The Bangor Daily News reported John Patches, executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine, announced he will retire effective Jan. 31. Patches, 70, has been the head of the center since 1992 and said he is retiring to spend more time with family in Maine and California.
Slate published an opinion piece on net neutrality by Michael Socolow, an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine. The article focuses on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to strike down the FCC’s network neutrality rule that would make it illegal for cable and phone companies to block sites to users.
The Maine Edge reported on the dedication of the University of Maine’s new Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center in the renovated Stewart Commons on campus. The center is home to UMaine’s Department of New Media and the MFA in Intermedia Program, and is also available to Maine entrepreneurs. The program was led by Jeff Hecker, UMaine’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Maine Insights magazine reported on the progress of a marine protection bill put forward by Rep. Mick Devin of Newcastle who is also a researcher at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. Devin’s bill proposes the establishment on a commission to look at the effects of ocean acidification and its potential effects on commercial shellfish harvested along Maine’s coast.
The Maine Edge reported on research on the sexual selection of birds conducted by Brian Olsen, assistant professor in the University of Maine’s School of Biology and Ecology and Climate Change Institute. Olsen found when looking for a mate, female coastal plain swamp sparrows choose males with large bills. He also found small-billed males are more at risk of being cheated on by their mates.
Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi was recently awarded the United Arab Emirates Head of State Merit Award in recognition of his patriotism and achievements. United Arab Emirates president H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan presented Al-Suwaidi with the award in December 2013. Al-Suwaidi is the director general of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi and a professor of political science at the United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain. He has been a University of Maine School of Policy and International Affairs board member since 2007 and has served as director general at two conferences in Abu Dhabi co-hosted by the school and paid for by the ECSSR. Al-Suwaidi said winning the award is an honor that fills him with pride for his home country. More information on the award and the UMaine School of Policy and International Affairs is available online.
John Patches, the longtime director of the University of Maine Collins Center for the Arts, has announced he will retire effective Jan. 31 in order to spend more time with his family. Patches will be dividing his time between Maine and California to be with his grandson. Recognition of Patches’ 22-year legacy and role in Maine’s cultural arts will be held in the fall in conjunction with the Collins Center for the Arts Annual Gala.
“Under John’s direction, the Collins Center has become a cultural focal point in the state and region,” says Janet Waldron, senior vice president for administration and finance. “We appreciate his passion for the arts and his service to UMaine. He will be missed.”
Patches has been a member of the UMaine community since 1992, first as director of the then-named Maine Center for the Arts. In 1999, he also was named UMaine’s associate dean of cultural affairs and, in 2002, was named executive director of the Collins Center.
Patches came to UMaine from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he spent more than a decade as the associate director of the Fine Arts Center.
He has served on the boards of the Association of College, University and Community Arts Administrators, and of the Atlantic Presenters Association. His awards include the 2009 Vincent Hartgen Award and the 2006 Wilma Award at UMaine, and the 2003 Professional Presenters Award from the Atlantic Presenters Association.
Patches is the second director of the Collins Center/Maine Center for the Arts since its opening in 1986.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
The Associated Press, MPBN, Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2), WVII (Channel 7) and the Portland Press Herald reported the Maine Public Utilities Commission voted to approve the terms of an agreement between the state and Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies, granting initial approval for the consortium’s offshore wind pilot project. Maine Aqua Ventus is seeking to build two turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island and supply power to 7,000 homes. Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, told the AP he and his team are glad the PUC saw the long-term benefits of the project for Maine and the U.S. Yahoo Finance, Boston.com and the San Francisco Chronicle carried the AP report.
FoodService Director published a Q&A with Kerry Chasteen, quality assurance manager and interim dining services manager at the University of Maine. Kathy Kittridge, director of dining operations at UMaine, told FoodService Director Chasteen has made a difference at work by displaying a sense of urgency, expanding UMaine Dining’s quality assurance program, and having a great eye for detail. Chasteen said she is proud of the programs UMaine Dining offers and is able to assure that students will be able to eat safely depending on dietary restrictions and be a part of the social dining environment.
University of Maine students and musicians spoke to WABI (Channel 5) and WLBZ (Channel 2) about “An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics,” an upcoming fundraiser for the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. Ben McNaboe, a senior music education major, will direct about 90 musicians and vocalists for the student-produced show he created. McNaboe and Olivia Bean, a violist in the show, were interviewed for WLBZ’s show “207” and spoke about their hopes of expanding the School of Performing Arts’ outreach efforts. Show soloists Justin Zang, Hope Milne and Ira Kramer spoke to WABI about the uniqueness of the show and faculty member Liz Downing said tickets are selling fast.
