UMF creates new World Language Education major to ease teacher shortage

The University of Maine at Farmington has created a new World Language Education major to prepare educators for a career teaching Spanish or French in K-12 classrooms. As schools in Maine and across the nation flounder in their searches for world language teachers, the University of Maine at Farmington is rolling out a new major in hopes of helping educators to fill the gap, according to the Bangor Daily News. “Command of a foreign language is an essential skill for Maine students in a global economy,” said UMF President Kathryn Foster. “This exciting new program will prepare language teachers for service in elementary, middle, and high schools, at once educating Maine’s youth and addressing a critical shortage in K-12 language teachers.”

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UMF Assistant Professor of French Olivia Donaldson (standing far right) and her teaching assistant work one-on-one with students mastering the French language.

UMF Assistant Professor of French Olivia Donaldson (standing far right) and her teaching assistant work one-on-one with students mastering the French language.

UMF Mitchell Scholars share the spirit of Thanksgiving with donation to local shelter

Students from the UMF Mitchell Scholars Club bring Thanksgiving dinner to local shelter.

UMF Mitchell Scholars Brittany Wakefield, Sean Brock and Michaela Carney

In an effort to give back to the community, the University of Maine at Farmington Mitchell Scholars Club donated turkeys, stuffing and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal to the Western Maine Homeless Outreach shelter, as reported by the Sun Journal. The club’s goal was to raise $100 for the dinner in a short period of time, and students were pleased when scholars, students, faculty and UMF President Kathryn Foster pitched in to raise nearly $200. “It feels good to give,” said Michaela Carney, co-chairman of the UMF student club and a junior from Richmond.

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UMF President Foster announces appointment of Marc Glass as director of advancement

FARMINGTON, ME  (November 28, 2017)— Kathryn A. Foster, president of University of Maine at Farmington, announced today that Marc Glass, currently director of advancement communications at Bates College, will become director of advancement at UMF effective Jan. 2, 2018.

Marc Glass

Marc Glass

Reporting to Jared Cash, vice president for enrollment and external relations, Glass will direct the University’s fundraising, stewardship and alumni engagement efforts. In addition to leading the Office of Alumni Development, he will work closely with alumni, faculty and staff to achieve the University’s advancement goals and strengthen the culture of philanthropy within the UMF community. He will also serve as managing editor of UMF’s alumni magazine, Farmington First, a position he held from 2007 to 2012.

“We are truly delighted Marc will return to UMF bringing with him exceptional experience in advancement and communication strategies,” said Cash. “ His pertinent experience and understanding of the UMF community will lead the advancement team to new heights.”

As director of advancement communications at Bates, Glass led the development and execution of fundraising, stewardship and alumni engagement communications during the quiet phase and first public year of the college’s ongoing $300 million capital campaign.

Prior to his work in the Bates Office of Advancement, he was the project manager in the college’s communications office, overseeing the development of print and electronic communications for admission, financial aid, advancement and career services among other offices. In this role, he also served as the lead writer for Bates admission marketing communications and web properties.

“Serving the UMF community as director of advancement is a tremendous privilege,” Glass said. “I know from my previous experience as editor of Farmington First that UMF alumni embody the University’s tradition of excellence, commitment to access and core value of engaged citizenship. Their achievements and work bring honor to UMF and are vital to the communities in which they live. I look forward to celebrating their stories and helping them express their pride in UMF through philanthropy.”

Glass is a 1988 honors graduate of Bates and a member of the College Key, the school’s honorary alumni service association. A Farmington-area resident since 1974, he lives in Wilton with his wife, Wendy, and their daughter, Anna.

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

UMF Merrill Hall

UMF Merrill Hall

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

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Vibrant UMF arts initiative brings emerging artists to campus

Shoshannah White

Shoshannah White

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

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UMF President Foster welcomes new members to University Board of Visitors

FARMINGTON, ME  (September 27, 2017)—University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster is pleased to welcome four new individuals to the UMF Board of Visitors. Sven Bartholomew, Todd Chamberlain, Marjorie Murray Medd and Paul Spizzuoco were selected to serve a three-year term to the UMF board by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

They will join Lisa Laflin-chair, Peter Addicott, Wendy Ault, Erika Burns ’16, Edmund Cervone, Scott Connors ’90, Becky Davis-Allen, Matthew Gilbert ’95, Valerie Huebner, David Levesque Esq. ‘88, Chris McKee ’92, Betty-Jane Meader ’68, Mark Shibles, Julia Sleeper, Cathryn Wimett and Eileen Kreutz currently serving on the University board.

