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2015 Annual Juried Student Exhibition to Open in Lord Hall Gallery

The University of Maine Department of Art will present the 2015 annual Juried Student Art Exhibition that features work by current studio art, art history and art education students.

The exhibition will be on display from April 3 to May 1 in the Lord Hall Gallery on campus. The venue provides the opportunity for undergraduate students at all levels to exhibit their work.

This year, more than 90 works of art were selected from over 300 submissions in a range of media. Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, collages and design, as well as sculptures and ceramic works are included in the exhibition.

The exhibition was juried by Julie Horn, visual arts director of the Maine Arts Commission, and Department of Art faculty Laurie Hicks and James Linehan.

During the April 3 opening reception, approximately 40 awards and recognitions will be given in studio, art history and art education areas. Awards, in the form of scholarships and travel grants, as well as book and exhibition awards, will be presented to students who have excelled in their work. The campus community, family and friends are welcome to attend the opening from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition is 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.

Student Presentations on Travel Study Experiences in Cuba April 15

Students who recently returned from a spring break trip to Cuba will share their experiences in presentations from 4–5:30 p.m. April 15 in 107 D.P. Corbett Business Building. The travel study course, Cuba: Myths and Realities, led by faculty member Barbara Blazej, is offered by the Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program. On the trip to Cuba, March 2–11, students toured many sites and institutions in Havana and in outlining rural areas. They also met with many individuals and organizations to learn about Cuban national priorities.

Registration Open for 8th Annual Healthy High Race

The University Credit Union’s 8th annual Healthy High 5k/10k and 1-mile run/walk will be held at the University of Maine at 4:20 p.m. Monday, April 20.

The race, which begins at UMaine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center, promotes health and wellness for members of the university and surrounding community.

Early registration fees for the 5k are $5 for students, $20 for non-students. Early fees for the 10k are $10 for students, $25 for non-students. The 1-mile run/walk is free. Early registration deadline is noon April 15. Registration is available online.

Race day registration fees for both the 5k and 10k races are $10 for students and $25 for non-students.

Proceeds benefit the UMaine Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism and the Black Bear Exchange food pantry and thrift store. In addition, donations of used footwear will be collected for Soles4Souls.

UMaine employees who participate will earn 20 RiseUP wellness points.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Lauri Sidelko at the Student Wellness Resource Center, 581.1423.

Former ‘Glee’ Star Joins Celtic Thunder for April 7 CCA Show

Former Celtic Thunder and “Glee” star Damian McGinty will be the special guest artist for “The Very Best of Celtic Thunder” show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.

McGinty will join Celtic Thunder performers Colm Keegan, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Emmett O’Hanlon and Neil Byrne for the nostalgic Irish music show that includes dramatic lighting and choreography. Backed by the Celtic Thunder Band, the group will deliver ensemble songs, as well as anthems, fan favorites and solos. The CCA stage will be transformed into an ancient stone Celtic pathway for the performance.

Since forming in 2007, Celtic Thunder has sold more than 2 million records and performed at more than 800 shows in the U.S., Canada and Australia. For more information, visit the Celtic Thunder website. Tickets, which cost $38, $53 and $68, are available online or by calling 581.1755, 800.622.TIXX.

Annual Bearfest Dance Marathon Raises $70,600 for Local Hospitals

The University of Maine’s fourth annual 12-hour Bearfest Dance Marathon raised $70,599.99 to help an area hospital support local children. The event surpassed last year’s $55,000 total and became the largest community fundraiser on campus.

About 300 people participated in the event at the New Balance Student Recreation Center. Participants stayed at the center for 12 hours, where they danced, played games and visited with several children who have received treatment at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, an EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Brittany Dipompo and Josh Bellinger, UMaine students and co-chairs of the event, say Bearfest is a yearlong effort, with the executive committee spending the school year spreading the word about Bearfest and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“On the night of Bearfest, local Miracle [Network] children and their families attend part of the dance marathon. They share their inspiring stories with the participants,” the organizers say. “It’s also an opportunity to play and have a carefree time making memories with the University of Maine students who have worked so hard to fundraise in honor of them.”

