Emery Community Arts Center on UMF Campus Presents Tori and Colin Britt in Summer Concert, Aug. 13

Tori Britt

Tori Britt

Colin Britt

Colin Britt

FARMINGTON, ME (July 29, 2015)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus is pleased to present a summer concert entitled, “Tori and Colin, with Love From Jersey.” The concert is free and open to the public and takes place in the Emery Performance Space at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13.

This lively musical program features Tori Britt on vocals and Colin Britt on vocals and piano, joined by local artist Mike French on guitar and back-up vocals. The musical performance offers something for everyone with popular songs from the contemporary and traditional American songbook, Broadway standards, contemporary theater, and Disney with a dash of rock and pop.

The Britts have performed throughout the New England and Tri-State area, including multiple performances at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford.

Victoria Britt has performed theater regionally, in New York City and all over the world with Disney Cruise Lines. She has also appeared as a featured performer on NBC’s “The Today Show” and as a top 50 contestant on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” She graduated from the Hartt School—the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford.

Originally from Maine, Colin Britt has directed music for productions with Community Little Theatre and the All Student Theater Project in Lewiston-Auburn, the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival, the Summer Place Players and Playhouse on Park in Connecticut. He has served as music director of Marquand Chapel at Yale, on the adjunct conducting faculty at the Hartt School, as the conductor of the Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers and as the assistant music director at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

He currently serves as music director for Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City, New Jersey, and teaches undergraduate conducting and directs the Rutgers University Choir. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School and a master’s degree in choral conducting from the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

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The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue on the UMF campus for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the existing Alumni Theater. Designed by designLAB architects of Boston to complement the historic performance venues of Nordica Auditorium and Alumni Theater, the 15,000-square-foot center is the keystone for the arts complex on the UMF campus.

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 Media contact: Jayne Decker, UMF instructor and director of the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus, 207-778-7319, or jdecker@maine.edu.

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Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus Presents “Remembering Madame Nordica” Exhibit, Aug. 8-23

FARMINGTON, ME (July 22, 2015)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus and the Nordica Memorial Association are presenting “Remembering Madame Nordica,” an exhibit of items from the personal collection of Madame Lillian Nordica, a Gilded Age operatic superstar and Farmington native.Vintage poster of Lillian Nordica

The show runs from Aug. 8-23 in the Emery Community Arts Center Flex Gallery with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The opening will feature a reading of the recently-published book on Nordica entitled “Lily of the North” by Jane Parker and Patricia Flint and illustrated by Luanne Wrenn along with musical accompaniment. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Born in Farmington in 1857, Nordica rose from her humble beginnings in Western Maine through talent, grit, glamour and smarts as the first American female opera singer to become an international household name. Though Nordica was renowned as a singer, fashion icon, pioneer for women on stage, suffragette, writer and model for the glamour of the Gilded Age, she held tightly to her Farmington roots and was proud to be from Maine.

Designed to refresh her memory and introduce Nordica’s remarkable story to a new  generation, the show includes objects, photographs and an audiovisual presentation that tell the story of her life, career, travails, triumphs and untimely death.

Jewelry worn by Nordica on stage

Jewelry worn by Nordica on stage

Valued pieces in their own right, the objects in the exhibit are a testament to the great singer. Collected in her travels throughout the world or given by adoring fans like Queen Victoria and the Empress of China, they showcase the many intriguing objects currently housed at the Nordica Homestead Museum, her birthplace and childhood home on the Holley Road in Farmington.

The exhibit also includes stage jewelry and costume items from Nordica’s various roles, photographs of her family and of Nordica in operatic roles, some of the earliest operatic recordings ever made—some by Thomas Edison himself, family furniture from her childhood home  and Lillian Nordica Coca Cola memorabilia.

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The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative, experimental venue on the UMF campus for the arts in Western Maine. It features an exciting 2,500-square-foot, 160-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical foldaway doors that open onto an outdoor performance area and a 1,600-square-foot Flex-Space gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior corridor offers additional exhibition space and connects the center with the existing Alumni Theater. Designed by designLAB architects of Boston to complement the historic performance venues of Nordica Auditorium and Alumni Theater, the 15,000-square-foot center is the keystone for the arts complex on the UMF campus.

