Niclas Erhardt, associate professor of management at University of Maine, was an expert source for WalletHub’s article that ranked the best and worst cities for professional and college ice hockey fans. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was ranked best and Springfield, Massachusetts was ranked worst.
When asked for tips for fans to enjoy the sport without breaking the bank, Erhardt encouraged enthusiasts to check out college hockey as game tickets run $15-$20, compared to the $100 that tickets to professional games cost.
“College hockey, especially DI, is very competitive and is an opportunity to see up and coming players that might play in the NHL later on,” he said, listing former UMaine players Gustav Nyquist and Ben Bishop as examples.
Richard Barron, University of Maine women’s basketball coach, commented to the Bangor Daily News on several changes the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Committee approved for the 2015-16 season.
Changes include a game format of four, 10-minute quarters (switching from 20-minute halves) and having the bonus (two-shots) come into effect on the fifth foul of each quarter. The bonus from the fourth quarter will carry into overtime.
“I like bringing the rules more in line with FIBA rules with the quarters,” Barron was quoted as saying. “No one enjoys watching a game where there are 40-plus free throws, so resetting the fouls at the quarter break should help with that.”
In addition, in the final 59.9 seconds of the fourth quarter and overtime, a team that calls a timeout immediately after a made basket, after a defensive rebound or after a change of possession, can inbound the ball in the frontcourt. That change, said Barron in the article, will make late-game possessions more exciting.
Many media outlets covered University of Maine System Chancellor James Page and Maine Community College System Acting President Derek Langhauser signing an agreement so students enrolled in any of Maine’s 14 community colleges and public universities can complete as many as 35 credits of their general education requirements and transfer that block of credits, for full credit, to any of the other institutions within the two systems. Media that covered the signing include WLBZ2, WCSH6, Mainebiz, MaineToday Media, Bangor Daily News, WGAN Radio and WABI TV5. The Sun Journal carried the Bangor Daily News story and MPBN carried the Associated Press report. To read the University of Maine System release, visit maine.edu/maines-14-public-colleges-universities-sign-far-reaching-transfer-agreement.
The 3rd Annual Children’s Book Drive to benefit Literacy Volunteers will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 23, at Briar Patch Book & Toy Store, 27 Central St., Bangor. The rain date is June 25.
All proceeds and books collected will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, a program aimed to help adults and families learn how to read. The event will include free ice cream, read-alongs with Literacy Volunteers and a guest reading of “Faraway Friends” by Russ Cox.
Donations of new and gently used book donations may be dropped off through June 30 at Darling’s Auto Group locations in Augusta, Bangor, Brewer and Ellsworth. Sponsors include Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, The Briar Patch, the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development and Darling’s Auto.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H in Oxford County hosts its June Jamboree Livestock Clinic from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 13, and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 14, at Fryeburg Fairgrounds, 1154 Main St., Fryeburg.
The clinic, for 4-H club members and leaders, offers sessions on sheering sheep, showing market lambs, swine and beef, and caring for livestock. The event is free and open to members of public interested in learning about 4-H and animal science projects. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.743.6329 or email email@example.com.
The Maine Writing Project (MWP) led by Kenneth Martin in the College of Education and Human Development has received $10,000 for the second half of a two-year SEED Teacher Leadership Development Grant from the National Writing Project. MWP, founded in 1997, is one of almost 200 university-based organizations in the National Writing Project that support young writers and teachers of writing throughout the United States. Each year, up to 20 educators complete UMaine’s annual institute in writing, the teaching of writing, and teacher leadership — joining our membership of more than 300 teacher-consultants. Program activities for members include book study groups, online writing groups, and the Maine Writes publication of members’ writing, as well as professional development workshops and conferences for educators across Maine. Outreach activities include young authors summer camps for grades 3-12, support for student-staffed writing centers in Maine schools, and the Science Around ME Internet app project for science and literacy in partnership with the Maine Discovery Museum. Funds provided by the NWP SEED Grant are essential to continuing these programs.
