The University of Maine Cooperative Extension was one of five local organizations to be recognized by the Eastern Maine Development Corporation for its work serving the community’s economic needs.
EMDC Champion Awards were presented during the EMDC annual Meeting of Corporations in Bangor.
“UMaine Cooperative Extension has a longstanding partnership with EMDC. The expertise they provide to small businesses is beyond measure. The professionals at UMaine Cooperative Extension work with businesses of all sizes — starting with home-based businesses. UMaine Cooperative Extension is a collaborator in every sense of the word and they are constant supporters of business growth in our region,” EMDC wrote of UMaine Extension.
The Katahdin Region Transition Team, U.S. Small Business Administration of Maine, Cianbro and Penobscot Theatre also were honored.
A full EMDC news release is online.
The Senior Companion Program is celebrating 40 years of connecting volunteers age 55 and older with community service efforts.
Created by the federal government, SCP began in 1974 in 18 communities nationwide. Maine was added in 1978 when then-President Jimmy Carter expanded the program. University of Maine Cooperative Extension became the program’s sponsor in 1981 and last year, nearly 100 senior companions provided friendship and assisted more than 500 homebound clients in 12 counties statewide.
More information about the national program is online. For information about becoming involved in Maine contact Wanda Lincoln, 581.3326, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website. For information on the program in Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford or Sagadahoc county, contact Anna Saar, 743.6329, email@example.com. For information on the program in Aroostook County, contact Kim Hazlett, 532.6548, firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the program in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis or Waldo county, contact Terri Eldridge, 581.3870, email@example.com. For information on the program in Kennebec or Somerset county, contact Gene Tobey, 474.9622, firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the program in Washington County, contact Deb Gardner, 255.3345, email@example.com.
Members of the University of Maine community are encouraged to enjoy time with their colleagues and participate in a food drive as part of this year’s employee holiday lunch, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Dec. 17 in Wells Conference Center. During the lunch, members of the Classified Employees Advisory Council (CEAC) will be in the lobby collecting nonperishable food items or household supplies to donate to the Black Bear Exchange, UMaine’s food pantry and clothing exchange.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Maine Harvest for Hunger program had its most successful year in 2014, as more than 300 volunteers donated 240,937 pounds of fresh produce to 104 organizations from York County to Piscataquis County.
Since the program’s inception in 1999, volunteers have provided more than 1.8 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to people, food pantries and soup kitchens statewide.
According to Feeding America, a national umbrella organization for food banks, 206,000 Maine citizens — 15.5 percent of the population — experienced food insecurity in 2012, a 50 percent increase since 2004. Also according to Feeding America, 36 percent of food insecure Mainers did not qualify for government food assistance programs. Food insecurity and obesity can co-exist for individuals and families, and a goal is to replace high-calorie, nutrient-poor food donated to food pantries with fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Iberdrola USA Foundation, along with Fundación Iberdrola, is accepting scholarship applications for master’s studies in energy and/or the environment at the University of Maine and University of Rochester for the 2015–2016 academic year, according to a press release.
The Iberdrola Scholarship Program is open to graduate students who plan to pursue studies in renewable energy, environmental protection, climate change or energy efficiency.
Global energy leader Iberdrola S.A. established the scholarship program in 2010. The grants cover tuition, health and accident insurance, and a $25,200 annual stipend for other expenses.
For more information or to apply, visit the Iberdrola Foundation scholarship website. Candidates should submit an application to one of the two universities before applying for the scholarship. The deadline to apply is 8 a.m. Feb. 13, 2015.
“Iberdrola and Iberdrola USA are very proud to support this next generation of renewable energy leaders,” said Bob Kump, chief corporate officer for Iberdrola USA.
The last day of operation this semester for the Black Bear Orono Express is Dec. 19. The shuttle service will resume operation at 7 a.m., Jan. 12.
As part of Bangor’s New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown, the University of Maine Museum of Art will host a free Crown Creation Celebration from 6–8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. The public is invited to create a crown or tiara to wear throughout the evening. All supplies are provided for free. For more information, contact Eva Wagner, UMMA education coordinator, at 561.3360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Studio art majors at the University of Maine will showcase their work at the Department of Art’s annual Senior Exhibition that runs from Dec. 12 to Jan. 16 in Lord Hall Gallery.
“BRICOLAGE” will feature about 80 pieces of art in the form of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures and ceramics that have been created by 15 students in art professor James Linehan’s Studio Art Capstone Class.
An opening reception with appetizers and a cash bar will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 12.
The exhibition is run by the student artists who select the artwork; curate the show; frame, matt and hang the pieces; make gallery arrangements and publicize the event.
The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call the Department of Art at 581.3245.
Eleven squads will take part in the University of Maine School of Computing and Information Science COS 125 student game exhibition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the lobby of Jenness Hall (Soderberg Center). Members of the public are invited to attend the free event, play games the students created and vote for their favorites.
ESPN3 will televise the induction of former Black Bear football player and coach John Huard into the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame on Dec. 9. The ceremony will take place at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Huard is one of 16 men — 14 players and two coaches — slated for induction. The televised morning press conference starts at 9 a.m. and the Annual Awards Show is at 8 p.m.