Mainebiz reported on a 21 percent increase in enrollment at the University of Maine’s Maine Business School. The school reached a record enrollment this year with 947 undergraduate students, up from 785 students last year. Mainebiz cited a previous Bangor Daily News report.
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The Bangor Daily News wrote a piece about the all-time high undergraduate enrollment at the Maine Business School (MBS) at the University of Maine.
MBS Dean Ivan Manev says the school attracts students for a host of reasons. There are accessible faculty who are experts in their fields, a new concentration in entrepreneurship, high post-graduate job placement and a wealth of learning opportunities, including a student-run investment group, access to the Bloomberg Terminal and trips to the New York Stock Exchange.
“I was born in Maine, raised in Maine, educated in Maine and now I’m employed in Maine,” Bethany Mealey, ’09, of Farmingdale, Maine, said in the story. “I wanted to study business and the Maine Business School allowed me to do that,” said Mealey, who works at UNUM in Portland.
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The Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News reported that while fall enrollment in the University of Maine System is down 2 percent from a year ago, enrollment at the University of Maine is up 3.2 percent.
The Kenway Composite Materials Laboratory will be dedicated Friday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine.
The lab is being named for Kenway Corporation, a third-generation family business in Augusta, Maine. Founded in 1947, the company produces fiberglass pleasure boats and composite, industrial components.
Kenway Corporation, Kenneth Priest II, Michael Priest and Ian Kopp Families contributed a $100,000 endowment held in the University of Maine Foundation. The earnings support UMaine staff, students, research and scientific advancement of polymer matrix composites and related materials at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
Kenway Corporation is also a manufacturing partner with Advanced Infrastructure Technologies to produce Composite Arch Bridges, formerly known as Bridge-in-a-BackpackTM.
A tour and an infusion demonstration will be held following the dedication.
Undergraduate enrollment in the Maine Business School (MBS) at the University of Maine is at an all-time high of 947 students, an increase of nearly 21 percent from a year ago. And, at the same time the SAT scores of the incoming classes have consistently improved since 2009.
MBS Dean Ivan Manev says the 162-student increase reflects the quality of the school’s education and is the result of institutional recruitment and marketing efforts by MBS Associate Dean Stephanie Welcomer, student ambassadors and faculty.
The school’s enrollment jump aligns with Pathway 2 of UMaine President Paul Ferguson’s Blue Sky Project, which targets ensuring the university’s financial sustainability by attracting more students, particularly to signature programs, Manev says.
One big draw for the MBS includes the recently acquired Bloomberg Terminal, which affords students the ability to observe and analyze real-time financial market data and electronic trading. Students can learn important skills, including how to access global economic and security price information, as well as energy prices, interest rates, currency rates and supply chain analysis — advantageous skills for those seeking to land jobs in banking and marketing research.
Students also can glean valuable experience managing the Student Portfolio Investment Fund (SPIFFY), which is a part of the University of Maine Foundation’s endowment. More than 70 students actively participate in this group led by faculty adviser Professor Robert Strong. In October 2013, SPIFFY surpassed $2 million for the first time, says Manev.
And, through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, business student volunteers gain hands-on skills preparing tax returns while simultaneously providing a community service for students and low-income taxpayers.
This year, U.S. News & World Report cited the Maine Business School as one of the nation’s top 150 business undergraduate programs. The MBS offers a four-year undergraduate degree in business administration with majors in accounting, finance, management and marketing, and concentrations in entrepreneurship, international business, and management information systems. It also offers an MBA. The school’s mission is to prepare students for successful careers by challenging them to discover their potential, develop business skills, and act responsibly.
Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777
The University of Maine College of Education and Human Development will host the third Symposium for Educators of International Students in Maine from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the Buchanan Alumni House on the Orono campus.
The professional development conference will focus on issues related to the education of international students attending Maine high schools.
Teachers, counselors and administrators of schools with international students, as well as University of Maine faculty and students, are invited to the free event.
Aretha Marbley, visiting professor from Texas Tech University, will deliver the keynote. Breakout sessions will address topics such as dating and relationship customs, the perceived pressure for international students to attend Ivy League universities, and increasing competence as multicultural educators.
At 11:30 a.m., a panel of international students from local high schools will answer questions about their experiences coming to Maine. International UMaine students will also perform musical presentations throughout the day.
Jimmy Jung, vice president for enrollment management at the University of Maine, and several UMaine students spoke with WVII (Channel 7) for a report about public universities in Maine seeing a drop in enrollment over the past five years. Jung said out-of-state recruiting is becoming more important. The students interviewed said they can tell there are more students from around the country attending the university based on the variety of license plates around campus.
The Portland Press Herald spoke with Jimmy Jung, vice president for enrollment management at the University of Maine, for the article “Maine public universities face mandate to get numbers up.” Jung said he has had to “work smarter” to increase recruiting numbers, and cited techniques such as data-mining to get profiles of prospective students by tracking their online behavior on UMaine websites. The Associated Press also wrote a report citing the Press Herald article. Sun Journal, The Republic, and San Francisco Chronicle carried the AP report.
An initiative to transform the University of Maine by enhancing opportunities for women has received an additional $284,093 from the National Science Foundation.
The supplemental funds will be used to develop a regional consortium to assist in the retention of female science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) faculty by facilitating dual-career hiring –– providing opportunities for partners of UMaine faculty and staff members.
The new hiring consortium — Maine Career Connect — will help partners and professionals seeking employment in the region by connecting them with employers and resources, as well as supporting transitions.
“This funding will assist in recruiting and retaining dual-career couples at UMaine,” says Susan Gardner, director of the Rising Tide Center at UMaine.
“In our study of faculty who left UMaine, up to half of those who did so in a given year was due to a lack of employment for their professional spouses and partners.”
National studies have indicated 70 percent of academics, and 83 percent of female scientists, are in dual-career relationships.
UMaine’s ADVANCE Rising Tide Center, which was formed after the initial portion of the five-year, $3.2 million grant was secured, strives to improve opportunities for female faculty members in social-behavioral sciences (SBS) and STEM to “create a rising tide for the entire university.”
The initiative has four goals: to increase the percentage of women teaching in STEM and SBS; to support effective policies and opportunities to recruit, retain and promote female faculty; to decrease isolation of women faculty by fostering a positive work environment, promoting work-life balance, pursuing diversity and partner relocation assistance, lowering barriers to success and improving connections within and outside of Maine; and to engage the University of Maine System and the faculty union with programs and policies.
UMaine’s ADVANCE Rising Tide Center personnel include Jeffrey Hecker, principal investigator and incoming executive vice president of academic affairs and provost. He takes over for Susan Hunter, former provost who Sept. 1 becomes vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Maine System; Gardner, associate professor of higher education; Amy Fried, professor of political science; Eleanor Groden, professor of entomology; and Karen Horton, associate professor of mechanical engineering technology.
Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777
In a story posted by WABI (Channel 5), President Paul Ferguson was quoted as saying, “The challenge of today is to show them as much of the breadth and depth of the University of Maine that they can get in one day and also just UMaine hospitality.”