The University of Maine Student Life LGBT Liaison Services will hold its 10th annual Gay Thanksgiving 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Memorial Union.
The potluck dinner, which will be held in the North Pod, is held to support all people who may not be supported elsewhere and to provide a safe place to celebrate the holiday.
For more information, contact Chelsea Barker at 207.581.1439.
The University of Maine Office of International Programs announced winners of the Study Abroad Photo Contest. The contest is open to UMaine students who have studied abroad or are currently abroad and is usually offered every semester.
The contest started about eight years ago and for the past few years has been run on the UMaine Study Abroad Facebook page where anyone can view the photos and vote for their favorite image by “liking” it.
This year’s winners are:
First place: Katherine Silver (250 votes). Silver, an international affairs major, is currently studying at Bangor University in Wales on a direct exchange program. The photo of herself in the city of Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in the background was taken while she was traveling in Italy.
Second place: Terri Bastarache (225 votes). Bastarache, a management major, spent a semester at the University College Cork in Ireland after winning the George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship through the University of Maine System. Her photo was taken in Sevilla, Spain while she was skydiving during Easter break in March 2013.
Third place: Kimberly Dao (90 votes). Dao is a biology major, student in the Honors College, and the current student government president. Dao’s photo of herself riding a camel was taken during her summer study abroad program in Marrakech, Morocco.
The Office of International Programs awarded the winners with University Bookstore gift cards.
The winning photos can be seen online.
Fifteen University of Maine Honors College students and 11 members of the Honors College faculty and staff attended the 2013 National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference Nov. 6–9 in New Orleans.
The UMaine delegation participated in several presentations and panels on various topics including issues affecting honors curriculum development, community engagement and psychology research.
The Honors College was highlighted twice during the awards ceremony. Minerva, the UMaine Honors College’s annual publication, was awarded second place in the print category, marking the fifth consecutive cycle in which it was awarded either first or second place.
Christine Gilbert, a senior in the Honors College, won the 2013 NCHC Top Student of the Year award in the four-year school category. An international affairs major with a German minor, Gilbert was cited for her strong academics, commitment to NCHC, dedication to service, and engagement with the Honors community.
Actors and directors at the University of Maine are embracing change as they rehearse for Metamorphoses, a play that explores transformations.
Many of their adjustments are because the play takes place in an 18-inch-deep, 30-foot-wide-by-14-foot-long pool filled with 8,500 gallons of water. UMaine Associate Professor of Theatre Marcia Joy Douglas directs the production, in which 150 audience members will be seated on stage adjacent to the actors.
“It’s such a unique theater experience,” says Douglas. “I love the magic that takes place in a theater. The lights, the sounds, the costumes — all of it, in particular with this show. I can guarantee people have never seen anything like it.”
Playwright Mary Zimmerman earned a Tony Award for best direction in her Broadway hit Metamorphoses, which she based on David R. Slavitt’s translation of Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Ovid wrote the poem of 15 books and more than 250 myths, circa A.D. 8, the same year that Augustus exiled him. It explores transformations undergone from the beginning of time until Julius Caesar was deified.
During rehearsals, Douglas says she kept inventing ways to best use the water — which represents cleansing, dying, change and emotion. “It’s a character in the play,” she says.
Each central character — whether it’s King Midas or Myrrha — imparts a lesson. “Myths teach us about what it is to be human,” she says.
Douglas chose Metamorphoses after asking UMaine Assistant Professor and set designer Daniel Bilodeau for titles of plays he would like to design. “I like to get input,” she says. “I’ve never had a designer take me up on it before. I asked Dan about five times, ‘Are you sure we can do the pool?’”
Technical Director Joe Donovan constructed the pool, which is almost completely drained after each night’s rehearsal. Each afternoon it’s refilled with hot water and a chlorine tablet is added. Bilodeau said structural engineers rated the stage floor, which is directly above the costume shop, to ensure it could safely sustain the weight of the filled pool.
The water was a big draw for Nellie Kelly, a junior theatre and history major from Boothbay, Maine, who plays Myrrha. “I’ve done a lot of shows but the idea of working in a pool was an awesome opportunity,” says Kelly. “When we added costumes it became more challenging. The fabric gets heavy and your movement slows but that adds interest.”
Approximately 50 students are taking part in the School of Performing Arts’ production, in which 13 actors don 85 costumes designed by Jonna Klaiber. “It’s challenging with the costumes getting wet every night,” Klaiber says good-naturedly. “I painted some of the costumes in an artistic way and that got washed out.”
There will be seven performances — at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and 24. Content is mature. Tickets are $10, free with a student MaineCard. Tickets may be purchased at umaine.edu/spa or at the door one hour before the show. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.1781.
A group of University of Maine nursing students attended a Veazie town council meeting to present their findings about the health effects of trihalomethanes (THMs) after residents showed concern over chemicals in their water, WABI reported. THMs are formed when chlorine and other disinfectants are mixed with organic matter and exposure can lead to an increased risk of bladder, colon and rectal cancer. The students said THM levels up to 80 parts per billion are acceptable. Orono-Veazie Water District Superintendent Dennis Cross said he had “no concerns” over THM levels after a 2011 sample showed Veazie’s levels at 89 parts per billion.
The University of Maine Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism and the Old Town-Orono YMCA are holding the fourth annual GobbleFest on Sunday, Nov. 17.
UMaine students will be at the YMCA from 1 to 4 p.m. collecting turkeys and cash donations, which will be used by Crossroads Ministries to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to families in need.
The Bodwell Center will continue collecting turkeys and cash donations until Nov. 22. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.
For more information, call Lisa Morin at the Bodwell Center at 207.581.4197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students in the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development visited the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor to learn about war and the sacrifices veterans make, WLBZ (Channel 2) and the Bangor Daily News reported. Galen Cole, the museum’s founder, said he invites education students to the museum in hopes they will one day bring their students back when they start teaching. The museum also provides scholarships to UMaine education majors.
The University of Maine football team was mentioned in the Press Herald article “Football programs working to rid Maine of bullying.” Jack Cosgrove, UMaine’s head football coach, said his team doesn’t differentiate between hazing and bullying, and hazing can “create a culture of unacceptable behavior” and “is a form of bullying.” Marcus Wasilewski, UMaine’s quarterback, said the violent and emotional nature of football can lead to confrontations between teammates, but it’s important not to let them escalate.
Lee Jackson, a 19-year-old political science major at the University of Maine, spoke to the Bangor Daily News about becoming the newest member of the Old Town school board. Jackson said he feels he has a “unique perspective” after graduating from the school system two years ago. He said he never felt connected to his school or community until he moved to Old Town and wants to return the favor as part of the Regional School Unit 34 board of directors. The Associated Press also carried a version of the BDN article which was published by WLBZ (Channel 2) and Boston.com.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine ROTC will host about 80 collegiate ROTC cadets from the area for this year’s Veterans Day 5K. The race is a way for ROTC members to honor veterans. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the 20th Maine Honor Society.