The staff members of the Marketing and Communications Office send a warm welcome to all new and returning students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and wish them best of luck as they begin or continue their college careers.
If you’ve ever looked at an UMPI publication, checked out UMPI’s website or social media or read or watched a news story about great things that are happening on campus, chances are you’ve come into contact with efforts done by someone from Marketing and Communications. The office works to increase UMPI’s visibility in the media and through print and online publications, social media, advertising and graphic design products.
Rachel Rice is the director of marketing and communications. She coordinates numerous media projects and efforts at UMPI and coordinates visits from local media. She writes press releases that promote UMPI events and showcases stories of students, faculty, staff and alumni in the news and publishes UMPI’s monthly online newsletter, “The Image.”
Have you or your friends ever had their pictures taken at a campus event? Did you later see those photos on UMPI’s social media pages? Even if you haven’t, chances are you’ve seen Rowena McPherson walking around with a camera. Rowena is coordinator of graphic design, social media and photography. She designs the graphics and layout for numerous campus publications such as the Image newsletter, event fliers and brochures and the cultural events calendar. Whenever you like or share an UMPI post on Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms, thank Rowena. She regularly posts photos, stories and videos of UMPI students and faculty doing great things on our campus and in the community.
Next up is Eric Brissette, the webmaster for Marketing and Communications. You won’t see this UMPI owl flying around campus very often, but he takes his work just as seriously. Eric is responsible for creating the design and layout of UMPI’s official website (www.umpi.edu) and publishing new content on all its pages. He’s the person to whom faculty and staff turn when they want to improve the content on their academic or office page or create an entirely new page. He continually works to ensure that UMPI’s website is easy to navigate and that anyone can find the information they’re looking for.
Last but not least is Gayla Shaw, the administrative specialist. Gayla is the first person you’ll see when you come into the office and can answer any questions you have about the office. She is the support person for all of the Marketing and Communications programs. She also maintains the databases for all university publications and sends Dean’s List and Graduation notifications to news media.