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Media Contact: Jane Parker at janeparker@gwi.net, or 207-778-2042

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Exhibit of jewelry worn by Nordica on stage

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Students from Teens to Teachers Busy with Summer Learning at UMF

Creative writing, hands-on creative technology and GIS mapping—UMF has students from teens to teachers on campus this week learning new skills and being creative. A variety of University camps and workshops are held throughout the summer to teach and connect individuals with similar creative Longfellow Young Writersinterests. One of these brought more than 30 teens from across the country to the annual Longfellow Young Writers Workshop this week for an intense week of creative writing skills. Quoted in the Morning Sentinel, Shana Youngdahl, co-director of the workshop, said, “The idea was to mimic what happens at a serious writing workshop for anybody, but to do it for high school kids. It’s really wonderful to watch the friendships that they make and the communities that develop over the course of the week.” At the same time on another part of campus, 11 teenagers learned the latest interactive media skills and techniques at the first annual Creative-Tech Summer Camp and a group of 6-12 grade teachers from across Maine explored how to use Arc GIS Online technology in their classrooms.


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UMF Announces Dean’s List for Spring 2015 Semester

FARMINGTON, ME (July 15, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington announces its Dean’s List for the spring 2015 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.


Albany Twp: Britany Douglass,

Albion: Aubrey Kressler, Sara Quimby,

Andover: Sumaya Hamdi,

Anson: Marisa Bradford, Courtney Frost,

Arundel: Tori Lands, James Maloney-Hawkins, Krysta Norris, Christopher Roberts,

Athens: Michalya Holt,

Atkinson: Ashley Goodine,

Auburn: Eliza Bissonette, Nikki Hodgkins, Emily Marron, Tamarah Marston, Taylor Sawyer, Jesse Williams,

Augusta: Erika Burns, Shiloh Davis, Taliesin Greaton, Emmalyn Madison, Carlene Mosca, Dylane Saylor, Lauren Wheelock,

Bangor: Kayla Elliott, Adam Hewins, Molly Jack,  Shelby Jolicoeur, Holly Legere, Rose Miller,  Jeremy Vroom,

Bath: Emily Franklin, Mackenzie Yeaton,

Belfast: Kally Bowen, Kaylee Pickering,

Belgrade: Chelsy Biegon, Sierra Towers,

Berwick: Nickolas Bray, Jessica Cox, Gabrielle Ganiere, Alisa Tibbetts,

Biddeford: Keely Gendron, Danica Lamontagne,

Bingham: Lindsey Cirell, Mikaela Frigon, Jessica Mills,

Boothbay: Katherine Norton, Katrina Smith, Meghan Smith,

Bowdoin: Emily Eldridge,

Brewer: Linsay Brochu, Christopher Coleman, Molly Dalton, Kassidy Giggey,

Bridgton: Laura Pulito,

Brooklin: Brittany Courtot,

Brooks: Sydney Ellis,

Brownfield: Barrett Wilson,

Brunswick: Nicholas Blasens, Sasha Hampton, Erin Kenyon, Catherine Reno, Vivian Zinni,

