forumForum on Personal and Financial Security while Aging in Place

The UMA Senior College is hosting a forum on Personal and Financial Security for seniors in Jewett Hall Auditorium at UMA on Sunday, February 1, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. This is the third of a series of forums on how older citizens can successfully and safely age at home.

During the forum, a panel of experts will discuss optimizing your savings account, protection from fraud and physical and emotional safety, as well as answer questions about what you can do if you or others you know have been exploited. 

Panelists include Judith Shaw, Securities Administrator for the Maine Office of Securities, and co- chair of the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention, Denis Culley an Attorney for the Legal Services for the Elderly, and Nan Bell, Community Educator of the Family Violence Project.

Panelist’s presentations will be followed by an audience discussion.

The forum is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. A snow is set for February 22nd.

For more information contact UMA Senior College at 621-3551 or umasc@maine.edu

50 UMA Faces50th Anniversary Exhibit Unveils UMA Alumni Portraits and Stories

In celebration of the University of Maine at Augusta’s 50th anniversary, an exhibition of photographs and stories of 50 alumni opens Jan. 20 at UMA’s Danforth Gallery.

“UMA Faces: 50years/50faces of alumni central to Maine” will be on display through Feb. 22. An opening reception is slated for Jan. 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Alumni photographers Jen Burton, Danielle DeWald Pease, and Roderick Small have created black and white portraits of notable UMA alumni who value the impact of education in their lives. The list includes veterans, artists, civic leaders, healthcare professionals, musicians, educators, authors, and veterinary technicians.

In addition to the photographs are five, four-foot square mixed media portraits of seven alumni, including former Maine First Lady Mary Hermon, entrepreneur Roger Pomerleau, and UMA finance professor and musician Jon Finnegan. Each collaborative portrait is composed of 36 squares created by collage, drawing, painting, pen and ink, and other media.

The UMA Faces exhibit also launches the Maine Photo Project, a statewide collaboration of more than 30 museums, galleries and historical societies presenting photography-themed exhibitions and programs during 2015.

In conjunction with its 50th anniversary, UMA also has a 50th Anniversary Fund campaign designed to funnel funds to support scholarships, veterans enrolled at UMA, and strengthen online and distance education. To date, more than half of the fundraising goal of $5 million has been attained.

For more information visit the following links:

Exhibition Website: http://umafaces.com
Exhibition Catalog: http://www.blurb.com/b/5935535-50-faces-uma
Maine Photo Project: http://www.mainephotoproject.org

Military Advanced Education LogoUMA has been selected as top school in Military Advanced Education’s 2015 Guide.

Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded the University of Maine at Augusta the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities.

The guide, which measures best practices in military and veteran education, was released in the December issue of MAE magazine, and is available online at www.mae-kmi.com

MAE’s Guide to Colleges & Universities presents the results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions.  It serves as tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising service members about their educational opportunities.

UMA has also been recognized for its excellence in military services in the Military Friendly lists from 2011-2015, by Military Times in the 2013 and 2014 Best for Vets Colleges lists, and by U.S. News and World Reports in the 2014 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.

For more information about UMA’s services for veterans and military personnel, visit: http://www.uma.edu/vetmilpersonnel.html.

UMA Climbs to 40th in the Nation for Best Online Programs says U.S. News & World Reports.

For the third year in a row U.S. News & World Reports has selected UMA in its national ranking of universities offering top online bachelor’s degree programs. UMA is the only university in Maine that was ranked.

“Even before the US News rankings, we firmly believed UMA was the premier institution in the state for delivering online and distance education,” says UMA President Glenn Cummings. “This year’s ranking strongly reinforces that belief.”

After making U.S. News & World Reports top picks for the past two years, UMA has climbed to 40th in the nation for its Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs. In 2013, UMA was ranked 103rd and in 2014, UMA ranked 61st.

“Each year, UMA faculty and staff work together to strengthen our delivery of online programs, and our success is reflected in our steady climb in the US News & World Reports rankings,” adds Cummings.

UMA works in concert with University College to deliver online and distance education across the state of Maine. UMA oversees eight University College Centers on behalf of the University of Maine System.

“Most Maine adults can’t uproot their lives to attend a college far from where they work and live. They need college to come to them, and that’s why UMA’s commitment to online education is so important,” says Bonnie Sparks, Executive Director of University College and Distance Education.

Thirty six percent of UMA’s students currently complete the majority of their coursework online, up from 30% at this time last year.

“Our commitment to online programs will only continue to grow in the years ahead as the need and demand for online programs increase here in Maine and across the country,” adds Cummings.

UMA offers nine online degree programs in Applied Science, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Information and Library Services, Justice Studies, Liberal Studies, Mental Health and Human Services, Public Administration, and Social Sciences. 

The U.S. News & World Reports’ rankings are based on statistical data gathered from questionnaires about each institution’s online specific bachelor's degree programs.  The factors considered were, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology, and student engagement.

A full list of the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in the survey can be found here:
http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/rankings

The individual scoring for the University of Maine at Augusta can be found here:
http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/university-of-maine-at-augusta-6760/bachelors

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