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Dexter Makes Strides to ‘Change Lives’

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:13

Matthew Dexter was 13 when his mother, Christine died of stomach cancer. Running, he says, eventually helped him get his life back on track.

The University of Maine sophomore is now planning to run to help others. This summer, for 42 days, Dexter will jog from sea to shining sea to spread awareness about cancer and raise money for research and for young cancer survivors.

Dexter and 33 other college students from around the country will team up to log 4,000 miles in the second annual Ulman Cancer Foundation’s 4K for Cancer, a running relay from San Francisco, Calif. to Baltimore, Md.

The psychology major from Acton, Mass. will begin the trek June 15 near the Golden Gate Bridge. Each member of the relay team will run six to 10 miles a day, and finish the fund-raising journey July 26 on Federal Hill in the Charm City.

Dexter is about $1,000 shy of raising his goal of $5,000. Last year, runners and bikers taking part in the annual event contributed almost $775,000 to the Ulman Cancer Foundation’s 4K for Cancer fund.

The motto for the relay is “Change Lives” and that’s what Dexter has his sights set on doing. “I want to change at least one person’s life,” he says.

On the 42-day journey, he’ll have a number of opportunities to do so; he says he’s eager to visit patients, hand out chemo packs (comfort items for patients undergoing chemotherapy) and deliver college scholarships to young adults fighting cancer.

Dexter plans to blog and post photos throughout the trek so friends and family can vicariously experience highlights along the way.

4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults that Doug Ulman started in 1997. Ulman was 19 and about to begin his sophomore year at Brown University when he was first diagnosed with cancer. He formed the nonprofit organization to enhance “lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer.”

Ulman, a former soccer player for the Division I Brown Bears, is now a three-time cancer survivor and is president and CEO of LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Striving to make a positive difference runs in Dexter’s family as well. His father, Jim participates in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a bike-a-thon in Massachusetts that raises money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dexter, who completed an ultra marathon this past fall in New Hampshire, was considering how he could contribute when he spied an ad for 4K for Cancer on Facebook.

To learn more, to contribute and to read his blog during the trek, visit 4kforcancer.org/profiles/matt-dexter.

Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777

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Coghlan Demonstrates Kick Screening on ‘Aqua Kids’ Episode

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:08

Stephen Coghlan, an assistant professor of freshwater fisheries ecology at the University of Maine, appeared in an episode of the nationally syndicated children’s television show “Aqua Kids.” The program seeks to motivate young people to take an active role in protecting and preserving marine environments. In the episode set in Maine and titled “Maine Dead Creek and Clam Shells,” Coghlan demonstrates how to use a kick screen in a stream to catch aquatic invertebrates that help determine water quality.

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Caron Talks to WABI About Latest Book

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:54

WABI (Channel 5) interviewed Sandra Caron, a University of Maine professor of family relations and human sexuality, about her book, “The Sex Lives of College Students: Two Decades of Attitudes and Behaviors.” Caron’s book is based on the results of a sexuality survey she administered to thousands of students over the past 20 years. She said the survey was designed to provide a glimpse into the sex lives of college students, their attitudes and their behaviors, as well as trends over time.

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WLBZ Previews World Series Trophy Viewing at UMaine

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:53

WLBZ (Channel 2) reported Red Sox staff and mascot Wally the Green Monster will bring the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy — presented annually to the Major League Baseball World Series Champions — to the University of Maine on Sunday, Jan. 26. The trophy will be available for public viewing from 2–4 p.m. in the Alfond Arena on the Orono campus, as well as from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

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WABI Reports on Hallman’s Last Oratorio Society Concert

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:52

WABI (Channel 5) reported on the retirement of Ludlow Hallman, a music professor and conductor at the University of Maine. Hallman conducted his last Oratorio Society concert Jan. 20 at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden. Hallman, who plans to spend the first year of his retirement in Italy, said this is a good time to say goodbye and try something different. His longtime colleague Anatole Wieck said Hallman has created an environment in which all the good things he has worked for will continue.

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Strong Cited in BDN Article on Oxford Networks’ Proposed Deal with Canadian Firm

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:51

Robert Strong, a professor of finance at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article about shareholders of Oxford Networks speaking out about a proposed deal in which a Canadian private equity firm would acquire the company. Strong said he was hesitant to comment on the complex deal without studying the details, but said it was “unusual” for common shareholders to get nothing from such a deal. Mainebiz also cited the BDN report.

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Maine Edge Reviews Play Starring UMaine Student, Faculty, Alums

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:50

The Maine Edge reviewed Orono Community Theatre’s production of “Proof,” a psychological drama, that is being performed in the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on campus. The play, directed by UMaine alumna and Orono Community Theatre Director Sandy Cyrus, stars Dick Brucher, a professor in and chair of the UMaine English Department; Jennifer Hancock, a current UMaine student; and Hailey and Joel Crabtree, UMaine alumni. “Proof” runs until Jan. 26.

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Cosgrove Among Maine Sports Hall of Fame Inductees, Media Report

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:48

The Bangor Daily News and The Maine Edge reported Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, is one of nine people to be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in May at its 39th annual awards banquet. Other inductees include Joseph L. Ferris, who pitched for UMaine in the 1964 College World Series, and Edward J. Flaherty, an All-American performer at UMaine in 1975.

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The Weekly Reports on ‘Literacy to Go’ Kits

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:42

The Weekly reported parents in the Orono and Old Town area will be able to encourage reading with “Literacy to Go” kits that include informational text, a storybook and a storyboard in a themed pizza box. The University of Maine Raymond H. Fogler Library in partnership with UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development, Old Town Elementary School and Old Town Public Library will train librarians how to use the kits to promote early literacy.

