University of Maine students will be able to sample cuisine from Germany, Greece and the South Pacific region at three resident dining locations during UMaine Dining’s Taste of the World event on Thursday, March 27.
During the annual event, menus and decor in each of the dining facilities are transformed, often in consultation with students or other resident experts from the university’s international community.
This year, Greece will be featured at York and the South Pacific will be the theme at Hilltop. A taste of Germany at Wells Central will be showcased as UMaine’s entry in the special event category of the National Association of College & University Food Services dining awards.
A few examples of the authentic German cuisine menu are speckknoedel (bacon dumplings), kirschsuppe (sour cherry soup), sauerbraten (pot roast), wiener schnitzel, knockwurst, bratwurst and vegetarian brats. Classic German desserts will also be available such as schwarzwalder kirschtorte (black forest cake), bienenstich kuchen (custard-filled bee sting cake) and apfelstrudel (apple strudel).
UMaine Dining uses local foods and produce. Part of of UMaine Dining’s mission is to raise awareness of the value and sustainability of supporting locally sourced produce and products.
Although aimed primarily at resident students, anyone in the UMaine community can enjoy any of these all-you-care-to-eat menus for a small entrance fee of $11.00 per adult and $5.50 per child 12 or under. The international fare will be served during dinner starting at 4:30 p.m.
Members of the University of Maine Woodsmen Team showed off their chopping and chain sawing skills for WLBZ (Channel 2). Members of the team spoke about Maine’s tradition of timber sports and its appeal to a diverse group of students.
Shelby Saucier, a University of Maine student and graduate assistant in the Student Wellness Resource Center, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) about the University Credit Union’s seventh annual Healthy High 5k/10k and 1-Mile Fun Run to be held at UMaine on April 13. WABI reported registration for the races is now open. Saucier said anyone who participates in the race gets a finisher’s medal, and the first 700 participants will receive T-shirts. Race proceeds benefit the Black Bear Exchange Food Pantry and Thrift Store.
The Maine Journal, a student-run, online publication at the University of Maine, will sponsor TEDxUMaine on April 5. The local TED-like event aims to share the experiences of exceptional UMaine students through their own voices. The event will include six to eight student speakers as well as selected TED videos from past TED talks and live musical entertainment. The four-hour event will include an hour-long intermission in which audience members and speakers can eat lunch, network and share ideas. TED — Technology, Entertainment and Design — is a nonprofit organization that offers leading innovators a platform for “ideas worth spreading.” The application for student presenters is online. The deadline to apply is March 16.
WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine sorority Kappa Delta Phi will host “Color Me Kappa,” a 5K color run to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The run will be held April 5 at UMaine, and participants can register online.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine Clean Snowmobile Team is preparing for the Society of Automotive Engineers Clean Snowmobile Challenge in April. The contest is an engineering design competition for university students that challenge them to re-engineer an existing snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise. The UMaine team is using compressed natural gas, which has less harmful emissions than gasoline, to power its snowmobile.
Research by C.K. Kwai, director of International Programs at the University of Maine, was referenced in a Chronicle of Higher Education article published in the The New York Times titled “Helping foreign students thrive on U.S. Campuses.” The article reported on Kwai’s study that examined what factors contributed to the retention of foreign undergraduates in two Midwestern university systems. Kwai found only three of several factors had a statistically significant and positive effect on student retention: grade-point average in the spring semester of freshman year, the number of attempted credit hours and on-campus employment. Kwai said because two of the factors were academic, it suggests good early academic advising could improve international student success.
The Bangor Daily News spoke with Karen Keim, associate director of the Maine Educational Opportunity Center and Maine Educational Talent Search at the University of Maine, for the article “Is Mike Michaud’s free sophomore year a good idea?” Keim, who coaches adults who enroll in college, said high school students usually come to college unprepared because they don’t challenge themselves enough in high school. She said students need to have a support network and know how to access it, as well as be involved on campus, in order to succeed. “A student who gets involved in their campus community is more likely to complete,” she said.
An exclusive live stream of the sold-out TED2014: The Next Chapter will be available for public viewing over a 12-hour period March 18 at the University of Maine.
The independently organized TED event at UMaine will run from 11:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. in the Coe Room of the Memorial Union and will provide an opportunity to watch the live event occurring in Vancouver featuring 14 TED2014 speakers, including Melinda and Bill Gates, and Sting.
TEDxUMaineLive is sponsored by the Maine Journal, a student-run, online publication on campus. For more information about the free public event or to request disability accommodations, contact Philip Kolmar, 284.3886.
TED — Technology, Entertainment and Design — is a nonprofit organization that offers leading innovators a platform for “ideas worth spreading.” This year, the organization with its renowned TED Talks is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The five-day Vancouver event focuses on the most significant developments of the last three decades and, according to the TED website, “applying that knowledge to understand what’s ahead.”
The speakers featured during UMaine’s live stream:
11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m., technology designer Bran Ferren, architect Marc Kushner, documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen and music producer and DJ Mark Ronson
2–3:45 p.m., plasma physicist Michel Laberge, urban planner Amanda Burden, cruciverbalist David Kwong and type designer Matthew Carter
9–10:45 p.m., climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, philanthropists Melinda and Bill Gates, peace activist Zak Ebrahim, and composer and activist Sting
The Bangor Daily News spoke with University of Maine students; Daniel Sturrup, executive director of Auxiliary Services; and Jimmy Jung, vice president for enrollment management about the university’s new on-campus housing policy. To accommodate a larger freshman class and to keep more sophomores on campus, UMaine announced it will give sophomores — as opposed to juniors and seniors — first pick at remaining dorm rooms after all freshmen are placed. Sturrup said off-campus living doesn’t offer the same accessibility to resources such as the library, tutoring and clubs that living on campus does. “The first two years of a residential college experience are critical to the academic success and social development of students. Having freshmen and sophomores live on campus improves retention,” Jung told the BDN. UMaine students Charlotte Roe and Shawn Berry also were interviewed for the report that was published by the Sun Journal, as well.