Bryant Pond: Susan Newkirk,

Buckfield: Austin Dooley,  Ashley Hutchinson, Mickayla Wiley,

Burnham: Dori Condon, Hannah Schlehuber Johnson,

Calais: Scott Carpenter, Lindsey Daggett, Stephanie Pasciuti,

Camden: Brogan Tooley,

Canaan: Amber Rowell, Nicolas Stringos,

Canton: Samantha Blanchette,

Cape Neddick: Austin Phillips, Rachel Yorke,

Caribou: Tiffany Bishop,

Carmel: Leah Boucher,

Casco: Andrew Carlson,

Chelsea: Vanessa Berry, Emily Soule, Tricia Tzikas,

Chesterville: Lorrin Burnham, Katrina Campbell, Jarrod Clements, William Doray,

China: Tyler Adams,

China Village: Nathan Sylvester,

Clifton: Ashley Hinkley,

Clinton: Heather Cousins,

Corinna: Kelly Bean, Noel Zayir,

Crawford: Tyler Provencher,

Cumberland Center: Tricia Grover, Hannah Somes,

Cushing: Elizabeth Robinson,

Damariscotta: Shania Creamer,

Dayton: Kristin Cobleigh,

Denmark: Molly Cavanaugh,

Detroit: Hannah Emery,

Dexter: Darci Perkins,

Dixfield: Elliott Eno,

Dresden: Bonnie Carleton,

East Boothbay: Annamaria Geneseo,

East Waterboro: Kaylond Mauzerolle,

East Winthrop: Alexander Stevens,

Eastport: Sarah Ashley,

Edgecomb: Shaylee Sibley,

Ellsworth: Patrick Bellis,

Embden: Tucker Atwood,

Fairfield: Hannah Tompkins, Amanda White,

Falmouth: Julie Guerra, Merlin Komenda,

Farmingdale: Abigail Brown, Kaitlin Hayden,

Farmington: Eric Barry, Kristi Bean, Drew Blanchet, Erin Bowen, Darrian Church, Joy Cognata, Sarita Crandall, Abigail Cyr, Daric Davenport, Mikala Dickson, Sean Dolstad, Brittany Dubuc, Chantal Duchaine, Christopher Goodwin, Mariah Haggan, Andrew Hatchel, Abdirahman Hussein, Nathaniel Kidson,m Laura Lacasse, Nicholas Lacasse, Marissa LaGassey, Anna LeClair, Amanda Ledue, Ashley Libby, Alexa Lyman, Shannon McCaffrey, Anastasia McFadden-Foy, Casandra Moreau, Elise Musicant, Faith Norton, Katelynn Orcutt, Debbra Parent, Victoria Penney, Courtney Phelps, Savannah Ridgley, Jake Roberts, Rachel Schoenberg, Nathan Schultz, Ryan Scott, Spencer Shaw, Erin Simmons, Philip Smith, Nicholas Soha-Girardin, Jennafer Soucy, Judith Stone, Wren Tooker, Dylan Turner, Kristyn Wiles, Ryan Wilkinson, Ryan Wood, Michaela Yeaton,

Fayette: Alexander Rose,

Freedom: Tyler Hadyniak,

Freeport: Samuel Bennett, Christopher Forest, Hannah Goodenow,

Friendship: Kristen Simmons,

Fryeburg: Sylvia Brooks,

Gardiner: Lee-Anne Greenleaf, Sarah McQuoid, Allison Nelson,  Jagger Trouant,

Garland: Vincent Malinauskas,

Glenburn: Alexandra Cookson,

Gorham: Ashley Brown, Shelby Bryant, Celeste Carpenter, Kaitlin Flanders, Austin Hayes, Conor Kirby, Maeghan Sloat, Patricia Smith, Emily Thompson, Melissa Walls,

Gray: Bryce Neal, Kellie Sanborn, Richard Southard,

Greenwood: Megan LaCroix,

Guilford: Abby Burdin,

Hampden: Kimberly Biddlecom, Samuel Good, Brianna Russo,

Harpswell: Katelyn Beedy,

Hartford: Rachel Caron, Kaitlyn Rines,

Hartland: Christine Della Porta, Dylan Sinclair,

Hebron: Samantha Hatch,

Hollis Center: Tyler Brown,

Houlton: Ashir Abouleish,

Industry: Bethany Frazier, Nathan Geisser, Bradford Lopes,

Isle Au Haut: Victoria MacDonald,

Jackman: Nova Jarvis,

Jay: Mariah Buote, Jordan DeMillo, Hayley Fortier, Jill Gingras, Brianna Martin, Sabrina Penney, Cassandra Plante, Emily Ross, Miranda St Pierre,

Jefferson: Meryl Bond, Allison Fortin, Bridget Humphrey,

Jonesport: Kristopher Kelley,

Kennebunk: Britt Couturier, Melissa Fortier, Erin Ingraham, Krystal Livermore,

Kennebunkport: Emily Bennett,

Kingfield: Holland Corson, Ashley Shurtleff,

Kittery: Sofia Curti,

Kittery Point: Olivia Dow,

Lebanon: Alaina Shorey, Dominiqe Walker,

Levant: Chelsea Lear-Ward, Nicholas Pinkham,

Lewiston: Sadie Beaudin, Marina Belanger, Alexandria Butler, Megan Charest, Ashley Ferrence, Casey Griffin, Siu Hin Calvin Lui,  Emily McLean, Erin Morris, Caleb Rea, Erica Thompson,

