The five seniors on the University of Maine women’s soccer squad excelled on the pitch and in their classes; all have GPAs of 3.4 or higher and, in three of their four seasons, the Black Bears advanced to at least the America East semifinal round. Here are question-and-answer interviews with captain Lisa Bijman, captain Maggie Malone, Meaghan Bradica, Hallie Lipinski and Nikki Misener.
Lisa Bijman: Consistently excellent
Maggie Malone: Strength through leadership
Meaghan Bradica: Positive attitude and balanced perspective
Hallie Lipinski: A silent leader
Nikki Misener: Team comes first
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine Athletics Department is sponsoring a bus trip on Jan. 11 to the Frozen Fenway game in Boston where the University of Maine men’s hockey team will take on Boston University. Bus tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased by calling 581.1086 by Jan. 3.
The Bangor Daily News reported a committee appointed by the Bristol Board of Selectmen plans to determine whether the town should have input over the proposed offshore wind project by Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies. The proposed project would be about 10 miles away from Bristol and 2.5 miles off Monhegan Island. Andrea Cox, the committee’s chairwoman said residents have shared some concerns about the proposed wind farm, but the group will create a website and seek answers before forming an opinion. She said UMaine representatives have met with the Board of Selectmen at two meetings and a public hearing on the project.
The Village Soup reported the University of Maine will celebrate the opening of its new Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center (IMRC) on Jan. 9. In partnership with the Juice Conference, Midcoast Magnet, Belfast Creative Coalition and Realize!Maine, the dedication will kick off with a mini-Juice Conference titled “IMRC (Immerse) Maine: Celebrating Creative Innovation” that will present the center’s possibilities through speakers, seminars and tours.
Robert Wagner, a forestry professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the editorial “A devastating infestation of spruce budworms is coming — and we need to be ready.” Wagner, who is director of the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit that was formed in 1975 during the last spruce budworm outbreak, calls the state’s upcoming infestation a slow-moving hurricane and estimates the pest will start destroying forest stands in northern Maine within the next two to four years. He said UMaine, the Maine Forest Service and landowners with the Maine Forest Products Council are putting together a disaster preparedness plan that will identify the anticipated level of the outbreak and how the state can respond.
Dick Brucher, professor and chair of the University of Maine’s English Department, will star in the Orono Community Theatre’s production of “Proof,” The Weekly reports. The play, a psychological drama, begins Thursday, Jan. 16 at Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on the UMaine campus.
The Bangor Daily News included the University of Maine’s involvement with offshore wind in the article “Tragedy, trade and turbines: The top Maine business stories of 2013.” The article said UMaine made history in June when its prototype VolturnUS became the first floating wind turbine to provide electricity to the power grid. The university also made headlines for the competition between the UMaine-led consortium Maine Aqua Ventus and Norwegian company Statoil for subsidies to help develop an offshore wind farm in the Gulf of Maine.
The Associated Press and Portland Press Herald reported on the concerns of some Monhegan residents over the proposed offshore wind project by Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies. Some residents wonder if the 12-megawatt project with two turbines will disrupt the island’s tranquility and hurt tourism. Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, said the project is a “huge opportunity for an island that has a diminishing year-round population.” Boston.com, NECN, WLBZ (Channel 2), Houston Chronicle, MPBN and Sun Journal carried the AP report.
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece titled “Goodbye, Dirigo Health: What Maine’s program accomplished over 10 years,” by Trish Riley, a senior fellow at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service, lecturer at George Washington University and principal architect of Dirigo Health Reform. The complete version of the article first appeared in Maine Policy Review, published by the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.
The Maine Bound Adventure Center at the University of Maine was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News article about an outing club formed by and for Bangor High School students. The group’s most recent outing was to the center where they learned how to rock climb on indoor climbing walls. For $110, the students were given instruction, gear and hours to test out different routes, according to the article.