University of Maine student-athletes, coaches and staff members were interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article about the use of social media and how it affects UMaine’s Athletics Department. Eileen Flaherty, UMaine’s associate athletics director for compliance, said the university tells student-athletes what they post represents themselves, their family, their school and their team. Flaherty, who meets with each team annually to go over compliance rules, says she tries to instill a skill set so student-athletes make good decisions about their postings. Social media posts are regulated by the UMaine Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and sometimes by team rules, and student-athletes must sign to acknowledge they understand the terms of the university’s written social media policy.
The Bangor Daily News included events at the University of Maine in a report on Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities scheduled throughout the state. UMaine in collaboration with the Greater Bangor Area NAACP will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with events including a march, lunch and panel discussion from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20. The events are free and open to the public.
The Bangor Daily News reported on the Big Gig and spoke to the first two winners of its pitch-off events. The Big Gig is designed to bring together Bangor-Orono area innovators and entrepreneurs and offer networking opportunities. It was started by a partnership between the University of Maine, Old Town, Orono and Husson University and is supported by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. UMaine students and married couple John and Christine Carney won the second pitch-off event for their business Through Thick and Thin, which offers quirky acrylic cupcake toppers, jewelry and ornaments. Christine Carney said it’s invaluable to get feedback from other entrepreneurs in a face-to-face setting. Sarah Newcomb, a doctoral student at UMaine who won the first pitch-off event for a phone app she developed, said the Big Gig event gave her the opportunity to get encouragement and specific next steps for her idea.
FoodService Director published a Q&A with Kerry Chasteen, quality assurance manager and interim dining services manager at the University of Maine. Kathy Kittridge, director of dining operations at UMaine, told FoodService Director Chasteen has made a difference at work by displaying a sense of urgency, expanding UMaine Dining’s quality assurance program, and having a great eye for detail. Chasteen said she is proud of the programs UMaine Dining offers and is able to assure that students will be able to eat safely depending on dietary restrictions and be a part of the social dining environment.
University of Maine students and musicians spoke to WABI (Channel 5) and WLBZ (Channel 2) about “An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics,” an upcoming fundraiser for the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. Ben McNaboe, a senior music education major, will direct about 90 musicians and vocalists for the student-produced show he created. McNaboe and Olivia Bean, a violist in the show, were interviewed for WLBZ’s show “207” and spoke about their hopes of expanding the School of Performing Arts’ outreach efforts. Show soloists Justin Zang, Hope Milne and Ira Kramer spoke to WABI about the uniqueness of the show and faculty member Liz Downing said tickets are selling fast.
The Maine Edge reported the University of Maine and the Greater Bangor Area NAACP will celebrate the life and service of Martin Luther King Jr. with events including a march, lunch and panel discussion from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20. The Maine Edge also reported the UMaine School of Performing Arts’ presentation of “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms has been rescheduled for Jan. 20, in the 900-seat Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden.
WVII (Channel 7) advanced “An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics,” a student-run fundraiser for the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. On Jan. 17, Ben McNaboe, a senior music education major at UMaine, will direct about 90 musicians and vocalists in the show he created. He said organizing the event has been a team effort. UMaine students and musicians Justin Zang, Hope Milne and Ira Kramer also spoke to WVII about their experiences being involved in the production.
The University of Maine in collaboration with the Greater Bangor Area NAACP will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with events including a march, lunch and panel discussion from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day events will kick off at 12:30 p.m. with a march starting at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Memorial Plaza that will be led by the Black Student Union, a University of Maine student organization.
Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union and music will be provided by the singing group Voices for Peace. After lunch and opening remarks, a panel will discuss “What Would King do? Lessons for Today” followed by a question-and-answer period and small group discussions on the ways King inspires hope for change individually and throughout the world.
All events are free and open to the public.
Bangor Metro interviewed Susan Lizzotte, head coach of the University of Maine’s swimming and diving teams, and student-athletes Lauren Dwyer and Cody Lachance about the swimming lessons the team offers to local children. Lizzotte, who oversees the program offered to children who are 4 to 13 years old, said each collegiate instructor is assigned to a small group of students, and sometimes there is one teacher per student. Dwyer, a captain on the UMaine swim team and instructor in the program, said she developed her swimming skills as a student in the swim school and teaching the classes is like coming “full circle.”
Gianna Marrs, director of financial aid for the University of Maine, spoke with the Associated Press for an article about the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit and how it is being overlooked because of the state’s failure to market it effectively. UMaine financial aid officials said they tell students about the program and available resources but can’t guarantee they sign up after graduation. Marrs said UMaine is “trying to do more in general to help students manage their loans and help them just become better consumers,” and “the Opportunity Maine tax credit does play a part in that.” News & Observer, Miami Herald, Portland Press Herald, Boston.com, Sun Journal and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP report.