UMF Opening of Dan DenDanto’s Whale Exhibit “Bump” Postponed

FARMINGTON, ME (December 17, 2013)—Due to the recent storm and expected inclement weather, the opening of the interactive exhibit “Dan DenDanto and Frank DenDanto: BUMP,” at the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus has been postponed. The opening reception was scheduled for Dec. 20, 2013, but will now be delayed until a day in early January, to be announced at a later date.

A science-based art installation, “BUMP” exhibits the bones from three different whales. Most likely the casualties of collisions with ship propellers, the whales are displayed as separate bones, each individually suspended at eye-level. Brothers, Dan—a whale articulation specialist, and Frank—a project manager and designer, work as a team to create the visually-stunning exhibit.

While the opening of the DenDanto exhibit has been delayed, the work of Nora West, Kingfield artist and painter, is still scheduled from Dec. 20 – March 3. West will be exhibiting A Plein Air – summer – oil paintings from Monhegan Island to Katahdin and home again, along with larger local landscapes of the western mountain area. Kelly Ellerbrook, UMF assistant technical director, will also exhibit the paintings from her book, “The Perfect Christmas Egg” on Friday, Dec. 20. Both exhibits will be on display in the downstairs area of Emery.

“Walking with Horses,” featuring musicians Seth Wegner, Lena Kendall and Zak Kendall, will perform in the Emery Performance Space from 5-8 p.m., on Dec. 20, with a suggested admission donation of $5.

The Emery Community Arts Center will be closed from Dec. 24–Jan. 1, for the Christmas holiday.

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Media Contact: Jayne Decker, Director of Emery Community Arts Center, at jdecker@maine.edu, or 207-778-7319.

UMF Announces Fall 2013 Wilson Undergraduate Research Scholars and Fellows

FARMINGTON, ME (December 17, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce ten Michael D. Wilson Scholars and Fellows for the fall 2013 semester. This competitive undergraduate research award partners top student researchers with expert faculty mentors to help students gain experience, insight and skills in their career interests.

Georgia Qualey, a history major at UMF, is using her Wilson award to research the affect the Eisenhower Interstate System had on the rural areas of Maine it passed through. A native of Sherman in Aroostook County, Qualey is interested in how the northern branch of I-95 in Maine shifted town centers and transformed some parts of the state from isolated to accessible.

In her fourth year at UMF, Qualey is excited about the way her research has helped her connect what she has learned in various academic disciplines. “My Wilson project is helping me put the tools and resources I’ve acquired at UMF into action,” said Qualey.

RP134-027The UMF Wilson Program names student awardees twice-a-year including single-semester scholars and year-long fellows. The fall 2013 awardees include two Wilson Fellows: Christa Bonney, from Rangeley and Simone Thiry, from Berkeley, Calif. The Scholars include: Lauren Breton, from Livermore Falls; John Buys, from Palmyra; Sean Cabaniss, from Vassalboro; Cidney Mayes, from Farmington; Georgia Qualey, from Sherman; Joshua Richardson, from Canton; Ruby Rockwell, from Greenville and Nathan Sylvester, from China Village.

The program provides funding to help underwrite student project expenses. It was established by Michael and Susan Angelides, of Columbia, Conn., in honor of their good friend and UMF alumnus Michael D. Wilson, class of 1976.

Fall 2013 Wilson Fellows:

Christa Bonney – Rangeley
A junior majoring in biology, Bonney is working on the development of a live imaging technique and a sustainable diabetic model in adult zebrafish. Her faculty sponsor is Jean Doty, professor of biology.

Simone Sisneros-Thiry­ – Berkeley, Calif.
A senior with a dual degree in secondary education-math and mathematics, Thiry is exploring the lattice of set partitions and transition matrices of symmetric functions. Her faculty sponsor is Paul Gies, associate professor of mathematics.

Fall 2013 Wilson Scholars:

Lauren Breton – Livermore Falls
A senior with a double major in English and secondary education-English, Breton is examining the impact the genre label “young adult literature” has on readers and its likelihood to be assigned in school. Her faculty sponsors are Sabine Klein, assistant professor of English, and Clarissa Thompson, associate professor of secondary English education.

John Buys – Palmyra
A senior with a double major in secondary education-English and English, Buys is exploring the phenomena of the turn-of-the-century divorce novel and gender identity contextually with archival research in cultural documents. His faculty sponsor is Sabine Klein, assistant professor of English.

