Announcing the 2022 Maine Impact Week In-Person Events
After two years of virtual events, the Office of the Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of in-person events for Maine Impact Week 2022! All event links are embedded in the descriptions below.
- The Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Director of the McGillicuddy Humanities Center, will host a reception from 5:00 – 7:00 pm to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center. The Center supports University of Maine humanities faculty, connects with the community, and advances the mission of the University of Maine. The event will be held in the Fernald Adaptive Presentation and Performance Environment at the Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center (IMRC), and will feature artworks by McGillicuddy Humanities Center Fellows Delaney Burns and Haley Santerre.
- The Mitchell Center will present the next talk in their innovative Sustainability Talks series. Titled “Building a community of interest and response to an invasive species threatening Maine’s ash trees and Wabanaki cultural lifeways,” this talk will be both via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. For Zoom attendees, registration is required.
- The School of Performing Arts will host a Jazz Night, featuring some of the SPA jazz combos and the Jazz Band, directed by Dr. Dan Barrett. Performance begins at 7:30 pm, at Minsky Recital Hall.
- Nominators and nominees will gather at a luncheon for the reveal of this year’s Faculty Mentor Impact Awards. Nominations are still open, so don’t forget to nominate your favorite Faculty Mentor today!
- The Center on Aging will present an Older Adult Health and Wellness Fair. From 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Buchanan Alumni House this event will bring together a wide array of internal and external exhibitors and participants to provide wellness opportunities and health information to older adults in our community.
- From 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM at Scarborough High School, Cooperative Extension will offer their Rhubarb Orange Chutney workshop. Participants will learn the many uses of rhubarb in preserving, as well as how to safely preserve rhubarb using the boiling water bath method, before making chutney, a unique and flavor-filled condiment. Each attendee will receive recipes and a jar of chutney! Registration is $25.
- Visit Versant Power Astronomy Center for a thrilling new look at Maine’s first small satellite, scheduled to be launched to space onboard Fireflyblack rocket this year! This limited-seating, ticketed event will feature the satellite built by UMaine and USM engineering teams, which will launch in collaboration with AMSAT and NERRS. Registration is required.
- The Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center will throw open its doors to host an open house from 2:00 to 7:00 pm. Staff will be on-site and available to discuss all things innovation and creativity, assist with providing hands-on experiences on facility hardware and software, and answer questions. Artwork, projects, research, and prototypes by community members and local businesses will be on display throughout the facility alongside featured works by University of Maine faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students of multiple departments and disciplines. Stop by, explore, ask questions, and get immersed!
- The School of Performing Arts will host a Faculty Jazz Ensemble, with guest artist Nadje Noordhuis. Tickets are $10, or free with a student Maine Card. Performance begins at 7:30 pm, at Minsky Recital Hall.
- The Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC) tour will feature the world’s largest polymer 3D printer and the world’s largest 3D printed boat, as well as student research across a variety of areas. Participants will witness the Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering Laboratory, where the Center is pursuing novel research in floating offshore wind and marine energy technologies. Advance registration is required by Monday, April 4.
- The inaugural Foster Center Innovation Awards will celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship in the University of Maine community. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni will be honored for their contributions and impact in these spaces. Award nominations are open through February 28. For more information, or to nominate someone for an award, please visit the Foster Center website. If you’d like to attend the invitation-only event, please contact Emma Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 207.581.1454.
- The School of Performing Arts will host a Jazz Ensemble concert, directed by Dr. Dan Barrett. Tickets are $10, or free with a student Maine Card. Performance begins at 7:30 pm, at Minsky Recital Hall.
- UMaine’s Center for Undergraduate Research, the Graduate Student Government, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School present the annual UMaine Student Symposium from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. UMSS22 provides an opportunity for the public to interact one-on-one with UMaine students as they present their research and creative work. Abstract submissions are still being accepted through March 7. Projects are showcased through virtual video presentations. UMSS is free and open to the public, though registration is required.
- The UMaine Student Symposium is pleased to welcome keynote speaker, Mr. Sascha Deri. Deri grew up in Maine, and earned degrees in physics and electrical engineering before founding altE Store, a national renewable energy product distribution and light manufacturing company. He then went on to found bluShift Aerospace, which made history with the first commercial rocket launch powered by bio-derived fuel in the world. Deri will deliver his talk, “Boldly Venturing to Space, the Maine Way,” beginning at 1:30 pm in the New Balance Field House and Memorial Gym. Registration is required.
- The School of Performing Arts will host an Opera Workshop performance, directed by Isaac Bray. Tickets are $12, or free with a student Maine Card. Performance begins at 7:30 pm, at Minsky Recital Hall.
The University of Maine follows civil and University of Maine System COVID-19 health and safety guidance. All those attending UMaine on-site events will be asked to wear face coverings indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status. The latest UMaine COVID-19 health and safety guidance is online.