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16thAnnual Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The University of Maine Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan is accepting entries for its 16th annual essay contest for high school seniors. (more…)

Blue Sky Listening Sessions Today

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The next in a series of one-hour information-gathering sessions President Ferguson has organized over the next few weeks to solicit input for UMaine’s strategic plan will take place will take place today, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the
McIntire Room of Buchanan Alumni House. The subject area is Infrastructure.  In addition, a session focusing on Graduate Studies will be held today from 2-3 p.m. in the McIntire Room. For more information the morning session, contact Gail Garthwait, (207) 581-2487; John Rebar, (207) 581-2811; or Robin Arnold, (207) 581-2398. For the afternoon session, contact Jan Kristo, (207) 581-2454 or Robert Rice, (207) 581-2883.
For a complete list of topics, dates and locations, visit www.umaine.edu/blueskyplan/information-gathering-sessions. Everyone in the university community is encouraged to attend and share their ideas for UMaine’s future. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring a written summary of their idea (one page or less) or submit it online at http://umaine.edu/blueskyplan.

In preparing a summary, participants are encouraged to answer any or all of the following questions:
What do you see as a key area of distinction at UMaine?
What do you see as an opportunity or challenge that UMaine faces?
What solution do you propose?
How will this solution enable UMaine to achieve a new vision of institutional excellence and realize its position as a leading 21st century Land and Sea Grant University?
How would you assess whether this solution is successful?

Blue Sky Listening Session Thursday

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The next in a series of one-hour information-gathering sessions President Ferguson has organized over the next few weeks to solicit input for UMaine’s strategic plan will take place will take place Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6-7 p.m. in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union. The subject is Student Life. For information, contact Kenda Scheele at Kenda_Scheele@umit.maine.edu or Judith Josiah-Martin: Judith_Josiah-Martin@umit.maine.edu. For a complete list of topics, dates and locations, visit www.umaine.edu/blueskyplan/information-gathering-sessions. Everyone in the university community is encouraged to attend and share their ideas for UMaine’s future. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring a written summary of their idea (one page or less) or submit it online at www.umaine.edu/blueskyplan.

In preparing a summary, participants are encouraged to answer any or all of the following questions:
What do you see as a key area of distinction at UMaine?
What do you see as an opportunity or challenge that UMaine faces?
What solution do you propose?
How will this solution enable UMaine to achieve a new vision of institutional excellence and realize its position as a leading 21st century Land and Sea Grant University?
How would you assess whether this solution is successful?

Blue Sky Listening Session Wednesday

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

The next in a series of one-hour information-gathering sessions President Ferguson has organized over the next few weeks to solicit input for UMaine’s strategic plan will take place will take place Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 10-11 a.m. in the McIntire Room of Buchanan Alumni House. The subject is Community Engagement.  For information, contact Laura Lindenfeld, (207) 581-3850 or Mike Swartz, (207) 581-2624.
For a complete list of topics, dates and locations, visit www.umaine.edu/blueskyplan/information-gathering-sessions. Everyone in the university community is encouraged to attend and share their ideas for UMaine’s future. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring a written summary of their idea (one page or less) or submit it online at http://umaine.edu/blueskyplan.

In preparing a summary, participants are encouraged to answer any or all of the following questions:
What do you see as a key area of distinction at UMaine?
What do you see as an opportunity or challenge that UMaine faces?
What solution do you propose?
How will this solution enable UMaine to achieve a new vision of institutional excellence and realize its position as a leading 21st century Land and Sea Grant University?
How would you assess whether this solution is successful?

UMaine ‘Blue Sky Plan’ Listening Sessions Continue Today

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The next in a series of one-hour information-gathering sessions President Ferguson has organized over the next few weeks to solicit input for UMaine’s strategic plan will take place Friday, Feb. 3. The first session, which will focus on UMaine students/parents, will take place at 9 a.m. in the McIntire Room in Buchanan Alumni House. The second session, on university sustainability, including revenue and recruitment, will start at 11:30 a.m. in the Totman Room in the Memorial Union .

Everyone in the university community is encouraged to attend and share their ideas for UMaine’s future. For a complete list of topics, dates and locations, visit the Blue Sky Plan website.

