Archive for the ‘Honors College’ Category

Trustees Take Up UMaine Business

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The Bangor Daily News reported that University of Maine System Board of Trustees on Jan. 28 approved a $3.2 million project to renovate Estabrooke Hall at the University of Maine and convert the dormitory to a new “collaborative and active learning classroom” and create space for the UMaine Honors College, the newspaper said. Trustees also heard a report about from Habib Dagher, director of the university’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, about the progress of UMaine’s offshore wind turbine project.

Op-Ed Discusses MaineCare Eligibility Policy

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

An opinion column in the Bangor Daily News by Robert Glover, a University of Maine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors Preceptor of Political Science, discusses healthcare changes the Maine Legislature made last year, which made immigrants living in Maine for less than five years ineligible for MaineCare, the state’s low-income healthcare program. Glover argues the changes make for unfair and bad policy, which the newly elected 126th Maine Legislature should consider reversing.

Contact: George Manlove, 207.581.3756

Associated Press Reports on Slow Food Conference at UMaine

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Channel 2 (WLBZ) and Channel 5 (WABI) both posted an Associated Press report on an Oct. 26–27 conference at UMaine on “slow food,” an international movement that’s promoted as an alternative to fast food with the intention of preserving traditional cuisines and promoting locally grown foods, the report said. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, will deliver a talk titled “Food Policy — Incorporating the Slow Food Model into the Maine Economy.” The nonprofit ESTIA organization is organizing the conference.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

President’s Community Conversation 2.0 Scheduled for Monday

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

On Monday, Oct. 29, University of Maine President Paul Ferguson will hold Community Conversation 2.0, his second annual discussion with the UMaine community.

The President’s Community Conversation 2.0 will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Wells Conference Center. This year, the President’s Community Conversation is being combined with the annual Employee Breakfast. For UMaine employees working evening shifts, an “evening breakfast” is scheduled for 9–10 that night.

Last October, President Ferguson held the first Community Conversation to share his first impressions of UMaine. He also described the collaborative process about to be initiated to shape a bold, pragmatic vision for UMaine’s future. That Conversation launched the “The Blue Sky Project: Reaffirming Public Higher Education at Maine’s Flagship University,” the strategic planning initiative led by a 26-member leadership team of faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Community Conversation 2.0 will focus on both achievements and challenges at UMaine this past year, and will introduce the Blue Sky Project Implementation Plan.

Contact: Margaret Nagle, (207) 581-3745

UMaine, ESTIA Hosting Conference on Slow Food

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

The University of Maine and ESTIA, a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization based in Maine dedicated to the protection of cultural and biological diversity, will host the 9th Annual ESTIA Conference on “Slow Food: A Model for Sustainable and Healthy Living.”

Interest in the concept of Slow Food has grown in recent years as more people seek to understand the value of local, in-season and organic food that boosts the local economy while protecting the environment.

The conference will be held 6 p.m.–9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Events will be held both days at UMaine’s Wells Conference Center.

The conference will address various topics such as understanding the Slow Food model and its contribution to sustainability, its health benefits and its viability in boosting Maine’s economy. The conference will also explore food policy as it relates to Slow Food and present success stories from Maine institutions and businesses.

More than 20 speakers from local, state and national organizations will explore different aspects of Slow Food. Roger Doiron, the founder of Kitchen Gardeners International, will give the keynote address at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 26.  Doiron led the successful campaign for a kitchen garden at the White House, earning him the Hearst Media’s “Heart of Green” Award as one of the 10 most inspiring people in sustainable food.

Carlo Petrini, the founder of the International Slow Food movement, will greet conference attendees via video. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine, a member of the House Agriculture Committee and a national voice for local, sustainable farming, will deliver a talk titled “Food Policy — Incorporating the Slow Food Model into the Maine Economy.”

Other speakers include Walt Whitcomb, commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; Mark Lapping, executive director of the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service; and Russell Libby, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

The conference fee, which includes local, in-season and organic food, is $40 ($50 on-site registration) and $25 ($30) for students. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 15. To register go to estiamaine.org. For more information, contact Gregory Edwards, ESTIA treasurer, at 716 Union Street, Bangor, Maine, 04401 or email estiamaine@gmail.com.

Contact: Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, (207) 581-3124 or dorothy.klimis.zacas@umit.maine.edu; Jessica Bloch, (207) 581-3777 or jessica.bloch@umit.maine.edu

Newspaper Advances Conference on Slow Food

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The Bangor Daily News carried an article announcing the ESTIA Conference on “Slow Food, a Model for Sustainable and Healthy Living,” which is being held Oct. 26–27 at UMaine’s Wells Conference Center. More than 20 speakers, including U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine and several UMaine faculty members, will address topics such as understanding the slow food model, its contribution to sustainability, health benefits, viability in boosting the Maine economy and food policy as it relates to slow food.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

UMaine and ESTIA Hosting Conference on Slow Food

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The University of Maine and ESTIA, a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization based in Maine dedicated to the protection of cultural and biological diversity, will host the 9th Annual ESTIA Conference on “Slow Food: A Model for Sustainable and Healthy Living.”

