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 or 207-778-1062 or visit the website at

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Photo Caption: “Night Garden” by Michel Droge
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UMF Emery Community Arts Center spotlights sculptor Jay Sawyer’s unique salvaged metal art with “Sculpture Soup” Aug 29-Nov 3

FARMINGTON, ME (August 22, 2016)—The UMF Emery Community Arts Center is excited to kick off the academic year with an exhibit featuring the creative work of gifted sculptor and metal artist Jay Sawyer. “Sculpture Soup” runs from Monday, Aug. 29, to Thursday, Nov. 3. A reception for the artist will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Jay Sawyer, sculptor

Jay Sawyer, sculptor

From his education at Maine Maritime Academy to his welding and mobile repair business back in the 1990sSawyer has always been drawn to the practical function of steel, iron and other salvaged materials. As he continued to work with the “rusty gold” and castoff materials he found his own gift for transforming a mangled piece of rusty steel into a work of art. As he re-envisions, heats, reshapes, hammers and welds the scrap metal he gives the material an opportunity to tell a new story.

“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.”

Sawyer’s “Studio JBONE” in Warren, is where he creates his one-of-a-kind sculptures and displays them in his outdoor gallery. “The Maestro,” a metal sculpture commissioned for a couple from Delaware, shows his deft hand with the twisted steel. The couple wanted a piece that celebrated music and from a pile of salvaged metal from the American Can Company plant in Portland, Sawyer created a work of art.

"The Maestro" by Jay SawyerA Maine native, Sawyer’s first art show was in 2007 in Cushing, Maine. His works are on display in the public art collection at the Portland International Jetport; the Owls Head Transportation Museum; the Boothbay Region Art Foundation in Boothbay Harbor and Hyatt Place in Columbia, South Carolina, among others.

This exhibit is sponsored by the UMF Emery Community Arts Center.

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.

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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

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Photo Caption:  Jay Sawyer, sculptor and metal artist
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Photo Caption:  “The Maestro,” by Jay Sawyer



UMF Art Gallery exhibit presents Maizie Argondizza’s unique portrayal of nature’s beauty, Aug 22

FARMINGTON, ME (August 8, 2016)—The UMF Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of Maizie Argondizza, University of Maine at Farmington alumna of the class of 1954. Her unique portrayal of nature’s beauty will be on exhibit August 22 through September 1, featuring a public reception for the artist 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Artist Maizie Argondizza

Artist Maizie Argondizza

Since her retirement from directing the Student Teaching Program at the University of Southern Maine, Argondizza has immersed herself in the study of natural and human landscapes in bold watercolors and insightful, intricate pen-and-ink drawings. Her intense observations of common flowers become portraits, and her slightly idiosyncratic perspectives on the landscape reveal subtle strangeness.

Currently a winter resident of Fort Myers, Florida, she began studying watercolor in Maine with artist Polly Blythe Goss and is now a member of the Fort Myers Art League.

This exhibit is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the UMF Admissions Office. Gallery hours for this exhibition are daily12 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline, UMF Art Gallery director, at or 207-778-1062. Please visit us at

More on the UMF Art Gallery

The UMF Art Gallery is a teaching gallery dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its focus on innovative and challenging new work, the gallery reinforces the academic vision of the University and the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in celebrating art as a powerful agent of community and cultural identity. The gallery develops compelling interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students and the community and works with local schools to integrate art into their curricula.

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Photo Caption:  Artist Maizie Argondizza

UMF professor recognized by Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges for commitment to student success

FARMINGTON, ME (July 25, 2016)—Joel King, University of Maine at Farmington professor of psychology, has been recognized by the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges with the Charles Dunn COPLAC Award for his “commitment to student success that goes above and beyond the classroom and office …and his extraordinary attention to students as individuals who sometimes face unique challenges.”

Joel King, UMF professor of psychology

Joel King, UMF professor of psychology

“Joel richly deserves this recognition,” said Joseph McGinn, UMF vice president for academic affairs and provost. “His personal attention and long-standing efforts on behalf of so many students is exemplary and we offer him our heartfelt congratulations.”

Even after 28 years of teaching at UMF, King still regards time spent with students as his top priority. Over his tenure, he has been selected as UMF Faculty Member of the Year nine times, a recognition given by students, and one he cherishes.

King states that some of the greatest contributions to his education came from his experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Maktab Rendah Saens School in Malaysia. He was a teacher in a program where Malay children from villages throughout the country were given the resources, education, and opportunities to pursue their dreams and achieve their optimal development. This experience and his role as a father confirmed for him the tremendous potential that exists in every child—a belief he embraces with all of his students.

