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Chancellor Malloy To Complete First Month Campus Tour in Machias

Machias, Maine — University of Maine System Chancellor Dan Malloy will complete his initial seven-campus tour of the University of Maine System before the end of his first month in office with a visit to the University of Maine at Machias on Monday, July 29, 2019.  He will be joined by Joan Ferrini-Mundy, President of the University of Maine and its regional campus, UMM.

Chancellor Malloy started his tenure on July 1 with a visit to the University of Maine at Fort Kent.  Meeting new colleagues, learning how the universities serve students and their communities, and assessing the facility needs and planned investments on the campuses have been top priorities for the new Chancellor.

Media Availability for photos and brief interviews at UMM and Downeast Institute

When:11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday, July 29, 2019

What:Campus and Community Luncheon

Where:Reynolds Center Conference Room, 116 O’Brien Avenue, Machias, Maine

Who:Chancellor Malloy, President Ferrini-Mundy, and UMM Community Members,

How:Contact: Kim-Marie Jenkins at kjenkins@maine.edu / (207) 852-6905

 

When: 1:45 PM, Monday, July 29, 2019

What: Tour of the Downeast Institute with UMM Professor Brian Beal

Where: Downeast Institute, 39 Wildflower Lane, Beals, Maine

Who: Chancellor Malloy and President Ferrini-Mundy with Professor Beal

How: Contact: Kim-Marie Jenkins at kjenkins@maine.edu / (207) 852-6905

“The University of Maine at Machias is the state’s coastal university, providing critical access for students and community-focused service to the region,” said Chancellor Malloy.  “The partnership between UMaine and UMM is a good example of how campus collaboration strengthens our ability to serve every region of Maine.”

“We need 158,000 new credentialed workers in Maine.  I will be working closely with President Ferrini-Mundy and our colleagues in Machias to build on our One University progress to better address the state’s demographic challenges and workforce needs.”

Link to Chancellor Malloy’s biosketch and photo

$3.051 Million in Proposed Voter-Approved Investments

More than $3 million in capital investment is planned for the University of Maine at Machias as a result of voter approval last November of the University Workforce Bond.  Priority investments planned for the Machias campus include improvements to academic space and structures, improving access to campus facilities for people with disabilities, and energy savings projects.   As part of his campus tour Chancellor Malloy will be briefed on these planned investments and additional facilities needs.

Campus Advancements

The Chancellor’s visit will provide an opportunity to discuss campus initiatives in service to students and the region.  Areas of advancement at the University of Maine at Machias include:

$110,000 System grant for Nursing Education Lab in Machias:  The University of Maine System is providing a $110,000 grant to the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias to help fund a new nursing simulation lab at the Machias campus.  Chancellor Malloy and President Ferrini-Mundy will also tour this planned space.

Nursing education will be made available at the University of Maine at Machias in the 2019-20 academic year in partnership with the University of Maine School of Nursing. The first cohort in 2+2 Machias will begin at UMM in January 2020. Approximately 16 students who meet the UMaine School of Nursing admissions requirements will be admitted and, given academic performance, will continue the third and fourth years of their nursing studies at UMaine as they work toward a BSN.

Early College Certificates in Maine Careers:  With eight certificates, five of which are available statewide, UMM has been a System leader in ensuring that Early College opportunities have a meaningful impact on student’s possible majors and careers.  The program launched in the Fall of 2018 and four high school students earned a certificate in college studies in the spring of 2019.

Madison Greenlaw, a UMM Early College Student, graduated from Shead High School in Eastport, Maine this spring with 42 college credits.  In this video Madison tells her story and urges students to pursue their early college options.  High school students and their families can visit the statewide Explore Early College Portal to learn more and register for classes.

11 High-achieving area students to receive full tuition and fees scholarship with new Washington County Excellence Award:  The University of Maine at Machias launched the Washington County Excellence Award for the 2019-2020 academic year to help high-achieving high school students from the region attend college close to home.  The prestigious scholarship is awarded based on a review of high school academic performance and will fully cover tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year, a $8,040 value.

11 high school graduates from Washington County will be staying in the region and starting college at UMM this Fall with the help of the new scholarship.  The award is renewable for up to four years for bachelor degree-seeking students and up to two years for associate degree-seeking students who meet GPA requirements each year and maintain full-time enrollment each semester.

175 Maine Students Attend Machias Free of Tuition and Fee Expense:  In the spring of 2019 the University of Maine at Machias was able to meet the full tuition and fee obligations of 175 Maine students with grants and scholarships.  86 of these students were first year students receiving the Downeast Promise commitment to cover tuition and fee expenses for Maine students with the greatest financial need as determined by federal pell grant eligibility.

Learn more by contacting UMM’s Admissions office at (207) 255-1318 or by email at ummadmissions@maine.edu.

Family Futures Downeast:  Family Futures Downeast is creating opportunities for parents and children in Washington County to succeed through post-secondary education and early childhood education delivered at the same time. This approach is helping parents enroll and persist in college at a rate of nearly 80%, by removing obstacles such as transportation and child care and helping participants reach their goals. Partnerships among UMM, WCCC, economic and workforce development agencies, and early childhood and social service organizations demonstrate a shared investment in the future of families Downeast.

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University of Maine at Machias

The University of Maine at Machias is a regional campus of the University of Maine. With its environmental liberal arts core, distinctive baccalaureate programs and student-centered community, UMM creates enriching educational opportunities that prepare graduates for professional success and lifelong engagement. It offers 15 undergraduate degree programs that serve approximately 800 students. Small class sizes and hands-on learning define the academic experience at Maine’s coastal university, where there is a shared commitment to exploration, leadership, collaboration and interdisciplinary problem solving. UMM’s applied research and community outreach contribute to the quality of life and economic development in Down East Maine and beyond.

The University of Maine System

The University of Maine System is comprehensive public institution of higher education with a traditional tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service.  Established in 1968, the System serves more than 30,000 students annually and is supported by the efforts of more than 2,000 full-time and part-time faculty, more than 3,000 regular full-time and part-time staff, and a complement of part-time temporary (adjunct) faculty.

Reaching more than 500,000 people annually through educational and cultural offerings, the University of Maine System also benefits from more than two-thirds of its alumni population residing within the state; more than 123,000 individuals.

The System consists of six universities: The University of Maine (UMaine), including its regional campus the University of Maine at Machias (UMM); the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA); the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF); the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI); and the University of Southern Maine (USM).  The System also includes the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center.

Distributed 7/26/19