The Kennebec Journal interviewed Jim McConnon, University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and professor of economics, about the city of Gardiner’s plan to develop a food policy that brands the city as a local food hub and encourages people and groups to purchase locally grown and raised food products.
McConnon said more of the money that is spent on products from local growers remains in the community. He cited a 2005 Iowa State University study that indicated each dollar spent at farmers’ markets in that state had generated an additional 58 cents in direct sales for the economy.
WABI (Channel 5) interviewed Michael Socolow, University of Maine associate professor of communication and journalism, for a piece about television coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
He said that 50 years ago large numbers of people turned to TV broadcasters for updates about the shooting and its aftermath; 93 percent of TVs in the U.S were on during live coverage of the slain president’s funeral.
JFK’s speech at UMaine a month before he was killed personalized the tragedy for Mainers, said Socolow. “…I think there was kind of this visceral sense of people who had seen Kennedy recently, and suddenly here on television, you’re hearing this news,” he said.
The Bangor Daily News wrote a piece about the all-time high undergraduate enrollment at the Maine Business School (MBS) at the University of Maine.
MBS Dean Ivan Manev says the school attracts students for a host of reasons. There are accessible faculty who are experts in their fields, a new concentration in entrepreneurship, high post-graduate job placement and a wealth of learning opportunities, including a student-run investment group, access to the Bloomberg Terminal and trips to the New York Stock Exchange.
“I was born in Maine, raised in Maine, educated in Maine and now I’m employed in Maine,” Bethany Mealey, ’09, of Farmingdale, Maine, said in the story. “I wanted to study business and the Maine Business School allowed me to do that,” said Mealey, who works at UNUM in Portland.
Read more here.
After clinching the Colonial Athletic Association title this past weekend, the University of Maine football team has locked up a spot in the NCAA postseason tournament. Black Bear fans are invited to join the football team at Memorial Union on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. for an autograph session and screening of a video of season highlights, as well as opportunities to see and photograph the CAA trophy. At 11:30 a.m. the squad and fans will watch ESPNU’s Football Championship Subdivision selection show to learn the team’s seeding for postseason play. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Bear’s Den.
Penobscot Bay Pilot reported on the $1.8 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to a multidisciplinary team of researchers to examine the impact of rising ocean temperatures on the ecology and economics of the Gulf of Maine.
Andrew Pershing from the University of Maine and Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) is leading the four-year project. Katherine Mills, also from UMaine and GMRI, is a co-investigator for the study, which also includes Andrew Thomas, Richard Wahle and Yong Chen from UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences, well as climate scientists, oceanographers, fishery scientists and economists from other institutions and organizations.
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts presents a concert Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall that includes both Athena Consort, under the direction of Heidi Corliss, as well as the Black Bear Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Daniel Williams.
The Athena Consort is a select women’s choir and the Black Bear Men’s Chorus includes students, faculty, staff and members of the community. The program will include seasonal music and conclude with a much-loved UMaine Medley.
Admission is $9, 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.
The groups will join other UMaine choral groups in the annual Yuletide concert Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts.
University of Maine faculty and staff interested in organizing a campus cultural event are invited to an informational meeting Friday, Nov. 22, 12:25–1 p.m. in Coe Room at the Memorial Union.
Learn about what types of programs are eligible for co-funding from the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund, as well as how to apply. Anyone with questions in advance, may contact Dan Sandweiss or Alisha Lukas on FirstClass.
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts presents the fall Jazz Ensemble concert Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall.
Under the direction of Jack Burt, the ensemble will perform jazz standards by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and others. In addition, it will perform “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” by Charles Mingus and “Body and Soul” by Johnny Green, featuring tenor soloist Ron Ho, as a tribute to former UMaine graduate student Ashley Drew, who died this past summer.
Burt says Drew was a formidable leader. “A great jazz solo isn’t just a collection of well-chosen notes; it’s a personal expression of life’s experiences, and a person’s thoughts and feelings,” he says. “That’s why Ashley had something to say every time she picked up her tenor… In music, or in life, what Ashley Drew had to say was worth listening to…”
The Jazz Ensemble is a 20-piece big band open to university students. Admittance is by audition. It performs several times each semester, both on campus and around the state. Additionally, for the last 12 years, the Jazz Ensemble has performed a live two-hour radio broadcast at the studio of MPBN Radio. The performance is simulcast on the Internet.
Admission is $9, 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.
The Kennebec Journal previewed the State Class B Football Championship between Eastern champ Cony and Western victor Kennebunk to be played at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 on Morse Field at Harold Alfond Stadium at the University of Maine.
The Weekly carried Richard Shaw’s account of President John F. Kennedy’s speech at the University of Maine in October of 1963.
The Weekly previewed the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s 2013 Maine Food Summit to be held 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine.
The Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel and Bangor Daily News wrote about University of Maine football coach Jack Cosgrove being chosen as one of 21 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, which is given to the best coach in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision.
The Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News reported that while fall enrollment in the University of Maine System is down 2 percent from a year ago, enrollment at the University of Maine is up 3.2 percent.
The University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum will kick off its annual wreath-making workshops Saturday, Nov. 30, on Portage Road.
