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.
The Bangor Daily News reported that Orono, Maine, native Steve Abbott’s three-year tenure as athletic director was a period of “competitive teams, key coaching changes and considerable growth.”
Abbott stepped aside as athletic director Friday, Nov. 15 to again serve as U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ chief of staff. UMaine President Paul Ferguson appointed Seth Woodcock as interim AD while a national search is underway.
A number of media outlets, including the Portland Press Herald, reported that the UMaine football team captured its first-ever Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) football crown when it blanked Rhode Island 41–0 on Saturday to improve to 8–0 in the conference and 10–1 overall. The Bangor Daily News, WCSH6, and WMTW also covered the feat.
The Morning Sentinel reported on the chance for University of Maine graduate Lucie (Belanger) Amundsen, formerly of Winslow and now of Wrenshall, Minn., and her husband, to win a free Super Bowl ad for their egg farm company, Locally Laid.
Locally Laid is one of four finalists in an online contest sponsored by Intuit titled Small Business Big Game. The public votes on which of the four businesses it wants to win a commercial to be broadcast during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. Amundsen calls her 2,500-chicken flock “salad-eating poultry athletes.” To vote, visit smallbusinessbiggame.com.
Mark Brewer, University of Maine associate professor of political science, was interviewed for a WVII (Channel 7) story about problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Brewer said the Obama administration should quickly fix the website problems and move swiftly to entice young people to enroll rather than opt to pay a penalty.
The Wiscasset Newspaper reported on a public meeting Nov. 14 in Bristol about the proposal by Maine Aqua Ventus, a public-private consortium led by the University of Maine that seeks to develop two full-scale floating wind turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island.
The paper said that Jake Ward, UMaine vice president for innovation and economic development, addressed the scope of the project, answered questions about the proposed six-megawatt turbines and said that benefits to Bristol would include tax relief and sustainable, environmentally friendly energy.
The Bangor Daily News carried a story by the Sun Journal that reported state energy regulators with the Maine Public Utilities Commission will soon release information contained in a proposal by Maine Aqua Ventus, a public-private consortium led by the University of Maine that seeks to develop two full-scale floating wind turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island.
The Bangor Daily News was among the news outlets that announced the University of Maine System Board of Trustees meeting Sunday and Monday, Nov. 17–18, at the University of Maine at Farmington. Trustees will vote on whether to approve a new doctoral program in communications at the University of Maine. The Portland Press Herald, The Sun Journal, WLBZ2 (Channel 2) and WABI-TV (Channel 5) also previewed the agenda.
Lucille Zeph, an associate professor of education and director of the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies at the University of Maine, attended the White House’s observance of the 50th anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.
The event was held Nov. 15 to offer those involved in the intellectual and developmental disability community an opportunity to review past accomplishments, examine current challenges and consider the future of disability policy, according to “The White House Blog.”
President Kennedy signed the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act into law in 1963.
Students in the University of Maine Intermedia MFA Program and the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance will perform one play simultaneously at both universities by streaming audio and video, and using other technology, including social media.
The universities will premiere the telematic multimedia performance piece “eStranged,” which is based on Albert Camus’ novel “L’Etranger” (“The Stranger”). The piece examines the idea that people exist in two forms — a “real self” and a media-produced and publicly broadcast “virtual self.”
The performance will exist for the audiences in both the physical and virtual realms in Maine and New Hampshire.
The play was written and directed by Nate Aldrich, assistant professor of intermedia at UMaine, and David Kaye, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at UNH. The production includes actors, designers and technicians from the Intermedia MFA program at UMaine and the Department of Theatre and Dance at UNH.
“There is not an abundance of telematic performances to study, as the history of this genre is just beginning to be written,” Aldrich says. “As a result, we have experimented at every stage of the process, and the performance is an experimental exploration of the form and content of contemporary online existence.”
The show runs 7 p.m. Nov. 20–23 and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at the IMRC Center in Stewart Hall on the UMaine campus and at UNH’s Paul Creative Arts Center in Durham, N.H. Admission is free. For more information and to request a disability accommodation for the UMaine showing, contact Bethany Engstrom at 207.581.4390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.