screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-8-26-11-pm     UMPI CRU is a Christian club that is focused on gathering together for fellowship, worship, Bible study and volunteering in the community and on campus. Anyone of any belief system is welcome to attend, community members included, and meetings are based on a “come as you are, come as you please” philosophy. No one must go to all the meetings to be a part of CRU. Our Sunday fellowship meeting is at 3 p.m. in CC118, our Wednesday prayer meeting is at 8 p.m. in the library, our Thursday men’s/ women’s Bible study is at 12:30 p.m. in the library and our Friday activity night is at 7 p.m. in the Owl’s Nest. To contact a CRU member for questions and comments, please email or We also have a Facebook page called UMPI Campus Crusade for Christ and a page called Maine State CRU.  Go on and check us out!

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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The Speed of Life


Sometimes it’s easy to forget how a simple act of kindness can change lives.  When times are tough, it can be hard to stay positive.  But on Tuesday, September 13, UMPI welcomed someone who is changing lives one hug and high five at a time.  David Sylvester, cyclist, filmmaker and author, visited with students and faculty.  He gave a talk in the Campus Center that night.  His goal was to share his positive message and give hugs and high fives to everyone he met.

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Rice’s Ruminations – Help to Shape and Improve Our Futures


      One of my most vivid college memories is of a warm spring evening my classmates and I spent at the home of our Latin professor, Mary Moser.  Classes had just ended, and we were celebrating with a dinner prepared by Prof. Moser herself, complete with Romanesque dishes such as poached cabbage and pickled young tuna garnished with rue leaves (!). After recollections of the past semester, sprinkled with the requisite complaints over the difficulty of translating ancient Roman authors, discussion turned to campus politics. As a student, I spent most of my time studying, working or worrying about my future, and I viewed the few political statements made by faculty members in my presence more as curiosities than inspirations (such as when a professor, during a lecture on Roman social attitudes, had extended his middle finger and wagged it at the administration building, cursing its Puritanical views). In the midst of our conversation, however, Prof. Moser suddenly grabbed my arm and exhorted us to get involved. “You’re so apolitical. You need to assert yourselves, to care.” Stunned into an awkward silence, I saw her then as the student she might have been in the early 1970s: a witness to Watergate, the end of the Vietnam War and our nation’s growing intervention in Central America–understanding that college was an inevitable part of that larger world. Hers was, in other words, the kind of student activism that we, as undergrads in the late 1980s, too often associated with the past rather than the present.

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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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Campbell’s Comedy: Good for the soul. – Why a bowl of Campbell soup matters in today’s society.


2016 has been a break out year for female comedians. Breaking into the “men’s only comedy club” women have started a new wave of comedy. For decades comedians such as Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano and Louis C.K. have been selling out arenas all over the world. Now women are joining the ranks of the biggest comedians ever.

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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.