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.
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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.
Seventeen University of Maine nursing students and one faculty member will travel to Belize on March 1 to help administer medical aid to villages throughout the province of San Ignacio during spring break.
On their medical mission trip, the students of the UMaine group Nursing International will bring 250 pounds of medical supplies, most of which was donated by the Partners for World Health.
After fundraising $2,000, the group purchased over-the-counter medications such as vitamins and ibuprofen to donate as part of their weeklong stay. Fundraising also helped pay for the extra luggage costs and gift bags the students plan to give children in the rural areas they will visit near the Guatemala border.
In Belize, the group will work with the local health ministries and International Service Learning. The students plan to blog about their experience.
This is the third year UMaine Nursing International students have traveled abroad on medical missions. The trip is open to all nursing majors. For three senior nursing students, this will be the second time they’ve visited Belize.
“I have freshmen through seniors doing the trip,” said Susan Wheaton, a School of Nursing lecturer and the faculty adviser traveling with the students to Belize. “It has required lots of team building. We need to have freshmen working with the seniors because they have not had the nursing training and assessment so early in their nursing academic career.”
Future missions for UMaine Nursing International are expected to include Cuba and Haiti. The group’s motto is “Healing is an International Language.”
University of Maine School of Performing Arts students will perform “Baba Yaga and the Black Sunflower” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Al Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on campus.
Carol Korty, professor emerita at Emerson College and a guest artist at UMaine, wrote and directs the folktale recommended for children 8 and older. It contains themes about getting along with others, intuition, imagination and courage.
Two main characters are Baba Yaga, a wise, feared witch, and Maryushka, a young girl who feels like she doesn’t fit in. Baba Yaga is a Russian folktale character. She brews magic potions, is rumored to eat misbehaving children and lives in a five-sided talking hut that walks on giant chicken legs. She flies through the deep forest in a giant mortar that she steers with a pestle. Maryushka, who loves nature and is scared of it, has gotten into trouble and is determined to find a way out.
Korty hopes the play captures the essence of a traditional Russian Baba Yaga folktale as well as the feeling that she had and that other adolescents have of living in two different worlds — one with family and one with schoolmates.
During UMaine’s spring break, the cast and crew of “Baba Yaga and the Black Sunflower” will stage free performances at area schools, including in Bangor, Ellsworth, Hermon, Lincoln and Presque Isle. Tickets are available at the door for the March 22 performance at UMaine. Cost is $5 per person, or free with a valid student MaineCard.
The University of Maine announced on Tuesday that Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) of the field hockey team, Kelton Cullenberg (Chesterville, Maine) of the cross country and track and field teams and Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.) of the football team are the recipients of the 2014 “M” Club Dean Smith Awards. The awards are presented annually to the top male and female student-athlete with outstanding academic and athletic achievement along with citizenship and community service.
Stewart, a kinesiology and exercise science major with a 3.984 grade point average, finished second on the field hockey team in scoring her junior season with 12 goals and six assists for 30 points.
Cullenberg, the first UMaine male runner to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championship since 1979, has been named to the Dean’s List six times and has posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average four times.
Wasilewski capped his senior season by leading Maine to the CAA Title and a first-ever home NCAA playoff game and was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Conference First Team. He also earned the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet of the Year.
The “M” Club Dean Smith Award was first presented as the “M” Club Scholarship Award in 1980. The award was renamed to honor Dean Smith in 1993. Dean Smith was a recipient of the Walter Byers Award presented by the NCAA. Smith combined the top grade-point average among senior electrical engineering majors with the NAC scoring title as the captain of the 1989-90 men’s basketball team.
In addition, the University of Maine Athletic Department named its sixth annual “Team Maine” representing the top sophomore, junior or senior achieving the highest grade point average for the calendar year 2013. Representing “Team Maine” for 2013 are:
Logan Fullmer, Baseball, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Till Gloger, Men’s Basketball, Business Administration
E. Kelton Cullenberg, Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field, KPE — Exercise Science *
Arron Achey, Football, KPE — Exercise Science
Kyle Williams, Men’s Ice Hockey, Finance
Robert Bickford, Men’s Swimming, Biochemistry
Megan Smith, Cheering, Nursing
Rachele Burns, Women’s Basketball, KPE — Teaching and Coaching
Holly Stewart, Field Hockey, KPE — Exercise Science *
Brianne Kilgour, Women’s Ice Hockey, KPE — Teaching and Coaching and KPE M. Ed. (Grad)
Katelyn Massey, Women’s Ice Hockey, Psychology *
Stephanie Wood, Softball, Biology
Abigail Linn, Women’s Swimming, Sociology
Taylor Cunningham, Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field, English and Anthropology (DM) Honors College
Darien Lewis, Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field, KPE Exercise Science – Honor College
Carolyn Stocker, Food Science and Human Nutrition — Honors College *
Rachel Wilkinson, Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field, Food Science and Human Nutrition *
Ashten Hackett, Women’s Track and Field, KPE Exercise Science
Lisa Bijman, Women’s Soccer, KPE Exercise Science *
Meaghan Bradica, Women’s Soccer, KPE Exercise Science #
Faculty and graduate students in the University of Maine’s History Department will offer an informal History Lab to provide one-on-one support for students, teachers and parents who are working on a National History Day (NHD) research project.
