Welcome From the Marketing and Communications Office!

The staff members of the Marketing and Communications Office send a warm welcome to all new and returning students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and wish them best of luck as they begin or continue their college careers.

If you’ve ever looked at an UMPI publication, checked out UMPI’s website or social media or read or watched a news story about great things that are happening on campus, chances are you’ve come into contact with efforts done by someone from Marketing and Communications.  The office works to increase UMPI’s visibility in the media and through print and online publications, social media, advertising and graphic design products.

Rachel Rice is the director of marketing and communications.  She coordinates numerous media projects and efforts at UMPI and coordinates visits from local media.  She writes press releases that promote UMPI events and showcases stories of students, faculty, staff and alumni in the news and publishes UMPI’s monthly online newsletter, “The Image.”

Have you or your friends ever had their pictures taken at a campus event?  Did you later see those photos on UMPI’s social media pages?  Even if you haven’t, chances are you’ve seen Rowena McPherson walking around with a camera.  Rowena is coordinator of graphic design, social media and photography.  She designs the graphics and layout for numerous campus publications such as the Image newsletter, event fliers and brochures and the cultural events calendar.  Whenever you like or share an UMPI post on Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms, thank Rowena.  She regularly posts photos, stories and videos of UMPI students and faculty doing great things on our campus and in the community.

Next up is Eric Brissette, the webmaster for Marketing and Communications. You won’t see this UMPI owl flying around campus very often, but he takes his work just as seriously.  Eric is responsible for creating the design and layout of UMPI’s official website (www.umpi.edu) and publishing new content on all its pages.  He’s the person to whom faculty and staff turn when they want to improve the content on their academic or office page or create an entirely new page.  He continually works to ensure that UMPI’s website is easy to navigate and that anyone can find the information they’re looking for.

Last but not least is Gayla Shaw, the administrative specialist.  Gayla is the first person you’ll see when you come into the office and can answer any questions you have about the office. She is the support person for all of the Marketing and Communications programs. She also maintains the databases for all university publications and sends Dean’s List and Graduation notifications to news media.

The Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving


UMPI students lining up for graduation.

Welcome to the Class of 2023, and welcome to our returning UMPI Owls! The Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving works to foster and maintain connections between the campus and our alumni wherever they may be. Working with the UMPI Alumni Association, we seek to create programs that help reunite, support and celebrate our alums. The office also works to garner support for the university through fundraising and organizing the involvement of our alumni network.

When you walk across the stage and move the tassel on your cap, you not only signify your graduation from UMPI, but also your membership in the UMPI Alumni Association. Wear your wings proudly! Once the Office of the Registrar confers your degree, you join thousands of UMPI Alumni around the world.

The UMPI Alumni Association, led by a board elected from the association’s general membership, hosts and supports programs and gatherings on and off campus. The association also works to provide scholarship funds to students. The current board consists of members representing classes from 1964 to 2014. Members of the board take an active role in Homecoming and Commencement planning.  We hope that you’ll join us for Homecoming Weekend 2019 here on campus Sept. 26-29. Highlights include athletic competitions, reunion gatherings, community events, fireworks and more. You can find the full schedule online at umpi.edu/homecoming.

Although the University of Maine at Presque Isle receives public funding as part of the University of Maine System, additional funds are often needed to support student scholarships, new technologies and innovative academic programs. In close partnership with the Office of University Advancement and External Affairs, we work to ensure that UMPI has the funds it needs to carry out its mission. Our office works to encourage repeat giving to UMPI, no matter the amount, to directly support programs at the university each year. This year, we’ll be launching a new social fundraising platform to allow Owls and friends of the university to help UMPI and its students with a tap, click or share. You’ll be hearing more about this exciting opportunity in the months to come.

You can find more information on the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, the UMPI Alumni Association, projects we may be working on, as well as stories and updates from alumni, at umpi.edu/alumni.

Where will your wings take you?