The Bangor Daily News compiled “17 rules to live by,” delivered to Maine graduates in recent years by Commencement speakers. Four of the 17 speakers who made the list spoke to UMaine graduates: Tess Gerritsen, 2014; Lawrence Bender, 2013; Stephen King, 2005; U.S. Sen. Angus King, who was then Maine governor, 2002.
The 2015 Maine Government Summer Internship Program began May 26, with 34 college students interning in various state agencies.
The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine administers the 2015 Maine Government Summer Internship Program — a full-time, 12-week, paid work experience.
Students’ majors include political science, economics, engineering and environmental science. Most study at in-state colleges and universities, while others are Maine residents pursuing their education out of state.
Departments hosting the interns include: Education; Labor; Transportation; Corrections; Administrative and Financial Services; Professional and Financial Regulation; Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management; Maine State Library; and Workers’ Compensation.
For many years, the program has offered a unique opportunity for talented college students to work within Maine state government. Interns provide valuable assistance to state agencies while gaining practical and professional skills in their fields of study. Most interns are based in Augusta, while others travel to work in various parts of the state.
The Maine Government Summer Internship Program was established in 1967 by the 103rd Maine Legislature to attract and select college students with ambition and talent for temporary internships within Maine state government.
A total of 1,712 students have participated in the program. Undergraduate and graduate students who either reside in Maine or attend a Maine school are eligible.
The 2015 interns:
- Joseph Greco, of Greene, Maine, is a political science/business management major at Thomas College. Greco is a property management intern in the Bureau of General Services/Property Management Division with the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services.
- Darine Gnidehoue, of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, is a actuarial science major at the University of Maine at Farmington. Gnidehoue is a tax examiner assistant for Maine Revenue Services with the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services.
- Alexander Roberts, of Randolph, Maine, is a mechanical engineering major at the University of Maine. Roberts is a special projects assistant with the Bureau of General Services in the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services
- Robert Potts of North Yarmouth, Maine, is a history/political science major at the University of Maine. Potts is a Juvenile Justice Advisory Group assistant with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group in the Maine Department of Corrections.
- Haileigh Kochis, of Oakland, Maine, is a biology major at Carroll College. Kochis is an energy systems assistant with Facilities Engineering at the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.
- William Noble, of Sidney, Maine, is an ecology and environmental science major at the University of Maine. Noble is a GIS intern in the Maine Emergency Management Agency at the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.
- Alyssa Withee, of West Gardiner, Maine, is a political science major at the University of Southern Maine. Withee is a community organizations disaster recovery/preparedness capacity building intern in the Maine Emergency Management Agency at the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.
- Spencer Shagoury, of Hallowell, Maine, is a government and legal studies major at Bowdoin College. Shagoury is an emergency operations planning intern at the Maine Emergency Management Agency in the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.
- Ashley Godbout of Hallowell, Maine, is a secondary education major at the University of Maine at Farmington. Godbout is a Maine Learning Technology Initiative assistant with the Maine Learning Technology Initiative at the Maine Department of Education.
- Fiona Sterling of Richmond, Maine, is a management/leadership major at Hellenic College. Sterling is a Maine Learning Technology Initiative assistant with the Maine Learning Technology Initiative at the Maine Department of Education.
- Laura Perez of Biddeford, Maine, is an international affairs major at the University of Maine. Perez is a migrant education field and office assistant in the Migrant Education Office with the Maine Department of Education.
- Jesse Juntura, of Greene, Maine, is a government/global studies major at the University of Maine. Juntura is a migrant education field and office assistant in the Migrant Education Office with the Maine Department of Education.
- Chauncey Devin, of Manchester, Maine, is a resource economics major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Devin is a research and planning intern in research and communications at MaineHousing.
- Taylor Talmage, of Auburn, Maine, attends the University of Maine School of Law. Talmage is a legal intern in the Office of the Public Advocate with the Maine Executive Department.
- Treva deMaynadier, of China, Maine, is an anthropology major at Oberlin College. deMaynadier is a migrant and seasonal farmworker survey assistant with the Maine Monitor Advocate at the Maine Department of Labor.
