UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement Celebrates 3rd Anniversary
The University of Maine at Farmington’s Partnership for Civic Advancement celebrated its third year of operations during a dinner event held on December 2nd on the UMF campus.
Sponsored each year by the Partnership’s sustaining partner, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, for the past two years this annual event has recognized the contributions made by the Partnership’s student interns, their community sponsors, and their faculty advisors during the past year. This year, 41 student interns were recognized for their work through 44 different internships with 33 regional businesses and organizations. With the launching of the Partnership’s leadership education and training component this fall, this year’s celebration also recognized the achievements of 17 student leaders who successfully completed the Partnership’s 2014 Leadership Summit.
Announcing Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s recent decision to continue their support for the Partnership for an additional three years, Celeste Branham, UMF’s vice president for student and community services and director of the Partnership for Civic Advancement, expressed the University’s appreciation for the generous support Bangor Savings Bank has demonstrated not only to the Partnership but to UMF and throughout our regional community. “The Partnership, a bold and progressive initiative, has been a highly successful experiment in experiential learning at UMF, designed to benefits students and the community beyond UMF. This vision could not have been realized without the sustaining sponsorship of Bangor Savings Bank to whom we are indeed indebted.”
Mr. Yellow Light Breen, executive vice president and chief strategic officer for Bangor Savings Bank, noted that making a second three-year commitment to the same program was not something the Bank’s Foundation normally does. In this event, he stated, “it was so compelling to us because of what the Partnership’s done – they knocked it out of the park and blew the cover off of it.” He said UMF’s Partnership had approached Bangor Savings Bank with this program concept three years ago and said they would have 30 student interns and 50 community partners. Earlier this year, they already had 77 student interns and more than 80 community partners, and they are rapidly closing in on 100 community partners. “The decision to invest in the partnership is totally selfish,” stated Breen, because they see the reward to their company. “The returns are so obvious, to western Maine and Maine,” he stated, “and we’re darn proud of it.”
UMF’s President, Kathryn A. Foster, told the students the story of her internship experience in Baltimore while in college, and how that experience changed her life. “It not only gave me a chance to use the knowledge I’d gained in the classroom and test myself in the real world, it helped me gain important skills needed on the job and confidence.” This experience “was real,” she stated “and I felt like I had made an important contribution to the city.”
This year’s annual dinner featured a slide show recognizing all student interns and their community sponsors, and all students who participated in the leadership education and training program during 2014. Guests were also treated to a live improvisational music performance by Ellen Bowman, Counselor and Psychotherapist at Belgrade Central School, and Brandon Monroe, a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in music who has been working at Belgrade as the Expressive Arts Therapies Intern during the fall semester.
Top: Student Leaders recognized by Yellow Light Breen (left) and President Kate Foster (right). Students left to right are: Sebastien Dumont, Darrian Church, Nicholas Bucci, Jeremy Vroom, Zachary Faulkner, Connor Sabir, and Louise Villemont.
Bottom: Yellow Light Breen, Bangor Savings Bank, addresses nearly 80 student leaders and interns, community representatives, and UMF faculty and staff during the Partnership’s third annual recognition dinner.
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UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement receives Grant Award from the Davis Educational Foundation
The University of Maine at Farmington’s Partnership for Civic Advancement has been selected to receive a grant totaling $108,910 over the next two years from the Davis Educational Foundation, which was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.
In making this award, the Trustees of the Davis Educational Foundation expressed their support for the project’s objectives of “increasing student engagement with faculty and campus and community-based experiential learning.” The grant will provide funding to expand the capacity of the university’s Partnership for Civic Advancement in order to meet key goals and objectives of the institution’s Strategic Plan, UMF 2020, to “develop purposeful, immersive, experience-based curricular programs that help students make the connection between liberal arts education and rewarding and successful careers, graduate education, and civic leadership.”
The Partnership’s internship program, which was launched in the summer of 2012, has grown by more than 300% over the past three years. Two additional components of the Partnership program, volunteerism and leadership education and training, have been initiated during the past year. In the relatively brief time that the Partnership for Civic Advancement has been active, “it has made a significant difference to individual students, community organizations and to the fabric of UMF,” noted Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “We are deeply grateful to the Davis Educational Foundation for their recognition of the importance and success of the Partnership’s work, which is in direct alignment with UMF’s strategic plan.”
“This significant award from the Davis Educational Foundation will provide the support needed to integrate experiential learning effectively throughout the educational program at UMF,” said Celeste Branham, UMF Vice president for student and community services and director of the Partnership for Civic Advancement. The grant will provide funding for community outreach, faculty development, and curricular and project/program development.
