Six people are being inducted into the College of Engineering’s Francis Crowe Society during a ceremony Friday, Dec. 13, 1–3 p.m., in Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium, Engineering Science Research Building at the University of Maine.
In the Distinguished Engineer category, inductees are:
Paul Durocher, class of 1982, Chemical and Biological Engineering
David Kinney, class of 1986, Civil and Environmental Engineering
William Pike, class of 1980, Engineering Physics
Scot MacDonald, class of 1990, School of Engineering Technology
In the Faculty Engineer category, the inductee is:
Assistant Professor of Physics Rob Meulenberg, Engineering Physics
And, in the Honorary Engineer category, the inductee is:
Master Sgt. Thomas Banister, senior military instructor for the UMaine Army ROTC Battalion.
The Francis Crowe Society recognizes UMaine engineering graduates and others who have made considerable contributions to the engineering profession. The society is named in honor of Francis Trenholm Crowe, who earned a degree in civil engineering from UMaine in 1905 and was chief engineer of the Hoover Dam. Crowe also was involved in the construction of 18 other major dams in the United States, facilitating farming in a number of areas.
The Bangor Daily News reported on the UMaine Business Challenge for the article, “UMaine competition seeks to create entrepreneurs and keep them in the state.” The competition was started in 2011 by a small group of 2010 UMaine graduates who wanted to give back to their alma mater while creating more opportunities for student entrepreneurs. Spencer Wood, last year’s second-place winner who is now a UMaine graduate student, and James Morin, one of the competition’s founders, were interviewed for the article.
The Bangor Daily News covered a speech that Dr. David Bronson delivered titled “Healthcare Reform and the Bumpy Road to Universal Access” at Buchanan Alumni House.
Bronson, a 1969 graduate of UMaine and president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals, was on campus Nov. 20 to deliver the University of Maine 2013 Distinguished Honors Graduate. He said the less-than-successful launch of the Affordable Care Act and website doesn’t lessen the law’s importance to the future of U.S. healthcare.
Many of the 51 million uninsured Americans are poor, Bronson said, adding that an estimated 21 million to 31 million Americans will sign up for insurance with the Affordable Care Act. Bronson said it’s embarrassing that the U.S. spends nearly 18 percent of its gross domestic product on healthcare but is ranked 27th (among countries) in healthcare quality by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The Bangor Daily News wrote a piece about the all-time high undergraduate enrollment at the Maine Business School (MBS) at the University of Maine.
MBS Dean Ivan Manev says the school attracts students for a host of reasons. There are accessible faculty who are experts in their fields, a new concentration in entrepreneurship, high post-graduate job placement and a wealth of learning opportunities, including a student-run investment group, access to the Bloomberg Terminal and trips to the New York Stock Exchange.
“I was born in Maine, raised in Maine, educated in Maine and now I’m employed in Maine,” Bethany Mealey, ’09, of Farmingdale, Maine, said in the story. “I wanted to study business and the Maine Business School allowed me to do that,” said Mealey, who works at UNUM in Portland.
Read more here.
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts presents the fall Jazz Ensemble concert Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall.
Under the direction of Jack Burt, the ensemble will perform jazz standards by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and others. In addition, it will perform “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” by Charles Mingus and “Body and Soul” by Johnny Green, featuring tenor soloist Ron Ho, as a tribute to former UMaine graduate student Ashley Drew, who died this past summer.
Burt says Drew was a formidable leader. “A great jazz solo isn’t just a collection of well-chosen notes; it’s a personal expression of life’s experiences, and a person’s thoughts and feelings,” he says. “That’s why Ashley had something to say every time she picked up her tenor… In music, or in life, what Ashley Drew had to say was worth listening to…”
The Jazz Ensemble is a 20-piece big band open to university students. Admittance is by audition. It performs several times each semester, both on campus and around the state. Additionally, for the last 12 years, the Jazz Ensemble has performed a live two-hour radio broadcast at the studio of MPBN Radio. The performance is simulcast on the Internet.
Admission is $9, free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show.
WVII (Channel 7) spoke with University of Maine alumni Dave Manz (2007) and Jonathan Englehart (2013), who work for PC Construction, the Portland, Maine, company refurbishing the New Balance Field House. Manz, the project engineer, ran track and field for the Black Bears, WVII reported.
The Morning Sentinel reported on the chance for University of Maine graduate Lucie (Belanger) Amundsen, formerly of Winslow and now of Wrenshall, Minn., and her husband, to win a free Super Bowl ad for their egg farm company, Locally Laid.
Locally Laid is one of four finalists in an online contest sponsored by Intuit titled Small Business Big Game. The public votes on which of the four businesses it wants to win a commercial to be broadcast during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. Amundsen calls her 2,500-chicken flock “salad-eating poultry athletes.” To vote, visit smallbusinessbiggame.com.
Dr. David Bronson, University of Maine graduate and president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospital, will deliver the 2013 Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture titled “Healthcare Reform and the Bumpy Road to Universal Access” on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Buchanan Alumni House on campus.
Bronson, who also practices internal medicine on the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic, graduated in 1969 from UMaine. A reception in his honor begins at 3:30 p.m. in Andrews Leadership Hall, and his lecture starts at 4 p.m. in the McIntire Room.
In 2002, the Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture series was established to show appreciation to UMaine Honors graduates and to recognize their accomplishments, vision and connection with UMaine.
François Amar, dean of the Honors College, said the UMaine community is excited to welcome back the distinguished alumnus. Bronson’s leadership in creating systems for patient-centered medical care make him uniquely qualified to speak on current trends in healthcare reform, Amar said.
Bronson has received numerous honors and teaching awards and for more than 20 years Cleveland magazine cited him as a “Best Doctor.” In 2011, the immediate past president of the American College of Physicians was honored as a “Living Legend” and “Cleveland Father of the Year” by the Center for Families and Children. Bronson also serves on the board of the Cleveland Play House, America’s oldest regional professional theater.
He is married to Kathleen Franco, who is board-certified in psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine and is associate dean of admissions and student affairs at Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. They have six children.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact the Honors College at 207.581.3263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts will present the fall Collegiate Chorale concert Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall.
Under the direction of Christian Giddings, a music education graduate student from Unity, the chorale will premiere “Birds at Winter Nightfall” by alumnus Andrew Hirst, as well as perform a variety of traditional and contemporary selections. The chorale is a mixed ensemble open to all students; it currently has more than 50 members.
Admission is $9, or free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, call 207.581.1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show.
The Collegiate Chorale will join other UMaine choral groups in the annual Yuletide concert Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Collins Center for the Arts.
University of Maine alumni, Dave Manz and Jon Englehart, have returned to their alma mater as members of the PC Construction team to assist in the renovation of the Memorial Gym and New Balance Field House. Manz, a project engineer with PC Construction, earned his construction management technology degree from the University of Maine’s School of Engineering Technology in 2007. Englehart, a PC Construction intern and third-generation UMaine alumnus, graduated from UMaine in 2013. The $15 million renovation project is the first substantial upgrade and modernization for the adjoining buildings since they were built more than 80 years ago. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2014. The full PC Construction news release regarding the involvement of the alumni in the project is available online.