University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a six-session course that covers moving a specialty food product to market.
The class, which meets 5:30–9 p.m. each Tuesday, April 8–29, will be held in two locations — 7 County Drive, Skowhegan, and 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft. Two May class sessions will include individual business consultations and a tour of the Dr. Matthew Highlands Pilot Plant, a state-of-the-art UMaine facility that assists food processors, entrepreneurs, farmers, researchers and students in the food industry.
Topics to be covered include licensing, safe preparation and packaging of food, assessing potential profits and locating resources to support a developing business. The class is for people operating a value-added business and those seriously considering one; participants must have a specific food product or recipe in mind and are expected to attend all sessions. Presenters include: Beth Calder, UMaine Extension food science specialist; James McConnon, UMaine Extension business and economics specialist; and Kathy Hopkins, Debra Kantor and Donna Coffin, UMaine Extension educators.
Cost is $35 per person. Partial scholarships are available. Registrations must be received by April 1 to reserve a space. More information, including online registration is online. For questions, or to request a disability accommodation at the Skowhegan site, call 207.474.9622 or email email@example.com. For questions, or to request a disability accommodation at the Dover-Foxcroft site, call 207.564.3301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is open for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s annual Maine Grain Conference, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor. The conference is designed for farmers, crop advisers and others involved in the agricultural community.
Featured speakers Klaas Martens and Mary-Howell Martens from Lakeview Organic Farm in Penn Yan, N.Y., will talk about organic grain rotations, production considerations for alternative grains, growing grain for seed and protecting grain quality with proper harvesting, drying, cleaning and storage. The Martens farm 1,400 acres of corn, wheat, barley, oats and legumes. They also operate a feed mill and sell organic feed, crop seed and food-grade grains.
Dorn Cox of the four-generation Tuckaway Farm in Lee, N.H. will discuss grain equipment options for all scales of operation. The grain grower will also give an overview of his 250-acre farm, as well as of the Great Bay Grain Cooperative that shares equipment and expertise.
Ellen Mallory, UMaine Extension sustainable agriculture specialist and conference organizer, will update attendees on UMaine grain research results with graduate students Aaron Englander and Erin Roche. An open question-and-discussion session will be held so participants can tap into available expertise.
Participants will receive two pesticide certification credits and six Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits.
Registration is required by Thursday, March 13. Cost is $20 if registered by March 10, $30 after. The fee covers lunch and a snack. Registration is available online. For more information, to register by phone, or to request a disability accommodation, call Meghan Dill at 207.581.3878.
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The Maine Music Teachers Association and the University of Maine School of Performing Arts announce the second biennial Monster Piano Festival on Saturday, March 8, at Minsky Recital Hall on the Orono campus.
What is a monster piano? It’s 113 students in grades 4 through 12 and several adults simultaneously playing 11 pianos. That’s 226 hands, or 1,130 fingers tickling 968 keys.
After a day of rehearsals with UMaine music instructor and conductor Ginger Yang Hwalek, the 113 people from 18 piano studios in Maine will perform in concert at 5 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Two or three pianists will be seated at each of the 11 pianos on stage during the concert, which will include a mix of classical and jazz and pieces written by composers who specialize in creating music for emerging pianists. Music teachers will also play a selection.
Joe Dupere, former data analyst and assistant director of the University of Maine’s Office of Student Financial Aid, passed away Feb. 28, 2014. He was 59 years old. More about Dupere is available online.
Five hundred middle school girls from across Maine are expected to participate in the 27th Expanding Your Horizons conference at the University of Maine on March 13.
The conference features workshops for students and teachers focused on introducing youth to careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. It is coordinated by the UMaine Women’s Resource Center and involves more than 100 volunteers, including university faculty, staff and upward of 40 UMaine students, as well as community professionals.
The activities for students begin at 9 a.m. in Hauck Auditorium with an introductory scientific presentation on traps and vernal pools. Throughout the day, groups of 20 girls will be guided by UMaine students and staff through three workshops. Two of the workshops are STEM-related, while the third focuses on gender equity and the importance of strong friendships.
Topics of the STEM-related workshops range from physics and chemistry to aquaculture and submarines. Throughout the day, girls will have opportunities to meet and hear stories from successful women working in science and math fields.
The gender equity workshop, led by UMaine student volunteers, is a discussion focused on gender dynamics and, this year, will be linked to the issue of cyberbullying.
