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  • UMF | University of Maine at Farmington Honors Program

    Honors Program at University of Maine at Farmington Honors House is open daily 7am-midnight through fall and spring semesters HON 277H Afrofuturism Fall 21 Student workers needed for AY21-22: 2 leaders for Honors Development Groups ​ Flexible hours and YES they are fun jobs! Send your resume to the email below over the summer and be ready to start early September! HON 277H Into the Wild Spring 22 TBA ​ Questions? Please email Lisa Gallant umfhonors@maine.edu Quick Clicks Fundamentals Mission Statement About the Program Requirements Apply to Honors Program Forms and Documents Earning Honors Credits Honors Experience HON 305 Honors Enhancement HON 499 Thesis or Creative Project Honors Levels Honors Participation Honors Development Groups Volunteerism Honors Journal Honors Events Honors Talk

  • UMF Honors Program | Honors Council

    HONORS COUNCIL ​ Meetings may be held via Zoom *Honors Director reserves the right to cancel meetings when necessary. Meetings will also be cancelled if the date falls on a holiday or snow date. The Honors Council consists of the Honors Director, six Honors faculty members, three Honors students, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs at UMF (ex-officio). ​ The Council's primary purpose is to assist the Honors Director in developing the Honors curriculum, conducting HON 499 defenses, coordinating Honors Program changes, and developing appropriate policies for the Program. Honors Council faculty members serve for staggered three-year terms and Honors Council student members serve for one-year renewable terms. ​ 2021-22 Council Members: John Messier, Honors Director and Professor of Economics Jayne Decker, Instructor of Theater (2022) Gretchen Legler, Professor of Creative Writing (2023) Michael Schoeppner, Assistant Professor of History (2023) Marilyn Shea, Professor of Psychology (2022) Two additional faculty members; vacant (2024) Student Representatives; vacant ( 2022) Eric Brown, Provost (Ex-officio) ​ ​

  • UMF Honors Program | Contact Us

    Greetings! We are happy to answer any questions and review suggestions on how we can make improvements to the Honors Program. Please leave your question, suggestion or comment for review. Honors Program University of Maine at Farmington 125 Lincoln Street Farmington, Maine 04938 umfhonors@maine.edu 207-778-7199 Your details were sent successfully! Send

  • UMF Honors Program | Honors Development Group

    HONORS DEVELOPMENT GROUPS Honors Development Groups (HDG, First-Year Honors Students Only) An Honors Development Group is a group of seven to nine Honors students with two upper level leaders that meet on a weekly basis in the fall semester and complete a community service project in the spring semester. The purpose of the group is to make the transition into college and into the Honors Program as seamless as possible by surrounding first year students with supportive peers and presenting various opportunities to get involved. Members of the fall 2018 cohort will be assigned to an HDG based on class schedule availability. What is an HDG? HDGs participate in a variety of activities throughout the year to help students make friends, become acclimated to campus, and feel a part of the Honors Program. Some activities an HDG might partake in include watching movies, discussing an in-depth topic, visiting various parts of campus, playing board games, doing scavenger hunts, decorating the Honors House, attend campus events and much more. Your HDG leaders are upper level honors students who have gone through a comprehensive training program before leading. ​ What are my responsibilities? Students in the fall cohort are required to attend one HDG per week, each meeting lasting approximately one hour. Your group will meet at the same time every week in the Honors house, though the group may choose to hold meetings elsewhere from time to time. Your group may also choose to make some meetings last two hours in order to skip a week or make up for a missed meeting. Occasionally, meetings may have to be cancelled or times changed. It is very important if you are not going to make your HDG meeting, you let your leader know so they know not to expect you. It can be difficult for leaders to execute their plans properly if their entire group does not show up. The group will also complete a community service project in the spring semester together. Honors Development Group Leaders All Honors Development Groups will be facilitated by upper level Honors students. The leaders will coordinate HDG activities/events and log their activities and attendance weekly. Training will be provided to prepare HDG leaders for their roles. Leaders will also lead their group on a community project in the spring. What are my responsibilities? To prepare for and hold 13 meetings in the Fall semester To attend all training sessions To work with the HDG on a Community Service Project in the Spring semester To submit plans for semester to the Honors Director Submit weekly attendance and brief evaluation of the HDG meetings

