University of Maine at Farmington Student Life honored by Maine professional organization

FARMINGTON, ME (November 1, 2011)—University of Maine at Farmington Student Life staff members Peter Osborne and Maya Kasper were recently honored at the Maine Association of Student Affairs Professionals conference held at the University of Southern Maine at Gorham.

Peter Osborne and Maya Kasper

Left to right: Peter Osborne, UMF assistant director of residence life; and Maya Kasper, UMF assistant director for the Center for Student Involvement with awards from Maine Association of Student Affairs Professionals.

UMF assistant director of residence life and current USM graduate student, Osborne received the Richard F. Stevens Outstanding Graduate Student Award for his demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and significant contribution to the UMF campus. A 2009 UMF graduate, Osborne supervises UMF’s Scott Residence Hall, its student community assistants and the educational and social programming they provide. He is also active with the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition; teaches RAD, a national standard in self-defense and risk-reduction class for women; and advises the UMF chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, a first-year honor society. In addition to the MASAP award, Osborne received a scholarship to attend the upcoming regional conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in Sturbridge, MA.

Kasper, UMF assistant director for the Center for Student Involvement, received the Program of the Year Award for her contribution to student development and the UMF campus with the design, management and operation of the UMF Weekend Adventures and Excursions Program. This popular UMF program provides a wide variety of weekend travel experiences throughout the northeast to engage students in cultural, educational and social activities. Kasper’s many UMF responsibilities include oversight of the UMF student activities program, student clubs and organizations, student–life publications, and advising of the UMF radio station and Association for Campus Entertainment. With this award, the UMF Weekend Adventures and Excursions Program is eligible to be selected as the Program of the Year for Region I at the upcoming regional NASPA conference.

“We are so proud of Peter and Maya’s accomplishments and this recognition on a state level,” said Kirsten Swan, UMF director of the Center for Student Involvement. “This is a wonderful example of how our Student Life staff and student workers commit themselves on a daily basis to creating challenging and interesting programs that help our students have the richest college residential experience possible.”

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Media contact: Kirsten Swan, UMF director of the Center for Student Involvement, at 207-778-7347, or kswan@maine.edu.

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Photo Caption:  Left to right: Peter Osborne, UMF assistant director of residence life; and Maya Kasper, UMF assistant director for the Center for Student Involvement with awards from Maine Association of Student Affairs Professionals.

University of Maine at Farmington presents fourth annual “Teaching and Working in a Diverse World” conference—Oct. 21

Stephen Wessler

Stephen Wessler, founder and former executive director of the Center for Preventing Hate, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming “Teaching and Working in a Diverse World” conference at University of Maine at Farmington, Oct. 21.

FARMINGTON, ME (October 11, 2011)—University of Maine at Farmington will take a closer look at social justice and education with its fourth annual “Teaching and Working in a Diverse World” conference. This half-day conference is free and open to the public and will be held from 11:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, at selected venues on the UMF campus.

This educational forum will begin with a keynote address by Stephen Wessler, founder and former executive director of the Center for Preventing Hate, at 11:45 a.m., in Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center. Wessler’s talk, “The Power of Words to Hurt and Heal: Creating Safe and Respectable Schools,” will address the pervasive use of degrading language in schools, its serious impact and skills for responding to and preventing hate in schools.

Following the keynote address, a series of informational sessions, films and discussions will be presented by faculty members and professionals in the field examining topics that show how educators promote equality in the learning environment. Among the topics to be discussed are: “Service Learning: A Method for Including All Students,” “Addressing Social Injustice through Readers Theater,” “Understanding and Preventing Childhood Bullying,” “Speaking Peace in the Classroom” and more.

As an attorney in the Maine Attorney General’s office from 1992 to 1999, Wessler developed and directed the civil rights enforcement effort, creating the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence in 1999. A member of the faculty at University of Southern Maine, Wessler advocates for the prevention of bias motivated violence and consults on issues affecting school climate across the U.S. and in Europe.

He has been widely recognized for his work on hate crimes and their prevention and has received numerous awards including: the 2008 Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce, Education/Business Partnership Award; the 2003 Dirigo Alliance, Leader for Change Award; and the 2002 Maine Bar Foundation, Howard Dana Award for services provided to Maine’s vulnerable populations. Wessler is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston University School of Law.

