Your Dean of Students: Always an Open Door

Hootie stopped by for some snacks and a visit with the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Career Readiness, located in the student affairs suite on the second floor of Preble Hall.

     Welcome to another great year at UMPI! It’s shaping up to be the best one yet! As the Dean of Students, I have the awesome pleasure of working with faculty and staff to make sure you, as students, are successful in achieving your academic and personal goals at UMPI. The Dean of Students Office is here to make sure your college experience and environment are safe, healthy, engaging and enjoyable. Continue reading “Your Dean of Students: Always an Open Door”

Your One-Stop Shop for All Things Student Financial

The Office of Student Financial Services is ready to assist you with your questions! Staff include, front row, Danielle Pelkey, Patti Hale, Laurie Boucher. Back row, Lynnelle Foster, Chirs Bell, Elizabeth Whitaker, Elizabeth Butterfield..

     Hello from the Office of Student Financial Services!

     Welcome back to our returning students! We would also like to send out a warm greeting to our new, incoming students: we are so pleased that you selected the University of Maine at Presque Isle. We hope you enjoyed your summer and are ready to begin!

     The Office of Student Financial Services is responsible for awarding and disbursing Financial Aid, placing students for Work Study/Student Employment, managing payment plans, billing and posting of payments and scholarships. If you have questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. Continue reading “Your One-Stop Shop for All Things Student Financial”

Welcome to the Way it Should Be!

     On behalf of the University of Maine at Presque Isle, it is my great pleasure to welcome all of you, new and returning students, community members, faculty and staff (old and new!) to the start of the 2018-2019 academic year.

     This is a particularly exciting time to be an Owl (hoot hoot!).  Last year, we continued our streak of greater and greater recognition from national organizations for our academic excellence and affordability.  We jumped up several spots in U.S. News & World Report’s top regional public schools ranking (to lucky #13 in all of the North!).  We’ve been ranked in Forbes’ “best value” list, received multiple “Best Value School Awards” and just this summer were noted as the most affordable college in all of Maine and New England (public or private) by Student Loan Hero ( ).  It’s particularly gratifying to be recognized for your value—which to my mind is always a combination of academic excellence and cost, particularly what students have to pay back in loans when their undergraduate careers are over.  That’s why such recognition is so important, as it shows that we truly are being successful in putting our students’ futures first. Continue reading “Welcome to the Way it Should Be!”

Astronomy in Aroostook County

     Hello everyone and welcome to or back to the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  If you are interested in astronomy, we have several treats for you in and around the Presque Isle area.

     The University Times runs this ongoing series of articles about astronomy.  The topics vary from edition to edition and will contain news related to astronomy.  Although I have some articles in mind, I would like your input on possible articles.  If you have any questions or would like to suggest an article, please feel free to email me at:       Continue reading “Astronomy in Aroostook County”

Greetings New and Returning Students!

Deborah Hodgkins and Tong Liu at the Awards Ceremony

     The Office of Academic Affairs is located on the second floor of Preble Hall, room 232. In the Office of Academic Affairs we are all things academic—as the names implies.

     The Office of Academic Affairs provides direct administrative support to the provost and to the dean of professional programs and to the dean of arts and sciences in areas relating to academic policies, procedures and programs. Continue reading “Greetings New and Returning Students!”

The Registrar’s Office: A Lot More Than Just Transcripts

Registrar’s Office

     You probably know that the Registrar’s Office is where you need to go if you need a transcript.  But our office does a lot more than that. Our primary role is to ensure the security and accuracy of your academic record at UMPI, and in that capacity we interact with nearly everyone on campus. If you have a question about your record–say, if you are seeing something in MaineStreet that you believe is incorrect, if you need to know the deadline to withdraw from a class or if you’re not sure how a class you took somewhere else came in as transfer credit–you can always come and ask us. If you are a transfer student, you will hear from Barbara Lambert at least once as she is our primary transfer officer. If you are a recipient of Veterans’ Education Benefits, you will be in frequent contact with Nola Belanger, who is our School Certifying Official. Even if neither of those applies to you, the Registrar’s Office will be following your academic career from the time you matriculate all the way through to graduation and beyond. Continue reading “The Registrar’s Office: A Lot More Than Just Transcripts”

Make the Most of Your Library

Comfortable Seating on the 2nd Floor

     Welcome back students and welcome to our incoming students. Library Services is located in the Center for Innovative Learning. The offices and circulation desk are located on the main floor to the right as you enter the CIL through the foyer. Our circulating collection contains approximately 50,000 items and is located on the top or second floor of the CIL. You will also find study carrels and comfortable couches for relaxation and studying there. Please be aware that the second floor is a designated Quiet Zone and the only quiet area on campus. The lower floor houses our special collections room. Special collections contains our university archives and items specific to Maine and Aroostook County. We are a Federal and State Government documents location for northern Maine and that is also housed within the special collections room. Access to the special collections room is by appointment only, but we are very accommodating. Please ask a staff member if there are materials you need in special collections. We will be happy to assist you. Continue reading “Make the Most of Your Library”

University Advancement and External Affairs

Greenhouse posters

     So what exactly does Advancement do?  The answer is fairly simple, yet complex.  The traditional answer is that we serve to “advance” the institution and build lasting relationships with alumni, friends and donors who care as much about UMPI as we do, thereby inspiring loyalty and support for UMPI. Advancement works closely with the president and university leadership to receive the support of alumni, friends and organizations—both financially and through advocacy.  At UMPI, Advancement includes development, external affairs, alumni relations and sponsored projects. Continue reading “University Advancement and External Affairs”

The Bachelor of Social Work: A Vastly Diverse Career

Lauren Harris, Michaela Therrien, Shirley Rush (l-r) (respectively BSW students, and program director). June 9, 2018, Kibosho, Tanzania, celebrating end of Ramadan. The day is called Eid al-Fitr, the greeting is Eid Mubaraka, blessed celebration.

     If you are a student looking for career that is vastly diverse (administration, direct client contact, advocacy, education, health and mental health) and want to work with a range of client systems (individuals, families, groups, agencies and communities) with a wide array of populations (military, elders, adults, youth, LGBTQ, children, urban, rural, global), you might be interested in a career in social work.  The BSW Program at UMPI provides an opportunity for students to explore and discover professional knowledge, values, skills and cognitive/affective processes that will prepare them for a lifelong career in the service of others.  BSW students are encouraged to grow both personally and professionally through self-awareness and self-actualization.  Our small class size and supervised international and domestic internships foster student competence through the application of theory to practice.  Students are challenged to confront their own biases, to stretch beyond their comfort zones and to base their discoveries on research evidence as well as personal experience to continually assess and improve their professional, ethical and cultural competencies.  Our BSW faculty are waiting to meet you.  Please join us at our annual “Meet and Greet,” Tuesday, Sept. 4 2018, 12:30-1:30 p.m. South Hall, faculty lounge.  FMI contact, BSW Program Director Shirley Rush, MSW, 207-768-9427 or

TRIO: Helping Students to College Success

     TRIO College Access Services–Upward Bound just wrapped up their 39th intensive academic, residential program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Serving 129 high school students from throughout Aroostook County, TRIO Upward Bound assists students who dream of being the first in their family to attend college. Continue reading “TRIO: Helping Students to College Success”