Student Support Services Counseling Office

My name is Ralph McPherson and I am a clinical social worker serving in the capacity of school counselor.  This is my ninth year of serving the students at our fine school.

The counseling office is a confidential place for students to come and receive support.   Students can face many challenges, such as adjustment to college life, time-management skills, relationship issues or they may be experiencing a general sense of sadness or worry. There are times, however, that students can face other health-related issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse or other emotional and social issues. If you are experiencing any of these issues or need assistance in another area of your life, please contact us at the counseling center in the Emerson Hall Annex.  We are here to serve and assist students to better enhance your overall academic and social experience.

The counseling office is located at the Student Health Center, Emerson Hall Annex.  I am here Monday-Friday with flexible scheduling times.   I am usually here in the late afternoons and have evening hours.

My office hours will be posted on my door and I can accommodate special appointments if needed.  All services are free and confidential with the exception of threats of harm or violence.  To make appointments, you can call my office at 768-9791 or email me at ralph.mcpherson@maine.edu.  You can also stop by student support services and someone will assist you.

Please stop by and say hello.  I wish all of you the best with your academic experience.  The University of Maine at Presque Isle is a great institution of higher learning.  Get involved with campus life and enjoy everything the campus has to offer.  Good Luck!


Ralph B. McPherson, LCSW


Office of Student Financial Services Welcomes Students

University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Welcome to our incoming and returning students! We are beyond happy to have you a part of the University of Maine at Presque Isle community.

The Office of Student Financial Services is responsible for awarding and disbursing Financial Aid, placing students for Student Employment, validating Student IDs, distributing parking decals, managing payment plans, billing and posting of payments and scholarships.

Top Ten Topics:

* If you are receiving any outside scholarship(s) or other assistance for this academic year, please make sure that you provide a copy of the letter and/or certificate to our office as soon as possible. It is crucial we include these funds at the beginning of the academic year.

* If you have a vehicle on campus, you will need to purchase a parking decal. The cost is $10 for the first parking decal and $2 for each additional vehicle. A Motor Vehicle Registration Form will need to be completed in our office as well.

* Make sure to stop by our office to have your student ID validated. If your bill is paid or if you have a payment plan in place with the first payment made, stickers will be placed on your ID to signify that you’re able to use the services at Gentile Hall and the CIL. Student IDs are issued in Emerson Annex.

* If you were awarded Work Study in your financial aid award package and have any questions about placement, SEA forms or requirements for the Work Study Program, please contact our office. Keep in mind, if you need your earnings to go toward your bill, make sure to stop by the office at the beginning of each semester to complete a new form.

* If you are already covered with health insurance and don’t need the insurance offered through the university, be sure to complete the online waiver before Oct. 1, 2019. This will allow for the charge to be removed from your bill. You may provide proof of your insurance information by going to www.crossagency.com/umpi.

*  If you haven’t completed your file for financial aid yet, please do so as soon as possible. If you have not applied for financial aid yet, you can find the necessary application at www.fafsa.gov. UMPI’s school code is 002033.  When there are excess funds from financial aid, we encourage students to use direct deposit when receiving a refund. If you are not already set up, please visit http://www.umpi.edu/offices/student-financial -services/student-accounts/direct-deposit to enroll. It is suggested for students to take just enough loan to cover their bill, school supplies and books.  If you received a refund check and would like to reduce your loan debt, you may do so by returning the difference to the Office of Student Financial Services. Help us reach our goal of reducing $200,000 in loans for the 2019-2020 academic year!

* Take advantage of applying for our Foundation Scholarships. At the end of November, keep an eye out for emails and posters throughout campus informing you to stop by our office to apply. This application is due in our office in February.

* As soon as Oct. 1, 2019, you can apply for financial aid for the academic year of 2020-2021. We encourage you to apply early, so that full eligibility will be received before some funds run out.

* For you to register for each fall semester and spring semester, you will need to complete the Financial Responsibility Statement under your To Do List on your Student Services Center on MaineStreet.

