The Bangor Daily News spoke with several University of Maine officials and faculty members for the the article “UMaine relying more on lower-paid professors as budget shrinks.” Jason Canniff, a part-time faculty member who teaches English and Honors College courses, spoke about his typical work week. Pat Burnes, coordinator of UMaine’s First Year Writing Program, and Ludlow Hallman, chairman of the Music Department, spoke about hiring more adjuncts to replace retiring professors. Jeff Hecker, UMaine’s executive vice president of academic affairs and provost, said the university’s plan to pass a balanced budget for FY 2015 was an attempt to “meet our needs and commitments, while we develop a more thoughtful, longer-range plan.”
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UMaine’s Oldest A Capella Group Becomes the First Student Performing Arts Organization to Endow a Scholarship With the University of Maine FoundationMonday, April 7th, 2014
With an initial $2,500 donation, The Maine Steiners, the University of Maine’s oldest a cappella group, became the first performing arts student organization to establish an endowed scholarship fund with the University of Maine Foundation.
The Maine Steiners Vocal Music Scholarship Fund will promote ensemble singing at the University of Maine, according to the group’s business manager Morgan Cates.
“We wanted to find a way to support involvement with the School of Performing Arts for years to come. It is our goal that this scholarship will give students the opportunity to get involved with the arts who otherwise may not have had that opportunity,” Cates says.
The $2,500 gift along with an $8,000 pledge met the $10,000 goal established for new endowed funds with the addition of matching funds from the University of Maine Foundation’s 80th anniversary matching gift program. The gift included $500 for immediate distribution of the first scholarship in fall 2015.
“We are very appreciative of the Maine Steiners for their commitment to this much needed scholarship support and their vision for the future of the performing arts at UMaine,” says Foundation President Jeff Mills. “This fund represents a significant contribution for a student group.”
Ongoing fundraising for the scholarship fund will occur with the creation of limited edition engraved steins in a “Fill the Steins!” campaign. Steins are currently in production at UMaine’s Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center in partnership with the Intermedia MFA Program.
The campaign will offer a different stein design annually for the next four years. The first stein will be unveiled in the coming weeks, with subsequent designs offered every January. Each of the 25 annual steins cost $100.
In addition, the Steiners’ next album “Thank You for the Sing!” will be out this month. It is the Steiners’ first album since 2010. The group has spent more than 60 hours in the IMRC Center’s studio, recording tracks in collaboration with audio engineer Duane Shimmel.
“Thank You for the Sing!” will include arrangements of classics such as “Live Like We’re Dying” and “A Little Less Conversation.” A launch party for the album will be held at the IMRC Center April 25. All seven current Steiners perform on the album.
Gateway Mastering, owned by Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Bob Ludwig, will master the tracks. Shimmel and Cates are the producers.
These efforts are in addition to the Steiners’ preparation for their annual spring tour, which will happen in May and take the group across the state and as far as New York.
In addition to Cates, who is from Camden, Maine, the other Steiners are: five other members from Maine — Cain Landry and Forrest Tripp of Saco, Avery Topel of Windham, Derek Willette of Hampden and Mike Knowles of Charlotte; and Rob Laraway of Tilton, N.H.
Anyone interested in the spring tour performance locations or in supporting the fund by purchasing an album or stein can contact email@example.com or go online (mainesteiners.com). Albums are $10 and will be available at Bull Moose Music and the University Bookstore, and at all Maine Steiners live performances.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745;
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine’s 2014 annual Student Art Exhibition, “Be, Do, Make,” that opened Friday, April 4 in Lord Hall Art Gallery. The exhibition features 116 pieces from 62 student artists in a variety of media. Michael Grillo, chairman of the Department of Art and associate professor of art history, credits the university’s new Wyeth Family Studio Art Center with helping students create work. “We opened the new building last September, and what we’re seeing is that there’s an exuberance in the work. We’re seeing the ability to make things on a scale and size which we have not been able to do before,” he said.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the Graduate Student Government’s 2014 Graduate Academic Exposition (GradExpo) at the University of Maine’s IMRC Center. The GradExpo featured about 106 submissions in four areas of competition — posters, oral presentations, intermedia and fine arts exhibits, and a PechaKucha, or rapid-fire slide show event. More than $8,000 in prizes were awarded to participants. Stanley Levitsky, a graduate student studying intermedia, told WABI it felt great to have his work on display after many hours of preparation.
