The Bangor Daily News talked to UMaine physics graduate assistant Dahan Kim, a native of Seoul, for an April 13 story about the growing tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Throughout the weekend, the Bangor Daily News reported on a small fire that occurred Friday evening at Phi Kappa Sigma on College Avenue.
The 16 fraternity members were evacuated and no injuries were reported.
The building sustained water damage.
As part of a national project to raise awareness of genocide in Africa, the University of Maine Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is taking part in One Million Bones, a large-scale social arts practice. Participants in Maine will make bones out of clay or recycled materials that will be used in a campus event at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13 in King Plaza.
In the UMaine observance, Maine participants hope to place 1,000 of the handmade bones in the plaza in a reflective effort to remember victims and survivors of genocide. Each bone created through this initiative generates a $1 donation through the Bezos Family Foundation to CARE for its work in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Before the April 13 event, members of the UMaine community can create a clay bone or donate $5 to have one made for them at the following times and locations: 3 p.m. April 6, Coe Room, Memorial Union; 7 p.m. April 7, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Memorial Union; 6 p.m. April 9, Somerset Hall; and 7 p.m. April 11, Totman Room, Memorial Union.
Students from the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hope to take the bones to the national One Million Bones event June 8–10 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. More information is online.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the Islamic Center of Maine’s open house on Saturday. The open house was part of UMaine’s Islam Awareness Weekend. Part of the open house was a talk on the psychology of a terrorist by Yassir Fazaga, the religious leader of the Orange County Islamic Foundation in Mission Viejo, Calif. Abdulraheem Sbayi, vice president of the UMaine Muslim Students Association, told WABI the topic is provocative and moves away from the cliche of Islam.
The Bangor Daily News spoke to Tony Llerena, coordinator of UMaine’s Office of Veterans Education and Transition Services, about the possibility of student-soldiers losing tuition aid because of federal cuts. Llerena said about 30 of the 200 student-soldiers at UMaine receive federal tuition assistance and knows a lot of those students depend on that money. He said he’s interested to see how the university will help them if their aid gets cut.
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 in the state through the Innovate for Maine internship program, supported by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.
The Innovate for Maine internship program connects the best and brightest Maine college students with Maine’s most exciting, growing companies as a way to grow and create jobs across Maine through innovation and entrepreneurship. The program offers paid internship positions 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. Companies that are selected to participate in this program are able to get the help they need to accelerate projects and grow their business. Trained innovation experts guide and mentor both the student and the company throughout the duration of the project.
The application deadline for student internships is March 15. The deadline for companies to apply for interns is March 23.
Innovate for Maine is open to students who are matriculated in a degree program attending any college in Maine or who are Maine residents attending college outside the state.
Interns can work full- or part-time during the summer, part-time during the academic year, and, in some cases, may be able to work for the summer and continue their internships during the academic year.
More information and applications for the Innovate for Maine program are online.
Innovate for Maine will match interns with companies developing innovative new products or services, and seeking to significantly grow revenues and employment. Based on company size, the initiative will assist companies with matching funds to support an intern.
Innovate for Maine interns participate in an intensive week of preparation before beginning their internships. The mandatory “boot camp” includes training in UMaine’s cutting-edge program in Innovation Engineering, a systematic process for developing and testing breakthrough innovations. In addition, students will learn more about Maine’s entrepreneurial landscape and the Blackstone Accelerates Growth project and network with entrepreneurial leaders.
Blackstone Accelerates Growth promotes entrepreneurship, growth and a culture of success in Maine to strengthen the ecosystem for entrepreneurs in Maine. Thanks to decades of deliberate effort, Maine has many great companies and is becoming one of the best places in the country to start a business. But now those businesses need to grow. Maine has both the talent and resources to support high-growth companies, yet even firms with significant potential stay too small to become significant job engines for their community. This compelling dichotomy motivated the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to launch a $3 million initiative to spark Maine’s high-potential businesses.
“There are a number of Maine companies developing new innovations that are eager for talented students who understand the innovation process,” says Renee Kelly, co-director of the Foster Center. “By matching students trained in innovation engineering with these companies, we hope to help the companies grow while helping Maine students see that there are great opportunities to work and stay in Maine after they graduate.”
For more information about UMaine’s Innovation Engineering program, go to foster.target.maine.edu/students/what-is-innovation-engineering.
For more information about the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, visit blackstone.com/citizenship/bcf/blackstone-entrepreneurship-initiative.
Contact: Renee Kelly, 207.581.1401
The second annual University of Maine BearFest Dance Marathon at the UMaine Field House Feb. 23–24 raised $46,000 in pledges to benefit the Bangor-area Children’s Miracle Network and the pediatric wing at Eastern Maine Medical Center — far exceeding the goal of $35,000 — according to the Eastern Maine Healthcare System Foundation.
