Archive for 2006

Engineering Honor Society to Induct Eight

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — Eight University of Maine-educated engineers, including a UMaine Facilities Management project manager and the founder of a high-tech business based on his student research, will join UMaine’s prestigious Francis Crowe Society as distinguished engineers on Friday, Dec. 15. The induction is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium in the Engineering and Science Building.

Francis Crowe Society Distinguished Engineers are UMaine graduates who have achieve notable success in engineering careers and significant contributors to their communities. The society is named for Crowe, a 1905 UMaine graduate whose accomplishments included the construction of 19 major dams in the Western U.S. between 1904 and 1944.

The society is open to all UMaine engineering graduates. In addition to the eight new Distinguished Engineers, Friday’s ceremony will include recent graduates, some 50 of whom have been invited to the event.

“UMaine engineering has a long and proud history,” says Dana Humphrey, the college’s interim dean. “From the days when Frank Crowe was engineering the great dams that changed the face of the American west through today, our graduates have made a real difference. The new Distinguished Engineers are outstanding role models for our current students. We are proud of their accomplishments as leaders in business and academia.”

Listed alphabetically, the new Distinguished Engineers are:

Christopher Frank, CEO and Founder of Intelligent Spatial Technologies, Inc., a business he developed from his UMaine engineering research

Victor Jipson, Vice President of Systems and Solution Engineering, Adaptec, Inc.

Carolyn McDonough, Project Manager, University of Maine Facilities Management

Wendy Porter, Director of Environmental Management, InterfaceFABRIC

Kenneth Priest II, President, Kenway Corporation

Timothy Sommers, Project Engineer, Pizzagalli Construction

A. Richard Viannozi, a faculty member at Wentworth Institute of Technology

David Walker, Corporate Facilities Engineer, InterfaceFABRIC

Traveling Cohen Papers Exhibit Now in Bangor

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Contact: Paige Lilly, (207) 581-2665

ORONO — The new traveling exhibit extracted from the University of Maine’s William S. Cohen Papers collection, featuring facsimiles of photographs, handwritten notes, speeches and campaign memorabilia from the former congressman’s political papers, currently is on display at the Bangor Public Library through Jan. 17.

The exhibit illuminates the way Congress was designed to work and what politicians actually do on a day-to-day basis in Washington, as documented by the Bangor native and former U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Titled “Cohen, Congress and Controversy: Rediscovering Civics in the Archives,” the six-panel exhibit is intended to bring the legislative branch into focus. Topics include Bill Cohen’s successful 1972 bid for Maine’s second congressional district seat, the powers of Congress granted by the Constitution, the busy life of a senator as portrayed in Cohen’s book about his first year there, and the oversight role of Congress, illustrated with documents from the Watergate and Iran-Contra investigations.

The freestanding exhibit includes interactive panels designed to appeal to young children.

“The Cohen Papers are open for research,” says Raymond H. Fogler Library Dean Joyce Rumery. “This traveling exhibit invites people all across Maine to glimpse the richness of the collection.”

In 1996, Cohen donated his political papers and 1,500 boxes of documents and photographs to Fogler Library’s Special Collections. In 2001, he added a selection of Department of Defense material on 16 compact disks. The University of Maine’s College of Business, Public Policy and Health also is home to the William S. Cohen Center for International Policy and Commerce.

The exhibit has traveled to venues along the route of Cohen’s celebrated 1972 campaign walk from the New Hampshire border to Fort Kent. The first stop was the Bethel Historical Society, on July 25. The exhibit moved to the Wilton Free Public Library in early September, and to the Lewiston Public Library in October.

After Jan. 17, the exhibit returns to the Orono campus, where it will be displayed from Jan. 17 through Feb. 7 on the second floor balcony of the D.P. Corbett Business Building. From Feb. 7 through March 1, the exhibit will be displayed in the lobby area of Fogler Library’s mall entrance.

More information about the exhibit and its schedule can be obtained at or by calling Paige Lilly at (207) 581-2665, or emailing to

Weinberger Named to UMaine Post

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — Steven Weinberger, an executive with 25 years of experience in personnel, labor relations and benefits, has been named Assistant Vice President for Human Resources at the University of Maine.  A Connecticut native who most recently worked as executive director of the 18,000-member United Faculty of Florida bargaining unit, Weinberger started at UMaine on Dec. 4.

“Steve brings a wealth of relevant experience to this new role at UMaine,” says Janet Waldron, UMaine’s vice president for administration and finance.  “Human resources is a complex enterprise, and I am certain that the entire operation will thrive under Steve’s leadership.  He has an enviable track record of innovative leadership and professional achievement.”

Catherine Pease has served as UMaine’s interim director of human resources since April 1, 2004.  She remain in a human resources leadership role, working on personnel issues and three departmental strategic focus areas: family-friendly workplace policies, emergency assistance planning, and professional development issues.