King’s areas of expertise include assessment of families in poverty and school programs, infant and child development and parenting. He also spearheads the annual Autism Summer Camp Program in Farmington. This partnership between UMF and the Autism Society of Maine began in 2002 and has served over 200 children ages 5-15 with autism.

King received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

COPLAC’s Charles Dunn Award was established in memory of the contributions of Charles Dunn to the advancement of the consortium and to student success in the public liberal arts sector. Dunn served as President of Henderson State University for 22 years, and as a COPLAC President (2000-2001) and Board member for ten years.

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Photo Caption:  Joel King, UMF professor of psychology

UMF Emery Community Arts Center hosts sounds of Jud Caswell and Golden Oak at summer lawn concert, July 28

FARMINGTON, ME (July 19, 2016)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus offers music under the stars with a summer concert on the lawn Thursday, July 28. Bring your blanket and lawn chairs and kick back with a picnic lunch to listen to the folk sounds of Jud Caswell and Golden Oak. The lawn opens at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar. Admission is $5.

Jud Caswell and Golden Oak posterMaine’s Jud Caswell is a little bit like a one-man folk festival. You’ve got your banjo picking, your Irish drinking songs, a rack of acoustic instruments, and a deep catalog of award-winning originals. Caswell is currently celebrating the release of his sixth collection, “Watch The Fall.” This is his first CD of new material since 2007. The years between have been full of music and focusing on family, friends and community. The album reflects that focus. Early listeners have called it “homey and groovy and uplifting and thoughtful” — a “celebration of life, love, family, and all that is wonderful about mid-coast Maine.”

Named one of Maine’s “rising artists” by the Nova Design Group, Golden Oak just released their debut album, “Pleasant St.” and have performed throughout the greater New England Area. Conceived in the winter of 2013 by Singer-Songwriter Zak Kendall and cellist Seth Wegner, they were quick to join forces with Kendall’s sister Lena, whose voice blends with the hum of the cello and guitar to create a sound that resonates deep within.

More recently, they have teamed up with their good friend Eloise Schultz, who Zak and Seth met while studying at College of the Atlantic, and who gives their songs yet another set of layers with her soaring trumpet and vocal harmonies. Members include Zak Kendall (guitar, lead vocals), Lena Kendall (percussion, lead vocals), Seth Wegner (cello, vocals), and Eloise Schultz (trumpet, vocals).

This summer event is sponsored by the Emery Community Arts Center.

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UMF announces Dean’s List for Spring 2016 semester

University of Maine at Farmington Media Release
R156-078 Master

April Mulherin
UMF Associate Director of Media Relations
office: 207-778-7081
cell: 207-491-0064

UMF announces Dean’s List for Spring 2016 semester

FARMINGTON, ME (July 18, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce its Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester. The birthplace of public higher education in Maine, UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is nationally recognized for its academic excellence, affordability and graduates’ positive career outcomes.

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.


Addison: Amber Davis,

Albany Twp: Britany Douglass, Zachary Wheeler,

Albion: Aubrey Kressler, Matthew Rolfson,

Anson: Courtney Frost,

Arundel: Tori Lands, Krysta Norris, Kylie Reynolds,

Athens: Mona Bussell,

Auburn: Eliza Bissonette, Lily Bissonette, Darci Goslin, Allyson Hammond, Samantha Laverdure, Melissa Poulin, Taylor Sawyer, Jesse Williams,

Augusta: Cody Corron, Abbigail Hayes, Isaac LaCasse, Carlene Mosca, Elicia Nickerson, Dylane Saylor,
Lauren Wheelock,

Bangor: Timothy Bullard, Kylie Cunningham, Kayla Elliott, Adam Hewins, Jacob Legere, John McCullagh,
Rose Miller, Torrie Nightingale, Stephen Riitano,

Bar Harbor: Conor Crandall,

Bath: Tori Decoteau, Emily Franklin, Kaitlynn Morse, Carl Suter,

Belfast: Kally Bowen, Kaylee Pickering, Ryan Rice,

Belgrade: Chelsy Biegon, Allison Pease, Sierra Towers,

Berwick: Alisa Tibbetts,

Bethel: Ryan Kimball,

Biddeford: Danica Lamontagne, Erica Letellier,

Bingham: Lindsey Cirell,

Blue Hill: Zyanya Holman,

Boothbay Harbor: Chloe Hoecker,

Bowdoin: Kimberly Emerson,

Bowdoinham: Hannah Zimmerman,

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

Bridgton: Laura Pulito,

Brooks: Sydney Ellis,

Brunswick: Nicholas Blasens, Alicia Davis, Zoe Donovan, Connor Lynch, Destiny Merrill, Cyndle Turcotte,

