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‘Memphis’ Comes to Orono

“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.

Educators, Enthusiasts Invited to Maine School Garden Day

Maine School Garden Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at Sanford Regional Technical Center (SRTC), 52 Sanford High School Blvd., Sanford.

The day is designed for Maine prekindergarten–12 educators and enthusiasts who want to start or continue a school garden. Topics include saving seeds, cooking with youth, managing a school orchard and garden management models. A panel discussion with school-based gardeners will be held, and participants may tour the SRTC garden that uses high-tunnel and aquaponics technology.

The $30 fee — $40 after April 29 — includes a lunch made with local food. Scholarships are available; participants will receive certificates for contact hours or CEUs. Registration is available online or by contacting, 287.5522. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.342.5971, or email

Celebrating Scholarship to Honor Faculty Research, Achievements

The research and creative achievement of more than 80 faculty members will be honored at the University of Maine in Celebrating Scholarship, April 21 at the Collins Center for the Arts.

The event, from 5–7 p.m., is part of UMaine’s 150th anniversary celebration and will feature exhibits highlighting UMaine faculty scholarship since 2011, including research, books, and visual and performing arts. Celebrating Scholarship, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, is free and open to the public.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Presents Student, Faculty Awards

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has presented its top student and faculty awards:

Outstanding Senior: Robert Fasano, a physics major; Outstanding Graduate Student: Hamdane Bordji, a student in the Global Policy program, School of Policy and International Affairs; Graduate Student Excellence in Research and Creative Activity: Kourtney Collum, anthropology; Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching: Rachel Snell, history.

Outstanding Faculty Awards: Daniel Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, Research and Creative Achievement; Amy Fried, professor of political science, Service and Outreach; Kirsten Jacobson, professor of philosophy, Teaching and Advising.

Square-Foot Gardening Workshop Begins in April

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a six-class workshop on building, planting, maintaining and harvesting square-foot gardens in raised beds and containers.

Classes meet monthly from April through September at the UMaine Extension office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan. The first class is 9–11 a.m. April 28; the final class is Sept. 15. Somerset County Cooperative Extension staff will teach the classes, and local Master Gardener Volunteers will work with participants in demonstration gardens throughout the growing season. Harvested produce will be shared with area schools as well as senior and food kitchen programs.

Course fee is $20 per person. To register, for more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Pete Bastien at 474.9622, 800.287.1495 (in Maine), or

Trade Fair Brings the World to Maine Business School

Interested in learning about commerce in Brazil, France, Japan or Sweden, or doing business in Australia or the United Kingdom? Check out the International Trade Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in the atrium of the D.P. Corbett Business Building at the University of Maine.

“It’s a chance for the community to learn about many different countries and the business opportunities that are available abroad,” says Clint Relyea, course instructor and a Maine Business School lecturer in management. “Basically it’s bringing the world to the Maine Business School and bringing the Maine Business School to the world. It should be fun and informative.”

Fourteen teams, each with 10 students, will showcase their respective international trade exhibitions that promote doing business in Brazil, China, Japan, Argentina, Sweden, Ireland, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, France, Singapore and Austria.

“I hope that students will be more informed about the many different facets of working in a country as an expatriate,” Relyea says. “As business professionals they will be ready to work with other cultures and be able to sell the positives of their own country through project management.”

Area professionals will judge the exhibitions on content — including relevance and quality of information — as well as overall appearance, creativity and appearance of effort. After the showcase, students will write a paper reflecting on what they learned during the semester-long project.

UMaine to Host, Participate in Regional Concrete Canoe Competition

The University of Maine will participate in and host this year’s New England Regional Concrete Canoe Competition April 24–25 in Orono and Skowhegan.

More than 200 students from 11 New England universities, including UMaine, will subject their concrete canoe creations to judging on a variety of characteristics at UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center on Friday, April 24 and at Lake George Regional Park in Skowhegan on Saturday, April 25.

The regional competition provides undergraduate students a chance to design and build using skills they learned through their civil engineering curriculum. The contest is a precursor for teams aiming to compete in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Concrete Canoe Competition to be held in June at Clemson University in South Carolina.

The first national concrete canoe competition took place in 1988. In Maine, the regional contest began in the early 1970s when a UMaine civil engineering professor challenged his students to create a concrete canoe that could compete in the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, according to Lindsey Kandiko, event and conference coordinator for the UMaine chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The students succeeded and the idea traveled to other universities in the region, Kandiko says.

This year, about 20 students are actively involved in building UMaine’s canoe. Four students are in charge of planning the regional competition which brings together engineering students from several universities and offers an opportunity to make connections and network.

Students spend the academic year designing and building a concrete canoe that is judged in four categories: design report, oral presentation, aesthetics and practicality, or how well the boat can float and race. Oral presentations and table displays will be completed at UMaine, while the aesthetics and practicality will be tested in Skowhegan.

The public is welcome to watch the races from 10 to 4:30 p.m. at the park in Skowhegan. Lunch will be available to purchase. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Kandiko at

UMaine has hosted the regional competition two other times in the last 20 years and has advanced to nationals twice in the last 10 years.

Concrete canoe is sponsored by the ASCE student chapters at each school. UMaine’s ASCE student chapter formed in 1921 and currently has 55 participating members, including seven officers. Civil engineering professor Eric Landis is the faculty adviser for the student chapter; and Xenia Rofes, laboratory manager in the Civil and Environmental Department, is the concrete canoe team’s adviser.

More about UMaine ASCE is online.

The Met’s ‘Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci’ to be Broadcast Live at CCA

The Met: Live in HD’s broadcast of “Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci” will be shown at the University of Maine Collins Center for the Arts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

“Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci” is opera’s most enduring tragic double bill and in Sir David McVicar’s evocative new production the action takes place across two time periods in the same Sicilian village.

Marcelo Álvarez plays the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Canio in “Pagliacci.” The unlucky heroines are Eva-Maria Westbroek playing Santuzza and Patricia Racette as Nedda. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium and Rae Smith designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of “Cavalleria,” which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of “Pagliacci.”

This is one of 10 of the Met’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning live performance transmissions to movie theaters and art centers around the world. The Met: Live in HD was developed to reach existing audiences and to introduce new audiences to opera through technology.

Tickets, which are $28 for adults and $8 for students, are available online or by calling 581.1755, 800.622.TIXX.

Esther Rauch will lecture about the opera at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Brewer Public Library and at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Orono Public Library.

Student Employment Recognition Week April 13–17

The University of Maine’s Office of Student Employment is honoring student workers across campus during the 2015 Student Employment Recognition Week April 13–17.

Student employees are welcome to enjoy free food, play games and win prizes throughout the week in the Memorial Union.

The 2015 Student Employment Recognition Banquet will be held 6–8 p.m. April 13 at Wells Conference Center. All Student Employee of the Year, Graduate Student Employee of the Year, and Supervisor of the Year nominees and those who nominated them are invited to attend the banquet.

More information, including a full schedule and list of award nominees, is online.

Cohen Institute Forum to Focus on Debate over International Free Trade

The University of Maine’s Cohen Institute for Leadership and Public Service will host a town hall forum Tuesday, April 14 with international trade expert Peter Madigan ’81.

The forum, “The Political and Economic Debate over International Free Trade,” begins at 2 p.m. in Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Madigan has decades of experience in international trade as a high-level official in the U.S. departments of State, Treasury, Health and Human Services and the Office of Management and Budget. He currently is a partner in the Washington D.C. firm Peck Madigan Jones, and is a member of the UMaine Board of Visitors.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Richard Powell at 581.1795,


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