June 21, 2018
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Bangor High School

The Bangor High School Debate and Speech Teams are seeking old trophies to be recycled at an upcoming tournament. Bangor will host 15-20 schools at an all-day tournament at the end of October. This will be the 23rd year that Bangor will host a tournament for schools from throughout Maine.

For the last five years, Bangor has saved money by offering unique trophies donated to the team. Organizers are seeking old trophies covering any event, from swimming to bowling, car racing to surfing. As student winners are announced at the end of the tournament, they will be invited to to select a trophy from those that line the front of the stage during the awards ceremony.

To donate a trophy, email Joe Pelletier, Bangor’s debate coach, at jpelletier@bangorschools.net, or call the school history department at 992-5558.


Orono High School

ORONO — Orono High School announced that it has welcome two groups of international students, 10 tuition-paying students as part of the OHS-International Program, and four AFS students. This year, the students represent the countries of Albania, Brazil, China, Denmark, France and Germany.

The AFS students and some of the OHS-International students live with host families, while the majority of the OHS-International Students live at the University of Maine and are connected to a local family for occasional weekends, holidays and community and program events.

Last year, OHS-International sent several teachers and local students to China to visit and conduct interviews at sister schools.

For information about the program, go to rsu26.org/international or email mgrobmyer@rsu26.org.


Grant so community colleges

STATE — Maine’s congressional delegation announced that the U.S. Department of Labor will award more than $13 million in grants to Maine community colleges to improve access to training opportunities in information technology in order to meet the growing demand for skilled IT workers across a range of industries.

The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program.

These community colleges will be awarded funding: Central Maine Community College, $4,668,250; Eastern Maine Community College, $1,422,710; Kennebec Valley Community College,$2,161,343; Northern Maine Community College, $153,121; Southern Maine Community College, $3,164,830; Washington County Community College: $404,158; York County Community College: $1,098,323.


Beal College

BANGOR – Beal College announced a new partnership with Husson University. On Sept. 20, 2013, school officials signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize four new transfer agreements between the institutions.

The new transfer agreements will allow graduates of Beal College’s associate degrees in accounting, business management and both concentrations of criminal justice to receive credit at Husson University toward a bachelor’s degree in a corresponding major.

For information, contact the Beal College admissions office at admissions@bealcollege.edu or toll free at 800-660-7351.


University of Maine

ORONO — Dr. Grace S. Brush, a Johns Hopkins University professor of geography and environmental engineering, will deliver the 12 annual Geddes W. Simpson Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Buchanan Alumni House at the University of Maine.

“A Paleoecological Record of Long Term Connections Between Land and Water” is the title of Brush’s free public lecture in the McIntire Room. For information, or to make disability accommodations, contact Michelle Cormier at michelle.m.cormier@maine.edu.

Brush has conducted pioneering studies on plant pollen and microscopic organisms in sediment. Her findings have furthered understanding about how and when humans first cleared East Coast forests and how resulting changes in sediment loads and water chemistry modified estuarine ecosystems.


UMaine System board meeting

BANGOR — At the University of Maine System board of trustees meeting held Sept. 23 in Bangor, a comprehensive new web portal debuted which assists students in transferring to the system’s seven universities. The portal is a major component of the system’s credit transfer initiative currently under way.

The portal has a “Find Your Path” theme where individuals ranging from students in high school or college, to veterans, to other adult students may follow the path that will help them seamlessly transfer their credits to the University of Maine System.

Complete meeting materials for the September board of trustees meeting may be viewed at:


The Trustees will meet again Nov. 17-18 at the University of Maine at Farmington.

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