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University Of Southern Maine Faculty Member To Perform Brahms Third Racket

laura kargulSince 1989, Laura Kargul has directed the piano program at the University of Southern Maine School of Music and performed each fall in its Faculty Concert Series. I’ve attended at least half of these concerts, and I’ve already reserved my tickets for this Friday’s, which will mark Kargul’s 25th anniversary at USM. I am one of many who consider Kargul’s annual fall performance to be one of the high points of Maine’s cultural calendar. With a long history of bookings in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Kargul is known as a preeminent interpreter of 19th-century Romantic composers. For her 25th, she’s chosen a program of personal favorite works. Before intermission, she will perform several works by Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms that are seldom heard today. The second half will feature the Sonata in B Minor by Franz Liszt, which has always been an audience favorite. (read more at The Forecaster)

USM Professor Of Economics And Women And Gender Studies Demands More Non-Existent Money To Teach Imaginary Students About Ovaries And Stuff

susan feiner USMStudents and faculty gathered in opposition to the cuts released earlier in the day by the president and provost. Susan Feiner, professor of economics and vice president of the faculty union AFUM, announced that AFUM speaks out strongly against the ill-advised cuts that, according to her, completely compromise USM. “Programs are explicitly detailed in the course catalog,” said Feiner. “With the faculty cuts, most programs don’t be able to deliver the degrees. Faculty are not pieces on an assembly line.” Feiner explained that AFUM opposes the cuts and will support faculty with grievances. Paul Christenson, professor of music, echoed Feiner. “We all have our own areas of expertise,” said Christenson. “We are not cogs on a machine. The classes we teach are specialized and cannot be taken on by our colleagues.” Jerry LaSala, professor of physics and chair of the faculty senate, agrees that USM cannot be sustained with the additional 18% reduction in faculty, on top of a 25% reduction in the past five years. “Another 18% makes it virtually impossible for students to complete their degrees,” said Feiner. “Programs cannot be delivered with these faculty cuts.” (read more at the Free Press)

Students Excited To Begin Their Eighth Year Of Sixth Grade At UMaine Farmington

UMaine FarmingtonFARMINGTON — More than 500 new students were welcomed to the University of Maine at Farmington on Saturday afternoon during a matriculation ceremony. Of the 518 students, 430 are first-year students and 88 are transfer students, said Jamie Marcus, director of admissions. Eighty-eight percent of the incoming class is from Maine, representing 15 of its 16 counties, while the rest are from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont. One student is from Africa. “On behalf of the Admissions Office, I can say that I am wicked excited to officially welcome you to the University of Maine at Farmington, your new home for the next four years,” Marcus said. He said most of the first-year students come from Cumberland County, while most of the transfer students come from Franklin County. Half of the transfer students are coming in from four-year colleges. He said the Class of 2018 is very talented academically, coming in with a grade-point average of 3.0. Sixty new students will enter the UMF Honors program and 11 are Mitchell Scholars, which Marcus described as “a huge and prestigious honor” for UMF. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Former Poet Laureate Of Maine Still Trying To Find A Rhyme For “Hahd Tellin’ Not Knowin'”

betsy shollBetsy Sholl, award-winning author of eight poetry collections and a former Poet Laureate of Maine, is offering a special two-part poetry and writing workshop at Thomas Memorial Library! The first session will take place on the 12th of August, followed by the second and final session on the 19th. This will be a fun and very humane workshop focused primarily around generating new material and examining some of our favorite writers and what makes them so appealing. This is for all levels of experience, and refreshments will be provided. (read more at Thomas Memorial Library)

High School Varsity Baseball Player Pretty Sure He Can Bunt His Way To The Major Leagues

High school baseball bunterDespite clawing back time and again, the Wolverines couldn’t cling to a win May 12 against Lisbon. The Wiscasset High School boys varsity baseball team was unable to finish a late rally and fell, 9-7, to the visiting Greyhounds. Wiscasset was trailing, 3-1, in the early going until a third-inning rally tied the game. Lisbon would eke out a 7-6 advantage, but the Wolverines, like a movie monster, kept coming back. In the end the Greyhounds were able to close however, and leave Wiscasset with the win. (read more at the Wiscasset Newspaper)

