Archive for the ‘Campus Announcements’ Category

‘Frozen’ to be Screened for Free on New Football Stadium Scoreboard

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The University of Maine will screen the movie “Frozen” on the Harold Alfond Stadium’s new high-definition scoreboard at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23.

The event is free and open to the public.

The 30-by-20-foot video board is located in the end zone next to the field house parking lot facing Morse Field at Alfond Stadium.

The new scoreboard includes features such as HD video display and instant replay. It also will provide the opportunity for enhanced fan interaction, including live remote fan shots, video engagement, and posted tweets and texts.

The scoreboard was funded by an $800,000 gift from UMaine benefactors Phillip and Susan Morse.

UMaine Extension Hosts ‘Preserving by the Pint’ Author

Friday, July 18th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host author Marisa McClellan 7–9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth.

McClellan, author of “Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces,” will demonstrate urban canning and preserving techniques. “Teaching city dwellers and home cooks how to extend the life of their farmers market purchases throughout the year is my passion,” says McClellan, who learned to can local blueberries, blackberries and apples from her mother.

In addition to canning basics, the book includes recipes divided by season. Spring includes Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup and summer showcases Honey-Sweetened Apricot-Lavender Butter. Fall has Chunky Pear Preserves with Sage and winter wraps up with Quince Slices in Chai Tea Syrup.

Cost is $15 per person. Registration is online. To request disability accommodations, call 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine).

Volunteers Sought for Maine Hello, Welcome Weekend Day of Service

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The University of Maine’s First Year Center is recruiting faculty, staff and student volunteers to welcome UMaine’s Class of 2018. Volunteers can help during Maine Hello from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29 and/or the Welcome Weekend Day of Service on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Maine Hello volunteers assist with greeting families, answering questions, directing traffic and moving first-year students’ belongings into their dorm rooms.

Student volunteers who will be living on campus can move into residence halls two days early on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Registration is online. For more information, call the First Year Center at 207.581.1420.

Extension Workshop Focuses on Detecting Internal Parasites

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop for farmers on how to detect internal animal parasites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center, 160 University Farm Road, Old Town.

Doctors of Veterinary Medicine Jim Weber and Anne Lichtenwalner will demonstrate how to use a microscope to identify common internal parasites of sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas. Cost is $30 per person; registration is required and space is limited to 20.

More information including how to register is online. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine).

Upward Bound Math Science Students Celebrate 50 Years of National Program

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Participants of the Upward Bound Math Science program at the University of Maine are recognizing the 50th anniversary of the national Upward Bound program by contributing to a regional video project.

The video will feature students in Upward Bound programs across New England singing a song dedicated to the program and written by Craig Werth, who works for Upward Bound at the University of New Hampshire and at the New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA) Leadership Institute.

The Upward Bound Math Science Program is affiliated with the UMaine College of Education and Human Development and offers a six-week college preparatory program to first-generation college students from eight Maine high schools. The program specifically targets students who are interested in pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors and careers.

This summer, 35 students are attending from Central High School in Corinth, Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft, Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln, Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris, Portland High School, Stearns High School in Millinocket, and Schenck High School in East Millinocket. Five participants are attending college in the fall, while the rest are high school juniors and seniors. A total of 66 students participate in programming — college visits, academic advising, field trips, laboratory experiences and leadership opportunities — throughout the school year.

From 1–4 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday until July 17, students work on individual research projects and explorations. This year’s projects cover topics ranging from studying the causes and possible treatments for “chemo fog” in chemotherapy patients to research involving lungworm morphology in Maine moose. In addition to the individual projects, students also are working on a group sustainability design project that involves creating a new portable touch tank, as well as collecting pictures and interviews of green space and important landmarks along the Penobscot River as part of the Bay to Baxter Initiative.

The program also includes Watch Groups, a weekly series of guest speakers who meet with the students to expand and challenge their thinking and knowledge.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Upward Bound, which began in 1964 as part of the Economic Opportunity Act. Talent Search emerged one year later, under the Higher Education Act, and in 1968, Student Support Services was approved by Higher Education Amendments. The three programs were coined TRIO, and more programs have since been created to meet the needs of various student populations.

In an effort to increase students’ performance in mathematics and science courses, the Upward Bound Math Science program began in 1990. UMaine held its first summer session in 1991. The program joined Classic Upward Bound, which came to the UMaine campus in 1966.

More information about the Upward Bound Math Science program is online.

Individual student research project topics are as follows:

Animal pathology/veterinary

  • Lungworm morphology in Maine moose

Archaeology

  • Colonial archaeology

Chemical engineering

  • Bioplastic development

  • Pulp and paper applications: nano- and micro-fibrillated cellulose, and cellulose nanofibers

Genetics

  • Desiccation resistant yeast gene

  • Ethanol and circadian rhythms in zebrafish

  • Genetic lineage of amoeba and dog populations

Mathematics/computer science

  • Evolutionary algorithms for optimization of dynamic systems (such as wind farms)

  • Finding the shortest path across campus

  • Music tone and chord discrimination

  • Population study on gerrymandering and political elections

  • Restricting and opening parameters for robot operation

  • Spatial engineering system for in-flight aircraft recognition

Microbiology/pharmacy

  • Antibacterial effectiveness against E. coli

  • Antimicrobial properties of fighting fish bubble nests

  • Antiseptic actions of on S. epidermidis

  • Handwashing methods and bacterial growth

Physiology/medical

  • Vision acuity in humans

Psychology

  • Causes and treatments for chemo fog

  • Effects of music on mood

  • Effects of music on mood and sustainability

  • Ethanol and circadian rhythms in mice

  • Impacts of eating habits and exercise on self-esteem

  • Learning styles and memory

  • Play behavior in preschool children

Wildlife ecology and environmental science

  • Rainbow smelt age and size compared with otolith (ear bone) growth rings

  • Rainfall levels and wood frog development in local vernal pools

  • Sucker fish size and egg laying capability

  • Water quality in local lakes and streams over time

For more information on the projects or program contact Kelly Ilseman at 617.784.2320 or kelly.ilseman@gmail.com.

