The University of Maine at Presque Isle is part of the University of Maine System. Located in Presque Isle, UMPI offers studies in career and professional fields, teacher education, health and human services, arts and science, and the natural environment. The University also offers associate degrees, articulated transfer arrangements, non-degree certificates, continuing education for practicing professionals, and a very unique online learning project, UMPI OpenU, which allows participants to take an online UMPI course for free as long as they aren't seeking college credit. Its campus radio station is WUPI and its student newspaper is the University Times. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 9, 2017
High school senior Uriah Birchmier speaks about how the Upward Bound program is helping him get to college in Helena, Mont., Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Dozens of universities across the country saw their applications denied for the program that encourage poor students and those with families that have never had a college graduate to prepare for higher education because of mistakes that consisted mostly of incorrect margins, the wrong size type or lack of double-spacing. (AP Photo/Matt Volz) HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Dozens of universities and organizations that applied for federal grants to help young people from poor families prepare for college were turned down by the U.S. Education Department because of mistakes that consisted mostly of incorrect margins, the wrong font or lack of double-spacing. The rejections have triggered an outcry from members of both parties on Capitol Hill and thrown into jeopardy programs that help thousands of high school students a year. Amid the uproar, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued a memo late last month saying requests for grants from the federally funded Upward Bound program will no longer be rejected over "formatting" errors in the 65-page application. But congressional aides told The Associated Press that DeVos' staff informed them last week that the applications turned down in March will not be revisited. The department did not respond to a request from the AP for confirmation. "This is the kind of bureaucracy that President Trump ran against," said Ron Hammond, an aide to Republican Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio, whose district includes Wittenberg University, one of the schools affected. The next round of applications won't be held for another five years, and some of the affected schools and groups say their Upward Bound programs may have to shut down. More than 62,000 high school students around the country receive services from Upward Bound, which seeks to inspire low-income, first-generation and rural students to attend college. The program puts students on an academic track for college, includes summer programs that give them a taste of campus life, and arranges visits to schools. Students can receive tutoring along with career advice and help in applying to colleges and obtaining scholarships and other financial aid. The Education Department says 86 percent of Upward Bound students who graduated from high school in the spring of 2014 enrolled in college that fall. The department issued $263 million in Upward Bound grants in fiscal year 2015. Many of the schools whose applications were rejected were seeking a few hundred thousand dollars per year. The department this time received 1,592 grant applications for the five-year grants and accepted 1,222 for review. Seventy-seven of those were rejected for violating what the agency said were formatting guidelines established under the Obama administration. "Most of them involved people who had put 1½ spaces instead of double-spacing between the lines," said Kimberly Jones, a spokeswoman for the Council for Opportunity in Education, which provides guidance in administering the grants. "It was such a high volume of folks who contacted us, we realized something a little out of the ordinary was going on." Jones said the number rejected this time for formatting errors was many times higher than in previous years. The spending bill that Congress passed and the president signed last week included language encouraging the department to reconsider. A quarter of all senators signed a letter to DeVos calling on her to reverse the rejections, as did about 30 members of the House. The grant denials are "a clear example of the harm that results from inflexible, bureaucratic procedures," and allowing applicants to submit corrected applications "could prevent this absurd result," the senators wrote. The University of Montana said it has canceled its six-week campus summer program for 55 students this year. The program has been in existence for 50 years, and among the students it serves are those from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Other applicants that were rejected included Michigan State University, the University of Maine at Presque Isle, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the University of Chicago, Davidson's office said. In Montana, Uriah Birchmier is finishing up his last weeks of high school and preparing to enroll at Montana State University to study chemical engineering. Raised by a single mother who didn't go to college, he said he doubts he or his two older siblings, who attend the University of Montana, would have considered college without the federal program. "I don't think it was ever really something that we thought about," said Birchmier, a senior at Helena High School. "And then with Upward Bound coming and talking to my brother initially, that's what really opened our eyes to 'This is something we can do and this is something that we should strive for.'" Watch news, TV shows, and more on Yahoo View, available on iOS and Android.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has announced its list of the best colleges in Maine for 2017. 16 four-year schools had the caliber to make the list; Bowdoin College, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, Colby College, University of New England and University of Maine were the top five. Seven two-year schools were also highlighted, with Northern Maine Community College, Eastern Maine Community College and Washington County Community College coming in as the top three. A full list of schools is included below. “High-quality degree programs and employment resources are a winning combination, and these distinguished Maine colleges offer both to their students,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “We’ve found these schools provide the greatest career preparedness across multiple measures of student success.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Maine” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on more than a dozen additional data points including diversity of program offerings, career services, educational counseling, financial aid availability, graduation rates and student/teacher ratios. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Maine” list, visit: Maine’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Bates College Bowdoin College Colby College Husson University Maine College of Art Saint Joseph's College of Maine Thomas College Unity College University of Maine University of Maine at Augusta University of Maine at Farmington University of Maine at Fort Kent University of Maine at Machias University of Maine at Presque Isle University of New England University of Southern Maine ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | November 4, 2016