Unity College Egests 146 Seniors

Unity College graduationUNITY, Maine — An international filmmaker and environmentalist urged the 146 graduates of Unity College to go out and spread the word about protecting the environment, which she warned is facing numerous challenges, the foremost being climate change. Celine Cousteau, the granddaughter of filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, spoke at the 45th annual commencement ceremony for the environmental college located in rural Waldo County. Cousteau said she had not been familiar with Unity College prior to being contacted about being the commencement speaker. She said, however, after learning about the college and meeting with administrators, faculty and staff, she has great admiration for the work they accomplish. “I am truly impressed by a small group of powerful and brilliant people,” Cousteau said. “This is a future-minded institution. You should be proud.” Cousteau is founder and director of CauseCentric Productions, a nonprofit organization that works on various causes. She is working on a multimedia project that focuses on indigenous tribes in the Brazilian Amazon and the threats to their world. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

International Panel Of Photographers Warns That Unless We Start Rationing Soon, We May Run Out Of Poses For Elderly Actresses Within A Decade

Glenn CloseBates College will confer honorary degrees on four leaders from the arts, business, journalism and technology during the college’s 148th Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 25. Delivering the Commencement address and receiving an honorary degree will be Isabel Alexis Wilkerson, author of the acclaimed “The Warmth of Other Suns.” Also receiving honorary degrees during the ceremony will be pioneering computer scientist John Seely Brown, renowned actress and social activist Glenn Close, and leading Maine entrepreneur and champion of corporate social responsibility David Shaw. Commencement concludes the undergraduate careers of the Bates Class of 2014, expected to total 450 graduates representing 31 U.S. states and 34 other countries. The ceremony will begins at 10 a.m. on the Historic Quad and will be livestreamed at bates.edu/live. Conferring the honorary degrees will be Bates College President Clayton Spencer. “These four remarkable individuals embody in their lives and work the values we strive to instill in our students,” Spencer said. “With astonishing talent, creativity and drive, they have pushed the boundaries in their own fields and have opened new worlds for all of us.” (read more at the Twin City Times)

Children At Wiscasset Library Reading Of “Scary Larry” Say They’ve Seen A Lot Worse Over By The Computer Terminals

Scary Larry reading at the Wiscasset Public LibraryHow are you feeling? Coreysha Stone’s presentation of “Scary Larry” at the Wiscasset Library Story Time was a very fun way for the children to relate to their emotions. Stone read her third book, “Scary Larry,” and afterwards went over all of the different emotions that Larry the cat had felt. The children enjoyed some group singing of “If you’re happy and you know it” and then created their own pasta impersonation where they made a face displaying their emotion of choice out of pasta and yarn. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

State Champs In Creative Problem Solving Can’t Figure Out How To Get To Iowa; Hope To Compete In An Irony Competition Next Year

Westbrook Odyssey of the Mind winnersWESTBROOK – In just the second year of a creative problem-solving competition, two teams of Westbrook Middle School students have qualified for the world finals taking place in Des Moines, Iowa, in May. Now, their biggest problem is raising the money to get there. The two teams, each made up of seven students ranging from fifth to eighth grade, collected first place at a southern Maine Odyssey of the Mind event on March 16, and went on to win first place at the state championship on March 29. The world finals will be held at Iowa State University, May 28-31. According to Amanda Bramble, the Westbrook Odyssey of the Mind program coordinator, the program has students from kindergarten through high school work collaboratively in teams of five to seven to solve an intricate problem. Bramble says teams choose a specific problem and develop an in-depth solution. (read more at American Journal)

Wiscasset Interim Superintendent Says He’s Going To Need More Money For Clothes If He’s Forced To Stop Raiding Alan Alda’s Wardrobe

Wiscasset School SuperintendentEven with the $365,983 in budget cuts the Wiscasset School Board approved in a workshop on March 22, Wiscasset residents should brace themselves for a bigger tax bill this year. Interim Superintendent Wayne Dorr said March 24, there are still many unknowns within the budget and the current $9.8 million budget will assuredly change before the voters act upon it sometime in May. According to Dorr, last year’s local share of the school budget was just over $5 million. Early projections for anticipated revenue include about $1.1 in state-subsidy and $900,000 in tuition. Both these numbers are subject to change, Dorr said. With the $9.8 million budget, minus the projected revenue, Wiscasset taxpayers’ local share would be about $7.8, an increase of roughly $2.8 million over last year’s share. Besides the state subsidy and tuition revenue, other budget items which will likely change the numbers include costs for insurance, fuel, telephone, legal fees, custodial service, copier leases, administrative/business office expenses, and special education funds. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

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