Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 18 : Fall 2013 - Page 77

Linking Generations through Teaching and Learning Also in September, UMPI was pleased to partner with The Aroostook Medical Center and Healthy Aroostook (a program of ACAP) on an event that helps local youth to understand the importance of and embrace physical fitness and lifelong wellness. The second annual REDY . . . SET . . . LET ’S GO! YOUTH TRIATHLON was held on the UMPI campus on Sept.  and featured approximately  local participants between the ages of  and . Children ages  to  swam  yards in the Gentile Hall pool, and biked  miles and ran one-half mile on a course around campus. Youth between  and  swam  yards, biked . miles and ran  mile. The event, led by Youth Triathlon Coordinator Jonathan Kelley, focused on encouraging local kids to improve their level of physical activity and to have fun doing it. Leading up to the event, UMPI served as the site of several training sessions, including afternoons of yoga, biking, swimming, and running. Dozens of UMPI and community volunteers came together to make this event a success. As it has for a decade and a half, UMPI is offering a schedule of short courses in the fall especially for lifelong learners as part of its SENIORS ACHIEVING GREATER EDUCATION program. SAGE serves local residents over  and believes in “learning for life.” The program connects participants to local educators, experts and enthusiasts focused on topics ranging PHOTOS OPPOSITE PAGE from left: Michael Thibodeau Christine Smith THIS PAGE from left: Jocelyn Dill Paul Bouchard Stephanie Dubay from literature and history to science, religion, and even local subjects. To learn more about SAGE, contact Mary Lawrence at  . or mary.l.lawrence@umpi.edu. Another important way the University focuses on teaching and learning across generations is through its DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES, which kicked off on Sept.  with a very special talk. Through Canon USA’s Explorer of Light proJOYCE TENNESON gram, world renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson delivered a presentation titled An Intimate Look at the Intimate Portrait. The series will continue with a visit by Spencer West on Nov. . Inspirational and charismatic, West travels around the world speaking candidly about the struggles he overcame after losing his legs at the age of  and the extraordinary feats he has accomplished since then, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. The talk is free and will be held at  .. in the Campus Center. To learn more about these and other ways UMPI is linking generations through teaching and learning, visit www.umpi.edu. #