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UMaine Extension Water Education Training Dec. 8

Contact: Laura Wilson (207) 581-2971

ORONO, Me. —University of Maine Cooperative Extension Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) training is scheduled for Dec. 8 at the Hampden Town Office on Western Ave.  The training will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4:30 p,m. Registration is $30 and includes the Project WET activity guide. For more information or registration, contact Laura Wilson at (207) 581-2971 or e-mail You can also visit the events calendar at

Formal and information educators such as Girl Scout, Boy Scout, 4-H leaders, or home schooler parents, will all benefit from the Project WET training. Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide lessons incorporate a variety of formats, such as large and small group learning, whole-body activities, laboratory investigations, discussion of local and global topics, and community service projects. The guide also features cross-reference and planning charts, aglossary, and background material on activity development and field-testing. The Project WET training will be geared toward the age and grade level taught by the participants, so the demonstration activities will be relevant.

For more information or registration, contact Laura Wilson at (207) 581-2971 or e-mail Those who are interested may also visit the events calendar at

Registration is limited to 20 participants. Portland Water District, whose water education programs reach more than 2,000 students each year, is the primary sponsor of Project WET in Maine. Other sponsors include the University of Maine’s Mitchell Center and Poland Spring Bottling Company.  For more information about Project WET, visit, or the national Project WET site,

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals.

Lobster Institute to Host Holiday Lobster and Wine Feast to Honor Maine Lobster Chefs of the Year

Contact: Cathy Billings at (207) 581-1443

ORONO — The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine is planning a Holiday Lobster and Wine Feast on Thursday, Dec. 3 in Orono to celebrate a mother and son who are the last two winners of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council’s Lobster Chef of the Year Award.

Margaret McLellan took that honor in 2008; her son, MacKenzie Arrington, won the award this year.  Their award-winning dishes will be served at the Dec. 3, event, which will also feature McLellan and Arrington discussing their creations.

The event will also include Big Claw wine, just released this summer after having been created specifically to pair with lobster.  A panel of wine and food professionals guided the design of Big Claw, created by Steve Melchiskey of USA Wine West (with offices in California and Maine) and Tim Wissemann of Portland’s Mariner Beverages.  Sales of Big Claw benefit the Lobster Institute.

As an additional treat, UMaine’s female student a capella group, Renaissance, will provide entertainment.

The event is a fundraiser that will support the Lobster Institute’s efforts to help sustain a healthy lobster resource and vital lobster fishing communities. It is scheduled at Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine in Orono, starting with a 6:30 p.m. reception, followed by dinner and entertainment.  Cost is $150 per couple or a table of eight for $500.

Those interested in attending can contact the Lobster Institute at (207) 581-1443 or check the Lobster Institute’s website at

New Holiday Light Options Can Cut Electric Bills

Contact: Donna Coffin, Extension educator, 207-564-3301,

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The holiday season is here and many homeowners and renters celebrate the spirit of the season with indoor and outdoor holiday lights. Elaborate lighting displays, however, can result in elevated electric bills.

Donna Coffin, UMaine Cooperative Extension educator in the Piscataquis County office, advises that holiday celebrants now have an opportunity to reduce their electric bills and still show their holiday spirit — with the new light-emitting diode (LED) lights.

LED holiday lights are very energy-efficient and will save money during the holiday season, making them ideal decorations, Coffin says. LED lights are virtually indestructible, last longer than standard holiday lights, reduce the risk of fire and stay lit if a single light goes out. With no filament or glass bulb in LED lights, they convert electricity directly to light without the heat.

The average cost of using a 500-foot string of the old C7 type holiday lights for six hours a day for 40 days (240 hours) is $134, according to Coffin. C7 lights are the old large light strings that get hot. Many people already have switched to mini-lights or twinkle lights, which cost about $35 a season to use. New LED holiday lights cost even less to run: less than $3 for the whole season, or 2 percent of the cost of the old C7 lights. Many families may find they can pay back the cost of new LED lights in one season, says Coffin.

LED flickering lights, which imitate flickering candles without the fire hazard, smoke or dripping wax, also are available, she adds.

Other cost-saving options for holiday lighting include fiber optic lighting that allows the illumination of multiple light points from one light source. Also, candelabra compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are great for candlesticks, use about 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer. “Rope lights” also are suitable for indoor or outdoor use, and are ideal for decorating trees or for outlining doors and windows, Coffin says.

For more ideas on home energy conservation, visit the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Energy website at

UMaine Annual Commemorative Ornament Program Benefits Student Organizations

Contact: Richard Young (207) 581-4184

ORONO — Every year, the University Bookstore—the University of Maine’s official bookstore—commissions the design of a UMaine ornament. Each edition is carefully crafted of the finest materials and depicts a university landmark or symbol.

However, the real beauty of the ornament is how it benefits others.  Through its annual commemorative ornament program, the bookstore provides the proceeds from ornament sales to a UMaine student organization that works to help others.  This year’s selected beneficiary is the UMaine Engineers Without Borders student group.

