The University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum will kick off its annual wreath-making workshops Saturday, Nov. 30, on Portage Road.
Three workshops will be held Nov. 30 — from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2–4 p.m. and 5–7 p.m.
Workshops will also be held 5–7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 6–8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.
Cost is $15 per person per workshop. The fee includes instruction and materials to complete one wreath. Registration is required. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.4100.
Bangor Daily News editorial page editor Erin Rhoda highlights University of Maine graduate student Rachael Joyce in a blog titled Arguably.
Joyce, who is studying civil engineering and works at the university’s Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center developing offshore wind turbine technology, also assists her boyfriend with Volition Ski Co. — a startup company that hand-builds skis. Consider the positive impact, writes Rhoda, if 2,000 more young, talented people from Maine chose to stay and work and create businesses in the state.
WVII (Channel 7) spoke with University of Maine alumni Dave Manz (2007) and Jonathan Englehart (2013), who work for PC Construction, the Portland, Maine, company refurbishing the New Balance Field House. Manz, the project engineer, ran track and field for the Black Bears, WVII reported.
The University of Maine’s Office of Multicultural Student Life and the African Students Association will host the second annual Hunger Banquet on Nov. 22. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wells Conference Center on the UMaine campus.
The Hunger Banquet aims to raise awareness about the issues of hunger and poverty in Maine and other parts of the world, as well as raise funds to donate to the Crossroads Ministries in Old Town, Maine.
The event will feature three speeches, a raffle and a pasta dinner. The speakers scheduled to present include Pious Ali, who has worked with organizations including Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance and Seeds of Peace; Elizabeth McLellan, president and founder of Partners for World Health; Hector M. Tarraza, volunteer medical director at Partners for World Health; and Roosevelt Boone, a UMaine graduate assistant and founder and director of Strong Mind-Strong Body.
The event is free for students with a valid MaineCard, $20 for adults and $10 for seniors. For more information, contact Hawa Mohamud at 207.581.1428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the upcoming performance of “Metamorphoses” by the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. The play explores transformations and takes place in an 18-inch-deep, 30-foot-wide-by-14-foot-long pool filled with 8,500 gallons of water. Marcia Joy Douglas, an associate professor of theatre at UMaine, is the director of the play which opens Nov. 25. She said the “water is like a character in the play” and it “represents a lot of different things at different times.”
WVII (Channel 7) and the Bangor Daily News reported on research being conducted collaboratively at the University of Maine and Eastern Maine Medical Center on drug-affected babies after Gov. Paul LePage put the spotlight on the growing problem during his radio address. Marie Hayes, a psychology professor at UMaine, and Dr. Mark Brown, chief of pediatrics and director of nurseries at EMMC, spoke to WVII about the problem of substance-exposed newborns in the state and the need for more research.
The Maine Edge reported on the 2013 William S. Cohen Lecture at the University of Maine featuring former Secretary of Defense William Cohen and former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Simpson and Cohen spoke about the need for Americans to take control of government and demand that elected officials work together in the discussion titled “The State of Our Nation: Hardball vs. Civility.” After the lecture, the pair sat down for a two-part interview which aired on “207,” a WSCH (Channel 6 in Portland) news show.
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts will present the fall Collegiate Chorale concert Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall.
Under the direction of Christian Giddings, a music education graduate student from Unity, the chorale will premiere “Birds at Winter Nightfall” by alumnus Andrew Hirst, as well as perform a variety of traditional and contemporary selections. The chorale is a mixed ensemble open to all students; it currently has more than 50 members.
Admission is $9, or free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, call 207.581.1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show.
The Collegiate Chorale will join other UMaine choral groups in the annual Yuletide concert Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Collins Center for the Arts.
The University of Maine Student Life LGBT Liaison Services will hold its 10th annual Gay Thanksgiving 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Memorial Union.
The potluck dinner, which will be held in the North Pod, is held to support all people who may not be supported elsewhere and to provide a safe place to celebrate the holiday.
For more information, contact Chelsea Barker at 207.581.1439.
A group of University of Maine nursing students attended a Veazie town council meeting to present their findings about the health effects of trihalomethanes (THMs) after residents showed concern over chemicals in their water, WABI reported. THMs are formed when chlorine and other disinfectants are mixed with organic matter and exposure can lead to an increased risk of bladder, colon and rectal cancer. The students said THM levels up to 80 parts per billion are acceptable. Orono-Veazie Water District Superintendent Dennis Cross said he had “no concerns” over THM levels after a 2011 sample showed Veazie’s levels at 89 parts per billion.