Bryant Pond: Annalise Deschenes,

Buckfield: Ashley Hutchinson,

Bucksport: Kenneth Emerton, Courtney Fish,

Burlington: Barrett Wilson,

Burnham: Katherine Smedberg,

Buxton: Hannah Schlehuber Johnson,

Calais: Scott Carpenter, Ashley Knowles, Stephanie Pasciuti,

Camden: Chaya Stilson,

Canaan: Amber Rowell, Nicolas Stringos,

Canton: Samantha Blanchette, Donald Hutchins, Ciara Keene,

Cape Elizabeth: Christina Kouros,

Cape Neddick: Rachel Yorke,

Caribou: Tiffany Bishop, Cheyenne Judkins,

Carmel: Leah Boucher,

Chelsea: Kassidy Frost, Emily Soule, Tricia Tzikas,

Chesterville: Lorrin Burnham, Joshua Fletcher,

Clinton: Heather Cousins,

Coplin Plt: Jedediah Stevens,

Corinth: Nicole Brewer,

Cornish: Michael Pingree,

Cornville: Hailey Atkinson, Logan Wiseman,

Crawford: Tyler Provencher,

Damariscotta: Shania Creamer,

Dayton: Kristin Cobleigh,

Deer Isle: Kristi Poland,

Detroit: Hannah Emery,

Dexter: Darci Perkins,

Dixfield: Elliott Eno, Taron Mazza, Megan Morrison,

Dover Foxcroft: Hailey Wellington,

Dryden: Siiri Stinson,

Durham: Sasha Hampton,

Dyer Brook: Kristen Tarr,

East Boothbay: Brooke Alley,

East Waterboro: Kaylond Mauzerolle, Bailey Ohman,

Eastport: Sarah Ashley,

Embden: Tucker Atwood,

Fairfield: Isabelle Bailey, Katie LeBlanc, Hannah Tompkins, Lauren Wadleigh,

Falmouth: Amanda Boyd, Julie Guerra, Owen Prescott, Kayla Walsh,

Farmingdale: Holden Cookson, Kaitlin Hayden, Jessica McKenna, Morgan Rush,

Farmington: Kimberly Biddlecom, Rileigh Blanchet, Krysta Brown, Love Call, Argia Charles, Dominick Cognata, Britt Couturier, Sarita Crandall, Nichole Decker, Catherine Dennis, Michael Diffin, Christopher Goodwin, McKinley Goozey, Taliesin Greaton, Anna Hansen, Leah Hardy, Andrew Hatchel, Brittany Jones, John Kaminski, Nathaniel Kidson, Stephanie LaFreniere, Marissa LaGassey, Shannon Lee, Sydney Longley, Jubilee MacLeod, Emmalyn Madison, Joseph Martin, Ronie Morales, Casandra Moreau, Elise Musicant, Faith Norton, Zackary Peercy, Courtney Phelps, Astra Pierson, Jordan Plog, Carissa Porcaro, Zachary Roberge, Jenna Sanders, Spencer Shaw, Erin Simmons, Nicholas Soha-Girardin, Katrina Streeter, Camiesha Terry, Sara Turner, Jeremy Webster, Kristyn Wiles,

Fayette: Ethan Harmon, Gretchen Krout, Kasey Richards,

Fort Fairfield: Carter Shaw,

Franklin: Sarah Young,

Freeport: Samuel Bennett, Wyatt McCurdy,

Friendship: Luke Deems, Kristen Simmons,

Fryeburg: Makayla Frost,

Gardiner: Andrianna Ammarell, Lee-Anne Greenleaf, Sarah McQuoid, Jagger Trouant, Aleah Whitten, Christopher Wren,

Garland: Adam Malinauskas,

Glenburn: Alexandra Cookson,

Gorham: Ashley Brown, Shelby Bryant, Kaitlin Flanders, Caleb Goodall, Marissa Hutchins, Elizabeth Kane, Jessica Labrecque, Jennifer Pinkelman, Eden Runyon-Baruch, Andrea Stemm, Emily Thompson,

Gray: Kelcie Brown, Bryce Neal, Meagan O’Reilly, Richard Southard,

Greene: Meghan Buckley, : Samuel Godfrey, John Hutton, Emma Martineau, Cassandra Morgan, Haley Teacutter,

