Cinemaniacs Premieres Its Newest Project, ‘Cancelled’

UMPI’s up-and-coming film club, the “Cinemaniacs,” is currently working on its second film, called “Cancelled.” Last year, the club created the short film “The Ninth Reward,” a psychological film that its members presented on University Day

“Young college student Erin is currently in the midst of having a reality TV show filmed about his life as a student. When the film crew and members of the cast are kidnapped and thrown into a room together, there seems to be no escape. With one of them dead, nobody can be trusted. It’s a matter of life and death, especially since one of them might be a killer,” Tiffany Smith, founder and president of the Cinemaniacs, explained.

The process of creating a film takes a long time. “By the time we finish filming this semester, we will probably have  spent about 60-70 hours filming. Next semester, it will take the same amount of time or more to edit and market the film.”

Even though the club is only in its second year, it is flourishing. There are 17 club members, six of whom are the cast and two are the crew.

Smith is what keeps this club going. “I’m the president and founder of the Cinemaniacs Filmmaking Club. I wrote the script over the summer for our most current short film in the works. In addition to writing the screenplay and managing the club, I’m also the main camera operator, producer, co-director and editor for the film.”

The goal for “Cancelled” is the same as it was for “The Ninth Reward”: to have it ready to be shown by University Day.

Even though it’s several months out, anticipation is already building.  Abi Davis, UMPI sophomore, is excited to support her peers.  “I look forward to seeing all their hard work in action,” she said.  “It sounds like a really entertaining mystery.”

Julio Garcia, Storm Eirman and Sarah Harris creating a scene in the short film “Cancelled”

UMPI Alumni Back in the Spotlight


Kati Christoffel’s Mountain Piece, This Makes it Worthwhile. This is on display in CC 112 and for sale on her website

University of Maine at Presque Isle’s annual homecoming is designed to bring people near and far and of all ages together.  And that’s exactly what the Alumni Art Show did  Three different UMPI alumni showed work in the art show this year.

“I had my BFA sesior Show at UMPI, as well as a few other student shows, but this is my first show there as an alum. I was excited when Rowena proposed the idea of this show,” Kati Christoffel said.

Christoffel, Rowena McPherson, UMPI’s graphic designer, and Karrie Whisler displayed work in the show.

Christoffel received her BFA from UMPI in 2014. She submitted a small collection of lighthouses and a painting of mountains. “I made the lighthouse series because I was living in Portland and wanted to make a new series of 12 pieces for a calendar, and I figured that locals would like it,” Christoffel said.  “I chose to display the lighthouses in this show because I like them, and they are small so relatively inexpensive to frame and ship.”

Christoffel particularly liked her painting of the mountains, “Nature, and where I currently am, generally inspires my work. I particularly like painting mountains and wild landscapes,” she said, “I like to be able to express my feelings about a place through my work, and it’s fun to take a gorgeous landscape and play with the lines and colors.”

McPherson’s work took up the majority of the show. She had a few different collections: some bigger, more abstract pieces and a more intense and raw series of small and close up watercolors. “The current work up now is a cross-section of my practice since I graduated. I’ve made it a point over the last few years to teach myself something new,” McPherson said. “Each individual piece is inspired by something different, from raw emotion to peoples’ faces, to just the little interactions in life.”

McPherson is very busy and has a hard time finding time to create art, but she manages to do it. “We can all find reasons not to do something. I catch myself making excuses too,” McPherson said, “If you don’t have opportunities like that, find an art buddy and keep each other accountable for whatever goals you set. Or join a Facebook group. I don’t actively participate much, but I’m part of a few groups that are wonderful inspiration.”

Whisler displayed some more abstract pieces in this show and found inspiration in a unique place for the pieces she displayed in the show. “These particular pieces are part of a bigger collection I made inspired from a poem I wrote on an airplane ride home from Virginia.  The poem was very informal, more stream of conscious, and I titled each piece in the show after the line it was inspired by,” Whisler said. “I like how these two pieces play off of each other when they’re shown side by side.  I think there is something interesting about the color palette and the applied techniques.”

