Announcement, On & Off Campus Events

Bowdoin Public Service Initiative
Upcoming deadline:

BPS Fellowships: Deadline Thursday, November 15th at noon.

Walk-in Hours: Mondays 9:00-11:00am, Thursdays 12:30-2:00pm, or by appointment. Banister 201. Learn more.

Election Night Results Screening Party
Starts at 8pm
Morrell Lounge (Smith Union)

Join the entire Bowdoin Community to watch the results come in! Free food will be provided by the Pub & McKeen Center (while supplies last). Sponsored by Bowdoin Republicans, Bowdoin Democrats, Bowdoin Student Government, and Bowdoin Votes.

Pop-up Art Show With Incarcerated Youth
Friday, November 9, 7-9pm
Ladd House

Enjoy multimedia art created by incarcerated students from Maine and across the USA.  Meet the artists and pick up a copy of the new art magazine, The Truth of Incarcerated Youth (donations encouraged).  Sponsored by Criminal Justice Reform Club. Contact Heather Gans.

COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES

Help Build Window Inserts for Brunswick Residents
Tuesday daytimes and/or Thursday evenings
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Pleasant and Union St, Brunswick, Maine

WindowDressers builds and distributes insulative window inserts for Brunswick residents who are struggling to make ends meet.  The community workshop will include all training and tools required. Contact Sam Saltonstall.

Off Campus Event: Wild & Scenic Film Fesitval, SUnday 11/11 3-5 in Belfast, ME

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.
Sunday, Nov. 11, 3-5 PM
Cosby Center, Belfast, Maine ($10)

As a festival by activists and for activists, Wild & Scenic is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League). “Since 1983, we’ve been building a community to protect and restore the rivers of our home watershed, from source to sea. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts our local work – and yours too – into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world.”

In short films, witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. The program contains nine diverse and inspiring films of environmental activism that range in length from 3 to 22 minutes.

Join us after the films for drinks, food and conversation at the Center.

Check out the film line-up:

Letter to Congress: Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage—our public lands—to private and corporate interests.

Blue Venture: A marine biologist encourages a coastal Madagascar community to close of a small section of their octopus-fishing area. After the community sees huge increase in their catch and incomes, the model goes viral showing how protecting the ocean can go hand-in-hand with improving lives.

Biomimicry: This film shows how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to saving water.

Dragging Pounds Uphill: A mother of four decides to turn off screens and make a change. Though challenging, her kids go from fearing and ignoring nature to understanding and loving it.

100,000 Beating Hearts: The film tells the story of fourth generation cattleman Will Harris evolution from industrial, commodity cowboy to sustainable, humane food producer, whilst breathing new life into a community left behind and forgotten due to the industrialization of agriculture.

Imagination: Watch daydreams come to life as Tom Wallisch shreds the snowy streets of Nelson, British Columbia.

Water Warriors: A multi-cultural group of unlikely warriors—including members of the Mi’kmiq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families—successfully fight a gas company’s efforts to frack in their province.

My Irnik: A young father teaches his son about the value of shared adventures, exploration and his ancestral Inuit heritage.

High Divide: They say The High Divide is the place where the world is cut in two. Then again, it may be where everything comes together. Hear the lost voices of the American West. A new film celebrates the confluence of a wild place and its visionary people.

Note to students: Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will once again offer scholarships to the first 20 middle or high school students who arrive at the screening!

Off Campus Event: “The 2018 Elections and the Future of Conservation in Maine”, Pete Didisheim, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Sunday 11/11, 4-6 PM @ Frontier

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust 2018 Annual Meeting

Featuring Pete Didisheim, NRCM Advocacy Director, on “The 2018 Elections and the Future of Conservation in Maine”
Sunday, November 11, 4-6 pm

Frontier Café

Gather at Frontier Café with your fellow Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust members to celebrate the year’s successes. There will be tasty snacks, a cash bar, and plenty of good company. This is your chance to hear what we accomplished this year with your support, vote for new and returning Board members, and see the unveiling of our new online Wellness Resource. In addition, we welcome Pete Didisheim, advocacy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, to consider what fall election results will mean for conservation in Maine. Click here to learn more.

Interested in getting outside before the meeting? Join us for a bike ride at Neptune Woods at 10am, and walks at Chase Reserve at 11am, Topsham River Trail at 12pm, and Woodward Cove at 1pm.