Greenwood: Megan LaCroix,

Guilford: Ashley Cross,

Hampden: Drew Kelso,

Hancock: Juliana Burch,

Harpswell: Katelyn Beedy, Sierra Gilley,

Hartford: Rachel Caron,

Hartland: Dylan Sinclair,

Hebron: Marisa Hanning,

Hermon: Amanda Allen,

Houlton: Gregory Smaligo,

Industry: Nathan Geisser, Bradford Lopes, Chloe Reichenbach, Thai Sinkinson,

Island Falls: Alicia Higgins,

Islesboro: Krystal Randlett,

Jay: Nicole Adams, Mickenzy Breton, Mariah Buote, Paige Butterfield, Hayley Fortier, Victoria LaCasse, Rylee L’Italien, Brianna Martin, Michelle Monroe, Autumn Pelletier, Miranda St Pierre, Timothy York,

Jefferson: Bridget Humphrey,

Jonesport: Kristopher Kelley,

Kennebunk: Melissa Fortier, Erin Ingraham, Krystal Livermore,

Kingfield: Holland Corson, Taylor Henderson, Ashley Shurtleff,

Kittery Point: Olivia Dow,

Lagrange: Alison Turtlott,

Lamoine: Blair Bailey,

Lebanon: Sarah Ashley Avery, Amber Cognato, Alaina Shorey,

Leeds: Matthew Bilodeau, Cora Curtis, Danica Jackman, Kyla Sturtevant, Brooke Wardwell,

Levant: Nicholas Pinkham,

Lewiston: Sadie Beaudin, Brooklyn Brown, Ashley Ferrence, Ashley Forshaw, Abdirahman Hussein, Courtney Jacques, Alexis Laliberte, Corey Martin, Michael Paradis, Renee Poulin, Loretta Rice, Emily Schulze,

Lexington Twp: Jocelia Pease,

Liberty: David Mallow, Anastasia McFadden-Foy,

Limington: Collin Regan,

Lincoln: Abigail Brown, Ciara Tolman,

Lincolnville: Nastasha Kordek,

Lisbon Falls: Kenneth Fairbanks, Lindsey Whitney, Jeffrey Willey,

Litchfield: Jessica Roberts,

Livermore: Taylor Boynton, Elizabeth Chretien, Bradley Hodges, Kenda Newman, Lydia Violette-Lee,

Livermore Falls: Brianna Beaupre, Brooke Cushing, Rachel Goding, Joshua Wilcox, Rheanna Woodford,

Lyman: Mikayla Frazier,

Madawaska: Jillian Vanier,

Madison: Savannah Bachelder, Amanda Flematti, Alexis Lanctot, Tori McLaughlin, Jonathan Petrey,

Manchester: Calen Mendall,

Mapleton: Isaac Michaud,

Mars Hill: Sean Brock,

Mechanic Falls: Caitlyn Currie, Mariah Dufour, Jamie Robinson,

Medway: Allie Currie,

Mexico: Andrea Benya, Cody Smith, Christa Vattes, Kaitlyn Virgin,

Millinocket: Thomas Fiske, Kristen Manzo, Emily Wark,

Minot: Myia Linck,

Monmouth: Ashley Coulombe, Stephanie Dwinal, Molly Menice,

Montville: Larissa Hannan,

Morrill: Gregory King,

Mount Desert: Katharine Walker,

Naples: Tonner Hann, Erin Levasseur,

New Portland: Elliot Gorr,

Newcastle: Thomas Alexander, Salvatore Azzaretti,

Nobleboro: Samara Ethier-Whitmore, Caitlin Waltz,

Norridgewock: Travis Bent, Andrea Curtis, Stephanie Jillings, Devin Lachapelle, Cheyenne Malloy, Justin Power, Amy Washburn,

North Berwick: Courtney Eastman, Lindsay Gorman,

Northport: Brianna Flagg,

Norway: Dylan Hadley, Kyleigh Roberts, Ian Vail,

Oakland: Ryan Berthiaume, Harley Davis, Derek Guerrette,

Old Orchard Beach: Mariah Hartley, Sarah Jenkins, Jeffrey Taylor,

Old Town: Laura Rivers,

Orono: Lukas Kenison, Isaiah Wilson-McFarlane,

Orrington: Marshall Maxsimic,

Owls Head: Danielle Bedard,

Palmyra: Kirsten Trogdon,

Pemaquid: Lucia Hauty,

Peru: Erin Perry, Spencer Trenoweth,

Pittsfield: Courtney Fowler, Shane Hathaway, Jessica Leibowitz, Carolyn Newhouse, Adam Shorey,

