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Friday, September 16th
3:00PM – 5:00PM
Campus Green
(Jewett Auditorium, if rain)

Program

WELCOME
President James Conneely, Ph.D.

ACADEMIC RECOGNITION
Provost Joe Szakas

Rising Scholar Introductions

Distinguished Educator Award
Lester French, Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics

Distinguished Scholar Award
Robert Kellerman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Meritorious Achievement Awards
College of Professional Studies
College of Arts & Sciences
Professional Employees Assembly
Classified Employees Assembly

Climate Change
UMA’S Academic Theme 2016-2017

Perspectives on the Theme

Peter Milligan, Ph.D.
Professor Of Biology

Ellen Stoops
UMA Biology Major

Keynote Address

Colin Woodard
State and National Affairs Writer
Portland Press Herald/ Maine Sunday Telegram

2016-2017 Academic Theme: Climate Change

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The Annual Academic Theme: An Introduction

Since its inception in 1994, the University of Maine at Augusta theme has brought our communities together for numerous activities and programs. Beginning in 2006, an annual colloquium of faculty members has chosen the theme and a corresponding reading to share with other faculty, students, staff, and the larger community. We feature discussions in and outside of our classes and organize events in order to promote larger conversations about the theme. These events have provided a platform for multiple voices to be heard on such significant topics as health and social justice, immigration, and bioethics.

The UMA Colloquium is pleased to announce that the 2016/2017 academic theme is climate change. One of the most important issues of our era, climate change refers to major changes in temperature, precipitation, and other weather patterns, that occur over several decades or longer. There is broad-based scientific agreement that climate change is primarily due to human activities, including the widespread use of fossil fuels, that release carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. This year presents a significant opportunity to explore and discuss the causes and effects of climate change, but also how individual and collective efforts can make a difference.

A component of this year’s academic theme will be the adoption of a single theme-related book by a number of classes across the curriculum: Philippe Squarzoni’s Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science, which employs the medium of long-form comics.

Thanks to all the faculty colloquium participants this year: Amy Hinkley, Lester French, Robert Bernheim, Elizabeth Powers, Carey Clark, Sarah Hentges, Lorien Lake-Corral, Connie Holden, Susan Baker, Ellen Taylor and Pete Milligan.

Sincerely,

Lisa Botshon
Colloquium Chair

  • First and foremost, there is an expectation faculty will attend. It is also especially important that faculty RSVP, because reserved seating for faculty is based on RSVPs. RSVP Here.
  • As part of Convocation, faculty are also expected to participate in the Processional and Recessional in full academic regalia. If you require cap and gown, please contact Jerry Garthoff in the Bookstore as soon as possible at 621-3067.
  • Please especially remember that if you nominated a Rising Scholar you have already expressed your commitment to attend Convocation. Please make sure you attend, because Rising Scholars will be joining you during the Processional. A complete list can be found on the Rising Scholars tab above.
  • Faculty robing will take place in the Klahr Center. Faculty should report to the Klahr Center by 2:15 PM. Please be prompt. The line-up for the Processional and the Processional itself are not typical and instructions are required.
  • Convocation will begin promptly at 3:00, with the Processional onto the campus Green.
  • In case of inclement weather, the entire event, as well as robing room will be moved to Jewett Hall. If we need to move Convocation indoors, we will alert everyone the day before the event.
  • Faculty members – and especially those teaching a class on Friday afternoon – are encouraged to bring their students to what promises to be a thought-provoking conversation that cuts across all academic disciplines. If you do plan to bring a class or some of your students, please relay the rough number of students who will be attending to Terry Lawson at 207.621.3288
  • Convocation will conclude at approximately 5:00, with a reception immediately to follow. Please be sure to stay for the Reception to greet the Rising Scholars and their guests, and to give your Rising Scholars a special certificate that will be available near the food tent.
  • Because Convocation is designed to be a university community event, Augusta staff are expected to attend Convocation. Staff in Bangor and at University College Centers are encouraged to attend.
  • The only exception for Augusta staff attendance at Convocation is in offices that directly service students. In those cases, the offices should operate at absolute minimal staffing. This means if only one person is necessary to staff an office on a Friday afternoon, then only one person should be in that office during Convocation. Supervisors will be responsible for working with their staff to make sure minimal staffing needs only are met, to decide who if anyone needs to cover the office, to make sure all other employees understand there is an expectation that they attend Convocation, and to make sure that employees RSVP here.
  • Staff will not be asked to participate in the Processional and Recessional, but may do so if they wish as long as they wear cap and gown. Staff who nominated a Rising Scholar are encouraged to march.
  • If we need to move Convocation indoors, we will alert everyone the day before the event.
  • If you have any questions, contact Terry Lawson at 207.621.3288
  • Again, click here to RSVP.
  • Students are encouraged to attend Convocation whether or not they are Rising Scholars.
  • Students may sit in any unreserved seating section.
  • If a student has been nominated as a Rising Scholar or is a Returning Rising Scholar from a previous year there are special seating arrangements and instructions.

