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Posted Aug. 10, 2011, at 4:54 p.m.

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Schools

National dance program

GLENBURN — Erin Norris of Glenburn is among 34 students from 14 states that the Kennedy Center welcomed to the 19th annual Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, the Kennedy Center’s exclusive three-week ballet training program under the tutelage of the legendary ballerina.

The dancers, age 14 to 18, were selected from auditions last winter and are participating in the program through Aug. 20 in Washington, D.C.

Students are taking two ballet technique classes with Farrell, six days a week. They also will participate in cultural activities in the nation’s capital, including visits to museums, historical landmarks and other special events.

In 1993 and 1994, the Kennedy Center offered two series of ballet master classes with Farrell, providing intermediate- to advanced-level ballet students in the D.C. area with the opportunity to study with one of the best-known ballerinas of the 20th century.

In response to the program’s success, the Kennedy Center expanded Exploring Ballet With Suzanne Farrell nationally in 1995 as part of its mission to enhance the arts education of America’s young people.

Farrell, one of Balanchine’s most celebrated muses, danced with the New York City Ballet 1965-1969 and 1975-1989. She originated 23 roles in Balanchine ballets and her repertory reached some 110 ballets, a third of them created especially for her. She has received many awards, including a 1985 Emmy, the 2003 National Medal of the Arts and 2005 Kennedy Center Honors. The documentary “Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse” received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary and was aired on PBS. Her company, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, is based at the Kennedy Center.

Erin Norris, who will be a junior at Bangor High School, is a student at Thomas School of Dance, where she has taken classical ballet training with Ivy Forrest, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. She is one of five dance students who received a $200 scholarship from Thomas School of Dance this spring, and this is her second year with Farrell’s program.

Stephen Phillips scholarship

BANGOR — The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded a college scholarship to Kathryn Laverdiere, a graduate of Bangor High School who will attend Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Laverdiere was one of 155 new recipients of the scholarship, which recognizes academic achievement as well as notable community, school and work activities.

The Phillips Scholarship, established by Bessie Wright Phillips in 1991 in memory of her husband, awards some 500 new and renewed grants each year totaling nearly $3 million. For information, visit http://www.phillips-scholarship.org.

Colleges

Entrepreneurship at Husson

BANGOR — Dr. Nancy Forster-Holt has been appointed executive director of Entrepreneurship and Executive Education in the College of Business at Husson University. According to Dr. Ronald Nykiel, dean of the College of Business, the Office of the Dean has completed its new organizational structure with this appointment.

Forster-Holt earned a doctorate in small-business management and economic gerontology, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Maine. She earned a bachelor’s degree in labor economics from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. She is a certified management accountant and a registered financial gerontologist, having completed coursework at the University of North Carolina.

Forster-Holt most recently was on the faculty of the School of Business at the University of Maine. She also is co-owner of Shaw and Tenney, a 150-year-old Orono-based manufacturing company. She has served as executive vice president of Maine Savings Federal Credit Union and was a public accountant for Ernst and Young in New York City and Sacramento, Calif.

“We are delighted Dr. Nancy Forster-Holt has joined Husson University in this key position in the College of Business,” said Husson University provost Dr. Lynne Coy-Ogan. “Her wealth of experience and accomplishments, along with her knowledge of the Maine marketplace, provide a unique platform for this important position.”

Forster-Holt will be responsible for oversight of the Dyke Center for Family Business, development and oversight of a new degree program in entrepreneurship, executive education offerings and certification programs. In addition, the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management under the direction of Dr. Lee Speronis will report to Forster-Holt.

Husson’s College of Business is the largest in Maine with nearly 1,400 students. It recently launched a new MBA degree with concentrations in corporation management, health care management, hospitality management and nonprofit management.

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

University of Maine at Farmington

FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington has announced the dean’s list for the spring semester. Area students recognized were:

Bangor: Alyssa Dee, Hillary Dubois, Caitlin Guare, PaigeHammond, Emily Lindsay, Catherine MacDonald.

Bradford: Daniel Kane.

Bucksport: Skyler Bowden, Sarah Robinson.

Hampden: Matthew Coston, Holly Devoe, Mikkala Libbey.

Hermon: Lillian Barry, Amanda Harvey, Linda McLaughlin.

Hudson: Skylar Hopkins.

Levant: Mary DeLorenzo.

Old Town: Carrie McLaughlin.

Orrington: Ryan Pelletier, Jacob Thomas.

Plymouth: Leah Hayes.

Prospect: Chelsea Porter.

Searsport: Casey Ashey, Katherine Cook.

Winterport: Samantha Dunton, Kayla Smith, Matthew Wibberly, Kayla Worster.

The University of Maine at Farmington is a public liberal arts college focusing on the arts and sciences, teacher education and human services.

Lasell College

NEWTON, Mass. — Lasell College in Newton, Mass., has named three members of the Class of 2011 to the dean’s list for the spring semester.

Bangor: Taylor Curran, an accounting major.

Levant: Lauren Peterson, majoring in fashion and retail merchandising.

Winterport: Johanna Heeren, a graphic design major.

An innovative educational institution for 160 years, Lasell College offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees on a 50-acre campus near Boston.

MCPHS

HAMPDEN — Amy A. Levesque, a Hampden native, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. The daughter of Cheryle Levesque and Philip Levesque, she is scheduled to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012.

University of Southern Maine

PORTLAND — These area students were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of Southern Maine. Dean’s list students must earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

Appleton: Tobias Meservey

Bangor: Jakob Battick, Jacob Cote, Julianne Cronin, Jason Duff, Lily Herbold, Peter Hyatt, Victoria Loring, Kelsey Munksgaard, Michael Peer, Elizabeth Powers, Zoe Siegel.

Belfast: John Bonney, Zachary Dickie, Shannon Miller, Jesse Wakeman.

Corinth: Rachel Trafton

Dedham: Brooke Madden

Dixmont: Olivia Dunton.

Glenburn: Jessica Harvey.

Hampden: Russell Gillen, Sarah Flagg, Joseph Greene, Michael Havlin.

Milford: Sebastian Boyington.

Newburgh: Alissa Jandreau, Vanessa Nash.

Old Town: Emily Boutin.

Orono: Emmett Harrity.

Stockton Springs: Ashley Larrabee.

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