Skip Navigation
Return to Layout View | Home | A-Z Directory | MaineStreet | Campus Map | Calendar
Follow UMaine on Twitter | Join UMaine on Facebook | Watch UMaine on YouTube | Admissions | Parents & Family | Apply to UMaine | Give Now | Emergency

Cooperative Extension in Aroostook County

Site Navigation:

Thirty-two UMaine Faculty Members Receive Tenure and/or Promotion

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has approved promotion and/or tenure for 32 University of Maine faculty members. The professors were nominated by University of Maine President Paul Ferguson based on a peer and administrative review of their successful work in teaching, research and public service.

“This annual process and recognition of excellence constitutes an important tradition to celebrate the University of Maine’s faculty and their role in the distinctiveness of Maine’s flagship, land grant university,” says President  Ferguson. “Their teaching, research and community outreach reaffirm the impactful role of public higher education in the quality of life for Maine citizens.”

University of Maine Faculty Promoted and/or Tenured, 2013–14

Promoted to professor

College of Engineering
Howard Gray, Civil Engineering Technology
M. Clayton Wheeler, Chemical Engineering

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Francois Amar, Chemistry
Mark Brewer, Political Science
Samuel Hess, Physics and Astronomy
Jon Ippolito, New Media
Richard Powell, Political Science
Liam Riordan, History

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Robert Lilieholm, Forest Resources
Ann Rosebush Sossong, Nursing
Vivian Chi-Hua Wu, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Promoted to associate research professor

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research
Sarah Nelson

Promoted to associate professor with tenure

College of Engineering
Nuri Emanetoglu, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Melissa Maynard, Civil Engineering

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Daniel Bilodeau, Theatre
Dylan Dryer, English
Mary Hough, History and Women’s Studies
Shannon McCoy, Psychology
Robert Meulenberg, Physics and Astronomy and Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology
Kathleen Yoon, Psychology

Maine Business School
Niclas Erhardt, Human Resources
Jason Harkins, Entrepreneurship
Patti Miles, Operations Management

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Julie Gosse, Biochemistry
Teresa Johnson, Marine Policy
Robert Wheeler, Microbiology

Promoted to associate Extension professor with continuing contract

Tori Jackson, Cooperative Extension
Kristy Ouellette, Cooperative Extension
Andrew Plant, Cooperative Extension

Promoted to associate Extension professor and associate professor with continuing contract

Anne Lichtenwalner, Cooperative Extension and Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Ellen Mallory, Cooperative Extension and Sustainable Agriculture

Granted tenure at current rank of associate professor

Honors College
Margaret Killinger, Rezendes Preceptor of the Arts

Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745

UMaine Extension offers hayfield, pasture management workshops

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering free workshops on hayfield and pasture management this spring around the state.

Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator in Waldo County, will lead the “Got Hayfields?” workshops, which focus on how to best manage hayfields and pastures to produce high-quality feed for livestock. Topics include weed control, managing soil fertility, hay and pasture renovation techniques, grazing management and basics of forage quality.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

Pre-registration is requested. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1426, or visit

Image Description: Baling hay

Aroostook County Extension Association Annual Meeting

The Executive Board members of the Aroostook county Extension Association cordially invite you to the Aroostook County Extension Association Annual Meeting Thursday, November 21, 2013.  5:30 pm Grant Memorial United Methodist Church on Fleetwood Street in Presque Isle. 

The business meeting will be preceded by a social time at 5:30 pm and a dinner will be served around 6:00 pm.  Cost of the dinner is free; however, reservations are required.  Please call 532-6548 or 1-800-287-1469 by Tuesday, November 12th to RSVP.

The program for the evening will feature “4-H – Celebrating 100 years”.  There will be a brief powerpoint presentation of some of the highlights and programs that were offered this past year by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff, presentation of awards and election of officers.

Master Gardener 2013

Master Gardener 2013

  Are you a gardening enthusiast?  Would you like to share your gardening knowledge with your community?  If so, you may want to consider joining the Aroostook County Master Gardeners.  The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is pleased to again offer its popular Master Gardener Program in the fall of 2013.  Participants in the Master Gardener program will receive fourteen 3-hour in-depth training sessions in the art and science of horticulture starting September 10th, 2013.  Trainees also receive current, research based information from Extension educators and experts. 