Sean Cabaniss – Vassalboro
A sophomore majoring in secondary education-math, Cabaniss is researching the relationship between the velocity and accuracy of baseball pitches from the windup and the stretch. His faculty sponsors are Lori Koban, associate professor of mathematics, and Nicholas Koban, associate professor of mathematics.

Cidney Mayes – Farmington
A senior with a double major in secondary education-English and English, Mayes is combining the study of Jane Austen’s writings and the digital humanities into a curriculum for high school students and teachers. Her faculty sponsor is Misty Krueger, visiting assistant professor of English.

Georgia Qualey – Sherman
A senior majoring in History, is exploring the northern Maine section of the Eisenhower Interstate System and the impact it had on the towns it went through. Her faculty sponsor is Allison Hepler, professor of history.

Joshua Richardson – Canton
A senior majoring in mathematics, Richardson is examining properties of the palindromic automorphism group of a free group. His faculty sponsor is Nicholas Koban, associate professor of mathematics.

Ruby Rockwell – Greenville
A senior majoring in geology, Rockwell is investigating small subalpine lakes in the western Maine mountains and how bedrock and vegetation influence their stability. Her faculty sponsor is Julia Daly, associate professor of geology.

Nathan Sylvester – China Village
A junior majoring in visual and performing arts, Sylvester is creating, filming and producing a pilot episode of a comedy television series. His faculty sponsor is Teal Minton, assistant professor of creative writing.

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Media Contact: Nicholas Koban, associate professor of mathematics, at nicholas.koban@maine.edu or 207-778-7117

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Photo Caption:  Left to right, back row: Christa Bonney, Lauren Breton, Cidney Mayes. Middle row: Simone Sisneros-Thiry, Joshua Richardson, Georgia Qualey. Front row: Sean Cabaniss, John Buys, Nathan Sylvester. Ruby Rockwell is not pictured.

Dan DenDanto’s Majestic Whale Exhibit "Bump" Featured at Emery Community Arts Center on UMF Campus

FARMINGTON, ME (December 12, 2013)—Dan DenDanto has an intimate knowledge of the largest creatures on Earth—whales—and the Emery Community Arts Center is bringing his expertise to the UMF campus with the interactive exhibit “Dan DenDanto and Frank DenDanto: BUMP,” from Dec. 20, 2013–March 3, 2014. The exhibit is free and open to the public and on display in the Emery Flex Space Gallery.RP134-026

This science-based art installation exhibits the bones from three different whales. Most likely the casualties of collisions with ship propellers, the whales are displayed as separate bones, each individually suspended at eye-level.

Brothers, Dan—a whale articulation specialist, and Frank—a project manager and designer, work as a team to create the visually-stunning exhibit. Set to the sound of whale songs, their hands-on exhibit invites the audience to touch the bones of these magnificent creatures, which one can imagine, appear to move with the tide.

Dan DenDanto has been cleaning, articulating and restoring whale skeletons professionally since 1993.  Installations of his work are on display at educational centers throughout the eastern U.S., including the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Whale Center of New England and Harvard University.

He is the director of the Fin Whale Catalog and a senior scientist at Allied Whale; a Research Associate at College of the Atlantic, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of CETOS Research Organization. Throughout his career, he has been involved in research on the genetics, life history, population, phylogenetics and culture of whales in the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Teachers are encouraged to schedule a time for their students to experience the “BUMP” exhibit. Please contact Jayne Decker at jdecker@maine.edu for more information.

In addition to the gallery exhibit, Emery’s downstairs area will feature the work of Nora West, Kingfield artist and painter, from Dec. 20 – March 3. West will be exhibiting A Plein Air – summer – oil paintings from Monhegan Island to Katahdin and home again, along with larger local landscapes of the western mountain area. Kelly Ellerbrook, UMF assistant technical director, will also exhibit the paintings from her book, “The Perfect Christmas Egg” on Friday, Dec. 20.

An opening reception for the Emery exhibits will take place from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20. “Walking with Horses,” featuring musicians Seth Wegner, Lena Kendall and Zak Kendall, will perform in the Emery Performance Space with a suggested admission donation of $5.  A cash-bar will be available.

Emery Flex Space Gallery hours during UMF’s winter break from Dec. 17—Jan. 2, are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Emery Community Arts Center will be closed from Dec. 24–Jan. 1, for the Christmas holiday.

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Media Contact: Jayne Decker, Director of Emery Community Arts Center, at jdecker@maine.edu, or 207-778-7319.

