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Guides list UMaine among best colleges in nation


ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine has been ranked among the top colleges and universities on a national scale, according to both the Princeton Review and Fiske Guide to Colleges.

The recognition marks the eighth consecutive year the university has been listed in both publications, according to a press release issued Tuesday by UMaine.

“The Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition” lists only abut 15 percent of the 2,500 colleges and universities in the U.S., according to Joe Carr, spokesman for UMaine. “The Fiske Guide to Colleges” recognizes 330 institutions.

“This is welcome recognition, which reflects positively on UMaine’s faculty, students and staff,” UMaine President Paul Ferguson said in the press release. “These guidebooks provide independent verification of our belief that UMaine represents exceptional quality and value, on par with the great colleges and universities around the U.S. and beyond.”

UMaine is one of just 16 colleges and universities in the country listed in the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll. Recognizing schools for their commitment to sustainability, the Green Honor Roll lists only those institutions that received the highest possible score on its green rating.

The guide lauded UMaine for its recycling programs, green-certified buildings and free shuttle bus service. It also notes the fact that UMaine has a sustainability coordinator, a sustainability council and “Eco Reps” in its residence halls.

The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor is also on the Green Honor Roll.

Basket weaving session for children to be held at Hudson Museum

ORONO, Maine — Penobscot Nation basket maker Ruth Attean Johnson will hold two basket making workshops for children aged 6 to 12 on Friday, Aug. 12, at the University of Maine’s Hudson Museum in the Collins Center for the Arts.

Workshops are scheduled to be held from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to noon. Enrollment is limited to 15 children for each workshop.

Participants will learn how to make a brown ash and sweetgrass bookmark, one of the first forms taught to those starting out in basket making, from Johnson, whose family is renowned for its skills.

The program is supported by grants from the Betterment Fund, the Maine Community Foundation and a partnership between the Hudson Museum and the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance.

Registration is free, but reservations are required to attend. To register, call 581-1904.

1st phase of bike path reconstruction at UMaine completed

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine has completed and reopened Phase 1 of the bike path reconstruction and has now closed a second section, from Stillwater Avenue to Witter Farm, for about five weeks to accommodate the work.

During reconstruction, the section of the bike path will be closed to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic, according to Jeffrey Aceto, assistant director of Facilities Management for Construction Administration. A signed detour route, however, will maintain the bike path connection from the campus to Old Town.

The closure includes all paved areas from the J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center farm road to Stillwater Avenue and the Bunker Road, adjacent to the Old Town Elementary School. The parking lot off Stillwater Avenue also will be closed during the period.

The detour extends from the Bunker Road, travels on a gravel road through the University Forest and extends through Witter Farm to Witter Farm Road. The public is cautioned to be aware of farm vehicle traffic and respect farm animals and signage.

The detour route will be closed at night.

The bike path reconstruction project is expected to be complete by Aug. 29.

The path has served the greater campus community for more than 34 years. The reconstructed paths will have improvements to restore appropriate grades, drainage and wearing surface.

Funding for the project is being provided by the Maine Department of Transportation and the University of Maine.

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