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Hikers Sought for UMaine Event Honoring Fallen Service Members

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The University of Maine will host a hike and memorial service to honor fallen service members from UMaine and surrounding communities.

The Summit Project (TSP) event will take place Saturday, Sept. 26 with a walk from the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor to Alfond Stadium on the UMaine campus for the military appreciation football game.

TSP is a nationally recognized, Maine-based service organization, that provides a living memorial to pay tribute to the fallen service members from Maine who have died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001.

As part of the event, hikers will carry engraved TSP memorial stones that have been donated by family members to represent their fallen loved ones. Volunteers will learn about the service members whose stone they will carry, write a letter for the service member’s family, and read it during a memorial service on campus following the trek.

Among the service members to be honored are four fallen UMaine Black Bears: Staff Sgt. David Veverka, Sgt. Nicholas Robertson, 1st Lt. James Zimmerman and Capt. Jay Brainard.

The 8-mile walk is expected to take about four hours.

About 25 hiking spots are available with preference being given to the military family community at UMaine. Backup hikers may be assigned. A registration form is available online. Spots are limited.

Members of the public are welcome to observe the event along the route, on campus or at the football game.

The stones will be on display at the stadium prior to and during the game before becoming part of a temporary TSP display in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.

More about The Summit Project is online.

Reeves to Lead Hydrology Talk at Orono Bog Boardwalk

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The hydrology of peatlands will be the focus of an August talk through the Orono Bog Boardwalk led by University of Maine professor Andy Reeves.

Reeves, a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences who specializes in groundwater flow and solute transport in peatlands systems, will deliver the talk, “Hydrology in Bogs and Fens — Where Does the Water Go?” from 10–11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8.

The discussion will focus on the continuous stream of water that percolates beneath the boardwalk, and how the movement influences the development of peatlands and affects the living ecosystem. Reeves will discuss how groundwater movement is evaluated, the reasons for peat accumulation and recent hydrology research done at the Orono Bog Boardwalk.

The walk will start at the beginning of the boardwalk — located in the Rolland F. Perry (Bangor) City Forest. Space is limited to 12 participants and registration is required. To register, email with your name and telephone number. Use “Boardwalk Nature Walk” as the email subject line.

Hudson Museum Exhibit Features Art by Indian Island School Students

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

A summer exhibit at the University of Maine’s Hudson Museum features art created by students at the Indian Island School.

Students in grades four through eight in artist Michael Vermette’s art classes created sculpture in a variety of media for the exhibit.

Works for the show were selected by Jennifer Neptune, the executive director of Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance; Pam Cunningham, a master basketmaker; Cunningham’s mother ssipsis, an artist and poet; and Gretchen Faulkner, director of the museum.

The exhibit is on display through early September in the Merritt Gallery. More information is online.

UMaineOnline to Offer Virtual Orientation for MSW Students

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Students in the University of Maine’s online master of social work program will be able to meet university officials, faculty and classmates in a virtual orientation offered by UMaineOnline.

On Aug. 6 and 11, MSW students will be able to take part in one of two mandatory orientation sessions. Using an avatar to represent themselves in the virtual world, students will participate in a meet and greet with program directors, as well as representatives from the graduate school, financial aid office and student services.

The pilot program aims to use technology to help students feel more engaged. UMaineOnline plans to use the virtual orientation for other programs in the future, including for general studies.

More information about UMaineOnline is on its website.

Learn to Build Root Cellar for Vegetable Storage

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a free introductory workshop on designing, constructing and maintaining root cellars for winter food storage 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan. Register by Friday, Aug. 28. To register, or request a disability accommodation, call 474.9622 or 800.287.1495 (in Maine), or email

Lynn Coutts Named Senior Associate Director of Athletics

Monday, July 27th, 2015

University of Maine Director of Athletics Karlton Creech has announced the promotion of head softball coach Lynn Coutts to senior associate director of athletics. Mike Coutts, the associate head coach of softball, has been named head coach.

Lynn Coutts was hired in fall 2010 as the head softball coach and spent the previous four seasons at the helm of the Black Bears. In her new role, she will oversee compliance, Title IX, financial aid, student-athlete conduct, sports medicine, sports performance and equipment. She will serve as the liaison to academic support, the NCAA-designated senior woman administrator and a sport program administrator.

A member of the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame, Lynn Coutts graduated from UMaine in 1987 following an All-American senior season.

