Fred Knight, former director and dean of the University of Maine School of Forest Resources, passed away Feb. 25, 2014 at 88 years old. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 2, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway in Bangor. The memorial service announcement and Knight’s obituary are online.
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Student, Stephanie Leonard, Receives Fellowship at International Arts School
Posted April 29, 2014
Stephanie Leonard, 2014 candidate for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree, recently received the Quimby Family Foundation Fellowship. Leonard teaches art for the Bangor School System and also has a Master in Education degree from UMaine. The fellowship, which takes place at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, is awarded annually to Maine art educators based on a submitted portfolio of work. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media and offers a unique experience with internationally-renowned instructors, intensive and focused studio time, a diverse student body, and an award-winning campus. The fellowship provides, room, board and tuition for an extended summer session. Leonard said that the experience provided, “an opportunity to focus on my own art, to re-energize and to experience being a student once again.” Leonard also received the award for Outstanding Service to the Profession by the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) in April of 2013. The MAEA website says of Stephanie, “(she) is an inspiring art educator. She has spent 14 years in the classroom and is always advocating for programs and kids. No matter where she is she finds ideas for art projects. She is constantly finding ideas for themes, materials for projects, and suggestions for ways to promote art.”
Rick Wahle, a University of Maine research professor at the Darling Marine Center, and Bob Bayer, executive director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, gave interviews about the steady decline in the number of baby lobsters settling off the coast of Maine and how the decrease could put an end to recent record catches. Wahle told WVII (Channel 7) there is no clear reason for the decline in baby lobsters, but cites a change in weather patterns as a possible cause. He added having an early warning is important, and one of the key benefits of the UMaine research is to allow the industry and coastal economy to prepare for change. Bayer told CBC News it takes about eight years for baby lobsters to be big enough to harvest, meaning it’s likely the end to the United State’s unprecedented catches. “We were going along a 20 million pound harvest for many, many years. Now this last year we’re up over 120 million pounds. This probably isn’t a sustainable level,” he said.
Gov. Paul LePage signed three bond proposals for research and development, sending the measures to voters this November, the Associated Press reported. The $21 million in bonds approved by LePage is part of a $50 million borrowing package lawmakers passed as they wrapped up the session. One bill would provide $8 million to renovate and improve a University of Maine Cooperative Extension lab that assists farmers and foresters and identifies pests, as well as plant and animal diseases. The Portland Press Herald and SFGate carried the AP report.
A University of Maine School of Economics study on the state’s golf industry was cited in a Portland Press Herald article about course officials saying the worst spring turf conditions in years are hurting income, forcing repairs and frustrating golfers. The study found that in 2011, Maine’s golf industry generated $269.5 million in revenue. It also accounted for 4,935 full- or part-time jobs producing $90.4 million in income.
The Associated Press reported the state’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will receive $600,000 to support research on specialty crops such as blueberries and potatoes. The agency is accepting proposals for the grant money to be used on agricultural research. University of Maine; Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; and private industry research will be supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grants, the article states. The Portland Press Herald and seattlepi.com carried the AP report.
The Grower: Production Strategies for Commercial Growers reported on the introduction of two potato varieties developed by the University of Maine in partnership with the Maine Potato Board. The new varieties — the Easton and the Sebec — were developed over the past several growing seasons and are targeted for the french fry and potato chip industries, although both can be used for fresh market consumption.
Supervisors, friends, family and co-workers of retiring University of Maine faculty and staff are invited to join President Paul Ferguson and senior administrators as they celebrate the commitment and dedication of this year’s retirees during the annual Retirement Recognition Banquet on Wednesday, May 14.
The reception begins at 6 p.m. with the banquet and program starting at 6:30 p.m. in the McIntire Room of the Buchanan Alumni House on campus.
Seats are available for $25 per person. RSVP by April 29 to Rowena Clukey at email@example.com or 207.581.1580. The meal will be a split plate of beef and haddock, with a vegetarian/vegan option. Dietary restrictions should be indicated when submitting the RSVP.
A list of the 2104 retirees is online.
Frank Drummond, an entomology specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a UMaine professor of insect ecology, was quoted in Associated Press and Portland Press Herald articles about Maine beekeepers assessing their hives after the long winter. Drummond said some beekeepers have experienced considerable losses while others have not. “It seems to be all over the place. I expect it will be one of those winters that wasn’t great for the bees but also wasn’t catastrophic,” he said. Boston Herald and The Republic of Indiana carried the AP report.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the “Nets for Pets” basketball tournament held at the New Balance Student Recreation Center to benefit the Bangor Humane Society. The MBS Corps, the Maine Business School’s community outreach organization, organized the tournament and took donations such as pet toys, treats and blankets for the animal shelter. UMaine business students Zach Nguyen and Kevin Leary spoke about the event they helped organize. Nguyen called the event a success and a great way to get students involved while supporting a good cause. “It’s all about the animals. We love our pets. I mean, they’re our second family,” Leary said. “We’re all out here to have a good time and support the Humane Society.”