UMaine Extension Preps Public to Safely Cook for Crowds

Monday, July 14th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a Cooking for Crowds workshop 12–4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the UMaine Extension Penobscot County office, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor.

Learn up-to-date methods for safely preparing, handling and serving food for large groups, including at soup kitchens, church functions, food pantries and community fundraisers. The workshop meets Good Shepherd Food Bank food safety training requirements. It covers the following food safety guidelines: planning and purchasing; storing food supplies; preparing food; transporting, storing and serving cooked foods; and handling leftovers.

Cost is $15 per person; scholarships are available. Register online or bring a check to class. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Viña Lindley at 207.342.5971 or 800.287.1426 (in Maine).

Richard Reichenbach Named UMaine Women’s Ice Hockey Head Coach

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Richard Reichenbach has been named the University of Maine women’s ice hockey head coach for the 2014-2015 season. Reichenbach’s wife Sara, who co-coached with him last year, will be an assistant coach for the coming season.

Reichenbach recently completed his fourth season with the Black Bears, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator the previous three years before co-coaching last season. The Black Bears finished fifth in Hockey East last season and lost in triple overtime to the University of Vermont in the Hockey East playoffs.

Reichenbach came to UMaine from Cortland State where he was responsible for recruiting and organizing team travel, practices and video breakdown. He also worked primarily with the Cortland State defense.

The native of Baldwinsville, New York, is a 2006 graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He played hockey and lacrosse for the Continentals for four years. Following graduation, he played a year of professional hockey with the Richmond Renegades of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Reichenbach worked as a hockey specialist and Bluestreak Sports Training in Stamford, Connecticut where he trained elite athletes who played in Division I and III hockey, as well as in the NHL and Olympics. Reichenbach recently completed his master’s degree in sports management from Cortland State.

Blackstone a Guest on Virginia Talk Show

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Amy Blackstone, an associate professor and chairwoman of the University of Maine’s Sociology Department, will appear with her husband Lance on Virginia’s “The Joy Sutton Show” on Sunday, July 13.

On the show, which was taped Sunday, July 6, Blackstone discusses her research on childfree adults, as well as the blog she runs with Lance titled “we’re {not} having a baby!”

“The Joy Sutton Show” is a 30-minute talk show that features life-changing stories and lifestyle segments on beauty, fashion, fitness, career and family. The show airs on WDBJ (Channel 7) in Virginia, and also streams online.

University of Maine Announces Spring 2014 Dean’s List

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The University of Maine recognized 2,130 students for achieving Dean’s List honors in the spring 2014 semester. Of the students who made the Deans List, 1,730 are from Maine, 338 are from 30 other states and 62 are from 24 countries other than the U.S.

Listed below are students who received Dean’s List honors for spring 2014, completing 12 or more credit hours in the semester and earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Also available is a breakdown of the Dean’s List by Maine counties.

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Funeral Services Scheduled for UMaine Benefactor Richard Collins

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Funeral services will be held July 11 in Belfast, Maine, for University of Maine alumnus and benefactor Richard Collins of Northport, Maine, and Key Largo, Florida, who passed away July 7. He was 77.

Graveside services will be July 12, followed by a reception at UMaine’s Hutchinson Center. Details are online.

Dick Collins graduated from UMaine in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He was president of his class and captain of the men’s basketball team, and went on to a career in the insurance industry. His wife, Anne Adams Collins, is a member of the Class of ’61 with a degree in education.

The many philanthropic contributions by Dick and Anne Collins to UMaine included the 2007 pledge of $6 million — one of the largest gifts in the history of the University of Maine. That pledge included $5 million for improvements to the then Maine Center for the Arts.

Through the years, both Dick and Anne Collins have been active members of the UMaine community, serving on numerous alumni boards and committees, helping raise funds for building projects and establishing scholarships. Dick Collins’ many leadership roles included chair of the University of Maine Foundation Board and a member of the UMaine President’s Development Council.

One of the couple’s many UMaine honors for their dedication and leadership included a 2007 Stillwater Presidential Award. Dick Collins also was inducted into the 2011 UMaine Sports Hall of Fame.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of the University of Maine’s most dedicated alumni volunteers and benefactors,” said UMaine President Susan Hunter. “Dick and his wife, Anne, worked tirelessly to make their alma mater the pride of the state of Maine and beyond. Their many philanthropic interests included the performing arts and athletics, and the Collins Center for the Arts that bears their names. The University of Maine community has lost a visionary and a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Anne, the Collins family and their friends.”

UMaine Professor Emeritus George Jacobson, a longtime friend of Dick and Anne Collins, said: “Maine has lost one of its greatest sons. Dick Collins loved our state, and was extremely grateful that the University of Maine prepared him so well for what became a fascinating and distinguished career in international business. Dick and his wife, Anne have been the most consistent and selfless supporters of the university because they were determined to see that others would be able to experience the joys of an educated life.

“(Dick) deeply loved the Black Bear teams, and supported them, win or lose, though he greatly preferred the wins,” Jacobson said. “But his continual efforts to strengthen Maine’s research university were even more impressive. He understood that Maine’s economic future depends on new ideas that are born and nurtured in the university’s vigorous research environment.”