UMPI Enrollment Soars Up 10 Percent

For the second year in a row, UMPI has seen a huge rise in enrollment. Enrollment jumped 10.4 percent between fall 2017 and fall 2018, the biggest enrollment increase in the U Maine System.

“I am very pleased that we’ve seen a double digit increase over the past two years at UMPI,” UMPI President Raymond Rice said. “What’s important is that those increases come from the variety of populations we serve.” Continue reading “UMPI Enrollment Soars Up 10 Percent”

Did Somebody Mention Comedy?

Hailey Boyle in the Middle with Violet Washburn, Bethnay MacPherson and Roni Shaw from the SAO office.

What is your definition of comedy? If you find this question difficult to answer, then you should have been at the Hailey Boyle show this past Nov. 15. Hailey made her second appearance at UMPI, and just as with her first visit, through her spicy humor and temperament, she was able once more to make UMPI laugh. Hailey’s comedy is very particular and through her jokes about the sexes, her personal life and other topics about everyday life problems, she was able to captivate the audience’s love and attention. Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, she has a great comedy record, with her most recent distinction being named one of New York’s top 10 funniest comics at The New York Comedy Festival. Continue reading “Did Somebody Mention Comedy?”

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”

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”

How to Support Your Local College!

Ray Rice

Under Question 4 in the Nov. 6 election, the University of Maine at Presque Isle would receive $4.5 million, all of which is specifically designated for expanding or developing programs that meet our state and nation’s workforce needs and provide you with competitive jobs and salaries for years to come.  These infrastructure improvements will include major renovations in both Wieden and Folsom halls, adding classroom, lab and clinical spaces that will increase our enrollments in the Nursing program we’re partnering with UMFK to bring to UMPI, as well as our Medical Lab Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant and Exercise Science programs. In addition, this funding will complement plans already in motion for the construction of the research-grade Zillman Family Greenhouse, a cornerstone of our new Agricultural Science program.  All of this will allow us to double the number of students we can enroll in these and future programs. Continue reading “How to Support Your Local College!”

Kotchegna Dance Company Wows UMPI

Vado Diomande drums during his perfomance.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s students, faculty and community experienced an energetic night of African dance on Sept. 28 during UMPI’s annual Homecoming. The Kotchegna Dance Company took over the Wieden Auditorium for a spectacular show. The group, led by Vado Diomande, shared ancient stories and legends of Africa’s Ivory Coast, which were brought to life by dances and drums. Continue reading “Kotchegna Dance Company Wows UMPI”

Another Group of Owls Gets Its Feathers

History Students during Convocation.

Another convocation has passed here at UMPI, with the new class of 2022 getting its official UMPI welcome from the campus community. From very early on that day, the feeling on campus was filled with excitement and celebratory festivities.

Students, faculty and staff started filling up Wieden Hall and taking their placement around the transformed basketball court. Each major had its own distinguished and proudly worn color, which created a sense of unity and belonging for the new students. Continue reading “Another Group of Owls Gets Its Feathers”