She replaces Eileen Flaherty, who resigned to take a high school athletics director position in Massachusetts.

Mike Coutts joined the softball program as an assistant in 2012 and was promoted to associate head coach in spring 2014. A former Black Bear baseball team member and assistant Black Bear baseball coach, Mike Coutts graduated from UMaine in 1982 and earned a master’s degree in education/administration from UMaine in 1989.

National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman to Speak at Northport Celebration

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The public good and humanities in Maine will be the focus of a keynote address by William Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 13, at Point Lookout, Northport. Adams’ address is part of a free public Celebration of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Humanities in Maine, coordinated by the University of Maine Humanities Center.

In addition to the keynote address, Adams will join a panel discussion about the “Historical Atlas of Maine,” published in January by the University of Maine Press. Joining Adams on the panel will be Stephen Hornsby, director of the Canadian-American Center at UMaine and a co-editor of the Atlas; University of Maine Press Director Michael Alpert; Margaret Chernosky, Maine Geographic Alliance; and Anne Kelly Knowles, UMaine professor of history. Panel moderator will be Liam Riordan, director of the UMaine Humanities Center. More information about the event is online.

To attend the Celebration of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Humanities in Maine, RSVP is requested by Aug. 3 by calling 581.3582. The event is sponsored by the Fisher Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation and an anonymous donor.

DMC Offers Free Summer Wednesday Morning Tours

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center offers free, guided, 90-minute tours of its waterfront laboratories at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 19.

Ashley Rossin, an undergraduate student in the School of Marine Sciences and a DMC summer intern, is the tour guide. She recounts the history of the center’s founding — 50 years ago this year — and shares her perspective on the DMC today.

Scallops, crabs, lobster and squid are subjects of study in the wet lab. The histology lab focuses on deep-sea corals from Antarctica, Alaska and the Gulf of Maine, and the focus of the optics lab is to explore oceans using satellites and robots. Visitors to the aquaculture lab will learn how oysters are farmed and see the algae room where food for oysters is grown. Throughout the tour, scientists and other students will be available to discuss research, explain its significance, and answer questions.

Registration is not necessary; those wishing to take a tour can meet at the circle driveway on the lower waterfront campus. The center is at 193 Clarks Cove Road, seven miles from downtown Damariscotta. More information is online.

Science On Tap: Darling worms: A Rich Legacy of Polychaete Research

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center (DMC) is host of the Science on Tap Seminar series at the Newcastle Publick House from 6–7 p.m. Wednesdays.

On July 29, the series wraps up with a seminar by Pete Jumars, “Darling worms: A rich legacy of polychaete research.

Marine worms are critical food web components. They feed on dead organic material on the seafloor and in turn are food for lobsters, crabs, and bottom fishes. These polychaete worms have been studied at the DMC since its beginning 50 years ago.

Research at the DMC has unlocked secrets of polychaete migration, feeding habits, unexpected roles in transferring marine pollution into food webs, and surprisingly fast and efficient means of burrowing through mud. Current and future projects will focus on their roles as pests of oysters and their altered ecosystem functions when nipped (partially eaten) by fishes.

Jumars is one of the world’s leading experts on polychaete worms, having published comprehensive reviews of this taxonomic group in 1979 and 2015. He studied deep-sea species diversity at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. Jumars’ current research interests are broad and interdisciplinary — focusing on the ways that physics, chemistry, and geology limit what marine organisms do and how they do it. Jumars is a professor in the UMaine School of Marine Sciences and based at the Darling Marine Center.

This summer the DMC is also offering Wednesday Walking Tours of our waterfront facility through Aug. 19. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and last about 90 minutes.

On Aug. 8 the DMC will host an Open House from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

Additional information on all these events, as well as Darling Marine Center history, can be found on the DMC’s website.

UMaine Athletics to Offer Free Video Stream of Home Games

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The University of Maine Athletics Department announced it will offer free live video streams of its 2015–16 home events.

Black Bear fans who formerly paid to watch ice hockey and football games online will now be able to watch the home events free of charge.

“We have Black Bear fans in every state of the country as well as Canada and overseas,” says Karlton Creech, UMaine’s director of athletics. “Free streaming is one way for us to thank them for continuing to support our student-athletes and University of Maine Athletics. We are thrilled to share the excitement of home games with all of Black Bear Nation and hope it will lead to further support at our games.”

Fans interested in other sports will continue to have free access to UMaine’s America East teams through AmericaEast.TV.

More information is online.