The UMF Diversity Conference is sponsored by the UMF Office of the Associate Provost and Dean of Education and the UMF Diversity Committee.

For a list of the conference session descriptions, presenters, times and locations, please visit the conference website at http://teachereducation.umf.maine.edu/diversity-conference/2011-2012/.

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Media Contact: Linda Gamble, coordinator for special projects, at 207-778-7177, or llgamble@maine.edu.

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Photo Caption: Stephen Wessler, founder and former executive director of the Center for Preventing Hate, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming “Teaching and Working in a Diverse World” conference at University of Maine at Farmington, Oct. 21.

University of Maine at Farmington Creative Writing Program presents award-winning author Lia Purpura—Oct. 13

FARMINGTON, ME (October 6, 2011)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is proud to present award-winning author Lia Purpura as the next writer in its Lia Purpura2011-12 Visiting Writers Series. Purpura will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Oct, 13, 2011, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Purpura is the author of “On Looking” (Sarabande Books, 2006) winner of the Towson University Award in Literature and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her works include: “King Baby” (Alice James Books, 2008) winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award; “Increase” (University of Georgia Press, 2000) winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award; “Stone Sky Lifting” (Ohio State University Press, 2000) winner of the OSU Press/The Journal Award; “The Brighter the Veil” (Orchises Press, 1996) also a winner of the Towson University Award in Literature; and “Poems of Grzegorz Musical: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash.”  Her newest book of essays, “Rough Likeness” (Sarabande Books, 2012) will be released in January, 2012.

She has been awarded an NEA Fellowship; three Pushcart Prizes; a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council; and a Fulbright Fellowship; as well as residencies and fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Millay Colony and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Her work has been published in Agni Magazine, Double Take, Ecotone, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Ploughshares and The Southern Review.

Purpura is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She is a writer in residence at Loyola University and also teaches in the MFA program at the Rainier Writing Workshop.

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 associate professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.

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University of Maine at Farmington presents Theatre UMF production of Off-Broadway hit “Fuddy Meers”—Oct. 20-23

FARMINGTON, ME (October 6, 2011)—University of Maine at Farmington raises the curtain on the fall theater scene on campus with the Theatre UMF production of “Fuddy Meers.” This Off-Broadway hit by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 20-22, and 2 p.m., Oct 23, in the UMF Alumni Theater.

Theatre UMF Performance of "Fuddy Meers"

Left to right: Jared Boghosian, Brittney Blais, Cassidy Small, Matthew Theriault, Erin Wood and Austin Hayes in Theatre UMF performance of “Fuddy Meers,” Oct. 20-23 on the University of Maine at Farmington campus

Directed by Peter Simmel, UMF associate professor of theater, “Fuddy Meers” tells the comedic story of Claire, an amnesiac whose memory is erased whenever she goes to sleep. Each morning begins with her husband explaining her condition and providing her with a book filled with the essential memories she needs to once again re-start her life. Then one day, a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf mysterious man claiming to be her brother kidnaps Claire.

The mayhem that ensues includes a bizarre cast of characters in a roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. A poignant, sometimes brutal comedy, “Fuddy Meers” shows how everyone has buried secrets and struggles to find a way to move forward with their lives.

“It’s wonderful to be able to offer students the opportunity to experience live theater as a participant,” said Simmel. “From acting on stage to behind the scenes production design, technical support and performance night crews—UMF students of any major can be involved and have the confidence-building experience of being part of a successful theatrical production.”

Lindsay-Abaire is best known for his absurdist comedies in which his characters possess an emotional truth. His other shows include “Rabbit Hole,” “Kimberly Akimbo,” “Wonder of the World,” “High Fidelity” and “A Devil Inside,” among others. In addition to winning the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his drama, “Rabbit Hole,” he was also awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award as America’s most promising musical theater lyricist. He also wrote the screenplay for the Newline feature “Inkheart” and a screen adaptation of “Rabbit Hole” for 20th Century Fox.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults, $6 for all students and $5 for seniors. Tickets are available at the time of the performance and can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 207-778-7465. This presentation’s content is of an adult nature and suitable for mature audiences only.

