WATERVILLE – The Colby College Museum of Art has announced that Erica Wall will be the new director of the Lunder Institute for American Art. A creative, collaborative and dynamic teacher, curator and art leader, Wall brings extensive experience in building the Colby community, where he will advance the Lunder Institute’s mission as a leading incubator and promoter of scholarly and artistic practice in ways that change how American. art is understood and how it is studied, taught, interpreted and produced.
Wall comes to Waterville from North Adams, Massachusetts, where he serves as executive director of Arts and Culture at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The initial experience included building a gallery that provided an opportunity for new artists to showcase their work, connected them with curators and patrons for a long time, and enabled them to build an artistic community and a support framework. He has also served as a museum instructor at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, Crocker Art Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
He began his new position at Lunder Institute July 1st.
Jacqueline Terrassa, Carolyn Muzzy Director of the Colby College Museum of Art, said Wall will grow the Lunder Institute and further connect it to the field of American art and contemporary art more broadly, emphasizing the principles of access and equity. She will also help Colby continue its efforts to integrate and expand the arts across campus, engaging students in national and international conversations about art and the important questions of our time. With research, convening and studio space in downtown Waterville at Greene Block + Studios, the Lunder Institute is in the spotlight, and is working collaboratively and with the community as it seeks to expand who is shaping American art and changing its contours. , while demonstrating the value of art as a public good.
“I’m excited that Erica will now lead the Lunder Institute and be a member of the Colby Museum’s senior team,” Terrassa said.
Wall came to Colby during a time of artistic momentum on campus and in the community. Greene Block + Studios opened last fall in downtown Waterville, the Paul J. Schupf Art Center is under construction and will open early next year, also downtown, and the Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts opens on campus in the fall. 2023.
Wall said he wanted to start his work at Lunder Institute.
“I am excited and honored to lead an institute that gives the community the opportunity to participate in discussions and explorations that celebrate, challenge and illuminate the many layers of American art, the past, the now and the future, “Wall said.
The 11th Civil Support Team changed hands
The 11th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team held a change of command ceremony on May 6, where Lt. Col. Paul Bosse the command to incoming commander Maj. Ian Hepburn. The ceremony was at the unit’s headquarters facility in Waterville, according to a news release from the Maine National Guard.
“I can’t think of a better official to lead the CST on any of the challenges that come forward,” Bosse said in his statements. “Not only Maj. Hepburn was a skilled tactical leader, he had the highest character and cared deeply for his leadership. The unit is in good hands. ”
Hepburn thanked Bosse for his years of friendship and collaboration, as well as for maintaining a high level of readiness and esprit de corps within the unit.
“I’m excited to be part of this team once again,” said Hepburn, who previously served as deputy commander on the 11th. “Some units within the Armed Forces have the word‘ team ’in their title, and it makes sense that it is part of the title of this unit. We are not a troop, battery, detachment or squadron – we are a team. That mentality and behavior drives what we do. ”
The 11th CST is comprised of 22 active duty soldiers and airmen supporting local, state and federal emergency management and response agencies throughout the Maine and Northeast region. The unit specializes in supporting local authorities during incidents involving the potential for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive threats.
University Credit Union donated $ 2,000 to UMaine’s Augusta campus food pantry
The University Credit Union presented checks to the University of Maine in Augusta valued at $ 2,000 for student-run and sanctioned food pantries on the Augusta and Bangor campuses, in fact, according to a release. in the news from the credit union.
The Augusta Campus check for $ 1,000 was presented to Sal Cardinale, president of the UMA Student Government Association for its student -run campus food pantry, The Community Cupboard. A check in the amount of $ 1,000 was presented to Food for Thought Student Coordinator Jess Patterson for the Bangor Campus Food for Thought pantry.
For the past five years, UCU has raised funds for the Ending Hunger in Maine campaign to support local food pantries on campus and local communities across the state. During this time, UCU donated $ 8,316.44 to the UMA Augusta and UMA Bangor campus pantries in addition to other donations throughout Maine.
Donations from UCU will allow the Community Cupboard and the Food For Thought pantry to add to their offerings. Existing supplies will be obtained through funding from the Hunger Dialogue Grant, as well as SGA funds allocated to the Community Cupboard and in-kind and monetary donations to the Food for Thought pantry. The Food for Thought pantry further has a partnership with the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine and received vegetables from the UMA Bangor Community Garden.
Inland Hospital is nationally recognized with an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade
WATERVILLE-Northern Light Inland Hospital received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Inland Hospital’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable injury and hospital error, according to in a news from the hospital.
“We are thrilled to receive this award, and it is remarkable that it was announced during national Hospital Week,” said Tricia Mercer, president. “We celebrate our employees for their dedication to our patients and the A grade award is the icing on the cake! It’s the recognition that staff’s constant focus on the safety of our patients makes a difference. We could not be more proud! ”
Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grades to general hospitals nationwide based on more than 30 national performance measures highlighting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as hospital systems in place to prevent injury.
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital rating program based solely on the hospital’s avoidance of medical errors and injury to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, completely transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice a year, in the fall and spring.
“As our health care system continues to feel the brunt of the pandemic, I thank the staff and management of Inland Hospital for their continued commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder. , president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The ‘A’ Safety Grade is a remarkable achievement, and one that would not have been possible without the 24/7 effort of the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community needs to be. proud. ”
Four leaders joined the Maine State Credit Union
AUGUST-Maine State Credit Union has hired four new employees-Ariel Carron has joined as a marketing specialist, Nichole Lee is Waterville’s new branch manager, Jason Hilt as vice president of finance, and Chris Kovacs will lead Portland’s commercial banking effort.
Carron will report to Jennifer Roper, vice president, marketing and communications. Carron will oversee the organization’s social media and digital marketing efforts in his role. Prior to joining the Maine State Credit Union, he worked at Downeast Toyota.
Lee moreport to Shane Abbott, senior vice president and chief retail officer. In his role, Lee will oversee day-to-day operations for the branch and help increase Maine State Credit Union awareness of the Waterville community. Prior to joining, he was the branch manager at Camden National Bank.
Hilt moreport to Erin Campbell, senior vice president, chief financial and people officer. In this role, Hilt will oversee the day-to-day activities of the accounting team and help increase efficiency for the organization. Prior to joining the Maine State Credit Union, he worked at the Lisbon Community Federal Credit Union.
Kovacs will report to Bruce Harrington, vice president and manager of commercial lending. In his role, Kovacs will help grow the banking business in Cumberland County. Prior to joining the organization, he worked at Bank of America.
“Our organization is growing, and we are excited to have such talented people join our team,” said Stephen Wallace, executive vice president and future chief executive officer. “Ariel, Chris, Jason and Nichole, bring a lot of experience with them, and I’m excited to see the contributions they can make to Maine State Credit Union.”
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