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GEAR UP honor

BANGOR — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins received the Champions for Student Success award at the 2011 NCCEP-GEAR UP annual National Conference on July 18 in San Francisco.

Champions for Student Success have distinguished themselves as advocates for systemic change in education and dedicated their lives to creating public policies that facilitate access to higher education by all students. The award is presented annually by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships in recognition of leaders who work to improve education quality and access.

Collins has been a longtime advocate of college awareness programs such as GEAR UP — Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

GEAR UP is a federally funded, research-based initiative that delivers services to low-income students for a six-year period from seventh to 12th grades. GEAR UP helps students achieve at or above grade level standards, understand the college admissions process including financial aid, and graduate high school prepared for college-level coursework. Nationally, GEAR UP students apply and enroll in postsecondary education at a higher rate than their peers.

GEAR UP serves more than 5,300 students in Maine through a state GEAR UP grant administered by the Maine Department of Education, as well as a partnership grant housed in the University of Maine at Farmington. Together, they receive more than $3.4 million in federally appropriated funds for the program.

The senator’s support for education extends beyond GEAR UP. She is a longtime champion of Pell grants, and she co-wrote the Higher Education Act of 1998, which expanded access to higher education.

“I’m so honored to receive your Champion for Student Success Award … since 1998, GEAR UP has been lighting the fire of learning and aspirations, just when that spark is most needed,” Collins said in her acceptance remarks. “In this increasingly competitive global economy, our nation simply cannot afford to let your talent go to waste,” she said as as she addressed the students attending the conference,


Interfaith journey

BANGOR — Husson University student Kamil Suja, along with Husson Chaplain Sarah Pringle-Lewis, are in Washington, D.C., to participate in a nationwide event at the White House sponsored by President Barack Obama regarding interfaith cooperation and community service in higher education.

Suja and Greg Music, a graduate student, worked with Pringle-Lewis to draft a comprehensive proposal that outlines how the university will commit to a year of interfaith and community service programming on the Husson campus. Among the areas of focus are domestic poverty, educational opportunity, health services and healthy living.

The proposal competed with institutions of higher education from across the country and earned one of 300 invitations from the White House.

The program not only will provide programming on campus, but also will take Husson students into Maine communities to deliver services. The final project will involve working with area social service organizations to provide a day of service in a selected community.

“Our goal is to ensure each of our major areas of concentration, which include business, legal studies and health-related fields, develop a way of addressing a particular community problem,” said Pringle-Lewis.

According to the information provided by the White House, interfaith service involves individuals from different religious and nonreligious backgrounds working collaboratively to tackle community challenges. The project targets involvement with higher education institutions as they provide an ideal setting for making a difference in the communities they serve.

“These difficult economic times continue to place a significant burden on Maine families, including access to higher education,” said Husson University President Robert Clark. “The initiatives that Kamil, Greg and Chaplain Pringle-Lewis have developed will have an impact not only for current Husson students and their families, but future generations of Maine students who are struggling.”

For more information, contact Amanda Kitchen at 992-4925.

New England School of Communications

BANGOR — The unveiling of a Bachelor of Science degree in entertainment production at New England School of Communications gives high school students another reason to get excited about a college education.

Core disciplines associated with the theater and performing arts are employed by many other communications industries throughout the world. As an example, design and construction

techniques applied in theater are used in everything from trade shows to shopping malls, fashion shows, exhibits and even political rallies.

On the campus of Husson University, NESCom shares the 500-seat Gracie Theatre, newly constructed in 2009. The Gracie boasts integrated audio and video suites, full stage house, fly system, contemporary lighting and audio equipment, load-in facilities, dressing rooms and rehearsal hall.

The Gracie provides an experiential learning environment for students, which is a core value behind a NESCom degree.

Created by theater veteran Ken Stack, and overseen by NESCom’s Program Advisory Committee, the entertainment production degree program will train artisans and technicians

in the areas of design, technology and management. A student will be required to complete a total of 120 credit hours as part of the four-year program.

“We will work to stay current with evolving entertainment technologies. There is a lot of very creative and innovative work being done out there, and we are thrilled to be building a degree program that will explore the exciting worlds of entertainment production,” said Stack.

More information about NESCom is available on the website at

Nichols College

BUCKSPORT — Bethany Greenlaw of Bucksport has been named to the dean’s high honors list for the spring semester at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass.

Dean’s high honors are awarded to students whose semester GPA is 3.6 or higher.

Founded in 1815, Nichols College offers programs in business, teacher preparation and liberal arts. On the graduate level, Nichols offers master’s degrees in business administration and organizational leadership.

Hortons scholarship

BANGOR — Beth Churchill, a college-age team member at Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop, will receive a $1,000 Tim Hortons scholarship on Aug. 10 at 594 Broadway. The award honors Churchill’s commitment to giving back to the community.

The Team Tim Hortons Scholarship Program is designed to recognize restaurant team members, as well as their children or grandchildren, who believe in giving back to their community through volunteer work and have plans to pursue postsecondary education.

The program already has helped more than 1,000 students across North America with more than $1 million in scholarships. This year some $220,000 will be distributed.

Rochester Institute of Technology

BANGOR — Daniel Severance of Bangor, a 2010 graduate of Bangor High School, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.

A first-year student, Severance is studying information security and forensics. He is the son of Steve and Rhonda Severance of Bangor.

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