A new list from the Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) has identified the Best Physical Therapy Programs at colleges across the U.S. for 2016-2017. As a leading higher education information and resource provider, the site compared data on four-year and two-year schools offering vocational and physical therapy assistant training on-campus and online, giving top honors to Idaho State University, Florida Gateway College, College of Central Florida, Pensacola State College, University of Maine at Presque Isle and Western Iowa Tech Community College, San Juan College, Rhodes State College, Kansas City Kansas Community College and Delta College respectively. “In a field with some of the biggest job growth projections over the next decade, these vocational and physical therapy assistant programs provide a positive opportunity for students,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “The schools on these lists are offering exemplary training options for students interested in becoming physical therapy assistants or moving onto doctoral-level studies.” In order to earn a spot on the Community for Accredited Online Schools’ lists, colleges must meet specific base requirements. Each must hold regional accreditation and be registered as public or private not-for-profit institutions. Providing career placement services is another standard guideline all schools must comply with. To determine where each college ranks on each list, the site compares more than a dozen school-specific statistics, including student-teacher ratios and financial aid availability. A complete list of each school’s ranking and details on the data analysis and methodology used to determine which schools earned Best Physical Therapy Programs honors can be found at: Two-year schools on the Best Physical Therapy Programs list for 2016-2017 (alphabetical): Athens Technical College Baltimore City Community College Capital Community College Carl Albert State College Chattanooga State Community College Chippewa Valley Technical College Clark State Community College Del Mar College Delaware Technical Community College - Owens Delaware Technical Community College - Stanton/Wilmington Delta College Eastern Arizona College Edison State Community College Great Falls College Montana State University Guilford Technical Community College Hinds Community College Hutchinson Community College Itawamba Community College Jefferson College Jefferson Community and Technical College Kansas City Kansas Community College Kennebec Valley Community College Kilgore College Lone Star College Lorain County Community College Morgan Community College Mountwest Community and Technical College Murray State College North Central State College Northeast Community College Northeast Texas Community College Owens Community College Rhodes State College Roane State Community College San Juan College Sinclair College Somerset Community College South Arkansas Community College Southeast Community College State Fair Community College Technical College of the Lowcountry Trident Technical College Tulsa Community College Wallace State Community College - Hanceville Walters State Community College Washington State Community College Washtenaw Community College Weatherford College Western Iowa Tech Community College Zane State College Four-year schools on the Best Physical Therapy Programs list for 2016-2017 (alphabetical): Arkansas State University - Main Campus Arkansas Tech University Baker College of Flint Baker College of Muskegon Broward College California University of Pennsylvania Clarkson College College of Central Florida College of Southern Nevada Daytona State College Dixie State University Florida Gateway College Florida State College at Jacksonville Gulf Coast State College Hodges University Idaho State University Indian River State College Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Kent State University at Ashtabula Kent State University at East Liverpool Lake Washington Institute of Technology Louisiana College Miami Dade College Missouri Western State University Mount Aloysius College New England Institute of Technology New York University Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Hazleton Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Shenango Pensacola State College Polk State College Seminole State College of Florida Siena Heights University South Texas College Southern Illinois University - Carbondale Southwestern Oklahoma State University St. Catherine University St. Petersburg College State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota SUNY College of Technology at Canton Touro College University of Cincinnati - Clermont College University of Evansville University of Indianapolis University of Maine at Presque Isle University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne Villa Maria College Vincennes University Washburn University About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.
McCartney K.,University of Maine at Presque Isle |
Witkowski J.,University Of Szczecin
Journal of Micropalaeontology | Year: 2016
Silicoflagellate skeletons are made up of siliceous components that interconnect through triple-junctions to form a basket-shaped design made of basal and apical structures. The skeletal framework has a domal shape that can be paired with another to form a double skeleton. For Cenozoic skeletal morphologies, the basal structure consists of a ring of polygonal shape that often includes spines at the basal corners that are directed radially away from the double-skeleton central point, and pikes that point towards the apical axis. The apical structure is made up of elements of less thickness that are connected to the basal ring by struts. The skeletal components of the silicoflagellate conform to a consistently applied set of rules. There is a need to standardize silicoflagellate descriptive terminology in light of recent studies and detailed examination of the elements, spines and pikes that comprise Cenozoic skeletons. Here we review established and recently defined terminology that relates to silicoflagellate skeletons and suggest terminology to standardize future descriptive work. © 2016 The Author(s). Published by The Geological Society of London for The Micropalaeontological Society.
McCartney K.,University of Maine at Presque Isle |
Witkowski J.,University Of Szczecin |
Harwood D.M.,University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Revue de Micropaleontologie | Year: 2014
Two of the oldest known silicoflagellate-bearing sediments, lower Albian at Ocean Drilling Program Site 693 in the Weddell Sea of Antarctica and Santonian in the Devon Island sequence of the Canadian Archipelago, are re-examined with a focus on silicoflagellate genera Variramus, Cornua, and Gleserocha that lack basal rings, a feature appearing during late Santonian/early Campanian time within the genus Corbisema. The extraordinary variability of Variramus aculeifera is studied, and a new genus Gleserocha is proposed for taxa with apical structures made of three struts, but without pikes. This new genus includes previously described Variramus wisei and Cornua tapiae and new species G.harrisonii, and is here proposed as a genus transitional between Variramus and Cornua. Two unusual new species of Cornua, C.deflandrei and C.witkowskiana, are also described and a revised terminology is proposed for the skeletal components of Cornua and closely related genera. © 2014.
