The University of Maine maintains a wide variety of special educational and research facilities and supports many special educational, research, and public service programs. A few of these that are of most direct interest to undergraduate students are described below.
The Raymond H. Fogler Library is the largest library in the state of Maine. It contains an excellent collection of general materials to support undergraduate studies, as well as rich and varied research collections. Fogler Library houses over 900,000 volumes, 1.4 million microforms, over 2 million government documents, and maintains about 6,700 periodical subscriptions and standing orders. Mariner is an information gateway to electronic resources which provides access to the holdings of all libraries in the University of Maine System, as well as to a collection of local and remote electronic indexes, abstracts and databases. The Fogler Library is a U.S. Patent and Trademarks Depository Library and the archive for the William S. Cohen papers. Other specialized collections include Canadiana, Maine-related materials, sound recordings and music scores, and historical manuscripts and maps.
The University of Maine Museum of Art, located in Bangor, ME, houses a permanent collection exceeding 5700 works of art, 20% of which are accessible in public spaces throughout campus. Highlights of the early collection included works, primarily on paper, by John James Audubon, Marc Chagall, Francisco Goya, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, Kathe Kollwitz, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, and James M. Whistler. More recent acquisitions include works by artists such as Ralph Blakelock, Georges Braque, Mary Cassatt, Honore Daumier, George Inness, Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, and Giovanni Battista Piranesi. The Robert Venn Carr ‘38 Collection is comprised of 285 pieces, and includes works on paper by many contemporary masters including Max Beckmann, Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg.
The Museum’s permanent collection also celebrates the long heritage of Maine art and artists. Included in the collection are examples by Maine artists such as Berenice Abbott, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, John Marin, Carl Sprinchorn, and Andrew Wyeth.
The Hudson Museum is located in the Maine Center for the Arts on the UMaine campus. Hudson Museum exhibits and programs explore anthropology as the study of humans and their reliance on culture. The museum’s collections and exhibits function as educational and research aids for University faculty, students and the general public. The permanent collections include one of the finest assemblages of Prehispanic Mexican and Central American materials in the United States. The collections also include materials from the Native American cultures of the Northwest Coast, the Plains, the Southwest, local Penobscot, South America and the Arctic, as well as artifacts from Oceania, Asia and Africa. The Hudson Museum offers permanent, temporary and outreach exhibits, teacher workshops, lectures and children’s programs. For more information call (207) 581-1901.
The Page Farm and Home Museum documents the history of Maine from 1865 to 1940 through a collection of farm machinery and household items from that period. The museum building itself is a part of Maine agricultural history. The large, post and beam barn is the last of the original agricultural buildings dating from the founding of the University of Maine in 1865. Careful renovations display the collection over its three floors while preserving much of the building’s original character. For further information call (207) 581-4100.
The Hutchins Concert Hall in the Maine Center for the Arts presents a full spectrum of performances ranging from classical music to bluegrass, from avant-garde dance to Broadway musicals, jazz to folk and ethnic music, comedy to family entertainment, country to rock and much more. Isaac Stem and Yo-Yo Ma, The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Arlo Guthrie, Jean Redpath, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Peking Acrobats, Marcel Marceau, Leontyne Price, Rudolf Nureyev, Johnny Cash and the June Carter Family, Johnny Winter, Greg Allman, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Peter, Paul and Mary, Jerry Seinfeld, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Greenwood, Bob Dylan, and Dave Matthews are some of the artists who have appeared there.
This 280-seat facility is primarily the site for faculty and student recitals, vocal and instrumental ensembles, concerts, and a few Maine Center for the Arts performances. Various dance and theatre productions are also presented. Overlooking the Hall and wired to it with the latest technology is a state-of-the-art recording studio that supports a course in recording arts.
The Darling Marine Center is the marine laboratory of the University of Maine. Located on the Maine coast just 100 miles south of Orono, the 170 acre campus is situated near a wide variety of marine habitats including rocky coast, sandy beaches, marshland, and mudflats. The campus is composed of 23 buildings totaling nearly 100,000 sq. ft. including research laboratories, faculty and graduate student offices, a marine library, classrooms, dining hall, a SCUBA diving support facility, and a Flowing Seawater Laboratory designed for culturing live marine organisms. The Center offers housing for students, a wide variety of modern research instrumentation, and it has a modern fleet of research vessels for educational and research purposes. Research internships are available for undergraduates enabling them to conduct research at the Center during the summer months. The School of Marine Sciences offers a unique Semester-by-the-Sea program for undergraduate marine majors in which students live and study at the Center during a fall semester.
The Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium is a resource for students and the public. It conducts labs for courses in astronomy, and presents public programs. The Planetarium, a domed theater where visitors can look up to see an exact simulation of the night sky produced by a Spitz Systems Nova planetarium projector, offers sky programs for visitors of all ages throughout the school year. It offers a series of general admission showings on weekends (free to UMaine students) and special, private group events. For more information please contact the planetarium office at (207) 581-1341.
The Jordan Observatory, a small, domed building next to the Memorial Union, houses an eight-inch Alvan Clark refractor telescope and several smaller instruments that can be used to view many of the wonders in the Maine sky. Astronomy students use the facility for studies on weeknights, and student volunteers operate it on weekends for the general public. For observing hours and conditions please call (207) 581-1348.
The Canadian-American Center is one of the leading institutes for the study of Canada in the United States. The United States Department of Education has designated it a National Resource Center on Canada. The Center coordinates an extensive program of undergraduate and graduate education, contributes to the continued development of Fogler Library as a major research library on Canada, promotes cross-border faculty and student exchanges, and encourages cross-border research projects in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and professions. The Center also directs outreach programs to state, regional, and national audiences. These include Canada Week, the Atlantic Provinces Teachers Institute, and the Atlantic Canada Faculty Institute.
The Wabanaki Center serves as a resource to the University community, with special efforts directed to the personal, professional and academic achievements of the Native American student population. The Center offers academic and career counseling for students, and works closely with Native American students and alumni organizations. Through advocacy, mentoring and internships, the Wabanaki Center supports students in preparing for positions of leadership and service. For more information, please contact: Native American Programs, University of Maine, 5724 Dunn Hall, Room 308, Orono, Maine 04469-5724. Call (207) 581-1417 or e-mail: http://www.ume.maine.edu/ ~NAP.
The Franco-American Centre stimulates the development of academic and program offerings relevant to the history and life experience of this ethnic group in Maine and New England. It promotes bilingual, bicultural and multicultural models of delivery of services; provides work experiences for university students; and maintains a network of resources in Maine and North America to assist students, faculty, administrators, and agencies with their research and programming needs relative to Franco Americans and other Maine cultural communities. The Centre also publishes a quarterly, bilingual, socio-cultural journal, Le Forum, publishing articles, essays, poems, and short stories of a diverse ethnic and cultural nature. For further information please contact the Franco-American Centre, University of Maine, Crossland Hall, Orono, Maine 04473. Telephone: (207) 581-3764.
The Maine Folklife Center (MFC) houses the nationally distinguished Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History. This collection of several thousand tape recordings of oral histories and musical performances, plus thousands of photographs, documents such subjects as the traditions of the Maine lumberwoods and river drives, women’s folklife, coastal and maritime occupations, and textile folk arts and artists. MFC publishes the scholarly monograph series Northeast Folklore and the semi annual newsletter, Maine Folklife. For more information telephone: (207) 581-1891.
The Center for Community Inclusion coordinates the undergraduate and graduate Interdisciplinary curricula in Disability Studies. The Center administers several education, research and public service projects focusing on improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities and their families. Students who elect the interdisciplinary curriculum in Disability Studies may become involved in these projects through practica and internships.
The Albert D. Conley Speech and Hearing Center, located in Dunn Hall on the University of Maine campus, serves as the primary clinical demonstration and teaching site for undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Susan K. Riley, M.S.,CCC-SLP is the Clinical Director for the Conley Center. At the Center, faculty and graduate students provide speech, language, and audiological services to the University community and residents in the surrounding communities. The newly renovated Center was designed as an accessible welcoming environment for clients and families. UM students and their immediate family members are eligible for services at no cost during the academic year.
The Conley Center serves approximately 125 clients a year for speech/language therapy and 200+ clients per year in the audiology clinic. Clients are all ages and have varied needs, from preschoolers with speech/language delays to adults with mental retardation and limited communication skills to international students seeking assistance with acquiring English language skills. The faculty supervisors and student clinicians maintain a client and family-centered approach, working closely with family members, caregivers and other service providers in the client’s life to provide comprehensive, individualized and functional services.
Evaluation and remedial services are offered on the semester (Fall, Spring) and summer calendar of the University. A Diagnostic Clinic is conducted on Friday mornings during the Fall and Spring semesters. Comprehensive audiological services are provided on a twelve month basis. Graduate students are supervised by clinical and academic faculty who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Our full-time Clinical Audiologist, Amy Engler Booth, who holds the ASHA CCC in audiology, supervises graduate students in audiology practicum.
Recently, the service options available to clients and families at the Conley Speech and Hearing Center have expanded with the development of two Specialty Clinics: The Stuttering Clinic and The Family-Based Treatment Clinic. The Clinics are coordinated and supervised by clinical and academic faculty with special clinical expertise and research interests in these areas.
For further information on services please call (207) 581-2006.