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UMF Recognizes Campus Personnel with First Annual Distinguished Staff Awards

FARMINGTON, ME (December 9, 2013)— In celebration of the accomplishments of its outstanding staff, the University of Maine at Farmington recently held its first annual Distinguished UMF Staff awards.

This recognition program was created to highlight the dedicated and excellent service that UMF staff members provide every day assisting UMF students, campus colleagues and members of the public.

“It’s such a privilege in this celebratory 150th Anniversary year to start this new tradition recognizing the talent, devotion and hard work of UMF staff members,” said by Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “What an honor to applaud them. Their commitment, skills, and can-do attitude are an important part of what UMF does every day to make students and their success our number one focus.”

RP134-022A campus committee brought together this past summer by Foster was charged with creating the program infrastructure and receiving nominations. Nominees were put forth by faculty and fellow staff members. More than 90 nominations were received by the 11-member committee that diligently narrowed them down to seven finalists.

The 2013 UMF recipients include: Ernestine Hutchinson, Administrative Staff of the Year; Neil Hart, Facilities Staff of the Year; Doris Tutlis, Professional Staff of the Year; Michael Angelides, Jr., Eager Beaver Award; Jennifer Eriksen, Above and Beyond Award; Forrest Spaulding, Unsung Hero Award and Viki Hellgren, Lifetime Achievement Award with 44 years of service at UMF.

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 Media Contact: Niki Haggan, UMF technology support specialist, at niki.haggan@maine.edu or 207-778-7335

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Photo Caption:  Left to right, back row: Michael Angelides Jr., Jennifer Eriksen, Doris Tutlis, Vicki Hellgren, Forrest Spaulding. Front row: Ernestine Hutchinson, Neil Hart.

UMF University Store Helps Families Have a Brighter Christmas with Eighth Annual Giving Tree

FARMINGTON, ME (December 5, 2013)—For the eighth consecutive year, the University of Maine at Farmington’s University Store is working to help families have a brighter Christmas. The on-campus store, now located on Main Street, is once again hosting its annual Holiday Giving Tree where members of the campus and local community can donate items to help ensure everyone has a joyful holiday.

For the past four years, the store has partnered on the giving tree with the Franklin County Children’s Task Force in order to focus on helping children and families close to home. The FCCTF is a local non-profit devoted to strengthening Franklin County families and advocating for and providing services that promote healthy children and families.

Lois King, longtime UMF University Store employee, oversees the seasonal effort and works directly with task force staff to fill the holiday tree with tags that have the Christmas wishes of children and families throughout the area. Campus and community members are invited to take a tag from the tree to fulfill special RP134-025requests or to bring new, unwrapped items to the store to be distributed by the task force.

King, also a Beacon Hospice volunteer and 4-H leader for over 30 years, sees the effort as a wonderful way to give back to the community. “It’s very touching to see the genuine concern of students, UMF personnel and people throughout the community who just want to help families have a nice Christmas,” said King. “People are so generous. Some donors come in with bags of handmade items you know they’ve been working on all year. It’s really a labor of love.”

Donations of children’s toys, infant and toddler socks, size 8-14 tops and pants and disposable diapers are especially appreciated. As a thank you, all donors will receive a 25-percent-off coupon on one item at the University Store for each donation, good for most items in the store.

The University Store is located at 238 Main Street, Farmington, and will be accepting donations at the store from now until Friday, Dec. 20. The store is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

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Media contact: Mary Ellen Martin, director of store services at UMF, 207-778-7325, or martinme@maine.edu

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Photo Caption:  Left to right: UMF University Store employees Barbara Lambert and Lois King, and student worker Kerry Rose Mclaughlin, from Nashua, N.H., with items donated to this year’s Holiday Giving Tree.

UMF Creative Writing Seniors Present Original Work at Senior Reading, Dec. 12

FARMINGTON, ME (December 4, 2013)—UMF student writers in Maine’s only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program will be reading from their original work at the University of Maine at Farmington fall 2013 Creative Writing Senior Reading. This free and open to the public reading takes place at 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 12, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center.

Held twice a year, this event features graduating seniors reading from their portfolio of original works in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Participating students include: Alex Beloin, from Camden; Mary Drover, from Peabody, Mass.; Nicole Ellis, from Litchfield; Melanie Floyd, from Long Island; Zach Fowler, from Presque Isle; Sean Igoe, from New Haven, Conn.; Jamie Phillips, from Willington, Conn.; Hunter Rowell, from West Paris; Ashley Smith, from Brunswick and Meagan Winker, from Cape Elizabeth, all of whom have just completed the Senior Seminar in Creative Writing.