Off Campus Opportunity: 2018 Maine Student Water Challenge, Register by Nov. 2 ($350 stipend to participate)

Good Afternoon! 

There is still time for students to register for the Maine Student Water Challenge. Each student will receive a $350 stipend upon completing the Water Challenge as well as $50 for travel to the Water Palooza! Please spread the word! This is a great resume builder and opportunity for Maine students! 

The deadline for registration has been extended to November 2nd! 

2018 Maine Student Water Challenge

In partnership with Maine EPSCoR, Maine Campus Compact is pleased to announce that we are accepting graduate and undergraduate student applications for the 2nd Annual Maine Student Water Challenge. This Challenge will award $350 stipends each to 40 higher education students in Maine, organized in 2-4 person campus teams (or you can sign up as an individual participant), to participate in a challenge aimed at solving a water-related problem.  The registration deadline to register has been extended to November 2, 2018.

Each student team will develop an innovative Water Action Plan that addresses a water challenge in one of these topic areas:

  1. Develop a curriculum that can be taught to K-12 students addressing local water issues such as water quality or storm water runoff. Maine Campus Compact will collect these curricula with the goal of implementing the most robust ones in the future;
  2. Develop a plan to help educate and empower people in low-income communities about a local water quality issue. Identify a community partner who could work with you to implement this plan; or
  3. Send a description for pre-approval of your team’s own plan, curriculum, or project that addresses one of these following water-related topic areas:
  4. Water quality
  5. Ocean Acidification
  6. Aquaculture
  7. Aquaponics
  8. Ocean-Related Research
  9. Storm Water Runoff

 

Teams will be required to participate in a kick-off training webinar, submit their water action plans by November 26, 2018, and encouraged to attend the final Student Water Challenge Palooza on December 1st, 2018. Travel reimbursements of $50 to cover travels costs to the December 1st event are also available. 

Apply in three easy steps!

  1. Read the Project Guidelines (Attached)
  2. Register Here–one representative from the team registers the whole team  https://goo.gl/forms/Rlfz9Sj8l7ZRxVlK2
  3. All team members must sign this Commitment Agreementhttps://goo.gl/forms/N90LBIkzwI7u2VSc2

Please forward this onto to any students who you think might be interested or to faculty who could help disseminate to their students. 

Please contact kayla@mainecompact.org or (207)-753-6573 with any questions.

Thank you!

Thank you!

Kayla LaVoice

 

STEM Collaboration VISTA

Maine Campus Compact

207-753-6573

Off-Campus Event: Neptune Woods Trails Celebration, Sunday 10/21, 10-2 (Brunswick)

Neptune Woods Trails Celebration, Brunswick Landing
Sunday, October 21, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of the new multi-use trails located off of Neptune Drive in Brunswick.

  • Tours of the new trails;
  • Group rides for all experience levels and ages;
  • Center Street Cycles and Specialized Bicycles will be on site with 12 of their Stumpjumper mountain bikes for attendees to try.

12:00pm – 2:00pm at Flight Deck Brewing

  • Social hour to toast the new trails;
  • Gorham Bike and Ski will be on site offering bike repair and mechanics workshops.

Join the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) and Six Rivers-New England Mountain Bike Association (6R-NEMBA) to celebrate the new mountain bike trails at Neptune Woods on Brunswick Landing. Thanks to support from Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority and Midcoast Hospital, over 4 miles of introductory level trails were built on this 64-acre parcel of land on the former Naval Air Station.

On October 21, BTLT, 6R-NEMBA, Flight Deck Brewing, Center Street Cycles, Gorham Bike and Ski, Specialized Bikes, and many other community supporters will come together for group rides, demos, tours, workshops, and a toast to the trails. We hope you’ll be there too!

All ages and experience levels are welcome.

Directions:
Head east on Bath Road from downtown Brunswick, toward Cooks Corner
Turn right onto Admiral Fitch Ave
Turn left onto Forrestal Drive
Turn right onto Neptune Drive
Neptune Woods will be on your left, across from Coastal Landing

Off Campus Event: New England Food System Innovation Challenge (Register by Oct. 8!)

Registration for the 4th Annual New England Food System Innovation Challenge closes on October 8th. The Challenge will be held Nov 9-11 at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish Maine.