  • Cardboard Regatta at Sandy River! | umf-honorsprogram

    ​ Honors Program Cardboard Regatta Guidelines What - a fun boat race on the Sandy River in a boat you and your team construct out of cardboard. When - Saturday September 14, rain or shine. A light BBQ and boat design prizes will follow the race. Where - Deliver your boats by 10am to Front Street in Farmington. There is a dirt parking lot next to the athletic field. Boats will be judged, and the launch will be at the trestle on the far side of the athletic fields. Who - all UMF Honors students, faculty and staff. Registration deadline is September 12. *University risk waivers must be signed prior to event ​ Rules and Information ​ Boat Design and Construction Requirements 1. Only corrugated cardboard may be used. It can be of any thickness. ​ 2. No material such as Styrofoam or rubber inflation devices may be used to provide “buoyancy” or maintain flotation. Violators will be branded “Pirates” and stripped of any trophies. ​ 3. The Boats may be painted (this is encouraged to be more creative). ​ 4. For environmental reasons, hulls are not to be coated in tar, oil-based paints, vinyl, plastic coating, shrink wrap, or fiberglass resin. ​ 5. Joints and seams may be glued and/or taped. Duct tape, contact cement, rubber cement, or construction adhesive may be used. ​ 6. No nails or metal or wood fasteners or staples may be used in the construction of the boat (small amounts may be used for decoration only in areas above the water line). ​ 7. Boats may be of any width, length or height. (Be creative) ​ 8. Decorations may be made from any material but may not be used to reinforce the actual structure of the boat. That also must not aid in the flotation or propulsion of the boat and do not create a fire or safety hazard. ​ 9. All boats need to be able to be carried in the parade of boats prior to the race and from the judging area to the designated starting bank on the Sandy River. ​ Keep it light, or have many teammates to assist! ​ 10. Boat design is left to the builders. Let your imagination take over; make your boat look like a race car, flying saucer, dragon, etc. Crew costumes are encouraged. ​ 11. Paddles must meet the same construction requirements as the boats (cardboard, glue, and duct tape only) Boats must be propelled by the use of a paddle and/or hands. No artificial paddles are allowed ​ **Note** Boats are subject to inspection and disqualification by Race Officials. Crew Requirements ​ 1. Teams may be of any number (the more the merrier). All Teams must be officially registered by September 12, 2019. ​ 2. Only 1 chosen “Captain” can sail in the race. ​ 3. Teams are encouraged to vie for the Team Spirit Award, coming out in regalia to go along with the theme of their boat entry. (Think T-shirts, pirate costumes, etc.) ​ 4. No boat will be allowed to leave the starting gate unless all persons on board are wearing a personal flotation device (life vest) as well as hard soled, close toed shoes. ​ 5. Up to 2 teammates who are not in the boat may help push the boat away from the starting line. ​ 6. All Teams must ensure that their area has been cleaned prior to departure on Regatta day. All boats and materials must be removed from the site or cut apart and placed in available trash containers. The Race Course 1. The course will entail on “out and back” circuit from the marked stating bank around the designated area in the Sandy River and back to the starting bank. ​ 2. Contestants may choose their path to circle the marker and how close to the marker they wish to travel in their out and back heat. ​ 3. Dependent upon the number of entries, there will be Heats of Four Boats completing the course circuit at any one time. ​ 4. Boat Captains may not intentionally ram another boat, or cause harm or sinkage due to intentionally splashing another boat, throwing water balloons, etc. ​ 5. All remaining Boats (still capable after their heats) are invited to compete in the final race of the day… The Pirate’s Race! Awards The Clipper Ship Award: Fastest Boat to run the course. (Based on your time from your Heats) The Most Creative Award: Judges’ choice on design and artistic elements The Most Team Spirit Award: Judges’ choice based on Teams’ support of their entries’ Theme The Titanic Award: Judges’ choice given to the most spectacular sinking All Boats need to be in the judging area by 10 a.m. Any rule not specifically covered above will be left to the discretion of the Judges Boat Building Tips The UMF Regatta! Building a cardboard boat is all about trying to meet "The Challenge": BUILD A PERSON-POWERED CARDBOARD BOAT THAT IS CAPABLE OF COMPLETING ONE TRIP AROUND THE 500-YARD COURSE ON the Sandy River. Along the way, you will enjoy encountering and dealing with many small details. But look ahead to the satisfaction of knowing you accomplished something that most people won't even try -- building a boat made of corrugated cardboard. First things first . . . start with some objective in mind. Maybe you want to build the fastest boat at the Regatta. Perhaps you are more interested in one of the Judges Awards for design or eye appeal. Maybe you want to win the Team Spirit Award. Perhaps you want to get on television or be the featured photo in the Student newspaper. Or just maybe you want to take home the Titanic Award for the most spectacular sinking. Next . . . start with a design idea, a vision of what you want your cardboard creation to look like. But consider this first -- it doesn't have to be a boat at all! It can be any design you like or want to try out. Some races have had replicas of jeeps, exotic cars, full-scale pickup trucks, school buses, fire trucks, and other vehicles. We've seen space shuttles, Elvis on his guitar, beds, foldout soft drink cans, personal computers (with a mouse that trailed in the water), a raft with a trailing shark fin, a floating outhouse, a taco, a bratwurst, a giant Tootsie Roll, Tessie the Loch Ness Monster, Deidra the Dragonfly, the Statue of Liberty hand (from "Planet of the Apes"), and