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Regional Top Gun Pitch Competition May 26

The 2015 Top Gun Regional Pitch Competition and Product Showcase will take place 5:30 p.m. May 26 at the University of Maine Foster Center for Student Innovation.

At least two regional entrepreneurs will be selected by a panel of judges to compete in the statewide Top Gun Showcase in June where they will pitch for a chance to win $10,000.

Participants include Ass Over Teakettle of Skowhegan, Tip Whip of Orono, RockStep Solutions of Bar Harbor, Coursestorm of Orono, L&K Manufacturing of Orono, Zeomatrix of Orono and Whoopie Pie Cafe of Bangor.

The Top Gun entrepreneurship accelerator is a five-month program that engages entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. Top Gun combines education, mentoring, pitch-coaching and networking opportunities. The program is a partnership of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Maine Technology Institute, Blackstone Accelerates Growth and the University of Maine. UMaine organizes and hosts a Bangor region class and has also developed curriculum to support the statewide program.

Registration for the regional competition is online.

Learn to Preserve the Harvest with UMaine Extension

Enjoy the taste of summer fruits and vegetables all throughout the year by taking the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Preserving the Harvest workshop 5:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 at UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.

The workshop, led by UMaine Extension staff members, includes hands-on, USDA-recommended food preservation methods. Participants will preserve low-sugar strawberry jam and learn basics of hot water bath canning and freezing to preserve pickles, jam and vegetables. Fresh produce, canning jars and other equipment will be provided. Participants should bring a pot holder.

Cost is $20 per person; partial scholarships are available. Register online by June 19. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 781.6099, 800.287.1471 (toll-free in Maine).

Online Registration Available for Communicators Summit 2.0

Online registration is available for the University of Maine’s Communicators Summit 2.0, “Beyond the Brand: Integrated Communication.”

Provost Jeffrey E. Hecker will give a welcome and overview at the Wednesday, May 20 event that will be held 9–11:30 a.m. in Wells Conference Center.

The summit will feature a discussion of UMaine’s current communication and branding efforts, as well as emerging initiatives from 9–10:30 a.m., followed by topical breakout sessions.

Sign up online for sessions and to submit questions or comments.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 581.3743.

UMaine to Host Invention Convention May 16

The University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation will host the annual Maine Invention Convention from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center on campus.

About 120 students from 12 middle schools will compete in the 2015 statewide competition that promotes innovative problem solving and inventing by Maine middle school students.

Throughout the school year, students work with peers and teachers to identify and solve problems, create inventions, search patents and test ideas. The curriculum is based on UMaine’s Innovation Engineering program. After competing at the school level, top students are invited to the state conference.

More about the Maine Invention Convention is online.

2015 Retirement Recognition Banquet May 20

The annual Retirement Recognition Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. May 20 at Wells Conference Center.

President Susan J. Hunter and senior administrators, supervisors, friends, family and co-workers will honor retiring University of Maine faculty and staff with a reception and dinner.

For more information, contact Rowena Clukey at rowenac@maine.edu or 581.1580.

A list of the 2015 retirees is online.

Annual Clean Sweep Sale May 22–23

The University of Maine will hold the annual Clean Sweep Sale 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday, May 22 and 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, May 23 in York Commons.

Furniture, rugs, electronics, appliances, housewares, books, bedding, shoes and clothing will be among the items for sale. Items were donated by the university or students who moved out of the dorms at the end of the semester.

Proceeds will support programs and services offered by the Black Bear Exchange and student service projects coordinated by the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism.

For more information, call the Bodwell Center at 581.3091.

Youth to Connect to Campus with 4-H@UMaine

Approximately 150 youth will experience college life at the annual 4-H@UMaine event from 3 p.m. Friday, May 15 until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the University of Maine.

Youth ages 12–17 from 10 Maine counties will explore campus, stay overnight in residence halls, eat at dining halls, swim at the New Balance Recreation Center and attend workshops presented by UMaine professors. Workshop topics include team building through engineering, international diplomacy, forest discovery, astronomy exploration, dancing, learning French and making French pastry.

UMaine Extension 4-H sponsors 4-H@UMaine. More information is online.

