Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 25 : Summer 2015 - Page 65

PICTURED at right: Empty Bowls fundraiser PICTURED opposite page: UMPI President Linda Schott and MSSM Executive Director Luke Shorty finalize the dual degree agreement between the two institutions. PICTURED below: “Move to End Homelessness” 5K fundraiser community in several ways in recent months. UMPI’s Ceramics I & II class held the area’s second Empty Bowls fundraiser, which gave participants the opportunity to purchase unique homemade bowls and enjoy cups of soup, all to benefit Martha and Mary’s Soup Kitchen. The Empty Bowls fundraiser, held at the William V. Haskell Community Center this spring, raised $, for the soup kitchen. Empty Bowls is the only fundraiser of its kind for Northern Maine. Hand-crafted bowls were made and donated by artists in The County, UMPI students and alumni, and Presque Isle High School students. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. Also in the spring, the University hosted the rd Annual Safe Homes Aroostook “Move to End Homelessness” fundraiser at Gentile Hall, raising $, for Hope and Justice Project and Homeless Services of Aroostook. The K fun run/walk is an annual event that raises community awareness and Cost Management class, taught by Bryan Thompson, Assistant Professor of Business at the University. “Students have gained a new perspective on issues affecting citizens right here in The County, and the opportunity to make a difference by participating in the project planning of the event,” he said. One other event, focused on benefiting local arts efforts, will be held this summer. UMPI will again partner K event—the rd annual Color Presque Isle K. This event, which combines wellness, the arts, and a whole lot of fun, takes place on Saturday, Aug.  at  .. at Riverside Park. The previous two events saw hundreds of participants and raised thousands of dollars to support arts programming in and funds to support these two organizations that work to ensure safe homes for everyone in The County. This year’s Safe Homes run/walk was organized by UMPI’s Project downtown Presque Isle. For more information about the event or to register, visit www.umpi.edu/colorpresqueisleK. To learn more about these and other exciting things happening at UMPI, visit www.umpi.edu. ★ ★ Color PI photo: Dave Allen Graphics Safe Homes run/walk photo: Rebekah Photography with Wintergreen Arts Center to present the region’s biggest UMPI North of Ordinary SUMMER SPRING 2015 63