“We are honored to welcome these talented and accomplished individuals to our Board of Visitors,” said Foster. “Our board is a wonderful assemblage of business and community members from within and beyond Maine who believe in UMF and its mission to provide public access to a top quality education.”

UMF Board of Visitors

Front Row (left to right): Becky Davis-Allen, Valerie Huebner, President Kathryn A. Foster, Lisa Laflin-chair, Haley Jaramillo, Marge Medd, David Levesque, Eileen Kreutz, Mark Shibles, Paul Spizzuoco, Betty-Jane Meader. Back Row: Cathy Wimett, Todd Chamberlain, Chris McKee, Scott Conners, Erika Burns, Sven Bartholomew, Matt Gilbert and Ed Cervone. Absent: Wendy Ault, Julia Sleeper, Peter Addicott.

Bartholomew, a 2002 UMF graduate, is senior vice president and payroll sales manager with Bangor Savings Bank. He served as President of the UMF Alumni Council from 2011-2014 and in several capacities for the University of Maine System, including the search committee for the UMF president and the University of Maine Incubation Center Mentor program. In 2013 he was honored with the Florence Archibald Alumni Service award from UMF.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Eastern Maine Development Corporation.

Chamberlain, a 2003 graduate of UMF, is currently the senior IT recruiter for Pro Search, Inc., where he has worked since 2006. Since 2012, he has been co-founder and chair of Beaver Alums Supporting Student Athletes—a booster and fundraising organization of UMF alumni. Since 2013, Chamberlain has worked with UMS Corporate Partners, which develops and supports partnerships between the business sector and the University of Southern Maine. Additionally, he serves on the USM Foundation Board of Directors.

An active advocate for education at all levels, Medd was longtime chair of the Oxford Hills School Board and spent 10 years on the Maine Board of Education. She served the University of Maine System as a trustee from 2006-2016, including as chair of numerous presidential search committees and as chair of the Human Resources and Labor Relations Committee. She is currently in her second term on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network Board of Directors and was recently honored for her work with Jobs for Maine Graduates. In addition to serving many other organizations, she is a lay member of the Overseers of the Bar.

Spizzuoco graduated in 1989 from UMF. After five years teaching United States History and Government in Maine high schools, he worked for almost five years at MBNA America attaining the title of senior personal banking officer. In 1999, he joined UBS Financial Services in Rockland as a licensed financial advisor and life insurance agent. He earned the designation of certified financial planner in 2005.

The University of Maine at Farmington Board of Visitors is an advisory body of community and regional leaders and champions who provide strategic counsel to the University and help identify and implement university and regional partnerships.

The Board advises the President on a wide range of issues regarding the University’s role and mission and its relationship to the people of Maine. It also serves as public advocates for UMF, assisting the University by promoting understanding by and support from the System Board of Trustees; the state legislature; state agencies; businesses, school systems, and social services providers; the media and the general public.

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UMF starts up Public Classroom Series with talk on fisheries, fish farming and the future, Sept. 26

FARMINGTON, ME  (September 18, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington once again welcomes members of the public to the UMF Public Classroom Series—a selection of informative and insightful talks and discussions by University faculty exploring important contemporary issues.

This semester’s first talk is “What’s on your dinner plate? A story of fisheries, fish farming and the future,” by Timothy Breton, UMF assistant professor of biology. This talk takes place at 6:30 p.m., with refreshments at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

“We warmly invite members of the Maine community to join us at UMF for a stimulating educational series created with the public in mind,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “UMF deeply appreciates its inclusion as part of an engaged community and The Public Classroom is a wonderful way to contribute. We welcome all and hope you can join us.”

Timothy Breton

Timothy Breton

Breton’s talk will explore how many wild fisheries in the U.S. are stagnant or in decline, while demand for seafood continues to increase. A large proportion of our seafood consumption now comes from imports, which has resulted in a seafood trade deficit over $14 billion in 2016.

To reduce our reliance on seafood imports and meet our increasing needs, recent efforts have focused on developing fish farming, or aquaculture. In many cases, however, relatively little is known about the biology, dynamics, or optimal growing strategies for a particular fish or seaweed. Often, fishermen, farmers, and researchers work closely to develop better techniques and grow emerging commercial industries.

Breton’s research aims to understand the genetics and physiology of diverse marine species, and to apply that knowledge for future gains in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. His talk will introduce the problems facing fisheries and aquaculture today, and what research is being conducted across the country, and in Farmington, to find solutions.

