Not Just a Counselor

Ralph McPhearson, the guidance counselor here at UMPI.

When finding a profession, there are many different pathways people can take. Sometimes it may not be what they were expecting, but in the end, they make it a lifelong career. This is the case for Ralph McPherson, who is a counselor for students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He is one of the main staff members on campus who helps students with problems that they may not be able to talk to anyone else about. Continue reading “Not Just a Counselor”

Season of Change

UMPI_s Emily Ward attacks the ball in victorious 3-0 game vs. Unity on Oct.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s women’s soccer team faced what could have been a major setback mid-season. Last season former coach, Trevor Parent, announced his resignation. Rallying together after the announcement, the team members pushed through a series of changes. Dan Kane, UMPI’s athletic director and head coach of the men’s basketball team, was there for the women when the news broke. Assuring the team that a temporary coaching staff would be assembled, Kane eagerly got to work. Continue reading “Season of Change”

A Night Full of Laughs and Entertainment During the Variety Show

The University of Maine at Presque Isle hosted its first ever Variety Show on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m.  It was filled with several acts from students, faculty and staff. The show was hosted by Los Angeles-based comedian, actor and voice actor, Justin Rupple. Community members, faculty, staff and students filled Wieden Auditorium for a fun and entertaining night at UMPI. Continue reading “A Night Full of Laughs and Entertainment During the Variety Show”

A Not-So-Traditional Spring Break for UMPI Students

Carolinas Prepare As Hurricane Florence Approaches.

In the summer of 2018,  devastation swept through the Carolinas. The culprit? Hurricane Florence.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle has been organizing a volunteer trip in an effort to help communities in the Carolinas recuperate.

“The trip is about doing community service in an area that can not only help but expose students to different things they wouldn’t normally be exposed to,” Danfry Nieves, the AmeriCorps VISTA coordinator at UMPI, said. “I believe college should not just be about lectures and readings.” Continue reading “A Not-So-Traditional Spring Break for UMPI Students”



All people can feel a certain way when they are in an unfamiliar place that they have never been before, and it can have a great effect on them now and later in life. Maybe they are going for a vacation or maybe they are coming to a different country to come to school. This is the case for a lot of the students here at UMPI, who are from all different places in the world. One such case is junior Zhongyuyu Andrea Xiao, who has been here for three years now. Continue reading “Homecoming”

Are You Going to U Day?

A day for UMPI to shine, University Day allows students to share what they’ve been working so hard on with an audience. In addition, it allows community members to immerse themselves in what the University of Maine at Presque Isle does every day. Many unique and interesting presentation happen throughout the day that students put lots of effort and time into.  Fellow students and community members are invited to watch. Continue reading “Are You Going to U Day?”

A Parliament of Owls on the Diamond

What does four and 29 mean to you? To the baseball team at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, four and 29 means nothing either. On paper, it was the Owls’ win-loss record. Many people might see that and make assumptions about the team’s ability to compete. The Owls want people to look past it. Teams aren’t built or coached on paper. Competition brings effort, and effort brings pride. UMPI baseball Coach Roger Stinson wants people to see the pride and not the record. He takes pride in coaching. “I love the sport, but it’s more about working with kids.” Roger is now in his first full-time season with recruiting and trying to build a culture at UMPI that emphasizes competing, responsibility and taking pride in being a baseball player. Continue reading “A Parliament of Owls on the Diamond”

NSLS Hosts Livestream with Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew_s presentation on Feb. 19.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s National Society of Leadership and Success hosted a livestream event on Tuesday, Feb. 19, featuring Dr. Drew Pinksy. People viewed the lecture, titled Leadership Lessons with Dr. Drew, across the country on college campuses, including UMPI’s Wieden Auditorium. Continue reading “NSLS Hosts Livestream with Dr. Drew”

The Mother of UMPI

Nancy Nichols smiles as she awaits her next appointment.

There’s nothing any greater than a mother figure. Nancy Nichols seems to fulfill that role for many people.  Nancy started working as an administrative specialist at the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 2011 and has been making parents and students alike feel right at home ever since. ” My position is the administrative specialist for the admissions office. I do a multitude of things, mostly taking care of visitors when they come.  Organize their campus visits and groups visits from high schools that come visit the school,” Nancy said. Continue reading “The Mother of UMPI”