Archive for 2004

Engineering Awards Recognize UMaine Students, Staff and Faculty

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Contact: Nick Houtman, Dept. of Public Affairs, 207-581-3777,

ORONO– Graduate students from Surry and Orono and an administrative assistant from Eddington joined engineering professors from Old Town and Orono in receiving awards from the University of Maine College of Engineering on November 5. The College held its 25th annual Edward T. Bryand Recognition Banquet at Penobscot Valley Country Club.

Karen Merritt of Surry received the college’s 2004 Graduate Research Assistant Award. A recipient of a highly competitive three-year fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Merritt is working with Aria Amirbahman, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, on technology to improve mercury detection in sediments. She presented her work on Capitol Hill in October and has received additional research funding from the Sea Grant College Program.

Linda Liscomb of Eddington, administrative assistant in the School of Engineering Technology, won the Leila S. Lowell Award for service to the school. Since coming to UMaine in 1998, she has worked closely with students, faculty, and alumni and is known and appreciated for her courtesy and her prompt resolution of issues. Liscomb’s work with graduate and alumni databases is a critical component of the school’s assessment processes, continuous improvement plan and strategic initiatives.

Edwin Nagy of Orono received the Graduate Assistant Teaching Award. A Ph.D. student in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nagy’s innovative work in 3D imaging of material microstructure has led to five refereed journal publications. He has taught courses in steel design, timber design and general graphical design in structural engineering. Nagy has worked as a structural engineer in Arizona and brings his experience to the classroom where students have praised his enthusiasm and rigorous approach.

Mauricio Pereira da Cunha of Orono received the Early Career Research Award. Pereira da Cunha studies a new class of electronic sensors based on langasite crystals. He has received more than $3 million in research grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In addition to conducting research that has garnered the attention of the international scientific and engineering community, he has integrated his research into his undergraduate and graduate classes, inspiring the next generation of electrical and computer engineers.

Jean MacRae of Orono received the Early Career Teaching Award. She applies expertise in biological approaches to environmental engineering problems and teaches a required course in environmental engineering. Using a variety of leading edge teaching techniques, such as cooperative and active learning exercises, she has raised the level of interest in environmental engineering among UMaine students. She has also been one of the university’s strongest promoters of the Center for Teaching Excellence. She has led Learning Circles and organized workshops on topics such as “Identifying Techniques to Help At-Risk Students” and “Challenges Facing Women Teaching Primarily Men.” She is working with Bangor area teachers to incorporate arsenic and water quality issues into middle school science and high school chemistry classes.

Douglas Ruthven of Old Town received the College’s Ashley S. Campbell Award, given to the faculty member whose achievements have brought distinction to the engineering profession and education. Ruthven is the world’s leading expert on the adsorption and diffusion in molecular sieve zeolite and other adsorbants that are important in catalysis and chemical reaction engineering. He has authored numerous publications and has presented hundreds of invited lectures over his career. His textbook “Principles of Adsorption and Adsorption Processes,” published in 1983, remains the standard reference text in this field.

Doug Hall, UMaine graduate (Chemical Engineering, 1981) and resident of Newtown, Ohio, received the Edward T. Bryand Distinguished Engineering Award. Hall has distinguished himself as a triumphant entrepreneur and master inventor. Corporations turn to him to revitalize their products. An engineer at heart, Hall works on pinpointing principles, systems, and marketing approaches underlying the capitalist creativity. He turned his creativity guru practice into the Trailblazer Training Business. Today, in addition to his work with large corporations, Doug uses his Merwyn Technology, an artificial intelligence system to help small businesses and non-profits around the world. His interest in the creative process led to his first book, Jump Start Your Brain (1995). It was followed by Making the Courage Connection and Jump Start Your Business Brain in 2001 and Meaningful Marketing in 2003.

UMaine Professor Kevin Boyle Honored by the Carnegie Foundation

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has named University of Maine Professor of Resource Economics and Policy Kevin Boyle the 2004 Maine Professor of the Year.

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) established the Professors of the Year Program in 1981.  CASE works in cooperation with The Carnegie Foundation and various higher education associations to administer the award, nominees for which can be teachers at public or private institutions of higher learning.  Winners are selected based on outstanding teaching, commitment to undergraduate students and influence on teaching.  There is one award winner from each state, along with four national award winners.