Lincoln: Abigail Brown, Nathaniel Libby, Ciara Tolman,

Lincolnville: Nastasha Kordek,

Lisbon Falls: Katherine Lemieux, Lindsey Whitney,

Litchfield: Sabrina Gauthier, Jessica Roberts,

Livermore: Taylor Boynton,  Alyssa Hamilton, Kenda Newman,

Livermore Falls: Brooke Cushing, Rachel Goding, Rheanna Woodford,

Lovell: Nathaniel McCann,

Machiasport: Allison Holmes,

Madawaska: James Cyr,

Madrid Twp: Tabitha Huntoon,

Mechanic Falls: Mariah Dufour, Meghan Rowe, Shane Waters,

Medway: Allie Currie,

Mexico: Ayla Allen, Andrea Benya, Garrett Hodgkins, Cody Smith, Kelcie Virgin,

Milford: Kayla Currier, Shawna Rustin,

Millinocket: Katelyn Campbell, Kristen Manzo, Alyssa McLean, Emily Wark,

Milo: Danielle Newman,

Minot: Logan Nichols,

Monmouth: Ashley Coulombe, Mackenzie Kelley, Molly Menice,

Montville: Larissa Hannan,

Mount Vernon: Jacqueline Rogers,

Naples: Tonner Hann, Erin Levasseur, Stephanie Winslow,

Nashville Plantation: Kenneth Tarr,

New Canada: Courtney Daigle,

New Gloucester: Leah Rottari,

New Portland: Evelyn Carleton,

New Sharon: Taylor Harris, Emily Ramsey,

Newcastle: Thomas Alexander, Salvatore Azzaretti,

Newport: Svea-Linnea Ashe,

Nobleboro: Samara Ethier-Whitmore, Caitlin Waltz,

Norridgewock: Stephanie Little, Ethan Poissonnier, Justin Power,

North Anson: Rebecca Ellis,

North Berwick: Courtney Eastman,

North Monmouth: Cassidy Small,

Norway: Jeffrey Lamar, Carl Langbehn,

Oakland: Mara Balboni, Ryan Berthiaume, Magyn Caron, Harley Davis, Derek Guerrette,

Old Orchard Beach: Sarah Jenkins, Jeffrey Taylor,

Owls Head: Danielle Bedard,

Oxford: Stephanie LaFreniere,

Palermo: Nicole Glidden, Camiesha Terry,

Palmyra: Leigh Welch,

Peaks Island: Hannah Carlson,

Phippsburg: Danielle Brosseau,

Pittsfield: Courtney Fowler, Gabrielle LaGross, Carolyn Newhouse, Karissa Porter, Adam Shorey,

Pittston: Baylee Doughty,

Poland: Casandra Greco, Cameron Morrell, Matthew Principe, Katrina Seeley,

Portland: Michael Diffin, Samantha Gilmour, Mackenzie Marles, Joseph Menard, Samantha Regios,  Phoebe Shaw,

Prentiss Twp: Shannon Knight,

Presque Isle: Blair Bailey, Kayla Girardin, Christina Hallowell, Rayah Saucier,

Randolph: Mariah Duncan,

Rangeley: Shafer Archard, Chelsea Dresser, Lindsay Toothaker,

Raymond: Mariah Sloat,

Readfield: Benjamin Rodriguez, Tristan Stockford, Michael Whitmore,

Rockport: Julia Lent,

Rome: Marisa Getchell, Kerry Schlosser,

Rumford: Hillary Cayer, Kaitlyn Cote, Krista Cote, Stephanie Garcia, Amy Mahar, Summer McCollough,

Saco: Anna Dowling,  James Grover, Michelle Henaire, Joshua Wynne,

Saint Albans: Lindsay Mower,

Salem Twp: Jillian Withee,

Sanford: Tyler Flayhan, Erin Fraser, Sarah Gould,

Scarborough: Caitlyn Connolly, Nathaniel Duggan, Ashley Poidomani,

Sebec: Alyce McLeod,  Daniel Moriarty,

Sidney: Amanda Clifford, Renee Moody, Chelsey Oliver, Shawna Oliver, Shelby Thibodeau, Allison White,

Skowhegan: Henry Ametti, Matthew Bigelow, Brittany Hemphill, Alexis Lanctot, Aspen Leblanc, Acadia Levasseur, Katelynn Lizotte, Jennifer Meade, Grace Toles,

Solon: Sikwani Dana, Glenn Lumbert,

South Berwick: Erin Silver,

South Bristol: Jordan Plummer,

South China: Tyler Belanger, Simon Rollins, Rebecca-Ann Severy,

South Paris: Jordan Croteau, Kayla Dore, Susan Gary,

South Portland: Nicole Brigham, Hannah Calkin, Mariah Hartley, Chloe Mead, Sarah Meuse,

South Thomaston: Emmaline Waldron,

Springvale: Leanne Arsenault, Jamie Austin, Sasha Smith,

Standish: Joshua Conley, Zachary Vincent,

Starks: Heidi Smith,

Steep Falls: Matthew Theriault, Charles Young,

Stonington: Chastity Hardie,

Strong: Emily Beard, Nicholas Cole, Maggie Elliott,
Renae Ladd, Michaela Zelie,

Sumner: Samantha Zak,

Surry: Amanda Moir,

Temple: Dylan Toothaker,

Thomaston: Amber Hanson,

Thorndike: Kathleen Schultz,

Topsham: Lacey Campbell, Jordan Daigle, Meghan Fogg,

Turner: Matthew Bilodeau, Abigail Chase, Dana Monbleau,

Union: Autumn Collins,  Janelle Noonan,

Unity: Delainey Kein,

Upton: Jessica Casey,

Vassalboro: Brianna Benevento, Nathan Bowring, Sean Cabaniss,

Waldoboro: Emily Sirianni,

Walpole: Karie Carrothers,

Waterville: Emily Cote, John Kaminski,  Sydney Nichols,  Kara Patenaude, Sarah Ringer, Isaiah Spofford, Kiera Timme, Jinni-Mae Workman,