The Associated Press advanced the University of Maine spring symposium, “In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America.” UMaine’s Franco-American Centre and Franco American Studies program hosted the series of free events on the Orono campus. The symposium featured readings from acclaimed writers, panel discussions by scholars from New England and Canada, and a screening of the film “Le grand Jack (Jack Kerouac’s Road: A Franco-American Odyssey)” directed by Herménégilde Chiasson. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network and the Houston Chronicle carried the AP report.
WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) reported on the Family Weapon Safety and Range Day held at the Orrington Rod and Gun Club and organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the University of Maine student veterans group. Families were invited to learn the proper way to handle different types of firearms and how to keep guns safe in the household. “Familiarization is key,” Christopher Phinney, VFW senior vice commander and treasurer of the UMaine group, told WLBZ. “If people are familiar with the weapons — how they work, how the safeties work — then if they come across the weapon in any situation, they can understand how to operate it or leave it alone safely.”
WABI (Channel 5) covered the University of Maine Alumni Association’s Black Bear Business Conference “Making it in Maine: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology in the 21st Century.” The conference aimed to bring Maine’s small-business owners and entrepreneurs together with UMaine faculty, economic development staff, business students and successful Maine business leaders to share ideas, strategies and techniques that promote growth. UMaine student Daniel Kaepplinger, who helped organize the event said he thinks a lot of future business deals and partnerships will result from the event. “There’s a lot of learning that’s going on here today. A lot of business cards that are going to be traded,” he said. UMaine student Chuck Hastings said organizing and attending the event was a great learning experience.
A University of Maine ROTC training exercise was featured on WABI (Channel 5). Freshmen and sophomore ROTC cadets were flown to Plymouth, Mass. by Black Hawk helicopters as part of a spring training mission with the Army National Guard. The cadets have been training all semester for the exercise. Cadets Ashley Anderson and Thomas Fontaine spoke about their excitement for the challenging off-campus drill.
The Lidral Duo will perform the final show in their “Chamber Jazz Afternoon Concert Series” on Monday, April 28. The farewell performance will be held from 4:15 to 5 p.m. outside of Union Central in the Memorial Union. The jazz duo includes retiring University of Maine associate professor of music Karel Lidral on soprano saxophone and Terry Lidral on piano. This is the group’s 19th — and last — continuous semester-long concert series presented in the Union. The duo is moving to the western United States after Karel Lidral retires this year. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Associated Press reported three University of Maine research scientists will receive funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Grant Program to pursue studies that will benefit the U.S. fishing industry. Aquaculture professor Heather Hamlin will receive $249,516 for a project that seeks to determine if rising ocean temperature is a cause of the lobster population decline in southern New England. Fisheries population professor Yong Chen will get $229,326 for a project that aims to improve the survivability of cusk and Atlantic cod bycatch discarded in the Gulf of Maine lobster trap fishery. Marine science professor Paul Rawson and collaborators at the University of Maine at Machias and Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., will receive $373,088 to develop technology to cost-effectively produce mussel seed. The Washington Times, SFGate, WLBZ (Channel 2) and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network carried the AP report.
The Bangor Daily News advanced the upcoming University of Maine spring symposium, “In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America.” UMaine’s Franco-American Centre and Franco American Studies program will host the series of free events April 25–26 on the Orono campus. Tony Brinkley, a professor of English and faculty associate at UMaine’s Franco-American Centre, spoke with the BDN about the symposium. “The benefit of these programs is immense. You can’t have an economically powerful state if its cultural power isn’t recognized,” he said. Brinkley added that a recent UMaine study found that about 33 percent of Maine residents have some French in their background, and events such as the symposium, are important in terms of embracing cultural history.
The Free Press published a report about Belfast native Sierra Ventura being named the valedictorian of the University of Maine’s Class of 2014. Ventura will receive a bachelor’s degree in music education and plans to pursue a graduate degree at UMaine. “UMaine has provided me the opportunity to connect with many veteran teachers and other professionals in my field throughout my undergraduate career, as well as give me tools to become a better private music teacher for my students,” Ventura said. Jennifer Chalmers of Foxborough, Mass. was named the salutatorian.
The Bangor Daily News reported on the University of Maine Alumni Association’s half-day conference designed to bring Maine’s small-business owners and entrepreneurs together with UMaine faculty, economic development staff, business students and successful Maine business leaders to share ideas, strategies and techniques that promote growth. The Black Bear Business Conference “Making it in Maine: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology in the 21st Century” takes place Friday, April 25 at the Buchanan Alumni House on the UMaine campus. Susan Mullaney, UMaine Alumni Association director of communications, said the conference will allow alumni who are interested in opening a small business or patenting a product the opportunity to connect with the people and services who can help them move forward. She added the goal of the conference is to pull resources and expertise from various UMaine programs that can help Mainers bring small-business ideas to fruition.
Karlton Creech, the University of Maine’s director of athletics, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) and the Bangor Daily News about the solid pool of applicants for the position of head coach of the men’s basketball team. Creech said the university had more than 100 applicants with diverse backgrounds. “I think we’ll have a really good pool and have a good group to make the selection from,” he said. Creech said he has appointed a search committee that has started going through the applications.