- Emily Colfer, of Manchester, Maine, is an international development major at Northumbria University. Colfer is a disability employment assistant in the Bureau of Employment Services at the Maine Department of Labor.
- Kathryn Bernatchez of Belgrade, Maine, is a political science major at Boston University. Bernatchez is a computer conversion project assistant with the Bureau of Employment Services at the Maine Department of Labor.
- Sarah Dean, of Richmond, Maine, is a marketing/international business major at the University of Maine. Dean is a communication assistant in the Office of the Commissioner at the Maine Department of Labor.
- Kyle Norweg, of Norridgewock, Maine, is a public and environmental affairs/Russian and East European studies major at Indiana University. Norweg is a publications intern with the Bureau of Unemployment Insurance at the Maine Department of Labor.
- Arianna Castonguay, of Augusta, Maine, is an economics major at the University of Maine. Castonguay is an assistant to the principal examiner at the Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection at the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.
- Kimberly Clark, of Portland, Maine, is an American and New England studies major at the University of Southern Maine. Clark is a collections digitization intern at Collections, Digital Initiatives and Promotion with the Maine State Library.
- Pauline Bickford-Duane, of Orrington, Maine, is an English and French studies major at Wheaton College. Bickford-Duane is a collections digitization intern at Collections, Digital Initiatives and Promotion with the Maine State Library.
- Amanda Brackett of Vassalboro, Maine, is an environmental science major at Clark University. Brackett is an environment-natural resource field and data assistant at the Environmental Office with the Maine Department of Transportation.
- Noah Bosworth, of Farmingdale, Maine, is a conservation biology and ecology major at Montana State University. Bosworth is the Environment-Bridge Group assistant at the Environmental Office–Bridge Group with the Maine Department of Transportation.
- Alyssa Gartley, of South China, Maine, is a civil engineering major at the University of Maine. Gartley is a hydrology-water resources intern at the Environmental Office-Surface Water Resources Division with the Maine Department of Transportation.
- Drew Olehowski, of Lewiston, Maine, is an environmental engineering major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Olehowski is a hydrology-water resources intern at the Environmental Office-Surface Water Resources Division at the Maine Department of Transportation.
- Seikah Roberts, of Brunswick, Maine, is an environmental science major at Juniata College. Roberts is an Office of Audit assistant in Finance and Administration with the Maine Department of Transportation.
- Eric Sanderson, of Falmouth, Maine, is a political science/economics major at Stonehill College. Sanderson is a transportation planning intern in the Office of Planning at the Maine Department of Transportation.
- Grace Gould, of Waterville, Maine, is a chemistry major at the University of Maine. Gould is a GIS/data inventory assistant with the Results and Information Office at the Maine Department of Transportation.
- Andrew Roberts, of Randolph, Maine, is a mechanical engineering major at the University of Maine. Roberts is a traffic engineering work zone safety and mobility assistant in Maintenance and Operations at the Maine Department of Transportation.
- Lindsay Bellegarde, of Waterville, Maine, is a criminal justice major at Thomas College. Bellegarde is an ADA inventory assistant in the Civil Rights Office at the Maine Department of Transportation.
- Robert Swain, of Augusta, Maine, is a chemistry/mathematics major at Columbia University. Swain is an ADA inventory assistant in the Civil Rights Office at the Maine Department of Transportation.
- Sam Nielsen, of Manchester, Maine, is a civil engineering major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Nielsen is a traffic engineering/ancillary structures intern in Maintenance and Operations at the Maine Department of Transportation.
- Helen Hanson, of South China, Maine, is a paralegal studies major at Husson University. Hanson is a legal assistant with the Advocate Division, Portland Regional Office, of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board.
Contact: Charles Morris, 207.581.4135
Noah Oppenheim, a graduate student at the University of Maine Darling Center in Walpole, Maine, has been awarded a Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship.
The one-year paid fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students interested in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources, and in national policy decisions affecting those resources.
It matches graduate students with hosts in the legislative and executive branches of government in the Washington, D.C. area. Oppenheim’s legislative fellowship begins in February 2016.