Pittston: Baylee Doughty,

Plymouth: Brittany Hopkins,

Poland: Cameron Morrell, Matthew Principe, Ally Rosenberger, Katrina Seeley,

Portland: Elyse Bayizere, Delaney Coyne, David Doering, Mackenzie Marles, Serge Nyirikamba, Sarah Ringer, William Sampson,

Presque Isle: Kayla Girardin, Kaleigh Kinney, Rayah Saucier,

Prospect: Madison Porter,

Rangeley: Chelsea Dresser,

Readfield: Maddalena Chiappetta, Debora Harvey, Benjamin Rodriguez, Katherine Wicks,

Rockport: Sarah Winchenbach,

Rome: Marisa Getchell,

Rumford: Kayla Drapeau, Stephanie Garcia, Amy Mahar, Brittany Wakefield,

Sabattus: Kayla McIntosh, Meagan Ring,

Saco: Rebecca Crist, Anna Dowling, Kayla Tremblay,

Saint Albans: Lindsay Mower,

Sanford: Tyler Flayhan, Carla Kelly,

Scarborough: Rebecca Beatty, Caitlyn Connolly, Nathaniel Duggan, Amanda Ledue, Parisa Mohabbati, Sarah Pritchard,

Searsport: Laura Dickey,

Sebago: Abigail Lucy,

Sidney: Spencer DeWitt, Chelsey Oliver, Shawna Oliver, Allison White,

Skowhegan: Henry Ametti, Matthew Bigelow, Olivia Brown, Jasmine Gordon, Allicia Hilton, Aspen Leblanc, Katelynn Lizotte, Katherine Richards,

Smithfield: Anna LeClair,

Smyrna Mills: Matthew McCluskey,

Solon: Sikwani Dana,

South Berwick: Annie Moloney, Erin Silver,

South Bristol: Jordan Plummer,

South China: Tyler Belanger, Marissa Chamberlain, Gage Currie, Simon Rollins,

South Paris: Susan Gary, Alexis Kennedy, Jayram Keshavan,

South Portland: Hannah Calkin, Paige Carter, Emily Gray, Spencer Lloyd-Rees,

Springvale: Leanne Arsenault, Jamie Austin, Megan Daudelin,

Standish: Joshua Conley,

Strong: Emily Beard, Nicholas Cole,

Surry: Kaitlyn Kinney,

Thomaston: Jennifer Denault, Amber Hanson,

Topsham: Emma Brown, Jordan Daigle, Kimberly Richards,

Turner: Tad Caldwell, Abigail Chase, Abbie Hartford, Emily Hartford, Dana Monbleau, Kelly Pomerleau, Michael Richard, Amanda Wise,

Union: Janelle Noonan,

Unity: Donna Chason,

Upton: Jessica Casey,

Vassalboro: Brianna Benevento, Nathan Bowring, Sean Cabaniss, Benjamin Cloutier, Kiara Morrissette, Alicia Stafford, Abby Waceken,

Waldo: Braley Leadbetter,

Waldoboro: Hope Lash, Vincent Vannah,

Walpole: Karie Carrothers,

Warren: McKenzie Belcher,

Washington: Olivia Vanner,

Waterford: Lindsay Toothaker,

Waterville: Tyler Adams, Katelin Carey, Emily Cote, Megan Heath, Autumn Hopkins, Avery Isbell, Mattie Lajoie, Jacob Montgomery, Lydia Roy, Jinni-Mae Workman,

Wells: Cooper Lavigne, Emily Lewia, Kayla Meissner, Elizabeth Thompson,

West Bethel: Kurt Mason,

West Gardiner: Nicholas Bucci, Eleanor Luken, Haley Tomberlin,

West Paris: Matthew Chandler, Kayleigh Knox,

Westbrook: Haley Berry, Timothy Bushika, Katie Clark, Gunnar Heckler, Jasmine Heckler, Shannon Mahoney, Sophia Manning, Julianne McLaughlin, Nicholas Minor, Sage Van Eekhout,

Whitefield: Jordan Bailey, Katherine Newcombe,

Wilton: Jacob Allen, Tyler Eustis, Jessica Griswold, Jaycee Jenckes,

Windham: Madeline Boyes, Samuel Burnell, Hannah Forbush, Samantha Gifford, Meagan Jones, Eamon Reis,

Windsor: Samuel Birch,

Winslow: Kayla Davis, Megan Denis, Elizabeth Ferry, Brennah O’Connell, Christina Taylor,

Winterport: Marissa Arrigoni,

Winthrop: Alyssa Arsenault, Brigid Chapin, Deirdre Dosedlo, Ian Gingras, Rayanna Howard, Emily Leonard, Zachary Nadeau, Meagan Scully, Emmah Spahr,

Wiscasset: Kelsie Gagnon,

Yarmouth: Haley Estabrook, Jordan Glassock, Meagan Haley, Lydia MacDonald, Sarah-Jane Metsker, Emma Pidden,

York: Brooke Sevigny.