Whisler was excited was she was asked to be a part of this show.  “I graduated with a BFA with concentrations in drawing, painting, photography and 3D design, and a BA in Art Education certified to teach K-12….  I truly loved my time at UMPI and love to come back any chance I can get.”

These collections of work are up until the end of October is CC112 Gallery. If you get the chance, go admire the art.

Student Support Services

Concerned about your grades?  Organizationally challenged?  Having difficulties due to a documented disability?    Have questions regarding to whom you should speak about a problem?  Our friendly crew would like to meet you, so please come visit us at Student Support Services on the ground floor of the Center for Innovative Learning for assistance.

Seek help the minute you experience a problem!  Our Tutor Coordinator, Anne Chase, will speak with you about your academic struggles and arrange for a FREE tutor for your academic classes or to help you structure your class work and supplies.  Stop by the CIL, contact 768-9615 or email to discuss tutoring options.

Mary Kate Barbosa, the Director of Student Support Services, encourages students with documented disabilities to seek appropriate accommodations on campus.  Each student requesting services must provide appropriate documentation.  Contact 768-9613 or to arrange an appointment, obtain the appropriate forms and request accommodations.
In addition to these important areas, we are also happy to provide personal, financial, career and academic counseling and referrals for students needing additional services as well as proctor make-up quizzes and exams or proctor proficiency assessments.  Contact 768-9615 to meet with any of our SSS staff.

See our web pages for resources, websites and workshops at:

Greetings from the Office of Safety and Security


View of UMPI’s campus and parking lots.

My name is Fred Thomas and I’m the Director of Safety and Security on campus. On behalf of the Security personnel, I would like to personally welcome you to the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  Our staff of security officers are tasked with enforcing the parking regulations on campus and in addition we monitor and patrol the campus to ensure your security and safety. We have a “Safety Walk” program that is available for students, faculty and staff anytime day or evening by calling 760-2199. If for any reason you feel unsafe, do not hesitate to call us and we will walk with you to your vehicle or Residence Hall.

All vehicles are required to have a parking decal in order to park on campus.  Parking decals for the 2019-2020 academic year are available at our office located in Emerson Annex or at the Student Financial Services office located on the second floor of Preble Hall.  Be sure to fill out the vehicle registration form online, located on the Security web page, or in person at either Emerson Annex or at Student Financial Services.  Cost of the parking decals will remain the same this year: $10 for the first vehicle and $2 for each additional vehicle.

There are several items of interest on the Security web page that may be helpful to everyone. We have up-to-date information on the university’s’ Clery Report, how to react to an “Active Shooter” incident and a registration form that allows both students and faculty/staff to register their valuables, such as cell phones, computers, cameras or any other personal items.

Please don’t hesitate to stop by or call our office if you have any problems, complaints or concerns about safety or security on campus.  We can be reached at 768-9580.  Once again, welcome and I hope to see all of you very soon.  Enjoy your year.

You Should Go to Bingo!

Courtney Cote making sure she had BINGO with Jaden Gosselin and Bianca McGirt.

     Keep an eye out for Bingo nights here on campus. They are a student favorite and for good reason. There’s a different prize for each of the eight games played.  “Moving forward all of the bingo events will be themed.” Coordinator of Student Engagement Violet Washburn said.          Continue reading “You Should Go to Bingo!”

Astronomy in Aroostook County

Hello everyone and welcome to the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  If you are interested in astronomy, we have several treats for you in and around the Presque Isle area.  The University Times runs this ongoing article about astronomy and the university has an astronomy club that works closely with the local Aroostook County Astronomy Club to provide educational opportunities and occasional observing nights throughout the year. Continue reading “Astronomy in Aroostook County”

No Mountain Is Too High

    With their backpacks slung around their shoulders and snowshoes strapped to their feet, students from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the University of Maine at Orono teamed up to hike to the summit of Mount Katahdin. The eight outing club members began the ascent on Saturday, Jan. 28, at around 10:30 a.m. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t end up summiting. Continue reading “No Mountain Is Too High”