Community Children Join UMPI for Annual Trick-or-Treating in the Dorms

Children receive candy from an UMPI student

     Children who dressed as superheroes and princesses reached out their buckets for candy to UMPI residents of Park and Merriman halls for the annual Trick-or-Treating in the Dorms event. UMPI students gave excited children from around the community candy as they walked down the halls saying, “Trick or Treat,” on Thursday, Oct. 26. Continue reading “Community Children Join UMPI for Annual Trick-or-Treating in the Dorms”

UMPI’s New Addition

Shirley Rush with a sign for the Food Security Council.

     What comes to mind when you think of a food pantry? Perhaps you imagine a local, non-profit organization where people volunteer for charity and offer meals to those in need. But what about a food pantry on your local college campus? It may not sound typical. That’s probably because it isn’t. But if you visit Folsom Hall on the UMPI campus, on the bottom floor near the vending machines, you might notice that there’s something different. Continue reading “UMPI’s New Addition”

Rice’s Ruminations Teaching Virtue

     As I write this, our country deals with another tragic incident, this time the mass killings of worshippers in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  This follows the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, a shooting in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, not two years ago, the Orlando night club shooting in 2016, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, as well as countless others across the country that have received less media and political attention.  Some of these occurred in religious institutions, some in schools, some in public arenas.  Our public outlets are filled with near-constant discussion focusing in various ways—and with widely varying quality and integrity—upon the hows and whys of these events, often including who is directly or indirectly culpable and what could have been done to prevent them.  Continue reading “Rice’s Ruminations Teaching Virtue”

A Visitor From Outside Our Solar System


On Oct. 19, 2017, a new object was discovered passing through the inner solar system. The discovery of new objects passing through the inner solar system is not all that unusual.  What is unusual is where this object may come from.  It is not from our solar system.  If this is true, it will be the first extra-solar system object discovered passing through our solar system. Continue reading “A Visitor From Outside Our Solar System”

Wonderful, Scary Painting Night

People painting with Paula Ouellette Siddiqui.

    Thursday night, Oct. 26, the business club brought a fantastic painting night to UMPI. Paula Siddiqui, who is a local artist from Caribou, Maine, instructed its paint night. The fun activity was in hopes of raising funds for a trip to Washington, D.C.  That planned trip will create connection and further business knowledge. Continue reading “Wonderful, Scary Painting Night”

Maine Woods’ Quiet Autumn Joys

Autumn Meadowhawk

    It’s a particularly warm October day.  The sun is shining through the tops of the trees, through the red and yellow leaves still left.  As you approach a clearing, two red dragonflies fly through the air, dancing in the gentle breeze.  One lands, sunning itself on a rock.  Adult Autumn Meadowhawks (Sympetrum Vicinum) fly from late July to early November, flying later than any other species of dragonfly or damselfly.  They feed on mosquitos, providing a useful service as natural pest control.  The red dragonfly ascends, taking flight with another of its kind. Continue reading “Maine Woods’ Quiet Autumn Joys”

Taking Back the Night

Lit candle during the walk.

  On the night of Oct. 12,  the UMPI campus was brighter than usual as a large group of people made their way from Gentile to South halls, each holding a lit candle. This was the beginning of Take Back the Night, a night of awareness for sexual assault and its many victims. This was the fourth consecutive year of Take Back the Night on the UMPI campus, hosted by the Student Organization of Social Workers. Continue reading “Taking Back the Night”

The AmeriCorner Spotlights Kassidy Morin, Exemplary Volunteer

Kassidy Morin is a Social Work major and active volunteer at UMP.

     This month’s Student Spotlight features UMPI student Kassidy Morin. Kassidy is a social work major from Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada. This is her junior year at UMPI. Kassidy is a member of the Campus Crusade for Christ and the Student Organization of Social Work at UMPI. She likes UMPI because it is a small school and is close to her home. Continue reading “The AmeriCorner Spotlights Kassidy Morin, Exemplary Volunteer”