To Mongolia and Back Again

A group of people sat in assorted chairs around the multipurpose room in the campus center. Some were family, friends and colleagues. Others were simply there to listen. They were all present to learn more about one undergrad’s incredible experience and what’s known locally as a journey of a lifetime. Bits of conversation could be heard for several moments, everyone settling in. Eventually a gradual silence fell as Dave Putnam took a stand, addressing the audience from the front of the room. He began to introduce the student, explaining that who he had chosen to accompany him on his trip to Mongolia was an easy candidate. “He is someone to rely on,” Putnam said, speaking to the crowd. The person to whom he was referring was Caleb Ward.

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A New Theater Experience for UMPI

When you think of live theater, what comes to mind? Many people think of actors putting on a great show. But many people do not think of the playwrights. These are the people who make plays possible. They write a script and revise it many times. Then they work with the actors and director to create a great performance.

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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Northern Maine is famous for its winter. With a ski mountain in our backyard and snowmobile trails, it’s a winter paradise. This year, however, fluctuating weather has given us both rain and snow leading to icy and dangerous conditions. The Big Rock Ski Resort even had to close on Feb. 14 due to the weather being too cold.

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A Diamond in the Ruff

Emma Ruff’s thesis is that she wants to promote conscious consumerism. Fashion’s always been important to her and she wants to make people question where their clothes are coming from. Her first year of college she heard the Rana Plaza Garment Factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,130 workers because of a lack of oversight. Later that same day Ruff went to a store and saw clothes on the shelves from Bangladesh. This event inspired her thesis. If you would like to learn more about her thesis, you can visit her blog at

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Change on Campus

For some of us, Normal Hall has been a big part of our academics here at UMPI. Many of us have had classes there. And many faculty members have spent long hours in their offices there, correcting work and meeting with students. It was also the home of the University Times newspaper. Well, now that building is being emptied. And there are probably some who are wondering what will happen to it. And what does this mean for the rest of the campus?

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