CCA to Broadcast Play that Unearths World of Mumbai Trash Pickers

“Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” a gripping play about people living in a slum in Mumbai, will be broadcast live from London to the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28.

David Hare’s play is based on the unflinching book of the same name that Katherine Boo wrote after she recorded the lives, dreams and devastations of residents in the makeshift settlement for three years. “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” won the National Book Award for nonfiction.

In the shadow of ritzy hotels surrounding the gleaming Mumbai airport, people who live in a slum next to a sewage lake are part of Mumbai’s informal rubbish collecting industry.

Zehrunisa and her son, Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, 12 and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu, a scrap metal thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a “first-class person” and her daughter, Manju wants to be the slum’s first female graduate. But their plans are fragile. Injustice and corruption reign. A global recession threatens the garbage trade and one slum-dweller makes an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighborhood.

Since 2009, NT Live has transmitted the best of British theatre live from London to cinemas and venues around the world. The broadcasts are filmed in front of a live audience, with cameras positioned throughout the theatre to ensure cinema audiences get the best-seat-in-the-house view. Productions are transmitted via satellite to the CCA, then projected onto a 40-foot high-definition screen — one of the largest in the state.

For tickets, which are $18 for adults and $8 for students, visit collinscenterforthearts.com or call 581.1755, 800.622.TIXX.

Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming for Veterans the Focus of Keynotes May 13 on Campus

Dr. Jonathan Shay, a nationally recognized psychologist and author of two popular books on combat trauma and the trials of homecoming for veterans and their families, will give two public addresses at the University of Maine on May 13.

Shay will speak to the Fifth Annual Conference of the Maine Military & Community Network at 9 a.m. on, “Psychology and Moral Injury in War.” He also will give a 6 p.m. keynote address, “Combat Trauma and the Trials of Coming Home.” Both are in Wells Conference Center on campus.

Shay, one of the nation’s leading authorities on combat trauma and the trials of homecoming, is a psychiatrist who has specialized in treating combat veterans. He was a staff psychiatrist in the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Boston. He is in Maine for three days of meetings with veterans groups and community supporters, and public talks.

In his research, Shay found that viewing the experiences of combat veterans from perspectives found in Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey” provide insight into both PTSD and what he has come to term “moral injury.” These insights led him to write “Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character” (1994), and “Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming” (2002).

Shay is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. In 1999–2000 he led the Commandant of the Marine Corps Trust Study; in 2001, he was visiting scholar-at-large at the U.S. Naval War College; 2004–05, he was chair of ethics, leadership and personnel policy in the Office of the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, and was the 2009 Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership at the U.S. Army War College.

His visit to Maine is sponsored by the Maine Infantry Foundation, Maine Military & Community Network, Acadia Hospital, the University of Maine Humanities Center, the Bangor Daily News, and the law firms of Verrill & Dana in Portland, and Vafiades, Brountas & Kominsky in Bangor. The goals of the Odysseus in Maine project are to raise awareness about combat veterans’ experiences; train providers in best practices for serving combat veterans; forge a “way ahead” in dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other combat-related injuries; and instill an ethical leadership model.

Shay will be in Portland May 12, speaking to members of the Maine State Bar Association and the Maine Judiciary. The talk will keynote a Maine State Bar Association Veterans Committee continuing legal education programming exploring the Maine Veterans Court and related issues of importance to legal challenges faced by Maine’s veterans.

He also will meet with local veterans and counselors on the final day of his Maine visit.

Brian Bray Appointed Director of Conference Services

The Division of Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Bray as director of Conference Services. Bray brings more than 20 years of experience in conference and event planning to the University of Maine. He served as the chief executive officer of the Grant Professionals Association and executive director of the Association of Midwest Museums. He has worked in alumni relations at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Conference Services Division furthers UMaine’s academic mission by bringing together groups of participants and qualified resource people to share information and ideas, develop new skills and insights, and problem solve. It accomplishes this by professionally coordinating a varied and rich selection of conferences, meetings, seminars and symposia, showcasing the UMaine facilities and resources.

Conference Services is a one-stop shop and can assist faculty and staff with event planning needs, including site selection, housing, dining, budgeting, marketing and registrations. For additional information about conference services, contact Brian, brian.bray@maine.edu; 207.581.4091.


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