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UMaine President Calls for a Re-emphasis of the Public Good in Public Universities

ORONO, Maine — The public good inherent in the mission of the public university must be re-emphasized in an effort to recommit to the mutually beneficial partnership between citizens and their land-grant institutions, University of Maine President Paul Ferguson said Thursday morning at the Collins Center for the Arts in an address moments after he was inaugurated as the 19th president of the state’s flagship public university. (more…)

Princeton Review Names UMaine to Top Green Schools List

The University of Maine has been named one of the top scorers in the annual “Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition,” and was one of only 16 profiled institutions named to its “Green Honor Roll” for receiving energy-efficiency and sustainability ratings of 99 —the highest possible score. (more…)

UMaine Smith Center Distinguished Fellow Visiting Campus Thursday

Meredith Jones, president and CEO of the Maine Community Foundation and this year’s University of Maine Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center’s Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow, will spend Thursday, April 12 on campus for meetings with President Paul Ferguson and faculty and students to discuss student-led philanthropy and advanced research funding under way at UMaine. Jones also will tour research facilities and meet with staff and faculty of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. A native of Washington County, Jones is a member of the editorial review committee for Maine Policy Review and the advisory board of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, in addition to other community advisory boards in Maine. Since its creation 28 years ago, the Maine Community Foundation has awarded more than $175 million in scholarships and grants to individuals and nonprofit organizations throughout the state and region.

Contact: B.J. Kitchin, (207) 581-1644

UMaine Today Explores New Definitions of ‘Aging’

With 76 million Americans poised to turn age 65 in the coming decades, it’s time to redefine the concept of the aged and elders, as older people today are far healthier, more mobile, better educated, more active, politically aware and outspoken than earlier generations, according to Len Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging in an article in the Spring 2012 edition of UMaine Today Magazine. Without diminishing the problems and infirmities that come with aging, Kaye says that society for too long has focused on the disabilities of aging and ignored the abilities of the aged. Read the story online.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

Leadership Week Celebrates Inauguration of UMaine President Ferguson

A series of leadership events, academic activities, student research expositions and campuswide celebration will commemorate the inauguration of University of Maine President Paul W. Ferguson on April 19. Leadership Week, April 11-19, takes its theme from Maine’s state motto, Dirigo, which is Latin for “I lead.” The theme recognizes and celebrates the qualities of the UMaine community and the people of Maine, and affirms UMaine’s statewide leadership and commitment as Maine’s flagship university.

A news release has additional information.

Contact: Margaret Nagle, (207) 581-3745

Karen G. Cole: 1956-2012

Karen G. Cole, an instructional equipment distribution clerk in Information Technologies at UMaine since 2003, died recently after battling pulmonary fibrosis, according to her obituary in the Bangor Daily News. She was born March 30, 1956, in Bangor, the daughter of Juanita Leland Ryan and Richard Ryan. Cole leaves behind two daughters, Caroline and Faith; and husband of 30 years, Stephen. She also is survived by her mother Juanita Ryan; brother Tim Ryan; her sisters- and brothers-in-law, Cindy and Ralph Spearing, Linda and Bob Averill, Barbara and Richard Modrey, and Melanie and Dennis Steward; along with her husband Stephen’s family; and many nieces and nephews.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

UMaine Woodsmen’s Team Competition March 31

ORONO — The University of Maine School of Forest Resources Woodsmen’s Team will host the 2012 Timbersports Meet Saturday, March 31 on the Orono campus. (more…)

Women’s Resource Center Celebrates 20 Years of Activism

The Women’s Resource Center at the University of Maine, lead organization for the Maine Girls Collaborative Project, has been selected as one of just three sites nationally to pilot FabFems, a collaborative program aimed at strengthening interest regionally among middle school and high school girls in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. (more…)

Scientist-Author to Speak About the Deep Future of Life on Earth

Curt Stager, an adjunct professor in the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, will speak Thursday at UMaine about the very long-term effects of global warming. (more…)

Kaye Interviewed for Social Work Today Article

Len Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging, was interviewed for an article on caregivers in the March/April issue of Social Work Today Kaye discussed the large population of male caregivers, whose numbers are generally underestimated, he said.

Contact: George Manlove, (207)581-3756


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