University of Maine News
The University of Maine School of Computing and Information Science is hosting the COS 125 Student Game Exhibition 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in Jenness Hall’s Soderberg Center. There will be 11 teams competing for three cash prizes. Members of the public are invited to attend the free event to view and try the games and vote for their favorite teams.
Fans of the University of Maine football team can show their spirit during “Go Blue” festivities prior to Saturday’s first-ever home playoff football contest. At 2 p.m., the 10–2 Black Bears host 8–4 University of New Hampshire at Alfond Stadium.
Students and staff are invited to write a good luck message to the Black Bears on a 16-foot banner that will be in the dining commons in Hilltop, York and Wells this week. Dining staff will wear football jerseys when the banner is in their respective facility. The banner will be presented to the football squad at Thursday’s pep rally in Memorial Union.
Blue snow cones will be given out Monday in the union and blue cotton candy will be handed out Tuesday. An ice sculpture showcasing the UMaine-UNH rivalry will be carved Wednesday, starting at approximately 11 a.m., outside the union on the library side. And, a pep rally will kick off Thursday just prior to noon in the Bear’s Den.
Student Life will purchase the $2 game tickets for the first 1,000 students who enter the gates; Athletics Engagement will pay for all other students who attend. In addition, the first 1,000 university students admitted will receive a $5 food voucher to use at the concession stand. All UMaine students will get free hot chocolate at halftime and all other fans can purchase hot cocoa for $1. A warming tent will be available for fans adjacent to the south end zone.
Tailgating for the 2 p.m. game begins at 11 a.m.; gates open at 12:30 p.m. ESPN3 is streaming the game live.
UNH crushed Lafayette College 45–7 on Nov. 30 to advance to play the fifth-seeded Black Bears in the second round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The UNH Wildcats topped the Black Bears 24–6 in the regular season finale Nov. 23.
Ways in which commercial fishermen, aquaculturists and those in the tourism industry can work together to create greater economic success will be the focus of three workshops offered by Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Lobster Institute, Island Institute and Maine Aquaculture Association.
The Fisheries, Aquaculture and Tourism workshops will take place 5–8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast; 5–8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at Machias Savings Bank Community Room in Machias; and 1–4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Building in Portland.
Anyone involved in the fisheries, aquaculture or tourism industry or related support organizations is invited to attend any of the free workshops. Sessions will include information from guest speakers on topics such as the legal issues pertaining to offering boat or farm tours and ways seafood producers can enhance their businesses by building relationships with tour operators, restaurant owners and innkeepers.
“The workshops are intended to respond to the need for information expressed by fishermen and aquaculture farmers who seek to diversify their earnings by tapping into the tourism market by offering activities such as lobster boat tours or fish farm tours,” says Natalie Springuel, a marine extension associate with Maine Sea Grant. “Likewise, these workshops respond to the growing interest in the tourism industry to provide customers with fisheries and fish-farming-related experiences.”
Scott Gunst, an attorney with the admiralty and maritime law practice Reeves McEwing LLP in Philadelphia, Pa., will present at each session. Other guest speakers will vary depending on location. They will include fishermen and/or aquaculture farmers who will talk about their businesses, as well as members of the tourism industry who will share opportunities for marketing and partnerships.
The workshops will include an information session about the legal framework of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism, followed by interactive conversations with those who work in the field and a question-and-answer period with representatives of related resources, including the United States Coast Guard, insurance companies and the host organizations.
Pizza will be offered at the Belfast and Machias sessions and snacks will be provided at the Portland workshop.
This is the second time this workshop series has been offered. The first was offered at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockland in February 2013.
A registration form and more information, such as fact sheets and legal research produced for the series, are available on the Maine Sea Grant’s website. Registration is required.
The Maine Sea Grant college program at UMaine is one of 33 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states and is focused on improving Maine’s coastal communities. The University of Maine Marine Extension Team (MET), is a collaboration of Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Extension, that provides educational and applied research programs in coastal community development, ecosystem health, fisheries, aquaculture and tourism.
Provost Jeff Hecker will lead three Academic Affairs Faculty Forums beginning this week. The first forum, Dec. 3, focuses on signature and emerging programs.
All the Academic Affairs Faculty Forums will be from 3–4 p.m., 57 Stodder Hall. Two more forums are scheduled for Feb. 4 and April 1.
In year three of the Blue Sky Project, the focus is on integrating the plan’s strategies and goals into the organizational structure of the university. Just as the Blue Sky Strategic Plan was developed through an inclusive process, integration will emerge through collaboration.
Over the course of the academic year, the Provost’s Office, in collaboration with the Faculty Senate leadership, is holding Academic Affairs Faculty Forums to create a venue for meaningful sharing of ideas about important initiatives in Academic Affairs. Collaboration between the faculty and administration of the university is essential to advance toward UMaine’s strategic goals.
A website is being developed to extend the collaboration beyond the public meetings. After each forum, relevant materials will be posted. The Academic Affairs Faculty Forums website, which will be linked off the Provost’s Office homepage, also will create a space where faculty members can submit reactions, comments or questions generated by the forum.
Mary Ellen Camire, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine and president-elect of the Institute Food Technologists, offered advice for the Bangor Daily News article “I gobbled too much! How to recover after Thanksgiving.” Camire said one calorie-packed meal won’t hurt you nutritionally if you return to healthy habits quickly. She suggests getting exercise through holiday shopping or playing football and watching portion sizes when eating leftovers.
