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Service Projects, Barbecue, Oozeball Set for Maine Day, April 29

Monday, April 27th, 2015

University of Maine students, faculty and staff will take part in Maine Day, the annual campuswide spring cleanup tradition, on Wednesday, April 29. UMaine community members will complete service projects aimed at sprucing up the campus, enjoy a free barbecue, and compete for the oozeball — mud volleyball — championship.

About 40 projects will include raking, planting flowers, picking up litter and painting at various locations on campus, the bike paths and downtown Orono. Beautification of UMaine’s historic district, including Lord, Alumni, Holmes and Winslow halls; the President’s House; The Maples; and the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre, will help mark the university’s 150th anniversary.

Festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with a parade featuring student organizations, residence halls, fraternities and sororities. The parade, themed “Celebrating 150 Years of UMaine,” will travel around campus starting from Hilltop and ending on the Mall in front of Fogler Library. Parade line up begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Emera Astronomy Center.

From 9 to 11:30 a.m., volunteers will take part in service projects on and off campus. A list of projects is available on the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism website. Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. April 27. In-person registration for remaining projects will be available on the Mall (or in the Memorial Union in the event of rain).

Projects will continue until the annual Maine Day barbecue takes place in the Steam Plant Lot from noon to 2 p.m. Several student organization philanthropy events, as well as the annual oozeball championship, also will take place in the lot from noon to 3 p.m.

Activities taking place in the Steam Plant Lot include the Sophomore Owls’ battle of the bands, human curling with the UMaine Curling Club, the Delta Tau Delta car bash, and the St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event hosted by UMaine Circle K International.

Drop by the UMaine 150th anniversary celebration table at the barbecue to be part of the photo and video series wishing the university happy birthday. Free 150th anniversary tote bags and window clings will be available.

Also on Maine Day, Seven teams of University of Maine Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) students will unveil their design challenge projects from 9 a.m. to noon in rooms 137 and 140 of Bennett Hall. The 2015 senior capstone projects were created so a local 8-year-old girl born without a left hand can play a Baroque soprano recorder in music class. The girl will select the design that best suits her.

President Arthur Hauck first inaugurated Maine Day in 1935. It is traditionally held on the last regular Wednesday of the spring semester. Classes with three or more weekly meetings are canceled to allow students to participate in volunteerism.

The Maine Day Committee organizes the event, and funding is provided from The University of Maine President’s Office, the Division of Student Affairs, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Facilities Management and Black Bear Dining.

For more information about Maine Day, visit the website or email EJ Roach at

2015 Rezendes Ethics Essay Winners Announced

Monday, April 27th, 2015

John William Mukose, a third-year chemical engineering major and Honors College student, is the winner of the 2015 John M. Rezendes Annual Ethics Essay Competition.

Mukose of Kampala, Uganda received $2,800 and a commemorative sculpture for his essay, “The Ethics of Using Indoor Residual Spraying of DDT to Control Malaria in Uganda.”

Afton Hupper, a sophomore from Owls Head, Maine received the second-place prize of $300 for the essay, “A World for Everyone: The Common Good Approach to Reaching Global Peace Through Sustainability.” Hupper is an ecology and environmental sciences major and Honors College student.

All UMaine undergraduates were invited to submit an 8- to 10-page essay for the annual competition. The 2015 theme was “Impacting Nature: The Ethics of Energy, Ecology and the Environment.”

A financial gift from Dennis and Beau Rezendes provides the university the opportunity to annually offer the John M. Rezendes Ethics Essay Competition in conjunction with hosting the John M. Rezendes Visiting Scholar in Ethics.

Baird Callicott, a philosophy professor at the University of North Texas, delivered this year’s John M. Rezendes Visiting Scholar in Ethics Lecture on Earth Day. The topic was “Thinking Like a Planet: The Land Ethic and the Earth Ethic.”

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture Presents Student, Faculty Awards

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture has presented its 2015 top student and faculty awards:

Undergraduate Awards: Stephanie Wood, Wallace C. and Janet S. Dunham Prize; Riju Shrestha, Outstanding International Student; and Gwendolyn Beacham, Frank B. and Charles S. Bickford Memorial Prize.

Graduate Awards: Kaitlyn O’Donnell, Norris Charles Clements Graduate Student Award; Noah Oppenheim, George F. Dow Graduate Scholarship Award; Daniel Stich, Fred Griffee Memorial Award; David Carter, Outstanding Master’s Degree Student Award; Nadir Yildirim, Edith M. Patch Outstanding Ph.D. Award; Skylar Bayer, Outstanding Service Award; Jie Cao, Graduate Research Excellence Award; and Jessica LeBlanc, Jean A. and David A. Webb Professional Master’s Award.

Faculty Awards: Seanna Annis, professor of mycology, Outstanding Public Service Award; Emmanuel Boss, professor of oceanography, Outstanding Research Award; and Brian Olsen, professor of biology and ecology, Outstanding Teaching Award.

Softball Squad Hosts Friends of Jaclyn Day

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The University of Maine softball team will host a Friends of Jaclyn Day at its noon game Saturday, April 25, with the University of Hartford, at Kessock Field.

The FOJ Foundation, based in Cortlandt Manor, New York, works to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers, as well as to improve the quality of life of the children’s family members. The foundation pairs youth with athletic teams from around the country that provide them with love, support and friendship.

Sisters Kylee and Jordan, whose brother Tripp is battling a brain tumor, are special members of the Black Bear squad. The family will be at Saturday’s noon game and has been invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Information on how to support the softball squad’s efforts to help FOJ continue to improve children’s lives is online. More information on FOJ is on the Friends of Jaclyn website.

