Archive for the ‘Campus Announcements’ Category

UMaine Career Fair Postponed

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Due to the predicted snowstorm, the University of Maine Career Center has postponed its 17th annual UMaine Career Fair. The fair, which was previously scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28, is now scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 11. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Balance Student Recreation Center. All previous employer registrations will be honored. More information, including a list of participating employers, is available online or by contacting Patty Counihan at counihan@maine.edu or 581.1355.

William S. Cohen Institute Focusing on Leadership and Public Service

Monday, January 26th, 2015

The William S. Cohen Center for International Policy and Commerce at the University of Maine has been renamed the William S. Cohen Institute for Leadership and Public Service. The new name better captures the broad range of interdisciplinary initiatives it has been involved with in recent years.

The Cohen Institute is designed to model and promote leadership and public service through programs that reflect and honor the legacy of Secretary Cohen’s extraordinary record of service to the people of Maine and the nation. A central focus of the institute is to provide a forum for the civil, thoughtful and serious discussion of a range of contemporary public affairs issues.

The Cohen Center, established in 1997, has sponsored a number of UMaine programs, including its signature biennial William S. Cohen Lecture Series. The William S. Cohen Papers were donated to Fogler Library in 1996. The Cohen Institute will continue these important programs, including its focus on national and international policy issues.

University of Maine Provost Jeffrey Hecker has appointed political science professor Richard Powell to serve as director of the Cohen Institute until June 30, 2015. One of Powell’s primary goals is to enhance the Cohen Institute’s collaborations with a broad range of programs on campus with similar interests and missions.

Accounting Students to Offer Tax Filing Assistance

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Accounting students in the Maine Business School at the University of Maine are offering free federal and state income tax filing assistance to the public, under the supervision of Steven Colburn, associate professor of accounting.

From Jan. 29 through April 10, except for the weeks of March 2 and March 9, free help sessions will be available 3:30–5 p.m. Thursdays, at 312 D.P. Corbett Business Building on campus, and from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, at the Orono Public Library, 39 Pine St.

Filers are asked to bring all their tax information for 2014 and, if they have it, a copy of their 2013 return. All filers’ information will be treated confidentially. Colburn will review all tax returns before they are filed.

To make a required appointment, contact Colburn, 581.1982, colburn@maine.edu.

BDN Publishes ‘My Maine Culture’ Digital Postcard Collaboration with UMHC

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The Bangor Daily News published 50 digital postcards as part of its “My Maine Culture” collaboration with the University of Maine Humanities Center. The project was created to celebrate Maine’s sense of place.

In December, members of the public were invited to submit a digital postcard — an image or video with accompanying text — that captures their Maine culture or what they love about the state.

Highlights from the collection are now online and will contribute to the Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day. The events kick off 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 with a humanities-themed PechaKucha presentation at Coe Space, 48 Columbia Street, where BDN editor Erin Rhoda will share examples from the collection.

The Maine Folklife Center also may choose to preserve the digital postcards in its archives.

More information about the Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day is online.

UMaine Graduate to Discuss Ancient, Modern Hurricanes During Honors Lecture

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Amy Benoit Frappier, a University of Maine graduate and Skidmore College professor, will deliver the 2014–2015 Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture on Monday, Feb. 2.

Frappier will speak about “The Natural Philosophy of Hurricanes in the Anthropocene” at 4 p.m. in the Buchanan Alumni House. She will discuss the study of ancient and modern hurricanes, the consequences of a changing Earth and what it means for humans to be a small part of a global force.

Frappier graduated from UMaine with Honors and a degree in geological sciences in 1999. She earned her Ph.D. in Earth and environmental sciences from the University of New Hampshire in 2006. Frappier currently is an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences at Skidmore College and serves as the Charles Lubin Family Professor for Women in Science.

In 2002, the Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture series was established to show appreciation to UMaine Honors graduates and to recognize their accomplishments, vision and connection with UMaine.

Former State Attorney General, Politician to Speak at UMaine

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The University of Maine will host former state attorney general, politician and alumnus James Tierney Feb. 10–11.

Tierney, who served in the Maine State Legislature, was the state’s attorney general from 1981–1990 and the Democratic candidate for governor in 1986. While attorney general, he was active in litigation against the tobacco industry.

Tierney currently teaches at the law schools of Harvard and Columbia. At Columbia Law School he directs the National State Attorneys General Program. He also has served as a consultant to emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and has worked to oversee elections in Albania, Bulgaria, Cameroon and Croatia.

Tierney will deliver the talk, “Race and American Justice,” from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 11 in the Estabrooke Ballroom. He will discuss recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, and the role race plays in the American justice system.

Tierney also will lead a session for students from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 in the FFA Room of the Memorial Union. He will speak about his career in law, share experiences from his time as attorney general and offer advice to students considering law school and a career in the legal profession. The session is hosted by the UMaine Political Science Department and the UMaine Pre-Law Society.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Robert Glover at 581.1880 or robert.glover@maine.edu.