“Catherine has done a wonderful job leading this department for more than two years, and I am deeply appreciative of her outstanding work,” says Waldron.  “We are fortunate to have her continuing as a highly valued member of our team.”

In addition to his work with the Florida faculty union, Weinberger has held human resource-related management posts with the Connecticut State Comptroller’s Office, the Connecticut State Office of Labor Relations and the Broome County (N.Y.) Personnel Department.  Following graduation from the University of Miami School of Law in 1977, he worked as an attorney for the New York City Council and for the Westchester County Law Department.  Weinberger has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Teikyo Post University and Albertus Magnus College, both in Connecticut.

UMaine Peace Studies Coordinating Delegation to Venezuela

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Contact: Barbara Blazej, 581-2625; George Manlove, 581-3756

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine Peace Studies Program, in conjunction with Witness for Peace, is inviting anyone who is interested to join a delegation to Venezuela March 4-13, 2007.

The trip, which focuses on the theme “Exploring the Complexities of the New Venezuela,” “comes at a historic time to bear witness to the dramatic changes taking place in our hemisphere,” says Barbara Blazej, an instructor in the Peace Studies Program who is coordinating the trip.

Previous delegations organized by UMaine Peace Studies have attracted participants from around New England and beyond. “We’d love to have a broad range of people coming on these delegations,” Blazej says.

Venezuela, one of the northern-most countries in South America, represents an interesting and challenging new chapter in the history of the United States’ relationship with Latin America. Nearly 200 years ago, independence movements swept through Latin America to rid the Western Hemisphere of European colonialism, led and inspired by revolutionary leader Sim

Brewer Students to Visit UMaine Papermaking as Part of Mill History Project

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Contact: Pauleena MacDougall, 581-1848; George Manlove, 581-3756

ORONO — After studying and touring the closed and functionally abandoned Eastern Fine Paper mill as part of their “Save Our History” project, about 90 Brewer Middle School students are scheduled see a modern paper-making operation during a visit Tuesday to the University of Maine.

Three groups of about 30 students will tour the paper-making operation in Jenness Hall at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., and will have a chance to participate in making sample sheets of paper, according to Pauleena MacDougall, associate director of the university’s Folklife Center, and Proserfina Bennett, managing director of the Process Development Center in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

The “Save Our History” project is an educational outreach project coordinated by the Maine Folklife Center at UMaine. It involves introducing the Brewer Middle School students to methods of preserving the history of Brewer’s now-closed Eastern Fine Paper mill through the stories and memories of former millworkers. The Folklife Center also has been conducting broader oral history research with former millworkers at other Maine paper mills in Old Town, Bucksport, Millinocket and Lincoln, in addition to Eastern Fine. The Bucksport mill is one of a handful in Maine that continues to operate.

With assistance from the Folklife Center, the Brewer students have been doing their own research since September for a class project on Eastern Fine and a group of its former employees. They visited the mill during the fall.

“When we toured the mill, it was dark and the students had to use flashlights,” MacDougall says. Touring the Orono research facility, “is an opportunity for them to see how paper was made in the Brewer mill.”

Students in Brewer Middle School teacher Richard Kimball’s seventh-grade class have made video recordings of former workers, photographed the mill inside and out, drawn floor plans and drafted news releases to recruit former millworkers with mill stories to share.

The Folklife Center has documented stories from millworkers, collected articles from mill publications dating back as far as 1880 and recorded their work as it progresses on DVD and on the Folklife Center website (

Since its inception, the project has received grants from the Maine Humanities Council, the UMaine Women in the Curriculum program, and a $10,000 grant from The History Channel’s “Save Our History” grant initiative, which funds the center’s work with the Brewer school students.

MacDougall says the purpose of taking the paper mill research into the public schools is to help students understand the importance and methods of historic preservation.

The experiential nature of the research makes the project more memorable for the students, and also will introduce them to the work being done at the Folklife Center, she says.

More information about the oral history and research into former paper mill employees’ experiences can be obtained by visiting the website or call the center at (207) 581-1891.

Student Group Raising Funds for Crossroads

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — University of Maine student leaders who participate in Alternative Spring Break (ASB) community service programs all around the country are planning a week-long fundraiser to benefit an organization that serves local communities.

The second annual ASB Camp-in for Crossroads starts at 8 a.m. Sunday Dec. 10 in UMaine’s Memorial Union, continuing until midnight Saturday Dec. 16. Students will staff the indoor “campsite” round-the -clock during the week, seeking cash donations from those who pass by their location. The money raised will support community assistance activities at Crossroads Resource Center in Old Town.

ASB students spend their spring break in March working as part of a national program that brings volunteers to important service projects around the U.S. UMaine participation in ASB is growing each year.

