University of Maine at Presque Isle prepares for University Day

Posted April 04, 2012, at 7:34 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle are gearing up to present the results of academic research, scholarly work and community service projects as the campus readies for its 11th annual University Day.

The daylong event begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11. It wraps up at 7 p.m. with a speaker featured as part of the university’s Distinguished Lecturer Series. Dr. Gary Marx, founder and president of the Virginia-based Center for Public Outreach, will speak about how academic institutions can stay ahead of the curve as they plan for preparing tomorrow’s leaders.

Every April, UMPI cancels classes for a day so that students can take part in the event, which allows them to garner awareness about the work being done by their peers and learn about the academic disciplines. Students are encouraged to attend student-led presentations and talks held during five sessions throughout the day.

Each University Day has a theme, and this year’s is UMPI=Global Connections.

More than 100 students will offer 28 talks and presentations. The schedule includes presentations on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the classroom, concussion management, service learning in Tanzania, and awareness and prevention of bullying.

The International Students Club will host its Culturefest 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Pullen 210. The event will include a display of artifacts from a variety of countries and international snacks. There also will be a Student Clubs and Organizations Fair at the same time and campus groups will have displays on the second floor of Folsom and Pullen halls.

This year’s schedule also will include a poster session showcasing research in a number of academic disciplines as well as an Aroostook Right to Read “Stop, Drop, and Read” event being hosted by the Student Senate. The activities will take place in the Campus Center.

University Day also is a chance for the college to honor a past graduate with the Distinguished Recent Alumni Award. This year’s accolade will go to Alana Margeson, a member of UMPI’s Class of 2000. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both elementary education and secondary education. She also earned her master’s degree in education administration from St. Joseph’s College in Standish.

This past September, the Caribou High School English teacher was named Maine’s 2012 Teacher of the Year.

Community members are invited to attend all events and sessions.

A complete schedule of University Day activities can be found at www.umpi.edu/uday.

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