At UMF Breton teaches human anatomy and physiology courses, as well as bioinformatics and endocrinology classes for biology majors.  His interests focus on the intersection of fish physiology and molecular biology, with applications to fisheries and aquaculture, or fish farming.  He has conducted diverse research on many commercially important fish, including Atlantic cod, summer flounder, black sea bass, rainbow smelt, and alewives.  He recently received funding through the Maine Economic Improvement Fund to study sugar kelp aquaculture in Downeast Maine, in collaboration with the University of Maine at Machias.

Originally from Massachusetts, he received both a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire before joining UMF in 2015.

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

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Media contact: Timothy Breton, UMF assistant professor of biology timothy.breton@maine.edu

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UMF ranked as “Best College” for 20th year by U.S. News & World Report

FARMINGTON, ME  (September 14, 2017)—For the 20th year, the University of Maine Farmington has once again been recognized as a “Best College” by U.S. News & World Report.

According to the 2018 national rankings, UMF ranks among the top 10 colleges in four separate categories within its classification of Regional Colleges in the North—ranking it No. 4 in Top Public Schools, No. 6 in Best Value Schools, No. 8 overall  and No. 3 in  Best College for Veterans.

“We are so proud of this continued recognition of UMF’s long history of excellence and commitment to student success,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president.  “A college education is an important investment for today’s families, and UMF’s unique combination of quality academics and affordability set in the spectacular Maine mountains offers a tremendous value.”

UMF’s Carnegie classification of Regional Colleges in the North includes schools that focus on the undergraduate experience throughout Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

UMF Merrill Hall

UMF Merrill Hall

To calculate the rankings, U.S. News gathers data from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence, which are then scored, weighted and ranked against their peers.

The Best Value School category is based on a college’s academic quality paired with its affordability. As stated on the U.S. News Best College website, “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.”

The Best Schools for Veterans category was created to provide military veterans and active-duty service members with data on which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help veterans make pursuing a college education more affordable.

This year’s U.S. News college guide ranked over 1,300 regionally credited institutions throughout the U.S. Colleges were grouped into categories based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the most widely accepted classification system in U.S. higher education.

UMF has also recently been recognized by AffordableColleges.com as one of the top 50 best affordable out-of-state public schools in the U.S. According to the online resource, affordability is measured in both quality and cost. It highlights UMF’s unique self-designed majors, close faculty engagement and top education programs in addition to its reasonable price.

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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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Vibrant new UMF arts initiative brings emerging artists to campus

FARMINGTON, ME  (August 29, 2017)—The University of Maine at Farmington kicks off the 2017-18 school year with a vibrant new arts initiative that brings the creative works of emerging artists to the UMF campus, year-round.

The new UMF “Art on Campus” program exhibits the expressive work of two artists per semester in UMF’s Mantor Library. Artist talks will also be featured each semester in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center, helping campus and community members engage directly with the artist.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to bring rising artists and their creative works to our campus and community,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “Integrating the arts into our students’ daily lives expands their cultural experience and is one more way we can enhance the quality of their time at Farmington.”

This semester’s featured artists are Shoshannah White and Parisa Ghaderi. Their work will be on exhibit in Mantor Library from Aug. 28 thru Dec. 31, 2017.

The Emery Community Arts Center will feature an artist talk by White at 12 p.m., Wed., Sept. 13. Ghaderi will speak on her art in Emery at 12 p.m., on Wed. Oct. 18, followed by a screening of her recent short films at 7 p.m.

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Shoshannah White installing a CHATTERMARK mural

Shoshannah White - Blackstone Glacier

Shoshannah White – Blackstone Glacier

In addition to her interior Mantor installation, White will also be installing a CHATTERMARK mural on an exterior wall of the University’s library from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. CHATTERMARK is a street-art initiative, sponsored by the Kindling Fund, bringing imagery of the Arctic and melting glacial ice to the streets of Maine.

An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 5-6:30 p.m. on the Mantor Library patio to celebrate White and Ghaderi’s exhibit and the unique CHATTERMARK installation.

The CHATTERMARK mural at UMF is one of a series of White’s rural installations that inject images of a continally changing Polar landscape into the busy rush of daily life. The printed mural will adhere to the wall with an all-natural binder meant to disintegrate with time.

The Art on Campus program is sponsored by the UMF President’s Office and the H. King & Jean Cummings Charitable Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. All events are free and open to the public.

