Attending college is a major milestone for any student. For a lot of students today, finances, distance and busy lives prevent them from taking the “traditional” college route. For students facing these obstacles, the Houlton Higher Education Center can help. The Houlton Center provides the courses and supportive environment needed to get your degree.
“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.
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.
Intramurals basketball in Gentile has become a large part of UMPI culture. Nearly one hundred UMPI students and alumni participate. Every Tuesday and Thursday night during season students come to watch and partake. Commissioner Quinton Harris oversees the games.
Spring break for two UMPI clubs meant it was time to journey beyond the County. After weeks of planning students packed their bags to travel and broaden their horizons.
Carol is one of those people whom you meet who always has a smile on her face. She has an infectious personality.
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.
You might not know it, but UMPI has put up a good fight for the past five years. The opponent UMPI has faced off with has cut revenue and forced the campus to adapt. UMPI has lost some good people, but those who remain haven’t given up.
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.
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.