“It is rewarding to receive national recognition from such highly-regarded organizations, and to be included with so many accomplished professors from outstanding institutions around the country,” Boyle says.  “This honor also reflects well on UMaine and I am pleased that it draws positive attention to the university and its efforts.”

Boyle is a Presque Isle native and a 1978 UMaine graduate.  He received the 2003 Distinguished Maine Professor Award, presented each year by the alumni association in recognition of faculty achievement.  He currently serves as chair of Resource Economics and Policy.

“We are delighted  that the Carnegie Foundation has recognized Kevin’s outstanding professional contributions,” says Jeffery Mills, UMaine’s vice president for advancement and the president of the University of Maine Alumni Association.  “It is particularly gratifying to see one of our own receive this distinguished honor. Kevin’s achievements are in the proud tradition of UMaine alumni who have achieved great things in their professional lives.”  The alumni association nominated Boyle for this award.

A leading environmental economist, Boyle is an expert on the development of statistical models to estimate the economic values people assign to natural resources and environmental quality.  The author of over 150 published research papers, Boyle has also devoted a great deal of time to sharing his expertise with government agencies and environmental groups.  Applications of Boyle’s research can be found in  studies of wildlife — fishing, hunting,  non-consumptive uses of wildlife, and the protection of  endangered species; water quality — surface water  and ground water; forest ecosystem protection; and  land-use change. As an expert in these natural resource  areas, Boyle is frequently tapped by federal and Maine  agencies for policy advice.

“I’ve always felt pretty lucky to be able to be here, to be working on the faculty and to be able to make a contribution to the state,” Boyle says.  “My work is based on trying to do things intended to improve environmental and economic conditions for the people of Maine. This award suggests that those efforts are meeting with some success.  The message is that you can be a scared kid from the County coming here to go to school, and you can end up doing well.”

Boyle earned a master’s degree from Oregon State and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.  He joined the UMaine faculty in 1986.

“The key thing about my philosophy is that UMaine should be student-oriented, whether in teaching, research or outreach,” Boyle says. “I see all three as being woven together.  I try to bring research and practical work to the classroom and get my students involved in research and outreach activities.  That effort is central to my approach.”

“Kevin exemplifies what it means to be a scholar at a modern land-grant university,” says UMaine Interim President Robert Kennedy.  “His teaching inspires students to excel, while his research and public engagement activities have a real impact on our understanding of the use of our natural resources, an issue that is critical to the future of our state.”

Students to Create, Share Stories at Statewide Rally

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Contact: Kay Hyatt (207) 581-2761

ORONO– Upward Bound students from around the state will be at the University of Maine Nov-20-21 for the annual state rally. The approximately 175 high school students will be participating in a series of workshops, performances and activities reflecting the rally’s theme of “Story and Story Telling” and designed to build common ground among the students. 

Activities will emphasize that each student has a story worth telling, that there is value in listening to one another’s stories and that they have the power to create their own life story. Storyteller Jennifer Armstrong of Belfast will be the featured speaker  on Saturday. Her talk begins at 6 p.m. in 101 Neville Hall.

The students will represent Upward Bound programs at UMaine, Bowdoin College, UM-Presque Isle, UM-Farmington and the University of Southern Maine. Upward Bound is a federally funded educational opportunity program for high school students from low-income, first-generation college families. Its goal is to help these students succeed in higher education. Participation is year-round with service to students in their schools, as well as a summer residential academic program on participating campuses.

An agenda follows, and media are welcome to all activities. UMaine Upward Bound counselor Nathan Larlee is the media contact for the weekend event.


Saturday, November 20

  • 11:30 –12        Registration

  • 12 — 1              Lunch (Student Union Marketplace)

  • 1-1:15              Welcoming Announcements — 101 Neville Hall

  • 1:15-1:30         Performance by UM-Farmington students (video) — 101 Neville Hall

  • 1:30-2              Discussion — Introduction to weekend theme– 101 Neville Hall

  • 2-4                   College tour across campus  (leave from Neville Hall) UMaine, Husson, EMCC

  • 4 — 6                Check into lodging and go out to dinner

  • 6-7                   Special Performance — Jennifer Armstrong — 101 Neville Hall

  • 7 — 9                Small group / large group story sharing activity, Field House, Memorial Gym

  • 9                      Open Gym, pool time, pizza party, karaoke, Field house, Memorial Gym