* If you decide to register for summer courses, please stop by our office during the month of April to apply for summer financial aid.  If you do not fill out the summer form, you will not be eligible to receive any aid for the summer.

If you have any questions throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, please feel free to contact our office. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. Our office is located at 235 Preble Hall (top floor in the middle of the hallway).

Remember to “Like” us on Facebook at UMPI Student Financial Services for scholarship updates, deadlines and other important information.


Student Support Services

Concerned about your grades?  Organizationally challenged?  Having difficulties due to a documented disability?    Have questions regarding to whom you should speak about a problem?  Our friendly crew would like to meet you, so please come visit us at Student Support Services on the ground floor of the Center for Innovative Learning for assistance.

Seek help the minute you experience a problem!  Our Tutor Coordinator, Anne Chase, will speak with you about your academic struggles and arrange for a FREE tutor for your academic classes or to help you structure your class work and supplies.  Stop by the CIL, contact 768-9615 or email catherine.a.chase@maine.edu to discuss tutoring options.

Mary Kate Barbosa, the Director of Student Support Services, encourages students with documented disabilities to seek appropriate accommodations on campus.  Each student requesting services must provide appropriate documentation.  Contact 768-9613 or mary.barbosa@maine.edu to arrange an appointment, obtain the appropriate forms and request accommodations.
In addition to these important areas, we are also happy to provide personal, financial, career and academic counseling and referrals for students needing additional services as well as proctor make-up quizzes and exams or proctor proficiency assessments.  Contact 768-9615 to meet with any of our SSS staff.

See our web pages for resources, websites and workshops at:

Greetings from the Office of Safety and Security


View of UMPI’s campus and parking lots.

My name is Fred Thomas and I’m the Director of Safety and Security on campus. On behalf of the Security personnel, I would like to personally welcome you to the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  Our staff of security officers are tasked with enforcing the parking regulations on campus and in addition we monitor and patrol the campus to ensure your security and safety. We have a “Safety Walk” program that is available for students, faculty and staff anytime day or evening by calling 760-2199. If for any reason you feel unsafe, do not hesitate to call us and we will walk with you to your vehicle or Residence Hall.

All vehicles are required to have a parking decal in order to park on campus.  Parking decals for the 2019-2020 academic year are available at our office located in Emerson Annex or at the Student Financial Services office located on the second floor of Preble Hall.  Be sure to fill out the vehicle registration form online, located on the Security web page, or in person at either Emerson Annex or at Student Financial Services.  Cost of the parking decals will remain the same this year: $10 for the first vehicle and $2 for each additional vehicle.

There are several items of interest on the Security web page that may be helpful to everyone. We have up-to-date information on the university’s’ Clery Report, how to react to an “Active Shooter” incident and a registration form that allows both students and faculty/staff to register their valuables, such as cell phones, computers, cameras or any other personal items.

Please don’t hesitate to stop by or call our office if you have any problems, complaints or concerns about safety or security on campus.  We can be reached at 768-9580.  Once again, welcome and I hope to see all of you very soon.  Enjoy your year.

Greetings From the UMPI Athletics Department

WSOC Hanna Nadeau So. (Madawaska, ME).
MSOC Andre Rossignol So. (Van Buren, ME).
UMPI Invitational Men’s XC.
Vball Maddi Thweatt Jr. (Middleton, ID).

The University of Maine at Presque Isle Athletic Department is excited for another great school year and all the upcoming 2019-2020 sports seasons.  The year is off to a great start with fall roster sizes being the highest they have been in years.  The excitement around our athletic teams continues to grow each year.  The start of our school year also marked the opening of play for NCAA Division III fall sports.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams started the year off with a pair of wins on the road at Vermont Tech.  The men defeated the VT Knights 4-0, while the women’s team won their game 4-1.  Men’s and women’s cross country hosted the UMPI Invitational on Saturday, August 31, with the women taking third place and the men finishing in fourth place.  At the event UMPI athletics honored Coach Chris Smith for his 30+ years of service.  Women’s volleyball fought hard but fell in their opening matches on the road playing some of the toughest teams in the nation, including nationally ranked Babson College.  Men’s golf practices are now underway and their first match will be Sept. 17 at the Waterville Country Club as they compete in the Thomas Invitational.

