s 4-credit curriculum.”

Course listings, including the number of credit hours, can be found online at Click on the May and Summer Classes link at the bottom of the page and again on the highlighted term to see course offerings. Then click on the specific course to see a course description and other information.

Members of the public can pre-register for any course online by adding it to the online book bag. They will then be contacted by a representative from the UMF Merrill Center.

Individuals may also register in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday, at the Merrill Center in UMF’s Merrill Hall, 224 Main St.

May term courses generally begin mid-May and Summer courses begin early to late June. Courses meet four or five days a week and run for four or five weeks (the course description includes the specific dates).

The deadline for course registration is the first day of classes. Classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact the UMF Merrill Center at 778-7237 or, or Eric Brown, vice president for academic affairs and provost, at or 207-778-7457.

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UMF announces Louis Sell, former U.S. foreign service officer to Soviet Union, to deliver Commencement remarks

FARMINGTON, ME  (April 18, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that Louis D. Sell, a retired Foreign Service officer with many years of experience in the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, will deliver the Commencement remarks to the UMF Class of 2017. Sell will also receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at this year’s ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 13, on the UMF campus.

Chris Coyne, Maine entrepreneur, tech innovator and designer will also be receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at this year’s UMF Commencement.

Louis Sell

Louis Sell

Passionate about public service, Sell served under six U.S. presidents from 1971 to 1998, beginning with Richard Nixon, a journey that took him to volatile parts of the world that look very different today.

He was present in Moscow at the time of the fall of the Soviet Union and served in Yugoslavia during the political crisis that split the country apart. From 1995-1996, he was political adviser to former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, the first high representative for Bosnian Peace Implementation, and participated in the Dayton Conference that brought peace to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Louis Sell is a policy historian and diplomat, a voice of calm during a time of great political turmoil in the world,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “He has made a valuable contribution to international diplomacy and in the higher education classroom, and we are honored to have him address our Class of 2017.”

Sell served as U.S. representative to the Joint Consultative Group in Vienna, as director of the Office of Russian and Eurasian Analysis, director of the Office of U.S.-Soviet Bilateral Relations, and as special assistant and executive secretary of the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks.

He was a principal founder of the American University in Kosovo that opened its doors in 2003 and served as executive director of the American University in Kosovo Foundation from 2003 to 2007.

He is the author of two books, “Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia (Duke University Press, 2002) and “From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR” (Duke University Press, 2016.)

Sell earned his bachelor’s from Franklin and Marshall College and his master’s from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has been a part-time member of the UMF faculty since 2001.

Chris Coyne

Chris Coyne

A South Portland native, Coyne and his business partners created, a website acclaimed by Yahoo as “Best of the Web,” and SparkNotes, an online study guide, while attending Harvard University. The study guide and discussion forum proved to be an extremely popular online platform and was purchased by Barnes & Noble in 2001.

Following the success of SparkNotes, Coyne and his partners created OkCupid, an online dating, friendship and social networking website that focused on using mathematical algorithms to match people. Listed in Time magazine’s 2007 Top Dating Websites, the platform was acquired by in 2011.

Coyne is currently working on Keybase, an open source encryption application that offers online users tools to manage their identity, create secure chats and share files privately.

In 2012, he and his partners received the Harvard Humanist of the Year award.

“Since his college days, Chris Coyne has combined the best of math smarts, teamwork and entrepreneurship,” said UMF President Foster. “We are delighted to honor his past and ongoing inventiveness as inspiration for the Class of 2017 and assembled guests.”

Graduating senior Zack Peercy will give the student address. A gifted writer, Peercy is graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a B.A. in Theatre: Writing and Performance. His work has been published in online and campus literary journals and blogs, including: Slashfilm, Every Day Fiction, Toasted Cheese, The Sandy River Review, Eunoia Review and others. He was raised in northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduation, he will be moving to Chicago to continue his pursuit of playwriting and comedy.

Foster and Eric Brown, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will confer degrees to this year’s graduates. Mark R. Gardner, member of the UMS Board of Trustees, will deliver greetings to the graduates from the University of Maine System

Additional Event Details

The outdoor ceremony will be held behind the UMF Olsen Student Center and is free and open to the public. Guests of graduates are also welcome to watch the ceremony live in C131 in Roberts Learning Center. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center. Admission to the indoor ceremony will be limited to those who have already received “Fitness and Recreation Center” tickets. During the indoor ceremony, guests can watch the event live in C131 and C23 in Roberts Learning Center and in the classrooms and Bjorn Lobby in the UMF Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center. The UMF Commencement ceremony will be webcast live at and broadcast live on Mount Blue TV community access Channel 11 at, whether the ceremony is held indoors or outdoors.

DVDs of the ceremony will be available in early summer for a small fee from the UMF Ferro Alumni Center, which can be contacted at

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