Upward of 800 UMaine students danced through the night until 5 a.m. for the 12-hour fundraiser.
Last year, the event — coordinated by the UMaine Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council, and Campus Activities & Student Engagement — raised $32,000.
This year as of Feb. 7, more than 500 preregistered participants planning to dance had pledged more than $19,000 toward the 2013 goal of $35,000.
For information or to request disability accommodations, call 207.973.5051. Pledges and registration information is on the Children’s Miracle Network website.
A Bangor Daily News article about the increase in privately owned student housing projects across the nation noted complaints about management, facilities and other issues at The Grove, a new 188-unit private student housing complex in Orono. The article included information about UMaine students living on and off campus. Of UMaine’s 10,900 students, 3,278 of them live on campus and more than 7,500 live off campus, according to university spokesperson Margaret Nagle, senior director of public relations and operations in the Division of Marketing and Communications.
Channel 5 (WABI) and Channel 7 (WVII) reported on the BearFest Dance Marathon in the UMaine Field House, in which hundreds of UMaine students danced overnight Feb. 23–24 to raise money to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and Eastern Maine Medical Center’s pediatric ward. Students expected to exceed this year’s goal of $35,000.
Dozens of University of Maine students are headed to Honduras, Belize, Florida, the Grand Canyon and New Orleans and other places over spring break, March 4–15, to build houses and a sewage system, clean up parks, deliver health care services to the poor, and help out in rural schools and orphanages.
In the last few months, students from varied academic disciplines have been raising tens of thousands of dollars for travel and living expenses during their service-learning and volunteer projects in the U.S. and Central America. Some leaving Maine for the first time will immerse themselves in diverse cultural and philanthropic adventures while making a difference in the quality of life for the people they will serve.
“I feel very grateful to have the opportunity to be able to make an impact in the lives of people in need,” says Gwen Beacham, a molecular and cellular biology major from Farmington, Maine. She is heading March 2 to the outskirts of Dulce Nombre in western Honduras with the UMaine chapter of Engineers Without Borders. She and four other students, an interpreter, a faculty adviser and a private-sector engineering consultant will spend two weeks finishing a new sewer collection and sanitation system that UMaine student engineers designed and helped build. They’ll also teach the 120 villagers in Dulce Vivir how to operate it.
Beacham, who has never been outside the United States or Canada, isn’t sure what to expect on her first “real” travel experience, she says.
“I can imagine that I will return to Maine with such different eyes,” she says. “I am excited that I am actually able to do something to help, and I especially love that this project is so collaborative, as the community members have played a major role in the implementation of the system. Not only is this more sustainable, but it ensures that our effort is being put into a project that the community wants.”
UMaine’s Engineers Without Borders has won several honors, including a $25,000 award last year from the Newman’s Own Foundation for its work in Dulce Vivir, which started in 2008. The project will help villagers struggling with poor sanitation and overflowing latrines during the rainy season, which contaminates water supplies.
“This project provides valuable lessons in the field of engineering, while allowing me to participate in a humanitarian, life-changing experience,” says Logan Good, a mechanical engineering major from Presque Isle.
Meanwhile, 13 UMaine School of Nursing students in the UMaine Nursing International organization have partnered with International Service Learning to offer medical assistance in rural clinics in San Ignacio, Cayo District of Belize. Accompanied by Nilda Cravens, School of Nursing faculty member, they’ll work over the break with physicians providing health care to underprivileged families and children.
The UMaine Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism and UMaine Alternative Break also are organizing dozens of students planning spring break trips in the United States, says Andrea Gifford, assistant dean of students for Student Affairs and director of student and administrative support services. The students will partner with a variety of national organizations to help children victimized by domestic abuse in Virginia; improve housing conditions for low-income families in the coal-camp communities of West Virginia; assisting at a rescue camp for neglected and abused animals in Pennsylvania; provide respite in Florida for vacationing families of children with terminal illnesses; and help with disaster relief and rebuilding homes in New Orleans.
The Bodwell Center also is overseeing student volunteer trips to help with maintenance and trail restoration in the Grand Canyon in Arizona and in the Moody Forest Natural Area in Georgia.
Aaron Cyr, a Bangor native and senior nursing student making his second trip to Belize, says his trip last year was a startling introduction to poverty that many Americans can’t imagine unless they experience it firsthand.
“Things such as clean running water, the availability of limitless amounts of food and small things such as heat or air conditioning, that we take for granted every day,” he says. “I am being given the opportunity to positively affect countless lives for the better.”
Gwen Beacham agrees. “I believe that becoming aware of the different ways people live will lead to positive personal growth and development, and I’m sure I will realize how lucky I am to have some things I have always taken for granted,” she says.
Contact: George Manlove, 207.581.3756