UMF announces a legacy tuition program for out-of-state families

FARMINGTON, ME (September 21, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce the “Farmington is Family” Alumni Tuition Program offering in-state tuition rates and scholarships to college-bound children of UMF graduates residing out-of-state. Effective Fall of 2017, this new alumni benefit will be for all incoming and returning students, including transfers.

Because Farmington is family, these out-of-state legacy students—with at least one parent who obtained a degree from UMF—will be treated as in-state students, a benefit equivalent in the 2016-17 academic year of over $9,000. Legacy students will also be eligible candidates to receive in-state academic merit and need-based scholarships.

“Of our 14,000 alumni, more than 4,400 reside out-of-state,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “With this commitment, we make Farmington an affordable college destination for all our alumni families no matter where they’re thriving throughout the world.”

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Media Contact: Jared Cash, UMF vice president for enrollment, at jcash@maine.edu or 207-778-7050

UMF spotlights best-selling author Bret Anthony Johnston in Visiting Writers Series, Sept. 29

FARMINGTON, ME (September 19, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing program presents fiction author, Bret Anthony Johnston, as the first reader in this year’s popular Visiting Writers Series. Johnston will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 29, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a meet and greet with the author.

Best-selling author Bret Anthony Johnston

Best-selling author Bret Anthony Johnston

Johnston is the author of the internationally best-selling novel “Remember Me Like This,” which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and the winner of the 2015 McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns Prize.

In the “New York Times Book Review,” novelist Eleanor Henderson called “Remember Me Like This” “enthralling” and “gorgeous,” and she argued that the novel sets a standard for authors.

 The book has been translated around the world and is being made into a major motion picture.  Johnston is also the author of the award-winning “Corpus Christi: Stories,” which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times, and is the editor of “Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer.”

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He wrote the documentary film Waiting for Lightning, which was released in theaters around the world by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Johnston teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University where he is the director of creative writing.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

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

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.
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UMF presents 10th annual U.S. Supreme Court Case Review, Sept. 21

FARMINGTON, ME (September 16, 2016)—For the tenth year in a row, the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to commemorate Constitution Day with a presentation on the U.S. Supreme Court. In this annual event, James Melcher, UMF professor of political science, will present a docket of U.S. Supreme Court cases focusing on last term’s highlights and this term’s coming attractions. Free and open-to-the-public, this event will be presented at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Lincoln Auditorium, in UMF Roberts Learning Center.

“Both the past Supreme Court term and the upcoming term have been upended by the death in office of one of the most consequential justices of modern times, Antonin Scalia,” said Melcher. “His death probably changed the outcome of several critical cases last term, led to more 4-4 decisions, and has made the Court slow down its acceptance of cases for this term, as a deadlock between the White House and Senate over Scalia’s replacement shows no sign of ending before the November presidential election.”

Docket of cases to be previewed from the 2016-17 Term

Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools (Special education)
Manuel v. Joliet (4th Amendment)
Moore v. Texas (Death penalty)
Jennings v. Rodriguez (Deportation hearings)
Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley (Religious freedom. state level Blaine Amendments…and playgrounds)

Docket of cases to be reviewed from the 2015- 16 Term

Fisher v. Texas (yes, again; affirmative action and college admissions)
Zubik v. Burwell (The ACA’s contraception mandate and religious objectors)
Whole Women’s Health v. Cole (abortion restrictions)
Evenwel v. Abbott (who counts in representation)
Voisine v. US (a rare case from Maine at SCOTUS; Domestic violence cases and firearms ownership)

Previously known as Citizenship Day, Constitution Day was created by Congress in 2004. This federal holiday was revised to recognize not only those who have become U.S. citizens, but also the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day.

Opinions on last term’s cases can be found at www.supremecourtus.gov.

UMF’s Constitution Day event this year is sponsored by the UMF Provost’s Office, UMF Pre-Law Program and UMF Dept. of Political Science.

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A nationally-recognized 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 helps 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 pre-professional studies.

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 Media Contact: James Melcher, UMF professor of political science, 207-778-7416, or jim.melcher@maine.edu

 

First UMF Public Classroom talk examines “What Can Robo-Graders Teach Us About Being Human?”