Academic Affairs Faculty Forum to Focus on Evaluation of Student Learning Outcomes

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Provost Jeff Hecker are pleased to invite members of the university community to participate in the second Academic Affairs Faculty Forum of the year. The open forum, focusing on evaluation of student learning outcomes in foundational areas, will be held from 3–4:40 p.m., Feb. 4, in the Bangor Room, Memorial Union.

The meeting will continue the dialogue started at the Faculty Forum on Oct. 6, 2014 focused on “Foundational Competencies for the 21st Century.” In that forum, a panel of faculty members discussed the learning outcomes identified through the LEAP Initiative of the AAC&U. A sense emerged at the forum that the LEAP outcomes have value and that, while we think UMaine is doing well providing our students the opportunities to develop these competencies, we need to assess more effectively.

Subsequent to the Oct. 6 forum, Brian Doore, director of assessment, and Kirsten Jacobsen, associate professor of philosophy, attended a meeting regarding the Multi-State Collaborative (MSC), an agreement among signatory states to work together on a pilot project to test a process for learning outcomes assessment based on the LEAP VALUE rubrics. UMaine has now been invited to join the MSC. The Feb. 4 forum will focus on what this means for UMaine and how interested faculty can get involved.

You can find relevant background materials, including video of the Oct. 4 forum, linked on the Provost’s Web page.

Forum participants are encouraged to look over some of the background information prior to the forum. Additional information, including a link to a video of the forum and a summary of key topics discussed, will be added after the meeting. There will be a space where faculty members can submit reactions, comments or questions.

MCSPC to Honor Barton Seaver as Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Editor’s note: Due to the predicted snowstorm, this event will not be held Tuesday, Jan. 27. Efforts will be made to reschedule. 

Chef, author and sustainable food system expert Barton Seaver is being honored by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center (MCSPC) as a Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow at a reception at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the University Club, Fogler Library at the University of Maine.

The MCSPC is a nonpartisan, independent, research and public service unit of UMaine.

Seaver works collaboratively with industry and institution leaders, policymakers, media and conservationists and is a leading voice for sustainable food systems. The director of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health spearheads initiatives to inform citizens about how menu and diet choices can promote healthier people, more secure food supplies and thriving communities.

“Esquire” magazine’s 2009 Chef of the Year also is on a mission to restore people’s relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other — through dinner. Seaver is both a National Geographic Society Fellow and the first Sustainability Fellow in Residence at the New England Aquarium, where he educates restaurant and culinary school staffs about sustainable seafood. In 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Seaver to the United States Culinary Ambassador Corp.

The Jan. 27 event is co-sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine and the university’s School of Marine Sciences.

The MCSPC brings Fellows to campus each semester to teach an undergraduate class, engage faculty in discussions about research and public policy, tour research projects and meet with UMaine administration and graduate students. By connecting Maine leaders with students and faculty, the program stimulates interest in state policy research and gives policymakers a better understanding of the value of the university.

Football Team Announces 2015 Schedule

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The University of Maine football program has released its 2015 schedule.

The season is highlighted by a pair of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) contests at Boston College and Tulane, a home game against Yale, and a competitive set of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) league contests where UMaine will face all three CAA teams who made the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2014.

The Black Bears’ season opener is Sept. 5 at Boston College. The team’s first home game will be Sept. 26 against Rhode Island. UMaine closes out the regular season at New Hampshire on Nov. 21.

“When we informed our team of the 2015 schedule I was taken by the level of excitement in the eyes of our players,” says head coach Jack Cosgrove. “This is as challenging a schedule as we’ve ever encountered here to two FBS games and a great Ivy League opponent in Yale for our non-conference slate. The CAA segment speaks for itself, we need to be ready each and every Saturday. So our fans know, our preparation for this great schedule has already begun.”

Season tickets are on sale and can be reserved by calling the ticket office at 207.581.BEAR or 800.756.TEAM.

The full schedule and news release are online.

‘Growing the Taste of Maine’ Theme of Portland Flower Show Youth Essay Contest

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Maine youth are invited to describe their “Growing the Taste of Maine” garden in the Portland Flower Show student essay contest.

Three prizes ($50, $30 and $20) will be awarded in each of three age categories (6–9, 10–13 and 14–18). Essays will be judged on creativity, focus and passion in describing the garden and what grows in it. Winning essays will be announced at the opening night preview Wednesday, March 4; selected essays will be posted for viewing during the show, which runs March 5–8, 2015, at the Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland.

Wednesday, Feb. 11 is the deadline to enter the ninth annual contest, which is co-sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension. For an application and rules, call 800.287.1471 or email amy.witt@maine.edu. Applications and information also are available at portlandcomapny.com and umaine.edu.