Truly ‘North of Ordinary’


When a place with which you feel a strong connection receives praise it often invokes a feeling of pride. If UMPI students take a look at this year’s ratings UMPI’s place on the list should definitely invoke those feelings.

Let’s start with the category of “Best Regional College.” This year UMPI was rated number 27 in the north, which includes all of New England. Dr. Ray Rice, provost and current interim president of UMPI, said that UMPI is up 19 places from 2014.

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MMG Center for Professional Development Open for Business(es)


When the Employer U program officially began in 2015 its members quickly realized that the project would need its own space. This past summer, in the former child-care center on campus, a new room was created for Employer U to use to offer classes pertaining to professional development.

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Maine’s Got Game


Among the three seasons Maine has to offer–summer, winter  and mud–lies November. Hunting season is quite a deal for many residents of Aroostook County.  Our northern woods and bounteous fields are home to great game for hunters. Whether it’s an interest in large game such as moose or bear, to deer and coyotes, or maybe you’re a bird person–the county offers it all. In the county people cherish the chilly fall mornings, the bright orange hats, and of course everyone stops in at the local hunter’s breakfast opening day. Hunting has this beautiful ability to connect one with nature, with family and with the community.

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How to Make Your Mark

The UMPI Page Turners Book Club is currently holding a bookmark contest from Oct. 7 to Nov. 9. The winner and the runner up entry will be displayed in the University Times, and the winning design will become the official bookmark of Page Turners. Please send entries to: Sully Jackson, 181 Main Street, Presque Isle, Maine 04769. Digital entries may be sent to via email– please include a subject heading.

Page Turners is always accepting new members and holds meetings on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. and Fridays at 2:30 p.m., biweekly. Both students and community members are welcome to attend.


Coloring in the County

Some would say that living in Aroostook County is similar to living 10 years behind the rest of the world. From the areas where the only business is a local gas station to the towns with a Walmart AND a Mardens, our communities give rural a new meaning. People in surrounding communities would often concur that their reason for remaining in these county towns is the family friendly environment to raise children. That is not to say that is the sole reason people live here or that is the only positive asset the county has to offer. For others, the appeal might be the beautiful nature in which to embark on endless journeys and the serenity of dirt roads and potato fields. Whether it’s the hometown feel that can’t be found elsewhere, the lack of shopping and dining options or something else, the small towns of northern Maine are full of rare family friendly towns.

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