Bristol: Olivia Cyr,

Brookfield: Cory McCullough,

Brooklyn: Kimberly Day,

Ellington: Erica Feenstra,

Fairfield: Carly Georgen,

Farmington: Olivia Sullivan,

Jewett City: Heather Boland,

Middletown: Rebecca Mierzejewski,

Monroe: Cailin O’Malley,

North Franklin: Amanda Ciufecu,

North Stonington: Taylor Beattie,

Sandy Hook: Amy McGurk,

Simsbury: Sabrina LoPizzo,

Southington: Brandon Becker, Kelly Toomey,

West Hartford: Shavon Gordon.


Acton: Heather King,

Cambridge: Liya Mindaye,

Fitchburg: Benjamin Amburgey,

Gloucester: Jacquelyn Rose,

Harwich: Justin Fisette,

Jefferson: Catherine Dufault,

Lakeville: Danielle Conway,

Lancaster: Emma Duggan,

Leominster: Danielle Lefebvre,

Mattapoisett: John Martin,

Milton: Jillian Cummings,

Norwell: Kathleen Joseph,

Norwood: Belanna Morales,

Plymouth: Brittany Jerome,

Quincy: Elizabeth Foley, Bethany Routier,

Randolph: Nicole Colageo,

Roxbury: Steffon Gales,

Shrewsbury: Megan Broderick,

Somerset: Cassie Scott,

South Grafton: Katrina Teixeira,

Southborough: Bridget Levandowski,

Waltham: Samantha Lackeyram-Owen,

West Newton: Mollie Herman,

Westminster: Emily Vitone,

Whitinsville: Erin Taylor.


Boscawen: Jeremy Demers,

Bow: Jaclyn Langevin,

Center Barnstead: Zachary Mayo,

Center Conway: Jennifer Perry,

Derry: Matthew Hernandez, Theodore Wallace,

Epsom: Karyn Veinotte,

Hampstead: Brittney Sieg,

Hampton: Nickole Burns,

Hillsborough: Josline Watkins,

Holderness: Gavin Brickley, Brett Hofland,

Hooksett: Jenna Arcand,

Jaffrey: Natalie McLaughlin,

Loudon: Rachael Howell,

Manchester: Jessica Baron, Cheyenne Candow,

Merrimack: Melissa Eelman,

Milford: Genevieve Benoit,

Moultonborough: Rebecca Tgibedes,

Nashua: Julia Fletcher,

Plainfield: Rebecca Young,

Plaistow: Kristine Sarasin,

Plymouth: Michael Buhrman,

Portsmouth: Erika Lundgren,

Rochester: Mark Leahy, Jordan Newhall,

Salem: Cheyenne VanDooren,

Tamworth: Melissa Gerard,

Warner: Katharine Stasalovich.


Barrington: Sidney Stanhope,

Charlestown: Michael Bottai,

Foster: Samuel O’Neal,

Middletown: Jack Holland,

Portsmouth: Alison Hamilton,

Warwick: Mariah Morey,

West Kingston: Daniel Mason.


Barton: Connor Gaboriault,

Bloomfield: Lydia Donovan,

Brattleboro: Ross Momaney,

Burlington: Hannah Watson,

Danville: Brett Elliott,

St Johnsbury: Desiree Persons,

Thetford: Maggie Pomeroy,

Warren: William Robinson.


Port Charlotte: Kristen Taylor.


London: Thomas Melton.


Orange: Casiandra Barton,

Ramsey: Sarah Fredrick.


Broadalbin: Liam Floyd.


Clarks Summit: Faith Purdy.


Dale City: Whitney LeMay.


Christiansted: Shana Tilley.

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UMF President Foster named one of “50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future” by Maine magazine

FARMINGTON, ME (July 14, 2016)—University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster was recently named as one of “50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future” by Maine magazine. This annual distinction by the uniquely Maine publication spotlights the state’s creative visionaries and bold leaders who are “building upon the state’s numerous assets and finding ways to leverage them to improve the lives of others.”