Money raised from the event will be donated to EMMC’s Pediatrics Department and Rosen Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Elections, Baking Contest Slated for Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Extension Meeting

Officers will be elected at the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties Extension Association annual meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls.

The public meeting will include presentations by UMaine Extension educators Tori Jackson and Kristy Ouellette and Master Chef Tom Poulin. A catered meal and a baking contest sponsored by King Arthur Flour will follow the meeting. All attendees are eligible to participate. The two baking categories — pies and other desserts — each offer two prizes. First place is a $50 King Arthur gift card and second place is a $25 King Arthur gift card.

The ASCEA is recruiting new members. In partnership with UMaine Extension staff, County Extension Association members give input on programming needs and oversee budget appropriations that support education programs for county residents. For more information, to RSVP or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.353.5550 or email

Junior Duck Stamp Contest Entries on Display at Buchanan House

Maine student entries in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Annual Junior Duck Stamp Contest are on display from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, March 27, at Buchanan Alumni House at the University of Maine.

The federal program for K–12 students incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts program. It annually introduces youth across the country to wetlands, National Wildlife Refuges and art concepts.

The winning design is used to create the Junior Duck Stamp the following year, which is sold by the U.S. Postal Service. Proceeds support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for students, teachers and schools that participate in the program.

Slate Editor to Visit Campus, Take Part in Public Panel Discussion

Laura Helmuth, science and health editor of, will visit the University of Maine as the 2015 Alan Miller Fund visiting journalist. During her March 30–31 visit, Helmuth will speak to communication and journalism classes; meet with UMaine students and faculty; and participate in a public panel discussion.

The discussion, “The Art of Science Reporting: Investigating the Best Way to Inform the Public,” will take place 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 30 at Wells Conference Center on campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

Helmuth will be joined by Jackie Farwell, health editor of the Bangor Daily News; and Matthew Nisbet, a professor of communication studies and public policy and urban affairs at Northeastern University, as well as senior editor of Climate Science, an Oxford Research Encyclopedia.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Emily Haddad will introduce the panel, which will be moderated by Jennifer Moore, assistant professor of communication and journalism at UMaine.

Helmuth’s visit is part of the Alan Miller Fund for Excellence in Communication and Journalism. The fund is designed to bring experienced journalists to campus to interact with UMaine students, faculty and officials. Past Alan Miller Fund visiting journalists include Abby Goodnough of the New York Times in 2009, Mark Feeney of the Boston Globe and Bettina Boxall of Los Angeles Times in 2010, Abigail Goldman of Los Angeles Times in 2012, and UMaine alumnus Brian Naylor of NPR in 2013. The fund also has supported the UMaine visits of journalists Bob Woodward in 2007 and Doris Kearns Goodwin in 2012.

The fund was established by Anne Lucey, a UMaine alumna and current Chair of the Board of Visitors Executive Committee, in memory of Alan Miller, her late husband who taught journalism at UMaine for more than two decades.

Helmuth works in the Washington, D.C., office of Slate, a daily online magazine founded in 1996 that offers analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology and culture. Helmuth has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley and previously worked for Smithsonian and Science magazines.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Jennifer Moore at

School of Performing Arts to Host Musical Theatre Dance Workshop

The University of Maine School of Performing Arts will host a free musical theatre dance workshop for the public 3 p.m. Friday, April 3.

Choreographer and director Raymond Marc Dumond will teach combinations and numbers from “A Chorus Line” and “Chicago” in the Polly Thomas Dance Studio on the second floor of Class of 1944 Hall.

Dumond has directed and choreographed musical theatre productions around the state. As a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, he has performed professionally at numerous regional theatres across the United States. More about Dumond is online.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Eleanor Kipping at 581.4721, Registration is not required to attend.

Campus Traffic Advisory for March 26

Thursday, March 26, the Dunn and Beta parking lots, and a portion of the Belgrade lot will be closed. Members of the university community are reminded that, with the 3 p.m. Installation Ceremony, parking may be a challenge and traffic on campus is expected to be heavier than usual.

Please keep in mind that the Community Connector and Black Bear Orono Express are available. Carpooling is recommended. The 581.INFO line will provide updates on parking availability on campus.


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