New Rising Scholars

Congratulations!  If you have received special notification by mail, then you are a new Rising Scholar.

As a Rising Scholar, UMA President Conneely and Provost Szakas look forward to recognizing you during UMA’s September 16th Convocation.  If you have not yet sent in your RSVP to attend Convocation, we encourage you to click here to do so immediately.

We plan to honor Rising Scholars in a couple of ways during Convocation, including having all new Rising Scholars participate in the Processional that begins the ceremony. During the Processional, each Rising Scholar will march into the ceremony alongside a faculty member. Rising Scholars will then sit together in a special section adjacent to the faculty section.

All Rising Scholars attending Convocation, therefore, must assemble with faculty in the Klahr Center (home of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine) by 2:00 PM.  Specific instructions on how the Processional will work will be explained there.

If you have family, friends or guests attending Convocation, – and we hope you do – please do not bring them to the Klahr Center. They should take seats in the audience section and await the 3:00 start.

Some other things to note:

  • During Convocation, Rising Scholars will also be individually recognized by Provost Szakas, will participate in the Recessional, and receive a special certificate signed by President Conneely.
  • In the case of rain, Convocation will be moved indoors to Jewett Auditorium. Should this happen, we will alert you to any changes the day before, including a different room to assemble in prior to the event.
  • As a Rising Scholar, you are encouraged to wear either business dress or business casual attire at Convocation.  While there is no formal dress code, jeans and t-shirts are discouraged.
  • Finally, I hope you and your guests will attend the President’s Reception that immediately follows Convocation.

If you have any questions, contact Terry Lawson at 207.621.3288

Again, our congratulations!

Returning Rising Scholars

If you were selected as a Rising Scholar last year or the year before, you are a Returning Rising Scholar. As a returning Rising Scholar, we look forward to your attending this year’s September 16th Convocation as a special guest of the university.

If you have not yet sent in your RSVP to attend Convocation, we encourage you to click here to do so immediately.

Returning Rising Scholars will be seated in a special reserved section. While only newly nominated Rising Scholars will participate in the Processional (as you likely did previously), Provost Szakas intends to recognize returning Rising Scholars as a group during the Convocation program.

When you arrive at Convocation, please be sure to tell an usher you are a returning Rising Scholar. They will escort you to the Rising Scholar reserved seating section.

If you have family, friends or guests attending Convocation, – and we hope you do – they will be seated in an adjacent seating area.

Some other things to note:

  • In the case of rain, Convocation will be moved indoors to Jewett Auditorium.
  • As a Rising Scholar, you are encouraged to wear either business dress or business casual attire at Convocation.  While there is no formal dress code, jeans and t-shirts are discouraged.
  • Finally, I hope you and your guests will attend the President’s Reception that immediately follows Convocation.

If you have any questions, contact Terry Lawson at 207.621.3288

Guests may sit in any unreserved seating section.

Guests of Rising Scholars should not escort their rising Scholar to the robing room. Rather, they should head directly to the Campus Green and sit in any unreserved seating section.

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