FARMINGTON, ME (September 15, 2016)—“What Can Robo-Graders Teach Us About Being Human?” University of Maine at Farmington invites the public to learn more at this presentation by Maja Wilson, UMF assistant professor of secondary education.

Maja Wilson

Maja Wilson

This first-of-the-year UMF Public Classroom talk takes place at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Performance Space at the Emery Community Arts Center. It is preceded by a gathering for refreshments at 6 p.m. Lectures in this series are free and open to the public.

Robo-graders have infiltrated writing classrooms and testing companies at every level, spitting out scores and “feedback” seconds after students’ essays are submitted. These computer-generated scores often lead to important decisions: from school funding and merit pay for educators to college admissions and course placement for students.

For most writing assessment experts, there is no question: the use of computer essay scoring technology in high stakes testing is invalid and unethical. As a teacher of writing and writing assessment scholar, Wilson joins her colleagues in resisting this convenient but faulty form of assessment. However, what can robo-graders teach us about being human? As it turns out, quite a lot.

Wilson currently teaches history and philosophy of education, foundations of education, and honors courses at UMF. Before joining the faculty, she taught for 10 years in Michigan’s public schools and was a lecturer in the Literacy Program at the University of Maine. Her scholarly interests include writing assessment, automated essay scoring, teacher agency, the accountability movement and the history and consequences of behaviorism in American education

Wilson is the author of “Rethinking Rubrics in Writing Assessment,” which won the Conference on English Education’s James Britton Award in 2007. In addition, her work has been published in several edited collections and in Educational Leadership, Rethinking Schools, English Journal, Kappan, Education Week, Journal of Teaching Writing and the Washington Post Answer Sheet. She is currently working on a second book for Heinemann about writing assessment.

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

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: Maja Wilson, UMF assistant professor of secondary education at maja.wilson@maine.edu or 207-778-7385

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U.S. News ranks UMF as 2017 “Best College” and “Best Value”

UMF signU.S. News & World Report’s  2017 college guide has ranked UMF as a top 10 Regional College in four distinct categories. As reported in the Morning Sentinel, UMF was ranked No. 4 in the “top public” category, No. 5 in the “best value” category and No. 7 in the “best regional college in the north” overall category. “It’s always exciting and affirming to receive national accolades such as these from the U.S. News,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “But, more importantly, they help inform college-bound students and their families of UMF’s excellence and educational value for what is one of the most important decisions they’ll make as young adults.”

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Emery Community Arts Center leads with work of metal artist

Jay Sawyer, sculptorDozens of alphabet-inspired sculptures by metal artist Jay Sawyer make up UMF Emery Community Arts Center’s first-of-the-school-year exhibit.  A welder by trade, Sawyer discovered he had a gift for transforming a piece of mangled reclaimed steel into a work of art. According to the Portland Press Herald, the UMF arts center hopes Sawyer’s sculpture makes students think and become aware that art can be a lot of different things. “These discarded and salvaged materials really speak to me,” said Sawyer.  “I see their former practical use and the beauty of their form and balance. Then I let the materials speak for themselves and that leads to a new life for them as a unique art form.”

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UMF named “Best College” and “Best Value” by U.S. News

FARMINGTON, ME (September 13, 2016)— For the nineteenth year, the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to once again be recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as a 2017 “Best College,” with UMF being ranked among the top 10 colleges in four distinct categories. These rankings are compiled by U.S. News to help families find the best academic quality, fit and value.

UMF is recognized this year within its classification of Regional Colleges in the North as number 4 in the Top Public category; number 5 in the Best Value category; and number 7 in the Best Regional Colleges in the North overall category, including both public and private colleges.

In addition, the U.S. News category of Best Schools for Veterans has ranked UMF among the top three Regional Colleges in the North. This 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.

“It’s always exciting and affirming to receive national accolades such as these from the U.S. News,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “But, more importantly, they help inform college-bound students and their families of UMF’s excellence and educational value for what is one of the most important decisions they’ll make as young adults.”