  • 11                    Back to Lodging

Sunday, November 21

  • 7:30-8:30         Breakfast at Governors

  • 8:30-9              Morning meeting (readings by staff), 101 Neville Hall

  • 9-11                 Morning Workshops, 101 Neville Hall

  • 11-11:30          Return and present to whole group

  • 11:30-12:15     Closing Performance — 101 Neville Hall

  • 12:15               Adjourn

Workshops Link Local Food Producers, Retailers and Farmers

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Contact: Andrew Files, Dept. of Resource Economics and Policy, 207-581-3108,

ORONO–University of Maine researchers will host a series of workshops in December and January on creating networks to improve community marketing of locally grown foods. In eight workshops throughout the state, they will meet with farmers, food producers and retailers to discuss opportunities to make local foods more available to consumers.

Researchers are working with support from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. One of their goals is to identify up to four groups that can benefit from technical assistance through UMaine Cooperative Extension and the Small Business Development Centers of Maine.

Their work proceeds as a state Task Force on Local Agriculture Development continues its efforts to enhance economic development through support for local agriculture.

Farmers, food producers and retailers are welcome to attend the sessions that are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. More information is available from Andrew Files, associate scientist in the UMaine Dept. of Resource Economics and Policy, at 207-581-3108.

The date, time and location of the eight workshops are as follows:

  • Thursday, December 2, 2004 — 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    The Blue Bird Ranch Restaurant, Machias

  • Thursday, December 9, 2004 — 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Caribou Inn and Convention Center, Caribou

  • Tuesday, December 14, 2004 — 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Buxton Town Office, Buxton

  • Friday, December 17, 2004 — 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Oxford County UMaine Cooperative Extension Office, Oxford

  • Thursday, January 6, 2005 — 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Somerset County UMaine Cooperative Extension Office, Skowhegan

  • Friday, January 7, 2005 — 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Penquis Higher Education Center, 50 Mayo Street, Dover-Foxcroft

  • Thursday, January 20, 2005 — 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Hutchinson Center, Room 105, Belfast

  • Thursday, January 27, 2005 — 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Damariscotta Fire Station, Damariscotta

UMaine, Hampden Academy Symphonic Bands to Perform Nov. 17 at MCA

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Contact: George Manlove at (207) 581-3756

ORONO — The University of Maine Symphonic Band will share the stage at the Maine Center for the Arts Nov. 17 with Hampden Academy musicians as UMaine Director of Bands Curvin Farnham presents the fall symphonic band concert.

Hampden Academy’s symphonic band will open the program at 7:30 p.m. at Hutchins Hall. The UMaine symphonic band will perform second on the program after a brief intermission.

The Hampden symphonic band, under the direction of Patrick Michaud, will present a program of traditional band music including, “Rise of the Firebird” by Steven Reineke, “Adagio” by David Holsinger and “Chorale and Capriccio” by Ceasar Giovannini.      

After intermission, the UMaine symphonic band will perform a program of band literature selected from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The program includes “Pacific Commemoration” by Mark Camphouse, “Trauersinfonie” by Richard Wagner and “To Tame the Perilous Skies” by David Holsinger.

The program’s musical range includes the somber funeral processional, “Trauersinfonie,” in honor of German composer Carl Von Weber, whose body was moved in 1884 — 18 years after his death — from London to Germany for a grand ceremonial burial, to “Pacific Commemoration,” composed to represent the past and future of Pacific University in Oregon. The second half of the piece, representing the university’s future, is a vibrant and optimistic fanfare, according to Farnham. A spirited march by turn-of-the-century Pennsylvania composer Frank Panella, “On the Square,” also is on the program. The piece was played by the U.S. Army Band on the field of the 1924 World Series baseball games.

Holsinger wrote “To Tame the Perilous Skies” for the 564th Tactical Command air force band at Langley Air Force Base and provides musical insight into the “dangers and excitement faced by military aviators as they ‘tame the perilous skies,’” Farnham says.

Farnham says the program offers exciting and entertaining music from both symphonic bands and also is a great opportunity for the university to share one of Maine’s finest concert halls with local school musicians and to expose the students to UMaine’s talented and well-practiced musicians.

UMaine graduate students of conducting Gina M. Provenzano of Blue Hill and Dean Paquette of Ellsworth will be assistant conductors for the university symphonic band.

