Doug Allen, a philosophy professor at the University of Maine, was interviewed by NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report and the Portland Press Herald about Nelson Mandela’s influence on UMaine to take actions against apartheid. During the anti-apartheid movement when Mandela’s fight against racial oppression in South Africa was felt around the world, the University of Maine System trustees voted in 1982 to sell all of the system’s investments in companies that were doing business with South Africa. Allen, who led the committee that made the case for the system to divest, said UMaine was “one of the first 10 universities in the whole United States to completely divest.”
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The University Volunteer Ambulance Corps at UMaine was featured in a WABI (Channel 5) report on the organization and its recent award for community commitment. UVAC was recently named by the Atlantic Partners EMS as the best in its region of 79 EMS providers. UVAC members Dakota Turnbull and Alana Silverman gave a tour of the group’s headquarters on campus and spoke about the importance of the organization in the UMaine community.
The Bangor Daily News reported on the UMaine Business Challenge for the article, “UMaine competition seeks to create entrepreneurs and keep them in the state.” The competition was started in 2011 by a small group of 2010 UMaine graduates who wanted to give back to their alma mater while creating more opportunities for student entrepreneurs. Spencer Wood, last year’s second-place winner who is now a UMaine graduate student, and James Morin, one of the competition’s founders, were interviewed for the article.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on a pep rally held in the Memorial Union in anticipation of the University of Maine football team’s first-ever home playoff game against the University of New Hampshire. Coach Jack Cosgrove urged students to attend the game and spoke about the positive influence the fans’ presence has on the players.
Emma Twitchell, a senior at the University of Maine, was interviewed by WLBZ (Channel 2) for a report on Maine’s high ranking for student loan debt. Twitchell said she’s nervous about finding an entry-level job after graduation in time to start paying off her loans.
Jeffrey Thaler, assistant university counsel and a visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics at the University of Maine, and Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, were interviewed for a Mainebiz article on the release of estimated cost and economic impact details of a proposed floating offshore wind project led by UMaine and its partner companies. The details filed by the Maine Aqua Ventus project say the project will create at least 340 jobs and make the state a hub for development. Utility customers would pay 23 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity, which is higher than market rates. Thaler said for the price of a movie ticket, Mainers will be investing in helping the state become a leader in the offshore wind industry. Ward said Maine Aqua Ventus is also pledging to develop a STEM curriculum related to the project for high school students.
A 2009 study conducted by researchers at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development’s Center for Research and Evaluation was cited in a Portland Press Herald editorial on high school accreditation. The study found 102 of the state’s 119 public secondary schools were accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The study also found some schools dropped accreditation in the early 1990s because of budget constraints and that high school accreditation rarely comes into play when New England colleges review applications.
Foster’s Daily Democrat reported applications are available for the 2014 Master Gardener volunteer training with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County. From January to June, participants will receive more than 66 hours of in-depth horticultural training. The winter program’s focus will be on growing fruits and vegetables.
WABI (Channel 5) reported members of the Penobscot Community HealthCorps visited the University of Maine campus in Orono to teach students how to explore their health care options available under the Affordable Care Act.
The Maine Edge previewed the Maine Beef Producers Association’s (MBPA) 24th annual Beef Conference on Dec. 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and Hilton Garden Inn are sponsoring the event. This year’s theme is “Keeping Your Herd Healthy.”