Roldena’s Passion

“You capture something that maybe nobody else saw. I like that,” Roldena Sanipass said about being a photographer. Her father introduced photography to her. She then experimented with it and took it up herself. Roldena decided to go back to school in her 40s to get her fine arts degree. She hopes that her education will help validate her photography.

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The Experience that Lasts a Lifetime

Living on campus is an experience that is much needed for many students who are away from home. It provides them with several opportunities they wouldn’t have had previously. Every campus has a population. This is essentially what makes it feel lively and open. In a place where large buildings (even on a small campus like UMPI) make up the majority of the scene, it is important to remember who it is those buildings are there for: the people who are on the campus every day. A portion of these people—about a third of the student body–is residential. Since UMPI is a smaller campus there are several people who attend who are from the area. But many of the students living in housing on and off campus through UMPI are from places very far away. Some are from downstate, and others are from even farther away, such as different states and countries altogether.

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Keeping UMPI on the Air

Walking onto a college campus for the first time can be scary. Many students don’t know their classmates very well yet. Sometimes students can feel lonely and cut off from campus life. Luckily, UMPI has many clubs and organizations. Its members are always looking to welcome new students. They reach out and give students a community to belong to.

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UMPI’s Optimistic Historian

Professor John F. DeFelice is an associate professor of history at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He has been teaching at the university since Sept. 1, 2000. DeFelice teaches courses on the ancient world, premodern Europe, colonialism and modern China. He also teaches an honors seminar every few years. In addition, in some of the classes DeFelice teaches Reacting to the Past games. The Reacting to the Past games involve students taking on roles and writing assignments from the view of a specific person in history. Each role plays a part in the game. What is unique is that only a few other campuses in the United States are doing this as well.

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Hard Work Pays Off

Carl Michaud has always understood the value of hard work. As director of administration services at Central Aroostook Association, Michaud devotes much of his time to his job. The organization, started in 1959, aims to provide the best care and service for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Michaud is in charge of daily business operations. These include finance, human resources, maintenance and accounting.

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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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