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.
WVII (Channel 7) reported accounting students in the Maine Business School at the University of Maine are offering free federal and state income tax filing assistance, under the supervision of Steven Colburn, associate professor of accounting. Colburn said people should bring tax forms, tax information, W2 forms and documentation of any pension or social security income.
The Portland Press Herald, Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal reported Red Sox staff and mascot Wally the Green Monster will bring the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy — presented annually to the Major League Baseball World Series Champions — to the University of Maine on Sunday, Jan. 26. The trophy will be available for public viewing from 2–4 p.m. in the Alfond Arena on the Orono campus, as well as from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
WLBZ (Channel 2) reported Red Sox staff and mascot Wally the Green Monster will bring the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy — presented annually to the Major League Baseball World Series Champions — to the University of Maine on Sunday, Jan. 26. The trophy will be available for public viewing from 2–4 p.m. in the Alfond Arena on the Orono campus, as well as from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the retirement of Ludlow Hallman, a music professor and conductor at the University of Maine. Hallman conducted his last Oratorio Society concert Jan. 20 at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden. Hallman, who plans to spend the first year of his retirement in Italy, said this is a good time to say goodbye and try something different. His longtime colleague Anatole Wieck said Hallman has created an environment in which all the good things he has worked for will continue.
The Maine Edge reviewed Orono Community Theatre’s production of “Proof,” a psychological drama, that is being performed in the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on campus. The play, directed by UMaine alumna and Orono Community Theatre Director Sandy Cyrus, stars Dick Brucher, a professor in and chair of the UMaine English Department; Jennifer Hancock, a current UMaine student; and Hailey and Joel Crabtree, UMaine alumni. “Proof” runs until Jan. 26.
The Weekly reported parents in the Orono and Old Town area will be able to encourage reading with “Literacy to Go” kits that include informational text, a storybook and a storyboard in a themed pizza box. The University of Maine Raymond H. Fogler Library in partnership with UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development, Old Town Elementary School and Old Town Public Library will train librarians how to use the kits to promote early literacy.