Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 29 : Summer 2016 - Page 48

UMPI was the recipient of the New England Board of Higher Education’s Maine State Merit Award this spring. Pictured with the award are, from left: Samuel Collins, University of Maine System Board of Trustees Chair; Barbara Blackstone, Chair of the Colleges of Professional Programs and Education; Dr. Ray Rice, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; President Linda Schott; University of Maine System Chancellor James Page; Dr. Jason Johnston, Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Duke Albanese, senior policy advisor for the Great Schools Partnership, who has worked closely with UMPI officials on the campus’s Personalized Learning initiative. UMPI’s Spring Semester Includes Regional Award, First Fulbright, And A Marriage Proposal By The University Of Maine At Presque Isle It was a busy spring at the University of Maine at Presque Isle—in addition to the diverse learning activities, research and community work underway during a typical semester, the University received an important regional ward from the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), congratulated UMPI Professor Dr. Kevin McCartney on being named the very first Fulbright Scholar in northern Maine’s history, and witnessed a very special marriage proposal during its 107th Commencement Exercises. “We were so proud to be recognized by the New England Board of Higher Education for the hard work our faculty and staff have been doing in the last two years to transition from a traditional teaching and learning model to one that focuses much more on students’ needs and ensuring that they can show their proficiency of the subject matter,” UMPI President Linda Schott said. “We are at the national forefront in delivering education in this unique way, and this recognition by NEBHE is a wonderful affirmation of our efforts.” UMPI was honored by NEBHE during the organization’s 14th Annual New England Higher Education Excellence Awards ceremony in Boston. The University received the As if that wasn’t enough good news for campus, the United Maine State Merit Award in recognition of its Personalized States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Learning initiative. Foreign Scholarship Board announced mid-semester that Dr. Kevin McCartney, UMPI Professor of Geology, had Each year, NEBHE presents Regional Excellence Awards to been offered a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional Poland so he could continue his research in the field of leadership on behalf of higher education and the micropaleongology. McCartney is one of 1,200 U.S. citizens advancement of educational opportunity, and State Merit who will travel abroad during the 2016-2017 academic year Awards to honor the innovative work of organizations, through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. institutions or individuals in each New England state. More than 400 people attended the Boston awards event, The Fulbright Program is the flagship international including leaders of education, business and government educational exchange program sponsored by the from across the six New England states. U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual 46 SUMMER 2016