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PA system rental form

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GSG PA system rental form
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Poster Board Rental form

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GSG Poster Board Rental Form Starting November 1st, 2014, we will charge $10/day per board.
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Your Health Policy 101

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09/11/14 at 5:00PM: a representative from Cross Agency will provide up-to-date information about Graduate student health care and answer questions. Refreshments will be provided.
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Graduate Student Resources

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GSG Grad Resources – Updated 9/2/14
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Video: Open Access Repositories, Copyright Laws, and Digital Commons for Graduate Students

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Kimberly Sawtelle offered a workshop for graduate students on open access repositories, copyright laws and Digital Commons in the spring 2014. She made this video of her presentation for people to have access to her wonderful workshop. Enjoy!  
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Volunteer opportunities

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Volunteer Opportunities This document was put together by the philanthropy committee in February 2014. To add resources, contact: gsgopdofficer@gmail.com
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Workshop: LinkedIn – November 8th

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Questions, please email: gsgopdofficer@gmail.com    
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Workshop: Grant Writing 101 – November 14th

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To register, please email: gsgopdofficer@gmail.com  
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Grants Deadline is 4:00 pm on October 4th, 2013!

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If you would like to apply for either an individual or clubs & organizations grant this year, the deadline for completed submissions is Friday, October 4th, 2013 at 4:00 pm. For more information, please go to the Grants page on our website at: http://www2.umaine.edu/gsg/grants/. If you have questions, please contact the GSG Grants Officer, Amamihe [...]
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Annual Graduate School Picnic 2013

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Please join us at the Annual Graduate School Picnic!!!  
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Helping Farmers Make Informed Soil Health Decisions Focus of Mallory’s Research

University of Maine News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:03

Ellen Mallory, a sustainable agriculture specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a professor in the School of Food and Agriculture, is leading a project that aims to help inform farmers’ decisions about adopting soil health strategies.

The yearlong project, “Building knowledge, skills and networks for soil security in Maine,” received a $44,442 grant from the University of Vermont which administers funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Protecting and improving soil on farms is critical to the long‐term productivity of agriculture in Maine, according to the researchers. However, many agriculture service providers say they are ill-equipped to help farmers and cite a lack of region‐specific information and concrete local examples of successful cover cropping, reduced tillage and rotational practices.

The project will establish teams of agricultural service to increase their ability to help farmers make informed decisions about adopting specific soil health strategies for three farm types: potato‐grain in northern Maine, dairy in central Maine, and mixed vegetable in south‐central Maine, according to the proposal.

Team members will participate in training, work with farmers on demonstration trials, and create video and written profiles of successful soil health/cover cropping practices with how‐to information that will be made available to the public on a project website, the researchers state.

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Breece Quoted in Press Herald Article on Aroostook County’s Personal Income Increase

University of Maine News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:31

James Breece, an economics professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for the article, “A surprise: Aroostook County has sharpest rise in personal income.” The article states Aroostook County’s personal income grew by 4.4 percent in 2013; above the national average for the year of 1.3 percent. In Piscataquis County, which has been Maine’s poorest county for several years, personal income rose by 4.2 percent, ranking second in the state, according to newly released Bureau of Economic Analysis figures. Breece said the state’s northern region has had solid, but not amazing, economic growth since the 2008–09 recession. He said the figures likely reflect the exodus of people from the area, adding Aroostook County’s population dropped by more than 1 percent last year and many people who left were likely looking for better job opportunities and would have negatively affected the county’s average income.

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WABI Covers Annual Laurence Jones Memorial

University of Maine News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:30

WABI (Channel 5) reported on an annual memorial service held at the University of Maine honoring the life of Laurence A. Jones, Jr., a 1992 UMaine graduate who held a psychology degree. Jones was killed while he was a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. Jones’ mother, Yong Jones, established a scholarship in memory him to be awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in psychology. This year’s recipient, Amber Rowley, spoke at the event that was held near the Laurence A. Jones, Jr. memorial tree on campus. “The recipient today — Amber Rowley — is also planning to study and also work in the field of child psychology and so we are hoping that she will do that and continue on the living memory of Laurence,” said Jeffery Mills, president and CEO of the University of Maine Foundation. Yong Jones attended the memorial.

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Morse Speaks to Free Press About Fish Farming for Food Tour Report

University of Maine News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:28

Dana Morse, a Maine Sea Grant researcher who works at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, was quoted in an article published by The Free Press about Maine Foodie Tours — tours of restaurants and markets that offer local food — coming to Rockland in the summer of 2015. The Rockland tour will include information on Maine aquaculture. Morse said fish farming in the state is booming. He listed mussels, hard- and soft-shell clams, scallops, sugar kelp, oysters and salmon as the focus of sea-farm industries in Maine.

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UMHC, BDN Team up for ‘My Maine Culture’ Project, Seek Digital Postcards

University of Maine News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:27

The University of Maine Humanities Center has partnered with the Bangor Daily News on “My Maine Culture,” a project to celebrate Maine’s sense of place.

The public is encouraged to submit a digital postcard — an image or video with accompanying text — to the BDN by Dec. 16. Visuals should capture participants’ Maine culture or what they love about the state. Submissions should include 200 words or fewer that explain what the image or video depicts and why it was chosen.

Submissions can be sent to Erin Rhoda, BDN Maine Focus editor, at erhoda@bangordailynews.com, or can be posted on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #MyMaineCulture.

The BDN will publish highlights from the digital postcard collection before the Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day on Jan. 24, to contribute to the day’s events. The Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day is hosted by UMHC and began in 2013 to create a better forum for connecting UMaine faculty, staff and students with the general public.

The Maine Folklife Center at UMaine also may choose to preserve the digital postcards in its archives.

