May 17, 2022

What’s in a Name?

A lot! In 1986, the Maine Legislature restored the university’s name to the “University of Maine” after having operated as the “University of Maine at Orono” for the previous 15 years. The action modified a 1968 law that had placed UMaine together with five regional state colleges, producing a single multi-campus entity named the “University…

May 16, 2022

Classes of ’20, ’21 Return for Ceremony

Having lost a traditional graduation experience because of the pandemic, members of UMaine’s classes of 2020 and 2021 returned to campus on May 8 for a delayed but more conventional Commencement celebration. Keynote speaker Ukeme Awakessien Jeter ’04, an attorney, city councilor, and member of the UMaine Alumni Association Board of Directors, encouraged attendees to confidently…

May 16, 2022

Warner ’12 Provides Medical Aid in Ukraine

Ryan Warner ’12, a third-year medical student, recently returned home after spending five weeks in Ukraine, where he provided medical aid as part of the organization Med Global.  Warner observed how Ukrainians were participating in various aspects of the war effort, and described his experience in this local TV story.

May 16, 2022

Cocktails on the Coast is Back!

After a brief hiatus, the alumni event of the summer has returned! Join alumni and friends in Portland, ME on Friday, July 1st for Cocktails on the Coast. The night will begin at the Thirsty Pig in Portland with an Orono Brewing Company tap takeover before heading out to Jones Landing on Peaks Island! Reconnect…

April 17, 2022

Celebrating the Innovators of UMaine

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we recognize the inaugural class of Foster Center Innovation Award winners, who were honored at a ceremony on April14 as part of Maine Impact Week. The Innovation Awards were developed to recognize and celebrate the students,…

April 15, 2022

UMaine Announces Commencement Speakers for May 6–8 Ceremonies

Two nationally recognized University of Maine alumnae and the scientific director of The Jackson Laboratory will be the UMaine commencement speakers for ceremonies for 2022 graduates and 2020–21 alumni, May 6–8. Alumna Shontay Delalue ’00, ’03G (pictured left), senior vice president and senior diversity officer at Dartmouth College, will address UMaine’s Graduate School Commencement that…

April 15, 2022

Hashey ’16 Named Director of Alumni Communications

Nicolette D. Hashey `16 has rejoined the Alumni Association as its new Director of AlumniCommunications. In that role she is responsible for the Association’s strategic communications, online events and engagement, and marketing. Hashey previously worked for the Association in several roles. She was first hired as a communications assistant in 2015 during her senior year…

April 15, 2022

‘The Essence of Aroostook’ is the Subject of May 5th Webinar

Aroostook County, a place dear to the hearts and minds of so many Black Bears and friends, will be the subject of the Alumni Association’s May 5th noontime webinar. “True North: Finding the Essence of Aroostook,” is based on journalist Kathryn Olmstead’s book of the same name. Published in 2020, the book features a selection…

April 14, 2022

Alumna Honored as 2022 Maryann Hartman Award Winner

Susan Bell ’70, ’71G was recognized with a Maryann Hartman Award on April 1 at Buchanan Alumni House on the UMaine campus. Bell has had a long and distinguished career in public administration, public policy, management, and education.  A former member of the UMaine Alumni Association Board of Directors and three-term state legislator, she was…

April 14, 2022

Take Part in the Tradition of the Maine Day of Giving

April 27, 2022 is Maine Day, which is also the Maine Day of Giving. Consider making a gift to the University of Maine, and take part in the tradition of Maine Day, wherever you are. Maine Day of Giving is an annual event that keeps the spirit of Maine Day alive whether you are on…