A Convocation Carnival

Convocation is something that the UMPI campus looks forward to every year. It’s a time to welcome the new students to the UMPI family, and it gives returning students a chance to reconnect with faculty, staff and fellow classmates. Usually, the event involves a ceremony welcoming incoming freshmen, followed by a barbeque on the campus lawn. Next year, however, they’re doing things a little differently. Continue reading “A Convocation Carnival”

Growth, Collaboration, Inclusion… and the Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Grammar!


Most American colleges and universities today are facing difficult choices about how they should allocate—or reallocate—increasingly challenged resources, both in human and fiscal terms, and more broadly, what they will do as an institution of higher learning and how they will do it.  We are fortunate in that, beginning with President Linda Schott, we initiated a process of taking charge of our own institutional destiny—this included both embracing outcomes-based or proficiency education as it is known in Maine as a means of differentiating our academic mission and practices and of addressing critical student success challenges—but also in terms of making conscious and forward-thinking choices in terms of both our budget and infrastructure.  Since her departure, it has been my mission both to accelerate and reinforce these processes as I view them as essential toward not merely meeting our current fiscal and educational responsibilities—but ensuring that our institution is best prepared in terms of its own internal processes and relationships to meet the future needs of our students and the communities we serve.  Continue reading “Growth, Collaboration, Inclusion… and the Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Grammar!”

Art Is the Transformation of Identity


Jessalyn Levesque is a mixed media artist who focuses on drawing, painting, sculpture, performance and photography. She originally comes from Missoula, Montana, and moved to the East Coast in her senior year of high school. She spent five years and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Continue reading “Art Is the Transformation of Identity”

Robots Will Be Making Your Pizza Starting Fall Semester


How would you feel about robots replacing the staff in the Kelly Commons cafeteria? This is becoming a real thing at the University of Maine at Presque Isle in the fall of 2017. Instead of handing your student ID to a real person, you’ll be swiping it in a computer to gain access to the cafeteria. Continue reading “Robots Will Be Making Your Pizza Starting Fall Semester”

Lost On a Campus in Maine

Daniel Burger is 18 years old  and is from southern Maine who never really left his hometown much. After graduating from his local high school he, like many other young adults, decided to go to college. He applied to UMPI and was accepted for his good grades and promising work ethic. Burger decided immediately after receiving his acceptance letter that he wanted to tour the campus before making such a big decision. Continue reading “Lost On a Campus in Maine”

Free to Travel Around the World

By now many of you should know that Dr. J, Jacquelyn Lowman, is hiking now. She has started her Appalachian Trail adventure. But actually, the real plan is not just hiking the Appalachian Trail, it is to both hike the Appalachian Trail and travel/ hike around the world. She came up with this plan in her mind last year and is now preparing stuff and plotting out a route. Continue reading “Free to Travel Around the World”