Wild Ride Through PCJ



Smith and DeLong after their presentation

Brandy Smith and Garrett DeLong, seniors at UMPI, presented their journey through professional communication and journalism on University Day. In an hour-long presentation, the two took turns sharing their experience in PCJ classes over the last four years. “These are my two seniors in the program,” Dr. Jacqui Lowman, their academic advisor, said when introducing the duo. “They are going to take you on a brief trip down memory lane.” Continue reading “Wild Ride Through PCJ”

Criminal Justice Club Goes to Prison for Recreation and Education

Nov. 8-11 of 2018, members of UMPI’s Criminal Justice Club went to Philadelphia. They raised money for the trip with fundraising, selling survival kits and selling raffle tickets. On the trip, the students went to some of the city’s most famous locations. That included Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Philadelphia Zoo. Their University Day presentation focused on the haunted house attraction, “Terror Behind the Walls.” The attraction is at Philadelphia’s famous Eastern State Penitentiary.

The students were in groups of three. There are 150 actors as part of the six attractions. The attractions included escaping from a chainsaw wielding inmate, an infirmary, a machine shop, a crazy breakout, zombie inmates and a quarantine room. “I like how involved you were,” sophomore Zach Quint said. “They put me on a dentist table and pretended to clean my teeth,” freshman Devin Martin said. Continue reading “Criminal Justice Club Goes to Prison for Recreation and Education”

Educational Technology: University Day Presentation

Stacy Landry, Tamielee Sutherland, and Emma Lajoie smile after their presenation.

Education students Stacy Landy, Emma Lajoie and Tamielee Sutherland presented their work on Educational Technology to Enrich Teaching and Learning during UMPI’s 18th annual University Day. Throughout the presentation, the women discussed the importance of technology in the classroom and how it affects the students, teachers and parents. Continue reading “Educational Technology: University Day Presentation”

What Can’t She Do?


When we think of the term “superwoman,” we often conjure thoughts of a masked crusader fighting crime or of someone with incredible strength or superintelligence. Of course, these people are few and far between and if they do exist, we probably don’t know them personally. That being said, it may come as a surprise that there is a “superwoman” on the UMPI campus and her name is Pamela Easler. Pam, as she is often referred to, does not possess typical super powers. What she does possess is the ability to take on any challenge that comes into her life and overcome it. “Many of the UMPI community may be aware of how hard a worker Pam is.  But I think many of them have no idea the number of remarkable things she has accomplished in her life,” Dr. Jacqui Lowman, who teaches Professional Communication and Journalism at UMPI, said. “She really is an amazing person.” Continue reading “What Can’t She Do?”

11 Students, 55 Stories and 110 Calloused Fingers: A Journey in Feature Writing

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The students in PCJ214: Magazine and Feature Writing did a presentation educating people on features and the experiences they had in the class. The students began the presentation by explaining what a feature story is.

“It’s like a news article, but more personal. It’s more focused on a person instead of an event,” Sarah Harris explained. Continue reading “11 Students, 55 Stories and 110 Calloused Fingers: A Journey in Feature Writing”

From the Mouths of Poets

contributor Brandy Smith and editor Jordan Haddad

Upcountry’s reading during University Day had a full room. With poems and short stories read by contributors to the journal, the audience hung to every well-thought-out word. “Upcountry” is a literary journal that accepts entries from the UMPI community once a year and puts out a journal containing great pieces of work by local writers. While many of their submissions are poems, they also get wonderful short stories varying in length. Continue reading “From the Mouths of Poets”

A Documentary on the History of UMPI

Two students, Tiffany Smith and Evan Zarkadas, decided to find out about their school. They just wanted to find out the history of their university, why buildings and certain things got their names and learn about why things are the way they are. They did a search on Google and YouTube and surprisingly they did not find anything about the history of UMPI. That was the initial spark that started a project that will be appreciated and viewed in the future, but also bring a presence on the history of UMPI to social media. Continue reading “A Documentary on the History of UMPI”

Defining IPM and What It Means For You

You might not normally associate apples and potatoes, but a closer look into their pest management shows that they are not too different after all. University Day presenters Morgan Wilcox, Elizabeth Desches and James Churchill explained the methods by which farmers fight the broad spectrum of attackers that endanger these two beloved crops in their presentation “IPM Approach to Managing Potatoes & Apple Pests.” Continue reading “Defining IPM and What It Means For You”