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster

According to Kelly Chase, the magazine’s managing editor, “Every July, Maine magazine highlights the work of extraordinary Mainers who make our state a better place to live. The individuals who rise to the top of our list every year prove that there are many definitions of the word leader.”

Foster’s profile points to her purposeful work developing a new strategic plan for the college that is laying the groundwork for UMF to reinforce its mission as a small public liberal arts college.  The birthplace of public higher education in Maine, UMF is nationally recognized for its academic excellence, affordability and graduates’ positive career outcomes.

Among its goals, Foster’s plan underscores the college’s location in a vibrant small town in the heart of the Western Maine mountains—a place valuable for its outdoor lifestyle, close connection to the community and rich natural resources.

A roadmap for the future, the plan recognizes the increasing importance of UMF as a valuable regional partner and ways it can take advantage of its location in the development of new academic programming, student experiential learning and continuing environmentally sustainable initiatives.

“President Foster is a great leader who understands the transformative power of education,” said James H. Page, Chancellor of the University of Maine System. “Kate and her team are working to ensure UMF maintains its standing as one of the country’s top public liberal arts colleges. In addition, Kate is a key player in helping define and lead One University as we work to provide statewide access to quality, affordable education and as we build capacity to better meet state needs.”

Foster was named President of the University of Maine at Farmington in 2012. Included in her key accomplishments at the University’s helm are: an increase of over 300 percent in paid student internships; a reinvigorated commitment to four-season outdoor recreational and career opportunities; and a long-term investment in environmentally-responsible and sustainable practices with the construction of the largest single biomass hot water heating plant in Maine that replaces 95 percent of the heating oil formerly required to heat the campus with locally-sourced, sustainable wood chips.

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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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Dynamic UMF Emery Community Arts Center exhibit features four local artists, June 10-Aug.14

Aspects: 4 Artists posterFARMINGTON, ME (June 7, 2016)—The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus is excited to present its latest exhibit, “ASPECTS: 4 ARTISTS,” featuring the work of four prolific local artists:  Lori Soucie, David Crowley, Sue Bisaillon and Roger Bisaillon. This dynamic new mixed media exhibit runs from June 10 thru Aug. 14, with an opening reception 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, June 14. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Featured Artists:

Lori Soucie
Soucie finds inspiration in the colors, textures, forms, and beauty of nature. Her new body of work is devoted to a single subject matter, flowers. She has also found inspiration in the work of many photographers and artists including Georgia O’Keeffe who, when speaking about her own work, said, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.”

Soucie’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries and businesses throughout Maine. Her work has been accepted into the Maine Photography Show for five years and she has exhibited twice in the Maine Art Scene virtual exhibit. She has studied photography with John Paul Caponigro, Jay Stock, LeeAnn LaFleur, and Barbara Tobey. She received her B.A. from the University of Maine at Farmington. Visit her images at

“Andrew With Faith and Reason” by David Crowley

“Andrew With Faith and Reason” by David Crowley

David Scriven Crowley
Crowley has been making art for over forty years and is the recipient of many awards and prizes. His work is included in many private, corporate and museum collections. “My work is about emotion, the profound sense of a mandate so demanding and compulsive that the need to make something must be satisfied. Even if the lack of time, funds, and the market do not support the idea, the need for the project to be realized is so compelling as to force itself into fruition,” said Crowley.

In 2004, he was given a retrospective of his work at the Cape Ann Art Museum in Gloucester Massachusetts. Christine Temin of the Boston Globe said of his work, “Crowley’s technical mastery, enigmatic conversations, and rich textures and colors are not to be missed.” Among his many exhibitions, Crowley has exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland Maine, the Walker Art Museum at Bowdoin College, the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield Massachusetts, the Marietta Art Museum, Ohio, the CMCA in Rockport Maine and Husson College.

Sue and Roger Bisaillon
The Bisaillon’s process of making art is reflective of their life­ working daily in their rural Maine studio. Color and textural surface are paramount in their product. Their ultimate partnership has been the impetus for their high energy, unique product. They are partners where designing and fabrication is his forte and they glaze together. Over the years they have traveled extensively and have established a strong clientele. Hand building in terra cotta earthenware clay, he utilizes all building techniques (coil, pinch, slab, extrusion, throwing, pinching, stamping) to fabricate low fire sculpture and pottery. It is thick, deeply carved, nonsymmetrical and textural inviting the viewer to touch and participate with the piece.

“The process of creating art has been an integral part of daily existence for my entire life. With a compulsion to constantly create, clay has been a natural avenue to release my aesthetic energy,” said Roger Bisaillon.

The Emery Community Arts Center’s summer hours are daily from 12 p.m.­6 p.m.

