The University of Maine student organization REACH (Respect, Education, Action, Community, Hope) will offer a Parents’ Day Out at the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center on Dec. 7.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., parents can drop off children while they run errands, go holiday shopping or enjoy a day to themselves. Children will spend the day taking part in activities such as basketball, soccer, swimming or crafts with REACH members and other volunteers from the UMaine community.
The event — which is by donation — is a fundraiser for the group’s spring service trip to India with a nonprofit organization called Yearoutindia. During the trip, students plan to work on a sanitation project and help rebuild a nursery.
Children from surrounding communities are welcome to attend the Dec. 7 event.
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Richard Barron, head coach of the University of Maine women’s basketball team, spoke with espnW for an article about the team’s first road trip since their bus crashed on Interstate 95 in February when the driver lost consciousness. Barron, who said he generally tries to avoid talking about the crash to media, asked the team for approval before agreeing to speak with espnW about the incident. He also said the team is “ready to move on” and seems to be “handling pretty well.”
The University Volunteer Ambulance Corps (UVAC) at the University of Maine was named the 2013 Region 4 EMS Service of the Year by the Atlantic Partners EMS.
The announcement was made earlier this month during the 33rd annual seminar of Atlantic Partners EMS, an organization that consists of providers in three of the state’s six EMS regions.
The seminar honors members of the emergency medical services community in Region 3, Kennebec Valley EMS; Region 4, Northeastern Maine EMS; and Region 6, Mid-Coast Maine EMS. This year, the organization focused its awards on EMS agencies that have a strong commitment to community and improving the statewide EMS system.
UVAC is one of 79 state-licensed EMS providers in Region 4, which includes emergency service providers in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington counties. This is the first time the UMaine group has won this award.
The group was recognized for its members’ dedication to serve others, the more than 30,000 volunteer hours it provides annually, and for establishing a comprehensive CPR program on campus, which included the placement of more than 20 automated external defibrillators (AED) and relevant training for staff and students.
”This is a wonderful award to receive,” says Joseph Kellner, UVAC chief of service. “It showcases the dedication and drive the large group of student-volunteers have for selfless service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It shows that despite the relatively new exposure to the field of EMS, our student-volunteers show professionalism, compassion and skill that is on par with our long-term professional colleagues. I am very proud to be a part of this organization.”
UVAC is a volunteer-based service that operates as part of UMaine’s Auxiliary Services and delivers emergency medical services on campus and to surrounding communities. The group is composed of 62 UMaine students, in addition to a dozen staff and neighboring EMS providers. More than 60 percent of the members are EMTs, while others serve as drivers and assistants.
The students in UVAC come from a variety of majors from all of UMaine’s academic colleges. Previous medical training is not required to join the organization and online applications are accepted anytime.
The six regional EMS offices are independent, not-for-profit corporations that operate under a contract for services with the Board of EMS. The Board of EMS is part of the Maine EMS system which is a bureau within the Department of Public Safety, according to the state of Maine’s government website.
Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747
Maggie Keeley, a University of Maine freshman studying nutrition, was interviewed for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s report titled “Paying for college — study now, pay later idea sparks interest in Maine.” Keeley, from Manchester, Maine, said her parents always told her that if she went to UMaine they would pay her tuition and if she went anywhere else, she would be responsible for paying the difference. Keeley said her parents have kept their end of the bargain, but she worries that with rising tuition costs, they won’t be able to offer the same deal to her younger sisters.
Christopher Burns, an undergraduate student studying English at the University of Maine, recently wrote an opinion piece titled “A message for young people: Don’t wait for a crisis to push for change.” The Bangor Daily News published the article.
People in the giving spirit at the University of Maine have been making the holidays brighter for others.
The UMaine Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, Greek Life, athletic groups and student organizations have all spearheaded charitable efforts this season.
The Bodwell Center has been a driving force for the Holiday Sharing Program and FIGI Christmas since 2004. In collaboration with Greek Life, the center collects holiday gifts for Crossroads Ministries, where families from the greater Old Town and Orono areas select presents for their children from among the donated gifts.
People may donate gifts through Dec. 6 at the Bodwell Center on campus or to Crossroads Ministries in Old Town.
