Eastern Maine Community College

BANGOR — Students in Eastern Maine Community College’s new criminal justice program participated in mock traffic stops with the Orono Police Department. These exercises took Oct. 1-2 in the parking lot located on the east side of Penobscot Hall on the EMCC campus.

Students role-played as police officers and reacted to a mock-scenario that warranted pulling over a vehicle. The scenarios ranged from a basic stop sign violation, to travelling at excessive speed, to swerving over the center line. According to Colonel Plebani, instructor for the criminal justice program, this will enable students to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to changeable factors and scenarios.

Members of the Orono Police Department were on hand to participate and offer guidance to the students. They debriefed the class at the end of the mock-scenarios and helped students to understand what they can and cannot do in certain traffic stops.

University of Maine

ORONO — The University of Maine Judaic Studies Program will present Rabbi A. James Rudin 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Bangor Room, Memorial Union.

Rabbi Rudin received his rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He served as the director of the Interreligious Affairs Department for the American Jewish Committee, and is its senior interreligious adviser.

A former chairman of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations, Among his many accomplishments, Rabbi Rudin met 11 times with Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

He is the author or editor of 11 books including, “Christians and Jews — Faith to Faith: Tragic History,” “Promising Present, Fragile Future” and “Cushing, Spellman, O’Connor: How Three American Cardinals Transformed Catholic-Jewish Relations.” His biography of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise will be published this year.

The event is free and open to the public.

ESTIA Conference

ORONO — “Building Sustainable Communities: International, National and Local Perspectives” is the theme of the 11th annual ESTIA conference to be held 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Wellman Commons, University of Maine.

The goal of this year’s conference is to inform the UMaine community about international, national and local efforts in sustainability and peace by emphasizing the importance of ethics and social responsibility as foundations for community development.

Guest speakers will include U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree; Jan Wampler, an architecture professor at MIT; Bernard Amadei, founder of Engineers Without Borders and Science Envoy for the U.S. Department of State; Soren Hermansen and Malene Lunden, co-directors of the Samso Energy Academy in Denmark; Ceren Bogac, an environmental designer from Cyprus; and Vasia Markides, a documentary filmmaker and Famagusta Ecocity Project founder.

Several UMaine faculty and other community members are also scheduled to speak during the conference.

Admission is $50, $35 students, and includes both Friday and Saturday sessions plus a Friday reception and Saturday lunch. Registration is online.

For information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Emily Markides at 581-2636 or