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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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 President Foster named in Maine. magazine as one of “50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future”

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster is named in Maine. magazine’s July issue as one of “50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future.” This annual distinction spotlights Maine’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.”

The profile points to Foster’s 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 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 regional resources.

To elaborate on aspects of Foster’s vision, the July issue also includes an intimate interview with the UMF President. This feature story, “A Promise of Place,” points to how UMF and its unique location offers an “abundance of opportunities” to its students, alumni and campus and local community members.

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More than 335 bachelor's and master's degree graduates march in 2016 UMF Commencement ceremony

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UMF President Kathryn A. Foster congratulates graduate at recent Commencement ceremony.

With excitement in the air, the University of Maine at Farmington held their 2016 Commencement Ceremony, Saturday, May 14. UMF President Kathryn A. Foster, faculty, administrators and dignitaries led the University’s more than 335 bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates who marched in the festive, annual event. “What a proud day this is,” said Foster. “It’s always an honor to watch our degree candidates turn their tassels as they transition from students to graduates and lifelong alumni. They have dreamed big, worked hard and found their lives’ passion here at UMF.  It’s exciting to know they’ll build on that knowledge and experience as they chart their course for the future.”

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UMF names Education Center in honor of longtime president Kalikow

UMF President Foster and former President Kalikow

UMF President Kathryn A. Foster honors former President Kalikow with building naming

The UMF Education Center was recently named in honor of its longtime President Theodora J. Kalikow who served from 1994 to 2012. Her contributions to UMF were honored by current UMF President Kathryn A. Foster at a dedication ceremony attended by dignitaries, colleagues and friends. Her commitment to the University and student success throughout her tenure, was noted in an article in the Sun Journal. Now named the Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center, the LEED-Silver certified building is home to the UMF College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation.

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

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

To help streamline students’ career preparation, UMF has partnered with USM to offer two, new five-year programs to accelerate their master’s degrees in counseling or social work. As reported by the Daily Bulldog, the 3+2 programs 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. Students will begin by pursuing their undergraduate degree at UMF. 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. “These programs are 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.”

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UMF Honors Program celebrates 30 year anniversary

Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky

The UMF Honors Program recently celebrated its 30th anniversary bringing together current Honors Program students, accomplished alumni and engaged faculty to commemorate the significant contributions the program makes in the lives of UMF students and graduates. The festivities featured a keynote speech by Robert Pinsky, distinguished author and former U.S. Poet Laureate. According to the Sun Journal, the first Honors endeavor began in 1981, graduated its first Honors Scholars in 1986 and has grown to become a far-reaching program with extensive academic and real-world experience opportunities. “Students in one of our Honors courses recently returned from Dublin, Ireland,” said Eric Brown, UMF professor of English and director of the Honors Program. “What better way to get the flavor of James Joyce and understand his writings than to actually walk in his characters’ footsteps.”

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UMF Early Aspirations Program helps make college accessible to high school students

UMF Assistant Professor Rhonda Jamison challenges high school students with college course.

UMF Assistant Professor Rhonda Jamison challenges high school students with college course.

Just launched this spring, UMF’s Early Aspirations partnership with Dirigo High School in Dixfield, Maine,  challenges high school students to learn stimulating college level material taught by a full-time UMF professor in their own high school classroom. As reported by the Sun Journal, Rhonda Jamison, UMF assistant professor of psychology, travels to the high school two days a week to teach the college level Psychology 101 course to high school juniors and seniors. Brad Conant, Dirigo high school teacher, uses Jamison’s materials on the other three days to supplement and support her work. According to Jamison, the class “takes the mystery out of the college experience” for high school students. The students earn both high school and college credit for the course that helps them see themselves as successful with college academics.

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UMF graduate heading to Spain on Fulbright Fellowship

Travis Bent

Travis Bent

Travis Bent, graduating UMF senior from Norridgewock, is headed to Spain on a Fulbright Fellowship. Bent graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and minors in Spanish, French and International and Global Studies, as reported by the Morning Sentinel. “Receiving a Fulbright award is such an honor and a significant personal achievement,” said UMF President Kathryn A. Foster. “The school is proud of Bent and two alumni who also have received the award and the course they’ve charted as ambassadors to the world.” The highly competitive national Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department to promote good will internationally. It enables college graduates, young professionals and artists to conduct research, teach English as a foreign language or pursue a creative project in more than 150 countries.

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