Girls also will have the opportunity to explore the university campus. “A lot of times, these girls are just so excited to be on a college campus,” says Sharon Barker, director of the Women’s Resource Center. “Many of them may have never been here before, so one of the things we try to do is demystify and try to make them feel comfortable here.”
Teachers attending the conference will participate in a forum featuring a series of professional and educational development discussions in collaboration with the Maine Girls Collaborative Project. This forum, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wells Conference Center, is open to the public. Registration fee is $20.
Teachers who attend this event will learn about model programs, available grant funds and how to obtain them, and resources available to them in Maine. Erika Allison of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education will offer a workshop with strategies for extending the impact of one-time events into successive learning experiences. Kay Stephens, co-author of the book “Cyberslammed,” will present on how to understand, prevent, combat, and transform the most common cyberbullying tactics.
To register for the teachers’ forum or request a disability accommodation, contact Sharon Barker at 207.581.1501.
More information about Expanding Your Horizons is online or available by contacting Sharon Barker, email@example.com; 207.581.1501.
|Schools EYH 2014|
|Brewer Community School, Brewer|
|Caravel Middle School, Carmel|
|Caribou Middle & Limestone Community Schools, Caribou and Limestone|
|Central Aroostook Jr/Sr High School, Mars Hill|
|Dedham Middle School, Dedham|
|Ella Lewis-Pennisula, Prospect Harbor|
|Fort Fairfield Middle School, Fort Fairfield|
|Fort Kent Middle School, Fort Kent|
|Fort O’Brien, Machiasport|
|Greely Middle School, Cumberland Center|
|Helen S. Dunn School, Greenbush|
|Hermon Middle School, Hermon|
|Hichborn Middle School, Howland|
|Houlton High School, Houlton|
|Jonesboro Elementary School, Jonesboro|
|Lyman Moore Middle School, Portland|
|Mountain View School, Sullivan|
|Old Town Middle School, Old Town|
|Orono Middle School, Orono|
|Penquis Valley School, Milo|
|Presque Isle Middle School, Presque Isle|
|Rose Gaffney Elementary School, Machias|
|Seabasticook Valley, Newport|
|Surry Elementary, Surry|
|Trenton Elementary, Trenton|
The fate of Dutch Jews in World War II will be the focus of a lecture March 24 at the University of Maine by Bernard Wasserstein, the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish European History at the University of Chicago.
The free public lecture, “The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews in World War II,” begins at 3:15 p.m. in Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Professor of History Alex Grab, 207.581.1928.
Wasserstein is the author of 11 books on modern Jewish history, including a volume on Gertrude van Tijn, published earlier this year by Harvard University Press. The book tells the moving story of Gertrude van Tijn, a Jewish German social worker who worked tirelessly on behalf of her fellow Jews as the avenues that might save them were closed off. Between 1933 and 1940, van Tijn helped organize Jewish emigration from Nazi Germany. After the Germans occupied Holland in 1940, she worked for the Nazi-appointed Jewish Council in Amsterdam, helping many Jews escape to safety. In 1943, van Tijn was arrested by the Nazis and sent to the German concentration camp at Bergen Belsen, which she survived. She has since been called a heroine for the choices she made, while others have denounced her as a collaborator.
The lecture is supported by the UMaine History Department, Judaic Studies program and the Cultural Affairs Committee.
Fred Knight, former director and dean of the University of Maine School of Forest Resources, passed away Feb. 25, 2014 at 88 years old. His obituary is available online.
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
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014–2015 Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship. The $3,500 scholarship is open to undergraduate students of all majors who are conducting research on a topic related to public policy. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be a Maine resident or currently enrolled at UMaine and taking at least 12 credits, be an undergraduate student with a GPA of at least 3.0, and have completed 40 credit hours before the current semester. The scholarship will be awarded in two installments of $1,750 per semester. The scholarship program is administered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center with the assistance of a university selection committee. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 11. More information, including the application, is available online.
The University of Maine will be the first stop on the Camden International Film Festival’s five-month Aging in Maine screening tour.
A selection of short films titled “Golden Shorts” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in DP Corbett on the Orono campus. A question-and-answer discussion with Len Kaye, director of UMaine’s Center on Aging, will follow.
Kaye said beneficiaries will be Mainers “who will leave the film screenings better informed of the issues, places to turn for help and the emerging opportunities associated with Maine’s ranking as the oldest state in the nation.”
The tour, which will show award-winning documentary films in 11 communities around the state from March through July, is designed to engage audiences in intergenerational dialogue around issues of aging and dementia-related illness. More information, including a complete list of films and tour dates is available online.