The drop-in History Lab will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 in the computer classroom on the first floor of UMaine’s Fogler Library. Faculty and graduate students also will be available to talk about historical research, local resources and current developments in historical scholarship. Anyone interested in history — whether local, regional, national or global — is welcome to attend.
National History Day (NHD) is an academic program and competition for students in grades 6–12 that promotes critical thinking, research and presentation skills through project-based learning for students of all abilities. More than 500,000 students, working with thousand of teachers, annually participate in the national contest.
Students choose historical topics related to a theme — this year it’s “Rights and Responsibilities in History” — and conduct extensive research before creating projects in the form of exhibits, documentaries, dramatic performances, papers and websites, to present at the statewide competition. The projects are evaluated by professional historians and educators.
A new partnership between UMaine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library will bring the Maine National History Day competition to the university campus Saturday, April 12, for the first time since the national program began in 1980. Winners from the state competitions are then able to compete in the national contest in Washington, D.C. during June 2014.
For more information about the History Lab, including how to obtain a campus parking permit and request a disability accommodation, email Liam Riordan, associate professor of history at UMaine, at email@example.com.
March 28 is the registration deadline for schools and/or students to compete at Maine National History Day. Registration is available online. More information about Maine National History Day is available on the UMaine website and on Facebook.
More than 60 summer camps from throughout Maine are expected to participate in the University of Maine’s third annual Summer Camp Fair for Kids 4–7 p.m. March 12 in the New Balance Student Recreation Center on campus.
Camp representatives will be available to provide informational materials and answer questions about the variety of programming available for youngsters and teens.
Formerly known as the Camp Bangor Fair, hosted by the United Way of Eastern Maine and associated with the Camp Bangor Program, the event typically has a turnout of more than 500. Parents and children interested in local and regional summer camps are encouraged to attend.
The fair is free and open to the public. All attendees will receive a free day pass to UMaine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center.
To facilitate snow removal and sanding of resident lots during spring break, University of Maine Parking Services has issued a parking notice.
From 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 through 6 a.m. Sunday, March 16, vehicles must be parked in one of the following locations:
Hilltop lot north end, closest to the woods
Steam Plant resident lot, north section
South York parking lot between York Hall and York Village Complex
Signs will be posted to identify exact locations for parking in the lots.
All other UMaine parking rules, including the winter parking ban, remain in effect during semester break. Any vehicle in lots when plowing is necessary will be ticketed, towed and stored at the owner’s expense.
Parking-related questions should be directed to Parking and Transportation Services, 523 DTAV Community Center, 581.4047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Maine students in an advanced art education course are facilitating an art-making and fundraising project to aid the purchase of musical instruments for a Bangor organization that works with youth who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.
Students in Constant Albertson’s Topics in Art Education class are teaching teen Shaw House residents how to use art in a beneficial way. UMaine students are helping the youth make ceramic pins that will be sold for $5 at The Rock and Art Shop and Metropolitan Soul in downtown Bangor. All proceeds will go to the Shaw House to buy instruments for the many residents who take music lessons from the staff and volunteers.
The UMaine students involved in the art service learning project are Charlotte Gaylord, Julie Roach and Lowansa Sprague Thompson. The goal of the future art teachers is to work collaboratively in the community to spread knowledge while inspiring creative, positive action.
Last year, students in the class created and sold ceramic mugs to support educational programs for children at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton, Maine.
The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program, New Media Department and Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center have named New York-based artist Dan Mikesell the spring 2014 Researcher in Residence.
Mikesell is a media artist and technologist who spent the past four years teaching new interfaces for musical expression, physical computing and emotional design at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. He is the co-founder of Hacker Space Seoul, a creative incubator that works on biological and bio-mimetic installation.
Mikesell also developed a mobile networked device that helps doctors treat stroke victims and chronic pain patients. He currently holds one U.S. patent and three Korean patents based on this technology. More information on his work is online.
As Researcher in Residence, Mikesell will use the center’s facilities and equipment for projects. He is scheduled to give a public lecture on his work at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14 in 104 IMRC. While working with students on a daily basis, Mikesell will also offer a workshop/master class during his residence from mid-March through May.
IMRC residencies support the creative research, production and presentation of initiatives in new media, intermedia and other technology areas. The residency supports a period of concentration and immersion in creative investigation, cutting-edge research or production of visionary, experimental applications and projects.
Applications for the fall 2014 Researcher in Residence are now being accepted. More information on the residency program, including how to apply, is available online.