The Maine Edge reported the University of Maine and the Greater Bangor Area NAACP will celebrate the life and service of Martin Luther King Jr. with events including a march, lunch and panel discussion from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20. The Maine Edge also reported the UMaine School of Performing Arts’ presentation of “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms has been rescheduled for Jan. 20, in the 900-seat Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden.
WLBZ (Channel 2) reported on the University of Maine Museum of Art’s winter exhibitions that will open to the public on Jan. 17 and run through March 22. The exhibits, “From Piranesi to Picasso: Master Prints from the Permanent Collection,” Hannah Cole’s “Time’s Wife” and Kenny Cole’s “Parabellum (Prepare for War)” include art from Maine locals to famous artists such as Francisco Goya and Pablo Picasso.
WLBZ (Channel 2) spoke with Karlton Creech, University of Maine’s new director of athletics, about a controversy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill that surrounds allegations of academic fraud involving classes heavily attended by student-athletes. Creech, who served as senior associate director of athletics at UNC, said when the alleged events took place several years ago he was in a development role and had no knowledge of student-athletes being enrolled in classes that did not meet. He added “it’s very important” for student-athletes to meet the same expectations as other students.
The Maine Edge reported Russian cellist Alexander Lvovich Volpov will be the guest performer at the University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ faculty concert Jan. 18 in Minsky Recital Hall. Volpov will perform with Phillip Silver, a UMaine music professor.
The University of Maine football team, led by 21-year head coach Jack Cosgrove, finished the 2013 season ranked No. 11 in the NCAA FCS Coaches Poll and No. 12 in The Sports Network FCS National Top-25 Poll.
The Black Bears — 10–3 overall — had one of their best seasons in school history. They won the Colonial Athletic Association title with a 7–1 league record, made their seventh overall NCAA postseason appearance and captured 10 wins for the first time since 2002.
In both national polls, FCS national champion North Dakota State (15–0) earned the No. 1 ranking and runner-up Towson University (13–3) of the CAA attained the No. 2 ranking.
Mary Lou Friedman, who was employed at the University of Maine’s Sawyer Environmental Chemical Lab for 18 years, passed away Jan. 11, 2014 at 57 years old. Her obituary is available online.
The University of Maine Museum of Art has announced three winter exhibitions.
Hannah Cole’s “Time’s Wife”; Kenny Cole’s “Parabellum (Prepare for War)”; and “From Piranesi to Picasso: Master Prints from the Permanent Collection” will run from Jan. 17 to March 22 at the museum in downtown Bangor.
“From Piranesi to Picasso” will feature more than 60 prints from the museum’s permanent collection. Established in 1946, the collection contains original prints by internationally renowned artists.
Highlights of the selected works, which date from the 18th century to the late 1980s, include Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s etchings from 1748–1772 that document Rome’s architectural landmarks; Francisco Goya’s aquatint and etchings from “Los Caprichos;” and Pablo Picasso’s “Faun Unveiling a Woman,” considered to be one of the artist’s most significant graphic works.
Winslow Homer’s 1887 etching “Eight Bells,” John Marin’s 1910 etching “Chartres Cathedral,” and Edward Hopper’s “The Lonely House” from 1922 will also be featured in the exhibit that will demonstrate diverse printmaking processes such as etching, silkscreen, woodcut, lithograph, drypoint and engraving.
Museum admission in 2014 is free thanks to the Penobscot Financial Advisors. More information is available online or by calling Assistant Museum Coordinator Kathryn Jovanelli at 207.561.3350.
The Bangor Daily News reported on a new book published by Sandra Caron, a University of Maine professor of family relations and human sexuality. Caron’s book, “The Sex Lives of College Students: Two Decades of Attitudes and Behaviors,” is based on the results of a sexuality survey she administered to thousands of students over the past 20 years. Caron said she thinks people would be surprised to know sex-related ideas and culture haven’t changed much from 20 years ago. Sun Journal and Seacoast Online also carried the BDN report.
Janet Waldron, senior vice president for administration and finance at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a New England Journal of Higher Education article titled “Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus.” Waldron spoke about UMaine President Paul Ferguson’s Blue Sky Plan which includes aggressive enrollment management and a multiyear strategy to address the needs of aging buildings. She said UMaine’s strategy for meeting the facilities challenges requires the coordination of multiple plans.
WVII (Channel 7) advanced “An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics,” a student-run fundraiser for the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. On Jan. 17, Ben McNaboe, a senior music education major at UMaine, will direct about 90 musicians and vocalists in the show he created. He said organizing the event has been a team effort. UMaine students and musicians Justin Zang, Hope Milne and Ira Kramer also spoke to WVII about their experiences being involved in the production.