JCWilliams Miscellany
University of Maine at Augusta

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Miscellany & Important Things
October 8th, 2009

Wendy Hazard

Water for Profit? Water for Life?
The Struggle for Control of Maine's Water Resources

Today, the Nestle / Poland Spring controversy happening in towns all over Maine is familiar to most. (MORE...)

October 29th, 2009

Dr. Sheila Bennett

UMA's Climate Action Plan

The President's Council for Environmental Sustainability completed UMA's Climate Action Plan (see http://www.uma.edu/campusgreen.html).

This presentation will cover the results of UMA's Greenhouse Gas Emission (GHGE)Inventory and UMA's plan. (MORE,,,)

November 12th, 2009

Norma Bisulca, Mary Jo Jakab & Kathleen King

Masons on a Mission: Our Guatemala Trip

University of Maine at Augusta faculty, staff, students and alumni have traveled to Guatemala twice with plans for a third trip in spring 2010. (MORE...)


December 3rd, 2009

Ellen M. Taylor

Poetry, Politics, and Economic Values in Nicaragua

Ellen M. Taylor will talk about her sabbatical trip to Nicaragua, and the importance of poetry there... (MORE...)


Spring 2009 Semesters RaPs
March 19th, 2009

Lisa Botshon

Modernist Homesteading: The Back-to-the-Land
Movement in the early 20th Century

Ever ask yourself about the ways in which human beings might best live, work, and be both materially and creatively productive on and with the earth?(More)

April 23rd, 2009

Richard Mears

The Maine Community Policing Institute

Curious to know more about The Maine Community Policing Institute and what it is up to?(More)

Fall 2008 Semesters RaPs
October 30th, 2008

Brenda McAleer, Rob Sherman, Tom Giordano,
Jodi Williams & Carol Kontos

Assessment on a Dime: Measuring Senior Capstone Experiences at the University of Maine at Augusta

Emanating from a grass roots effort, faculty from three disciplines will discuss different methods of assessing senior capstone experiences at UMA. They will also identify the challenges of assessing the quality and equity of students' educational experiences when different instructional modalities (live, interactive television, online) are used.

December 11th, 2008

Tom Giordano

The Tao of the Dow

Did you ever wonder what the radio jockey means when she announces "the DOW has fallen 120 points to 11,425 and the markets will close within the hour?" (More)


April 24th, 2008

Ellen Taylor, Ph.D. Presents at a UMA RaP Session

Representations of the Holocaust in Poetry

This talk will address two questions: First, what are the limitations of language to represent this event? And second, do temporal and spatial distances dilute the authenticity of the poet and the poem? (For More...)

October 18th, 2007

Jay Hoffman Remembered at UMA.

Over 50 people gathered in the downstairs area of the Bennett D. Katz Library at the University of Maine at Augusta to remember Jay Hoffman, Co-Director, who passed away this year. Students, Faculty and Staff read poetry, shared memories of Jay and expressed their thoughts about someone who was a dearly integral part of this library.


Personal stories, poems by Frost, Keats, and others were read in honor of Jay. While Jay will be remembered in so many, many different ways, most poignantly he will live on in the wonderfully collected materials our students, faculty and staff use each day.("Around the Corner")

October 16th, 2007

Gregory Fahy, Ph.D. Presents at a UMA RaP Session
Why has Civic Engagement DECREASED over the past 50 years?

"From the Panoptic Society to Suburban Cave Dwelling: Digging in the Ruins of Civic Virtue."
"I will be discussing the decrease in civic engagement in the past 50 years in America as documented by Robert Putnam's book BOWLING ALONE. (For more...)



Random Images of Landscape and Artwork on UMA Campus in Augusta


Henry VanDyke
"the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best"

Anais Nin
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

Satchel Paige
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.