Seniors Share College Journey in PCJ

Tong Liu, Meghan Legassie and Monica Hewitt

     Professional Communication and Journalism was recognized at UMPI’s annual University Day on April 11, through the perspective of three students in the program. The group of seniors shared their journey of the past four years they have spent at UMPI as PCJ majors. Monica Hewitt, Tong Liu and Megan Legassie shared their experiences and challenges with the audience through the projects and classes they had done. The trio expressed their story in a presentation titled, “How Did We Get Here?” These individuals have formed bonds and close friendships from their years working together in PCJ. Continue reading “Seniors Share College Journey in PCJ”

The Adventures of a Service Dog

Alyssa Sinclair, Garrett DeLong, Saint, Dr. J, Megan King, Tiffany Smith, Brandy Smith

     Five UMPI students presented their work, “The Secret Life of a Service Dog,” during University Day on April 11. The group focused their project on Saint, a black Labrador, who is a service dog for Dr. Jacqui Lowman. Each group member picked a form of social media to share news on Saint’s daily adventures as a service dog. The goal was to inform and educate the public on what a service dog is and spread positivity through service dogs such as Saint. Group members were Brandy Smith, Garrett DeLong, Alyssa Sinclair, Megan King and Tiffany Smith. Continue reading “The Adventures of a Service Dog”

A Day to Celebrate Mexican Culture

     The well-known Mexican holiday known as Cinco de Mayo is a time for Hispanic culture to be celebrated all around the world. Every year on May 5, Mexicans join hands to honor the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on that day in 1862.

     Cinco de Mayo is a time for all Mexicans and Mexican-Americans to reminisce and celebrate the freedom they now have because of the brave soldiers who fought in 1862. There are many ways to celebrate this special day. Parades, food, music and thousands of fiestas are held during Cinco de Mayo. All through the United States, Mexican-Americans hold gatherings and events celebrating their culture. Events such as the Fiesta Broadway in Los Angeles are held every year. The Fiesta Broadway attracts over 100,000 people as Americans march the streets in pride of Mexico. Continue reading “A Day to Celebrate Mexican Culture”

One of United States’ Biggest Scandals


The events of the 1970s Watergate scandal are known as one of the most controversial events to take place with the United States government. The groundbreaking story starts with a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in D.C. and goes up to the resignation of former President Nixon. The film “All the President’s Men” shares the Watergate story from the perspective of the two journalists who exposed the events through The Washington Post. The movie was adapted from a book written by the courageous journalists who covered the long, intensive story, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. These men spent countless months covering this story, putting their lives in danger. Bernstein and Woodward fought for freedom of speech and press during their time covering a story no other journalists were following because of the risk they faced. Continue reading “One of United States’ Biggest Scandals”

UMPI’s Starbucks to Serve New Mystery Drink

     The University of Maine at Presque Isle will now be serving a Mystery Drink at our very own Starbucks in the Owl’s Nest. This Mystery Drink is full of surprises and will only be served for a limited time starting on April 1. The Mystery Drink has a variety of a thousand flavors that will burst in your mouth. These flavors could be very delicious or surprisingly disgusting. Continue reading “UMPI’s Starbucks to Serve New Mystery Drink”

Pulitzer Photos Create a Worldwide Message

columbia mudslide photographed by carol guzy and Michel duCill

    A Pulitzer prize is awarded to a photo that makes an audience laugh and cry. The emotion it gives to others makes the message mean a thousand words. Every Pulitzer picture has a powerful meaning behind it. The following pictures show just how much images affect our lives. Continue reading “Pulitzer Photos Create a Worldwide Message”

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

3rd floor of Preble Hall is celebrating the holidays with their own tree.

What is your idea of the perfect Christmas tree? How do you decorate it? Do you have a real or artificial tree? Every family has a tradition during the holidays when it comes to Christmas trees. Many people put lights and ornaments on their Christmas tree. Some UMPI students are even celebrating the holidays by decorating their rooms with lights and small Christmas trees. Continue reading “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”

Community Children Join UMPI for Annual Trick-or-Treating in the Dorms

Children receive candy from an UMPI student

     Children who dressed as superheroes and princesses reached out their buckets for candy to UMPI residents of Park and Merriman halls for the annual Trick-or-Treating in the Dorms event. UMPI students gave excited children from around the community candy as they walked down the halls saying, “Trick or Treat,” on Thursday, Oct. 26. Continue reading “Community Children Join UMPI for Annual Trick-or-Treating in the Dorms”

UMPI Student Receives National Fellowship for the Sciences

Lydia Tilley and Miranda Lento prepare reagents in the student lab

     A University of Maine at Presque Isle sophomore, Lydia Tilley, has received a 2017 American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship. Tilley received the award in April 2017 for her excellent research in recognizing and comparing genes in pathogens that are immune to antibiotics. Pathogens are bacteria or viruses that can cause disease. The ASM Fellowship received 128 applicants. Only 19, however, received the award. Tilley got a payment of $4,000 and $2,000 for travel expenses. Continue reading “UMPI Student Receives National Fellowship for the Sciences”