so much more. Oh, sure, we've had lots of boats too: submarines, aircraft carriers, PT boats, lake freighters, pirate ships, the Exxon Valdez (with simulated oil slick), and so on. Try this to save time . . . build a model using a manila folder or other heavy paper or lightweight cardboard. That way, you can fold, re-fold, and fold again to your heart's content. You can cut it up, glue it together, and try out your design idea in small scale before working on a full-sized creation. Or you can throw out an idea that sounded great, but just won't work, then try something else before you have wasted any cardboard. How about a little science? If you want, you can toss in a little physics or other sciences. Maybe you will choose to calculate the displacement of your design idea so that you will have some certainty about the buoyancy of your design. Here's the basic number: a cubic foot of water weighs about 62 pounds. That means that a 180-pound man will float in a boat that is 1 foot by 1 foot by 3 feet -- of course, that could be a bit uncomfortable! But at least you would know just how much boat you will need for you (and your crew) so you don't overdesign it and add unnecessary weight. Then again, how about some art? Perhaps you have a really creative idea, maybe something that nobody has done before. Unless you get your kicks from putting in lots of hours and making discoveries along the way -- hey, sometimes that can be great fun -- you may want to at least try out that unique or innovative idea in model form. If you want to put a palm tree in the middle of your "desert island," be sure you won't make the whole thing top-heavy -- unless, of course, you are trying for the Titanic Award. Now, go full-scale . . . but first, think about this: make sure your creation will be able to get out the door of wherever you choose to build it. There are many tales of woe about boats that had to be dismantled -- or even trashed and rebuilt -- just because no one thought about the size of the boat and the size of the door. Also think of how you are going to transport it to Campus for the Race. Where to get cardboard? This is a scavenger hunt as well as a boat race... You might get cardboard from appliance stores. The shipping boxes for refrigerators and big freezers can be good possibilities. Maybe you can get boxes for TVs, bedding, bookcases, or other furniture. Of course, you can also use smaller sheets and glue them or fasten them together. We are also collecting some cardboard at Honors, so once your team is registered, please contact Lisa Gallant lisagall@maine.edu if you need some. Where to get the Duct Tape? As this can be quite expensive, we will be distributing rolls of tape to the Registered Teams. Creative problem-solving is the name of the game. Whether you get your creative insights from methodical effort or from wide-ranging trial-and-error, building a cardboard boat can be -- no, make that, will be -- both fun and challenging. FYI -- there are no plans, no pre-set designs, no step-by-step instructions here . . . no recipe cards, no fill-in-the-blank formats. The first ingredient in cardboard boat-building is creativity. The second important ingredient is problem-solving. Then there is cardboard, of course -- and it has to be corrugated. Hey, maybe you are more the "wing it" type -- okay, get some cardboard, fold it a little, cut out any excess here and there, add a little glue or duct tape, maybe some paint or water sealant, and presto-chango, you have a boat for the Regatta. Let's see, other materials . . . you can use glue and tape. You can use paint and water sealant and other stuff. But first, take a look at "The Rules" to find a short list of substances that are not to be used. We're not trying to make it tough on you, but we are steering you away from stuff that is toxic, either for you or for the environment. Handling cardboard -- you will find it easier and more fun if you keep in mind a few tips. You can have strength and still keep your boat light if you laminate layers of cardboard. In fact, try placing one layer so that the corrugations run in one direction, then placing the second layer so that the corrugations run at a 90-degree angle to the first layer. To fold cardboard across the corrugations, consider scoring the line of the fold with the butt end of your utility knife or other rounded edge of a tool. Don't step on your cardboard! If you break the corrugations -- well, think about it. To keep your cardboard dry, don't forget to seal the edges with caulk or silicone. If water gets into your corrugations, you can have great fun watching it get drawn through the corrugation just like in a drinking straw. That may be okay when you have time to do something about it, but if you see this happen in the middle of a race! Here’s a bunch of other items to think about. A flat bottom is recommended. A V-shaped bottom is likely to tip over unless the V is very gentle. The lowest center of gravity is the most stable; kneeling or standing will cause you to tip over. Longer boats go faster, but they are harder to turn. Boats shorter than 10 feet are difficult to steer. For height, allow about 18 inches for you to sit and paddle effectively without the edge of your boat blocking your arms. For width, figure about 30 inches maximum for 1 person, 48 inches for two people. Paint all the surfaces before gluing, caulk the edges, then glue (carpenter’s glue works great). Avoid oil-based stains, caulk, and glue because the oil soaks into the cardboard, may never dry, and this weakens the cardboard. Duct tape shrinks when it is painted. Clear tape melts when it is painted. Reinforced paper tape works well over caulked edges and seams. Forget about “glue guns” because that type of glue melts on hot days. Hey, some of the fun is in the discovery. So that's it for tips. Now go for it! Keep in mind the other lessons you learn along the way. That will make building your next boat just that much easier. Have fun! Be creative! If you can dream it, you can do it! Download Guidelines