Concert admission is $6. Ticket information is available at the Maine Center for the Arts box office at (207) 481-1755.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony to Commemorate 1943 UMaine Army Unit

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Contact: Steve Adam, (207) 581-2262; George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

ORONO — A special Veteran’s Day memorial ceremony will be observed Thursday, Nov. 11 at the University of Maine to commemorate the addition of newly discovered names of World War II casualties who attended UMaine in 1943 as part of a specialized U.S. Army training program.

A plaque bearing the names of former Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) members will be hung near a plaque bearing 52 original names put up in a Veteran’s Day commemoration in 2002.

ASTP veteran Robert McKinney of Old Town will formally present the plaque to UMaine Interim Provost John Mahon. Also representing UMaine at the presentation will be Larryl Matthews, dean of the College of Engineering, and Maj. Diane Dunn, executive officer of UMaine ROTC.

The informal public ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the lobby outside the Minsky Recital Hall auditorium in the Class of 1944 Hall, where the original plaque is displayed.

The ASTP originated when the U.S. Army sent soldiers to various colleges to learn special war skills. The detachment assigned to UMaine was designated as the “pre-radar” group, and arrived on campus beginning in the summer of 1943 to study electrical engineering and other related disciplines. Army records list the maximum number of ASTP soldiers at UMaine was 516.

In March of 1944, the army decided need for infantry replacements was more pressing than the need for technical specialties, so the army disbanded the ASTP and sent detachments to combat units in Europe. Most of the UMaine ASTP troops first went to Tennessee to join the 104th Infantry Regiment and the 26th Infantry Division (Yankee Division). 

Between 1944 and 1945, more than 10 percent of the UMaine ASTP soldiers were killed in action, with as many as 75 percent wounded, in historic campaigns that included the Battle of the Bulge and the crossing of the Rhine River.

In 2002, the UMaine College of Engineering hosted a reunion for the surviving ASTP members who began their service in Orono. About 60 ASTP veterans attended, many seeing each other for the first time since the unit disbanded.

The reunion included a memorial service in which a plaque was presented to the university commemorating the names of 52 UMaine ASTP veterans identified as killed in action. Since then, surviving ASTP members have located the names of several additional members who were killed in World War II.

Additional information is available by calling Steve Adam, advancement officer, UMaine College of Engineering, at (207) 581-2262.

UMaine Touted as Economic Engine as Conference Takes Up Business Climate

Monday, November 8th, 2004

Contact: George Manlove at (207) 581-3756

ORONO — As the state of Maine struggles to replace its withering manufacturing-based economy and stem the flow of young people to out-of-state jobs, UMaine interim President Robert A. Kennedy stresses the importance of the university as an economic engine driving job creation and spawning economic research to help lead the state through troubling times.

“The University of Maine is very much a part of the economic engine and economic vitality and economic future of the state,” Kennedy says. “Two-thousand faculty and staff help the university meet the responsibilities for outreach and research.”

Kennedy delivered his comments to about 80 business leaders, economic developers and state and regional policy-makers at an Oct. 21 business and economic climate conference sponsored by the UMaine Department of Resource Economics and Policy (REP).

Kennedy cites the recent creation of six new companies that grew from university research projects, specifically four that resulted from student research.

The university’s contributions, though, are “more than the figures,” Kennedy says. “It’s much more than the multipliers. It’s about the students.”

Students at UMaine have opportunities to engage in both scholarship and research, he says. “So many of our students are working side by side with our faculty. 

And faculty research benefits policy-makers and others. For instance, the Department of Resource Economics and Policy has in the last few years published evaluations of economic influences ranging from clean water in Maine to the emerging biotechnology industry and, more recently, the Palesky tax cap referendum.

The day-long event held at the Lucerne Inn in Holden was the first conference sponsored by the department on Maine’s business and economic climate. Speakers and discussion panelists outlined strategies to help business and industry make the most of a sagging economy.

Next year’s conference already is being planned.

“We are going to do another one next year,” says Kevin Boyle, chair of the Department of Resource Economics and Policy. “Our plan from the beginning was to make this an annual event, and plenty of people came up to me and said this is great and should have been done before.”

Boyle says in addition to being educational for participants, the conference allows the university and Resource Economic Department to share its expertise with the business community.

“I think we have a good department that is known outside of Maine, but not necessarily in Maine,” he says. “I think we have important research going on and I wanted to make people more aware of it.”

