Certified therapy dogs will visit Fogler Library to offer stress relief and comfort to students, staff and faculty members as the semester comes to an end. The dogs are scheduled to be in the library from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 and Monday, Dec. 16 and from 2–4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. No appointment is necessary and everyone is welcome to visit with the animals. For more information or to request disability accommodations, call Gretchen Gfeller, Fogler’s public relations manager, at 207.581.1696.
Six University of Maine choral groups will ring in the holiday season at the Yuletide Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Collins Center for the Arts.
The University Singers, Collegiate Chorale, Oratorio Society, Athena Consort, Black Bear Men’s Chorus and Euphony will all take part in the UMaine School of Performing Arts’ annual presentation and will join together for a candlelit finale of traditional holiday favorites.
Margaret Radke, a 90-year-old woman from Orono, will be among the more than 200 singers adding their voices to the Yuletide Concert. The 60-year member of the Oratorio Society has been singing since she was 9 years old growing up in Minnesota.
“I had a voice teacher when I was in my 30s who told me I would be singing into my 90s,” she laughs. “I had to prove her right.”
Despite having polio in her throat as a teenager, Radke — who once had a three-octave range — continued to sing. She sang when she attended Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minn., where she majored in biology and chemistry, as well as at the University of California, where she earned a graduate degree in zoology, and at the University of Maine, where her husband, the late Frederick Radke, was a biochemistry professor.
“Music was my outlet and solace,” says Radke, who shared her love of music with her children and grandchildren. Radke’s daughter, Eileen Nokes and son-in-law, Ted Nokes, and their two sons all majored in music at UMaine.
Radke says she cherishes the friendships she developed with directors and singers of all ages during her six decades with the group, and she encourages people throughout Maine who love to sing to join the group. “It’s very open and has dedicated people of varying abilities,” she says.
The Oratorio Society is a mixed choral ensemble of community members and university students; University Singers are members of an advanced concert choir who come from a variety of academic disciplines; the Collegiate Chorale is a mixed ensemble open to all students; the Athena Consort is a select women’s choir; the Black Bear Men’s Chorus includes students, faculty, staff and community members; and Euphony is an innovative contemporary choral group.
Admission is $12, 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.
This month the University of Maine Museum of Art is offering three holiday programs for children and their families, and hosting the popular community event, Weihnachtsmarkt.
All the events at the Museum of Art, 40 Harlow St. in Bangor, are free and open to the public. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Kathryn Jovanelli, 561.3350.
In addition, three exhibitions will be on display in the museum galleries: Susan Burnstine and Lynn Saville’s “From the Shadows,” Sachiko Akiyama’s “On Finding Home,” and Gregory Kalliche’s “GPOY.” The exhibitions are on display through Jan. 4.
6th annual Art Factory
11 a.m.–4 p.m., Dec. 7
Create lasting memories this holiday season at this family-fun event. A variety of art-making stations will be set up for participants of all ages to create a card, ornament or gift. Supplies are free and instruction will be given throughout the day. The event is sponsored by WBRC Architects and Engineers.
Weihnachtsmarkt — Christmas Market
11 a.m.–3 p.m., Dec. 15
The University of Maine German Club — Deutscher Verein — annually organizes a traditional Weihnachtsmarkt or Christmas market. This year’s event will be held at the UMaine Museum of Art. The market will feature holiday treats — including cookies, stollen and Gluhwein — and traditional decorations. Proceeds will benefit UMMA exhibitions and education programs.
Get bedazzled on New Year’s Eve
6-8 p.m., Dec. 31
Welcome the new year with a glittering crown or tiara. For this family-friendly event, all of the supplies are provided. UMMA is a participant in the Downtown Bangor Partnership’s Downtown Countdown to 2014.
The University of Maine’s University Bookstore has selected the Black Bear Mentor Program as the recipient of proceeds from this year’s commemorative ornament. The Black Bear Mentor Program is offered through the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism and matches UMaine students with local youth to act as role models. This year’s ornament features the UMaine Flagship Crest and is available at the bookstore and online. The annual commemorative ornament program began in 2003 to benefit university student organizations that work to help others in the community. “The students in organizations like the Black Bear Mentor Program dedicate their energy and talent to making a difference,” says Dean Graham, associate director of the University Bookstore. “The University Bookstore is honored to recognize their important work through the ornament program.”
The 2013 Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration will be Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.
The 19th annual event features baskets, carvings and beadwork, as well as demonstrations, storytelling, music, drumming and dancing. It is free and open to the public.
Native American artists from Maine, including national award-winning members of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, will showcase their talents, as will members of the next generation of weavers and artists.