For additional information, please contact Astra Pierson at

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Caption:  “Andrew With Faith and Reason” by David Crowley

UMF features United States Air Force Langley Winds Flag Day concert, June 14

FARMINGTON, ME (June 1, 2016)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present a concert by the United States Air Force Langley Winds of the USAF Heritage of America Band at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 14. The concert will take place in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center, at 111 South Street, on the UMF campus and is free and open to the public.

United States Air Force Langley Winds of the USAF Heritage of America Band

United States Air Force Langley Winds of the USAF Heritage of America Band

Langley Winds is a pioneering woodwind and percussion ensemble offering innovative programming covering a wide array of musical styles. Employing a unique blend of instruments, Langley Winds performs creative arrangements and new compositions. Audiences enjoy hearing these virtuosic orchestral solo instruments in an intimate chamber music setting.

Activated in 1941, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring public patriotism among all the US military service branches. These world-class musicians are stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. They travel throughout the Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions presenting over 3000 events annually.

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UMF partners with USM to offer 5-year master’s program in counseling careers

FARMINGTON, ME (May 23, 2016)—To help streamline students’ preparation for a career in counseling or social work, the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Southern Maine are offering two new, collaborative programs making it possible for students to receive their bachelor’s in psychology and their masters in counseling or social work in five years instead of six.

Available in fall 2016, the Psychology-Counseling 3+2 Program (B.A. to M.S.) and Psychology-Social Work 3+2 Program (B.A. to M.S.W.) will help students graduate a year ahead of time and reduce their college costs while preparing them for a professional career where they can help meet Maine’s growing mental health needs.

“This program is a great opportunity for UMF and USM to help our students fast-track their counseling careers while still getting a top-notch education,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “Creative partnerships like this are all about finding different ways to help students be successful, while meeting their career needs.”

These accelerated programs were developed under the leadership of Steven Quackenbush, UMF professor of psychology; Adele Baruch, USM associate professor of counselor education in clinical mental health counseling; Bette Katsekas, USM associate professor of counselor education; and Jeanette Andonian, USM associate professor of social work.

“Many of the students in our psychology program know early on that they want to take their education to the next level in the helping fields,” said Quackenbush. “This program gives them the opportunity to accelerate their education while giving them the best professional preparation possible.”

UMF psychology students

Dan Seabold, UMF professor of psychology (center), meets with students in small group counseling discussion sessions.

Students will begin by pursuing their undergraduate degree at UMF. They will graduate from UMF in three years with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology (B.A.) and a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician certification (MHRT/Community), the most widely needed certification in the state of Maine.

This fully-accredited program will have students completing a full undergraduate course load of 128 credit hours. This includes 16 course credits and two seminar credits each regular semester, four credits of coursework over two summers and an 8-credit summer internship. Courses will include upper-level courses in counseling, including psychotherapeutic methods, couples therapy, child and family counseling and crisis intervention.

Interactive, discussion-based seminar classes at UMF will help students build skills in the practice of counseling. They will work collaboratively with each other, faculty and the educational community and as upperclassmen will prepare for graduate study by serving as mentors to the incoming cohort of students.

In their third year at UMF, a streamlined graduate application process will pave the way for students to gain early acceptance to the USM Master’s Program. Students accepted into this second phase of the program can complete their master’s level studies in two years.

“This new partnership is a win-win for UMF, USM and most importantly for students. By offering them this expedited path into the fields of counseling and social work, they will save time and money and enter their chosen profession a year earlier,” said USM President Glenn Cummings.

USM’s graduate program will provide students with advanced mental health counseling, school counseling or social work curriculum that prepares them to work with individuals and families as well as organizations and communities. Students in the accelerated program will graduate with a Master of Science in Counseling (M.S.) or Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree.

“Our USM Counselor Education Mental Health Concentration is a well-regarded program and one of the region’s few CACREP-accredited mental health counseling programs. The 3+2 experience allows students who are accepted into our program a more efficient process of obtaining their credentials to become a mental health counselor, a most exciting, meaningful and necessary profession,” said Katsekas.

For more information, see the Multi-Degree Programs on the UMF website at: and the Masters programs in counseling education and social work at USM, view: and

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Media Contacts for more information:

Steven Quackenbush, UMF professor of psychology, at or 207-778-7518

Bette Katsekas, USM associate professor and coordinator, Counselor Education Program,, 207-780-5578 / 207-671-9840
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Photo Caption:  Dan Seabold, UMF professor of psychology (center), meets with students in small group counseling discussion sessions.