  • UMF Honors Program | Curriculum

    Honors courses include all disciplines and are taught by various professors from each department. There are several courses offered each semester. Fall 2021 Course Schedule ​ HON 101 The Case for the Extraordinary Days: Tu Time: 18:15 - 21:45 Instructor: Underkuffler,Frank M Class Equivalents: UMF FYS 100 The Big Bang. The quasar. The black hole. Quantum theory. Time. The human genome. The human brain. The Internet. Culture. The laws. God. The virus. Evolution. Plate tectonics. The periodic table. The infinitesimal. Gödel’s theorems. The unconscious. Spiderman. The imagination. Classical Greece. Medieval cathedrals. Renaissance art. The hurricane. Beethoven. The Beatles. Alex Honnold. What goes into making a list of what most intrigues us? How is it even possible? What is the most astonishing thing on it? In the course of learning as much as we can about those things we humans find most amazing and why, we will explore the philosophy and psychology of the wonderful, miraculous, astounding, and sublime. Through assigned readings and class-wide debate, the class will develop and adopt suitable criteria for determining what is most extraordinary. Then the class will be divided into pairs. Each pair will be charged with researching what they believe to be the most extraordinary thing. They will report what they discover about that thing to the rest of the class and, using the criteria the class developed, advocate for their thing's being the most extraordinary thing of all. HON 101 College Success/Failure Days: TuTh Time: 08:00 - 09:40 Instructor: Youngdahl,Shana Attributes: Fusion Course Class Equivalents: UMF FYS 100 What does it mean to be successful? What does it mean to fail? We use the terms often noting someone is "a success, or asking a friend "Did you see my epic fail?" What do these concepts really mean? How are they related? And how can we build a life that we see as successful? This Honors section of How to Succeed in College will explore these questions as well as help you get the most out of UMF and the Honors Program as you make your transition to college life. In addition to considering success and failure through studying the works of great writers and turning a critical eye to our culture, this course will focus on uncovering your passions and interests in relation to other courses you take in college, the major you select, and the career you choose to pursue. The course will begin with a 5-day seminar on campus prior to orientation during which we will explore UMF, the local community and the outdoors, while building on our understanding of success, failure and resilience. HON 101 Dig It: Growing for Others Days: TuTh Time: 08:00 - 09:40 Instructor: Beck,Misty A Attributes: Fusion Course Class Equivalents: UMF FYS 100 “Dig It! Growing for Others” focuses on community gardening and gleaning (the historic practice of gathering produce that would otherwise be wasted). During the August Fusion week, the class will work with Merrymeeting Gleaners on the nonprofit farm “Growing to Give,” helping in all aspects of farming, from planting late season crops to harvesting for distribution. Students will gather stories of the gleaners, farmers, and sustainable farming practices (such as using biochar). These stories, along with their own direct experience, will be supplemented by appropriately distanced conversations in the evenings, camping at nearby Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment. After returning to campus, students will put that experience into direct local action, by growing food for others in our campus community garden; working with local community partners; deepening knowledge through reading about root causes and personal experiences of food insecurity; researching ways to create food justice and local autonomy; and telling these stories in essays, podcasts, and story maps. Students will learn something of the long history and practice of gleaning as well as the contemporary work of volunteer organizations like the Merrymeeting Gleaners, gaining a vital experience learning and working with them. Working with community partners, as well as in the Dig It! campus garden, students will help to develop a gleaning operation and network with volunteers to serve the fresh food needs of this area. Besides the valuable hands-on experience, students will learn how to grow their knowledge, put it into context of scholarship and other voices, and tell these stories in a variety of ways, both conventional and new media. HON 101 Dig It: Gardening for Change Days: TuTh Time: 08:00 - 09:40 Instructor: Legler,Gretchen T Attributes: Fusion Course Class Equivalents: UMF FYS 100 If you want to ground yourself in the earth, get your hands dirty, grow and harvest food, connect with your community, and study issues such as food justice, organic farming, sustainable and restorative agriculture, and local foodways, this class is for you. These first year courses are designed to help you develop strong skills in personal and academic writing, critical thinking, and creative problem solving. This will all happen under the umbrella of "Gardening for Change." With ample time to experience, contemplate, and explore, students will tend to the UMF vegetable garden and other campus grow spots, including the UMF arboretum. In addition to hands-on gardening and field trips to local farms, food banks, and related venues, the course will include readings, new media and other cultural resources to delve into the garden as a concept in historical, political, aesthetic, cultural, and spiritual contexts; as a site for experiential learning and personal healing; and as a human-scale solution to our current environmental crises. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the UMF Honors Program, or permission of instructors. HON 180N Sex, Drugs and Twinkies Days: MW Time: 13:20 - 15:00 lecture Instructor: Sherrod,Michael J Days: F Time: 13:10 - 15:00 lab This interdisciplinary science course uses the lens of chemical and biochemical sciences to examine various topics in human history, human behavior, and the world around us. Topics vary by semester and with student interest, but may cover subjects as diverse as food chemistry, global warming, the biochemistry of addiction, the molecular origins of disease, and the biochemical origins of human sexuality. Hands-on laboratory exercises will demonstrate the underlying chemical concepts. $30.00 Course Fee HON 277H Afrofuturism Days: MWF Time: 10:30 - 11:35 Instructor: Johnson,Michael K Afrofuturism is an umbrella term for speculative (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.) literature and art that centers on Black characters and themes. This course will focus primarily on African American texts in literature, music, film, and television, from Sun Ra’s Space is the Place and Octavia Butler’s fiction to the recent HBO series Lovecraft Country. ​ HON 305 History of Children in America HTY255S cross-list This course examines the lives of children and the evolving concept of "childhood" from the colonial era to the present. Looking at social and cultural variability across class, gender, time and race, it offers a nuanced portrait of the nation as it developed. (Pass/Fail option) Every three years. ​ HON 377 Imaginary Machines Days: TuTh Time: 12:00 - 13:40 Instructor: Gies,Paul J This course will look at several kinds of "machines" invented by mathematicians like the late Alan Turing to investigate the nature of computation. Some of those machines turned out to be the predecessors of modern computers; all of them have something to tell us about how our own minds work and about the nature of knowledge itself. Inside HON Courses