The athletics department would like to make the campus aware of personnel changes as well as welcome some new, but familiar, faces to the department.  UMPI athletics welcomes newcomers Alissa Edwards (Head Softball Coach), Eric Macek (Athletic Trainer) and Shea Cushman (Nordic Ski) to the staff: all recent UMPI graduates.  Aaron Marston will start his first official year as the Women’s Soccer Head Coach after taking over midseason last year, when he helped lead the Owls to two wins in their last six games.  Mark Knight will take over the role of Sports Information Director. Gavin Kane will continue as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach, while also serving as the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Golf Coach.

The UMPI men’s and women’s Nordic Ski teams will compete in the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) starting this upcoming season. Previously, Nordic Ski competed at the NCAA level.  The shift in Nordic Ski to the USCSA was made to better align with the department’s mission to provide the best overall student-athlete experience that allows student-athletes to have a well-balanced collegiate experience.  UMPI has a rich history of performing well at the USCSA national level prior to its NCAA affiliation.

The Owls enter their second year in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), no longer the newcomers as we welcome SUNY Delhi entering the NAC for this 2019-20 year.  Cazenovia College, SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Polytechnic Institute will be joining the conference as full members in the 2020-21 year. This will bring the NAC to a 12 team conference and aligns with the conference’s goal to get to an East/West conference model to help decrease travel and missed class time.

“The athletic department continues to grow each year and we could not be more excited for the upcoming year,” Director of Athletics Dan Kane said.  “With the growth of the conference to 12 members starting in the fall of 2020, it helps stabilize the conference as well as ensure the conference maintains their automatic qualifier status for national championships.”

The NCAA requires that conferences have a minimum of seven teams to sponsor a sport to maintain an automatic qualifier to nationals.  With the membership expansion of the NAC, all NCAA sponsored sports at UMPI will compete in a sport that allows them to advance to the NCAA National Tournament if they win the North Atlantic Conference Championship.

If any student is interested in trying out for a sport please reach out the perspective coach of that sport or contact Dan Kane at Daniel.c.kane@maine.edu.  Go Owls!

Greetings From Academic Affairs, New and Returning Students!

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 name implies. The Office of Academic Affairs provides support and services to both full-time and part-time (AKA – adjuncts) faculty, maintains a variety of records and policies, generates teaching contracts and distributes letters to those who have made the Dean’s List each semester. Some of the larger items that the Academic Affairs office helps to oversee include the Annual Awards Ceremony, the Commencement Ceremony and the administration of student online course evaluations using a platform called BLUE.

The Annual Awards Ceremony takes place every April, typically on a Sunday afternoon. This event, by special invitation, is where we recognize the accomplishments of our top students in terms of academic work and service to the campus community. Following the ceremony, there is a special catered reception for students to celebrate with family, friends and the Campus Community.

At the Awards Ceremony, departmental awards and scholarships are given out to students for outstanding achievement in their particular field of study. Students are also recognized for being active in both the Honors Program and Student Government Association.  A very popular addition to the ceremony are the Student Leadership Awards. Students have the ability to vote for their fellow students for such accolades as the UMPI Spirit Award, Resident Assistant of the Year, Outstanding Student Leader Award and Student Organization of the Year Award, just to name a few.

One of the most important events for which the Office of Academic Affairs Office has oversight is Graduation or Commencement. Commencement is a time for you to celebrate all of your hard work as you move from one chapter of your life to the next with greater knowledge, confidence and hope for the future, surrounded by friends, family and the UMPI Community. We hope, as your time grows closer to finishing your degree program, that you choose to take part in this momentous event.

