UMPI Student Receives National Fellowship for the Sciences

Lydia Tilley and Miranda Lento prepare reagents in the student lab

     A University of Maine at Presque Isle sophomore, Lydia Tilley, has received a 2017 American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship. Tilley received the award in April 2017 for her excellent research in recognizing and comparing genes in pathogens that are immune to antibiotics. Pathogens are bacteria or viruses that can cause disease. The ASM Fellowship received 128 applicants. Only 19, however, received the award. Tilley got a payment of $4,000 and $2,000 for travel expenses. Continue reading “UMPI Student Receives National Fellowship for the Sciences”

UMPI Rankings at an All-Time High

     The University of Maine at Presque Isle has made many changes in the past few years, from switching to proficiency-based education and changing food companies, to Ray Rice becoming our president. Most schools might crumble under the pressure of all of these changes, but UMPI has done quite the opposite. Continue reading “UMPI Rankings at an All-Time High”

Reflections on 9-11

     Sixteen years ago this past Sept. 11, I recall leaving my 9:25 a.m. College Composition classroom in Pullen Hall on a clear blue morning and, as I made my way up to the Campus Center, hearing the first reports of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.  The weeks following were filled with fear, sorrow, anger and not a small amount of self-reflection.  Not long after the events, in fact, I began writing a paper (which I later presented at a conference and published in “The Maine Scholar”) that opened with a quote from Jean Baudrillard’s “Simulations,” followed by this: Continue reading “Reflections on 9-11”

The AmeriCorner Spotlights Chenoa Jackson, Exemplary Volunteer

     This month’s Student Spotlight features UMPI student Chenoa Jackson. Chenoa is a social work major from Wilton, Maine. This is her third year at UMPI. Chenoa is on the UMPI Cross-Country Team and the Track and Field Team. She is the secretary of the Pageturners Book Club and the secretary of Campus Crusade for Christ. Continue reading “The AmeriCorner Spotlights Chenoa Jackson, Exemplary Volunteer”

News From the AmeriCorner

Any student willing to volunteer for one (1) hour on one Sunday calling out Bingo numbers at Presque Isle Rehab and Nursing with the AmeriCorps Volunteer, please contact the Volunteer. This is a fun, easy and short service opportunity.

Any students wishing to display a piece of their artwork in the AmeriCorner, please contact the AmeriCorps Volunteer.

If you know of UMPI students who, because of their achievements and volunteerism, should be featured in the Student Spotlight, please nominate them by contacting the AmeriCorps Volunteer.

Please mark your calendars for the second annual UMPI Alternative Spring Break, coming in March of 2018. This is a completely free event: all transportation, lodging, meals, grape soda and entertainment will be provided free of charge. The tentative dates are March 11-14, 2018. For more information, please contact the AmeriCorps Volunteer.

The AmeriCorps Volunteer can be contacted at: AmeriCorner (Office on first floor of UMPI Library)–207-768-9602–

New Student Activities Coordinator Puts a Unique Spin on Things in SAO

Violet Washburn, Tabitha Lewey and Sam Carpenter at orientation.

    If you’ve ever been inside the Campus Center, there is an excellent chance that you’ve passed by the bright blue walled office of Student Activities. If you peek in, you’ll often find the work study within planning events and making posters. This is where you’ll also find Violet Washburn, the new Coordinator of Campus Engagement and International Student Affairs. Continue reading “New Student Activities Coordinator Puts a Unique Spin on Things in SAO”

You Should Go to Bingo!

Courtney Cote making sure she had BINGO with Jaden Gosselin and Bianca McGirt.

     Keep an eye out for Bingo nights here on campus. They are a student favorite and for good reason. There’s a different prize for each of the eight games played.  “Moving forward all of the bingo events will be themed.” Coordinator of Student Engagement Violet Washburn said.          Continue reading “You Should Go to Bingo!”

Harder, Stronger, Better

A lot of people are watching the UMPI vs FISHER soccer game.

The 2017 UMPI men’s soccer team has a lot of young, new players.  On Sunday, Sept. 17, the team started the game with five freshmen, again. During the previous three games, the players had been becoming familiar with the college game.  They had learned and practiced. For this match, they put in a full performance, the kind that all fans want to see every game.   The men won the game against Fisher with a score of 1 to 0. Continue reading “Harder, Stronger, Better”

UMPI Student Margaret Dickinson enjoying her
Glitter Globe Creation

     How would you celebrate the film “Baby Driver”?  The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Student Activities Office thought that a perfect way was to teach people to make a car glitter globe.  A number of people agreed.  On Monday, Sept. 18, 15-20 individuals came to the Owl’s Nest to make glitter globes and get in the mood for the film, shown Sept. 22. Continue reading “”