  • AY20-21 Honors Graduates! | umf-honorsprogram

    To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Congratulations to our AY 20-21 Graduates! Honors Certificate These are students who have completed a minimum of 12 credits in Honors and maintained an accumulated GPA of 3.3 or better. Emma Elizabeth Bennett Hannah Binder Page Cadorette Abbigayl Margaret Czajkowski Thomas Dolman Cassie Marie Donald Bryanna Lily Franklin Brianna Nellie Hinkley Mariah Dawn Langton Alyssa Karen Leonard Crystal Rose Macomber Jotham Moses Miller Liz Niznik Rebekah Joy Paradis Emma Payson Kathleen Grace Perry Andrew Joseph Poulliot Elaine Randolph Alexandria L. Ridley Jocelyn A. Rocray Lillian Hope Scribner William Shames Jessica Lynn Small Dominic Michael Stevens Kyra Jo Zabel ​ University Honors These are students who have completed a minimum of 20 credits in Honors, including at least one 300- level course or above and maintained an accumulated GPA of 3.3 or better. Julianne Marie Andreades Samantha Kali Wood University Honors Scholar This is our highest level of recognition. These are students who have completed a minimum of 20 credits in Honors including an Honors Thesis or Creative Project and maintained an accumulated GPA of 3.3 or better. Nathan William McIvor, Associate Professor Christine Darrohn​​ Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage: Text and Context ​ Billie Rose Newby, Assistant Professor Misty Krueger The Ever-Present Dystopia, the Non-Present Utopia, and the Third Space: The Role of Contrasting Coteries in 20th-Century Dystopian Literature and Parable of the Sower ​ Cori Schneider, Assistant Professor Amy Neswald Asteria ​ Samantha Joy Taylor, Assistant Professor Aaron Wyanski A Concept OST ​ ​ ​ ​ Read the HON 499 Theses and Creative Projects

