University of Maine News
WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine and the Bangor School Department have finalized an agreement that will allow students in the Bangor STEM Academy to earn college credits before they graduate. The deal will allow students who complete the program’s requirements to use up to 30 credit hours toward an engineering degree at UMaine.
The University Volunteer Ambulance Corps (UVAC) at the University of Maine was named the 2013 Region 4 EMS Service of the Year by the Atlantic Partners EMS.
The announcement was made earlier this month during the 33rd annual seminar of Atlantic Partners EMS, an organization that consists of providers in three of the state’s six EMS regions.
The seminar honors members of the emergency medical services community in Region 3, Kennebec Valley EMS; Region 4, Northeastern Maine EMS; and Region 6, Mid-Coast Maine EMS. This year, the organization focused its awards on EMS agencies that have a strong commitment to community and improving the statewide EMS system.
UVAC is one of 79 state-licensed EMS providers in Region 4, which includes emergency service providers in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington counties. This is the first time the UMaine group has won this award.
The group was recognized for its members’ dedication to serve others, the more than 30,000 volunteer hours it provides annually, and for establishing a comprehensive CPR program on campus, which included the placement of more than 20 automated external defibrillators (AED) and relevant training for staff and students.
”This is a wonderful award to receive,” says Joseph Kellner, UVAC chief of service. “It showcases the dedication and drive the large group of student-volunteers have for selfless service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It shows that despite the relatively new exposure to the field of EMS, our student-volunteers show professionalism, compassion and skill that is on par with our long-term professional colleagues. I am very proud to be a part of this organization.”
UVAC is a volunteer-based service that operates as part of UMaine’s Auxiliary Services and delivers emergency medical services on campus and to surrounding communities. The group is composed of 62 UMaine students, in addition to a dozen staff and neighboring EMS providers. More than 60 percent of the members are EMTs, while others serve as drivers and assistants.
The students in UVAC come from a variety of majors from all of UMaine’s academic colleges. Previous medical training is not required to join the organization and online applications are accepted anytime.
The six regional EMS offices are independent, not-for-profit corporations that operate under a contract for services with the Board of EMS. The Board of EMS is part of the Maine EMS system which is a bureau within the Department of Public Safety, according to the state of Maine’s government website.
Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747
James McConnon, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and UMaine professor of economics, spoke with the Sun Journal about the local food trend for an article about buying local for Thanksgiving. McConnon said interest in local foods is high for three reasons: nutrition, food safety and support of local business.
University of Maine President Paul Ferguson and UMaine football coach Jack Cosgrove spoke with WVII (Channel 7) about their memories of the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago. Ferguson and Cosgrove were featured in Part II and Part III of the three-part report.
Charlie Armstrong, a cranberry professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Portland Press Herald about the state’s cranberry crop for the article “Maine cranberry growers say it’s hard to stay out of the red.” Armstrong said in terms of health and abundance, the state’s crop is in great shape, but a recent national glut has caused cranberry prices to fall. He recommends Maine farmers who traditionally do wet harvesting for the juice industry move into dry harvesting for the fresh market because that’s where he thinks the demand is.
The Penobscot Bay Pilot and The Weekly reported Jason Bolton, food safety specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, is available to give advice about preparing the turkey this holiday season. Bolton is part of a team of UMaine Extension food safety and nutrition specialists who are taking calls on a statewide holiday foods hotline (800.287.0274).
The Portland Press Herald recently published an opinion piece on the importance of the arts and humanities by Justin Wolff, an associate professor of art history at the University of Maine and director of the UMaine Humanities Initiative. Wolff’s piece is titled “Emphasis on STEM education overshadows arts, humanities.”
Mainebiz reported on a 21 percent increase in enrollment at the University of Maine’s Maine Business School. The school reached a record enrollment this year with 947 undergraduate students, up from 785 students last year. Mainebiz cited a previous Bangor Daily News report.
Robert Wagner, a forestry professor at the University of Maine and director of the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about a five-year deal state forestry officials made with J.D. Irving Ltd., Maine’s largest landowner, allowing the company to exempt its 1.25 million acres of forestland from some clear-cutting regulations and harvesting standards. The agreement was made public when the Maine Forest Service gave lawmakers a report on an experimental program known as Outcome Based Forestry. Wagner is a member of the advisory panel that is overseeing the program. He told a legislative committee the program will improve forest management practices that have declined since the adoption of the Forest Practices Act in 1989.
The Bangor Daily News recently published an opinion piece by Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine. Segal’s piece is titled “Standardized college entrance tests: A lost love affair?”
The Bangor Daily News mentioned a Dec. 16 Maine Green Crab Summit to be offered by Maine Sea Grant at the University of Maine in Orono in the article “Scientists zero in on ‘exploding’ green crab population in Maine.” At the conference, Maine Department of Marine Resources officials plan to release the complete data from a one-day, coastwide survey the DMR organized in August to get a handle on how many invasive green crabs have made it to Maine’s water. Mainebiz cited the BDN report.