While the organization is based on campus, its impact is far-reaching.

“Over two thousand miles southwest of us lies Dulce Vivir, a remote village established only four years ago on the outskirts of Dulce Nombre, Honduras,” explains Sean Higgins, a civil engineering major who’s the organization’s co-president. “Though residents’ homes were built strong, high ground water causes their latrines to overflow and, as a result, many of the residents get sick every year. We have designed a solution to their problem, and thanks to the contributions by the University Bookstore, we are one step closer to implementing this solution and improving the quality of life for the people o fthis well-deserving community.”

Richard Young, UMaine’s director of Auxiliary Services, noted that stories like these that get to the heart of the ornament program, which began in 2003.

“The students in these organizations dedicate their energy and talent to making a difference,” Young said. “We at the University Bookstore are honored to recognize their important work through the ornament program. We area student-focused organization, and this initiative is a special way that we can give back.”

The 2009 ornament, as well as the complete collection, is available at the University Bookstore, located on the lower level of Memorial Union on the University of Maine campus. Ornaments are also available through the University Bookstore website at

Previous beneficiary organizations have included Alternative Spring Break, Gamma Sigma Sigma and Alpha Phi Omega, Rotaract, Colleges Against Cancer and the Central American Service Association.

High-resolution images are available upon request. Please contact Tom Diaz, Auxiliary Services marketing coordinator, at (207) 581-4350.

$2 Million Correll Gift to Boost UMaine Efforts in Energy Research, Graduate Education and Literacy

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — Alston D. “Pete” Correll and Ada Lee Correll of Atlanta, Georgia, have provided a $2 million gift to the University of Maine. The gift will be directed to four key areas at UMaine, where Pete Correll received two master’s degrees in engineering, one in 1966 and one in 1967.

The Corrells are highly respected community leaders and philanthropists in their home state of Georgia, where they were recognized last week as “Philanthropists of the Year” by the Atlanta chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals.  That award recognized their work to enhance Atlanta’s healthcare, cultural and educational resources.

The Correll gift will support four priority areas at the University of Maine:

• a new Presidential Chair in Energy which will enable UMaine to recruit a leading national expert in offshore wind and tidal energy development.  Together with the university’s recent $8 million federal grant supporting the development of this new technology, this gift will fortify UMaine’s position as an international leader in the field;

• new graduate fellowships (scholarships) for each of UMaine’s five colleges and scholarship funds in the Dept. of Ecology and Environmental Science;

• a new Professorship in Early Childhood Literacy in UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development;

• an unrestricted “excellence” fund allowing UMaine President Robert Kennedy to address immediate priorities and enhance programs not covered by state funding, tuition or endowments.

“It’s so much more fun to give money away than it is to earn it,” Pete Correll says. “It makes us feel really good if we can have an impact on a certain number of people and give them a chance they wouldn’t have had otherwise.  That’s as good a feeling as you can have in life.”

“This extraordinary gift will have a significant positive impact on the University of Maine, and we are most thankful to Pete and Ada Lee for their generosity,” Kennedy says.  “It will help us to enhance our teaching and research activities in areas of critical importance to our state and its future.  This gift represents a landmark moment for UMaine and we look forward to using it to reinforce the institution’s unique and vital role as the state’s research and graduate education university.”

Pete Correll, chair of Atlanta Equities, a new company he founded, retired recently from a 40-year-career as a highly respected and visionary international leader in the forest products industry. During his tenure at Georgia-Pacific, he transformed that company into a global consumer product powerhouse. Under his leadership, G-P garnered the best safety records in its industry sector, became a better environmental steward, and greatly expanded opportunities for women and minorities.

Ada Lee Correll began her career as a school teacher in Old Town, where she started a lifelong commitment to children and young people.  In addition to raising the Corrells’ two children, she has devoted her life as an effective community leader, working to enhance the quality of life for all Georgians.  She currently chairs the Emory University School of Medicine’s $500 million fundraising campaign.

“We are passionate about education and children.  That’s why the educational component was included in the gift,” says Ada Lee Correll, who also noted that their time living in Maine had a transformative impact on their lives.

“We left Maine a whole lot more prepared to deal with the world than when we moved there, and we remember our time at the university and in the community fondly,” she says.

Several UMaine officials also applauded the gift and praised the Corrells’ generosity and foresight in helping to advance the university as the state’s premier research and teaching institution.

“Hiring a Correll Presidential Chair in Energy is critical to the University of Maine’s research efforts and the future economy of Maine,” says College of Engineering Dean Dana Humphrey. “It will help us move forward in the effort to develop offshore wind and tidal energy and develop a cost effective source of power to further the state’s economy,” he says.

The gift will go a long way in attracting more high quality graduate students, says Daniel Sandweiss, dean of the Graduate School.  Because the graduate fellowships are funded for five years rather than the typical three and because they come with a higher than average stipend, “we will be able to recruit really excellent students – most of whom will be doctoral students – who will contribute to the research and education mission of UMaine,” he says.