Interest in the concept of Slow Food has grown in recent years as more people seek to understand the value of local, in-season and organic food that boosts the local economy while protecting the environment.

The conference will be held 6 p.m.–9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Events will be held both days at UMaine’s Wells Conference Center.

The conference will address various topics such as understanding the Slow Food model and its contribution to sustainability, its health benefits and its viability in boosting Maine’s economy. The conference will also explore food policy as it relates to Slow Food and present success stories from Maine institutions and businesses.

More than 20 speakers from local, state and national organizations will explore different aspects of Slow Food. Roger Doiron, the founder of Kitchen Gardeners International, will give the keynote address at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 26. Doiron led the successful campaign for a kitchen garden at the White House, earning him the Hearst Media’s “Heart of Green” Award as one of the 10 most inspiring people in sustainable food.

Carlo Petrini, the founder of the International Slow Food movement, will greet conference attendees via video. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine, a member of the House Agriculture Committee and a national voice for local, sustainable farming, will deliver a talk titled “Food Policy — Incorporating the Slow Food Model into the Maine Economy.”

Other speakers include Walt Whitcomb, commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; Mark Lapping, executive director of the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service; and Russell Libby, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

The conference fee, which includes local, in-season and organic food, is $40 ($50 on-site registration) and $25 ($30) for students. The registration deadline has been extended to Thursday, Oct. 25. To register go to estiamaine.org. For more information, contact Gregory Edwards, ESTIA treasurer, at 716 Union Street, Bangor, Maine, 04401 or email estiamaine@gmail.com.

Contact: Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, (207) 581-3124 or dorothy.klimis.zacas@umit.maine.edu; Jessica Bloch, (207) 581-3777 or jessica.bloch@umit.maine.edu

UMaine Student to Assist in Ethics Laws Revisions

Friday, September 21st, 2012

A Bangor Daily News article about a bipartisan initiative led by Gov. Paul LePage and House Democratic Leader Emily Cain to revise state government ethics, accountability and transparency laws for the next legislative session noted that UMaine Honors College student Shelbe Lane of Patten will research and write omnibus ethics reform legislation as part of her thesis. LePage’s acting legal counsel Michael Cianchette said while that it’s unusual to hand over such a project to a college student, Lane is “an intelligent young Mainer” and up to the challenge.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

UMaine Political Experts Available to Discuss Election

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

As the presidential election season heats up, the University of Maine has several experts available to discuss the campaigns and candidates, as well as their most recent election- and political-related research.

Mark Brewer, an associate professor of political science, follows American politics, political parties, elections, interest groups and religion and politics. His recent research includes an examination of the evolving definition of the word
liberalism, which had a very different connotation 100 years ago than it does today. Brewer can be reached at (207) 581-1863 or mark.brewer@umit.maine.edu.

Amy Fried, a professor of political science, is interested in American politics, public opinion, participation, voting rules, and women and politics. She is a national expert in public opinion and her blog, Pollways, can be read at pollways.com.

She recently released a book, “Tea Party Talk – The Governors,” which compiles quotations and comments from Tea Party governors across the country and discusses their links to the Tea Party movement.  Fried can be reached at (207) 581-1797 or amy.fried@umit.maine.edu.

Jordan LaBouff, a Department of Psychology faculty member, authored a study that found participants interviewed outside a religious structure in two western European cities were more ideologically conservative, more strongly supported specific conservative policies, and were more negative towards out-groups like Muslims, foreigners, or homosexual persons than did those who were interviewed outside a nonreligious structure such as a government building. LaBouff collaborated on the research while he was a doctoral candidate at Baylor University in Texas. LaBouff can be reached at (207) 581-2826 or jordan.labouff@umit.maine.edu.

Richard Powell, an associate professor of political science, has research interests that include the U.S. Presidency, Congress, mass media, elections, state politics and constitutional law. He has also authored book chapters on presidential
communications, and is prepared to discuss the presidential debates, which begin Oct. 3. Powell can be reached at (207) 581-1795 or rpowell@maine.edu

Contact: Jessica Bloch, (207) 581-3777 or jessica.bloch@umit.maine.edu

News Media Covers Slavin Memorial Event

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Several area news organizations, including the Bangor Daily News and Channel 5 (WABI) covered Friday’s memorial celebration of the life of University of Maine Honors College Dean Charlie Slavin, who died unexpectedly in July. Around 650 friends and colleagues of the 58-year-old mathematician turned out to honor Slavin at UMaine’s Collins Center for the Arts.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756