Renaissance, a University of Maine female a cappella group, will sing at the Margaret Chase Smith Library Annual Community Appreciation Day 2–4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at 56 Norridgewock Ave., Skowhegan.
There will be cake and refreshments at the celebration, which will also honor what would have been Smith’s 116th birthday. The former U.S. Senator was born Dec. 14, 1897 and died May 29, 1995.
The native of Skowhegan served more than four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and 24 years in the U.S. Senate. She was first woman to serve in both houses of Congress and, in 1950 Smith delivered her “Declaration of Conscience” against McCarthyism.
The Margaret Chase Smith Library is owned by the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and operated under its auspices by the University of Maine.
For more information, call 207.474.7133 or email email@example.com.
Kaye and Edward Thompson Jr., professor emeritus of sociology at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, co-wrote the 23-chapter “A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, And Active.”
The book is available at BAM bookstore in Bangor as well as on amazon.com. It covers a range of topics, including staying active, eating properly, sleep, stress, relationships, appearance, health, care-giving and retirement
The Maine Edge and Fill The Steins reviewed the University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ production of Metamorphoses, which runs through Nov. 24 in Hauck Auditorium.
Metamorphoses, directed by UMaine Associate Professor of Theatre Marcia Joy Douglas, takes place in an 18-inch-deep, 30-foot-wide-by-14-foot-long pool filled with 8,500 gallons of water.
“Metamorphoses is not your everyday theatrical experience. It is challenging and rich and provocative; one more example of the good work being done by the University of Maine’s School of Performing Arts,” reads the review in The Edge.
The 10–1 Black Bears, ranked No. 4 in the FCS, are looking to achieve several program firsts: to earn an 11th regular-season win, to finish undefeated in the Colonial Athletic Association and to host a playoff game.
The Bangor Daily News covered a speech that Dr. David Bronson delivered titled “Healthcare Reform and the Bumpy Road to Universal Access” at Buchanan Alumni House.
Bronson, a 1969 graduate of UMaine and president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals, was on campus Nov. 20 to deliver the University of Maine 2013 Distinguished Honors Graduate. He said the less-than-successful launch of the Affordable Care Act and website doesn’t lessen the law’s importance to the future of U.S. healthcare.
Many of the 51 million uninsured Americans are poor, Bronson said, adding that an estimated 21 million to 31 million Americans will sign up for insurance with the Affordable Care Act. Bronson said it’s embarrassing that the U.S. spends nearly 18 percent of its gross domestic product on healthcare but is ranked 27th (among countries) in healthcare quality by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The Kennebec Journal interviewed Jim McConnon, University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and professor of economics, about the city of Gardiner’s plan to develop a food policy that brands the city as a local food hub and encourages people and groups to purchase locally grown and raised food products.
McConnon said more of the money that is spent on products from local growers remains in the community. He cited a 2005 Iowa State University study that indicated each dollar spent at farmers’ markets in that state had generated an additional 58 cents in direct sales for the economy.
WABI (Channel 5) interviewed Michael Socolow, University of Maine associate professor of communication and journalism, for a piece about television coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
He said that 50 years ago large numbers of people turned to TV broadcasters for updates about the shooting and its aftermath; 93 percent of TVs in the U.S were on during live coverage of the slain president’s funeral.
JFK’s speech at UMaine a month before he was killed personalized the tragedy for Mainers, said Socolow. “…I think there was kind of this visceral sense of people who had seen Kennedy recently, and suddenly here on television, you’re hearing this news,” he said.
The Bangor Daily News wrote a piece about the all-time high undergraduate enrollment at the Maine Business School (MBS) at the University of Maine.
MBS Dean Ivan Manev says the school attracts students for a host of reasons. There are accessible faculty who are experts in their fields, a new concentration in entrepreneurship, high post-graduate job placement and a wealth of learning opportunities, including a student-run investment group, access to the Bloomberg Terminal and trips to the New York Stock Exchange.
“I was born in Maine, raised in Maine, educated in Maine and now I’m employed in Maine,” Bethany Mealey, ’09, of Farmingdale, Maine, said in the story. “I wanted to study business and the Maine Business School allowed me to do that,” said Mealey, who works at UNUM in Portland.
Read more here.
After clinching the Colonial Athletic Association title this past weekend, the University of Maine football team has locked up a spot in the NCAA postseason tournament. Black Bear fans are invited to join the football team at Memorial Union on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. for an autograph session and screening of a video of season highlights, as well as opportunities to see and photograph the CAA trophy. At 11:30 a.m. the squad and fans will watch ESPNU’s Football Championship Subdivision selection show to learn the team’s seeding for postseason play. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Bear’s Den.