“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to pursue a career in marine affairs at the federal level through the Knauss Fellowship,” says Oppenheim, a candidate for the dual Master of Science degree (marine biology and marine policy).
“Growing up and studying in Maine has taught me a great deal about how people use the ocean and its resources. Midcoast has been a wonderful place to live and work these past few years. I’m excited to be able to take the lessons learned from my time here with me to Washington.”
Rick Wahle, a research professor in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences, is Oppenheim’s adviser.
“I’m tremendously gratified to see that Noah’s being recognized for his hard work,” says Wahle.
“He’s a great fit for the Knauss Fellowship because he’s eager to engage with stakeholders and policymakers in translating the findings and implications of new developments in fishery science.”
Earlier this spring, the UMaine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture presented Oppenheim with the George F. Dow Graduate Scholarship.
In 2012, in a scientific first, Oppenheim videotaped lobsters cannibalizing their young on the ocean floor off Pemaquid Point. His thesis research involves developing and testing forecasting tools for population trends in the American lobster fishery.
He has been supported by Maine Sea Grant and the National Science Foundation’s Coastal SEES (Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability) Program.
Oppenheim grew up in Falmouth. He graduated from Waynflete School in Portland, Maine, in 2005, the same year he became a Divemaster.
During a year in college, Oppenheim studied hammerhead shark migration in the Galapagos Islands and was a crewmember on sailing vessels in the South Pacific.
After he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2010 from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, Oppenheim worked in the Bering Sea as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service groundfish observer and a deckhand on a salmon fishing vessel.
The fellowship is named after John A. Knauss, a founder of Sea Grant and a former NOAA administrator.
Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777
Blackstone Quoted in Pacific Standard Magazine Article About Friendships Between Parents and the Childfree
Amy Blackstone, University of Maine sociology professor, was referenced and interviewed in Pacific Standard Magazine as an expert sociologist who studies the child-free. Blackstone has interviewed dozens of people who’ve opted out of parenthood, in which she found that at least half of the child-free subjects reported tensions between themselves and their friends that had children. In the article, Blackstone states that understanding new priorities is key.
“Maintaining the friendship requires patience on both sides. If you take a broader view of new parenthood and think of it as a major life event and recognize the relationships shift as a result of many life events…a new job, home, relationship…it might be easier to understand each other,” said Blackstone.
WABI reported on the 47th annual Special Olympics summer games that was hosted at UMaine, where 1,500 athletes came together to compete. The competition began on June 4 with bowling and unified bowling. June 5 consisted of more bowling, bocce competitions, relays and time trials. June 6 events included track and field, which ended June 7 with the walk and mile run finals. The next Special Olympics competition will be the Winter Games which will occur at Sugarloaf in January.
Kate Garland, a horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension program, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article focused on various hunger relief programs happening across the state of Maine. “Farmers don’t have time to donate their extra produce, during market. It’s that time of year when they don’t have a spare moment,” said Garland. “But it really blew me away that first year to see how generous everyone was and how eager they were to see that the food was going to a good place where folks need it.”
Every week, volunteers visit Bangor-area markets to ask for donations, as part of an aftermarket gleaning program — which is the practice of collecting extra produce after the main harvest or market is over. Farmer’s markets donate extra products to organizations such as Crossroads Ministry in Old Town, which then distributes them to residents in the area.
“This is top-quality food, this is not seconds — although seconds are good too — but this is the stuff your or I’d be getting from the market, good stuff, breads, cheeses and meats,” said Garland.
Mark Brewer, political scientist at UMaine, was quoted in an article that appeared in the Portland Press Herald, commenting on Gov. LePage’s analogy comparing Maine’s tax revenue, to a stool with three legs — Income tax, sales tax and property tax. Brewer said that it’s common for politicians to use phrases repeatedly, referring to it as message reinforcement. “This one does seem inherently flawed. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher,” Brewer said of the analogy. “But Governor LePage is widely recognized for his colorful and inventive use of language.”
