Six Feet Under: Funeral Choices

The University of Maine at Augusta Senior College hosted its first Forum on the Future event of 2014, “Six Feet Under: Funeral Choices” at 2:00 PM on Sunday January 19, 2014 in Jewett Hall.

The forum was lead by featured speaker, Cushman Anthony, an attorney, former state legislator and President of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine.  Following Anthony’s talk, there was a panel discussion with guest speakers, Kitsy Winthrop, Hospice Chaplain and Chuck Lakin, woodworker and home funeral educator.

Drawing on years of experience, these experts discussed legal documents, principle options for funerals including cremation, traditional funeral with burial in a cemetery of home plot, arrangements without a funeral director, body donation and green cemeteries, and many related topics.

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Forum Speakers

Cushman-Anthony-PR Kitsy Winthrop PR Chuck Lakin PR

Cushman Anthony
Attorney, Former State Legislator, and President of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine

Kitsy Winthrop
Hospice Chaplain
Chuck Lakin
Woodworker and Home Funeral Educator

Forum on the Future Presents

The Elusive Pursuit of Education Reform:
Prospects for Change in Maine, New England, and Across the Nation

AlbaneseAs part of the Forum on the Future lecture series, UMA College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College presented, The Elusive Pursuit of Education Reform: Prospects for Change in Maine, New England, and Across the Nation, featuring former Maine Commissioner of Education, Duke Albanese on Sunday, September 15 at 2:00pm in Room 180 of Jewett Hall.

Albanese discussed the history of educational change and talked about current educational initiatives in Maine and across the nation. Following the presentation there was a group discussion.

Albanese has been a leader in education for 40 years serving as both a superintendent of schools, and Commissioner of Education for the State of Maine. He is the founding director of the nationally recognized Sports Done Right initiative based at the University of Maine and currently works as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Great Schools Partnership, Inc. in Portland, Maine. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and completed graduate studies at the University of Maine.

For more information about Forum on the Future lecture series visit: http://www.uma.edu/forumonthefuture.html.

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JohnPiottiJohn Piotti, Executive Director of the Maine Farmland Trust, presented a talk entitled Agriculture in Maine: Its Promises and its Challenges at the University of Maine at Augusta, on January 27th at 2:00pm in Room 180 of Jewett Hall.

During his talk, Piotti discussed Maine’s role as a major food supplier for New England and its importance in Maine's economy.  However, because of land use practices, and the aging of Maine farmers, preserving Maine farmland and making it available to younger farmers becomes critical for the State's agricultural future.

As former Majority Leader for the Maine House of Representatives, and a former staff member of Coastal Enterprises Inc., Piotti has been actively involved in the development and promotion of farming in Maine for 16 years.

Following the presentation, and a refreshment break, Piotti was joined by Marilyn Meyerhans, the 39-year owner and operator of two apple orchards in Maine, along with another Maine farmer for an audience discussion of issues in agriculture. 

The forum was free and open to the public.

 

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Cooperative Economy Forum at UMA on March 3

Carla Dickstein - croppedThe University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College (UMASC) will present a Cooperative Economy Forum on Sunday, March 3rd at 2:00pm in Room 180 of Jewett Hall on the Augusta campus.  

The speaker, Carla Dickstein, Senior VP of Policy, Research, & Development at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) in Wiscasset will discuss creating economically and environmentally healthy communities in which all people, especially those with low incomes, can reach their full potential.

Dr. Dickstein received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania where she wrote her dissertation on, "The Roles of Support Organizations in Worker Cooperative Systems," which led her to publish several peer-reviewed articles on cooperatives.  Currently, at CEI she is focused on sustainable development, measuring the impact of community development finance institutions, and subprime lending and foreclosures.

Following her talk, Dickstein will be joined by Dana Faulkingham, a founder of North End Lobster Coop, and Stephen Kovacs, owner of Motorworks in Kittery, for a panel discussion moderated by UMA Senior College’s Chuck Acker. 

The forum is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served during the break period. For more information about Forum on the Future, call the UMA Senior College at 621-3551, or email .