Editor’s Letter

Hello Readers,

The hum of the holidays is here and the excitement of the first few snowfalls here in the county has spread throughout most of us. This special time of year is important to me because it reminds me of how good people can be. Generosity and kindness bloom in the cold weather and we all become a little closer: whether it be your neighbor helping you get your car out of the snowy driveway after a bad storm or a complete stranger wishing you a happy holiday in passing. The best of everyone comes out during the holidays.  It reminds me of the Grinch in that everyone’s hearts seem to grow at least three sizes.

With a cheerful spirit and Thanksgiving on my mind, I leave you with this issue. It comes with a wish to enjoy and remind you of all the great things our campus and community do. This year I’m thankful for UMPI, and especially the people who make UMPI and the University Times possible.

Have a great day,

Brandy Smith
University Times Editor

Agriculture Coming to UMPI

 

Debbie Roark, Mary Barton Akeley Smith, Ray Rice and Brett Varnum signing the paperwork at the ceremony.

The Multipurpose Room at UMPI was packed on Oct. 23. Mary Barton Akeley Smith was giving $1 million dollars to the university to create its first endowed chair. She gave the gift in memory of her late husband and named the gift after her father, Dr. Robert Vinton Akeley. The faculty position that this gift will fund was named Dr. Robert Vinton Akeley Chair of Agricultural Science and Agribusiness. Continue reading “Agriculture Coming to UMPI”

UMPI Students Stuff-A-Monster on Halloween

A group of students show off their freshly stuffed monsters.

On Halloween night, UMPI students were treated to monster stuffing in the MPR of the Campus Center. Students began to arrive around 7 p.m., looking to get first pick of the unstuffed animals. Once lines opened at 7:30 p.m., students rushed in, grabbed monsters and started filing them with stuffing. Students were also got mini UMPI SAO T-shirts for their monsters to wear. The event, run by the Student Activities Office, was first come, first served. Students had the option to stuff a raccoon, a badger, a giraffe, a monkey or a snake. Continue reading “UMPI Students Stuff-A-Monster on Halloween”

Model Leaders

Ray Rice

There has been so much written about the midterm election cycle that we are just concluding (but that is still underway in several states, including our own), that I hesitate to say much more about it.  But I do want to focus on some very important positive results from this election process, regardless of how you may feel about specific outcomes of individual races and issues.  Continue reading “Model Leaders”

UMPI Basketball Starts Season With Midnight Madness

The women’s basketball team poses for a picture during Midnight Madness.

On Oct. 23, the crowd in the Wieden gymnasium enjoyed events by UMPI’s men’s and women’s basketball teams as part of the annual Midnight Madness. The event, run by the UMPI athletics department and SAO, gave the crowd an opportunity to look at this year’s teams. The night was filled with a dunk contest, a three-point shooting contest and crowd members were even given the chance to participate in games to win prizes. Continue reading “UMPI Basketball Starts Season With Midnight Madness”

It Floats at the For

This years theme at Fright at the Fort was based on Stephen King’s horror novels.

Imagine delving deep into the belly of a historical fort while running through cornfields, being chased by clowns with chainsaws and rounding a corner only to be confronted by the twin girls from Stephen King’s “The Shining.” This is exactly the kind of fright that happened on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Fort Knox. Continue reading “It Floats at the For”

Seasonal Affective Disorder

seasonal affective disorder

Research on Seasonal Affective Disorder began in 1979 by Herb Kern. He did this because he was curious about why he felt depressed in the winter months. The first use of the term Seasonal Affective Disorder was back in 1984 in a paper by Norman Rosenthal. The paper talked about the cause and how circadian rhythm can affect the role of melatonin. SAD was not recognized until 1993 when he published his book “Winter Blues”. Continue reading “Seasonal Affective Disorder”