After successful completion of the training program, each Master Gardener will volunteer 40 hours to a community gardening project such as planting and maintaining a vegetable variety trial, designing and creating a mobile display to be used at fairs and other public functions, or answering public calls and requests for gardening information. 

Master Gardeners become a part of a nationwide Cooperative Extension effort to train one another on best gardening practices and are recognized as well-trained practitioners who serve and beautify their communities.  They are linked to a professional network of support through county, state and national Cooperative Extension offices.

 The 2013 program will focus on garden vegetables, small fruits and trees fruits. The course will cover topics such as: soil science, composting and fertilizing, botany, growing nightshades vegetables, plant health and many other aspects of plant management. 

The program will be held as a distance education opportunity on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm beginning September 10th at the Cooperative Extension Houlton Office in Aroostook.  The live feed will originate out of our PiscataquisCounty office.

The program fees are based on your annual household income


Annual household income

Program Fee

$40,000 or less


$40,001 – $70,000


$70,001 or more


Note: This information will be confidential

 The fee is due on the first day of class following acceptance in the program. If the fee is a barrier to a participant, please contact the county Master Gardener Coordinator. Limited scholarships are available.

 For more information or to request an application, please call the Piscataquis County Extension Office at 564-3301 or 1-800-287-1491.  Applications are due September 6th, 2013. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Under University Policy, Federal and State of Maine Laws, participants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations that will allow them access to UMaine Extension programs. If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations please call Ana Bonstedt at the Piscataquis County Extension Office at 1-800-287-1491 or TDD: 1-800-287-8957 to discuss your needs. Request for accommodation should be submitted at least 10 days before the program begins, a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted. Our goal is to enable the public to participate in this program. Cooperative Extension provides equal opportunities in programs.

Coffin Talks about Pigs for BDN Article on Escaped Hog

The Bangor Daily News spoke with Donna Coffin, educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, about pig habits for an article on a 140-pound black guinea hog who escaped into the Aroostook woods on its way to a slaughterhouse. Coffin said pigs are omnivores and if they can find a dry shelter with access to water, they could survive the winter in the wild. She also said the pig could be more cautious of people the longer it is on its own, but could be enticed with bait.

4-H Fair Participation Focus of Articles

The Bangor Daily News and WABI (Channel 5) included articles on the presence of 4-H members at local fairs. Members of 4-H, the youth development branch of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, celebrated the group’s 100th birthday at the Bangor State Fair and displayed results of hard work at the Northern Maine Fair in Presque Isle.

Progressive Dairyman Publishes Cyr, Johnson Article on Harvesting Forage Safely

Canada-based Progressive Dairyman published an article on harvesting forage safely by University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Steven Johnson, crops specialist, and Dawna Cyr, farm safety project assistant. The article originally appeared in Progressive Forage Grower magazine.

New UMaine Extension Resource: Grains & Oilseeds Website!

Small grains have long played an important role in Maine agriculture, and their value is increasing with new and local markets for a greater variety of grains. You will find information on growing small grains and oilseeds for feed, food, and energy at the new UMaine Extension Grains & Oilseeds website.

The Maine Grain and Oilseed Newsletter provides production and research information to Maine’s grain and oilseed producers. Information includes tips on production, fertility, marketing, pest management, and more.

Image Description: Clean, dry grain, ready for storage

Four Season Forward

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Conlogue’s 100 Ross Ridge Rd, Littleton

The Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District Presents:

Four Season Forward
Producing Year- Round Crops Using High Tunnels, Low Tunnels, and Quick-Hoops with Clara Coleman

Potluck lunch (as was common in the days of old, please bring your own plates and utensils to help us minimize waste)  Beverages provided

For more information

Dwyer Quoted in St. John Valley Times Article on Borer Traps

Jim Dwyer, crops specialist working with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s potato Integrated Pest Management program, spoke with the St. John Valley Times about placing 20 European corn borer traps alongside potato fields in the St. John Valley. The traps use a pheromone to attract male moths, which can cause problems for potato crops. The moths are then counted and collected, Dwyer said.


Donate Now

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Contact Information

Cooperative Extension in Aroostook County
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System