CAST:
Clair. . . . . Cassidy Small – North Monmouth
Gertie . . . . . Brittney Blais – Garland
Heidi . . . . . Erin Wood – Lincoln, R.I.
Kenny . . . . . Austin Hayes – Gorham
Limping Man . . . . . Ryan Verrill – Belgrade
Millet . . . . . Jared Boghosian – Belgrade
Richard . . . . . Matt Theriault – Steep Falls

CREW:
Director . . . . . Peter Simmel
Scenic/Lighting Design – Technical Director . . . . . Stanley Spilecki
Costume Design . . . . . Kenneth Lamb – Scarborough
Sound . . . . . Drew McLain – Farmington
Poster Design . . . . . Dan Bilodeau

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Media Contact: Peter Simmel, UMF associate professor of theater, at 207-778-7461, or simmel@maine.edu

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UMF Professor of Creative Writing Gretchen Legler receives prestigious Fulbright grant to teach in Bhutan

FARMINGTON, ME (September 26, 2011)—Gretchen Legler, Gretchen LeglerUniversity of Maine at Farmington professor of creative writing, was recently named a 2011 Fulbright Scholar to the Kingdom of Bhutan. A tenured professor with the distinguished UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, Legler is one of only two professionals to ever receive a Fulbright Award to the small Buddhist country in the eastern Himalayan Mountains.

Selected through a competitive process based on academic merit and leadership potential, Legler has been awarded a nine-month Fulbright grant to teach and do research at Paro College of Education in western Bhutan. The grant runs from October 2011 to early summer 2012, during which time Legler will be teaching college writing, creative writing and American literature. Established in 1975, Paro College of Education is part of the Royal University of Bhutan System that includes the country’s 11 public post-secondary schools.

“This is an unbelievable honor and opportunity,” said Legler. “I am delighted to have been selected by the Fulbright Program and to be able to challenge myself to grow as a writer and an educator while I learn about the spiritual and cultural legacy of the people of Bhutan.”

Map of BhutanAccording to Legler, one of the most intriguing aspects of living in Bhutan will be learning about the country’s policy of measuring national success in terms of gross national happiness as opposed to the western economic indicator of gross national product. “I am very interested in the eastern idea of happiness, as I think many Americans are in these challenging economic times. I’m looking forward to learning more about the Bhutanese idea of happiness and well-being and creating opportunities to share that experience with my UMF students when I return.”

An author and scholar, Legler has written “On the Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station Alaska” (Milkweed Editions, 2005), winner of the award for environmental creative writing by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment; and “All the Powerful Invisible Things: A Sportswoman’s Notebook” (Seal Press, 1995.) She was a visiting scholar at the Cambridge University Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, England and a grantee of the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs: Antarctic Artists and Writers Program Fellowship.

Legler received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota.

The Fulbright Program, originally sponsored by the U.S. government in 1946, is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Since its inception, it has provided almost 300,000 participants—111,000 from the U.S.—with the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Fulbright Program operates in 155 countries worldwide.

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

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UMF Professor Emeritus and Poet Laureate of Maine Wesley McNair selected to read at Library of Congress National Book Festival

FARMINGTON, ME (September 19, 2011)—Wesley McNair, University of Maine at Farmington professor emeritus, writer in residence and Poet Laureate of Maine, has been selected as one of five state poets laureate to give a reading of his poetry and sign his books at the National Book Festival, in Washington, DC.Wes McNair

The National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, will be held on the National Mall on September 24 and 25. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are the honorary chairs of the event and will be in attendance. A crowd of over 150,000 is expected.

Over 100 authors and illustrators have been invited to give presentations at the Festival, including Toni Morrison, Russell Banks, Garrison Keillor, Mary Gordon and Sherman Alexie. The Festival will begin on September 23 with a dinner for authors at the Library of Congress, followed by an author breakfast on September 24 at the Washington Post.

McNair has authored or edited 18 books, including poetry, essays and anthologies. His most recent volume of verse is “Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems” (David R. Godine). His poetry has appeared in the Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize annual, the Writer’s Almanac, NPR’s Weekend Edition and more than 60 anthologies. He has held grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller fellowships and two NEA grants in creative writing. Selected for a United States Artists Fellowship in 2006, he has been called by Philip Levine “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.”

McNair directed the creative writing program at the University of Maine at Farmington and received the Distinguished Faculty Award and the Libra Professorship. He also served as a visiting creative writing professor at Colby College.