College Challenge:How might we create products, services, app’s or organizations that support the expansion of production, distribution, processing and consumption of local, sustainably produced food and seafood.  We are seeking idea or very early stage ventures. Registration is now open at:  www.NEInnovationChallenge.org

Consider products or services that address one or more of the following:

* Helping food producers become resilient in light of climate change.
* Applying big data to small-scale production.
* Utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) to bring efficiency to small producers and harvesters.
* Providing equal access and ability to purchase healthy food to all.
* Reducing or repurposing food waste.
* Making the food supply chain transparent to all.
* Reducing or conserving inputs – like water – in the production of healthy, sustainably produced food.
* Using drones to improve the efficiency of small-diversified farms.
* Integrating aquaponics, hydroponics or land based aquaculture into the food system.

The food system is vast and complex system and this is by no means a complete list. We are looking for innovative and sustainable idea stage enterprise that could become startup ventures.

Please view this Three-minute video  https://vimeo.com/252044306  and the attached PDF for further information.
Registration is now open at:  www.NEInnovationChallenge.org

Off Campus Event: Brunswick Farmer’s Market- Tuesday and Friday 8AM-2PM

Brunswick Farmer’s Market
Tuesday’s and friday’s until early November, 8AM-2PM
On the Brunswick ‘Mall’ or Green– downtown Brunswick

The Brunswick Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the State. Vendor stalls line the intown park, “The Brunswick Mall and Gazebo” to create a wonderful shopping experience. A full complement of farm products will satisfy your shopping needs. Located right in downtown Brunswick, get your groceries at the farmers’ market and get your other errands done at the same time!

Market is held rain or shine, every Tuesday and Friday, 8:00am-2:00pm, May-November.  For more information about the Brunswick Farmers’ Market and its history, see this Bangor Daily News article!

Off Campus Event: Race Through the Woods! Hidden Valley Nature Center, Sunday, Sept. 30 8AM-2PM

RACE THROUGH THE WOODS
Sun, Sep 30, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson Maine

Join us for the 8th annual Race Through The Woods trail race, sponsored by First National Bank, on Sunday, September 30th at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson.  Are you inspired by the tranquility of running on rustic trails deep in the Maine woods? Do you enjoy the challenge of highly varied terrain, where slippery roots or loose rocks demand your concentration and sharpen your focus? Then you should register for a beautiful fall “Race through the Woods” at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Explore the exciting mix of single and double-track trails over rolling terrain in this challenging racecourse.

Racing starts at 10:00 am. Racers will have two course options to choose from: a 13.1 mile half-marathon or a 5.5 mile race (5.5 milers share the course with half-marathoners, same start time).  This single loop course brings you over steep hills, through the woods, past beautiful ponds and has about 1,000 feet elevation.

This race is open to beginners, novices, and experienced trail runners alike. If you’ve never been in a trail race this is a great, fun event to start with.  After the race everyone is encouraged to stick around and enjoy a bonfire, hot cider or a beer from Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company one of our sponsors. Light local lunch options will also be available after the races.

Kids 10 years and under can participate in a fun obstacle race starting at about 10:30 am (after the other races have taken off). The race will be only somewhat competitive; the goal is really just to have fun. Each racer will receive a ribbon. Register online using the link below- registration for kids’ race is free.  The course will feature small hurdles, jumps, and mazes. After the official race, kids are welcome to enjoy the course at their own pace. Thanks to our Kids Race Sponsor – Maine Helicopters!

Race fees are $35 for the half marathon, and $25 for the 5.5 miler. Long sleeve technical shirts will be available for purchase with registration. Prizes (homemade PIE!!) will be given to first place finishers (men and women) and in age categories. Prizes will also include local goods donated by businesses and volunteers, and gift certificates to HVNC from Midcoast Conservancy.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Off Campus Event: Farmer’s Market at Crystal Spring Farm, Pleasant St., Brunswick- Saturday’s at 8:30

Join us at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Farmers’ Market

Voted “Best of Maine 2018” Farmers’ Market by Down East Magazine


Every Saturday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
May 5 thru November 3 at the Land Trust’s Crystal Spring Farm 277 Pleasant Hill Road, Brunswick

Please note that the market area and parking lot open at 8:30 am.There is no public access before this time.