For a country that is known for its diversity, many Americans actually know little about the educational systems outside of the United States. For those who live in a rural town such as Presque Isle, this is even truer. Although it may not have a direct effect on our lives, learning about education in other countries helps to better understand and improve our own education in the U.S.
Universities have been around for a long time. Harvard University was founded in 1636 and claims to be the “oldest institution of higher education in the United States.” Ever since that time, the ways students utilize universities and colleges have changed drastically.
One-thousand one-hundred and thirty-four people died and virtually no one talked about it. Why? Because it was in a place far away and involved an issue no one likes to talk about. One-thousand one-hundred and thirty-four people died in a sweatshop.
Giving back to her community has always been a part of Roberta Griffiths’ life. When she is not directing the choir at her church, she is actively involved with various committees at UMPI and Presque Isle. “I love it here,” Griffiths said, fondly. “I’ve always felt it important to stay involved with the community. There are so many great things this area has provided me, I try to give back as much as possible.”
April 20 was University Day at the UMPI campus. Among the many presentations there was one located in 210 Pullen, given by education majors in their junior year, Misty Steward, Mackenzie Beaulieu, and Vannessa Hodgkins. In this small room one of the biggest controversies–education was discussed! Steward and Beaulieu gave a tell-all presentation on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Every Student Succeeds Act, respectively. Hodgkins then finished off the presentation by comparing the two.
As we wrap up another academic year at UMPI, I am struck once again by what a great community this is! Folks are mostly kind and helpful and hardworking–and their efforts often go unsung. This semester, however, the excellent work of several individuals and the entire campus has been recognized by groups external to our campus.
Tracy Rockwell, the current director of the Houlton higher education center, is one of those people who is welcoming and strives to work hard for the students. She takes pride in being an open ear for the them. She teaches classes for UMPI as well. Rockwell currently teaches first year seminar and business communication. She has also taught a human resource management class in the past. Rockwell has taught for UMPI since 2011.
Colorado might not be the first place that pops into your mind when you are planning a trip. But for Dr. Lisa Leduc’s criminal justice class, that was the destination. Leduc took a group of her students to Denver to visit the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences there. The students got to attend the 53rd Annual Meeting, and had some very valuable experiences during their stay. On April 20, they shared their experiences with the community during their University Day presentation.
Every year on University Day, UMPI students play a very different role than they usually do. For one day, they’re not just students. They become teachers to anyone who attends their presentations. The day always begins with a poster session in the Wieden Hall gymnasium. On Wednesday, April 20, students came armed with posters and knowledge. They were ready to show how anyone can “disrupt the status quo” and change the world for the better.
For many people, traveling abroad is a dream that is never realized. There are a lot of factors why this might be: financial problems, fear of the unknown, language barrier, etc. While many wish to travel, many people never get over their doubts. Sometimes all we need is someone to tell us to stop worrying and go out and do it. Luckily, those who attended University Day were given such a wake-up call.