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Retention, Graduation Focus of Second Academic Faculty Forum on Feb. 3

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:41

Provost Jeff Hecker will lead the second of three Academic Faculty Forums 3–4 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union. The forum will focus on retention and graduation.

The third forum is scheduled for March 31.

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 a series of Academic Affairs Faculty Forums. The forums are designed 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 if we are to advance toward our strategic goals.

A website has been developed to extend the collaboration beyond the public meeting. Relevant materials have been posted and there is a space where faculty members can submit reactions, comments or questions generated by the forum. Additional information, including a summary of key topics discussed at the forum, will be added after Feb. 3. The website is linked on the Provost’s Web page.

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Red Sox Officials, Mascot to Bring 2013 World Series Trophy to Orono

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:40

Red Sox staff and mascot Wally the Green Monster will bring the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy — presented annually to the Major League Baseball World Series Champions — to the University of Maine on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The trophy will be available for public viewing from 2–4 p.m. in the Alfond Arena on the Orono campus. The event is free and open to the public. UMaine will also host “Skate with the Bears” from 2:30–3:30 p.m. to allow visitors a chance to meet the UMaine hockey teams.

The trophy will also be available for a public viewing session from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

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WVII, BDN Cover Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events at UMaine

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:05

WVII (Channel 7) and the Bangor Daily News reported on Martin Luther King Jr. Day events held at the University of Maine in collaboration with the Greater Bangor Area NAACP. The afternoon kicked off with a march that started at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Memorial Plaza and was led by the Black Student Union, a UMaine student organization. Muna Abdullahi, director of multicultural initiatives and diversity at UMaine, told WVII seeing people come out to march on a cold and snowy day shows they care and are willing to voice their opinions and be part of a movement, just like Martin Luther King Jr.

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Socolow Cited in The Times of London Article on Net Neutrality

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:04

The Times of London interviewed Michael Socolow, an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine, for the article “Net neutrals are set to be losers after court ruling.” The article focuses on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to strike down the FCC’s network neutrality rule that would make it illegal for cable and phone companies to block sites to users. Socolow said he has little faith in the FCC’s commitment to action on net neutrality, but added he also thinks neither content providers such as Netflix nor the big telecom companies such as Verizon would rush to raise prices.

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4-H Science Saturday Previewed in Maine Edge

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:02

The Maine Edge previewed a University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Science Saturday on Jan. 25 that will focus on the science behind cooking and eating potatoes. Jason Bolton, assistant extension professor and food safety specialist, and Kate Yerxa, a Cooperative Extension educator, will lead the program for youth in grades six through eight at Hitchner Hall on campus. Participants will bake potatoes, prepare a potato bar with toppings for lunch and discuss how potatoes can be part of a healthy diet.

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WVII Covers Oratorio Society Tribute to Sandy Hook Victims, MLK

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:01

WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ presentation of “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden. Retiring Professor Ludlow Hallman conducted the concert, which was dedicated to the memory of those killed during the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as well as in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Soloists Kelly Scheetz, soprano; and Justin Zang, baritone, spoke about the concert and Hallman.

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Maine Edge Advances Sader’s Invasive Species Talk

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:00

The Maine Edge previewed a Jan. 23 talk by Steve Sader, a professor of forest resources at the University of Maine, as part of an invasive species program offered by Bangor Land Trust. Sader will discuss invasive woody species common to the Bangor area and give the history of how these species were introduced and became invasive.

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Forensic Anthropologist Sorg Featured in BDN Article

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 14:35

The Bangor Daily News published a feature article on Marcella Sorg, a medical and forensic anthropologist in the University of Maine’s Department of Anthropology, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and the Climate Change Institute. Sorg is also the forensic anthropologist for the Maine medical examiner’s office where she does forensic skeletal investigations to determine a person’s identity or cause of death. Sorg is also a regularly published author and involved in multiple research projects.

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UMaine Athletic Trainer Culina Works 500th Hockey Game, BDN Reports

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 14:33

The Bangor Daily News reported University of Maine athletic trainer Paul Culina worked his 500th Black Bear hockey game Jan. 17, and he will be honored for it at the 2014 Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society and Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Culina spoke to the BDN about the milestone, and his love of UMaine and Orono.

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Press Herald Reports on UMMA Exhibit Featuring Monroe Artist’s Work

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 14:31

The Portland Press Herald reported on a current exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art that features work by Monroe, Maine, artist Kenny Cole. Cole’s “Parabellum,” an interactive painting installation that rewrites some Civil War history, is one of the museum’s three exhibits running January through March. George Kinghorn, UMMA director and curator, offered Cole a spot after visiting his studio and admiring his work and commitment. Kinghorn said he likes how Cole’s work is immersive and interactive.

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Student-Athletes, Coaches, Staff Interviewed in BDN Article on Social Media Use

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 14:29

University of Maine student-athletes, coaches and staff members were interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article about the use of social media and how it affects UMaine’s Athletics Department. Eileen Flaherty, UMaine’s associate athletics director for compliance, said the university tells student-athletes what they post represents themselves, their family, their school and their team. Flaherty, who meets with each team annually to go over compliance rules, says she tries to instill a skill set so student-athletes make good decisions about their postings. Social media posts are regulated by the UMaine Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and sometimes by team rules, and student-athletes must sign to acknowledge they understand the terms of the university’s written social media policy.

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