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UMaine Crop Research Could Benefit from Federal Grants, AP Reports

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:07

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 carried the AP report.

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The Grower Reports on Potato Varieties Developed by UMaine, Maine Potato Board

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:07

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.

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Annual Retirement Recognition Banquet May 14

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:05

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 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.

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Drummond Quoted in AP, Press Herald Articles on Beekeeping

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:44

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.

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WABI Covers MBS Corps Basketball Tournament to Benefit Humane Society

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:43

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.”

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AP Reports on Franco-American Symposium

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:42

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.

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WLBZ, WABI Report on Weapon Safety Offered by UMaine Student Veterans

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:41

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.”

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WABI Attends ‘Making it in Maine’ Business Conference, Networking Event

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:41

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.

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UMaine ROTC Training Exercise Featured on WABI

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:37

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.

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Lidral Duo’s Last Jazz Afternoon Concert April 28

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:36

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.

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AP Reports on National Grants Awarded to UMaine Professors for Fisheries Research

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 14:39

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.

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Brinkley Talks to BDN About Franco-American Culture, Identity Symposium

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 14:38

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.

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Free Press Reports on UMaine Valedictorian

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 14:37

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.

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‘Making it in Maine’ Business Conference, Networking Event Advanced by BDN

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 14:37

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.

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Creech Talks to Media About Solid Applicants for Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 14:35

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.

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BDN Publishes Op-Ed by UMaine English Major

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 14:34

The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece by Christopher Burns, a University of Maine undergraduate student studying English. Burns writes for The Maine Campus and The Key Reporter and will work as a BDN intern this summer. His article is titled “If you build internships, young people will stay. Here’s how Bangor-area colleges, businesses, legislators can get started.”

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Brewer Quoted in BDN Article on Maine GOP Convention

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 14:33

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article on the Maine Republican State Convention that will be held Friday and Saturday, April 25–26 in Bangor. Brewer spoke about the party’s proposed platform, calling it a “pretty standard Republican platform” that’s unlikely to turn off any activists. “There’s not a whole lot in here that stands out as out-of-the-ordinary from a Republican platform in the United States in the 21st century.”

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Rising Tide Center’s Maine Career Connect Mentioned in BDN Editorial

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 14:32

Maine Career Connect, a Bangor-based nonprofit program of the University of Maine’s ADVANCE Rising Tide Center, was cited in the Bangor Daily News editorial “Let’s ensure Mainers don’t become an endangered species.” The article states the new program will work to create a consortium that will help facilitate employment opportunities for spouses of UMaine faculty and staff.

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Maine Day Slated for April 30

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 14:29

Maine Day, the annual campus-wide spring cleanup tradition, is slated for April 30. University of Maine students, faculty, staff and alumni will come together to complete a variety of volunteer projects aimed at sprucing up the campus, enjoy a barbecue, and compete for the oozeball — mud volleyball — championship.

On the agenda this year are many recurring projects, from riverbank cleanup along the Stillwater River to Greek house beautification along College Avenue. New projects will include landscaping around the new UMaine entrance signs and a fresh coat of paint for Nutting Hall. More than 75 projects are planned.

Festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with a “Red, White and GO BLUE!” themed parade featuring student organizations, residence halls, fraternities and sororities. The parade will travel from the Hilltop area to York Hall and finish on the Mall.

Volunteers can register and obtain cleanup equipment on the Mall when the parade finishes around 8:30 or 9 a.m. Projects will continue until lunchtime, when the annual barbecue will take place in the Steam Plant Lot from noon to 1 p.m.

After lunch will be a 1k run to benefit the Ronald McDonald House and get participants warmed up for the annual oozeball championship. Oozeball, a UMaine tradition, looks like a regular game of volleyball, except the court is filled with mud.

Other activities that will take place in the Steam Plant Lot from noon to 3 p.m. include: a battle of the bands, pedal go-karts, a dunk tank, henna tattoos, tie-dyeing, an inflatable obstacle course, a pitching cage, football toss, a Humvee pull and the St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event hosted by UMaine Circle K International.

President Arthur Hauck first inaugurated Maine Day in 1935. It is traditionally held on the last regular Wednesday of the spring semester. Classes with three or more weekly meetings are canceled to allow students to participate in volunteerism.

The Maine Day Committee organizes the event, and funding is provided from The University of Maine President’s Office, the Division of Student Affairs, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Facilities Management and Black Bear Dining.

More information, including a list of projects, is available on the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism website. Questions about Maine Day should be directed to EJ Roach at

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Tips for Attending UMaine’s Commencement May 10

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:49

The University of Maine’s 2014 Commencement is May 10, with ceremonies at 10 a.m. (College of Education and Human Development, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Division of Lifelong Learning and Maine Business School) and 2:30 p.m. (College of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture) in Harold Alfond Sports Arena.

Motorists in the Orono area will encounter heavier traffic than usual throughout much of the day. Anyone attending Commencement should plan to arrive early. Doors open at 8 a.m. for the morning session and noon for the afternoon session.

Both ceremonies are ticketed events. All students marching were offered up to five guest tickets, provided they were picked up by the April 25 deadline.

Guests attending Commencement are urged to park in the following parking lots: Collins Center for the Arts, Belgrade, Steam Plant, Hilltop and Buchanan Alumni House, where six shuttle buses will transport them to and from the arena.

Captioned, live video streaming will be available for both the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Backpacks, large tote bags and strollers are not permitted in the Alfond Sports Arena.

Spectators are not allowed on the arena floor for any purpose, including photos. Only professional photographers hired by the university with proper credentials are permitted to photograph the ceremony from the floor.

Vehicles with handicapped plates or placards can be parked in the Satellite Lot behind Alfond Stadium. There will be a designated handicapped drop-off area on the side of the Alfond Arena, where University Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel will be available to assist attendees.

Visitors are reminded that the University of Maine is a tobacco-free campus.

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