Wayne: Sarah Pokorny,

Wells: Emily Lewia,  Kayla Meissner, Elizabeth Thompson,

West Bethel: Kurt Mason,

West Farmington: Patricia McLain,

West Gardiner: Anthonie Phillis, Haley Tomberlin,

Westbrook: Haley Berry, Gunnar Heckler, Jasmine Heckler, Julianne McLaughlin, Tyler Michaud, Nicholas Minor,

Westport Island: Shane Cushing,

Whitefield: Katherine Newcombe,

Wilton: Jacob Allen, Lacey Gallant, Jaycee Jenckes, Lauren Orff, Clifton Staples,

Windham: Madeline Boyes, Samuel Burnell, Andrew Davis, Hannah Forbush, Samantha Gifford, Molly Olsen, Katherine Turpen,

Windsor: Samuel Birch,  Molly King, Sarah Manley,

Winslow: Morgan Clark, Megan Denis, Elizabeth Ferry, Brennah O’Connell,

Winterport: Marissa Arrigoni,

Winthrop: Brigid Chapin, Parker Chapin, Curtis Cole, Deirdre Dosedlo, Ian Gingras, Rayanna Howard, Zachary Nadeau, Scott Peacock, Meagan Scully, Paul Simoneau, Katherine Spahr,

Wiscasset: Kelsie Gagnon, Lauren Trudeau,

Yarmouth: Meagan Haley, Samantha Hall, Dustin McCrossin, Taylor Sisk, Abigail Smith,

York: Emily Rumble.


Brookfield: Cory McCullough,

Deep River: Aliza Dube,

Ellington: Erica Feenstra,

Fairfield: Carly Georgen,

Middletown: Rebecca Mierzejewski,

Naugatuck: Olivia Ford,

Niantic: Victoria Luce,

North Franklin: Amanda Ciufecu,

North Stonington: Taylor Beattie,

Salem: Sarah Frick,

Southington: Victoria Alagna,

Tolland: Joshua Cardella.


Acton: Heather King, Sam Oppenheim,

Auburn: Molly Murphy,

Ayer: Lindsay Cochran,

Cambridge: Liya Mindaye,

Feeding Hills: Amber Duffus,

Framingham: Stephanie Schulman,

Gardner: Sadie Caron, Elayna Chamberlin,

Groveland: Kanika Pathania,

Harwich: Justin Fisette,

Haverhill: Elizabeth Hutchins,

Holyoke: Megan Popp,

Lakeville: Lauren Coe,

Lancaster: Emma Duggan,

Lowell: Janelle Sweeting-Burroughs,

Norwell: Kathleen Joseph,

Plymouth: Kimberly Arthurs, Brittany Jerome,

Quincy: Bethany Routier,

Randolph: Nicole Colageo,

Revere: Talya Briana,

Sandwich: Olivia Goddard,

Shrewsbury: Megan Broderick,

Somerset: Cassie Scott,

South Grafton: Katrina Teixeira,

Spencer: Christian Casault,

Waltham: Samantha Lackeyram-Owen,

Westford: Zachary Roberge,

Westminster: Emily Vitone,

Whitinsville: Erin Taylor,

Wilmington: Jennifer Garrard,

Winchester: Cecilia Natale.


Center Barnstead: Zachary Mayo,

Center Conway: Jennifer Perry,

Derry: Brittney Sieg,

Dublin: Alexandra Umstadt,

East Hampstead: Jennifer Bailey,

Epsom: Karyn Veinotte,

Errol: Alexandria Letarte,

Greenville: Christa Bonney,

Holderness: Gavin Brickley, Brett Hofland,

Hollis: Kelsey Caron,

Loudon: Wesley Gooch, Rachael Howell,

Manchester: Cheyenne Candow, Kathryn Johnson,

Merrimack: Melissa Eelman,

Nashua: Julia Fletcher, Haley Lynch,

Pelham: Carolyn Springford,

Penacook: Jennifer Field,

Plainfield: Rebecca Young,

Plaistow: Sarah Boisselle,

Portsmouth: Erika Lundgren,

Rindge: Kaelee Tanner,

Rochester: Mark Leahy,

Salem: Cheyenne VanDooren,

Tamworth: Melissa Gerard,

Whitefield: Kalman Csigi.


Barrington: Sidney Stanhope,

Hope: Isabel Dodd,

Lincoln: Erin Wood,

North Kingstown: Brigitta Valente,

North Scituate: Joseph Leclair,

Portsmouth: Alison Hamilton,

West Kingston: Daniel Mason.


