The Lord Hall Gallery at the University of Maine will present two new exhibitions that display art created by current and former UMaine faculty.
An exhibition of new work by Department of Art faculty will be held in the Lord Hall Gallery from Feb. 6 to March 13. Work by Constant Albertson, Louise Bourne, Susan Camp, John Eden, Michael Grillo, Laurie E. Hicks, Samantha Jones, Gregory Ondo and Matt Smolinsky will be featured. Art will include photography, painting, ceramics, glass and mixed media installations. The exhibition presents an overview of the research and creative accomplishments of studio, art education and art history faculty.
Illusions and Reality: The Photographs of Alan Stubbs
A small retrospective of photographs by Alan Stubbs will be held in his memory in the Lord Hall Gallery from Feb. 6 to March 13. Stubbs, who retired as a psychology professor at UMaine, also was an accomplished photographer who often taught courses in the Department of Art. His research at the university was on visual perception, and his photographs — diverse in form and subject — reflect his interest in and understanding of the ways people perceive their surroundings. Stubbs died in October 2014. The exhibition honors his contributions to the department’s faculty and students, as well as the university.
The exhibitions are free and open to the public. Lord Hall Gallery is open from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday and is wheelchair accessible.
The new Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium in the Emera Astronomy Center at the University of Maine launches its first year of operation with family star shows that will let audiences experience space through the most advanced sky theater in Maine.
In February, the planetarium’s programs include “Stars” at 7 p.m. every Friday, starting Feb. 6. The show examines the energetic lives of stars with close-up images and narration by the original Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill.
For the younger crowd, at 2 p.m. Sundays, starting Feb. 1, the star dome fills with models and simulations that explain the mysterious, often vital interactions of “Earth, Moon & Sun” with the help of a foolish coyote.
The planetarium’s Definiti digital visualization theater features a model of the universe that will recreate a cluster of the moon, Mars and Venus that takes place in late February. Star show visitors will learn how to view the rare grouping in the Maine sky and how the planets and moon align from an astronaut’s point of view.
In March, “Undiscovered Worlds” will explore the planets of distant stars on Friday evenings; and “The Little Star That Could,” a show of stars and success for younger children, will play Sunday afternoons.
Admission to all shows is $6, and seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance by phone, mail or in person at the Jordan Planetarium, 5799 Emera Astronomy Center, Orono ME 04469-5799. More information, show descriptions and a full schedule are available at the Emera Astronomy Center website. For more information about visits and programs, call 581.1341.
The University of Maine is holding the fourth annual 12-hour Bearfest Dance Marathon on Saturday, March 21 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center.
Since 2012, the event has raised more than $130,000 to help area hospitals support local children. This year, UMaine student organizers want to make the event the largest community fundraiser on campus. Organizers hope to raise $75,000 for EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
More information, including how to donate and register, is online.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is taking orders for its “Grow It Right!” plant sale, which is a fundraiser for the Master Gardener Volunteers program.
Available plants are a highbush blueberry three-pack, two varieties per pack, $35.95; 10-pack of asparagus crowns, $15; 25 young dormant strawberry plants, $15; five raspberry canes, $18; three blackberry canes, $25; and rhubarb crowns, $12 each. All are suitable for Maine’s climate and will be ready for spring planting.
Graduates of the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program have been active for more than 30 years, doing demonstrations, creating community gardens, organizing educational events, growing food for Maine Harvest for Hunger and leading community-based volunteer efforts. Sale proceeds will support these projects and provide need-based program scholarships.
Orders must be placed by May 1. Plants will be available for pickup at Extension county offices Saturday, May 16 or Monday, May 18, depending on location. Purchase plants and get more information, including video clips on site selection and soil testing online.
To place a mail order, call Andrea Herr, 207.781.6099. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Richard Brzozowski, 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine), email@example.com; or Marjorie Peronto, 207.667.8212, 800.287.1479 (in Maine), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designing a container to assist a University of Maine Climate Change Institute professor with research is the focus of a UMaine 4-H Science Saturday workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14 at Edward T. Bryand Global Sciences Center on campus.
Youth in grades 6–8 will build a canister to keep ice core samples gleaned from the Peruvian Andes frozen and intact for research. Participants also will tour the Sawyer Environmental Research Center. And, after lunch, youth will have the option to swim at the pool in the New Balance Student Recreation Center.
The $15 fee includes the science program and lunch; the optional swim is $3. Registration materials are available online. Maximum enrollment is 20; Feb. 6 is the deadline to register. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Jessica Brainerd, 581.3877.
Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Barbara Hikel Retiree Award, established in memory of an exemplary University of Maine employee who stayed involved with the university for many years after her retirement. The award goes to a UMaine retiree who provides extraordinary voluntary service to the university. The award will be presented at the 2015 President’s Council of Retired Employees Homecoming. The recipient of the Barbara Hikel Award must be a university retiree (at least 10 years of service and age 55 or older). Typically, those eligible will have retired at least three years before their nomination for the award. Email email@example.com for a nomination form.
The University of Maine Humanities Center has organized a screening of Selma on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 6:20 p.m., at Bangor Mall Cinemas on Stillwater Avenue. The general admission cost for the screening will include a brief discussion by historians Nathan Godfried of the University of Maine and Dave Haus of Husson University. For more information, contact Liam Riordan, director of the UMaine Humanities Center, 581.1913.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 581.1355.
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 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, email@example.com.