85-year old Alan Switzer, former men’s swimming and diving coach for the University of Maine’s Division I swim team, was feature in an article that appeared in Swimming World Magazine, focused on his extensive career as a swimming coach at Hebron Academy, the University of Maine, and Plymouth State University. Switzer spent 19 years coaching swimming at UMaine before taking a position at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, where he has led the women’s Division III swimming and diving program for the last 25 years.
Switzer has been inducted into the University of Maine and Hebron Academy Halls of Fame and was added to the state of Maine’s Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in April 2015. Switzer completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Harvard University before he pursued his successful coaching career.
The Sanford Harmony program, an early-childhood social skills program, was cited in an Education Week blog post about a $20 million anonymous donation made to the San Diego-based National University. The University of Maine is one of nine university partners around the country that is promoting the program and training teachers through a professional development series called Sanford Inspire. The program aims to promote understanding and tolerance among children of different racial and ethnic groups and among children with disabilities. The donation will be used to expand the program nationwide. Collaborators hope to have 2,000 schools participating by the end of the year. As of June 2, UMaine has expanded its initiative statewide, and will be disseminated by the UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development.
WhatTheyThink.com announced Kelsey Bolduc, a chemical engineering major at the University of Maine, as recipient of the Engineering Division Scholarship. The scholarship is presented to science and engineering students interested in pursuing an engineering career in the pulp and paper industry. Bolduc is one of two students who will be awarded scholarships at the 2015 Pulping, Engineering, Environmental, Recycling, Sustainability (PEERS) conference Oct. 25–28 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jennifer Sapiel Neptune — University of Maine graduate, anthropologist, artist and member of the Penobscot Nation — was featured in a Bangor Daily News article. The story described how Neptune re-created a beaded ceremonial Penobscot headdress, two cuffs and a collar that Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis wore last year at his inauguration. The original collar and cuffs, which served as models for her re-creations, can be found at UMaine’s Hudson Museum. “All the objects in our collection provide links to the past and inspiration to contemporary artists,” said Gretchen Faulkner, director of the Hudson Museum. “We are stewards of these objects for the community. Jennifer’s work brings the objects full circle; it’s a living collection.”
The Bangor Daily News advanced a Bangor exhibit of the pop-up art series “The Lexicon of Sustainability.” The University of Maine Office of Sustainability and Bangor Area Food Council were selected as curators of the exhibition designed to spur community dialogue to help strengthen local food systems. “The whole [pop-up show] series is focused on the words we use and educating people about the language of sustainability and what that means,” said Dan Dixon, UMaine’s sustainability coordinator and member of the food council who applied to bring the show to Bangor. The exhibit is located at COESPACE, 48 Columbia St., Bangor and will be open at noon June 5 and from 5—9 p.m. as part of the Bangor Artwalk.
The University of Maine was recognized as one of the best colleges or universities for employers who want to hire high-quality engineering graduates.
UMaine ranked fifth on College Recruiter’s list of the “Top 12 Hidden Gem Colleges for Employers Hiring Electrical and Communications Engineering Majors.”
College Recruiter is the leading niche job board used by recent college graduates to find entry-level jobs and students to find internships.
Institutions on the list featured high SAT/ACT scores for entering students, high average starting salaries for the regions in which the schools were located, a high percentage of graduates working in their chosen field of study, and a majority of the graduating class available for recruitment by employers.
The full College Recruiter release is online.
Blaine Livingston, a nontraditional student, is a husband, father and veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Originally from North Anson, Maine, Livingston is working on a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Part of Livingston’s responsibilities at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center involve manufacturing composite parts for a Department of Defense research project.
He was tasked recently with manufacturing armor panels for a mobile Armored Command Trailer (ACT) for the U.S. Army. Livingston successfully fabricated the composite laminates which included the use of methyl methacrylate adhesives, vacuum infusion, and a special water jet cutting process.
The fabrication of the armor panels is beyond what is traditionally asked of a student in his position. He exhibited excellent leadership by recruiting and instructing other qualified student laborers to help him prepare the panels.
Livingston says he enjoys working at the UMaine Composites Center because “everything we do is interesting, exciting, and has the potential to positively impact so many people’s lives.” He says he appreciates the level of trust and responsibility he is given by his supervisors.