  • UMF Honors Program | Honors Students & Opportunities

    GET INVOLVED! Do you want to become active in the Honors Program? If so, here are the opportunities. Honors Talk SHARE YOUR PROFILE AND THOUGHTS ON OUR WEBSITE Students love to read about other students. What a great way to connect with others and help serve as a mentor for fellow students. Submit your profile, thoughts, jokes, favorite pet or vacation photos to umfhonors@maine.edu . ​ JOIN US ON SOCIAL MEDIA Honors is developing our image on Facebook and Instagram. Please help us in growing our presence, please see us here: HONORS COUNCIL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE HC has three seats available for student representatives. Statements of interest are sought in April for those wishing to serve a one-year term on Honors Council. The Honors Director will announce this through the Honors listserve. Selection is determined by the Honors student body voting system. Role & Responsiblities Email Us EVENTS COMMITTEE Honors students may opt to be members of the committee. The main responsibility is to create events, both on and off campus. These events can be small, or more detailed; from movie night at Honors House to planning a Boston excursion. You have control of what Honors experience during their time here at UMF. It's a big role, and it's a big deal! If this interests you, email us! Read the Honors Journal HONORS JOURNAL The Honors Journal is an online and print publication run entirely by Honors student editors. Submissions include poems, pictures, films, essays, and more. The journal themes are dedicated to Honors students, and it also accepts works from all students across campus. umfhonorsjournal-group@maine.edu Merrill Center Job Listings WORK INITIATIVE & FEDERAL WORK STUDY POSITIONS Honors Program hires students for the fall and spring semesters under Work Initiative and Federal Work Study. The job descriptions may vary by year but typically includes event planning, social media management, or leading Honors Development Groups.

  • UMF Honors Program | HC Student Representatives

    Symposium Day Photo Gallery Honors Council Student Representatives AY21-22 Click the buttons to send a message to our student representatives! TBA The Honors Council consists of the Honors Director, six faculty members, three Honors students, and the Vice-President for Academic Affairs at UMF (ex-officio). The Council’s primary purpose is to assist the Honors Director in developing the Honors curriculum, selecting new Honors students, coordinating Honors Program changes, developing appropriate policies for the Program, reviewing Honors Thesis and Creative Projects and attending Honors Defenses. Honors Council faculty members serve for staggered three-year terms and Honors Council student members serve for one-year renewable terms. ​ Qualifications for nomination as a Student Representative for the UMF Honors Program (1 year term) Must be a member of the UMF Honors Program, interested in working to improve the Honors Program. Representatives must retain student status for the entire duration of the term. ​ Process To self-nominate, interested students should email to the honors director a brief background statement (200 word limit) that includes what the candidate wants to improve/implement as Student Representative and qualifications/experience that will help them to do so. Should the number of nominations exceed three (3) an election will be held. The top three vote recipients will be appointed to the Honors Council. Ties are decided by the Honors Council. All UMF Honors students in good standing are eligible to vote. ​ Responsibilities Student representatives are full voting members of the honors council with a particular charge to provide voice to honors students. Student representatives should solicit feedback regarding issues impacting on students’ honors academic studies and learning experiences to discuss at Honors Council meetings in order to affect positive change in the program. Student Representatives are expected to attend Honors Council meeting and participate in HON 499 defenses when possible. ​ Approved by Honors Council 4/11/18