Three workshops will be held Nov. 30 — from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2–4 p.m. and 5–7 p.m.
Workshops will also be held 5–7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 6–8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.
Cost is $15 per person per workshop. The fee includes instruction and materials to complete one wreath. Registration is required. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.4100.
On Jan. 17, Ben McNaboe, a third-year music education major with a saxophone concentration, from Yarmouth, Maine, will present “An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics,” a fundraiser for the University of Maine School of Performing Arts.
The event, created by McNaboe, is the first of its kind and will feature about 90 musicians and vocalists. It’s McNaboe’s intent to bring together UMaine performers — students, faculty and alumni — while raising money for SPA. The gala event will include a 45-person orchestra and vocalists from The Steiners and Renaissance, the male and female a cappella groups on campus.
McNaboe is also active with music and education throughout the state. He is currently serving as the music director for Hermon High School’s performance of “Little Shop of Horrors” and Yarmouth High School’s performance of “Seussical the Musical,” and as a liaison for the Maine International Center for Digital Learning.
You’re organizing the event, what inspired its creation?
I do a lot of shows. It’s kind of my niche and my passion, and I have always just been interested in common experiences among student bodies.
I identified, when I came to UMaine, that we could be doing more to merge the worlds of the vocal and instrumental majors.
We get so busy with our own recitals and symphonic concerts as instrumentalists and the vocalists get so busy with their tours and shows that we never really go to each other’s performances. We never really collaborate on a big scale. I saw this as a great opportunity to get almost 100 students to collaborate across content area and disciplines.
You’re music directing high school shows, what have you learned from that experience?
Even if I’m not music directing students or kids, 90 percent of what we do as a music director is teaching. You’re creating a product, and I think that’s what I really like most about it.
At Stages Performing Arts Academy where I work in the summers, I have kids as young as 10 to students high school age. There are always some kids in every cast who do unbelievable things. The two leads in the Hermon show are 17 years old and pouring their hearts out on stage at rehearsals, so it’s always exciting. I like that age group, and I think they enjoy working with a university student.
Why did you choose UMaine?
I transferred here my second year. I was in school in Rhode Island when I identified what I wanted my major to be in. I looked at a bunch of schools, mostly big state universities like UMaine. I think for music, they cover a lot with networking and access.
I had been here for conferences before. I love the stuff the Collins Center [for the Arts] does. I think it’s a really nice kind of pocket — there’s a lot going on here. I think it presents a lot of opportunities for people to start their own projects — such as the concert we’re doing — to have some leadership capacity and explore themselves as learners and as students. At a conservatory or smaller music school I wouldn’t be able to do that.
Have you worked closely with a mentor, professor or role model who has made your UMaine experience better, if so how?
I adore all the faculty here, particularly my flute teacher Liz Downing who also works in New Student Programs. She’s an incredible flute player and she is my flute teacher. She has been great; she’s definitely like my school mom. She’ll listen to my ideas.
Back when I had the idea for the Rodgers and Hammerstein concert I brought it to her in a lesson. It’s not uncommon for us to have a lesson that lasts 40 minutes and then talk for an hour afterward. She’s really good about not saying, “That’s a crazy idea,” but talking me through things, like “How can we do this?” and making a plan. She has been a really great guiding light in those times and a phenomenal teacher.
What difference has UMaine made in your life and helping you reach your goals?
Being here, and particularly being someone from the state who knows a lot of people in the state’s world of education and music, the university has given me an unbelievable opportunity to start something new. This fundraiser is something new; nothing like it has ever been done here. That’s just invaluable for me, as a learning process, to do something for the first time and bring people together. I think it has given me so much opportunity to be a leader.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
About college in general, my big blanket point I make to students graduating from high school is to take some time to learn how you learn. I think that’s really important in college because you are on your own a lot more academically, and professors aren’t going to hold your hand through every little thing. So really taking some serious time to identify how you learn best and what strategies and study habits work for you.
In the process of that, do as much as you possibly can. I think it’s important in college to take advantage of all the opportunities the university has for you. If you don’t come in knowing or thinking you know what your passion is, explore as much as you possibly can and don’t waste any time.
What is the most interesting, engaging or helpful class you’ve taken at UMaine?
Definitely EDB 221: Education in a Multicultural Society. This course did a great job of opening my eyes about so much. We talk about different cultures and trends in the scope of education and the professor, Phyl Brazee, is phenomenal.
What is your favorite place on campus?
I really love being in Buchanan Alumni House. It’s a beautiful building. I’ve been able to go there and study a little bit. The courtyard is really nice, too.
Have you had an experience at UMaine that has shaped the way you see the world?
The one thing I think about a lot is the decision to come to UMaine after going to a high school in southern Maine. The bar is set really high at the school I went to, and I think there is this expectation to look at smaller liberal arts colleges or go out of state. I talk a lot to people about the decision to come here and how it really opened my eyes.
I didn’t go here initially and I think everyone ends up at the right place at the right time for the right reasons. At first I was really nervous about transferring here. I quickly was fine and couldn’t have been happier with my move. I think it opened my eyes to these unnecessary stigmas about staying in the state for school and I’ve gone back to Yarmouth multiple times to talk to students about this realization.