This year’s U.S. News college guide ranked over 1,300 colleges throughout the U.S. It groups colleges into categories based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the most widely accepted classification system in U.S. higher education.

UMF students on campusUMF’s classification of Regional Colleges in the North includes schools that focus on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts throughout Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Of the total national colleges included in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report ranking, 334 Regional Colleges were assessed in four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

UMF has also been recognized in Washington Monthly’s annual “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings for the fourth year in a row. Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck rankings is an exclusive list of schools that charge students a reasonable price for a quality education that will advance them in their careers. The publication also named UMF as a top contributor to the public good college.

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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Living history internship provides practical experience for UMF senior

UMF intern Kathleen JosephUniversity of Maine at Farmington senior Kathleen Joseph was immersed in the world of seventeenth century New England this summer as she completed a 6-credit internship at Plymouth, Massachusetts’s historical Plimoth Plantation, according to a recent article in the Sun Journal. A secondary education major with a concentration in social studies and a minor in special education at UMF, Katie found the internship “amazing at almost every level” and the perfect practical experience complement to her UMF studies. Close to her hometown of Norwell, Mass., the internship was facilitated by UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement, which assisted Katie in receiving a $1200 UMF-Bangor Savings Bank Intern Award to help with the unpaid internship.

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UMF Emery Community Arts Center Headliners for September

FARMINGTON, ME (August 30, 2016)—The Emery Community Arts Center at the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present a series of exciting events in the month of September. These events are free and open to the public

Ruth Hill

Ruth Hill

On Friday, Sept. 9, don’t miss a concert on the lawn from dynamic musician Ruth Hill. A storyteller of the finest kind, her songs are packed with powerful imagery and beautiful melodies and have been described as compelling, charming and authentic. With an achingly clear voice, she delivers her own eclectic mix of folk, Americana, blues and bluegrass. Her moving original lyrics weave stories of her hardscrabble youth, teenage runaway years, working class upbringing, love, loss and the human yearning for transformation. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and features a cash bar. It follows the 5-7 p.m. opening reception for Jay Sawyer’s exhibition “Sculpture Soup.”

Douglas Rooks

Douglas Rooks

Author Douglas Rooks presents a talk entitled “George Mitchell and the Clean Air Act of 1990” at 11:45 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Learn how Mitchell, as U.S. Senate Majority Leader, overcame daunting obstacles to enact the most important environmental law of the global warming era, which now stands as the foundation for President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Douglas Rooks is the accomplished author of the new biography “Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible.”

Wes McNair

Wes McNair

Stuart Kestenbaum

Stuart Kestenbaum

On Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m., esteemed author and former Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair and current Maine Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum will read from their work. McNair is an American poet, writer, editor and UMF Professor Emeritus. He has authored ten volumes of poetry, most recently, “Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems” and “The Lost Child: Ozark Poems.” A poet and longtime arts administrator, Stuart Kestenbaum has published four books of poetry. His latest, “Only Now,” came out in 2014.

More on the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus

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. The facility is regularly open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. when school is in session.

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UMF Art Gallery opens academic year with exhibit by artist Michel Droge, Sept 8

FARMINGTON, ME (August 24, 2016)—The UMF Art Gallery is proud to announce its season-opening show, “Nocturnes” by painter and printmaker Michel Droge.

This exhibition of exciting new large oil paintings runs from Sept. 8 to Oct. 9 at the UMF Art Gallery at the University of Maine Farmington. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, with a conversation with the artist at 5:30. These events are free and open to the public.

"Night Garden" by Michel DrogeIn “Nocturnes” Michel Droge approaches the qualities of night that evoke feelings of the sublime—the powerful and disorienting diminution of the self absorbed by the vastness and impenetrability of the deep night sky and ocean. Climate change and its effect on coastal communities are concerns at the heart of Droge’s work–beneath the mystery and melancholy of her darkly luminous environments runs the artist’s insistent question of how to represent what cannot (yet) be clearly seen?

Droge exhibits internationally. She conducts research in Maine’s island and coastal communities along with her students at the Maine College of Art (MECA).

The UMF Art Gallery and the Department of Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry are grateful for the generous assistance of the Maine Arts Commission in developing this exhibition.

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

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