Burlington: Hannah Watson,

Danville: Brett Elliott,

Northfield: Keli McLellan,

Warren: William Robinson,

West Dover: Brittney Torroni.


Bel Air: Jordan Horrocks.


East Brunswick: John Pich,

Manalapan: Samantha Gigante,

Newark: Jordan McNair,

North Brunswick: Rachel Anderson,

Ramsey: Sarah Fredrick,

Rockaway: Samantha Wasko.


Saratoga Springs: Ryan Lee.


Toledo: Audrey Blaufuss.


Bear Creek Township: Jenna Silliboy,

Clarks Summit: Faith Purdy.


Clifton: Kristen Phillips.


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UMF Receives Grant from Autism Society of Maine to Fund Scholarships for Autism Summer Camp Counselors

FARMINGTON, ME (June 23, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Autism Society of Maine to help fund scholarships for undergraduate students interested in enrolling in UMF’s advanced psychology summer course and participating as camp counselors in its annual Autism Summer Camp program.

Individuals completing the four-credit course will receive a $500 scholarship to help defray the cost of the course and to recognize the valuable contribution undergraduate students make to the success of the camp.

A joint effort with the Autism Society of Maine, the five-week course runs from July 20-August 20. It provides undergraduate students with a week of training by professionals in the field prior to the camp experience. This is followed by the opportunity to interact one-on-one in a fun and supportive environment with an adolescent camper for two weeks and then a school-age child for two weeks.

Started in 2002, the camp has served over 200 children with autism, ages 5-15. The camp is held at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in Farmington and includes traditional camp activities such as swimming, arts and crafts and field trips. The summer camp provides a setting where the children can relax and have fun while also providing professional supervision and an atmosphere that matches the child’s needs.

“This is my fourth year being involved with the Autism Summer Camp program, and I keep coming back because it’s such a worthwhile experience.” said Joel King, UMF professor of psychology.  “It’s the best of both worlds for both campers and students. Children with autism lead very structured lives in order to develop important skills. The summer camp allows them to just relax, make friends and have fun. And the students working as counselors love working with the kids and grow in confidence and skills before my eyes.”

Grant funds were provided to the Autism Society of Maine by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism in appreciation for the work they do to help those individuals and families living with autism. According to its website, the foundation is expecting to distribute more than $400,000 to non-profit organizations in the northeast, Florida and Canada.

For more information, or to request an interview to enroll in the summer course, please contact Joel King, UMF professor of psychology at joelking@maine.edu, or 207-778-7381.

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UMF Holds Creative-Tech Summer Camp for Teens, July 13-17

FARMINGTON, ME (June 16, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington is offering a new, week-long Creative-Tech Summer Camp for high school-UMF professor Dawn Nye helps student in MAC Lab.aged students, fourteen to eighteen, with an interest in creative media.  This innovative, hands-on technology camp will help students learn, imagine, explore and create using the latest interactive media skills and techniques.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 13-17, in the SPVI Mac/Art Lab, room 222, UMF Merrill Hall, 224 Main Street. Four, one-day workshop style sessions will be taught by UMF faculty and staff from Monday thru Thursday with a presentation on Friday afternoon for students to show their work at the Emery Community Arts Center on campus.

Day-long workshops include:

Mobile Apps– Create interactive apps for the Android platform using the latest mobile technologies. Devices will be provided for use during the workshop so students can create, test and share their app creations with others.

Interactive Electronics – Learn how to code Arduino microcontrollers to create programmable and responsive electronic devices that can operate sensors, lights and motors.

Stop Animation – Learn the basic techniques to prepare, time, photograph and compile a short stop animation film.

Digital Cinema – Use digital video to construct narrative and other forms of time-based media with a focus on camera and shot basics, digital video and sound editing.

Cost for the camp is $250 per student. Registrations are now being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with limited openings.

To register, or for more information, visit www.farmington.edu/techcamp or email aleclair@maine.edu


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Media Contact: Angela LeClair, UMF technical support specialist, at 207-778-7373 or aleclair@maine.edu

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Photo Caption: Dawn Nye, UMF associate professor of art, helps student with an animation project in UMF Mac Lab.

UMF Celebrates Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair and the PEN New England Award, June 19

FARMINGTON, ME (June 12, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington invites the public to join them in celebrating Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair’s recent winning of the 2015 PEN New England Award for Poetry. A reception and reading will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, June 19, in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus. The event is free and open to the public.Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair

The festivity,Blood and Memory–A Celebration of Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair and the PEN New England Award,” will include an opening reception to be followed by readings of McNair’s work featuring UMF faculty members Kristen Case, Shana Youngdahl, Daniel Gunn, Jeffrey Thomson, Professor Emeritus McNair and a solo piano piece by Philip Carlsen.