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Theodora J. Kalikow to retire as University of Maine at Farmington president

Theodora J. KalikowFARMINGTON, ME (September 19, 2011)—President Theodora J. Kalikow, a visionary leader who has guided the University of Maine at Farmington to emerge as a nationally-recognized model of educational effectiveness, has announced that she will retire as president of University of Maine at Farmington on June 30, 2012.

Having recently announced her decision to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, Kalikow shared it with the UMF campus community at the annual employee recognition dinner on Friday, Sept. 16. With a tenure of 18 years, she is the longest-serving UMF president since the Farmington school became a four-year college in 1945 and the third-longest serving chief administrator of the western Maine institution in its nearly 150-year history.

“It has been an honor to serve as UMF president; to work with our outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni; and to be a part of what are often the most important years of many young people’s lives,” said Kalikow. “UMF is a unique place that empowers members of campus leadership, along with students, to help determine the things that matter to a quality public liberal arts education. I am grateful to have been able to make a difference in higher education in Maine and look forward to continuing that work this year as we all help to chart the University’s direction for the future.”

Kalikow has served as UMF’s 13th president since 1994. Originally from Swampscott, Mass., she came to UMF from Plymouth State College where she served as interim president, dean of the college and professor of philosophy. Earlier in her career, she worked in administrative, faculty and leadership roles at Southeastern Massachusetts University (now University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth) and University of Northern Colorado and was named an ACE Fellow at Brown University.

Kalikow’s presidency is notable for her tireless efforts to provide the kind of honest, active, forward-thinking leadership and deep commitment to education that has been the hallmark of her administration. During her time at UMF, the University has been recognized as “One of America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report for 15 consecutive years, as one of 20 outstanding colleges selected as national models of educational effectiveness, and by the U.S. Congressional Record for its efforts to make an environmentally sustainable campus a reality.

Affectionately known as “Theo” by students, faculty, staff, community members, and leaders throughout the state, Kalikow is noted for creating a culture of learning, leadership and community on the Farmington campus and beyond. She can frequently be seen on campus walking with students, energetically engaged in conversation—making them feel valued, cared about and connected.

Throughout her presidency, Kalikow has put student success first and foremost and has committed to strengthening the academic experience at UMF with a focus on experiential learning, internships and undergraduate research. The UMF Symposium, a University-wide day to spotlight original student research, has been celebrated at UMF since 1999. The Wilson Scholars Program, an undergraduate research program to promote the highest level of scholarship, has named close to 150 student scholars since 2006. Additionally, under Kalikow’s leadership, UMF has added five new majors, five new programs in interdisciplinary studies, two new master’s degree programs and 16 faculty positions.

In 2000, she received the University of Maine’s Maryann Hartman Award from the Women’s Studies program, which annually recognizes Maine women of achievement whose accomplishments provide inspirations for other women. In 2002, Kalikow was honored for the enduring value of her contributions to women as she was inducted to the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2006, her exceptional leadership and public service were recognized when she was awarded the Deborah Morton Award by the trustees of the University of New England.

Kalikow’s legacy is also evident in the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability and how that has impacted UMF, its students and the state of Maine. She was an early signatory of the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. Also, in 2007, she was awarded the Green Building Leadership Award from the Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for her pioneering role in advancing environmentally-responsible buildings in Maine. Many facilities on the UMF campus feature advanced geothermal technology and the latest energy efficiencies due to Kalikow’s vision of environmental stewardship, including the UMF Education Center—one of Maine’s first LEED-certified green buildings—Frances Allen Black Hall, Preble-Ricker science facility renovations and the recently-opened Emery Community Arts Center.

After leaving the presidency, Kalikow will continue to serve the University of Maine System working on special projects for two years. These efforts will include concentrating on improving access to higher education for Maine students and collaborating with business leaders and UMS officials to expand economic development in the state.

“It has been my pleasure and honor to work with Theo for nearly twenty years,” said University of Maine System Chancellor Richard L. Pattenaude. “She has done a wonderful job as president of UMF, leading it to new levels of excellence. She is a delightful and caring colleague who will be missed by everyone throughout the University of Maine System. I look forward to working with her on special projects in the next few years and am very pleased we will continue to have her talent, wisdom and irrepressible good humor available to us.”

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University of Maine at Farmington Creative Writing Program opens fall Visiting Writers Series with award-winning poet Nikky Finney, Sept. 22

FARMINGTON, ME (September 13, 2011)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is proud to open its fall 2011 Visiting Writing Series with a reading by award-winning poet Nikky Finney. She will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.