Artists are selected by a committee of UMF art faculty and unversity staff. A national open call has been distributed for the upcoming Spring 2018 series

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White’s installation work is on exhibit throughout Maine and her photography has been featured in publications and exhibitions internationally. She has completed many private and public commissions, one of which was selected as one of the top 50 installations in the U.S. by American for the Arts, Public Art Network’s Year in Review 2012.

Parisa Ghaderi

Parisa Ghaderi

She has participated in the Portland Museum of Art’s Artist Intervention series. Her fine art and editorial photography has appeard in National Geographic, Newsweek, Psychology Today, Paris Vogue and The Wall Street Journal and others.

A visual artist with her roots in Iran, Ghaderi uses photography and video to explore moments of pause that are, “filled with vulnerability, silence and contradiction.”

Parisa Ghaderi - Confession

Parisa Ghaderi – Confession

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Shirin Gallery and the A.I.R. Gallery in New York City; the 6th International Media Arts Award in Queensland, Australia; and the Red Bull House of Art in Detroit. Her work is featured in The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Rail, Video Focus (France), the Michigan Daily and the Visual ARTBEAT Magazine (Australia.)

Tamar Etingen, a painter, printmaker and theatrical set designer, was the program’s first featured artist in spring 2017. Her artwork maps concepts of the layering of ecosystems and the interface between industrial society and botanical biodiversity. She has exhibited sculpture, installations, paintings and prints in universities, galleries and museums on both the East and West coasts and in New Mexico.

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Media Contact: Ann Bartges, UMF assistant professor of visual arts, ann.bartges@maine.edu

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UMF awarded prestigious Mellon Foundation grant

FARMINGTON, ME  (July 10, 2017)—University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster is proud to announce that the University has received a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This prestigious award will be used to support the creation of a New Commons Project in Public Humanities and Arts for UMF and the Maine community.

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UMF Merrill Hall

“Over the course of our history from the 1860s to the present, UMF has championed humanities and arts as a cornerstone of a quality education to help individuals broaden their horizons and contribute to their community,” said Foster. “We are honored by this significant Mellon Foundation award and the opportunity to spotlight a collection of wide-ranging works selected by and for our Maine community.”

Through the next five years, the New Commons Project will help give voice to the role of UMF as a public liberal arts university and as a cultivator and steward of artistic and creative works and the communal ideas they bring to life. Starting in fall 2017, UMF will work with the Maine Humanities Council, schools, libraries and other groups to solicit video entries about works of literature, philosophy, history, music, art, film, theatre and other arts and humanities disciplines that merit a place in a New Commons today.

“The creation of a statewide digital ‘commons’ of artistic, cinematic, historical, literary, and musical work has the potential to become a national model for public liberal arts colleges and state humanities councils who create, share, and disseminate knowledge in behalf of the common good,” said Eugene Tobin, a senior program officer for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities at the Mellon Foundation.  “We are very pleased to support this thoughtful and innovative contribution to the public humanities and the people of Maine.”

From the wide array of works nominated and posted to the on-line Commons, a project advisory group will select 24 works—classic or contemporary, diverse and compelling—for special use and value to the Maine community in the 21st Century. People on campus and throughout the state will come together on-line and in-person to study, discuss and draw insight and inspiration from these varied and meaningful works.

“As a public institution, UMF celebrates a legacy of providing the community access to the rich experience and exchange of ideas that are found in the arts and humanities,” said Eric Brown, UMF provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The Commons Project invites creation and consideration of our cultural commons found in novels, paintings, films, symphonies, essays, poems, graphic novels, sculptures, treatises, songs or any other artistic and humanistic medium.”

For each work, UMF will host a number of open-to-the-public events, including a faculty-led seminar, public lecture by a prominent scholar, and workshop. In collaboration with local school districts and the Maine Humanities Council, the New Commons Project will coordinate community engagement projects around each work. A digital portal will be established to provide the community with access to extensive online resources. A Digital Commons course will be available to students in which they will work with a Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow to create portal content that will be accessible statewide.

“A commons is something that belongs to all of us. It represents a public good, like clean air or knowledge, from which we all benefit. We want the New Commons Project to embody that idea,” said Kristen Case, UMF Associate Professor of English and Director of the New Commons Project. “We can’t wait to see what works of art, literature, and ideas our diverse community believes we need to consider together here and now.”

For more about the New Commons Project, including how to submit nominations, visit the website at http://newcommons.umf.maine.edu/.

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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. Maine’s first institution of public higher education, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies.

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