Bodwell Center volunteers also participated in an American Red Cross blood drive and the fourth annual GobbleFest. At the Nov. 13–14 blood drive at the New Balance Student Recreation Center, donors gave 174 units of blood and about a dozen double red cell donations. The American Red Cross and UMaine Office of Student Life sponsored the drive.
GobbleFest was a combined effort of the Bodwell Center and Old Town-Orono YMCA. Nov. 17 at the YMCA, UMaine students collected turkeys and cash donations so Crossroads Ministries could provide Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. The Bodwell Center continued to collect turkeys and cash donations through Nov. 22.
Crossroad Ministries also will benefit from a food drive sponsored by UMaine Printing and Mailing Services. Campus mail carriers are accepting nonperishable food donations as part of the drive, and drop boxes are located in Keyo Building. The food donations will be accepted through Dec. 16.
Male Athletes Against Violence and HerCampus sponsored a Cans For Those Who Can’t event Nov. 23. That night, people who donated canned goods for Strong Mind-Strong Body Inc.’s Thanksgiving food drive were admitted free to the Bear Brew Pub in Orono.
The University of Maine Sports Medicine Team and the University of Maine Student-Athlete Advisory Committee collected nonperishable food at UMaine football, women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey games. The donated canned goods were given to The Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord Food Pantry, which serves those in need in the greater Bangor, Orono and Old Town communities. Donations continued to be accepted through Nov. 22 at the Mike Kessock Sports Medicine Center in Memorial Gym.
Kappa Sigma sold donated coats for $5 each at its second annual Coats for the Cold on Nov. 15–16. HerCampus UMaine, an online publication, held a bake sale in conjunction with the coat sale. All the combined proceeds went to Fisher House Foundation, which has homes near military and VA medical centers. When servicemen and women are hospitalized due to combat injuries and sickness, their loved ones can stay at the houses.
Alpha Delta held a food and clothing drive Nov. 11–22 in Memorial Union and gave all donated items to Hope House, a homeless shelter in Bangor.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
The University of Maine’s Office of Multicultural Student Life and the African Students Association will host the second annual Hunger Banquet on Nov. 22. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wells Conference Center on the UMaine campus.
The Hunger Banquet aims to raise awareness about the issues of hunger and poverty in Maine and other parts of the world, as well as raise funds to donate to the Crossroads Ministries in Old Town, Maine.
The event will feature three speeches, a raffle and a pasta dinner. The speakers scheduled to present include Pious Ali, who has worked with organizations including Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance and Seeds of Peace; Elizabeth McLellan, president and founder of Partners for World Health; Hector M. Tarraza, volunteer medical director at Partners for World Health; and Roosevelt Boone, a UMaine graduate assistant and founder and director of Strong Mind-Strong Body.
The event is free for students with a valid MaineCard, $20 for adults and $10 for seniors. For more information, contact Hawa Mohamud at 207.581.1428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Maine’s Canadian-American Center and the Office of International Programs are co-hosting a Fulbright Canada webinar to provide UMaine faculty, undergraduate academic advisers and undergraduate students with information about the Killam Fellowships Program.
The webinar will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Bumps Room of the Memorial Union. Registration is not required.
The Killam Fellowship Program offers $5,000 for students to study abroad at any Canadian university for a semester. The scholarships are open to undergraduate students in any major. Students can study in English at one of the many Canadian universities or at a French-speaking university in Quebec for a language-immersion program.
The webinar will be co-hosted by Betsy Arntzen, education outreach coordinator in the Canadian-American Center, and Orlina Boteva, assistant director of Study Abroad in the Office of International Programs.
For more information and to request disability accommodations, contact Boteva at 207.581.1509 or email@example.com.
UMaine has worked with the Killam Fellowship since 2009 and is one of 13 university partners in the United States. A full list of university partners in Canada and the U.S. is available online.
Competition for the 2014–15 academic year is open, and applications must be submitted by Jan. 17, 2014. Contact Arntzen at 207.581.4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. More information about the Killam Fellowships is available online.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the upcoming performance of “Metamorphoses” by the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. The play explores transformations and takes place in an 18-inch-deep, 30-foot-wide-by-14-foot-long pool filled with 8,500 gallons of water. Marcia Joy Douglas, an associate professor of theatre at UMaine, is the director of the play which opens Nov. 25. She said the “water is like a character in the play” and it “represents a lot of different things at different times.”
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.