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Channel 6 Reports Students Boosting Business

Channel 6 (WCSH) and affiliated Channel 2 (WLBZ) carried a report quoting a downtown Orono restaurant manager who said returning UMaine students already have boosted business in the restaurants. The manager said students are critical to the business.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

Newspaper Report on Party

The Bangor Daily News reported on the breakup by area law enforcement agencies of a party involving college students and guests Saturday and Sunday at The Grove apartment complex on Route 2 in Orono. The only arrest involved an 18-year-old non-resident.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

Ippolito Discusses New Social Media Trend

Jonathan Ippolito, a new media faculty member at the University of Maine, discussed with Maine Public Broadcasting Network a new social media trend that is gaining momentum worldwide. The Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response replicates online familiar sounds or activities that, when isolated, can produce a tranquil, calming effect. Ippolito said the phenomenon creates a platform on which strangers can share the human experience, which represents the Internet at its best.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

News Aggregator Notes UMaine Student Recruitment Effort

The news aggregator posted information from a Bangor Daily News article reporting that enrollment within the University off Maine System has stabilized after a system-wide decline. The report attributed the development to increasing use of social media and marketing to in-state and out-of-state student prospects, along with affirmation that UMaine remains the state’s flagship institution.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

Global Fruit and Vegetable Site Carries Blueberry Update

The Fresh Plaza news website for companies operating in the global fruit and vegetable sector carried an article recently posted in the Ellsworth American’s Fenceviewer website that included comments from University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and blueberry specialist David Yarborough. Yarborough said that the lack of rain in August forced some blueberry growers without irrigation to end their seasons early with smaller berries this year. Overall, Yarborough noted, the wild blueberry crop was 10 to15 percent larger than last year’s.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

UMaine Economists Noted in Lisbon Council Report

The Lewiston Sun Journal, reporting on a Lisbon town council discussion about ways to better the community, noted the town’s economic and community development director introduced a report on new retail growth possibilities that was produced by an Eaton Peabody consultant with the help of the UMaine School of Economics.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

UMaine President Op-Ed in Portland Press Herald

An opinion column by University of Maine President Paul Ferguson in the Portland Press Herald addressed the university’s mission as a land grant institution of preparing UMaine graduates for successful careers and contributions to the state in fields like nanotechnology, climate change, sensor development, sustainability, public policy and offshore wind technologies.

The president cited the Blue Sky Project, which outlines five strategic pathways to enhance the university’s teaching, research, outreach, work force and economic development programs in a way that closely aligns with the priorities of the state.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

UMaine Athletics Announces Staff Changes

University of Maine Director of Athletics Steve Abbott has announced several changes to the athletic training staff. Paul Culina, who has been at the University of Maine for the past 18 years, becomes the director of men’s and women’s hockey operations and will serve as athletic trainer for the men’s ice hockey team. Ryan Taylor has been named head athletic trainer, while Michelle Bowers and Kelleigh O’Neill join the staff as assistant athletic trainers.

“We are excited to announce these changes within our athletic training program,” said Director of Athletics Steve Abbott. “Paul has done a great job overseeing our athletic training department in the past and we look forward to his new position with our men’s and women’s ice hockey programs.  This will add efficiency to our operation, while ensuring that our athletes get excellent medical attention. Ryan is a natural choice to oversee our athletic training staff and I am confident that he will do a great job in that role. He has tremendous knowledge of our overall operations, is a skilled athletic trainer, and his diverse background and experience will help make him a strong manager. We have been very pleased to have Michelle and Kelleigh on our staff; they have already injected additional excitement and enthusiasm into our program.”

Culina has served as the head athletic trainer at Maine since 2001. After joining the staff in 1995, Culina worked with the men’s ice hockey team en route to its second national championship during the 1999 season. He worked with the football, women’s ice hockey and baseball teams, before returning to hockey prior to the start of the 2007 season.

As director of men’s and women’s hockey operations, Culina will be responsible for the coordination of all aspects for team budget and travel for the men’s and women’s programs. In addition, Culina will continue to serve the day-to-day athletic training needs of the men’s ice hockey team.

“Paul is a very talented and dedicated professional, and we are thrilled that he will be expanding his role with our team,” said men’s ice hockey coach Tim Whitehead.

Taylor becomes the 10th head athletic trainer in Maine history. He will oversee all the day-to-day operations of the training program. An ATC from Willoughby, Ohio, Taylor has been at the University of Maine since 2007 where he has served as athletic trainer for the football program. He will continue to work with the football team. He has also worked with the swimming and diving programs at Maine. Taylor is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Maine Athletic Trainer’sAssociation and Collegiate Athletic Trainer’sAssociation.

Taylor came to the University of Maine from the University of Maine at Presque Isle where he served as head athletic trainer from 2004–2007. A 1992 graduate of the University of Toledo, he worked as a graduate assistant at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Upon his graduation, he worked as a head athletic trainer in St. Louis from 1994–2004.

Bowers begins her first season at Maine and will work primarily with the field hockey and men’s basketball teams. A native of Burlington, Maine, she received her bachelor’s of science in athletic training from Merrimack College in 2011.

She obtained her master’s of science in athletic training from California University of Pennsylvania. While there, she worked as a graduate assistant at Burgettstown High School. Bowers is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Maine Athletic Trainers Association.

O’Neill begins her first season at Maine and will work with women’s soccer and women’s basketball programs. Originally from Westford, Mass., she completed her bachelor’s of science in athletic training at Springfield College in 2010. She garnered her master’s of science in human physiology-athletic training from the University of Oregon, where she served as a graduate assistant trainer. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Maine Athletic Trainers Association.

UMaine Student to Speak About Financial Fitness

University of Maine graduate student Sarah Morehead will be the keynote speaker at a Sept. 22 event for men and women interested in learning more about money and how it affects their lives. “Fall Into Financial Fitness” will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Eastport Hall on the Bangor campus of the University of Maine at Augusta. The event is sponsored by Women, Work and Community.

Morehead, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in behavioral economics through the Department of Psychology and School of Economics, is the author of “I Hate Money: Understanding Your Financial Attitude.” Her research focuses on the psychological and cognitive processes that influence financial decision making.

To register for the event, contact Jane at (207) 263-7843 or

Contact: Jessica Bloch, (207) 581-3777

Memorials Planned for Shirley Ladd

The University of Maine Division of Student Affairs invites members of the campus community to a memorial service from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 in the Memorial Union chapel for Shirley Ladd, a UMaine student who died this summer as a result of a fall from a ledge in Acadia National Park. An informal gathering afterward in Union’s Senior Skulls Room will provide a time for Ladd’s friends to gather, share refreshments and view a slideshow. Students and staff at UMaine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center, where Ladd was a student employee, will plant a tree in Ladd’s memory in a 6 p.m. ceremony.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756


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