Charles Hastings, a graduate student in the University of Maine’s School of Policy and International Affairs, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Public-private partnership or corporate welfare? However you view it, Maine’s prosperity depends on it.”
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the University of Maine Museum of Art’s 6th annual Art Factory. A variety of art stations were set up throughout the museum for families to make cards, ornaments or gifts. The event was sponsored by WBRC Architects and Engineers.
Doug Allen, a philosophy professor at the University of Maine, was interviewed by NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report and the Portland Press Herald about Nelson Mandela’s influence on UMaine to take actions against apartheid. During the anti-apartheid movement when Mandela’s fight against racial oppression in South Africa was felt around the world, the University of Maine System trustees voted in 1982 to sell all of the system’s investments in companies that were doing business with South Africa. Allen, who led the committee that made the case for the system to divest, said UMaine was “one of the first 10 universities in the whole United States to completely divest.”
The University Volunteer Ambulance Corps at UMaine was featured in a WABI (Channel 5) report on the organization and its recent award for community commitment. UVAC was recently named by the Atlantic Partners EMS as the best in its region of 79 EMS providers. UVAC members Dakota Turnbull and Alana Silverman gave a tour of the group’s headquarters on campus and spoke about the importance of the organization in the UMaine community.
The Bangor Daily News reported on the UMaine Business Challenge for the article, “UMaine competition seeks to create entrepreneurs and keep them in the state.” The competition was started in 2011 by a small group of 2010 UMaine graduates who wanted to give back to their alma mater while creating more opportunities for student entrepreneurs. Spencer Wood, last year’s second-place winner who is now a UMaine graduate student, and James Morin, one of the competition’s founders, were interviewed for the article.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on a pep rally held in the Memorial Union in anticipation of the University of Maine football team’s first-ever home playoff game against the University of New Hampshire. Coach Jack Cosgrove urged students to attend the game and spoke about the positive influence the fans’ presence has on the players.
Emma Twitchell, a senior at the University of Maine, was interviewed by WLBZ (Channel 2) for a report on Maine’s high ranking for student loan debt. Twitchell said she’s nervous about finding an entry-level job after graduation in time to start paying off her loans.
Jeffrey Thaler, assistant university counsel and a visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics at the University of Maine, and Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, were interviewed for a Mainebiz article on the release of estimated cost and economic impact details of a proposed floating offshore wind project led by UMaine and its partner companies. The details filed by the Maine Aqua Ventus project say the project will create at least 340 jobs and make the state a hub for development. Utility customers would pay 23 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity, which is higher than market rates. Thaler said for the price of a movie ticket, Mainers will be investing in helping the state become a leader in the offshore wind industry. Ward said Maine Aqua Ventus is also pledging to develop a STEM curriculum related to the project for high school students.
A 2009 study conducted by researchers at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development’s Center for Research and Evaluation was cited in a Portland Press Herald editorial on high school accreditation. The study found 102 of the state’s 119 public secondary schools were accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The study also found some schools dropped accreditation in the early 1990s because of budget constraints and that high school accreditation rarely comes into play when New England colleges review applications.
Foster’s Daily Democrat reported applications are available for the 2014 Master Gardener volunteer training with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County. From January to June, participants will receive more than 66 hours of in-depth horticultural training. The winter program’s focus will be on growing fruits and vegetables.
WABI (Channel 5) reported members of the Penobscot Community HealthCorps visited the University of Maine campus in Orono to teach students how to explore their health care options available under the Affordable Care Act.
The Maine Edge previewed the Maine Beef Producers Association’s (MBPA) 24th annual Beef Conference on Dec. 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and Hilton Garden Inn are sponsoring the event. This year’s theme is “Keeping Your Herd Healthy.”
The Bangor Daily News reported the new Brewer Community Center will provide 18 wireless computers that will be connected to the University of Maine to offer online or satellite classes, according to Gordon Stitham, Brewer Housing Authority’s executive director. Stitham said the facility is meant to be used by the community and offer more educational opportunities to residents.
