University of Maine graduate students in the College of Education and Human Development teamed up with Tri-County Technical Center (TCTC) to develop and implement support for the pre-technical program.
TCTC offers 10 career and technical programs to high school students from six schools in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties. The pre-technical program serves students facing challenges in traditional educational settings, offering such fields as culinary arts, metal manufacturing and automotive technology.
In a study of TCTC’s pre-technical programming, UMaine Human Development graduate students enrolled in HUD 553: Program Planning and Evaluation identified understaffing and insufficient funding as the primary challenges to expanding the center’s sustainable agriculture efforts. In the UMaine course, taught by adjunct instructor and TCTC Student Services Coordinator Brian Welsh, the graduate students worked with TCTC staff and administration to develop a recruitment and selection process for field placements, resulting in two students interning with the pre-tech program, and helped secure $6,500 in funding through Lowe’s/Skills USA to build a greenhouse this spring to expand the sustainable energy program.
The University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation is seeking motivated, innovative Maine college students and Maine companies that want to make a difference for the state through the Blackstone Accelerates Growth (BxG) Innovate for Maine Fellows program, supported by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.
The BxG Innovate for Maine Fellows program connects the best and brightest Maine college students with the state’s most exciting, growing companies as a way to grow and create jobs in Maine through innovation and entrepreneurship. The program, which is now accepting applications, offers paid internships that place students with companies to receive training in innovation and entrepreneurship, and real-world job experience. Other benefits include potential academic credit and networking opportunities with Maine businesses and other students.
Applications are also available for Maine companies looking for summer interns. Trained innovation experts guide and mentor both the student and the company for the duration of the project.
The application deadline for both fellows and companies is March 1, 2014. More information and applications for the Innovate for Maine program are online.
WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2) and WVII (Channel 7) covered the Skate with the Bears event held at the Alfond Arena. Fans of all ages were invited to meet members of the men’s and women’s ice hockey teams during the free event Sunday afternoon. Also at the Alfond Arena on Sunday were Red Sox staff, mascot Wally the Green Monster and the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy — presented annually to the Major League Baseball World Series Champions. WVII (Channel 7), Bangor Daily News and WLBZ (Channel 2) reported on the trophy visit in Orono and Bangor.
Lisa Morin, coordinator of the University of Maine’s Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about college food pantries. Morin said UMaine’s Black Bear Exchange food pantry, which opened in 2009, serves about 30 people a week and is self-sustaining through year-round food drives and fundraisers. She added she has noticed an increase of visits from students, faculty and staff.
Mary Ellen Camire, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine, spoke to the Portland Press Herald for an article about the potato industry and supporters in Congress pushing to scrap a policy that prevents women from buying potatoes with vouchers they get through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. Camire, who has researched the nutritional value of and consumers’ attitudes about potatoes, said potatoes are inexpensive, keep for long periods, are low in sodium and contain more protein and fiber than many other vegetables. She said she supports increasing the availability of potatoes to families.
Robert Rice, a professor of wood science at the University of Maine, was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for two articles about mills in Maine. Rice was quoted in articles about the Verso-NewPage merger and the East Millinocket mill’s production shutdown. Rice said he believes the coated paper market’s struggles have been driven by the recession, and the market will stabilize as the economy recovers. Michael Bilodeau, associate director of the University of Maine Forest Bioproducts Research Institute, also spoke to the BDN about the Verso-NewPage merger.
Is a purple potato more appealing than a white one?
Kelly Koss, a University of Maine student pursuing a master’s degree in food science and human nutrition, plans to find out.
Since many children in the United States do not eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables, Koss has decided to test whether they are more apt to eat a veggie that has a novel, bright color. Koss is seeking 100 children from 8 to 10 years of age to take part in a 50-minute study during February vacation. Participating children will be asked to sample two cooked potatoes (one purple, one white), as well as raw cauliflower (orange and white) and raw carrots (yellow and orange), then answer several questions.
The study will be conducted in the Consumer Testing Center in Hitchner Hall on the UMaine campus. Volunteers who complete the study will earn $10. Mary Ellen Camire, professor of food science and human nutrition in the School of Food and Agriculture, is Koss’ adviser.
All of the vegetables are grown naturally and are not artificially colored, Koss says. Children who are allergic to cooked potatoes, raw cauliflower, raw carrots, dairy, eggs or ranch dressing are not permitted to participate. If interested, and for more information, contact Koss at 207.581.1733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WABI (Channel 5) interviewed Oliver Wahlstrom, a seventh-grader who plays varsity ice hockey at North Yarmouth Academy and who earlier this year verbally committed to attend the University of Maine and play hockey, in 2019.
Wahlstrom, 13, told WABI that he wants to enroll at UMaine because he loves the school, is not a city guy and that the Black Bear coaching staff is “unbelievable.”
The Bangor Daily News wrote about Saturday morning’s scheduled opening of the renovated University of Maine New Balance Field House.
The public will get its first look at the nearly $5 million in renovations at Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference-Eastern Maine Indoor Track League.
WVII (Channel 7) talked with University of Maine sophomore Matt Dexter about his summer plans — taking part in the 4K for Cancer.
For 42 days, Dexter and 33 other college students will team up to complete a 4,000-mile team run from San Francisco, Calif. to Baltimore, Md. Their goals are to raise awareness of cancer and raise money for cancer research.
“It’s important to me because my mother passed away from cancer in 2008. I realized I wasn’t alone and there’s a lot of people out there who are affected by this terrible, terrible disease,” says Dexter, who is majoring in psychology.
Along the way, Dexter and his teammates will visit hospitals and give college scholarships to young adults fighting cancer.