Archive for 2008

2008 Holiday Tree Sale to Benefit Forestry, Wildlife Student Scholarships

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Contact: Louis Morin, 481-2854

ORONO — The University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources is holding its longstanding annual holiday tree sale for scholarships through Dec. 14, in front of the Nutting Hall courtyard.

Forestry students expect to sell more than 100 Fraser fir or balsam trees, 4 feet tall and up for $16-$36, says Louis Morin, forest resources instructor. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for forestry and wildlife students’ summer field camp training programs.

The trees, from UMaine alum Toby Hall and his wife Cynthia’s Hall’s Christmas Tree Farm in Sangerville, will be available on campus:

Monday through Thursday, Dec. 1-4 and Dec. 8-11, 3 p.m. to dark;

Friday, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, noon to sunset;

And the weekends of Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14, from 9 a.m. to dark.

For additional information, Morin can be reached at 581-2854. The annual holiday tree sale at UMaine began in the 1950s.

UMaine Cadets to Square Off in Wednesday Game

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — University of Maine Army and Navy ROTC students will play a Wednesday morning flag football game, battling for bragging rights that will last at least until next Saturday’s traditional game between the service academies.

The UMaine game is scheduled for 6 a.m. in UMaine’s Mahaney Dome. The Navy cadets won last year’s game, the first between the UMaine ROTC groups.

Maine Tree Club Offers Outings and Education

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Contact: Amy Witt, 207-780-4205

PORTLAND, Me.– Maine citizens and visitors can learn more about one of the state’s greatest resources by joining the Maine Tree Club, an educational project designed for people of all ages to learn about trees. University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Maine Forest Service and the Pine Tree State Arboretum coordinate the program.

The annual registration fee for the Maine Tree Club is $20 per person, $30 per couple, $35 per family and $65 per group of up to 15. A limited number of Maine Tree Club scholarships are available for those in need. There is no deadline for registration. Request a free informational brochure by calling University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 800-287-1471 or e-mailing

The Maine Tree Club is planning at least three outings around the state in 2009 to get people into the woods for hands-on learning and enjoyment. These outings, guided by experts, are planned for the mountains and coastal regions as well as other parts of Maine. Through these outings and twice-monthly fact sheets featuring various Maine tree species, club members will learn to recognize 50 different types of trees over a period of two years and gain skills that can be applied in their own yards and communities.

Participants receive additional materials including a 10X hand lens for close-up viewing of tree parts, an attractive notebook for the tree species fact sheets, a pocket guide to Maine trees and several practical guides related to tree growth and care.  

Maine’s trees attract tourists by the thousands, support the state economy, and deliver constant inspiration to area artists, poets and naturalists; they are at the root of Maine’s identity. As one Maine Tree Club member states, “the Maine Tree Club has been a great way to reacquaint myself with the trees I grew up with and for so many years was distant from.” 

Annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale at UMaine Dec. 13

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Contact: Gretchen Faulkner, 581-1904
George Manlove, 581-3756

ORONO — The annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration is scheduled at the University of Maine Dec. 13, offering the public a special opportunity to acquire Native American artforms from members of Maine’s four tribes, as well as learn about Maine Indian history and culture through demonstrations of basketmaking, carving and birchbark working techniques, traditional music and storytelling.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UMaine Student Recreation and Fitness Center, more than 40 Maine Indian artists will display and sell hand-crafted fancy baskets and utility baskets, woven as they have been for centuries.

The recent closing of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance gallery and shop in Old Town makes the annual basketmakers sale one of only three opportunities a year to see and purchase authentic, traditional baskets and Wabanaki art. The December sale event has been coordinated and hosted by the UMaine Hudson Museum for 15 years.

The sale and demonstrations are free and open to the public. It is one of the largest Native American gatherings in Maine and it typically attracts hundreds of people from throughout the state and New England, in addition to basket collectors from across the country, according to Gretchen Faulkner, director of the Hudson Museum.

“This annual holiday event features Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot basketmakers, who sell their hand-made, one a kind, ash splint and sweetgrass basketry here on the UMaine campus,” says Faulkner. Work baskets, such as creels, pack and potato baskets and fancy baskets ranging from strawberry- and blueberry-shaped baskets to curly bowls can be found along with porcupine quill jewelry, wood carvings and birch bark work.

Traditional foods served up by the Penobscot Nation Boys and Girls Club, music, traditional drumming and dancing, and demonstrations of brown ash pounding, basketmaking, carving and birchbark work all will be part of the day’s events.

More information can be obtained by calling the Hudson Museum at 581-1904.