The Maine Edge advanced the Open Mic Poetry Night to be held Thursday Dec. 5 at the Bear’s Den Cafe and Pub in the University of Maine’s Memorial Union. Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, is hosting the free event that is open to all university and community members who enjoy the written and spoken word.
Certified therapy dogs will visit Fogler Library to offer stress relief and comfort to students, staff and faculty members as the semester comes to an end. The dogs are scheduled to be in the library from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 and Monday, Dec. 16 and from 2–4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. No appointment is necessary and everyone is welcome to visit with the animals. For more information or to request disability accommodations, call Gretchen Gfeller, Fogler’s public relations manager, at 207.581.1696.
Six University of Maine choral groups will ring in the holiday season at the Yuletide Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Collins Center for the Arts.
The University Singers, Collegiate Chorale, Oratorio Society, Athena Consort, Black Bear Men’s Chorus and Euphony will all take part in the UMaine School of Performing Arts’ annual presentation and will join together for a candlelit finale of traditional holiday favorites.
Margaret Radke, a 90-year-old woman from Orono, will be among the more than 200 singers adding their voices to the Yuletide Concert. The 60-year member of the Oratorio Society has been singing since she was 9 years old growing up in Minnesota.
“I had a voice teacher when I was in my 30s who told me I would be singing into my 90s,” she laughs. “I had to prove her right.”
Despite having polio in her throat as a teenager, Radke — who once had a three-octave range — continued to sing. She sang when she attended Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minn., where she majored in biology and chemistry, as well as at the University of California, where she earned a graduate degree in zoology, and at the University of Maine, where her husband, the late Frederick Radke, was a biochemistry professor.
“Music was my outlet and solace,” says Radke, who shared her love of music with her children and grandchildren. Radke’s daughter, Eileen Nokes and son-in-law, Ted Nokes, and their two sons all majored in music at UMaine.
Radke says she cherishes the friendships she developed with directors and singers of all ages during her six decades with the group, and she encourages people throughout Maine who love to sing to join the group. “It’s very open and has dedicated people of varying abilities,” she says.
The Oratorio Society is a mixed choral ensemble of community members and university students; University Singers are members of an advanced concert choir who come from a variety of academic disciplines; the Collegiate Chorale is a mixed ensemble open to all students; the Athena Consort is a select women’s choir; the Black Bear Men’s Chorus includes students, faculty, staff and community members; and Euphony is an innovative contemporary choral group.
Admission is $12, free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on a coat drive started by University of Maine student Patrick Herbert to give back to students in need. With the help of organizations such as UMaine’s Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, Herbert was able to add his coat drive to the campus thrift shop and food pantry. Herbert and Lisa Morin, coordinator of the Bodwell Center, spoke to WABI about the importance of the program.
Tri-Town Weekly reported the Freeport-based Maine Clammers Association will be among the many organizations to attend the Maine Green Crab Summit Dec. 16 at the University of Maine. The group will join the discussion on the damage the invasive green crab is inflicting on the state’s clamming industry and will use information from a Maine Department of Marine Resources study to explore ways to fight the problem.
The Associated Press, Sun Journal and Portland Press Herald were among news organizations to report on cost and expected economic impact details of a proposed floating offshore wind project led by the University of Maine and its partner companies. The details filed by the Maine Aqua Ventus project say the planning and construction of the project will create at least 340 jobs and make the state a hub for development. Utility customers would pay 23 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity, which is higher than market rates, but UMaine officials said it’s important to consider the economic and environmental benefits. The Modesto Bee, Miami Herald, WGME (Channel 13), The Sacramento Bee, NECN, WLBZ (Channel 2), Boston.com, and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP report.
A presentation made by University of Maine nursing students at a Veazie town council meeting was cited in the Maine Public Broadcasting Network article “Chlorination by-products raise concern about Maine community’s drinking water.” The students’ presented on the health effects of trihalomethanes (THMs), which are formed when chlorine and other disinfectants are mixed with organic matter, after residents showed concern over chemicals in their water. The students said exposure can lead to an increased risk of bladder, colon and rectal cancer.