Designers Turn Trash Into Prada

Trash to Fashion 2018 winners.

     For the past few years, UMPI has been putting on an event for the community that showcases the amazing artwork that people can do with recycled goods. The Trash to Fashion show is put on by UMPI’s art department, is open to the public and its participant’s come from the university’s art classes as well as from outside in the community. This year, on April 20, the show featured some really ingenious pieces from the participants. Continue reading “Designers Turn Trash Into Prada”

UMPI’s Up-and-Coming Honors Program

     The current honors program at UMPI is in some serious need of an overhaul and a few students here at UMPI have taken on this tremendous task of redesigning it as a whole. The four ambitious students who have taken on this task are Evan Zarkadas, Darius Haskell, Adam Weyenth and Sarah Harris, all of whom have been key to the redesign of the honors program up to this point in time. Continue reading “UMPI’s Up-and-Coming Honors Program”

What Is This Free Speech Policy All About?

        There have been Substantial conversations around our campus lately among faculty, staff and students about the new “Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and Civility” policy from the University of Maine System. Plenty of people are asking what is this policy about? And will it affect me and the way I talk in public? The simple answer to that is NO! Continue reading “What Is This Free Speech Policy All About?”

A Mind-Blowing Experience

     Ever heard of the Mentalist Duo? Do you know what a mentalist does? If you answered NO, then you probably should have gone to check the Evasons Mentalist Duo April 19 here on campus.

     A feeling of mystery and the supernatural was above UMPI when the Evasons Mentalist Duo made its appearance for the first time here at our university. The Evasons are a more than 30-year-long married couple that has done shows for a living for many years now all around the States and Canada. UMPI was the northern-most U.S. destination they ever performed, and as they said during the show, “UMPI is amazing.” The Duo made an early impression on that day at the Kelly Commons, were they showcased their talent to the students who were having lunch there. Continue reading “A Mind-Blowing Experience”

UMPI Honors

The pioneers behind UMPI’s new honors program.Adam Weyenth, Sarah Harris, Darius Haskell, and Evan Zarkadas.

     Many universities in the United States have an honors program.  The University of Maine at Presque Isle has had challenges maintaining one.  But four students– Evan Zarkadas, Darius Haskell, Sarah Harris and Adam Weyenth–are working to change that. Continue reading “UMPI Honors”

Rebecca Dillenbeck, An UMPI Asset

UMPI Freshman Rebecca Dillenbeck, pictured here, is a kind, talented, and humble person

     This issue’s student spotlight features Rebecca Dillenbeck, an UMPI freshman. Rebecca is from Limestone, Maine, and is majoring in business, with a concentration in accounting. She was the salutatorian of the Class of 2017 of Limestone Community School, the last class to graduate from the school before its closure. Rebecca’s salutatorian speech at graduation, a speech concerning the importance of recognizing and celebrating people’s differences, was received with a standing ovation. Continue reading “Rebecca Dillenbeck, An UMPI Asset”

Awarding Many

Lisa Leduc presenting awards to deserving students

     UMPI’s annual awards ceremony to celebrate its hardworking students, staff and faculty took place on April 22 in the MPR on campus this year. Emotional speeches from proud educators warmed the crowd and filled award recipients with joy and satisfaction for all of their hard work. Well-organized and well-attended small speeches between awards filled the air as smiling faces filled the many seats in the audience. Continue reading “Awarding Many”

Wind Turbine Fire

On April 1, 2018, the UMPI wind turbine experienced a fire that consequently caused a two-hour power outage to most of campus. All safety mechanisms performed as designed. UMPI facilities staff, local first responders and staff from Emera Maine responded immediately. A team of thermal event experts from Montana arrived within two days and started an investigation into the cause of the incident. UMPI hopes to have a report within the next several weeks that will inform next steps regarding the turbine.

Artist as Teacher: From Paintings and Prints to Puppets

Puppets displayed at the show.

     Being part of the First Friday Art Walk, the Reed Art Gallery hosted the well-known artist Carolyn Wadman. Wadman is a lifelong educator with a seemingly unlimited amount of exhibitions, shows and artistic endeavors all over the States. She has taught classes for the U.S. Army and she spent many years at the Limestone Community School, where she created the first art program. Continue reading “Artist as Teacher: From Paintings and Prints to Puppets”