A schedule of events follows:

9 a.m. event opens to the public;

9:30 a.m., a welcome with Penobscot Chief Kirk Francis and traditional greeting songs with Watie Akins of the Penobscot Nation;

10-11:30 a.m., a book signing with Kathleen Mundell author of North by Northeast:  Wabanaki, Akwesasne Mohawk, and Tuscarora Traditional Arts;

10 a.m., brown ash pounding and work basket demonstration with Micmac Eldon Hanning;

10:30 a.m., a birch bark container demonstration and talk on maple sugaring with former Penobscot Chief Barry Dana;

11 a.m.-1 p.m., traditional foods, featuring hull corn soup, fry bread and blueberry desserts; Food sales benefit the Penobscot Nation Boys and Girls Club;

12 p.m., traditional Penobscot songs with Penobscot Kelly Demmons;

1 p.m., storytelling with John Bear Mitchell of the Penobscot Nation;

1:30 p.m., carving demonstration with Eric Sappier and Joe “Hugga” Dana, both Penobscots;

2 p.m., fancy basket demonstration with Stuart Tomah, a Passamaquoddy;

2:30-4 p.m., Burnurwurbskek Singers drumming, singing and dancing;

4 p.m., drawing for the Hudson Museum Friends Maine Indian Basket Raffle; this year’s basket is a traditional decorated birch bark container by Barry Dana, a Birch bark artist.  Raffle tickets are $5 each and will be available the day of the event.

More information about the Hudson museum and its programs is available on its website (

Russian Affairs Expert Remington at UMaine Dec. 8

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — Thomas Remington, a Harvard University visiting research scholar and Emory University political science professor, will visit the University of Maine for a Monday Dec. 8 lecture and panel discussion on contemporary Russian political affairs.  The event is scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m. in 100 Donald P. Corbett Business Building.

“Thomas Remington is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts on Russian political affairs in the English-speaking world,” says Prof. James Warhola of the UMaine Dept. of Political Science.

Remington, who has spoken twice at UMaine before, has published numerous works on post-Soviet Russian political affairs.  He travels to Russia and other former Soviet republics on a regular basis to conduct research.

The Dec. 8 program will begin with a public lecture by Remington, who will focus on prospective U.S.-Russian relations under the Obama administration.  A panel discussion featuring Remington and UMaine Adjunct Political Science Professors Seth Singleton and Paul Holman, will follow.  Warhola, who, like Singleton and Holman, has extensive expertise in Russian affairs, will moderate the panel discussion.

This event is made possible by a grant from the University of Maine Distinguished Lecture Series & Cultural Affairs Committee.

UMaine Offering Public Administration Classes in Augusta

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Contact: Carolyn Ball, 581-4142

AUGUSTA — The University of Maine’s Department of Public Administration is offering three courses for the spring semester in the Augusta area for men and women with jobs, families or other obligations preventing them from traveling to the Orono campus.

Prospective students interested in learning more about these graduate-level classes are invited to call professor Carolyn Ball, director of graduate programs at 581-4142 to arrange an appointment, or stop by Room 300 in the Burton Cross Building, formerly called the State Office Building, adjacent to the State House in Augusta, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, between 9 a.m. and noon.

Courses are:

PAA 550, Seminar in Public Personnel Management, a consideration of selected problems in the public personnel management process, taught by UMaine associate professor Carolyn Ball, Tuesdays from 6-8:39 p.m. and starting Jan. 13.

PAA 620, Program Analysis and Evaluation, examining the design and implementation of evaluation methods to assess and improve the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of programs; taught by UMaine associate professor Kenneth Nichols, Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., starting Jan. 14.

PAA 691, Topics in Public Administration: Leadership in a Fast-Paced World, about the rapid rate of change in modern organizations and the resulting increase in burdens on the leaders of those organizations, and various leadership styles and strategies to deal with them; taught by adjunct faculty member Chip Morrison, former commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor and current president of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce, Mondays, 5-7:30 p.m., starting Jan. 12.

Classes are graduate level but may be authorized by special permission for qualified undergraduates. Students may earn a master’s degree in public administration by taking all the required classes in Augusta.

To register by mail, write to Department of Public Administration, 5754 North Stevens Hall, Room 239, Orono, 04469-5754; in person, stop by Room 239 North Stevens Hall or call (207) 581-1872. Information also can be obtained emailing Information about the Department of Public Administration is available on its website (

UMaine’s Innovation Tournament Awards Announced

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Contact: Jesse Moriarity, 581-1427

ORONO — The four student teams from UMaine that created novel ideas for repurposing the plastic water bottle as part of an international Global Innovation Challenge last week have received awards and recognition from the Foster Student Innovation Center on campus.