The University of Maine at Farmington is one of only a few institutions in the Northeast that offers an undergraduate major in creative writing. It has also gained a reputation for excellence, attracting students from across New England and other parts of the United States.

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A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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 Media Contact: Gretchen Legler, UMF professor of creative writing, at gretchen.legler@maine.edu or 207-778-7182

UMF Community Chorus Presents Holiday Concert, Dec. 8

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UMF Community Chorus Presents Holiday Concert, Dec. 8

FARMINGTON, ME (December 3, 2013)—
This holiday season’s UMF Community Chorus Concert features a New England theme and will be performed at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, in Nordica Auditorium in UMF Merrill Hall.

Conducted by Bruce G. McInnes, UMF faculty member, the concert features performances of Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana,” Peter Neidmann’s “Five New England Songs” and a Christmas season favorite, Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols.”

“Frostiana: Seven Country Songs” was commissioned by the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, to celebrate its 1959 bicentennial through its connection with the great American poet Robert Frost, and in conjunction with Amherst College’s decision to build a new library in Frost’s honor. The music is both accessible and richly subtle, mixing strophic folksong and complex harmonic effects to frame and support the pastoral richness and intensity of the poetry. Among the poems that Thompson chose for this piece were some of Frost’s most famous: “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”

Like “Frostiana,” Niedmann’s “Five New England Songs” celebrates New England culture and tradition, but with poetic passages gleaned from largely unfamiliar works spanning almost 400 years. They include Emerson’s poem “The Harp,” whose central image is the Aeolian harp or wind harp, an instrument played not by a human, but by Nature itself. The other texts are by seventeenth-century Puritan captain and landowner Edward Johnson, the nineteenth-century abolitionist John Townsend Trowbridge, the early twentieth-century Hartford clergyman Henry Van Dyke, and contemporary poet Sandra Niles.

Benjamin Britten, one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, composed “Ceremony of Carols” in 1942 during a sea voyage back to England from a productive three-year stay in the United States. These are not conventional and sentimental carols, but celebrate the difficulty, discomfort, and suffering, as well as the glory and mystery of medieval and post-medieval Christian vision. With its archaic simplicity and roughness of style, the “Ceremony of Carols” has become a mainstay of the Christmas season repertoire.

The UMF Community Chorus concert is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.

Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and free for children and UMF students with I.D. For further information, contact Robin Palmer-Mosher at 778-7072.

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UMF Farmington Forum Series Explores “Psychology and the Good Life”

FARMINGTON, ME (December 3, 2013)—In continued celebration of its historic 150th Anniversary, the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present the three-day UMF Farmington Forum entitled “Psychology and the Good Life.”

This second academic discipline in the 2013-14 forum series explores the role that psychologists can play in fostering moral development and psychological well-being. Events run from Dec. 11-13, and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

RP134-NadeauFeatured events include presentations by Rod Nadeau, an adventure-based counselor and graduate of the UMF class of 1987, and James Waller, a widely-recognized scholar in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies.

Nadeau, an adventure-based counselor at Maine’s REAL School in RSU 14, will speak on how adventure therapy helps students, with a wide range of learning challenges, be successful. A licensed Maine Guide since 1987, he holds designations in whitewater rafting, sea kayaking and outdoor recreation.RP134-Waller

Waller is the Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College and academic programs director with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. His book, “Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing,” was described by Publishers Weekly as an “original and persuasive” account of the emergence of evil in contemporary society. An expert in Holocaust and genocide studies, he will speak on “The Psychology of Evil.”

Complete schedule of events in “Psychology and the Good Life” series:

“Psychology and the Good Life”
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wed., Dec. 11, Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble/Ricker Hall
Presentations by UMF Department of Psychology faculty members:
“Resilience and Families” by Susan Anzivino, professor of psychology
“Psychotherapy and the Good Life” by Natasha Lekes, assistant professor of psychology
“Issues in Positive Psychology” by Karol Maybury, associate professor of psychology
“The Problem of Value in Contemporary Psychology” by Steve Quackenbush, professor of psychology

Narrative Adventure Therapy
7 p.m., Wed., Dec. 11, Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble/Ricker Hall
Presentation by Rod Nadeau, a UMF alumnus returning to campus to discuss his work as an adventure-based counselor.

