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

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

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.

UMaine Extension Provides School for Poultry Producers

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Poultry Growers Association are offering a school for poultry producers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Kennebec Valley Community College, 92 Western Ave., Fairfield.

Topics will include raising poultry on pasture in Maine, proper nutrition and health, predation prevention and efficient management. The school is designed for small- and medium-size producers who raise poultry for eggs or meat. Many topics are suitable for poultry enthusiasts and 4-H teens.

The fee is $25 for MPGA members, $35 for others. Refreshments, lunch and a reference notebook are included. Registration and more information is online. To request a disability accommodation, call 781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine).

Amernet String Quartet, Silver to Collaborate at CCA

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The Amernet String Quartet will unite with University of Maine pianist Philip Silver in a concert that features composers affected by the Holocaust at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Collins Center for the Arts.

Concert selections for Silver and the award-winning quartet — Misha Vitenson (violin), Marcia Littley (violin), Michael Klotz (viola) and Jason Calloway (cello) — will include: Viktor Ullmann’s Quartet No. 3, op. 46; Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Quartet No. 5, op. 27; and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Piano Quintet in E major, op. 15.

Before the concert, at 2 p.m. in Miller’s Cafe at the CCA, Silver will give a free historical lecture about the featured composers and the Holocaust. Silver has presented similar lectures in commercial recordings and at international recitals. The University of Maine Humanities Center is co-presenting the lecture. Coffee and tea will be served.

A reception for musicians and concert-goers will be held following the performance.

Concert tickets are $15 for students, $35 for others; group rates are available. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 581.1755, 800.622.TIXX (toll-free).

Installation of UMaine President Susan J. Hunter March 26

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Installation of the University of Maine’s 20th President Susan J. Hunter will take place 3 p.m. March 26 at the Collins Center for the Arts.

Highlighting the ceremony will be a keynote address, “Leading with a Cause,” by Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York System.

In 2009, Zimpher became the 12th chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education. Prior to joining SUNY, Zimpher served as president of the University of Cincinnati, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and executive dean of the Professional Colleges and dean of the College of Education at Ohio State University. She has written or co-written numerous books, monographs and academic journal articles on teacher education, urban education, academic leadership and school/university partnerships.

Immediately following the Installation, a reception for President Hunter will be held at the CCA.

The installation is one of a series of public events during Women’s Leadership Week, part of UMaine’s yearlong 150th anniversary celebration.

Nominations Sought for 2015 Geddes W. Simpson Lecture

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Series Selection Committee is calling for nominations for the 14th annual Geddes W. Simpson Lecture, which will be held in fall 2015.

The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture invites speakers of prominence that have provided significant insight into the area where science and history intersect.

The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Series Fund was established in the University of Maine Foundation in 2001 by the family of Geddes Wilson Simpson, a well-respected faculty member who began his 55-year career with the College of Life Sciences and the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station in 1931. Simpson was named chair of the Entomology Department in 1954 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1974. Upon his retirement he was awarded emeritus status and thereafter worked part time with the Experiment Station as editor.

To nominate a speaker, submit a one-page letter of nomination along with the nominee’s curriculum vitae to Kathleen Bell at or School of Economics, 5782 Winslow Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5782. The nomination deadline is Monday, April 20.

Speakers are welcome from any field that bridges science and history. The lecture series has hosted a broad range of speakers from various academic disciplines.

Geddes W. Simpson Distinguished Lecturers (2008–2014):

Robert R. Steneck, professor of oceanography, University of Maine;
“Considering the Future of our Seas Through the Lens of History” (2008)

David R. Foster, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and director of the Harvard Forest, Harvard University;
“Reading and Conserving New England: Using History to Interpret and Manage Nature” (2009)

Michelle Murphy, associate professor of history and women and gender studies, University of Toronto;
“Avertable Life, Investable Futures: A Cold War Story of Sex and Economy” (2010)

Joseph T. Kelley, professor of marine geology, University of Maine;
“People and Beaches: A Coupled Human and Natural System” (2011)

James R. Fleming, professor of science, technology and society, Colby College;
“Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control” (2012)

Grace S. Brush, professor of geography and environmental engineering, Johns Hopkins University;
“A Paleoecological Record of Long Term Connections Between Land and Water” (2013)

William B. Krohn, Ph.D., wildlife biologist;
“Using Historical Information in Wildlife Science: A Personal Journey” (2014)