The Correll Professorship in Early Literacy will be the first named professorship in the College of Education and Human Development.

“This is a significant development, which will enhance UMaine’s leadership role in research and scholarship in this important field of study,” says College of Education and Human Development Dean Anne Pooler.  “We have faculty members with international stature in literacy studies, the Correll Professorship will provide important new opportunities.”

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees formally accepted this gift at its meeting today in Bangor.

UMaine Selected for Membership in Research Organization

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — Recognizing the University of Maine Climate Change Institute’s international prominence in climate science, the prestigious University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has selected UMaine for membership.  The organization’s member institutions unanimously approved UMaine’s application at its recent annual meeting.

UCAR and its associated National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) work to foster greater understanding of the Earth’s atmosphere and the systems that affect it.  UCAR is a nonprofit association of research universities.

“UCAR’s invitation provides yet another example of the widespread appreciation for the work and impact of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute,” says President Robert Kennedy.  “The Climate Change Institute exemplifies UMaine’s excellence in research on an international scale and the collaborations that will evolve from UCAR membership will enhance our opportunities to contribute in important ways to these critical fields of study.”

UCAR’s members include many of the nation’s leading research universities, including MIT, Columbia University and Georgia Tech.  A full listing of affiliated institutions is online here.

Comedian Bob Saget to Perform at UMaine Dec. 1

Contact: Abtin Mehdizadegan

ORONO — Comedian Bob Saget will perform at the University of Maine’s Collins Center for the Arts on Tuesday Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. The former star of the ABC Televsion program “Full House,” Saget also hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos” on ABC and “1 vs. 100″ on NBC.  He is also known for his work on Broadway and in movies, as well as stand-up comedy.

Saget’s UMaine performance is intended for mature audiences.

Tickets are available at the Collins Center for the Arts box office, by calling (207) 581-1755 or online at  The cost is $18 for UMaine students and $25 for the public.

Professor Emeritus David Smith 1929-2009

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — Professor Emeritus David C. Smith, a Maine native and University of Maine graduate who served on the UMaine history faculty for nearly 25 years before his 1994 retirement, has died at the age of 80.  Smith, who was born in Lewiston to a mother whose Maine roots dated to 1628 and a father who migrated from maritime Canada to the U.S. as a child, was also active in the community and in politics, serving as a delegate to the 1974 and 1976 Democratic National Conventions.  By his own account, Smith focused his scholarly activities in four “distinct areas of historical thought,” including the history of agriculture and forestry; historical climatology; the history of women; and the life and times of H.G. Wells.  He also wrote “The First Century: A History of the University of Maine, 1865-1965″ and “A History of the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station 1885-1978.”

“David Smith was among the University of Maine’s most distinguished and influential faculty members,” says UMaine President Robert Kennedy.  “His prolific scholarship matched his wide range of interests, including agricultural history, the life and influence of H.G. Wells, and even the history of UMaine itself.  David exemplified the land-grant university philosophy in many ways, by applying his life’s work to studying and teaching in areas critical to understanding our state in historical context.  From his days as a UMaine graduate student through decades on our faculty, David Smith was truly a UMaine institution and he will be missed.”

There will be a private family gathering in the spring.  A Tuesday Bangor Daily News obituary is online here.

Speaker Pingree at UMaine Tuesday

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree will visit the University of Maine on Tuesday Nov. 10,  as part of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Program.

Pingree, the 99th Speaker of the Maine House, has served in the Maine Legislature since 2002.  She represents 11 coastal communities, including her hometown of North Haven.  She will be at UMaine from 9:15 a.m. Friday until 5:30 p.m., visiting with students, faculty members and staff members.

A legislator with particular interest in healthcare issues, Pingree will spend time in the afternoon visiting UMaine research labs where faculty members and students are working on projects related to human health.  Those tours begin at 2 p.m. and continue through 3:45.  She will visit an American government class and a public finance class in the morning.  A full schedule is available upon request.

The Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows Program, which began in the spring of 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.

Slanket Inventor, UMaine Alum at Innovation Center Nov. 10

Contact: Aimee Dolloff, (207) 581-3777 or Jesse Moriarity, Innovation Center coordinator, (207)581-1427.

Who: Gary Clegg, University of Maine alumni and inventor of the Slanket – the original blanket with sleeves.

What: He’s coming to UMaine for an Innovation Center Snack & Yack.  Clegg invented the Slanket while a student at UMaine living in Kennebec Hall. Since then, he’s turned his invention into a million dollar business that’s available in more than 30 countries, including stores, catalogues and online stores. In the United States, it can be found on home shopping network QVC, 15 catalogs, numerous stores and at

The event is open tostudents, faculty staff and community members. There is no charge for the sesessions, although pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. To pre-register call (207) 581-1454 or e-mail

They’ll also have Slankets to give away.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 4-6 p.m.

Where: University of Maine’s Bion & Dorain Foster Student Innovation Center.


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