WVII (Channel 7) and the Bangor Daily News reported on wreath-making workshops hosted by the University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum Nov. 30 and Dec. 3–5. The 15th annual workshops cost $15 per person and include instruction and materials to complete one wreath.
Sarah Newcomb, a doctoral student in behavioral economics at the University of Maine and research assistant at UMaine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative, was featured in a Bangor Daily News column about a shopper-friendly phone app she developed. Newcomb won the first Big Gig networking and pitch-off event in October with her proposed app, “Who’s Your Daddy?,” that allows shoppers to scan products to learn more about the product’s parent company and its practices. The Big Gig was organized by the University of Maine, Husson University and the towns of Old Town and Orono to bring together innovators and entrepreneurs.
A 2010 University of Maine study was cited in a Morning Sentinel article titled “Maine’s road salt comes from unexpected places.” The study determined a year’s worth of road salt in Maine — an estimated billion pounds — weighs about four times more than the state’s population.
Allyson Eslin, a first-year political science major at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “We might feel helpless in face of mass violence, but we’re not.”
Richard Reichenbach and Sara Simard Reichenbach, interim head coaches of the University of Maine women’s ice hockey team, were featured in a Bangor Daily News article titled “Newlywed UMaine coaches enjoying marriage, hockey.”
John Bear Mitchell, a Wabanaki studies lecturer at the University of Maine and associate director of UMaine’s Wabanaki Center, was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for the article “Maine’s own Thanksgiving story: How the Indians saved 18th century shipwreck victims.” Mitchell said people can learn a lot from the stories of positive interactions between Europeans and Indians instead of concentrating on the myths of settlement and conquering.
Robert Milardo, a professor of family relations at the University of Maine, was interviewed for the Down East magazine article “Splitsville, USA: When it comes to divorce in the United States, Maine is second only to Nevada. Why?” Milardo said he believes the rate reflects Maine’s aging population. “People who are older have more experience with divorce, and Maine has the oldest population in the U.S.,” he said. Milardo also said he expects the rate to decrease because people who are marrying today are experiencing less divorce.
The Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and Kennebec Journal were among news organizations to report Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, and 10 players were recently honored by the team’s conference. The Colonial Athletic Association selected Cosgrove as Coach of the Year, freshman linebacker Christophe Mulumba was named Defensive Rookie of the Year and senior quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was given the second annual Chuck Boone Leadership Award. Wasilewski and Mulumba were also among the 10 Black Bears to earn all-Colonial Athletic Association honors.
Christina Adcock, cross-appointed faculty in Canadian studies and history at the University of Maine, was interviewed by CBC North radio Nov. 26 about a rare historical document being shared via tweets. Drawing on her ongoing cultural and environmental research about nonaboriginal trappers in the Arctic and Subarctic, Adcock provided context as she described the historic value of diary entries of Canadian trapper Bud Murphy being distributed through a Twitter account. Adcock communicated with Bud Murphy’s grandson Derryl Murphy about the uniqueness of the diary, which led to providing comments and context to CBC North on its value as a rare and remarkable historic account of the daily life of a trapper in 1929. The interview is slated to air Nov. 27 and will be available online.
The Maine Edge reported on University of Maine marine scientist Rhian Waller being named a Fellow in the Explorers Club, an elite international group of adventurers who encourage scientific discovery while exploring land, sea and space. Waller has completed more than 40 diving expeditions around the planet and was named a 21st-century risk taker who presses the limits by National Geographic magazine.
Robin Barstow, a master’s of social work student at the University of Maine who also has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, wrote an opinion piece that appeared in the Bangor Daily News titled “In Maine, Thanksgiving dinner can be made with completely local ingredients.”
The Maine Edge reported on a Dec. 5 talk by Nate Frederick, a Christian Science practitioner and lecturer, to be held in the Bumps Room of the Memorial Union at the University of Maine. Frederick’s free talk, “Love’s Divine Adventure,” is sponsored by the Christian Science Organization at UMaine and the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Bangor.
The University of Maine student organization REACH (Respect, Education, Action, Community, Hope) will offer a Parents’ Day Out at the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center on Dec. 7.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., parents can drop off children while they run errands, go holiday shopping or enjoy a day to themselves. Children will spend the day taking part in activities such as basketball, soccer, swimming or crafts with REACH members and other volunteers from the UMaine community.
The event — which is by donation — is a fundraiser for the group’s spring service trip to India with a nonprofit organization called Yearoutindia. During the trip, students plan to work on a sanitation project and help rebuild a nursery.
Children from surrounding communities are welcome to attend the Dec. 7 event.
For more information, email Hannah Dexter at email@example.com.
Richard Barron, head coach of the University of Maine women’s basketball team, spoke with espnW for an article about the team’s first road trip since their bus crashed on Interstate 95 in February when the driver lost consciousness. Barron, who said he generally tries to avoid talking about the crash to media, asked the team for approval before agreeing to speak with espnW about the incident. He also said the team is “ready to move on” and seems to be “handling pretty well.”
The 19th annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration was previewed in articles in the Bangor Daily News and The Maine Edge. Passamaquoddy brothers and basketweavers Jeremy Frey and Gabe Frey will be two of the more than 50 artists who will participate in the Dec. 14 event at the University of Maine’s Hudson Museum. The free event will feature baskets, carvings and beadwork, as well as demonstrations, storytelling, music, drumming and dancing.