Fellowships Worth Up to $24,000 Available for Future Teachers

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Contact: Prof. Mark Brewer at 581-1863

ORONO — The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, a federally endowed and privately funded program designed to strengthen instruction about the Constitution in the nation’s schools, will award generous fellowships in 2007 for master’s degree level graduate study of the framing and history of the U.S. Constitution. College seniors and college graduates who intend to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies are eligible for the fellowships.

Through a nationwide competition, James Madison Fellowships will be awarded to at least one legal resident of each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the other U.S territories. After completing study under their fellowships, James Madison Fellows are required to teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for a minimum of one year for each academic year of graduate assistance they receive.

Fellowships carry a maximum stipend of $24,000 for up to two years of full-time study for college graduates, which is used to cover the costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board.

Fellows must enroll in graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in American history, political science, or education offered by any accredited U.S. university. Participation in an accredited four-week Summer Institute held at Georgetown University on the principles, framing, ratification and implementation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights is required of all Fellows, normally during the summer after the commencement of study. Fellows’ attendance at the Summer Institute is paid for by the Madison Foundation.

Details about the program may be obtained on campus from Prof. Mark Brewer of the UMaine Dept. of Political Science or from the James Madison Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4030; telephone 1-800-525-6928, 8: 30 a.m.-5 p.m., central time; e-mail The 2007 James Madison Fellowship application must be completed online. The application and supporting materials may be found on the Foundation’s website:

Application materials and all supporting documents must be received by March 1.

Maine Sea Grant Director to Lead National Organization

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Contact: Catherine Schmitt, 581-1434

ORONO, Maine — Paul Anderson, director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program, has been elected president of the Sea Grant Association, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the Sea Grant program concept.

Through membership in the Sea Grant Association, the University of Maine and other academic institutions that participate in the National Sea Grant College Program have a means to coordinate their activities and set Sea Grant program priorities at both the regional and national level. “Paul’s knowledge of the issues and his ability to forge consensus among diverse partners and stakeholders speaks volumes for his future success as president. I’m certain he’ll be an exceptional leader for the Sea Grant Association and look forward to working with him over the next two years,” said outgoing president Jonathan Kramer, director of Maryland Sea Grant.

As chief executive and chief operating officer of the Sea Grant Association, Anderson will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s government relations activities, as well as providing the association’s unified voice on issues of importance to the oceans and coasts.

“There is broad, national enthusiasm for the unique Sea Grant structure that links university research with education and outreach, and as president of the SGA, I hope to continue to share our successes and to promote Sea Grant as a major contributor in addressing America’s coastal challenges,” Anderson said. Before joining Sea Grant in 1999, Anderson directed the Maine Department of Marine Resources Public Health Division, where he focused on environmental monitoring for seafood safety. Anderson also leads the Marine Extension Team, a group of 10 Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension staff members located along the Maine coast from Eastport to Wells. The Marine Extension Team helps coastal communities gain the capacity to make informed decisions on the sustainable management of coastal and marine resources.

Sea Grant is a national network of 30 programs that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Maine Sea Grant College Program is based at the University of Maine and has a mission of supporting marine science education, research, and outreach.

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Extension Publication Explains Use of Rain Gardens to Filter Runoff

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Contact: Laura Wilson 207-581-2971,

ORONO–University of Maine Cooperative Extension has published a new bulletin, Adding a Rain Garden to Your Landscape,

UMaine MBA/MSA Association Elects New Officers

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Contact: Rich Grant, 581-1971; George Manlove, 581-3756

ORONO — The MBA/MSA Association of the Maine Business School at the University of Maine elected new officers in November for 2007.

All are students in the master of business administration or master of science in accounting program.

Bangor native Steve Parlee, who works as a distribution supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service center in Hampden, was elected president. Parlee earned undergraduate degrees from UMaine in 1994, in political science and sociology. He succeeds outgoing president Jaime Call-Laliberte of Bangor.

Peter Harriman of Stillwater was elected vice president of networking and social interaction. He received an undergraduate degree in political science from UMaine in 2002, and most recently worked for U.S. Cellular.

Steve Fortune was elected vice president of learning and professional development. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Fortune earned his undergraduate degree in electrical and computer engineering at UMaine in spring 2006.

Courtlandt McKinlay of Cheshire, Conn., was elected vice president of community involvement. She earned an undergraduate degree in communication from Boston University in 2005.

Before electing new officers, the association approved several changes in the organizational structure of the group, whose mission is described as “providing personal and professional exploration opportunities for business graduate students, via seminars, collaborative activities, meetings and social events.”

The original configuration, which included a president, vice president and secretary/treasurer, was changed to operate under a president, vice president of networking and social interaction, vice president of learning and professional development and vice president of community involvement.