“The Psychology of Evil: Understanding Perpetrators of Genocide and Mass Atrocity”
7 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 12, Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble/Ricker Hall
Keynote address by James Waller, author of “Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing”

Psychology Undergraduate Research Symposium
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fri., Dec. 13, Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble/Ricker Hall
Research presentations by UMF psychology students: Lauren Trudeau, junior from Wiscasset; Jasmine Portales, senior from North Turner; Kayla Tuttle, senior from Waterville; and Kaitlyn Dickinson, senior from Enfield, N.H.

Psychology Alumni Reunion
4-6 p.m., Education Center Bjorn Lounge. Open to UMF alumni.

Throughout the year, UMF’s Farmington Forum Series will feature a host of special events in the six key academic disciplines of education, psychology, English, biology, mathematics and history. Events will include in-depth lectures by visiting scholars, film and research presentations, art exhibits, panel discussions and alumni receptions.

The “Psychology and the Good Life” series is sponsored by the UMF Division of Psychology and Human Development.

For additional details, please visit the calendar of events on the UMF 150th Anniversary website at http://150.umf.maine.edu/.

UMF’s Sesquicentennial Celebration is supported in part by the generous donations of area businesses and organizations including Franklin Savings Bank, at the Doctorate Level; Sunday River, at the Master’s Level; and Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC, Kyes Insurance, Shiretown Insurance Agency, University Credit Union and Unity Foundation at the Bachelor’s Level.

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Media Contact: Steven Quackenbush, UMF professor of psychology, at steven.quackenbush@maine.edu or 207-778-7518

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UMF Features Performance by World Renowned Sound Poet Jaap Blonk, Nov. 19

FARMINGTON, ME (November 14, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington is excited to present a creative performance by world-renowned sound poet Jaap Blonk on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center. The performance begins promptly at 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

RP134-020One of the most innovative contemporary artists working with sound today, Blonk is a self-taught composer, performer and poet, who has presented his work throughout the world. Supported by his powerful stage presence, his work brings together wordless words, enhanced sounds and much more in an eclectic blend of musical composition using the phonetic components of speech.

Born in Holland in 1953, Blonk was influenced by mid-century German artist Kurt Schwitters whose work spans and represents the Dadaist, Constructivist and Surrealist movements. In the late 1970s, he started to compose music and discovered the power of his own voice. He began working with electronics around 2000, first using samples of his own voice, and then employing pure sound synthesis.

In addition to his solo performances, Blonk has collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in contemporary and improvised music. He has also performed in several compositions by Carola Bauckholt, German composer.

While in Farmington, Blonk will also visit several UMF classes and discuss his art and its roots in sound poetry, improvisation and new music, and present historic examples of sound poetry as well as his own work with the students.

Blonk’s visit is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry, and The Department of Humanities.

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A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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 Media Contact: Gustavo Aguilar, assistant professor of experimental performance, at gustavo.aguilar@maine.edu or 207-778-7896

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UMF Students and Top Maine Employers Explore Internship Opportunities at Project Login Event

FARMINGTON, ME (November 13, 2013)—More than 20 University of Maine at Farmington students in technology related fields and faculty members met with representatives from some of Maine’s top employers at a recent reception on the UMF campus. Part of the ongoing Project Login program, the networking event was held to help students build professional relationships and learn about internship opportunities in their field of study.

Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, opened the event and spoke to the importance of bringing students and employers together. “Our students offer employers a great mix of technical, creative, interpersonal and critical thinking skills,” said Foster. “Networking events like the Project Login initiative help students learn about internships and professional opportunities and help employers meet talented, qualified Maine graduates.

UMF students studying computer science, mathematics, interactive media and related fields attended the event. After introductions, students shared their RP134-019internship and creative experience with participants and had the chance to speak one-on-one with recruiting representatives from the Jackson Laboratory, Kepware Technologies, Tyler Technologies, Unum and WEX (Wright Express).

Chris Bennett, UMF associate professor of computer science, encouraged students in his computer science classes to attend the Project Login event. “Internships are a great testing ground for students to get practical experience and explore what the professional world offers them,” he said. “Programs like this, that connect students and employers are a win-win.”

The statewide Project Login initiative was created by Educate Maine to help grow Maine’s computer technology industry. The program includes many professional development resources for students including internship opportunities, resume posting, instructional events, educational resources and a network of professional support. Project Login is committed to doubling the number of Maine’s computer and technology degree graduates in four years.

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A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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 Media Contact: Chris Bennett, UMF associate professor of computer science, at chris.bennett@maine.edu, or 207-778-7114

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Photo Caption: Nathaniel Welch, UMF computer science sophomore, learns more about Portland software company Kepware Technologies at a recent Project Login networking reception held in the UMF Olsen Student Center.