  • UMF Honors Program | Honors Faculty

    Honors Program Faculty Collaborating together from all disciplines ​ Gaelyn Aguilar is a cultural anthropologist whose work falls under the broad heading of performative ethnography, an area of interest that looks to performance as a site for both intervention and re/search. She initially explored this pivot point in the Republic of Macedonia, where as a Fulbright Fellow she conducted re/search on dance and the cultural politics of national identity. Following almost 24 months of fieldwork in the Balkans, Gaelyn turned her attention to the borderlands of North America, a shift that dovetailed into her role as the Co-Artistic Director of TUG, an interdisciplinary arts collective that creates contact zones where people can generate insights about, and produce actions around, contemporary social issues. Prior to becoming active as an ethnographer, Gaelyn was an independent filmmaker who produced documentaries that profiled individuals, organizations, and socio-cultural issues that lacked access to popular support and conventional media outlets. Her documentary work has appeared in National Geographic’s New Explorers Series and been distributed nationally to over 250 refugee resettlement programs. Gaelyn complements her identity with work as a live performing and studio-recording artist. Since joining the faculty in 2006, Linda Beck has developed several new courses that reflect her research interests, such as Political Activism and Advocacy in which students work on a service-learning project with one of Maine’s many non-profit organizations. Linda has herself conducted research on social accountability in both Africa and Asia. She has also worked with Maine’s environmental community, serving as president of the Maine Conservation Alliance. Her work on environmental issues in the US and overseas informs her newly developed course, Environmental Politics in Comparative Perspective. Linda has published various articles, chapters in edited volumes and a book on ethno-politics and democratization in Senegal (W. Africa), and has conducted research for various development organizations such as the US Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Freedom House, and the International Budget Project. Kristen Case teaches courses in American literature, environmental writing, and the intersection of 20th- and 21st-century American literature and philosophy. She has published essays on Henry David Thoreau, Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and William James, and is the author of American Pragmatism and Poetic Practice: Crosscurrents from Emerson to Susan Howe (Camden House, 2011). Her poetry collection, Little Arias (New Issues, 2015) won the Maine literary Award for Poetry. She is co-editor of the volumes Thoreau at 200: Essays and Reassessments (Cambridge UP, 2016) and 21|19: Contemporary Poets on Nineteenth-Century American Texts (forthcoming, Milkweed Editions). She directs Thoreau’s Kalendar: A Digital Archive of the Phenological Manuscripts of Henry David Thoreau and The New Commons Project, a public humanities initiative sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. Born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Jonathan R Cohen holds degrees from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the University of Pennsylvania. He was delighted that his academic job search wound up in Maine, where Life truly is The Way It Should Be. He has been teaching at University of Maine Farmington since 1992, teaching everything from Critical Thinking to Ethics to Logic to Consciousness and Reality, but his primary research interests are Nietzsche and Plato. His first book, Science, Culture and Free Spirits: A Study of Nietzsche’s Human, All-too-Human, came out in 2010 (Humanity Books). His second, In Nietzsche’s Footsteps, is a philosophical travel memoir recounting his family’s trip to three of Nietzsche’s favorite residences and his concomitant encounter with the livability of Nietzsche’s philosophy (2018, 8th House). His current work is on Nietzsche’s philosophy of music; it will utilize his multi-media performance pieces entitled “Born to Affirm the Eternal Recurrence” (on Nietzsche, Buber, and Bruce Springsteen), “’Wouldn’t It Be Nice’: Why You Need to Take the Beach Boys Seriously”, and “Disciples of Dionysus” (on the Ramones). He and his wife (the math specialist at Mallett School in Farmington) maintain a segment of the Appalachian Trail and enjoy Torah reading, kayaking, and Victoria. He has four grown children and a daughter-in-law, spread from Brooklyn to Denver. He used to say he loved basketball more than life itself, but after a career-ending Achilles tear, it turns out he actually loves life more. Christine Darrohn has always been a devoted reader--as a little girl she refused to take her naps unless she could take a book to bed. Today Christine is devoted to guiding her students to become strong readers of literature who can explore the meanings of the very smallest of textual details. In her scholarship, Christine also examines texts closely in relation to a variety of cultural contexts, such as the Great War and attitudes towards empire. More fundamentally, she is interested in writers' representations of the possibilities and difficulties of forming human connections across social barriers. Holding an MFA in creative writing in addition to a PhD in literature, Christine is a published fiction writer and is currently working on a novel. Moreover, as Campus Writing Coordinator, Christine assists faculty across campus in supporting students' development as writers. Dan Gunn: In the fall of 1982, in my third year at UMF, I was asked to teach the first course in our new Honors Program, and I have been regularly involved with the program ever since, as instructor, Honors Council member, and Interim Director. I have taught first-year classes on Greek Civilization and advanced seminars on the Irish novelist James Joyce and have led Honors trips to Portland, Boston, New York, and Ireland. This past January, I took a group of students to Dublin to visit the Martello Tower and other Joyce sites and to walk in the footsteps of Leopold Bloom, Stephen