Another important duty of the Academic Affairs office is the administration of online course evaluations at the end of each semester. Evaluating your courses allows you as students to share information about your learning experiences and the quality of the instruction that you are receiving. Student feedback offers usable knowledge for faculty that can help them in improving the effectiveness of their teaching and your overall experience as learners. Any feedback you wish to provide can be done anonymously unless you choose to identify yourself.

The Academic Affairs office also assists with the hiring of adjunct faculty, generates faculty teaching contracts and helps to maintain the academic catalog, course syllabi, curriculum documents, academic policies and special agreements with other institutions.

Please feel free to stop by and visit. Wishing you a productive and rewarding academic year!

A Warm Welcome From Professional Programs

Greetings from the Dean of the College of Professional Programs. We welcome you to the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The College of Professional Programs includes the seven departments that are focused on exceptional student-focused learning for each student. The departments include Nursing, Exercise Science, Business, Criminal Justice, Physical Therapist Assistant, Social Work, and Education, which includes Elementary, Early Childhood, Secondary and Physical Education.  My role as the dean of the college is to assist the work of each faculty member and to be a resource for students who need my assistance.  Other key members to our group are our professional advisors. Bethany Lord, Shara Page and Jessica Winslow and their director, Lorelei Locke, will guide your progress at the beginning of your college career and assist your faculty advisor as needed throughout.  Nicole Fournier is our career readiness director.  She will be a great resource to you as you plan your future.  Nicole’s new location is the first floor of South Hall in the northwest corner. Look for new signs soon!

My advice to new students as well as all other students is first of all develop a relationship with both your professional advisor and your faculty advisor soon and build upon that relationship each year.  They will help guide you and mentor you toward your future goals and careers. Next, develop a relationship with Nicole in Career Readiness–get ready to be a great employee!   GO to class and read your syllabi, get to know the other students in your classes. Study together in the Center for Innovative Learning.  While you are being the best student you can be, have fun and enjoy the programs on campus either in the dorms or other student activities across campus. Your fellow students can and will be lifelong friends–find good ones!

Hello From the Center for Teaching and Learning!

Did you know that UMPI has a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) that gives faculty tools, resources and training to make their courses even more successful?  We work with faculty who teach in a wide range of modalities: in person, online, through video conference and everything in between.  CTL is comprised of 2012 Maine Teacher of the Year Alana Margeson, Ed.D., and Instructional Design Specialist Heather Nunez-Olmstead, M.S.Ed.  Together, we bring a diverse skill set and intimate knowledge of current best practices in teaching and learning theory to the faculty and staff at UMPI.

CTL is physically located in Preble Hall, in the 238 suite, but we deliver training, support and services in a variety of ways.  We can schedule one-on-one in-person meetings or meet over web conferencing.  We offer a variety of live workshops and drop-in events over the course of the semester, as well as work to connect faculty with learning opportunities from teaching authorities from the University of Maine sister campuses and other education experts from around the country!  We also have access to a rich toolbox of educational technology training that we can share to enrich your teaching experience.

Services that are popular with faculty include revision of course outcomes and rubric creation, Blackboard course design, using video and multimedia in courses, creating accessible content, student engagement strategies, midcourse evaluation and more!  We are here to help UMPI faculty achieve UMPI’s Academic Commitments throughout every step of the course planning, design and delivery process!

We try to make it easy to get in touch with us.  You can pop into the Center for Teaching and Learning location (on the second floor of Preble Hall) on Monday-Fridays to look through our semester offerings and lending library,  or by one-on-one appointment. Alana can be reached at (207)768-9554 or by email at alana.margeson@maine.edu.  And Heather can be reached by phone at (207)768-9544 or by email at heather.nunez@maine.edu .

Whether you are across campus or across the country, we would love to connect with you to help you build the course of your dreams!