Co-organizers James McConnon, an REP associate professor and small business specialist with UMaine Cooperative Extension, and Todd Gabe, assistant professor in resource economics and policy, wanted to hear first-hand from the conference audience which economics issues are important to them. That will help steer future UMaine economic research.

The survey also will help develop a theme for next year’s conference, Gabe says.

In his keynote address, speaker Mark Drabenstott, vice-president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and director of its Center for the Study of Rural America, cited examples of rural communities in the Midwest and plains states identifying and developing business niches and creating economic partnerships to promote them.

Drabenstott suggests that Maine can do more with its wildlife recreation industry, which contributes $759 million annually to the Maine economy. With nearly half of that coming from wildlife watchers, Drabenstott quipped, “Those Audubon people are quiet, but they spend money.”

Andy Shepard, president of the Maine Winter Sports Center in northern Maine, owners of six community-based ski areas around the state, was one of the business owners in the audience pleased to hear about research possibilities in tourism and nature-based industries.

 “Looking at tourism is a very positive step and it’s very critical that the university try to figure out what the issues are and how to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves,” he says. 

Other conference speakers included Daniel Innis, dean of the UMaine College of Business, Public Policy and Health, who cited the success of West Virginia, a rural state with economic challenges like Maine’s, but which developed a successful business niche in the automobile industry.

Innis also believes Maine must do a better job of boosting young people’s aspirations and create the type of economies that will keep them in the state.

Gabe and Boyle discussed research findings, Boyle on the subject of economics and land use change, and Gabe on tourism development in Maine. Gregory White, also an REP professor, discussed his research on the impact of grocery stores in rural Maine.

Panelists included Robert Baldacci of Pierce Atwood, LLP, Jonathan Daniels of Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Laurie Lachance president of the Maine Development Foundation in Augusta and former state economist., Michael Starn of the Maine Municipal Association and Steve Deller, an economist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and formerly a faculty member with the UMaine Department of Resource Economics and Policy.

Other organizers included faculty members Tai Cheng and Tom Allen of REP.

UMaine Business School to Host Open House Nov. 17

Monday, November 8th, 2004

Contact: Richard Grant, 581-1973

ORONO — The University of Maine Business School invites the public to an open house Nov. 17 to learn more about its business graduate programs, which could be tickets to new career opportunities.

Some of the business school faculty members will be on hand from 5-7 p.m. in the Donald P. Corbett Business Building to answer questions and describe recent improvements to the Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Accounting programs, says Richard A. Grant, director of business graduate programs at UMaine.

The open house will be of interest to college seniors and people from the surrounding communities considering coming back to school for a graduate degree. A short presentation on the benefits of the two graduate degree programs is scheduled at 5:45 p.m.

“For people looking to pursue a career in business, an MBA is extremely important,” Grant says. “Especially in view of the new components of the graduate programs, which we redesigned to get students working sooner with practical experiences, helping real businesses with real business problems.” 

In the fall of 2004, the UMaine business school revised its MBA program to place heavier emphasis on hands-on learning, teamwork and leadership development. Three new experiential courses — a residency week, an international business project and an internship — added more of the practical experiences that business leaders say gives students an edge in today’s competitive job market.

“Our MBA program produces graduates with practical business skills and a global perspective,” Grant says. “More importantly, it produces business leaders who can think strategically and critically, who can inspire and lead and who can create and convey a vision.”

The Maine Business School meets and exceeds standards set by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), which has accredited the business school since 1974.

Light refreshments will be served. Please call Chris Hockensmith at (207) 581-1973 or email the business school at: for more information. The business school website is:

Coverage Details Related to Tuesday’s Bob Kerrey Lecture at UMaine

Sunday, November 7th, 2004

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — Bob Kerrey, the former Nebraska governor and U.S. Senator who currently serves as president of New School University in New York City, will visit the University of Maine on Tuesday, Nov. 9.  In an 11 a.m. appearance at the Maine Center for the Arts, Kerrey will deliver the second talk in the Governor’s Distinguished Lecture Series, a collaborative effort of Gov. John Baldacci’s office and the University of Maine.  New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson delivered the inaugural lecture in October 2003.

Kerrey, who will be introduced by Baldacci and UMaine Interim President Robert Kennedy, will discuss “Inside the 9/11 Commission: How Safe Were We?  How Safe Are We?  How Safe Can We Be?”  Kerrey served as a member of the commission, which recently released a well-received report.  Kerrey has autographed several copies of the report, which will be for sale at the lecture for $7 each.

