Practice facilitation skills at UMaine Extension, Maine Sea Grant workshop

December 30th, 2016 2:16 PM

A five-session workshop centered on strengthening facilitation skills and running dynamic, effective meetings begins Feb. 1 at University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth.

The 1–5 p.m. workshop sponsored by UMaine Extension and Maine Sea Grant features experiential learning, including practicing facilitation skills and receiving feedback in a safe environment. Instructor Kristen Grant has 20 years of experience creating programs that build individual skills, confidence and group capacities.

“Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1” sessions continue Feb. 15;  March 1, 15 and 29. Snow dates are April 12 and 26. The $125 fee covers instruction, a resource notebook and refreshments. Enrollment is limited to 15. Online registration is required by Jan. 18.

To request a disability accommodation, call 324.2814. For more information, contact Grant at 646.1555, ext. 115 or kngrant@maine.edu.

Workshop to explore allies’ role in promoting social change

October 28th, 2016 9:00 AM

A presentation to deepen non-Native Mainers’ understanding of shared history with Wabanaki people will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, on the fourth floor of Colvin Hall at the University of Maine.

The free Maine Wabanaki-REACH Ally Workshop, which will be presented by non-Natives, will include discussion of awareness of white privilege and information about the role of an ally in promoting social change.

In addition to broadening understanding of Wabanaki people’s shared history with non-Native Mainers, goals include comprehending Wabanaki trauma and resilience associated with the history and strategies for healing, justice and compassion, including at the University of Maine.

Penthea Burns and Barbara Kates are facilitators. Burns is a senior associate at the Muskie School of Public Service and was involved in the development of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Burns co-directs Maine-Wabanaki REACH. Kates is a Maine community organizer for Maine-Wabanaki REACH. She has more than 25 years of experience providing professional and community education, directing family service programs and facilitating community meetings.

Space is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register, email barbara@mainewabanakireach.org or call 951.4874. Lunch will be provided.

Haskell Appointed to Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women

March 19th, 2015 1:40 PM

Jane Haskell, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor and educator, has been appointed to Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

Haskell was nominated by Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau and holds a public member appointment.

The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women is a government-appointed group dedicated to improving opportunities for women and girls. It is tasked with advising the governor and legislature about opportunities for women in the state.

UMaine Extension Handcrafters’ Day Offers Six Workshops

September 26th, 2014 2:39 PM
Attic Windows Quilt

Attic windows wall quilt by Phylis Allen.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Homemakers’ Council in Waldo County is sponsoring Fall Handcrafters’ Day from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Waldo Community Building, Route 131, Waldo.

Volunteers will offer six daylong workshops, including quilt making, painting on glass jars, embroidering greeting cards and making pillowcases to donate to charity. Some workshops have a minimal fee for materials. All proceeds go to the Homemakers’ Council Scholarship Fund.

Registration by Oct. 8 is required. For a brochure and registration materials, contact 800.287.1426 or ceswal@maine.edu. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Rick Kersbergen, 207.342.5971.

Learn How to Strengthen Facilitation Skills

September 19th, 2014 1:58 PM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant are offering a five-session fall workshop for people interested in improving their facilitation skills.

“Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1,” will be held 4–8 p.m. Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 10, Nov. 25 and Dec. 9, at North Berwick Town Hall, 21 Main St., North Berwick.

The workshop features experiential learning, including a chance to practice facilitation skills and receive feedback in a safe environment. The $120 fee covers instruction, a resource notebook and light meals.

For 20 years, instructor Kristen Grant has created programs that build individual skills and group capacities. She has a background in providing interactive, educational programs and works extensively in team settings.

Enrollment is limited to the first 15 registrants. To register or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Extension, 207.324.2814. For more information, call 207.646.1555, ext. 115, email kngrant@maine.edu or visit the website.

UMaine Extension Bulletin Bolsters Cross-Cultural Communication

September 16th, 2014 12:19 PM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has published a new bulletin about strengthening a community’s capacity for cross-cultural conversation.

Jane Haskell, UMaine Extension professor, and Ashley Storrow, assistant program manager with Language Partners and Refugee and Immigration Services of Catholic Charities Maine, co-authored Using Refugee Voices to Improve Cross Cultural Conversations: Research with New Mainers.

Researchers in 2013–2014 investigated communication methods to better understand newly arrived refugees’ perceptions and experiences. Agencies can implement the findings to help ensure new Mainers’ voices are heard and to build effective programs that meet communities’ needs. The four-page bulletin discusses immigration and resettlement, and includes an explanation of the scope of the research project, along with recommendations.

More information and free downloads are available online and by contacting 207.581.3792 or extension.orders@maine.edu.

MPBN Cites Cooperative Extension Senior Companion Program

August 22nd, 2014 1:17 PM

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service Senior Companion Program was mentioned in an MPBN story about House Speaker Mark Eves’ “KeepMe Home” initiative to help senior citizens remain in their homes. The initiative includes a $65 million bond package that would build 1,000 new apartment units for seniors in 40 communities and reduce taxes for seniors. The UMaine Cooperative Extension Service Senior Companion Program encourages independence and promotes quality of life for older adults.

Eat Nutritiously, Save Money with UMaine Extension

July 25th, 2014 2:53 PM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Eat Well Nutrition Program will be offered 9:30–11 a.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 16 through Nov. 4 at the UMaine Extension office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.

This program is free for income-eligible adults with dependent children. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program, which includes hands-on food preparation, budgeting information and tips on how to shop at farmers markets and grocery stores. Eat Well Program graduates save an average of $36 per month on food bills, according to UMaine Extension.

To register, call 207.781.6099 or email extension.rlreception@maine.edu. For more information or to request a disability accommodation or an interpreter, call 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine).

Haskell Facilitates Facilitation

July 1st, 2014 11:27 AM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Professor Jane Haskell specializes in strengthening skills of group facilitators so meetings can be conducted effectively and efficiently. Fishermen and graduate students are among her more than 400 clients.

This summer, Haskell, who has authored a national facilitation-training curriculum, is working with members of Wabanaki Nations.

She’s also researching how to buoy skills of facilitators who assist refugees. Specifically, she’s studying how American-born, English-speaking facilitators and group leaders ask for feedback from refugees who have recently arrived in the United States.

Refugees, she says, may not have positive experience with regard to giving comments in a formal group setting and may not understand the concept from a Western perspective or framework.

Haskell and a colleague who specializes in immigration and refugees issues are exploring how to best partner with refugees so that their perspectives are heard and understood in Maine.

Learn How to Strengthen Facilitation Skills

March 17th, 2014 10:15 AM
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine are offering a five-session spring workshop in Saco for people interested in strengthening their facilitation skills.

Sessions for Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1 will be held 4-8 p.m. April 17, May 1, May 15, May 29 and June 12 at City Hall, 300 Main St., Saco.

The workshop features experiential learning, including a chance to practice facilitation skills and receive feedback in a safe environment. The $120 fee covers instruction, a resource notebook and light meals. Kristen Grant, who enjoys creating programs that build skills of individuals and capacities of groups, will lead the workshop. Grant has a background in providing interactive, educational programs and works extensively in team settings.

Enrollment is limited to the first 18 people who register. Registration is required and is open. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Extension at 207.324.2814. For more information, contact Grant at 207.646.1555, ext. 115, kngrant@maine.edu or visit