“All of UMF congratulates Wes on this very prestigious honor,” said Jeffrey Thomson, UMF professor of creative writing. “This PEN New England Award for The Lost Child,” continues to prove that Wes is not only a poet of New England but a voice for the country, and indeed the world.  In this book-length poem of blood and history, he writes not only of a people—us—at the end of hope, but ultimately of the stories that sustain us.”

PEN is a global organization to celebrate literature, and this is one of the major national awards for a book of poems. McNair recently received the distinguished award in a ceremony at the Kennedy Library in Boston. The award was given for McNair’s new collection of poetry, “The Lost Child; Ozark Poems.”

The citation read at the ceremony spoke of The Lost Child’s “masterful syntax” and “cunning humor,” concluding that it “harnesses the timeless power of the epic poem to tell necessary stories of our human tribe.” The citation added, “The colloquial music of these poems will move readers to laughter and tears.”

McNair, Maine Poet Laureate and University of Maine at Farmington professor emeritus and writer in residence, is regarded by U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine as, “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.” McNair was appointed to a five-year term as Maine Poet Laureate in 2011 by Maine Governor LePage.

McNair is the author of twenty books, including ten volumes of poetry, three books of nonfiction and several edited anthologies. His most recent books are “The Lost Child: Ozark Poems” (Godine, 2014), “The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry” (CMU, 2012) and “Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems” (Godine, 2010).

The recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, he has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Emmy Award.

McNair has been invited twice to read his poetry by the Library of Congress, served as a guest editor in poetry for the 2010 Pushcart Prize anthology and has served four times on the nominating jury for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. In 2006, he was selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of “America’s finest living artists.”

More on University of Maine at Farmington

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.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454 or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu

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UMF Names Scott Hoisington as New Alpine Operations Coordinator and Ski Coach

FARMINGTON, ME (June 11, 2015)—In eager anticipation of the new UMF Alpine Operations Certificate program that will launch this fall, the University of Maine at Farmington is pleased to announce the selection of Scott Hoisington as the University’s new Alpine Operations Coordinator and Ski Coach.

“We are thrilled to have Scott at the helm of this exciting new chapter in UMF’s commitment to the Alpine industry,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “UMF is in a unique location in Western Maine where opportunities for four-season recreation and educational pursuits abound. The Alpine Operations program exemplifies how UMF students can engage the region’s rich outdoor experiences as they prepare for successful careers in Maine and beyond.”

Scott Hoisington, UMF director of Alpine Operations Certificate programIn this key position, Hoisington will coordinate all aspects of the Alpine Operations Certificate program with the goal of providing students with the best preparation for a professional career in the ski and snowboard industry.

His responsibilities will include teaching introductory courses and on-mountain ski instruction methods and serving as an advisor for students pursuing the Alpine Operations Certificate. As head ski and snowboard coach, he will conduct all aspects of coaching UMF’s competitive ski program and coordinate and administer the learn-to-ski program for area youth in collaboration with Farmington’s Titcomb Mountain.

In addition, Hoisington will cultivate and maintain relationships with representatives of the area mountains and other recreational organizations to assure students of quality internship and on-mountain experiences and classroom guest lecturer opportunities. He will also work closely with Mainely Outdoors, UMF’s popular four-season outdoor recreation program, to help advance outdoor activities as a core element of the UMF experience.

“I am so excited for this new opportunity to help campus and community members learn and enjoy Alpine snow sports,” said Hoisington. “Winter in the western mountains of Maine is such a beautiful season, and with the support of resort and snowsports leaders, this program will help everyone participate, from school children to career-minded students.”

One of only a handful of similar programs in the U.S., UMF’s innovative Alpine Operations Certificate program is designed to prepare students for a professional career in the snow sports industry while they continue to pursue their undergraduate college degree. It was developed in collaboration with ski-industry partners in Western Maine and is open to UMF students of all majors and also those pursuing the certificate only, beginning in fall 2015.

This interdisciplinary certificate program combines business and ski classes with on-mountain instruction experience and an industry internship. Students will also receive skiing and snowboarding instructor and coach experience to help prepare them to earn Level 1 PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) certification.

Prior to this, Hoisington was a UMF faculty member teaching classes in community health and recreation and this past year was recruited to serve as the head coach of UMF’s Ski and Snowboard teams. In his new role, he will continue as the head coach of the racing programs.

“We are so fortunate to have Scott continue as coach.  He brings a wealth of expertise and passion to the sport and creates an experience that nurtures a life-long love of skiing in our athletes,” said Julie Davis, UMF director of athletics, fitness and recreation. “In a short period he became a great asset to the Athletics department and we know this will continue. We expect beneficial synergy across the programs he will lead.”