For more information, call 207.581.1904 or visit umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum.
The University of Maine School of Computing and Information Science is hosting the COS 125 Student Game Exhibition 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in Jenness Hall’s Soderberg Center. There will be 11 teams competing for three cash prizes. Members of the public are invited to attend the free event to view and try the games and vote for their favorite teams.
Fans of the University of Maine football team can show their spirit during “Go Blue” festivities prior to Saturday’s first-ever home playoff football contest. At 2 p.m., the 10–2 Black Bears host 8–4 University of New Hampshire at Alfond Stadium.
Students and staff are invited to write a good luck message to the Black Bears on a 16-foot banner that will be in the dining commons in Hilltop, York and Wells this week. Dining staff will wear football jerseys when the banner is in their respective facility. The banner will be presented to the football squad at Thursday’s pep rally in Memorial Union.
Blue snow cones will be given out Monday in the union and blue cotton candy will be handed out Tuesday. An ice sculpture showcasing the UMaine-UNH rivalry will be carved Wednesday, starting at approximately 11 a.m., outside the union on the library side. And, a pep rally will kick off Thursday just prior to noon in the Bear’s Den.
Student Life will purchase the $2 game tickets for the first 1,000 students who enter the gates; Athletics Engagement will pay for all other students who attend. In addition, the first 1,000 university students admitted will receive a $5 food voucher to use at the concession stand. All UMaine students will get free hot chocolate at halftime and all other fans can purchase hot cocoa for $1. A warming tent will be available for fans adjacent to the south end zone.
Tailgating for the 2 p.m. game begins at 11 a.m.; gates open at 12:30 p.m. ESPN3 is streaming the game live.
UNH crushed Lafayette College 45–7 on Nov. 30 to advance to play the fifth-seeded Black Bears in the second round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The UNH Wildcats topped the Black Bears 24–6 in the regular season finale Nov. 23.
Provost Jeff Hecker will lead three Academic Affairs Faculty Forums beginning this week. The first forum, Dec. 3, focuses on signature and emerging programs.
All the Academic Affairs Faculty Forums will be from 3–4 p.m., 57 Stodder Hall. Two more forums are scheduled for Feb. 3 and March 31.
In year three of the Blue Sky Project, the focus is on integrating the plan’s strategies and goals into the organizational structure of the university. Just as the Blue Sky Strategic Plan was developed through an inclusive process, integration will emerge through collaboration.
Over the course of the academic year, the Provost’s Office, in collaboration with the Faculty Senate leadership, is holding Academic Affairs Faculty Forums to create a venue for meaningful sharing of ideas about important initiatives in Academic Affairs. Collaboration between the faculty and administration of the university is essential to advance toward UMaine’s strategic goals.
A website is being developed to extend the collaboration beyond the public meetings. After each forum, relevant materials will be posted. The Academic Affairs Faculty Forums website, which will be linked off the Provost’s Office homepage, also will create a space where faculty members can submit reactions, comments or questions generated by the forum.
The University of Maine student organization REACH (Respect, Education, Action, Community, Hope) will offer a Parents’ Day Out at the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center on Dec. 7.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., parents can drop off children while they run errands, go holiday shopping or enjoy a day to themselves. Children will spend the day taking part in activities such as basketball, soccer, swimming or crafts with REACH members and other volunteers from the UMaine community.
The event — which is by donation — is a fundraiser for the group’s spring service trip to India with a nonprofit organization called Yearoutindia. During the trip, students plan to work on a sanitation project and help rebuild a nursery.
Children from surrounding communities are welcome to attend the Dec. 7 event.
For more information, email Hannah Dexter at email@example.com.
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts presents the fall Percussion Ensemble concert Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall.
Under the direction of Thomas Martin Wubbenhorst, the ensemble will perform compositions that incorporate unique sounds, including those of an antique fire engine siren and a theremin — an old electronic instrument that is played without touching it.
Stuart Marrs will guest conduct a piece titled ‘Ionisation’ by composer Edgard Varese.
“Additionally, a composition by Lou Harrison titled ‘The Song of Queztecoatl’ calls for car brake drums, temple cup gongs, wind chimes and other unusual instruments,” says Wubbenhorst. “‘Mallet Quartet’ by Steve Reich — one of the important American ‘minimalist’ composers — uses marimbas and vibraphones, and the final piece on the program — ‘Surge’ — is fun and fast from the beginning to the end.”
In addition to European-based compositions, the ensemble performs a variety of world music genres, including salsa, African drumming and Brazilian samba. The group has performed throughout Maine, as well as in southern France and was the first U.S. percussion ensemble to perform in Cuba.
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.