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UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement receives Three-Year Grant from Bangor Savings Bank Foundation
The University of Maine at Farmington was recently notified by officials at Bangor Savings Bank that their Foundation is continuing their support of UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement for another three years through a second grant of $45,000.00
“We are indeed proud of the considerable accomplishments of the UMF Partnership for Civic Advancement,” stated Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, “and deeply grateful for the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s valued support of the community-university partnerships we have formed to take our students beyond our campus and immerse them in learning experiences that address local, regional, State, and global issues under the guidance of their faculty and community mentors.”
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UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement sponsors first annual Student Leadership Summit
UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement launched its Leadership Training and Education program with its first annual Student Leadership Summit on October 17th and 18th.
The highlight of the Summit was a panel discussion featuring some well-known local, regional and state personalities in leadership positions, including: Richard Davis, Town Manager of Farmington; Becky Davis-Allen, Vice President and Senior Lending Specialist at Bangor Savings Bank; Peter Taylor, Vice President for Program Development and Grantmaking Services at the Maine Community Foundation; and Janet Mills, the Attorney General for the State of Maine.
Panelists discussed characteristics of leadership and leaders. “Leadership,” stated Peter Taylor,” is mobilizing people and resources to make change.” All panelists identified passion as an essential characteristic of effective leadership. “Passion leads to vision and vision is critical,” noted Taylor. Janet Mills emphasized that factors such as socio-economic background, education, and genetics are not determinants of leadership. Citing numerous examples of leaders from unexpected backgrounds, including Margaret Chase Smith, Malala Yousafzai, and Edmund Muskee, Mills told students “we know leadership by action and action when it counts.”
The two-day Summit also featured a variety of activities and sessions to increase participants’ self-awareness and understanding of their leadership potential, encourage them to become acquainted with one another and build trust, and learn about the styles and characteristics of leadership, as well as tools of leadership such as time management and conflict resolution. Session presenters included: Elyse Pratt-Ronco, Assistant Director of UMF’s Upward Bound Program; Celeste Branham, UMF’s Vice President for Student and Community Services and Director of the Partnership for Civic Advancement; Peter Osborne, Career Counselor and Employment Specialist at UMF; and Natasha Lekes, UMF Assistant Professor of Psychology.
Jamie Austin, President, College Republicans
Katherine (Katie) Beach, President, Rotaract
Kimberly Biddlecom, Community Assistant
Madeline Boyes, President, Association of Campus Entertainment
Nicholas (Nick) Bucci, Officer of Club Rights and Affairs, Student Senate
and President, Civil War Reenactment Club
Darrian Church, President, Student Senate
Sebastien Dumont, President, Ski Team
Zachary (Zach) Faulkner, PAID Program
Tannar Francis, President, Ice Hockey Club
Holly Legere, Senior Class Treasurer
Nathaniel (Nathan) Libby, President, Art Renegades
Kyle Manning, PAID Program
Connor Sabia, Community Assistant
Rachel Schoenberg, Treasurer, Ice Hockey Club
Louise Villemont, President, Fooding Club
Jeremy Vroom, Secretary, Student Senate
Conrad Ward, President, Campus Resident’s Council
The goal of UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement is to engage students in meaningful community-based activities. When fully implemented, the Partnership will develop and support all forms of civic engagement/experiential learning activities, including: internships, volunteerism, undergraduate research, service learning, and leadership education and training. All Partnership activities are designed in collaboration with the western Maine community to address community needs and economic and community development priorities, and with students and faculty to achieve specific learning objectives of the students.
Additional events will be held for the 2014 Leadership Summit participants will be held in November and December.
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The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that the Partnership for Civic Advancement was honored by the Maine Campus Compact with the President’s Leadership Award during a ceremony held in the State House Hall of Flags in Augusta on April 30, 2014.
UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement is an initiative that was launched in 2011 to engage students in internships, undergraduate research, volunteerism and other meaningful community-based activities. These activities are designed in collaboration with the western Maine community to address community needs and economic and community development priorities, while also achieving specific learning objectives of the students.
“In the two short years that the Partnership for Civic Advancement has been active, it has made a significant difference to individual students, community organizations and to the fabric of UMF,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “The first of its kind in the University of Maine System, it shows how students can provide valuable service throughout the community while gaining professional experience and confidence in the field.”
UMF’s new program to increase students’ experiential learning is yielding measurable success according to a recent article in the Morning Sentinel. Only two years after its launch, the Partnership for Civic Advancement is seeing student internships triple. Celeste Branham, UMF vice president of Student and community Services and director of the Partnership, sees the program as a way for students to “test career interests, to network, and to gain skills.”
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