WVII (Channel 7) spoke with John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and two members of the Black Bear Food Guild for a report about Maine’s high commitment to local foods. Jemison said people want to know what’s in their food and how it’s grown, and he has seen a lot of that interest in Maine. UMaine students and Black Bear Food Guild members Laura Goldshein and Lindy Morgan spoke about their work within the guild. The Black Bear Food Guild is a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program that is organized and managed by sustainable agriculture students and offers CSA shares to community members in an effort to increase accessibility to fresh, seasonal produce.
WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine was one of a few organizations to gather at the Brewer Community School to educate the students about healthy living during the school’s fifth annual health fair. The event included hands-on activities that covered topics such as bullying, fire safety and nutrition.
The Korea Times spoke with Carol Mandzik, manager of Business Graduate Programs and Executive Education and Internship Programs at the University of Maine, about what educational programs the university offers to international students. “At UMaine, students can double-major within or outside their primary discipline of study, and also choose a concentration, a minor or even opt into the five-year MBA program,” Mandzik said, adding students can save time and money by choosing a double-major or getting a jumpstart on their MBA.
Crisanne Blackie, the University of Maine’s health and legal professions career specialist, spoke to the Portland Press Herald for an article about a report that states Maine is likely to suffer a shortage of medical professionals unless the industry boosts student enrollment at health care-related schools and recruits more workers from outside Maine. The report was published by the Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information. Blackie said UMaine is trying to maintain an adequate number of doctors in the state by taking part in the Maine Track Program. The program is a partnership among Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Maine Medical Center in Portland and Maine colleges and universities that allows pre-med students in Maine to compete for fast-tracked enrollment at Tufts University’s medical school.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the 5th annual Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase sponsored by UMaine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR). Presentations from 149 students in the form of 77 posters, 21 oral presentations or performances, and nine exhibits were featured. Several presentations included multiple students. Ali Abedi, director of CUGR, told WABI the showcase gives students an opportunity to learn how to present themselves and their project, as well as write proposals. Awards were given to students in each presentation category. Ten winners of $3,000 Summer Research and Creative Academic Achievements Fellowships were also announced at the event.
University of Maine students and married couple John and Christine Carney were featured in a Bangor Daily News report about the three married couples who are finalists for the $1,000 grand prize of the Big Gig. The Big Gig is a series of business pitch events for entrepreneurs in Greater Bangor designed to bring together Bangor-Orono area innovators and entrepreneurs and offer networking opportunities. It was started by a partnership between UMaine, Old Town, Orono and Husson University and is supported by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. The Carneys will pitch their business Thick & Thin Designs, a company that specializes in laser-cut acrylic cupcake toppers, during the finale on April 8, at UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation.
The Maine Campus reported on the University of Maine Humanities Initiative (UMHI) in the article “UMaine elevates humanities through community engagement.” Jeff Hecker, UMaine’s executive vice president of academic affairs and provost; Justin Wolff, UMHI director and an associate professor of art history; and Liam Riordan, a UMHI advisory board member and associate professor of history, spoke about the importance of the initiative at UMaine and in the surrounding community. “Culture is a big part of what Maine is,” Hecker said. Wolff added the humanities and arts can give people a rich cultural experience and uplift communities.
The Associated Press, Portland Press Herald, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2) and WVII (Channel 7) were among several news organizations to cover the University of Maine’s FY 2015 community budget presentation. UMaine’s Vice President for Administration and Finance Janet Waldron presented budget information to the campus community at two public forums. Waldron announced UMaine will cut about $10 million from its annual budget without laying off faculty or cutting academic programs. Jeff Hecker, UMaine’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, said the university has been making strategic decisions for years. “We’re not happy that we are taking a very large cut, but we feel good about the way we’ve managed it,” Hecker said during the first session. SFGate carried the AP report.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the 2014 Engineering EXPO held at the University of Maine. UMaine engineering students Haylea Ledoux and Blake Bourque spoke about the importance of engineering and getting children interested in science. Victoria Wingo, communications specialist for the College of Engineering, said the event strives to raise awareness about engineering with people of all ages, especially children. At the event, Maine’s top engineering firms, schools, educators, government agencies and societies offered hands-on activities and exhibits.
The Bangor Daily News reported on a panel discussion about the history of Wabanaki treaty-making that was held at the University of Maine. Four Wabanaki scholars spoke at the event that was part of a series aimed to educate the public on the relationship between Maine’s tribes and settlers. The speakers were Andrea Bear Nicholas, former chair of the studies of aboriginal cultures of Atlantic Canada at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick and a member of the Maliseet tribe; Vera Francis, Passamaquoddy economic development planner; Mark Cavaree, legal counsel for the Penobscot Indian Nation; and Gail Dana-Sacco, assistant research professor and former director at the Wabanaki Center. About 80 people attended the discussion.