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Season of Giving

University of Maine News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 15:30

Editor’s note: This is not a complete list; additions will be made.

Several University of Maine student, staff and faculty groups are leading charitable efforts this holiday season in an effort to give back to the community.

The UMaine Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism is collecting Thanksgiving turkeys for Crossroads Ministries Food Pantry in Old Town, and will hold a holiday food drive at IGA in Orono on Dec. 6. Turkeys can be dropped off by Nov. 24. at the Bodwell Center, 311 Memorial Union, or at Crossroads Ministries on Wood Street in Old Town.

The Black Bear Exchange, UMaine’s food pantry and clothing exchange, will provide Thanksgiving meals to its clients who will be in the area for the holiday.

The Bodwell Center also is collecting gifts for the Holiday Sharing Program, which serves more than 450 children in the local community. The program is a partnership between the center, Crossroads Ministries, Toys for Tots, Orono-Old Town Kiwanis, Orono Health Association, and many student and staff groups on campus.

Gifts can be dropped off at the Bodwell Center or Crossroads Ministries. The deadline for gift donations is Dec. 10. For more information about the Holiday Sharing Program, contact Jennifer Aldrich, community engagement coordinator at the Bodwell Center, at 207.581.3097.

The UMaine Office of Human Resources is holding an Adopt-A-Family program this holiday season. For more than 20 years, UMaine’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) held a similar program to help UMaine families that are most in need. This year, Human Resources is looking to continue the tradition.

Supporting a family can be done by department or individually. Family information will be shared with participants once the office is notified of the commitment. The office also is seeking nominations for families that would benefit from the program, and so far has more donors than eligible families. Families will remain anonymous.

To sign up to support and/or nominate a family, contact Kasey Richards at kasey.richards@maine.edu or 207.581.2366 by Wednesday, Nov. 26.

The Classified Employees Advisory Council (CEAC) recently collected and delivered several items to the Black Bear Exchange. The group continues to accept donations, and has boxes located around campus including in Alumni Hall, rooms 201 and 218; Fogler Library’s east entrance; Chadbourne Hall, rooms 122 and 226; and the Graduate School’s front desk in Stodder Hall.

Several UMaine fraternities and sororities also are getting involved by hosting clothing and food drives.

Kappa Sigma held its annual Coats for the Cold drive, where they collected coats to be sold for $5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22 at the Kappa Sigma house, 4 Munson Road on campus. Proceeds go to the Fisher House Foundation for aiding military families. HerCampus will be selling baked goods by donation during the sale, with all proceeds also benefiting Fisher House. Leftover coats will be donated to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.

Alpha Tau Omega is hosting Blue and Gold Christmas, a competition-based philanthropy event that collects clothes, books, nonperishable food and monetary donations for Crossroads Ministries. Teams of students from Greek Life and other organizations will be given a tree to decorate, along with a donation box. Teams score points for donations and tree decorations. The trees, which will be on display in the Memorial Union from Nov. 23 to Dec. 7, will be judged by university officials.

Pi Beta Phi and Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) will host the annual Pi Phi/FIJI Christmas event from 4–6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the FIJI fraternity house, 79 College Ave. Donations for the Bodwell Center and Crossroads Ministries will be collected during the Christmas-themed reception.

The Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society is collecting new or gently used winter clothing for children, such as jackets, gloves, hats, scarves, boots and snow pants. Donations will be accepted at 102 Shibles Hall until Dec. 5. All donations will be brought to a Salvation Army Coats for Kids drop box.

Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747

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UMaine Extension Mentioned in Guardian Article on Maine’s Artisan Grain Industry

University of Maine News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:24

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension was mentioned in an article published by The Guardian that looks at Maine’s growing artisan grain industry. The article focuses on Skowhegan’s Somerset Grist Mill and Maine Grains, a wholesaler producing stone-milled flour and related products from grains grown by local farmers. “Lots of people are experimenting and working to get the quality of grain to a place where they can sell it,” said  Amber Lambke, co-founder of Somerset Grist Mill and Maine Grains. “The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has been studying organic bread wheat production in Maine and are supporting the farmers to grow grains.

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Brady Named Maine Sea Grant’s Assistant Director for Research, Boothbay Register Reports

University of Maine News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:24

The Boothbay Register reported Damian Brady, an assistant research professor in the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences at the Darling Marine Center, has been appointed the assistant director for research at Maine Sea Grant. Brady’s research combines approaches from disciplines including marine biology, biogeochemistry and environmental engineering to address questions about water quality and ecosystem function. Brady will oversee Maine Sea Grant’s research portfolio and will manage the next request for research proposals in early 2015. He will serve as a liaison between Sea Grant faculty, students and staff at UMaine and other research institutions, and the Marine Extension Team.

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UMaine Extension Cranberry Facts Cited in Michigan State University Article

University of Maine News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:13

Data provided by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension was mentioned in the Michigan State University Extension article, “Why do we eat cranberries at Thanksgiving?” According to UMaine Extension, American Indians used cranberries as a food source, to dye fabric and as medicine, the article states. Due to the importance of cranberries in the 1500s and their abundance, it is believed the pilgrims and the American Indians would have eaten them at the first Thanksgiving, the article continues.

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Artisans to Highlight Ye Olde Holiday Shoppe on Dec. 6

University of Maine News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:11

Looking to give unique, locally crafted gifts this holiday season?

Check out the Ye Olde Holiday Shoppe from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum. Twenty-seven area artisans, including woodcarvers, bread-makers, felters, photographers, knitters, jewelers and quilters, will be selling their wares at the annual holiday market.

The public event is free, as is parking. For more information, including directions and to request disability accommodations, call 581.4100.

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