Founded and sponsored by Stanford University in recognition of Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 12-19, students from around the world — more than 55 institutions from 12 countries — had five days to come up with a new use for a common, everyday object as an indication of innovative creativity. The challenge was to create social, monetary or artistic value with the object. Previous objects have included post-it notes and paper clips. This year, the plastic water bottle was the focus of the competition.

Stanford University will announce the 2008 winners of the Global Innovation Challenge on Dec. 5 on its contest website (, where winners from last year are currently available.

At UMaine, awards and winners were:

The Change the World Award, to Charles Drew, Nathaniel Wildes and Michael Carrington, who won dinner with former Gov. Angus King; the video is accessible

The Most Growth Potential Award, to Alex Morrow, Dan Pierce and Zach Goater, who won a private concert for themselves and 50 of their friends; the video is accessible

The Life Savers Award, to Eric Crone, Tyler Thayer and Evan Manley, who won the Best of Orono package, and also received the Audience Choice Award; the video is accessible

And the Persistence Award, to Eric Lovejoy and Joshua Gaylin; the video is accessible

“All of these students worked hard, quickly and creatively to come up with imaginative and innovative ideas,” says Jesse Moriarity, coordinator of the Foster Student Innovation Center, and one of a panel of judges of the videos. “We are already looking forward to next year’s Global Innovation Challenge.”

House GOP Leader Tardy To Visit UMaine Dec. 5

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — State Rep. Joshua Tardy (R-Newport) will visit the University of Maine on Friday, Dec. 5 as part of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Program.

Tardy, who is the House Republican Leader, will spend the day at UMaine, meeting with students, faculty members and staff members.

The Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows program, which began in 2006, brings Maine elected officials and senior policymakers to UMaine for intensive one-day programs through which they can learn more about UMaine, the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and the work of the university’s faculty members and students. It is also intended to provide opportunities for UMaine students to have access to high-level public officials, through whom they can learn more about government and the development of public policy.

Tardy, an attorney who is about to begin his fourth term in the Maine House, represents District 25. That district includes Corinna, part of Corinth, Exeter, Newport and Plymouth.

He will speak with UMaine students in a Public Management class, participate in a panel discussion about research, visit a series of research facilities and meet with other groups during his time in Orono.

For a full schedule or to discuss coverage opportunities, contact Joe Carr.

UMaine’s DePoy Receives American Public Health Association Lifetime Award

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Contact: Sandra Horne, 581-1236

ORONO – Elizabeth DePoy, professor of social work and coordinator of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies at the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, recently was honored with the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association.

The award is presented to a person who, over the course of his or her career, has made a major contribution to the improvement of health and quality of life for people with disabilities in one or more areas of research, teaching or advocacy.

James Rimmer, chair of the American Public Health Association’s Disability Section, presented the award during the association’s recent 2008 Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego. Founded in 1872, the American Public Health Association is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse organizations of public health professionals in the world.

DePoy has authored or co-authored eight books, contributed chapters to many edited collections and published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles. Her recent publications include co-authored books on evaluation, disability and research.

Dorothy E. Nary, Disability Section Awards Committee chair, says DePoy’s work, combined with her passion for literature in a wide variety of fields, “is unique, original and more importantly, significant in improving community responses to enhance the lives and health of all individuals including those with disabilities.

UMaine MFA Student Selected For Exclusive Quilt Exhibition

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Contact: Gabriella D’Italia, (207) 234-2542

Note: A high-resolution image that represents D’Italia’s work is available from Kristen Andresen at 581-3742 or

ORONO — Gabriella D’Italia, a student in UMaine’s Intermedia master of fine arts program, has been selected to participate in Quilt National 2009. The juried, biennial exhibition is dedicated to promoting the contemporary quilt as an art form.

D’Italia’s Black Finery will be on display at the Cultural Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, from May 23 to Sept. 7, 2009. It will also appear in a full color catalog of the exhibition. Quilt National 2009 will then travel to museums and galleries throughout the United States.

The Quilt National exhibition reflects the vision of quilting as art that D’Italia plans to pursue in her Intermedia studies.

“It really changes the perception of what people think about as quilting,” D’Italia says. “It really does effectively bridge the gap between art and quilting that a lot of laymen don’t understand.”

Black Finery is one of approximately 85 selections that represent unique approaches to the medium and that demonstrate the breadth and diversity of contemporary quilting. Jurors chose each piece in the show for originality, design, technique and craftsmanship.

About the Intermedia MFA program at UMaine

The University of Maine is home to the region’s only master of fine arts degree program in Intermedia. The student-driven program blends arts courses with research in areas including but not limited to environmental studies, engineering, business, social sciences and new media. MFA director Owen Smith explains that this interdisciplinary approach encourages innovation and creative problem-solving in a way that is applicable to any industry or creative application.