I try really hard to say there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s a great university; there’s nothing wrong with going to UMaine or any of the universities in the University of Maine System. It is what you make it, and this is what I think I’ve learned: “Yeah, you can make it fit all those stigmas you hear about going to school in state. Or you can make it this great, vibrant place by being active and involved.”
There’s so much to be involved in, so it has really opened my eyes a lot.
Erica Mendes, a third-year student at the University of Maine, has been named one of 31 Killam Fellows for 2013–2014. The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from Canada and the United States to spend a semester or an academic year as an exchange student in the other country. Mendes, whose hometown is Brunswick, Maine, will study at the Université de Montréal during the spring 2014 semester. Here, the marketing major and French minor talks about her UMaine experience and her plans for next spring.
How did you hear about the Killam Fellowship opportunity? Describe the application process?
A friend of mine, and previous Killam Fellowship recipient, Sarah Denslow, told me about the [Killam Fellowships Program] and encouraged me to apply. The application process required many different pieces of information and recommendations from different sources. It was time consuming but very much worth it.
How were you informed that you had received the fellowship?
I received an email offering me the fellowship a little over a month after I submitted my application.
Did you choose Université de Montréal for spring 2014? If so, why?
I chose Université de Montréal for the second semester of my junior year because I felt like it was an ideal moment to experience new ideas, cultures and languages. I specifically wanted to study abroad for the second semester so that I could do a little traveling throughout Montréal and the province of Québec after my classes end.
What do you hope to gain from your experience?
I hope to achieve fluency in French and learn more about the history and culture of Montréal.
Why did you choose to attend UMaine?
I chose to come to the University of Maine for financial reasons and because I wanted to stay in New England to finish school.
How would you describe the academic atmosphere at UMaine?
There are many people at UMaine — students and faculty — who have so much knowledge to share and are always willing to help. I think the academic atmosphere is open and not just confined to the classroom.
Have you worked closely with a mentor, professor or role model who has made your UMaine experience better? If so, who and how?
Sarah Denslow has been a great role model and friend. She encouraged me to apply for the Killam Fellowship, gave me more information on the program and helped to answer many of my questions.
Have you had an experience at UMaine that has changed or shaped the way you see the world?
I think any experience changes your perception of the world. All of my experiences at UMaine have shaped how I view things and who I am as a person. I hope that attending Université de Montréal will give me many new experiences to change how I see things a little more.
The University of Maine’s 9,000-pound offshore wind turbine prototype VolturnUS is featured in an Al Jazeera America article titled “A turning point for offshore wind energy?”
The article describes the “floating lab” that since this summer has been collecting data and producing enough energy for five homes off the coast of Castine, Maine. It also details DeepCwind’s future goals, including installing two full-size turbines off Monhegan Island in 2016 and having a full-scale wind farm generating 5 gigawatts of power offshore by 2030 — “twice as much power as the entire state of Maine requires and the equivalent output of five nuclear power plants.”
Bangor Daily News editorial page editor Erin Rhoda highlights University of Maine graduate student Rachael Joyce in a blog titled Arguably.
Joyce, who is studying civil engineering and works at the university’s Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center developing offshore wind turbine technology, also assists her boyfriend with Volition Ski Co. — a startup company that hand-builds skis. Consider the positive impact, writes Rhoda, if 2,000 more young, talented people from Maine chose to stay and work and create businesses in the state.
Master of Science in Civil Engineering Student Md. Rakibul Hassan Khan Receives Fellowship to Present Research at Chilean Conference
Posted November 18, 2013
Md. Rakibul Hassan Khan is one of six students (one of three Master level students) in the world chosen to receive a Chilean-German fellowship to attend and present his research at the First Conference on Natural Resources and Development in Viña Del Mar, Chile on November 25-27, 2013. According to the website for the event, this conference will focus on, “food, water and energy security: integrated science for sustainability as an opportunity to connect the scientific and academic world to the governmental area and the private sector. The Conference aims to be a space to disseminate updated knowledge regarding the food, water and energy security in the frame of sustainability.” The conference is jointly organized by the Center for Natural Resources and Development; an international network created to involve different universities of the world in the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations.
Khan will present his research on the development of robust decision tools that investigate water allocation policies to understand the policy expiration, trajectories of suboptimal allocation with respect to climate scenarios and prospect of adaptive policy. Khan said of his research, “The research explores the hydro-chemical and ecological linkages and their sensitivity within a watershed. The decision tools incorporate testing and development of hydrologic modeling tools coupled with climate model scenarios, integrated with decision analysis and visualizing tools to explore the hydrologic regimes, climatic changes and uncertainties.” Khan is advised by Dr. Shaleen Jain of the Civil Engineering Department.
WVII (Channel 7) spoke with University of Maine alumni Dave Manz (2007) and Jonathan Englehart (2013), who work for PC Construction, the Portland, Maine, company refurbishing the New Balance Field House. Manz, the project engineer, ran track and field for the Black Bears, WVII reported.