In the past, Hoisington has worked at Sugarloaf Ski Resort, Carrabassett Valley Academy and golf courses throughout Maine in four-season sports coaching, program direction and event and retail management.

He was inducted to the UMF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. During his college years at UMF where he received his bachelor of science, he was named captain of both UMF Ski and Golf Teams and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics College golfer (1979) and skier (1978) of the year.

For more information on UMF’s new Alpine Operations Certificate, visit http://www.umf.maine.edu/majors-academics/alpine-operations/.

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Media Contact: Julie Davis, UMF director of athletics, fitness and recreation, at 207-778-7264 or jadavis@maine.edu

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Chris O’Brien, UMF Associate Professor of History, Named Hoover Scholar by Presidential Foundation

FARMINGTON, ME (June 2, 2015)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that Chris O’Brien, UMF associate professor of history, has been named to the list of Hoover Scholars by the Herbert Hoover Presidential Foundation.

O’Brien has been awarded a travel grant to help fund his summer visit to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa.  There, he will conduct research on Iowa politician Bourke Hickenlooper and the northern resistance to civil rights from 1957-1965.UMF Associate Prof. Chris O'Brien

“This is a wonderful honor, and I am very grateful to the foundation for this opportunity,” said O’Brien. “Presidential libraries are a treasure trove of historically significant original writings, documents and artifacts that can provide insight into the past that, surprisingly often, resonates in today’s world.”

Twenty-ninth Governor of Iowa and four-term U.S. Senator—Hickenlooper opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His opposition to a perceived federal government overreach helped realign the Republican Party with those that advocated a states rights position.

According to O’Brien, his investigative project was shaped by UMF student research assistants who worked during the academic year to complete a preliminary review of the library’s archives and conducted investigations into the existing historical literature. “My students love history as much as I do and have been essential partners in identifying and shaping the direction of this research project,” said O’Brien.

Established in 1979, the grant program was created to encourage scholarly use of the holdings of the Hoover Library.

In addition to his upcoming visit to the Hoover Presidential Library, O’Brien has also conducted historical research at the Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy Presidential Libraries.

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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.

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 Media Contact: Chris O’Brien, UMF associate professor of history, 207-778-7585, or christopher.obrien@maine.edu

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UMF Receives Research Grants to Identify Medically Important Cannabis Strains

FARMINGTON, ME (May 27, 2015)—Two University of Maine at Farmington natural science faculty members have received more than $100,000 in research grants to study the chemical profile of medicinal cannabis. The goal of their research is to develop gene sequencing tests that will determine medically desirable cannabis strains at an early stage of plant growth and make production for medical use more efficient.

This important work is being supported by a $66,000 grant from the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, a collaborative Maine network led by the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and sponsored by the National Institute of Health. A $40,000 grant was received from the Maine Economic Improvement Funds Small Campus Initiative, a fund that supports innovative research at small University of Maine campuses that contribute to Maine’s innovative economy.UMF Professors Terry Morocco and Jean Doty

UMF faculty members Terry Morocco, associate professor of chemistry, and Jean Doty, professor of biology, applied for the grants to help support research that has the potential to benefit countless people suffering from chronic conditions.

According to Morocco, the medical benefits of cannabis are well documented in scientific literature and have been shown to produce measurable positive results, such as reducing spasticity associated with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease and reducing nausea associated with chemotherapy.

“We are interested in understanding more about the chemical basis of the positive effects that medical cannabis can have on certain conditions, and the genetics that govern them,” said Morocco. “That possibility and the opportunity to involve some of our students in the research really motivated us to kick start this effort.”

The four-year research project will launch at UMF in spring, 2015. Small, processed samples of various strains of medical cannabis will be provided for testing by Integr8, a Maine-based leader of the therapeutic use of cannabis and a partner in the research.

Genetic analysis and DNA sequencing of the samples will be carried out in collaboration with grant partner MDI Biological Laboratory to identify medically-important strains of the plant that will make for efficiencies in the medical cannabis production process.

In addition to this critical research, a key goal of the project will be to provide students with biomedical research training while completing their undergraduate degree at UMF. The grant will fund paid internships for four students per year who will be involved with all aspects of the project.

“We see this as a win-win for our students,” said Doty. “Many students today have to work while going to school. These paid internships will not only provide them with an income but they will also gain experience and knowledge in the biomedical research field. That experience gives them extremely marketable skills and helps fill Maine’s need for a technically well-prepared workforce.”

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Media Contacts:
Terry Morocco, UMF associate professor of chemistry, terrym@maine.edu or 207-778-7389

Jean Doty, UMF professor of biology, jeandoty@maine.edu or 207-778-7366

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