Archive for the ‘Campus Announcements’ Category

Information Available on University of Maine System Special Retirement Incentive

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Eligible faculty and UMPSA unit members who have 10 years of full-time equivalent years of service and are at least 62 years old are eligible for a Special Retirement Incentive and/or Health Premium Incentive. (Log in using your MaineStreet ID.) More information is available by emailing

Movie Critics Wanted at Collins Center

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Movie fans are invited to be part of a worldwide judging contingent for the 17th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.

More than 100,000 moviegoers in more than 250 cinemas on six continents are expected to judge the 10 short film finalists. Cinemas in Bar Harbor, Brunswick, Ellsworth, Lewiston, Portland and Stonington are also taking part in the event. Participants at UMaine will vote for Best Film and Best Actor; winners will be announced at at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6.

Manhattan Short received 589 short film entries from filmmakers in 47 countries; England, Norway, Australia, Netherlands, France, Mexico, Germany and the United States are represented in the finals. The films are set in diverse locales, ranging from outer space to the deserts of Mexico, and from the mountains of Norway to the streets of New York, Berlin, London and Amsterdam.

“This film festival will unite people in all corners of the globe, from Sydney to Mumbai, from Buenos Aires to Cairo,” says Manhattan Short founding director Nicholas Mason. “In times like these, cross-border events like Manhattan Short that contribute toward greater tolerance and understanding are needed more than ever. This project is not going to cable TV or Video on Demand, it’s about communities bonding together via their local cinema.”

Manhattan Short began in 1998 when Mason screened 16 short films on a screen mounted to the side of a truck in New York City. More information, including interviews with finalists, is online.

Tickets cost $8 for the public and are free for UMaine students. RSVPs are requested but not required, by calling 207.581.1755.

Project>Login Event Oct. 16

Monday, September 29th, 2014

University of Maine students interested in computing and IT internships and jobs next summer are invited to a Project>Login networking reception, 4–6 p.m. Oct. 16, Bangor Room, Memorial Union. The reception is an opportunity for students in computer science and computer engineering to talk with IT professionals and recruiters from Maine companies. It is sponsored by Project>Login, a program of Educate Maine, a business-led advocacy organization whose mission is to champion college and career readiness and increased education attainment.

Project>Login’s vision is that Maine will have a sufficient and sustainable network of well-prepared professionals to fill high-demand computing technology careers in IT-enabled organizations.

Five networking receptions for college students were held last winter at University of Maine System campuses. This third round of receptions kicks off the 2015 paid internship recruiting season. More information about the receptions is online.

Students planning to attend the Oct. 16 event can register online to upload their resumes. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, email professor Harlan Onsrud at

UMaine to Host NEACACCollege Fair Sept. 29–30

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The University of Maine will host the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) college fair for Maine high school students to learn more about colleges and universities in New England and beyond. The free event will be held from 7–9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 and 9–11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the New Balance Student Recreation Center. More than 100 higher education institutions are expected to attend. Information, including a complete list of schools that will be represented, is online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Jackie Jones at 207.581.1575.

VEMI Lab to Hold Open House Oct. 1

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory at the University of Maine will hold its second annual open house from 4–6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. The lab, located in Carnegie Hall, is part of the spatial informatics program in the School of Computing and Information Science and houses Maine’s only research facility that combines a fully immersive virtual reality installation with augmented reality technologies in an integrated research and development environment. Guests are invited to explore the latest research and development from the VEMI Lab. Light refreshments will be available. For more information or to request a disability accommodation (Carnegie Hall is not currently wheelchair accessible), contact Richard Corey at 207.581.2151 or

CCIDS Hosting Remote Broadcast of Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) will be a remote broadcast site for the 15th annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 2–3.

The conference, located in Houston, Texas, is co-sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. Its objective is to provide an update on issues related to health care transition from pediatric to adult-based services for youth and young adults with chronic illness and disability and their families.

CCIDS will broadcast the conference on the second floor of Corbett Hall and at the CCIDS outreach office, 225 Western Avenue in Augusta.

There is no cost to attend all or some of the remote broadcast, but registration is required. Participants are eligible to receive a certificate of attendance. Social workers are eligible to receive continuing education units (CEUs).

More information about the conference, including the agenda and a link to register is online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Ann Zielinski at 207.581.1084 or

MPBN to Air UMaine Talk by Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network will air a talk given by Robert Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 as part of its “Speaking in Maine” public affairs lecture series. Ford spoke at the University of Maine earlier this week, hours before airstrikes were initiated in Syria against ISIS. During his free talk, “Syria and Washington Politics — Hard to Agree,” Ford spoke about how domestic politics and U.S. strategy intersect in Syria. The talk can be heard online or on MPBN radio stations.

UMaine Extension Handcrafters’ Day Offers Six Workshops

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Homemakers’ Council in Waldo County is sponsoring Fall Handcrafters’ Day from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Waldo Community Building, Route 131, Waldo.

Volunteers will offer six daylong workshops, including quilt making, painting on glass jars, embroidering greeting cards and making pillowcases to donate to charity. Some workshops have a minimal fee for materials. All proceeds go to the Homemakers’ Council Scholarship Fund.

Registration by Oct. 8 is required. For a brochure and registration materials, contact 800.287.1426 or For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Rick Kersbergen, 207.342.5971.

Alumnus, Former Professor Donates $2M for Scholarships, Professorship

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

An endowed scholarship fund and political science professorship have been established at the University of Maine Foundation with more than $2 million in gifts from John Nickerson, a University of Maine alumnus and professor emeritus at the University of Maine at Augusta who died in May 2013.

Jeffery Mills, University of Maine Foundation president and CEO, made the announcement in UMaine’s North Stevens Hall, where the John Mitchell Nickerson Room was dedicated in honor of the member of the UMaine class of 1959.

The professorship will be known as the John Mitchell Nickerson Professorship of Political Science and will provide support for an accomplished UMaine political science professor.

The endowed John M. Nickerson Scholarship Fund will make merit awards to UMaine juniors and seniors who are Maine residents and are majoring in political science or participating in the prelaw program. The fund is expected to generate approximately $100,000 per year for scholarships, starting in 2016.

The full news release is online.

UMaine Extension Offers Beekeeping Schools

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension announces two beginner beekeeping schools and one intermediate beekeeping school at the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.

Master Beekeepers Jack Hildreth, Peter Richardson and Chris Rogers will be instructors for both beginner schools. One will be held 6:30–8:30 p.m. on five consecutive Thursdays from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13. The second will be held at the same time on five consecutive Thursdays from Feb. 5 through March 5. The $100 fee for each beginner school includes a textbook and reference notebook. The beginner school is suitable for beekeepers with one to two years of experience.

Hildreth and Richardson will be instructors for the intermediate beekeeping school, offered 6:30–8:30 p.m. on six consecutive Tuesdays, from Jan. 6 to Feb. 10. The $140 fee includes a textbook and reference notebook. The intermediate school is designed for beekeepers with two or more years of experience. Topics include how to keep bee colonies healthy and thriving in Maine, as well as swarm prevention, honey production and colony maximization.

For more information or to request disability accommodations, call 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine). To register, visit the Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County’s website.