May 22, 2018
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Bangor High School

BANGOR — The Bangor High School speech and debate teams are still looking for donations of old trophies. The school will host an All Events Debate and Speech Tournament on Oct. 26. During the day, an expected 250 students from 20 schools will compete in speech and debate rounds throughout the school.

At the end of the day, an awards ceremony will be held, and that is where old trophies come in. Rather than spend over $1,000 on new trophies, the Bangor teams have a tradition of recycling old trophies from any event. Student winners are announced and handed a plaque with the correct event engraved. They then select from an assortment of trophies, sorted by size. Students have a variety of choices — bowling trophies, swimming trophies, stock car racing trophies, sharpshooting trophies, etc.

Those who have trophies to donate is asked to contact Joe Pelletier, debate coach, at the BHS history department by calling 992-5558, or email



Husson University

BANGOR — Husson University and the New England School of Communications announced on Oct. 10 that they will merge into a single educational institution after receiving approval from the accreditor the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  NESCom students entering and returning in the fall of 2014 will be Husson University students.

The New England School of Communications offers four-year degrees with concentrations in variety of programs including video production, audio engineering, live sound technology, journalism, sports journalism, radio broadcasting, marketing communications, web media, and entertainment production.

NESCom will retain its name as it becomes a school within Husson University.

In the same action by the association that expressed confidence in Husson, the university received a full 10-year re-accreditation.

Husson and NESCom have been working together for the past two years to bring about the shared vision.

Applicants should continue to apply separately to NESCom and Husson during the current 2013-2014 admissions season. For information, visit


University of Maine at Augusta

The University of Maine at Augusta announced recently that for the fourth year in a row, it has been named to the Military Friendly Schools list published by GI Jobs Magazine.

The list, compiled by Victory Media, honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

The 2014 list can be found at

The Mobile Vet Center tour, sponsored by Maine’s Department of Veteran’s Affairs, will be on UMA’s Bangor campus 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

For information, call Amy Line 621-3215.

The University of Maine Augusta women’s, gender and sexuality studies program will host a domestic violence awareness display called the Clothesline Project through Oct. 24 in Huskins Lounge of Eastport Hall on the Bangor campus.

The Clothesline Project is a national organization that brings attention to domestic violence.  Those who have been affected by violence express their emotions by decorating a T-shirt and hanging it on the clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.

Students will be available to help participants decorate T-shirts 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in Huskins Lounge.

Campus and community members are encouraged to view the project and-or participate by making a T-shirt to share their own experience, or a friend or family member’s experience.

For information about the Clothesline Project visit


University of Maine

ORONO — A new state-of-the-art lab for electrical and computer engineering students opened recently at Barrows Hall at the University of Maine.

Texas Instruments invested $60,000 in the project and the company and UMaine opened the new lab together.

“The opening of the TI Undergraduate Circuits Laboratory is about engaging with students early on in their engineering courses,” said Steve Lyle, director of engineering workforce development for Texas Instruments. “We invest in education in many ways at TI, one of which is by helping to provide exciting spaces like this that helps to nurture and grow the best engineering talent, building a pipeline for our future workforce.”

Featuring new tools, including analog integrated circuits and embedded processors, students will have the opportunity to work in a creative, lively learning environment. Equipped with 36 Analog System Lab Kits Pro to be used by more than 100 students in the fall; 20 MSP430 LaunchPads; and two TI and Digi-Key parts cabinets for senior design courses, the tools will be used in freshman courses continuing through the students’ senior design projects.

Scholarship recipient

ORONO — Caitlin Cleaver, a University of Maine graduate student is one of 22 scholars nationwide awarded a $15,000 Switzer Environmental Fellowship for driving positive change.

Cleaver, whose master’s thesis is titled “The Maine green sea urchin fishery: Scale mismatches, trophic connectivity and resilience” is on target to graduate in May with dual master’s degrees in marine biology and marine policy.

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