The Bangor Daily News spoke with Robert Milardo, a professor of family relations at the University of Maine, for the article “Glenburn family upset after 13-year-old girl, older sister turned away from father-daughter dance.” Milardo said father-daughter and mother-son dances are “wonderful ideas in principle” because they recognize the important roles parents play in children’s lives, but many children in the U.S. don’t have those relationships. “The demographic reality of families today is that they are more diverse than they were in the past,” he said, adding that the dances can be “hurtful” to children in nontraditional families. Milardo says organizations that host such events should provide alternate options, such as “surrogate dads,” to ensure all students feel included.
Tony Brinkley, professor of English at the University of Maine and faculty associate at UMaine’s Franco-American Centre, was a guest on Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show focused on the April 7 Quebec elections and the debate surrounding choosing a new government and considering independence from Canada.
The Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel previewed the Maine Water & Sustainability Conference to be held April 1 at the Augusta Civic Center. The conference, organized by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine, will focus on the future of energy, clean water and safe beaches and shellfish beds. The annual event, founded in 1994 as the Maine Water Conference, was renamed the Maine Water & Sustainability Conference to reflect the addition of sustainability science research. The conference has become one of the largest environmentally related conferences in Maine attracting more than 350 attendees each year.
The Weekly and The Maine Edge reported on three exhibitions that will be on display at the University of Maine Museum of Art this spring. “Amy Beeler: Passion and Adornment,” “Looking Back Six Years — Part One: Selected New Acquisitions” and “Jay Kelly: Works from 2007–2014” will run from April 4 to June 7 at the museum in downtown Bangor.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the performance of the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus at the Collins Center for the Arts. The University of Maine School of Performing Arts and the Bangor Daily News sponsored the show, which included 16 UMaine students as guest performers and Christopher White, UMaine Symphonic Band director, as a guest conductor for one piece.
The Free Press reported applications are now being accepted for Dive In, a two-day summer immersion program offered to college-bound high school students who are interested in marine sciences. The first 20 students who register will be accepted to the program that offers hands-on, field-oriented activities at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole and the UMaine campus in Orono. The program will showcase the university’s marine science faculty and facilities and the academic and research opportunities available to students.
The Bangor Daily News spoke with several University of Maine faculty members for the article “UMaine faculty avoid layoffs, saddened by budget cuts.” UMaine’s Vice President for Administration and Finance Janet Waldron recently announced that UMaine will cut about $10 million from its annual budget without laying off faculty or cutting academic programs. Michael Socolow, associate professor of communication and journalism, said many of the facts presented during Waldron’s presentation, such as increasing enrollment, retention and out-of-state students, show UMaine is in a different situation than other campuses in the system, which is a relief to many faculty. The Sun Journal also carried the BDN report.
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece by University of Maine graduate student and small-business owner Charles E. Scott II, who received his bachelor of social work from UMaine and is currently in the master of social work program. Scott’s article is titled “From a small-business owner: Why Maine shouldn’t let corporations hide profits offshore.”
Bangor Metro reported two new potato varieties — the Easton and the Sebec — that were developed by the University of Maine and the Maine Potato Board over the past several growing seasons will make their debut this year. The varieties are targeted at the french fry and potato chip industries. Kris Burton, director of technology commercialization in the UMaine Department of Industrial Cooperation, said several other varieties are currently being evaluated for release over the next few years through the university’s partnership with the Maine Potato Board. “Working closely with the board allows us to commercialize the best varieties to support the Maine potato industry and further research in the field,” Burton said.
This month, three finalists for the position of dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be on campus — Bryan DePoy of Youngstown State University, Emily Haddad of the University of South Dakota and Pamela Kalbfleisch of Concordia University Chicago. Complete vitaes are posted on the Academic Affairs website.
WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2), Portland Press Herald, Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension has taken over state tick identification from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, which had operated the program for 25 years. UMaine Extension’s Insect and Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, which identifies 3,000 plant, pest and insect species each year, will expand its services with the Tick ID Lab. The lab is expected to receive up to 1,300 additional tick specimens this year. Jim Dill, pest management specialist with UMaine Extension, said the lab is excited for the opportunity and is ready for the increased workload.
WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the free public conference, “Living with Acquired Brain Injury,” that was held at the University of Maine in partnership with the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The conference focused on the latest information on research, innovation and services related to brain injuries. UMaine psychology professor Marie Hayes said she hopes the event helps people make new contacts and learn new ways to treat Maine patients using cutting-edge technology.
The Associated Press, Portland Press Herald, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2) and WVII (Channel 7) were among several news organizations to cover the University of Maine’s FY 2015 community budget presentation. UMaine’s Vice President for Administration and Finance Janet Waldron presented budget information to the campus community at two public forums. Waldron announced UMaine will cut about $10 million from its annual budget without laying off faculty or cutting academic programs. Jeff Hecker, UMaine’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, said the university has been making strategic decisions for years. “We’re not happy that we are taking a very large cut, but we feel good about the way we’ve managed it,” Hecker said during the first session. SFGate carried the AP report.
The Bangor Daily News spoke with Robert Dana, UMaine’s vice president for student life and dean of students; Dick Young, UMaine auxiliary operations director; and members of the University Volunteer Ambulance Corps (UVAC) for a report about a recent increase in the number of alcohol-related ambulance transport requests for UMaine students. Young said when responding to alcohol-related calls, UVAC volunteers evaluate the student to make sure they are safe. Most of the calls for help come from friends and residence hall staff, he added. Dana said the Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan reporting program, which started in 2010 to encourage students to report extremely intoxicated classmates, may be playing a role in the increased numbers. “It makes a safer community — a closer community,” he said of the program.
The Morning Sentinel reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a six-class workshop on building, planting, maintaining and harvesting square-foot gardens in raised beds and containers. The first class is scheduled for May 1 at the UMaine Extension office in Skowhegan.
A University of Maine Faculty Voice Recital featuring retiring music professor Ludlow Hallman and three colleagues will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Minsky Recital Hall on campus.
Soprano Karen Pendleton, mezzo-soprano Marcia Gronewold Sly and tenor Francis John Vogt will join Hallman, a baritone, for a program of music by Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart and Verdi. Pianist Clayton Smith will accompany the ensemble for selections from opera, oratorio and chamber music, featuring various combinations of voices.
The program’s centerpiece will be Robert Schumann’s “Spanisches Liederspiel,” a lively group of 10 songs set to adaptations of Spanish poems compiled by Emanuel Geibel. In celebration of Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th year of birth, the ensemble will perform duets and quartets from “Messa da Requiem,” “Don Carlo” and “Rigoletto.”
Tickets are $9/free with student MaineCard. For tickets, call 207.581.1755. To request disability accommodations, call 207.581.1781.
UMaine’s Western Civilization and American Liberty Program, directed by Professor of Political Theory Michael Palmer, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Koch Foundation for the upcoming academic year. The program brings outstanding, nationally reputed speakers to UMaine to deliver a guest lecture, and to interact with faculty and students.
University of Maine System Chancellor James Page will be at UMaine for a campus forum from 10:30–noon, April 1, Minsky Recital Hall. The UMaine forum is part of a series of budget-related discussions the Chancellor is holding at campuses systemwide. Chancellor Page will provide a state of the system in the context of the current budget climate and its relationship to UMaine, the state and the nation. He’ll be joined by UMaine President Paul Ferguson, UMS Board of Trustees Chair Samuel Collins and Vice Chair Admiral Gregory Johnson.