Civil Discourse and Our University

On Jan. 31, 2017, the presidents of the seven University of Maine System institutions all communicated with their campuses our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  We reminded all of our students, employees and community partners that we embrace all of our students, no matter what religion they practice, how diverse their perspectives, where they come from or how long they have lived here.  In addition, we reaffirmed that we would continue to admit and support students consistent with our non-discrimination policies and we will identify the supports and resources necessary to all of our students to successfully complete the education they seek.  Most important, we reasserted our commitment to the principles and promise of our democracy and the ideal of liberty in which the opportunity to better yourself and your family through education is considered sacrosanct. Continue reading “Civil Discourse and Our University”

Hypnotist Mesmerizes Crowd at UMPI

Imagine becoming convinced that you’re a member of the cast of “High School Musical” or a drill sergeant in the Army. Perhaps you might even be persuaded into thinking that your hand is a talking person. This is exactly what happened to some UMPI students on Tuesday, Jan. 24, inside the Wieden auditorium. That’s when hypnotist Paul Ramsey took the stage with his one-of-a-kind show, Mind Games. Continue reading “Hypnotist Mesmerizes Crowd at UMPI”

Teaching What Matters

Lisa Leduc, professor of criminal justice, has taught at UMPI since 2002.  To this day, she remembers advice that a colleague gave her.  He said, “If you believe in transformation through education, this is where you’re going to see that happen.”  For 14 years, Leduc has seen her students transform into critical thinkers.  They form bonds that have gone beyond the classroom.  Her students’ experiences will help them succeed long after they graduate. Continue reading “Teaching What Matters”

Makin’ My Way ‘Downtown’

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Reed Art Gallery has been known for having beautiful and unique art exhibitions.  The photography collection “Downtown” by Heath Paley is no exception.  It contains 32 pictures of downtown settings all over the state of Maine, although not all 32 are shown in our gallery.  The collection shows how beautiful Maine urban areas are, even though some people might not consider the area to be “Urban.”  It represents the state well and hopefully will be seen nationwide. Continue reading “Makin’ My Way ‘Downtown’”

Two Years Is All It Takes

The lights dimmed and the curtains, metaphorically, pulled to the side as Rhett Price walked out on stage wielding a violin.

Knowing that Price would be coming to the University of Maine at Presque Isle had made even the adults happy. Everyone from adults to students to children were lining the rows in Wieden auditorium. It took, roughly, 15 minutes for Price to walk out on stage and introduce the crowd to his pop violin with his first song, “The Hills” by The Weekend.  But it was worth the wait. Continue reading “Two Years Is All It Takes”