The University Volunteer Ambulance Corps at UMaine was featured in a WABI (Channel 5) report on the organization and its recent award for community commitment. UVAC was recently named by the Atlantic Partners EMS as the best in its region of 79 EMS providers. UVAC members Dakota Turnbull and Alana Silverman gave a tour of the group’s headquarters on campus and spoke about the importance of the organization in the UMaine community.
The Bangor Daily News reported on the UMaine Business Challenge for the article, “UMaine competition seeks to create entrepreneurs and keep them in the state.” The competition was started in 2011 by a small group of 2010 UMaine graduates who wanted to give back to their alma mater while creating more opportunities for student entrepreneurs. Spencer Wood, last year’s second-place winner who is now a UMaine graduate student, and James Morin, one of the competition’s founders, were interviewed for the article.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on a pep rally held in the Memorial Union in anticipation of the University of Maine football team’s first-ever home playoff game against the University of New Hampshire. Coach Jack Cosgrove urged students to attend the game and spoke about the positive influence the fans’ presence has on the players.
Emma Twitchell, a senior at the University of Maine, was interviewed by WLBZ (Channel 2) for a report on Maine’s high ranking for student loan debt. Twitchell said she’s nervous about finding an entry-level job after graduation in time to start paying off her loans.
WABI (Channel 5) reported members of the Penobscot Community HealthCorps visited the University of Maine campus in Orono to teach students how to explore their health care options available under the Affordable Care Act.
The Maine Edge advanced the Open Mic Poetry Night to be held Thursday Dec. 5 at the Bear’s Den Cafe and Pub in the University of Maine’s Memorial Union. Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, is hosting the free event that is open to all university and community members who enjoy the written and spoken word.
Certified therapy dogs will visit Fogler Library to offer stress relief and comfort to students, staff and faculty members as the semester comes to an end. The dogs are scheduled to be in the library from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 and Monday, Dec. 16 and from 2–4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. No appointment is necessary and everyone is welcome to visit with the animals. For more information or to request disability accommodations, call Gretchen Gfeller, Fogler’s public relations manager, at 207.581.1696.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on a coat drive started by University of Maine student Patrick Herbert to give back to students in need. With the help of organizations such as UMaine’s Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, Herbert was able to add his coat drive to the campus thrift shop and food pantry. Herbert and Lisa Morin, coordinator of the Bodwell Center, spoke to WABI about the importance of the program.
A presentation made by University of Maine nursing students at a Veazie town council meeting was cited in the Maine Public Broadcasting Network article “Chlorination by-products raise concern about Maine community’s drinking water.” The students’ presented on the health effects of trihalomethanes (THMs), which are formed when chlorine and other disinfectants are mixed with organic matter, after residents showed concern over chemicals in their water. The students said exposure can lead to an increased risk of bladder, colon and rectal cancer.
The University of Maine’s University Bookstore has selected the Black Bear Mentor Program as the recipient of proceeds from this year’s commemorative ornament. The Black Bear Mentor Program is offered through the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism and matches UMaine students with local youth to act as role models. This year’s ornament features the UMaine Flagship Crest and is available at the bookstore and online. The annual commemorative ornament program began in 2003 to benefit university student organizations that work to help others in the community. “The students in organizations like the Black Bear Mentor Program dedicate their energy and talent to making a difference,” says Dean Graham, associate director of the University Bookstore. “The University Bookstore is honored to recognize their important work through the ornament program.”