Arts

July 15, 2019

‘School’ is Out for Janes ’04

After more than four years and an estimated 1,250 performances, actor Merritt David Janes – “DJ” to family and friends – is taking the summer off from his leading role in the hit musical comedy “School of Rock.” Janes plays Dewey Finn, a frustrated rock-star wannabe who fakes his way into a teaching role at…

July 15, 2019

Bobby McFerrin Headlines This Year’s Collins Gala

Bobby McFerrin, 10-time Grammy Award winner perhaps best known for the a capella hit, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” will return to the stage of the Collins Center for the Arts on September, 28th. McFerrin has made a career of blurring the lines between pop music and fine art, inspiring a generation of musicians to sing…

June 17, 2019

A ‘Jack of All Trades’ Turns to Writing

Jack Cashman ’73 has worn many hats in his adult life. A long career in the insurance and commercial real estate businesses. Magazine publisher. Old Town City Councilor and Maine State Legislator. Major policymaking roles as Special Advisor to Maine Governor John Baldacci ’86, State Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and Maine Public Utilities…

December 7, 2018

Phoenix Mitchell ’19 is proud to be a Black Bear

For senior Phoenix Mitchell ’19, the possibility of attending a college that did not have a marching band was unthinkable. That’s why Phoenix, December’s Dirigo Award recipient, chose UMaine. What town or city do you live in when the university is not in session? The last two summers I’ve stayed in Orono and worked but…

November 9, 2018

Prof. Laurie Hicks Teaches Both In and Beyond the Classroom

As art professor and curator of Lord Hall Gallery, Laurie Hicks teaches both in and beyond the classroom, through exhibitions and research. Her background in art and anthropology inform her study of cultural artifacts and art education. Hicks is a native of Oregon who joined the UMaine faculty in 1987. In layperson’s terms, what are…

October 4, 2018

Collins Center for the Arts Celebrates 32nd Anniversary with Melissa Etheridge

The Collins Center for the Arts recently celebrated their 32nd anniversary gala with Grammy-Award winning artist Melissa Etheridge. The Collins Center Gala began with a farm-to-table dinner, remarks from UMaine president, Joan Ferrini-Mundy, and presentation of two awards. Guests paid tribute to this year’s Wilma Award winner, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, as well as the…

October 4, 2018

Marching Band Ready to Unveil New Uniforms for Homecoming

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Pride of Maine Black Bear Marching Band has a new look and is ready to rock. The gift made possible the purchase of uniforms for the 120+ members of the band which were debuted at the season’s first football game, with an official showcase planned for…

September 17, 2018

Homecoming Registration is Open!

It’s time for Homecoming 2018! Come home! This year, the Alumni Association celebrates the Classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013. To register online, click here.

August 10, 2018

Nicole Maines ’19 to Star in TV Series

Nicole Maines ’19 has been chosen to co-star in The CW/Warner Bros.’ television show “Supergirl.” Her character, Nia Nal, a.k.a. Dreamer, is a transgender woman with a strong propensity to protect others. The role in “Supergirl” is a major career leap for Maines, who played Charlotta in the School of Performing Arts’ 2015 production of…

Donald Hodler '80
June 14, 2017

Tony Award-Winning Alumnus

Donald Holder ’80 was nominated this year for his 12th Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play for Oslo, which on June 11th won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play. Holder, a world-renowned theatrical and architectural lighting designer, created the dramatic lighting for Oslo. The play recounts the surprising behind-the-scenes events during…