The Bangor Daily News, WVII (Channel 7), WLBZ (Channel 2), Q106.5, WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) and WABI (Channel 5) were among several news organizations to report comments made by Robert Dana, the University of Maine’s vice president for student life and dean of students, in response to a report about Christmas decorations that were taken down on campus. The original report stemmed from an email that was sent by a supervisor to employees in response to complaints about decorations in the Memorial Union. Dana, who spoke to media at the university, said the email was not based on an official university policy. “We welcome every single faith tradition and we welcome displays of those faith traditions and the university is a place where indeed there is a great deal of diversity and that’s what we want, that’s what we expect,” Dana said. The email also coincided with the planned removal of 16 Christmas trees from the union that were part of the Alpha Tau Omega annual competition-based philanthropy event that collects donations for Crossroads Ministries. The event ended Dec. 7 when the trees were judged and scheduled to be taken down. “Every expression of faith is an open, honest expression and students, faculty and staff have every encouragement and right to have a freedom of speech,” Dana said. Campus Reform and Business 2 Community also reported the story.
Sandra Caron, a University of Maine professor of family relations and human sexuality, spoke with United Educators about peer education at UMaine for the article, “Student-to-student interactions help campuses manage risks.” Caron said when she came to UMaine in 1988, she focused peer education on visible groups such as athletic teams and Greek organizations. In 1990, she found the Greek Peer Education Program and Athletes for Sexual Responsibility. In 2004, she spun off another group, Male Athletes Against Violence, according to the report. “Universities benefit because they have students who are standing up to other students and trying to change the campus from within, as opposed to me as a professor going to a residence hall and talking,” Caron said.
Times Higher Education recently published the column, “‘They’ has arrived at the pronoun party,” by Deborah Rogers, an English professor at the University of Maine.
KFVS (Channel 12), a CBS affiliate in southeast Missouri, carried the Raycom News Network report, “Clean kitchens keep holidays happy, healthy.” The report mentioned the importance of washing fruits and vegetables to help remove any microbes that may be on produce and cited tips from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
The last day of operation this semester for the Black Bear Orono Express is Dec. 19. The shuttle service will resume operation at 7 a.m., Jan. 12.
GRADUATE SEMINAR – SPRING 2015
(UGR501 – CRN 9498)
Can Be Taken for Credit or Certificate
This seminar course is targeted to graduate students (as well as postdocs or others) who supervise student researchers participating in extensive research and development projects spanning the STEM fields (including natural and social sciences). Participants draw on their own mentoring experiences, eight group discussions, and modest guided exercises, to develop a more purposeful and goal-oriented approach to research mentoring that can improve outcomes for themselves, student training, and the quality of research.
Topics Include: Developing a mentoring philosophy, establishing a workable mentoring and research plan, assessing student needs and performance, mentors as guides to careers, mentoring research ethics, managing lab interactions (and problems), and mentoring communication of research.
Instructor: Dr. Michael Kinnison (firstname.lastname@example.org ; 581-2575)
Format: 8 meetings with discussion and guided exercises
Meeting time: A 1.5 hour period to be arranged with participants
Credit Option: 1 credit Pass/Fail (may substitute for thesis credit in some cases*)
Certificate of Completion: Awarded for successful completion of the course
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and concurrent (or recent) supervision of actual student research experience.
Robert Dana, the University of Maine’s vice president for student life and dean of students, was a guest on the George Hale, Ric Tyler Radio Show on WVOM, The Voice of Maine. Dana spoke in response to a WABI (Channel 5) report about Christmas decorations that were taken down on campus. The original report was about an email that was sent by a supervisor to employees in response to complaints about decorations in the Memorial Union. Dana said the email was not based on an official university policy. “We welcome every single faith tradition and we welcome displays of those faith traditions and the university is a place where indeed there is a great deal of diversity and that’s what we want, that’s what we expect,” Dana said. WABI also reported Christmas trees were taken down in the union. The trees were part of the Alpha Tau Omega annual competition-based philanthropy event that collects donations for Crossroads Ministries. The trees were judged and scheduled to be taken down before the email was sent. “The university is not the Grinch,” Dana said. “We’re not saying ‘no’ to anybody.” WVII (Channel 7) also reported the story.
University of Maine engineering graduates were mentioned in the Business Climate article, “Tech entrepreneurs flock to Maine’s quality of life, innovative culture.” The report focuses on Portland-based Kepware Technologies and states half of the company’s employees are UMaine graduates, including its CEO Tony Paine, who started as an engineer at the firm. Kepware also provides software and scholarships for UMaine engineering students.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension was one of five local groups or businesses to be recognized by the Eastern Maine Development Corporation for its work serving the community’s economic needs. EMDC Champion Awards were presented during the EMDC Annual Meeting of Corporations in Bangor. The Katahdin Region Transition Team, U.S. Small Business Administration of Maine, Cianbro and Penobscot Theatre were honored along with UMaine Extension.
Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, and David Wihry, a research associate at the UMaine Center on Aging, wrote an opinion piece published by the Bangor Daily News titled “It’s time for a serious transportation policy for Maine’s older, disabled adults.” Kaye also is a member of the Maine chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications. Members’ columns appear in the BDN every other week.
As part of Bangor’s New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown, the University of Maine Museum of Art will host a free Crown Creation Celebration from 6–8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. The public is invited to create a crown or tiara to wear throughout the evening. All supplies are provided for free. For more information, contact Eva Wagner, UMMA education coordinator, at 561.3360 or email@example.com.