The Bangor Daily News reported the University of Maine’s IMRC Center is one of a handful of facilities in the state to own an Oculus Rift. The Rift is a virtual reality headset made by Oculus VR that is poised to revolutionize everything from video games to military, aerospace and industrial training simulations, according to the article. Two UMaine new media majors — Ian Lusk and Lucas Richards — are creating a demo program for the Rift that combines virtual reality with interactive motion sensor technology.
The works of Vincent Hartgen, founder of the University of Maine Museum of Art and longtime UMaine professor of art, will be on display at Boyd Place Gallery, 21 Boyd St., Bangor. The show, “Maine Masters,” features works of Hartgen and Arthur Thompson. The exhibit is open daily, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., through May 31. A reception is slated for 3–5 p.m. Sunday, April 27.
The University of Maine’s 2014 annual Student Art Exhibition opens with a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4 in Lord Hall Art Gallery. Titled “Be, Do, Make,” the exhibition features 116 pieces from 62 artists.
The exhibition features work in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design and mixed media. More than 400 pieces by 125 student artists were considered for entry.
An award ceremony will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Lecture Room, 100 Lord Hall. Andres Verzosa, director of Portland’s Aucocisco Galleries and a UMaine alumnus, juried the exhibition. Awards will include Best in Show, three Juror’s Awards and three Honorable Mentions. In addition, the Department of Art will present more than 50 awards recognizing excellence in studio art, art education studies and art history, according to UMaine art professor James Linehan. The majority of awards will include scholarships totaling nearly $25,000, Linehan says.
Most of the featured artists are students in the Department of Art, with majors in either studio art or art history. However, entries from all majors are accepted and featured in the exhibition.
The Student Art Exhibition has been an annual spring event for more than 50 years. Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs until May 2.
Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747
WVII (Channel 7) reported on a presentation about an art service learning project given by three University of Maine students in an advanced art education course. Charlotte Gaylord, Julie Roach and Lowansa Sprague Tompkins spoke about the art-making and fundraising project they created to aid the purchase of musical instruments for the Shaw House, a Bangor organization that works with youth who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. The students helped the youth make ceramic pins to be sold at shops in downtown Bangor. A total of 380 pins and 20 small sculptures were made for the project. The students said they project sales of $1,900 if all the items are sold.
More than 300 students, teachers and chaperones from about 20 Maine middle and high schools are expected to gather at the University of Maine from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 to participate in the Maine National History Day competition.
A new partnership between UMaine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library, with support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Historical Society, brings the event for students in grades 6–12 to the UMaine campus for the first time since the national program began in 1980.
National History Day (NHD) is an academic program that promotes critical thinking, research and presentation skills through project-based learning for students of all abilities. More than a half million students, working with thousand of teachers, participate in the national contest annually.
Student exhibits, websites, documentaries and performances will be judged from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several locations on campus including Wells Conference Center, IMRC Center, Fogler Library and Memorial Union.
Travel prizes donated by Joe and Suzanne Cyr of John T. Cyr & Sons, Inc./Cyr Bus Line in Old Town will be awarded to state winners who are eligible to compete in the national contest in Washington, D.C. in June. Awards will be presented during the 2:30 p.m. ceremony in Wells Conference Center.
A scavenger hunt with activities from a half dozen museums and history organizations, including a Civil War re-enactment group, will be offered to students. Maine NHD participants can also use UMaine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center at a discounted rate of $3.
State NHD contestants are invited to display their work at the Bangor Public Library and the Maine Discovery Museum in downtown Bangor for five weeks after the contest. Performance category winners also are invited to perform at the Bangor Public Library on May 17 during Bangor Public Humanities Day organized by the UMaine Humanities Initiative. More information about the Bangor event is online.
For questions or to request a disability accommodation, contact John Taylor, NHD state coordinator with the Margaret Chase Smith Library, 317.626.8438, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Liam Riordan, UMaine history professor, 207.581.1913, email@example.com. More information on Maine NHD is online.
Women in Academia Report published an article about two of the three finalists for the position of dean of the University of Maine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The article focused on the female finalists — Emily Haddad of the University of South Dakota and Pamela Kalbfleisch of Concordia University Chicago. Bryan DePoy of Youngstown State University is also a candidate. The three finalists will visit campus in April for interviews and presentations.