May 14, 2021

Barr named new head coach for men’s ice hockey

Ben Barr has been named the head coach for men’s ice hockey. Barr comes to UMaine from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for five years. “We are thrilled to welcome Ben Barr to the University of Maine,” said Ken Ralph. “He brings with him an amazing…

April 15, 2021

Remembering Red Gendron ’93G

The UMaine and college hockey communities were shocked by the sudden death of men’s hockey coach Dennis “Red” Gendron on Friday, April 9. Red, 63, was playing golf in Orono when he suffered a heart attack.  UMaine Athletics shared this post, which features a tribute to Red that was presented prior to Saturday’s NCAA men’s…

Photo Courtesy Ronald Gillis
March 15, 2021

Football begins as basketball season ends

Last weekend was one of mixed of emotions for fans of UMaine athletics. On Saturday, the Black Bear football team defeated Albany in one of the most unusual games in school history. Aside from UMaine’s impressive 38-34 win over the favored Great Danes, the game was played in mid-March with virtually no fans in Harold…

March 12, 2021

Introducing a new series: “Innovators of UMaine”

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. This month, Innovators of UMaine showcases Justin Hafner ’18, CEO and co-founder of KinoTek, Inc. a Portland-based tech startup. KinoTek—pronounced Keen-o-tek—recently raised $600,000 in investor funding to develop 3D technology to aid healthcare providers. Read more. A Queensbury, NY, native,…

Police cars and a roped off police scene
February 16, 2021

Black Bear on the Blue Line

BRENDAN WALSH ’00 has long held a reputation as an enforcer. Two decades ago, he patrolled the ice of Alfond Arena as a tough-as-nails member of UMaine men’s ice hockey team, the 1999 NCAA national champions. Today, Walsh polices a different territory as a detective with the Boston Police Department. The 46-year-old Massachusetts native is…

Alfond Statium
February 16, 2021

Making History

THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE in Orono will be the largest beneficiary of the Harold Alfond Foundation’s historic investment in Maine’s public universities. In October, the foundation, established by its namesake in 1950, announced it would be providing more than $500 million in grants to Maine people and institutions. The grants are intended to grow Maine’s…

Photo depicting police waring riot gear at a rally with sparks flying
February 16, 2021

A Life in Pictures

GINA FERAZZI frantically loads her Ford Fusion for a 300-mile drive north from her home in Riverside, California, to Mammoth in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She says good-bye to Charlie, her Goldendoodle, who sulks when she departs. It’s November 19, 2020, the end of a typical week in Ferazzi’s life as a staff photographer for…

Headshots of UMaine Alumni members in the Maine State Legislature
February 16, 2021

Black Bears in Maine’s Legislature

The current Maine State Legislature has a strong representation of Black Bear alumni among its members: eight senators and 17 representatives, including House Majority Leader Michelle Dunphy `88, `96. All legislators may be reached via the following email format:   < Back to Winter 2021 MAINE Alumni Magazine

February 14, 2021

These plans for athletics and recreation are spectacular!

Thanks to the Harold Alfond Foundation’s latest investment in UMaine academics and athletics, Black Bear Athletics today unveiled a master plan designed to improve the quality, accessibility, and gender equality of the university’s intercollegiate and recreational facilities. Projects include a new soccer facility that will feature synthetic turf, stadium seating, broadcast-quality lighting, and more. (See…

February 14, 2021

Check out what’s new from the Alumni Association in the latest magazine

The Winter MAINE Alumni Magazine is now available online. Read about Erik Gundersen’s ’05 efforts to regulate Maine’s cannabis industry, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Gina Ferazzi ’84, and Brendan Walsh’s ’00 shift from hockey star to Boston detective. Meet Rep. Genevieve McDonald ’18 and other Black Bears in the Maine Legislature, and explore other features and…

January 14, 2021

Fans Can Now Purchase Cutouts to Be Displayed at Athletics Games

Although basketball fans can’t pack The Pit in person to cheer for the Black Bears this season, they can show their support with a fan cutout. These cutouts, which are made from photos of individuals, will occupy seats in The Pit during men’s and women’s games. At the end of the basketball season, fans can…