Editor’s Letter

Hello Readers,

The hum of the holidays is here and the excitement of the first few snowfalls here in the county has spread throughout most of us. This special time of year is important to me because it reminds me of how good people can be. Generosity and kindness bloom in the cold weather and we all become a little closer: whether it be your neighbor helping you get your car out of the snowy driveway after a bad storm or a complete stranger wishing you a happy holiday in passing. The best of everyone comes out during the holidays.  It reminds me of the Grinch in that everyone’s hearts seem to grow at least three sizes.

With a cheerful spirit and Thanksgiving on my mind, I leave you with this issue. It comes with a wish to enjoy and remind you of all the great things our campus and community do. This year I’m thankful for UMPI, and especially the people who make UMPI and the University Times possible.

Have a great day,

Brandy Smith
University Times Editor

Agriculture Coming to UMPI

 

Debbie Roark, Mary Barton Akeley Smith, Ray Rice and Brett Varnum signing the paperwork at the ceremony.

The Multipurpose Room at UMPI was packed on Oct. 23. Mary Barton Akeley Smith was giving $1 million dollars to the university to create its first endowed chair. She gave the gift in memory of her late husband and named the gift after her father, Dr. Robert Vinton Akeley. The faculty position that this gift will fund was named Dr. Robert Vinton Akeley Chair of Agricultural Science and Agribusiness. Continue reading “Agriculture Coming to UMPI”

It Floats at the For

This years theme at Fright at the Fort was based on Stephen King’s horror novels.

Imagine delving deep into the belly of a historical fort while running through cornfields, being chased by clowns with chainsaws and rounding a corner only to be confronted by the twin girls from Stephen King’s “The Shining.” This is exactly the kind of fright that happened on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Fort Knox. Continue reading “It Floats at the For”

Seasonal Affective Disorder

seasonal affective disorder

Research on Seasonal Affective Disorder began in 1979 by Herb Kern. He did this because he was curious about why he felt depressed in the winter months. The first use of the term Seasonal Affective Disorder was back in 1984 in a paper by Norman Rosenthal. The paper talked about the cause and how circadian rhythm can affect the role of melatonin. SAD was not recognized until 1993 when he published his book “Winter Blues”. Continue reading “Seasonal Affective Disorder”

Roosevelt Day at the Maysville Museum

Roosevelt

What better way to celebrate the birthday of a past U.S. president than to keep his legacy and story alive every year? On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Maysville Museum, located on 165 Caribou Road, here in Presque Isle, celebrated the birthday of the 26th U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt. “Teddy” Roosevelt, as he was most widely known, was a man of utmost interest and national respect for his contributions to our nation’s development. Continue reading “Roosevelt Day at the Maysville Museum”

A Shakespeare Play in a Northern Maine Community

Shakespeare in American Communities

It was Thursday, Oct. 18, when the community of Lille, within the town of Grand Isle, Maine, decided to keep the flame of the literature and theater world alive.  The Musée Culturel du Mont-Carmel in Lille hosted the Theater at Monmouth, which performed the famous Shakespeare play “King Lear.” Continue reading “A Shakespeare Play in a Northern Maine Community”

Embrace the Weather Change

As the weather changes in November and becomes cold and rainy, many people get depressed.  Gentile Hall has a lot to offer people when it’s time to come indoors for physical activity. We have a wonderful running track and treadmills for those who love to run.  Our rock wall is very popular for those who like to hike.  For all those who need to destress don’t forget about my Fusion training class on Mondays and Thursdays from 12-12:45 p.m. in the Campus Center.  Students, always remember that all my fitness classes are free!  Check our website at umpi.edu/gentile-hall for all days and times of my fitness classes and rock wall hours. Continue reading “Embrace the Weather Change”