Nikky Finney

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A nationally-recognized poet and author of four collections of poetry, Finney has been critically acclaimed as “one of the most eloquent, urgent, fearless and necessary poets writing in America today.” Her work includes, “On Wings Made of Gauze;” “Rice,” which received a PEN America Open Book Award; “The World is Round,” winner of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry; and “Head Off & Split,” published by Northwestern University Press in February 2011. She has also written a collection of stories titled “Heartwood” that was published in 1998 and in 2006 she edited “The Ringing Ear,” an anthology of African American poets writing and reflecting on the South.

Finney is the recipient of the Kentucky Foundation for Women “Artists Fellowship Award” and the Governor’s Award in the Arts. She has also authored the script for the PBS documentary “For Posterity’s Sake: The Story of Morgan and Marvin Smith,” as well as the liner notes for Toshi Reagon’s folk album “Kindness,” and the introduction to Bill Gaskins’ photography collection, “Good and Bad Hair.”

Finney has taught at Smith College; Berea College; and is a former faculty member and currently on the board at Cave Canem, a writing home for African-American poets. She is presently professor of creative writing at the University of Kentucky.

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 associate professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.

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University of Maine at Farmington commemorates Constitution Day with U.S. Supreme Court case discussion, Sept. 16

FARMINGTON, ME (September 12, 2011)—University of Maine at Farmington commemorates Constitution Day 2011 with its fifth annual U.S. Supreme Court Preview and Review. Presented by Jim Melcher, UMF ConstitutionDayPicassociate professor of political science and adviser for the UMF pre-law program, the event features a docket of U.S. Supreme Court cases that discuss last term’s highlights and this term’s coming attractions. This event is free and open to the public and will be presented from 11:45 a.m. -1 p.m., Friday, September 16, in Lincoln Auditorium, in UMF Roberts Learning Center.

U.S. Supreme Court cases included in the UMF Constitution Day event:

Review of opinions from past term:

  1. Brown v. EMA (formerly Schwarzenegger v. EMA)
  2. Bruesewitz v. Wyeth
  3. Wal-Mart v. Dukes
  4. Snyder v Phelps
  5. Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett

Review of cases to be considered in upcoming term:

  1. Perry v. New Hampshire
  2. Florence v. Board of Freeholders of the County of Burlington
  3. US v. Jones
  4. Knox v. SEIU Local 1000

In addition, Melcher will examine the 14th amendment controversy that recently arose during the debt ceiling crisis.

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

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.

UMF’s Constitution Day event this year is sponsored by the UMF Provost’s Office and the UMF pre-law Program.

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

UMF students make a difference in the community with Month of Service

FARMINGTON, ME (September 8, 2011)—As the new academic year begins, University of Maine at Farmington students, faculty and staff will join hands in UMF’s annual Month of Service on September 10, 17 and 24. Developed by the UMF Student Life and Center for Student Involvement offices, the Month of Service provides students with a positive way to come together with campus and community volunteers to work on community service projects throughout the Farmington, Wilton and Industry areas.

Of special interest this year is the University’s close collaboration with United Way of the Tri-Valley Area. Working with Nancy Teel, United Way volunteer center coordinator and 2010 UMF graduate, campus and community volunteers will help with storm-window construction, weatherization, community garden and grounds clean-up efforts.

“Partnering some of our annual Month of Service projects with United Way’s fall volunteer efforts seems a natural fit,” said Kirsten Swan, UMF director of the Center for Student Development and UMF representative for the Franklin County Volunteer Network. “UMF values its close relationship with the town of Farmington and surrounding communities and this is a great way to educate our students on all the opportunities that exist in the area to reach out and positively affect someone else’s life.”

As in the past, this year’s program has scheduled service projects at local schools, churches, food pantries, public service providers and non-profit agencies. Students can sign up to help with any number of community service projects including: helping the Double B Equine Rescue Corp. care for abandoned horses, caring for pets at the Franklin County Animal Shelter, assisting with the Healthy Community Coalition community garden, spending time with residents of the Pierce House, and working with campus facilities to help beautify the UMF campus.

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Media Contact: Kirsten Swan, UMF director for the Center for Student Involvement, 207-778-7347, or kswan@maine.edu.