Dedalus, Gabriel Conroy, and other Joycean characters. I have always appreciated the ambition, intelligence, and friendliness of Honors students and the combination of serious intellectual engagement and informal good will in Honors classes. At its best, the Honors program has been a college within the college for UMF’s best students, and it has certainly provided me with some of my most fruitful and rewarding experiences as a faculty member here. I am grateful to Eric Brown, Michael Burke, Marilyn Shea, and all of the other Honors directors for making these experiences possible. Luke Kellett is an environmentally minded archaeologist who has taught in the Anthropology department since 2011. He has broad experience working as an archaeologist for the US Forest Service in New Mexico and since 2002 has conducted various research projects in the Peruvian highlands. He is especially interested in the long-term interaction between humans and the environment during periods of climate change. Luke has co-authored a monograph entitled, The Chanka: Archaeological Research in Andahuaylas (Apurimac), Peru (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2010), as well as an edited volume entitled, Settlement Ecology of the Ancient Americas (Routledge Press, 2017). In Fall 2020, he is teaching his first Honors course (HON 101) examining the mythological, scientific, biological and cultural basis of the Bigfoot phenomenon. Luke co-leads travel courses to Peru and Newfoundland, Canada and also worked for many years (2012-2019) as UMF’s sustainability coordinator. He loves adventures in the outdoors and traveling internationally. Nicholas Koban has been a mathematics professor at UMF since 2006, and he teaches a wide variety of courses in the mathematics major as well as for other disciplines. He is interested in studying sets on which algebra can be performed (not necessarily sets of numbers), but uses geometry to study these algebraic sets instead of algebra. Each year he hires a research assistant to help with studying these algebraic objects. These students will usually assist in his research projects along with working on their own individual project. Misty Krueger is an assistant professor of English at the University of Maine at Farmington. She teaches First-Year Seminar as well as writing and literature courses for the English department and Honors program. In the summer of 2017, Misty was the Jane Austen Society of North America International Visitor in Chawton, where she conducted research and volunteered at Chawton House Library and the Jane Austen’s House Museum. She has published on Austen, juvenilia, adaptation, and pedagogy. She is at work on a book about Austen’s juvenilia, and she is editing a collection of essays on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century transatlantic women travelers. In her free time, Misty loves to play board games and card games, blog about fashion, and watch sci-fi and British detective shows. Honors Director John Messier is an economist and advocate for social justice. He has worked with informal vendors in Quito Ecuador and coffee growers in Mexico and Nicaragua. He led a student group to Chiapas Mexico on a research project investigating the impact of fair trade participation on childhood nutrition and education. Most recently he spent time in Matagalpa Nicaragua working with fair trade and traditional coffee growers and plans on returning with a student group. His course offerings include International Economic Development, International Trade and Finance and Behavioral Economics. When not in the classroom, John enjoys hiking, traveling and gardening. Nancy Prentiss teaches courses in Marine Biology, Tropical Island Ecology and Field Botany. Her research focuses on surveying marine worms (polychaete) in the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, USVI, where she is developing a database for polychaete biodiversity. She currently employs UMF students as research assistants to conduct polychaete taxonomy and to develop a UMF lab protocol for the DNA barcoding of new species found in the collection. Other interests include monitoring rare plant species in Maine. Michael Schoeppner is a legal historian who writes about race and citizenship in the United States. His recent Honors course, History Road Trip, took students around the state to examine historical monuments, consider how and why we commemorate the past, and eat ice cream. In his history courses, Dr. Schoeppner often uses role-playing games to alter students' perspectives of past events. In his course, Making the Constitution, students "became" James Madison, George Washington, Ben Franklin, and the other members of the Constitutional Convention. Students quickly realized the difficulty in framing a government and the contingency of historical developments. He loves sports, coffee, his wife, beer, politics, his son Liam, reading, and traveling (though not in that particular order). André Siamundele teaches French and courses on African Cinema and Postcolonial studies. He has presented papers and published articles on the question of Identity in Africa and the Diaspora. André earned his PhD from Yale University in 1999. Shana Youngdahl is a writer and educator who loves to help students embrace the stories they need to tell. Shana teaches first-year writing and first-year seminars in the Honors program, piloting the first Honors Fusion course on Success and Failure in 2020. Students in her courses have created web-publications, choreographed an interpretive dance, hiked a local mountain, and endured the COVID shutdown during a course titled "It's A Disaster." Shana has also directed the Longfellow Young Writers Workshop and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. The author of several poetry chapbooks and one volume of poems, her debut Young Adult novel As Many Nows As I Can Get, was noted as a Best Book of 2019 by Kirkus, The New York Public Library, and Seventeen Magazine. A believer in the importance of research and cross-discipline study as fundamental for creative work, Shana has also been the recipient of an Iowa Arts Council mini-grant and an American Antiquarian Society Artist Fellowship.