FARMINGTON — In preparation for UMF’s 2013-14 sesquicentennial celebration, members of the University of Maine at Farmington campus community have collaborated on a creative way to usher in the year-long festivities.

Appreciating that UMF’s 150th anniversary is as worthy of celebration as a wedding, UMF has generated the “150 for 150 Anniversary Registry.” The gift registry consists of 150 items identified by students, faculty and staff that will not only commemorate UMF’s place in the record books as Maine’s first public institution of higher learning, but will also help support student success — the reason why UMF has endured.

“What a monumental anniversary this is for UMF and the community,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “UMF and Farmington have grown and adapted and strengthened together over the last 150 years and we’re excited to share with the public our first preparations for the celebration.”

Beginning last fall, Foster approached the campus with the idea of creating a gift registry as a unique opportunity for people to be a part of the landmark anniversary. Faculty, staff and students with interests from athletics to young adult literature were encouraged to submit a prioritized list of their ideas that would help students now and in the future. Suggestions were evaluated, developed and sorted into a wish list worthy of the milestone.

The Registry is organized by price, academics and interests including topics such as sustainability, fitness & recreation and Chompers’s Choice — in honor of the UMF beaver mascot. Items range from sports equipment to microscopes to teaching tools for educators to a new greenhouse in which budding artists, scientists and teachers will be able to pursue their educational goals.

The launch of The Registry is just the first of many preparations that are being made by UMF to celebrate its historic anniversary. Members of the public are welcome to visit the gift registry website at 150for150.umf.maine.edu. For those without Internet access, a hard copy is available by request at 207-778-7090.


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