Some details that may be of interest to news organizations covering the event:

  • Seats will be reserved for reporters in the back row of the lower section of the Hutchins Concert Hall;

  • The program is expected to take about one hour; it will be followed by a news conference with Kerrey and Baldacci in the Bodwell Lounge (upstairs in the Maine Center for the Arts building);

  • Media parking spaces will be reserved in the parking lot opposite the front doors of the MCA;

  • An audio and video mult box will be available at the back of the lower level, near the facility’s audio board; a UMaine video camera will be placed in the tenth row center; it will feed a signal into the mult box;

  • Photographers will have the opportunity to use the balcony and concert hall side doors to shoot cutaways;

  • A large crowd is expected; reporters are asked to arrive early if possible.

UMaine Canada Week Celebrates Canadian-American Center’s 25th Anniversary

Friday, November 5th, 2004

Contact: George Manlove at (207) 581-3756

ORONO — In celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary, the University of Maine Canadian-American Center will focus its annual Canada Week activities on assessing the state of Canadian studies in the United States.

Planned in conjunction with UMaine’s annual International Week, Nov. 8-12, Canada Week will take a retrospective look at Canadian studies, says Raymond Pelletier, associate director of the Canadian-American Center and associate professor of French.

The public is invited to all events, which are free.

“This is an especially meaningful Canada Week for us,” Pelletier says. “This is the twenty-fifth year that the UMaine Canadian-American Center has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Resource Center.”

The center administers the most extensive Canadian program in the United States, according to Pelletier.

The UMaine Canadian-American Center, located at 154 College Ave., is part of the New England Consortium of the Study of Canada, which includes the University of Vermont and Plattsburgh State University in New York.

With nearly 20 faculty members dedicated to or teaching courses involving Canadian studies, and regular student-faculty field trips to Canada, Pelletier says the UMaine program “is the leading institution for studies on Canada in the country.”

Canada Week is a 25-year-old tradition at UMaine, but this year, teachers, professors, students and the members of the community will discuss how Canadian studies evolved at UMaine and consider future directions for the curriculum, Pelletier says.

“Anybody who’s had anything to do with Canadian studies over the last 25 years is invited to celebrate with us,” he says. Invited guests include members of the Consortium, representatives from the Canadian Consulate in Boston and Quebec Delegation in Boston.

Public events begin Nov. 9 with the Canadian Studies Luncheon and Lecture Program acknowledging the Canadian-American Center’s 25 years as a national resource center on Canada. It’s being held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Mahogany Room at Wells Commons. Reservations are requested by calling (207) 581-4220.

Guest speakers include: George Sulzner, University of Massachusetts professor of political science and president of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, Robert Babcock, UMaine professor emeritus of history, Stephen Hornsby, director of the UMaine Canadian-American Center, and Victor Konrad, former director.

On Nov. 10, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at Bodwell Lounge in the Maine Center for the Arts, as part of the Alice Stewart Graduate Student Lecture Series, speakers include: Hans Carlson, “St. Croix to Stats-Can: Politics and Mapping French History in the Canadian Maritimes;” Sarah Domareki Kazmierczak, “To stay or to go? A literary and historical study of Quebec emigration to New England, 1820-1930″ and Lise Pelletier, “Acadian Renaissance: The Struggle Continues.” A box lunch will be provided. Reservations are requested by calling (207) 581-4220.

On Nov. 12, from 3-6 p.m. in the Bangor Lounge of the Memorial Union, Distinguished Lecturer Allan Greer, professor of history at the University of Toronto, Canadian social historian and former UMaine faculty member, will speak on “Canada in the History of Colonial North America: National, Transnational, and Imperial Approaches.”

On Nov. 18, from 3-5:30 p.m. at Bodwell Lounge, Canada-in-the-Classroom, a K-12 After School Workshop titled “Acadian History and Culture, Two Approaches: Teaching French Fluency, and Teaching with the Explanatory Maps of Saint Croix & Acadia. Refreshments, handouts and continuing education credit will be available. Reservations are requested.

More information about the program is available by calling Betsy Arntzen at the Canadian-American Center, located at 154 College Ave. on the Orono campus, at (207) 581-4225, or by emailing to Additional information also is on the Canadian-American Center website at