Csiernik R.,University of King's College |
Csiernik A.,University of Maine at Presque Isle
Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health | Year: 2012
A study of 142 Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) from across Canada found a vibrant range of programming. The focus of programming remained upon the individual provided by professionals, but there were a significant minority of EAPs that had branched out and were offering services to enhance organizational wellness. All programs offered voluntary assistance with one third having a formal referral route and one third including mandated counseling for performance issues. The majority of organizations were using third-party counseling services external to the workplace though one third of the programs still employed internal counselors whereas a minority still had active peer components. The study clearly indicated the lack of utility for capping counseling services and found that the average use of uncapped services was less than the artificial ceilings the majority of organizations had placed upon the counseling that was allowed to be provided to employees. There was a lack of uniformity in terms of how utilization rates were calculated underscored by the finding that there were more than 20 different definitions in use for what a case was. This is a clear example of the need for the EAP field to come together to develop agreement upon key empirical fundamentals for the profession. The study also discovered a drift away from essential program underpinnings including fewer joint labor-management committees to administer programs, less development of formal EAP policies to govern programs, and fewer organizations engaging in new employee orientation and ongoing promotion and staff training. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Breton W.,University of Maine at Presque Isle
International Journal of Special Education | Year: 2010
Many studies have investigated the adequacy of the preservice preparation of special education teachers but few studies have investigated the preparation of special education paraprofessionals. This study investigated one rural state that does not have an identified system of formal preservice training programs for special education paraprofessionals. Special education paraprofessionals in Maine were queried regarding their perceptions of (1) the adequacy of their training, (2) the effectiveness of their supervision, and (3) their current training needs in order for them to successfully meet their mandated role responsibilities to serve students with disabilities. Findings indicated that most respondents perceived that they were inadequately prepared for their duties and received minimal supervision. Findings also suggested that a very high level of consistency existed among the respondents with respect to their current most critical training needs. Findings further suggest that a major need exists for states and individual school districts (1) to develop and enforce competency based requirements for the employment of special education paraprofessionals, (2) to provide opportunities for quality professional development for these individuals, and (3) to ensure that special education teachers are adequately trained to fulfill their mandated supervisory responsibilities with respect to paraprofessionals.
Fard A.N.,Artemia Research Center |
Gelder S.R.,University of Maine at Presque Isle
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica | Year: 2011
Narrow-clawed crayfish, Astacus leptodactylus ESCHSCHOLTZ, 1823, collected from Aras Reservoir, provided the first record of Branchiobdella kozarovi SUBCHEV, 1978, in Iran. A review of the distribution of B. kozarovi in the Euro-Mediterranean subregion (BÂNÂRESCU 1990) is described and places the new information in context. As A. leptodactylus is an important commercial crayfish, its potential for introducing B. kozarovi into new areas in the subregion is considered.
Valverde-Barrantes O.J.,Kent State University |
Smemo K.A.,Kent State University |
Feinstein L.M.,University of Maine at Presque Isle |
Kershner M.W.,Kent State University |
Blackwood C.B.,Kent State University
New Phytologist | Year: 2015
Summary: Few studies describe root distributions at the species level in diverse forests, although belowground species interactions and traits are often assumed to affect fine-root biomass (FRB). We used molecular barcoding to study how FRB of trees relates to soil characteristics, species identity, root diversity, and root traits, and how these relationships are affected by proximity to ecotones in a temperate forest landscape. We found that soil patch root biomass increased in response to soil resources across all species, and there was little belowground vertical or horizontal spatial segregation among species. Root traits and species relative abundance did not explain significant variation in FRB after correcting for soil fertility. A positive relationship between phylogenetic diversity and FRB indicated significant belowground overyielding attributable to local root diversity. Finally, variation in FRB explained by soil fertility and diversity was reduced near ecotones, but only because of a reduction in biomass in periodically anoxic areas. These results suggest that symmetric responses to soil properties are coupled with complementary species traits and interactions to explain variation in FRB among soil patches. In addition, landscape-level dispersal among habitats and across ecotones helps explain variation in the strength of these relationships in complex landscapes. © 2014 New Phytologist Trust.
Gelder S.R.,University of Maine at Presque Isle
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica | Year: 2011
A new genus of branchiobdellidan or crayfish worm (Annelida: Clitellata) is described for a Central American species. Forbesodrilus nanagnathus (HOLT, 1973) had previously been placed in the genus Cambarincola. However, as its prostate gland arises from the ectal third of the glandular atrium, the species no longer qualifies as a Cambarincola according to the current generic diagnosis (HOLT 1986). The male genitalia are very similar to Pterodrilus missouriensis HOLT, 1968; however, F. nanagnathus lacks the pterodrilid character of a dorsal transverse ridge across segment 8. Therefore a new genus was required, and for completeness, information on species hosts and distribution were reviewed.