Two-Day Event to Focus on Saving Endangered Native Languages

Friday, April 24th, 2015

“Saving Endangered Native Languages” is the theme of the spring 2015 University of Maine Humanities Symposium April 24–25.

Language activists and tribal representatives from native communities in the northeastern United States and Canada along with university partners will discuss the challenges and opportunities for language revitalization during the two-day event on campus.

Jessie Little Doe Baird, a MacArthur Fellow and linguist known for her efforts to revive a native language through the Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project, will deliver the keynote address at 7 p.m. Friday in 107 D.P. Corbett Business Building.

On Saturday, the event will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bodwell Lounge of the Collins Center for the Arts. The day will include panel discussions on topics including curriculum development and intellectual property; celebrations of native languages; and recognition of those who have kept languages alive.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by a grant from the University of Maine Humanities Center. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact  Bethany Haverlock at 581.1417 or

UMaine, Bangor Public Library to Present Historic German Correspondence

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Bangor Public Library will host an event to introduce letters and photos related to a German politician and diplomat from 5–7:30 p.m. Monday, May 4.

At the end of World War II, an American soldier found a box of letters and photos belonging to the family of Franz von Papen. In 2013, the box was donated to the Bangor Public Library. Among the collection of letters are those written by von Papen to his wife while he was German military attaché to America in 1914–1915, and others to his son during the 1930s and 1940s.

At the presentation, UMaine professor emeritus of history Richard Blanke will place the material in the letters as well as von Papen’s importance into historic context. German instructor Anette Ruppel Rodrigues will comment on the relationship between the couple gleaned from the letters. She also will speak about the multilingual ability of the von Papens. Justus Hillebrand, a UMaine Ph.D. student in history and research team volunteer, will speak on the difficulties of reading old manuscripts, as well as provide insight into German daily life during World War II based on the letters from the early 1940s.

The event is free and open to the public.

The research project, “Historic Franz von Papen Correspondence,” was funded by the University of Maine Humanities Center through the Public Humanities Grant. The Bangor Public Library is a partnering institution with the grant.

Professor Emeritus Alan Langille Passes Away

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Alan Langille, who joined the University of Maine’s Plant and Soil Sciences Department as an assistant professor in 1967, passed away April 19, 2015. Langille spent 39 years at UMaine, retiring in 2006. During the last decade of his career, he taught and developed a field research program in turfgrass science, establishing UMaine as an official site for the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program, according to his obituary. Langille was 77. His obituary is online.

Lambing Season Underway at Witter Farm

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Spring has arrived at the University of Maine’s J. Franklin Witter Teaching and Research Center where lambing season has begun.

About 20 students in the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Program are providing prenatal, delivery and post-delivery care for the flock of registered Icelandic ewes at the Orono farm. Since the season began in early April, the students have overseen five sets of births. Five more births are expected in the next few weeks.

James Weber, associate professor in the School of Food and Agriculture and the university’s attending veterinarian, is coordinating the student participation. He says the students are responsible for 100 percent of the animal care and are heavily invested.

“A student who was assigned to lambing watch texted me one night to say she thought the ewe was going to give birth,” Weber says. “By the time I arrived at the farm, there were 15 other students there. And this was at 9 p.m.”

The experience provides an educational, hands-on opportunity for the students, especially the seven who plan to attend veterinary school next year, Weber says.

Witter farm currently is home to 10 ewes, two rams and 11 lambs, as well as cows and horses. The sheep have recently returned to campus after the farm’s herd was sold six years ago because of financial constraints, Weber says.

Weber’s $200,000 USDA grant for research on a deadly sheep and goat parasite helped bring the lambs back to the farm. The three-year Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) study aims to develop and implement a winter management protocol for Haemonchus contortus, or barber pole worm, in northern New England.

During the region’s cold winters, the parasite is confined to the animals’ digestive tract. In the spring, overwintering larvae mature to adults that contaminate pastures and can sicken or kill pastured animals. The researchers hope to reduce the effect of the pests on grazing sheep through winter treatments, or by delaying return to pasture until the first generation of adult worms die within the host.

Weber and his team will take the data they find at Witter and test it on commercial farms in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. They also plan to teach the protocol, as well as conventional diagnostic and treatment tools, to commercial sheep and goat farmers throughout the region.

In addition to contributing to research and veterinary care education, the sheep have provided an opportunity for students to market and sell wool to local spinners, Weber says. The students also may market some of the lambs that aren’t needed for the study.

The farm is frequently visited by locals, as well as children on field trips, who enjoy seeing and learning about the animals. Witter Farm is open daily to visitors.

Photos and more information is on the students’ Ewe Maine Icelandics Club Facebook page.

Free Beginning Food Business Workshop Offered in Skowhegan

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a free introductory workshop for people considering a small-scale food business from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 6, at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan.

“Recipe to Market: Is it for me?” will introduce key components of starting a successful food business, including fundamentals of entrepreneurship, product development and licensing. Registration is required by Friday, May 1. To register or request a disability accommodation, call 474.9622, 800.287.1495 (in Maine), or email

‘Memphis’ Comes to Orono

Friday, April 17th, 2015

“Memphis, the Musical” winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical, will bring energy, explosive dancing and electrifying songs to the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.

Inspired by actual events in the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, the musical tells the fictional story of white radio DJ Huey Calhoun (Daniel Hines) and black club singer Felicia Farrell (Zuri Washington). Their personal ambitions as well as pressure from outsiders who don’t accept their love and test their relationship.

Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan wrote the music for “Memphis.” In addition to winning a Tony for Best Musical, “Memphis” won for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Costume Design.

“Memphis, The Musical” is a Prather Touring production. Tickets, which are $73, $63, $48 and $33, are available online or by calling 581.1755, 800.622.TIXX.