Blue Sky Plan Listening Sessions Continue Wednesday

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The next in a series of one-hour information-gathering sessions President Ferguson has organized over the next few weeks to solicit input for UMaine’s strategic plan will focus on Research from 10-11 a.m. today, Feb. 1, in the McIntire Room of Buchanan Alumni House. An afternoon session also today, from 2-3 p.m. at the Foster Center for Student Innovation, the topic is Innovation & Economic Development. For a complete list of topics, dates and locations, visit www.umaine.edu/blueskyplan/information-gathering-sessions ]http://umaine.edu/blueskyplan/information-gathering-sessions/. Everyone in the university community is encouraged to attend and share their ideas for UMaine’s future. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring a written summary of their idea (one page or less) or submit it online at http://umaine.edu/blueskyplan/

 In preparing a summary, participants are encouraged to answer any or all of the following questions:
What do you see as a key area of distinction at UMaine?
What do you see as an opportunity or challenge that UMaine faces?
What solution do you propose?
How will this solution enable UMaine to achieve a new vision of institutional excellence and realize its position as a leading 21st century Land and Sea Grant University?
How would you assess whether this solution is successful?Contacts: Jan Kristo, 581-2454 or Scott Johnson, 581-2142 (Research)
Jeff  St. John, 581-3477, Jake Ward, 581-2201 or John Rebar, 581-2811 (Innovation & Economic Development)

Blue Sky Plan Listening Sessions Continue Monday

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The next in a series of one-hour information-gathering sessions President Ferguson has organized over the next few weeks to solicit input for UMaine’s strategic plan will take place will take place from 10-11 a.m. today, Jan. 30, in the McIntire Room of Buchanan Alumni House. The subject area is Academic Programs. For a complete list of topics, dates and locations, visit http://umaine.edu/blueskyplan/information-gathering-sessions/. Everyone in the university community is encouraged to attend and share their ideas for UMaine’s future. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring a written summary of their idea (one page or less) or submit it online at http://umaine.edu/blueskyplan.

In preparing a summary, participants are encouraged to answer any or all of the following questions:
What do you see as a key area of distinction at UMaine?
What do you see as an opportunity or challenge that UMaine faces?
What solution do you propose?
How will this solution enable UMaine to achieve a new vision of institutional excellence and realize its position as a leading 21st century Land and Sea Grant University?
How would you assess whether this solution is successful?For more information, contact Dana Humphrey, (207) 581-2216; Brianna Hughes, (207) 837-2872.

Margaret Chase Smith Center Report Updates State’s Poverty Data

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, in conjunction with the Maine Community Action Association, today released a county-by-county report on poverty in Maine (PDF) revealing that, based on recently released figures from the U.S. Census, 12.9 percent of the state’s population was living in poverty in 2009-2010, up from 12.4 percent in 2007-2008. (more…)

AP Report on Poverty Study

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

An Associated Press story about a report on poverty in Maine, prepared by UMaine’s Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy, which will be released Thursday, was noted on the website of Bangor TV station WABI. The report found that the 2010 poverty rate of 12.5 percent was up from 11.4 percent in 2009.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Former UMaine President H. Edwin Young: 1917-2012

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Former University of Maine President Hugh Edwin Young died Jan. 2 in Madison, Wisc. He was 94. Young, a UMaine alumnus, served as president from Oct. 1, 1965 – June 30, 1968. The Newfoundland native earned his undergraduate degree in education in 1940 and a master’s in economics in 1942 from UMaine, and a doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1950. He also was awarded an honorary doctorate from UMaine in 1963. Young began his career teaching at UMaine prior to relocating to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught economics, served as department chair and eventually was named Dean of the College of Letters and Science. His first presidential appointment was at UMaine in 1965, where he served through the some of the more controversial years of the Vietnam War and related student protests on campus. In July 1968, Young returned to the University of Wisconsin to teach and serve as vice president. Two months later, he was appointed chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, leading that campus through the conclusion of the tumultuous war years. In 1977, he was named president of the University of Wisconsin System, retiring in 1987. According to an obituary released by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Young’s wife, Phyllis, also a UMaine graduate, passed away in 1993. He is survived by five children.

“Edwin Young began his distinguished career as a labor economist at the University of Maine,” says University of Maine President Paul Ferguson. “As UMaine’s 10th president, he brought a commitment to academic excellence and stable leadership in an era of campus unrest. The thoughts of the UMaine community are with his family.”

Contact:  Ron Lisnet (207)581-3779