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UMHC, BDN Team up for ‘My Maine Culture’ Project, Seek Digital Postcards

The University of Maine Humanities Center has partnered with the Bangor Daily News on “My Maine Culture,” a project to celebrate Maine’s sense of place.

The public is encouraged to submit a digital postcard — an image or video with accompanying text — to the BDN by Dec. 16. Visuals should capture participants’ Maine culture or what they love about the state. Submissions should include 200 words or fewer that explain what the image or video depicts and why it was chosen.

Submissions can be sent to Erin Rhoda, BDN Maine Focus editor, at erhoda@bangordailynews.com, or can be posted on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #MyMaineCulture.

The BDN will publish highlights from the digital postcard collection before the Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day on Jan. 24, to contribute to the day’s events. The Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day is hosted by UMHC and began in 2013 to create a better forum for connecting UMaine faculty, staff and students with the general public.

The Maine Folklife Center at UMaine also may choose to preserve the digital postcards in its archives.

Artisans to Highlight Ye Olde Holiday Shoppe on Dec. 6

Looking to give unique, locally crafted gifts this holiday season?

Check out the Ye Olde Holiday Shoppe from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum. Twenty-seven area artisans, including woodcarvers, bread-makers, felters, photographers, knitters, jewelers and quilters, will be selling their wares at the annual holiday market.

The public event is free, as is parking. For more information, including directions and to request disability accommodations, call 581.4100.

CUGR Announces 2014–2015 Research Fellows Assistants

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has named the 2014–2015 Research Fellows Assistants.

The CUGR Research Fellows Program supports faculty efforts toward improving undergraduate research mentoring skills, expanding curricula to include research and scholarship experiences, and developing proposals for further funding specifically involving undergraduate students.

Each student selected as a Research Fellow Assistant is awarded a $1,000 stipend to assist a CUGR Research Fellow during the 2014–2015 academic year on a research topic of their choice. The faculty participants in this program were nominated by their respective deans and participated in a series of professional development workshops last spring.

More information about the CUGR Research Fellows Program is online.

The 2014–2015 CUGR Research Fellows Student Assistants:

The 2014–2015 CUGR Faculty Research Fellows:

 

Free Art Factory Family Fun Day at UMMA Dec. 6

The University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor will host its seventh annual Art Factory Family Fun Day on Saturday, Dec. 6. Members of the public are invited to drop by the museum anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to take part in the art-making event. Multiple art stations will be set up, each offering creative seasonal art projects. All supplies are free and museum staff will be available to assist families. The event is sponsored by WBRC Architects and Engineers. For more information, contact Eva Wagner, UMMA education coordinator, at 561.3360 or eva.wagner@umit.maine.edu.

UMaine Extension Workshop to Cover Food Safety System Law

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free workshop on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the UMaine Extension office, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls.

Ben Tettlebaum, a Rhodes Fellow with the Farm and Food Initiative at the Conservation Law Foundation Maine, and Dave Colson, a farmer from Durham and director of agricultural services at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, will make presentations.

Each year, about 3,000 people in the United States die and 128,000 are hospitalized due to foodborne diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The FSMA, signed into law in 2011, seeks to build in prevention throughout the food safety system and requires farmers to incorporate steps to avoid food contamination.

Through Dec. 15, the FDA is accepting public comments about FSMA; computers will be available at the workshop to send suggestions. For more information, to register or request a disability accommodation, contact KymNoelle Sposato at 207.353.5550 or kymnoelle.sposato@maine.edu.

The free workshop is also being offered via video conference at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the UMaine Extension office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris. For more information, to register or request a disability accommodation, contact Katelyn Duval, 207.743.6329, katelyn.b.mosley@maine.edu.

2014–2015 CUGR Fall Creative and Academic Achievement Fellowship Winners Announced

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has announced the recipients of the CUGR Fall Creative and Academic Achievement Fellowships for 2014–15.

The fellowships were developed to enhance and increase undergraduate student involvement in faculty-supervised research, and awarded by the President’s Office.

Each fellowship provides a $1,000 award for the student to help cover costs of the project. The awards are supported through a PRE-VUE grant with additional funding from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF).

The winning projects:

UMaine Franco-American Centre Receives Book Donation

The University of Maine’s Franco American Studies program has announced the donation of more than 4,500 books, maps and research materials to the Franco-American Centre’s genealogical library.

The gift was made by Celeste Ringuette in memory of her late husband, Adrien Lanthier Ringuette. In pursuing family genealogy, Adrien Ringuette built an extensive library of research resources.

The collection includes unbroken runs of most of the major periodicals in French Canadian genealogical research; genealogical dictionaries; historical biographical dictionaries; 17th and 18th French Canadian census records; and a library of supporting materials relating to French, French Canadian, and Franco American history.

“This is an important milestone in the ongoing establishment of a Franco American research center at the University of Maine,” said Susan Pinette, interim director of the Franco American Studies program.

Franco American Studies program staff is in the process of cataloging the collection; once completed it will be open to the public.

For more information about the collection, contact Lisa Michaud at 581.3789, lisa.michaud@umit.maine.edu or Susan Pinette at 581.3791, susan.pinette@umit.maine.edu.

Call for Honorary Degree Nominations for 2016

The University of Maine Honorary Degree Committee seeks nominations for honorary degrees to be awarded at the May 2016 Commencement ceremonies. A call for nominations and nomination form are online. For more information, contact Suzi Miller, suzi.miller@maine.edu; 207.581.1516.

Learn to Calmly Handle Cattle

A low-stress cattle-handling demonstration will be held 2–4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at East Ridge Stable, 405 East Ridge Road, Charleston.

Curt Pate, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association stockman instructor, will conduct the free, live demonstration, which is co-sponsored by the Maine Beef Producers Association and University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

The demonstration is a prelude to the 25th annual Beef Conference, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Ramada Inn, 357 Odlin Road, Bangor.

Registration is required. To pre-register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Melissa Libby, 800.287.7170 (in Maine), 207.581.2788.

UMMA to Host Drop and Shop Nov. 29

The University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor will host Drop and Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Parents are invited to drop off their children, who are in grades three through six, while they shop downtown and support local business on Small Business Saturday. Participants will be able to explore the galleries and create holiday cards and gifts. Children should bring a bag lunch. Cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members. To learn more or register, contact Eva Wagner, UMMA education coordinator, at 561.3360 or eva.wagner@umit.maine.edu.


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